The rock will be especially hard tonight.
Frank Hannon joined the Greg Golden Band on the Vinyl stage inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 2.
With its monthly appearances, the Greg Golden Band has consistently drawn large crowds and is establishing itself as the house band for the venue, which opened 14 months ago. Tonight the rock candy will be extra sweet with the appearance of Hannon, who helped put the band together and produced its debut album on his Red Hawk record label. Hannon, who also has his own trio, is best known for his Sacramento-based group Tesla.
After Saturday’s show, Golden will resume recording at Hannon’s studio. The album is 70 percent completed he said.
“Frank and I have a lot of song ideas together,” Golden said.
Four of the Greg Golden Band members played with rock icon Ronnie Montrose, including drummer Steve Brown and bassist Larry Hart, who recently came aboard full time.
“The chemistry has jelled,” Golden said. “We’re all best friends and it shows in our playing. I’ve never played in a band that’s this tight, and we’re having fun. That’s the main thing.”
Band chemistry can be a challenge with two lead singers, but Paul Holdgate and Randy Scoles have a cohesive rapport.
“Both these guys respect one another and they do what they can do to complement each other,” Golden said. “They are not just lead singers, they are front men. We one is singing lead, the other is adding cool harmonies. It’s a full band effort.”
The band’s set list varies with each show. Golden said his group has 25 original songs and six hours of covers. This summer, the Greg Golden Band will share the stage with .38 Special, Great White and Y&T.
Golden is the owner of Bizarre Guitar, the famous music store in north Reno. As is often the case at his band shows, a guitar was given away at the show, this time it will be an electric Ibanez.