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Foxy Shazam @ Bowery Ballroom – New York City 05/30/14

Foxy Shazam – 05/30/2014

Bowery Ballroom – New York City

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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The day had finally come. Foxy Shazam have returned to New York City. You know that we here at Concert Confessions are devout members of the Church of Rock & Roll, myself being baptized three times in 2012. One of the best shows I saw in 2012 was Foxy Shazam at the Bowery Ballroom, so when a show was announced happening in May at the very same Bowery Ballroom it was my duty to make sure I was there. We’ve got doors at 8PM with Foxy due on at 10 with openers Larry And His Flask filling the inbetween time. Me? I’m arrived on line about 6:45 ready to party.

Upon entry to the a Bowery Ballroom there was one thing on my mind besides the awesome tunes ahead: hope none of these people in front of me dart upstairs to the table I’m eyeing as a spot for this evening endeavors. I made it up to the balcony and landed the 3rd table down, as the first two were “reserved”.

Larry And His Flask

Larry and His Flask rolled out at 9 on the dot packing some mother plucking twangery! I mean that literally as they got a dude on banjo (doubling on trombone), a big stand up bass, acoustic guitar to the far right next to their electric guitar player with their drummer in the middle. Vocal melodies that sound like they could be inserted into any 50s song and work, almost sounded like some sort of heavy Barber shop quartette power country music. We sure got weird. Larry and His Flask had no trouble gaining momentum from the already seemingly won over crowd. Things uttered like “This is a song about a suicide cult so dance your asses off” is what truly makes this a good ol’ fashioned hoe down! Solid for a band you look at with a reaction of “what the hell?”. They went off at 9:45.

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With a 10PM listed set time, the chants of “FOXY!” were growing and growing in the crowd, the sold out crowd here packed to the gills at the Bowery getting ready to go completely GONZO. And that’s what happened at 10:15 in more ways than one when the boys hit the stage, looking a bit over dressed for the occasion, here to showcase their latest effort for us (‘Gonzo’) here in the first portion of their set. The title track and ‘Poem Pathetic’ set the tone for “Brutal Truth” which was a brutally magnificent song to experience live from these guys. When “Tragic Thrill” and “Have The Fun” followed it was clear that we were going to exclusively explore all of these newer cuts live early in the set and you could not have found one person in the building who would have been unhappy with that. Have The Fun was like having the entire crowd eating out of this bands hand.

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Foxy Shazam has become a well oiled live act these days. Just straight burning down stages across the country. After they played the entire new record front to back Eric says to us “We’re gonna go change real quick and come right back”. I knew something was up. They seemed dressed too much like normal folks tonight and one might interrupt that as Foxy Shazam in fact going Gonzo.. Gonzo to them is normal to us.

Then around 11 when they came back out to more “Foxy!” chants peppered with some “We want the cup!” chants in regards this writers favorite hockey team advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals the previous evening. Gotta love this town, right? Now we’ve got ourselves a whole new ballgame on our hands. They kinda played two sets, but these guys aren’t pretentious enough to tell folks they’re playing two sets. They didn’t play the new record with a handful of well known tunes thrown between. Here’s the new for you to rock to, now here’s the greatest hits portion of the night. And what better way to intro into some classics than with “Bombs Away”.

Then we begin to head towards a  Church of Rock & Roll atmosphere here at Bowery when some “Oh Lord”, although not off that record  it has Lord in the title (which included a jump into the crowd by Eric), and “Holy Touch” action began to ensue.

Man do these guys slay or what? I feel like this is my first time seeing them again. Alex on the horns and co-vocals really showing some range tonight. Felt like a band with two front men. And there’s a different stage set up here as we got my man on keyboards in the back. Guess no crowd surfing for Schuyler tonight, although a later image of him playing the keyboard while lifting it on his shoulder happens during “Killin’ It” after they performed a building rocking “Yes Yes Yes”.

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The place has their second wind now as Eric is telling us that he’s from Ohio and he’s happy to be in New York because: “I feel all people from Ohio are very thankful to be in New York”.. followed by a drum beat and Eric saying “This next one is about my favorite flavor”and that’s when shit got real and the place exploded when “I Like It” went down.

I tried so hard to muddle my screams, because I’m taping this entire set but this is just incredible! “Evil Thoughts” kept things moving into a main staple at the end of their gigs: The Only Way To My Heart. An awesome adventure into what Foxy Shazam is and what they represent.

“Keep your flowers I’ll just give ’em back”. Four times seeing these dudes and they have made one thing clear to me, they give not a zero fuck about what I or anyone else thinks of them. They don’t need anything from us, they’re here to kick ass with guitars and horns and keys.

Eric Nally

Well, Eric Nally does need one thing at the end of this song, he needs a cigarette. So as I took my Newport short out of my ear and flung it no where near the stage not by design (I used to throw like a dude, don’t know what happened there) this dude is picking up cigs on stage as the band is gearing up for “Unstoppable”, before which a little 30 seconds or so of Longview, which was different.

Unstoppable would be the show closer as the band tore through that last one as Eric waited til the song ended to eat the lit cigs. Then before the house music came on he goes “We’re all pregnant..”, drops the mic and walks off. It’s about 11:30 as I stand and bow towards the stage repeatedly. I am not worthy of what just happened there, hell, none of us were.

 

I’m Jay Porks, and I’ve gone Gonzo. Late.

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Foxy Shazam To Baptize The Carolina’s This March

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It’s no secret around the water cooler that Foxy Shazam is one of a handful of bands around these days who can blow your mind. In 2013, The Church Of Rock & Roll continues it’s travels, though brief, spreading the gospel into North and South Carolina in March, as well as a Lancaster, PA date in April.  As readers know by now, most of us here at Concert Confessions are hoping this is only a prelude to an extensive Foxy tour schedule this year. You can view the dates below, and hit up their Facebook Page for all the information on ticket purchases if you’re lucky enough to be within reach of the land of cigarettes.

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For past coverage of Foxy Shazam here on Concert Confessions, Including reviews from New York City, West Hollywood, Seattle, St. Louis and more,  Click Here

Foxy Shazam March/April 2013 Tour Dates:

March 13th // Greene Street Club, Greensboro, NC

March 14th  // Amos’ Southend (opening for Chevelle) Charlotte, NC

March 15th // The Soapbox, Wilmington, NC

March 16th // St. Pat’s Day In Five Points, Columbia, SC

April 26th  // Launch Music Conference & Festival, Lancaster, PA

 

The Top Five Jay Porks Concert Experiences of 2012

Top Five Jay Porks Experiences of 2012

The end of the year brings us empty wallets, fat stomachs and most importantly larger egos than we had the year before. It’s because of these egos that people like me put together these year end “best of”  lists. Although as you know, here at Concert Confessions we do things a little differently then other sites. We don’t have a Top Albums list, Top Artist list, Male and Female Rookies of the year list we do top Concerts of the year. Personally, I’ll trust all of you readers enough to go ahead and listen to all those albums of the year you’re listing-You’ll let me know what’s good. You’re nice people right?

Anyway, more self branding: Every year I set a personal goal of going to more shows then the year prior. In 2011, we had ourselves 23 Jay Porks Experiences. In 2012, money was a bit tight, schedules fluctuated and goals were not reached as 18 shows were only attended. But don’t worry, they were some memorable ones that will most definitely fill the void in my heart that sits beneath my wretched soul (Alright it’s not that bad, but it’s good copy!).  Below, you can view the list of the Top Five Jay Porks Experiences of 2012.

  #5 Orion Music + More Festival (Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ) June 23rd – 24th

 

Heading to the lovely Detroit in 2013, this year brought this guy to his first ever “festival” experience. Sort of. And it turned out to be way more than I was actually prepared for. When you think festival you think a few things: camping, shower trucks and people lying overdosed in mud puddles while folks from LA Weekly takes photos. But Atlantic City brings  casinos, thousands of hotel rooms (lots of them luxurious), and no camp ground. The idea is to get a room for the weekend, they had room packages with some tickets, I chose to go off course and book my own room accommodations and take a cab over and back each day. Was a solid plan going in.   The list of acts seen was immense, including Metallica (curators of the Festival) headlining the two night stint. The first day I got to see Baroness, Roky Erickson, Fucked Up, Cage The Elephant, Modest Mouse and Arctic Monkeys before Metallica turned me into a fan playing Ride The Lightening in it’s entirety.  Skin was turned powdery white to beat red after the full day (sunscreen something I rarely carry) and the dreadful Flagship Hotel had a less than desirable internet connection. Day Two brought me the likes of A Place To Bury Stangers, Ghost, Gary Clark Jr, the waste known as Best Coast, The Black Dahlia Murder, Eric Church and Titus Andronicus before Metallica hit the stage to remind me why I was never that big into them in the first place when they played the The Black Album…. backwards. Okay. Then on this night the return to the hotel room brought me with the dilemma of having NO internet at all at the again, dreadful Flagship Hotel whose front desk said the services were down. So I walked myself to Bally’s Casino w/ bags packed with all the towels, soaps and ashtrays I was able to fit in there and awaited the 4:30AM bus back into New York City. Had to catch Childish Gambino in Central Park the next night after all. Sounds like a pain, and looking back it kind of was but at the same time, those two days spent AT Bader Field  (while the music was playing )were absolute  magic.

