The Lonely Wild
Vintage Vinyl 03.06.14
Before thier show later that evening at The Old Rock House, The Lonely Wild came to Vintage Vinyl in The Delmar Loop for a intimiate performance. I was lucky enough to of caught the instore put on by Royal Teeth earlier that day so I hung around the famous loop and grabbed a bite to eat. It was a bright, very sunny day in St. Louis the perfect weather for getting out of the house for some new music.
After lunch I made it back to Vintage Vinyl about a half hour before the 4 p.m start time. If you ever get time to check out Vintage give yourself extra browsing time as they have a amazing collection no matter your taste. It is truely a gem, you should see it first hand.
The five piece band ran through a fast soundcheck, grabbed some beers and started up. Schlafly Beer was on hand once again to those of us 21 and up. It is always a nice treat to have a ice cold locally brewed beer.
The Lonely Wild are based in California, they are on tour promoting their newest release ” The Sun As It Comes ” on Thirty Tigers records. It is out now and you can buy it on Itunes here: http://bit.ly/1kf6ZhN
The band played for about 20 minutes and reminded everyone to check them out later that night. I thought they had a great performance had not for having plans I would of loved to attend their full live gig that night.
Before leaving most people got their second Schlafly sample (who could resist?) and stay to chat with the ever friendly members of the band. I am very lucky to have caught this show I feel very blessed.
Thank you Vintage Vinyl, Thank You The Lonely Wild, and Thank you Schlafly for supporting both music and St. Louis in general.
Road To Paid Dues, The Gramophone, 03/05/13
Photo’s/Words : BeezNutzSTL
Paid Dues is a independent hip hop festival held annually in Pomona, California. This week some of my favorite artist came out to rock The Gramophone in St. Louis on The Road To Paid Dues tour. Thanks to my good friends Kathy and Curtis, I have known about and been a fan of Prof for years now.
My friends Kathy, Curtis and I all decided to meet up and ride downtown together. That way we would save that gas money for better things, such as drinks and merch. We got to The Gramophone around 9:30, went inside and headed straight to the bar. Which was where I met my new friend Anna. We had both came to the show to see Prof and we ended up hanging out most of the night. A beer later I found my spot just in time for Black Cloud Music who was taking the stage.
Black Cloud Music is a indepedent record label based in Island Empire, California founded in 2006. They were represented by two of the members Noa James ” The Intelligent, Elegant, Elephant ” and Curtiss King who made a reference to himself looking like Sinbad which was funny. They both were dope, had great lyrics and played well off each other. I watched the entire set and was very impressed. Noa commanded everyone’s attention and respect when he rapped acapella and his words boomed off the back brick walls.
They rocked for 30 plus minutes and got the crowd hyped up. It was a nice sized crowd packed into the smaller venue. We headed outside for a minute to cool off between acts. Fashawn was the next man to the stage. As soon as Fashawn touched the mic he got right to work. My friends and I all liked him, and you could hear people around us remarking how dope he was between songs. He rapped about life, California, weed and girls. Fashawn started ” G’s Up ” by asking ” By a show of hands who knows where the good weed is in St. Louis? ”
Fashawn made a lot of fans, my friends and I included. After Fashawn left the stage I held down our spots while everyone went for merch and drinks. Anna came back with beers, and shots. While Curtis and Kathy went and got some merch including a fresh Dj Fundo T-shirt. As soon as Dj Fundo walked out and started scratching records the party was on. Prof has a unmatched energy level on stage and his shows are just crazy start to finish. He opened with ” Gampo ” off his newest official release ” King Gampo ” which had the people that knew him rapping along, while everyone else was bouncing.
Prof has so much fun with his music and it spread like fire through the small venue. One of my favorite songs ” President ” was in the midway through the set and was a highlight of the show for me. During a song break Anna got Prof’s attention and told him she bought him Jameson. He was super excited and said she looked like a mob daugther. She promised him that her mob father wouldn’t put a hit on him, if he hit on her. In exchange for the shots Prof personally thanked her and then serenaded her with some R. Kelly. Then they both slammed down the shots, made for a very memorable part of the show. As always Dj Fundo, kept it fun on the Turntables chiming in with funny stage banter throughout the night.
