A shining beacon of light far away in the night sky approaches as the people of Colorado sit unaware, wishing for excitement in drab cities and towns alike. This light made an appearance in Pueblo last weekend at the River Walk opening celebration in the form of the band XL. A breath of fresh air, this band brings back the music of yesterday while rocking to tunes of today. XL plays 70’s 80’s 90’s and today’s music with an energy few cover bands have these days.
Leading the group and primary vocalist is George Alcon, a veteran of several bands in the Pueblo area. On guitar is a father and son duo, Charlie and Carlos Torrez. They are much like KK Downing and Glen Tipton of 80’s greats Judas Priest, in that they both play rhythm and lead, often trading off in the same song. Jerry Alcon swings the bass and banging on the skins is Pat Stollsteimer.
Band influences include groups as varied as Def Leopard, Motley Crue and Genesis. When asked whether XL was comfortable being a cover bad or would play some original music, band leader George Alcon said, “We have some material that is self-written and play it often in our gigs.” The entire band works together when creating new material, from writing the lyrics to creating the music that surrounds it.
“Music is important; I encourage people to sing along.” George stated when asked about the importance of crowd interaction. Everyone has the ability to sing and enjoy good music and George encourages that throughout the show.
Headquartered in Pueblo, XL has played at a number of nightclubs, community events and is available for bookings both near and far. Contact information is below. With a clean sound, great stage presence and crowd interaction, I would recommend these guys for any event, large or small. XL is a beacon of light calling you to rock to the tunes we all know and like. They will be closing Pueblo’s own “B Street Bash” on June 24th. These guys are hungry, they want to start opening for some bigger name bands in the near future, which is something I’m sure will happen if they keep playing the way they did last weekend! Next time you see XL, tell them Tat said hi!