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Halestorm – Deluxe Room at Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN – 08-06-2013

As many times as I’ve seen Halestorm over the past three years, they never disappoint, they always put on an amazing show. Lzzy Hale continues to defy the rock greats with vocal abilities that stand out time after time.

Halestorm was doing a solo tour this time around, made a stop at the Deluxe Room at the Old National Center in Indianapolis Indiana, to a sold out show. Halestorm started back in 2009 and I think I’ve been seeing them live since 2011, I know I’ve been to many shows, just never had the opportunity to met them, well last night I finally got to met Lzzy Hale, her brother Arejay Hale which is the drummer, Joe Hottinger the guitarist, and Josh Smith the bassist. Together they make up one kick ass band.

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Halestorm took the stage at 9pm sharp and opened up with “Love Bites (So do I)” from their current album “The Strange Case of” that was released last year, their first full length album to date, I’m sure more will follow. They sang several cover songs and even a solo song by Lzzy herself that I have never heard before, I do believe it’s on an extended version of there cd somewhere. They did “Slave to the Grind” by “Skid Row” which is awesome, Lzzy’s voice can sing that slightly better than Sebastian Bach, I do know they have sung it together at some point and time. They also did “All I wanna do is Make Love to you” by “Heart” and that’s off of there “Reanimate: The Covers EP” that was released in 2011, it has both those songs, along with a wicked remake of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, totally better than the original by far.

They are a humble band, Lzzy thanked the fans for putting her on the stage, and all the support and love from social media that they receive, the fans really did jump-start their career. So much so, they won a Grammy for the song “Love Bites (So do I) for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, although a lot of people thought they shouldn’t have, they did ironically enough, which hasn’t changed them to much that I could tell, still down to earth and very appreciative for what they have and how they got there.

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The set list is as follows:

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz. Hyde
  3. You call me a bitch like its a bad thing
  4. Freak Like Me
  5. Dirty Work
  6. Innocence
  7. Daughters of Darkness
  8. Straight Through the Heart (Ronnie James Dio cover)
  9. Rock Show
  10. Break in
  11. In your room
  12. All I wanna do is make love to you (Heart Cover)
  13. Familiar Taste of Poison
  14. Drum Solo (by Arejay)
  15. Slave to the Grind (Skid Row Cover)
  16. It’s Not you
  17. I Get off
  18. Hate it when you see me cry (Lzzy solo)
  19. Gold Dust Women (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  20. I Miss the Misery
  21. Here’s to Us

Overall an amazing night of music by Halestorm, they did have an opening act a band named Whitener from Kentucky they were alright nothing special, they did however sing “Little Red Corvette” by “Prince” which made my friend cringe, but overall a good thirty minute set by them was all that was needed.

The Deluxe Room at the Old National Center in Indianapolis only holds 800 people, it’s a small basement room that has a stage and main floor area that works really well for smaller concerts, it’s one of many event rooms in the Center, the Egyptian Room being the largest for concerts of general admission. It’s one of my go-to venues for concerts over the summer, great place for live music.

After the show we ventured out by the bus, and was able to met Joe, Lzzy and Arejay, they signed things, took photos.. I’m glad I got to met them, been wanting for quite some time.

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Thank you Halestorm for yet again, putting on an epic rock show.. can’t wait to do it again in the future.

Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Expands To Two Days In 2013

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Meanwhile in Jacksonville, the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville Festival is expanding to a two day event down in Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 27th and 28th. Stop me if you’ve heard these names before in the the minor festival circuit this year. Day One gets you Alice In Chains headlining ahead of Limp Bizkit, Stone Sour, Popa Roach and Bullet for My Valentine along with Three Days Grace, Halestorm, Escape The Fate and more. Day Two you get your Freebird on with what’s left of Lynard Skynyrd, 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Buckcherry and more. Look how far down Filter is on that lineup. You don’t think they’re better than freaking Steel Panther for fucks sake? Because this guy sure does. Anyway, you know what part comes now: Any additional information needed head over to the festival’s Official Website Here.

