Ponderosa, Vintage Vinyl, 07/29/12 St. Louis, MO
Words/Photos/Video By BeezNutz
This year my birthday fell on a lazy Sunday summer afternoon. My girlfriend and I decided to make the most of the beautiful day and head down to Vintage Vinyl for some free music. We arrived early and walked the block stopping in for some frozen drinks to ease our summer walk.
We got to Vintage Vinyl a bit early and made sure to say hello to the always friendly staff. They gave me a free record for my birthday. We made our way to the front to watch the 5 piece band from Atlanta, GA finish their sound check. A few minutes past 4 P.M, they gave the signal, and the announcement was made to start the show. They opened the set with ” Never Come Back ” which is the fourth track on the new cd.
I knew by the end of the first song that this would be one of my favorite instore performances of the year. Ponderosa was on the road promoting the new record ” Pool Party ” on New West Records. ” Black Hill Smoke ” was a great song to hear live they sounded great. The official release date for the record was 7/31/12, but if you came to a show you could get it early. As a bonus they included one of the coolest posters I have ever seen.
I was very much enjoying the show, and my girlfriend shared in my excitement. We both had different ” favorite ” songs which was fun. Her favorite was the title track ” Pool Party “, which is another awesome track on the new cd.
Taking the time to chat up the crowd in between songs, they said they were in love with the Indian food up the street. Not everyone was having a smooth visit though, drummer Darren got stung by a wasp and kept joking that he didn’t know if he was allergic or not.
After 30 minutes of exciting new music, they ended their set with the lead single ” Navajo “. This was my favorite song of the set, with the opening song being a close second. They really put on a very enjoyable performance.
After the set I went up and bought both the new album, and the debut album. They were such great guys and very nice to chat with. I asked about the name Ponderosa and singer Kalen told me ” It was after this gang at our high school called the Rosa Boys ” he remarked they were the ” baddest dudes around” and I thought they were named after a steakhouse. We told them we would try and make it out to their show that night. Sadly for us, after I had my birthday dinner we were late to the show. We got to the show at 9 p.m but was told at the door that the opener had canceled and the show started and ended early. It was very disappointing to say the least. We felt horrible for missing that, but very lucky to have caught the afternoon show. I can’t wait to see Ponderosa come back. Go check out ” Pool Party ” and support some great people.
THANKS TO: Vintage Vinyl, Ponderosa, New West Records, and everyone reading and sharing this. Thank you!
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“I had a great time over the past few years doing my Pighammer album and solo tours, but it’s time to get Static-X back on the road. I can’t wait to tear it up with some old school Evil Disco!”– Wayne Static
After a few years absence from touring, Static-X announced today that they would be returning to the road this summer on their newly announced ” Noise Revolution Tour 2012 “.
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Opening the show will be Davey Suicide who is from Hollywood, CA. They are signed to Standby Records. Their single ” Generation Fuck Star ” is on Itunes.
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Also on the first leg of the tour is 9 Electric who is also from Hollywood, Ca and has a CD ” Can You Feel This ” which is only available at shows.
I love our local record store, Vintage Vinyl. They are what every music scene needs, a place to check out new music, find old stuff you forgot about, and most importantly to turn you onto new and emerging bands. Just two years ago, I saw Foxy Shazam play here for free and now they are off doing big things and everyone is digging them. So as a rule of thumb, if I am off and you play a instore at Vintage Vinyl. I will come check out your band, and more times than not I will buy a record at the end just to thank both the store and the artist for their time.
My awesome girlfriend Danielle and I descended on beautiful Delmar St. in search of good times and music and found both promptly at Vintage Vinyl. The weather was great, everyone was in good spirits however the band hit the to be expected rush hour traffic in St. Louis. As most live performances at Vintage Vinyl do, this one featured FREE Schlafly Beer! Which was enjoyed by most in attendance, and not just one variety they always have new styles to try and it always makes the deal that much sweeter. The band arrived and after some friendly chit chat and a sound check they took the stage in the back of the store.
Black Girls was returning to their home state of Virginia after a brief tour of the midwest featuring a festival slot at Smoky Hill River Festival. They were each very nice to myself and others in the crowd as we chatted about music, beer and other fun topics.
They each had a great time making the most of the cramped stage make shift stage area. I really was enjoying myself and the free music, free beer and atmosphere that Vintage Vinyl provides for music fans.
The five piece band featuring : Drew on vocals, Jeff on bass, Stephen on drums, Fletcher on rhythm guitar, and Mike on lead guitar tore up the stage and brought over more people than when they started to watch their set.
I give this band my endorsement of someone to watch in the next few years, they sounded great live, were fun to watch perform and were great people in general. I wish them all much success and plan to be in attendance at the next St. Louis show they book.
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and don’t forget to show love to Vintage Vinyl as well, they can be found online at:
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Thanks to everyone who made this day great, Schlafly Beer, Vintage Vinyl, Black Girls and everyone else who made this possible.
BARONESS ST. LOUIS 04/26/12 THE FIREBIRD
I had not had the greatest of weeks, so instead of stay at home alone. I decided to go out. While sitting around cruising facebook looking for something to do. I went to The Firebird’s website and checked the show listings. I wasn’t searching for anything really just something cheap, fun and a excuse to go out. I needed it.
So when I read about Baroness I was interested. Then I went to their facebook page where they had exactly 68,000 fans. I clicked like and became fan number 68,001. That was all I knew of this band before leaving my house in search of a good show and good times. I left around 8:15 and after getting some gas and snacks on the way arrived at The Firebird in St. Louis around 9:00. I love The Firebird as I have said numerous times before. Good people, nice lights and sound. One of my favorite places to see a show.
I got there while Royal Thunder was playing. They are a 4 piece band from Atlanta and fit right in with the rock crowd that packed the front of the stage. The singer MLNY did a great job of engaging the crowd and keeping things interesting. The rest of the band played hard and fast and kept up the paced tempo throughout the set.
They played 6 songs mostly from their new release ” CVI ” which comes out on May 22nd 2012 on Relapse records. They had the crowd into their set and most people grabbed a beer and sat up front and rocked out.
After about 30 minutes Royal Thunder closed out their set with ” Blue ” which is on the new record. They made some new fans this night for sure and the crowd filtered outside to catch a smoke before Baroness took the stage.
A brief soundcheck followed as the crowd gathered near the stage. The crowd was a decent size and everyone was enjoying themselves and the evening. About 30 minutes passed, when the drummer Allen emerged from backstage and took his place on stage. The rest of the band from Savannah, Georgia took the stage. They went right into playing a epic intro to ” A Horse Called Golgotha ” and got the crowd started. For the next 60+ minutes they did not let up.
Baroness worked the setlist between their 2 released albums and the very much anticipated ” Yellow/Green ” album. The new album comes out on July 17th 2012. The crowd was very excited to hear the new music live and in person. It made many peoples night when they played ” Take My Bones Away ” off the ” Green ” disc of the new album.
As the show progressed the crowd got rowdier, it was probably all the beer. Speaking of, not sure what this was but very cold, very wet liquid sprayed all over my legs and into at one point. The pit had people running for cover and the crowd was left swaying. I tried my best to not get knocked over.
The song ” Isak ” was one of my favorite jams of the night. From the 2007 release the ” Red Album ” got things going in the crowd. For a Thursday night St. Louis really packed out the Firebird.
There was a good energy to this crowd and it felt good being a part of it. Baroness killed this small stage and made this show feel 100 times larger than it was. I highly recommend going to see this band NOW!
After the show they hung out to sign autographs and talk music with their very devoted fans. They were just overall really cool guys. After having a bad week, it all turned around with a killer rock show.
Thanks Royal Thunder, and Baroness, Extra thanks to The Firebird, Eveyone who came out and everyone reading this.
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Fucked Up, The Firebird, St. Louis, Mo 04/08/2012
Words.Photos.Videos by BzNtz
After a rather normal and uneventful Easter I sat at home going over my options. One was to stay at home and watch movies alone, or two was go see a band I had only heard about briefly alone. I chose the show and I am glad I did. I left rather late for this show leaving my house at 8:50 p.m and racing downtown to The Firebird. The Firebird is a 500 capacity venue that is one of my favorites, it features good sound, good lightning and a killer bar. I enjoy this place for the fact that the people that work there are nice, you can get 24 oz beers, and the shows are normally pretty great.
I arrived at The Firebird at 9:30 and made it inside as the last opening band was finishing up. I had not intended on showing up so late but that is the way it goes. The members of Fucked Up took the stage and for the next few minutes ran through a brief sound check. They were very particular and seemed pleased at the end that everything was up to specs for them. They left the stage and 10 minutes later came back, the lights dropped, the crowd packed in and the music hit. The place exploded!
The band hailing from Toronto, Canada took command of the stage led by Pink Eyes a.k.a Damian Abraham. He is known for his famous growl and worked the crowd into a frenzy mere seconds after reaching the stage. He worked both parts of the stage encouraging the crowd to sing the lyrics with him into the microphone and they were more than happy to help.
At took all of a song and a half for Pink Eyes to lose his shirt, all while the crowd collectively lost their shit. This show was off to a wild start and that was just the beginning of it all. Things were sure to get wilder as the night progressed and the alcohol flowed. At one point mid song Pink Eyes stopped to pose with a fan for a picture, it was unexpected and cool to see a person so involved with his fans to stop the show for just one. That was about the mildest moment of the whole show as the intensity rarely let up. The rest of the band were just as into the music as Pink Eyes and they were very solid together as a group.
Fucked Up features : 10,000 Marbles a.k.a Mike Haliechuk on lead guitar, Pink Eyes a.k.a Damian Abraham on vocals, Mustard Gas a.k.a Sandy Miranda on bass and vocals, Concentration Camp a.k.a Josh Zucker on rhythm guitar and Guinea Beat a.k.a Mr. Jo, a.k.a Jonah Falco, on the drums. Together they sounded great, and the crowd could not get enough. After every song the crowd would be charged and you could feel the energy and smell the sweat in the air.
As a band they have been very busy since forming back in 2001 and have released a impressive amount of 7 inch singles, albums and e.p records to satisfy their fans. In 2011, Spin Magazine featured Pink Eyes on the cover and named ” David Comes to Life “ the number one album of the year. People had traveled as far as 5 hours away for this show and were not let down. The band kept on with vicious assaults on the stage with each song that followed in the set.
At one point of the show Pink Eyes went to the crowd to bring the show to the next level and he worked the crowd going from one side to the other with a corded microphone. The band kept on with the steady pace as everyone on the floor slammed into each other while others were brave enough to crowd surf above the chaos below.
Pink Eyes gets very into his role and gets the crowd to go insane to their music. His enthusiasm is contagious and the crowd gives it right back. He is a very intense person on stage. However, I hear he is quite smart and collected off stage and has made numerous tv appearances on talk shows.
Coming into the show knowing very little about this band I was made into a fan fast. People kept pushing into me and the crowd swayed as the music pushed people over the edge and into each other. More people went crowd surfing and at one point I was knocked off my feet and had to grab onto the stage. Others in the middle were pushing around the speakers on stage trying to stay on their feet.
They played for over an hour before finally leaving the stage to take a much needed rest. All while Pink Eyes stayed on stage working the crowd even more into a frenzy while his band mates rested and refreshed.
After fueling up on water and beer the band returned for a few more songs for the crowd that was not ready to leave yet. These might of been the wildest songs of the night as everyone went crazy one last time.
The show ended and most of Fucked Up retired to the dressing room while a very sweaty Pink Eyes dropped into the crowd and gave his awaiting fans a very wet hug. Some people had visible wet spots after hugging the frontman and seemed as happy as could be about it.
The show rocked, I am glad I took some good advice and went and saw this show. You owe it to yourself to go check Fucked Up out next time they come to your town. You will be glad you did.
Check out the Album : ” David Comes To Life ” In Stores now and visit Fucked Up’s blog : http://lookingforgold.blogspot.com/ “
Beats Antique The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO 04/04/12
Words/Photos/Video by BzNtz
Over the past few years I have heard a lot of things about this group called Beats Antique, but still years later I knew almost nothing about them. I heard they put on a great live show, I saw numerous friends like their facebook page. So on this cold and rainy St. Louis night I decided to see for myself. I started the night at work, when I asked my friend Tori to switch me shifts. It meant she had to stay an extra 2 hours for me, and I would have to work 10 hours straight the next day. I wanted to see a show so I did what I had to do and I was out the door by 8 p.m.
I cruised by the gas station and picked up a six pack of beers, headed to my girlfriends house picked up memory cards, then I realized I forgot my I.D so I drove by my house to grab that. Finally after an hour of running around I hit the highway and cruised down to the Old Rock House located in downtown St. Louis. The Old Rock House is a great place to see a show they have a nice staff, multiple levels, great sound and lights. The capacity is around 400-500 and there is not a bad place in the house, even the bars feature tvs with a live feed of the show.
First thing that happened when I got there was this fire performer started performing right behind me, the only reason I turned around was because I could feel the heat from the flame. He was very into his act and got right down on that dirty night club floor and played with fire. After a few tricks he put out his fire and the crowd was back to normal again. There was a lot of girls, many of whom were wearing belly dance outfits and were very much entertained by the DJ blasting out beats and bass.
