Joining A Day to Remember for their seventh sold out show at Stage AE was the notorious Wage War who just so happened to be the opening act for the night. Most times with opening acts, no one is particularly paying attention or really even cares because they’re usually there for the headliner or maybe even the direct support. Honestly, that was not the case this time around whether people knew who Wage War was or not, a lot of people left as a newfound fan of the hardcore/metalcore band.
Being the opening act is sometimes nerve racking, nice to get it over with but being the band that basically “sets the bar” could be the downfall for some if not most. Luckily, Wage War took the bar and smashed it through the roof! They weren’t afraid to go hard, strut their stuff, and have a good time. Starting off their set was one of their biggest headbanging songs “Stitch” before jumping right into “Alive” and “Enemy.”
Wage War ended up playing ten songs which is quite surprising that they were allotted that much time, but with them being close friends with Jeremy McKinnon for starters, and the excellent performance they conjured up its not surprising anymore. They played a solid mix though with their setlist as they played five songs from each of their two albums (setlist below). Aside from their heavier songs, they also had some singalong songs that really got the crowd involved which was a nice change of pace for their set. Like: Gravity, Don’t Let Me Fade Away, and Twenty One.
Luckily… if you missed Wage War this time around DO NOT WORRY because they will be returning to Pittsburgh this December with Oceans Ate Alaska, Gideon, Varials, and Loathe. If you are a metalcore/hardcore fan then I really don’t have to go into any details at all besides just saying that this is the show for you without question.
Don’t forget to checkout Wage War’s setlist and photos below!
The sibling acoustic duo from Southern Oregon, The Brothers Reed, are on a two-month national tour promoting their brand new album “Three” set to release on Jan.6th. They are performing at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh on February 15th.
“Their melodies make their music exceptional” – Natalie Johnson (music editor for Sneak Preview)
“…intoxicating sound a light in the darkness of the song craft” – Josh Gross (album review in Rogue Valley Messenger)
Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until two years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.
With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained.
Touring as a guitar-duo, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion and keys into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original. Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft.
Winners of 2014’s “Road to Nashville,” competition as well as finalists and crowd favorites of Britt Festivals 2015 “Rising Stars Contest,” the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. Their sophomore full length, Monster In My Head (released March 2016), is a power-punch follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed debut, Sick As Folk. Moving away from the stripped down approach of Sick As Folk, Monster In My Head combines full band instrumentation with the finest elements of folk, rock, R&B, country and reggae, to create a record that at 17 tracks is an ambitious yet fluid piece of work. The album also marks the group’s first effort at collaboration and features several guest artists including Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; Jazz is Dead), T.J. Eilers (Synrgy, Buckle Rash, The Illies) and Ambur Rose (Roses and Whiskey).
All aspects of the brand including management, website design, graphics, and album production (engineering, recording and mixing) is done completely by The Brothers.
Taking Back Sunday stopped by Pittsburgh’s own Stage AE the other night to have one major party on a Wednesday night. Fellow supporting acts Every Time I Die and All Get Out had the same mindset it seemed when it came to having some fun and truly rocking out. For a Taking Back Sunday fan though, this was definitely a show to see since their setlist was a solid mixture of older and newer songs so cover the whole bands rather large discography. Of course that includes some of Adam’s mic swinging antics and humorous stories throughout the night.
One of the two biggest mentions of the night was how there wasn’t one moment I could honestly recollect that there wasn’t a handful of fans singing along, or how spot on the band was when it came to their set. Every song was just so punchy and smooth at the same time which in turn tells me that this band has a lot more to offer still when it comes to playing shows and hopefully continuing to write new material in the years to come.
It was quite noticeable when Taking Back Sunday would play some older songs from one particular album (Louder Now) because the tempo of the whole performance just altered to a faster more energetic setting for everyone. Just goes to show that there’s always at least one album that will never die off and will always be the “go to” album for setlist songs. Even a Green Day song was played throughout the set to change things up a bit and to also keep things fresh.
Nineteen songs later, a couple of stories, and one killer performance later I can definitely say I left satisfied and had a fulfilled night that had me blaring my stereo on the way home. It just seems that Taking Back Sunday never really lets you down after all these years as an alternative band that just keeps on keeping on. Not a whole lot of better ways to put it.
The night seemed to be setting up for a perfect return home show for Pittsburgh’s own Rusted Root. Never having lost contact with its roots over the past 20 plus years, Rusted Root always plays one or two shows for their “first” fans here in Pittsburgh. Having the ability to having known and grown up with lead singer Mike Glabicki, I can tell you that not much has changed with the frontman over the years. Still a very easy going “people person” just like he was growing up. To put the exclamation mark on my point, Mike sat in the crowd prior to the show and for the entire opening act which was a very entertaining Nicholas David from the San Francisco area and more recently “The Voice”.
