In case some of you didn’t know, KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer was in a band from 1981 to 1989 called Black n’ Blue. Thayer late went on to be in a KISS cover band called Cold Gin that also featured his former Black ‘n Blue bandmate Jaime St. James. Thayer would reunite with the band from time to time for shows, but his full-time gig became being KISS’ lead guitarist in 2002. On June 2, Thayer reunited with his Black ‘n Blue bandmates for a fundraiser for drummer Pete Holmes’ wife Annette Holmes who is battling cancer. The show took place at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon. Our buddy and fellow KISS Army member Mike Bloeser was on-hand and gave us the report below on the gig as well as some wicked pictures and video footage.
Black N Blue’s self-titled album was released thirty four years ago this August and I have wanted to see them live ever since I picked up the cassette at my local Music Warehouse. This band has eluded me for so long; they opened for KISS on their Asylum Tour, but only on the East coast. The closest I ever came before this event was seeing Tommy (Thayer) and Jaime (St. James) playing with the KISS tribute band Cold Gin when I was stationed in San Diego.
Fast forward to 2018 and I had tickets to see Black & Blue on May 21st in Seattle, WA but the show was cancelled. When I was investigating the cancellation, I stumbled across the Tommy Thayer and friends show in Portland, Oregon & quickly bought two VIP tickets. The VIPs were let into the venue a little after 7:oo and there was Tommy (Thayer), Patrick (Young) and Pete (Holmes) signing autographs & taking photos with fans. Once I got my CDs signed and a few photos, I found the perfect place to enjoy the show. Come to find out that my spot was right in front of Tommy!
The band came out and opened with “Chains Around Heaven” followed by “Stop the Lightning” and “Autoblast.” For the next song, Tommy pulled out a Paul Stanley signature guitar and played it as they went into “Wicked Bitch.” When they finished, Tommy said that his friend Paul (Stanley) gave him the guitar to help raise money for Annette Holmes. Tommy put this show together to help raise money for Pete’s wife who is in LA battling cancer and going thru chemo treatments. Tommy said, ‘I just played Wicked Bitch on this Guitar and I want to start the auction at $500!’ It eventually went for $2,800 and all together they raised $25,000 for Annette. The band played a total of eight Black ‘n Blue songs and to close the show, the other bands all got on stage and played songs from Alice Cooper, Neal Young, Tom Petty and more. All and all, it was a great show for a great cause.
Set list: Chains Around Heaven, Stop the Lightning, Autoblast, Wicked Bitch, Violent Kid, School of Hard Knocks, Hold on to 18
Photos, videos (scroll past the pix) and review by Mike Bloeser
Check out our shots from Black n’ Blue’s reunion show fundraiser at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon on June 2, 2018. Click on each picture for a larger view!