Saturday, September 15, 2018

Judas Rising Tour

The Judas Rising Tour came through Indianapolis' Vogue Theater the other night with four bands playing - The Stir, Stone Broken, Adelita's Way, and Fozzy.

I had never listened to The Stir or Stone Broken before, but they were two great rock openers. I'm a fan of Adelita's Way (thanks Sirius XM's Octane!) and knew what to expect from them. They opened with the song I've heard the most, Still Hungry, as well as other songs like Ready for War (Pray for Peace), Bad Reputation, Sick, and Notorious. I really hope Adelita's Way returns to Indy to play a longer set.

 Stone Broken's lead guitarist, Chris Davis. I love that shirt.

Adelita's Way's frontman Rick DeJesus, is a powerful vocalist and a tall dude.

And then we get to the headliner - Fozzy.

With a lineup consisting of Chris Jericho (lead vocals), Rich Ward (lead guitar and backing vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), and Paul Di Leo (bass guitar and backing vocals), Fozzy rocked the place with a show that included a sequin jacket adorned with red, white, and blue LEDs, fire extinguishers, blistering guitars, and nonstop energy. Jericho once said in an interview that "if Metallica and Journey had a bastard child, it would be Fozzy".

And he's right.

 Chris Jericho, Wrestling Legend and lead vocalist of Fozzy

Rich Ward and Chris Jericho of Fozzy

The setlist spanned four albums with about six songs (including Painless, Judas, Burn Me Out, Wolves at Bay, and Drinkin' with Jesus) coming from their newest album Judas, for which the tour is appropriately named. Other songs from earlier albums included Bad Tattoo, Do You Want to Start a War, Sin and Bones, and Sandpaper. They even surprised me by playing a rocking cover of Michael McDonald's 1982 class I Keep Forgettin' You, for which the crowd happily joined in on the chorus. I loved it. They also covered ABBA's SOS, which was freaking cool.

 Rich Ward pointing at me in the crowd.

Lit up jacket! Wrestling or rock show? Quoting Starlord, "A bit of both?"

I've listened to Fozzy for many years, but the band really surprised me by their stage presence, especially Jericho and Ward. Jericho was all over the stage, bouncing up and down the entire show. At a few points in the show, Ward ventured into the crowd playing solos and taking selfies with people. Then he came over to me, snatched my glasses off my face, put them on, and delivered an intense guitar solo, propped up on the railing about five inches in front of me.

 Those are my glasses!

Soloing in my glasses!

Tickets are cheap. It cost me $20. Four rock bands for 20 bucks? Hell yeah. If the Judas Rising Tour comes through your city or a neighboring city, go check it out. You won't be disappointed.

In the meantime, go listen to:

The Stir's self titled EP - The Stir released August 2018.
Stone Broken's Ain't Always Easy released March 2018.
Adelita's Way's Notorious released October 2017.
Fozzy's Judas released October 2017.

All can be found for purchase on iTunes or streaming for free on Spotify.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

30 Songs That Make Me Drive Faster

I drive about an hour to and an hour from work every day. And I find myself driving to court on longer trips for work quite a bit. Needless to say, I listen to a lot of music while driving.

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These are my current favorite 30 rock and metal driving songs...those that when listening to, I tend to drive a little too fast.
  • AWOLnation - Burn It Down
  • Volbeat - Seal the Deal
  • Halestorm - Mayhem
  • Egypt Central - Over and Under
  • Foo Fighters - All My Life
  • In This Moment - Blood
  • Semi Precious Weapons - Magnetic Baby
  • Iron Maiden - Two Minutes to Midnight
  • Guns 'N Roses - You Could Be Mine
  • Marilyn Manson - Fight Song
  • The White Stripes - Blue Orchid
  • Nothing More - Don't Stop
  • My Chemical Romance - Thank You For the Venom
  • Dead Sara - Weatherman
  • AC/DC - Girls Got Rhythm
  • Sixx AM - Lies of the Beautiful People
  • Unleash the Archers - Tonight We Ride
  • Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up
  • Metallica - Die, Die My Darling
  • Static-X - Push It
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Gets Me Through
  • The Offspring - Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell\
  • Korn - Got the Life
  • Filter - Welcome to the Fold
  • Bush - Machinehead
  • System of a Down - Sugar
  • Five Finger Death Punch - Burn MF
  • The Prodigy - Breathe
  • Rob Zombie - Dead Girl Superstar
  • Powerman 5000 - Super Villain

Enjoy! And, please, try to drive the speed limit!

If you're reading, leave a comment with your favorite songs that make you drive fast.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

This blog is going to undergo somewhat of another change here soon. I'm turning it into not just a science blog, but one that includes other things that I do...

Music. Movies. Pop Culture. Parenthood. Sports. Exercise.


Hope you keep reading.

- Kevin