One thing that was pretty amazing at Cruefest, was how fast they tore down and set up the stage for the next band. If you were late getting to Cruefest, chances are you missed Trapt, and Sixx A.M. Luckily, I was there right at 5 for Cruefest, and I didn’t miss a minute of the action.
Sixx A.M. took the stage, and myself by surprise. I have listened to the Heroin Diaries several times since its release, so I am pretty familiar with all of the songs, but I have never seen singer James Michael, or guitarist DJ Ashba live.
Sixx A.M. didn’t have the longest set, but the played all of the popular songs off The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack including, “Tomorrow”, “Accidents Can Happen”, “Pray For Me”, and closed out their set with “Life Is Beautiful”. I knew they would be good, but I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did. Sixx A.M. was excellent live, so good in fact that Nikki Sixx may have to do a second album with this group.
Nikki Sixx is obviously the star in this band. At no point did he try to upstage Michael or Ashba, in fact, I thought for Sixx A.M. being a side project that they appeared to have pretty good chemistry as a band. I would definitely pay to see these guys again! Sixx A.M. was certainly a highlight in Cruefest.
The following clip is Sixx A.M. performing “Life is Beautiful“. Enjoy!
RATT & Roll returned to Cincinnati last Thursday Night. Two local acts opened this show, A Nervous Wreck, and Prizoner. I made it to Annies shortly after Prizoner started playing, so I can’t say how A Nervous Wreck’s set went, but Prizoner was on fire Thursday Night.
Prizoner’s set included covers by The Cult, AC/DC, Buckcherry, Kix, Cinderella, Puddle of Mudd, Skid Row, Tesla, Iron Maiden and a damn good cover of Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles, as well as their own original tune, White Knuckle Ride. Prizoner has been a staple in the Cincinnati rock scene since the 80′s, and they did a fantastic job at getting the crowd pumped up and ready to see RATT.
Prizoner was so good that I though RATT would be a let down, after their excellent set. This was not the case tonight. Prizoner set the crowd up, and RATT tore the roof off of the club.
I have seen RATT twice in 2007, and Stephen Pearcy with his solo band in December. Each time, I thought Pearcy’s voice was a little better than the last time I saw him. His voice was damn near perfect this time around. I made a point to stand on the side of the stage where Warren DeMartini was playing. I am quite glad I did. His playing and solos were quite impressive.
Robby Crane might just be the best bass player RATT has ever had. Does this guy ever stand still during a show? His bass combined with Bobby Blotzer’s drums sounded great all night.
John Corabi played rhythm guitar and sang backup to Stephen Pearcy. I never noticed how much Corabi was singing until this show. I hope he doesn’t leave the band as it has been rumored of late. He will be greatly missed if he does quit RATT.
RATT played a pretty good selection of their hits including Tug of War, You’re In Love, Way Cool Jr., Lack of Communication, Lay It Down, Wanted Man, Back For More, a cover of Aerosmith’s Walkin’ The Dog, Nobody Rides For Free and a few other tunes that I can’t recall.
They also did an encore of Body Talk and Round & Round.
I didn’t decide to hit this show until a couple of days before. It was a great concert for a club show. I was glad I went. If I had any complaints at all, it would have wished RATT would have played longer.
Don’t miss RATT if they head your way. They have a few shows left on this tour.
I have included videos from RATT’s encore of Body Talk and Round and Below.
Check them out!
|8/10/08||Charter One Pavillion||Chicago, IL||w/ Scorpions|
|8/29/08||Rock The Bayou||Houston, TX|
It’s Friday night in the heart of Amish Country. What is a rocker to do? Go to Clark’s Bar in Coshocton, Ohio on June 20th and see American Dog and Rhino Bucket!!
After a 3 hour drive through scenic Amish Country, we arrive at Clark’s Bar. As I walk in, We’re greeted by none other than Michael Hannon of American Dog. We find a seat and order some food, which by the way is great!!
American Dog took the stage around 10PM kicking their set off with Shitkicker and Barely Half Alive. If you haven’t seen them, Steve Theado is on guitar and he is incredible. Keith Pickens is on drums keeps the groove going along with vocalist/bassist Michael Hannon. The band mixed classics with songs from their new CD Hard. Hypnotized and Beaten, Broken, Etc sounded amazing. The band put everything they had into Rock-N-Roll Dog in memory of Michael’s dog Jake. They ended their hour long set with the one two punch of I Don’t Remember (I Drank Too Much) and Sometimes You Eat The Pussy, Sometimes The Pussy Eats You.
After a short intermission, Rhino Bucket hit the stage with Beat To Death Like a Dog and I Was Told. And from there it only got better. With Brian Forsythe’s searing leads and Reeve Downes thundering bass following the groove of Anthony “Tiny” Biuso’s drums, every song was loud and clear. Georg Dolivo’s vocal snarl was in fine form as well. They tore through classics like Hey There and One Night Stand along with newer songs Welcome To Hell and She Rides from their latest CD, And Then It Got Ugly (available at www.acetate.com). The surprise of the night was the song Street to Street from their upcoming CD. It fit in well with the closer’s Hammer and Nail, Ride the Rhino and Scratch and Sniff.
After the show, both bands made themselves available to meet and mingle with the fans. Many autographs were given and pictures were taken. It’s great to see bands respect their fans enough to do this. If you get a chance to see these bands, get off your ass and see them. You won’t be disappointed!!!
Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat came to Louisville’s Expo Five Sunday Night (7/20/08). To read about Bang Tango’s opening set, click here. To read about L.A. Guns (featuring Tracii Guns) click here.
Faster Pussycat was the headlining act last Sunday Night. They opened the show, with the title cut off of their new CD, The Power and the Gloryhole. The rest of the set had the following tunes in no certain order:
House of Pain, Cathouse, Bathroom Wall, Babylon, Porn Star, Sex Drugs & Rock-N-Roll, When There’s A Whip There’s A Way.
Taime Downe’s vocals still sound the same after all of these years. It has been an extremely long time since I have seen this band. I don’t recall Taime chain smoking through every song he performs. For goodness sakes, put the cancer sticks away for an hour Taime!
Taime is the only original member left in Faster Pussycat. In fact, a couple of his band members, played earlier in the night. L.A. Guns drummer Chad Stewart was behind the skins, and Bang Tango guitarist, Michael Thomas handled the lead guitar. The rest of the band was fleshed out by Taime’s Newlydead bandmates, guitarist Xristian Simon, and Danny Nordahl on bass.
I must admit that I am not a very big fan of the latest Faster Pussycat CD, The Power and The Gloryhole. I was amazed that a lot of the new songs sound better live, than they do on the CD. I may have to revisit that CD, and update my original review.
Faster Pussycat sounded pretty good on Sunday Night. My only complaint is that their set was way too short. I would have liked to have heard 4 or 5 more tunes by Taime and company.
All three bands were better than I expected them to be. L.A. Guns stole the show, but Bang Tango and Faster Pussycat were still worth seeing. If you are a fan of these bands, be sure to check them out on one of their remaining dates. I hope you enjoy the Faster Pussycat videos below!
Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat came to Louisville’s Expo Five Sunday Night (7/20/08). To read about Bang Tango’s opening set, click here.
L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns and new singer, Marty Casey took the stage, along with new rhythm guitarist, Alec Bauer, bassist Jeremy Guns and drummer Chad Stewart. I must admit that I had low expectations for this version of L.A. Guns. I am a fan of Phil Lewis, and his band with the same name, and quite honestly, I didn’t think Tracii’s group would live up to the name. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The band opened up with the tune, Over the Edge, and played a mix set of L.A. Guns tunes, and a few cover songs. The set list in no particular order was:
Over the Edge, Rip and Tear, No Mercy, One More Reason, I Don’t Care (Brides of Destruction), Shut the Fuck Up (Brides of Destruction), The Ballad of Jayne, Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) and You Can’t Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones).
With Marty Casey as the new singer of L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns has secured a very good front man for his band. Marty Casey put on a very energetic show, and did an admirable job on the L.A. Guns classic tunes. There was a song or two where the rest of the band provided a great deal of vocals, but for the most part, Casey handled the tunes with ease, and sounded pretty good. Casey joined L.A. Guns back in June, and he already seems at home with the band.
It has been a long time since I have seen Tracii Guns play live, and I believe that I have under estimated the amazing talent that he is. His guitar playing was way over the top Sunday night. Check out the solos in the eight minute Rip and Tear video, and you will see what I mean. Total awesome playing! I was very impressed with his guitar work all night.
Jeremy Guns, the bass player for L.A. Guns, took over the vocals for the Brides of Destruction tune, Shut the Fuck Up. He did a pretty good job. I was glad to hear some Brides tunes.
As a whole, Tracii’s L.A. Guns were better than ever. They put on a better show than the Phil Lewis led L.A. Guns did, the last couple of times that I saw them.
I still prefer Phil’s vocals to Marty’s, but I believe Tracii’s L.A. Guns band is a the better of the two now. This show made me a fan of The Tracii Guns faction, and I will certainly give them the support they deserve. I am now looking forward to their new album that is due later this year. I highly recommend checking them out if they come to your town.
