Vinyl, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, was host to P.O. D., 10 Years, Dead Letter Circus and War of Ages Sat. February 13th. What a pre-Valentine gift… the gift of music. If you missed it, catch the tour when they come to your area and here is a quick recap of what went down at Vinyl.
Kicking off the show was War of Ages. Hailing from Erie, PA this Metal/Hard-core band will have you a fan after song 1. The band did an exceptional job engaging with and making new fans. It is never easy to kick off a show but this band had a crowd and had no problem owning the stage. Front-man LEROY HAMP is super intense on every level from the way his vocals rip into your ear-holes and leave you wanting more to his penetrating gaze when he speaks to the crowd. The entire band was very “in the zone” when they performed and their passion could be seen by the way they deliver a flawless metalgasm to the crowd.
Dead Letter Circus, was another new band to us. They are an alternative rock band out Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This is rare for me to say, but I left this set in awe of the bass player. Stewart Hill grabbed my attention and he was so intense and full of life that he was hard, if not impossible to not watch. That said the whole band gave a great show and are on my must see again list.
If you’re a Rock fan and you have not spent the last decade under a rock, you know all about 10 Years. On stage this band is in your face & in your ears. Off stage they might be on your head and shoulders. The band gave fans a show that ranged from the songs we all love, to lead vocalist Jesse Hasek jumping into and onto the crowd. Nothing will give you an experience like holding up a band member as they perform. Also during 10 Years set, 2 kids were pulled from the crowd. One boy, who could not have been much older than 10, was standing in front of Ryan “Tater” Johnson as Johsnson helped the boy play his guitar. Another boy stood next to the lead singer during a song and got to say his name on the mic. If that is not interacting with the fans I don’t know what is.
P.O.D. – need I say more? If you do not know (and again, if you don’t, you live under a rock) P.O.D. is a veteran band in the music scene. Straight out of San Diego and taking over stages across the world since the 90’s, this Rock/ Reggae/ Punk is nothing short of iconic. Every show that this band puts on is larger than life and filled with so much love it is nothing short of epic. P.O.D.’s performance at Vinyl was no exception. Flawless in every way, from sound to audience participation, P.O.D. did what they always done and gave a show that made you leave loving them more. Sonny, lead vocalist, is always fun to watch. He makes me giggle because he is always smiling no matter how hard balls-to-the-wall he is performing. He is just happy to be doing what he loves and that is take the stage and share music… and it shows. He too brought some young kids at this all ages show on stage for their rendition of “Youth of the Nation”. Can you imagine being part of a P.O.D show? Talk about leaving an impression and giving the fans not just a show, but an experience those kids will never forget. The set included the favorite songs that made them famous as well as a a couple of new tracks. The response was moshing, cheering, singing and overall a killer show.
If you missed this show know that this tour is still happening. Check out social media to see when and where. Also be sure to scoop up the new music from all the bands and one last thing… keep the scene alive and occupy a venue near you. Horns up and see you at a show soon.
Written by Melissa “Mischievous Mel” Anderson http://www.ROCKwellMag.com