I must admit that throughout this show I kept humming "I feel like chicken tonight" quietly to myself.
According to Bucketheads own biography he was raised in a coop and thus would explain the heavily chicken influenced music and stage show. Although I had never heard any of Bucketheads solo discs I had heard him play before with the likes of Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins and a huge and esoteric variety of other artists. In fact it might be easire to list all the artists he hasn't played with or for. Of all the musicians I have seen the only one I can find to compare him to is Les Claypool, both for the wall presentation of his persona, his use of masks and costumes, and his amazing ability to do virtually anything with his instrument. He even sounds like Les when he plays the bass! It's no surprise Guitar One placed him on the list of the "Top 10 Guitar Shredders of All Time"
Wearing his traditional mask and of course, trademark bucket, Buckethead only required the assitance of That 1 Guys and his drummer Pinch Face to fill La Zona Rosa with an ambient, funky, atmospheric, raw thrashing guitar. To see Buckethead rip through so many musical genres in the same set and sometimes the same song is an amazing thing to watch and hear. And it went on, and on, and on. Song after song, metal one minute, country the next, then funk. Incredibly, Bucketheads set started at 10:30 and didn't finish until 1:30, with only a 15 minute set break.
The audience consisted mainly of Buckethead diehards, many wearing the trademark buckets themselves, and a few wearing the mask as well, although you could tell there were also a number of people experiencing Buckethead for the first time. The traditional mosh space was taken over by the "jam band camp follower" dancers in the audience, lolling and swaying back and forth. This show had the same jam band vibe that many artists enjoy and seemed to be propelled along its route by small enclaves of fans following the tour on it's journey.
Opening for Buckethead was solo artist That 1 Guy who also played as part of Buckethead's ensemble.
Playing a variety of sounds on his "Magic Pipe" as well as a saw and other devices, That 1 Guy filled the room with his funky aromatic songs about the moon being made of cheese and weasel pot pies. Truely amazing are the sounds that eminate forth from this strange and insanely designed musical instrument. Part guitar, part synthesizer, part standup bass and drum kit, this is the 21st century technological equivalent of the cumbersome cymbals-on-the-knees one man band.
This show had an open camera policy (thanks to Direct Events for the heads up on that one) so I took advantage and invited my 14 year old nephew Blake along to act as my camera assistant. It was his first concert, and he was suitably impressed, describing That 1 Guy as "Different - not what I expected" and Buckethead's performance as "Awesome." Thanks also to the two guys from Houston who drove up for the show and gave Blake their extra ticket gratis. It was really a great way for him to experience his first show. I let him go play with my D70 to see if he could get any shots and didn't see him again til the set breaks, as he squeezed his way to the front. He needs to grow another foot or so to be able to take pictures from the crowd, but he did well enough that I used a couple of his pictures in this review (the top two). Of course, Blake was sent home with a Buckethead T-shirt. I hope he keeps his ticket stub too.
Ex-Morbid Angel/Hate Eternal vocalist/bassist Jared Anderson died on October 14 of undisclosed causes at the age of 30.
He was currently working on a new project called As One that revisited his work on the Internecine album. It was to be a more matured sound. Jared worked with Morbid Angel from 2001-2002. He was an original member of Hate Eternal, providing the vocals and bass for their first two albums, Conquering the Throne and King of All Kings. Jared left the band due to a drug problem.
Visitation will take place Thursday, October 19 at the E. C. Nurre Funeral Home, St. Rt. 125 Amelia, Ohio from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by Funeral Services Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment Pierce Township Cemetery.
It's hard if you're a mid-level band on the way up or down to attract much attention in a music town like Austin. A show like this would have quickly sold out in most lesser towns, but in Austin it seemed as if the audience would never fill out.
This was a great line-up too, three solid touring bands, all with core audiences in tow. My favorite of the three turned out to be the opening act, Minnesota-based Dropping Daylight, for their musical voracity and energy. They attacked the music like it was the last show they were ever going to do and it really showed. Lead guitarist Seth Davin looking like he was skipping high school to be there, this band had a blast onstage. With songwriting brother Sebastian Davin on piano and vocals, these guys set a pace that was hard to follow for the other two bands. They had a squeaky clean "pop" vibe that your mom might like, but rocked hard enough for it not to be uncool to have them on your iPod. Only about half the audience was there by the time their set was over. I missed chatting with them after their set at the merch booth and will have to try to catch up with them later. Their song "Tell Me" keeps playing over and over in my head.
A bit louder and harder, Ontario's Evan's Blue was next. Definitely a candidate for one of Clint's "Canadian Bands That Don't Suck," this 5-piece seems to have built a respectable audience here through previous appearances. A little less mainstream than Dropping Daylight, they had a harder alternative rock edge. They did a very hard cover of a Sarah McLachlan's song "Possession" that if you didn't listen carefully, would have missed. During the third song of their set, Breaking Benjamin's lead singer, Ben Burnley, joined them onstage. After their set I got to chat with them a bit, but not much as they were busy taking pictures with fans.
Breaking Benjamin, the headliner, has a fairly solid audience, and the venue had filled appreciably by the time they hit the stage. With a good amount of street buzz they seem to be a band that is going places; their last CD debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts back in August. Vocalist Ben Burnley was backed by the strong bass playing of Mark Klepaski, and lead by Aaron Fink, both formerly of Lifer, and their show was strong, polished and professional. I was actually kind of surprised to see a few random crowd surfers in the audience; they felt out of place at this show. On disc Breaking Benjamin have always reminded me a little bit of Tool but, not so much live. Not dark enough.
