|James Michael of Sixx:AM|
Last night, I had the most amazing concert experience watching Sixx:AM perform live at the Norva in Norfolk, Virginia, just one stop in their Prayers for the Damned tour. I kid you not, they make you feel like you are part of one huge party and the band is doing one hell of an awesome job making everyone feel welcomed, appreciated, and entertained.
Opening for this show was one of Virginia's finest and popular heavy metal bands, 710 Oil who tore the house down with their high energy and hard rocking music. While Chris Johnson (lead vocalist), Gary Hammond (electric guitarist) and Les Moseley (bassist) made heavy metal madness head banging and swinging their long hair back and forth, drummer Vinnie Mastropasqua pounded his drum skins with the fury of gods. It's no wonder these guys have often been hand-picked to open up for major label bands that tour the Virginia concert scene.
|710 Oil doing a soundcheck prior to opening the show|
After 710 Oil's set came the band from New York, Cilver, who happens to be part of the Prayers For The Damned tour. I had never heard this band before this show so all their songs were new to me. My thoughts? I was quite surprised at how well this band performed and how great they were with interacting with the audience. Don't underestimate this band! I hope I don't sound sexist, but in a normally male-dominated rock music industry, Cilver, with a female fronting the band, is surprisingly refreshing and impressive! There's another female in the band that surprises - Christina, the drummer -who can give Alex Van Halen a run for his money. I don't know if she's permanently with the band or not, though, because I don't see her name listed among the band members on their Facebook page. Even if she may just be touring with them, she's phenomenal to listen to.