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Photos from Guns n' Roses' show at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Photos taken by Allen Ross Thomas

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Hank Williams Jr. Rowdy Friends Tour 2010 http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/04/hank-williams-jr-rowdy-friends-tour-2010/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/04/hank-williams-jr-rowdy-friends-tour-2010/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:01:12 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=12768


Hank Williams Jr. stated during his performance – “I play what I want, when I want, and with who I want” . As such it was a pleasure to have his spring 2010 Rowdy Friends tour make a stop in Georgia at the Gwinnett Arena on 04/24/10. In turn, thousands of loyal fans packed the

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Hank Williams Jr. stated during his performance – “I play what I want, when I want, and with who I want” . As such it was a pleasure to have his spring 2010 Rowdy Friends tour make a stop in Georgia at the Gwinnett Arena on 04/24/10. In turn, thousands of loyal fans packed the arena for a night with the godfather of outlaw country music and a few friends of similar genre and attitude in support.


Hank Williams Jr. Live 2010

Jamey Johnson opened the night delivering a transparent performance clearly relevant to the crowd in attendance. Johnson’s stage was commensurate with his laid back and open style as he delivered thought provoking and relevant songs applicable to today’s times. Opening the set with “High Cost of Living” established immediate rapport with the crowd as Johnson continued with several songs from his forthcoming album including “Can’t Cash my Checks” , “Back to Macon”, and “Even the sky is blue” receiving high praises from the crowd. Johnson and band completed their compelling set with hits and crowd favorites “In Color” and “Give it Away” with Johnson in his humble and stoic manner slowly walking off stage with a gracious wave to the crowd.

Jamey Johnson live Rowdy Friends tour

Jamey Johnson Live

Eric Church and band then took the stage delivering a highly energetic set opening with “Ain’t Killed Me Yet”, “Two Pink Lines”, “These Boots”, and “Guys like Me” . Church’s performance resembled that of a rock show generating contagious energy bringing the crowd to its feet at numerous points within the set. The performance continued with the band shredding through a balanced mix of hits and deep album cuts including “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” and “Before She Does”. Bringing the party into full swing Church delivered crowd favorite songs “Smoke a little Smoke” and “How About You” to thunderous applause before closing the set with the slower paves crowd sing along “Love Your Love The Most” garnering a standing ovation.

Eric Church Live 2010

Eric Church Rowdy Friends Tour

Headliner Hank WIlliams Jr and band took the stage opening their set to thundering cheers with the self titled “My Name is Bocephus” bringing the arena to its feet and into a literal frenzy. The band continued with “The Conversation” and “Dixie on my mind” – one of many Georgia country anthems that would come throughout the set. Next, the band went into Skynyrd’s “Working for MCA” to crowd cheers and demonstrating the bands versatility and Hank’s southern rock side.

Hank Williams Jr Live with Rowdy Friends 2010

A quarter into the nearly 2 hour set, the band left the stage as Hank transformed the packed arena into an intimate local bar as he solely took center stage with guitar and piano to deliver a set of original hits and influential country and southern rock classics intertwined with personal tales of the artists life and upbringing. This began with “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) on acoustic followed by Hank moving to piano to reminisce of growing up in the Williams home around the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis as he delivered “Whole Lotta Shaken” on piano before returning to solo guitar performing classic hits and crowd favorites “Outlaw Women” and “Dinosaur”.

The solo performance continued with a medley of classics from himself, family, and friends including “Tear in My Beer (Hank Sr)”, “Feeling Better”, “Good Ol’ Boys (Waylon Jennings)”, “I walk the line (Johnny Cash)”, and returning to “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)”. Further commentary from the artist demonstrated Hank’s inate ability to speak to an arena of fans yet connect with each person on an individual level. A moment of silence soon revealed the opening chords of a “Country Boy Can Survive” sending chills over the arena floor as he addressed the current state of America and again demonstrated his ability to connect with his fans. As he often does with his most commonly known classic, the lyrics where altered at times to “America will survive” giving the crowd inspiration and the artists take on the current state of affairs of our country.

Hank Williams Jr Live

The band returned to the stage as Hank changed up the setlist of the night to sing his father’s “Lovesick Blues” to an elder woman friend in the crowd who he noted as the Rowdiest woman in the arena – nice personal touch. With the band now joining in, the party returned with an energetic performance of “Born To Boogie” leading into Waylon Jennings “Lonesome On’ry, and Mean” before blowing the roof of the joint with a rocking version of “All my rowdy friends are coming over tonight”. Indeed.

