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Young Renegades Tour All Time Low with gnash and DREAMERS
Monarch Music Hall
The re-branded venue, Monarch Music Hall, that was formerly known as Limelight entered the scene with a SOLD OUT show of the Young Renegades Tour with All Time Low, gnash, and DREAMERS. Music fans were ecstatic that the venue could remain open and bring intimate shows to the area. Ambitious fans started lining up at nine in the morning to be the first ones at the rail.
Alternative rockers, DREAMERS from New York, opened the Young Renegades tour. The three piece consists of vocalist, guitarist Nick Wold, bassist Marc Nelson, and drummer, Jacob Lee Wick. DREAMERS is that band that you know all their songs because they are so infectious. Their album This Album Does Not Exist (Fairfax Recordings) was released August 26, 2016. The single “Wolves (You Got Me)” has been out for a few years now and gets regular airplay on Alt Nation and alternative radio around the country. Their songs “Painkiller” and “Sweet Disaster” get in your ear and don’t let go. Tonight they played those hits along with a new song “Last Love Song” and a tribute cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries. Their set was short, sweet, and reminded the fans of exactly who they are.
For more about DREAMERS, visit their website: DREAMERS
gnash is a singer, songwriter, rapper, dj and producer. His single, “I hate U, I love U” featuring Olivia O’Brien peaked at number 10 on Billboard Hot 100. gnash has a stage presence that draws you in and makes you want to sing along. His song “the broken hearts club” is the latest single off his upcoming album. His website asks if you want to sign up as the latest member of the broken hearts club.
All Time Low is a Pop Punk band from Towson, Maryland. The band consists of vocalist, Alex Gaskarth, guitarist, Jack Barakat, bassist, Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson. The band has had success touring the world relentlessly. They have won awards and Alex and Jack hosted the Alternative Press Music Awards in 2015 and 2016. Their latest release, Last Young Renegade (FUELED BY RAMEN) was released on June 2, 2017. A plain stage set up just consisted of the drum kit and microphone stands stood on the stage. The band received a respectable number of bras from the crowd. It is expected that they will collect the bras and hang them their microphone stands. Many undergarments contain messages and phone numbers written on them in hopes that the band will reach out. There was one that may have been EE size that Jack commented he would be happy to die from. There was some banter about Quizno’s that was just disturbing. Most of the fans were there to sing along to all their favorite songs whether it was their classic “Weightless” or the new ballad “Dirty Laundry”, everyone knew the words and sang along.
For everything about All Time Low, check out their website: All Time Low
Peoria Civic Center Theater, Peoria, Illinois
I went to worship at the alter of the legend, Peter Frampton. Although his legendary locks have been gone a while, he still has a wonderful stage presence with an amazing band backing him up on this solo tour. This short solo tour started in Peoria, Illinois. For old fans and new, you must see this awe-inspiring guitarist at a show. At a spry 67, almost 68, Peter Frampton looks like the antithesis of the Seventies rock star. He appears to be healthy, interacts with the audience in an engaged manner and still puts on very intimate shows. Peter Frampton has duel citizenship with the U.K. and the U.S. and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a vegetarian. His current lifestyle must lend to his healthy appearance and down to earth demeanor.
The show was in the smaller Peoria Civic Center Theater that holds about 2200. Prior to the band coming on stage, you hear Peter’s voice through the P.A. system advising everyone to take as many pictures and videos during the first three songs. He then requests you put away your digital devices and just enjoy the show. Most patrons complied although it was hard to when he was performing his well-known songs. The older fans were happy to comply and the crowd did lean to the AARP discount group.
Peter played the rediscovered Gibson Les Paul that he told the story of it being missing for 31 years. Everyone thought it was destroyed in a plane crash but it came back to him after 31 years and it was found on the island of Curaçao. The same guitar was played on his solo album “Frampton Comes Alive”. The guitar was beat up but it played beautifully.
The show lasted a little over two hours and it was a testament to the timeless legend of Peter Frampton and also his band. The talent of his band is definitive proof of rock thriving in current times.
The full setlist included:
- Something’s Happening
- Lines on My Face
- Show Me The Way
- I Saved a Bird Today
- Boot It Up
- Double Nickels
- I Wanna Go To The Sun
- I Got The Same Old Blues (JJ Cale cover)
- Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover)
- I’ll Give You Money
- Oh Baby I Love Your Way
- Do You We Feel Like We Do
- Four Day Creep (Ida Cox cover)
- I Don’t Need No Doctor (Ray Charles cover)
He has a few more solo shows, then goes out with Steve Miller Band in North America. For more about Peter Frampton, his band and the upcoming dates go to:
The Stage World Tour Avenged Sevenfold with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois
The Stage World Tour sold out the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Just when I think that I cannot be any more impressed with a live show, Avenged Sevenfold sets the bar even higher. The stage was set with a storybook led screens staggered across the stage projecting video of the band and other videos coordinated with the music. The stage also extended with a catwalk. They consulted with Cirque Du Soleil directors for the stage presentation.
Avenged Sevenfold released their seventh studio The Stage in October 2016. They were nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song for “The Stage”. They are not attending the awards show in protest since the presentation for Rock is only shown online instead of during the televised ceremony. Rock fans do not understand the Grammy Awards for excluding a huge population from interest in watching the Grammys.
The night began with Bullet For My Valentine is from Wales. They are known for their breakup rock songs. Their Metalcore style is punctuated by searing rock riffs from guitarist, Michael “Padge” Paget and poetic lyrics sung or screamed by Matt Tuck. Bullet For My Valentine fans showed up early to see the band. They performed an abbreviated set including new song “No Way Out” from their latest album Venom. Their full setlist:
- Your Betrayal
- No Way Out
- The Last Fight
- 4 Words (To Choke Upon)
- Tears Don’t Fall
- Waking the Demon
- Don’t Need You
For more about Bullet For My Valentine: BMFV Website
Breaking Benjamin returned to the central Illinois area for the third time since their return after re-configuring.
They have just released the song “Red Cold River” which they performed at the show. Their new album Ember set for release on April 13, 2018. From the songs released so far, it will be a harder album than Dark Before Dawn. Breaking Benjamin has a simple stage set up with lighted boxes with the Celtic knot symbol they are known for on each side of the stage. Ben Burnley, lead vocalist, was more energetic than usual.
- So Cold
- Angels Fall
- Sooner or Later
- Blow Me Away
- Red Cold River
- Never Again
- The Imperial March/Schism/Smells Like Teen Spirit/Walk/ Drum Solo
- I Will Not Bow
- The Diary of Jane
The crowd sang along to “Breath” and it was a great version. Breaking Benjamin dedicated “I Will Not Bow” to the military and first responders. They brought up young kids to show the future of rock is alive. The lucky kids got to sing along to “The Diary of Jane” and take selfies with Ben Burnley.
Make sure to see Breaking Benjamin this time around: Breaking Benjamin Website
The band everyone stayed up to see was Avenged Sevenfold. The band came close to disbanding when their drummer, Jimmy “The Rev Sullivan” died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2009. A7X persevered and grew their fanbase by putting on phenomenal live shows and drawing on their influences for their music. Their albums always have a theme and are interesting. Their sound is signature to them. This tour is an amazing display of videos coordinated with the music and lights.
- The Stage
- Hail To The King
- Beast and The Harlot
- Buried Alive
- So Far Away
- God Damn
- Burn It Down
- Wish You Were Here
- Bat Country
- Critical Acclaim
- A Little Piece of Heaven
- Unholy Confessions
I know that I was not the only person to get a little teary eyed when the screens lit up with video of The Rev talking about the band. He talked about the band and what it meant to him. The side screens showed the iconic photo of the band huddled together. Then the band sang “So Far Away” the song that Brian aka Synyster Gates wrote as a tribute to him.
During the song “Higher” a huge astronaut was raised from the stage in front of screens showing scenes from space.
During the encore, the video for A Little Piece of Heaven played on the screens and it is a morose song and video in cartoon. Overall, the live performance was breathtaking with two hours of entertaining, skillfull and amazing metal music.
See more about the tour: Avenged Sevenfold Website
Red Sun Rising Concert Review with Greta Van Fleet, Through Fire and Deadset Society
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois
Nutcracker 2017 was the twentieth year for the holiday rock show from radio station 105.7 the X in Peoria, Illinois. In the age of rock radio getting shut down over the years, it is nice to see rock radio actually doing well. The powerhouse radio station has had much of the same staff over the past time and put up a slideshow of the bands that have been at Nutcracker through the years. We have to love any radio station that brings rock shows to the area. Some of the bands were Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Chevelle, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Highly Suspect and so many others through the years.
The evening started with Deadset Society. Deadset Society, formerly known as Never Say Die is a Canadian rock band that consists of members Reid Henry and Brendan McMillan of My Darkest Days. This is where they have landed when My Darkest Days vocalist Matt Walst went to front Three Days Grace. The former Three Days Grace vocalist, Adam Gontier, has formed Saint Asonia with Mike Mushok, formerly of Staind. Keeping up with the changes of bands members in the scene can something require a spreadsheet. Deadset Society’s biggest hit, “Like a Nightmare” is off their album Destroy + Rebuild has had tremendous success. Their live set was short but energy filled. They performed their songs and also snuck in “Porn Star Dancing” (My Darkest Days Cover).
