Busing the Bay: Led Zeppelin Tribute Revisited

I purchased our Led Zeppelin Tribute tickets in advance and arrived early. It was puzzling upon arrival to find all the center floor seats reserved, yet empty. While others milled about deciding, I grabbed my wife’s hand and made a dash to the bar stools / table by the bar and stage, secured a table and four stools that we “reserved” for two friends, Wendy and Dean, whom we had met recently, bumping into each other at various music venues, often several times a day. Dean was puzzled when he found out how indebted he was to us for their seats. He had inquired about reservations when buying his tickets and was told no reservations were accepted.

The Roxy was packed, I don’t know how many they can accommodate (200+), I would consider it a sellout; they didn’t turn anyone away, they always seemed able to fit one more in.

What a great establishment to watch a loud rock concert. This is no beachside fruity umbrella drink place or a local bar that appears crowded with twenty people. The Roxy is a nightclub that serves no food. They have high ceilings and big fans, the better for the smoke to rise and be re-circulated. The walls are dark, there’s a pool table in the back and a fantastic sound system. The washrooms are bar washrooms, the less said, the better. The raised stage, spotlights, and fog machine provided the props for a night of classic rock. Tequila Rush delivered!

In preparing for this column, I decided to actually investigate and acquire facts, not just provide my opinion. My wife suggests I do that more often.

Investigated Facts:
Tequila Rush played twenty songs during the concert but prior, were regularly playing only five, so it was a ton of work for everyone. Personal work was critical; they had eight full rehearsals, where they were expected to sound good, not to learn the song.
Six songs included keyboards, so, they brought in a guest keyboard player, Miguel Rodriguez. Perfection has no limitations for this band, well, maybe money, these guys are working musicians, remember the Tip bucket.

Tequila Rush currently has a 300 song repertoire, plus several tribute concerts; Police/Sting, Pink Floyd, RHCP, Led Zep, Beatles/Rolling Stones combo, and Soda Stereo/Heroes del Silencio combo (Spanish lyric). The band does a great job with U2, CCR, Kings of Leon, Jimi Hendrix, Doors, and every other song they play.
Tequila Rush is available for private parties and tribute concerts, contact them by their Facebook page.

My regularly scheduled opinion:
I was surprised by the interest in a previous column as to how I was going to stay awake for an 11 pm concert. While I was ready, willing, and able to start the party at 2:30 pm at Blake’s, I deferred to my wife’s wishes and we started our evening at 8 pm at Kelly’s Pour Favor.

What an evening, dancing in the aisles, bottles of tequila on tables (not mine), singing to the tunes, smiling faces everywhere, with the band feeding off the energy from the crowd to deliver a stellar performance.

The band played nonstop for one hour forty-five minutes before calling it a night and stumbled exhausted from the stage. A standing ovation and an incessant chant of “OTRA” saw the band return for another forty-five minutes non-stop.

Behind every good band, there is probably a woman. Kudos to Adriana, who acts as the “mother-hen/cat-herder” to the boys in the band, and can be found carrying equipment in and out, setting up drums, passing the tip bucket, delivering tequila, and keeping an eye on the door/gate. A Tequila Rush evening without Adriana would seem like you have missed some of the Tequila Rush energy experience.

Thank you, Steven, Carlos, Danny, Irvin and Edgar for your hard work in bringing a magical musical evening to Vallarta’s Roxy’s Rockhouse.

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Bruce Howells
Bruce es un canadiense jubilado, que junto con su esposa Velma, tomó una "mulligan" en la vida y escapó del frío de Canadá y se instaló en Vallartazona. Cumpliendo un retirosueño de no conducir más, Bruce utilizará transportatio públicon para recorrer la bahía y contar sus historias aquí. Consejos e itinerarios bienvenidos. Correo electrónico: busbanderasbay