I haven't gone to as many shows as I'd like yet this year, but I will be heading off on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise next week; expect a special and enough photos to get you seasick! Here are a some shots from some shows I did manage to get out to!
The three below = Night Birds at Lulu's in Brooklyn. I didn't get any pix of Nuclear Santa Claust, but should have; they're a great band as well who were also on the bill along with the Livids, Foster Care and Pampers. Night Birds were frantically nonstop with their faster-than-Southern-California hardcore and surf mix. It was guitarist Mike Hunchback's last gig with the band; fear not, folks, a replacement has already been working out with them, and he landed on the floor and played his heart out on his back for the fans' sneakers and boots.
Many more pics and commentary below!
Three below= Sanctuary at Gramercy last Wednesday. Playing tracks from their records "Refuge Denied" and "Into the Mirror Black", it's been decades since Seattle's Sanctuary played NYC, and on this run they only hit LA and Chicago before the date at the Gramercy, and popped across the Atlantic for some more performances. With almost their entire mid-80's lineup intact, they didn't sound tired like the majority of reunion acts, and vocalist Warrel Dane can still blast out some intense high notes.
To start off the year, Atlantic City was the destination. Although I wasn't close enough to get good photos of the man, Don Rickles stuck it to everyone in the front row and in the bandstand at Harrah's to bring in the New Year. He performed about 50 minutes of material in a tux and went offstage, promising to come back for the countdown. The Merchant of Venom returned in his bathrobe and exclaimed, "what do you expect me to do at my age, drop my pants and shoot a rocket out of my ass?" Happy New Year to all the hockey pucks out there!