On Aug 21, 2018, the Gen-X Summer tour hit the sweaty stage of Corpus Christi, TX. The bill included four bands who ruled the airwaves in the 1990's & 2000's and still continue to pump out music today. Headlined by BUCKCHERRY, along with P.O.D, LIT, and ALIEN ANT FARM; this tour sure did bring back memories.
First up was Alien Ant Farm. Known mostly for their hit rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, AAF got the crowd warmed up and showed that they can still rock out. The short but energetic set also included the fan favorites Courage & Movies, all the while fans sang along with that sparkle in their eye knowing it was going to be a good night.
Up next was the band LIT, who brought an slew of emotions on their set. Opening up with a cover of Tom Petty's American Girl, Lit put the crowd in great spirits. As the set went on, they treated fans to a few new songs that are featured on their new release, These Are The Days, which brings the band in a new direction, leaning more on a country/easy rock vibe. Finishing out the set, Lit set it off with their well received anthem My Own Worst Enemy leaving a lasting impression with all in attendance.
Next, who I was excited to personally see, was P.O.D., who proved that time has not slowed them down one bit. They were a explosion of energy starting with the song BOOM and only slowed very briefly for the song Youth of The Nation. I wasn't prepared for how explosive P.O.D. is, similar to fans throughout. Playing classics like Southtown brought a feeding frenzy within the fans, satiating every urge of the musically starved. Known for being tagged as a Christian band, vocalist Sonny took time to let everyone know that they matter and are loved; and that we must take care of each other. This perfectly led into the song ALIVE, with everyone singing along in beautiful unison.
Closing out the night was the very lively BUCKCHERRY! This is one band that still carries the flag of good time rock and roll, where anything goes and it usually does! Breaking into RIDIN, the crowd quickly lost their minds and gave themselves over to the rock gods of old. Todd (vocalist) can easily work a crowd into puddy and sway them to his delights, giving everyone their rock music prescription. Watching Buckcherry perform live reminded me of the simple times of when rock music wasn't overly complicated, once you heard it, you instantly knew that you were home. Playing hits such as Too Drunk, Lit Up, and Crazy Bitch, Buckcherry gave everyone what they wanted. Good times and lasting memories; more than enough to be cherished indefinitely.
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I was excited to see Thy Will Be Done for the first time this past Friday July 20, 2018 at a local dive bar. Having an up close and personal experience makes the show something very unique and lively. Once everything was set up, TWBD went from zero to one hundred in a blink of an eye. The energy of each member was top notch and neck bending. Fans were lucky to also have listened to a new song to a forthcoming album in the works. And from the sound of it, they have not lost any of their viciousness and sound. If anything, they are precise and brutal as ever, making fans drool in anticipation of whats to come. I had to give praise to J Costa (vocals) and the band for an amazing performance and their ability to not having to rely on any backtracks (as to something that has unfortunately become all too common). Thy Will Be Done kick ass; nuff said!
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Be sure to check out my interview with frontman J Costa below!!!
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Behemoth is an iconic band. Not only for their music, but also for fighting for what they believe in regardless of what obstacles may come. I was lucky to photograph them this June 18, 2018 at a local venue: House of Rock. Somehow they made a headliner show while they were on tour with Slayer. I wasn't able to shoot them with the Slayer tour, so this gave me the opportunity to take photos and catch the show.
And what a hell of a concert it was. They completely blew away any expectations that I had and left me with my jaw on the floor. From their sound, lighting, performance, music; everything was top notch. Even tho this show was on a weekday, you wouldn't have known by the numbers in attendance. Everyone in the venue was packed to the gills, which made for the circle pits even that much more punishing. Behemoth is a band that must be experienced live; no questions asked.
The hour and a half set was started with Blow Your Trumpets and cycled through classics such as Ov Fire And The Void, At The Left Hand Ov God to name a few and came to a close with O Father O Satan O Sun!.
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I’m partial to Butcher Babies. They are one of my favorite bands to see live, and when I saw they were hitting my town, I immediately bought tickets and was ready for the show for about 2 months. It was a long wait, but wholeheartedly worth it. As before, I bought the pre party VIP experience. Each time I have done this from prior tours, they have always gone above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great time. I can honestly say that out of all the VIP’s I have bought throughout the years, they are the best. They take the time to hang out and talk with everyone and take more than just the usual one pick, shake a hand and get booted out. Any chance I get, I will always do a VIP experience with them.
