Band Concert Review
Brides Of Destruction: Brace Yourself: Here Come The Brides of Destruction
"This band is perfect for the Metro," said Brides of Destruction's Tracii Guns in a conversation with Sass about a month before their scheduled Chicago show.
Walking into the Metro that Saturday evening [May 15, 2004] and feeling the entire house buzzing with excitement just proved that Guns couldn't have been more on the money with his declaration.
Dual openers Amen and Living Things warmed up an accepting audience comprised of old-school Motley Cure and L.A. Guns fans, punks, and the brand-spanking-new fledgling Brides of Destruction fans. Yet, the anticipation building since their debut release, Here Come The Brides, was all about the newly wedded founders of Motley Crue and L.A. Guns, Nikki Sixx and Tracii Guns.
And as perfect as the Brides performing at the Metro was, the decision to do a club tour was not quite the initial plan.
Though rumors were fundamentally flying about the Brides of Destruction's aversion to touring with Kiss and Poison, Guns explains why that triple bill didn't work out.
"Poison is the reason we decided not to go on the Kiss tour," explained Guns. "Nothing against Poison but we really don't want to come out of the box playing with Poison. We were bummed out too, we wanted to do the Kiss tour and we thought we were going to do it for a long time."
"We were bummed out because Poison was their last choice. [They said] if we can't get any of these bands, we're going to take Poison, and we said, 'Well, let us know because we're going to have to find something else to do.' And before anybody told anybody anything, it was all over the place that it was Kiss, Poison, and Brides of Destruction, and no one told us. And then that's when Nikki went berserk. And once again, it's got nothing to do personally with those guys, it's not a personal thing."
But as Sixx, Guns, and newcomers Scot Coogan on drums and London LeGrand on lead vocals shot onto Metro's stage like war cannons, there was no denying that this was exactly where Brides of Destruction were meant to play.
Seconds into the opening cut on their album, "Shut The Fuck Up," the audience simply couldn't have been more in tuned with the band. Arms lashing, the rock & roll "devil" hand gesture - though ever cliché - flashing abound, and not a silent mouth in the house. While on stage, Guns shredding, Coogan's bashing, and Sixx's beyond-wild-man antics of head banging and thrashing about enough to put most people in traction; the combination of which was utter chaos - yet the pieces fit so well together it was beautiful...well, in a really metal way, of course. Lead singer, LeGrand, earned his keep while belting out each of the songs with both charisma and an impressive amount of vocal power doing away with this 'new guy in rock' status and proving that he's a force to be reckoned with.
"London is not like your typical macho rock singer, like, 'Hey, man, this is the way it is and I'm David Lee Roth,'" affirms Guns. "He's very much more of an inward thinking kind of person who likes to be flamboyant but not like in this Bon Jovi way."
Even drummer Coogan belted out the song, "Life," while failing to miss a beat on the drums and as LeGrand's harmonizing with Coogan is surprisingly, mutually complimentary.
Guns talked to Sass about his and Sixx's search for the other two quarters of the band: "When we put the band together we talked about it like who else could we get in this band? We were thinking of all these rock star guys - nobody fit. Me and Nikki have a lot in common, a lot of other guys who have already been successful are just too different. Should we get Phil [Lewis, of L.A. Guns] to sing? Should we get Tommy Lee to play drums? These are the only guys we could think of that had some popularity that would fit. And maybe Trent Reznor or something, I don't know. So that's how we ended up with London and Scot because they were guys that were unknown that actually fit better than anybody else."
Performing every song off of Here Come The Brides sans the rock-ballad "Only Get So Far," the show wasn't over just yet. After a brief break offstage, the guys came back out performing L.A. Guns classics like "Rip And Tear" and "One More Reason."
Then after another momentary break, the Brides hit the stage once again, this time for a Motley Crue set. Performing vintage Crue tunes like "Live Wire" and "Shout At The Devil," the audience became more and more frenzied with each song. It was a perfect culmination to a show that represents new sounds while still paying tribute to the attitude of ole when bands like Motley Crue and L.A. Guns were first on the scene. And as cool as it would have been seeing Brides of Destruction open for rock legends Kiss, this phenomenal triple set would have only been possible on a club tour.
Later in the evening, Coogan found himself at the northwest side watering hole, Nite Caps, for a jam session with Happenin' Harry and the Haptones, bass-God Billy Sheehan, and members of local rock and roll heroes Cuttlass.
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