L-R: | Allan Harding (Drums) | Bobby Yiannakoulias (Guitar and Vocals) | Clay Shea (Bass)
Photo Credit: A.Kalinowski

Edmonton’s Black Mastiff are blasting off to ‘Star Base 77’ with their new animated music video in support of their forthcoming album “Loser Delusions” due out on October 18, 2019 via Grand Hand Records. The video’s animation was created by Black Mastiff‘s own vocalist/guitarist Bobby Yiannakoulias.

“As a songwriter, this track is about us all being insignificant in the world while we’re so obsessed with whether or not we get likes “Hope the station knows that I’ve arrived”. The guitar, drums, and bass are working together with a very precise heavy heating march. That’s how we do our thing. When singing this song I thought a lot about Bobby Liebling and Blue Cheer doing “Summertime Blues”. As a filmmaker, I love animation and movies old rotoscope movies like ‘The Hobbit‘ from 1977.I tried to draw from that style but with an added sense of humour.” says Yiannakoulias.

The animated video can be viewed via its exclusive premiere on Outlaws of The Sun HERE.

Ready to put listeners into a fuzzy mood with their signature groove with their new album ‘Loser Delusions’, this latest release from Black Mastiffexplores new territories, with distinctive, thick sounds and soulful vocals that are immediately recognizable.

“Loser Delusions” is much more eclectic than their previous record, “Music Machine”, and shows the band is comfortable stepping outside of the expected. With “Loser Delusions”, the band is inviting fans on a musical journey that passes through all things rock n’ roll, from garage to prog, there are many influences that Black Mastiff has not previously tapped into that are present on this new album. 

Fans of Deep PurpleQueens of The Stone Age, Black Keys, and KyussBlack Mastiff is a blizzard of distortion that will be experienced in full on October 18, 2018 through all music platforms.

In additional news, Black Mastiff will be hitting the road to promote the new album for the ‘Tourgether At Last’ with label mates Calgary’s Chron Goblin. The Canadian tour will be kicking off in Lethbridge, AB on October 10th and head east towards Montreal, QC to then circle back out west to wrap up on October 25th in Edmonton, AB.

Canadian Tour Dates: Black Mastiff + Chron Goblin ‘Tourgether At Last’
October 10 – Lethbridge, AB – Owl Acoustic Lounge
October 11 – Calgary, AB – The Palomino Smokehouse
October 12 – Regina, SK – The German Club
October 13 – Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
October 15 – Sudbury, ON – The Asylum 
October 16 – Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
October 17 – Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus
October 18 – Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
October 19 – Windsor, ON – Dominion House
October 20 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood *
October 21 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Six Two Oh! *
October 25 – Edmonton, AB – Temple
*= Black Mastiff Only

Track Listing:
1. Down By A sound (4:44)
2. Bike Club (4:33)
3. Machines (4:23)
4. A Tangle (4:33)
5. Other Kinds (3:46)
6. Star Base 77 (4:02)
7. Paddle (3:57)
8. Mind Vibe (4:30)
9. Spastic Rhythms (4:14)
10. Stranger (4:26)
Album Length: 43:13

Album Band and Live Line Up:
– Bobby Yiannakoulias – Guitar and lead vocals
– Clay Shea – Bass and Backing vocals
– Allan Harding – Drums and Backing vocals

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Edmonton’s Black Mastiff (Bob Yiannakoulias, Clay Shea, Allan Harding) is a band built around lifelong friendships and having fun, a vibe they’ve extended to both their porous, heavy, and vigorous live performance, and their recordings.

With their third full-length album Loser Delusions (Fall 2019), keeping it together became a literal priority. During the four years since their well-received Music Machine (New Damage Records, 2015), recorded and beautifully produced at Thunder Underground Studio in the desert of Palm Springs with John Garcia (KyussVista Chino), the trio had to change their perception of how a band operates. Already Renaissance men and entrepreneurs in other life ventures, when facing unforeseen challenges the band sharpened their production and business know-how by starting their own label, Grand Hand, with tour mates Chron Goblin. When drummer Allan moved to Vancouver, they decided to see how distance apart could add to, rather than take away from, their creative process and sound. The result is a determined continuation of what they do best, with a voyaging out into new sonic territory. 

