The place is always insanity when Overkill comes a knocking and tonight would be no different as the band took to the stage at B.B. King Blues Club. This would be only my second show into the Metal Year 2007 and the exciting time found Joey Belladonna and Metal Church opening the show. Meliah Rage appeared as well but we sadly missed them. Photos and comments about what we did catch are easy to find, just click the logo below to be taken to our article on the main PiercingMetal.com site.
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Metal Church, Joey Belladonna, Meliah Rage, Red Red Hand
Label: Spitfire Records
January was almost over in Metal Year 2007 and what an ending it would have with another great show at B.B. King Blues Club. Tonight would be an appearance by the legendary Overkill – a band that for over two decades have always known the formula for making the audience insane, causing intense neck strain from mass head banging and capable of making the blood to flow faster in ones Metal heart. Are you excited yet? Well, imagine how those members in the audience felt tonight because it would also find Meliah Rage, Joey Belladonna from Anthrax, and the mighty Metal Church as well as newcomers Red Red Hand performing. The very definition for the evening would be Metal, pure and simple. Accepting no substitutes, we adventured into our familiar stomping grounds and found Meliah Rage completing their set. Sadly, we missed this new band RRH and by the sound of the last couple from Meliah we knew we had missed some worthy introductory thunder. Oh well, lets hope they come back around soon so we can make up for this. Joey Belladonna would come up next and this performance was almost immediately following the breaking news that he would no longer be taking part in the reunited Anthrax. We had reviewed the appearance of them at Starland Ballroom and the last time we saw Joey solo he was on the drums. Tonight he would remain in front of the microphone and command a very energetic group of musicians. There was a long turnaround time in setting up and I feared a cut back set as result of this, but as soon as he hit the stage, I worried no more since JB was kicking some ass once again for a hungry Metal crowd. He had a limited amount of room to perform on and this allowed the audience to be very close to him during this set. He was continually reaching over the photo pit on a number of occasions and slapping the hands of the fans. His set was made up of original numbers and a couple of Anthrax classics, but the slow setting up time caused him to play about five out of the seven listed numbers. He was entertaining, and still has the pipes for these songs and was met with a large level of approval so here is to continued success Joey. Be you with Anthrax or not we are waiting with excitement for more material from you.
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