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My Interview & Dreamfest This Weekend

Every once in awhile ya gotta do a little shameless plugging on yourself so here I go. Check out my big interview at One Louder Magazine I did last month that came out yesterday. You'll find some interesting rockin' reading on me and my world:
http://oneloudermagazine.com/2013/09/15/interview-with-photographer-iron-mike-savoia

Remember this Saturday & Sunday KISW 99.9 Loud & Local / Louie G's Pizza / Pyramid Stage & Lighting / Jazzbones Presents:



Ticket/Info - $$$ from Dreamfest is helping children burn victims (see King5 New Day TV episode below) while you get to see the best of the Northwest bands in Rock/Pop/Blues! Many of these bands are on the verge of breaking it big so catch em now! https://www.facebook.com/events/550225091691612/?ref=14

 



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KISW PITG Day 2 Overview
SATURDAY 9/7/13: ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE: ALICE IN CHAINS 9:45 - 10:55 / JANE’S ADDICTION 8:20 - 9:20 / COHEED AND CAMBRIA 7:15 - 7:55 / WALKING PAPERS 6:20 - 6:55 / ON STAGE PROMO 5:55 - 6:03 ZIPPO ENCORE FESTIVAL STAGE: DANKO JONES 5:40 - 6:10 / MIDDLE CLASS RUT 4:45 - 5:10 / MINDSET EVOLUTION 3:55 - 4:20 COLDCOCK HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE: DEAD DAISES 5:10 - 5:40 / BEWARE OF DARKNESS 4:20 - 4:45 / CHUCK SHAFFER PICTURE SHOW 3:35 - 3:55 / CHARMING LIARS 3:00 - 3:20 / MOM'S ROCKET 2:20 - 2:40 AMERICAN MUSIC LOUD AND LOCAL STAGE: WINDOWPANE 6:10 - 6:40 / ENDINO’S EARTHWORM 5:25 - 5:55 / CURSE OF THE NORTH 4:40 - 5:10

 
Really excited for this day! Ya know my Alice in Chains bros are playing as well as the Walking Papers, Mom's Rocket and Windowpane! Starting the show off on the ColdCock Herbal Whiskey stage was Seattle's own Mom's Rocket! I've done photo work on their last 2 CD's so I know these guys pretty good. Bad ass hard rock band that really opened some eyes with their big full rock sound. What a killer sound system that stage had. Is Jason Celestine one of the best guitarist in the Seattle area or what!? The bald-headed Eddie Van Halen with his own style and flair!

Soon as they were done I had to go shoot the Walking Papers meet and greet so I missed a couple bands but did get to shoot a couple shots of Seattle's Osatia. Never heard of them but definitely wanna check them out more! Wasn't too worried missing the couple other bands because I knew I was going to the next stop on tour (Uproar) in Ridgefield to catch and shoot the bands I missed. Next band I saw was on the Zippo Encore stage and it was none other than (not scheduled) Mindset Evolution! Since their show yesterday didn't have anyone there for 3/4th of their set because of the gates opening a little late, they were asked and allowed to play again today. They destroyed it. Really seeing this band in the future of rock. Had a little fun with them before they hit the stage with a band shot.

After running around covering some KISW radio interviews, Alice in Chains meet and greet and the Walking Papers soundcheck,  I got back up the hill to the American Music Kisw Loud and Local Stage in time for Endino's Earthworm. Yes famed Seattle producer Jack Endino! A great blend of interesting garage guitar rock. Over to the Zippo stage to catch Danko Jones play. Me and Jack Endino gotta hang with Danko earlier. He's a big fan of Seattle rock.

There's no one like Danko Jones. Rock in roll that grabs you by the throat, tickles your ribs and as a favor puts a foot right up your ass. Ha! His sexually charged, tongue and cheek lyrics are pretty entertaining. "First Date" and "I Think Bad Thoughts" classics!

The Dead Daises hit the ColdCock stage and wow, veterans galore in this band. Guns 'n Roses guys Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Thin Lizzy's bassist Marco Mendoza etc. Singer Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS) had a broken leg and thumb but still jumped out of his stage chair to rock out when he could. Classic rock with a modern edge!

Off to the main stage. Unfortunately Seattle's hardest working unsigned rock band Windowpane went on the Loud & Local stage at the same time as the Walking Papers did on the main so I missed them. The Walking Papers supergroup features rock legend Duff McKagan (GNR) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) on drums, Benjamin Anderson (Keyboards) and Jeff Angell (Vocals/guitar) of The Missionary Position rounded out the band lineup. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready plays with the band when he can and was hoping for a surprise showing but it didn't happen. Not a big deal cause the band killed it as they usually do together with their heavy down tuned blues-based grit rock. One of the best new bands and albums of the year!

 


Next up was Coheed and Cambria. A band that incorporates its albums with corresponding comic books that tell a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. Claudio is also known for his crazy hair! The Cousin Itt of metal. Coheed and Cambria incorporate aspects of progressive/punk rock,  pop, metal and more. Never really caught my ear or eyes live with their style but they seem to get on a lot of recent tours so I might check them out more a little more.

Jane's Addiction was up next. Had a funny moment earlier in the day with them backstage as I saw guitarist Dave Navarro give their tour manager a fohawk cut. 

Perry Farrell & Dave Navarro with their other Jane's Addiction's members rocked it for a good hour playing all their hits and fan favorites. Underground/Mountain Song/Just Because/Been Caught Stealing/Another Soulmate/Three Days/Ocean Size/Stop!/Ted, Just Admit It/Jane Says



Then there was the band everyone was waiting to see, the mighty Alice in Chains! They shook the Gorge canyon's with this killer 13 song setlist of: Rain When I Die/Hollow/Again/Check My Brain/Got Me Wrong/Them Bones/Stone/We Die Young/It Ain't Like That/Nutshell/Man in the Box/Would?/Rooster. Spectacular LED video screen visuals with their set. AIC showed everyone who's still boss in the rock world!






For all KISW Pain in the Grass photos, videos, meet & greet pics and more visit KISW.com! [Photos click here] [Videos click here]
Also visit KISW PITG photo galleries on Facebook! [Click Here]

Another KISW Pain in the Grass showing is done. This was definitely the ultimate one of them all!!

"Iron" Mike Savoia
Blogs.Kisw.com/IronMike
www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive


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KISW PITG Day 1 Overview

Did you attend the two days of KISW's Pain in the Grass madness at The Gorge? We hope you did! No way you'll ever see a 2-day show of 25+ bands including the likes of Alice in Chains, Volbeat, Janes Addiction, Avenged Sevenfold etc. with parking included for $99.90! With the weather being as erratic as the current Seattle Mariners offense, we had no clue what to expect each day we got there.

Both days started off very Wizard of Oz like in the skies and the only day it rained was the first day right when Jolene announced Princess on the American Music Loud & Local stage BOOM! Hail, rain and everything you could think of came down but for only 10 minutes straight then the skies opened up and the sun ruled The Gorge the rest of the day. 

The band's ya missed..ready for this!? 

FRIDAY 9/6/13:
ROCKSTAR ENERGY STAGE: AVENGED SEVENFOLD 9:30 - 11:00 / VOLBEAT 7:45 - 9:00 / HIM 6:10 - 7:15 / ALL THAT REMAINS 5:05 - 5:45 / AIRBOURNE 4:10 - 4:40 FESTIVAL STAGE: BARONESS 3:30 - 4:00 / ATTIKA 7 2:50 - 3:15 / HEAVENS BASEMENT 2:10 - 2:35 / MINDSET EVOLUTION 1:30 - 1:55 AMERICAN MUSIC LOUD AND LOCAL STAGE:  THE PEOPLE NOW 3:30 - 4:05 / PRINCESS 2:45 - 3:15 / BLACKBEATBLUE 2:00 - 2:30
 
SATURDAY 9/7/13:
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE: ALICE IN CHAINS 9:45 - 10:55 / JANE’S ADDICTION 8:20 - 9:20 / COHEED AND CAMBRIA 7:15 - 7:55 / WALKING PAPERS 6:20 - 6:55 / ON STAGE PROMO 5:55 - 6:03 ZIPPO ENCORE FESTIVAL STAGE: DANKO JONES 5:40 - 6:10 / MIDDLE CLASS RUT 4:45 - 5:10 / TBD 3:55 - 4:20 / BATTLE WINNER 2:40 - 3:00 COLDCOCK HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE: DEAD DAISES 5:10 - 5:40 / BEWARE OF DARKNESS 4:20 - 4:45 / CHUCK SHAFFER PICTURE SHOW 3:35 - 3:55 / CHARMING LIARS 3:00 - 3:20 / MOM'S ROCKET 2:20 - 2:40 AMERICAN MUSIC LOUD AND LOCAL STAGE: WINDOWPANE 6:10 - 6:40 / ENDINO’S EARTHWORM 5:25 - 5:55 / CURSE OF THE NORTH 4:40 - 5:10

Day 1: Not only do I have the above list of bands to cover but between me, my wife Stephanie and Mat Hayward we had to also cover shooting radio interviews, side events and also meet and greets with the bands. Add that our ground base location was backstage near the main stage. Yes bottom of the hill from all the other events/stages going on above so we had our work cut out for us keeping hydrated and energy up. Me and Stephanie had our usual GU Energy to help us get through the day, but thanks to Rockstar and their Energy Waters backstage for us. Up the hill we go as the gates are about to open. New killer upcoming band Mindset Evolution opened the show on the Festival stage at 1:30. Gates opened at the same time so for 3/4 of their set there was no one there except photographers. The last 10min of their set it filled up and when they played their current hit "Burn it Down" (see new video) place went nuts! They would be rewarded to play Day 2 on one of the bigger stages and a better time slot at Pain in the Grass because of the timing issue so it actually worked out awesome for them. 

