Hey guys, it's time once again to preview the latest slate of concerts taking place for you metal and hard rock fans! Because there's shows stretching through to Monday without a break, and due to the high volume of them, I'm going to segment the previews a tiny bit. All known metal/hard rock shows through Saturday will be previewed tonight. Sunday's We, The Undersigned concert and Monday's Rebel Spell show (featuring Shit Liver) will be previewed either Saturday or early Sunday as part of a normal news post, so look out for that later this weekend! For now, let's stick to the shows I know of through Saturday, beginning with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!
Local metal quartet Late & Loud have announced another relatively short notice concert for TOMORROW NIGHT at Foggy Notions! Last seen on stage at Foggy's on February 21st, the band officially announced this show yesterday morning on their official Facebook page. Details are lacking, but their word is good that they're playing, they've never lied or jumped the gun before, that I know of! Their Facebook page even says they'll be playing new material tomorrow night, so that'll be cool in itself! I would expect a 10:00 PM-ish start time tomorrow, no cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. I like their sound from the few videos I've seen of Late & Loud in action, and it'll sure be interesting to see what comes of their recent demo recordings, but I can't form a full opinion until I see them live. I already have plans to see another concert tomorrow, but I'll make it out one of these days, I'm overdue! If you guys need something to check out tomorrow, give Late & Loud a shot, they should impress! Check the above links for more, including some video footage of Late & Loud in action at recent sets, which I can't embed here. Stay tuned for updates on Late & Loud as I hear them, and go check them out tomorrow!
Now to shows we had some advance warning on, and we'll start with TONIGHT'S latest Roosevelt Hotel metal night! Three more metal bands descend upon The Rosie at 9:30 PM tonight to deliver their own brands of hard hitting music, so here's who to look out for! I'm honestly not 100% sure as to the lineup order, as I've seen the first and third bands swapped in different promotions of the concert in the past few days, but I'll go with the order posted on the Rosie metal nights' Facebook page, and note that promoter Rich Moreland tends to list bands in order of performance, not from headliners down. Firstly, there's As It Stands, the local hardcore quintet who are fresh off of recent recording sessions in Stoney Creek. What came of those? Stay tuned tonight to the SMS to find out! With loads of aggressive metalcore ready to go, look for another impressive set from them tonight! In the middle of the lineup tonight is Desbarats death metal quintet For All That Is Lost, exactly one month to the day after As It Stands replaced them on hours notice at the Rosie show that night! In their first ever local concert, will F.A.T.I.L. leave a deep impression with their brutal death metal stylings? Time will tell! Rounding out tonight's lineup is local hardcore quartet Changing Waves, in their third consecutive Thursday nighter at The Rosie! They've really been making "waves" locally since their debut in November, so expect another solid set of moshworthy metalcore from them tomorrow as well!
As usual, tonight's show will have a 9:30 PM start time, no cover charge, and a 19+ age limit. For more details, check out the above links! I should be out for this one, I really wanna check out For All That Is Lost, and who doesn't love a good double shot of local hardcore? Check out the above links for all of the above bands, and I hope to see you guys at The Rosie tonight! For a preview, here's As It Stands playing their original song "One Last Chance"!
Next, we'll head to The Rockstar Bar for a notable concert tomorrow night that Lion Ride fans should definitely take notice of! This show will be headlined by Kitchener hard rockers The Saigon Hookers, who you may recognize as the band that Lion Ride bassist Carmine Romano was originally a member of through January, as well as a frequent sight at Lion Ride's concerts in Southern Ontario. With a hard hitting brand of unfiltered rock n' roll in store, look for an impressive set tomorrow night that might make you want a drink or two! Joining them are Brad Example & The Role Models, in their first show that I've heard of in over four years! This is the punk quartet fronted by Inner City Surfers bassist Brad Lacell (a.k.a. Brad Example), along with his Surfers bandmate Dave Bahun and Lion Ride's own Marco Pedalino on guitar, and veteran local drummer Phil Greco, who you may recognize from bands like Tripod The Dog. Thanks to Marco for the lineup details! What will we get out of Brad and company tomorrow, a Surfers-inspired sound or something different? We'll find out at after 9:00 PM tomorrow night! There is no announced cover charge, and you must be 19 to attend. For full details, visit the official Facebook event page and the above links!
