Any night a girl can go to a great concert is a good night. Saturday proved to be a good night. Not only did I get to see one of my favorites, Gemini Syndrome, do the thing they do, I was introduced to a new band and had a chance to see a band that has proven to be a favorite on SiriusXM Octane radio.
The Stir is a trio out of Atlanta, GA. Andrew Evans (guitar & vocals), McClain Hendon (drums), and Tanner Hendon (bass) proved that three guys can play just as hard as four can. They seemed to enjoy what they do and it comes through their music. I couldn’t quite put my finger on their sound. The closest I could come was the angry love child of Jim Morrison and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Since this tour is over, they are headed back to Georgia. If you are in Atlanta on October 13th, you can catch them at The Earl and in Grayson on the 21st at Grayson Blues & Brews Festival.
Gemini Syndrome‘s sound is entirely their own, as they transitioned from vocal melodies to guttural screams within the same songs. Aaron Nordstrom’s abilities shined through as he performed. Meegs Rascõn provided the screams that brought a rough edge to the songs. If there is any doubt that they are having fun, just look to Brian Medina as he pounds the drums. Watching his interactions with the crowd brought a smile, and possibly a giggle, to my face. Alessandro “AP” Paveri on bass almost seems to transcend. The band is rounded out by Max on guitars who brings his own style to the group. You know the crowd is enjoying the performance when as enthusiastically sing along to songs such as “Starset” and “Remember We Die.” You have a few more dates to catch them on tour before they start working on their third album. You can find them on their facebook page. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. If you have the chance, the VIP acoustic performance is a can’t miss. The same songs done acoustically have a different sound altogether as Nordstrom’s voice brings a haunting sound.
Fozzy headlined the show and it wasn’t hard to see who the crowd wanted as they chanted “Fozzy,” screaming when they took to the stage. Chris Jericho (lead vocals) brought his flashy style as he performed. It’s not difficult to see how easy it was for him to transition his style from wrestling to music. In fact, there were more than a few who brought their Jericho WCW memorabilia with them. Not to be outdone, the band brought it’s own style to the fairly large stage as they left no square of it untouched, moving around as they played to the crowd. Each time a song ended there was an eruption of chants of “Fozzy.” Rich Ward (guitar/vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitar), and Paul Di Leo (bass) matched Jericho up note for note as they performed for the audience. Fozzy heads out to Europe beginning October 27th in the UK so our metal brethren in Europe get their chance to catch Jericho in action.