Category Archives: Live Stuff….

Well i seen a few faces at these shows and we rocked em all!

A Real Live Friday Live Stream — mikeladano.com

This week’s topic comes to you from the originator of the Nigel Tufnel Top Ten series of lists, Uncle Meat himself. Top 11 Favourite Concerts of All Time! We may have listed “best concerts” before, but this will be special. Meat, Mr. Books and Superdekes will be joining me Friday night at 7:00 PM E.S.T. […]

A Real Live Friday Live Stream — mikeladano.com

O Canada! Friday Live Streamin’ returns with “Maple” flavoured lists! — mikeladano.com

The list format returns! It’s another “Nigel Tufnel Top Ten”, and this time it’s a doozy. How do you narrow down the top albums from an entire country, and arrange them on a list? I dunno, but there are some of us that are going to try. Wish us luck. How you get in on […]

O Canada! Friday Live Streamin’ returns with “Maple” flavoured lists! — mikeladano.com

Deke and LeBrain return to the year 1980 – tonight! — mikeladano.com

Going solo was fun, but nobody can yammer on about music like Deke and LeBrain! Tonight’s theme was the brainchild of our collective chit chat. Have you noticed how many great albums are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, including Back in Black? It’s hard to turn on the radio or follow social media without […]

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Lead Singer’s Disease: Live Stream with Deke and LeBrain — mikeladano.com

 

A great time was had by all, as LeBrain and Superdekes tackled the fallout of the 1990s in Lead Singer’s Disease: a live stream about all the singers and bands that parted ways in that decade. Motley Crue, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Anthrax and Skid Row are the focus. Some minor technical issues […]

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Live Streamin’ With Deke and LeBrain: Lead Singer’s Disease — mikeladano.com

Tune in tonight for another Live Streamin’ Weekend! Superdekes is back this week with a show of his design. Forgoing the list format, it’s open discussion with your feedback. This week’s subject is called “Lead Singer’s Disease” and we will be discussing the tumultuous 1990s and the lead singers that found themselves replaced in major […]

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Weekend Spin-Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers (1984)

One fine album Perfect Strangers is. Deep Purple got reunited with each other and didn’t it feel so good (for a few years that is) that they dropped Perfect Strangers in late 84. I bought Perfect Strangers early 85 as DP hooked in new recruits like me.

I was snapping up records left and right in 85 and DP with this record drew me right in. So much so that it is easily entrenched in my all-time Top 20  studio albums.

Perfect Strangers combines the best of 70s Purple with the technology of the 80s. By that I mean Jon Lord, not only was rocking his  70’s Hammond organ but also dabbled with some 80’s synth as well.

Purple in other words adapted.

(That back cover picture looks more like Mug shots than band pics!)

 If Purple were thugs they would seriously kick your ass with this record. Blackmore and his 6 string strat wail on tunes like Under The Gun and Gypsys Kiss while the Man In Black eases right off the gas pedal on Wasted Sunsets which is a brilliant moody piece of rock.

Ian Gillian is a powerhouse of a singer. Not only that but he’s pretty funny when it comes to the fine art of lyrics. 

Knocking At Your Back Door …

Sweet Nancy was so fancy
To get into her pants we
Had to be the aristocracy
The members that she toyed with
At her city club
Were something in diplomacy
So we put her on the hit list
Of a common cunning linguist
A master of many tongues
And now she eases gently
From her Austin to her Bentley
Suddenly she feels so young

Better yet for your viewing pleasure(below) here is the Mighty Purple back in 1984 laying it down while Knocking off the hinges off your back door if you crank this one loud enough.

The live video is the best as there’s Roger Glover dressed like he came off of Pablo Escobars Luxury Yacht. You got Ian Paice wearing the Gilligan hat while Blackmore is like twitching, tweaking, or something but what a six-stringer!

As good of a track, Knockin is, how about the title track that leads off Side 2.

