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RED DEVIL VORTEX/OTEP

BRASS MUG

TAMPA, FL

5/8/2024


RED DEVIL VORTEX WERE THE FIRST FULL BAND I CAUGHT & THEY WERE PRETTY COOL.  I HAD FUN WATCHING THEM AS THEY WERE ENTERTAINING.  HAILING FROM HOLLYWOOD, CA THIS 3 PIECE CONSISTING OF GABRIEL CONNOR (VOCALS/BASS), LUIS KALIL (GUITARS) & EDUARDO BALDO (DRUMS) CAME AT US W/ A LOT OF HARD ROCK ENERGY THEIR STYLE.  THEY WORE SOME KING'S BATTLE LIKE ATTIRE & WERE READY TO ATTACK! 

THE CROWD DUG THEM AS THERE SEEMED TO BE SOME VERY EAGER PEOPLE ANTICIPATING THEIR SET, SIDLING UP TO THE FRONT SO THEY WOULDN'T MISS THEM.  RED DEVIL VORTEX ARE SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST SELF TITLED ALBUM RELEASED IN 2023.

LUIS KALIL GUITARIST THANKED ME FOR COMING & GAVE ME A STICKER, THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.  I WILL DEFINITELY SEE THEM AGAIN NEXT TIME AROUND.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RED DEVIL VORTEX PLEASE VISIT WWW.REDDEVILVORTEX.OM

PHOTOS ARE UP ON THIS PAGE UNDER PHOTOS.

OTEP IS THE MAIN REASON I CAME, I HAVEN'T SEEN HER IN AT LEAST 15 YEARS IF NOT LONGER AT THE KEY CLUB IN HOLLYWOOD, CA.  WHAT I HAVE KNOWN & SEEN ABOUT HER LIVE PERFORMANCES WERE VICARIOUSLY DIFFERENT IN THIS DAY & AGE.  OTEP HAS REINVENTED HERSELF & WHAT I WAS EXPECTING WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.  THE LATEST VERSION OF OTEP IS UPBEAT, FULL OF ENERGY SENDING HER MESSAGE THROUGH A RAP DEATH METAL STYLE & SHE REMINDS ME OF PINK.

MY LOVE FOR STRONG WOMEN HAS NOT FAULTERED W/ OTEP REIGNING IN ALL OF HER GLORY.  HER SONGS "BATTLE READY", "FILTHEE", "BLOOD PIGS" (IS THE SONG THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION), "MY CONFESSION", "TRIC" & "MENOCIDE", FROM HER 2002 "SEVAS TRA" ALBUM SET THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TONE OF THE EVENING.  "EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL LEFTS" FROM 2016'S "GENERATION DOOM" ALBUM, "APEX PREDATOR" FROM 2013'S "HYDRA" ALBUM.  THE MAJORITY OF OTEP'S SET WAS FROM "SEVAS TRA".  WE PRETTY MUCH HEARD HER FIRST ALBUM IN IT'S ENTIRETY.

THIS SHOW HAD A LOT MORE ENERGY THAN WHAT I WAS EXPECTING, LAST TIME HAD MORE SLOW POETRY TYPE VIBE, WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE TONIGHT, IT WAS FULL ENERGY, UP BEAT & HARD CORE, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.  AMONG MY POSSE WAS A DIE-HARD OTEP FAN & HER STORY INSPIRED ME, I LOVE HER OTEP LOVES ME VIBE.

HER LYRICS & SUBJECT CONTENT TELLS ME SHE IS AHEAD OF ALL OF US.  MUCH OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IS NOT YOUR DAILY SUNSHINY HOW ARE YOU?  IT'S MORE LIKE LIFE IS FUCKED UP & WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  LET'S RISE ABOVE & SHARE OUR STORIES & CALL OUT THE DEMONS.  CHEERS TO THE METAL QUEENS OUT THERE WHO HAVE RISEN ABOVE!

OTEP DELIVERED AN EXUBERANT HARD ROCKING, PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE SET FULL OF UPBEAT VIBES & HER BAND WAS PRETTY OSSUM BACKING HER UP.   TIADAY BALL (BASS) SHE IS BAD ASS1  LAMAR LITTLE (DRUMS) & I AM NOT SURE WHO WAS PLAYING GUITAR BUT THEY ALL STEPPED UP & WERE PART OF THE SHOW.

HER LATEST RELEASE IS CALLED "GOD SLAYER" WHICH CAME OUT LAST SEPT 2023 ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS & OTEP SAYS THIS IS HER LAST RECORD #9.

PHOTOS ARE UP IN THE PHOTO SECTION & MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.facebook.com/officialotepshamaya

THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND RAQUEL


ALLEGAEON/KATAKLYSM/SEPTICFLESH/DECAPITATED

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

4/23/24

THE NEVER ENDING LINE INTO THE ORPHEUM ON A TUESDAY NIGHT LET ME KNOW METAL IS ALIVE & WELL IN TAMPA! 

CONCERT GOERS DRESSED IN BATTLE VESTS/BLACK T-SHIRT GEAR GATHERED AROUND THE STAGE, SECURING THEIR SPOT TO GET THEIR FACES MELTED OFF FOR ABOUT 4 HOURS OF LETHAL DEATH METAL.

ALLEGAEON IS A TECHNICAL MELODIC DEATH METAL BAND FROM COLORADO,  FEATURING EZRA HAYNES ON VOCALS, GREG BURGESS ON GUITARS, MICHAEL STANCEL ON RHYTHM GUITARS, BRANDON MICHAEL ON BASS & JEFF SALTZMAN ON DRUMS.

30 MINUTES OF ALLEGAEON WHO HAS WELCOMED BACK ORIGIANL SINGER HAYNES & JUST RELEASED A NEW SONG "IRIDESCENT" ON METAL BLADE RECORDS, THEY ARE RECORDING THEIR 7TH STUDIO ALBUM WHICH WILL BE OUT SOON & FOLLOWS 2022'S "DAMNUM", STARTED THE NIGHT WARMING UP THE PIT IN CIRCLE FASHION.  MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM & THEY WERE BAD ASS!

CANADIAN DEATH METAL BAND KATAKLYSM MY FRIENDS FOR A VERY LONG TIME CAME UP NEXT FOR THEIR 40 MINUTE SET.  VOCALIST MAURIZIO IACONO, GUITARIST JEAN-FRANCOIS DAGENAIS, BASSIST STEPHANE BARBE & DRUMMER JAMES PAYNE FOLLOWED UP W/ 40 MINUTES OF ALMOST 30 YEAR CATALOG RANGING FROM 1995- 2023.

THEIR LATEST RELEASE "GOLIATH" CAME OUT IN 2023 ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS & THEIR SET STARTED OFF W/ THE TITLE TRACK, "PUSH THE VENOM" FROM 2010'S "HEAVEN'S VENOM", "GUILLOTINE" & "NARCISSIST" FROM 2018'S "MEDITATIONS", "THE KILLSHOT" FROM 2020'S "UNCONQUERED", "DIE AS A KING" FROM "GOLIATH", "AS I SLITHER" FROM THE 2005 MOVIE "ALONE IN THE DARK", "CRIPPLED & BROKEN" FROM 2006'S "FROM THE ARMS OF DEVASTATION", "BRINGER OF VENGEANCE" ALSO FROM "GOLIATH" & FINALLY "THE BLACK SHEEP" FROM 2015'S "OF GHOSTS & GODS".  KATAKLYSM WAS ON FIRE! 

FLAILING HAIR, CIRCLE PITS, HEADS BANGING ARE ALL IN MOTION AS WE CONTINUE ON OUR METAL JOURNEY.

GREECE'S 3 PIECE DEATH METAL BAND SEPTICFLESH FEATURING SPIROS ANTONIOU ON VOCALS/BASS, CHRISTOS ANTONIOU ON GUITARS & KERIM LECHNER ON DRUMS COMES AT US IN FULL FORCE!  THEY STOLE THE SHOW!  THIS WAS THE CLIMAX OF THE NIGHT, THEY WERE FANTASTIC.  SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST RELEASE "MODERN PRIMITIVE" OUT ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS & PLAYING 45 MINUTES, WE EXPERIENCED: "PORTRAIT OF A HEADLESS MAN" FROM 2017'S "CODEX OMEGA", "PYRAMID GOD" FROM 2010'S "THE GREAT MASS", "NEUROMANCER" FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM, "THE VAMPIRE FROM NAZARETH" FROM "THE GREAT MASS", "HEIROPHANT" FROM "MODERN PRIMITIVE", "MARTYR" FROM "CODEX OMEGA", "COMMUNION" FROM THEIR 2008 SELF TITLED ALBUM,  "A DESERT THRONE" FROM THEIR LATEST, "ANUBIS" ALSO FROM "COMMUNION" & "DARK ART" ANOTHER FROM "CODEX OMEGA".  FANFUCKINGTASTIC!

I NOTICED AFTER SEPTICFLESH THE CROWD DEPLETED, THEY DENIED THEMSELVES THE DEVASTATION THAT WAS DECAPITATED!  I GUESS THEY WANTED TO LEAVE W/ THEIR HEADS INTACT! I TOOK THE RISK ALTHOUGH I WASN'T GOING TO IN THE BEGINNING, BUT THEY SUCKED ME IN & I DO NOT REGRET IT!

DECAPITATED FROM POLAND GAVE US YET ANOTHER SLAMMING SET OF DEATH METAL.  WACLAW KIELTYKA ON GUITARS, RAFAL PIOTROWSKI ON VOCALS, PAWAL PASEK ON BASS & JAMES STEWART ON DRUMS, ANOTHER GREAT BAND THAT HAS BEEN CIRCULATING FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS & THEIR LATEST ALBUM "CANCEL CULTURE" REALEASED IN 2022 ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS.  SET LIST CONSISTED OF:  "CANCEL CULTURE" & "JUST A CIGARETTE" FROM SELF TITLED ALBUM, "BABYLON'S PRIDE" FROM 2002'S "NIHILITY", "POST(?) ORGANIC". "LYING & WEAK" & "SPHERES OF MADNESS" FROM "ORGANIC HALLUCINOSIS", "EARTH SCAR" & "NEVER" FROM 2017'S "ANTICULT", "ICONOCLAST" & "LAST SUPPER" FROM "CANCEL CULTURE".

AN HOUR OF POLISH DEATH METAL LEFT THE REST OF THE DIE-HARD CROWD SATISFIED AS THEY MEANDERED OUT INTO THE NIGHT.

WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME, WERE TURNED ON TO NEW BANDS THAT FLOORED US & CAUGHT UP W/ SOME OLD FRIENDS, THE NIGHT WAS A SUCCESS!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/photos.php

THANK YOU KRISTIN, STEPHAN, STEPHANE & STEVEN!


 

HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME

DELTA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT

ANAHEIM, CA

1/24/24


HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME IS SO MUCH FUN!  HANGING OUT W/ MUSICIANS WORTHY OF THIS AWARD IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE.  SADLY I DID NOT ARRIVE IN TIME TO PHOTOGRAPH/INTERVIEW THESE ARTISTS ON THE RED CARPET DUE TO MY PLANE BEING DELAYED, HOWEVER, I DID GET TO SEE A COUPLE OF BANDS PLAY AS WELL AS EDDIE TRUNK INDUCT SOME OF THE ARTISTS SUCH AS TOM MORELLO (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE GUTIARIST), CARLOS CAVAZO (QUIET RIOT GUITARIST), JOHN 5 (MOTLEY CRUE GUITARIST), SEBASTIAN BACH (EX-SKID ROW VOCALIST), RIPPER OWENS (EX-JUDAS PRIEST VOCALIST), BILLY GRAZIADEI (BIOHAZARD GUITARS/VOCALS) & MICK MARS (EX-MOTLEY CRUE GUITARIST) ACCEPTED HIS AWARD VIA TV SCREEN.
RIGHT AFTER I ARRIVED THE RED CARPET & WILL CALL SHUT DOWN, I WAS THAT LATE.
THE SPEECHES FROM THESE ARTISTS WERE PRETTY COOL I WILL POST THEM ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  FANS & ARTISTS ALIKE WERE WATCHING IN AWE WHEN HANDED THE HEAVY METAL AWARD.  SUCH A FUN NIGHT OF FRIENDS & ROCK ROYALTY.
THE PHOTOS CAME OUT REALLY BAD DUE TO ORANGE LIGHTING & LOCATION, PEOPLE KEPT WALKING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA & THERE WAS NO PLACE TO REALLY TAKE PHOTOS W/O BEING IN PEOPLE'S WAY SO I DIDN'T POST THEM.

THE LIST OF INDUCTEES WERE:

EDDIE TRUNK

TOM MORELLO

MICK MARS

SEBASTIAN BACH

TIM "RIPPER" OWENS

CARLOS CAVAZO

PENELOPE SPHEERIS

MIKEAL MAGLIERI

BIOHAZARD

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCLUDING ME!

KURT DEIMER/TESLA

SEMINOLEHARD ROCK EVENT CENTER 

TAMPA, FL

1/17/24


OUR FIRST SHOW FOR THE YEAR TAKES US BACK TO KURT DEIMER & TESLA AT THE HARD ROCK IN TAMPA, FL, WE WERE JUST HERE LAST YEAR FOR THE SAME SHOW!  FUN TIMES!

LAST YEAR I INTERVIEWED DEIMER THIS YEAR I DID NOT BUT I RAN INTO HIM FOR AN INPROMPTU CHAT.  HE TOLD ME HE HAS A LOT OF NEW MUSIC, NEW VIDEOS, NEW MOVIES, NEW BAND & NEW MANAGEMENT SO MAKE SURE YOU ARE KEEPING UP!

DEIMER WORKS HARD & IS VERY INVOLVED W/ ALL THINGS ENTERTAINMENT!  MUSIC, VIDEOS & MOVIES!  CURRENTLY TOURING W/ TESLA THROUGH JUNE 2024 HE IS MAKING HIS MARK ON THE WORLD.  ENTERTAINING US FROM COAST TO COAST!  HIS SET LIST CHANGED UP A LITTLE FROM LAST YEAR W/ NEW SONGS KICKING OFF THE SET W/ "DOOM' WHICH IS HIS LATEST RELEASE, "DANCE", "HAVE A CIGAR" PINK FLOYD COVER, "HERO", "WHATCHA SAYIN'", "LIVE OR DIE", "NAIVE" & "FIGHT".

IT'S NOT EASY BEING THE FIRST BAND UP BUT THERE WERE DEFINITELY FANS THERE TO SEE HIM & ALL WERE HAVING A GREAT TIME SOAKING UP DEIM'ER'S ENERGY & ROCKING THE HALL!

NEW BAND MEMBERS ACCOMPANIED DEIMER'S VOICE ON A MUSICAL JOURNEY FULL OF INSPIRATION.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHERE YOU CAN LISTEN TO KURT DEIMER'S MUSIC, WATCH HIS VIDEOS & MOVIES AS WELL AS CATCH HIM LIVE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.KURTDEIMER.COM

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT A TESLA AUDIENCE BUT THEY ARE VERY HOSTILE!  MOSTLY WOMEN, I HAVE BEEN TO 3 SHOWS IN 2 STATES & THE OUTCOME IS THE SAME.  VIOLENT WOMEN WHO WILL NOT KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF OF ME.  I DON'T GET IT.  I AM A FRONT ROW SLAYER GIRL & NO ONE TREATS ME AS POORLY AS A TESLA AUDIENCE.  I AM VERY LEARY ABOUT RETURNING, THEY HAVE NO CONCERT ETIQUETTE AT ALL.  MOVING FORWARD.

TESLA KICKED OFF THE SHOW W/ "ROCK ME TO THE TOP', "MODERN DAY COWBOY" WAS AT THE FRONT OF THE SET LIST WHEN IT'S USUALLY A CLOSER, "HANG TOUGH", "BREAKIN' FREE", "HEAVEN'S TRAIL", "MILES AWAY", "CHANGES", "WE'RE NO GOOD TOGETHER" WHICH REALLY RESONATED W/ ME AT THIS TIME OF MY LIFE, BUT THINGS ARE ALWAYS "GETTIN' BETTER", "LOVE ME", "CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT", "WHAT YOU GIVE", "EDISON'S MEDICINE", "LOVE SONG", "LITTLE SUZI" & "SIGNS".

TESLA HAS BEEN AT IT FOR A VERY LONG TIME & THEY STILL KICK ASS!  AFTER TAKING PHOTOS & BEING HIT IN THE LEG I MOVED OVER TO THE SIDE TO WATCH THE SHOW & DANCE.  AN ADORABLE GIRL GRABBED ME & SAID YOU ARE COMING W/ ME & WE WENT TO HER SEATS IN THE SECOND ROW BEHIND THE EVIL WOMEN WHO WERE SITTING, YES SITTING IN THE FRONT ROW.  WHO SITS IN THE FRONT ROW?  WHO SITS AT A CONCERT?  LAME ASS PEOPLE THAT'S WHO!  REGARDLESS THIS GIRL & IHAD A FANTASTIC TIME DANCING & SINGING ALL THE SONGS.  WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!  

FRANK HANNON (GUITARS), BRIAN WHEAT (BASS), JEFF KEITH (VOCALS), DAVE RUDE (GUITARS) & TROY LUCCKETTA (DRUMS) ARE HIGHLY UNDERRATED, LOOK & SOUND GREAT!  FANTASTIC SHOW!  I TOLD PEOPLE I WAS GOING OR WENT TO THIS SHOW & SOME WERE LIKE WHO?  OTHERS WERE LIKE "THEY ARE STILL AROUND?" THAT MEANS IT'S UP TO ME TO TELL THEM TO GET OFF THEIR ASS & GO CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE WORTH SEEING LIVE JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE DRUNK CATTY FEMALES WHO SIT IN THE FRONT ROW OR CLIMB ON TOP OF YOU IN THE SECOND ROW (THAT'S ANOTHER STORY).

I HAD A GREAT TIME, WAS COMPLETELY ENTERTAINED, LEFT W/ A SMILE ON MY FACE & BRUISES ON MY LEG.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.TESLATHEBAND.COM

PHOTOS FOR DEIMER & TESLA CAN BE FOUND ON THE PHOTO PAGE.


THANK YOUSHAUNA.



BUSH

BAD WOLVES

RUTH ECKERD HALL

CLEARWATER, FL

11/15/23


MY FIRST TIME SEEING BAD WOLVES, I USED TO WORK W/ THEIR FORMER SINGER TOMMY VEXT & HAVE KNOWN THEIR GUITAR PLAYER DOC COYLE FOR SOME TIME, I DID AN INTERVIEW W/ HIM WHEN HE WAS W/ GOD FORBID AT CLUB NOKIA DTLA IN 2012 & HIS FIANCE & I USED TO WORK AT THE SAME PLACE LONG AGO AS WELL AS SHE USED TO BE MY LOCAL BARTENDER AT THE BLACKLIGHT DISTRICT IN THE LBC WHICH IS NO LONGER.  LA IS A BIG SMALL TOWN, I KNOW EVERYONE & EVERYONE IS W/IN 6 DEGREES.  THIS WHOLE WEEK I SAW L.A. PEEPS.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SEEING THE INTERVIEW I DID W/ DOC COYLE WHEN HE WAS W/ GOD FORBID PLEASE LET ME KNOW & I WILL DIG IT UP.  MY WEBSITE'S HOST IS NO LONGER & EVERYTHING ON THE PAGE WAS DELETED SO I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS STILL ON THERE BUT I ALWAYS HAVE BACK UPS IN PRINT.

BAD WOLVES TOOK THE STAGE AS THE SECOND ACT ON THE BILL.  THEIR 10 SONG SET WAS FUN, ENERGETIC & PASSIONATE.  JOHN BOECKLIN (DRUMS), DANIEL "DJ" LASKIEWICZ (VOCALS), DOC COYLE (GUITARS), MAX KARON (GUITARS) & KYLE KONKIEL (BASS).  I FOUND THE BAND/SET TO BE A MIX OF EMO/COUNTRY/DEATH METAL & ROCK.  A LITTLE FOR EVERYONE.  VOCALIST  DJ WALKED DOWN INTO THE CROWD & HUGGED A FEMALE AUDIENCE MEMBER WHICH WAS AN  EXCITING MOMENT FOR ALL AROUND INCLUDED SAID HUGGEE. 

SETLIST SONGS WERE:  "BAD FRIEND", "IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES", "KILLING ME SLOWLY", "SAVIOR", "COMATOSE", "SOBER", "LEGENDS NEVER DIE", "DIE ABOUT IT", "LIFELINE" & THE CRANBERRIES HIT WHICH MADE THEM NOTICED 'ZOMBIE" WHICH IS AN EXCEPTIONAL COVER, PEOPLE WERE UP ON THEIR FEET & ENTHUSIASTICLY SINGING ALONG.  BAD WOLVES SONG AMBIENCE I FEEL IS OF SOBRIETY & FINDING A HIGHER POWER, AT LEAST THAT'S THE MESSAGE I GET FROM THIS BAND WHICH IS RELATABLE BY MANY.

IT WAS NICE TO SAY HELLO TO DOC AFTER THE SHOW, SADLY I DIDN'T GET A PICTURE AS I THOUGHT I HAD ONE, NEXT TIME FOR SURE!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://mzgargoyle.wixsite.com/mysite

FOR MOR INFORMATION ON BAD WOLVES PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.BADWOLVESNATION.CO

HEADLINERS BUSH COME OUT ON STAGE W/ AN EAGER ANTICIPATION,  IT'S BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE I HAVE SEEN BUSH, LAST TIME WAS AT JIMMY KIMMEL IN HOLLYWOOD BACK IN MAY 2017. 

GAVIN ROSSDALE FRONTS THE BAND ON VOCALS/GUITAR & HE LOOKS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM BUT SOUNDED JUST AS GOOD AS 20+ YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST SAW HIM .  ALSO ON STAGE WERE CHRIS TAYNOR (GUITAR), COREY BRITZ (BASS) & NIK HUGHES (DRUMS).

HITTING EVERY HIT ON THEIR "LOADED GREATEST HITS" TOUR FROM THE LAST 29 YEARS.  EVERY SONG WAS PRECISE, FULL OF POUNCE & BOUNCE, ACTIVITY & DRIVE.  FANS WERE BROUGHT BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL (MOST WERE IN THEIR YOUTH AT THE TIME) IN A NOSTALGIC 90'S JOURNEY.

"EVERYTHING ZEN", "MACHINEHEAD", "GREEDY FLY", "THE CHEMICALS BETWEEN US" (THOSE 2 SONGS I DID NOT KNOW).  AFTER THE 3 SONGS OF PHOTOGRAPHING THE SHOW I VENTURED TO MY SEAT TO WATCH THE REST OF THE SHOW.  THE VENUE IS SEATED SO IF SOMEONE STANDS UP, SO DO YOU, WHICH IS FINE BUT IF THAT PERSON IS REALLY TALL YOU CAN'T SEE ANYTHING EVEN IF THEY ARE 3 ROWS AHEAD OF YOU.  FORTUNATELY FOR ME THE VENUE WAS NOT SOLD OUT & I VENTURED AROUND  TO GET A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE SHOW THROUGHOUT THE VENUE.  I WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP & WATCHED THE REST OF THE SHOW, I COULD SEE & DANCE AS THE VIBE THERE WAS COOL.  "THE PEOPLE THAT WE LOVED", "QUICKSAND", "SWALLOWED" WHICH WAS 1 OF MY FAVORITE SONGS OF THE NIGHT, THE ONE YOU KEEP SINGING DAYS/WEEKS AFTERWARDS.   "NOWHERE TO GO BUT EVERYWHERE", "HEAVY IS THE OCEAN", "FLOWERS ON HER GRAVE" I REALLY DUG THIS SONG, POWERFUL, EXPLOSIVE, PASSIONATE, I DID NOT KNOW THIS SONG & LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.  "ALL THINGS MUST CHANGE", ROSSDALE'S ENERGY DANCING/JUMPING AROUND THE STAGE LIKE A KID WAS A LOT OF FUN, HE REALLY WAS INTO THE SHOW.  VERY ENTERTAINING & THE CROWD LOVED IT.  "LITTLE THINGS", "MORE THAN MACHINES", THIS SET LIST KEEPS GETTING BETTER, IT'S NICE TO KNOW THE MAJORITY OF THE SONGS IN A SETLIST.  "GLYCERINE" & "COMEDOWN" ENDED THE SHOW & WAS THE GENERAL FEELING OF THE ROOM, NO ONE WANTED TO COME DOWN OFF OF THIS CLOUD AS THEY WERE EXHALTED.

ANOTHER GREAT SHOW THAT I WAS FORTUNATE TO ATTEND.  PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW ARE HERE:  https://mzgargoyle.wixsite.com/mysite

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BUSH PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.BUSHOFFICIAL.COM


THANK YOU BOBBIE, TAYLOR, ERIN & NINA





POWER TRIP FEATURING

IRON MAIDEN/GUNS N ROSES 10/6/23

JUDAS PRIEST/AC/DC 10/7/23

TOOL/METALLICA 10/8/23

EMPIRE POLO CLUB

INDIO, CA

10/6-6/23


WHEN I FIRST SAW THE TEASES FOR THIS SHOW ON VARIOUS BANDS INSTAGRAMS I THOUGHT THERE IS NO WAY ALL THESE BANDS ARE PLAYING TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY OZZY!  THEN ON APRIL 1ST THEY ANNOUNCED THE  EVENT... POWER TRIP, WHERE IT WAS, THE DATES & THE LINE UP.  I KNEW OZZY WOULD NOT BE THERE AS THE MAN HAS RETIRED, ALTHOUGH WE WERE HOPING IT WOULD BE TRUE.  I LOOKED INTO SEE HOW MUCH TICKETS WERE & THE DETAILS & DECIDED IT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN AS WE WERE JUST WRAPPING UP A VACATION LESS THAN A MONTH BEFORE & THE PRICES WERE STEEP!  THE LAST TIME I WENT TO EMPIRE POLO CLUB GROUNDS WAS TO SEE THE BIG 4 (METALLICA/SLAYER/MEGADETH/ANTHRAX) & IT WAS JUST OPEN, NO SEATS & I FEEL IT WASN'T AS BIG.  WE GOT TO SHOOT THE BANDS & HANG OUT IN FRONT & UTILIZE THE VIP AREA.  THIS TIME AROUND THERE WERE SEATS BEHIND THE VIP PIT & GA WAS BEHIND THE SEATS WHICH TO ME MADE NO SENSE, HOW CAN YOU SEE BEHIND THE SEATS?  SO TECHNICALLY THE GA IS CONSIDERED "LAWN".  I ORIGINALLY GAVE UP & LITERALLY 2 MINUTES LATER GOT A MESSAGE SAYING IF I WENT I COULD STAY W/ A FRIEND WHO LIVES 10 MINS AWAY & THEN MY PHONE BLEW UP & EVERYONE SAID I SHOULD GO IT'S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING SHOW.  OF COURSE IT WAS METALLICA WAS PLAYING!!!  HOW COULD I NOT GO?  SO I DID MORE RESEARCH & FOLLOWED PRESS PROTOCOL W/ NO GUARANTEES.  SOUTHWEST HAD A 40% OFF SALE SO I BOUGHT PLANE TIX JUST IN CASE.....ON SEPT. 11TH I GOT THE EMAIL & ALL WAS A GO!  ON 0CT 5TH I WAS HEADED FOR INDIO ALONE AS MY PLUS 1 CANCELLED.  I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FIND AN OLD PARTNER IN CRIME TO HELP ME OUT LAST MINUTE.

AH THE DESERT!  PRETTY BACKDROP W/ THE MOUNTAINS/HILLS AGAINST A CERULEAN BLUE SKY W/ TEMPERATURES OF 100 + DEGREES.  ONCE UPON A TIME THE HOTTEST HOURS OF THE DAY WERE 12PM-2PM NOW IT'S 4PM-6PM.  SO GLAD THIS WASN'T AN ALL DAY SHOW, IT WAS EXTREMELY HOT & SO WERE THE BANDS!

FLYING IN FROM TAMPA, FL TOOK 15 HOURS, 2 PLANE DELAYS, 2 HOURS IN LINE FOR THE RENTAL, THEY GAVE ME AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE WHICH RAN OUT OF POWER 1/2 WAY TO MY DESTINATION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, FOUND A CHARGER & AFTER 1 HOUR WAS ONLY AT 17% WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO GET TO MY DESTINATION.  ONCE THERE ANOTHER HOUR TO FIND A NON TESLA CHARGER & GET THE CAR HOOKED UP & WENT TO BED AT 10AM.  GOOD TIMES.  GOT RESTED & OFF TO THE SHOW.  

WE PICKED UP OUR WRISTBANDS  AS WELL A COOL DIRAMA BOX WHICH INCLUDED A CACTUS HORNS PATCH & PIN & WENT TO THE SHOW. WE WALKED AROUND THE GROUNDS TAKING PICS IN FRONT OF VARIOUS BACKDROPS & LEARNING OUR WAY AROUND.  WE HAD GA TIX & NO PHOTO PASSES SO WE HAD TO WATCH THE SHOW ON A GIANT TV SCREEN, I AM NOT SURE AT THIS POINT EXACTLY WHERE THE STAGE WAS AS WE WERE SO FAR BACK. 

TONIGHT WE ARE SEEING IRON MAIDEN & GUNS N ROSES STARTING AT 6:45PM  WHICH TURNED INTO 7PM KICKING IT OFF W/ "CAUGHT SOMEWHERE IN TIME", "STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND", CAN THEY JUST PLAY THIS ALBUM ENTIRELY PLEASE!  "THE WRITING ON THE WALL", "DAYS OF FUTURE PAST", "THE TIME MACHINE", "THE PRISONER" (WHICH I CAN RELATE TO IN MY PERSONAL LIFE & AM STILL SINGING), "DEATH OF THE CELTS", "CAN I PLAY W/ MADNESS", "HEAVEN CAN WAIT", "ALEXANDER THE GREAT" WHICH THEY NEVER PLAY!  "FEAR OF THE DARK", "IRON MAIDEN" & JUST WHEN EVERYONE (BUT ME) THOUGHT THEY WERE DONE THE ENCORE W/ "HELL ON EARTH", "THE TROOPER" & "WASTED YEARS".  IRON MAIDEN WAS SPECTACULAR THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT & WHAT A SHOW!  I WANTED MORE EDDIE THOUGH!!  HA!  A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SET LIST BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS SPOT ON! DESPITE THE LAG AS THE AUDIO & VIDEO WEREN'T IN SYNC BUT IT WASN'T THAT BAD, IT GOT WORSE.

