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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Festival Supreme 2014 Ruled Supreme Success!

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Festival Supreme 2014 Ruled Supreme Success!

This year’s Festival Supreme made promises of great acts and a different venue from last year’s debut and those promises were exceeded!  Check out our Highlights Supreme!

While last year’s festival was held at Santa Monica pier, this year made the debut at The Shrine Expo and Grounds in Los Angeles.  This fine change rewarded fans with excellent access to all of the acts, as well as plenty of facilities and, most importantly, they did not run out of beer!

The tasty selection of acts from music and comedy included Tenacious D, The Kyle Gass Band, Upper Crust, Margaret Cho, Norm MacDonald, Aquabats, Eagles of Death Metal, Cheech and Chong, Awkwafina, Dethklok, The State, Peaches, TJ Miller, The Dan Band, Bo Burnham, Ron Lynch, Dr. Demento, Eric Andre, Bridget Everett, The Tulsa Skull Swingers, The Protomen, Jerrod Carmichael, Natasha Leggero, Heidecker and Wood, Doug Benson, Janeane Garofalo, Maria Bamford, Fred Armisen, Nick Kroll, Druck History, Workaholics, Comedy Bang! Bang! starring Scott Aukerman, Kumail Nanjiani, Arj Barker, The Haden Triplets, and Rob Zabrecky.  This incredible lineup was in addition to the fabulous acts caught on the Circus of Death stage inside.

The other three stages included the Phantom stage where much comedy did ensue with the likes of Dr. Demento (I can now die happy) and Margaret Cho (again, I die at peace with the world).  The Phantom stage seating was ample although some acts were definitely packed.  It was joyous that fans were polite and respectful to one another, as well as to the celebs strolling through the venue to see their colleagues at work.  And super deluxe kudos go out to the celebs that took the time to shoot the proverbial shit with their fans.  Much respect to you all!

Outside was the Gargoyle Stage and Franken Stage where both music and comedy were experienced.  AMAZ-BALLS.

Our highlights include comedy music icon Dr. Demento.  I proudly knew the words to every Dr. Demento album that my favorite physician played.  We are super stoked that there will be a movie about the wonderful Doctor and his service to mankind next year!  I’ll be in line for a ticket to Under the Smogberry Trees.  Check out his stuff online where you will be free from all of the censorship that I endured in the 70s.  Click here for streaming shows.

Dr. Demento graces the stage

Dr. Demento graces the stage

We at Music Icon News have a special spot for the Kyle Gass band.  Our KGB spot was rocked by tunes like “Bro Ho”, the homage to everyone’s favorite cool chick, “Man Child”, and “Questionable”.  If you don’t already own these amazing jams you must go HERE and buy the music that will change your life.  You haven’t lived until you’ve found your own KGB spot.

Kyle Gass has the voice of an angel

Kyle Gass has the voice of an angel

John Konesky of Kyle Gass Band

John Konesky of Kyle Gass Band

Eagles of Death Metal kick so much ass.  The energy off these fellas is so contagious that they gain fans with every jam.

The Eagles of Death Metal

The Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal

Eagles of Death Metal startin' the show with a smoke

Eagles of Death Metal startin’ the show with a smoke

Margaret Cho was her amazing self, and I was pleased to enjoy her entire set.  She looked super sexy in that leatherette onesie.  Me-yow!!  Check out her hijinks HERE.

Margaret Cho classes up the place

Margaret Cho classes up the place

Margaret Cho: makin' sexy look simple

Margaret Cho: makin’ sexy look simple

Aquabats was a veritable pool party and let me tell you, the balls were flyin!

 

Aquabats!

Aquabats!

Aquabats!

Aquabats!

Aquabats!

Aquabats!

Aquabats!  RAWR!

Aquabats! RAWR!

Peaches…. What can I say besides that I fucking love her?!  The only thing that would have been better than seeing her would be to have been in the champagne drenched woman sandwich with her and Margaret Cho during “Fuck the Pain Away”.

Peaches is waiting for you!

Peaches is waiting for you!

Peaches! Yeah!

Peaches! Yeah!

Tenacious D performed with their usual veracity and were joined by guest Weird Al!  What a treat!

