We have quite a busy concert weekend coming up (abnormally such for November), so before we get into the first of our previews, here's a breakdown of our preview schedule. Today, we'll profile Sault Ontario metal/hard rock shows taking place between TONIGHT and Saturday, with tomorrow's post focused around Sault Michigan-area shows, and maybe Sunday night's Biipiigwan show in Sault Ontario, but if any late notice gigs come to my attention, we'll move the Biipiigwan preview to it's own Saturday post. With that said, let's begin tackling this stacked concert weekend!
Diemonds will make their long awaited return to Sault Ontario for another headlining concert! Last seen at the old Coch's Corner in mid-2009 in a show we actually were late to hear about on the SMS, Diemonds have a fun party sound that should attract punk and hard rock fans in good measure with their female-fronted and often sleazy sound, so they should get a solid response tonight! The local openers include the long awaited return of local punk/metal quartet T-Rex Manning (replacing The Danger Cats), who will make their first local concert appearance in 6 months tonight, and it's good to see another Rex Manning Day on the local stage! Note that I can not confirm if drummer Rick White will be back on stage to play with the band tonight, but he is a confirmed attendee on the Facebook event page, so fingers crossed! The other local opening band is new local hard rock quartet Punch (fresh off their 3rd place Viva La Battle run), so don't be late for hard hitting originals & covers from this union of Haggith & Suicide Kings members!
The first Algonquin Pub concert from promoter/T-Rex Manning frontman J.D. Pearce in over 4 months, admission will be $5 for this 19+ concert, and there is a 10:00 PM start time. For more details, visit the above links! Diemonds and the locals should put in an awesome show full of hard rock intensity TONIGHT, so don't miss out if you can help it, and for a preview, here's Diemonds rocking a Toronto stage last month!
Moving to shows taking place TOMORROW NIGHT, local grunge/alternative rock quartet Haggith will play for the third & final time at The New American Pub, in what will be their last date before next month's farewell concert. Though their amicable finality is impending, this popular local band still have a lot of rocking to give tomorrow, and they have plenty of fun and aggressive originals (plus select covers) to bring to the stage, so if you're at The New A at 602 Bay Street tomorrow, just have a great time! A late notice opener has been secured, as prominent local hard rock quartet The Suicide Kings will finally return to the stage tomorrow in their New American debut for the first time since August's Airbourne concert! I don't know what led to their 3 month break from the stage (including dropping out of Viva La Battle), but I can confirm that their lineup has not changed, so Steven Flint & Ben Boudreau really are in 3 bands together now, including These Sins of Time & with half of Haggith in Punch.
It's great to have the two top bands from April's Rockstar Bar Battle of the Bands back on stage together again one last time, so don't miss this hard rock explosion at The New A tomorrow night! A cover charge in the $4 range is likely, you must be 19 to attend, and everything starts at 9:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! I wonder if the presence of Punch's entire lineup tomorrow will lead to a surprise appearance by them? No idea, but hopefully tomorrow's concert goes awesome, and it's still a bummer that Haggith are breaking up! For a preview, here's Haggith playing their/Punch's original "Metal Cage"!
Also TOMORROW, new classic/hard rock quartet Glitch will play their second ever live concert when they return to the site of their debut (The Rockstar Bar) for another solo headlining gig! The new band featuring Sneaky Pete, Lion Ride, and Tripod The Dog alumni made a good impression in their September debut with their varied (and often heavy) cover setlist, and after taking October off, you know this veteran outfit will be raring to go once again! A $5 cover charge (or something close) is likely, a 19+ age limit is to be expected, and everything starts at 10:30 PM tomorrow night. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Glitch have a lot of talent and hard rock experience between them, so keep tomorrow's show in mind for a fun party experience, and if you can't make the show, hit them up at Toystock at The Canadian on December 1st! For a preview, here's Glitch covering a Rolling Stones song in their live debut in September!
Finally for today's previews, fellow local classic hard rockers (and Toystock performers) The Thrill Junkies will play their third concert weekend at The Roosevelt Hotel TOMORROW & SATURDAY NIGHT! This union of Turner Up, Havadder, Redundant, Carbon Black, and Full Circle alumni have been rocking local venues to good acclaim since their regional debut since September, and with their aresnal of classic, hard, and general rock covers, you won't want to miss out in their return to The Rosie this weekend! In fact, these shows are helping kick off The Rosie's return after a 3 week closure period due to the agreement from that over-serving incident, so it's good to have this popular venue back as well! Admission should be free for this weekend's 10:30 PM shows, and you must be 19 to attend either night. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! This should be another fun weekend from these talented local music veterans, so if you can't make Toystock, keep this weekend's Thrill Junkies shows in mind, and when we have videos or media from their live concerts, we'll have them here!
That's probably all for today, but stay tuned TOMORROW for our Sault Michigan previews, and a preview of either the Biipiigwan show on Sunday or a late notice show, plus our newest YouTube Channel Profile tomorrow night! Thanks everyone!