In Photos: Keith Urban Rocks Stagecoach 2010

Keith Urban
Stagecoach 2010 Mainstage – Indio, CA

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Yet another successful year for Stagecoach in Indio, California.  For those who are unaware, the producer of Stagecoach is a mastermind. I mean why stripe down Coachella’ s ground for a couple days of hippyfest when the next weekend you can have another 2-day, jam packed, star studded festival? That’s right the grounds are best known for hippyfest (Coachella), but soon after turns into cowboy country.

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Nickelback: A Kick-Ass Show

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Because of you
Figure You Out
Last one Standing
Far Away
Highway to Hell with Austin from Hinder- Rockin’ Cover
Gotta Be Somebody
Chad drinks some Jack and Coke – His Favorite!

That Old Time Rock N Roll (just riffing)

Chad likes to banter between songs and the crowd ate it up!
Everyone Cared – Jumbotron displayed images from Bono’s adventures and Doctors without Borders.
I’ve Got Friends in Low Places – had to entire crowd singing
If Today was your Last Day
Of course had to throw in a few Metallica chords from Enter Sandman
Then they threw out tons of free stuff to the crowd along with beer. Guys from Pantera assisted in throwing the free stuff and the young girls onstage helped throw plastic cups of beer into the crowd.
Burn it to the Ground
The show was filled with tons of pyrotechnics that ranged in shades of red and orange. The heat was so intense you could feel it in the seats.
First #1 song in the US – This is How you Remind Me
So Long


Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Nickelback Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

September 5th in Photos: Papa Roach in Chula Vista, CA

Papa Roach
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA

Jacoby Shaddix – Vocals
Jerry Horton – Lead Guitarist
Tobin Esperance – Bass
Tony Palermo – Drums

Papa Roach Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Photos of Papa Roach:

Tour Dates:

Sep 5 2009 6:00P
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Chula Vista, California
Sep 6 2009 5:00P
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 8 2009 6:00P Arena Glendale, Arizona
Sep 9 2009 6:00P
Journal Pavillion Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sep 11 2009 6:00P
The Pavilion @ Concrete Street Corpus Christi, Texas
Sep 12 2009 6:00P
Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavillion Spring, Texas
Sep 26 2009 6:00P
Milk Moscow
Sep 27 2009 6:00P
Klub Stodola Warsaw
Sep 29 2009 6:30P
Schlachthof Wiesbaden
Oct 1 2009 6:30P
O13 Tilburg
Oct 2 2009 6:30P
Oct 3 2009 5:30P
Huxleys Berlin
Oct 4 2009 6:30P
Longhorn Stuttgart
Oct 6 2009 6:30P
Wolverhampton Civic Wolverhampton
Oct 7 2009 6:30P
Rock City Nottingham
Oct 9 2009 6:30P
Academy Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 10 2009 6:30P
Brixton Academy London
Oct 11 2009 6:30P
Academy Manchester
Oct 13 2009 6:30P
Academy Newcastle
Oct 14 2009 6:00P
Acadmey Sheffield
Oct 18 2009 8:00P
LOUD PARK Japan, Tokyo

September 5th in Photos: Saving Abel Opens for Nickelback

Saving Abel
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre – Chula Vista, CA

Jason Null – Guitars
Blake Dixon – Drums
Eric Taylor – Bass
Jared Weeks – Vocals
Scott Bartlett – Guitars

Saving Abel Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre - Chula Vista, CA 9/5/2009

Saving Abel is out supporting their self-titled debut album. They are currently on tour with Nickelback, Hinder, and Papa Roach but after this tour wraps up the guys are hitting the town with their own headlining tour dubbed “the Class of 2009 Tour.”  The line-up is killer with bands like Red, Pop Evil and the Taddy Porter. This one is sure to be a great show. Tour dates and more photos are after the jump.

