Growing up in St. Louis in the 1970s, in the heyday of Peaches Records and KSHE "Real Rock Radio," I heard a lot of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
A sold-out crowd packed the Peabody Opera House on a lovely spring Friday night to see if a rock legend still had the chops.
Although the evening was fraught with the kinds of problems that only Friday the 13th can bring about, JBOT and his band of robotic revolutionaries, aka Captured! by Robots, made sure that our glasses were half full of the purest rock available by law.
If Stephen Malkmus would have started a classic rock band rather than starting Pavement, it might have sounded like Free Energy. Powerful rock riffs, as glam as anything from the '70s, carry this Philadelphia-based band. Fans of Thin Lizzy or Cheap Trick will want to hear Free Energy's brand of straightforward, no tricks, Marshall-and-Gibson rock & roll.