Rachel Logan, our resident Radio Personality, has got quite a recap of the M3 Fest this past May
in Maryland. Check it out right here...
Rachel Logan and the M3 Experience…
Hope ya’ll are doing great and are rockin’ out as early and often as
possible! I don’t get to shows as often as I’d like but here’s my recap
of M3 in Colombia, MD this past May. Hope you enjoy..
I would go through every band that played but I’d like to relay the bands
I actually did see. Ha! The weather was unfortunately cool, damp, cloudy and rainy.. especially on the second day. And this too…Transportation to and from the venue, from the hotel, was a challenge to say the least. So, things didn’t quite come together exactly as planned.
That said, the first band I saw was Warrant and I’ve got to say, there’s nothing they could have done better! Current singer, Robert Mason really rocked it to the point where jaws were dropping at how much charisma and energy he displayed on stage as well as his voice hitting every note with power and poise. The girl next to me rated him a ‘10’ on
looks, stage presence, energy..etc.. LOL ;-)
L.A. Guns did a great job as well. They basically did a straight show ( no major bells or whistles) but they really did a great job. A treat that night was meeting Stacey Blades in the pub we all hung out in after the show. He calls out to me and says, “You interviewed me!” Haha..
Moving on to Great White…What this band has gone through as a whole in
The last decade is truly remarkable. Before I get to their performance, I want to mention the nightclub tragedy back in 2003 involving ‘Jack Russell’s Great White’…Reason being that there were quite a few survivors of that horrific fire at the show. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting 2 of the gentlemen in the lobby on the first night. It’s amazing to me how open they were about talking about what they went through and how they have moved on with their lives in the best possible way. One is legally blind due to the tragedy. They’re both great friends, travel together and have no aversion to seeing Great White whatsoever.
That said, the show they did was excellent. Current singer and my buddy,
Terry Ilous did a great job. I’ve got to hand it to guitarist/keys Michael Lardie though! Loved the way he interacted with each band member..kind
of playing with and right to each of them, displaying the brotherhood they all share. It was very cool to see! Not only that, but it was Michael who facilitated that they resurrect ‘Desert Moon’ after not playing that song since 2003 due to it being the song that played as the fire broke out in Rhode Island on that horrible night. This was supposedly a pact made by Jack Russell back then. No disrespect to Jack intended, but Michael felt it was time to bring back the song, especially for the survivors to hopefully change their associations with that song. It not only worked wonderfully, but Michael was thanked profusely with tears in the eyes of 2 women in particular, both survivors.
They did most all of their hits although I personally would have liked to have heard ‘Old Rose Motel.’ Oh, well..;-) Overall, they were excellent and folks raved about their performance.
KIX! It’s embarrassing to say that growing up in Maryland and with Kix hailing from Baltimore, I have never once seen them until M3…?! So, I couldn’t wait!
I don’t know how Steve Whiteman does it, but this guy was a live wire from start to finish. His voice sounded great and he leaped into the air plenty of times throughout the show. Plus, he was like a comedian on the mic with ‘choreographed’ jokes and bits… most of them about condoms and sex. No surprise there.. lol. I, among many other folks, was on my feet rockin’ out hard during most of their set. Just awesome.. !
M3 had two stages with simultaneous shows going at the same time, so you kind of had to choose which band you wanted to see, if not split your time between the two stages. I chose Lita Ford over Whitesnake…don’t hate! LOL
By the time Lita was about to go on, it was raining, cold and late and she was at the stage where you had to stand and hope you could see. Ugghh.!.
But once she started, the crowd was ready to rock and was very into it. She really was fantastic! She seems sooo at home on stage. Also, it was great to see Eddie Trunk of Serius-XM introduce her saying that she was his first guest ever to be on his show.
There was a fan blowing on her hair at the front of the stage which looked like something out of a music video. It was the coolest effect! The band members themselves were fantastic. I’ve got to give props to Michael T. Ross on keyboards and Dennis Zimmer on drums, both of whom happened to be my roommates for this event, along with Dennis’ girlfriend.
I’ll say this, ladies! Both of those guys put on more makeup than any girl on any given day..LMAO. ;-)
As far the reports I heard on Whitesnake…they were mixed. I heard the band was great. I also heard more specifically, that they spent too much time on their new songs to where the audience was ready to hear the hits and they just weren’t coming. Also, that a guitar and drum solo went way too long to the point that people were leaving. Given the fact that folks were tired, it was raining, it’s totally understandable that the crowd was ready for them to get the point. But, I’m quite sure that the show as a whole went very well.
Sabastian Bach was there was his solo band. I didn’t really hear much about their performance but I was fortunate enough to run into Sabastian while checking out of the hotel.
We had a brief and entertaining conversation about Celebrity Fit Club. He was friendly, funny, sarcastic. My kind of person!
Danger Danger….LOVE those guys! It was great to hang with buddies Ted Poley and Rob Marcello again. But they played at 12 noon! Way too early for some of us… ha! I told Rob that I was so sorry I missed them. He said, “I can’t blame you. We played at 12.”
Overall, the fest itself was awesome and I had a great time….
Hey, if anyone was there too and can further comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Yours in Rock Always,
I was there too, and I gotta agree that Lita kicked ALL the guys' asses! I was in the front row at her show, and I don't think I blinked once the whole time. She is SO my idol!
Sebastian Bach was also FANTASTIC. I have to admit, having heard/seen video of some of his performances over the past year I wasn't expecting much. But he blew me and my GF Tara AWAY. He can still screech and wail with the best of 'em, and I don't think he stopped moving for a second. Just AWESOME.
Whitesnake was good (we missed the first few songs for Lita) but they really lost the crowd on that insane 12-minute drum/guitar solo in the middle of the set. Tara went to the ladies room after it started and when she came back she was shocked it was STILL GOING. You just can't do that, especially when half the crowd has been there for 12 hours and is standing on a muddy hill IN THE RAIN. I saw the setlist after the show and they actually cut 2 songs from Forevermore, the 2 I most wanted to hear. But their old stuff rocked. I was just a little disappointed in the show as a whole.
But I gotta say, the BEST performance I saw all day was Black n Blue. They were simply AWESOME. It was their first East Coast show in God Knows how long, and they totally brought it. Jaime St. James was having a BLAST (if Dee Snider and Southside Johnny had a kid, it would be Jaime, LOL) and the rest of the band were so obviously having a great time that it was impossible not to get swept up in the energy. I came straight home and bought their new record and I have been rockin' out to it almost every day since.
All in all, this year's M3 was WELL worth the price of admission, the sore back/legs from 12 hours on my feet, the frizzed out hair from the rain (not that I looked much different from anybody else, ha ha), and the voice I lost for 3 days after. I'll be back next year. :)
Sooo appreciate your experience and thoughts on it all! Glad you got to see Sabastian Bach and Black N
Blue, especially since they were so good...
And oh yeah, I'm with you on the frizzed out hair and hours and hours on your feet. I was hoping for some sort of jacuzzi... Oh well... ;-)
You are sooo lucky you were right in front for Lita! Freakin' awesome...
Really enjoyed your report!
Aren't you going on a cruise to Norway?? I've never been there before...that's for sure!
Have an amazing time, my friend... :-)