Korn Decimate Anaheim

Photo: Steve RoseKorn wrapped up their second of a two night sold out run at the newly remodeled House of Blues. The venue, now located at the new Garden Walk in Anaheim, was a great site to host this iconic band. They played a great mixture of songs spanning their almost 25 year career. “Here to Stay,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Blind,” and “Falling Away from Me.” were some highlights from the night. The crowd was as aggressive as the music that was coming from the stage and went to a new level of intensity when singer, Jonathan Davis, came out with his bag pipes during the opening of “Shoots and Ladders.” They kept the energy going into Ray Luzier’s drum solo before being joined by the rest of the band for “Blind.”

Photo: Steve RoseKorn put on a fantastic, high energy show. From the first note, to the last chord of the night, guitarists Munky and Head had their signature dreadlocks whipping around as they churned out memorable riff after riff on their detuned 7 string guitars. Bassist, Fieldy, was awesome as he rattled the venue with his thunderous slap bass style.

The band will head off to Europe before returning the states in late Spring for a tour that will take them into Summer. Don’t miss out on catching them when they are in your area.

Photos by Steve Rose

Korn @ House of Blues Anaheim

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Trey Anastasio Band are Joyous at The Wiltern

TAB-62Before the Trey Anastasio Band took the stage, you could feel an excitement bubble ready to burst amongst the crowd. When the band took their places and played the opening notes to “Sand,” that bubble burst and people were filled with joy and happiness as they danced and swayed throughout the night. The band played material ranging from Trey’s solo work, some Phish songs, and some great covers like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and CSN’s “49 Bye Byes.”

It was great to see Trey Anastasio coax and corral note upon note from his Languedoc guitar. On this night, he used his Ocelot Languedoc and that beautiful guitar is a sight to behold. This has been a great year for Trey; aside from celebrating the release of his band’s new album, Paper Wheels, TAB-57he spent the summer playing 5 farewell shows with the Grateful Dead, and then a summer tour with his other band, Phish. In preparation for joining the Dead, Trey spent several hours a day studying the essence on Jerry Garcia, and that amount of dedication elevated this already Jedi-like player to a new level. His playing is effortless, fluid, and makes me so envious of his nimbleness and dexterity all along the fretboard.

The horn section of James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman were all standouts in a band of fabulous musicians. It was great to see and hear the interplay between them and Trey all night. Russ Lawton and Tony Markellis were solid on drums and bass, while Ray Paczkowski was great on keys. The band has a few remaining dates on this tour and need to be seen live.
Trey Anastasio Band

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Soulfly Delivers a Pulverizing Set at the Fonda Theatre

MaxSoulfly kicked off their We Sold Our Souls to Metal tour in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre on Wednesday night. This tour celebrates the release of their new album, Archangel, which is the band’s tenth album and second under Nuclear Blast. The new album is unmistakable Soulfly, with heavy, but melodic rhythms and crushing guitars that fans have come to expect.

The opening bands were Shattered Sun and Soilwork. Decapitated was supposed to be on the bill, but there were some unforeseeable issues and they couldn’t make it. Shattered Sun put on a brief, but heavy set and seemed to make some new fans by the time they were done. Soilwork also put on a crushing set and had many rabid fans keeping the energy going in the circle pit. When it was time for Soulfly to take the stage, the crowd was worked into a sweaty, beer drenched lather and were ready for those pulsating Brazilian rhythms that Max Cavalera pioneered.

Max ESPMax, with his signature ESP guitar strapped around him like a soldier going into battle, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand all night. The band was high energy for the duration of their set and fellow guitarist; Marc Rizzo handled the band’s complex lead lines on his Schecter seven string, making them look almost like a mortal could attempt them.

This was a great show from top to bottom and Soulfly is one of those bandsSoulfly that has the ability to pick you up, change your mood, and feed off of the energy that they provide. Check out the tour dates and catch the band when the come to your town.




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