Slipknot – 2019 – We Are Not Your Kind

By Eric | August 17, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Slipknot
Title: We Are Not Your Kind
Label: Roadrunner
Released: Aug 9, 2019
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Insert Coin
#Unsainted
#Birth Of The Cruel
#Death Because of Death
#Nero Forte
#Critical Darling
#A Liar’s Funeral
#Red Flag
#What’s Next
#Spiders
#Orphan
#My Pain
#Not Long for This World
#Solway Firth

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Killswitch Engage – 2019 – Atonement

By Eric | August 17, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Killswitch Engage
Title: Atonement
Label: Metal Blade
Released: Aug 16, 2019
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Unleashed
#The Signal Fire
#Us Against The World
#The Crownless King
#I Am Broken Too
#As Sure As The Sun Will Rise
#Know Your Enemy
#Take Control
#Ravenous
#I Can’t Be The Only One
#Bite The Hand That Feeds

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08/10/2019 Black Stone Cherry, Stolen Rhodes, BC Psychotics (Leroy, NY @ Jam at the Ridge)

By Eric | August 11, 2019 11:29 am

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A Southern-Fried Saturday Night with the @blackstonecherryofficial boys – a fun night at @jamattheridgeny !! #blackstonecherry #jamattheridge #concertpics #meetandgreet

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I was pretty excited to see that Black Stone Cherry was on the schedule for Jam at the Ridge this year, as usually they book straight-up country acts. I’ve more or less driven past the place on the way to or from work for the last 8 years, but had never seen a show there. They bill it as a family-friendly environment, and due to the noise curfew the shows are usually over by 9:30-10:00 or so. With all of that in mind, I went all-in and got the VIP meet and greet package. I’d met the BSC guys before (read: 10 years ago), but I always like to support the band and the venue with these types of things as well. So as a non-camper I had to park on North Rd, and we got a ride on the “redneck limo” (a farm tractor with a trailer ala a halloween pumpkin patch!) to get down Conlon Rd. to the venue. It’s a cool place, at the bottom of an old ski run. Almost like having a stage set up in your backyard! I wandered around a bit, got something to eat, and then we did the meet and greet in the backstage area. The BSC guys were gracious as always and super nice. I did ask if there was going to be a Floyd Collins sighting, to which they chuckled (but ultimately didn’t play).

The openers were pretty decent as well. BC Psychotics are a local band that mix some originals in with their covers, and probably do well as a party / bar band (apparently they’re playing 34 Rush at Batavia Downs as well). The direct support was a southern/country rock band (from Philadelphia!) called Stolen Rhodes. Not nearly as heavy/rock as BSC, more in the Lynyrd Skynyrd type realm, so not exactly my wheelhouse, but I enjoyed them. Very talented guys.

At this point I thought the place would have filled in more, it was a beautiful Saturday night, but if there was 200 people there that’d be a lot. Even with the people actually camping there, I figured it’d be busier. No accounting for good taste I guess. I can say that everyone that was there was all-in for BSC though!

With that in mind, on to the main attraction! I’d never seen Black Stone Cherry headline, so I was doubly excited for this. They came out of the gate with Burnin’ followed by Me and Mary Jane, so we were starting with a bang. Judging from the other setlists they’d been playing in Europe lately, we got some stuff that hadn’t been played recently, including Maybe Someday, Bad Habit and Born Under A Bad Sign (which I *love* their take on!). They’ve been inserting all kinds of stuff into Cheaper to Drink Alone, and we got, of all things, No Diggity! I was standing next to a group of people that would have been more at home at Montage or the Bug Jar (like me, shout out to JT, Taylor, and Jeanie!) than here and while we all thought No Diggity was both awesome and hilarious, I’d wager a good half the crowd had no idea what song it was. Too funny. The balance of the show was old favorites (Boom Boom, Millionaire, Lonely Train) and they closed with Family Tree. BSC were just as good as they’ve been every other time, the small-ish crowd didn’t seem to faze them in the least as far as their intensity, and all of us that were there had a great time. We had ourselves a Southern-Fried *Saturday* Night!

