Megadeth and Lamb Of God Announce Massive 2020 Co-Headline Tour Across North America Presented by SiriusXM

Two of the biggest bands in heavy metal – Megadeth and LAMB OF GOD – will be joining forces on a co-headline tour across North America this year, presented by SiriusXM. And to add to the firepower of this already formidable tour, Trivium and In Flames are joining, making this THE must-see heavy music package of the year. Tickets will go on general sale Friday, February 14 from livenation.comMegadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will embark on their first North American tour since 2017. Speaking on the epic announcement, Megadeth’s leader and frontman, Dave Mustaine says, “Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you.”LAMB OF GOD released their first new music in five years last week with the single “Checkmate.” The track is the first to be released from the band’s self-titled eighth studio album, due out May 8, which is one of the most anticipated and important metal records of the year. Commenting on their upcoming co-headline run, Mark Morton, lead guitarist of LAMB OF GOD, adds, “The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! LAMB OF GOD has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year.” Trivium’s Matt Heafy adds, “We are happy to be a part of the biggest real metal tour of the year. This tour is the main event and represents heavy metal and the culture that goes with it.“  With In Flames singer, Anders Fridén stating, “We were honored to be asked to join this package. We were actually supposed to take this summer off, but of course we couldn’t say no. After playing shows with all of these guys for years, 2020 is going to feel like a kick ass reunion. See you on the road, Jesterheads!”   Produced by Live Nation, this epic 55-city tour will stretch across summer and fall, kicking off June 12 in Bristow, VA, and hit every region of the U.S. before wrapping November 13in Reno, NV. Multiple Canadian shows are scheduled as well. See full itinerary below.   Tickets and VIP packages for all four artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets & VIP packages beginning Tuesday, February 11 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.   Megadeth and LAMB OF GOD NORTH AMERICAN tour dates:Summer 2020: 6/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live 6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion 6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater 6/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 6/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 6/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion 6/20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center 6/21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 6/23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview 6/24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Lake Amphitheater 6/28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park* 6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage 7/1 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater 7/2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre 7/3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center 7/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Music Center 7/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion 7/8 – Cleveland, OH @Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL 7/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO* 7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium 7/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP* 7/16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater 7/17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 7/18 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory+ 7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 7/21- Phoenix, AZ @ Isleta Amphitheater 7/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre 7/25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre 7/26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center 7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre 7/30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre 8/1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion   Fall 2020: 10/2 – West Palm Beach, CA @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre 10/6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 10/7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena 10/9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena 10/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center 10/14 – Springfield, MO @ JOH Arena 10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center 10/21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center 10/23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Heath Arena 10/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center 10/27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron 10/28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell 10/30 – St, Paul, MN @ Armory 10/3 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center* 11/2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena 11/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 11/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center 11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center 11/10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena 11/11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena 11/13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center  

Music Video Review – Quinn L’Esperance -Heavyweight

https://youtu.be/m9aAntjfU28
In this video we see Quinn going thru the paces of classes and singing about the boy in her life . The next scene take places at a boxing gym to showcase the seriousness of the how tough love can be.The video then goes back and forth between the two sets The vocals of Quinn are thoughtful and the lyrics are provoking . I think this young lady is going to do well in the entertainment industry ( she is also an actress as well ) and we look forward to seeing more of her .

