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Review: W.A.S.P. – Live @ The Academy (Sept. 16th, 2015)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2015 by Tickets There
Photo by: Eva Gunnarsson

Photo by: Eva Gunnarsson

12019764_10153663554323200_1636175679424654029_nW.A.S.P. are a band that has never abandoned Ireland. Since their very first album, Blackie Lawless and co. have always made sure to include Ireland on their European tours and this is something Irish people are very grateful for. Of course they’re not the only band to include us, but while many of their Contemporaries have vanished from our shores over the past five years, W.A.S.P. have remained consistent in their tours. Of course, it’s not just their appearances here that have been consistent. Each performance is a display of their un-compromising professionalism and talent. Songs from over three decades are still performed with passion and energy while Blackie’s voice only seems to grow in strength. Tonight they’re back in the Academy to play us a few of those old favourites and hopefully a sample from their forthcoming album, Golgotha and Wild Childs of all ages have come to welcome back our old pals.

(Sorry about that Wild Childs line. I truly am. – Ed.)

The Treatment open tonight’s show and manage to get a good buzz going. While they’ve drifted more towards a magazine cover friendly looking since their first album and changed a few members around, the band still sound tight and the tunes are only getting better. Despite a few sound and performance ‘malfunctions’, the group have the craic and so do the fans. Also, ‘Shake the Mountain‘ is a savage song and anyone who finishes their set with it gets our vote.

12027689_10153663554478200_11137618468878649_nBy the time the houselights drop for W.A.S.P.’s opener, the Academy crowd has swelled and the pit area has been conquered by dozens of battle vest clad kids ready to do damage. With the intro over, the band make their entrances and Blackie moves in to take centre stage. His tall build and ferocious voice are imposing as he snarls his way through ‘On Your Knees’ and ‘Inside the Electric Circus’ before a blistering performance of ‘The Real Me’. W.A.S.P. have officially arrived and they are on fire. Blackie surveys the crowd and band alike, watching the musician’s performances like a hack and appearing more than pleased with each of their displays, proudly bringing life to the songs he has created and curated for so many years.

12036869_10153663554428200_6747728262245098416_nIn another display that you’re not just dealing with a band going through the motions, Blackie (for the second show in a row) entertains the crowd with a story from one of their Irish shows in the 90’s about an exploding code piece. Despite a few flinches from the men in the crowd, all ends well and the band play the first single from Golgotha, ‘Last Runaway’. The crowd laps it up and give their seal of approval for the new material which carries over to ‘Crazy‘ from 2009’s Babylon album. But even that is trumpeted by Douglas Blair’s incendiary guitar solo on another Golgotha song, ‘Miss You’.

11041548_10153663554208200_5340849801710778393_n‘Hellion’, ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’ and ‘Arena of Pleasure’ carry the set on as Golgotha’s title track brings the main portion of this night to a close. Although it’s well known that Blackie is a born again Christian, few in the crowd were prepared for Golgotha’s “Jesus I need you now” chorus and it obviously impacts everyone in attendance. Despite a bit of head scratching, there’s no denying the song is a powerful ballad from the same family as ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’. With that, Blackie bids good night and the band depart.

As chants for “fuck like a beast” and “Blackie” fill the room, the sound of chainsaws rev from the PA and the pit kicks off before we even see a band member back on stage. W.A.S.P. return fired up and bring the house down with ‘Chainsaw Charlie’ before again bidding us goodnight and vanishing. No W.A.S.P. show is complete without ‘LO.V.E. Machine’  so the crowd stays firm and again the band return. Teasing us with the opening notes of ‘Wild Child’, Blackie beams a cheeky smile before the band arrive back to accompany through their classic hit before ending the night on the one, the only L.O.V.E. Machine. Normally this song is performed with a crowd providing backing vocals, but this crowd are so worked up the Academy floor descends into pit chaos the likes of which you’d expect more at one of Nirvana’s early shows.

