Halestorm’s Halloween Scream Tour in OKC 10/17/17

Halestorm recently visited Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom on their Halloween Scream Tour with Starset and New Year’s Day.  I have personally never seen Halestorm on a smaller stage, it has always been large festivals.  So for me to get to see them in this more intimate setting was amazing.  By no means is the Diamond Ballroom small, but it holds roughly 1,000 people as compared to the tens of thousands that are at the festivals I have seen them on.  And the Diamond Ballroom had to be at capacity for this show…that building was packed.  Prior to doors opening, the line outside went the length of the building and wrapped all the way down the parking lot to the road.  I have never seen that many people in line prior to a show there.

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New Year’s Day and Starset are amazing bands to start out this show.  They definitely made sure the crowd’s energy level was up for Halestorm.  When the house lights went out, the crowd went crazy.  Then all you can hear are Lzzy’s vocals singing the beginning of “I Get Off”.  About 20 seconds into that, she walks up the steps to take the stage, with the rest of the band to follow.

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Obviously, Halestorm has been at this for a long time now, so what can I possibly say that you don’t already know.  I wish I knew what Lzzy does to keep her vocals in top notch shape.  Her vocals are absolutely unbelievable.  She just leaves you in awe.

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Their rendition of Whitesnake’s “Still of the Night” was an awesome addition to the set list.  I was completely surprised when she went to the keyboard to belt out Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” right before she sang “Dear Daughter”, I got goosebumps.  That was perfect!!!

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Check out the bands website, www.halestormrocks.com, for tour dates, the Halestorm store, Lzzy’s diary, and links to the bands social media sites.  While there are only a couple of tour dates left, the band is working on their next album.  I for one, always love new Halestorm music, and can’t wait to hear it.

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Mastodon Tour Stop in OKC on Friday the 13th

Mastodon recently made a tour stop in Oklahoma City at the legendary Diamond Ballroom on Friday the 13th, of October.  The show, dubbed by our local radio station as the “Monster Mosh”, was a packed house.  It was great to see Mastodon back in OKC.  The last time they were scheduled to play here, they were on tour with Clutch in 2015 I believe.  That night got cut short in part by a power outage at the venue due to the tornado that hit roughly a mile away from the venue.  What a way to welcome them to OKC.  I am glad there was not a repeat of any of that this time, and we actually got to see the Mastodon set.   And and what an amazing set it was.

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Mastodon released their seventh studio album “Emperor of Sand” on March 31st of this year.  In addition to seven studio albums, the band also released their demo in 2000 followed by an EP in 2001.  That is alot of music since the bands inception in 2000.

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I always find it impressive when a band has more than one member who does vocals.  And I don’t mean just back up vocals.  I mean actually singing the entire song.  That kind of flexibility and diversity very rare with in the music industry.  I think it brings added depth to a band.

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Check out the bands website www.mastodonrocks.com for any and all things Mastodon.  There are links to all their social media sites, tour dates, and the Mastodon store.

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My Life With Thrill Kill Cult

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Iconic Industrial Legends MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT hitting the road in celebration of their 30th Anniversary with a 24 date tour commemorating their iconic Wax Trax! albums Confessions of a Knife and I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits, commencing October 5th! Joining Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy will be Mimi Star on bass, “Bomb Gang GirlArena Rock, and drummer Bradley Bills from the Austin band CHANT.

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Hailing from Chicago’s renowned Wax Trax Records stable of bands, THRILL KILL KULT creators Groovie Mann (lead vocals) and Buzz McCoy (keys/production) have been conjuring up sonic tales of blasphemy, sexcapades and kitschy horror for over 25 years. Their sound is a concoction of experimental, disco, rock, new wave, lounge and glam, interlaced with their signature “sampled dialogue” – a reflection of the duo’s musical influences, and insight into the their taste in cinema. In fact, the original intent was to write and produce a trashy B-movie in the style of John Waters and Russ Meyers. Yet without much film experience and access to video equipment, the project was scrapped, only to be transformed into a musical group of the same name – something both had more expertise in. Groovie (Franke Nardiello) fronted the late 70’s Chicago bands The DT’s and SPECIAL AFFECT, as well as singing for the post-punk British outfit DROWNING CRAZE. Buzz (Marston Daley) attended Berklee College of Music in 1979, but soon realized a formal education in jazz piano was not for him. He picked up the guitar, and began performing with a variety of “art-punk” type groups in the Boston music scene before relocating to Chicago in 1987.

The early years of TKK were spent touring extensively with an entourage of musicians, performance artists, and a back-up trio of voluptuous, singers/dancers dubbed the BOMB GANG GIRLZ. The shows had a “Cabaret From Hell” vibe, arousing the curiosity of the kids and the media, establishing the group as one of America’s premier “industrial-dance” acts.

The band’s popularity among the underground club scene was fueled by hard-hitting dance tracks with titles like Kooler Than Jesus, Do You Fear For Your Child, A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed By A Make-Believe Lover Cuz It’s Hot (featuring punk poet chanteuse Lydia Lunch), and A Daisy Chain 4 Satan. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was appalled.

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Their third album SEXPLOSION (1991) spawned the chart-topping radio savvy song Sex On Wheelz, which quickly gained the attention of the major labels, and the band signed to Interscope Records in 1992. Like all of their releases, the album had an overpowering cinematic quality, so it wasn’t surprising when Hollywood also took notice. They found themselves writing for an assortment of soundtracks like Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls” and animator Ralph Bakshi’s “Cool World.” In 1994, they stepped in front of the camera for a cameo in the cult classic “The Crow” to perform the song After The Flesh. More recently TKK was written into the story line of the 2013 film “Sexy Evil Genius”. Kult music can be heard frequently in movies, television and cable shows, like HBO’s long running, “Real Sex” series, Showtime’s “Californication”, and last summer’s indie flick “Crazy Eyes”.

But it doesn’t end with studio, film and TV; Groovie and Buzz still take to the road extensively, along with their rotating cast of dubious characters. Over the years, the band has shared billing with a diverse group of acts such as Siouxsie And The Banshees, Lords Of Acid, Ministry, EMF, Marilyn Manson and KFMDM to name but a few.

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT’S sound has always been fearlessly experimental and has become hugely influential to many artists today. They continue to morph and stretch the fabric of music and as we know it, always remaining true to the KULT and true innovators.

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We were in attendance for the Oklahoma City stop of this tour.  There was a very good turn out, especially considering it was a Tuesday night.  It was a very eclectic group gathered for this show.  There were several people in costume for the evening.  Once the lights went out and the band took the stage, the crowd went crazy.  It was obvious that TTK has gained a huge following over their 30 years together.  One fan was wearing a “The Crow” t-shirt which was a nod to the band for their cameo in the movie itself.

Check out the tour dates and go to a show if they are near you.


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