Third Annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Daily Lineups

The third annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has revealed the daily lineups for its three-day event, scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12 at the famous Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank prison, in Mansfield, OH.
As previously announced, Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182 will headline a diverse lineup featuring over 40 bands on two outdoor stages. In addition to music, INKCARCERATION Festival will host 60 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks, camping and the return of the popular haunted house attraction Escape from Blood Prison.
INDIVIDUAL DAILY LINE-UPS:
Friday July 10:
Limp Bizkit
Papa Roach
Steel Panther
Candlebox
Atreyu
All That Remains
We Came As Romans
Escape the Fate
The Aquadolls
Stitched Up Heart
Paralandra
MissYou
Saving Escape
Saturday July 11:
Weezer
Haelstorm
Underoath
Badflower
Static-X
Puddle of Mudd
New Politics
Emmure
Stick to Your Guns
New Years Day
September Mourning
Along Came a Spider
Dead Engine
Mollo Rilla
Sunday July 12:
Blink-182
Mastodon
Hollywood Undead
Falling in Reverse
The Devil Wears Prada
Attila
Cold
Carnifex
Band-Maid
Damn Nation
A Killer’s Confessions
Sink the Ship
Ohio State Reformatory’s historic building and grounds provide a perfectly eerie setting for the INKCARCERATION Festival. The massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized as not only one of the most haunted reformatories in the country, but also as the filming location for multiple Hollywood films. The most famous of these films is the 1994 cinematic classic and IMDB highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
Once again, it will be Halloween in July at the INKCARCERATION Festival as Escape from Blood Prison makes an early appearance. The annual Halloween haunted house attraction typically runs from the end of September through early November at the Ohio State Reformatory, but this spooky experience will be open all weekend long for festival goers. Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, it is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try to make it through the facility alive.

Neo-Examiner Exclusive: Royal Tusk Interview

It’s been a busy few years for rock band ROYAL TUSK. Since the release of their second full length album TUSK II back in 2018, the quartet from Edmonton, Canada have been on two tours throughout North America opening for POP Evil, released four videos from TUSK II and are now preparing to headline a Canadian tour this winter with BRKN LOVE. With all that is going on, ROYAL TUSK lead singer Daniel Carriere (D.C.) was kind enough to talk to neo-examiner.com about himself, life on the road and provide a personal insight into life in ROYAL TUSK.

Royal Tusk - supplied photo
Royal Tusk – supplied photo

NEO-EXAMINER: You are a former Juno nominee now touring in the United States. Does anyone in America know what a Juno is?

D.C.: (laughs) You know, I don’t ever mention it. I’m not into accolades so I’m not really into that sort of stuff. Music isn’t a race, it’s subjective. In axis, it’s impossible to gauge subjectivity. One person might decide what’s best while others might have a different perspective. I believe that to each their own, music is a non-competitive arena.

NEO-EXAMINER: You have a tattoo of a tiger on you arm, tell us the story about that?

D.C.: I dunno, I just felt like I wanted some power in my life. A tiger felt right to me. It’s a powerful yet calm animal. When you see something everyday, it influences you. In physics, opposite attracts negative but in this instance positive draws positive – it’s part of our mental world. So when you see something powerful everyday, you feel powerful. That’s why I chose a tiger.

NEO-EXAMINER: You have been on the road in the states for many months. Do you miss local Edmonton beer and what do you drink when you are on the road?

D.C.: Basically, we have two beers: Dad and Mom beer, in other words Bud and Bud Light. In our riders, we usually ask for two-four (case of beer) and a two-six (24 oz btl) of alcohol, promoter’s choice. We always have leftovers so we also have a mini bar with tequila and stuff but to be honest, we don’t party as much as before. Really, alcohol affects your performance and I don’t want to embarrass myself. You want to perform at your best.

NEO-EXAMINER: If you had to become a video game character instead of an international Rockstar, who would you be?

D.C.: It’s funny, but I’m not really into video games. When I was a kid, RYU from Street Fighter was the best. I didn’t have a Nintendo or anything but when I was in the arcade, I always played RYU. He wasn’t the best compared to others but he was always the most badass.

NEO-EXAMINER: What’s the best prank you pulled on one of your bandmates?

D.C.: There are so many. Once, I took Quinn’s (guitarist) guitars out of the cases and threw the cases off a loading dock. He freaked, but the cases were empty. But Sandy (bassist), he has a running gag with Chris (the sound guy). Originally, Chris took a press photo of us and changed Sandy’s Oakland Raiders shirt to the Patriots on the press photo using Photoshop. That pissed off Sandy because he really takes the NFL seriously, so what Sandy did was took a picture of Chris, and made him into a vampire and astronaut and stuff. Sandy plans to take all these photos and sell them as a calendar on the road. But mostly, we just really talk a lot of shit to one other.

NEO-EXAMINER: A good part of being on the road all the time is stopping at buffets to eat and grabbing enough food for days. Where was your biggest haul?

