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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.
 

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EDIT: When did people start doubting Todd? I haven't seen that? Did I miss something?
There's a Ryche forum that JazzHands and I post on, The Breakdown Room, I won't go into the history of it and it's members, but the last couple months have been nothing but negative posts regarding Todd. He's been on/off for some shows in the last 6 months and they hadn't changed their set up at all for the last couple years. Once they started this headline run, they changed it up a bit, but not entirely different. They're only playing 3 new songs, 1 from the S/T record ("In This Light") and 2 from the new one, "Guardian" and "Bulletproof". Some people don't want to see them in the nostalgia act zone and they're doing a good job at heading there with a set comprised mainly of tunes written in the 80's.

I do agree that they aren't supporting their new material enough. They've already shown the fan base that Todd can sing the old stuff, their new stuff stands strong enough on it's own and they really need to push that shit harder.

I didn't mind the set tonight because it was my first time seeing them with Todd. Actually, the last time I saw Ryche was at the same venue in 2003, with Dream Theater.....I saw the soundcheck for that show and it was just as thrilling as the actual set, just a few dudes standing around while Geoff did whatever he could to not exert energy. Tonight was the total opposite.

Parker definitely adds a whole new energy to the show, that kid was fuckin' headbanging and just rocking the shit out of those tunes. You can tell he's loving what he's doing.

One thing that caught me off guard was during the second song, Todd walked over to one side and said "Fuck off" to someone in the audience.....not sure why, but that was all that happened and he didn't miss a beat while doing it.
 

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The thing with the Breakdown Room is that there's a few people on there that believe they had a hand in getting Geoff booted from the band, one in particular may have sped up the process, if anything, by making the band aware of the Mindcrime rights being sold behind their backs. I think this mentality is causing them to throw their internet weight around to see if it'll cause any changes within the band.

They definitely need to have more faith in their new material. Maybe because they've gotten such a backlash over the last few Tate albums that they're just nervous about putting too much of it out there. The audience definitely dug the new stuff last night.

I saw some dude outside the bathrooms with a David Lee Roth Eat 'Em And Smile shirt so I started shooting the shit with him about the reunion. Checked my Twitter last night when I got home and turns out it was Paulo, the bassist for Trivium. Didn't even realize it was him when I was talking to him.
 
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