Twiztid roll out Bootleg Banner tour in Milwaukee

Twiztid – 2014 Bootleg Banner Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/15/2014

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Twiztid - 2014 Bootleg Banner Tour

Horrorcore rap duo, Twiztid, kicked off a Midwestern tour at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on April 15. Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Smokehouse Junkiez provided support while a handful of other acts provided entertainment as a crowd began to gather at 5:30 p.m.

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Juicy J fills Eagles Ballrom to capacity

Juicy J – 2014 Never Sober Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/29/2014

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Juicy J - 2014 Never Sober Tour

Juicy J brought his 2014 “Never Sober” tour into Eagles Ballroom at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on March 29. The show featured rapper Travi$ Scott and a DJ set from Project Pat.

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Childish Gambino draws sell-out crowd at Eagles Ballroom

Childish Gambino – 2014 The Deep Web Tour
Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
3/21/2014

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Childish Gambino - 2014 The Deep Web Tour

Donald Glover, better known as Childish Gambino in the rap community, brought The Deep Web tour to The Rave in Milwaukee on March 21. The experimental artist’s complex opus, “Because the Internet,” has drawn critical praise and easily sold out the Eagles Ballroom.

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The Rave brings an evening of pop to Milwaukee with Emblem3

Emblem3 – 2014 #BandLife Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/14/2014

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Emblem3 - 2014 #BandLife Tour

Emblem3 brought their 2014 #BandLife tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 14. The Valentine’s Day crowd consisted of a mostly female crowd that were psyched to see the former X-Factor contestants perform in support of their debut album, “Nothing to Lose.” Pop duo MKTO provided direct support while Jackson Guthy opened the show.

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Kip Moore keeps Milwaukee ‘Up All Night’

Kip Moore – 2014 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/8/2014

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Kip Moore - 2014 Tour The Rave

Currently providing direct support for Lady Antebellum on the 2014 “Take Me Downtown” tour, Kip Moore performed a headline show in Milwaukee during a break between tour dates on Feb. 8. Fans packed into The Rave to catch the rising country star. John Hyde and Chris Cavanaugh rounded out the lineup on Saturday night.

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Alice in Chains return to The Rave

Alice in Chains – 2013 “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/15/2013

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Alice in Chains - 2013 The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here tour

Alice in Chains invaded The Rave in Milwaukee on May 15. They are touring on new music, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” slated to be released on May 28. The band are currently playing mid-sized clubs as they hop between headline stints at major summer festivals such as Carolina Rebellion and the three-day Rock on the Range in Ohio. Bloodnstuff, a two-piece alternative rock act, opened the show.

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Fall Out Boy kick off reunion tour at The Rave in Milwaukee

Fall Out Boy – 2013 “Save Rock and Roll” Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
5/14/2013

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Fall Out Boy - 2013 Save Rock and Roll tour

Following a three-year hiatus, an eternity for their dedicated fans, Fall Out Boy finally kicked off the opening night of their “Save Rock and Roll” tour on May 14, 2013, at The Rave in Milwaukee. The sold-out show followed a free show in Madison, Wis., the previous night at the Majestic Theater; part of the Yahoo! on the Road concert series that doubled as a warm-up gig for the tour.

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The Dirty Heads spark Cali vibe to ‘Dance All Night’

The Dirty Heads – 2013 Tour Odyssey
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/1/2013

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The Dirty Heads - 2013 Tour Odyssey

California rockers, The Dirty Heads, returned to Milwaukee to headline the 2013 Tour Odyssey at The Rave on March 1. A few steps into the venue revealed a fragrant haze that wafted over the crowd, suggesting that the weekend was about to commence in true Dirty Heads fashion. Shiny Toy Guns, Midi Matilda and Oh No Fiasco rounded out the bill.

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Soundgarden ‘Blow Up’ The Rave

Soundgarden – 2013 King Animal Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/1/2013

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Grunge icons Soundgarden have returned to the stage following a drawn-out 13-year hiatus. Touring on new music, “King Animal,” they rolled into Eagle’s Ballroom at The Rave in Milwaukee on Feb. 1, 2013. The sold-out show offered rabid fans a lengthy set with no opening act.

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The Darkness shines upon The Rave

The Darkness – 2013 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
1/26/2013

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The Darkness - 2013 Tour 1

The Rave welcomed British glam rockers, The Darkness, to Milwaukee on Jan. 26, 2013. On an evening when rising country star Chris Young was also playing upstairs in the Eagle’s Ballroom, the line to enter The Rave appeared to be a confused amalgamation of flannel, boots and leather pants. Once the venue staff ushered fans to their respective venues, order was restored and the assembled mass of black t-shirts were ready to rock.

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Stone Sour and Papa Roach upend The Rave

Stone Sour & Papa Roach – 2013 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
1/25/2013

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Stone Sour and Papa Roach are in the midst of a co-headline tour that rolled through the Eagle’s Ballroom at The Rave in Milwaukee on Jan. 25, 2013. What began with a thin crowd as tour opener Otherwise hit the stage at 7 p.m., quickly amassed into a crowd-surfing throng by the time Papa Roach had pumped out a few songs.

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Metalocalypse comes to life with Dethklok at The Rave

Dethklok – Metalocalypse 2013 Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/15/2012

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The animated Metalocalypse series is slowly transforming into real-life scenario. Though Dethklok haven’t quite attained a billion fans as depicted in the series, the Thursday night crowd at The Rave suggested their cult following were out in full-force. Joining them were All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder. It was a major disappointment that Machine Head had to pull off the tour a few days ago, due to an emergency hernia surgery for vocalist Robb Flynn.

