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Duran Duran bring 80’s dance party to California Mid State Fair

by on Jul.29, 2016, under PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Duran Duran bring 80’s dance party to California Mid State Fair

Duran Duran brought their latest Paper Gods tour to the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, CA on July 27, and it quickly turned into one huge dance party!

Openers Chic with Nile Rodgers kicked off the party with an over an hour set that included all of their own huge party jams, but also a medley of Rodgers produced classic hits, from Diana Ross to Sister Sledge to David Bowie's 'Let's Dance. It was one hell of a way to kick off what became one incredible night of music. Chic's set was a satisfyng show in itself, but the crowd was more than ready for Duran Duran!

Simon LeBon led a set of amazing hits that crossed the years, and while they obviously have had hits in other decades besides the 80's, we correlate their biggest hits for that special time when MTV kicked in and Duran Duran were EVERYWHERE! Nick Rhodes was missed as he was dealing with a family matter, but keyboard player and band friend MNDR (Amanda Warner) more than adequately filled in. Nile Rodgers also came back out and joined Duran Duran during their set as well, on tracks he produced for the band. I especially enjoyed the David Bowie 'Space Oddity' tribute mashed up with the band's 'Planet Earth.' Check out all the photos and video from the show below.

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Hollywood Vampires take a massive bite out of the California Mid State Fair

by on Jul.27, 2016, under PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Hollywood Vampires take a massive bite out of the California Mid State Fair

The Hollywood Vampires were out for blood in their final tour date of 2016 at the California Mid State Fair on July 25 and it was a kick ass pleasure to get to see the Super group in this awesome setting.

The Alice Cooper fronted band, featuring the return of Joe Perry (who collapsed onstage at a gig a couple of weeks before), Johnny Depp, Matt Sorum, Robert DeLeo, Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin made their way through cover jams of all the greats including Spirit, David Bowie, The Doors, T. Rex, The Beatles, Love, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Motorhead, The Who, Pink Floyd and also some Alice and Aerosmith. Toss in a couple of tracks from their self titled album and it certainly was a night to remember for the band that got it's name as the group Alice used to run with in Los Angeles back in his serious drinking days. The encore including an appearance from Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots! Check out photos and some awesome video from the show below.

1. Raise the Dead
2. I Got a Line on You (Spirit cover)
3. Rebel Rebel (David Bowie cover)
4. Suffragette City (David Bowie cover)
5. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
6. Five to One / Break On Through (to the Other Side) (The Doors cover)
7. As Bad As I Am
8. 20th Century Boy (T. Rex cover)
9. Bang a Gong (Get It On)(T. Rex cover)
10. Come Together (The Beatles cover)
11. 7 and 7 Is (Love cover)
12. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
13. My Dead Drunk Friends
14. Stop Messin' Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
15. Ace of Spades (Motörhead cover)
16. Pinball Wizard (The Who cover)
17. My Generation (The Who cover)
18. I'm Eighteen
19. Sweet Emotion
20. Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw cover)
21. School's Out / Another Brick in the Wall

Hollywood Vampires Mid State Fair 2016

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Motley Manure at California Mid State Fair


Motley Manure at California Mid State Fair

I preface this post as a lifelong Motley Crue fan, having seen the band multiple times with my first being at the US Festival in 1983, when the band was on absolute fire. I am and have been a Crue fanatic, with the band bringing so many memorable moments to my life and musical passion.

But on July 25th, Motley Crue had a show at the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, CA. that became a nightmare for the crowd (and I'm sure for the band as well). No pyro, no stage set, no vocals (Vince just can't really do it anymore) and no great memory for a time stamp of what will probably be the last time seeing the Crue for a majority of the crowd in attendance.

While I understand the complexities of a Motley money grab to play as many shows as possible before the end of the Crue entity, when you schedule three shows in three different states on consecutive nights (regardless of proximity) and something goes wrong, somebody gets screwed, and this audience sure did.

The story was that while ready to take off from the Tacoma airport in route to San Luis Obispo Airport, a small hole was discovered in their plane, causing concern that the aircraft would not properly depressurize. The decision was made to deboard and unload, with another plane to be chartered flying in from Phoenix. This caused a delay of the show, which originally was slated to start with Alice Cooper's set at 7:30pm. The doors didn't end up opening until 8:30, with the start time announced to be 10pm.

The show eventually started at about 10:30pm, with the total pro Alice and his band ripping through a well received (but short) set of hits. Motley however, hit the stage at about 11pm and played a "stripped" down run through of tracks that lasted until midnight. The band seemed lethargic, possibly due to the day they had already dealt with, but there was no explanation on stage about exactly what happened, no apology, and no connection to their fans to appease the disgruntled rockers in the crowd. That was B.S., as was their set.

We already knew Vince can't hit notes and half sings now, but this really took it to a new level. Not having the pyro and dynamic stage set up brought more attention to the band's deficiencies and there were many that night.

The band made it to Billings, Montana for a show the next night, but had another incident just nights later in Salt Lake City.

As far as the "explanation" Nikki Sixx gave on his 'Sixx Sense' radio show some nights later about the Mid State Fair show, I don't believe a 747 can fly into the small San Luis Obispo airport, but that is the spin they are going with on this debacle. Listen to the explanation here:  Here's a photo posted on Nikki's Twitter showing the plane landing in San Luis Obispo. I can't even tell if that is SLO Airport, and if that plane is a 747, it is the largest plane that has ever landed at that airport. I have found no record of that happening anywhere online, but I could be wrong.

This all being said, I am still glad Motley decided to play the show even though it sucked. But that is coming from someone that didn't have to lay down over a $100 bucks for a ticket. Motley have announced another Central California show in Fresno this December at the Save Mart Center, but I haven't decided if I will be going or not. To eliminate this last Motley memory for me, I just may have to.

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Motley Crue Alice Cooper the final tour 2014

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – California Mid-State Fair – July 21, 2012

by on Aug.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – California Mid-State Fair – July 21, 2012

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band rocked the California Mid-State Fair on July 21, 2012. The band, consisting of Kenny, Noah Hunt on vocals, Tony Franklin on bass, Chris Layton on drums and Riley Osbourne brought an awesome set, which wrapped up with an amazing version of Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile.' The band played a completely different set in the late show, but unfortunately I wasn't able to attend both shows. Check out the first set in its entirety below. Thanks for rocking the California Central Coast Kenny & band!

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George Thorogood & the Destroyers rock California Mid State Fair (video)


George Thorogood & the Destroyers rock California Mid State Fair (video)

Here's video I shot of George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, California on July 28, 2011. George and the band put on a kick ass, fun show. Always a good time with Thorogood. Check out all the rock:

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