STEVE HARRIS (BASS), BRUCE DICKINSON (VOCALS), DAVE MURRAY (GUITARS), ADRIAN SMITH (GUITARS), NICKO MCBRAIN (DRUMS), JANICK GERS (GUITARS) TORE IT UP FOR A HIGHLY MEMORABLE LIVE SHOW OF PURE MAIDEN METAL! \M/\M/

NEXT UP AT 9:25PM OR SHOULD I SAY 10PM GUNS N ROSES CAME ON & WE WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STAGE IN FRONT OF A GIANT TV GETTING SMASHED INTO BY A BUNCH OF DRUNKS, IT WAS ANNOYING & THE SYNC LAG WAS SO MUCH WORSE, AXL WAS SINGING 1 SONG & WE WERE HEARING THE ONE BEFORE IT, IT WAS TERRIBLE, NOT THAT GNR WAS TERRIBLE THE LAG WAS TERRIBLE.  1/2 HOUR LATE & THEY HIT THE STAGE FOR THE START OF THEIR 3 HOUR SET W/ "IT'S SO EASY", "BAD OBSESSION", "CHINESE DEMOCRACY", "SLITHER" A VELVET REVOLVER COVER, "PRETTY TIED UP"  I LOVE THIS SONG, "MR. BROWNSTONE", "WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE", "HARD SKOOL", "ABSURD", "DOUBLE TALKIN' JIVE", "RECKLESS LIFE", "YOU COULD BE MINE", "ESTRANGED" THIS WHEN I LEFT.  I WAS EXHAUSTED, THE LAG WAS ANNOYING & SO WERE THE DRUNKS SLAMMING INTO ME, IT WASN'T A GOOD SPOT TO WATCH & I WAS BEAT BETWEEN HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET TO MY DESTINATION & THE TIME DIFFERENCE, I WAS HOME & PASSED OUT BY MIDNIGHT.  HOWEVER, THE SHOW WENT ON, THESE ARE THE SONGS I MISEED:  "LIVE & LET DIE", "DOWN ON THE FARM", "ROCKET QUEEN", "TV EYE", "BETTER", "ANYTHING GOES", "CIVIL WAR", "SWEET CHILD O MINE" THANK GOD, CAN'T STAND THAT SONG.  "NOVEMBER RAIN", "WICHITA LINEMAN" JIMMY WEBB COVER, "KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR", "PATIENCE", "COMA", "NIGHT TRAIN" &  "PARADISE CITY".  I SAW THEM IN LAS VEGAS IN 2021 & THEY WERE PRETTY FREAKIN' OSSUM AFTER SEEING THEM A FEW TIMES WHEN THEY WERE NOT STARTING IN 1988 OPENING FOR AEROSMITH IN MANSFIELD, MA WHICH I HAVE ACTUAL PIX FROM THE LAWN BUT YOU CAN'T TELL WHO IT IS LMAO.

DAY TWO JUDAS PRIEST/AC/DC: 

JUDAS PRIEST GOT THE GIG BY DEFAULT BECAUSE OZZY BOWED OUT DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUES, LET'S FACE IT OZZY HAS RETIRED & THAT'S FINE HE HAS EARNED HIS RETIREMENT, IF HE DOES 1 OFF'S THAT'S COOL TOO, BUT I HAVE ALREADY COME TO TERMS THAT OZZY WON'T BE TOURING & THAT I MAY NEVER SEE HIM LIVE AGAIN, PRETTY SOON ALL MY FAVORITES WILL RETIRE..IT HAPPENS.

JUDAS PRIEST WAS AMAZING AS ALWAYS SINCE THE FIRST TIME I SAW THEM IN 1986 AT WORCESTER CENTRUM WHEN I WON TICKETS OFF THE NOW DEFUNCT RADIO STATION WBCN.  WE HAD 5TH ROW ON THE FLOOR & IT WAS SO FREAKIN' OSSUM!  ALTHOUGH GLEN TIPTION & K.K. DOWNING ARE NO LONGER PART OF THE BAND THE CURRENT MEMBERS NAIL IT!  ROB HALFORD IN HIS FULL METAL REGALIA TOOK THE STAGE IN A LONG  LEATHER & STUDDED COAT IN THIS 100 DEGREE HEAT COMPLETE W/ LEATHER PANTS & GLOVES.  MY LORD HOW HE DIDN'T MELT OFF THAT STAGE IS BEYOND ME.  ALONG W/ FOUNDING MEMBER BASSIST IAN HILL, GUITARIST RICHIE FAULKNER, DRUMMER SCOTT TRAVIS, & GUITARIST ANDY SNEAP THE MIGHTY PRIEST GAVE US 50 YEARS OF KICK ASS HEAVY METAL STARTING W/ "ELECTRIC EYE", "RIDING ON THE WIND", "HEADING OUT TO THE HIGHWAY", "LIGHTNING STRIKE", "DIAMONDS & RUST", "THE SENTINEL", "A TOUCH OF EVIL", "TURBO LOVER", "FIREPOWER", "DESERT PLAINS", AN APPROPRIATE SONG & I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN THEM PLAY THIS LIVE.  "RAPID FIRE", "THE GREEN MANALISHI", "YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING", "PAINKILLER", "HELL BENT FOR LEATHER" COMPLETE W/ HALFORD RIDIING OUT ONTO THE STAGE ON A HARLEY.  SO FUNNY YET SO COOL, I LOVE IT!  "METAL GODS" & WE WERE BLESSED W/ AN APPEARANCE FROM GLEN TIPTON ON GUITAR FOR THE NEXT 3 SONGS!  THAT WAS FUCKING OSSUM!  "BREAKING THE LAW" & "LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT",

WHAT A CLASSIC SHOW, I AM SO GLAD PRIEST GOT TO PLAY & SHOW THE WORLD THEY STILL GOT IT AFTER 50 YEARS & THEY ARE STILL MAKING MUSIC, THEY JUST RELEASED THEIR 19TH STUDIO ALBUM OUT NOW CALLED "INVINCIBLE SHIELD" NOW YOU KNOW!  GO GET IT!

AC/DC FUCK!  WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW AC/DC?  7 YEARS AGO MAYBE?   MY FAVORITE BAND SINCE I WAS A TWEEN. I DROVE MY FAMILY & MY CAT NUTS W/ BACK IN BLACK WHEN IT CAME OUT WHICH WAS THE FIRST HARD ROCK ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT & STILL HAVE IT.  BRIAN JOHNSON (VOCALS), ANGUS YOUNG (GUITARS), PHIL RUDD (DRUMS), CLIFF WILLIAMS (BASS) & STEVIE YOUNG (GUITARS). BROUGHT CLASSIC ROCK TO OUR FACES.  EVERYONE HAD THEIR LIT UP AC/DC HORNS & THEY WERE BACK IN BLACK!  I FOUND MYSELF IN A MOSH PIT TO AC/DC HOW ADORABLE!  IT WAS SO MUCH FUN THOUGH, SUCH A FUN, ROCKIN', GOOD TIME SHOW.

'IF YOU WANT BLOOD, YOU GOT IT", 'BACK IN BLACK", 'DEMON FIRE", "SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES", "THUNDERSTRUCK", "HAVE A DRINK ON ME", "HELLS BELLS", "SHOT IN THE DARK", "SITFF UPPER LIP", "DIRTY DEEDS", "SHOOT TO THRILL", "SIN CITY", "GIVEN THE DOG A BONE", "ROCK N ROLL TRAIN", "YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG", "DOG EAT DOG" THIS SONG RESONATED W/ ME AS THE BEST SONG OF THEIR SET, IF THEY DID THE ALBUM BACK IN BLACK ENTIRELY THAT WOULD KICK MAJOR ASS, MAYBE THEY WILL.  "HIGH VOLTAGE", "HELL AIN'T A BAD PLACE TO BE", "RIFF RAFF", "HIGHWAY TO HELL", "WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE", "LET THERE BE ROCK" ANOTHER GREAT SONG/ALBUM.  "TNT"& "FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK", BLEW MY EAR DRUMS OUT...AGAIN!  WE WERE ALL HOPING THEY ARE GOING TO ANNOUNCE A US/WORLD TOUR...I'M STILL HOPING.  I WAS MISSING 'THE JACK" & WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE "LITTLE LOVER" BUT THEIR SET LIST COVERED PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

THEY HAD A COOL POP UP DIVE BAR/SHOP ACROSS TOWN WHICH ANGUS SHOWED UP AT & I MISSED, I'M SO SAD I HAVE NEVER MET ANY MEMBERS OF AC/DC MEANING BRIAN JOHNSON, ANGUS YOUNG, CLIFF WILLIAMS OR PHIL RUDD OF THE SURVIVING MEMBERS & IT WOULD HAVE BEEN OSSUM TO BE THERE WHEN HE SHOWED UP, BUT I WASN'T SADLY.  I WOULD LOVE TO DO AN INTERVIEW W/ AC/DC, ANGUS, BRIAN THAT WOULD BE SO FREAKIN' OSSUM!  NEVER MIND PHOTOGRAPH THEM!  HOPEFULLY SOON!  

THE POP UP DIVE BAR WAS KIND OF COOL.  THERE WAS AN EXTREMELY LONG LINE GETTING INSIDE OF THE BAR WHICH I NEVER HAD THE TIME TO STAND IN LINE FOR, BUT I DID GO OUTSIDE & BOUGHT SOME MERCH.  THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH FOR WOMEN AS FAR AS T-SHIRTS GO, THEY HAD SO MANY SWEATSHIRTS & LONG SLEEVES IN 100 DEGREE WEATHER WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR TANK TOPS & SHORTS.  I DID BUY 3 PAIRS OF SOCKS, A HIGHWAY TO HELL CLUTCH PURSE ,THEY GAVE ME SOME COOL STICKERS & A COOL AC/DC BAG SO I HAVE A FEW ITEMS ADDED TO MY COLLECTION & DID ORDER SOME MERCH ONLINE AS ALL I HAVE ARE LONG SLEEVED AC/DC SHIRTS, WHY IS THAT?  PROBLEM SOLVED.  OTHER THAN MERCH & A BIG MURAL ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING WHICH I DON'T HAVE A PICTURE OF AS MY PHONE WAS ON 30% (I HAD MORE CHARGING ISSUES THIS TRIP THAN ANY OTHER BETWEEN THE CAR & THE PHONE, THAT'S A STORY IN IT'S SELF) THERE WASN'T MUCH OUTSIDE, BARS W/ CHEAP BEER & SOME FOOD TRUCKS WHICH HAD NASTY FOOD SOGGY UNDER COOKED FRIES... DISGUSTING!

DAY THREE TOOL/METALLICA

WELL THIS WHOLE WEEKEND I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE BANDS ON A TV SCREEN EXCEPT FOR AC/DC WHERE I WAS IN THE MIDDLE & COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING, BUT MY LUCK WAS CHANGING.  A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE KNOWING WHAT A HUGE METALLICA FAN I AM GOT ME INTO THE SNAKE PIT...OH MY FUCKING GOD!  OMG!  OMG!  HELL YEAH!  SEEING JAMES HETFIELD (VOCALS/GUITARS), KIRK HAMMETT (GUITARS), ROB TRUJILLO (BASS) & AT TIMES LARS ULRICH (DRUMS) ALL UP IN MY FACE WAS FUCKING AMAZING!  IT WAS ALMOST WORTH BEING MANHANDLED GETTING INTO THE PIT BY 2 SECURITY GUYS, 1 GRABBING EACH ARM WHICH WAS UNCALLED FOR.  NO ONE SHOULD BE TOUCHING ME W/O PERMISSION EVER!  

TOOL PUT ME TO SLEEP BUT METALLICA GOT ME JUMPING, DANCING & HEAD BANGING!  KICKING OFF THE SET AFTER AC/DC'S "IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANT TO ROCK N ROLL" WHICH AC/DC DIDN'T PLAY LIVE TO "ECSTACY OF GOLD" THEN THEY KICKED IN W/ "WHIPLASH", "CREEPING DEATH", "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS", "SANITARIUM", "LUX AETERNA", "TOO FAR GONE", "FADE TO BLACK", "FUEL", "ORION", "NOTHING ELSE MATTERS" WHERE KIRK SCREWED UP & HAD TO START OVER, IT WAS FUNNY, GOES SHOW THEY DON'T PLAY TO A TAPE.  "SAD BUT TRUE", "THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES", "HARDWIRED", "SEEK & DESTROY", "ONE", "MASTER OF PUPPETS".  I WAS ROCKING OUT SO HARD I BARELY TOOK CELL PHONE PHOTOS/VIDEO BUT THEY SOUNDED SO PERFECT, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE METALLICA LIVE, NOTHNG!  171 SHOWS & I'M STILL GOING!  

SINCE I WAS IN THE PIT I COULDN'T SEE THE AUDIENCE BEHIND ME, I AM SURE THEY WERE ENJOYING THE SHOW, THE MUSIC, THE SONGS, THE ENERGY & OF COURSE WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVORITES & AM NOT SURE WHY METALLICA HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEIR ALBUM DEATH MAGNETIC, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HEAR MORE SONGS OF THAT ALBUM. 

JAMES DID A PSA ABOUT SUICIDE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.  PLEASE GET HELP IF YOU ARE FEELING SO DOWN YOU CAN'T GET UP, THERE IS ALWAYS HELP IN SO MANY FORMS & IT IS A SERIOUS MATTER.  DURING THIS WHOLE WEEKEND MY BF & I WERE HAVING TROUBLES WHICH LEAD TO US PARTING WAYS & I WAS SERIOUSLY DEPRESSED UNTIL I TOLD SOMEONE TO GO FUCK THEMSELVES & PUT THE BIRD IN THEIR FACE.  THAT WAS A BREAK THROUGH AS BEFORE THAT I COULDN'T STOP CRYING & I WAS SO DEPRESSED.  WE ALL DEAL W/ HEARTBREAK DIFFERENTLY BUT ALL NEED TO GO THROUGH THE STAGES & IT TAKES TIME, YOU CAN'T RUSH THEM.  I DIDN'T WANT TO FEEL ANYTHING ESPECIALLY DEPRESSION BUT I DID, I WAS SAD, DEPRESSED, IN DENIAL & THEN ANGRY, ONCE I GOT THROUGH THE ANGER I WAS ABLE TO SMILE AGAIN.  THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON & I LIKE TO THINK MY GUARDIAN ANGELS ARE TAKING CARE OF ME & I REACHED OUT TO THE UNIVERSE, MY GUARDIAN ANGELS, MY BEST FRIENDS & EVEN PEOPLE I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WELL, THEY LISTENED TO ME VENT & MADE ME LAUGH, TOLD ME I WAS LOVED.  SO REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE LOVED BY SO MANY & YOU MAY NOT KNOW IT OR FEEL IT BUT YOU ARE, TRUST ME YOU ARE!

ANYWAY METALLICA & MAIDEN WERE THE TOP 2 BANDS OF THE WEEKEND, THEIR SHOWS WERE FLAWLESS, FULL OF ENERGY, FUN & NOSTALGIA, COMING IN STRONG W/ PRIEST & AC/DC & THEN GNR & TOOL.  IT WAS A FUN FANTASTIC WEEKEND FULL OF GREAT ENERGY, FRIENDS & METAL!  \M/\M/  NOW I WILL DUST OFF MY SHOES & GET READY FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON POWER TRIP VISIT:  WWW.POWERTRIPLIVE.COM (AM NOT SURE IF THEY WILL DO ANOTHER?)

IRON MAIDEN:  WWW.IRONMAIDEN.COM

GUNS N ROSES:  WWW.GUNSNROSES.COM

JUDAS PRIEST:  WWW.JUDASPRIESTINVINCIBLESHIELD.COM

AC/DC:  WWW.ACDC.COM

TOOL:  WWW.TOOLBAND.COM

METALLICA:  WWW.METALLICA.COM

THANK YOU MARCEE, CHRIS & DARRICK, FOR TICKETS, RIDES & A PLACE TO STAY.  I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU!



DREAM THEATER/DEVIN TOWNSEND/ANIMALS AS LEADERS

RUTHE ECKARD HALL

CLEARWATER, FL

6/21/23


LOS ANGELES TRIO ANIMALS AS LEADERS GRACED THE STAGE W/ THEIR EPIC  INSTRUMENTAL PROGRESSIVE INTERLUDE W/ JAVIER REYES (BASS), TOSIN ABASI (GUITARS) & MATT GARSTKA (DRUMS) LEAD US DOWN THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY, PROMOTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "PARRHESIA" OUT NOW ON SUMERIAN RECORDS.

THEIR MUSICAL TALENT IS BEYOND WORDS AS THE FLOW OF INSTRUMENTS TELL THE STORIES.  THEY PLAYED A FEW SONGS BUT IT SOUNDED LIKE ONE LONG STORY SONG & IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.  I ENJOY SEEING AAL PLAY & THEY ARE EXTREMELY UNDERRATED.  

DEVIN TOWNSEND WAS UP NEXT & THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS AS IT WASN'T WHAT I EXPECTED AT ALL.  AAL WAS A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW & I DIDN'T CONNECT W/ TOWNSEND AT ALL.  HE HAD A WEIRD ALIEN NOISE MAKER THAT WAS PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF HIS SHOW.  

HAILING FROM CANADA HE HAD LOTS OF JOKES & THE FANS WERE ENTICED.  JOINING HIM ON STAGE WERE MIKE KENEALLY (GUITARS), JAMES LEACH (BASS) DARBY TODD (DRUMS).  PROMOTING HIS LATEST RELEASE "LIGHTWORK" OUT NOW ON CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.

A LITTLE ABOUT TOWNSEND:  HE WAS W/ STEVE VAI & STRAPPING YOUNG LAD.  GENE HOGLAN PLAYED DRUMS FOR HIM.  I WAS EXPECTING A MORE METAL/HARD SHOW BUT IT WASN'T, IT WAS DISAPPOINTING.  I TRIED TO ENJOY THEIR SET CONTAINING:  "LIGHTWORKER", "KINGDOM", "DIMENSIONS", "DEADHEAD", "BY YOUR COMMAND", "DEEP PEACE", "TRUTH" & "BAD DEVIL".  I DID LIKE THEIR OCTOPUS LOGO.

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DREAM THEATER BROUGHT THE ELOQUENCE OF 30+ YEARS OF MUSIC TO US IN A WAVE OF MAGIC.  I WAS SO READY FOR THEM TO PLAY & ENLIGHTEN ME W/ THEIR SHOWCASE OF PROG ROCK/METAL THAT BRINGS ME TO MY FEET IN PURE JOY.   

JAMES LABRIE (VOCALS), JOHN PETRUCCI (GUITARS), JOHN MYUNG (BASS), JORDAN RUDESS (KEYS) & MIKE MANGINI (DRUMS) TORE UP RUTH ECKERD HALL LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW.  THE AUDIENCE WAS READY FOR DREAM THEATER & RECIEVED THEM WELL.  VERY ENTHUSTIAC SET TO A CROWD OF NERDS (ME INCLUDED) WHO WILL CRITIQUE EVERY NOTE IN DETAIL & I DON'T THINK ANYONE COULD FIND A MISTAKE AS THEY WERE SPOT ON!  TRULY INCREDIBLE!

PROMOTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD" WE NOT ONLY HEARD NEW SONGS, BUT WE HEARD SOME OF OUR FAVORITES AS WELL AS CLASSICS & THE IMAGERY ON THE VIDEO SCREEN WAS BREATH TAKING, THEY TRULY DID HAVE A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD.  THE SET LIST CONSISTED OF:  "THE ALIEN" & "SLEEPING GIANT" FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM "A VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD", "CAUGHT IN THE WEB" FROM THE ALBUM "AWAKE", "ANSWERING THE CALL" ANOTHER FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM, "SOLITARY SHELL", "ABOUT TO CRASH" & "LOSING TIME/GRAND FINALE" ALL FROM "SIX DEGREES OF INNER TURBULENCE", "PULL ME UNDER" FROM MY FAVORITE ALBUM WHICH STARTED MY LOVE FOR DT "IMAGES & WORDS" I HAVE SEEN THEM PLAY THAT ALBUM ENTIRELY & HAVE LOST MY MIND!  THIS SONG GOT EVERYONE OUT OF THE SEATS (SEATS HINDER), "THE COUNT OF TUSCANY" FROM "BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS" & FINALLY "ACT II:  SCENE EIGHT:  THE SPIRIT CARRIES ON" FROM THE ALBUM "METROPOLIS PT. 2:  SCENES FROM A MEMORY" W/ HELP FROM TOSIN ABASI, DEVIN TOWNSEND (WHO SOUNDED AMAZING BY THE WAY), MIKE KENEALLY & DARBY TODD.

WHAT AN AMAZING NIGHT OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO SPEND ANOTHER GLORIUS NIGHT W/ DREAM THEATER.

PHOTOS OF THE BANDS ARE HERE:   https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  ANIMALS AS LEADERS:  WWW.ANIMALSASLEADERS.ORG

DEVIN TOWNSEND:  WWW.HEVYDEVY.COM

DREAM THEATER:  WWW.DREAMTHEATER.NET

THANK YOU TAYLOR.

HELLOWEEN

W/ HAMMERFALL

JANNUS LIVE

ST. PETERSBURG, FL

5/16/23


PROGRESSIVE METAL COMES TO ST. PETE!  WHAT A GREAT SHOW & TO SEE THESE TWO METAL GOD BANDS TOGETHER WAS FUCKING OSSUM!  

JANNUS' CROWD WAS EAGER TO GET THEIR POWER METAL ON AS THE PLACE WAS PACKED W/ DIE-HARD FANS.  

HAMMERFALL HIT THE STAGE AT 7PM TO A RECEPTIVE CROWD.  POUNDING US ALL IN THE FACE W/ THEIR HAMMERRING THEY BROUGHT THEIR A GAME ALL THE WAY FROM SWEDEN. PROMOTING THEIR LATEST RELEASE "HAMMER OF DAWN" THEIR SET LIST WAS PACKED FULL OF 30 YEARS OF THEIR MUSICAL LEGACY.

"BROTHERHOOD" FROM THEIR LATEST CD FELL RIGHT IN PLACE W/ THE OLDER COLLECTION OF SONGS, STRONG & BOLD.  ONE OF MY FAVORITES "ANY MEANS NECESSARY" FROM "NO SACRIFICE, NO VICTORY" HAD ME SINGING FOR WEEKS AFTERWARD.  "THE METAL AGE" FROM HAMMERFALL THEIR DEBUT ALBUM KICKED THE SHOW INTO GEAR, "HAMMER OF DAWN' THE TITLE TRACK FROM THE LATEST ALBUM, "BLOOD BOUND" FROM "CHAPTER V:  UNBENT, UNBOWED, UNBROKEN", "LAST MAN STANDING" FROM "STEEL MEETS STEEL", "RIDERS OF THE STORM/HERO'S RETURN/ON THE EDGE OF HONOUR/CRIMSON THUNDER" KIND OF SAD THEY TOOK A FEW SONGS I LOVE & MESHED THEM TOGETHER BUT I WAS REALLY GLAD TO HEAR THEM IN ANY CAPACITY.  I LOVE THE ALBUM "CRIMSON THUNDER" & WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT LIVE ENTIRELY.  "LET THE HAMMER FALL" ANOTHER CROWD PLEASER, EVERYONE WAS SINGING ALONG, I LOVE WHEN THE AUDIENCE IS INCLUDED AS PART OF THE SHOW.  "(WE MAKE) SWEDEN ROCK" FROM "DOMINION", "HAMMER HIGH" FROM "BUILT TO LAST" & LAST BUT NOT LEAST "HEARTS ON FIRE" BURNING, BURNING W/ DESIRE.....FROM MY FAVORITE ALBUM THAT I ALREADY MENTIONED "CRIMSON THUNDER".  I HAVE LONG GIVEN UP ON HEARING "DREAMS COME TRUE".

ONCE AGAIN THE MIGHTY HAMMERFALL:  OSCAR DRONJAK (GUITARS), JOACIM CANS (VOCALS), FREDRIK LARSSON (BASS), PONTUS NORGEN (GUITAR) & DAVID WALLIN (DRUMS) DELIVERED & DROPPED THEIR HAMMER ON THEIR ADORING FANS.

HELLOWEEN!  IT WAS 1987 IN THE HOUSE ON THIS NIGHT.  FIRST TIME I SAW THEM WAS IN BOSTON, MA IN 1989 AT THE ORPHEUM W/ ANTHRAX & EXODUS BUT I WAS INTRODUCED TO THEM IN 1987 & THE MUSIC BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES, SO MUCH SO I RAN INTO SOMEONE I MET IN 1987 AT THE SHOW & LATER IN THE WEEK I WAS IN DAYTONA BEACH, FL & I RAN INTO ANOTHER FRIEND FROM 1987 FROM THE SAME CIRCLE, IT WAS SO SURREAL, SO YES 1987 EAST COAST/NY/MA WAS IN THE HOUSE ON THAT NIGHT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

LAST TIME I SAW HELLOWEEN WAS AT THE PALLADIUM IN HOLLYWOOD, CA IN 2018 FOR A 3 SINGER/3 HOUR SET & IT WAS SO FUCKIN' OSSUM!  THIS TIME THEY HAD A SHORTER SET BUT IT WAS JUST AS OSSUM AS YES THERE WERE ALL 3 SINGERS ONCE AGAIN!  

THE MIGHTY HELLOWEEN HAILS FROM GERMANY SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST SELF TITLED RELEASE "HELLOWEEN" RELEASED IN 2021, MICHAEL WEIKATH (GUITARS), MARKUS GROSSKOPF (BASS), KAI HANSEN (VOCALS/GUITARS), MICHAEL KISKE (VOCALS), ANDI DERIS (VOCALS), SASCHA GERSTNER (GUITARS), DAVID LOBLE (DRUMS) STORMED THE STAGE IN THE DARKNESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXTRAVAGANT VIDEO OF ANGELS/DEVILS, KEEPERS OF KEYS & OATHS & AS ALWAYS PUMPKINS. 

THEY THEN VENTURED INTO "SKYFALL" FROM THEIR LATEST SELF TITLED ALBUM, "EAGLE FLY FREE" FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT. 2", "MASS POLLUTION", ANOTHER NEW SONG, "FUTURE WORLD" SHOULD NEED NO INTRODUCTION AS IT HAS BEEN PART OF THEIR SETLIST FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE SEEN THEM LIVE, BUT FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW IT'S FROM "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT. 1", ANOTHER FAVORITE ABLUM & SONG, "POWER" FROM "THE TIME OF THE OATH", "SAVE US" A BONUS TRACK ON "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT. 2", ."METAL INVADERS/VICTIM OF FATE/GORGAR/RIDE THE SKY" &  "HEAVY METAL (IS THE LAW) FROM HELLOWEEN'S FIRST ALBUM "WALLS OF JERICHO", "FOREVER & ONE" FROM "TIME OF THE OATH", "BEST TIME" ANOTHER NEW SONG, "DR. STEIN" FROM "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT 2", "HOW MANY TEARS" FROM "WALLS OF JERICHO" IT'S NICE TO HEAR OLD SONGS I MAY HAVE NOT REMEMBERED.  "PERFECT GENTLEMEN" FROM "MASTER OF THE RINGS", "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS", & "I WANT OUT" FROM THE SELF TITLED "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT. 2", I WISH THEY DID MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SONG "A TALE THAT WASN'T RIGHT" BUT I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS AS THEY PERFORMED THEY VAST CATALOG FROM 1985-2021 & I CAN'T ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT.

THE FINAL SONG BROUGHT OUT THE PUMPKIN/JACK O' LANTERN BALLOONS WHICH WERE BEING PUNCHED AROUND UNTIL PEOPLE DECIDED TO TAKE THEM, ONE OF THEM GOT STUCK ON THE TOP OF THE SPEAKERS WHICH I THOUGHT WAS HILARIOUS.

ALL IN ALL MY POSSE & I HAD A GREAT TIME, LISTENING TO GREAT MUSIC & ENJOYING EACH OTHERS COMPANY, IT SURELY WAS A GREAT SHOW!

THANK YOU HELLOWEEN & HAMMERFALL FOR ANOTHER GREAT SHOW!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16508910

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  HELLOWEEN.ORG & HAMMERFALL.NET

THANK YOU LIZ.

 

MORBID ANGEL

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

4/21/23


WE WERE SO EXCITED TO SEE EXTREME DEATH METAL BAND MORBID ANGEL & TAKE SOME PHOTOS BUT WERE NOT GRANTED CREDENTIALS TO TAKE THE PHOTOS, SO WE BELLIED UP TO THE BARRICADE TO WATCH ONE OF TAMPA'S LOCAL DEATH METAL BAND'S TEAR IT UP IN ANTICIPATION.  I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS VERSION, IT SEEMS EVERY TIME I SEE THEM IT'S ANOTHER LINE UP.  THIS LINE UP WAS:  FOUNDING MEMBER GUITARIST TREY AGAZTHOTH, BASSIST STEVEN TUCKER, GUITARIST DAN VADIM VON, NOT SURE WHO THE DRUMMER OR VOCALIST WERE CAN'T FIND THE INFO ANYWHERE.


REGARDLESS WE WERE IN A PACKED HOUSE MORBID ANGEL ESCAPED MAYHEM AT A CLUB IN ILLINOIS WHEN THE ROOF CAVED IN DUE TO A TORNADO.  THEY WERE NOT ON STAGE SO THE BAND WAS SPARED ALTHOUGH MANY PEOPLE WERE HURT & DIED WHICH WAS SUCH A TRAGEDY, OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN & W/ ALL WHO ARE SUFFERING/GRIEVING DUE TO THE DEVASTATION.

MORBID ANGEL WERE ON FULL THROTTLE FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES & THEN AGAZTHOTH DISAPPEARED, WHEN THE SONG WAS OVER THE SINGER SAID THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS THAT AGAZTHOTH WAS NOT ON THE STAGE.  THEY CONTINUED ON W/ ONE MORE SONG & THEN THE REST OF THE SHOW WAS CANCELLED.  WE DIDN'T KNOW THEN, BUT WE KNOW NOW THAT AGAZTHOTH WAS DEHYDRATED/EXHAUSTED & HAD CRAMPS & HE IS BETTER BUT AT THE TIME WE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING, JUST THE GUITARIST WAS MISSING & THE SHOW WAS OVER A LITTLE AFTER 10PM.

WE DID GET TO SEE:  "PILES OF LITTLE ARMS", "D.E.A.D", "GARDEN OF DISDAIN", "GOD OF EMPTINESS", "ARCHITECT & ICONOCLAST" WERE WE LOST AGAZTHOTH & THEN "DAY OF SUFFERING" W/O HIM HOPING HE WOULD COME BACK.  IT WAS A TEASE OF A GREAT SHOW, SORRY IT DIDN'T END WELL.

