SHOW REVIEWS2018-09-02T16:20:57+00:00

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Nonpoint, Butcher Babies – June 10, 2018 – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne Theater

Nonpoint and Butcher Babies, two heavy hitters hit the stage in Portland, Oregon on this near summer night.  I came in mid-way to Sumo Cyco’s set.  As I found my way through the foreign non-metal crowd, I found an empty pocket somewhere in the middle of the floor.  Just as I settled, the crowd turned to the right, and there [...]

By |May 12th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

I Love the 90s – April 22, 2018 – Ridgefield, Washington- Ilani Casino – Cowlitz Ballroom

It’s a shiny new casino with a state of the art ballroom that opened just in time to handle all of the sequins, glitter, and rhinestones that would that was considered “normal attire” in the 90s.  The I Love the 90’s Tour brought 90s favorites such as Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Young MC, Tone Loc, and C&C Music [...]

By |April 22nd, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

John 5 – April 20, 2018 – Portland, Oregon – Paris Theater

The revived Paris Theater is a beautiful venue.  Small, intimate, well laid out, and sensually decorated.  The show was ambitious with five bands, and that proved to be challenging. We arrived early and had the privilege of watching John 5 and his band perform three songs during soundcheck. Good for us, but the reason for the need for a [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Star Riders – April 17, 2018 – Portland, Oregon

It felt like the 1980s again…not quite Heavy Metal Parking Lot 1980s, but 80s all the same.  The venue, the Memorial Coliseum, brought back so many amazing memories, seeing arena worthy bands of my youth…back when life was simpler…when the biggest decision I had to make was what to wear to school the next day, and wondering if my crush of [...]

By |April 17th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Fozzy, Through Fire, Santa Cruz, Dark Sky Choir, Noise Brigade – March 15, 2018 – Dantes – Portland, Oregon

First off, I’m a girl, and not a wrestling fan…so I have no idea what it’s like to watch Chris Jerico wrestle.  All I know is that he can sing, and people love him.  I love this band, mostly because I love Rich Ward’s Stuck Mojo, and he is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the privilege to [...]

By |March 15th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Watain, Destroyer 666, Degial  – March 14, 2018 – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne Theater

I was so excited for this show.  We were granted the interview with Erik of Watain, and I’d known this for weeks.  Being a fan of Watain, I wanted the interview to be flawless, plus…I have a burning desire to try and understand black metal in its entirety.  I don’t mean simply the music; I mean its full essence.   I love how I feel when [...]

By |March 14th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Old School Throwback Jam – Friday, March 2, 2018 – Moda Center – Theater of the Clouds – Show Review

It was a night made up of ten acts designed to remind us of a simpler time.  People of all ages attended, making the Moda Center come alive.  It was a night with promises of dancing and good music, with heavy hitting 80s acts like Lisa Lisa, the Jets, Expose, Taylor Dayne, on the bill. Walking into the Moda center was like [...]

By |March 2nd, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Toothgrinder – Code Orange – Meshuggah – January 25, 2018 – Portland, Oregon – Crystal Ballroom

To say I was excited for this show is a gross understatement.  I had been unaware of Meshuggah until 2004, and only discovered them after Dick Lovgren joined.  I’d met Dick back in 2000 when he subbed in for Peter of In Flames at Portland’s other historic venue, The Satyricon (RIP), and I’d always followed his career.  From 2004 when I first heard [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Show Reviews|0 Comments

Gwar, Ghoul, He Is Legend, U.S. Bastards – November, 1, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater

An hour and a half waiting in line in the freezing cold is how it started.  Just before doors, which were a bit later than listed, they separated us into “those with tickets,” and “those with will call” -  I was will call.  I was about the 20th person in line and bolted up to the over 21 section [...]

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Demon Hunter – November 4, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne Theater

I got to the venue right at 7:00 PM, when the doors opened.  It was a cold, dark, and rainy night, and to my surprise (and then horror) the line was two blocks long.  Behind me in line were three twenty-something, clean cut guys, who seemed to come from some distance.  The really talkative one was giving the other [...]

