Barb Wire Dolls, The Whisky, November 25, 2017
It was a Saturday night on Thanksgiving weekend within the wilds of the notorious Sunset Strip – and even though Guns N’ Roses was playing across town at The Forum, this would not even prevent Barb Wire Dolls from selling out their very own show at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go.
On the final date of their cross country tour, Barb Wire Dolls would make a triumphant return to a club they have played many times in the past – and what an absolutely memorable night they had in store for their Los Angeles fans! Primed and ready after a summer spent on the Van Warped Tour as well as a massive amount of time on this current trek across America, Barb Wire Dolls took to the legendary Whisky stage and enraptured the packed to capacity audience with a dynamic set of punk rock and roll tunes!
Opening with the pulsating refrains of Heart Attack from their Desperate entreaty, Barb Wire Dolls instantly sent the room into a rapturous state of euphoria. Their latest magnum opus on Motorhead Music is entitled Rub My Mind, and Barb Wire Dolls would perform a good amount of songs from the album. Call Me was a gloriously frenzied standout, as was the wondrously vibrant anthem for the ages Back In The U.S.S.A.
One highlight of the set was when Andrew Wessen from Grouplove joined the Barbed Wire Dolls onstage for a rendition of the rarely performed Waiting To Be Lost – providing one of the most spellbinding moments of an already magical night. If I Fall was another tremendously powerful moment, a song about overcoming the feeling about wanting to end your own life.
The Barb Wire Dolls lineup set the imagination in flight with their empowering lyrics and spiraling melodies. Isis Queen is a radiantly charismatic front woman, providing a massive amount of inspiration and depth to the songs. Pyn Doll unleashes an exhilarating performance with his vibrant lead axe work while Christine Fullwood tingles the senses on rhythm guitar. Bassist Iriel Blaque and drummer Krash Doll make for a wildly tight and intensive rhythm machine.
Right towards the end of the set, Barb Wire Dolls brought on special guest Shane West and proceeded to rip apart the venue with the staggering Darby Crash song – a role West actually played in the movie entitled What We Do Is Secret. And for a much deserved encore, Barb Wire Dolls would present We Are Champions to their adoring crowd who did not even want to see the show come to an end. Speaking to their Street Generation of all ages, the Barb Wire Dolls experience is one that welcomes all, and their live shows truly make you feel that you can take on the world.
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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