Concert Review: Ballyhoo! at World Cafe Live

(PCM) Amazing reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! played an incredible set during their recent tour stop in Philadelphia, PA at World Cafe Live. The band is currently on a national tour with California reggae outfit Tribal Seeds.  The tour featuring this two incredible band’s could not have been a more perfect pairing.

Ballyhoo! always appear as if they are having the time of their lives on stage. After catching the band in a variety of different venues, not matter how big or small the show Ballyhoo! get it their all on stage and everyone has a great time. The band played a set the consisted of songs that spanned their catalog with some colorful quips and commentary thrown in-between.

Ballyhoo! have been true road warriors this year kicking off the summer performing on 311’s Five-Day Caribbean Cruise and at Bamboozle Festival, with headliners the Foo Fighters and Bon Jovi. Then just prior to the tour with Tribal Seeds they wrapped up their first full-run of the Van’s Warped Tour! Ballyhoo! are currently touring behind their highly acclaimed album “Daydreams” released last fall on LAW Records. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #4 on Amazon.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke caught up with Ballyhoo! prior to their set to chat about the band’s upcoming touring plans, unusual road stories, and more. Watch the full interview below:

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Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler / www.kenschulerphotography.com

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Concert Recap: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators

(PCM) SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators recently performed at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City bringing a long Foxy Shazam to round out the evenings bill. PCM photographer David Turcotte was on hand to bring you some amazing images from the show.

The current tour is in support of SLASH’s second solo studio album Apocalyptic Love, which stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4!  In addition to the album’s incredible chart position, SLASH also  received his first-ever #1 Active Rock radio hit with the album’s  explosive first single “You’re A Lie.”

SLASH never disappoints performing live and while the set list from this current tour does not vary too much from past solo runs, it never gets old watching SLASH’s full power and control over his instrument. The man is a true guitar god in every sense of the word. The current set list includes a few more cuts off the new album , Apocalyptic Love , and crowd pleasing Guns N’ Roses tunes such as “Civil War”, “Night Train” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.  The set was closed out with the single “You’re A Lie” followed by famed Velvet Revolver tune “Slither” and the evenings encore consisted of  Guns N’ Roses’ classics “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Paradise City”.

SLASH and the rest of the band, especially vocalist Myles Kennedy looked and sounded absolutely fantastic. Myles along with bassist Todd Kerns did a perfect job hitting the high’s and lows’ vocally on the Guns N” Roses songs and the band overall provides the complete package for an absolutely rocking show!

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Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography: David Turcotte

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Concert Review: KISS And Motley Crue "The Tour 2012"

The Tour 2012 was the ultimate dream tour that fans of both KISS and Motley Crue have been waiting on for years! I had the recent opportunity to be in the midst of the madness when The Tour 2012 blasted into the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.

The evening got off to a fantastic start with tour openers The Treatment out of Cambridge, U.K., who did a fantastic job of getting the show off to a rocking start. The Treatment’s stage performance was fantastic, despite that fact that people were still beginning to trickle into the venue during their time on stage. The band played their hearts out and displayed a ton of youthful energy and spirit. The Treatment are a true reflection of definition of no frills, down and dirty rock n’ roll, something that can be lacking in a lot of other young bands. The band is touring behind their latest album release “This Might Hurt” and certainly seem to have more and more big things in store.

I had a chance to catch up with The Treatment via phone to discuss opening up for The Tour 2012, plans for after and details about their music. Listen to our interview below:

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After being blown away by The Treatment, it was still apparent that the best was yet to come!  The “Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” Motley Crue took to the stage in a fantastically theatrical fashion. A large countdown clock appeared on the industrial themed stage and began timing down the minutes till the performance began. Finally, the alarm bells rang out and from the back of the venue a procession began with scantily clad back-up dancers/singers were carried up the aisles of the venue on the shoulders of Motley Crue roadies who seemed to be dressed to represent each era of the band’s progression.  The girls carried flags bearing an “MC” and the procession led all the way up to the flame-lit stage during which Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars have now appeared.

The band’s 90 minute set was everything you would expect from a Crue concert and then some!  They opened up their set with “Saints Of Los Angeles” before plowing into crowd pleasers such as “Wild Side”, “Shout At The Devil” and “Same Ol’ Situation”. Always a bit tongue in cheek, the band’s newest single “Sex” was included in the set featuring strippers grinding on stage to the song and water cannons blasting the audience in the front-rows. Motley Crue really pulled out no stops with their stage presentation on this tour. You had aerialists swinging from the rafters, amazing lighting effects, pyrotechnics, strippers pulling double duty as back-up singers and of course the four incredible musicians on stage.

