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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Scrap Metal

Until just a few moments ago, I had never heard of a band called "Scrap Metal" who are playing at the Riverside Casino on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8pm. Here's all the information about the show:

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, Mark Slaughter, Eric Martin, and the brothers Nelson were all fronting their own hugely successful rock acts – Slaughter, Mr. Big, and Nelson. You may recall a few of their mega hits that are still in regular rotation in most rock radio stations – "Fly to the Angels", "To Be With You", and "After the Rain". Well, the decade may have changed but the music hasn't, they are just bringing it to us a little differently these days.
Scrap Metal is the 'rock and roll rat pack', a confederacy of multi-platinum artists from the 80's arena rock generation who took over MTV and held the airwaves hostage for a decade. These "scraps" from all the various top bands create a surprising mix. Scrap Metal was created by Gunnar Nelson, who with twin brother Matthew Nelson was half of the hit 90's group Nelson and Mark Slaughter of 80's rock group Slaughter. Eric Martin of Mr. Big, who brings his trademark powerhouse pipes to the band, helps to round out Scrap Metal's core group along with Janet Gardner of Vixen and Kip Winger of Winger.
Scrap Metal's only similarity to other "super groups" is that it is a collection of superstar icons…but that's where any similarities end. "We're all about the music, we're about the fun, and we're about getting people to have a good time – to forget their problems, to unleash a party that's wild and crazier than they've ever seen and that's the key," enthuses Mark Slaughter.
Scrap Metal features all lead singers and front men/women who were the voices and faces of rock 'n roll in America for the good-time rock generation. These are the actual lead singers of such hits as "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" (Nelson), "To Be With You" (Mr. Big), "Up All Night" (Slaughter), "Seventeen" (Winger) and "Edge of a Broken Heart" (Vixen).
"It's a ninety minute show with only hit songs performed by the original lead singers who sang them in the first place," raves Gunnar Nelson. Eric Martin agrees, "The fans get to hear me sing the Mr. Big songs, but they get more bang for their buck with Scrap Metal and they love it!"
Tickets are $44, $34 & $24 plus tax and an online/phone ticketing fee (this fee is waived when tickets are purchased in the Gift Shop).

Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm show.

Wow. These are all great songs and all great bands. Of the 5, I've only seen Slaughter live. That was back in college. It was a show at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Don Dokken, who had embarked upon a solo career, opened the show, then followed by Slaughter, then followed by Poison. Just for the record, that was an excellent concert and one I list in the Best 20 Concerts list I have in my head.

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