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Old 04-29-2014, 06:07 AM
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M3 Rock Festival, Day 2 -- Columbia, MD -- April 26th, 2014

Now time for day 2!

Source for sets: Me, setlist.fm

Heaven's Edge:
1.Play Dirty
2.Skin To Skin
3.Rock Steady
4.Just Another Fire
5.Is That All You Want
6.Find Another Way
7.Can't Catch Me

Heaven's Edge opened the day with a bang on the side stage with a perfect mix, thick guitars, drums you could feel in your chest, and tons of energy. What was really cool about these guys is that they did a lot of syncopated movements (getting on their knees, high kicks, arm swing, etc.). On top of it all, to my surprise the audience was singing along to almost every song (especially Find Another Way). Highlight of their set was Rock Steady, and there was no low point.

Keel:
1.Because The Night (Patti Smith cover)
2.Rock N Roll Outlaw (Rose Tattoo cover)
3.Tears Of Fire
4.The Right To Rock

We got to Keel a little late on the main stage (I think Heaven's Edge played a little longer than they should have, but I didn't care) and missed a couple of their songs. I can't seem to find their set anywhere, but I assume they played United Nations and Looking For A Good Time as the opening songs. They were pretty good, but not one of the best bands of the day. Highlight was The Right To Rock. Low point was that sometimes the singer hit some off key notes.

John Corabi:

Didn't care to see him because 1) I've never listened to anything he has done and 2) I wanted to make sure we weren't late for Great White. What I heard through the speakers on the main stage though was not all to my liking.

Jack Russell's Great White:
1.All Over Now
2.Desert Moon
3.Mista Bone
4.Save Your Love
5.Lady Red Light
6.Rock Me
7.Once Bitten Twice Shy (Ian Hunter cover)

Great White was good, but I'll go ahead and say that the backing vocals were again to low in the mix. Lady Red Light was the best song of the night, but I wished they'd have opened the show with Call It Rock N' Roll instead of All Over Now.

Femme Fatale:
1.Falling In And Out Of Love
2.My Baby's Gun
3.Back In Your Arms Again
4.If
5.Rebel
6.Lady In Waiting (new song)
7.Waiting For The Big One

Femme Fatale proved to be one of my favorites of the whole event. Probably the best female fronted group I've seen live (I haven't seen Nightwish or anyone like that yet so don't snap), though the whole band is actually female now. They opened with their biggest hit, which was quite odd but it was the best song of the night. Every song was really heavy compared to the record, which made the show even more awesome.

Stryper:
Abyss (To Hell With The Devil)
1.To Hell With The Devil
2.The Rock That Makes Me Roll
3.Calling On You
4.Free
5.More Than A Man
6.Shout It Out Loud (KISS cover)
7.Legacy
8.No More Hell To Pay
9.The Way
10.Soldiers Under Command

This was my first time (like a lot of the bands on this bill) seeing Stryper, and they did not disappoint. Michael still has a great set of pipes, and both he and Oz can still totally shred your face off. Though I could of used Always There For You instead of More Than A Man, it was a perfect set choice. Highlight was Soldiers Under Command, and low point was that the backing vocals were STILL to low in the mix.

Red Dragon Cartel:
1.The Ultimate Sin (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
2.Deceived
3.War Machine
4.High Wire (Badlands cover)
5.Shout It Out
6.Feeder

They were probably the biggest surprise of the event, considering all the bad stuff I've heard about their live show. It was so exciting being able to see someone who I thought I'd never see to, which of course is Jake E Lee. The band started late so I guess that's why Bark At The Moon got cut. I was also really happy that they didn't cut High Wire. Highlighted moment was definitely Deceived. Low point was Shout It Out, not a fan of that song.

Queensryche:
1.Nightrider
2.Breaking The Silence
3.Walk In The Shadows
4.Warning
5.Where Dreams Go To Die
6.My Empty Room
7.Eyes Of A Stranger
8.Empire
9.Queen Of The Riech
10.Jet City Woman
11.Take Hold Of The Flame

Definitely the second best show of the event. The band was tight and they were absolutely incredible. Todd is a fantastic fit for the band. Highlight of the show was Queen Of The Riech and the fact that they didn't play Silent Lucidity. I guess you can say that this was (along with Stryper) my first true "metal" show as well, so that's pretty cool too.

Autograph:
1.Deep End
2.Dance All Night
3.Loud And Clear
4.Bad Boy
5.Blondes In Black Cars
6.Send Her To Me
7.My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Isn't Me
8.Crazy World
9.Turn Up The Radio

Autograph was solid, but unfortunately without Steve Plunkett I feel the band wasn't as good as I had hoped. The songs were made really heavy because of the constant drop D, which is a plus, but they also don't have keys so that also takes away some of the magic. Highlight was Send Her To Me, low point was the ten minute soundcheck that delayed the show.

