Almost everyone in the rock n roll community and beyond has heard the name Alice Cooper at some point. He’s a legend in metal and rock n roll history having played thousands of shows and released many well known albums and singles. However a lesser known name up until recently in Nita Strauss. Nita is the current guitarist for Alice Cooper and is rapidly rising as one of the most talented metal and rock guitarist in music today. I came across Nita through a close friend and fellow guitarist who also admired her amazing skills. However, playing with Alice Cooper is not the only performing the Nita Strauss does. She also writes her own music with her own self titled solo project and has just wrapped up her tour with the New York City band Kore Rozzik. I was lucky enough to get the chance to shoot one of the stops of this tour when they made their way through Baton Rouge, LA. They played a small theater called the Varsity Theater, which is within only steps from the campus of LSU.
The Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA is one of the few small town venues left in the area for live music. Regardless of how small it is they always seem to draw big name acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, and Black Label Society. Being a concert photographer and fellow metal head I’m always looking for great acts, local and big name alike, to shoot. The Varsity Theater is one of the few good venues left that not only book amazing acts but also allow cameras without a press or photo pass. However, like many small venues, the lighting at most shows is less than ideal for photographers. Never the less, Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik tore the house down.
Supporting Nita on this tour was a New York City band named Kore Rozzik. Fronted by a singer known by the same name, Kore Rozzik took the New York City music scene by storm and rapidly rose among artist in the area. Also known as “The Bastard Child of New York”, he and his fellow band mates have created their imagery and stage presence based off of influences from such idols as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Megadeth. This band, however, was unknown to me before this show and I was skeptical upon first glance. With the face paint, props and outfits I was unsure about them until they began to play. All members of this band are very talented and showcased their talents from the start to the finish of their set making all of my questions vanish. This band is most definitely worth checking out for anyone who likes this type of metal.
If any of my fellow metalheads reading this article are looking for a new act to catch live or some new music to listen to I highly recommend checking out Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik.
Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper – 11/22/14 – Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
Review, photos and video by thenaturalstoner
When I think of all the cities up here in the great Northwest, I honestly feel like Spokane, Washington is the most ‘Mötley Crüe’ kind-of-town of them all, and last night saw the final show of the 2014 leg of the bands ‘Farewell Tour’ finally come to the sold-out Spokane Arena. With Alice Cooper on board to open the festivities, Vince Neil and Co. brought a huge 20 song set full of hits spanning their entire 30+ year career. From opening up with the relatively newer ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ and closing with the great ‘Home Sweet Home’, diehard Crue fans would be very pleased with the song selection, with the notable exception of the absent ‘Without You’ – where was that?!
There was actually a third band that opened the show, who we never got to see or hear because of the terribly lengthy lines of people trying to get in the venue and escape Spokane’s frosty winter temperatures. Once we finally got inside, saw some old friends, and got situated with beverages in hand, we made our way down to our floor seats right as Alice Cooper came out and opened with his classic ‘Hello Hooray’, my favorite Cooper tune (Judy Collins cover, be damned). Alice would continue on with ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, ‘Under My Wheels’, and hugely popular sing-along ‘I’m Eighteen’ to start our night.
I saw Alice Cooper a couple years ago, also in Spokane, and absolutely loved it. So I was pumped when this tour was announced and I got another chance to see him play close to home. Alice would make it pay off, continuing his set playing a plethora of big hitters, including ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’, ‘Feed My Frankenstein’, and another favorite of mine, ‘Ballad of Dwight Fry’. After a dozen or so songs, he would close out his opening set with ‘School’s Out > Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 > School’s Out’ with got the Spokane Arena in a pretty decent frenzy. The venue would explode, kind of literally, just a short time later however.
Once Mötley Crüe came on the stage, lit fireworks, and threw some fire balls around, everyone that had forgotten them was wishing they had brought their earplugs because this was determined to be a LOUD show. As previously mentioned, 2008’s ‘Saints of Los Angeles’ opened the set before ‘Wild Side’ really got the crowd going. Vince Neil sounded pretty good for these first couple songs, but as the night wore on his vocals became less and less notable. There were no backing tracks for him, as I had heard there might be, but there were a couple background singers helping (along with the numerous crowd sing-alongs) most of the night. Mötley Crüe has a huge stage setup, lots of fire and fireworks, plus Tommy Lee has his gigantic ‘Crüecifly’ drum rollercoaster that looms high above the crowd on the floor, so these dudes know how to put on a big arena rock show. But there were a couple things that didn’t quite ‘seem right’, for a lack of a better term. Vince’s vocals throughout the night were one of those things.
