Sunday, February 19, 2012

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Waster), New Videos, And More!!

Hey guys, I hope you're enjoying your long weekend! Today, we've got some more assorted news and notes from the local metal scene, including some notable live concert video uploads and an out of town band's quest for a local booking, but first, here's a LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!!

It looks like the 43rd Roosevelt Hotel metal night has officially been announced, and although it's on March 15th (re-affirming what looks like a now-monthly schedule), this will still be an awesome show, as for the first time since the promoter switch in October, there will be an out of town headlining band at the next Rosie metal night! Winnipeg groove metal band Waster will headline this March 15th concert as part of their Sickness In The East Tour, and I have to say, they sound awesome! If you like bands like Pantera, you'll definitely enjoy Waster, so check them out at the above link in advance of this concert! Joining them next month will be Guelph hardcore quintet Farewell To Freeway, 10 months after they headlined the 15th Rosie metal night in May, and their melodic metalcore assault will definitely be welcomed back to Sault Ontario next month, so don't miss them either! The local openers will be local hardcore standouts As It Stands (who also opened for Farewell To Freeway last spring at The Rosie), and you know they'll set the tone well for this concert come March 15th! As usual, this will have a start time of around 10:00 PM, but for the first time in Thursday metal night history, this will be an ALL AGES SHOW!!!! Yes, if you're under 18, you can attend a Rosie metal night finally, although you'll have to pay a $3 cover charge as a result, where as attendees 19 and older will get in free as is usual.

For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! It's great to see the current Rosie metal nights finally expanding a bit to include out of town headlining bands, and the all ages experiment will be cool to see again! The Fatality/Immersed all ages show last year from Dismembertainment went well despite the summer heat, though it wasn't on a Thursday. How will this pan out? Time will tell, but hopefully I can make it out, and stay tuned for updates at the above links!

Next up, a new video from Poison frontman Bret Michaels' headlining concert at The Dreammakers Theater at Kewadin Casino on December 27th is now online! Filmed by YouTube user sarahforcexo, this was uploaded onto her YouTube channel last week, and it's of Bret's cover of Poison's "Something To Believe In" from that concert. I'm not a huge fan of Poison's softer material, but it's a well performed rendition, and he precedes the song with some kind words and dedications to American armed forces for the sacrifices they've made for our freedoms and their hopeful returns home for the holidays, which is awesome of him! It's nice to finally see some more videos from the newest Bret Michaels show, so kudos to Sarah for uploading this video and filming it with a good quality camera near to the stage as well, it turned out well! Check out Bret's solo version of "Something To Believe In" below, and stay tuned for more Kewadin hard rock concert videos as I hear of them!

Also in the news today, another out of town band is looking for a local concert booking for this summer, so here's what you should know! On Friday, Jerry Lee Boucher from the Drummondville, Quebec experimental metal band Slaughter Slashing posted on our Facebook page inquiring about getting a local show here this summer, specifically on Sunday, July 22nd. I thought I'd help the cause, and he wants to capture some local footage on their tour diaries too, so if you wanna help book Slaughter Slashing for a local concert here in July, shoot Jerry a message at this location! They're definitely an original band with a lot of creative and avant-garde flourishes in their material, and though they have some death metal influences, they're honestly hard to describe, so I recommend checking them out at the above links to see what they have in store! It'd be cool to have them here, so if you can help out at all, give the band a should and hopefully we'll see Slaughter Slashing in the area come July 22nd!

And finally for today, Winkstinger drummer Jonas Gasperas posted a new live video onto his YouTube channel earlier today, and it's from Winkstinger's show this past Thursday at The Roosevelt Hotel! It's of the band playing most of their song "The Devil's Hand" during their set, and Jonas notes in the video's title that returning frontman Alan Wells falls down in the video, which happens about 10 seconds in. It'd probably be more amusing if the video quality from the filmer's camera was better, but with low lighting, moshers in the way, and a far camera angle, it's hard to see the stage at times. That said, the brutal music speaks for itself, and it's great to see Alan back in Winkstinger! Check out this latest video below, and stay tuned for more band news as it rolls in!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for more news probably tomorrow, including (likely) a good chunk of Sault Michigan stories! Thanks everyone!

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