Helmet 11/05/10: Key Club – West Hollywood, CA

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Helmet (w/ Open Hand & Intronaut) 11/05/10 Key Club - West Hollywood, CA Words/photos by Reverend Justito - concertconfessions.com It took me 15+ years to see my first Helmet concert.  I only had to wait 40 days for round two with the criminally underappreciated metal band.  A lot has changed in 5 ½ weeks since I watched Helmet destroy Redondo Beach.  I was correct in my prediction to Helmet main man Page Hamilton that the 49ers would have won at least one game in that ... Read More

Unearth 10/16/10 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

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Unearth/All That Remains/Asking Alexandria 10/16/10 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA Words & Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com When a last minute invite came my way to check out the next to last Unearth show of 2010, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.   Having just celebrated my beloved San Francisco Giants beating the Phillies in game one of the 2010 NLCS, I made it inside the venue just in time to catch the massive Massachusetts metal band perform way too early on a bill ... Read More

Additional Artists To Join Smashing Pumpkins at 3rd Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival

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      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: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & Fergie Common Travi McCoy Kid Cudi Neon Trees Semi Precious Weapons Steel Panther Big B P.O.D. 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 ... Read More

Billy Corgan Takes His Ukulele And Goes Home

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  As a lifelong fan of The Smashing Pumpkins, I had no desire to check the band out last night at The Viper Room here in Southern California.  I saw them headline Lollapalooza 94.  I’ve watched them in arenas and theatres and even saw their first performance at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit back in 1998.  I even enjoyed the reunited bands two night stand at the end of 2008 here in Los Angeles.  So when my man Jerko tweeted last night that Mr. ... Read More

Heathen & Exodus 06/11/10: Key Club – West Hollywood, CA

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Exodus (w/ Special Guests Heathen) 06/11/10 Key Club - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com Growing up in the 1990's, I spent many hours rocking out in the various muscle cars of Concertconfessions webmaster, Mattchee.  We were the second generation of Bay Area thrash metal fans; the kids who were in Junior High when The Black Album ruled the rock world.  Metallica opened the doors and turned us onto a whole world of bands who played the fast paced melodies which made us wonder why ... Read More

Far 05/21/10: The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

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Far 05/21/10 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com I was one of the lucky ones.  December 1997: I went to see Deftones at The Edge in Palo Alto, CA.  While Deftones were nothing short of amazing, the true reward of that night was being introduced to the band Far.  In the weeks that followed that show, I picked up "Water & Solutions" and it has been in heavy rotation ever since.  Like most Far fans, I grew angry over the last ... Read More

Rusted Soul Revue Liberate The Libertine

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Rusted Soul Revue 04/29/10 The Libertine - West Hollywood, CA words/photos/videos by concertconfessions.com For about 18 months, Rusted Soul Revue vocalist/lead guitarist TD Moyer was my own Snuffleupagus.  My pal/guitarist Shawn Hitchcock swore up and down that he existed – much like Big Bird told his neighbors for years.  While the Sesame Street gang finally did meet Snuffy in the fall of 1985, I met TD last July 4th weekend, walking around the streets of Long Beach (or as we call it – the land ... Read More

Send The Sages Wild West Whiskey Shoot Out

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Send The Sages 04/02/10 Whiskey A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Video by concertconfessions.com I seem to recall that it was Easter weekend 1999 (I could be totally wrong) when my friends and I made our monthly trip to the Cactus Club in San Jose to see local favorites Papa Roach.  Only this night was very different as we would finally get a chance a band out of Southern California that P-Roach had been raving about for months.  That band was Alien Ant Farm, ... Read More

In Honor Of Good Friday West Hollywood Was Filled With Bad Music

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Words/Photos/Videos by concertconfessions.com Chances are, no matter where you live in the world, you have heard of the world-famous Whiskey A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip. Anyone who loves music and drives down the strip for the first time will undoubtedly get goosebumps when their eyes focus on the landmark where the likes of Motley Crue and The Doors got their start. However, these goose bumps quickly fade away when one learns the truth regarding the Whiskey. Inside the walls, it is not ... Read More

FROM THE VAULT – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Save Rock & Roll One Hipster At A Time

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 01/24/08 Key Club - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com (Note: The review was first published by MTV news) It takes a gang of bad asses to name their band after Marlon Brando’s motorcycle gang in his 1953 film The Wild One. Thankfully, the three men who make up Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (often referred to as BRMC) are not only bad enough to fit the bill, but somehow tender enough that you could bring them home to your mother. Formed ... Read More

The Black Dahlia Murder Bring an International Flavor to The Roxy Theatre

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The Black Dahlia Murder (w/ HateSphere, Augury & Obscura) 03/06/10 The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA Words/Videos/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com After two weeks of non-stop action up the coast in Vancouver, the close of the 2010 Winter Olympics has sent me into a downward spiral of depression. No longer can I turn on the television and watch global goliaths face off in events like Curling and Ice Dancing. Gone were underage girls drinking and smoking cigars, a Ginger on a snowboard and that ... Read More

Dinosaur Jr. 02/23/10: Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

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Dinosaur Jr. 02/23/10 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos by Justin/concertconfessions.com I must be honest with everyone for a moment.  I own one compact disc by the band Dinosaur Jr.  It has their big hit “Feel the Pain” on it and I picked it up at a garage sale a few years back.  I don’t even know the name of it, nor most of the song titles.  I’ve always enjoyed the band and their loud, fuzzy alt-rock jams (they were rated 4 starts on ... Read More