Stop back tomorrow, for our part 3 of our review on Faster Pussycat. Until then, I hope you enjoy the videos below.
Bang Tango, L.A. Guns (featuring Tracii Guns) and Faster Pussycat, played live, at Lousiville, KY’s Expo Five.
This is the first time that I have attended a show at this venue, and I must say, it is kind of cool. The building itself must have been used for a hangar or some other type of use, before it was converted into a concert hall/ bar. I don’t know if it had to do with the curved shape of the building, but this is the first concert in a long time, that I have not experienced the two day ear ringing after the show. It has nothing to do with the three bands that played. All of them were quite loud, and very rocking.
Bang Tango took the stage first at about 8:30 or so. The band started off with a cool cover of the T.Rex tune, 20th Century Boy. The rest of the set, in no certain order, had the following songs:
Attack of Life, Dancing on Coals, Someone Like You, Highway to Hell (AC/DC cover), Wrap My WIngs, and a few others that I don’t recall.
It has been over fifteen years since I last saw Bang Tango. Joe Leste’ may be the only remaining original Bang Tango member, but the band still sounds damn good in 2008. Joe’s voice still sounds the same after all of these years. His trademark screechy vocals were damn near perfect last night.
His band is rounded out by Michael Thomas (Beautiful Creatures) and Ryan Seelbach on guitar, Lance Eric on Bass, and Timmy Russell (Beautiful Creatures) on drums. Michael Thomas proved to be a pretty solid axeman. Little did I realize that when Bang Tango was done, we would see him play again. More on that later. As a whole, Bang Tango was a lot better than I remembered them to be. I enjoyed their set, but the best music of the night was yet to come.
Check out the videos from the Bang Tango portion of the show below.
Stop back tomorrow for Part 2 of this concert review, featuring L.A. Guns.
Disturbed brought their Indestructible tour to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogart’s, Wednesday night.
With three platinum and two number one albums under their belt, Disturbed proves to have quite a large fanbase in the Queen City, as this show was sold out.
Disturbed has brought along two supporting acts on this bill, Art of Dying and Five Finger Death Punch.
Canada’s Art of Dying took the stage at 7:30 P.M. Their set list included the songs, Get Through This, You Don’t Know Me, Completely, and a cool cover of Alice in Chains’, Them Bones. Singer Jonny Hetherington has a pretty good rock voice, and as a whole, the entire band was pretty solid. The large crowd at Bogart’s seemed to like the band pretty well, even though most people were hearing their music for the very first time. Disturbed’s Dan Donegan is a fan of AOD, and asked the band to join this tour. They aren’t as hard as Disturbed, or Five Finger Death Punch, but they did a pretty good job warming up the crowd. Those of you who didn’t get to pick up their CD at this show, can find it at SeeofSound.com.
Five Finger Death Punch took the stage next, and proceeded to turn up the intensity in this elbow to elbow crowd. Five Finger Death Punch has a sound that wavers in and out of thrash metal and hardcore. It is aggressive, high speed, chest thumping music with a killer groove. At first I wondered how Five Finger Death Punch got on this bill. After seeing them live, I realized that they were the perfect band to open up for Disturbed. I was extremely impressed with the musicianship in this band. Zoltan Bathory and Darrell Roberts are one of the better guitar tandems in heavy metal today. They really got the crown going with their short set. No only did singer Ivan Moody electrify the crowd with his performance, but he instigated the first mosh pit of the night. His abrasive vocals take some getting used to, but it seems to work with Five Finger Death Punches’s style of metal.
Some of the tunes played by FFDP were White Knuckles, Death Before Dishonor, The Bleeding, and a cool but heavy cover of the song, Bad Company.
After Five Finger Death Punch’s powerful set, the crowd was supercharged while waiting for Disturbed to take the stage.
Disturbed took the stage about 9:30 P.M. This is the first time that I have seen Disturbed live, so I was not sure what to expect. They immediately took advantage of the electrified crowd, and continued to push us even further. David Draiman proves to be a very charismatic frontman, and is better live than on Disturbed’s studio material. Dan Donegan surprised me with his guitar wizardry. He is one hell of a player. By the time Disturbed broke into their second song, the crowd was in complete mayhem. More crowd surfing, and a second mosh pit broke out, as Disturbed blasted through their groove laden metal.
The Disturbed set included their songs (not in order), Down With the Sickness, Stupify, Stricken, Land of Confusion, Voices, The Game, Deify, as well as their latest hit, a new song off of their new album, Indestructible, called Inside the Fire.
I have been to countless live shows, but I don’t recall any over the last few years where so many people were fired up and enjoying the music, as much as this concert. During Disturbed’s set it was virtually impossible to take any pictures, as there was a massive amount of crowd surfing, fist pumping, and whole bunch of jumping taking place. Disturbed was excellent live, and will be a band I will be seeing again in the future.
Be sure to pick up a copy of their new CD, Indestructible on June 3rd.
The following are the videos taken at the show. Enjoy!
Disturbed – Land of Confusion
Disturbed – Inside the Fire (New single on Indestructible)
HRH favorite Airbourne, Saving Abel and Theory of A Deadman rolled into Cincinnati at Bogart’s on Thursday Night. After seeing Airbourne’s excellent live show in Lexington, KY for the first time, I wasn’t about to miss them when they came back to my area.
Like the meat in a good sandwich, Airbourne took the stage between Saving Abel and Theory of a Deadman Thursday Night. Much to my surprise, Saving Abel was already done performing and had their packed off the stage before we arrived at 8:00 P.M. We didn’t even realize that they had played, until Theory of a Deadman thanked Saving Abel and Airbourne during the final songs of their set.
I was somewhat disappointed that I didn’t get to see Saving Abel, but I came to see Airbourne, and once they took the stage, any disappointment I may have had for the evening was easily dissipated.
Airbourne took the stage at approximately 8:30. They performed several songs off of their album Running Wild including: Stand Up For Rock ‘N’ Roll, Hellfire, Fat City, Diamond in the Rough, What’s Eating You, Cheap Wine Cheaper Women, Girls in Black, and Running Wild. Airbourne’s set was not quite as energetic as their Headlining show in Lexington, KY had a few short weeks ago. Part of the problem on this night was the audience that came to see the show. Most of the twenty something crowd was there to see Theory of a Deadman, and, in my opinion, could care less to see Airbourne. Whatever promoter put these two bands together must have a real sense of humor, as both bands have a completely different style, that are not very complimentary of each other.
In Lexington, KY, Airbourne fed off of the crowd, and the crowd fed off the band. In Cincinnati, the T.O.A.D. crowd was certainly energetic. Their was crowd surfing during Airbourne’s set, but the vibe was no where near the same. This didn’t seem to matter to Airbourne front man Joel O’Keeffe, as he turned in an another amazing live performance. Airbourne started winning the crowd over towards the end of their set, and did receive plenty of applause before they gave up the stage to Theory of A Deadman.
With T.O.A.D., I found myself in a strange position, as I was one of the few in the crowd that did not know the majority of the songs that they performed. Usually, I know a band’s music fairly well before I go to see them, but with Theory of a Deadman, they only came onto my radar with their new CD, Scars & Souvenirs. I like the new CD, fairly well, but I am not familiar with their earlier material. The majority of their set, was their older stuff.
Theory of a Deadman’s singer, Tyler Connolly commands the stage, and has a pretty good voice, that is somewhat like Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger. I don’t think I have seen a hair do like his, since the last time I watched old reruns of Happy Days. The music is by far the most important thing, and their set was pretty tight. They played the tunes Nothing Could Come Between Us, Hate My Life, Santa Monica, Hating Hollywood, Got It Made, Bad Girlfriend, So Happy and two or three other songs, whose names escape me. Even though the sounded great, they were no where near as entertaining as Airbourne, and didn’t have half of the energy. Airbourne is a hard act to follow, and although Theory of a Deadman was good, I thought Airbourne was the better of the two.
I am glad I caught this show, even though it is not the best one that I have seen in 2008.
Enjoy the live clips of Airbourne and Theory of a Deadman below!
Airbourne – Hellfire
Airbourne – Fat City
Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Theory of A Deadman – Bad Girlfriend
Theory of A Deadman – So Happy
Four hard rocking bands took the stage Tuesday night at Lexington, Kentucky’s, Club A1A.
Uncle Aleister’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival was the first act to take the stage. I didn’t know much about this band, but I expected this to be a cover band. Much to my surprise, and to my liking, the band played all original material. The ages were obviously quite varied in this 4 piece band, but did a pretty good job warming up the small crowd that arrived at the club early.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Stonerider was up next. I recently reviewed this band’s CD, Three Legs of Trouble (Review can be found in the TOP 10, on the HRH Sidebar), and was pretty familiar with their music. I have been spinning this disc a lot as of late, and have really been enjoying their music. I haven’t heard any feedback about the band, so I was not sure what to expect by their live show.
Their set included the tunes, Rush Hour, Baby, Back From the Dead, Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good, Juice Man, and Wild Child. They were pretty good live, although their set was a little too short in my opinion. I would like to catch these guys playing live again.