The band launched into their famous ballad “Home Sweet Home” about mid-set, during which the venue was a sea of laser lighting effects and lighters held high in the air, before showcasing an incredible drum and guitar solos from both Tommy Lee and Mick Mars respectively. During Tommy’s drum solo, his kit becomes a roller coaster loop spinning him upside down and back again much to the thrill of the crowd. It is truly enthralling to watch! No less enthralling however is watching guitarist Mick Mars masterful shredding; the man is truly a legendary guitarist.

After the amazing showcase of solos, the band launched into my personal favorite Crue song “Primal Scream” before bringing their set to a high-octane close with solids hits “Dr. Feelgood”, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and ending on an explosive note with “Kickstart My Heart”.

 

If Motley Crue didn’t give the crowd a pure adrenaline rush, it was now time for KISS the self-proclaimed “Hottest Band On Earth” to hit the stage. KISS absolutely never disappoint in the live atmosphere and are a band that was made to perform on stage. Once the huge black curtain bearing the band name fell, it was the beginning of one of the most spectacular rock shows that I have ever seen.  KISS were lowered to the stage from a large spark blasting platform positioned near the rafters and it was truly a sight to behold ; I highly recommend to anyone at least once. The showmanship from both Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer begins as soon as they hit the stage with Gene wiggling that demonic tongue of his and both Stanley and Thayer slinking about the stage screaming out sex and rock n’ roll.

KISS opened their set with the crowd-pleasing “Detroit Rock City”  and kicked things into high gear with songs such as “Shout It Out Loud” and ” I Love It Loud”.  After some incredibly fire-spitting antics from Gene Simmons during, you guessed it, “Firehouse” the band broke into the new track “Hell or Hallelujah” off the band’s forthcoming album “Monster”.  If “Hell or Hallelujah” is a preview as to what is in store for the new album that fans are certainly going to be in for a treat because the new song absolutely rocks, especially live.

Gene Simmons got his time to shine in the spotlight during “God Of Thunder” during which he dramatically spit up a shower of blood and was flown up to a platform in the ceiling to finish out the song.  Next, it was Paul Stanley’s turn to shine, as he was hoisted up in a harness and literally flew out over the crowd to a second stage in the back of the venue to perform “Love Gun”!  It was quite a thrill to behold! KISS wrapped up their awe-inspiring performance with “Strutter” and the rock anthem “Rock And Roll All Nite” that had every fan in the building belting out the lyrics at the top of their lungs.

The Tour 2012 was without a doubt one of the most epic concert experiences of the year!  Both KISS and Motley Crue, as well as, The Treatment looked and sounded fantastic. The “Hottest Band On Earth” and “The Bad Boys Of Rock And Roll” really outdid themselves with their performances and stage presentation on The Tour and I for one can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler /www.kenschulerphotography.com

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No Doubt "Push And Shove" Album Review

(PCM) After taking quite a long break, No Doubt return with one of this year’s most highly anticipated album releases titled “Push And Shove”. The release marks the bands first studio album in 11 years and comes right on the heels of the band’s incredible performance kicking-off the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas, NV.  After listening through the new album several times, I can say that is sounds as if no time has passed at all. The band does an incredible job of sounding  fresh and current with the new album incorporating tribal and electronic elements with their signature sound.

Old school fans of No Doubt may not be thrilled with the direction of the band’s new music, however I for one can definitely give them props for never being afraid to take a risk and be a bit experimental with their music. It seems that with every album release the band are able to re-invent themselves and provide a solid mix of tunes that are both catchy and relevant to what is going on within the current musical landscape at any given time.

“Push And Shove” gets off to a start with bubble gum pop at it’s best with tracks such as the bands current single “Settle Down”, the very radio friendly “Looking Hot” and the albums title track “Push and Shove” which features Busy Signal and Major Lazer.  For me, the later tracks on the album such as the gorgeous acoustic ballad “Undone” and the album closer “Dreaming The Same Dream” are the highlights as they do a fantastic job to illustrate the diversity of the bands sound and showcase vocalist Gwen Stefani’s incredible talent.

While throughout the years it can definitely be argued that No Doubt has become more of a pop band and less of a rock band, there is still an endearing quality about their music that can hold its own and not be boxed in any one particular genre. “Push and Shove” does a great job of showcasing all of the bands varied musical influences and packaging them up on one album. “Push and Shove” may not be the album to define the career of No Doubt as a band, but it does a pretty good job of showing that No Doubt still have the ability to remain current and keep the same pop sensibilities in tack that has kept them in the game since day one.

