ROCK FOR THE SUMMER
PART #2: The highly anticipated. Written, but not published till now.
Apparently, at the time I had NO idea the poolside P.O.D. show was merely an appetizer for my self proclaimed rock reunion. Everyone was discussing heading to Vamp’d to see none other than Smashing Alice. We made our way out of the pool area and into the Hard Rock parking garage. I hitched a ride with my front man pal and his super sweet girlfriend and we were headed there.
For those of you that don’t know what Vamp’d is, it’s the best local rock club in all of Las Vegas. Owned and ran by Danny and Korie Koker who are also rock stars! The club was formerly owned by frontman of Motley Crue, Vince Neil…but he obviously screwed that up. Danny and Korie are killing it. They have some of the best local and big names alike go through their doors. And everyone that knows anything, knows full well Korie is in charge. They pack the house night after night and this night was definitely no exception.
From the moment you slide through the doors you feel like you’re truly home in your very own house of rock! The house from front to back was freaking packed as usual for the notorious boys of Smashing Alice. Oh and I guess some other band that opened for them…clearly not important. Smashing had already started and were already bringing the HEAT.
I grabbed an ice cold Corona from my buddy at the bar. It’s literally like Cheers here…everyone knows everyone. I love that! I said my hellos and made my way up to the very front of the stage where all of my people were already getting their faces melted. And everyone that is familiar with this band comes fully prepared to be in pain the next day. These notorious dudes, simply put have ZERO boundaries and that’s what I love the most.
The frontman and architect of chaos for Smashing Alice is none other than rocker/country boy Dallas Williams. Williams has some of the best stage presence I’ve ever witnessed. In between the insanely hard hitting metal covers he screams, “HELL YEAH, FUCK YEAH!!” And the crowd responds as if they are eating out of his very hands. I mean, honestly who covers the shit out of Limp Bizkit?? Deftones…Everyone went nuts! And speaking of nuts…Paulie Walnuts plucking away on the bass guitar! He always has a crazy grin on his face like you know he’s definitely up to something. And what he was up to this night was melting faces. You can find him after the show on the right side of the bar by the cigarette machine for a good laugh or three. Chris Iorio playing for approximately 27 different projects and always making it look so easy on stage. But the whole time he’s smiling and having fun. Dudes seriously a beast. Iorio could quite possibly be the best local guitar player out there currently. Craig Nielsen banging on the drums to make for that heavy dirty rock sound. He’s a very serious hard hitting drummer. The ultimate combination of raw talent and these dudes burnt the house DOWN as usual!
Insane amounts of long black hair and big tits banging around the front of that stage and I was of course no exception!!! Mostly just the long black hair though. Stand back when you see us or you’ll get whipped in the face for sure. Love my rocker girls. Everybody was feeling the vibe they were stuffing down our throats. Song after song…singing/screaming along to every word. Everyone leaves with the feeling that they saw like 10 different “professional” bands because they’re just that damn good. The next day if you can still actually move your neck, then there’s no way you really SAW a Smashing Alice show!!! Let alone enjoyed it fully. And let me tell you I was hurting Sunday morning.
These notorious dudes of Smashing Alice mostly play at Vamp’d for obvious reasons… but now they’re turning up the heat in a big way. They’ve got some pretty great shows coming up all over the city of Las Vegas and more. Saturday, July 20 they’ll be lighting up the strip at The Tuscany Suites!!! Do yourself a favor and check them out! Love these freaking guys!!!
And like always…support your Las Vegas local rock scene!!!!
twiggy talks rock