AXS TV’S THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS – DEF LEPPARD TRIBUTE “PYROMANIA” LIVE FROM THE WHISKY-A-GO-GO 9/16/2014

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Katie Daryl and a bunch of hard rock/ metal fans gathered for the second week of Season 4’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands for Def Leppard Tribute Band PYROMANIA’s performance live on AXS TV at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on September 16.   It resulted in a rocking good time.

Def Leppard has been writing catchy tunes for over 30 years and, like very few bands, year after year, have managed to remain a huge draw in concert and retain and earn a new fan base along the way.   A resurgence in and acceptance of hard rock and metal can somewhat be attributed to new TV shows and movies covering popular 80s and 90s music.    What’s better than a cover?  A tribute.

Just over 2 years ago, Def Leppard played a free Wednesday afternoon concert on the Strip for YouTube and to promote a certain movie that was based on the Sunset Strip.  That was a very special show and it was a privilege to be there – especially at the mid-afternoon after party, which still left some time to go to a happy hour afterwards. 

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Fast forward to 2014.  Pyromania has been together for an astounding 12 years.  They played a relatively early and free show on the Strip on AXS TV on a Tuesday evening during the Sunset Strip Music Festival week.  All very fitting.

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On an all-too sunny and warm late afternoon, the Whisky quickly filled up with rock and metal fans for the show.

There was a lot of build-up with this show, as Def Leppard actually posted information about the show on their social media outlets. 

Lead singer Michael O’Mara also fronted True 2 Crue with their AXS tribute last season to Motley Crue.   Sharing guitar duties are Neal Shelton and John, with Patrick McGrath on bass and “Thunder” Bob Duda on drums.

Their former bass player, Andrew Freeman actually plays in a DIO Tribute band with Vivian Campbell from Def Leppard/ DIO, so there’s a solid connection there.

Rewind 31 years.  If you remember the release of Def Leppard’s Pyromania in 1983, it was literally flying off shelves in cassette format.   Along with everyone buying up the Union Jack merchandise to show they were a fan, many boom box batteries were wasted in rewinding the Pyromania cassette tape over and over to hear the big hits – “Photograph”, “Foolin’” and “ROCK OF AGES”.

Over the PA system, selections were played from AXS TV’S World’s Great Tribute Bands Series – there are 6 full releases already from the 4 seasons of participating bands.

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The band started off with “LET’S GET ROCKED” and then kicked into “PHOTOGRAPH”.   The place was rocking.   The hits just kept coming with “LOVE BITES”, “ROCK OF AGES”, “ARMAGEDDON IT” and “FOOLIN’” before Katie Daryl took the show to a commercial break.

The second part of the show rocked with “Rocket”, “Hysteria”, “Animal” and rounded out the telecast with the wildly- popular “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME”.   The live audience then enjoyed a few hits off High-N-Dry before going out and taking pictures with fans in front of the venue.

The consensus was that the band nailed it – the singing, the harmonies, the stage presence, and musicianship.  What a fun, exciting show.  The Whisky definitely got “rocked”.   Many metal fans were taken back their youths when they sat around waiting for Def Leppard videos on TV or their songs to be played on the radio so we could tape them (…speaking from personal experience here).   

JIM LOTT PICTURES (where indicated)

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FOLLOWING PICTURES CONTRIBUTED BY JOE DOLAN

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SET LIST:

LET’S GET ROCKED

PHOTOGRAPH

LOVE BITES

ROCK OF AGES

ARMAGEDDON IT

FOOLIN’

-COMMERCIAL BREAK-

ROCKET

HYSTERIA

ANIMAL

POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

2 SONG ENCORE FOR THE WHISKY (selections from High N Dry)

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Michael O’ Mara with True2Crue band mate Larry Cornwall.

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PYROMANI posing with upcoming Ozzy/ Black Sabbath tribute OZZMANIA (their shows takes place the weeks of Halloween – scroll down for free tickets).

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FAN REACTIONS OR THE SHOW VIA YOUTELLCONCERTS:

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And, lo and behold, here’s Lorn from YTC at the Def Leppard show reviewing fans a few years ago:

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FREE TICKETS TO AXS TV’S THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS series LIVE from THE WHISKY: 

www.greatesttributebands.eventbrite.com

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands vol. 6 on itTunes

https://www.songkick.com/posters/12843353

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/21570948-pyromania-at-whisky-a-go-go

AXS TV’S THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS – DEF LEPPARD TRIBUTE “PYROMANIA” LIVE FROM THE WHISKY-A-GO-GO SEPTEMBER 16 – FREE TICKETS AND SHOW INFORMATION

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The World's Greatest Tribute Bands on AXS TV

Join Katie Daryl and a bunch of hard rock/ metal fans for the second week of Season 4’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands as Def Leppard Tribute Band PYROMANIA performs live on AXS TV at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on September 16.  