#4 Local H (Bell House – Brooklyn) October 18th

 

This show was epic for so many reasons. In my 2nd time seeing the band this year (plus the Scott Lucas and the Married Men Mercury Lounge pit stop in June), and 1st time since the release of their latest record “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum”, which is an absolute masterpiece, I found myself leaving the Bell House that night feeling way more blown away then I could have ever predicted. Take into account the spot in the back of the room where we were able to survey the entire place instead of getting hit with cups full a beer down front. The energy Scott Lucas brought to the table that night was one of a man on a mission, and tons of great songs got played off the new record. I usually hate when a band tries to shove new songs down my throat at shows but this record is one that people need to hear. It’s too good to get lost in the shuffle. Ended the night covering TV On The Radio‘s “Wolf Like Me”, which was like the cherry on an awesome sundae.

 

 

#3 Kasabian (Terminal 5 – New York City) March 22nd

 

 

It was something out of Biblical times. On March 22nd 2012, Kasabian hit New York City with the entire world watching via YouTube and left every ounce of their fiber and being on that stage that night. Every song was like another chapter in a great novel I was having someone read to me. I wouldn’t say the man, myth and legend Reverend Justito and I like tons of the same bands, but this is one of the few he pointed to me and I was instantly a super fan. They burned Terminal 5 down to the ground that night, and everyone who was there is a changed person today. It’s a shame I didn’t have a good camera when I went to this gig, or I would’ve had some cool ass pictures. Well, none of my pics would’ve been better than Mick Rock‘s anyway, did I mention he was there? Google him. The video below from that evening at Terminal 5 is courtesy of The Bowery Presents because this show happened when this guy was still rocking a $50 camera. Dear Kasabian: PLEASE COME BACK TO AMERICA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6dCRduf8Wk

 

#2 Foxy Shazam (Bowery Ballroom – New York City) May 16th

 

 

With Ween breaking up, they weren’t able to snag their normal spot as my #2 show of the year in 2012(as they had in 2010 and 2011). Having seen Foxy Shazam already kind of/sort of blow The Darkness  off stage in February – when a show was announced at Bowery Ballroom where they would headline I had to get in on that action-let’s see what the whole shebang brings to the table. And Oh Lord was I heeled with the Holy Touch with an evening of their finest numbers, funky vibes, and Eric Nally eating the cigarette I threw on stage!

I was sitting next to some people I met outside who were nice enough to pass along a pipe to me as I was filming “I Like It” . Snagged the spot upstairs balcony. Cannot beat it. Check the video for yourself. But if you told me before I went to that show that it would end up being the #2 show on my year end list I would have never ever believed you. The band is just that good. Nailing a spot supporting Slash on his Fall tour was a great job by him. Glad Slash has good taste in music. That was  Another show I attended. So three times I’ve been baptized into the Church of Rock & Roll this year… And I Like It.

 

#1 Mike Watt & Friends (Le Poisson Rouge – New York City) May 2nd

 

Mike Watt has tons of friends. When this purchase is made, the only thing known is that the Minuteman will team with J Mascis and Murph from Dinosaur Jr to play tonight and that Mike Watt will be interviewed on stage before the show. I got to tape the interview but the questions are raised. So what songs are they going to play? Dinosaur Jr songs? Minutemen songs? Who’s singing? Well there was no mic set up in front of J, which is indication this isn’t a Dinosaur Jr kind of night. Out walks Don Fleming (from the band Gumball) and they play The Stooges “Real Cool Time”. Then I remember who the active bass player in the Stooges is: Mike Watt! So here we are playing Stooges songs all night with a revolving door of guest singers. John Petkovic came out, then one of my freaking heroes Thurston Moore(of the recently divorced Sonic Youth), then Sharon Von Etten, then Kurt Vile. And Thurston reappeared at least two more times, and they had Steve Shelly (also Sonic Youth) in there on drums on some songs too along w/ Byron Coley (who did the interviewing earlier) and John Maloney. I couldn’t have missed any names, because Mike Watt tweeted over the set list the next day with all the names of the parties involved and what songs they played on. That show was something I’m never going to forget. That’s the closest I’ll ever come to seeing the actual Stooges.

The Jay Porks Favorite Read Of 2012 on Concert Confessions:

And last and certainly not least, I’ve added a new section to this top shows post. That portion is Top Concert Experience of 2012 NOT attended by me. We have lots of contributors, lots of varied acts getting written about. But one gig really hit close to home when out pal Reverend Justito went and saw my pals the Meat Puppets at the closing of the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California. I can guarantee that I enjoyed reading this one as much as most of the attendees enjoyed living it.

Slash & Foxy Shazam 09/18/12 Hammerstein Ballroom NYC

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators  with Foxy Shazam – 09/18/2012

Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom – New York City

Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks

“The essence of “cool” that is Slash cannot be matched”. That’s a phrase typed by this very music fan posing as a journalist in a social media world, after walking out on the band currently touring under the moniker of Guns N’ Roses during their encore at Izod Center last November. Well, after tonight that phrase cannot sing any more true as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (on tour supporting Apocalyptic Love) made a pit stop at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom to turn a disgusting, rainy Tuesday night in New York City into an evening full of magic. Getting to see one of your favorite guitar players play live for the first time is an amazing feeling, and to top matters off, the opener. Now if Slash represents the essence of “cool”, then you’d need to find a bad ass opener able to keep up with that. You’d need to find a band that simply can’t be touched right now in terms of putting on a rock show. Whelp, if those are the qualities needed, then you need Foxy Shazam. And tonight that’s who we have. We’ve got Slash and Foxy Shazam, we’ve got mezzanine seats and best of all, we’ve got a good camera. Doors open at 7PM. So without further ado let’s jump into the 78th Edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series, shall we?

Showed up at the door at 6:10. I have to stop showing up so early when I have a seat. The seat is there for me, why am I standing out here in the rain? Tad’s Steakhouse taking the Patty Melt I usually get off the Menu and causing me to leave (I’m not a steak guy) may have effected my time. When they started letting us in the search was vigorous. I know I always complain about the search procedures and I sound like a broken record- but this one seriously had me rethinking if I had actually had anything illegal on me. Which of course I never do anyway, because I fear prison. They bring me to my section and tell me “Anywhere in these six rows is fine”.. What??? I paid for an assigned seat, I have the number on the ticket and I scouted online to see the angle I’d be on and everything, now you’re just saying I can sit anywhere here? Is it hard to number the seats?

Soundspeak hit the stage at 8:01PM. That’s right folks, they went “surprise 1st opener” on us. I was pissed, not at the band they didn’t do anything wrong. The venue should advertise ALL of the openers. Hey maybe it was advertised and I didn’t catch it since my place of employment is in the 19th century and I’m not allowed to touch my phone. But seriously Hammerstein, what’s with these surprises? And this band I find out later is friends of my buddy who I met at the Lemonheads and later Local H. Had I known that before I would’ve given them a chance. They weren’t bad, but I can’t sit here and break them down for you because they were in a tough spot there (with me personally anyway). They went off at 8:19.. Had I known we were in for an 18 minute set I would have lightened up a bit.

At 8:34 when the lights went low I’m up there screaming “here it comes- the mother fuckin’ Church!”. I was so excited. And look at this Eric is rocking a new hair color. Interesting. They ripped through “The Church of Rock & Roll” and “Holy Touch”. I was head nodding and screaming lyrics the whole time. I’m conscience of saving battery on my camera anyway. Suddenly, after Holy Touch I get a tap on my shoulder from the girl next to me. She’s with her boyfriend and they have accents so they may or may not be from here but the girl says to me “What is the name of this band”

and I told her and she says “They are amazing!!”. You damn right they are. The first song of their set I decided to tape was “Unstoppable”. Well, I decided to get the 3rd song in, it just happen to be that very song currently running in that MLB commercial. “The Rocketeer” followed, I don’t think they played that one at Bowery Ballroom this past May, after I got it at Irving Plaza opening for The Darkness in February.  Interesting.

