A weekend in Atlantic City to me means a reason to get all dolled up as fancy as can be… so when my friend invited me to come hang out and maybe check out a show… it was a no brainer; I was in. She said “Black Label Society with Zakk Wylde was playing at the House of Blues in the Show Boat casino.” Hmm ok, I know who that is, he is that amazing guitarist from Jersey who used to play with Ozzy back in the day? Flashback to my memory of him and thinking he was cute for a blonde… sounds cool. Lets do it. Hmmm, I wonder what he looks and sounds like these days…
So we fancied ourselves up, and headed over to the foundation room to start off the night with some drinks. While there, we were asked by the staff if we were going to the show.. we said, yeah & that we would head over soon. A few minutes later a pair of tickets appeared on the bar for us. umm seriously? Sweet! What we didn’t know was that the show had been completely sold out. We thanked them profusely and left the bartender a nice tip before we headed on our way.
We walked into Rev Theory playing! I had no idea they were one of the openers tonight. I really like this band.. I’ve seen and blogged about them before. They kick major ass on stage and are as cute as can be. Watch and see.. This is their latest single called Justice.
|I’ve said it before and I will say it again… that band is going places.. or at least they should be.
Anyway, since we b-lined to the front to see the band, when we walked into the House of Blues, we didn’t pay too much attention to the crowd. But as we started to look around we noticed a pretty rough bunch around us. Whoa… maybe this fancy dress wasn’t the way to go? There were bikers everywhere! What is going on here? I felt sort of intimidated and exposed to say the least. And when the band took the stage the crowd went insane… there was definitely a cult like devotion going on here… This is NOT the Zakk Wylde I remembered, but that’s definitely his guitar. Have a look at the video below. I won’t pretend to know the name of the song. Just appreciate it for what it is… pure unadulterated Metal. \m/
|This mob of people were not messing around, there was crowd surfing and fist pumping in all it’s glory. I know this is the Jersey shore, but trust me that is not the type of fist pumping I’m referring too. I even saw a pretty little 10 year old girl riding the crowd..|
|or maybe it was a little boy with really long hair? I’m not sure, but at any rate it was mayhem. But the entire time Black Label’s bass player (J.D.) kept a smile on his face. Awww maybe they’re not so tough after all, I thought… Just then, we heard a bottle smash a few feet away from us.. Me and my friend looked at each other and at the same time said… “Wanna get outta here?” Maybe this scene is a little too Metal for me…
So off we went into the balcony area where it was much safer. While there we watched in awe as Zakk Wylde performed his impressive 12 minute guitar solo. I also ran into Rikki Lixx, guitar player from Rev Theory. Hey Rikki, remember me? Well, duh… look at the smile on his face.
|After the show we bounced around the casino bar where we became buddies with these super nice guys.. what band are you in? Hourcast? Oops, you were playing tonight? Sorry we missed your set boys. I promise I’ll take a listen. They even protected me from this insane barefoot drunk girl who was trying to “motorboat” me all night… sigh… the word Mortified does not even begin to describe how I felt. Everyone knows I’m not a fighter but I almost punched her into next Tuesday. Mental note: Save pretty blue dress for a more appropriate setting.|
|But all of that craziness aside.. Overall, it was a really interesting and funny night. Considering we started off without any expectations and just a few pre-conceived notions…
Later while grabbing some food we even ran into the smiling Bass player from Black Label Society, J.D. DeServio, still smiling. He was happy to take a picture with me to make the night complete. Aww I guess they really aren’t all as tough as they seem.
Point is things aren’t always what they seem on the surface.. Have an open mind and an open heart. Because in the end what we encountered was mostly happy people doing exactly what they love.
I hope you enjoyed my night out! xoxo Toni
For more photos check out The Gallery: Rev Theory / Black Label Society: House of Blues
For more videos check out: The official Toni’s Night Out youtube channel