Through Fire is a rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. Their biggest hits “Stronger” and “Breathe” have had active rock radio play on over the air stations and also satellite radio. Through Fire’s vocalist, Grant Joshua Kendrick, donned some Bowie Ziggy Stardust inspired makeup and came onstage in a black stocking cap but released his hair later to head bang. The crowd knew their hits and their current single, “Where You Lie” about deception.
Next up was Greta Van Fleet. The band is known for sounding a lot like Led Zeppelin. Everyone there wanted to see if these boys had the goods to go with the hype that they are the next Led Zeppelin. If you only listen to the band and do not realize it is Greta Van Fleet, you might mistake their songs for new Led Zeppelin songs. They have the blues rock sound that Led Zeppelin so successfully produced. Now to see if they reference Tolkien in their lyrics or maybe they might go with Harry Potter references. They might lose some of their coolness unless they reference something a little less popular and I have to suggest the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.
The band comes from Frankemuth, Michigan and is named after a woman in the town and uses the name with her permission. The band consists of three brothers, Josh (vocalist), Sam (bassist) and Jake (guitarist) Kiszka and Danny Wagner (drummer). Josh and Jake are twins, aged 21 and Sam is 18 and Danny is 18 also. Turns out the band is the real thing and seeing them is something special as they will be the next biggest artist to start selling out arenas. Everyone who was there knows they witnessed seeing the band before they were huge.
Josh Kiszka they delivered a mature performance and is a true tenor which reiterates his similarity to Robert Plant. We all wondered if the band could really deliver the same quality live as their double EP, From The Fires. Jake Kiszka, guitarist, wowed the crowd by playing behind his head. Their stage wear was exactly like something out of the seventies and eighties with Josh wearing a dashiki ensemble. Sam had the leather bomber from the eighties with flags of different countries. In their merch, they were selling the essential jersey shirt and also a velvet black light poster.
The band performed a cover and it was not Led Zeppelin. “Evil(Is Goin’ On)” by Howlin’ Wolf as a tribute to the great blues artist. Their full setlist:
- Talk on the Streets
- Black Smoke Rising
- Edge of Darkness
- When the Cold Wind Blows
- Flower Power
- You’re the One
- Evil(Is Goin’ On) (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
- Mountain of the Sun
- Lover Leaver Taker Believer
- Highway Tune
Red Sun Rising is another band that is the future of the resurgence of rock. The band comes from Akron, Ohio. Their singles, “The Otherside” and “Emotionless” went to No. 1 on the Billboard rock charts. Their cover of “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrissette puts vocalist Mike Protich’s vocals on display. Their style is basic hard rock such Audioslave, Pop Evil, or Shinedown. I believe their vocalist has the natural ability to be as good as Chris Cornell.
The band has been in Peoria four times in the past couple of years including Nutcracker 2016 with Pop Evil. Their set started with sound issues that caused echoing during the first two songs. They performed a new song initially but it was hard to hear it and of course the band was distracted by the sound issues. Later, the echoing sound issues were rectified but the levels were still not up to par with vocals being drowned out by the instruments during some songs.
The band members were almost unrecognizable as all their long, beautiful hair was cut short with the exception of guitarist, Ryan Williams who still had shoulder length hair. The band says their next album is written and the final touches are being put on it. Red Sun Rising performed another new song called “Veins”. It had an upbeat tempo and reminded me of Foo Fighters. Their fans are anxious to hear their sophomore album. There were no sound issues during their cover “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrissette and Mike Protich’s voice sounded amazing. Their set only lasted about an hour. The band ended the night with an encore of “Emotionless”.
Foo Fighters with The Struts Concert Review
State Farm Center
Wednesday night in Champaign, Illinois was chilly but the Foo Fighters fans were out in droves to see the band who has been performing for twenty years. State Farm Center which is the renamed Assembly Hall, had hosted the band before seventeen years ago along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Needless to say, it was the first time for a lot of fans to see Foo Fighters live.
They only have one opening band because their catalog is twenty years deep. They have had three albums come out in the last five years including Sonic Highways, along with their HBO special that spanned the United States in famous studios, Saint Cecelia, an EP which was offered for free after the tragedy massacre at Le Bataclan, and Concrete and Gold released September 15, 2017.
Openers were The Struts. Never heard of The Struts? You probably have heard their rock anthem hit “Could Have Been Me” and sung along without even realizing it. The track is one of the timeless songs that every person can relate to. The story of living a life without regrets. The Struts hail from England and look like they stepped right out of the golden age of rock, the seventies. Luke Spiller, the vocalist, looks like the child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger.