 

Perfect Strangers is so good. Paice drives those drums almost Zep like. Keeping Roger Glover and his bass in check. Gillian while the music goes at mid-tempo clip Ian delivers a smooth vocal. 

Perfect Strangers came into my life when I was 17 heading into 18 years young and to this day this album is still one of the all-time best. 

Plus D.P did it right as I loved liner notes/lyrics/pics as packaging played a huge part in it as well as a hard rock fanatic I was diving into all things Hard Rock and Metal!

Give this one a spin or a stream!

 

 

 

 

Concert Review: Sloan Finds a Following in Portland — Drew’s Reviews

HEY FOLK’S!

Check out my pal Andrew who hails from Portland Oregon who went and saw Sloan last night! Here are his words and while you’re at it click ‘follow’ on his site as he’s a fantastic writer who catches a ton of shows when they roll through Portland!

Click the link below…

Photos and personal accounts from others give those of us who missed the early years of rock our only taste of experiencing the 70s music scene inside small, smoke filled clubs when the eventual greats were just getting started. But if you long to experience that bit of history and think your time has passed […]

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IRON MAIDEN- Live: Vancouver (Sept 3rd 2019)

 

Last November or so Iron Maiden announced a 2019 North American leg of there Legacy of the Beast tour after it had sold out all across Europe in the summer of 2018.

My very good pal Metal Todd invited me out as he scored tickets! I was psyched, to say the least, to see Maiden for a third consecutive tour after Maiden England(2012), Book of Souls Tour(2017) which were phenomenal shows to have seen. ( Two of the best concerts I have ever seen in my almost 40 years of attending Live Arena Shows)

Septemeber 3rd was the day of the show which is ironically the 35th Anniversary of the release of Maidens fantastic Powerslave record which as you all know is an Impact Album in my world.

As we were walking towards Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver (Metal Todd’s two good friends Emerson and Graham came along as well) I asked Todd where our seats were. Todd told me he got 4 General Admission Tickets which is the floor area!

WHUT?

Todd told me that he joined Maidens Fan Club to get an early shot at tickets but as he said the ‘Bots’ snapped up the seats quickly and getting 4-floor tickets was the quickest and easiest way to score. I’m glad this was the case actually as we could control how close or far away we wanted to be from the stage!

SHOWTIME!

Maiden on the video screens had an animated Legacy video of mascot Eddie going through all the various incarnations of the certain periods of the band’s history while Transylvania from Maidens debut played underneath.

Then it was onto UFO’s Doctor Doctor which only means one thing! T-Minus 5 minutes to the show. As Doctor Doctor was pumped through the bins. On the left and right side of the stage were two Military Men dressed in camo and once Doctor Doctor got towards the end they took off the huge canvas that was covering the stage which revealed a wartime set!

With the intro tape of Churchills Speech being cranked through the Arena came the intro of Ace’s High and then Bam…

Maiden hit the stage flying literally with an actual Spitfire hanging above their heads. What a screamer of an opener. ( check out the video posted below as to see how you open a show!)

  1. “Aces High”
  2. “Where Eagles Dare”
  3. “2 Minutes To Midnight”
  4. “The Clansman”
  5. “The Trooper”
  6. “Revelations”
  7. “For The Greater Good Of God”
  8. “The Wicker Man”
  9. “Sign Of The Cross”
  10. ‘Flight Of Icarus”
  11. “Fear Of The Dark”
  12. “The Number Of The Beast”
  13. “Iron Maiden”

Encore:

  1. “The Evil That Men Do”
  2. “Hallowed Be They Name”
  3. “Run To The Hills”

Actually, Maiden didn’t fool around as they kept the momentum coming fast and furious with Where Eagles Dare and 2 Minutes to Midnight! Hit us hard and Maiden delivered.

4 Tracks from Piece of Mind were played and if your keeping score at home all of Side 1 from 1985s double Live After Death was heard as well!