As Mindset Evolution was ending it was time to run up a little hill to the American Music KISW Loud & Local stage where BeatBlackBlue kicked off the local talent showing. If you thought grunge was dead ya gotta hear BlackBeatBlue! Jack Endino (Nirvana/Soundgarden) produced their new CD "Completely Different Animal" and its awesome! (Audio Samples) Singer/Guitarist Dave Perry live is so instable onstage, ya never know what's about to happen. Reincarnated Kurt Cobain?



Like I said above, as the 2nd Loud & Local band Princess hit the stage with KISW's Jolene's introduction, the skies roared with a 10 minute non-stop downpour that had many running for any cover they could find...including myself with all my camera equipment. That didn't stop Princess jamming their post punk grunge metal! Ending the day on the Loud & Local stage was The People Now. A progressive/alternative, cause-rock band you should check out. Kinda hard to describe them, Sick Puppies meets A Perfect Circle? Very dangerous band now that they've added guitarist Johnny Smokes on guitar! 

Back to the Festival stage and right in between Heaven's Basement and Baroness was a super favorite band of mind Attika 7! Outlaw biker rock band that plays heavy yet melodic groove metal/rock. "Blood of my Enemies" is one of my favorite albums of the past year! Headed by former Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld and Sons of Anarchy's "Quinn" and famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones on guitar I was ready for their show! Unfortunately Rusty wasn't there cause he was filming for SOA but that's ok they have Ira Black on guitar too. The man with the riffs and hair of the gods, ha! As I had to run to cover the other stage Stephanie stayed and saw the highlight of Attika 7's set besides Ira breaking his guitar strap. Evan kicked all the guys out of the pit and only allowed the girls in during "Devil's Daughter"! Stephanie got some quick video of the girls just having a little fun. [click here

Off to the main stage as Stephanie handles Airbourne, All That Remains & Volbeat meet and greets with KISW winners in the media room. Australia's Airbourne started the main stage with a 30 minute set that left everyone wanting more. Their AC/DC brand of Airbourne rock-n-roll had everyone jumping around especially at the end when singer/guitarist Joel O'Keeffe did what he's known for around the world climb! On "Running Wild" that's what he did all the way up the stage scaffolding and rocked out next to the Pain in the Grass logo! Check out this video:



All That Remains came out got the pit rollin multiple times, HIM played next (I became a new fan) and surprisingly rocked it which all led up to the 2 heavyweights Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold next.

Think you Rockaholics were ready? I think so!!!

VOLBEATTTTTTTTTTT!! Such a great band live! Volbeat's crowd might of been the most active of any band this day.

AVENGED SEVENFOLDDDDDD!!! BOOM! Now this was a spectacular visual show to end the night! 




With 11 hours of running around up and down hills, in and out of tight photo pits our feet and bodies were beat to hell. Back to the hotel to rest up for round 2 of the Pain tomorrow!

For all KISW Pain in the Grass photos, videos, meet & greet pics and more visit KISW.com! [Photos click here] [Videos click here
Also visit KISW PITG photo galleries on Facebook! [Click Here]

Thanks to Stephanie for helping us out today with photos (as seen in this blog), tomorrow she's back to Seattle to cover Adam Ant and with one less of us shooting this event its gonna be an insane Day 2 covering Pain in the Grass for me & Mat! Watch for my Day 2 blog later today! 

"Iron" Mike Savoia
Blogs.Kisw.com/IronMike
www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

 

 

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KISW PITG Alice in Chains new videos

KISW's 2013 Pain in the Grass is here! Tomorrow and Saturday at the Gorge! All show information can be found on KISW.com: http://www.kiswpaininthegrass.com Tickets still available for both days...BE THERE and if you can't remember to watch for all our photos and my show blogs next week on KISW.com and http://Blogs.Kisw.com/IronMike

Alice in ChainsAvenged SevenfoldJane’s AddictionVolbeatCoheed And CambriaAll That RemainsHIMCirca SurviveBaronessAirbourneWalking PapersDanko JonesMiddle Class RutAttika 7Heaven’s BasementMindset Evolution, Moms Rocket and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show! Seattle area bands will also be on the American Music Loud & Local stage: WindowpaneBlackBeatBluePrincessEndino's EarthwormThe People Now, & Curse Of The North

Today Alice in Chains released 2 new music videos on the web!! One is for "Voices" which is a cool unique neon signed, lyric filled, band performance video filmed throughout Seattle and the other video is a concept video to shake your foundations of the truth of this world with the new album title track "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" Check 'em out and remember to see Alice in Chains Saturday night headlining the KISW Pain in the Grass show!

See everyone in the Gorge!
"Iron" Mike Savoia
Blogs.Kisw.com/IronMike
Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

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