WELL THE SHOW WAS OVER, IT WAS GREAT WHILE IT LASTED, I HAD BRUISES ON MY RIBS  FROM THE BARRICADE FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS.  WE HEADED OVER TO THE BRASS MUG AROUND THE CORNER TO SEE GREEN JELLO(Y) ONLY TO FIND OUT THEY CANCELLED.  NOT SURE WHAT WAS IN THE AIR THAT NIGHT IN TAMPA BUT I WAS HOME IN BED BY 11:30PM WAY TOO EARLY ON A METAL SHOW NIGHT.

I GUESS WE WILL TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME THEY COME AROUND & CAN GET SOME PHOTOS.


THANK YOU ROB.

CARCASS

MUNICIPAL WASTE

SACRED REICH

CREEPING DEATH

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

4/8/23


CARCASSSS!!!  HELL YEAH!  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!  I TRY TO NEVER MISS THEM WHEN THEY COME AROUND & WHAT AN ASS KICKING SHOW!

WE MISSED CREEPING DEATH DUE TO GUEST LIST ISSUES, BUT I FOUND SOMEONE TO HELP ME & WE GOT THERE IN TIME TO SEE SACRED REICH, I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM SINCE MAYBE  1993 W/ DANZIG & GENITORTURERS AT THE ORANGE SHOW PAVILION IN SAN BERNADINO, CA.  THAT WAS AN INTERESTING NIGHT TO SAY THE LEAST.  LAST YEAR THEY CAME AROUND TO TAMPA W/ SEPULTURA BUT SOMETHING HAPPENED, SOMEONE WAS SICK, & THEY DID NOT PERFORM & I DIDN'T KNOW TIL I WAS IN THE PIT WATCHING THE SET CHANGE, THEN AGAIN I JUST GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL MYSELF SO I HAD LIMITED ACCESS TO INTERNET.

I AM SO GLAD THEY MADE IT BACK AROUND.  THEY WERE SO OSSUM!  SACRED REICH ARE FROM ARIZONA:  PHIL RUDD (VOCALS/BASS), WILEY ARNETT (LEAD GUITAR), DAVE MCCLAIN (DRUMS) & JOEY RADZIWILL (RHYTHM GUITAR).  PLAYED A KICK ASS SET OF THEIR THRASH CLASSICS INCLUDING MY FAVORITEs "INDEPENDENT" & SURF NICARAGUA".  THE WHOLE SETLIST KEPT THE AUDIENCE MOVING & GROOVIN' "DIVIDE & CONQUER", "THE AMERICAN WAY', "MANIFEST REALITY", "ONE NATION", "SALVATION", "IGNORANCE", "AWAKENING", "DEATH SQUAD" & THE 2 AFORMENTIONED.

SACRED REICH SOUNDED AS GOOD TONIGHT AS THEY DID IN THE 80'S/90'S.  THEY KILLED IT WHAT A GREAT BAND TO WARM UP THE PIT W/.  PROMOTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "AWAKENING" ON METAL BLADE RECORDS.

MUNICIPAL WASTE WAS UP NEXT & I SAW THEM LAST ON THE MR. PICKLES TOUR IN ANAHEIM, CA IN 2018.  THIS YOUNGER GENERATION OF THRASHERS KICKED ASS & WERE HIGHLY ANTIPICATED BY THE CROWD, MY PARTNER IN CRIME WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE THEM THAT HE RAN OFF INTO THE PIT FOR A WHILE, THEY WERE REALLY MOTIVIATING.  

HAILING FROM RICHMOND, VA TONY FORESTA (VOCALS), RYAN WASTE (RHYTHM GUITAR), PHILIP "LAND PHIL" HALL (BASS), DAVE WITTE (DRUMS), NICK "NIKROPOLIS" POULOS (LEAD GUITAR) CAME OUT SWINGING, FLAILING & THRASHING ALL AROUND & THE PIT WAS SO INTENSE IT WAS HARD TO TAKE PHOTOS & SECURITY PUSHED ME OUT OF THE PHOTO PIT & THAT IS WHY MY PHOTOS ARE LIMITED, BUT IT WAS A FUNTASTIC SHOW!  

THEIR LATEST ALBUM ON NUCLEAR BLAST REACORDS "ELECTRIFIED BRAIN" IS OUT.  WE MOSHED TO:  "DEMORALIZER", "BREATHE GREASE", "MIND ERASER", "BEER PRESSURE", "THRASHING'S MY BUSINESS...AND BUSINESS IS GOOD", "THE THRASHIN' OF THE CHRIST", "POISON THE PREACHER", "GRAVE DIVE", 'YOU''RE CUT OFF", "SADISTIC MAGICIAN", "SLIME & PUNISHMENT", "UNDER THE WASTE COMMAND", "HEADBANGER FACE RIP", "BLOOD VESSEL/BOAT JAIL", "WAVE OF DEATH", "UNLEASH THE BASTARDS" & "BORN TO PARTY".  WHAT A GREAT NEW SCHOOL OF THRASH SET.

CARCASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I LOVE THEM!  BRITISH THRASH THAT CUTS YOU UP..PUN INTENDED.  I NEVER MISS THEM, I LOVE THEIR MUSIC, IT'S EVIL, GROOVY & SINISTER ALL WRAPPED UP IN A THRASHING BED PAN TO YOUR FACE.  I STILL HAVE BRUISES ON MY CHEST FROM BANGING AT THE BARRIER, WHAT A FUCKING SHOW!!  THEY ARE SO INCREDIBLY TALENTED & FUCKING OSSUM!  HAILING FROM LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (TAKE THAT BEATLES!) BILL STEER (GUITARS), JEFF WALKER (VOCALS/BASS), DANIEL WILDING (DRUMS) & I BELIEVE JAMES BLACKFORD (GUITARS).  I DO MISS BEN ASH ON GUITARS BUT IT'S NOT UP TO ME WHO PLAYS IN THE BAND.  

WHAT A FUCKING SETLIST!  THEY MISSED ONE OF MY FAVORITES FROM SURGICAL STEEL BUT I SAW THEM ON THAT TOUR LIKE 10 X SO I WON'T GET THAT MAD.  "KELLY'S MEAT EMPORIUM", "BURIED DREAMS", "INCARNATED SOLVENT ABUSE", "UNDER THE SCALPEL BLADE", "THE MORTAL COIL", :TOMORROW BELONGS TO NOBODY", "DEATH CERTIFICATE", "DANCE OF IXTAB PSYCHO POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE MARCH NO. 1 IN B", "BLACK STAR/KEEP ON ROTTING IN THE FREE WORLD", "THE SCYTHE'S REMORSEFUL SWING", "CORPORAL JIGSAW QUANDRY", "RAPTURED IN PURULENCE", A FAN FAVORITE "HEARTWORK", 'CARNEOUS CACOFFINY", "EXHUME TO CONSUME", "TOOLS OF THE TRADE", & "316L GRADE SURGICAL STEEL".

SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST RELEASE ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS "TORN 90 MINUTES OF BRITISH THRASH, CARCASS BROUGHT THEIR TOOLS OF THE TRADE & STABBED US W/ EVERY RIFF, DRUM BEAT & GROWLING VOCAL.   THANK YOU!!!!!

AFTER THE SHOW I GOT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT TO BILL STEER, NOT SURE WHY I DIDN'T TAKE A PHOTO, I GUESS I WAS ENGROSSED IN CONVERSATION.  HE IS SO COOL TO SAY HI TO THE FANS AFTER, SIGN AUTOGRAPHS & TAKE PICTURES...BILL YOU ARE FUCKING BADASS!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THESE BANDS PLEASE VISIT:  CARCASS https://linktr.ee/carcass

MUNICIPAL WASTE WWW.MUNICIPALWASTE.NET

SACRED REICH https://www.facebook.com/sacredreichofficial/

THANK YOU MICHAEL & IT WAS NICE TO SEE DEEDEE AS WELL.

DEATH TO ALL

W/ SUFFOCATION & NUKE 'EM

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

3/18/23

THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING ANY VERSION OF DEATH...YES I'M LATE TO THE PARTY, BUT I'M HERE NOW!  

DEATH'S FOUNDER/VOCALIST/GUITARIST CHUCK SCHULDINER'S DEATH IN 2001 BOTH SHOCKED & SADDENED THE METAL COMMUNITY.  SO HOW ELSE DOES THE COMMUNITY HONOR HIS LIFE?  IN 2012 DEATH RESURRECTED AS DEATH TO ALL W/ DRUMMERS GENE HOGLAN & SEAN REINHART, BASSISTS STEVE DI GIORGIO &  SCOTT CLENDENIN, GUITARISTS PAUL MASVIDAL, SHANNON HAMM & BOBBY KOELBLE & VOCALIST MATT HARVEY.  LONG STORY SHORT THEY RECONVINED IN 2013 W/ VOCALIST/GUITARIST MAX PHELPS.  CURRENT LINE UP IS HOGLAN, DI GIORGIO, PHELPS & KOELBLE.

DTA BROUGHT 2 HOURS OF FLORIDA DEATH METAL TO THE FANS AT THE ORPHEUM,'S OUTSIDE STAGE, PLACE WAS PACKED, PIT WAS SLAMMING!  SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SHOW!  I WAS NOT EXPECTING 2 HOURS OF METAL IN MY FACE!!!

SETLIST CONSISTED OF:  "INFERNAL DEATH", "OVERACTIVE IMAGINATION", "THE PHILOSOPHER", "BITE THE PAIN", "ZERO TOLERANCE", 'SPIRITUAL HEALING", "EVIL DEAD", "TRAPPED IN A CORNER", "LACK OF COMPREHENSION", "LEPROSY", "JEALOUSY", "SUICIDE MACHINE", "LIVING MONSTROSITY", "SECRET FACE", "SYMBOLIC", "VOICE OF THE SOUL", "FLATTENING OF EMOTIONS", "ZOMBIE RITUAL", "SOUL CRUSHER", "CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN", "PULL THE PLUG".  IF THEY DIDN'T PLAY YOUR SONG THEN SORRY ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE I THINK DTA DID A FANTASTIC JOB ON ALL THE SONGS!

WE WERE SUPPOSED TO INTERVIEW GENE HOGLAN BUT OTHER COMMITMENTS & TIMES DID NOT SYNC UP SO I AM HOPING TO GET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY AS WELL AS PHOTOS.  THINGS WERE MESSED UP AT THE DOOR, WE GOT IN BUT NO PHOTO PASS.  I DID BRING MY CAMERA BUT THERE WAS NO GOOD PLACE TO SHOOT W/O THE PROPER CREDENTIALS & EVERYTHING I ATTEMPTED WAS SHIT SOOO...NEXT TIME FOR SURE!  IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO SEE GENE & STEVE, BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE.  I DID GET TO CHAT W/ NUKE 'EMS GUITARIST LAURA HOGLAN FOR A BIT, IT WAS SO NICE SEEING & SPENDING TIME W/ HER.  SHE IS AN AMAZING PEROSN AS WELL ASGUITARIST & HER BAND KICKED ASS!  SHE MET W/ FANS AT THE MERCH BOOTH AFTER THE SHOW & THAT REALLY PLEASED A LOT OF PEOPLE.

PHOTOS OF NUKE 'EM & SUFFOCATION CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

THANK YOU WILLOW & VANDER



TRAUMA

OPENING FOR MARTY FRIEDMAN/QUEENSRYCHE

THE PLAZA LIVE

ORLANDO, FL

3/3/23


TRAUMA, YES THE BAND CLIFF BURTON WAS IN UNTIL METALLICA STOLE HIM AWAY.  YES, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA THRASH METAL PIONEERS TRAUMA.

I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS SHOW & TO TALK TO THE BAND.  WHAT A SHOW! 

TRAUMA IS ON THE ROAD PROMOTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "AWAKENING".  I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO DO AN INTERVIEW & TALK TO THE WHOLE BAND: BRIAN ALLEN (VOCALS) WHO REPLACED ORIGINAL SINGER DANNY HILLIER WHO DIED SUDDENLY IN 2020.  STEVE ROBELLO (GUITARS), CASEY TRASK (GUITARS), MICHAEL SPENCER (BASS) & KRIS GUSTOFSON (DRUMS).

WHAT MADE THEM RESURRECT AFTER 30 YEARS?  LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW & FIND OUT!  I AM GLAD THEY DID AS THEY TORE UP THAT STAGE.  ALLEN'S VOCALS WERE FIERCE & THE BAND WAS TIGHT, IT WAS THEIR FIRST LIVE SHOW IN FOREVER & THERE MAY HAVE A BEEN A COBWEB OR 2 BUT I DIDN'T SEE IT.  I LOVED THE SHOW, THEIR THRASHING ENERGY & THEIR STYLE.

TRAUMA'S SETLIST WAS SHORT BUT RIPPING!  "FROM HERE TO HELL", "MEAT". "THE RIVER RED", "END OF EVERYTHING", "WALK AWAY" & "DEATH OF AN ANGEL".

TRAUMA WERE FUCKING OSSUM!  PLEASE GO CHECK THEM OUT!  THEY ARE REALLY COOL GUYS, I HAD A FANTASTIC TIME TALKING TO THEM, SO MUCH SO THE INTERVIEW RAN LONG.  I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT THE BAND & EACH INDIVIDUAL, IT TRULY WAS AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE TO TALK TO A WHOLE BAND AT THE SAME TIME!

I AM HOPING TO SEE THEIR LAST SHOW IN ST. PETE, FL, WHAT THE HECK I SAW THEIR FIRST SHOW!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TRAUMA PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.TRAUMAMETAL.COM

OUR PHOTOS ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16492309

THE INTERVIEW IS HERE: https://lbmetal.yolasite.com/interviews.php

THANK YOU CHIP, KRIS & ALL OF TRAUMA I HAD A KICKASS TIME ROCKIN' OUT TO TRAUMA'S THRASH METAL!


SOULFLY

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

2/10/23

LAST TIME I SAW MAX CAVALERA WAS HERE AT THE ORPHEUM, BUT ON THE OUTSIDE STAGE W/ HIS BROTHER IGGOR.  TONIGHT'S SHOW WAS INSIDE, MORE INTIMATE.  I WAS IN THE FRONT ROW THE WHOLE TIME & IT WAS FUCKING OSSUM!

SOULFLY ARE PROMOTING THEIR LATEST RELEASE "TOTEM" ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS RELEASED IN 2022.

MAX LOOKED SO GREAT, HE REMOVED THOSE DREADFUL DREDS & HE LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER, I WAS BEGINNING TO WORRY ABOUT HIM.

I NEVER GET SICK OF SEEING SOULFLY, NO MATTER WHO IS IN THE BAND.  I REMEMBER SEEING DAVE ELLEFSON FROM MEGADETH IN SOULFLY AT HOB ANAHEIM (THE ORIGINAL).  I WAS HOPING TO SEE MY FRIEND DINO CAZARES PLAYING THIS TIME AROUND BUT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.  INSTEAD SOULFLY CONSISTED OF MAX CAVALERA (VOCALS/GUITARS), HIS SON ZYON CAVALERA (DRUMS), MIKE LEON (BASS) & MIKE DELEON (GUITARS).

THE PIT WAS GOING OFF TO THESE CLASSIC SOULFLY SONGS:  "BACK TO THE PRIMITIVE" FROM THE PRIMITIVE ALBUM ALONG W/ THE LAST SONG OF THE SET, "NO HOPE=NO FEAR" FROM THE SOULFLY ALBUM, LOTS OF SONGS FROM THIS ALBUM, "DOWNSTRAY", "FRONTLINES" FROM THE DARK AGES ALBUM, "PROPHECY" FROM THE PROPHECY ALBUM, "FILTH UPON FILTH" & 2 OTHERS FROM THEIR LATEST RELEASE TOTEM, "FIRE/PORRADA", "TRIBE", "RITUAL", "NO", "REFUSE/RESIST" SEPULTURA SONG, "WASTING AWAY" NAILBOMB SONG, "SUPERSTITION", "SCOURING THE VILE", "BLEED", MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SOULFLY SONG "EYE FOR AN EYE" & "JUMPDAFUCKUP".

THE CROWD WAS INTO IT, EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME MOSHING, PITTING, JUMPING UP & DOWN & THEIR OWN STYLE OF DANCING, ME INCLUDED.  WHAT AN ABSOLUTE GREAT SHOW, VIBE, MUSIC & BAND.  MORE PEOPLE SHOULD APPRECIATE ALL THAT IS SOULFLY.  THEY ARE A MIX OF GROOVE, FUNK & METAL ALL ROLLED UP TO KICK YOUR FUCKING ASS!

IT WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING SOULFLY IN FL, SO MANY FIRSTS THE LAST YEAR.  I WILL CONTINUE SEEING SOULFLY REGARDLESS OF WHERE MY ABODE IS & I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU SEEING THEM AS WELL.  PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC & LOCAL IF YOU CAN.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SOULFLY PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.SOULFLY.COM

PHOTOS ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

THANK YOU KRISTIN



KURT DEIMER

TESLA

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

TAMPA, FL

1/19/23


SEEING KURT DEIMER AGAIN, THIS TIME IN FLORIDA WAS SO FUN.  DEIMER BROUGHT HIS BAND FEATURING PHIL X (GUITARS) TO TAMPA TO ROCK US OUT BEFORE TESLA HIT THE STAGE & YES THEY DID!
LAST TIME I SAW HIM WAS IN 2021 AT THE COACH HOUSE IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA OPENING FOR GEOFF TATE, IRONICALLY I SAW TATE 1 WEEK PRIOR TO THIS SHOW, FUNNY HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS.  
DEIMER'S SONGS ARE ABOUT LIFE EXPERIENCES & HE TOOK US ON HIS INTERPRETATION OF HIS LIFE'S JOURNEY.  SONGS LIKE "DANCE", "ONLY TIME WILL TELL", "BACK OF THE SCHOOL", PINK FLOYD'S "HAVE A CIGAR", "WHATCHA SAYIN'", "HERO",  "NAIVE" ARE PURE ROCK SONGS THAT ARE IN YOUR FACE.
DEIMER'S BASS VOICE IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT WHEN HE SINGS BUT HE BRINGS YOU IN TO HIS WORLD.  FANS WERE EXCITED TO HEAR/SEE HIM & WERE ON THEIR FEET FROM THE GET GO.  THE HARD ROCK WAS PRETTY FULL ON A THURSDAY NIGHT & THE DRINKS WERE POURING FOR SURE, THE CROWD WAS A BIT UNRULY BUT DEIMER WON THEM OVER & THROUGH HIS SET WITH ENTHUSIASTIC  PRAISE.  THE SHOW WAS REALLY FUN!  WE DID AN INTERVIEW W/ DEIMER & PHIL X & THEY WERE REALLY COOL GUYS.
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16483615
WE DID AN INTERVIEW & THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://lbmetal.yolasite.com/interviews.php
THANK YOU CHIP!

GEOFF TATE

NANCE & DAVID BILLHEIMER CAPITOL THEATER

CLEARWATER, ,FL

1/13/23


GEOFF TATE  NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION, AS YOU KNOW HE WAS THE FRONT MAN FOR THE INFAMOUS QUEENSRYCHE FROM 1982-2012, BUT SADLY THEY PARTED WAYS & SINCE THEN TATE HAS BEEN TOURING THE WORLD PERFORMING FULL ALBUMS IN THEIR ENTIRETY LIKE "OPERATION MINDCRIME", "RAGE FOR ORDER", "EMPIRE" & MOST RECENTLY "PROMISED LAND".

ACCOMPANYING  HIM ON TOUR CURRENTLY ARE ALEX HART, JAMES BROWN & KIERAN ROBERTSON ON GUITARS, JACK ROSS ON BASS & DANIEL LAVERDE ON DRUMS AS THEY TOOK THE PACKED CAPITOL THEATER THROUGH A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE YEARS OF QUEENSRYCHE SONGS.

STARTING THE SET WE WERE THROWN BACK TO 1990 W/ "EMPIRE" THE TITLE TRACK & "ANOTHER RAINY NIGHT", THEN ON TO "DESERT DANCE" FROM THE TRIBE ALBUM RELEASED IN 2003, "I AM I" FROM THE PROMISED LAND ALBUM RELEASED IN 1994, "SACRED GROUND" FROM THE Q2K ALBUM RELEASED IN 1999, BACK TO THE EMPIRE ALBUM FOR "BEST I CAN", "REAL WORLD" FROM THE LAST ACTION HERO SOUNDTRACK 1993, 1 OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES, HIGHLY UNDERATED & THE SOUNDTRACK ROX, "BREAKING THE SILENCE" & "SUITE SISTER MARY" FROM OPERATION MINDCRIME ABLUM 1988 TATE KILLED IT ON ALL SONGS BUT ESPECIALLY THAT SONG WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES FROM THAT ALBUM.  "COLD" FROM TATE'S SOLO ALBUM FREQUENCY UNKNOWN RELEASED IN 2013, "BRIDGE" TAKES US BACK TO PROMISED LAND, "SCREAMING IN DIGITAL" & "WALK IN THE SHADOWS" FROM RAGE FOR ORDER RELEASED IN 1986, THE FIRST TIME I SAW QR WAS ON THAT TOUR, WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE TATE PERFORM IT LIVE 2X IN 2021, "TAKE HOLD OF THE FLAME" FROM "THE WARNING" ALBUM RELEASED IN 1984 AN ALBUM I HOPE TO SEE PERFORMED LIVE.  "JET CITY WOMAN" & "SILENT LUCIDITY" MORE FROM EMPIRE,   TATE TOOK A BREAK TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LATE JEFF BECK BY SAYING SOME KIND WORDS & PERFORMING "PEOPLE GET READY" A BECK/ROD STEWART COVER RELEASED IN 1985 WHICH WAS HEART WRENCHING & I WAS SO GLAD HE DID PAY HOMAGE TO A CLASSIC PERFORMER WHO INFLUENCED SO MANY.  THE FINAL SONG OF THE NIGHT WAS "QUEEN OF THE RYCHE" FROM THE EP RELEASED IN 1983.

TATE & COMPANY WERE ON FIRE, FULL OF PASSION & TALENT, BROUGHT THE AUDIENCE TO THEIR FEET ALTHOUGH SOME OF US WERE SCOLDED FOR STANDING UP.  I AM NOT A FAN OF SEATS SO I DO THE BEST I CAN TO STAY OUT OF PEOPLE'S WAY BUT IF I'M FEELING IT, I'M FEELING IT & I LOVE TO DANCE SO I'M GOING TO DANCE, LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TOO.

WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OURSELVES W/ THE JOURNEY OF GEOFF TATE/QUEENSRYCHE MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS, WE TOOK PHOTOS & INTERVIEWED GEOFF WHICH IS GETTING A HUGE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC...THANK YOU!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

INTERVIEW CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://lbmetal.yolasite.com/interviews.php

THANK YOU KATIE, TAYLOR & GEOFF FOR BEING SO KIND & ACCOMODATING US.



ARMORED SAINT

THE PLAZA LIVE

ORLANDO, FL

11/26/22


MY FIRST TIME AT THE PLAZA LIVE & FIRST TIME SEEING ARMORED SAINT IN FLORIDA.  I HAVE NOW SEEN THEM IN 3 STATES, MA, CA & NOW FL.

I HAD THE LOVELY OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT WITH OLD FRIEND GUITARIST JEFF DUNCAN BEFORE THE SHOW, JUST TO CATCH UP, NO INTERVIEW OR ANYTHING, TOTALLY CASUAL.  WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE LIVE NOW, ME IN FL & HIM IN LAS VEGAS & HOW THINGS ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE KEY CLUB/L.A./HOLLYWOOD DAYS.  IT WAS A NICE CHAT, I WISH I COULD HAVE CHATTED IT UP W/ ALL OF THEM BUT SAYING HELLO TO VOCALIST JOHN BUSH ACROSS THE FENCE & TO BASSIST JOEY VERA ON STAGE WAS ALL THE MOMENTS I COULD SNEAK IN & I AM GRATEFUL FOR THOSE.

ARMORED SAINT NEVER DISAPPOINT, THEIR FULL METAL FORCE SMACKED US IN THE FACE IN A GOOD WAY. THE VENUE WAS SOLD OUT & VOCALIST JOHN BUSH,  BASSIST JOEY VERA, GUITARIST JEFF DUNCAN, DRUMMER GONZO &  GUITARIST PHIL SANDOVAL RAN OVER US W/ AN ARMORED TRUCK!  THIS SHOW MADE ME MISS L.A., I DIDN'T KNOW A SOUL IN THE AUDIENCE BUT THE FANS THERE LOVED ARMORED SAINT JUST AS MUCH AS I DO & THEY WERE EXCITED THE GUYS WERE IN THEIR TOWN TO MELT THEIR FACES & I LOVE THAT.

STARTING OFF THE SET WAS "REIGN OF FIRE" A GREAT CLASSIC SONG FROM A CLASSIC ALBUM "SYMBOL OF SALVATION", "END OF THE ATTENTION SPAN" ISN'T THAT THE TRUTH, I AM NOT FAMILIAR W/ THIS SONG FROM THE ALBUM "PUNCHING THE SKY", "NERVOUS MAN" IS FROM THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER HAD & STILL HAVE TO THIS DAY ON VINYL "DELIRIOUS NOMAD", "LAST TRAIN HOME" ANOTHER OSSUM SONG FROM "SYMBOL OF SALVATION", "CHEMICAL EUPHORIA" FROM THE "RAISING FEAR" ALBUM, 'STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS" FROM "PUNCHING THE SKY" MORE SONGS I AM NOT REAL FAMILIAR W/ BUT THEY ROCKED!  "WIN HANDS DOWN" FROM THE ALBUM W/THE SAME NAME, THE REST OF THE SHOW HAD THE CLASSIC ARMORED SAINT SONGS YOU KNOW & LOVE, "CAN U DELIVER", "MARCH OF THE SAINT" & "MAD HOUSE" ALL FROM THE ALBUM "MARCH OF THE SAINT".  WHAT AN ENDING TO AN OSSUM SHOW.  SHORT BUT SWEET, ARMORED SAINT BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE PLAZA & THE FANS WERE LEFT BEGGING FOR MORE.  MAYBE THEY CAN COME BACK THROUGH TAMPA & HEADLINE, THAT WOULD BE INCREDIBLE!

SUCH A GREAT SHOW, VIBE, CROWD RESPONSE!  ARMORED SAINT WERE ON TOP OF THEIR GAME AS ALWAYS!

PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC WHEN YOU CAN, YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS CLASSIC BANDS LIKE ARMORED SAINT LIVE, THEY ARE INCREDIBLE & WORTH IT!


THANK YOU LIZ!


PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16471907



KRISIUN

THE BRASS MUG

TAMPA, FL

9/20/22

IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE MY FRIENDS IN KRISIUN AFTER ALL THIS TIME.   HAILING FROM BRAZIL KRISIUN BROUGHT THEIR 3 PIECE DEATH METAL TO TAMPA FOR A NIGHT OF PENT UP AGGRESSION RELEASE.

MAX KOLESNE ON DRUMS, MOYSES KOLESNE ON GUITARS & ALEX CARMAGO VOCALS & BASS ARE SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM MORTEM SOLIS OUT ON CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.

THE BRASS MUG DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HIT THEM WHEN KRISIUN HIT THE STAGE!  THEY BROUGHT THE POWER OF DEATH METAL TO THEIR FACES & THE CROWD LOOKED ON WITH AWE & A FUCK YEAH! MOSH PITS AROSE & TAMPA GAVE KRISIUN ALL THEY HAD TO GIVE, THE EXCITEMENT OF HAVING THEM BACK ON THE STAGE WAS HEART FELT BY ALL.

KRISIUN KICKED OUR ASS  WITH THEIR 45 MINUTE SET PERFORMING SONGS OLD & NEW:  "KINGS OF KILLING" FROM THE ALBUM APOCALYPTIC REVELATION, "RAVAGER" FROM THE ALBUM CONQUERORS OF ARMAGADDON, "SWORDS INTO FLESH" FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM MORTEM SOLIS, LOVING THE NEW SONGS!  "VENGEANCE'S REVELATION" FROM APOCALYPTIC REVELATION, "SCOURGE OF THE ENTHRONED" TITLE TRACK FROM THE ALBUM SCOURGE OF THE ENTHRONED, "SERPENT MESSIAH" FROM THE ALBUM THEIR LATEST ALBUM MORTEM SOLIS, "COMBUSTION INFERNO" FROM THE ALBUM SOUTHERN STORM, "BLOODCRAFT" FROM THE ALBUM ASSASSINATION & THE FINAL SONG OF THE NIGHT "HATRED INHERIT" FROM THE ALBUM CONQUERORS OF AMARGADDON FINALIZED OUR BROKEN NECKS INTO A FRENZY.

PHOTOS ARE HERE https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16460419

I WAS IN THE FRONT FOR A WHILE & THEN DECIDED TO HANG BACK BY THE BAR WITH MY FRIEND & A SPECIAL GUEST CORPSEGRINDER FROM CANNIBAL CORPSE.  KRISIUN GAVE HIM A SHOUT OUT & THE FANS SPOTTED HIM & CAME OVER IN DROVES, THAT'S WHEN I MADE MY EXIT BACK TO SEE THE REST OF THE SHOW & TO SAY HELLO TO MY FRIENDS.  WHILE WAITING TO SAY HELLO THERE WERE A BUNCH OF FANS WAITING FOR AUTOGRAPHS & PICTURES, MAX & MOYSES OBLIGED (I DIDN'T SEE ALEX AT THIS TIME BUT AM SURE HE WOULD HAVE IF HE DIDN'T ALREADY).

I HAD TO CUT THE NIGHT SHORT AS I HAD AN EARLY DAY THE NEXT DAY, THE SHOW WAS A LOT OF FUN & SAYING HI TO MY OLD FRIENDS WAS THE CHERRY ON THE TOP.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON KRISIUN PLEASE VISIT:  https://www.facebook.com/krisiun.official

TWITTER.COM/KRISIUN

https://www.instagram.com/krisiun/

THANK YOU CLAIRE & NIKKI FOR SETTING THIS UP & MAX, MOYSES & ALEX FOR A KICK ASS SHOW!  SEE YOU ALL SOON!


TED NUGENT 

RICK MONROE & THE HITMEN

RUTH ECKERD HALL

CLEARWATER, FL

7/15/22


RICK MONROE & THE HITMENT OPENED THE SHOW W/ SOME COUNTRY/GROOVE/ROCK MUSIC, I NEVER HEARD OF HIM & WASN'T PAYING MUCH ATTENTION UNTIL THEY BLEW US AWAY W/ MOTORHEAD'S "ACE OF SPADES" THAT GOT MY ATTENTION.  THEY DID SOME 70'S DISCO/GROOVE MUSIC WHICH I TOTALLY LOVED "IT'S A LOVE THING".  THEY ROCKED THE SHOW IN THE OPENING SLOT TO A PACKED HOUSE FULL OF NUGENT FANS.

