September Mourning: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 9/16/18

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We're No Gentlemen is an alternative rock band from Long Beach, California. They were one of the few bands that were the opening act for the headliner, September Mourning. They have been aggressively hitting the LA music scene and even earned themselves a spot on the Las Vegas stop of the Vans Warped Tour in 2017. They proved to be a highly energetic band as they started with Disguise. Vocalist Amanda Gabel has a very energetic stage presence as she regularly went ... Read More

Childish Gambino @ Wells Fargo Center – Philly 09/18/2018

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Childish Gambino - September 18th 2018 Wells Fargo Center - Philly Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks Back in 2012 when a little known actor/comedian named Donald Glover started ripping up stages rapping under the moniker of Childish Gambino, we here at Concert Confessions were the ones bringing you the goods from all over the country. We have the receipts. Fast forward to 2018 and Childish Gambino is literally the biggest thing in the world right now. He’s stated that this tour, the This Is America tour, ... Read More

Tarja: El Rey – Los Angeles, Ca 9/14/18

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Finnish singer Tarja Turunen is most famously known for fronting Finnish symphonic metal legends Nightwish from 1996 until her dismissal in 2005. In 2006, she started her solo career and since then has released seven studio albums (four rock, two Christmas, one classical). In 2016, she released her sixth studio album The Shadow Self and has been actively touring for the album. Since her departure from Nightwish, Tarja has not preformed in the USA until this year when she announced four exclusive ... Read More

Helloween: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, Ca 9/8/18

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German power metal legends and creators Helloween set out on the Pumpkins United World Tour. This tour was a special occasion because it featured the return of co-founder and guitarist Kai Hansen who left the band in 1988 to form power metal band, Gamma Ray. The tour also features the return of the band's best vocalist Michael Kiske who was fired from the band in 1993. With two of the band's key members returning, fans of the band could finally see the ... Read More

Napalm Death: Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, Ca 8/28/18

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     The sold out Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles was set for a night of amazing metal bands. On this Tuesday night, metalheads were blessed by Thrown Into Exile, Crematorium, Cattle Decapitation, and British grindcore legends Napalm Death. Los Angeles was not ready for this sh0w and the bands performing were more than ready to shred the night away as metalheads filled the venue ready for a good night. Up first was Los Angeles local band Thrown Into Exile. Having been around since 2011, ... Read More

Armored Saint: House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca – 8/17/18

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Heavy metal leaders Armored Saint went out on tour to perform their critically acclaimed fourth studio album Symbol of Salvation in its entirety. The band was originally formed in 1982 in Los Angeles by brothers Phil (lead guitar) and Gonzo (drums) Sandoval. The second to last stop on the tour was the Parish Room at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. The show sold out way ahead of time so for sure it was set to be a night filled with ... Read More

Ghoul: Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA – 8/12/18

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   The masked hooligans from Creepsylvania Ghoul made a stop on their Weapons of Mosh Destruction tour at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, California. A small, but intimate setting where chances are, the venue had no idea what it was in for. Ghoul is still touring in support of their newest album, Dungeon Bastards. If you've never experienced Ghoul live, you are in for a real gross treat. Two politicians came out on stage and started talking to the audience before unveiling the Necronomicon ... Read More

Twins Of Evil: Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson @ BB&T Pavilion 8/9/18

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  Twins Of Evil Tour: Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson - BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ - August 9th 2018 Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks      The Twins of Evil tour is coming to a town near you and you should most certainly go see it if you have the opportunity. That's what we did on Thursday as we trekked out to Camden and the BB&T Pavilion in the slums of The Dirty Jerz. I saw Manson for the first and only time three years ago with the Smashing ... Read More

Foreigner/Whitesnake: FivePoint Amphitheater – Irvine, Ca 8/1/18

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     Classic rock band Foreigner announced the Juke Box Heroes tour to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. They are one of the best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records and 14 top 20 Billboard hot chart hits. Joining them on this historic tour are the British hard rock band Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. The last stop on the tour was the newly opened FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, California. I missed Jason Bonham due ... Read More

