It’s amazing how quickly 30 years can slip by. So it was that rock fans were treated to classic rock candy as The Babys made their way to central Florida at the Plaza Live Orlando. After a 30+ year hiatus, The Babys are back on their feet again and getting back on the road with new material, much to the delight of adoring fans who thought the beloved rock band had met their demise so many years ago.
This revamped band has picked up where the original left off and continues in the tradition that carried The Babys to the heights among the most popular of rock bands of their time, with classic anthems like “Every Time I Think Of You,” “Back On My Feet Again’ and “Midnight Rendezvous”; all of which still continue to play on the classic FM dial.
Original members Tony Brock and Wally Stocker have brought a solid collaboration of talent together with dynamic vocalist and bassist John Bisaha and guitar virtuoso Joey Sykes for fans to once again experience the music that is The Babys. Also a welcome sight is the return of The Babys back-up vocals now sung through the addition of the beautiful songstresses The Babettes.
Brock and Stocker needed a front man that was able to pull off the songs made great during the John Waite years in order to make the band’s resurrection possible. They found it in John Bisaha whose powerful lead vocals have been just what was needed to begin a new era in The Babys return to the studio and the stage.
Also noteworthy is the added dimension brought by guitarist Joey Sykes, whom Wally Stocker has said “adds a whole new dimension to the band and has a style that works well in tandem with me.”
Audience response to the band’s new incarnation had been positive coming into Orlando. Up until the band would take stage, Mother Nature had been dishing out her own classic sound of downpours and lightning. However, this didn’t stop The Babys faithful from coming out on what would be a night of memorable anthems from a solid collection of music nearly 40 years young and six albums.
Before The Babys would take the Orlando stage for the first time, the audience would be served up with a high caliber performance by 80’s Hair Metal band Nova Rex who proved to be a great compliment in opening for the band from Britain.
When it came time for the classic headliners to take the stage, The Babys immediately broke into “Back On My Feet Again” from their ‘Union Jacks’ album to the overwhelming applause of the energized crowd. The melodic anthology of The Babys had begun in what was a solid selection of nostalgic tracks that even included some from their latest studio effort, ‘I’ll Have Some Of That.’
“Midnight Rendezvous” from their ‘Union Jacks’ album soon followed, along with “Isn’t It Time” from the ‘Broken Heart’ album.
Wally Stocker’s epic guitar solos would captivate the crowd in the classic Babys style during what was an eighteen song track list. Watching the response of appreciation from the crowd proved that the Babys had delivered what fans had asked for; a memorable concert experience.
“I See You There,” “Sunrise & Goodbyes” and “Not Ready To Say Goodbye,” from The Babys latest studio effort, ‘I’ll Have Some of That,’ all made their way to the mic; proving that The Babys aren’t ready to say goodbye, just yet.
The Babys return is good for rock music as well as for dedicated fans and proves that classic rock music is still alive and well. The Babys are back in their groove again and it’s a beautiful thing.
The Babys Set List, The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL 7.25.15
Back On My Feet Again
Give Me Your Love
Isn’t It Time
I See You There
Love Don’t’ Prove I’m Right
And If You Could See Me Fly
Sunrise & Goodbyes
Darker Side Of Town
Wrong Or Right
Not Ready To Say Goodbye
Every Time I Think Of You
Looking For Love
Run To Mexico
Turn And Walk Away