Nicholas David is a very peaceful soul as you can just tell from looking at him and listening to him direct folks prior to his show. His voice is soulful and strong and honestly, I can’t understand why he didn’t go farther on the show “The Voice”. He got some chops. He was very entertaining for the hour that he was on stage and kept then Pittsburgh crowd of around 400 right in the middle of his hands.
Rusted Root wasted zero time getting on stage. Nicholas Davis left the stage at 845pm and Mike and his bandmates were heading into the first song on 905pm. And the packed to the capacity crowd at Jergels’ in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh were ready for this year’s dose of Root!!
Welcome to My party was the opener and one that surprised me. They had opened with so many other songs on the past tour, it’s nice to be surprised these days with a great set opener. Glabick sounded great and well rested for the month off that they had had prior to the show. Martyr, Lost, Food and Monkey pants were the next few songs and again some surprises. The rest of the band, including Liz Berlin, sounded and played in top form. Liz’s voice always seems to saturate the venues that I catch them at around the country over the years. That’s one that you can always count on with Berlin’s vocals.
Glabicki’s vocals and guitar playing are and always have been top notch for the band that he wants to front. Nothing has changed since the last time I saw him play and sing. He makes magic come out of any guitar he picks up. Dirk Miller and Colter Harper on the other guitars always help left the songs into a different aura when it comes to a Root show. I guess that’s what they are supposed to do, but they do it tremendously. As always, Preach Freedom and bassist Patrick Norman truly complement each other when it comes to keeping the beat for the night. Both are tops at their game and really have given Root their “funk” over the years. I truly enjoy being on the side at a show and getting to see each of them perform and play.
The night continued into Cinnamon Girl, Blue Diamonds and Laugh along with Man, Not Machine. Glabicki and Berlin both need each other to make most of those songs work and leaving the crowd humming one of them on the way home from the show. While both are excellent vocalists, these core of songs are better with both of them singing on. The heart of the show included favorites Raw, VooDoo, Rebel, Rebel, and XTC. It was a great closing to an incredible night of Root music followed by an encore of Root anthems which included Scattered, Send Me on My Way and of course Back To Earth. All three of the songs on the encore were as powerful as the 3 opening songs. Root rarely loses it focus nor it’s ability to keep the sold out crowd dancing and wanting more.
The show ended just as it opened. Tons of Root fans looking for more Rusted Root.
And I must say on a final closing point. I got to the show early to watch some NCAA hoops and catch up with Mike Glabikci. IN that time, I noticed A LOT of young Rusted Root fans. To the point that off the side of the stage, I got to talking to a young gentleman who was about 14 years old. And I point blank asked him “are you here with your parents by choice or by force?” just joking around. And he looked me right in the eyes and said, “No, I’m a huge Rusted Root and Michael Glabicki fan…..”. I think the look back to him was as priceless as his was to me. It’s great to see ANOTHER generation of Rusted Root fans getting ready to take over and carry the torch.
Frank Iero and the Patience, will be playing the Pittsburgh’sThe Club at Stage AEon Sunday, April 23rd. Iero (formerly of My Chemical Romance) and his band are heading out on the road in support of Parachutes, their sophomore release via BMG/Vagrant Records (Oct. 2016).
Parachutes is an “enjoyably volatile” record, complete with fiery rock beats, buzzing guitar riffs, and raw songwriting (Rock Sound Magazine). Co-produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, The Cure, Deftones) and Steve Evetts (The Used, Saves The Day, Senses Fail), the album is heartfelt, while still maintaining its punk rock identity. Overall, “Iero has made a grand statement with Parachutes that should not be overlooked” (Alternative Press).
When you listen to The Shacks‘ self-titled, debut EP, you might imagine that Shannon Wise and Max Shrager are much older than their respective 18 and 20 years. But when Shannon’s whisper-vocals breeze through the speakers, you hear the youthfulness of their sound which then in turn explains the fearlessness of their songwriting.The Shacks EP was released on October 7 via Big Crown Records.
The Shacks will be at Rex Theater on Saturday, February 25
Both vaguely familiar and completely fresh, The Shacks are one of the most interesting NYC bands to surface in a minute. Since the release of their first single, “Strange Boy,” which they recorded with El Michels Affair, The Shackshave been compared to 90’s indie icons like Mazzy Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Broadcast. As good as those bands are, you wouldn’t find a single one of their records in Max and Shannon’s music collection. All these bands are drinking from the same well, just 20 years apart.