Bad Loving Never Felt So Good
Endeverafter took the stage around 10 P.M. I was anxious to see this band. I was already quite familiar with the playing of Endeverafter’s Michael Grant. I have heard nothing but good things about these guys from the people who were lucky enough to catch them on the 2006 Poison and Cinderella Tour.
The band played quite a few songs off of their new CD, Kiss or Kill, including, Tip of My Tongue, All Night, Road to Destruction, Next Best Thing, Baby Baby Baby, and I Wanna Be Your Man.
I had high expectations for Endeverafter, and they exceeded them. They were very good live. With a bunch of good songs at their disposal, Endeverafter could really take off, if radio will give them a chance and play a couple of their songs.
I honestly thought Endeverafter was going to be hard act to follow, as good as they played. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tip of My Tongue
I Wanna Be Your Man and Baby, Baby, Baby
Airbourne took the stage around 11 P.M. or so. They were introduced by WKQQ’s Dead Air Dennis and Monkey Boy. Monkey Boy had a small jab at Airbourne comparing them to AC/DC. I guess this was his attempt to be funny. Nonetheless, say what you will about this Airbourne’s obvious influences, they rock as hard as the bands that inspired them.
I have seen hundreds of live shows, and I don’t recall very many shows, where a band put on a more energetic show than the one Airbourne did Tuesday night. 48 hours later, and I am still blown away by the live show that I saw.
Joel O’Keeffe is an amazing front man. He knows how to get the crowd fired up, and does a good job keeping them there. Bassist Justin Street is going to need a neck brace from his constant head banging, hair spinning bass licks. David Roads does a pretty good job keeping up with Joel O’Keeffe note for note. They way these guys run around stage during a set, they must be exhausted from all of the energy they put out. Airbourne’s set included the songs, Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll, Diamond In The Rough, What’s Eatin You, Cheap Wine, Blackjack, Girls in Black, Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast, Runnin’ Wild and Hellfire.
On a negative note, this was a low dough show. For a mere $10.00, you got to see four great bands, and at maximum their was only 100 people in attendance. Lexington, KY is a big college town (UK), so I would expect that a great rock show would like this would attract more people. This club should have been packed. Sadly, it was not.
Airbourne has just recently announced a ton of new dates across the United States. Check below for the latest Tour Dates! DO NOT MISS AIRBOURNE if they come to your town.
Stand Up For Rock N Roll
Diamond in the Rough
Girls in Black
Airbourne Tour Dates
Fri 04/11/08 Madison, WI The Annex
Sat 04/12/08 Maplewood, MN The Rock
Mon 04/14/08 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Wed 04/16/08 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
Thu 04/17/08 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Sat 04/19/08 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Sun 04/20/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Mon 04/21/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
appearing with Seether / Chevelle
Fri 04/25/08 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station Lonestar Pavilion
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Mon 04/28/08 Hattiesburg, MS The Bottling Company
Wed 04/30/08 Nashville, TN On The Rocks
Thu 05/01/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Fri 05/02/08 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Sat 05/03/08 Lynchburg, VA Cattle Annie’s
appearing with Finger Eleven
Fri 05/09/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Mon 05/12/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Tue 05/13/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Wed 05/14/08 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
appearing at “Rock On The Range”
appearing at “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival”
Wed 07/09/08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/11/08 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/12/08 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/13/08 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
Tue 07/15/08 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Wed 07/16/08 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 07/18/08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/19/08 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/20/08 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre
Tue 07/22/08 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Wed 07/23/08 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/25/08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Centre
Sat 07/26/08 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 07/27/08 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park
Tue 07/29/08 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 07/30/08 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/01/08 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Sat 08/02/08 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/03/08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Tue 08/05/08 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
Wed 08/06/08 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 08/08/08 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
Sat 08/09/08 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun 08/10/08 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 08/12/08 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 08/13/08 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri 08/15/08 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/16/08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/17/08 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/19/08 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
This metalfest featured eight bands on which Belladonna was the headliner. I arrived late, and caught the band’s Session 9′s set.
Session 9′s brand of Nu-Metal energized the small crowd, before Joey and Company took the stage.
Before the show, I ran into the man with a million faces, Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost. I had no idea that Jack was playing in Joey Belladonna’s solo band, so I was quite happy knowing that a guitarist of his caliber was playing live with him. I also had the opportunity to meet Joey Belladonna, as did many others.
Belladonna took the stage a couple of minutes before midnight, and played a healthy dose of 80′s Anthrax tunes, and Belladonna solo material. The set list included the following tunes:
Madhouse, Antisocial, (Efilnikufesin) N.F.L., Time, Two-Faced, Caught In A Mosh, I Am the Law, Medusa, and Indians
The band was ultra tight all night, and Joey Belladonna’s voice was damn near perfect. Jack Frost was fun to watch, and seemed to enjoy what he was doing. If you have ever seen him play before, you will already know, that you will see hundreds of different expressions on his face while he is playing. He is truly entertaining to watch.
RC Ciejek, was one of the most energetic bass players that I have seen in quite some time. Drummer Paul Marciano was kicking ass behind his massive drum kit! Belladonna made his best efforts to keep the audience fired up, and he succeeded. A mosh pit broke out for one of the songs, (This has to be the first time this has happened at the Blue Note in ages.) of course the Blue Note Bouncers put an end to that quickly.
It was a very small turn out for this excellent show. I don’t know where the metal heads were in Cincinnati Sunday night, but they weren’t at the Blue Note. They missed a great show, and a chance to meet a metal legend!
There are plenty of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them when they come to your town!
April 09 – Kings Tavern Denver, CO
April 11 – Roadhouse Apple Valley, CA
April 12 – Tremors Riverside, CA
April 13 – The Museum Club Flagstaff, AZ
April 14 – Club Congress Tucson, AZ
April 16 – Fat Cat Modesto, CA
April 18 – Studio Seven Seattle, WA
April 23 – Big City Night Club Farmington, NM
April 25 – Acadia Bar Houston, TX
April 26 – Rosedale San Antonio, TX
April 29 – The Otherside Event Center Tulsa, OK
April 30 – The Muse Nashville, TN (New)
May 01 – Jaxx Springfield, VA
May 02 – Soundgarden, Myrtle Beach, NC
May 03 – Championship Sports Bar And Grill Trenton, NJ
May 05 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
May 08 – Vnuks Milwaukee, WI
May 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
May 10 – Jigsaw Saloon Parma, OH
May 11 – Cardo’s Chillicothe, OH
May 13 – Europa Night Club Brooklyn, NY
May 16 – Mark’s Showplace Manchester, NH
May 17 – The Haunt Yonkers, NY
May 18 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 19 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, CA
May 20 – TBA Ottawa, Canada
May 21 – Foufounes Electriques Montreal, CA
May 22 – Time To Laugh Kingston, On
May 25 – TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 26 – TBA Moncton, NB
June 05 – Hard Rock Live Mexico City, Mexico
L.A. Guns brought their 20th Anniversary Tour to The Blue Note in Cincinnati, Ohio last Thursday Night. A couple of bands Session 9, and A Nervous Wreck opened the show, and got the crowd revved for Phil Lewis and company. This night started to look as if it was going to be the third live music debacle of 2008. The band Z02 were supposed to open for L.A. Guns, but cancelled the day before the show. I was looking forward to seeing this band play live for weeks, so their cancellation came as a disappointment. This was the only thing disppapointing on Thursday Night.
L.A. Guns, featuring Phil Lewis on vocals, Stacey Blades on guitar, Scott Griffin on bass, and Steve Riley on drums, hit the stage at around 11 P.M. and played for a little over an hour. The set contained most of the band’s hits including: Sex Action, Over the Edge, One More Reason, Never Enough, Kiss My Love Goodbye, The Ballad of Jayne, Rip and Tear, Hellraiser’s Ball, and Gypsy Soul.
It was an extremely tight set, and the band seemed to be in top form all night. This is the second time I have seen L.A. Guns over the last few months (you can read about the first show here), but it was definitely the best out of the two shows I have seen.
Phil Lewis still sounds as good as he did 20 years ago. Stacey Blades is an outstanding guitar player. As a whole, L.A Guns still rocks and does it well! The Phil Lewis led L.A. Guns continues to prove that their is only one band that deserves to use the L.A. Guns name. The best one played in Cincinnati Thursday night. The 150 – 200 people that were there for the show, saw a very good night of rock. The turn out for this show was exceptional for a bitter cold Thursday night.
Special thanks to J.T. from Class X Radio for the ticket for this show, and to Paul at TransFusion Productions for bringing L.A. Guns back to the Queen City.
The following videos were below were taken at the show! Enjoy!
So far my live music experiences in 2008, have been nothing short of a debacle. I was hoping that Sunday night would turn that trend around. It wasn’t a particularly good night, to start with, as my Green Bay Packers got beat by the New York Giants in their effort to move on to the Superbowl.
Before the game ended, I headed to the Deadwood Saloon to check out Chavis recording Artist, Asphalt Valentine. The band seems to have a good start going for them in 2008. They were recently signed to Chavis Records. They will be on the road touring in support of their new record heavily this year. Their single, Strip Rock Roll is starting to hit the airwaves across the U.S. I really looked forward to this show, to see what this band was about.
