Evanescence Brings the Carnival to the Midwest

Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence was back at the Rave last night in Milwaukee. It felt like Amy Lee and the band were just there a couple months ago, when in actuality it’s almost been a year. The band took Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen’s group, The Pretty Reckless, on tour as an opening act. This fall Evanescence hit the road with Halestorm, Chevelle, Cavo, and New Medicine on the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Ever since the band announced the release of their third studio album, the band has been on the road and hit some of the major rock festivals this summer. The band even performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in January. Last night Evanescene returned to the Rave before they embark on their UK leg of the current tour.

Evanescence – “My Heart Is Broken” Official Video

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Evanescence Tour Dates

08/21/2012      Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
08/23/2012     Rock The Rapids Music Festival – Grand Rapids, MI
08/24/2012     DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/26/2012     Toyota Park – Chicago, IL
08/28/2012     Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
08/29/2012     PNC Amphiteatre – Holmdel, NJ
08/30/2012     Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
09/01/2012     Tanglewood – Lenox, MA
09/02/2012    Buffalo Outer Harbor Site – Buffalo, NY
10/11/2012     Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, BR10/06  Rio de Janeiro, Brasil @ HSBC Arena
10/07/2012     Sao Paulo, Brasil @ Live Music Rocks (Espaco das Americas)
10/11/2012       Recife, Brasil @ Chevrolet Hall
10/13/2012      Fortaleza, Brasil @ Ceara Music Festival
10/21/2012     Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Costanera Sur
10/23/2012       Santiago, Chile @ Arena Movistar
10/25/2012       Lima, Peru @ San Marcos Stadium
10/25/2012     San Marcos Stadium – Lima, PE
10/27/2012     Planeta Terra Festival – Bogota, CMB
10/30/2012     Estadio Saprissa – San Jose, CU
11/01/2012     Figali Convention Center – Panama City, PA
11/05/2012     Nottingham Arena – Nottingham, UK
11/06/2012     Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
11/08/2012    Birmingham NIA – Birmingham, UK
11/09/2012     London Wembley Arena – London, UK

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In Photos: Foo Fighters at Summerfest

Foo Fighters
Milwaukee, WI

Foo Fighters at Summerfest 2012

What can you say, It’s the Foo Fighters. It’s a rare thing to know your about to get your monies worth, but with the Foo Fighters that’s simply the truth. From an endless list of great songs to a seemingly endless amount of energy and emotion, the Foo Fighters put on a true to the word, “Rock show”. I must admit, as a photographer I was hoping to see another rock legend at the show, Ross Halfin. If you don’t know who photographer Ross Halfin is you don’t know your rock history. Check out his work at www.rosshalfin.com and check out the Foo Fighters when they come to your City. Judging by the sold out Amphitheater at Summerfest, you better get your tickets early.

Photos from Foo Fighters’ set in Milwaukee at Summerfest:


In Photos: Theory of a Deadman at Rocklahoma

Theory of a Deadman
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Theory of a Deadman Rocklahoma 2012

Theory of a Deadman took the stage on the second day of Rocklahoma. Also on Saturday’s bill were Rob Zombie, Megadeth,10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness.

Photos from Theory of a Deadman’s set at Rocklahoma:

Theory of a Deadman Tour Dates:


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In Photos: The Darkness at Rocklahoma

The Darkness
Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

The Darkness Rocklahoma 2012

The Darkness, like Creed, is making a comeback. Their biography states, “There have been two albums. There has been a short break. As promised, the break is now over. A third album is currently being honed in the east of England.”  Their extensive tour ends in Barcelona, Spain, on October 6th. Their 2012 tour dates are below.

Photos of The Darkness at Rocklahoma:

May 25 Stubbs Austin, TX
May 26 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK
May 27 House of Blues Dallas, TX
Jun 02 Trondheim Rock Trondheim, Norway
Jun 08 Sweden Rock Festival Solvesborg, Sweden
Jun 16 PLEIN AIR Vitoria Espagne, Spain
Jun 23 Gods Of Metalw/ Mötley Crüe Milan, Italy
Jun 24 Isle of Wight Festival Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Jun 29 Usce Park Belgrade, Serbia
Jul 06 T in the Park Kinross, United Kingdom
Jul 07 Snowhall Parc Amneville, France
Jul 08 Sonisphere Festivalw/ Faith No More, E… Amneville, France
Jul 14 Thetford Forest Brandon, United Kingdom
Aug 04 Woodstock Festival Widuchowa, Poland
Aug 14 Vasil Levski National Stadium Sofia, Bulgaria
Aug 16 Arena Nationala Stadium Bucharest, Romania
Aug 18 Wiener Stadhalle Bezirk Rudolfsheim Fünfhaus, Austria
Aug 21 Vingis Park Vilnius, Lithuania
Aug 23 Mežaparks Riga, Latvia
Aug 25 Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Tallinn, Estonia
Aug 27 Hartwell Arena Helsinki, Finland
Aug 30 Ericsson Globe Stockholm, Sweden
Aug 31 Ericsson Globe Stockholm, Sweden
Sep 02 Parken Stadium Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 04 LANXESS arena Cologne, Germany
Sep 05 LANXESS arena Cologne, Germany
Sep 08 Twickenham London, United Kingdom
Sep 09 Twickenham London, United Kingdom
Sep 11 Evening News Arena Manchester, United Kingdom
Sep 15 Aviva Stadium Dublin, Ireland
Sep 17 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 18 Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 22 Stade de France Saint Denis, France
Sep 24 TUI Arena Hannover, Germany
Sep 26 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 27 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 29 Sportpaleis Wilrijk, Belgium
Sep 30 Sportpaleis Wilrijk, Belgium
Oct 02 Mediolanum Forum Milan, Italy
Oct 04 Stade Charles-Ehrmann Nice, France
Oct 06 Palau St Jordi Barcelona, Spain


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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Sing Sweet Songs in Minneapolis

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cabooze Plaza – Minneapolis, MN

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 8 Cabooze Plaza

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I have always felt I am a hippie at heart, minus the whole sent of Patchouli. But I have found myself in the need of a hippie fix, what better way than with some Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! I arrived just in time to snag a beer and some cheese curds before their set in Minneapolis. The band hit the stage fashionably late. The crowd was going nuts since they were able to see the band backstage getting pumped before coming out. Once Alex came out he scoped out the stage. You could tell right away he likes to interact with the fans. As he stood on stage he reached his arm out disappointed he was not within arms reach of the crowd. That did not stop him! Many concert goers reached right back enticing him to get closer. He made his way by hurtling over giant amps to get to his fans. Then tight roped along the barricade. It was pretty awesome! I would like to apologize in advance. The band is giant and there was no way I was able to photograph each member. Many were hidden in corners of the stage and blocked by countless instruments on stage. I think my favorite part of the show wasn’t so much on stage but out in the crowds. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay in the back is what can only be described as a hippie mosh pit. Numerous fans gathered around dancing in a circle together. It was wonderful to see. Those are my kind of peeps!

