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In this Moment – Black Widow Tour – Peoria, IL 11-8-2014

 

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Theatrical performances, costume changes, heavy guitar riffs, and a beautiful lead singer that can scream with the best of them, what more could you ask for, for an amazing night of music.

In This Moment brought their Black Widow Tour to Peoria Illinois last Saturday and what a tour it was. This was my seventh or eighth time seeing these folks, and they never disappoint when it comes to putting on an amazing rock show.

The stage set up has changed for this tour with the drummer and guitarist having their own sections on the stage, with Maria the lead being front and center to do what she does best. For folks that don’t know In This Moment, they have been around for quite some time, they are releasing their fifth studio album, entitled “Black Widow” their fourth album “Blood” was what set them apart from other rock bands and confirmed their status in the rock world as a heavy rock band to be reckoned with. In This Moment consist of “Maria Brink” the lead singer, “Chris Howorth” guitarist, “Travis Johnson” bass, “Randy Weitzel” guitarist and “Tom Hane” drums, all five of them make up one hell of a rock band.

The set list for the Peoria show, contained several off of their upcoming Cd along with some old favorites and some remakes.

  1. Sick Like Me
  2. Black Widow
  3. Adrenalize
  4. Sex Metal Barbie
  5. Burn
  6. Into the Light
  7. Beautiful Tragedy
  8. Metallica Medley
  9. Drum Solo/Guitar Solos
  10. Big Bad Wolf
  11. Dirty Pretty
  12. Whore
  13. Closer
  14. Blood

 

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Maria does a solo performance of “Into the Light” off of their second CD entitled “The Dream” it’s a very beautiful song, and I did tear up during her performance. I was able to capture a video of the song, along with one of my favorite photos from the whole night, she just looks breathtaking.

 

 

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It was one of the best performances of the night in my book. In This Moment did sang “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails, they remade that last year and had started singing it on recent tours. Before they get into the song, Maria pulls someone up on stage to “infect” them, my friend Cortney was one of the lucky ones.. the video is basically for her.

 

Of course that was the major highlight of the night, overall an amazing performance by In This Moment, I was blown away. They were amazing in every song they played.

They did bring along a few bands for this tour, “3 Pill Morning”, “Starset” and “12 Foot Ninja” all great bands in their own right, but the evening belonged to “In This Moment”

 

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It was an amazing show and I’m thankful I got to meet them twice so far, and I got one more Black Widow date to go to.. overall best show yet by them.

Shinedown, Bush & Airborne – Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL – 05-07-2013

In the thirteen years that I have been a fan of Shinedown, I don’t think I have ever had one of the best performances that I had last night in Springfield, Illinois. Brent and crew sounded amazing, clear, crisp, on point. It was by far one of there best performances I’ve seen in all my thirteen years as a fan. I’m not saying it’s the only one, way back when they first started there was some. I love being able to “hear” Brent’s voice, and last night it was heard loud and clear.

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My friend and I got to the venue around 2:30pm, and there wasn’t very many folks there, there was a couple guys that arrived around 9am, they were from Iowa, but overall there wasn’t a whole lot of folks. Both bands did have meet and greet and VIP access, so as usual those folks got in early, and took up most of the rail in front of the stage. But no worries, we were able to get to the side of the rail, and get a good view of what would be an awesome show.

The opening band wasn’t much, but I’ll say that Airborne sounded along the lines of AC/DC mixed with screams and mullets. I wasn’t a fan, they were from Australia and they rocked out, just not to the excitement of the crowd.

Bush was the second band, and they promptly took the stage at 8pm, to an hour set, roughly a little more. Gavin looked awesome and sounded great. I don’t know whether it’s the acoustics in the Prairie Capital Convention Center or what, but both bands sounded clear and crisp, even though I had about ten huge speakers in front of me, I could hear there voices over them. Gavin and crew started out with “Testosterone” to get the crowd moving, they also sang two brand new songs, which I’m assuming will be on an up coming album, they were titled: “Loneliness is a killer” and “This House is on Fire” the set list was as follows:

  1. Testosterone
  2. Machinehead
  3. The Chemicals Between Us
  4. Loneliness is a killer
  5. The Sound of Winter
  6. Everything Zen
  7. This House is on Fire
  8. Greedy Fly
  9. Come Together (Beatles Cover)
  10. Little Things
  11. Glycerine
  12. Comedown

During “Come Together” Gavin left the stage and made his way around the entire venue, singing the song. It was pretty cool, as I knew eventually at some point he would leave the stage, he had done it once earlier in a song, and I did manage to snap this photo:

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Bush put on a great show and with this being my third time seeing Gavin, they never disappoint. Excellent performance indeed.

Shinedown was up next and they took the stage around 9:30pm, and earlier in the day listening to there sound check I thought oh great, it’s going to be one of those shows where the music drowns out Brent’s voice, but that wasn’t the case, Brent sounded loud and clear, it was awesome. You could hear every word, and even hear Eric Bass singing who’s mic stand was almost right in front of us.

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Shinedown opened up with “Enemies” with an astounding vocal performance from Brent, they quickly moved into “Devour” which is always a favorite. I’ve seen Shinedown live many times, and through many stages of Brent’s life, there has been ups and downs, but here lately there is nothing but ups. He has really grown into an amazing musician you can tell he’s changed for the better on stage. The guys were all decked out in suits and ties, and granted they were sweating, that didn’t stop them from rocking out in a suit.

The set list is below:

  1. Enemies
  2. Devour
  3. Unity
  4. The Crow & the Butterfly
  5. Save Me
  6. I’ll Follow you
  7. Diamond Eyes
  8. If you Only Knew
  9. Amaryllis
  10. 45
  11. Sound of Madness
  12. Second Chance
  13. Simple Man
  14. Bully

Overall it was one of the most memorable performances I’ve seen of Shinedown, hearing Brent’s voice over the music just made it extra special.. I’m so glad that it wasn’t a music blast out, excellent job guys.

Natalie Stovall – Six Strings Club, Bloomington, IL – 02-16-2013

Some of you may not even know who I’m talking about when I say Natalie Stovall, but let me say this, once you see her live you will know.

Natalie is from Nashville Tennessee and started playing the violin at a young age. I don’t know much about her childhood nor do I know how she got to where she is today, but I do know she can play a fiddle like no one else, she will be Charlie Daniels predecessor after he’s gone, and rightfully so, the way she plays the fiddle makes anyone believe that.

This was my first time seeing Natalie in concert, my friend had seen her once before, so we ventured off to Bloomington, Illinois to the Six String Club to enjoy the show. Natalie wasn’t scheduled to go on until 10:15pm, and that was fine we would set in the bar and wait patiently. My friend Cheri Hargis is a diehard fan, so we knew when she arrived in Bloomington, but the doors of the club didn’t open until 7pm, so we would be the first in the door.

There weren’t many that got to the club early, Bloomington Illinois is attached to Normal Illinois which is a college town, home of Illinois State University, and so you can imagine the crowd. Quite a few 21-25 year olds drinking more alcohol then there bodies should consume, and displaying the “college town” persona.

Anyway, Natalie started off the night with a variety of music, she played “Bones” by Gary Allen, “Fancy” by Reba McIntyre, several Black Crowes songs, along with her fiddle take on Adele’s “Someone like Me” she even did “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith, and “Hell on Heels”, by Pistol Annie, as well as “Fiddlepalooza” which consisted of a fiddle version of “Beat it” by MJ, which was epic. Natalie just doesn’t remake songs, she does have a few CD’s out of her own material, she sang her current single “Standing my Ground” off of her EP entitled “Natalie Stovall”, she was named Entertainer of the Year in 2012 by the CAM 2012 Awards, which represent College Campuses, she also travels and play on Military Bases overall a well rounded performer in her own right.

 

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You can’t be a fiddle player without playing at least one of Charlie Daniels songs, and “Devil went down to Georgia” came out in the end; it was a fast pace fiddle extravaganza that was AWESOME. Overall a fun evening, she and her band played one set, and then took a break to meet fans, and chat with friends, and basically rest for a bit, before ending the night with another set, it was a great concert and I hope to see her again here this year.

Overall it was a great time, and the little venue was quite good as well, the Six String club is located in downtown Bloomington, a block away from a free parking garage, and other various spots, it’s a small little club, that has a dance floor, disco ball and even go-go dancer cages on the side of the stage, so they do have live music quite often, it was a great club, and I would go back for sure.

If the chance comes up, go see Natalie Stovall, you won’t be disappointed, she puts on a great show, full of great music, and awesome fiddling, she is the female fiddler of the future.

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