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The Rave welcomes Rise Against

Rise Against – 2012 Endgame Tour
The Rave / Eagle’s Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
9/16/2012

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Rise Against - The Rave - 2012 Tour

Rise Against pulled into The Rave in Milwaukee on Sept. 16, a day after headlining 2012 Riot Fest in Chicago. Their energetic set had fans spilling over the rail within seconds their first song, “Survivor Guilt” from “Endgame.” Guitarist Zach Blair and vocalist Tim McIlrath were all-systems-go from the opening note, both leaping about the stage and feeding off the fans’ energy.

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Halestorm on the Carnival of Madness Tour

Halestorm
Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/21/2012

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Halestorm is having a fantastic year and one of their big breaks came in the most unlikely places….Glee.  While Glee is one of those shows that it’s either loved or hated, one can’t deny the fact that having a song or an entire album featured on the show means being exposed to millions that may not have heard the music before.  Around the time of Glee Halestorm also released the EP Hello, It’s MZ. Hyde and then soon after the full album, The Strange Case Of …, which rose to the top of the charts and I personally can’t think of another band who deserves it more.

Joe Storm of Halestorm

Joe Storm of Halestorm

Photos: Halestorm on the Avalanche Tour

It has been awhile since I’ve seen Halestorm live; it was back in 2010 on the Uproar Tour. I actually ran into Lzzy backstage while interviewing New Medicine and she couldn’t have been more kind and welcoming.  Back in 2010 they were the openers on the main stage and today are headlining their own shows and are currently second on the bill of the Carnival of Madness Tour right under Evanescence. After the Carnival of Madness Tour wraps up in the US, the band is headed to Europe through the fall.

Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)” Official Video

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

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Halestorm Tour Dates:
AUG 21     EAGLES BALLROOM      MILWAUKEE, WI
AUG 23     FESTIVAL VILLAGE @ ROCK THE RAPIDS      GRAND RAPIDS, MI
AUG 24      MACHINE SHOP       FLINT, MI
AUG 25      GROUND ZERO      TRAVERSE CITY, MI
AUG 26      TOYOTA PARK      BRIDGEVIEW, IL
AUG 28      STAGE AE      PITTSBURGH, PA
AUG 29      PNC BANK ARTS CENTER      HOLMDEL, NJ
AUG 30      MOHEGAN SUN ARENA      UNCASVILLE, CT
AUG 31      UPSTATE CONCERT HALL      CLIFTON PARK, NY
SEP 02      BUFFALO OUTER HARBOR SITE       BUFFALO, NY
SEP 04      HOUSE OF BLUES CLEVELAND      CLEVELAND, OH
SEP 05      XFINITY LIVE      PHILADELPHIA, PA
SEP 07      BOGART’S       CINCINNATI, OH
SEP 08      BUSTER’S BILLIARDS & BACKROOM      LEXINGTON, KY
SEP 21      O2 ACADEMY 2      BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 22      RESCUE ROOMS      NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 23      CATHOUSE      GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 24      ACADEMY 3      MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 26      O2 ACADEMY 2      NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 27      THE COCKPIT      LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 28      ISLINGTON ACADEMY      LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
SEP 30      WEDGEWOOD ROOMS       PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 01      THE FLEECE      BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
OCT 03      LUXOR      COLOGNE, GERMANY
OCT 04      TRIX      ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
OCT 05      NOUVEAU CASINO      PARIS, FRANCE
OCT 07      MAGAZZINI GENERALI       MILAN, ITALY
OCT 09      SZENE       KLOSTERNEUBERG, AUSTRIA
OCT 10      BACKSTAGE HALLE       MUNICH, GERMANY
OCT 11      BATSCHKAPP FRANKFURT AM      MAIN, GERMANY
OCT 12       O13       TILBURG, NETHERLANDS
OCT 14      LIDO       BERLIN, GERMANY
OCT 15      LOGO      HAMBURG, GERMANY
OCT 17      DEBASER SLUSSEN S     TOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
OCT 18      JOHN DEE SANKT H     ANSHAUGEN, NORWAY
OCT 19      BETA      COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
OCT 21      ABART      ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
OCT 27      TOKYO LOUD PARK      TOKYO, JAPAN
NOV 20     TOYOTA CENTER KENNEWICK      KENNEWICK, WA
NOV 21      REVOLUTION CONCERT HOUSE + EVENT CENTER      GARDEN CITY, ID

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Evanescence Brings the Carnival to the Midwest

Evanescence
Carnival of Madness Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
8/21/2012

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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Five Finger Death Punch ‘Trespasses’ into Milwaukee

Five Finger Death Punch – Trespass America Festival
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
7/19/2012

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Five Finger Death Punch - 2012 Trespass America Festival

Five Finger Death Punch headed a brutal metal assault that’s been dubbed the Trespass America Festival. The show pulled into Eagles Ballroom at The Rave in Milwaukee on July 19, 2012. The 31-date tour also features Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid, and Battlecross.

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Dragonforce at the Rave

Dragonforce
The Rave- Milwaukee, WI
4/27/2012

Dragonforce The Rave Milwaukee

European power metal band Dragonforce performed this week at the Rave in Milwaukee with opening acts Huntress and Holy Grail. The band is currently on their North American tour promoting the release of their fifth studio album The Power Within. The newest member of the group, vocalist Marc Hudson, seemed to please the crowd with his awe inspiring power vocals and head banging performance. Check out some photos below of their killer set.