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 1 Cabooze Plaza

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 2 Cabooze Plaza

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 3 Cabooze Plaza

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros



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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Cabooze Plaza Fans

Edward Sharpe Set List

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Set List

5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

In Photos: Creed at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Creed Rocklahoma

Creed headlined the first night at Rocklahoma on Friday night. They are back with a new tour and new material in the works.  Their expansive tour started back on April 13th at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois, and runs through August 23rd in Palmer, Alaska.

Photos of Creed’s set at Rocklahoma:

Creed on Tour:

5-25-2012     Pryor, OK     Rocklahoma Festival
5-26-2012     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
5-27-2012     Atlanta, GA     The Tabernacle
5-30-2012     Toronto, Canada     Danforth Music Hall
5-31-2012     Detroit, MI     Fillmore Detroit
6-01-2012     Brantford, ON     Brantford Hickeyfest
7-28-2012     Hot Springs, AR     Magic Springs
8-03-2012     Lincoln, CA     Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8-17-2012     Council Bluffs, IA     Stir Cove
8-21-2012     Fairbanks, AK     Carlson Center
8-23-2012     Palmer, AK     Alaska State Fair


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In Photos: Slash at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Slash Rocklahoma 2012

Slash is currently out on tour supporting his new album with Myles Kennedy, APOCALYPTIC LOVE.  The tour kicked off May 5th at the Carolina Rebellion rock festival and is set to continue through August 4th at the Paramount in Huntington, New York.  Slash and the Conspirators also stopped in Madison, Wisconsin at the Orpheum to a pack crowd; see the review here.

Slash’s remaining 2012 tour dates and photos from his Rocklahoma set can be found below.

Slash Tour Dates:

Sat 5/26 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
Thu 7/12 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Fri 7/13 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Sat 7/14 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Mon 7/16 Edmonton, AB Nothern Alberta Jubilee
Tue 7/17 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Fri 7/20 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
Sat 7/21 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Mon 7/23 Thunder Bay, ON Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Wed 7/25 Belleville, ON Empire Square Live
Thu 7/26 London, ON Harris Park
Fri 7/27 Montreal, QC Olympia Theater
Sun 7/29 Quebec City, QC Salle Albert Rosseau
Mon 7/30 Moncton, New Brunswick Centre-Casino Moncton
Tue 7/31 Halifax, NS Cunard Events Centre
Thu 8/2 Boston, MA House of Blues
Fri 8/3 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
Sat 8/4 Huntington, NY The Paramount

Photos of Slash’s set with Myles Kennedy at Rocklahoma:


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In Photos: Chevelle at Rocklahoma 2012

Rocklahoma 2012
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Chevelle played the Main Stage on Rocklahoma’s first of three days of pure rock.   They were joined on the bill alongside Adelitas Way, Cavo, Slash, and Creed.

Chevelle has a new album out now called Hat’s Off To The Bull, which is available to purchase here.

Photos from Chevelle’s set at Rocklahoma 2012:


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Majestic Theatre introduces Fun. to Madison

Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI

Photo by Dan DeSlover

Fun. is:
Nate Ruess – lead vocals
Andrew Dost – vocals, piano, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, trumpet, flugelhorn, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, beach ball
Jack Antonoff – vocals, guitar, trumpet

Indie artist Fun. have taken the music world by storm. The band are in the midst of a major headline tour in support of their Billboard “Hot 100″ #1 album, Some Nights. The album features the Billboard #1 SingleWe Are Young,’ a song that has also been confirmed as the top-selling track through the first quarter of 2012, nearing 3 million sales to date. Their tour brought them to the sold-out Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI on April 11, 2012 for an evening of rock and roll complemented by their trademark quirky hooks and solid vocals.

Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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One Foot
Walking the Dog
Why Am I the One?
All Alone
All the Pretty Girls
Carry On
The Gambler
Be Calm
At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)
We Are Young
Some Nights
All Alright
Take Your Time (Coming Home)

Art of Dying at the Rave in Milwaukee

Art of Dying
Avalanche Tour with Adelitas Way and Shinedown
All Photos by Paul Weber

Art of Dying is:

Jonny Hetherington – Vocals
Greg Bradley – Guitar
Jeff Brown – Drums
Cale Gontier – Bass/Vocals
Tavis Stanley – Guitar/Vocals

Art of Dying The Rave Milwaukee Avalanche Tour 2012

Art of Dying is currently on the road opening for the Avalanche Tour with Adelitas Way and Shinedown.  They’ve been on the road most of 2011 supporting the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, and Theory of a Deadman. The reason for all this touring…Vices and Virtues, which is their first major label release through Warner Brothers/Intoxication Records, aka Disturbed’s label.

Times are looking good for these guys and it doesn’t end at the Avalanche Tour.  Their trek continues throughout the summer including some large rock festivals like Rock Fest and Rocklahoma. Check out the full tour itinerary and photos below:

Art of Dying The Rave Milwaukee Avalanche Tour 2012
of Dying on the Avalanche Tour

04/12/12                     Detroit, MI                   The Fillmore
04/13/12                     Milwaukee, WI           The Rave
04/14/12                     Grand Rapids, MI       Orbit Room
04/16/12                     Niagara Falls, NY        Rapids Theatre
04/17/12                     Pittsburgh, PA             Stage AE
04/18/12                     Providence, RI            Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
04/20/12                     New York, NY              Best Buy Theater
04/21/12                     Atlantic City, NJ          House of Blues-Atlantic City
04/22/12                     Scranton, PA                Scranton Cultural Centre at the Masonic Temple
04/24/12                     Richmond, VA             The National
04/25/12                     Baltimore, MD            Rams Head Live
05/01/12                     Bossier City, LA           Centurylink Center w/ Shinedown, Evanescence
05/02/12                       Huntsville, AL              Von Braun Center – w/ Chevelle, Shinedown
05/04/12                     Virginia Beach, VA        Farm Bureau Live – WNOR Lunatic Luau
06/06/12                     Alpharetta, GA              Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – WKLS Project Cinco Party
05/08/12                      Nashville, TN                    Exit/In
05/09/12                     Little Rock, AR                Rev Room
05/ 12/12                   Kansas City, MO                Liberty Memorial Park – KC Rockfest
05/13/12                      Boone, IA                               Central Iowa Expo – KAZR Lazerfest 2012
05/15/12                        Minneapolis, MN               The Brick – w/ Shinedown
05/16/12                     Chicago, IL                                House of Blues – w/ Shinedown
05/18/12                        Scranton, PA                         Eleanor Rigby’s
05/19/12                        Hartford, CT                           The Comcast Theatre – WCCC Big Gig 2012
05/20/12                       Lancaster, PA                   Chameleon Club
05/22/12                        Atlantic City, NJ                    Starland Ballroom
05/25/12                        Sauget, IL                              Pop’s
05/27/12                    Pryor, OK                       Rocklahoma
06/19/12                   Cadott, WI                               Cadott Valley Rock Fest – w/ Buckcherry

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The Second Night of Daughtry’s “Break the Spell 2012” Tour

Openers: SafetySuit
The Convocation Center – Dekalb, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Daughtry is:
Chris Daughtry – Vocals
Josh Paul – Bass
Brian Craddock – Guitar
Josh Steely – Guitar
Robin Diaz – Drums

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

Daughtry is out on tour supporting their 3rd studio album, Break the Spell. The album has already been met with rave reviews and, as expected, last night showcased much of the new material off the album. Their previous albums Daughtry and Leave This Town lead to the band snagging top music awards and nominations.  They took home several American Music Awards for Breakthrough Artist, Best Adult Contemporary Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, as well as being nominated for several Grammys, and numerous Billboard Music Awards.  It’s no doubt that band is back and ready to meet the success of their new album head on and they are doing it the best way they know how…touring. Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 tour started Tuesday night at University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois.  It really is only beginning of this hefty summer tour that is set to end June 13th in Austin, Texas.

Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU CampusDaughtry started the night off on the right foot as the band hit the stage promptly at 9 p.m.  Newcomers SafetySuit had the crowd warmed up and ready for Daughtry to hit the stage.  Chris Daughtry can sing a tune and his live show is much like any of the Daughtry records.  It’s a true test to hear a band live to see exactly how much the production engineer at the studio altered vocals and sounds.  Chris passed the test of talent and didn’t skip a beat last night.

The night was filled with many new songs from Break the Spell including the self-title track, “Renegade,” and “Crazy” to just name a few. Chris informed the crowd that Break the Spell was the new record they had out, yet I am sure 99% of the people in the arena knew that factoid. After he mentioned the new album he told the crowd that they were going to be perform many of the new songs off the album and he nonchalantly added with a smile, “some old ones too.”   Chris introduced “Outta My Head” as their upcoming single and noted, “This is probably my favorite song off the new album.”Daughtry Convocation Center Dekalb IL NIU Campus

While Chris and the guys were on top of their performance, the sound wasn’t.  The Convocation Center at the NIU campus is an arena that was meant for sports not concerts.  The empty seats behind the band were a contributing factor to fans inability to really hear Chris’ vocals, especially if not seated directly in front of the stage.  The sound bounced around so much it was a bit distracting.  Don’t take this as a jab at the band, as it was more circumstantial and the show really needs a backdrop behind the stage to prevent that from happening again. However, I did expected a bit more stage production for this tour as the band has a huge following, numerous accolades, and 2.4 million followers on Facebook alone. The band had a much stripped down rock show, where there usually is nothing wrong with that, but they are playing arena’s where there is a lot of space around them and they could have used some visuals or even a “light show” to enhance the experience.  Yet maybe I am still just a bit bitter about the sound.

While I am a music critic, I really mean nothing when the crowd speaks for themselves.  Even without a pop and circumstance, the loyal Daughtry fans loved the night and the mix of the old as well as new material.  The Break the Spell Tour is one to see before the summer ends. Tour dates and photos from the show are below.

Break the Spell *New Song
Feels Like Tonight
Crawling Back to You *New Song
Losing My Mind
Out of My Head *New Song
Crazy *New Song
Start of Something Good *New Song
What About Now
Spaceship *New Song
Louder Than Ever *New Song
Over You/No Surprise
Running Down a Dream
Rebel Yell
It’s Not Over

Photos from Daughtry’s set at the Convocation Center in Dekalb:

Daughtry’s Break the Spell 2012 Tour Dates:

9  Moline, IL  iWireless Center
20 Buffalo, NY    Shea’s Performing Arts Center
21 Reading, PA    Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center
24 Toronto, ON    Massey Hall
25 Cleveland, OH    Palace Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
28 Little Rock, AR    Robinson Center Music Hall
30 Nashville, TN    Ryman Auditorium
31 Louisville, KY    Louisville Palace Theater

2   Columbus, OH    Veteran’s Memorial
3   Cincinnati, OH    Music Hall
4   Pittsburgh, PA    Benedum Center
7   Greensboro, NC    Greensboro Coliseum
9   Charlotte, NC    Ovens Auditorium
11   Clearwater, FL    Ruth Eckerd Hall
12   Orlando, FL    Hard Rock Live
14   Boca Raton, FL    Mizner Park Amphitheater
15   Jacksonville, FL    Moran Theatre at the Times Union Center
17   Columbia, SC    Township Auditorium
18   Richmond, VA    Landmark Theater
20   W. Long Branch, NJ    The MAC at Monmouth University
21   Syracuse, NY    Landmark Theater
23   Lowell, MA    Lowell Memorial
25   Newark, NJ    NJ PAC
29   Albany, NY    Palace Theater

1    New York, NY    Hammerstein Ballroom

10   Indianapolis, IN    Egyptian Room
11   Waukegan, IL    Genesee Theatre
13   Minneapolis, MN    The Brick
15   Omaha, NE    Orpheum Theatre
16   St. Louis, MO    Peabody Opera House
18   Kansas City, MO    The Midland by AMC
19   Tulsa, OK    Brady Theatre
21   Phoenix, AZ    Comerica Theatre
22   San Diego, CA    San Diego Civic Theatre
24   Las Vegas, NV    The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
30   Los Angeles, CA    Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live
31   San Francisco, CA    The Warfield

2   Portland, OR    Keller Auditorium
3   Seattle, WA   Paramount Theatre
5   Salt Lake City, UT   Abravanel Hall
7   Denver, CO   Jim Beam Live Music Series at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
11   Grand Prairie, TX   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
13   Austin, TX   Bass Concert Hall


Black Stone Cherry Bring Southern Hospitality to the Midwest

Black Stone Cherry
Fuel Room- Libertyville, IL
All photos by Paul Weber

Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – vocals/guitar
Ben Wells – guitar/vocals
Jon Lawhon – bass/vocals
John Fred Young – drums

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Black Stone Cherry just started their new headlining tour just days ago.  Last night they stopped at Austin’s Fuel Room in Libertyville, Illinois with Rains and Cavo opening the night.  Before the show I had the chance to sit down with Jon and John (full interview coming soon).  Chris was supposed to join us but I was informed that he was sick.  This is something I could completely understand as the bug has been going around, and I was sick myself.   I found out his sickness wasn’t a virus as Chris started talking  about how he was feeling while onstage.  He mentioned how just hours before the show he was in the bus crying trying to find a reason to get up.  Chris has been battling depression for 11 years and did not have a problem with letting the crowd know.  Last night he had a smile on his face and couldn’t be more appreciative of the fans being so supportive of the him and the band.  He dedicated “In My Blood” to all the fans that know what it’s like to go through some of the darkest days.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

On a lighter note, the band has such an incredible chemistry onstage as well as off.  Each member of the band is seriously talented.  Drummer John Fred Young has a lot of spunk and “you can’t leave home without him,” as Jon Lawhon told me in an interview before the show.  His incredible energy is hard to miss and fans in the crowd took note.   Jon and Ben bounce around the stage as if the floor beneath them was a trampoline.  Chris doesn’t need to cover the stage to get noticed.  Chris’ vocal cut through the bass, drums, and guitar and delivers the lyrics with such soul. Their stage presence and talent weren’t the only things that won over the crowd.

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012The guys as a collective have a great harmony as many rock bands don’t even try to attempt some acapella harmonies during songs.  The comedy highlight of the show came from Chris.  He was worried that no one would show up because it was a “Tuesday night,” but it was Wednesday.  Chris had a Spinal Tap moment and everything was taken in stride.

The band is truly down to earth and has that famous Southern hospitality, yet don’t underestimate the group because the guys can play hard and rock harder! The interview with Jon and John will be posted here shortly! They talk about touring, almost getting arrested, and what’s on their tour rider!

Black Stone Cherry at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Setlist for the night:
Shooting Star
Blind Man
Soul Creek
In My Blood
Rain  Wizard
Killing Floor
Maybe Someday
Lonely Train

Photos from The Black Stone Cherry set at Austin’s Fuel Room:

TOUR DATES AS FOLLOWS (Cavo to support):
Wed Feb-01 Libertyville, IL Austin’s
Thu Feb-02 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s
Fri Feb-03 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s
Sat Feb-04 Independence, IA Impalla Ballroom
Mon Feb-06 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Tue Feb-07 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Thu Feb-09 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live – First Floor Only
Fri Feb-10 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s Music Hall
Sat Feb-11 Parkersburg, WV Yellowbeards
Mon Feb-13 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Tue Feb-14 Johnson City,TN Warehouse
Thu Feb-16 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
Fri Feb-17 Lafayette, LA The Station
Sat Feb-18 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse

Black Stone Cherry on the net:

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Cavo at the Fuel Room

The Fuel Room – Libertyville, IL
All photos by Paul Weber

Cavo at the Fuel Room in Libertyville, IL 2/1/2012

Cavo is a four piece rock band that hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Their career started to shine back in 2008 with an EP featuring “Champagne.” Soon after the song saw huge success on St. Louis’ rock radio station, they were picked up by Warner Bros. Records. The song made it to the their major label release, Bright Nights, Dark Days in 2009 and also sat at the number one spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts. They’ve toured with some of the hottest rock bands and they are starting 2012 with Black Stone Cherry.

Cavo won over many new fans at the Fuel Room in Libertyville last night. They have a sound that mixes Rob Thomas, Incubus, and a dash of King of Leon. They played songs off their new album Thick as Thieves that will be released this spring. Check out the official music video below.

Cavo’s Official Music Video for “Thick as Thieves”

Photos from Cavo’s set:

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Cass McCombs illuminates Bowery Ballroom

To the backdrop of a lit screen resembling digital sequins, Cass McCombs and his band descended onto the stage of Bowery Ballroom.  Despite the glittering panels, Cass and his band were enshrouded in darkness with all overhead lights off.  They rambled into “Love Thine Enemy” from his last album, Humor Risk to start.  With only periodic camera flashes to reveal Cass’s facial expressions, this was a concert where audience members were forced to listen and less about the antics of the artist, not that Cass would oblige.  He leaves his songs to tell his stories.   He barely chatted, only to open with a “hi” and “how’s everyone?” and a thank you with introductions for his band at the tail end.

Borrowing largely from Humor Risk, Wit’s End and Catacombs, Cass and his gang of four melded nicely throughout the set on “My Sister, My Spouse,” “Buried Alive” and “The Same Thing”.  The gents on lap steel and keys really enveloped the wayward nature of the nomad singer-songwriter’s compositions.  Some songs even ensued praise from concert goers as one shouted “That was niiiiice,” after the conclusion of “Harmonia”.   A few deviations from the trio of last albums were “My Master” from the A album, the tribute/protest song “Bradley Manning” and “Angel Blood”, which had been played plenty in the fall 2011 tour and captured by Pitchfork and Daytrotter.

The appropriate swan song of the night had to be “County Line,” which you could feel the crowd anticipating.  NPR labelled “a song for ever time” and that it is.  For Wednesday night’s rendition in New York, the bluesy waltz was stretch for maximum appeal.  The perfect lullaby to send this writer back to her own county line (Kings).

Gem Club dreams at Littlefield

The duo of Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala create ethereally slow burning ditties as Gem Club.  With a keyboard and a cello, their songs are cavernous and evoke a sense of longing.  Gem Club’s tunes are the perfect soundtrack for a walk on a cold and foreboding beach, which is not surprising that their song “Red Arrow” was featured on the ABC drama, Revenge.  Hamptons approved.

For their set at Littlefield, they were joined by vocalist Ieva Berberbian.  They quickly gave the thumbs up and started with “Birds” from their self-released six-song EP, Acid and Everything.  Taking from both the EP and their full length Breakers, the audience was transported into a dreamy reverie of piano ballads.  For the track “Breakers”, Kristen delicately tapped colorful foot bells and Chris lamented “the graceless years are gone”.  Chris offered very little chatter between songs, though very thankful for the opportunity to play and open for Califone.   One of the few songs he introduced,  “Acid and Everything” started somewhat in the vein of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” with its loopy piano keys.   The band ended their short 40-minute set with “In Wavelengths”, which has a glorious rendition recorded for a Daytrotter session over the 2011 CMJ festive.

If you haven’t had a chance to witness the slow burn of Gem Club, do yourself a favor and check out their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR’s All Songs Considered.  Guaranteed to leave you in a woozy haze.

Sharon Van Etten warms up Mercury Lounge

On a crisp evening, fans poured into Mercury Lounge to witness a rare, intimate concert with Ms. Sharon Van Etten.  Weeks before her latest LP, Tramp hits stores February 7th, she played to a sold out crowd on Wednesday.   She thanked her fans for giving up their hump day to hang with her.  Amongst her fans in the crowd was one Aaron Dessner of The National, who also helped producer her upcoming release.  Though not in attendance, Sharon’s other fancy friends include TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone (who was given a demo personally from Van Etten) and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who is her fellow Jagjaguwar label mate.  Girl rolls with fine company.

Covering her new album from side A to B, she began with “Warsaw” and continued in order of the track list.   As most of the songs were very new to her audience (unless they had streamed her performance the day before at The Greene Space for WNYC’s Soundcheck), they piped up for her single “Serpents”.  She had taken the single out for a spin on her first network television appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few weeks earlier.   She then went on to introduce the next tune “Kevin’s” as a song about quitting smoking.  Though there was little chatter between SVE and the crowd, she brought out a ukulele and an omnichord.   The latter instrument elicited a cheer of “OMICHORD!”

“All I Can” was well received by the entranced audience.  This reporter overheard one concertgoer say, “I really loved that last song.”  Sharon’s echoey vocals sure do that to listeners.   Her vocals were enhanced especially by bassist/keyboardist Heather Wood Broderick (Horse Feathers, Efterklang) on the second to last song “I’m Wrong”.  Though there was no encore, the crowd left completely satisfied and blessed to witness a true artist on the heels of a breakout.  SVE plays additional New York shows in February:

February 24 – Music Hall of Williamsburg
February 25 & 26 – Bowery Ballroom

Needless to say, not to be missed.

Set list
Give Out
In Line
All I Can
We Are Fine
Magic Chords
I’m Wrong
Joke or a Lie

Local H?!

