Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Corey Feldman with La Rissa Vienna and the Strange, and The Jacob Cade Project at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO on 6/23/17.

Corey Feldman and the Angels
I went to Corey Feldman and the Angels with low expectations. I assumed his band would play their instruments as seriously as the models in a Robert Palmer video. I thought Feldman would do his Michael Jackson imitation for a hand full of curious onlookers and it would be over in minutes.

I was wrong.  Feldman entertained a near sold out audience for over two hours. He had more costume changes than a Cher concert, more show business stories than a vaudevillian comedian, and a set list that took the audience through his lengthy career.

Corey Feldman and the Angels
After a propaganda video listing his multiple movies, television appearances, and musical albums, the scantly clad Angels appeared on stage complete with illuminated wings and halos. Corey Feldman followed wearing a Michael Jackson like black leather ensemble (except he wore both gloves). After playing a few songs from his new album Angelic 2 the Core, it was apparent that this was going to be a real show.

Throughout his career Feldman contributed music to the soundtracks to many of his movies. Playing the songs from these films provided a way to take the audience through his career (the video clips helped as well).  He also covered Beatles, Michael Jackson (one of his closest friends according to Feldman), and Little Richard songs.

Angel Margo
To prove his band (the Angels) really did play their own instruments, Feldman spotlighted them throughout the night.  His wife and keyboardist Angel Courtney Anne sang Cyndi Lauper's The Goonies 'R' Good Enough from the 1985 movie Goonies (Feldman portrayed Clark 'Mouth' Devereaux in the film).  Angel Margo played the violin to an original composition.  Twenty-one-year-old Angel Jimena Fosado impressed me the most. She played a mash up of The White StripesMetallica, and Nirvana guitar hooks.

Corey Feldman reappeared in a hooded outfit playing the drums while smoking a vape cigarette. The Angeles sang Stand by Me with clips from the 1986 Rob Reiner movie with the same name playing in the background (Feldman played Teddy Duchamp in the film).

The night ended with Corey Feldman on a hover board singing Go For It.  It was symbolic of his show. Sounds ridiculous, but it turned out to be surprisingly entertaining.

The Jacob Cade Project
The three-piece band The Jacob Cade Project played before the Angels landed on stage.  Jacob Cade is a singer guitar player from Parker, Colorado that just graduated from high school.  He has been playing the guitar since he was four-years-old.  He woke the crowd up with his fast paced song Green Light Go. Next was a rapid fire set of Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Joe Walsh covers.  Base player Jim Cade looked old enough to be Jacob's Dad ... because he is his Dad.  Jacob Cade slowed things down by playing an original song about a recent brake up.  But what really wowed the crowd was his guitar playing.  When he would play a difficult lick, Jacob would stick his tongue out and smile. He took advantage of the large crowd at the end of the night by encouraging everyone to text a number for free music.

Opening act La Rissa Vienna and the Strange played their spooky rock to the diverse Corey Feldman audience. Lead singer LaRissa Vienna sang songs written to inspire the underdogs and the outcasts while doing her Tae Bo moves she learned from her mother's Billy Blanks videos.  Bass player Aaron Mendoza and guitar player Nick Workman worked heavy metal touches into the music.  At the same time, violin player Vanity Welch (wearing a Goonies t-shirt) added to the depth of the songs with her classically trained playing.

See you at the next show.  I'll be the one riding the hover board in the Goonies t-shirt.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shooter Jennings & Waymore's Outlaws with Radio Birds and Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angeles in Denver, CO at the Summit Music Hall on 6/21/17

Shoot Jennings with Waymore's Outlaws
Waylon Jennings passed away more than fifteen-years ago, but the country outlaw's music lives on through his son, his backing band, and in the hearts of fans like the guy with the Waylon tattoo in front of the stage.

Waylon Jennings band named Waymore's Outlaws have been performing Waylon Jennings songs for several years. Singer Tommy Townsend took the legendary band through classics such as Luckenback TX (Back to the Basics of Love), Good Time Woman (complete with a Willie Nelson impression), and Theme Song from the Dukes of Hazard (Good Ol'Boys).  A few minutes later, they all appeared together with the headliner.

Blonde Woman of Intoxication
Shooter Jennings grew up on his father's tour bus. He started playing music from the age of five. Shooter turned down the chance to front the rock super group Velvet Revolver to pursue country. He has produced music with everyone from Marilyn Manson to Billy Ray Cyrus.

Right when Shooter joined the Waymore's Outlaws onstage, an enthusiastic fan (really drunk girl) pushed through the crowd to be front and center. She displayed her embarrassing dancing skills and obnoxious heavy metal hand gestures with everyone around her.  She repeatedly yelled, "Shooter what are your drinkin'?" Shooter Jennings finally had to mumble Jack and Coke between songs to shut her up. Another over zealous fan in the front row showed off his Waylon insignia tattoo to impress the blonde woman of intoxication. After she informed the branded man about her husband at the bar, the annoying outlaw country lover disappeared to the relief of everyone around her (except for the broken hearted guy next to the stage).

