Monday, March 29, 2010

Honking Our Own Horn - We're At Max's Kansas City, Baby!

1970 Saturday Afternoon Show at Max's Kansas City (Rare Flyer)
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In the words of the immortal Dee Dee Ramone, "We'd like to give ourselves a big pat on the back..." Our post from this past Thursday, which featured the above flyer advertising an event at Max's Kansas City circa 1970, was picked up and re-blogged over the weekend by the cool folks over at Max's Kansas We're honored.

One From The Archives: 03/29/85 Captive Free @ United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN

03/29/85 Captive Free @ Duluth, MN
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25 years ago toady Mom was once again schlepping a dozen or so of us youth-group kids to see some live music. This time we were off to see a band called "Captive Free" at the large United Methodist Church in Duluth, MN. All I really remember about this show was there was soda and pizza for us there - I think it was some large gathering of several United Methodist youth groups so they had to provide us with some food or there might have been a riot...I just remember being a complete pig and eating way too much pizza and drinking way too much soda and feeling like total crap for much of the evening afterwards. This was also the first time I ever thought to bring a camera to one of these concerts and these are the very first photos I ever shot of a band performing on stage.

03/29/85 Captive Free @ Duluth, MN

03/29/85 Captive Free @ Duluth, MN

And apparently we got some autographs from the band after the show - I can't say I remember doing that either but here's the proof...

03/29/85 Captive Free @ Duluth, MN (Autographs)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A New York Minute: 1919 "Over The East River"

In my post "King's Views of New York II" from a few weeks back, we looked at the bridges that span the East River in New York City.

In preparation for our July trip to NYC, the Gorgeous One and I have started to re-watch the epic 14 & 1/2 hour Ric Burns 1999 documentary series "New York", and included in the bonus features on disc #1 is a great silent film from 1919 titled "Over The East River," which include some additional info and amazing historical footage of the bridges of New York City...enjoy.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Updates: More Max's Kansas Dates and Details

1970 Saturday Afternoon Show at Max's Kansas City (Rare Flyer)

Been digging around, looking for more obscure Max's Kansas City stuff to add to the database. I came across the above flyer HERE. This may be the earliest flyer for an event at Max's to surface yet. Very cool. It's from 1970, and advertises an event called "The Saturday Afternoon Show at Max's" - which was a series of performance artists/poets/writers doing their thing in the restaurant.

Then this appeared earlier today...

“If you’re not in the band, you need to leave.”
“I’m in the band”
“What do you play?”
“You’re under arrest”
“For what?”
“Assault and battery” begins a great Max's story that took place in March of 1979 from Misfits/The Undead guitarist Bobby Steele on his Myspace blog. Read the whole thing HERE.

I've added links to these along with several more concert dates and photo links to the monster Max's Chronology that debuted here in October. You can check it all out in the ongoing project located HERE.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Suggested Viewing - Movies Set in NYC: C.H.U.D. (1984)

C.H.U.D. Movie Poster (1984)

It was movie night last night and it was my turn to pick out a movie - I picked the classic "C.H.U.D." from 1984, which I still own on VHS. From the back of the box:

"In the dank, putrid labyrinth of tunnels beneath the streets of New York City, a hideous transformation is taking place. An underground, ragtag colony of homeless derelicts is turning into a voracious tribe of grotesque mutants. They are turning into C.H.U.D. - Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers who ooze up from their hellish depths after dark for the only food that satisfies their hunger - Human Flesh!"

One From The Archives: 03/24/06 Cheap Trick/ Fifty Seven Stitch @ Myth, Maplewood, MN (Updated!)

03/24/06 Cheap Trick @ Maplewood, MN (Ad)
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03/24/06 Cheap Tirck/ Fifty Seven Stitch @ Myth, Maplewood, MN
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03/24/06 Cheap Trick @ Maplewood, MN (Ticket)

I can't believe it's been four years already since the last time I saw Cheap Trick. For a while there it seemed like I was seeing them once or twice a year but I've missed 'em the last few times they've been here - last fall they opened for Def Leppard in St. Paul which I thought was a true injustice - Def Leppard should be so lucky to have such a talented band be their opener? I just couldn't stomach the thought.