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Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, IL

Local H is:
Brian St. Clair (Drums)
Scott Lucas (Whatever)

Scott Lucas performing at Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, IL

Local H is a duo of funny guys that are in an alternative rock band.  Their breakout success came from their second release of Polygram entitled As Good As Dead.  The album spawned their hit “Bound For The Floor.”  All together Local H released 5 studio recordings.  Back in 2010 Scott went solo with his band Scott Lucas & The Married Men. As a duo or as a unit the guys always make sure to perform in Chicago on New Year’s Eve and this year was no different, which was at the Bottom Lounge with Monkey Paw.  They guys haven’t released a full length album since 2008’s Twelve Angry Months.  Back in October of 2010 Local H’s Awesome Mix Tape#1 was made available digitally, on a physical cd, and even a few cassette tapes (that is truly an awesome mix tape).  The mix tape was comprised of all covers from Pink Floyd to TV on the Radio.

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The night started with a bang with fellow Chicago rockers, Trigger Fish.  The band had some of their fans “shipped” in from Chicago on a party bus, so it made for a loud and supportive crowd.  It was at the transition when Trigger Fish was loading up their gear that things got interesting.  There were three men onstage setting up for Local H.  Two of them looked like older men; one wore grungy jeans and faded black shirt while the other was in the same looking jeans and a G&B Records shirt.  The third looked like a younger man who was clean cut and ready to rock.  During setup murmurs could be heard in the crowd, “where did the band get these two guys?” or better yet, “I bet these guys work for beer.”  Turns out the two seasoned looking gentlemen were Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair.   It was a bit of a letdown because it took awhile to get over the shock of watching two rockers with grey hair and beards looking like they were hiding out in the wood for months.  I hate to be so harsh, but when one’s job is to be a performer at least try to make oneself presentable because these two were not even recognizable.

Scott Lucas performing at Austin’s Fuel Room –Libertyville, ILOn a positive note, Scott and Brian can still tear down a bar.  It really couldn’t get any louder than it was last night.  I walked outside, because it was getting too loud, and heard the walls buzzing and shaking.   They squeezed “Bound to the Floor” early in their set followed closely by “Fine and Good” and “Michelle (Again).”

Their onstage setup could leave some confused because Scott’s rig was setup stage left and Brian’s drum kit was stage right with a microphone stand all by its lonesome in the center of the stage.   It wasn’t until a third man came running out with a tambourine and played for a bit and then ran back to the side of the stage.

While the crowd showed the love for these local rockers, Scott and Brian really need to clean up their image.


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A Bryan White Christmas

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Bryan White first signed on to a label back in 1994 at the age of 20.  He’s endured the success that most artists dream about and also the heartache. He’s reached the number one position on the Billboard Charts, has achieved platinum status with his albums, won ACM and CMA awards, and let’s not forget his duet with Shania Twain back in 1998. Dr. Brian Sager, the major of Woodstock, would not let Bryan forget those accomplishments as he presented Bryan with a proclamation of his success.  He also made Bryan an honorary citizen of Woodstock or as Bryan likes to call it being a “Woodstockian.”

Bryan White Woodstock Opera HouseBryan’s show on December 30th marked his second time playing in Woodstock, IL.  He brought his White Christmas tour to the small city in the suburbs of Chicago.   It was also the last night of tour and last performance date for the year.  The night was a mix of Christmas music, music from his back catalog, as well as new tracks off of his new album Dustbowl Dreams.

During the set Bryan spent time talking about life and quoting movie lines. It never got old to the audience.  He also spent time tuning his guitars right onstage and getting his monitors just right. At one point while engaging with Wes, the sound engineer, Bryan said, “It’s good enough for the girls I date.” The audience erupted in laughter knowing full well that Bryan is a happily married man.

Bryan dedicated “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to the troops. “I never failed to walk up to those troops and say thank you. I am blown away by their courage and passion for the country.”  He also points out that he always makes it home for Christmas.

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Bryan has strong ties to Woodstock.  Erik Borman and his wife Tami made the evening possible. Erik joined Bryan onstage with his guitar and not to be upstaged; Tami added a special touch to the evening with the Woodstock Children’s Choir.  The choir joined Bryan onstage for several songs including “Christmas Time is Here,” “Finding Christmas,” and “Our Savior is Born.”

As previously noted, Bryan achieved many accomplishments in his career, but he also endured the dark side of the business. When album sales decline, so does one’s career and that means being kicked off labels and experiencing big changes in one’s lifestyle.  Bryan speaks of an interview he watched with Gloria Estefan who sat at the top of Latin Pop music charts and took in many accolades. Bryan took away that even when the light doesn’t shine the brightest, artists still make music because love doing it.  An artist shouldn’t be controlled by a label and told when and how to record an album.  During Bryan’s darkest times he learned to break free of that and take the reins on his career.

The title track from the new album, Dustbowl Dreams, took the cake for the most touching moment of the night.  Bryan preludes the song with a story about his hero.  This man was the “salt of the earth” and “a true American.”  He didn’t tell the audience who he was speaking of at first.  The audience figured it out at the end of the song as old audio recordings played of Wilford White, Bryan’s grandfather.  The song also yells Oklahoma when Bryan mentions all the names that played on that song.  It was a family affair and includes Vince Gill on mandolin and Wayne Hayes, who is currently battling Colon Cancer.

Bryan does have a new Christmas album out titled A Bryan White Christmas, and he performed another track of the album, “Finding Christmas.” For the live performance, The Woodstock Children’s Choir joined him onstage again as well as audio recordings from his boys Justin and Jackson.  For the last song of the night Bryan saved “one of the coolest Christmas songs ever!” for last.  It’s a reminder of what the season is really about.  He invited Julia Johnson, the opener for the night, with her violin alongside the Choir. It was a great way to end the magical night.  He even made it snow, something Illinois has been lacking this holiday season.

The set list for the night:
Do it Together
Run, Run Rudolph
Let It Snow
Rebecca Lynn
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Time is Here with Woodstock Children’s Choir
Charlie Brown Theme
Dustbowl Dreams
Someone Else’s Star – Steve Richard joins Bryan onstage
So Much for Pretending
Finding Christmas – Woodstock Children’s Choir
Our Savior is Born – Woodstock Children’s Choir and Julia Johnson

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Over The Rhine at Le Poisson Rouge

On a cool, crisp evening in New York, the fans of Over the Rhine descended into the cellar of Le Poisson Rouge.  The real life couple of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler rose to the stage starting off with “Born” off their 2005 Drunkard’s Prayer album.  The crowd was in for a treat as Karin thanked the masses for coming to their holiday tour.  Getting down to the holiday spirit, Karin crooned “All I Ever Get For Christmas in Blue” with her signature pipes.  Before continuing the festive caroling with “White Horse”, Linford asked his wife if it was true that she once put a plastic horse under the Christmas tree in the hopes it would be a real horse Christmas morning.  Karin admitted she did and that her mother was relieved when there was no Christmas morning miracle.

Then the evening really heated up when the cable to the kick drum shocked the drummer as they started into “I’m On A Roll”.  They dug deep into their 20 years of songwritng to fulfill a request by singing “Suitcase” from their double album Ohio. Though they did treated fans to oldies but goodies, they played a majority from their latest album The Long Surrender, including “The King Knows How”, “Undamned”, “All My Favorite People” and “Rave On”. The pair also debuted a new song “Sacred Ground” and a new as-yet-named holiday tune. Of course they dusted the set with Christmas songs from their previous holiday recording Snow Angels. The true Christmas gift was their Hank Williams cover of “Still in Love With You” with the accompaniment of openers, The Milk Carton Kids.

