by Brian Smith
From the shoulda/coulda/woulda dept:
The band Big Block shoulda happened back in the ’90s, everyone who remembers says so. The label weasels wooed, fans cooed and other bands booed but the quartet remained a local, fleeting institution. Nothing more. Of course it was nothing more. How often are the deserving rewarded? Huh?
And if ever there’s been a guy we’ve blown kisses to in the last half-decade, it’s bony-elbowed singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kenny Tudrick (Bulldog) — a dude with it all; charm, skill and the ability to make girls flutter, chemical romances notwithstanding. (Even more, as we reported here on this blahg eons ago, Tudrick had the ten-point wherewithal to quit Kid Rock’s band.)
So it is that Tudrick and Big Block running bud Nick Lucassian — who’s no slouch himself, just look to his Shipwreck Union for attestation — are reforming their ’90s powerhouse band Big Block, with original rhythm section Scott MacDonald and Joe Proper, for a single night at Small’s in Hamtown. Sure, it’s a rosy evening of nostalgia, the musical antithesis to, say, Stone Temple Pilots or Smashing Pumpkins, or whatever shit band ruled airwaves then, but good on it. It’s known that the 313/248 was a much less craven place when Big Block walked among us.
The affable guitarist-singer Lucassian (who, like Tudrick, did his allotted time in the Detroit Cobras) phoned up explaining that the Big Block reunion just sort of “happened.”
He and Tudrick are, he says, working together again, the proverbial record’s in the works.
Saturday, March 15 at Small’s (