Photos of Saving Abel:

Tour Dates:

09/08/2009 Arena w/Papa Roach, Hinder, Nickelback Glendale, AZ
09/09/2009 Journal Pavilion w/ Hinder, Papa Roach, Nickelback Albuquerque, NM
09/11/2009 Grand Junction Festival Grounds w/ Los Lonely Boys, Huey Lewis & The News Grand Junction, CO
09/12/2009 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Papa Roach, Hinder, Nickelback Spring, TX
09/18/2009 Kansas State Fair w/ Hinder Hutchinson, KS
09/19/2009 58th Trans Motor Pool w/ Hinder, Curfew Waynesville, MO
09/20/2009 Fort Sill Army Base W/Hinder, Curfew Lawton, OK
09/22/2009 iWireless Center Moline, IL
09/23/2009 University of Illinois Champaign / Assembly Hall Champaign, IL
09/26/2009 Fair Park Coliseum FREE SHOW w/ Admission to Fair Lubbock, TX
09/27/2009 Big Spring Jam W/Framing Hanley, Akon Huntsville, AL
10/03/2009 Red River Revel Arts Festival FREE SHOW Shreveport, LA
10/07/2009 Mississippi State Fairgrounds Jackson, MS
10/15/2009 Northwest Missouri State University – Performing A Maryville, MO
10/18/2009 Ford Park – Big Dog 106.1’s Dog’s Jam 2009 Beaumont, TX
10/27/2009 Scout Bar San Antonio, TX
10/28/2009 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
10/30/2009 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO
11/03/2009 Pop’s Sauget, IL
11/04/2009 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
11/06/2009 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
11/07/2009 House of Blues Chicago, IL
11/08/2009 Expo Gardens Peoria, IL
11/10/2009 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH
11/11/2009 Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, IN
11/13/2009 Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI
11/14/2009 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
11/15/2009 Dow Event Center Saginaw, MI
11/17/2009 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
11/18/2009 Egyptian Room at Murat Centre Indianapolis, IN
11/20/2009 Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den FREE SHOW Uncasville, CT
11/21/2009 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ
11/22/2009 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
11/24/2009 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
11/28/2009 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA

Carlos Santana Hits Chula Vista Along with His Son’s Band

Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA

Santana Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/30/2008

Santana hit the road to support his newest release, which is not like a normal “traditional” album so-to-speak. This album, Multi Dimensional Warrior is a compilation of songs that spam the 1970’s to 2000. It consists of 14 vocal tracks along with a slew of instrumental songs from the same time period. It’s a two disc set compiled and sequenced by Carlos himself.

As for the night’s performance, the night opened with Santana’s son’s band, the Salvador Santana Band. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree except this apple rolls a little different and plays keys.

Santana played his hits with multiple singers on the road with him. He also had a special guest on stage with him. P.O.D.’s guitar player Marcus joined Santana on stage for 2 songs.

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People in Planes at Casbah

People in Planes
Casbah – San Diego, CA

Gareth Jones – Vocals
Peter Roberts – Guitar
Kris Blight – Bass
John Maloney – Drums
Ian Russell – Keyboard

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

Gareth Jones

People in Planes is out touring in support of their September release of Beyond the Horizon off Wind-Up Records. Beyond the Horizon is their 3rd album with two tracks written, “Better Than Life” and “Lay in the Road” with Natasha Schneider and Alan Johannes. Check out their song “Pretty Planes”, my favorite off the album so far.

The five members of People in Planes are from Wales. People in Planes is the band’s current name, though hardcore fans may also know the band as Tetra Splendour. I am going to go out on a limb and say it’s Welsh. Not sure of a translation there. I am sure someone out there will leave it in the comments. Hint Hint. they also went by Robots in the Sky. I enjoy People in Planes myself.