“Killin’ It” before jumping into “I Like It”. And that song, well, “I don’t like it baby I fucking love it” as Eric would say. Cigarettes got eaten during “Temple”, which was the set closer at about 9 maybe a tad after. “If we had an ocean, we’d all be Surfin’ USA” was our “Deep thoughts by Eric Nally” moment before the lights came on. Unreal. And this night’s not even over yet!

I go out to smoke a cigarette, but you are not allowed to do that. They don’t have stamps for your hand or anything. You must stay inside, where they have confiscated your lighter at the door anyway and not smoke cigarettes. Okay, to the bathroom for that cigarette I go. I guess it’s okay to eat them but you can’t smoke them at this place.

So here comes Eddie Trunk (of That Metal Show, and the radio) on stage, to tell us Slash was coming up next. I’m so glad they had Eddie Trunk here to inform us of this drastic turn in events. And here I thought I was here to see Emerson Lake & Palmer. Anyway Eddie, thanks for that.

At 9:28 the man in the top hat himself hit the stage-Slash w/ Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (seems ‘The Attractions’ and ‘The Imposters’ were taken). They jumped into things with ‘Halo’, off their new record followed by “Night Train”.

The place went bonkers. People walking away from their seats to make it to the back just to jump up and down and rock out. And all of these people are up to date on the new record a lot more than this guy. I have to admit I was more into the last record Slash put out with the revolving door of lead singers-but this stuff translates well live. “Standing In The Sun” came early and caught my ear. A few songs later they jumped into some more GNR cuts with a back to back of “Civil War” and “Rocket Queen”. During Rocket Queen, I noticed the entire floor level was pumping their fists in the air in unison. Looked like New Jersey, except that it was beautiful. Every song has it’s very own “Slash crazy solo” warped into the song. He quite an amazing soloist on the gee-tar. A song later on in the set, that I can’t even recall, I swear it was almost Phishy how Slash just jams out for 10 minutes at a time and then returns to the song Curt Kirkwood style. This became a problem on “Rocket Queen”, which I only have the first 9 minutes and 12 seconds of because I’m yet to figure out why my camera has a limit on the amount of minutes I can record a single video. I had camera issues all night.

Todd Kerns (the bass player) can sing too, so taking a break from Myles Kennedy for a song, we got “We’re All Gonna Die”, which the vocals are sang by Iggy Pop on the record. So now not only was Myles killin’ it but this guy is doing a hell of a job with this song.

Good to have a second voice option in your band so you don’t have to limit your set list-these are things professional musicians like these do. They jump back into the GNR catalog with “You’re Crazy”. I mean honestly, right now I’ve “won” for lack of a better term. See, back when I saw the band touring as “Guns N Roses”, I got to hear the handful of songs I enjoyed but every time I looked on stage I realized that I hate Axl Rose and his way of being a douche nozzle in every sense of life. Tonight I look on stage and see Slash, a gifted guitarist who has switches cleaner than anyone I’ve ever heard who’s whole life has been based on finding a singer. Finding someone to tour with and play music, write music, enjoy music with. This isn’t a job, I mean, there is a paycheck of course, but Slash and Myles look to be having some real fun up there. And making some real good music too, you can’t top the feeling of the artists you’re seeing seeming to be almost as excited to see you as you are them.

“Bad Rain” came before Myles took a seat on his little pedestal there. What’s with that? I first saw the guy from the Deftones doing it at BlackDiamondSkye with the tables set up in front. And he hardly stood on it. Anyway, he took a seat to get into a song called “Not for Me”, which, even with it’s epic guitar parts may in fact, not be for me. Didn’t hate it, but was one of the few times I looked to see what time it was during the night. But these guys know what they’re doing, and that’s when the “Sweet Child of Mine” riff started and then seriously there not an ass in a seat besides me trying to keep my camera steady.

It was amazing. Myles does a really good Axl, like a much less annoying Axl. Then rumblings of a familiar riff again, but not of the GNR variety.. It was “Slither”! Velvet freaking Revolver! Eff all you people I loved Velvet Revolver and now we’re finding out that Myles doesn’t do a bad Scott Weiland either.. I was so happy to hear this song live…. again? That’s when it dawned on me that I’m hearing this song live for the second time. In 2007 the first real concert I ever attended was Velvet Revolver with Alice In Chains and Kill Hannah. It’s so old there’s not even a blog for it. It took me til the last song before the encore for me to realize that this wasn’t me seeing one of my favorite guitarists for the first time live, never the less it was the seeing this dude the best time live. It was 11ish when they went off for the encore.

I’m up, I’m on my way out. I know Paradise City is coming and to be honest I’ve already for lack of a better term “shot my load” here with this one. I’ve gotten everything I could have wanted. Then Slash is on the microphone, a rarity. He says something to the effect of “We haven’t been playing this one, we’re gonna do it tonight because it’s fucking New York City!”. Then, with Kerns on vocals, we got ourselves “Welcome to the Jungle”. Once Slash grabbed the mic I stopped walking to see what they were up to. When he said that I immediately hit record and walking my way down the aisle and sat on the step there trying to record while everyone’s passing by my freaking shot. I found a better seat when they jumped into Paradise City, but halfway through I look at the ticker on my camera and notice it’s not moving. I didn’t hit record. That’s when I decided it was time to get my Foxy Shazam tee shirt and get out of here. Slash’s merch is in the lobby and Foxy has a table set up in the back of the General Admission floor. The security guard won’t let me through the velvet rope and tells me to head out the door as I’m ten feet from this merch table. So I walk out that door, and walk back in through a door this staffer is not guarding, and there I see Eric Nally taking pictures with two fans. I was trying to get my camera out to see if one of these strangers would take a picture of me with him but I’m way too anti-social for that kinda thing, so I went up to him when they left and shook his hand, told him they’re awesome and that I’ve seen them three times this year and made sure to say “And the Reverend Justito says Hi”. Now this is all while Paradise City is still blasting, so who knows if he even heard a word of what I said, but he seemed like a very warm individual. Not the dude on stage at all. With Paradise City still rocking, and my $30 Foxy Shazam tee shirt hanging off my shoulder, I said goodbye to the Hammerstein Ballroom, I was in a cab at 11:31. What an amazing night.

LATE.

 

Show Notes:

I have some issues with the venue I’d like to address here. Dear Hammerstein Ballroom: First of all, you search people like they’re criminals. You take peoples lighters- for what reason might I ask? You think you’re stopping people from smoking indoors? Everyone is still smoking anyway, raises lighters in the air, and I have 2 packs of matches besides the point. Speaking of smoking- you have a 3+ hour rock concert and people aren’t allowed to go out to smoke cigarettes? What is that? You know what happens when you do that? People smoke inside of your building. People who are Drunk, high, tripping or all of the above are now using fire inside your precious “ballroom”. And on the way out your event staff wouldn’t let me near the Foxy Shazam merch cause you stuffed it in the back of the GA standing area and security thinks I’m trying to sneak into that crappy area to stand for the last song of the show. Like I would want to sneak down from my SEAT to a STANDING AREA FULL OF NUTBALLS. Had to fake that lady out and head into the lobby before darting back in to grab my tee shirt. And hey, I don’t want to tell you how to run things or anything, but you have a twitter account right? Of course you do, you follow me. Now why on earth would that twitter account not be put into use to TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THAT SECOND OPENER?! Is this a little game that venues like to play? Trick people into showing up early? And why do I get to choose where I want to sit in the mezzanine? I paid 50 dollars plus whatever fees you plugged my ass for on this ticket and you can’t assign me a seat?? It’s going to take a miracle to get me back inside that building again.

Fun Fun Fun Fest Releases 2012 Lineup

Fun Fun Fun Fest Releases 2012 Lineup

Judging by the name this should be a good time. Fun Fun Fun Fest is set to return to Austin Texas from November 2-4th 2012. The lineup is pretty incredible seeing as how it is topped by a reunited Run-D.M.C. One must assume with the 10 year anniversary of the death of Jam Master Jay the ground-breaking rap group may be going the hologram route much like Dre and Snoop did with 2Pac at Coachella 2012.

The rest of the lineup is down below. Three day passes are set to go on sale at 10:00 am CST on July 12th. Click here to check out the festival’s official website.

Foxy Shazam at Bowery Ballroom NYC 05/16/12

Foxy Shazam- 05/16/2012

Bowery Ballroom -New York City

Words/Photos By Jay Porks

Usually for me, the opening bands at shows are a time for me to get annoyed-quickly. Yet somehow back in February when I saw The Darkness, there was just something about Foxy Shazam. Something about them that made me want to learn more. How long have I been missing out on this? Then, the band headlined there own tour and hit the places like Seattle, and Utah where I was able to read more about the Church of Mother F%#king Rock & Roll. Then, out of no where comes the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, who announce a Foxy show at the cost of, brace yourselves, $17. That my friends is a baptism fee I’m willing to pay. So let’s kick back, and enjoy this little journey out to the Lower East Side, 6 Delancey St, for Foxy Shazam, Doors at 7, show is at 8. And hey, it just wouldn’t feel special if it wasn’t The 69th Edition of The Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series. Let’s hope for a spot up on the balcony so I can tape.

