Affliction Christmas Concert

On Saturday, Affliction sponsored a concert with Danzig, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and TSOl at the Long Beach Arena.  It was a charity event for Amnesty International and it only cost $5.

We got there around 6:30 and by the time we got inside, TSOL were just finishing up.  What little we heard sounded pretty good. Suicidal Tendencies came on next.  It was an excellent set, opening with “You Can’t Bring Me Down.” They ran through several classics and sounded great throughout the entire set. 

After Suicidal, we went backstage to the VIP area and as we were standing there, I looked over and there was Randy Blyth, singer for Lamb of God.  I totally slipped into fan boy mode; Lamb of God is one of my favorite metal bands of all time.  Our main focus for the rest of the night was trying to figure out how to approach him without coming across too lame. Before we had the chance though, Pennywise came on.  I had to go watch the show, since that’s who I came to see.  They put on a great performance; Zoli from Ignite was filling in on vocals since Jim left the band a few months ago.  His voice is a bit different, so it took a little to get use to it, but overall he sounded really good. They ran through standards, “Society”, “F**k Authority” and closed with a great performance of “Bro Hymn” with the entire crowd singing the chorus.

After Pennywise, we slipped back stage again and kept an eye out for Randy, after buying a few beers, we made our move and gave him a quick “hey, how you doin’”, shook his hand and moved on.  He was pretty cool, real down to earth. It was the highlight of the night,

Next up, Danzig came on, it was a good set, although the mix was a little of and the vocals would distort at times. During the set, Fletcher from Pennywise came strolling through the crowd and shared a bottle of Jeigermeister with some fans. (It’s always cool to see an artist who will interact with the crowd.)  After running through several classics, Danzig closed with “Mother.”

 Overall, it was a great show, four great bands at a great price and for a good cause.


~ by silentium1 on December 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Affliction Christmas Concert”

  1. FYI, Lamb of God is a band, not an album. Dug the review, what a great show this was. Sadly I couldn’t deal with Danzig’s poor sound/what I felt was a slop performance so I took off early. Both Pennywise and ST killed it!

    • Thanks for the comment, I was writing the post quickly at work. Danzig’s sound was pretty poor, he closed with Mother and it sounded decent but overall, I was disappointed.

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