Apr 1, 2022

Young Guns Tour

Category: Live Reviews

THE YOUNG GUNS TOUR 2022

Featuring: Dirty Honey & Mammoth WVH

4/1/22

Baltimore, MD

Rams Head Live

 DIRTY HONEY Set List:  Gypsy, Break You, Heartbreaker, The Wire, Fire Away, Tied Up, Down The Road, California Dreamin’, Let’s Go Crazy (Prince cover), Another Last Time, Bass Solo, Guitar Solo, When I’m Gone, Rolling 7’s

 Mammoth WVH Set List:  Mammoth, Mr. Ed, Epiphany, Horribly Right, You’ll Be The One, I Don’t Know At All, Think It Over, You’re To Blame, Distance (Wolfgang solo acoustic), My Hero (Foo Fighters cover), Don’t Back Down.

 

Interesting side note regarding this particular show:  Mammoth WVH performed as a trio because Frank Sidoris was with Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Jon Jourdan had a family emergency which forced him to leave the tour.

 The venue was not quite sold out but very close with all three levels of the club filled in tight for a fun night of Rock N Roll which started at 8 PM sharp.

 At the merch tables you could purchase an autographed copy of Mammoth WVH’s debut record signed by Wolfie for $50, autographed vinyl from featuring signatures of all 4 Dirty Honey members for $50, and a tour litho hand signed by all members of both bands was available for $50.  Members of Dirty Honey also came out to the merch table between sets to sign autographs and meet fans for free.

 “Rock N Roll Damnation” by AC/DC blasted over the PA and served as the intro for Dirty Honey to take the stage.  Dirty Honey opened their set with “Gypsy” which set the pace for their hour long performance.  The band first performed in Baltimore several years back opening for Red Sun Rising in 2019 at Baltimore Soundstage and since then have earned a large fanbase from constant touring and consistent radio airplay.

 Lead Singer Marc Labelle thanked 98 Rock in Baltimore for playing Dirty Honey music and prior to the show they stopped by 98 Rock to perform a two song set consisting of “Another Last Time” and “When I’m Gone”.

 Dirty Honey offered the crowd a choice of “Scars” or “Fire Away”; the crowd chose “Fire Away” by a landslide.

 “Let’s Go Crazy” was performed towards the end of their set and the crowd loved their interpretation of the Prince classic.


“Another Last Time” sounded amazing and was the slowest moment in their set.  Immediately following this song bassist Justin Smolian went into a bass solo; guitarist John Noto followed him with a whaling guitar solo.

 Dirty Honey closed with their biggest hits to date, “When I’m Gone” and “Rolling 7’s” which left the crowd screaming their name and wanting more.

 Random funny story:  After the show ended I ran into John & Justin from Dirty Honey.  They remembered me from the last interview I did with them and Justin immediately said, “You’re the guy who asked why I wear my Pulp Fiction shirt so much!” and he proceeded to open his jacket to proudly show me that he was indeed wearing his Pulp Fiction shirt still! 

Dirty Honey Band Members:

Marc LaBelle – lead vocals
John Notto – guitar
Justin Smolian – bass guitar
Corey Coverstone – drums

 On The Howard Stern show in 2006 Eddie Van Halen stated about his son Wolfgang Van Halen:  "Wait 'till you hear this kid play bass, guitar and drums. He can do anything I do on guitar...the name 'Van Halen', the family legacy is gonna go on way after I'm gone 'cause this kid is just a natural."

The debut release from Mammoth WVH was recorded from 2015 - 2019 and recorded at 5150 Studio.  Wolfgang chose the band name Mammoth WVH as an ode to his dad because the original name of Van Halen was Mammoth.

Wolfgang Van Halen has been through a lot in his 30+ years on this earth; Rock N Roll Experience witnessed opening night of the 2021 Guns N Roses tour in Hershey, PA when Mammoth WVH opened for GNR for the first time in a stadium and since that night the band has performed across America earning fans via strong performances, a string of radio hits, and Wolfie’s notorious interactions with fans on his social media.

 This show was the second time that Mammoth WVH had ever performed onstage as a three piece due to both guitarists having prior obligations.  To be honest with you, Mammoth WVH sounded absolutely amazing as a three piece and understandably the band likes having extra musicians to perform the numerous parts in each song, but, the three piece version of Mammoth WVH was tight, rockin’, and perfect!

 Opening with “Mammoth” which lead into “Mr. Ed”, Mammoth WVH owned the stage and at one point Wolf told the crowd that after this show he was flying out to Vegas for the Grammies because he was nominated for an award.  He asked the crowd to NOT send angry messages to the Grammies when he didn’t win because in his eyes it was an absolute honor just being nominated and he did not expect to win.

 On the left side of the stage stood a life sized cut out of guitarist Frank Sidoris and Wolf stated that is was a tribute to Frank while he was out with Slash.

 Towards the end of the set Wolf told the crowd that he had recently made a change in the set list due to the passing of Taylor Hawkins“Them Bones” by Alice in Chains was part of the set prior to Hawkins death, but after his passing “My Hero” was added as an ode to the Foo Fighters.  Wolf told the crowd that Taylor was a huge fan of his dad’s and that he felt it necessary to pay tribute to Hawkins.

 “Don’t Back Down” was the last song of the night and the crowd loved every single moment of the Mammoth WVH set.  Within minutes of the bands set ending Wolf got into a car and left the venue promptly.  

Mammoth WVH drummer Garrett Whitlock is an absolute beast on the drum kit and deserves a shout out because his hard hitting beats held the bands entire performance together while bassist Ronnie Ficarro held down the rhythm all while jumping around like a madman and delivering strong backing vocals.

 The Young Guns tour is a great chance to catch two up and coming acts that perform true co-headlining sets.  Both bands perform hour long sets, get full lights, and full sound.  There are no egos, no attitudes, and this bill features the future of rock.

 

Author: Bob Suehs