Got to the venue at 6, and I’m no where near the first one here. Seems the high school crowd cut out of their afternoon classes and head to this 16+ event. Usually young girls like garbage, so I’m glad they’re here to be baptized tonight. I grabbed my spot upstairs at a table and saw my two compadres from the line downstairs(who were kind enough to offer me some Mary Jane). So I shouted to them “hey, I got two seats up here”, to which they came up. They bought me a jack and Coke for it. Sweet.

New York Rivals(who I thought were “Rival Schools” ) came on at promptly 8PM. I don’t know how to put this, but I’ll try. They seemed to be way heavier than they needed to. They were loud in a Weezer-esque sense, with the lead singers pants clinging to his legs like Yosemite Sam’s jeans.   Towards the beginning of the set they said they’d be playing Bamboozle. I shouted “who wants to see Bon Jovi?”. This guy belted out wuss tunes over instrumentation that was almost good if it was alone. The one time this dude mentioned the name of the song they were gonna play he was strummed over by his bassist.  They went off at 8:36.

 

Finally after waiting what felt like forever, the lights go down and ladies and gents, we have FOXY SHAZAM!
The band hit’s the stage at about 9:20 maybe a little before to a resounding ovation as Eric Sean Nally grabs the mic and screams “ I FEEL LIKE A CHOCOLATE BAR!” as they opened up with “ Welcome to The Church of Rock and Roll” (while he pointed out some dude’s Cincinnati Reds hat) and “Holy Touch”. Two things I notice at the same time: One, the whole set is getting taped. I got my arm resting on the railing and all that, and I’ve got a bird’s eye view of the only event staffer in sight. Second thing was how hard is it to keep a camera on Eric. To the regular fan, everyone knows his on stage antics do not include standing still. My wrists got a work out with my lens dancing with him all night. He’s like Iggy Pop minus the blood and Peanut Butter.

 

I was once told there was no such thing as a ‘Happy Panda’. Well, take a look at the keyboardist Schuyler Vaughn White for a few minutes and tell me that’s not one happy panda right there. The beard that’s a grizzly Adams-ZZ Top hybrid brushing the heads of fans in the crowd repeatedly while smiling for pictures (even looked up at us once),

before and after he floated his

keyboard out on the audience from time to time. When I first saw them I thought it was one of those stupid hydrolic set ups but then I realized this dude is just bad ass and he lifts it every which way / direction that is imaginable. He stands on it, stomps, lays sideways on it. Then for the unimaginable, him and the keyboard set sail into the crowd. Crowd surfing playing keys. Are you kidding me right now?

 

Songs like “Oh Lord” and “Unstoppable” were crowd pleasers mid-set. Eric at one point said “Nowadays music really sucks. It feels good to say that. You should say it as much as you can” I shouted “I try! I try!”. If we’re gonna get into crowd pleasers than we have to address my personal highlight, and that’s when they played “I Like It”. I flipped out simply because, come on, when else does a white dude like me get to verbally express his enjoyment of big black asses? I got to shout “That’s the biggest Black Ass I’ve ever seen and I like it! I like it!” out loud and not get punched.

 

During the duration of the set, I had a cigarette placed on the table in front of me ready to throw on queue. One of the dudes I was up there with kept telling me “throw it!”. I kept putting it off, I didn’t want to interrupt any of the funny speeches. Then finally, before the last song, he ends his soliloquy with “and the man asked: does anyone have a cigarette ?”. Hell yeah I do! I tossed it down on stage left handed and it landed behind him. He already had a full pack of Newport in his hand, but he’s looking around on stage and grabbing all he sees, including mine! We were screaming, probably hear us in the video(don’t leave me comments about it). Then he lit what had to be 5 or 6 at once in his mouth and puffed before turning them around and sticking them down his throat. Eric ate my cigarette! Unreal.

 

By nights end, Eric was asking if we liked his jacket (which I made a mental note of how cool it was when they first came out), then informed us: “I know Rock & Roll is dead.. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dance with it’s fucking ghost!” and that’s when it was time for “The Only Way To My Heart”-basically the song that got me hooked on Foxy the first time, is now serving as a merely the cherry atop of some of the best cake I’ve ever had.

So for those keeping score, end of the show was “The Only Way To My Heart”, then “Temple”, then the “drunken guy” soliloquy in the middle of Temple, followed by eating cigarettes while dragging out the end of Temple. With the keyboardist on the floor of the stage collapsed with his rig laying on top of him, the band made their way off stage as Eirc grabbed the mic to leave us with one final message: “If I was able to get into people’s minds and make them decide things it would be easy to be the biggest band in the world” as he slams the mic down and the house music hits.

My name is Jay Porks, and I went to attend sermon at the Church of Rock & Roll and have been baptized.

Late.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

Long before the wheel was invented and fire was discovered, Seattle has hosted a massive labor day weekend music festival known as Bumbershoot. The lineup for the 2012 edition has just been announced and it is nothing short of fantastic.

Saturday 09/01/12:

Jane’s Addiciton, AWOLNATION, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Hello Sequence, City and Colour, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, King Khan & The Shrines, Heartless Bastards, Oberhofer, Thee Satisfaction, Damien Jurado, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Alela Diane, The Barr Brothers, Tacocat, Unnatural Helpers, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Polecat, Nude

Sunday 09/02/12:

Tony Bennett, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Keane, Blitzen Trapper, The Promise Ring, Yelawolf, Mudhoney, Wanda Jackson’s Dusty 45’s, The Greenhornes w/ Eric Burden, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Civil Twilights, Fruit Bats, The Jezabels, Why?, Barcelona, Lee Field and the Expressions, Harmonica House Party, Katie Herzig, Niki & The Dove, Am & Shawn Lee, THENEWN02, Gold Leaves, Karen Lovely, Deep Seadiver, Theoretics, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Ty Curtis Band, The Young Evils, Knowmads, Katie Kate, Eighteen Individual Eyes

Monday 09/03/12:

Skrillex, M83, Passion Pit, Low, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Vaselines, Fujiya & Miyagi, Fishbone, Lights, Rebirth Brass Band, LP, Ty Segall, Hey Marseilles, The Wombats, Ana Tijoux, Foxy Shazam, Bombino, Omar Souleyman, Tyrone Wells, El Vez, Debo Band, Star Anna, Seapony, Bryan John Appleby, Reignwolf, Noah Gundersen, Super Geek League, The Pharmacy, Ghosts I’ve Met, Posse, Cascadia ‘10

To check out our coverage of Bumbershoot 2011, click here. For up to the minute details on the 2012 edition, check out the official website by clicking here.

 

Foxy Shazam Summer 2012 US Tour Dates

Foxy Shazam Summer 2012 US Tour Dates

You know we fucking love Foxy Shazam here at Concert Confessions. It is with great pleasure that we share the latest tour dates of these incredibly underrated rock and rollers. The trek (which goes on sale May 4th) starts June 15th in the sweet state of Indiana and wraps July 12th in the sweet state of Indiana.

To check out numerous Foxy Shazam reviews from every time zone in the continental United States, click here.

Foxy Shazam Summer 2012 US Tour Dates:

June 15th – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Centre
June 17th – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
June 22nd – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
June 23rd – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
June 24th – San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
June 25th – Las Vegas, NV @ Aruba
June 27th – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
July 2nd – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
July 6th – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
July 7th – Springfield, MA @ Pearl Street
July 8th – Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
July 11th – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
July 12th – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s

I went to The Church of Rock and Roll and got saved by Foxy Shazam

What happens when you cram 200 people into a room the size of a living room and invite Foxy Shazam and friends over? I’ll tell you. I had the pleasure of going to one of Utah’s smallest venues, Kilby Court on 04/12/12 to check out a “revival”. Foxy Shazam, the biggest little band you’ll ever see, rolled through my town. They brought along support acts Cadaver Dogs and Maniac.

Cadaver Dogs…..this band is gritty, loud, and a lot of fun to watch. Frontman Mat, well, let’s just say he made it more than clear that he was there to “please” the crowd haha. He brought serious energy. One of my favorite moments was when guitarist Cole wrapped the mic around the stand and held it over into the crowd for the crowd to sing along. I was getting a kick out of this baby-faced crowd(it’s an all ages venue) smiling politely at Mat’s sexual references and drummer Alex’s coughcough “gestures”. I enjoyed their performance and would definitely see Cadaver Dogs play in Utah if they decide to come back.

