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Ross The Boss at Brian’s Backyard BBQ

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After seeing Rogue One the day before, it was time to catch the one and only Manowar’s original guitarist Ross The Boss at Brian’s Backyard BBQ – only five minutes from my home. Once this was announced, I told as many friends as I could that I knew would be interested as hearing classic Manowar songs for only 15 bucks. At around 6:30, I met up with a bunch of my normal concert going friends like Birdman, Alyssa, and Jay as well as a few I haven’t seen in awhile, Kevin and Destin. At around 9pm the only opener came on

Metal Inc.

First on was the local metal cover band, Metal Inc. They covered a variety of metal tracks from greats including Accept,  Judas Priest, Dio, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Danzig, Metallica, Pantera, and Motorhead.  They sounded good playing the tracks while also keeping the crowd interested and pumped for the feature presentation.

Ross The Boss

At 10:30 it was time for The Boss to take charge. I was excited knowing that the whole set was going to just be songs from Ross’s era of Manowar, which is the older and more traditional metal sounding Manowar that I prefer. Playing in his backing band was none other than ex- Manowar drummer, Rhino. This was the first show  to feature him as well new vocalist Marc Lopes and bassist Mike LePond of Symphony X.

They started their set with “Blood of Our Kings,” a good indicator of where the set was going. I stood right up front next to Andy from thrash legends Prime Evil and this one guy who seemed to be REALLY into Manowar. We saw more classics such as “Fighting the World,” “Each Dawn I Die,” “Kill with Power,” and “Sign of the Hammer.” The energy of the show was unbelievable and almost everyone in the crowd were screaming along to the band’s awesomely cheesy lyrics, while the guy next to me was adding to that by trying to act out the lyrics such as swinging his invisible Thor’s hammer. They ended their set with “Hail and Kill” followed by an encore with “Battle Hymns.” To me, this was the best way they could have ended it as those are my two favorite Manowar songs. After saying goodbye to my friends and telling Ross that he did an awesome job, I went home from my favorite show at that venue to date.

 

 

 

Blue Coupe Rock Brian’s Backyard BBQ

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Blue Coupe (left to right): Bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist and lead vocalist Joe Bouchard and drummer Albert Bouchard.

While looking for shows to go to in March, I remembered that I hadn’t been to Brian’s Backyard BBQ in awhile. Upon looking through their events, I saw that Blue Coupe were playing on the 19th (“Blue Coupe” is a Blue Oyster Cult offshoot that plays small venues during Blue Oyster Cult’s off dates on their tours).

This version of the band contains the Joe and Albert Bouchard, the two founding brothers of Blue Oyster Cult as well as founding Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway. Due to Dunaway, they also throw in some Alice Cooper tracks. I had seen them 2 years ago during a memorial for Brian’s nephew and they put on a killer show. This time they were headlining so I knew they were going to play more material this time around.

I arrived at the Middletown/Montgomery, NY venue/restaurant at around 7:00 p.m. and ordered the Backyard Burger combo. After some really good food a staff member asked me if I wanted to sit closer, which I graciously obliged. I didn’t know any of the people I now sat next to but they seemed quiet nice and humorous. At around 9:20 p.m. Blue Coupe was set to kill.

Blue Coupe

As mentioned earlier, Blue Coupe’s set featured both Blue Oyster cult and Alice Cooper songs. Killer tracks such as “City on Flames With Rock and Roll,” “Burning For You,” “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” “Black Juju,” “I’m Eighteen” and many more classics were played and all sounded great. We also got a cover of the Ramones’ “Pet Cemetery” as well as some songs there were written specifically for the Blue Coupe lineup.

The band had plenty of energy and didn’t show their age. After this first set there was a brief intermission. During this time I was able to buy a photo of Blue Oyster Cult and have them sign it. After about half an hour, they started their second set. Act two contained more Blue Oyster Cult tracks like “Astonomy” and “Godzilla” as well as some Alice Cooper  tracks like “No More Mr.Nice Guy” and “Elected.” While I didn’t get to hear tracks like “Veteran of the Psychic Wars” and “Take Me Away,” it was still an amazing show and I was glad to once again hear some classics by two of rock n roll’s best bands.