An Evening With Sevendust
El Corazon 4-18-14
Sevendust put on an amazing acoustic performance for the sold-out crowd at El Corazon. The place was packed from the beginning & they stayed until the lights were turned on at the end. The band is on tour promoting their latest release “Time Travelers & Bon Fires”, an acoustic album full of Sevendust favorites and a few new ones. The album can be found on several sites including iTunes & Best Buy and can be streamed thru GuitarWorld on Soundcloud here: http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-exclusive-stream-sevendust-time-travelers-and-bonfires-premiere
They played a 16 song set an a stage filled with ambient light from candles and led lights decorating Lajons’ mic stand. There was no lack of sound or emotion from the band, or enthusiasm from the crowd, though. Let me tell ya! With the tiny venue and no barricade, the stage was like they were playing in your living room. The band stopped & just about had a conversation with the audience between almost every song, and when they sang, the crowd was screaming right along. At one point the crowd had gotten too rowdy & drunk fighting had begun, so they decided it was time to maybe play something happy. They made up a “No fighting, please” little ditty that was soon joined in by the rest of the band playing along and the audience sang along to that, too!
They played eleven songs, twelve if you include “No fighting”, took a break, & came back for six more songs including a killer cover of “Hurt”. They ended the show with an emotional explanation of how “Angel Son” was recorded & the meaning behind it, and finished with “Black”.
Local band, Jaded Mary, played their own acoustic set immediately following the end of the show for an after-party in the front lounge. Many music lovers stayed to listen to their show too… And a good time was had by all!
Bryan Ferry brought his tour to Seattle to showcase his career in music. What a career it’s been too! Spanning a 40 year career he had plenty of material to draw from. Hit songs from both his Roxy Music days and a celebrated solo career were all on display.
Looking dapper as always, Bryan crooned and played the keys as he was backed by a talented band and a couple of back up singers.
With so many songs to churn through he didn’t stop to talk much and when he did what he had to say was brief. Acknowledging the crowds enthusiasm and singing along. His voice may not be as strong as it once was but there were magic moments when Ferry’s crooning was on par with his early years.
Who knows if we’ll see Bryan Ferry pass through this way again. If not this was a fine was to pay homage to an enduring talent who has an enduring appeal!
More photos can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769831946374471.1073741844.190708867620118&type=3
Written by Darrell Fortune
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The Toadies Rubberneck Tour
El Corazon 3-26-14
It’s been 20 years since the release of the Toadies Rubberneck album and they threw a tour to celebrate! And to make things even more fun, they brought along Battleme and The Supersuckers!
Battleme , originally out of Austin, TX now considers Portland, OR home. This “slacker-pop” band consists of Matt Dee (Guitar, Noise, Vox), Chad Savage (bass, Vox), JJ Eliot (Guitar, Vox), and Pauli Pulvirite (Drums). They have also just released their latest album, Future Runs Magnetic, on March 11th. Check out their website for band info, the official video “Just Weight”, and ordering info. http://battleme.tv
Supersuckers, now that’s a band that knows how to tear it up! By now El Corazon was packed & the crowd was raring to go. They are after all, “the greatest rock & roll band in the world” as explained by lead singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti. He went on to tell us how he knew this, which was due to their consistent “hit, after unrecognized hit, after unrecognized hit!” Check out their brand new record “Get The Hell”, watch the video, & learn more cool Supersuckers stuff on their website! http://www.supersuckers.com./
It was finally time for the Toadies! They came on loud & fast and didn’t let up, the crowd loved it!! Being the 20th anniversary of Rubberneck, that’s what they played, the whole album. Plus a couple extras!
Now here’s where you might be thinking (when you hit the gallery link below) “Hmm, they were the headliners, but there’s the fewest photos of them. WTH?” Well let me tell ya, WTH… The super packed crowd went fucking nuts from the moment they set foot on stage! As awesome as it was, it was nearly impossible to shoot and defend camera gear, and myself for that matter, so I kinda gave up! I was in the front & just decided to go with the flow, especially since 2nd song was Possum Kingdom, there was no chance of any clear shots. So I did what any self respecting live music fan would do, and just jumped & sang along too!
After that, I decided it was time to modify & adapt. I somehow managed to get out of there & to the lobby. Which is where I regrouped, changed lenses, made SURE gear was secure & went back in! This time I my strategy was shoot from the back. Still, there were just so many people having a party of their lives, to get many clear shots. I really appreciated, and would like to thank the Battleme guys for letting me stand in their merch booth!
The whole show was awesome, all three bands. And a rip-roarin’ good time was had by ALL! Don’t forget to check out the Toadies at http://thetoadies.com
Revolver Magazines’ Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour
Studio 7, 3-15-14
Last Saturday night at Studio 7, there was some hot-chick metal going on! There were bands with strong female presence all night long, with touring bands Cilver, Eyes Set to Kill, Lacuna Coil, & Sick Puppies. Opening the evening was Seattles own Amanda Hardy Band, who had won the spot a month earlier in a battle of the bands.
Studio Seven was full at the beginning & was a packed house by the time Lacuna Coil hit the stage. For those who missed out on Amanda Hardy, Cilver & Eyes Set To Kill, I’m sorry. They really put on an impressive rock show, complete with Cilvers’ front-chick Uliana, ending the set by crowd surfing from the stage to the merch table!
For more info and links for each of these bands go to Revolvers’ page: http://hottestchickstour.com/bands/
And don’t miss out on The Amanda Hardy Bands’ CD Release Show coming Friday, March 28th at Louie G’s in Fife! All show details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410130715908764/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Full photo gallery from Studio Sevens show: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.758647634159569.1073741842.190708867620118&type=3Read More
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