The set continued with plenty of hits and older songs including ‘Same Ol’ Situation’, ‘Dr. Feelgood’ and a raucous ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ cover, which I personally found a little odd (some people in the crowd didn’t even recognize the song). About two thirds through the set we got to the band member stories and solos, first with Nikki Sixx (from Jerome, Idaho!) telling the tale of how the band originally met in Los Angeles and then Tommy Lee getting his turn with the massive ‘Crüecifly’ system. This rollercoaster type track 50 feet above the crowd is one of the more impressive gadgets I have ever seen at a show. Tommy, and drum set, get to ride above the crowd while spinning upside down, shooting confetti, and drumming wild the whole time. My video doesn’t do the sound much justice, but I think it provides a pretty cool visual of the machine at work. Tommy got to go above and over the crowd to a platform near the back of the floor. He would then drum away as the machine went backwards above the crowd and back to the stage. Once his solo was over, Mick Mars got his turn with a scorching guitar solo of his own, which would lead back to the full band on the stage and blasting their first ever single from its debut Too Fast for Love album, ‘Live Wire’.
A few more songs would finish the set, including ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and the closing ‘Kickstart My Heart’. The Spokane Arena would give a huge ovation as the band took bows and walked off the stage. “Crüe! Crüe! Crüe!” chants would flow around the Arena as the band would eventually come back and walk through an aisle in the crowd towards Tommys platform in the middle of the floor to play the ‘Home Sweet Home’ encore everyone was hoping to hear. I have always been under the impression Tommy Lee played the piano live for this song, however the piano track started playing before Tommy had even sat down to the keys, which left a strange taste in my mouth. It also made me wonder what other parts of the show may not have been played live. Regardless, the fans loved the finale and the Crüe sent everyone home with big smiles on their faces and their ears ringing. I thought the set was pretty fun and I got to see several long lost friends which is always great, but I am not sure where this show lands on my “Top 10 Sets of the Year” list I am compiling. But I am totally glad I went and the band put on a huge stage production with lots of fun songs I have never seen live before.
The legendary shockstar, Alice Cooper, and The Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn Manson both set out for the inevitable opportunity for the two of them to tour together for the Masters of Madness Shock Therapy tour. I had just seen Marilyn Manson in February and I had an urge soon after to see him again but I didn’t think he’d come around again for a while so when I heard he was coming back so soon, I jumped at the opportunity. This was my first time seeing Alice Cooper and I had only heard about his shows and seen pictures/videos of his shows so knew more or less what to expect, but I wasn’t prepared to the madness that I was exposed to seeing him live. This was a night of pure madness and horror!
Up first was Marilyn Manson. Personally, I think he was better this time around than when I saw him in February. He just seemed more energized probably because it was early on in the tour instead of near the end of it. He opened with “Angel With The Scabbed Wings” which was nice to see him play that song and he changed his setlist from his previous tour. His songs included the grammy-nominated “No Reflection”, “The Dope Show”, “Sweet Dreams(Are Made of This)”, “Disposable Teens”, “This Is the New Shit”, “Irresponsible Hate Anthem”, and his most popular song, “The Beautiful People”. Manson had his usual stage props like walking on stilts, a giant wooden chair, a judge stand, and flashy lights.
Lately Marilyn Manson has been on the news lately due to an attempted suicide by Paris Jackson(Michael Jackson’s daughter) because she was unable to attend this show. Manson dedicated “Disposable Teens” to her as seen on my video:
For me, Alice Cooper was the highlight of the night. The guy is absolutely insane. I’ve read about his use of props which included 1 of his pet large snakes, a guillotine, electric chair, and put in a straitjacket.
I was very surprised at how well he performed for a 65-year-old man. He performed and sounded much better than bands I’ve seen that are 20-30 years younger than him. I haven’t seen someone’s live performance shock me the way he did in a while. He opened up and started with “classicks” such as “No More Mr. Nice Guy”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Under My Wheels”, and “Poison”. Later on the show he did the more spooky sounding songs like “Welcome to My Nightmare”, “Ballad of Dwight Fry”, and “Feed My Frankenstein”.