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White Horse
I’m on a Roll
The King Knows How
Sacred Ground (new song)
New Christmas song
Snow Angel
Pull Through
North Pole Man
All My Favorite People

Rave On
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Still In Love With You (Hank Williams cover)

An Evening with Corey Taylor

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An Evening with Corey Taylor
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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I’ve kept every ticket stub for every show I’ve ever attended since my first show at age 11.  Over the course of 14 years I’ve attended 48 concerts and 14 festivals.  Never, ever have I attended a show quite like the Corey Taylor acoustic tour aptly titled “A Evening with Corey Taylor”.

Corey is known for his deep lyrics, his soul bearing voice and his appreciation for honesty, whether those he’s being honest about appreciate it or not.  Recently he authored “Seven Deadly Sins” and has taken his book tour on the road, along with his acoustic guitar, his hilarious stories and a promise to his fans of “I won’t lie to you while I’m up here.”

Corey opened his set Wednesday night with a common topic while in Wisconsin, the cold.  And of course, getting old, and how differently the cold affects you when you’re old, and a man.  Stating that ‘they’ should “Give you a book when you’re like six about all these changes that are going to happen” like the dropping of the boys.

He went on to talk about the holidays and his friends attending Thanksgiving at his house several years ago when he proudly cooked his first turkey.  Corey worked the crowd into fits of laughter as he talked about each of his friends and expressed his frustrations as they continued to complain about their families until he lost his cool on them, prompting more laughter from fans as he acted out the evening.  On a more serious note he ended the topic with the statement that, “You may not love the family you’re with, but you’ll die for the family you find over the years.”  Personally, I’m all for Corey going on the road and doing just stand up, this man could give Dennis Leary a run for his money.

The show moved into a reading from Corey’s book.  At this point in the tour he had worked through the whole book and decided to read the ending to the crowd.  He shared with fans that the original idea of an audio book had been thrown out by the publishers.  When Corey shared this with fans at the time that he was writing the book, there was such an overwhelming response and amount of calls demanding the audio version be made that publishers brought it back on the table and confirmed the audio version would be made and read by Corey himself.  He thanked the fans for making it happen but expressed that he “Had no clue how boring THAT would be.”  The room was pin quiet while Corey read except for well placed applause to key moments or funny quips exciting more laughter from fans.

When the book closed the lights came up, with plenty of prompting, and Corey opened the floor for a little Q&A.  After explaining several times to fans the difference between a question, which he would answer, and a request, which he could not fulfill, the questions started flowing.  This is something that not a lot of fans have the opportunity to do, so I hope each and every person at each stop of this tour can truly appreciate the gift they are being given.

After a short potty break “Because in my old age my itty bitty bladder can’t hold as much”, Corey came back on stage, the lights went back down and he broke into song.  Opening with acoustic versions of “Snuff”, “Through the Glass”, “Vermillion part 2”, and a very funny remade version of “Spit It Out” Corey worked the crowd, still joking between songs and throwing out dedications to Slipknot’s late bassist and great friend Paul Gray whom Corey says he knows “Is still with me every time I get on stage.”

Overall this show was funny, with its dedications and in depth discussion of Paul Gray it was heartfelt and a little sappy, and in every way, was one of the best shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.  If you’ve missed this show, I recommend you check out the dates and swing by a show if it comes near you again, this is once in a life time and a must not miss for any fan of Corey Taylor, Slipknot or Stone Sour alike.

A few interesting question and answers that were enjoyed by all whether getting a good laugh or nearly breaking tears:

Q: Do you (Slipknot) really sniff a dead Crow before every show?

Yup, this was confirmed, so the next time someone says it’s a rumor, you can say you heard it here.  Corey Taylor has confirmed that before each Des Moines show in their early days they would huddle and each sniff a dead Crow in a jar provided by Clown.  However, Corey has specified that it was only at the Safari shows in Des Moines and never on the road.  An interesting tidbit; The Crow is now a permanent stage piece at Safari having been cemented into the newest stage built in the club.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure in terms of music?

The answer; Everything.  Corey informed the crowd that they need to listen to the preshow music at their shows, because it’s coming from his iPod.  So, what do I remember hearing while waiting?  ‘Ghostbusters’

Q: Who in the music business would you punch in the face if you could and why?

After a little thought Corey answered with Cher.  The why; “That’s where it all started.  All that auto tune bullshit.”

Q: What is your hand gesture from?

Corey launched into an explanation about watching Kung Fu theatre from the 80’s and decided to use the hand gesture that the Kung Fu Masters use when dismissing a student.  He states that he was stunned when people started doing it back to him.  He went on to say that he wonders how many people actually know what it means.

Q: When will another CD come out?

Corey has confirmed that Stone Sour is working on a new demo.  He says that it’s “Much darker than ‘Audio Synchrony’.  It’s like ‘The Wall’ meets ‘Dirt’ on steroids.”  As a side note Corey confirmed that Slipknot will also be on tour next summer.

Favorite quotes of the evening not already mentioned:

“It’s not a Stone Sour song asshole, cuz I wrote it for Slipknot!”

“Watching him (Slash) play is like watching someone who isn’t even trying but it’s still fucking great.”  Also on Slash “We’re on stage and I can’t even look at him, I’m standing there trying not to go fan boy.”

“That’s the Wisconsin I want to be inside!…Sorry, I just went somewhere way wrong.”

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Naked Raygun Rock Out Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Hundreds of punk fans moshed their way into Thanksgiving with Naked Raygun last night. The crowd for sure brought their A-game for this joyus event. So many pits formed throughout the night. Some fans even tried to crowd surf which I just found hilarious. That may fly for a pop show but not for this hardcore/punk crowd. So many people bit it hard, I have to admit it was highly entertaining. For those unfamiliar of who Naked Raygun is, they formed in Chicago during 1981. They were one of the first U.S. post-punk bands of the ‘80s merging melodic sounds with punk. After a number of album releases in the ‘80s the band ended up splitting after the release of Raygun…Naked Raygun in 1990. Members went on to perform with other bands including Pegboy and The Bomb. Due to public demand for Naked Raygun in 1999 indie label Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records reissued all of Naked Raygun’s albums with bonus tracks. A compilation album was also produced including collected works from 1980-1992. After a massive turn out for their 2006 reunion at Riot Fest, playing to a sold out crowd of 4,000 people they decided to come back with new releases. Currently there is a release #4 of their 7” series and they are heading back into the studio at the end of the year to record more material. Tours are being set up for both the West Coast and Europe in 2012.
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My Big Beautiful Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve!