Their hit song “Could Have Been Me” is not a one-hit wonder. Their debut album Everybody Wants has hits all over including “Kiss This”, “Put Your Money On Me” and “Dirty Sexy Money” This year, they released the Queen-sounding ballad, “One Night Only” and we are eagerly awaiting their second release anticipated in early 2018.
- Put Your Hands Up
- These Times Are Changing
- One Night Only
- Primadonna Like Me
- Kiss This
- Put Your Money on Me
- Could Have Been Me
- Where Did She Go
You can learn more about The Struts at their website: www.thestruts.com
Foo Fighters have a fairly simple stage setup. The main feature of the stage is a large led screen set on a diagonal and cameras featuring the band members. When Taylor Hawkins performed his drum solo, the drum kit lifted to about twenty feet in the air. It also could move back and forth when sitting on the stage. The night began with Concrete and Gold curtain covering the stage. They began singing, “Run” before the curtain came down. Concrete and Gold is a departure from their normal formulaic sound with contributions from heavy hitters like Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney.
The Foo started the set with high energy and maintained it for a long time. Their set could be paired down from two and half hours to ninety minutes with an encore. Some songs like “Monkey Wrench” just needs to be dropped from their set. The vocals on it were poor and no one has enthusiasm performing the song anymore. In addition, they brought fan, Mike Carpenter to sing “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. While the guy was really good, a five minute performance for the fan to sing is great. The song went on for fifteen minutes. I think everyone would be satisfied as long as they hear “My Hero”, “Walk” and “The Best Of You”. Everyone liked the new songs “Run” and “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”.
Foo Fighters setlist:
- All My Life
- Learn to Fly
- The Pretender
- The Sky Is a Neighborhood
- Drum Solo
(Taylor Hawkins’ stage lifted)
- Sunday Rain
- My Hero
- These Days
- White Limo
(Van Halen cover) (snippet)
- Tom Sawyer
(Rush cover) (with fan Mike Carpenter on vocals)
- Blitzkrieg Bop
- Cold Day in the Sun
- Times Like These
- The Line
- Monkey Wrench
- Best of You
- Dirty WaterLe
Let There Be Rock(AC/DC cover)
Breakdown(Tom Petty cover)
- This Is A Call
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October 6, 2017
August Burns Red –Phantom Anthem(Fearless)
Autograph – Get Off Your Ass (EMP)
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers (Metal Blade)
The Darkness – Pinewood Smile (Cooking Vinyl)
Dreadnought – A Wake In Sacred Waves (Sailor)
Fireball Ministry – Remember The Story (Cleopatra)
Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore (Relapse)
House Of Broken Promises – <emTwisted EP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Lord Of The Lost – Swan Songs II (Napalm)
Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix (AFM)
Panzer – Fatal Command (Nuclear Blast)
Primitive Man – Caustic (Relapse)
Shine Bright – More Wild Than The Wind EP (Standby)
Spirit Adrift – Curse Of Conception (20 Buck Spin)
Spotlights – Seismic (Ipecac)
Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close (Rise)
Zaius – Of Adoration (Prosthetic)
October 13, 2017
Altarage – Endinghent (Season Of Mist)
Ancient VVisdom – 33 (Magic Bullet)
Antisect – The Rising Of The Lights (Rise Above)
Bigfoot – Bigfoot (Frontiers)
Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome (Kscope)
Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast)
Fozzy – Judas (Century Media)
The Fright – Canto V (SPV/Steamhammer)
Godsticks – Faced With Rage (Kscope)
Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)
Hallatar – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart)
The Haxans – Party Monsters (Another Century)
Jason Kui – Absence Of Words (Prosthetic)
L.A. Guns – The Missing Peace (Frontiers)
Mychildren Mybride – Vicious World (eOne/Good Fight)
Narcotic Wasteland – Delirium Tremens (Megaforce/MRI)
Power Quest – Sixth Dimension (Inner Wound)
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters – Carry Fire (Nonesuch)
Samael – Hegemony (Napalm)
Sparzanza – Announcing The End (Despotz)
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing (Dark Descent)
Stick To Your Guns-True View (Pure Noise)
Terror Universal – Make Them Bleed (Minus Head)
Through The Eyes Of The Dead – Disomus (eOne/Good Fight)
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Vol. 1 Reissue (Metal Blade)
Vassafor – Malediction (Debemur Morti)
