VandenBergs Moonkings @ Atak

Enschede October 10, 2014

by Jeanny Petrocchi

Vandenberg's Moonkings

Vandenberg’s Moonkings

Before they headed off to Japan for a show, the Dutch death metalband Vandenberg’s Moonkings announced that they will be performing at the venue in their hometown where their great adventure started …. Poppodium Atak in Enschede, The Netherlands. Vandenberg’s Moonkings started their European tour last February and ever since their first gig they managed to touch many souls with their music. We couldn’t expect less. Vandenberg has choosen his talented bandmembers wisely and with their expertise this mindblowing band was formed.

Vandenberg's Moonkings

Vandenberg’s Moonkings

The audience in Atak enjoyed of the authentic, modern take of classic rock of Vandenberg’s Moonkings. Check out the photoreport of this performance here.Besides their new songs they also played several well known ones, such as Burning heart and Here we go again. As the band stated on social media, they can’t wait to kick some Sumo sized ass at the mighty LoudPark Festival in Tokyo! Goodluck and have fun guys!

Vandenberg's Moonkings

Vandenberg’s Moonkings

Bolt Thrower at Baroeg O.A.

Rotterdam, September 20, 2014

by: Chérie, Metalphoto

Baroeg Open Air is an annual, one day, free Music Festival, held in the Zuiderpark in Rotterdam and organized by the famous poppodium Baroeg. Their line up is always amazingly good. This year the main stage counted several metal bands in various styles. The atmosphere at the festival was very nice; the vast community parc provided a peaceful and romatic ambiance, which was enhanced by the surprisingly good ‘indian summer’type of weather so late in the year. 7500 cheerful visitors had come to the festival and enjoyed music, played on three stages. A vast array of booths provided a lively market where records and band stuff could be bought.
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We exclusively went to see and photograph the UK Death Metal band Bolt Thrower on the main stage: the main act of this festival.

Click on this link to go to the photoreport.

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This band has been around for close to three decades, but keeps expressing the same young spirit and enthusiasm as back in the eighties.

The band, with their sympathetic frontman Karl Willets, attracted a full house at the main stage. In a show that lasted over an hour they satisfied the fans that had come from all over the country to listen to the well know repertoire that stood as a rock.
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Occultfest

Hoogeveen (NL) September 5-6, 2014

By Jeanny Petrocchi

Last weekend we were at Occultfest , a small metal music festival held at the town of Hoogeveen, in the county of Drenthe, The Netherlands. Deadbeat_3_van_13_This annual festival is being held for 12 years now, and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year. This year, however, there were not many visitors at the festival. Which was a a pity for we’ve seen performances of awesome local bands such as Grown Cold, Distillator, Ecocide, Legion of the damned, just to name a few. But still, as many of the visitors there, we had a blast on Saturday.

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A big thank you goes to the visitors that made this festival happen, also a big thank you to the organisation of Occultfest and of course all the volunteers and the bands that delivered great performances.
Click here for our photoreport of Saturday of the follwoing bands: Misanthropia, Imapalement, Stonehwak, Vopo’s, Grown Cold, Sudden Annihilation, Ecocide, Neckbreak Nation, Distillator, Deadbeat and Legion of the Damned.

Turock Open Air 2014

Essen, August 29-31, 2014
by: Jeanny Petrocchi

Turock, a venue where many great bands made their appearances over the years, had their annual 3 days open festival this year again. Turock Open Air metal festival 2014 was held in the city of Essen in front of the venue. Shadows_Fall_5_van_15_Excellent bands such as Diablo Blvd, Morgoth, Cryptopsy, Vanderbuyst, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Jungle Rot, Sanctuary, Wolf (just to name a few) where invited to make a blast again of this festival.

It was a rainy day, but even the decision of mother nature, couldn’t manage to ruin this day for the visitors. The performances in combination with the great ambience at TOA were the sunshine of that day.

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Turock O.A. 2014

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Click herefor some impressions of the following bands, that played on Saturday : Jungle Rot, Shadows Fall, Unearth, Vanderbuyst and Exumer. Unfortunately we couldn’t make pictures of Cryptopsy and Morgoth because, as many others that day, your photographer was one of the victims of pickpockets.

