Alright you guys, its Scrap time again and the boys have managed, as usual, to exceed all expectations in two hours of the most fun rock fans and performers alike have had in long time. As I mentioned in a recent Blast Blog, doing this one justice in writing is going to be a challenge, but I’ll give it a shot anyway.
So here we are in South Bend, Indiana, (beautiful city, great people, by the way), at the Morris Center for the Performing Arts and the site of Melodic RockFest, the 10th anniversary celebration of the popular website, melodicrock.com. This 10-hour rock n’ roll party was hosted by Melodic Rock (www.melodicrock.com) owner Andrew McNeice, who has done an incredible job of pulling together what has become known as “a piece of rock history”.
Safe to say everyone was pretty well warmed up from spending the day rockin’ with Goodbye Thrill, 7th Heaven, Martie Peters Group, Kevin Chalfant Band, and Jeff Scott Soto, by the time Scrap Metal took the stage to a full house, slammin’ right into the set with Nelson’s “Love and Affection”, followed by Slaughter’s “Up All Night” (I think the crowd actually rivaled us in Connecticut decibel-wise on this one…easy New England…the Scraps return to the Wolf Den’s comin’ up!!). Next up, Night Ranger staple “Sing Me Away” had Kelly and 2000+ fans jumping in on vocals, followed by Matt and Gun with, once again, a perfect performance of “After the Rain”. “Mad About You” produced the anticipated deafening response (I’m tellin’ ya…those Slaughter tunes!), and after teasing the audience with a taste of Rainbow in an earlier performance of the classic “Since You’ve Been Gone” with Jeff Scott Soto, legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner joined us once more, taking over the crowd through a flawless delivery of a set of Rainbow hits, including “I Surrender”, “Street of Dreams” and “Stone Cold”. No Scrap Metal performance would be complete without ‘Fly to the Angels’ which, for those who have not heard this one live, Mark dedicates to America’s servicemen and women.
Up next, two more additions to the cast of Scrap characters, Survivor’s Jim Peterik, who also contributed to the Tin Pan South show in Nashville last spring, and Jimi Jamison reminded fans of why there’s no other experience quite like this one with a set of top ten hits including “I Can’t Hold Back”, “The Search Is Over”, and “Eye Of The Tiger”.
And after that…well, try keeping Eric Martin off the stage any longer! He’s off and running with his usual no holds barred energy, rockin’ the hell out of the crowd with “Daddy..”…but it gets better, ‘cause this is the part where “To Be With You” and “Alive and Kickin’” has everybody belting it out onstage, offstage, and backstage. Loudness prevails!!
Sounding pretty full, right? Very accommodating stage, fortunately, because the party wasn’t over ‘til we had Jack Blades out there, bringin’ on some Damn Yankees with “High Enough” and “Comin’ of Age”, before joining Kelly for Night Ranger faves, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, and ”Sister Christian”. So let’s recap here for a second…We’ve got our share of singers up there now with Matt and Gunnar Nelson, Mark Slaughter, Kelly Keagy, Eric Martin, Joe Lynn Turner, Jack Blades, Jimi Jamison, and Jim Peterik, backed by Joel Hoekstra on guitar and Christian Matthew Cullen on keys….Impressive, yeah? Uh-huh, we thought so, too….now adds Jeff Scott Soto and Kevin Chalfant to the mix and the result is one seriously ass-kickin’ version of “You Can Still Rock In America” to wrap up the night.
On the edges of your seats yet? Hang in there! The Scraps are looking to hit the road for some US dates in the near future and it just keeps getting better. The beauty of the whole Scrap Metal experience is in the limitlessness of it, and the guys are lovin’ every second of shocking fans and promoters with the element of surprise; you never know what’s next!! If you want to see them in your area, jump on their myspace page* and click on the ‘demand it’ box, or drop them an email…they’re listening!! As for this show, as I’ve said before, we can only hope a DVD will follow, because you really have to see it to appreciate the impact of so much amazing talent in one place.
Our thanks goes out to Liz Motley, Andrew McNiece, and the staff at The Morris Center for their assistance, and to all our new friends down in South Bend for their hospitality…what a great time…you guys rock!!
"LOVE AND AFFECTION" – NELSON
"UP ALL NIGHT" – SLAUGHTER
"SING ME AWAY" - NIGHT RANGER
"AFTER THE RAIN" – NELSON
"MAD ABOUT YOU" - SLAUGHTER
"I SURRENDER" - JOE LYNN TURNER
"STREET OF DREAMS" - JOE LYNN TURNER
"STONE COLD" - JOE LYNN TURNER
"FLY TO THE ANGELS" – SLAUGHTER
"I CAN’T HOLD BACK" - JIMI JAMISON/JIM PETERIK
"THE SEARCH IS OVER" - JIMI JAMISON/JIM PETERIK
"EYE OF THE TIGER" - JIMI JAMISON/JIM PETERIK
"DADDY" - MR. BIG
"TO BE WITH YOU" - MR. BIG
"ALIVE AND KICKIN’" - MR. BIG
"HIGH ENOUGH" - DAMN YANKEES
"COMIN’ OF AGE" - DAMN YANKEES
"DON’T TELL ME YOU LOVE ME" - NIGHT RANGER
"SISTER CHRISTIAN" - NIGHT RANGER
"YOU CAN STILL ROCK IN AMERICA" - NIGHT RANGER