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The Kicks – Smiths Olde Bar

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“REVIEW YOU”  By: Paul Stieffel

Last week was one of the most stressful for me as I am negotiating the future of my company, but I had made plans to go to Smiths’s on Friday and was going to stick to them come hell or high water. I was looking forward to seeing The Bridges and The Kicks. I also had a twitter commitment to THE KICKS to bring them fudge from our company. They were following me on twitter and when I mentioned fudge and the show, they said bring some over!

When I got to Smiths’ I found Jordan the lead singer of the Kicks and showed him the fudge. With his blank expression I could really tell he thought I was nuts. I said they asked me to bring fudge on Twitter, but he was still confused. Upon further clarification I was brought backstage. It became a this can happen on twitter, reality, as their drummer Lucas said hey “you’re Doctor Fudge!” It was really great to see what a little fudge can do. I hung out for a bit, but my intention for the fudge was promotion and not trying to “hang backstage” with the band.

I went downstairs to have a beer before the show with Ange, Amber and April who were there to meet the manager on their way  to another event. After mentioning that I went backstage Ange suggested I write a review of the show. This was actually the most stressful thing that happened to me. I intended to go to the show and rock out with some great bands and a few hard-earned beers. The last thing I expected was now an assignment for something I have never done before (and it will show below). I was honored to be asked and gave it a shot.

So how does one review a show? I don’t know, because I live for the moment at any show I have ever seen. I don’t record them or take song lyrics, I especially don’t take notes about each song! My memories are what I can retain from the show. I know I could have taken a bunch of notes at the show with my Blackberry, but I certainly did not want to be that guy in the audience on his blackberry all night. I needed to enjoy the show.

The Kicks great sound is what of course got out twitter “conversations” going. The album is amazing and I am thankful to be able to stream it all on their website. Check it out for your selves! THE KICKS They can handle All Out Rockers such as “Songs for the Queen”, “Hawk Eyes”, Infectious Power Pop – “Sore Thumb”, Hard rocking ballads such as “Celia”, “This Feeling” and “Soulchaser” topped off by Beatlesque ballads – “Good morning Sunshine”.

The Kicks rocked hard giving it their all for current and future fans. Playing a set made up of new songs , cuts from their first album “The Rise of Ling Ritchie” and a few surprises. I watched the whole show from the side looking at the audience. This allowed me to sort look at it from the bands point of view. They do a great job of engaging the audience and showing their fans and future ones a great time.

Mid way through one of their songs they segued into a rocking version of the Spencer Davis Group’s Gimme Some Lovin. For their last few songs they showed us what makes them tick! They got their “Led” out with Rock N Roll, ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down,and Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. These covers speak loudly of their influences and capabilities to take on such classic songs!


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Seven Handle Circus

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Walking into Buckhead Theatre I have no clue what to expect from tonight’s music. I know Mumford & Sons saw the headlining act at a Bluegrass festival downtown and invited them to open their show. That is why I am here. As I head inside I hear rock coming from the stage. I make my way down to the front of the crowd. Justin Allmet is performing and I see people dancing and demanding more.  He only plays a short set but I will find him in Atlanta again! Next up is Lera Lynn, a country music group. Twang and heartfelt ballads belt from Lera’s mouth.  This is my “type” of country: a mixture of classic country with a modern Southern twist. Last to come on is Seven Handle Circus. The Circus enters playing and soon the crowd is jumping and swaying as a unit to the sound of Bluegrass, rock, alternative, and even rap. Seven Handle Circus wows me. There is non-stop sound and a stage performance that engages the audience. These guys pack the house. If you have not been out to see a Seven Handle Circus show,  it is an Atlanta “must” do.  At the end of the night I did not want to leave or have the music stop. I expect to see these guys on top of the charts soon.

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Dokken Concert at Wild Bills

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Great Show! I though Great White Lion Snake was awesome as an opening act! Great stage presence. Dokken opened with “Just Got Lucky” and it was a great start. Crowd was very much into the band. Just wished Don had his voice at full capacity. He used the fans to sing high chorus notes to save his voice. Other than that….very entertaining!

 

~Sent to us by Lenny B. ~ Thanks for your contribution to The Backstage Beat Lenny! Keep rockin!

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Atomic Boogie/Creepshow

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It’s a Tuesday in February, but it feels like spring has finally sprung on the city of Atlanta. Though it’s a school night, there’s a lot going on in our fair little city this evening. I’ve made my way to The Masquerade to see the local rockabilly band Atomic Boogie open for Canadian psychobilly band The Creepshow. The Creepshow are beginning their tour this evening in support of their recently released CD, They All Fall Down. Perhaps it’s the mild temperatures or the promise of a night filled with amazing music, but the room seems to have a certain electric energy.

As Atomic Boogie takes the stage, old friends greet each other and new friends are made. The band begins with the instrumental title track of their most recent CD, Slung A Rod and visits many fan favorites like Leadfoot Mama, Shakin’ My Heart Apart, I‘ll Be Leaving Memphis, and Broken Hearted Blues. By the time that the band ends with Broken Whiskey Bottle, it’s obvious that Atomic Boogie was the perfect choice to start the night!

The Creepshow takes the stage and the crowd welcomes the visitors from the great white north with wide open arms! The band plays songs from They All Fall Down and their previous CD, Run For Your Life. Every song seems to garner the same excited response from the fans who are singing and dancing. The Creepshow set list includes Rue Morgue Radio, Run For Your Life, Hellbound, Demon Lover, Get What’s Coming, Going Down (one of my personal faves!), and Take My Hand. Lead singer Sarah Sin announces that the band is going to do a slow song to dance to and couples break off to dance to Sleep Tight, a sweet du-wop sounding tale of a boyfriend who kills his girlfriend and buries her under his floor. Have no fear dear readers because soon The Creepshow is rocking again with other favorites like Keep Dreaming, Buried Alive, and Dearly Departed. All too soon, however, the music is done and as I glance around the room…noone looks disappointed! The fans look happy and satiated, content that they got their money’s worth on this night.

Backstage, Sarah confesses to me that she was worried that they weren’t going to make it to Atlanta since they had to contend with snow in Ohio. “We had to drive like 600 miles today! That’s why we got here so late today.” She also compliments me on my ring, a black heart with the word Bitten across the middle. While I do admit to paying $5 for the ring at Wal-Mart, I don’t mention that it was from the Twilight line of accessories. ;o)

I’m sure I’ll have a killer hangover tomorrow, but the night was worth it. Tonight was the kind of night that reminds me why I love music so much.

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Visit The Creepshow’s Myspace page for upcoming tour dates and to hear songs off the newest CD.

Be sure to check out local boys, Atomic Boogie for upcoming dates (there’s a lot of ‘em!) and songs from their CD, Slung A Rod.

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