This particular show, at the now closed Myth, was great - no opener, just 2-plus hours of pure, in your face Cheap Trick. I remember thinking, the first time I ever walked into Myth a year or so prior to this show, that I'd love to see the band play here. Well, my wish came true and it was as great as I thought it would be. I was plenty early so I managed to jam myself right into the front row and when Rick Neilson went crazy, throwing out handfulls of guitar picks near the end of the show, I managed to scoop up 7 of the buggers in 3 different styles - blue, grey and white.

03/24/06 Cheap Trick @ Maplewood, MN (Picks)

On March 19 of this year, the band released the following statement:

"Bun E. Carlos is not currently the touring drummer for Cheap Trick. Bun E. remains a band member. Everyone is healthy and Cheap Trick will continue to tour as planned."

Not sure what's up with that but it's good to know that he's healthy and the band will stay on the road to perform throughout the summer of 2010. You can always stay up to date with everything CT at their cool website

Saturday, March 20, 2010

One From The Archives: 03/19 - 20/04 Minnesota Metal Fest 2004 @ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN

03/19-20/04 Minnesota MetalFest Flyer
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03/19&20/04 MN MetalFest II @ Minneapolis, MN (Ticket)
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6 years ago this weekend I had just returned to Minneapolis from a short trip to NYC. I was originally gonna stay a out there a few days longer but I decided I better get home in time to attend a two day Metal Fest at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis. Testament were gonna be there after all, and I didn't want to miss out on that.

The day after I got home was the first of two full days of the Minneapolis Metal Fest 2004. Over the course of two days over 30 bands were scheduled to perform in both the main room at 1st Avenue and the smaller 7th Street Entry next door. Things didn't go quite as advertised and we were rather disappointed to learn that Mantas, the band featuring Mantas from the legendary Venom would not be appearing. Vital Remains, Glen Benton's other band when he's not busy with Deicide, cancelled their appearance as well and several people were heard complaining about this development. We were kind of looking forward to seeing Body Count with Ice-T, but they too, cancelled. As did Entombed.

There were still plenty of great bands (and some really shitty ones too - Anal Blast anyone?) left on the bill even with all the last minute changes and of course we were mostly looking foward to seeing Testament close things out on Saturday night. But on Friday we were treated to great shows by the always hilarious and highly entertaining Billy Milano and M.O.D., former Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna and his solo band, and sets that varied from brilliant to complete crap by a bunch of lesser known (to me anyway) regional and local bands.

03/19-20/04 Minnesota MetalFest (Schedule) Autographed by Billy Milano & Joey Belladonna

Above, a schedule of the bands that appeared on Friday night. I grabbed this off a wall in the club thinking it would make a nice addition to the archives. As the evening wound on I was able to corner Joey Belladonna and Billy Milano and have them sign it. Milano was cool as hell - very funny guy. He was complaining about how they'd just had a 30 hour bus ride from NYC to come out here - I told him I'd had the exact same experience myself, coming from NYC just the previous day to make sure I made it home in time to catch this show. Meeting Joey Belladonna was strange - he seemed OVERLY gracious and friendly. He kept telling us how much he "appreciated us coming out to the show and, by the way," he mentioned, he has "a cool website - make sure you check it out. AND tell your friends too! It's a really cool website. And we'll be back here soon - make sure you come check us out again when we come back. Thanks for coming out." Nice guy, he just struck us as very...weird. Fridays shows had been pretty good for the most part and we were quite tired out as we drove home to try and catch a few hours of sleep.

After a night of not much sleep at all, we were back at 1st Avenue when the doors opened the following morning at 11:30am, all hung over but ready for another day of heavy hard music and more heavy drinking. An early surprise was Martyr A.D. who were really great. I made a mental note to pick up their CD when I got a chance. I went to see them open for Agnostic Front about a year (?) later - and when I arrived I found out since the show was advertised they had split up. I was sorry to hear it - but I still have the CD and still spin it regularly. Cephalic Carnage from Chicago were really great too. Then we suffered through a few bad bands, including the afore mentioned Anal Blast. Led by local metal-promoter, the legendary gross, sick mother-fucker Don Decker, this band is one of the most disgusting things I've ever had the misfortune to witness. Google them and you will see what I'm talking about - I'm not gonna waste space writing about them here. Things got better immediately after they finished - Disinter were good and I was quite surprised at how awesome the legendary Mentors were. I really wish I'd had the chance to see them a few more times as they were just impressive as hell.

