Wild Bills here in Atlanta announced their Summer Rock Series which as of now features not one, not two but THREE classic hard rock bands that are without a doubt going to crank things up to “11” and take you back in time to when your hairline was lower, the jeans were tight and you weighed about 50lbs less.
The following shows are Professor Don picks for all his Metal Shop students:
June 25, 2011
$15 adv ga / $21 at the door / $25 for a seat at a table / $50-$100 vip
New Jeresey’s Skid Row took the scene by storm in 1988 with their debut album that boasted such hits as Youth Gone Wild, Piece of Me and I Remember You. Moving quickly from opening act to arena headliners, Skid Row released “Slave To The Grind” which showcased a much heavier and grittier sound with songs like “Monkey Business”, “Riot Act” and “Quicksand Jesus.” After the release of their 3rd album “Subhuman Race”, Skid Row ducked into the shadows only to return again in 1999 with new singer Johnny Solinger and a new album called “Thickskin.” Nearly 11 years later, Skid Row is still going strong playing to packed houses and releasing new music such as the band’s latest “Revolutions Per Minute.” Dust off those old shirts, squeeze into those jeans and get out there and see this band! Local acts Bigfoot and Rockets to Ruin will open the show.
July 22, 2011
$15 adv ga / $25 for a seat at a table / $50-$100 VIP
Since 1983’s “Breaking The Chains,” Don Dokken has been putting out some of the most melodic hard rock music out there. Featuring guitar god George Lynch, Dokken released such hard rock classics as “Its Not Love”, “Into The Fire”, “Burning Like A Flame” just to name a few. Nearly 30 years later and a few line up changes, Dokken is still hitting the road not only playing the songs that are the soundtrack of our youths but they are still putting out some really great music. These days, Dokken’s line up features Don Dokken, Jon Levin on guitar, Sean McNabb on bass and classic Dokken drummer Wild Mick Brown. Expect to hear all the classics and then some at what should be a kick ass evening of classic hard rockin’ music.
July 29, 2011
$20 ga adv / $26 at the door / $30 for a seat at a table / $60-$100 vip
In my opinion, Cinderella was always a band that stood above the pack of bands that they were lumped in with. Considered by industry and fans as a “hair” band, Cinderella proved to be far more than that with a catalog of albums that shows versatility, growth and creativity that far exceeds the genre tag pinned on their collars. Cinderella first popped up in 1986 as an opening act for Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” tour and since then have released four albums, all of which gave us classics such as “Gypsy Road”, “Don’t Know What You Got Till Its Gone”, “Shelter Me”, “Heartbreak Station” and “Bad Attitude Shuffle” just to name a few. After touring behind 1994’s “Still Climbing” the band took time off only to reappear sounding better than ever in 2000 only to be stricken down by singer/guitarist Tom Keifer’s vocal issues. The band returned to the stage in 2010 sounding and looking better than ever the band is once again hitting the road to bring their roots laden hard rock classics to the fans once again. If you only see one show this summer, this should be it and I kid you not. These guys still bring it in a huge way.
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Fear Factory at the Masquerade
Fear Factory destroyed the Masquerade on September 4th with an amazing set. Fear Factory was one of the first bands to pioneer industrial metal. It was great to see them back in Atlanta after a long absence. Fear Factory is on tour promoting their new album Genexas, which lead singer Burton made sure we pronounced correctly (ha). Their show was great and I found myself singing along while I took pictures of the band. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact I could hardly SEE the band. Once again the Masquerade didn’t bother to turn up the stage lights for the bands. This of course makes it very hard to photograph. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed watching this band play some of my favorite tunes live like Shock, Edgecrusher, Damaged, and Demanufacture!
2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest
The 2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest visited Atlanta on July 26th, with amazing bands like WhiteChapel, and Slayer!
When I walked into Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood it was like a ghost town. In past years, the Mayhem Fest is usually packed with people, but this year was different. The entrance I walked into had no venders, no food venders, and no people hanging out between band sets. I walked clear across to the other side of the venue to find a much smaller side stage than the previous years.
After seeing, maybe a 1000+ people watching the side stage bands, I knew the Rockstar Mayhem was coming to an end. Also, the beloved Metal Mulisha motorcycle stunt riders were not present at this year’s Mayhem Fest. As for the bands, some of them just were not for me, while a few were amazing to see perform. It was a sad sight to see the Rockstar Mayhem Fest scaled down to almost nothing, but I still had a good time taking pictures.
Enjoy the pictures for the last Rockstar Mayhem Fest. Hopefully, some brave soul will pick up the torch and revive the festival!
Victory Records Stage
Check out pics from the Main Stage on the next page!
Friday @120 Marietta: Metal Invasion
Pathfinder Promotions and 120 Tavern and Music Hall Present MARIETTA METAL INVASION a night of Hard-hitting, in-your-face heavy Metal
Pathfinder Promotions and 120 Tavern and Music Hall Present “Marietta Metal Invasion,” a night of hard-hitting, in-your-face Heavy Metal from Atlanta’s Rigorism with their special guests Paladin, and on tour out of Florida: Sons Of Ragnar and Lacerate!
Rigorism formed in 2012 setting out to make music that doesn’t have a million genres, Metal is what is written, played and the adrenaline at a live show is definitely a must see. Strong vocals, powerful riffs, odd syncopated bass and drums make up RIGORISM \m/
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