On April 26, 2018, the long awaited arrival of Judas Priest in Tulsa had come to an end. Joined by Black Star Riders and Saxon heavy metal was once again alive and well in Tulsa.
Opening the night was Black Star Riders fronted by Irishman Ricky Warwick. Clad in leather and bandanas he has taken on quite a different look. Led by guitarist Scott Gorham who originally joined the band (Thin Lizzy) in 1974, he surrounds himself with stellar musicians in Damon Johnson and Robbie Crane. They are dedicated to their new music and chose to only perform one Thin Lizzy song, Jailbreak. The set was rocking from beginning to end and Black Star Riders are easily ready to headline their own show.
The second opener of the night was the British band Saxon. Also formed in the 1970’s they were hailed as one of the leaders of new wave heavy metal. Vocalist Bif Byford has held on to his metal persona. His long hair, now white, played no hindrance in his ability to helicopter his head around while the white locks went flying. His sidekick and only other original member guitarist Paul Quinn was reserved but impressive. Shredding like he was still in his prime, he was a major character in the set.
After a short break and mishap with the stage curtain, Judas Priest was ready to roll. With yellow and red hues setting the stage, the incomparable Rob Halford stepped out. Beginning the night with their single “Firepower”, which also carries the name of the 2018 album, metal heads everywhere roared. Dressed in a gold jacket, gold pants and sunglasses he wailed his way through the number. Bold and formidable it was the perfect introduction to his fans. They continued through the 16 song set with additional tracks from the newest release including “Lightning Strike,” and “Evil Never Dies,” which are listed back to back on the album. The current material echo’s vintage Priest and has resuscitated the metal world.
The classics were plentiful. Selections like “Turbo Lover,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin,” and “Painkiller” are always sure to please but a surprise in “Electric Eye” kept the audience engaged. As “Electric Eye” began to wind down, Halford disappeared. Suddenly, the grinding of a motorcycle radiated through the speakers. He re-emerged riding his beloved Harley as the band broke out into “Hell Bent For Leather.” The crowd went wild. The song wrapped, and he stood from his bike. He asked the audience “What do you want?” as the words “Painkiller” flashed on the screen. The response was deafening. After confirming they did in fact want the 1990 hit he cued his band to bring it loud. And they delivered.
With the exit of Glenn Tipton, people have wondered how the band would carry on and exactly how Tipton may be. The latter was answered during the encore as “Breaking The Law” initiated and the famed guitarist graced the stage. The wave of emotion that came over the crowd was touching. The welcomed him as warmly as metal heads know how, with thunderous applause. He led the band through the final 3 numbers that also included “Metal Gods,” and “Living After Midnight.” Slow, but steady he joined Halford for some choreographed moves at center stage and interacted with the audience continuously. No other ending could have brought the same effect. The surprise was a success.
Joined with 2 guitarists, Morissette took a stripped down, more gentle approach to her set. 16 songs, all acoustic still had the same impact a full band would have. The power that is her voice stands isolated in her performance. Known for her mezzo-soprano range and unique articulation, the impossible has happened. She has enriched with age.
Through anecdotes of love, sadness, hurt, and babies she took her crowd on the journey she as been on for decades. The stories behind, “Rest,” “You Learn,” “Head Over Feet,” and “Ironic” gave an insight to her thoughts and mind set while creating the masterpieces. One of the most comedic stories was for “So Unsexy.” She explained, “I’ve never been a fan of tracks and in order to hit certain notes, you just have to look unsexy!”
The most dominant of the acoustic tracks was one of the closers “You Oughta Know.” The emotion that has always been associated with this song did not lack here. The raw anger and pain that first defined the hit was felt in her delivery. The audience allowed her to consume them.
Alanis Morissette will be touring the US through spring and will begin an overseas tour in June. Time is of the essence. The time is now.
Along with Simmons, Raelyn Nelson (Willie’s talented granddaughter) and Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper’s Band) spent time on the stage with some of the normal weekly characters such as Greg Mangus, Matt Farley, Danilo Lopez.
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Bringing their acoustic show to The Joint at Hard Rock Tulsa on October 8, 2017 Richard Marx and Rick Springfield lite up a Sunday night in a laid back, casual atmosphere.
As Richard Marx put it, “tonight you get two Dicks. I’ve always thought, if you have more than one dick, it’s better to be the first dick! So here I am!” As he continued through the set with comical one liners, stories from his past, loving stories of his children and a devilish smile that can still melt the hearts of women everywhere, he proved he is a one man show. His guitars, his voice, his classics and standing solo is all he needed to keep the crowd completely entertained. The absence of a full band was not even present.
After a brief intermission, Rick Springfield gingerly took the stage to a welcoming crowd. He explained he would not be playing guitar as he had pulled some tendons in arm and was joined by on stage by a band member who took up acoustic duties. Performing a short set of classics, he displayed his emotional side with stories of his parents and inspiration for songs like “My Father’s Chair.” With both now gone, it’s obvious his affection for them is abundant still. With lots of energy and prestine tambourine skills, he delivered an overall jovial, solid performance.
A very intimate show, a very reminiscent night.
01. War You Started
02. Wake Up (Enemy)
03. Hurt Me
05. All Around The World
06. Number One
07. Stand Up
08. Say Go
09. Before You Burn
11. Slow It Down
12. So Wrong (Lay You To Rest)
Tuesday night is not the normal wild rock and roll night out in the small Tennessee town of Clarksville. It’s not every night that The Warehouse hosts Gemini Syndrome and Fozzy. On this Tuesday night, The Warehouse was full of rock enthusiasts waiting to hear two of the best bands on the scene today.
I missed the two opening bands but got to see the set for Gemini Syndrome being setup and the anticipation running through the crowd. Gemini Syndrome – Aaron Nordstrom (vocals), Brian Steele Medina (drums), Alessandro Paveri (bass), Daniel Sahagun (guitar), and newest member Miguel Rascon (guitars) – took the stage to a roaring approval of the crowd. They are touring in support of their recently released sophomore release “Memento Mori”. Gemini Syndrome opened the show with crowd favorite “Pleasure and Pain” followed by “resurrection” and “Zealot”. The audience we crowding the stage jumping and singing from the first note unit the house lights came one. Aaron was hitting all the notes and his voice was in top form. Brian Steele Medina was destroying the drums as he always does and along with Alessandro Paveri, they held a thunderous but steady backbone all night. Gemini Syndrome is one of the most popular live bands in the world. They create great music and put on a one of a kind live show.
After Gemini Syndrome left the stage it gave the crowd the opportunity to go get a few more beers and get ready for the headliner, Fozzy. Front man and WWE legend Chris Jericho brought the fans to a wild frenzy again with their latest single title of their album being released next month, “Judas”. Joining vocalist Jericho in Fozzy is co-founder and lead guitarist Rich Ward, Frank Fontsere on drums, Billy Grey on rhythm guitar, and Paul Di Leo on bass. Fozzy performed a long set, to the enjoyment of the fans, and played such hits as “Sin and Bones”, “To Kill a Stranger”, to name a couple.
The fans that made their way to The Warehouse this Tuesday night was rewarded with some great music and two bands that are great at what they do. I left The Warehouse heading out on a road trip to Colorado but I had ot stop by the merch table and say “Hi” to the guys and pick me up a copy of the new Genini Syndrome album to list to on the ride. You should do that same.