Thomas Biggs

About Thomas Biggs

Call me Tom, but I’ll answer to most anything! I’m an award winning nature photographer trying his hand at concert photography. I’ve been shooting professionally for the last 15 plus years. Always been a lover of music, the last 6 years in the pit has taken that love to another level! Hope you enjoy my images and writing as much as I do creating them!

DIRTY HONEY MAKES PHENOMENAL RETURN TO TENNESSEE WITH JOYOUS WOLF

When I heard that California’s own, Dirty Honey, were returning to Johnson City, Tennessee, I knew from that point I wanted to make this show. But when I heard who was opening for Dirty Honey, I really got ecstatic! None other than the Orange County, California rock band, Joyous Wolf! This night was going to be nothing but pure rock n roll for the soul!

 I have a story I always like to tell about Dirty Honey, so before I get too far into this, I’d like to tell you what happened.

  Dirty Honey was playing Johnson City, Tennessee, in 2020. The same venue, which is called “Capones” on Main Street. If you have never been to Capones, please do yourself a favor and check out this super venue! Great place to see a show! Anyway, the date was January 29, 2020. I was in attendance and loving every minute. Little did I know, Dirty Honey would be my last show until late 2020, thanks to COVID-19. Not really what I would call “rock” shows per say, but I got to see some live music. 2021 is really when it started to get better. It makes me so happy that after a year of being quarantined, (which I wasn’t, I had a job and thankful I have kept it through this mess,) that I can finally go out and start seeing some shows again! Dirty Honey was my last show at Capones in 2020 and Dirty Honey was my return to Capones in 2021! Funny how it works out sometimes!

 Now let’s talk about this stunning show in depth!

 For those who do not know Joyous Wolf, you are missing out big time! As I stated earlier, they’re from Orange County, California. They have released one EP titled “Place In Time”, which blows my mind every time I listen to it. The mix on this EP is remarkable. It stays in my rotation of albums I spin. If you were to ask me, I would tell you this is one of the greatest rock bands that has hit the stage in 10+ years. This unique lineup consists of “Nick Reese – Vocals”,  “Blake Allard – Guitar”,  “Greg Braccio – Bass”,  “Robert Sodaro – Drums”. Joyous Wolf is an unbelievably tight band. I would hate to be the following act because I know some huge shoes would have to be filled! (Dirty Honey stuck right with them though).

  It was time for Joyous Wolf to come out on stage. The crowd was pumped! As soon as Nick Reese made his presence known, Capone’s exploded! The 4 young gentlemen in Joyous Wolf knew they were getting ready to give this crowd what they had been waiting for since the pandemic. Starting with their song “Fearless”, Joyous Wolf was not going to stop! Their hard driven rock sound with intense guitar work right in your face, along with groovy bass lines, this made Capones want more! Every head was bobbing in this venue, including mine! Also doing one of their well-known songs “Quiet Heart”, got me ultra-excited! This is one of my favorite Joyous Wolf songs. I remember hearing Joyous Wolf play this once before at Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY, and I loved it then. But the power that Joyous Wolf had in them in Tennessee, blew me away. I was amazed from start to finish. But that wasn’t all. They also threw in “Mother Rebel”, “Talk To Me”, “Get Myself Right” among other rockers! Joyous Wolf always puts on a super show! I got to speak with them after the show. Super nice guys! Get out and support this amazing rock act! They’re going to be at Louder Than Life this year. They will be playing Friday. If you do not get a chance to see them before then, here is your opportunity. It’s worth the price of a ticket to see Joyous Wolf. Trust me on that!

 Now it was Dirty Honey’s turn to rock Capones.

