London, Ontario, Canada (April 13, 2018) – Light of Day Canada joined the fight against Parkinson’s disease ten years ago. In 2015 LOD Niagara was the highest attended show in Light of Day’s history. Over the years our shows have included great artists including; Blue Rodeo, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Pat Travers, Ron Sexsmith, Gary U.S. Bonds, Sam Roberts Band, Willie Nile, Joe D’urso, Joe Gruschecky & The Houserockers, Jesse Malin, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Marah, The Trews, Paul Langlois of the Tragically Hip, Tom Wilson and has been hosted by the likes of Vincent Pastore of the Sopranos, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Dave Hodge. Since inception, Light of Day Canada has expanded from Niagara Falls and Toronto to Light of Day Hamilton in 2011, Light of Day Halifax in 2012, Light of Day Kingston in 2013, and London in 2016.
Last year Light of Day concerts raised over $70,000 and in 10 years has raised over $300,000 for Parkinson’s Research and Care distributing all of our profits to Parkinson’s Canada, Light of Day Foundation (New Jersey), and most recently to the London Health Sciences Movement Disorder Centre, Queen’s University Neuroscience Studies in Kingston and the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Rehab Clinic at Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Light of Day Canada Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Care is a Canada Not-for-Profit Corporation which began in 2007 with two modest shows, one in Niagara Falls and one in Toronto Ontario. The success of the shows and the enthusiasm and support of the two communities helped expand the show to larger venues and eventually to Hamilton, Halifax, Kingston, and now, London.
Opening for The Revivalists was Roosevelt Collier. Miami, Florida’s own Roosevelt Collier may be a soft-spoken man, but he is fierce when it comes to playing the pedal steel guitar. Throughout his blistering set, he displayed complete mastery of his instrument, stretching the boundaries of what you expected to hear. Collier has certainly redefined how to use this tool and his set alone would make for a great evening.
Up next was the band that everyone came to see, The Revivalists. Formed in 2007, this seven-piece band consists of David Shaw (lead vocalist), Zack Fienberg (guitar), George Gekas (bass), Rob Ingraham (saxophone), Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar), Andrew Campanelli (drums), and Michael Giradot (keyboards and trumpet). Their self-titled EP,The Revivalists, was released in 2008. This was followed up by their sophomore effort,Vital Signs, in 2010. In 2012 they self-released the albumCity Of Sound. Men Amongst Mountains is their most current album, which was released in 2015. From this album came their biggest hit to date “Wish I Knew You“, which hit number one on the Billboard US Alternative Rock Chart in 2016.
Shaw’s soulful voice and passion revved up the packed house. Several times during the song he left the stage to come down to the rail, to the delight of the audience. As the show went on they played songs such as “Bulletproof“, “All in the Family“, “Amber“, and “Move On“. When it came time to play “Stand Up“, every member of the band had their moment to shine. After a brilliant keyboard intro by Giradot, guitarists Fienberg and Williams led the song while saxophonist, Ingraham, soloed alongside Giradot, now playing the trumpet. The rhythm section of Gekas and Campanelli were right on and provided a perfect backdrop for the band.
After a brief break for the band, they came out for their first encore starting off with a song from their 2012 album, City of Sound, “B.T.B.D.” which was followed up with “Fade Away“. As the audience was thinking that the show was over, to everyone’s surprise, they came back for one more song,, “Refugee” byTom Petty – it was an absolutely brilliant cover! Shaw’s voice was a perfect fit for the song and the band was spot on! I’m sure Tom was smiling down from Heaven and giving The Revivalists a nod of approval. All through the night the audience danced, cheered, and swayed to every note that was played and every word that was sung.
The tour will continue on with more dates – check them outHERE.
Cincinnati, Ohio (April 10, 2018) – In a hundred-year-old venue, originally constructed as a vaudeville theatre, industrial metal fans gathered at Bogart’s for an aggressive triple bill featuring The God Bombs and Chelsea Wolfe with Ministry headlining. Ministry is out in support of their latest album AmeriKKKant. Their latest album is their musical response to the current political landscape. After a five-year hiatus Ministry’s latest release is musically stellar, while maybe lyrically divisive.
