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Moscow separation from St. Petersburg with Billy's band

September 18 2006

Last Saturday the long-awaited concert of Billy's band. An extraordinary event, so come up to the beginning of the concert audience, should not have been surprised a solid line at the entrance to the "Orange".

Speech began at half past nine in the evening, when the room more and more people chanted: "Billy, Billy. It is estimated the group has collected about five hundred people were there, too.

The whole evening a lot of Billy joked, talked funny and sad stories of their lives, and of course singing. Andrey Ryzhik tirelessly danced around the stage and posed as scary faces, sometimes performing incendiary solo. "Ginger lights.

Of the songs were only hits "Rock out in St. Petersburg", "A little death, a little love", "In its place should be I", "32 rubles," "In my head blues", a couple of songs by Tom Uytsa etc.

Even with the seats and suffered a sound, the evening was a success, many couples dancing, and almost all came singing talented musicians. After the encore, the band promised to leave the hall and talk to the audience a tete-a-tete. We in turn went to play pool and bowling alley located on the second and third floors of the club.

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The band began, as so often happens with musical jokes for friends. But in the end the trio Billy's band was the most striking opening club scene, Peter, 2003. Music played by the band gives a second life to the ideas of Kerouac's mixed with a purely Russian life observations, stories and urban myths (style of music characterized as "Dixieland funeral with endless happy end"), she created the group, indeed, a cult status among the audience of the two capitals, and even in Europe.

The average age of musicians 27-30 years old, this lovely quartet played more than 4 years.

On the creativity of the group has significant influence and Tom Waits - acquaintance with his works held by the album "Early Years part 1" (1971), which was submitted to the earliest material is American composer, singer and actor.

Attempted to sing songs Waits and discovering that all those who heard them, it is very close to the original interpretation explicitly's liking, the future founder of «BB» Novick decided to perform them on stage, which invited the help Reznikov. This concert after concert band began to take its first steps.

The repertoire of the group initially was quite colorful: a little country, surf, a few cover versions of Waits, a few English folk songs like "My Bonnie (Lies Over The Ocean)", etc. First, a group called Billy's D illy 's band - on behalf of behalf of one of the characters of ancient folk ballad "Stagger Lee".

Terrible, dismal history of the two card cheaters fatal. In early 1959, this song performed by Lloyd Price for a month led the U.S. charts, and later was hit in the performance of Wilson Pickett, Tommy Rowe, Nick Cave, etc. The composition of the trio enlarged perkussionst Karen Hazhakyan.

With the intensification of the concert life of the group in 2002, it left all the constantly changing percussionist, and she, dropping to mobile trio. It was decided to change their name to BILLY'S BAND.

In November 2002, was recorded the first Russian-language disc "season in Paris, which was released in January 2003 in St. Petersburg" Red Club ". A hard core trio (Billy Novick, Anton Matezius, Andrey Ryzhik) was extended by several well-known jazz musicians from St. Petersburg.

Vasily Savin his husky trombone provides an excellent vocal opposition to the bulldozer Billy.Virtuosic piano passages Alexander Butkeeva organically alternate with slovenly jazz chords that multiplies the already inherent in a group atmosphere diksilendskogo raspustyaystva. Lyric to the pain and hard to tears saxophone Michael Liquid enters into scandalous dialogues with solo guitar Ryzhik.

Back Ground provide Evgeny Bobrov on drums and Mitya Maksimachev, sometimes playing the instrument unsuitable for music related genres, for instance, the washboard, or bell, or simply what to confess, in a saucepan.

In 2003, it Billy's band were called the opening of the festival "Invasion of free access. Numerous tours in Estonia and Finland, Germany and Latvia. Dozens of concerts in Moscow. At the same song "In its place should have been me" and "Winter Dream" (a cover of Alsou) were taken in rotation on Nashe Radio.

In December 2003, at DK Gorbunova (Moscow) held a joint concert with Garik Sukachev.

At the annual ceremony, Night Life Awards in February 2004 on the achievements of club life Spnkt Petersburg and Moscow, Billy's band was recognized as the best club team in 2003 and in March, all the same Billy's band has been awarded POBOROLL, designed to promote advances in live music in the "Breakthrough of the Year - 2003".

In 2005 he was released the next album, "Rock out in St. Petersburg, and published a DVD-movie" Concert in Novosibirsk.

Of the other advances the team include the soundtrack to the movie "Night seller", "Money Day" to "Hello, I'm your roof," and "Mama Do not Cry 2.

Author: Alex Vitvitskiy


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