Bruce Dickinson, I mean what can you say about this guy and his voice. Still giving it his all onstage going all over the place no stage space is untouched by Bruce along with his various wardrobe changes/brandishing a sword during The Clansman and The Trooper or donning a cape during Sign of the Cross. No one works crowd participation harder than Bruce. All night making the crowd roar along with his trademark ‘Scream For Me Vancouver’ and ‘Scream For Me Canada.’ The man is simply brilliant!

The energy coming from the stage was crazy. None of the Maiden guys stand around. Steve Harris galloping those Bass lines running miles (like Bruce) onstage mowing down the front row as if his Bass was a shotgun is insane.  Nicko McBrain as well. What a beast on the drums close your eyes and when you hear him drumming you would think it’s 1983-84 he’s still that good!

Now the 3 Amigos on Guitars. How many classic solos have Guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith put down on tape together since 1981? Yeah too many to count. I will add that the solo Adrian plays in Number of the Beast gives me chills every time I hear it. Talk about an Impact Solo if anything. Dave as well man. I can’t count that high. The Trooper and Where Eagles Dare come to my mind quick. Janick Gers puts on an athletic rock workout with his six-string. Whether it be his leg kicks/flinging the guitar around all over the place/wrestling with his guitar cord  Janick, as well as tosses in some brilliant solo’s as well(Fear of the Dark/The Clansman ) You don’t get bored watching and how could you! 3 of the best at there game.

As a fan ( 38 years and counting) I really enjoyed this setlist!

I totally dug it all but to hear for the first time live in person Where Eagles Dare/The Clansman/Revelations/For The Greater Good of God/The Wicker Man/Sign of the Cross/Flight of Icarus and Hallowed Be Thy Name was a mind blower!

Speaking of The Clansman and Sign of the Cross. These were two tunes that were from the Blaze Bayley years and Bruce delivers them vocally like he was on the original versions. It’s amazing and awesome to see that he has no ego in doing songs that he was not originally part of.

Sign of the Cross I have to add has Maiden taking you on a sonic journey of twist and turns and the stage production is crazy with pyro and all the trimmings that keep the flow considering its an 11-minute track!

The place was packed and rocking for Maiden.  We were about 40 feet back from the stage. So close you could feel the fire that went off like crazy during The Number of the Beast. I posted another clip of the Vancouver show. Watch it and you will see what I mean!

I have read a ton of reviews for this tour and they all have been great. One thing that all these paid people that review shows don’t notice is Maiden is having fun. Hell, even Harris and Dickinson had a couple of laughs together as they all seem to enjoy what there doing. That comes across huge. Sure the payday is sweet for them but they deliver on all fronts!

Nothing fazes these guys as some knucklehead from the crowd got up on stage(during Hallowed Be Thy Name) and was quickly taken out by security during one of the songs. Maiden being the pros went on like nothing happened as Harris and Gers just grinned. I mean what have they not seen?!

Maiden know how to do a stage presentation going from one theme to another(war look to a cathedral stained glass look) is simply amazing to see Live. Eddie, of course, showed up during The Trooper and as a huge prop behind Nicko (during Iron Maiden)

As any Maiden fan knows openers The Raven Agefeaturing Steve Harris son George on guitar who is a pretty damn good player and at a young age works the stage like his father(must be the genes).   The Raven Age was more of that current metal stuff. They are very good musicians mind you featuring at times some cool heavy melodic pieces that were quite good but where they lost me at times was some stuff sounded the same( I can do without the gruff satanic backing vocals at times) as the singer didn’t really introduce the songs except for a couple. A lot of “Hey Vancouver’ to stir the crowd up. Maybe they will figure it out or maybe I’m just getting senile!

Special mention must be made to the huge billow of BC Bud throughout the building as well as a ton of empty beer cups/water bottles/crowd surfers being tossed about through the air when on the ground level. Warfare indeed!

Thanks to Metal Todd not only for the invite out to Vancouver but for taking some awesome pictures that he took of the show!

Bruce sang during Number of the Beast that Maiden will return. So will we! Best arena show I have ever seen.

UP THE IRONS!

