Saturday night dilemma of what to do? How about catching 3 shows at different locations on the same night in Seattle like myself?
Lets' start in the U-District at the Neptune Theatre with comedian & impressions of celebrities specialist Craig Gass. He has 2 shows this night at 7 and 9:30pm. I'll be covering the 7pm show. What's really cool is Gass is giving a portion of his ticket sales to local comedian Dylan Avila who was attacked onstage by a crazed comedian not allowed to perform that night so he took a baseball bat to Dylan's head resulting in a fractured skull. (See KOMO News story) Dylan is actually going to try to open up Craig's show too only a week after his attack. Buy Tickets Now. Craig Gass is supporting his latest CD/DVD release "The Worst Comedy Show Ever" (Buy Now).
So as soon as Craig Gass is done I'm heading down to my 2nd comedy show of the night at the Showbox, Steel Panther! If you don't know who Steel Panther is yet, their Wiki page states it perfect: "is an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical lifestyle in the 1980s". If you recently saw them open for Judas Priest in the Tacoma Dome last November you'll remember them forever and if you had your kids there, you were probably covering their ears at the same time too ha! Catch Steel Panther on Jimmy Kimmel tonight on...that should be interesting 18+ TV ha! To buy tickets to their 21 & over Showbox show this Saturday CLICK HERE. Standing room only left to buy so hurry!
So by the time Steel Panther is done I'm jumping back in the Jeep and heading down the road to Slims Last Chance Saloon where our local old-school metal heads Zero Down are playing their "No Limits To The Evil" CD (on Italy's Minotauro Records) release show. With their stage time set around 11:30 I have a chance to catch some of the show and yes CD's will be available to buy for you all! The band were on KISW's Loud & Local this past Sunday. Hear the hour long podcast with new songs. I recently had the awesome opportunity to shoot the main CD shot of the band to correlate with the amazing cover artwork by the legendary metal artist Ed Repka (Megadeth/ Vic Rattlehead). Guitarist Lenny Burnett had an idea for it to be in a corn field, but once I saw the final album cover and watched the "Children of the Corn" movie (for a little inspiration) the shot and treatment instantly came to mind. I wanted it to be bad ass like the band was in the corn field as it was beginning to burn. Even though we had more fun than evil out in the field, I'm just glad we got out of there alive. Watch this video for a good laugh at our "No Limit To The Evil" band shot at Bob's Corn Field in Snohomish.
What happens when you take Black Sabbath and the crazy unhealthy culture of McDonalds characters? Mac Sabbath!!! Yes you read that right, a band called Mac Sabbath headed by the amazing Ronald Osbourne! Brilliant funny idea and wait till ya hear/read the lyrics, a mash of Sabbath & McDonalds ingredients guaranteed to give a laughing heart attack before eating McDonald's food will ha ha!! Check these guys out on Facebook! They will be conquering a McDonalds playland near you soon! Can't wait!
You won't see this very often or ever again in Seattle! Foo Fighters playing the Showbox Market!
"Sonic Highways" is latest release from the Foo Fighters. As part of an HBO television series, "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways", the band recorded eight songs for the album, one in each of these cities: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. in which they documented in each city their recording process and the town's music history for the TV show.
In Seattle, it was done at Robert Lang Studio's in which Dave has worked on many of the earlier Foo Fighter songs there. Before the concert the audience was treated to the screening of the band’s latest "Seattle" episode of Sonic Highways. What an amazing piece it was and truly showed how the Seattle music scene since the 60s has influenced the world with musical greats like no other city in the USA! After the premier the Foo Fighters jumped onstage and cranked an entertaining 32-song, 3 hour show! Yes you read that right, 3 hour show! Check out this setlist:
Winnebago / The Feast and the Famine / Learn to Fly / White Limo / Arlandria / Rope / The Pretender / My Hero / Hey, Johnny Park! / Monkey Wrench / Congregation / Walk / Cold Day in the Sun / In the Clear / I'll Stick Around / Big Me / Something From Nothing / These Days / Wattershed / For All the Cows / Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover) / Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love (Van Halen cover) / Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover) / Stiff Competition (Cheap Trick cover - Dave on drums, Taylor on lead vocals) / Subterranean (Live Debut, Requested onstage by Producer Butch Vig) / Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) / All My Life / This Is a Call / Weenie Beenie / Best of You / Exhausted / Everlong
I didn't receive a photo pass so I had to do everything on my iPhone. He's some of my video coverage for those of you not lucky enough to be there. My feet were killing me standing there for 5 hours, but I'm not complaining too much, thanks to buddy Rob I scored the greatest Black Friday deal of them all (free) in the Showbox with the Foo Fighters. Love when big named artist play small clubs. Remember 2 months ago when Tom Morello & Chris Cornell played El Corazon (see video) in Seattle too? Now that was awesome! Seattle, their musicians and the music scene rules!