Welcome To Rockville 2013 Lineup:

Alice In Chains

Limp Bizkit

Stone Sour

Three Days Grace

Papa Roach

Bullet For My Valentine

Halestorm

Asking Alexandria

All That Remains

In This Moment

Escape The Fate

Pop Evil

Otherwise

Young Guns

Gemini Syndrome

—–Day Two—-

Lynard Skynyrd

3 Doors Down

Shinedown

Buckcherry

Hollywood Undead

Skillet

Steel Panther

Device

Filter

Motionless In White

Saving Abel

Thousand Foot Krutch

Nonpoint

Red

Girl On Fire

 

Rock Fest 2013 Has Been Revealed

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Hey look at this, there’s something besides the Green Bay Packers that happens in Wisconsin. July 18th through 21st in Cadott, WI, 2013’s version of Rock Fest will leave your ears ringing with the sounds of bands like Megadeth, KISS, Korn and The Offspring. Yes, we agree that it’s an odd combination of headliners. Other notables performing include: Stone Sour, Theory Of A Deadman, Seether and Halestorm. Cheeseball acts like Whitesnake and Motley Crue also are set to please thousands of 50+ year old women wearing their concert tee shirts from High School. Hey, at least they offer free hot showers. Head over to the Rock Fest Official Website for ticketing information, camping inquires and all that good stuff.

 

Rock Fest 2013 Lineup:

The Offspring

Megadeth

KISS

Whitesnake

Motley Crue

Stone Sour

Korn

Theory Of A Deadman

Halestorm

Seether

Warrant

Device

Otherwise

Skillet

Aranda

All That Remains

Hell Yeah

Pop Evil

In This Moment

Rocklahoma 2013 Lineup Has Been Announced

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Another good day for festivals as Rocklahoma 2013 has announced it’s lineup. Alice In Chains, “Guns N’ Roses” and Korn with the backwards “R” represent your headliners May 24th through the 26th if your the type of person to choose to hang in Oklahoma for 3 days. Other acts playing sets that don’t suck entirely: Cheap Trick, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach and Clutch. And stop me if you’ve heard these words before, but for more information check out the festival’s official website

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Carolina Rebellion Festival brings Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Deftones And More

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Another day, another festival announcement. For the third time, the Carolina Rebellion Festival will serve as Mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival around and May 4th & 5th it will return to  Rock City Campgrounds in Concord, North Carolina. The big names are Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and the Deftones. Papa Roach, Bush, Rise Against and Bullet For My Valentine are other notables. For more information on tickets and all that jazz, head over to the official festival website. For a full list of announce acts, check below.

Caroline Rebellion Festival 2013:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Limp Bizkit
Rise Against
Bush
Deftones
3 Doors Down
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Bullet For My Valentine
Buckcherry
Volbeat
Halestorm
Asking Alexandria
All That Remains
Steel Panther
Device (with David Draiman)
Hollywood Undead
Sick Puppies
In This Moment
Escape The Fate
Pop Evil
Nonpoint
Otherwise
Aranda
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Tracer
American Fangs
Heaven’s Basement
Monstro

Rock On The Range 2013 Features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains & Smashing Pumpkins

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No matter what year it actually is right now, this Rock On The Range lineup for 2013 is indeed super awesome. Upon a Google search trying to see Soundgarden‘s set list from last night in New York City, we stumbled upon this line up of past, present and future heroes and wondered how exactly one would bring themselves to actually go to Ohio. Headliners include Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Smashing Pumpkins. Some may say “What is it 1993 or something?”, but those people might not be aware that all three of those bands released new, critically acclaimed records in the past two years. Korn (can’t type the backwards R), Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Swedish Rockers Ghost, Middle Class Rut and Heavy Metal favorites Sevendust are among the notables.

It’s all going down May 17th through 19th at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. And tickets are on sale February 1st and you can head to the festival’s official website for more details on everything that is Rock On The Range. This one looks like a lot of fun. The full lineup as released so far is listed below.

Rock On The Range 2013 Line Up:

Soundgarden
Alice In Chains
Smashing Pumpkins
Korn
Bush
Stone Sour
Three Days Grace
Papa Roach
Cheap Trick
Bullet For My Valentine
Volbeat
Lamb Of God
Skillet
A Day To Remember
Buckcherry
Halestorm
Hollywood Undead
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
Steel Panther
Sevendust
Sick Puppies
Asking Alexandria
Pop Evil
In Flames
Clutch
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
The Sword
Ghost
Motionless In White
Red
Deuce
Middle Class Rut
Big Wreck
Oleander
Otherwise
Red Line Chemistry
Young Guns
Thousand Foot Krutch
Mindset Evolution
Tracer
Beware of Darkness
Heaven’s Basement
American Fangs
Love And Death
Gemini Syndrome

Jagermeister Tour 2012: Pops – Sauget, IL 12-01-12

The Jagermeister Tour rolled into Pops Saturday night in Sauget, IL, and it was pretty good for a sold out show.