D.C.: We don’t steal from buffets; we are too honest. We’re doing well now; we eat at restaurants and sleep at hotels. Before, we used to share plates and get in trouble for that but we don’t really steal food. Early on, what we used to do was go to the 7-11 and make tomato soup with ketchup, water, creamers, salt and pepper. You can really make a good tomato soup for free with that recipe.

NEO-EXAMINER: Last but not least, when can we expect new Royal Tusk material?

D.C.: We are going on tour now and the U.S. in the summer, we have some demos and are going to try to get something out in the fall.

Canadian Modern Heavy Metal Band DEMISE OF THE CROWN Releases First Single and Video from Debut Full-Length

Up and coming Canadian metal band DEMISE OF THE CROWN has released the first single, “My Mind Is Free,” the first single from the upcoming Life in the City album, scheduled for release on April 24.
“I wanted to show something special in this video,” says guitarist and bassist Simon D. “There’s this magical moment that happens when playing the first chord onstage or when the director calls for action during the shoot. It’s like the band is being summoned to play by some unknown force of nature, a kind of ritual that brings us together to generate music.”
From their 2015 debut EP to numerous area shows, the Montreal-based band has garnered a reputation for re-defining modern metal with a sound that is a melting pot of styles, including the occasional influences of death metal, components of hard rock, groovy riffs and catchy choruses alongside explosive guitar solos reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Dimebag Darrell. All this is topped off by singer Darren Beadman’s striking vocal techniques and unique tone, which have been likened to Warrel Dane, Sebastian Bach and Rob Halford. “My Mind Is Free,” with its broad-ranging sound, is a perfect introduction to DEMISE OF THE CROWN’s music.
“’My Mind Is Free’ is a dark and powerful song with an uplifting message of being able to overcome your demons in life before it’s too late,” says lead guitarist Manuel Iradian. “I’m extremely happy with Darren’s unique and colorful vocal performance here. It gives the song more character and, stylistically, this track has a lot to offer from middle eastern influences, hardcore breakdowns, big hooks, shredding face-melter leads and slow ballad parts.”

Astronomicon 3 Pop Culture Convention to Feature First Ever “Clerks” 25th Anniversary Reunion

 

Astronomicon3, the Detroit area’s newest pop culture convention, has added even more guests to the eclectic lineup of pop culture icons appearing at the convention the weekend of February 7-9 at Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI.
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the cult-classic Clerks movie franchise, Jeff Anderson (“Randal”), in his first-ever convention appearance, with reunite with fellow actor Brian O’Halloran (“Dante”) for a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience. “I’m really excited to be returning to Astronomicon,”O’Halloran says. “The first year it snowed 10 inches and the fans still came out in record numbers. This year I can only imagine how many people will come out to meet myself and Jeff Anderson for his first ever comic con!”
From inside the squared circle, Astronomicon 3 has announced the appearance of WWE and Total Divas superstar Alexa Bliss, former pro wrestler and animal activist Amy Dumas (aka Lita), WWE Hall of Fame wrestling legend Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and WWE superstar The Boogeyman.
As previously announced, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman will make his first Astronomicon appearance at this year’s convention. “I am so excited to get the 2020 convention season started at Astronomicon,” Eastman says. “Team Eastman hopes to see you there! Cowabunga!”
Anthony Michael Hall, the iconic “Brat Pack” actor known for his roles in The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, War Machine and Halloween Kills, has also joined the eclectic roster of guests. Says Hall, “I’m excited and looking forward to coming to Michigan in February. It’s going to be a fun show with lots of great people in attendance. We hope to see you there.”
In addition to Hall, Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie franchise, Rookie of the Year, Halloween Resurrection), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad) and Alex Vincent (Child’s Play franchise, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky) will join previously announced actors James Jude Courtney (Halloween), Tom Atkins (Halloween III, Lethal Weapon), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Charles Fleischer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Nightmare on Elm Street, Back to the Future 2), CJ Graham (“Jason Voorhees” from Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives), Richard Brake(Game of Thrones, Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, 31), Walter Phelan (House of 1000 Corpses), Nathan Baesel (Leslie Vernon, Cold Case, CSI: Miami) and David Howard Thornton (Terrifier’s “Art the Clown”).
“In the words of Captain Spaulding, if you like blood, violence and freaks of nature, join me at the third annual Astronomicon convention,” says Bill Moseley. “It’s one hell of a show, and I’ll see you there!”
Astronomicon 3 promises to fulfill the pop culture cravings of fans attending from far and wide, with even more guests, including hockey legend and four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty; comic book writer Dirk Manning; Comic Book Men star and podcaster Ming Chen; creator of “Art the Clown” and director of horror phenomenon TerrifierDamien Leone; rapper Mickey Avalon; special FX artists Rob Miller (Face Off Season 8), Nora Hewitt (Winner of Face Off Season 9) and Get Dead Crew’s Megan Grant; MTV VJ and Scary Movie franchise actor Simon Rex aka Dirty Nasty; Troma Entertainment co-founder and The Toxic Avenger actor Lloyd Kaufman; James from the Dave & Chuck the Freak radio show; tattoo artists Saint Karlos and Steve Pelkey; speed painter/artist Dave Santia; cosplayers Ginoza Costuming, Ashlee Kalthoff of Disfusional Studios, Envy the Green Fairy and League of Enchantment; Ghostbusters Detroit; and Majik Ninja Entertainment artists AMB, Alla Xul Elu, Blaze Ya Dead Homie; and Astronomicon masterminds Twiztid,
The all ages event will not only feature appearances, signings and photo ops with many additional activities – including live music performances, Q&A panels, cosplay and tattoo contests, a free play video game room and tournaments, a scavenger hunt and trivia. Confirmed in-costume photo opportunities include CJ Graham dressed as Jason Voorhees, Walter Phelan as Dr. Satan, David Howard Thornton as Art the Clownand Bill Moseley as Chop Top.
Astronomicon 3 will take place at the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI. Additional information on tickets, lodging, VIP options, full guest information, vendors and more can be located at www.astronomicon.com.

