31 - 2004 Map
Tangled Up In Blues Presents!!!!
The SUPER BOWL of
BLUES at The
Cellar in Struthers Ohio with Norm as special guest
opening show for San Francisco Blues Man Tommy Castro
-162 S. Bridge Street - Struthers, Ohio Phone (330) 750
- 0199 Also see
The Cellar Official site for more info!
Somewhere between 700-800 people crammed the concrete
nightclub in Y-Town Ohio, thanks to the support of
Cornel Bogdan and Casey Malone from Clear Channel CD
93.3 "The Wolf". What a great musical evening. Norman
started rockin from the get-go, "My Old Rock N Roll
Guitar" into "Mr Right Now" featuring brand new
background vocals. "That Ain't Gonna Happen" into "I
seen Too Much" kept things rockin. The soon to be
redneck classic "White Trash Tragedy" tore the house
down, followed by a hilarious presentation of the old
Norman classic "Love Dog". Then "Burnin Up" just smoked
the whole room! By the way...www.tangledupinblues.biz
has been playin a pre-release album mix of "Burnin Up".
Thanks guys! "This Ain't Gettin It" got the girls dancin
and then "After The Old Cow Died With A Rag In His Ass"
on "Rebel Rouser", Norman's guitar strap died after the
tune. Bass player Harry Bottoms came across stage and
screwed Norman all back together. I wonder if that was
part of the show cause it sure seemed like it. Norman's
show closed with "Smoke Two Joints" and just like he
suggested at the beginning of the show, the whole crowd
was one drunken mass of humanity joined at the groove.
Then, Tommy Castro came onstage and immediately
established his presence with a great blues guitar style
and a most impressive singing voice. He's a bad man with
a rock solid band! Two hours into Tommy's set, he
invited Norman up to sit in on guitar for a couple of
numbers. The whole joint went nuts. It was amazing how
good Tommy and Norman sounded playing guitar together.
Norman's good rockin style and Tommy's precise blues
vibe.You should have seen the smiles on their faces!
Notables in attendance: Dave DeMambro and lady
friend, Charles on monitors, Backstage Bob, and
Jan. 24 - 2004
Biddle Serbian Club: Cedar Street - Westmoreland
After a wonderful introduction by local celebrity Jimmy
SInclair, it was time to part y in Biddle PA. The tow
hour first set featured one hot Norman song after
another. "How you LIke Me Now", "Send You back", "Burnin
Up", "Gettin it" and "Till Thee Cows Come Home" all
smoked! New song, "Someone I Can;t Live Without" started
and stopped after the first verse. Norman said he was
playin it in the wrong key. The guys resatrted the tune
and proceeded to kick it's ass. The second set was a
total funfest with ith Norman's cousin Pete Oddo on
drums and Whitey Cooper upfront singing some good old
R&B. Then local celebrity, Johnny Lars of "The Knobs"
got up with a seldom seen Dave Hammer, (that's right -
of Corbin - Hanner fame) to perform "Walking The Dog". A
beautiful, Vonne Andring joined the guys onstage to sing
backgrounds on "Twist And Shout". Somewhere in the
middle of teh madness, the Rat Man gotr up and sang
"Wasted Days And Wasted Nights", then immediately went
into "Wild THing"....Wild Thing, Ithink you're f-----
up! Norman satisfied a crazy request for Patsy Kline's "Walkin
After Midnight"before Pete Oddo got back up on drums
while Whitey sang Wilson Pickettt's "Mustang Sally". At
2:20am Pete Oddo was standing center stage, singing the
high harmony part to "It's All Over Now".
Jan. 10 -
Penn Monroe Grill: 3985 William Penn Hwy,
Monroeville, PA 15146 412-373-1180
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sat.
It's always fun to be in a packed room. It ain't big but
it rocks! Yeah! The Penn Monroe is a great place to see
Norman. "That's Enough About Me", into "How You Like Me
Now", midset "Over, Said And Done" sounded great. Harry
sounded high and lonesome on Pots N Pans. Killer version
on "Nothin To Lose", the room filled up with the sound
of Norman's guitar. Lately, Whitey's been singin "Chain
Gang" and soundin strong. Then Norman said he was gonna
play "White Trash Tragedy" and did "Love Dog" instead.
He forgets what the hell he's talkin about sometimes! A
guy named Tom came up and sat in on harp on a couple of
old classics and did a pretty nice job. Towards the end,
Norman did some old covers tonight, "Brown Eyed Girl"
and "Mustang Sally". Sometimes I like to hear him do
those songs and sometimes I don't.
Notables in attendance: Roxy Diamonds, Nancy,
Rob, Patty & Ron, Dave & Carol, Ann, Tara and Clayton
Jan. 9 -
VFW Turtle Creek: Rat's surprise birthday party!
Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 207, 912 Penn Ave, Turtle
Creek, PA 15145 (412) 823-3260
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Fri.
One for fun! Tonight was all about gettin nuts! Yeah!
The guys played their asses off! That's understood, but
when the Rat Man was singin? "Wasted Days And Wasted
Nights", it was Americana at it's finest! Norman
mentioned, he's been thinking of getting out of rock n
roll and becoming a midget wrestler, but he since found
out that midgets are really mean, so he's decided to go
into the "manscaping" business, designing men's body
hair to make them even more attractive if that's
possible! He then gave a demonstration on the Rat Man,
shaving Rat's age into his chest hair. Now that's
entertainment! The second set got everyone up dancin.
Although the guys had never played "Tequila", they did
a good job as the Rat Man danced about the room as a
middle aged Pee Wee Herman. The night ended with the Rat
Man in a thong as people screamed and ran for cover! It
was so wrong it was right.
Notables in attendance: Ann, Dave & Carol,
Marcia, Don & Sue
Jan. 3 -
Hometown Tavern: 1915 McCague St, Pittsburgh, PA
15218 (412) 351-6551
10 pm - 2 am - Sat.
"Lazy Bones", into "That Ain't Gonna Happen" and "I Seen
Too Much" into "Nothin To Lose". Norman noted that a lot
of his friends and their children were in the house
tonight...A Family Affair! Old friend Steve Mahler
closed out the first set with the guys singin "My Baby;s
Tough" and blowin harp on "Walkin To My Baby", "Corrina"
and "Help Me". It's cool to see Norman playin in
Swissvale again, back where it started...Fat City, Phase
III and Frankies. Second set kicked off a Happy Birthday
to bartender Kim right into "Who Dat Do Dat", "Someone I
Can't Live Without" and the old Pittsburgh Rocker "Heat
Of The Night". Steve Mahler came back and closed the
night on harp. "Start All Over Again", lead vocal on "My
Babe", "I Hate A Nickel", "Not Fade Away" and a smokin
version of "Shake Rattle And Roll". What a fantastic
food buffet Randy and Carol laid out before the show!
The whole place ate big! Meatballs and ribs! Yeah Baby!
Congratulations to the Hometown on their one year
Notables in attendance: Bill Hodge, Mark Harris,
Beadman & Maggie, Gator, Step & Artie, Andre Kendel,
Getsy & Frank, Jaun, more names to come.