Chevelle Concert Review with Aeges and Silver Snakes

Chevelle Concert Review with Aeges and Silver Snakes
May 16, 2017
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

Central Illinois rock fans love their Chevelle. The venue was about ten fans short of being sold out. Peoria and the surrounding areas have a lot of phenomenal rock shows going through the area. The Pretty Reckless performed the night before and had to be moved as they were initially slated for the same night. Rock fans in the area have a plethora of great rock shows to attend and always choose Chevelle when they are in town.

The night started with Los Angeles’ Silver Snakes who has been to the area opening for Korn. Their sound is a fusion of industrial metal with progressive metal. Their latest album Saboteur is out now. Their set warmed up the crowd for the main act.

Silver Snakes

Silver Snakes

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You can learn more about Silver Snakes from their website: Silver Snakes

Aeges

Aeges

ÆGES, pronounced as ‘Ages’ was the second opener and they also hail from Los Angeles. The band just played and had a sound that was eclectic that reminded me of Deftones or Between The Buried and Me. The vocals were lower however the music kept us all engaged in the songs.

ÆGES website is here: ÆGES

Aeges

Aeges

Aeges

Aeges

Aeges

Aeges

 

The crowd was ready for Chevelle whose latest album “The North Corridor” is definitely their hardest to date. The single “Door to Door Cannibals” is blowing up air waves and streaming devices alike. Chevelle is one of the most underrated bands. Their live shows draws in their fans to a fervent pace to just get lost in the music. Even the newest songs become fan favorites to sing along to. Whether it’s “The Red”, “An Island”, or “Vitamin R”, the crowd loves this band. Catch them in person at these dates: Tour Dates

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Chevelle Concert Photos
May 16, 2017
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle

Sam Loeffler of Chevelle

Sam Loeffler of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle

Pete Loeffler of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

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Dean Bernardini of Chevelle

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Pete Loeffler of Chevelle

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Best Midwest Rock Music Festivals

Best Midwest Rock Music Festivals

Bands traverse the country and coordinate with festival planners over the spring, summer, and fall to attend some of the biggest rock festivals in the United States of America. While there are plenty of festivals in the west, south, and east, this list only touches on the Midwest or those readily accessible from the central U.S.. The festival season starts in rock’s loudest month, May.

May 12th
Rock Fest, Westfair Amphitheatre, Council Bluffs, Iowa
The very first festival of the season starts on a Friday. The radio station 89.7 The River of Iowa Western Community College sponsors the festival at Westfair Amphitheatre. The lineup for a single day is incredible with Soundgarden, Papa Roach, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro, and Through Fire.

May 13th and May 20th
Pointfest, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St Louis, Missouri
Two Saturdays in May are set for Pointfest in St. Louis, Missouri. Bands slated for the first of two Saturdays for Pointfest are KORN, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Thrice, Sick Puppies, You Me At Six, Holy White Hounds, and more. The second Saturday for rockers has bands Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Pierce The Veil, Greek Fire, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Hush List, and more. Click on the festival name for tickets and details.

May 13th-14th
Northern Invasion, Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, Wisconsin (outside of Minneapolis, MN)

This two day festival is set in the rolling Somerset Amphitheatre and is produced by Danny Wimmer Productions and AEG Live. The atmosphere is laid back and due to the early date, you have to be prepared for forty degrees or seventy degrees. Performers for Saturday the 13th are Soundgarden, Godsmack, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, In Flames, Sum 41, The Struts, Of Mice & Men,
Dillinger Escape Plan, The Story So Far, Rival Sons, IPrevail, Volumes, Every Time I Die, Dinosaur Pile Up, Dorothy, Bleeker, As Lions, Wage War and more.

Sunday performers are Kid Rock, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Gojira, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Nothing More, Attila, Starset, Bad Omens, Radkey, Citizen Zero, Sylar, Badflower, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury and more.

May 19th, 20th, and 21st
Rock On The Range, Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Rock On The Range is one of the oldest rock festivals still around and is celebrating its eleventh year. The three day festival has sold out for several years now and the soccer stadium and grounds work well for the outdoor festival. The weather is usually rainy leading up to Rock On The Range but the weekend clears up for the performances.

This year on Friday, the artists are Soundgarden, Live, Bush, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Gojira, Sum 41, Of Mice & Men, Thrice, Motionless In White, Beartooth, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Red Fang, Bleeker, Norma Jean, Badflower, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, and Aeges. Saturdays boasts the bands Korn, Offspring, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, Taking Back Sunday, Skillet, In Flames, The Story So Far, Starset, Turnstile, Whitechapel, Attila, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Kyng, DED, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, and One Less Reason. Sunday is the big day with Metallica, Volbeat, Primus, The Pretty Reckless, Biffy Clyro, Amon Amarth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nothing More, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, Deafheaven, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Dorothy, Radkey, Wage War, As Lions, Royal Republic, and Motherfeather.

One of the best festivals and it was founded by and is produced by Danny Wimmer and co-produced by AEG Live.

May 26th-May 28th
Summer Camp, Chillicothe, Illinois
Summer Camp is an eclectic mix of EDM, bluegrass, and jam bands and everything in between. Summer Camp is one of the most inclusive and feel good festival in the country. The bands this year are moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Pretty Lights Live, Zed’s Dead, Primus, Gov’t Mule, Run The Jewels, The Disco Biscuits, Gramatik, Mike Gordon, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Destructo, Eoto, Everyone Orchestra, The Floozies, Ganja White Night, GTA, Herobust, Hippie Sabotage, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams Kwahtro, Kyle Hollingworth Band, Laith Al-Saadi, Manic Focus, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Railroad Earth, Rezz, Slander, Tommy Trash, Waka Flocka, The Wood Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band and many, many more.

June 2nd-June 4th
Bunbury Music Festival, Cinncinnati, Ohio
Bunbury Festival happens on the banks of the Ohio River and was started in 2012. The festival is an eclectic mix of artists including Muse, The 1975, 30 Seconds to Mars, Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, AFI, Flogging Molly, Mutemath, Tech N9ne, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Jon Bellion, D.R.A.M., Watsky, Mike Stud, Moon Taxi, Reverend Horton Heat, NF, Hayley Kiyoko, Kevin Garrett, Protoje, and more. The name “Bunbury” taken from the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” has a fictional character “Bunbury” who the protagonist has a meeting with to get out of doing something they do not want to do.

 

June 3rd
Rockfest, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
For twenty-five years, this festival brings rock to Kansas City and has grown every year. This year has so many great bands, Godsmack, Sammy Hagar, Volbeat, Halestorm, Ratt, Collective Soul, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Zakk Sabbath, Tom Keifer, Blackberry Smoke, Crobot, Candlebox, Sidewise, and One Less Reason

June 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th
Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
The creole slang word for “a really good time”. The festival has grown to a massive four days with bigger and bigger names in music not only rock. While most would consider the location as the South. Us Midwesteners can still drive there and we do in droves. Lineups are world class and this year is no exception. The lineup includes U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The XX, Travis Scott, Cage The Elephant, Marshmello, The Head and The Heart, Big Gigantic, Glass Animals, Future Islands, Tory Lanez, Tove Lo, Crystal Castles, Umphrey’s McGee, Portugal.The Man, Tegan & Sara, Milky Chance, Yellow Claw, Cold War Kids, Kaleo, Superjam, Russ, Jon Bellion, Royal Blood, The Strumbellas, Car Seat Headrest, Michael Kiwanuka, and more.

June 28th-July 9th
Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Summerfest has been going strong and getting bigger each year since the mid-1970’s. This year is an eclectic mix of artists like any other year. The headliners this year is Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, P!nk, The Chainsmokers, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Dierks Bentley, Future, Big Sean & Migos, Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson and Family, Bob Dylan and his band, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, and too many to list.

July 13th – July 15th
RockFest, Cadott, Wisconsin
Twenty-four years and going strong is this rock and metal festival just outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The lineup consists of Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Korn, Shinedown, Volbeat, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Clutch, Insane Clown Posse, Sevendust, Ratt, HELLYEAH, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Lit, Jack Russell’s Great White, Mushroomhead, Thousand Foot Krutch, Avatar, Faster Pussycat, Gemini Syndrome, Lita Ford, and too many to name. The lineup consists of the best old and new rock and metal.

July 13th – July 15th
Rock USA, Osh Kosh, Wisconsin
Rock USA is the answer to Country USA in Osh Kosh. The lineup consists of Ozzy Osbourne in one of four dates he will be performing at this year. The other bands slated are Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, Volbeat, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb of God, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, HellYeah, Falling in Reverse, Candlebox, We Came As Romans, Avatar, Suicide Silence, and more.

July 14th – July 16th
Chicago Open Air, Bridgeview, Illinois
The second year for Chicago Open Air has a more metal lineup than other festivals has heavy hitting bands like Kiss, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Slayer, Megadeth, Seether, Stone Sour, Anthrax, Clutch, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Steel Panther, Amon Amarth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Body Count, Behemoth, Falling In Reverse, Avatar, HellYeah, Vimic, Mushroomhead, Demon Hunter, Crobot, Kyng, Cane Hill, DED and more.

July 14th – July 16th
Pitchfork Music Festival, Union Park, Chicago, Illinois
The festival organized by Pitchfork Media that is an indie music icon. This year the headliners are LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. Others on the lineup are Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, Thurston Moore Group, PJ Harvey, Angel Olson, The Feelies, Nicolas Jaar, The Avalanches, Ride, American Football, Vince Staples, Arca, Kamaiyah, His Golden Messenger, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Milski, Madlib, Arab Strap, SURVIVE, Isaiah Rashad, Hamilton Leithauser, Pinegrove, Jamila Woods, Colin Stetson, and others.

July 18th – July 27th
Vans Warped Tour, Multiple Cities, Midwest
Nine dates of the traveling tour of Vans Warped Tour comes across the Midwest. Surely you can make it to one date. Appealing to teenagers is what Warped Tour does best however I have seen adults dragging their kids to a set at Warped plus parents get in for free if they bring their kid. Dates go through Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kansas. The artists are The Acacia Strain, After The Burial, Alestorm, Andy Black, Beartooth, Being As An Ocean, BlessTheFall, Bowling For Soup, Dance Gavin Dance, Fire From The Gods, Futuristic, Gwar, Hatebreed, IPrevail, Memphis May Fire, Too Close To Touch, William Control and many, many more.


August 3rd – August 6th
Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois
Lollapalooza was started as a touring festival much like Warped Tour. But the traveling festival was shortlived and now the the bands come to Chicago for one of the hottest weekends in the windy city. The Headliners are Muse, The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Cage The Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run The Jewels, The XX, Alt-J, The Head and The Heart, Justice, Big Sean, The Shins, Zeds Ded, Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, Migos, Spoon, Lil Uzi Vert, Foster The People, Ryan Adams, Gramatik, Phantogram, Kaskade, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Mac Demarco, Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Grouplove, and way too many to list.


August 18th – August 21st
Moonstock Festival, Walker’s Bluff, Carterville, Illinois
The festival is headlined by Ozzy Osbourne and he starts performing “Bark At The Moon” when the total solar eclipse occurs. Festival goers will be given eclipse glasses to watch the eclipse. Only the second year for Moonstock and they have a great lineup with Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Theory of A Deadman, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, HellYeah, All That Remains, Otherwise, Failure Anthem, Kyng, Texas Hippie Coalition, Wilson, American Lion, Isabella, Doc & The Practice, System Slave, Teeze, Aquanet, and many more.


September 15th – September 17th
Riot Fest, Douglas Park, Chicago, Illinois
Slated as a Punk Rock festival in Chicago and another date in Denver. Headliners are Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Jawbreaker, New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D dj set, A Day To Remember, Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Menja, Dirty Heads, TV on The Radio, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr., New Found Glory, Fidlar, Bad Brains, Death From Above 1979.

So get your body to a festival if you want to gather with fellow rockers. Keep the feeling alive of celebrating and experiencing your favorite artist in the open air. Festivals to keep an eye out for are Dirt Fest in August in Pontiac, Michigan and Rock n’ Skull on October 27th in Pekin, Illinois.

                             

Best Classic Rock Songs For Sex

Best Classic Rock Songs For Sex

Classic rock songs are songs that are older than twenty-five years.  Older rock songs contain innuendo and cover the topic of making love. Of course there are some songs that are very clear what they are for. The songs are for making love so set it on and let it play all night long.

25.“Bang A Gong” by T. Rex (1971)
The song takes riff from “Little Queenie” by Chuck Berry and supposedly ended the friendship between Marc Bolan and John Peel.  The reference to sex is pretty evident.  This feel good song will always hit the mark. (Wink wink, nudge nudge.)

24.”Slow Ride” by Foghat (1975)
This song came out on their fifth album in 1975 and there is a fantastic version on their live album, Foghat Live, that was released in 1977. This was Foghat’s best charting single and is much played on classic rock radio. There are various versions that span from 7-10 minutes and the song slowly builds in tempo and intensity until the final push to the final, climactic end.

23.”I Want to Know What Love” Is by Foreigner (1984)
A song about love and being shown what it is. This song can still be played at any high school reunion and fond memories come rushing back to the days when you had your first slow dance to this song.

