Friday night marked The Gaslight Anthem’s first Chicago headlining show. The band has been steadily winning over fans with constant touring and growing radio play. The group has rolled through Chicago opening for such successful acts as Rise Against, The Bouncing Souls, and The Loved Ones.
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Posted in Bands, Celebrities, Chicago, Chicago Events, concerts, events, Live Music, music, nightlife, Performance Art, theater, Uncategorized, tagged Alkaline Trio, concert photography, congress theater, punk, Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice on December 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team
Chicago hometowners, Rise Against, held two performances last month at the Congress Theater. Both shows, a Thursday and Friday night, were overflowing with fans eager for the locals who are widely making themselves known across the globe. Fellow Chicagoans Alkaline Trio, California’s Thrice, and Jersey’s own The Gaslight Anthem rounded out the cost to cost rock.
The Gaslight Anthem has begun a steady build of Chicago Fans with recent visits alongside The Loved Ones and The Bouncing Souls. Their Springsteen flare, catchy vocals, and charm continuously outshines their opening slot. It won’t be long before shouts of, “You should be headlining!”, turn into reality for The Gaslight Anthem.
Thrice and Alkaline Trio followed with a darker vibe, but no less sing-a-long credentials. Alkaline Trio ended Thursday’s set with the Misfits “Astro Zombies” and included old favorites off Maybe I’ll Catch Fire getting Chicago nostalgic of The Fireside Bowl/Metro days.
The last time I saw Rise Against may have been a Warped Tour or maybe a classroom at DePaul, but whatever the size of the room the group’s intensity remains the same. Spinning microphones, high flying guitarists, and Tim’s power to get a crowd moving didn’t drop a notch between Thursday and Friday’s performance. For two days Rise Against brought home the noise and Chicago gave them a warm welcome for it.
Posted in Bands, Chicago, Chicago Events, concerts, events, Live Music, music, tagged Add new tag, Billy Talent, Chicago, concert photography, MCR, music, My Chemical Romance, NBC 5 Street Team, NBC5 Street Team, rock, The Congress Theatre on April 20, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Last week My Chemical Romance paid a visit to Chicago for two back to back dates at the Congress Theatre on Thursday and Friday night. Fans were treated to a more intimate setting to view the successful rockers that have been packing arenas with their hit album “The Black Parade”. MCR headlined the shows with a lengthy set along side openers Billy Talent and Drive By.
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Reckless Road combines stunning visuals, heartfelt text, and enhanced audio and video to become the ultimate scrapbook for the ultimate Guns N’ Roses fan. Photographer and long time friend of the band Marc Canter takes readers on a 348 page journey into the roots of one of the most explosive bands to grace the Sunset Strip. Through ticket stubs, candid photos, sketches, set lists, and much more Reckless grants an exclusive backstage pass to witness the birth of rock and roll success.
With this documentary readers are allowed to travel back in time with the author’s excerpts from his experiences with the band. His devoted friendship with Slash and genuine love to see the ones he cares about thrive offers a closeness no other book could. Elements such as Marc’s liner notes on who drew what graphic on a flyer, photographs from basement shows, and discussions of early band rivalries shows a human side to success that is both accessible and comforting.
Reckless Road has something to appeal to anyone with a love for Guns N’ Roses, a love for music, a love for photography, or just a love of a good documentary. The book also extends from the printed page with audio and video provided through http://www.enhancedbooks.com. Each edition comes with an exclusive pass code that allows the owner to access video and audio from shows, interviews, and other behind the scenes material. The book is priced at $29.95 and is also available in 5 limited edition covers for $39.95 at http://www.recklessroad.com. As both a Guns N’ Roses fan and concert photographer I can only pose one objection in saying; Where’s the hardcover?!
Favorite Quote: in the acknowledgement section Marc thanks his parents “for allowing me to use their station wagon to lug around Slash’s equipment in 1983 for late night rehearsing until 3 am”