If you’re not familiar with Dirty Honey, please be sure to look them up! You will not be sorry, I promise! Dirty Honey resides in Los Angeles, California. They got their start in 2017. They released their first E.P. “Dirty Honey” in 2019. The first track from this E.P. “When I’m Gone” hit big! It hit the US Mainstream Rock charts at #1! How amazing is this?! Not even a full-length release at that time and already a #1 song! That alone should let you know how kick ass Dirty Honey truly is! Dirty Honey, however, released their full-length studio album titled “Dirty Honey” in April of 2021. Dirty Honey consists of “Marc Labelle – Vocals” “John Notto – Guitar”, “Justin Smolian – Bass”, “Corey Coverstone – Drums”. Dirty Honey is another band I would for sure say is one of the greatest bands that has came along in the last 10+ years. They get better and better every time I see them! Dirty Honey better put their shades on because there is a bright future ahead for these 4 gentlemen!

Dirty Honey makes their way to the stage and oh man! Capones just became an uproar!! It was LOUD! Starting out with their song “Gypsy”, this building was shaking! Everyone was so happy to finally enjoy good rock n roll again! Marc Labelle was eating it up! He loved the turnout! Marc stated through the show that the crowd at Capones had been his favorite on this tour. He loved the enthusiasm coming from the crowd. Not to mention every song that was played from Dirty Honey including “Fire Away”, “Heartbreaker”, “Down The Road”, “California Dreamin’” , and the encores of “When I’m Gone” and Rolling 7’s”, was sung by the crowd! Word for word! It was such a thrilling experience to see live! What surprised me even more was when Dirty Honey pulled out an AC/DC cover. They performed “Girls Got Rhythm”! What a reaction! Holy crap! I feel that was such a fitting song to play that night because so many women were dancing and had a lot of rhythm. In my mind, that was a good call by Dirty Honey to include in the set! Dirty Honey was groovy! The incredible bass, with the clean sounding guitar, along with crisp vocals and sick drum fills/grooves. If you love rock n roll, you’ll love this band. No doubt about that at all!

 Overall, I enjoyed my experience seeing Dirty Honey and Joyous Wolf! 10/10 show. Amazing performances, amazing staff at Capones, everything was perfect. I wish I could go back and re-live that night again! If you want to experience rock n roll, and a killer live show, these 2 bands are your best bet. Please get out and support these guys! They can’t do it without us!  Live music is making it’s return. It’s starting to slowly come back to the arenas, the clubs, the stadiums and everywhere else live music is held. Please, get out and see some shows. COVID-19 has almost killed live music and musicians, so please, buy a ticket, buy some merch and lets keep these guys on the road letting them make our next favorite album!

STEEL PANTHER Fuels Hysteria with BLACK STONE CHERRY In Kentucky!

2020. The worst year in a 100+ years? Especially for us metal heads and music lovers. All the world got hit with COVID-19/ pandemic. The pandemic has been rough on us all and we appreciate all our frontline workers in the medical field, food service, emergency services and beyond. But finally, in 2021, it appears some light at the end of the tunnel. Our beloved music scene is starting slowly to come back! I am so thrilled to say I have seen 4 shows in 2021 and summertime hasn’t even official started! More and more progress is being made and we have to do our part, so live music can come back stronger than ever!! Speaking of live music, let’s discuss the tremendous show that Steel Panther and Black Stone Cherry put on at The Corbin Arena in Corbin, KY!

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Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves & More Radiate Rock In Lexington [Review & Gallery]

Five Finger Death Punch

Knuckleheads big and small, young and old converged on Rupp Arena in Lexington Kentucky for an early December night of rock and roll! For those reading this that don’t know what a “Knucklehead” is (other than what your Dad called you when you did something questionable as a child, or maybe that was just my childhood) that’s what the fan base of Five Finger Death Punch call themselves and they have shown up by the thousands to see what Lexington’s own Chris Kael and the rest of Five Finger Death Punch have in store for them. Five Finger Death Punch didn’t show up to the most holy of holy arena’s in college basketball alone, no they brought Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves and Fire From The Gods. This night was going to be LOUD! Continue reading

BOURBON & BEYOND: Friday [Review & Photo Gallery]

