Josey Scott brought his version of Saliva to The Wildcatter Saloon. Billed as Josey’s Scott Saliva, its’s more of tribute to all the great music Saliva created over the years rather than another version of Saliva according to Josey himself. I had the honor of speaking to Josey by phone a week prior to his show and you will not meet a more humble, down to earth man who is extremely grateful to his fans. This was only reinforced after meeting him in person.
Josey opened the show with “Black Sheep” followed by “Superstar” and then went into deeper cuts with “Ladies and Gentlemen”, “Cellophane”, “After Me”, “Doperide” and “Broken Sunday”. During our interview, Josey promised his show would include a few surprises and he delivered big on that promise with a trio of covers from various artist. Leading off with Alice In Chains’ “Them Bones” followed by Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” and ended with The Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” a song that Josey dedicated to his longtime friend and former Saliva bandmate Wayne Swinney, who passed away in March of this year. Josey then went back to Salvia with another deep cut, “Rest in Pieces” before launching into “Hero”, a song he co- wrote and performed with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger for the Spiderman soundtrack. Josey closed out the night showcasing two of Saliva’s biggest hits, “Click Click Boom” and my favorite “Your Disease”
I’ve seen various iterations of Saliva over the years, but none which included Josey Scott fronting the band. Absolutely no disrespect to current Saliva front man Bobby Amaru, but getting a chance to hear all these great songs performed by the original voice of Saliva made all the deference to me.
Opening the show Saturday night was a showcase of Houston’s best local talent. kicking off the night was Bullethead, followed by Dead Set Red and finally Inner Image. These bands represent some of the best talent Houston has to offer, so make sure you support these and other local bands.