Heavy Mellow Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 4/12/2013

HEAVY MELLOW is an incredible band where Benjamin Woods and Luis Villegas join forces on guitar to perform incredible flamenco guitar versions of familiar heavy metal classics.

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Having just played on 3 consecutive cruises (Monsters of Rock, Cruise to the Edge, and Moody Blues Cruise), they delighted old and new fans with their musicianship and clever musical arrangements.

Joined by percussion master Mike Bennett, they played a thrilling performance of songs in an extended set at the Hard Rock Hollywood.   Ben, Luis and Mike performed together at the HRC Hollywood last November.   This is a nice, big room for live music with an excellent sound system, which nicely showcases this band.  And, like last time, this was another incredible show. 

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Just hearing Ben and Luis warm up on stage for the show is a show in itself.   Luis’ speed picking is reminiscent of Al DiMeola and Ben’s flamenco extraordinary flamenco techniques, such as his “sweep picking” and arpeggios, is a sight and sound to behold.

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That’s Shane Tucker pictured behind Ben in the picture above.  Shane is the Stage Manager for the Hard Rock – he’s a great guy and he really knows his stuff.  Credit him and music guru Noelle Kim Retes (on the right below) for making these Heavy Mellow shows happen at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood.

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This music seems to move everyone that hears it and is especially of interest to fans of guitar music.   Whether or not you like metal and are familiar with the songs they play, the music itself can be appreciated by practically anyone.  

Here is the list of songs they had at their disposal to play for the evening.

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Highlights of the set were “Over The Mountain” (what a brilliant version of the Ozzy classic), “Rainbow In the Dark” (another genius arrangement), “Sails of Charon” (neo-classical greatness flamenco style), “Holy Wars” (the way they play the intro is magnificent and the Middle Eastern type lead in the middle of the song sounds wonderful),and a very polished of “Cemetery Gates”.

They even took a break from the “metal theme” for a song and played a tremendously cool surf medley.

Heavy Mellow’s recent double-album release includes all these metal songs arranged for flamenco guitar:

Aces High- Iron Maiden
Bark at the Moon- Ozzy
Gates of Babylon- Rainbow
Welcome Home- King Diamond
Eyes of a Stranger- Queensryche
In My Darkest Hour- Megadeth
Sails of Charon- Scorpions
Spill The Blood- Slayer
I am a Viking- Yngwie Malmsteen
Tears are Falling- Kiss
Wasted Years
Rainbow In the Dark
Indians- Anthrax
Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
Cemetery Gates- Pantera
Mr. Scary- Dokken
Over The Mountain- Ozzy Osbourne
Too Young to Fall In Love- Motley Crue
Electric Eye- Judas Priest

They played over half of these songs live and everyone in attendance was quite amazed.

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Ben and Luis are both prolific artists.  Their work with Heavy Mellow, along with their respective works, are all quite astonishing.  Ben has around a dozen solo albums and Luis’ new album comes out towards the end of the month.

DSC00849DSC09939 Heavy Mellow YOUTUBE Videos

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HEAVEN AND HELL http://youtu.be/zjXcVZSN9gs

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OVER THE MOUNTAIN http://youtu.be/qymJfxalc_I

VERSION 2 OTM – http://youtu.be/Z4sRrbSDgq8

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ACES HIGH: http://youtu.be/zhyaLxMLY-M

 

ACES VERSION2:  http://youtu.be/7mSgSW6878c

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SAILS OF CHARON : http://youtu.be/7dYzvowmzn8

SAILS VERSION 2 http://youtu.be/NdopbOsTNBE

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HOLY WARS (MARK):  http://youtu.be/uZ_NjOqaids

HOLY WARS VERSION 2 :

http://youtu.be/XAkgpanSkdc

WTF with the waitress doing a birthday shout during the intro?!?!??

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SURF MEDLEY:

http://youtu.be/uZ_NjOqaids

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CEMETARY GATES:

http://youtu.be/-c2aR_s98PY

VER 2

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WASTED YEARS:

http://youtu.be/PnzQ87JTp2A

version2

http://youtu.be/Kmq-UBFfmfE

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SPILL THE BLOOD 2:

http://youtu.be/UDIFFguMlEE

http://youtu.be/GOwC_f311lQ

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BARK AT THE MOON 2:

http://youtu.be/cnosxjD_0Jw

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NAME THESE TUNES:

http://youtu.be/lgdXth8bw0E

http://youtu.be/4W1RB4ePnrM

http://youtu.be/N1ltdAdSEdk

http://youtu.be/0XolR6ZamRM

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I AM A VIKING

http://youtu.be/hWSqrtD7J9U

RAINBOW IN THE DARK” SECTION:

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TEARS ARE FALLING

http://youtu.be/yiMShxn17B4

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MR SCARY

http://youtu.be/6QrQQgoT2nw

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TOO YOUNG TO FALL IN LOVE

http://youtu.be/JXNLbHH2Ans

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ELECTRIC EYE/ NOTHING ELSE MATTERS

http://youtu.be/emq5QX99gtg

MORE

 

 

http://m.soundcloud.com/benjaminwoods-1/sets/heavy-mellow

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HEAVEN AND HELL http://youtu.be/zjXcVZSN9gs

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OVER THE MOUNTAIN http://youtu.be/qymJfxalc_I

VERSION 2 OTM – http://youtu.be/Z4sRrbSDgq8

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ACES HIGH: http://youtu.be/zhyaLxMLY-M

 

ACES VERSION2:  http://youtu.be/7mSgSW6878c

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SAILS OF CHARON : http://youtu.be/7dYzvowmzn8

SAILS VERSION 2 http://youtu.be/NdopbOsTNBE

—————————————

HOLY WARS (MARK):  http://youtu.be/uZ_NjOqaids

HOLY WARS VERSION 2 :

http://youtu.be/XAkgpanSkdc

WTF with the waitress doing a birthday shout during the intro?!?!??

———————

SURF MEDLEY:

http://youtu.be/uZ_NjOqaids

———————–

CEMETERY GATES:

http://youtu.be/-c2aR_s98PY

VER 2

———————————-

WASTED YEARS:

http://youtu.be/PnzQ87JTp2A

version2

http://youtu.be/Kmq-UBFfmfE

—————————–

SPILL THE BLOOD 2:

http://youtu.be/UDIFFguMlEE

http://youtu.be/GOwC_f311lQ

——————–

BARK AT THE MOON 2:

http://youtu.be/cnosxjD_0Jw

————————–

NAME THESE TUNES:

http://youtu.be/lgdXth8bw0E

http://youtu.be/4W1RB4ePnrM

http://youtu.be/N1ltdAdSEdk

http://youtu.be/0XolR6ZamRM

——————–

I AM A VIKING

http://youtu.be/hWSqrtD7J9U

RAINBOW IN THE DARK” SECTION:

——————–

TEARS ARE FALLING

http://youtu.be/yiMShxn17B4

——————————————————–

MR SCARY

http://youtu.be/6QrQQgoT2nw

——————————————————————

TOO YOUNG TO FALL IN LOVE

http://youtu.be/JXNLbHH2Ans

———————–

ELECTRIC EYE/ NOTHING ELSE MATTERS

http://youtu.be/emq5QX99gtg

MORE

 

 

http://m.soundcloud.com/benjaminwoods-1/sets/heavy-mellow