Thanks to Evans Blue and Dropping Daylight for hooking me up with the photo pass for this show, and the everyone over at Direct Events and La Zona Rosa for their continued support and assistance.
You know how it goes. Lots of times the opening bands really aren't worth the price of admission. That's why I set about scoping out My Darkest Days and Rides Again on Wednesday afternoon..... should I hit the Idle Sons show early enough to catch the openers? A quick listen to the songs offered on their myspace pages helped me make up my mind pretty quick. Hell yeah!
My buddy Stewart (sports photog extraordinaire) and I headed down to Sin City at about 8:30. It was cold, raining and miserable. It's October in Canada, what else is to be expected. We geeked out talking camera gear for a while and I got my new Nikon D80 purring like a kitten.
My friend Jim submitted this to me. I have to agree....... David Gogo doesn't suck.
David Gogodavidgogo.com Location: Nanaimo , British Columbia Status: Signed to Cordova Bay Records Style: Blues Releases:
Acoustic: Official Bootleg Series - Volume 2 (2006)
Skeleton Key - U.S. Release (2006)
Skeleton Key (2002)
Live at Deer Lake: Official Bootleg Series - Volume 1 (2003)
Halfway to Memphis (2001)
Dine Under The Stars(2000)
Change of Pace (2000)
Bare Bones (2000)
David Gogo (1994)
Awards and Nominations:
Juno Nomination - Best New Artist
West Coast Music Awards - Musician of the Year 1999/00
Real Blues Magazine - Top Blues/Rock CD of the Year for Skeleton Key
2003 Maple Blues Awards - Guitarist of the Year
2004 Maple Blues Awards - 5 nominations
2004 CBC Saturday Night Blues - Great Canadian Blues Award for Lifetime Contribution
2005 Maple Blues Awards - Guitarist of the Year winner and Entertainer of the Year nomination
Why he doesn't suck: Wayyyyyy back in '96, my buddy called me up and said, "Hey - we're going to the Max Webster Reunion show - wanna come? "
When we arrived at the venue, I asked the doorman who the opening act was, and he replied, "Some guy named David Gogo." Never heard of him, so we expected 45 minutes of lameass crap. Wrong! This guy came out and rocked the place with tons of old blues standards and jaw-dropping guitar playing. I saw him again in 2004, and he still has it - rippin' it up in a local bar. As he walked around the bar playing an extended slide guitar solo, he started using any items the crowd offered up for a slide - even a white cane held high by one of the patrons who was blind!
We had a lot more entries this week after the Monday cutoff, and they will be considered next Monday. Our week 3 winner has not contacted us back as yet(Terscomay are you out there?), but the fourth week winner is a longtime user of our reptile site.We did not limit this contest to amateur photographers because we wanted everyone to participate, and our forth weekly winner is Stewart Stick a sports photographer from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada with this shot of Collective Soul.
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Wow. Late 2 weeks in a row! I need an assistant! I will have to ask my boss about that. It is now Friday October 13 and it is time to play WTF Friday, the game where you tell us the first 10 songs that come up on your music player when you hit the Random or Shuffle button. At stake is a classic kingsnake.com T-shirt and a chance to win the monthly grand prize, a black 30Gb video iPod. Also we welcome Metal Blade Records as a contest sponsor this month, so everyone that wins a shirt or iPod will also get a copy of Metal Blade's 2006 Summer Sampler with 18 bands including Cannibal Corpse, Unearth and more!
Here is my list... .
1. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper( More cowbell!!!)
2. The Stranglers - Golden Brown
3. Tool - Ticks and Leaches
4. The Cult - Love Removal Machine
5. Toadies - I Burn
6. Ultravox - I Want To Be A Machine
7. Offspring - Blackball
8. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
9. Cure - Just Like Heaven (Unplugged)
10. Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
When I did my first concert review, I got all excited looking at the line up. I was going to see Tracii Guns personally, but I had seen both of his openers- or so I thought. It wasn't the band I was expecting, but that Wrath wasn't so bad either. The band I saw has since changed its name to Conniption. This time I was seeing the Wrath I remembered from days of old.
I usually make it a point NOT to listen to new bands. I let their live show tell me about them. It may be backwards, but hey, it's how I had found my favorite bands. I'll tell you, I love Pantera, but I never loved their recordings. Might explain why I saw them around fifteen times. I like my music live. That's just me.
I also try not to let on that I'm reviewing a show. Bands know SOMEONE is there, but I don't want them to know who that someone is 'til after they're done. I don't know why I do this, but in my insane brain it works. I blew it. Met a nice guy before the show, my Club Kingsnake shirt did it. Got to talking and realized we knew a few of the same people including Auggie (who breeds bloods) the guy who designed his tattoo. Turned out to be John, the new singer of Wrath. Cover blown, oh well.
This sold out show is definitely among my most memorable for the year. So much energy and excitement. I can understand why the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been labled by many to be the "it" band of 2006.
Opening the show was the incredibly talented Imaad Wasif who performed solo. Wasif, also the Yeah Yeah Yeahs auxilliary tour guitarist, did an acoustic set that could, and did, stand alone in its own right. The audience seemed to agree as well, with Wasif's style darkly meandering the edge between folk and garage rock. With intricate lyrics and subtle melodys, the passion that he puts into his music is plaintive and soulful.