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February 2016

“So Whatcha Gonna Do With All That Attitude?”

 


The stage was a blank canvas with the the black (semi-sheer) curtains covering the take down of Hardcore Superstar and the set up of Michael Monroe. Count’s Vamp’d was nearly full, patrons were gathered from the stage to the elevated soundboard in the back, with some rushing to get a drink at the long bar before Monroe would take over the stage.

I had arrived unfashionably late, that is, about half way through Hardcore Superstar’s set. As I made my way around the corner to enter through the two sets of double doors, I could hear their sound seeping through the walls. This was their second time playing in the states in over ten years and the crowd was overwhelmed with excitement, chanting and singing along to all of their hits.  It was easy to see, the band had definitely been missed. This is a prime example of why you should never be late to shows folks, you never know what band you could discover next, but I digress.

With the curtains gone, I laid my eyes on a new black back drop with Michael Monroe’s name and custom logo of a double M in a very fitting deep-red color. Soon enough the room went silent and the band quickly filed on stage; Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte, Karl Rockfist, Rich Jones, and last, but not least, the man himself, Michael Monroe.

The band immediately strummed into “This Ain’t No Love Song”. Monroe made his way strutting across the stage in his all, black and red, leather getup with red stars along the outsides of both legs and his signature platinum blonde locks, howling away in his glam/punk rock way. Yaffa and Rockfist kept up a strong/heavy rhythm section to keep up with these vocals.

As the night went on Monroe got into many different sober antics and decided about halfway through the set to, mid song, climb up the side stage speakers to get, what I can only assume, a better view of the audience. Singing from the peak for a few good seconds before jumping down and running back to the opposite side of the stage, he was still flushed with energy.

 

The setlist was well rounded including rock anthems from multiple albums and a few Hanoi Rocks’ songs. *Signal opening harmonica lick to the rock anthem “Dead, Jail, or Rock ‘n’ Roll”*. The band also, surprisingly enough, covered CCR’s “Up Around The Bend”.

Wanting to keep everyone in amazement; just before the band was going to go into the encore, Monroe displayed his many talents and performed a drum solo that included many familiar classic licks. After waiting for the applause, signaling approval, he continued to pick up Steve Conte’s guitar to play a few riffs before (quite literally) flying into the final songs.

This was a night filled with 80’s attitude and numerous glam rock songs about the unglamorous with countless mic stands nearly meeting their end in the making. Michael Monroe actually gave us something to gawk at, to lose a sense of time for a couple of hours. With multiple talents and the ability to do higher kicks than any cheerleader I ever saw, it will be hard to ever forget this show.  Be sure to check out the band’s new music video for “Goin’ Down With The Ship” that is out now and go down to your local record store pick up a copy of “Blackout States”. The second half of The Cemetery Tour will continue on this week with the guys making their way to the east coast and wrapping up the tour in Miami, Fl. on Monday.

Cheers,

-Ms. Mishap

      

Back In The Saddle

The year was 2006, it was the year I brought home my first Rolling Stone magazine and the year that changed my world. For the life of me, I can’t recall who was on the cover or why I was so intrigued to pick this issue up, but I was magnetically drawn to it as if something was screaming my name from within the thin, wide pages. Inside I found an article properly titled, “The Early Days”, that immediately grabbed my attention. The story took place in 1968 about 6 months after the first issue hit stands. It talked about the writers, their beliefs, and the material in the first published issue. I was transfixed; the gritty glamour of being able to write about the music and musicians that inspire you was more than I knew I could ever want. “This was it,” I thought, “my calling”.

Back then the RS had “one rule”: “say what you think”. They weren’t afraid to break boundaries and show the insides of the rock ‘n’ roll universe. They inspired millions and helped make it possible for rock’n’roll to reach the masses. For me rock’n’roll has always been so much more than just a genre of music; it’s a lifestyle, an attitude, and a way of being. I’m lucky enough to have never know a life without it. Growing up, the first band I remember hearing was Aerosmith, courtesy of my mother. I later found love in the blues-rock that makes up the Stones, Led Zeppelin, and of course my favorite, Guns N Roses, as well as so much more. Some say Rock ‘n’ Roll is a dead or dying genre, but for those of us that are living and breathing rock ‘n’ roll every single day know differently.

After spending many years writing for myself, for magazines, and even attending some time in college to study journalism, I decided it was time for me to take a step back and really think about what my goals were. I allowed doubt and life to disrupt my thoughts and give me writer’s block from hell, so I turned in another direction and found a love in cosmetology. But, like they say, you never truly forget your first love. This is why I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and go after my dream because, frankly, life is too short to not do what you love. This blog will be my place to go back to these roots I made. My vinyl mishappings will bring you concert & album reviews, concert photography, interviews, weekly updates, and so much more. From Las Vegas to the Los Angeles area, I’ll do my best to cover it all and help to bring back Rock ‘n’ Roll stronger than ever. I’m looking forward to this wild, new-ish ride and where it will take me with all of you.

Ben Franklin once said, “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing,” and, well, I’m setting out to accomplish both.

Keep on rockin’. Cheers!

 

-Ms. Mishap

 

Side Note: if you or anyone you know of are a signed or unsigned musician looking for coverage on an upcoming Vegas (or LA) show please email me at ms.mishap@yahoo.com

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