TRIBUTES TO MOTLEY CRUE, IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE/ BLACK SABBATH, AC/DC and U2.
Larry recently underwent heart surgery and Alice sent him this video message:
Join the host of AXS TV’S The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands Katie Daryl as alumni from all four seasons of AXS TV’s THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS get together at the GAS LAMP LONG BEACH – the show’s proceeds are to assist Larry Cornwall with his mounting medical bills so he can keep on rocking!!
by NATALIA BRITT
This year, The Whisky has seen its share of iconic musicians performing on its stage for the first time, and, despite being one of the most notable heavy metal bands of their time, Winger somehow had yet to appear at The Whisky before this show.
Excited fans were gathered at the corner of Sunset and Clark way before the venue doors opened. By the time The Whisky finally started letting ticketholders in, there was a massive crowd in front of the building –- a real indication of how memorable the show was going to be.
San Francisco based rock band Evolution Eden kicked the night off, followed by the talented Madysin Hatter, who had also opened for Tom Keifer (whose band includes original Winger keyboardist/guitarist Paul Taylor) just a few weeks ago on the very same stage. Hammering Process then took the stage with some Southern rock riffs and another rock band from northern California, State Line Empire, was the last warm up act prior to Winger’s performance.
Just a few minutes before midnight, Winger finally took the stage opening up with the opening track Midnight Driver of a Love Machine from their new album Better Days Comin’. Then taking the crowd back in time, they raged through Easy Come Easy Go, Hungry, and Pull Me Under.
Energetic, fit, and looking like they were definitely having lots of fun, the members of Winger (which included the aforementioned original keyboardist/guitarist Paul Taylor) made many in attendance think that some type of time warp occurred, as the band members and the music really seem to have passed or even forgone the test of time.
The crowd exploded right at the first song when John Roth and Reb Beach showcased their guitar skills. While Roth had a few acrobatic tricks to demonstrate with his guitar, Beach pleased the fans with an extended guitar solo. As the band went through Stone Cold Killer and Rat Race, drum legend Rod Morgenstein also had his turn to exhibit his skills, while crafting an extremely passionate drum solo.
Taking a detour from the pounding rhythm of the show, the band performed beautiful versions of their hits Miles Away and Headed for a Heartbreak.
Video from the Whisky a Go Go on Twitter:
After playing Tin Soldier from the new album, Winger played three more of their classic songs – Can’t Get Enuff, Madalaine (which was followed by a fantastic guitar solo by Reb Beach), and the iconic Seventeen, which was a real high point of the show.
After Seventeen, Kip Winger took a break to look for a bass player in the audience. After a fan made his way to the stage, he proudly declared “My favorite band of all time is Van Halen.” The band then ripped through Van Halen’s Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love, which fired up the crowd one last time before closing a very memorable show.
Kip Winger: lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, acoustic guitar.
Reb Beach: lead and rhythm guitar, harmonica(live)
Rod Morgenstein: drums, percussion
John Roth: rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards
Paul Taylor: keyboards and guitars
Los Angeles based FARMIKOS, the new band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE and DAVID LEE ROTH guitarist JOE HOLMES and vocalist ROBBIE LOCKE, has thus far released nine digital singles showcasing the band’s sound and has announced the completion of the forthcoming debut CD in physical format.
The songs feature guest contributions by Holmes’ former Ozzy band mate, bassist ROBERT TRUJILLO (METALLICA/ INFECTIOUS GROOVES/ MASS MENTAL), drummer BROOKS WACKERMAN (BAD RELIGION) and KEN SCHALK (CANDIRA/ MASS MENTAL), as well as BENJIE WEBBIE (SKINDRED, MASS MENTAL).
Holmes and Locke seek to build a competent lineup with the best fitting players possible in preparation for live performances.
The group seeks motivated people who fit the dynamic and chemistry of the band’s recordings with the playing ability level of the album contributors. Prospective members must be available to travel to and stay in the Los Angeles area during necessary rehearsals in preparation for live performances and additional recording sessions. Vocal support would also be a major plus. Those who are confident they meet the above requirements are encouraged to submit demos, along with biographical and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the anticipated volume of inquiries, each submission will be reviewed and those selected for further consideration will be contacted directly. Actual auditions of the identified, selected prospects will be held in Los Angeles at designated times and places via invitation only.
With 9 songs currently issued for digital purchase/download and the entire album complete, the collection of tracks will result in a full-length debut album and is currently being readied for a release in physical CD format.
Holmes states, “We’ve been thinking long and hard about the best way put our music out. Rather than going the conventional route and putting out an album, we are releasing the first four tunes digitally and we plan on making additional singles available at regular intervals. We want people to experience our music as we create it instead of holding it to release all at once. We’re excited because this approach allows our audience to grow with us.” The available singles are getting national radio airplay with great response by numerous media outlets and fans alike.”
5 Song Farmikos Sampler:
FARMIKOS track listing (in order of digital release):
02. Kings Of Dust
05. Spoon And Sun – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/461916/
07. I Was Them – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-was-them-single/id925866025
08. Fragile – YouTube
09. Ascension – YouTube
10. Facing East (unreleased/ TBA)
Farmikos Website: www.farmikos.com
All metal shows should be this great. Arch Enemy truly is a fantastic metal band.
The show at the House of Blues on National Metal Day (11/11) rocked throughout with serious musicianship and killer tunes.
Alissa White-Gluz is an incredibly powerful lead vocalist with a dominating, take-no-prisoners vocal style.
Paired perfectly with music that matches her aggressive, intense and awesome vocal style, there aren’t too many bands out there that come close to their live show for a true metal experience. Arch Enemy are super heroes of heavy metal.
This show easily warrants a trip to Anaheim later today to see them play again.