The Dj did his thing and had the crowd feeling no pain. Everyone was dancing, drinking and having a good time. There was a stilt walker going through the crowd. I found it entertaining to watch him go up and down the steps. I ran into a few familar faces in the crowd, but still I had no clue of what awaited me this evening. Next to the stage was St. Louis own Scarlett Sinferno who is part of the Venus In Flames Fire Troupe. She is a very skilled and awesome fire performer and she captivated the crowd with her hot moves. Letting the flames race across her body all while dancing and keeping pace to the music is fun and impressive to watch. I have see her perform countless times over the past few years and I always enjoy it.
Soon enough the DJ was wrapped up his set and made room for the headline act of the evening. Prior to the show I had not listened, watched or known anything about Beats Antique. I always prefer the live experience as opposed to seeing it on Youtube, or listening to a cd, or even the radio. All of those are fine, but I prefer my first experience with a group to be live if at all possible. I noticed the drums, and the DJ set up on stage, but other than that I knew very little of what was to come. The house music played for about 30 minutes before the lights went black and Beats Antique took the stage. As they band took their places a slow melodic song started playing as Zoe came out and put on a stunning dance show featuring a Asian style mask.
After her show stealing dance, Zoe disappeared into the back while Tommy ” Sidecar ” Cappel pounded away a beat on the drums while David Satori kept busy with a vast variety of instruments. They blended the sounds together and had everyone lost in the music that was being performed live and in person. The energy level was very high as the music vibrated the room. The crowd had filled the entire floor and everyone was dancing and losing control.
Zoe would return every few songs and sometimes would play a big drum, she was something a lot of the people in the crowd came to see. She also had multiple wardrobe changes to add effect to the show. The crowd ate it up, and could not get enough of her. She moves very seductively at times and other times she just seems possessed by the music. It was fun and fascinating to watch.
Beats Antique has been around since 2007 and have released 6 albums since then and have been on numerous tours in the US and abroad. They are certainly a band to watch in 2012 and future years. I would imagine the next tour will be at a slightly larger venue, and to a much larger crowd. The beers were flowing and the music kept pumping, the crowd keep it going and kept moving.
I was certainly impressed, and they proved to be a strong live act. After more than an hour on stage it was time to leave, and the crowd showed how much they loved them and screamed until they returned to the stage. David donned a Zebra head, while Zoe went with a lion head. They both jumped around and had a bunch of fun with the crowd and the final song of the evening. It was unexpected and great to see a band have such fun on stage.
After the band had left Zoe reemerged to take photos with fans and hug everyone in the front rows. She was very excited to see her fans and the fans were just as excited to be talking with her and taking photo’s. It was a great end to a great night. They put on a exceptional show and left a positive impression on all that attended. This is one show not to miss in 2012.
Till next time…….
Thanks to: The Old Rock House, Beats Antique, Dub Queen Stephanie, Scarlett Sinferno, and everyone else who came out and rocked on a Wednesday night.
Beats Antique is on tour! Check them out at a date or festival near you, for more information or to buy music visit: http://www.beatsantique.com/
Date Venue Location
Apr 05 Blue Note Columbia, MO
Apr 06 Granada Lawrence, KS
Apr 07 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK
Apr 09 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
Apr 11 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 12 Royal Oak Detroit, MI
Apr 13 Exhibition Hall (supporting Bassnectar) Madison, WI
Apr 14 The Brick Minneapolis, MN
Apr 15 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 24 Newby’s Memphis, TN
Apr 25 The Jupiter Tuscaloosa, AL
Apr 26 The Moon Tallahassee, FL
Apr 28 House Of Blues New Orleans, LA
May 02 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 03 The National Richmond, VA
May 04 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
May 05 Neighborhood Theater Charlotte, NC
May 08 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
May 09 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
May 10 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
May 11 The Met Pawtucket, RI
May 12 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
May 13 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
May 17 Symbiosis Gathering Nixon, NV
May 18 Symbiosis Gathering Nixon, NV
May 19 Symbiosis Gathering Nixon, NV
May 20 Symbiosis Gathering Nixon, NV
May 21 Symbiosis Gathering Nixon, NV
May 25 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 26 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 27 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 28 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA
May 31 Wakarusa Ozark, AR
Jun 01 Wakarusa Ozark, AR
Jun 02 Wakarusa Ozark, AR
Jun 03 Wakarusa Ozark, AR
Jun 07 Desert Rocks Moab, UT
Jun 08 Desert Rocks Moab, UT
Jun 09 Starscape Festival Baltimore, MD
Jun 09 Desert Rocks Moab, UT
Jun 10 Desert Rocks Moab, UT
Jun 22 Wanderlust Festival Bondville, VT
Jun 28 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Jun 29 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Jun 30 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Jul 01 Electric Forest Rothbury, MI
Jul 06 Wanderlust Festival Copper Mountain, CO
Jul 08 The Doo Dah (w/ Ziggy Marley) Telluride, CO
Jul 15 The Forcastle Festival Louisville, KY
Jul 26 Wanderlust Festival Tahoe City, CA
Aug 09 The Festival of Gnarnia Beech Mountain, NC
Aug 25 Live at Squamish BEATS ANTIQUE (LIVE SET) (FEAT. SIDECAR TOMMY & DAVID SATORI) Squamish, Canada
Chiddy Bang/Diplo Axe Presents One Night Only The Firebird St. Louis, MO 03/30/12
Words/Photos/Videos By BzNtz
Cruising around facebook, I found a event for a free Diplo/Chiddy Bang Show in my town. The shows are put on for free by Axe body spray in various college towns across America. The catch? The shows are only announced 24 hours in advance.
I was lucky enough to be able to trade shifts and get out of work early. After getting to the Firebird, I had my doubts of getting in. The Firebird is one of the smaller venues in St. Louis and the response to the show was massive.
My friend Stephanie got my ticket for me and was waiting for me when I showed up. We took a picture together and I bought her a beer and shot. I bought myself a beer and got a place to watch Chiddy Bang from.
The venue was uncomfortable packed to the point where you had no choice but to be friendly with everyone around you. People were packing in as the set times grew closer. The lights dropped and Xaphoon Jones took his place at the drumset.
The music started and Chiddy Bang came out rocking the title track ” Breakfast ” off of their debut studio album ” Breakfast “. The crowd ate it up, rapping back words, and bouncing off the floors.
Chiddy Bang is a two piece group from Philadelphia, PA. They fuse hip hop with various samples to create a unique sound.
Xaphoon Jones plays drums and produces while Chiddy handles the microphone.
They played mostly songs from the new album. One that stood out was ” Baby Roulette “. Featuring the lyrics: ” My love is supersized, ain’t no happy meal “. They had the packed house smoking, sweating and dancing.
They put on a great 40 minute set ending with ” Opposite of Adults “. Which was cool because that was the song that originally got me interested in the group. They left the crowd chanting for more as they walked off the stage.
About 30 minutes later the crowd once again started its push as the minutes and seconds ticked away before Diplo took the stage. In all honesty I did not know very much about Diplo before this night.
Now I have done my homework I found out what a hard working man Diplo is, from his non profit to teaching school, to his project Major Lazer. Diplo stays very busy, and does very well for himself and others.
Right before the lights dimmed again, they came out with about 10 cases of huge light up glowsticks and tossed them by the handful to the crowd.
The house music stopped, the lights went dark and out walked Diplo with a varsity jacket bearing his name on it. Within seconds of touching the DJ set up he had the crowd going. For the next 2 hours the party would not stop.
He would bounce from song to song, and genre to genre so fast it could make your head spin. With beats that shook the walls, and the crowd losing their minds. It was chaos inside the Firebird.
Diplo is very good at what he does which is capture the crowds imagination and go wild with it. Everyone seem lost in their own little world while the music was pumping out the speakers. People were dancing with no cares in the world at all.
I left halfway through the set, and when I came back he invited the ladies of St. Louis to come dance with him on stage. For the next 30-40 minutes the stage was filled with a bunch of girls breaking it down to the songs pounding out the speakers.
After an hour and 40 minutes Diplo tried to leave only to have the crowd chant his name until he returned. He once again fired up his DJ rig and put on one last song for the crowd to lose their minds too.
Confetti shot off, and mixed with the beer and sweat on the floor made for one hell of a mess to clean. I hopped in my car feeling good for seeing such a great show for such a cheap price and headed to White Castle. Where I secured a tasty late night snack and called it a night.
Thanks to: Axe, Chiddy Bang, The Firebird, Diplo, Lauren and Dan from Axe, and everyone else who made this night great.
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Janus/Deny The Gravity, Pop’s Sauget, IL 03-29-12 Words/Photos/Videos by BzNtz
My friend Mike called me very excited one day and told me that his band Deny The Gravity was picked to open a show for Janus. I was very happy for him and as I normally do with my friends bands if I am off work I will go.
The tickets were only 10.57 thanks to our local alternative radio station, 105.7 The Point. The Point puts on a lot of great shows that I try to support when I can. I rolled out to this show solo style, but I was instantly greeted by many familiar faces in the crowd.
Pop’s is a great place to see a show I have been coming to Pop’s for over a decade. Located in Sauget, IL right across the river from St. Louis. Pop’s has hosted many, many great shows through the years.
I missed the first opening band Manx but got there right in time to check out my friends Deny The Gravity. DTG is a 5 piece rock band from St. Charles, MO. They always bring a good crowd of people to see them, as they are great at promoting their gigs. They got on stage and wasted no time getting the people left in the seats on their feet.
Deny The Gravity features my friends: Bill on Vocals, Pappy on Bass, Mike, and Shane on Guitar, and Joe on the drums.
I have known them all for years and they have spent the better part of those years working on their craft. Hard work pays off and I have been there to see the crowd size double, and triple for them in size at each show.
They tore up the stage for the better part of 30 minutes, getting everyone moving around and feeling good. What a rock show is supposed to do.
After Deny The Gravity was Connibal Road who also did a great job of rocking the stage and getting the crowd charged. I didn’t get any pictures of their set because of low batteries. Then right around 10:05 our wonderful Point DJ Lux came out to announce the headliner of the evening.
Hailing from Chicago, IL, Janus took the Pop’s stage and started things off with ” In Flames ” which is the first track of their new album released on 3/27/12 titled ” Nox Aeris ” on Realid Records.
They were very excited to be back in St. Louis and the crowd was happy they were back. They rocked ” Your Arms ” and ” Six Letters ” off of the debut album ” Red Right Turn ” before playing a new song ” Lifeless “.
“Skin Deep ” and ” The Nerve ” followed by ” Stranger ” were next next in the set all of which are from the debut album.
The song ” Promise To No One ” is easily one of my favorites off the new album had plenty of people singing in the crowd.
They played another song from the new record ” Numb ” was a great song to see live. They seemed very together on the new material and it was fun and fresh to see live.
The new single was next ” Stains ” had the floor moving as Janus tore up the stage. They have a lot of energy when they play and the Pop’s crowd gave it right back to them. The Point has been spinning the new single a lot and the crowd was very excited hearing it live.
They ended the set with ” Eyesore ” which has been shown a lot of love on 105.7 The Point’s airwaves over the past couple years. It was a great choice to close the night out.
My friends and I hung out, drank some cold beers, and played bar games. Bill from DTG bought me a beer and it was very much appreciated. Thanks Bill!
Some of my friends left to hit the Penthouse Strip club and I was almost going to go with them. However, I need to save my chips for Memphis In May which is only a month away. Janus stuck around and signed copies for ” Nox Aeris ” for their fans. It was a great night.
Janus – Sauget, IL 03/29/12
1. In Flames
2. Your Arms
3. Six Letters
5. Skin Deep
6. The Nerve
8. Promise To No One
Thanks To: 105.7 The Point, Deny The Gravity, Connibal Road, Manx, Pop’s, Lux, and all my friends who made this night ROCK! Thank You.
Be sure to check out Janus’s new record ” Nox Aeris ” and Manx, Deny The Gravity and Connibal Road.
LIGHTS, 03/24/2012 VINTAGE VINYL ST. LOUIS, MO
Words/Photos/Videos/ By BzNtz
First time I saw Lights was at the Van’s Warped Tour. I was aimlessly walking around watching various acts when I stopped to watch this girl and her keytar rock the stage. She has been quite successful since the Warped days. The last show she played in St. Louis sold out. She was back in town for a show at The Firebird and to promote her new record ” Siberia “.
When our record store Vintage Vinyl announced they would be hosting a live performance instore with Lights I knew I had to be there. Vintage Vinyl is located in the Delmar Loop in University City, MO. They have a killer vinyl record collection, awesome rare cds, hard to find posters and a wonderful staff.
I had invited my girlfriend and her daughter to come join me. It was a beautiful sunny day in St. Louis and as a bonus the instore was sponsered by Schlafly Beer. Everyone who came could enjoy a ice cold St. Louis brewed beer along with free music. That is a great combo.
