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The Watchers & Kyng (Vegas Rock Revolution) @Count’s Vamp’d 9-20-18

By: John Gist

This past Thursday at Count’s Vamp’d was a spectacular night of excellent high level heavy rock.

The Watchers came down from The Bay Area just for the show and blew people off their chairs and closer to the front area. I have seen The Watchers twice before this including SXSW Ripple Fest and this was their best. Always delivering an excellent pro show with amazing songs that just naturally get you rocking as it has a fragrance of familiarity but you can’t quite pin them down. Anyways I am already in talks with them to come back to Sin City again. Importantly they rocked and were cool to work with along with of course being good people. Ripple Music was very smart grabbing these guys. Buy their music and support if you can! Their newest album, “Black Abyss” is truly amazing!

Local act, Honor Amongst Thieves slid into the middle spot and torched the place for 30 minutes of fury sure to leave a mark. The boys ignited fans and had the floor good and crowded. Some rumor this might be the last show of the year for them?

Kyng returned to the land of Milk and Honey… Oh those were the stripper’s names… I kid I kid… SiriusXM Octane stalwarts came in with full set of their killer songs from their three releases (Two of the releases charted) as well as a few tricks up their sleeves. Front-man Eddie Veliz whispered delicately (Kidding) in my ear that Christian Brady of HELLYEAH was coming up to join with the band to do “Hot for Teacher.”  Folks were so fired up to see Christian Brady one of our hometown heroes getting up there randomly and shifting Eddie to just sing the David Lee Roth part… This was a masterful set and the crowd was non-stop rocking all night long!

Excellent showcase of killer heavy rock from Vegas Rock Revolution brought to Count’s Vamp’d by John Gist.

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The Dead Daisies @Fremont Country Club: Las Vegas 9-12-18

By: Leah Burlington 

Guitar Center: Daisyland

We got up front and personal with The “Mighty” Dead Daisies at our Las Vegas Guitar Center at Town Square here in Vegas. The fans that showed up were treated to a short acoustic set (Four songs!) with the band and a short Q&A. After that we were escorted to the store where we were all given posters, stickers and photo ops with the entire band!! They signed anything we had and treated all of us fans like GOLD!! This is how done!!! That was a very special moment for all of us! Thank you to John Corabi, Doug Aldrich, Deen Castronovo, Marco Mendoza and to David Lowy! We appreciate all you guys did!! Thank you!! No one out there does what this band does. They do the acoustic sets before the show, (called Daisyland!) with a FREE meet and greet. They sign anything and everything! They pose for pics and smile and chat. They also put on a KILLER show and then after the show another quick meet and greet and more signed posters and guitar picks!! The guys are just so generous with their time for the Fans!! These guys are one of the most FAN friendly bands I have EVER seen!! Thank you The Dead Daisies for ALL you do for the Fans and all the great energy you give to us!!

A few hours after the acoustic set at Guitar Center we all headed downtown to see The Dead Daisies with Hookers & Blow at Fremont Country Club!! Was good to see so many friends come out for a kick ass rock show on a Weds night!! The show was off the hook!! Both bands brought the rock n roll spirit to the stage and blew everyone away! I had a blast shooting and rocking, like I always do!! Fan for LIFE!! Music like this and bands like this, makes life so worth living!! The Dead Daisies, we love you guys!! I had the best time on Weds night’s show at Fremont Country Club!! They Rocked!!!

John Gist review:

Yesterday was a really cool day. We went to Guitar Center and got to meet all the guys from The Dead Daisies John Corabi, Marco Mendoza , Deen Castrovono, Doug Aldrich and David Lowy. They played a few songs, answered some questions from the audience and told stories.

Then off to Fremont Country Club to catch the show The Dead Daisies with Dizzy Reed’s Hookers & Blow + one more, local boys Honor Amongst Thieves got an earlier start than many of us were expecting but for me the good news is they are playing the Kyng and The Watchers At Count’s Vamp’d next Thursday at my Vegas Rock Revolution Showcase. (More on that show in this issue!)

Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses band Hookers and Blow guided us through various GNR songs to keep the energy pumping some as the crowd continued to fill up this large venue. The darn song “Pretty Tied Up” has been in my head all day now!

The Dead Daises took the stage and really showed what an amazing collection of musicians are part of this band. Highway Star got the crowd in a frenzy. The Dead Daisies put on a hell of an energetic show and brought the house down!

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Dimmu Borgir @The Joint @HRH Las Vegas 8-19-18

Dimmu Borgir at The Joint @HRH 8-19-18

Photo’s: Leah Burlington

The Sinister Minister review of Dimmu Borgir at Psychofest Las Vegas;

On Sunday, August 19th, Vegas felt the burn of Hell…. And not from the summer heat… We were treated to an amazing show from one of the leading Symphonic Black Metal bands on the planet… Dimmu Borgir! And this Minister was fortunate enough to get a killer last minute hookup from my good friend and Rock Photographer extraordinaire, Leah Burlington…

Just before the show I was able to join Leah in DB’s dressing quarters and got to meet (Guitarist) Silenoz! He was very cool and accommodating he was good enough to sit down and grant me a quick interview for The Black Mass on Loaded Radio! We had a beer during and chatted about the bands immediate plans…  Awesome stuff! Then we moved to a different room and shortly after, in walks (Singer) Shagrath… Nearly made up for the performance and I got to say a quick hello… It was really awesome to finally meet this band I have so admired since 1996! After the show, we got to hang at the center bar at the Hard Rock with Silenoz for pretty much the remainder of the evening…  And a great time we had! On to the performance…  Well, what can be said aside of, ‘you had to be there’, cuz you kinda did!  But if you weren’t, let’s just say you missed a show of absolute epic proportions! And this was technically a warm up show for Dimmu, they’re gearing up for their own world tour in support of the new album, ‘Eonian’ I can imagine how killer the entire production is gonna be! I’ve seen Dimmu in full force with the Symphony and it’s amazing what they can do in full effect… So, it kinda goes without saying that if you have the opportunity to witness this spectacular spectacle of Metal… By all means in Hell and on Earth, Don’t miss it!

Dimmu Website: Dimmu Borgir 

YouTube: Dimmu Borgir Videos

 

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Alice Cooper Band Pre-Party @Count’s Vamp’d 8/9/18

The Alice Cooper Pre-Party was a total blast!! Most of the Cooper band was there jamming with people from here and rocking Coop covers and many other covers! Jesse/Josiah Camp hosted the event!! Yes he is alive and well!! He was such a blast!! Everyone hung out and met with the Vamp’d crowd and we had SO much fun! This band truly rocks!!

Onstage: Calico Cooper, Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, Sheryl Cooper, Tommy Henriksen, Glen Sobel, Jesse Camp, Marque Martinez, Maryann Cotton, Eric Stacy, Mary Kryah

 

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Dirty Pairadice Reunion at Count’s Vampd with Smashing Alice 7/27/18

Dirty Pairadice Reunites onstage during Smashing Alice’s set @Vamp’d

Smashing Alice played Count’s Vamp’d for Dallas William’s Birthday Bash and for the first time in five years, Dirty Pairadice reunited together again onstage for a few songs! Dallas and Ruzz Roxx, who are in SA, exploded onstage with guitarist, Dylan Dice and drummer, Donald Decceco and played their original songs, “Nightlife”, “Dirty Pairadice”, “Can You Feel It?”, and ended with a bang with “Cowboys From Hell!!”I stood there, on the barricade, in tears when I saw them ripping up “Nightlife” again!! They were totally tight and full of new found energy!!! It was very emotional for me to see these guys rocking together again!! It brought back so many memories of hanging out and seeing these guys tearing shit up all over Vegas and especially at Vamp’d five years ago. I did my first band promo’s with these guys!! I have always believed in them 100%. Dylan and Dallas have that “Power Duo” chemistry, like Axl and Slash or Steven and Joe. I have always said that and to this day, I believe this band could make it big. Ruzz and Donnie balance them out with their boundless energy and heavy rhythm section! These four personalities are perfect for a kick ass rock band to conquer the world, not just in Vegas!! It is rumored that Dirty Pairadice is back together, writing songs and maybe even adding another guitarist, for that “Double Axe Attack!” Keep an eye out for more shows in the future!!

