Guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine has one of those truly strange rock histories.
He was the original guitarist/vocalist with the Moody Blues - a band STILL not in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, by the way, which is truly stupid - but he left the band after singing the early hit "Go Now." A guy named Justin Hayward replaced him and wrote about 4,000 immortal hits for the MBs.
Still, Laine landed on his feet and played 10 years as a member in perhaps the best lineup of Paul McCartney's Wings. Not a bad gig.
As a solo artist, Laine has released several albums, most of which contain serviceable and pleasant soft-rock tunes with a decidedly British flair.
He's out on tour and stops tonight at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. Many rock fans will no doubt show up for the sake of Laine's resume, and they'll certainly be treated to "Go Now" and some Wings renditions. But don't count out the charm of Laine's own material.
- RICK KOSTER
Denny Laine, 8 tonight, Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Ave., Westerly; $15; (401) 315-5070