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    The Best of British Hard Rock and Metal: Uriah Heep and Saxon Live in Cincinnati!!

    Wow what a show!!!!

    Uriah Heep and Saxon in concert!!!!!!

    Two legendary bands that are both still making great albums.

    Both bands are on a co-headline tour and have been flip-flopping each night, in terms of opening and closing the shows.

    This night, Uriah Heep started the show.

    Guitarist Mick Box, the last surviving original member of the band, has carried this band on since the late 1960’s and they are still going strong.

    Rounding out the band is singer Bernie Shaw, who has been in the band since 1986.  Amazing vocalist.  On bass is Dave Rimmer, who has been there over 10 years.  The drummer is Russell Gilbrook, who has been in the band since 2007.  His birthday was celebrated at this show!  And for this tour, the keyboardist is Adam Wakeman, who is filling in for Phil Lanzon (keyboardist since 1986).

    This band is AMAZING!!!!!

    Still putting out great albums (their latest two Chaos & Colour and Living The Dream are incredible) and are great live.

    I’ve been wanting to see Uriah Heep for some time, but just did not have the chance or missed them.  Not this time.  I’m so glad I finally saw them.

    Uriah Heep are just as important a British band as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc.  They came out about the same time and even though they’ve had several lineup changes (sadly all the classic original members except Mick Box are dead) but this lineup is amazing.  And their discography is amazing.  

    And like I said before, guitarist Mick Box is the last original member and has never left the band.  He is a phenomenal guitarist and should be spoken in the same breath as Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, etc. 

    Please check out Uriah Heep!!!!  You will not be disappointed.

    Saxon closed the show this night and this was my 3rd time seeing them.

    They are always amazing.

    Like Uriah Heep, they are still making amazing albums and like Uriah Heep, have a lot of albums.

    Singer Biff Byford is one of my favorite singers and he has always been great.

    And along with Biff, guitarists Doug Scarrett and Brian Tatler (Brian recently replacing Paul Quinn because he did not want to tour anymore), bassist Nibbs Carter, and drummer Nigel Glockler make up one of the best Metal bands around.

    They’ve been a band since the mid 1970’s and like Uriah Heep have had lineup changes (Biff is the only one that has been there from the start), but even with those changes, Saxon have remained consistently great.

    And they’re nice people too.  Biff noticed a little girl in the front row with her Dad and asked how old she was, and she said 9.  She had a sign too that said that this was her first Saxon concert and to please sign the sign otherwise Hell, Fire, and Damnation (the title track to their new album) would reign on them.  Biff said they would sign it at the end of the show and they did.  Very kind of them.

    I can’t say enough about both of these bands.  It’s after 3 AM as I type this, so I’m a little tired, so I’ll end this by saying that I love both of these bands and I appreciate them both for still making great music and doing great shows.

    Thank you guys.  Keep on rocking!!!!!!  And as Mick Box says “Appy Days”.

    Uriah Heep Set List:

    1. Save Me Tonight
    2. Grazed By Heaven
    3. Rainbow Demon
    4. Stealin’
    5. Hurricane
    6. Sweet Lorraine
    7. Hail The Sunrise
    8. Free ‘N’ Easy
    9. Gypsy
    10. Look At Yourself
    11. July Morning
    12. Encore:  Sunrise
    13. Easy Livin’

    Saxon Set List:

    1. Hell, Fire & Damnation
    2. Motorcycle Man
    3. Sacrifice
    4. This Town Rocks
    5. Power and the Glory
    6. There’s Something In Roswell
    7. Heavy Metal Thunder
    8. Madame Guillotine
    9. Dallas 1 PM
    10. Strong Arm of the Law
    11. 1066
    12. Crusader
    13. Ride Like The Wind (Christopher Cross cover)
    14. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
    15. Denim and Leather
    16. Wheels of Steel
    17. Princess of the Night

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    Angel Live in Columbus (Thanks for Your Kindness and Your Music)

    I first became a fan of Angel in 2006 when I heard an interview Angel singer Frank Dimino did on Eddie Trunk’s radio show.

    Frank went into detail about the history of the band and it was just a really good interview.