Burnin
Me and Mary Jane
In My Blood
Maybe Someday
Bad Habit
Tired Of The Rain
Born Under A Bad Sign
Cheaper To Drink Alone (No Diggity insert)
Hollywood In Kentucky
Folsom Prison Blues
Drum Solo
Blame It On The Boom Boom
White Trash Millionaire
Lonely Train
Family Tree

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08/02/2019 Korn, Alice In Chains, Underoath (Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)

By Eric | August 3, 2019 7:41 am

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Had a great time last night at Darien Lake for @aliceinchains and @korn_official – got a great shot of @jerrycantrell and managed to snag a pick from @munky_korn as well! #aliceinchains #aic #jerrycantrell #korn #munky #darienlake #concertpics

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*HAD* to get pit for this one. Much like the Bush/Live/OLP show, this was peak high-school! I got there just as Underoath was finishing, so they barely make it on my list here. Kiersten, Pete, their friend Nick and his girlfriend all rolled in during set change, so I had buds all night too. Having not seen Alice in Chains for over a decade (with Velvet Revolver in 2007), and not since any of the newest three albums, I was very excited. And naturally, they didn’t disappoint! A nice mix of old and new songs, it seems like our list had some stuff that they do play, but not that often (Rainier Fog), and then one that was really off the board (Sludge Factory!). The entirety of Nutshell was fantastic, dedicated to Layne and Mike Starr, and Jerry’s solo was incredible. Highlight of the show for sure. The whole band was great, and simply, they still got it!

AIC

Angry Chair
Man in the Box
Check My Brain
Again
Them Bones
Dam That River
Hollow
Rainier Fog
No Excuses
Nutshell
Sludge Factory
We Die Young
The One You Know
Would?
Rooster

Switching from the grunge to the nu-metal, the pit filled in for Korn nicely, and they made use of it right away opening with Here to Stay, into Blind, into Divine. Get ’em whipped up early! Korn sounded really good, Jon Davis still has it, and just like Alice the set was a nice mix of old stuff and new stuff. We got the brand-new You’ll Never Find Me, and the first songs of the encore were 4U (which opened the encore back in 2000) and Twist, which is always fun. Not much to review other than the show was super-solid, everyone had a good time, and since I parked near the front gates, I got out in record time!

Korn
—-
Here to Stay
Blind
Divine
Rotting in Vain
You’ll Never Find Me
Twisted Transistor
Shoots and Ladders
Got the Life
Make Me Bad
Somebody Someone
Freak on a Leash
Encore:
4 U
Twist
Coming Undone
Falling Away From Me

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06/14/2019 Bush, Live, Our Lady Peace (Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC)

By Eric | June 16, 2019 9:08 am

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The soundtrack to high school! @bush @freaks4live @ourladypeace at @cmacevents last night – @gavinrossdale came pretty close to us during his tour of the seats! #concertpics #bush #live #olp #ourladypeace

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Jon and Art hauled up for this celebration of our high school soundtrack – billed as the ALTimate tour, it was the celebration of the 25th anniversary’s of Bush’s Sixteen Stone, Live’s Throwing Copper, and Our Lady Peace’s Naveed, all released in 1994. Holy crap I’m old.

Anyway, we walked in just as OLP was starting. It was kinda bizarre to see them as an opener, and the first of three at that. This being my 19th time seeing OLP, it was only the third time as any kind of opener, and the other two times they were direct support, both of which were 20 years ago! The setlist is barely worth complaining about because they only got a half-hour, but I will say it was cool to see the reactions for Superman’s Dead and Clumsy from a not-necessarily-there-for-OLP crowd. And yes, I wore the shirt!

OLP

Drop Me in the Water
Innocent
Superman’s Dead
Somewhere Out There
Clumsy
Stop Making Stupid People Famous
Starseed

Even though they were the middle band, Live played a longer set (14 songs), although two of them were covers. They were extremely solid, and just as good as when I saw them two years ago opening for GNR. Obviously the set was heavy on Throwing Copper tunes (8 out of the 14 on the album), and it was very cool to hear The Dam at Otter Creek and White, Discussion since I didn’t hear those the last time. They still had the two drummers, and sounded great. Art kept saying he didn’t know too many Live songs, put his over/under at 2.5, and I think we had him at at least 6 by the time the set was over!

Live
—-
The Dam at Otter Creek
All Over You
Selling the Drama
Losing My Religion (R.E.M. cover)
Shit Towne
Iris
The Dolphin’s Cry
Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones cover)
Lakini’s Juice
I Alone
White, Discussion
Heaven (Ed solo acoustic)
Turn My Head (Ed solo acoustic, joined by Chad at the end)
Lightning Crashes

I’d seen Bush four years prior at the Armory, and thought they were quite good then, and this show was much the same, if not shorter. They came out on fire with Machinehead, and judging from the other setlists from this tour, we then got a couple curveballs! The Chemicals Between Us and Swallowed hadn’t been played much, and I hadn’t seen Swallowed the last time I saw them. The new tunes were pretty good too (This Is War and Bullet Holes). Gavin went for a tour around the seats during Little Things and came fairly close, not close enough to touch this time however haha. The set was surprisingly short (11 songs), but of course heavy on Sixteen Stone, and was a good time nonetheless. Certainly sounded like high school!

