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LA Guns Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, December 3, 2015

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LA Guns rolled into San Antonio last night to what was seemingly a last minute show, or at least I had only heard about it within the last 5 days.  Surprisingly, there were only 3 opening bands.  Most shows I am seeing in San Antonio has 4 or more, which is pretty annoying to be honest.  San Antonio is a weird beast for local bands these days compared to the acts coming out of there in the 80s, but that’s neither here nor there.  The majority of the less than 100 person crowd was there for LA Guns.

I rolled down there after work to grab my old friend, Don.  We were in our first bands together in 1986 and I like that he lives nearby-ish now.  Prior to the show, we hang out and catch up a bit, talking shit about the olden days, current life and the whole gamut.

Upon arriving to Kapone’s after getting a quick bite to eat across the street, I run into some other Austin friends.  The opening act was one of the 2 local Krokus tribute bands.  I said that correctly, 2.  Or maybe there’s only one now, but not too long ago there were 2.  I’d seen the ones that played last night before but we got there too late to see them this time.  No biggie really.  I spent most of the time outside on the patio during the next two bands, Minister Fiend and Days Gone.  It was the right decision although Days Gone did do a decent cover of Budge’s Breadfan.

Right as LA Guns was going on, I saw a post about some incident that happened right after they had arrived to the venue.  I’d like to find out the lowdown on that.  Here’s Michael Grant’s post:

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Right as they were going on, someone showed me the Scott Weiland had died.  I shrugged and kept singing along to No Mercy, their opening song.  They went in to Showdown and Sex Action.  As always, the band sounded great.  Phil’s voice never seems to change at all and watching Michael Grant’s guitar playing is always a pleasure.  That guy is really good.  I’ve seen LA Guns several times since 2001 and they are consistently good.

Rip and Tear!

 

 

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December 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Saxon, Armored Saint & Evil United Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, May, 23, 2015

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posterThree things in San Antonio have stood the test of time:  Saxon, Armored Saint and Jason McMaster.  Let’s just face facts, Saxon’s biggest USA fanbase is in Texas with the majority in the San Antonio area.  Last night proved that.

The weather was bad all day but I drove down and arrived at the venue pretty early to meet up Armored Saint/DC4/Odin guitarist, Jeff Duncan, who I hadn’t seen since the Odin reunion show in LA a few years back.  We met when his band DC4 was in town for SxSW about 5 years ago.  His brother, Shawn, and I have been friends for a few years prior and I helped them out when they were in town.  Jeff and Jason met me at the back door of 210 Kapone’s and walked me in.  While sound checking Armored Saint, I got to meet John Bush and the Sandoval brothers.  I had previously met Joey Vera at the Arch/Matheos show a few years back.

The Saint guys went back to their hotel after signing The Book (thanks, Jeff!) to rest and clean up and Jason and I hung out while some of the local openers were playing on the second stage.  The crowd was starting to build around 730 and lots of friends were showing up.  Jason’s thrash band, Evil United was scheduled to go on at 8PM.  Thanks to Jeff, Jason and Saint’s manager I got an all access pass that was good though the end of the Saint set.

Evil United hit the stage and opened with Dead Can See from their new album, Honored By Fire, followed up by three more from that album.  They went back to their self-titled debut for Dawn of Armageddon.  The 30ish minute set was capped by a brutal cover of Judas Priest’s Tyrant.  The crowd was into the set from the first note to the last.  Jason is highly regarded in San Antonio because of his work with Watchtower and Dangerous Toys.  He’s consistently flown the metal flag in Texas for 30+ years.  Evil United sounded great.  Don Van Stavern’s bass was crushing through the mains.  I especially like EU’s drummer.  That dude is pretty much a badass.  The band was tight and the set was too short, but such is life.  Jason has a long history with Armored Saint dating back to the early 80s and had remained friends with them since then.  It was great seeing them hang out together.

Armored Saint was using EU’s backline so there wasn’t much of a changeover between bands beyond changing cymbals out and switching guitar pedal boards.  They hit the stage around 855 with the title track from their new album, Win Hands Down.  I like this song a lot and have listened to it several times since the single was released.  They totally got the crowd going with March of the Saint and Nervous Man.  Bush’s vocals were spot on and Jeff’s backing vocals sounded great.    The guitar tandem of Jeff and Phil Sandoval is pretty crushing.  The whole band was extremely tight and their setlist spanned every album.  Symbol of Salvation is my favorite album and their played Reign of Fire and Last Train Home.  The increasingly growing crowd was totally into their 11 song set that closed with Mad House from March of the Saint.  Of course Can U Deliver elicited the greatest response.  I had never seen Saint before and last night’s show was great.  Just what I needed!  After their set I went back to Saint’s dressing room for a bit to hang with Jeff and Jason.  I didn’t want to be all up in their business as it was pretty humid in there last night and those guys put on an intense set so I knew they were a bit worn out.  Bobby Jarzombek was up there and was having a discussion with John Bush about whose Mexican food was better, LA or San Antonio.  It was pretty humorous.