The God Bombs from Brooklyn, New York kicked things off with a small set of industrial punk rock. The God Bombs features Justin Symbol (vocals), Jabbath Roa (guitar, electronics), and Edrick Supervi (Drums) who create a new sound by infusing several genres together.
The trio’s set was a collection of eclectic arrangements, played with mostly industrial sounds, performed with a punk attitude. By the time “Hexxx” kicked in for the second song, they had the crowd with their attention firmly on the stage. The music had an overall dark feeling while deep beats pounded the crowd, with only a slight change in pace during the song “SocioPath” which took on a slight Hip-Hop feel.
Justin worked his way around the front of the stage entertaining the crowd with his punk attitude, as Jabbath and Edrick maintained their positions. Finishing their set with a cover of the Cure’s “Killing an Arab” they exited the stage to a nice roar of applause.
Setlist: Breed Hexxx Lowlight SocioPath Castrate Me Killing an Arab
The California goth band Chelsea Wolfe entered a blackened stage and struck up “Carrion Flowers” from 2015’s album Abyss. As the intro started, the lights remained dark, until the song picked up slightly, as low light bathed the stage as the band’s namesake Chelsea Wolfe (vocals, guitar), sang her lyrics over the ominous music.
As they continued into “Spun”, followed by “Vex”, both from their latest release Hiss Spun, the ominous music continued to bellow from the sound system thanks to Ben Chisholm (keys, bass, electronics), Jess Gowrie (drums), and Bryan Tulao (guitar). As they moved into “Vex” the almost inaudible guttural vocals delivered an eerie difference to this song. The set continued up until their ninth, and the last song of the evening, “Scrape”, featuring an almost chant-like drum beat, leaving the feeling of needing to shower in holy water to cleanse.
The beauty of Chelse’s voice is a stark contrast to the dark music, but when delivered slowly, really fits well, and creates a wonderful mixture. The music features a very different pace than what was to come next from Ministry, which made this a great choice for second on the bill. If you like your goth ultra-eerie, check out Chelsea Wolfe today, their music will curb your cravings.
Setlist: Carrion Flowers Spun Vex Demons Moses After the Fall 16 Psyche Feral Love Scrape
DJ Swamp (scratching) and Derek Abrams (drums) got things started for Ministry with the first of six songs from the AmeriKKKant album, “I Know Words”, scratching and mixing vocals of Trumpisms over the opening pre-recorded track. As Al Jourgensen (vocals), Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto (guitars), Tony Campos (bass), and John Bechdel (keyboards) joined their comrades on stage, Ministry started out with the mild paced “Twilight Zone”. With Jourgensen firmly situated behind the dual skeletal microphone stands, he belted out the lyrics using both microphones, switching from one to the other throughout the song.
Before they were ready for “Victims of a Clown” Jourgensen introduced guest vocalist Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory. Bell would also return later in the set to perform alongside Jourgensen for “Wargasm”. As Ministry worked their way through the first eleven politically-charged tracks, never once did Jourgensen mention any politics in between songs, allowing the anthems to state their views. Aware of the political theme of the evening Jourgensen stated to the crowd, “you’ve been patient with our political (stuff), we’re gonna reward you now with some doggie treats!”.
That’s all it took to begin the assault of classic Ministry, starting off with “Just One Fix”. The first 11 songs had the crowd amped up, but this is what they were waiting for. With fists in the air, and some crowd surfers they continued with “N.W.O.”, “Thieves”, and “So What” to round out their set. Those gathered to see this godfather and pioneer of industrial music chanted “Ministry, Ministry, Ministry…” as the band left the stage. Ministry returned after a short pause to the delight of the crowd and left fans with one last song, “Bad Blood”.
Al Jourgensen and company put on one industrialized night of impressive music. The powerful songs and colorful, strobing light show overshadowed most of the message that was present in the songs. Tonight marked Jourgensen’s fifth trip to Bogart’s over the years, which included shows with Revolting Cocks as well as Ministry. Before he left the stage he simply stated: “thank you Cincinnati so much, you always f***ing party”.
