After three straight days of concert reviews, it's time to return to a sense of normalcy, if for only one post before 2010 ends! I have some special posts coming over the next little while, but for tonight, it's business as usual, including a concert cancellation, two concert previews for New Years Eve shows, and first, a MAJOR LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!
Remember in March when I reported that Philadelphia glam metal legends Cinderella were coming to Kewadin Casino in May, only to find out a day later that it was actually a live production of the PLAY based on the fairy tale, NOT the band Cinderella? That was one of my strangest errors ever since starting the SMS, but I'm sure many of you could see where I was confused. Kewadin Casino frequently books hair metal bands, Cinderella had just announced a new tour, and you don't usually hear anything about live stage plays there, let alone ones who share names with a band who seem likely to play there. Well, I can finally make amends for that, as yes, Cinderella (the band) ARE coming to The Dreammaker's Theater on April 14th, in the second announced major hard rock show there in 2011! I can verify that it's the band this time around because The Sault Star reported this show earlier this afternoon at this location, so unless they got their Cinderellas mixed up too, then we're 100% in for some hair metal goodness in April! Best known for hits like "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)", "Coming Home", and "Shelter Me", they've sold over 7 million albums since their 1983 inception on the backs of their exciting hair metal sound!
This concert will take place on April 14th, 2011 at 7:00 PM, with possible opening bands not announced yet. Tickets are now on sale for $39.50 at Kewadin Casino's ticketing page, at their box office, or by phone if you call 1-800-KEWADIN! Hair metal fans should be right at home with this concert, which promises to be a hard hitting night of classic songs...that is, unless it's the play again. It can't happen a second time, can it? If it does, I'll change all this, but I think we're good this time around! Stay tuned for updates as they come in!
Now for previews of the known metal/hard rock concerts taking place on New Years Eve, or tomorrow night! But first, here's a cancellation, as the planned Turner Up concert tomorrow is completely cancelled. Originally scheduled for The Nicolet Tavern (according to Robert Brown on the band's Facebook group), they were later added to the New Years Eve lineup at The Rockstar Bar along with Obsession and local comedian J.P. Naphan. No official word on why the Nicolet booking was off, but it would have been cool to see them at The Rockstar Bar! However, since that announcement, band members' Facebook pages have since retracted that statement and now, there's no Turner Up this weekend at all. Odd to see a weekend with no shows from them, but I imagine they'll be back in full force in 2011!
Now to the shows that are still on, and we'll start at Foggy Notions, where four of the newest and brightest metal bands in Sault Ontario hit the stage one more time to end 2010! The headlining band is WinkStinger, four days after they dropped out of the Nightmare After Christmas Party at Foggy's. Hopefully Alan Wells' voice is back for the show, so that WinkStinger can unleash their assault of extreme hardcore metal to ring in 2011 in the heaviest way possible! Also scheduled are two of the newest death metal bands in town, State of Misery and The Bear Hunters! Both are sure to devastate with their heavy and aggressive takes on death metal, which have both gotten some high notices since their respective live debuts! And yes, if you're wondering where the new State of Misery videos are, I'll have them in my next news post. The picture on your left (and the Facebook event page) also confirm that local metal cover trio Sativa Rose have also been added to the lineup, essentially replacing Bring The Fallen as the fourth band tomorrow night. They've also been making waves since their debut this summer with their very proficient classic metal covers, so watch out for them as the openers tomorrow night! Check the above links for more on the scheduled bands!
This show takes place at 9:00 PM tomorrow night at Foggy Notions, with NO COVER CHARGE! You must be 19 to enter. This is probably the best and heaviest way you can end 2010 with, so if you are free and have no other plans, then head to Foggy's for this show! I regrettably can't go, as we have family plans tomorrow night, but I am VERY overdue to see Sativa Rose, The Bear Hunters, and State of Misery, and you have my word: I WILL be at shows with these bands in 2011, hopefully sooner rather than later! WinkStinger too, I've loved their concerts! For now though, check the above links for more details, and for a video preview, check out this brand new video of WinkStinger playing their original song "Where'd We Go Wrong" from the Garden of Bedlam concert earlier this month! Thanks to YouTube user WhiskeyBar1 for the upload!
And finally, in Sault Michigan, the place to be is The Corner Pub Bar & Grill, where a prominent local hard rock band make their long awaited local return tomorrow night! For the first time since July's Kewadin Casino 25th Anniversary Summer Festival, local hard rockers Elipzis play a local concert, as they close out 2010 with a New Years Eve bash! This was no hiatus though, they've been rocking all over Michigan, and are poised for a big homecoming tomorrow night! A 7:00 PM start time is listed on the official Facebook event page, with no announced cover charge. Like most bar shows, I would expect a 19+ age limit. It's always good to see Elipzis back in town, and their brand of melodic hard rock has attracted fans all over Michigan, so they should deliver a nice set of music tomorrow night to celebrate the New Year! Plus, who knows when they'll be back home for a concert? Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's Elipzis playing their song "Take Me On" earlier this month in Warren, Michigan!
That's all for tonight, but stay tuned tomorrow for a special post where we look back at 2010 and the events, shows, debuts, demises, releases, and stories from the past year! Thanks everyone!