Saxon was up next and it’s well known around here that I am not a fan beyond 3 songs or so.  I just could never get into Biff’s voice, their lyrics and their riffs.  Believe me, I have owned several of their album to no avail.  They hit the stage to a seemingly capacity crowd opening with Motorcycle Man.  They ran through what most would consider their most popular songs.  I watched one song and went back to the room where the second stage was to sit for a while as it was vacant and I sit down.  Ran into other friends out there and listened to the remainder of the show from a distance.  I heard Dallas 1PM, Princess of the Night and the closers Strong Arm of the Law and Denim and Leather, and that was plenty for me.  I was just bored and couldn’t wait for the show to end so that my friends and I could grab a late meal and hang out for a while at one of their houses.  Saxon, however, did sound tight and the crowd was completely into it from beginning to end.  That will likely be my first and last Saxon show.

Michael Schenker Concert Review, San Antonio, TX, April 11, 2015

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To be honest, I was a latecomer to the works of Schenker and even the Uli era of the Scorpions.  I never got exposed to it.  It wasn’t until the mid-90s when a friend gave me his record collection that was filled with pristine copies of UFO, Scorpions and MSG that I was floored by the greatness of these bands.  I had seen Schenker and Roth together in 2004 and was simply blown away.  I do prefer the MSG stuff a little more than UFO just for its heaviness, but hearing someone play like that in the 70s was pretty groundbreaking.

The current lineup features Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell from the Scorpions along with Doogie White (Yngwie, Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay.

I opted for the pre-show meet and greet because I am a huge fan of Francis and Herman.  What a solid rhythm section.  The 7 of us got to sit in on soundcheck.  Before getting the PA and everything in order, Schenker was just in front of his amp shredding at a low volume for about 45 minutes straight until the whole band was ready to check.  Half of that time he was just doing hammer on/pull offs with no picking in between whatsoever.  It was pretty impressive.  He’s 60.  Also a lot thinner than he was in 2004.  It was interesting watching Michael, Wayne and Francis fixing a “mistake” that they were doing live.  Michael asks Francis what note he’s playing in a certain part, Wayne disagrees, Michael agrees, they play it between themselves a few times and fix it.  After the 4 song soundcheck, we got to hang out with the band, nerd out, get our stuff signed etc.  There was a young couple who had just gotten married earlier in the day then came to the meet and greet.  Pretty cool seeing such young fans of quality music.  I was really mostly excited to meet Francis.  When I picked up the bass in 2000, the Scorpions were one of the bands that helped me learn how to play.  I had a great conversation about his red Fender bass and if he brings it on tour still.  “It’s better left back home these days.  It’s a ’66,” he said.  He went on to tell me about his current Warwick endorsement and how they custom built 2 for him.  He’s such a big guy that the Warwick looked tiny strapped to him.  Herman was a pleasure to talk to as well.  Before soundcheck, Doogie came over to where I was sitting and just started chatting.  He must have been pretty bored.  haha.  I asked him about his first band, La Paz, and gave me a cool quick history.  Unfortunately they weren’t listed in the book.  I did have Francis and Herman sign on their photo.

Y&T were playing in the club next door and went on before Schenker, but I didn’t get back to the club in time to catch them.  We purposely missed the openers but I caught a glimpse of the band that was on right before and saw the bassist all over the stage with crazy antics and thought that he looked like the former Schenker bassist, Rev Jones (Fort’e).  It was him.  He’s a bit annoying to watch but the guy can play.  Too much over the top though.

Schenker and the band come on and open with Doctor Doctor.  They sound great.  I think Doogie is a good fit with them.  They rolled into a new song called Live and Let Live then into Lights Out.  The crowd was very into it.  Schenker and UFO are huge in San Antonio.  The set was filled with UFO, MSG and Scorpions songs.  Michael’s playing was just stellar.  His rhythm guitarist/keyboardist, Wayne Findlay, also provided great backing vocals.  The whole band looked like they were having fun.  It was a killer show.  Now I need to see Y&T next time they’re around.

I also got a bonus signature in the book from original Devastation bassist, Alex Dominguez.  Score!

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