With all the hoopla over which wing will reign supreme at this year’s Wing Wars, it’s easy to forget that food is not the only star of the show at this event. LeCompt — a Philly-based act that has become one of the top cover bands in the area — will take the stage at the Grand Ballroom at Golden Nugget Atlantic City Saturday, Jan. 27, and will keep the house rockin’ through plate after plate of delicious wings with a set of classic rock tunes from the ’60s through the ’90s, and maybe a bit beyond. Of course with any LeCompt show there are no guarantees on what might be played.
“There is no setlist or anything ever,” says Mike LeCompt, Vocalist and guitarist for the band that bears his name. “I haven’t done one in 30 years because I like to read the crowd and just get a feel for what to play.”
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Of course it’s not completely off-the-cuff, there are certain elements that seem to make it into just about every LeCompt performance. “We’ll do some classic Bowie, The Who, a lot of Zeppelin, The Beatles, Badfinger ... whatever comes to mind. Probably some Springsteen. Our repertoire is huge … it’s a lot of songs,” LeCompt notes.
And while they are capable of tackling just about any form of rock music you might throw at them, LeCompt does have some favorites that he likes to break out whenever he can.
“Growing up I was always a big Bowie fan so I do a lot of his stuff along with T Rex, Mott The Hoople and all that glam stuff. I always liked that.”
But LeCompt himself is just one member of the band. The full lineup is made up of seasoned pros, including Vinny Martello on guitar, Rob Purificato on bass and vocals and Wayne Sigman handling drumming duties as well as vocals.
And although they lean toward the classic rock era, LeCompt still manages to toss in songs from more recent decades as well. “We do some ’90s stuff. We can do anything from Pearl Jam to Sublime and all of that. Last night we had a horn section with us so we did (Bruno Mars’) ‘Uptown Funk.’”
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The band may be focused on their live show, but at an event like Wing Wars one has to wonder if they might carve out a few minutes between sets to sample some wings. LeCompt was quick to reassure us.
“Absolutely! It’s pretty exciting because I’m pretty picky when it comes to wings,” he says. “There is a place in Philly that’s by my house called Byrne’s Tavern and I’ve never had anything like them, so it will be tough to top them!”
We couldn’t resist throwing out a somewhat relevant question, “If LeCompt were a wing what kind of wing would they be? Mild, spicy or flaming hot?
“I’d say we can adjust to your tastes — we can be flaming hot, but I myself like it mild. I’ve learned my lesson on that!”
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