If you wondered how people got into this show (besides the band's guest list) this was the event information. With this format of ticketless entry it absolutely cutout any ticket scalping even though people were still out front of the venue offering attendees up to 1k to be their +1 to get in.
plus a screening of Sonic Highways
Friday Nov 28
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Screening at 9:00 PM
Concert at 10:00 PM
Tickets: $20 + $5 service charge
Tickets on sale at 3pm TODAY Nov 26 at the following locations. No tickets will be sold online.
The 3 locations to purchase tickets are...
Downtown: THE SHOWBOX – 1426 1st Ave.
West Seattle: EASY STREET – 4559 California Ave. SW
Ballard: SONIC BOOM – 2209 NW Market Street
This event will use ticketless entry ONLY. Please read the following information about ticketless entry:
• Ticket sales for this event will be IN PERSON ONLY – VIA CREDIT CARD ONLY. No cash.
• Ticketless entry is NON TRANSFERABLE. ORIGINAL PURCHASER MUST ATTEND THE EVENT.
• At entry to the concert, you must provide the PHYSICAL CREDIT CARD USED FOR PURCHASE AND VALID PHOTO ID. Name on credit card must match photo ID.
• Entire party MUST enter the venue at the same time.
• Gift cards and single use credit cards may not be used for ticketless entry.
• Ticket limit of 2 per household
• Event is ALL AGES
• Multiple orders by the same purchaser will be cancelled.
Flashback May 18, 1986 in the Tacoma Dome. Me a young 19 year old metal head there to witness Judas Priest with Dokken opening. Not in a million years would I have guessed I'd be back there in 2014 to see them in concert again.The Metal Gods still to this day deliver the goods.
Celebrating their current 17th album release "Redeemer of Souls" (the band's first top 10 charting album in the US ever landing at #6 on Billboard) is a perfect mix of Judas Priest over the years. The classic rock sound of the early 70s meeting the molten metal machine they've became from the 80s till now. In their 16 song set, a fourth of the set was new songs including the show crushing opener of "Dragonaut". The remaining third of the set included many of the Priest classics we've grown to love, but I was a little bummed no "Electric Eye", "Screaming For Vengeance", "Green Manalishi" or "Freewheel Burning" in the set. With 40 years of music to choose from I can't be too picky cause look at the final awesome setlist: Dragonaut / Metal Gods / Devil's Child / Victim of Changes / Halls of Valhalla / Love Bites / March of the Damned / Turbo Lover / Redeemer of Souls / Beyond the Realms of Death / Jawbreaker / Breaking the Law / Encore: Hell Bent for Leather / You've Got Another Thing Comin' / Encore 2: Living After Midnight (Joined onstage by Steel Panther) / Defenders of the Faith. Pretty bad ass setlist still!
Highlight for me goes to the Metal God himself Rob Halford. How in the hell at 63 years old is this guy still amazingly singing some of these songs? "Beyond The Realms of Death" was beautifully mind-boggling perfect. Definitely one the greatest singers ever in any music style. (Check out KISW's Men's Room audio interview 11/20/14 with Rob - Click Here)
When original guitarist KK Downing left the band in 2011 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner, it was like a energy infusion to the Priest lifeline. His crazy good guitar skills and energy onstage was an undeniable catalyst with Judas Priest continuing on touring and recording new albums when they originally announced they were done after touring in 2011/2012. It was super bad ass to see Richie come out and play his custom D'haitre' Stealth V! A guitar company based right here in Washington State by former Zakk Wylde guitar tech Andy Beech. His energy and style just fuels the fire of the guitar master himself Glenn Tipton. These two twin guitars rip as good as the old days with KK.