JB of the D

JB of the D

KG and JB of Tenacious D

KG and JB of Tenacious D

Rock n Roll with Tenacious D

Rock n Roll with Tenacious D

JB of Tenacious D

JB of Tenacious D

My childhood was spent listening to Cheech and Chong on vinyl with my mom, and what a pleasure it was to see them in person.  All reports from fans who talked with them were positive, describing them as humble and interested.  How great to see and hear them play their influential comedy jams including “Me and My Old Lady” and “Mexican Americans”.  The duo performed cleanly, showing no signs of dulled senses!

 

Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong

Many people were pumped to see Dethklok, and they did not disappoint!  Brenden Small was amazing transitioning from voice to voice and supported by his bandmates to make it the greatest Metalocalypse experience in all of time and space!  I felt my skin melt off with every riff.  The Doomstar Requiem songs were amazingly supreme!  If you need another dose check them out HERE.

 

Brenden Small of Dethklok

Brenden Small of Dethklok

Brenden Small of Dethklok

Brenden Small of Dethklok

The improved venue and different acts made Festival Supreme a fantastic way to spend a Saturday.  Everyone including fans and performers was in their prime for this action packed show of comedy and music.  From seeing childhood heroes to inspiring new acts, it was not to be missed.  Check back with Music Icon News as we go through more photos and see more photos on IG @danielnoblephotography

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Sixx:AM Plays iHeartRadio Theater- Announces Tour!

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Sixx:AM Plays iHeartRadio Studio- Announces Tour!

Sixx:AM played to a packed studio in Los Angeles on October 7, 2014.  Everyone in attendance or watching/listening to the streams online would have to agree it was a huge success!  The breaking news was that Sixx:AM will begin their first headlining tour in April of 2015 with guests Apocalyptica.

The murmurs in the crowd were hopeful of a tour, and the affirmation was cheered as fans called out requests for places to play “Dallas!” “Chicago!”  I later talked to a fan to discover he had ventured to Los Angeles from Nevada just for the opportunity that iHeart Radio gave to Sixx:AM and Nikki Sixx fans alike.

DJ Ashba of Sixx:AM

DJ Ashba of Sixx:AM

Between songs, Sixx:AM participated in Q&A.  They illuminated the huge effect that the music, artwork, and spirit of the 60s and 70s had on them and their current release Modern Vintage.  Bandmembers cited bands like Queen, David Bowie, T-Rex, and Wings for being makers of songs.  They reported that Modern Vintage is an homage a time when songs and albums were not linear.  Sixx elaborated that Modern Vintage has some twists in turns in style and arrangement that will be pleasantly surprising to fans.

Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba of Sixx:AM

Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba of Sixx:AM

The band’s excitement of Modern Vintage was made clear.  Their first two albums were created as soundtracks for the templates of The Heroin Diaries and music photography.  This album belongs to them as a creative force alone.  When they sat down to create this music was when they began the dream of touring together.  This dream will be realized next April with their first headlining tour with special guests Apocalyptica.  As palpable as their excitement was, the ease with which they work and perform together made it clear that this will be a show to see in 2015.  Click Here to stay updated on this exciting new tour.

James from Sixx:AM

James from Sixx:AM

The performance turned reflective when James made a sad announcement:  His good friend and manager of 16 years passed away on Sunday.  He performed the song “Before It’s Over” dedicated to his dear friend.

Here are some of Daniel’s shots from last night.  Check back with Music Icon News for updated photo galleries and thanks for checking us out!

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Fan Girl Gush Moment….As a long time fan of Nikki Sixx the night was completed as I got to meet him and shake his hand for the first time.  I told him he made my junior high dreams come true and I was pleased at how kind he was as he spoke with friends and fans alike.  One thing I noted was how his face lit up when his wife appeared.  It was truly touching to see.

Uproar Festival Irvine California 2014

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Uproar Festival Irvine California 2014

With only four shows remaining, Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival delivered its hard rock message to hundreds of fans on September 16, 2014 in Irvine California.  The message was clear: for those about to rock, we salute you!  The AC/DC inspired montage set off headliners Godsmack as the final band of the night, but they were not alone as they were supported by several preceding bands who gave their all in the blistering and strangely humid heat near the end of the 2014 southern California summer.  Here’s a run-down and highlights of bands that Daniel shot.

Uproar Has Second Stage Strength

Escape the Fate performed on the second stage and was every bit pumped for the show.  The energy between band members was jovial and at some points Mabbit engaged the fans in light-hearted banter about which we all chuckled!  I really dug the small stage.  Despite the reduced stature it was every inch a rock show: great sound and visibility were all a plus.

