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    Last KISS?: Sonic Temple Festival (KISS, Rob Zombie, & Others) Concert Review

    I went to some of the Saturday portion of Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival 2023 in Columbus, Ohio.
    I only saw Trivium super briefly, which I’m disappointed about because I really wanted to see them.
    I saw some of From Ashes To New and most of Falling In Reverse.
    I only saw video of Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle other band because I had a decent spot waiting for my favorite band which I will get to shortly.
    Rob Zombie was the co-headliner.
    This was my 4th time seeing him.
    He’s always great and fun.
    But the main event was what made me the most happy. My favorite band KISS!!
    I’ve seen them 11 times in the past 25 years, and I love every album and every lineup this band has had.
    They never let me down.
    I always feel 16 again when I listen to them and see them.
    I love many bands but they make me the most happy.
    Thank you so much to them for everything they have done and made.
    And if this was my last time seeing them (I’ve said that before), then it was a great last time.

    KISS Band Members:

    Rob Zombie Band Members:

    KISS Set List:

    1. Detroit Rock City
    2. Shout It Out Loud
    3. War Machine
    4. Heaven’s On Fire
    5. I Love It Loud
    6. Cold Gin
    7. Guitar Solo
    8. Lick It Up
    9. Calling Dr. Love
    10. Psycho Circus
    11. Drum Solo
    12. 100,000 Years
    13. God Of Thunder
    14. Love Gun
    15. I Was Made For Loving You
    16. Black Diamond
    17. Encore:  Beth
    18. Rock And Roll All Nite

    Rob Zombie Set List:

    1. The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)
    2. Superbeast
    3. Meet The Creeper
    4. Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass
    5. Living Dead Girl
    6. More Human Than Human
    7. Dead City Radio and The New Gods of Supertown
    8. Scum of the Earth
    9. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
    10. Well, Everybody’s Fucking In a U.F.O.
    11. House of 1000 Corpses
    12. Thunder Kiss ’65
    13. Dragula

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    Kiss From a Rose and Video Killed The Radio Star: Seal and Trevor Horn of The Buggles Concert Review

    Such a great way to end my weekend.
    Seal and The Buggles.
    The Buggles were the first band to have a video on MTV.
    Singer/multi instrumentalist/producer Trevor Horn is still doing it (keyboardist Geoff Downes is very busy in Yes now).
    Great little set.
    Seal used all of The Buggles band for his show. The drummer and keyboardist have been with him from the very beginning. Trevor Horn is also his producer and friend.
    His set mostly focused on his first two albums.
    Seal is one of my favorite singers and his songs have been there for me through good and bad times.
    His second album (self titled or Seal 2) and Human Being are two of my favorite albums of all time.
    Sooooo phenomenal.

    Seal Set List:

    1. Crazy
    2. The Beginning
    3. Deep Water
    4. Whirlpool
    5. Future Love Paradise
    6. Violet
    7. Bring It On
    8. Prayer For The Dying
    9. Don’t Cry
    10. Fast Changes
    11. Killer (Seal sang this song walking around in the crowd)
    12. Kiss From A Rose
    13. Encore:  Get It Together
    14. Love’s Divine

    The Buggles Set List:

    1. Two Tribes
    2. Living In The Plastic Age
    3. Elstree
    4. I Am A Camera
    5. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
    6. Video Killed The Radio Star

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    Rock Me!! Great White/Riley’s LA Guns/Lost Hearts Concert Review

    Wow what a fun time I had in Michigan.
    Very cool place.
    I was fortunate enough to be part of Riley’s LA Guns’ meet and greet, brought on a local radio show, before the concert.
    I got to speak to all of the band, they signed my CD insert, and I got my picture taken with them.
    They were all very kind and appreciative.
    I told them how much I love the music they’re doing and I look forward to their new album.
    The singer/co-guitarist Kurt Frohlich told me I will love it, which I have no doubt. He also gave me a guitar pick, which glows in the dark.
    Lead guitarist Scott Griffin was very cool too.
    Bassist Kelly Nickels was not here for some reason but the bassist they had was great and nice too.
    Drummer Steve Riley (LA Guns, W.A.S.P., The B’ZZ, Keel, Steppenwolf) was super cool. I told him how much I love his drumming, especially on the W.A.S.P. album The Last Command. He was super appreciative.
    All the guys were great and yes I know they are one of two LA Guns bands out there.
    Classic singer Phil Lewis and guitarist/founder Tracii Guns do that one and are still making phenomenal albums.
    Usually, I can’t stand when two bands are out there but in this case, I’m ok with it. Both are great and I’m allowed to like both.
    Anyway, I’m being long winded here but again, I appreciate all the guys, the radio station 94.7 WCSX, and Smugglers for putting this on. You made my year.
    Now to the actual concert.
    Starting off was an up and coming band called Lost Hearts.
    They are a very good four piece rock and roll band. They have a few singles out and are playing as many dates as they can, and I must say I’m impressed.
    They played mostly originals but also played a cool KISS cover (Come On and Love Me).
    I want albums from these guys and I wish them all the best in the future. Rock on guys!!
    Then, Riley’s LA Guns took the stage and rocked the house, playing many of the band’s classics, some great songs from their last album Renegades, which I love, plus a song from their upcoming album.
    Thank you guys for everything and for rocking and rolling like you do.
    Then Great White ended the night with a great set of classic GW songs.
    New singer Brett Carlisle (thanks for the friend request and for the fist bumps) is a great fit for this band.
    Yes I still am a huge Jack Russell fan too and I support his band too (Jack Russell’s Great White who are phenomenal and great people too), but again, I love both bands and that should be ok. I also got a guitar pick from the great Mark Kendall!!
    Thank you sir.
    Nights like this is what I live for.

    Great White Band Members:

    Riley's LA Guns Band Members:

    Lost Hearts Band Members:

    Great White Set List:

    1. Desert Moon
    2. Lady Redlight
    3. Stick It
    4. Face The Day
    5. House Of Broken Love
    6. Rollin’ Stoned
    7. Angel
    8. Big Time
    9. Blues Jam
    10. Mista Bone
    11. The Big Goodbye
    12. Save Your Love
    13. Rock Me
    14. Once Bitten Twice Shy

    Riley's LA Guns Set List:

    1. Over The Edge
    2. Never Enough
    3. Sex Action
    4. Crawl
    5. Wild Obession
    6. Lost Boys
    7. Kiss My Love Goodbye
    8. Somebody Save Me (New Song)
    9. The Ballad Of Jayne
    10. Electric Gypsy

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