I SPOKE TO MONROE AFTER THE SHOW & SAID HE KILLED IT W/ THE MOTORHEAD SONG, HE SAID LEMMY LOVED HIS VERSION.  THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.  I MISS LEMMY & MOTORHEAD  RIP.  THEY WERE A PERFECT OPENER FOR TED NUGENT.

RICK MONROE & THE HITMEN ARE:  RICK MONROE (VOCALS/GUITAR), BOBBY PERKINS (GUITAR/VOCALS), ALAN BEELER (BASS/VOCALS) & JASON BOHL (DRUMS).  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RICK MONROE & THE HITMEN PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.RICKMONROE.COM PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16442816

THE NUGE STORMED ONTO THE SET FULL OF PISS & VINEGAR.  HE GETS HIS MUSIC & MESSAGE ACROSS TO THE AUDIENCE WHILE AIMING HIS BOW HIGH.  A FELLOW SAGITTARIUS WHO VIBES HIGH, SPEAKS TRUTH & HAS A SHINING SPIRIT.  STARTING OFF THE SHOW W/ THE CLASSIC  "STRANGLEHOLD", & LEADING US THROUGH "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" OFF HIS LATEST CD "DETROIT MUSCLE".  TED NUGENT IS PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN & SO ARE WE.  IF UNCLE TED IS ON OUR SIDE WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.  CONTINUING ON W/ MORE CLASSICS & NEW SONGS "GONZO/KLSTRPHNKY",  "SNAKE SKINNED COWBOYS", "PARALYZED", "STORMTROOPIN'" ARE COMING GET READY!  I AM FOR SURE! GREG SMITH ON THE VOCALS FOR THAT SONG, "FREE FOR ALL", "QUEEN OF THE FOREST", "COME & TAKE IT" WHICH TURNED INTO "FUCK JOE BIDEN" I LOVED IT!  "AMERICAN CAMPFIRE" ANTOHER 2 OFF "DETROIT MUSCLE", "MY GIRL/HEY BABY" W/ SMITH ON VOCALS, "GOOD FRIENDS & A BOTTLE OF WINE", "WANG DANG SWEET POOTANG", "FRED BEAR", "CAT SCRATCH FEVER" & "GREAT WHITE BUFFALO" ROCKED EVERYONE IN THE SEATS.

SUPPORTING THE LATEST ALBUM "DETROIT MUSCLE" WE HEARD 3 SONGS FROM THAT ALBUM & THEY ARE SUPER COOL!  I LOVE "COME & TAKE IT".  IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE NUGENT & KID ROCK PERFORMING THEIR LATEST SONGS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT "COME & TAKE IT' & "WE THE PEOPLE" THAT WOULD BE A BADASS SHOW!

THE NUGE'S VOCALS & GUITAR SOLOS WERE SPOT ON & AT 73 HE SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS 33 & ROCKED THE FUCK OUT OF US, IT WAS SUCH A GREAT SHOW!

NUGENT INTRODUCED HIS WIFE SHEMANE THEY ARE CELEBRATING 33 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS.  GOOD FOR THEM.  NUGENT TOLD ME HE WAS SURROUNDED BY HIGH VIBING SUPPORTIVE LOVING PEOPLE & SHE IS THE APPLE OF HIS EYE.

TED NUGENT'S BAND CONSISTS OF:  TED NUGENT (VOCALS/GUITARS), GREG SMITH (BASS/VOCALS) & JASON HARTLESS (DRUMS).

NUGENT DOES RANT ABOUT POLITICS & OTHER THINGS, HE HAS THE RIGHT TO HIS OPINION, I THINK THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE TOLD & EYES NEED TO BE OPEN, BUT MANY DO NOT SHARE THIS OPINION.  REGARDLESS, I HAVE SEEN MANY TED NUGENT CONCERTS SINCE 1987 & WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIS MUSIC.

FOR MORE INFO ON TED NUGENT PLEASE VISIT WWW.TEDNUGENT.COM
THANK YOU TED FOR A GREAT SHOW, THANK YOU KATIE, TAYLOR & VICTORIA FOR MAKING THIS ALL HAPPEN.
PHOTOS:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16443318
INTERVIEW W/ TED NUGENT: https://lbmetal.yolasite.com/interviews.php 


Ted Nugent Releases New Album ‘Detroit Muscle’ and Video “Born in the Motor City”

 

 

 

Motor City Madman Ted Nugent returns with his brand-new album Detroit Muscle. This latest release from Nugent features 11 tracks of pure rock ‘n’ roll, 10 of which are written by Nugent, plus a soul-stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed as only he can.

 

Listen to Detroit Muscle on streaming platforms everywhere: https://orcd.co/tednugent

Detroit Muscle is also available on traditional formats from Pavement Entertainment: https://www.pavementmusic.com/campaign/ted-nugent/

 

Nugent says, “Born in the mighty Motor City in 1948, I was engulfed in authoritative dynamic grinding musicality that imprinted on my very soul, and this record maximizes the accumulation and lifetime celebration of that energy. Propelled by the animal grooves of rhythmgodz Greg Smith and Jason Hartless, my guitar remains fully erect every time I fondle her! I have never had so much fun celebrating Chuck Berry's vision!”

 

In conjunction with the release of the new album, Nugent also debuts the video for “Born in the Motor City,” track 3 on Detroit Muscle. The song is an homage to his beloved hometown, featuring iconic visuals set to Ted’s power soundtrack.

 

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Lnuwp4EVx4g

 

TED NUGENT BORN IN THE MOTORCITY LYRIC VIDEO

 

Join Nugent live for his record release show Friday, April 29 in Panama City Beach, FL, at Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally at Frank Brown Park. Doors open at 4:30 PM. For ticket information, check out: https://tour.tednugent.com/

 

For all things Nuge, visit www.tednugent.com

 

Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,750 high-octane concerts, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Cranking out hits like “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Great White Buffalo,” “Free for All,” “Fred Bear” and the iconic “Stranglehold,” he has garnered international acclaim. 

 

 

Detroit Muscle track list:

 

1. Detroit Muscle

2. Come and Take It

3. Born in the Motor City

4. American Campfire

5. Drivin’ Blind

6. Just Leave Me Alone

7. Alaska

8. WinterSpring SummerFall

9. Leave the Lights On

10. Feedback GrindFire

11. Starspangled Banner

 

See Ted Nugent live this summer on the Detroit Muscle 2022 Tour. Dates listed below:

 

7/15 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall

7/16 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre

7/17 – Fort Myers, FL – Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall

7/19 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live

7/22 – Waukesha, WI – Waukesha County Fair

7/23 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre

7/24 – St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre

7/25 – Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theatre

7/27 – Ardmore, OK – Heritage Hall

7/28 – Tulsa, OK – Skyline Event Center at Osage Casino

7/29 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas

7/30 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

7/31 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen Music Hall

 

8/2 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall

8/4 – Albert Lea, MN – Freeborn County Fair

8/5 – Wichita, KS – Kansas Star Casino (Arena)

8/6 – Kansas City, MO – Star Pavilion at Ameristar Casino

8/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theatre

8/10 – Owensboro, KY – River Park Center

8/11 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center

8/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live

8/13 – Detroit (Sterling Heights), MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

8/14 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theatre

8/15 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theatre

8/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre

8/18 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak

8/19 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount

8/20 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

8/21 – Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center

8/23 – Lexington, MI – Lexington Village Theatre

8/25 – Memphis, TN – Soundstage at Graceland

8/26 – Forney, TX – Spellman Amphitheater

8/27 – Fredericksburg, TX – Backyard Amphitheater

 

 

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STRYPER

NANCY & DAVID BILHEIMER CAPITOL THEATRE

CLEARWATER, FL

5/23/2022


FIRST TIME AT THIS BEAUTIFUL THEATER & AGAIN I FELT REALLY WELCOME, ALSO MY FIRST TIME SHOOTING STRYPER.

STRYPER (ORIGINAL MEMBERS MICHAEL SWEET ON VOCALS/GUITARS, ROBERT SWEET ON DRUMS, OZ FOX ON GUITAR & NEWEST MEMEBER TERRY RICHARDSON ON BASS) PERFORMED A 90 MINUTE SET W/ NO OPENERS SO IT WAS AN EVENING WITH STRYPER.

THE THEATER IS AN INTIMATE 750 SEATED VENUE IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER WHICH INCLUDED A BALCONY.

THE GUESTS WERE SPORTING STRYPER T-SHIRTS, THE MERCH LINE WAS EXTREMELY LONG & I EVEN SAW SOMEONE (I THINK IT WAS CHRIS JERICHO) IN A BLOODGOOD SHIRT!  WHO OWNS A BLOODGOOD SHIRT?  WHO KNOWS WHO THEY ARE?  REGARDLESS THE FANS WERE THERE TO SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC, METAL, CLASSIC METAL & CHRISTIAN METAL.  I EVEN RAN INTO QUEENSRYCHE'S TODD LA TORRE & WAS HOPING HE WOULD JOING STRYPER ON STAGE, BUT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN, IT WAS COOL THEY (LA TORRE & JERICHO) WERE THERE SUPPORTING.

LAST TIME I SAW STRYPER WAS IN W. HOLLYWOOD AT THE WHISKY A GO-GO ON HALLOWEEN 2019 I THINK IT WAS, THEY WERE GREAT THEN & TONIGHT THEY WERE EXTREMELY HAPPY TO BE PERFORMING THEIR MUSIC ON THE  "CALLING ON YOU TOUR".  SONGS RANGING FROM STRYPER'S BEGINNING IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA IN 1983 THROUGH THEIR LATEST ALBUM "EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES" RELEASED IN 2020 & EVERYONE IN THE BUILDING WAS EXCITED & SALUTED THEM W/ WARMTH & WERE EAGER TO HEAR THE NEXT SONG. 

I LOVED HEARING THE STORIES MICHAEL SWEET TOLD BETWEEN SONGS & TO FIND OUT ROBERT SWEET IS A PANTERA FAN WAS MIND BLOWING & SUPER COOL.  MICHAEL SWEET HIT THOSE HIGH NOTES LIKE IT WAS 1986!  STRYPER WAS ON FIRE!  THE AUDIENCE WERE ON THEIR FEET SINGING ALONG & WAITING IN ANTICIPATION FOR THE NEXT SONG OLD OR NEW.  I THOUGHT THE MIX OF SONGS WERE SPOT ON & LEFT THE SHOW SATISFIED THAT ALMOST ALL MY SONG REQUESTS WERE MET (I DID NOT HEAR "FIRST LOVE").  ROBERT SWEET'S TIMING ON THE DRUMS WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE, BEING A DRUMMER IS NOT ALWAYS EASY & AS TIME ROLLS ON IT'S EVEN HARDER TO KEEP THE BEAT FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS!  OZ FOX'S GUITAR SOLOS WERE HOT!  TERRY RICHARDSON BROUGHT THE MUSIC TOGETHER W/ HIS BASS RIFFS.

THE SET LIST:  "IN GOD WE TRUST" FROM 1988'S IN GOD WE TRUST ALBUM, "REVELATION" FROM 2013'S NO MORE HELL TO PAY ALBUM, "THE ROCK THAT MAKES ME ROLL" FROM 1985'S SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND ALBUM, "LOVING YOU" FROM THE 1986'S YELLOW & BLACK ATTACK, "MORE THAN A MAN" FROM 1986'S TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL ALBUM,  "SURRENDER" ALSO FROM SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND,  "CALLING ON YOU",  A FAN FAVORITE & THE SONG THAT GOT THEM ON MTV & UP THE CHARTS, "FREE" BOTH FROM TO HELL W/ THE DEVIL, "SORRY", FROM 2018'S GOD DAMN EVIL, ANOTHER FAN FAVORITE "HONESTLY" FROM TO HELL W/ THE DEVIL, "ALL FOR ONE" FROM 1990'S AGAINST THE LAW, "ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU"  ALSO FROM IN GOD WE TRUST ALBUM, "DIVIDER" FROM 2020'S EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES ALBUM, "THIS I PRAY" ALSO FROM EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES, "THE WAY' FROM TO HELL W/ THE DEVIL, "THE VALLEY", FROM GOD DAMN EVIL ALBUM,  "YAHWEH" FROM 2015'S FALLEN ALBUM, ENCORE CONSISTED OF "SOLDIERS UNDER  COMMAND" & MY ALL TIME FAVORITE STRYPER SONG "TO HELL W/ THE DEVIL" FINISHED OFF THE SET.

STRYPER HAS BEEN A FORCE TO BE RECKONED W/ BLESSED FROM THE HEAVENS, THEY ARE HERE, HAVE BEEN HERE & ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN STRYPER BEFORE PLEASE DO BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID, THEY ARE EXTREMELY TALENTED & THEIR SONGS DO DELIVER A MESSAGE.  IN THIS BIZARRE WORLD LET'S COME TOEGETHER & ROCK OUT TO OUR FAVORITE MUSIC PLAYED BY OUR FAVORITE BANDS.

PEACE.

PHOTOS ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16430217


THANK YOU TO  ALL THE STAFF AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE FOR BEING SO KIND,  KATIE, TAYLOR & ELLENA FOR MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN.


DRAGONFORCE

FIREWIND

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

SEVEN SPIRES

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

4/12/22


I LIKE SEEING SHOWS AT THE ORPHEUM, IT'S SO CLOSE TO US & EVERYTIME WE GO WE HAVE A GREAT TIME.

THE VENUE WAS PACKED W/ DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE FOR  VARIETAL REASONS.

SEVEN SPIRES OPENED THE SHOW W/ THEIR VERSION OF OPERETTIC/PROG METAL.  I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THEM BUT THEY KICKED MAJOR ASS & THE AUDIENCE CONSUMED THEIR PRESENCE W/ MUCH ENTHUSIASM.  HAILING FROM MY ORIGINAL NECK OF THE WOODS- BOSTON, MA; ADRIENNE COWAN-VOCALS/ORCHESTRATION, JACK KOSTO- GUITARS, PETER DE REYNA -ELECTRIC & UPRIGHT BASS & CHRIS DOWNS- DRUMS COMBINED THEIR MUSICIALITY WHICH HARMONIZED & UPLIFTED US W/ INSPIRATION.  THEIR SET LIST CONTAINED SONGS LIKE "GOD OF DEBAUCHERY", "OCEANS OF TIME", "LIGHTBRINGER", "SUCCUMB",  "DROWNER OF WORLDS" & "DARE TO LIVE".

ANOTHER BAND I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF VISIONS OF ATLANTIS FROM AUSTRIA GRACED THE STAGE IN THEIR PIRATE ATTIRE & ATTITUDE.  VOCALISTS CLEMENTINE DELAUNEY & MICHAEL GUAITOLI PERFORM A LIVE LOVE SAGA W/ PASSION & DETERMINATION.  PROVIDING THE MUSICAL BACKGROUND TO THE LOVE STORY ARE CHRISTIAN DOUSCHA ON GUITAR, THOMAS CASER ON DRUMS & HERBERT GLOS ON BASS.  I COULD SEE & FEEL THE PASSION BETWEEN DELAUNEY & GUAITOLI WHICH THEY PORTRAYED THROUGH THEIR STAGE PRESENCE.

FIREWIND ROLLED UP W/ CONFIDENT STAGGER & TOOK CONTROL W/ THEIR GRECIAN STYLE POWER METAL W/ GUS G ON GUITARS, PETROS CHRISTODOULIDIS ON BASS,  JOHAN NUNEZ ON DRUMS & HERBIE LANGHANS ON VOCALS,   I HAVE SEEN FIREWIND A FEW TIMES & TONIGHT THEY WERE KILLING IT!  GUS WAS SHREDDING LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW.  I LOVED THEIR VERSION OF MICHAEL SAMBELLO'S "MANIAC" FROM  FLASHDANCE.  THAT SONG & MOVIE ARE MEMORABLE, I LOVED THAT MOVIE & THEIR VERSION HAD ME DANCING LIKE A "MANIAC".

THE MOMENT MOST OF US WERE WAITING FOR, AFTER ALL THE AMAZING TALENT WE ENCOUNTERED WE WERE ABOUT TO TAKE OUR FINAL JOURNEY OF POWER METAL FOR THE NIGHT.  THE STAGE WAS SET FOR VIDEO GAMES.  IT WAS THE SAME STAGE THEY HAD WHEN I SAW THEM ON 3/6/2020 RIGHT BEFORE ALL THE SHIT HIT THE FAN, THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM IN OVER 2 YEARS & IT WAS WELL WORTH IT.  DRAGONFORCE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS OF MINE FOR A WHILE & ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN MANY, MANY, MANY LINE-UP CHANGES THE GUITAR DUO OF HERMAN LI & SAM TOTMAN HAVE REMAINED THE DRIVING FORCE THAT IS DRAGONFORCE.

EVER SINCE DF RELEASED THEIR SONG  "THROUGHT THE FIRE & THE FLAMES" ON GUITAR HERO III IN 2005 THE BAND HIT THE MAINSTREAM & HAVE JOURNEYED ON THROUGHOUT THE VIDEO GAME REALM & THAT IS WHO THEIR AUDIENCE IS TARGETED AT.  A FRIEND OF MINE SAID THERE WERE A BUNCH OF "RANDOS" AT THE SHOW, MEANING NOT METAL FANS BUT VIDEO GAME FANATICS & I PERSONALLY THOUGHT THERE WAS AN ECLECTIC MIX OF FANS RANGING ON THE NERDSCOPE TO DIE-HARD METAL FANS.  MUSIC BRINGS US ALL TOGETHER.

CURRENT LINE-UP:  HERMAN LI & SAM TOTMAN ON GUITARS, MARC HUDSON ON VOCALS, ALICIA VIGIL ON BASS (I WOULD LOVE TO INTERVIEW HER), GEE ANZALONE ON DRUMS.

DF HIT THE STAGE W/ A BLAST & WAS AMASSED IN CONFETTI FOR MUCH OF THEIR 90 MINUTE SET.  STANDING ON TOP OF HUGE RETRO SYTLEVIDEO GAMES TOTMAN & LI WERE SHREDDING OUT SONG AFTER SONG.  "HIGHWAY TO OBLIVION", 'FURY OF THE STORM" ALWAYS A FAN FAVORITE, "THE LAST DRAGON BORN", "HEART DEMOLITION", "DRACULAS' CASTLE/FIGHT ON", TOTMAN DONNED OVERALLS, A STRAW HAT & A BANJO & ALL DANCED AROUND THE STAGE WHICH WAS QUITE ENTERTAINING & GOOFY BUT I DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING LESS FROM TOTMAN, "BLACK FIRE", "CRY THUNDER", "REMEMBRANCE DAY", "VALLEY OF THE DAMNED", CELINE DION COVER "MY HEART WILL GO ON" WAS NOT ANYTHING LIKE DION, IT TOOK ME A MINUTE TO RECOGNIZE IT & LAST BUT NOT LEAST "THROUGH THE FIRE & THE FLAMES".  HUDSON CROWD SURFED INTO THE AUDIENCE, LI, TOTMAN & VIGIL WERE PERFORMING ON THE BAR, THE WHOLE SHOW WAS FUN & EXCITING.  I LOVE THESE GUYS EVER SINCE I MET THEM AT OZZFEST IN 2008 THEY HAVE BEEN PRETTY FUCKIN' COOL.  I DO MISS "MY SPIRIT WILL GO ON" I FEEL THEY HAVE NOT PLAYED THAT IN A VERY LONG TIME.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVEN SPIRES:  WWW.SEVENSPIRESBAND.COM

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS;  WWW.VISIONSOFATLANTIS.AT

FIREWIND:  WWW.FIREWIND.GR

DRAGONFORCE:  WWW.DRAGONFORCE.COM

THANK YOU LIZ!

SEPULTURA

CROWBAR

ART OF SHOCK

THE ORPHEUM

TAMPA, FL

3/26/2022

TAMPA IS TURNING OUT TO BE A METAL MECCA & I AM SO EXCITED TO BE A PART OF IT.  THE ORPHEUM IS 10 MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!
I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL OVERNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE, I AM OK, TURNS OUT I HAVE MIGRAINES BUT I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A STROKE.  FROM THE ER TO THE PIT WAS THE JOKE OF THE NIGHT.
OPENING THE SHOW WAS A BAND FROM L.A., CA ART OF SHOCK.  THEY ARE NEW AGE THRASH, I THOUGHT I WAS WATCHING A YOUNG VERSION OF METALLICA.  THEY WERE DYNAMIC & FULL OF ENERGY, THE CROWD WAS DIGGING THEM HARD!  I TALKED TO A FEW OF THE GUYS & THEY WERE SO EXCITED TO BE ON THIS TOUR.
THEIR 40 MINUTE SET WAS HOT!  "DARK ANGELES", "DEATH STAYS SILENT", "EXECUTION SONG", "I CAST A SHADOW", "FINAL STRIKE", "DEATH MARCH", "BAD INTENTIONS" & "DECLARATION OF WAR".
ART OF SHOCK ARE:  ARTURO & ADRIAN GEEZAR (VOCALS & DRUMS), NICK ERTEL (GUITARS) & NICK ERTEL (BASS).  CHECK THEM OUT AT WWW.ARTOFSHOCK.COM  I WISH THEM WELL.
I WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE PHOTO PIT (W/O A PHOTO PASS, MINOR SCREW UP BUT SECURITY WAS COOL) WHICH I THOUGHT WAS STRANGE, THEN AGAIN THIS IS NOT L.A. THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE HERE.  THE VENUE WAS PRETTY FULL.  NEXT UP WERE CROWBAR.
CROWBAR IS:  KIRK WINDSTEIN (VOCALS/GUITAR), TOMMY BUCKLEY (DRUMS), MATT BRUNSON (GUITARS) & SHANE WESLEY (BASS).
I HAVE SEEN CROWBAR A FEW TIMES & THEY WERE FREAKIN' OSSUM!  CROWBAR HAIL FROM NEW ORLEANS WHICH IS NOT FAR FROM HERE.  GRACING THE AUDIENCE W/ THEIR GRUDGE/SLUDGE/DOOMY STYLE METAL TO ALL.  PERFORMING THEIR COLLECTION OF MUSIC THAT RANGES FROM 1990-TODAY, THAT'S A LOT OF SETLIST!  "HIGH ROLE EXTINCTION", "NEW DAWN", "BLEEDING FROM EVERY HOLE", "I AM FOREVER", "CONQUERING", "I FEEL THE BURNING SUN", "CHEMICAL GODS", "TO BUILD A MOUNTAIN", "THE CEMETARY ANGELS", "LIKE BROKEN GLASS", "ALL I HAD (I GAVE)" & "PLANETS COLLIDE".  
GREAT SET, GREAT VIBE & I GOT A HUG FROM KIRK WINDSTEIN, IT WAS A GREAT SHOW.  PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/
I WAS THE LAST TO KNOW THAT SACRED REICH WAS NOT PERFORMING DUE TO ILLNESS, I WAS CONFUSED WHEN SEPULTURA'S EQUIPMENT STARTING COMING ON STAGE, BUT WAS EXCITED ALL THE SAME.  I TRY TO CATCH SEPULTURA EVERY TIME THEY COME AROUND.  THE LAST SHOW I ATTENDED WAS AT HOUSE OF BLUES IN ANAHEIM, CA (THE DAY I GOT WRITTEN UP, YES I USED TO WORK THERE, HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK) A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I INTERVIEWED VOCALIST DERRICK GREEN.  YOU CAN WATCH IT ON THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://youtu.be/w0q1p3GgQcAollide
LAST BUT NOT LEAST WAS THE MIGHTY SEPULTURA, DERRICK GREEN (VOCALS), ANDREAS KISSER (GUITARS), PAOLO JR (BASS) & ELOY CASAGRANDE (DRUMS) CAME OUT SCREAMING!  PEFORMING BOTH CLASSIC & NEW SONGS THAT CHURNED UP THE PITS.  "ISOLATION", "TERRITORY", "CAPITAL ENSLAVEMENT", "MEANS TO AN END", "LAST TIME", "KAIROS", "PROPAGANDA", "GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH", "THE PENTAGRAM", :MACHINE MESSIAH", "INFECTED VOICE", "CONVICTED IN LIFE", "AGONY OF DEFEAT", "REFUSE/RESIST" I MISSED DERRICK PLAYING DRUMS THIS TIME AROUND, THE STAGE IS PRETTY SMALL HERE. 'ARISE" & THE ENCORE:  "RATAMAHATTA", "ROOTS BLOODY ROOTS" OF COURSE ENDED THEIR 90 MINUTE SET.
WHAT A BRUTUAL SHOW!  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEPULTURA VISIT:  WWW.SEPULTURA.BR
THANK YOU TO ALL THE BANDS WHO PERFORMED AS WELL AS ROBIN & LIZ FOR TAKING CARE OF ME.  MY FRIENDS HAD A GREAT TIME AS WELL,

FOREIGNER

3/14/2022

RUTH ECKERD HALL

CLEARWATER, FL

KELLY HANSEN (VOCALS), JEFF PILSON (BASS/KEYS/BACKGROUND VOCALS), MICHAEL BLUESTEIN (KEYS), BRUCE WATSON (GUITARS), CHRIS FRAZIER (DRUMS) & LUIS MALDANADO (GUITARS) ROCKED THE RUTH ECKERD HALL IN CLEARWATER, FL .  FANS OLD & NEW/YOUNG  WERE STOKED TO SEE THESE GENTLEMEN PERFORM TOGETHER AS FOREIGNER.

ROCKING US ALL WITH CLASSIC HITS :  "DOUBLE VISION", "HEAD GAMES", "COLD AS ICE", "WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU", "BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY", "DIRTY WHITE BOY", "FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME", "URGENT",  CLASSIC KEYBOARD & DRUM SOLO, MY FAVORITE FOREIGNER SONG "JUKEBOX HERO" WITH STARS IN MY EYES. ENCORE:  "LONG, LONG WAY FROM HOME", "I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS" LOVED HANSON'S BANTER DURING THIS SONG...IT'S NOT YOU & ME, IT'S WE!  "HOT BLOODED" CLOSED THE SHOW WITH THE AUDIENCE ON IT'S FEET.

I HAVE SEEN THIS VERSION OF FOREIGNER A FEW TIMES, THIS IS MY FIRST REVIEW, BUT THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT & EVEN IF THE SKEPTICS ARE UPSET THAT THERE ARE NO ORIGINAL MEMBERS IN CURRENT ROTATION, THE LATEST MEMEBERS MAKE THE ORIGINALS PROUD.  WE DO GET SPECIAL APPEARANCES FROM THE ORIGINAL BANDMATES FROM TIME TO TIME.  THE LAST TIME I SAW THEM I GOT TO SEE ORIGINAL MEMBERS DO A SET AFTER THE NEWEST MEMBERS DID THEIRS & THEN THE STAGE WAS FULL OF FOREIGNERS.  IT WAS SUCH A GREAT TIME, I HIGHLY SUGGEST SEEING ANY/ALL VERSIONS OF FOREIGNER.  IF YOU ARE IN THE TAMPA/ST. PETERSBERG/CLEARWATER AREA & HAVE NOT CHECKED OUT RUTH ECKERD HALL I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT.

MY FIRST TIME TO THIS VENUE & I WAS GREETED WITH OPEN ARMS.  I WAS SHOWN AROUND THE BUILDING & INTRODUCED TO FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS, I HAVE NEVER HAD THAT HAPPEN BEFORE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.FOREIGNERONLINE.COM
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  WWW.LBMETAL.COM

THANK YOU JOHN & KATIE.


WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

DAYTONA BEACH, FL
11/10-14/21

WOW!  IF I COULD ONLY LEAVE IT AT THAT!  THIS WAS THE ABSOLUTELY BEST ADVENTURE I HAVE DONE IN A LONG WHILE.  
LET'S START W/ THE JOURNEY.  I DROVE BY MYSELF ACROSS COUNTRY TO GET TO DAYTONA BEACH, FL.  THE PEOPLE I MET AS WELL AS THE EXPERIENCES ALONG THE WAY WERE NOT ONLY ADVENTUROUS BUT SPIRITUAL.  GREAT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SO MANY TOPICS W/ COMPLETE STRANGERS ON MY WAY TO A BIG ROCK N ROLL FESTIVAL IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED IN THESE TIMES.
FROM LONG BEACH, CA TO TUSCON, AZ, LAS CRUSES, NM, KERRVILLE, TX, BATON ROUGE, LA, PENSACOLA, FL & THEN FINALLY DAYTONA BEACH, FL.  I GOT TO CHECK OFF SOME STATES I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ON THIS TREK ACROSS THE BEAUTIFUL U.S.
I BOUGHT THE EARLY CAMPING & AM SO GLAD I DID.  I WAS 3RD CAR IN, ON MY WAY IN A GUY LOVED MY LICENSE PLATE & GAVE ME AN ENVELOPE, I ASKED, "WHAT IS THIS?"  HE SAID, "TICKETS" & WALKED AWAY.  I LOOKED INSIDE & THERE WERE 3 GA WEEKEND PASSES INSIDE. THANK YOU TO WAYNE SUTTON FOR THE TICKETS I COULDN'T GIVE AWAY, BUT AM SO GRATEFUL FOR.  I KNEW I WAS ALREADY IN THE RIGHT PLACE.  I WENT THROUGH THE SECURITY CHECK, THE WOMAN WHO SEARCHED MY VEHICLE LOOKED AT THE CHAOS THAT WAS MY ALL MY CRAP STUFFED INTO MY CAR, LOOKED INTO A FEW THINGS, FELT OVERWHELMED & ASKED, "IS THERE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR THAT WILL HURT ANYONE?" I SAID, "ABSOLUTELY NOT", SHE SAID, "HAVE A GREAT TIME".  OFF I WENT TO MY SPOT THAT WOULD BE MY HOME FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS.
THE REASON I DROVE IS BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH CAMPING STUFF THAT WON'T FIT ON THE PLANE & I GET SICK WEARING MASKS SO PLANES ARE OUT.
I STARTED SETTING UP MY HUGE 10 PERSON TENT, I THOUGHT 3 PEOPLE WERE GOING TO JOIN ME BUT ALAS THEY ALL FLAKED OUT SO I HAD THE WHOLE PLACE TO MYSELF.  ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS HELPED ME W/ THE TENT, ANOTHER HELPED W/ THE EZ UP, I HELPED OUT THE GUYS NEXT TO ME & WE ALL BECAME 1 BIG CAMPING ROCKVILLIAN FAMILY.  THAT WAS MY POSSE FOR THE WHOLE EVENT.  THE GUYS NEXT TO ME ARE IN A BAND WHO WAS PLAYING ON THE TWITCH STAGE AFTER SLIPKNOT'S SHOW WAS DONE.  MORE LATER.
11/10 WAS THE FIRST NIGHT OF THIS AMAZING EVENT.  MY NEW POSSE & I HEADED TO THE STAGE TO SEE A FEW BANDS, MIND YOU WE WERE PRETTY LIT WHEN WE GOT THERE & I AM NOT SURE WHO WE SAW.  IT WAS AN EXTREMELY LONG DAY FOR ME AS I LEFT PENSACOLA, FL AT 3AM TO GET TO DAYTONA BY 10AM.  WE WATCHED THE ONE BAND AROUND 10PM & THEN WENT BACK TO THE CAMPGROUND.  MY NEIGHBORS & I TALKED/DRANK TIL DAWN.  I AM SAD I MISSED AFTER LIFE.
11/11 WAS MORE OF A PRODUCTIVE BUSINESS DAY, WE SAW SPIRITBOX WHICH IS BASICALLY EVANESCENCE WANNA BE, NOT MY THING & I REALLY CAN'T GET OVER HER WARDROBE, WHAT IS W/ THE JUMPSUITS?  3 BANDS WERE WEARING THEM & I JUST CAN'T.  SPIRITBOX WERE BORING & I AM NOT A FAN OF EVASUCKANCE EITHER.  WE WATCHED FOR A LITTLE WHILE TRYING TO SEE WHAT THE APPEAL WAS & THEN MOVED ON.  THERE WERE 4 STAGES W/ MANY BANDS PLAYING AT THE SAME TIME SO WE TRIED OUR BEST TO CATCH AS MANY AS WE COULD. I FEEL 3 SONGS IS A GREAT EFFORT IF POSSIBLE.
WE WERE AT THE CAMPGROUND EATING LUNCH, WE COULD HEAR SOME OF THE BANDS, MOSTLY THE ONES THAT PLAYED AT NOON WHEN NO OTHER BANDS WERE PLAYING & I HEARD BRASS AGAINST PLAYING RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE SONGS & OF COURSE THE INFAMOUS PEE THEATRICS.  ALTHOUGH I DID NOT SEE IT, I DID HEAR IT ALL FROM THE CAMPGROUND.  THERE ARE VIDEOS OUT THERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VIEWING.
NEXT WE WENT TO SEE BLAME MY YOUTH, THEY WERE MUCH MORE FUN/PUNK/UP BEAT ON THE SAME ENERGY AS THE RAMONES.  WE ONLY CAUGHT 1 SONG BUT IT WAS ENTERTAINING.
A DAY TO REMEMBER WAS THE BAND EVERYONE WAS BUZZING ABOUT, WE WENT TO CHECK THEM OUT AS I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF EVER SEEING THEM. THEY WERE OK, MOSTLY EMO, THE CROWD LOVED THEM & IT WAS PRETTY FULL FOR THEIR SHOW. 
AS THE NIGHT PROGRESSED THE MORE POPULAR BANDS WERE MAKING THEIR APPEARANCES.  NEXT WAS CYPRESS HILL, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE SEEN THEM MULTIPLE TIMES THEY NEVER CEASE TO DELIVER.  THEY STARTED OUT W/ THE SONG I WAS SINGING ALL DAY IN ANTICIPATION FOR THE SHOW.  "WE AIN'T GOING OUT LIKE THAT", "WHEN THE SHIT GOES DOWN", "A TO THE K", "HAND ON THE PUMP", "SHOOT 'EM UP", "PIGS PLAY", "LATIN LINGO", "LATIN THUGS", "DJ LORD & ERIC BOBO JAM", "ROLL IT UP, LIGHT IT UP, SMOKE IT UP/I WANNA GET HIGH/CISCO KID/DR. GREENTHUMB/HITS FROM THE BONG", "HOW I COULD JUST KILL A MAN", "(ROCK) SUPERSTAR", "INSANE IN THE BRAIN" & "JUMP AROUND".  WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW, EVERYONE LIT UP, DANCED & GOT ALONG IN PEACE & COMMUNITY.  THAT WAS THE VIBE FOR THE WHOLE FESTIVAL.
WE THEN RUSHED OVER TO SEE SLIPKNOT.  NOW I AM NOT A FAN OF SLIPKNOT BUT SEEM TO BE AT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR SHOWS.  I DO NOT GET THEM AT ALL, THEIR ATTIRE, MESSAGE, MUSIC, I JUST STAND THERE & LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE AROUND ME WHO DO GET IT & LOVE THEM.  HEY, THAT'S OK IT'S EXCITING TO WATCH THE CROWD'S PASSION & ENJOYMENT.  "UNSAINTED", "DISASTERPIECE", "BEFORE I FORGET", "THE HERETIC ANTHEM", "PSYCHOSOCIAL", NEW SONG WHICH I ACTUALLY ENJOYED & THEIR 2ND TIME PERFORMING IT "THE CHAPELTOWN RAG", "WAIT & BLEED", "VERMILLION", "ALL OUT LIFE", A SONG I ACTUALLY KNOW & LIKE "DUALITY", "SPIT IT OUT", ENCORE:  "515", "PEOPLE=SHIT", "SURFACING" & "'TIL WE DIE".  HAPPY CAMPERS TO ALL TO SAY THE LEAST.
EVERYONE STARTED TO LEAVE & I SAID WAIT THERE ARE 2 MORE BANDS ON THE TWITCH STAGE, PEEPS LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS INSANE, THAT MAY BE TRUE, BUT I SPEAK THE TRUTH, SO WE WENT OVER TO SEE MY NEIGHBORS REVISION REVISED FROM SOUTHERN OHIO.  THEY WERE FULL OF ENERGY AT 11:45PM & ROCKED THE SMALL PIT OF DIE-HARDS STILL WANTING MORE METAL, MORE MUSIC.

11/12  WHIT3 COLLR STARTED OUR DAY, A FEW KIDS FROM SOUTHERN CA MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE ROCK N ROLL WORLD.  THEY SOUNDED LIKE GLAMMY/VAN HALEN BUT THE JUMPSUIT, COME ON!  KIDS PLEASE NO!  I SEE POTENTIAL IN THESE GUYS.
I HAD SOME TIME TO WALK AROUND THE FESTIVAL & CAME APON A GUY RIDING A MECHANICAL SHARK, LARGE BEER PONG, TOOK PICS OF THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS.  HOW COOL IS IT TO BE ON THE DAYTONA SPEEDWAY RACETRACK?  I WAS NOT OFFERED A PHOTO PASS, SO ALL THE PHOTOS I TOOK WERE ON THE CELL PHONE, THEY WILL BE POSTED ON THE PHOTOS PAGE SOON IF THEY ARE NOT THERE ALREADY.  WE SAW SOME BLOW UP DOLLS ON THE AUSTIN MEADE STAGE WHILE WE WERE PASSING BY.   
BUTCHER BABIES STOLE THE SHOW, I MADE A NEW FAN & HE WAS IMPRESSED ON HOW CLOSE WE WERE TO THE STAGE.  I LOVE THEM, CARLA & HEIDI ARE SO OSSUM!  THEY SING, THEY SCREAM, THEY GROWL, THEY DANCE, THEY JUMP, THEY ROCK!  "I SMELL A MASSACRE", "THE MIRROR NEVER LIES", "MONSTERS BALL", "IT'S KILLIN' TIME, BABY!", "YORKTOWN", "THE DEATHSURROUND" & MY FAVORITE COVER "THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY (NAPOLEON XIV COVER)" REMINDS ME OF DR. DIMENTO RADIO SHOW IN THE 80'S ON SUNDAY NIGHT, THEY PLAYED ALL KINDS OF WEIRD SONGS.
WE CAUGHT A LITTLE OF PENNYWISE ON THE STAGE WHILE WE WERE WALKING AROUND, NOT SURE WHAT WE WERE DOING LMAO.  I REMEMBER THE ANAHEIM DUCKS GOAL SONG "BRO-HYMN" AS I WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO MY NEW POSSE. 
SOCIAL DISTORTION WAS AS I REMEMBERED THEM, SAME.  "UNDER MY THUMB" (THE ROLLING STONES COVER), "I WASN'T BORN TO FOLLOW", "CALIFORNIA (HUSTLE & FLOW)", "I WAS WRONG", "SHE'S A KNOCKOUT", "NOWHERE TO RUN", "LUDE BOY", "THE WAY THINGS WERE", "STORY OF MY LIFE", "BALL & CHAIN" LOVE THAT SONG & JOHNNY CASH'S "RING OF FIRE".  FUN SHOW.
AS WE WERE HEADED TO ROB ZOMBIE WE CAUGHT A LITTLE OF CHEVELLE, THEY WERE OK, BETTER THAN I EXPECTED. 
ROB ZOMBIE WAS ROB ZOMBIE, ENERGETIC 70'S DISCO VIBE.  LOTS OF SONGS I DIDN'T KNOW & THEN WE BAILED OUT TO GET A GREAT SPOT FOR METALLICA.  "THE TRIUMPH OF KING FREAK (A CRYPT OF PRESERVATION & SUPERSTITION)", "DEAD CITY RADIO & THE NEW GODS OF SUPERTOWN", "SUPERBEAST", "LIVING DEAD GIRL", "THE ETERNAL STRUGGLES OF THE HOWLING MAN", "IN THE AGE OF THE CONSECRATED VAMPIRE WE ALL GET HIGH" & WE DID LMAO.  "WELL, EVERYBODY'S FUCKING IN A U.F.O.", "MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN", "SHADOW OF THE CEMETARY MAN", "THUNDER KISS '65" & "DRAGULA".
THE WHOLE REASON I VENTURED ON THIS TREK IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD METALLICA.  WE WERE SO CLOSE OUR ARM HAIR WAS SINGED BY THE INFERNOING PYRO.  AS "THE ECSTASY OF GOLD" STARTED MY HAIRS WERE ON END, HOW EXCITING, NOT ONLY HAVE I NOT SEEN METALLICA SINCE THE SYMPHONY IN 2019, BUT IT WAS MY 160TH SHOW!  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.  "WHIPLASH", "RIDE THE LIGHTENING", "HARVESTER OF SORROW", "CYANIDE", "THE MEMORY REMAINS", "ONE", "FRANTIC", "MOTH INTO THE FLAME" I'M STILL SINGING THIS SONG, "NO LEAF CLOVER" WHICH IS ALWAYS A TREAT/RARITY, "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS", "WHISKEY IN THE JAR", TRIED TO SEND MY SISTER A VIDEO BUT NO CELL SERVICE ALL DAY & FOR THE REST OF THE FESTIVAL, "FADE TO BLACK", "MASTER OF PUPPETS", "FIGHT FIRE W/ FIRE", "FUEL" & "SEEK & DESTROY".  WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW, THIS SET LIST KICKED ASS OVER THE UPCOMING SUNDAY SHOW & THE VIBE WAS SO OSSUM.  WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE CAME OFF THE HEELS OF ASTROWORLD WHICH WAS AN EPIC DISASTER & AN EVIL EXPERIMENT.  METAL FANS HAVE A DIFFERENT VIBE, WE COME TOGETHER IN PASSION OVER THE LOVE OF METAL, WE LOVE TALKING ABOUT IT TO OTHERS & I FOR ONE LOVE TO PASS THE TORCH & ENLIGHTEN NEWBIES IN WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN MISSING.  I DON'T THINK IT'S LIKE THAT IN OTHER MUSIC COMMUNITIES, JUST MY OPINION, AS IT SEEMS LIKE THESE RAP CONCERTS ARE SUCH A VIOLENT ATMOSPHERE.  THE NIGHT ENDED IN A LAVISH FIREWORKS DISPLAY.  THANKS METALLICA!

11/13 GWAR...NOT SURE WHO IS STILL IN THIS BAND & DEFINITELY A CHANGE OF COSTUMES, BUT HOW HILARIOUS ARE THEY?  SQUIRTING FAKE BLOOD EVERYWHERE.  I WATCHED A FEW SONGS UP FRONT & DECIDED I DIDN'T WANT MY CLOTHES RUINED.  I STILL HAVE RUINED TOWELS FROM WHEN THEY PLAYED THE KEY CLUB YEARS AGO, THAT SHIT DOES NOT COME OFF!  "THE SALAMINIZER", "THE YEARS W/O LIGHT", "HORROR OF YIG", "BLACK & HUGE", "VLAD THE IMPALER", "THE PRIVATE PAIN OF TECHNO DESTRUCTO", "THE PRIVATE PAIN OF SAWBORG DESTRUCTO", "FIGHT", "MAGGOTS" & "SICK OF YOU".  OH GWAR, THE GOOFY PUPPET SHOW OF BLOOD.
CAUGHT 1 SONG FROM ASKING ALEXANDRIA ANOTHER BAND I HAVE ONLY HEARD OF VAGUELY, THEY WERE BETTER THAN ANTICIPATED.  IT WAS NICE SEEING BANDS I HAD NEVER SEEN BUT THE SCHEDULE WAS SO HECTIC & THE WALKING WAS TIRESOME.  METALLICA KICKED MY ASS THE NIGHT BEFORE SO I WAS DRAGGING.
LAMB OF GOD NEVER DISAPPOINTS.  WHO DOESN'T WANT TO HEAR THESE VIRGINIA BOYS SCREAM ABOUT REDNECKS & HELL?  "MEMENTO MORI", "RUIN", "WALK W/ ME IN HELL", "RESURRECTION MAN", "NOW YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO DIE FOR", "CONTRACTOR", "512", "VIGIL", "LAID TO REST" & "REDNECK.  ALWAYS GREAT SEEING RANDY BLYTHE & COMPANY.
CAUGHT A SONG OR TWO OF STAIND, THEY WERE BETTER THAN I THOUGHT & I THINK I SAW THEM YEARS AGO.  
THE OFFSPRING DID THEIR SET OF KITSCHY SONGS, I FORGOT ALL ABOUT THEM & THEIR MUSIC TIL I HEARD IT, REMINDED ME OF THE STRIP CLUBS IN THE 90'S, TOOK ME BACK ON A NOSTALGIC TOUR.  "ALL I WANT", "THIS IS NOT UTOPIA", "COME OUT & PLAY", "WANT YOU BAD", "LET THE BAD TIMES ROLL", "ORIGINAL PRANKSTER", "BAD HABIT PLAY", "GOTTA GET AWAY", "GONE AWAY", "WHY DON'T YOU GET A JOB?" "(CAN'T GET MY) HEAD AROUND YOU", "PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY)" THAT'S A FUNNY SONG, FORGOT ALL ABOUT IT.  "THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT", "YOU'RE GONNA GO FAR, KID PLAY" & "SELF ESTEEM".  THEY WERE ALRIGHT.
DISTURBED WAS THE HEADLINER FOR THE NIGHT & WE WERE READY TO SCREAM FUCK & JUMP.  "ARE YOU READY", "PRAYER", "THE VENGEFUL ONE", "STUPIFY", "LIBERATE", "THE GAME", "LAND OF CONFUSION" (GENESIS COVER) THEIR COVERS ARE PRETTY AMAZING, THEY DO A GREAT JOB.  "A REASON TO FIGHT", "THE ANIMAL", "INDESTRUCTIBLE", "INSIDE THE FIRE", "THE SOUND OF SILENCE" WHICH IS NOT ONLY AN AMAZING SIMON & GARFUNKEL COVER BUT DAVID DRAIMAN MADE HIS SPEECH ABOUT PEACE, LOVE & STOP THE VIOLENCE WHICH REALLY RESONATED AMONST THE AUDIENCE, WE WERE IN UNISON ON FUCK YA!  "THE LIGHT", "STRICKEN" & "DOWN W/ THE SICKNESS" GREAT SHOW, ENERGY & VIBE AMONST ALL WHO ATTENDED.  EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT PLAY "TEN THOUSAND FISTS IN THE AIR" I SANG IT FOR 3 DAYS IN MY HEAD ANYWAY, ALL HAD OUR FISTS UP THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.
11/14 THE LAST DAY, I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE HOW FAST THIS EVENT FLEW BY.  SO MUCH FUN, TIRING, BUT FUN.  ANTHRAX WAS NEXT BRINGING CLASSIC METAL TO THE OLD & THE NEW FANS ALIKE.  "AMONG THE LIVING", "GOT THE TIME" (JOE JACKSON COVER), "CAUGHT IN A MOSH", "MADHOUSE", "FIGHT 'EM TIL YOU CAN'T", "I AM THE LAW", "ANTISOCIAL" (TRUST COVER) & "INDIANS".  JOEY BELLADONNA WAS ALL OVER THE STAGE & HE SEEMED TRULY GRATEFUL TO BE PLAYING FOR ALL OF US, WHAT A GREAT BAND & SHOW.  ANTHRAX IS A CLASS ACT, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN & I'VE BEEN TO SHOWS SINCE 1986.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD, BLESS THESE GUYS.  THE TRAGEDIES THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH & 95% OF THE BAND ARE NOW DECEASED BUT THEY STILL CARRY ON & THEY KICK ASS, THIS WAS A STRANGE PLACE FOR THEM TO BE BUT EVERYONE LOVED THEM.  METALLICA WAS LATE BECAUSE THEY WERE WATCHING THEM.  WE LEFT EARLY TO GET OUR SPOT FOR METALLICA, BUT WE COULD HEAR THEM FROM THE SPACE ZEBRA STAGE.  I'VE BEEN WATCHING SKYNYRD LIVE SINCE 1987 & THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT.  A WHOLE SWAT TEAM WAS IN FRONT OF THE BARRICADES WATCHING THEM.   "WORKIN' FOR MCA", "I AIN'T THE ONE", "SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL", "THAT SMELL", 'GIMME BACK MY BULLETS", "THE NEEDLE & THE SPOON", "SIMPLE MAN" I LOVE ALL THESE SONGS BUT SIMPLE MAN WAS THE SONG OF THE NIGHT FOR ME.  "GIMME THREE STEPS", "CALL ME THE BREEZE" (J.J. CALE COVER), "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" & OF COURSE "FREE BIRD" W/ THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE THEY LOST POSTED ON THE SCREEN W/ LIT CANDLES, EVERY TOUR IT GETS BIGGER, SO EMOTIONAL & HEARTBREAKING.  LYNYRD SKYNYRD WILL BE MISSED GREATLY BY ME WHEN THEY DECIDE THE MUSIC IS OVER, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ALREADY BUT I'M GLAD THE PANDEMIC STALLED THEIR EXIT.
OK, YOU GUYS READY FOR MY 161ST METALLICA SHOW?  MORE PEOPLE SEEMED TO BE AT THIS SHOW THAN ON FRIDAY & IT WAS A SUNDAY NIGHT.  THERE WERE SOME HOT HEADS, BUT I HAD PROTECTION, I DID HAVE TO SIT THROUGH THE BLACK ALBUM PLAYED BACKWARD...AGAIN, I HAVE NOW SEEN IT 2X & DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE GOING TO DO IT.  I WANTED TO SEE THE LAST SONGS ON THE FERRIS WHEEL BUT IT WAS TOO HARD TO GET OUT OF THE CROWD SINCE WE WERE IN FRONT BY THE PYRO & BARRICADE.  ONCE AGAIN THE HAIR ON MY BODY STOOD UP IN SALUTE TO "ECSTASY OF GOLD" & THEY WERE OFF.  WE'RE ALL FUCKED "HARDWIRED" TO SELF DESTRUCT!  AREN'T WE?  WELL CA IS.  "THE FOUR HORSEMEN", "WELCOME HOME (SANITARIUM)", THEN THE BLACK ALBUM, "THE STRUGGLE W/IN", "MY FRIEND OF MISERY" WHICH IS MY FAVORITE BLACK ALBUM SONG & I NEVER GET SICK OF HEARING IT AS THEY DON'T PLAY IT MUCH, I ALWAYS MISS JASON NEWSTEAD WHEN I HEAR IT LIVE.  "THE GOD THAT FAILED", "OF WOLF & MAN", "NOTHING ELSE MATTERS" ANOTHER THEME SONG ON THIS JOURNEY & "THROUGH THE NEVER", "DON'T TREAD ON ME", "WHEREVER I MAY ROAM" WHENEVER I GET STONED, "THE UNFORGIVEN" THEY REALLY NEED TO GET RID OF THIS SONG & SANDMAN, I'VE ALREADY TOLD LARS YEARS AGO.  "HOLIER THAN THOU", "SAD BUT TRUE", WORST SONG IN METALLICA HISTORY "ENTER SANDMAN" (NOT THE WAY THE PLAY IT, JUST THAT THEY WROTE IT).  "DAMAGE, INC." WHICH WE WERE STOKED TO HEAR & "CREEPING DEATH".  FIRE/PYRO/FIREWORKS & JAYMZ FORGETTING THE LYRICS SO THEY JUST JAMMED AWAY.  IT WAS A GREAT SHOW, GREAT FESTIVAL, GREAT PEOPLE, GREAT VIBE, GREAT EXPERIENCE, GREAT JOURNEY & GREAT POSITIVE ENERGY.  I WILL BE BACK.
THE NEXT DAY WE PACKED UP OUR SHIT AFTER BEING UP ALL NIGHT & I GOT TO WALK ON 2 BEACHES ON BOTH SIDES OF FLORIDA W/ AN ESCORT FROM 1 SIDE TO THE NEXT.  I AM TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH AN UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE FROM THE DAY I LEFT CA TIL THE DAY I LEFT FL.  FLORIDA MISSES ME & I WILL BE BACK...PERMENANTLY...SOON.
THANK YOU SO MUCH KRISTINE, SELENA & ALL INVOLVED IN SETTING ME UP W/ TICKETS.  I HOPE THE NEXT TIME I CAN DO INTERVIEWS & PHOTOS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE PLEASE VISIT WWW.WELCOMETOROCKVILLE.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL THE BANDS PLEASE CHECK OUT THEIR INDIVIDUAL WEBSITES:

SPIRITBOX WWW.SPIRITBOX.COM

BRASS AGAINST WWW.BRASSAGAINST.COM

BLAME MY YOUTH https://www.facebook.com/blamemyyouth/?ref=page_internal

A DAY TO REMEMBER HTTP://ADTR.COM

CYPRESS HLL WWW.CYPRESSHILL..COM

SLIPKNOT WWW.SLIPKNOT.COM

REVISION REVISED https://www.revisionrevisedband.com/

BUTCHER BABIES WWW.BUTCHERBABIES.COM

WHIT3 COLLR https://www.whit3collrmusic.com/

PENNYWISE WWW.PENNYWISDOM.COM

ROB ZOMBIE WWW.ROBZOMBIE.COM

CHEVELLE WWW.CHEVELLEINC.COM

SOCIAL DISTORTION WWW.SOCIALDISTORTION.COM

METALLICA WWW.METALLICA.COM

GWAR HTTPS//.GWAR.NET

ASKING ALEXANDRIA WWW.ASKINGALEXANDRIA.COM

LAMB OF GOD WWW.LAMB-OF-GOD.COM

STAIND WWW.STAINDOFFICIAL.COM

THE OFFSPRING WWW.OFFSPRING.COM

DISTURBED WWW.DISTURBED1.COM

ANTHRAX WWW.ANTHRAX.COM

LYNYRD SKYNYRD WWW.LYNYRDSKYNYRD.COM


LED ZEPPLICA

THE HANGAR AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/14/21

MY FIRST TIME SEEING THIS TRIBUTE TO THE MIGHTY LED ZEPPELIN & I WAS IMPRESSED. 

JOE RETTA (VOCALS) AKA ROBERT PLANT, LENNY MANN (GUITAR) AKA JIMMY PAGE, DARRYL JOHNSON (DRUMS/TYMPANI) AKA JOHN BONHAM & JOHNNY BRUHNS (BASS/KEYBOARDS/MANDOLIN) AKA JOHN PAUL JONES.  FILLED THE HANGAR WITH CLASSIC LED ZEPPELIN SONGS THAT MADE THE CROWD DANCE, SING A LONG & AIR GUITAR.

ANY CHANCE I GET TO SEE LIVE MUSIC OR LISTEN TO LED ZEPPELIN, I'M IN!  ZEPPELIN ARE THE EPITOME OF ROCK GODS, THEY WERE SEXY, PLAYED GREAT COVERS OF AMERICAN BLUES AS WELL AS THEIR OWN STYLE OF FANTASY/SEXUAL ROCK/HARD ROCK/BLUES.  I SAW PLANT/PAGE 1 TIME & IT WAS NOT GREAT, I MISSED ZEP'S HEY DAY AS I WAS TOO YOUNG BY THE TIME JOHN BONHAM DIED I WAS ONLY A TWEEN.

NOT KNOWING ANY BACKGROUND OF THESE MUSICIANS THAT MAKE UP LED ZEPPLICA EXCEPT FOR JOE RETTA, HE ONCE WAS LEAD VOCALIST FOR THE SWEET & FOR A SHORT TIME SEEMED TO BE IN MY CIRCLE, NOW DONNING BLONDE CURLY LOCKS INSTEAD OF BRUNETTE RETTA TAKES ON ROBERT PLANT'S ROLE TO NAIL ZEPPELIN SONGS.

LENNY MANN WHO I RECENTLY FOUND OUT IS A FELLOW BOSTONIAN, WE HAVE MUCH IN COMMON.  CHANNELING JIMMY PAGE IN A GUITAR VIRTUOSO THAT WAS PERFECT, HARMONIOUS & SEXY.

DARRYL JOHNSON'S TIMING SET THE MUSIC IN MOTION & WHAT A DRUM SOLO IN MOBY DICK, THAT SONG IS STILL IN MY HEAD, NOT MANY DRUM SOLOS YOU CAN DANCE TO, BUT THAT ONE I COULD.

JOHNNY BRUHNS KEPT UP THE TIMING AS WELL AS OTHER DELIGHTFUL INSTRUMENTS TO COMPLETE THE SOUND OF LED ZEPPLICA REPLICATING LED ZEPPELIN.

SITTING IN SEATS IS REALLY HARD WHEN THE MUSIC MOVES YOU, SO AFTER I TOOK PHOTOS (WHICH CAN BE VIEWED HERE) I MOVED TO THE SIDES SO I COULD GET MY GROOVE ON, IT'S A LOT OF FUN WHEN MUSIC IS SHARED & ENJOYED BY OTHERS IN THE SAME FASHION.  I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED MYSELF AS DID THE FRIENDS I WAS WITH, WE BELIEVED WE WERE SEEING LED ZEPPELIN, NOT A TRIBUTE BAND WHICH IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE RIGHT?

1.5 HOURS OF LED ZEPPELIN!!  YES PLEASE! LED ZEPPLICA PLAYED SOME OF MY FAVORITE ZEP SONGS OF ALL TIME "ROCK AND ROLL", "BLACK DOG" THESE SONGS REMIND ME OF HIGH SCHOOL, I USED TO LISTEN TO SIDE 1 OF LED ZEP 4 ON MY WALKMAN TO SLEEP, I WAS USUALLY PASSED OUT BY STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN & IF I WASN'T IT WAS ON TO SIDE 2.  MY FRIENDS CALLED ME THE GIRL IN TERMINATOR WHO WORE HEADPHONES ALL THE TIME DANCING AROUND WHO GOT ACED, AS I WORE HEADPHONES & DANCED ALL THE TIME!  MY RECENTLY DECEASED FRIEND BROUGHT ME TO THE MOVIE BECAUSE "I WAS IN IT" RIP PETE.  "GOOD TIMES", "RAMBLE ON", "WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE" THESE SONGS ARE INCREDIBLY SEXY, IF ANYONE WAS BORED THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEM FOR SURE!  "GOING TO CALIFORNIA" YUP & I DID, "BRING IT ON HOME" THE LIVE VERSION OR IS IT THE LIVE LIVE VERSION, "DAZED AND CONFUSED" ...FOR SO LONG IT'S NOT IT TRUE....LOT'S OF PEOPLE TALKING FEW OF THEM KNOW...TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SUNG/WRITTEN.  MOBY DICK THE MOST INFLUENTIAL/RECOGNIZABLE DRUM SOLO IN THE WORLD.  THE CLASSIC "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN" & "KASHMIR"...ENCORE..."WHOLE LOTTA LOVE".

SUCH A GREAT SHOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH LED ZEPPLICA!  I WILL BE SEEING YOU AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON LED ZEPPLICA VISIT:  http://www.led-zepplica.com/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE OC FAIR VISIT:  WWW.OCFAIR.COM

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE AT THE OC FAIR:  ROXANNE, ALYSSA, JOHANNA FOR ALL YOU DO, IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE.  WE LOVE THE OC FAIR!  SEE YOU IN 2022!



WHICH ONE'S PINK 

THE HANGAR AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/24/2021


PAUL SAMARIN (LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS), NATALIE AZERD RUTKIN (VOCALS), SCOTT RICHARDS (BASS/VOCALS), ALLEN MORENO (GUITAR/LAP STEEL), MARTY BRUMER (PERCUSSION), LARRY ISENBERG (KEYS/VOCALS), NICK FEDUSKA (KEYS/GUITAR), DAN JOHNSON (PIG GRUNTS) & SHARON FATOORECHI (VOCALS) TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD PERFORMED A CLASSIC SET OF PROGRESSIVE CLASSIC ROCK TO A WELCOMING CROWD.

THE MUSIC FLOWED TOGETHER SEEMLESSLY LIKE ONE EPIC SONG THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SET, CLEAN, CLEAR, PRECISE.  I TOOK PHOTOS FOR A FEW SONGS & THEN WENT TO THE SIDE TO DANCE.  MY DANCING PARTNER & I WERE SO MESMORIZED & ENWRAPPED IN THE MUSIC WE GOT LOST IN THE SONGS.  "IN THE FLESH?", "THE THIN ICE", "ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PT. 1", "THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES", "ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PT. 2", "ONE OF THESE DAYS", "YOUNG LUST" LOVE THIS SONG, "DOGS", "TIME" TICKING AWAY THE MOMENTS THAT MAKE UP A DULL DAY...ONE DAY CLOSER TO DEATH...I SAY THIS ALL THE TIME BUT MOSTLY IN REFERENCE TO MARRIAGE..YOU GET MARRIED, POSSIBLY HAVE KIDS & THEN YOU DAY..ONE STEP CLOSER...MAY SOUND MORBID BUT IN MY REALITY IT'S TRUTH.  "BREATHE REPRISE" BREATHE IN THE AIR...WE ALL MUST FOCUS ON BREATHING & LETTING GO OF THE NEGATIVE.  MOST OF THESE SONGS WRITTEN IN THE PAST CAN RELATE NOT ONLY TO THE FUTURE BUT TO OUR PRESENT.  "THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY", "WISH YOU WERE HERE" WE'RE JUST 2 LOST SOULS SWIMMING IN A FISH BOWL, YEAR AFTER YEAR...MAYBE.  "COMFORTABLY NUMB" JUST A LITTLE PIN PRICK..HOW PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO "GET YOU TO THE SHOW" WHEN IT MAY NOT BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST...DON'T NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT BUT THEY ARE ALL AROUND US.  "US & THEM" MY FRIEND DIDN'T KNOW THIS SONG, I'M ALL SAY WHAT?  IT SHOULD BE US AGAINST THEM...BUT YOU KNOW.  "ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE", "BRAIN DAMAGE" THE LUNATIC IS ON THE GRASS...I THINK THEY ARE EVERYWHERE..BEWARE.  "ECLIPSE" VOCALIST NATALIE AZERD RUTKIN NAILED THE IT...SHE WAS AMAZING COMING FROM THE DEPTHS OF HER SOUL.  "RUN LIKE HELL" CLOSED THE SET, LOVE THAT SONG..."YOU BETTER RUN".