Live Review – Danko Jones w/ Double Experience

Canada has exported many bands into the international music scene over the decades with household names such as Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber to name a few. In the punk rock genre, SUM 41 remains the most famous while others such as Danko Jones have been met with less international success. However, that doesn’t stop them from touring and fresh from their European tour opening for Volbeat, Danko Jones returned to their home province in Canada for a change of clothes and to play some “rock and roll shows”, as Danko himself put it. So on December 12, Danko Jones came to the Brass Monkey in Ottawa, Ontario to play on “a Thursday night when no one comes to a sold out rock and roll show” and to “fulfill his dream of playing next to a pet store”.
Consisting of Danko Jones (vocals/guitar), John ‘JC’ Calabrese (bass), and Rich Knox (drums), they have released 8 albums with numerous EP’s and a Live album since 2002. But it’s their energetic and humoristic shows that have made them famous here in Canada and Europe. With a large discography containing numerous singles thrown in with humoristic dialogue, energy is required to fill in a 90 minute setlist. So despite recovering from a cold so “phlegm ruins the notes but nobody cares cuz it’s a rock and roll show”, energetic is what can best describe a Danko Jones show.
And they crammed in all their hits such as “First Date”, “Lovercall” and “Do You Wanna Rock” to name a few. And the sold out crowd knew the songs as Danko Jones is a popular band locally with regular radio airplay. Newer songs included “I’m In a Band” from ROCK SUPREME and the song “Fists up High” from an upcoming album in the process of being recorded which was the big surprise of the evening. But it was the seamless interchange between dialogue with the audience and the music that made the 90 minutes an entertaining and memorable show, a more serious-comedy performance in the style of Steel Panther’s routine.
Double Experience was the opening band for the evening. They are a rock band based in Ottawa, Ontario that was formed in the summer of 2011. The band consists of vocalist and front man Ian Nichols and guitarist Brock Tinsley. They have released three albums with most of their success obtained in Europe, where they tour regularly.

 

 

Editors Note *

I saw Danko Jones once a few years ago . He stated at the time he was the best Rockstar on the planet and that we as fans are lucky to be in his presence. I never planned on doing any coverage of this artist due to the off-putting nature of that performance and although I only stayed about five minutes into his set I was glad John was covering a current performance because I believe firmly in the freedoms we all have t0 like certain artists or to walk away  and listen to something else . Thanks John for your honest review .