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Electric Radio Kings @Count’s Vamp’d 7/21/18 Interview

Electric Radio Kings @Count’s Vamp’d 7/21/18 Interview with Singer Paul Christiana

Leah: Hello Paul! Hey, great show in Vegas a couple of weeks ago!! Great to see Electric Radio Kings grace the stage at Count’s Vamp’d again for the second time!! 

Paul: Well, we have thumbed through a few bassists, but are pushing forward and it is been amazing. The last show we got to play with Michael Grant who opened for us and is an amazing talent. Vegas and Vampd are home base for us and we adore our fans and friends, some who came from Canada and Ohio to see us live. 

Leah: Tell me a little bit about your new band Electric Radio Kings…

Paul: Electric Radio Kings are a 5 piece rock outfit utilizing the best of yesterday’s classics such as Cheap Trick, STP, Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver and inject it with a new vibe that blends rock from today back to the 70’s. I am the vocalist, Stacey Blades Guitars, Keith Horne on guitars, Del Cheetah on bass and Johnny Rude on drums.

Leah: I am hearing good things about the band, that you guys are getting some serious radio airplay and are getting some nice features in the press. What are you guys doing differently to get radio and the press interested in a new band?

Paul: We are working with Landshark Promotions who released our single “Sympathy for Me.” It was accepted well on Active Rock and thanks to Eddie Trunk and Alice Cooper, it got enough airplay to chart on Classic Rock and Active Rock Radio.

Leah: While you were here for your show, you were in the recording studio working on the new album. Where are you recording and who is producing your album??

Paul: Well we love to keep it in Vegas! It’s our home town and AJ St James has been double duty on the engineering and producing while our brother Danny Koker’s studio Desert Moon has been a chilled out vibe, especially with all the great leopard print and purple velvet.

Leah: You are from New Orleans. What is the music scene like there?? Do they have rock n roll clubs or places that have live rock n roll there??

Paul: New Orleans was raised on Jazz but that is a huge misnomer because as far as rock goes Led Zeppelin were the gods to New Orleans, basically Phil Anselmo from Pantera, Zebra, Lilian Axe, and also Crowbar reign from New Orleans.

Leah: Tell me a little about you, tell me about your past music career and what bands were you in? Did you do the whole 80’s thing?

Paul: I cut my teeth in the 80’s on bands like Y & T, AC / DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Scorpions, Seems like the 80’s bands such as Motley Crue, Blizzard of Oz , WASP, Dokken, Twisted Sister made an impact on me but nearly what the 60’s and 70’s did. I really love the songwriting of Jim Croce,Carole King ,The Eagles and Van Morrison. We are a blend of all the killer hard rock and songwriting we grew up with.

Thank you Paul!! I wish you guys all the best!!

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Electric-Radio-Kings-2014759445425672/

Landshark Promotions: http://www.landsharkpromotion.com/electric-radio-kings.html

Electric Radio Kings Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06jLFudr8RI

 

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Vegas Rock Revolution #6: Void Vator, The Babes, & Crimson Riot @Vamp’d 7/19/18

Vegas Rock Revolution Showcase:  Void Vator / The Babes / Crimson Riot at Count’s Vamp’d Las Vegas 7/19/18

Punk power trio Crimson Riot created an uprising of rockers to their feet as they dived into a 30 minute set of 90’s era style punk originals (think Green Day, Social D, Offspring).  As recent winners of the TopGolf   “Who Will Rock You” they came in confident and sharp.  Roxy Gunn is a force to be reckoned with.  Total pros and with their infectious upbeat style got the fans moving early.

The Babes who are from Australia drove in the middle of the night from L.A.  to be part of “The Morning Blend” on KTNV Channel 13 bright and early in the morning here in Sin City.  12-14 Hours later  they were up on stage bringing a big dose good time rock and roll.  Front man Joey Ryan with his Viking looks kept the crowd on edge as he dived around on stage and drank copious amounts of Southern Comfort.  Donna Demasi on lead guitar and some vocals along with her sister Moni Lashes on drums brought more sex appeal and style to this titillating show. Corey Stone the younger but yet much bigger brother held down things with his steady bass style.

