07/27/2014 Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden (Toronto, ONT @ Molson Ampitheatre)

By Eric Bonus | August 9, 2014 2:11 pm

I always end up having to go to Toronto to see some of the really big name acts, and these two titans were no different. The last time I saw both bands was actually in TO as well (Soundgarden in 2011, NIN in 2008). Drove up with Sara and crew, and we cut it pretty close, what with border traffic, QEW traffic, Toronto traffic, and traffic traffic. I got in just as SG was starting, so thankfully I didn’t miss anything. A very similar set to what I saw in 2011 on the reunion show, albeit shorter. They did play two tunes that I didn’t see then: Flower and the new A Thousand Days Before. This shorter set was heavy on Superunkown songs, since the 20th anniversary of that album’s release had just occurred. The band sounded good, Chris Cornell was spot-on, but I feel like I had an overall better time seeing them in 2011.

My Wave

Outshined (nevermind the pole, the audio is pretty good)

Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Flower
Outshined
Black Hole Sun
Jesus Christ Pose
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Superunknown
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

So after the intermission, it was time to see what cool tricks Trent and co. had up their sleeve. A new light show, some new songs, and a 4 piece band made for a different experience than the prior 3 times I’d seen NIN. They opened with Copy of A, and then into a song I’d never seen live, Sanctified. One curiosity with this setlist, absolutely nothing from The Fragile. Highlights for me included Terrible Lie (because it always is), Gave Up, and I thought The Great Destroyer was pretty cool. The visuals were certainly a sight to behold, nothing like what I’d seen on prior tours. Much like Soundgarden however, I didn’t leave this show with the THIS IS AWESOME kind of vibe that I’d gotten from the past shows. I like the more electronic-tinged NIN stuff, but I’ll always prefer the heavier, harder stuff.

Copy of A / Sanctified

The Great Destroyer

Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Me, I’m Not
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Encore:
Hurt

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06/27/2014 Sevendust (Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre)

By Eric Bonus | June 30, 2014 10:36 am

Sevendust show #17! (This puts them in the lead, they were tied with OLP at 16 apiece). The second to last show of the 2nd leg of the Time Travelers & Bonfires acoustic tour. Admittedly, after Southside Double-Wide and being lucky enough to see that show in Rochester, I didn’t think I’d ever see Sevendust play acoustically again, so this was a major treat. I sprung for VIP, which ended up being worth it for the early entry. Strolled up to the barrier, and while we waited a bit, I had people to chat with. Finally, SEVENDUST HAD ARRIVED. The set was a good mix of stuff we’d heard on SSDW, plus the newer tunes, plus some older stuff they’d re-worked acoustically. It’s Sevendust, so musically they never disappoint, LJ was in full throat, and the full house in the crowd was with the band every step of the way. Much like the Rochester acoustic show, it’s the heaviest, loudest acoustic show you’ll ever see. You can’t not bounce during Rumble Fish, no matter how they arrange it. Same thing with Black, for that matter. I was camped out right in front of John Connolly, and LJ wandered over in front of us quite a bit as well. Just a fantastic night. And then, to cap it all off, the meet and greet after the show was awesome as well. I’d met the guys at various times over the years, but to get to chit-chat for a little bit was very cool. Wearing the Doubledrive shirt as a conversation starter didn’t hurt any!

Denial

Rumble Fish

Setlist:
Trust
Prayer
Crucified
Xmas Day
Under It All
Skeleton Song
The Wait
Denial
Disgrace
Rumble Fish
Gone

Come Down
Hurt
Karma
Got A Feeling
Angel’s Son
Black

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06/21/2014 Weezer, DIIV (Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory)

By Eric Bonus | June 25, 2014 12:02 pm

“I get to see Weezer!” – Chino Moreno

This was a long time coming, because I was actually supposed to see Weezer 17 years prior (almost to the day!) at Edgefest in Buffalo, but we didn’t get there in time. And then I’d never seen them since. Matt wanted to go, his high-school buddy and girlfriend grabbed tickets for us, and so I finally got to see Weezer. It was pretty much worth the wait!

We barely paid attention during DIIV, they’re indie rock. I’m sure they were fine, but I’m not interested.

But Weezer on the other hand, they were a blast. They’re one of those bands for me where I don’t realize how many songs of theirs that I actually know and like, and this seemed like almost a greatest hits-esque sort of set, so that worked perfectly for me. I’d done a little setlist.fm research too, so I got familiar with the songs I didn’t know ahead of time and was able to enjoy them too. I say it every time it happens, but I love going to shows where it’s not “one of my bands”, so I’m not obsessing over what did/didn’t get played, I’m not trying to fight to get down front, etc. I get to watch all the die-hards have a great time seeing a band they love instead. It’s like a window into what I probably look like at most shows lol. We sat in the balcony at the back of the venue, had a great view, I thought it sounded decent (the Armory is never the best, but it wasn’t awful), and I just took it all in. Good times.