The Tacoma Dome nearly lost their mind as soon as they heard the roar of the Harley motorcycle coming onstage for the encore. We all know what that meant. The classic "Hell Bent For Leather" was here to fill our ears. Definitely one of the Top 5 favorites of all-time with fans in the Priest catalog. The Metal Gods live on and this show proved there's no stopping Judas Priest, the defenders of our faith...METAL! Thanks to YouTube channel Raphaefeli for the live videos! To view my full set of Judas Priest live photos click here.
Opening the show was Steel Panther, the 80s Sunset Strip butt-rock parody act with heavy over the top XXX overtones. They might look like they are stuck in 1984, but these guys play like rock masters and lead singer Michael Starr has the voice 100% of those 80s rock acts wish they still had. Well David Lee Roth at least, ha!
A definite crowd favorite to those there that knew them and a complete shocker to those that had no clue who the band was. I'm sure parents there with their kids plugged their ears and blindfolded their eyes, especially when the crowd of girls were invited on stage to strut their stuff on the last two songs of the night. Opening their set with the awesome "Pussywhipped" (off their new album "All You Can Eat") sent the crowd into fist pumping, head banging, hair metal frenzy. Their hour long setlist was a non-stop barrage of classics in the Steel Panther catalog: Pussywhipped / Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World / Asian Hooker / Just Like Tiger Woods / Community Property / Eyes of a Panther / 17 Girls in a Row / Gloryhole / Party All Day (F**k All Night) / Death to All but Metal. One thing most people don't know is Steel Panther guitar wiz Satchel (aka Russ Parrish) use to be Rob Halford's guitar player in his band Fight in the early 90s!
Steel Panther are back to Seattle January 17th at the Showbox Market. Buy tickets here! My biggest personal highlight tonight (besides Michael Starr trying to pull me up on stage numerous times from the photo pit - thanks Mocha Charlie for photo below of one of those moments) was with Steel Panther.
We've done many end-of-show shots over the past years, but to actually be on stage looking out to the thousands in attendance like so many musicians I've seen there for the past 30 years was a moment I'll never forget!! To view my full set of Steel Panther live photos click here.
As I stood in the photo pit looking around at the other 8-10 photographers ready to shoot King Diamond, I couldn't help but think how much time has flown, but still seems like yesterday. As the elder photographer in the pit on this night, I pondered back to August 8, 1986 where I stood in this exact same place in the Moore Theatre photoing King Diamond. Who was his opener back then you ask? None other than a little known upcoming metal band at the time...Megadeth! 28 years ago I was a 19yo Kodak film camera carrying kid with a true metal heart to capture the times of what I still think were the greatest times in rock/metal music. All these years later it still beats stronger than ever. Here's one from the photos from that show.
Before King Diamond went solo his Danish band from Copenhagen, Mercyful Fate (broke up in 1985), ruled the first wave of Black Metal from Europe onto the world. After scaring kids and parents alike worldwide with their evil overtones and album covers, these 3 records all these decades later still hold their own as to some of the greatest in their genre: Mercyful Fate (1982 EP - also known as "Nuns Have No Fun"), Melissa (1983) & Don't Break the Oath (1984). King wasn't done because his first 3 solo albums Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987), Them (1988) were instant classics to follow the Mercyful Fate legacy with their horror story themes which instantly fitted perfect into his live concert schemes. Main subject on his "Them" album (King's insane grandmother) still lives in his shows to this day.
Probably the greatest falsetto singer in rock/metal history, I was wondering how his voice could possibly be anywhere near as good as it was years ago. Tonight he blew me away! After a 2010 open-heart triple-bypass surgery he quit smoking and that combo has given him his voice, lungs and energy back. 58 freakin years old and he killed it!!! Watch "Tea" from the show video below...are you kidding me!? He nailed it! He hasn't sounded this good in years! The King is back!!
The production of the show was awesome! Probably the best stage setup I've ever seen in the Moore Theatre for any rock/metal concert. Hailing on is horror meets evil visuals, the stage was draped in various visuals like his logo, lots of black, castle walls and the best one...his cover to the upcoming “Dreams of Horror” the “best of” album. Covering the band’s entire career. King and Andy LaRocque mastered and enhanced 23 songs into what they call the ultimate editions for fans and chosen from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. More info & order here.
