Once again, we have a 100% Sault Michigan post today that largely circles around Banned and Queensryche! I know it might seem like overkill lately, but the latter's show here was a big deal, and the former have had a lot of recent news, including LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS and previews of this weekend's concerts that they're involved in. Also keep reading for a new Queensryche video and previews of another Sault Michigan concert weekend, but first, let's get you guys caught up on the new shows (Also, the Sebastian Bach preview's coming this weekend, as it's a bit too soon to have it today.)
Kinross hard rockers Banned have been in the news a lot this week, and that trend continues with their newest show announcements, as they'll return to The Cozy Corners Tavern & Grill in nearby Barbeau, Michigan for two dates next month! As announced yesterday, these surprisingly won't be on the same weekend, as they'll hit this venue on separate Saturdays (February 9th and 23rd), but the music should be great no matter what! The February 9th gig will mark their first concert in Barbeau since August (that I can confirm), so if you like the venue and the band, this should work out well for you! Banned will bring their classic and hard rock covers and originals to the Cozy Corners on both nights at 8:30 PM, with 21+ age limits and no cover charges likely. For more details, visit Banned's Facebook page! These should be a solid pair of concerts from this freuqently seen local band, and hopefully Banned rock Barbeau (a half hour south of Sault Michigan, an hour northeast of St. Ignace) to it's core next month in their busy February schedule!
That said, Banned will be playing long before then, namely THIS WEEKEND, as they'll make their first ever live appearances at Dondee Lanes in Sault Michigan TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! Similar groundrules are likely compared to their past and future shows, save for an oddly early 8:00 PM start time both nights, so expect a 21+ age limit, but have cash just in case. These will also likely be held without guitarist Alex Schrovenwever, who I believe is back out of town for college following his brief return over the holidays. It's great to see Banned covering new ground in their slow expansion across the U.P., and hopefully they make a great first impression at the Dondee this weekend! For a preview, here's Banned playing their song "Cocaine Riot" in September!
The other announced hard rock shows this weekend (Sebastian Bach aside, that's coming on Saturday) will take place at The Northern Pines Lounge at the St. Ignace Kewadin Casino, where Sault Michigan trio Powerslug will make their first announced concert appearances of 2013! I stress "announced", as with no online pages, their shows are often short notice or missed for coverage on here, so it's good to have this one in the queue well in advance thanks to Kewadin Casino's entertainment page! I'd expect Chris, Bob, and Chris to have a great set of hard rock covers this weekend, so take the trip down to St. Ignace TOMORROW AND SATURDAY NIGHT to chug your mug with Powerslug! Admission should be free for these 21+ concerts, and I'd expect 10:00 PM start times both nights. Check the above links for more details! Though I wish they had online media/pages, their talented membership (including Clownsack and Kilacel alumni) should impress as usual, so don't miss Powerslug at the St. Ignace Kewadin tomorrow or Saturday night!
Finally for today, here's another new video from the Queensryche show at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino this past Saturday! A day after his first two videos went up, attendee Christopher Paci posted one more video from the concert onto his YouTube channel, this time of Queensryche playing their song "Eyes of a Stranger"! Like his first videos, this are far from the stage with good audio quality, but luckily, it's not as jittery on his videos of them playing heavier songs, so definitely give it a look below, and stay tuned for more Queensryche videos if they turn up!
That's all for today, but stay tuned tomorrow for last month's poll results and this month's new poll! What was your favourite new hard rock band of 2012? What element of 2012 will you judge over the coming month next? We'll find out tomorrow, so stay tuned!