Concert Reviews

Concert Reviews

Blacktop Mojo Live Concert Review

Review: Blacktop Mojo performed an incredible set during their live performance in Sarasota, Fl.  I caught up with the band just prior to the show and sat down and talked with lead vocalist Matt James about the band's tour and more.  The band took the stage around 10 PM and simply blew the doors off of the place. They performed their hits "Where The Wind Blows", "Burn The Ships" and "Pyromaniac" as well as some great cover versions of The Black Crowe's "She Talks To Angels" and "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins. They also gave the ecstatic crowd two new songs including a fantastic rocker called "All Mine Now".  The band kept a great pace throughout the show and played with an incredible amount of energy.  Guitarists Ryan Kiefer and Chuck Wepfer displayed exceptional skill as they both took turns with explosive leads, while bass guitarist Matt Curtis...

Budderside Live Concert Review

Budderside February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review by: Bobby Caughron Review: Motorhead Music, the record label started by the late Lemmy Kilmister and the members of Motorhead, signed the band Budderside as their first act on the label. You can't get any better than being hand-picked by the boys in Motorhead. Naturally, I wanted to catch Budderside perform live and I got my chance recently in Tampa, FL. Budderside took the stage around 9:30 pm to an eager and enthusiastic audience. The band opened with the song "Open Relationship" and the crowd jumped to their feet. Lead singer Patrick Stone is quite the charismatic frontman with an incredible voice. Bass player Michael Stone was energetic and animated throughout the whole show. Drummer Rich Sacco has to be the happiest guy I've ever seen behind a drum kit. He had a smile on his face the entire night...

L.A. Guns Reunion Concert Tour Review

L.A. Guns Reunion Concert February 9, 2018 Tampa, Florida The Brass Mug Review: When I heard that the almighty L.A. Guns were doing a reunion tour to support their latest album 'The Missing Peace" I jumped at the chance to see Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns on the same stage together again. The first time that I saw the band perform was almost 30 years ago. They were coming off of their (now classic) self titled debut album. I still remember that concert vividly. The band was filled with energy and played a lengthy set to a sold out audience.   Fast forward to present time and the band takes the stage with the same energy and enthusiasm that I saw years earlier. Phil Lewis still knows how to work a crowd into a frenzy and Tracii played as good of a set as I've ever seen. The performance was primarily...

Leaves Eyes – Concert Review

Leaves Eyes May 20, 2017 Ybor City, (Tampa) Florida The Orpheum Review: When I heard the news that Leaves Eyes were coming to a venue near me, I was already ready for a road trip. This would be my first time witnessing the band perform live, after being a fan for quite some time. When I arrived at the Orpheum, the line to get in was about a city block long and seemed to just keep growing. Eventually, the announcement was made that the venue had reached capacity and was sold out. I watched many fans leave disappointed that there was no possibility of watching the show. Now, of course this is not the fault of the Orpheum. Local fire marshals have ordinances in place to limit the occupancy of buildings in case of a fire or other emergencies. I was completely bummed out. I had just driven for about...

Overkill Live Concert Review

Supporting the release of their 18th (18th!) release, The Grinding Wheel, Overkill is back in Arizona to fuck shit up. Unfortunately, they are at a venue that seems to have been going downhill quality-wise for the past few years, but even so, I still can never resist catching the guys wherever they play. The band wasted no time hitting the stage and laying waste to those in attendance. "Mean Green Killing Machine", "Rotten to the Core" and "Electric Rattlesnake" come tearing out from the stage first, and the crowd is already sweaty and swirling. What I always admired about an Overkill show is that they never forgot where they started or who they are, demonstrated by always including old school gems such as "Feel the Fire" and "Hammerhead" in the setlist. More times than not, bands forget their roots, trying too hard to stay 'popular' and their setlists show that....

