Drowning Pool @Saint Andrew’s Hall 3/9/13 (Photos & Concert Review)

By Tracy Mailhiot (Tink(

Drowning Pool is currently on tour promoting their upcoming fifth studio album, Resilience, which is scheduled to hit the shelves on April 9, 2013. The guys are co-headlining this leg of the tour with Flyleaf, and will continue later on with Fozzy for their European stint.

Fellow Texan, Jasen Moreno, has taken over lead vocals for the band after McCombs decided to rejoin Soil on their European tour. Jasen is the fourth singer the band has had in the last ten years. Not an easy task for a band to overcome once, let alone 4 times. Jasen has taken on the task with full force, and the crowd was definitely receptive to the new singer and having a blast. Drowning Pool is one of the hardest working and underestimated bands.. These guys know how to put on a great show, and they are extremely interactive with their fans. I’ve been to a lot of concerts but I have rarely seen well-known rockers hanging out and selling their own merchandise. C.J. Pierce was selling merch and thanking people for their support and signing away right up until it was time for him to get his ass up on the stage.

If you haven’t seen these guys live, then you need to put them on your bucket list, and be sure to stop by the merch table, you never know who you might run into.

Check out their latest video for “Saturday Night”; watch?v=Yz7LjDkt33g

http://drowningpool.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/drowningpool?fref=ts

Special shout out to C.J. for helping me out with the last minute photo pass. You rock!

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Flyleaf @ Saint Andrew’s Hall Detroit 3/9/13 (Photos & Review)

By Tracy Mailhiot (Tink)

I recently had the pleasure to check out Flyleaf performing at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. I have been a Flyleaf fan for a few years, and personally i’m always a little concerned or apprehensive when the lead singer of a band is replaced. Lacy Strum stepped down as the lead singer of Flyleaf due to personal reasons in October 2012, shortly before the release of their third studio album entitled, ‘New Horizons”.

Kristen May has been hired on as the lead singer for Flyleaf, and beautifully so. She has a wonderful stage presence with lots of energy and incredibly strong vocals. Kristen is a fantastic fit for the band, and it was a pleasure seeing them on tour again. Flyleaf not disappoint with a lengthy 18 set song list. They are currently co-headlining the tour with Drowning Pool.

http://site.flyleafmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/flyleafmusic?fref=ts

Current members
  • Sameer Bhattacharya – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • Jared Hartmann – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
  • Pat Seals – bass, backing vocals (2002–present)
  • James Culpepper – drums, percussion (2002–present)
  • Kristen May – lead vocals (2012–present)

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Coheed and Cambria @ the Filmore Detroit 02/08/13 (Photos, Setlist & Review)

By Tracy Mailhiot

I had the pleasure of photographing Coheed and Cambria at The Filmore for their stop in Detroit. The band played to a full house of appreciative fans.

Coheed and Cambria are touring in order to promote their latest release and double length album.  Part one, The Aftermath: Ascension was released on October 8, 2012 and the second part, The Aftermath:Descension,  wasreleased on February 5, 2013. Signed copies of both releases where available at the merch table.

Did you know?

All of Coheed and Cambria’s albums are concept albums that tell a science fiction story line called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, which has been transcribed into a series of comic books, as well as a full length novel. The band has released six studio albums, three live albums and several special-edition releases. Claudio announced at San Diego Comic Con that Entourage producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson will develop his comic book series The Amory Wars,  into a full-length live action film.

Coheed and Cambria is:

Check out their website for a full list of tour dates:

http://www.coheedandcambria.com/news/

 SETLIST

  1. Pretelethal
  2. Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
  3. A Favor House Atlantic
  4. Goodnight, Fair Lady
  5. No World for Tomorrow
  6. The Crowing
    (With “Delirium Trigger” tease)
  7. Key Entity Extraction III: Vic the Butcher
  8. Key Entity Extraction IV: Evagria the Faithful
  9. The Afterman
  10. Here We Are Juggernaut
  11. Dark Side of Me
  12. In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
     Encore:
  13. Wake Up
  14. The Hollow
  15. Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute
  16. Welcome Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billy Talent @ St. Andrews’s Hall 12/1/12 (Photos & Setlist)

By Tracy Mailhiot

Canadian rockers Billy Talent are currently on the road in support of their latest album, Dead Silence, which is their fourth studio album and the first to be produced by the band’s guitarist Ian D’sa.

