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Death/Dark Angel – May 12, 1989

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This was a great show even though Death didn’t play.  Apparently their van broke down.  It was my first time seeing Gene Hoglan live.  Other than seeing OTT, a local band that I loved, seeing Dark Angel was pretty huge.  I wasn’t really a Death fan at the time, that didn’t really happen until Hoglan joined the band.  After that I decided to delve into their older material.  Good stuff.  After Darkness Descends, I lost interest in Dark Angel.  This was on the Leave Scars tour and I didn’t really care for that album at all…except for the drumming.  Gene rules.  This show also featured Brett Eriksen from Viking on guitar to replace Jim Durkin.  It was a great night made even more special by it being at the old Atlantic Beach Club.  I loved that place and saw some really cool shows there.  I also missed some really cool shows there!

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May 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Iron Maiden – No Prayer For The Dying Concert Ticket

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This was my 2nd Maiden show.  Two pals of mine drove up with me to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA for this one.   Anthrax was opening on their Persistence of Time Tour.  I remember during Anthrax’s set that many of the folks in the front rows were sitting down and Belladonna had made some comments to the crowd about it.  Security was pretty tight for this show.  We had pretty decent seats up and off to the side.  At the end of Tailgunner (the opening song), they dropped stickers down from the roof and that’s what’s under the ticket in the photo below.

Setlist

  1. Tailgunner
  2. Public Enema Number One
  3. Wrathchild
  4. Die With Your Boots On
  5.  Hallowed Be Thy Name
  6.  22 Acacia Avenue
  7.  Holy Smoke
  8.  No Prayer for the Dying
  9.  The Clairvoyant
  10.  2 Minutes to Midnight
  11.  The Trooper
  12.  Heaven Can Wait
  13.  Iron Maiden
  14. The Number of the Beast
  15.  Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter
  16.  Run to the Hills
  17.  Sanctuary

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May 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Concert Ticket

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I was recently asked what my first Iron Maiden show was and it was this one, the Seventh Son tour.  I actually had tickets to see them on the Somewhere in Time Tour and had to give them up because of my grades.  That was a reality in my life growing up.  Looking back, I understand why it happened, but as a kid, I was pretty pissed to miss my favorite band.

Killer Dwarfs opened up this show.  They were terrible.  All I cared about was Maiden and they delivered…they always do.

$14.50 for a ticket?  Back then that seemed like a lot.  For many of the shows I see these days, I’d love to pay that!

Setlist:

  1. Moonchild
  2. The Evil That Men Do
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Infinite Dreams
  5. The Trooper
  6. Can I Play With Madness
  7. Heaven Can Wait
  8. Wasted Years
  9. The Clairvoyant
  10. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  11. The Number of the Beast
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  13. Iron Maiden
  14. Run to the Hills
  15. 22 Acacia Avenue
  16. 2 Minutes to Midnight
  17. Running Free

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May 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

John Macey – Eclipse (1981)

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As I mentioned in a previous blog, I had this album given to me when I was about 15 (1985) or so.  I listened to it quite often back then and always enjoyed the quirky, funky instrumentals on here.  A friend of mine recently converted my vinyl to digital format and I am putting it up on here for your listening pleasure.

This album came out in 1981 and sounds very mid-70s.  Macey is a very competent player as are all of the members in the band.  It was released on 51 West Records which was a sub of CBS.  There’s some good funky, jazz/fusion, 70s shred in parts of this that some of it sounds like it should be background music in a 70s car chase movie.  Until today, I don’t think I have listened to this album in about 20 years and it still sounds great to my ears.

Enjoy it.

Tracks:

  1. Eclipse
  2. Skyblue Dream
  3. Peter Pan
  4. Bent Metal
  5. F Hole Fantasy
  6. Star Piece

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May 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Loudness – Concert Review – San Antonio, TX – May 28, 2011

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I love Loudness.  That is to say that I love classic era Loudness.  Everything between Birthday Eve(1981)  and the Jealousy EP (1988) and a few songs from Solder of Fortune (1989) and On the Prowl (1991).  After Minoru left and after his replacement (Mike Vescera) left, I was done.  I didn’t care for EZO and having their singer in the band just didn’t work for me.  Even after Minoru’s return to the band in 2001 for the Spiritual Canoe album, I was rather disinterested in their modern sound.  No matter, when they did their small USA tour in 2006, I was there.

