After a few quiet days at the SMS, we're back in full force to tackle this weekend's concert previews! We'll cover this weekend's Mourning Wood, Tym Morrison, and Banned shows tomorrow, given the amount of hard rock shows this weekend, but we'll focus today on shows taking place from Thursday-Friday in the area, starting with a SHORT NOTICE LOCAL CONCERT ALERT!
Local classic/hard rock cover quartet Lucky 13 will return to The Rockstar Bar for one night only TOMORROW NIGHT! Apologies for the short notice, the band quietly announced the show on their Facebook page on April 3rd, but it slipped us by until today (in any event, the venue hasn't confirmed it online as of this writing.) Fresh off of their Park Grille debut last weekend, this will be the first Rockstar Bar date from this talented veteran band since their first show with new guitarist Robin Lee three weeks ago. This should be another solid showcase of Lucky 13's new lineup, so keep it in mind for TOMORROW NIGHT for some hard hitting cover action! No word on why they're not playing on Saturday night though, or regarding what act is. TOMORROW's show has NO COVER (a recent permanent change for local shows), you must be 19 or older to attend, and there's a 10:30 PM start time in effect. See above for more details, and here's Lucky 13 live at Rednecks!
Next up, a recently announced house party concert entitled "Metal Massacre!" goes down TONIGHT with some new and familiar faces rocking out at 124 Anna Street in Manitou Park, where last year's Man & His Machine and Shit Liver house shows were hosted! The headliners are local thrash/death metal trio Pillory in their second gig, first non-battle set, and first headlining appearance since their reunion, while new local death metal band Kaepora Gaebora (featuring Bring The Fallen, Ashoka at the Show, Bring The Misery, and Gates of Winter alumni) will make their live concert debut as co-headliners, which should be very interesting on both counts! Another debuting band, local metal duo Twistory (featuring ex-Pillory bandmates Robert Sartini & Josh Amendola) will also be unveiled tonight, with the lineup rounded out by Tyler Gibson's late-added goregrind projects Crucify the Whore & Rotopsy, the latter of which playing live for the first time in eight months tonight, so if you've missed them, don't forget about this one!
Solid lineup for fans of young local death and extreme metal, and it definitely has the flavour of old Blood Shed/H.N.E. house party events, so keep this show in mind for tonight! Promoted by Twistory frontman Josh Amendola, Metal Massacre! has a "pay what you can" model for entry, there's no advertised age limits, and everything starts at 9:00 PM, but of course, respect the fact that is a home & residence. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page for more details on this intriguing show, and here's Pillory's old lineup live!
Also this weekend, a blast of metal will also hit The Oddfellows Hall TOMORROW NIGHT for the first all-ages metal show of the year at the downtown venue! This concert will be headlined by French technical death metal quintet Gorod in their local concert debut, making them the second band from France in around a year to headline at The Oddfellows Hall (following Benighted.) Their progressive yet brutal blend of death metal should melt many faces tomorrow night, so definitely check Gorod out in advance of this concert! Montreal progressive/theatrical metal quartet Bookakee (who played at last year's Benighted show) will return for an encore tomorrow themselves, and if you saw last year's show, you'll know how wild and extreme their stage show can get, so get hyped for Bookakee as well! Local support will include punk/metal quintet Jack Spades (in their first non-battle of the bands set of 2016) and reunited local extreme metal band Winkstinger, making their first public concert appearance since 2013, with their new lineup finally being unveiled too!
As well, local grind/thrash band Them have been added as a late opening band, as per the official Facebook event page on Wednesday. Good choice, especially given that they haven't been a frequent concert sight in over a year, so come check out Them's new lineup too tomorrow! Also, note that Montreal death metal band Beyond Creation are only playing select dates on Gorod & Bookakee's Canadian tour (this is not one of them), and this show was relocated from The Algonquin Pub due to that venue not being "ready in time". This ALL AGES show has a $10 cover charge and start at 7:00 PM, so see the above links for more details on this huge show, and here's Gorod live!
Finally for this preview post, local classic/hard rock cover quartet The 3 Day Millionaires will make their delayed debut at The Park Grille TOMORROW NIGHT! After they were replaced on short notice by the aforementioned Lucky 13 last week, this new band from Havadder, Cleveland Steamer, and Wishbone alumni will become the third band to play at the Industrial Park Crescent restaurant/venue during their spring season experiment with live music, with returns on May 13th & 20th also scheduled. As such, this will be The 3 Day Millionaires' first show since rocking Rednecks three weeks ago, and this talented group of familiar local faces should deliver a strong show tomorrow, so keep it and The Park Grille in mind for your concert plans! Remember, this is a one-nighter, The Park Grille is only booking Fridays (for the time being?) An early 8:00 PM start time is in effect with no announced age limits or cover charges, but remember where this is being held. Visit the official Facebook event page for more details, and here's a new video of The 3 Day Millionaires live!
Filmed at their Rednecks show on March 25th by ex-Chintzy Slicks/SBD drummer Shane Triplett and shared to the band's Facebook page the next day, this 86 second video (from shortly before the venue's relaunch and stage remodeling) is of The Millionaires covering Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You", a favourite cover of a few recent local bands, though here, drummer Scott McLurg provides lead vocals. Shot on the vertical cell phone camera angle, it's still a fun cover that the guys handle well, though it is incomplete and a little fuzzy. Give it a look below!
That's all for now, but stay tuned for more news and concert previews in the coming days! Thanks everyone!