With a setlist covering decades of his work (including Mercyful Fate), any fan of King Diamond over the years would have enjoyed this setlist: The Candle / Sleepless Nights / Welcome Home / Never Ending Hill / Let It Be Done / The Puppet Master / At the Graves/ Tea / Digging Graves / A Visit from the Dead / Evil (Mercyful Fate cover) / Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover) / Shapes of Black / Eye of the Witch / Encore: Cremation / Encore 2: The Family Ghost / Black Horsemen.
From the video above you'll see and hear how pumped the sold-out crowd was. During the Mercyful Fate tunes "Evil" and "Come to the Sabbath" it was hair raising with the crowd singing aloud. With the rumors of a possible Mercyful Fate reunion in the near future I can't imagine what that show will be like from the response of fans during this shows Mercyful Fate tunes. Some of the greatest metal riffs ever! Listen how incredible these sound!
Before I end I do have to talk a little on the opening act called Jess & The Ancient Ones. One word...WOW! Haven't enjoyed an opening act like that in a while. Jess & The Ancient Ones are a Finnish psychedelic occult rock band that's headed by the hauntingly awesome vocals of Jess. She is the modern day Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) vocally and onstage with her near hypnotic state.
Check out their new video for "Astral Sabbat".
If Jess wasn't enough her band was off the hook!!! The chemistry was just so fresh from a 70s-like rock perspective. Nothing flashy, just pure rock music magic to the ears and a female fronted singer that mesmerized me. How about a 12 minute journey called "Sulfur Giants" to make ya go buy their music on iTunes or order CD/LP online.
If you're a fan of Ghost and their music, you'll die for this amazing stuff that's very similar, but much more monstrous in structure and musical efforts. Thank you Jess & The Ancient Ones for proving to us rock music is not dead! Get back to America soon! Thanks King Diamond for personally picking them for this U.S. tour. They are gonna win over a TON of new fans!
Alright Rockoholics it's time to get your metal gear on and hit the Moore Theatre this week for King Diamond (Tuesday) and In This Moment (Thursday).
The lead singer of Mercyful Fate - King Diamond is currently on his first solo tour of America since his 2010 triple-bypass heart surgery in which he came out of the procedure healthy enough to make a full recovery over these past years. As a vocalist, he is known for his extensive multi-octave falsetto vocal range. Lyrically one of the best storytellers of Horror, Satan and Grandma stories you'll ever here and theatrically put into the show. This North American tour will be bearing witness to the band's full European festival stage show! Yes the full stage gated one! This show has been SOLD-OUT for a awhile so unless you find some tickets on Ebay you're outta luck.
Also on Sunday 11/2 the New Wave of British Heavy Metal kings RAVEN play Studio Seven! Back in the day they sold out the Moore Theater many times over and still to this day some of the greatest shows ever seen in the Moore! Many tracks on their classic "Live at the Inferno" album back in 1984 was recorded at the Moore! RAVEN was the first band ever to take Metallica out on the road! Be badass to see them tour again sometime! Buy tickets here: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1833247
Amon Amarth/Sabaton/Skeletonwitch - El Corazon - Seattle, WA 09.30.14
Swedish music artists have been influencing America and many others around the world for years. Obviously the most popular of those that come to my mind include Abba, Yngwie Malmsteen, Europe, The Hives, etc. but what Sweden is best known for is the heavier to melodic side of rock/heavy metal that you might of never known comes from Sweden. Ghost, Meshuggah, In Flames, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Bathory, At The Gates, Candlemass, Avatar, The Cardigans, etc. In that list you definitely have to include the Viking Kings of Amon Amarth and the War-torn battle stories from Sabaton. Both bands have been raging around for years and finally America is catching on. Of the two, Amon Amarth has been around the longest, since 1992, Sabaton since 1999. It wasn't until 2008 when Amon Amarth's "Twilight of the Thunder God" album reached number 50 in the US Billboard charts and ended up #7 in Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums for that year. Then last year they really hit it with an ever bigger Heavy Metal audience in America unaware of them with a main stage spot on the 2013 Rockstar Mayhem Tour opening for Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon. Not only did they take the opportunity and run with it they blew everyone away with a stage show that included a Viking ship with huge dragon mast and drums atop on deck, something I can recall never seeing in my 30+ years of attending concerts. The medieval stages and dragon Dio had back in the late 80s could compare though. Here's a couple of my shots from last years Rockstar Mayhem showing their Nordic Viking ship awesomeness.