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Hollywood Undead, Butcher Babies, & Demrick – October 30, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater

Confusion plagued me when I got to the venue.  Did I want to stand up front?  Did I want to sit upstairs?  The delay in decision-making cost me a great seat, but I did end up sitting in the balcony for the show.  I was unfamiliar with Hollywood Undead, but had seen Butcher Babies several times.  My photographer just kept grinning [...]

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In This Moment – October 28, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Roseland Theater

In This Moment Show Review – Sunday, October 28, 2017 – Portland, Oregon It was drama at its finest at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon on October 28th, 2017.  Opening the show for In This Moment were Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2017’s Breakthrough Band Award winners, Avatar.  I was somewhat unfamiliar with their live show, and upon [...]

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Dope/(HED) pe – October 5, 2017 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, Oregon

(HED) pe and Dope Show Review - October 5, 2017 - Portland, Oregon ​Local favorites Toxic Zombie opened the show, however I unfortunately missed it due to a client call. I walked in as rap/rock locals DS8 started their first song. With some needed lineup changes, the actual band of DS8 was more of a [...]

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Coldplay, Tove Lo, Alina Baraz – October 2, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Moda Center

Alina Baraz serenaded the crowd with her pretty voice and jazzy band.  By the sound of her music, you’d assume she would fit right in at a small smoky jazz club, but on this night, she had the attention of Coldplay fans.  She was a tiny girl on a monstrous stage, but her voice was anything [...]

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Dark Tranquillity – September 30, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne Theater

Dark Tranquillity by: Susan Dusse ​September 30, 2017 was a night that I had been looking forward to for a long time…about a year actually.  Dark Tranquillity is one of my favorite bands, and I was fortunate to have been granted an interview.  I didn’t know with whom the interview would be, but I was ready for [...]

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Summer Slaughter 2017 – September 30, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Bossanova Ballroom

Advertised as the most extreme tour of the year, Summer Slaughter 2017 definitely lived up to the name. Portland, Oregon, a typically mild weathered place, was hot.  Really hot!  The line to get in was long, but the venue was efficient.  I was very far back in the line before the doors opened, worried that I’d miss Boudica.  But the [...]

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Nickleback / Daughtry – August 30, 2017 – Vancouver, Washington – Sunlight Amphitheater

I arrived just in time for Daughtry, unfortunately missing shaman’s Harvest.  Live Nation produced, “Feed the Machine Tour” stopped in Washington/Oregon as part of their 44 date North American Tour. I wasn’t an American Idol fan and didn’t see Daughtry perform, rather, I found him after he was on his own.  I looked him up after [...]

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Devil Driver, 36 Crazyfists, Tetrarch – August 19, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Hawthorne Theater

It was an early show on this hot August night, and I missed the first opener, Portland’s beloved Separation of Sanity.  I heard there were sound check or set up issues, and SOS’s set was cut to a mere three songs. I arrived just in time to see another Portland favorite, Von Doom.  Always a pleasure [...]

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Harefest 6 – July 7-9, 2017 – Canby, Oregon Pat’s Acres

Harefest 6 Review - Canby Rock Festival Suzi9mm In a year pretty much void of summer rock festivals, Jason Fellman (J-Fell Presents) and Joan Monen (The Wild Hare Saloon) gave us what we needed; An outside, two-day rock festival.  Publicly referred to as the “Cochella of the Pacific Northwest,” Harefest 6 was a huge success [...]

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Lita Ford – June 9, 2017 – Portland, Oregon – Dantes

I’d never seen Lita Ford before.  I have always been jealous of her.  You see, when I married at 20, I was told by my husband and his friends (ex-husband now) that during his stint in Los Angeles, in the early 80s, his hair band’s practice place was in the same building as Lita’s.  Word [...]

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