Dragonforce North American Tour Dates:
04/28 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
04/29 — Winnipeg, MB — West End Cultural Centre
05/01 — Edmonton, AB — The Starlite Room
05/02 — Calgary, AB — Republik
05/04 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
05/05 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
05/06 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
05/08 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
05/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
05/11 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues

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Korn Brings “The Path of Totality Tour” to the Midwest

Korn
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/24/2012

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Coming off of the first leg of their The Path of Totality tour, Korn issued a challenge to DJ’s everywhere; Remix ‘Get Up’ or ‘Narcissistic Cannibal’, be Korn’s favorite, win a spot to DJ a live show.  This challenge was met with mass response and one lucky artist, DJ Maximillian from Maryland, was the winner.  Korn’s February 25th Milwaukee stop on the second leg of their tour was the show DJ Maximillian was privileged to mix at – much to the crowd’s dissatisfaction.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee FieldyMaximillian made 2 critical mistakes.  The first, he began his set nearly twenty minutes late.  The crowd was already anxious for the show to begin and was getting restless.  Several persons stumbled around already half in the bag and security was cracking down on all the smokers in the crowd.  The second was the taunting Maximillian gave the crowd when they began to boo him.  Rather than take it in stride and joke it away, he encouraged the negative reaction and lost the crowd even further.  While his striking personality didn’t win him any fans, one must admit that he certainly had potential.  With heavy beats and fantasy filled mixes Maximillian could produce a great album, if he could just get his transitions to run smooth rather than jerking his listeners from one sequence into the next.

Maximillian aside, J Devil (Jonathan Davis) and good friend Sluggo worked the crowd back into a very satisfied frenzy, amping up mosh pits and prepping fans for the main act to come.  Every fan of Korn and electronic music should take the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inner workings of J Devil.  J Devil’s sound is reminiscent of Take a Look in the Mirror meets electronic goodness with the recognizable sounds of Korn’s thick chords and heavy bass.

The tardiness seen in DJ Maximillian’s set continued on to be the poor habit of the evening with Korn pushing their set back nearly a half hour and then leaving a mostly lit stage to speak for itself for an additional five minutes before making an appearance.  However, once on the stage Jonathan Davis, Munky, Fieldy and drummer Ray Luzier delivered a high energy, bass pounding show that began as vibrations in your feet and built until it was reverberating through your eyes, as always.

KORN The Rave Milwaukee MunkeyOpening with early fan favorite ‘Predictable’, Jonathan Davis appeased to fans with gut wrenching emotion before quickly moving through classics on each album adding the new sounds of electro into the mix.  But the electro sound wasn’t the only new addition to Korn’s stage show.  An increased amount of strobe lighting and a very much missing vaporizer as is generally standard visible set equipment for Davis were definitely different this time around.  Perhaps the vocalist has finally got a handle on his lungs.  Given the number of dates behind the band on the first leg of this tour and the missing equipment going into the second leg, one can only hope.

After tearing through head-banging beloved singles and leaving no safe place to stand, Korn finished hard with ‘Blind’, yet another classic from their first self-titled album.  The band’s energy level never slipped and Jonathan Davis closed the show with a wide spread grin on his face that almost screamed ‘Thank you’.

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Young the Giant Light Up the Rave

Young the Giant
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/21/2012
All Photos by Paul Weber

Young the Giant:
Sameer Gadhia – vocals
Jacob Tilley – guitar
Eric Cannata – guitar/vocals
Payam Doostzadeh – bass
Francois Comtois – drums/vocals

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee Wisconsin

Young the Giant is riding high on a huge success of their second single “Cough Syrup” off their 2010 self-titled release. Another high note for the band was Fox’s hit show Glee covering  “Cough Syrup” in their latest episode.  The band is also set to play on one of the hottest music festivals this summer, Bonnaroo, as well as the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama. Their latest headlining tour is sold-out with the support of Walk the Moon. Thus, 2012 is looking good for this alternative rock band from Irvine, California.

Young the Giant The Rave Milwaukee WisconsinLast night at the Rave was very interesting. This was the first time I’ve seen Young the Giant live after hearing the chatter about “Cough Syrup.”  It’s pretty bad of me because these guys have been around since 2004 and were formerly known as The Jakes. They sure know how to make an incredible first impression and one of the things I noticed was the amazing lighted backdrop on stage; it illuminated the stage setting the tone for the show.  There were hanging lanterns along with stands of exposed light bulbs that dominated the back of the stage.  The real surprising thing I noticed was how many fans, young ones, in attendance smoked pot.  That’s all I smelled as soon as the first song was over.  It was unexpected and slightly funny because just a couple weeks before Megadeth and Motorhead were at the Rave and that very familiar scent was not present.  For Young the Giant to be playing Bonnaroo just seems more appropriate than ever.

“My Body” Music Video

I can dig Young the Giant because they are a cross between Coldplay and Kings of Leon. At times  Sameer’s vocals even reminded me of Jim Morrison from the Doors.  He has such a strong vocal presence that trumps many of the other bands in the alternative rock genre.  As mentioned above the hanging lights from the back of the stage lit up the band and created a surreal vibe for their alternative rock sound.

This is the time to catch them before they hit it really big. Tour dates and photos from their set below.