Afscheidsconcert The Rotted in Romein

Plaats: Leeuwarden (NL) – Datum: 13/09/2014
Deur open: 18:30 Prijs: Gratis Zaal: Jack Daniel’s Stage Genre: METAL / HARDCORE

Op 13 septemebr 2014 is de SEIZOENSOPENING DAG 2: HARD ‘N HEAVY met een avond hardrock, metal, punk en alle aanverwante genres. In de kleine zaal presenteert Metalization hun nieuwste verzamelaar. Op het hoofdpodium is er ruimte voor internationale acts als The Rotted (ex-Gorerotted). De Engelse band houdt er mee op en geeft hun allerlaatste show op het Europese vaste land. Er zullen zowel nummers van The Rotted als ook nummers van Gorerotted voorbij komen. Ook de Zweedse rock/metal act Mother Misery wordt speciaal ingevlogen naar Leeuwarden.
Geheel volgens traditie is de toegang helemaal gratis.

KLEINE ZAAL
19.00 – 19.30 Wickedly Cores
19.50 – 20.20 Kramtried
20.40 – 21.10 Sackback
21.30 – 22.00 Art of Pain
22.20 – 22.50 Spacejunk
23.10 – 23.40 Maycingers

JACK DANIEL’S STAGE
20:15 – 20:45 Bad Attitude
21.05 – 21.50 Disintegrate
22.10 – 22.55 Mother Misery
23.15 – 00.15 The Rotted

Malevolent Creation & support in Amsterdam

August 20, 2014 Winston Kingdom, Amsterdam (NL)
by Jeanny Petrocchi

Last wednesday we were at Winston Kingdom, a small venue just a few footsteps away from the red light district in Amsterdam, for another metal concert. Again, the organizer of this event, Snook Bookings, nailed it. Last time with Terrorizer in Utrecht and last wednesday in Amsterdam. Again a sold out show.
As usual a full house. The first performance was by the dutch band Ecocide, young guys really kicking asses with some old school death metal. It was a delighted warm up show for the audience.

Ecocide

Ecocide

The next band was De Profundis from London. After being blown away with old school death metal we switched to some progressive metal. We hope to see more of these guys in the near future. The beginning is there, we will not forget their names after THAT show in Amsterdam. They have been touring with Malevolent Creation in Germany, The Netherlands and the UK.

Sinister is not an unknown band and specially not in The Netherlands. They were very entertaining as always, giving all they’ve got with their characteristic sound and with their continuous input of energy on stage. Sinister style remains brutal, honest and satisfactory.

Drummer Sinister

Sinister

Headliner Malevolent Creation was also mindblowing. You can put them on a big stage at party San Open Air, or just a small stage at a small cozy venue in Amsterdam. One thing is for sure, these guys always deliver, no matter where or what the circumstances are. The guitar riffs were relentless, they work great with speed. Also a great combination with the vocals of Brett, this guy growls from the heart.
All in all it was a succes. Kudo’s to Snook Bookings, for booking again a great sold-out show were every single soul were having fun. I had hard times shooting pics from the audience, it was risky because of the constant pit they were having in a small venue and the lack of light which made it more difficult. But we had a great time and that is what counts. Keep an eye on Snook Bookings events, more greatness is on the way!

Into the Grave Festival (NL)

Leeuwarden (NL), August 9, 2014.

Photography by Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

More than 5000 metalheads gathered in the capitol of the Dutch province of Friesland, Leeuwarden, to this festival to witness the following great acts:
1. Teethgrinder 11.30 – 12.00
2. Hacride 12.25 – 13.00
3. VanderBuyst 13.30 – 14.10
4. Solstafir 14.40 – 15.30
5. Havok 16.00 – 16.50
6. Flotsam & Jetsam 17.20 – 18.10
7. Shirenic Plays Pungent Stench 18.40 – 19.35
8. Vader 20.05 – 21.05
9. Megadeth 21.45 – 23.00

Click here to see our photoreport of the following bands: Havok, Sólstafir, Flotsam and Jetsam, Schirenc plays Pungent Stench, Vader and Megadeth.

