BREAKING BENJAMIN, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (And More) Rock West Virginia [Review & Photo Gallery]

Breaking Benjamin

What happens on a cold December night in Huntington, WV, when Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, In Flames, and From Ashes to New stop by the Big Sandy Superstore Arena? A scorching night of music with some of hottest bands on the planet! Add a sold out crowd of metalheads and you’ve got the makings of an incredible show! Once inside, this throng of people couldn’t care less about the cold outside – only the heat that was coming from the stage! Continue reading

HALESTORM & NEW YEARS DAY Rock Rupp Arena [Review & Photo Gallery]

Halestorm

This was stacking up to be an epic night of rock n roll in Lexington, KY. Three of the best female fronted bands touring the country were scheduled to be making a stop at Rupp Arena. Well, that was the plan until word came down that the bus carrying most of In This Moment had broken down. So the night that started with three bands was now down to two, but New Years Day and Halestorm more than made up for it! Continue reading

Red Sun Rising, Spirit Animal, & Dubé Rock Tennessee Crowd [Review & Photo Gallery]

Red Sun Rising

It was a great night, a great Sunday night for rock and roll in Johnson City, Tennessee at Capone’s. Red Sun Rising brought along Spirit Animal and dubé for their east Tennessee stop at one of the best venues in the Tri-Cities on the “Together We Are Thread” tour. Continue reading

JONATHAN DAVIS, JULIEN-K, & THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Rock Lexington, KY [Review & Photo Gallery]

Jonathan Davis

 

Jonathan Davis of Korn brought his Black Labyrinth tour in support of his solo album of the same name to Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY. Julien-K and The Birthday Massacre joined him, tonight was the last show of the tour. If you missed it, you missed a helluva show and by all accounts a helluva tour! Continue reading

My Last Time Seeing Oli Herbert Perform With ALL THAT REMAINS [Photo Gallery]

All That Remains

 

I was writing the review for this show when I heard the news of All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert’s passing. I had a full review almost completed but after the recent tragic news it was like my whole memory of the night was washed away and all I could recall was Oli shredding away under the lights on stage.  Continue reading

NOTHING MORE & BAD WOLVES In Lexington, Kentucky [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Is there a better way to spend the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend than to spend it with four bands at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington Kentucky? If there is a better way I don’t know what it would be! Nothing More, Bad Wolves, Eyes Set to Kill and Indigo Storm had this sold out crowd rocking from the very first note, it was going to be a great night! Continue reading

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & C.O.C. Shred In Knoxville, Tennessee [Review & Gallery]

Black Label Society

What to do on a rainy first day of August? You point your truck south and head to The Mill & Mine in Knoxville, TN. Why, you ask? Because someone told me that Black Label Society, Corrosion of Conformity and EYEHATEGOD were going to melt the roof of the building! So I needed to go see for myself! Continue reading

Beasto Blanco, The Buddz, American Dropouts Slay In Tennessee! [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Beasto Blanco

I find myself back in Johnson City for what promises to be a great night of Rock N Roll! It’s a short 2.5 hour drive to The Hideaway which is next door to Capone’s were I was photographing two nights before. The Hideaway is a 150 person, standing room only venue, a very intimate setting to see a band like Beasto Blanco! I’d venture a guess and say this is probably the smallest venue they are playing on this tour. Continue reading

Gen-X Tour: Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm In Corbin, KY [Review & Photo Gallery]

The rock and roll show that is the Gen-X summer tour made a stop off in Corbin, KY recently. Alien Ant Farm, Lit, P.O.D. and Buckcherry all are veteran bands that have been on the road a long time, so I knew the Corbin fans were in for some kickass music! That is exactly what these four bands brought!

Alien Ant Farm

Alien Ant Farm was first up out of this killer line up. Formed in the late 90’s and with 5 albums and 1 on the way this multi-platinum selling band knew how to get a crowd going! Playing their hit songs like “Movies” and “These Days” the fans in Corbin where ready for what the night had in store. If you are in your mid to late 30’s its impossible to watch this band and not be reminded of your youth and watching TRL on Mtv, you know when Mtv still actually played music. Alien Ant Farm wasn’t done with them; Alien Ant Farm closed the set with their mega hit cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. The song that sky rocketed Alien Ant Farm to the forefront of the music scene in the early 2000’s, at last check the video has over 135 million views on YouTube, and to think Youtube didn’t even exist when this song was first released. “Smooth Criminal” dropped in 2001 and Youtube followed in 2005. You can also see our interview last year with Alien Ant Farm guitarist Terry Corso here.