El Scorcho

2014-06-21 22.36.35 Weezer

My Name Is Jonas
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
Troublemaker
Island in the Sun
Beverly Hills
Dope Nose (sung by Scott Shriner)
Say It Ain’t So
Susanne
Surf Wax America
The Good Life
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Keep Fishin’ (sung by Brian Bell)
El Scorcho
Pork and Beans
Photograph (sung by Pat Wilson)
Song 2 (Blur cover)

Encore:
Undone – The Sweater Song
Buddy Holly

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06/19/2014 Nonpoint, Crows Cage, Divot (Akron, NY @ Braun’s Concert Cove)

By Eric Bonus | June 25, 2014 12:00 pm

First time at Braun’s! A typical bar, but with a super-nice stage setup outside, with a temporary/permanent shell over it. Turned out to be a great place to see a show. Unfortunately the turnout wasn’t all that great; not sure if it was the location that turned people off, or if there just isn’t that big of a Nonpoint following in WNY.

In any event, the locals up first were okay, but I spent way more time talking to Danielle and Dave. Danielle had come in from CT for this show and the one the next night in Syracuse to see Love and Death (Head from Korn’s other band), who were supposed to be direct support, but dropped off the tour. But regardless, it was fun to catch up and re-hash old shows with them. Before long, it was Nonpoint time! As if seeing them again (first time since Syracuse in 2010!) wasn’t good enough, the other neat thing about this go around was that I got to see my favorite hired-gun guitarist again: BC Kochmit! After the apparent demise of Eye Empire, BC had been filling in with Nonpoint as one of their guitar players had a baby (BC’s now in Nonpoint permanently!) and this was one of the dates he played. Rocking my Eye Empire shirt, I was able to get down right in front of BC and have a little repartee throughout the night. Good times. So despite the smallish crowd, we had a blast. The set was decidedly old-school, with 7 of the 13 tunes coming off the first two albums. We also got the first live performance of the new lead single “Breaking Skin” which is a killer tune as well. They sounded great, BC fit right in, Elias kept the crowd hyped, and I personally was a jumping fool down front, especially for my favorites off the first album (Victim, What a Day, Endure). I’m always torn on low turnout shows, because part of me wants a big crowd for the band (so they come back!), but I also love the “they’re playing in my backyard for me and my friends” vibe as well where only the die-hards come out and it’s super intimate.

Mindtrip
I Said It
The Truth
Broken Bones
Victim
What a Day
Endure
Left For You
That Day
Breaking Skin (1st time ever played)
Rabia
Alive and Kicking
Bullet with a Name

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05/08/2014 Buckcherry, Fozzy, Adelita’s Way (Rochester, NY @ The Arena at the Main Street Armory)

By Eric Bonus | May 16, 2014 3:25 pm

It was at the “Arena” at the Armory… in the basement! (THERE IS NO BASEMENT AT THE ARMORY!) Long and narrow, reminiscent of the old Icon in Buffalo. Dark and grungy. The perfect place for Buckcherry. Due to my usual being on “Nate Time”, I only got to see 2 Adelita’s Way songs (Sick, Invincible) but they sounded pretty good.

Met up with Scott and Mark, and we hung in the back for Fozzy, but not before I snapped a pic of lead singer (and Best In The World At What He Does) Chris Jericho with his ubiqutious light-up jacket!

2014-05-08 20.54.05 fozzy

Musically, I wanted to like them more than I actually did. They’re just a touch too-classic metal for me, and Jericho’s singing voice isn’t my favorite. They’re not bad by any means, just not my cup of tea.

Buckcherry came out to a decidedly small, but enthusiastic crowd and started immediately with Lit Up, much to the delight of just about everyone. They sounded great, lots of energy all night. They played a good mix of songs, including all the favorites / radio hits, and a lot of stuff that I didn’t hear when I saw them at Genesee Brewery in 2011. The smallish crowd didn’t seem to phase them in the least, as it was just as good of a show as it would have been upstairs with a full barn. Good times!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the spectacle that was almost equal to Buckcherry’s set, and unfortunately even closer to us than the band was, despite the small venue: The sweaty fat couple that were all over each other for the entire show. Drunk and sloppy is no way to go through a concert, but damned if they didn’t try. They kept it up for the better part of three-quarters of the set before a security guard finally dragged the dude away. (The woman stuck around for some inexplicable reason.) I’ve seen people try to make out in the crowd at a show before, but this was unprecedented. Put the CD on, drink for cheaper, and stay home folks.