Setlist: I Know Words Twilight Zone Victims of a Clown TV5/4Chan Punch in the Face Señor Peligro LiesLiesLies Rio Grande Blood We’re Tired of it Wargasm Antifa Just One Fix N.W.O. Thieves So What Bad Blood
Opening band, Hail the Sun, brought the theater to life with their upbeat, hardcore hits from their albums Wake (2014), and Culture Scars(2016), and their new EP, Secret Wars(2017.) Hail the Sun originates from Chico, California and is an American post-hardcore band consisting of frontman Donovan Melero (drums, percussion, lead vocals), Shane Gann (guitar, backing vocals), Aric Garcia (rhythm guitar), and John Stirrat (bass). Ironically, Donovan’s voice can be compared to the singing/vocal style of Anthony Green, which made the show that much more stunning. The band played fan favorites such as “Human Target Practice”, which Melero proclaims to the audience that it preaches about the issues of police brutality. They performed “Relax/Divide”, which is an absolute fan-favorite ballad that the band released in 2014. Having been to a few Hail the Sun shows, they never seem to lose their spark and always put out a fantastic concert for their fans.
Originating from St. Louis, Missouri, American indie-rock band Foxing captivates the audience with morose tones and mesmerizing trumpet playing from frontman Conor Murphy, who is supported by his bandmates Ricky Sampson (guitar, sampler), Jon Hellwig (drums, sampler), Eric Hudson (guitar, vocals), and touring member Emma Tiemann (violin, strings, keyboards). Foxing opens with their song “Inuit”off of their debut LP, The Albatross. The second the powerful tones of the trumpet echoed throughout the theater, the audience roared with support and excitement. In addition to their classic past songs, Conor proclaims that they are going to play two new songs, which the audience undoubtedly loves and gives their full attention to. The introspective artists end with their song “Rory” off of The Albatrossto close out the moody, atmospheric vibe.
You can feel in the air that the audience is anxiously waiting in anticipation for Circa Survive. The lights abruptly dim and the crowd was roaring as members of Circa Survive progressively made their way on stage. They tease the audience with an instrumental opening as frontman Anthony Green (vocals), slowly makes his way on the stage. Backed by Colin Frangicetto (guitar, back vocals), Brendan Ekstrom (guitar), Nick Beard (bass, back vocals), and Steve Clifford (drums, percussion), they open with their new song, “Rites of Investiture”, off of their brand new album, The Amulet. Almost instantly, the atmosphere and vibe transform into an enthusiastic, high-spirited energy that can be seen all throughout the theater.
Green proclaims his appreciation for his audience and fans by stating how amazing it is that this fanbase truly looks out for one another. Green had previously noted on Twitter that the setlist is “…A perfect balance of old and new…”,and that this particular set was his most favorite one they have created. The band continues to plays hits off of their albums Juturna(2005), On Letting Go (2007), Blue Sky Noise(2010), and their new album, The Amulet(2017.) Fans go wild and are the voice of the beginning of the emotional, mind-altering songs “Living Together” and “Get Out”. My personal favorite is hearing “Living Together” live as the lyrics and instrumentals are so emotionally raw. I had the honor of witnessing the On Letting Go 10 year reunion in Pittsburgh, PA. When I first heard “Living Together” performed live and it was like a religious experience. Green is superb at energetically drawing the audience in for music worship!
Circa Survive ends with “I Felt Free” and leaves the audience wanting more as they close out their show with their song “Descensus” off of their 2014 album Descensus. Their performances are, without a doubt, mind-blowing; the band always leaves their audience feeling reborn and ecstatic.
Royal Oak, Michigan (April 7, 2018) – With his signature soaring guitar riffs, Robin Trower showed his Detroit area fans that the 73-year-old rocker is still at the top of his game. The crowd was spellbound during the entire 13-song set, as Trower played select tunes from his latest release Time and Emotion, as well as several beloved classics from his past. This was Trower’s fifth appearance at the Royal Oak Music Theater, the location where his 2009 live album RT@RO.08 was recorded.