Hank Williams Jr live concert photos 2010

In classic Hank Williams Jr. form, the band had one more song in store for the audience as “Rowdy Friends” Jamey Johnson and Eric Church joined the living legend on stage to end the night with the classic “Family Tradition” with backing vocals provided by all in attendance.

Southern born and raised I grew up on the rock n’ roll side of the track. As I’ve aged my musical tastes have expanded and refined as I’ve come to realize the relevance of classic country music to our lives and the damn fan party that goes along with it!

Review and Photos by Allen Ross Thomas


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Experience Hendrix at the Fabulous Fox Theater http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/04/experience-hendrix-at-the-fabulous-fox-theater/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/04/experience-hendrix-at-the-fabulous-fox-theater/#comments Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:10:21 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=11884


It has been 40 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and the music and influence of guitars most celebrated player lives on. With a three hour setlist covering 24 songs spanning the artists far too short career, the sold out audience at the Fox Theater in Atlanta was treated to impeccable and respectable performances

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Ernie Isley

It has been 40 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and the music and influence of guitars most celebrated player lives on.

With a three hour setlist covering 24 songs spanning the artists far too short career, the sold out audience at the Fox Theater in Atlanta was treated to impeccable and respectable performances by contemporary practicing musicians in musical celebration of the guitarist, the songwriter, and the man.

Glover / Satriani

The evening began with former bandmates and friends Ernie Isley and Billy Cox reflecting early life with Hendrix while delivering authentic performances of “Stone Free”, “Message of Love” and “Manic Depression” backed by drummer Chris Layton. Between songs, Isley told of early life when the young guitarist shared a home with his family, forever influencing his own celebrated style. I was immediately regretful that my relatively young age (I was born the year Hendrix passed) prohibited me from experiencing the music performed live by its creator.

Robert Randolph

Next, the evening house band Living Color (Will Calhoun, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid and Doug Wimbish) took the stage to perform “Crosstown Traffic” and “Power of Soul”. Living color has always had a bit of a bluesy/classic rock vibe with lead guitarist Vernon Reid often flattering Hendrix in his guitar passages. The band delivered the classics with justice before being joined by the exceptionally talented and diverse Eric Johnson for “House Burning Down” and “Bold As Love”. Blues and Soul artist Susan Tedeschi then joined the mix lending vocals duties to “One Rainy Wish” while Johnson continued with an eerily accurate rendition of “Are you Experienced”.

Jonny Lang

Guitarist Jonny lang and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford then brought the house down with an energetic and crowd engaging series of Hendrix classics including “Fire” and the “Wind Cried Mary” before being joined again with Susan Tedeschi on guitar for deeper Hendrix tracks.

Eric Johnson

Perhaps the standout performance of the night was next, with Robert Randolph and Sacred Steel delivering a suite of Hendrix classics on 4 steel guitars including “Purple Haze”, “Voodoo Child”, and “Them Changes” being joined at various times by Billy Cox, Ernie Isley, with Living Color and Vernon Reid continuing to carry house band duties.

Moving into the last hour of the performance, contemporary legend Joe Satriani took the stage delivering “Third Stone From the Sun” and being joined by Vernon Reid for “Foxy Lady” and “All Along The Watchtower”. Riff trading by Satriani and Reid was a highlight of the night.

Susan Tedeschi

The evening concluding with all artists on stage in various vocal and instrument arrangements and the crowd on their feet all giving tribute to the masterful Hendrix from all genres of which he has influenced. More than a tribute performance, the artists seemed to truly enjoy performing the music of one of their own while enjoying performing with one other with smiles and without pretense to deliver seemingly unrehearsed jams to perfection.


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Staind’s Aaron Lewis Live at the Tabernacle http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/stainds-aaron-lewis-live-at-the-tabernacle/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/stainds-aaron-lewis-live-at-the-tabernacle/#comments Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:05:50 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=11657


An acoustic and low key event with reserved seats for a what would normally be a ‘rock” show proved to be quite a accomplishment for Aaron Lewis of Staind. Surrounded by three open cases holding guitars of varying tunings Aaron Lewis held the attention of a very enthusiastic audience by serenading the crowd with old and new material. He did

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An acoustic and low key event with reserved seats for a what would normally be a ‘rock” show proved to be quite a accomplishment for Aaron Lewis of Staind.