Singer Joe Flynt, apparently had a touch of Bronchitis, and his vocals on Sunday night were inaudible. After the first song started, the sound guy was scrambling to find out what was wrong with the microphone and amp, but Joe wasn’t able to sing loud enough for anyone to hear him. The rest of the band rocked pretty hard, but without being able to hear the vocals, it was too hard to discern how good Asphalt Valentine really was.
I am not sure why a band would choose to honor a live date when a member of the band is ill, but with Asphalt Valentine starting to tour on the national circuit, they probably don’t want to acquire a bad reputation. I hope they will make good on their promise to return, so I can truly hear what they sound like, in their top form.
This is the first TSO show that I have gone to, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I was well aware of TSO’s ties to the metal band, Savatage before I went to this show, but was not expecting this to be a hard rock show by any means.
In essence, this was like a hard rock show in disguise. It was definitely a Christmas themed show, but it was much, much more than that. This wasn’t an orchestra rehashing the same old Christmas songs that have you listened to 1000 times over the years.
The first half of the show, had a Narrator telling a Christmas story, in between songs. This kind of bored, my wife and I, and I could have done without this portion of the show. Aside from this distraction, the show was pretty amazing. The songs and arrangement played throughout this show, were a unique blend of classical and metal music. It was Christmas songs, redone in a fashion, that only Trans Siberian Orchestra could perform.
The show itself had it all. One of the best light shows I have ever seen live. Tons of pyro, lasers and more.
The stage was lit up in a way that I have not seen before.
Although TSO has many members, a few musicians stole the show. Guitarist (Savatage) Chris Caffery and (ex-Testament) Alex Skolnick were on fire all night. Mark Wood and his flying V, violin was a pleasure to watch as well.
This show had plenty of surprises in store for the concert goers, including a keyboard duel, a second stage in the audience and more.
If you get the chance to experience TSO live, do so. You won’t be disappointed. It is a unique live show that you can’t experience anywhere else. This show was a nice way to close out the great year of live music that 2007 brought to my area.
I was able to take one video at the show (before my camera self destructed), which was the first song of the night, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing. Check it out below!
Thursday Night, December 20th, I received passes for the WEBN Frog & Pony show (Thanks Geo!). This was an invite only, X-Mas bash by Cincinnati’s biggest rock stations. The event had it all….cheap beer, free food, horse racing, and rock and roll, courtesy of a local band, Livid, and Detroit’s UGLY.
I saw UGLY for the first time labor day weekend, when they opened up for that botched Operator show. They saved the day then, and I wasn’t about to miss these guys when they were playing so close to home.
The band took the stage around 9:30 P.M. and played several of the songs off of their new CD, including 24 Hours, Pusher, Friday Night, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, and a killer cover of Van Halen’s Unchained.
It was a short, but very tight set by UGLY. The small crowd that stayed to see the show, got to see one hellaciously good, free concert.
UGLY is a killer rock and roll band, that is all about the music, and not about the image. This is a band that I am quite happy to have discovered in 2007! I look forward to catching them live again in 2008!
It was a great night of rock at Turfway Park, in Florence, KY, and a hell of a way to start the holidays!
If you haven’t picked up a copy of the disc, by UGLY yet, I highly recommend that you grab a copy. You can get it at the Rock Ridge Music Store, at this link!
You can view the videos I took at the concert below!
For more information on UGLY, check out their myspace page here.
The XXXmas tour featuring The Antidivision, Jetboy and Stephen Pearcy rolled into Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday Night. This concert was held at Whiskey Dick’s bar, which is a small club, but an intimate setting to catch bands live.
When I first found about this show, I was in disbelief that Jetboy was playing in Ohio. Their appearances here have been rare, so this show was one that I could not miss. Stephen Pearcy was a bonus, especially since I have seen him with RATT twice in 2007.
The Antidivision took the stage shortly after 9 PM. At the time the band started, their was only about 50 people in the club, and the small crowd had a very lackluster response to the bands’ tunes. I must admit that the band didn’t have much stage presence, and I wasn’t seeing a lot of energy in their performance. It probably didn’t help that no one in the audience new their songs. The band pulled a cover off of Suffergette City that was actually pretty good, but by then it was too late. People were ready for Pearcy to play. I can imagine that their 13 hour drive from Denver had them quite exhausted, and probably effected their show somewhat. Stephen Pearcy recently signed the band to his Top Fuel Records label, so this could have just been an off night for this young band. Their tunes on their myspace page show promise( check out the tune Let Yourself Go). This will be a band that I will be keeping my eye on in the future.
Jetboy took the stage around 10 P.M. and played a jaw dropping set, that included several tunes off of their releases Feel the Shake, and Damned Nation as well as a very cool cover of the Johnny Cash tune Folsom Prison Blues. I expected Jetboy to be good, but this high energy performance was well beyond my expectations. The crowd swelled (if you can call it that) to 100 people, and most of them flew to the stage like moths to a flame.
Lead guitarist Fernie Rod was completely off the hook. The small crowd didn’t deter his performance one bit. He played as if there were 1000 people in the club. The mighty mohawked, Mickey Finn proved to be one dynamic front man. I was equally impressed with Billy Rowe’s rhythm and slide guitar playing. The newest members of Jetboy Michael Butler (bass) and Jeff Moscone(drums) are solid additions to the band. Both musicians add their own spark to Jetboy electric live show.
How these guys are still virtually unknown is mind-boggling to me! This show made is clear to me, that Jetboy is back, and they are going to rock everyone along the way. The band is currently working on new tunes for a 2008 release. Don’t miss out on this show if they come to your town! Be sure to check out the live Jetboy videos below!
The surprise of the night, was RATT front man, Stephen Pearcy. I have seen RATT twice in 2007, and both times I felt that Pearcy’s voice wasn’t what it used to be. Amazingly, on this Tuesday evening, Pearcy sounded better than he has in a long time. His five piece band, were pulling off RATT tunes with ease, and sounded great. Something else that also surprise me, was the fact that The Antidivision’s frontman Erik Ferentinos was playing lead guitar for Pearcy’s backup band, and was pulling off those amazing DiMartini guitar licks like a pro. Obviously, he is a musician with a lot to prove.
Pearcy’s voice wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was far better on Tuesday night than any other time that I saw him sing in 2007. I was very glad that I stayed for the set that consisted mostly of Ratt tunes, but also included a few covers. (Judas Priest’s You Got Another Thing Coming and, Aerosmith’s Draw The Line to name a couple of them.)
Pearcy also performed a new tune that will be on his new solo disc due in 2008, called You’re A Lot Like Me which is captured in one of the videos below.
I am sure that the weather report with the expected 2 – 4 inches of snowfall kept a lot of Columbus rock fans away from this gig. They missed one hell of a show.
A special shout goes out to Kenny Ozz from Drugstore Valentine, who is a huge supporter of glam metal in the Ohio Tri-State Area. I didn’t expect to run into anyone I knew in Columbus, and was quite surprised to find some familiar faces in the crowd.
Don’t miss the XXXmas tour if it hits your town…there are a few dates left in December.
Dec 6 2007 7:00P Emerald Theater Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Dec 7 2007 8:00P Fast Eddys Evansville, Indiana
Dec 8 2007 7:00P The Venue Boone, Iowa
Dec 9 2007 9:00P Atlantis Omaha, Nebraska
Dec 11 2007 7:00P Stratford Bar & Grill Fenton, Missouri
Dec 12 2007 7:00P The Ice House Bentonville, Arkansas
Supagroup, Year Long Disaster, and Valient Thorr took the stage at the Mad Hatter Club in Covington, KY on Thursday Night (11/15/07).
Going into this show, the only band’s music that I knew was by Supagroup. I recently picked up their Rules CD from 2005. I liked that CD so much, that I once I saw they were on the bill for this show, I could not miss this event. There were a couple of other local bands that opened the show, but I missed their sets. I did catch the last couple of songs by local metal band, Angels of Meth. I was fairly impressed by their guitarist. They will be a band that I may have to catch live again in the future.
Supagroup took the stage next, and proceeded to put on one excellent show. The band played several cuts off of their disc, Rules, and also off of the new CD, Fire For Hire. Benji Lee is a far better guitar player than I could have imagined. I was impressed by his guitar work all night. His brother, Chris Lee is a great front man, and knows how to get a crowd going. Supagroup is a very entertaining band to catch live. My only disappointment is that I haven’t seen them live before now. I won’t miss them play live again!
On a side note, it was bass player, Leif Swift’s birthday, so Happy Birthday Wishes go out to Leif!
After the show, the band took the time out to autograph my copy of the new CD, Fire For Hire and pose for a picture. You couldn’t ask for a better band to catch live. These guys appreciate their fans. It is a crime that they aren’t playing for larger crowds than what was at the Mad Hatter Thursday night.
I took a few videos of Supagroup playing live. The video below for Roll in Smokin is one of my favorite videos that I have ever shot!
Born In Exile
Roll In Smokin’
Year Long Disaster was next up on the stage. I must admit that I didn’t know any of the band’s music, but I did like their sound. Year Long Disaster has a 70′s stoner rock feel about them, that is similar to, but not the same as Black Sabbath. This band is only a three piece unit, so they have a big sound for a band with so few members. My batteries were running low in my Camera, and wanted to save a little bit for Valient Thorr, so I didn’t get any video of YLD. They are certainly worth checking out, so I am including their video below for their song, The Mad Shrew.
