Last Thursday Queensrÿche brought the Verdict World Tour to the House of Blues in Anaheim, along with John 5 and opener Eve To Adam. This was my second time seeing and photographing Queensrÿche, and let me tell you…. they are everything you could imagine. Todd La Torre is one of the best vocalists you’ll see live, hitting every freaking note to perfection. It just couldn’t sound better. Thursday night was no exception.
Kicking off with Prophecy, followed by Operation: Mindcrime, Walk in the Shadows, Resistance, Man the Machine, and working through a setlist that included fan faves like Breaking the Silence, Silent Lucidity, and Jet City Woman, Queensrÿche did everything right. If you get a chance to see Queensrÿche on tour I suggest you do, but on this tour they are operating on the next level.
One of the big reasons I wanted to photograph this show was John 5 and The Creatures. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I have photographed John 5, but each and every time it was with Rob Zombie. I have always wanted to experience a John 5 solo show, and this was my chance! Wow.
Yes, there are a lot of great guitarists, and yes, those names get mentioned in every list on the subject, but John 5 is something else altogether. He’s a virtuoso at anything he plays… rock.. got that down, country…. yup, you name it and he can play it as good or better than anyone. It’s actually somewhat crazy to watch.
The talent John brings to the stage must make it tougher to find a band that is equally matched to hold their own with John, but this band does it. Ian Ross on bass is someone I could watch all night long. He get’s in this groove and then takes you on a bass journey. On drums is Logan Miles Nix, and as a huge fan of drummers Logan never lets you down. John 5 is a must see artist.
One of my fave parts of the show was just the fact that John and the band had fun. From masks, to creative lighting, to sci-fi, a carnival atmosphere, 50’s monster type characters walking around the stage, everything was well designed to entertain in a way that was fun and energetic without in anyway overshadowing the artistry of John 5 and the band.
There’s a lot of times that I go to see a show where I don’t know the opening act, but on a rare occasion I see an act that makes me feel I am flawed for not knowing them. This night that was because of Eve To Adam. I’d never heard of them – and I feel like I should apologize to someone for that. They’ve even had 3 songs on the Top 40 Mainstream Rock Chart.
Vocalist Taki Sassaris is a flashback to the best of rock, evoking memories of great inspirations, like G ‘n R, Audioslave, or STP. Over the years this band has been through various top producers, and had a number of personal changes, but the current lineup is sounding and playing great together. Current members, along with Taki, are Ilyn Nathaniel on bass and backing vocals, Jeff Raines on drums, and Ronny Gutierrez on guitars
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