Surrounded by three open cases holding guitars of varying tunings Aaron Lewis held the attention of a very enthusiastic audience by serenading the crowd with old and new material.

He did throw in some songs by other artists such as Linda Perry’s former band’s anthem 4 Non Blondes anthem ‘Whats Up” which prompted a crowd sing-a-long. Aaron also performed a stunning version of Neil Young’s ‘Needle and the Damage Done.’ There is of course someone in every crowd that yells out Freebird so he obliged with a few bars.

Although the majority of the crowd was respectful there were a few towards the end that insisted on holding rather loud and rude conversations during Aaron’s heartfelt performance. He was noticeably aggravated and called out these few asking, ” if they would like him to stop so they could finish their conversation.” To which his fans uniformly cried out NO!!! He carried on with the show and came back for an encore to a standing ovation!!!

Overall this was a great show. It highlighted Aaron’s lyrical ability as well as his vocal ability. No auto tune here, in fact for his encore he did not even use a microphone. Just him and his acoustic guitar. The crowd stayed quiet and gave Aaron the respect he deserves. As he walked off the stage for the final time the crowd rose to their feet and awarded Aaron another standing ovation.

Review and Photos by Lisa Keel


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Staind's Aaron Lewis Live at the Tabernacle http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/stainds-aaron-lewis-live-at-the-tabernacle-2/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/stainds-aaron-lewis-live-at-the-tabernacle-2/#comments Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:05:50 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=11657


An acoustic and low key event with reserved seats

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An acoustic and low key event with reserved seats


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Epica Live @ The Masquerade http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/epica-live-the-masquerade/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/03/epica-live-the-masquerade/#comments Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:24:16 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=11560


Dutch Symphonic Metalers Epica bring deliver an impressive live performance to dedicated fans at the Masquerade in Atlanta. Local metal band Tortus started the night off shortly after doors, but due to entrance delays their set was missed.  By all accounts they did a good job of starting the evening out. Eclipsed By Sanity were up

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Epica Live at Masquerade

Dutch Symphonic Metalers Epica bring deliver an impressive live performance to dedicated fans at the Masquerade in Atlanta.

Local metal band Tortus started the night off shortly after doors, but due to entrance delays their set was missed.  By all accounts they did a good job of starting the evening out. Eclipsed By Sanity were up next in their 2nd performance since recently reforming.  Although their set was cut short after only 4 songs, they did a good job of getting the crowd ready for the touring bands. They debuted a new song called “Shadows And Words” that received a good crowd response.

Montreal’s Blackguard then took the stage with their unique thrashy folk metal style and pulled no punches. You could tell that they were a well oiled machine from constant touring from the professional looking scrims, combined with a well thought out performance and high energy windmilling throughout their set. Apparently Nacho Libre is a fan of theirs as well, because he got up on stage for a song as guest vocals (Actually I believe it was the singer from Threat Signal). Blackguard are definitely not messing around, as they have North American tours lined up with Hypocrisy and Kamelot later in 2010.

Epica Live @ Masquerade

Next up was Canada’s Threat Signal, who unfortunately suffered from bad sound on the front of house system, and a relatively loose performance. They looked like they might have been three sheets to the wind before they made it onstage, and their performance suffered as a result. While I actually liked their sound better than Blackguard personally, they didn’t “bring it” to the extent BG had. In spite of the great guitarists in the band, I was left weeping in the fetal position in the corner of the club by the appearance of Blackguard’s singer at the end of Threat Signal’s set, who was clad only in his undies and an unbuttoned shirt. Overall, not a great set, but I imagine they tear it up when they’re not celebrating the end of a long tour!

Epica Live

To close out the night, headliners Epica took the stage and owned venue for the evening. For a band whose sound is so complex and lush, their stage presentation was simple and austere; the drummer played a small set, they had no scrims, no fancy props, just a pummeling set that was obviously tuned by their time on the road. The heavier material on their latest release went over very well, and Simone’s vocals sounded spot on, which is impressive given that she’s been performing daily for the last month. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect of Epica, as the last time I saw them perform was in 2006 at the ProgPower festival, but I left highly impressed with their growth as a band.

