Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Cleveland HOB)

BRMC with Death from Above 1979, Deap Vally – Live at Cleveland House of Blues, 10-11-2016

If you haven’t already heard, BRMC started their set with a brand new song called Bandung Hum! Bandung city is the capital of Indonesia’s West Java province, and after doing some research I found that it’s a stop where the band has toured in the past. Reading about the city, it sounds like a beautiful place and really must have made an impression on Robert, Peter and Leah.

I’m already in the love with the new track, and was lucky enough to think about voice recording it about halfway through. The Cleveland House of Blues was the first stop on this tour, and the band posted a photo of the set list on some social media sites, so it’s probably safe to say that everyone making it to this tour will get to hear it.

I arrived before the opening act, Deap Vally, played and as a result had a kickass view from the top center the entire night. Deap Vally played an awesome show, even though the regular drummer was unable to attend. The fill in drummer had her first practice that same morning, and I swear you’d never have known (if you didn’t know the members/had never seen them perform before). Death From Above 1979 played a great set too, and their giant elephant-trunk clad logo looked sweet on the stage.

It was pretty cool to attend a show where 2/3 drummers were women. This was one rad Cleveland show. Though they didn’t have an encore, and they didn’t play Fault Line. And much to the crowd’s dismay, they didn’t play 666 Conducer.

No ticket yet? Catch the gig lineup here!

BRMC Set list:

  1. Bandung Hum (!)
  2. Rival
  3. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
  4. Ain’t No Easy Way
  5. Berlin
  6. Cold Wind
  7. Haunt
  8. Conscience Killer
  9. Red Eyes and Tears
  10. Awake
  11. Six Barrel Shotgun
  12. Spread Your Love
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Filter (Rock ‘N Restock CLE)

Filter – Live at FWD Day + Nightclub Cleveland for Rock N’ Restock CLE, 9-22-2016

I did something I swore I’d never do last night. I went to a show and spent the entire time in the parking lot. I didn’t have a ticket going into it, and I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out the 30 bucks and some change to get in. Probably because when I got there I realized that the event was a Filter show tacked onto a silent auction. Everyone was walking in and out of the FWD Day and Nightclub in fancy clothes and here I am, clad black with my Filter logo flag shirt. I felt extremely out of place and it really sucked because the event was for a great cause, raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank and some folks affected by cancer.

Instead I paid $10.00 to park my car in a space right beside the stage. I didn’t pay for that specific spot, and I arrived well after the opening band (Tyler Reid) took the stage, so it was pretty much dumb luck. It was a good listening area; if I got on my car (did) I had a view of heads of the crowd and occasionally the band members, if they were feeling the will to move around. My personal Filter sound festival was interrupted only by the trains, the man who asked me to button his shirt sleeve, the echo off the bridges, and the couples yelling at each other on the way to the car.

They played for over an hour, and didn’t take a single break. Here’s the set list.

1. The Take
2. Trip Like I Do
3. You Walk Away
4. Head of Fire (<3 <3 <3)
5. Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Bus
6. Jurassitol
7. Pride Flag
8. Nothing In My Hands
9. Take A Picture
10. Surprise
11. Welcome to the Fold
12. The Best Things
13. American Cliché
14. No Love
15. Hey Man, Nice Shot

This club is right by the water and the outside area is lined with train cargo cars. Which was a nice feature since it made for a low barrier.

I recorded the whole thing on my phone. And it’s a damn good recording for a phone if I do say so myself!

While I didn’t enjoy this show as much as my first one, I mean that goes without saying because I was inside the venue, I am pretty stoked to have a solid recording of a Filter show where Richard Patrick talks a lot about his hometown. And apparently he’s writing a book?

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EVE 6 (The Grog Shop)

EVE 6 – Live at The Grog Shop, 6-21-2016

This show was 45 minutes away from my house, and since it was on a weekday I did the responsible adult thing for once and left early. I spent just shy of an hour listening to the guys of EVE 6 in the little Grog Shop, and in those meager minutes they managed to crank out many of my favorites. Here’s the list. It was the first time I recorded, in one big long text draft on my phone, each song as it started. While a semi-annoying task, it’s totally worth it knowing that, for sure, these are the songs I heard them play, in this exact order.

