Artist: Slayer Venue: Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) Opener: Megadeth, Testament Date: 8/12/2010 Label: American Records
The East Coast contingent of the Metal Republic was finding a whole lot of entertainment being delivered to them these last few weeks especially if they were only paying attention to the various clubs around them in the city. It’s true because the Big Apple had a rousing week that began with Y&T, Lillian Axe and Night Ranger who had each performed shows of their own at one of our favorite haunts B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square. Now that the Hard Rock side of things had finished, it was time to indulge in the Metal once again with an incendiary roster that included Slayer, Megadeth and Testament who had all banded together under the banner of “The American Carnage Tour”. The interesting thing for me was that I was not originally planning on hitting this show even though the lineup was killer. I had seen all of the bands a number of times before and I was not able to secure my normal Metal media credentials to do it up properly but when a ticket was given to me by the friend of a friend I knew that I had to be there and let you know the overall scoop. The closest that the show would hit NYC would be at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and the Izod Center over in East Rutherford, NJ. We would be going to that one which was all right by me since I hate the trek to the Long Island arena. It was going to be interesting to be “off duty” this evening, but since I bleed this website for you, there is really never such a thing going on. Tonight I walked among the Metal Republic as one of its own maniacs as opposed to being its scribe of what went down.
The parking area seemed full and the fans were blasting a little bit of everything from Maiden to Priest to the expected three bands that were going to play tonight. I am always amused when the tailgaters choose to listen to the band that they are going to see right before a show. There were a lot of people cooking as well and this was a good night for it. As I wandered the halls of the Izod Center, it was great to see the number of Metal heads representing and I had to say that I recognized a lot of them from the other shows that I attend on a regular basis in the city. What I was not expecting was the setup of the arena itself and what I am referring to was it being done up as a theatre and being a space that had at least a 1/3rd cordoned off. To better imagine it, think of the stage itself being closer to the middle of the floor area as opposed to the far end side. The running order for the show would be Testament, Megadeth and then Slayer. Continue reading Slayer & Megadeth @ Izod Center (8/12/2010): American Carnage Tour→
Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Venue: Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) Opener: n/a Date: 12/12/2009 Label: Lava Records
As I walked into the Izod Center for this years Trans-Siberian Orchestra show, I had to say that I felt that the time had flown by quickly from when I was doing it the last time around. I also mused to myself how this was actually going to be my tenth year supporting the group having seen them every year since 2000. That was their second tour and I had only missed the first go round of it because it came and went faster than anyone could have imagined. As a music journalist, this evening’s appearance would be my seventh show which would be documented for the masses at large and while I greatly enjoy what they do, the schedule that I keep does not permit me to be one of those fans that hit a number of shows each season. Instead of following the band around to different cities as some are apt to do, I find myself satisfied with the one show every year and this has been a tradition of mine since 2002 when I felt that this should be one of my yearly agenda items. In 2009 the TSO as they are lovingly referred to by their fans have become a massive undertaking with two separate companies hitting the cities across the nation and now a full five albums under their belt. Five you say? Well, yes I do because we found the group releasing their long awaited second non-Holiday CD “Nightcastle” only a few weeks ago. That was sure to offer up some difference to the fans tonight and here are some highlights of the performance if you somehow managed to miss out. Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Izod Center (12/12/2009)→
Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Venue: Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) Opener: n/a Date: 12/13/2008 Label: Lava Records
I cant be the only Metal head who feels as though 2008 went by like a rocket and yet here we are at the annual gathering held by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra which in most cases comes off as my final show of the musical year in terms of coverage. Of course this will not be the case this year as we are only in the second week of the month and according to my records there are still a couple of things to investigate for the Metal legions. If am recalling this correctly, tonight will be my sixth year supporting the bands live concerts and for me it never, ever gets old based on the manner in which they deliver it, and how they always seem to pull out the surprises and the stops for their always growing fan base. Similar to last year, I had opted for the matinee show this time around because I wanted to be home early for a change and since the afternoon show would mirror the later performance there was really no risk at missing anything that I would kick myself in the head about the next day. Having seen the group a number of times in the past I can easily repeat my own words by describing every minute detail but this time I will not even bother and that would be smart based on a couple of the amazing differences that this tour would offer in terms of the music and the membership roster. This year we would still find the presence of Chris Caffery and Alex Skolnick on lead guitar but gone from the East Coast company lineup for these shows would be Mark Wood, their violinist. The musician would be joining the West Coast company this time around and in his place would be Anna-Phoebe McElliott who I had heard some really cool things about. The bass duties once held by Dave Z. had been replaced by Chris Altenhoff who I had assumed would be in place this evening as well. As the Narrator came out to introduce the nights festivities the bands newest song “A Night Enchanted” began and while some of the members were already on stage, there was no Chris, Alex, or Phoebe or the bassist……suddenly with a page torn out of the KISS playbook three platforms began to descend from the rafters and on them with smoke billowing out was Chris Caffery, Alex Skolnick, Anna-Phoebe and a face I was amazed and surprised to see, the one and only Johnny Lee Middleton. Yes, a full four members of Savatage live and in your face for the East Coast Company and while I always loved what Dave Z. did, I will take Johnny Lee Middleton over him any day when it comes to having these guys together onstage again. What an opener. Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Izod Center (12/13/2008)→
The great Iron Maiden was back in the USA delivering a fantastic show under the working title of the “Somewhere Back In Time Tour” and I discussed it in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy some photographs that I captured from the deafening crowd.
Iron Maiden were touring on what they referred to as the “Somewhere Back In Time” tour and they would hit the now labeled Izod Center, which Bruce Dickinson lovingly still calls the Meadowlands. It was an incredible event and not a seat was to be found for weeks in advance. To read about this night scroll past the logo below.
Artist: Iron Maiden Venue: Izod Center (East Rutherford, NJ) Opener: Lauren Harris Date: 3/14/2008 Label: Universal Music
When Iron Maiden announced that they would be returning to the US for a couple of shows the buzz surrounding the news would have every Metal head across the generations talking about it. This made sense for Iron Maiden is one of the strongest of the Heavy Metal super powers and for decades have kept their relevance and impact on the genre at the highest possible level. The issue would be that there were really only these couple of shows planned and that meant two of them – one performance on the West Coast and then a stop over on the East Coast, so when the tickets went on sale they sold out as if this were the last concert that anyone in attendance would be able to see in their lives. After breathing a sigh of relief upon securing tickets I had to wonder what the band would deliver to their fans this time around. With their last tour, the band was supporting the album “A Matter Of Life And Death” and in an unprecedented move chose to deliver the entire release from start to finish as opposed to only showcasing a few of its highlights. Once that concluded they would do a few numbers from across the back catalog and since these numbers left off “The Trooper”, “The Number Of The Beast” or “Run To The Hills”, it became a tour that left a lot of Metal heads for want.