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The Pretty Reckless Rock Boston


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.


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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