2011's been busy so far, and the marathon continues with this post! Today, we have the debut of a new SMS feature, but first, here are a bunch of LOCAL CONCERT ALERTS! Eighteen of them, so here we go!
Tym Morrison has updated the schedule on his official website to reflect his January AND February concert dates, and now we have confirmation of his planned shows on his weekly arrangements at Foggy Notions and The Big Cheese in Heyden for the next two months! As previously assumed, Tym will be back at Foggy's every Sunday this month, including THIS SUNDAY, January 16th, January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, and February 27th! As well, his weekly arrangement as The Big Cheese kicks off THIS FRIDAY and continues on January 14th, January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, February 11th, February 18th, and February 25th! I assume all SIXTEEN of these new dates will have the same general structure, that being a 10:00 PM start time with no cover charge and 19+ age limits at both venues. Nice to see Tym booking so many dates, here's hoping the Big Cheese deal goes as well as the Foggy's arrangement has been! If you want some acoustic hard rock for your weekend concert going, you now have two options, so head on out if you want to! Check the above links for more, and for more on FRIDAY'S Big Cheese show, click here!
Next up, consider these new shows a cancellation as well, but we'll get to that in a second. According to this new Facebook event page, local classic hard rockers That's Chester will be rocking Docks Riverfront Grill THIS WEEKEND for a pair of concerts! But wait, weren't Turner Up confirmed for this weekend at Docks? Guitarist Robert Brown listed dates for this weekend at Docks on the band's Facebook group, so what happened there? I'm not sure, but according to his personal Facebook page, guitarist Len Ward is currently battling an illness, so that could be related. Nonetheless, Turner Up are scheduled for a Docks weekend next month, so keep that in mind! With that said, it is definitely That's Chester on Friday and Saturday night at Docks! Both shows have start times of around 11:00 PM, there's no announced cover charge, and you must be 19 to enter. For more information, visit the official Facebook event page! That's Chester always deliver with their classic rock sound, including a healthy dose of metal and hard rock covers, so they'd be worth checking out this weekend! Stay tuned for more either tonight or tomorrow morning during our weekend concert previews!
Finally, this isn't a metal concert per say, but one of the opening bands is a local metal band, so we'll of course mention it here! On February 19th, local hardcore quintet As It Stands will return to The Oddfellows Hall for the first time in 2011 as openers for two out of town pop rock bands! The headlining band is London, Ontario power-pop band Right From The Start, and another London pop punk band, Calling Ocala! I wouldn't say either are my thing or metal at all, but both are talented bands who are sure to find a good crowd next month! Honestly, As It Stands' original emo incarnation would be a better fit at this show than their current very heavy style, but hey, they'll really add to this show and get things going at a fast and relentless rate! Another opener is being sought but hasn't been announced yet. Tickets will be $8 in advance (or $10 at the door) for this ALL AGES show, which begins at 7:00 PM on February 19th at The Oddfellows Hall. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page, and as I hear more on this show, I'll have it here!
And finally, I'd like to announce a brand new feature on the SMS: A weekly classic video! Over the years, I've seen many videos of local metal and hard rock bands, live or otherwise, that don't get the recognition they deserve. Be they on Facebook, Photobucket, MySpace, or other external sites, there are many that are not readily available to share, watch, and/or embed that should be brought to people's attention on YouTube and on the SMS. What's the point in recording video of a band in action when people can't see it? So every week, I hope to upload one video of or featuring a local metal/hard rock band from a non-YouTube site to The Sault Metal Scene's YouTube channel! In most cases, I'll rip the video using Freecorder (a great tool for the SMS) and in EVERY SINGLE CASE, I WILL CREDIT THE ORIGINAL UPLOADER!! After all, they did the work to film the footage and/or upload it online originally, and I'll NEVER pretend like I filmed it. I hope not to repeat bands too closely together, and like I often do with our CD reviews, I want to tie in these videos with upcoming concerts or events, as is the case with our first weekly classic video below!
This comes from the first ever 19+ concert that I ever attended, on June 22nd, 2008, which was headlined by Sandman: A Musical Salute To Metallica. But this video wasn't of their set, it was of the openers, As It Stands! This was during the latter stages of their first run as a band, and it's of them playing an older original song that I don't remember the name for. This video was shot by Dave Pipoli and uploaded onto Facebook not long after the concert at http://facebook.com/video/video.php?v=18516826644. Dave deserves ALL CREDIT for this video and I mean absolutely no harm with this upload! No copyright infringement is intended!! Dave's camera work is slightly jittery, but the audio and video quality are pretty good, and this brings back memories for me as well! I find it interesting to note as well that in the description of the video, Dave mentioned that As It Stands were auditioning to open for Skid Row with this set, referring to the aborted Skid Row concert at Runway Park on June 28th, 2008. I never knew that a slot on that show was on the line for As It Stands during this concert, but I'd say they would have deserved to make it on! Though I think As It Stands have gotten heavier since their return, this was still good stuff! So, check out our first weekly classic video below!
That's all for now, but our next post will absolutely feature previews of this weekend's concerts, including TOMORROW'S metal night at The Rosie, so stay tuned! Thanks everyone!