Posts Tagged ‘9:30 Club’

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Review by Greg Maki
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For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.

Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

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Review by Greg Maki

The smell of burning incense filled the air. Blue light illuminated the fog-filled stage, behind which rested a cloth backdrop depicting the inside of a church. But this was no holy affair. One by one, five black-robed, masked figures took their places—drums, keyboards, bass, two guitars. The voices of a choir, pre-recorded, came forth before the Nameless Ghouls onstage put their weapons to work. The service of Ghost had begun.

As the title track of the band’s newly released second album, Infestissumam, segued into “Per Aspera Ad Inferi,” the face of Ghost emerged from the fog: Papa Emeritus II, appearing as a demonic pope, brandishing a staff, his face painted into the visage of a skull, his countenance at odds with the smooth, melodic tones of his voice. The sizable Monday-night crowd responded with maximum fervor; all had come for a singular purpose: to worship at this unholy church of rock ‘n’ roll. (more…)

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Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie live photos
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Review by Greg Maki

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A label change from his longtime home at Geffen Records to Roadrunner’s Loud & Proud imprint delayed the release of Rob Zombie’s new album for nearly three months—but, as always, the show must go on. Zombie’s fall tour, his first jaunt supporting Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (now due Feb. 2, 2010), went on as scheduled and ended on a night with a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and rain at the famous 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. (more…)

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BTBAM-Tour-PosterIn Flames w/Between the Buried and Me, 3 Inches of Blood, The Faceless

By Jeff Maki, Ryan Mavity

As the touring cycle for In Flames’ latest album, A Sense of Purpose, winds down, the influential Swedes—after a 2008 tour with All That Remains and a slot on Gigantour 2008—are on their third U.S. run in support of the album. Having seen the band live numerous times, this is the first time I’ve seen them as loose and fan-friendly as they were tonight. (more…)

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Review by Greg Maki
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Alice in Chains’ Sept. 4, 2009, show at Washington, D.C. ’s famed 9:30 Club was significant for more than one reason. Foremost, it was the band’s first night on its first tour supporting its first new studio album in 14 years. Second, singer William DuVall said he was born in the area, and both his 98-year-old grandmother and 5-month-old son were in attendance. Covering one extreme to the other, he said, this show was as much about opening new doors as it was walking through old ones. (more…)

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Brent Smith of Shinedown

Review by Greg Maki

I was disappointed to hear lead guitarist Nick Perri had left Shinedown. He was only with the band for about a year and did not get the opportunity to make any contributions in the studio, but he had helped it become one of the tightest live acts around. That much was evident earlier this year at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Md., and again in 2008’s final month at Washington, D.C.’s world-famous 9:30 Club.

The set list in D.C. was almost identical to the one in Baltimore five months ago, but the change in both setting and season (Christmas lights decorated the inside of the club) made for a very different atmosphere. (more…)

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