City: Santa Ana, CA
Set length: About an hour
Hour of Trower 8:15 PM
Downheaval 9:00 PM
Resistance 9:30 PM
Augmented 10:00 PM
Masters of Reality 11:00 PM
Allison Chains 12:30 AM
Snew 1:30 AM
Felicia contacted me once again and let me know that there is a cancer benefit being held at Malone’s. I believe it was something like Rockers Against Cancer… Something like that. Apologies if I didn’t get it right – I am writing this MANY years after the event. Not only did I want to come out and support the cause, but I also wanted to get the chance to photograph a bunch of bands, most of whom I had never heard of.
I was just there recently and my only gripe was the lack of stage lighting knowledge this venue had. Well, if we are being honest here, most small venues just throw up a couple of lights and call it a day. This place however, spent some money on more than just a few lights and kind of overdid it. On top of that, the Saturation levels of reds and blues are set to a gazillion so even the naked eye picks up on the issue. But hey, at least their stages are lit. Other than my OCD rant on lighting, this venue is pretty okay for a few drinks and a place to catch some live rock-n-roll. Go support live music!
Reviews, comments, and possible putdowns for Snew…
Straight ahead good-time Rock-n-Roll a la Sunset Strip of the Hollywood heydays. I had no idea what Snew was all about before this evening and I’m glad I stuck around ’cause they flat out rocked! This is one of those bands that needs to be seen live. Much like the band Dirty Looks, their live performances give reason for their albums. Without the live experience, the recordings don’t take on their full life. Here is some info straight from their own bio that is spot-on…
“We love music that’s loud, energetic and makes you forget everything except what you’re listening to. That’s our benchmark.” SNEW is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles. For a definition of SNEW’s sound, how and why they do what they do, let it be said; bands like AC/DC, Motörhead, The Stooges, MC5, The Ramones, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and Kiss perfected raw electrified monster rock and roll and the members of SNEW took notes.”