Assessment by James Stamper / Pictures by Tom Biggs TRB Pictures
July 9, 2022, was an evening Japanese Kentucky will always remember! Pikeville, KY acquired a “dose” of Poison, together with Lita Ford and Kentucky’s personal, Grimsley Rose. If this super lineup doesn’t catch your consideration, I don’t know what’s going to! If you happen to’re into the 80’s laborious rock scene, driving quick automobiles, partying all night time till the solar comes up, with two bottles of alcohol in a single hand, a lady within the different, and a Marlboro pink in your mouth, then this present was for you! Pikeville acquired a crash course on how the Nineteen Eighties partied and let me be the primary to let you know, everybody completely cherished it! The Appalachian Wi-fi Area was not quiet for one cut up second! There have been factors it was so loud, you couldn’t even hear your self suppose!! However that’s what live shows are all about! Nice music, tremendous drinks, and an incredible rock n roll household gathered to bang heads!
Let’s dive into the main points of this splendid rock n roll present!
First on the invoice is Grimsley Rose. Hailing from the Lexington/Richmond space of Kentucky, I anticipated nothing greater than a heavy, hard-hitting rock n roll band, and that’s precisely what I acquired! Beginning out the set, was “Save Your Soul”. Routinely, I felt the electrical energy undergo my physique. Metallica has a track titled “Journey The Lighting”, which was what I used to be doing all through Grimsley Rose’s set! Then comes “Tomorrow Wakes A Idiot”. I’m in awe! How have I by no means listened to this band earlier than? “My gosh”, I used to be pondering to myself! How can a band be this good?
However wait, simply once I thought it couldn’t get any higher, right here comes the monitor, “Losing My Time”. This one stood out to me personally. Shoutout to Sirius XM’s Octane, this can be a track you must decide up!! The melody is flawless, together with the face-melting guitar enjoying, the heaviness of the bass, and lastly, the thunderous drums! An all-around excellent track and one which I hope Grimsley Rose by no means stops enjoying stay! All through the entire present, my eyes saved gravitating in direction of a sure particular person in Grimsley Rose. One man who I’m very aware of and who I’ve seen play many instances stay. That particular person isn’t any apart from “The Beast”, Trey Bledsoe! Good grief! The quantity of fury Trey places into these skins! I’m fairly certain I noticed a few drumheads go flying!! However to wrap it up, Grimsley Rose is price seeing and I might extremely suggest that you simply do see them! I assure you 100% that you simply’ll depart a fan! Trey, Todd, Keith, and Bo all know learn how to rock!
Subsequent up on the invoice, is none apart from Lita Ford. Lita has had a shocking profession being with the Runaways within the Nineteen Seventies after which, a really profitable solo profession within the Nineteen Eighties and onward. I noticed Lita as soon as in Corbin, KY in 2016, however I wanted a refresher on simply how a lot she will rock! Opening with “Gotta Let Go” I instantly went loopy! That is one in every of my favourite Lita Ford songs, so if this was the beginning, I knew I used to be going to be in for a curler coaster of rock n roll! Pikeville cherished Lita and wasn’t afraid to indicate it!
Lita wasn’t going to come back evenly, bringing a supergroup along with her to blow the roof off the Appalachian Wi-fi Area! Lita Ford – guitar, vocals, Patrick Kennison – guitar, vocals, Marten Andersson – bass, and the legendary Bobby Rock on drums (search for Vinnie Vincent Invasion and Nelson)! Lita determined to blast out her large hit “Hungry” and Pikeville actually loved that! I felt like and imagined I had time traveled to the Nineteen Eighties. I might solely think about what it was wish to be a teen then, seeing this for the primary time!
Switching out guitars usually, Lita Ford has fairly the gathering of B.C. Wealthy guitars. She introduced out the massive double neck and right here got here the track everybody was ready to listen to, “Shut My Eyes Without end”. I give props to Patrick for doing an excellent job on Ozzy Osbourne’s half! If you happen to closed your eyes and listened, I promise you wouldn’t know the distinction! It was that shut! Lita closed her set with what I think about to be one, if not her greatest hit, “Kiss Me Lethal”. As many instances as I’ve heard that track, I by no means get uninterested in it. It’s a stone-cold traditional and all the time will likely be! So glad I received to see Lita Ford once more and I hope it received’t be the final! You rock, Lita!
Now, the principle attraction, Poison, was able to deliver the stage right down to the bottom! Hailing from Mechanicsburg, PA, Poison match proper in with the scene occurring in Los Angeles, CA on Sundown Boulevard. Hanging with bands equivalent to Motley Crue, Ratt, L.A. Weapons, W.A.S.P., and Weapons N Roses, Poison could be often known as one of many biggest 1980’s laborious rock bands of all time.
Beginning out their set with “Look What The Cat Dragged In”, Pikeville actually blew up! Nobody was sitting down! The entire enviornment was leaping up and down! Everybody was so excited to see this band carry out!! To not point out, Poison is all unique, in order that made it even higher! Bret Michaels, CC Deville, Bobby Dall, and Rikki Rockett had been about to indicate Pikeville what rock n roll was all about, Poison type!! Afterward, they jumped into “Journey the Wind”, which I’m an enormous fan of! Now, once I heard a drum intro and the bass going, I knew I used to be about to listen to “Unskinny Bop”. Oh wow, did that get the group roaring!
I used to be nonetheless in awe after Grimsley Rose and Lita Ford, however gee oh, what a present Poison was placing on! On this subsequent half, I give loads of respect to Bret Michaels for doing what he did. He requested everybody to gentle up the sector with their cell telephones or lighters and devoted the track “One thing to Imagine In” to all of the veterans within the enviornment and all over the world. Very cool! I used to be impressed. Poison hadn’t misplaced their contact. They seemed like they did again within the Nineteen Eighties. It’s such as you put one in every of Poison’s data on the sound system of the Area and hit play! That’s how wonderful they sounded!
CC Deville gave a guitar solo, and Rikki Rockett gave a drum solo, each sounding outstanding! We’re coming into the ultimate levels of the live performance and right here it’s, the track Pikeville had been ready to listen to… the track that made Poison, Poison. Bret grabs an acoustic guitar and begins strumming “Each Rose Has Its Thorn”. In previous evaluations, I’ve talked about how loud crowds have been. Neglect I even acknowledged about that, this was the loudest crowd I’ve ever heard in all my instances going to live shows. The women screaming, goodness! Nonetheless, I do love the track and love the best way they carried out it! Poison gave an encore with “Nothin’ However a Good Time” and left Pikeville with melted flesh laying in every single place! That’s how Poison does a present. They arrive in, steal your coronary heart, soften your face and depart. Glorious. Hope to see them once more! Get out and see Poison or any stay present for that matter! Let’s preserve stay reveals going!!