London born Robin Trower first achieved success as a member of English blues-rock band Procol Harum, (best known for their first single “Whiter Shade of Pale”), with Trower joining to replace original guitarist Ray Royer. Trower appeared on the band’s first five albums before launching his solo career with Twice Removed from Yesterday in 1973. His sophomore effort, Bridge of Sighs, released in 1974, along with his next three releases, were certified gold with sales that kept them in the top 25 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Despite not being a household name like Clapton, Hendrix or Page, Trower has consistently released new music and is legendary for his emotional, string-bending guitar solos and hard-rocking blues numbers.
The crowd at Royal Oak Music Theater was eager for the guitar hero to take the stage, chanting “Robin! Robin! Robin!” every time a song on the house PA ended, until the lights finally dimmed and the power trio walked out and took their places. Appearing calm and unassuming, Trower launched into “Too Rolling Stoned”, the 7+ minute masterpiece from the timeless Bridge of Sighs. Following up with “Lady Love”, Richard Watts (bass) and Chris Taggart (drums) proved to be a tight, powerful rhythm section, with Watts handling a majority of the lead vocals for the night. The set continued, with the man often referred to as the master of the Stratocaster proving he deserves that title on “Returned in Kind”, “Not Inside — Outside”, and “Somebody Calling”.
Trower took over on the vocals for “Make Up Your Mind” from last years’ Time and Emotion. Back to the classics, Trower and company gave the crowd the highlight of the night with a fantastic rendition of “Day of the Eagle” before stunning us with the brilliant, yet eerie, chords of “Bridge of Sighs”. Trower didn’t disappoint, wrenching every note of his extended solo from his Fender like he was ripping the emotions straight out of his soul. The set wrapped up with some impressive funky shredding on “Confessin’ Midnight”, “Daydream” and the final song, “Little Bit of Sympathy”, definitely a crowd favorite.
Returning for a two-song encore, Trower, Watts, and Taggart gave us the straight-up bluesy rocker “Rise Up Like the Sun” with the guitar legend tearing it up on the solo. The final song of the night was “For Earth Below”, showcasing Trower’s six-string mastery as displayed on the 1975 album of the same name.
Robin Trower continues touring throughout the US with stops in Kalamazoo, MI, Champaign & Chicago, IL, and Indianapolis, IN up next, with the tour wrapping up with two nights in St Louis MO on April 14 and 15. Trower has a couple of new projects in the works, including a collaboration with reggae artist Maxi Priest and another new album which we hope to see later in 2018.
Edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock outfit Adelitas Way broke into the mainstream in 2009 with the song “Invincible,” which appeared on numerous television spots for CSI Miami and served as the theme song for the weekly World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars show. Formed in the late 2000s by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus and lead guitarist Chris Iorio, the band (which also included rhythm guitarist Keith Wallen, bassist Derek Johnston, and drummer Trevor Stafford) released its eponymous debut on Virgin Records in July 2009. The band’s sophomore effort, Home School Valedictorian, arrived in summer 2011 and featured new lead guitarist Robert Zakaryan after Iorio left the group within five months of their debut’s release. At the end of 2012, writing began for the band’s third album, while only six months later, Keith Wallen and Derek Johnston announced that they were leaving. In July 2013 the group entered the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz to record Stuck, which was released the following year and featured the hit single “Dog on a Leash,” which peaked at number seven on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart. 2015 saw the release of the Deserve This EP, and the following year, the band issued their fourth studio long player, Getaway. 2017’s Notorious included the singles “Tell Me” and “Ready for War (Pray for Peace),” the latter of which served as the theme song to TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, a WWE pay-per-view event. ~ James Christopher Monger & Rich Wilson – IT
There is nothing subtle about Texas. There is a reason why we use the term “Texas-sized” to describe anything in life that’s exaggeratedly large, from posteriors, to bong hits, to jugs of beer. This boldness, naturally, extends to the Lone Star’s musical exports, loud n’ proud legendary artists like ZZ Top, Pantera, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others. Now, firmly in that cocksure lineage, is a mighty bluesy metal band from McAllen, Texas aptly named, Sons of Texas.
The young quintet’s debut, Baptized in the Rio Grande—produced by the iconic Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Chiodos, Hatebreed)—is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. It took Wilbur 20 seconds of a YouTube clip to recognize this young band truly inherited the gonads of its Lone Star forefathers and sign on to work with the quintet.