His live show was similar to that of a horror movie, you felt like you were in an insane asylum. Some of the highlights were: 1. During “Is It My Body” he brings out his pet Red-Tail Boa. 2: in “Feed My Frankenstein he dresses up as a mad scientist that gets setup into an electric chair and is electrocuted to which after, a giant Frankenstein monster comes out singing which was awesome. 3: Following his electrocution, he is put into a straitjacket and performs “Ballad of Dwight Fry” where he lets out the psychotic mental patient in him and goes berserk and even chokes his nurse. 4: After being restrained, Alice Cooper is placed in a guillotine where he is beheaded in front of everyone! How he did it? I have no idea but it was gruesome to watch and after that the band proceeded to play “I Love The Dead” on their own. They finished with one of his anthems, “School’s Out”, or so we thought before coming out for an encore.
The night ended with his classic, “I’m Eighteen” and he was joined on stage by Marilyn Manson for a duet to end this awesome night. Seeing these two shockstars in one night made for one unforgettable night.
A few nights ago in Spokane, WA (or Airway Heights as the locals would call it), our pals Mr Sparkly and TheNaturalStoner took in an epic, career spanning Alice Cooper set; full of everything you can ask for. Since then I’ve had one obsession: Orianthi . Damn am I hooked on her. Anyway,”channeling her inner Nancy Wilson of Heart circa 1984″ as Mr Sparkly put it, Alice Cooper and Co. were on Conan tonight. Better news: There’s a web exclusive. The band performed “I’ll Bite Your Face Off” while I starred hoping I can do such to Orianthi. Video Courtesy of Team Coco. Check It it:
Alice Cooper at the Northern Quest Casino – Airway Heights, WA – 11/17/2012
On Saturday night, The Natural Stoner (TNS) and I made our way over to the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA to see the legendary Alice Cooper. I had wanted to see Cooper for years, but sadly never got around to going one of his shows before. Yeah, I know, I’ve only had more than thirty years to make that happen. However, after watching the stream of his 2012 Bonnaroo set, I knew that I would be there the next time he played the northwest.
TNS and I arrived at the casino a couple hours before the show started. I figured we would grab a few drinks, tour the casino floor, and maybe win some cash along the way (unfortunately, that last one didn’t quite play out). So we strolled around the casino, checked out the merch table (t-shirts started at $40), and wasted time until the show began at 7:30 p.m.
We headed into the venue and took our seats at about 7:25 p.m. I had a nice little buzz going and was ready to have a great night rocking out to some awesome Alice Cooper hits. The lights dimmed and Cooper hit the stage to the unmistakable guitar opening of Hello Hooray. The sold-out 1,300-seat theater erupted in cheers, especially from TNS who had been hoping for months that this song was back in the set list after it apparently went missing from some of his shows over the summer.
The ninety-minute set was packed with classic Alice Cooper hits such as Welcome to my Nightmare, I’m Eighteen, Poison, and School’s Out. What really made it all worth it for me was the four-pack of songs that I had wanted to hear—the previously mentioned opener Hello Hooray, Under my Wheels, Be My Lover, and a song that forever is burned into my childhood memory as a result of watching Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives about a hundred times, He’s Back (the Man Behind the Mask).
The show had everything you would expect from an Alice Cooper show, including strapping on a gas mask and then morphing into a giant Frankenstein’s monster during Teenage Frankenstein. Of the many highlights throughout the night, one that will stand out for many is Cooper’s twenty-minute Raise the Dead tribute to Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Keith Moon by covering Break on Through (to the Other Side), Revolution, Foxy Lady, and My Generation, respectively.
Cooper is the original master of the macabre and has been influential to many artists over the past forty years. There are not many performers who can still work a crowd the way Cooper does, puting on one hell of a rock show. Backed by a great band, and with such an extensive catalog of hits, Alice Cooper brought fans to their feet with an amazing experience. For those of us who were lucky enough to be there, it was a show that we will remember for a long time.