 

As usual I get to the venue way to early, and I knew that Halestorm had VIP that they offered for sale on there fan club website, but I also knew in the past that venues made the VIP’s come back out, but this wasn’t the case at Pops, so therefore my waiting in line for ten hours was in vain, but overall I wasn’t bitter I did enjoy the show none the less.

The doors opened around 7pm and I did manage to get myself a little corner of the rail on the left side of the stage, while everyone else that had been in line for the past ten hours made there way up to the balcony, and got seats.. I did have one saved for me if I decided to head to it, but standing on the corner of the rail, would be sufficient enough for the time being.

 

The opening band Eve to Adam took the stage promptly at 8pm, they where awesome, they are from New York, and the lead singer and drummer are brothers. Taki Sassaris and Alex Sassaris, along with Gaurav Bali as the lead guitarist, also a member of Dope was on hand, and a bassist’s who’s name I didn’t catch, this band has some major musical talent. They rocked, they sang songs off of there current album “Banquet for a Starving Dog” which consisted of;

  • 2 Pills
  • No Regrets
  • Run your Mouth

They even did an amazing performance of Billy Idols “Rebel Yell” it was awesome, the lead singer has a voice like Scott Stapp from Creed, so it’s raspy enough to pull off the hard sounding song, as they opened up for Creed on there major tour. They closed out there set with there lead single “Reach” and a brand new one that Taki said was co written by Eric Bass from Shinedown called “Straightjacket Supermodel”, overall great performance by these guys.

Next up was In this Moment, which I’ve seen once before, but was so preparing for this show…. they are epic..and I knew they would put on a great show, as they started setting up there stage you could tell it was going to be a show stopper. Maria has tons of props, and there was white skulls in place, skeleton’s, plastic foam heads, and all sort of cool things gracing the small stage at Pops. Of course Maria Brinks the lead singer was  dressed in all white from her shoes to the mask that she wore for the opening song. They opened with “Rise with Me” and then burst into “Adrenalize” from there current album “Blood” it was awesome, the whole front row’s faces were enough to make me laugh, as they were there to see Halestorm and had no idea who In this Moment was, but In this Moment stole the show. I’m glad I was able to be up front for them, as Maria wowed the crowd with costume add on’s, and major guitar riffs from the band members that are decked out with war paint on there faces, and give off a creepy vibe, but are overall extremely friendly. There set list consisted of:

  • Rise with me
  • Adrenalize
  • Blazin
  • Whore
  • Beast within
  • Burn
  • The Gun Show, (which included Maria’s dance)
  • The Blood Legion
  • Blood

In this Moment had prop changes, and overall stage presence. Maria Brinks, is truly the heavy metal version of Lady Gaga, she commands the stage, and puts out great music while doing it, overall they stole the show for me.

After standing through Eve to Adam and In This Moment, I let someone have my corner rail and I made my way up to the balcony for Halestorm as my friends headed that way to begin with, this was my ninth or tenth time seeing Halestorm and they never disappoint, granted the stage wasn’t big enough for both of there riser platform’s, but Lzzy and company put on a great show. There set list is as follows:

  • Mz Hyde
  • Love Bites (So do I)
  • Freak Like Me
  • Dirty Work
  • American Boys
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Rock Show
  • Break In
  • Gold Dust Women (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • Familiar Taste of Poison
  • Drum Solo
  • You call me a bitch like it’s a bad thing
  • It’s not you
  • I Get off

Encore: Here’s to Us, and I Miss the Misery..

They put on a great show for the crowd, I was able to get a couple videos, and some awesome photos..

Overall another great tour, and with Pops being the venue of choice I always go there, one of the security guards said “oh hadn’t seen you for a while” I said, I’ll be back next week to Bush and Chevelle, so it’s nice to know that I have friends, and folks remember you makes you feel secure in a not so great part of East St. Louis.  Thanks again Pops, see you soon.

 

Carnival of Madness – The Rave, Milwaukee WI – 8-21-2012

Stop number two for me on the Carnival of Madness 2012 Tour, and so far each show has been different in every aspect.
Milwaukee is quite a drive for me, a five hour drive to be exact. The Carnival of Madness Tour rolled into Milwaukee on my Birthday August 21st. What a better way to spend your birthday then with a concert? We rolled into Milwaukee around 1pm, as we left our home at 8am. Thankfully it was not that bad of a drive. My friend Cheri Hargis went with me, and we managed to get about 50 people back in line.