Everytime Prof comes back around the crowd is bigger, and he has stepped it up. Two of my favorite Prof tracks closed out the set ” On My Way ” which was on the first Prof cd I ever got. He followed that up with my favorite track off King Gampo ” Yeah Buddy ” which got a great crowd response each chorus. This show made me feel great, and it wasn’t even over yet. I looked over and Anna was glowing, her night was made. The look of amazement was spread evenly across the room. Just wait till he comes back through he will have a lot more St. Louis fans and be in a bigger venue.
“ My fans are like pyros spreadin’ fires you already heard about him ” – PROF – AMAZING
Coming into this show, my knowledge was extremely limited on the headliner of the evening Murs. The Los Angeles based rapper has been making music since 1995 and has a long track record of appearances, and features. He walked on stage backed by Dj Foundation and won me over immediately, he has a awesome stage presence and his music was dope. The song ” Better Than The Best ” featured some awesome word play and a catchy beat. I also really enjoyed the ” O.J ” song which was about breakups. During one point he slowed down the song to talk to the crowd about relationships before bouncing back into the rest of the song remixed with a outkast beat. He also paid respect to the legend Nate Dogg by doing a brief piano backed cover of ” Regulators “. The crowd sang every word and we all stopped for a second to remember Nate Dogg, R.I.P.
He brought back out Fashawn again, which was cool. Fashawn really impressed me so it was a welcome sight to have him back on stage. Together Murs and Fashawn teamed up for some really great live hiphop. Everyone in my group with the exception of myself had to work the next morning. Which meant for me that we had to leave before Murs finished his set. I wanted to stay, but it was time to roll. We said our goodbyes and hit the door.
The show front to back was solid, the definition of live hip hop at its very best. You owe it to yourself to check this tour out when it rolls through your town. Be sure to check out the links below and show these artist some love. The Gramophone did a great job with this show, the lights, sound and staff were all on top of their game. This easily was one of my favorite shows of the year.
Till Next Time…..
Thank you!!!: Stophouse, Black Cloud Music, Fashawn, Murs, The Gramophone, Curtis, Kathy, Devon, Thank you Anna for the Beer! Thank you to everyone who read and shared this.
Soul Asylum The Old Rock House 1/30/13
Words/Photos By BeezNutzStl
I have always liked Soul Asylum, they remind me of good times in my childhood. I never got to see them during the 90’s and missed them every time since. They had just came out with a new album last year. When I heard they were coming to one of my favorite places in St. Louis, I jumped on the chance to go. The Old Rock House is the perfect place for a band like them, big enough to sell a bunch of tickets. Yet small enough so its a big party, it’s a awesome venue for music. Featuring 3 Levels, 2 Bars, and 2 Bathrooms makes it comfortable to see a show. They have always been extra nice to me, and its always a good time there.
Soul Asylum fronted by founding member Dave Pirner took to the stage a little before 10 p.m while a lot of the crowd was finding the way inside. They started the set with ” Somebody To Shove ” off of the mutli-platinum album ” Grave Dancers Union ” which came out in 1992. It was hard to believe it had been that long, they played a diverse set list and had the crowd feeling the music. I saw so many smiles it was unbelievable. Prior to the show I had bought and listened to the new album and they did a few of my favorite songs from it. The new album is called ” Delayed Reaction ” and it is instores now if you would like to hear it.
Up next they tried a new song on us ” Gravity ” which is from the new album ” Delayed Reaction . They really sound good together on this new stuff and the band plays off each other well. Dave was rocking some thrashed up jeans that looked as if they must of came from the 90’s and drummer Michael Bland was rocking a sick mo-hawk. They all looked really cool, and just as you would expect them to.
Dave’s voice sounded great live, just like you remembered it on the radio. They played the songs ” Pipe Dream ” and ” Into The Light ” which are both new songs. It was cool to hear the difference in the old and new material. I would recommend getting the new album. I am glad I did, made the show more enjoyable to me.