“We’re proud of being a Texas hard rock band, that’s everything to us,” affirms rhythm guitarist Jon Olivarez. “Texas is the biggest state, has a great history of football teams, and an astounding music legacy.”
Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.
Despite being just in their mid-20s, never having recorded an album, and having only existed for about a year, the guys play with seasoned authenticity and fiery brilliance. The guitar duo of Jon Olivarez and Jes De Hoyos boast that classic rhythm and lead division of labor of Metallica’s Hetfield and Hammett, Testament’s Alex Sklonick and Eric Peterson, and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. Sons Of Texas has that rare gift of having a rhythm section of brothers—Nick and Mike Villarreal—so the grooves are telepathic and deeply in the pocket. And vocalist Mark Morales has a blood raw expressiveness evoking Phil Anselmo, Chris Cornell, and Zakk Wylde.
Baptized in the Rio Grande is an album for raising hell and enduring hard times. The record spans good old bad boy anthems like “Texas Trim” and “Baptized In The Rio Grande,” the stately ballad territory of the haunting “September,” and the dead end job-frustration of “Pull It And Fire.” The standout “Blameshift” showcases the guys have modern rock radio potential without sacrificing heft for hooks.
The past year has been a blessing for the Sons Of Texas. Inking a record deal and working with a producer of Wilbur’s caliber doesn’t happen for bands in the Rio Grande region of McAllen, Texas. Olivarez explains: “People always told us to move to Austin, but we stuck with our hometown and made something of ourselves. We take a lot of pride in being one of the first Valley bands to get these opportunities.” – Sons of Texas
Formed in 2006, Las Vegas-based heavy metal outfit Taking Dawn specialize in rousing, riff-heavy, harmony-laden retro-metal that owes as much to the heydays of the Sunset Strip as it does to Sin City. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bass player Andrew Cushing, and drummer Alan Doucette released their Roadrunner debut, Time to Burn, in January 2010 – IT
The band was originally named 7th Son in tribute to the iconic Iron Maiden album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son before calling themselves Taking Dawn.
The band signed to major American record label Roadrunner Records in 2009. Taking Dawn toured throughout 2010 and performed alongside Airbourne, Kiss, Slash, Trivium, All That Remains, Halestorm, DragonForce and Theory of a Deadman among others. Taking Dawn also performed at many festivals including Download in Europe and Soundwave in Australia.
In late 2010 drummer Alan Doucette left the band due to trouble on the road and was replaced by Carlo Mazzone. In 2013, guitarist Mikey Cross announced on his personal Facebook account that the band was finished and its members were all pursuing different musical ventures, however this was not acknowledged nor corroborated by the rest of the band.
Taking Dawn has since re-branded themselves under the new moniker Devils Run and released a number of new songs including “Burn the Night Out” and “Secrets”. – wiki
Kaleido – comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) – is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. Their 2017 debut full-length album “Experience” is straight up rock with flourishes of pop, punk & funk undertones.
Their authentic and memorable songs are highlighted by an explosive live show, both of which quickly gained them notoriety in the Detroit music scene.
Kaleido was named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly two years in a row, won three Detroit Music Awards, and has since taken the show on the road and become a touring machine. Supporting the likes of Seether on the Poison the Parish Tour, Living Colour & Alien Ant Farm, they’ve also lit up many festival stages on Van’s Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon. They have also opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Rob Zombie, Weezer, Coheed & Cambria, Twenty One Pilots, Andrew WK and countless others. Kaleido has also branched out internationally, completing their first tour of the United Kingdom & Ireland with Alien Ant Farm and HeD PE.
The first single released from “Experience”, titled “Love & War” (co-written and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm), won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People’s Choice and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.
Another single from the album, “Die Tryin'” was retired into the Loudwire hall of fame after winning the fan-voted ‘Battle Royale’ five weeks in a row. The music video has been added to 9 platforms including all Pittsburgh Pirates TV promos in 2017, Footlocker’s In-Store video system (1,835 stores in 23 countries), YouTube’s New Rock Playlist, Clubcom Network (3900 health clubs & Brunswick Bowling Centers) to name a few.
