Friday, November 8, 2013

From The Vault - PANTERA, Part 2

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In Part 1, I posted some pictures of Pantera from the 2000 Ozzfest tour, so now here's some from the band's final U.S. tour on July 21, 2001 in San Diego at Cox Arena. Of course, the reason for showcasing these is in anticipation of former Pantera bassist Rex Brown performing with Kill Devil Hill on Tuesday, November 19 at the Skyway Theater Studio B in Minneapolis.

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This was a monster of a bill - supporting Pantera was Slayer, Static-X, Skrape, and Morbid Angel. Pantera was supporting was I think was one of their best albums, Reinventing The Steel, although opinion seems to be divided about the merits of that album. Nevertheless, Pantera went out near the top of their incredible career.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

From the Vault - DISTURBED, Part 1

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Disturbed playing the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on May 19, 2000.

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Fight Or Flight, the band featuring Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren, are back at Pov's 65 in Spring Lake Park tonight as direct support to Filter, so this seems like a good time to unearth some old Disturbed photos.



Disturbed was first brought to my attention when I received a promo copy of their debut album, The Sickness, in January 2000 a couple of months before its release in March. I immediately loved the album, so I was disappointed when I heard (from a band that played with them that I won't name) that they fell flat live at a showcase gig at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in January or February of that year. Disturbed dropped off the Danzig/Six Feet Under tour before I would have had the chance to see them at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim in May.


An early promo copy of The Sickness.

I did see Disturbed, however, at a secret System Of A Down gig at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood alongside The Deadlights and Crease on May 19, 2000. Everything I had heard about Disturbed's live show was indeed true. Vocalist David Draiman, although he sounds great on the album, just couldn't cut it live. I snapped these pictures, but didn't watch the entire set since Amorphis, Moonspell, and The Kovenant were playing down the block at the Whisky. I caught Disturbed again a couple nights later in San Diego, where I was able to arrange a photoshoot with the band, and those pictures will be coming in Part 2.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

PETRA Returns for Three Area Shows This Weekend

UPDATE: The November 1 and 2 shows were cancelled-this is probably why they escaped my notice! It's shame since the special guest at these shows would have been former Kansas vocalist John Elefante!

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Petra performing June 7, 2013 in Brooklyn Park, MN at the Living Word Christian Center.

Legendary Christian rock pioneers Petra just announced a couple days ago three area shows as part of their continuing touring to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary. These new dates include shows starting tonight in Rochester, Minneapolis, and Bloomington. In other Petra news, the band will take part in The Classic Rock Tour with Asia featuring John Payne, ELO Part II, and former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson across the US and Europe in the Spring of 2014. Those dates have yet to be announced, but here is the list of current Petra tour dates:


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November 1 - Rochester, MN, Calvary Evangelical Free Church
November 2 - Minneapolis, MN, North Central Bible College
November 9 - Bloomington, MN, Cedar Valley Church
November 11 - Steinbach, MB, Evangelical Free Church
November 12 - Winkler, MB, P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall
November 14 - Spearfish, SD, Countryside Community Church
November 15 - Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Hills Church
November 16 - Vernal, UT, Vernal Middle School
November 18 - Salt Lake City, UT, Calvary Chapel
November 20 - Pocatello, ID, Calvary Chapel
November 22 - Spokane, WA, Faith Bible Church
November 23 - Bothell, WA, Cedar Park Church


Concert Announcements - November 1, 2013


There hasn't been any major concert announcements over the last couple of weeks, but I have been adding a few shows to the Concert Calendar (at the bottom of the page) as they trickled in. A whole bunch of new shows have just been announced, so here's the latest concert news.

Tantric is back in the area on Saturday, November 9 at Pov’s 65 in Spring Lake Park with support from Stone Senate and La Madness.


Chicago’s Hëssler returns to Pov’s 65 in Spring Lake Park on Friday, November 15 with Think Negative and Metal Witch.


