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Reviews, Comments & Other Putdowns for this event (by Ray)

It was very cool of the Iron Maidens’ manager to get me a Photo Pass to the event and allow me to shoot throughout the evening. Thank you Phantom – much appreciated!


  • Venue Review – The Galaxy: This was the first time I had been back to the venue since they closed doors for a while and not much has really changed, which is okay. I got there very early to grab some dinner and had a decent meal; probably the best food I have eaten at this venue. The menu items are exactly the same and the prices are no different – it was like they never went away. The service was the same as it ever was (insert “chopping arm” motion here a la David Byrne) and by that I mean pleasant but slow. I would have purchased a few more beers if the server would have paid attention (whaaaaa, I need service) so I opted to saddle up to the bar instead. The only major complaint I have is that I was sharing my table with ants! I don’t think I have ever had an ant problem at a restaurant before. Still, this is one of my favorite places to see bands as the sound is good and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

    www.GalaxyTheatre.com

  • Band Reviews – PRETENTIOUS: A Pretenders cover band who performs songs from the earlier years. Even though I don’t have a huge place in my music heart for the Pretenders, I do have the respect and would give Pretentious a 5 out of 5 stars. I thought they sounded good, were of the generation who “gets” the band and did a bang-up job for covering such a hard-working and road-paving group. If you are a Pretenders fan and want to be nostalgic for an evening, go see them. I’m sure it was a lot of fun for the people who dig their music.

    www.PretentiousRocks.com

  • Band Reviews – TNT: An AC/DC tribute band. I am going to be a tough critic on this one as I grew up listening to AC/DC ever since I was old enough to buy my own records (yes kids, records) at Mirabelli’s Music located in the Park Lane Mall in Reno, NV. TNT have the look and sound of the Brian Johnson era but play songs from the entire catalog. They sounded okay and were having fun, much like the actual band does but the notes weren’t always up to par. In all fairness to the TNT singer, the Brian Johnson from the 80’s is a hard one to imitate and not many people can pull it off (including Brian himself these days) BUT, he did a decent job. To quote Brian from an interview I saw on That Metal Show; Q:”Brian, do you think you’ve painted yourself into a corner with the way you sang on the earlier albums?” A: “Aaah yes me son, I have…” My biggest issue with the band is the wigs… I feel the fake hair completely cheapened the effect. The bass player (who plays the role of Cliff) and the rhythm guitartist (role of Malcom) wore wigs (not good ones either) to look the part but they were much too animated and “flashy” for the roles they were trying to emulate. If they would have played the roles like the original band members then the wigs may have been (somewhat) overlooked. I’m not saying that tribute bands have to always look, act & sound just like the groups they are covering but if you make an attempt to look like the band then they should also act like them – maybe it’s just me but for my liking, pick one or the other. Either have fun at it as is or pay a real tribute to the band because the bottom line really is the music. Having said all that, it really was a fun time and they did play well. Seriously, go check em out as they do play AC/DC a lot better than some of the other tributes I have seen out there. Plus, who wouldn’t want to throw back a few beers while listening to the soundtrack of one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands? Cheers, lads…

    www.TNTTributeRocks.com

  • Band Reviews – SURFING WITH AN ALIEN: A Joe Satriani tribute band. Not really my cup-o-tea but they hit every note and were technically right on. A Satriani fan would have really liked this performance and should definitely check them out. There were a few jack-asses in the audience who were screaming out things like “you suck” and “boooring” but I felt they did Satriani very well. Sure, it was not as upbeat and recognizable as the TNT set but you can’t take away the fact that they do a great Satriani tribute. I recognized a few of the songs like “Surfing…” & “Satch Boogie” from over 20 years ago and I thought they were spot on. Also, the drummer for them this evening was Nikki McBurrain from the Iron Maidens – just thought I’d share…

    www.myspace.com/satrianitribute

  • Band Reviews – IRON MAIDENS: “The World’s Only Female Tribute To Iron Maiden!” What can I say here except that they kicked ass! Having seen at least one show from every tour Iron Maiden has done since Bruce Dickinson joined the band, I can honestly say that I know my Maiden and these girls have it down! My favorite song from the evening had to be Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I have seen this band 5-6 times and this was by far the best although I still have not heard Back In The Village, Fear Of The Dark or Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in any of the sets. Seriously folks, if you like metal of any kind, do yourself a favor and check them out. They will blow you away! Nuff said…

    www.TheIronMaidens.com

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