Jackyl brought the party to Westcott
Hard rock group Jackyl brought the party to the Westcott Theater on Sunday, March 12th. Despite the frigid temperatures outside, they were heating it up inside with a raucous line up of hard driving tunes. They were supported by Utica based rock band Nineball; and from parts unknown the self-described neo-vaudeville-horror-steampunk-shock-rock-heavy-metal nightmare that is Granny 4 Barrel.
The band is fronted by Jesse James Dupree, known to motorcyclists everywhere as one of the cast of characters on the popular reality show “Full Throttle Saloon” where he performs crazy stunts such as being shot out of a canon and riding a motorcycle across a high wire. No such wild stunts at the Westcott, unfortunately. However, he did bring the attitude of a man that may or may not be just a little bit crazy. Before he even got into the first song he was splashing the audience with whiskey from behind a shotgun shaped microphone stand.
Jackyl’s set list of songs tended to have two main themes to them: drinking and sex. Sometimes it was subtle (“Secret of the Bottle” and “Down on Me”), sometimes not so much (“My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s A*#” and “She Loves My C**k”). Either way they rocked it out and kept the party going.
They did slow down for a little bit in the middle of the set when they veered into country music territory. Dupree introduced “Just Because I’m Drunk” by telling the crowd how he was raised on the likes of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and his favorite Conway Twitty. He also ranted for a bit how new country music sucks. He went off on “designer punks” who sing about a tailgate and a pickup truck and think they’re country. He also sang a little bit of a song from classic sketch comedy show “Hee-Haw” and noted that the people singing along were raised right.
They finished up the show with the song that everyone had been waiting for, “The Lumberjack.” The band’s classic hit may be the only example in music history of a chainsaw being used as a musical instrument. Dupree brought it out for the intro to the song, revving and breaking it in rhythm with the music. And just to prove that it was, in fact, a real chainsaw, they brought out a wooden bar stool and he proceeded to cut into the top of it producing a cloud of sawdust. He cut half way through the seat, shut it off, and parked it there until the end of the song. It came back out for the end “solo” and Dupree finished decimating the bar stool, making an even bigger cloud of sawdust. The crowd was fist pumping and cheering every second of it.
And that shotgun shaped microphone stand? It turns out that wasn’t just for decoration. At the end of the song he picked up the stand, cocked it, and pulled the trigger. A loud firework blasted out the end of it accompanied by sparks and smoke.
With the air heavy with gun powder smoke and 2-cycle fuel exhaust, the band said their goodnights and thanked everyone for coming out. Whiskey, PBRs, songs about sex, and a little destruction; it was a perfect night for rock and roll in Syracuse.
James Suits / James Suits Photography / The Fuze Magazine
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