Monday, August 5, 2002 @ 9:26 AM
Tesla, Vince Neil, Jackyl and
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REVIEW BY: Brandon Schneider
July 20th, 2002: a day made for rock and roll. The setting was Sioux City, Iowa and the heat was insane. The local radio station Z98 reported that with the humidity it felt like 108 degrees. So in order to stay cool, a guy had to partake in a few cold beverages of choice. Any way on with the show.
At about 7:30 Skid Row took the stage at started off with a rocked-up version of “I Remember You.” I don't know about you all, but I prefer the original. Good old Johnny sang his heart out and you have to give the guy credit for replacing Bach. Those are some huge shoes to fill and I sure as hell wouldn't want the gig. Although it seems like he tries to be Bach. Anyway, the venue had the security railing about 20 feet away from the stage -- absolutely no way to really interact with the bands, but Johnny made it a point to come down off the stage and slap hands and get the crowd pumped (very cool!) Skid Row blasted through the classics “18 and Life,” “Monkey Business,” “Mudkicker,” “Piece of Me,” the Ramones’ “Psycho Therapy,” the original “I Remember You” (pick one version, and don't waste our time and your time playing the same damn song twice), “Thick is the Skin,” and “Youth Gone Wild.” Overall their performance was great.
Next up were Jackyl. All I have to say about them is FUCK YEAH!!!!! Jesse had the crowd going apeshit. At one point the drummer threw a stick out to the crowd (but remember the security fence was a mile away) the stick didn't even clear the fence. A fan jumped the fence, and of course the security were all over her. Jesse saw this and tried getting the girl on stage to dance with him. But the good ol' security wasn't having none of that and they escorted her away. A few hearty “Fuck You”s went out to them. Jackyl proved they are one of the best bands to see live by tearing through “I Stand Alone,” “Dirty Little Mind,” “Down On Me,” “Redneck Punk” and “The Lumberjack” just to name a few. After they were done, Jesse announced they were signing autographs and shaking hands. It's cool to see bands that still appreciate their fans. I bought a shirt and had the guys sign it. They were cool and I had a blast meeting them and shaking their hands. Thanks guys, you FUCKING ROCK!!
Next up, Vince Neil. I've been reading all these reviews of how bad he is and how overweight he is and his sound sucks etc. etc. etc. Well, all I have to say is thank you people for bitching and complaining, because he must be reading this shit. The man proved why he is and will always be a star. He hit every note and sang every word. He only left the stage once, and the rest of the time he was running around and the man had the best audience participation of all the bands. The crowd was absolutely insane. He ripped through “Kickstart My Heart,” “Piece of Your Action,” “Same Ol’ Situation,” “Knock ‘Em Dead Kid,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Red Hot” and “Looks That Kill. He rocked and I don't care what anybody else says about the guy -- he is rock and roll. Sorry to all you who said he sucked, you should have been in Sioux City.
Tesla were next and they kicked some ass. Playing “War Pigs,” “Little Suzi,” “Signs,” “Love Song,” “Song and Emotion,” “Modern Day Cowboy,” “What U Give,” “Heaven's Trail,” a new one called “Heaven” (I think he called it that), Cumin’ Atcha Live,” and think that was it. I think they might have played 1 or 2 more, and I think Vince might of too, but when it's that hot and they keep selling you beer, your memory isn't always the best.
I would definitely recommend this show to everybody, and would like to thank all the bands for rocking our asses off. Long live rock and roll!