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Concert Season is Here!

Even if you took Christmas, New Years Eve and every Sunday Funday of the year and mixed them all together you still couldn’t top the next two months of Concert Season in Las Vegas!

Sure we are technically on the downslope of 2013, but we’re goin’ out with a bang.

09/01/13  Black Sabbath-–  This Labor Day Weekend (the unofficial end of Summer) in true Metal fashion Black Sabbath will be taking over the MGM Grand Garden.  Truthfully speaking, the MGM Grand is my least favorite venue in town.  I’ve been spoiled by intimate venues like The Joint, Vinyl, HOB, and the Pearl.  But an arena band calls for a true arena and there’s no better  act than Black Sabbath to make the MGM Grand the ideal loacation for a rock show of this scale.  A perfect way to start off the season.

(Update: One of the BEST shows I’ve ever seen.)

09/06/13 The Cult-– Since they are performing the entire Electric album, it’s one of my husband’s favorite bands ever, and back in the late 90’s they broke up the night before I was supposed to see them, there’s no way I’m missing this one!  Hopefully the HOB won’t be quite as oversold as Slash was and we can just claim a space at the bar and take in the magic of the Cult’s Electric album in style!

(Update: Missed it…)

09/14/13 Sin City Sinners w/ Special Guest Sebastian Bach— My favorite local band the Sin City Sinners at my favorite local bar, Vamp’d with one of the most amazing lead singers in all of rock music Sebastian Bach!  I’ve seen this match up before and it does nothing but kick major ass!  On top of all this amazing, tickets are only $15.  What a way to keep the ball rolling from Sabbath and hold me over til Crue.  I feel blessed.

(Update: Totally amazing show. Bas was on point as usual vocally. Wasn’t a fan of the “fight” currently waging between Sebastian Bach and Nikki Sixx which was brought up repeatedly, but hey what are you gonna do? It’s Rock and Roll and sometimes it’s messy. Especially when memories are harbored in a haze of drugs and alcohol.)

09/15/13  Carnival of Madness In my attempt to keep current and abreast of new music, I’ll be taking in the Carnival of Madness tour when it comes to The Joint.  Headlined by Shinedown and Papa Roach, the tour will also feature Skillet, In This Moment, and We as human.  The only one I haven’t heard of is the last band, but hey why not?  I first saw Shinedown open for Van Halen, back when Sammy was still playing with them, and I was pretty impressed.  Since then I’ve only heard good things.  These bands area all on heavy rotation on Sirius XM Octane channel , so needless to say I’m pretty psyched to catch them live.  Especially in a general admission crowd at the most amazing mid size venue in town, The Joint!

(Update: It starts in about an hour and no way I can make it. Had too much fun last night at the Sinners show).

09/18/13 Motley Crue–  This is just THE BEST THING EVER!  As if catching 4 shows of the previous residency were not enough, CRUE is COMING BACK.  It’s really almost beyond words how exciting this is for me.  September 18 is the opening night of the tour so there’s no way in Hell I would miss this.  Only downside is that I have GA tickets.  I bought them on pre-sale because at the last residency we would just walk right up to the front of the stage and that was that.  I didn’t realize when I purchased these that they flipped it this time.  There is Gold Circle seating in the front, then GA behind that.  Sucks!  Especially since, had I know, I could’ve just bought the damn seats up front.  Whatever though.  I have 3 other shows where I have the Gold Circle seating.  The point is that it’s opening night and I’ll be there. Enough said.

(Update: Show starts in 3 days, 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 40 seconds).

09/21/13 iheartradio Village-  Every year that iheart radio festival comes I’m always sitting without tickets. Not that I really care to go…although I see they have now added Paul McCartney!  But mostly because it’s a combo of many acts taht my daughter really likes and I’m itching to get her to some live shows now that she’s almost 13.  Alas, tickets generally sell out in like 3 seconds and they are really expensive. This eyar though they are doing some sort of daytime parking lot show with Miley Cyrus, Avril Levigne, Neyo, Jason Derulo, The Wanted, The Band Perry, Twenty One Pilots, Krewella, Pete Tong, Awolnation.  Seems like a good time and after the whole Mileygate at the VMA’s who know what might go down?  Actually kinda looking forward to it.

09/22/13 Motley Crue—  This will be a most special Crue show for me as it is the first time I will get to take my soon to be 13 year old daughter to see them!  Of course she has been blessed with growing up with Crue tunes her whole life.  Even so, she hasn’t embraced them as a fan.  With this show I hope she finally does. At the very least she will get first hand knowledge of what a rock show should be.  She is really into bands like Black Veil Brides, whose are greatly influenced by the Crue.  She doesn’t believe me…probably becasue I am her Mother so I am not cool….after this show she will realize a few things 1) Her bands are most certainly influenced by mine 2) I am super cool.  The show is on a school night.  That’s rock and roll!

09/28/13 Motley Crue–  Another Crue show of a whole other level.  It’s a Saturday Night.  No work the next day. Nothing to do but Rock.  Just me, Kate, and whoever else wants to have the most fun you can have with Motley Crue, in Vegas, on a weekend.

10/02/13 Saxon/Fozzy—  I’ve never seen either of these bands, but I love Vamp’d and I’m a big fan of Chris Jericho (lead singer of Fozzy and ambassador of Rock and Roll, host of the Golden God Awards, former WWE wrestler and alum of Dancing with the Stars).  As for Saxon, Crue actually used to open for them, and they were at the forefront of the 80’s rock scene.  Must go to pay my respects.

10/04/13 The Winery Dogs–I was turned onto this band by Eddie Trunk, whose opinion on music I whole heartedly respect.  He talked these guys up so much on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic and his weekly radio show on Trunk Nation, Sirius XM Radio, that I had to check them out.  They rock.  Just real, straight forward rock played by professional and technical rock music geniuses.  It’s a 3 piece if you can believe that. Mike Portnoy (of Dream Theater)  on drums, Billy Sheehan (David Lee Rith, Steve Vail, Mr Big) on Bass and Ritchie Kotzen (Who’s basically played with anyone and everyone) on guitar and vocals.  I jsut really, really like these guys.  I’m excited for something new and they are playing at Vamp’d.  Awesome.  Again tickets are only $15…what a steal!

10/05/13 Motley Crue-–  The last  Saturday of the last weekend of the residency.  Super excited that my husband and one of our best friends in the world, the amazing Darren Weiler and his lovely girlfriend will be joining me for this final performance of “An Evening in Hell”, which Nikki Sixx assures will be intimate: “Last time our goal was to [be] theatrical …  giving [fans] more eye candy than your usual rock show. This time our feeling is to bring it back with the four band members and the songs,” Sixx said. This time around, “Everybody has a view of the band members and everybody can make eye contact with us.”  We are  moving into a suite at the Hard Rock for this show since I just can’t bear to leave when it’s over.  Lots of friends coming down for this one, so it’ll be rock and roll debauchery with a group of many.  Can’t wait!  It’ll be our last opportunity to absorb all things Crue!

And that’s that.

11 show in 35 days.

Starting now….see you on the other side!