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Concert review: GOASTT, Dinosaur Jr., & Primus (August 1, 2015 @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus OH)

Bass player extraordinaire Les Claypool brought his band Primus to Columbus’ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Saturday, August 1, supported by Sean Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Dinosaur Jr. Lennon’s outfit was the first to take the stage.

Ghost of a Sabertooth Tiger Sean Lennon GOASTT

There was an enthusiastic older crowd that showed up to seen the late John Lennon’s son in action, and GOASTT did not disappoint. I had viewed a couple of videos on YouTube earlier in the day to get a feel for the music, and I was not impressed, but in concert they sound much better. Their set was a short thirty minutes and intrigued me enough to investigate the band and their album Midnight Sun further this coming week when I find some extra time (I know I put that extra time around here somewhere).

Learn more about Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and catch them on tour.

Next up was Dinosaur Jr., who got the crowd amped up with a powerful ten-song set, including “Watch the Corners,” “Freak Scene,” and their cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”

Dinosaur Jr

The moshing began about halfway through Dinosaur Jr.’s set. I was only stepped on three times. The band finished their set with “Budge” from the Bug album. I went to the show to see Primus, but I definitely left a Dinosaur Jr. fan.

Learn more about Dinosaur Jr. and catch them on tour.

At 9:15, the headliner took the stage to a thunderous reception.


The moshpits and crowdsurfing were in full force (I stood my ground center stage about ten rows back, my feet never leaving the ground). Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander, rocked hard for a solid ninety minutes. There were no wardrobe changes, though Claypool did don a couple of masks during the performance.


The group galloped through sixteen songs total, including “Fisticuffs,” “Frizzle Fry,” “Mr. Krinkle,” “Lee Van Cleef” (my personal favorite), and of course, “My Name Is Mud” and “Jerry was a Race Car Driver.” They wrapped up with “Too Many Puppies” and “Groundhog’s Day” for an encore. Surprisingly, they neglected their most recent album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble as well as their highest-charting mainstream hit from the mid-1990s. Regardless, it was a great show, and not a single fan left unhappy.

Learn more about Primus and catch them on tour.

See the upcoming shows at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Concert review: Dawes & Hozier (June 16, 2015 @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus OH)

01 LC PavilionIt was a warm night in Columbus, Ohio, as Los Angeles band Dawes took the stage, opening for Irish singer/songwriter Hozier. The openers played for about 45 minutes to an enthusiastic, mostly young crowd at the LC Pavilion. Their folksy brand of rock was competent, but in the end mostly forgettable. New to the band was Duane Betts, the son of legendary southern rock guitarist Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers. He joined Dawes as a touring member last month, and his warm Les Paul sound is very reminiscent of his father’s.

Dawes has been active for several years, and the group is currently touring to support All Your Favorite Bands, released two weeks ago on Hub Records. The band ended their set with the title track from that album, a nice tune full of nostalgia: “I hope that life without a chaperone is what you thought it’d be / I hope your brother’s El Camino runs forever / I hope the world sees the same person that you always were to me / and may all your favorite bands stay together.”

02 Dawes

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After Dawes finished, it was time for the main attraction. The popular blues musician Hozier took the stage at 9:20 p.m. to a thunderous response from the Columbus crowd, launching into “Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” to start the show.

03 Hozier

Highlights from the show included “To Be Alone,” which featured great crowd participation, “Jackie and Wilson,” “In A Week,” a duet he sings with Alana Henderson in concert (the studio version features Karen Cowley), and the hit “Take Me To Church.” Following a short break in which the crowd worked itself into a frenzy, Hozier returned to the stage and performed three more songs, including a cover of Ariana Grande‘s “Problem.”

04 HozierI was not sure what to expect going into this show. I was not very familiar with Hozier past “Take Me To Church,” and honestly I was a bit tired of that song. I listened to his album twice on the way to the show, and was not expecting the energy level to be very high. To my surprise, the live show was grittier and more energetic than the studio recording, and made the trip well worth it. If I have the opportunity to see Hozier again, I definitely will. He puts on a great show, and even the slower numbers were full of intensity.

My only complaint: the length of the show. Hozier was finished at 10:40 p.m., only an hour and twenty minutes after his show began. With only one album under his belt so far, I know it must be difficult to stretch that into a two-hour set even with a couple of cover songs thrown in, but I could not help but be disappointed that it was over when he left the stage. Hozier definitely left me wanting more.

Learn more about Hozier.

Learn more about LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH.

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Photoset: The Lumineers (June 4, 2013 @ Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH)

Lumineers concert photos Cincinnati Ohio

The Lumineers visited the Queen City this past Tuesday evening, bringing their very popular brand of folksy alternative to Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. New TWJ photographer Amanda Allen was there and took some fantastic photographs of the show.

Lumineers concert photos Cincinnati Ohio

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Photoset: Cold War Kids (June 4, 2013 @ Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH)

Cold War Kids concert photos

Cold War Kids opened for the Lumineers at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday night, and new TWJ photographer Amanda Allen was on hand to capture the band doing their thing.