Megadeth at Into the Grave

Megadeth at Into the Grave

The organization of Into the Grave is focusing on another edition for next year after closing this year edition successfully.
Big thanks to the organization of Into the Grave, the volunteers and ofcourse the visitors that make this festival a great succes again. Early bird tickets are already available for the fifth edition of Into the Grave for only €6.66. Sepultura is the first band that has been confirmed for next year.

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Terrorizer concert

Bloodgod, Teethgrinder Terrorizer in DBs, Utrecht (NL), August 7, 2014

by: Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

We went to Utrecht at the DBs venue to be part of a sold out show of Terrorizer with opening act of Bloodgod and Teethgrinder.
Bloodgod, never heard of them before, but Gosh they were great and funny. We hope to see more of this Dutch death metal band from Utrecht. Teethgrinder were having some difficulties with the drumkit, but they’ve have managed to bring a quick solution so they can entertain the audience with their songs.

Terrorizer in DBs

Terrorizer in DBs

And then it was the turn for Terrorizer to make their appearance on stage. Besides the photographers, everyone were having fun slamming into each other on the mighty tunes of this legendary grindcore band. Founding legendary drummer Pete Sandoval (ex-morbid angel) performed together with the guitarist Lee Harrison (Monstrosity) and Sam Molina on bass and vocals.

Check out the photo’s of Jeanny Petrocchi of this concerthere.

Stonehenge Metal Festival – Photo Report

Steenwijk, July 26th 2014, The Netherlands

by Jeanny Petrocchi

This 20th anniversary edition of Stonehenge would never have been possible without the enthusiasm of all the bands, volunteers and visitors.

Burning Hatred

Burning Hatred


Stonehenge has first been first organized, back in 1995, by a few guys who lived in the Dutch town of Steenwijk (Overijssel). And 20 years later this annual event is still on. It has always remained a small cozy festival at the venue of the cultural youth centre De Buze, originally with only one small stage. This year they managed to get a bigger stage outside. Thumbs up to the Stonehenge organization. Up to next year, hopefully at a fully renewed venue.
Obituary

Obituary


Presales have started on 4 August 2014 with 500 earlybird tickets.
Bands that are already confirmed for next year are: Master, Taake, Izegrim, Dictated, Sabiendas, Broken Hope and Smothered making it an very interseting line up.

Click here to see our photo report of this 20th anniversary edition:
Burning Hatred, Katalepsy, Beheaded, Impaled Nazarene, Igorr, Eyeconoclast, Bliksem, Entrails, Sinister, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Immolation, Possessed and Obituary.

Stonehenge 2015

Stonehenge 2015

Wacken Open Air 25 Photoreport

Wacken (DE), July 31- August 1 & 2, 2014

by Jeanny Petrocchi

Wacken Open Air 2014

Wacken Open Air 2014

Germany does not only have one of the best soccer team in the world, but it also has world’s biggest metal festival: Wacken Open Air.
This year, on their 25th anniversary, Wacken offered the usual vast variety of metal. Over 100 bands performed at this huge, three days, festival. Among these bands were headliners such as Motorhead, King Diamond, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Emperor, Megadeth, Kreator, Sodom and Amon Amarth which made their appearance on the Black Stage and True metal Stage. Also there were many other great bands that performed on the wet stage, headbanger stage and party stage.
Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica

We also have the results of the 10th edition of the International metal battle finals. The winner this year is In Mute from Spain. 2nd place Dirty Shirt from Rumania. 3rd place Huldre from Denmark. 4th place Evocation from China and 5th place Convivum from Sweden.

Check our photo report of some impressions at the Wacken village and several bands that performed at this annual event.
Bands that are already confirmed for 2015 are:
Transiberian Orchetstra – Savatage – Running Wild – In Flames – In Extremo – U.D.O. – Sabaton – Amorphis – Death Angel – Powerwolf – Ensiferum – Kataklysm – Cannibal Corpse – Sepultura – Thyrfing
Sad news for the ones that didn’t get a ticket yet: the Wacken 2015 tickets are already sold out for the 10th time in a row and in less than 24 hours!