All the bands were there, and since this is an early show that started around 5pm and they usually let people in the door roughly around 4pm. Here at The Rave they let everyone in at 3:45pm where we were mashed up next to a small door in a bar area until 4:30pm. Then we all pushed and made our way up three flights of stairs to the main ball room, Cheri and I managed to get a side rail, close to the stage, and in a good position before the place started filling up. I’m not a stair climber by all means, I got worried when there was a ton of people in front of us, but we did manage to get on the rail. The Rave is located at the edge of downtown Milwaukee, and it a huge five story brick building, it has many rooms to have several bands playing at once. In fact there were several bands playing that night, along with several bars. The main area/main stage is a huge ballroom type place, with steps, and a balcony that has opera style seating. It looks rundown from the outside, but inside, it’s a great venue with excellent acoustics, it’s worth the five hour drive to get there, as many bands make a stop at The Rave.

New Medicine was first up as they have been first up this entire tour. Honestly these guys never disappoint and they rock it each time. They have had so many issues this tour, Jake the lead singer got appendicitis after the first show and had to sit out two shows. They added a new song, “American Wasted” from their debut album Race you to the Bottom along with the “The Takeover” “Little Sister” (which by the way is about Jake losing his little sister when she was young) and they closed with “Race You To The Bottom” which is a song about drinking. During “Race You To The Bottom” they had Arejay from Halestorm come up on stage and help them out. It made for a fun overall band performance.

Next up was Cavo and still after the second time I can’t really get into them, I’m not sure why. I love their songs and they even played a new song off of the current album Thick as Thieves called “Circles” along with “Celebrity” and “Ready to Go.” They also did there hit “Champagne” off of their last album. Overall Cavo does put on a great performance, I just can’t seem to get into their music, and possibly if I got the CD it would help, but they aren’t a bad band by no means, that’s just my opinion and it could change.

Halestorm takes the stage next and as always Lzzy belts out another great performance, I’m not sure what people were saying about The Rave not having great sound, I seriously could hear everything Lzzy was singing, her voice sounded awesome, I tell you folks if you get a chance to see Halestorm live you will not be disappointed. Lzzy belts out songs from the new current CD, Strange Case of Halestorm along with others from the first CD Halestorm. Songs included, “I Get Off” “Love Bites, So Do I” “Rock Show” “MzHyde” “Freak Like Me” and “I Miss the Misery” all of these are major rock songs, and are epic when they are sung live. She also sang song on the piano called “Break In” which has been accompanied by Amy Lee, they have been doing a duet of the song here on the last dates, here is a photo of Amy Lee behind the piano, and more will follow in the review of the Chicago show

We were behind the piano in Milwaukee and wasn’t able to see the whole performance, but you can see Amy’s face just above the piano that Lzzy is playing, it’s a beautiful song, and a great duet by both of them.

Chevelle was next and at this point and time being in the PIT is getting tough, and this concert in Milwaukee was there fourth time seeing them, well they did more jumping up and down then I have ever seen, it was comical yet hardcore at the same time. Of course Chevelle can never put on a bad show, I’ve been a fan for 12 years, just love these guys they are a great bunch of guys, they run their own stuff, and just put on an amazing performance each time I see them. They sang hits off of their new CD Hats off to the Bull along with favorites “The Clincher”, “Red”, and “Envy” even though Sheldon the Bull wasn’t present, Chevelle sounded awesome, like I said the acoustics in The Rave were amazing.

By the end of Chevelle’s set, hunger and dehydration had set in for Cheri and I. It was obvious we weren’t going to make it through Evanescence set, so we managed to make our way out of the Pit and back to where we could sit down and at least hear Amy Lee and see their set. As you can see we were rather far away, but you can still see them starting off their set with “What You Want.”

Evanescence sang songs off of the current CD entitled Evanescence along with old favorites such as “Going Under”, “My Immortal” and “Call Me When You’re Sober”. Amy like Lzzy plays piano solos as well, granted this was the second stop for me on this tour, and honestly we left after the first couple songs, being that far away you can make that decision, but I know Amy Lee and company put on a great performance for the Milwaukee crowd.

