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.
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
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:
Alice In Chains
3 Doors Down
Three Days Grace
Bullet For My Valentine
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
In This Moment
Escape The Fate
Thousand Foot Krutch
Red Line Chemistry
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:
Alice In Chains
Three Days Grace
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
A Day To Remember
All That Remains
Device (with David Draiman)
In This Moment
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Middle Class Rut
Red Line Chemistry
Thousand Foot Krutch
Beware of Darkness
Love And Death
Words & Photos by God Frank/Concertconfessions.com
Last weekend was my birthday weekend. Being a total loser, I had nothing to do and nobody to do it with so I jumped in my car and went to Vegas. For the most part I spent the weekend getting my ass kicked at the poker tables, but I did take a break from the massacre that was Texas Hold ‘em to see the monsters of metal, Steel Panther.
Just so you know on future Vegas trips you have two options to catch the Panther. You can pay the evil empire known as the House of Blues to see them at the Mandalay Bay on Friday night or you can travel 15 minutes off the strip and see them for free in Ovation at the Green Valley Ranch on Saturday night. I chose the later.
When you walk into Ovation you would never think you are there to see a metal show. It looks more like a sleek 90’s video bar/dance club. Still, they do their best to set the mood prior to the show by playing music videos from back in the day when Def Leppard’s drummer still had a full set of appendages. So as the crowd filed in and I sipped on my vodka and Redbull I got warmed up for the show with some Cinderella and Skid Row.
Then the lights went down, the screen that was covering the stage was raised and Steel Panther took the stage with a spot on perfect cover of Van Halen’s Panama. Then they took a moment to greet and crowd and introduce/insult themselves and each other. They definitely have the art of stage banter down and they do it brilliantly. At a Steel Panther show you are guaranteed to laugh as hard as you rock!
When they aren’t busy insulting each other they turn their attention to the audience. At a Steel Panther show, nobody is safe, they make fun of everybody. Asian women, Mexicans, Asian women, gays, Asian women, blacks, did I mention Asian women? Seriously, if you offend easily this is not the show for you.
But Steel Panther is a band and as awesome as the stage banter is, the music is even better. And they quickly got back into the music with their original song “Turn off the Lights” which was augmented by a video production on the televisions in the bar which featured animation and the song’s lyrics for those not familiar with their original music.
Considering I was seeing a free show I was a little concerned that this would be a scaled down version of their regular show, but that concern was unwarranted. Free or not, Steel Panther gave it their all this night playing a full set that included covers of songs by Motley Crue, Poison, Guns and Roses, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi and a second Van Halen song in addition to a couple original songs of their own. One of the great things about Steel Panther is they are so accomplished as musicians that they can perform all these great bands’ songs and do them as well if not better than the original.
The highlight of the night had to be their metal cover of the Backstreet Boys song “I Want it That Way.” Not a song I would have expected to hear, but their version was awesome.
Even more awesome was their total destruction of an audience member who was completely offended by the fact that they covered a Backstreet Boys song, but who still knew all the words. They called him out on that when the song was over and laid a smack down on him that had the whole place laughing.
But that’s a Steel Panther show for you. One part rock and one part comedy, it’s as much of a party as it is a concert. I had such a good time that I totally forgot the ass whopping I took at the casino earlier.
After a rousing 90 minute show they announced that they had time for 15 more songs but were only going to play one, closing with Def Leppard’s Photgraph. It was a great way to finish the night and send a very appreciative crowd on their way. With all due respect to the fountains at the Bellagio, this was definitely the best free show in Vegas and a must for any music fan visiting Vegas.
The Green Valley Ranch allows cameras into the venue and I got some great pictures, but my computer isn’t cooperating at the moment. I will try to post more and better pictures tonight if my computer lets me.
With The Smashing Pumpkins having already been secured as headliners last month, the initial lineup for the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival has been announced. Artists helping The Smashing Pumpkins shut down Sunset Blvd include:
Additional artists will be announced closer to the event. In addition, a mix of smaller artists (including Adler’s Appetite and Volbeat) will take to the various clubs located on the Sunset Strip during the outdoor festival. For a complete lineup of those bands, please check out the official SSMF website.
As if the 2010 US version ofOzzfest(featuring a fat and bloated Motley Crue, as well as unoriginal artists such as Devildriver and Drowning Pool) was not a slap in the face of heavy metal fans – the once great metal singer has decided to torture metal fans across the pond. That’s right everyone – for one night only the heavy metal puppet is going to have an Ozzfest at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Perhaps things are different in the UK, but the last time I checked, half that lineup couldn’t sell out most local bars – let alone an arena. Likewise, does anyone care about Korn at all these days?
Then again, with pit tickets still available (as of publishing) for the US Tour kick off on August 14th at the massive Glen Helen Corporate Sponsered Pavilion here in Southern California, one must wonder if Ozzfest should have stayed on hiatus?
