After rocking out to the Gods and putting on a stirring (if I do say so myself) rendition of “War Pigs” where I channeled a bit of Ozzie Osbourne and a bit of Mike Patton then watched them duke it out in a battle for supremacy over the vocal cords, I had the opportunity to observe the rest of the fauna there for a hard night’s rocking…or watching other people rock without singing themselves (which doesn’t make any sense to me, but whatever floats your boat). Major highlights:
- The guy who did a surprisingly energetic version of “Live Wire.” Really, you don’t expect that much attention to detail of movement from a karaoke singer and this guy could do a halfway decent Vince Neill, too. Definitely the best performance of the night.
- The performance of “Photograph,” complete with backup singers, including the guy with the foot-tall bleached blond mohawk and Iron Maiden shirt. Not remarkable because anyone involved had a snowball’s chance in hell of singing on key (somewhere, Joe Elliot was twitching), but because the lead vocalist eventually abandoned any pretenses of keeping with the spirit of the song and did the coda Cookie Monster vocal style. If you’re gonna be original, I say, definitely go all the way.
- California Über Alles. Definitely a song that’ll get all of the kids singing together - and isn’t that what really matters?