Overall it was worth the trip, I would do it again in a heartbeat, and for the second time on the Carnival of Madness tour, it’s always rewarding to say you actually made it through the show, regardless of if you had to leave because of dehydration or hunger. Concert pit people are hardcore, and we do with stand the elements from time to time, but we don’t regret it, and have the stories to tell from it.

Carnival of Madness – Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL – 8-26-2012

Having seen gigs in Springfield Illinois and Milwaukee Wisconsin already this summer, Toyota Park in the suburbs of Chicago was my third stop on the Carnival of Madness Tour 2012. There is a difference in this review then all the others, as this review will be cut short, the weather had a factor with the show Sunday night, and was a major issue with the bands as well.

Having never been to this venue, it is a stadium for a MLS soccer team so you can guess how massive it is. My friends and I decided to get to the venue at 9:30am and we were ninth in line, as some friends of mine Cortney Meyer and Troy Jordan had a long haul and wanted to make sure we got great spots inside. This is what you do, friends help friends and we all managed to get on the rail in the front row, so it was worth the seven hour wait I must say.

It had rained on and off all day. Luckily we were under the entrance door area, so we weren’t too wet from the rain waiting to get inside all day. Yet the stadium itself didn’t have a roof, so praying the rain would end by 5pm was a given. Once the doors finally opened, we weren’t searched instead we just had our ticket scanned and off we went. Several of us managed to get in after our tickets were scanned, but some were held back because others were pushing so I managed to get in along with Troy and we headed down front to keep spots for the others. Everyone made it, barely, but thankfully the venue had a floor on the field. Had it not been for that floor, it would have been a major mud pit.

It started to rain on and off during New Medicine’s set and as always regardless of strep throat, Jake put on a great show, singing his heart out..

There was no disappointment, granted yes they have had their share of issues on this tour, but again New Medicine rocked the house. They played songs off of their current album”Race You To The Bottom” which is about drinking, and I did manage to get the drinking race on film.

It’s a highlight of the show, to see who can race to the bottom of the glass, either Jake or Matt usually wins, as you see Arejay from Halestorm was cheering them on as well. New Medicine is a great band, and for as many times as I’ve seen them in the last year or two I would go see them again in a heartbeat, great bunch of guys.

Cavo was next and with the rain stopping they put on an excellent performance. As I said in the past review, I need to get their CD and listen to it more to get the feel for them. They did play their hits, as well as “Circles” a new song off of their album “Thick as Thieves”.

By the time Cavo had finished it had started to rain again. Halestorm was taking the stage regardless of the conditions By the time Halestorm finished, they were as soaked along with the rest of us.

Lzzy Hale started of singing “Love Bites, So do I” and the rain started coming down real hard. It seems like the more they rocked the more rain came down, but despite them getting through their entire before the venue stopped the last song, which was “Here’s To Us.” As awlays they rocked the house.

During Halestorms set, Lzzy was able to do “Break In” on the piano and Amy Lee umbrella in tow to begin with, sang right along with her, Amy got rid of the umbrella, because there was no stopping getting wet at this show:

Halestorm did manage to finish with exception of the last song and by that time everyone was wet. Justin Wilk who is Halestorm’s equipment tech couldn’t keep the sound boards dry despite trying everything from plastic bags to wiping them off, It was madness and thus the show was cancelled.

Granted Chevelle and Evanescence didn’t make it on, but the venue is thinking about rescheduling it and they are negotiating when the best time will be. I know my ticket is soggy and so was my friends, but they are drying out as I’m typing hopefully it will be on a sunny weekend.

The show must go on they say but unfortunately on this night it didn’t. I wouldn’t change one thing, waiting in line for nine hours, getting soaked and having the time of my life. Granted the seats inside my truck are still soaked, it was an epic night and an epic way to end my trek of the Carnival of Madness Tour.

Carnival of Madness Tour 07/31/2012: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL

Carnival of Madness Tour 2012

Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL

Words/Photos by Concertchk

The Carnival of Madness Tour rolled into Springfield Illinois last night (07/31/12) and what a show is was. It was five bands, new songs and a ton of nerves all adding up for a truly memorable evening. The trek featured Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, New Medicine and Cavo. As you probably know by reading my past confessions, I have seen all of these bands with the exception of Cavo numerous times. Yet since this was only 90 minutes away from home I figured why not check them out again?  As usual I got there early but thankfully the wait was not too bad with doors set to open at 5:30.  There are two sets of doors to the Prairie Capital Convention Center, and I was first in line at one of the doors which gave me time to make friends as I waited for two of my friends to show up. The venue was recently remodeled and was the perfect place for a show like this. Plenty of seats for shoes who want them and a big open floor for those who love to get down and dirty in the pit.   Once doors did open I ran past things like the official Chevelle gray Chevelle automobile in order to get to the rail (and yes I made it right in front of the stage) I was ready for the Carnival of Madness to begin.

