Cleveland, OH - The eagle has landed once again in the land of the burning river and the dreadful Cleveland Browns. But this time bringing to the land three fascinating bands; Chris Jericho and Fozzy and headlining Saxon along with show opener Global Warning. The show was heavily promoted on all media sources including internationally syndicated show Maximum Threshold.To have an opportunity to get a good spot in front of the stage fans had to wait outside in an extremely long line which stretched a whole street.
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Biff Byford, frontman for Saxon and he told me how excited he is to be on the road with Fozzy and that he is extremely excited to be releasing the new CD Sacrifice (deluxe edition) release.It was also really nice running into our good friend "The Duke of Metal" Rich Ward (guitarist Fozzy). Myself and Michael Strong talked for over an hour about his time with Chris Jericho and the times he shared in Stuck Mojo. Being with Fozzy was a natural evolution and great fit for him. He has a portion of his former band with him in Fozzy and the chemistry is deep and tight. The Duke is a great guy and fun to talk to, he brings out the happier part in everyone he meets.
A great band on one of the side stages that played between Fozzy and Saxon was Global Warning which consisted of members - Julia S Roberts (lead/rhythm guitar), Sandy Kruger (vocals), Matt Flammable Schindelar (drums also drummer for Destructor), Brook Hodges (bass / Breaker). I was excited to see this band. They heavily promoted this show and their appearance. I have heard a lot of the hype and wanted to see for myself. What I did experience was a total nonstop onslaught of hard rock and metal madness. From the first note to the very end this band did not give in, they gave it their all. Julia S. Roberts, guitarist was a phenom on the fretboard. She was at home blaring her screaming solos. A crowd pleaser song titles "Born To Rock" really bellowed in the venue and the crowd sang along with Sandy Kruger as she gracefully rockfully sang out the song. This band has so much potential and deserves a shot to be heard internationally.
A powerhouse band; Fozzy, which consists of Chris Jericho - Vocals, Rich Ward - Guitar/Vocals Frank Fontsere - Drums, Paul Di Leo - Bass, Billy Grey - Guitar, which is an electric, dynamic and enthusiastically hungry band when hitting the stage. This band is one of the few bands out there that fights to keep the music alive and pumping on and off the stage. The electricity from the first song fires up the crowd and the fan favorite Chris Jericho delivers knock out punch song after song. There was no let down in this show.
If you have seen Saxon in the past you know how much energy they throw out to the audience. It is intense and the audience feeds off this. With their setlist consisting of:
Wheels of Terror
Power and the Glory
To Hell and Back Again
Made in Belfast
Solid Ball of Rock
And the Bands Played On
Guardians of the Tomb
Rock 'n' Roll Gypsy
Dallas 1 PM
747 (Strangers in the Night)
Denim and Leather
Wheels of Steel
Strong Arm of the Law
Princess of the Night
Overall, I was extremely impressed with this show and had a blast. If you have the opportunity to check out any of these bands please do so. You will not regret it at all!
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Dom Rini is the program director/host of the internationally syndicated show Maximum Threshold Radio Show. (Hard Rock/Metal/Comedy/News) You can catch his show live every Saturday night from 8-11pm EST. Also Co-Host on Uncensored Net Noise on Friday nights from 9-11pm EST.