Review by Jon Bodan

Photos by Ann Bodan


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Killswitch Engage Live at the Tabernacle http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/02/killswitch-engage-live-at-the-tabernacle/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/02/killswitch-engage-live-at-the-tabernacle/#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2010 05:04:44 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=10051


Performing on their first headlining tour, Roadrunner recording artists Killswitch Engage descend on the Tabernacle in Atlanta with a powerful package of the metalcore genre and a sudden change in touring lineup. The night began with Sweden’s Dark Tranquility. The band is often credited as influential founders of the darker side of the genre. Dark

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Performing on their first headlining tour, Roadrunner recording artists Killswitch Engage descend on the Tabernacle in Atlanta with a powerful package of the metalcore genre and a sudden change in touring lineup.

Killswitch Engage with Phil Labonte

The night began with Sweden’s Dark Tranquility. The band is often credited as influential founders of the darker side of the genre. Dark Tranquility delivered a powerful and dark 45 minute set featuring tracks from their new album “Into The Void” mixed with classics from their 9 album career. Presentation was classic Sweden metal. Dark backlit shades of blue covered the band as they all took stage front for an aggressive an unrelenting assault that perfectly set the stage for the evening.

Dark Tranquility

Dark Tranquility

Next, rising christian metalcore artist The Devil Wears Prada took the stage. Having heard a great deal about this bands live show, I was anxious to have the experience myself. Clearly a favored artist of the crowd, as the band took the stage the venue was spun into an unrelenting frenzy both by the artist and with complimentary crowd participation. For nearly an hour the band never broke from their pace with each of the 6 band members never remaining stationary on the wide but depth limited stage. The band released an unslaught of guttural growls and aggressive instrumental assualts clearly demonstrating the reason for live show accolades.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

To close out the night, tour headliner Killswitch Engage took the stage. Earlier that day the band announced lead vocalist Howard Jones would be leaving the current tour immediately due to “”unforeseen circumstances.” The show however went on with long time friend and lead vocalist of All That Remains, Phil Labonte, flying in on a moments notice to fill lead vocal duties for the show.

Killswitch Engage

The band opened with one of their signature tracks “Rose Of Sharyn” hitting on all cylinders and setting the crowd pace for the night and continued with “Reckoning” and “Fixation” while taking a brief break to introduce Phil who was performing admirably with the band commanding the stage like a seasoned frontman and without reference to lyric sheets.

Killswitch Engage

The set continued with more fan favorites including “My Last Serenade”, “When Darkness Falls”, and “Numbered Days” with an intensity that brought the crowd to cast away all warnings of moshing and crowd surfing while they continued with “Prelude”, “Vide Infra”, and “Temple From Within”. Another break in the set with Adam addressing the crowd with a sincere thank you for fan support this night even moreso with the abrupt tour departure of Howard Jones.

Killswitch Engage

Continuing the set with “My Curse”, “Take This Oath”, and “Life to Lifeless” Killswitch Engage demonstrated their unique melodic style which they so eloquently couple with in your face metalc. Some final words of appreciation by the band and the set closed with a few thousand singing along as the band delivered “End of a Heartache” followed by tremendous crowd cheers compelling an encore of the bands cover of Dio’s classic “Holy Diver”.

Killswitch Engage

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Dangerous New Machine at Wild Bills http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/01/dangerous-new-machine-wild-bills/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/01/dangerous-new-machine-wild-bills/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 02:54:43 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=7854


Born from the established professional ranks of Stereomud, Fozzy, and Stuck Mojo, Dangerous New Machine combines rock, alternative, and heavy metal into a unique and powerful style all their own. The massive Wild Bill’s stage and a large crowd made for an exceptional showcase of the bands collective and individual talents that is amplified even

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Born from the established professional ranks of Stereomud, Fozzy, and Stuck Mojo, Dangerous New Machine combines rock, alternative, and heavy metal into a unique and powerful style all their own. The massive Wild Bill’s stage and a large crowd made for an exceptional showcase of the bands collective and individual talents that is amplified even further by their live performance.

