First on the bill was an outfit by the name of Aries. Aries is a cover band originating from right here in Maryland. Unfortunately, they do not quite have the intensity one would expect from a band named after the Greek God of War. Or, is it the Astrological sign? Either way, these guys were relatively tight, recreating classic rock songs that you don’t normally hear from cover bands. Their website boasts of the singer, Rob Bradley’s, “dynamic” stage presence. Dynamic to the point of being insincere. He appeared completely full of himself, like he was trying too hard to achieve the “Rock Star” stage image. I’m not saying that is what he was doing, just that he appeared that way to someone who has never seen them perform previously. Considering the amount of accolades they’ve received locally, I have to wonder if they were having an off night.
Next up was We Love the Underground, another group of lads out of Baltimore, MD. They hit the stage in a flurry of activity, with singer Brad Cox moving about while delivering a solid performance along with his band mates. They had some technical issues right out of the box but they were resolved quickly. Their unique blend of metal, punk, rock and jazz influences fit the bill well and was a good lead-in to what everyone was there fore, the Man of the Night.
After much anticipation, Sebastian Bach descends on the stage, opening with the Skid Row classic, Slave to the Grind. With the very first note, it’s quite apparent that Bach has lost very little of his vocal capacity over the years. He still has the traditional clean and very strong vocals and that trademark Sebastian Bach screech that we all know so well. He may not be able to shatter glass anymore, but I’m sure he’s got many an eardrum left to burst.
Throughout the show, the setlist jumped back and forth between classic Skid Row, to newer songs Bach has released as a solo artist. Hearing Hell Inside My Head from the new album, Give ‘Em Hell, really reminded me how much I liked the new album and it was quite enjoyable to hear it live. I highly recommend picking it up from your favorite music distribution outlet. At the same time, the old Skid Row brought back those angst memories of youth and reaffirmed that Sebastian Bach deserves every bit of the “rock star” moniker.
Bach finally brought the house down with I Remember You and Youth Gone Wild, two of his most commercially successful songs from the Skid Row era, proving that he is still a force to reckon with in the music industry. Overall, the show was great and I’m absolutely glad I went!
Dawn “Mama Love” Brown