Now last night at the sold-out El Corazon it was a little different situation with a stage 1/3rd the size from the Mayhem tour and a roof only 12ft above their heads. For how much I loved their huge stage show last year, last night blew my doors off with no dramatic stage props (the way you know it's a great band) just the music and small club feel. It was packed sardines in there! Hard to believe just a couple days ago I saw Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) on that same stage playing together (see video).
Amon Amarth, brutal yet melodic death metal that adds some Viking Nordic folk and singable choruses that stick in your head probably like how a sword through your head in a medieval battle was...permanent. Opening with the title track of their latest album "Deceiver of the Gods", Amon Amarth rolled through a near hour and half, 17 song set of music like a soundtrack to a great Thor or mythological movie.
Deceiver of the Gods/Runes to My Memory/Death in Fire/Free Will Sacrifice/As Loke Falls/We Shall Destroy/For Victory or Death/Varyags of Miklagaard/The Fate of Norns/Father of the Wolf/Guardians of Asgaard/Warriors of the North/Destroyer of the Universe/Cry of the Black Birds/War of the Gods/ Encore: Twilight of the Thunder God/The Pursuit of Vikings. Check out the amazing movie music video (over a million views) for my favorite Amon Amarth song off the new album "Father of the Wolf".
True underground metal that might not be for everyone, but let me tell ya, singer Joakim Brodén & his mates are one hell of a band and their fans (including many girls in attendance) of the same Swedish/Nordic heritage there believed Amon Amarth were Gods in their own right. A piece of their Viking heritage from Sweden live in the flesh! Great experience seeing it in a small club. Amon Amarth haven't been around for 20 years for nothing. Check out their new album on Metal Blade Records "Deceiver of the Gods" for a good punch in the gut!
Opening the show was Skeletonwitch from Athens, Ohio. Evil thrash death metal that was actually enjoyable and the pit was raging for their whole set. Great grooving bass lines and dual guitars that sooth and puncture the ear drums at the same time. Check out their single "Burned From Bone" from their new album "Serpents Unleashed" on Prosthetic Records. Love the band groove!
Now on to Sabaton. Featuring lyrical themes based on war and historical battles, singer Joakim Brodén is fantastic live and always connected one with the crowd with his good humor (see my video below...still laughing on the YMCA thing) between songs interacting and seriously seemingly enjoying all his time on stage.
As you can hear in the live video and music video for "To Hell And Back" below Sabaton are a great melodic power metal band with that European kinda happy folk underlining tone. New CD "Heroes" on Nuclear Blast Records is out now. Overall it was a great show from start to finish and seriously enjoyed every minute of it. I'll be posting some various concert photos from the bands at this show in the next days at www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive so go LIKE and wait and see ;)
Yes you read that headline right! Former Audioslave members Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) played together in Seattle last night for a 15Now benefit concert at (yes you re reading this right) El Corazon! I couldn't acheieve a photo pass from organization so I did the next (or better) best thing for you folks that couldn't be there with us 800 other hot sweaty lucky peeps, video. Since cameras were not allowed my iPhone5 did the kick ass job to cature video of this historic show in Seattle ;) Enjoy your next hour of rockin entertainment which the video includes:
Now in the Fire cut (Rage Against the Machine)
Save the Hammer for the Man (The Nightwatchman)
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Nick Lowe)
Imagine (John Lennon)
One (U2 with a bit of Metallica - One lyrics)
I'm the Highway (Audioslave)
Doesn't Remind Me (Audioslave)
Your Time Has Come (Audioslave)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen)
This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)
Tickets can be bought at the door, kids 10 and under are free, come on out and help raise money for CCFA! You ask what is Crohn's & Colitis? Click HERE to educate yourself on these near unbearable diseases. Mike McCready know's far too well as he's dealt with Crohn's disease for most of his life. Check out this great article on the Seattle Seahawks website HERE. It'll tell ya some more on the former Seahawk's and other attending. Come on out and support this great benefit on probably one of the last great days of summer in Seattle!