    I also heard on Eddie’s show the Angel song The Tower and really liked it.

    Sometime after I heard the interview, I bought Angel’s Live Without A Net double live album and loved it.

    And eventually, I bought all of the band’s albums and enjoyed them all.

    However, at the time I got into the band, they were no longer a band.  Everyone was either retired, doing solo stuff and just doing other things.

    Then the great Angel guitarist Punky Meadows put out a solo album called Fallen Angel.  Masterpiece of an album.  This album also features Angel bassist Felix Robinson and Punky’s collaborator/rhythm guitarist/singer Danny Farrow Anniello.  Punky decided to do some shows for this album and to do them as a co-headline tour with Angel singer Frank Dimino (Frank sang on one song on Punky’s album and Punky played on one of Frank’s songs for his great solo album Old Habits Die Hard under the banner of Dimino).

    The shows went so well that Frank and Punky decided they wanted to reform Angel.  So with Danny with them, they reformed the band with new people.

    As of this writing, Angel consists of Frank on vocals, Punky on guitar, Danny on guitar, Tommy Caradonna on bass (Felix Robinson did a few shows in between on bass before Tommy came in, replacing Steve E. Ojaine.), Charlie Calv on keyboards, and Billy Orrico on drums.

    The band has released two great albums since returning.  Risen, released in 2019, and Once Upon A Time, released in 2023.

    It wasn’t until 2023 that I was able to finally see the band.

    I saw them twice in 2023 (first show here and second show here) and both shows were phenomenal.

    I got to meet them at the second show and all of the guys were very kind and signed all of my Angel CDs.  Could not have been nicer.

    When I saw they were playing again this year, I did not hesitate to buy another ticket to see them. 

    I also decided I wanted to meet them again and get my Angel records signed (Sorry guys I need to buy a few more for you to sign.  Next time I see you, I’ll bring those.).  

    So, I went to the show and met them before the show (This is a paid meet and greet, but it’s not too expensive.).

    Like before, all the guys were super friendly and signed everything.  These guys really love their fans and really take the time to talk to them.  And trust me it’s greatly appreciated by us fans.  Also at the merch stand, I bought a shirt, Punky’s album on vinyl (I’ll bring that to sign next time.) and a signed Felix picture that he signed when he was doing the few shows he did with the band.  I hope to meet him someday too but if not, I at least have his autograph and like Frank, Punky and Danny, is friendly to me and other fans on Facebook too.

    Anyway, this show was phenomenal too.  This band really rocks.  

    I still don’t know why they did not become a bigger band because they had/have it all.  But the fanbase they do have is very loyal and passionate.

    I’m glad I became a fan when I did and I’m glad they got back together and are still making great music and playing great shows.

    So thank you guys so much for all the great music (hopefully more in the future) and for all your kindness.  I love you all.

    Opening bands were In Theory, who are a very good newer rock band, and a good fun cover band called Alecia Houston & The Firmm.  Their rhythm section especially is very good.

    But the night was really about Angel, and like the other two times I saw them, they did not disappoint.

    Great songs, old and new, and everyone is phenomenal at what they do.

    Again, thank you Angel for giving us fans a great time, for the amazing music, and again, your kindness and grace.

    Angel Rocks!!!!!

    Angel Set List:

    1. On The Rocks
    2. Can You Feel It
    3. Mirrors
    4. Wild And Hot
    5. Bad Time
    6. Cast The First Stone
    7. The Fortune
    8. We Were The Wild
    9. Got Love If You Want It
    10. Don’t Leave Me Lonely
    11. It’s Alright
    12. Pressure Point
    13. Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
    14. Feelin’ Right
    15. Rock And Rollers
    16. Encore:  The Tower

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    Nolan Taylor/Clarke Sexton/Justin Wells Concert Review

    My friend Jamie McClintic and I went to a concert on May 10 near where I live:  the Paramount Arts Center.

    We saw singer/songwriter Nolan Taylor, singer/guitarist Clarke Sexton and his band (who all also was Nolan’s band on this night) and singer/songwriter Justin Wells.

    Justin Wells started the show with just himself and an acoustic guitar.  No band backing him, although he does have a band.