Dave is quite the joker on stage, he has a lot of fun with the crowd. Which should make for a interesting rest of these exhausting tour dates. They followed the new stuff up with some classics ” Black Gold ” was up next and had everyone singing along, dancing and it felt amazing to be part of. Next he said they just came up with a new song on the bus that day, and played ” Runaway Train ” the crowd ate it up. It was so great to be in that room at that moment, so many people just had this euphoric look on their faces. It was priceless, nowhere else I would rather be.
After a few more song they left the stage briefly, they came back up and Dave started talking about how he wrote the next song about our state. The crowd laughed and we knew that ” Misery ” was up next. That song is from the album ” Let Your Dim Light Shine ” which came out in 95. They chose to end the set with another song from that album ” Just Like Anyone ” which closed out the night and sent people paying their bar tabs.
After the show I was feeling incredible. Soul Asylum really made it into a party and played a great show. Everyone left happy, I waited around after the show and talked to Dave. We talked about his ripped up jeans, music, and just a bunch of fun things. He was really easy to talk to and enjoyed being around his fans. He posed for pictures and signed autographs for as many people that wanted one. He went out of his way to be cool to everyone he met. I hope I see them back here soon, I can’t wait to see them again.
Make sure you go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” you will be glad you did. You can find it online, instores or at one of the many, many shows they have booked across America this year. For a list of tour dates you can find Soul Asylum here:
Go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” You will be glad you did.
Soul Asylum 01/30/13 The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO.
1. Somebody To Shove
2. I Will Still Be Laughing
3. Can’t Even Tell
5. Whatcha Need
7. Leave This Town
9. Pipe Dream
10. Into The Light
11. The Streets
12. Without A Trace
13. Black Gold
14. Runaway Train
15. Closer To The Stars
16. Made To Be Broken
17. Stand Up And Be Strong
19. Just Like Home.
Till next time.
Thank You to : Wes, The Old Rock House, Dave, Soul Asylum, Airika, Bradley and everyone that came out. Thanks.
Blueprint, Mad Dukes, Mathias and The Pirates
The Firebird 11/29/12
Words/Photos/Videos : BzNtz
I must admit, I feel bad for sleeping on Blueprint for as long as I did. With some many choices in music these days, its easy for great artist be over looked. A few years back I saw a show he did with Atmosphere and he stole the show for me. He has so much depth, passion and great lyrics in his music. His beats are alive with his pulse, because he puts heart and soul into his music.
The holidays are fast approaching, which meant I could not afford to ask off work anymore. I decided if fate gave me a night off, I would go to this show. Well it didn’t give me a night off, but I did manage to get off work sooner than expected. So I made a late dash to The Firebird in St. Louis, MO to catch a great hip hop show.
As I was pulling up to the brick building that houses The Firebird. It was easy to hear deep bass vibrating the walls. I was somewhat worried I had show up too late. It was difficult to tell through the thick walls if this was Blueprint on stage, or not. I was a bit late as it was 10:15 when I showed up. Just my luck however, I had made it in perfect time. One of my local favorites Mathias and The Pirates were on stage and I got to catch the last few songs.
They were great to watch and were a good way to start my evening. Mathias has been rapping in St. Louis for a very long time, he was part of the award winning hip hop group The Earthworms. Lately he has been on a lot of shows doing his solo projects which are equally as dope.
Up next from New York was Mad Dukez. He has a new video for a very entertaining song called ” Animal “. Mad Dukez is from Buffalo, NY and represents DTR45 records. He was very bouncy, and hype on stage.
I really enjoyed his set closing song ” Stupid Hard “. I thought his show was dope, and I can’t wait till he comes back to the Midwest. I enjoyed the downtime between sets and caught up with old friends in the crowd.
That brought up the main act of the evening Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove. He took about 5 minutes to hook up effect pedals, and a keyboard and beat machine. Then he told the crowd ” I am gonna work hard to make you guys feel good about coming out on a Thursday night, Thank you “. He would not disappoint the small, but fun crowd in attendance.
