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Rock the Bayou - Day 4

Rock the Bayou is now over and I'll be back in Ohio soon. On the last day of the festival I saw Bang Tango, Pretty Boy Floyd, Kix, Jackyl, Twisted Sister and Bret Michaels. In the effort of fairness, I will admit I did not watch the full sets of Bang Tango or Jackyl because I was pulled away.

There were not many people in attendance at all on the last day of the fest. In fact, I would guess this was the lightest day attendance-wise of the entire event. Sad considering Kix played and - as expected - owned the crowd.

Back to Pretty Boy Floyd. I've seen this band a whole lot of times. The set is about the same at each show, but that is true for a lot of bands. I was on stage at the beginning of the set and some guy (who I think was the production manager) kept yelling for the band to start - even though they were not tuned up correctly. I am not sure what the big rush was considering there was a giant TBA next on the lineup that was vacated by Firehouse and never filled. At any rate, Pretty Boy Floyd played "48 Hours," "Electric Boyz," "Only the Young," "Toast  of the Town," "Rock n' Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)" and more.  The hundred or so people that actually came to watch the show seemed to enjoy themselves and there was a giant line at the merchandise booth right after the show. Later that day I saw a lot of people wearing Pretty Boy Floyd shirts, so I guess that means the band did good sales-wise.

Kix were my main band of the day. In fact, they were - along with Alice Cooper - my main band of the entire festival. People, Kix gave the best show you didn't see.  I went on stage  to watch Kix - and that was a toss-up.  Would the sound be good? Would I be able to hear well? In the end, I think going to the wings was the right decision. My husband watched from both the stage and the pit and he said the performance was awesome from any angle. I believe him.

Now, let me say this: if you had tickets to Rock the Bayou and you didn't bother to show up for Kix, then you lost big. The crowd was small when the band first started to play, but people did fill in - still, more people should have watched the dirty boys from the underground. I don't get it. People get the rare opportunity to see a band that tours very little outside of the eastern seaboard and they blow it. At least Dee Snider and a lot of other musicians had the sense to watch Kix perform. Of the crowd that was there - not a single person was sitting.

The band played nearly the same set as they did at Rocklahoma. This included "Same Jane," "Hot Wire," "Cold Shower," "Sex," "The Itch," "Blow My Fuse," "Girl Money," "Don't Close Your Eyes" and a little longer version of "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."
 Now, at Rocklahoma, Kix played in the pouring rain. At Rock the Bayou, the outer bands of Hurricane Gustav threatened - but not for long. A few drops of rain and a little wind was all Kix had to deal with this time around.

Remember I said Dee Snider was watching from the wings? Well, he came out on stage to sing a little with Steve Whiteman. Later that night, Steve returned the favor during Twisted Sister's set. 

Steve sounded really good yesterday. If I recall correctly, he did make one comment about the small crowd, but the band didn't ramp down their enthusiasm any because the attendance sucked. If anything, it seemed like Kix were actually playing harder to make an impression on those people that came out to watch. Hands down, Kix gave the best show of the day. Yes, they were better than Twisted Sister - and please believe they were about a million times better than Bret Michaels. Someone give these boys a headline spot. It's ridiculous for them to play at 4 in the damn afternoon.

Jesse James Dupree apparently fell and hurt his ribs just a couple days before Rock the Bayou. He was taped up under his customary black tank - and he was hurting. Jesse usually jumps around stage a lot - but yesterday he ramped it down for the sake of health. I give him much props for performing in extreme pain. You better believe that ten seconds after "The Lumberjack" Jesse was ready to leave. I don't blame him. For the record, the crowd did a fill in a little more for Jackyl - but not by much. It seemed like general admission was basically bare. At any rate, when Jesse cut up the stool with his chainsaw, the people down front wrestled for a piece of the wood. I'm not sure what you would do with a hunk of wood - but hey, at least these people are true fans.

Twisted Sister played after Jackyl. I expected a capacity crowd - but that didn't happen. Twisted Sister are like Kix: they don't perform much during the year. Twisted Sister's set was shorter than when they played at Rocklahoma 2007. This time, the Christmas songs were gone and so were extended versions of a lot of their most popular songs. The band played "SMF," "The Price," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "I Wanna Rock," "You Can't Stop Rock n' Roll" and "Burn in Hell." For "Burn in Hell," the light crew messed up the cues and failed for make the stage all black and red. Twisted's tour manager was motioning he entire time - it was eventually corrected. Twisted Sister were good - but not better than Kix and certainly not better than their Rocklahoma 2007 headline appearance.

Bret Michaels and his band played the same set as they did at Rocklahoma. This includes a bunch of cover songs and Poison standards like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Unskinny Bop" and "Nothin' But a Good Time." I found myself sitting for about half of Bret's show. The Rock of Love talk in between songs was driving me nuts, as were the women Big John brought out on stage. Somewhere along the line, Bret forgot he was a musician first and "reality TV star" second. The stage banter is the same for his solo shows as it is during Poison, too. I would think something could change. Bret also sounded hoarse again. As expected, he admitted he had just performed six shows in a row.  When you are a singer, you have to protect your voice. I know Bret doesn't need money that bad. I think when you come out on stage, go through the motions and sound like crap - it's a cash grab. This makes me sad because I love Poison, but at Rock the Bayou, I just wasn't feeling it at all. Again, Kix should have closed the show. Maybe next year the promoters will pick a headliner that doesn't go through the motions. I guarantee Kix wouldn't go through the motions.