Setlist:

I Got
Guns Out
Shake My Hand
12 Fingers
What You Get
Cough Syrup
Ever Little Thing
St. Walker
God Made Man
Apartment

My Body

Photos from Young the Giant’s set at the Rave in Milwaukee:

Young the Giant on Tour:

Wed-Feb-15   Tucson, AZ       Rialto Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Feb-16     Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-17       Phoenix, AZ       Crescent Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-18       Denver, CO       Ogden (+) – SOLD OUT
Mon-Feb-20    Minneapolis, MN       First Avenue (+)
Tue-Feb-21       Milwaukee, WI       Rave Ballroom (+)
Thu-Feb-23       Chicago, IL        The Riviera (+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Feb-24        Covington, KY       Madison Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Feb-25        Columbus, OH        Newport Music Hall (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Feb-26       Cleveland, OH       Beachland Ballroom (+) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Feb-28       Detroit, MI        Majestic Theatre (+) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-01      Toronto, ON        Sound Academy(+) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-02       Ottawa, ON        The Bronson Centre (+) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-03       Montreal, QC       Cabaret-Mile End (+) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-04      Quebec City, QC       Le Cercle (+)
Tue-Mar-06      Burlington, VT       Higher Ground ( ! )
Thu-Mar-08      Boston, MA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-09        New York, NY       Terminal 5 ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-10        Philadelphia, PA      Electric Factory ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sun-Mar-11       Washington, DC       9:30 Club( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-15       Atlanta, GA       Center Stage ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-16         Jacksonville, FL       Freebird Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-17         Tampa, FL       Ritz Ybor ( ! )
Sun-Mar-18       Ft. Lauderdale, FL       Culture Room ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-20      New Orleans, LA       House of Blues ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Thu-Mar-22      Houston, TX       Warehouse Live ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Fri-Mar-23        Dallas, TX       Prophet Bar ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-24       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-25       Austin, TX       Stubb’s BBQ ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Mar-27      Tulsa, OK       Cain’s Ballroom ( ! )
Thu-Mar-29      St. Louis, MO      Pageant ( ! )
Fri-Mar-30       Kansas City, MO       The Midland ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Mar-31       Des Moines, IA       People’s Court ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Tue-Apr-03       Salt Lake City, UT       In The Venue ( ! )
Thur-Apr-05     Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! )
Fri-Apr-06        Portland, OR       Roseland Theater ( ! ) – SOLD OUT
Sat-Apr-07       Seattle, WA      Moore Theatre ( ! ) – SOLD OUT

ADDITIONAL 2012 TOUR DATES:
Sun-Apr-01     The Boulder Theater   eTown Presents Boulder, CO
Fri-Apr 20       STAGE AE     Pittsburgh, PA
Sun-Apr-22     The National     Richmond, VA
Thur-Apr-26    The Fillmore     Charlotte Charlotte, NC
May 18-20      Hangout Music Festival       Gulf Shores, AL
June 7-10       Bonnaroo       Manchester, TN
Sat-Jul-14       Edgefest/Downsview Park      Toronto, Canada
Mon-Jul-16      Central Park Summerstage      New York, NY
Thurs-Jul-22      Pacific Amphitheatre/OC Fair       Costa Mesa, CA

(+) = w/Special Guest WALK THE MOON
( ! ) = w/Special Guest GROUPLOVE

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Volbeat: Makes Fans Happy

Volbeat
Gigantour 2012
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/12/2012

All Photos by Paul Weber

Volbeat is:
Michael Poulsen
Anders Kjølholm
Jon Larsen

Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

Volbeat is the perfect balance of metal and rockabilly. The music screams heavy metal while Michael Poulsen’s vocals are deeply embedded in the rockabilly genre.  Since The Dead Hub last covered Volbeat, more and more people are picking up on this Danish trio of metal goodness.  It was apparent last night as Lacuna Coil ended their set and the crowd was prepping for Volbeat to take the stage. Volbeat was the only thing on the fans lips.

As Volbeat hit the stage fans chanted Volbeat over and over and it was so loud that it cut right through the intro music. The crowd was fully energized as the sound of thunder rolled in as the bass drum driven “Warrior” started to play.  Shortly after “Warrior” Michael pointed out that this was the first time the band played Milwaukee’s icon music venue, The Rave.  The Rave is an old auditorium theater that has hosted thousands of iconic rockers. If you’re looking for the House of Blues feel, it’s not here.  Michael pointed out, “It’s a bit creepy spooky in here!”

Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

The energy of the night reached breaking point at “Sad Man.”  The mosh pits and crowd surfing were just forming, and up to this point,it had been pretty tame for metal show. Michael dedicated “Sad Man” to the late Johnny Cash.  He even changed his vocal styling to reflect Johnny’s in the first verse.  After the first verse it was all Volbeat style and the crowd sang the chorus. It was mighty impressive; even Michael stopped and couldn’t stop saying “WOW.”  It didn’t take long for the guys to transition right into “Goat” and get the crowd’s blood flowing again as he egged them on with, “Do you want this?”

The tone was slowed down as Michael dedicated “Fallen” to his father, the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer, and to anyone who’s lost someone. Michael thanked the fans several times throughout the night for their constant support.  He also pointed out how crazy the crowd was several times. The band seemed most impressed at the sheer enthusiasm the crowd reflected back to them.

Volbeat pretty much ruled the night and injected a healthy dose of metal into the crowd’s blood.  Based on the beaming faces onstage and action on the floor Volbeat won the crowd and made some new fans last night in Milwaukee.


