Thursday, November 21, 2013

LOCAL CONCERT ALERT (Bret Michaels), And Some New Video Finds!!

I wasn't expecting to have a second post today, but with a new promotional video for a local metal concert taking place TONIGHT, I threw this one together, so what's joining said clip? A new video discovery from two time local battle of the bands veterans, but first, here's a HUGE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT that you hair metal fans should enjoy for early next year (and check out most of the weekend's Sault Ontario metal/hard rock concert previews in the post below this one!)

Poison frontman and TV personality Bret Michaels will once again return to the region for a headlining concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Michigan Kewadin Casino during his Life Rocks Tour on Saturday, January 18th! Definitely no stranger to Sault Ste. Marie, we last saw the "Rock My RV" host at Kewadin in December 2011 (which followed dates there in 2008 & 2010, plus at the former Eastgate Hotel in Sault Ontario in 2005), so you know there'll be a sizeable crowd back at the Soo Kewadin in January for his (at least) fifth local solo concert! Bret's a glam metal mainstay who's sold millions of records with Poison, and with his new collaborative album named "Jammin' With Friends" now on sale, he'll have some classic Poison hits and newer originals ready to rock this time around for what is the first announced local hard rock show of 2014! Bret's opening band in January will be North Carolina glam metal quartet FireHouse, who will return to the Soo for the first time since opening for Skid Row there in March 2009!

Best known for hit singles like "Don't Treat Me Bad" &  "When I Look Into Your Eyes", the inclusion of FireHouse as openers is extra fitting, as they were scheduled to open for Bret's March 2008 local concert before frontman C.J. Snare's wife went into labour (locals Nixxon Dixxon filled in on short notice), so it's great to see FireHouse opening for Bret locally as was originally planned almost 6 years ago! Tickets will go on sale for this ALL AGES concert on November 29th (one week from Friday), and they will cost either $52.50 or $42.50 depending on location, and a 7:00 PM start time is likely. For more details, visit Kewadin Casino's Facebook page! It's great to see Bret Michaels back in town after over 2 years away, and while I'm not a huge fan of Poison, he's well liked and definitely talented musically, and an effective redo of his & FireHouse's 2008 show can't be a bad thing! Get your tickets next Friday at this link, at the in-person box office, or at 1-800-KEWADIN, and stay tuned for any possible updates!

Next up, here's a new music video discovery from defunct local/Oil Springs metal band Sue Inside! While researching them for tomorrow's YouTube Channel Profile on frontman Shane Lipsit-Fraser's personal channel, I found a newer official channel of theirs that saw just one upload in April 2012 before their fall into inactivity, and it's a music video for one of their last original songs, "Caligula"! Filmed in black & white and on multiple camera angles, it features Shane on harsh vocals & guitar, Adam Veen on clean vocals & bass, and Jeff Vogel on drums. The editing's a bit predictable in terms of what camera angles take place when, but it's well filmed otherwise, and this is still a really promising sign of what could have been for Sue Inside. I always liked Adam's vocal ability and tone, and that (plus his bass work) added a missing piece to their sound, but as well, Shane & Jeff's more extreme local run as a duo in the late 2000s was about 2 years ahead of it's time. I firmly believe that if they played the same material in the early 2010s, they'd have been a lot more successful, but check out Sue Inside's last video posting below!

Finally for today, remember how we previewed TONIGHT'S Diemonds-headlined concert at The Algonquin Pub in this morning's post? Well, the Toronto sleaze rock quintet posted this public service announcement video onto their YouTube channel just a little while ago to hype the concert! It's a PSA from (I believe) guitarist Daniel Dekay to address the fact that 9 out of 10 men suffer from a lack of rock, and the solution is to come to The Algonquin Pub for their show tonight! Note that the video's description says the show takes place upstairs at The Rockstar Bar, but I assume that's an error, everywhere else says it's downstairs. Neat and short clip that is cool to see, especially with the tailoring to the local date, so check it out below, and don't miss Diemonds, T-Rex Manning, and Punch TONIGHT! 10:00 PM, 19+, $5!

That's all for today, but stay tuned TOMORROW for the rest of our weekend concert previews, plus the aforementioned YouTube Channel Profile on Sue Inside's frontman's channel! Thanks everyone!

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