 

Next up was Maniac. I had heard that this was an 80’s band. I would not necessarily classify them this way. While they very enthusiastically crammed 6 people onto the tiny stage and sang for us, I got a Grouplove-meets-Men At Work-meets-ABBA vibe off of them.

 

The songs were positive, warm, and you could tell that this band has a tightly knit unit. The front men had a very candid and brotherly repoire. I was able to get some shots of them while they performed songs including hit,” Pride of Lion”. They left me feeling happy and I got my fill of la la la’s no doubt.

 

Lastly, before Foxy Shazam came out, there seemed to be about 50 extra people that smashed into the already surging crowd. The excitement was thick, and I was really pleased at the turn out. I didn’t know that so many Utahns were into Foxy. As the ensemble made the walk onto the stage, the crowd was cheering and screaming. By this time, I’d lost a lot of ground and been forced to the side of the tiny stage. I had the pleasure of standing right behind trumpet madman Alex. I was kindly warned by Mat of Cadaver Dogs that Alex kicks, and to beware. He was right. I spent a lot of time admiring his legs and horn work. Foxy Shazam delighted us with several songs, including “Holy Touch”, “I Like It” and the awesome “Church” intro.

The head of Foxy, Eric Nally, is incredibly flexible. This man basically did the worm from a standing position. For a very small stage he surely explored the space, and being that I was relegated to side stage I was very happy he faced my way quite a bit. I was groin-level a lot of the time kneeling on the ground to shoot through people’s legs trying to get this spectacle on camera for you. And I succeeded. Eric is a born performer. He would be fun to watch without anyone else on stage. At one point he requested the lights be dimmed. We’re at a place that has basically a string of colored bulbs and two clamp lights for lighting. As the lights could not be dimmed, Eric simply unscrewed the bulbs and gave us mood lighting.  I was also delighted to see SO many fans screaming along every lyric with the band. It impressed me that there were so many true fans, and of such a young age. There is hope afterall.

If you don’t go and see Foxy Shazam on this tour, in these small clubs, you’re missing an opportunity to be part of a rock legend in the making. This band is big already, but they will be selling out venues and booking larger gigs. Go, now. See the Church of Rock and Roll, say a prayer and prepare your testimony, because YOU are the apostles that will spread the word. Please enjoy the photos below. Amen.

 

Foxy Shazam with Maniac and Cadaver Dogs @ The Vera Project, Seattle 4/14/12

Words by Mr. Sparkly

Photos by Shanda Sheldon

Foxy Shazam (9:50 to 11 p.m.)

Less than 24 hours in the Emerald City and a 600-mile drive across the state of Washington and back. That’s a small price to pay to see Foxy Shazam, one of the most entertaining bands today.

For an hour and ten minutes, Foxy Shazam delivered the kind of show that only Eric Nally and the boys can deliver. From the moment they started into Church of Rock and Roll until Nally was eating four lit cigarettes during The Temple encore, the 200-plus people packed into The Vera Project were having the time of their lives.

My friend and I were right in front of Sky White, and got caught up in the middle of the action when he lifted his keyboard into the crowd during Killin’ It and played while the fans held it up. At one point, Nally told an anecdote about a trip he took with his wife to New Orleans, before launching into the crowd favorite I Like It (see video at the bottom).

Overall, it was a great set and Foxy Shazam did not disappoint. Couple that with their in-store performance earlier in the day, and it was a trip that was well worth the drive.

Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam

Sky White of Foxy Shazam 

Alex Nauth of Foxy Shazam 

Daisy Caplan of Foxy Shazam

Maniac (9 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.)

Maniac stood out as a highlight of the evening  for two reasons. (1)  As the night progressed, the bands became less obnoxious. This was a refreshing change of pace. (2) The band is charismatic and played an energetic and fun set, delivering one catchy song after another. Co-frontmen Shawn Harris and Jake Grigg have great on-stage chemistry, and the entire crowd was dancing and singing along for the entire 50-minute set.

At first glance, it might be tempting to describe their sound as a simple nod to 80’s pop. However, their sound is a complex mixture of folk, pop, and rock elements, and the band delivers it with such energy that it’s hard not to love–which might be why Eric Nally from Foxy Shazam was in the crowd during their set.

If you have an opportunity to catch a Maniac show near you, don’t hesitate to go. You will have a good time.

Griggs and Harris of Maniac

Maniac

Maniac

Cadaver Dogs (8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Cadaver Dogs are a dirty, gritty rock band from Ohio who play loud, fast blue-collar rock. They have a “we don’t give a shit” attitude and that is 100 percent their intention. As I watched their set, I kept thinking that they look like a band that should have been playing in the bar scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. 

Despite the drummer being a little over the top at times with his on-stage antics, I enjoyed their set and would go see these dirty mutts again.

Cadaver Dogs

Cadaver Dogs

Cadaver Dogs 

Just Like Vinyl (8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Just Like Vinyl, a local Seattle band, played a mediocre 30-minute set. Nothing about this band really stood out as being different from other bands trying to make a name for themselves within the rock genre. The lead singer played up the stereotypical “rockstar” persona, and their set included plenty of sexual innuendos. It was as if they were trying to channel their inner Steel Panther. If that was the intention, then they are well on their way to “success.”

Just Like Vinyl



Foxy Shazam at Silver Platters in Seattle 4/14/12

Foxy Shazam played an in-store performance at Silver Platters (Queen Anne Store) in Seattle on Saturday.  Around 100 fans came out to see the band and were treated to a three-song set that included Holy Touch, Forever Together, and I Like it. The event was from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

I walked over to the store at 2:30 p.m., which was conveniently located across the street from my hotel, and expected the place to be packed. Surprisingly, there were about 30 people in the store when I arrived. I was somewhat disappointed that more fans didn’t come out for this free event, then again, the low turnout worked out in my favor because I got a great spot for the performance.

After the performance, the band chatted with fans and signed autographs. Two lucky people won Foxy Shazam prize packages that included posters, a signed Foxy Shazam print on canvas, CDs, stickers and more. See below for a video of Foxy Shazam performing Holy Touch and Eric Nally describing his “inspiration” for the song.

Updated: Foxy Shazam Lines Up 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

Foxy Shazam Lines Up 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

The Church of MOTHER FUCKING ROCK AND ROLL is heading back out on the road. Fresh off a US tour with The Darkness which featured sold out balls to the wall full on ass kicking shows in New York, St. Louis, West Hollywood and Seattle, Foxy Shazam has lined up tour dates that bring the band from coast to coast. Joining the Cincinnati Ohio based rockers on the trek will be Maniac & Cadaver Dogs. Check out the dates below.

Update 04/03/12: With various members of Foxy Shazam very ill, select dates have been rescheduled and some venues have changed. Updated information as well as additional dates are down below. Per the Foxy website, if you bought tickets for a postponed show, they will honor your existing ticket for the make up show.

3/24 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café

3/25 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar

3/26 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met

3/27 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (SOLD OUT)

3/29 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

3/30 Albany, NY @ Valentine’s

3/31 Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s

4/01 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground

4/03 Rochester, NY @ The Club @ Water Street Music Hall

4/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s

4/05 Lansing, MI @ The Loft

4/06 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

4/07 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (SOLD OUT)

4/09 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

4/10 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

4/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

4/13 Boise, ID @ The Venue

4/14 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project

4/15 Portland, OR @ Branx

4/17 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

4/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy

4/21 The Woodlands, TX @ KTBZ Buzzfest

4/22 Frisco, TX @ KDGE Edgefest

4/24 New Orleans, LA @ Tiptina’s

4/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

4/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s

4/29 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection

4/30 Lansing, MI @ The Loft

5/1 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

5/4 Rockingham, NC @ Carolina Rebellion Friday Night Campground Party

5/6 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

5/7 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre

5/16 New York, MY @ Bowery Ballroom

5/18 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range 4 Play

5/20 Maryland Heights, MO @ Pointfest

5/25 Orlando, FL @ The Social

6/5 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground

6/6 Rochester, NY @ The Club @ Water Street Music Hall

6/19 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room (NEW VENUE)

6/20 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

7/13 Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival

The Darkness w/Foxy Shazam 02/25/12: Nepture Theater – Seattle, WA

The Darkness w/ Crown Jewel Defense & Foxy Shazam 02/25/12

Neptune Theater – Seattle, CA

Words/Photos by Thenaturalstoner & Mr  Sparkly

If you’re a regular visitor to Concert Confessions, you may have noticed a recurring theme throughout February. On our website, individual Twitter feeds, and the official Concert Confessions facebook page, there has been a lot of talk about The Darkness, the UK rockers who hit the scene in 2003 with the infectious tune “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” So here you go, the third confession of this tour, which also happens to be the last show of the North American tour.