With all due respect to Rob Halford, in the event you do find yourself at one of the US shows – make sure you head out early to check out both Goatwhore & Skeletonwitch as they are the only bands* worth the price of admission on this traveling failure of a festival.
*Exodus will appear only at the Southern California date and are also worth your time.
Update 07/19/10: Only adding to the joke – Blabbermouth is reporting that Sunset Strip Gods STEEL PANTHER have been added to this line up. You know it’s a sad show when a “comedy” band blows every “real” band off the fucking stage (which is exactly what Steel Panther shall do).
Steel Panther (with Delta Rose & TARSHA) 12/28/2009
House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Justin/concertconfessions.com
Racist, Homophobic and degrading to women, one would think that a band like Steel Panther would never survive liberal West Hollywood, CA. Yet the band once known as Metal Skool has used Monday nights on the Sunset Strip to organically grow their mock metal musical onslaught from underground buzz to worldwide domination. Having not seen the boys since their name change/major label record deal, a co-worker and I decided to make the most of our forced paid vacation from work and checked in with Steel Panther at their new home – House of Blues Sunset Strip.
First off, I must say that I was shocked that there was no security search and I was freely able to bring my camera into the usually fan unfriendly venue. This may be the first time in history I have nothing bad to say about my least favorite venue on the Sunset Strip (and beyond, Anaheim is even worse). God Frank and I walked up to the bar just in time to catch the end of the opening set from Delta Rose. Solid licks from what appeared to be young kids. In fact, they should have been main support, as the next artist – TARSHA was not worthy of cleaning trash post show, let alone performing on stage. Looking like a pregnant version of Mitch Kramer from the film Dazed and Confused the “vocalist” (who the band is named for) danced around like a T-rex with a Mcnugget made of kangaroo meat shoved up his anus. This is being nice; his vocals were even worse and not worth wasting words on. While the back bar rapidly filled up from folks fleeing the dance floor, the band performed generic Sunset Strip rock that make Buckcherry sound fresh, original and ground breaking. The only good thing about this painfully terrible artist was his bass player – Patrick Morgan. He reminded me a lot of Coheed and Cambria’s Michael Todd, both in sound and style. Patrick, please stop wasting your talent with this TARSHA clown, branch out and create something original.
After moving up from the bar to the main floor (tall boys in hand) it was minutes before midnight when Steel Panther hit the stage with a scorching cover of Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart”. With front man Michael Starr playing up the lead guitarist Satchel managed to move a lot more than Motley axe slinger Mick Mars. For the next 75 minutes, the band proved why they have become the reigning kings of the Sunset Strip over the past decade with rocking riffs and offensive yet humorous stage banter.
Steel Panther works so well because of their relationship with the audience. No one is safe from humiliation in front of their peers, especially the willing. Hoping on stage after two songs, these gals were subjected to a dirty verbal lashing usually heard on the other side of the hill in the 818.
Musically, Steel Panther is a peak into the past for the current generation who were too young or perhaps not even born when spandex and aqua net ruled Sunset Blvd. Ok, sure Ratt was not re-working “La Bamba” into a highly racist yet hysterical number down the street at the Whiskey, but then again what do I know, I was in elementary school 370 miles north when that scene was going down. Hell, even recent numbers were not safe from Panthers mockery. The foursome used “The Reason” by Hoobastank to put males blocking females from the front row on cock block check.
It’s a good thing Southern California has a lot of pretty gals looking for attention. In the past, I have seen a gal or two get on stage with the band. On the last Monday of the first decade of the 21st century, all in attendance were blessed enough to have a good dozen women willing to shake and grind during covers like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and originals including “Party All Day”. Hell, even lucky male audience members got some action. During a Two-For-Tuesday double shot of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Chad was brought upon stage for yawning in the crowd and ended up being rewarded with lap dances from two “dirty whores” during “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. The band booted Chad from their stage before the musical highlight of the night – a down and dirty version of the G’n’R classic “Mr. Brownstone”. As far as boob highlights, I think everyone appreciated the Asian with perfect breasts made next door in Beverly Hills showing a job well done before the band played their original number “Asian Hooker”.
Steel Panther managed to point out the only black guy in the crowd and make fun of him, repeatedly called female fans whores, sluts and requested they get their tubes tied so the band could bang them without condoms and dropped multiple gay slurs smack dab in the middle of the largest gay community in Southern California. The reason why it works is much in the same vein that South Park works. Steel Panther not only pick on everyone, they can make fun if themselves. Steel Panther is Spinal Tap in spandex. A hilarious spoof of what Hollywood was in 1986, with tasty riffs performed by solid musicians, and is NOT to be missed if you ever have a chance.
