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Nenad Bach is Baack and Wanted - performance at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Michael O'Keefe, Nenad Bach and Richard Lindsey jamming. Photo by Anthony Ungaro courtesy of JMH Dull Productions
Nenad Bach is Baack and Wanted
Nenad Bach's performance in Wilson Auditorium of the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, New Jersey on Saturday, November 1, 2008, before an enthusiastic sold out full house crowd was a bit of a return, even if he had never left behind his music career. It was not so much a hiatus as a time to focus on new projects, and some of that new work and vision was united with Nenad's longstanding skills and professionalism.
Nenad began the set behind the piano and performed a new ballad: "Everything is Forever." The song was in the mood of most of Nenad's previous rich resume of recordings, but it managed to be both melancholy and optimistic. Perhaps that is possible when one has a long track record of engagement on and off the stage.
When Nenad performed on stage with Pavarotti and Bono during the depth of the war in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia, his theme song was: "Can We Go Higher?" He again recaptured that mood at Fairleigh Dickinson, and some in the audience could relate to that dynamic and trying period. This anthem is relevant today as people strive to rise above differences.
The highlight of the evening turned out to be a revitalized Nenad picking up a guitar and standing to a fresh beat with his talented band of musical artists who joined him specifically for this one occasion. They came across as a unit that had been preparing and playing together for some time. Perhaps.
The "cover" song that they performed gave Nenad the opportunity to become Mo'Kool, the mysterious stranger of a spaghetti western throwback. Nenad was cocky, he was dark, he was confident, and he was Kool. The audience, many who had never known Nenad before, also sensed the transformation and enthusiastically embraced it. Mo'Kool is a "rock opera" character that Nenad is looking to put on film and screen with the character inspired by his old friend Ambassador Muhamed "mo" Sacirbey.
Nenad was as much showman as Kool in his interaction with the audience. He was spontaneous, entertaining with his music and exchanges. The band followed him into character like Jesse James into the bank. We hope to see more of Nenad's vault full of talent and vision into the future, and the audience that night certainly was left looking for more.
Ambassador Muhamed "mo" Sacirbey
The Nenad Bach’s band members:
Nenad Bach: vocal, piano, guitar Richard Lindsey: bass Mick Hanson: electric guitar Mike O'Keefe: drums, vocal Kinny Landrum: keyboards, melodica, vocal
Thanks for sharing great write-up about the show for those of us who missed being there.
Congratulations to Nenad, the band Richard Lindsey, Mick Hanson, Mike O'Keefe and Kinny Landrum and the Support Team for a successful show.
We are keeping fingers crossed that this forms part of the prelude to the Australia-New Zealand Region 2009 Tour. I am looking forward to seeing the headline "Nenad Bach Arrived and Conquered Down Under". :)