Weezer & The Pixies @ BB&T Pavilion 7/21/2018 Camden,NJ

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Weezer & The Pixies - BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ - July 21st 2018 Words/Photos/Video - Jay Porks The second it was announced that Weezer was hitting the road with the Pixies there wasn't any doubt that it would be something featured here on Concert Confessions when it came around the way. Two of my favorites of all time if we're speaking honestly here. Weezer is as hot as they've ever been and that was my opinion even before they covered Africa. The Pixies are not ... Read More

The Black Dahlia Murder: House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca – 7/6/18

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  Fleshgod Apocalypse is a death metal band from Italy. In 2016, they released their fourth album King. On October 2017, their fan base was shocked when the band's longtime singer/guitarist Tommaso Ricardi exited the band. As a replacement, the band's drummer Francesco Paoli will return to being the guitarist/vocalist for the band as he was for the band's early days and first album. Taking over drums for this tour will be David Folchitto from the extrem metal band Stormlord. This would be ... Read More

Third Eye Blind @ The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Atlantic City) 7/5/2018

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Third Eye Blind - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, NJ - July 5th 2018 Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks There's a new(ly branded) hotel in Atlantic City that was literally made for nights like these. It's the brand new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the slotty slums of Dirty Jerz! We're here for Third Eye Blind. They're about to fly overseas to record a new record, but in the meantime they're playing this pop up show in AC while they plug their new ... Read More

Body Count (Ice-T) at the Marquee Theater (5/25/2018) Tempe, AZ

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      Fresh off the set of Law & Order: SVU, Ice-T made a fast getaway from the filming of next season's popular crime drama, on which he has played Detective Sgt Fin Tutuola since 1999, and traded in his NY badge for his iconic black LA baseball cap and black work gloves. From PD to OG, Ice-T is many things...Predictable is not one of them, but being a grand showman certainly is. Ice-T lit up the Marquee stage with long-time collaborator Ernie C. Together, ... Read More

Insomnium: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 6/6/18

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     Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Finland. In 2016, they released their seventh studio album titled Winter's Gate. The album is an interesting concept because it consists of a single 40-minute epic track, but is broken up into seven parts on the album. The album's story is said to be about "a group of vikings who set out to find a fabled island west of Ireland, despite the treacherous winter drawing near." Insomnium announced a North American tour and on ... Read More

Slayer: FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA – 5/11/18

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   Thrash metal legends Slayer recently announced that after over 35 years of making music, the band would embark on their farewell tour. To make sure that they went out with a bang, Slayer brought with them on tour some of the biggest bands in metal. It included Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament. The second stop on the tour was the newly built FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, California. SoCal was so ready for this show that it sold out just  days ... Read More

Municipal Waste: The Regent – Los Angeles, Ca – 4/27/18

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The weekend hails upon So-Cal and with only a month's notice, we are graced with the presence of Richmond's beloved Municipal Waste. Recently I was able to catch this spectacle with the Mr. Pickles tour opening for the Bay area's, Exodus which was nothing but a fantastic show. This evening in particular was just as epic. I've lost count on how many times I've witnessed a room go completely ballistic and its a sight to behold every time. My take on this ... Read More

Nightwish: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 4/12/18

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     Nightwish are a symphonic metal band from Finland. They are the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 9 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five number 1 albums and thirteen number 1 singles. On March 9, 2018 Nightwish released their newest 2CD compilation album Decades which contains remastered versions of the original material. With the release of the compilation album, Nightwish set out on a world tour with a very special setlist. This ... Read More

John 5: Discovery Ventura – Ventura, Ca 4/11/18

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Guitar extraordinaire John 5 released his first live album It's Alive on January 25th, 2018.  He is currently the guitarist for Rob Zombie and was also a longtime guitarist for Marilyn Manson. When he's not touring with Rob Zombie, John 5 focuses on his solo albums. He has released eight solo albums with the most recent one being Season of the Witch. All of John 5's albums are instrumental and have no vocals so he lets his guitar work do all the ... Read More

Nightwish at the Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ

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Listening to Nightwish is a lot like biting into a York Peppermint Pattie...you get the sensation of flying into their ethereal images and the feeling of fantastical transportation, weaving through a complex, otherworldly sonic tapestry. Their symphonic metal overtures transmute sound to adventure through a delicate alchemy of crunch and vigor gilded with elegance and intellect. Close your eyes and you're the hero in your own Skyrim or Finnish version of Final Fantasy. And that's just the album by itself.... Nightwish live is ... Read More

Bonded By Blood/Novareign: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca 3/29/18

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  Novareign are a progressive power/speed metal band from Los Angeles, Ca. On February 16, 2018; they released their debut album, Legends. For a few years, Novareign has been slowly, but surely reaching the top of the mountain as they've been conquering show after show and opening for big names such as Michael Schenker just recently at the Grove in Anaheim, California. On this day, they would perform at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go for the first time to a nicely packed ... Read More

Ministry: Ventura Theater – Ventura, Ca 3/23/18

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  Industrial metal legends Ministry released their highly anticipated fourteenth studio album AmeriKKKant on March 9th, 2018. The first single Antifa was first performed at the 2017 Blackest of the Black festival. Since the album's release, Ministry has been touring and are currently on their USA headlining tour featuring The God Bombs and Chelsea Wolfe. The second stop on the tour was the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California. Not too many metal bands come through to Ventura County so it's nice when ... Read More

Doyle: Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, Ca – 3/11/18

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Legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolgang von Frankenstein released his second album As We Die in 2017. When he's not touring with Misfits, Doyle is off on his solo tour with his bandmates unleashing hell on the road. To promote the album, Doyle embarked on a USA tour. One of the stops was at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip. This show was extra special as punks and metal heads came together and sold out the show. After enduring six ... Read More

Enslaved: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca – 3/10/18

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Norwegian black/extreme metal band Enslaved released their fourteenth album E in 2017. The title of the album represents the initial letter of the band's name. To promote the album as well as return to North American soil, Enslaved announced their tour as the headlining act of the 2018 Decibel Magazine tour. The tour also featured Khemmis, Myrkur, and Wolves in the Throne Room. The Observatory in Santa Ana, California would serve as the final stop on the tour on this rainy Saturday ... Read More

Exodus & Municipal Waste: House of Blues – Anaheim, Ca – 2/26/18

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 Exodus and Municipal Waste - Adult Swim's Thrashtacular Evening  House of Blues - Anaheim, CA (02/26/2018) Photos & Review by Hugo Juarez While most weekend warriors are trying to recover from their weekend's raging, the real spectacle was taking place in Anaheim. On this particular evening, we are granted with only the finest doses of speed, metal, adrenaline and great performances. Thrashtacular, an event hosted by Adult Swim promoting season 3 of the hit animated show ‘Mr. Pickles’ with the presence of Municipal Waste and headlining ... Read More

Third Eye Blind 02/11/2018 @ Xcite Center (Parx Casino) Bensalem, PA

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Third Eye Blind - February 11th 2018 Xcite Center @ Parx Casino - Bensalem, PA Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks + Mrs. Porks Every day there are more states legalizing gambling in some form or another. With new casinos opening up, that leaves many an opportunity for glorious concert venues to open inside said casinos. This weekend, an early Valentines Day celebration brought my girlfriend and I to the Xcite Center inside Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA for Third Eye Blind. I'd never write in a post ... Read More

Sabaton, Kreator, Exmortus: The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Ca – 2/9/18

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Swedish power metal band Sabaton released their newest album The Last Stand in 2016. Their name is a reference to a knight's foot armor. Since the release of the new album, Sabaton has been actively on tour in support of it. They treated their US fans by announcing a tour and their return since they last came in 2017. They didn't come alone, tho. They brought with them German thrash metal legends Kreator and Los Angeles-based thrash metal band, Exmortus. A bill ... Read More