Charm City Devils play a low-dough show ($5) at The Basement on Sunday night. Doors are at 7pm.
The legacy of late ’80s/early ’90s hair rock is alive and well in Charm City Devils’ sophomore release, SINS, released earlier this month, though the John Allen-led band brings enough modern flair to the 11 tracks to be considered peers with artists like Shinedown, Theory of a Deadman, Egypt Central, and Five Finger Death Punch. Continue reading →
In the hard rock/hair metal world, it’s hard for an established band to change lead singers and find continued success. I’m not behind closed doors, I don’t really know what happens but I suspect it goes something like this: “The singer thinks he can do this without us and have a solo career. That’s cool, but we’ll prove that we can move along with him too. Flip through Metal Edge and find a new singer.” Most times, neither the singer nor the band sell many records and the singer winds up reuniting with the band that he left or was kicked out of.
Van Halen tried it with Gary Cherone, an already established singer with a bona fide hit single (“More than Words”) under his belt with Extreme. That didn’t work out so well. Ratt tried it with Love/Hate’sJizzy Pearl stepping in for Stephen Pearcy. That version of the band didn’t even bother to record new material, they just went out and played the hits. Motley Crue’s an interesting case to study. They brought in John Corabi, who had mild success with The Scream (“Man on the Moon”), to fill the shoes of Vince Neil and recorded a self-titled album in 1994. While it had a different flavor that the Neil-fronted material, there are many who think this is one of the best Crue albums in the catalog.
John Corabi’s been doing a tour of Ohio this past week, playing intimate and acoustic shows in cities like Martin’s Ferry, Akron and Wapakoneta. He’ll hit the bright lights, big city on Monday night with a show at the Bethel Road Pub. Based on reviews from this tour, expect to hear songs from many of the bands (The Scream, Motley Crue, Union) that Corabi has fronted and maybe even a cover of two.
Doors open at 7pm. Cover is $7. Erica Blinn and Chuck Oney will open the show. The Bethel Road Pub is located at 1375 Bethel Road.
What sounded like a good idea a few months ago didn’t sound like the best idea in the world when it came down to actually attending Rock on the Range this past weekend. I sucked it up and powered through it though and it was one of the biggest wastes of time, money and energy that I have experienced thus far in my 31 years on our mother earth. It reminded me of going to Warped tour and Ozzfest only I’m not so young and not so dumb, so i knew better than to enjoy it. Continue reading →
I made my own assignment for Rock on the Range – pretend like this is a Motley Crue concert with a few well-known opening acts (Avenged Sevenfold and The Used). While the rest of the black t-shirt nation spent 2 days soaking in the sounds of dozens of indistinguishable hard rock bands, I rolled up into the Crew Stadium parking lot (15 friggin bucks for parking) at 6:30 p.m. on day two of the festival, just 2.5 hours before the Crue was set to kick off their headlining sets.
At this late hour, the tailgating was non-existent. I did spot a few empty beer cans and bottles on my walk to the front gates but only passed a handful of people, most walking back to their cars, apparently done with the festivities.
Met up with Kirk shortly after entering the front gates and the first thing I noticed was how long the lines were for the ATM machines. “$8 a beer! I had to use the ATM machine yesterday after dropping about $100 between food and drinks,” Kirk told me, explaining why the ATM machines were more popular than the t-shirt booths and beer lines.