Jackyl at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY 02-DEC-2017

Written By: Michael Deinlein

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Jackyl brings feel good, old school Rock n’ Roll to a large and hungry crowd in Lexington, KY.


Walking up the Manchester Music Hall on a crisp Saturday evening it appeared that everyone in Lexington knew Jackyl was in town as the line to get into MMH was wrapped around part of the venue and deep into the parking lot. It was great to see so many different Jackyl T-shirts from various tours – all with the same familiar line “Rock Me, Roll Me, Jackyl Me Off” proudly displayed.


On July 28th, Jackyl released the aptly titled compilation album “25” for Mighty Loud Records featuring all their familiar and infamous songs, including “She Loves My Cock” from their debut self-titled album.  2017 marks the 25th anniversary of that first album, and the band has made this tour a celebration of sorts.  


A Jackyl show has always been an awesome ‘event’ that people will be talking about for some time to come, and this show was no different.  The star of the show was indisputably the Harley ridin’, bourbon swiggin’ Jesse James Dupree on vocals, sometimes guitar… and chainsaw. Along with lead guitarist Jeff Worley, his brother Chris Worley on drums and bassist Roman Glick, Jackyl delivered a solid dose of “Southern Rock” with plenty of blatant sexual innuendo, ensuring everyone was having a good time.


It seemed that Jesse never stopped smiling and the guys were genuinely having a great time as Jackyl rolled through an endless string of fan favorites including “Down On Me”, “Secret Of The Bottle”, “My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s Ass”, “Just Because I’m Drunk”, along with The Allman Brothers Band cover of “Midnight Rider” and a lighthearted request for The Hee Haw Gospel Quartet cover of “PFFT! You Was Gone!” where the entire venue joined in, ending with a loud roar and smiles everywhere.

As is Jackyl show tradition a bottle of Jesse James American Outlaw Bourbon accompanied Jesse on stage which Jesse and the guys drank from freely all evening.  


Jackyl finished the night rolling through hit song after hit song “I Stand Alone,” “When Will It Rain,” “Dirty Little Mind,” “Redneck Punk,” “She loves my Cock” before closing the evening with “The Lumberjack” complete with his Stihl chainsaw in hand.


After the show Jesse and the guys headed to the merch table for what seemed like an eternity, interacting with fans, signing fans items and generally interacting with everyone, demonstrating how a class-act rock band should be.     


Opening the show, straight from nearby Richmond, Kentucky were rockers Sinful Lilly. It was clear that there were many fans and friends in attendance as the guys took the stage to a warm welcome.  Without hesitation Sinful Lilly dropped into “Wait Your Turn”, a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”, and “Guilty” getting the evening off to a fast start. 


Sinful Lilly’s alternative rock draws influences from classic metal bands like Manson, Slipknot, Kiss, and Megadeth. Lead singer and guitarist Fredi Handshoe, complete with a bandana, long flowing black hair and steamy riffs is a throwback to old-school metal. With Trey Bledsoe on drums and the demonstrative Nikki Valklix on bass and vocals, Sinful Lilly’s set also includes a cover of Judas Priest’s “Sinner” and a cover of Kiss’s “Snowblind” that leaves the venue rocking.

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