22. I’ll Never Let You Go by Steelheart (1990)
I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) is a song about love at first sight. Steelheart was led by vocalist, Miljenko Matijevic, one of the best vocalists of the Eighties. He sang the songs for Mark Wahlberg’s character in the movie, Rock Star.

21. “Love of a Lifetime” by Firehouse (1990)
Another power ballad that peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. Firehouse was considered a glam band from Charlotte, North Carolina.

20. “To Be With You” by Mr. Big (1991)
A number one song for the band and had huge success in the early 1990s. The band consisted of Eric Martin, Pat Torpey, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert. The band broke up and reunited in 2009.

19. “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company(1975)
This track was released in 1975 and remains one of the best songs for lovemaking of all time.

18. “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
This single propelled Bruce Springsteen to stardom. I think the video solidified him as a sex symbol where he was wearing super tight jeans and nothing was left to the imagination.

17. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon (1984)
REO Speedwagon is an American Rock band from Champaign, Illinois.  Considered a power ballad and another high school dance staple.  This song is from the album Wheels Are Turnin’

16.”More Than Words” by Extreme (1990)
It has been over twenty-five years since Pornograffiti was released. “More Than Words” is the song that convinced girls to lose their virginity. I think the panties started dropping just looking at Nuno Bettencourt’s luscious lips. Jack Black and Jimmy Fallon recreated the famous video.

15. “Magic Man” by Heart (1976)
An autobiographical tale of vocalist’s Ann Wilson’s romance with the band’s manager, Mike Fisher. The song tells the story of a woman coming of age.

14. “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton (1975)
Baby, I Love Your Way is from the critically acclaimed album Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976. Peter Frampton is an English born American rock artist. Peter Frampton is famous for using the talk box guitar effect which are featured in “Do You Feel Like We Do”.

13. “Hurt So Good” by John Mellancamp
This track is self explanatory. Featured in the movie Footloose and John Mellencamp won the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

12. “Love In An Elevator” by Aerosmith (1989)
Released in August 1989 was written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. The song is a very simple song about a fantasy in an elevator. Many people have thought that getting busy in an elevator is extremely sexy including Christian Grey.

11. “With or Without You” by U2 (1987)
Although the lyrics to this song cover the distance of being away from a loved one. The power of this song are not lost on anyone. I imagine it if you were going away from someone, you would want to spend time together with this song. With or Without You is from the album The Joshua Tree which is without a doubt, U2’s best album.

10. “Rock Candy” by Montrose featuring Sammy Hagar(1973)
Montrose was rock band formed by Ronnie Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Bill Church, and Denny Carmassi. The tempo of the song is perfect for making love. The lyrics remind the listener of how hot they are and their potential.

9. “When It’s Love” by Van Halen (1988)
Power ballad with vocalist Sammy Hagar taking the reins on this song. The intimacy and strength in this song makes you feel like grabbing onto your loved one and holding tight. It is track two from the album OU812.

8. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake (1987)
David Coverdale of the English band Whitesnake is one of the best vocalists of all time.  “Is This Love” was actually written with Tina Turner in mind.  It ended up being one of Whitesnake’s biggest hits.  The music video features Tawny Kitaen, the girlfriend of David Coverdale at the time.  They were briefly married from 1989 to 1991.  

7. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard(1987)
Def Leppard’s album, Hysteria, released in 1987 contains their highest charting single ever, peaking out at number two. While the lyrics have always been questionable, the innuendo in the song is clearly about having sex.

6.”Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones (1981)
Released August 14, 1981, “Start Me Up” is the epitome of songs about sex. Mick Jagger asks the lady to start him up and he’ll never stop. The woman in the song is so hot that she would make a dead man cum.

5. “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin (1969)
Led Zeppelin II, released in 1969, contains the only Led Zeppelin song to reach the top ten, peaking at #4 in the US as a single. Most radio stations edited out the controversial middle section that contained Robert Plant’s moaning and vocals. The full version remains one of the band’s classics and the music and Willie Dixon inspired lyrics are primal and sexy.

4. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel(1986)
This song made the most amazing movie scene from the movie Say Anything. The song was certified gold single. Peter Gabriel left Genesis in 1975 to pursue a solo career. He amassed commercial success with the album So that was certified five times platinum in the U.S..

3. “Need You Tonight” by INXS (1987)
When you think of a sexy song, I do not know of one that is possibly sexier than “Need You Tonight”. The rhythm of the song and the super hot singer, Michael Hutchence, sent this song to the top of the charts and is synonymous with INXS. INXS is an Australian rock band formed in 1977. The song is on their album Kick.

2. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC (1980)
Released in 1980 on their album, Back In Black, this song has become a staple of classic rock playlists and also makes regular appearances at wedding receptions I have attended in the last 30 years. The rhythm and lyrics are straight- forward and if this song does not get things started then you may want to make sure your partner is still breathing and alive.

 

  1.  “Night Moves” by Bob Seger (1976)
    Released in 1976 by Bob Seger, this song is the most classic rock song for sex. The lyrics are so poignant about a summertime teenage affair. The song is timeless. In 1994, a music video was released and starred Matt LeBlanc, prior to “Friends” television show and Daphne Zuniga of “Melrose Park”.

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Bad Seed Rising Interview

Bad Seed Rising Interview

Bad Seed Rising is a band from Baltimore, Maryland and has been turning heads by just being the youngest band on Warped Tour and the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records.  We spoke to Francheska, Mason, Aiden, and Louey while they were on the Rebel Without a Claus Tour supporting IPrevail.  

We discussed their full length album, Awake in Color, and their success to date and living the rock n’ roll lifestyle.  

 

For more about Bad Seed Rising check out their website: 

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Nonpoint Concert Review

Nonpoint Concert Review
The Castle Theatre
Normal, Illinois

Nonpoint is a metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida that has been in existence for over twenty years. Vocalist, Elias Soriano, made a statement that they have always been doing the music their way and it has allowed them to live their lives as rock stars. Nonpoint is touring in support of their latest release, The Poison Red. The album displays the maturity of the band when they contemplate the world that their children are growing up in. Their single, “Generation Idiot” hit a chord since the show was on Election Day.

“And you’ll watch your bellies go hollow
When you have no one to follow The dividing occupation of
The binding separation of
This generation of idiots
Generation of idiots, generation of idiots”

Local openers, Letters From The Dead, are from Peoria, Illinois and they began their set with a cover of “What Hurts The Most”. Their drummer, Adam Hoye, wearing his F*ck Cancer shirt told us that his wife just had someone close to her die from cancer. Letters From The Dead is a band devoted to 90s Alternative music and they performed their songs, “If I Had a Gun”.

Letters From The Dead

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New, local band, Burden of The Sky, was next and they are clearly on the path of being a great hard rock or self described alt-metal band. Their music, I have to compare to Nickelback with the same melodic lyrics and the correct amount of hard sound. Obviously, they are not as hated as Nickelback is. They have that same catchiness to their music. When their set was done, the crowd definitely wanted more. Their album entitled “Cinis Ad Cinis” comes out January 2017.

For more about Burden of The Sky, see their Burden of The Sky Facebook

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Kansas City rockers, Sidewise, were next and they are a solid rockers. They have graced the stages of Shiprocked and Rockfest. Their style is most similar to Adelita’s Way. Sidewise’s energy was a great prelude that matches the intensity of Nonpoint’s live show. We had a sing along to “Head Like a Hole” cover.

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Nonpoint came onto the stage with a backdrop of their new album art which is a poison red frog on a red background. This particular red frog is found on Bastimentos Island, Panama. Nonpoint fans have a varied taste in music. T-shirts that were on display were Deftones, Prophets of Rage, Clutch, and Red. Nonpoint is always a central Illinois favorite and their fans will travel for hours to make sure to seem them. The band is signing their records and you can pick up a signed copy on the road. They are a band that is truly about the music and not about the money as they were only charging minimal amounts for signed copies of their CDs and vinyl albums.

The band performed songs from their extensive setlist and Elias Soriano commented on the state of the uncertainty of the election day. We still have the freedom to rock. When the band started playing “What A Day” the fans pulled their energy out despite it being eleven at night. The fans also felt the fervor of “Breaking Skin”, “Bullet With A Name” and “That Day”.

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Stryper Concert Review

Stryper Concert Review
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

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Stryper is on tour celebrating thirty years of their album To Hell With The Devil. This is their iconic platinum album including their hit ballad “Honestly”.  Stryper is a Christian metal band that includes members, Michael Sweet, vocals, and his brother Robert Sweet, drummer, Oz Fox on guitar and bassist, Tim Gaines.  The show started with an informative video narrated by Michael Sweet talking about the background of the guys, their influences and their rise to fame.  The band took the stage in the dark.  When the lights came up, they performed To Hell With The Devil from start to finish in order and brought back the yellow and black attire.

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Bringing back the “yellow and black attack” was so entertaining.  The outfits may be almost as tight as they were in the Eighties.   However, there was definitely a lesser amount of hair spray and makeup than there was thirty years ago. Michael Sweet, vocalist, did remind us that the tighter pants helped him to hit the higher notes.

In true Stryper form, they threw out special “30 THWTD” bibles.  A true memento for the faithful fans.  Stryper has always been known to distribute bibles at their live shows.  And the faithful showed up in force.  Stryper is truly one of biggest Christian metal bands in history.  There was also a sign language interpreter for the deaf in the crowd. 

Stryper changed to their regular clothes after performing the full album To Hell With The Devil.  Michael Sweet put on a Cubs jersey to celebrate their win of the World Series two days before.  Their setlist contained songs from their extensive catalogue.  
 

Yahweh
In God We Trust
Shout It Out Loud (Kiss Cover)
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath cover)
God
Revelation
Caught In The Middle
Surrender
Soldiers Under Command
Encore:
Makes Me Wanna Sing

Their latest release Fallen is one of their best albums and made our Best Rock Albums of 2015.  The guitars and the vocals of the album will blow you away so pick up your vinyl copy of it today if you do not have it already at www.stryper.com

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Stryper Concert Photos

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Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

                                

Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

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Oz Fox of Stryper

Robert Sweet of Stryper

Robert Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

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Tim Gaines of Stryper

Tim Gaines of Stryper

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

Robert Sweet of Stryper

Robert Sweet of Stryper

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

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Oz Fox of Stryper

Oz Fox of Stryper

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Shawn Jump of Icon For Hire

Shawn Jump of Icon For Hire

Shawn Jump of Icon For Hire

Shawn Jump of Icon For Hire

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Fivefold Concert Photos

Fivefold Concert Photos
Boondocks
Springfield, Illinois

                                

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Matt Benne of Fivefold

Matt Benne of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Jorden "CoCo" Murray of Fivefold

Jorden “CoCo” Murray of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Derrick Huskey of Fivefold

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Ryan Cheney of Fivefold

Stitched Up Heart Concert Photos

Stitched Up Heart Concert Photos
Boondocks
Springfield, Illinois

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Decker of Stitched Up Heart

Decker of Stitched Up Heart

Nick of Stitched Up Heart

Nick of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

                                

Trivium Concert Review

Trivium Concert Review with Sabaton and Huntress
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

Trivium

Trivium

 

 

Huntress is a classic style metal band with power vocals by Jill Janus. Huntress recently played the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in September and are out on the road with Trivium. Jill Janus has been honest about her struggles with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity disorder. She also had to physical recovery due to cancer surgery that caused the band to cancel tour dates in 2015. Now they are on the road and their performance is as strong as ever. Their songs “Harsh Times on Planet Stoked” and “I Want To Fuck You To Death” along with “Eight of Swords” had the crowd engaged. Jill Janus gave some background to the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead writing the song “I Want To Fuck You To Death”. They have personalized art and jewelry for sale along with their shirts and music.

Huntress

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Sabaton was next and admittedly, I had never listened to Sabaton prior to the night. They are a Swedish metal band with references to historical battles. They were all outfitted with camouflage pants and vocalist, Joakim Brodén, had a military looking vest outfitted with crosshatched metal plates. Sabaton had not played in Peoria before and said they were nervous about their reception. They were not disappointed with their reception by the Peorians. A fan with a sign that said “I learned more about history from Sabaton than in school.” Although some misinformed fan gave them a Scottish flag instead of a Swedish flag and I have no idea why. Maybe more world Geography needs to be taught in schoosl. If you’re going to take a flag to the show, make sure it is the right country. Sabaton delivered a testosterone filled show. The crowd participated in singing along to their songs “Swedish Pagans” and “Winged Hussars”. Even I had to ‘google’ that so I learned about history that night as well. A young fan whose first show was Sabaton was brought on stage. The lucky boy had a great experience for his first show but he was a natural when they had him play the cymbals during the show.