Starting 2018 off with a splash playing the Shiprocked cruise with Stone Sour, In This Moment, Seether, Black Label Society, P.O.D., Beartooth, The band made a big impression and also performed a Tom Petty tribute with the all-star band The Stowaways featuring Bumblefoot, members of Papa Roach, Fuel and more.
They are currently writing for their next release and touring the entirety of 2018. – Kaleido
Halo Circus – In support of their latest release, Robots and Wranglers, the synth-pop duo Halo Circus was ready to perform on the Beachland Tavern stage. Halo Circus features Allison Iraheta on vocals and Matthew Hager on guitar, bass, and keys. Based in Los Angeles, CA, they made a stop in Cleveland on their 2018 nation-wide tour. Tonight, they were performing two shows, one for the pre-party, one for the post-party.
As the duo kicked the pre-party off with “Oh, Money!”, it was immediately apparent the beauty in Allison’s vocals. They continued on with “Contact”, “Desire (Lo Que Vale La Pena)” and “Got it Made”, mixing in some previously released songs with the new ones. Allison’s vocals stayed superb even when performed through a megaphone like she did for their latest single “Narcissist”. A highlight was the Spanish language “Y Para Que?” where Allison hinted toward her Salvadoran heritage. They finished the set with “Off the World” completing the task of performing all of the tracks from the critically acclaimed Robots and Wranglers album, with a few previously released songs added into the fold.
After their first set, Splice Magazine caught up with Halo Circus for a quick chat. Allison let us know that their single “Narcissist” is being picked up by a number of alternative radio stations around the United States and that they are extremely happy at the reception they are receiving from the crowds on their current tour. Allison and Matthew are a great down-to-earth couple and are just out enjoying this great land, meeting as many fans as they can along the way.
After both of their sets, it was apparent the crowd wanted more of Halo Circus. The intimate setting gave those in attendance an up close and personal experience. The connection with the crowd was shown as their merchandise table was surrounded by many new fans eager to chat with these rising superstars.
The new direction they have taken sure has paid off, and it was apparent by the crowd’s reaction during both parties. Do yourself a favor, and check out Halo Circus next time they are in your area. It may be the last time you can see them in an intimate setting before they are playing larger stages.
The Big Pink –A good-sized crowd had assembled in the ballroom as it was time for The Big Pink to take the stage. The stage was filled with fog while pink and purple lights lit things up. As Robbie Furze (vocals and guitar), Nicole Emery (bass and vocals), and Bradford Lee Conroy (drums) made their way onto the stage, the crowd let out a sizable roar for these three from London, England. Originally billed as electronic rock, the three-piece version seemed more alternative rock.
The crowd was into The Big Pink from the start. As the fog continued to fill the stage, The Big Pink struck up their third song, “Dominos”, and the energy increased quite a bit for this well-known track.
Throughout the set, the lack of some electronic sounds gave the band a heavier vibe and the crowd was digging it. The slowest song of the set was the duet vocal song, “Hightimes”, with Robbie and Nicole sharing vocalist duties. They ended their set with “Velvet” making it the highlight in their thirty-minute set.
After their set, Robbie let Splice Magazineknow they have been having a blast touring with Wolf Alice, and the U.S. crowds are very welcoming to them, stating “we’re becoming more American”.
Wolf Alice – Following a quick switch over and mic check, the alternative rock band Wolf Alice, also from London, England, was ready to take stage. With material from their latest release, Visions of a Life, along with the earlier, My Love Is Cool, and include the EP’s, Creature Songs, and Blush, and they had plenty of ammunition to work with.
Starting their set off with “Heavenward”, the melodic song eased the crowd into a blistering nineteen- song set. It didn’t take long to get the crowd worked into a frenzy as they kicked it into high gear with “Yuk Foo”. Not letting up, Wolf Alice broke into “You’re a Germ” and had everyone’s hands in the air as the chorus of “one, two, three, four, five, six, seven… you ain’t going Heaven!” blasted from the ballroom stage.
