Halestorm Concert Review

                          

Halestorm Concert Review

The evening was cool on the Mississippi River at the Port of Burlington in Iowa. The opening band was a female fronted rock band named Kaleido from Detroit, Michigan. The beautiful singer, Christina Chriss, had a great voice, was full of energy and really worked the crowd. Their style definitely reminded me of Halestorm’s earlier work.

Halestorm took the stage just as the sky was getting dark.  The band is not on a full road tour at this time so their fans were missing them.  Lzzy Hale commented on missing the live show performances as well.  Halestorm draws in young girl fans to every show.  Many young girls  aspire to be a rock star like Lzzy Hale, the singer, guitarist and keyboardist for Halestorm.  Their style of hard rock with metal influences draws in all rock fans.  The drummer, Arejay Hale, is renowned as a phenomenal drummer.  He was the winner of the Revolver Golden Gods best drummer in 2013.  Halestorm won a Grammy in 2013 for their song “Love Bites (So Do I)” for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.

Halestorm opened the show with a familiar song, “I Miss The Misery”.  The energy for the show kept everyone moving on their feet.  It even woke up one of the elder fans who was dozing earlier in the VIP seated section.  When Halestorm was playing, he woke up and was even dancing.

There was an abbreviated drum solo by Arejay Hale.  He showcased his talent by drumming with his hands.  His energy and skills as a drummer are impressive.  Joe Hottinger, guitarist and Josh Smith, bassist were both great as well.

Watch “Don’t Know How To Stop” here:

The setlist stayed upbeat and only slowed down once for “Familiar Taste of Poison”.  Toward the end of the set, they provided fans with a new song listed as “Mayhem” on the setlist. The fans are highly anticipating their forthcoming album.   Watch the performance of the new song on our Facebook page.

 

The night was cool and comfortable and Lzzy Hale stood out as looking phenomenal.  She is a powerful, magnetic and talented front woman.    Her voice matures as time passes and it becomes fuller.  The strength in her voice grabbed you and did not let go the entire night.  The final song of the evening was “Here’s To Us”.  Their show was great and cannot wait to see Halestorm again.

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Sevendust Acoustic Concert Review

                          

 

Sevendust Acoustic Concert Review

Sevendust is on tour performing an acoustic show in support of their album Time Travelers & Bonfires released April 1, 2014.  Time Travelers & Bonfires peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hard Rock Album chart.  Sevendust formed in 1994 and renamed themselves three times prior to settling on Sevendust inspired by the insecticide.

After twenty years, the band has transformed and matured.  Their latest album speaks to the place in their lives as fathers and family men.  The show was on Father’s Day at the historic Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois.  They recognized roadlife and being away from their families as difficult. The band started the evening with “Trust”.  Lajon Witherspoon told us the story of searching for a local restaurant, Rosie’s Pub, that he visited previously and wanted to visit again.  He was disappointed when it was closed on Sunday.  He was directed to another local establishment that was open Elroy’s.  He met a friend there who was celebrating his 21st birthday and Lajon gave him VIP tickets to the show to celebrate.

The band and the fans were feeling the energy of the music as the evening progressed. The show was a bit more subdued than their electric shows however the energy was very powerful.  The lyrics were clear and the storytelling behind them shown through.  Fans were singing along to every song with encouragement from the band.  One mega-fan, who had seen Sevendust twelve times, was impressed by the acoustic show.

Before the performance of “Angel’s Son”, Lajon recounted the story about writing the song.  It was in remembrance of their friend, Lynn Strait, who died in a car accident on December 11, 1998.  He said Clint Lowery had written the guitar and Lajon went into the studio and had no words to go along with the song.  As he was there, the words came flowing into him from another world.  Lajon Witherspoon tells the story with tears in his eyes and many fans tear up too.

An Evening With Sevendust concluded with everyone drained, not from the mosh pit, but the emotions evoked from the intensity of the music.  Go see this passionate show if you have the opportunity.