On May 30, 2018 they played at one of my favorite local venues as well, House of Rock. I love it because the closeness that you can have with the band, making it a memorable time. First song up was off their new stellar album LILITH Korova. Everyone in attendance lost their freaking minds, myself included! Half their set included songs off this new album, including the songs: Lilith, The Huntsman, Look What We’ve Done, along with classic songs of Monster’s Ball, and Magnolia Blvd to name a few.
Butcher Babies live are a whirlwind of chaos and energy! They have continued to push themselves with each new album and gaining new fans and solidifying old ones. They have become role models of what hard work and steel minded determination can accomplish. Now, if I could only figure how to just follow them on tour to each show, I would be set!
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Nonpoint is currently on the Kings and Queens your with Butcher Babies, Sumo Cyco and Islander. Each brings its own unique style to the mix which makes for a killer line up. Something interesting on this tour is both Nonpoint and B.B. are alternating closing out the night.
Veterans of the music scene, Nonpoint always brings their A game along with their charisma to drive the crowd go crazy. This was my second time seeing them and I knew from my last experience that they would not disappoint. The band started off with Bullet with a Name, in which the crowd immediately went insane with shouts and singing along with frontman Elias. Other fan favorites played were: Fuck’d, The Wreckoning, amongst others which ran for the bands hour set.
The crowd was even treated to a couple of new songs. Which if these two are any indication of what Nonpoint has in store in the near future; they are sure to stay on top of their game. The band has the energy to get the crowding going into a wild frenzy; leaving each attendant fully satisfied down to their metal soul.
And if this wasn’t enough, the band is also doing VIP meet and greets which include an exclusive listening party of their new album due out in the next coming months. All in all, Nonpoint has been a band that consistently releases a breath of fresh air with new albums and tours. Now, the bad part is having to wait for that new release.
Remaining tour dates:
6.6 - Salt Lake City, UT The Depot NP closes
6.7 - Billings, MT Pub Station B.B. Closes
6.8 - Jerome, ID Diamondz Event Center NP Closes
6.10 - Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater NP Closes
6.11 - Sacramento, CA Holy Diver B.B. Closes
6.12 - San Francisco, CA The Fillmore B.B. Closes
6.13 - Los Angeles, CA The Whisky B.B. Closes
6.14 - Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl NP Closes
6.15 - Mesa, AZ Club Red B.B. Closes
7.12 - Oshkosh, WI Rock USA NP fest
7.15 - South Bend, IN Big Growl 7 NP Fest
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HELMET are legendary and have inspired scores of bands and musicians since their first inception and even today. This was my first time seeing HELMET and I had been looking forward to this show for over a month. Growing up, Page Hamilton graced the covers of so many guitar and metal magazines that I knew there was only one way this night would play out.
Lights dim, all the band members take the stage...Page softly strums a few jazz chords...and suddenly...BOOOOMMM!!!! You get hit like a sledgehammer to the face when HELMET turned it to eleven! After regaining my bearings, I was overjoyed with the sounds being produced. Everyone was like a well running clock that never missed a step. Page is a master musician, and we were all left in awe of his guitar wizardry. The crowd and myself were treated to a variety of songs from HELMET's extensive catalog. After a hour and a half, no one in attendance knew that we were to get more. The band dug deep and played tracks dating back to Meantime, which was the track that closed out the night.
After gathering myself and bringing my mouth off the floor, I was able to walk out into the night fully satisfied, even if I was left temporarily deaf.
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Prong is a beast unto its own. Three decades has not slowed Tommy Victor down one bit. If anyone has picked up their latest release (and if you haven’t- go get it) Zero Days you’ll strongly agree. It easily rips apart many of the newer bands out there. They are currently on tour with another epic band: Helmet. So, yes; this is one tour to catch.
Today was my second time seeing Prong. As soon as it was announced in my town, I knew it would be a show not to miss. House Of Rock is a bar venue with excellent acoustics and the perfect spot to get close and personal during the show.
And sure as hell, as soon as the lights dropped, Art Cruz stepped out to start the ramp up. Followed by Jason Christopher and finally Tommy Victor. In the crowd, were shouts in unison of the brutal beating about to ensue. With large catalog, Prong played all the classics they are known for: Whose Fist is This Anyway, Beg to Differ, Prove You Wrong, and of course Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck!! Those were just a few of the hour+ long set. Fans were treated to some killer new songs that were unrelenting and in your face thrash.