As the lights went down, Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” provided an appropriate intro to the set which exploded with the fan popular “Skeletons” which demonstrates the bands alternative rock style with raspy versus and clean soaring choruses. By the end of the second song, venue waitstaff approached asking the name of the artist – always a good sign. With the crowd fully engaged by the energetic and charismatic frontman Erik Rogers, the band broke into an obscure and surprisingly well delivered heavy metal-ish rendition of T-Pain’s “Apple Bottom Jeans” which brought on the rave vibe from a largely rock and roll crowd.

Next, the band delivered some personal transparency through “I wish” and then continued the evening with hard hitting arrangements demonstrating the drum and bass prowess of Rodney Beaubouef and Randy Reider while the relentless guitar chops of lead guitarist Billy Grey wailed and crunched over the top.

A cover of Salt and Peppa’s “Push It” provided another crowd pleasing moment while also demonstrating the bands versatility as performers and musicians setting up the perfect contrast to the bands closing songs of the set.

The night ended with the bands popular singles “Burn” followed by their sing along anthem “What’s Your Name”. This provided an appropriate closure to the bands powerful and captivating set. While the lengthy ovation warranted an multi-song encore – the band is saving that for their debut album due in March with a series of local and national release performances.

More of Dangerous New Machine can be found on the artists official site: www.dangerousnewmachine.com

Review and Photos by Allen Ross Thomas
www.artistxposure.com


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Butch Walker Live at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/01/butch-walker-live-at-7-stages-theater-in-atlanta/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2010/01/butch-walker-live-at-7-stages-theater-in-atlanta/#comments Sun, 17 Jan 2010 06:49:14 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=7270


Commensurate with the changing face of music over the last few decades, Atlanta’s Butch Walker has grown as a musician, songwriter, and producer who has adapted with the times while staying in touch with himself and fans through transparent songwriting and memorable melodies The unique tour features four nights in intimate venues with 3 of

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Butch Walker Live in AtlantaCommensurate with the changing face of music over the last few decades, Atlanta’s Butch Walker has grown as a musician, songwriter, and producer who has adapted with the times while staying in touch with himself and fans through transparent songwriting and memorable melodies

The unique tour features four nights in intimate venues with 3 of the 4 nights comprised of complete performances of the solo records “Letters”, “The Rise and fall of Butch Walker and the Let’s go out Tonights”, and “Sycamore Meadows”. One of the nights is reserved for a bit of a potluck night featuring artist and fan choices.

Many of those in attendance accompanied the artist on each of the four nights of the performances to experience the full solo catalog of the artist in an intentionally intimate and introspective format.

Butch Walker

Given his heritage, it is appropriate then that this tour end in Atlanta with four sold out nights performing for longtime fans and friends of which many a lyric references the city Butch calls home. This night’s album featured “The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the let’s go out Tonight’s”. Throughout the evening, references were made to the positive place in which the artists head was during the songwriting process for this record. Of all material Walker has produced, this is perhaps the one record in which I never quite “got it”. Performed live, and with much between song commentary, the album takes on more meaning and offers a translucent perspective of the artist and the songs. Opening with “Oooh.. Aaah…” and transitioning into “Hot Girls in Good Moods” to “Ladies and Gentlemen”, the performance was upbeat and energetic as the artist continued the album mostly center stage on electric guitar. As the night went on the performance would at times include a full band or the artist solo on guitar and piano, while laying down the drums from a bass drum positioned to his right. The extended intro of “Dominoes” written about the artist’s grandparents lifelong relationship, was touching.

Butch Walker and the Lets go out Tonight's

The evening continued with the remainder of the album’s songs delivered well including “Song without a chorus”, the honky tonk inspired “Rich people die unhappy” and “When Canyons Ruled the City”.

Review and Photos by Allen Ross Thomas


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Train Live at the Tabernacle http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/11/train-live-at-the-tabernacle/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/11/train-live-at-the-tabernacle/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2009 03:59:24 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=3244


Columbia recording artists Train pulled into the Atlanta station Tuesday PM in support of their fifth studio album “Save Me, San Francisco“. Train is band known for superb musical performance and simple yet profound and thought provoking lyrical content. As such, the band has always seemed to find it landlocked in a gray area between

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_ART9945Columbia recording artists Train pulled into the Atlanta station Tuesday PM in support of their fifth studio album “Save Me, San Francisco“.

Train is band known for superb musical performance and simple yet profound and thought provoking lyrical content. As such, the band has always seemed to find it landlocked in a gray area between rock stars and adult contemporary artists. This creative friction of identity perhaps explains the diverse and loyal fan base that came out this night to support the band touring for the first time in four years.

_ART9908From the opening notes, as original members Patrick Monohan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar), and Scott Underwood (drums) took the stage, it was evident that the show was to be all about the fans. The band immediately engaged the audience and the audience engaged the band and in return, and held one another in their respective hands for the nearly two hour set.

The band opened the show with mainstream fare including “Parachute” from the new album, “Meet Virginia”, “Get to Me”, and “She’s on Fire” with Patrick making full use of the large stage with intense and direct crowd interaction throughout.

_ART0033As the band moved midway through their set, the pace picks up with “Soul Sister”, “All About You”, “Cab”, and the intense crowd sing along “Calling All Angels” before moving into the exceptional acoustical passages of “Hopeless” and Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” which highlighted the band’s diverse musical prowess and amazing vocal capabilities. The band then moved into the hip-hop influenced “Save the Day” followed by “I Got You” and closing the set on a peak with the straight up rocking “Free” and perhaps the bands most famous hit, “Drops of Jupiter”, leaving the audience begging for more from this amazing performance.

_ART0090Train reclaimed the stage treating the audience to the title track of their latest album “Save Me, San Francisco” and closing the night with one of the great covers of all time – Aerosmith’s “Dream On” as the house lights shined to reveal a sea of smiles, hands, and overwhelming and endless cheers. Answering the call, the band took the stage for a second encore performing “If It’s Love”.

Much like the bands musical style, the performance was part rock show, part mainstream adult contemporary and part classic rock homage. Most importantly it was a celebration of good music, by a great band, for its fans in a setting promoting mutual adoration.

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Train concert review and photos by Allen Ross Thomas of Artist Exposure


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Foreigner at Wild Bills http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/11/foreigner-at-wild-bills/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/11/foreigner-at-wild-bills/#comments Sun, 15 Nov 2009 20:04:26 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=2854


Foreigner broke onto the now classic rock scene in 1977 winning over fans with the classic rock anthem “Feels like the first Time”. Over 30 years later, Foreigner continues to tour and perform to a devoted fan base while earning new fans through impeccable live performances. Founding guitarist Mick Jones is the sole remaining member

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Mick Jones

Foreigner broke onto the now classic rock scene in 1977 winning over fans with the classic rock anthem “Feels like the first Time”. Over 30 years later, Foreigner continues to tour and perform to a devoted fan base while earning new fans through impeccable live performances.

Founding guitarist Mick Jones is the sole remaining member from Foreigner’s classic lineup. With all due respect to founding members, Jones has put together a group of musicians beyond typical session players that gel together like a band that has been performing together for decades.

Touring in support of their appropriately titled release “Cant’ Slow Down”, Foreigner stops in the south to deliver an epic performance at Atlanta’s premier OTP venue Wild Bills which is rapidly becoming the venue of choice for witnessing classic and emerging acts in an large but intimate venue.

Kelly Hansen of Foreigner

As Foreigner took the stage, the capacity crowd was treated with a relentless set of superbly executed hits beginning with classics “Double Vision”, “Head Games”, “Cold as Ice”,”Blue Morning”., and “Waiting for a girl like you”. Lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, formerly of 80′s rock band Hurricane, left no doubt that he could carry the soulful and soaring lyrics of the band and won over fans with a strong and engaging stage presence.

Foreigner!

Midway through the 90+ minute set, the band continued to rip through their catalog of career hits delivering “Starrider”, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Urgent”, and crowd favorite “Dirty White Boy”. The band truly shined through these classics and featured over the top performances by bassist/vocalist Jeff Pilson of Dokken, Sax and Rhythm guitarist Thom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein, and drummer Brian Tithy. All the while Mick Jones passionately carried lead guitar duties and shredded solo after solo from center stage with youthful and reckless abandon. The show closed on the classic Foreigner anthem “Juke Box Hero” with backing vocals carried by the crowd as they morphed the song in and out of the Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love”.

Thom Gimbel

As the crowd chanted “Foreigner, Foreigner, Foreigner” the band returned to the stage to end the night with a three song encore of “I want to know what love is”, “Hot Blooded”, and the rocking “Long Long way from home”.

Foreigner!

