It was awesome seeing Willie Nile give a free performance at Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ, promoting his new album, “World War Willie.”
Nile performed with two of his band mates, Johnny Pisano, on bass, and Matt Hogan on guitar.
So far, my favorite tracks on this album are “Beautiful You,” and “Trouble Down in Diamond Town.” He also wrote a cool tune, “When Levon Sings” dedicated to Levon Helms; and a super cool version of “Sweet Jane,” written by Lou Reed.
This was my third time seeing Nile perform. First was way back when, when I was 16, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, on a double bill with The Boomtown Rats. Second time was not too long ago at Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair.
After the show, Willie and his band mates signed autographs for his fans. They were all so nice. Bassist Johnny Pisano complimented me on my outfit and commented on my husband’s Led Zeppelin shirt. Pisano was raving about his friend’s band Lez Zeppelin, an all-girl tribute band. I always love when musicians are fans too!
Willie was so cool and posed for several photographs with me. He was so grateful for all the support from the fans. I said he had great fans. It was refreshing to see so many people in my age bracket taking photographs with real cameras — not cell phones!
Guitarist Matt Hogan was great too and expressed how fortunate he was to be playing with Willie since he was a fan himself.
For more information on Willie Nile, visit his website: http://www.willienile.com/
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist available on Amazon in paperback only: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X