    His songs and storytelling are very heartfelt, funny, and very good.  He sounded great and the crowd really enjoyed hearing him.

    Next up was Clarke Sexton and his great band.  They were a little more upbeat, but also still quite melodic and musically very diverse.  Clarke Sexton is a great singer and guitarist, and his band is phenomenal. 

    Then Nolan Taylor came on, again backed by Clarke Sexton and his band.

    Nolan is also a very good singer/songwriter and has a lot of stories to tell in his songs.

    I’ll be honest, all of these people were unknown to me before seeing them, and even though I thought there were way too many ballads played for my taste (and I love ballads but not 3 hours of them), everyone did a great job and the crowd loved them.

    I hope all of these guys have great success.  

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    Donnie Iris & The Cruisers/The Vindys Concert Review

    My girlfriend Mariah and I went to see Donnie Iris & The Cruisers, at The Bluestone in Columbus, OH Saturday of April 6.

    Opening the show was a band called The Vindys, from Youngstown, OH.

    Such a great band.  Everyone kicked serious butt.

    The singer, Jackie Popovec, is PHENOMENAL.  She can sing anything and it will sound great.

    The band, along with Popevec, includes guitarists John Anthony and Rick Deak, bassist Brendan Burke, drummer Owen Davis, keyboardist Nathan Anthony, trumpet player Kyle O’Donnell, saxophone player Garrett Kuchmaner, and trombone player Brian Mayle.

    They have been around for 10 years and I must say I am very impressed with this band.  

    They played a mix of originals and covers, including a great version of the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs”.  

    Great stuff.

    OK to the headliner:  Donnie Iris & The Cruisers.

    Admittedly, I was initially going to this show because my girlfriend really likes this band and wanted me to go too.  I was fine with going, but I was not super familiar with their music, I’m sad to say.  But I did my homework and listened to some of their albums and now I love them.  So then I was more excited and now I’m glad I went.

    Donnie Iris is 81 years old, just got over cancer (on stage he called this the “Fuck cancer tour”), and he has more energy than I may ever have. 

    He really gets into it.  Occasionally he sat on a stool, but I don’t blame him because the energy he was giving was a lot. 

    And vocally, he is as great as he was over 40 years ago.  He gives it his all on stage.

    Before The Cruisers, he was in Wild Cherry, who had the big hit “Play That Funky Music”.  He was also in a band called The Jaggerz, who had a hit with the song “The Rapper”.

    The Cruisers played both of these songs at this show, but mostly, it was their songs they played.  Such a great set of songs, including their hits “Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”.

    The band, with Donnie on vocals and some guitar, includes multi-instrumentalist Mark Avsec (who was also in Wild Cherry with Donnie), lead guitarist Marty Lee Hoenes, bassist Paul Goll, and drummer Kevin Valentine.

    Being the KISS fan I am, I know of Kevin’s drumming on their album Psycho Circus (he played drums on all songs but 1 on the album) and Revenge (he played drums on one song on that album).

    Great great band fronted by an amazing singer/frontman.

    Stay cancer free Donnie!!!!!  And keep on rocking!!!!!!!

    Donnie Iris & The Cruisers Set List:

    1. Agnes
    2. That’s The Way Love Ought To Be
    3. Do You Compute?
    4. Tough World
    5. Sweet Merilee
    6. Pretender
    7. This Time It Must Be Love/Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Another One Bites The Dust (Queen cover)
    8. Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
    9. Minnie The Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)-Cab Calloway cover
    10. Ridin’ Thunder
    11. Ei Ei Ei O Polka (Frankie Yankovic cover)
    12. Love Is Like A Rock
    13. Ah! Leah!
    14. The Rapper (The Jaggerz cover)/Hush (Joe South cover, although they covered Deep Purple’s version of it)
    15. With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover, although they covered Joe Cocker’s version of it)

    The Vindys Set List:

    1. Intro/Bugs
    2. Don’t Tell Me Just Love Me
    3. Save Me
    4. Misery
    5. Morning Light
    6. Bang
    7. Chasin/War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
    8. If I Want

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    A Dream I Never Thought Would Come True Finally Did: My Big Ears Festival Experience Seeing John Paul Jones 3 Times and Herbie Hancock!!!!