Shooter Jennings
Wearing a tattered MC5 shirt and sunglasses, Shooter Jennings played a hit filled crowd-pleasing set. Highlights were 4th of July, Living in Minor Key, and Nashville from Afar. Shooter dedicated a song to his decreased best friend and music manager Colonel Jon Hensley. Hensley was responsible for many musical careers.  He nudged Shooter towards his country roots and (my Lord and Savor) Jack White to produce rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson's latest album. The tribute song was a Danny O'Keefe cover of Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues. The melancholy lyrics state, "Your're not a kid at thirty-three/Ya play around, ya lose your wife/Ya play too long, you lose your life/I got my pills to ease the pain/Can't find a thing to ease the rain."  Tommy Townsend took over the vocals to end the show with the fitting Same Old Outlaw.

Radio Birds
Looking like they just stepped out of a tour bus from the 1970's, Radio Birds made their Denver debut that night.  The Atlanta, Georgia band described their sound as plain old rock and roll with a hairy touch. They claim the "hairy" as being a little dirty, but I think it's because of every member has a beard.  Gravely voiced lead singer Justin Keller charmed the audience with songs about southern life.  The bass player, a hippie version of Ed Sheeran, had his eyes closed to find the groove of every song. The barefoot drummer sang along to every song despite the fact he wasn't singing into a microphone.  Radio Bird ended with Long Way Down a song about being on the road.  "It's a long way down that cold dark valley/I'm tiered of living through other people's dreams/I'll make my way as soon as I see the signs that the road is coming ... so long." 

Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angeles
The evening of music started with Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angeles.  Wearing a rhinestone tailored original Manual Cuevas (a famous Western wear suit designer), Prestwood looked and sounded like he was singing in a Honkey Tonk in the 1940's. The old school country band played songs about waking up at 3:00 AM t, positive aspects about incarceration, and being the king of all losers. It makes sense their new album is entitled Born Too Late.

See you at the next show.  I'll be the one in the rhinestone suit asking that obnoxious woman to sit down.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pretty Boy Floyd, One Track Mind, Da Screech, and Self Service at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, CO on 6/2/17

Pretty Boy Floyd
Rolling Stone Magazine just claimed Poison is the last hair metal band standing. It appears their writers forgot about Pretty Boy Floyd.  They have been performing high-energy metal glam shows since 1987. For the last few years, Wolfpack Productions has brought the Sunset Strip Rockers to Colorado. Changing from their usual Buffalo Rose appearances, Herman's Hideaway hosted the glam band on Friday. Back when I was the young guy at the show, I saw Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Bob Schneider, and The Beat Farmers at the Denver venue. Now it's considered to be in the middle of the Green Mile (named after all the recreational marijuana dispensaries in the area).  The announcer promoted a near by pot shop during the band introductions by stating, "You can get a free joint with purchase." It is the Mile High City after all.

Self Service
Local band Self Service (I don't think their name is about pumping gas) played first. Singer Steve Capstick led the band through Motorhead covers and original songs. There was a lot of crowd interaction that felt like a comedy show with a punk attitude.  Capstick introduced a song about rebelling against his kids sagging jeans by pulling up their pants.  Drummer Tristan Maher used a golf bag to store his drums equipment in at the end of their set. Where else would a comedy punk band drummer store his drum stands?

Da Screech
The three-piece modern rock heavy metal band Da Screech (named after a Jamaican rum popular in Newfoundland) was next. United States Air Force veteran Leon Lighting took the stage looking like the Webster Dictionary definition of a rock singer. He had long hair, tight jeans, and Conan the Barbarian muscles. He blended his vocals nicely with metal blues guitarist Jeremy Bryan.  Holding the whole operation together was Kev The Mac Attack on drums. The highlight of their set was their song Loaded 45 with killer bass fills by Lighting and impressive guitar playing by Bryan.

One Track Mind
Before the glam metal started, One Track Mind took the stage.  I know they were serious about their rock because that's when the fog machine started. Lead singer Chad Martin looked like a younger version of Ron Perlman from the Sons of Anarchy television show. He had the muscles, sleeveless spiked jean jacket, and F*CK belt buckle. Martin's intimidating presence had the women swaying back and forth during his ballads and brought fists up in the air during his Rock God wailing. Their song Going for a Ride raised the temperature up so much it forced Martin to take off his shirt.  This revealed his tattooed upper torso and his pieced nipples (a little something for the ladies).

Steve Summers
The main attraction Pretty Boy Floyd started with the title track off their 1989 debut album Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz. Wearing a black bandana and cowboy hat combo lead singer Steve Summers fired up the crowd immediately.  He encouraged everyone to sing along (especially the young lady with electric blue hair in front of the stage).  Next the band powered through Motley Crue's Toast of the Town. The infectious chorus had the audience chanting, "Hey Hey Hey." About the forth song into the set, the drums started to tumble down onto the front of the stage. It became clear that this was not part of the show. Drummer Ben Graves was having a seizure. A fire truck and ambulance arrived.  Graves was taken to a nearby hospital.  He was released from the ICU four days later.

See you at the next show.  I'll be the one sending positive thoughts to Ben Graves for a speedy recovery.