Valient Thorr was the final act of the night, and once again, I found myself in completely unfamiliar territory. The band has a seemingly cult following every where they go, so I was definitely not going to miss them. They refer to their fans as Thorriors, and if you go to a show, you are bound to see a few sleeveless jean jackets with a big Valient Thorr patch on the back.
The only way I can describe Valient Thorr is that they are like AC/DC mixed with Motorhead. If you could bottle the energy that this band has while playing live, you could power a small city. Lead singer, Valient looks like the bastard child of Billy Gibbons, and has a style that is all his own. This guy is completely insane live. I got a video of the band performing their song, Heatseeker, off of their new CD, Legend of the World.
It was another great night of rock and roll in the Kentucky. It is a shame that only 50 people came out for this show.
Joel O’keefe, Ryan O’keefe, David Roads and Justin Street of the Australian band Airbourne gave us THE rock event of the year on Friday November 2nd when the club Sonar and 98ROCK in Baltimore, Maryland hosted a Rock concert that we will certainly never forget!
From the very first chord of “Stand Up” Airbourne let us know that they were going to Rock all 250 of us like we’ve never been Rocked before. And that total Rock assault was such that we were all exhausted from pumping our fists and screaming at the top of our lungs…..when it was over. We fed off Airbourne’s energy as they obviously fed off of ours.
Airbourne lives for and loves to perform. That much is so completely obvious by their constant interaction with the crowd and each other. Rock is Airbourne’s chosen life, and we, the Rock fans of the world, are the beneficiaries!
Their show is non-stop motion! We took a ton of pictures, but they just wouldn’t stand still, so please don’t be too critical…..we did the best that we could.
Doesn’t matter though, because we were there…..we witnessed the greatest new rock show in the world….up close and in personal!
Their set list consisted of “Stand Up”, “Hell Fire”, “Fat City”, “What’s Eating You”, “Girls In Black”, “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”, “Heartbreaker”, “Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women”, “Runnin’ Wild” and “Black Jack”. Make no mistake here Rock fans…..every song that Airbourne plays is a great song! There are no duds or fillers here! That is not part of Airboune’s nature, they want every song to be perfect and they are!
And, when the set was over, and the crowd started chanting “Airbourne! Airbourne! Airbourne!”….they came back out and played “Ready to Rock” for a fitting encore.
For those of you who already own the non-USA release of Runnin’ Wild, you probably don’t recognize “Hell Fire” or “Ready To Rock”
“Hell Fire” is a new recording that will be put on the USA release coming out in January of 2008. It is replacing “Let’s Ride”.
And “Ready To Rock” if from the 2 year old Australia-only released cd by the same name. Only 1000 of those bad boys were ever pressed, and according to their manager, Gregg Donovan, it will NEVER be re-released! So if you own a copy of “Ready to Rock” hang on to it for dear life, and if you find a copy of “Ready to Rock” on Ebay….Good Luck Trying To Buy It! Talk about rare!
Airbourne is a “Must See” show for all rock fans. And if you are reading this and you are not a Rock fan….go to their show and you will instantly be an Airbourne fan, guaranteed!
This is Gregg…..he is one of the nicest and most dedicated folks that you will ever meet! He too loves what he does and it shows in his constant, infectious smile and enthusiasm while talking to everyone who wants to learn about Airbourne….(He is second from left)
Sadly, this is Airbourne’s last performance in the USA for this year. They are traveling back to Australia almost immediately.
But wait, this is also good news in that the reason they are going home is to pack! That’s right…..we said pack! They are moving to New Jersey in January! WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!
And to all you folks in New Jersey……if you feel the ground start to shake some evening….not to worry….it is just the boys practicing for their next show…..Airbourne may just be coming to a town near YOU!
After the show, and after we got to talk to the band and get a few pictures, we met Ron Burman of Roadrunner Records. He is the man who signed Airbourne and will be responsible for their USA release. We got to listen as he and Gregg talked marketing tactics and strategies. And when they started talking about merchandise, Ron said that there should be an Airbourne tube-top produced for the women. After hearing that we’re guessing that Airbourne is going to be solely responsible for the elusive tube-top coming back into vogue! Every female on the planet is gonna want one!
(Sidebar – Ron is also responsible for signing Nickelback….How’s that for credentials?)
We’d like to thank Stash of 98Rock for coming to the show and introducing the band.
We did not get to meet or talk to Stash, but we did have the pleasure of tuning in to his afternoon show (once we got in broadcast range) and listened to the last part of his live interview with Joel and Ryan. The part that we listened to did not cover much of the music aspects of the band, but did touch on sports. Such as the sports of Australia and the USA and their differences. Football was the primary subject and their comments were hilarious. Aussie humor ROCKS!
Stash also were asked why they were moving to the USA, and that answer was one for the ages…..It turns out that 21 of the 25 most poisonous snakes in the world live in Australia. What better reason would they need to move? LOL
This was a great show and we were lucky enough to put ourselves in position to take some fair photos. This link will take you to the whole sequence from the show…
If you would like to learn more about Airbourne you can go to these links…
Lastly, we’d like to give a big Shout Out to Shawn and Kim, fellow Pennsylvanians who made the trek to Baltimore and Rocked out side by side with us all night. Hope you two made it home safely!
Fellow Rockers….go see an Airbourne show! Airbourne will ROCK your world!!!!!
And be sure to buy their cd from Roadrunner Records when it is released in January! It’s the next best thing to being there!
Special Thanks to Bic & Que for this superb Airbourne recap!
Another Animal and Alter Bridge came to Cincinnati Wednesday Night. A late work night kept me from getting to the show on time, and I missed Another Animal all together! I was looking forward to seeing the band featuring Whitfield Crane on vocals. I have listened to Another Animal and Alter Bridge quite a bit as of late, and was also interested in seeing what the AB boys had to offer.
I am very impressed with the new Alter Bridge CD, Blackbird, and I am happy to report that band is doing a ton of songs off of the new disc.
I can’t recall the entire list, but the set list included: Before Tomorrow Comes, Brand New Start, Buried Alive, Broken Wings, Coming Home, Blackbird, White Knuckles and the first time the band has every played Break Me Down live.
The band did an Encore with a Led Zeppelin cover of Traveling Riverside Blues and an the songs Rise Today and Open Your Eyes.
I wondered if Myles Kennedy could handle some of the higher pitched vocals live, and let me tell you, this guy is the real deal. He hit every note, and was quite impressive. He is great singer, that is second to very few. Mark Tremonti was kicking everyone’s ass on the lead guitar. I think this guy must have a guitar for every new song that Alter Bridge plays.
Alter Bridge played an incredibly tight set, and had the crowd of 300 people singing along all night. It was a very good live show, and one that I would definitely go see again.
Here is a video so you can see what you are missing!
The band has a ton of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
Date Time Location City
Oct 12 2007 9:00P Mill Point Park Hampton, Virginia
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Oct 14 2007 7:00P The Roxy Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 16 2007 7:00P The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza New York City, New York
Oct 17 2007 7:00P Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Oct 19 2007 6:00P Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Oct 20 2007 10:30A Downtown Live Music & Arts Festival Hagerstown, Maryland
Oct 21 2007 7:00P Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 24 2007 7:00P The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Oct 26 2007 2:00P Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre San Antonio, Texas
Oct 27 2007 3:00P Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, Texas
Oct 28 2007 12:00P Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, Texas
Oct 30 2007 7:00P The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
Oct 31 2007 7:00P Midnight Rodeo Amarillo, Texas
Nov 2 2007 7:00P Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Nov 3 2007 6:00P House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 4 2007 7:00P Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura, California
Nov 6 2007 7:00P The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, California
Nov 7 2007 7:30P House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Nov 9 2007 7:30P Showbox SoDo Seattle
Nov 10 2007 7:00P The Big Easy Concert Hall Spokane, Washington
Nov 11 2007 7:00P Big Easy Concert House Boise, Idaho
Nov 13 2007 7:00P Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Nov 15 2007 6:00P Myth St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov 16 2007 7:00P Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 17 2007 7:00P The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 19 2007 7:00P Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Nov 20 2007 7:00P Wedgewood Entertainment Center Youngstown, Ohio
Nov 21 2007 7:00P Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac, Michigan
Nov 23 2007 8:00P The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Nov 24 2007 8:00P Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jan 18 2008 7:00P QMU Glasgow, Scotland
Jan 19 2008 7:00P Newcastle Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northeast
Jan 20 2008 7:00P The Academy Manchester, Northeast
Jan 22 2008 7:00P The Academy Birmingham, Midlands
Jan 24 2008 7:00P South Hampton Guildhall South Hampton, South
Jan 25 2008 7:00P Bristol Academy Bristol, South
Jan 26 2008 7:00P The Astoria London, London and South East
Jan 29 2008 7:00P Hof Ter Lo Antwerp
Jan 30 2008 7:00P 013 Tilburg
Feb 1 2008 7:00P Rohstofflager Zurich
Feb 2 2008 7:00P Backstage Werk Munich
Feb 3 2008 7:00P Arena Vienna
Feb 5 2008 7:00P Batshkapp Frankfurt
Feb 6 2008 7:00P Live Music Hall Cologne
Feb 7 2008 7:00P Postbahnof Berlin
Feb 9 2008 7:00P Docks Hamburg
Feb 10 2008 7:00P Amager Bio Copenhagen
Feb 11 2008 7:00P Klubben Stockholm
Last night, my wife and I made the trek 2 hours north to the tiny little town of Wapakoneta, Ohio to catch American Dog and Rhino Bucket live. Rhythm and Brews, the Club where the band played is an old World War II roadhouse that seats/stands less than 200 people. The club was easily at capacity last night, and the only way to see a show here is to arrive early to secure a seat. Surprisingly, this tiny club has hosted many national touring acts, and comedians over the years. It was pretty difficult to shoot pictures and take video in the club, without having a bobbing head, or a dancing girl in the way, but I managed to get a few.