Wacken Open Air 2014

Wacken Open Air 2014

Zwarte Cross Festivalverslag 2014

Na jarenlang verwend te zijn met drie dagen van de beste metal op het Aardschok Podium moesten de metalheads op de Zwarte Cross het vorig jaar doen met een redelijk leuke Meltdown. Toch was de sfeer er … laten we zeggen… anders. In 2014 gooide De Feestfabriek het bij de Zwarte Cross over weer een andere boeg, namelijk met een intiem podium voor Underground Rock en een beetje Metal: The Roadhouse.Zwarte-Cross-Logo Op zich geen slechte zaak, want de grote namen uit de metalwereld doen ons landje al vaak genoeg aan op andere podia. The Roadhouse is een intieme schuur (Barn) waar slechts een paar honderd man in passen. Er trad veel Nederlands talent op, te beginnen op vrijdagmiddag, waaronder de indruk wekkende Nijmeegse stoner-achtige rock band Navarone. Maar er waren ook veel Amerikaanse bands op bezoek. Zoals op vrijdagavond de alternatieve Country Punk Rockers Slim Cessna’s Autoclub uit Denver, die onze absolute favoriet was gevolgd door de New Yorkse punkband Dirty Fences en om middernacht stond als hoofdact hun stadgenoot Jon Spencer Blues Explosion op het podium, met alternatieve rock.
Op zaterdagavond was o.a. de Finse hardrockband Santa Cruz te zien en de Amerikaanse Red Fang uit Montana, maar ook het internationaal bekende Nederlandse trio De Wolff, bekend van o.a. PinkPop 2010. Dit blues trio trad overigens ook eerder die avond op op het Hoofdpodium; om die tijd concurreerden ze met The Pheromones in The Roadhouse. Voor ons geen moeilijke keuze, The Pheromones rockten meer naar onze smaak.
Op zondagmiddag speelde, na een warming up door o.a. het Nederlandse Traumahelikopter -die we helaas misten doordat de cross een te aantrekkelijk programma bood – en de enthousiasmerende Spaanse hardrockband 77, het razend populaire Eindhovense Peter Pan Speedrock, voor een volgepakte schuur. Het daarop volgende Utrechtse Birth of Joy (bekend van DWDD en PinkPop) boeide een uur lang met hun unieke sound van moderne psychelisch aandoende rock. Dit trio bestaat uit de energieke frontman vocalist en gitarist Kevin Stunnenberg, bijgestaan door organist, Gertjan Gutman, die bij tijd en wijle de sound van Ray Manzarek (Doors) feilloos weet op te roepen en drummer Bob Hogenelst . De grand finale was voor de Zweedse heavy rockband Truckfighters maar toen waren wij, na 3 dagen uiterst geslaagde festiviteiten, helaas de terugtocht al aangevangen.

Op de website van de Zwarte Cross staat nog het programma van The Roadhousee waar je ook naar muziekfragmenten van alle geprogrammeerde bands kunt luisteren.

Dong Open Air

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by Jeanny Petrocchi

Last weekend we were at the Moshmore Hill for Dong Open Air.
When we arrived we were told that we can take a shuttle to the hill. After 2 hours waiting, we decided to climb the hill and carrying our backpack and cameras. We were very exhausted and almost dehydrated because it was 35 degrees. Therefore, because of these circumstances we’ve missed a few bands on Thursday. Besides the shuttle service, everything was well organized. It’s a cozy festival were you can eat well, and drink delicious Desperados. Because of two days of excessive warmth, the volunteers were spraying everyone with water to freshen up. There were firemen and Red cross volunteers at the premises to intervene in case of an accident or injuries.
Click HERE for a full photo report of the performing bands:
Thursday: MOTORJESUS and GRAVE DIGGER.
Friday: SKILTRON, THE SCALDING, KATALEPSY, GRAILKNIGHTS, MILKING THE GOATMACHINE, ANNIHILATOR.
There was a great after show on Friday from PAPPE OF DESTINY. They performed a great Rammstein playback show and ofcourse combined with fireworks.
Saturday: THE CRIMSON GHOSTS, MAAT, CONTRADICTION, NEGATOR, SATAN, HAIL OF BULLETS and ARCH ENEMY.
After the show we spoke to our colleagues from the press and several Arch enemy fans to hear what they think of the new singer Alissa White-Gluz. Well of the 30 people we have talked with, only 1 guy said that he was blown away. The other opinions were ‘’She’s ok. But she’s not Angela Gossow’’.
Personally I think she did a very good job. With time she will feel more comfortable on stage and dealing with a huge fan club will be a piece of cake for her. Vocals and stage presence were really great. It’s not easy to even or top a great female singer such as Angela Gossow. We think she will be soon there delivering as much as energy as the former singer of Arch Enemy but in her OWN way, no doubt about it. It’s just the beginning!
Last but not least a very special thanks for the entire crew of Dong Open air! Up to next year!

