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Papa Roach, Seether – Milwaukee and Chicago – 01/24/2015 – 01/25/2015

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Nothing like a good concert weekend to make your life complete, especially when you have VIP for one band that you have been wanting to meet for over ten years, it was a Papa Roach weekend for sure.

Saturday started out cold, to be exact it was freezing in Milwaukee, but having VIP for both shows we were suppose to arrive at the venue at 3:15pm, which we did and around 3:15 or so they came out to get us for the Papa Roach VIP, which was taking place first before Seether’s VIP. I’ve been a fan of the band for over ten years, and this was the first time I’ve done VIP for Papa Roach, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able not too, as you get in early, you get the rail, you meet the band, you chat with Jacoby, what more could you ask for.

I was instructed by our fearless leader Reverend Justito, to give Jacoby a message, “tell him Stikmon requests he plays Orange Drive Palms“, so I did. Jacoby and Jerry’s reaction was what was anticipated jaw dropping, “how do you know stikmon” so I told him how I knew Justin, and he’s like “oh my gosh, the Cactus Club, I remember we played their and I found a bunch of drink tickets their like a roll of drink tickets and was like what do I do with these” and Jerry was like “oh yeah I remember that, you found them and we tried to use them”. It was a fun conversation, and Jacoby and Jerry told me to tell Justin Hi as well.  I’m glad Justin told me to ask him that, as it brought back memories for them I’m sure. After the hugs, and asking him to draw a “crack head” on my cell phone which he did, and said it was the “worst crackhead he done” I said no worries, it will fade.. ha, he’s like “yeah it will fade” and laughed. The photo was taken, and good byes were said, enjoy the show.

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In all honesty I could have stood their and talked to Jacoby for an hour and a half, even the band as a whole, just about anything, they are that personable. It was a fun meet and greet, I’m glad I did it. Off to the rail we went.

Chicago’s VIP for Papa Roach was a little bit more rushed, as Seether had more VIP for them then they did for Milwaukee. The VIP for Papa Roach in Chicago was up the stairs, say your hello’s and get a photo. Which was alright, it was an early show, and hugs all around Jacoby’s like “she’s back” yep, I survived Milwaukee I’m coming back for more.

Papa Roach headlined this tour with Seether, and openers Kyng and Islander.

Islander was up first in Milwaukee and I fell in love with them, they have the “Deftones” stage presence, and the lead singer gets out into the crowd, they performed a small set that got the crowd going and ready for more, with the lead singer body surfing to get things started.

In Chicago, Islander put on another great performance, with Mikey Carvajal the lead singer going out into the crowd and doing his thing. I loved both of their set’s so much I got the CD afterward and have been listening to it on repeat, any band that can cause me to buy the CD and do that, is a band I’m going to see again. Mikey the lead singer is also a member of the non-profit outreach organization known as The Whosoevers. They are a band to be reckoned with, they are heading out on tour with “Red” this summer.

Next up, was Kyng one of my favorite bands from California, they rocked the house, with songs off of their two albums, “Trampled Sun” & “Burn the Serum”, with their epic version of “Hot for Teacher” which I did manage to get on video in Chicago. Kyng had played in Milwaukee several times, but this was the first time for Eddie and the band to be up in the huge ballroom, it’s a completely different setting up there. Kyng brought it though, with Eddie doing his usual faces of awesomeness from stage. He does get the crowd involved, in more ways then one.

In Chicago, Kyng put on another good set, and their rendition of “Hot for Teacher” was caught on video.

Afterward in Milwaukee Eddie the lead singer didn’t draw on my cell phone cover and give me a selfie, he refused as in his words “you’ve got to many” lol, and “do you want a bad drawing or a good drawing” but despite dissing me there, he was only joking. He made up for in Chicago, just love him. He’s such a sweetheart and they bring it every time they perform, can’t wait to see them more this year.

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Seether was up next in Milwaukee with Christmas lights in full effect around each of their mic stands, and they had a touring guitarists with them, this time. He did backup guitars, and did a little singing, wasn’t to bad actually. I’ve been a fan of Seether since they came out, and seen them many, many times. Shaun has changed over the years, but he can still belt out the hits. Chicago was no different, they did however sing “Change” by the Deftones, which sounded amazing, even Jacoby was on the side of the stage singing it. Seether did an excellent job on both of their sets. They played several new songs from their latest release “Isolate and Medicate” .

Papa Roach was up next and you never really know what to expect from Jacoby, he could leave the stage at any time. They started their set off with “Face Everything and Rise” off of their new release F.E.A.R. that just dropped today the 27th of January. The crowd just gets into Papa Roach’s set, bodies start surfing, songs are being sung, it’s a massive mosh pit and it was epic.

Chicago was no different for Papa Roach, although Jacoby and the fellows did perform a new song off of the album called “Warriors” and it was awesome. Jacoby this time, decided to leave the stage and do a little crowd surfing himself, he walked on the crowd and surfed right up in front of me, you can see by the photo I got, that if the person’s arm wasn’t in the way, he would be looking right at me.

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It was hard enough for me to get that shot, let alone others.. it was a great show in Chicago, he was on point and just basically having fun, perhaps the fact that they had two days off in the city, might have helped some. They rocked both days, and both days I was crushed and slammed up against a rail with 4000 people in Milwaukee behind me, and roughly 2000 some in Chicago.. EPIC weekend. Would do it all over again, if given the chance.

Papa Roach’s new CD F.E.A.R. Face Everything and Rise, dropped today January 27th, it’s awesome, Jacoby never fails on lyrics, and always writes from the heart, he may have been through hell and back, but he’s came through it 100% real. Love this band.. can’t wait for the summer tours.