2012 Ottawa RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Announces Lineup
We get a ton of email daily from Canadian citizens crying over the lack of festivals in their nation. Okay that is a giant lie I don’t think anyone from Canada has ever seen the site. That is also a lie. Regardless, another hour has passed and we have another festival to share with you. This one is in Ottawa which is in Canada and it lasts twelve days. It used to be called the Ottawa Bluesfest, but they decided to change the name to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. Now I will shut up and tell you who the hell is playing but only after I link you to the official site here so you can buy tickets and stuff. Oh and shockingly enough, Girl Talk is nowhere to be found on this lineup.
Tangerine Dream, Tiesto, Alan Doyle, Riot Police, Fishbone, AWOLNATION, Fet.Nat, The Melvins, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Loon Choir, Akron Family, Billy Brag
Charles Bradley, LMFAO, Fevers, The Strain, Plants and Animals, Mister Parker, Cole, Paul Oakenfold, Dry River Caravan, Johnny Sansone and Monkeyjunk
Conor Oberst, City and Colour, Freelance Whales, David Gray, Kalle Mattson, Arkells, Kid SL, !!!, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, Charles Bradley, Lake Street Dive, Winchester Warm
Monster Truck, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Rory Gardiner, Hellbros, Sparrows, The Bright Light Social Hour, Marcia Ball, Lynn Drury, Toronzo Cannon, The Flats, Autumn’s Canon, Matt Dorgan Project, Philly Moves, DJ Illo, Mustard Pimp, MSTRKRFT, Downhere, Newworldson, Building 429, City Harmonic, She’s The One
The Peptides, Jeff Rogers, The Bright Light Social Hour, Norah Jones, Seal, The Wooden Sky, Walk Off The Earth, Shred Kelly, Ashley Crnic, Amanda Bon, Keek, Orgone, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, Down With Webster, Chromeo, A Tribe Called Red, Drastik, Lukas Nelson, Flight Distance, Toronzo Cannon, Lynn Drury, TJ Wheeler, Deep Dark Woods, James Vincent McMorrow, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Downchild Blues Band, Brea Lawrenson, Josef Pollock, Lucas Haneman, Tyler Kealy
I Mother Earth, My Darkest Days, Nickleback
Snoop Dogg, Zoo Legacy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jesse Greene Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Deltron 3000, Chali 2na, Zeus, Damon Fowler, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Oliver Mtukudzi
Thievery Corporation, Grimes, Big Wreck, Youth Lagoon, Good Old War, The Claytones, Blitzen Trapper, Rich Aucoin, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys, Cody Allen Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Cassie Taylor
The Pack A.D., John Mellencamp, The Love Machine, Sam Roberts Band, The White Wires, The Hold Steady, The Sheepdogs, Ariyan, Adam K, Arty, Terry Gillespie, Karen Lovely, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Jordan Cook AKA Reignwolf, Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo, Become The Sun, Rudeboy, Dirty Heads, Young The Giant, Grandtheft, Drop The Lime, A-Trak, Mother’s Children, Bettye Lavette, Hey Rosetta!
Skrillex, Beirut, Mastodon, Monophonics, Handsome Furs, Dirty Projectors, Fire and Neon, Tyga, The Souljazz Orchestra, 10CC, Shemekia Copeland, Amalgamation, Kelly Richey, Pat “Hatrack” Gallagher, Sound of Lion, Spencer Scharf
The Ethics, Monophonics, K’naan, Metric, The Weeknd, Young Empires, The Bush Pilots, Birthday Girls, Victor Nesrallah, July Talk, The Balconies, Chains of Love, Detroit Cobra, The Trews, Wolfgang Gartner, Felix Cartal, Bzrk, Lazybones, Monkeyjunk, Current Swell
Iron Maiden Bring “Maiden England” Tour To North America
Finally some tour news we are excited about. Iron Maiden has just announced details for their North American Summer Tour. Dubbed the “Maiden England” tour, the band plans to recreate their 1988 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son concert film.
When asked about the trek (which kicks off June 21st in Charlotte, NC) Iron Maiden front man (and commercial pilot) Bruce Dickinson had the following to say:
“Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of ‘Maiden England’, including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly!”
Tickets for the tour go on sale in early March. Alice Cooper will be opening for all dates until July 19. Coheed and Cambria will be opening for dates after July 19.
