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The Wans – Birdy’s, Indianapolis, IN – 04/04/2015

 

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I first heard of The Wans on Nashville radio, I listen to the Local Buzz every Sunday night on 102.9 the Buzz and they showcase Nashville artists of Rock, Indie, and Alternative music. Bands you wouldn’t normally hear since they are from Nashville. I have had the pleasure of seeing one of those bands live, and The Wans did not dissapoint. They are opening up for Dead Sara, which is going to get them plenty of recognition, but in Indianapolis Dead Sara had to cancel due to sickness, and The Wans stepped up to the plate. They put on a killer show, the crowd was sparse, but that didn’t matter they rocked out just as hard.

The Wans

 

The Wans consist of Simon Kerr (vocals/guitar), Thomas Bragg (vocals/bass), and Mark Petaccia (vocals/drums). They hail from Nashville, and Northern Ireland, as Simon has an Irish accent. They recently released their full length CD called “He Said, She Said” with 10 astounding rock tracks you will continually listen to over and over again.

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They started off the night with “5 Spot” a song off of their first EP “The Wans”, all this music can be purchased here:

The Wans Music

This was the opening song, and it was awesome. The song that turned me onto them is called “Never Win” the official video for the song is hilarious, if you like what you hear, look up the official video, you will have a laugh, and love the song at the same time.

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They are continually requested on 102.9 theBuzz on Sunday nights. They played “Never Win, and You’re Wasting” one right after the other at Birdy’s.

They also sang a couple songs off their first EP, one called “Want You”

 

And finally after an hour set they finished off the night with “The Holy One” from “He Said, She Said” CD. I love this song… it’s amazing live and on the CD.

 

 

It was fun night, I’m so glad I went, and if you are able to see The Wans go, they are finishing up the tour with Dead Sara, but are also playing a few off shows, the one I’m debating about is in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen, might have to try to do two shows in one night, as another Nashville band I love is in Milwaukee that night as well.

See The Wans, you won’t regret it.

Mockingbird Sun – Rathskeller Biergarten – Indianapolis, IN – 8/28/2014

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I’m a rock and roll girl by heart, but if you have amazing harmonies and can rock a guitar you have probably won me over regardless of the genre of your music, country or rock.

Mockingbird Sun has done just that. I was first introduced to this band a year ago when they opened up for Natalie Stovall at the exact same place in Indianapolis. I will be honest I was eating at the time and didn’t pay that much attention to them, but their harmonies caught my ear, and after seeing them, decided to download a few songs and check them out. Instantly I was hooked, as it’s more of a country rock vibe, and me being the “rocker” girl I could get into the “country” vibe.

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This was actually my fifth time seeing them, and they put on a great little set at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis.

They are coming out with a CD in three months I believe, and were giving away demo’s that they had for recently recorded songs, for those that don’t know, the band has been around for quite some time. They do have a few EP’s out, and have been touring colleges and other areas for a few years. They are based out of Nashville, but a couple of them are originally from Texas. The band consist of Charlie Berry, (no relation to Chuck Berry), Brett Taylor, and Truck Roley. Harmonies they got, and if you don’t like harmonies in your music, well, sorry if they offend you.

They sang a few songs off of there past EP’s, such as “Lucky Guy”, which by the way is a video on CMT, “That girl tonight”, and “My Hometown”. They did however, play quite a few new songs that they have recently recorded. “Carolina Summer”, “Echo”, “Everybody needs a Sign”, and “Hey Mary”, which was just released on Itunes the 22nd of August. It’s an amazing little song, and I was able to get a perfect video of it.

They did play a few cover songs, Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” which was epic, and Brett sang Travis Tritts “It’s a Great Day to be alive”, which I was able to get a video of as well.

They also sang another new one called “Smoke”, I have seen a video for this one out there, and I’m not sure if they debuted it earlier in the year or on a little tour they went on, but regardless it’s one of my favorites.

The band is going on a college tour for the month of September and October, doing local colleges and a few shows in other venues as well, I’m planning on seeing them again, in a couple weeks at Joes Bar in Chicago, they are opening up for Craig Campbell should be a fun time.

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There was an opening act, Sara Beth who was also from Nashville, she did an amazing job with her band, they have the same “country rock” vibe, and put on a great little set before Mockingbird Sun took the stage. Overall a fun time, the Rathskeller has great acoustics, and it was a beautiful night for some country music.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Days Grace – Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN – 08-10-2013

Three Days Grace has had their fair share of ups and downs over the course of the last year, but they have risen above it all and came out on top to put together a solid performance.

