Finnish bluegrass heavy metal band Steve’n’Seagulls descended upon Newport, Kentucky, last night in what was bound to be an epic concert. The band spent some time in Texas for SxSW last week and played in Nashville Monday night, and have just a handful of US dates remaining, so if they are coming to your area (Chicago, Pittsburgh, DC, New York), you have to see them before they fly away! The set began with their version of GNR’s “Paradise City” and they did not let up for the next hour and a half. I believe all the song from Farm Machine were performed, as well as Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction,” and they closed with Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” as an encore. The guys were all smiles while they played, obviously having a blast doing what they do, and the crowd was enthusiastic, singing along with Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Metallica songs bluegrass style.
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Rock isn’t dead, and here are ten records to prove it. If the rocker in your life likes classic hard rock, there’s a good chance he’ll love some of these albums. They are not all brand new, but there are some hidden gems that even the most grizzled rockers have not heard.
- Bulletboys – Elefanté
- Hollywood Vampires – Hollywood Vampires
- Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
- Lynch Mob – Rebel
- Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson – United States
- Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
- Scorpion Child – Scorpion Child
- Scorpions – Return To Forever
- Triggerdaddy – Stereosonic Meltdown
- ZO2 – Ain’t It Beautiful
Of course, if your special rocker is into stuff off the beaten path, check out these bluegrass records that really rock:
And then there are books about music…