    In late 2019, I bought a wristband (you wear a wristband instead of having a ticket) for a festival in March of 2020, which is called Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    It has been going strong for 15 years, and it encompasses a lot of artists of various types of music, as well as other arts.  It also occurs at many different venues throughout Knoxville.

    I bought a wristband for this because one of my favorite musicians, John Paul Jones, was scheduled to play.

    As of this writing, he does not tour anymore, but he still does play live from time to time with various different musicians.

    He was booked to play twice at this event.  One as a solo act, the other with his duo group Sons of Chipotle (w/Anssi Karttunen).

    I was sooooo excited.

    However, about two weeks before the festival was to happen, this thing called COVID reared it’s ugly head and shut down the world.

    So, Big Ears Festival did not happen in 2020 and  I did not get to see John Paul Jones.

    I was heartbroken.  I don’t blame anyone for canceling everything because that needed to happen to try to protect people.  But still, I was heartbroken.

    Fast forward to September 2023, I find out that Big Ears Festival has once again announced John Paul Jones as a solo act and as part of Sons Of Chipotle (also later announced to play with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth too) in March of 2024.

    I was so happy I was getting another chance to see who I think is one of the greatest musicians ever.

    And if that wasn’t enough, Jazz legend Herbie Hancock was announced to play at Big Ears Festival too!!

    I bought a wristband very quickly, booked a hotel room in Knoxville near the venues I was going to, and then waited for March to get here.

    Well, it finally did.

    I went to Knoxville and saw John Paul Jones 3 times!!!  Once on Friday, March 22.  Once on Saturday, March 23.  And once on Sunday, March 24.  All 3 shows completely different too.  And I saw Herbie Hancock a few hours after the second John  Paul Jones show!!

    I’ll start with the first John Paul Jones show.

    Oh for those of you who don’t know who John Paul Jones is, let me give you a little history.  Born John Baldwin, he became a sought after session musician in the 1960s, as well as becoming a music arranger.

    Through his session work, he met Jimmy Page, and when John found out that Jimmy was forming a new group, he called Jimmy and asked if he could be the bass player.  This group ultimately became Led Zeppelin.  One of the biggest bands ever.

    After Zeppelin, John went back to arranging and producing different artists and playing with many different musicians.

    He even made a few albums of his own, including the Scream For Help movie soundtrack, and the solo albums Zooma and The Thunderthief.

    He also was in a band called Them Crooked Vultures, with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal, and Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

    And he reunited with Zeppelin a few times for some one off shows.  The best one being what is now a live album/DVD/Blu-ray called Celebration Day.  Phenomenal show from 2007.

    If you dig into his discography, John is soooooo diverse, musically.  He’s worked with everyone from The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Madeline Bell, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Ben E. King, The Mission, Cinderella, R.E.M., Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Diamonda Galas, Heart, just to name a few.  Go to johnpauljones.com and check out his discography.

    OK on to the shows.

    The first John Paul Jones show was just him.  No band or any other musicians at all.

    He told the crowd he had never done a show like this.

    He started the show by coming up from inside the floor playing a big organ.  He was playing the Led Zeppelin song “Your Time Is Gonna Come”.

    Throughout this first show, John mostly played instrumental versions of Zeppelin songs as a well as a few other things.  Including an awesome instrumental of “Down To The River To Pray”, which he covers on his album The Thunderthief.

    And he did all of this on many different instruments.  Organ, Bass, 3-String Acoustic/Mandolin/Bass, Collapsible Lap Steel Guitar, and Piano with various electronics on pads.

    If you are a Zeppelin fan, this was DEFINITELY the show to see.

    As legendary as Zeppelin are, John always seems to be the least talked about of all the band members.  It’s so odd because trust me, he is one of the best musicians of all time.

    And I saw it in spades. Monster player.

    Throughout the show, John also spoke to the audience.  He has a very good sense of humor.  Even when he had a few brief technical difficulties with some of his technology, he even joked about that too. 

    When introducing the Zeppelin song “Ramble On”, he talked about how people put “Isolated Bass” tracks out for people to listen to on the Internet.  He said that at least when you listen to his “Isolated Bass” tracks that you know he didn’t suck as a player.  

