For those who crave a festival where true metal bands dominate the lineup, your time for waiting is over. The first annual Knot Fest is scheduled and judging from the bands set to appear, it will be nothing short of stellar. Knot Fest will be tearing up the midwest on August 17th in Council Bluffs, IA and Minneapolis, MN August 18th. Advance tickets are $35, and you can bet your going to get more than your monies worth. Headliners Slipknot would be worth the price of admission alone, but also set to appear are Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Lamb of god, Cannibal Corpse, The Urge, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Prong (Yes, that Prong). Link to the Knot Fest site for more information on bands and get your tickets now or regret missing out on what are sure to be some of the most insane shows of 2012.
Devil Wears Prada
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
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House of Blues-Chicago, IL
After being at the House of Blues last week, I saw that Volbeat would be playing with The Damned Things and could not miss this show. Never seeing either band live before, my first impression was why is Volbeat headlining over The Damned Things? Now knowing they are big overseas, were certified platinum in their home country Denmark, and have opened for Metal/Rock gods Metallica and AC/DC it makes more sense. They are still have not reached the success in the USA as they deserve, but they are out on tour now to prove they will be a force to be reckoned with.
It is very hard to pinpoint what genre of rock music Volbeat is – be it Metalbilly mixed with sounds of the Stray Cats on steroids or Metallica without the intricate guitar work or solos, or even Johnny Cash on meth doing a metal album. I dare you to pigeon hole them.
The latest release, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, is their 4th studio album and gives them enough material to fill a 1 ½ hr plus set. Drummer Jon Larsen came out with sticks in the air to sit on his double bass drum kit and the crowd roared their approval, as the rest of the group ripped into “The Human Instrument.” They transitioned to, “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood,” not allowing the crowd to settle down to and you could feel the floor moving up and down, as everyone bounced. With the twin guitar attack filling the air with that thick, distinct Gibson guitar sound, they continued with “Heaven Nor Hell.” Lead singer, Poulsen looked like a character from a Quentin Tarantino movie played to the crowd. Even though they are still new to touring the U.S., they played like the veterans they are.
Lead guitar player, Bredahl, and bass player, Kjolholm, took turns going from one side of the stage to the other and at times, bumping into each other and spinning around laughing as they bounced away. As much fun as the band and the crowd were having, you could not help but feel like you were watching a band about to make its mark on the music scene.
As I walked around the venue, I bumped into the guitar player for the metal band, Dirge Within and we both talked about how amazing this band was and he told me how they bring such a fresh sound to metal scene. I made me realize that for a band that’s been around for close to ten years, the music can still sound new.
As Volbeat ended the night they did a cover of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want to Be with You.” I mean what metal band do you know can get away with this and still look badass?
Volbeat will be touring for another month in the States before heading back home to Denmark, along with some big festivals overseas and according to Bredahl and Larsen; they want to come back in the summer time.
If you’re looking for something different from all the tours out there now, then you won’t want to miss a beat in seeing VOLBEAT.
The Human Instrument
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Heaven Nor Hell
A Moment Forever/Hallelujah Goat
The Mirror And The Ripper
Sad Man’s Tongue
Mary Ann’ s Place
Mr. & Mrs. Ness
Who They Are
Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza/Boa (JDM)
I Only Wanna Be With You
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written by Peter Lizano
Strange Addiction/ The End Records
What do you get when you combine four b-level rock musicians from four separate b-level bands? You get the laziest – most uninspired 13 songs that will drone in your ears until you disinfect them with something that resembles rock and roll.
Surely Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) is intended to be the anchor here. Instead we get disjointed – musical ideas that are half-baked and played without anything that resembles cogent thought or are enoyable music. [Read more…]
ok ok ok ok …we mean photograph…
Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher Randy Johnson traded in his baseball glove for a camera at Megadeth’s show at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, AZ last Friday night (August 27). Johnson–one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation–was a special guest of the multiplatinum Megadeth–who’ve sold over 20 million albums worldwide and are credited as one of the most influential metal bands–at the “American Carnage” show, which also featured Slayer and Testament. Johnson is an avid metal fan and concert-goer with a passion for photographing his favorite artists.
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
(Photos by Yvette Casillas)
Lamb of God
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
(Photos by Matt Ginger)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
(Photos by Matt Ginger)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
(Photos by Matt Ginger)
Bullet for My Valentine
Sony Music Entertainment
These guys play really fast. Not Yngwie Malmsteen fast, but fast. Bullet fast.
