I was a little leery going into this show just because of the fact that I’ve never been a huge acoustic fan- simply put, if an acoustic song comes on my Pandora, the odds of me skipping it are higher than normal. I tend to prefer the roar of an electric guitar and the pounding bass, but I digress.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved Mike’s show this past Saturday, and with how well it went over in general. Half of the Lizards Lounge was filled up, so I’d say there were about 40, maybe 50 people there. Opening for Mike was Jim Crean, who unfortunately I missed as I arrived a little later than expected- however the people who were there seemed to really like him. At about 11 o’clock Mike Tramp walks out on stage and to my surprise the whole crowd erupts. Now, I saw quite a few people rocking a Mike Tramp shirt but I wasn’t expecting the whole crowd to shout and cheer as if we were in an arena. And let me tell you, Mike deserved all the applause. I was so impressed with how well his voice has held up and I can honestly say he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard live in a while. Being in an acoustic setting is one of the true tests of how well someone can perform vocally, and Mike definitely passed the test with an A+.
He performed a lot of White Lion hits, such as Lady of the Valley, Broken Heart, Little Fighter, Wait and When The Children Cry- which provides a good variety of tracks off their albums. Alongside those were songs like Trust in Yourself and Hymn for Ronnie, which is an amazing tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio- if you have’t heard it, check it out. Mike played for about two hours, taking breaks in between songs to tell some stories, crack a few jokes and tend to the crowd. Overall it was a fun night, full of great live music and a lot of laughs shared between Mike and the crowd.