New Medicine went on first, and as usual they put on a great performance. They seemed rushed probably as a result of the RV issues they tweeted about earlier in the day. They didn’t play all of the songs one would want to hear, but the songs they did play  included “War”, “Little Sister”, “Laid”, “Race you to the Bottom”, and “Rich Kids.” Granted I feel that their set could have been a bit longer, they did a good job for the amount of time they had and I look forward to seeing them again down the road.

Cavo was next and I didn’t know what to expect as I am not very familiar with their music. Personally I feel that they should have played first, but perhaps since New Medicine had transportation issues the lineup was altered?  Cavo is a small band from St. Louis Missouri, and they are very popular down there in the clubs.  From where I was, I was unable to make out a word the lead singer was singing. I did recognize their one semi-hit “Champagne” but I wasn’t very impressed.  If it would have been in a different setting perhaps I would have enjoyed it more, but on this particular night it simply wasn’t happening.

Halestorm was up next and of course Lzzy and crew kicked a hole in the roof. Lzzy Hale worked the vocal pipes for a good performance as she led the group through songs from their latest album “Strange Case of Halestorm.” Highlights included “Love Bites, So Do I”, “Freak Like Me”, “Rock Show” “I Miss the Misery”, “American Boys”, and “Here’s to Us.” One of the highlights came from the group’s first album as they played an incredible version of “Familiar Taste of Poison”. Perhaps most impressive is that Lzzy does all this decked out in four inch heels. As always, Halestorm came and destroyed.


Up next was Chevelle. One of my favorites, I was delighted as the boys made their set feel like a carnival. The stage featured a back drop that looked like the old time red and gold circus colors, with their name on it.  Then above that was a screen of a bunch of dare I say creepy carnie types looking in. They also they managed to put a huge bull statue on stage which was rather awesome. Compared to how they normally stand on stage, they switched the places of Pete and Dean, and also put Sam to the side. This was a GREAT set up, as they were the only band out of all five that made you feel like you were actually at the Carnival. As always, Chevelle rocked musically and you could tell they were nervous for some reason unknown to me. Pete’s foot was shaking trying to hit the guitar pedals and there was just a weird almost indescribable feeling in the air.  As a huge fan, the performance was epic as always. The three piece performed songs off of their current album “Hats Off To The Bull” such as “Face To The Floor”, “The Meddler” and of course the title track. They also made sure to bust out the big guns from yesteryear including “The Red,” “Sleep Apnea” and “Jars.” Always a great time with these guys and I can’t wait to be front row for them again in the not so distant future.

Evanescence performed last, being the co-headliner on this tour. I would have thought Amy Lee and crew could have at least did some sort of Carnival theme but apparently not., The outfit she wore was close to the same thing as what she wore when I saw the band a few months ago. I wanted circus garb but instead we got the same outfit with different colored tights. As far as performance goes Evanescence did well, Amy’s voice sounded really good echoing through the Prairie Capital Convention Center, and the band behind her sounded solid. With a lack of stage banter, the group mainly stuck to songs from their latest self-titled release.  Songs such as “What You Want,” “My Heart Is Broken,” “The Other Side.” and “The Change” made it into the set. Have no fear, there were classic Evanescence hits including “Call Me When You’re Sober,” “My Immortal,” Bring Me To Life” and “Going Under.” The band even performed a new song which I believe is called “Disappear.” In a rare moment of talking to the ground, Amy Lee informed us that we would be a guinea pig which was fine with the crowd. Even with an assistant bringing throat spray and water to Lee (I can understand the need to keep the vocals well  taken care of with all this dry August heat) the group sounded much better than the last time I saw them and were a perfect way to close out the evening.

Overall the Carnival of Madness opening night wasn’t bad. While I feel there could have been more done to make it feel like a Carnival there is always room for improvement. At least Chevelle came through on that theme.  Perhaps there will be more theatrics later down the road when I catch this tour in both Milwaukee and Bridgeview Illinois.

Halestorm-Twisted Spoke Saloon, Tremont IL-7-7-2012

It was a hot day for a rock concert, and the name of the venue sort of fit the weather. With the temps in the 100’s and the Twisted Spoke Saloon located out in a field you can imagine the tumbleweeds rolling by and the desert music playing. seriously it was that remote of a location.