If you are a die-hard fan of the band, you know the whole story and how it unfolded over social media (in the event you are not a fan, vocalist Adam Gontier left the band), it was a knock down drag out affair, but in the end I think all that were involved are happy with the decisions made for the future of the band, and individuals.

Three Days Grace rolled into Indianapolis Saturday night to a sold out crowd, they promptly took the stage around 9:15pm and opened up with “Chalk Outline” from there 2013 release “Transit of Venus”. Matt Walst has taken over the lead singer role in the band, his brother Brad Walst is the bassist, and I’ve seen Matt several times in concert, performing with his prior band My Darkest Days, he is a good singer, and has a good presence, overall he did an amazing job singing the hits, and new song from the current album. They had a good size stage set up, with a huge sign that read:

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This was in the corner of their stage, I’m thinking we just wipe off the “Indiana” and put in the different cities that they go to, which makes it more personable, and was a fun touch to the set for sure.

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The Set list was:

  1. Chalk Outline
  2. Just Like You
  3. Pain
  4. The High Road
  5. Home
  6. Get Out Alive
  7. Break
  8. The Good Life
  9. Piano/Drum Solo
  10. Misery Loves My Company
  11. World So Cold
  12. I Hate Everything About You
  13. Break Stuff (Limp Bizkit Cover)
  14. Animal I Have Become
  15. Never too Late
  16. Riot

Overall a good set list of the hits, and a few extras, they did flow on stage very well. I have seen Three Days Grace once before a decade ago, and honestly they are better now then they were back then. The guys looked comfortable on stage and comfortable with each other, it did make for an excellent performance.

Otherwise the band from Las Vegas opened up for Three Days Grace, they are a very energetic band and got the crowd into the whole set. This was my second time seeing them, with Adrian Patrick (lead singer) and his brother Ryan Patrick (guitarist) they are good at what they do, along with the other band members, they clearly got the party started and the crowd ready for Three Days Grace.

The Egyptian Room at the Old National Center is one of the bigger concert halls, it holds 2,000 people and has a bigger stage then the Deluxe room, it’s got good acoustics, and a bigger rail and pit area, overall a great place to have a concert.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Three shows – 8/8, 8/11, 8/15/2013

If anyone knows me they know I’m not much of a “country” music fan, but if you play a fiddle and can rock out with the best rock bands out there, I’m probably going to like you. Natalie Stovall is a fiddle playing genius, she ranks right up there with the great Charlie Daniels, and even does a mean remake of “Devil went down to Georgia” on the fiddle.

Natalie has toured tons of college campuses, and in 2012 was named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year by the voters of Campus Activities Magazine.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive just got signed to a record deal here last month with HitShop Records, and they are currently in the studio recording songs for their next EP. That doesn’t mean Natalie doesn’t have CD’s already out, she has made a few in her day, and toured all over the country, as well as overseas to the soldiers of the armed forces, which she performed a song that she wrote for the soldiers entitled “Missed you the Most”.  Natalie got her band together back in 2007 and hasn’t looked back ever since, with Miguel Cancino – Guitar, Joel Dormer – Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin, Zach Morse – Bass and James Bavendam – Drums, (who also happens to be Natalies husband) they make up one fiddle shredding good time. This review spans over a few days, we traveled to see Natalie, in Indianapolis, Springfield, Ill, and Chicago.

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Natalie and the Drive took the stage at the Rathskeller around 9pm and opened up with a song from her current EP “Standing my Ground” which contains the title track along with “Even Alaska” which she did perform, as well as “Sound of Goodbye”, “Whatever it Takes” and “Step by Step”. She finished off the first half of her set with a “Fiddle Palozza” sort of speak, where she plays random rock songs with a fiddle twist, she did sing a couple covers, a beautiful acoustic version of Adele’s, “Someone like You”, and Reba McEntire’s “Fancy”, she also fiddled out Charlie Daniels “Devil went down to Georgia” . A few new songs were also played that are coming out on her upcoming EP,  “Bones” is one that is especially awesome, according to her the first single will drop January of 2014, so hopefully there will be physical copies of it before then, but not sure how that will work. She closed out her two hour set with “Without You” which was the perfect ending to a great night of live music.

The opening band for Natalie at the Rathskeller was another country rock band from Nashville called Mockingbirdsun, they were really good, got to met the guitarist afterward, overall they put on a great show as well, and we will be seeing them again in November at Bub City.