It seemed like this particular weekend in Seattle was about seeing a few love/hate bands…either you love The Darkness and Foxy Shazam (or Sleigh Bells who we saw the night before) or you hate them. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, at least within the CC crew. Well, I love the Darkness and was jacked when they announced their North American tour last fall. Those hopes of seeing them were quickly dashed when I saw no Pacific Northwest dates. However, the boys came through when a few weeks later they added three PNW dates to the end of the tour.

After rocking with Sleigh Bells at the Showbox at the Market the previous night, thenaturalstoner and I headed over to the most dreaded part of Seattle, the University District (Go Cougs!), to see Crown Jewel Defense, Foxy Shazam and The Darkness at the recently renovated 800 seat Neptune Theatre. thenaturalstoner actually enjoyed Crown Jewel Defense’s set more than some of our other Concert Confessions brethren (I felt they were not bad, but just a bit gimmicky). Although I am not above giving them a second listen as both Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and Eric Nally (Foxy Shazam) had nothing but good things to say about the band. However, we were psyched when their set ended and it was Foxy Shazam time!

Crown Jewel Defense

After reading some Foxy Shazam reviews on the site, I was extremely excited to catch this set. All of the stage antics we had been led to believe all came true. Eating cigarettes, crazy stage rolls, and awesome banter were all a fun addition to the set. The music was really good too—“I Like It,” “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,” and “Killin’ It” were amazing. We made our way to the floor, which was a great decision, and rocked out hard! After the set, we decided to head to spot near the front of the balcony and wait for The Darkness to hit the stage.

The Darkness came out about 10:30 and the sold out Neptune exploded. “Black Shuck” opened the set, and two hours later—with hits such as “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” “One Way Ticket,” and of course, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”—the band and their rock and roll madness had the venue in shambles. It had everything I want in a rock concert: crowdsurfing, wailing guitar solos, high-kicks, Justin Hawkins’ bad-ass jumpsuits, and a mind-blowing “Love on the Rocks with No Ice” encore. Hawkins is a hell of a front man, which made it that much more of a great show. I have listened to the band’s first album, Permission to Land, thousands of times since its debut. Over the years, I had come to the realization that I may never see this band live. Tonight, after all those years, I finally got to see The Darkness rock Seattle.

 

The Darkness 02/19/12: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

The Darkness (w/ Crown Jewel Defense and Fox Shazam) 02/19/12

House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I have a shocking confession to make. For a brief period in time I lied and claimed I had seen The Darkness when they played at The Roxy. It was silly I know, but I just wanted to be cool. By dumb luck I was out of town when The Darkness returned and played the Fonda and then they broke up and my dream of seeing The Darkness live was all but crushed. So I lied. Thank God for reunion tours. You know I was online the second their House of Blues West Hollywood President’s Day Weekend Throwdown went on sale. I had missed the group twice; I was not going to miss them for a third time.

The evening started with a group called Crown Jewel Defense. While I wouldn’t say they were good, I will say they were the perfect openers for this tour. The band had the look – bad spandex, synchronized hair flips and screeching guitars. The groups’ music reminded me of what Saigon Kick would have sounded like after a decade that featured unoriginal ass clowns like Godsmack and Disturbed selling a ton of records. Nothing special, in fact some of the songs were cringe-worthy. Yet that didn’t really matter because the band was having fun performing to a very full floor of rock and roll enthusiasts.  The highlight of their set was being smart enough to throw plenty of free promotional gear into the crowd. No matter how bad your music is people love free shit and it’s hard to hate any band who can take out a hipster by hitting them upside the head with a t-shirt.

Up next on this particular evening was Foxy Shazam. My knowledge of the Cincinnati Ohio based rockers walking into the show was my 7 inch single of “Wanna-Be-Angel” and recent confessions from the likes of Jay Porks and BeeZnutZ. Within seconds of hitting the stage I was drinking the Foxy Kool-Aid and ready to tell everyone just how great they are. This band is pure energy. I can only imagine the bruises on lead singers Eric Sean Nally’s body from the way he abuses himself in the name of rocking roll. From somersaults and random drops to his knees to crashing into the drum set watching command the man command the stage is a lot like watching an episode of Jackass.

The groups’ music was as amazing as the performance. From the opening licks of “Welcome To The Church of Rock and Roll” to final notes of “The Only Way To My Heart…” the band sounded like a well-oiled machine. As great as the jams were, it’s hard to not talk about the antics. The first highlight was Nally’s bitching out of a douchebag who ruined the punch line of a long drawn out “joke” about a drunk by screaming for the night’s headliner. As you can see here, Nally had no problem cutting him down to size. Where I assumed the highlight of the night would be Nelly eating a cigarette on stage, it turned out it was anything but. Yes, it was great to see him eat not one but no less than five lit cigarettes during “The Temple.” However the speech that followed where Nally confessed he was over the dumb stunt but felt he had to do it was somewhat heartbreaking. Cigarettes or not, Foxy Shazam are one bad ass motherfucking rock and roll revival and the sold out crowd would have been won over had he eaten them or not.

It was around 9:40pm when “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy blasted through the PA. While a mix of songs from the likes of Electric Six and Boston has already been heard by the capacity crowd, there was no way that this particular song choice was a coincidence. Moments later the boys known as The Darkness were hitting the stage to a thunderous applause as they kicked off the nearly two hour show with “Black Shuck.” Out the gate the band sounded superb with their flashy guitar licks and falsetto vocals. “Growing On Me” quickly followed as late comers did their best to find a spot in the packed club.

One of my biggest surprises of the night was how much new material (and B-sides) the band performed. Early on the band started to drop songs from their highly anticipated new record (still untitled and due out later this year). Of the new material and B-sides, some of the stand out numbers included “The Best Of Me,” “Concrete” and “Physical Sex.” Another highlight was front man Justin Hawkins giving a shout out to the individual who animated the music video for the just released track “Nothing’s Going To Stop Us.” The animator jumped up and down with delight in the VIP section as the group ripped the venue a new one with the feel good jam of 2012.

As great as the new material was, everyone in the crowd was pumped for the classics. I am pretty sure the band managed to perform every track from their 2003 debut Permission To Land. Highlights included Hawkins solo take on “Holding My Own” as well as spot on renditions of “Love Is Only A Feeling,” “Get Your Hands Off Of My Woman” and “Givin’ Up.” Another highlight from that era was the band breaking out their cover of the Radiohead classic “Street Spirit [Fade Out]” that featured seizure inducing strobe lights and the band sounding better than Radiohead has in fifteen years. You of course don’t need me to share the reaction of the crowd when the band played their biggest hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” to close the main set.

The thing that stuck out the most was how grateful the band appeared on stage. It’s clear that each and every member realizes that they have been blessed with a second chance and at least on this particular night it felt as if they refuse to allow the opportunity to go to waste. The energy all night from the crowd was massive,  be it singing along, synchronized overhead claps or clearing a path so Hawkins could shred while riding on the shoulders of a security guard during the night’s final number “Love On The Rocks With No Ice.” It’s clear that 2012 is going to be the best year for The Darkness yet and I am glad I no longer have to lie when folks asked if I have seen the pride of Lowestoft, England live.

Foxy Shazam Brings Out The New And Old Spirits Of St. Louis.

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

5. Unstoppable

6. Forever Together

7. Rocketeer

8. The Temple

9. Ghost Animals (Across)

10. Killin’ It

11. I Like It

12. Only Way To My Heart

13. Freedom

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:

Concert Review : http://kdhx.org/music/reviews/concert-review-foxy-shazam-rampages-through-off-broadway-monday-february-13

KDHX Radio Performance : http://musicvsman.com/2012/02/15/foxy-shazam-kdhx-02-13-12/

Slash Hits The Road In 2012

Slash Hits The Road In 2012



After seeing the band currently touring as Guns N’ Roses in New Jersey a few months ago, it became clear that there was one thing missing from that stage. And that was someone who is indeed the embodiment of all things cool, that my friends was Slash.

Now it may not be the popular opinion, but this particular writer loved the last record to come from the Slash camp, featuring guest vocalists on each track Santana style.

Now, finishing up a new record-which if you follow Slash on Twitter you already know, it was just about time some Tour dates for 2012 got released, fans like myself can see the only original member of Guns N’ Roses we care about.