Halestorm took the stage promptly at 10pm, when they walked in the door they immediately went “oh my gosh it’s hot in here” and it was, I had already turned into a puddle, but was ready for them to rock out.

Getting there wasn’t that bad, nor was getting a spot right on the rail right by the door where the bands walk onto the stage, it was a very small stage, but big enough for three bands equipment and some good rock music.

I’ve seen Halestorm several times this year and last year and yet every time I see them Lzzy get’s better and better at belting out tunes, they sang songs off of there newest album “The Strange Case of Halestorm” as well as a couple old favorites from there debut album “Halestorm”. Lzzy showcased her piano playing skills on “Break In” and their deluxe version song “Private Parts”, she can play the piano and sing with the ease that she is known for. She clearly has the pipes and displays them every night, with Joe Hottinger (the guitarist) and Josh Smith (the bassist) as the supporting cast, it turns into a rock and roll expedition of great music and lyrics.

One highlight of the show was her brother Arejay, he does a drum solo, and he brought out these two huge drum sticks, and played a pretty epic set, it was entertaining as they the band was trying to keep cool themselves, not much room to do so in a metal sheet building with no air circulation, but they did an amazing job.

New Medicine and Emphatic put on great performances as well. Emphatic is a new band that I had never seen before, they rocked.. and New Medicine whom I’ve managed to see five or six times always put on a good performance, and get the crowd moving.

Set list for Halestorm:

 

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz Hyde
  3. It’s not You
  4. Freak Like me
  5. Familiar Taste of Poison
  6. Rock Show
  7. You call me a bitch like it’s a bad thing
  8. Break In
  9. Private Parts
  10. Drum Solo
  11. Daughters of Darkness
  12. Dirty Work
  13. I miss the Misery
  14. I get off
  15. Here’s to Us

They played a mixture of new and old songs, loved the piano solo.. I’m assuming they will tweak this a bit when they play the Carnival of Madness tour starting at the end of the month, overall a great live performance from Lzzy, Joe, Josh, and AreJay. They are a great little band, that get better and better with each performance.

Overall the Twisted Spoke Saloon wasn’t to shabby, it roughly looked like it held 300 people although there was many people standing outside the door where the stage was, as again it was extremely hot in there, they could have used more fans, and a different stage set up, but for a bar in the middle of a field.. it served it’s purpose well.

Photos below:

Mass Chaos Tour 5/6/12: Ford Center – Evansville, IN

Mass Chaos Tour w/ Godsmack, Staind & Halestorm 05/06/12

Ford Center – Evansville, IN

Words/Photos by concertchk

Twelve years is a long time, but that’s how long it’s been since I last saw Godsmack and Staind live. I remember thinking these two bands are the biggest out there, heavy guitar riffs, crazy fans, and overall loud music. I survived several Godsmack concert pits, where being in front of Sully Erna, was the place to be. I knew it was time to survive again as The Mass Chaos tour rolled through Evansville Indiana Sunday night, with Godsmack and Staind driving the train. Halestorm and Brookroyal were along for the ride as well, and it would prove to be a night of good old fashioned rock music.

I tend to get to concerts way earlier then the average person, my opal Beth and I left our town around 10am in the morning knowing we had three hours in the car to get to Evansville. We managed to get there at noon, with no one but two friends of mine standing in line. I guess I sort of felt sad, because years ago there would have been several people standing in line for Godsmack, and Staind. Hell some even camped out as they were the “IT” rock band back in the day. Needless to say standing in line from noon on paid off. The Ford Center in Evansville is a brand new venue, so having a major rock show was a big deal for them. Event organizers pulled out all the security measures in the book including having folks remove their spikes, chains, no cameras, anything that looked dangerous wasn’t allowed. They were very strict, and that was just fine as you felt safe and taken care of. This was an early show, doors at 5:30pm with the show starting promptly at 6:30pm. Beth and myself landed smack dab in the middle of the PIT on the rail in between the lead singer and guitarist, or as we like to call it The Perfect Spot.

Brookroyal took the stage, a small rock band from St. Louis that got the crowd pumped and put on a good little rock show, the lead singer managed to stand on the rail and sing to the crowd. This was a great way to get the crowd moving for the amount of music they were going to be faced with the rest of the night, I’ve only seen Brookroyal once before at the Pageant, and I am still not very familiar with their songs.  I do know they played “Jump” and a song dedicated to Drama Queens as the lead singer put it.