William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala (BMG)
Wo Fat – Live Juju: Freak Valley…And Beyond! (Ripple)
October 20, 2017
Amenra – Mass VI (Neurot)
Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)
CyHra – Letters To Myself (Spinefarm)
Europe – Walk The Earth (Hell & Back)
Gwar – The Blood Of Gods (Metal Blade)
In Search Of Sun – Virgin Funk Mother (Spinefarm)
Iron Monkey – 9-13 (Relapse)
The Kennedy Veil – Imperium (Unique Leader)
Madame Mayhem – Ready For Me (Metalville/HeadBall)
Nick Oliveri – N.O. Hits At All Vol.3 Heavy Psych Sounds)
Pertubator- New Model EP (Blood)
Slipknot – Days Of The Gusano DVD/CD (Eagle Rock)
Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
Sorcerer – The Crowning Of The Fire King (Metal Blade)
Tom Keifer – The Way Life Goes Deluxe Edition (Cleopatra)
Trivium – The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
Veil Of Maya – False Idol (Sumerian)
We Came As Romans – Cold Like War (SharpTone)
October 27, 2017
10 Years – (How To Live) As Ghosts (Mascot)
Angel Nation – Aeon (Inner Wound)
Carmine Appice – Sinister (SPV/Steamhammer)
Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae (Debemur Morti)
Butcher Babies – Lilith (Century Media)
Complete Failure – Crossburner (Season Of Mist)
Delain – A Decade Of Delain: Live At Paradiso DVD/CD (Napalm)
Dragonhammer – Obscurity (My Kingdom)
Dr. Living Dead! – Cosmic Conqueror (Century Media)
Fleurety – The White Death (Peaceville)
Gnaw – Cutting Pieces (Translation Loss)
Heretic – A Game You Cannot Win (Dissonance)
Hollywood Undead – Five (Dove & Grenade/BMG)
Holy Terror – Total Terror Box Set (Dissonance)
Left Behind – Blessed By The Burn (Unbeaten)
Mirror Queen – Verdigris (Tee Pee)
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season Of Mist)
Powerman 5000 – New Wave (Pavement)
Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate (Century Media)
Serenity – Lionheart (Napalm)
Sharptooth – Clever Girl (Pure Noise)
Theory Of A Deadman – Wake Up Call (Atlantic/604)
The Used – The Canyon (Hopeless)
Weezer – Pacific Daydream (Atlantic)
Winds Of Plague – Blood Of My Enemy (eOne/Good Fight)
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Highly Suspect Concert Review
September 23, 2017
The Castle Theatre
Highly Suspect came to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois on Saturday, an unusually hot day. The show had sold out within the first week. Blo-no’ers were ready for a rock show. They had been in the grind of back to school and work for while now. Several fans came from miles around to see the three time Grammy nominated Highly Suspect at The Castle Theatre. The Castle Theatre is one of the premiere intimate venues in the Midwest.
The backdrop for Highly Suspect was the acronym M.C.I.D. which stands for My Crew Is Dope. Which means that their friends and fans are dope. Tattoos, snapbacks and t-shirts abound with the #mcid and the MCID Nation is real. DJ Redbees started spinning tunes and acted an informal emcee for the bands. The music he played was not loud but really background music for the wait.
Openers for the show, Bones U.K., wowed the audience with their blues rock and fiery attitude. Rosie Bones comes out on stage with a flask and an instant cool attitude. Guitarist, Carmen Vandenberg, was impressive. Bones U.K. has recently co-written Jeff Beck’s album “Loud Hailer”. Their own songs are filled with fun, spunk and attitude. Most notably, their song “Girls Can’t Play Guitar” and Rosie Bones told us the story about the man that inspired that song. You can learn more about them from their Facebook page: Bones and Bones
Introduced by DJ Redbees, Highly Suspect took the darkened stage. Drummer, Ryan Meyer,came out, followed by Rich Meyer, bassist and then the vocalist, Johnny Stevens. MCID Nation was ready to see these guys live. I was impressed by the live show from the plugged in guitars to the technical guitar playing. Highly Suspect’s song writing make the listener feel as if we are part of their experience. Whether it is the melancholy “Little One” or the gritty “Bloodfeather” or the anthemic “My Name Is Human”, you feel the songs. These songs are not just for casual listening.
Their complete set list for the night:
1. Send Me An Angel (Real Life cover)
2. Bath Salts
5. Fuck Me Up
6. Round & Round
8. Viper Strike
11. ATL/Drum Solo/ATL (reprise)
12. My Name Is Human
13. Little One
15. Look Alive, Stay Alive
During the last song, the tech took over on drums and Ryan decided to do a little crowd surfing. What a fitting end to a perfect Saturday night rock show.
You can find out more about Highly Suspect on their website: