There is something to be said about checking out a concert from a band like H.I.M. in a venue like The Bowery Ballroom. The club capacity is not that big and seems to hold just a little over 500 people. This makes it quite the intimate setting especially if you get close enough to the stage. This week, H.I.M. made their first trip to New York for two sold out shows, and I was lucky enough to attend. I have been enjoying the music of H.I.M. for many months now and was looking forward to being at this show. I was unable to secure tickets for the first show which sold out in minutes. As a matter of fact when I went to purchase my pair, the man selling them said to me “hey who are these guys that they sold out so quick”. I made sure to educate him on what to expect that evening. Continue reading HIM @ Bowery Ballroom (4/20/2004)→
Artist: KISS Venue: Best Buy – 86th Street (New York, NY) Event: “Symphony: Alive IV” CD Release/Meet and Greet Date: 7/23/2003 Label: Sanctuary Records
Earlier this year when it was announced that KISS was going to do a concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra I said “oh great, KISS is following in the footsteps of Metallica & the Scorpions” who had each released a similar effort over the past years. Who ever would have guessed it? Certainly not me but despite my reservations about it I had to admit that the idea was a little more intriguing when I took the time to think it over. This is primarily due to the fact that when it comes down to the brass tacks; KISS will always deliver no matter what the skeptics will say. This case would be no different as I would later find out once I had time to absorb the release after a couple of spins.
The CD for KISS Symphony: Alive IV” arrived here in the States back in July and to celebrate it there was a promotion from a mass retailer called Best Buy which said to come in and purchase the CD on the day of its release and not only get a signed copy, but also the chance to get to meet the band who would be in full makeup and even get your photo taken with them. There were two editions of the CD being released that day and one was a standard type and another would be a limited edition deluxe version that was housed in a beautiful douoble-gatefold package with raised, embossed lettering. Continue reading KISS’ “Symphony: Alive IV” CD Release/Fan Meet and Greet (7/23/2003)→
Artist: Enter The Haggis Venue: Knitting Factory – NYC Opener: n/a Date: 4-2-2005
When one describes music as Progressive, the term can be used very broadly and very widely. Often the results are something quite interesting. Today I am using Toronto residents “Enter The Haggis” as an example who mix Celtic styles and instruments with Rock music. The end result is a whole lot of fun and the other day when the NY Caledonian Society hosted an event that would tie up at the Knitting Factory the fun continued. The Society was celebrating “Tartan Week” a big festival and appreciation of their Scottish culture and to make it a night worth remembering the organizer brought “Enter The Haggis” down from their native Canada.
Artist: Nightwish Venue: L’Amour (Brooklyn, NY) Opener: unsigned acts Label: Century Media Records Date: 9/3/2003
A few short weeks ago Finland’s own Nightwish made their very first New York appearance at the famous L’Amour’s in Brooklyn. Metal heads know this place as a staple venue in the Metal World for more than two decades. To be honest with you I have only been a Nightwish fan for a little over a year and have yet to buy any of their material. Every release they have so far is an import and very expensive. Even my inner circle of music fans have hardly heard of this fine power-metal group. This fact makes me laugh since I always try to be ahead of others in this regard, but alas I owe this to someone else. So off to the show I went with a small crew of buddies expecting the standard fare. Continue reading Nightwish @ L’Amour (9/3/2003)→
Artist: Queensryche Venue: Beacon Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: n/a Date: 2-3-2005 Label: Sanctuary Records
For my first concert and Road Report of the year 2005 I cannot think of any better way to kick it off than by seeing Queensryche perform in a theatre setting. For the past few years, the Ryche as fans refer to them, have made sure to make the Beacon Theater in NYC a stopping point. Considering I was only at a Queensryche performance a couple of months ago the thought had come for me to pass on this one. When the news became clear that the group would be playing the evening alone and perform the entire “Operation: Mindcrime” CD, my decision was clear. I was glad that I did, for this was a night with little disappointment and a larger number of highlights. Continue reading Queensryche @ Beacon Theatre (2/3/2005)→