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

They played the Casbah in San Diego last Monday and opened for Filter. They are currently on tour with the Toadies. We arrived at the Casbah on Monday night to the sights and sounds of planes overflying and landing at the very nearby San International Airport. Doors were to be at 830pm. We were there at 8pm or so. We weren’t allowed into the venue until 8:30pm-ish. When we entered we walked through an open air entrance and into a small room with a bar along the wall and 7 or 8 tables throughout the place. The venue was not well lit so we feared for the photos. Yes, it is much harder to shoot and get good shots without the correct lighting. We set up at an empty table and waited for the show to begin. We waited quite awhile too! The show didn’t get started until 9:45pm. The small venue by then had filled up quite a bit and the crowd was definitely ready to rock on! People an Planes boarded the stage and began their set with Last Man. The acoustics were absolutely awesome for this small venue. They rival the Belly Up I think. Throughout the show (and they did rock out) the gents would make some jokes between songs and say Cheers. They were very polite gentlemen from South Wales. Their new CD Beyond the Horizon is now available everywhere. One of the songs they performed from their new album was Better.

The set went as follows:
Last Man
Vampire (my personal favorite)

Be sure to check them out they are a band not to be missed.
Tour dates are after the jump…

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Kris Blight

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Peter Roberts

Tour Dates:

Oct 7 2008 7:00P
Revolution Music Room w/ Toadies Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 8 2008 7:00P
George’s Majestic Lounge w/ Toadies Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oct 9 2008 7:00P
New Daisy Theater w/ Toadies Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 10 2008 7:00P
Exit Inn w/ Toadies Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 11 2008 7:00P
Bogarts w/ Toadies Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct 12 2008 7:00P
Headliners Music Hall w/ Toadies Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 14 2008 6:00P
Diesel w/ Toadies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2008 8:00P
Majestic Theatre w/ Toadies Detroit, Michigan
Oct 18 2008 7:00P
Rave w/ Toadies Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct 19 2008 7:00P
Metro (Chicago) w/ Toadies Chicago, Illinois
Oct 21 2008 7:00P
Station 4 w/ Toadies St. Paul, Minnesota
Oct 22 2008 7:00P
Sokol Auditorium w/ Toadies Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 23 2008 7:00P
The Beaumont Club w/ Toadies Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 24 2008 7:00P
Diamond Ballroom w/ Toadies Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 5 2008 8:00P
Trocadero Theatre w/ Toadies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 6 2008 8:00P
Webster Hall w/ Toadies New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 8:00P
Starland Ballroom w/ Toadies Sayreville, New Jersey
Nov 8 2008 8:00P
Paradise Lounge w/ Toadies Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 9 2008 8:00P
Living Room w/ Toadies Providence, Rhode Island
Nov 11 2008 8:00P
9:30 Club w/ Toadies Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 13 2008 8:00P
Canal Club w/ Toadies Richmond, Virginia
Nov 14 2008 8:00P
Cat’s Cradle w/ Toadies Carrboro, North Carolina
Nov 15 2008 8:00P
NorVa Theatre w/ Toadies Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 16 2008 8:00P
Headliners (Columbia) w/ Toadies Columbia, South Carolina
Nov 18 2008 8:00P
The Masquerade w/ Toadies Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 19 2008 8:00P
JaxLive w/ Toadies Jacksonville, Florida
Nov 20 2008 8:00P
State Theatre – Tampa w/ Toadies St Petersburg, Florida
Nov 21 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista w/ Toadies Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Nov 22 2008 8:00P
Culture Room w/ Toadies Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 24 2008 8:00P
Beta Bar w/ Toadies Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 25 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – New Orleans w/ Toadies New Orleans, Louisiana

Photos of People in Planes:

The Riders: 200 Miles From Everywhere

The Riders
200 Miles from Everywhere

Ok, so I’ve been selfishly listening to this CD for a week or so and I must say this is a must have for everyone. My personal favorites off this album are “Someday Soon”, “Too Far Away Tonight”, and “Angels Can’t Carry Roses.” I would describe them as rock and in the same categories as Tom Petty and along the lines of U2. The CD is GREAT to listen to everywhere. In the car, at home, parties, or a relaxing day at the beach with you and that special someone! (Disclaimer: Special someone not provided!)

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Lucky Number 13: I can’t wait!

