Motörhead, Graveyard & Unlocking The Truth Perform At Club Nokia

By Andrew Bansal

April 11th 2014, Club Nokia, Los Angeles CA: In terms of releasing new music, rock ‘n roll godfathers Motörhead have always been prolific and consistent, and they managed to keep these traits intact with the release of their 21st studio album ‘Aftershock’ last October. But when it came to playing shows and going on tour, they were forced to cut back massively as a result of frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s deteriorating health. But finally, with Lemmy sufficiently recovered, the band went ahead and booked a handful of shows around their Coachella appearance, starting off with a headline show at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, a venue they’ve frequented in recent years. The common consensus being this could be one of the very last full Motörhead shows in LA, it was sold out as early as 3 PM on the day of, and along with support acts Graveyard and Unlocking The Truth, Motörhead took the stage in front of a packed house. Continue reading

Krieg Cancels; Local Bands Salvage Show

By Andrew Bansal
[Videos by Arturo Gallegos]

April 9th 2014, Five Star Bar, Los Angeles CA: New Jersey black metal band Krieg had to cancel their entire US West Coast tour itinerary on extremely short notice due to multiple complicated circumstances. The announcement came just a day before the LA show of this tour at the Five Star Bar, but despite the absence of the headline act, the rest of the lineup for this show presented by Hate War Productions, consisting of three local extreme metal bands Harassor, Satani Infernalis and Aeternum, decided to go ahead and do the gig anyway, with a reduced ticket price of $5. Doors opened at 8, a fair few turned up, and the show began at 9. Continue reading

OFF! Play Free In-Store At Amoeba Hollywood

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

April 8th 2014, Amoeba Music, Hollywood CA: Los Angeles-based hardcore punk supergroup OFF! released their third album ‘Wasted Years’ yesterday April 8th via Vice Music, and to celebrate the occasion, they played a free all-ages in-store show at Amoeba Hollywood. OFF!’s hometown fans lined up outside the store starting at 4 PM, were efficiently escorted into the aisles facing the stage at 5, and about an hour later, OFF! came on to deliver a 30-minute, 16-song set of unabated old-school hardcore punk glittered with material old and new. Continue reading

Steel Panther Returns To Sunset Strip For First Of ‘Threesome’ Shows

Review & photos by Andrew Bansal

April 7th 2014, House Of Blues Sunset Strip, West Hollywood CA: On the coattails of the release of their new album ‘All You Can Eat’ which came out on April 1st, Steel Panther, the undisputed rock ‘n roll kings of the Sunset Strip, have returned to play a threesome of shows on home base at the House Of Blues this month. The first of these shows took place last night, and this being their first residency show here since last October, it was a highly anticipated event amongst Steel Panther’s hometown fans, and as a result, it was sold out and packed to capacity. It promised to be a thoroughly entertaining Monday night for one and all, and it certainly was. Continue reading

Volbeat & Trivium Rock The Grove Of Anaheim

By Andrew Bansal

April 6th 2014, City National Grove, Anaheim CA: Despite having been in existence since 2001, it was in late 2009 that Danish rockers Volbeat announced their arrival on the North American circuit when they opened for Metallica and played to arena audiences across the continent. It was during this tour that they played an off-date headline show at the Troubadour, to a small crowd of about 100 people. I was one of the attendees at this show, and even though Volbeat impressed one and all with their unique presentation of ‘Johnny Cash metal’, no one in that audience could have predicted the band’s meteoric rise that would subsequently  catapult them to major mainstream success. Fast-forward to 2014, they’re an active worldwide-touring band, and on their current North American headline run, they played a sold-out show at the Grove Of Anaheim with support acts Trivium and Digital Summer. To be honest, I had lost touch with both Volbeat and Trivium in recent years and wasn’t expecting anything great from this show, but I was in for a surprise. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Kill Devil Hill Play First LA Show With Johnny Kelly

Photos by Brad Worsham

April 5th 2014, The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA: Kill Devil Hill, the Rex Brown-led heavy metal outfit, went through a major change in personnel recently when co-founder Vinny Appice vacated the seat behind the drumkit, and former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was recruited to take his place. The band booked three West Coast shows for early April, and after Johnny Kelly’s debut gig with Kill Devil Hill at Count’s Vamp’d in Las Vegas last Friday, they drove down to the Viper Room in West Hollywood for Kelly’s first LA appearance for KDH. Continue reading