Coming out of Columbus, OH and representing Rhymesayers Ent. Blueprint got right to work, he spits his lyrics in a raw, easy to understand tone. His subjects are real, they can be a story, they can just be fun, but he has a unmistakable confindance when he raps that draws people in. For the next hour the stage was Blueprint’s. Early in the set, he played one of my favorites ” The Clouds “. The song is very personal and very unconventional because it has no hook or chorus.
He dropped great track, after great track, spanning all of his albums. Since 2003 Blueprint has released album after album. Also he has appeared on various hip hop projects. Neeless to say Blueprint carries quite the body of work with him when he tours. During some songs Blueprint picked up his keyboard and used it like a guitar. DJ Rare Groove made sure everything was fresh, and added dope cuts throughout the night.
He rocked some of my favorite songs this tour, like the one about selling weed. The song is called ” Neighborhood Weed Man ” he started the song off by talking about how many songs are about smoking weed while hardly any are wrote about selling weed. The song features what sounds like Method Man saying ” Roll that shit, light that shit, smoke it ” and it is easily a great baking jam.
He also played the timeless classic ” Big Girls Need Love Too ” which before he started joked that is the number one song in South America. ” I can’t walk the streets of Hondurus because of this song “. It is a great song, filled with great lines. Just listen.
Blueprint got off stage and headed to the merch booth, where he sold T-shirts and copies of his new cd ” The Deleted Scenes ” which is a b-side record of all the cuts that didn’t make the ” Adventures in Counter Culture ” release. What is remarkable about Blueprint is that he has a amazing memory. Right way he remembered me, and he started a conversation about the last show I was at of his. I made sure to buy the new cd, and thanked him from coming back to St. Louis. He thanked me.
That doesn’t happen a lot anymore, he cares about his fans and it shows. This was a great hip hop show, Blueprint brings it everytime. If he stops in your hood, hand over that 10 dollars and go see this show. You wont regret it.
Thanks to : Blueprint, DJ Rare Groove, Mad Dukez, Mathias and The Pirates, The Firebird and everyone who was there.
3oh!3 St. Louis, MO
Rock N’ Roll Marathon, 11/02/12
I can remember back to the 08′ warped tour, and how 3oh!3 was on that tour. They had a new CD that was supposed to drop on that tour, it had leaked before the release date. Instead of bitching, 3oh!3 burnt copies of the new CD on CDR signed them and sold them for 5 bucks. My friend Steve has one of these, he was the one to introduce me to the band that day. The performances I saw in 08′ were great and I was instantly a fan.
I had not heard much from them since the release of the latest album ” Streets Of Gold “. Although they toured extensively for the album they did not include St. Louis on the dates. Then one day out of the blue, my friend Chris called to tell me 3oh!3 would be playing a free show for the Rock And Roll Marathon series. They would be playing the finish line party and I was pretty excited.
The morning of the show, my girlfriend and I set out with just enough time to make the 11 a.m show. Between highway construction, and road closures for the marathon we cut it extremely close. I parked as close as I could and we had to walk the 10 city blocks to the park. A steady stream of runners and joggers filed passed the line seemed to be never ending. We picked up the pace and set out on our own marathon.
We finally found the mainstage as 3oh!3 was playing ” Starstruck ” from the first album ” Want “. We quickly made our way to the front of the stage, just in time for the beach balls. As we got to our spots about 10-20 huge beach balls were thrown into the crowd and made for a fun party like atmosphere.
The crowd enjoyed them, as well as the band. In between songs they joked they were opening the show for ” The Beach Balls “. Made for a humorous part of the show. They played ” My First Kiss ” off of there 2nd cd ” Streets Of Gold ” next.
They kept the energy high and the morning crowd ate it up, the only bad thing about this set was it was censored. There were a lot of young kids in the crowd and it was a family event so they didn’t cuss during the hour long set. It was very obvious on one of my favorite tracks ” Richman ” that they were playing a clean set.