WHICH ONE'S PINK BROUGHT US THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE, THEY TOOK US ON A JOURNEY OF CLASSIC FLOYD SONGS RANGING THROUGH THE DECADES & VARIOUS VOCALISTS FROM SYD BARRETT, DAVID GILMORE & ROGER WATERS.  WE BELIEVED THEY WERE PINK FLOYD JUST FOR A MOMENT, EVERYONE IN THE BAND PLAYED THEIR PART WITH PRECISION, RESPECT & DEDICATION TO PINK FLOYD.  WE DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE, THEY COULD HAVE PLAYED ALL NIGHT.  ONE THING I THOUGHT WAS MISSING..YES A FLYING PIG..UM NO...THE LASER LIGHT SHOW.  THAT WOULD HAVE PUSHED THE SET OVER THE EDGE.  MAYBE IN THE FUTURE?  OR HAS EVERYONE ALREADY DONE THAT?  LASER LIGHT SHOW IS THE #1 THING I THINK OF REGARDING PINK FLOYD, THE SECOND IS OF COURSE A FLYING PIG, WE CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING. 

WE REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES, I FELT LIKE I WAS AT THE PROM DANCING WITH MY DATE ONLY 10 X BETTER & I DIDN'T GET PHYSICALLY PICKED UP & DRAGGED OUT..A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.  I TALKED TO GUITARIST ALLEN MORENO AFTER THE SHOW, HE WAS REALLY COOL, I LIKED THAT THEY CAME OUT TO MEET & GREET.  THE MANAGER'S DAUGHTER WAS REALLY SWEET SHE WAS AT THE MERCH BOOTH. 

LIVE CONCERTS ARE BACK, WELL THEY HAVE NEVER LEFT IT'S JUST NOW YOU AREN'T TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL IF YOU ATTEND, SO PLEASE ATTEND BEFORE THIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OF OURS TAKES IT AWAY ONCE AGAIN.  LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST EVERY DAY, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE TAKEN AWAY.  WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.  THE LOSS IN THE MUSIC COMMUNITY HAS HIT US HARD.  BE SAFE, ENJOY LIFE, BE KIND & HAVE A METAL DAY!

THANK YOU JOHANNA, ROXANNE, ALYSSA & ALL AT THE FAIR!  #WELOVETHEOCFAIR

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=206506820

TOO MANY PASSINGS:  JEFF LABAR GUITARIST FROM CINDERELLA, MIKE HOWE SINGER FOR METAL CHURCH, JOEY JORDISON EX-DRUMMER FOR SLIPKNOT & NOW DUSTY HILL GUITARIST FOR ZZ TOP.  I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED ALL OF THESE PERFORMERS, MET LABAR & JORDISON...THE MUSIC COMMUNITY HAS BEEN HIT PRETTY HARD THIS WEEK.  NO CAUSE OF DEATH FOR ANY OF THEM, THIS IS BIZARRE.  TO ALL OF THE DECEASED'S FAMILY, BAND MATES, CLOSE FRIENDS WE SHARE OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES & HOPE YOU FIND PEACE IN THEIR PASSING.

NOISE POLLUTION/DAMAGE INC

THE HANGAR AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/18/21

NOISE POLLUTION TRIBUTE TO AC/DC FEATURING BILL THOMAS ON GUITARS AKA MALCOM YOUNG, CURT YOUNG ON GUITARS AKA ANGUS YOUNG, MIKE DUNN ON BASS AKA CLIFF WILLIAMS, BUTCH FLARIDA ON DRUMS AKA PHIL RUDD & BRIAN BROWN ON VOCALS AKA BRIAN JOHNSON/BON SCOTT FROM SAN DIEGO, CA.  THEY BROUGHT THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC TO THE OC PERFORMING AN HOUR OF CLASSIC SONGS THAT BROUGHT ME BACK TO MY TWEENDOM THROUGH NOW...THE MUSIC I GREW UP WITH & THE CONCERT DEPRIVED AUDIENCE WAS IN FULL APPROVAL.
STARTING OFF THIS CLASSIC HOUR "SHOOT TO THRILL", "DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP", "BACK IN BLACK", "HIGHWAY TO HELL", "THUNDERSTRUCK" GAVE US A FULL MOON A WEEK BEFORE THE FULL MOON, CLASSIC "ANGUS", "TNT", "LET THERE BE ROCK" YOUNG IN SCHOOL BOY UNIFORM TOOK OFF DOWN THE AISLES THROUGH THE FANS, MY FRIEND CHRIS CUOMO GOT A GREAT VIDEO OF IT https://www.facebook.com/1284279500/videos/515804909533742/ , I COULDN'T SEE FROM WHERE I WAS SITTING BUT IT WAS PRETTY COOL, "YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG" HAD THE CROWD SINGING BUT I HAVE TO SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW ALL THE WORDS, I WAS SINGING, MUCH TO THE REGRET OF MY NEIGHBORS BUT I CAME THROUGH STRONG, I KNOW EVERY WORD OF THE WHOLE "BLACK ALBUM" AS I LISTENED TO IT SO MUCH & STILL HAVE THAT VINYL RECORD TODAY.  FINISHING OFF WITH "FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK" FIRE!
NOISE POLLUTION WERE A FULL ON TRIBUTE TO AC/DC. WHAT A GREAT SHOW, THE CROWD WAS INTERACTIVE & ON THEIR FEET, READY TO ROCK & WARMED UP.
DAMAGE INC IS THE BEST METALLICA TRIBUTE I HAVE EVER SEEN & BELIEVE ME I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THEM.  MINUS THE STAGE, PYRO & LIGHTING THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING, BUT I'VE BEEN TELLING YOU THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME SO YOU SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED.  THIS SET IS HOLDING ME OVER UNTIL I SEE THEM EITHER IN FLORIDA OR UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY IN S.F. IN DECEMBER.
CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT ON VOCALS/GUITARS AKA JAYMZ HETFIELD, KEVIN KNIGHT ON BASS AKA CLIFF BURTON/JASUN NEWSTED/ROBERT TRUJILLO, CHRIS BRIGHTWELL ON GUITARS AKA KIRK HAMMETT & TONE DECORTE ON DRUMS AKA LARS HAIL FROM THE OC SO THEY WERE RIGHT AT HOME IN COSTA MESA.  THEY TOOK US BACK TO 1986 WHEN METALLICA'S NOW CLASSIC MASTERPIECE "MASTER OF PUPPETS" WAS REVEALED.  THEY PERFORMED THE ENTIRE ALBUM WITH AGGRESSION, PASSION & PRECISION.
THE CROWD WAS ALIVE & READY FOR SOME THRASH & I WENT CRAZY...NOTHING IS BETTER THAN METALLICA REAL OR NOT & THAT IS MY OPINION, ALL OF THIS IS MY OPINION :)  "BATTERY" I WAS IN THE DRINK LINE & GOING CRAZY THE BARTENDER THOUGHT I WAS NUTS, MY FRIEND ORDERED A DRINK & I THREW IN MY DRINK ORDER & HE THOUGHT I WAS A COMPLETE NUTJOB, I WAS HAVING SO MUCH FUN..FUCKING BATTERY MAN!  "MASTER OF PUPPETS" "NOW I RULE YOU TOO!"  "THING THAT SHOULD NOT BE" SUCH AN UNDERRATED SONG.  "WELCOME HOME (SANITARIUM)" WELL I AM CRAZY.  "DISPOSABLE HEROES" "YOU WILL DIE WHEN I SAY YOU MUST DIE, YOU COWARD, YOU SERVANT, YOU BLIND MAN"...ARE WE NOT LIVING THIS?  "LEPER MESSIAH" 'BOW TO LEPER MESSIAH"...YUP WE SURE ARE.  "ORION" RIP CLIFF BURTON, GONE NEVER FORGOTTEN & THE BAND'S NAMESAKE "DAMAGE INC" 'FUCK IT ALL & FUCKIN' NO REGRETS!"  AMEN!  THIS ALBUM CAN RELATE TO ALL THAT'S GOING ON TODAY 10 FOLD.  THANK YOU METALLICA FOR FORSEEING OUR FUTURE & TO DAMAGE INC TO PASS IT ALONG.
PLEASE GO OUT & EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSIC...AGAIN..WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE SAFE BUT WE WANT EVERYONE TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, DO WHAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH.  I HAVE MISSED DANCING AT SHOWS & THIS WAS MUCH NEEDED.  THIS WAS OUR FIRST SHOW BACK TO THE MEDIA SCENE, WE WILL BE COVERING A LOT MORE SHOWS SO STAY TUNED!  
PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/ 
FACEMASKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE
THANK YOU JOHANNA, ROXANNE, ALYSSA & ALL AT THE OC FAIR!  #WELOVETHEOCFAIR


I FOUND A PHOTO I TOOK AT FOUNDATIONS FORUM 1996.  I WILL TELL YOU THE STORY:  

THE FIRST TIME I SAW VAN HALEN WAS IN 1984 W/ MY BEST FRIEND & LITTLE SISTER.  THIS WAS MY 3RD CONCERT EVER.  WE TOOK A BUS TO WORCESTER CENTRUM KNOWING WE HAD NO RIDE HOME, FIGURING WE WOULD FIND SOMEONE WE KNEW TO BRING US BACK, WE FOUND NOT ONE PERSON WE KNEW AT THIS CONCERT WHICH WAS SO ODD.  

WE LEFT THE CENTRUM & WERE LIKE....WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?  A CAR FULL OF GUYS ASKED US IF WE NEEDED A RIDE HOME, WE SAID YES & JUMPED IN THE CAR ON GUYS LAPS BEFORE THEY COULD CHANGE THEIR MIND.  NOW WORCESTER TO SALEM, MA WAS QUITE A DISTANCE & WE HAD TO DROP OFF MY SISTER IN ANOTHER CITY (MARBLEHEAD).  WE TOLD THEM WE LIVED CLOSE WHICH EVENTUALLY STARTED WEARING THING, BUT WE DROPPED OFF MY SISTER IN MARBLEHEAD & I TOLD HER TO RUN HOME (IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO HER MY DAD WOULD HAVE KILLED ME) & THEN WE GOT OFF IN SALEM AT THE GAS STATION.  MY FRIEND COULDN'T FEEL HER FEET & I WAS LIKE RUN, SHE'S LIKE...UM...WE GOT BACK TO HER HOUSE & I CALLED TO MAKE SURE MY SISTER GOT HOME SAFE, SHE DID, WE ALL DID.  

A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE RANDOM STRANGERS GETTING US TEENAGERS HOME AFTER 1 OF THE BEST CONCERTS & FIRST VAN HALEN CONCERT.  I NEVER MET EVH BUT I LOVED HIM, HE WAS MY FAVORITE.  THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC MR. VAN HALEN, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.  OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN THAT YOU HAVE PASSED FROM CANCER SO SILENTLY, NO ONE KNEW!  WE ARE UPSET THAT IT WAS KEPT SO QUIET, IT'S NOT FAIR THAT THE UNIVERSE TOOK YOU FROM ALL OF US.  WE WILL BE PLAYING VAN HALEN ALL DAY LONG IN HIS REMEMBRANCE.

TO EDDIE'S FAMILY OUR LOVE & CONDOLENCES TO YOU, EDDIE TOUCHED US ALL!

EDDIE VAN HALEN 1955-2020

Here is a photo I took at a RJD charity event in 2012. I met Frankie Banali in 1992 in Hawaii. We went w/ KNAC to Hawaii & his band Heavy Bones was playing. We stayed at the same hotel & met at the pool. He was so cool. Years later I mentioned meeting him there & he remembered. When I saw him in Feb. He didn't look great but we all thought he was going to win his battle w/ pancreatic cancer, sadly he did not. We will miss you deeply Frankie.

OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY LEARNING OF RAY BURTON'S PASSING, SUCH A SWEET MAN.  HERE WE ARE BACKSTAGE AT METALLICA IN LAS VEGAS 2018.  #RIP MR. BURTON, CLIFF WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE YOUR SPIRIT.  THANKS FOR BEING SO FREAKIN' COOL!

LIVEWIRE DRINKS

FORGET THE "HARD SELTZERS" YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT HAVE NO TASTE/FLAVOR, THESE LIVEWIRE DRINKS HAVE INTENSE & UNIQUE FLAVOR, A HARD KICK AS WELL AS HIGH END INGREDIENTS.  

THESE FELL INTO MY LAP, MY WORLD IS SO SMALL BETWEEN THE ROCK SCENE & THE BARTENDER SCENE THIS KIND OF PULLS IT ALTOGETHER.  I MET LIVEWIRE'S FOUNDER & CEO AARON POLSKY & HE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO LET ME TRY THESE DRINKS SO THAT I COULD TELL THE WORLD.  IRONICALLY I ALSO KNOW HIS PUBLICIST.  L.A. REALLY IS SMALL.

THE FIRST LIVEWIRE DRINK I TASTED WAS POLSKY'S "HEARTBREAKER" IT TASTED LIKE FRESCA TO ME MADE W/ VODKA, OROBLANCO GRAPEFRUIT, KUMQUAT, JASMINE & GINGER W/ NOTES OF HONEY W/ YOUR SELTZER TO BRING IT ALL TOGETHER.  I AM NOT MUCH ON THE VODKA THING BUT I KNOW MY GIRLS WOULD LOVE THIS!  THE SECOND DRINK I WAS HANDED WAS THE "GOLDEN GOD".  I ASKED POLSKY IF IT WAS NAMED AFTER THE GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW BUT HE SAID HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF IT, THE ABOVE PIC IS OF POLSKY'S FACE ON THE "GOLDEN GODS" CAN.  I THOUGHT THIS ONE ROCKED!  THE CAN ALONE GOT MY ATTENTION AS DID THE NAME, MORE MY SPEED 7.5% ABV .  MADE W/ RYE WHISKEY, BRANDY, GREEN TEA, ELDERFLOWER & APRICOT FLAVORS.  THIS WAS SO GOOD!  MORE PLEASE!  THE LAST ONE IS ALSO MY SPEED, "HONEYDEW COLLINS" MADE BY JOEY BERNARDO GIN, HONEYDEW, LIME LEAF, COCONUT & ELDERFLOWER, NOW I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING GIN EWW...FIRST I LOVE GIN, BUT THIS TASTED LIKE COCONUT & NOW YOU ARE GOING TO SAY EWW GIN & COCONUT...DO NOT KNOCK IT TIL YOU TRY IT!  IT WAS DELICIOUS!  I SUGGEST YOU BUY THESE BASED ON THE ART OF THE CAN ALONE!  DONE BY HENRY LEWIS (SKULL & SWORD TATTOO S.F., INCOGNITO TATTOO, MEMOIR TATTOO L.A.) FOR "GOLDEN GOD" & "HEARTBREAKER" & TALLEY MATTHEW FOR "HONEYDEW COLLINS", THEN TRY THEM TO FIGURE OUT YOUR FAVORITE.

LIVEWIRE DRINKS CAME TOGETHER AS POLSKY CREATED "HEARTBREAKER" AT COACHELLA, AS A BARTENDER HE TAKES HIS MIXOLOGY SERIOUS & CREATES PLEASURE TO THE PALETTE, HE IS ALSO A HUGE GUNS & ROSES FAN.  WORKING IN NY FOR 10 YEARS THEN MOVING TO L.A. HE OPENED CLIFTON'S IN 2015, THEN TO HARVARD & STONE.  HE SOUGHT OUT HOT TOP BARTENDERS AROUND THE NY AREA & GOT THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING.

TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE DELICIOUS UNIQUE LIVEWIRE DRINKS VISIT WWW.LIVEWIREDRINKS.COM 

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT www.lbmetal.com click the photo gallery

THANK YOU AARON!


RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP & SHOUT 10TH MEMORIAL GALA

THE AVALON

HOLLYWOOD, CA

2/20/2020


RONNIE JAMES DIO DIED FROM STOMACH CANCER JULY 2010, SINCE THAT HAPPENED A CHARITY CALLED STAND UP & SHOUT HAS BEEN CREATED TO HELP PEOPLE/MUSICIANS GET TESTED FOR CANCER SO THE DR. CAN CATCH IT BEFORE IT BECOMES FATAL.  MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO GO TO THE DR. WE GET IT BUT PLEASE GET CHECKED, IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE.  FRANKIE BENALI (DRUMMER QUIET RIOT) CAME OUT TO US ON THIS NIGHT TO GIVE US AN UPDATE ON HIS PANCREATIC CANCER, HE IS UNDERGOING TREATMENT & IS HOPEFUL HE WILL RECOVER.  HE GOT CHECKED!  THERE IS A PSA COMMERCIAL OUT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSq7Eom6mfI I AM SO PROUD OF HIM FOR GETTING CHECKED & HANDLING IT, AS WELL AS HIM COMING OUT & SPEAKING ABOUT IT.  GET CHECKED & PLEASE DONATE TO STUS FOUNDATION https://diocancerfund.org/ THANK YOU!  \M/\M/
STAR STUDDED EVENT OF MUSICIANS WHO HAVE PLAYED W/ RJD AS WELL AS HIS FRIENDS SHOWED UP TO GIVE SUPPORT TO THE STAND UP & SHOUT FOUNDATION & TO REMEMBER OUR HERO RONNIE JAMES DIO.  EDDIE TRUNK MC'D THE EVENT & WE GOT A SPECIAL TREAT OPENING THE GALA WERE SADIE & THE TRIBE & AFTER DIO RETURNS WE GOT TO HEAR GRANDPA METAL W/ JOEY VERA, SCOTT IAN & BRIAN POSEHN (I THOUGHT IT WAS GOD AWFUL SORRY) PICTURES FROM THE EVENT ARE UP HERE https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16160680 
DIO RETURNS WAS FANTASTIC RIPPER WAS ON FIRE!  THE WHOLE BAND CAME TOGETHER & KICKED OUR ASS!  IT WAS SUCH A FUN TIME.
MANY OF MUSICIANS & FRIENDS WALKED THE RED CARPET GEEZER BUTLER, SEBASTIAN BACH, TERRY ILOUS, JOEY VERA, WENDY DIO, SIMON WRIGHT, CRAIG GOLDY, RIPPER OWENS, GLEN HUGHES, ROWAN ROBERTSON, DOUG ALDRICH, SCOTT WARREN, BJORN ENGLEN, EDDIE TRUNK & SO MANY MORE!  STAR-STUDDED EVENT, SILENT AUCTION (WHICH HAD MONSTER OF ROCK CRUISE TICKETS, WINE, WATCHES, LEATHER JACKETS, JUDAS PRIEST FIGURINES, RJD GIFT BASKETS, SAXON, MOTORHEAD BOX SETS & MORE), RAFFLE TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR, SIT DOWN ELEGANT DINNER & A PERFORMANCE BY DIO RETURNS WHICH FEATURES SIMON WRIGHT, CRAIG GOLDY, BJORN ENGLEN, SCOTT WARREN, RIPPER OWENS, ONI LOGAN & DIO'S HOLOGRAM PERFORMING ALL THE CLASSIC RJD & BLACK SABBATH HITS.
AWARDS WERE PRESENTED FOR ALL KINDS OF THINGS AS WELL:   
SEBASTIAN BACH (SKID ROW) PRESENTED THE MASTER OF THE MOON AWARD TO BMG EXECUTIVES JEFF CHRISTIAN, MICHAEL KACHKO, THOMAS SCHERER & KATHY RIVKIN DAUM. 
JEFF PILSON (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER) PRESENTED THE MAGICA AWARD TO WYN DAVIS, RONNIE JAMES DIO'S LONGTIME RECORDING ENGINEER & OWNER OF TOTAL ACCESS RECORDING STUDIOS.   
FRANKIE BENALI (QUIET RIOT) PRESENTED THE RAINBOW IN THE DARK AWARD TO THE RAINBOW BAR & GRILL/WHISKY A GO GO OWNER MIKAEL MAGLIERI.     
GLEN HUGHES (EX-DEEP PURPLE, EX-BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, EX-BLACK SABBATH, THE DEAD DAISIES) PRESENTED THE SACRED HEART AWARD TO DR. DAVID WONG (PROFESSOR & ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH UCLA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY & DIRECTOR UCLA CENTER FOR ORAL/HEAD & NECK ONCOLOGY RESEARCH COOR) FOR HIS WORK IN DEVELOPING A NON-INVASIVE SALIVA TEST FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER, WHICH HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE DIO CANCER FUND.  HIS SPEECH WAS INFORMATIVE, INTERESTING & UPLIFTING.     
FRED COURY (CINDERELLA) PRESENTED THE KILLING THE DRAGON AWARD TO LAURA HEATHERLY (CEO OF T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION) DEDICATED TO FUNDING INNOVATIVE MEDICAL RESEARCH FOCUSED ON FINDING TREATMENTS & CURES FOR CANCER, LEUKEMIA & AIDS. 
DOUG ALDRICH (EX-WHITESNAKE, EX-DIO, THE DEAD DAISIES) PRESENTED THE HOLY DIVER AWARD TO RHINO ENTERTAINMENT/WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXECUTIVES MARK PINKUS, JASON ELZY, BRIAN DODD & JASON DAY.     
ROBBIE CRANE (BLACK STAR RIDERS) PRESENTED THE KING OF ROCK N ROLL AWARD TO BARRY DRINKWATER (GLOBAL MERCHANDISE SERVICES LTD.)     
FRANK ZAPPA'S SON AHMET ZAPPA PRESENTED THE STAND UP & SHOUT AWARD TO JEFF PEZZUTI (CEO OF EYELLUSION CREATOR OF THE DIO RETURNS HOLOGRAM).     
TERRY ILOUS (EX-GREAT WHITE, XYZ) PRESENTED A SPECIAL AWARD TO OLIVER SHOKOUH (GLENDALE HARLEY DAVIDSON OWNER) IN RECOGNITION OF HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT & DEDICATION TO THE ANNUAL "RIDE FOR RONNIE" MOTORCYCLE & CONCERT NOW IN IT'S 6TH YEAR, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE 5/17/2020.     
IT WAS SUCH A GREAT CAUSE & FUN TIME, TOMMY LEE WALKED BY OUR TABLE & WE SAID HI, HE WAS IN A HURRY.  WE HAD A LOVELY DINNER, ROCK N ROLL, WINE (LOTS OF WINE), LAUGHTER, RE-CONNECTION OF FRIENDS & A GIFT BAG W/ THE CUTEST GHOST DOLL I HAVE EVER SEEN AS WELL AS SOME RJD MEMORIABILIA (PICTURE VINYL, BASEBALL, POSTER FROM THE EVENT, PINS, WRISTBAND), SAXON, ZEBRAHEAD & SOME OTHER CD'S, SOME MINERAL WATER, IRON MAIDEN HAT & A FEW OTHER GOODIES ENCASED IN A STAND UP & SHOUT ZIPPERED CANVAS BAG.
WENDY DIO IS DOING AN AMAZING JOB KEEPING RONNIE'S MEMORY ALIVE, I LOVE THESE EVENTS, BOWLING, REMEMBRANCE & I TRY TO ATTEND THEM ALL.  LOSING RONNIE WAS A BIG DEAL, WE WON'T FORGET, WE ARE STILL SAD BUT TO HANG OUT W/ FRIENDS OF HIS & HEARING HIS MUSIC REALLY DOES MAKE IT A CELEBRATION OF LIFE.  I HAVE FRIENDS WHO SAY THEY SHOULD GIVE IT UP, HE'S GONE.  I COMPLETELY DISAGREE, THIS CHARITY IS A REASON TO COME TOGETHER, DONATE, CHERISH & CELEBRATE LIFE.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED (MARIA FERRARO, SHARON WEISZ, DENISE SANTORO) W/ THIS EVENT IT TRULY WAS A LOVELY, FUN EXPERIENCE.  SEE YOU AT THE NEXT ONE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  www.diocancerfund.org

QUEENSRYCHE

HOUSE OF BLUES

ANAHEIM, CA

1/30/2020

QUEENSYCHE HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 38 FREAKIN' YEARS!  THEY ARE A VITAL/THRIVING PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND, WE NEED THEM & THEY HAVE NOT LET US DOWN!

MICHAEL WILTON GUITARS, EDDIE JACKSON BASS, PARKER LUNDGREN GUITARS, TODD LA TORRE VOCALS & CASEY GRILLO DRUMS ARE TEARING UP MUSIC HALLS ACROSS THE NATION SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "THE VERDICT" OUT NOW ON CENTURY MEDIA SO RUSH TO THE STORE, WE'LL WAIT....WELL MAYBE NOT BUT GET IT IN YOUR GRUBBY MITS ALREADY.

QUEENSRYCHE ARE NO SLOUCH WHEN IT COMES TO NEW MUSIC, OLD MUSIC & ALL MUSIC IN BETWEEN, LA TORRE NAILS THE VOCALS EVERY TIME & OLD SCHOOL GUYS JACKSON & WILTON PUT THEIR PASSION ON THE FRONT LINES AS THEY ESCORT THE NEWER MEMBERS LUNDGREN & GRILLO THROUGH THE CLASSICS.  "PROPHECY" FROM THEIR EP QUEENSRYCHE, "OPERATION MINDCRIME" FROM THE PHENOMENAL ALBUM OF THE SAME NAME,  "WALK IN THE SHADOWS" FROM MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ALBUM & THE FIRST TIME I SAW QR LIVE IN 1986 RAGE FOR ORDER.  I INTERVIEWED MICHAEL WILTON & YOU CAN HEAR IT ON THE INTERVIEWS PAGE, I ASKED HIM IF HE REMEMBERED THE CONCERT I SAW HIM ON (HE DID & SHARED HIS STORY) & IF QR WOULD EVER DO THIS ALBUM LIVE, IT DIDN'T SOUND HOPEFUL, BUT AFTER THE INTERVIEW THE TOPIC WAS A LIVELY ONE ON THE KNAC ROCKS FB PAGE & 90% OF US AGREED WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM PERFORM THE ALBUM LIVE, SO PLEASE QUEENSRYCHE IF YOU ARE LISTENING (IS THERE ANYBODY LISTENING?) WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT!  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.  "RESISTANCE" FROM THE EMPIRE ALBUM,  "MAN THE MACHINE" FROM THE VERDICT WHICH IS A VALID ALBUM & I HAVE ONLY HEARD THE SONGS LIVE (SHAME ON ME, I KNOW IT'S ON THE LIST, I LIKE ACTUAL/PHYSCIAL CD'S THIS STREAMING/DOWNLOAD STUFF GETS LOST IN MY EMAILS I WILL NEVER LISTEN TO IT UNLESS IT'S IN MY HANDS.  RADIO IS SO BAD OUT HERE IN L.A. THE METAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, SHAME ON US.  I JUST PUT THE CD'S IN MY CAR CD PLAYER THAT WAY I CAN LISTEN TO IT OVER & OVER TO KNOW IT, THE WAY WE USED TO DO IN THE 70'S KIDS, YES PLEASE TRY THIS AT HOME.  KNOWING EVERY LYRIC, EVERY DRUM BEAT, EVERY GUITAR RIFF ON EVERY SINGLE SONG ON THE ALBUM, THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE KIDDIES.  "TAKE HOLD OF THE FLAME" FROM THE WARNING (THE NEXT ALBUM I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ENTIRELY LIVE, HEY ALL THE KIDS ARE DOING IT, NEEDS TO BE DONE), "NO SANCTUARY" LOVE THIS SONG LA TORRE NAILS IT, "BENT" & "DARK REVERIE" ALSO FROM THE VERDICT, "BREAKING THE SILENCE" FROM OPERATION MINDCRIME, "SILENT LUCIDITY" ALWAYS A CROWD PLEASER & "JET CITY WOMAN" FROM EMPIRE, "SCREAMING IN DIGITAL" ANOTHER RAGE FOR ORDER SONG (WE ARE SLOWLY GETTING THERE), "QUEEN OF THE REICH" FROM THE EP, ENCORE KEPT THE ENTHRALLED CROWD W/ ANTICIPATION W/ "LIGHT-YEARS" ANOTHER OSSUM NEW SONG, "EMPIRE" TITLE TRACK FROM THAT ALBUM & "EYES OF STRANGER"..YOU KNOW THE MIRROR ALWAYS LIES...OPERATION MINDCRIME ANOTHER STELLER ALBUM & HAVE SEEN IT DONE IT'S IN ENTIRETY SO MANY TIMES, IT REALLY IS A MASTERPIECE, LET'S GO BACK TO THE ROOTS PLEASE.

QUEENSRYCHE BLOW ME  AWAY EVERY TIME I SEE THEM PERFORM LIVE, PEOPLE WHO DON'T SEE MUSIC LIVE HAVE NO OPINIONS, YES THEY CHANGED THEIR SINGER, IT'S BEEN 8 YEARS GET THE FUCK OVER IT, LA TORRE IS AMAZING!!!  COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!  PLEASE, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  I BRING MY FRIENDS TO SHOWS ALL THE TIME & THEY NEVER KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GETTING INTO BUT THEY TRUST ME & I TELL THEM ALL THE TIME, I DON'T GO TO SHITTY SHOWS, I AM SO BUSY ALL THE TIME I WOULD RATHER DO SOMETHING ELSE THAN WASTE MY TIME ON MUSIC THAT SUCKS!  FOLLOW MY LEAD!

WELL DONE ONCE AGAIN GENTLEMEN & I WILL CONTINUE TO SEE YOU LIVE, AGAIN THANKS TO MICHAEL WILTON FOR THE INTERVIEW.  YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE PHOTOS I TOOK ON THE PHOTOS PAGE.  QUEENSRYCHE ARE CURRENTLY ON TOUR W/ EVE TO ADAM & JOHN 5 SO IF THEY COME YOUR WAY SPLURGE, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED.