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Escape the Fate @ Uproar 2014

Main Stage Mastery at Uproar

Buckcherry, although appearing early on the main stage, helped get fans revved that night.  They graciously thanked long-time and new fans for coming out to see them live.  More than one fan was overheard elucidating their opinion that Buckcherry “still had it” and many a person rocked out in the sizzling heat of the late afternoon.

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

Buckcherry @Uproar 2014

 

In any festival, common genres are usually the rule of thumb, but Skillet always proves to be a twist on expectations.  Beginning with their violinist and cellist sets the tone for a different performance, to say the least.  Lovely.  Ever the crowd pleaser, John Cooper constantly reminds fans of his appreciation for them.  A healthy dose of different always goes down smooth. Mmmmmm, Skillet.

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

Skillet @Uproar 2014

 

 

Seether was much anticipated by the Uproar crowd, as evidenced by fan excitement during the stage preparations.  Hits were played and new songs were relished as they moved from one song to the next, and their emotional songs run the gamut of angry to sad.  The crowd was obviously pleased with the performance.  Transitions were seamless.

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Seether @Uproar 2014

Godsmack began with the aforementioned AC/DC montage of band photos and inspirations over the years, and kicked into high gear as their set began.  “The smack is back!” was declared and what followed can be described as a taste of the new with classic stand-by tunes that fans wanted.  Fire-enhanced and belting it out, Godsmack delivered.

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @ Uproar 2014

Godsmack @Uproar 2014

Godsmack @Uproar 2014

All of the bands at Uproar had the post-metal hard rock feel that fans desired, but each gave their own flavor to the festival. Hats off to the promotors of the show for making the show accessible for fans to get the most out of their music investment.  It was easy for fans to see each of the bands, even with the two stages.  Great job on another Rockstar Uproar Festival.

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Aftershock in Sacramento September 13-14, 2014

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Aftershock Festival 2014 in Sacramento on September 13-14, 2014!

Do you want to see Rob Zombie?  Weezer? How about Offspring, Bad Religion, BLS, Lacuna Coil, limpbizkit, or Pennywise?  You can see all of these bands plus MANY more at Aftershock 2014 in Sacramento on September 13-14, 2014!

There are over 30 bands on four stages meaning the music is non-stop!  Check out the set-times and plan your day, or bounce around and see what you see.  You’re the boss of you!

Since I’m the boss of ME I am particularly looking forward to Offspring, Chevelle, BLS, and Seether because I have never seen them.  There is no doubt that Rob Zombie will put on a killer show, as well as Lacuna Coil, Pennywise, Weezer, and Bad Religion.  Also looking forward to seeing Eyes Set to Kill for the second time as I only caught the end of their set last year at House of Blues.  Wait, did I say Butcher Babies or Of Mice and Men or Five Finger Death Punch?!  So many good bands!!

The varied bands are a a treat for someone like me with eclectic taste.  From Tech N9ne to Mastodon, there is something for everyone. I’m all for festivals with similar genre but since I’m looking for some new tuneage, this is right up my alley.  Music Icon News will be speaking with Islander at Aftershock 2014 as they open up the Monster Stage South.  We will also be looking for every opportunity to get anywhere and everywhere we can!

Drop what you’re doing and get your ass to Discovery Park in Sac Town this weekend!

Click HERE for tickets!  The prices are very reasonable for what you get!  Check it out!

New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

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New LIVE Anthrax DVD Chile On Hell

This May, Anthrax announced Chile on Hell: the live DVD that would display the hard work and dedication to fans that Anthrax is all about.  Set to release on September 16, 2014, Anthrax’s Chile on Hell is an excellent wrap-up to an amazing three years of touring.  In those three years Anthrax has reminded us that they are still among the living of iconic metal masters.  The return of Joey Belladonna on vocals set the stage for a multiyear tour to feature not only their newest releases Worship Music and the Anthems EP, but also the classic favorites that remain metal anthems for rockers of all ages.

I have been to several Anthrax shows and I will continue to do so because they are one of the best live bands I have seen.   I saw them in many shows leading up to their performance at the Big Four in Indio.  The Big Four was definitely a killer show, as it had the four bands that started so many other heavy music performers on the road for metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax!  Anthrax never fails to deliver an energetic performance that gets everyone going, and this DVD shows their skill as entertainers.

Anthrax loved the idea of filming their live DVD in Chile as the fans had been so memorable for them. Charlie Benneke says, “Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this. When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room.  But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap.  I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop.  One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense.  Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?”