Metal op Nijmeegse Vierdaagse Feesten

Op zaterdag 12 juli 2014 zijn de fameuze Vierdaagse Feesten in Nijmegen begonnen en ze trapten deze avond meteen goed af met een portie metal.
Tussen alle activiteiten zijn er wat weinig metal concerten

Through the Struggle

Through the Struggle


Metalphoto maakte foto’s van de volgend bands op podium Voerweg, Valkhofpark Nijmegen.:
19 – 19:30 uur: Through the struggle
Through The Struggle is de winnaar van de Roos van Nijmegen 2014. Na in 2010 begonnen te zijn als hardcoreband hebben ze het roer wat omgegooid en zijn ze naar een meer dynamisch en melodische sound gegroeid.

21:30 – 22:30: Monomyth:
Monomyth uit Den Haag laveert met het grootste gemak tussen psychedelische rock, spacerock, krautrock en stonerrock. (Foto’s volgen nog)
23:15 – 00:15: Pro-Pain
Het New Yorkse Pro-Pain werd begin jaren negentig opgericht en laten sindsdien overal een verpletterende indruk achter met hun unieke, ongehoord strakke en energieke mix van hardcore met metal. (Foto’s volgen nog)

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Nile concert at Poppodium Metropool, Hengelo (NL)

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On Sunday 29th of June 2014 we were at the Nile show at the venue of Metropool. As you may know, the spelling music and lyrics of this American death metal band is inspired by ancient Egyptian history.
The band is curently working on a new album and we were very impressed by the new songs they played at this concert, which was held in the cosy small venue of Poppodium Metropool.

To all Nile fans: we advise you to keep an eye on the Nile website, for the release date of their new album, At the Gate of Sethu.

Photography: Jeanny Petrocchi

Dokk’em Open Air 2014 Metal Festival

Dragon Girls

Dragon Girls

Dokk’em Open Air 20 & 21 June 2014 Again this year we went to Dokkum, located in the county of Friesland, The Netherlands, for a two days festival of the Dokk’em Open Air Metal Festival. The festival and camping were jam packed with metalheads. They all came to see an incredible line up with a wide range of variety of metal that DOA had to offer this year again.

Besides music for all ears, there were special fire acts by the sexy Dragon Girls and funny but very entertaining music of “De boodschappers van het algemene nut” which means “The messengers of the public benefit”.

On the 2nd day, unfortunately TROLL had to cancel and in a short time the organization of DOA managed to replace them with a Dutch black metal band called Cirith Gorgor.
Other bands on this day were Nocturnus AD, M.O.D., Freedom Call, Mayan, Arkona, Napalm Death, Gamma Ray, Death DTA and Metal Church.

Big thanks go to the entire organization of DOA and last but not least the volunteers which makes this festival possible. Up to next year!

Click here for the full photo report of the performing bands Carach Angren, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Vicious Rumors and Annihilator on Day One and Cirith Gorgor, Nocturnus AD, M.O.D., Freedom Call, Mayan, Arkona, Napalm Death, Gamma Ray, Death DTA and Metal Church and their enthusiastic audience.