“This one rises above the ultra-crowded stoner rock genre with its seriously ’70s vibe, cool and lazy vocal delivery, warm production and adherence to the riff over everything else.”  – Exclaim

“Black Mastiff is a power trio that creates their own version of stoner rock. They take a super heavy riff for a ride and explore a groove with a heavy rhythmic infra-structure and beautiful melodic vocals that bear the influence of the sounds of the desert.”  – Coachella Valley Weekly“I’m a fan of music….when you hear music that makes you feel….well, that’s what Black Mastiff did for me…they made me feel…… there was just something there. When music makes you feel anything, anything at all. Happy, sad, takes you back…I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if it’s Earth, Wind or Fire, Motley Crue, if it draws out deep emotion, I become a fan. I became a fan of Black Mastiff when Bruno Fevery and I caught their set….So much so, that I covered one of their songs on my new solo album.” – John Garcia-(KYUSSSlo BurnVista Chino
“I saw them in Edmonton, Canada. They have such a unique take on music and just when you think you know where it’s gonna go, they take it somewhere completely unexpected….some of their songs remind me of a modern version of The Doors whether they see it or not.” –  John Garcia– (KYUSSSlo BurnVista Chino)  

BLACK MASTIFF Rocket To ‘Star Base 77’ With New Animated Music Video For Upcoming Album Out Oct 18th

AFI’S ALL HALLOW’S E.P. SET FOR 20THANNIVERSARY VINYL REISSUE, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 25
LIMITED EDITION 10-INCH PICTURE DISC FEATURES FAN FAVORITES“THE BOY WHO DESTROYED THE WORLD” AND “TOTALIMMORTAL”

Los Angeles, CA (September 10, 2019)—Craft Recordingsis pleased to announce a special, 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of AFI’s cult-classic, All Hallow’s E.P., due out October 25th. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, the four-song E.P. will be pressed on a 10-inch picture disc, featuring the original Alan Forbes cover art on side A, and a pumpkin detail from the artwork on Side B. When All Hallow’s was released as a seven-inch vinyl E.P. in 1999, AFI (Davey HavokJade PugetAdam Carson andHunter Burgan) was in a transitional, but exciting phase. The group had released its fourth studio album, Black Sails in the Sunset just a few months before to critical acclaim and was on the verge of breaking into much wider success with 2000’s The Art of Drowning. As the title might convey, All Hallow’s finds the band exploring goth and horror punk genres. The E.P.’s four songs are filled with complex rhythm changes, anthemic chanting, and plenty of darkly atmospheric sound effects. In addition to an impressive cover of The Misfits’ “Halloween,” the E.P.’s highlights include “The Boy Who Destroyed the World,” which would become an iconic track for the band (and also be included in the popular 2001 video game, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3). The E.P.’s only single, “Totalimmortal,” gained traction after it was covered by The Offspring in 2000 for the Me, Myself and Irene soundtrack (at the time, AFI was signed to Nitro, which was the label of Offspring frontman Dexter Holland and bassist Greg Kriesel). Since the release of 1995’s debut album Answer That and Stay Fashionable, AFI has written and recorded five top ten hit singles (“Miss Murder,” “Medicate,” “Love Like Winter,” “Silver and Gold,” “Girl’s Not Grey”), hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 (with the stunning Decemberunderground), garnered worldwide critical acclaim and amassed a fiercely loyal global following whose members number in the millions.  AFI’s latest EP, The Missing Man, which Brooklyn Vegan praised for “having that classic early 2000s AFI sound.” The Missing Man follows the 2017 release AFI (The Blood Album), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums Charts and No. 5 on The Billboard 200.  It was the band’s second consecutive Top 10 Billboard debut following 2013’s Burials. Click here to pre-order All Hallows E.P. as a limited-edition picture disc.  Track Listing:A1: Fall Children (3:13)A2: Halloween (3:58)B1: The Boy Who Destroyed The World (3:05)B2: Totalimmortal (2:45)

AFI’s ‘All Hallow’s E.P.’ set for 20th anniversary vinyl reissue

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic

On this date in history, 8/24/2019, Iron Maiden brought their Legacy Of The Beast Tour to Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN, and what a magnificent show it was!

The Raven Age were the warmup act, and the London based melodic metalcore band seemed to be well received by the early crowd. I didn’t really connect with their style, but have to acknowledge that they had a good mix and professional staging and lights.