Billy Talent did not disappoint with their 19 song set. The crowd enthusiastically sang along to every song, including the newest releases. Crowd surfers constantly skimmed the surface of the mob beneath them while the security guys scrambled to control the scene.

Be sure to check out the band’s website to find a show near you:

http://www.billytalent.com/
http://www.myspace.com/billytalent
http://www.twitter.com/billytalentband
http://www.facebook.com/billytalent/

  • Benjamin Kowalewicz – lead vocals (1993–present)
  • Ian D’Sa – lead guitar, vocals (1993–present)
  • Jonathan Gallant – bass guitar, backing vocals (1993–present)
  • Aaron Solowoniuk – drums, percussion (1993–present)
SET LIST
Lonely Road to Absolution
Viking Death March
Devil in a Midnight Mass
This Suffering
Line & Sinker
Love Was Still Around
Rusted From the Rain
Saint Veronika
Surrender
Runnin’ Across the Tracks
Diamond on a Landmine
Man Alive!
Cure for the Enemy
This is How it Goes
Try Honesty
Devil on My Shoulder
ENCORE
Fallen Leaves
Surprise Surprise
Red Flag

 

 

RAMMSTEIN SETS THE PALACE ON FIRE 5/6/12 (Concert Review & Photos)

Rammstein (translates into “Ramming Stone”) was formed in 1994, originating in Berlin, Germany. Their music has been described as industrial metal and the majority of their songs are still performed in German. They have sold over 15 million records worldwide and Rammstein still consists of all the original band members. The bands live performances are infamous for their pyrotechnic theatrics, setting almost the entire stage ablaze along with each other on occasion. The band members have previously stated in other interviews that the reason behind putting on such a huge stage performance is due to the fact that the majority of their fans cannot understand the lyrics. So they felt the need to do something dramatic to keep the crowd entertained. They succeeded. Not being too familiar with Rammstein myself, I was intrigued to see them live for the first time. Absolutely amazing! They obviously have a following of devout fans that continue to support their worldwide success.If you consider yourself concert enthusiast in any way, Rammstein is a must add to your bucket list. If you decide to get anywhere near the stage, be prepared to feel some serious heat.
• Till Lindemann – lead vocals
• Richard Z. Kruspe – guitar, backing vocals
• Paul H. Landers – guitar, backing vocals
• Oliver “Ollie” Riedel – bass guitar
• Christoph “Doom” Schneider – drums, percussion
• Christian “Flake” Lorenz – keyboards, samples

http://www.rammstein.de

Steel Panther Rocks Royal Oak 4/26/12 (Review, Setlist, Photos)

Members:
• Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
• Satchel (Russ Parrish) – rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
• Lexxi Foxxx (Travis Haley) – bass, backing vocals
• Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) – drums, percussion, backing vocals

http://www.steelpantherrocks.com
twitter.com/#!/steel_panther

Steel Panther rocked the house in Royal Oak last Thursday night to a sold-out audience. Hailing from Los Angeles, California and reminiscent of the 80’s hair bands like the early years of Motley Crue and Poison, Steel Panther puts on a great performance. With their flamboyant personas, sequined spandex, big hair and lots of make up these guys are here to entertain and have a blast doing so.

The band is currently on tour to promote their latest album titled, “Balls Out” which was released in Oct, 2011. If you were an 80’s hair band fan you absolutely must see these guys in action!

SETLIST

  1. In The Future
  2. Tomorrow Night
  3. Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)
  4. Supersonic Sex Machine
  5. Asian Hooker
  6. Just Like Tiger Woods
  7. Guitar Solo
  8. Community Property
  9. Gold-Digging Whore
  10. It Won’t Suck Itself
  11. Girl from Oklahoma
  12. Party All Day (Fuck All Night)
  13. Turn Out the Lights
  14. Death to All but Metal
     Encore:
  15. Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’
  16. 17 Girls In A Row