The instore was supposed to start at 3:30 but I am sure they hit traffic as they arrived 10 minutes late at 3:42. After a brief soundcheck, the eager and very diverse crowd got what they came to see, LIGHTS!
She came out smiling and thanking everyone for coming out to see her, exchanging smiles, jokes and laughter with the crowd. She understands the crowd interaction very well and we basically helped her pick out the set list. Starting the set with “ Cactus In The Valley “. Which is song number 9 off her newest album ” Siberia ” which was released in 2011 got things rolling.
After a random suggestion for ” Jingle Bells ” and a few for the song ” Saviour “. Lights delighted everyones requested by playing a few lines of ” Jingle Bells ” before playing the first song off her 2009 album ” The Listening “. ” Saviour ” really displayed her fantastic voice and had the crowd very into watching the wonderful performance going on right in front of them.
After telling the story of how the song came to be and her days spent at a coffee shop she played one of her older songs ” Romance Is “. Which had a bit of a slower feeling to it.
The song ” Toes ” was a great moment of the set for me. I felt like she really rocked this acoustic version of the song and as the song says she captured our attention, had us carefully listening and had us on our ” Toes “.
Many people yelled out for ” Peace Sign ” which also is from the newest album ” Siberia “. She was glad to grant their request and it went over great.
As I have mentioned numerous times she has a new record she is promoting and judging by the response she got from the crowd things are going well. She played the title track from ” Siberia ” and it came off great acoustic. I really liked this track.
After the 30 minute perfomance she stuck around as the registers were busying ringing with record sales. While she hung out and signed autographs, taking pictures and chatting up the crowd.
Even siging a router for one lucky fan, she had lots of fun and so did we.
While we were leaving the store we were watching the street performer outside the store. My girlfriend’s daughter dropped her cd on the ground. Before I could Lights walked up and picked it up off ground for her with a huge smile. Just another example of the awesome person she is.
Go see a show, and be sure to pick up ” Siberia ” which is instores right now. You will be very happy you did.
Thank you to : Lights, Vintage Vinyl, Schlafly Beer, and everyone else who came out and made this day special. Thank You.
Polica Old Rock House, Saint Louis, MO 02/27/2012
Words/Photos/Videos by BeezNutz
Just a few days before this show I had no idea who Polica was. Thanks to boredom and a quick youtube search I decided I would go check it out. This interesting new 4 piece band made up of two drummers, bass and a singer are from Minneapolis, MN. Recently they have released a new debut album titled ” Give You The Ghost ” and have been on tour promoting that release.
The day of the show I ended up cooking dinner, running errands and falling behind on my plans of seeing a show. I got back on track and ended up at The Old Rock House in downtown St. Louis ready for a good time.
After a $10 cover, I was in. The crowd wasn’t huge but people kept showing up as the evening progressed. I had missed the openers, and showed up just in time. Around 9:30 Polica’s singer Channy Leaneagh came out, brought a bass to the stage and dropped off the set list and then disappeared.
A few minutes later she reemerged followed by bass player Chris and drummers Ben and Drew. That was one of the things I found exciting about this band was Channy’s soulful, smooth vocals over funky bass lines, and crazy beats provided by dual drummers. I had not seen a band like this before and decided to check it out and I am glad I did.
They thanked the crowd for coming out and opened their set with ” The Maker ” which is the 6th track off the new album ” Give You The Ghost “.
They sounded great as a group, and as the music grew louder the crowd grew in closer securing better spots close to the stage.
Choosing to go with the last track from the new album next, ” Leading To Death ” was something that you just need to see live. It is very cool to see both drummers feeding off each others beat while the vocals take you away on a musical journey.
They followed with the songs ” Darkstar “,” Fist On The Floor ” and ” Raw Exit ” keeping the set moving. Then came ” Lay Your Cards Out ” which is one of the singles from the new album was a highlight of the show for me. It was one of the videos I watched before coming out and it really shined bright live.
Moving into the songs “ Violent Game “, ” Smug ” and ” Happy Be Fine ” which were all great but not as good as ” Form ” which was another highlight of the night for me. They put a lot of effort in putting on a great show for the crowd. In return the crowd seemed very into the performance as well, yelling loudly and cheering between each song.
One of the other videos I had watched online prior to this show was ” Wandering Star “.I think Channy’s voice was really great on this song, and sounded amazing live. She truly has a remarkable voice and certain songs like this really showcases her talent.
After playing a crowd request that I didn’t get the title of? They chose ” Amongster ” which is the first track on ” Give You The Ghost ” to end out and close their great set for the night.
The show was remarkable and with the bands plans for a busy summer makes this a band to watch in 2012! Don’t forget you heard about them on Concert Confessions don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Till Next Time……
Check out Polica online at:
2. Leading To Death
4. Fist On The Floor
5. Raw Exit
6. Lay Your Cards Out
7. Violent Game
9. Happy Be Fine
Mac Lethal has had a crazy past couple of months. Most people now know about Mac due to his youtube videos of him speed rapping. He first posted a video in response to George Watsky’s ” Pale Kid Raps Fast ” video. A lot of people watched the videos and every now and again just for fun he would post another.
Then I woke up one morning in December and everybody and their cousins had posted this speed rap of Mac Lethal making pancakes. It went viral fast, and since December it has over 20 million views.
Mac Lethal is nothing new to me, I remember we he signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment back in 2006 and how happy I was that someone from Kansas City was getting the exposure they deserved. Then came all the shows I saw back in the day with him and Atmosphere, Sage Francis and other great hip hop acts. Mac has paid many dues over the years to get him to where he is now.
When I heard about this show I knew a 90 minute drive to see him was something I had to do. I got 3 of my friends to commit to going. I bought 4 tickets and waited.
Day of show I started it out by hitting St. Louis Mardi Gras and got my party on early. I left Mardi Gras at 6 p.m and headed home to fix a quick snack and hit the road. My friend Brian drove and we had a car full of people making the trip easier on the pockets.
I was passed out almost the entire way to Columbia. It was nice to wake up and be surprised that the venue Mojo’s was larger and much nicer than expected. It had a very nice deck outside and first person I saw were my friends Curtis and Kathy whom have been featured in many of my reviews in the past. It was cool to see they made it to the show as well.
After I gave my I.D to the doorman he gave me 4 tickets for our group. I settled in and grabbed a PBR which at $2 was a bargain. That made beer number 14 for the day, I was feeling great, refreshed and ready for a show.
The openers were good, but we spent a lot of time catching up with friends and enjoying the pleasant night on the patio. Mac Lethal was also chillen on the deck hanging with friends. The turn out was great, a lot of people came out to support.
Soon it was time for Mac Lethal to take the stage, as Rick Ross’s ” I Am Not A Star ” boomed from the speakers the man we came to see stepped to the stage. After a brief thank you to the fans from coming out Mac Lethal got things going with ” Manifesto ” which is off the 2009 release ” Love Potion 5 “.
Keeping the set moving the crowd went crazy for ” Black Widow Spider ” from the ” Love Potion E.P ” which was released in 2008. The song features a harmonica on the beat, and is extremely catchy. The crowd ate it up.
The song ” Rotten Apple Pie ” was next and brought back fond memories of seeing Mac during the ” 11:11 ” days. I remember seeing him in 2007 at The Blue Note in Columbia with Atmosphere. That too was a great show.
Mac Lethal has a lot of fun with his music, and music should be fun. Sometimes though he almost has too much if that is even possible. By taking lyrics from Insane Clown Posse and mixing them with Miley Cyrus ” Party In The Usa/Miracles Remix ” was born and the world was never the same.
Choosing to opt for a beatbox from his hype man Patrick for the song ” Heart Of A Pig “. It was dope to see him spit that song live again. He also mixed a freestyle about Columbia in towards the end. Another great song from the ” 11:11 ” days followed and ” Calm Down Baby ” got the crowd anything but calm. I dig what he says about Tool making the same album over and over, funny and true.
He kept teasing the crowd with the ” Big Poppa ” beat by Notorious Big before he spit a freestyle and teased his hype man with the line ” Patrick used to drink but quit 3 quarters in like Lebron James “.
Starting off the next song by screaming the crowd into a frenzy ” Undertow ” was next up. Deciding to take it up a notch Mac headed into the middle of crowd which got the crowd even more crazy. The energy level was turned up to high at this point.
” Fuck being Skinny ” got the approval of the crowd and was a fun intro to ” Walking On Nails ” which is a great old song. He didn’t take a break before playing one of my favorites ” DUI/ DUI STILL FLY REMIX “. The song tells the story of him getting a DUI which is a serious problem for people my age. To make light of a sore subject he took the beat to Three Six Mafia’s ” Stay Fly ” and changed it to I got a D-u-I-I-I-I-I… I had not seen him do that song in atleast 5 years.
Mac came out with a new cd on 12/31/11 on Black Clover Records called “ Irish Goodbye ” and in between songs he would give out free copies of it to the crowd that he had paid to be pressed himself. That is dope of a artist to think so highly of your product and fans to give it away for free. I suggest buying it online if you haven’t already it has more great songs than I can mention here.
My friend Mike who made the trip with us got his wish and Mac played his favorite song off the new album ” Aviator “. Mac said this was the first time he had ever played the song, so not to be mad at him for fucking it up.
Keeping the new shit coming he hit the crowd with ” The Parlour ” and slightly messed up one of my favorites from the album “ Wooooo ” but it was all good as this was all new to Mac and us.
Then came problems a audio cable broke due to the party being so live. It happens. Now most people would of had to sit around looking stupid but not Uncle Mac. He busted acapella versions of ” Citrus ” and ” Ashes To Ashley ” while they fixed the problem.
The music started back up with the great beat to “ Vodka Tonic With A Lime ” in this track Mac talks about turning down $250,000 from Sony to sign with them. That was a smart move because he has a crazy independent career ahead of him that is worth way more than that.
The show was almost over, and he was ready to leave but not before bouncing to the classic Mac track ” Pound That Beer “. It was dope end to a awesome show. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch but that is what made it what it was.
Once again thanking the fans for coming out, and apologizing for fucking up certain songs. Mac jumped off stage and spent the next hour greeting his fans and snapping photo’s. Mac Lethal is dope, go see a show and see for yourself you wont be disappointed.
Till next time.
Go Check out Mac Lethal on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/maclethal
Or on Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/maclethal666
Or on Amazon, Itunes, or his bandcamp page. I highly suggest all of his releases but get that ” Irish Goodbye ” and you will be hooked.
Thanks to Mac Lethal, Mojo’s, Brian B. Mike, Curtis, Kathy, Megan and everyone else who made this trip GREAT. Thank You.
Mac Lethal Setlist Columbia, MO 02/18/11
2. Black Widow Spider
3. Rotten Apple Pie
4. Party In The USA/Miracles Remix
5. Heart Of A Pig (Incomplete)
6. Calm Down Baby
7. Notorious B.I.G (Short Freestyle)
9. Walking on Nails
10. DUI/DUI STILL FLY REMIX
12. The Parlour
14. Citrus (accapella )
15. Ashes To Ashley (accapella)
16. Vodka Tonic With A Lime
17. Pound That Beer
FOXY SHAZAM 02/13/2012 OFF BROADWAY, ST. LOUIS, MO
words/photos/videos/setlist by: BeezNutz
It had been almost 2 years since Foxy Shazam hit the wonderful streets of St. Louis and graced us with their presence. They have recently released a new album ” Church Of Rock And Roll ” on January 24th of this year. They are currently on tour with The Darkness.
They announced a headlining show at a great venue called Off Broadway in St. Louis. My friend Mike and I quickly requested off work as not to miss this show. The day of show the ground was covered with snow and ice. The facebook event page had 34 rsvps and it was on a Monday night. Things didn’t look good.
Passing the famous Budweiser brewery and making a quick turn onto Lemp Ave. It was soon apparent that I had underestimated this show. We barely found parking within a few blocks of the venue and slowly made our way to the door.
I bought both of our tickets since Mike drove there and we went in.The band Last Nights Vice was playing and they brought a good size chunk of the crowd and had everyone enjoying themselves. The room was packed and it was good to see a great turn out on a snowy cold Monday night.
After a brief set change and sound check at 9:43 Foxy Shazam took the stage to a wildly excited packed crowd that had at least doubled in size since the last time we saw them. Everyone pushed forward in hopes of securing that spot close to the stage. They were in for a show.
Eric came out and started in with a story about him and Alex getting mixed up with some ” serious voodoo stuff ” and this might be the last show they play together and that we needed to make it fun.
Foxy Shazam brings the ruckus and waste no time. As they played ” Welcome To The Church Of Rock And Roll ” the first track off their new album. It was a lot of fun to watch each of them go crazy playing their respective instruments with a wild intensity.
They barely had stopped the first song before going into my friend Mike’s favorite song ” Oh Lord ” off the 2010 release ” Foxy Shazam “. A big thing about seeing Foxy Shazam live is what stories singer Eric Nally will tell. Before the next song Eric told everyone in the crowd how he was repeatedly offered a lot of money to play this show, but he just didn’t wanna play St. Louis. Then his agent again asked if he would play a show here for free, and he finally said Yes.
