Judas Priest In Bakersfield: Two-And-A-Half Hours Of Heavy Metal Heaven

By Andrew Bansal

Oct. 25th 2011, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield CA: October has been an insanely busy month for metal shows, and as a result of attempting to cover as many different shows as possible for the sake of the bands that played these shows and for the readers of this website, I had to miss Judas Priest’s San Bernardino show last Saturday, their only LA area show of the tour. But this being Judas Priest’s final large-scale tour, I wasn’t about to let it go through without catching it at least once, and here I was, arriving in Bakersfield on a lovely afternoon. Even though San Bernardino is relatively closer to where I live, traveling to see a metal show adds even further to the whole experience, and when it comes to a band like Judas Priest, no distance is too long. Besides Priest’s epic show, I was curious to see the modern day version of Thin Lizzy, and I was also hoping that Black Label Society would put on a better show than the last couple of times I’ve seen them. So, there was a ton of things to look forward to. Continue reading “Judas Priest In Bakersfield: Two-And-A-Half Hours Of Heavy Metal Heaven”

Anthrax’s Earth On Hell Tour Delivers Good Friendly Violent Fun To Los Angeles

By Avinash Mittur

Oct. 22nd 2011, Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA: Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel- these three acts have long been considered “baby brother” bands of much more popular groups such as Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. After last night in Los Angeles, I felt this notion could still apply today. All three groups gave performances with the energy of bands half their age, and provided Los Angeles with a superb thrash metal experience. Continue reading “Anthrax’s Earth On Hell Tour Delivers Good Friendly Violent Fun To Los Angeles”

Primus Ends Green Naugahyde Tour In Los Angeles With Eccentric Performance

By Andrew Bansal

October 22nd 2011, The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA: The marquee at the Wiltern said “SOLD OUT”. The line of people waiting to enter went all the way down the block and around the corner. There was a degree of eagerness and anticipation among the waiting fans. The scene was set for what promised to be a great show. Now it was only up to Primus to deliver. The band had landed in town on the back of a hugely successful Green Naugahyde touring run, and tonight was the last show. They were doing an “evening with” format, which meant they were performing two full sets at these shows and did not have any opening bands before them. Having never seen the band myself, it looked like I had picked the perfect setting to get my first ever live Primus experience. Continue reading “Primus Ends Green Naugahyde Tour In Los Angeles With Eccentric Performance”