 Danko Jones at Rock On The Range
Danko Jones at Rock On The Range

 

Third Annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Weekend Lineup Featuring Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182

Ohio’s Rock Event of The Summer is Back July 10-12, 2020 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory
Tickets Available Now – Just in Time for Holiday Gift-Giving!
40 Bands on Two Stages, 60 Tattoo Artists, Reformatory Tours, Gourmet Food Trucks, Camping and Escape from Blood Prison Haunted Attraction
Tickets are now on sale now for the third annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival, featuring headliners Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182, at the famous Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank prison, in Mansfield, OH, on July 10, 11, and 12, 2020
“We are extremely humbled by the support the fans put behind this festival in 2019 and wanted to bring them something even bigger in 2020,” the INKCARCERATION Festival team says. “For year three, we put together an extremely eclectic lineup that brings together all forms of rock. This festival is becoming known as the most unique event in the country, so we wanted to construct a lineup as unique as the venue itself! And, of course, it’s still the only rock festival held at a famous haunted prison! Expect lots of site upgrades from VIP to camping. We can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store!”
INKCARCERATION Festival will feature over 40 bands on two outdoors stages, 60 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks, camping and the return of the popular haunted house attraction Escape from Blood Prison.
Joining Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182 will be a diverse lineup that includes Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Falling in Reverse, Candlebox, Badflower, Atreyu, Static-X , Puddle of Mudd, New Politics, All That Remains, We Came as Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, Emmure, Attila, Stick to Your Guns, New Years Day, Escape the Fate, Cold, Carnifex, The Aquadolls, Band-Maid, Stitched Up Heart, September Mourning, Damn Nation, Paralandra, Along Came a Spider, A Killers Confession, MissYou, Sink the Ship, Dread Engine, Mollo Rilla, Saving Escape, and more.

Live Review- The Beautiful Oblivion tour ft. ISSUES and Polyphia

With the advent of music streaming, it’s hard for bands to stay relevant nowadays and as we approach the 2020’s, it’s even harder for young bands who started after the days where CD sales ruled the roost. So with the launch and headlining world tour in support of their third album BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION, it should be commended that ISSUES tried to mix things up a bit to appeal to a larger audience.

An American metalcore band founded in 2012 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, the band currently consists of lead vocalist Tyler Carter, guitarist/vocalist AJ Rebollo, bassist Skyler Acord, and drummer Josh Manuel. They are known for their combination of metalcore, nu metal, pop and contemporary R&B. The self-titled debut album, ISSUES, climbed to #9 on the Billboard charts in 2012 based on a DJ infused metalcore sound which was unique to the market at the time. But things evolve and on December 4, Issues brought their Beautiful Oblivion tour to Club Soda in Montreal, Canada.

Playing all 13 tracks as well as their singles from their first 2 albums, ISSUES played an electrifying set covering all the checklists required for metalcore bands from hand pumping to encouraging moshing. What was fascinating was the standout differences between the songs from their earlier work to BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION. From a traditional metalcore sound to a more broader pop-synced sound found in BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION, it shows that ISSUES tried to make themselves appealing to the larger, commercial audience – with a large amount of success. BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION songs such as Tapping out and Drink About It blended perfectly with the set while the more dance-like song Flexin’ fell flat as it required a pre-recorded background beat to which the band hand to play to instead of creating their own sound with their performance. R & B songs like Without You and Get It Right were capable of getting the crowd going like COMA does. The crowd did not slow down to the slower song like Rain, Your Sake, Beautiful Oblivion or Downfall.

With the thirteen song from BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION, as well as Stingray Affliction, COMA, Never Lose Your Flames, The Realest, Slow me Down and, Mad At Myself as encore – ISSUES played a full setlist for their show and the energy did not stop from beginning to end. Although they still have far to go to be a “headliner”, their intent and drive to become one was apparent that evening.

Opening for ISSUES was POLYPHIA, a progessive rock band from Dallas, Texas. Not familiar with the prog rock scene, POLYPHIA were touring in support of their album NEW LEVELS NEW DEVILS released in 2018. A young band, yet were formed in 2010, played a melodic rock sound similar to bands like Supertramp but had no vocals.

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