Roadcase Royale wrapped up their three-show stint at The Rose in Pasadena on June 2. The kickass collaboration of Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Liv Warfield (Prince’s New Power Generation) is a match made in rock and roll heaven. The band is made up of Warfield’s guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart veteran players Dan Rothchild, Ben Smith, and Chris Joyner. The mix of these amazing talents causes a sound larger than life.
Before hitting the road with Bob Seger this fall, Roadcase Royale played a few shows around Southern California to get their feet wet. Having the chance to see such a powerhouse band in these intimate venues was clearly a special moment for fans of both ladies. From the first note of “Get Loud,” Roadcase’s first single, your attention is demanded. The blend of hard rock and R&B is what makes Roadcase Royale so unique. Warfield’s dynamic vocals and stage presence make you an instant fan. To keep the energy going, they slid into Heart’s “Even It Up.” Taking on the vocals of any Heart song would be daunting, but Warfield tackled them all with ease.
Roadcase performed a few Heart and Prince songs, along with a couple covers. But it was their original material that really shined. Wilson explained to Inspirer that “Roadcase Royale is a true collaboration.” The songs are heavy with guitar and gravely vocals. They get under your skin and leave you saying, “Yeah. Right.” When the band performs their original songs, you see and feel the magic that makes Roadcase Royale work. The newly released song, “Not Giving Up,” showcases all the talents along with a catchy chorus that will have you quickly singing along.
Wilson took lead vocals for the classic “These Dreams” and a newer Heart song, “Two.” Towards the end of the night, Warfield broke out her song “Blackbird,” a favorite among her fans. But it was her take on “Crazy on You” that left people in awe. There was a nice balance between songs as to not alienate fans of either performer — Heart fans got to hear their favorite Wilson hits and Warfield fans got their fill of her songs. But it was the Roadcase Royale songs that brought everyone together as fans of one entity, Roadcase Royale.
If you’re a true rock and roll fan, Roadcase Royale is a band worthy of adding to your favorite playlist or record collection. Be sure to see them out on the road with Bob Seger this fall, and buy “Get Loud” and “Not Giving Up” on iTunes.