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
This past Tuesday night, I headed to Club Nokia here in Los Angeles to check out the first annual Epiphone/Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Honda Fury. I met up with our contest winner Jeff (cool guy) and fellow talesfromthepit.net user Cheryl (a.k.a. Krazy For Korn/also very cool) to check out the whose who of heavy metal (the show even included a black carpet instead of the traditional red). Despite the fact that the winners list leaked on blabbermouth.net a few hours before the show, it is not my goal to tell you about the winners here You can simply watch the show on MTV2 on May 2nd who won the rather unique awards.
God presenting an award to the Rainbow Bar & Grill
Part of the advertising in local street papers and the internet that made me excited for this show was a DJ set by Corey Taylor of Slipknot. I have a lot of respect for Taylor and thought watching him DJ would be a real treat. No disrespect to Taylor, he picked a great mix of metal (everything from Priest and Black Sabbath to White Zombie and Pantera) and punk (Minor Thread anyone?). I however expected him to spin vinyl, not play songs from his IPOD. “Spinning” from the venues soundboard, Taylor was kind enough to take photos with fans and seemed to be having a blast. Most important, he got the crowed pumped up for the evening, one classic at a time.
Corey Taylor - Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
The first musical performance of the evening was Killswitch Engage. I was somewhat shocked that they opened the show, but looking back, you want a big opening for television and they definitely can fill those shoes. The band opened with the Guitar Hero hit “My Curse”. As the crowd simply stood and watched like it was a Tuesday night in Silver Lake, guitarist Adam D taunted the crowd, calling them names the censors will have to remove from the broadcast. Up next was a new song (name unknown) that very well may have been making its live debut. Just my impression – it felt very light and I hate to say it but an attempt at a commercial hit. The band closed their three song set with their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.” About ½ way though the song, the venue opened up the second section of the three tiered lower floor. Many including myself moved up to be closer to the action. As front man Howard Jones belted out the classic, Adam D continued to call the crowd another word for cats. The band thanked the crowd and left the stage, seeming disappointed by the lack luster response.
The second performance of the night was by Riverside Grindcore up and comers Suicide Silence. I had never heard the music of this five piece band and all I have to say is this. Heavy fucking elephant tits. Wow, these guys were amazing. The band wore typical sneakers and tight black jeans, but up top the band had on white button up shirts, black ties and nice suit jackets. As the band played their four song set, the nights first circle pits got going up on the front of the floor. These guys won me over big time, and I will be seeking them out again for sure.
Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA
I don’t recall what award he gave out, but Hatebreed front man (and this decades Rikki Rachtman) Jamey Jasta warned the crowd that he expected to see EVERYONE moving during his bands set. When they hit the stage a few minutes later, the the audience did not disappoint the Connecticut hardcore band. They opened the set with “Destroy Everything” which the fans took to heart. Many were upset that they were stuck on the second tier of the lower floor (the front section of the floor was limited to 100 people who got paper bracelets allowing them access up front) and decided to simply hop the rail. This continued into the second song “To The Threshold” as the circle pit in the front grew larger and larger. Jasta was very talkative during the brief set. In between shout outs to Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog (who was in the circle pit wearing a Black Label Society leather vest) the front man reminded the audience that they were on TV and that they were to get crazy. Hands down, Hatebreed (who I have never seen, but always wanted too) played the most high energy and brutal set of the night.
Hatebreed @ the 2009 Golden Gods Awards: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The fourth band of the night was All That Remains. A lot of people in the section I was in seemed very upset that they were the next to last band. Another band I don’t know much about, the first song they played was not only very out of place, but rather terrible. Front man Philip Labonts vocals sounded weak and powerless. If Godsmack is Alice in Chains on their worst day, All That Remains is Godsmack after their worst week ever. As the crowd booed between songs, (something the crowd did a lot over the night. Metallica, Protest The Hero, and Atreyu front man Alex Varkatzas were all booed) the band shrugged it off and kept rolling. I will say this, each song (they played three total) seemed to get better, but really that’s just me trying to find something positive to say.
All That Remains - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
The night closed with a set that left many deaf (myself included) by Megadeth. The three song set list was voted on by fans. The legends opened with “Peace Sells”. With the bass line that doubles as the into music for MTV News, the band launched into the 1986 classic as many in the house went crazy. The song went right into the bands second number – “Sweating Bullets.” The band sounded tight as pits swirled and Mustaine sang the psycho vocals with his signature growl. The band closed their set with “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs, and for the first time all night I wish I could hop the rail to get into the main pit. The band killed it as it cranked out the legendary thrash number. As fast as they came, the band left the stage much to the disappointment of many fans who paid expecting a longer set. With that, the first ever North American metal show came to an end. Make sure to check it out May 2nd on MTV2. Look for me bootlegging in the Lamb Of God t-shirt :)
Megadeth - Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09
Megadeth 04/07/09 – Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
Corey Taylor of Slipknot DJing Before The 2009 Golden God Awards
Corey Taylor – Golden Gods 09: Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA
WWE Wrestler CM Punk Introducing Killswitch Engage 04/07/09
Killswitch Engage – Golden Gods 2009: Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA 04/07/09