    I can’t say enough about this show.  He played for roughly an hour and it was sooooo much fun.

    And me and a few fans almost got to meet him when he was leaving the theatre after the show, but his security rushed him out.  But that’s OK.  I at least have his autograph, via online, and a few fellow fans told me it is legit, and I believe them.  All good.

    The second John Paul Jones show was the next day, and it was his group with Anssii Karttunen called Sons Of Chipotle.

    It has nothing to do with the food chain, according to John.

    In this group, which this was their US debut (they had only played overseas a few times), John played piano, electronics, and mandolin while Anssii played Cello and electronics.

    The best way I can describe their music is to say it is avant-garde electronic Jazz music.

    Very dark and moody.

    It reminds me of the theme music for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, or music from a horror movie from the 1960s or 70s.

    Which is not a bad thing, but a lot of people I think probably thought it was too weird for them.  Their loss because I enjoyed it. 

    It’s very different, but that’s what’s so great about Big Ears Festival is that it’s so musically and artistically diverse.

    So having Sons Of Chipotle play at this festival was perfect.

    Thank you guys!!

    Oh and both of these shows were at the Tennessee Theatre, which is a great venue.

    And actually, it was a perfect lead-in to my next concert later in the evening:  Jazz legend Herbie Hancock!!!

    Having played with Miles Davis, Herbie then went on his own, making a lot of albums over the decades.  Even a few soundtracks, like the one to the first Death Wish movie, which I love.

    Herbie and his band, which includes himself on Piano/Keyboards/Vocoder/Keytar, Terence Blanchard on Trumpet, Devin Daniels on Saxophone, James Genus on Bass, Trevor Lawrence Jr. on Drums, and Lionel Loueke on Guitar, played a PHENOMENAL almost 2 hour set of tunes that just blew me away.

    All of these guys are MASTERS at their craft. 

    Just go see them.  You will not be disappointed.

    Then the next day, I saw the third John Paul Jones show.  This time he played Bass/Electronics/Piano with Thurston Moore, Guitarist of the band Sonic Youth.

    They had played before a few years ago.

    Like Sons Of Chipotle, this show was pretty avant garde.  At least the first half was.  The second part may have been more musical for some people’s ears, but still very adventurous.

    This was definitely the loudest show I had seen during this festival, which was fine with me.  

    The two of them played like they were mad scientists, which I mean in a good way.

    John is phenomenal on the Bass, but he is also out of this world on Piano.  His playing was a sight to behold.  And Thurston made a lot of sound with his Guitar.  Really cool stuff.

    This show was at a club called The Mill And Mine.  A very nice club.

    I am sooooooooo glad I got to go to Big Ears Festival in 2024.  Thank you for being such a great organization with great staff, and for booking all of these great talents.

    I only saw these shows, but trust me, there were a TON of great artists there giving fans more than their money’s worth.

    And thank you to Anssii Karttunen, Herbie Hancock and his amazing band, and Thurston Moore for all of the awesome shows I saw during this festival.

    But most thanks I’m giving to John Paul Jones, just because I have been wanting to see him in concert for years, but sadly, just missed him before or didn’t get the chance.  Until this festival.  Thank you for everything.  One of my favorite musicians ever and always.

    Dream come true for me.  I’m glad it did come true.

    I’m only putting two of the set lists here because the other two were really more improv stuff.  Still great of course.

    And one more thing:  I was able to stay at a very nice hotel, eat at some good restaurants, went to some cool music stores, and even went to see a movie.

    Great weekend.

    John Paul Jones Set List:

    1. Your Time Is Gonna Come (on Wurlitzer Pipe Organ)
    2. No Quarter (on Piano)
    3. Down To The River To Pray (on 3-String Acoustic/Mandolin/Bass)
    4. Ramble On (on Bass)
    5. When The Levee Breaks (on Collapsible Lap Steel Guitar)
    6. Since I’ve Been Loving You (on Piano)
    7. Piano Solo
    8. Going To California (on Mandolin)
    9. Bass/Piano Improv.  Actually on this and Down To The River To Pray, he did multi track parts, which means he plays one part, records it, then plays another part while the recording is playing too.  He did that a lot during the shows he played.  He also played a little more of No Quarter at the end of this show.