Iron Maiden “Maiden England” tour dates:
6/21 – Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/23 – Atlanta, GA, Aarons Amphitheatre
6/26 – Boston, MA, Comcast Center
6/27 – Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
6/29 – Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
6/30 – Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
7/2 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/5 – Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank
7/8 – Quebec, QC, Colisee Pepsi Arena
7/11 – Montreal, QC, Bell Center
7/13 – Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre
7/14 – Sarnia, ON, Bayfest
7/16 – Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/18 – Detroit, MI, DTE Music Theatre
7/19 – Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Centre
7/24 – Winnipeg, MB, MTS Center
7/26 – Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
7/27 – Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
7/29 – Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
7/30 – Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
8/1 – Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/3 – San Francisco, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/6 – Phoenix, AZ, Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
8/9 – Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/12 – Albuquerque, NM, Hard Rock Pavilion
8/13 – Denver, CO, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
8/15 – San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
8/17 – Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/18 – Houston, TX, The Woodlands
As always the lineup for the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester Tennessee is nothing short of impressive. Headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Phish, the festival is set to take place June 7th-10th, 2012. Other highlights on the bill include Alice Cooper, St. Vincent and a reunited Ben Folds Five.
With the first two price levels already sold out, you best get your tickets soon as this annual event almost always sells out. If you have a little bit of extra cash after buying your ticket, perhaps you can send some to our youngest Concert Confessions family member Jakob who is trying to make it to his first Bonaroo. Click here to help him out.
For more information on everything Bonnaroo, please check out the official site by clicking here. Check out some past footage of Bonnaroo from our pal BeeZnutZbelow.
As of 03/12/2012 Bands added to the Festival’s lineup include: Danzig Legacy, Puscifer, Santigold, The Temper Trap, fun., and The Cave Singers
The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards
04/08/10 – Club Nokia: Los Angeles, CA
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OK, I admit it, I totally geeked out last night. In the deep trenches of confusion over guest lists vs. will call along with a “black” carpet ceremony, I was informed that my press credentials were at the VIP table. So I head into to the clusterfuck that is the VIP area outside Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles when I became the meat of a rock royalty sandwich. On my left side is the King of Darkness – Ozzy Osbourne and his people. To my right were Slash and his entourage, trying to get through. In front of me stood God himself – Motorhead mad man Lemmy Kilmister. Looking me straight in the eyes I simply said to the famed Rainbow Room resident “I don’t think I belong here”. He told me he felt the exact same way. It was this moment that I realized that the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods would be a far superior experience compared to last years inaugural event.
Once inside the venue, the show kicked off with co hosts Andrew W.K. and six time WWE champ Chris “Y2J” Jericho doing test shots for the TV telecast. It was at this point that the violent aggressive meatheads in the crowd (and much like last year, there were plenty of ‘em) began to boo Andrew W.K. – something that would occur all evening. If 2010 is my year to discover Andrew W.K (as I hope to catch him this summer on Warped Tour), let’s just say it didn’t get off to a good start. It’s not that he was bad, it’s well, and actually yeah he was bad.
As far as the presenters go, there were some truly amazing moments. While I won’t tell you who won (ok, so there is a spoiler or two below, but you get the idea), the action was non stop all night. From Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie presenting together to Marilyn Manson bringing up the fight of the West Memphis 3, seeing so many stars in one place on one night was truly magical. But you can catch all that on VH1 Classics in May; my job is to share with you what went down on stage from some of Metal’s biggest acts.
The first musical act of the night was legendary rock God – Slash. Playing in support of his just released self-titled record, the axe slinger welcomed a plethora of guests to the rotating stage. First at bat was Andrew Stockdale of the band Wolfmother. It’s amazing to me, no matter how hard he tries, this guy just fails. While his vocals sounded fine on “By The Sword” – between the outfit, the moves and just looking like a scared child at the schools music recital, I was not impressed. Thankfully I was able to drown out is Robert Plant rip off vocals and focus on Slash (who believe it or not I have never once seen perform live). Alter Bridge and Slash’s touring front man Myles Kennedy came out next for a song I believe is called “Back From Cali”. I am not very familiar with Alter Bridge, but lets just say Kennedy has indeed undergone a Sunset Strip makeover since teaming up with Slash, and it worked. His voice sounded great, the song kicked all kinds of tail end and I could easily enjoy a full set with him behind the mic.