Bush
—-
Machinehead
The Chemicals Between Us
This Is War
The Sound of Winter
Swallowed
Everything Zen
The Disease of the Dancing Cats
Bullet Holes
Little Things
Glycerine
Comedown

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Seether – 2017 – Poison The Parish

By Eric | May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Seether
Title: Poison The Parish
Label: Fantasy / Canine Riot
Released: May 12, 2017
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Deluxe Edition
Autographed?

Tracklist:
#Stoke The Fire
#Betray And Degrade
#Something Else
#I’ll Survive
#Let You Down
#Against The Wall
#Let Me Heal
#Saviours
#Nothing Left
#Count Me Out
#Emotionless
#Sell My Soul
#Bonus Tracks
#Feels Like Dying
#Misunderstood
#Take A Minute
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Mark Morton – 2019 – Anesthetic

By Eric | May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Mark Morton
Title: Anesthetic
Label: WPP
Released: Mar 1, 2019
Packaging: Cardboard
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:
#Cross Off
#Sworn Apart
#Axis
#The Never
#Save Defiance
#Blur
#Back From The Dead
#Reveal
#Imaginary Days
#Truth Is Dead
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Soundgarden – 2014 – Echo Of Miles The Originals

By Eric | May 29, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Soundgarden
Title: Echo Of Miles The Originals
Label: A&M
Released: Nov 1, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:
#Heretic
#Fresh Deadly Roses
#HIV Baby
#Cold Bitch
#Show Me
#She’s A Politician
#Birth Ritual
#She Likes Surprises
#Blind Dogs
#Bleed Together
#Black Rain
#Live To Rise
#Kristi
#Storm
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05/18/2019 Light The Torch, Cry To The Blind, Murder In Rue Morgue, Poison The Prophet (Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater)

By Eric | May 19, 2019 11:59 am

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Howard's hat is radioactive! Meet and greet with @lightthetorchband before the show at @thewestcotttheater tonight! @womby_hellmerica @francescoartus @charmingscuzz #howardjones #lightthetorch #meetandgreet #westcotttheater #syracuse #concertpics

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I met Howard!!! I sprung for the VIP meet and greet for this one, and it was well worth it. I’d seen the band twice before in their previous incarnation as Devil You Know, and met Fran and Ryan at the merch table after the 2nd time in Buffalo. But this was the first time meeting Howard and new drummer Mike Sciulara. Each band member was really cool and took some time to chat as opposed to just rolling through the picture/autograph assembly line. Good stuff.

We had some time between the meet and greet and the show itself, so shout out to whoever mentioned the bar next door for food – my burger at Beer Belly Deli was awesome!

As for the show itself, the openers were either Rochester or Syracuse bands, all of which put on quality sets. Poison the Prophet I’d seen a couple times before when they were Million Miles From Broadway, and this version of the band was really good. Two singers, some catchy riffs, it made for a good time. Murder in Rue Morgue was a straight-up metal band and they rocked it also. Cry to the Blind was alright, a bit lighter than I would have guessed for a show like this, but decent all the same.

I was pumped for Light The Torch, as while I liked the two Devil You Know albums a lot, I like Revival even better. They didn’t disappoint – the band rocked, Howard was all over the stage screaming and singing his head off, and the crowd was into it. They still dropped in a couple DYK tunes (Embracing the Torture, Consume the Damned, The Way We Die), and the new songs sounded fantastic. I got to hear my favorites (Calm Before The Storm, Lost in the Fire, Die Alone) so I was happy as a clam, and the other songs were just as good. The entire night was a blast!

The Bitter End
Embracing the Torture
Calm Before the Storm
Lost in the Fire
Virus
Consume the Damned
The Safety of Disbelief
The Sound of Violence
The God I Deserve
The Way We Die
Die Alone

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Allen, Mack, Myers, & Moore – 2019 – Let It Roll

By Eric | May 12, 2019 6:00 pm

Artist: Allen, Mack, Myers, & Moore
Title: Let It Roll
Label: abbyNormal
Released: Apr 12, 2019
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:
#Beautiful Sound
#Picture
#Forever and Seventeen
#Lost My Heart in Tupelo
#I Got Me
#Highway
#Ain’t My Time
#Hard Times at Hardscramble
#Desire
#Let It Roll
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