GO SEE LIVE MUSIC, BUY THE ALBUM, LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEWS, VIEW THE PHOTOS, LIKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, I KNOW IT'S A LOT BUT WE NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD OR SPEAK THE WORD. SUPPORT METAL.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON QUEENSRYCHE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.QUEENSRYCHEOFFICIAL.COM

THANK YOU CLAIRE!
ROBIN ZANDER (THOSE PANTS!!!!) , BILLY GIBBONS, RICK NIELSON & SLASH PHOTO CREDIT:  GIBSON 

GIBSON LIVE AT THE GROVE PARTY

THE CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM

ANAHEIM, CA

1/16/2020


WHAT AN HONOR TO BE INVITED TO THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT BEING HELD DURING NAMM 2020.  GIBSON IS BACK & FROM THE LOOKS OF IT ARE HERE TO STAY, AFTER HAVING SOME TROUBLE A FEW YEARS AGO.  NEW IDEAS & CREATIVITY HAVE RELAUNCHED SOME OLD IDEAS & SLASH'S NEW LINE OF GUITARS.  I AM EXCITED FOR THEM.

MC JOHN STAMOS LEAD THE EVENT OF AMAZING TALENTED ARTISTS OF ALL WALKS.  KIDS THROUGH OLD TIMERS ENTERTAINED THE AUDIENCE WHO WERE ALSO KIDS THROUGH OLD TIMERS.  JAMES "JC" CURLEIGH GIBSON'S CEO TOLD US WHAT WAS GOING ON W/ GIBSON.

NICE SPREAD OF DELICIOUS FOOD & OPEN BAR THAT I DID NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AS I JUST CAME OFF A 10 HOUR SHIFT & WAS EXHAUSTED.  I GRABBED A PIECE OF FLOOR IN THE FRONT & ENJOYED THE MUSIC UNTIL THE MAIN EVENT & THEN RAN UP TO THE FRONT FOR SLASH (GUNS N ROSES), BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ TOP), ROBIN ZANDER & RICK NIELSON (CHEAP TRICK), DON FELDER (THE EAGLES), LZZY HALE (HALESTORM), RICHIE FAULKNER (JUDAS PRIEST), ANDY VARGAS (SANTANA), CHUCK GARIC (ALICE COOPER), ELLIOT EASTON (THE CARS), TASH NEAL/SUGARMILL SLIM/BURTON BELL (FEAR FACTORY), CELISSE/JARED JAMES NICHOLS/TOBY LEE/EMILY WOLFE/MARC LABELLE (DIRTY HONEY) & OTHERS COLLABORATED TO PLAY US SONGS WE ALL KNOW & LOVE ALONG W/ THE HOUSE BAND JIMMY VIVINO (GUITAR), KENNY ARONOFF (DRUMS), DARYL JONES (BASS), JEFF YOUNG (KEYBOARDS) & GUEST MARK FLANIGAN ZZ TOP KEYBOARDS.

"CROSSROADS" BY ROBERT JOHNSON PERFORMED BY BEN GOLDSMITH, OTTO JR., NOAH ECKSTEIN, JAYDEN TATASCIORE, SONNY FRENCH (ALL PART OF THE GIBSON GENERATION GROUP WHO ARE UP & COMING MUSICIANS) W/ EMILY WOLFE ON VOCALS THOSE KIDS WERE FANTASTIC, I WAS ROOTING FOR THEM, HOW ADORABLE & PASSIONATE THEY ARE.  THE OLDER GUYS WERE TOTALLY TRYING TO HELP & THE KIDS WERE LIKE, NAH WE GOT IT.  ROCK ON LITTLE BROTHERS & SISTERS!  \M/\M/

"ONE WAY OUT" BY SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON & ELMORE JAMES PERFORMED BY ASHER BELSKY, CARTER WILKINSON, PHOENIX STEEL NIGHT & REECE MALONE (GIBSON GENERATION GROUP) W/ EMILY WOLFE ON VOCALS.

"BACKWATER BLUES" BY BESSIE SMITH PERFORMED BY ALLY VENABLE.

"OHIO" BY CSNY PERFORMED BY TASH NEAL

"MISSISSIPPI QUEEN" BY WEST/LANG/PAPPALARD/REA (MOUNTAIN) PERFORMED BY JARED JAMES NICHOLS (I THOUGHT HE WAS AMAZING ALL NIGHT).

"KILLING FLOOR" BY HOWLIN' WOLF PERFORMED BY JARED JAMES NICHOLS & TOBY LEE.

"GET THERE" BY & PERFORMED BY CELISSE, SHE WAS AMAZING!  I LOVE HER ALREADY.

"REBEL REBEL" BY DAVID BOWIE PERFORMED BY BURTON BELL & RICHIE FAULKNER

"I MISS THE MISERY" BY HALESTORM PERFORMED BY LZZY HALE, JOE HOTTINGER & RICHIE FAULKNER

"OYE COMO VA" BY TITO PUENTE PERFORMED BY ANDY VARGAS & ELLIOT EASTON

"LA BAMBA" BY RITCHIE VALENS PERFOMED BY ANDY VARGAS & ELLIOT EASTON

"PRIDE & JOY" BY STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN PERFORMED BY DON FELDER I HAVE SEEN FELDER BEFORE & HE IS ALWAYS AMAZING!

"HOTEL CALIFORNIA" BY  DON FELDER/DON HENLEY/GLENN FREY (THE EAGLES) PERFORMED BY DON FELDER & SLASH THIS GOT THE CROWD TO IT'S FEET IF THEY WEREN'T THERE ALREADY INCLUDING ME.  MY 2ND WIND KICKED IN & I RAN TO THE FRONT ROW FOR THE REST OF THE PERFORMANCE.

"LAST CHILD" BY AEROSMITH PERFORMED BY SLASH, TASH NEAL & JARED JAMES NICHOLS

"WAITIN' ON THE BUS" BY ZZ TOP PERFORMED BY BILLY GIBBONS & SLASH I JUST LOVE BILLY HE IS OSSUM!

"JESUS JUST LEFT CHICAGO" BY ZZ TOP PERFORMED BY BILLY GIBBONS & SLASH

"MIDNIGHT RAMBLER" BY THE ROLLING STONES PERFORMED BY SUGARMILL SLIM & SLASH

"BIG EYES" BY CHEAP TRICK  PERFORMED BY ROBIN ZANDER, RICK NIELSON & SLASH LOVED ZANDER'S PANTS!  I WILL POST A PHOTO.

"TUSH" BY ZZ TOP PERFORMED BY BILLY GIBBONS, ROBIN ZANDER, RICK NIELSON & SLASH

THE FINALE "WHOLE LOTTA LOVE" BY LED ZEPPELIN PERFORMED BY SLASH, LZZY HALE, MARC LABELLE, ROBIN ZANDER & RICK NIELSON.  WHAT AN ENDING!  LZZY WAS AMZAZING ON VOCALS & GUITAR.  HER SKIRT WAS SO SHORT & HER HEELS WERE SO HIGH I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO GET TANGLED UP IN THE CHORD & HAVE A TUMBLE, SO GLAD SHE DID NOT.  WHAT AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE.  

EVERY MUSICIAN WAS FANTASTIC, THE SONGS WERE DONE W/ PERFECTION & PERCISION & EVERYONE WAS HAVING SO MUCH FUN, WHAT A BLAST!

I DID NOT KNOW I COULD BRING A CAMERA SO UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN'T I HAVE SOME CELL PHONE VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETALZINE & WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/LBMETALZINE

IT WAS A FUN TIME & I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW, THAT EPIPHONE HAS BEEN AROUND LONGER THAN GIBSON!  I DID NOT KNOW THAT & I KNOW DR. EPIPHONE!  GREAT RUNNING INTO OLD FRIENDS & CATCHING UP OVER SOME PRIME RIB, HUGS ALL THE WAY AROUND.  I HOPE I AM INVITED BACK NEXT YEAR.  MY FRIENDS WERE SO ENVIOUS I COULDN'T INVITE THEM.  SORRY!

GIBOSN IS BACK!

THANK YOU LIBBY!

KING DIAMOND 

THE CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM

ANAHEIM, CA

12/3/19


HIS MAJESTY GATHERED US AROUND BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN FOR A DEVILISH NIGHT OF ANGELIC & DEMONIC VOCALS ENTICING US W/ RAGE AGAINST GRANDMA & OTHER LOVELY EVIL CHARACTERS.
KING DIAMOND ALONG W/ ANDY LAROCQUE (GUITARS), MIKE WEAD (GUITARS), PONTUS EGBERG (BASS), MATT THOMPSON (DRUMS) LIVIA  ZITA (BACKGROUND VOCALS) & DANCER JODI CACHIA ARE CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF THEIR 13TH UPCOMING STUDIO ALBUM "THE INSTITUTE" (DUE 2020 ON METAL BLADE RECORDS AFTER A LONG HIATUS),  KING & FRIENDS TOOK US ON AN EERIE JOURNEY.
DANISH ROYALTY COMMANDED US TO APPLAUDE HIS ENTRACE ON A STRETCHER, SLOWLY COMING TO LIFE LIKE A ZOMBIE AS THE BAND KICKED INTO "THE CANDLE", ABAGAIL'S COFFIN CAME OUT TO REVEAL A DOLL MADE TO LOOK LIKE ABI HERSELF, WHICH KING KILLED & TOSSED BACK INTO THE COFFIN TAKE THAT ABI!  SCREAMS OF DELIGHT FILLED THE CONCERT HALL AS SONGS "ARRIVAL", "MANSION OF DARKNESS", "VOODOO", "HALLOWEEN", NEW SONG "MASQUERADE OF MADNESS" WHICH I LOVE SO MUCH,  "WELCOME HOME", "THE INVISIBLE GUESTS", "SLEEPLESS NIGHTS",  "THE LAKE", "BURN", & "BLACK HORSEMEN" ENDED THE SHOW.
KING IS A THEATRICAL/SATANIC/ANGELIC PRODUCTION OF TRUE METAL.  IF YOU WERE JUST GOING TO BE SEEN & TO BE COOL YOU COULDN'T HELP BUT BE ENTRANCED BY THE STAGE SET ALONE, 2 TIERS OF STAIRS, A WALKWAY ALONG W/ PROPS LIKE COFFINS, DOLLS, STRECTHERS & WHEELCHAIRS.  WHERE ELSE WILL YOU SEE SOMEONE KILL GRANDMA???  OR A DOLL?  DANCER LIKE A ZOMBIE & SHREDDING GUITARS???? NOT AT A FREAKIN' HIP HOP CONCERT THAT'S FOR SURE!
I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE BOTH THE WILTERN & THE GROVE SHOWS, RECENTLY TIMI HANSEN FORMER BASS PLAYER OF MERCYFUL FATE LOST HIS LIFE TO A LONG BATTLE W/ CANCER & KING TOOK THE TIME TO REMEMBER HIS FALLEN BROTHER, WHICH WAS HEARTFELT.  RIP TIMI HANSEN.
I ALSO RAN INTO KING AT THE FORUM AT THE SLAYER SHOW, I MET HIM IN 1995 THROUGH MOTORHEAD & TOLD HIM IF I EVER SAW MELISSA W/ A Y ON HIS ALBUMS I WAS COMING FOR HIM & ASKED IF HE REMEMBERED THAT & HE SAID YES!  SO I TOLD HIM I WAS MYLISSA FROM SALEM, MA WHICH GRABEED HIS ATTENTION, I FORGOT TO MENTION MY LAST NAME GRAVES, THAT I AM A WICCAN, MY SPIDER'S LULLABY TATTOO & THE NEW DRESS MISHA FROM SADISTIC VIXENS MADE ME OF KING DIAMOND'S FACE WHICH I AM WEARING FOR MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW.  WELL HOPEFULLY THIS ARTICLE GETS PASSED ON, WHO KNOWS MAYBE MERCYFUL FATE WILL MAKE A COME BACK OR HE JUST MAY NEED A SCANDANAVIAN/RED-HEADED WITCH NAMED MYLISSA TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON STAGE.
WE LOVE YOU KING DIAMOND & HAVE SINCE 1986, FIRST SHOW WAS ABIGAIL TOUR AT THE CHANNEL IN BOSTON IN 1987, FIRST TIME I SAW GRANDMA GET KILLED I WAS HOOKED!  THANK YOU FOR BEING AN AMAZING SHOWMAN & GENERALLY EVILLY NICE GUY.  BE SAFE TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY, BAND FAMILY & CREW AS I CAN'T WAIT FOR "THE INSTITUTE" TO BE RELEASED & MORE LIVE SHOWS!
I WAS DENIED A PHOTO PASS BUT THE ABOVE PHOTO IS AT THE FORUM IN THE FORUM CLUB W/ THEIR LOVELY LIGHTING, IT'S THE BEST THAT I GOT & I'LL TAKE IT!  I HAD TO ASK JASON MOMOA TO MOVE SO I COULD GET A PHOTO W/ KING!  LMAO ALL MY FRIENDS RAN TO MOMOA I RAN TO KING.  PRIORITIES, I HAVE MORE IN COMMON W/ KING THAN JASON SORRY DUDE.  
THANK YOU KING, LIZ, AARON & LYND!


THE BLACK MOODS/GIN BLOSSOMS/COLLECTIVE SOUL

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER

COSTA MESA, CA

8/15/19


SMOKING HOT! THE BLACK MOODS FROM ARIZONA CAME OUT TO THE WHO'S "WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN" JOHN KENNEDY (VOCALS/GUITARS), CHICO DIAZ (DRUMS/VOCALS) & JODRAN HOFFMAN (BASS/VOCALS) ARE EASY ON THE EYES & PLAY ROCK N ROLL SONGS ON THE VERGE OF LED ZEPPELIN ERA WHICH MAY BE BEFORE THEIR TIME, THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE TORCH & ARE CARRYING IT WELL W/ THEIR OWN VIBE.  GROOVING & MOVING.  30 MINUTES OF NEW/OLD SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL MOTIVATED US FOR THE UPCOMING BANDS.

THOUROUGHLY ENJOYABLE, I WOULD SEE THEM AGAIN.  

PHOTOS ARE UP https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16150651

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.THEBLACKMOODSEPK.COM

GIN BLOSSOMS, ANOTHER BAND FROM OUR NEIGHBOR ARIZONA.  BILL LEEN (BASS), JESSE VALENZUELA (GUITARS), ROBIN WILSON (VOCALS/GUITARS) SCOTT JOHNSON (GUITARS), SCOTT HESSEL (DRUMS).  PERFORMED THEIR 90'S/COLLEGE/ALTERNATIVE/NERD ROCK SONGS TO AN AUDIENCE WHO WERE TAKEN BACK TO THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.  I THOUGHT IT WAS ADORABLE, THE PASSION THE AUDIENCE GAVE BACK TO THE GIN BLOSSOMS WHILE I WAS TRYING TO REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT SONGS THEY SING.  I DIDN'T LIKE 90% OF THE MUSIC IN THE 90'S, ALTHOUGH SOME SONGS BROKE THROUGH I CAN RECALL A LINE OR 2 BUT COULDN'T TELL YOU WHICH ARTIST IT IS, SO WHEN I HEARD A SONG OR 2 THAT I VAGUELY REMEMBERED IT WAS MORE ENTERTAINING & THE PEOPLE AROUND ME WERE EXCITED.  

GIN BLOSSOMS PERFORMED ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF THEIR FAN FAVORITES "HEY JEALOUSY", "ALLISON ROAD", "UNTIL I FALL AWAY", "FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU", A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY "EVEN THE LOSERS", "TIL I HEAR IT FROM YOU" & A FEW MORE.  I ENJOYED THE PEOPLE AROUND ME & THE ATMOSPHERE AS THE BAND  ENTICED THEIR AUDIENCE.  WELL DONE GIN BLOSSOMS.

COLLECTIVE SOUL FROM GEORGIA, BROTHERS ED ROLAND (VOCALS/PIANO/GUITAR) & DEAN ROLAN (GUITAR)  ALONG W/ JESSE TRIPLETT (LEAD GUITARS/BACKGROUND VOCALS), WILY TURPIN (BASS/BACKGROUND VOCALS), JOHNNY RABB (DRUMS/BACKGROUND VOCALS) ARE CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN EXISTENCE.  CONGRATULATIONS BUT WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?  WHERE HAVE I BEEN?  THEY ARE CELEBRATING A NEW RELEASE "BLOOD" YOU CAN GET IT ON SPOTIFY, AMAZON & OTHER MUSIC RETAIL SITES.

ED ROLAND IS EXTREMELY FLAMBOYANT, RUNNING AROUND THE STAGE & DIRECTING THE ATTENTION TO THE GUITARS/BASS OR DRUMS WHEREVER THE SPOTLIGHT IS.  W/ HIS COIF STUFFED UNDER A CHAPEAU W/ A BANDANA UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW & THE CASCADE OF SWEATY CURLS FELL TO HIS SHOULDERS EXPOSED.  SHOWMAN FOR SURE, ROLAND WAS BACKED UP BY THE BAND WHO NOT ONLY STAYED OUT OF HIS WAY BUT PROVIDED THE STURDY, STEADY BACKDROP FOR THE SINGER'S ANTICS WHILE GIVING THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST PERFORMANCE.  ANOTHER BAND I THOUGHT I ONLY KNEW 1 SONG, NEVER SEEN BEFORE BUT FIGURED I SHOULD, SINCE IT WAS AT ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES.  ALTHOUGH PAC AMP. WASN'T AT CAPACITY THERE WAS A SOLID CROWD OF 30 SOMETHING'S HANGING ON EVERY WORD.  I WAS TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF THE SINGER AS HE WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

PERFORMING HITS FROM THE 90'S "OBSERVATION OF THOUGHTS", "HEAVY" GREAT SONG, IT STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR A WHILE,"WHY PT. 2", "SHINE" ANOTHER GOLDEN SONG, "BETTER NOW", "NOW'S THE TIME", "OVER ME", "PRECIOUS DECLARATION", "DECEMBER" THIS SONG ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF THE ROLLING STONES "SHE'S SO COLD" AM I THE ONLY ONE? "RIGHT AS RAIN", "ARE YOU THE ANSWER", "THE WORLD I KNOW" LOVE SONG, R.E.M. COVER "THE ONE I LOVE" W/ THE GIN BLOSSOMS HELPING OUT, "GEL" FUNKY, "WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS" & "RUN".

COLLECTIVE SOUL WON ME OVER, I THOUGHT THEY WERE TRUE MUSICIANS, SOULFUL & DEEP, I HAVE NEW RESPECT FOR A BAND I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT.  I WOULD DEFINITELY SEE THEM AGAIN & YOU SHOULD TOO , IT WAS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

NOT ONLY DID THEY REMIND ME OF THE BLACK CROWES WHO ARE ALSO FROM THEIR HOOD, BUT THEY REMINDED ME OF A FRIEND OF MINE WHO USED TO SING IN A FEW ORIGINAL & COVER BANDS IN MA.  

PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.COLLECTIVESOUL.COM

THANK YOU SHARI!


WALTER TROUT/GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/9/19


WALTER TROUT BLUES GUITARIST/VOCALIST FROM HUNTINGTON BEACH, HIS BAND CONSISTS OF:  SAMMY AVILA HAMMOND B3/VOCALS, JOHNNY GRIPARIC BASS & MICHAEL LEASURE DRUMS/VOCALS.

TROUT HAS PLAYED W/ LEGENDARY BAND CANNED HEAT AS WELL AS JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS.  TONIGHT HE WOWED US W/ A FULL BLUESY, GUITAR RIFFING, SMOKING SET WHILE HE TALKED ABOUT HIS LIVER TRANSPLANT & HOW THANKFUL HE WAS TO ORGAN DONORS AROUND THE WORLD, ALL THE WHILE PLAYING W/ A BROKEN PINKY FINGER.  THIS GUY!  50 YEARS & HE'S STILL GOING STRONG!

HIS BAND WAS FANTASTIC, THE SIMPLICITY OF LEASURE'S DRUM KIT DIDN'T MAKE IT ANY LESS, GRIPARIC WAS ON FIRE ON THE BASS, I COULDN'T STOP WATCHING HIM, HE WAS SO COLORFUL.  AVILA KEPT THE PACE ON THE KEYS & THEIR TOUR MANAGER CAME OUT TO PLAY SOME GUITAR FOR US.  IT WAS ALL MAGICAL.  I'M GLAD I TOOK IN SOME SURVIVOR BLUES ON THIS DAY. 

TROUT WROTE THE ALBUM "BATTLE SCARS" ABOUT HIS REHABILITON FROM HIS TRANSPLANT & IS CURRENTLY PROMOTING HIS LATEST COVERS ALBUM SURVIVOR BLUES.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WALTER TROUT PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.WALTERTROUT.COM

GEORGE THOROGOOD & HIS DESTROYERS CAME OUT IN A ROCK N ROLL FRENZY READY TO KICK SOME BAD ASS! 45 YEARS & THEY SHOW NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN & I'M SO GLAD.

THOROGOOD (GUITAR/VOCALS),  JEFF SIMON (DRUMS), BILL BLOUGH (BASS), JIM SUHLER (GUITARS) & BUDDY LEACH (SAX) SHOWING US THE DELAWARE WAY, ROCKED THE PAC AMP. 

THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE OLD & NEW WERE HAVING A FANTASTIC TIME, I ENDED UP W/ FRIENDS IN A BOX & WAS DANCING W/ THE GIRLS IN THE BOX NEXT TO US.  FIRST TIME SEEING THOROGOOD & I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH FUN WE WERE HAVING, THE BAND WERE SEEMING TO HAVE OR HOW MANY SONGS I FORGOT ABOUT THAT STILL ROCKED US:  "ROCK PARTY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE?" (BO DIDDLEY COVER),  "SHOT DOWN" (SONICS COVER), "NIGHT TIME" (STRANGLOVES COVER), "I DRINK ALONE" HAS BEEN MY THEME SONG AS OF LATE, NO ONE WANTS TO GET THEIR LAZY BUTTS OFF THE COUCH & I AM TOO BUSY TO NOT TO.  "ONE BOURBON, ONE SHOT & ONE BEER" (AMOS MILLBURN COVER), "GEAR JAMMER", "GET A HAIRCUT", "BAD TO THE BONE", "TWENTY DOLLAR GIG", "MOVE IT ON OVER" (HANK WILLIAMS COVER) IF YOU WEREN'T DANCING BY NOW.....ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS AROUND ME WERE DANCING W/ ME, IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY.  LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT "BORN TO BE BAD".

69 YEARS YOUNG THOROGOOD SHOWED US HE STILL HAD IT, HIS GUITAR PLAYING WAS PURE ROCK N ROLL & BAD ASS!  LOOKING COOL ALL IN BLACK, W/ BLACK SHADES PLAYING A FEW DIFFERENT GUITARS INCLUDING A WHITE EPIPHONE CALLED "WHITE FANG" HE WAS SO PROUD OF THAT GUITAR & WE WERE PROUD FOR HIM.  6,0000 ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE RELIVING THE GOOD OLD DAYS OR HEARING SOME OF THESE SONGS FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT DIDN'T MATTER AS WE WERE ALL ONE.  COMPLETE JOY.  THANK YOU MR. THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS FOR A GRAND SHOW!

A PORTION OF THE SHOW'S PROCEEDS GO TO THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON DONATING TO THESE CHARITIES PLEASE VISIT:  https://www.lls.org/

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.GEORGETHOROGOOD.COM

THANK YOU JOHANNA!

POCO/FIREFALL/AMERICA

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/11/19


WHAT A JOY TO SEE THESE CLASSIC BANDS ALL TOGETHER! 

POCO IS CELEBRATING 50+ YEARS OF MUSIC!  FORMING IN LOS ANGELES IN 1968 RUSTY YOUNG (VOCALS/GUITARS) LEADS HIS BAND MATES LEX BROWNING (GUITARS/VOCALS), JACK SUNDRUD (BASS) & RICK LONOW (DRUMS) THROUGH CLASSIC MELLOW COUNTRY ROCK SONGS OUR PARENTS USED TO MAKE OUT IN CARS TO.  

"CALL IT LOVE", "ROSE OF CIMARRON", "MY FRIEND", "HEY THERE", "CRAZY LOVE" IS (IN MY OPINION) THEIR BIGGEST HIT ABOUT YOUNG'S EX-WIFE WHICH WAS RELEASED IN 1978, GOT THE CROWD MOVING EVEN IF IT WASN'T OUT OF THEIR SEATS.  "HEART OF THE NIGHT" CLOSED THE 30 MINUTE SHOW.

MOST POPULAR IN THE 70'S POCO IS STILL BRINGING THE NOSTALGIA TO THEIR FANS OLD & NEW.  MOST PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHO POCO IS UNTIL THEY HEAR THAT ONE SONG & THEY SAY OH YES, I DO REMEMBER.  THIS WAS MY SECOND TIME SEEING THEM & I THOUGHT THEY WERE MELLOW & GROOVY.

I WAS LOOKING UP SOME SHOWS DATES & FOUND OUT POCO NOT ONLY OPENED UP/TOURED W/ A LOT OF GREAT BANDS/ARTISTS BACK IN THE DAY, BUT THEY PLAYED ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE, NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE AT SALEM STATE COLLEGE IN 1970 & 1971, UNFORTUNATELY I WAS TOO YOUNG TO GO TO CONCERTS AT THE TIME.  JUST KNOWING THEY WERE ONCE ACROSS THE STREET IS NOW A CONVERSTATION STARTER IF I EVER MEET MR. YOUNG.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POCO PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.POCOBAND.COM

FIREFALL ANOTHER FANTASTIC 70'S BAND YOU MAY NOT RECALL THE NAME BUT YOU DEFINITELY RECALL THE SONGS.

BASED IN COLORADO, FORMED IN 1973 BY RICK ROBERTS , ALTHOUGH SUCCESS DIDN'T COME UNTIL THE MID 70'S WHEN THEIR ALBUM "FIREFALL" CAME OUT ON ATLANTIC RECORDS & RADIO STARTED PLAYING THEIR OSSUM SONGS.  

JOCK BARTLEY (VOCALS/GUITARS), LANCE HOPPEN (FILLING IN FOR MARK ANDES) (BASS), DAVID MUSE (SAX/FLUTE/KEYS/HARMONICA/CLARINET/RHYTHM GUITAR), SANDY FICCA (DRUMS) & GARY JONES (GUITARS) PLAYED A 45 MINUTE SET OF 70'S LOVE SONGS.  "LIVIN' AIN'T LIVIN'", "JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU" LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG, "SO LONG", "CINDERELLA", "GOODBYE I LOVE YOU", "YOU ARE THE WOMAN" MY HEARTS A FLUTTER, "STRANGE WAY" BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES, I CAN RELATE, "MEXICO".  GROOVY/COUNTRY/LOVE SONGS/70'S/GUITARS/SAX FIREFALL HAD IT ALL TO MAKE US OLD PEOPLE BREAK A HIP SWAYING BACK & FORTH.  

AFTER SEEING FIREFALL OPEN FOR POCO LAST YEAR AT THE HANGAR I KNEW I HAD TO SEE THEM AGAIN, SO THIS SHOW WAS A 3FER FOR ME.  ANOTHER SEASONED BAND WHO OPENED/PLAYED W/ SO MANY POPULAR/CLASSIC ARTISTS INCLUDING MOTORHEAD!!!!  WTF?  ANOTHER CONVERSATION STARTER IF I EVER MEET THEM....YOU PLAYED W/ MOTORHEAD???!!!!!!!  F YA!  HOW FREAKIN' OSSUM!  SORRY I MISSED IT.  SADLY I CANNOT ASK LEMMY ABOUT ANY STORIES, I MISS HIM SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT SHOW & I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN.

PHOTOS ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FIREFALL PLEASE VISIT:  https://www.facebook.com/FIREFALLofficial/

AMERICA!!!

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM, I SAW GERRY BECKLEY AT A PRIVATE EVENT AT THE WHISKY IN W. HOLLYWOOD, CA A LITTLE WHILE BACK & HAD NO CLUE.  I WAS AT THE BAR & HEARD A SONG THAT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS & I RUSHED TO THE FRONT TO HEAR MORE.  NOW IT'S MY TURN TO HEAR/SEE AMERICA LIVE, YA WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

I JUST WANT TO LET THE GUYS KNOW WE NAMED THE HORSE...HIS NAME IS PHIL...A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.

GERRY BECKLEY (VOCALS/GUITARS/PIANO/KEYBOARDS) & DEWEY BUNNELL (VOCALS/GUITARS/DRUMS) ALONG W/ DAN PEEK (VOCALS/GUITARS/BASS) WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2011, MET IN LONDON IN HIGH SCHOOL, SURE LET'S CALL OUR BAND AMERICA LMAO.  I LOVE BRITS!  IF YOU WERE BORN THERE YOU ARE BRITISH! THE TOURING BAND ALSO INCLUDES WILLIE LEACOX (DRUMS), RICHARD CAMPBELL (BASS) & MICHAEL WOODS (GUITARS).  

THESE SONGS REMIND ME OF MY FIRST LOVE EVERY TIME I HEAR SOME OF THESE SONGS I THINK OF HIM ESPECIALLY "YOU CAN DO MAGIC", "TIN MAN", "DON'T CROSS THE RIVER", "DAISY JANE", "RIVERSIDE", "I NEED YOU", "HERE", "VENTURA HIGHWAY", "DRIVING", "ELEANOR RIGBY" BEATLES COVER, "CORNWALL BLANK/HOLLYWOOD", "SURVIVAL", "THE BORDER", "GREEHOUSE", "WOMAN TONIGHT", "ONLY IN YOUR HEART", "CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'" MAMAS & PAPAS COVER, "LONELY PEOPLE", "SANDMAN", "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" WAS A MAJOR HIT AT THIS SHOW TONIGHT & THE ENCORE "A HORSE W/ NO NAME".

THESE GUYS GET OLDER BUT THEY GET BETTER, I CAN TELL THEY WERE SUPER CUTE IN THEIR HEY DAY, THE CHICKS WENT WILD FOR THEM, THEY STILL WERE!  I LOVE IT!  MORE CLASSIC/GROOVY/LOVE SONGS ABOUT CALIFORNIA & LIFE IN GENERAL.  BUNNELL & BECKLEY WERE IN COMPLETE SYNC & THEIR VOICES WERE SO ELEGANT.  THEIR BACK UP BAND KEPT UP TO PROVIDE THE BACKBONE TO THE HARMONIOUS VOCAL CAPABILITIES THESE GUYS STILL HAVE, REFRESHING, FUN, LOVELY.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SHOW ALL OF YOU!  

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMERICA THE BAND PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.VENTURAHIGHWAY.COM

THANK YOU JOHANNA!

