Drummer Evans even got into the antics with drumsticks of fire during a portion of his brief skin-bashing clinic. The band finished up their evening with “A Little Too Old”, also off of the Evolutionary Children release and something these guys were definitely not! If you’ve never heard of KILLER BEE before, I command that you check them out! www.killerbee.se “Love It Or Leave It” Drum Solo “From Hell And Back” “A Little Too Old” Next up on the bill was GUNZO, another of the seemingly endless bands/projects that guitarist Tracii Guns is a part of these days. And as with the others, he has once again surrounded himself with some top notch musicians to help his cause. Along with the incomparable, well-traveled, journeyman bassist Sarzo, who’s played with just about every hard rock band known to man at this point (ok, that was a bit of a stretch, but not by much), GUNZO also included vocalist Keith St. John (BURNING RAIN, MONTROSE) and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. With this kind of lineup you just knew that the set was going to contain at least a song or two from the different bands they were a part of and, true to form, that’s exactly what the raucous crowd got, except for one thing: evidently there wasn’t a single blank sheet of paper or two to be found in the entire club because the band’s setlist was written on several, get this, Chinet paper plates! If I’m lying I’m dying, but that’s the God’s honest truth. I’ve seen setlists done a lot of different ways, but never have I seen that before. A very comical moment to be sure. At any rate, GUNZO ripped (pun intended) into their set with the LA GUNS classic, “Rip And Tear”, and just like that, Round 2 of non-stop hard rock fun was underway. Next up was Ozzy Osbourne’s “I Don’t Know” before the band took a brief moment to acknowledge that it was the late, great Ronnie James Dio’s birthday, and in fitting fashion, rocked the house with “Rainbow In The Dark”. Vocalist Keith St. John certainly has the chops and he proved it with every song that GUNZO played. “The Ballad Of Jayne” followed, along with the iconic Ozzy smash hit “Crazy Train”. Bassist Sarzo had to be in heaven playing all these tracks from bands he played with and it showed in his performance on the night, when he could be seen playing so hot that he had to constantly lick his fingers to cool them off (okay, I know that’s not why he does it, but it sounded cool, didn’t it?). A nod was given to St. John in the form of the MONTROSE tune “Rock Candy” before the band called it a night with one last LA GUNS hit, “Never Enough”. And yes, if you’re keeping count, that was just 7 songs, one less than the opening band KILLER BEE played. Slightly odd…. https://www.facebook.com/GUNZOBAND “Rock Candy” “Never Enough” Last, but certainly not least, was the night’s headliner, BULLETBOYS, who are out on the road in support of their brand new studio release, Elefante. The band actually took the stage as I was chatting and getting my picture taken with GUNZO, so I had to make a quick (killer) beeline to the stage to start shooting photos midway through their first number, “Born To Breed”, from their 2009 album, 10 Cent Billionaire. Frontman Marq Torien isn’t just the band’s vocalist anymore, having taken over a large portion of the lead guitar duties as well over the years, and is still so thin in stature that he looks like he would have to jump around in the shower just to get wet! Even so, he has managed to assemble a fine cast of musicians to back him up, including drummer Shawn Duncan, the brother of ARMORED SAINT/ODIN guitarist Jeff Duncan, who joined the band just last year, guitarist Nick Rozz and bassist Chad MacDonald, whom I must give a shout out to for assisting me with the BULLETBOYS setlist, since there was none posted for me to capture a photo of and at my age, it gets more and more difficult to multitask, like taking photos and trying to remember what songs are being played simultaneously. I have seen BULLETBOYS multiple times now over the past couple of years and Torien certainly knows how to put together a tight, cohesive unit onstage, especially when they’re playing songs like “Hard As A Rock”, “Hell On My Heels” or THC Groove”. Of course, what BULLETBOYS show would be complete without their best-known songs like the O-JAYS cover, “For The Love Of Money” or the set closer, “Smooth Up In Ya”, which evokes the visual of the music video for the song and Torien being hailed as the next David Lee Roth. Once again, the band delivered a great set, even including a couple new tracks from Elefante, “Symphony” and I’ll be damned if I can remember the name of the other one.
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