Which was a great fitting intro to ” Yes, Yes, Yes ” off the 2008 album ” Introducing Foxy Shazam “. It was hard to snap pictures on the floor and this show was all about me having fun so I didn’t take a lot of them.
“Holy Touch ” was easily a highlight of the show for me, featuring a 2 minute break down featuring Eric telling a story while wearing a lighted cowboy hat which he remarked could of been a prop in the movie Tron. After story time the band jumped right back into the song and sent it out with a bang.
” The only difference between me and a scholar is what we paid for what we know ” was the advice offered by Eric to the now somewhat drunk crowd at Off Broadway. They took that intro and played another crowd favorite ” Unstoppable ” and had the floor bouncing.
They ended the song ” Unstoppable ” by singing Greed Day lyrics (Brain Stew ). It was a cool thing to see live, they always change it up and keep things fresh. Before playing my favorite song off the new album Eric told everyone this was the best song they ever wrote as a group.
It is a song called ” Forever Together ” a song about being away from loved ones. During one point of the song Eric got serious on the crowd ” Don’t laugh it’s not funny, I miss my family ” It was the most serious tone I have ever heard that man take.
They always mix up the setlist and ” Rocketeer ” was next up and had the crowd singing the chorus along with the band while making the 5,4,3,2,1 gestures. It was a very high energy song.
“The Temple ” which is the 9th song on the their latest release was next, followed by ” Ghost Animals ” both got great crowd reactions which only fueled the bands performance that much more.
Before another one of my favorite songs ” Killing It “. Eric asked the crowd for a cigarette and within seconds had at least 30 different smokes to choose from. He ended up smoking 5 of them at once and eating the butts much to the shock of the people in the crowd whom hadn’t seen Foxy before. In between songs, him and Alex demostrated and discussed proper ” Monkey Fucking ” techniques.
Choosing another selection off “ Church Of Rock And Roll ” they played the single ” I Like It ” which is peaking at 37 on the US rock charts.
They ended the 57 minute set with ” Only Way To My Heart “. It was a fitting end to a great set, this band is worth the money to go see live.
Each member of the band really plays their instruments well, Aaron on Drums, Alex on horns and vocals, Sky on Keys, Daisy on bass, and Loren on guitar all fit together great as a band and there is no way you could write about how great they all sound and perform together.
The show wasn’t over yet though after a 5 minute wait they all reemerged on stage and started in on a encore. They started the encore with the last song on the new album ” Freedom ” before venturing way back to 2005’s debut album ” The Flamingo Trigger ” and playing ” No Don’t Shoot “.
The crowd obviously wanted more, and Foxy didn’t let them down. They played ” Bombs Away ” and let everything go on the last song, Sky held his Keyboard out into the crowd and let the crowd go wild.
After asking the crowd if they came yet, because they had to leave they finally ended a great set.
It wasn’t till I got home and went through my pictures did I see one that kind of shocked and intrigued me at the same time. Taking lots of photo’s through the years a lot of people talk about energy orbs in photos. Mostly photo’s taken in graveyards or other haunted places. Knowing that the area the venue sits on is a very old part of St. Louis, it is very likely there are more than a few spirits just floating around. So the question is? Do you believe in GHOST? Look at the picture below and see for yourself.
Foxy Shazam Setlist 02/13/12
1.Welcome To The Church Of Rock And Roll
2. Oh Lord
3. YES, YES, YES
4. Holy Touch
6. Forever Together
8. The Temple
9. Ghost Animals (Across)
10. Killin’ It
11. I Like It
12. Only Way To My Heart
14. No Don’t Shoot
15. Bombs Away
Thanks to Off Broadway, and the great staff there, thanks to Foxy Shazam, Thanks to Grilled Cheezy and everyone else who made this night great.
Go check out the Newest Foxy Shazam Release ” Church Of Rock And Roll ” go out and see a show with The Darkness.
Check out Foxy Shazam Here : https://www.facebook.com/FoxyShazam
Check out Last Nights Vice here : https://www.facebook.com/lastnightsvice
Check Out Off Broadway Here : https://www.facebook.com/offbroadwaystl
And here are two great links from the community radio station:
I have to start this post by saying this night leading up to the show sucked more than anyone could ever imagine. I tried to do something nice for someone that means a lot to me and it just got thrown back in my face ten fold. It was incredible how shitty I felt. That being said I had different plans for this night.
I love seeing Lil Wyte and he always shows the crowd a good time. However it just wasn’t my orginal plan for the night. I was already downtown and had a few friends at the show. Being the great friends they are after hearing about my horrific night they said make it to the club and we got your back.
15 minutes and a few blown traffic lights later I arrived at the Fubar in St. Louis. At this point I was the kind of stressed to where I was looking for my phone while talking on it. It was just a unbelievable night. I always try and make the best out of bad situations.
My friend got my back at the door and I was in. There was an armed St. Louis cop at the door by the doorman, another one in the sound booth, and one in the crowd for a total of 3 police in this show. There had been some fights at previous shows and security was beefed up for this one.
The opening acts were somewhat okay, and some of them were downright HORRIBLE. A lot of them lacked substance and most of the songs were all about ” money, money, money ” without any depth or story at all.
This lasted for hours, atleast 7 different acts took the stage during the wait for Lil Wyte. I did find P.R.E.A.C.H to be my favorite of the bunch. He has that star quality it takes to command a crowd and he had the crowd packed in to watch his set. My friends all went up to watch him and I enjoyed his time. I look forward to seeing him perform again soon.
(photo credit: Caitlin T.)
An hour and a few acts later it was time for Lil Wyte to take the stage. He came out to the song he likes to open with ” My Smoking Song ” and got the crowd all hyped up in part thanks to his new hype man Miscellaneous.
He followed up with such sure hits as ” I Sho Will ” which got the kind of crowd response Wyte has came to expect from his fans in STL.
Running through more and more of the classics from his 5 albums dating back to 2003. A little over 25 minutes after taking the stage and a few minutes past midnight the DJ dropped the beat for the normal set closing song ” Oxycotin ” I was sure he was just gonna do a half an hour and leave.
I was prepared to leave a bit disappointed and go on with the night that had already sucked. Much to the delight of the crowd and myself he decided to stick around and rock some more.
After telling the crowd about his new album ” Still Doubted ” a title referencing his debut album ” Doubt Me Now ” would drop on 06/06/12. He decided to preview a few tracks for the fans in attendance.
First up was the Lex Luger produced track ” Money ” which is slated to drop as a single for the new album featuring Project Pat. Pat wasn’t in the building to drop his verse live but Wyte still rocked it.
Mr. Luger has been a busy man during the last two years producing a few chart topping hits for Jay-Z, Kayne and Rick Ross among others. Lil Wyte has been busy in the studio and decided to drop yet another track to keep the crowd excited for the upcoming release.
It was safe to say the crowd was excited to hear the new shit being debuted live and in person. He had the crowd eating out of his hand and really put a great show.
Deciding to end the show on a high note Wyte and company decided to invite some of the ladies of St. Louis on stage to dance to new single off ” Still Doubted ” called ” Sike ”
The song was about quitting smoking, drinking and popping pills, but SIKE wyte is getting fucked up tonight. It was my favorite of the new tracks and was a fitting end to a great show.
Lil Wyte puts on a great show and mixes up the setlist enough to make things interesting. He should be on the road a lot in 2012 promoting ” Still Doubted “. Go check him out on facebook, get that new album in June and go see a show.
Thanks for turning a otherwise shitty night into a good time Lil Wyte.
I have been a fan of Machine Head since before the ” Burning Red ” album was released. That CD release show was one of the first shows I have ever attended at Pop’s Concert and Nightclub in beautiful, sunny Sauget, IL. Its hard to believe its been over 10 years since that day or summer. A lot has changed, new albums, new haircuts, new groupies and a lot has stayed the same. Hard fucking music brought to you as only Machine Head can. Brutal, unforgiving and in your face. When Robb Flynn and Co. decided to bring a winter tour to St. Louis and I couldn’t help but go. Oh the memories.
A show prior to this my car battery died completely, oh well thats what happens when you drive, shit breaks. So with my battery being shot, I decided to call and try and find a ride. It wasn’t hard, one of my good friends and die hard St. Louis Metal fan Matt decided to be nice enough to give me a ride to the show. Before heading out we grabbed a few Schlafly Pale Ale’s as a gift for the band Darkest Hour. Schlafly is a great St. Louis brewer and they make exceptional beer, they also sponsor great music and events. After grabbing a few beers myself we rolled towards Pop’s in search of good times, strippers and music.
We found all 3 numerous times upon entering Pop’s glorious parking lot. After finding a spot next to the buses we had to wait a whole 5 minutes before Lonestar from Darkest Hour came outside. My friend Matt and him chatted about the weather, beer, and music in a 3 minute chat. They kept it brief as Darkest Hour was to hit the stage in less than an hour and it was 22 degrees in St. Louis with a breeze that kills. I had killed a few beers by this time and I was hoping I could have a couple more inside. Well the math wasn’t right, I had 23 dollars the show was $22 day of show. Then someone asked me the magic question. Do you need a ticket they asked? ” Yeah how much ? ” I replied. When he told me 10 dollars I was super excited. Just what I needed more alcohol, and we were in.
It was your typical metal show, lots of black shirts featuring the words fuck and bitch. I made my way to the floor to watch Darkest Hour. They hail from Washington D.C and bring the metal all over this globe. They took the stage on time and wasted no time in putting on a show that sent those in attendance to see them to go crazy, my friend Matt included.
He hyped this band up quite a bit and they did not let down. They played ” The World Engulfed In Flames ” to open their set and played it with a raw intensity. It was a great start to what would turn out to be a great show.
Singer John Henry was very into his job at vocals working both sides of the stage, and never letting the shows energy to slip back down. He was a great front man to watch work the stage.
Darkest Hour has recorded 7 albums in the past 10 years and paid a lot of dues across America among other countries. They played a variety of songs off of their collection of albums. One that stood out in my mind being the first time seeing them live was, ” A Thousand Words To Say But One ” off of the 2005 release ” Undoing Ruin “. This song really showed how together these guys are as a group.
They played a incredible set, I really enjoy these guys and look forward to seeing them back in the future. On the way down to the show Matt told me the song ” Doomsayer ” changed the way he viewed music. I respect Matt’s opinion very much and that is a major statement. So we sat on the way to the show and listened to that song twice, and it was only right they would end with ” Doomsayer ” and left the crowd charged and waiting more.
After the brief set change, the lights went dark and the crowd once again rushed the floor. Up next from Southern California was Suicide Silence. A lot of people have negative things to say about this band. The handful of times I have met them or seen them live they have always rocked and treated me and other fans with respect. They brought a sizeable chunk of the crowd that night and the floor got crazy when they started off the set with ” You Only Live Once ” which is off of their latest release ” The Black Crown “.
After first seeing them in 2008 at some local club that was packed to the walls, I have seen them countless other times over the years. They always put on a great show and take performing seriously. Lead singer Mitch Lucker loves his circle pits and would call for one almost every song to which the crowd was happy to help. It was great seeing half the crowd try for the circle pit and the other half sit there and wonder whats going on?
They had a good variety of songs during thier 40 minute set. Such as songs from the 2007 debut release ” The Cleansing ” such as the fan favorite ” No Pity For A Coward “. That got the hardcore Suicide fans revved up in a frenzy. They encouraged the crowd surfers that were flying over the barricade almost faster than security could catch them.
Towards the end of the set they still had the crowd eating out of their hands. After playing ” Smoke ” off of 2009’s ” No Time To Bleed ” album it was time for the metal show staple ” The Wall of Death “. It went over great as it normally does at Pop’s the crowd loved it and it got them to go even crazier than they were already. They followed that up with ” Disengage ” which is the last song on the ” No Time To Bleed ” album.
After Suicide finished their set, the anticipation grew as we waited for Machine Head to take the stage. The crowd chanted ” Machine Fuckin’ Head ” as the lights went out. They came out and rocked the song ” I AM HELL ” for the St. Louis crowd, red lights lit the stage giving even more feeling to the song. It was a great song to open with and people wasted no time in showing everyone else what Machine Head shows are all about.
” I Am Hell ” is a single off of the album ” Unto The Locust ” which was released in 2011. They continued the destruction with ” Imperium ” off of 2004’s ” Through The Ashes Of Empires ” which the crowd went crazy for screaming the chorus as loud as they possibly could. It seemed to get louder and louder and the show progressed.
This show reminded me of all the other great Machine Head shows I had seen here over the past decade or so. At one point frontman Robb Flynn told the crowd about the first time he came to Pop’s and how much he loved playing here, then he asked ” How many of you crazy motherfuckers are going to be here next time? ” It was obvious that they hadn’t lost any steps and that they will have a crowd in St. Louis for a long time to come.
I enjoyed the intro Robb did for the song ” Locust ” off of their latest effort ” Unto The Locust ” and they rocked it. The crowd was very into it and let them know it. During the next song ” This Is The End ” crowd surfers were flying everywhere.
