Friday, August 29, 2014

Tonight! 08/29/14 Quiet Riot/ Faster Pussycat/ BulletBoys/ Dirtee Circus/ Fureal @ Bubba's Bar & Grill, Sauk Rapids, MN

08/29/14 Quiet Riot/ Faster Pussycat/ BulletBoys/ Dirtee Circus/ Fureal @ Bubba's Bar & Grill, Sauk Rapids, MN


One From The Archives: 08/29/76 Kiss/ Johnny & Edgar Winter/ Blue Oyster Cult/ Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band/ .38 Special @ Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, GA

08/29/76 Kiss/ Johnny & Edgar Winter/ Blue Oyster Cult/ Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band/ .38 Special @ Braves Stadium, Atlanta, GA

08/29/76
Kiss/ Johnny and Edgar Winter/ Blue Oyster Cult/ Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band/ .38 Special
@ Fulton County (Atlanta Braves) Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 34,489 / 50,000

*Earlier in the afternoon Kiss made a special in-store appearance at Peaches Records in Atlanta. Here is some fan-shot Super-8mm film from that appearance.



One From The Archives: 08/29/88 Chuck Berry/ The Fabulous Thunderbirds @ MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN

08/29/88 Chuck Berry/ Fabulous Thunderbirds @ MN State Fair, Minneapolis, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley Episode #25 - The Joe Silva Interview

"Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley" - Episode #25 is up now!

Minnesota rocker dude, guitarist, DJ and PR guy Izzy Presley (now relocated and living in Los Angeles, California) brings you interviews and commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This time around the topics covered include the recent Suge Knight shooting incident in Los Angeles, the "Dating Naked" contestant lawsuit and Muslim outrage in St. Cloud, MN over a SIGN with the WORD "Bacon" printed on it! For the feature, Izzy interviews touring musician Joe Silva. Silva's latest CD features his cover of David Bowie's 1972 song "Starman." The track features Late Night with David Letterman drummer Anton Fig and a guest guitar solo by none other than the coolest man on the planet, Mr. Ace Frehley. You can hear that one during the interview as well as an exclusive in-studio performance of another new track!



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/ Facebook
-Izzy Presley Productions.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

08/26/14 Jeff LaBar Interviewed on 103.7FM The Fox - Mason City, IA

Jeff LaBar "One For The Road" (Released: 08/26/14)

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar released his first ever solo album titled "One For The Road" on Tuesday, August 26th. The record is available NOW through Rat Pak Records. As part of the "day of release" promotion for the album, Jeff called in to Mason City, IA radio station 103.7FM The Fox and had a great, in-depth 20 minute conversation with friend of the blog DJ Mark Skaar. You can listen to the entire interview (in two parts) below.


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The debut single from Jeff's album is titled "No Strings".


Released: 08/27/07 (UK) Heaven & Hell "Live from Radio City Music Hall" (DVD)

Heaven & Hell "Live from Radio City Music Hall" (Released: 08/27/07 - UK)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)



One From The Archives: 08/27/88 Judas Priest/ Cinderella @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN

08/27/88 Judas Priest/ Cinderella @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

This Sunday! 08/31/14 Minneapolis Messaround 2014 /w/ The Oddfathers @ Memory Lanes, Minneapolis, MN (UPDATED!)

08/31/14 Minneapolis Messaround 2014 @ Memory Lanes, Minneapolis, MN

The 2014 Minneapolis Messaround Traditional Hot Rod and Kustom Car Show takes place this Sunday at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis.

From the website!

"The Minneapolis Messaround is an event hosted by the Lucky Bastards car club that caters to traditional hot rod and custom car enthusiasts.  While we welcome everyone to enjoy the show, keep in mind that we strive to keep the criteria for entrants high.  Thus our moto: Quality not Quantity...  If you want to see any or every type of car out there hit, the local auto parts store car show down the street.  If you're into well built esthetically pleasing hot rods and customs that reflect the traditional appeal that the sport was founded upon... well then you found the right show."

And!
As an added bonus!

Among the featured musical guests at this years event, Minneapolis' very own The Oddfathers - making a very special appearance - bringing their infectious brand of all-original "new classic" rock to share with all you classic car lovers! Also appearing: The Walker Fields and The Sex Rays. Music starts around Noon with The Oddfathers scheduled to go on "around" 3:00pm.

07-02-14 The Oddfathers @ Target Field, Mpls, MN (0072)
(Photo: Bryan Kuntz/ NYCDreamin Archives)

Did we mention it's FREE?

This Sunday. 10:00am. Memory Lanes, Minneapolis.