Jambase.Com broke the story, and thanks for that. We’ll post the dates below. Tickets will be available at SlashOnline.com

 

UPDATE: Foxy Shazam  has announced that they will open for Slash on a slew of September and October dates.  Those dates are at the bottom

SLASH 2012 TOUR DATES

05/03/12  Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD

05/05/12  Rockingham Speedway Rockingham, NC

05/07/12  Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL

05/10/12  Hard Rock Live Biloxi, MS

05/12/12  Liberty Memorial Kansas City, MO

05/13/12  National Balloon Classic Launch Field Indianola, IA

05/14/12  The Brick Minneapolis, MN

05/16/12  Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI

05/17/12  Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI

05/19/12  Rock on the Range at Crew Stadium Columbus, OH

05/20/12  Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ

05/22/12 Irving Plaza, NYC

05/25/12  Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

05/26/12  Route 66 Casino Albuquerque, NM

(Added As May 7th):

07/12/12  Roseland Theater Portland, OR

07/13/12  Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA

07/14/12  Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

07/16/12  Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Edmonton, AB

07/17/12 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Calgary, AB

07/20/12  TCU Place Saskatoon, SK

07/21/12  Burton Cummings Theater Winnipeg, MB

07/23/12  Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, ON

07/25/12  Empire Square Live Belleville, ON

07/26/12  Harris Park London, ON

07/27/12 L’ Olympia Theatre Montreal, QC

07/29/12 Albert Rousseau Theatre Quebec City, QC

07/30/12 Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB

07/31/12  Cunard Centre Halifax, NS

08/02/12  House of Blues Boston, MA

08/03/12  The Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ

08/04/12  Paramount Theatre Huntington, NY

W/ Foxy Shazam:

9/04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
9/05/12 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
9/07/12 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
9/08/12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/09/12  Houston, TX – House of Blues
9/11/12 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
9/12/12 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9/18/12 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
9/19/12 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
9/21/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
9/22/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
9/25/12 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
9/28/12 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
9/29/12 Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center
10/02/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/03/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern


The Darkness w/ Foxy Shazam 2/4/12 Irving Plaza NYC

On the same evening that New York Jets Running Back Curtis Martin get’s elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, can you believe that’s only the second best thing that happened today? Well, The 64th installment of the Jay Pork Never Ending Concert Series may have had something to do with that. Tonight brings us to Irving Plaza in NYC for an epic evening with The Darkness! Along with Foxy Shazam (Which ‘thenaturalstoner‘ praises for their latest stellar release), and I believe some other band they threw on the card that will be named in the next paragraph or so. This is great for so many reasons. First trip back to Irving Plaza since the Joe Budden debacle, and as I recall I noted to show up earlier this time and make it a must to get a better spot. Irving Plaza is also the venue me and my friend Pam scalped the fake Alice In Chains tickets and got beat on 100 bucks. Bad things have happened here. But, it’s the freaking Darkness! A band that people don’t know til you sing them the chorus from “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, and even then they snort in derision. “You’re going to see that band?”. Yea actually I am. I can recall actually having a professor of mine at the College of Staten Island last semester breakdown the Epicness of the Darkness to some classmate who claimed they were a “one hit wonder”. That teacher said he’ll be in attendance tonight, and I will be looking for him(Brian Cogan author of many books available on Amazon, including the “Encyclopedia of Punk”). So there’s that and hey, it’s our first 2012 show-time to get back in the swing of things. I kicked it off huge last year with GWAR, and I expect The Darkness deliver as well (Well, except the “one of the guys in the band dying” part anyway). So let’s get this show on the road shall we?



So after freezing outside on a line for about an hour, they decided to open the doors. I happened to be standing next to a couple outside who I got to chatting it up with. Totally cool people, it was all laughs and talking past show experiences. Love that shit. And it was either Connecticut or New Hampshire they were from I can’t remember because I’m a terrible friend. But I know they were in a hotel and I know they were nice enough to warm me up with some of their Jagermeister while we waited for doors to open. Awesome. Finally some people who are friendly! I’m standing next to someone who says there is a second opener in addition to Foxy Shazam. I’m sure as hell hope not. Anyway I was able to snag a standing room spot upstairs, so video is happening tonight (we hope).

At 9 on the dot, a band fronted by a guy wearing rainbow zebra pants hit the stage. This band turned out to be Crown Jewel Defense- they’ve been on tour with Darkness overseas they say, and by the looks of their wardrobe I believe them. These guys look like before they formed this band they played as a Darkness cover band the way everyone’s pants hugging testicles. I mean, these guys aren’t that bad- they’re tight as a band. This guy has painted lines under his eyes like a Native American chief or something. What the hell goes on with life? A whole 24 minutes of their set went by fairly quickly, before the last song there was chants of “No more songs!” from the Irving Plaza crowd. Wasn’t me this time I swear.

Foxy Shazam came out at 9:40, and were totally freaking cool from the get go. Lead singer grabs the microphone and says: “I know Rock and Roll is dead but that doesn’t mean we can’t dance with it’s fucking ghost!!”. Hell yes! THIS is a band I can get into. They kicked it off with a song called “The Only Way to My Heart”-you had me at “The”! The lead singer jumps on the lead guitarist’s shoulders as he’s playing his little solo part, humps the back of his head. They got what I thought was hydraulic keyboards going on over there, but that was just the dude enjoying lifting it and moving it into obscure angles, including upside down to end the set. He was standing (and stomping) on that keyboard for a while there. Their lead singer is something else. All over the place, crazy swinging the mic-stand around and catching it.. Little bit of Iggy in him,

you know, minus the blood and peanut butter. During the set he asked if anyone in the crowd has a cigarette, he was tossed one with a light and lit it up. He takes a few puffs, and EATS IT. The dude ate a lit cigarette on stage! That’s what I call showmanship right there, that’s a front man I want to see more of… I feel like I’ve said this before, but this band sounds exactly like it’s name. Foxy Shazam.. just say it like this Foxy Sha-ZAM!!..Their set was over at 10:09. Then the wait for the Darkness had begun.

Hey, message to the dudes behind me-bump me again, and I’m going to turn around and punch somebody. The dance floor is downstairs if you wanna boogie, there was 5 of us that ran up here for a reason-to get away from you idiots.


So at like 10:50, the lights went off and a little intro music for a minute or so before they appeared before us: THE DARKNESS !

Rocking a stache like no other, decked out in an American Flag themed outfit looking like Johnny Depp meets Freddie Mercury. The place has filled out to the gills and going completely crazy.. these people are screaming so loud I could barely hear the notes at first. Started it with “Black Shuck” and went into “Growing on Me” from there. As someone who writes stuff on the interwebs, this point of the show I’m in heaven with a great spot and no event staffers in sight. I’m rolling, I’m gonna get this whole freaking thing! “The Best of Me”, “One Way Ticket to Hell and Back”, “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us”(The music video they release a few days ago), and “Get Your Hands Off My Women”-with the only one I wasn’t recording was the new one.



To me, this set happens in portions. The above paragraph is me rocking out doing my Social Media Journalistic duties from the 2nd floor leaning over the railing, recording songs like the rest of the room-except I’m not using an iPhone. So this schmuck starts tapping me on the shoulder during “Can’t Believe It’s Not Love” and demands I put the camera away. Really dude? Again, I can’t stress this enough, IF YOU DON’T WANT ME TO BRING A CAMERA, THEN PUT IT IN THE EVENT INFO! You can’t just make up rules. Besides the fact of all the pot smoke and cigarettes being smoked downstairs. But no, me standing next the mom of one Foxy Shazam’s photographers with a little tiny camera is a problem. Screw you guy, you almost ruined my night.

It was at that point I realized my kidney’s were not up to the task of holding this urine in much longer, and since this great spot has gone to waste thanks to that event staff prick, might as well hit the head right about now. And I promise you this is how it went down, I can’t make this up. I run downstairs as I hear that Justin Hawkins is strumming an acoustic, but now I’m on the run to the stall and as soon as I close that door and begin to relieve myself, I hear that the song they’re playing is “Holding My Own”.. as I look down and, let’s face it, I too am also holding my own. I ran back upstairs because I heard “Love Is Only a Feeling” about to get started and I got up there and couldn’t see a freaking thing it’s so packed out. I was so mad for that split second I swung my fist towards the wall and almost punched it, I pulled back before I hit it (damn people watching me must think I’m a nutcase). I walked downstairs and sat back to enjoy this great song, and this great night. Eff that guy-I got “Growing On Me” that’s gonna have 100’s of views by next week. Porks 1, Event Staff 0.

Some bands let you down with their live performance-that is not the case here tonight. I cannot believe this guy can hit those high notes like that in real life-too bad Queen isn’t still looking for a front man to tour with-because THIS would be the guy. And keep now I’ve moved to the bar, and I’m watching the on stage happenings on a flat screen TV. I’m being blown away through a Television! This back end of the set they actually mixed in a few new songs too, that Justin said is on an album they’re working on. Good news for us Darklings. “Friday Night”(I love that song) was followed by a new one called “Everybody Have a Good Time”. He said it was “Everybody Have a Mother Fucking Good Time”, but the chorus didn’t have the expletive in it, so I’ll assume it’s not going in the title. “Givin’ Up” was in there too at some point, my iPod was dead I couldn’t take the songs down in order..Their were at least 2 more new ones in there that we weren’t privileged to be given the names of before the night was over. They went off well after Midnight, with “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” being the last song before the encore, and it was already 12:10 by then.

