Previously, I took my eldest daughter to see this band. That was a great day.
My sister, Natalee, was in town for a ski weekend. It just so happened to be the weekend that Rev Theory was coming to town. I had taken her to a metal show back in December after NF50. But that was in SF. This was one my “home venues” so I was excited to show her a band that I enjoy in a great small club in Denver.
Of course, our SF trio wasn’t complete without Brooks. So we got to club early and headed across the street to Mezcal to wait for him to arrive. We enjoyed several drinks and stories before that skater-wannabe showed up. Told them to both go into the bathroom and check out the walls. Natalee came back with nothing. Maybe the girls is different? Brooks came back with a big smile. The Spanish sexual comic strips are quality bathroom decor.
To the show! I led the kids straight down to the front row stage right. Sat my beer on the stage and started enjoying the show. The Bluebird Theater is awesome.
The Black Cloud Collective was getting started. The Black Cloud Collective is the new project by multi-talented drummer/guitarist/vocalist, Brandon Saller from Atreyu.
A highlight of this venue for me is always mingling with the bands. They come out after their sets and enjoy the show with everyone else while pedaling a little merchandise. Here is Brandon (me) and Brandon (singer) doing a little photo op. Not sure why I stuck my tongue out.
You kids still doing alright? Oh. I am not with “them”.
Pop Evil was up next. I have some songs that I like from them but I thought their show was great live. Brought some good energy. They played pretty hard and I enjoyed the set. They are from Michigan so I told Natalee that she had some sort of local connection with them. Good to see them out on tour. I was monitoring the set list which was taped right to an amp in front of me. As soon as the band left the stage, I quickly grabbed it off the amp and handed it to Natalee behind my back. She needed a souvenir! I made her take it over to the band after the show and she got it signed by them all. Hope it makes a nice piece of memorabilia for the night.
Another photo-op. Me and Leigh Kakaty, lead singer. There is that tongue again. Must be the alcohol.
Hey, Beer Boy! Pour me another.
Time for Rev Theory! New album out this week so it was cool to hear new material. These guys impressed me years ago when I saw them open for Puddle of Mudd just down the street. Liked them ever since. But this was definitely a Sunday night crowd. Even had some kids next us with big Xs on their hands meaning they were under 21. Nobody seemed to want to move so I got the ball rolling as the set began.
I moved straight into the middle where everyone that thinks they are not at a rock show apparently was. Plenty of elbows, pushing and looks ensued. But I was there to have a good time. Whatever. Finally, got a place cleared of my own and enjoyed stage center for a while. Brooks came over with me for a bit then we headed back to our drinks over to the side a bit. Right in front of Rikki Lixx. I love that dude. Always a cool smile.
A few songs over there and it was time to get moving again. So I headed back to the center where I was not greeted warmly. I was enjoying the music and not paying attention to a couple guys in front of me who’s girls didn’t want to be disturbed. Some how in the mayhem, I was pushed or lost my footing and found myself sitting on the floor in the middle of my own mosh pit. Things were suddenly peaceful and I sort of just enjoyed sitting there for a moment. The girl that didn’t enjoy my company was kicking me in the buttox region and I found myself laughing. I looked up and Brooks was there pushing some high schooler back and pulling me up. Brooks was explaining proper mosh pit etiquette to this kid while I was on the floor. All that probably sounds stupid if you aren’t a metal concert goer. Loved it.
We stayed in the center in our rightful spot for the encore and Natalee joined us. The haters backed off. As soon as the show ended, I shot back to our original spot for another setlist I had my eye on. This one was out of reach so when the tech came by, I got his attention and he pealed it for me. Score. Now, I need the band to sign this one! Where’s Rich? There he is!
Poor photo but hey. Sydney should be excited to see these and add them to our collection of Rev Theory schwag!
I hope the kids had a good time. I sure did! Great live rock shows fill my tank for those miles ahead.
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