    Herbie Hancock Set List;

    1. Overture (included Dark Ligtning and parts of Rockit by Herbie’s Guitarist Lionel Loueke) and then Band Introductions
    2. Footprints (Wayne Shorter cover, arranged by Herbie’s Trumpet player Terence Blanchard)
    3. Actual Proof
    4. Come Running To Me (in which Herbie used a Vocoder.  He said he may have been the first to use the Vocoder.  Really cool stuff.)
    5. Secret Sauce
    6. Chamelion (featuring Herbie on the Keytar and Trumpet player Terence Blanchard playing Keyboards)

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    KK’s Priest/L.A. Guns/Burning Witches Concert Review

    For the first time in 15 years, I saw K.K. Downing in concert!!

    K.K. is the former co-guitarist/co-songwriter/classic member of the super influential Heavy Metal band and now Rock And Roll Hall of Famers Judas Priest.

    K.K. left Priest in 2011 and aside from playing some guitar on Queensryche’s Frequency Unknown album in 2013, produced a few bands, started a metal news website and eventually a club called KK’s Steel Mill, and got into the golf course business and other things, he quit music until roughly 2020 when he formed KK’s Priest.

    Along with former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (who replaced classic singer Rob Halford from 1996-2003), co-guitarist A.J. Mills, bassist Tony Newton, and drummer Sean Elg, KK’s Priest have made two solid classic sounding Heavy Metal albums, Sermons of The Sinner in 2021 and The Sinner Rides Again in 2023 (mostly written by K.K.), and are now as of this writing, finally touring the United States.

    I got to see them at The King of Clubs in Columbus, OH.

    Like I said, this was the first time I saw K.K. in 15 years.  I had last seen him in Judas Priest in 2009 in Cincinnati, OH.  See review here.

    And actually, this is the first time I saw Tim since 2002 when I saw him with K.K. and the rest of Judas Priest for the first time, also in Columbus, OH.  See review here.

    I have complained a lot about what K.K. has said about leaving Judas Priest and about some things he said in his book, but at the end of the day, I love him, he’s still a great player, and I’m super glad he’s playing again and making albums.  And I’m really glad he’s working with Tim again and has a very good band.

    They played great, playing a set of half their own material and half Judas Priest classics, and both they and the fans, including myself, had a great time.

    Thank you guys for such a great time.  I really needed it because this has been a terrible year for me, health wise.  But enough about me.

    L.A. Guns also played!!

    This was the third time I saw this version of the band, featuring classic singer Phil Lewis and founding member/part namesake guitarist Tracii Guns.

    Their lineup is filled out with guitarist Ace Von Johnson (who I actually met briefly later on, great guy!), bassist Johnny Martin, and drummer Shawn Duncan.

    They are always amazing and have really been on a roll since 2017, releasing 4 great albums (The Missing Peace, The Devil You Know, Checkered Past, and Black Diamonds), and have another one coming later this year.  I cannot wait to buy it!!

    I love this band.  Phil is one of the best singers.  He said he was having voice issues during this show, but I could not tell because he sounded amazing as always.

    Tracii is one of the great guitar players and needs to be more known than he is.  I consider him a guitar genius.

    The whole band is solid as a rock and I can’t say enough great things about them.

    Check them out!!

    And opening the show was an all female Swiss Metal band called Burning Witches.

    It consists of singer Laura Guldemond, guitarist Larissa Ernst, guitarist Romana Kalkuhl, bassist Jeanine Grob, and drummer Lala Frischknecht.

    I was semi aware of them, but this was definitely the first time I ever saw and heard them.

    They’re very heavy and very good.

    Great singing and musicianship.

    This was a great show, all around.

    Again, I really needed this one.

    Thanks to all the bands for such a great time.

    Rock on!!