Lit

Lit didn’t waste any time with the excited and vocal crowd in Corbin. The band came out with a amazing cover of Tom Petty’s song “American Girl”, they even threw in a cool cover of The Cars “Just What I Needed”. Mixing the covers in with their own hits was a nice touch! They’ve had a hit song or two over their career, songs like “Miserable” and the song that put them on the music map “My Own Worst Enemy”. Something you may not know is that members of Lit own The Slidebar Rock -N- Roll Kitchen in Orange County, California. The bar/music venue/restaurant sits on the very spot that Leo Fender created possibly the most important contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll ever – the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars, I mean how kickass is that? These guys still dominate a crowd just as fiercely as they did when they came on the scene. This also isn’t the first festival they’ve played with Buckcherry either, as they both played the infamous Woodstock 1999. While tonights crowd pales in comparison to that event Lit’s performance was spot on and for the duration of their set we was all 20 years younger at heart. They’ve taken a bit of change in direction with their 6th and latest album 2017’s ‘These Are The Days’ but there is no denying Lit is a talented group of musicians that are making the quality music no matter the genre.

P.O.D.

This was the second time this year I’d seen P.O.D. and they didn’t disappoint either time! The coverage from earlier this year can be found here. P.O.D. has been at this for a long time, formed in the early 90’s these 4 guys have played a lot of music together and that experience is on display every time they take the stage. Opening the set with “Boom” and from that moment on front man Sonny Sandoval had the fans in Corbin right where he wanted them! Sonny talked about a new album coming out later this year and while everyone (me included) is eager to hear the new songs the people in Corbin where ready for some classic P.O.D. songs! That’s what they got when P.O.D. tore into “Youth of the Nation” “On Fire” and closing out the set with “Alive”. P.O.D. shows no signs of slowing down!

Buckcherry

I think everyone here in Corbin was a fan of at least one if not all four of these bands but as Buckcherry’s time was approaching you could feel the anticipation growing with the crowd. Buckcherry didn’t let them down, hitting the stage in high gear with “Ridin’” off of 2001’s ‘Time Bomb’. Then “Whiskey in the Morning” and Slammin’” and those were just the first three songs of a 13 song (plus a 2 song encore) extremely high energy set. These guys have been releasing music since 1999 and while Josh Todd is the only original member left since those days the band that’s playing around him now is top notch in my opinion! Josh spoke about a new album coming out in the near future, exciting news as we all are looking forward to new Buckcherry tunes! But while we wait on new tunes they’ve got a killer setlist to play for us tonight, including “Lit Up”, “Too Drunk…”, “Sorry” and everybody’s favorite “Crazy Bitch” which is what closed out the set. But this small (why southern and eastern Kentucky won’t support a rock show I’ll never understand) but vocal crowd at the Corbin Arena wasn’t ready to leave, the Buckcherry guys rewarded them with a 2 song encore of “Chaos Is The Ladder” and stellar cover of the Door’s classic “Roadhouse Blues”.

As always the Corbin Arena is a great venue to see a show, easy to get to right off the interstate. No reason people shouldn’t come out and support live music in Southern Kentucky!

Get out and see a show! There is still time to catch this amazing and nostalgic tour and a couple of these shows won’t cost you a penny, that’s right FREE SHOWS, it doesn’t get any better than that. Save on a ticket and buy some merch.

GEN-X Tour: Featuring Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, & Alien Ant Farm Tour Dates

July 26 – Farmingville, N.Y. @ The Amphitheater at Bald Hill
July 27 – Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
July 29 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
July 30 – Watertown, N.Y. @ Exhibition Hall
July 31 – Barrie, Ontario @ Maverick’s Music Hall
Aug. 3 – Moorhead, Minn. @ Bluestem Amphitheater
Aug. 6 – Sturgis, S.D. @ Iron Horse Saloon FREE SHOW
Aug. 9 – Pocola, Okla. @ Choctaw Casino & Resort FREE SHOW
Aug. 10 – Lake Charles, La. @ Golden Nugget Casino – H20
Aug. 11 – El Dorado, Ark. @ Griffin Music Hall
Aug. 12 – Nixa, Mo. @ Summers at the River
Aug. 14 – Aurora, Colo. @ Stampede
Aug. 17 – Glen Fora, Wis. @ The Northwoods Rock Rally
Aug. 19 – Bonner Springs, Kan. @ Providence Medical Center
Aug. 21 – Corpus Christi, Texas @ Concrete Street Pavilion
Aug. 22 – Cedar Park, Texas @ HEB Center
Aug. 24 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music
Aug. 25 – El Paso, Texas @ Speaking Rock Entertainment FREE SHOW
Aug. 26 – Sugarland, Texas @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugarland
Aug. 28 – Abilene, Texas @ Abilene Civic Center
Aug. 30 – Sioux City, Iowa @ Tyson Events Center
Aug. 31 – DuQuoin, Ill. @ DuQuoin State Fair
Sept. 1 – Naperville, Ill. @ Naperville Last Fling
Sept. 3 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
Sept. 6 – Scottsdale, Ariz. @ BLK Live
Sept. 7 – Scottsdale, Ariz. @ BLK Live