Bourbon & Beyond is back! Bigger and dryer than last year. As most know, last year’s two day event was shortened to one day by torrential rains that caused flooding and threats of flooding in and around Champions Park (last year’s venue). As they say that was last year, this year was a very different story! Not only did the festival move to a different venue it was expanded from two days to three and there was NO rain in the forecast. In fact the reported 91,000 plus fans were treated to what some people in Kentucky were calling 2nd summer with temperatures in the 90’s all three days. It was hot, temperature and music! Continue reading

SCOTT STAPP Fuels A Frenzy In Kentucky With MESSER & WEAPONS OF ANEW [Review & Photo Gallery]

Wednesday night ROCKED in Lexington, Kentucky! Scott Stapp (you know, the voice of multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning Creed, Scott Stapp? Yeah, that one) brought his incredibly talented band along with a couple of equally talented and hard-hitting metal bands, Messer and Weapons of Anew, to Manchester Music Hall. All three bands tried their best to blow the windows out of the building with some loud, aggressive, in-your-face rock n’ roll! It was a good night to be a rock fan in Lexington. Continue reading

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION Brings Party To Tennessee W/ BELOW 7, DIRTY SOUL REVIVAL, & More [Review & Photo Gallery]

Texas Hippie Coalition

Big Dad Ritch and the guys of Texas Hippie Coalition (THC) made Johnson City, TN the last stop on the Haulin Moonshine Tour. THC had Below 7, The Dirty Soul Revival and Belfast 6 Pack help them make this Sunday night in Tennessee one night not to be forgotten! On a personal note, this was my third time covering THC in Johnson City, and second time in this venue, although it was under a different name the last time they played here. Doesn’t matter what the venue name or location is, one thing is certain, Johnson City loves some THC! Continue reading

ROB ZOMBIE & MARILYN MANSON Unleash Hell In West Virginia [Review & Photo Gallery]

Rob Zombie

I’ve said in the past that Big Sandy Superstore Arena knows how to host a rock show, and they do. But I’m not sure they, or the city of Huntington, West Virginia, has recovered from the all-out metal onslaught they witnessed when Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson unleashed Hell! This was only the third stop on the Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies Tour, and if what I witnessed on this night is any indication of the Hell that’s going to be raised on this tour, the rest of the venues are in trouble! Continue reading

Chelsea Grin, Slaughter To Prevail, Enterprise Earth & More In Lexington [Review & Photo Gallery]

Chelsea Grin

Chelsea Grin brought a truck load of like-minded bands with them on the Eternal Nightmare tour and they were about to destroy Manchester Music Hall with pure unadulterated sonic brutality. Those that were about to receive said brutality were amped up for the metal offerings these five bands were about to bestow upon them! Continue reading

OF MICE & MEN Heats Up Tennessee With DEAD AMERICAN, SHVPES, & VAGRANTS [Review & Photo Gallery]

Of Mice & Men

First off, let me apologize to the members of SHVPES and Vagrants. I missed their sets completely. Work (day job) gets in the way sometimes! What I heard from people that saw both bands were that they both had killer sets. I’m sorry I messed them! I still had Dead American and Of Mice & Men, so the night was far from a loss! Continue reading

REO SPEEDWAGON Hits Kentucky with SISTER HAZEL [Review & Photo Gallery]

REO Speedwagon

Rock n’ roll veterans, REO Speedwagon made a stop in Pikeville, Kentucky, bringing Sister Hazel along for the ride. Chances are the younger audience reading this may not have heard of REO Speedwagon. If you’ve not, do yourself a favor, open a new tab on that browser, go to YouTube, look up a REO Speedwagon‘s video for “Roll With the Changes,” turn the volume up really loud, and you’ll understand how this band has sold over 40 million albums; and why 40 plus years into their career, thousands of people in Pikeville, Kentucky, on a Wednesday night, are still lining up to see them play. Continue reading