 

Don Jamieson’s “Hell Bent For Laughter” Album Review

Don Jamieson’s Hell Bent For Laughter (Metal Blade Records) Album Review

Don Jamieson, comedian and co-host of VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” has released a sophomore comedy album called Hell Bent For Laughter (Metal Blade Records).  “That Metal Show” is the longest running show on VH1 Classic which Don compares to ‘being the smartest one on Honey Boo Boo or the handsomest one on Duck Dynasty’.  Don’s previous album Live and Hilarious debuted in the top ten on the Billboard comedy album chart.

Hell Bent For Laughter melds two things that I love, comedy and metal. The very title and album cover is an emulation of Judas Priest’s album Hell Bent For Leather.  Don Jamieson talks about not only metal artists but pop artists as well.  Artists he discusses are Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Kiss, Motley Crue, and Lady Gaga.  I was taken aback at the daring of the politically incorrect topics. I interviewed Don about the boldness of his quips and he explained his thoughts on it to me.  We also discussed the upcoming plans of “That Metal Show”. Find my interview here with Don here: Interview with Don Jamieson

As a nightclub comic, more than simply offending others, Don is also self-deprecating. After hearing the album, I wanted to give him a referral for a good therapist.  He talks about the size of his penis, his signature lamb chop sideburns, and how his girlfriend is way too hot for him.  This album covers sex, drugs and rock and roll in great detail and how a compass can help your sex life.  While his is not the most cerebral comedy, math is a theme that is touched upon throughout the album.  He pays homage to the magical vagina and talked about what we all on this site love; hard rock and metal music.

You can download Hell Bent for Leather here: Metal Blade Records

Find out more about Don on his website:  www.donjamieson.com

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Best of Rock On The Range 2014

Best of Rock On The Range 2014

Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile

Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile

The comaraderie of rock music unites us all. Even if we do not like the same bands, we love great rock and metal music. This festival is one of the largest festivals in the Midwest with the biggest bands and is in its eighth year.

Best Fan Experience of Rock On The Range

Rock On The Range (ROTR) gets bigger every year with more incredible bands.  This was my first year as a Ranger, the term for participants of Rock on The Range.  The most essential item this year was a rain poncho but a plastic bag worked pretty well also.  The rain on Friday and Saturday did not stop Rangers from getting out and getting to the shows.  The Ernie Ball and Jagermeister second and third stages were all in great walking distance to the main stage.  The main stage at Rock On The Range is the best out of any festival I have been to.  Many festivals have lots of bands on lots of stages and you might be twenty thousand people back.  In Crew Stadium, there was plenty of great seating and sight lines to the stage and the audio was great as well.

 

Crowd during Five Finger Death Punch

Crowd during Five Finger Death Punch

This year’s lineup for 2014 featured Killswitch Engage, Guns N Roses, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, and Kid Rock. With over sixty bands playing, you could discover plenty of new bands. Columbus is an ideal location as rock and metal fans abound in the area. I drove almost six hours to get here and lots of fans drove that far to see this incredible festival. The highlights for me were meeting artists and personalities from bands I had met in the past like Stars in Stereo and We As Human as well as meeting new ones such as Sirius XM DJ, Jose Mangin, comedian, Don Jamieson, host of That Metal Show, DJ Ashba of Gun N Roses and Sixx A.M. and Austin Carlile, singer from Of Mice & Men.

The undertaking of seeing each band perform, going to meet and greets, eating, waiting for the bathroom, and having fun could easily use a personal assistant.  Thank goodness for smart phones and social media.  ROTR schedules were Tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked.

There was not only great music but comedy as well, vendors for clothing, jewelry, and other paraphernalia.  There was a tent stocked exclusively with Dimebag Darrell gear.   Part of the fun of going to festivals is meeting new friends there.  Fans for rock and metal have a uniform of dressing in band shirt and jeans or shorts.  Rangers are no exception and good luck to you if you lost your friend because they might be hard to find in a crowd.

Fans from Rock On The Range

Fans from Rock On The Range

 

Best Rock On The Range Meet and Greets with Bands

FYE had the most meet and greets with everyone from Black Label Society, Butcher Babies, Lacuna Coil, The Pretty Reckless, We As Human, Fozzy, Alter Bridge, Heaven’s Basement, and Miss May I.  For the purchase of the artist’s cd or vinyl album you would get a meet and greet bracelet.  For some artists, an additional fee would get you VIP access where you could go to the front of the line.  Monster Energy had meet and greet with Five Finger Death Punch and DJ Ashba.  DJ Ashba also had signings at his tent, Ashba Swag, a clothing line.  Crazy’s Dave’s Music Experience had meet and greets with Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Miss May I, Pop Evil, We As Human, Black Stone Cherry, and Killswitch Engage to mention a few.

