There is nothing like seeing a major rock band that has sold over 12 million albums worldwide play a small club. Add two other kick ass opening acts and it makes for a night of up close and personal mind-blowing ROCK. P.O.D. brought their current tour with support acts Otherwise and Stars In Stereo to SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, CA on September 15 and all three bands were ready to deliver.

I had a chance to talk to Stars In Stereo pre-show in the “world famous” Bubblegum Alley near the venue. The band includes Bec Hollcraft on lead vocals, Jordan McGraw on guitar, Ryan “Frogs” McCormack on bass and Drew Lanagan on drums. They have their debut self-titled album out now and it is full of hook laden rock with an edge. Steller musicianship and the vocals of Hollcraft connect on a universal level and I am expecting continued growth and exposure for this great band. It is fantastic to see another female fronted kick ass rock act. When Stars In Stereo tour with Halestorm later in the year, having two female fronted rock acts on the same bill is sure to get notice and have influence.

We talk about the band’s origins, the current and upcoming tours, who they couldn’t believe they have met so far in their time in the music business and what’s in store for the future for Stars In Stereo.

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Stars in Stereo Soundcheck:

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Stars In Stereo/P.O.D. interview photos by Andrew Polowy. For more photos of Stars In Stereo in San Luis Obispo, give the Marshall of Rock facebook page a like. Check out the band’s latest video for the track ‘Every Last Thing.’ Interesting, intense and kick ass video!

I also had a chance to talk with P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel pre-show, and we kicked in a little rock sports football talk about his hometown San Diego Chargers, as well as touching on the band’s longevity, the success of the current album, the upcoming tour of the Far East and possibly Russia, how producer Howard Benson got the band back in the studio after a long layoff, the possible P.O.D. acoustic album and tour, and the continued plans for the band. It is always truly a pleasure to interview someone who is part of a very successful band, that is down to earth and projects positivity and a true appreciation for being able to play music for a living. That is Marcos and the rest of the band, and I wish them continued success and even more popularity in the future.

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After a great set from Stars In Stereo, Las Vegas rockers Otherwise hit the stage and played tracks from their latest album ‘True Love Never Dies’ and their first E.P. to an appreciative crowd. Otherwise has had major success and airplay with the tracks ‘Die For You,’ ‘I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),’ and ‘Soldiers,’ and they were all included, with vocalist Adrian Patrick, guitarists Ryan Patrick and Andrew Pugh, drummer Corky Gainsford and bassist Vassilios Metropolous all connecting with the crowd. Metropolous even jumped up on the bar at one point in the show, with frontman Patrick coming down into the crowd during the band’s last song of the set and involving the crowd. Great set and great guys are Otherwise!
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For more Otherwise photos at SLO Brew like the Marshall of Rock facebook page

P.O.D. absolutely crushed it, hitting the stage shorty after 10pm, and played for close to 90 minutes, with the crowd digging the vibe in the club seeing one of their favorite bands. It definitely was a family affair, with Otherwise drummer Corky Gainsford’s kids in attendance and coming out to sing a verse during their set, then vocalist Sonny Sandoval’s son coming out for some percussion and background vocal during their set as well.

It was truly awesome to see P.O.D. in S.L.O. in an intimate setting. The band went from 20,000 at the Aftershock the day before, to playing in front of 200 in a small club for an evening I won’t forget! Thanks for coming to San Luis Obispo P.O.D.!! For more P.O.D. photos at SLO Brew like the Marshall of Rock facebook page

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Special thanks to Eddie Oertell, Ben Stoppelman, Amy Welch and Sarah Facciolo