Buckcherry Setlist:
Lit Up
Imminent Bail Out
All Night Long
Fall
Everything
Sorry
Dead
Porno Star
Ridin’
Gluttony
Greed
Dreamin’ of You
Crazy Bitch

Encore:
I Love It (“Say F*ck It”) (Icona Pop cover)
Too Drunk…


Sorry

Gluttony

Crazy Bitch (clip)

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Black Stone Cherry – 2014 – Magic Mountain

By Eric Bonus | May 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Black Stone Cherry
Title: Magic Mountain
Label: Roadrunner
Released: May 6, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Best Buy Exclusive
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Holding On…To Letting Go
#Peace Pipe
#Bad Luck & Hard Love
#Me And Mary Jane
#Runaway
#Magic Mountain
#Never Surrender
#Blow My Mind
#Sometimes
#Fiesta Del Fuego
#Dance Girl
#Hollywood In Kentucky
#Remember Me
#Leave Your World Behind
#Revolutionize

Review: The band commented on the making of Magic Mountain stating, “Not since before our first album have we felt the freedom and confidence that we felt while writing and recording this album. After touring the world behind three previous albums that we are extremely proud of, we feel this album best captures the live energy, honesty and vibe that encompasses our true musicianship.”

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Down – 2014 – Down IV Part II

By Eric Bonus | May 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Down
Title: Down IV Part II
Label: Down
Released: May 13, 2014
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Steeple
#We Knew Him Well
#Hogshead / Dogshead
#Conjure
#Sufferer’s Years
#Bacchanalia

Review:

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Eric Hutchinson – 2014 – Pure Fiction

By Eric Bonus | April 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Title: Pure Fiction
Label: Let’s Break Records
Released: Apr 8, 2014
Packaging: Digipack
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed?

Tracklist:

#Tell The World
#A Little More
#Forever
#I Goit The Feelin Now
#Goodnight Goodbye
#Love Like You
#I Don’t Love U
#Sun Goes Down
#Forget About Joni (Acoustic)
#Shine On Me (Acoustic)

Review:

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Sevendust – 2014 – Time Travelers & Bonfires

By Eric Bonus | April 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Artist: Sevendust
Title: Time Travelers & Bonfires
Label: 7Bros
Released: Apr 15, 2014
Packaging: Jewel Case
Pack-in DVD?
Release Type: Standard
Autographed? Autographed

Tracklist:

#Come Down
#Under It All
#The Wait
#Upbeat Sugar
#One Life
#Bonfire
#Gone
#Denial
#Trust
#Crucified
#Karma
#Black

Review: Six new ones, six old ones. All acoustic. Rock!

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04/10/2014 Gavin DeGraw, Parachtue, Rozzi Crane (Buffalo, NY @ SUNY Buffalo Center for the Arts)

By Eric Bonus | April 10, 2014 11:59 pm

Four months later, Tiff finally cashed in on her Christmas present… 2nd row seats! So the first act up was Rozzi Crane. In short, she sounds like Adele, looks like she’s out of the 90′s, and her backing band (read: two dudes with a keyboard and electronic drumkit) sounds like they’re from 1985. Great voice, iffy songs. She’s aligned with Adam Levine, so I’m sure we’ll probably be sick of hearing about her sooner rather than later. Given her age (23 I think?), I wasn’t sold that she’s a “Crazy-Ass Bitch” either, as her last song proclaimed.

Parachute was next, and they were pretty good, better than I expected. Light pop-rock, but real instruments, a real band, and the guys could play. This crowd was heavily skewed to the female persuasion (like 95%-5% female), and a lot of them rushed to the front of the stage for these guys. During their cover of Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark”, the lead singer was running across the stage, tripped on a cord and took a pretty wicked dive. Full marks though, he popped right back up, owned it, and soldiered right on with the song. Good on ya, dude!

She Is Love

Finally time for Gavin, and it had been nearly ten years since we’d seen him on back to back nights in Buffalo and Rochester, so we were ready to hear some newer stuff in the live setting. He delivered, with a good mix across the five albums, with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure. The ladies in attendance sang loud and proud all night, and the few that were fortunate enough to be up against the stage received plenty of attention from their hero. His backing band was fantastic, and included bassist James Cruz, who used to be in Splender. Overall, a fine set from one of Tiff’s pop artists that I can say I truly enjoy.

Gavin DeGraw
————
Make a Move
Heartbreak
Chariot
Run Every Time
Who’s Gonna Save Us
Follow Through
We Belong Together
Best I Ever Had
She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel cover)
Where You Are
Soldier
Rumour Has It (Adele cover)
Every Little Bit
More Than Anyone
Finest Hour
I Don’t Want To Be

Encore:
Leading Man
Not Over You

Make A Move

Chariot

Follow Through

I Don’t Wanna Be

Not Over You

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