Headliner Void Vator returned for their second visit to Count’s Vamp’d and 4th with Vegas Rock Revolution took the stage with a swagger that harkens back to the peak times of metal in the 80s.  Their strong two guitar attack, lead by front man Lucas Kanopa and Erik Kluiber (formerly of White Wizzard/ Gypsyhawk). These two have different styles but yet mesh so good with each other.  The boys from Void Vator broke out a tribute to Vinnie Paul with a fiery rendition of Pantera’s “Goddamn Electric”.

The crowd was left wanting more as the guys left the stage drenched in sweat from another great show in Vegas. It was an amazing night and truly it was so impressive how each band supported each other all through the night which is becoming a common theme at Vegas Rock Revolution Showcases.

 

 

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Tom Keifer at the Brooklyn Bowl 7/12/18

Tom Keifer at the Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas 7/12/18

By: Leah Burlington

I still remember the first time I saw Cinderella on MTV, the video was “Nightsongs”, and it was my first glimpse of this beautiful singer with a bluesy voice, named Tom Keifer. I was intrigued and I had an instant crush on this man with the lips like Steven Tyler and the swagger of Jagger. This guy has it, I thought. I became a huge Cinderella fan after that, seeing them live opening for Bon Jovi and David Lee Roth, twice in one year in 1986. They played arenas back then, and always put on a high energy, fun rocking show!! This band had so much talent! Cinderealla is one of the only “Glam” bands that I will still pop a CD in and listen all the way through. They had substance musically that a lot of the bands in that era, didn’t have. Their videos were corny but cool for the 80’s and I just loved this band.

Here we are thirty two years later, (My how time flies!) and I am seeing Tom and his solo band live at the Brooklyn Bowl. (I saw him at Vamp’d, three years ago as well) He is still touring, rocking and sounding better than ever!  The band are as follows: Tom Keifer (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Savannah Keifer (Vocals, Percussion, Piano), Tony Higbee (Guitar, Vocals), Billy Mercer (Bass guitar, Vocals) Kendra Chantelle (Vocals, Percussion), Jarred Pope (Drums, Vocals) Kory Myers (Keyboards, Vocals). Half way through the amazing set of Cinderella classics, his beautiful wife Savanna, who sings back-round vocals and comes out during “Don’t Know What You Got Til its Gone”, on piano, along with her talented husband. These two are a power couple onstage and I am sure off.

The show was a stellar dose of talent and pure raw energy from the beginning to the end, the crowd was on their feet singing and rocking out the whole show. Tom would sometimes take off the guitar and do only vocal duties and hold the mic stand over the crowd of enthusiastic fans to sing along with him… On “Nobody’s Fool”, that part where he sings, “I scream my heart out, just to make a dime”, He screams it out while getting down on the stage, with an almighty wail. I mean, he literally screams like a banshee and it’s just clear and clean as a siren! His voice is better than ever, even with all the problems he used to have with it. It’s now a fine tuned force to be reckoned with. Tom still has IT…

My favorite part of the show is the last few songs, when they play “With a Little Help from My Friends”, as it is such a great song to grab a hold of your good friends next to you at this particular moment, hold them close and sing your freaking heart out!! That is what rock n roll is all about!! The communion of souls, yearning to rock and sing and be heard. This is a moment of pure upliftment and that is why it’s my fave part of Tom Keifer’s set!!!

This was an absolutely amazing show and they left us wanting more… It doesn’t get much better than this, musically, emotionally, spiritually.

Set list: The More Things Change, The Last Mile,Bad Seamstress Blues / Fallin’ Apart at the Seams, The Way Life Goes, Long Cold Winter, It’s Not Enough, Somebody Save Me, Shake Me, Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone), Nobody’s Fool, Solid Ground, Night Songs, Coming Home, Shelter Me, Encore: Tumbling Dice (The Rolling Stones cover), With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles cover), Gypsy Road