I'll be there for The Saigon Hookers' local debut! I've liked their sound for a while now and figured they'd come to town eventually, and here they are! Brad Example & The Role Models should be good too, I've liked the Surfers for years, so they can't be bad! Check the above links for more, and I hope to see you guys at The Rockstar Bar tomorrow night! For a preview, here's a compilation video from Carmine's run with the band, of their song "Devil To Win"!
Meanwhile, The Big Cheese in Heyden will enjoy some hard rocking music in a more intimate setting tomorrow night, as Tym Morrison returns there in the latest concert for his bi-weekly arrangement there! As the Caveman Morrison inactive period continues, you can enjoy similar tunes (just unplugged) by heading to The Big Cheese tomorrow night, for what should be another entertaining night of songs! There's no announced cover charge, it all starts at 10:00 PM, and you must be 19 to enter. For full details, visit the Facebook event page! Sounds like a fun night of music, and Tym should be in good form to deliver songs of any genre to the fans in attendance! Head out for this one if you can, and for a video preview, here's Tym covering Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" last year at Foggy Notions!
Our last six shows for today's preview post are courtesy of three bands playing two nights this weekend, and we'll start at The Nicolet Tavern, where local classic hard rockers Turner Up will return to the stage for another fun weekend of covers and classics! The hard working quintet will surely be ready to rock tomorrow night and Saturday night in their latest weekend on the local stage, so if you wanna rock out with some classic hard rock, The Nic looks like a good spot to be at this weekend! There's no announced cover charge for either show, you must be 19 to attend, and both nights have 10:00 PM start times. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! So if you want to rock the winter blues away, either of these shows should work! Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's Turner Up covering Guns N' Roses' "Mr. Brownstone"!
If you're looking for a different brand of classic hard rock for this weekend, then maybe That's Chester will fit the bill! In their first advertised concerts in almost a month, That's Chester return to Docks Riverfront Grill tomorrow night and Saturday night to deliver their own takes on classic and modern hard rock tunes! Featuring five prominent (and very talented) local music veterans, they'll surely be all set for a great weekend of music in their own right! They'll be on both nights at around 11:00 PM, there's no announced cover charge, and as usual, you must be 19 to enter Docks for either show. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to see That's Chester back out there, though I hope the bookings pick back up for them, as a weekend at Docks a month has to be a bit of an anomaly. Still, check them out this weekend if you can, there's lots of talent to go around! For a preview, here's That's Chester covering "Highway Star" by Deep Purple last year at Docks!
Finally for today, we close our Thursday-Saturday previews in Sault Michigan, where at least two shows are taking place this weekend (If I'm missing any, let me know!) So we head to The Rapids Lounge at Kewadin Casino, where local hard rock trio Monkey's Uncle return to the Kewadin stage for the first time in two months for shows tomorrow night and Saturday night! Note that these were among the eighteen hard rock concerts that disappeared from Kewadin Casino's entertainment page in January or earlier, but Monkey's Uncle do list these shows on their MySpace page, so I'd expect they're still on! It looks like both of these shows will have 9:00 PM start times, no cover charge, and 21+ age limits. For more details, check the above links! Sounds good to me, hopefully good crowds turn out across the river for Monkey's Uncle this weekend! They're an entertaining hard rock band with some very good originals and covers, take my word for it! Check the above links for more details and info on Monkey's Uncle, and for a preview, here's Monkey's Uncle covering Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog"!
That's all for now, but I hope to have a new news post up later tonight before I head to The Rosie! Remember, the previews of the We, The Undersigned and Rebel Spell concerts will be posted on Saturday or Sunday, and there's more news aside from that to come as well, so stay tuned! Thanks everyone!