After a Cheers with the crowd and waking the crowd up. Robb Dedicated ” Aesthetics Of Hate ” to Dimebag. It was a fitting tribute for a metal legend that deserves to remembered as much as possible.
It was great seeing such a awesome band from my younger years still tearing shit up, Adam Duce the bass player was as fierce as ever.
The Drums were on point, Phil Demmel was ripping up some crazy solo’s on lead guitar. They had a great setlist featuring songs we have grew to expect at a Machine Head show.
“10 Ton Hammer” and ” Bulldozer ” got the great response that each should. Lot’s of bodies flying and slamming into each other, in the crazy pit that grew with each song.
Machine Head left the stage briefly after 60 minutes and 13 songs. They came back out to rock the crowd with ” Halo ” off of 2008’s album ” The Blackening ” and closed the set with ” Davidian” off of 2005’s album ” Elegies “. It was a great performance from a band that always delivers. MACHINE FUCKIN’ HEAD tore it down once again.
After Machine Head’s set, I sat and chatted about concerts, touring and life as of late with Mitch from Suicide Silence, he was just chillen, enjoying a Coor’s Light and the crowds company. He took time to sign autographs and take pictures with all of his fans left in attendance. It is cool to see people so eager to meet their fans. This show has a great lineup, each band has a great set and it is a great time. I walked out of Pop’s slightly drunk and ears ringing and headed straight to White Castle as I do after most shows. Go see this show, go support these bands and pick up some albums. ‘
Darkest Hour has ” The Human Romance ” and 6 other albums instores
Suicide Silence has ” The Black Crown ” and 2 other albums instores
Machine Head has ” Unto The Locust ” and 6 other albums instores
DARKEST HOUR SET LIST 01.17.2012 SAUGET, IL POP’S
The World Engulfed in Flames
Savor the Kill
With a Thousand Words to Say but One
Violent by Nature
Love as a Weapon
Your Everyday Disaster
Doomsayer (The Beginning of the End)
SUICIDE SILENCE SET LIST 01.17.2012 SAUGET, IL POP’S
After 15 years straight of playing large venues such as amplitheatres , arenas and race car tracks. Kid Rock and the respective Twisted Brown Trucker Band came back to revisit the club days.
They haven’t played clubs since 1999 and it was exciting to be able to buy general admission floor tickets for one of the best venues in the midwest. The Midland Theater right next to the Power And Light District of Kansas City, Missouri.
Day of show the biggest Kid rock fan I know, my mom and I ventured out to Kansas City in search of good times and Barbque. It was a 4 hour drive that I drove in less than 3 and a half. I decided to hit a KC classic that I haven’t been to since 2001. It was a good choice.
We ended up a Oklahoma Joes around 12:30, which is a well known secret to K.C. It is housed inside a gas station with impossible parking and insane barbque. We found a spot after 3 laps around the lot, parked and went in. I counted 50 people in line, not to mention a full dining room. The place is that good, believe the hype.
After 15 minutes of waiting I got a barbque pork and a fry. It was worth every bit of the wait, this sandwich was incredible. The roll was nice size and the pork tasted juicy and fresh with just a bit of the famous sauce on it, with more being available on the side. The fries were some of the best I’ve ever had and were seasoned to a salty perfection.
We ate in the car to avoid the chaos of a full dining room and a packed line with no sign of slowing up. Every bit was delicious and I made sure to finish my extra large helping of fries.
After that we headed to the venue and got in line. While in line we got to know the most entertaining security guard of all time. He deserves an award, best security guard 2011. He was funny and kept everyone from not acting crazy, what more can you ask for? We were the 6th people in line and took turns all day leaving and holding the spot.
We got amazing spots for the show, front row, center right in front of the main microphone. Around 8 p.m the opening act came out we were pleasantly surprised by Ty Stone. Also from Detriot, MI he showed a lot of depth as performer and not to mention his act was solo.
Ty was recently signed to Top Dog Records. He did a great job of opening the show. I thought he was a great addition to the tour and I look forward to seeing of and from him in the future.
After 30 minutes the intermission music stopped, the lights dimmed, the spotlight came on and out walked the guy who travels around and does the introduction for Kid Rock and we have seen him on too many tours to count. The music started, behind the white, war torn sheet that covered the stage, you could see the shadow of Kid Rock.
He came out to the 98 classic ” Devil Without A Cause “. It was a great song to open a career spanning set.
When the song got to Joe C’s part a banner dropped as Joe C’s voice boomed out the speakers. It was a great moment in the show and it wasn’t even past the first song.
He explored most of his records for this tour. The Twisted Brown Trucker Band was on point. Each and every song they made their own. They played old hits from 99 to present some such as ” Wasting Time “.
He told the crowd that they haven’t played that song in 10 plus years live. I wish they would venture away from the singles a bit more often.
Going back to his break out 1999 album they played the crowd favorite ” Cowboy ” which was vastly different from the last time I saw him besides the cowboy hat part. The crowd ate it up, and couldn’t get enough.
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By this point the show seemed like it had been going on for a while and it was only half way through the setlist. He had the crowd going crazy. He has always been fond of covers and when he played Ted Nugent’s ” Cat Scratch Fever ” he took over for DJ Paradime and then took his turn at the drums and rocked both.
Everyone including the band was enjoying themselves. As the hits kept coming the people kept moving and everyone from the floor to the balcony was having a great time.
My mom was in heaven front row at her favorite artist in the world. I felt like a great son. Before performing the song ” Care ” Kid Rock announced that the money from this show was to benefit 2 charities in the Kansas City Area.
I think it is cool for a star such as Kid to give back, so many of these money hungry celebrities are like poor people in a cash machine. Just grabbing for every dollar they can. You have to realize Kid Rock doesn’t have to work, he doesn’t have to tour and he sure as shit doesn’t have to give to charity. But He does.
It is for reasons like these I respect Kid Rock, a lot of people knock the guy but he cares for his fans, our country and his music. Which is a lot more than I can say for some of the artist out now.
After the charity annoucements he played another great hit song from way back. ” Roving Gangster ” or better known as ” Rollin ” was next on the list. It was great seeing a setlist with a lot of earlier material in it as the summer tour was lacking this a bit.
He played the new crowd favorite ” Fuckin’ 40″ which suprisingly isn’t about 40′ ounces but turning 40. Who knew? Followed by ” So Hot ” and ” Bawitdaba “. While doing the famous into to ” Bawitdaba ” Kid exclaimed ” this is the part that hurts ” before screaming his name into the mic.
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Then The Twisted Brown Trucker Band exited the stage, leaving the crowd chanting ” Kid Rock, KID ROCK, KID ROCK, growing louder with each chant. Just when you thought it couldnt get any louder the band reemerged and took their places.
Getting the crowd back in the groove was the song ” Rock and Roll Jesus ” featuring confetti falling like rain from the sky.
As the confetti still fell from the sky they played a great live version of ” Only God Knows Why ” which was totally different than the album version.
They really mixed some songs up for this show and it was great.
The next song ” Born Free ” which started out with Kid on piano quickly changed tempo’s as he jumped on top of the piano as the American flag banner dropped in the backround.
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Kid Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker gave it their all, I didn’t mention most of the band was sick during this show but you couldn’t tell except for a few moments here and there.
They came to rock, and so did we, I stayed up and drove home in record time stopping by the White Castle for a late night tasty snack at 6 a.m and called it a night.
Till next time.
Devil Without a Cause
Rock Bottom Blues
All Summer Long
I Got One for Ya’
Midnight Train to Memphis
Slow My Roll
Lay It On Me
Cat Scratch Fever (cover)
God Bless Saturday
Roving Gangster (Rollin’)
Rock N Roll Jesus
Only God Knows Why
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I have to start this by saying thank you Firebird for hosting so many great shows in the past few years. If you wanna watch people become stars, this is a great place to do that.
With all genres of music at The Firebird each day, I often check their website for new listings. While searching last week, I noticed a fimilar name : Hopsin was coming to rock. Oddly enough it was a early show that was scheduled to start at 5 p.m and was slated to end at 7:30. Fair enough, one problem. I had to work until 10 p.m.
After picking up day shift, and having someone cover me until 8:30 at the gig. I was set and ready to rock. On my way down to the city, I stopped by the Delmar Loop Ice Festival and walked down the strip. Lots of inspiring Ice Sculptures and people lined the street.
It was a good time, yet a bit cold, but hey its a ice festival after all. After packing up and finishing my voyage to downtown I was suprised to see a 10+ line outside The Firebird as I arrived.
My friends Curt and Kathy were also on the way down and brought 3 more people with them, then a car pulled up and at least 5-7 hopped out of it.I was glad to see a good turn out so early in the day for a underground artist such as Hopsin.
We rolled inside just as a local artist was finishing up his energetic set that had the crowd lining the front of the stage. We headed over to the merch table and said whats up to rapper, producer SwizZz. He was a cool guy and we finally met DJ Hoppa who also was very nice, and friendly.
Up next was a guy from Flint, MI named Jon Connor. I can’t help but think about the Terminator movies hearing that name. He was cool and put on a great show for the crowd that came to rock early on a Saturday night.
He was a cool act, and had a lot of good lines and solid production often featuring cool samples of other songs that came out awesome and very soulful. His passion was very contagious and he had the hands up and rocking.
He did a 20-30 minute set that the crowd, and myself enjoyed. It was very solid, very honest and a refreshing hip hop show to say the least. I would like to see him back in St. Louis soon.
After Jon Connor’s set DJ Hoppa, got on stage and started up the tables and the crowd inched closer as the wait grew less and less. Finally it was time, and Hopsin, SwizZz and DJ Hoppa took The Firebird stage. Going crazy is a bit of an understatement.
Hopsin came on with ” Pans in the Kitchen ” and had the crowd eating it up. He and SwizZz took turns rocking each side of the stage. I found my way to a good spot up front and was blown away by how big his following was. These days the internet can make you a star and Hopsin takes full advantage of that.
SwizZz would back up Hopsin, and even performed some of his songs. Such as “Scream” that the crowd enjoyed, and rocked with him.
My knowledge of Hopsin is somewhat limited, I know he was signed to Ruthless Records, got shelved, got pissed, left and made it on his own. I admire the work ethic behind all of that. And hard work pays off, the crowd was feeling every song that came blasting out of the speakers.
In between songs I would check the clock, as it read 7:34 I knew the show was coming to a close, but the crowd was obviously not ready to go anywhere, and neither was Hopsin. He told the crowd,” my time is up, but im not leaving until I sag my pants in this bitch ”
As the beat for “Sag My Pants ” dropped the crowd went crazy singing each lyric louder than the one before it. ” Sag My Pants ” is a diss song directed towards the rap world of today. With lines attacking : Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, Eazy E’s wife among other people. However my favorite line is ” Y’all faker than Lupe Fiasco claiming he skateboards “.
After the show, we met and talked with each of the artist. They were very down to earth, real people. Myself and Hopsin talked a bit about skateboarding among other things, I got to joke with Jon Connor a bit. I had to be at work in 45 minutes so it was time to go.
One problem, my car wouldnt start, after a jump start I was back on the road and 10 minutes late getting back to work. All was well though and was well worth seeing a great show such as this.
Hopsin, SwizZz, DJ Hoppa and Jon Connor are in Chicago TONIGHT 1/15
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2011 was a year of many ups and downs and a lot of very unique and diverse shows of which I feel lucky and blessed to partaked in. And hey, nobody died this year. So moving on to number 10.
Number 10: Prof, 08/17/11 The Pageant, Saint Louis, Mo
Prof had impressed me quite a bit the early part of 2011 with a strong performance and a free cd that didn’t suck. A few months later he was back opening for Atmosphere, Evidence, and Blueprint respectively. Prof really put a lot into his short time and stole the show for me.
Number 9: 8ball and MJG, 04/29/11, Memphis In May Festival, Memphis, TN.
What can I say, I have always loved southern rap. Anyone who knows anything about rap knows that 8ball and MJG are LEGENDS! I had never had the chance to see either of them seperate, let alone together. When they were announced at Memphis in May, they by far were the most exciting addition to the lineup for me.
Many rap acts are a let down, I had no clue of what to expect from the southern legends. Well my friends and I were treated to a great set. From ” Coming Out Hard ” to ” You Don’t Want Drama “…
They had a great live set up, great audio and great crowd interaction. Featuring a live band and 3 back up singers. I wasn’t even pissed when they didn’t play my favorite song.
Then 8ball came back out, and said he grew up 10 minutes from the venue in Orange Mound, a infamous neighborhood in Memphis. He told the crowd if he can make it from there, you can make it out of anywhere. Then they played a awesome version of my favorite song ” Paid Dues” A fitting end to a truely classic rap show.
Number 8: DMX, Club Amnesia, 11/23/11, St. Louis, MO
I like a lot of rap and what can I say I go to a lot of shows. Here is another rap show in the Top 10 this year. DMX is one of those artist that seems like a performer first and recording artist second.
It has been trying couple of years for the mutli-platinum rapper. Stints in and out of Jail for multiple violations and various appearences on TMZ leading up to the show.