Volbeat Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The RaveSetlist:

Intro/Warrior
Guitar Gangster
Human
Sad Man
Goat
Who They Are
Fallen
Mirror
Pool of Booze
Still Counting

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Motörhead on the Gigantour at the Rave

Motörhead
Gigantour 2012
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/12/2012

All Photos by Paul Weber

Motörhead Gigantour 2012 The Rave in Milwaukee Wisconsin

Photos from Motörhead’s set at The Rave in Milwaukee:

Remaining Motörhead Tour Dates:

DATE LOCATION VENUE SUPPORT
02/12/2012 Milwaukee WI Eagles Ballroom Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/14/2012 St. Paul MN The Myth Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/16/2012 Saskatoon SK Prairieland Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/17/2012 Edmonton AB Shaw Conference Center Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/18/2012 Calgary AB Big 4 Building Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/20/2012 Abbotsford BC Abbotsford Agrifair Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/21/2012 Kent WA Showware Center Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/23/2012 San Jose CA Event Center at San Jose State Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/24/2012 Universal City CA Gibson Ampitheatre at Universal Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/25/2012 Phoenix AZ Comerica Theatre Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/26/2012 Albuquerque NM Tingley Coliseum Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
02/28/2012 Denver CO The Fillmore Auditorium Megadeth, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
06/23/2012 Luxembourg ROCK-A-FIELD Open Air

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Lacuna Coil on the Gigantour at The Rave

Lacuna Coil
Gigantour 2012
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/12/2012

All Photos by Paul Weber

Lacuna Coil Gigantour 2012 Milwaukee Wisconsin The Rave

Lacuna Coil take the opening spot on the 2012 Gigantour featuring Volbeat, Motorhead, and Megadeth. The band is out promoting their newest album, Dark Adrenaline. The night’s set included “Trip the Night” off the new album and also included “Kill the Light” and “Spellbound.”

PLEASE NOTE: Lacuna Coil starts early, so get to the venue early enough to catch their set. The set itself isn’t even a full half hour and it’s not one to miss! Tour dates below!

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Remaining Lacuna Coil Tour Dates:

13 – Des Moines, IA – People’s Court*
14 – St. Paul, MN – Myth
16 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland
17 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
18 – Calgary, AB – Big 4 Building
20 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
21 – Kent, WA – Showare Center
23 – San Jose, CA – Events Center At San Jose
24 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheater At Universal City
25 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
26 – Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
MARCH
1 – Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
2 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
3 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live At The Moody

*LACUNA COIL headline

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In Photos: Caspa at the Rave

Caspa
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
12/17/2011

All photos by Martha Kubica

Caspa The Rave Milwaukee
CASPA Live Mix June 2011 by Caspaofficial

Dupstep is hot right now, it’s so hot it’s leaked into the heavy metal genre, thanks Korn! Caspa is currently taking his rig on the road and hitting the United States. On Saturday night he played The Rave up in Milwaukee. Check out some photos below of his set. More US tour dates are also below.

Photos of Caspa below:


Caspa on his US Tour:

Caspa @ Mezzanine
12/20 11:00pm

Caspa @ Voyeur
12/21 11:00pm

Caspa @ Republic
12/22 11:00pm

Caspa @ Webster Hall
12/23 11:00pm

Caspa @ Commonwealth
12/27 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Starlite
12/28 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Gossip
12/29 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Avalon
12/30 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Dallas Convention Center
12/31 at 11:00pm

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The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Worship Music

Anthrax
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/19/2011

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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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The GAME Out in Support of R.E.D.

The Game
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/10/2011

All Photos by Dan DeSlover

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The Game’s 4th studio album, R.E.D., was released on August 23rd.  The album debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 the week of its release.  The album featured production from Dr. Dre and DJ Premier and features Big Boi, Young Jezzy, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and E-40 just to name a few.  Game’s debut, The Documentary, was released back in 2005 went platinum, won 2 Grammy’s, and reached #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop song chart.  His sophomore release sold over 1 million records and his third release missed the #1 spot on the Billboard charts by 1,000 copies.

Game’s “Pot of Gold” featuring Chris Brown
Game - Pot Of Gold (featuring Chris Brown) by Interscope Records

Before the release of R.E.D. Game released Hoodmorning, a free mixtape for his fans. The tape is still available to download for free here.

Hoodmorning Tracklisting:
01. The Game – Hoodmorning [Produced by Mars]
02. The Game – Drug Test (Feat. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg) [Produced by DJ Khalil]
03. The Game – Can You Believe It (Feat. Lil Wayne & Baby) [Produced by Lifted]
04. The Game – Mr. West / Money & The Power [Produced by Che Vicious]
05. The Game – Monsters In My Head [Produced by Boi-1da]
06. The Game – Wow (Feat. Gucci Mane) [Produced by Mars]
07. The Game – 25 To Life [Produced by Mars]
08. The Game – Out Of Towner [Produced by Terrace Martin]
09. The Game – Standin On A Corner (Feat. B.o.B & Wiz Khalifa) [Prod. by Gun Roulet]
10. The Game – Grave Yard (Feat. Sam Cooke) [Produced by Mars & Point Guard]
11. The Game – The Town [Produced by Mars & Rance]
12. The Game – Uncle Otis [Produced by Mars & Point Guard]
13. The Game – Infrared [Produced by Cool & Dre]
14. The Game – Change Your Life (Feat. BWS) [Produced by Mars]
15. The Game – Red (Feat. Redman) [Produced by Cool & Dre]
16. The Game – I’m On [Produced by Mars]
17. The Game – Ace of Spades (Feat. Joi StaRR & Paypa) [Produced by Mars]
18. The Game – F*cked Up [Produced by Mars]
19. The Game – She Wanna Have My Baby (Feat. Trey Songz)
20. The Game – Rough (Feat. Yelawolf) [Produced by Jim Jonsin]

The Game has been touring in support of R.E.D. and hit the Rave in Milwaukee on Friday night.  There were about 200 to 300 people in the basement stage of the Rave.  The night didn’t go perfectly for Game.  It was about three songs in when Game was telling at his DJ to turn down everybody’s microphones.  He even complained about the mix.