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Metro – Chicago, IL

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Pop-punk band My Big Beautiful was one of many in last nights line up leading up to Naked Raygun’s headling show. The band formed back in 1993 from Joliet, IL. After taking a break in ’96 to pursue other music ventures the band ended up getting back together in 2003 and have been playing an aray of new & classic M.B.B. songs ever since. Last night was the perferct way to kick off this holiday weekend! This was my first time experiencing My Big Beautiful and it wont be my last. Their energy was fantastic and they had me at covering Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers “American Girl”. Before the show I saw Steev Custer running around the Metro with his kids, giving piggy back rides and just having a great time before the show. It was really awesome to see! During the show you could see his daughter waving to him from the balcony and he would just shoot her the biggest smile, it was the cutest thing ever! Steev even keeps a photo of his kids that sits on his amp on stage. It’s rare to see things like that. If you haven’t see My Big Beautiful I suggest you! Check out their Facebook page for your most recent M.B.B. updates.

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Death Angel Opens for Anthrax

Death Angel
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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The Bay Area has it’s fair share of thrashers and metal bands such as legends Metallica. It was only appropriate for Death Angel to join fellow Bay Area rockers Testament on tour with Anthrax headlining.

Death Angel was initially formed back in 1982 and released 6 studio albums. Back in 1988 they caught the attention of Geffen Records that spawned their album Act III. After an accident that left their drummer injured for over a year, the band broke up. It wasn’t until 1991 when they decided to regroup. Today the band is signed to Nuclear Blast and released their latest album, Relentless Retribution, September 14, 2011.

On Saturday night they played to a packed crowd of crazy metal heads in Milwaukee. It was closing night of the tour with Testament and Anthrax.

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The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Worship Music

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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Anthrax released their 10th studio album Worship Music on September 12th. It’s been 8 years since the group released their last studio album, We’ve Come for You AllWorship Music is currently at #17 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums and peaked at the number 2 spot.

Anthrax’s “Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t”

Anthrax was back at the Rave last night for the last night of their headlining tour with Testament and Death Angel.  Their set included “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t,” “Earth on Hell,” “The Devil You Know,” “Caught in a Mosh,” “Indians,” “I am the Man,” “Among the Living,” and “Medusa” to name a few.  Some of their classics were expected, but the true highlights were a couple of the new songs from Worship that really killed.  The set also included “In The End” off Worship Music that was a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

Their headlining tour didn’t end in Milwaukee by accident. Scott said that they planned it that way because he knows Milwaukee rocks.  The crowd didn’t disappoint and showed the guys their ultra super snazzy moshing skills.

Again, Anthrax didn’t disappoint. Now to Worship Music!

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Five Finger Death Punch at The Rave

Five Finger Death Punch
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

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Following All That Remains is not a simple task, however Five Finger Death Punch shouldered the task and revitalized the frenzied and sold-out crowd at The Rave / Eagle’s Ballroom.  It was a certainty that more than a few decided to “Share the Welt” on this tour; and countless fans left the venue sweaty, bruised and shirtless into the chilled fall air.  Though they also departed content, leaving everything they had inside.

Vocalist Ivan Moody preached pro-American dialogue between songs, “We are all American!” in support of U.S. troops.  Otherwise they let their music speak, and it spoke volumes as their aggressive sound was thoroughly devoured.  Touring on American Capitalist, FFDP continue to gain momentum with each release while leaving a wake of new and satisfied fans along the way.

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory was a marvel to watch as he thrashed his long dreads while displaying some amazing fretwork.  His style meshes will with Jason Hook’s guitar play.  Chris Keel has filled in well on bass duties, replacing Matt Snell earlier this year.

Rains replaced Rev Theory (they had to withdraw from the tour due to an injury) to open the tour.  Hatebreed are also on the bill.

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1. Under and Over It
2. Salvation
3. American Capitalist
4. Hard to See
5. The Way of the Fist
6. No One Gets Left Behind
7. Bad Company (Bad Company cover)
8. White Knuckles
9. Far From Home
10. Bulletproof
11. Never Enough
12. The Bleeding
13. Burn it Down

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Far From Home
Bullet Proof
Never Enough
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Milwaukee Impresses All That Remains (and Vice Versa)

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The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
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Phil Labonte, the expressive and and openly opinionated All That Remains vocalist, voiced his impression of the Milwaukee crowd many times as he appeared genuinely blown away by the energetic fans.   Always impressive live, All That Remains opened at full throttle with Hold On and those who didn’t heed their advice were literally thrown.  Crowd surfing was a bit of a misnomer as fans and articles of clothing were tossed well above the crowd throughout the show.

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Crowd participation peaked at the onset and continued until the closing lines of Two Weeks to finish their set.  When Labonte proclaimed, “This is the heaviest song you will hear tonight” to introduceSome of the People, All of the TIme the sold-out Eagle’s Ballroom erupted into a flurry of motion.  By the time the song ended Labonte had a huge smile and screamed “Milwaukeeeeee!  You guys are a crazy f—ing ass crowd!”  He spoke the truth and it’s hard to believe that anybody present would have anything left for the Five Finger Death Punch headline set.  That was not the case as “Five Finger” “DEATH PUNCH” erupted at deafening levels shortly before they took the stage.  This was a brilliant night of metalcore at its best!

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Wolfpac, Twiztid, Blaze on Tour with ICP

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Big Hutch, Blaze, Wolfpac, and Twiztid took the stage as openers for ICP up at the Rave in Milwaukee. Photos of each set is below. Need to see ICP photos? Check out the review and photos from the night here.

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Insane Clown Posse at The Rave

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The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Insane Clown Posse The Rave Milwaukee

Amid chants of ‘Family’ and showers of Faygo lies a single music label.  Psychopathic Records has been called many things and is known for many reasons.  But fans of the label and its artists will tell you that nothing really beats an Insane Clown Posse (ICP) show.  This year’s American Psycho tour boasting a long awaited combination of ICP, Twiztid and Blaze, was nothing less than spectacular, as usual.

Unlike the normal annual Hallowicked week of shows, the American Psycho tour consisted of several weeks across the nation ending per usual in Detroit on Halloween with a single Hallowicked show.  While many fans were disappointed in the change, the actual selection in songs well made up for the drastic change on stage.  Rather than dark forests with smokey, shadowy surprises and selections solely from the Joker’s Cards centered around terror and the season like ‘Boogie Woogie Wu’, ‘Hokus Pokus’ and ‘Dead Pumpkins’, the American Psycho Tour brought back songs that haven’t been heard over the last few years and new favorites such as ‘Everybody Rize’ and ‘Miracles’.  The show also offered collabos with Twiztid, treating fans to ‘Juggalo Homies’ and ‘The Marsh Lagoon’.  While these collabos are a common occurrence in Detroit, they are a rare treat for fans in other areas of the Midwest.  The stage change featured massive red, white and blue ICP letters with a hatchet man on each side as well as a change in barrels and Psychopathic flags wrapped around side posts hat could be seen clearly even from the back of the crowd.

ICP opened their show atop red and white striped tricycles complete with shiny blue tassels, peddling a figure eight around 4 giant, flag painted barrels filled to the brim with Faygo bottles.  As the crowd erupted with screams of approval the lights came up and the show began, Mike E Clark spinning classic Dark Carnival songs and monsters of all sorts creeping forward.  Even Uncle Sam (or rather Uncle Sams) joined in the fun.