 

Monster Truck: Live at Crocks(June 29th 2019)

You know when Hamilton’s most excellent Monster Truck back earlier this year  announced a run of Canadian shows and called  it the ‘Down N Dirty  Tour’ I commented here on my blog  ‘How the hell do you call your Canadian Tour ‘Down and Dirty’ and not play Thunder Bay?’

Exactly!

But a few months passed, and a bunch of new dates were added in Canada, and Tbay was one of them as these shows are dubbed the ‘Canadian Bonus Round Tour’  Thanks to local promoter guru Frank Lofreddo who not only brought Monster Truck here but Frank booked em on a Saturday Night as well!!

Wicked!

I was pretty psyched for this show as you readers know at this site that Monster Trucks current release (True Rockers) finished first in my Top 10 Favorite albums of 2018 ahead of other acts like Ghost and Judas Priest!

True Rockers is a great hard rock album as I love this sound as it’s like a head-on collision on Highway 17 of one vehicle playing Grand Funk Railroad while the oncoming car was playing Deep Purple. Out of that comes Monster Truck!

So with my wife Sue and fellow Professional Hard Rocker fella Brother Bryce in tow, we headed to Crocks to hear some Rock the way its meant to be played!

The last time Jon/Steve/Jeremy and Brandon hit Tbay was well over 3 years ago when they were promoting at the time the brilliant Sittin Heavy album. Sittin Heavy not only featured the biggie rock track Don’t Tell Me How To Live but one of my favs in the Truck library that being For The People with its fuzzy like Skynyrd vibe!

About time you fella’s got back to Tbay!

Monster Truck hit the stage with  The Lion which is a superb opening track as Steve behind his drums, drives the song forward with some super slick cymbal smacking during the chorus! I must add the backing vocals were excellent as Steve handles a ton of them along with Jeremy. Speaking of which Jeremy is a fantastic guitar player. Knows his deal come solo time. Hit the solo’s hard and fast and carry on with the song. His playing is phenomenal!

These guys have a bunch of songs on rock radio and none no bigger than Don’t Tell Me How To Live which these guys drop as the second song in the set! That’s impressive and goes to show you how strong the Truck Library is stuffed ( 3 albums/1 EP) with Rock!

From there, it’s one rocker after another with tunes like True Rocker.  The epic She’s A Witch/ Denim Danger/The Enforcer/Sweet Mountain River along with my personal fav For The People that feature all Truckers on vocals! Jon is a superb singer period and a fantastic bass player as well! Jon can go from singing all-out rockers to chilling back and singing the blues.

I may be wrong on this, but I think they played a new tune about the halfway point of the show which to me sounded really good! Something for us to look forward too. Pretty cool keyboard action on this one courtesy of Brandon.

That’s the thing with these guys that resonates with me as they can put the pedal to the metal on a bunch of tracks like Old Train but can put the brakes on songs like For The People yet they still flex a musical muscle but in a different kind of vibe. Plus they look like they are having a blast on stage. Great players! Great songs! It’s all there!

Monster Truck showed up to this little  Sleepy Northern Town and give it a swift kick up the ass!

One more thing! Don’t wait over 3 years to come back! Nice to see Crocks pretty packed out considering its the July long weekend in Canada!

Openers Page 38 are trending in the upward position as they played with a total pro presence on stage and played I believe all of there current EP live( Burning The Midnight Oil) that just hit the streets a few weeks back. Last month I caught these guys open for Anvil and was impressed with there sound and choice of covers. Opening for Monster Truck it was a different selection of covers that featured a jacked up AC/DC cover of Whole Lotta Rosie as well as Iron Maidens  The Trooper which they pulled off quite nicely! A nice blend of originals and covers tossed in! These dude’s mean business!

The second act of the night Cobra Vs. Mongoose had a pretty decent turnout to support them as well with a sound that is reminiscent of  Sabbath and Metallica, especially the lead guitarist who was quite impressive.

A great night of Canadian Live Music!

All photos were taken courtesy of ‘Blurred Lenses’