 

Best Performances of Rock On The Range

 

Carla Coates of Butcher Babies

Carla Coates of Butcher Babies
Photo Jason Squires/AEG Live

The best performances of Rock On The Range were hard to whittle down but we can say there were amazing bands in attendance.  Guns N Roses, Killswitch Engage, Living Colour, Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch were all highly anticipated performances.  Phil Anselmo’s band Down was highly anticipated as well as The Pretty Reckless as this was the first time many fans were seeing them live.  Danny Worsnop’s (Asking Alexandria) side project, We Are Harlot, had their inaugural performance that was well received.

The performances I loved were Trivium, We As Human, Crobot, Gemini Syndrome, Slayer, Heaven’s Basement, Of Mice & Men, Miss May I, Butcher Babies, Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, Pop Evil, Adelita’s Way, Avatar and Kill Devil Hill.

Kerry King of Slayer
Photo Jason Squires/AEG Live

Some surprises for Rangers were Phil Anselmo, former Pantera singer, joined Kill Devil Hill and Rex Brown, former Pantera bassist, onstage to perform the Pantera song ‘Mouth of War’.  D.M.C. performing “Trenches” with Pop Evil as a dedication to the armed forces.

Breakout bands from the Jagermeister and Ernie Ball stages were Crobot, Gemini Syndrome, Avatar, and Twelve Foot Ninja.  Crobot is a band from Pennsylvania and they have a timeless sound.  Their fashion is definitely seventies-inspired.  Gemini Syndrome has been around for a few years and hail from Los Angeles.  Their sound is very reminiscent of Breaking Benjamin with undertones of Tool.  Avatar is a Swedish metal band that wears makeup similar to Alice Cooper but have a darker feel than Alice.  Avatar’s videos are amazing and directed by Johan Carlén.  Twelve Foot Ninja is from Melbourne, Australia and just won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for Best New Talent.

Watch Gemini Syndrome performing “Stardust”

Trivium gave it their all on the main stage Sunday as Matt Heafy lost his voice and had to cancel some subsequent shows on their tour.  See the band’s statement here.

See Trivium performing “Brave This Storm”

My personal favorite performances of Rock On The Range were iconic Living Colour performing “Cult of Personality”, Staind performing “It’s Been A While”, Guns N Roses performing “Welcome to The Jungle”, Slayer’s entire performance, and Of Mice & Men performing “Bones Exposed”.

 

Watch Guns N Roses performing “Welcome To The Jungle”.

Rock On The Range was phenomenal. See all the photographs of my coverage here:

Rock On The Range Gallery

Until next year Rangers.

 

The Best Hard Rock and Metal Songs to Have Sex To

The Best Hard Rock and Metal Songs to Have Sex To

 

 

 

Sex is a natural way to boost immunity and get a great workout.  It also eases stress and lessens pain.  Sex can also lower your blood pressure and counts as exercise.

When you think about having sex with your partner, you probably have an internal soundtrack playing in your mind.  Why not put on some sexy music on to get you into the mood?  Some of us have R & B songs that are staples for the bedroom.  Or the old favorite of “Sadness Part 1” by Enigma.  Being a fan of hard rock and metal, sometimes you want a playlist that has more edge, a heavier bass, harder drums, and screaming guitar riffs.

I went on the search for a great sex hard rock or metal playlist and found a lot of the metal music out is about breaking up and not necessarily making up.  The suggestions were everything from “Crazy B!tch” by Buckcherry to “I C*m Blood” by Cannibal Corpse.  I do not get into the mood to have sex when someone calls me a “Crazy B!tch”.  There are very few women out there who get turned on by it.  Visualizing the latter song does not make me especially excited either.  Since approximately half of the partners are women, there should be songs that are equally pleasing to women.

At first listen, some songs do seem to be good choices like “Fever” by Bullet For My Valentine.  However when we listen to the lyrics, it is clearly about a woman in a strip club.  That is fine if your partner is a stripper but not for your elementary school teacher wife or girlfriend.  Although, it might be appropriate on your role-playing nights!  Especially if you are the person with a pole in your house.

Most of the hard rock songs are pretty literal.  A few are a bit more subtle.  I would like to say these songs have been thoroughly researched (wink, wink) but alas, they have not.  You can do the research yourself and report back on which songs are the best.  The songs run the gamut of styles of rock and metal.  They expound on alcohol fueled one night stands and also real love making.  I chose both up tempo and slow songs for the different stages of your sex session. So start the playlist and let the fun begin.

13.  Beautiful by HIM

HIM is rock band from Helsinki, Finland and the majority of their songs are perfect for lovemaking.  This song has a sweet and slow tempo.  “Just one look in your eyes, One look and I’m crying, ‘Cause you’re so beautiful”.

12. Up All Night by Hinder 

Up All Night is definitely about one night stands and expands on several different scenarios usually fueled by alcohol.  Hinder is a hard rock band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

11.  S.E.X. by Nickelback 

The song is very literal and talks about what each letter stands for, “S is for the simple need”.  There is no guessing what is on the mind of Chad Kroeger in this songs.  “Sex is the answer, it’s never a question”.   Well, okay, if you say so.

10.   Bring Me To Life by Evanescence

Evanescence is a hard rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The meanings of this song are debatable.  The song has a good tempo and lyrics are appropriate for having sex.  The lyrics were inspired by the singer’s, Amy Lee’s, husband.

9.   Blame It On The Boom Boom by Black Stone Cherry

Blame It On The Boom Boom is a fun song that is full of both innuendo and literal statements about the “boom boom”.  Black Stone Cherry is a rock band from Kentucky.  You can interpret from the lyrics that they like sex in many different locations.

8.   Adrenalize Me by In This Moment

In This Moment is fronted by one of the hottest women in metal, Maria Brink.  The rest of the band is talented and their latest album Blood has hit after hit.  In this song, Maria asks for someone to “adrenalize me”.  The video is scandalous as well with references to an orgy in parts of it.

7.  Topless by Breaking Benjamin

“Topless” is a haunting song about almost begging the woman to like the guy in the song.  It seems as though, it is a story about a stripper and a guy who cannot stop himself from wanting her.  The song does have a sexy beat and is mesmerizing.

6.  Addicted by Saving Abel

 If there was ever a song that gives you a visual about what is going on in the bedroom, it is this song.  Saving Abel has changed their lineup in the last year by adding a new singer, Scott Austin, after the departure of former singer and founding member of the band, Jared Weeks.  Weeks had toured with Hinder as their singer and is now working on a solo project.  

5. Dirty Work by Halestorm

Halestorm is a Grammy award winning rock band formed of siblings, Lzzy and Arejay Hale, along with Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith.  They are from Red Lion, Pennsylvania.  The innuendo abounds in this song.  I like it because it puts the man in the role of the one to do the work.

4. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

When this song was released in 1992, it was a considered their only love song.  It is slow and sweet.  It has been used a wedding song for many metalheads.  James Hetfield wrote the song for his girlfriend.  The song is great for cuddling post-coitus.

3. Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots 

Sex Type Thing was released in 1992 by Stone Temple Pilots.  Even though Scott Weiland’s intentions were not just a song about sex.  Song meanings can be reinterpreted over the years.  We are now post Fifty Shades of Grey so control and sex have definitely different connotations than they did over twenty years ago.  This track did really bring out Stone Temple Pilots as a major player in the Grunge scene of the 1990’s.

2.  Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love by Van Halen

One of the best and most recognizable riffs in rock is contained in this track.  There is no doubt that they are not talking about love.  This song may not be the most romantic but definitely a true contender for listening to when having sex.

1. Closer by Nine Inch Nails

The best track on my list is Closer by Nine Inch Nails.  Another song whose original meaning was misinterpreted by the masses.  The video was truly transformative of what was acceptable and making macabre popular.  This song was released at a time when vampires were making a comeback into popular culture.  Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire was made into a movie staring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise together.  These characters are far removed from some of the sanitized vampires of today.  The video for Closer made us sit up, look and say “that Trent Reznor is one f*cked up guy”!  You can watch the video here.  Please be forewarned, it is not edited.

Songs that almost made the list were “Control” by Puddle of Mudd and  “Let’s F*ck” by Dope.  What songs do you like that should have made the list?

 

Resources: http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health,  www.wikipedia.org,  www.azlyrics.com,

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Avenged Sevenfold with Deftones and Ghost Concert Review and Photos

                          

HAIL TO THE KING TOUR  AVENGED SEVENFOLD WITH DEFTONES AND GHOST 

The Hail To The King Tour was touted as one of the best metal shows this year and it truly was.  The stage had the most technologically advanced pyrotechnics ever.  A two and a half story castle stage with a monstrous King in a chair was center stage with screens in the castle windows that featured everything from skullbats to skeletons and also photos of The Rev during “Fiction”.

The night began with Ghost from Sweden and they performed well.  Their style of music was very theatrical.  Their members  were all dressed up in full costumes.  Their guitarists, keyboardist and drummers are nameless ghouls and are known only by their symbols

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The lead singer, Papa Emeritus II, was attempting to get the crowd to interact with them but the crowd had a hard time understanding what exactly he was saying.  Their music was good regardless of the crowd fully interacting with them.

Deftones performed next and rocked the house.  Their sound is very diverse.  The crowd was very receptive to Deftones.  Their performance was harder than their radio hit, “Swerve City” would leave people to believe.  Deftones set was mainly about the music as they did not have any stage props other than a backdrop.

Avenged Sevenfold took the stage by walking up a stairway from underneath a level where the drum kit sat in between the King’s chair and a line of flames .  The drummer, Arin Ilejay, went shirtless and for good reason.  The heat from the flames must have kept the temperature twenty degrees higher than the rest of the stage.   M. Shadows took the stage looking punk with his long hair shaved into a mohawk.  The venue is very intimate and the seats are all good.  Both M. Shadows and Synyster Gates were about fifteen feet away from me at given times.

The pyrotechnics were amazing.  Flames came from the front of the stage and each of and there were a few explosions and small cannons shooting fire.  The performance was impressive.  M. Shadows voice was very good.  Synyster Gates ripped on guitar.  A7X performed “Shepherd of Fire”, “Afterlife”, “Bat Country”, “Nightmare”, “Hail To The King”, and “Fiction” to name a few of the songs during the set.

Did you make it to one of their shows?  What was your favorite part of the concert?

Bullet For My Valentine with Black Veil Brides Concert Review and Photos

                          

 

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE WITH BLACK VEIL BRIDES CONCERT REVIEW AND PHOTOS

Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour included Bullet For My Valentine, Black Veil Brides, Stars in Stereo, and Throw The Fight

The show was in Madison, Wisconsin at the historic Orpheum Theater on Thursday October 10, 2013.  The line to get into the show just went around the block.  The venue was an intimate one.  I love the small venues that book these great bands.  It was an eventful evening as it was my first time seeing Bullet For My Valentine and Black Veil Brides.  I drove two hundred miles to see them.

 

Monster Outbreak Tour

Monster Outbreak Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throw The Fight started the night and really rocked the house.  They are based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota so they definitely have a Midwest sensibility.  They performed their catchy tune, “Not So Hollywood” of which I love the video.  The band members went straight back to their merch table and gave away signed Monster Tour cards and posed for pictures.  Watch their video here:

 

Throw The Fight

Throw The Fight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The female fronted band, Stars In Stereo, was next.  The vocalist, Bec Hollback, has a memorable voice.  They performed great songs off of their self-titled album including “The Broken” and “Every Last Thing”.  A member that was conspicuously missing was Justin Siegel, the bassist.  The reason for his departure from the band and tour is unknown at this time.  Jordan McGraw, the guitarist, actually has ties to fame as his parents are Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw.  The band went to the merch table and signed Monster Tour cards for the fans and posed for pictures with fans as well.

Stars In Stereo

Stars In Stereo

Stars In Stereo

Stars In Stereo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Veil Brides was the last opener and had a large following of fans that drove for miles to see them.  The farthest distance we found was Des Moines, Iowa which was approximately three hundred miles away.  Black Veil Brides are a truly inspirational band where the lead singer, Andy Biersack, has a cult following.  The song “Knives and Pens” is a song about the misconceptions of people that dress in black, wear makeup, have tattoos or listen to metal music.  Andy Biersack has a smooth as silk voice.  BVB fans are some of the most fervent about their music.

Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides

Black Veil Brides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final act, Bullet For My Valentine, was everything we expected.  Their stage had a few stage props like smoke, some lights and the backdrop from the Temper, Temper album.  The experience was mainly about the music.  I squeezed my way into the front row!  Padge, Michael Paget, was phenomenal on guitar.  He was mesmerizing to watch from the front row.  Their fans definitely had more testosterone.  It was an amazing experience to be able to see them so close and listen to the songs which were perfect live.  They saved “Tears Don’t Fall” for the very end which was everything their fans could hope for.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine

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After the show, I waited to try and meet the bands and with reward.  I got to meet all the guys from Bullet With My Valentine.  Jay and Padge were especially nice just hanging out and talking to a few fans that had gathered behind the venue.  I am always amazed by the willingness of major rock stars to meet with fans graciously.

 

Stars In Stereo

Stars In Stereo

 

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A Day To Remember Concert Review and Photos

                          

 

A DAY TO REMEMBER CONCERT REVIEW AND PHOTOS

The House Party Tour included A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, and The Wonder Years.

 

This concert occurred in Bloomington, Illinois on October 3, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.  The floor was packed with fans and afterwards many said it was the best show they had ever been to.  It was a phenomenally entertaining show.  There was everything that a fan would want in rock show.  The show occurred right before the release of A Day To Remember’s self-released album Common Courtesy.  The night began with The Wonder Years.  They are a punk band from Pennsylvania.  They got the show started off right.

 

All Time Low performed next and their stage backdrop and their shirt with the”f☠ck” image was the hottest seller of the night.  Various items were thrown onstage including hats and many colorful bras made it onto Jack Barakat’s microphone stand.  The best part of their set was that Alex Gaskarth chose one of the audience members to come up and sing the song “Time Bomb”.  If you were the lucky one, you had to sing along with the band.  The winner was Kyle that night.  You can watch his performance here:

 

All Time Low's Zack Merrick

All Time Low’s Zack Merrick

 

 

 

 

All Time Low's Rian Dawson

All Time Low’s Rian Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vic Fuentes, singer for Pierce The Veil, came onstage to sing the newest single “A Love Like War”.  The collaboration between Alex and Vic was extraordinary. The track is infectious.

 

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pierce The Veil took the stage next.  Pierce The Veil is a post-hardcore band from San Diego, California.  Lighted letters of P, T, V were on the stage with various background images.  Their performance was fantastic. Their live performance showcases the talent of each member and Vic Fuentes vocals are amazing.  Their latest album, Collide With The Sky, may be their best yet.

Pierce The Veil's Tony Perry

Pierce The Veil’s Tony Perry

 

Pierce The Veil's Vic Fuentes

Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Day To Remember

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A Day To Remember was the main event.  A movie on a white backdrop that covered the entire stage set up that people were coming over for a house party.  The backdrop fell and revealed a two-story house.  The garage door goes open and the band comes out of it with the drum kit on sliders.  

A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon

A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy McKinnon was in a human hamster ball and rode over the hands of the crowd in it. Needless to say, the crowd loved it.  ADTR also tossed toilet paper rolls into the crowd.    During the holiday time, Christmas lights were lit on the house as well as Santa and elves shooting t-shirts into the crowd.  There were a the front of a couple of old trucks on the stage as well.

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The night ended with actual fans getting onstage to participate in the house party.  Then faux cops come onstage clear the way.  Then a pretend heliocopter shoots the house up and it gets “bombed” out.  The House Party Tour is an amazing show that I hope you have the opportunity to see.

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 10 Best Hard Rock/Metal Songs About Addiction and Recovery

The 10 Best Hard Rock/Metal Songs About Addiction and Recovery

Music helps us through the hardest of times including those times when we fall and try to pick ourselves back up.  Many musicians grapple with drugs, alcohol, and other addiction and recovery.  Some are successful and others have a continual struggle.   Some artists lose their way and die too early.  There are so many brilliant musicians who have had their lives abbreviated.  Some rockers actually recover and sometimes replace their bad addictions for healthier ones such as exercise.  Sharing their struggles and successes help others.

