Even with the big Monster Jam Truck show going on at the Reno Live Stock Event Center, attendance was still pretty good with around 300 hard core Metallica fans showing up and rockin' out to every song.
Blistered Earth was formed in December of 2009, they are considered as the best Metallica tribute band on the planet. Playing classic songs ranging from 1983's "Kill Em' All", to 1991's self-titled "Metallica". This tribute pays it's respects to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time with the raw energy, showmanship, look and song selections that die-hard Metallica fans all want to see and hear, they are the ultimate tribute to Metallica.
Blistered Earth is, Jared Kiess (a.k.a. James Hetfield) vocals, guitar, Shawn Murphy (a.k.a. Lars Ulrich) drums, Cody Davis (a.k.a. Cliff Burton) bass and Jesse Jensen (a.k.a. Kirk Hammett) guitar. (Jensen even looks like Hammett)
After seeing these guys four times over the years, this examiner can only say that they get better each time. You can close your eyes and actually think that Metallica is really up there playing. It's amazing how accurate the band sounds on every song they cover, it's really quite impressive.
The set lasted over 90 minutes and went just like this (from the set list on stage),
"Battery", "Master of Puppets", "Ride the Lightning", "Of Wolf and Man", "Blackened", "The Four Horsemen", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", Bass Solo, "Whiplash", "One", "C.O.D.", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Seek & Destroy", "Enter Sandman" and "Creeping Death".
Everyone there really got into every song the band played, a mosh pit kinda got started for a bit, but most of the fans could not take their eyes off the stage. Seeing and hearing all the Metallica songs played to perfection was awesome.
This is a must see show if you like the music of Metallica, don't miss them the next time they come our way.
Direct support for Blistered Earth was Hollywood Trashed.
Reno's by far best cover band. They play all the hits from your favorite rock bands such as, KISS, Alice Cooper, Queensryche, Poison, Cinderella, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent, Dokken, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns-N-Roses and Ratt, just to name a few.
Hollywood Trashed line-up goes like this, Dave Ecker (lead guitar, vocals), Trish Good (lead vocals), Dave Svoboda (drums), Jim Jordan (rhythm guitar) and newest member, Jim Wilson (bass)
The rockin' set went like this and lasted 45 minutes,
"Breaking The Law" (Judas Priest), "I'm Eighteen" (Alice Cooper), "You Shook Me All Night Long" (AC/DC), "Detroit Rock City" (KISS), "Heaven & Hell" (Black Sabbath), "You've Got Another Thing Comin" (Judas Priest), "The Zoo" (Scorpions), "Stranglehold" (Ted Nugent) and "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)"(Quite Riot).
These guys and gal were the perfect fit for this show and played every song to perfection. Hollywood Trashed are a very hard rockin' and high energy rock band, just like the bands of the songs that they play. Everyone in the band has the chops to pull this kind of show off. A must see if you like 80's rock & roll. In this examiner's opion they're all rockstars.
Opening the show this night was metal rockers Soultorn Nevada.
These guys are a little bit heavier than the two other bands, but still put on an awesome show, smoke and all.
SoultorN started in 2008 with guitarist Tim Gormley. After about a year, bassist Nick Dzadek was picked up. In the early spring of 2010, Corey Hawkins was added as vocals and Pauly joined the band as drummer in mid 2012 after leaving Reno metal band Hell Pig, bringing a new spectrum of sound to the SoultorN guys.
Their set went around 30 min, (sorry no set list for this one).
As usual when SoultorN plays, they rock the stage. This night was no different.
The one thing that did happen that was very much out of the ordinary is when lead singer Hawkins miss-judged his footing and stepped on a water bottle and fell down during the last song of the set. Not missing a beat, he stood up and took a bow. He told this examiner after the show, "I was stepping off the box that I use to stand on and landed right on the water bottle, the next thing I knew I was on my butt, this was the first time I ever fell on stage". Luckily, the only thing that got hurt was his pride and maybe his backside a little. Still a good recovery though.
Don't miss these guys the next time they play, this band is a very impressive hard rocking metal band for sure.
A great time was had by all.
As usual, this was another great line-up at the Knitting Factory Reno, to see what's up next (click here).
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