The Cure
Cox Arena-San Diego, CA

Robert Smith

The band from Crawley, Sussex formed in 1976 and they’re still going. This was a show not to be missed. Cox Arena for SDSU was a first time event location for me. As we walked in the opening act was just finishing up. They sounded pretty good, but I didn’t catch their name. As we wove our way to the seats the arena continued to fill in. Since it is a sports arena the seats are at such an angle that you can still see over the top of people heads. That’s always nice since I’m always the lucky one with the tallest person in front of me. Enough about me though….

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More Bass Please…

House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
04/13/08Apocalyptica House of Blues San Diego CA

Ahhhhh, the heart and soul of music is definitely the bass instruments and there’s nothing better than feeling that vibration go through your entire body when your at a live show. This particular one I think was the best display of bass fueled music I’ve ever seen. Apocalyptica kicked off their North American tour here in San Diego. The Finnish band trotted out onto the stage with their four electric cellis and found their places on the large skull-like prop seats made to look like a cellos’ body. Cool. These four hot guys (an extra cellist was on hand for the performance and was referred to as Mr. Cool) with their hot base drummer fired the crowd up with several songs from their new album Worlds Collide along with playing some of the best cover versions I have ever heard of Metallica songs that are near and dear to everyone’s hearts. Among the Metallica songs covered were: Seek and Destroy from Kill’em All, Call Of Ktulu and Fight Fire With Fire from Ride The Lightning, Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman from the Black Album.

Apocalyptica House of Blues San Diego CA

The guys interacted wonderfully on stage and were never insulting to the audience, thereby making this one of my best experiences at a concert. They were full of energy and got the crowd moving along and singing with them. The set was almost two hours long and included multiple encores. By the end everyone was wishing it was only the beginning.

Apocalyptica House of Blues San Diego CAMy new favorite song from the new album is definitely worth a check out. It’s called I’m Not Jesus. (You can find it on their site as well as on myspace or youtube.) Of course I couldn’t leave without purchasing the new cd and a hoodie. Both were completely worth it. The cd has been uploaded to my computer for home listening and the cd stays in my vehicle for listening to over and over and over again.Apocalyptica House of Blues San Diego CA

Feminism: Oops, I said a baaaad word!

Ani DiFranco
The Orpheum – Los Angeles, CA

Ani Difranco The Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CAStage presence at a concert, especially at larger venues such as The Orpheum, is what makes or breaks an artist. There was none lacking here. Ani DiFranco’s smaller stature was nothing compared to her impressive talents that flew from the stage. Her obviously fit body oozed energy and drew the audience into each song at times pulling them collectively from their seats.

Ani Difranco The Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CAAlternative, folk, lyricist, singer, guitarist, and poet. Ani DiFranco is the epitome of a feminist in the best sense. She is truly an accomplished artist who has a loyal following for good reason. She released her first recording in 1990 and hasn’t stopped yet with over 19 albums released. Ani is no shy woman either. She’s covered all topics from politics to sex, religion, science, and business with unabashed and at times brutal honesty. She’s not afraid to use the F-word, but will also amaze you with her poetical vocabulary. This accomplished artist has built her own label and become the example of the change she wants to see in the world. As role models go, she is the perfect role model for women everywhere. All the Britney’s and Paris’ in the world could never fill her shoes.

Ani Difranco The Orpheum Theatre - Los Angeles, CA

New Model Army anyone?

New Model Army
San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

New Model Army San DiegoNo I’m not talking about last weeks Newsweek article. I arrived at this venue with a few friends upon the recommendation of another friend. (A friend who really loves New Model Army, but had a prior commitment and oddly enough could not make it to the show with us.) My companions and I believed ourselves to be fashionably late only to find that we would be waiting outside for about 45 minutes. It wasn’t a hard place to find, but nowadays with GPS there’s not much left that is. Thankfully, since it was a Monday we didn’t have to look too hard for a parking spot especially since this place has no parking whatsoever. When we finally got inside it proved to be a local “dive bar”. Not necessarily a bad place; but definitely not impressive either. The decor, seating, and food were all lacking. (Hint: Don’t come hungry, but if you do they will let you bring in food from a nearby restaurant.