Halestorm was up next. Lzzy Hale and company never disappoint as she has a voice that makes you wonder how she can belt it out night after night. Hale really has a God given talent for singing and the only issue I had with Lzzy was the mic.It was  either the sound guys didn’t turn it up, or they requested to have it turned down but I know I would have loved to hear her voice over all the guitar riffs that Joe Hottinger was putting out. It seemed like we did get the music, but missed out on the vocals that which should have been the highlight of the show. There set list consisted of tracks from there first album entitled Halestorm and new songs from there recently released album The Strange Case of Halestorm.

  1. Love Bites (So Do I)
  2. Mz Hyde
  3. I Miss the Misery
  4. Freak Like Me
  5. Familar Taste of Poison
  6. Rock Show
  7. It’s not You
  8. I get off on you
  9. Here’s to us

They did an amazing job, just wished the vocals were more dominant in the mix. Still a great set and I look forward to catching them for round four in a few months.

Staind and Aaron Lewis took the stage and opened up their set with “Suffocate” as if it was a decade ago (except back then they were a few pounds lighter). Aaron seems to be a shy guy, so he doesn’t do much talking or play to the crowd. Instead he stands in front of the mic and sings his heart out. Years ago, I seem to remember he would hardly look at the crowd, but on the first Sunday in May he did look at the front row and crack a few smiles to the ones that were singing along. He broke out “Country Boy” which he said “was a song about him” that he wrote, that was a nice moment, he put himself on display, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen Aaron do.

He might in his acoustic show’s as I haven’t had the opportunity to see him live there, but overall Staind rocked the house.. there set list consisted of:

  1. Suffocate
  2. Falling
  3. Right Here
  4. All I want
  5. Fade
  6. So Far Away
  7. Country Boy
  8. It’s been awhile
  9. Mudshovel

There could be a couple more in there, as they played a mixture from past and present albums, along with Aaron’s solo venture.

Godsmack was the last to grace the Ford Center’s stage, Sully hasn’t changed much, might have gotten a little older and wiser, but overall looks the same. Scruffy little guy that knows how to play some music that’s for sure. He stated after the opening song which was “Awake” that “he didn’t talk much, he didn’t have too much to say to us, he just wanted to play some music, some good old rock music” and that’s just what he did. They moved right into “Straight out of Line”, “The Enemy” and then took off on something I’ve never seen them do. The jammed – just instruments, no lyrics, no vocals, just flat out play the guitar’s and drums. The song had a beat, and rock quality, but I found myself just watching Shannon Larkin the drum master and listening to whatever it was they were creating at the time.

They moved on to some of there older material, or what I like to call the songs that made them famous..

  1. Cry like a bitch
  2. Stay away from me
  3. Speak the truth
  4. Love, hate, sex, pain
  5. Voodoo
  6. Dueling Drums (Sully & Shannon major props on this one)
  7. Go Away (where Sully clearly told the crowd off that was sitting in the stands, making sure they knew that it wasn’t a “big screen tv” they were looking at, it was a “real rock show”

I found that quite funny, he was wanting the crowd to be like the olden days, but when he asked the crowd how many of you are seeing Godsmack for the first time, the majority of the crowd screamed. That made me feel old.

Overall seeing Staind and Godsmack again after so many years, made me realize why I went to see them in the first place. They are both made up of great musicians. Yes they are talented, cocky, and still good looking, even though they scruffy after all these years. It was a great rock show enjoyed by multiple generations of rock and roll fans.

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.

 

KROCKATHON 15 Rocks Central NY with Limp Bizkit and Many More

KROCKATHON 15

Infield @ NY Fairgrounds – Syracuse NY

Words/Photos by concertconfessions.com

The 15th annual KROCKATHON was held Saturday July 31st It was a great day of music.  Having never heard of Halestorm before, they were the biggest surprise.  Their singer has such a powerful voice.

The main reason I attended the show was for Limp Bizkit.  It was just like the old days, the band sounded great.  So great, that the second front man Fred Durst asked all the ladies to join the band on stage, I was heading for the barricade.  I lost my shoes, but it was worth it to join the band for their final song – Faith.

Here are some photos I took out at the fairgrounds this past Saturday.  Bands included are A Day To Remember, Smile Empty Soul, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead and Limp Bizkit.



 

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