I’m sure that one of their guitarists being the son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris probably has a lot to do with them being on this prestigious tour. Nonetheless, they played with enthusiasm and youthful energy, and are undoubtedly having the time of their lives on that stage.

After a quick set change, Iron Maiden hit the ground running, unveiling a replica of a World War II Spitfire plane suspended above them as they played a thrilling full throttle aural assault on their classic opener, Aces High.

From the get go, Bruce Dickinson was in perpetual motion, exhorting the capacity crowd of diehard Maiden fans to sing along and share in this larger than life experience.

Dickinson’s voice was a razor edged wonder that night; powerful and still capable of hitting the highest notes of his considerable vocal range.

After Aces High, with the plane being manipulated to appear as if it were in flight and looking at times as if it were about to dive into the crowd, Maiden immediately launched into Where Eagles Dare and then 2 Minutes To Midnight.

Dickinson made a speech and informed us that there would be no new material and that we were basically being treated to a “best of” Maiden set. He said they were originally going to end the show with the plane, but then decided to open with it, and then make everything else better. This drew a roar of approval from the faithful, and it turned out to be a true statement, as the band just kept adding song after song to this incredible display of how to stage an epic heavy metal show.

As a guitarist, I have to say that the triple threat of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Janick Gers were just phenomenal. All three contributed stunning solo work and blended together with harmony lines and the chugging, galloping rhythms that are the hallmark of the Iron Maiden sound.

Steve Harris (bass) and Nicko McBrain (drums) propelled everything with that relentless precision that everything else is built on top of.

Some of the later highlights for me were The Evil That Men Do, Fear Of The Dark, The Number Of The Beast, The Trooper, Flight Of Icarus,and Hallowed Be Thy Name.

Honestly, there wasn’t a weak moment in Maiden’s entire time on stage.

Kudos to the sound man for keeping Dickinson’s voice on top of everything else, for spotlighting each guitarist and making the solos stand out, and for keeping the bottom end full and bright at the same time.

The lights, staging, props, and of course Eddie, were all fantastic as well. All that is left to say is “Up The Irons!”

