Due to the threat of a bad afternoon storm, the LC has decided to move tonight’s previously scheduled outdoor LC Cinderella/Sebastian Bach show indoors. Sounds like a very good move.
Cinderella rolled through town a few years ago, playing a free show at the LC after the band they were touring with (The Scorpions) canceled due to an illness. With no new material on store shelves, Cinderella will bang through the catalog of hits from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Meanwhile, it’s been almost four years to the day since former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach has performed in Columbus (not counting his pop-up guest appearance at Rock on the Range last year singing “Youth Gone Wild” with Asking Alexandria). Though the singer has released two great solo hard rock albums (Angel Down, Kicking & Screaming), fans want to hear Skid Row songs and Bach undoubtedly will pepper his set with songs that the masses will know.
Local band Level 7 opens the show. Doors are at 6:30, Sebastian Bach is scheduled to hit the stage at 8pm. Tickets are $20.
The biggest struggle when putting together this list is how to rank the albums. What exactly is the difference between a #1 and a #2 album? Without doubt, Viva Brother’s “Darling Buds of May” was the song I listened to the most in 2011 and the album it comes from is pretty damn good. But is it my favorite album as a whole? The Damnwells have consistently put out great material and I’m sure I listened to No One Listens to the Band Anymore more, front to back, than any album on the list but did I do that because it’s the best album of the year or because I know the guys personally and listening to them makes me happy?
So, I decided the best way to do it is to list the albums alphabetically, showing no favoritism and not being forced to rank anything. A few comebacks, a few previous favorites, a couple of new UK bands, some metal, some country, some hair metal. Pretty typical for me.
AA Bondy – Believers (Fat Possum)
Not as barebones as early solo material, not as scuzzy as his ‘90s alt-rock band Verbena, AA Bondy split the difference on this moody, late night listen. Listen: “The Heart is Willing”
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
The legendary NYC thrashers pick up where they left off the last time Joey Belladonna sang lead vocals (1990’s Persistence of Time) on 2011’s best (and most surprising considering some internal issues Anthrax had with short-timer vocalist Dan Nelson) metal album. Listen: “In the End”
AWOLNATION – Megalithic Symphony (Red Bull Records)
I would never have checked out this band had my old friend Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) not been playing guitar. A complete 180 from Blind Melon’s sound, AWOLNATION’s slickly-produced techno-soul-pop shows a wide range of diversity from one track to the next. Listen: “Soul Wars” Continue reading →
My birthday was yesterday. I didn’t celebrate. My real present came Sunday night courtesy of Rob DeLuca, bassist for Sebastian Bach‘s band, who hooked me up with killer seats for the Poison/Dokken/Sebastian Bach show at The Schott in Columbus. I’ve been a fan(atic) of DeLuca’s since his days slinging bass for Spread Eagle and though the band never blew up the way they should have, I still tell people about driving DeLuca and singer Ray West to a party in Akron after a Spread Eagle show at the Akron Agora in ’90 or ’91.
If you thinking about checking out one of the upcoming shows – there are still a month and a half of dates left – do yourself a HUGE favor and get your ass to the arena early to check out Baz and his band tear things up (here’s my review of the Columbus show).
After the jump … Rob DeLuca answers some questions I sent him via email on an off day on the tour.