From this point on, the set went from solid to superb. He may have told me he didn’t belong, but when Lemmy joined Slash on stage for a rocking version of “Doctor Alibi” well lets just say he sure as hell didn’t seem out of place. As soon as the last chords wrapped up from the final “Slash” original of the night, the bands bassist and drummer quickly exited the stage. As soon as a bass was slapped on to Lemmy, Dave Grohl snuck behind the large kit and the band busted out the Motorhead classic “Ace of Spades.” This was hands down the musical highlight of the night. Watching the three living legends bash out one of the top 10 heavy metal juggernauts of all time was a once in a lifetime moment that I am truly thankful to have witnessed.
AS I LAY DYING
It’s crazy to think that these San Diego thrashers have been on the scene for almost a decade now. In a lot of ways, they are responsible for me revisiting my love for metal after years and years of only listening to jam bands like Phish and moe. Having seen the band at least a half dozen times over the years, the highlight of the brief three song set was the debut of a song from their upcoming record The Powerless Rise. The songs title is “Beyond Our Suffering” and let me just say it is brutal. The duel guitar attack of Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa never lets up, and give the perfect backdrop for the deep growl of vocalist Tim Lambesis. From the opening number “Confined” to the set closing “The Sound of Truth”, sadly three songs in fifteen minutes is just not enough As I Lay Dying for me. With the earlier mentioned album about to hit record stores, I can’t wait to catch these guys headline later in the year.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
I have now seen The Devil Wears Prada three times. I am sure they are nice kids, but they just don’t do it for me. The breakdowns are cool, but I feel the vocals of Mike Hranica are a bit weak and the entire thing just feels forced. The band opened with “Danger: Wildman” and did a nice job of having songs segue into each other. Their breif set closed with “Assistant To The Regional Manager” which you can view below.
I have an open invitation to any The Devil Wears Prada fans. I feel like I want to like these guys, but I am missing something. If you catch these guys on the road later this year, send us a review, tell us what the appeal is, because I am cleary missing it.
THE BRIAN POSEHN ALL STARS
Last years host returned to the stage at Club Nokia, this time to perform a track from his recent comedy/metal record – Fart & Weiner Jokes. Backing Mr. Poshen (who for the record is a kind and wonderful human being) was Drummer John Tempestra (Testament, White Zombie) bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), guitarists Brendon Smalls (Dethklok), Scott Ian (Anthrax, SOD) and my ex girlfriend* Brett Anderson (The Donnas) on backing vocals. What’s sad is despite being totally sober, and watching the same song performed twice (you have to love TV tapings eh?); I can’t even tell you what it was called. I think it’s probably because I couldn’t stop staring at Brett. I mean dude, wow she is hot and she had some very sexy boots on. Ok, all stalker tendencies aside, the song was basically what you would expect from this group of talented thrashers. Anchored down by Vera and Tempestra, the song (which produced the largest pit of the night, go figure) was some silly diatribe about being more metal than you. During the second take, I saw perhaps the most disturbing thing all night. Some juice head d-bag in an affliction shirt and his Rock of Love reject girlfriend picked a fight with some skinny screamo kid. As the trailer trash repeatedly smacked this poor kid, the same thug bouncers who had a kid arrested from consuming cannabis laughed as this poor kid was attacked for no good reason. Just another excuse for me to hate everything that is Club Nokia at LA Live.
I could write a novel on how rotten Dino Cazares is. However, he strikes me as the type of guy who is lame enough and petty enough to sue me for slander. So instead of telling you stories about him throwing out homophobic remarks at the Rainbow Room staff or how I once watched him flipped out and refused to sign an autograph for members of the Armed Forces on leave from Iraq, I will just tell you this. For me, Fear Factory died when Burton and Dino kicked Christian and Raymond out of the band. From here on out, I refuse to call them by that name in print until the situation is made right. So for those who choose to support those two no talent ass clowns, I will tell you this about their performance. Before the band played two new songs, and “Replica” (complete with Burton “Bon Jovi Hair” C Bell and his trademark flat and off-key vocals) Vinnie Paul and Joey Jordison presented an award (spoiler alert) for best drummer to the late Avenged Sevenfold skin pounder James “The Rev” Sullivan. As his family was accepting the award on his behalf, Dino (who was getting ready to perform) peaked from behind the revolving stage and was doing this “I am so cool dig me routine”. It was rude and disgusting, yet completely expected from the likes of Dino Cazares. I know I am not alone in rolling my eyes anytime Cazares is riding coattails backstage, and I know many who agree with me that he is a pathetic piece of shit. Heck, I am sure there was a reason he got the boot from FF in the first place. So while I did watch Fat Factory perform, they were the only band I didn’t shoot video or photos of, as they were not worth the space on the memory card. Lets hope this bastardization of a once great band doesn’t last very long. Likewise, Christian and Raymond, I hope you win your lawsuit against these guys.