Again, this DVD is perfect for new as well as loyal fans.  There are so many songs by Anthrax that fans want to hear live, and you’ll get everything from “I am the Law,”  to “Indians,” and everyone’s favorites like “Caught in a Mosh” and “Madhouse”.  “Indians” has got to be one of the best songs to ever experience live. One thing I really like about this DVD is that it is mostly music!  There are a few candid moments but this is exactly what you want when you buy a LIVE DVD!  Celebrate life by picking up your copy on September 16th!

If you want a chance to check them out live you might want to consider the Motorboat Cruise with many other killer bands, or Knotfest coming up right in the Inland Empire.  The lineup at that show is phenomenal!

If you can’t stand to read one word more until you get a taste of this DVD, I guess you better click HERE to see the trailer for Anthrax live DVD Chile on Hell!  Any of you that also enjoy the album art will notice that the DVD cover art is similar the work on the Anthems release.  It was designed by Stephen Thompson who partnered with Charlie Benante to “redesign” the artwork from last year’s release

Acknowledging their fan dedication I have to say I had the opportunity to speak with Joey Belladonna as a fan a few years back.  I grabbed a couple of former students of mine and shoved them towards Joey saying, “Here is your young fanbase man! Tell ’em what’s up!”  He took the time to speak to both of them at length, and signed things for them.  It had been a long night but it was great to see him listen to young people; more folks should take their time with young people these days.

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Johnny Ramone Tribute 8/24/2014 @Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Johnny Ramone Tribute 8/24/2014 @Hollywood Forever Cemetery

As many of you know one of the greatest guitar legends of punk rock, Johnny Ramone,  is memorialized at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the tenth year of his death was marked by a special event.  Johnny’s statue is surrounded by quotes from a few of his friends including Rob Zombie.  Zombie was joined by a host of friends for this special night.

The night included a performance with unannounced guest Billy Idol, as well as Steve Jones, Fred Armisen, Rob Zombie, Duff McKagen, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish.  Other guests on hand included Linda Ramone, Slim Jim Phantom, and the cast of The Devil’s Rejects: Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Mosely, Danny Trejo, and Leslie Easterbrook.

Here are a few candids of the guests and performers.

Duff McKagen and Slim Jim Phantom

Duff McKagen and Slim Jim Phantom

The "Q&A"

The “Q&A”

Sid Haig wants YOU to watch the Devil's Rejects

Sid Haig wants YOU to watch the Devil’s Rejects

Rob Zombie, Linda Ramone, and Sheri Moon Zombie

Rob Zombie, Linda Ramone, and Sheri Moon Zombie

Linda Ramone

Linda Ramone

Duff McKagen and Linda Ramone

Duff McKagen and Linda Ramone

The performance was in the Masonic Temple while most of the fans watched from the grass area at the cemetery.  There were a handful of VIP ticket holders within the temple.

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Duff McKagen

Duff McKagen

Piggy D rocks it at Johnny Ramone Tribute

Piggy D rocks it at Johnny Ramone Tribute

Dee Dee’s Grave was beautifully enhanced for the evening.

RIP DeeDee Ramone

RIP DeeDee Ramone

 

After the tribute concert there was a showing of Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects.

It was a great night to pay tribute to a legend, watch and hear a great performance tribute, and finished with a killer movie from Johnny’s dear friends while surrounded by loved ones, colleagues, and many, many fans.

Thank you for allowing Music Icon News to attend the event.

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X Acoustic Set at Pappy and Herriet’s

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X Acoustic Set at Pappy and Herriet’s

After almost 40 years the band X tried some new things.  The acoustic set at Pappy and Herriet’s was one of these new things and fans couldn’t have been happier.  As one of our favorite settings Pappy and Herriet’s sits in the high desert and yet hosts some of the most intriguing bands one might come across.  I cannot think of a better place for their acoustic foray.

Exene from X (the Band) @ Pappy and Herriet's

Exene from X (the Band) @ Pappy and Herriet’s

John Doe from X (the Band) @Pappy and Herriet's

John Doe from X (the Band) @Pappy and Herriet’s

After the two opening bands the crowd bulged with anticipation.  Starting off with “Hungry Wolf” got the crowd excited.  Several fans in the audience had discussed, prior to the start of the show, that this was a fan favorite.  I was definitely stoked to hear “White Girl” as I acknowledge it to be one of the precursor songs that led to my love of music, Punk Rock, and female musicians.  Yep, X is a gateway band.