The setlist:
West Side Story
Dope Boyz
Fun-N-Games
Red Nation
Lax Files
Martins vs Goblins
Let’s Ride
Higher
Put You on the Game
Dreams
Start From Scratch
Wouldn’t Get Far
Hate it or Luv It
How We Do
One Blood
I’m The King

There are only a couple more stops on the tour. Even if you miss him on tour, there is still plenty of music of his to listen to.

Tour Dates:
Fri            Nov 11                       Milwaukee, WI                  Rave
Mon            Nov 14                   Austin, TX                          Emo’s East
Tue            Nov 15                    New Orleans, LA               House of Blues
Wed            Nov 16                  Houston, TX                       House of Blues
Thu            Nov 17                   Dallas, TX                          House of Blues

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Milwaukee Impresses All That Remains (and Vice Versa)

All That Remains
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/4/2011
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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.

All That Remains The Rave Milwaukee

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

Big Hutch ICP Show The Rave

Big Hutch

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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TWIZTID ICP Show the Rave

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Insane Clown Posse at The Rave

Insane Clown Posse
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/29/2011

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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GWAR Rings in the Halloween Weekend on Planet Earth (NSFW)

GWAR
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/28/2011

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GWAR arrived in Milwaukee yesterday to a very festive Rave. They played for about an hour and 45 minutes to a VERY packed house.  This wasn’t just an ordinary GWAR show.  Most partook in the Halloween festivities and dressed up. Some were lacking in creativity and then there were the few who really took their costumes to the limit.

This was my very first GWAR concert even though these guys (not all original) have been around for over 25 years.  For those who have never experienced a GWAR show it is something to behold.   I was warned about the blood slinging and knew about the outrageous alien get-ups, but its one thing to hear about it and another to experience it.

It didn’t take long before monsters started getting decapitated onstage and blood came spewing out onto the crowd.  Many GWAR fans wore lighter colored clothes to reflect the blood that they were doused with from the stage.   If heads weren’t being cut off, babies were cut out of a woman’s womb onstage, aka a Snooki look-a-like.  Fun times!  Of course it’s all stage antics and nothing looks real, and most are there to get the shower of blood from the aliens and monsters onstage.

The greatest part of GWAR is you don’t have to be a fan or even know their music to enjoy the show.  It’s a Medieval Times Tournament with Aliens, minus dinner being served by wenches.  Yet it appeared that there could be a few wenches in the audience.

If you haven’t seen GWAR before it is a must for your bucketlist!

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Mindless Behavior Headline The Scream Tour

Mindless Behavior
The Scream Tour: The Next Generation
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/27/2011

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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.

Mindless Behaviour - #1 Girl by Interscope Records

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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Taylor Momsen: From Gossip Girl to The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless featuring Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/21/2011

Taylor Momsen The Pretty Reckless

When I heard Taylor Momsen was starting a singing career I kinda puked in my mouth. My thought, “Another cute actress that thinks she’s got the chops to sing…great!” (please note the sarcasm). It’s reality stars like Kim Kardasian that put that bad ‘actor turned singer’ taste in my mouth. Can you blame me? After I cleared the puke in my mouth and listened to the music, I realized she wasn’t half bad. Then she hit the stage over at Lollapalooza this summer to a packed crowd. Even thought we covered Lolla I didn’t get a chance to sneak to the stage to see her and now I am thinking maybe I should have tried harder.

The Pretty Reckless is currently opening for Evanescence on tour, another great sign for the band. The crowd loved her and quite frankly she’s not one to just stand on stage and sing. As in real life, Taylor steals the scenes and the stage. She was in constant motion, and she looked like a thrasher ballerina at times doing pirouettes. Taylor has the look to keep the male audience’s attention as she was in a white teddy with thigh-high white leather lace-up boots.  Can’t really get any sexier than Momsen was on Friday night.

They played their set that included the Audioslave cover “Like a Stone.”  It was touch and go with the cover, of course, I am a die-hard Chris Cornell fan and no one compares to him, so I am a little more critical of others covering his work. Taylor’s voice hit the chorus dead on, but when Chris goes low, he really goes low, and Taylor just doesn’t have that range.

Taylor’s The Pretty Reckless isn’t straight up pop.  Performing live, Momsen sounds like she’s channeling Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Linda Perry. It’s a very alternative pop sound. Now since Taylor Momsen essentially was pushed out of Gossip Girl, she decided to take The Pretty Reckless on full-time so definitely be on the lookout for more music and touring from The Pretty Reckless.

Setlist:
Since You’re Gone
Zombie
Miss Nothing
Just Tonight
Goin Down
Medicine
Like a Stone – Audioslave cover
Make Me Wanna Die
Factory Girl

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The Pretty Reckless Tour Dates:
Oct 24 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
Oct 26 Ottawa, ON Ritual Nightclub- HEADLINE DATE
Oct 27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Oct 28 Worcester, MA Palladium
Oct 30 Atlantic City, NJ Showboat – House of Blues
Nov 1 New York, NY Terminal 5
Nov 4 London, UK HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 5 London, UK HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 7 Manchester, UK 02 Apollo
Nov 8 Glasgow, Scotland 02 Academy
Nov 10 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilions
Nov 12 Leeds, UK 02 Academy
Nov 13 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy
Nov 17 Offenbach, DEU Stadthalle Offenbach Veranstaltungs GMBH
Nov 18 Dusseldorf, DEU Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Nov 20Berlin, DEU Columbiahalle
Nov 21Munich, DEU Zenith

Evanescence’s Comeback!

