August 19, 2017
Keller, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
Photos by Michael Insuaste
ROCK AND ROLL SLAUGHTER!
The return of Mark Slaughter and company once again kick’d dat ass at Bronson Rocks in Keller Texas, for what was another great evening of rock and roll as the Las Vegas natives proved they still have the goods and the balls to played it LOUD!
As the years roll by, you wonder how long can some of these rock bands continue to play hard and tour and for some like two or three times a years in many markets. Slaughter, in 2017, is showing no signs of slowing down as they delivered a 70 minute rockin’ set of classic rock and a few news numbers too.
Kicking off with “The Wild Life” the self-title track from their second studio album, “Burning Up Bridges” from their 2004 Haste The Day LP and “Take Me Away” from their Back To Reality 1999 release, Slaughter grooved into a smooth start as lead throat, Mark Slaughter, engaged with the crowd song by song. Bassist and original member, Dana Strum, just can’t help himself hammin’ it up to the crowd like it was his first show! It’s in his blood and I would say he is one of the most animated bass players in the business. Then you have Jeff Bland on guitar! This dude is simply a guitar players player! From the old school of classic rockers, Jeff has a great heavy tone and a greater swagger on stage that adds a punch to the show all by himself. Last but not least, Zoltan Chaney! OMG! If you have not seen or heard Zolten behind the drum kit, you have not seen a genuine rock drummer! To me, he is one of the best players on the road today! But don’t take my word for it, you must see him live for yourself!
Watching Slaughter these days can be easily described as Solid Rock Party! Okay, Mark’s voice is NOT at its peak any longer, but the man can still belt them out and hold his own. During “Real Love” Mark walked into the crowd and walked among the fans, taking selfies, hugging and kissing the chicks and even bought a shot from the waitress without missing a beat! The funniest thing, he had to pay for the shot right then and there! Whipped out $5 from his wallet on the spot! GEESH!
Short set, maybe 60 minutes and of course they played their two biggest hits “Fly To The Angels” and “Up All Night” at the end but left the stage with No Encores! That seems to be the norm now, No Encores! WTF! maybe it’s just me, but I LIKE THE ENCORES! In some ways I feel cheated! :(
If you get the chance, I recommend checking out Slaughter Live on Tour! One of the few Balls-Out Rock Bands LEFT!