American Dog took the stage around 9 P.M. This was my first experience seeing this band live. I have heard a few of American Dog’s tunes before, but I was not aware that American Dog was a three piece band. I was extremely impressed with how tight the band was, and AD guitarist Steve Theado was pretty amazing. This band plays great heavy party rock that is perfect for listening on a Saturday night, with your choice of cold beverage. I definitely would like to catch American Dog live again. Once was not enough for me.
Check out the video below!
Rhino Bucket hit the stage at about 11 P.M. or so. This was the first time for me to catch George Dolivo and company live. My only regret is not catching Rhino Bucket sooner. Rhino Bucket features George Dolivo on vocals and lead guitar, Brian Forsythe (Kix) on guitar, Reeve Downes on bass, and Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) on drums. I have always thought that Rhino Bucket was one of the better bands out there that had an AC/DC like sound. Saturday night, they proved me right. The band played plenty of their great cuts including, Beat To Death Like A Dog, One Night Stand, She Rides, Ride the Rhino, Ride With Yourself and I Was Told.
George Dolivo was in fine vocal form all night. It amazes me that after all these years, he is still able to scream out these vocals the way he does night after night. I have seen Brian Forsythe a few times in Kix. His guitar playing is an excellent addition to Rhino Bucket. George mentioned that Ronnie James Dio was gracious enough for Rhino Bucket to borrow Simon Wright to play drums. Simon was excellent on the skins last night, and I was glad to catch him with the band.
It was a great night of Rock and Roll in this small Ohio town. Rhino Bucket is on tour in the U.S. through early November. Don’t miss them if they come to your town! Enjoy the videos below!
A hard rock show that neither my wife or I could miss came to Mason, Ohio on Saturday night. I have been a fan of Black Stone Cherry since I first picked up their disc in 2006. I am proud to say these hard rockers are from my homestate of Kentucky. After seeing them live last year, I knew I wouldn’t miss this show. Jackyl is a favorite of my wife’s, so this show was definitely a win-win situation for both of us. The fact that this was a free show didn’t hurt matters either. The stage for this show was erected outside the Aces and Eights Harley Davidson dealership. Live bands played all day to take part in their 7th anniversary celebration. The turnout for this show was pretty amazing. I estimate about 3,000 – 4,000 people were there (It could have been more. The area by the stage was completely packed.)
Black Stone Cherry took the stage around 7:15 or so. The band played several of the tracks from their CD including, Backwoods Gold, Lonely Train, and Hell and High Water. They also threw in a cover of Rick Deringer’s Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo, and a blues song that I was not familiar with.
Drummer John Fred Young is fun to watch playing the drums. His playing and appearance reminds me of a young Tommy Aldridge. The show ended with Ben Wills, Chris Robertson and bassist John Lawhon playing with their guitars behind their necks. Cool Stuff! The band came out and did a meet and greet after the show. I came home with an autographed copy of the CD, and the picture below.
As a whole, Black Stone Cherry’s part of the show was great, and I was glad that I got to see them again. This show was their second to last U.S. date. They are about to embark on their tour of the U.K. and Europe in October. Once they finish up their tour they are coming back home to work on album #2!! For you fans in the United Kingdom that are just catching onto Black Stone Cherry (their debut CD was released in Europe recently) be sure to catch these guys live, you won’t be disappointed!
Here is a video I took of the band performing Hell or High Water!
I have seen Jackyl several times before and they have always been entertaining. Saturday night was no exception. The band was one big part that music just happned to be part of.
Jesse James was loud, rude and somewhat funny last night, and the fans love him for that. He was obviously there to party and have a good time. There was plenty of times that band passed around a bottle of Crown Royal, and it was empty by the time the show was done.
Jackyl performed many of the band’s hits including: Down on Me, Dirty Little Mind, When Will It Rain, I Stand Alone, Secret Of The Bottle and closed out with We’re AnAmerican Band, She Loves My Cock, and the Lumberjack.
During the show, Jesse had a bunch of scantilly clad women join him on the stage to further his birthday part. One of which had a snake around her neck. The crowd full of rowdy bikers seem to enjoy it.
Jackyl was fun to watch, and I almost forgot how good their brand of Southern Rock can be.
Great free hard rock shows like this do not come around very often, and I was glad that my family and I came to this show. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait until 2008 to catch another free one! What a way to close out Live Week at the Hard Rock Hideout!
Here is Jackyl peforming I Stand Alone. Enjoy!
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
This past weekend, my wife and I made the trek to Cherokee, NC for the Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally and Concert for our Anniversary. We stayed in Gatlinburg, TN, which is roughly 35 miles from the site of the concert. The only way to Cherokee, NC from our hotel is a very long, and extremely windy two lane highway through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This road is not for the faint of heart, or those with weak stomachs. It takes no less than an hour, to get there from Gatlinburg.
As it turns out, this was also the weekend of the Shades of the Past Rod Run. If you live in the Eastern United States and own a muscle car, or hot rod from the 1930′s or beyond, chances are you were in Gatlinburg, TN over the weekend. It made for an extremely hectic weekend, with tons of people that were in town for both events.
RATT – Friday, September 7th
On Friday night, we made it to the concert just a few minutes before RATT took the stage. This was our second time to see RATT this year, and after the Cincinnati show, my expectations were low. I have been a big fan of RATT in the past, and still listen to plenty of RATT tunes in 2007, but once again, I was not impressed by RATT, or mainly Stephen Pearcy. The band itself was actually much tighter than the Cincinnati show. Warren DiMartini was great, and the whole band had a lot more energy that the previous show we saw. The song selection was a lot better too. This is the set list from the Friday night show:
Walkin’ the Dog
Dangerous But Worth The Risk
You Think Your Tough
City to City
Slip of The Lip
Way Cool Jr.
Nobody Rides For Free
Back For More
Lack of Communication
Lay It Down
You’re In Love
Round and Round
The major problem here once again was Stephen Pearcy’s voice. His range is not what it used to be. He sounded marginally better than the 2007 Cincinnati show, but no where near as good as he has in the past. Another disappointment was that they only played for an hour. As a headliner, I would expect the band to play a longer set.
FIREHOUSE AND TESLA – Saturday, September 8th
On Saturday, we returned to Cherokee to catch Firehouse and Tesla play. I have seen Firehouse a few times in the past, but it had been a few years since I have seen them live. I am glad to say that Firehouse was awesome. They played an extremely tight set, and covered material off of all of their releases. I was surprised when they performed Door to Door, off of their 2004 disc Prime Time. This is a hellaciously good song that every Nascar fan needs to hear. This song is sung by drummer Michael Foster. Great Stuff!
Guitarist Bill Leverty was pretty amazing to watch. I have a new respect for him as a guitarist. Luckily, I was able to meet Bill after their show. He informed me that he had a new instrumental CD coming out next month. Check out BillLeverty.com for more details on the CD.
The one unusual thing about this concert is The bikers were allowed to park their bikes fairly close to the stage.
Sadly, the drunken and rowdy bikers were getting extremely obnoxious at this show. They decided to have an engine revving contests throughout the concert. It sometimes made hearing what the singers had to say, and hearing the bands perform somewhat difficult.
Even though my patience was thinning, due to the rude and intoxicated bikers, I was anxiously awaiting to see Tesla play. I have seen Tesla several times in the past, and they have never disappointed me. Saturday night was no exception!
Tesla took the stage around 9:40 P.M. or so, and played close to two hours long. It was an extremely tight set that inluded tunes from all six of their studio releases. This was the first time I heard the band perform any songs off of their 1994 disc, Bust a Nut, or their 2004 effort, Into the Now. They also did a few cover tunes off their Side A and Side B discs of Real to Reel.
New band member, guitarist Dave Rude complimented Frank Hannon’s excellent guitar licks greatly. Jeff Keith was in perfect vocal form all night. Troy Luccketta was kicking ass on the drums all night.
Frank Hannon played two different twelve string guitars during the show. One of which I recognized to be the one that belonged to the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard. See this link on the story for that. He was also entertaining with his multiple hat changes (tophat, Uncle Sam, Indian Head dress).
