• Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Meanwhile, Back in the Garage (hereafter simply referred to as “Meanwhile”) is the second full-length album from the Graham Bonnet Band.

You can’t keep Graham Bonnet down. The pint-size vocal powerhouse just turned 70 last year, and he’s as active on stages around the world as he’s ever been. Widely remembered for his roles in bands like Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri, his booming vocals have entertained audiences for decades. It’s hard to believe the guy was one a pop singer and jingle writer!

Bonnet thrust himself back to the forefront with his own Graham Bonnet Band a few years ago, giving audiences a single and full-length album. A live release followed. And, about two years later, we’ve got the follow-up album in the form of Meanwhile. The current incarnation of the band features Bonnet with guitarist Kurt James, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo (who previously played with Bonnet in Alcatrazz), and drummer Mark Benquechea.

 

 

Fortunately, Mr. Bonnet is still a bad-ass behind the microphone, as his latest studio release shows audiences. While Meanwhile isn’t the best album I’ve ever heard the guy sing on by any means, there’s no denying this is a damn good release with some great musical diversity, and excellent performances from everyone in his group. From beginning to end, it’s clear Graham is still someone to keep an eye on. I doubt any long time fan will be disappointed.

From the organ and guitar-driven onslaught of the title cut which opens the album to slightly more pop-friendly content like “Livin’ in Suspicion,” Bonnet runs the gamut from heavy to lighter throughout the release, giving listeners something diverse and entertaining. Plenty of cuts feel like throwbacks to earlier points of Bonnet’s career, while many feel like logical progressions forward. His band of all-stars works together perfectly throughout the entirely of this surprisingly diverse album, but at the end of the day, of course, it’s the iconic frontman who steals the show.

Meanwhile is another strong album from the always-entertaining Graham Bonnet, a man who refuses to let age catch up with him. For any fan of classic hard rock, it’s a strongly recommended release you won’t want to miss.

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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