In 2008, I think I attended a record number of live shows. In no order, I saw the following artists: The Bulletboys, Joey Belladonna, Van Halen, AC/DC, The Answer, Bang Tango, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Hinder, Rev Theory, Trapt, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Motley Crue, Poison, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Airbourne, Theory of a Deadman, Disturbed, Slipknot, Endeverafter, Stonerider, RATT, Jackyl, Pop Evil and more.
Hopefully 2009 will be as good as 2008 from a live perspective!
The following are my favorites of 2008!
5. Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat
Ok, so none of these bands have their original lineups anymore. Does that mean that they rock less? Absolutely not. Bang Tango kicked ass. Marty Casey proved to be a good front man for the the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns, and Faster Pussycat was still sleazy as ever.
4. Stonerider, Endeverafter and Airbourne
This was my first Airbourne experience, and I will never forget it. Stonerider and Endeverafter kicked ass too.
A great show for a mere $10.00.
3. Mayhem Festival
At this show the bands that I caught live were Black Tide, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne, Dragonforce, Disturbed and Slipknot.
I got to meet the guys in Dragonforce and Airbourne at this show. This was my first time seeing Slipknot live. A crazy day and some great live shows!
I am biased, but I love seeing Motley Crue live. They may not be the best band in the world, but they do put on one of the best live shows. Buckcherry, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach were all great too!
1. AC/DC with The Answer
Even though my seats were terrible, this show was excellent, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved getting to see The Answer for the first time. AC/DC puts on one the biggest and loudest live shows that I have ever seen. Awesome!
Did you get to see Stonerider on the Airbourne, Endeverafter Tour earlier this year?
If not, the band has a bunch of dates coming in the midwest and east in July through September.
Check em out!
The video below is from the Lexington, KY show earlier this year.
July, 25 2008 08:00 PM – The Hard Rock (Velvet Underground), Atlanta, Georgia
August, 14 2008 08:00 PM – 5 points Pub w/ LESLIE, Columbia, South Carolina
August, 15 2008 08:00 PM – The Jinx w/ LESLIE, Savannah, Georgia
August, 16 2008 08:00 PM – Gottrocks w/ LESLIE, Greenville, South Carolina
August, 20 2008 08:00 PM – Smith’s Olde Bar w/ LESLIE, Atlanta, Georgia
August, 22 2008 08:00 PM – The Depot w/ LESLIE, Covington, Georgia
August, 23 2008 08:00 PM – Limelight, Nashville, Tennessee
August, 24 2008 08:00 PM – Alrosa Villa, Columbus, Ohio
August, 25 2008 08:00 PM – Peabodys/Pirates Cove, Cleveland, Ohio
August, 27 2008 08:00 PM – The Rave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August, 28 2008 08:00 PM – Beat Kitchen (17+), Chicago, Illinois
August, 29 2008 08:00 PM – The Machine Shop, Flint, Michigan
August, 30 2008 08:00 PM – The Cove, Geneva, Ohio
August, 31 2008 08:00 PM – Club Infinity, Buffalo, New York
September, 1 2008 08:00 PM – Northern Lights, Albany, New York
September, 3 2008 08:00 PM – Sullivan Hall, NYC, New York
September, 4 2008 08:00 PM – Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, Pennsylvania
September, 5 2008 08:00 PM – Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Stonerider has released a new video for their single, Juiceman. This song can be found on the band’s excellent debut, Three Legs of Trouble. If you act now, you can purchase a copy of this disc for only $5.00 from Truskill Records.com.
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
The band formerly known as Fight Paris, has a new CD out. This is a 2nd debut of sorts for this Georgia 4 piece. The band parted ways with their original name, singer and sound. Originally, Fight Paris was a hardcore outfit. As Stonerider, they have done a transformation of sorts, chaning their sound to a hard/classic rock type of sound.
Knowing that the Stonerider are on the road with Endeverafter and Airbourne, made their CD, Three Legs of Trouble one that I must check out. After listening to this disc a few times over the last couple of weeks, I can say I am glad that I picked this disc up.
The opening cut Rush Hour, Baby holds a lot of Led Zeppelin like style to it, while maintaining some killer groove. This is an excellent way to start off of a disc, and one of the best new songs I have heard in a while.
Back from the Dead keeps the pace going, and there are more Page-like guitar riffs throughout this tune.
I love the funky groove of Ramble Down. This song has a more Hendrix vibe to it, than Zeppelin. It is a very cool song, and one of the better ones on Three Legs of Trouble.
At this point in the album, the band seems to have a more modern rocking vibe that is somewhere between Buckcherry and Tesla than anything close to the 70’s era of rock.
Juice Man is more of a high octane rocker, while Wild Child is more of a mid-tempo song. Both Juice Man and Wild Child are great hard rocking tunes.
Champ Champagne shows off his bass playing talent in Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good.
I have to admit that I could have done with out the cover of Nazareth’s Hair of the Dog. Far too many bands have covered this Nazareth tune, including, Britny Fox, Guns N’ Roses, Warrant, MSG and countless others. This has to be the most over covered song by rock bands today. The Stonerider’s version isn’t bad. It is actually kind of cool, but I have come to loathe this song, after hearing so many variations of it over the years.
Matt Tanner has a great rock voice. He has a slight raspiness to his voice, which works well with this music. The guitars of Matt Tanner and Neil Warren deliver a very good, hard rocking bluesy type of sound that so few bands today are able to reproduce.
Without question, there is a new player in the resurgence of classic rock. Stonerider is going to be one of bigger new bands out there, if they play their cards right. Their album, Three Legs of Trouble does not disappoint. It is definitely one of the better releases of 2008! Don’t miss this record!
You can preview some of the songs at Stonerider’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Rush Hour, Baby
2. Back From the Dead
3. Ramble Down
4. Juice Man
5. Wild Child
6. Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good
7. Hair of the Dog
8. Bite My Tongue
10. Shut My Mouth
Matt Tanner – Vocals, Guitar
Neil Warren (Staxxx) – Guitar
Champ Champagne – Bass guitar, Vocals
Jason Krutzky – Drums