Audience Dokk'em Open Air

Audience Dokk’em Open Air


Photography by Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

Devious farewell party with Deifecation and Extreem Eczeem

Saturday May 24th, we were at the farewell show of Devious at the Metropool venue in Hengelo, The Netherlands.
After 13 years, the band decided to stop, but not without throwing a big party. Everyone who participated in this band for the past 13 years, had one last chance to shred, growl, slap the bass or hit the drums on the stage.

Devious

Devious


Deifecation and Extreem Eczeem reunited for this special occasion.
Jeanny Petrocchi shot a nice photo report on this occasion.

Kings of Black Metal Festival 2014

Alsfeld, DE, April 5, 2014 by Chérie

_FAL2860Burning Stage Concerts had once more created a Black Metal event that attracted fans from all over Europe, to the charming medieval city of Alsfeld. Nobody else than BM legends Mayhem were headlining this 2-day festival. But many more illustrious bands, from all over the world, were on stage that were just as exciting to see and hear.

Where in the world can one leisurely hang out in the city center, enjoying great music by famous underground bands, zipping beer with one’s peers in the public parking lot, smoking, getting drunk and stoned, fall asleep on the pavement, under the guidance of caring paramedics and in the security of private guards and kind policemen in surveillance vehicles?

No, this is not a fairy tale … this is Alsfeld in 2014. Check out the full photo report of Kings of Black Metal! Continue reading

Sargeist & Nightbringer – Photos of Disciples Tour

Photo’s of the Disciples of the Void Tour of the Black Metal bands Sargeist (FIN) & Nightbringer (USA) (2014) taken by Metalphoto in Willemeen, Arnhem (March 23 2014) are now on line!

Nightbringer (USA) live at Willemeen.

Nightbringer (USA) live at Willemeen.

This fine Underground Show was the first multi-national export product of the German organizer Drohende Schatten, who specializes in this genre. A venue packed with true lovers of Black Metal had come from all over The Netherlands to watch and listen to a selection of quite esoteric bands: Irkallian Oracle (Sweden), Sargeist (Finland), Pseudogod (Russian Federation), Nightbringer (USA).
Irkallian Oracle, was here for the first time and impressed with their psychedelic Black Metal, dressed in monkshoods and playing on a dark, red lighted stage. We present an atmospheric impression of two beloved underground bands: Sargeist and Nightbringer, who both are convincingly true to the old roots of BM.

If you like these pictures you may also like Chants of Evil, Metalphoto’s book on Black Metal, which is still available from our Metalphoto shop and from Amazon !

Interview Sepultura / Andreas Kisser

By Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto – March 7, 2014

Metalphoto: First of all thank you for this opportunity Andreas. Tell us about the new album: The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
Andreas: Album came out Sepultura_6_van_25_last year, about October. We took about 4 to 5 months to write everything. We started working on it last year in February/March. And then already in June we went to the US to record the album with Ross Robinson, which was the producer of the Roots album we did back in 95. So it was cool to meet Ross again, you know, he really understands the band and the way he records is very much the way we like to record, very organic, you know, like jamming in the room and stuff. So it was a perfect choice. We spend like a month and a half in Venice beach at his house, Continue reading

Interview Legion of the Damned

By Jeanny, Metalphoto – with Harold Gielen and Twan van Geel

If you never heard of Legion of the Damned before, you have probably been swallowed by a black hole far far away in the unknown galaxy…. Anyway, your chance is here to go and see them for they’re currently touring Europe with Sepultura from Brazil. Metalphoto interviewed the Dutch death/trash metal band, on this occasion.

Legion_of_the_Damned_3_van_27_Metalphoto: Hi guys, tell us a little bit about your latest album, Ravenous Plague.
Harold: Ravenous Plague album is a new album and is released in the first week of January by Napalm Records. Continue reading

Interview with Johnny Solinger of Skid Row

08.11.2013

United World Rebellion Tour

‘’Gotta keep on fighting and never stop!
United we stand. United we never shall fall!’’

Hard Rock veterans SKID ROW has been around for almost 30 years and they’re still kicking ass!
Before the show we had the opportunity to interview Skid Row’s lead singer Johnny Solinger.

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