Evanescence
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/21/2011

Rival Sons: 8:00pm
The Pretty Reckless: 8:50pm
Evanescence: 10:05pm
Show Ends approx 11:20pm

Evanescence is:
Amy Lee – vocals, piano
Terry Balsamo – guitar
Troy McLawhorn – guitar
Tim McCord – bass
Will Hunt – drums

Evanescence (Amy Lee) The Rave Milwaukee

Their back!! Evanescence just released their highly anticipated follow-up to 2006’s Open Door. Their newest self-titled release scored the #1 spot  on the Billboard charts by selling over 128,083 copies the week of the release.  Up to this release, Evanescence has sold 22-million records world-wide and won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best New Artist. “Bring Me To Life” spent 32 weeks on the Billboard charts and has been their biggest hit to date by peaking at #5 on the charts. It hit #2 on the Pop Songs Chart, #5 on the Radio Songs, #5 on Alternative Songs, and #10 Adult Pop Song chart back in June 2003.  They also saw success with “My Immortal” which also spent 32 weeks on the charts and peaked at the #7 spot back in April 10, 2004.  It wasn’t until 2 years later their single off Open Door,Call Me When You’re Sober,” that spent 17 weeks in the Billboard charts and hit the #10 spot.

Evanescence (Amy Lee) The Rave MilwaukeeThe band delivered their hits as well as news songs off their self-titled release.  They kicked the night off with the first track off the album “What You Want.” It was definitely a crowd pleaser.  After several songs in, Amy sat at the grand piano that was placed at the helm of the stage and played three songs. Once Amy hit the piano the tone of the show shifted and many brought out their cell phones as “lighters.”  It was a 180 from the higher octane of “What You Want.” Amy introduced “Lost in Paradise” and “My Heart is Broken” off the new album and the crowd screamed as Amy transitioned in their hit “Lithium” off Open Door. The band didn’t play their biggest hits until the end, but then again, they saved the best for last!

There are bands that rock  but when they perform live their stage presence sometimes isn’t nearly as rockin’ as their sound.  Maybe a little disappointment sets in as a fan? It’s what I like to call the lead singer syndrome. It’s  where the frontman stands at the mic stand and never moves. Not the case here!  Amy isn’t one to stand in one place and sing.   She’s constantly moving while belting out the tunes. Amy actually doesn’t have a mic stand at all. I haven’t seen that for awhile. Many performers want to dress up their mic stands, but it’s great to see Amy forgo that completely. It opens her up to the fans because there is nothing between her and them.   Amy is also a true master at being consistent and not burning out her voice by the end of the set.  Nailed it to the end! Amy couldn’t have been more greatly for her fans and she thanked them for buying the album and making the #1 album on Billboard since it’s release.

They are currently out on a tour with Taylor Momsen’s The Pretty Reckless.

Setlist:
What You Want
Going Under
The Other Side
Weight of the World
The Change
Made of Stone
Lost in Paradise
My Heart is Broken
Lithium
Sick
Call Me When You’re Sober
Imaginary
Bring Me To Life
Your Star
My Immortal

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TOUR DATES:
Oct 19 Dallas                          Palladium
Oct 21 Milwaukee                   Eagles Ballroom
Oct 22 Chicago                       Congress Theatre
Oct 24 Detroit                         Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 Toronto                        The Sound Academy
Oct 27 Montreal                      Metropolis
Oct 28 Boston                         Palladium
Oct 30 Atlantic City                 Showboat – House of Blues
Nov 1 NYC                               Terminal 5

Filter Dives into Milwaukee

Filter
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/8/2011

Filter is:
Richard Patrick – vocals
Mika Fineo – drums
Rob Patterson – guitar
Phil Buckman – bass

Filter The Rave

On August 17, 2010 Filter released The Trouble with Angels, the band’s 5th studio release. Filter had one of their biggest hits back in 1995 with “Hey Man Nice Shot” that peaked at #76 on the Billboard Charts.  It is considered to be one of their most notable songs, yet they reached #12 of the Billboard charts with “Take a Picture” off their album Title of Record and were back on the charts reaching number #94 with “Where Do We Go From Here.”  2011 has them on the road with alternative rockers Bush and Chevelle.

Filter’s “No Love” Video:

Last night Filter had an early start.  Please note the early start for the rest of their tour dates because some missed part of their set as the Rave said the show started at 7pm!  That didn’t stop Richard and the crew from killing it onstage.  They played an array of songs from their catalog and even covering ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Loving.”

Richard also interacted with the fans the entire set.  He grabbed several cameras from the crowd and started taking photos of the rest of the band onstage.  At one point Richard asked the crowd if they would support him if he jumped in the crowd. With unanimous agreement from the crowd Richard dove in.

Filter made a strong bond with their fans last night.  Richard also let it be known that the band permits photos and videos of their show as he told the crowd to get closer to take photos and video.   He said, “Nothing comes between our fans and us!”

Their set ended with “Hey Man Nice shot” and were a great opener for Chevelle and Bush. This tour is a must-see for alternative rock fans!