However when the beat hits and DMX takes the stage, he becomes another person. It is just him, the music and the crowd. Which is why I pay to go see shows. The highlight of the show was the set closing ” Slippin’ “.
Catch DMX given the chance, he will not let you down.
Number 7: Foo Fighters, 09/17/11 Savvis Center, Saint Louis, MO After catching the Foo Fighters back in 08 for the first time. My long 3 year wait to see them again finally came. As they ventured back to St. Louis a day after protesting the protesters in Kansas City, MO.
I had actaully fallen asleep during the show which sucked but, had nothing to do with the show which was great. I had been running around for 48 straight hours and it caught up. I woke up a few songs before the encore. It was sligthly wierd.
After promising a monster encore, and denouncing other arena rockers who put on less than stellar shows. They delivered and kept the hits coming and even threw in a few covers to mix it up.
They rocked the arena for around 2 hours and fifty minutes and left the packed crowd wanting more even after numerous encores.
Number 6: Yelawolf, Van’s Warped Tour , 08/03/11, Maryland Hieghts, MO.
Yelawolf was another artist I had been eager to see for years and finally got the chance to. After gaining underground fame, thanks to several well recieved mixtapes. Yelawolf finally hit it big, signing to Eminem’s label Shady Records in the spring prior to Warped Tour.
Just as his label founder Eminem did in 2000, Yelawolf hit the dusty Warped Tour Trail. I was crazy excited to see of the handful of Warped Dates he was on, St. Louis was one of them.
He had a great set time of 1 p.m and I made sure to have a great spot. He came out to his underground hit ” Trunk Music “. He was so much more pontent and raw live.
During one song a security guard grabbed a kid’s pipe as he was smoking in plain view of him. Well Yelawolf, went to the guard and somehow convinced him to give him the pipe. Much to the crowds excitement Yelawolf threw it back into the crowd, after hitting it!
He closed the set with his song ” Pop The Trunk ” and ended a very pontent 30 minute set before signing autographs for the rest of the day.
Number 5: Reel Big Fish, Rolla, St Patricks Day Festival, 03/12/11, Rolla, MO.
I have seen Reel Big Fish many times and it was something about getting hammered drunk before 4 p.m and watching a great outdoor set from one of your favorite bands, FOR FREE. It was a good time that’s for sure. My long time concert friend Chris and I made the trip. After singing ” Trendy ” all day it was a great fit thats what they opened with.
The crowd was into it, they were into it, everyone had a great time in downtown Rolla for St. Pat’s!
Number 4: Kid Rock, The Midland Theatre, 11/26/11, Kansas City, MO.
Kid Rock had not been on a small venue tour in over 10 years and is not like the demand is not there. The summer tour with Sheryl Crow was a huge success. After deciding to do a small 10 show run of smaller venues for local charities in each market. He selected Kansas City as one of the dates.
I snatched up the limit of 2 floor tickets as soon as they went on sale. Kid Rock despite being sick, put on a great show that revials his past club shows. He really pulled out the stops offering funny commentary, Original takes on many career spanning songs.
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A highlight to me was late in the show, while still on the intro to ” Bawitdaba “. During which he took a painfully long pause in the song before telling people this is the part that hurts. He gave his all and gave back to charity. I was proud to support this tour and was well worth the money to see him in a smaller setting.
Number 3: Tori Amos, The Chicago Theatre, 12/10/10, Chicago, IL
Tori Amos is a unsuspecting favorite of mine ever since watching her set at Bonnaroo 10′. Something has always interested me about Piano and Tori is quite the master. This being my first headlining Tori gig, I was blown away. The command she has and how she can take a song and make it something else, live, right in front of you is simply amazing.
Between the 20+ song set, the string quartet and the lights it was one incredible experience, not to mention I love my seat in the beautiful, historic, downtown Chicago Theatre.
I can’t wait to see her again hopefully soon, also the variety she displayed on this tour really shows a depth of material. Great tour, Great show.
Number 2: Foxy Shazam, Van’s Warped Tour 2011, 07/02/11, BonnerSprings, KS
After seeing Foxy Shazam a variety of times the past two years you can never be sure what to expect. You can always be sure to expect a show. Whether its telling the crowd Jack Nicholson has died, or challenging the audience to kill him for 20 dollars you know something is going to happen.
Shortly after taking the Warped Stage the singer Eric Nally called for the merch guy to bring all the bands money. After recieving the money he took the 20 plus single dollars tore them up and threw them into the front rows of the crowd. Much to the crowds delight.
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After a few songs, Eric called again to the merch guy saying ” Bring me some more money man, So I can pay these people.” After he recieved another bunch of bills, he began tearing them up and eating them.
And the show was great, I love their Cd and look forward to the early 2012 show they have lined up in my hometown.
Number 1: Coheed and Cambria, The Midland Theatre, 04/08/11, Kansas City, KS.
My friend Chris would always tease me about how awesome Coheed and Cambria’s ambitious ” Neverender ” Tour was. I never thought I would have the chance to experience anything like that. Until Coheed announced it’s spring run of small venues playing their 1st cd ” The Second Stage Turbine Blade ” in its entirety.
They started out with a acoustic set featuring great peformances of many of their hits and various other songs alike.
Followed by SSTB in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits set. No openers or other BS just great performances that Coheed fans have come to expect. After the short setlist on the headlining tour the winter before. It was want was needed to get right back into the band like the first time all over again.
Even if you don’t think you do, you already know who Killer Mike is. He has been in the game since his debut on Outkast’s 2000 release ” Stankonia ” and has yet to slow down. Most recently on the new single featuring T.I ” Ready Set Go ” . He has been in atleast 3 movies, including ATL and Idlewild.
Needless to say he has been and stayed busy the past 11 years. So when my friend Curtis called and said Killer Mike was playing a local university on Friday and it was only 5 dollars. I was fast to tell him to get me a ticket as only 100 are released publicly the rest are free to students.
Day of show I was supposed to work till 10 p.m. However by pulling a double the next day I was able to skate out at 8 p.m and was fast on my way to meet my friends. We met a few blocks away from the venue off campus. All in hopes that our pregame meditations wouldn’t wind us up on the next episode of Campus PD.
We got there and parking was crazy, everyone had these parking passes so we found a good spot in the back parked and went in.The Venue was The Gargoyle which is under the Edison Theatre on the Washintgon University campus. Or as others has described the Basement. The venue is ran by the students and the shows are free for students as well.
There were 3 very bored security gaurds outside and a table full of promotional items greeted us as we got our hand stamps and went in. After watching the first couple of opening acts who did a good job of opening. We decided to go outside to catch some air. Before heading out I hit the restroom.
While washing my hands the guy washing his next to me commented on my ATL hat. ” Are you from Atlanta? ” He asked. I told him No, I am just wearing this to show respect to Killer Mike and his hometown. He said that Mike would enjoy that! We went on to joke about how my friend Curtis on the other hand wasn’t so nice and was rocking The Cardinals gear because after all we are the champs in 2011! We both laughed and he introduced himself as DJ Trackstar Killer Mike’s tour DJ.
DJ Trackstar has been very busy as well. Much to his credit he was rocking the Cardinals Fitted hat and told me he just moved to Atlanta a few weeks ago but was from St. Louis and rocked Cardinals gear wherever he went. Being a Hip Hop fan his name sounded very familar after I got home I realized why. He has made over 100 + mixtapes that are well known, well recieved and circulating around the globe.
After we got back inside the crowd had doubled in size. Everyone gathered at the front for Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe. Who once again put on a great show and gave St Louis something else to be proud of. Everytime I see Rocky and Tef, they get better and the crowd gets BIGGER. I wouldn’t be suprised to see them go on to much bigger shows and things in the years ahead.
At about 11 p.m Dj Trackstar took the stage, after a brief soundcheck it was time.
Killer Mike took the stage much to the crowds excitement. He wasted no time in opening his set with a hit from 2003 ” NEVER SCARED” I forgot how potent and raw his verse was. I was quickly reminded.
On May 17th of this year. Killer Mike released his 5th album to date ” PL3DGE ” and jumped right into ” Burn ” off that next. He commented how he loves playing the smaller shows as it gives him more chances to connect to the audience.
Connect he did, he had the crowd rocking, and the beats were booming out the speakers. After visting more high profile cameos he played Curtis’s favorite track off the new album ” That’s Life 2 ”
Before and after each song he would spit acapella really driving the lyrics and the meaning behind them home.
He did his verse from the new single ” Ready Set Go ” acapella before doing it with the loud beat shaking the walls. I honestly love his lines in this song and especially the ones about Ed Hardy.
” I know these streets bout tired of this weak shit, ya style been ran thru like a freak bitch. Da pussy club got ya angered wit ya frequent. Ed hardy ass nigga and ya sequins, might as well shop at victoria secret have em gift warp you some “I love Pink” shit. Rent due and yall niggas deliquent ”
Curtis had been talking a lot about Killer Mikes new album and how much he loved the track “Ric Flair”. It features Ric Flair promos on the chorus. He said that he didn’t think he would play it. Well he did and it made the crowd bust out their best ” WOOOOOOOO” Nature Boy Style.
After rocking the stage for the better part of an hour. Preforming hits from 2000 to 2011. As Killer Mike put it, it was time to hit the east side strip clubs until dawn. Not before he played his hit ” Kryponite ” everyone in the crowd got hyped up one last time and rocked it.
Lights came on and we stood around feeling great from seeing another great live hip hop show. We were debating waiting to meet Mike, but some of us thought he either left or wouldn’t come out. Well we were all wrong and less than 3 minutes off the stage Killer Mike was standing at the exit. Shaking hands, taking photo’s and hugging the ladies, you could tell he was genuine when he thanked everyone passing him for coming out.
My friends I went with are really big music supporters. They go to so many shows, buy so many cds and are always picking up merch at everyshow. They had asked about Killer Mike or Grind Time Merch but they had said they left it all on the tour they are currently on. Then one of the guys from the crew gave them the Hoody off his back.
We snapped pics, thanked them and were off into the night. I can’t say enough good things about Killer Mike. I enjoyed the show and can’t wait to see him again.
Killer Mike is currently on tour with Immortal Technique and Chino Xl with dates on the west coast through the rest of November. His album ” PL3DGE ” is instores now and you should consider supporting both.
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Today I woke up, ate a quick bite and headed down to the Historic Delmar Loop. The Delmar Loop is a great street of shops, restaurants, books and record shops. It’s also boast the St. Louis Walk Of Fame and various other gems that makes my city great.
Well today they added another attraction to the already impressive list. They added a statue honoring the great Rock and Roll icon Chuck Berry. Now and forever sitting across the street from Blueberry Hill is Chuck Berry.
I arrived just in time to catch all the festivities. They had Delmar shut down, and a stage and podium set up next to the statue. A band called ” Blues Plus ” was cranking out Chuck Berry songs tune after tune and had the crowd rocking.
The ceremony started with the choir from Galilee Missionary Baptist Church proceeding through the crowd, followed by The Coca and Show Me Sound drumline band.
Through the thick of it all I could see the signature Sailor hat worn by Mr. Chuck Berry in the backround.
As he approaced he was very gracious and kind to all in attendance by shaking hands and smiling. At his side was “The Unofficial Mayor of The Loop ” Joe Edwards. The Chuck Berry statue is one of the many, many things Joe has done for Delmar and our City and I always appreciate all that he has done.
The Mc of the day was Kmox radio’s Charlie Brennan who has that classic radio voice and kept the program moving in the right direction.
First to speak was Mayor Arthur Sharpe Jr. who spoke about the importance of “Do It Now”. Asking the crowd that if they have a chance to make something good happen or do something good to ” Do It Now”
Next to the podium was renowned sculptor Harry Weber who has pieces all over the country. Notably at Busch Stadium, Cooperstown and the St. Louis Riverfront to name just a couple.
He also had a enjoyable speech with a couple of funny jokes mixed in to humor the crowd. At one point thanked his support team who hasn’t let a piece fall yet.
Then it was Joe Edwards turn at the podium and he thanked everyone for their support through the project and gave a really nice speech.
Which left one man to take the podium Chuck Berry himself. He walked up looking very humbled and a bit emotional to be there. He kept it short and thanked everyone for being there, and told us he loved us all.
If the response was any sort of a hint. It was obvious that we love Chuck right back.
After walking back through the crowd of cheering fans, Joe Edwards, Chuck and family disappeared into the Famous Blueberry Hill that Chuck still performs in once a month.
Then I went to work, where on our store radio they were playing none other than Chuck Berry. Thanks for everything Chuck, your statue is a blessing to our city!
I can trace listening to Kid Rock to the era of the playstation. The orginal, grey old school playstation. I still remember playing the game ” Cool Boarders II ” when I first heard ” Devil Without A Cause “. My friends and I had known about Kid Rock long before that. We were very much into Detroit’s rap and underground acts and at one time Kid Rock was both.
Then there is one of my favorite concert friends. He works at a great Local venue and has been working the St Louis Concert Scene for about 25 years! He has seen everyone, he told me once The Red Hot Chili Peppers came in the early 90’s to about 60 kids. He would tell me all sorts of crazy stories from back in the day and interesting facts I would of otherwise never known some of the venues and bands.