As any STYX fan in Pittsburgh, PA knows, their signature track “Renegade” has been an adopted theme song of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team for over a decade. They’ve sung the national anthem at many Steelers games in recent years and they’ll be proudly singing it once again at the Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday, October 2, which will be nationally televised on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET.
That same weekend, on Saturday, October 1, the band will dedicate their headlining show at Benedum Theatre in Pittsburgh to former Steelers Linebacker Kevin Greene, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2016. In his career, he played 228 games in 15 seasons, garnering 160.0 sacks, and being named to appear on the 1990’s All-Decade Team. Tickets are available on the venue’s website.
Kevin Greene will be awarded his Hall of Fame ring at Sunday’s game as part of a ceremony taking place at halftime.
As founder/guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young explains, “STYX met Kevin Greene for the first time when we performed at the Super Bowl in 2001. We were impressed with Kevin’s football career as well as the fact that he is a huge STYX fan from Southern Illinois. We’re profoundly honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh tradition of celebrating their Hall of Fame Inductees, especially this time as Kevin is being inducted. He’s a great guy, friend and football player. STYX is proud to be a part of the traditions as ‘Renegade’ has become a part of the 21st century Steeler Culture.”
“I grew up in Southern Illinois a STYX fan,” continues Kevin Greene.” It was great to finally meet the guys in 2001. We have been friends ever since, and I’m excited that my beloved Steelers have adopted the STYX song ‘Renegade’ as the unofficial Steeler fight song in the new millennium. Looking forward to a great concert Saturday in Pittsburgh. I’ll be there!!!”
The love for “Renegade” at all Steelers games started at a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on January 5, 2002. The Steelers were down 24-7 well into the third quarter. During a commercial break, a crew member at Heinz Field (home of the Steelers) decided to play “Renegade” in an effort to get the fans riled up and boost the momentum of the team. It was a moment that helped the team come back to win the game 36-33 and subsequently change Steelers history. Now, during the third quarter of Steelers home games, a video compilation of defensive plays are shown with “Renegade” playing in the background.
In further STYX news, the band–Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “JY” Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo—is already planning their schedule for 2017 which will include a five-night limited engagement with very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles–at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The show, “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” will be held on January 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at www.Venetian.com/StyxFelder.
For “Styx & Don Felder: Renegades In The Fast Lane,” STYX has created an exclusive set list and brand new stage production, while DON FELDER is also working on some exciting plans of his own for the Vegas extravaganza. The multi-show run will pay tribute to both STYX’s and DON FELDER’s combined 45-plus years as one of the most successful rock and roll bands in history and one of rock’s most illustrious guitar legends.
Meanwhile, September 2 marked the long-awaited release date of STYX: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Formats via Eagle Rock Entertainment. It captures the band performing in July 2014 such fan favorites as: “Too Much Time On My Hands.” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man),” “Renegade,” and more. It also includes a special surprise visit from DON FELDER for a rousing performance of “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).”
Dequay Means of Hazelwood, who reportedly hangs with Pittsburgh rapper Whiz Khalifa, has been arrested on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, conspiracy, illegally possessing a firearm, escape and carrying a firearm without a license in connection with the assault and carjacking of Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Adams. He is currently being held at the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Means is the second man to be charged in the stabbing of NFL offensive lineman Adams.
According to the Pittsburgh Triblive, “Means raps as “Quay Meanz” and is a self-proclaimed member of Khalifa’s “Taylor Gang,” a group of rappers and friends of the artist.
Mike Adams, 23, told Pittsburgh police three men approached him while he walked to his truck near 17th and East Carson streets about 2:55 a.m. Saturday. One of the men, who Adams identified as Means in a photo array, pointed a gun at him and threatened to shoot him in the face if he didn’t give the trio his truck, according to a criminal complaint. The gun looked to be upgraded with externally added AR-15 uppers which made it much powerful and lethal. It not only could hurt the person its who is being shot at but the force that the bullet is discharged at could even harm a passerby due to its force.
Another man, identified as Michael Paranay, 25, of Hazelwood, sucker-punched Adams in the face while a third man pulled out a knife, stabbed Adams in the abdomen and slashed his forearm, police said.
Adams underwent two surgeries for a lacerated colon at UPMC Mercy, Uptown, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Paranay dropped his cell phone when he fled, which police found and used to identify him as a suspect. Police charged him with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related crimes. When detectives went to Means’ home on Monongahela Street and told him they wanted to talk to him regarding the incident, he ran from detectives. About three hours later, he agreed to turn himself in.”