BEE GEES GOLD

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/7/19


ONCE AGAIN I FOUND MY WAY TO THE DISCO.  THE BEE GEES WERE IMPORTANT TO MUSIC AS WAS PRINCE.  THEIR SONG WRITING SKILLS FOR THEMSELVES AS WELL AS OTHER ARTISTS CHANGED THE WORLD.  DISCO WAS HUGE IN THE 70'S, IT WAS WHAT WAS HAPPENING, IT'S ICONIC & THAT IS WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE/TALK ABOUT THIS TYPE OF MUSIC IN A HARD MUSIC OUTLET.  PLUS WE LOVE THE OC FAIR, I WILL COME TO THE OC FAIR ANY TIME I CAN.

BEE GEES GOLD IS A PASSIONATE DEDICATION TO THE ORIGINAL BEE GEES:  BARRY, ROBIN & MAURICE, W/ A LITTLE BIT OF ANDY THROWN IN.  JOHN ACOSTA IS BARRY GIBB (VOCALS/GUITARS), DARRYL BORGES IS ROBIN GIBB (VOCALS) & JEFF CELENTANO IS MAURICE GIBB (VOCALS/KEYS) W/ A KICK ASS BACKING BAND BEHIND THEM, I DON'T KNOW THEIR NAMES BUT THE BASS PLAYER WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!  

ACOSTA'S FALSETTO VOICE IS THE REAL DEAL, BORGES & CELENTANO BLEND IN SEAMLESSLY TO GIVE US 70'S DISCO BEE GEES MOST OF US GREW UP LISTENING TO.  INCREDIBLE!  I LOVE THESE GUYS.  AFTER HEARING THIS I BROKE OUT MY SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER CD.  WHAT A NIGHT SO MUCH FUN.

REALLY HARD TO DANCE W/ CHAIRS EVERYWHERE SO I WENT TO THE WINGS & EVERYONE WAS HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME DANCING, BEE GEES GOLD SOUNDED ON POINT AS THE REAL BEE GEES.  PLAYING EVERYTHING:  "STAYIN' ALIVE", A GIRL WE WERE DANCING W/ GOT UP ON STAGE & WAS DANCING W/ THE BAND FOR A WHILE BEFORE SHE WAS ESCORTED OFF, THAT WAS FANTASTIC.  "MORE THAN A WOMAN", "NIGHT FEVER", "YOU SHOULD BE DANCING", "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE", "IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU' IS MY FAVORITE SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER SONG, BEE GEES WROTE IT FOR YVONNE ELLMAN & I HAVE HAD TEARS IN MY EYES SINCE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT, TONIGHT WAS NO EXCEPTION.  "TOO MUCH HEAVEN", "MASSACHUSETTS" GOTTA LOVE SONGS FROM MY HOME STATE, "TRAGEDY", "EMOTION", "ISLANDS IN THE STREAM", "GREASE", "HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART", "JIVE TALKIN'", "NIGHTS ON BROADWAY" & MORE.

BRINGS ME BACK TO BEING A TWEEN, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER WAS HUGE, MY FRIENDS MOM BOUGHT US THE MOVIE TICKETS (IT WAS RATED R & WE WERE NOT OLD ENOUGH) IT CHANGED OUR LIVES.  I STILL HAVE MY VINYL & BOUGHT IT ON CD AS WELL.  THE BEE GEES WERE GIFTED SONG WRITERS, SO TALENTED.  THEY ARE MISSED & IF I HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE BARRY GIBB LIVE I WILL TAKE IT (HE ALWAYS WAS THE SEXIEST BEE GEE).  THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR ANY OF THE ABOVE SONGS PERFORMED BY ANYONE THANK A BEE GEE!

PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION (THANKS FOR POSING W/ ME BEE GEES GOLD)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  HTTP://BEEGEESGOLD.COM

THANK YOU AGAIN ROXANNE!

ALLISON CHAINS/DAMAGE INC.

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/2/19


ALLISON CHAINS ARE THE WORLD'S ONLY FEMALE "TRIBUTE" BAND, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF ALICE IN CHAINS SONGS/ALBUMS;  CAROLINE HELDMAN (VOCALS), FELICIA VELLANI (GUITARS), "P-NUT" AMELIA GIOIELLIO (BASS), GRETCHEN SHULTZ (GUITARS) & LEANNE LAGOYDA (DRUMS) HAIL FROM LOS ANGELES, CA.

HELDMAN SOUNDS LIKE LAYNE STALEY WHICH IS NOT THE EASIEST VOCALIST TO COVER.  ALLISON CHAINS REPRODUCED ALICE IN CHAINS CLOSE TO THE REAL THING, I DIDN'T THINK THEY LOOKED LIKE ALICE IN CHAINS SO I DIDN'T THINK THEY WERE A TRIBUTE BAND, THERE ARE DIFFERENT ASPECTS I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO COMPLETE THE TRIBUTE.

THE EERIE, SLOW , DEPRESSIVE SONGS WHICH MADE ALICE IN CHAINS POPULAR WERE THOROUGHLY TRANSCRIBED ALLISON CHAINS' WAY.  I FORGOT ABOUT SOME OF THE SONGS ALICE IN CHAINS RECORDED, I'M NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE "GRUNGE" SCENE AS THEY GLAMOURIZED DEPRESSION, DRESSED DOWN SOCIETY & PEOPLE WEREN'T WASHING ANY MORE.  NOT REALLY MY THING, BUT ALLISON CHAINS PAID RESPECT TO ALICE IN CHAINS' HEY DAY.

SETLIST CONSISTED OF:   "THEM BONES", "LOVE, HATE, LOVE", "MAN IN THE BOX", "DAM THAT RIVER", "ROOSTER", "WOULD" & "NUTSHELL" REALLY MOVED ME, VELLANI'S GUITAR SOLO WAS EFFECTIVE FOR THE SONG.  

ALICE IN CHAINS ARE NOT THE BAND TO MAKE YOU DANCE, MORE LIKE THE BAND THAT MAKE US DEPRESSED.  ALLISON CHAINS DID EXACTLY THAT W/ A LITTLE SLOWER VIBE.  THEY SOUNDED GREAT JUST SLOW. 

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTOS SECTION

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT https://allisonchains.wixsite.com/aictribute?fbclid=IwAR1FxU0phe4TDlvYcEC3qVBnFVeFq8BCf73l7MGsVqrdG0mPJetwvfsxrEk


DAMAGE INC IS THE BEST TRIBUTE TO METALLICA I HAVE EVER SEEN.  CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT (VOCALS/GUITAR) LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE JAYMZ HETFIELD IT'S CRAZY.  KEVIN KNIGHT (BASS) ACTS LIKE ROB TRUJILLO  & LOOKS LIKE JASON NEWSTED WHEN HE HAD SHORT HAIR, CHRIS BRIGHTWELL (GUITARS) IS DOING HIS BEST IMPRESSION OF KIRK HAMMETT WHO IS ROCKIN' GREY CURLS & TONE DECORTE (DRUMS) PROBABLY LOOKS THE LEAST LIKE LARS ULRICH.

AFTER A SLOW SET FROM THE PRIOR BAND, DAMAGE INC HAD A HUGE JOB OF PICKING US UP, THEY STARTED W/ THE INFAMOUS "ECSTASY OF GOLD" & CLIPS FROM THE MOVIE "THE UNFORGIVEN" WHICH, IF YOU ARE A DIE-HARD METALLICA FAN LIKE I AM, WILL SEND GOOSEBUMPS THROUGHOUT YOUR SOUL.

KICKING IT INTO TO HIGH VOLTAGE, IN YOUR FACE, SLAMMING METAL W/ "CREEPING DEATH" WHICH GOT SOME OF THE SEATED PATRONS TO THEIR FEET, I COULDN'T SIT, THEY ARE PLAYING MY FAVORITE BAND'S SONGS!  DAMAGE INC COVER ALL DECADES OF METALLICA & IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES YOU REALLY CAN'T TELL TOO MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE, AFTER 200 METALLICA SHOWS I CAN, BUT I'M INSANE.  "SPIT OUT THE BONE", "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS", "RIDE THE LIGHTENING" OMFG!  "SANITARIUM" LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!  "WHISKEY IN THE JAR", COMPLETE W/ A BRIGHTWELL GUITAR SOLO "WHEREVER I MAY ROAM", "THE FOUR HORSEMEN" IS ALWAYS A TREASURE, IT'S ONE OF THOSE FORGOTTEN SONGS IN MY OPINION, ONE THAT ISN'T PLAYED AS MUCH AS THE REST.  "FADE TO BLACK" IS AN INSPIRATIONAL SUICIDE SONG & IF YOU ARE NOT INSPIRED TO LIVE AFTER HEARING EITHER VERSION OF THIS SONG, THEN DEFINITELY SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP.  "FUEL", "ONE" STILL WEIRD W/ NO PYRO, "MASTER OF PUPPETS", "NOTHING ELSE MATTERS", P BREAK OH I MEAN "ENTER SANDMAN" IF I COULD GET ALL VERSIONS OF METALLICA TO STOP PLAYING THIS SONG....."SEEK & DESTROY" LEFT ALL US WANTING MORE.  THEY RAN OUT OF TIME SO WE DIDN'T GET TO HEAR "HARVESTER OF SORROW" OR THEIR SIGNATURE SONG TITLE "DAMAGE INC".

DAMAGE INC WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST, I THINK I BROKE A FEW CHAIRS, MY HAIR WHIPPED INTO A FEW DRINKS, A FEW KIDS WENT DOWN IN THE AISLE, (THEY WERE HELPED BACK UP) & PEOPLE WERE IN A FRENZY.  THE SECURITY GIRL WAS A NAZI & WAS HASSLING EVERYONE SO IT WAS HARD TO TAKE PHOTOS, & MOVE AROUND, SHE WAS READY TO TACKLE YOU IF YOU STOOD UP.  THERE WERE EMPTY SEATS & SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO MOVE UP & SHE WAS NOT HAVING IT.  RELAX CHICA IT'S NOT REALLY METALLICA.  THE SECURITY GIRL FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE, EMILY, WAS A DOLL, AS LONG AS YOU WERE BEING COOL, SHE WAS COOL.  SHOUT OUT TO EMILY!

THANK YOU DAMAGE INC FOR ROCKING THE FUCK OUT OF US IN BETWEEN REAL METALLICA SHOWS.  WHENEVER I GET A CHANCE TO SEE DAMAGE INC I TAKE IT & I SUGGEST YOU DO THE SAME IF YOU ARE A METALLICA FAN.

PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DAMAGE INC PLEASE VISIT DAMAGEINC.US

THANK YOU ROXANNE!

MOTLEY INC/ATOMIC PUNKS

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/1/19


MOTLEY INC IS TIMMY CRAVEN (VOCALS), JOE LESTER (BASS), LANCE TURNER (GUITARS) & SCOTT PATTERSON (DRUMS) & THEY ARE A MOTLEY CRUE TRIBUTE BAND WHO ARE FIERCELY PASSIONATE ABOUT BEING MOTLEY CRUE. WE SHOWED UP A LITTLE LATE & THE CROWD WAS A LITTLE SHY, WE GOT THEM UP & DANCING IN THE SEATS TO CLASSIC MOTLEY CRUE SONGS.

TRIBUTE BANDS WHO TAKE THE TIME TO NOT ONLY SOUND LIKE THE REAL BAND THEY ARE PAYING HOMAGE TO, BUT TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK LIKE THE BAND AS WELL, ARE TRIBUTE BANDS, IF YOU ARE NOT DOING THAT YOU ARE A COVER BAND.  THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRIBUTE & COVER BANDS & MOTLEY INC ARE DEFINTELY A TRIBUTE TO THE INFAMOUS MOTLEY CRUE.

VOCALIST TIMMY CRAVEN IS THE VOICE YOU HEAR ON THE MOTLEY CRUE MOVIE "THE DIRT" WHICH IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE REGARDLESS OF HOW I FELT ABOUT THE MOVIE, SEE IT YOURSELF I'M NOT INDULGING.

FUN, ENERGETIC, GOT US DANCING, FANTASTIC, NOSTALGIC,DEFINITELY WILL SEE THEM AGAIN.

GREAT SETLIST CONSISTING OF 80'S & 90'S CLASSIC MOTLEY CRUE SONGS:  "WILDSIDE",  "LIVE WIRE", "DR. FEELGOOD", "KICKSTART MY HEART", "HOME SWEET HOME", "SMOKIN' IN THE BOYS ROOM", "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS", "RED HOT", "LOOKS THAT KILL" & MANY OTHER INFAMOUS MC SONGS.  MOTLEY INC ROCKED THE HOUSE, FELT LIKE THE 80'S ALL OVER AGAIN.  

PHOTOS ARE UP IN THE PHOTO GALLERY AT LBMETAL.COM

MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AT MOTLEYINC.COM

NEXT ATOMIC PUNKS W/ BRIAN GELLER ON VOCALS, JOE LESTER ON BASS, LANCE TURNER ON GUIITARS & SCOTT PATTERSON ON DRUMS.

COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF EARLY VAN HALEN SONGS FROM THE DLR ERA, GELLER  CRACKS ALL THE JOKES, MOVES & QUIRKS/GESTURES DAVID LEE ROTH DOES, THEY ARE ENTERTAINING, BELIEVABLE & DO AN IMPECCABLE JOB AS EARLY VAN HALEN. COMPLETE IN OUFITS VAN HALEN WOULD WEAR.

IF PEEPS WERE SITTING DURING MOTLEY INC THEY WERE JUMPING UP & DOWN FOR ATOMIC PUNKS, SO CAL LOVES VAN HALEN.  SO WHEN ATOMIC PUNKS COME OUT PLAYING SOME FAVORITES EVERYONE GETS CRAZY, THE FRONT ROW WERE TOTALLY COMPELLED & BELIEVED IT WAS VAN HALEN.  GREAT JOB GUYS!  GELLERHAD THE GUYS IN THE FRONT ROW SING FOR US, IT WAS HYSTERICAL, MADE THEIR NIGHT :)

WE ALL FELT LIKE WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN & HAD A CAREFREE FUN TIME,  FORGETTING THE TROUBLES OF THE DAY & ACTING LIKE KIDS AGAIN. WE ALL NEED THIS EVERY NOW AGAIN, TAKE US AWAY TO A SIMPLER TIME IN OUR LIVES.

"SOMEBODY GET ME A DR.", "ICE CREAM MAN", "LIGHT UP THE SKY", "PANAMA", "fEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT", "JAMIE'S CRYIN'", "MEAN STREET" REALLY TOOK ME BACK TO 1982, "SO THIS IS LOVE?", "RUNNIN' W/ THE DEVIL", "AIN'T TALKING ABOUT LOVE", "DOA", "YOU REALLY GOT ME", "I'M THE ONE", "EVERYBODY WANTS SOME", "JUMP", "HOT FOR TEACHER" & "UNCHAINED" ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CLASSIC VH SONGS AP ENTICED US W/ AT THE OC FAIR.

ENJOYABLE, THEY GET BETTER EVERY TIME I SEE THEM & WILL CONTINUE. 

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT LBMETAL.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THEATOMICPUNKS.COM

THANK YOU ROXANNE!


FATE'S WARNING/QUEENSRYCHE

THE FONDA THEATER

HOLLYWOOD, CA

3/28/19


WHAT A DOUBLE BILL!  A NIGHT OF OLD SCHOOL PROG ROCK/METAL, PACKED W/ FANS OLD & NEW FATE'S WARNING HIT THE STAGE & GAVE QR A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY.  FW HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE 1982, FIRST TIME I SAW THEM WAS IN 1988 AT THE CHANNEL (RIP) IN BOSTON, MA & THEY STOLE MY HEART.  I GO TO EVERY SHOW I CAN, THEIR MUSIC IS FANTASTIC, IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN RAY ALDER (VOCALS), JOEY VERA (BASS), BOBBY JARZOMBEK (DRUMS), JIM MATHEOS (GUITARS) & FRANK ARESTI (GUITARS) PERFORM THEIR SOLID SONGS OLD & NEW WHAT THE HELL?  YOU SHOULD!  I STRONGLY SUGGEST SEEING THEM LIVE LIKE 50 TIMES, WHILE YOU CAN!  NO REGRETS!
"FROM THE ROOFTOPS" & "SEVEN STARS" FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM "THEORIES OF FLIGHT"  WHICH SHOULD BE IN YOUR IPOD/CD PLAYER ALREADY & IF IT ISN'T IT SHOULD BE IN YOUR SHOPPING CART ONLINE OR IN REAL LIFE, BECAUSE IT'S WORTHY!  "FIREFALL" WHICH IS A NEW FAVORITE FROM THE ALBUM "DARKNESS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT" WHICH YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING SINCE IT CAME OUT IN 2013 OF COURSE, "PIECES OF ME"  FROM THE "DISCONNECTED" ALBUM, "THE LIGHT & SHADE OF THINGS", "THE ELEVENTH HOUR", & "POINT OF VIEW" AN OLD SCHOOL FAVORITE, SHORT BUT SWEET SET LIST OF 10 PROGRESSIVELY BEAUTIFUL PASSIONATE SONGS.  THEY NAILED IT!  HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, ALL OF US WHO KNOW FW WERE HAPPY FOR THEM TO OPEN UP FOR AN ICONIC BAND & SHOW THEIR TALENT TO A NEW BREED OF PEOPLE.  ROCK ON FATE'S WARNING!    PHOTOS ARE UP https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/
QUEENSRYCHE COME OUT TO FOLLOW FW, THEY SHOULD HAVE RUN!  JUST KIDDING, THEY WERE STRONG, HOWEVER I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT TODD LA TORRE HAS BEEN THEIR SINGER FOR 6 YEARS, GET OVER IT.  IT'S TOUGH TO REPLACE THE SINGER IN MOST BANDS, THE LYRICS ARE WHAT MOST OF US RELATE TO & IS THE HARDEST TO REPLACE, HOWEVER, LA TORRE HAS PROVEN HE IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB.  W/ THIS CURRENT LINE-UP OF SCOTT ROCKENFIELD (DRUMS), EDDIE JACKSON (BASS), MICHAEL WILTON (GUITARS) & PARKER LUNDGREN (GUITARS) QR HAVE RE-INVENTED THEMSELVES & ARE MOVING FORWARD W/A  NEW ALBUM "THE VERDICT" ON CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.
I KNOW WE ALL WANT TO HEAR THE OLD SONGS & PRETTY MUCH THIS IS THE NEW QR, "OPERATION MINDCRIME" SONGS WILL MOSTLY BE PERFORMED ON GEOFF TATE'S TOUR AS THAT'S WHAT HE DOES AS OPERATION MINDCRIME, SO WE WILL BE OPEN MINDED & GRACIOUSLY ACCEPT THIS NEW VERSION & HARD WORK.
"BLOOD OF THE LEVANT" THEIR NEWEST SONG FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM, I REALLY ENJOYED THE NEW SONGS & I'M GENERALLY NOT THAT GIRL.  "I AM I", "NM 156", "MAN THE MACHINE", "WALK IN THE SHADOWS" LA TORRE PULLED THAT OFF W/ BLOOD CURDLING WAILS, "CONDITION HUMAN", "QUEEN OF THE REICH", "SILENT LUCIDITY", "OPEN ROAD", "PROPAGANDA FASHION", "SCREAMING IN DIGITAL", "TAKE HOLD OF THE FLAME" KUDOS, MY FLAME WAS HELD HIGH, "EYES OF A STRANGER" W/ "ANARCHY-X" OUTRO, ENDING W/ "LIGHT YEARS", "JET CITY WOMAN" & "EMPIRE".
QR IS RELAVANT, THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR OWN, THEY DESERVE A CHANCE TO BE HEARD & RESPECTED, EVEN IF WE LOVED/MISS THE OLD RYCHE.
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16144199
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FATE'S WARNING PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FATESWARNING.COM
QUEENSRYCHE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.QUEENSRYCHEOFFICIAL.COM
THANK YOU NIKKI & MOLLY FOR ONCE AGAIN TAKING CARE OF ME, TRULY GRATEFUL.

SOULFLY/UNEARTH/INCITE/SKINFLINT/SANGRE/ZOMBIE EATING HORSE/NYCTOPHILE

2/26/19

1720

LOS ANGELES, CA

SO MANY GREAT BANDS & MY FRIENDS ARE IN SOME OF THE OPENING BANDS THAT I DID NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO CATCH.  RUNNING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER IT'S USUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ANYWHERE BY 6PM.  MY REGRETS.
INCITE WAS ON STAGE WHEN I ROLLED UP & I HAVE SEEN THEM MANY TIMES, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FRENZY SURROUNDING THEM, GREAT VIBES, CONSISTING OF MAX CAVALERA'S STEP-SON RICHIE ON VOCALS, CHIRSTOPHER EL ON BASS GUITAR, LENNON LOPEZ ON DRUMS & DRU TANG ROME ON GUITARS. HAILING FROM PHOENIX, AZ THEY BRING THEIR HARD MUSIC TO YOUR FACE.
SUPPORTING THEIR 5TH ALBUM "BUILT TO DESTROY" OUT ON MINUS HEAD RECORDS INCITE'S 15 YEAR RELATIONSHIP W/ METAL FANS IS STILL STRONG.  30 MINUTES OF SLAMMING DEATH METAL WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THESE EAGER METALHEADS, SUCH INCREDIBLE ENERGY.  INCITE GAVE IT THEIR ALL & THE CROWD RECEIVED THEM WILLFULLY.
UNEARTH IS A BAND I HAVE HEARD OF & MAY HAVE SEEN IN PASSING BUT DON'T REALLY REMEMBER & SHAME ON ME AS THEY ARE FROM MY HOME BOSTON, MA, SO I WILL SAY THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN THEM & THEY WERE FANTASTIC!  
TREVOR PHIPPS ON VOCALS, KEN SUSI ON GUITAR, BUZ MCGRATH ON GUITAR, NICK PIERCE ON DRUMS & CHRIS O'TOOLE ON BASS.  45 MINUTE SET MADE THE GIRLS SQUEAL, THE MEN MOSH & US OLD PEEPS ENJOY IN AWE.  ALL WERE BEGGING FOR MORE ONCE THE SHOW WAS OVER, THE EXCITEMENT THAT SURROUNDED THEM WAS INTENSE.  THEY WON ME OVER & I WILL INVESTIGATE MORE FROM UNEARTH.
15 YEARS STRONG, WHERE HAVE I BEEN?  ROCK ON MY FELLOW BOSTONIANS.
SOULFLY I LOVE THEM, EVERY TIME, EVERY LINE UP, EVERY VENUE.  MAX CAVALERA ON VOCALS/GUITAR, MARC RIZZO ON GUITAR, MIKE LEON ON BASS & LYON CAVALERA ON DRUMS, YES ANOTHER SON OF MR. CAVALERA.  
THE CROWD WAS WAITING IN ANTICIPATION FOR THE MAIN EVENT W/ BATED BREATH.  THE LIGHTS WENT DOWN & YOU COULD FEEL THE ENERGY RISE, HEAR THE FANS SCREAMING & SMELL THE SWEAT.  75 MINUTES OF BRUTAL, GROOVY, HARD METAL GRACED US ALL & WE SUCKED IT UP W/ PLEASURE.
SET LIST CONSISTED OF "THE SUMMONING" (FROM THEIR 11TH ALBUM THE RITUAL), "UNDER RAPTURE" (THE RITUAL), "FIRE" (FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM SOULFLY) WHICH LEAD INTO "PORRADA" (FROM THE PROPHECY ALBUM), "BLEED" (SOULFLY) WHICH LEAD INTO "PLATA O PLOMO" (FROM THE ENSLAVED ALBUM), "PROPHECY" (TITLE TRACK FROM THE PROPHECY ALBUM), "RITUAL" (RITUAL), "DEATH BEHIND THE EYES" (RITUAL), "BABYLON" (FROM THE DARK AGES ALBUM), "ARISE AGAIN" (DARK AGES), "BACK TO THE PRIMITIVE" (TITLE TRACK FROM THE PRIMITIVE ALBUM) & ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, SO MANY FAVORITES, "ACE OF SPADES" MOTORHEAD COVER W/ JOSE MANGIN FROM SIRIUS XM'S LIQUID METAL ON VOCALS, "NO" (SOULFLY), "JUMPDAFUCKUP" (PRIMITIVE) WHICH LEAD TO EYE FOR AN EYE" (SOULFLY) ANOTHER CLASSIC FAVORITE W/ DINO CAZARES OF ASESSINO & "CRAZY TRAIN" OZZY OSBOURNE COVER.
SOULFLY'S 20 YEAR CAREER & LATEST ALBUM "THE RITUAL" OUT ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS IS ASTONISHING, MOST BANDS DO NOT MAKE IT, BUT THE MIX OF BLUES, METAL, GROOVE, & SOUL GLUES THE MUSIC TOGETHER.  IT'S AN ECLECTIC MIX & HAS ME JUMPIN', GROOVIN' & MOVIN' EVERY TIME THEY PLAY,  I TRY TO NEVER MISS SOULFLY & IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM, THEN I'M DRAGGING YOU TO THEIR NEXT SHOW W/ OR W/O A CATTLE PROD (TO BE DETERMINED).  YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE MARC RIZZO JUMP, IT'S ALMOST LIKE MICHAEL JORDAN.
THANK YOU CHARLES & TO THE LOVELY LADIES I MET THAT NIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT STAY BEAUTIFUL!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INCITE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/INCITEBAND
UNEARTH PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/UNEARTHOFFICIAL
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THE 2019 DECIBEL MUSIC TOUR FEATURING MORBID ANGEL/CANNIBAL CORPSE

THE FONDA THEATER

HOLLYWOOD, CA

2/21/19


MORBID ANGEL & CANNIBAL CORPSE ARE TRAIPSING THROUGH THE U.S. DAMAGING EARDRUMS & BREAKING NECKS.  WELCOME TO THE DEATH METAL SHOW!  BOTH BANDS HAIL FROM THE DEATH METAL CAPITAL OF THE U.S. WHICH IS THE SUNSHINE STATE FLORIDA (CANNIBAL CORPSE KIND OF DETOURED THEIR START FROM BUFFALO, NY & THEN FLORIDA).  THE DECIBEL TOUR ENDS IN TAMPA ON 3/14 SO YOU HAVE FEW DAYS TO GET YOUR ASS OUT TO SEE THEM, I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DO THIS TODAY.  

Wed/Mar 06 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Thu/Mar 07 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
Fri/Mar 08 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Sat/Mar 09 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sun/Mar 10 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Mon/Mar 11 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Wed/Mar 13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Thu/Mar 14 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum

LAST TIME I SAW MORBID ANGEL WAS AT THE REGENT & THEY WERE SPECTACULAR SO NOTHING HAS CHANGED, I JUST DIDN'T REVIEW THAT SHOW.  THE FONDA THEATER WAS PACKED, I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT SO FULL, EVEN THE BALCONY!  SO GREAT JOB  PACKING THE HOUSE ON A WEEKNIGHT IN L.A. IN THE RAIN!  

LINE-UP CHANGES COMMENCE THROUGH OUT MORBID ANGEL'S LEGACY & CURRENTLY THEY HAVE SOME TIGHT TALENT WHO FLOW TOGETHER:  FOUNDING MEMBER ON GUITARS IS TREY AZAGTHOTH, VOCALS & BASS STEVE TUCKER, GUITARS DAN VADIM VON & SCOTT FULLER ON THE SKINS.

PLOWING THROUGH THE SET OF OLD & NEWER SONGS, "PILES OF LITTLE ARMS" I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO PRETEND TO KNOW WHAT THAT IS ABOUT, DO I WANT TO KNOW?  "D.E.A.D.", "GARDEN OF DISDAIN", "I" FROM THE "GATEWAYS TO ANNIHILATION" CD, "NOTHING IS NOT", "DAY OF SUFFERING", "ABOMINATIONS" & "UNHOLY BLASPHEMIES" FROM "BLESSED ARE THE SICK" CD "BLASPHEMY", FROM "ENTANGLED IN CHAOS" RELEASE,  "PRAYER OF HATRED" FROM "FORMULAS FATAL TO THE FLESH" CD, "GOD OF EMPTINESS" & "BLOOD ON MY HANDS" FROM "THE COVENANT" RELEASE, "ARCHITECT & ICONOCLAST".  IT WAS A THRASHLY DEATHLY HOUR SET & THE CROWD WAS A FRENZY FROM THE FIRST NOTE ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

WHILE WAITING FOR CANNIBAL CORPSE TO COME ON MANY SWEATY CONCERT GOERS WERE IN SEARCH OF LIBATIONS, FRESH AIR & THE LEW, IT WAS TOUGH GETTING AROUND.

CANNIBAL CORPSE IS:  ALEX WEBSTER BASS, PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ DRUMS, GEORGE "CORPSEGRINDER" FISHER VOCALS, ROB BARRETT GUITAR & FILLING IN FOR PAT O'BRIEN HATE ETERNAL'S ERIK RUTAN ON GUITAR.

WHEN CANNIBAL CORPSE HIT THE STAGE, THERE WERE NO WEAKLINGS, THE MOSH PITS & CROWD SURFING (EVEN THE GIRLS) WERE OBSESSED W/ THE MADNESS.  WHO CAN RESIST CORPSEGRINDERS WINDMILL & GRUNTS?!  SLAMMING THEIR AUDIENCE W/ "CODE OF THE SLASHERS", "ONLY ONE WILL DIE", "RED BEFORE BLACK", "EVISERATION PLAGUE", "FIRESTORM VENGEANCE", "SCOURGE OF IRON", "STARING THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD", "THE WRETCHED SPAWN", "DEVOURED BY VERMIN", "KILL OR BECOME", "A SKULL FULL OF MAGGOTS" KILLED MY APPETITE, "I CUM BLOOD" NOT ANYMORE, ANTI-BIOTICS HELPED W/ THAT, "MAKE THEM SUFFER", "STRIPPED, RAPED & STRANGLED" GEEZ ROUGH FIRST DATE & THE INFAMOUS FAN FAVORITE "HAMMER-SMASHED FACE".  WHAT A SET, WHAT A SHOW!  WHAT A WELCOME BACK FROM VACATION!  WELL DONE GENTLEMEN, I EMERGED FROM THE WRECKAGE & CHAOS UNSCATHED INTO THE DARK WET NIGHT COMPLETELY SATISFIED, ALL MY DEMONS RUNNING SCARED & A SMILE ON MY FACE.  THAT'S HOW YOU ROCK A DEATH METAL SHOW.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  www.cannibalcorpse.net  & www.morbidangel.com

THANK YOU LIZ, ANGEL & THE AMAZING WOMAN AT WILL CALL WHOM I DID NOT GET HER NAME BUT WILL NEXT TIME, SHE WAS A DOLL!!


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