Cold War Kids concert photos

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Free concert alert Cincinnati!

Kopecky Family Band and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister are putting on a free show at MOTR Pub tonight in Cincinnati! If you don’t already have plans…you do now!

Check out Kopecky Family Band “Heartbeat”:

Purchase Kopecky Family Band – Kids Raising Kids.

Check out He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister “Same Old Ground”

Purchase He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town.

Photoset: Cinderella (July 26, 2012 @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus, OH)

Cinderella concert photography Columbus OH

I am always amazed at how great Cinderella sounds in concert. This is my fourth experience with the band, and with the exception of one sub-par show due to the illness of singer Tom Keifer, they always impress. For a full ninety minutes, this classic hard rock outfit blasted through their biggest hits and even played a few deep cuts, including “Second Wind” from the Long Cold Winter record. While Keifer traded guitar licks with Jeff LaBar, Eric Brittingham and Fred Coury held down rhythm duties on the bass and drums, respectively.

It is difficult to ignore Keifer’s abilities on the microphone. Opening act Sebastian Bach strained to reach some of the notes from Skid Row’s heyday (and even a few of the notes from his Angel Down release), but Keifer’s voice sounded great from the beginning to the end of the show. Cinderella has not released an album of all-new material since 1994, but their live show never gets stale with the classics. Watching the band perform in concert is a treat, and an experience no hard rock fan should miss.

Cinderella concert photography Columbus OH

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George Jones still going strong, even at 80

“I don’t need your rocking chair,” sings the silver-haired country music Hall of Famer. George Jones, who turned 80 years old in September, still tours and performs for fans who love his classic country sound, and his “No Show Jones” days are long behind him. This Saturday, February 18, he will perform at The Palace Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

“The Possum” has several number one country hits, dating back to 1959 when he topped the chart with “White Lightning.” His 1980 ballad, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” from the Platinum-selling I Am What I Am, is widely considered one of the greatest country music songs ever recorded. Those timeless tracks are included in his standard concert setlist, which is reported to last over 90 minutes.

One of the true living legends of country music, Jones has received numerous awards through the years from Billboard, the Country Music Association, and the Grammys. Just this past weekend, he was one of seven artists honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Acadmey during their Special Merit Awards ceremony.

Jones showed humility in his reaction to the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I think this is one of the greatest things that can happen to you,” he said. “It’s not the end of my career, I hope, but we’re moving up awful close.” Given his advanced age, the end of his career is much closer than the beginning. Fans should take advantage of every opportunity they have to enjoy “The Possum” in concert now, before he walks off the stage for the last time.

Purchase your tickets to see George Jones on Saturday, February 18, at The Palace Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I remember changing my answer to that question several times as a child. For a while I wanted to be a sportswriter. At times I had my sights set on cartooning. When I was around ten years old, I decided I wanted to be a disc jockey. And then there was the photographer option.

I really wanted to take pictures of baseball players as a youngster. I thought it would be so cool to see my photos show up on a Topps baseball card.

Of course, I never spent any money on photo equipment, never took any classes in photography, and that was yet another dream pushed to the wayside. But it was never pushed out of my mind. Whenever I go to a ballgame, I have my camera with me, and I snap several hundred photos.

Last year, I got an e-mail from a music promoter asking if I wanted to take photos at a Drowning Pool concert.

You have to understand one thing: I love Drowning Pool.

So obviously, I said yes. I also got to take some shots of Five Finger Death Punch (who I had never heard before that night, and haven’t listened to since) and Godsmack (a band that is in my opinion okay in moderation, sometimes). But Drowning Pool was definitely the highlight for me.

If you would like to see some of the photos from that night, head over to the Hard Rock Nights website via these links: Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack.

Since that night, I haven’t had a photo pass for a concert. Actually, I think I’ve only been to one concert since then, when I took my kids to see Big Time Rush and Days Difference at the Indiana State Fair this summer. I took photos from my seat there, but it wasn’t the same as standing directly in front of the stage.

Tonight, I will once again be directly in front of the stage, and the band that I will be shooting is so much bigger than Drowning Pool, Godsmack, and that other band that I haven’t listened to since last October could ever dream to be. I will be posting some of the photos over at Hard Rock Nights after the show, and perhaps a few more here tomorrow, so be sure to come back. I can’t wait for the concert, and I can’t wait to get home to see how the pictures turn out.

Rock on!

Metal On Metal!!!

I had the extreme privilege of watching the movie ANVIL: The Story of ANVIL last night, and the even more extreme privilege of watching the band perform a few songs after the movie in Cincinnati last night. ANVILis one of those bands that I should have heard about yeas ago, but have only recently come onto my radar. I still haven’t had a chance to listen to much of their stuff, but that will definitely change after last night. An amazing story, a great band, and some awesome music! I urge you to go see the movie, and if the band happens to pop up in your area, DON’T MISS IT!

Check out the official ANVIL homepage here:

Click here for a live bootleg of the band recorded in 2002:

I’m going to see WARRANT tonight…

I should have some videos up in the next couple of days, that’s assuming they allow the cameras in.

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