Ok, so on July 9, 2007, it was rather hot, the temperature was close to 100 degree's, & the image I have stuck in my mind was, as I drove past the Recher Theatre, it was scorching hot outside, & there was a line of fans, dressed in make-up, eye liner, platforms, & the standard modern goth attire, & the first thought that came to my mind was, man, it's so hard to try & look cool in this heat, because you almost feel like you're melting in this sorta weather, & to even try to dress up is a gamble, because it's just hard to look cool when you have to deal with that kinda heat!
Ok, so on July 9, 2007, it was rather hot, the temperature was close to 100 degree's, & the image I have stuck in my mind was, as I drove past the Recher Theatre, it was scorching hot outside, & there was a line of fans, dressed in make-up, eye liner, platforms, & the standard modern goth attire, & the first thought that came to my mind was, man, it's so hard to try & look cool in this heat, because you almost feel like you're melting in this sorta weather, & to even try to dress up is a gamble, because it's just hard to look cool when you have to deal with that kinda heat! So, after I passed the club, I always park in the back & when I walked past the band bus area, who do I run into? None other than Luke from Night Kills the Day & it was really nice to run into him because he totally remembered me from the last time the band played in the area, because I was there to interview & cover their show, & they impressed be that night, particularly because they had this amazing focus, a great emphasis on their music, & a great stage presence, & in all honesty, I have to thank Luke for helping me out, because there was a small photo pass situation & it was all taken care of in about a minute!
Sooo, rather than wait in the line outside, I decided to go into the adjoining bar & hang out in the A/C for a little bit & as always, I ran into familiar faces & it helped to pass the time before doors opened! The venue was more than 1/2 filled by the time Night Kills the Day took the stage, & before I begin to review their set, I have to thank their merch guy, who was far beyond cool to me...I commented to him that he looked kinda like Tim Skold from Marilyn Manson & he told me that he got alot of different comparisons, but that was a first! Anyways, back to the review...Night Kills the Day have a new guitarist....Izzy decided that he didn't wanna tour, so the band got a new guitarist, & Timothy was telling me that they actually had guys from all over the world calling to audition when the news got out that they were looking for a guitarist, & Acey Slade even wanted to audition, but the job went to a guy they found on Craigslist who impressed them alot, & I was told that he learned the Night Kills the Day catalog super fast & the band was impressed with his skills & that's the basic story behind their new member! The band played a short set that was uber-powerful, & I remember seeing these guys a few months back on a much smaller stage, & I've got to tell you, Night Kills the Day are much better on a large stage with better sound...the venue that I saw them at before was very tiny & the sound was so/so, & this particular venue made the band shine! Luke roamed the stage, stirred up the crowd, jumped into the audience & was just totally hands on & fan friendly with the crowd, & the band kept things rolling throughout the set! "Enjoy the Ride" was the song that really got me..it wasn't played the last time that I saw them, & Luke set the song up perfectly with a little preamble & the guitar parts remind me of an ambulance driving with it's siren on..it's actually a creepy little song that really sticks with you! "Pornographic" was a definitely crowd favorite, & "Rainbow in N.Y.C." was my personal favorite of the night! Luke & the guys definitely deserve alot of attention...they are a very artistic band that's got alot to say & I can't say it enough...if you ge the chance, check these guys out..they rock!
Fair to Midland were next on the bill & this was actually my 2nd time seeing them..I saw them a few months prior opening for Dir En Grey, & the band didn't get much of a reply because that crowd was more J-pop oriented, & I thought they were good, but when a crowd just stands there & gives no reaction, I always think it limits a performance, so this time around, Fair to Midland just rocked it! Darroh, the bands singer, has a bald patch on the side of his head that is from severe panic attacks, & when you see this guy move around on stage, it's obvious that he's got alot of frantic energy, & I have no idea if he can turn that energy "off" when he's not onstage, but onstage, the closest thing I can describe him as, is AXL Rose pre-nervous breakdown, & that's an intense & amazing comparison if you ask me! The bands guitarist Cliff has a messy mop of hair that really adds to his stage presence & interesting guitar riffs, & the bands keyboardist really ties their sound together!
I can't really offer you a set list for the band because I forgot to check it out..infact, I don't even remember seeing a set list on the stage, so all I can tell you regarding their live show is, energy, energy, energy! Fair to Midland are amazing, they bring this crazy energy to the stage, & are totally worth checking out!
Ok, so 3rd on the bill was what a large part of the audience was waiting for..former Murderdoll & founder of the Frankenstein Drag Queens, Mr. Wednesday 13 & his band of merry dead boys! Wednesday took the stage & the first thing he did was say, "Shot to the Heart & your too blame" ala Bon Jovi, then the band kicked their set into high gear! Eric Griffin, who was the Murderdolls bassist, plays lead guitar for W-13 & his W-13's band is just stellar..they look cool, they rock like hell & they even did "Grave Robbin' USA" & the closer of the night was "I Love to Say F*ck" which tore the house down! Wednesday 13 commanded the stage & it's interesting to note that he's not a very big guy..infact, most of the band members are small guys who look larger than life onstage, & their music is glorified shock-rock & there's no need to sugar coat it, they do what they do, they play hard rock music inter fused with punk rock ethics & everything has a heavy horror vibe to boot!
When Wednesday 13 finished his hour long set, I felt like the night could really end..I was satisfied with all the bands thus far & felt like, wow, things couldn't get any better, BUT, there was still the headliners, The 69 Eyes still waiting in the wings! The 69 Eyes remind me of a goth version of LA Guns..they have an interesting hair band kinda style to them, & in an unrelated note, I had time to kill before the show, so I ventured over to the local mall which is within walking distance of the venue & I ran into 2 of the 69 Eye's guys shopping in Hot Topic!
Anyways, the band played well over an hour & gave the crowd their moneys worth with their goth rock glam show & the interesting thing to me was that the bands singer made several references to the local Baltimore band, KIX, who were a big deal back in the hair band era, & it was cool to hear them pay homage to KIX & even mention "Blow My Fuse" which was one of KIX's big hits! After The 69 Eye's finished their set, there was a meet & great that was basically, if you bought their cd, you got to meet the band after the show, but to be honest with you, I didn't care about that, I hung out with Luke & Timothy from Night Kills the Day after the show, & they told me that they are doing a tour with Aiden next, & I thanked them again for a great show & that was basically the highlights of the show in a nutshell! I have to say hello to a cool trig.com girl I met there named Bren, who has an identical twin sister, who totally threw me, because I confused the 2 & anyways, this review is dedicated to her, because it's truly the coolest part of going to shows...I love meeting new people & connecting, & this was the 2nd to last night of the tour, so if you missed this tour, you missed an amazing night of rock n roll mayhem!