And the fucking OWNED!!
Todd was on fucking fire, dude didn't hit a sour note or shy away from a single fuckin' thing.
Man, I'm so jaded by shows now, it doesn't matter who it is, I'm sitting there analyzing shit, thinking about what the signal chain for the vocals looks like, etc. but tonight I went into 15-year old Drew mode and just rocked out, fist in the air, singing along with every song.
Only 3 new tunes, 2 from the new album and 1 from the last, but the rest of the set was perfect. Got "Anybody Listening?", "Screaming In Digital", "Damaged", "Best I Can"....no "Silent Lucidity"! (Fuck yeah, I'm sick of that shit)....a bunch of old tunes, "The Killing Words"...."The Mission"...."Queen Of The Ryche", etc.
Todd REALLY nailed it tonight. I've seen a video from almost every show they've done since he's joined and tonight was one of the best ones yet. Seriously, not a single sour note, no premature fading of notes.
Dokken opened after Eddie Trunk did a 15 minute stand-up kind of thing which was actually pretty funny. He's definitely gotten some pointers from Don and Jim. Dokken sucked fucking ass. Like, REALLY bad. I was embarrassed watching their set and I'm not even a fan of them. It was just Don Dokken, (maybe the original drummer?) and some dude's I have no idea about. Don was terrible, just....ugh......I don't know how that dude goes out night after night doing that. The band was good, guitarist could shred and all that....but my farts, even the sloppiest of them, have so much more energy than what was put out on that stage.
My girl and I went and met Eddie during Dokken's set. I was more than happy to not be anywhere near the P.A. for them.
Some Ryche fans have been doubting Todd and the band as of late because of their refusal to add newer songs and Todd's hit-or-miss shows, but tonight was a show that earned my continued support. They were ON tonight....sounded better than when I saw them in '97 and '03.