Is That Gwen Stefani?
By Maria
Brownie's 38th St. Oct. 2004

Looks like Gwen Stefani, sounds like Gwen Stefani, is she Gwen Stefani? Nope. I'm talking about Kara from the band Blasted. I saw this hot, blonde gal one night singing her ass off on stage to No Doubt's "I'm Just A Girl". I had to look twice to make sure that it wasn't No Doubt on stage. I was right because I was also looking for the short, dark skinned, bleached head dude and I didn't see one. I saw a cute, tall, Dawson's Creek look-a-like instead, only more  "punk rock" than James Vanderbeek with a tie, who sings a-la Gavin Rossdale from the Bush.

Blasted is a two year old band from North Jersey who does great covers of the 80's classics and the cool tunes of the 90's. They are also the first band I heard who perfected the cover of Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life". This band is so vivacious which makes them so entertaining to watch. Blasted is very driven that there was a moment when they were performing that I couldn't find where the voice was coming from. I looked around and there it was, Ryan (the James Vanderbeek  look-a-like), literally on top of the bar singing and dancing!! Of course the girls were screaming and the guys were kind of appalled.

Definitely a must see band. I wish they play more in Philly. Their line-up includes a former guitarist of Tommy Lee after his Motley Crue days. Plus a cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in their song list.

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