Old Metalheads Can Still Rock Too

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“Schools a job but you don’t get paid!”

Who’s lyric is that? Do you know how fucking old that lyric is? Let’s see. Beneath the Wheel on the album Thrash Zone in 1989! What the hell, man? I was in high school in 1989. Yes that means I’m an ol’ ass mother fucker just like most of the cats that attended the 18 and over show at HoB on a freaking Wednesday. Wait a minute. Don’t most of us metalheads at this age, well you know, my age, have jobs, families, you know responsibilities? Yep, but that’s okay, even ol’ asses like us can enjoy a metal show and with bills like this; Suicidal, DRI, and Waking the Dead, we get to put on our gymshoes, shorts, tie scarves around our heads, and mosh like youngins, in the pit.

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Sevendust/Coal Chamber/Lacuna Coil/Candlelight Red at MOJOES JOLIET

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Wait? Does that look like a bill from the late nineties? Yes it  does but it isn’t. Instead, it was the lineup at Mojoes in Joliet  on Tuesday April 9th. Actually, when I first saw this bill I said, what, Sevendust and Coal Chamber touring together? I thought Armageddon was just around the corner but apparently, the bands have put aside all differences to join forces on a nice sized tour, playing nearly sold out shows.

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Crashdiet/Crucified Barbara at DOUBLE DOOR

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Crashdiet/Crucified Barbara

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When I attended the show on April 4th at the Double Door, I attempted to remember the last time I’d been there. I talked with E, asking her repeatedly about other instances besides Neurotic Outsiders almost twenty years ago was the only instance. Damn. That long? So you could imagine how excited I was to see a band I’d been introduced to by fellow author Melanie Tushmore called Crashdiet.

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