 

Sabaton

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Trivium was the main attraction and they started the night with “Strife” their best known song. Trivium is from Orlando, Florida and consists of Matt Heafy (vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bassist), Corey Beaulieu (guitarist), and Paul Wandtke (drummer). Most of the crowd that remained with Trivium were diehards having seen them multiple times. Fans were excited to see them on a headlining tour in the area. A lot of the crowd cleared out but that left plenty of room for the circle pit to start up. Trivium’s sound has evolved over time and they continue to play songs from their entire catalog.  Matt Heafy’s vocal range is similar to David Draiman’s and Draiman produced their sixth album, Vengeance Falls. I feel that album really portrays Heafy’s vocal ability but perhaps he is trying to take it easier since he had problems with his voice going out in 2014 after Rock On The Range. While their new album, Silence In The Snow has technical prowess and great imagery, it has only melodic singing on it. They have gained fans with their catchy melody of “Until The World Goes Cold”. Regardless, they played songs from almost every album that night.
Their setlist:
Strife
A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation
Forsake Not The Dream
Rise Above The Tides
Into The Mouth of Hell We March
Silence In The Snow
Entrance of The Conflagration
Anthem (We Are The Fire)
Built To Fall
Until The World Goes Cold
Down From The Sky
Rain
Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr

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Sabaton Concert Photos

Sabaton Concert Photos
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Tommy Johansson of Sabaton

Tommy Johansson of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Pär Sundström of Sabaton

Pär Sundström of Sabaton

Hannes van Dahl of Sabaton

Hannes van Dahl of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Tommy Johansson of Sabaton

Tommy Johansson of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Joakim Brodén of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Sabaton

Sabaton with young fan

Sabaton

Sabaton with young fan

 

                                

Trivium Concert Photos

Trivium Concert Photos
Limelight Eventplex
Peoria, Illinois

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Paul Wandtke of Trivium

Paul Wandtke of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Matt Heafy of Trivium

Trivium

Trivium

Trivium

Trivium fans

Trivium

Trivium fans

 

                                

We Came As Romans Concert Review

We Came As Romans Concert Review
The Castle Theatre
Bloomington, Illinois

We Came As Romans Tour

We Came As Romans

 

 

We Came As Romans are a staple of any metalcore lineup. They were joined by Counterparts and Fire From The Gods. Local band, Call Me In The Morning, started the night and they are a young band with a lot of potential. Their sound was definitely true to the scene.

Call Me In The Morning

Call Me In The Morning

Breakout band Fire From The Gods came next. Sometimes a band and their style will make an impression on you. Fire From The Gods is one of those bands. I was impressed by the metal that was coming from them. Their metalcore style was polished and familiar but with more substance than the other newer metalcore bands. The crowd liked what they were hearing and moved along to the music. Fire From The Gods just released their album Narrative in August 26, 2016. Their single “No Excuse” has been featured on Sirius XM’s Octane and reached number 9 on their Big Uns chart. Fire From The Gods is a band to listen to and watch over the next few years.

 

Fire From The Gods

Fire From The Gods

Fire From The Gods

Fire From The Gods

Fire From The Gods

Fire From The Gods

 

Counterparts from Canada took the stage next. Counterparts is one of those bands that I had heard of but had yet to see live. Unfortunately, their set was not remarkable. Their music was solid and they definitely are real contenders in metalcore music but their performance tonight was not as well received.

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

Counterparts

We Came As Romans latest album is their eponymous release in July of 2015 while the band was on Warped Tour. The album is a departure from their harder metalcore sound. That being said, the album is one of their most cohesive and singable albums with singles “The World I Used To Know” and “Regenerate” released as singles. Fans came to see them both the previous night in nearby Peoria and again in Bloomington, Illinois.

Conspicously missing was drummer, Eric Choi, from the lineup. A few days after the show, it was announced after ten years, that Eric Choi has chosen to leave the band and work on endeavors at home. The band will continue and joins Parkway Drive this fall for more tour dates.

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You can see We Came As Romans on tour. Click here for complete tour dates. WCAR Tour

We Came As Romans Concert Photos

We Came As Romans Concert Photos
The Castle Theatre
Bloomington, Illinois

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans

Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans

Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans

Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Lou Coton of We Came As Romans

Lou Cotton of We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Andy Glass of We Came As Romans

Andy Glass of We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans

Dave Stephens of We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Joshua Moore of We Came As Romans

Joshua Moore of We Came As Romans

Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans

Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans

 

                                

Nocturnal Underground Tour Review featuring Korn and Breaking Benjamin

Nocturnal Underground Tour Review featuring Korn and Breaking Benjamin
Peoria, Illinois

All Time Low's Rian Dawson

Nocturnal Underground Tour Korn

 

 

 

 

 

Two huge bands teamed up to bring rock and metal to the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Korn has been around since 1993 and they are still going strong with their latest album set for release on October 21st. The album is named Serenity of Suffering. You cna pre-order exclusive album bundles here. Breaking Benjamin has been around since 1999. Breaking Benjamin has had a comeback with their latest album Dark Before Dawn that reached number one on the charts in 2015. They were joined by relative newcomers, Motionless In White, and Silver Snakes. Motionless in White have their own hits including A-M-E-R-I-C-A and the video was directed by Clown of Slipknot.

The weather was still warm for a Wednesday in late September in central Illinois. Silver Snakes opened the show and while they are a solid rock band, nothing really stood out during their set. While Motionless In White has their own fan-base mainly consisting of the younger crowd that has been cultivated from years on Warped Tour. Their set was sparse with a big backdrop with Motionless In White appeared to be written in blood red. Ghost’s mike stand props consisted of a Holy Bible and rosary beads. Their drum kit featured an orange jack o’lantern that is also featured on their merch. Their fans came dressed appropriately with the right makeup and sang along to all their songs including their newest track, “570”.

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Breaking Benjamin took the stage next and their stage set consists of a catwalk above and behind the drum kit. New features to their set are several CO2 smoke cannons. This feature adds more depth to the performance without the danger of pyro cannons. Ben Burnley and the guys have been on tour since 2015 all over the country and I have seen them five times to this date. At times, their sound is plagued by issues where levels of vocals drown out some of the other instruments. Unfortunately, this was one of those nights. Sound was not stellar for their performance. Now I know we love the Breaking Benjamin classic songs and Ben’s voice really makes the band what it is. That is how he was able to start over with new band members and still be successful as Breaking Benjamin. The songs that Keith Wallen and Aaron Bruch were singing were fine but did not feel like Breaking Benjamin songs. Otherwise, the band performed their hits along with a medley that they have done previously consisting of “The Imperial March”, “Schism”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and “Walk” was not surprising. Again for fans of Breaking Benjamin, they have seen them multiple times and are looking for new Breaking Benjamin songs that consists of Ben on vocals.

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Korn closed out the show. They always have an amazing live show and tonight was no exception. Their stage was covered while it was being set up and you though it consisted of a boring backdrop with Korn in red letters on gray background but later that dropped to reveal their newest artwork for their album Serenity of Suffering. There is a child with eerie blue eyes going to a carnival filled with creatures. The child has a zombie teddy bear from their Issues album cover with exposed innards where there is some freaky fat guy inside. The artwork was done by renowned artist, Ron English. There were also led light boxes with various abstract lights during the show.

Korn started their set with “Right Now”, “Here To Stay” and “Rotting In Vain”. Their single “Rotting In Vain” has an infectious quality since it was introduced at Chicago Open Air and fans knew all the words singing along. Their set consisted of songs from all time periods. They had the entire crowd chant “Fuck That” just before playing “Y’all Want A Single”. The carthartic release of that song is enough to go see Korn any day. Jonathan Davis sounded especially good with the bagpipes during “Shoots and Ladders”. Jonathon Davis mentioned that their album Life Is Peachy turned twenty years old and they performed “Twist” and “Good God” off of it. I think the true fans were looking for “A.D.I.D.A.S.” though. Regardless, they ended the night in true fashion with “Falling Away From Me” and “Freak On A Leash”.

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Korn Concert Photos

Korn Concert Photos
Nocturnal Underground Tour
Peoria, Illinois

Korn

Korn

Brian Head Welch

Brian Head Welch

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Jonathan Davis

Fieldy of Korn

Fieldy

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Jonathan Davis

Brian Head Welch

Brian Head Welch

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Brian Head Welch

Brian Head Welch

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Ray Luzier of Korn

Ray Luzier

Fieldy of Korn

Fieldy

Jonathan Davis of Korn

Jonathan Davis

Ray Luzier of Korn

Ray Luzier

Fieldy of Korn

Fieldy

Fieldy of Korn

Fieldy

Brian Head Welch

Brian Head Welch

James Munky Shaffer

James Munky Shaffer

Brian Head Welch

Brian Head Welch

 

                                

Breaking Benjamin Concert Gallery

Breaking Benjamin Concert Gallery
Nocturnal Underground Tour
Peoria, Illinois

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Keith Wallen of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Aaron Bruch of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Jasen Rauch of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Aaron Bruch of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Shawn Foist of Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin

Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin

 

                                

Motionless In White Concert Photos

Motionless In White Concert Photos
Nocturnal Underground Tour
Peoria, Illinois

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Motionless In White

Motionless In White

Devin "Ghost" Sola of Motionless In White

Devin “Ghost” Sola of Motionless In White

 

Josh Balz of Motionless In White

Josh Balz of  Motionless In White

Ryan Sitkowski of Motionless In White

Ryan Sitkowski of Motionless In White

Devin "Ghost" Sola of Motionless In White

Devin “Ghost” Sola of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Vinny Mauro of Motionless In White

Vinny Mauro of Motionless In White

Ricky Horror of Motionless In White

Ricky Horror of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Josh Balz of Motionless In White

Josh Balz of  Motionless In White

                                

The Badger Fight, A Fundraiser for Kelly LeMieux

The Badger Fight, A Fundraiser for Kelly LeMieux

Kelly LeMieux Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Kelly LeMieux of Buckcherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly LeMieux of Buckcherry is fighting cancer. I was asked if a photograph I took could be used for a fundraiser. I agreed to donate my work for this fundraising shirt for Kelly LeMieux. I do not know Kelly personally but I know many who have been affected by cancer and wanted to help in any way possible.

If you are a fan or friend, please consider donating.  You can learn more about Kelly’s fight in the link below.

The link to the fundraiser by Within Reason Kelly LeMieux Fundraiser

Volbeat Concert Review with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard

Volbeat Concert Review with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard
Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Illinois

                                
Black Wizard started the night when it was still daylight. Black Wizard hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Their style of metal is reminiscent of Mastodon but missing the technical proficiency of Mastodon. Black Wizard is definitely a band that you buy their vinyl and spin it at home for a night of music enlightenment.

For more about Black Wizard, see their Facebook Black Wizard

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Killswitch Engage took the stage after the sun went down. Their set was energetic and hit laden. Frontman Jesse Leach sporting his old Mohawk haircut and beard. It almost felt like ten years ago but all the members of the band had aged a little. Oh and their setlist has changed over the years with songs like “Hate by Design” and “Alone I Stand”.  The band was hot off their performance at Chicago Open Air.

Setlist:
My Curse
Strength of The Mind
Beyond The Flames
Rose of Sharyn
Alone I Stand
Hate By Design
A Bid Farewell
Always
My Last Serenade
The End of Heartache
Holy Diver
In Due Time

 

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Volbeat had an elaborate stage set up with backdrop of screen that looked like windows with their metallic Elvis winged skull in front and cab covers of skulls as well. Drummer Jon Larsen’s kit has a lot of images going on and is a movie monster tribute except the one with Jerry Only on it. You can learn more about the monsters on the drum kit here: Video of Jon Larsen Classic Movie Monster Drum Build

Volbeat is a Danish metal band but their style of music is so varied with rockabilly, straight rock and then metal. They got the mosh pit and the crowd surfers going in the VIPit area. I have never seen more security at a show and the Illinois State Fair is in the capital of Springfield and the Illinois State Police police the show and also provide the security. I have never felt safer and never more sober either. Almost no marijuana use by anyone in the crowd so there was no secondhand buzz.  The weather was a perfect 82 degrees. The clouds covering the almost full moon looked like a horror movie show.
Their set started with their latest single, “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and it has already gained traction as an earworm that cannot be denied. You just have to sing along. The crowd was taken through their full and varied sound.
They performed just under two hours.

Their setlist:
The Devil’s Bleeding Crown
Heaven nor Hell/A Warrior’s Call/I Only Want to Be With You
Sad Man’s Tongue
Lola Montez
The Gates of Babylon
Dead but Rising
16 Dollars
Let It Burn
Hallelujah Goat
Goodbye Forever
Fallen
The Mirror and The Ripper

Encore:
Black Rose
Doc Holliday
Seal the Deal
Still Counting

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Volbeat Concert Photos


Volbeat Concert Photos
Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Illinois

Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Rob Caggiano

Rob Caggiano

Drum Kit

Jon Larsen Drum Kit

Rob Caggiano

Rob Caggiano

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Kaspar Boye Larsen

Michael Poulsen

Michael Poulsen

Volbeat

Volbeat

                                

Killswitch Engage Concert Photos


Killswitch Engage Concert Photos
Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Illinois

Jesse Leach

Jesse Leach

Jesse Leach

Jesse Leach

Joel Stroetzel

Joel Stroetzel

Adam Dutkiewicz

Adam Dutkiewicz

Mike D'Antonio

Mike D’Antonio

Mike D'Antonio

Mike D’Antonio

Justin Foley

Justin Foley

Joel Stroetzel and Mike D'Antonio

Joel Stroetzel and Mike D’Antonio

Justin Foley

Justin Foley

Killswitch Engage

Killswitch Engage

                                

Black Wizard Concert Photos


Black Wizard Concert Photos
Illinois State Fair
Springfield, Illinois

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

Black Wizard

                                

Sleeping With Sirens Concert Photos

Sleeping With Sirens Concert Photos
Vans Warped Tour
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Justin Hills

Justin Hills

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Justin Hills

Justin Hills

Justin Hills

Justin Hills

Gabe Barham

Gabe Barham

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn

Sleeping With Sirens

Sleeping With Sirens

                                

Falling In Reverse Concert Photos

Falling In Reverse Concert Photos
Vans Warped Tour
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson

Ronnie Radke

Ronnie Radke

Ryan Seaman

Ryan Seaman

Ryan Seaman

Ryan Seaman

Falling In Reverse

Falling In Reverse

Falling In Reverse

Falling In Reverse

                                

Palaye Royale Concert Photos

Palaye Royale Concert Photos
Vans Warped Tour
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Remington Leath

Remington Leath

Sebastian Danzig

Sebastian Danzig

Emerson Barrett

Emerson Barrett

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Remington Leath

Remington Leath

Sebastian Danzig

Sebastian Danzig

Remington Leath

Remington Leath

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

Remington Leath

Remington Leath getting personal with the crowd

Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale

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Holy White Hounds Concert Review

Holy White Hounds
Crusen’s Farmington, Peoria, Illinois

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds band hails from Des Moines, Iowa so they ventured to Peoria, Illinois to give rock fans some of their solid rock style. The band’s sound can be described as similar to Queens of The Stone Age or Foo Fighters. Their live show is fun and they really interact with the fans and give the fans a personalized experience.

