Al recently covered the Foreigner tour at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Zachs Bay, NY. Check out his bad ass photography HERE
When you book a show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater which is nested in Zachs Bay, NY the weather plays just as big of a part as the bands – cloudy, windy & unseasonably cool. The crowd piled in knowing the music would get their memories flowing keeping them warm. The Jukebox Hero Tour could’ve been dubbed The British Invasion for the three lead Englishmen.
Opening the night was Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience which would have been John Bonham’s 70th birthday three weeks prior. Jason did his father’s legacy proud. To borrow a line from Jason’s movie debut, Rock Star…”It is amazing to hear the music played to perfection.” Putting together this great line up and hearing Immigrant Song, Good Times, Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love and of course Rock-n-Roll plus Stairway to Heaven – this was the perfect band to open this night of classic rock.
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
As the changeover began for the next band, the wind started to howl. The evening got a bit cooler and darker but then the Whitesnake banner appeared, the ladies in the audience began to howl. The theater was warming up as they danced in anticipation of the one and only, David Coverdale and the boys of Whitesnake. Opening with Bad Boys and continuing with an array of hits which ended with Still of the Night. David Coverdale, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Aldrige and Michele Luppi sounded tight and were as much fun to watch tonight as they were in 1987.
With the stage cleared, except for the drums and keys set back separated by a ramp, Mick Jones appeared out of the darkness onto the stage cranking the guitar riff to Long, Long Way From Home. The crowd went wild! Kelly Hansen, the quintessential front man took control but never over shadowed Mick. The hits flowed through the night - Double Vision, Cold As Ice, Dirty White Boy, Jukebox Hero and more until a quick break leading to their encore which featured a local high school choir joining the band for I want To Know What Love is. Closing with Hot Blooded. No different than last year’s show at the beach, this packed house has proven just how mighty the Long Island love is for Foreigner. Foreigner is one of the few classic acts still around that could pack the place year after year.
Al covered the Kings and Queens Co- Headlining tour featuring Butcher Babies and Nonpoint as they rolled into The Space in Long Island, NY - Check out his Photos and Review HERE
Opening the night was Canada's own Sumo Cyco. From the beginning guitar riff of the opener Sleep Tight we knew this was gonna be a rocking set. Supporting their album Opus Mar, they knew how to capture and keep our attention all night. Lead vocalist Sever took to the crowd twice this evening. Once to run to the bar and get a shot of whiskey which she then went into the pit and cheered and drank with the audience. Then again right before their last song back into the pit getting everybody low to floor, as the music started they all rise and the pit went crazy.
Next up was co-headline Nonpoint . Opening up with the Sirius Radio Heavy Bullet. The carnage began and didn't stop all set. They also played some songs from their upcoming album Ten.
Closing tonight's show (the switch closers every night in this tour) were Century Media recording artist The Butcher Babies. Opening with three songs off their latest album Lilith . Heidi and Carla destroyed the crowd at The Space.
Having two great headlining bands in one tour is rare and the crowd appreciated. The tour rolls on, this one is not to be missed.
Al covered the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland last weekend. Check out his review and his bad ass photos from the festival HERE
Here we are, at the 10th Anniversary of the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland. The 80's ruled with these bands but for this anniversary so many questions were being asked...who would headline? would the pavilion roof be ready and safe? what vendors would show up? will people remember where they parked with all the new lots? will the VIP area be completed? All of this could be heard as a huge line of fans formed outside the west gate. None of that matters much though once the music we love was blasting and the bands were rocking!
The VIPs had early entry and were treated to an acoustic set from Frank Hannon of Telsa. Forming his own record label, Red Hawk Records, Frank played heavily from his new cover album "From One Place ....To Another". Frank admitted he wasn't comfortable singing which is why the album and tour are full of covers such as Blue Sky and Hush. Regardless though he sounded very comfortable as his voice was on point and of course his playing was phenomenal. Not to sly any of the Tesla fans Frank ended his set with Signs.
The acoustic set was nice but it was time to get rocking. Who better then Pretty Boy Floyd, the leather boyz with electric toys took over. Cranking out all the fan favorites including I Wanna Be With You, Rock n Roll (is gonna set the night on fire) as well as a few from their 2017 release Public Enemies. Ending with a crushing rendition of Motley Crue's Live Wire.
As the pavilion seats filled and the crowd on the lawn grew fast, all were ready for Matthew and Gunner Nelson to take the stage. After a great complete set of hits, they dedicated a song to their recently departed mother. Nelson then revved it back up inviting Frank Hannon back out to play Garden Party and Whole Lotta Love.
With the return of a healthy and sober Taime Dowde, Faster Pussycat took to the stage to a standing ovation from the fans. The boys in the band responded with an amazing set. Songs included Jack Bastard, House of Pain, Cathouse, Slip of the Tongue and my personal favorite Bathroom Wall. Faster pussycat is definitely a mainstay on this festival stage.
Continuing the riot, Dave Menikktte and Y&T hit the stage cramming a bunch of hits into their set. Black Tiger, Mean Streak, Eyes of a Stranger, Summertime Girls and Forever to name a few. These California boys always have a home in Maryland at M3
Kix, the hometown favorite, were up next to hit our senses. It was a big night for the band but a bigger treat for the audience as they played the entire album of Blow My Fuse in celebration of its release 30 years ago. A testament to that album and the band, they both still rock!
Closing out the night was none other then Cinderella's Tom Keifer and his band. Playing songs from his latest solo album "The Way Things Go" and the greatest hits of Cinderella. The rock n roll soul poured from each member of this band. Their version of Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" was better then the original version...or maybe I was just overcome by the magic of the M3 Rock Festival. See you for day two.
Al was at the Paramount in Huntington, NY recently to cover The God Bombs, Chelsea Wolfe and headliners MINISTRY! Check out his bad ass photos HERE
The God Bombs
Ministry AmeriKKKant tour opening the night at The Paramount Theater was New Yorks's own The God Bombs. Justin Symbol, a fixture of the New York scene, has teamed up with Jabbath Roa on keys/guitar and Edrick Supervi on percussion to form a very energetic line up. Their debut album Hex is out and worth a listen as is their show. Full of energy from start to finish a great act to hear and see.
Next up was Chelsea Wolf, with her band mates Ben Chisholm on bass/synth, Jess Gowrie on drums and Bryan Tulao on guitar. Captivating the crowd with her presence and thought provoking lyrics, playing songs heavily from her 6th album Hiss Spun and greats from her past catalog. Definitely worth checking out on this tour .
Now to hit the stage the industrial heavyweights Ministry. After 30 plus years of making music and telling it like it is, Al Jourgensen and the band are back to spew again what's up. Their new album AmeriKKKant is full of songs emulating the political & social topics of our world today, as only Jourgensen can tell. The band consisting of Sin Quirin on guitar, John Bechdel on keys, Tony Campos on bass, Cesar Soto on guitar, Derek Abrams on drums & DJ Swamp on Turntables cranked the tunes one after the other, as true veterans of their craft can only do. To add to the magic, guest vocalist Fear Factory's Burton C. Bell joined Ministry on stage. Now signed with Nuclear Blast Records the band is back in the saddle and you Better be ready for the ride .
Al previews the 10th anniversary of the M3 Rock Festival to be held May 4 & 5 in Columbia, MD featuring a lineup of Night Ranger, Queensryche, Ace Frehley, Faster Pussycat & MORE!
For the past nine years, Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Maryland has hosted one of the best 80's hair metal concerts, the M3 Rock Festival. This year celebrating the 10th year anniversary they are once again providing an amazing lineup including a special performance by Tesla's Frank Hannon for VIPs. Whether under the new pavilion roof or under the sun and stars on the lawn, all will be treated to some of the greatest 80's bands to hit the stage. From hometown favorite Kix to Cinderella's front man Tom Keifer plus Night Ranger, Queensryche, Ace Frehley, Faster Pussycat and many more. It's certain to be another unforgettable weekend. Mark you calendars, get your tickets and we will see you May 4th and 5th for the 10th anniversary of M3.
Al covered the Sabaton show at The Paramount in Huntington, NY along with Kreator, Cyhra. Check out his incredible photos and review of the show HERE
Before the doors Opened at The Paramount,the town of Huntington NY knew something big was about to happen. As there was a line down the road and up the block of devoted fans waiting to get in.Opening the night were Swedish band Cyhra.opening with "Dead to me". the still filling in crowd was headbanging and shouting lyrics from being to end.Having recorded their album "Letters to myself" in NYC they felt plenty at home.
Next up were the German Thrash Legends Kreator! Spanning a remarkable 36 years. These guys brought it and so did the crowd ,with a massive old school circle mosh pit the entire show.Opening with "phantom antichrist" and not just relying on the standards but also playing songs from their new Nuclear Blast album "Gods of Violence". These Thrash Legends did not disappoint.
As soon as the members of Kreator left the stage and the road crew began tearing down and setting up for Sabaton. The packed to the rafters crowd began chanting Sab-a-Ton,Sab-a-ton. Opening with "art of war" the crowd went from the mosh pit to constant crowd surfing and you can tell from the smile on singer Joakim Broden, the band enjoyed it. Was an amazing show with a great setlist spanning their 17 year career, including Sparta,blood of Bannockburn ,the last stand from their newest Nuclear Blast record "the last stand". What a great way to end the week.
Al covered the Joyous Wolf show at BB King's in New York City. Check out his amazing photography HERE!