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Satan, Cauldron & BAT Concert Review, Richmond, VA, October 23, 2016

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Upon waking up Sunday morning, totally parched and tired, Kelz and I got our stuff together and headed South towards Richmond.  He was a little slower than me that morning so I drove us to Vienna, VA to stop at Vienna Music Exchange.  I had met the owner, Mike, the night before and had been wanting to stop in there for quite some time.  After some traffic snags headed down that way, we finally got to the store and I scored some cool stuff.

From there it was down to Richmond to Petey’s and Amy’s house.  By that time, I was starting to fade a bit.  I didn’t sleep that well and was quite tired by the time we got to Richmond.  Petey was ready to party by the time we got there and I succumbed to doing a shot, which helped immensely even though it was tough to get down.   After a couple of hours of catching up, we decided to head towards the venue and grab some quick grub at the restaurant next to The Broadberry.  Our other friend, Danile, was supposed to come up for this one but unfortunately had to back out.

Upon arrival in the venue, I see Ryan and Felix from BAT.  Good dudes.  Richmond locals, Humungus, opened the show and musically and vocally I thought they were great.  Petey said they had a bit of a Heathen vibe and I don’t disagree.  Both the singer and guitarist did great harmony falsetto work and the bassist and drummer held the rhythm down just fine.  The only thing I didn’t like about them was their lyrical content.  Pretty silly for the some of what I could make out.  Shark CastleDrinkin’ Beer.  Solid band overall and I wouldn’t mind seeing them again.

BAT was up next and delivered their Venom-esque set flawlessly as they always do.  I love watching Felix Griffin play drums as he’s just a mean machine back there.  I was getting pretty tired so I sat for part of their set.  As I was at the table in the back of the venue, got to hang out with Mr. Ross a bit more.  Sorry again, Brian, but no more Jager mixers for me!

I didn’t go up front for Cauldron.  I just can’t get into them.  As I mentioned in a previous review, their sound is just too thin.

And then…Satan.  They had a bigger stage this time and could move around a bit.  Since Danile couldn’t make it, Petey drew his face on a plastic cup and we set it at the end of the stage so he could be there in spirit.  Satan got a couple of songs in and then Steve blew his head.  During the change out, Russ and Sean just did a little Voodoo Child rendition and then it was right back into the set.  We got a full set that night as they were shortened by a curfew or anything.  Again, they were awesome.  The crowd had thinned out a bit as it was a Sunday night but we remained up front for the whole set.  Much like the Philly show, I had to get barraged by a person who smelled like hell.  This guy smelled like a chicken house.  It was fucking gross, especially when he started swinging his dreadlocks around.  Luckily he only stayed up for a couple of songs, but goddamn, bathe please.

And just like that, it was over.  I could already feel that little bit of sadness coming on.  But it was a wonderful weekend overall with 2 of my lifelong closest friends.  I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

I called for a Lyft ride to get us back to Petey’s and NWOBHM legend, John Gallagher of Raven, was our fucking driver!  I saw him at the show as he’s old chums with the Satan guys.  We were totally surprised and happy to have a familiar face take us home.  I’ve met John several times and he’s always a gentleman.  I think it was a fitting ending to the night.

Back at Petey’s house, we sat up and hatted for a bit longer and finished off his wife’s homemade beef jerky.  Delicious!   Then off to bed.  Kelz had to get up and be on the road to Raleigh by 830, Petey had to work and Amy, Petey’s wife, had an appt, so not much sleeping in time.  Amy took me the airport and that was that.  Mitchfest over.  I had a lengthy layover in Atlanta and my flight got delayed.  Part of me was hoping for a cancellation as Satan was in town that night, too.  It would have been great to catch a third show, but alas, no luck.

Long live Satan.  Hope they come back in 2017.  I’m hoping to catch Graeme and Steve in the Slyclad reunion in Germany and will definitely see Brian’s Alice Cooper tribute next fall in Newcastle.

Paul Dianno – Concert Review – 2/10/10

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So Paul Dianno played last night at the Red Eyed Fly in Austin, TX.  I had expectations but they weren’t set too high as I know of enough about Dianno these days to not expect miracles.  As noted before, I’ve been to 2 other Dianno shows but never saw either of them.  Last night was different.

A few weeks back I went to the Red Eyed Fly to get an advanced ticket.  When I asked the booking guy for the club about it, he said they weren’t on sale yet and he didn’t know the price.  So he created his ticket list and I just handed him $20 and said let me know if it’s more or less.  The guy knows me so he had no worries of me paying if it ended up being more than $20.  Ultimately it was $12.  $12!

There really wasn’t that much buzz around town about the show but I tried telling everyone as much as I could.  I’m moving in a block away from the venue so after taking a load of stuff to the new place, I decided to walk over to the venue and see if they were hanging out.  Icarus Witch was the opening act and they also served as Paul’s backup band.  Paul was back at the hotel.  Jason McMaster and I hung around for a bit and watched the soundcheck.  Jason and Paul’s tour manager are old pals so they got to catch up for a bit.  We left to grab a bite to eat and came back right before Icarus Witch was about to take the stage.

Now…I think the club had only sold about 15 pre-sale tickets and I didn’t think many more would show up.  i think they ended up with about 100 or so which was cool.

Icarus Witch hit the stage and while I am not a fan of theirs, they are competent players.  I think they would be better served with 2 guitar players but that’s just my opinion.  They were tight and did a good set.