Crusen’s on Farmington Road is an older bar that has been remodeled with lots of room inside and out. They have fresh popped popcorn for their patrons. Although the show was on a Thursday, there was plenty of fans that came out to see the band perform. Local openers Aterra Tale and Flannel Mouth rocked Crusen’s before Holy White Hounds took the stage.

Holy White Hounds’ song “Switchblade” has just cracked the the top 10 of active rock radio play by reaching number 10. The song is catchy with a melody that catches like Beck’s “Loser”. You can watch the video for it here.

Holy White Hounds consist of vocalist/guitarist, Brenton Dean, bassist, Ambrose Lupercal, guitarist, James Manson, and drummer, Seth Luloff.

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Seth of Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Brenton Dean

Brent of Holy White Hounds

James Manson

James of Holy White Hounds

Brenton Dean

Brent of Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Holy White Hounds

Before their set, we talked to the guys in the band and learned where origin of the band name came from and other fun tidbits about the bands. Watch our interview here:

For more about Holy White Hounds, go to their website:

www.holywhitehounds.com/

Red Sun Rising Photos

Red Sun Rising Photos
Northern Invasion
Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, Wisconsin

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

                                

City of The Weak Photos

City of The Weak Concert Photos
Northern Invasion, Somerset, WI

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

City of The Weak

                                

Best of Northern Invasion

Best of Northern Invasion 
Somerset Amphitheatre, Somerset, WI

Northern Invasion

Photo courtesy of Northern Invasion

 

Northern Invasion came to the outdoor venue of Somerset Amphitheater just outside of St Paul-Minnesota for two days of rock bliss. The second year of Northern Invasion saw improvements and the perfect amount of people attended the festival. Somerset Amphiteater, formerly Float Rite Park Amphitheatre, is located on rolling hills and there is not a bad view of any of the three stages set up for Northern Invasion.
Somerset Amphitheater has amenities that many outdoor venues do not including a semi-enclosed Saloon. The Northern Invasion VIP access was actually worth the money with regards to viewing and amenities. There were two VIP areas near the main stage, the area to the west featured, adequate bathrooms with toilets, VIP food and drinks, a tent with an HDTV to view the concert and a hill with great viewing of the main stage. The second VIP area was in the Saloon area and contained a large television with viewing of the live stream of the concert, a dedicated bar area, and Adirondack chairs. Both areas featured outdoor heaters that got a workout in northern Midwest in mid-May. We were lucky that the rain held off.

Saturday was cold with temperatures not reaching about 50 degrees during the day. The fans broke out their hunting and biking gear along with merch selling out of the Northern Invasion sweatshirt by dinner time on the first day. I saw more camouflage and hunter orange than I have ever seen at a rock and metal concert.

The bands taking the stages were a mix of new and old bands. Newer bands like Aranda and Hands Like Houses were on the second and third stages respectively. Yelawolf opened the Main Stage and the crowd really got into his unique Southern rock infused hip-hop. Avatar drew a large crowd on the second stage. Avatar will be moving into the Main Stage within the next two year as they are gaining fans all over the world.

Asking Alexandria was pitted against Monster Truck. A Day To Remember drew the younger crowd and I found myself down in the pit to be part of the action. The excitement of ADTR’s pit and not knowing what kind of fun interactive activities they will put on keeps you engaged.

Northern Invasion

Jeremy McKinnon of ADTR photo courtesy of Northern Invasion

 

Stage three featured Australian metalcore Parkway Drive going up against the spectacle of Japan’s Baby Metal. Personally, I do not understand the gimmick of Baby Metal but I do understand the screams of Parkway Drive’s song especially off their newest album Ire. It made our list of Best Rock Albums of 2015.

Northern Invasion

Parkway Drive at Northern Invasion

Chevelle performed on the main stage and their set was met with solid adoration. Lamb of God performed on the second stage and drew a huge crowd. I think seeing them live is a rite of passage for fans. Shinedown had a large pyrotechnic show and their set was everything that you expect from Brent Smith and the guys. Rob Zombie closed out the show with full regalia but not as many props as many of his shows in the past but with a fair amount of entertaining figures such as Robotman. Of course, RZ himself and the rest of the band in their full makeup adds to their show.

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Rob Zombie photo courtesy of Northern Invasion

On Sunday, the weather was much warmer. Fans shed their hunting gear for more festival fun clothing. We saw some great t-shirts and characters.
It was still bearable to be dressed in the black uniform of a rock festival. Jesus was talking to the fans during Ghost’s set.

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Northern Invasion fans

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Northern Invasion fans

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Northern Invasion fans

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Northern Invasion fans

New band, City of The Weak opened the third stage to an impressive crowd. We caught up with City of the Weak and learned all about their band. You can watch the interview here:

City of The Weak are headed to Chicago Open Air in July. Their set was impressive with vocalist, Stef captivating the crowd and their songs are catchy.

City of The Weak

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We caught the new band Audiotopsy who was on the second stage that consisted of former members of Mudvayne. The crowd was out early and ready to rock for Sevendust looked like they are in the best shape of their lives, all the guys are amazing to look at as well as listen to. Red Sun Rising are making history with their solid rock hits that are hitting number ones on the charts. Pop Evil is solid as well and trying out new drummers since Chachi Marunde stepped down to spend time with family, and Trivium. New band From Ashes to New held their own against metal stars Trivium. From Ashes to New has a rap rock style similar to Linkin Park or Papa Roach. Saint Asonia is making the festival circuit and they drew a huge crowd. They will soon be playing Main Stages as well. I have said it before and will say it again, Adam Gontier’s voice is amazing. He explained that they do not cover songs. They perform songs they wrote when performing Three Days Grace songs.

Seether performed the Main Stage and were sporting some serious new guitars. Shaun Morgan had grown his hair back out to look like his old self. Everyone was looking forward to Hell Yeah but their set was plagued with sound issues when Chad Gray’s mic failed him not once but three times. At that point, they bowed out of trying to f*ck around with it and ended their set. So everyone rushed over to the third stage to check out Beartooth but left early to get a good spot for Bring Me The Horizon on the Main Stage. BMTH had a clever public service announcement cartoon before their show that explained to get out of the pit, say goodbye to your loved ones if you remained in the pit, and pit enforcers to clear the way now. Oli Sykes wore a Bernie Sanders shirt.

Bring Me The Horizon at Northern Invasion

Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon photo courtesy of Northern Invasion

Ghost performed a different kind of set during the day but still had a lot of fans seeing them. Korn put on great show. You know that Jonathan Davis is going to come out to play the bagpipes during “Shoots and Ladders” but it always gets you excited when you see them live. Korn is a band that perserveres with 40-50 year olds singing along to their hits. It is really a testament when all the words are known by a grey haired guy singing “Y’all Want A Single”.

Disturbed closed out with a show that was interesting with pyrotechnics, lights, and great hits. Fans stayed until the end to see the reunited Disturbed as they make the festival and tour circuit. Disturbed’s return was magnificent.

Disturbed at Northern Invasion

Disturbed photo courtesy of Northern Invasion

Northern Invasion is one of the younger rock festivals that is taking hold in the United States.  The circle pits could use some tweaking however the fans are slowly gaining experience with every festival they attend and will hopefully rival the open air festivals in Europe.  Rock and Metal fans are truly the reasons these festivals go on and they will continue as long as fans come out in force to support their music.

Sick Puppies Concert Photos

Sick Puppies Concert Photos
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Illinois

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Bryan Scott of Sick Puppies

Bryan Scott of Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies

Bryan Scott of Sick Puppies

Bryan Scott of Sick Puppies

                                

Red Sun Rising Concert Pictures

Red Sun Rising Concert Pictures
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Illinois

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising

                                

Stitched Up Heart Concert Photos

Stitched Up Heart Concert Photos
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Illinois

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Mixi of Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart

Decker of Stitched Up Heart

Decker of Stitched Up Heart

                                

Disturbed Concert Review

Disturbed Concert Review with Nonpoint
Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

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Disturbed fans at the Prairie Capital Convention Center

                                

Disturbed was joined by Nonpoint for a grueling tour schedule since their return after a hiatus in 2011. They came to the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. The capital of Illinois was welcoming to the band and several fans traveled from all over to see the reunited band from Chicago. Disturbed recently released their sixth studio album Immortalized. The album is their fifth consecutive number one album.

Nonpoint is a hard rock band Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Puerto Rican roots. Their signature frog or coquí was explained in an interview with vocalist, Elias Soriano. He explained it as a small frog with a tremendous sound. Nonpoint is known for playing more intimate venues but had no problem with their sound really filling the larger venue. They lived up to their coquí mascot. Nonpoint performed all their hits including “Bullet With A Name”, “That Day” and their newer songs of “Breaking Skin” which is about addiction and F**ked which is a statement about our world today. Their next album is slated for release in July of 2016.

On a side note, the members of this band are very humble. I saw Robb Rivera, the drummer for Nonpoint, giving a chair to a pregnant woman who was watching Disturbed’s set. He went out of his way to give this woman a chair. Cheers to Robb Rivera for being a decent human being.

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Disturbed’s return to rock was well received as they took the stage packed house of approximately four thousand. All the guys in Disturbed seemed to have thinned down over the years, most notably Dan Donegan, appeared to have a dramatic weight loss. Disturbed’s backdrop was the image from their Immortalized album. They had intricate light show that rivals an EDM show and added pyrotechnics that shot large flames from the stage. It was hard to believe that it has been since 2011 that we got to see Disturbed. The band has matured and their performance with their newer songs including “The Vengeful One” but most notably with their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” display that maturity. They rolled out a baby grand piano, timpani drum and had an additional guitarist, cellist, and violinist join them for “Sound of Silence”. The sound during this song was surprisingly pure yet remained true to Disturbed and Simon & Garfunkel.

Their setlist consisted of a medley including “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who and “Killing In The Name Of” by Rage Against The Machine. Elias Soriano, vocalist for Nonpoint joined them on the stage. This medley showed their diversity and skill. A young fan with a broken leg joined the band onstage and David Draiman read a letter she had written which went on about how their music spoke to her. She incorrectly assumed that his mother beat him from the lyrics of “The Sickness”. David explained to her that lyrics are a metaphor representing mother society hitting us to try to make us conform. The young woman was lucky and also gave David Draiman a skull necklace.

At the end of the show, Disturbed asked the fans to chant along with them, ‘We are Disturbed!’ to reiterate that we are all part of the Disturbed family. If you are part of the Disturbed family, you can see them on tour. They will be on tour in the United States and Europe. Visit their website for dates and tickets: Disturbed Website

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Disturbed Concert Photos

Disturbed Concert Photos
Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

John Moyer and Dan Donegan of Disturbed

John Moyer and Dan Donegan of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

Mike Wengren of Disturbed

Mike Wengren of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

Mike Wengren and David Draiman of Disturbed

Mike Wengren and David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

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Disturbed

Mike Wengren of Disturbed

Mike Wengren of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

David Draiman of Disturbed

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John Moyer of Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

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Nonpoint Concert Photo Gallery

Nonpoint Concert Photos
Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Robb Rivera of Nonpoint

Adam Woloszyn of Nonpoint

Adam Woloszyn of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

BC Kochmit of Nonpoint

BC Kochmit of Nonpoint

BC Kochmit of Nonpoint

BC Kochmit of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Robb Rivera of Nonpoint

Robb Rivera of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

                                

Ghost Concert Photos

Ghost Concert Photos
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Illinois

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Nameless Ghoul Keyboardist of Ghost

Nameless Ghoul Keyboardist of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Nameless Ghoul guitarist of Ghost

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Nameless Ghouls of Ghost

Nameless Ghouls of Ghost

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Nameless Ghoul Guitarists of Ghost

Nameless Ghoul Guitarists of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

                                

Northern Invasion Daily Lineup

NORTHERN INVASION ROCK AND CAMPING FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI

Northern Invasion announces daily Lineup

Northern Invasion announces their daily lineup and you will just have to attend both days as the lineup is killer for both days. Single day tickets go on sale April 20th at 10:00am.