I changed the order of these songs several times as they are meaningful in different ways.  Listen to them in any order or shuffle as your mood dictates.  Here is a list of the ten best hard rock/metal songs about addiction and recovery:

10.   “It’s Been A While” by Staind

This song is for anyone who struggles with drugs and relationships.  The words to the song touch upon the reality for many addiction is about self-loathing and trauma.  The main figure of the song realizes that it has been a while since he felt anything.  Staind was formed in 1994 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The vocalist, Aaron Lewis, has set out on a country music career since 2011.

9.   “Deal With The Devil” by Pop Evil

“Deal With The Devil” is off of the album Onyx from Pop Evil.  The song lyrics ask,

When you’re high who you flying for? When you ride who you riding for?  When you toast who you drinking for?  When you play, got a deal with the devil.

Pop Evil is a rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is known for their single “Trenches”.  The opening scene is of a woman breathing hard and you know she is craving drugs as she proceeds to shoot up with heroin.  Be  forewarned that the video will be a trigger for users.  I chose not to post it here for those of you who are struggling to stay clean right now.

8.  “My Own Prison” by Creed

Creed is an American rock band from Florida.  The vocalist, Scott Stapp, talks openly about his alcohol and drug addiction.  He is living soberly now.  He battled depression and addiction and it culminated into a forty foot fall off of a balcony.  He has a solo career now and also wrote a book Sinner’s Creed.

7.  “Save Me” by Shinedown

Brent Smith, the singer of Shinedown, has had a tremendous physical transformation after going through recovery.   He traded drugs and alcohol for working out and eating right.  He looks like, and is, a different person.  His honesty about his addiction, recovery, and life makes Shinedown one of the most successful bands in the world.

6.  “Truth Hurts” by Bullet for My Valentine

One more drink, one more pill, Just one more line to make me feel, Like I have something left to give,  Cause without it I’m just giving in.  

Bullet For My Valentine almost broke up because of the issues with alcohol and drug abuse.  Many fans including myself are thankful the band corrected themselves and got on a path of control.  Working through their problems, they released their album, Temper Temper of which this track is number two.

5.   “Fine Again” by Seether

Seether is a South African alternative metal band.  The band is probably best known for the single, “Broken” featuring Amy Lee, then girlfriend of Shaun Morgan.  Seether’s frontman, Shaun Morgan, has had addiction to a combination of substances.

4.  “Animal I Have Become” by Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace (3DG) has reorganized with vocalist, Adam Gontier, pursuing a solo career and 3DG enlisting My Darkest Days singer, Matt Walst, also brother of 3DG bassist, Brad Walst.  Adam Gontier has been very open and supportive to all the people who are struggling with addiction.  The entire One-X album is a dedication to those struggling with addiction and recovery.

3.   “Life is Beautiful” by  Sixx A.M.

Sixx A.M. is the hard rock band consisting of Nikki Sixx (also bassist for Mötley Crüe, photographer, and radio host), DJ Ashba (also guitarist for Guns N Roses), and James Michael.   This track is hopeful and helps the addict to realize that life is beautiful and someone will miss them when they are gone.  Every person, regardless of the bad things they have done, will be missed by someone if they die.

2.  “Hate Me” by Blue October

This song is so raw and real and honest.  Blue October’s, Justin Furstenfeld, is an amazing lyricist.  The lyrics to this song really touch on feelings we all have of inadequacy and disappointing those who love us the most.  Watch the video here:

1.  “The Death of Me” by Asking Alexandria

I wanted some of the songs to have a more positive feel.  Many can be depressing and introspective.  “The Death of Me” talks about the resolve of Danny Worsnop, vocalist of Asking Alexandria, and that he is back and better than ever!

That is my list of the best hard rock/metal songs about recovery.  Here are other songs that received honorable mention.

“Mr Self Destruct” by Nine Inch Nails, “No Excuses” by  Alice in Chains, “The Great Divide” by Scott Stapp, “Beyond The Realm’s of  Death” by Judas Priest, and “Suicide Messiah” by Black Label Society

Are there other songs that have helped you on your road to recovery?  Share them with others here.

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