The Metal Files

My Life. My Music. Your Voyeurism.

Archive for the ‘krokus’ Category

Krokus Concert Review, Houston, TX, April 24, 2015

with 2 comments

My first recollection of hearing Krokus was from buying a tape in the early 80s of their Paymetal_cover11978 album, Pay It In Metal.  I’m pretty sure that hearing Screaming In The Night and Bedside Radio on the radio in those years prompted me to buy that tape.  Plus it was only $1.  That album is quite different than their 80s stuff and doesn’t include Storace.  I bought The Blitz when it came out in ’84 and loved it.  People slag Midnight Maniac but I think it’s a killer tune.  I pretty love all of their 80s stuff but never got to see them back then.  I remember in the late 90s or early 2000s that they were scheduled to play Jaxx in Springfield, VA (RIP) but something happened and they never made it over to the USA.

When I saw they were going to do to a small US tour, I knew I had to go.  They scheduled dates in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas and I promptly bought tix for Houston and SA.

I got to Houston early in the day to beat the rush hour traffic, checked into my hotel and went to the venue to see if any of the guys were hanging out and to try and get The Book signed.  Score.  I got to meet Mandy Meier and Chris Von Rohr (only original and founding member) after their sound check.  Chris was pretty funny.  As he’s signing the book, he just looks up at me and says, “Can you find me a toothpick, please?”  He handed the book back to me and I said I would.  There were some folks there with stacks of vinyl and CDs and I could see in his face that he was getting punished by a few of those guys, especially this one dude that I have seen at a few Houston shows.  The guy just wouldn’t move on after getting his stuff signed.  Von Rohr just stopped paying attention to this dude’s inane ramblings.  I came back a few minutes later with some toothpicks and handed them to Chris who stood up as the punisher was mid-sentence and said, “THANK YOU!  You’re now my new tour manager.”  I think it gave him a reason to just get up and diss that dude.

I ran into some friends right before the first band went on and hung with them most of the night.  The opening band is touring with Krokus (same US mgmt).  They were called The Chimpz and it was some sort of hip hop metal thing.  I stayed outside.  Horrible.  Puerto Rico’s Red Tiger came up next and they were decent.  The drummer and one of the guitarists both handled lead vocal duties and I preferred the drummer’s vocals.  They’re pretty young and their sound is all over the hard rock/metal map, but I think they can likely dial it in.  Love and War was up next and they’ve got a good Houston following.  They’re super solid hard rock and the singer has a great vocal range.  This was my second or third time seeing them.

Finally around 1130, it was time for Krokus.  The show looked about 3/4 full.  I was down in front on the rail for most of the set and it was hot down there.  They come out and open with Long Stick Goes Boom and go right into their cover of  American Woman.  Blech.  Never liked the original and never got into Krokus’ version.  But the band was tight and Marc’s vocals sounded great.  They mixed the short set up with some newer and older stuff, completely avoiding The Blitz album.  There were a few older gems in there like Winning Man and Easy rocker but I’m still a bit surprised that in your first US show in 25 years, you don’t play Bedside Radio, Our Love, Fire, Midnight Maniac or even some of their other famous covers of Stayed Awake all Night, School’s Out and Ballroom Blitz.  Don’t get me wrong, I say avoid covers when you have such a huge back catalog but oh well.  They’ve been pretty good about putting albums out every 5 years or so.  Lots of lineup changes.

Right after Screaming In The Night, I got out of the pit and listened to the rest of the show on the patio.  They had the doors open and I could see and hear everything perfectly.  It was hot inside and I needed some air and a cold beverage.

After the show, they did do a quick meet and greet and I got Marc to sign the book.  There were a lot of people in line to meet them and I just shook hands, said thanks and moved on.

The show was great.  I went to San Antonio to catch them on the second night, but because of their Fiesta traffic, I never made it in.

Click photos to enlarge.

K-Tel Presents Masters of Metal

with 4 comments


Yes, believe it or not, K-Tel did do more than just disco compilations. I still have my original vinyl copy of this. I used to have the tape as well. I remember riding around in my ’66 Nova with the “custom” cassette player and usually had this tape with me. everything on here is great except for the KISS, Rush and Van Halen. I always skipped those tracks. If I was in my bedroom spinning the vinyl, well, it was a little more difficult to skip them so I’d just suffer through it.

I’m putting YouTube links to each of these songs. Enjoy this trip through my memory lane. Watch out for the curbs and potholes.

Side One

Trashed – Black Sabbath: To this day this is one of my favorite Black Sabbath songs. Gillan did a great job on this album and it’s too bad he only lasted for one. This video version is the same as on the compilation, a slightly shortened version than on the actual album.
Mean Streak – Y&T: Y&T is a band that I liked the “hits” they made but never really got into their albums. Listen closely to this one. It sounds like he says “She’s got a meanstreech.” Great song.
Breakin’ The Chains – Dokken: Yea! Dokken is in my blog again already! This video is a comical, as most vids were at the time. Pilson had just joined the band like a day or so before the video shoot and didn’t know the song so he’s just playing nothing. In case you didn’t know, Juan Croucier from Ratt recorded the bass on this album. Love this song. I think Don Dokken was already in his 40s. That dude is old.
Who’s Behind the Door – Zebra: This is such a badass song. I first heard it on the radio in 83. Saw them in 87 at the Boathouse in Norfolk (RIP) with Rough Cutt and Alcatrazz (sans Yngwie/Vai) and they were awesome. No one was there. $5! I recommend this band to everyone. Sure, there’s some Zeppelinesque stuff to them but they are really great.
Rainbow in the Dark – Dio: I think the only description you can give to the DIO stuff from this era is AWESOME. Look out!
Screaming in the Night – Krokus: Sadly, I had the same hair as the singer in the 80s except mine was blonde. Tough times. Great song. If you’re ever to own any Krokus, get this album: Headhunter.
Lick It Up – Kiss: GAY. The only cool thing about this vid is that we kids finally got to see what KISS looked like without their makeup. I’d been a KISS fan since 1975 and back in those days the rock mags would show pics of KISS around town hiding their faces. oooooo…mysterious. RIP Eric Carr.

Side Two

Street of Dreams – Rainbow: From the bent Out of Shape album. I adore this song. I’m one of the few who preferred Joe Lynn Turner to Dio in Rainbow.
Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden: Classic Maiden. Perfection.
Tom Sawyer – Rush: Ugh. I’ve hated this song since it first came out.
A World of Fantasy – Triumph: Rik Emmett is a god. This song is badass.
You Can’t Stop Rock an Roll – Twister Sister: FUCK YES. My favorite songs by Twisted Sister. When I finally got to see them a few years ago in Richmond, I think I hurt a few people when this song came on. They were warned.
Dancing in the Street – Van Halen: GAY. Even more gay than the KISS song. At least VH didn’t actually do a video for this but I posted one to prove my point.

Written by The Metal Files

August 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm