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Halloween was a hoot with D.O.A, Damage Inc. and much more

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I hit about half of the dozen gigs happening in Halloween all over Lethbridge, Oct. 31, planning my evening around punk D.O.A.'s Joe Keithley playing Halloween in Lethbridge. Photo by Richard Amerylegends D.O.A. at Scores. But as they weren’t on until 11:30 p.m., I caught as many  of the other shows as  I could and unfortunately missed Jenny and the Scallywags’ opening set.

 So I started things at the  Owl Acoustic Lounge, which was packed, as were most places with an array of monsters, pirates, superheroes and other creatures of  darkness.

Carisa Jayne opened the night with some sexy burlesque dancing for a song, for which she brought an audience member on stage with her and danced around her. Pat Maloney was up next with some spooky, haunting acoustic folk music as more people trickled into the already packed house for  headliner's Cosmic Charley.

Damage Inc. playing Halloween. Photo by Richard Amery
 After that I wandered over to Average Joes for the Chevelles monthly gig there.

 They were still getting ready before they all come on stage, dressed as nuns and played all of  the crowd’s favourite  classic rock hits beginning with Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” and nailed the harmonizing guitar solos.

 I’m not a big Metallica fan, but wasn’t going to miss Damage Inc.— the Lethbridge based Metallica  tribute who always but on a great show.
 They had a full stage show and dark blue and red lights  silhouetting the band  and giving them a menacing air.

 The band, sporting  zombie make up, played steel solid set of  vintage Metallica for an audience which wasn’t as big as I expected them to be. After that it was time for something a little more laid back.

I’ve only seen local country band, feEvan Herbst of the Old Man River Band. Photo by Richard Ameryaturing  many familiar faces from Long and McQuade,  the Old Man River band once, so had to check them out  at the Onion as they played  a laid back, informal and low key set of country music.

Evan Herbst and Kevin Gnandt traded lead vocals as Austrian Graf added background vocals traded vocals and  sounded pretty good.

Evan Herbst played guitar dressed up as Willie Nelson. Austrian Graf and bassist Ray Banman were done up as zombies as was drummer Mike Gnandt.

The Chevelles rocking as nuns for Halloween. Photo by Richard Amery
  And then came the main event as I had to forgo the other gigs other than the end of another set of country from the Mark hall band at s the Smokehouse.

 It was just another night of punk rock for D.O.A at Scores. They didn’t bother to dress up, instead sticking  to what they do best — playing ferocious, loud, rocking vintage punk and hardcore music. 

 Frontman Joe Keithley was backed by his rock solid new line up of drummer Paddy Duddy and bassist  Mike Hodsall who never missed a note as Hodsall was leaping and kicking around the stage as  much as Keithley as he  The mark hall band playing Halloween. Photo by Richard Amerystarted the set with vintage D.O.A.  cuts  “ I Hate You” followed by  “D.O.A,” “  Liar for Hire,” one of my favourites  ‘2+2” and just took off from there.

 There was plenty of moshable rhythms and hot guitar playing as Keithley proved as promised in his interview last week  that he hasn’t forgotten  how to play guitar and kick ass on stage.

  “Marijuana” was a highlight punctuated by a rant about legalizing it as was a ferociously high octane version of “ Police Brutality.”

 Two of the most perfect punk songs ever written by anyone “ Fuck You” and “ Disco Sucks” were highlights mid set. They played the more obscure “America The Beautiful” and  covered most of  what I wanted to hear including a cover of “War— What is it Good For” though surprisingly didn‘t touch on much of  their last studio album “We Come in Peace.” And before anyone realized it, they were done just over an hour later, though they returned for an encore of “Race Riot” and a Ramones tribute.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 November 2014 17:47 )  
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