I hadn’t been gone to the Harrah’s Stir Cove Concert Series since mid-July of last year, until tonight I was there to see an awesome heavy metal lineup of the summer of 2017 featured Vince Neil with openers Queensrÿche and Sebastian Bash presented by Omaha’s well-known hard rock radio – Z-92 on Friday, June 2, 2017, Stir Cove’s third show of the season. It was hot out, around 90º but no rain so it was an ideal for the outdoor show.
Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach and his solo band included guitarist Brent Woods, bassist Rob DeLuca and Bobby Jarzombek on drums, came on the stage at 7:45 p.m., with a lot of sun beaming directly at them, sung many Skid Row classic songs, rocked it but so loud that I forgot to bring a pair of my ear plug. As soon as I left the photo pit, I quickly asked around until a sweet lady gave me a pair of it. Plugged it in. Ahh! Much better. Great warm-up performance by Sebastian still.
Next was Seattle-based progressive metal band – Queensrÿche; my second times covered them – first was back in December of 2016 at the Anthem venue @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Sioux City, Iowa; with three original members guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, however Scott is on paternity leave from the band’s current touring to spend time with his newborn son, filled in for him was Casey Grillo of Kamelot, along with new vocalist Todd La Torre since 2012 and Parker Lundgren on guitar since 2009, played their solid performance set, included great songs such as Damaged, Empire and Take Hold of the Fire. Queensrÿche plan to enter the studio in September to record their new album for an early 2018 release via Century Media.
And final show of the night, Vince Neil, well-known vocalist of Motley Crue made his appearance, in the front of more than 2,500 fans performed many Motley Crue classic songs included Dr. Feelgood, Looks That Kill, Kickstart My Heart and more. My friend asked me, “Can he play Motley Crue songs even Motley Crue is currently disbanded?” “Sure he can” I told my friend. I thought the question was odd but understood why my friend haven’t been to the concerts by the performers who turned into solo after left the bands such as KISS’s former guitarist Ace Frehley, Lita Ford (all-female band – Runaway), Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), and more.
It truly impressive night of heavy metal music of the 80s we don’t want to forget!
Be sure to check out the Stir Cove Summer Concert Series’ schedule to see what the rest of the summer has in store.
All photos are © 2017 Robert Chadwick Photography.