From the time Shaggy 2 Dope popped the top on the first bottle of Faygo the music took on a sticky sweetness and adrenaline started pumping.  Shortly after that bottle flew came the first Faygo ‘break’ bringing forward lines of jumpsuit wearing clowns with buckets overflowing with Faygo ready to launch out over the front row followed by confetti, feathers and streamers.

As the night wore on the fans worked up into a frenzy.  Encouraged by Shaggy and Violent J they sang out choruses, passed around Faygo bottles and even got a little jiggy when the stage filled up with mummies and monsters galore for ‘Zombie Slide’.  The group ended the show with a bang (Pow! Boom!); All of the monsters, clowns, VIPs and group members on stage emptying out pallet after pallet of Faygo and filling the air with streamers.  This song wears on and on repeating over and over until every last drop has been released and fans are convinced they’ve received all of their entertainment for the night and Psychopathic has given everything they can to their fans.  When the evening closes to an end there is so much to remember from a Psychopathic show.  But as you walk out the door few things will stick in your mind quite as strongly as the smell of Diet Faygo, the screams of ‘Family’, the terror of soda toting clowns, and the feeling of pure adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Most notable gear for the evening:  A group of painted leprechauns complete with felt hats emblazoned with hatchet man patches and long green beards.  Each was painted as a different member of Psychopathic groups.

“Glow girls” – I have no idea where all this stuff came from, but these girls were painted head to toe in black light paint and covered in hatchet man charms in their belly buttons, eyebrow rings, on the zippers of their skirts, on their shoes, hanging from their dreads.  They looked like glowing cover models for Psychopathics from Outer Space.

Most mimicked group member: Blaze.  After I thought I saw the 20th or so Blaze waltz right past me, I quit counting.  The fans have his paint and walk down, as well as his signature outfit, bandana and hat.  Now, if only they could find a way to make themselves 6’6″……

Most notable moment not many people actually noticed: Shaggy out-doing himself once again.  At one point during ‘Homies’ Shaggy launched a bottle that hit the center of the arched ceiling in the Ballroom.

Most accomplished crowd connecting moments: Madrox and Monoxide of Twiztid working with the crowd to achieve a hug consisting of the crowd essentially changing sides.

ICP running through ‘Dating Game’ including separate introductions of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, each working a Faygo bottle (most of which ends up over their heads on down their necks) and receiving defening screams from the Juggalettes (female fans).

Wolfpac running along the front of the barricades to give out hugs, handshakes and high fives as well as joining fans in the mosh pit after their set.

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In Photos: Social Distortion at The Voodoo Experience in New Orleans

Social Distortion
The Voodoo Experience
New Orleans

Social Distortion Voodoo Experience New Orleans

Social Distortion helped kick-off The Voodoo Experience Music Festival on Saturday. Photos from the set are below. For Day Two’s wrap-up of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly click here. The wrap-up includes photos from Snoop Dogg and Blink 182’s set.

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The Voodoo Experience: Day 2 Wrap-Up

Blink 182
The Voodoo Experience
New Orleans

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The Voodoo List: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Best of the day: Easily Snoop Dogg.  Saturday brought a bigger crowd than Friday (it looked to be at least double the size) and Snoop turned the clear skies into a mellow haze.  The sunshine was a vast improvement over Friday’s cold and windy weather.

Most fun and biggest surprise: Watching Jesse Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal) front Boots Electric and interact with the early crowd as he strutted around the stage.”We will shake our dicks! Thank you, dig it!” was his commonly used phrase.

Most expected:  A large crowd was there to see Blink-182 and the younger audience (compared to Friday’s Soundgarden set) was singing and bouncing along to all of their songs.

Most Unexpected:  Girl Talk pulled a huge crowd despite being up against Snoop Dogg’s finish and Blink 182’s set.  DJ Gregg Gillis’ mashup dance remixes to a crowd that was slammed against the stage.  Lights, toilet paper, confetti, and pyro rocked his set.

Biggest disappointment:  Being advised that Girl Talk would have a rare pyro finish to his set (scheduled from 8:15 to 9:45) and a great photo opportunity; only to rush over after the start of Blink-182’s to see that Girl Talk had finished 15 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Worst food:  Nothing!  Everything from Crawfish Bread to Bacon and Cheddar Crepes has been fantastic!

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In Photos: Ani Difranco at The Voodoo Experience

Ani Difranco
The Voodoo Experience
New Orleans

Ani Difranco Voodoo Experience New Orleans

Ani Difranco helped kick off the 2011 Voodoo Experience down in New Orleans. Check out our recap of Day One of the Voodoo Experience, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly! The wrap-up includes photos from Soundgarden’s set as well as links to Fitz and the Tantrums and My Chemical Romance.

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In Photos: My Chemical Romance at The Voodoo Experience

My Chemical Romance
The Voodoo Experience
New Orleans

UPDATE: More photos from My Chemical Romance’s set have been added!
My Chemical Romance Voodoo New Orleans 2011

My Chemical Romance helped kick off the first day of The Voodoo Experience 2011 down in New Orleans yesterday. We have your photos from the MCR set and more are on their way!

Check out the wrap-up of Day One: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, which includes photos from Soundgarden’s set and a link to photos from Fitz and the Tantrums.

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In Photos: Fitz and The Tantrums at Voodoo Experience

Fitz and the Tantrums
The Voodoo Experience
New Orleans

Fitz and the Tantrums Voodoo New Orleans

Fitz and the Tantrums hit the stage on the first day of The Voodoo Festival in New Orleans. More photos to come! Keep your eyes peeled!

Check out the recap of Day One: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, which includes photos from Soundgarden’s headlining set.

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Mindless Behavior Headline The Scream Tour

Mindless Behavior
The Scream Tour: The Next Generation
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Mindless Behavior The Rave Milwaukee SCream Tour

Mindless Behavior is enjoying the success of their new album, #1 Girl, on iTunes right now. Mindless Behavior is made up of 4 boys Princeston, Ray Ray, Roc Royal, and Prodigy. They all have the looks that make their fans scream with excitement when in their presence. They are currently headlining the Scream tour: The Next Generation with Diggy, Jacob Latimore, Hamilton Park, and OMG Girlz.

The Mindless Behavior boys hit the stage last night to a full house of screaming fans. Since it was an all ages show the doors opened at 5pm with a 6pm start time when OMG Girlz kicked off the night. It was Diggy  that stole the show before Mindless Behavior took the stage. He even invited Jacob Latimore onstage with him.  Mindless Behavior started at 8:00pm sharp.

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The boys are dancers. They are very good dancers that swooned their fans with their slick moves. The quartet worked the floor and the crowd. At times the boys would head to the end of the stage and reach out to their adoring fans. They also worked the ramp and high-rises near the back of the stage. They stayed in sync with their dancing moves.

The only hangup I have with the boys is that they lip sync. It is kind of deceiving because their wireless head mics were taped to their faces. Why go through all the trouble if the band isn’t really singing? Of course I can’t rake them over the coals too much because most of the big dancing pop acts lip sync – think Britney Spears.

Was the show entertaining? Yes and it was definitely a family friendly affair.

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