The Gallery below, contains one or two photos from Milwaukee and Chicago.

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Seether’s Triple Threat Tour 09/28/12: Pop’s – Sauget, IL

Back in June Seether announced they would headline the Triple Threat tour with Kyng and Sick Puppies. As it turns out, one of those bands stole the show in my opinion.

Seether has played Pops before, and I have heard stories of chaos and other interesting things. In fact one of the security guards there told me an interesting story about how he spent a few days on their tour bus last time they were at Pops, so clearly Seether is a partying band. Unfortunately , I was not lucky enough to actually party with them on this particular evening.

As the norm goes, my friends and I managed to get to Pops well before anyone else. It’s always a great feeling when you walk into a venue and see that empty rail knowing you have accomplished the mission of getting up front. That moment makes up for all the pains of skipping meals and waiting outside since 1pm.

The opening band for the show at Pop’s go by the name Young Guns. They were from England, and they were pretty good, in a sense they could easily play the Warped Tour and gather a ton of young girls screaming after them. They did a great job of getting the crowd moving and the lead singer did have beautiful blue eyes, so that was a plus. Honestly I’m not sure what their songs were, as this is the first time I have actually heard of the band, but I can tell you they played songs from their most recent album Bones. 

The next band I wasn’t familiar with either, they were a three piece band called Kyng. (pronounced “king”) If I would have had long hair, I would have head banged through their entire set. Seriously this band rocked. They had heavy guitar riffs, and blazing bass, along with a lead singer that sort of looked like Rob Zombie, with a hint of Zack Wylde. He knows how to play the guitar that’s for sure. They played straight up head banging music, and they were good at it.

Although I had a hard time understanding exactly what he was saying, they did play songs from their album Trampled Sun and the lead singer was rather flirty. If you’re going to make wide eyes at me, expect the same back. Yes, several times he decided to do that with me and near the end of the set he pointed at me and sung. I love moments where you can connect like that with musicians.

Next up was Sick Puppies. Personally they stole the show. It’s been a year or so since I last saw the band that formed in Australia back in 1997., My first time seeing them, was two or three years ago, when they opened up for Chevelle in Chicago. They rocked the house then, and they rocked the house Friday night. Shim, the lead singer wasn’t feeling too well, you could tell his throat was scratchy but him and Emma, the bass player, and Mark the drummer, rocked it out. They got the crowd bouncing, moving and just plain singing every word to every song. I think they had more fans than Seether it was awesome. Bassist Emma Azari well let’s just say she kicks ass and can play a mean bass that’s for sure. They opened with “Odd One” off of their third album Tri-Polar. From that point on it was all rock. Check out the setlist below.

Sick Puppies set list consisted of:

  1. Odd One
  2. Cancer
  3. My World
  4. All the Same
  5. Maybe
  6. Mad World
  7. Riptide
  8. New Song, not sure on name
  9. Nothing Really Matters
  10. War
  11. You’re going down
Shim also climbed out onto the crowd which did get bumped in the head by his shoe. Sadly I was unable to get photos of this but it’s okay. They performed an epic set and I will no doubt go see them live again.
Seether was next and their stage set up was pretty cool. They had moving parts on the amps, a clock that went around, pumps that moved up and down, and various other things, lots of glowing lights, and special things on the microphones, many different touches to there stage set up.
It had been a good six or seven years since I last saw Seether. They were a band that I followed and seen many times, even one time when they opened for Marilyn Manson way back when. So I was anticipating the sound that they play, but I wasn’t anticipating the mellow vibe I was getting. Honestly I could have feel asleep if it wasn’t for the little kid next to me that had made his way up to the front row and was rocking out. I would have dozed, perhaps it was Shaun’s mellowness that didn’t get the crowd going or just didn’t seem to have a stage presence at all. I’m not really sure.
Seether did perform well for what it was and played their hits along with old favorites such as “Broken.” They had an amazing drum solo by drummer John Humphrey. They did have a set up where Dale the bassist was sitting in a chair playing the bass during “Broken”, and there was some sort of glass object with liquid in it. Here is a photo of it below, the lighting was just dark enough that you couldn’t really get good shots, because it was so smokey in a sense.
Seether did finish up strong, and did get the crowd into with “Country Song” so things were looking up during the performance. As I said Seether has been through a lot as a band, Shaun has had issues and various other things seem to come there way, but overall, they did have a solid performance, the set list is pictured below:

It was a good night for a concert, and being dead center in the front wasn’t to shabby. I would have liked to have the lighting a little different for Seether, but it is what it is. Pops is a great venue, you can’t go wrong with going there to see a show, they have two stages and a balcony enough to accommodate a sold out performance. I love getting there early enough to be able to go in and out of pops to use the facilities, and get a drink if need be, it is a great little venue, nestled between two strip clubs.. makes for the perfect show, and they have a great atmosphere I think, overall I love pops. And this show turned me on to two new bands, that I hadn’t heard of until then, I will see Kyng again for sure, and you never know Young Guns might turn up on another tour, but overall another great concert.

Pointfest 26 – Live & Loud From St. Louis

Pointfest 29 – 06/06/10

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO

Videos by BeeZNutZ

 

While Reverend Justito rocked out at the KROQ Weenie Roast this past weekend – one of the first CC contributors – BeeZnutZ was at an equally impressive rock radio festival in St. Louis.  With performances from the likes of Papa Roach, Seether &  Coheed and Cambria – this was quite the event.  Check out these great videos shot by BeeZutZ this past weekend.  If this is not enough – feel free to check out our coverage of last year’s event.

 

 





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