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Blackout Balter: Debut EP Twist & Bend

“They have taken this gem out the rubble and polished it to brilliance.”

(Editor: This is so odd – this was one of our most read album reviews ever with well over 1,000 Likes on Facebook, but the damn Facebook widget got stuck on 4 Likes. Rest assured Phil, this one was pretty damn popular – well done!)

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The Killers Entertain Orlando


he Killers at Hard Rock Orlando
The Killers at Hard Rock Orlando – Credit: Torey Mundkowsky

The Killers Concert Review

All Killer, No Filler! Yup, I know that was a Sum 41 album, but it’s also the perfect tagline for the fantastic rock show put on by The Killers last night.  Brandon Flowers and his band mates commanded the Orlando’s Hard Rock stage and blew the crowd away with a stellar set that quite literally was highlight packed from start to finish.

The Las Vegas based quarter (turned sextet for this tour) sounded superb from the opening notes of “Mr Brightside” to the last rousing flourish of “When You Were Young.” It’s nothing short of impressive that this talented band has turned out so many superb songs in their brief four album career and that they were able to fill almost the entire hour and forty-five minute show with hugely popular hits.

Guitarist Dave Keuning and drummer Ronnie Vannucci were rock solid all night, and bassist Mark Stoerner truly shined with his hard driving bass lines, but this band revolves around the charismatic Flowers, and on this night, he was damn near spectacular. His voice was superb on every song, his keyboards were excellent, and his showmanship top-notch. Permanent smile plastered on his face, he was all over the stage interacting with the fervid crowd constantly.

With the Who’s classic “Eminence Front” playing over the P.A., The Killers took the stage with all of the house lights on to Mr. Brightside, one of many cuts off of their impressive debut Hot Fuss. Playing the track with the lights on was one of a handful of nice surprises throughout the evening. At one point early in the show, Flowers slid behind the piano and played the first verse of “Human,” before the band kicked into “Bling (Confessions of A King).” From there they played a few other songs, before ultimately returning to finish “Human.”

“Tiffany stole this from Tommy James, we’re stealing it back,” offered Flowers before the band launched into a searing version of  “I Think We’re Alone.” The band tore into a raucous, chaotic cacophony before melding into a slick version of “Somebody Told Me.” And on the opposite end of the spectrum, we saw a cool duet between Flowers and Keuning during a tender version of “A Dustland Fairytale.”

The crowd was vocal all night, whether prodded by Flowers or not, and truly shined during “Bling (Confessions of A King),” “Human” and “From Here On Out,”  But, the singalong moment of the night was clearly the main set finale of “All These Things That I Have Done,” where the 3,000 folks in attendance boomed the chorus “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” for a full two minutes.

The Killers at Hard Rock Orlando
The Killers at Hard Rock Orlando – Credit: Torey Mundkowsky

The highlight of the night was the four song encore. Members of the opening band The Virgins joined The Killers on-stage for a cover of Neil Young’s “Albuquerque.” From there it was a great version of “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,” that was presented with a much darker feel which fit the song perfectly. The final two songs, again had the crowd thoroughly engaged, explosive versions of “Battle Born” and “When You Were Young.”

The Hard Rock venue was perfectly suited for the band, and the sold out crowd was in rare form, dancing and answering every call with loud vocals throughout the show.  It was also nice to see such diversity in the crowd, with fans from the single digits to senior citizens – all of whom who left pretty damn happy.

Setlist

Mr. Brightside
Spaceman
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
Human (Part One)
Bling (Confession of a King)
Change Your Mind
Miss Atomic Bomb
Human
Somebody Told Me
I Think We’re Alone Now (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
For Reasons Unknown
From Here On Out
A Dustland Fairytale
Read My Mind
Runaways
All These Things That I’ve Done

Encore:
Albuquerque (Neil Young cover)
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
Battle Born
When You Were Young

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Central Florida August Rock Music Calendar


 

August Rock Music Calendar

It’s a great month Rock And Roll Animals with a diverse appetite for rock music.  The weekend of May 17th in Orlando is a whole month’s worth of great, and very different rock music packed into three fantastic nights – from the ultimate in classic rock, to some great new punk and a killer free show.  Over the rest of the month there is amazing alternative rock all over the schedule.  Lots of stuff to choose from, especially when you add in Jacksonville and Tampa area shows.  Nice…

Orlando

8/01 – American Idols Live, Amway Center. We don’t watch the show, so not really sure, but have to imagine at least one or two of the acts are rock…

8/02 – “Big Night Out Tour” – Fuel, Hoobastank, LIT and Alien Ant Farm – this is one hell of a nice 90’s line-up at HOB.

