The 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival featuring Slayer King Diamond and many other bands who kicked ass on the Victory Records Side stage, made its stop at San Manuel Amphitheater on June 27, 2015. After all the great bands like White Chapel, Thy art Is Murder and Sister Sin finished their sets, it was time for the Main stage to get rocking.
The main stage opening band was The Devil Wears Prada who only did a 40 minute set followed by Vinny Paul and his band, Hell Yeah who blasted through a set that included “Demons In Dirt” and “Sangre por Sangre”!!!! Next up was the man I had been waiting to see live in concert for the first time ever, King Diamond. King opened his set with “The Candle” and kicked ass on a one hour set that also included “Eye of the witch” and Mercyful Fate classic “Evil.” The King Diamond production was impressive and the stage looked like an evil-type church or castle with Gargoyles and pentagrams. I really hope I get a chance to see King Diamond live again.
Headliners Slayer hit the stage next and thrashed a set that included 2 new songs “Repentless” and “When The Stillness Comes…” both songs are excellent. It was great to see Gary Holt wear his classic black T-shirt with ‘Kill The Kardashians.’ Slayer concluded their 75 minute set with “Reign and Blood” and the Jeff Hannemen Tribute, “Angel of Death.”
On a side note, I just wanted to say it was kind of disappointing to see a venue as empty as it was last night, especially with Slayer ticket prices as low as 15 bucks! To all my Metal Heads, go out and support LIVE music… it’s the only way our bands are going to continue to tour since no one buys music anymore. Please go out and get your tickets today and SUPPORT OUR METAL MUSIC!
Thrash metal legends Testament and Exodus have teamed up in 2015 for the “Dark Roots of Thrash Tour” that began April 1st in San Francisco. The second stop was a sold out show the following night at The House of Blues in Hollywood, California.
To my surprise, Exodus hit the stage right at 8pm. It’s so rare for a band to start on time, but Exodus did exactly that and of course, I wasn’t settled in yet and arrived to them Kicking ass on ‘Blood In, Blood Out.’ Their set included ‘Salt the Wound,’ ‘Bonded By Blood,’ ‘A Lesson In Violence’ and the classic ‘Toxic Waltz.’ I have seen Exodus play live at least 5 times and every time they get better and better.
Headliner Testament took the stage next and blasted out two albums in their entirety back to back, ‘The Legacy’ and ‘New Order.’ Lead singer Chuck Billy was all over the stage, headbanging and playing his microphone stand as a guitar. Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Gene Hoglan and three-string bass player, Steve DiGiorgio where having a great time headbanging and getting the crowd fired up for the song ‘Into The Pit,’ where it seemed like HOB went nuclear!
Catch the “Dark Roots of Thrash” on tour this Spring and get your tickets before it sells out in your town. Here are a few more cell phone pixs. Enjoy -Ralph