So being curious I asked him, who was the best you have ever seen? He knew right away and told me ” You won’t believe this, Kid Rock!, back when he opened for Monster Magnet, he stole the show, he played every instrument and was just incredible, I felt bad for Monster Magnet. ”
I personally have been going to see him live for over 10 years. I was there for a lot of the different tours and changes over the years. Which brings us to 2011, with a new album it was only right to bring along a new tour.
With the help of Jim Beam and Red Stag the Born Free Tour 2011 rolled into St. Louis. My family and I decided we would make it a night out and have some fun.
We walked through the parking lot drinking beer 10 feet from signs discouraging such activity as the sun was setting for the evening. It was a perfect evening for a outdoors concert.
Right away I suggested getting drinks from my favorite bartender. You see most people don’t tip the Bartenders at Big Concerts where drinks are already $8 dollars. I will say this, If I can afford and 8 dollar drink I can afford a dollar to toss the guy making it. It’s simple. This guy knows me now and I go to him, and everyone I know goes only to him for our mixed drinks. 3 Drinks later and about 30 dollars lighter we found our way to a spot to watch the show.
Sheryl Crow took the stage about 10 minutes after reaching our seats. She came on stage with a big smile to great her home state crowd. She is from Kennett, Missouri where the motto boast ” Where the living is easy “. It was obvious she was happy to be there on stage performing.
She had the crowd into her set and played classic after classic. You hear all these songs on the radio but you tend to forget sometimes how many songs one artist has until you see them live. About halfway through the set she played ” All I want to Do” and went right into a cover of “Stuck In The Middle With You “.
Sheryl and her band had a very enjoyable set. Which also included the hits : ” If It Makes You Happy “, “Everyday Is Winding Road ” and ” Soak Up The Sun “. She left the stage and did a great job of putting everyone in a good mood. It felt like Kennett out there with all the easy living going on!
Everyone was enjoying the good weather and atmosphere, well most people that is. During a trip to the bathroom we encountered a guy sitting on the curb puking all over the place. The crowd was yelling ” Hey buddy, spread your feet apart you are puking in your shoes “. Good advice there, friends.
The sun went down and we stood in line for more drinks, we were thirsty. It made the wait more interesting. We made it back just in time for a montage of Kid Rocks career. A video of photos, album covers and song snippets edited into one. It was pretty impressive.
Kid Rock exploded onto the stage with bang, right into ” American Bad-Ass “. He was backed by the Twisted Brown Trucker band and some badass pyro to accompany the song. Not that he needs it, he really gets into the shows.
He bounced between old and new Kid Rock albums to keep it the set list fresh. He played ” Low Life ” the last track on 2007’s Rock and Roll Jesus as that song ended they launched right into a cover of The Georgia Satelittes ” Keep Your Hands To Yourself”. It sounded good and the crowd ate it up.
One of my favorites off the new album is called ” Slow My Roll ” which is something everyone should do now and again. Sometimes we go too fast and do too much to appreciate everything. For a moment the show slowed, but it wasn’t long before Kid Rock had everyone including himself off his feet!
Launching back into a high powered version of ” Cowboy ” the crowd went wild. Everyone sang the song word for word as the Pryo exploded on stage.
During a “Somebody’s Gotta Feel This ” Kid Rock went behind the drums, rocked the guitar and cut records while pouring himself a Red Stag Jim Beam shot and smoking a cigar.
A few songs later he was joined on stage by Sheryl Crow as they covered ” Love The One You’re With ” and then did the 2002 hit ” Picture ” together. Which I am sure a lot of the crowd was excited to see live.
That would of been a great way to end the show. Not a Kid Rock show though, he still had a lot more to offer the packed crowd in St. Louis. After a few more songs including “So Hott ” and explosive version of ” Bawitdaba ” he finally left the stage.
Coming back out for a encore he started off the bonus set with ” All Summer Long ” and followed that with a amazing piano version of ” Only God Knows Why ” during which he played the piano. Then to close out the set with a huge American flag as a backdrop he chose to close the evening with ” Born Free ” the title track off his new album.
Overall Kid Rock really knows how to put on a good show and hasn’t lost that in his fame or success like a lot of popular acts do. He doesn’t go out there and go through the motions. Until next time….
Since I was a kid I have been familiar with The Steve Miller Band. I still have vivid memories of my brother Tom playing their music for me many times. When I got older and heard his music it would remind me of great childhood memories.
As time went on I aqquired Cds and knew all the songs. I really wanted to see the band live. After waiting a few years I saw them 3 times over one summer at various festivals and a headline date in my hometown of St. Louis. He did not disappoint live, he played a good mix of songs, old and new. It had been a long time since I had saw them when I saw announced in the paper they would be performing a free show under the arch during the Fourth of July fair!
After getting off work at 3:00 my girlfriend and I grabbed some beers and headed downtown. After a brief drive, a few beers and a nicely located $5 dollar parking garage. We were ready.
After venturing down to the Arch grounds we were just in time for the Air Show that was taking place. There was a lot of high flying acrobatics that left spectators captivated.
One of the highlights of the show was two Harrier Jets that flew almost too fast for pictures and were louder than you would imagine. I enjoyed watching them quite a bit.
As a finale to the air show we were treated to a stunt team of four planes flying in formation doing various tricks under the arch. They were impressive flying high with each stunt and narrowly missing each other on each pass.
As the sun started to set over the beautiful St. Louis skyline. We scurried back to the car for pregame session number 2. After a few quick tastey beverages we were back and ready for the nights main event.
There was a impressive turn out for the the show and we made it right in time. I hurried us through the crowd to a nice spot. When I felt like we had a good enough spot to watch the show we settled in. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this older man hand these kids a hundred dollar bill. Being as curious as I am I had to ask ” why did you give those kids $100″ and he told me for 3 beers and a piece of chicken. Interesting I thought to myself. After commenting on his t-shirt he said if I could name all 3 members of the band Cream he would give me $100. Long story short, I did not answer correctly, I did however recieve one of his $33 beers as a runner up prize.
That left only minutes before Steve Miller and his band took the stage. They came out rocking the classic “Swingtown”. That got the crowd into it and everyone was enjoying the awesome music and weather under the arch.
Steve Miller was rocking as to be expected on guitar moving effortlessly from one hit in the catalog to the next.
His band was quite into the performance as well and did a great job entertaining the large crowd that had gathered below the St. Louis Arch.
They ventured through decades of hits . ” Serenade ” has always been one of my favorite songs from the group and that was on the setlist shortly after the sun finally went down for the night.
After playing a bit longer than a hour they closed the set on a song everyone knows ” The Joker ” . The crowd was left charged and wanting more.
The show was not completely over yet. We still had fireworks to watch. So my girlfriend and I sat on the bank of the river and watched a impressive firework show.
It was a nice way to end a great night. Steve Miller rocks and if you get the chance do yourself a favor and check it out. With my next adventure in less than 6 hours I need sleep…… till next time.
Isn’t it funny when you remember exactly where you were and who you were with when you first heard something? Well with Lil Wyte I remember exactly. It was my buddy Curtis, his Friend Jimmy and Me, hanging in Jimmy’s basement playing playstation. Curtis had the habit of buying new cd’s every Tuesday. We were all big fan’s of 3 6 Mafia and on March 4th, 2003 Curtis’s purchase of the week was Lil Wyte ” Doubt Me Now “. We sat there listening to this as Curtis played Jimmy in some football game. We listened to the whole thing and honestly first time I heard it I didn’t like it much. Then as time passed I got more and more hooked.
By the time Phinally Phamous came out on October 19th, 2004 it was safe to say we were hooked. I remember this time around, I was the one buying the CD on the day of release and, I got a cool promo poster from the record shop as well.
Years passed and Lil Wyte released ” The One and Only ” in 2007 and ” The Bad Influence ” in 2009. A month before releasing “The Bad Influence ” album Lil Wyte paid a visit to a club I never heard of during MLB All-Star week here. Needless to say the turn out was less than stellar. It was mostly due to no promotion and a venue not many were familiar with. It didn’t matter because, he rocked that shit like it was sold out. After the show we all hung out till 4 a.m in the street after the bar closed at 3 a.m. I even got my “Phinally Phamous ” poster from 2004 signed. He was shocked to see that!
Which brings us to Wednesday June 1st, I am at work reading the weekly entertainment paper. First thing I do when I get the Riverfront Times is flip to the ” This just in ” concert section. Much to my amazement and disbelief there was a listing for Lil Wyte for…… THE NEXT DAY June 2nd! Unbelievable I thought to myself. How are you going to announce a show one day before the show? Even worse I was working 11-10 that day and I was sick.
Day of the show I woke up and had a fever and coughed up a bunch of shit with some blood in it. Good start to the day, especially when you are going to be stuck at work all day. Work sucked from about start to finish. By the time I was out of there I was ready to go hit the club. The show said it started at 9 and had a huge trailing list of opening acts. So I went home and showered taking my time. I made it to the Atomic Cowboy about 11:30 and was right on time.
First one to greet me inside the venue was none other than Curtis and his girl Kathy. Only fitting since we started listening to Lil Wyte together. We went outside for some fresh air. After catching our breath, it was time for me to hit the bar for some refreshments. I ordered up 2 PBR’s one for each hand.
A short while later it was time for my homies Kold Kace to perform. I have been seeing these guys come up for years from playing dirty clubs to getting decent opening spots for national groups. They put on a good show and get better every time I see them.
Left us just enough time for some more fresh air before the St. Louis rapper Ruka Puff took the stage. First thing you notice about Ruka Puff is his bright Red mohawk that makes him stand out from the crowd. He puts out a lot of energy as he raps.
It is his birthday this weekend and this show was billed as his birthday party. It was clear he brought a sizable chunk of the audience to rock with him.
It was raining sweat in the front row of Ruka Puff’s set. He does not tread lightly and made it clear that you will never stop him!
It was a enjoyable set which ended around 12:30 and only left one more act for the evening.
After a few guys came out to hype the crowd, the lights when low and about 4 guys and a girl in a short red dress took the stage. The crowd was packed and went nuts. This was a big step up from the last show we saw with hardly anyone in the crowd. Lil Wyte came up and after talking to the crowd about drinking, and drugs wasted no time going right into the classic ” My Smoking Song ” from ” Doubt Me Now “.
The next song is one of my favorite Lil Wyte songs, I love the beat and production. Not to mention Juicy J saying YEEEEEEE HAWWW on the track is priceless. Just the Good Ole Boys….. Hanging out getting high. He went right into ” The Bad Influence ” next off his newest album by the same name.
The crowd was really into the show and he is a underground legend as you can tell by the audience rapping his songs word for word. It didn’t matter if it was new or old material. He was having a lot of fun on stage.
Next up on the setlist was ” I Got That Candy ” which was off his 3rd album “The One and Only ” and then played another great song off the same album “Talking Ain’t Walking ” It was clear at this point he did not come to fuck around.
They then brought it back to the first album to get the crowd rowdy and it worked. This was the second wildest song of the night as far as crowd reaction goes. When this song kicked in all chaos broke out. ”
“WE AINT PLAYING MUTHA FUCKA, WE AINT PLAYING, HELL NAW”
Up next it was time to ” Crash Da Club ” which is again is off the first record ” Doubt Me Now ” If there were chairs they probably would of been thrown, it was going down.
Much like all great live acts he sampled a little from every album. ” I Sho Will ” The lead single from his successful sophomore album ” Phinally Phamous” was next. ” Record Companies like I’ll be damned, This white cat can rap and put on a good show…” are fitting lyrics to this song.
Everything was pretty solid about this show, great set list, sound was great, the crowd was cool despite getting drinks spilled on me. Lil Wyte and his Manager/Hype man Partee rocked the stage for the better part of an hour.
That left one song to close out the night and they kept teasing by dropping the beat for a second and cutting it off. The crowd would go wild each time. Everyone in the crowd had heard this song hundreds of times. When it finally hit everyone rocked the Pill Popper Anthem
“OxyCotten” as a test of true fans they cut the song as soon as the Scarecrow verse came in and the crowd screamed the lyrics back as loud as they could. It was rather impressive. You don’t see things like this often at rap shows. It was a great way to end the night!
As his homies, hypemen, and the lady in red left the stage Lil Wyte stayed behind to thank everyone for the support and coming out. He is truely a humble man and is very thankful to have his fans come out and support him.
I left the Atomic Cowboy feeling great despite working all day with a nasty nasty cold and to think I wasn’t even going to go to this show. Good times were had and I can’t wait for Lil Wyte to come back. Everyone should check out his new group album SNO ” Year Round “.
Till next time… I am sleeping I have more shows to go to.
I first heard about Curren$y a few years back in some Hip Hop magazine. Did a few youtube searches and got schooled. Curren$y is a busy man.
First signed to Master P’s No Limit Records as part of the 504 boys in 2002. The New Orleans native wasted no time after appearing on Master P’s ” Good Side Bad Side ” album Curren$y packed up shop and left No Limit. Next stop Cash Money Records under Lil Wayne’s label Young Money Records. Soon after he grew tired of being on the back burner. Once again he set out for greener pastures. And from the looks of the album releases, tour dates, mixtapes and features it was a good move.