1. Leech
2. Sunset Strip Bitch
3. Open Road Song
4. Amphetamines
5. Promise
6. Situation Infatuation
7. Here’s To The Night
8. On The Roof Again
9. Anytime
10. Think Twice
11. Arch Drive Goodbye
12. Enemy

Leech started out with Max and one verrrry echo-y microphone. Throughout the night the mic got better.

My favorite thing about this show was the commentary. The first time I saw EVE 6, they played at a festival and it was one song after the other, with pretty much no breaks. This time, EVE 6 had plenty of time to talk about personal matters, goof off and interact with the crowd.

Max did his signature arm up, pointer finger in the air, and got most of the crowd to follow suit at least twice that night.

Did you know that none of the EVE 6 members attended prom? The popular prom song Here’s To The Night was not written about prom, and Max Collins, Jon Siebels and Tony Fagenson never attended.

THEY PLAYED ANYTIME. WHICH IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE EVE 6 SONGS, AND WAS ONLY EVER RELEASED ON A NOW DISCONTINUED SOUNDTRACK. I went nuts when I realized what song it was 🙂

Before Enemy, Max mentioned that it was a “pop song about doubt.”

This gig was two days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, so it’s possible that all of the friendly folks I met that night were still just riding the high from the pro team who broke the Cleveland drought. But I wore my (first) EVE 6 shirt before the show, and I had many people come up and and talk to me about it. It was cool, strange, and I loved it. Me + tipsy + asked about favorite bands = 1 talkative, excited human.

My only beef with this show was that the shirts were the same designs as last years selection.

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Escape The Fate (The Outpost)

Escape The Fate – Highway To Hell Yeah Tour – Live at The Outpost, 4-28-2016

I’ve never consciously listened to Escape The Fate until about three hours before attending this show. My buddy Royce and I arrived around 10, a few minutes before ETF took the stage. We were two of maybe 30 people without Xs on our hands; the crowd was a young one, and we both felt a bit out of place. I honestly wasn’t expecting much. To my delight I walked away surprised.

Young crowds are fun crowds. The members of Escape The Fate interacted with the audience so much, I don’t think they could have thrown more gratitude toward their adoring fans if they tried. Unusual for us, Royce and I watched from the back of the venue instead of the front. I wish The Outpost had an upstairs so I could have watched all the mosh pits from above.

My favorite things about the energetic members of Escape The Fate:

  • Taking a huge group photo with the opening bands and the audience
  • The lead singer hanging upside down from The Outpost rafters
  • Requesting all the girls in the crowd to get on the shoulders of a guy
  • Making fun of the guys without girls on their shoulders
  • Dividing the crowd in two, then videotaping a huge mosh pit breakout when they yelled go
  • Anime hair on one of the guitarists
  • The Motörhead shirt on the lead singer
  • Genuine thanks that the show brought in such a good turnout

I didn’t get there early enough to see American Wolves or Get Scared, but all three bands on the Highway To Hell Yeah Tour are comprised of super nice, sweet people who were taking questions, allowing photos and handing out free stuff in the merch booth after the show.

The Outpost was the last stop on this tour, but did headliner Escape The Fate show any signs of wear and tear? A big fat highway to hell no way.

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Ghost – Black To The Future Tour (Stage AE)

Ghost – Black To The Future Tour – Live at Stage AE, 9-25-2015

I’ve waited quite a while to write up a Ghost post. I first discovered Ghost when a friend posted a youtube version of Year Zero on Facebook. Judging from the caption he was making fun of the song, but I thought it was pretty good, so I dived into their discography and found that I enjoyed a hell of a lot of their stuff. Pun taken for what it is.

Walking into Stage AE that night was like walking into the Dauntless headquarters in the world of the Divergent trilogy. Every soul was dressed in black, and Stage AE apparently keeps it pretty dark light-wise for indoor shows which was fitting. The crowd was the friendliest; I went alone and ended up making more friends than I had at any other previous solo-attended concert.

Ghost put on the most theatrical performance I’ve seen to date. To my absolute delight, one of their songs (I believe it was the encore closer, Monstrance Clock) featured candelabrums on stage and it looked like something straight out of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion ride.

They played my absolute favorite Ghost song, If You Have Ghost. Along with a whole slew of my other favorites. And while I don’t remember much of what he said, I do remember Papa Emeritus III being very soft-spoken, asking the audience many questions, and being extremely polite. And the Nameless Ghouls rocked the house down, taking us black to the future.

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