Because of the delay, which I assumed was set up issues, the opening acts were constrained to 20 minute sets each. The first band I can’t remember the name of, but they were definitely locals because they were outside waiting in line with us. They weren’t bad. They played typical Irish drinking songs appropriate for this venue I think. The second band was called Vale and they peaked my interest. I was disappointed when they stopped abruptly after only a 20 minute set. Their sound was a Cure, Depeche Mode meets U2 riffs type of blend. Not bad actually. I would love to see them complete an entire set in the future. The singer did lose a string on the last song and his spare guitar for some reason was short a guitar strap, but I hope that wasn’t the reason the set was cut short.

From their it was on to the main event. Honestly, I had never heard of New Model Army until a friend from work told me about them, and that they would be playing this venue. It turned out to be a great recommendation. They are a hard rock band for the working class so to speak. It’s definitely worth checking out their official site featuring their new album HIGH. If you do check out their site you can download their latest album. The first track (Wired) is free to give you a taste of what they’re about. One of the songs they sang (as a matter of fact the opening song) was called Here Comes the War. Here Comes the War is the first track from their cd The Love of Hopeless Causes and was released in March 1993. This song set the tone for the rest of the night and kept the listeners rocking right along with them. They played well past midnight and even came back for 2 encores. This was a night well spent.

HD-DVD Loses Format War

For those that didn’t know HD-DVD and Blu Ray were vying for sponsorship among the heavy hitters in technology and Hollywood. The battle had gone on for almost two years, but as of February 2008 Blu Ray officially won out. Why? Besides support from the heaviest hitters in the business such as Apple, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung (who supports both formats), and Sony to name a few from the hardware end. From the Hollywood end you have MGM, 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Warner among several others. (Pssst-I also heard a rumor that the porn industry chose Blu Ray over HD-DVD, thus solidifying Blu Ray’s place in the market.)

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Punisher Rocks! (Literally)

Music plays a huge roll in our everyday lives. From the music we buy to video games, bars, restaurants, television shows, shopping, it’s even improved the feel of sporting events. My personal favorite, however, is movie soundtracks.

The Punisher Soundtrack

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Princess Of Darkness: Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson
The Wiltern-Los Angeles, CA

Marilyn Manson Wiltern

No thanks to the pr person, we were unable to acquire photo passes for this particular show. Another of our writers had gone to Manson’s show in Chicago only a few weeks ago, but was allowed in with a camera. If this was not a problem then we should have been told that. However, after several last minute attempts on Ticketmaster we managed to purchase two tickets for the show. The reviews must go on. After a two hour drive we waited in line (which wrapped around the block all the way back to the parking garage) for over an hour to enter the Wiltern. Upon entering the building we noticed immediately that it was a symphony hall. The hall was nice but nothing as nice as the majestic Copley Hall in San Diego. The crowd was immediately packing onto the stadium-like floor space. An upper mezzanine had seats, but we had opted for the floor tics.

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15 North Rocks Point Loma

15 North
Riley’s – San Diego, CA


15 North At Riley's1

The next wave of rock is definitely 15 North. This was the second show we covered and the guys did not disappoint. This show took place at Riley’s in the Point Loma area of San Diego. It was a 21 and over venue featuring three bands for the evening. 15 North was the second to go on, but we’re confident that they could’ve been the headliner. They impressed everyone soooo much they were asked to play encore after encore. They even threw in a new song during their set.