Be there.

Unless your old lady drags you to church...


One From The Archives: 08/26 - 27/85 Villgage People @ Gay 90's Dance Annex, Minneapolis, MN

08/26 & 27/85 The Village People @ The Gay 90's Dance Hall Annex, Minneapolis, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Monday, August 25, 2014

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble Rip The Joint Up at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN





Sometimes when a friend continues to excitedly push and promote a band that you yourself are unfamiliar with it is wise to listen to your friend and check out what it is he is making such a commotion about.

Such is the case with myself, my Iowa radio DJ pal Mark and the band Vintage Trouble. I've known Mark for a bit over a year now and I think I know him well enough to know he has some very good ears when it comes to music. He's not going to tell you to listen to a bunch of garbage. So earlier this year I kept noticing he was promoting the hell out of this band called Vintage Trouble. And then, early this summer, it was announced that the band would be playing in Minneapolis at the 2014 Chipotle Cultivate Festival in August. Of course Mark said he wasn't gonna miss it. I figured since it was free and close to home it would give us a perfect chance to meet up with our friend and check the band out and see what all the fuss was about.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 made it's Minneapolis stop on a very humid, mostly cloudy Saturday, August 24th, taking over Loring Park in Downtown Minneapolis from 11:00am - 7:00pm. The festival, now in it's second year, is entirely set up by the fine folks from Chipotle Restaurants and seems to, from my perspective, promote peace, recycling, eco-friendly (mass) food production and distribution, and new product lines coming soon from Chipotle restaurants. And live music. Several bands played throughout the day and there were live cooking demonstrations by celebrity TV chefs. We really didn't care too much about all that, we just wanted to eat and check out some good rock and roll.

One of the bands playing was just finishing up as we were arriving. You can't see it so much from the angle of the following pair of photos (taken during set change between bands), but there were easily a few thousand people in the park (you'll see all the people in the video that follows) watching the action on the stage and wandering the park sampling the food  by the time we had arrived around 1:15pm. We had been hoping to get there and score up on some of our favorite regular Chipotle menu fare but none was to be had. We settled instead for their "coming soon!" soft corn tortilla chicken taco thingys. They were very good and I would eat them again, I do have to be honest. We found a booth hawking not-quite ice cold Izze soda in eco-friendly smaller portion size-cans and washed it all down with that.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

With our food needs now taken care of it was time to find our pal Mark and get ready to enjoy the show. The Gorgeous One spotted him right away down front, looking excited for the band to hit the stage. We wandered up and joined him. After "hello's" he assured us we once again that we were gonna love this band.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

It wasn't long of a wait, maybe ten minutes. The clouds lingered but the rain seemed to be holding off and I thought it was an entirely great day to be outdoors for some live rock and roll. A voice suddenly boomed over the PA, announcing the band. As Big Mama Thornton's original 1952 version of "Hound Dog" blasted, the band members began wandering out on stage one by one. They plugged in, and then took a minute to gather together in front of the drum kit to give each other a group fist bump of encouragement before breaking and taking their places and then launching right into their first number of the afternoon, "Blues Hand Me Down."



OK! So it seems Mark is right and we got us a 100% real-deal type of ass kicker band right here! Who wouldn't like that?!

From Los Angles, California, Vintage Trouble are:

Ty Taylor - vocals
Nalle Colt - guitar
Rick Barrio Dill - bass
Richard Danielson - drums

Together since 2010, the band plays a completely ripping and stomping mixture of old-school influenced, guitar infused, energetic heavy soul-blues-rock. Very original sounding...I've not personally heard a band doing this kind of thing just this way. They sounded great! Of course I had checked a few of their videos out on Youtube before deciding to come see them...but live is where the proof is for any band as far as I'm concerned and we were pretty much sold from song number one with these guys. The people back in the food areas seemed to be noticing as well and were immediately coming over in large numbers to the stage area to see what the hell was going on! A great rock show was undeniably under way here!

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

Song number two was a swinging little stomper called "Low Down Dirty Dog."



08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The bands third song, a suggestive, high energy number called "Pelvis Pusher," had butts shaking all over the park and plenty of people raised their hands in the air like they just didn't care and sang along!



08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The band was loud enough...I guess. I personally thought it could have been a bit louder...but then I always do. I'm that guy. But I totally get that Vintage Trouble are probably not trying to be Ted Nugent or The Who circa 1976. The band really sounded great - a very organic sound, no keyboards or backing tracks here, just four guys making some wonderful noise, all well separated and then mixed. You could hear each of them distinctly, no one was playing over anyone else. They have a great, strong 60's and 70's soul/funk influence that they mix with some great stomping beats and sleazy, distorted guitar blasts. Discussing the bands sound after the show, The Gorgeous One called it "New Heavy Mowtown."