About 30 minutes after the IW set, the lights dim a little and the music for the Godfather starts playing.  Paul is led through the crowd.  He was in pretty bad shape as apparently he fell on the ice a few times in the last few days, not to mention that he’s always been a bit stiff and gimpy.  To be honest he looked like hell.  He looked old and beaten.  It actually saddened me a bit.

The band opened with Wrathchild and Paul’s voice was obviously worn out from the rigorous touring schedule and from his still very apparent rock and roll  lifestyle.  Hey, good on ‘im if he can still do it!  I had seen the setlist a few days earlier so I knew what to expect.  I was happy that one Battlezone song was in there as I really loved the first 2 albums.  I was also surprised when he played Alex Harvey’s Faith Healer.  I forgot that he covered that on the Murder One album.  It was a cool version.  I didn’t know any of the other songs but Marshall Lockjaw was pretty damned good.

His voice improved a bit throughout the night but he was very open about his voice sounding “like bullocks”.  I didn’t think it was that bad in general.  He sounded better on his solo stuff than he did on the Maiden songs, all of which were played waaaaaay too fast.

After the show most of the crowd left and there were a few of us left who wanted to meet Paul.  They were letting people in 2 at a time to meet Paul and get stuff signed.  All of my CDs were still packed up and I didn’t feel like digging out the Maiden and Battlezone ones.  So I brought “the book”.  Paul signed it in the Battlezone section instead of maiden at my request.  Don’t get me wrong, those 2 Maiden records are some of the greatest records ever, but those 2 Battlezone albums are pretty special to me as well.  I mentioned seeing him with Obsession back in 87 in Norfolk, VA and his face lit up…”Oh wow, Vescera and I are still good pals and talk often.”  Then I mentioned seeing the Murder One tour in Va Beach, VA with Solitude Aeturnus and he remember the show well…”More people here tonight than showed up there at the beach, eh?”  I mentioned that we hung out and shot pool together for a few hours and how grateful I was for that experience.

Paul seemed pretty humble throughout the night.  It was a bit tough seeing one of the “originals” sketching by on a low-dough tour but I’m glad I got to see it.  Paul is still all about the party and I am sure he is doing his share of it on the road again.  He mentioned since he can get a visa with no problem now that he wanted to tour again next year.  I’d surely go.

Wrathchild
Prowler
Marshall Lockjaw
Murders In The Rue Morgue
The Beast Arises
Children Of Madness (Battlezone)
Faith Healer (Alex Harvey Band)
A Song For You
The Ides Of March
Killers
Phantom of the Opera
Running Free
Encore:
Transylvania
Iron Maiden

He had been closing with the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop…I’m so glad we didn’t get to see/hear that.

Here’s the vid for Wrathchild that I shot.  I’ll try and get Children of Madness and Faith Healer posted soon.   I’m using a new camera and am not figuring out how to get really good shots with it yet.

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February 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Paul Dianno is coming back the the USA?!

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According to published reports, Paul got his visa cleared to do a US tour.  I guess I will try to go since he will be playng a few blocks from my apartment.

My history with seeing Paul live is pretty interesting, well to me it is. 

The first time was Battlezone/Obsession in 1987 at the Boathouse in Norfolk, VA.  I loved the Battlezone records and got stoked on seeing 2 bands that I loved.  The whole time Battlezone was on stage, we were hanging out with Obsession and I never really got to check them out.  Pity.

The second time was in 1993.  The bill was Paul Dianno’s Killers and Solitude Aeturnus at the original Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach, VA.  At this point, I was a HUGE Solitude fan and was more stoked on seeing them than seeing Paul.  I thought his Killers stuff was terrible.  I get to the venue early that afternoon as I was always prone to do to get some stuff signed and Solitude was inside hanging out.  I had them sign both of my cassettes(!!!).  Super cool guys.  Shortly thereafter Paul and his band came in and I had him sign my Battlezone LPs, Iron Maiden’s Live +1 (Greek pressing) and a compilation called The Best of British Rock which featured Dianno’s first post-Maiden band “Dianno” doing Antigua which was a great song.  That album also had Persian Risk on it which featured some of the guys that were in Battlezone/Killers.  Paul called his bandmates over and they all signed it and we hung out for a while.  Paul asked me if I played pool and drank beer.  Yes!  We shot pool together and drank a few pitchers of beer and just talked about stuff.  I never talked about Maiden with him other than to say that I was a big fan.  He was pretty cool.  Now, if you’ve read his book “Beast”, you’d see the other side of Paul that it seems most people saw and I got to see later than evening.

After Solitude Aeturnus played to a crowd of a whopping 30 people or so, I helped them get their gear offstage and ended up hanging out backstage with them during Dianno’s set, missing him play one more time.  About ¾ through the set we hear the music stop suddenly and one of the Solitude guys opens the backstage door.  On stage you see Graham Bath holding his jaw and Dianno says, “We’ll start playing again as soon as my guitar player stops playing like a c*nt!”  I remember looking at John Perez of Solitude and thinking WTF?  John said it was a common occurrence.  Paul talks about his habit of fighting people over stupid stuff quite a bit in his book.  I feel lucky to have survived my few hours with him unscathed!

So…2 times I’ve gone to see Paul play and missed him both time.  Hopefully in February I’ll actually get to see him play.