While we were at the show we took pictures, recorded the entire performance and even managed to get a quick interview. For the interview we had Bryce Cameron (Bass, Background Vox), Samuel Larsen (Lead Vox, Guitar), Twiggs Lucker (Guitar), and Cameron Lucker (Drums). [Read more…]

15 North

15 North
Temecula, CA

15 North 2 2 2008 Temecula Samuel Larson, Cameron lucker, BryceThis talented young group of 4 has been together for 2 years and have been making a name for themselves throughout Southern California. After having heard about them through the local scene we thought we’d check them out. First we previewed their work on their Myspace page. Listeners also have the option of downloading the songs for $0.99 each. We then drove out to Temecula where they displayed their talents in a community showcase event of teenage talent. Although the show was not the size venue the boys have become accustomed to, they proved that they aren’t yet too big for their britches. 15 North sounds good on Myspace, but they’re even better live. The best treat of all is that they played 2 acoustic songs. I love acoustic songs if played well and they did just that. The song titles directly from Saturday evenings set list were: Locked, Love In An Angel, Temptation Overdose, Blessed, Pocket Change, Last Song, and Get Back Cladders. Check them out on their Myspace page for show dates in your area.

15 North Myspace Page

Tori Love

Tori Amos
Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, CA

Tori Amos ChicagoPictures are from November 5th at the Auditorium Theatre & November 6th at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL – Jennifer Boyer

So three of us went to this particular show. Myself I’m a veteran fan of 15 years. Jessica is a fan of about 8 years and our friend Marie a new fan as of this year. Here’s my feelings of how the night went. The venue is set in a tall building in lovely downtown. It had a parking garage inside the building which was very narrow. This is not good if you tend to be claustrophobic. We did however survive that part. Copley Hall itself is a beautiful venue. The inside was very ornate in a Victorian-like setting. The seating was plush and even though we were up top on the mezzanine level there was not a single bad seat in the house.

Tori Amos ChicagoOpening for Tori was Yoav. Yoav was an unknown to us, but we ended up enjoying his part of the show. He is a one man act that sings and plays guitar. He did both very well. You can check him out at Yoav music. His set was approximately 30 mins and a nice prelude to Tori.

Lights go down and everyone knows what time it is. It’s time for the songstress of words to make her long awaited appearance. She comes out on stage to a roaring crowd of Tori lovers. She is wearing her first costume/character of the evening and there would be two more personalities throughout the night. She is playful and perfect. Her voice is ever the sound of seduction in every note. Her fingers massage the instruments like a careful lover caressing each and every key with a concentrated pleasure. She played treats from her almost all her albums. Among the songs for the night were: Body & Soul, She’s Your Cocaine, Hoochie Woman, Raspberry Swirl, Yo George, Scarlet’s Walk, Professional Widow, Teenage Hustling, Cornflake Girl, Your Cloud, Velvet Revolution, Dark Side Of the Sun, Precious Things, Leather, Hey Jupiter. That’s just some of the songs she performed that night!
~Svetlana McCarthy

The Jessica Perspective:

I have been a Tori Fan for about 8 years, but this was my first time seeing Tori LIVE! I have worked and enjoyed many music venues inside and outdoor, but never have a run into a more beautiful symphony hall. The sound was great and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.

Tori went on and the crowd went wild. Every move or motion she made was recognized with a scream or cheer. Tori fans are die-hard and very loyal. I was completely enjoying myself until the two arrogant drunk girls in front of us couldn’t stop talking! They talked louder than the sound system. There is concert etiquette, but obviously these two girls forgot about it. Concert Etiquette

The two girls in front of us weren’t the only ones pissing off others around them, Tori had to stop mid-song to tell two other girls to leave. That was me being nice, Tori didn’t use nice words, but whatever those two Nimrods did angered Tori.

If you ever get a chance or opportunity to see Tori, do it! She puts on a fabulous show at she went through several character changes. Notice Character and not costume.

Would I go see Tori again? Yes in 1/2 a heartbeat!

Marie’s Experience:

Tori Amos ChicagoMy own wintery whimsical wonderland treat. Tightly tucked in a corner street, deep in the center of downtown San Diego, everyone driving in to enjoy this Tori show is siphoned through an ever long, blind spot narrow nightmare of an ascending spiral tunnel. Copley Hall is an amazing venue, don’t get me wrong, so long as you disregard the hard search and squeeze to find a place to park and the maze like directions needed to finally reach the entrance of the event and to return back to you car.

Once given the opportunity to appreciate the venue the grand structure and details clearly state how appropriate this exquisite and charming setting is as a backdrop for the donned up quirky pool of fans that Tori attracts. Simply entering the Copley Concert Hall marked the beginning of an experience to remember for all times; instantly one is given the impression that you are falling upon a classy, ornate and tasteful show.

Tori is without a doubt a storytelling rock star concert performer professional. I gotta admit, I don’t know much about her, I’ve known as much as anyone would know from her pop days in the late 90’s. But this one show alone speaks volumes of Tori’s commanding, honed-to-precision-point, provocative, perfectly projected singing and piano/organ skills. She has lent herself to adapt tactfully into the more rock realm than the crooner days of yore. Her still yet strong ultra feminine presence transforms into a few different titillating characters, even the songs take on different forms between sweet and soft, dark and hard and even energetic and dancey. What remains consistent throughout the show are the powerfully supportive yet quietly seen band members, the brilliant storytelling manner and pace of the show orchestrated by the song choices and order of songs and how moving the acoustics of the venue (keep in mind built for the reputed San Diego symphony) enhanced experiencing Tori’s musical delivery. Tori is one to be seen, respected and admired. As Tori reminded one unworthy ticket holder while they were escorted to leave, in her take-no-bullshit demeanor, she announced that it’s a privilege to have a seat at her show and Oh how I agree.



Hinder Las Vegas House of Blues

What a great photo opportunity for The Dead Hub! The show was a rockin’ good time with lots of great guitar solos and 2 new songs to boot. The band is very energetic on stage and threw out guitar picks and set lists to their adoring fans. What did they get in return? BRAS, and lots of them I might add. I didn’t score the set list, but I did manage to walk away with a guitar pick, fantastic photographs, and an awesome adrenaline rush! These guys will be hard to top!

The band member s are as follows:
Austin Winkler – Vocals
Cody Hanson – Drums
Joe “Blower” Garvey – Guitars
Mark King – Guitar
Mike Rodden – Bass Guitar

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Kate Voegele Photo Opp and Mini Interview

Kate Voegele San Diego House of BluesThis is one of several pictures that were taken at House of Blues San Diego on 12/13/2007. Kate was also gracious enough to answer a few questions for us.

Favorite Venue? “House of Blues New Orleans.”
Favorite State? “Ohio, of course. Cleveland, Ohio is my hometown.”
Where does most of your inspiration to write songs come to you? “Everyday life and often on airplanes.”

Tech questions:
Mac or PC? “Mac”
IPOD or Zune? “IPOD”
What song did you write for the tv show Kyle XY? “It’s Only Life”
You’ll be appearing on? “One Tree Hill for 7 episodes. The first of which I appear in on Jan 22, 2008 for Season 5.”

Check the review and photos from her San Diego stop here!

Las Vegas Local Favorite Opening for Hinder: Adelita’s Way

Adelita’s Way
House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

Adelitas Way House of Blues Las Vegas

Impressed at first sound. That’s how I feel about the Las Vegas local band Adelita’s Way. I must say rock music is absolutely my favorite music category. The night rocked as you can tell by the pictures, and these guys are definitely eye candy. More importantly, their songs rocked along with their stage presence. I believe these guys are on their way to bigger and better things and if you heard it here first you can always listen to the songs they’ve posted to their myspace page. (All of which they performed at the 12/04 House of Blues concert.) Check back for Hinder shots in an upcoming post from that night’s show!!!
~Svetlana McCarthy

Rock On Adelita’s Way and HINDER

Just returned to the San Diego area from the Hinder show at House of Blues. It was a smokin’ hot concert! Some prime shots were taken of the band members during their first three songs, and the show itself can be described in no other way but AWESOME!Opening for Hinder was a band called Adelita’s Way.