Saturday, May 14:

Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Lamb Of God, Clutch, BABYMETAL, P.O.D., Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Enter Shikari, Avatar, Aranda, Monster Truck, The Shrine, Hands Like Houses, Wild Throne, Second Pass

Sunday, May 15:

Disturbed, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon, Seether, Ghost, SIXX:A.M., Pop Evil, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Saint Asonia, Trivium, Butcher Babies, Beartooth, Red Sun Rising, From Ashes To New, Lacey Sturm, Audiotopsy, The Glorious Sons, Andrew Watt, City Of The Weak

Camping Packages include admission to the Friday Night Bonfire. You can find more here: northerninvasion.com

The Northern Invasion Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge Upgrade will feature shade, seating areas, premium cash bar, premium food experience (for purchase), and private restroom access. Those who select the Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge Upgrade will also have access to VIP Parking and an exclusive festival entrance. All ages are welcome in the Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge, but attendees must be 21 or older to purchase adult beverages.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Northern Invasion partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Download the Northern Invasion mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for festival information and band performance times.

                                

Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red Concert Review

Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red Concert Review
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

                                

 

Between The Buried And Me (BTBAM) and August Burns Red joined forces for a co-headlining tour that makes metalheads rejoice that they can conserve their dollars and see two formidable bands at the same time.  It was unfortunate that The Faceless had to bow out of this tour as their inclusion would have added a lot to the tour.

While August Burns Red fans are more the popular metalcore band fans and BTBAM’s fans are what I lovingly refer to as geek metalheads.  BTBAM’s fans will talk to you about music theory, breakdowns, and gear while respecting the genius of artists.  Most of them are musicians themselves.  August Burns Red fans will make you lose your sh*t while in the circle pit while lifting each other up in positive vibes.

The night started with Good Tiger.  The band includes ex-Tesseract vocalist Elliot Coleman, ex-The Safety Fire guitarists Derya Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rüdinger and Architects bassist Morgan Sinclair.  Their songs go between screams from Elliot Coleman to high falsetto that surprised the crowd.  The band has just released an album “A Head Full of Moonlight” that is a definite listen for fans of BTBAM.  Their live show needs a little polishing but was very entertaining.

You can connect with Good Tiger:
Good Tiger Website

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August Burns Red is a metalcore band from Pennsyvania. They have been around since 2003. Their style of music is undeniable skill paired with positive messages. Their song “Identity” was nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy. They are nominated for numerous awards for 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards including Best Guitarist (JB Brubaker), Artist Philanthropic, (Jake Luhrs Heart Support), Best Music Video (Identity) and Album of The Year (Found in Far Away Places). August Burns Red continue to hone their skill and message with each album. Their performance gave the fans what they wanted which was classic August Burns Red. After a few remaining shows in the United States, they head to Europe for the summer. www.augustburnsred.com

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Everyone I know told me about the brilliance of Between The Buried And Me yet I had not seen them live. When describing BTBAM, there is always a long drawn out explanation that goes from Progressive Metal to metalcore to rock opera to just amazing. They are a class and genre unto themselves. Their latest album The Coma Ecliptic is a concept album of a man in a self induced coma dealing with his mind and trying to find a better past life. Tommy Rogers found inspiration from Danny Elfman and decided upon a natural progression of more melody on the album. So fans from the beginning may not shout the praises of this album but new fans like myself are awed with the complexity of the songs and can appreciate the path to this album. It made our list for best albums of 2015. See all the other albums on that list here: Best Rock Albums 2015

Tommy Rogers reminds me of a modern day Jim Morrison with his scruffy beard and brunette mane. Paul Waggoner is magical on the guitar. I thought that I had seen the best guitarists touring the country but I had not seen Paul Waggoner. Arguably one of the ten best modern rock guitarists, he mesmerizes with his magnificient work. Seeing the song “The Coma Ecliptic” live really reinforced my opinion of Between The Buried And Me as one of the best bands in metal. They have a few more dates in the U.S. including Rock On The Range, then they are off to Europe as well. Find all their dates on their website. www.betweentheburiedandme.com

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Between The Buried And Me Concert Photos

Between The Buried And Me Concert Photos
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

Paul Waggoner

Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

Dustie Waring

Dustie Waring of Between The Buried And Me

Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

Paul Waggoner

Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me

Paul Waggoner

Paul Waggoner of Between The Buried And Me

Dustie Waring

Dustie Waring of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

Tommy Rogers

Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me

August Burns Red Concert Photos

August Burns Red Concert Photos
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

Dustin Davidson

Dustin Davidson of August Burns Red

JB Brubaker

JB Brubaker of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Brent Rambler

Brent Rambler of August Burns Red

JB Brubaker

JB Brubaker of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

Matt Greiner

Matt Greiner of August Burns Red

Matt Greiner

Matt Greiner of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

JB Brubaker

JB Brubaker of August Burns Red

JB Brubaker

JB Brubaker of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

JB Brubaker of August Burns Red

JB Brubaker

Brent Rambler of August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs

Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red fans

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

Good Tiger Concert Photos

Good Tiger Concert Photos
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

Elliot Coleman

Elliot Coleman of Good Tiger

Joaquin Ardiles

Joaquin Ardiles of Good Tiger

Derya Nagle

Derya Nagle of Good Tiger

 

Alex Rudinger

Alex Rudinger of Good Tiger

Elliot Coleman

Elliot Coleman of Good Tiger

Joaquin Ardiles

Joaquin Ardiles of Good Tiger

Elliot Coleman

Elliot Coleman of Good Tiger

Elliot Coleman

Elliot Coleman of Good Tiger

Good Tiger

Good Tiger

Northern Invasion Rock and Camping Festival

NORTHERN INVASION ROCK AND CAMPING FESTIVAL

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI

 

Northern Invasion boasts a killer lineup including Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Korn, Shinedown, Chevelle, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Seether, Lamb Of God, Ghost, Sixx:A.M., Pop Evil, Clutch, Sevendust, Hellyeah, P.O.D., BABYMETAL, Black Stone Cherry, Yelawolf, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive, Saint Asonia, Butcher Babies, Turbowolf, Red Sun Rising, Beartooth, Enter Shikari, Aranda, Lacey Sturm, Avatar, Monster Truck, From Ashes To New, The Glorious Sons, Wild Throne, Audiotopsy, RavenEye, City Of The Weak, and more.

Camping Packages include admission to the Friday Night Bonfire. You can find more here: northerninvasion.com

The Northern Invasion Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge Upgrade will feature shade, seating areas, premium cash bar, premium food experience (for purchase), and private restroom access. Those who select the Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge Upgrade will also have access to VIP Parking and an exclusive festival entrance. All ages are welcome in the Pabst 1844 VIP Lounge, but attendees must be 21 or older to purchase adult beverages.

A limited number of discounted tickets are also available for active military through Northern Invasion partner GovX (www.govx.com).

Download the Northern Invasion mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for festival information and band performance times.

                                

GUNS N’ ROSES NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR

GUNS N’ ROSES NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR
Tickets on sale Friday, April 8, 2016

Guns n’ Roses announce a historic summer tour including founding members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Nightrain official GN’R fan club members will be notified via email with an early presale opportunity.  You can access their website here www.gunsnroses.com.

A Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Monday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Thursday, April 7 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, April 8 at www.livenation.com.

See complete dates below:
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Thursday, June 23, 2016          Detroit, MI                  Ford Field

Sunday, June 26, 2016            Washington, DC          FEDEXFIELD

Wednesday, June 29, 2016      Kansas City, MO         Arrowhead Stadium

Friday, July 1, 2016                 Chicago, IL                 Soldier Field

Sunday, July 3, 2016               Chicago, IL                 Soldier Field

Wednesday, July 6, 2016        Cincinnati, OH             Paul Brown Stadium

Saturday, July 9, 2016             Nashville, TN             Nissan Stadium

Tuesday, July 12, 2016           Pittsburgh, PA             Heinz Field

Thursday, July 14, 2016          Philadelphia, PA          Lincoln Financial Field

Saturday, July 16, 2016          Toronto, ON                Rogers Centre

Tuesday, July 19, 2016          Foxboro, MA               Gillette Stadium

Saturday, July 23, 2016          East Rutherford, NJ    MetLife Stadium

Wednesday, July 27, 2016      Atlanta, GA               Georgia Dome

Friday, July 29, 2016             Orlando, FL                Orlando Citrus Bowl

Sunday, July 31, 2016          New Orleans, LA         Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Wednesday, August 3, 2016  Arlington, TX              AT&T Stadium

Friday, August 5, 2016          Houston, TX              NRG Stadium

Tuesday, August 9, 2016      San Francisco, CA      AT&T Park

Friday, August 12, 2016        Seattle, WA               CenturyLink Field

Monday, August 15, 2016     Glendale, AZ              University of Phoenix Stadium

Monday, August 22, 2016      San Diego, CA          Qualcomm Stadium

                                

Interview: JOHN 5 – Guitar hero discusses new solo work and Rob Zombie music, his love of his fans, and his collaborations w/ David Lee Roth & Ace Frehley

Interview: JOHN 5 – Guitar hero discusses new solo work and Rob Zombie music, his love of his fans, and his collaborations w/ David Lee Roth & Ace Frehley

                                

Behind The Nut Love Artwork

Ass-kicking axe aficionado, John 5, is about to kick off a month long solo tour in March, with a March 6th Chicago stop at Reggies Rock Club (tickets available now here: click to get tickets to John 5 in Chicago), before he sets out on a long tour where he’ll be playing “every place that has electricity” with his main gig, the Rob Zombie band.

The solo tour will feature his band, John 5 & The Creatures, performing newly released material, as well as other selections from his many solo albums, and promises to showcase his immense guitar slinging talents, as well as the excellent chops of The Creatures.

John 5 recently spoke to Bradley Todd of Bestrocklist.com about his new material and tour, his love of his fans, the upcoming Rob Zombie album and tour, scoring Rob Zombie’s new film, as well as his collaborations with David Lee Roth and Ace Frehley.

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BestRockList: You’ve released two new songs (and accompanying videos) so far this year called “Black Grass Plague” and “Behind The Nut Love” (watch below), with a third, “Making Monsters”, to come out on March 1st.

In the past, you’ve released full length solo albums. What is the direction you are going with releasing the three songs as opposed to a record? Why the change?

JOHN 5: Well, here’s what I’m doing – I’m releasing a song and a video the 1st of every month…

BestRockList: For the whole year?

JOHN 5: Yeah, for the whole year…so why I’m doing that is that the music, the way people listen to music, and all that stuff, has changed so dramatically. And what I did is very simple. You know we’re older, but the kids…what they do, is they have no idea what a record is or pretty much not even what a CD is. How people, how kids, are watching music, and listening to music… it’s just YouTube. And what that means is, the kids aren’t even really watching TV anymore. Everything they want to see is on YouTube. So what I’ve been doing is… I did a little research and I’m looking at videos, and I’ll think to myself, “Ok, what’s a really popular video?” And I thought, “Ok, let’s do All About That Bass,” from that girl artist…I forget her name…but, I looked it up and it was over a billion views, and that’s astronomical. Then, I would look at how many records she sold, and she sold between 3 million, something like that, which is amazing, that’s great!…but, now it’s proven to me that everyone’s just watching YouTube.

So I released a video. I released a song on the 1st of January (Black Grass Plague), and the views were through the roof, and I was like, I would never sell 50,000 copies in a few weeks, it just wouldn’t happen. And that’s what been happening…you know, people are just looking at the video, and the song is for sale…every song is for sale on iTunes…so it’s kind of a new model, and it’s working. And it’s not like by any means I’m some kind of a genius to figure this out, it’s just common knowledge. So, at the end of the year, I’m going to put together a CD, a physical CD of all the videos…a documentary…you know, everything you want. And the album is called Guitars, Tits & Monsters.

BestRockList: (Laughing)

JOHN 5: Awesome!

BestRockList: I like that title.

JOHN 5: It’s great, huh?!

BestRockList: Exactly! Do you have any sense so far of the couple songs that you’ve released, how the videos are affecting the sales of the digital songs on iTunes, Amazon, etc.?

JOHN 5: It’s unbelievable. And here’s what’s going on: let’s say we buy a record off iTunes, ok? The record is…you know…we’ll only listen to maybe the popular songs, or maybe we won’t even buy the whole record…maybe we’ll just cherry pick the songs we like. So, here’s the deal: each month, here you go…here’s a new song by me…and you can check out the video for free, and if you like it, buy the song. And it’s per month, so every month you get a new song and a new video. It’s been really, really successful, and the next video is called Making Monsters and it’s crazy, crazy great! It’s stop animation, and there’s this action figure of me, and it’s really cool and fun to see.

BestRockList: Is the action figure going to be available?

JOHN 5: I don’t know. They want to make it, but it’s so funny because I’m so busy, I’m so unbelievably busy… right now as we’re speaking, I am on my way to another video shoot…and I have a video shoot with Zombie on Sunday (2/28), and then Monday (2/29) I leave for tour…so I have to get to the action figure thing, so hopefully, yes…the answer is yes, I’d love to do that.

BestRockList: So how would you describe the songs that you’re releasing this year?

