Suicidal Tendencies Transforms Riverside

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Suicidal Tendencies Transforms Riverside

As a conduit for free speech and fighting censorship, Suicidal Tendencies has had more than their share of fighting the good fight.  Avant garde music and breaking molds means one is on the forefront of such matters. Years gone by and nothing has changed with respect to the intensity, music, and vision of Mike Muir and his men of mayhem.

On December 13, 2014 Suicidal brought their passion to the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in the Mission district.  Standing in front of the venue, a fan remarked to me, “I dunno man.  This place looks like a church.”  I replied, “Fuck yeah it is; it’s the Church of Suicidal!”  He broke into a mischievous grin and hoofed it inside for the show.

 

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Shooting Mike Muir is akin to photographing a tiger in a cage.  His movements, fluid and purposeful, remain unpredictable enough to keep the crowd guessing and moving themselves.  He moves between the other band members  and you can see in his facial expressions and body language that he feeds off of their musical energy.  This symbiotic relationship has the obvious effect of pumping up the crowd.  It also shows their dedication to their art, in that they don’t just sing and play, they feel the music.

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Suicidal Tendencies @RMA

Part-way through the show kids and other fans were invited up on stage for a real treat.  It was great to see both the deer-in-headlights faces of the ST youth as well as the seasoned ST veterans in full reverence for the Suicidal band and crew.  The venue itself is an EXCELLENT place to see any show.  Inclined seats behind a full open floor provide nice viewing or tons of room for moshing, whatever your preference is at the moment.  There is also a sweet balcony for VIP which provides not just a great view of the FULL stage but also sweet overview of mosh pit action.  The folks at RMA couldn’t be any nicer or accommodating to their fans and the sound and lighting are nothing to be snubbed.

Music Icon News would like to thank the Riverside Municipal Auditorium as well as Livenation for making this venue and the Suicidal Performance one to remember!

Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

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Primus at Fox PAC in Riverside 11/23/2014

I first saw Primus in the 90s as a youngster, and as a fan I know they won’t disappoint.  The great thing about Primus though is how they continue to incorporate new elements into their style.  They really outdid themselves in their translation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory into musical performance.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory is phenomenal for fans new and old.

The venue provided a classic theatre style scene, with full seating and unobstructed views surrounded by beautiful architecture.  It really set the stage for a kickass Wonka-infused Primus show.  The photo shooting policy and options was more challenging but Dan was able to get some great shots

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

Marquee Riverside Fox PAC

The merch area offered fans an opportunity to pick up a variety of items, including a poster by renowned artist Mario Martinez. Attendees also had the chance to pick up autographed posters, with proceeds going to cancer research.  Check out some of the amazing artists they have conspired with here.

The first part of the show was all Primus, as they played to fans of their music.  Full of great montage and solo jams, Les, Larry, and Tim had the crowd wriggling and jumping.  It was fantastic to see Tim after his health scare this year and even better to say that his drumming suffered not one iota.  Les let everyone know that Larry was a Riverside native.  We are much happier with his strumming for Primus rather than purveyor of Ler’s Fancy Franks.

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Tim Alexander of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Larry LaLonde of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Les Claypool of Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus and the Chocolate Factory

The second half of the show was preceded by an intermission.  Upon completion of intermission the curtain raised to reveal a Wonka wonderland complete with mushrooms, candy and colors.  The big screen kept time with a multidimensional interpretation of the original Wonka film as Primus drew the crown through the Dahlian wonder of an otherworld candy paradise.

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

Primus @Riverside Fox PAC

The band’s love of the movie was evident in the show, and its combination with the band’s wonderful sound was loved by the crowd.  Original footage combined with the psychedelic camera work which was often beat driven was inspired.  I will never tire of the ease with which Primus unleashes their art into an auditorium.  Primus and the Chocolate Factory fans have a couple of more dates to look forward to.  If you are anywhere near the upcoming venues/shows and have a chance to attend, you’d be a special kind of fool not to take the opportunity.

Special thanks for allowing Music Icon News access to photograph Primus at the fantastic Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center.

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