Adelita’s Way is local to Las Vegas, NV and was an obvious good choice for an opening act. They put on such a great show I now have to include them among my favorites.
Here’s the set list for Adelita’s Way:
1. Hate Love (my personal favorite)
2. Last Stand
3. Look Out Below
4. Brother
5. Derailment (another personal favorite)

I can’t wait to go out and get their cd. I did get a few good shots of them as well, but not as many as I would have liked since this was my first shoot for a national show. I hope the band likes what I did get and allows me to shoot again.As for Hinder, they were nothing less than energizing. I love their music so much I had trouble keeping the camera still. Unfortunately, I was not able to get my hands on their set list, but here it goes from memory: How Long, By The Way, Nothin’ Good About Goodbye, Bliss, Better Than Me, Room 21, Lips Of An Angel, Homecoming Queen, Born To Be Wild (Awesome Cover), and of course, Get Stoned. They also acoustically played two beautiful new songs. I’m sorry to say I don’t remember the titles for both, but I do remember one was called Thing For You.After the show Jessica and I had an opportunity to have a few of the members from Adelita’s Way sign their set list for us and let Jessica take a picture with them. Thanks, to both bands for letting us take their pictures and get the word out about them. Check back to view the photos in a separate entry Friday evening 12/07/2007! Sorry for the delay.

Stoked to see Hinder

In less than 3 days we (Jessica and myself) will be at the Mandalay Casino in Vegas for yet another show and press opportunities. We’ll get to see Hinder up close and personal. If you haven’t checked them out yet it’s definitely worth the buy. Hinder is on a personal quest to make Rock and Roll a pleasureable experience. Their cd Extreme Behavior also includes a bonus DVD of live performances at various venues. These guys absolutely know how to rock! My favorite tracks are: How Long, Nothin’ Good About Goodbye, Room 21, and their version of Born To Be Wild. Feel free to post your comments and/or your Hinder concert experience. More after the show!!!

Super Jealous!!!

I am thoroughly jealous of Jessica because at this moment she is in Vegas waiting for Chris Cornell to appear on stage. At approximately 8:45 pm she will be in the front rows to shoot pictures of the show. (Those should be available on the blog tomorrow.) As for right now let me count the ways I’m jealous! Could it be his great looks? His amazing talent on instruments? His lyrical abilities? Or better yet, his super sultry voice. Hmmm. Although, all these are great reasons to be jealous I think my favorite has to be that sultry unduplicated voice. Many of us have loved that voice since, Audioslave, and even further back Soundgarden. His abilities as an artist are definitely among THE best. From early beginnings as a boy learning piano, then drums, then guitar, and last but not least singer/songwriter he has proven that he has the staying power to be ranked among the best rock musicians out there. Stay tuned for more from Jessica…….


Guess I’m on board now, and I look forward to adding to the site as much and as often as possible. Why not begin with working the AMA preparty at House of Petals in LA. As Jessica mentioned I am a troublesome friend. Troublesome in that I know how to party and love to meet new people everywhere I go. And boy did we meet people, celebs, rockstars, up and comings, and various other influential people. The vendors were plenty and very giving, and the food was simply exquisite. Among the celebs that showed up for the night were Andy Dick, Tim Daley (well known for Wings), Crossing Jordan’s Steve Valentine, Boxer Tarick Salamaci from the Contender, Cast members from LA’s Wicked, and many, many more! Among the well known artists were Buckcherry and Weezer. Also there was an up and coming band called Jay with a cd release scheduled for 2008. The exquisite food I mentioned was provided by Lu Concierge. There was never a shortage of tasty treats and the staff was very pleasant to work with. Let’s not forget that we were there to work and work we did. The early hours were spent assisting the vendors with set-up and the day was spent running a silent auction to raise money for Rock for MS. The celebs were all quite gracious in listening to our little pitch and signed the two books we had up for the auction. The books are called Uncommon Sound and are a catalogue of the most amazing artists who were left handed and made a huge impact on music. I can tell you that theLiveHub scored this particular item from the auction. What I won’t tell you is how much it cost! Let’s just remember that it was for a great cause.