Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ozzfest” @ Jones Beach Theater (7/14/2004)

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Ozzfest 2004 @ Jones Beach, NY: 7-14-2004

As far as concerts go, it would seem that if you were a heavy metal music fan and chose to miss these years Ozzfest for any reason that you were doing yourself a great injustice. This years Ozzfest would prove to be the one with perhaps the best lineup of all time for when it was at the planning stages it seemed as though each act was getting better and better upon the announcement. The Main Stage bands listed were Black Label Society, Superjoint Ritual, Dimmu Borgir, Slayer, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. The second stage bands were also very good this time around, mixing some new and some staple acts. Among this list were Slipknot, Hatebreed, Lamb of God and Lacuna Coil and Otep.
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UFO @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/29/2004)

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Artist: U.F.O.
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club NYC
Date: 09-29-04
Opener: Healing Sixes

According to my referencing, the band UFO has not toured here in the United States in almost 9 years. Perhaps more. It was good to see them doing some dates for us as they are really considered among the more influential of the early metal forces. The band is currently supporting their latest release on SPV Records entitled “You Are Here”. This is a really rocking CD, which lends more to the sound of a band like Bad Company more than what one would expect from UFO. However, this is not a bad comparison if you ask me. The lineup has found some difficulty with this tour as originally Phil Mogg was not able to get his VISA in order, and now as result of similar issues, Pete Way (bassist) would be staying behind. In his place would be Barry Sparks, who most recently has toured with Dokken and Ted Nugent. Paul Raymond was still there out of original members while on guitar we have Vinnie Moore and on drums Jason Bonham (son of the Legendary John).
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Trans-Siberian @ Madison Square Garden (12/27/2004)

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Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Venue: Madison Square Garden NYC
Date: 12-27-2004

For several years now, I have made the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra a Holiday tradition. It is a show that I look forward to each time it makes it’s way to New York. In the past, the scene had been the Beacon Theater but this time it would be the famous Madison Square Garden. A sold out show with just over 13,000 fans in attendance. I wanted to point out that they always start out with a donation to a charity based on $1 from every ticket sold. An admirable act and one worth mentioning. This year would hold the most visible changes for the TSO as “Diamond” Darryl Pediford had passed away just before the tour was to begin. In addition, two other male vocal leads would not be present. On the upside, this year marked the return of Alex Skolnick on guitar and Mee Eun Kim on keyboards.
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W.A.S.P.: Live Photos @ Starland Ballroom (7/31/2004)

W.A.S.P. had headlined the Starland Ballroom back in 2004 and we were in attendance. The show was discussed in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy the photographs that were captured during the allowed time.

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W.A.S.P. by Ken Pierce (2004)

wasp, wasp concert photos
W.A.S.P. by Ken Pierce (2004)

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Queensryche @ Beacon Theatre (4/24/2004)

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Queensryche @ The Beacon Theatre NYC: 4/24/2004

The Godfathers of progressive rock returned to New York City for an evening of classic performances recently and I must admit they sounded better than ever. Queensryche had started on this small tour which essentially was supporting their newest DVD & CD Release entitled “The Art Of Live” and the semi-recent CD “Tribe”. This will be the second time I have seen them at The Beacon Theatre and this is a great venue to see such a band. My seats were on the Orchestra level, but far in the back yet without much difficulty I could see everything that was going on.
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