Show number two for Natalie Stovall and the Drive was at the Illinois State Fair, they were playing in the Happy Hollow area of the Illinois State Fair, they took the stage at 5:30pm after a Magic Show performance, they were the last band on that stage, and the only band that I went to see.  It was a hot day Sunday August 11th, for that one, again there wasn’t many folks that showed up, but Natalie and the band put on one rocking performance.  There was some technical issues that involved losing power for a good twenty minutes, I guess you can’t have a ton of stuff hooked up on a hot day. After the first power outage, Natalie didn’t miss a beat and decided to treat everyone to an acoustic set.

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Also got an acoustic video of a new song off of the upcoming EP. The song is called “Bones”

Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Bones Acoustic

There was another short power outage, but it didn’t last long, they just started back up where they left off. Overall there wasn’t more than thirty people at the state fair for there show, but it didn’t matter it was an intimate performance that won’t be forgotten, overall they do an amazing job every time they step on stage. The set list remained the same for the State Fair, as it did for the Rathskeller, it was switched up in Chicago, which was the next show on our list of the Natalie Stovall and the Drive tour.

Next up, was Chicago and Bub City. I’ve never been to Bub City, but did ask Natalie what it was like at the State Fair, she said the food was fabulous and it was, the BBQ Bacon to die for. Bub City is located on Clark Street in downtown Chicago, it’s easy to get to, just take your Ohio Street exit to Clark Street and turn right, two blocks down is Bub City, and a convenient parking garage is a block away. They are knows for BBQ in Chicago, and country music as well. Natalie and the band took the stage around 9:30pm. The stage set up was extremely small for her and the band, but they managed to make the best of it and put on another amazing performance.

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Was also able to get a live version of Bones although it doesn’t sound the greatest, it’s worth viewing. Overall it was a great evening of good food and great music, the band is always so friendly and hugs were given all around. They did have folks there from there record label since they did recently get signed, they mentioned to us that they seen us singing over there, of course we were singing. The Set list did get switched up, as there was two sets, in the second set Joel, and Zach did some singing on a few songs, “Copperhead Road”, “Friends in Low Places”, and “No Huggy, No Kissy” which of course made folks get up and dance, there was a small dance floor which got used, but everyone was singing and having a good time.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Bones live at Bub City

Overall a great concert trek by Natalie Stovall and the Drive, they are a great little band and will go far in the future. I can’t wait for the new EP to be released, and for them to be played all over the world, and of course more shows to be announced, and more journey’s to be taken.

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.

Sevendust – Deluxe – Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN – 07-12-13

Sevendust has arrived, what can I say they never ever disappoint when it comes to a show. They rocked the Deluxe room in Indianapolis last night so hard, Clint’s guitar was sweating, it was an amazing performance.

As usual I was the first in line, which I was slightly sad about as their was no one there, but they did have VIP and a signing at a record store before the show, so people did start to filter in. In going to these shows I always make new friends, and it’s good to know that you aren’t alone in driving by yourself to a concert. I met a girl from Alabama she drove six hours to see Otherwise one of the opening bands, and she was awesome, close to my age, talkative, really nice, loved Otherwise, and they loved her. I did catch up with her after the show, and met the guitarist of Otherwise whose name was Ryan, she had already met the lead singer and got a hug and photo.

Sevendust took the stage around 10:15 Indianapolis time, and wow is pretty much it. The adrenaline that you feel when they take the stage and start banging out the hits is enough to get you through the whole show, regardless of whether you are starved, on the verge of passing out. I think each time LaJon the lead singer starts a show, he’s so overwhelmed at the crowd and all the love that they feel on the stage, it’s an experience, they bring you on the stage with them.

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They opened up with “Pieces” from there 2005 album entitled “Next” they also sang “Black” and “Bitch” from there first album in 1997 entitled “Sevendust”. They sang a variety for sure, and several songs from their latest offering “Black out the Sun”. One called “Got a Feeling” its beautiful, according to LaJon it’s about finding out someone is gone, and moving on. I almost started crying it was that emotional, Clint sings the majority of it, and LaJon joins in, he was emotional singing it, epic performance, and of course after that was “Angel Son” in honor of Lynn Strait, it’s a regular at a Sevendust performance.

The set list is below:

  1. Pieces
  2. Till Death
  3. Denial
  4. Praise
  5. Waffle
  6. Got a Feeling
  7. Angel Son
  8. Black
  9. Strong Arm
  10. Decay
  11. Alpha
  12. Bitch
  13. Splinter
  14. Face to Face

Sevendust have nine albums out, they have been doing this since 1997, I do believe they will make it ten before deciding it’s time, they aren’t getting younger, but they can rock out just as hard as the young ones, if not more. The crowd reflects them, there fans are middle-aged in a sense, there was a couple young ones, but the majority were in there early thirties, and older it’s an experience, one I love having.