Now that I am done getting the negative out, how about we do something positive? Lets talk about Marilyn Manson. Here is my take on Mr. Brian Warner. Very smart guy who makes crappy music. So the fact I got to hear him speak about something as important as the West Memphis 3 was a treat indeed.
I saw Rob Zombie twice in the late 1990’s and was not impressed either time. He seemed to be out of breath the entire time and just seemed to not be feeling the crowd and music. Not being a fan of the original Hellbilly Deluxe mixed with me being butt hurt over the break up of Rob Zombie, I walked away. Over the next decade, when not running into Mr. Zombie at Baja Fresh, I have pretty much ignored him, his music and his movies (I did catch the tail end of Halloween at Festival 8, which was a blast seeing as I had a blank space where my mind should be). Recently, a copy of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 ended up on my desk and I decided I needed a laugh and put it on. You can imagine my shock when instead of laughing; I actually really enjoyed the album.
Closing out the show, Zombie (armed with main axe man John 5 as well as the live debut of new drummer – the extraordinary Joey Jordison of Slipknot) took to the stage and bitched out the crowd. Backed with Bud Light ads and banners for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show (which is supposed to air April 22nd), Zombie ranted and raved about how dead the crowd was and how they didn’t have to play if they were not showed respect. My initial thoughts were- Great, here we go again another dreadful performance. After a “Zombie” chant failed to take hold and fans began throwing garbage across the venue, actor Danny Trejo came out on stage, ripped off his shirt and left. The confused crowd just stood around and collectively said “wait, that was that dude from that movie wasn’t it?” Zombie and band mates followed and ripped into a rocking version of “More Human Than Human”. I have to be honest, I don’t think I have ever seen Jordison play so slowly, ha-ha. From there, Mr. Zombie mentioned how he knew the fans didn’t want to hear new music, but he had to play just one song. Thankfully, he picked my favorite from the new album “Mars Need Woman”. With larger than life moves, Zombie owned the stage, stomping in tune to the thunderous riffs of John 5.
The band once again left the stage as roadies tore down all the Bud Light/Jimmy Kimmel flare. Upon the return to the stage, Zombie kept true to his word and played exciting and well executed versions of “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “Dragula”. By this point, he had the fans in his pocket, as the crowd pogo and bounced off each other. Thrilled, Zombie decided to close the night with some OT fees for the union boys. Declaring he would raise hell if the PA turned off, Zombie screamed “Superbeast” and not missing a beat the three piece backing band dove straight into the original Hellbilly number.
While it was only five songs, Rob Zombie’s headline set at the 2010 Golden Gods triumphed over the other sets of his I have witnessed. The man has grown leaps and bounds as a performer, is energized and has a backing band that simply destroys. It almost makes me wish I was heading out to the land of the dirt people to catch him on Mayhem later this summer.
If the first annual Golden Gods was a massive embarrassment, the second annual Golden Gods is clearly on the right path. We have BET awards, Country Music Awards and the laugh out loud loser-fest known as The Grammy Awards®. While there were a few issues, the show never had a dull moment (compared to the massive wait between bands/awards etc last year). The fact that fans were able to vote for the winners versus record companies paying for awards was a brilliant idea, as was the rotating stage for bands. With a full TV camera crew and a presenter’s podium that stuck out into the crowd, I really can’t wait to relive this wonderful night on VH1 Classic in May. Cheers Golden Gods Awards – thanks for a wonderful night, I can’t wait to see you next year.
*Ok, sure she may have grown up a few miles from me, but sadly I dated a gal from Gunn High School, not Paly. Hey, I can dream right?