*Pointfest Radio Show with Offspring, 311, and more

 

CLUTCH, THE BRONX, RED FANG & FIREBALL MINISTRY Rock The Bluegrass State [Review & Gallery]

Clutch

I can’t think of a better place to be on a rainy Saturday night in May than at Sold Out Manchester Music Hall! It’s dry inside the drinks are cold and the music is LOUD! It’s also the first Saturday in May so there’s a little horse race going on up the road a piece, but tonight that was the farthest thing from this crowds mind! Tonight was all about Clutch, The Bronx, Red Fang and Fireball Ministry shaking the roof off of Manchester Music Hall!

Fireball Ministry

Fireball Ministry had first swing at this huge crown and they didn’t waste it! This group of experienced musicians (formed in 1999) knew exactly what to do with this crowd and that was to work them into frenzy for the bands to come. That’s exactly what they did with songs like “Flatline” “Two Tears” and “King”. You know it’s going to be a great show when the first band puts out a performance like this!

Red Fang

Next to take a shot at keeping this crowd going was Red Fang. Red Fang is another band that has been around the block. Formed in 2005 in Portland Oregon, this “stoner metal” outfit has 4 studio albums, several EP’s and a host of video’s to pull material from. It was evident from the beginning of their set that Aaron Beam vocalist and bassist was having a good time with this big responsive crowd, he had a smile on his face from start to finish! Playing songs like “Blood Like Cream” “Hank is Dead” and their first single “Prehistoric Dog” Red Fang had the folks in Manchester Music Hall right where they wanted them!

The Bronx

Trying to keep the momentum up that Fireball Ministry and Red Fang had started was The Bronx. To say they not only kept it up put pushed that momentum forward would be an understatement. The Bronx has been around since 2002, formed in Los Angeles California. I’ve seen them listed as a punk/ hard rock band, whatever category you want to put them they are talented musicians and onstage front man Matt Caughthran is nonstop! I was wore out after watching him, jumping running, dancing, moving back and forth across the stage and at one point in the crowd, were he sang three songs while dancing and moshing with some very surprised fans! Their fifth album titled ‘V’ was just recently released; all the albums are self-titled with roman numerals differentiating each one. If you like loud, energetic, well played music get out and see The Bronx!

Clutch

The reason Manchester Music Hall was Sold Out, the reason this crowd was in Lexington KY and not Louisville at Churchill Downs, the reason people were standing in line in the pouring rain was tonight’s headliner Clutch! “Holy Shit!” , that comes real close to summing up this night! This was my first Clutch show and hopefully not my last! A friend and lifelong Clutch fan gave me some advice before the show he said “Watch Neil Fallon, as you’re photographing the show, he delivers his lyrics like a southern church pastor” and he was right. Not only does he deliver those lyrics like a preacher but he controls the crowd like one as well. Back and forth across the stage everyone in the building was watching him and reacting to everything he did. It was beautiful to watch. Neil along with guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines and legendary drummer Jean-Paul (JP) put on a show that Manchester Music Hall will not soon forget. They opened the night with “Pure Rock Fury” what followed was an epic set list of 16 more songs that included “Firebirds” “Crucial Velocity” along with two songs off their yet to be released album Book of Bad Decisions (Sept. 2018) “Gimme the Keys” and “Spirit of ‘76” then closing out the set with “D.C. Sound Attack” before coming back for a two song encore “Electric Worry” and “The Mob Goes Wild”. With that an amazing night of music in Lexington, KY came to an end. Those that had the privilege of being here will not soon forget it. There will be various other opportunites coming up to see Clutch as they are one of the headliners of the inaugural Inkcarceration Fest in Mansfield, Ohio in July at the prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed as well as their own festival in West Virginia the Earth Rocker Festival on Saturday August 4th get more info for that festival here. 

As always get out and see the show! Support local and touring musician, buy tickets, merch and most importantly buy their music!