Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Check Out The Kaaboo Festival This September

This festival looks absolutely amazing! I may need to venture to the west coast in September.

Tickets are on sale now. Get some!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

KISS Announce The "Freedom To Rock" Tour

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 35+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7th – August 10th while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10th – September 10th

Tickets are on sale now. Get some!

“Freedom To Rock” Tour Dates include:
Thu 7 – Jul                  
Boise, ID
Taco Bell Arena
Sat 9 – Jul
Eugene, OR                                           
Matthew Knight Arena
Sun 10 – Jul
Kennewick, WA
Toyota Center
Fri 15 – Jul
Spokane, WA                                           
Spokane Arena
Sat 16 – Jul
Bozeman, MT                     
Breeden Fieldhouse
Mon 18 – Jul
Colorado Springs, CO                                     
World Arena
Wed 20 – Jul
Independence, MS                                  
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Fri 22 – Jul
Lincoln, NE                                           
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sat 23 – Jul
Springfield, MO
JQH Arena
Mon 25 – Jul
Wichita, KS
Intrust Bank Arena
Wed 27 – Jul
SiouxCity, Iowa                         
Tyson Events Center
Fri 29 – Jul
Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Sat 30 – Jul
Minot, ND
North Dakota State Fair
Mon 1 – Aug
Mankato, MN
Verizon Wireless Center
Wed 3 – Aug 
Duluth, MN
Amsoil Arena
Fri 5 – Aug
Moline, IL
iWireless Arena
Sat 6 – Aug
La Crosse, WI 
La Crosse Center
Mon 8 – Aug
Milwaukee, WI 
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Wed 10 – Aug
Green Bay, WI                                 
Resch Center
Fri 12 – Aug
Fort Wayne, IN
Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Sat 13 – Aug
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
Mon 15 – Aug
Saginaw, MI
Dow Event Center
Sat 20 – Aug
Rockford, IL
BMO Harris Bank Center
Mon 22 – Aug
Dayton, OH
Nutter Center
Wed 24 – Aug
Toledo, Ohio
Huntington Center
Fri 26 – Aug
Youngstown, Ohio
Covelli Centre
Sat 27 – Aug
Erie, PA
Erie Insurance Arena
Mon 29 – Aug
Rochester, NY                       
Blue Cross Arena
Tues 30 – Aug
StateCollege, PA                               
Bryce Jordan Center
Thu 1 – Sep 
Allentown, PA
Great Allentown Fair
Sat 3 – Sep
Worcester, MA                                   
DCU Center
Sun 4 – Sep
Portland, ME
Cross Insurance Arena
Wed 7 – Sep
Bridgeport, CT
Webster Bank Arena
Fri 9 – Sep
Richmond, VA
Richmond Coliseum
Sat 10 – Sep
Huntington, WV
Big Sandy Arena

Monday, April 25, 2016

Concert Review: Deicide - December 7, 1998

Note – some of these concert reviews are nothing more than dregs of memories cobbled together to the best of my ability. Having seen so many shows over the years, certain ones are harder to recollect than others. This happens to be one of the harder ones to remember anything about.

Many years ago I had a friend Kyle Powell. He was a guitarist/singer in black metal, doom metal, and death metal bands. These bands were not really for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of the death/doom metal scene. I usually enjoy the music, but I never got a real good taste for the grunting growling vocals. They always sounded somewhat ridiculous to my ears. However, being one who understands that different music can mean different things to different people, I was supportive of Kyle and his death/doom/black metal projects. I listened to his EPs and gave encouragement where I could. I even went as far as to see his band in concert.

Obsessions was a small night club in Randolph, New Jersey, not far from my home at the time. Kyle’s band, Engorge, had been given the opportunity to open for Deicide, a band I did not know at all. Like most opening acts in these club type settings, their spot on the bill was based on how many tickets to the show they could sell. So, as a good friend, I bought a pair of tickets and dragged my buddy Tommy to the show with me. Ultimately, I was there to support Kyle’s band and if the other bands turned out to be good, then that was a bonus.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, I was recently able to remember that Deicide was on tour in support of their latest release at the time, Serpents of the Light. I don’t know if it’s a good album or not, but I am sure that their fans loved it. I don’t remember much about Deicide. I’ve never paid them any attention since that night, so I wouldn’t remember much about them anyway. As previously stated, death metal has never been my thing. It’s possible that I left early and didn’t even stay for Deicide’s set. I honestly do not remember.

What I do remember was how excited Kyle was to be performing on stage opening for Deicide. He was living out his dream. Kyle’s day job may have been in the mortgage industry, but his real career was under the lights of heavy metal. I remember that I enjoyed the band’s set, even though I did not care for the vocals. This would be a running theme for the rest of the night. We would listen to a lot of growling vocals that I didn’t care for and I would wonder how guys could play music this amazing and then grunt out the lyrics. I never understood death metal.

I believe that Engorge went on second and played a tight set – perhaps thirty minutes long. I also remember meeting the guys from Mortician, who were also there to witness the show that night. At the time, they had only released one album, Hacked Up For Barbecue and were preparing to record their next record. Kyle had mentioned on a few occasions that he was considering joining the band as their drummer and that the opportunity may have been there for him to do so.

I remember asking Will Rahmer when Kyle was going to join their band. His response was simple, “Whenever he wants to.” I told Kyle about that meeting the next day and he smiled. He still wasn’t sure if he wanted to join them or continue on with his own band. He ultimately would stay with Engorge. Recent internet searches show that the band is still around. Perhaps it is time for me to reach out to my old buddy Kyle and see how Engorge is doing.

So, I may have seen one of the greatest Deicide shows in their history, or I may have seen their worst. I may not even have seen at all. I just can’t remember much about it. Sometimes memory can be a little fuzzy, or almost not there at all.