When any band says they are gonna play a new song, that instantly means I hit record on the camera. They broke out a new song for this show, and it went over great. After the song was over they invited a fan on stage to dance it out with them. One word : Amazing. Just watch this starting at 3:50.
Then it was time for the beach balls second coming, and it turned out to be a funny moment. The crowd would hit the balls on stage and Nat, and Sean would kick, punch or throw them back to the crowd. I was trying to get a good shot of them hitting the balls back, so I told my girlfriend Danielle to hit one to Sean so I could get the shot. Well she did and bounced one right off his chest, he wasn’t looking and got GOT! Made me laugh and was a highlight of the show for me.
Before starting the last song ” Don’t Trust Me ” Sean asked the crowd to ” Please, don’t hit me”. Which made me turn to my girlfriend and laugh.
They rocked the last song with a lot of help from the crowd. After the performance they jumped down to the barricade to sign autographs and take photos with fans.
It was a great show, and was a lot of fun. The Rock and Roll Marathon seemed very well organized, and well planned. I can’t wait for next years. Go check out 3oh!3 next time they come around, they still are a lot of fun.
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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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.
Heavy Metal titans Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford and their respective bands descended on Baltimore’s venerable First Mariner Arena Monday for their first U.S. tour date after a brief Canadian jaunt, and treated a surprisingly (relatively) sparse crowd to a several hour metal music manifesto. And throughout both acts’ performances, Halford and Ozzy expressed their gratitude to the crowd for coming, which struck me as a testament to why, besides their music, these two class acts (and Metal icons) continue to succeed and maintain such a loyal following.
Rob Halford Performs "Made in Hell" at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD on 11-29-10
Co-headliners Halford opened the show, providing those in attendance with a selection that included a powerful selection of songs from singer Rob Halford’s illustrious career as a soloist and as a member of Judas Priest. The set list included, in no particular order: “Locked and Loaded,” “Jawbreaker,” “Nailed to the Gun,” “Fire and Ice,” “Cyberworld,” and others.
As the opener, Halford was limited to roughly one hour—and in that abbreviated timeframe, the band was able to deliver a resounding performance that, though leaving Judas Priest fans yearning for more classics (where’s my British Steel?), left no doubt that Mr. Halford has maintained almost all of the vocal power that has positioned him near the top of the Heavy Metal pantheon, as supported by his nickname, Metal God.
Backed by a solid rhythm section and flanked by shredding guitarists Mike Chlasciak and Roy Z (also a phenomenal producer who’s produced the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest and many others), Halford seemed in his element, walking the stage and thoroughly thrilling the crowd. In fact, with the two guitarists playing their flying vees, one couldn’t help but to note the resemblance they bore to Judas Priest.
And, on that note, in addition to illustrating a distinct mastery of Halford band material such as the title track from their latest recording, Made of Metal, the band did a great job with the Judas Priest songs, accurately performing the tunes just as they were performed by the band in its heyday. One of the crowd favorites was “Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),” which one might be surprised to learn is not a Priest original, but rather a Fleetwood Mac song from the Peter Green days. If you have yet to avail yourself of early Fleetwood Mac featuring Peter Green, do so—you will be surprised at the sound of that early material, especially in light of the “Don’t Stop” poppish sound that later became the standard Fleetwood Mac fare.
Of note—while “Manalishi” was a crowd favorite, it also was the only chink in Halford’s vocal armor that night—and while it was a slight waver of the voice during the chorus, it was perhaps telling nonetheless that time eventually has its way with all of us.
That aside, and as mentioned at the beginning of this review, Rob Halford still can bring a bombastic vocal assault, ranging from the high-pitched vocal screaming in Son of Judas to the low growls in Diamonds and Rust. And this, coupled with the dynamic energy of his supporting cast who clearly were enjoying the night, made for a very satisfying experience.
The only thing that could conceivably follow such a fantastic performance would be a great performance by The Prince of Darkness…and Ozzy and his crew delivered a blistering show as well. I continue to be amazed at the energy that artists such as Ozzy and Rob Halford put into their live performances. Years ago (too many years), if someone had told me that some day I’d be watching a 61 year-old Ozzy spray the audience with foam while his band simultaneously drowns them with a deluge of drums and guitar, I’d have laughed at them. But here we are, in 2011, and the acts we loved then are seemingly just as good, if not better, today.
