First a shout out to Mr. BCR Greg for introducing me to the music of Halestorm almost two decade ago....where does the time go?!
A couple of weeks ago, I took the family to see Alice Cooper, Halestorm and opening act Motionless in White. They have a few more dates in the USA before they head off to Europe.
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
Motionless in White is not the kinda of band I'm going to go rush out to buy their latest single nor go to see in concert as a solo act. For those that didn't get enough Marilyn Mansion, this band is for you.
Their songs are "formulamatic" - no surprises. Frontman, Chris Cerulli does a very good job, knows his audience, plays to them. To those that are not his audience, he knows how to get the attention. Bass Player Justin Morrow was absolutely entertaining. His schtick is - he has been hung by the neck and doomed to play bass in a goth band, wait maybe that isn't his schtick that is his current "after" life - excellent performance, let's face it, your not getting Billy Sheenan here.
Rats Broadcasting From the Grave
Everybody Sells Cocaine A-M-E-R-I-C-A (gotta love a Dr Seuss Song)
Brand New Numb
Reincarante Untouchable - Sounds familiar can't quite figure out where they lifted the guitar and keyboard riffs but know the progressions from somewhere. Voices (no, not Cheap Trick)
Entertaining The Bad
The sound guy only got 1/2 a twenty. The vocals were so buried you would have though the lead singer was really dead for more than 1/2 of the show.
Guitarists - they were on stage but nothing to write home about...N-O-T-H-I-N-G (hey, I think there is a song there!)
Heavily production backing tracks required.
There have been a couple of reviews of Halestorm. LZZY Hale is the real deal. I do wonder how long she will be able to do what she does with her voice?
The maturity of her as a performer is impressive. Joe does excellent job with the lead riffs. Band was on from song one to end of the set.
Do Not Disturb
Ms Hyde (Perfect with an Alice Cooper Show)
Freak Like Me
I Get Off
Love Bites (and so do I )
I Miss the Misery
Good set list with a few new songs from their latest release thrown in.
Set wasn't as long as I would have liked. ALICE COOPER
Disclaimer - saw AC earlier this year in May front the Hollywood Vampires at the Joint in Las Vegas. The wife and I were in-town for a wedding and had taken her family "formally dressed" to see "O" the Cirque du Soleil show at the Belliago that night. We got out early enough to rush out grab an Uber and purchase tickets for the floor second reserved section. We were the "best dressed" people there - LOL . You should have seen the stares - priceless. Talk about screwing with their minds...the typical audience attendee wasn't prepared for Ozzy and Harriet to show up. Now back to the current tour.
Well "Ol' black eyes is back!"
Feed My Frankenstein No More Mr. Nice Guy Bed of Nails
Raped and Freezin'
Fallen in Love
Muscle of Love I'm Eighteen Billion Dollar Babies Poison
Guitar Solo - Nita Strauss Roses on White Lace
Black Widow Jam
Steven Dead Babies
I Love The Dead
Encore Under My Wheels
School's Out (with Lzzy Hale)
Now granted, I know AC from back in the day with his greatest hits. IMPO one of his best songs is Poison, fits his character and stage show perfectly. Showcases Nita Strauss perfectly as well.
I was not familiar with AC's current band so two weeks before the show I had to do some research. Ryan Roxie, great guitarist. Absolutely love his style, tone and performance the entire night. Really good stage presence. Tommy Henriksen (also performs in Hollywood Vampires) is another rock steady guitarist. Nothing flashly here just go to work and do your job - thanks! One thing about Alice, he knows how to surround himself with good if not consistently great musicians. Hamer Performance Team Member Kip Winger was once in the AC stable. Glen Sobel on drums, Chuck Garric on bass keep the bottom end down and great musicians as well. Lead guitarist is Nita Strauss which most people know from Iron Maidens. Strauss had a guitar clinic the night before which I was able to attend.
There are four things that impress me about Nita;
#1. She is genuine. If you listen to her videos and attend her guitar clinics she knows the business and understands how to communicate to her audience.
#2. She is all business - don't kid yourself. Her business is building her brand and business is good! - Respect!
#3. She is gracious and witty. God, I love an artist who appreciates the fans. Killer smile and funny. https://twitter.com/hurricanenita/status/1159111891400175619
#4. She can play. Holy shit can she play!
At the guitar clinic she played some practice tips, a couple of Iron Maiden shorts and her encore was AC's "Poison". She has a her signature Ibanez guitar out and gave a shout out to Andy Timmons and Vai as well as other Ibanez stable mates.
AC is about performing and the art of the rock and roll show. Many have followed but the original shock rocker still knows how to throw a party. The tone of the guitars was spot on. Wall of sound with three artists at three different octaves and not bleeding over each other.
AC - Stage Presence
The Guitarists - Thank you, thank you, thank you, for doing what you do. My faith was restored in guitar driven rock.
Talk about playing a set list. No banter just kick out the jams!
Lzzy Hale on the encore for Schools Out
Wished I had seen AC 30 years ago.
Bonus - When Strauss started Poison at the show she spotted me and at the end of her opening riff, she threw me her pick right to me. Those that know me know I had a sheeeeet eating grin. Thanks Hurricanenita.