Monday, November 25, 2013

Appetite For Destruction/ Red White & Crue/ Poison'd @ The FIllmore, Silver Spring 11/15/2013

I won tickets off of bookface ($0) to see a horribly promoted show even *I* didn't hear about until the day before, hair band cover bands at The Fillmore (I think it was like $16 for a normal ticket). The bookface post had 25 pairs of tickets to give out. so that was about 50 tickets. I met up with Josh P and we hit up this free show

We got in in time to see the last part of Poison'd, and there were probably about 75 people there, more or less.  I don't know why The Fillmore didn't promote more, cause this could have drawn a bit more, on a Friday night.

So as we snaked in, we got a view of a sparse crowd and a band that kinda looked like Poison on stage. They sounded a lot like Poison, as well. However, there was a strange pattern that started with them of cover bands playing covers of covers. Yes, that's right. A cover band playing a cover song made famous/played regularly by the band they are covering. So this all made my brain hurt a little bit, especially since EACH of the three bands (or really the 1 big band with revolving members) did.

Poison'd looked like Bret Michaels, a not as coked up C.C. Deville, a very Kix looking bassist, and I couldn't really see the drummer. Bret had a cowboy hat, some tight stuffed jeans (no, really), and a Poison shirt of their "Poison'd" album, which was their namesake. It was strange seeing that juxtaposition too. Regardless, they looked and sounded like the real Poison a lot. So that was pretty fun. What was not was their setlist- 3 cover songs and then some Poison songs. Why not play some more Posion hits, and maybe a deep cut. They also played some Marshall Tucker band song, which was kind of out of nowhere.

Red, White, and Crue, the Motley Crue cover band this night, was on next. Their look was like the 90s Crue, instead of the 'Shout at the Devil' era one :/  And their sound was kind of sloppy. I will admit that Vince sounded better than the real Vince.... which was unsettling to have a cover band hit 85% of the lyrics when the real deal hits 50%. I don't know what in the world was the problem, but the sound was way off from the first 'band,' and there were several songs with 'squeaks' from the soundboard too. I don't know what in the world was up, but Vince looked about right, but "Mick Mars" was not pale enough and was a bit off on his playing. "Nikki Sixx" was kind of Halloweenie, and "Tommy Lee" wasn't trying (but probably sounded the best of the lot). They had what sounded like the intro to "Red Hot" before "Live Wire," but the rest of their set was a bit underwhelming. Their cover of a cover was the worst choice (always hated that cover). I've Seen Crue before, and they could play the same set, but it would be way better. Something about this band did not sound great, and the setlist really didn't flow.

Finally, the crowd got a bit thicker near the front and Appetite for Destruction covered a bunch of Guns N Roses songs. "Axl" looked like "Bret" was pulling double duty. They had what looked to be a combination of current "far Axl" with old school Axl hair. Slash was pretty spot on, in appearance and mannerisms. Vince was on rhythm and there was a bassist. Appetite sounded the best of the night, with Poison'd a close second. I think if I had seen the whole Poison'd set (and if they haad some better choices) that they would have pulled ahead.  Well, so Appetite's section was a bit solid, but they also had 2 covers of covers (tho one of the best Bob Dylan songs (cause Bob Dylan wasn't singing it))."Don't Cry" was pretty great, and they had a song off of "Lies" which I think was kind of a deep cut.  "Axl" did his snake dance a lot, and was pretty close sounding (to what I think Axl would sound live?). "Slash" was def the best 'impersonation' of the night.

Overall it was a decent night, for a free ticket (tho the way too expensive beer I suppose cancelled out), but I don't understand why the Fillmore didn't promote this. 

next Show: Nekrogoblikon

Red, White, and Crue
Appetite for Destruction

 Poison'd (8:52 got there -9:16)
  • Fallen Angel
  • Squeezbox (The Who cover)
  • Your Momma Don't Dance (Kenny Loggins cover)
  • Something to Believe in (start/snippet)
  • Can't You See (Marshall Tucker band cover)
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn
  • Nothin' But a Good Time (w/ bass solo)

Red, White, and Crue (9:37-  10:17)
  • Kickstart My Heart
  • Looks That Kill
  • Smokin' in the Boys Room (Cover)
  • Dr. Feelgood
  • (red hot intro?) Live Wire
  • Wild Side
  • Don't Go Away Mad
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Girls, Girls, Girls
Appetite for Destruction (10:42- 11:38)
  • It's so Easy
  • Mr. Brownstone
  • Nighttrain
  • Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
  • Welcome to the Jungle
  • Don't Cry
  • Used to Love Her
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)
  • <fake encore>
  • Sweet Child O' Mine
  • Paradise City