It’s Halloween. Most people will go to a costume party while many others will
take their little ghouls or for tricks and treats. Other’s still will just stay in and gorge
themselves with chocolate delights. Fewer will treat themselves to all of this in one
spectacular package. How is this possible? Simple, Mushroomheads Annual
Halloween show of course!
Founded in the early 90’s and making a good reputation to fans and the
traditional Halloween show, fans quickly lined up for a true masquerade of ghouls,
candy and fun. Many fans, toting their prized Mushroomhead possessions in the
form of official masks from the band, posed to group pictures for scenery and the
curious fans memory.
Costumes, candy, fine beverages and great entertainment on Halloween, what
could make this night better? A formal meet and greet with the entire lineup of
Mushroomhead! Approximately 200-300 strong took part in this rare opportunity
to see the entire band together at the exact same time off stage. In classic fashion,
the shenanigans soon ensued as the members turned in into a game of, “Who Am I?”
as they were all out of costume. Why not? It’s Halloween and fun for all. Fans loved
it. Members of Mushroomhead greeted fans with smiles and wasted no time poking
fun at each other as fans had past concert photos that they held dearly from past
shows hoping to get signed by their favorite members. A big surprise was that Ms.
Jackie LaPonza was present for this greet. Many “Shroomheads” know Ms. Jackie
very well as she takes part in several songs with on backing vocals with
Mushroomhead as well as her own rocking band Unsaid Fate. Unsaid Fate, warm up
act to Mushroomhead and taking part in the meet with fans, coincidence? I think
not Asylum faithful.
The night was long as there were six bands on the main stage and then local
support coming from the Ballroom stage. Hours waned displaying more of the
Shroom Warmachine with official and home made masks alike. Others took the
opportunity to just dress up from cute little sexy outfits to the disgusting and
debaucherous resembling indecipherable creatures.
Finally, the witching hour, midnight, the music begins to play as the curtain rises
billowing smoke form underneath to set the true ambiance of the evening.
Mushroomhead was now taking the stage to a near capacity crowd on this dark
holiday. Crowd cheers rose, and then exploded upon the first strike of the triple
drum battery that has become the signature of these talented performers.
Still promoting their latest release of the Righteous and the Butterfly, which was
the first to enter the top 20 on Billboard Top 200, #1 Indie Billboard, #5 Top Rock,
and #1 Top Hard Rock, treated fans to five tracks during their massive nineteen
song set list. For our curious Asylum Disciple curious, and attendees of the show
alike, those tracks included fan favorite, “Our Apologies”, “Querty”, “We Are The
Truth”, “For Your Pleasure”, and “Out of My Mind”.
Not only sporting a hefty list of Mushroohead classics, there were more surprises
to follow. Jackie LaPonza surprised us again joining the band on stage for three
songs including “We Are the Truth”, “One More Day”, and the new track from the
spin off Game of Thrones Soundtrack, “Among the Crowes”. Someone call a
contractor as that song nearly blew the roof off the place! Sheer shock and awe
came of everyone not believing their ears.
Other surprises include a Pink Floyd cover, “Empty Spaces” and Princes classic,
“When Doves Cry”. It didn’t stop there. Several times during the performance, Dr F
and Stitch in particular took a goblins joy in tossing candy from the traditional Jack
O Lantern bowl marking the holiday.
At the end of the night, in the early hours of November 1st now, exhausted from
giving their all on stage for the fans, members of Mushroomhead still came out to
the merch stand to take pictures with fans. Members of Unsaid Fate as well
followed suit. It was truly difficult to judge who had more fun. If there is one
consistency with this band, they are fun, talented and friendly and always trudge on
in the face of adversity when it comes to life and last minute line up changes. They
continue on for the fans, as the show must go on. So Asylum Disciples, if your
curiosity isn’t peeked enough already, I’m ordering you to catch Mushroomhead on
tour coming to a city near you. Even if you’re not elated with heavy music, you will
be enthralled by the visual wonder and spectacle that Mushroomhead brings.
Horns up and keep rocking! \m/
Escape The Fate invaded Minneapolis October 24th 2015 their eleventh stop on a thirty city US tour. They were supporting their fifth album to date “Hate Me”. Escape The Fate came out pounding “Just a Memory”. The fans came unglued. The set list consisted of fifteen of their biggest hits of all five albums. The show was over two hours of in your face metal. They finished the show with “ One For the Money” Escape The Fate is a must see live band. “Hate Me” is a must have album
A very chilly October night in Rochester, NY was to be the
site of the band New Years Day performance.
Hailed as “The Other Side Tour”, marking the bands first
outing as a headliner, already had fans lined up hours ahead of
time before doors taking advantage of the very fan in mind
priced pre-show meet and greet. It was readily apparent that
most of the fans were there in particular for the opportunity to
have their picture taken with New Years Day front woman Ash
During the meet and greet, the entire band was very
accommodating to fans with pictures and signing whatever
wares they may have brought, displaying smiles and
handshakes abundantly. A few very lucky fans even got a hug
from Ash herself. The unique detail of this night was that the
bulk of fans in attendance were ladies as opposed to
gentlemen. Unusual for a hard rock act of any kind and
refreshing at the same time allowing a gateway to the genre for
Fans were dressed for the occasion with wardrobes
ranging from traditional black gothic/metal robes to very
elaborate and expressive clothing to match the music of New
Promoting their third full length album, “Malevolence”,
New Years Day wasted no time treating fans with new tracks
by opening with “Kill or be Killed”, newly released from the
aforementioned album. Fans were treated to two other new
tracks during the eleven-song set including “Left Inside” and
While singing to her devoted followers, Ash continually
accepted gentle hand shakes from those in the front, while
continually outstretching her hand to those not as close letting
them know they are just as much a part of the show. With each
gentle gesture fans smiles grew brighter and happier so much
so, a blind person would have been given the gift of sight so as
to witness the sheer humility and gratitude in which the band
performed. Make no mistake though; New Years Day comes
with a graphic edge as one guitarist (using fake blood of
course) let forth a fountain of blood, as he was a vampire that
had recently fed. Fans ate up the repulsive effect with dark
glee and swooning for their mock nosfaratu.
Being a fan of music myself enjoying the show with the
same dark sense of enthrallment, was touched by the shadow
faery herself as she gently popped my nose with a wily smile of
mischief. I took the entire personable attitude of Ash’s effort to
make the concert expire as personable as possible for all of
those to take with them the memories of the night. This is an
attribute that would explain the bands strong following
through several line up changes that normally would cripple an
In conclusion, if for no other reason, catch New Years Day
live, as Ash is one of few vocalists with enough gusto to keep
my attention for the entire show. The band is fun. The show is
fun. The fans are fun. What’s not to like about this band live?
With that said, you better get your ass to a show near you.