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There was two opening bands, “Otherwise” a band from Las Vegas was one of them, and they were amazing. These guys rock, and I believe I will have to see them live again.  To the point I’m debating on getting a ticket, because they are opening up for Three Days Grace in four weeks, ha. We see, there was also “Devour the Day” a band from Memphis TN, they were awesome as well, had a bit of bass trouble, but played a decent set despite the issues.

The concert was in the Deluxe room at the Old National Center, basically in the basement, but it was a great room for an up close and personal concert. The sound was awesome, and the room was filled, I think they said it held 1000 or so, not really sure, but it felt like there was at least 500 people behind me, regardless I wasn’t moved. Love the Old National Center, it’s a great place, they have several venues, the folks are super sweet, and it’s always a good time to be had.

Stars in Stereo Acoustic – Deluxe, Indianapolis, IN 07-10-13

This is the second time I’ve seen Stars in Stereo live, the first was in Chicago they were opening for Bullet for my Valentine, on the Hard Drive tour, of course that tour included Halestorm as well, another female rocker that can blast the boys out of the water with her vocals.  Rebecca, or (Becca), the lead singer for Stars in Stereo is no exception, she to, has a vocal range that ranks right up their with the greats.

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Stars in Stereo was an opening act for Anberlin on their acoustic tour, but we didn’t stay for Anberlin, we were there solely for Stars in Stereo, and they did not disappoint.

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Stars in Stereo was the second opening band, Campfire OK being the fist, and with an acoustic set it’s hard to keep it acoustic, but Stars in Stereo was straight up acoustic, having made an EP just for this tour, which contained three songs that they sang from there debut album entitled “Stars in Stereo”.  They sang an awesome cover of “Closer” by “Nine Inch Nails” in acoustic form, it was pretty good, never have I heard a version of that in acoustic, but overall Becca belted out the lyrics just as good as Trent.

The acoustic set list is below:

  1. The Broken
  2. All Together
  3. Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)
  4. Violence
  5. Half Life
  6. Dealing Secrets
  7. Queen of Catastrophe
  8. Every Last Thing

They could have played all there songs in acoustic I thought, overall a great performance. I can’t wait to see them live again, as they do sound just like there record.

Video credits go to Cheri Hargis, she was able to capture a couple acoustic videos:

Stars in Stereo Dealing Secrets

 

Stars in Stereo All Together

We did get to hang with them afterward for a bit, bought there CD and got the acoustic one for free, got some autographs and a group photo. Thanked them for the show, and hoped to see them again live soon.

 

 

Scott Weiland – Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN – 03-23-2013

The last time I had the chance to see Scott Weiland perform was roughly ten years ago and he was the front man for a band called Velvet Revolver, a lot of things have changed within that ten years and overall Scott isn’t the same performer he was with Velvet Revolver, he doesn’t have Slash, or Duff to lean on, and he doesn’t have the persona that he once had.

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The persona that commanded the stage, got the crowd into the performance, and basically blew your mind once he opened his mouth. Things have changed for Scott, but he did do what he was suppose to do, sing songs from Core and Purple, and a few cover songs to make the show seem more interesting for the audience, and less about Stone Temple Pilots.

As usual my friend and I got to the venue early, and after eating lunch across the street from the place and sitting in the car until four pm, we decided to go stand in line, we were the line. I felt bad as we were the only two people there, until a few fellows came up to get in line, granted there was six or seven of us when the door opened. Sad, perhaps, but at least the show wasn’t cancelled for lack of ticket sales, they did say they expected 600-800 people for the show, they just decided to show up later I guess. Either way, we managed to get dead center in front of the stage, wasn’t a problem nor would it be difficult to do so.

The opening band was called the Miggs, and I must say they were excellent, they promptly took the stage at 8pm and were suppose to play for thirty minutes, but somehow ended up playing for roughly an hour or so, give or take. They were awesome, good little band, said they enjoyed being on the Scott Weiland tour, and got the crowd going with a mixture of music, a couple ballads, and some heavy guitar stuff. They even did a couple cover songs. They announced they would be returning to Indianapolis in a couple weeks, and I’m thinking of going, because overall, they did a great job.

Set List for MIGGS:

  • Suddenly Wonderful
  • Stars
  • Pretty
  • Full of Doubt
  • Hole
  • Home
  • Words got in the Way
  • Let the games begin
  • I can’t get no satisfaction (stones cover)
  • Summer takes the Fall

The MIGGS left the stage around 9pm, and got there equipment out fairly quickly as Scott was suppose to go on around 9:30pm, and his stage set up was ready to roll shortly after 9:15pm so it wasn’t like they needed to test guitars,  microphones, or any of that technical stuff.

 

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9:30pm comes around and the crowd was starting to get restless, and I know Scott is a Diva, so OK.. fifteen minutes isn’t that bad. 9:45pm hit, at this time the crowd was starting to boo a little and yell as a crowd normally does. Someone mentioned Pantera, and shortly after they mentioned it, the music that was playing burst out into Pantera Respect, ha. So that got the crowd singing, and booing even more, around 10:15pm after a minute or so of booing, the Wildabouts, Scott’s band appeared on stage to cheers and roars, as we knew that it was going to actually start now. Photo above is what the stage looked like the entire time we waited.

Scott Weiland finally took the stage after being roughly an hour late, give or take a few minutes. The boos stopped, and people stood in awe in a sense, as he started out singing an opening jam, not sure what the song was to be honest, but it got the crowds attention, after the song finished. Scott mumbled into the microphone that, “that song wasn’t a good starter song, this one should be an opening song” (from what I could make out), and they started “Crackerman” that of course got the crowd singing along.

I think Scott is a person that isn’t very social in a sense, his band The Wildabouts did an excellent job playing the songs that Stone Temple Pilots is known for, but you could tell that they were a hired band, there wasn’t that stage presence between band and lead singer that you see with other bands, although Scott didn’t sing Plush, he still sang the songs that he wrote, and sounded just like he did ten years ago voice wise. I honestly think it’s more of a I’m Scott Weiland, I can be late, I can be do whatever I want, regardless of the crowd booing, or bad mouthing me, once I hit the stage.. you will listen, sing along, and enjoy it. Diva is an understatement, more like I don’t care, I’m here.

I do have to give him props though, he did good once he got on stage. He performed an awesome cover of Janes Addiction “Mountain Song”, that was awesome, did the Libertines “Can’t stand me now”, and encored with “Roadhouse Blues” from the Doors, so overall a variety of music, not just STP, but various other bands as well. There were eleven songs of Stone Temple Pilots, and I do believe he through in one of his own recordings “Paralysis” which made for a variety of music, it wasn’t all about STP, it was about Scott doing what he does love to do, all be it late, confusing, and sketchy, a performer he is.

Set List:

  • Opening Jam
  • Cracker Man
  • Wicked Garden
  • Paralysis
  • Naked Sunday
  • Creep
  • The Jean Genie (David Bowie)
  • Kitchen ware & Candy Bars
  • Where the River Goes
  • Mountain Song (Janes Addiction)
  • Big Empty
  • Can’t Stand me Now (Libertines)
  • Still Remains
  • Interstate Love Song
  • Vaseline

Encore:

  • Road house Blues (Doors)
  • Unglued

At the end of the performance, Scott did say Thank you, it was a heart felt Thank you, and I do believe he meant it, even though we booed, and yes I did threaten him on twitter with my review, he still came out on stage,  and put on a great performance, really that’s all you can ask as a fan. There is no point in dissing him, or even telling him your thoughts, he doesn’t read those, he just does what he knows to do take the stage and perform.

 

Eye Empire & Kyng 10/18/12: Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN

Free tickets fueled this stop on the Triple Threat Tour. I entered a contest with Live Nation and guess who won? I couldn’t pass up a chance to see two bands that I really love and Seether.

Prior dates had Sick Puppies on the bill, but the past week events resulted in them leaving the tour. Click here to see what Shaun Morgan of Seether posted on Twitter.

Sick Puppies of course said “due to unforeseen circumstances” while the lead singer of Kyng told me last night “they have no balls” I would am lead to believe that the kids didn’t get along well on the playground That being said, last night Eye Empire and Kyng stole the show for me.

Eye Empire (who performed earlier this month in Arizona) is a band that consists of four great guys that are so musically talented they could have bands on the side (oh that’s right they do). Donald Carpenter the lead singer belts out lyrics like no other. I first met Donald a good ten years ago, when he was the lead singer of Submersed. Mark Tremonti along with Alter Bridge introduced them to the world as their opening act and after that they managed to get with other bands that I was into at the time. Following them around was perfect. To be honest I’ve even been on their tour bus years ago where I was invited to listen to some new Submersed music. Donald is a great guy, down to earth and full of heart and just puts it out there every time he performs. The other guys in the band do the same, Ryan Bennett on drums, B.C. Kochmit on guitar, along with Corey Lowery on bass (who I’ve seen many times with his prior band Dark New Day) just bring it to the stage every time I see them. Last night was no exception as they rocked and performed songs from their first album entitled “Eye Empire” which included:

  • I pray
  • The Great Deciever
  • Angels & Demons
  • Feel like I’m Falling
  • Victim of the System
  • Obvious

Overall it was awesome as they got the crowd into it. Afterward, Donald always seems to go through the front row asking everyone to enjoy the show, it’s very personable and shows that he loves the fans. Hugs all around, I am glad I won tickets and had the chance to see them again.

 

Kyng was next. Before the show I commented on lead singer’s Eddie Veliz Instagram account that I was standing right in front of him, well to the side anyway and was awaiting a night of rock. He walked by right before Eye Empire took the stage and pointed at me and shook my hand Well of course I had to met the man who I say reminds me of Rob Zombie. He claimed he didn’t see it but he does see the Zack Wylde resemblance go figure.

 

Kyng has a heavy metal guitar riff driver sound as I shared in my review from the last time I saw the Triple Threat Tour. if I had long hair I would be head banging. They of course sounded great and Eddie’s guitar playing let’s just say wow, dudes got skills. They did have a hard time getting the crowd into it, but the crowd in Indianapolis was a tough one. They were expecting Sick Puppies I believe but life goes on, and enjoy the bands that are in front of you trying to get you to move. Kyng played songs off of their album “Trampled Sun” which included:

  •  Pushing and Pulling
  • Trampled Sun
  • Falling Down
  • Takes it Toll

There were a few others, but I just got the CD last night, and can’t remember off the top of my head what other songs they sang, they did sing six or seven overall.

Being that the crowd wasn’t into them, they did mange to get there attention by throwing out stuff, Eddie said “is that how it works we give you free stuff?” I don’t ask for free stuff, if they throw it my way, they throw it my way, if not.. life goes on, but I will say after the show Eddie did walk down and hand me a guitar pick. That was rad, thanks Eddie. Once he did say he would be at the merchandise booth I decided I would not be hanging front row for Seether.

Eddie was super sweet and quite entertaining. I love his sense of humor, it was a treat to get to met him and get a photo. Hopefully they will tour again after they are done opening for Megadeath in the coming months.

 

Seether had already started while I was meeting Eddie so nothing missed. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Seether, it’s just the Seether from years ago, isn’t the same as it is today. My friend that went with me wanted to hear “Brokin” and we did but after that we decided to leave, as I really only came for the two opening acts.  Seether’s stage set up is dark and not highly visible to the eye, so the photos I got aren’t to shabby, but overall the songs they performed, sounded good in the Old National Center, as Shaun’s voice echoed through the venue.

I love the Old National Center that houses these concerts over in Indianapolis, but I always seem to forget the three flights of stairs we have to walk up to get to the actual venue, they have great acoustics and are always nice and friendly, it’s a great venue and has been home to some great rock shows this year alone. It’s centrally located, and easy access from I-70, love the venue for the Indianapolis area.

Overall for a free concert, it was a good concert, glad I entered, Thank you Live Nation, and glad I got to met the guys that I wanted to met, good night indeed.

 

Journey and Pat Benatar – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN – 8-08-12

For some, the 80’s  were the best times in their lives. Others only retain bad memories- but for music some good bands came out of the 80’s and are still producing music today. Two of those bands are still touring and bringing in the crowds, they are Journey and Pat Benatar.

I will be honest, I can’t remember the 80’s to much as I don’t think I really got into music until the 90’s, but I do remember the songs of the era, and as Pat Benatar said last night one of her songs was the first video played on that “music channel called MTV”, I do remember seeing that and thinking wow, what an accomplishment to be the first rock video played. Now I don’t think MTV has videos, let alone music for that matter all you see on there is teenage pregnancy, and awkward moments, along with stupid stuff that makes you want to change the channel. They have certainly gotten away from what’s important, the music, but I digress and should get off my soap box now and continue on with the review.

Traveling from Illinois to Indiana can be a chore sometimes, as things always seem to happen on I-70 from time to time, I was able to leave work an hour early, and the place that I won the tickets from, (yes this was another free concert) called to say they would have the tickets at Will Call for me, and I need not to worry about getting there early. Good deal right? Wrong! I-70 decided to have a major traffic jam a good 50 miles out of Indianapolis, there was no way we were going to make it on time, after taking matters into my own hands, we went through the ditch and headed to Indianapolis on 40, which took us a bit longer, but we made it thirty minutes after start time, and only missing LoverBoy who was the opening act, granted they only played for thirty minutes, but still no worries. My friend Cheri Hargis went with me, as I won two tickets, and she is a huge Pat Benatar fan, only seemed fitting.

We took our seats, which for free seats, weren’t to shabby:

We had full view of the stage as well as one huge screen on the left side, so over all seats were pretty good. No more did we get set down, the lights went out, and Pat Benatar came on stage.

I must say, she looked fabulous. Sporting red hair color, and long leather jacket, she started out singing “All Fired Up” and it was awesome, she sounded just like she did years ago, nothing changed. Yes, she might have gotten older, and at one point during the show said “this is the part where we sit down because we are old” true, but by dang it she can belt out the hits, and her husband Neil Giraldo can rock that guitar. Benatar’s set list consisted of hit after hit:

  1. All Fired UP
  2. Invisible
  3. Promises in the Dark
  4. We Belong
  5. You Better Run
  6. Hit me with your Best Shot
  7. Love is a Battlefield

Encore:

  1. Let’s stay together
  2. Heartbreaker/Ring of Fire

The crowd loved it, she sounded so good and I have never had the opportunity to see her live, and I’m glad I did, and being free made it even better.  Pat played for roughly an hour or so, possibly a little more which was just enough time to showcase all the hits, and Neil Giraldo on the guitar, Pat and him are the perfect match, they did take the time to sit down and talk a bit about when they started and why they haven’t stopped.

Which was special as they are just normal folks, who have been singing and making music for well over twenty years, it was something I’m glad I was able to be a part of.

Journey was up next and they didn’t disappoint either they did set up the stage with their  emblem:

Which was pretty cool looking no doubt, they do have a new singer, and honestly if I didn’t know he was a new singer, I would have thought he was the lead singer all along, his name is “Arnel Pineda” and he sounds just like he’s been there lead singer since day one, sounds exactly like Steve Perry’s voice. He has a great stage presence and knows how to interact with the crowd, even at one point accepting a beer from a lady in the front row, and even though he didn’t drink it, kindly set it down by the speakers at the edge of the stage. Overall he belted out the hits, old favorites, and new songs with ease.

Journey sang roughly eighteen songs, in the order listed below:

  1. Anyway you want it
  2. Never walk away
  3. Ask the lonely
  4. Only the Young
  5. Chain Reaction
  6. Send her my Love
  7. Faithfully
  8. The Star Spangled Banner (guitar solo jam)
  9. Stone in Love
  10. Lights
  11. City of Hope (new song from new album)
  12. Wheel in the sky
  13. Escape
  14. Be good to yourself
  15. Open Arms
  16. Don’t stop believing
  17. Separate Ways (worlds apart)
  18. Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin

The highlight of the show for me was the guitar solo by “Neal Schon”, oh my gosh it was beyond epic, he played the Star Spangled Banner and it was amazing, everyone was on their feet, it was moving to say the least, and I think the photo below says it all.

So amazed by this solo, and the whole show actually, it was a great 80’s night had by all.

The Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is a great venue for concerts, sports, and other events. It’s huge, the seats were comfortable, and it’s spaced out just enough were you don’t feel like you are being crowded when you go to get a drink, or hit the restroom, there is enough room for everyone, it’s centrally located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, with parking all around and plenty of places to choose to eat, or walk too. Overall a great venue to visit.

The concert was awesome, there aren’t any other words to use to describe it. It was a fun 80’s flashback of hits, memories, and good times. I do remember seeing Pat Benatar for the first time years ago on MTV, but as things change, those that once ruled the 80’s are still ruling in the future with great hits, and awesome performances. God Bless the 80’s!!

Kaskade 08/03/12: Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Kaskade 08/03/12: Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN 

I am often called a concert junkie and the fact is that I am. I will go see any live music except for country, but who are we kidding if I won tickets to a country show I would probably check it out. So you know I was not going to miss a chance to see Kaskade perform live when tickets ended up in my hands.  I’m not much into the EDM scene myself, but loved Deadmau5 when I saw him several years ago. Having heard lots of good things about Kaskade I figured why not head out to Indianapolis and check his show out?

