Hey gang, first thing I want to do is thank Donnie Tranchina for heading out to this gig with me. I really appreciate hanging with you bro cause we don't get to do that often and Jen it was a pleasure to meet you too. OK , on to the show, The first band of the night that I saw was Sardonica. I had done a review on them for my first review when they opened for Lizzy Borden. they have gotten much tighter as a unit and really have a lot of fun. Catch them the next time you see them on the bill, you won't regret it. Second band on the night I really liked a lot. Long Gone Day had a great sound and despite some tech problems (the singer blew up the head on his amp) did quite well. They said that they were releasing a disc shortly called "the fifth" check these guys out. Tight band, good rock and roll, catchy songs ya can't beat that.
OK first let me say that I kind of lost touch with music for quite a few years so I missed the headliner, Warrior Soul's music the first time around. Well, I got it handed to me loud, live and aggressive right between the eyes, from the intro and Joy Division cover "Interzone" right to the last song "Downtown" the band rolled through the set like a freight train on acid. Joe Amodea, Jason Austin, Pete McClanahan and drummer John Besser laid down a barrage of sound with an intro that was equal to a sonic boom. Only at a Warrior Soul show does the lightning come after the thunder, as the band laid down their thunder, from the back of the stage sauntered a rock star. All of the aggressive , bad ass, in your face swagger that comes with years of being a front man came onstage in the persona of Kory Clarke, leader of Warrior Soul. Showing us why he still does this thing called rock and roll, and doing it well. From the newest track "Junky Stripper" to classics like "Love Destruction" and "She's Glaswegian" they sounded tight and like they came ready to kick ass. I only have two small complaints, first and biggest complaint was the sound system. The last time I was at Dingbatz, the sound system sounded great but not so much this time. The system was flat and I really couldn't hear the vocals very well. My second complaint was, as I said earlier, I really didn't listen to these guys too much back in the day, but the one song I did know "The Losers" they didn't play, not sure why but it’s all good. Over all a good performance by all bands and had a good time hanging with my "Boss" (wink,wink) Mr. Tranchina.
Well that’s all for now, keep on Rockin
“Shooting from the Pit”
Mike Valente Sr.
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