When I found out that they were coming to Texas this year, I was pretty excited and got my tickets immediately when they went on sale.  It wasn’t until the day of the show that I found out that there would be 8 opening bands.  You read that correctly.  EIGHT OPENING BANDS (see show poster).  The doors opened at 7 and the first band was to start at 8.  With so many bands opening, it was pretty obvious that Loudness would go on late.  OK, no big deal.  Doug and I pretty much sat in the back of the venue.  We got there around 9PM or so and didn’t know how many of the bands had played.  Apparently not many since it seemed like we sat through 50 bands.  I was told that the openers had to pay to play and it really felt like amateur hour of a

Minoru

battle of the bands competition.  Really, it was brutal.  One band from Sweden, Dirty Passion, was apparently on tour with Loudness (wait, that makes NINE opening bands!).  While they were about 25 years too late for their Bullet Boys/Warrant-ish type of rock, they were at least solid albeit not even remotely my type of rock.  The other bands?  PASS.  I just couldn’t get into it.  There was one group of kids that played who did some 80s metal covers and they were alright.  I just wanted to see Loudness.

Each moment that a band finished in the later hours of the night, we would move up into the crowd only to be disappointed that another band was coming on.  It was getting later and later.  Before I get into Loudness’ actual set, I should describe the venue a bit.  Originally this show was scheduled to be held at Backstage Live, a newer San Antonio venue that has been getting some bigger shows and gathering a terrible reputation with every one.  I had only been there once 2 years ago for Lizzy Borden.  Apparently people had been boycotting shows there.  Destruction/Heathen played there last week to around 100 people…in San Antonio.  I believe had that been anywhere else down there it would have been a lot more.  It was also a Tuesday night but in SA, that generally doesn’t seem to matter.  They love metal there like no other city.  Last night’s show was moved to Randy’s Ballroom on SA’s west side.  The place was huge.  It was an old venue, seemingly built in the 70s.  Apparently the Sex Pistols player there in 1978.  It’s primarily used as a bingo hall now and could easily double as a skating rink.  I did like that it had a large area to sit down in.  We needed it to get through all the opening acts.

Loudness finally hits the stage around 1AM, maybe 12:45AM.  Having seen their recent setlists, it had been about

Akira

13 songs long and getting all those songs in an hour was going to be difficult.  They hit the stage and opened with Fire of Spirit from their 2008 album Metal Mad.  I wasn’t familiar with it but it sounded fine.  The band was tight and the new drummer, while he was no Munetaka Higuchi (RIP), he was solid and very competent.  One would expect no less from Loudness.  They followed up with Hit the Rails, Crazy Nights and Heavy Chains.  Some recent stops on the tour got We Could Be Together instead of Heavy Chains (personally I would have preferred to hear We Could Be Together).  Of course during Crazy Nights the crowd of maybe 350 people went “crazy”.  There were more folks there earlier but it continued to thin out as the night progressed.  Minoru’s voice sounded great.  We were one person back from the barricade until the end of Heavy Chains and I wanted to move back to hear a better mix.   The sound for all of the openers was awful but it sounded great for Loudness.

They had gotten to a couple more songs like In the Mirror, Never Change Your Mind and Shadows of War (Ashes to the Sky) and then something odd happened.  It was 1:45AM and the house lights came on.  The band looked stunned for a moment and were conversing with each other on stage.  The crowd looked perplexed too.  After a

Yoshi

few minutes they started playing again and went into Black Star Oblivion (!!!!!!).  It was totally odd seeing them playing with the lights on.  They discussed a little further and went into a new song, King of Pain and then Crazy Doctor (!!!!!!) and then the shit hit the fan…the club shut down the PA and the band kept playing with just their stage amps.  Then…AND THEN…the club yanked their stage power…MID SONG.  Granted it was a few minutes after 2PM but c’mon.  The band ended up just stopping, never got to play their full set and took it in stride.  They stood at the front of the stage and just smiled to the crowd and shook hands and such.

