Words: Eric Pefley
Photos: Eric Pefley
Friday night in Snoqualmie, WA. was about as perfect as it can get. It was a beautiful warm day and Skid Row was in town with Vixen to put on a show at Snoqualmie Casino’s outdoor amphitheater. It had been around a year since this show had come through town and it was so good I was really looking forward to seeing it again.
Vixen hit the stage first and they were on fire right from the start. The tore right into Rev It Up from the album of the same name. They sounded great and lead singer Janet Gardner was in great voice. Gardner had some health issues earlier this year, but she appeared fully recovered and had a ton of energy. She was very interactive with the crowd and was a delight all night. Britt Lightning on guitar seemed to really take it up on notch, and was shredding all night.
As the show continued we were treated to hit songs like How Much Love, Cryin’ and I Want You To Rock Me. Share Ross sang the Ray Charles cover I Don’t Need No Doctor. With Roxy Petrucci on drums and Britt Lightning on guitar, they band was a three-piece while Gardner took a quick break. The song was great, and everyone was having a fun time. Gardner returned, and the band lit up the stage with more Vixen classics like Love Is A Killer, Streets In Paradise and Edge Of A Broken Heart. The crowd roared its approval as Vixen saluted the crowd one more time and headed off stage. Vixen was really good last year, but this year I really thought they had taken it to a new level. It was a fantastic show and I can’t wait to see them again.
Next up was our headliners Skid Row. I have had the honor of seeing Skid Row several times over the years and they are also great. They are all veteran musicians that know how to play to the crowd and really crushed it on stage. This night would be no different. Skid Row hit the stage and blew the place up with Slave To The Grind and Sweet Little Sister. ZP Theart on vocals gets better every time I hear him. His endless energy and smile know how to drive the crowd into a frenzy. You can tell he is having the time of his life on stage. I would love to see them do a new album with Theart handling the vocals.
As the show continued we were treated to the massive hit 18 & Life. This is simply one of the best songs of the 80s American metal era. There are not a lot of people who could sing this song well. It has such a crazy range and vocally this song has it all. Let me tell you Theart absolutely killed it. I found myself singing along instead of taking photos. I just couldn’t help myself! The crowd was absolutely nuts for this song. I think the band could have played it twice and we would have all been happy to hear it again.
As the show continued we got to hear another hit in Monkey Business and the amazing power ballad I Remember You. Once again, it sounded perfect. The crowd singing along and having a blast. Scotti Hill (guitar), Rachel Bolan (bass), Snake Sabo (guitar) and Rob Hammersmith (drums) had killed it all night. They are fun to watch on stage and really put on a great show. The show ended with another massive hit Youth Gone Wild. It should have been called Crowd Gone Wild, because that is exactly what happened.
Vixen and Skid Row make a great team for a concert. Both bands put on a great show and really left the crowd wanting more. It is great to see two metal bands from the 80s still going strong and kicking some serious ass. If you get a chance to see either of them, don’t miss it. You will have a good time and get to see some really spectacular 80s metal. Check out the links to below to see when each band will be playing a show near you!
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