On This Date in History

Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2019)—Craft Recordings is proud to announce the release of Joan Baez’s Live at Woodstock, available today (8/2) on all digital and streaming platforms. For the very first time, fans can hear the influential folk singer’s entire set, as it was performed at the historic festival 50 years ago. Live at Woodstock features nearly an hour of music and interstitial stories, including “Sweet Sir Galahad,” “I Shall Be Released, and a stunning a cappella rendition of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.
It was almost 1:00 a.m. when Joan Baez walked on stage to close out the rainy first night of Woodstock. With her acoustic guitar in hand, the visibly pregnant singer-songwriter kicked off her set with a joyful rendition of the beautifully simple Edwin Hawkins gospel tune, “Oh Happy Day. As she segued into Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind,” Baez wished the audience a tongue-in-cheek “good morning.” 
The weeks leading up to the three-day festival had been tumultuous for Baez. Just one month before, the singer’s then-husband, David Harris, had been arrested for draft resistance. The anti-war activist and founder of The Resistance—an organization that encouraged young men to return their draft cards in protest of Vietnam—had just begun serving a 15-month sentence in prison. He was, understandably, on his wife’s mind, and was a prevailing theme throughout the show. A few songs into her set, Baez spoke to the audience about Harris, assuring them that “He’s fine, and we’re fine too.” As a tribute to her husband, Baezperformed “Joe Hill, a 1936 folk song about the trade union activist. 
Joan was joined by two members of Harris Resistance movement, Jeffrey Shurtleff and Richard Festinger who, along with Baez, called themselves the Struggle Mountain Resistance Band (named after the California-based draft-resistance commune in which Harris and Baez lived). Their songs together included a rousing rendition of The Byrds “Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Man” and Willie Nelson’s “One Day at a Time.
Baez closes out her set by asking the audience to join her in singing “We Shall Overcome, dedicated to Harris. As a special bonus, the last track on the album replays the evening’s final announcements from the master of ceremonies, Chip Monck, which will make listeners feel like they are right there on that muddy farm in Bethel, NY. In her 1987 memoir, And a Voice to Sing With, Baez called Woodstock “Three extraordinary days of rain and music,” adding that, “I just stood up there in front of the residents of the golden city who were sleeping in the mud and each other’s arms, and I gave them what I could at the time. And they accepted my songs. It was a humbling moment, in spite of everything. I’d never sung to a city before.”
Singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez is one of the most significant figures in modern music, with a career that has spanned over six decades. Though often identified most closely with the folk movement of the sixties, her influence has extended far beyond that. A master interpreter of songs, Baez received critical and commercial success early on, recording an eclectic mix of traditional ballads, gospel and folk music. She focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richard Fariña, Leonard Cohen, and Tim Hardin, among others. With the passage of time, the list of songwriters whose work she recorded or performed grew to encompass Jackson Browne, Janis Ian, John Prine, Stevie Wonder, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, and many others, including songs written by Joan herself. 
Many traditional songs that Joan introduced on her earliest LPs found their way into the rock vernacular: “House Of the Rising Sun” (the Animals), “John Riley” (the Byrds), “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (Led Zeppelin), “Jackaroe” (Grateful Dead), and “Long Black Veil” (the Band), to name a few. A multitude of British acts who trace their origins to Fairport Convention, Pentangle, and Steeleye Span were inspired by Joan’s versions of “Geordie,” “House Carpenter,” and “Matty Groves.” 
Baez’s career has never slowed down. The GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has released over 30 studio and live albums to-date, and still actively tours. Her GRAMMY®-nominated album, Whistle Down the Wind, debuted last year at #18 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart and #4 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart—Baez’s strongest chart position since 1975’s Diamonds & RustBaez is currently in Europe for the final run of her extensive “Fare Thee Well Tour. Visit JoanBaez.com for more information. 
Track Listing:
1.    Oh Happy Day
2.    The Last Thing On My Mind
3.    I Shall Be Released
4.    He’s Fine, And We’re Fine, Too
5.    Joe Hill
6.    We Three Together Constitute The Struggle Mountain Resistance Band
7.    Sweet Sir Galahad
8.    Hickory Wind
9.    Drug Store Truck Drivin’ Band
10. One Day At A Time
11. Take Me Back To The Sweet Sunny South
12. Warm And Tender Love
13. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
14. I Think It’s Amazing The You People Are Still Awake
15. We Shall Overcome

Craft Recordings releases Joan Baez ‘Live At Woodstock’

Los Angeles, CA (Tuesday, August 13)—Craft Recordingsis pleased to announce a vinyl reissue of Creed’s Human Clay, in celebration of the best-selling album’s 20thanniversary. In stores October 11th, the two-LP set is housed in a gatefold jacket and marks the first vinyl availability of the album since a limited edition pressing in 1999. Human Clay, which has sold over 20 million units worldwide, includes hits “Higher, “What If,” “Are You Ready?” and the GRAMMY Award-winning single, “With Arms Wide Open.
Click here to pre-order Human Clay on vinyl.
After the success of their grunge-imbued debut album, My Own Prison, Creed went back into the studio with producer John Kurzweg (Puddle of Mudd, Godsmack) to record material for their follow-up. Though the Tallahassee, FL–based band had already found enormous success on the rock charts with their multiplatinum-selling 1997 debut, 1999’s Human Clay would make them mainstream stars. Driven by the anthemic, first single “Higher, Human Claydebuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, and Creedquickly became one of the biggest bands in the world. “Higher” spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at Number Seven. In July of the following year, the band scored their first Number One hit on the pop charts with the third single, “With Arms Wide Open.” The track—which front man Scott Stapp wrote when he found out that he was going to be a father—earned the band a GRAMMYÒ for Best Rock Song in 2001. To-date, Human Clay has sold well over 11 million copies in the U.S., earning a rare Diamond certification from the RIAA, joining the ranks of the Beatles Abbey Road, Prince’s Purple Rainand Nirvana’s Nevermind. It remains one of the top-selling albums of all-time in the United States. 
Creed’s enormous success is largely due to the prolific writing team of Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, who founded the band together in 1993. Their winning combination of driving guitar riffs, rousing hooks and introspective lyrics earned them legions of loyal fans around the world. Following the release of their first two albums, the four-piece—which also included bassist Brian Marshal and drummer Scott Phillips—became the first band ever to have seven consecutive Number One singles on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. Creed’s third album, Weathered (2001), also debuted at Number One, and produced several popular singles, including Top Ten hits “My Sacrifice” and “One Last Breath. Though Creed announced their breakup in 2004, they briefly reunited in 2009 to release Full Circle. Heavier than their previous albums, Full Circle debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200, proving the incredible staying power of the band. 
Track Listing:
Side A
1.    Are You Ready?
2.    What If
3.    Beautiful 
Side B
1.    Say I
2.    Wrong Way
3.    Faceless Man
Side C
1.    Never Die
2.    With Arms Wide Open 
3.    Higher
Side D
1.    Wash Away Those Years 
2.    Inside Us All

Creed’s ‘Human Clay’ set for 20th anniversary vinyl reissue

Los Angeles, CA (August 14, 2019) —This fall, Craft Recordings will reissue three titles from Social Distortion’s independent catalog on vinyl. Set for a September 27threlease, the LPs include the band’s 1983 debut, Mommy’s Little Monster, their 2004 studio album, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and 1995‘s Mainliner (Wreckage From the Past), which compiles early singles and rare B-sides. Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the enduring So-Cal punk icons just kicked off their extensive, two-month North American tour with Flogging Molly yesterday (8/13) in Dallas (full tour itinerary below).
Click to pre-order Mommy’s Little Monster, Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll, and Mainliner (Wreckage from the Past). Limited edition color variants also available via the official Social Distortion web store. 
Social Distortion formed in Orange County, CA, with front man Mike Ness and guitarist Dennis Danell at the helm. With their distinctive blend of punk and primitive rock ‘n’ roll, the four-piece (whose bassists and drummers would fluctuate over those years) found equal influences in bands like the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Clash as well as the early country music of Hank Williams and the classic blues of artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Their 1983 debut, Mommy’s Little Monster was released on the band’s own label, 13th Floor Records. Full of raw vocals, powerful guitar-driven hooks, and plenty of attitude, the seminal album gained Social Distortion a national following and went on to inspire the likes of the Offspring, Rancid and many other well-known artists. Standout tracks include “The Creeps (I Just Wanna Give You)” and “Another State of Mind.
The next two decades would bring the band continued lineup changes, a rehab stint for Ness—who has maintained his sobriety since 1985—a major label deal, some of their highest-charting singles (“I Was Wrong” and “Bad Luck”), and two Gold records (for 1990’s Social Distortionand 1992’s Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell). In the late ‘90s, the band returned to their indie roots and signed to Time Bomb Recordings.
2004’s much-anticipated Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll marked the group’s first studio album in eight years, following 1996’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash and two solo records from Ness. The band had also taken time to refocus after the sudden death of founding member Dennis Danell at just 38. Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll found a grieving Ness looking inward, but it also produced some of the band’s most acclaimed material. AllMusic called it “Potent, hard-hitting rock & roll with real heart and soul behind it.” Adding that Social Distortion had “Held onto what made them great while growing and changing in the best ways, and the result is one of the best albums this band has made to date.” Highlights include the opening track, “Reach for the Sky,” which became one of the band’s biggest hits, as well as the introspective “Live Before You Die,” and the hopeful “Don’t Take Me For Granted,” written for Danell. Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll also featured a new guitarist, Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, who remains with Social Distortion today. 
The final reissue, Mainliner: Wreckage From the Past, offers Social Distortion’s earliest singles and B-sides from 1981, the majority of which never appeared on any of the band’s full-length albums. Released in 1995, the compilation gives fans a peek into the group’s creative development, when they were still teenagers, with fan favorites like “1945,” “All the Answers,” and “Moral Threat,” plus a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb.”
With a current lineup of Mike Ness on vocals, guitarist Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham, bassist Brent Harding, and Dave Hidalgo Jr. on drums, Social Distortion shows no sign of slowing down. With seven studio albums under their belt, the punk godfathers’ searing guitars and locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in the early ‘80s, as do Ness’ hard-luck tales of love, loss, and lessons learned. As Craft continues to celebrate the band’s immense 40-year (to date) legacy, stay tuned for more announcements coming soon.
Track Listings:
Mommy’s Little Monster
A1. The Creeps
A2. Another State of Mind
A3. It Wasn’t A Pretty Picture
A4. Telling Them
B1. Hour Of Darkness
B2. Mommy’s Little Monster
B3. Anti-Fashion
B4. All The Answers
B5. Moral Threat
Sex, Love And Rock ‘N’ Roll
A1. Reach For The Sky
A2. Highway 101
A3. Don’t Take Me For Granted
A4. Footprints On My Ceiling
A5. Nickels And Dimes
B1. I Wasn’t Born To Follow
B2. Winner And Losers
B3. Faithless
B4. Live Before You Die
B5. Angel’s Wings
Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past)
A1. 1945 – Posh Boy Version
A2. Playpen – Posh Boy Version
A3. Mainliner            
A4. Moral Threat    
A5. All The Answers              
B1. Justice For All  
B2. Under My Thumb            
B3. 1945 – 13th Floor Version
B4. Playpen – 13th Floor Version
B5. Mass Hysteria 
2019 Tour Dates
Tues, August 13: Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Wed, August 14: Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Fri, August 16: Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater
Sat, August 17: Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Sun, August 18: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
Tue, August 20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Wed, August 21: Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
Fri, August 23: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sat, August 24: Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Sun, August 25: New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
Tue, August 27: Buffalo, NY @ Canalside
Wed, August 28: Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Fri, August 30: Westbrook, ME @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
Sat, August 31: Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sun, September 1: Lancaster, PA @ Freedom Hall
Tue, September 3: Toronto, Canada @ RBC Echo Beach
Wed, September 4: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Fri, September 6: Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Sat, September 7: Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sun, September 8: Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
Tue, September 10: Des Moines, IA @ Water Works Park
Wed, September 11: Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Stir Cove
Fri, September 13: Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Sat, September 14: Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Tue, September 17: Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater
Wed, September 18: Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Fri, September 20: Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sat, September 21: Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
Sun, September 22: Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
Tue, September 24: Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park
Thu, September 26: Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley
Fri, September 27: Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sat, September 28: Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center – DLVEC
Sun, September 29: Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre

Craft Recordings to reissue 3 classic Social Distortion albums on vinyl

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic”

On this date in history, 8/7/2019, Heart brought the Love Alive

Tour to Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN. Along with the Wilson sisters, we were rocked by stellar sets from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Elle King.

It was a smart move by the veterans to bring fresh new talent along for this all female front line tour, because Elle King got that crowd pumped up from the very beginning.

I hadn’t heard much of her music prior to this show, but I was impressed with her powerful vocals, her energy, her easy rapport with the audience, and her musical diversity. Elements of rock, blues, country, and pop all weaved in and out of her songs that were born for the stage.

Her song Ex’s & Oh’s is an anthem for certain. That one had the crowd in the palm of her sassy hands! I was an immediate fan watching her play a Flying V guitar that was nearly as big as she was…and handling it like a boss.

Speaking of bosses, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts wasted no time in asserting their badass brand of punk tinged hard rock. Jett is beloved nearly universally, and she effortlessly exudes cool confidence and sexy swagger.

Even on the big screens, one can see that glint of playful excitement in her eyes, and it is as contagious as a rock ‘n roll epidemic. When she lights into Bad Reputation, Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah), and I Love Rock ‘n Roll, everyone in the venue feels like they are 16 again, at least in spirit.

Heart proved beyond a doubt their legendary status with a sterling selection of their career spanning deep treasure chest of classic songs.

Not content to just play their own stuff, Heart tossed in some absolute gems of cover songs, including Your Move by Yes, The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel, and an absolutely breathtaking tour de force rendition of Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Ann Wilson’s voice was a force of nature throughout, and younger sister Nancy played electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin with masterful intensity, contributing some lovely lead vocals and harmonizing beautifully with her sibling.

All 3 bands were comprised of men playing their roles with anonymous but fierce contributions; content to let the legendary ladies claim the spotlight. My only complaints about this show were that it was too quiet (crank it up!), and that the crowd on the lawn were too lazy to get off their lazy asses and feed these amazing artists with some well earned energy. Everyone sounded great, but it was almost like someone has decided that the audience is old and tired and might want to just sit in their trendy little lawn chairs and not have to deal with that loud rock music.

I sure hope that doesn’t become the norm, because these artists deserve a better fate than that.

On This Date in History