8/09 – Saigon Kick, The Social

8/10 – Adam Ant, Hard Rock Live

8/12 – OneRepublic, Hard Rock Live

8/14 – The Cult, House of Blues. These guys are just great live and this time they offer up their near perfect album “Electric” in its entirety.
8/14 – Hunters, The Social

8/16 – KISS, Amway Center
8/16 – The Killers, Hard Rock Live
8/16 – Icona Pop, House of Blues

8/17 – Victoria Justice, Hard Rock Live

8/19 – Ted Nugent, House of Blues

8/22 – Parachute, Andrew Ripp and Matt Hires, The Plaza Live

8/23 – Scott Weiland, House of Blues
8/23 – Slightly Stoopid, Riverfront Park (Cocoa)

8/24 – Jars Of Clay, The Social
8/24 – Less Than Jake with Badfish, House of Blues

8/27 – Bruno Mars with Fitz and the Tantrums, Amway Center

8/30 – We The Kings, House of Blues

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Jacksonville

8/09 – Panic! At The Disco, Jack Rabbits

8/13 – Hunters, Jack Rabbits. RARA’s Farm will be on hand to check out these Brooklyn-based rockers.

8/16 – Victoria Justice, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

8/22 – Slightly Stoopid, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

8/23 – Jars of Clay, Murray Hill Theatre

8/29 – Ballyhoo!, Cafe Eleven (St. Augustine)
8/29 – The Dangerous Summer, Jack Rabbits

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Tampa Area

8/01 – Whitesnake with Red Line Chemistry, Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater). Red Line Chemistry is the real deal…

8/04 – Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/09 – Adam Ant, Palladium Theater At St. Petersburg College

8/10 – Panic! At The Disco, Jannus Live (Saint Petersburg)

8/18 – Victoria Justice, Tropicana Field (Saint Petersburg)

8/23 – Phil Vassar, White Buffalo Saloon (Sarasota)

8/24 – Rock ‘N Blues Fest, Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers – Some great 70’s guitar rock on one stage! Ruth Eckard Hall (Clearwater)

8/25 – Jars of Clay, State Theare (Saint Petersburg)

8/26 – Santana, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/28 – Bruno Mars and Fitz and the Tantrums, Tampa Bay Times Forum

8/30 – Big Country, State Theatre

2012 – Not Just the End of the World

I took a quick tour around the internet to capture some of the items we have to look forward to before the impending end of the world.

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Here’s a primer for the next few months:

  • In the first five weeks of the year, both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr release new albums.
  • As they announced from Times Square on New Years Eve, Van Halen will release their first album with David Lee Roth since 1984 (that’s 28 years for those of you counting at home). They’ll release their first single and start selling tour tickets on January 10th.  The odds of them finishing the tour? 12:1.
  • Albuquerque’s The Shins  will release their Fourth album, Port of Morrow this March

Heavily anticipated 2012 releases with unknown dates:

  • Punk legends Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid all have new stuff on the way.
  • Six of today’s top bands will return to the charts in 2012: Muse, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, MGMT and Linkin Park
  • Classic Rock fans will see new albums from legends Bruce Springsteen, Rush, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Guns and Roses (Slash has an album on the way, too).
  • Hard Rockers Metallica, Alice in Chains and Marilyn Manson deliver new goods.
Two RARAs Farm favorites have new albums o the way:
  • Lovedrug
  • The Last Royals
A few other artists who may be of interest to RARAsFarm readers:
  • Adam Ant
  • Alice In Chains
  • Bad Religion
  • Garbage
  • Keane
  • Kiss
  • Queensryche
  • Soundgarden
  • Suicidal Tendencies
All told, lots to look forward to, while we still can, of course…
Mike G – January, 2012