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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

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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Maureen Vana, NBC Chicago Street Team

Put on a mask , splash some fake blood behind your ears, and get ready for a good time. Whether you’re into the music or not, it’s undeniable that Slipknot will give you something to raise an eyebrow at. The Allstate Arena played host to the band along side openers Trivium and Coheed and Cambria last Friday night. 

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Any antics Metallica has gotten themselves into over the past few years were left at the loading dock last night.  Loyal followers, new fans, and those that believe they ceased to exist after …And Justice For All would be satiated.  With decades of experience and just shy of a small library of albums, how could it slip our minds that these guys can put on a show?

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Last Monday at the House of Blues was a night for those with a sense of humor and a thirst for speedometer crushing riffs.  DragonForce, who has been making regular Chicago stops since 2006, paid a visit in promotion of their latest album Ultra Beatdown. The current  tour is pumped up on stage presence and battle themed friends.

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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.cm2_0025_rise_against1

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.

See photos from Thursday and Friday night’s shows

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Maureen Vana, NBC5 Street Team

Summer touring has come to a close, but not without a few last minute metal acts to end it with a bang and a killer riff. Judas Priest headlined the Metal Masters Tour which took place at the end of August in Tinley Park. The tour fulfilled old schooler’s dreams by placing Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and Testament alongside Priest. Highlights from the evening included a brutal dead on Testament assault, Tony Iommi shredding to a backdrop of fire spitting gargoyles, an epic cloaked Priest entrance, and of course Lemmy.

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A night of Finnish power metal squeaked in under the end of season wire Saturday evening at the House of Blues. Sonata Arctica paired up with Nightwish stopping in Chicago for fans to enjoy a match made in heaven. Who could ask for more with a packed venue of loyal fans, a few hours of glorious anthems, and vocals that give rise to mass outbreaks of goosebumps? Goodbye summer festivals and mega tours, hello fall shows of small venues and smaller bills!

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Last week Mike Ness, front man of Social Distortion, played two dates showcasing his solo material at Park West in Chicago. Ness’ set primarily consisted of material off his 1999 release Cheating at Solitaire and was highlighted with a few cover songs including a stripped down version of Social D’s “Ball and Chain”. His encore included “If You Leave Before Me”, “I Fought the Law”, and a last minute addition of “Ring of Fire”.

See Photos From Tuesday’s ShowMike Ness

Ness’ warm presence and heartfelt commentary made the evening feel like a group of friends sharing a drink and some tunes, as opposed to a concert with a musical icon who has 30 years of rocking under his belt. His ability to maintain this accessibility is a quality that draws fans to sell out his concerts time and time again. Chicago’s double performance is a reminder of how wonderful it is when an artist shows they have more then one trick up their sleeve.

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