One day down, at least four more to go in this marathon of 10 posts in 5 days (maybe more?), and kicking things off today is previews of this weekend's concerts! By this weekend, I mean TONIGHT through Saturday only, as I tentatively plan to preview Sunday's Dancing With Paris & Half A Man shows separately on Saturday in the same post as the March Mayhem tournament conclusion, so stay tuned for those then. Now, onto the previews, starting with a show TONIGHT!
The fifteenth Roosevelt Hotel metal night is TONIGHT! For the first time since the first Thursday show at The Rosie in November, there will be out of town headliners, and there will be multiple out of town bands for the first time as well, so here's what you should know! Headlining tonight are Guelph hardcore quartet Farewell To Freeway, who are hitting Sault Ontario in the latest stop on their All Or Nothing Canadian tour! With Victory Records label support, their aggressive brand of metalcore will be sure to get some pits going at The Rosie tonight! Also joining them on this tour are California hardcore quintet No Bragging Rights, who I'm really digging with their old-school influenced sound and impression! As well, Toronto death metal band Hallows Die have been moved from tomorrow's now-cancelled Foggy Notions headlining show to join the lineup of tonight's Rosie concert. Their progressive style of death metal will be a different, but welcome, taste at this concert, so don't miss them! And in their eighth Rosie metal night appearance, local hardcore quintet As It Stands will open the festivities, three days after opening for Fuck The Facts, shortly before they plan to hit the studio! Though a frequent sight locally, they're always entertaining, so be there early to catch them!
Check the above links to preview each band playing tonight! There will be a $2 cover charge, but considering the value of bands you'll be getting, it's completely worth it, so don't sweat a toonie for this amount of music! As always, everything should start at around 9:30 PM, and there's a 19+ age limit. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Dismembertainment have a great lineup booked tonight, so absolutely head out to The Rosie if you can, as there's lots of quality hardcore (and death metal) to go around! For a preview, here's Farewell To Freeway's music video for their song "The Desperate Age"!
Now to the bands playing Friday & Saturday nighters, and first, it's the return of Caveman Morrison! After a seven month break from the stage after their last lineup's collapse, the local hard rock trio will make their long awaited return to the stage this weekend at The Nicolet Tavern! These shows will mark Caveman Morrison's live debuts with new bassist Jacques Marceau and drummer Willie Bellerose, and though we have yet to hear them publically, I've heard great things about their talent and abilities, so we'll have to see how they do this weekend! They're on at 10:00 PM tomorrow & Saturday night, there's no announced cover charge, and you must be 19 to attend either show. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to see Caveman Morrison back, I know Tym's put in a lot of work to get the band going again, and here's hoping this lineup lasts longer than their last few have! Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's the band covering Living Colour's "Cult Of Personality" in October at Foggy Notions!
Also this weekend is another pair of concerts at Docks Riverfront Grill from local classic hard rockers That's Chester, in what's becoming a seemingly monthly run for the band! I still find it odd that they haven't played a venue other than Docks since last year, I wonder why that is? Still their music speaks for itself, no matter where it's played! This quintet of talented local music veterans will have loads of classic and newer hits to rock out with this weekend, including a bunch of heavier songs, so don't miss them! As always, these Docks shows (tomorrow & Saturday night) will have a $4 cover charge, you must be 19 to attend, and everything starts at 10:00 PM or later! For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Sounds good to me, That's Chester should have a great weekend of shows this weekend, so if you're looking for come classic tunes to part with, Docks is the place! Check the above links for more details, and for a preview, here's That's Chester covering Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times" at Docks in March!
Finally for the hard rock weekend sets this weekend that I know about, Sault Michigan quartet Monkey's Uncle are apparently playing at Golanka's Bar (a.k.a. The Bird) this weekend for a pair of shows! Though not cited on their MySpace page (no Bird shows have been since before their name changes), new singer/guitarist Donny Newell confirmed with me via e-mail that they would in fact be playing at The Bird this weekend, and if a band member says it, there must be truth to it! I believe these are the band's first Bird concerts featuring Donny in the band, where he will share singing responsibilities with the band's mainman Henry Switzer. I'd expect these shows to have 10:00 PM-ish start times and 21+ age limits, and I have heard nothing about a possible cover. Check the above links for more on the band and venue! Though I don't know a great detail about these shows, I'd say head on out to enjoy some hard rock if you're in the mood for it across the river, and especially to check out Monkey's Uncle's new lineup! For a preview, here's a Jager-era lineup of Monkey's Uncle covering Finger Eleven's "Paralyzer"!
Finally, here's a big show on Saturday night that should get you Ozzy Osbourne fans excited! Continuing with their high reputation for bringing in quality tribute bands, The Canadian Nightclub is hosting Blizzard of Ozz: The Ultimate Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday night! This Toronto based quartet features veterans of other notable Canadian tribute bands, and present a quality sounding version of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath classics to their fans! Though not perfect sounding compared to the real deal, especially vocally, they do a quality job and should deliver a good night of music for everyone at The Canadian on Saturday night! This show is a 19+ event, it'll start at 10:00 PM or later, and though a cover charge isn't advertised, I would bring $5 or so, as I expect admission to cost something. For more details, click here! This should be a fun show, and though this may be an unpopular opinion, I actually prefer Ozzy solo to his Black Sabbath work, so I might hit this show if I can fit it in! Check the above links for more, and for a preview, here's Blizzard Of Ozz playing "Bark At The Moon" in Etobicoke in 2009!
That's all for now, but stay tuned later tonight for our Destroilet EP review! Thanks everyone!