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Backstage Bombshells

Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 05:05PM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments17 Comments

dsv.jpgLast night, the glam mistress went in search of some rock n’ roll fun to see a show featuring the legendary C.C. DeVille and a lot of great 80s cover bands.

As always, Eric the glam rock husband, and Heather, co-conspirator in bringing back glam were down for the adventure.

Oh, what an adventure it was.

I don’t know what it is with Cincinnati and rock shows, but they all seem to be disorganized. This morning, my husband suggested that I become a promoter to make sure bands get paid and get to play on time. I think he’s on to something here.

The show started around 9 and after getting lost along the Ohio River, the crew and I finally found Whiskey Dicks. Thank goodness for satellite navigation and Eric because there is no way either Heather or myself could have found the club. It’s in a very odd location and website directions are painfully unclear.

Late add to the bill, Danger Angel is an 80s cover band. They played some Warrant and Poison and a whole lot more. Sadly, I couldn’t locate a website for this band, so I just don’t have any more information to add about them except I thought they sounded pretty good. At the time of their set, there were very few people in the club save for me, other musicians and a handful of people wearing Poison shirts, obviously excited to meet C.C. DeVille.

Next up, local boys Drugstore Valentine. Dedicated readers may be familiar with the name since I’ve mentioned them in other posts (see ((Eat)) The Crow and Hell on High Heels). The last time I saw DSV was the Vains of Jenna/Wednesday 13 show several months back when I thought they were trying too hard to fit into someone else’s element.

Last night, Drugstore Valentine proved to be a true glam band, and I think this illustrates that the correct pairing of bands can produce great live music. This doesn’t mean that Drugstore’s set was without problems. The band was cheated out of stage time, and forced to cut songs. Bassist “Curly” popped a string, which ate up more of the bands time, but this also gave lead singer Kenny Ozz a chance to vamp - er, tap dance - on the fly. During the bass crisis, Kenny mentioned that DSV is recording an album, but didn’t make any promises to the release date. As of this report, DSV remains an unsigned band. The band opened with, naturally, “Welcome to the Show,” and also performed the originals “Lies” and “Backstage Bombshell.” Both songs are pretty good, and the DSV loyalists got a kick out of it. Kenny gave Bring Back Glam a little shout out before singing the Poison/C.C. DeVille song “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body (But Mine)” and closed with “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” During the set, Heather mentioned that the drummer is, quote, “amazing.” For stage presence, Kenny kept up with his glam roots, sporting a Tuff shirt (available on Metal Sludge!) and his famous fur coat.

gnrtribute.JPGGuns n’ Roses tribute band GnR played next, and they were good but the set was long. I think they played every song on Appetite for Destruction, including “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” I really liked their version of “Nightrain” and the way Randy Trask emulated the stage moves of Axl Rose, right down to the kilt and crazy leg kicks. Trask can scream too, which went a long way to make the performance seem “real” and not hokey.

Hair band tribute Poser took the stage next and joining them mid-set, none other than Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille. He seemed jolly enough, even if he only played two songs: “Nothin’ But A Good Time” and “Tush” by ZZ Top. Heather and I got very close to C.C. while he played and he’s quite impressive to watch. After his short performance, C.C. mingled with the crowd, and posed for pictures. Yes, Heather and I each have a picture with the man himself! Plus, C.C. kissed Heather. She was very excited and I’m happy for her. Poison to her is like Motley Crue to me. While C.C. spoke with fans, Poser continued their set, playing “Metal Health” and a few other classics, but glaringly left Motley Crue out of their list. How an 80s tribute band leaves out Motley Crue, I’ll never know.

Now by this time it’s late, and this is where things get interesting. Cock Fight was scheduled to end the night. This band is the side project of Bang Tango lead singer Joe Leste and also features guitarist Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), bassist Dave Weeks (Ron Keel Band) and drummer Ryche Green (Ron Keel Band/Bulletboys). While sitting around waiting for Cock Fight, management came to our table and told us to leave and that the show was over. Myself otherwise engaged at the moment, Heather immediately went to the management to question the fate of Cock Fight. No matter what management told Heather, I assure you it was a load of nonsense. Joe Leste himself told me the deal. Poser took off with their gear (Cock Fight was to share equipment) and their money, thus leaving Cock Fight high n’ dry, so to speak.

Obviously, Cock Fight wasn’t going to play for free (but Drugstore Valentine did), and Joe was quite upset. He told me that in his 21 years as a performer, he’d never experienced something as unprofessional or ludicrous as another band making off with his share of the cash. All he wanted to do was perform, after all, the band paid for their flights to get to the show, and it was the second stop in an eight city mini-tour.

After commiseration and a picture with Joe, that was my night.

 

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Obviously, the entire show was mismanaged because the event had zero promotion, except for Myspace alerts from the performing bands, mostly from Drugstore Valentine. People were coming in the back door, and I was one of them. This wasn’t a big deal because I’d paid in advance and eventually got my wrist band, but just how many people stayed and watched for free? Why did management ignore customer complaints, considering people paid good money for the show? Every single Cincinnati show I’ve attended this year, something lame has happened to put a damper on the whole evening. Is the mismanagement an industry-wide problem, or is it just my bad luck?

The world may never know.

As a very exciting and important side note, I finally met Rob of the Hard Rock Hideout! Rob’s a great guy, and it was fun listening to bands and talking shop. Hopefully, we’ll get to chat at another show very soon.