Things wound down with absolutely crushing sets by Prong and a dry-ice cloud shrouded Testament and by the time we left the club we were exhausted and I was certain I'd lost about 33% of my hearing for good. Fortunately, it returned to normal in just a day or so. The MN Metal Fest 2004 was an absolute blast and as much as I hate to come home whenever I'm in NYC, I'm really glad I cut my trip short that time so I could make it home in time to attend this event.

03/19 - 20/04 Minnesota Metalfest 2004 @ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN (Ad 2- Top) 03/19 - 20/04 Minnesota Metalfest 2004 @ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN (Ad 2- Bottom)
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Friday, March 19, 2010

One From The Archives: 03/19/86 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart/ Found Free @ Wadena Memorial Auditorium, Wadena, MN

03/19/86 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart/Found Free @ Wadena, MN (Mylon LeFevre Plastic Button)
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Plastic "Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart" shaped-button.

03/19/86 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart/Found Free @ Wadena, MN (Ticket)

The memories of this concert have nearly completely faded now, 24 years after the fact. This was another one of those concerts my Mom, as leader of the youth group at our church, was kind enough to drive a half dozen or so of us rowdy kids to, giving us something cool to do and on a school night no less. I think we had pizza at some local pizza joint before the show. This was the first time I'd seen Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart. (Click HERE to read more about Mylon's music career wich includes penning tracks for Elvis and recording with artists such as Elton John, Eric Clapton, Little Richard and The Who among others.) I guess I thought they were OK. They were a kind of rockin', soulful-pop style Praise Jesus music group. I still have their 1985 release "Sheep In Wolves Clothing" on cassette (I'm listening to it right now actually for the first time in several years) and it's not too bad. Not my choice for daily listening, but not too bad. I would go on to see Mylon and his band a few more times over the next few years at the Sonshine Christian Music Festival in Willmar, MN.

Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart (1985)
Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart circa 1985.
I think they needed just a few more guys in this band.

03/19/86 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart/Found Free @ Wadena, MN (Found Free Autographs)
Autographs from members of Found Free.

The opening band was called "Found Free". They were a very popish sounding Praise music band and just a few months after this show they would change the name of their group to "Bash 'N' The Code." I would also see them a few more times over the next couple of years and they were always friendly and hung around to meet fans and sign autographs.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Puke O' The Irish To Ya!

03/17/10 St. Patrick's Day 2010 - Leprechaun Driving the Porcelain Bus Illustration
(Image via: NYCDreamin Archives)

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2010. Hopefully your pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow contains something more appealing than the one this poor laddie has discovered.

And for up to the minute coverage of...uhh...the vomit scene in NYC's Lower East Side, don't forget to visit "EVHeave"...there you'll find "All The Spews Fit To Print." You're welcome.

One From The Archives: 03/17/95 Strutter/ Doc Sonic@ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad)
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Back in March of 1995, the idea of the original Kiss lineup of Gene, Peter, Paul and Ace reuniting for a reunion tour was still just a fantasy in the minds of members of the Kiss Army. At the time there was a strong nostalgia factor for fans in their 20's who had been too young to see the original lineup of the band in concert. To that end there were several Kiss tribute bands playing around in those days. Hell, even current Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer was in a Kiss tribute band at one point. Some say he is again...but that's for another discussion at another time.

"Strutter" was arguably among the best of the 90's Kiss tribute bands and they appeared here in Mpls./St. Paul quite frequently. On this particular night I decided to finally check 'em out and was quite pleased as they did live up to their hype - they put on a pretty accurate reproduction of an authentic Kiss show circa 1977 - all the songs were performed as close to the originals as possible and they even had a light-up logo sign hanging behind them.

The "Ace" guy's guitar actually smoked during his solo and the "Gene" guy breathed fire and spit blood. It was all in good fun and a great tribute to a band who so many at that time were longing to experience at least once in their lifetime. We would only have to wait about another year for that reality to finally come true, but in the mean time, the Kiss tribute bands did the job nicely.

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

03/17/95 Strutter (Kiss Tribute Band) @ Mirage, Minneapolis, MN

Monday, March 15, 2010

03/14/10 - Kreator/ Voi Vod/ Nachtmystium/ Evile/ Lazarus A.D. @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN

03/14/10 Kreator/Voi Vod/Nachtmystium/Evile/Lazarus A.D. @ St. Paul, MN (Poster)
(Images and videos: NYCDreamin Archives)

Last night at the Station 4 in St. Paul, an international lineup of five devastatingly heavy bands rolled into town and caused complete mosh-pit mayhem for about five hours. Tickets were reasonably priced at $20.00 at the door.

03/14/10 Kreator/Voi Vod/Nachtmystium/Evile/Lazarus A.D. @ St. Paul, MN (Ticket)

03/14/10 Station 4 Sign, St. Paul, MN

The Gorgeous One and I arrived just after the doors opened and only had to wait about 15 minutes before things kicked off with a band we'd seen once previously and been seriously impressed by, the pride of Kenosha, WI, Lazarus A.D.

More Lazarus A.D. video from the show:
Devil's Eyes
Thou Shall Not Fear

These guys had the early arriving crowd moshing it up like they were a headliner. They've been through here 4 times previously in the past year, most recently just over a month ago opening for D.R.I., and seem to be building a real strong fan base here. There were lots of people wearing their t-shirts and with good reason -these guys are gonna go far if they keep on doing what they've been doing so far - relentless touring with any bill they can jump on, a killer debut CD and a clear passion for old-school influenced thrash metal in the style of Testament and other originators of the genere. It's too bad they were the bottom band on the bill as they were much better than the two bands that followed them. They finished their set with a tune called "Revolution"...

Next up were Evile, from England. These guys were not great, but they were not too bad either. They totally gave it their all and they seemed to have many fans in attendance, it just wasn't really hitting with me for some reason, not for their lack of trying. They were a far cry better than the band that followed them though.

Nachtmystium, from Chicago was up next, and as soon as they came out and began their first song I could tell I wasn't gonna like this band. We hung around for the first few songs of their set and soon I'd had enough - it was just pure noise from what I could tell, so we went to the bar and grabbed a soda and headed outside so I could have a smoke. Unfortunately, on a bill where five bands share the stage during the course of an evening, one of them is going to be the worst band on the bill - and these guys were it. I don't know anything about them other than they said they were from Chicago and then they proceeded to make as much noise as possible - I'm sure they thought they were being "heavy", but they should take note of how "heavy" should be done, from the bottom band on the bill, Lazarus A.D., or from either of the two headliners still yet to come for that matter...this show was about to kick into overdrive.

Voi Vod, hailing from Quebec, Canada, were up next. They have been doing their style of ultra-heavy experimental psycho metal for about 28 years now.

Over the years they have broken up and reformed, members have come and gone and come back again, they've taken extended periods of time off from touring, and they've created a body of music quite unlike any other band of the thrash genre. Last June, they released their latest album "Infini" and have been on the road on and off over the past year in support of it. Their appearance last night in St. Paul was their final stop on this particular tour and I was glad I got the chance to see them again after so many years, the last time having been all the way back in January of 1994 when they were out as support to Rob Halford's Fight. Enough time had passed, and truth be told, I'd probably been pretty drunk at that show, so I didn't really remember how good they were. Last night they proved they still have it - in spades. They came out just hammering away on the song titled "Voi Vod" and the crowd went nuts. They played a set of mostly classic material...

They threw in a few new tunes for good measure as well. One thing that struck me was how tight and LOUD their drummer and bassist were - the vibrations coming from the PA were felt physically and the ears seemed to be taking a bit of a beating - but their sound mix was perfect and they sounded amazing - crystal clear and loud as hell. Not many bands that play this style of music could pull off covering Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" and sound good doing it, but these guys covered it on their 1989 release, "Nothingface" and they threw it in to end the set last night.

