By Chuck Cox
Sometimes you’ve got to be a little bit impulsive, when it comes to live music.
I decided on Saturday night, after seeing the spectacular ”Zero Dark Thirty,” to go to the Granada Theater and check out a show I hadn’t really planned on attending.
One of my friends, who also goes to a ton of shows, told me he was going to check out Andy Timmons. I honestly didn’t know Timmons had been so active since his days in 1980s hair metal flash in the pan Danger Danger. Their two hits, “Bang Bang” and “Naughty Naughty,” both still pop up on my metal playlist, which usually prompts me to turn up the volume a tad. I always thought the double name for the band and its songs was kind of a funny bit. It was kind of like taking Duran Duran a step further. Cool cover art on Danger Danger’s 1989 debut, too.
Anyway, Timmons is quite the guitar virtuoso and a Dallasite. And his latest effort, “Andy Timmons Plays Sgt. Pepper” is pretty spectacular. It’s simply the entirety of that seminal Beatles album, plus “Strawberry Fields Forever.” And that was exactly how he started the show — with those 14 tracks. And even though the songs were all instrumental, it was great. Timmons absolutely tore up “Within You Without You,” “A Day in the Life,” and the aforementioned “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Timmons didn’t even say a word until he had played all of side one.
He also played six of his original tracks from his solo efforts with the Andy Timmons Band and seemed to be really enjoying playing.
Opening act Junior Clark and the Journeymen were also superb, providing an hour set full of bluesy songs, including several strong covers from Ian Moore to Stevie Wonder. I was really glad I braved the cold, rainy weather to check out the show. I’ll be seeing Lucinda Williams on Tuesday night. I’ll tell you guys all about it on Wednesday.