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The Offspring, Neon Trees and Dead Sara Rock Bethlehem, PA

(PCM) I recently had the chance to attend a stellar show from The Offspring, Neon Trees and Dead Sara at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. I have been a huge fan of The Offspring for as long as I can remember, in fact I think that there is probably a different song from their extensive catalog to document just about every facet of my teenage years, so I was definitely psyched to check out this show. Also, with Neon Trees and Dead Sara rounding out the evenings bill it was sure to be a satisfyingly hard rocking show.

Dead Sara were first to take the stage and they do not just take the stage, they command it! The combination of the amazing shredding skills of guitarist Siouxsie Medley and the vocal power behind front-woman Emily Armstrong make Dead Sara a true force to be reckoned with on the stage. The band’s music is a perfect blend and balance between hard rocking and melodic and it is easily evident from watching this band perform live that they truly put their heart and soul into the live performance.  Every emotion plays out in the music from extreme anger to sadness and a little bit of everything in-between.  The band is currently touring behind their debut full-length self-titled album release that features the hit single “Weatherman”. PCM and The Rock Revival’s Matt Bishop and Kristyn Clarke has a chance to catch up with Dead Sara after their electrifying set, interview is coming soon!

 

Following Dead Sara were glam rockers Neon Trees who have to be some of the most energetic stage performers I have witnessed. Vocalist Tyler Glenn is all over the stage and certainly has amping up a crowd down to an art form. Neon Trees are currently touring behind their latest album release “Picture Show” which features the deliciously catchy single “Everybody Talks” and the current single “Lessons In Love (All Day, All Night) featuring D.J. Kaskade. Neon Trees had the entire venue up and dancing throughout their entire set. Recently the band performed “Everybody Talks” on an episode of Kelly & Michael and coming up on October 22nd the band will play the official Rock The Vote concert to stream live on Xbox Live from Boca Raton, FL.  Neon Trees are a band that is definitely on everyone’s radar these days and I am certain that with their incredible live performances and catchy pop sensibilities they will continue to forge ahead in the years to pass.

 

At last it was time for the evenings headliners as The Offspring took to the stage for their blistering 90 minute set that was a blast back to the nineties and proved that The Offspring have definitely not lost one bit of their original edge. Their set consisted of many fan favorites as well as several tracks of the band’s latest album release “Days Gone By”. The Offspring opened things up with “Hurting As One” off of the “Days Gone By” album before plowing into hits such as “All I Want”, “Come Out And Play” followed by the title track off the new album “Days Gone By”.

The Offspring have so many hit singles and have performed countless live performances that they could “phone-in” almost any show, however this is not the case with a band like The Offspring. They play each and every show with an energy and vigor that is intoxicating and the evenings performance felt very fresh and current. Front-man Dexter Holland and guitarist Noodles, despite the years that have passed, still have what it takes to give many younger bands a true run for their money and proved that time has not slowed them down one little bit.

Some highlights of the performance came with the audience participation during the middle verse of  “Bad Habit”, if you are an Offspring fan you will know exactly to which part I am referring, and the gorgeous duet between Dexter and Dead Sara’s Emily Armstrong for “Gone Away”.  After the duet the performance did not slow down for very long as the band played hits such as “Pretty Fly(For A White Guy)” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” closing out the show with the every catchy anthem “Self-Esteem”.

Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler / www.kenschulerphotography.com

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Interview with Guitarist John 5

(PCM) Rob Zombie and Marilyn Mansonviagra for sale ukrong> are gearing up to head out on this fall’s highly anticipated Twins Of Evil Tour. Debauchery, theatrics, ghoulish imagery, and a full-on assault of all the senses are what’s in store for fans when the tour kicks off, first in the U.S. and then with a 10-country sweep through Europe. J Devil, the DJ alter ego of KoRn’s frontman Jonathan Davis, will support the Manson/Zombie dates with his chaotic electro-metal.

Kicking off September 28 when both Zombie and Manson co-headline the first day of the Desert Uprising Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, expect defiant rock’n’roll showmanship in the form of these unholy rollers with the first U.S. date wrapping in Dallas on Halloween, October 31. For ticket on-sale and purchasing info, log onto www.marilynmanson.com or www.robzombie.com

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke had the amazing opportunity to chat with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 about the upcoming Twins Of Evil tour, his work scoring the upcoming “Lords Of Salem” film, the new Rob Zombie album and of course his incredible solo album release ” God Told Me To”.

JOHN 5 doesn’t just play the guitar. His guitar is an extension of his soul and through it his music has become the Frankenstein birth penetrating the ear drums of fans and admirers worldwide. For JOHN 5, the music is not just about playing, but living, breathing, feeling and passion. His impressive resume has seen him work with some of the most renowned musicians in the industry (Rob Halford, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie to name a few), and has cemented his name into the annals of rock history.

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