    KK's Priest Set List:

    1. Intro/Hellfire Thunderbolt
    2. One More Shot At Glory
    3. The Ripper (Judas Priest song)
    4. Reap The Whirlwind
    5. Night Crawler (Judas Priest song)
    6. Burn In Hell (Judas Priest song)
    7. Beyond The Realms of Death (Judas Priest song)
    8. Hell Patrol (Judas Priest song)
    9. Brothers of the Road
    10. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown-Fleetwood Mac song covered by Judas Priest)
    11. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest song)
    12. Victim of Changes (Judas Priest song)
    13. Encore:  Strike of the Viper
    14. Raise Your Fists

    L.A. Guns Set List:

    1. Intro-Tracii playing guitar along to Ozzy Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman song
    2. Cannonball
    3. Electric Gypsy
    4. Over The Edge
    5. Like A Drug
    6. Sex Action
    7. Speed
    8. Hell’s Bells (AC/DC song) Intro/Never Enough
    9. The Ballad of Jayne
    10. Rip and Tear

    Burning Witches Set List:

    1. Unleash The Beast
    2. Wings of Steel
    3. Hexenhammer
    4. Lucid Nightmare
    5. The Dark Tower
    6. Burning Witches

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    Mammoth WVH/Nita Strauss Concert Review

    My girlfriend Mariah Startzman and I went to see Mammoth WVH (Wolfgang Van Halen) and Nita Strauss in concert.

    I had seen Mammoth before and Nita playing guitar for Alice Cooper many times, but Mariah had not seen either, and I had not seen Nita solo.

    Nita and her band opened the show with a tight, heavy set.

    Half of the set was instrumental and the other half featured vocals by the singer of Deadlands Kasey Karlsen.

    Nita is a great guitar player, lots of stage presence, and has a great solo band.  While not doing this, she plays guitar for Alice Cooper.

    Check out her music and go see her live.  She rocks!!

    Then Mammoth WVH took the stage.

    This is Wolfgang Van Halen’s band.  In the studio, he has done everything on the first two albums, but live, he needs a band.

    I first saw them when Wolfgang started doing headline shows in 2021.  It was his third ever headline show.

    It was a very special show, but after seeing him and the band this time, I can tell he is a lot more confident on stage and has a lot more seasoning.

    Like in 2021, though, the band rocked.

    Wolfgang is a very talented, special singer/songwriter/musician.

    He has it all and is great at all.

    As great a musician as he is, I’m most impressed with his singing and songwriting capabilities.

    He has a great future in music I think.

    Only two albums so far, but I’m sure there will be many more to come.  I certainly hope so.

    Check out Mammoth WVH.

    He/they are awesome.

    Great show.  Mariah and I had a great time.

    Mammoth WVH Set List:

    1. I’m Alright
    2. Right?
    3. Epiphany
    4. Miles Above Me
    5. Like A Pastime
    6. Horribly Right
    7. Optimist
    8. Stone
    9. Distance (Acoustic-Wolfgang does this by himself.)
    10. Think It Over (His Dad Edward Van Halen’s favorite song)
    11. Mammoth
    12. You’re To Blame
    13. Take A Bow
    14. Encore:  Another Celebration At The End Of The World
    15. Don’t Back Down

    Nita Strauss Set List:

    1. Summer Storm
    2. Our Most Desperate Hour
    3. Mariana Trench
    4. Alegria
    5. The Quest/Drum Solo
    6. The Wolf You Feed
    7. Through The Noise
    8. Dead Inside
    9. Victorious

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    Mr. Big Concert Review

    My girlfriend Mariah Startzman wanted to see the band Mr. Big on her birthday (February 20).

    So we did.

    We’ve both been wanting to see the band since we saw Mr. Big singer Eric Martin do a solo set a few years ago.

    And it just so happened that Mr. Big reunited last year for a “farewell tour” and are making a new album.

    So this was our chance to finally see the band.

    It includes not only original member Eric Martin on vocals, but also original members Paul Gilbert on Guitar/Additional Vocals and Billy Sheehan on Bass/Additional Vocals.

    The band is filled out by Drummer Nick D’Virgilio (original Drummer Pat Torpey sadly passed away in 2018).

    No one but The Ramones has truly done a farewell tour, but IF this is Mr. Big’s farewell tour, then they are going out on top.

    They still kick butt.

    Great singing.  Phenomenal musicianship.  And great songs.

