Iron Maiden Land In Los Angeles On Jet-Fueled ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour

By Lisa Burke

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April 16th 2016, The Forum, Los Angeles CA: The pioneers and champions of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Iron Maiden are out on their biggest tour yet, ‘The Book of Souls’ tour with Bruce Dickinson (a.k.a. the best thing to ever happen to Iron Maiden) flying the biggest airplane yet from show to show, Ed Force One. On Saturday April 16th 2016, I saw their latest tour at the Forum featuring openers The Raven Age. On these two Forum nights April 15th and 16th many were in attendance for both nights and got exactly the same set list but regardless if you are a true fan you may as well get all you can out of it. Continue reading

Westfield Massacre Headlines The Whisky

By Lisa Burke

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April 14th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: One of the most enjoyable aspects of seeing live bands and deepening my knowledge of the Los Angeles metal scene is the constant discovery of new bands that sometimes emerge out of other existing bands to form something unique. On Thursday April 14th 2016, I went to the Whisky-A-Go-Go primarily for the band Westfield Massacre. On this night, the headliners were Choleric and on stage prior to Westfield Massacre was a band called Bag Of Humans. There are definitely nights at the Whisky where I seriously have to scratch my head at the bizarre lineups and I know this usually happens in pay-to-play cases with early bands, however, sometimes it just is a strange combination of bands to play together. I suppose this night was not that strange but Westfield Massacre should have headlined in my opinion. Continue reading

Back To The USSA: The Darkness Perform At The Belasco In Los Angeles

By Lisa Burke

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April 12th 2016, Belasco Theater, Los Angeles CA: Just when you think you’ve been to every venue in Los Angeles, you end up at a show in a location you’ve never been to which was the case for me on April 12th 2016, when I visited The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the ‘Back To The USSA’ tour featuring two bands from England, The Darkness and RavenEye. Continue reading

‘Generation Axe’ Tour Visits Las Vegas

By Lisa Burke

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April 9th 2016, The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas NV: To continue my weekend Las Vegas adventures on April 9th 2016 after seeing Guns N’ Roses the night before and contemplating trying to see them again, I actually ended up at the Generation Axe show at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino featuring five different uniquely stylized guitar gods. These five are among this generation’s top guitarists and featured Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tosin Abasi. Continue reading

Guns N’ Roses Bring ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Tour To Las Vegas

By Lisa Burke

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April 8th 2016, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas NV: Guns N’ Roses has always been one of those timeless bands for me that has shaped my childhood, refined my youth, and pointed me in the direction of where I am today. My first experience with them live was with Axl Rose, DJ Ashba, Richard Fortus and friends only a few years ago in Las Vegas at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino which I must say was a great show itself. This time on April 8th 2016 with the unlikely but completely real reunion of Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan on stage together again, I returned to Vegas to the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas located just behind the New York, New York Hotel and Casino to see the first show in Las Vegas on the ‘Not In This Lifetime’ tour with a full two-and-a-half hour set list. Continue reading

All Hail The Yeti, We Are The Riot & Sisters Ov The Blackmoon Perform At The Whisky

By Lisa Burke

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April 7th 2016, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Normally I attend metal shows that I know I’m going to be a fan of from start to finish, or at least that’s always the hope, as was my hope for this night of primarily hardcore acts All Hail The Yeti, We Are The Riot and The Mendenhall Experiment plus the addition of the clear winners of my attention, outcasts of the evening, and my original draw to the show, Sisters Ov The Blackmoon, at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on Thursday April 7th, 2016. For Sisters Ov The Blackmoon this happened to be their one-year anniversary, almost to the day of playing their very first show at the very same venue. Continue reading