I was blown away by it.  After wading through hours of sub-par bands to finally get to the headliner whose set got cut because of a piss poor booking job, it really was a disappointment.  The crowd was getting pretty riled up over it all.  I heard several drunkards saying, “There’s only 5 cops and a couple hundred of us, let’s tear this place up!”  Umm, pass.  The show promoter should be bitchslapped over this though.  From my account, Loudness got shorted 3 songs.  It was disappointing to say the least.

I was very happy to see Loudness again and would surely go if they ever tour the USA again.  For a bunch of dudes in their 50s, they were great.  They were equally as good as the 2006 show and I enjoyed the setlist even more this time around.  Akira’s playing is top notch.  He’s one of the best players I have ever seen.  Minoru’s voice was really strong and I don’t think they tuned down any of the old songs to help him sing them more easily.  Yoshi’s bass playing was solid as always.  I love seeing them as they hit the stage looking like tourists…sweat suits, track pants, shorts and sneakers.  Very comfortable and they were all smiles all night.  A very professional band to say the least and so glad I got to see them again.

I don’t go to SA for shows that often and this experience surely doesn’t drive me to go out of my way to see more down there, although I’m sure I will.  Go see them if you get the chance.

Setlist (as I remember it):

  1. Fire of Spirit
  2. Hit the Rails
  3. Crazy Nights
  4. Heavy Chains
  5. In the Mirror
  6. Never Change Your Mind
  7. Shadows of War (Ashes to the Sky)
  8. Black Star Oblivion
  9. King of Pain
  10. 1/2 of Crazy Doctor

Songs missing from the set:  Get Away, Let It Go, SDI.

Loudness

Minoru's shirt...I wish they were selling these!

Tour shirt (front)

Tour shirt (back)

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May 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

Upcoming shows…

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Lots of great shows coming to the area.  So many that I have to pick and choose a little more carefully to be able to afford the ones that I really want to see.

Tomorrow night I am heading to San Antonio to see Loudness.  Saw them back in 2006 and they were great.  RIP Munetaka Higuchi.

Next Friday is Orange Goblin and Naam(!!!).  I’m not a huge OG fan but I’ve never seen them.  Naam, however, has become one of my favorite bands.  This is part of the Chaos in Tejas music festival.

There’s also the M.O.D. reunion show in late June that I am fortunate enough to be a part of as Milano asked my Motorhead tribute band to open up.

I just bought tickets earlier this week to see Armored Saint and Hirax at the Key Club in Hollywood.  Should be a fun show.  I’ve never seen Armored Saint and saw Hirax for the first time 2 years ago.  I’m really excited to see Saint.

Odin is doing a reunion show in August at The Whisky and I’ll be heading out there for that one as well.  I love Odin.  Always have.  Do a search for them on this blog site, you’ll see my inner fanboy.  haha

September sees Return To Forever coming back to Austin.  I got to see the first of their reunion shows a few years ago and it was quite mind-numbing.  Unfortunately Al Di Meola isn’t on the tour, but Frank Gambale is a competent enough player to handle the duties.  We get Jean Luc-Ponty this time as well!

Motorhead – Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Admittedly I’m a latecomer fan when it comes to Motorhead.  The first album of theirs I ever owned was 1916 and had really only heard a few songs by them throughout the 80s, Ace of Spades being the main one and a few friends of mine and I used to joke on it pretty hard.  It wasn’t until getting exposed to them in the early 2000s that I really decided to give them a chance, mainly because a band that I was in decided to play Cradle to the Grave.  I had seen them live prior to this, but mainly just to see Mikkey Dee.

In 2004 when I decided to put together a Motorhead tribute band, I was listening to a lot of their 80s material and I think it’s a pretty strong decade for them, much stronger than the 90s and 2000s for sure.  The early version of the tribute band did 2 songs from 1987’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, the title track and Eat The Rich.  We only played them in a few shows and they fell by the wayside.  I’d like to add Rock ‘n’ Roll back to the set.  I really dig the mid-80s era stuff as it seems to be more melodic on a lot of levels than the 70s era.  For me, there’s not really a bad song on here.  Blackheart and Stone Deaf In The USA are 2 big highlights for this album.

I also love the album cover, one of their best for sure.

To the hardcore “Aces of Spades-on-back” crew, I know this is blasphemy.  And I’m ok with that.  In general I prefer that stuff too, but this is a quality album.

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May 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm