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
Van Halen rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood, California on Monday, March 30, 2015 to promote their upcoming tour and live album ‘Tokyo Dome.’
After kicking off with Panama, about 2 minutes into the song, singer David Lee Roth smashed his nose with the microphone so hard I think it may have broke. Blood gushed out of his nose so much that he had to stop the show.
After getting cleaned up and a band aid on Roth’s nose, the show continued and Van Halen kicked ass through a set that included: ‘Ain;t Talkin Bout Love,’ ‘Unchained,’ and Eddie Van Halen shredding through ‘Eruption’ before launching into ‘You Really Got Me.’
Since this is a TV show for Jimmy Kimmel, no cameras are allowed but I was able to get some photos with my cell phone… Enjoy -Ralph