X @Pappy and Herriet's

X @Pappy and Herriet’s

DJ Bonebrake takes the vibes!

DJ Bonebrake takes the vibes!

X has not lost their touch, and the nice long set they performed was rife with other fan favorites.  Other front row fans had glowing eyes as Bonebrake left the drums for the Vibes and  Billy Zoom rocked the drums.  Good stuff people!  I loved seeing Exene move to the music and throw down her signature voice on every song as John led the band.  I waited so long to see them!

Billy Zoom on drums

Billy Zoom on drums

X @ Pappy and Herriet's

X @ Pappy and Herriet’s

X @Pappy and Herriet's

X @Pappy and Herriet’s

With many bands staging elaborate comebacks it was fantastic to see a legendary and influential band like X still putting it out like they always have.  They stayed true to their music even while donning the acoustic cap.

Thanks to Pappy and Herriet’s for allowing us to shoot and just being totally awesome.

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

Saturday, July 12, 2014 was a beautiful day for a hootenanny! The Reverend Horton Heat was joined by several guests for a day of classic cars, pin-ups, up-dos and music! Guests included Supersuckers, Phantom Slim Jim and Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame, Deke Dickerson, Larry Collins, and Jello Biafra.

Music Icon News was lucky to get behind the barrier and get some killer shots of all of the musicians.  I was chilling, just getting ready to watch Supersuckers when some members of Nashville Pussy sidled up next to me to enjoy the show.  I kept my cool until I got a chance to tell them how much I dig them!  I’m hoping for some west coast tour dates!  I will always be the nerdiest fan when I see someone famous that I totally appreciate ;D  The Supersuckers destroyed their set, playing songs off of their ninth release “Get the Hell”.  Do yourself a favor and get the new album.

Supersuckers kickin' ass at Horton's Hayride

Supersuckers kickin’ ass at Horton’s Hayride

Deke Dickerson and Sugarballs threw down some tremendous riffs, with Deke even requesting assistance from the crowd to hold Sugarballs upside down for a solo.  Deke also sang a KICK-ASS rendition of Psycho Therapy in memory of the recently deceased Tommy Ramone.  Check out Deke’s new album as well as his other discography here.

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

 

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

 

Slim Jim Phantom and his stand-up drumming were extremely well-received by fans as he ripped through his set of Rumble in Brighton, Matchbox, Race with the Devil, and Rock this Town.  Well-known for his work with the Stray Cats, Slim Jim had zero problems throwing down with the Rev.

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

 

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

 

One killer aspect of this type of show is how the Reverend Horton Heat performed between the sets as well.  It kept the late afternoon and evening flowing with music.  Always great to hear Johnny B. Goode, especially before the amazing Larry Collins took the stage!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

 

Larry Collins

Larry Collins

 

Lee Rocker took the stage with a set including Bulletproof, Built for Speed, Stray Cat Strut, and the Rockabilly Boogie.  It’s always great to see him swinging that bulletproof bass around, and Stray Cat Strut is a crowd favorite.

Lee Rocker at Horton's Hayride

Lee Rocker at Horton’s Hayride

 

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

 

The Rev rolled out once again for Baddest of the Bad and Big Red Rocket of Love.  Somehow these song choices were befitting of the next performer, Jello Biafra.  The crowd was already going wild and pressing the barrier closer and closer to the stage, and as Jello prepared for his entrance even the crowd outside of the fences was heard chanting his name.  Jello bounded on stage in his brightly colored blazer and shirt with a zebra print fez, blasting into Jezebel.  He shed his fez and blazer on his way through John Dillinger.  No doubt the physicality of his performance was keeping him toasty!  Holiday in Cambodia caused barriers and fences to sway, but the highlight for me was definitely the Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck.  I think I had this classic on the B side of a 45. 😀

 

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton's Hayride

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton’s Hayride

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Despite a few wrinkles in planning and the last minute venue shift, the Hayride was well received.  The Reverend Horton Heat conducted themselves as the true gentlemen that they are and seamlessly jammed with all of the awesome performers and legends.  We look forward to next year’s show and the performers that will attend.

The Rev takes in adoring fans

The Rev takes in adoring fans

 

The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat

 

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

Thank you to everyone who performed or otherwise assisted in Horton’s Hayride.  What a great day!

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