Joseph Arthur Wraps West Coast Run at the Troubadour

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Joseph Arthur 01/23/10 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com As I shared here recently as a FROM THE VAULT post, the last time I saw Joseph Arthur, we didn't really connect.  In the weeks and months that passed after that warm summer night, I actually began to get angry.  What was wrong with me?  I have listened to this man and his music time and time again and I allowed weird vibes and distractions ruin our brief time together.  Not permitting ... Read More

FROM THE VAULT: Joseph Arthur vs. The 79th MLB All Star Game

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Joseph Arthur 07/15/2008 The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Justin (note, this review was first published at MTVnews.com.  I have shared it From The Vault as I will be paying Mr. Arthur a return visit at The Troubadour this Saturday Night.) The teams were supposed to be even - 3 straights and 3 gays. However, at the last minute one flip flopped and we found ourselves with the upper hand at 4-2. As we sat open, pillow-filled booth down the street from the Troubadour ... Read More

USELESS KEYS Warm Up The Viper Room

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USELESS KEYS 01/08/10 The Viper Room - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Video by Reverend Justito Often times in Los Angeles, music fans blow off opening acts and only show up for the main event. On the second Friday of 2010, I did the exact opposite. Last summer when I walked in on USELESS KEYS’ set closer at The Roxy, I was so impressed I promised myself I would seek them out again. Not one to break a promise, the Los Angeles-based band’s set at the Viper ... Read More

The Final Steel Panther Sunset Strip Shakedown of the First Decade of the 21st Century

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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 ... Read More

42 Minutes Of The Black Dahlia Murder – Free Of Charge

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The Black Dahlia Murder 12/03/09 The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos byReverend Justito A few years before I was the concert confessing cubical warrior who hangs at Hollywood hotspots with Tom Morello and that dude who gets paid to beat the snot out of people, I drove various video tapes around in a highly decorated Scion XB.  While there were many terrible things about making $9.00 to deliver digital betacam’s with Judge Judy episodes or Lexus commercials, there were some experiences that I ... Read More

A Night At The Roxy with Into The Presence

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Useless Keys/Into The Presence 07/09/09 The Roxy Theatre - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Video by Justin So there I was Thursday night, standing outside the Roxy Theater chatting with The Maldonado brothers when adult film legend Ron Jeremy strolled by. As scenesters sucked on cancer sticks oblivious to their surroundings, we watched as a homeless man tried to sell the King of Porn roses as he made his way up the strip to the Rainbow Room. Just another Thursday night in Hollywood, I suppose. A few hours ... Read More

Lazarus AD, Unearth & Testament Thrash West Hollywood

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Lazarus AD, Unearth & Testament 06/11/09  House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA  Words/Photos By Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com  (NOTE: All photos taken with an iphone as House Of Blues does not allow cameras)     Standing up against the bar alongside stage left inside Hollywood’s House Of Blues Thursday night, I was distracted from the on stage action by a young man who fit the exact description of a heavy metal stereotype:  A young Latino with long fluffy hair, black denim jeans, a faded leather jacket and 1980’s white ... Read More

King’s X 06/05/09: Key Club – West Hollywood, CA

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King's X 06/05/2009 Key Club - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito   It is a well known fact to musicians that King’s X are the Rodney Dangerfield of Rock & Roll. For 20+ years this three piece has toured the world bringing their muscular mix of metal, gospel, funk and blues to anyone willing to listen. From stealing the show Friday night at Woodstock ‘94 to playing every club/bar across the world King’s X always brings their A game when they take the stage. ... Read More

Forbidden But Certainly Not Forgotten!

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It had been a decade and a half since the classic Bay Area thrashers Forbidden played live in Los Angeles. The City of Hollywood got the long awaited taste of some infamous thrash metal at the Key Club March 26th and surely did not disappoint! Los Angeles was the first stop on a very short California tour that would end up meeting quite a few loyal fans that have awaited a long while to see a piece of metal history. Right beside ... Read More

Armored Saint fans find the Fountain of Youth

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The Key Club in Hollywood is always (in our opinion) the best place to see a Metal show. The Security is cool, the food and drink is delectable (though they recently shortened and changed their dinner menu) and there isn’t a bad spot to stand in to see the mayhem that takes stage. Matt & I have been here many, many times and it’s usually busy. Rarely have there been shows that have been light in attendance. The show for Armored Saint ... Read More

Into The Presence Wrap Up Their West Hollywood Residency

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Into The Presence 01/30/09 On The Rox - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos/Videos by Justin/concertconfessions.com [caption id="attachment_47" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Into The Presence - On The Rox 01/30/09"][/caption] Friday night, I took another $12.00 cab ride down the Sunset Strip to check out the exciting new rock band Into The Presence. After being blown away by their set two weeks ago, I knew I could not miss the final Friday of their month long residency On The Rox. After saying hello to the venues wonderful door woman Stephanie, ... Read More

Papa Roach 03/04/09: Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

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Papa Roach w/ The DISOWNED 03/04/09 Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito     It was a warm spring night in Palo Alto California when Papa Roach and I decided to go our separate ways. The date was April 24, 2000 and as I exited The Edge Nightclub I knew in my heart the special thing we had was over. The next day, the band would release their major label debut Infest and tour the country with Taproot. Warped Tour would follow that summer ... Read More