JOHN 5: It’s a good question. It’s a wide array of music, because you’re not listening to the same thing over and over and over again. I think it’s just very important to have a different kind of vibe…I just want the songs to be really good, and I want it to be really cool guitar music. And when people come to the show, they’re like, “Oh okay, this is rad!” or something like that. Each song is definitely entertaining.

BestRockList: When you recorded this collection of songs, did you play anything besides guitar on it?

JOHN 5: No, I have this amazing band (The Creatures), just killer, killer guys. It’s a great band…Rodger Carter is playing drums, and Ian Ross is playing bass. And they’re just phenomenal musicians.

BestRockList: How long have you played with them?

JOHN 5: I’ve played with Rodger, the drummer, most of my life…on and off, like in the studio…but Ian, for about a year.

BestRockList: Do you write with The Creatures too?

JOHN 5: No, I’m the sole writer.

BestRockList: Do you sing?

JOHN 5: God no!

BestRockList: When you write, do you ever envision what you’re writing with vocals?

JOHN 5: Yeah, I’ll show it to Zombie…I’m his guitar player and he’s my singer, so sometimes if it’s cool I’ll send it to Rob. [Some of the stuff I write] is like little symphonies or orchestras, it’s so much work…there’s a lot going on.

BestRockList: What’s your songwriting process like?

JOHN 5: That’s a fine question. I’m not really sure to be honest with you. It’s such a strange process because I’ll be like, “I really enjoyed that…that’s cool…that sounds really good…let me try to turn that into something.” And then I’ll just work on it. But writing instrumental music is very, very difficult. It’s a lot of time and I just don’t want to get a riff or something and just improvise over it…I just want the whole thing to be interesting. I love it and it takes a lot of brain power, and I really enjoy that art.

BestRockList: How often do you write?

JOHN 5: Every day.

BestRockList: Do you record all your ideas?

JOHN 5: I’m kind like a fighter. I’ll train, train, train, and get it down so well, like perfectly…and that’s the time for the fight, and I’ll go into the studio and I’ll try and knock it out really quick because I don’t want to waste everybody’s time sitting there writing and trying to figure out what to do.

BestRockList: Tell me about your upcoming tour. Is it a warm-up for the Zombie tour, which starts the month after yours ends?

JOHN 5: Actually the drummer, Rodger, was like, “We should go do some shows.” And I was like, “Do some shows?! I’ve never done instrumental shows….I don’t know.” And he’s like, “Let’s just do a couple.” And so we did a couple, and they were so successful, I was shocked at how successful these shows were. So whenever I have a little time open, I’ll go and play. And we are coming up on doing some shows. I leave Monday. But the cool thing is we’re doing like 16 shows in a row, and you can’t really do that with a singer because you’re gonna blow that singer’s voice out…but if it’s just guitar we can squeeze as many shows in as possible.

BestRockList: I’ve watched some of videos of you and The Creatures from Ultimate Jam Night (an open mic night for professional musicians at Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Wednesday nights) and it was really good.

JOHN 5: Yeah, it’s fun. We just got up and jammed. We have a really cool show behind it (for the tour). It’s kind of like a little Alice Cooper instrumental show…there’s a lot that’s going into it. But that Lucky Strike, we just got up and played.

[But normally], we do stuff that takes a lot of practice. Anything you’ll see us do takes tons of practice because it’s like juggling chainsaws…it’s like, “Ooh, he’s gonna drop that chainsaw any time…” because there’s so much going on.

BestRockList: How long will the sets for the upcoming tour be?

JOHN 5: I’d say probably an 1:20. But they’re really interesting, and here’s the reason why: we’ll be doing heavy stuff, and then we’ll break into bluegrass stuff, and then we’ll break into flamenco, and things like that…and there’s a show behind it, and if you don’t like guitar instrumental music…and most people don’t…but you will definitely be entertained. That’s the whole key to it. You know, people are bringing their girlfriends, and these girls don’t want to sit through this, but nobody leaves and people really, really enjoy it. You know, they’re like, “Oh cool! This is really fun.” We’ll do an instrumental cover of Beat It, and all this stuff, and it’s a really fun, cool show.

BestRockList: Do you guys change up the setlist from night to night?

JOHN 5: It’s a well oiled machine, but let’s say we go to Chicago, you won’t see the same setlist if we come to Chicago again, I guarantee that! It’ll be different songs…not all different songs…but it’ll be probably 3 or 4 different songs, so it’s really always a fresh show.

BestRockList: What part of the upcoming solo tour are you looking forward to the most?

JOHN 5: I really enjoy talking to the fans. So of course, playing is #1, but I love interacting with the fans, and I love listening to what they have to say. I, being a fan of certain things, I like to listen to what these kids are saying, because I’m a fan and I was one of those [kids]. And I think it’s really imperative to do that…I enjoy it, myself.

BestRockList: When does the Zombie tour start?

JOHN 5: The Zombie tour starts April 29th.

BestRockList: Tell me about the new Zombie album.

JOHN 5: What we did with that record is…you know, you have a lifetime to make your first record, and with this record, we really took our time. We were like, okay let’s really live with these songs, and we didn’t rush through it. Because the label’s always like, “Where’s our video?” or this, that or the other thing. [So] we took our time and it came out great…and we’re so excited to get some new songs under our belt, and play those new songs.

BestRockList: So who comes up with the crazy Zombie song and album titles?

JOHN 5: That is allllll Rob. He comes up with everything.

BestRockList: What is the collaboration process like with Rob when you make Zombie music?

JOHN 5: I usually go to his house and we’ll just start writing riffs. I’ll come up with a riff and he’s like, “I like that,” and we’ll work on the music together. And it’s great…it’s a great writing collaboration. We write together, and we work on every single bit together, and it’s really a wonderful, wonderful writing process.

BestRockList: Has the way you write with Rob changed at all over time?

JOHN 5: It’s always stayed the same. You know, if it’s working, stick with that formula. It’s great.

BestRockList: How long will the Zombie tour last?

JOHN 5: A long time…they’re usually like 2 years.

BestRockList: I saw there are Midwest dates already announced, but Chicago isn’t on the list. Will there be a Zombie show in Chicago?

JOHN 5: Of course, it’ll come. We’ll probably be there in the summertime, or somewhere like that. We’re gonna hit every place that has electricity!

BestRockList: Tell me about the movie score that you just did for Rob Zombie’s new film, 31.

JOHN 5: I’ve done tons of movie scores, but this is my second Zombie film. I’ve done Baywatch, I’ve done all these things like that throughout my life…and a lot of weird things that people don’t know about. I’m not a big fan of scoring films or TV shows, but I’ll always do it for Rob because I love his movies and he’s my great friend and I respect him so much. [Scoring] is a TON of work, but it’s so rewarding to see it on the big screen. Now I just saw Rob’s movie…he had a little viewing of his new movie, 31, and I will tell you, this movie is SO good. It’s my favorite Zombie movie. It’s an amazing movie. I remember sitting there going, “It’s over?!” You don’t even know that time is going by because you’re so engulfed in this movie. It’s crazy. I’m so proud of him.

BestRockList: What’s it about?

JOHN 5: It’s a bunch of people travelling in the 70’s and it’s Halloween night, and they get stopped, and they get captured, and they’re in this warehouse thing and they have to survive the night, Halloween night, [from] these brutal killers, and they have to try and survive. It’s like a game. And it is SUCH an amazing movie. You’re on the edge of your seat. It’s great.

BestRockList: I’d like to ask you about your work with David Lee Roth. Is it true you got involved with Dave just by sending 6 of your songs to his management?

JOHN 5: Yeah.

BestRockList: How long had you been writing them before you sent them in?

JOHN 5: Well, I sent 2 songs to him…I think I sent Slam Dunk and Little Texas. And then he said he really liked them, can [I] send more? And so I went into the studio and wrote more. [And this was through] management, I hadn’t even talked to Dave yet…so that’s 4 songs. And then they said, “Hey, Dave likes these, can you write some more?” And I was like “Ok.” But money was tight, ya know? It’s expensive to record these. So I recorded 2 more, and he’s like, “Great, can you record more?” And I said, “Well, I don’t really have the funds to keep recording…” And [management] is like, “Ok, well come to Dave’s house.”

I went to Dave’s house, and he said, “We’re gonna make a record!” and I was like oh my god, this is incredible! So, it was kinda that fast. Everything, all of that happened, like, I was probably writing those songs for like a week or two, and they’re just how they are, how you hear them without vocals.

BestRockList: So the arrangements were complete at the time you gave them to him?

JOHN 5: Yeah… you know, of course, Ray Luzier killed it on drums (when the songs were recorded for the album)…but it’s pretty much the same thing that you hear… I probably wrote it in a week, maybe two weeks at the most. And then we’d make a record in two weeks, mixed and mastered. So it was such a fast, fast process. It was incredible.

BestRockList: Was Dave writing the lyrics on the fly as you were recording?

JOHN 5: Yes, never seen anything like it. They guy is a genius. And if you listen to these lyrics, they’re UN-believable! These lyrics…I can’t believe it…like ‘From shack to chateau.’ You know, it’s like, so cool.

BestRockList: Or “Little Elvis is combat ready.”

JOHN 5: Yeah! Brilliant…brilliant! I was watching him just create and it was genius. But one thing he said to me that scared the hell out of me…now this is David Lee Roth, who is my hero, your hero…he said, “We’re going to record this just like Van Halen. We’re going to record it live.” And I was like, “Okay.” And he said, “If you can’t get it in two takes, you can’t get it.” And I was like, “Oh my god!”

So, we did it, sure enough…all those songs on one or two takes.

BestRockList: What’s Dave like personally? Is he always electric and “on,” or have you seen a regular guy side to him?

JOHN 5: You know, that’s a fine question. He’s so smart…I mean scary smart, this guy…so we’ll talk and just hang normal, but then that other part comes on. So it’s like 50/50. He’s so brilliant, this guy. I think he might even be too smart!

He does so much stuff, he will gather all this information, and he knows a little bit about everything. That’s what I love about him. He’s brilliant.

BestRockList: How come you guys never toured the DLR Band album together?

JOHN 5: I joined Marilyn Manson….but [Dave and I] did make another record.

BestRockList: I’ve heard that you guys have a completed, but unreleased album. How many tracks are on it?

JOHN 5: I think like 11. And they’re so good! There’s a song called “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Now”…I think that’s the title… and this song, I’ll listen to it just as like one of my favorite songs…it’s so good, man. This guy, like his talent, his voice and everything, just sounds like Van Halen[‘s third album], Women and Children First. His voice is just unbelieveable. And we did this record and I’m so proud of this record, so hopefully it’ll see the light of day one day.

BestRockList: Are there any other song titles you could share?

JOHN 5: There’s one called “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill”. It’s genius!

BestRockList: Who played on that album?

JOHN 5: Gregg Bissonette, who played on Eat ‘Em & Smile and Skyscraper, I played bass on it, Brett Tuggle…he played keys, and he was also in the [EEAS & Skyscraper band]. It’s a great album, but it’s not like crazy rock music, that’s the thing.

BestRockList: Is there any intention to release it?

JOHN 5: It’s totally up to Dave.

BestRockList: Have you had any discussions about it?

JOHN 5: Yeah, we always talk about it, you know? It’s so good. And I’m so happy I have a copy…it’s really, really something else!

BestRockList: I heard you moved out to LA from Michigan when you were 17. Did you go out there by yourself?

JOHN 5: Yeah. I was by myself, but I had one friend who lived out here. Luckily I got to stay with him, and I started my life and my career.

BestRockList: How’d you get the balls to do that?

JOHN 5: Well, I just knew I was not going to…I was a pretty wise kid, I guess…I knew that opportunity knocks a lot louder out here.

BestRockList: How did you get involved in playing on Ace Frehley’s new album of cover songs?

JOHN 5: Ace called me and said, “Hey, I’m doing a covers album and I want to have you on it.”

And I was like, “I’m there!” And I was going over the Hendrix song, and we were gonna do Space Truckin’ as well. [Then] he called me and he goes, “We’re going to do ‘Parasite’.” And I was like “Oh my god!” I was [thinking] this is unbelievable. You know I love KISS and I’m like, I’m gonna do Parasite with Ace! You know…KISS Alive…Hotter Than Hell!

So here we are, we’re in the studio, we’re doing it, we’re playing together and he said, “Why don’t you improvise, and I’ll improvise.” And me, being the fan, said, “Ace, why don’t you do the Parasite solo, and then I’ll come in after you?” And he played the solo, and he plays it in one take…but it’s so Ace, it’s so great…one take, boom! And that’s what went on the record. And I was like, “This is awesome!”

BestRockList: Had you ever played with Ace before?

JOHN 5: Yes. Luckily I have had the privilege to play with him.

BestRockList: How did you guys decide on Spanish Castle Magic?

JOHN 5: It’s a classic Hendrix song. It’s one of his favorites and it’s one of mine.

BestRockList: Thanks for your time today, John.

JOHN 5: See you on 3/6 [in Chicago]!

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The Best Rock Albums of 2015

The Best Rock Albums of 2015

                                

This year has been one of ups and downs with records numbers of fans going to rock shows. The horror of the terror attacks in Paris at The Bataclan made us all band together. Then, shortly after, the passing of Scott Weiland and at the end of the year, the mighty Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

As the Grammy awards are underway, we wanted to put our best list of the rock albums of 2015.

