tioned showstoppers of opening week were Isis. Even hard-core punk fans of all ages and colors were rocking and rolling to Isis' driving funk and rock. Leader Carol MacDonald debuted a new band with one of the tightest horn sections you'll ever hear; the new Isis album (Breakin' Through, United Artists) is only a whiff, but Isis live is a steambath, Comparisons? Oh, maybe Tower of Power, Santana in the o/d days, or even the Stones circa 1972-74. Onstage, they make the walls sweat. Now if they could only find the right producer (MacDonald?) ...
The final word regarding Rolling Stone's Keith Richard in Toronto story, from Chet Hippo, winner of the Purple Heart for Rock'n Roll Reporting Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: "you shoulda seen what they didn't print!"
New York City seems to be sprouting hot nights spots this spring; Trax, a new West Side music biz hang-out, was the scene of a semi-private Dave Mason performance that had people packed to the rafters and spilling out the front door, despite unseasonal monsoons.
Rock is back at the Beacon Theatre–maybe. Closed last fall during legal battles,
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