Sebastian Bach:

Didn't care to see him, so this is when we ate. I know he played Slave To The Grind, Monkey Business, Big Guns, 18 And Life, Youth Gone Wild, and I Remember You plus some other stuff I didn't know, but I don't know the order. We tried to sit and listen to I Remember You, but he butchered it so we went ahead and tried to get a good spot for L.A. Guns. He was my least favorite of the day.

L.A. Guns:
1.No Mercy
2.Sex Action
3.Never Enough
4.I Wanna Be Your Man
5.Over The Edge
6.Revolution
7.Kiss My Love Goodbye
8.???
9.One More Reason
10.Electric Gypsy

We had to leave in order to catch Night Ranger, but I'm pretty sure I heard Ballad Of Jayne a couple minutes before they started, and I can only assume they closed with the usual Rip And Tear. They were top notch, and played all my favorites (though Revolution should have been replaced with Riot On Sunset). Highlight was Sex Action, and low point was the fact we had to miss some of their stuff.

Night Ranger:
1.Touch Of Madness
2.Sing Me Away
3.Lay It On Me
4.Four In The Morning (I Can't Take Anymore)
5.Coming Of Age (Damn Yankees song)
6.High Road (new song)
7.Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight
8.High Enough (Damn Yankees song)
9.When You Close Your Eyes
10.Don't Tell Me You Love Me/Highway Star
11.Sister Christian
12.(You Can Still) Rock In America

Night Ranger was just an all around FUN show. The band was tight and they were no low points, making them my third favorite of the event. Highlight was Four In The Morning, though I wished they played my favorite tune by them Sentimental Street (which is odd they don't play it because it's one of their biggest charters).

Slaughter:
Highway To Hell (AC/DC song)
1.The Wild Life
2.Burnin' Bridges
3.Spend My Life
4.Mad About You
5.Real Love
6.Fly To The Angels
7.Up All Night

Slaughter was also a very fun band to see. Mark can still hit those high notes with ease, and the rest of the band was just as good if not better than they were in the 90's. Highlight of the show was being up close for Up All Night. Low point was Real Love, wasn't as strong as it should have been

Tesla:
1.I Wanna Live
2.Hang Tough
3.Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
4.Mama's Fool
5.Into The Now
6.MP3 (Too Much Technology) (new song)
7.The Way It Is
8.What You Give
9.Love Song
10.Signs
11.Modern Day Cowboy
12.Little Suzi (Ph.D. cover)

Tesla was amazing, that's all I got to say. Highlights were Modern Day Cowboy and Heaven's Trail. The only true low point was set choice. No Comin' Atcha Live? COME ON!!! This is an 80's event, at least replace I Wanna Live and Into The Now with Comin' Atcha Live and Gettin' Better. Other than that it was a amazing way to end the event, and I hope to be able to go again in the future.

Bands ranked from most to least favorite:
Extreme
Queensryche
Night Ranger
Heaven's Edge
Winger
Stryper
Femme Fatale
Tesla
Slaughter
L.A. Guns
Kix
Red Dragon Cartel
Great White
Autograph
Keel
Lita Ford
Bad Seed Rising
Sebastian Bach

Only ones I didn't enjoy were last three.

Hope you liked the review!
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Solid reviews on both good read
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Solid reviews on both good read
thanks for the props!
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Tesla is a band that has a popularity today that just defies me. I don't understand how so many of those 80s bands fell in popularity yet they're still playing 2000+ halls.
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Tesla is a band that has a popularity today that just defies me. I don't understand how so many of those 80s bands fell in popularity yet they're still playing 2000+ halls.
That's kinda why I never thought the genre never died. Never understood whoever thought otherwise.
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Goddamn, all of these butt rock bands sure like to do covers
Would have been a fun Fest to see. It's like GTA: Vice City all over again.
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Tesla is a band that has a popularity today that just defies me. I don't understand how so many of those 80s bands fell in popularity yet they're still playing 2000+ halls.
Because they're a straightforward hard rock band and not of the Bulletboys/Bang Tango/1989-1992 cock rock style.

Same goes for Blue Murder. I'd give my right nut to have them reunite.
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Would have been a fun Fest to see. It's like GTA: Vice City all over again.
Well remember the formula for hair metal success is to just pick a random oldie and rock it up
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I'm so glad to see you loved Queensryche so much. Hopefully that will help everyone to see that Todd is in fact the right man for vocals. Also, here is quite a bit of footage of QR's performance.
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I'm so glad to see you loved Queensryche so much. Hopefully that will help everyone to see that Todd is in fact the right man for vocals. Also, here is quite a bit of footage of QR's performance.
Oh yeah, I forgot you were a Queensryche fan.
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