Classic rock lovers will get an ear full on Saturday night.

Anybody hanging out at rock clubs in the 1970s and 1980s remembers SAVVY, Head East, Point Blank, US Lords, and other bands that made Cowtown such a hopping party town back then.


Ricky Lynn Gregg
Ricky Lynn Gregg

Musicians from those early bands are reuniting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Blackhorse Saloon for a righteous reunion of raucous good rawk.

An all-star band fronted by singer, songwriter, guitarist Ricky Lynn Gregg (SAVVY, Head East) and featuring guitar wizard Rusty Burns (Point Blank) has been rehearsing this past week and is ready to blow some minds and eardrums.

Rusty Burns
Rusty Burns

“We’re going to have ourselves a thundering rock orchestra,” Gregg said during a break in rehearsals in Longview. “We’re going to play all the songs that molded us as players and meant something to the people.”

In addition to Gregg and Burns, the Fort Worth All-Star Rock Orchestra features Richard “RJ” Jones (Savvy), Donnie Pendleton (US Lords), Greg Schmidt (Head East), and Mark Stahl (Cherokee Thunder), as well as Gregg’s regular band members Karri Morgan and Les Thomas.

Originally, Gregg planned the concert as a SAVVY reunion, but two of the musicians backed out prior to rehearsals, Gregg said.

Rather than cancel the show, Gregg expanded the reunion and created a local version of a super group – and few guitarists in town can touch Burns when it comes to tasty but in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll axedom. He’s a lefty who plays a Strat strung upside down and makes his instrument talk, walk, and wail.

“Even though it wasn’t SAVVY it was shaping up to be a heck of lot of fun,” Gregg said.

Stahl and Burns both played in Gregg’s band Cherokee Thunder after he left SAVVY and their glam-rock persona in the 1980s and transformed himself into a country rocker in the 1990s.

“A lot of people love Rusty and Mark and haven’t seen them on stage with me since 1995,” Gregg said. “It was a no-brainer to reach out to these people. Nobody cared about making money, everybody just wanted to get together and have fun.”

Here’s one of Gregg’s honkytonk rock hits:

And here’s Burns playing with Point Blank last year. His guitar work begins at :47 seconds into the clip.


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