Show Preview: Anthrax, Black Label Society & Exodus @ the Paramount, Wed. 1/18

Show Preview: Anthrax, Black Label Society & Exodus @ the Paramount, Wed. 1/18

Anthrax – photo by Ignacio Galvez

Join metal band Anthrax as they celebrate 40 years of awesomeness at the Paramount this Wednesday, January 18th at the Paramount. There have been some lineup changes over time, but the music remains the most important element, right? Since the Seattle date is just the second in 24 shows, the setlist should be fresh for fans – always a real bonus in my view. Perhaps they will go back bit to their debut, Fistful of Metal? The group recently said “We are so pumped to be hitting the road again with Black Label Society. We had such a great time when we toured with them earlier this year, that we had talked about doing it again when we were still on the road together. And, having the guys from Exodus on the bill as Special Guest, will definitely make this a tour not to miss.”

Which brings me to Black Label Society, a heavy metal quartet from Los Angeles. Led by the great Zakk Wylde, writer Ryan J. Downey perfectly described them as “stomping, heavy, bluesy.” I’ve got loads of extra respect for this band because of their support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They have a prominent donation link on the group’s website. Thank you!

Exodus, known as one of the original thrash metal bands, will open the night. The California group’s 2021 album, Persona Non Grata, made the list of Loudwire‘s Best Rock + Metal Albums of the year. Along with Anthrax, they are celebrating 40 years, and I am very happy to report that. Please get there early to catch them.

Black Label Society – photo by Justin Reich

Exodus – photo by Tayva Martinez

For tickets & more information, follow this link.

Photos: Lisa Heller @ The Funhouse

Lisa Heller @ The Funhouse – 12/14/2022
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Singer-songwriter Lisa Heller opened at The Funhouse in support of her most recent record, Is Anyone Listening?.  Backed by a drummer and recorded music, the American Songwriting Awards winner performed with her piano and ukulele.  Lisa sat at the front of the stage several times while the audience illuminated her with their phones.  We spent a few minutes after her set taking casual photos with the Seattle city lights in the background.

Lisa Heller – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Music: Joss Stone’s Merry Christmas, Love

Artist: Joss Stone
Album: Merry Christmas, Love
Why You Want to Check it Out: I love Joss Stone and I love Christmas music so this combination was bound for excellence. You can buy and listen to the album’s tracks, such as “Let It Snow,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas” right over here. That voice!

Album Photography by Nolan Knight

Cool Cover: Rowan’s DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY?

Artist: Rowan
Details: With artwork by Stewart Armstrong and Rowan’s drummer Fionn Hennessy-Hayes on photographer duty, DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY? is a colorful mix of flowers? Oil paint? I am not sure what this is exactly, but it’s very pretty. This is the Irish band’s debut album.

Photos: Michael Bublé @ Climate Pledge Arena

Michael Bublé @ Climate Pledge Arena 9/28
Photos by John Rudolph

Check out these beautiful photos of Canadian singer Michael Bublé as he performed at Climate Pledge Arena in September! Bublé, who’s deservedly won many, many awards, has a 2022 release called Higher. The album includes “My Valentine,” a song written by Paul McCartney, and Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.” By the way, if you’re looking for some hot Christmas music, there’s always Bublé’s 2013 Christmas, with tracks such as “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Blue Christmas.” LOVE.

Michael Bublé – photos by John Rudolph

Michael Bublé – all photos by John Rudolph