Heart of Steel: Concert Reviews

Brides Of Destruction - The 16th and 17th of June 2004 - Tavasti Club Helsinki Finland

Brides of Destruction
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y Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Pictures by Marko “Spandex” Syrjala


Brides Of Destruction is a super group consisting L.A. forerunner glam metallers Nikki Sixx and Tracil Guns. The ranks of BOD is rounded out by two fairly unknown names. The band was booked for two gigs in the same club (Tavasti Club, Helsinki, Finland) causing extra hype amongst both both old hard/glam rock fans and a newer generation glam rockers. Together they packed the club for the both nights. Nikki Sixx’s career must have been glorified by the legendary Motley Crue biography "The Dirt" in the eyes of the younger generation as there were more young faces than expected in the crowd waiting to see Brides Of Destruction.

The four piece LA combo kicked the night off with an intro followed by “Shut The Fuck Up”, the opening track off the highly acclaimed Brides Of Destruction debut HERE COME THE BRIDES. The reaction amongst the audience, especially nearby the frontline turned more and more hot and sweaty as the jumping and raging audience warmly welcomed the Brides to Finland. The opening track roared out of the loudspeakers with an unbelievably loud and hard sound making the whole place turn upside down. “Shut The Fuck Up” is definitely one hell of a great tune to make the crowd go nuts at the beginning of the set. The ass kicking continued in intensity with “Natural Born Killers”. All in all, eight of the tracks off from the album got played and went down to the sweaty audience brilliantly.

The climax of the night was experienced when the old Motley Crue tunes “Live Wire” and “Piece Of Your Action” hit the air causing an extreme wild reaction in the audience, as sweaty bodies went over the security wall and some kind of embarrassing looking pit was born. Kinda odd to see pits on hard rock gigs whereas these pits are more common at extreme metal gigs. The people literally yelled and screamed their hearts out, were totally out of their minds, and above all the superb “Shout At The Devil” was absolutely an excellent way of concluding the megalomaniac gig. Before the Motley battle hymns made the audience nuts a couple of L.A. Guns favourites were played for obvious reasons. However, the crowd seemed more or less unfamiliar with “Never Enough” and “One More Reason”, although “One More Reason” got a better response anyway.

Nikki Sixx was the main interest and the star of the night, so it wasn’t a surprise that the his side (the left side) of the stage was more packed than the right. Everyone was eager to watch and follow Nikki Sixx’s playing and performance and in general his legendary appearance was literally full of characteristic charisma and tight control on the stage performance. you could say he dominated the Finnish audience and they were spellbound.

The strange looking young singer, London LeGrand, isn’t the most experienced stage character, but he handled the dynamic ass kicking set with young rage and passion thru 60mins. LA Guns guitarist was another interesting target of the night seen from the point of view of the audience besides Nikki Sixx who got most of the attention. As for the drummer Scott Coogan (ex-Rowan Robertson, Paul Gilbert etc.), he is the right man behind the drum kit for Brides Of Destruction giving the extra and needed strength to the band’s hard rocking style. He also sang lead vocals for the a song “Life” behind his drum kit and showed that he is also a very good singer.

The second night show was quite similar to first, but it was almost 30 minutes longer and some more classic stuff from their “old bands” (“Bastards”, “Looks That Kill” from the Crue, and “Rip and Tear” from LA Guns) was added. There also happened a very rarely seen thing in Tavastia when Nikki crushed one of his signature basses and then he decided literally throw the pieces into the audience. Everyone can imagine what happened on the floor then… That’s rock and roll!!

Both gigs were excellent in every aspect and honestly if these “brides” happen to drop by somewhere nearby YOUR place, go check them out as this “four piece” definitely kick ass on the stage….

 

1st night:
Intro/Shut The Fuck Up
Natural Born Killers
Brace Yourself
2X Dead
I Got A Gun
Life
Tracii Guns Guitar Thang
Revolution
I Don't Care

ENCORE1
Never Enough (L.A. Guns)
One More Reason (L.A. Guns)

ENCORE2
Live Wire (Motley Crue)
Piece Of Your Action (Motley Crue)
Shout At The Devil (Motley Crue)

2nd night:
Intro/Shut The Fuck Up
Natural Born Killers
Brace Yourself
2X Dead
I Got A Gun
Life
Tracii Guns Guitar Thang
Revolution
I Don't Care

ENCORE1
Never Enough (L.A. Guns)
Rip & Tear (L.A. Guns)

ENCORE2
Live Wire (Motley Crue)
Bastard (Motley Crue)
Looks That Kill (Motley Crue)

ENSCORE3
One More Reason (L.A. Guns)
Piece Of Your Action (Motley Crue)
Shout At The Devil (Motley Crue)