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Friday night was set to be a great night of music as Skid Row and Vixen were in town to perform a sold out show at the Snoqualmie Casino. I have always been a huge fan of Skid Row and Vixen so the opportunity to see them both in one night had me very eager for the show. Add a beautiful night at the outdoor venue at the Snoqualmie Casino and great lighting and the night was set up to be spectacular.

The night started with Vixen and three of their four original members. Tragically, Jan Kuehnemund, founder and lead guitarist of Vixen lost her battle with cancer in 2013. The other band members decided to honor Jan by carrying on the band and the legacy of great female made rock music. The band opened with “Rev It Up”, one of the hits from the album of the same name. Vocalist Janet Gardnersounded great throughout the whole set. She just released her first self titled solo album Janet Gardneron Friday as well and it has been getting rave reviews from critics so far. The rest of the night was classic Vixen. They effortlessly performed hits like “Edge of a Broken Heart”, “How Much Love” and “Streets of Paradise” amongst other great songs. I never had the opportunity to see Vixen before Friday night and this was definitely on my bucket list. Thank you for a great show ladies. I hope to see you again in the near future.

Next were the headliners Skid Row. In my opinion, their first two albums Skid Row and Slave to the Grind are among the finest metal albums released in the MTV era of metal. As you all know, Sebastian Bach exited as vocalist of Skid Row some time ago and late last year Skid Row announced the new permanent vocalist as ZP Theart, formerly of DragonForce, who toured with Skid Row as their vocalist during their 2016 tour. He was spectacular on vocals. Skid Row opened with “Slave to the Grind” and then proceeded to crush with one hit after another. “Sweet Little Sister” was great to hear live and then a couple songs later it was “18 and Life” and the place exploded. It gave me goosebumps how good it sounded. I felt like I was back in 1989 seeing the band for the first time live. Other highlights included “Monkey Business”, “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild”. I honestly had forgotten how awesome Skid Row is. When it was over I was exhausted from photographing, headbanging and singing along all at the same time. The show was spectacular. This band is a good time, great sounding and a show I can’t recommend enough to you to go see.

After the show I had a chance to talk with ZP Theart. He expressed how excited he was to be in Skid Row and looking forward to more shows to come. He said the tour had been very successful with a lot of sold out shows. We continued to talk about metal in general and the resurgence we are seeing of 80’s metal bands which is great. I thanked him for a great show and off I went already reminiscing in my mind how great a time I just had.


On a slightly overcast evening, the stage was set at Snoqualmie Casino for an outdoor amphitheater style performance by a couple of bands who had dominated the eighties heavy / glam / hair metal scene. The show was a sell out with many folks who were excited and eager to see bands they grew up listening to. It was going to be an riveting event with many folks ready to sing along with their favorite songs.

Skid Row, made up of Dave Sabo (guitar), Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Rob Hammersmith (drums), and ZP Theart (vocals) performed a set list filled with selections that were in heavy rotation on many a radio station and MTV’s Head Banger’s Ball back in the day. Opening the set with the title track to their second album Slave to Grind, the band was on fire and put any doubts as to whether Theart could deliver on the vocals to rest. With Sabo, Bolan, Hill, and Hammersmith doing a superb job on their respective instruments and also providing great backing vocals and harmonies, the band ripped through many fan favorites such as “Sweet Little Sister”, “Piece of Me”, “18 and Life”, “Big Guns”, and a cover of “Psycho Therapy” by the Ramones.

The crowd was on its feet the entire show. Singing along with Theart, it was evident that everyone in attendance was having a great time. Bolan commented on how great it was to see so many in attendance, many wearing shirts of their favorite bands. Bolan then went on to say that music is what brings everyone together.

Sabo and Bolan have not lost their touch or their intensity when it comes to their playing. Hammersmith was solid on the drums. The band kept their set mostly focused on their eponymous debut, Skid Row, as well their second release Slave to the Grind, though they did play the track “We Are The Damned” off their EP Rise of the Damnation Army.

Opening the show were hard rockers Vixen, who are made up of Janet Gardner (vocals / guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), Roxy Petrucci (drums) and Britt Lightning (lead guitar). The band played the songs that they are famous for. Ripping through “Rev It Up,” “How Much Love,” and “Streets in Paradise” as well as the always popular “Edge of a Broken Heart,” Vixen were awesome to see and hear live. Though the crowd was thin as the band started their set, people made their way into the venue and had an awesome rockin’ time!

Skid Row are hitting the UK in March 2018 for an extensive tour. The New Jersey heavy metal bastions will play a total of 15 dates including a very special co-headline show at London Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday 11th March with Night Ranger.

After playing Dublin, Skid Row play Belfast Limelight on Saturday 3rd March and then take in venues across Scotland, England and Wales before wrapping up at Nottingham Rock City on Thursday 22nd March.

Support on all the Skid Row headlined dates will come from fellow Planet Rock favourites Toseland, who triumphed at our inaugural Winter’s End Festival back in February. We've secured a 48-hour presale to the Skid Row tour, which kicks off at Planet Rock Tickets at 9am on Wednesday 5th July.

See Skid Row at the following shows:

MARCH 2018 *Dublin Academy – Fri 2nd *Belfast Limelight – Sat 3rd O2 ABC Glasgow – Mon 5th Inverness Iron Works – Tue 6th O2 Academy Newcastle – Wed 7th *Sheffield Corporation – Fri 9th O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Sun 11th (Co-headline show with Night Ranger) *Hull Welly – Mon 12th Manchester Academy 2 – Wed 14th Cardiff Uni Y Plas – Thu 15th Liverpool Hanger 34 – Fri 16th *Coventry Kasbah – Sat 17th Norwich Waterfront – Mon 19th O2 Academy Bristol – Tue 20th Brighton Concorde 2 – Wed 21st Nottingham Rock City – Thu 22nd

* Not part of the presale

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