From the discography on Wikipedia he has released 7 studio albums since 2009 and that is not counting the 14 mixtapes in between. I read an article somewhere online saying he made over $750,000 in touring last year.
Which brings us to Friday, May 27th the first day of Memorial Day weekend. The venues across St. Louis were booked with all sorts of shows. Even a free Rib America deal with Collective Soul and the like. Personally I needed a hip hop show in my life so The Jet Life Tour was a easy pick.
What made it also an easy choice for me was the venue. The Old Rock House is one of my favorite venues in St. Louis. Great Sound, Great Staff, and Great layout makes it exceptional to see a show.
A few days before the show the venue posted the show was going to sell out. Not being one to like being stuck outside I bought a ticket 20 Dollars and some change.
I had the whole day off work, and spent the whole day trying to recover from this cold I have. When recovery didn’t work, I tried the next best thing. Alocohol! I went to the Liquor store and grabbed a sixer of Heineken and other necessities. After procrastinating as long as possible I left for the show.
I showed up later than I would of liked and parking was slightly hard to find. I found a good enough spot and celebrated with a beer and meditations.
A short walk later I was at The Old Rock House. I get in the venue and The Notorious B.I.G is bumping through the club. Everyone is having a good time. The bar was packed, and the atmosphere had a certain nice cloudiness to it.
The female Dj behind the turntables did a great job getting the crowd in a good mood. I decided to head upstairs to the bar and grab a beer. When I made it back downstairs the rap duo Monster Beats were hitting the stage. Actaully due to how great I was feeling I am only half sure they were “Monster Beats”. Whoever they were they put on a solid show.
Up next that brought up Corner Boy P. I dug his raps and cool laid back stage presence. He also was rocking a pretty fresh shirt. Corner Boy P played for about 10-20 minutes. The crowd was into him as well and got a lot of love from the sold out St. Louis crowd.
As Corner Boy P was finishing up he was joined by FIEND of No Limit Records fame. They rocked the smokers song ” Welcome to Amsterdam “.
“Got my passport ready, my Euros up, I’m international I don’t give a Euro-FUCK”. I dig that line from Corner Boy P, and that ended his set. However Fiend stayed onstage and ripped down his set for another 20 minutes.
While I honestly didn’t know much about Fiend. The rest of the crowd was very into his set. “Sweet Mary Jane” was a cool song he rocked.
After rocking other songs such as “Tennis Shoes and Tuxedos” it was time for Fiend to close out the set. There could of been more acts. I know Young Roddy and Trademark performed but a lot of the night I spent outside. My cold was kicking my ass.
When I came back inside they were announcing it was time for the “Hot Spitta” Curren$y to take the stage. He came out to the packed house and got right to work.
He came out rocking a fitted Ice Cream hat and long sleeve Ice Cream shirt and worked the stage spitting hot bars all night long. He let everyone know he got that “Drug Flow” right away!
Good times were flying thick in the air. It was clear how Curren$y is blowing up. The crowd was yelling back lyrics all night.
Being the Jet Life tour, it surely lived up to the hype. The next beat was unmistakable. Everyone in the crowd had five on it. Curren$y matched the crowd smoke for smoke with his own ” I Got Five On It ”
The theme of the night was definitely ” Jet Life ” and the Jet Life sign is made with your Thumb and Pinky very much like the surfers ” Hang Loose ” hand gesture. If you didn’t know about it coming in as you will see in this next video. You knew about it when you left. Jet Life!
Curren$y was enjoying his night and seemed to have a lot of fun on stage.
Then he asked the crowd to hold up the fly sneakers they were rocking, there was some Bo Jacksons, Jordans and a bunch of other I can’t remember I didn’t get any good pictures or video. Which sucks because it was a great part of the show. ” Roasted ” was a great song to follow. Everyone in the crowd could relate to this one as by this point everyone was ” Roasted “.
After a solid hour performance it was time for the ” Hot Spitta ” to leave. He decided to end the night on a crazy note by jumping off stage into the crowd and walking through the amped up crowd to make his exit.
Everyone rushed him so fast, and it was all love as he moved through the crowd towards the exit. He even stopped for a quick smoke break on the way out.
The smoke cleared eventaully……
and everyone hung out on the patio to enjoy the beautiful, warm, clear night outside!
I had a great time at this show and like most shows I had a late night craving for some greasy fast food. What better way to end the night then with 8 dollars of White Castle.
PROF? Who? Yeah, I said the same thing when asked had I heard of him. Turns out I was asleep and he has been on the grind for quite a while. Most recently touring with Atmosphere. He also hails from Minneapolis, MN.
I was at home planning a crazy night for myself when the phone rang. It was my buddy Curtis, he asked me if I had heard of Prof? I said, I hadn’t but I would be down to check out a $7 dollar show.
I showed up to The Firebird late, met my friends in the parking lot for some pre-show meditations. Earlier in the day I had looked up “PROF” on youtube and got the entire wrong PROF, it was BIG PROF or something. The video showed some big black guy rapping about typical rap shit.
So going into the show I knew nothing about him. Then the lights go down and my buddy says to me ” this might be him “. Then DJ FUNDO hit the stage getting the crowd hype for Prof. Dj Fundo is a cool guy and did a good job hyping the crowd.
The first thing I noticed about Prof was his basketball grandpa shirt and big Timberwolves beads that bounced around as he jumped around the stage. It didn’t take him long to lose his sweatshirt and get St. Louis bouncing!
and then there was the stache…… Prof has a lot of fun with his raps which is how it should be. He is very entertaining to say the least. ” Put your hands up, all twelve of y’all”. Actaully there was about 40-50 people in the crowd. It wasn’t a bad turnout but wasn’t packed. Prof rocked it like it was a sold out arena though.
Then he sat down for some blues and whiskey. This track was produced by ANT who does Atmosphere’s production. I dug it. I mean who doesn’t love blues and whiskey? I turned to say that to my friend but he was already back at the bar for a refill.
After drinking whiskey until the cows came home, was time to get it cracking again. And Prof really waste no time, his high energy level is contagious and had everyone hype during his set.
After a solid 30 minute plus set, it was time to act as ANIMALS to close the set. ” I WANT EVERYONE INCLUDING YOU AT THE BAR WITH THE RED HAT ON TO SAY………. I’M A ANIMAL!!!”
I’M AN ANIMAL………. He really was fun to see live and that Stophouse Sampler he was giving out is no joke. That cd didn’t leave my car for weeks and everyone who heard it bumping had to have a copy. Prof is blowing up.
After Prof’s set, we stayed watched Steddy P and DJ Mahf who put on a great show(battery died). Before we left we said thanked both Steddy P and Prof for making St. Louis a stop on the tour and my buddy went and hit up some merch. I was flat broke but wish I could of. They both gave us some samplers that are better than most of the CD’s some artist are selling. They are both on the come up and you should keep your eyes and ears peeled for them. You will hear and see them soon enough!
Till next time….
Check out Prof here :
” I DON’T NEED A WRITE UP I’LL GO WORD OF MOUTH, MY FAN’S ARE LIKE PYRO’S SPREADING FIRES, YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT HIM….” PROF from AMAZING
I love outdoor shows. They remind me of summer days spent outside seeing some of my favorite bands with good friends. When Rise Against announced they would be touring with Bad Religion I was sold. Even better the venue Pop’s 24/7 in Sauget, IL was hosting the show outside, in the parking lot in between two nightclubs.
The morning of the show was gloomy, rainy and anything but exceptional weather for an outdoor event. As the day progressed the weather slowly turned around until it was a pretty nice overcast day. The day concluded with a nice sunset and my friend and I racing towards the east side. Home of Strip Clubs, Pop’s, that one off track betting gas station and factories!
As we pulled in I noticed a bunch of people sneaking in the parking lot to avoid paying $5 dollars.They were being chased down by the security guards. However I wanted to drink a beer in peace in my car. And 5 dollars sounded like a great bargain not to be heckled by parking attendants.
Parked the car, cracked a beer, slammed one and opened another. As we started walking the first song of Bad Religions set was being played. We hustled made good time and only missed one full song.
We found good spots middle of the crowd and were treated to a great show from the California punk veterans. The crowd was very into the set and the band gave the energy right back.
Greg Graffin is a pretty cool guy, never had the chance to meet him yet, but you can tell from his cool stage demeanor.Turns out he his also pretty damn smart too! This fall Greg will be teaching evolution at Cornell University. He sounds great live and makes Bad Religion a can’t miss for me always.
The rest of the band is equally amazing with original members Brett Gurewitz on guitar and Jay Bentley and bass still! That is incredible considering they have been around since 1979 Up next was a old school jam I love. ” Do what you want”
I was having so much fun during the set. So many memories of Bad Religion at various Warped Tours over the years instantly came to mind. The outdoor setting was perfect for this show. Next they rocked the classic ” Infected ” a tune written by the guitar player Brent Gurewitz. Who writes a lot of the bands songs and also started the record label Epitah Records back in the 80’s to sell Bad Religion records and merch.
They closed out a great set with ” Sorrow ” another song Brent wrote, that appeared on the 2002 album ” The Process of Belief ” which is hard to believe was their 12th full length album.
Another solid set in the books for Bad Religion. Everytime I am impressed by them! These new sissy wannabe bands coming out today should relax and take notes.
There was a quarter of a moon lurching in the sky above during the Bad Religion/Rise Against set change. Nice T-shirt weather night outside. The crowd was buzzing and the beer lines were long.
Since this is concert confessions I will confess that I didn’t go for Rise Against. That being said about everyone else did. So fair being fair they headlined and rocked it for all their fans in attendance.
They brought a good sized chunk of the crowd, who bounced and sang along with all the songs. The weather was just right and made everyone that much more excited to be there.
They had the crowd bouncing the entire night and almost everyone was having a great time. My friend and I were enjoying each others company breathing in the fresh industrial smog and rock and roll that was thick in the air.
They kept the energy and crowd going at a decent level the whole show. It was fun to watch them work the stage. They broke into the new single from the new album ” Endgame “. This song has been getting a lot of spins at the local station 105.7 KPNT The Point.
After seeing the one song I did know, we decided to stay for a few more songs. Up next was ” Swing Life Away” I remember that getting played 4,506 times back in the day. So maybe it is understandable why they are headlining after all.
We decided to beat traffic and make good time home, and that we did. My friend had a great night, I had fun and I can’t wait to do it
all again. Till next time….
Unexpected! That is a good word to describe how it was to make sudden plans to head to Vintage Vinyl to meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. He is currently on tour and was in St. Louis on the way to Detroit. The tour bus driver needed to rest so they picked to spend the day in St. Louis and made the most of it.
I hurried in getting ready and rushed out the door to Vintage Vinyl. We are blessed in St. Louis to have a record store as cool as Vintage Vinyl. They are always looking out for the fans and hosting great events.
I got there about 6:10 and was amazed that with little to no promotion the store was packed front to back. Vintage Vinyl is pretty long and the line was 4-5 people deep in spots.
I noticed everyone had a beer walking around the store. Then I realized they were giving away free Schlafly beer as well as hosting this great instore. Told you Vintage Vinyl rocks!
After quenching my thirst I ventured up to the front to snap some photo’s. The first thing I noticed was how personable Wayne was taking the time to greet everyone by name and personalize every autograph. You would not know there were hundreds of people waiting the way he would take his time with each person.
Along with signing autographs he brought along more of the highly sought after and sold out Gummy Song Skulls. This is a edible skull with a USB drive in the middle with 4 new songs. Also they were selling the Neon Indian Split 12 inch as well. The Gummy Skulls were a hot seller. Some came with a Marijauna flavored brain. Interersting…
After seeing 50 of these boxes I went around and asked someone to show me theirs. They let me hold it and take a picture. The gummy Skulls are heavier than you would think. I would say it weighed atleast a couple of pounds.
As I stood at the front snapping photo’s drinking my beer I started talking to the tour manager. He said the driver was waking up at 10 p.m to take them to Detriot. I asked what they did while in town? He told me they ate at Pappy’s BBQ, shopped the Loop and the Independent bookstores in the area. He said they all loved the City Muesem and are trying to maybe have a show there in the future.
Everyone that came up got to chat with Wayne. He told lot’s of stories one I remember was how the gummy skulls were originally multiple pieces but the band came up with their own mold which is one piece that the skulls are now made out of.
He also took the time to draw pictures, add word bubbles, and other funny things to everything he signed. It always makes it better when you don’t get a run of the mill autograph!
It was our turn soon enough and my friends and I went as I group. They got some records signed and we all got pictures. I asked him how he liked the City Museum? He said ” I have been all over the world and It is amazing I had never heard of it before, its like nothing I have seen before” He went on to say how much he liked it and how cool it would be to play there.
It was pretty cool to meet someone I saw in concert just weeks earlier at some big festival in my hometown record store. Thanks to Vintage Vinyl, Flaming Lips, Schlafly Beer and everyone else who helped make this great instore a reality.