10. Coma Ecliptic by Between The Buried and Me
The creative genius of this album is a melding between progressive rock and metalcore for this rock opera. The album definitely incites the listener to listen to the album in its entirety. It has the melody of Beatles, the song structure of The Who and then some metal vocals thrown in as well. The album is about a man stuck in a coma and living out his memories in his mind.

9. Meliora by Ghost
Meliora is Latin for the pursuit of something better. Ghost is a Swedish metal band known for their antithesis of the Catholic church.  The band members are nameless ghouls known only by their symbols.  The singer is also nameless Papa Emeritus III who replaced Papa Emeritus II.  Meliora is has a classic metal sound from tracks “Cirice” and “From The Pinnacle to The Pit” which reminds us of Black Sabbath or Judas Priest classic tracks.  The video for “Cirice” makes us think of the horror movie “Carrie”.

8. Polyester Zeal by Red Sun Rising
Polyester Zeal is the debut album by Red Sun Rising from Akron, Ohio. The album is a return to solid rock. The album is good and the live show is incomparable. I have seen this band three times live over 2015 and each time they have blown me away. To see a new band who is devoted to hard rock music is heartening. The song, “The Otherside” has done well on charts but their tracks, “Emotionless” and “My Muse” are the ones that will set them apart from the endless roll call of bands trying to make it. I compare the vocal talent of Mike Protich to Chris Cornell. Red Sun Rising will give you chills when you see them live. Polyester Zeal is just the start of their illustrious career.

7. Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots 
Twenty One Pilots is a duo from Columbus, Ohio. Bursting onto the popular scene like gangbusters but Joshua Dun and Tyler Joseph have been a part of the Ohio music scene for years. Blurryface is a statement of the group’s style and their unique spoken word, rap, synthesizer, and rhythm base. The song speed and cohesiveness of this album put it on the best list. “Lane Boy” is a reggae track that comments on the cookie cutter songs that are popular today. “Heavydirtysoul” starts the album by defining the music of Twenty One Pilots. The album is genuine and also uncommon.

6. Threat To Survival by Shinedown
Shinedown is an American hard rock band from Florida. They started out with songs like “45” and have had to work extra hard to get to the level where they are at. Threat to Survival is a culmination of their career as a hard rock band instead of a pop music band. The album reached number one on Billboard hard rock chart and number two on the rock chart. While this album is deliberate in its composition to appeal to a broader audience, it still rocks.

5. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence + The Machine 
Recorded above a cenote in Mexico, this album has the guitars and rock sound to make it to the top five of our list. The album feels more personal to Florence Welch. It has been met with critical acclaim and nominated for a Grammy for best pop vocal album. Florence + The Machine are considered an English indie rock band. The tracks of “Delilah” and “What Kind of Man” prove the poetry of Florence + The Machine.

4. That’s The Spirit by Bring Me The Horizon
British band Bring Me The Horizon has evolved over the past thirteen years from screaming metalcore band to an electronic popcore band. Fronted by Oli Sykes who admitted during the Alternative Press Music Awards that he was just out of treatment for drug addiction. That’s The Spirit is definitely influenced by his recovery process. The song “Happy Song” is an anthem for modern angst and depression. “Throne” is the answer with a triumphant and positive answer to adversity.

3. Drones by Muse
Muse has been around for almost twenty years. The band is from England and known for their artistic rock style. They are definitely in their own league as rock musicians. Drones album pushes the envelope again with “Psycho” using dialogue from the movie Full Metal Jacket. Drones is a concept album about a man who goes from indoctrination to defection. “Reapers” has some of the best guitar riffs since Van Halen’s 1984.

2.  Ire by Parkway Drive 
Ire is the fifth album from Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive. The band has evolved into a sophisticated powerhouse of lyrics with orchestral and electronic features in this album. The album flirts with conceptual. The overlying theme is definitely a dystopian society. The cello and violins at the beginning of “Writings On The Wall” and shows the maturity of the band for song construction. The anthem of “Crushed” gives the long-term fans a song to sing along to. If you are a fan of Slipknot or Disturbed, this may the new band for you.

1. Fallen by Stryper
Stryper is the same band from the late eighties and early nineties with the hit “Honestly”. We are as surprised by the choice as you may be. All you need to do is listen to this album to know why it is number one on our list. Stryper is a Christian heavy metal band. This album begins with a track entitled “Yahweh” that was written by Michael Sweet and Clint Lowery of Sevendust. The song demonstrates the incredible vocal ability of Michael Sweet and the guitar riffs demonstrates the amazing skill of Oz Fox. While there are some tracks that are distinctly that nineties hard rock feel, this album is their heaviest to date. They cover Black Sabbath’s “After Forever”.  The power metal songs really rival the best out there.

What albums made your list? Our list leans to the heavy side while still appealing to the popular rock fans. Some of the albums we considered for 2015 but did not make the top ten were

Dark Before Dawn by Breaking Benjamin
Kill The Flaw by Sevendust
Rock or Bust by AC/DC
Into The Wild Life by Halestorm
Immortalized by Disturbed
The Pale Emperor by Marilyn Manson
Book of Souls by Iron Maiden

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Concert Review: Big Head Todd & the Monsters – 2/6/16 House of Blues – Chicago, IL.

 

Concert Review: Big Head Todd & the Monsters – 2/6/16 House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois

                                

Big Head Todd & the Monsters are on the road celebrating their 30th anniversary, and brought the party to a sold out show at Chicago’s House of Blues on February 6, 2016.

 

The band, consisting of Todd Park Mohr (guitar & vocals), Brian Nevin (drums), Rob Squires (bass), and Jeremy Lawton (keyboards & pedal steel guitar), came bearing gifts in the form of two recently released new songs: “Wipeout Turn,” and “New World Arisin’”…and there’s a newly released video to accompany “Wipeout Turn”, which was produced and directed by Big Head Todd, himself.

 

B.H.T.M (their screen name on a few social media sites) is very popular in Chicago and had no problem selling out the House of Blues, as I believe they did on their last time through town when they were out supporting their last album, Black Beehive. The crowd this night packed the main floor, and the surrounding side bars, shoulder to shoulder…once you found a spot it was best to stay put!

 

The audience was hungry for music, and the band, which has been mixing up their setlists pretty well from night to night on this tour, didn’t disappoint. The group’s performances are known for substance over flash, and their sparse stage set-up indicated as much. They came out and skillfully played their way through an 18 song set that included the two new singles, as well as a good sampling from their long career…which includes elements of straight rock, folk, blues and maybe even some funk. The set (see below for setlist) rocked steadily and closed with a rousing rendition of the John Lee Hooker blues standard, Boom Boom, with guest guitarist, Ronnie Baker Brooks.

 

The band has a few more dates on this leg of their tour, which wraps up in March, and they also have an official anniversary gig set for June in their home state of Colorado, at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

 

Mike Doughty, formerly of Soul Coughing, opened the show.

 

SET LIST:

 

  1. New World Arisin’
  2. Crazy Mary
  3. Broken Hearted Savior
  4. Muhammad Ali
  5. Tower
  6. Please Don’t Tell Her
  7. Moose Song
  8. Wipeout Turn
  9. Rocksteady
  10. It’s Alright/Sexual Healing
  11. Everything About You
  12. Bittersweet
  13. Beautiful World
  14. Fly Like an Eagle
  15. Cashbox/Ride On Josephine/Who Do You Love
  16. Hey Delilah
  17. Circle

ENCORE (w/ Ronnie Baker Brooks)

  1. I’ll Play the Blues for You
  2. Boom Boom

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Red Sun Rising Concert Review

Red Sun Rising Concert Review
The Sound Bar at Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

                                

Red Sun Rising is a new band that hails from Akron, Ohio and they have been catching the attention of rock fans and critics. Their debut single “The Otherside” reached number 1 on Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Their debut album Polyester Zeal is one of the best albums of 2015.  The rock fans in Peoria, Illinois were lucky enough to have a date for the band’s first headlining tour. 

Local favorites, Drugs Delaney, started the intimate evening in the Limelight’s smaller venue stage called The Sound Bar.  Drugs Delaney is a solid rock band that has a varied sound.  They performed some of their songs off their upcoming album release in March as well as some covers including “Shut Up and Dance” and a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister with “Ace of Spades”.

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Andrew William Smith of Drugs Delaney

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Red Sun Rising is a band that mesmerizes as you are watching and listening to them live. The venue was small and fans were very close to the band. The setlist included: “My Muse”, “Blister”, “Bliss” and a cover of Alanis Morrisette’s “Uninvited”. Red Sun Rising recently completed an acoustic version of “Uninvited” in Sirius XM’s Octane for Octane Unleaded. You can find a video of the live, electric cover on our Facebook page

 

Songs off their album Polyester Zeal are cohesive and catchy while remaining intelligent. They are rock songs for the pop fans. When Gene Simmons proclaimed the death of rock in September of 2014, it bolstered the rock community to come together. We should thank him and his son for the article. Since that time bands, media, labels and fans have proclaimed with their efforts that rock is not dead. There are more rock bands, rock festivals and rock fans than ever. What Gene Simmons should have conveyed is that rock has evolved into a genre for intelligent fans. Some music have evolved into genres with little originality or the pursuit of excellence. While rock has evolved into a culture of poignant lyrics and technically intelligent musicians. Red Sun Rising is the quintessential rock band. Their lyrics are meaningful without being whiny. Their melodies are catchy and they are hard enough to keep the hard rock fans banging their heads. Mike Protich’s vocal ability puts this band to the front of the pack of new rock bands out today.

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Once you see Red Sun Rising live, you will keep going to see them again and again because they give you incredible. Do not take my word for it, go and see for yourself.

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The Sound Bar at Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois

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Mike Protich of Red Sun Rising

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Holiday Run Tour I Prevail Versus Me and XXI

Holiday Run Tour I Prevail, Versus Me, and XXI Concert Review
High Noon Saloon, Madison, Wisconsin

I Prevail has been a band for a little over two years. The band is best known for their cover of Taylor Swift’s hit “Blank Space”. They released the cover via YouTube on December 1, 2014. Their album Heart vs Mind has been out since December 17, 2014. The post-hardcore album is full of positive affirmations. I Prevail band members, Eric Vanlerberghe, Brian Berkheiser, Steve Menoian, and Lee Runestad went from working normal jobs to touring the country with immediate success.

High Noon Saloon is set up open with a small balcony in the back. It is a great venue for intimate shows with the capacity at about 400. The house was very full for a Sunday night show. Some guests had just seen the same show the night before in Ringle, Wisconsin and decided to travel to see them again.  Everyone was there to have fun for the night and forget about work tomorrow.

The opener was XXI pronounced X X I (formerly A Feast For Kings). The band is from Louisville, Kentucky and signed to Tooth & Nail Records. The band is a heavy Christian rock band. They just released their album Inside Out on September 18, 2015. XXI fits with these bands as their positive message and their heartfelt lyrics moved the crowd. Vocalist Carson Butcher had no problem crowd surfing.

Carson Butcher of XXI

Carson Butcher of XXI

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Madison’s hometown band, Versus Me, performed next. Well, close enough to hometown as three of the band members are from Janesville and one is from Wisconsin Dells. The positive party keeps going on with Versus Me trying to be inspirational to their fans. Tonight the fans were in force and sang along to every song. “Versus Me wants nothing less than positivity, communication and connection with their audience. They want to show the world that their music, and all good music, can help people with life’s toughest trials and hardships. Versus Me yearn to connect with each and every person they can, whether it’s to talk about music, or to just learn about where people are coming from and who they are.” The attractiveness of metalcore for fans is someone who is accepting of them no matter who they are. Versus me embodies the idea of inclusiveness. They received attention when pop punk vocalist, currently of Escape The Fate, Craig Mabbitt, appeared in their video for “(A) Tension”.

You can watch it here:

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The main event was I Prevail and the show was the last show of the year. Fans were in force. Eighty percent of the fans knew all the songs from the Heart vs. Mind. The band loved getting up close and personal with the fans. The fans started crowd surfing. Eric Vanlerberghe and others supporting the band had to help the fans get back into the pit. Brian Berkheiser felt like having fun and decided to ride the hands of the crowd. A fun time was had by all. The question everyone had was when is I Prevail putting out new music?

I talked to Eric Vanlerberghe and Brian Berkheiser before their set.

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I Prevail
High Noon Saloon, Madison, Wisconsin
December 13, 2015

                                

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Brian Burkheiser and Steve Menoian of I Prevail

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Versus Me
High Noon Saloon, Madison, Wisconsin
December 13, 2015

                                

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Dustin Helgestad of Versus Me

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Whitford St. Holmes Concert Review

Whitford St. Holmes Concert Review
“For the Fun of it”
November 14, 2015
Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, Illinois

                                

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Good, old-fashioned fun. That, I surmise, is the reason Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes, of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent Band fame, respectively, have reunited and re-kindled a side project called Whitford/St. Holmes they had together for an album in the early 80’s.

So the boys, who live near each other down in Nashville, have put the band back together, so to speak, writing and recording a collection of nine songs that make up a new album appropriately entitled, Reunion. The new album (which isn’t available until early 2016, unless you attend one of the band’s shows, where it can be purchased) seems similar to the original, consisting of melodic, guitar driven album oriented rock, or AOR.

