Cactus – Live
The first live Cactus performance in over 30 years was greeted by a wildly enthusiastic New York City audience. Filmed at B.B.King's Blues Club in Times Square, the hard driving, boogie based, blues rock band took control of the stage from the first note, and never released their grip. The original Cactus (and Vanilla Fudge) rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, two names often celebrated more than the actual groups they were members of, live up to expectation. Original Cactus guitarist extraordinaire, Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels) rounds out the rock engine. The now deceased lead singer Rusty Day has been replaced with the more bouyant but still bluesy vocals of Jimmy Kunes, and Randy Pratt has been added on the harmonica. Despite the 30 year hiatus, it feels like these guys never stopped playing together. Performances include many of the classic Cactus songs such as Evil, One way or Another, and the high energy Parchman Farm. Cuts from the newest album "Cactus V" (2006) include Muscle and Soul and Cactus Music.