After a brief set change (they were all pretty fast on this evening which was a nice change from some of the shows I've been to where they seem to take forever) the lights dimmed, and the in-between sets music (Nuclear Assault) slowly faded out and the crowd, which had increased notably in size since earlier in the evening, surged as far towards the stage as they could get...the main event of the evening was about to begin and everyone seemed to know that things were about to get a the Station 4 as the legendary German band Kreator stalked out onto the stage. It had been just over four years since I'd last seen these guys and I knew what we were about to witness was going to be pure musical brutality at its best. Kreator are considered by many to be one of the most influential founding bands of the Death Metal genre some 25 years ago now, and unlike some of their contemporaries, they have only improved with age. They kicked off their set with "Hordes of Chaos"...and the crowd went abso-fucking-lutely nuts!

In fact, that clip cuts off abruptly...the mosh pit was out of control. People were flying around and some were falling on the floor and some were being shoved violently into the people standing off to the sides, as we were doing, and I was knocked about a bit as I was trying to film- no harm done - it was just really hard to hold a camera above my head and not know when the next body was gonna come flying at me or the Gorgeous One. So midway through the first song I screamed (that's the only way you could hear and even then just barely) at her that, maybe, we should move back a bit, behind the pit where I could get a better spot to shoot from without being knocked around so much. She agreed and we moved back and things became a bit more easy for me and I shot a few more songs. I didn't know it then, but I probably should have done this earlier in the show as the last few clips seem to be of better quality.

Kreator continued on for around an hour and a half, pummeling the crowd with a barrage of some of the finest and heaviest metal ever to be heard on this planet. Old songs, new didn't was all 1,000 MPH and heavy as fuck.

As they neared the end of their set, they announced one of my favorite Kreator tunes and I scrambled to grab the camera back out of my pocket to film one more song, this one titled "Coma of Souls".

They played a few more numbers after this one, all the while the pit raged on. The Minneapolis/St. Paul crowd that had turned out on this Sunday evening were evidently not gonna stop till the music did. The band wound up the main set, said goodnight and left the stage. Of course the chants of "KRE-A-TOR! KRE-A-TOR!" began almost immediately. The band did not make their faithful wait too long and soon they returned to the stage to do a few more songs and the moshers turned things up a notch to make sure the last few songs were extra brutal.

We walked out of the Station 4 around 11:30pm, and even though we hadn't been in the pit really, we felt exhausted. I remember the days when I WAS a stage-diving, crowd-surfing mosh maniac, and I remember exactly how it felt to leave a show after a performance like this. You don't feel it at first, but as the evening wears on and you drive home the pain starts to come on...unless you're too drunk. Then it waits until the following morning to make it's presence known. I'm just so glad I didn't have to wake up feeling that this morning - it was bad enough we didn't get home until around 12:30am and I didn't make it to bed until just after 1:00am - and then had to be up again at 5:00am for work - as I was waking up I was wondering how all those people who had spent five hours last night moshing and thrashing it up were gonna feel when they had to get up this morning. I'm sure they woke up sore...but satisfied.

It's not every night you get a chance to see a billing as powerful and brutal as Kreator and Voi Vod, some of the finest of their generation, together on one stage and I hope I don't have to wait another 6 years to see either of them again. I guess what I'm trying to say is - this was a great show, well worth the money spent.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

One From The Archives: 03/10/01 Flipp/ The Hawaii Show @ The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN

03/10/01 Flipp/Hawaii Show @ Minneapolis, MN (Ad)
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03/10/01 Flipp/Hawaii Show @ Minneapolis, MN (Ticket)

9 years ago today a few friends and I headed into Minneapolis for another night of rock and roll debaunchery with those crazy sick fucks known as Flipp. This time the venue was The Cabooze, a place I've only seen a handful of shows at over the years. The opening act was a "band" called the Hawaii Show. Apparently they are some kind of "Air-Guitar Lip-Sync" thing. My friends and I couldn't figure out if they were being serious or if it was some sort of bad joke - but whatever it was they were doing was confusing and horrible. We couldn't wait for them to get off the stage. They eventually finished up and a while later Flipp finally took the stage, much to the appreciation of their loyal local fans. When I think back on the many Flipp concerts that I attended, almost a decade ago now, I really wish there was more video floating around out there on the net from some of these shows - they were always an amazingly talented and fun band to watch. There is SOME video out there, (mostly archived on the official Flipp website, but I know there's gotta be more - hopefully it will surface some day.

You can check out a set of photos from THIS show, shot by Deb Amadeck, by clicking HERE.