Michael “Moose” Thomas can play the drums with such power and speed it actually baffles my mind. I can’t even think as fast as he plays. Lest we write him off as a speed-demon-sans-soul; I am obligated to say he knows when to use sheer power and save the speed. [Read more…]
SUPPORT FROM STORY OF THE YEAR AND HASTE THE DAY
All That Remains and The Devil Wears Prada will co-headline the NAPALM & NOISE TOUR this winter. The tour will hit both coasts and will feature support from Story Of The Year and Haste The Day, pre-sale is live today here (https://tixx1.artistarena.com/allthatremains) and public on-sale date is Friday 10/2/09 (full tour dates below). Both lead singers for ATR and TDWP commented on the joint tour:
Prada vocalist Mike Hranica said “We’re excited to hit the road with All That Remains, Story Of The Year and Haste The Day. Being a co- headline tour, we’ll be able to play a longer set, too, which means more brand new songs off ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below.’ I’m stoked to be hitting up cities that we haven’t played in a while, and playing songs that we haven’t had the chance to play within the previous tours.”
Phil Labonte of All That Remains adds, “We’re really excited to be hitting the road with a The Devil Wears Prada, Story Of The Year, and Haste The Day. ATR had such a great time playing on The Warped tour in 2008 with both DWP and SOTY were so we’re looking forward to the same kind warm reception we got all last summer! We’re hoping that ATR fans will come out and check out the other bands and rock with us!”
Party like it’s 1993 – Meat Puppets support Stone Temple Pilots on three shows, earn rave reviews from Rolling Stone!
Meat Puppets are BACK!
Sewn Together out on Megaforce …..garners RAVE reviews!
Party like it’s 1993!
Meat Puppets have been invited to open three shows for Stone Temple Pilots:
July 17 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT**
July 18 – Borgata Hotel and Casino – Atlantic City, NJ**
July 19 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD**
Rockstar Mayhem 2009 – San Bernadino, CA
Well, I have seen Marilyn Manson before and it wasn’t the greatest experience because he was being one of the biggest princesses and arrived on stage very late. Last Sunday didn’t leave room for him to pull off such antics and we were all very grateful for that. We didn’t stay for the entire show because of sheer exhaustion and too much sun.
All we have are these darling pictures of him for your viewing pleasure and more to come…
Photos of Marilyn Manson at Rockstar Mayhem in San Bernadino:
CLUTCH just debuted their video for “50,000 Unstoppable Watts” this weekend on Headbanger’s Ball. Did you miss it? Well you are in luck!
At Rockstar Mayhem here in San Bernadino, California, and it’s already insane! There has been a schedule change on the media end as well as for all the fans. They have pushed up everyone’s set by 25 minutes! That is just a little FYI for everybody that is attending.
Just finished my interview with Corey Beaulier from Trivium. Some highlights so far…their first stop on Mayhem the drummer didn’t make it to the show as well as their guitar tech. Of course, if it could go wrong it did! He said it was still great because it was impromptu by then. Also, there may not be a meet-and-greet with these guys today, but they have tomorrow off and are trying to work something out. We’ll have photos and the interview up in the next couple days.
Also we had a member of Cannibal Corpse who said, “I think I could solve world peace if I could get every person in the world onstage to know what if feels like to have the crowd roar for you.”
Just finished interviewing Jeanne from All That Remains….
More to come..I need food and drink!!
FUEL TV AND ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL HOOK UP FOR MAYHEM METAL MADNESS ULTIMATE FAN CONTEST
Lucky fan gets to join tour for three days, wins thousands in exclusive prizes!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: FUEL TV, the 24/7 action sports lifestyle network, and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival announce an exciting contest that will give a lucky fan and a guest an opportunity to join the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival for an exclusive three-day VIP experience.
Running from June 1 to June 30, 2009, fans can sign up to win the Mayhem Metal Madness Contest at www.fuel.tv/mayhem. The winner will be announced July 10, 2009 on The Daily Habit.
The prize includes flights to and a hotel stay in Philadelphia where the lucky winner will join the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and ride with the tour for three days, wielding official Mayhem VIP backstage passes. They also win a $500 shopping spree at Hot Topic with Metal Blade band Job For A Cowboy, a Rockstar edition Ernie Ball Music Man guitar, and an ultimate Mayhem gift bag worth $250. On top of all the prizes, the winner will also meet every band at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival before flying home and will get to document the experience in a blog on Revolver.com.
“We’d like to thank FUEL TV for including us on this special flyaway contest,” says Metal Blade recording artist Job For A Cowboy. “We can’t wait to meet and hang with all our fans at Hot Topic the day of the Philly/Camden show, while we’re on the Rockstar Mayhem tour. We couldn’t be more stoked about being on Mayhem this year. We’re going be playing and partying alongside some of our favorite bands and friends.”
(New Rochelle, NY) – Stage dive into spring with the Jägermeister Music Tour! Jägermeister is teaming up with legendary American punk band, Pennywise and dub rock trio, Pepper for this year’s spring Jägermeister Music Tour. The tour kicks off on April 13th in Seattle, Washington.
Pennywise is one of the most significant bands to emerge from Southern California punk’s second wave. The Pennywise current line-up, which has remained constant since 1996, consists of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitar), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Byron McMackin (drums). Formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California, Pennywise have released nine-full length studio albums, one live album, two extended plays and one DVD. Their most recent studio album is Reason to Believe, which was released to over 500,000 fans for free through a limited-time offering from their new label, MySpace Records. The critically acclaimed album was also sold physically and digitally the world over. The Western World, the first single from this watershed album, became the most successful single of the band’s storied career.
Pepper will rejoin the Jägermeister Music Tour once again to feature their fifth studio album Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations and to support their forthcoming live release, Kona Gold, due in April 2009. Both albums exemplify the band at their most eclectic and capture the essence of the Kona Boys decade of exploits living on the mainland, while exposing them as seasoned veterans of rock. Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations is the band’s first endeavor under the umbrella of LAW Records, their own record label, in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs/MRI distribution. The forthcoming live album, Kona Gold, reunites the band with surf/skate vanguard Volcom Entertainment for the latest release which features Pepper live in August of 2009 at Boulder, Colorado’s intimate Fox Theatre. The Pepper trio consists of Bret Bollinger (vocals/bass), Kaleo Wassman (vocals/guitar) and Yesod Williams (drums/vocals).
Cox Arena – San Diego, CA
James Hetfield – Vocals, Guitar
Lars Ulrich – Drums
Kirk Hammett- Guitar
Rob Trujillo – Bad Ass Bass
Metallica hit the road to promote their latest album Death Magnetic. This is the follow-up to the not-so-hot St. Anger from 2003. Granted I hated the album but I still had to go out and buy it when it came out because it’s Metallica. The new album came out with mostly positive reviews. The guys, along with assistance from Rick Rubin, recreated the good old Metallica sound without being the old Metallica. The people that had something negative to say reiterated each other by saying the album was “too loud.” Ummm…this is Metallica we are talking about and who isn’t compressing the hell out of their albums nowadays?
Show review & pictures after the jump…
I didn’t actually get to attend the Metallica show on Monday night due to the fact they ran out of review tickets by the time I asked for them. It would have made a great birthday present to myself, but I did send Sparky out with camera in hand for her first Metallica experience. I am going to write about my first Metallica concert because I really didn’t feel like just throwing all the pictures up and not being accompanied by some kind of babble.
Every Metallica fan has a story and this one is mine. I’m elated that I can tell a Metallica story accompanied by some fabulous pictures too. Did I mention I love my job and these guys are part of the reason I started my own company? Moving on..
For all the newbies to the site, I was raised on Metallica. My older brother owned everything they had released. It was the first thing we could bond over even though I wasn’t allowed to actually touch or borrow the albums. I was only allowed to listen to them from afar. Is this sounding reminiscent to anyone else out there?
I remember the first Metallica concert I went to was January 4th 2000 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. I begged and pleaded with my parents to go. It wasn’t my first concert but it was my first METAL concert and of course mom and dad were worried. They said the only way I could go was if my older brother, John, took me. I think they were expecting him to say no and frankly so was I. I mean, what 20-something guy wants to take his teenage sister to a metal concert? After talking with John and making a deal with him, he decided he would take my friend and me, plus we brought my guitar playing cousin along for the ride. The concert was awesome and I remember singing along to every song and I remember watching the family that was sitting in front of us dressed in their Sunday best. Of course, we were laughing at them because they stood out like a sore thumb. That night I also learned a little bit more about my brother….and we’ll stop right there.
For anybody who actually went to the concert that night you might remember the after math of the concert; it was scarier than being tossed like a rag doll in the moss pit. Making the exit out of the arena was death defying, I am not joking. Everybody tried piling out all at once and the hallways of Allstate were so packed that we were getting crushed. People were screaming and being picked out of the mob. Let me refresh, this was AFTER the concert. Once we were all sitting safely in the car we sat and sat and sat waiting to get out of the parking lot. That night people were walking around giving free Metallica stickers away. The entire night was something to remember and even have bootlegs from that show and their stop before in Milwaukee.
Ok, so this wasn’t the San Diego show review but come on I haven’t been to a Metallica show that stunk!
Check out Metallica on Tour:
|12/17/2008||Los Angeles, CA||The Forum||Info|
|12/18/2008||Los Angeles, CA||The Forum||Info|
|12/20/2008||Oakland, CA||Oracle Arena||SOLD OUT|
|01/12/2009||Milwaukee, WI||Bradley Center||Info|
|01/13/2009||Detroit, MI||Joe Louis Arena||Info|
|01/15/2009||Washington, DC||Verizon Center||SOLD OUT|
|01/17/2009||Philadelphia, PA||Wachovia Center||SOLD OUT|
|01/18/2009||Boston, MA||TD Banknorth Garden||SOLD OUT|
|01/26/2009||Chicago, IL||Allstate Arena||Info|
|01/27/2009||Chicago, IL||Allstate Arena||Info|
|01/29/2009||Uniondale, NY||Nassau Coliseum||SOLD OUT|
|01/31/2009||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center||SOLD OUT|
|02/01/2009||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center||SOLD OUT|
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There is a physical release of the Slip from Nine Inch Nails. I received this via email probably because I download the album for free.
A physical release of Nine Inch Nails’ The Slip will be available worldwide
in the upcoming days as a limited edition CD with bonus DVD through the Null
Corporation label. Release dates as follows…
Australia: July 19
Europe: July 21
US: July 22
Canada: July 22
Japan: July 22
UK: July 28
Rockstar Mayhem 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA
Stage: Jagermeister Stage @ 7:00pm (The times rotate for each Mayhem stop)
Adam Duce – Bass, Vocals
Robb Flynn – Lead Vocals, Guitars
Phil Demmel – Lead Guitars
Dave McClain – Drums
Keep your eyes peeled in the next several days for our video footage of Mayhem that includes Machine Head.
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Rockstar Mayhem Tour 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, San Diego
Suicide Silence is San Diego’s hometown boys on the Mayhem Tour. This metal quintet started off the days festivities to a large crowd on the Hot Topic stage. They didn’t waste time in making the crowd move. They opened with the heart pounder “Unanswered.” The fast paced hardcore metal didn’t stop there. Mitch, Suicide’s lead singer, introduced “Girl of Glass” as a love song. What did I expect? Not sure, what I heard was an even more heart crunching song that could woe any woman that loves the sound of walls of guitars and in your face metal.
Suicide Silence is not a boring band to watch.Their stage presence is huge and energetic. No wonder why their debut album, The Cleansing, broke records for Century Records.
Their set list for the day:
Bludgeoned to Death
Hands of a Killer
Price of Beauty
Girl of Glass
No Pity for a Coward
Their fan base is quickly growing and for all the UK fans out there they will back to visit you this fall and back in the states in December.
Come early to Mayhem because you don’t want to miss these guys!
We will be posting a video interview with the guys at Mayhem. Keep your eyes peeled!
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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
The last time I saw Staind was back in 2005 or 2006 when they were opening up for the latest 3 Doors Down tour. The second time I saw Staind was last night when, lo and behold, they were opening up for the latest 3 Doors Down tour. I have to admit it though, Staind and 3DD are a perfect match when it comes to music genres. I was so glad they played So Far Away (2003), which is my absolute favorite song of theirs – not to mention one of their biggest hits! And of course, they played It’s Been Awhile, their breakthrough commercial radio hit from 2001. Right Here (2005) was another song performed by the four guys last night that everyone knew the words to. Singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis is the most laid-back, relaxed and quiet lead singer in a rock band I have ever seen. He doesn’t scream at all, but instead just stands still, plays his guitar and sings his songs. I love the fact that he doesn’t fit your typical rockstar stereotype of being loud, crazy and over-the-top. He is just so chill and I love that about him and his band. He moves slow, sings slow, plays slow, which is opposite of 3DD’s frontman. But it’s so refreshing to have a band that just wants to play good music and not worry about the over-produced aspects of a rock show. Staind has a new album coming out next month called The Illusion of Progress with a new single entitled Believe. View photos from the show below…
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The greatest part of my job has to be the fact that I can now talk with and take photos of some of my favorite musicians from when I was younger. One of those bands is Megadeth. Tonight I get to cover the Gigantour with Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, and High on Fire. I haven’t heard of any of the other bands besides Megadeth and Children of Bodom. I believe I own a few bootleg videos of Children of Bodom. It’s been a while since I played any of their music.