With a food truck festival going down in the Murat parking lot it was a bit of a struggle to get to will call. The tickets I won from Twitter were waiting for me there and the slight hassle caused me to miss most of the opening act Alvin Risk. I believe Risk is what would be categorized as dubstep. Whatever the proper genre, what we caught was exciting down to his lovely black and white checkered sweater vest. You can check him out on Twitter by clicking here.


Kaskade started around 10pm and put on an amazing set. He started out with “Eyes” and the crowd was moving and grooving. Off the bat it seemed to be a full out rave as the glow sticks and huge LED screens make you feel like you are in a swirling room. The massive strobe lights also help that sensation.  It is quite magical I will say and the music makes you move. Kaskade did a great job, the lights, music, atmosphere and overall presence that he had from the stage showed. Kaskade was controlling the crowd with his music and the crowd didn’t seem to mind.

His full set of songs is listed below, I’m not familiar with the majority of them, but did recognize a few.

 

Set list:

  1. Eyes
  2. Be Still
  3. Room for Happiness
  4. Stars Troll
  5.  All you Paris
  6. Fire in your Antidote
  7. Empty Streets Cascade
  8. Angel on my Shoulder
  9. No one knows who we are (brand new song)
  10. 4am Quasar
  11. Lick It
  12. Don’t stop Hells Bells
  13. Llove
  14. Lessons in Love
  15. Call out Epic
  16. It’s you it’s hertz
  17. Move for the legend
  18. Turn it down
  19. Invisible 5am
  20. Dynasty
  21. Raining
  22. How Long Alien
  23. I’ll never dream I’m in love
  24. Sending my Love (encore song)

It was a great show put on by Kaskade as you can see in the photos. I loved everything he did and it was just an amazing night. Big thanks to the fine folks at the Old National Centre who allowed me to win the tickets via Twitter. A truly great venue for a great night of music I can’t wait to cross paths with both Kaskade and the Murat in the not so distant future.

 

Avalanche Tour 04/10/12: Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN

Avalanche Tour 2012 w/ Shinedown, Adelitas Way and New Medicine 04/10/12

Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

Words/Photos by Concertchk

The  Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis is an old Shriners Building that has multiple floors and it is a great venue for rock concerts.  As the sound echoes through the building and vibrates all around you can’t help but feel alive. It was a great place to catch the 2012 Avalance Tour featuring Shinedown.

The opening acts for the Avalanche tour were on par with the headliners.  New Medicine who I have seen in the past played well, although trying to sell your CD’s to the front row after your set struck me as a little tacky.  I get that we all need cash, but come on.

Adelitas Way served as main support before Shinedown and they killed it.  This was my second time seeing them and they did a great job of getting the crowd warmed up. They sang there hits from there album Home School Valedictorian, including “Sick,” “Alive,” and several others. They really sounded great and were the perfect opener for Shinedown.

It’s hard to review a band that you have been a fan of since day one.  Having gone through the ups and downs including member changes and a disappointing second album, Shinedown has always managed to come out on top. I don’t really get excited when I seen them play, nor do I scream, yell, or want any of them to even acknowledge me from the stage. Instead I go for the pure music that they play. Lead singers Brent Smith’s voice can be heard for miles as he projects the words right into your soul.  Fact is Shinedown puts on an amazing performance at their stop at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis Indiana April 10th, 2012 was no exception.

Although Brent’s voice couldn’t be heard as well as I would have liked in the mix, his stage presence made up for it. The set featured many  new songs off of their  fourth album titled Amaryllis. The record features the band returning to the sound found on their debut  (and my personal favorite) Leave a Whisper.

Overall the Avalanche Tour brought it this year. Sure last year was full of rocks bands including Skillet, Stone Sour, Halestorm as well as others who have all shared the stage with Shinedown in the past.  This one however seemed more subdued…not many bands, but lots of good music. I can’t wait for Avalanche Tour 2013.

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

With their new album The Hunter due to hit shelves at the end of this month, Mastodon have announced dates for a North American Headline tour. In addition to an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experneice in New Orleans on Saturday October 29th the band will be performing in most major markets during the five week run. Coming along for the tour will be Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan. You can check out the first single from Mastodon’s new album here. Dates for the trek can be found below.

Mastodon 2011 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/19 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/28 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur – the band featuring former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have added additional dates to their US Fall Tour. The trek which is set to kick off September 23rd in Eugene, Oregon will now wrap a few days before Thanksgiving in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mail order will run through October 7th. General public tickets will go on sale via the regular corporate outlets beginning September 16th.

Dates For Furthur as of 09/09/11:

 

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