Reader Comments (17)

Overall, it sounds like it was a good show! I'm glad you had a good time!
May 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
The song is called 'Tush' :-)
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
I actually saw an 80s metal cover band last night. A friend of mine is getting divorced and he had a big party. One of his co-workers plays bass in this band and they played at the party. They were all decent musicians, but I can never stomach cover bands, because they don't put any of themselves into their music (or other people's music that they play rather). I probably stood outside and listened for about 15 minutes and then I went inside. I'd rather see a bad band playing originals than a great cover band. I don't mean to imply that I hate all covers, I just don't like a band that does nothing but covers. If they're just gonna rehash someone else's stuff, I'd rather just hear the original album. Does anyone else share this opinion?
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
Sounds like you had a good time other than the whole Cock Fight mess.
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Thanks Christian for catching that error!

I appreciate the help--

Allyson
May 20, 2007 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
Finally, we agree on something Bob!
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Thanks again for coming out and supporting the show, we are not the least bit happy with all that went down and we just want to point out that Whiskey Dicks was not at fault for the mess. And im glad that my "bring back glam dot com girls" had a blast!! I hope to see you all at Coconutz in Middletown on June 8 for Britney Fox, Enuff Z'Nuff and Drugstore Valentine.. Luv ya girls!! ~~Kenny Ozz~~
I enjoyed the show. I never had the opportunity to see Guns N Roses live with the original lineup, and the GNR band did their best to represent Appetite for Destruction era Guns N Roses. They sounded pretty good to me.

It was kind of cool to see Poser cover songs by Cinderella, Jackyl, Ratt and Quiet Riot.

I would prefer original bands with orignal music, but in Cincinnati where the music scene sucks, beggars can't be choosers.
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterhardrockhideout
aXe mAn - It was bound to happen sooner or later!

hardrockhideout - That's too bad about Cincinnati. I would have expected it to be comparable to Baltimore which isn't bad. Actually, you guys would have loved Baltimore about 15 or so years ago when Hammerjacks was here. They had a lot of different stuff, but plenty of hair metal.
May 20, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
In the 80's-early 90's Baltimore was always more a hard rock/glam scene than it was metal/speed metal.
May 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Mark - Was that more due to Kix or Child's Play?
May 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
I went to see Dangerous Inc. and Triad at Coconutz that night. That show totally kicked ass!
May 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSherri
I just wanted to point out that Whiskey Dicks club manager Tim Weiss was very apologetic about the whole mess when I went to talk to him. He even showed me the contract, and gave me contact names and numbers to investigate further. I have to be honest, I was expecting someone as defensive and uninformed as the manager from Rhinos. I was pleasantly surprised that Mr. Weiss seemed as upset about what had gone down as I was.
Also, to the bands who did perform Friday night, I really enjoyed the show. Cheers to you all! I only wish more people would have come out to support you guys.
May 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Not to step on anyones toes here, but let me point out a few facts surrounding this show.

#1, not ALL Cincinnati shows are unorganized. True, ALOT of them are, but not ALL. You've just been to the wrong ones lol. Normally, Whiskey Dicks shows run VERY well. They are one of the more organized clubs in town. This show was not thier doing though .. it was the singer of Posers show and HE ran it, NOT the club. Come to the June 8th E'nuff Znuff / Britny Fox show with DSV and my band (A Nervous Wreck) and you'll see how an organized show runs.

#2, DSV (Who are friends of mine so I'm NOT bashing them .. Just giving facts) wasn't supposed to be paid for this show. They were given tickets to sell and the money from those tickets was to be thier pay. They chose to sell the tickets for $8 instead of the $10 price they were told to sell them at. So the fact that they made no money is THIER fault .. no one elses. Now, with that being said .. I understand WHY they did what they did. They didn't recieve thier tickets until Tuesday for the show that was on friday. But, they still sold more tickets than any other band on the bill and COULD have made that money but chose not too.

#3, C.C. actually played 3 songs with Poser. Nuthin But A Good Time, Tush and Look What The Cat Dragged In.

#4, I TOTALLY agree with you about Cock Fight .. They got royaly screwed at this show. They stood around ALL night for nothing.
May 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPaul E. King
Ok ... Just to clear this up ... even though I thought I was pretty clear in my first post ..

Kenny and I have been friends for years ... I knew him when his hair was only HALF way down his back (LOL .. Sorry bro .. had too) and I've know the rest of the band for a few years now. I consider them all friends of mine so I was NOT .. I repeat, NOT bashing Drugstore Valentine in my last post !!!

I had heard SEVEARL people the night of the show saying how it was bullshit that they didn't get paid, then I came here and read the same thing so I posted the TRUTH about what happened. I didn't think it was right for a club or a promotor to get the blame for something that simply wasn't true. The promotor DID screw over Cock Fight and Drugstore DID get screwed on thier set time, so all the bitching about that was justified .. in fact, I told kenny that night he was being too NICE and not bitching enough about it ... But he handled business they way he saw fit. But the money part was totally inaccurate.

Kenny and I talked about this last night and he TOTALLY agreed with me on what I posted. So everyone I "offended" by posting what I did .. sorry .. but it was the TRUTH .. and if you don't like the truth, well, there's nothing I can do about that.

I wanna state for the record right here and now that me and my bass player both thought DSV was by FAR the best band that night !! They had the biggest crowd there and put on a damn fine show.


To Kenny and the DSV Boys: We shall rock it proper at the Britny / Z'nuff show !!

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