Ace Frehley Live Concert Review

Ace Frehley January 28, 2017 Tempe, Arizona Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ace Frehley came to the dusty desert of Arizona last month and rocked the packed house of the Marquee. Fans ranged from seven to 77 it seemed, reminding you just what an impact he has had in his career. It's easy to forget that fellow musicians such as Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag, John 5, Marty Friedman and James Hetfield, among countless others, have many times cited him as an influence on their own techniques and styles while they were still developing. The band immediately tore in to "Parasite" and were off and running. The crowd erupted upon hearing the signature Ace riffs. While the performance and energy of the band was phenomenal and highly energetic, if there has to be one shortcoming of the gig it's that the band isn't changing up the setlist much. With the...

Jack Russell’s Great White Prove They’re The Real Deal

Jack Russell's Great White October 7, 2016 Englewood, Florida Englewood Event Center Concert Review: When I heard that Jack Russell's Great White was going to be performing nearby, I was excited but skeptical. Why? You ask? Well, I have heard all kinds of stories about the legendary singer, from people bashing him and writing him off as washed up and  others referring to Jack Russell as a dead man walking because of his addiction problems. As most of you know, Great White separated into two bands in 2011, with Jack Russell forming his version and Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow and Michael Lardie continuing on with former XYZ vocalist, Terry Ilous.  So, how did Jack's version of Great White do, you ask? Let me start by addressing one of the rumors that I've heard, and that's Jack Russell is touring with a group of average musicians and just cashing in on...

Heart /Joan Jett/Cheap Trick Concert Review

The Rock Hall Three for All tour was a night of pure classic rock celebrations that came through Arizona recently. Heart with Joan Jett and opening support from Cheap Trick – all three bands that finally got in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame long after they were first eligible - on one bill. You simply can never go wrong with having Cheap Trick open a show. The energy, the iconic tunes, the anthems – the early crowd that got there to witness them did indeed enjoy a true gem. While the band played a Greatest Hits style show, they were the epitome of flawlessness and fun. They opened the show with “Hello There,” and kept the focus on the earlier material with “Hot Love,” “California Man” and “Oh Candy.” But they did squeeze out a newer one - “No Direction Home” which they released as a free download...

Through Fire Rocked The Crowd on The Generation Doom Tour

Through Fire recently hit the road opening for Otep on The Generation Doom Tour. Their debut single "Stronger" has been ranking very high on the rock radio charts, iTunes and Amazon Digital. I was able to catch one of their shows and they put on one hell of a performance. The band engaged the crowd and had them fist pumping almost immediately.  I caught their performance in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The band ripped through an energetic set that caught the attention of everyone there. Their debut album, Breathe hits July 1st, 2016 and I for one can't wait to hear it. The entire band was very charismatic and seemed to have the audience in the palm of their hand. A very impressive feat for a band that hasn't released their debut album yet. They had the audience singing along with the band to songs that I'm sure many of them...

Doll Skin Live Concert Review

Doll Skin Live Concert Review May 14, 2016 State Theatre St. Petersburg, Florida Recently, I reviewed Doll Skin's debut, In Your Face (which you can read HERE.) . I was completely blown away by this talented four piece rock band. In the review, I described them as the second coming of the legendary Runaways. You know, the band that later spawned great solo careers for members, Joan Jett and Lita Ford. When I heard that Doll Skin were doing a show within driving distance of me, I knew that I would going, come hell or high water. The band is opening for the mighty Otep on the Generation Doom tour. So anyway, I couldn't be more excited to see these girls do what they do best....rock. When the girls hit the stage, some guys behind me comment on how they look like they are 12 years old and I bet this is going...

Otep Generation Doom Concert Review

Otep Generation Doom Tour May 14, 2016 St. Petersburg, Florida State Theatre You could feel the electricity in the air as the crowd of concert-goers began to chant Otep! Otep! Otep! Metal horns and fists were waving wildly as Otep took the stage somewhere around 10:30pm. As the first guitar chord rang out, vocalist, Otep Shamaya hit the stage with a burst of energy and she is simply mesmerizing to watch. This is exactly what a live performance should be. She immediately connects with the crowd as they seem to unite into one human ocean. I can't count the times that I've been to rock concerts, only to see the band look bored and simply go through the motions. If you go see Otep, on her current Generation Doom tour, you will get every dollars worth of your ticket price and then some. With a vocal range from soft and...

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