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands A Tribute to Def Leppard by PYROMANIA

LIVE at the Whisky A Go Go and on AXS TV.

Doors at 6pm Show at 7pm sharp

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FREE TICKETS TO THE SHOW (and the rest of the WGTB series): 

www.greatesttributebands.eventbrite.com

PYROMANIA ON TWITTER

PYROMANIA on FB

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands vol. 6 on itTunes

https://www.songkick.com/posters/12843353

https://www.songkick.com/concerts/21570948-pyromania-at-whisky-a-go-go

1st Annual Rock N’ Roll Art Jam To Take Place at The Whisky A Go Go 10/13/2014

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LAAA Member Travis Moore is pleased to announce an open call to all LA artists and for a music-themed art concert concept event – the first annual Art Jam!

Art Jam 2014 is Monday, October 13th at The Whisky a Go Go on the World Famous Sunset Strip

The event at The Whisky a Go Go will begin with VIP admission and reception at 7pm and general admission doors at 8pm.
Deadline for electronic submissions is Friday, October 3rd, 2014.

Art Jam-Preserving the integral connection between music and visual art, for future generations of artists to be inspired and to create!
This one night event is an Art Concert Concept that showcases the relationship between music and visual art.  It is designed to promote new artists and their work through an exhibition of music inspired pieces, coupled with live art being created and live music being played.  

This is a huge opportunity for all artists involved to exhibit and sell their work in a venue expressly designed to create sales for the artists. The event will draw an art-minded and music-inspired crowd that is excited to participate and to purchase.

The Art Jam Show is a one night exhibition and will consist of music inspired pieces in any medium, from both known and underground LA area artists.   All artists in the LA area will be encouraged to participate, especially the local university and high school artists.  The sales of all artwork will be a 50-50 split, and no fee to exhibit their work, if they are either a high school student or a member of LAAA.   College and local working artists will be charged $20 and $30 respectfully for participation.

Followed by live entertainment beginning at 10PM, with the event ending at midnight and the after party and buyers reception beginning at the Rainbow Bar & Grill until the establishment closes.

Please send a brief description and or resume with photos of the artwork submitted to:
travis@paintingsbytravis.com     If any LAAA members are interested in participating,  please denote it on your submissions.

Any questions regarding Art Jam, call 310-623-7881   Leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned and questions answered.

Notification of confirmation of participation will be issued via email by Monday, October 5th, 5 pm and will include additional information about Art Jam including details and possible rewards as a participating artist.

Kink to contribute to the event:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2031216761/art-jam-preserve-the-integral-connection-between-a?ref=discovery

In addition, a portion of the revenue from the show will finance our Art Jam Lecture Series, which is also looking to include artists and musicians from the Los Angeles Area.

The Music featured at Art Jam will be from a variety on genres, showcasing the many talents of those playing live during the event, and consist of as many local new undiscovered acts as possible to allow a greater appreciation of, and additional exposure for, all of those contributing musically to Art Jam!

The Art Jam Lecture Series will consist of multiple artists delivering “real world” advice to students on both the High School and collegiate level, surrounding the prerequisites for, and the requirements of, a career in Fine Art. It will offer the aspiring artists the opportunity to discuss important topics regarding a profitable career in art, with professional artists that are having success currently and have already “fought the fights” and have the experience and advice artists truly need.

All-Star Benefit Concert For St Jude’s Hospital with Alice Cooper, Alex Lifeson, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Thayer and Many More- Moorpark Country Club September 22, 2014

Scott Medlock – Robby Krieger Invitational & All-Star Concert for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

This year’s concert features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists including Robby Krieger (The Doors), Alex Lifeson (RUSH), Alice Cooper, Tommy Thayer (KISS), Danny Seraphine (Chicago/CTA), David Sikes (Boston), Lita Ford, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Sebastian Bach, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Jonny Lang, legendary bass player Phil Chen, Manzarek Krieger and Wild Child vocalist Dave Brock, young blues guitar phenom Ray Goren and other rumored surprise guests.

Tickets at  http://TheMedlockKrieger.com

Last year’s concert was an incredible production with a lot of great entertainment and it raised a lot of money for a great cause.