Author: Randude

Posted on: March 30, 2018 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Monsters of Rock Cruise (Feb 11-16, 2018)

It was down to the wire for me and my buddy to work everything out to be able to go on the eighth annual Monsters of Rock cruise. We literally booked ten days before departure and got lucky by snagging a mid-ship, mid-deck cabin location (prime location for multiple reasons) from someone who had just recently had to cancel their reservation. It was an early morning as we left St.…

Posted on: December 3, 2017 Posted by: Randude Comments: 2

Hatebreed | November 29, 2017 | State Theater | St. Petersburg, FL.

Hatebreed destroyed everything in their wake with their performance at the State Theater. The tour was billed as “20 Years of Desire & 15 Years of Perseverance”, paying homage to their first and second studio albums, so it was with great anticipation in the days and weeks leading up to the show knowing the set list would favor heavily from those two kick ass releases.

Posted on: July 14, 2017 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Iron Maiden – Tampa 6/11 and Tinley Park 6/15

Last year I had the opportunity and good fortune to be able to see Iron Maiden shows in both Florida and Illinois and when the new US leg of their tour was announced I jumped on the chance to do so again this year.  These would be my fourth and fifth Iron Maiden shows and even though knowing ahead of time the set list would be the same at shows…

Posted on: July 9, 2017 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Metallica Live – July 5th (Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL)

Metallica lit the Orlando sky afire with their mammoth stage production when they brought their “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct” tour to Camping World Stadium on July 5th.  Four massive screens, seemingly a hundred foot tall, was the backdrop of a simple stage layout where the four metal horseman absolutely electrified a crowd of forty thousand plus with over two hours of pure in your face metal brilliance. 

Posted on: February 20, 2017 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Three months into ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’…

As a longtime fan of Metallica, literally I was hooked the first time I heard them the day ‘Master of Puppets’ was released back in 1986, I held so much hope of the potential for the rest of ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ to kick-ass and rank up as one of their best releases after Metallica strategically unveiled three singles leading up to its release date. I was up in Minneapolis just…

Posted on: November 7, 2016 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Slayer / Anthrax / Death Angel (9/27, Orlando, FL)

  As a long time Slayer fan I can tell you that purchasing a ticket upgrade and attending their sound check was about the second coolest thing I have ever experienced in my concert going history behind going on the Motörhead Motörboat cruise last year. I had some reservations after spending what I did for the upgrade as leading up to the show I saw videos from other stops on…

Posted on: October 16, 2016 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Metallica (Aug. 20, 2016, Minneapolis, MN)

To say that I had waited a long time in between Metallica concerts is an understatement. I, along with the majority or North America, have patiently waited as we fans have not had a proper tour by the metal icons in almost seven years. When the show in Minneapolis was announced back in March it was just a goof when I thought about trying to get in on the fan…

Posted on: June 30, 2016 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

“Weird Al” Yankovic (June 3rd, 2016)

The best way that I can describe seeing Weird Al live is that he puts on a show, not a concert. Weird Al has the ability to parody songs and engulf me into his performance that in any other instance I would not care to listen to the original. I can only describe his show as a comical musical journey filled with multiple hilarious costume changes and a very tight…

Posted on: May 24, 2016 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

Volbeat “Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie”

Volbeat was a band I discovered back in 2009 when someone posted one of their videos in a metal forum that I read. After reading they were described as a mix of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Metallica, I had to give them a listen and wow was I blown away by how kick ass this band was. I really liked their unique sound and crunching guitar riffs and digging further…

Posted on: May 17, 2016 Posted by: Randude Comments: 0

A Night with The Scorpions (5/7/2016, Atlanta, GA)

From my first steps into Chastain Park Amphitheatre I knew right away this was by far the coolest venue I have ever been to for a concert. The amphitheater was located within Chastain Park which is the largest city park in Atlanta. The band shell was set at the bottom of a sloped hill and the outdoor bleacher style seating extended upwards to where the whole venue is nicely tucked…