12042672_10153663554333200_6288302906635125771_nW.A.S.P. returned, they championed and they put on yet another show that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Blackie may have a few more years on him since he sang “I’ll never get old” but you wouldn’t know it to hear him or see him move and Irish fans are ready to welcome him and guys back each and every time they can come over.

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EVERYONE, QUICK! IT’S SLAYER DAY

Posted in Music, New Music with tags , , , on July 1, 2014 by Tickets There

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So not news, but today is SLAYER day and what sort of blog would we be if we didn’t post some videos to get everyone heading to the Academy tonight in the mood?

 

 

 

 

Win tickets to Radkey at Academy 2 tomorrow night

Posted in Competition, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by Tickets There

99-atxlLooking for a chance to win two tickets to see Radkey perform tomorrow night at the Academy? Well look no further! Thanks to MCD, we’re sending one lucky winner with a friend to the show and all you have to do is answer this insanely difficult question. Please note that no hints can be found in the press release below – especially not in the very first line of it…those words in red are not a hint.

  • QUESTION: Which town in America do Radkey hail from?

Please send your answer and your name and telephone number to ticketsthere@Hotmail.com by 11:00 am tomorrow morning for your chance to win.

Press Release

Radkey are a band of brothers from St Joseph, Missouri. The Radke siblings Dee (20, guitar, vocals), Isaiah (18, bass) and Solomon (16, drums) make explosive, thrilling alt-rock anthems.

Things are taking off for the three-piece. In the past few months alone, there have been electrifying performances on Later… With Jools Holland and Berlin’s JOIZ TV, a sold-out tour of the UK with fellow noise-mongers Drenge and packed shows in Germany and Holland, whilst Radio 1 tastemaker Zane Lowe has also been a vociferous supporter of the group. Radkey are a band exhilaratingly on the edge of a big breakthrough.

The three brothers’ upbringing in St. Joseph was soundtracked by their dad Matt Radke’s record collection. It was only a matter of time before they were bitten by the bug. For oldest brother Dee, it was Nirvana who made him want to pick up a guitar. Middle brother Isaiah remembers being mesmerised by the Foo Fighters’ track Monkey Wrench, “the first song I ever knew the words to.” For youngest sibling Solomon, the record that stood out was Weezer’s Blue album. It’s no surprise that each of those bands match snarling riffs with indelible pop melodies, a way of making music that Isaiah says has “burrowed its way into our brains.” The same characteristics define every Radkey song: sometimes hooks are buried in a blitzkrieg of distortion; at others, riffs are put on a leash so the melody can lead the way.
Dad Matt became their manager and soon they had booked their first gig, supporting veteran ska-punks Fishbone. Their ages ranged from 13-17 at the time, but the promoter hadn’t asked. He simply enquired as to whether they had enough material to play for 30 minutes. They lied and said they did. “We had to go away and write a bunch of songs,” says Isaiah. “There was a pretty good turnout and having our first show being supporting Fishbone helped us get other gigs.” “It was insane,” says Dee. “We played in front of 100 people and we were super nervous, but we got to hang out with them afterwards and see them argue.” Radkey have no designated peacemaker in the group: Dee claims that they have never argued about music.

From out of that triumphant first show, they perfected their live performance with more dates and kept writing new songs. By mid-2013, their intensive course in being a rock band was gaining momentum. They played their first UK show at the intimidating Download festival.

Each of their releases so far have out-swaggered its predecessor. The summer’s Cat & Mouse EP was an attention-grabbing introduction: the malevolent stomp and jittery riffs of its title track, the crackling surge of Out Here In My Head and rolling bubblegum growl of Pretty Things were the sound of the vitality of youth in all its raw power. Closing song N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay), meanwhile, tackled the band’s shock at the casual racism in their high school and showed that it wasn’t just the music that was head-on. The Devil Fruit EP, released in October, honed and widened their sound.
Their next release is another aggressive charge forward. Feed My Brain is their most accomplished song yet, a swooping rock singalong that swings from a stripped-down, understated verse into a juddering, hooky chorus. “It’s the best song we’ve written,” says Isaiah. “Our evolution as songwriters has been on record and you can tell the difference. The more we write, the better the songs are getting.” For Solomon, Feed My Brain is a marker in the sand not just for the band’s career but for his whole life. “It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had, listening back to that when we finished recording it.”

They are three ambitious young men who want the next show and the next song to be better than the last. They’re in it together: there are no tyrannical egos in Radkey. “We’re not the type of band that has one guy leave and you’re fucked,” says Isaiah. “If any of us leave, we’re equally screwed.” Next, they’ll turn their sights towards their debut album. “It will have lots of loud guitars and be rocking,” adds Dee. “We wanna make it rock and make it catchy, something we can be proud of,” says Isaiah. Of course it will rock. Of course it will be catchy. These are the things that come naturally to Radkey.
EP “Devil Fruit” is out now

Very special guests on the night comes from local rock band, New Valley Wolves are Jonny Lucey and Baz Joyce. Just guitar and drums but played with the gusto of 27 charging Spanish bulls. Think bone shakin’ rock ‘n’ roll the way it’s meant to be played: Hard, Fast and Hard.
RADKEY,
With New Valley Wolves
ACADEMY 2, 26TH JUNE
For more see: www. radkey.net | http://www.mcd.ie | Ticketmaster.ie
http://www.facebook.com/newvalleywolves

COMPETITION: Win Tickets to The Treatment

Posted in Competition, Gig Listing, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by Tickets There

10366024_10152192435030922_2957421579781033545_nThe Treatment will play their first ever headlining show in Dublin this Wednesday when they tear The Academy a new floor! Technically you should have bought your tickets months ago. If you didn’t – for shame! But thanks to the legends at MCD, we’re in a position to send you and a friend there for free. All you need to do is read our interview with Treatment guitarist, Tag Grey and answer the following question.

Question: What is the name of The Treatment’s new album?

Please send your name and the answer to ticketsthere@Hotmail.com for your chance to win.

Please Note: Competition closes tomorrow, June 17th at 18:00. Entrants must be 18+

 

REPORT: Slayer – Live @ The Academy, Dublin (June 11th, 2013)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Tickets There

IMG_5078Going to see Slayer two nights in a row – one of the best decisions this writer has ever made. For the second night in a row, SLAYER raised the roof off Dublin’s Academy with what seemed like even more power and ferocity than Monday’s show (quite a feat considering the incredible performance they put on last night). There was even more banter from Tom Araya with him even (tongue in cheek) asking the crowd if there were ‘any requests?’, before he politely listened and remembered ‘we don’t do that’.

IMG_5072The set-list also saw a few changes with ‘Hallowed Point, At Dawn They Sleep, Stain of Mind, The Antichrist, Payback’ and ‘Hell Awaits’ all being dropped and replaced by ’Spirit In Blood, Die By The Sword, Postmortem, Altar of Sacrifice, Jesus Saves’ and ‘Ghosts of War’ which gave the night a fresh feeling, rather than just rehashing the same show as the night before.

Rather than go through a detailed review (again), heres what ye all want. Photos, set lists and videos – enjoy J.

Monday June 10th Videos

Tuesday June 11th Videos

SLAYER
Live @ Dublin’s Academy Set-lists
Monday, June 10th 2013 Tuesday, June 11th 2013
World Painted   Blood World Painted Blood
Hallowed Point Spirit in Black
War Ensemble War Ensemble
Hate Worldwide Hate Worldwide
At Dawn They   Sleep Die by the Sword
Stain of Mind Bloodline
Disciple Disciple
Bloodline Postmortem
Mandatory   Suicide Altar of Sacrifice
Chemical   Warfare Jesus Saves
Seasons in the   Abyss Mandatory Suicide
Dead Skin Mask Chemical Warfare
The Antichrist Ghosts of War
Payback Seasons in the Abyss
Hell Awaits Dead Skin Mask
Raining Blood Raining Blood
Encore: Encore:
South of   Heaven South of Heaven
Angel of Death Angel of Death

Review: SLAYER – Live @ The Academy, Dublin (June 10th, 2013)

Posted in Gig Review, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by Tickets There

IMG_5016It’s amazing how much has changed in the Slayer camp  since this show was announced. Back in March, we were all happy and safe knowing Tom Araya, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Dave Lombardo were all happy and.., well happy as in Jeff was in his second year of absenteeism from the band and Dave had just sat out an Australian tour due to a financial dispute with Tom and Kerry. But, when you read Wikipedia, all four members were listed as ‘Current Line-up’. Since March, it all seemed to go a little pear-shaped.

First we had the news that Jeff Hanneman, the legend behind some of Slayer’s best known and beloved songs, had passed away unexpectedly. Jeff’s death sent shockwaves around the metal world with fans and musicians alike expressing their shock and sadness. To make things worse, the Westboro Bastard Church wasted no time sending out their hate literature. Fred Phelps (future favourite dildo in the Devil’s collection) and his hatemongers even made the laughable suggestion that they would picket his memorial. A massacre that was thankfully (er…thankfully?) avoided when they failed to show for the late May service at the Hollywood Palladium. Then things got a little more depressing.

Dave Lombardo (founding member and drumming machine) was unceremoniously kicked out, with the announcement that former Slayer sticks man, Paul Bostaph, would re-joining the band permanently. Things didn’t look the healthiest in the Slayer camp. Death, disagreements and half the line-up – not exactly a recipe for success….unless you’re SLAYER!

IMG_5039For tonight’s long awaited return to Dublin, Slayer have not arranged support (or even a decent few tunes for the PA while we wait – unless you like awful f**king elevator reggae or whatever the hell that is), but then again – SLAYER need no support. With the band running more than 30 minutes late, you’d expect things to start getting a little tense but everyone tonight is happy to wait. With the air thick with chants of SLAYER, SLAYER – the lights go off and the band are on. Gary, Tom, Paul and Kerry take position and launch into ‘World Painted Blood’. Tom’s smile beams across the room as he takes in the packed venue, even taking the time to remark on the intimacy of the show as the band stampede (I love using that word) through an incredible set packed with favourites, new and old. ‘Hallowed Point’, ‘WAR ENSEMBLE’ and ‘Hate Worldwide’ carry on the thrashing, fuelling a pit that threatens to encompass the whole standing area.

IMG_5028The band look and sound great with Gary and Paul doing their parts to perfection. Tom speaks to the crowd on a few occasions but nothing is really said about Jeff’s passing. Instead, the band are here to show SLAYER is alive and well and they are tearing the Academy a new one tonight. ‘Stain of Mind’, ‘Disciple’, ‘Mandatory Suicide’, and ‘Chemical Warfare’ – one after another the songs just keep pounding out, hitting the crowd like bricks. Although the sound could be described as quiet for a Slayer gig, the bands ferocious presence still dominates the stage …and the beating continues. ‘Seasons in The Abyss’, ‘Dead Skin Mask’, ‘ANTICHRIST’ are all on show – delivered with more intensity and presence than the band’s last trek to Dublin in 2006. ‘Hell Awaits’ and ‘Raining Blood’ bring a tremendous set to its close, the massive pit to its peak and the crowd’s fears for Slayer’s future – to bed!

IMG_5062As the band break, the giant Slayer banner which was displayed all night disappears and a giant HANNEMAN banner in Heineken style lettering appears. In tribute to Jeff, the band return for an encore of ‘South of Heaven’ and ‘Angel of Death’, two of Hanneman’s best known pieces before calling it a night. With a smile, Tom thanks the crowd and says he’ll see us tomorrow. Damn right Tom, see you then and thank you sir!

Black Star Riders Announce Dublin Date

Posted in Gig Listing, Music with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by Tickets There

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Black Star Riders, the new band from members of the current Thin Lizzy line-up, have announced a Dublin date. The group will perform their first show in Dublin on December 14th at the Academy. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26th priced €25.

BSR have recently finished recording their debut album together, All Hell Breaks Loose and have a release date pencilled in for June. They formed after decided to distance their new material from the Lizzy name for fear of upsetting hardcore TL heads. In the ranks are Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH, DAVID LEE ROTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES).