Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

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Queensrÿche at Sycuan Casino

On September 21st, Queensrÿche performed at Sycan Casino in San Diego, California for their new and long time fans at a near sold out show! Queensrÿche just came off opening on the Scorpions tour. The band never disappoints and this show was no different.

After all these years, the band is tighter than ever. Their sound and their performance is always top notch. At a few points during the show, singer Todd La Torre was belting out the high notes so hard that I saw many people putting their fingers in their ears! Lucky I always have (good) ear plugs with me when I do photography for bands.

Concert 2018I can’t write a review without talking about Queensrÿche fans. The band still has a lot of fans, some even fanatic. They scream, yell, sing-a-long with the songs and go crazy when their favorite plays. Queensrÿche knows this and does a lot to include the fans not only in the show but also give fans opportunities to meet the band with (paid) VIP passes (if you aren’t on the guest list).

I can’t wait for their new music to be released at the beginning of 2019 and hopefully another tour! To purchase photos from the show, please click here.

Rockstar of the Week – Michael “Whip” Wilton

Below is a photo I took of Michael Wilton of Queensryche on November 18th, 2016 at the House of Blues in San Diego. I chose this photo to be the picture of the week since it was liked and re-posted many times by fans and Queensryche. Michael even posted it on Thanksgiving when he wished all of his fans a happy holiday.

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche

 

Sevendust: Headed To The Grammys!

I first saw Sevendust open for Creed in 2002. Ever since I have been a huge fan and the band is my favorite “underrated band”. I am so glad they are nominated for a Grammy this year because I want more hard rock fans out there to love them as much as I do.

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I first meet the band in 2006 when they headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in San Diego. Unfortunately they have not headlined a show in San Diego since. In 2011 I hung out with the band on the Shiprocked cruise. On this cruise, founding member Vince Hornsby nicked named me “San Diego”. During one of the Sevendust shows on the ship Vince gave me one of Morgan Rose’s drumsticks which I unfortunately lost later that night in the casino.

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During both times I meet the band I learned that not only are they fantastic musicians but really nice, down to earth guys. I even got to meet Lajon Witherspoon’s wife who is super nice too.  There couldn’t be a better group to win at the Grammy’s this Monday. I have my fingers crossed!

Joe Satriani: Live in Paris – I Just Wanna Rock (DVD)

Joe Satriani is my #2 favorite guitarist just right behind Steve Vai. I usually purchase everything he comes out with and go see him every time he comes to San Diego. But when it comes to any concert DVD, I try to rent them first from Netflix before I buy. I am so glad that Netflix had the I Just Wanna Rock DVD. I watched it this past weekend and  I strongly recommend to everyone to not purchase this one!! I had to turn it off after three songs. The complete over use of visual effects, colorization, zooming in and out and MTV like editing (switching views every second or less) caused me to quickly hit the eject button! Most of the time it looked like the video and audio weren’t even in sync! If I had Epilepsy, I would have quickly gone into a seizure.

I have met Joe and know he is a perfectionist (most great guitarists are) and I can’t believe he saw this before it was released!!! Maybe he was too busy with his other bands. So save your $15 and wait for the next one. Sorry Joe.

AC/DC Releases DVD From the Black Ice Tour

Mega rock band AC/DC released today their DVD from the Black Ice tour that spanned 2008 – 2009. I saw the concert twice and it was one of the best AC/DC shows I have ever seen. Brian and Angus were having the time of their lives. Nice to see that after so many years of the band being together. I have not seen the DVD yet but I’m sure it’s great (review to follow). Here the scoop on the DVD:

Shot with 32 cameras entirely in HD in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.”

Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled “The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat,” features interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the creation of the concerts and the city of Buenos Aires.

Click here to purchase your copy today!