Lamb Of God drummer Chris Alder will be appearing at Guitar Center in Oakdale for a meet-and-greet before the band’s show the same night at Myth in St. Paul on Monday, November 18. No further details are available yet for the meet-and-greet.

Minneapolis rock band 3 Pill Morning plays the Skyway Theater Studio B in Minneapolis on Wednesday, November 27.

F*ckface Unstoppable featuring Bam Margera hits Pov’s 65 in Spring Lake Park with Wilson, Strate-Jak-It, and Mouthz Of Dirt on Sunday, December 1.


Metalcore band All That Remains plays Mill City Nights in Minneapolis with Motionless In White on Wednesday, December 4.

Japanese doom band Church Of Misery will be playing the Twin Cities after all. Their previously scheduled show at the Turf Club in St. Paul got canceled when their tour fell through, then the tour got rescheduled without a new date here. Now, a stop at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis has been added on Saturday, December 14 with special guests Vulgaari and Lungs.

Friday, December 20 is a big night of local metal at the Cabooze in Minneapolis with Blue Felix, Nuisance, Emergent, Pinwheel, Scream At The Sun, and A Sound Theory.

Former Husker Dü drummer Grant Hart has a solo show lined up at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday, December 26 with Catbath.

Industrial gods Skinny Puppy are back with a new album, Weapons, and a tour to support it. They’ll play Mill City Nights in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 22 with Army Of The Universe. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, November 1 at 10:00 am through AXS.

SKINNY PUPPY to Embark on Extensive North American Tour, to Play Minneapolis February 22

Long-running industrial legends Skinny Puppy have announced an extensive North American tour to promote their new album Weapon. Starting January 24 in Santa Ana, California, the band circles the continent to finish in Los Angeles on March 5. Support on various legs of the tour will come from DJMREX, Army Of The Universe, and Baal. A stop in Minneapolis at Mill City Nights is part of the itinerary on Saturday, February 22. Tickets for the Minneapolis show go on sale today, Friday, November 1 at 10:00 am through AXS.


January 24 - Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory, w/DJMREX
January 25 - San Diego, CA, House of Blues, w/DJMREX
January 27 - Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre, w/DJMREX
January 28 - Albuquerque, NM, Sunshine Theater, w/DJMREX
January 30 - San Antonio, TX, Backstage Live, w/DJMREX
January 31 - Dallas, TX, Granada Theater, w/DJMREX
February 1 - Houston, TX, Warehouse Live, w/DJMREX
February 3 - New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's Uptown, w/DJMREX
February 4 - Atlanta, GA, Center Stage Theater, w/Army Of The Universe
February 5 - Orlando, FL, Beacham Theater, w/Army Of The Universe
February 7 - Miami, FL, Grand Central, w/Army Of The Universe
February 8 - Tampa, FL, The Ritz Ybor, w/Army Of The Universe
February 10 - Charlotte, NC, Amos Southend, w/Army Of The Universe
February 11 - Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore, w/Army Of The Universe
February 13 - Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre, w/Army Of The Universe
February 15 - New York, NY, Webster Hall, w/Army Of The Universe
February 16 - Montreal, QC, Club Soda, w/Army Of The Universe
February 18 - Toronto, ON, Sound Academy, w/Army Of The Universe
February 19 - Detroit, MI, The Majestic, w/Army Of The Universe
February 21 - Chicago, IL, Vic Theater, w/Army Of The Universe
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights, w/Army Of The Universe
February 23 - Lawrence, KS, Granada Theater, w/Army Of The Universe
February 24 - Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre, w/Army Of The Universe
February 26 - Salt Lake City, UT, Lo-Fi Cafe, w/Army Of The Universe
February 28 - Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom, w/Army Of The Universe
March 1 - Seattle, WA, Showbox Market, w/Baal
March 2 - Portland, OR, Wonder Theatre, w/Baal
March 4 - San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore, w/Baal
March 5 - Los Angeles, CA, Mayan Theatre, w/Baal