In Conclusion, both Firehouse and Tesla put on a killer show. It was a great night of rock and roll Saturday Night in Cherokee, NC. I am glad there are great hard rock bands like Firehouse and Tesla that are still kicking ass in 2007! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
Every Labor Day Weekend, Cincinnati Rock station WEBN, has their big Labor day celebration, that ends with one of the biggest Fireworks displays in the United States.
In 2007, there were three music stages. One in Newport, KY, and two in Cincinnati. Most of the stages had local acts, except for the P&G Pavillion where I sought out two national hard rock acts, Ugly and Operator.
Ugly is a newer Detroit hard rock band that is made up by former members of the band Tantric and Outspoken. Ugly took the stage around 6 P.M. I have not seen this band before, and only heard a song or two prior to their performance.
I am happy to say that Ugly put on a great show. Their hard-driving, high energy rock revved up the crowd waiting to see the Headliner, Operator.
The lead singer, Geo Teubl came out after the show and was signing autographs and meeting the fans. He has the right attitude that will take him, and his band to the next level of success. The band Operator could take some personality and attitude lessons from Ugly.
Kevin McCreery’s guitar solo
Operator is the band that I have been looking forward to seeing for a few weeks now. I can only describe Operator, as the Soulcrushing idiots. The sound company seemingly could not get their sound right, and the band was unhappy from the start. The band led off with the profanity filled, Live Your Way. Singer Johnny Strong immediately showed attitude as he grumbled about being denied his First Amendment rights. He sang the song without the curse words.
Considering the number of young kids present at this outdoor free show, that was probably a good thing. Their is a time and place for profanity in rock music. It doesn’t bother me at all. Profanity is a pretty normal thing in hard rock and metal music. That doesn’t change the fact that I certainly wouldn’t want my stepdaughter or any other children to listen to a song filled with profanity.
After three songs, the band pulled an Axl Rose and stormed off the stage, and did not return. The crowd followed up with plenty of “Operator Sucks” comments being yelled at the top of their lungs, and rightfully so. The drummer came back out and played a short solo, and tried to win back some fans by throwing out a handful of drumsticks, but the damage was already done.
Cincinnati got their first impression of Operator, and it wasn’t a good one.
A later conversation with the event’s sound guy provided the following info: “Operator showed up and were completely unapproachable all day”,”They seemed to have an attitude when they showed up.” There may be more to this story that meets the eye.
It is a true shame. I am sure every band has a bad day, but Operator will need to redeem themselves in a major way before I would even consider paying to see them.
The Soulcrusher album is a damned good one, but the band isn’t going to win any new fans by pulling stupid stunts like the one at this show.
The day wasn’t a total loss. Ugly was a nice surprise on this Sunday evening, and will be a band that will gain further support by the Hard Rock Hideout.
If you have tickets for another Operator show, prepare yourself for disappointment. If Ugly hits your town, don’t miss them. They will put on a great show for you!
The real L.A. Guns featuring Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Scott Griffin and Stacey Blades played Indianapolis last night in the 8 Second Saloon. It wasn’t a packed house, but I would guess 500 people showed up for the show. This is a big club, and they could have easily packed in twice as many people that showed up.
Rok Hollywood, an Indianapolis glam band opened the show. Sadly, I got stuck in construction leaving Kentucky, and it took a lot longer to get to the Indy based club than anticipated. I misssed Rok Hollywood completely, but made it to the club in plenty of time to catch L.A. Guns.
I flipped a coin this week to decide which show I was going to go see. There were plenty of shows within a two hour drive this week, including Alice Cooper, Black Stone Cherry (One of my favorite bands), L.A. Guns, and Great White.
Judging from the show that I saw last night, I think I made the right decision! L.A. Guns was fantastic last night. Phil Lewis’s voice is in fine form. He sounds just as good today as he did back when he first started with the band back in ’87. For those neigh sayers, who think this band can’t survive without Tracii Guns, obviously haven’t seen Stacey Blades play live.
Stacey is a very solid player, and handles all of the L.A. Guns tunes easily, without missing a note. I enjoyed watching him play, he is obviously enjoying playing the songs live.
The L.A Guns set was approxiamately an hour and 15 minutes long. The following songs were played during the set (this is just a partial list): Sex Action, One More Reason, Rip and Tear, The Ballad Of Jayne, Over the Edge, Long Time Dead, Electric Gypsy and Kiss My Love Goodbye.
During the show Phil mentioned that they played live in Detroit the night before with Jani Lane, and Dokken. He said Jani is looking and sounding better than ever. He said Don Dokken said to tell everyone “Hi”, and they would be out to kick everyone asses real soon.
The show itself was absolutely killer. Phil Lewis and company kicked ass on Friday night, and I was damn glad that I caught this concert.
After the show, all of the guys from L.A. Guns came out for a meet & greet with the fans, and were absolutely cool. I enjoyed meeting all of them! I love how the band was completely accessible to the fans, and how they took the time out to talk to everyone. Twenty years ago, this never would have happened. This means a lot to me, and to a lot of the other rock fans out there for sure.
The following videos are from the Friday night show. Enjoy!
Phil said the band hasn’t played this song for a while, so I am glad I captured this one on video!
Phil Lewis dedicated this song to that other L.A. Guns band out there:
The band plays their biggest hit ever!
In summary, this was a great show, and worth the drive and the little cash spent at the door. Do not miss L.A. Guns if they come to your down. You won’t be disappointed!
This was a poorly promoted show and the maximum attendance was 15 people at best.
Nonetheless, A Nervous Wreck took the stage, and played as if there were 500 people standing in front of them. They played a very tight set with a few originals, and some Motley Crue and Guns ‘N Roses cover tunes.
They did a great job getting the small crowd warmed up for The Erotics.
I had the chance to talk to singer Shane Mosley before the show, and he was one of the most down to earth rockers that I have met in while. I will make sure to catch them live again, when I see they are playing close to me.
I discovered The Erotics in 2006, when I heard their EP, Rock N Roll Killing Machine. I have never seen these guys live, so I did not know what to expect, other than some great tunes.
After talking to The Erotics drummer, Johnny Riott, I found out that this was The Erotics first trip to Cincinnati. I am glad I was one of the few that took the time out to see them live.
The Erotics played a great set that included songs off of all of their releases. The is a partial set list:
21st Century S.O.B., Got Drunk Again, Rock N Roll Killing Machine, Drop The Bomb, DrinkFight and Fuck (See Below for Video), and a couple of tracks off of their band new CD, 30 Seconds Over You. I didn’t keep track of them all. I was too busy taking pictures and enjoying the music.
I was very impressed with The Erotics. Singer Mike Trash was belting out the sleaze filled tunes with ease. Rachel Toxic is a kick ass guitar player. The rhythm section of Billy Beer on bass, and Johnny Riott on Drums were equally impressive.
This was a high energy show full of sleaze and killer rock, that I only thought was possible from the bands on the west coast.
After the show, the band hung around and talked to the fans and signed autographs, and as a whole were extremely cool to be around.
The Erotics depart Cincinnati, and make the long 17 hour trek to San Antonio, Texas. Don’t miss them when they hit your town!
The video below, is the first video that I took with my Digital Camera. The sound quality isn’t all that great, but it still turned out pretty cool. Check it Out!
Billy Beer, Rob Rockitt and Mike Trash
Saturday Night, Motley Crue front man, Vince Neil brought his solo tour to the Queen City.
His solo band features Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from Slaughter, and a drummer (whose name I could not catch during the show).
I was hopeful that Vince would perform some of his solo material off of his discs, Exposed and Carved in Stone. On this night, he did not. He did however play a set full of blistering hot Motley Crue tunes. Vince was in full form last night, and had the crowd of 300 + completely pumped up.
A portion of the set list included Livewire, Red Hot, Girls Girls Girls, Looks That Kill, Helter Skelter, and Wildside.
The rest of the band did a Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover while Vince was taking a small breather.
As a whole this was a great night of Motley Crue tunes. The whole crowd was singing along with ever song, and the Vince was feeding off of the crowd’s energy. It was a great night of Rock and Roll and a well spent $20.00. Do not miss Vince if he comes to your town. He has several more dates were he will be performing live.
Check the following link for dates!
Last night, My Wife and I attended the Vains of Jenna, RATT and Poison Concert. It has been a long time since I have seen Stephen Pearcy play live with RATT, and I was really looking foward to the show.
Once upon a time, in 1986, Poison opened up for RATT at this same site. Poison was a new band, and hungry. They were out opening up for RATT in support of their new disc, Look What the Cat Dragged In. They were good that night, but RATT completely blew them off the stage.
Fast Forward to 2007, and last night’s show.
Vains of Jenna opened the show, and were decked out in their fully glam outfits. I have only listened to a couple of their songs prior to last night, so I was not very familiar with their music. They mentioned the last time they played in Cincinnati, and the incident at Rhino’s in Eastgate. They dedicated their song, “Don’t Give A Damn” to the club manager there. They also did a cover of the Tom Petty song, Refugee. I enjoyed their short 30 minute set. I will be seeking out their CD soon.
