Nov 17, 2014

Powerman 5000 - Soundstage

By Bob Suehs

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POWERMAN 5000 / AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE

November 17, 2014

Soundstage

Baltimore, MD

Initially this tour was a joint run with Wayne Static & PM5K co-headlining together but sadly Mr. Static passed away just before the tour start thus making it a Powerman 5000 headlining tour.

Click here to Powerman 5000 perform “Bombshell” from this show

Spider and the boys have a new record out and this line up of PM5K has gelled together quite well over the past year or so.

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I arrived just before American Head Charge took the stage and my first observation was how much weight bassist Chad Hanks has gained over the course of a year. Chad was thin and looked almost sickly the last time I’d seen him....at this point he’s looking healthier and more like he did a few years prior. Musically AHC sounded good, the overall sound mix was a tad muddy but that’s par for the course when you’re the opening band.

Powerman 5000 had a stage full of gear and their sound was much clearer than American Head Charge’s. Spider has always reminded me looks wise of Billy Idol when I see him onstage and his blonde locks always made him distinct from his band of primarily dark haired dudes.

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The set felt a tad short and the band played a little over an hour with several new songs mixed into the set.

I give PM5K props for keeping their merch prices low: all shirts were $20 and the entire band came out after the show to meet fans and sign autographs.

Crowd wise this was a small show but for a Monday night in Baltimore I’d say it was a decent sized crowd considering Maryland rocks (sometimes) on the weekend.

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The one thing that did surprise me was that neither American Head Charge or Powerman 5000 made mention of Wayne Static’s passing....this show was billed as a “Tribute to Wayne” yet neither band said one word about the man.

All in all Powerman 5000 rocked hard, sounded great, and they delivered a solid set.

Powerman 5000 set list: Super Villain, Invade Destroy Repeat, Nobody’s Real, Hey That’s Right, How To Be A Human, You’re Gonna Love It, Horror Show, I Can’t Fucking Hear You, Bombshell, We Want It All, Supernova, World’s Collide

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