TRIVIUM, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, BAD OMENS In Johnson City, TN [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Trivium

Released on October 20th of 2017, “The Sin And The Sentence released by Florida’s Trivium has made waves across the Metal community from night one I’d release up until now and foreseeable beyond as they have embarked on a massive world tour for their 8th studio release and surely their best one yet. TSATS world tour made a stop in Johnson City, Tennessee at Capone’s to wreak havoc on the sold out, rowdy East Tennessee crowd, and we’ve got everything you need to know about this fun little packed out sow. This leg of the tour involves opening performances from Bad Omens and Fit For An Autopsy that got fans moving and ready for Trivium’s loaded setlist. Continue reading

Carolina Rebellion: Sunday [Review & Photo Gallery]

Queens Of The Stone Age

 

It seems like the weekend had flown by when my alarm went off Sunday morning. With the majority of the festival weekend behind us it was kind of sad knowing this would be the last day of Rebellion until 2019, because you know at this point we have to go regardless of the lineup, it’s just great being surrounded by like minded metal heads. We all have our favorite days of the festival based on the lineup for the day. Sunday just happened to be the day I was most excited about. Personally for me I was stoked to see Mutoid Man, Greta Van Fleet, Baroness, The Fever 333, Queens Of The Stone Age, Billy Idol, and Thrice. There is a little bit of everything in Sunday’s lineup. You have nostalgic acts from totally different generations. Like Billy Idol who started his career in the mid to late 70’s, then you have Incubus who was legends in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Then you have Greta Van Fleet who are playing music that sounds like it’s straight from the 70’s but the majority of the members of the band aren’t even drinking age yet. The Fever 333 is also a new band who has been taking stages hostage and demanding attention. Baroness are a band that has flew under the radar for a lot of people but have been a keeping prog and sludge alive since their formation in 2003. Sunday was a day to show praise for all that is hard rock and heavy metal.

 

 

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MINISTRY Perform To Packed House At SWX In Bristol, UK [Review & Photo Gallery]

Ministry

Let’s just start by saying the doors were meant to open at 7:00 PM but that’s when Ministry‘s tour bus arrived. I witnessed the whole crew frantically getting all the gear into the venue in record time and emptying two trailers being towed by the tour bus in minutes. The doors officially opened at about 7:20 PM but fans were ushered upstairs to the other bar and smaller venue whilst Ministry set up and did sound checks. The late arrival was due to flight problems as far as I’m aware. Continue reading

SMASHING PUMPKINS Bring Perfection To Nashville [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Smashing Pumpkins

For seven to eight months out of the year (depending on a playoff run), Bridgestone Arena and Nashville, TN are locally referred to as Smashville thanks to the success of a certain NHL hockey team known as the Nashville Predators.  But on the night of July 20, 2018 the name Smashville took on a new meaning as the Smashing Pumpkins brought their Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour to Nashville, the sixth stop on a massive US tour extending into September and heading to the UK and Italy in October. Continue reading

DOYLE & SULPHER Dominate At Amplified Fest (UK) [Review & Photo Gallery]

 

Doyle

Doyle and Sulpher were just two of the jaw dropping acts to perform at this years Amplified Open Air Festival which took place on July 6th-8th at Quarrydowns, Gloucestershire, U.K.. The festival also included acts like Jinjer, Soil, Psychostick, Dust Bolt, Witch Tripper and several other over the course of the weekend. Doyle and Sulpher are just two of the stand out performances that took place.  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

 

American Safari Tour: Rest, Repose, Drewsif Stalin, & More [Review & Photo Gallery]

Rest, Repose

Fayetteville, North Carolina is mostly known as the home of Fort Bragg and its historic sites around the city, and, for music lovers, the scene is only continuing to grow with time; hosting genres from the likes of bluegrass to indie, and from metal to country, there’s something for everyone who lives here to enjoy. At the end of June, the American Safari Tour presented by Distrokid swung into town at the Drunk Horse Pub and brought out all of the hyper energy and excitement that Fayetteville had to offer. The bands on the tour were Seattle, Washington’s Drewsif Stalin, The Home Team, and Rest, Repose. Continue reading

KNOCKED LOOSE Invades Cardiff, United Kingdom [Photo Gallery]

Knocked Loose

Lets start this by saying today the UK had a heatwave which started on route to Cardiff. My car’s temp gauge was saying it was 35 degrees c outside, but thanks to air conditioning I was comfy. I arrived and parked at the venue Clwb Ifor Bach located in the city center. I was there early and so were the fans. There was a sea of fans all enjoying cold beers in the local surrounding bars on this hot night. I went straight into the club and set my gear up in the green room, where members of all the bands were chilling. Upstairs to the venue was a lot cooler to start with, but then the fans came swarming in to witness the first band on the bill Guilt Trip. Continue reading

OCEANS ATE ALASKA & More Slay The Stage In Bristol, U.K. [Review & Photo Gallery]

Oceans Ate Alaska

Bristol is one buzzing city in the UK for bands at the moment and before I turned up for tonights awesome line up I checked and the show was just a mere tickets away from being a sold out gig. The energy at a show that is close to capacity just adds to the show and makes it all the more enjoyable, not to mention the bands live to perform for a sea of fans from wall to wall. Five bands to get through so lets get stuck in. Continue reading

Show Review: Metal for the Masses

A few weeks ago I was invited to a show in Orlando by my friend and promoter Rhonda Fox with Superfox Promotions. Plate, Mind of Fury, Armor of God and Sacrosent plus I would finally be able to meet Rhonda? Heard Plate, been dying to cover my friend and Chilean guitar god, Ghee Yeh and the rest of Mind of Fury for quite a while now, seen, covered and love Armor of God and have the opportunity to hear Puerto Rican metalists Sacrosent, whom I was formerly unfamiliar with. Sure it is two and half hours away, but I am always down to support Florida Metal when I have the chance, so, hell yeah! I am there! Bought my tickets from Orlando with Armor of God and I was on my way.

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