The energy displayed on stage by these four was incredible. As Ellie Rowsell went to work on the guitar, she switched from a clean-sounding mic to a slightly distorted mic while varying from whispers to high-octane vocals. Bassist Theo Ellis was all over his side of the stage, bouncing from his microphone to the drum kit and back again, multiple times during songs. Joff Oddie delivered the alternative rock licks and needed to switch out his guitar many times due to the force with which he played. At one point he was practically doing a handstand on his guitar while playing, as well as banging it one the amps and laying it on the ground and stomping on it. Drummer Joel Amey kept everything in the pocket as he smashed his way through a very lengthy set with minimal pauses.
They worked in their latest single “Don’t Delete the Kisses” by song six. “Sadboy” and “Fluffy” were also highlights in their main set of 17 songs. A quick “thank you” to the crowd and Wolf Alice exited the stage. It wasn’t too long of a break and they took their place back on stage for a two-song encore. Starting it off with the melodic “Blush”, the crowd was once again enthralled. Finishing the night off with the raucous “Giant Peach” Wolf Alice left the crowd, and themselves, worn out.
“Need You Now”
“Nobody Lost, Nobody Found”
“Living Upside Down”
“Free Your Mind”
“Pharaohs & Pyramids”
“Hearts on Fire” “Standing in the Middle of the Field”
“Take Me Over”
“Out There on the Ice”
“Meet Me in a House of Love”
“Lights and Music”
With an overwhelming sense of anticipation heavy in the air, leather-clad metal heads converged on the Masonic the last Saturday in March, which also happened to be Easter-eve. What an amazing sight it was as fans, most wearing black, assembled on the steps of this iconic structure waiting for entry. Once inside, and with the formalities of Black Star Riders and Saxon, who both performed notable sets in their own rights, out of the way, the stage was set for the return of the patriarchs of metal, Judas Priest.
As the sound of “War Pigs”, the traditional walk-on music that was chosen for this tour became louder and louder, fans knew it was time. Up on their feet, chants of “Judas Priest, Judas Priest” permeated the venue. When the curtain dropped, and with Richie Faulkner playing the opening licks off the title track of the critically acclaimed “Firepower” the onslaught was on. Joining him next on stage was newcomer Andy Sneap, who was tapped to take over for Glenn Tipton. Even though much was made over Tipton missing the tour, Sneap is a welcome addition and has the ability to take the band to a whole new level. Next, bassist Ian Hill and vastly underrated drummer, Scott Travis took their customary spots on the elaborate stage. Finally, Rob Halford wearing a metal studded silver leather jacket and his ubiquitous sunglasses emerged from the depths to the thundering ovation of the sold-out crowd.
For the next two hours, fans were treated to a 19-song set of the best Priest has to offer. From the new LP, Firepower came the album’s title track, “Firepower” along with “Evil Never Dies”, and “Lightning Strike”. The classic LP, British Steel gave us “Breaking the Law”, ”Grinder” and “Metal Gods” which are all metal anthems in their own right. It was a near-perfect performance by the anointed ’Masters of Metal’. Whether it was the resonating vocals of Halford on the 40th anniversary deep cut classic “Saints in Hell”, or Falkner taking the guitar licks of “Turbo Lover” to a whole new level, Judas Priest sounded good, really good. They performed flawlessly, hit-after-hit, with a polished stage presence that would make other bands envious.
One of the more poignant moments of the show came during the last song before the four-song encore. On the huge video board directly behind the band, a fitting tribute to guitarist Glenn Tipton was shown during the performance of “PainKiller”. The appreciative crowd seemed to pay homage also by the tipping their hats and the display of the time-honored ‘devil’s horns’ in a metal salute to the stricken band member.
As the night was winding down with “Electric Eye” and “Metal Gods”, Halford and the boys had saved the best for last. After a well-deserved short break offstage, Priest returned for a thunderous version of their signature metal classics, ”You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and “Living After Midnight”. With Faulkner and Sneap shredding on their guitars to the fans delight and Halford, who is sounding better than he has in years – the show lived up to the expectations and more!
The ‘Metal Gods’ have given Judas Priest new life with the addition of Sneap and the highly acclaimed LP, Firepower. It’s unfortunate that Glenn Tipton isn’t with them on this tour, but based on the performance tonight, Judas Priest is still alive and doing well even without him!