Viva La Band – LC Pavilion, Columbus OH 10/26/07

This tour was constructed using bands featured and favored by Bam Margera on his show ‘Viva La Bam’ and sponsored by Rockstar Energy drink.  The roster consisted of Cradle of Filth, GWAR, CKY and Vains of Jenna, although by this date CKY had had to drop off the tour due to “serious injury”.  All in all, it was an EXCEPT-tional show.   I’ll explain what I mean by that as I go along.

First up was Vains of Jenna, a throwback to raunchy, sleazy 80’s style rock in the ‘vein’ of Guns N’ Roses or LA Guns.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen 4 guys with tattoos and eyeliner, and they were fun EXCEPT. . . this wasn’t GNR.  No one really knew their stuff and they just couldn’t seem to get the crowd going.  There was a certain sameness to every song and not much energy coming off the stage.  They were cool enough to walk around in the crowd afterward, which made them a beacon to every hair metal wannabe in the room.  It was a nice gesture, but for all I know they were hunting groupies.  Still, I’d see them again.

Next up, was scheduled to be CKY (featuring Margera’s brother Jess) but as mentioned, they had to drop.  I’d seen CKY open for Avenged Sevenfold, and to be honest, was not impressed.  I was hoping to give them another chance but alas, it was not to be -EXCEPT . . I was NOT hoping to hear that Whitney Houston cover of “I will always love you” again, as it was blasted at me what seemed like every 5 minutes as punishment for not cheering a lackluster performance.  No real loss, I guess.  I did see one lone guy with a CKY shirt roaming the room like a duckling looking for it’s mother.  Sad really.

The Mighty GWAR came next, which is always a treat and something I look forward to every Halloween.  They didn’t disappoint of course, and brought the pummelling metal assault, both visually and aurally, that one comes to expect from their shows.  If you’ve not seen the blood-spraying, viscera-throwing, sonic mayhem that is a GWAR show, you must go!  There’s none like’em.

EXCEPT. . . and this is a small except.  This is the third time I’ve seen the guys in a year (not complaining!) and was hoping to hear “Sick of You” or dare I hope, their rendition of “School’s Out”.  No luck.  But at least there were new victims slain onstage and explosive performances of “Bring Back the Bomb”, “Biledriver” & “Tormentor” to compensate.  Check out Metalsetlists.com for a complete listing  (and thanks to Slave670 for posting the setlist to jog my memory).  GWAR rules and the crowd was clearly there to see’em.

Last was Cradle of Filth, and literally, almost half the crowd left during the long setup time between GWAR and themselves. That sucks.  Cradle is one of my favorite bands EXCEPT this was NOT the setlist to win over new fans – even tho it did showcase something from almost every album.   But no ‘Cruelty Brought thee Orchids’, or ‘Malice Through the Looking Glass’ or ‘Lord Abortion’.  The stage show consisted of the band (duh) and a large screen behind them that mostly served to display their videos while the accompanying song was played.  No gargoyles, no girls on stilts this time.   No theatrics at all, really.  Guess they figured it was covered by GWAR.

On the other hand, this is probably the tightest line-up that Cradle has ever had, with the addition (since last I’ve seen them, anyways) of Charles Hedger on guitar, Rosie Smith and Martin Skaroupka as live session instrumentalists on keyboards and drums, respectively.   Dani sounded great and walked the stage like a gothic lion about to prance on an unsuspecting audience.  Sarah’s vocals were as compelling as ever, Paul and Dave amazingly over the top with their solid performances.  The setlist is below (I managed to write it all down from the soundboard list);

  • Ebony Dressed for Sunset
  • Gilded Cunt
  • Dusk and her embrace
  • Nymphetamine
  • Tonight in Flames
  • Born in a Burial Gown
  • Dirge Inferno
  • The Twisted Nails of Faith
  • From the Cradle to Enslave
  • Her Ghost in the Fog

It was a good show, just a bit shy of truly exceptional.  I would recommend catching it, but was disappointed in the details.

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