What a night. Feels so good to get back in the swing of things for 2012-as much as I love discussing festival lineups and trying to plan trips to Beale St., it fells so freaking good typing every single word of this as the clock ticks past 5AM. Tons of other shows coming this year, as we try and top last years total of 23: We got DMX coming up, Kasabian at Terminal 5 in March, Local H coming back at the Mercury Lounge in April. Fun times, fun times indeed. But here’s something not fun: I have a restaurant to open up in 4 hours-working til 9PM. And you know what, maybe someone get’s Merlot instead of Cabernet later because I’m so shot from all this madness… but it was all so damn worth it. Thanks for sticking around for all this jibber jabbar-stay tuned.

LATE

Rock On The Range 2012 Lineup Revealed

Rock On The Range 2012 Lineup Revealed

Check Out The Lineup For The 2013 Rock On The Range Festival By Clicking Here!

Most events held at Crew Stadium in Columbus are trash. I say that because we all know that Ohio State Football is a joke. What is not a joke (minus a few bands) is the lineup for the 2012 Rock on the Range concert. To be held on May 18th and 19th, highlights of the line up include, The Darkness, Down, Megadeth, Mastodon and many more.

Tickets are on sale Friday Feb 10th, 2012. A full line up is below and make sure to check our coverage from Rock on the Range 2009 by clicking here. For up to the minute details, check out the official Rock on the Range website by clicking here.

Daily Line Up:

Friday Night 4play: Hairball; Foxy Shazam; Black Tide; Hells Bells…tribute to AC/DC.

Saturday, May 19: Incubus; Shinedown; Five Finger Death Punch; Slash; Cypress Hill; Chevelle; Theory of a Deadman; Halestorm; P.O.D.; Adelitas Way; Cavo; Bobaflex; Falling In Reverse; In This Moment; New Medicine; Kyng; Otherwise; Rival Sons; Emphatic; (Fox TV winner TBA).

Sunday, May 20: Rob Zombie; Marilyn Manson; Megadeth; Anthrax; Mastodon; Volbeat; The Darkness; Down; Escape The Fate; Lacuna Coil; Black Stone Cherry; Attack Attack!; Trivium; Redlight King; James Durbin; Aranda; 12 Stones; SOiL; Eve To Adam; Ghosts Of August.

 

BEEZNUTZ TOP 10 SHOWS OF 2011!

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFLa1kHw7OM
(Video Credit : http://www.youtube.com/user/cmb7869 ) Check out for more great videos.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWdejPHYpBg
Video Credit : http://www.youtube.com/user/poisonkill1291

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.

Till next year.

Bzntz

BeezNutz Presents Top 10 Shows Part 1 (10-6)

10. St Vincent, 2/15/10 Bottleneck Lawerence KS.

After catching her twice the previous year. I made a little trek across the state to see her at a venue I had not been to for 8 years. She did not disappoint.

It was a awesome set, the one that makes you want to come back out as soon as possible and see another. I ended up doing that and almost died in the process shitty story, moving along.

9. Foxy Shazam, The Old Rock House St Louis.

Foxy Shazam 10/20/10

What can I say about this band. I first got to know them by checking out a free instore at my favorite record store Vintage Vinyl. I bought their CD and got two tickets to see them open for Hole. I ended up getting to the show late and only caught the last two songs. I couldn’t wait to see them again.

A few months later they were back and I knew I had to go. Even if that meant missing various other great shows that evening. When he told this Jack Nicolson story I knew I had made the right choice.

Foxy Shazam’s live show can be pretty crazy sometimes a perfect example comes around 5:31 in this next video. I couldn’t believe what I had seen……

They have a show lined up already next year for Janurary you know where I’ll be.

8. Drive By Truckers
Drive By Truckers The Pageant St. Louis, MO. 10/02/10

Sometimes I am spontaneous and go to shows on just a whim. That was certainly the case with Drive By Truckers. After seeing a great opening set during the summer Tom Petty Tour. I ended up being off of work the night of their headlining show here. I had no choice, I had to go.

Everything about this show was great, everyone including the security was relaxed. They put on a great show alternating singers between songs really gives a nice variety to the show.

I enjoyed the occasional slide guitar they played during certain songs.

They played great and everyone enjoyed as you can clearly see by the crowd reaction as they retake the stage for the encore.

7. Jackson Browne and David Lindley

I didn’t expect this show to be so good or make my top ten but surprises are sometimes fun. It was either mothers day or close to my mom’s birthday when I got the email saying Jackson Browne was coming to town. I knew he was one of my moms favorite musicians so I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.

I enjoyed the set and got a first hand education on the talented David Lindley who mostly played the slide guitar throughout the set.

While I enjoyed the set my mom loved it, it felt good to be able to see her so happy. She really enjoyed ” Rock Me On The Water”

Needless to say she enjoyed her gift and the show very much. Well worth the money spent, Jackson Browne is a great performer.

6. Van’s Warped Tour 2010 Bonner Springs KS

This one is tough to write about as it was the most life changing moment in all of my year of 2010. It started off so innocently and ended so tragically.

First I made the 5 hour drive in less than 4.5 hours, I was skating to Kansas. I pushed about 75-80 the entire way with minimal stops. I made it to the gas station right before the venue. I picked up two tall boys. I remember sitting in the car, AC blasting pounding these beers as mass amounts of kids waited in line.

As the line moved I pounded my ritual 2 bottles of water, snuck an entire other bottle of Vodka in with me and proceeded to get warped.

First band on my list at the bright and early time of 11 a.m was the almighty PENNYWISE, I scored a rail spot and enjoyed myself as the oven of the day started to preheat to a heat index of 105 +. I knew what Pennywise would close with but did not expect the special guest that joined them for ” Bro Hymm”

Epic to say the least. The next band on my to do list for the day was Shawn The Clown from Slipknot’s Side Project ” DIRTY LITTLE RABBITS”. Sadly the singer was suffering from a broken foot and Shawn had a family situation and couldn’t make it. That didn’t stop them from playing a amazing set and I watched the entire thing. My favorite song they did was called ” Happy”.

After that set I needed some shade and warm shots of Vodka to ease the pain of the intense heat. Followed by some healthy water doses I was ready to endure more heat. The next band I had to see was The Dillenger Escape plan. You wouldn’t know it was insanely hot by the way they played. Intense doesnt even begin to cover it.

After a bit of wondering and more warm vodka shots I was ready to find something else to watch and found it in the form of IWRESTLEDABEAR once. I will be honest like a lot of bands on the tour I watched them because of the cool name. The wall of Death was the highlight of their set for me.

After A bit more shade it was fun time for me. I love seeing the Reel Big Fish, A Lot. They always make me smile and put on a great show. This one was no exception.

Always full of fun and humor this set was my favorite of day, The band Tip The Van Joined them for ” She Has Girlfriend Now “.

The ended their set one a high note with a brief cover of ” Enter Sandman” right into the crowd favorite ” Beer “.

At this point it was about 6 p.m still two hours of warped to go, but what to do? I needed to sober up so the answer was easy, go see more bands.

I remember this part of my day crystal clear as if it was a HD movie playing over and over in my head. I saw this photographer throughout the day on crutches with a broken foot. I went up to talk to him and commend him on his dedication of his craft.

We are walking he is trying to tell me about his website and out of the corner of my eye I notice something disturbing. It was a lifeless body with one person at his side, and everything else just became backround noise.

After a moment the lady at his side was yelling for paramedics who were on the scene in a flash. I watched for maybe 5 minutes as they beat on his lifeless chest. I felt horrible and helpless. Soon after a great crowd gathered around the area as people stood by gawking.

I felt horrible seeing that, and felt worse walking no more than 20-30 feet away to watch Suicide Silence. I figured that would be better than watching the other scene.

It felt so wrong trying to enjoy a show, while someone else is dying in the backround. Every now and again through the pit you could see his lifeless shoe’s still on the ground as Paramedics tried to bring him back. I left that show feeling sick. The entire way home all I could picture was me laying in his spot and being the one that wasn’t as lucky.

I came home went to bed, and awoke to the new’s I was dreading hearing. The man had passed away, to hit closer to home he was my age and in good health. The heat can kill, we all need to respect that and be careful out there.

His name was Curtis Alan Deforest or just Alan to his friends and family and I will never, ever forget him. R.I.P Alan, I am sure you will be at the next warped in spirit.

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