SiriusXM Hair Nation Tour @ House of Blues Anaheim – 09/15/2018
The 80’s have come and gone but the music created during that era will live on forever and thanks to all the die-hard fans of ‘Hair Metal”, that genre remains as popular as ever in 2018. Announced earlier this year and currently rolling through the Western US is SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Tour featuring Enuff Z’Nuff, Bulletboys and headlined by Jack Russell’s Great White. This all-out 80’s celebration stopped at House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday night September 15 to a packed venue full of 80’s fans . . . most middle-aged but there was no shortage of spandex and hairspray.
Kicking off the night was the peace loving, psychedelic rockers Enuff Z’Nuff led by Chip Z’Nuff on vocals and bass, Tory Stoffregen and Tony Fenelle on guitars and Daniel B. Hill on drums. Enuff Z’Nuff certainly had a bit of a different sound than most bands in the 80’s genre but held their own with the look and appetite for rock n roll but regardless have stood the test of time and continue to release quality music to this day. The band is touring in support of their August 2018 release Diamond Boy.
The set kicked off with two classics off their first two albums “Baby Loves You” and “Kiss the Clown” and immediately satisfied the longtime Enuff Z’Nuff enthusiasts. Although many may still crave the vocals of Donnie Vie, Chip Z’Nuff succeeds in every aspect of fronting the band and maintaining the spirit and vision of the original sound. Chip is backed by a dynamic talented group of musicians with longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen even getting an opportunity to show off some licks with a brief guitar solo.
Two new tracks off Diamond Boy were played, “Metal Heart” and “Diamond Boy” with the show closing out with their two biggest hits “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing” which if you were around back in the day you surely caught these videos on MTV many times. It’s great to see Enuff Z’Nuff out on the road on this tour getting to play in front of some larger crowds and just having fun doing so.
Enuff Z’Nuff Set List:
Baby Loves You | Kiss the Clown | Metal Heart | In the Groove | Guitar Solo | Diamond Boy | Fly High Michelle | New Thing
Enuff Z’Nuff Photo Gallery:
BulletBoys need no introduction as their 1988 self-titled debut was an instant classic and rocketed them to non-stop play on MTV as well as an 80’s favorite. Although the band has had numerous personnel changes over the years, Marq Torien is the soul of the band and carries the BulletBoys torch high and mighty. Supporting their rock-solid March 2018 release From Out of the Skies, BulletBoys prove they are far from a Nostalgia act and bring a high energy show every night.
“What Cha Don’t” from the new album kicked the 60-minute set immediately into high gear followed by “Hard as a Rock” which spawned a loud and rowdy crowd that remained fully engaged for the duration. Torien is a master at his craft – guitarist and vocalist – and delivers 110% on each resulting in pure entertainment and a kick-ass performance. His vocals are spot on and just as you would expect and is without a doubt the focal point of the band.
Now a veteran Bulletboy guitarist Nick Rozz compliments Torien nicely on the six-string and lays down some solid riffs. Many fans expected to see Phil Varrone on drums for this tour but Tiny Biuso is now back behind the drumkit and boy does Tiny have an enormous presence on the drums (mo pun intended) – a hard hitting drummer that adds the extra boom to each song.
Other highlights included “Kissin Kitty” and “For the Love of Money” and even an Elton John cover thrown in – “The Bitch Is Back” and of course the night ended with their biggest hit “Smooth Up in Ya”.
BulletBoys Set List:
What Cha Don’t | Hard as a Rock | Hell on My Heels | THC Groove | For the Love of Money (The O’Jays cover) | Symphony | D-Evil | Kissin’ Kitty | The Bitch Is Back (Elton John cover) | Smooth Up in Ya
BulletBoys Photo Gallery:
Longtime vocalist for Great White Jack Russell has re-branded himself as Jack Russell’s Great White over the last several years as a result of the name dispute with his former mates but the supersonic, magical voice remains regardless of the name. The band took the stage to a very loud and vocal crowd that was seemingly thrilled that the time had finally come to rock out with Jack. The band opened with the mid-tempo rocker “Desert Moon” . . . those that have seen Russell in recent years knew what to expect and those that maybe have never seen him were blown away . . . from the first verse to the last note of the show, Russell proved his voice is as strong and powerful as ever! In addition to the top-notch vocals, Russell was all over the stage, never standing still and rocking the stage like he was 25.
Russell makes it a point for the show to be not just about him, his band is a super energetic and talented group of guys consisting of Tony Montana and Robby Lochner on guitars, Dan McNay on bass and his rhythm partner on drums Dicki Fliszar. These guys FLAT OUT ROCK – there is no other way to say this to get the point across – WOW.
Early favorites showcasing Russell’s vocal talent “Big Goodbye” and “House of Broken Love” were well received as the band played on. Robby Lochner took the crowd through a blazing guitar solo and the band played a killer cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”. They even played the die-hard fan favorite “Wasted Rock Ranger” before an encore of an early classic “Face the Day”. Jack Russell’s Great White puts on an ultra-electrifying show and Jack Russell is surely a freak of nature after all he has been through physically and mentally, he remains one of the premier vocalists to emerge from the “Hair Metal” generation.
SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk was on hand and took the stage to introduce each band and made it very clear that he was not blowin smoke in Anaheim and stated that the House of Blues crowd on this night blew away Los Angeles the night before and San Diego prior to that.
Jack Russell’s Great White Set List:
Desert Moon | All Over Now | Big Goodbye | Lady Red Light | House of Broken Love | Can’t Shake It (The Angels cover) | Shelter Me | Save Your Love | Guitar Solo (Robby Lochner) | Call It Rock ‘n’ Roll | Mista Bone | Rock Me | Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover) | Once Bitten Twice Shy (Ian Hunter cover) | Wasted Rock Ranger
Encore: Face the Day
Jack Russell’s Great White Photo Gallery:
Remaining SiriusXM HairNation Tour Dates:
Sep. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Sep. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Oct. 05 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 06 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 11 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
Oct. 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Oct. 14 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Oct. 16 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
Oct. 18 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
Oct. 19 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct. 21 – Fort Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
Oct. 22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Oct. 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Nov. 02 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Nov. 03 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues