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NO TIME FOR THE BLUES ON THIS NIGHT

Planning a nationwide tour is not an easy task.  Imagine deadlines, time frames, scheduled to the minute – from city to city….only to be sitting on the side of the road with a broken-down tour bus  mere hours before your next gig.  Arriving in town just in time to get the opening artists on stage – is never part of the plan.  The Pretty Reckless and their tour took it all in stride arriving in Boston on September 10th around 7:00pm carrying on their Going to Hell Tour and taking the stage along with Adelitas Way and Crash Midnight at the House of Blues.

Crash Midnight
Crash Midnigh

Opening the stage each night on the first leg of this much anticipated US tour, Crash Midnight delivered what they are known for – old school guitar riffs, intense drums and scorching vocals.  Covering Guns ‘N Roses classic Mr. Brownstone, these hometown boys opened the night, showing their love for the local Boston crowd, rocking it out ’til the last note.

Adelitas Way shook the stage by going back to their roots and focusing on their live show.  With a heavy hitting, bold sound, this rock band knows how to work the stage and the crowd, making the most of their performance.  The band’s goal for

Adelitas Way
Adelitas Way

this tour – to capture a whole new fan base and put on a great rock and roll show.  Well, I’m here to say, they delivered!  Watch for this core rock and roll band as they make their way across the US!

The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless

Headlining the night – Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless.  Kicking of their set with Follow Me Down, a single off their latest release Going to Hell, The Pretty Reckless never seem to disappoint, making my job as concert photographer an easy task!  The most difficult part of my night?  Simple…trying to remember I was there to capture each moment in time, versus rocking out to their every note!  Having countless TPR shows under my belt, I knew the fun in store for the crowd that night.

A rock band with New York roots, formed in 2010 and releasing

Mark Damon of The Pretty Reckless
Mark Damon

their debut album Light Me Up, The Pretty Reckless is a force NOT to reckon with!  Sighting influences like the Beatles, Oasis, Nirvana and Joan Jett, The Pretty Reckless focus their unique rock sound with classic style.  Playing with rock giants like Evanescence and Guns ‘N Roses, they’ve found immense success here in the US and even more internationally.

 

Taylor Momsen
The Pretty Reckless

During their stop at the House of Blues, The Pretty Reckless treated the crowds to favorites like their latest hit, Heaven Knows and Make Me Wanna Die, and also  launching into a mellow and haunting rendition of Zombie. Taylor and the boys belted out Pearl Jam’s Daughter – to the audience’s delight!  Wrapping up an incredible night with an encore of Going to Hell and Fucked Up World, it’s easy to see why The Pretty Reckless is the first female-fronted rock band to achieve No. 1 on rock radio charts with their first two singles, in March of this year with Heaven Knows and in September with Messed up World.

I was grateful and honored to once again be able to review and photograph one of my favorite bands here in New England.  I wish my friends, The Pretty Reckless, a safe and successful US tour!  Don’t miss your chance to see The Pretty Reckless and their Going to Hell Tour – it’s a night you won’t soon forget!

 

 

The Pretty Reckless Rock Boston

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The Pretty Reckless rocked the Paradise in Boston to close out the first leg of their tour. This was a show that I was looking forward to for some time. The Pretty Reckless is one of my favorite bands to photograph and is one of the best live bands on the scene today. Along with The Pretty Reckless was supporting act Heaven’s Basement, a heavy hitting, in your face pure rock band from the UK.

_DSC0940-editThis was my first introduction to Heaven’s Basement and I was blown away before they finished their first song. Heaven’s Basement released their first single from their debut album, Filthy Empire titled “Fire, Fire” in 2012 and the title says it all……they are on fire! For a band that has only been on the scene for a few years, they have perfected their craft and would appear to have been at this for much, much longer. With other titles such as “Welcome Home”, “Heartbreaking Son of a Bitch” and “I am Electric” this band is just in the beginning stages of becoming something much bigger.

_DSC1001-edit-100dpiNow that the audience was fired up from Heaven’s Basement, The Pretty Reckless took the stage for the last show of the fall leg of their tour. Having seen this band many times in the past, I knew I would be in for a real treat. Well, The Pretty Reckless did not let me down. Kicking off their set with a brand new song “Follow Me Down”, this band was in your face from the first note.

Playing through songs such as “Since You’re Gone”, “Hit Me Like a Man” and “My Medicine”, the packed room of the Paradise sang every word back to the band, even at times overpowering the band themselves. Two of the crowd favorites at most every show seem to be “Zombie” and “Make Me Wanna Die” which seem to get the crowed pumped up. They even played a cover of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” in their encore. _DSC0951-edit

With a mix of new and old, The Pretty Reckless filled the room with a few of the new tracks off the upcoming album “Going to Hell” (Release date March 18, 2014). For many of us, this has been a long awaited release. If the rest of the album sounds anything like what I have heard so far, “Going to Hell” will remain on my playlist for some time.

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The Pretty Reckless is getting ready to embark on the Snocore Tour with tour mates Heaven’s Basement which kicks off next week on January 29th in Lincoln, NE. This tour will take them across the U.S. and onto Europe and the U.K. Be sure to visit http://www.goingtohell.me to see the list of tour dates……..don’t miss this band!

Blackberry Smoke Comes To Boston

Blackberry Smoke left their mark on the Paradise Rock Club in Boston when they brought their live show along with opener Drake White to the club on February 6th. On the heels of their latest release, “The Whippoorwill,” Blackberry Smoke is by far one of the best live band that I have seen. From heavy guitar riffs to laying down a cool groove, Blackberry Smoke knows how to take command of the stage.

Opener, Drake White was a crowd pleaser with his energetic live show. White’s sound, compared to Zac Brown was a perfect pairing to Blackberry Smoke.

Blackberry Smoke’s sound boarders somewhere between southern rock and country. If you listen to their albums, their music is very much guitar based and this does not fall short in their live show. With the guitar work of front man Charlie Starr and guitarist Paul Jackson, Blackberry Smoke’s live sound is just as big, if not bigger then their albums.

The packed house was treated to a great collection of Blackberry Smoke’s catalog of songs such as “Six Ways To Sunday”, “Pretty Little Lie” and “Good One Comin’ On” which had the crowd dancing and shouting the lyrics back to the band. The band even treated the audience to a cover a Aerosmith’s “Lord of The Thighs.”

With their new video for the single “Pretty Little Lie” in the play list on CMT and being added to regular rotation on the radio, Blackberry Smoke with continue their massive growth. This is a band not to be missed. Be sure to catch Blackberry Smoke on the road this summer with Trace Adkins and Aaron Lewis.

 

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House of Blues 20th Birthday Party

How do throw a 20th birthday party in Boston? Invite Flogging Molly to the party. The House of Blues in Boston celebrated their 20th anniversary on Friday Feb 1st as they welcomed Flogging Molly along with Skinny Lister and show opener Dave Hause. Haling from London, Skinny Lister got the crowd of beer drinking party goers dancing and clapping along to their sea shanty styling of tunes. Skinny Lister, with their strong vocal abilities and amazing musicianship seemed to be a perfect fit to share the stage with Flogging Molly.

 

Flogging Molly is a true testament to seeing a band live in concert. They give you 100% from the first to the last note and are one of the most energetic band you will see hit the stage. With songs such as “Drunken Lullabies” and “TobaccoIsland”, the audience was singing over the volume of the band as they played. Seeing the interaction on stage of the band members and their interaction with the crowd, you can tell that the band mates truly love what they do.

 

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