Artist of the day: Greg Billings Band
Clearwater rock vet Greg Billings fronted the super-popular local rockers Stranger in the ‚Äô80s and early '90s, scoring a record deal with Epic and touring with big-name bands like Quiet Riot and Skid Row. In the '90s, Billings fronted another popular band, Damn the Torpedoes.
Now he‚Äôs got this classic, hardworking bar band, with George Harris on guitar, Tom Cardenas on bass, Leroy Myers on drums and Rob Stoney on keys ‚Äî and the occasional guest superstar, like AC/DC‚Äôs Brian Johnson, who has performed with the band on occasion.
Last year, as a bit of a thank-you to all the hardcore Stranger and Damn the Torpedoes fans still kicking around Tampa Bay, the Greg Billings Band re-recorded some of Billings' best songs for a CD called Do-Overs, which also includes a cover of Wilson Pickett's Midnite Hour with Johnson on vocals. And this spring, the band released No Sauce Needed, a live DVD recorded at last fall's Ribfest in St. Pete.
Billings and co. are performing at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Daiquiri Deck in Madeira Beach. Free.
To listen to the band's rollicking Ockeechobee Whiskey, click here.