The review of tonight’s festivities and photos will be up tomorrow, so come back to check them out.
By the way, the Gigantour.com says the tickets are all sold out of the rest of the tour dates, but you can still go on Ticketmaster and purchase tickets. The best part, it’s day of show tickets which are going for $10 a pop and you can still get great seats.
I think Jennifer needs to write an article about snagging front row tickets day of show from Ticketmaster. She is the master of the day of show tickets and getting in the first 10 rows. There is a way.
PRE-SALE STARTS APRIL 4
NATIONAL ON-SALE IS APRIL 19
TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 9 IN SEATTLE
BURBANK, CA (April 1) – Organizers of the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival have announced dates, venues and on-sale information for the highly anticipated all-star thunderfest. Multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the much-buzzed-about amp-shattering road show, which will feature hard music’s most influential bands and its new wave of heavy-hitting acts. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning April 4 at 10AM local venue time via the Official Mayhem Fan Community at http://mayhemfest.tickets.musictoday.com. Pre-sale orders also allow fans to hear tracks from Mayhem bands, receive early entry venue passes, purchase a discounted subscription to Revolver magazine and receive a Mayhem t-shirt. In addition, pre-orders enroll fans into a contest offering one grand prize winner an electric guitar and two meet & greet passes to get the six-string signed.
Saturday was one hell of a day. Fly back from Chicago just in time to drive to Viejas Concerts in the Park in Alpine, CA. We got there just in time for the start of Flyleaf’s set. We had some issues getting in that prevented us from actually get in on time to catch the first opening act.
It was in the high 50’s all day and as the sun dropped to show the full moon the evening was progressively got colder and colder. Flyleaf jumped on stage with mounds of energy, that or they were cold too. To the shock of us who didn’t know who Flyleaf was we quickly learned that it is fronted by a woman. Her name is Lacey Mosley and I would sum her sound up as a combination of Bjork and Alanis Morissette with lots of power behind it. Flyleaf is a quintet from Texas that includes Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann on guitar, the super-energetic and toned Pat Seals on bass, and James Culpepper on drums.
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The stage presence was there. They were all climbing the stacks of speakers and jumping off of them. They moved around on stage as if fire was underneath them. Lacey spun and jumped with the music. They are truly a warm up band, because they literally got the crowd moving enough to keep warm on that chili Saturday night.
The last song of their set was “There for you” off of their self-titled album. The song was a great rock ballad that transcended just relationships Lacey dedicated that song to Jesus.
Not too long after the screen went up on stage and Seether’s crew set the stage.
Seether did not disappoint. They opened with “No Jesus Christ” and into “Needles.” The set was mixed with great lighting, video clips, white christmas lights, and little Chucky dolls. Yes, this made for a creepy yet very rock and roll stage set. The set included songs of the new album such as their new single “Rise Above.”
Of course they couldn’t leave without playing their radio hits such as “Fake It” and “Remedy” that made the crowd roar and want more only to be left with the “house lights” up and the crew on stage. Frontman, Shaun Morgan, thanked everybody for sticking through a very chili night outside. There wasn’t much talking during the performance. My favorite song of the night was “Driven Under” off their Disclaimer Album and “Rise Above.”
Their set for the night:
No Jesus Christ
Check out when Seether and Flyleaf are going to hit your town HERE!
The Metro – Chicago, IL
The Bravery have played in Chicago plenty of times since they jumped into the music scene back in 05′. For whatever reason, I had never been to any of those shows and on Saturday at the Metro, I finally got to see them live . I had gone into this show expecting a great vibe and a lot of dancing.
Now, I am a fan of The Bravery, their debut album (self-titled) I would consider one of the best albums released in the last five years. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same about their second release ‘The Sun and the Moon’. It was A LOT slower and just didn’t have the same energy as the one before.
The show had not sold out so the Metro wasn’t crowded ( I can always appreciate that) and the two openers were Your Vegas and Fiction Plane.
The Bravery opened with a great song called ”Fearless” a track from their debut. The lights went out and the sound of the organs from ‘Fearless’ began. The band takes what seems to be thier places and when the lights return, lead singer Sam Endicott is singing from the left of the stage. He eventually ends up in the center where he remained for the rest of the show.
The greater portion of the show was dedicated to ” The Sun and the Moon” with a couple of tracks here and there from the first album. They closed the show with ”Unconditional” which was a great song to end with. The actual performance was good and the interaction with the crowd was cool. I can say that I’ve been to worse shows but I did walk out a little disappointed. I think the selection for the set list was a bit off because I was waiting a through a lot of bad songs before I could get to the good ones, which doesn’t make for a fun time at a concert. It was apparent the crowd felt the same way. As I looked around, I had to laugh because it was almost as if the people were statues until any track from the fist album was played. This shouldn’t happen at a BRAVERY SHOW! but it did…
all in all I kind of wished I had seen them when they just had one album out…….oh Bravery, hopefully your third album will get me excited again…..
House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Oh, the House of Blues feels like a second home sometimes. Tonight was another one of those nights. Ministry is a Electro-metal band that originated in good old Chicago, Illinois. (There is no Bias there at all!!) They have been around for 26 years and this marks their final tour.
Ministry rolled on stage around 10pm and the balloons came down around 12:30am. It was a very long show. Ministry started the show with lots of new material. All had a very common theme. “Bush is Evil!” The screens behind them showed images of Bush and Osama Bin Ladan as Al verbally mangled the Bush Administration over and over again. Not that I am a Bush fan myself but there were 6 (at least) political songs and 5 were about Bush. He should of just wrote one epic song called “Fuck Bush” just to get it over with. As the night continued the song assortment grew much much better. The guys were ripped and were having a great time as was the crowd.
Near the end of the set Al Jourgensen was visibly tired, but who can blame him. I don’t think I would have lasted that as long as he did on stage. About 5 or 6 six songs near the end, a guest came out. It was Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell. He brought a whole new level of excitement to the stage and it revived everybody. They played a couple covers form The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and ZZ Top.
Of course, it isn’t a metal frat party without balloons right? Yes, you heard me right, balloons at a heavy metal concert. The balloons came down at the last song, and can I tell you how much better balloons are on your head instead of people’s shoes or beers?
On a random, and somewhat related side note, Martin Atkins who toured with Ministry in the 1990’s has been teaching at Columbia College in Chicago their Touring Live Entertainment class. How do I know this? Well he was on option as one of my teachers for that course.
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I met Hemlock’s lead singer Chad Smith out front before the show. It was very clear that he belonged to one of the bands. He is tall with massive dreadlocks and looked like a metal hound. Not only is Chad a very articulate and nice guy but he really knows how to front a band and play bass. This band has put in their dues (15 years) and it certainly shows on stage.
Hemlock had a very little amount of stage to work with last night. I really mean little. It’s a shame because they had such great stage presence and they know how to own a stage. Their set was full of high energy, fast aggressive songs and a little power ballad that could blow love out of the water.
I actually found Hemlock more entertaining than the band that went on after them. Chad really does have a stage presence with his hair and bouncing around on stage. He even had the mic in his mouth and was “singing” as he played.
What I would love to see is these guys have a slot on Ozzfest considering I fell asleep in the lawn last year from bored these guys will keep your feet!
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Penny Road Pub – Barrington, IL
I really need to come out to PRP more often! Where do I start?! Well, for those of you who are not in the know, as of January 1st Illinois is now smoke-free. Many angry bar owners have tried to fight this ban but I must say the owners at Penny Road have the right idea. They have their very own Magic Bus, it’s an outdoor heated bus in its own corral. Brilliant! Another site to see here is the Live Lobster Crane. You know what I’m talking about. The arcade game that we have all played back in the day full of stuffed animals. Now think of the same game full of live lobsters, it’s crazy! For $2 a round you can try to win one of these lobsters, and if you win PR will cook it for you.
Nemesis Theory is a hard rock, heavy metal band from Wonder Lake. Their material is a combination of cover & original material. Saturday night was full of head bangin’ music and you better believe the head bangers were out in full force. I have never been a big metal fan, but I will definitely come out to see these guys again. They were so much fun, Tom Wilson can really belt it out. I had no idea what to expect Saturday night, but between Tom’s vocals, the way Joe handled his whammy bar, and the rock lobster it was a good night for all.