The fact that AOR is not a popular genre, commercially, right now is beside the point for the resurrection of this project, as the purpose of it seems to be: Fun. The fun that two longtime friends and musicians have when they get together and write, record and play music for the simple enjoyment of it (and I assume, for Brad, the fun that comes from making and performing music without the constraints of a day job like Aerosmith). And fans of Holmes and Whitford and this type of music are the beneficiaries of this “fun,” because Whitford/St. Holmes have hit the road in the form of a short mini-tour to take their songs, new and old, and rock them out.

The two have put together a band consisting of Troy Luccketta from Tesla on drums, Buck Johnson from Aerosmith’s touring band on keyboards & vocals, and well regarded Nashville session player, Chopper Anderson, on bass guitar. The outfit played on Saturday, November 14th at Reggies in Chicago, which was the group’s 3rd show of this band’s short tour of approximately 10 dates…but you wouldn’t know it by how tight the band was this night and they appear to already be a well oiled rock ‘n’ roll unit. I was surprised then, when I spoke with drummer Luccketta, a hard hitting energetic performer, after the show and he said the tour rehearsals were limited. It definitely didn’t show.

The highlights of the show are the group’s namesakes. Derek St. Holmes’ long locks from the 80’s may be gone, but his vocal tone, power and performing chops, not to mention his guitar playing, are still in full effect and very engaging. It’s also a pleasure to see Brad Whitford’s riffage and soloing front and center, confirming any doubt he is an underrated player.

The band whipped through a number of new tunes (all nine from the new album, which runs about 37 minutes, albeit in a different running order), followed by some from the first album from the 80’s, and then closed with four well known numbers – two from Aerosmith and two from Ted Nugent. Fun indeed!

This short tour wraps up 11/22, so act quickly to catch them. See all the dates on their website: Whitford St. Holmes.  But there seems to be talk of more dates once the album is officially released next year.

SET LIST:
1. Shake It
2. Tender is the Night
3. Rock All Day
4. Hot For You
5. Shapes
6. Catch My Fall
7. Hell is on Fire
8. Gotta Keep on Movin’
9. Flood of Lies
10. Shy Away
11. Every Morning
12. Whiskey Woman
13. Sharpshooter
14. Hey Baby (Nugent)
15. Last Child (Aerosmith, sang by Buck Johnson)
16. Train Kept a Rollin’ (Aerosmith)
17. Stranglehold (Nugent)

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Whitford St Holmes Concert Photos
November 14, 2015
Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, Illinois

                                

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Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin Concert Review

Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin Concert Review
with Sevendust
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

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Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin have teamed up with Sevendust to create a super tour. Each band has a devoted following and fan base. Doors to the venue had notices that stated strobe lights were in use and loud fireworks as well. The signs piqued the curiosity of the crowd as they entered the venue.

Sevendust opened the evening and played one of the shortest sets ever. My companions and I missed most of their set due to traffic backed up for over an hour. Sevendust are a favorite in the area and the fans showed up early to see them. What I did see included Sevendust’s new song “Thank You” off their album Kill The Flaw.

Breaking Benjamin took the stage next with their return to making music and touring. Their number one album Dark Before Dawn is still highly successful. Fans came out to see their classic hits such as “Blow Me Away”, “Breath”, “Polyamorous”, “I Will Not Bow” and “The Diary of Jane”. Their performance was solid but sound issues seem to plague them. There were a few moments when sound was sub-par. Their stage was set with their signature Celtic knot of interlocking B’s flanking each side of the stage with pressurized air being shot from the top of each one. Part of their show contains bringing children on the stage with their parents. It was a dream come true for some of the kids and their parents. Ben Burnley, the main force behind Breaking Benjamin and only original member, spoke about being in the crowd when he was younger and knowing that he wanted to perform some day. Fans embraced their set and loved the mix of new and classic songs.

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I was always just a passing fan of Shinedown but I am surrounded by friends who have seen them double digit times. They have listened to their music at their lowest times in their lives to emerge with hope. Shinedown is their music friend. Their latest album Threat To Survival has relatable lyrics that paint a visionary tale with extremely catchy hooks. The album is the most listenable of 2015 and is definitely on the list of the best of 2015. While some fans will miss the hard rock that Shinedown has been known for, new fans will be able to still feel a little of the hard rock with “Cut The Cord”.  Brent Smith told the crowd that night that they knew that the album would change some things up. A deliberate move to pop rock while retaining the lyrical genius.

“Thick As Thieves”

“Evidently we can’t work it out
I guess that courage ain’t allowed
Evidently you’re not in the mood
And everything I say just bothers you

You built this fortress
I stumble towards it”

The show was punctuated with pyrotechnics with flame cannons and loud fireworks. The setlist included a lot of new songs and songs that go along with the pop rock feel such as “Bully”, “State of My Head”, “I’ll Follow You”, “45”, and “Simple Man”.

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November 6, 2015
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

                                

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Breaking Benjamin Concert Photos
November 6, 2015
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

                                

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Judas Priest Concert Review

Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls Tour Concert Review
with Mastodon
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

The longevity of Judas Priest has weathered lineup changes and their career has seen superstar status in the 1980s with their album British Steel of which tracks, “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight” are classic songs that receive radio play. A hundred artists have covered “Breaking The Law” and it has been featured in television shows and movies. The band released an album Redeemer of Souls July 8, 2014. Judas Priest has been on tour for support of the album for over a year now and traveled through North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and South America.

Peoria, Illinois was lucky enough to have Judas Priest grace them with their presence. Everyone knows that Judas Priest could play larger venues and not even bother with playing smaller venues. They do so for the fans. The fans will travel far and wide to get so close to these metal legends. While the fans consisted mainly of older gentlemen, there were fans of all ages. Fans who were metalheads, musicians, and their companions all were blown away by the power in Rob Halford’s vocals.

Metal award winning band Mastodon opened the show. Their stage was set with a large backdrop designed by the artist known as Skinner. Skinner’s work is immediately recognizable. He also designed the album cover for Mastodon Once More ‘Round The Sun.

Mastodon took the stage with Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders looking like Wildlings with long hair and beards. Members of Mastodon did star as Wildlings in the HBO original series Game of Thrones.  They also have a song “White Walkers” on Game of Thrones Mixtape II .

 

Mastodon in Game of Thrones

Mastodon in Game of Thrones

 

Mastodon’s setlist this evening contained “Tread Lightly”, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”, “Aqua Dementia” and “Black Tongue”. Their set was more energetic than I’ve seen them in the past perhaps because they had more stage to move around. Everyone tries to describe Mastodon by placing them into a sub-genre of rock like progressive rock or groove metal. They are rockers whose musicianship will impress you because they are just that magnificient.

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Judas Priest built the anticipation to their set by having a large curtain cover the stage with their name in large letters and their signature pitchfork. The curtain dropped and they started with “Dragonaut”. Rob Halford came out with a cane that was for style and not necessity. Their stage set included an led screen the entire backdrop and two smaller screens in front of either side of the elevated drum kit. Two lighted pitchforks hung from the air on either side of the backdrop screen. The screens featured album covers, lyrics for some songs, and cameras from the stage of the band and the crowd. Their tracks included several songs to show that Rob Halford’s vocals are still outstanding and Glenn Tipton’s wailing guitar, thumping bass of Ian Hill and the hard-hitting drums of Scott Travis. Not to leave out the youngster, Richie Faulkner on guitar who also brings a lot of energy and skill to the show. They performed “Desert Plains”, “Screaming For Vengeance”, and “The Rage” and their hits as well. Watching the set made me tired. I do not know how the older gentleman in the band continue their touring schedule. Drummer, Scott Travis seemed to have an endless supply of energy.

Rob Halford’s costume changes occurred during every song. His wardrobe consisted of leather, whips, handcuffs, and vests and jackets adorned with gems or studs. Rob also rides out on a motorcycle to the expectation of the fans. He took a moment during the show to thank all the metalheads who came out to support them. I know a lot of fans wanted to make sure they saw the legends in person.

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Judas Priest Concert Photos
November 3, 2015
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois

                                

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Michael Sweet Concert Review

Michael Sweet Concert Review
Twisted Spoke Saloon
Pekin, Illinois, 2015

Pekin, Illinois is famous for being the Marigold Capital of The World. Twisted Spoke Saloon is famous for having world class acts on their intimate stage. The biker-themed bar is friendly to not only bikers but also to lovers of music. Michael Sweet graced the small town of Pekin with his amazing vocal and musical talent. The bar has ample seating and a small stage with great lighting and sound.

Michael Sweet is better known as the vocalist and songwriter of the Christian rock band Stryper. They are at their heart a metal band while still being lumped into the hair band category in the 1980s. Their hair was amazing and Michael’s remains amazing still. His voice has gotten better over the years. He tours rigorously and is supporting his latest album, I’m Not Your Suicide. The album is arguably his best to date.

The evening began with solid local band The UnHandsome Devils who had an acoustic show. UnHandsome Devils are a cover band with a strong set that includes staples of rock music. Their vocalist, Mitch Bland, has an incredibly good power and range. He also did double duty by playing cajon and singing while their drummer was recovering from an accident.

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Michael Sweet
October 24, 2015
Twisted Spoke Saloon Pekin, Illinois

                                

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Marianas Trench with Secret Someones

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Marianas Trench album “Astoria” out October 23, 2015.

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Avatar Concert Review with Gemini Syndrome

Avatar Concert Review with Gemini Syndrome and First Decree
The Castle Theatre
Bloomington, Illinois, 2015

Avatar returned to the historic Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois. They were joined by Gemini Syndrome and First Decree. Huntress was supposed to be on the tour but frontwoman, Jill Janus, was recuperating from major surgery. You can read the full statement here about their schedule changes. Huntress Touring Schedule Changes

After a break from relentless touring, Gemini Syndrome hit the road again after the release of their single “Eternity”. “Eternity” is the first single off their sophomore album Memento Mori. We talked with Aaron Nordstrom and Alessandro AP Paveri about the new album, demystifying Albinism, and what music they love from the classics to modern bands. Watch the interview here:

First Decree is a rock band from Cheyenne, Wyoming and they have been touring nonstop and hitting the stage with everyone from In This Moment to Pop Evil and now Avatar. The band is hard-working and really heartfelt in their delivery however the music just does not speak to me.

Gemini Syndrome returned to the stage after the release of their newest single “Eternity” and while the sound is familiar, the song is a new chapter of their story. I know the fans were very excited to see Gemini Syndrome and Aaron Nordstrom exclaimed several times that he was happy to be back as well. Gemini Syndrome performed “Pleasure and Pain”, “Mourning Star” (You can find out more backstory about Mourning Star in our interview.), “Stardust”, “Basement” to name a few of the songs. Their energy is both dark and hopeful at the same time. Aaron Nordstrom’s voice is rich and powerful with the melody and screaming in their music.

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Avatar’s stage was covered by a pretty large, black cage right in the middle and the crowd was wondering exactly what was behind the cage. Well, when the circus helpers opened the cage, there stood Johannes Eckerström standing about thirteen feet in the air in a huge jacket spanning the stage singing. The rest of the band were hidden initially as Johannes sang “Queen of Blades”. Avatar was spelled out in lighted letters going across the stage and there was also a long shadow in the background with Avatar spelled out. For this elaborate of a set in such an intimate venue was f*cking awesome! I have been to around a hundred shows here and this was the best show at The Castle Theatre. The fans were all rapt with attention to this show. The band has their headbanging coordinated to such an extent that their hair is all flying up at the same time. Avatar is one of those bands that get better every time you see them. Their art is being honed to the level of world class metal stars. Johannes Eckerström’s vocal range is unrivaled and his falsetto scream has matured over the years to a mellifluous thing of beauty.

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Johannes Eckerström told the crowd that you did not need your neck muscles tomorrow so use them tonight and bang your head with them. I did and so many metalheads in the crowd did also. My neck and back were sore for two days after the show. I lost my voice from singing(screaming) along and only suffered from a slight case of tinnitus. So, just to reiterate, it was the best show I have ever seen at The Castle Theatre.

You can still catch a few more dates on this tour:

Sep 12 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
Sep 13 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Sep 14 Mainstage Morgantown, WV
Sep 15 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 17 Revolution Amityville, NY
Sep 18 The Loft @ The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep 19 CHAMELEON CLUB Lancaster, PA
Sep 20 Hard Times Cafe Hagerstown, MD
Sep 21 Capone’s Johnson City, TN
Sep 22 Hard Times Four Mile Fork Fredericksburg, VA

 

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Avatar
September 8th, 2015
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington Illinois

                                

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Gemini Syndrome Interview

Gemini Syndrome Interview

We sat down with vocalist, Aaron Nordstrom and bassist, Alessandro AP Paveri of Gemini Syndrome. Their soft-spoken demeanor belies their metal appearances. AP with tattoos covering most of his body including his face. Aaron with his dreadlocks and piercings. During suicide prevention month we talked about the meaning behind their song “Mourning Star”. We also discussed Albinism and what bands they were fans of including the classics to the new bands.

                                

Crossfaith Warped Tour 2015

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Warped Tour 2015

                                

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Miss May I Warped Tour 2015

Miss May I
Warped Tour 2015

                                

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Black Veil Brides- Vans Warped Tour 2015

Black Veil Brides
July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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