Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill, Darien (US)

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ANVIL / PARADOXX / SPYDERBONE

Date: 04th November, 2011
Venue: Q Sports Bar & Grill
Ticket: $12/15 (€8/10)
Promoter: n/a
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DimK: What is the best way to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend? Of course, a Metal concert and if you add ANVIL on the mix then it’s guaranteed to have genuine fan in the old school way. It didn’t matter that we had watched ANVIL a couple of months ago since getting a new dose of Canadian Metal is at least a pleasure. And METAL KAOZ does not share the ‘I have seen them live before’ mentality some pretend-to-be metalheads have.

The only setback for that night was getting off work late enough to miss most of the opening band’s setlist. But I did get the chance to watch SPYDERBONE perform the last three songs of their set, even though most of the audience was sitting in the back, enjoying some cold ones. The sound and the light were very good and hence I did enjoy the music of the Chicago based band. Ok, SPYDERBONE seem to belong to the mainstream US Metal scene with references to GODSMACK, maybe a pinch of BLS and other modern stuff that I have to admit are not on the top of my choice list. But their performance was tight and I have to give kudos to Michael Allen Gould for his very good vocals and to Jon Fixmer for the pretty good down tuned riff collection. The band looked quite stationary but there was not much to do in front of a mainly sitting audience who also was well past their 30s (me included).

SPYDERBONE setlist:

01. "Wicked City"
02. "Bloodshot"
03. "Haunted"
04. "Boiled In Lead"
05. "Crutch"
06. "Your God"
07. "Fire In The Sky"

SPYDERBONE

Spyderbone @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Spyderbone @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Spyderbone @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Spyderbone @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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MariaV: After SPYDERBONE’s set, it was time for Darien to deal with history and enjoy some real US old school Heavy Metal; Chicagoneans PARADOXX stepped on stage to warm the audience up for ANVIL, as they did 28 years ago. Yep, history is a bitch and keeps on repeating itself and that’s the way we like it! Jon Dobbs, keeping his leading role behind this band that has only one EP under the belt, was on the vocals and guitar in great shape (even though he reminded me James Hetfield’s moves and poses behind the mic) and everybody seemed to enjoy PARADOXX’s fine Metal tunes. It was really awesome to listen to songs like “Unbroken” and “Night Ryder” live (I love the way Q Billiards dealing with the sound - it’s like listening to a CD) but PARADOXX didn’t stop there; they treated us with a couple of covers of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds And Rust” and Y&T’s “Forever” which also was their closing track of the night, being the perfect support for the Great Canadians! Well, watching all those smiles upon the crowd’s faces after the end of PARADOXX’s set is more than a proof of my saying, don’t you think?

PARADOXX setlist:

01. "Unbroken"
02. "Night Ryder"
03. "Dead Flowers"
04. "Diamonds And Rust"
05. "Don't Let Go"
06. "Live Free Or Die"
07. "Assassin Of Youth"
08. "Forever"

PARADOXX

Paradoxx @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Paradoxx @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Paradoxx @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Paradoxx @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Paradoxx @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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DimK: The low stage and the absence of separating barriers was a great configuration for an intimate show by a band that has not given up for all these years and has been the source of inspiration for many others. It is true (and sad) that it took a movie (many don’t know the existence of the book) to draw the scene’s attention and give the band a chance to play in front of a variety of audiences: from the European almost filled venues to the US smaller clubs in front of the dedicated and middle aged metalheads. Yep, inside the venue were no more than 70 heads sadly underlining the fact that inside Reggies three months ago were mainly I-was-also-there guys and girls who had not a single clue about the Canadian Metal legendary band. On the other hand, that fact enhanced the family atmosphere, making it a true ANVIL experience!

Watching Lips preparing his gear I thought he looked a little bit tired and that was not a big surprise since the band has been on the road and the tour bus for quite sometime, draining all his love for Metal energy. So, I couldn’t help thinking that maybe the weak attendance could be one of the reasons for him to look tired. But ANVIL have been in similar situations, right?

These questions were about to be answered since the lights were dimed and the three Canadians were ready to hit the stage. Lips took his guitar and stepped off the stage, standing among the audience spreading waves of enthusiasm around. Did I mention how tired he looked? Yeah, that made me looked fool enough, since Lips was pumped and ready to put his soul in another ANVIL show. “Chicago, are you ready? Here’s “March Of The Grabs”simply said and off we went with trademark ANVIL concert opener. With Lips’ return on the stage, ANVIL hit us with one of my personal favorites, “666”. Ok, you can now delete and forget what I said about how Lips looked like, since “School Love” came next, taking no prisoners. G5 was once again impressive banging on his 5-string bass and in total synchronization with Lips, changing onstage positions or approaching the drum kit while keeping the rhythm section as tight as possible. Of course, Robb was the ultimate power behind the drum kit, presenting his Jazz-influenced playing (pay close attention to how he holds the drum sticks), pumped with high energy levels many of the new bands dream of. No, it is not just all about onstage experience; whoever has been to an ANVIL show should know what I am talking about. It’s all about doing what you love and this band has gone many ups and downs and has many scars to prove it and still is going strong in every single night no matter the number of tickets.

“Who has the new ANVIL album?” rhetorically asked Lips as he watched many raised hands as a response, so, getting “Juggernaut Of Justice” was expected. It is true that there were no surprises in the setlist, since the band pretty much followed the same song-sequence with the show in Reggies but I don’t think someone felt disappointed. Even if Lips shared the same stories in between the songs about how he met Dio and had breakfast with him and how Steve O (from the “Jackass” TV show) explained the proper spelling of the word Canada. He even took some electric juice from the guitar cable, placing the plug on his tongue, seconds before he responded to a female fan who said “I want some of it!” by saying “I can put this somewhere to make your ‘hairs’ fall off” giving a good laugh to all of us.

After the BLACK SABBATH-esque “This Is Thirteen”, it was dildo time! Yep, “Mothra” was next featuring the legendary solo that provoked many reactions by the feminism movement back in the old days. There was nothing rehearsed and there was nothing planned from Lips who still enjoys getting the mixed reactions from the ANVIL fans who simply love this. The song ended with Lips using the guitar pickups as a microphone saying Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. It should be noted that he also dedicated “Mothra” to the Japanese people who have battling with the recent disaster and doing a great job putting everything back in place.

There were no long breaks and there were no holding back and ANVIL gave everything they could from the stage to satisfy the fans who came to watch the band ‘in action’. The bonding between the fans and the band becomes so evident during intimate shows like this, proving that dedication was the only fuel the 80s band had in their tanks. It was awesome and kind of moving watching Lips standing on the left of the stage, headbanging as his longtime friend (‘brother’ would fit best their relation) Robb storming his drum kit during the trademark “White Rhino” track. “This one is the Metal anthem, being the reason why you and we are here” added the singer and ANVIL got busy with “Metal On Metal”. And that was the end of the band’s setlist, but everyone knew that was more. So, under the fans’ chanting, the band with huge smiles on their faces returned and hit us with “Forged In Fire” and “Running”. The Canadians are still going strong and I have to blow my own horn by saying that I will watch them again in a couple of weeks upon German soil. These guys are enjoying every minute of this second era success that the movie exposure gave them. They have not changed a bit and still give 100% to satisfy the fans and holding nothing for themselves. I just hope people will not turn their back on them after the movie-fame has faded away. The following lyrics excerpt from “On Fire” says it all...

“I love just what I do
Won't stop until I'm through
Never take me away
I give it all I got
You know I'll never stop
You know I'm here to stay”

ANVIL setlist:

01. "March Of The Crabs"
02. "666"
03. "School Love"
04. "Juggernaut Of Justice"
05. "Winged Assassins"
06. "On Fire"
07. "This Is Thirteen"
08. "Mothra"
09. "Thumb Hang"
10. "White Rhino"
11. "Fuken Eh!"
12. "New Orleans Voodoo"
13. "Metal On Metal"
14. "Forged In Fire"
15. "Running"

ANVIL

Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)
Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos) Anvil @ Q Sports Bar & Grill (photos by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos)

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