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The next track, "Lo and Behold," comes from the bands new acoustic CD.



08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

*Note: At a few points throughout the show, I stopped filming to shoot photos. Songs 1 - 3 are correct order. Maybe 4 too. After that there are a few songs, maybe 3 is my guess, that I missed to shoot photos. But the songs in the videos that follow here do all appear in the correct order they were played during the set.

For the next song, "Run Like The River," the band picked the pace back up and featured some great sounding slide guitar riffs courtesy guitarist Nalle Colt. Then, after the first verse of the song, front man Ty leaves the stage and walks out into the crowd to deliver the following verse and sing-along enticement from a table set up about mid-way between the stage and the sound board. His stage presence is energetic and highly entertaining all while delivering a great, infectious vocal performance. With a minute left in the song he returns to the stage unscathed and unphased - still leading the gathered masses in the song's sing-along chorus.



08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

By this point the band has the attention of pretty much most of the people in the park. There is something about them that is almost universal...they just rock and you can't help but be drawn to it. Maybe it's the simplicity of it all, harkening back to rock and roll's earlier, less obscene and extreme days? I'm not really sure. But there is something certainly and undeniably enjoyable about this band.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The band went on pretty much right on time at 1:55pm. The were scheduled to play until 2:45pm, so they only had 50 minutes. As such they didn't waste a lot of time between songs and managed to play nine or ten. The next one was an nice little extended blues-jam called "Nobody Told Me" featuring a smooth, and soulful yet impassioned vocal.



Watching drummer Richard Danielson was fun. He looks to be a hard-hitter, with a very enjoyable swinging kind of style, not overdoing it but just propelling the band along with a super-solid timing and very thick sounding beat.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The final song I got on video, the second-to-the-last song of the set. This one is "Strike Your Light." For a bunch of guys in 2014 they sure can evoke a late 1960's late night James Brown soul jam with ease.



08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The final song, "Run Outta You," as I remember it, was a long-ish number that eventually devolved into some pretty cool guitar noise as the band members left the stage one by one. And by left the stage...I mean they walked off the front of the stage, up over the barricade, and out into the Cultivate Festival crowd. It was pretty cool to see that! People seemed to show them love but didn't get obnoxious with them. The show was done and The Gorgeous One and I agreed we'd just seen something pretty cool...we were glad we'd come to check it out.

The band had mentioned that they would be sticking around to sign "anything and everything," and that is where they went directly from the stage. There was a table set up for them not far from the stage area and there they grouped up and met a long, quickly forming line of fans and well wishers who lined up to buy CD's, DVD's and greet the band in person. All four members of the band were very accommodating, friendly and engaged and seemed genuinely thrilled to be meeting so many friends and fans.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

Our pal Mark, the guy in the middle here, is a bit friendly with the band and was able to step around the table for a quick shot with them as he stepped through the line to say hello.

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

We hung around for just a short while after the show, said goodbye to our friend and then decided, with no real interest in staying to see any of the other bands appearing, that it was time for us to be on our way home to enjoy the rest of our Saturday afternoon.

Thanks again to Mark Skaar for the suggestion of a great live band we might not have ever noticed if not for your word - you are correct sir, Vintage Trouble are a great band you should absolutely go see when you get a chance! And word is that the band will be returning to Minneapolis again soon, playing the Varsity Theater on Sunday, October 5th. Advance tickets are only $16.00. We here at TATSOL will go on record as saying that would be money well spent should you decide to go. Maybe we'll see you there!

08/23/14 Vintage Trouble at Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2014 @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

The End.




Released: 08/25/88 Metallica "...And Justice For All"

Metallica "...And Justice For All" (Released: 08/25/88)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)



One From The Archives: 08/25/88 Honeymoon Suite @ Iron Horse, Crystal, MN

08/25/88 Honeymoon Suite @ Iron Horse, Crystal, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scene On The Street: "Fire Hydrant's Revenge*" - 08/23/14 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Seen On The Street: "Fire Hydrant's Revenge" (Minneapolis, MN)
*Probably NOT the actual name of the painting...but maybe!
Painting seen in a window of a building located at Hennepin Avenue and 8th Street in Minneapolis, MN - 08/23/14.
Photo: NYCDreamin Archives

Today! 08/24/14 10th Anniversary Tribute to Johnny Ramone @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

08/24/14 Johnny Ramone Tribute 10th Anniversary @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

-Via: JohnnyRamone.com

Today! 08/24/14 Punk Rock & Heavy Metal Flea Market @ Sage Bar, Brooklyn, NYC, NY

08/24/14 Punk Rock & Heavy Metal Flea Market @ Sage Bar, Brooklyn, NYC, NY

-Via: Dead Flowers Productions

Tonight! 08/24/14 Grand Funk Railroad @ Mayo Park, Rochester, MN (FREE show!)

08/24/14 Grand Funk Railroad @ Mayo Park, Rochester, MN

-Grand Funk Railroad.com
-Riverside Concerts.com

One From The Archives: 08/ 24 - 25/73 Kiss @ The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY

08/24 - 25/73 Kiss @ The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY

08/24/73
Kiss
@ The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
Attendance/ Capacity: N/A

08/25/73
Kiss
@ The Daisy, Amityville, Long Island, NY
Attendance/ Capacity: N/A

Saturday, August 23, 2014

08/16/14 Twist Of Fate - The Big Catch at the 2014 GRAHA Walleye Shootout @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN

08/16/14 Twist of Fate @ GRAHA Walleye Shootout 2014 @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN

With the summer of 2014 swiftly passing us by, The Gorgeous One and I set off on a few-days vacation to northern Minnesota early last Saturday morning. Our first destination was Grand Rapids. I spent my 15th - 21st years on this Earth living in this town and really consider it to be "home." As such, you'd think I would go back and visit once in a while. But in the past ten years I've been back only 3 times and those were all just there-and-gone one-day visits. Since I'd really never taken The Gorgeous One there in the entire five years we've been together this was a long overdue trip. I was hoping, as we began making our plans, that my old guitarist pal Randy and his band Twist of Fate would be playing someplace on the night we were planning to be in town. I messaged him and he replied back that the band were indeed booked for a show in town that night as the featured entertainment at the 2014 GRAHA Walleye Shootout fishing contest.

Saturday the 16th dawned and we were off. We arrived in Grand Rapids just before lunch time and spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with my brother and a few friends, checking out the 2014 Itasca County Fair and touring around town a bit so I could show my wife where I had spent my late-teenage years being a perfect angel. Early in the evening, after an amazing tasting burger at the Forest Lake Restaurant we drove over to the IRA Civic Center, located just across the street from the former location of "The White House," one of the most infamous party-houses to have ever existed in the entire town. They tore it down some years ago now, sadly. I'm proud to say I was one-third proprietor / investor/ instigator of this place during the summer of 1989. The stories about this place and what happened there that summer are still told by many with great amusement to this day. But that whole episode is another story for another time. Or maybe never.

08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN001
(All photos and video: NYCDreamin Archives)

The band was scheduled to go on at 8:00pm after the fishing tourney awards ceremony ended. We arrived well before then, in plenty of time to see a bunch of guys we don't know get awards for their superior fish-slaying efforts (and pure dumb luck) on the lake earlier in the day. There looked to be around maybe a thousand people in the room. The band was all set up on a decent sized stage of their own and some of the band members were already on stage making last minute adjustments, etc. I didn't see my friend just then but he walked across the stage and over to his gear a few minutes later. We quickly walked over to say hello.

As stated above, the last time I spoke face-to-face with my old pal was around 20 years ago...maybe 1995. We'd known each other since the first day of 11th grade back in September 1986. We've stayed in touch over the past several years on Facebook but it was really very cool to say hi and visit in person again after the passage of so much time. He introduced us to his wife Beth (who is the lead vocalist in the band) and we all visited for maybe 10 minutes or so and then it was time for them to get ready to play as the awards ceremony was finally wrapping up on the other stage. A good number of people left right after the fishing awards ended, maybe half the people there, but the other few hundred stuck around to watch as the band came out and started into the first songs of their four-hour, multi-set gig.

08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0029

I'm not sure how long these guys have been doing the Twist of Fate thing actually. At least a few years that I know of. I've been keeping an interested eye on them from afar, being that it is a band my friend is in after all. In the past year, with much hard work and a dedication to constantly expanding their set list to include an ever increasing number of songs by anyone and everyone from Led Zeppelin to Pink, things have really been taking off quite nicely for them. The band has been keeping quite a busy schedule, playing everything from single night bar shows to multiple night appearances and gigs at street dances, benefit shows, car & bike shows and even the Greenway High School Prom last year. The theme of that Prom? The 80's. Let's just say they nailed that!

Twist of Fate is:
Beth Schires-Shrout - vocals
Randy Shrout - lead, rhythm guitar/ vocals
Jay Schires - lead, rhythm guitar/ vocals
Mike Schires - drums
Joel Moede - bass

Just a random sampling of some of the artists the band covered in multiple sets throughout the course of the evening:

Pat Benetar/ ZZ Top/ Katrina and the Waves/ Journey/ Steppenwolf/ Green Day/ Guns 'N' Roses/ Loverboy/ Pink/ Fleetwood Mac/ Prince/ Blink 182/ The Bangles/ AC-DC/ Judas Priest/ Heart

Of course we had the camera. We didn't film the entire gig, but here to follow are some photo and video highlights...



You can see they had the kids right from go. It was hilarious! I don't know the last time I saw so many young kids so into a band. And it wasn't just for this first song either, it went on and on. And the dances some of these kids were doing? Let's just say that was another whole 'nother level of entertainment! It was great to see them having such a great time.



08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN003



We were quite impressed with Beth's vocals during the show. She easily handles a male or female vocal and really gives her all to her delivery. And you can tell she really enjoys doing it and that really comes across and makes it fun and enjoyable to watch her. Then the band switches it up a bit, Beth takes a quick break while guitarist Randy takes on a lead vocal for a ZZ Top classic.



Still a bit later in the evening guitarist Jay would also take a solo turn at lead vocal on Green Day's "Time Of Your Life." By this point in the proceedings some of the kids down front had wound down. Others will still going strong. Some of the bigger people had joined in the dancing down front now as well. The beer vendors seemed to be doing good business, the band was getting a nice round of applause after each number...everyone seemed to be having a great time.

08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0010



08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0016

After around a dozen songs or so in the first set of the evening, the entire band took a break. When they returned to the stage maybe 10 or fifteen minutes later, they announced a special guest. 8 year-old daughter Presley Shrout was going to sit in with Mom and Dad and the band on a cover of Guns N' Roses late 80's rock anthem "Welcome To The Jungle."



And she impressed the whole room! You could see she was all smiles, clearly enjoying getting her turn to rock and roll. What were you doing when you were eight? Probably not playing drums with your parents rock band! Keep up the great work Presley!

08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0018



Once more guitarist Jay takes a lead vocal, this time on Prince's "Let's Go Crazy."



The 9:00pm hour slips past 10:00pm as the band play on with practiced ease, not really wasting much time between songs. A full second set is played through, maybe another dozen-plus songs before they take another short break. They return and kick right back in where they left off. The number of people hanging in has dwindled just a bit but still around 150 people, maybe a few more or less, are there and rocking with the band. I'm just glad to see something cool and fun happening in my old hometown...there wasn't always a lot of quality live rock and roll to be had back when I was living there back in the late 80's and early 90's.

08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0025

For The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian," guitarist Jay takes on yet another role, adding additional cool sounding percussion to the track in the correct spots.



Before the next number, AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie," I was put on the spot. Randy, who would again take the lead vocal on this one, asks me from the stage what year the song is from. "What year?" I think quickly and come up with my best guess...1978. I was off by one year...1977 is the correct answer. Of course I did know that. I was distracted...I'm going with that as the official reason for my close-but-no-cigar answer.



08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0022

As the end of the band's third set of the evening neared, the entire band were playing along as if they were just getting started. The rockers just kept coming. Judas Priest's "You Got Another Thing Comin'" once again featured Randy on lead vocals.



And then Beth once again took center stage for a great, rollicking version of the Heart classic "Barracuda"...another song, incidentally, from 1977.



08-16-14 Twist Of Fate @ IRA Civic Center, Grand Rapids, MN0024

And with that, the band came the end of he their third set of the evening. They announced a final quick break and that they would be back to finish up with more set. We were really having a pretty good time and hated to leave early, but as we were planning on getting up rather early the next morning to travel to Duluth to continue our vacation there for an additional few days we decided it was time for us to be on our way. We managed to catch my old pal Randy as he was coming off the stage for his break and said brief goodbyes. Those that stayed on to the very end of the night no doubt enjoyed another 40 minutes or so of great rock and roll.

Your next chance to catch Twist of Fate comes next weekend! The band heads to Bovey, Minnesota for two nights, Friday and Saturday August 29th and 30th to help the town celebrate Bovey Farmers Day 2014. I know they would be thrilled if you could join them!

Give the band a shout at: Twist of Fate/ Facebook

08/29/14 Twist of Fate @ Mike's, Bovey, MN & 08/30/14 Twist of Fate @ Bovey Farmers Day Street Dance, Bovey, MN