With no barrier separating the stage, Tommy gave fans an up close experience by letting them play on his guitar. Seriously, with Art’s sonic drumming and Jason’s grooving bass, let alone with the riff monster Tommy Victor, they are on top of their game. Prong is a staple in music and paved the way for so many bands. When they first started thirty years ago, they were ahead of their time. Even now, they still continue to lead the way and will continue to do so for a long time coming.
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New Years Day is currently on the massively inspiring tour which includes Halestorm, In This Moment and Stitched Up Heart. Each have their own unique style, but also complementing one another.
With the air palpable in anticipation of New Years Day, you could witness the crowds excitement as soon as the band took the stage. Shouts and screams of joy erupted as fans were treated in handfuls. This was also my first experience seeing New Years Day and was pretty stoked when the pulled out their rendition of Pantera's Fucking Hostile! Being from Texas, this had me in good spirits.
Watching New Years Day perform live is quite a vigorous experience and I can see why they have loyal followers with matching dyed hair of front woman Ash Costello. The band as a whole is able to captivate the crowd by being emotionally and physically driven around the whole stage. This kept the craziness going throughout the whole set. Coupled with the non stop rock music, made for a memory of which I will not soon forget. Having seen them now, I will make it a point to see them again in their successful future!
When I first met Mixi two years ago, I was greeted with a hug. Having never met me before didn’t hold her back from being such a welcoming human being.
Fast forward to the present, she is still that amazing kindhearted person that loves to hug fans! As for the rest of the band: Merrit (guitar), Decker (drums), Nick (guitar) and Randy (bass), each one is friendly and a joy to talk to and hang out with. It’s like seeing friends every time I’ve seen them in the past couple of years.
Tonight was special, Stitched Up Heart are currently on an tour of epic proportions. They are playing along side some amazing bands: Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day! Each band has and is forging their own path to success in the music world to the fans delight.
Once Mixi and the guys took the stage, they were showered with shouts of approval with each song they played from their latest album Never Alone. In the crowd you could see fans singing back the lyrics and smile with happiness. I know I was singing along; but I had to remind myself that I was there to take photos and carry on.
After their set, each member took turns throughout the night hanging at the merch table. Old fans and new were able to take photos and get those Mixi hugs to close out a perfect night of music.
Another highlight for me was that I was able to interview Mixi (which can be played below) about what is currently going on with the band and things to come. I, for one, am extremely excited for their successful future and will always support them!
On May 1, 2018 In This Moment played at Concrete Street Amphitheater. This was my third time seeing and photographing their show. They have to be one of my favorites to shoot.
Over the years, In This Moment has become a musical mystical giant with its evolution of music and live performance. Currently on this tour they are still supporting their latest release Ritual which had a much more stripped and raw energy. Another exciting aspect of this current tour is who they are on the road with. Four powerful bands in their own right: Halestorm, In This Moment, New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart! Talk about being epic!
Before In This Moment came out, you could feel the excitement in the crowd, it was truly electric. Once the black curtain dropped, shouts and cries of emotion erupted in a thunderous boom. Chris (guitar), Travis (bass), Randy (guitar), Kent (drums) and the blood girls were at the ready. Then, out from behind the curtain, Mother Maria stepped forward to be greeted by the adoring fans.
Starting off with the song Blood, you instantly knew you were in for a treat. With each song that followed, the fans kept up, hanging on each moment, movement and note played. The blood legion (fans) are faithful to the band and the band to its fans. Despite a technical hiccup, Maria let everyone know that they would not be deterred. In the sea of fans, no one was left without a smile.
The only disappointment to the set was that it ended to quickly. The last two times I've seen them, they had been headlining. But that is the trade off to seeing so many amazing bands on this tour. This is truly not one to miss.
Starset had a successful performance in Corpus Christi, TX at Concrete Street Amphitheater this month. This was my first time seeing them live and it was quite an experience. From the moody lighting to the use of costumes and fog. It all made it seem like you were being transported to another planet for a good time. Everyone in attendance loved every last bit of it and were left satisfied with their set performance.
Houston, TX based The Scars Heal In Time made an appearance in Corpus Christi, TX on April 15, 2018. It is always a pleasure seeing them. They are currently finished up their tour with City Of The Weak, whom they have toured with before. The kindness and excitement from Tayler and Kayla Smith is evident. They love meeting fans and playing live.
Despite a technical hiccup, they pushed forward to give a great performance. The majority of the songs played were from their most recent EP Unidentified which showed quite a bit of musical growth from their previous release. Their relentless touring, memorable melodic rock music and unbreakable drive will see these sisters succeed. Be on the look out and don’t miss this band this band live!
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