Ozzy’s set, like Halford’s, was filled with classics and also featured some new cuts, too. New Guitarist, Gus G., was up to the task, doing an excellent job of representing the 3 amazing guitarists who preceded him at Ozzy’s side, while also maintaining his own identity in the process. The thought of filling 3 large pair of shoes is daunting, and Gus most certainly seems to have made this transition with ease. Kudos.
On to the show—Ozzy and his band opened with a great rendition of “Bark at the Moon,” and then after a short hello played “Let Me Hear You Scream,” from the latest release, Scream. This song I had heard a number of times on the radio or being played by my brother on the CD player (incidentally, he accompanied me on this show, and this was at least his 12th Ozzy show. He ranked it among the top Ozzy performances he’d seen since 1985). Up until hearing this live performance, though, I was not overly impressed with the song; however, on this night the band brought it to life for me and really changed my opinion of the tune. It’s always interesting to me how sometimes I don’t “get” a song, and suddenly something clicks, whether an internal or external cue, and my opinion is changed. This is one of those occurrences.
With the requisite “I love you all” and “you are number one” phrases repeated throughout the show with a tone that I interpret as genuine (as noted, both Ozzy and Rob Halford portray a real affection for their audiences), the band then careened through “Mr. Crowley” and “Faeries Wear Boots,” with keyboardist Adam Wakeman picking up a Les Paul-style guitar to provide even more oomph to this all-time Black Sabbath classic.
My standards may be too high, but on this night, I felt like the band did not quite fire on all cylinders on all of the Sabbath songs—they also played “Iron Man” and “War Pigs.” This might be due to the slightly different arrangements and/or effects they used in the presentation of these classics, or just the fact that I yearn to hear a picture-perfect performance and my standard is set way too high. Something seemed just a little off on these songs, but overall, I still grade the performance of them as above average.
Tommy Clufetos rocks out, while his image looks on from the big screen.
Speaking of Sabbath, the instrumentalists had a chance to shine as well in what I would characterize as a modified arrangement of Electric Funeral. This served as a showcase for the talents of new members Gus G. on guitar and Tommy Clufetos on drums. Both were very talented (they’re keepers, for sure) and provided the audience with memorable solos, Clufetos’ performance replete with hydraulic lifts under the drum platform and giant gong for emphasis. He is a very capable drum with boundless energy and exhorted the crowd, almost angrily, to get into the moment. Indeed, throughout the show, he was the driving force behind the band as they deftly dashed through Ozzy classics “Crazy Train,” “I Don’t Want to Change the World,” “Shot in the Dark” (keyboards were a little heavy on this one), “Suicide Solution,” “Road to Nowhere,” ”I Don’t Know,” and “Suicide Solution” (not in that order).
Ozzy is a truly genuine performer who gives his all in every show, and though I feared that perhaps the smaller crowd might put something of a damper on his exuberance, I could not have been more wrong.And while he may have lost a bit in the vocal department (not so much as to be a detractor from the performance, from start to finish, Ozzy performed as if he was playing in front of 100,000 fans—with energy, humor, and class.
It always strikes me how antithetical his “Prince of Darkness” moniker is; if ever there was a person through whom the light was shining, it is Ozzy. And if one studies the early Sabbath lyrics from songs such as “After Forever” and others, or if one read his recent memoir and/or interviews supporting said memoir, that person would see the true Ozzy, the one who is on-stage for his fans, night after night. It’s a shame that people judge performers based on clichés such as clothing, stage accoutrements, etc. People can like making or listening to heavy music, wear tattoos, and still be good people.
Ozzy and his team historically have done well in surrounding him with a group of uber-talented (and younger) musicians. For that matter, so has Halford. And on this night, they both drew energy and support from their fellow musicians, as well as their loyal fans, and provided an amazing evening of entertainment.