    On this tour, they are playing their entire second album “Lean Into It”, as well as other songs from their career, and some cover songs.

    They even switch instruments during one of the cover songs (Good Lovin’).

    Really fun and rocking show.

    Mariah and I had a lot of fun.

    Thank you Eric, Paul, Billy, Nick, and Pat in passing for the great music and shows.

    You guys always rock and always will.

    Thank you!!

    Set List:

    1. Addicted To That Rush
    2. Take Cover
    3. Price You Gotta Pay
    4. Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
    5. Alive And Kickin’
    6. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
    7. CDFF-Lucky This Time (Jeff Paris Cover)
    8. Voodoo Kiss
    9. Never Say Never
    10. Just Take My Heart
    11. My Kinda Woman
    12. A Little Too Loose
    13. Road To Ruin
    14. To Be With You
    15. Wild World (Cat Stevens Cover)
    16. Guitar Solo
    17. Colorado Bulldog
    18. Bass Solo
    19. Shy Boy (Talas Cover.  Talas is also a band Billy Sheehan is in and he sings this one.)
    20. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie Cover)
    21. Good Lovin’ (The Olympics Cover)
    22. Baba O’ Riley (The Who Cover)

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    John 5 Concert Review

    My girlfriend Mariah and I went to see one of our favorite guitarists, John 5 (real name John Lowry) in concert.

    I had seen him play in Rob Zombie’s band 4 times (he left Zombie’s band to join Motley Crue) but I had yet to see him solo.  And Mariah had not seen him yet and really wanted to.  So we went.

    Opening bands 8lb Pressure and Sticks N Stones were pretty good, but we were there to see John 5.

    He can and does play every style of music imaginable.

    His solo music is instrumental and wow it’s incredible.

    Look him up.  He has worked with everyone as a musician and songwriter (Rob Halford, David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Steve Perry, the list goes on).

    The guy is a musical genius.

    Go see him if you can and check out his music.

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    I FINALLY Saw My First Celebrity Crush in Concert!! Madonna Concert Review

    • Date of Concert:  Monday, January 15, 2024
    • Location of Concert:  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan

    I have been a fan of Madonna since I was 7 years old, when I saw her in the movie Dick Tracy in the theater in 1990.

    She was my first celebrity crush and I have never stopped being a fan.

    I really like most of her albums and videos, (she still sings great) but I never saw her in concert.

    Until now!!

    I saw her in her hometown of Detroit.

    She puts on quite a show, with tons of songs from throughout her career, lots of costume changes, dance routines with other dancers, and she had a lot to say.

    She told stories about her parents.  Her Dad was with her at the show and she said that he taught her hard work and said that “if you think I’m a warrior, you can thank my Dad”.  And she said she hopes he is proud of her. 

    She talked about her Mom (she was pictured during part of the show) and how she’s with her all the time.  She also said she is proud to be a Mom (two of her daughters were part of the show, one playing piano, the other doing a fashion show walk) and thanked all the hard working Moms out there. 

    She talked about how she persevered when she had nothing and ultimately made it because of hard work.

    And she thanked all of the fans for sticking by her all of these years.  I’m happy to be one of those supporters.

    This tour literally is a celebration of her over 40 year career, spanning most of it in various songs, dance/show routines, videos, stage clothes, the works.

    She has always been great, in my opinion.  A couple of albums I don’t love, but I love most of them and even the ones I don’t love have good songs on them too.

    As you’ll see by the pictures and videos I took below are not great because my seat was not the best.  There was a piece of stage in the way of my view, but I still enjoyed the show and am very glad I FINALLY saw “The Queen of Pop”.

    A DJ opened the show and Special Guest Bob The Drag Queen (a.k.a. Caldwell Tidicue) appeared several times throughout the show as well.

    She puts everything she has into the show and in her career.  Always has and always will.

    I know she is considered controversial at times, but I’ve always been a fan.  I know I keep saying that but I mean it.

    I think her music is great.  I’ve always thought she was and is beautiful.  She’s made some good movies too like Dick Tracy, A League Of Their Own, Evita, just to name a few.

    This was a big bucket list concert for me.  

    Thank you Madonna for everything.

    You are loved by me and the world over.

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