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The Deftones Steal the Show

Deftones
Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/29/2011

The Deftones are:

Chino Moreno – Vocals
Stephen Carpenter – Guitar
Frank Delgado – Samples, Keys
Abe Cunningham – Drums
Sergio Vega – Bass
Chi Cheng – Bass

The Deftones formed back in 1989 and they’ve released 6 albums so far.  They are currently on the road, performing to sold-out crowds, supporting their newest release off Warner Bros., Diamond Eyes.

Last night didn’t start off well.  Funeral Party took the stage to open the night.  They weren’t bad, but they weren’t all that entertaining, either.   There were several of us that scratched our heads trying to distinguish where songs stopped and began.  The crazy part is Funeral Party did a hell of a lot better than The Dillinger Escape Plan.  Let’s say there was quite a few of us hanging out in the lobby of the Rave trying to figure out what the hell we were listening to.  Picture a kitchen with a plethora of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling on hooks. Now picture them falling to the ground. That’s what The Dillinger Escape Plan sounds like. Really, try it at home!  I can do screamo, I am a fan of Suicide Silence, but at least Suicide Silence knows how to write music.  Last night was just a train wreck.

By the time The Deftones took the stage the sold-put crowd had piled into the Rave stage area.  They must have sold more tickets even after being sold-out, because fans, including myself, had to stand outside in the lobby and peer through the doors to see the concert.  Granted, the show was loud enough to do just that, but it was slightly disappointing.

Chino made everyone happy.  How can he not?  His vocals didn’t seem to let up as they played for roughly two hours.  I honestly didn’t stay for the entire show because it really isn’t fun to be squished in the lobby trying to enjoy a show, and it was quite difficult to hear all of Chino’s vocals when he wasn’t hitting his trademark screams.

Note to Deftones fans: If you are headed to a sold-out show, make sure you get there plenty early and mark your spot!

Setlist

Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
Birthmark
Engine No. 9
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Digital Bath
Korea
Knife Party
Hexagram
Minerva
Bloody Cape
You’ve Seen The Butcher
Sextape
Beauty School
Feiticeira
Elite
Change (In the House of Flies)
Passenger (with Greg Puciato)
Back To School (Mini Maggit)

Encore:
Root
7 Words

For more photos of Chino and the gang in Milwaukee, head over to Concert Capture!

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Date City State Country Venue Info Tickets
Sat, 04/30/2011 Chicago IL US Riviera Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Sun, 05/01/2011 Detroit MI US Fillmore Theatre More Info Buy Tickets
Tue, 05/03/2011 Toronto ON CA Sound Academy More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 05/04/2011 Montreal QC CA Metropolis More Info Buy Tickets
Thu, 05/05/2011 Hampton NH US Hampton Beach Casino More Info Buy Tickets
Fri, 05/06/2011 Providence RI US Lupo’s More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 05/07/2011 Hartford CT US Webster Theatre More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Packages Available)
Mon, 05/09/2011 Boston MA US House of Blues More Info SOLD OUT
Tue, 05/10/2011 Philadelphia PA US Electric Factory More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 05/11/2011 Sayreville NJ US Starland Ballroom More Info SOLD OUT
Fri, 05/13/2011 New York NY US Best Buy Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Sat, 05/14/2011 New York NY US Best Buy Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Mon, 05/16/2011 Baltimore MD US Sonar More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Tickets Still Available)
Tue, 05/17/2011 Baltimore MD US Sonar More Info Buy Tickets
Thu, 05/19/2011 Asheville NC US Orange Peel More Info SOLD OUT
Fri, 05/20/2011 Jacksonville FL US Plush More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 05/21/2011 Orlando FL US Hard Rock Live More Info Buy Tickets
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Thu, 05/26/2011 Charlotte NC US Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/18)
Fri, 05/27/2011 Louisville KY US Expo Five More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/16)
Sat, 05/28/2011 Atlanta GA US The Tabernacle More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 05/29/2011 Memphis TN US Minglewood Hall More Info Buy Tickets
Mon, 05/30/2011 New Orleans LA US House of Blues More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 06/01/2011 Oklahoma City OK US Diamond Ballroom More Info Buy Tickets
Fri, 06/03/2011 San Antonio TX US AT&T Center More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/12)
Sat, 06/04/2011 Austin TX US Austin Music Hall More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 06/05/2011 Corpus Christi TX US Concrete Street Amphitheater More Info Buy Tickets
Mon, 06/06/2011 Grand Prairie TX US Verizon Theater More Info Buy Tickets
Wed, 06/08/2011 El Paso US El Paso County Coliseum More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/12)
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Fri, 06/10/2011 Los Angeles CA US Palladium More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Packages Available)
Sat, 06/11/2011 Las Vegas NV US The Joint More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 3/12)
Mon, 06/13/2011 San Francisco CA US Warfield Theater More Info Buy Tickets
Wed, 06/15/2011 Pomona CA US The Fox Theatre More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/1)
Fri, 08/12/2011 Budapest HU Sziget Festival More Info Buy Tickets
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Sun, 08/14/2011 Burgas BG Spirit of Burgas Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Tue, 08/16/2011 Warsaw PL Rock In Summer Festival More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 4/1)
Thu, 08/18/2011 Stuttgart DE More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/11)
Tue, 08/23/2011 Amsterdam NL Paradiso More Info
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Fri, 09/02/2011 St. Petersburg RU Gavclub More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 09/03/2011 Moscow RU Arena Moscow More Info Buy Tickets

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