Whether a die hard fan of the classic Foreigner lineup or a fan of the bands music, this now classic and youthful lineup presents a show not to miss and ensures the music of Foreigner will forever live in rock history while continuing to thrive in contemporary modern times.


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Foreigner review and  photos by Allen Ross Thomas of Artist Exposure


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Bomshel at Wild Bills http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/10/bombshel-wild-bills-102309/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/10/bombshel-wild-bills-102309/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:40:04 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=1305


Given the unavoidable preconceptions that go with a name like “Bomshel”, it takes some big boy parts to pull it off.   By the end of the night, Kristy Osmunson and Kelley Shepard leave no doubt that they can. Touring in support of their debut album on Curb Records, Bomshel brought their high energy show to

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Karen and Kelley of Bomshel!
Given the unavoidable preconceptions that go with a name like “Bomshel”, it takes some big boy parts to pull it off.   By the end of the night, Kristy Osmunson and Kelley Shepard leave no doubt that they can.

Bomshel

Touring in support of their debut album on Curb Records, Bomshel brought their high energy show to Atlanta’s suburbia center of live country music, Wild Bills. The duo hit the stage with with rockstar intensity and stage presence coupled with transparent on stage banter when discussing songs and addressing the crowd.

Bomshel

Vocalist and fiddler Kristy Osmunson commanded the stage with a relentless energy and enthusiasm while vocal partner Kelley Shepard traded lead and backing vocals. Each were literally chased with dedicated follow spots while the supporting band took a relative backseat to the party up front. Drummer and lead guitarist gave memorable performances through base and rhythm players seemed a little less seasoned and slightly out of place.

Highlights of the set included Top 40 hits “Fight Like a Girl”, “19 and Crazy” (though oddly intentionally play twice), “Arizona”, band anthem “Bomshel Stomp”, and exceptional covers of Charlie Daniel’s “The Devil went down to Georgia” and No Doubt’s “Just a Girl”.

Bomshel Live Performance

The Bomshel duo of Kristy and Kelley bring it all – exceptional performance, relative songwriting, sing along anthems and rememberable choruses. Unfortunately the duo insist on being counterproductive to a natural brand through respelling of their namesake and downplaying their looks and talent. While everyone is in fact special and unique in their own way, “Bombshell” need to embrace who they are on their eve of stardom.

Allen Ross Thomas


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Blues Traveler at Center Stage http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/10/blues-traveler-center-stage-101309/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2009/10/blues-traveler-center-stage-101309/#comments Sat, 24 Oct 2009 20:15:59 +0000 Allen Ross Thomas http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=986


Jam masters Blues Traveler brought their style of southern rock-blues to the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta starting and ending with an appropriate tip of the harmonica to Georgia fans. Blues Traveler opened their 90+ minute set with a few bars of the southern anthem “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which segued into an

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Blues Traveler

Jam masters Blues Traveler brought their style of southern rock-blues to the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta starting and ending with an appropriate tip of the harmonica to Georgia fans.

Blues Traveler Live

Blues Traveler opened their 90+ minute set with a few bars of the southern anthem “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which segued into an 18 song set list of the bands commercial hits, fan favorites, and deeper album cuts. The no frills stage and subdued lighting was an ideal platform from which vocalist and harmonica wielding John Popper eloquently traded vocal lines and harmonica leads center stage. Guitarist Chandler Kinchla and keyboardist Ben Wilson carried the rhythm on stage left while bassist Tad Kinchla and drummer Ben Hill laid down some serious backbeat on stage right. The artists stayed relatively fixed in position throughout the night while the loyal general admission crowd embellished the performance and the spirits throughout the venue.

Blues Traveler

Their mainstream hits “Hook” and “Run-Around” were nicely executed, though hard core fans have come to appreciate the bands live show for their impromptu sets which change night to night. The setlist pulled from 20+ years of music encompassing 8 albums and 4 live albums including “How You Remember It”, “But Anyway”, “Felicia”, “Crash Burn” and again closing out the set with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.

John Popper of Blues Traveler

In this assumed unrehearsed format each night, the band demonstrates not only their diverse playing capabilities but their love for the live show and the “jam”. While somewhat removed from popular mainstream, the live experience of Blues Traveler is what the band embraces this day. It is a format that satisfies committed fans awhile making new fans night after night by introducing their music the way it was meant to be done – live, real, and off the cuff.

Allen Ross Thomas

Blues Traveler


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