Reader Comments (23)

Great review Ally, Damn I wish I could have seen this set by KIX...Would have loved to see Dee come out and sing with them! Anyway, I get my KIX fix in 2 weeks for the sold out hometown Baltimore show!!!
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
I completely agree.KIX kicked ass!!!! I've been waiting years to see these guys again. I hadn't seen them live since They toured with Tesla and Great White years ago. I just remember the set being awesome. And They were. Twisted was good also...but I have never seen them live before. I thought Pretty Boy Floyd did a great job as well.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBigdaddysound
KIX does in fact RULE as well as FUNNY MONEY (Steve's side band). I am amazed that KIX and Bret played the same night. If it wasn't for KIX and Steve Whiteman my friends, you would not have what you grew up loving in Poison. They blatantly stole Steve's rockstar playbook/stage moves/stage show back in the early dayz. Kix was the greatest hairband to never rule the world. Hands down those guys rocked harder and better than anything on the Strip, They drank more Jack than Motley/Ratt/Poison and David Lee Roth combined. Their stage show back then was better than ANYTHING you'd ever see, yet somehow THEY got overlooked. They wrote the f'n BOOK and yet it took the power ballad 10 years or so later to get them some minor attention...although much deserved. Glad to see the boys are still rocking better than most from back in the day.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
Aw, I wish I could go... =x!
Lucky you!!!!!

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter/Joss®
Kix is one of the best bands ever along with Lillian Axe. So underrated.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
I whole heartedly agree with your assessment of the Kix show. They blew me away!! I used to live in the DC area and I miss seeing their shows. It brought back many memories to hear them do songs from the Midnite Dynamite and Blow My Fuse albums.
This was my first time seeing Twisted Sister and they were effing amazing! They delivered the goods with the songs that everyone knew(I Wanna Rock, etc.) plus some classics like Under the Blade.
I'm sad that the crowd wasn't bigger for the bands that played yesterday on Labor Day. They TOTALLY missed out!!!
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkelley08
Good to see the maracas making an appearance! Great review and photos. You definitely captured the spirit of the day.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJason Price
It might make you sad because you love Poison, but it made me GLAD because I HATE them, particuarly Bret, and love reading bad reviews about him. So he played six shows in a row, big deal. Plenty of singers do that and don't sound hoarse. Yet, somehow, this ass-clown is the big headliner everywhere he and his hair system show up.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFizzFizz
Thanks for the great review of KIX. And thank you for posting all the pictures too.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwunderkitten
KIX were HANDS DOWN the best band at Rocklahoma IMO, so it doesn't surprise me one bit that they stole the show at Rock the Bayou too.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaptain Amorica
Bret Michaels sucks!


alice cooper shoulda' ended the whole event or poison not bret michaels!
3rd day looks the best besides bang tango
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
Kix is always great and I am lucky enough to see them play reunion shows on the east coast every year. The guys are so down to earth and will oblige their fans with autographs and story's from the old days. 3 weeks and I get to see them in Hagerstown MD.

September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeepr
Bang Tango was AMAZING.....they were the entire resason I attended RTB! Bullet Boys, along with Beautiful Creatures,LA Guns, Dokken, Gilby Clarke and Faster Pussycat were the highlights of RTB for me.
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermotleybelle
Great review how was Yngwie Malmsteen? He is one of the greatest guitar players of all time!!! Long live Malmsteen!!!!!!!
September 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStratStar
Thanks for your wonderful blog...nice to see your perspective...but....Kix....are you kidding me??? i guess taste is taste but me and my five buddies were talking last night after the end of the festival as to who was bad and it was unanimous that Don Dokken sucked (Cant blame your bad singing on the mic, Don...) and Kix was the bore of the festival...
I guess Kix must be an east coast thing. We have never heard them on the radio and wouldnt know they existed if it werent for vh1 classic.. We were saying that other better bands should have gotten their nice time slot...
like i said taste is taste, but Kix....oh come on!
long live rock n roll

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRockbob
He did so many covers.. SUCK SUCK SUCK over rated clown!!! omg!!! please take the hat off you bald has-been! Your days are over when your lil Ambre is hanging out with Blacklist Union's singer Tony West (who is a Hottie) Good choice Ambre!! take him before he goes world wide!!

No wonder he needs a reality show to find chicks!!! hahaha!!

September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah!!!
RockBob...taste is taste and if you think Kix is a "boring" live show then I have no idea what to think of your tastes then??? You talk to 100 people who see KIX shows live and 99 of them I guess will say they are must be that one person who doesn't think so?
September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Agreed 1000% on the Kix performance. I went in wanting to see them first and foremost, knowing they'd play the same if the crowd as 15,000 or just 15.
September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Wythe
It's true Kix are something of an "east coast thing," but you "never hear them on the radio?" How about back then? They did have a period of national exposure from the Blow My Fuse and Hot Wire albums. And as a sidenote, it's no secret that Bandanna Boy basically stole Steve Whiteman's stage moves early on.
September 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFizz
Not only did Bret rip him off, but the band basically stole everything KIX early on, not just Cowboy Bret. They took the goofy hat and sunglass routine with them in their Strip dayz, not to mention all the choreography. The only thing missing was the umbrella routing...guess Poison didn't have a "raine" song (sic) back then. Their first videos are virtually Poison music set to the KIX stage show.
September 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.

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