At about 8 P.M., RATT took the stage with their new linuep of Robbie Crane on bass, John Corabi on rhythm guitar, Stephen Pearcy on vocals, Bobby Blotzer on drums and guitar god, Warren Dimartini. RATT played most of their hit songs, and a few songs that made me wonder what they were thinking. I was surprised to hear anything off of their self titled record from 1999, but they played more than one song off of this disc. The crowd reaction when these songs were played was similar to mine. What the *#@% was that? Considering that they only have an hour long slot, why they would waste their time playing these lesser known tunes, that quite frankly, are not very good. I will say that the band was good, but no where near as good as the original lineup. I didn’t think Stephen Pearcy sounded as good as he used to, and Bobby Blotzer, actually messed up the drum beat in one of the songs. Dimartini’s playing was the highlight in this time slot.
I have seen Poison play live several times in the past and my expectations were low. I had high hopes for RATT, and they disappointed me somewhat. I have seen Poison play with a bunch of different bands, insert name here, and never thought they were as good as some of the acts they have toured with. Last night, they totally changed my mind.
Poison took the stage at around 9:30 P.M. and from the very beginning, I knew they were going to be great. They played a few songs off of their new covers disc, Poison’d, as well their hits over the years. Regardless of how I feel about their covers album, the songs they played live sounded great. This was an extemely high energy show, and everyone in the band played extremely well including Bret Michaels. There were a few surprises in the show that drummer Rikki Rockett had up his sleeve that made me think about the Motley Crue, Girls, Girls Girls tour.
This was one of the best Poison shows that I have ever seen, and I have seen quite a few. Poison blew RATT off the stage, and had smiles on the faces of just about everyone who the packed house last night.
If they come to your town, go check them out! You wont be disappointed!
Saturday Night, I decided to hit the Jani Lane concert in Middletown, Ohio. I nearly didn’t go to this show, as I didn’t want to go solo, and the thought of getting home at 3 A.M. wasn’t very appealing. I changed my mind at the last minute,as knew I would regret not going.
There were supposed to be 7 bands at this show (6 local bands, plus Jani Lane). By the time I got to Coconutz in Middletown, there were only two left to hit the stage, local band Nervous Wreck, and Jani Lane.
Nervous Wreck played a set with a bunch of 80′s hard rock classics from L.A. Guns, Motley Crue, RATT and Poison. They sounded pretty decent and were a nice warm up for Jani Lane.
Jani and his band mates took the stage a few minutes before midnight and started kicking ass immediately with the song Machine Gun. Like moths to a flame, the small crowd of 100 people or so gathered around the stage immediately. Jani Lane was in fine form all night, and his band quickly made you forget about who the members of Warrant are.
One of the amazing stories of the night, is 17 year old wunderkind, guitarist Dario Lorina. I don’t know where Jani found this kid, but let me be the first to tell you, that Dario will be a guitar superstar before it is all over.
This kid was playing some amazing guitar licks all night. I have seen my fair share of hard rock guitar players over the years, and haven’t seen many as talented as Dario Lorina.
After the show, Jani Lane, and his band came out to sign autographs and rub elbows with the crowd. Jani was extremely cool, as was his band members. I was able to get a picture with Jani Lane, and a an autograph by him and Dario Lorina on his CD, Back Down to One.
If you get the chance to catch Jani Lane live in 2007, by all means go! It is a great night of rock and roll!
Don’t miss it!
Jani has a few live dates posted on his site right now:
|Perfect Pitcher||Taylor, Michigan|
|The Boardwalk||Erie, Pennsylvania|
|RPM’s Rock Club||Bridgeville, Pennsylvania|
|Marina Civic Center||Panama City, Florida|
|Janus Landing||St. Petersburg, Florida|
Check out this video of Dario Lorina playing live! Amazing!!
I attended the Machinehead, Megadeth and Heaven and Hell show on Tuesday night at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I got to the venue at about 7:30, and Machinehead was already off the stage, so I was a little bummed about that, but that was the ONLY disappointment on this night.
Mustaine and company came out and set the stage on fire. Former Eidolon, and King Diamond guitarist. Glen Drover was trading the lead and rhythm guitar rolls with Dave Mustaine. Both Dave and Glen were awesome. Mustaine didn’t waste a whole lot of time talking since they only had a short set, and they fired off as many of their hit songs as they could in a 45 minute set. I didn’t keep track of the whole set list, but they did play, Peace Sells, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars, and Washington is Next off the upcoming album United Abominations. Drummer Shawn Drover pounded his drums with unrelenting mercy, and Mustaine played the hell out of his multiple flying V’s in this show. As a whole Megadeth was a fantastic opener, but even they did not prepare me for the ear ringing that I am experiencing today.
Black Sabbath, or if you prefer, Heaven and Hell, hit the stage around 9 p.m. , and quite frankly, blew me away!
Ronnie James Dio was in fine vocal form and truly sang his ass off. I have seen Dio in his solo band a few times over the years, but I noticed something last night that I have never truly seen before. Dio was extremely charismatic, and seemed to be enjoying what he was doing more so than I have ever noticed before. It blows my mind that Dio, who is estimated to be 65 years old, can still sing at this incredible level, and perform and move around on stage like a lot of the 20 something singers today. Dio was amazing Tuesday night, and his performance alone was worth the price of admission. Dio had the whole arena singing along to Heaven and Hell and was completely jazzed by the crowd’s participation all night.
I guess I should mention that this was my first Black Sabbath show, so I have never had the pleasure of seeing Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler or Vinnie Appice live.
I can only say that I regret not catching them before now, but will catch them anytime they come near my home.
I have to give credit where credit is due, and Tony Iommi was so good, words can not due this man’s playing justice. His guitar licks were simply outstanding all night, and I really got a kick out of watching him play. Geezer Butler’s bass rumbled the hell out of the concrete floor beneath my feet. Vinnie Appice, had one of the coolest drum kit’s, I think I have ever seen. His drum solo, and playing in general was fantastic.
Heaven and Hell played for 2 hours and played most of the big tracks from the CD’s Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer, and a couple of new tracks off of the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years CD.
The stage set for Black Sabbath was sort of a medieval looking castle back drop, but the lighting and other surprises were very cool.
In closing, The Heaven and Hell tour has amazing sights and sounds to behold. This was one of the top metal concerts I have ever seen (and I have been to many). If you go to one concert this year, you really need to check this one out. You will not be disappointed!
Winger’s Tour for their new disc IV took a drive through the icy Cincinnati area and provided one hell of a show for those that braved the icy roads. 3 bands for under $20.00. Who would have thought that to be possible in this day and age.
First up was a Cincinnati based band by the name of Another Tragedy. They are a young and upcoming band that turned in a solid but short set of tunes in support of their new disc the Healing, which was recently reviewed in Classic Rock Magazine.
Next up was none other than Tesla’s Guitar Virtuoso Frank Hannon. Frank brought the crowd alive with an energetic set that featured most of Tesla’s big hits, as well as 3 incredible tracks from Frank’s solo CD, Guitarz from Marz. I was fortunate enough to meet Frank after his set, and now have an autographed copy of the CD in my possesion. Frank is one cool cat to meet, and honestly, his set was worth the price of admission by itself. His band backing him up was great and he sounded fantastic. I was amazed when he brought out the 12 and 6 string double neck guitar, and played some incredible solos on this beauty of guitar. Frank later mentioned that the guitar was given to him by the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard, and he has played it for 20 years. Interesting, and very cool. Great set!
Next up was Kip Winger and the Boys. I have not ever had the pleasure of seeing Winger live previously. Newcomer Cenk Eroglu was not present during this show. Reb Beach and John Roth handled the dualing guitars while Rod Morgenstein pounded the drums, and Kip handled the bass, keyboards and vocals. Winger sounded great, and turned a long set, about 90 minutes in length, and played tunes from all 4 of their discs. The band seemed to have a very positive vibe about them, and seemingly were having a good time playing together. Reb Beach turned in some amazing guitar solos. This guy is an animal on the guitar. Morgenstein also did a excellent drum solo. Last but not least, Kip Winger was nothing short of amazing, jumping back and forth between the bass, and keyboards. His voice sounds just as good as it did, when I first heard him back on their 1988 debut disc.
As a whole, this was a killer show, and was worth every penny. Don’t miss these guys if they come your way. They have the following dates coming up:
|Thu||02/15/07||Cleveland, OH||House Of Blues|
|Fri||02/16/07||Columbus, OH||Alrosa Villa|
|Sat||02/17/07||Detroit, MI||Harpo’s Concert Theatre|
|Sun||02/18/07||Chicago, IL||House Of Blues|
|Thu||02/22/07||Loveland, CO||The Yukon|
|Fri||02/23/07||Gillette, WY||Jake’s Tavern|
|Sat||02/24/07||Lakewood, CO||Eck’s Saloon|
|Sun||02/25/07||Grand Junction, CO||Mesa Theater & Club|
|Mon||02/26/07||Salt Lake City, UT||Club Vegas|
|Thu||03/01/07||Santa Clara, CA||Avalon Night Club|
|Fri||03/02/07||Santa Barbara, CA||Velvet Jones|
|Sat||03/03/07||Santa Ana, CA||Galaxy Theatre|
|Tue||03/06/07||Scottsdale, AZ||Martini Ranch|
|Thu||03/08/07||Dallas, TX||Palladium Ballroom|
|Fri||03/09/07||Houston, TX||Scout Bar|