Battle For Hair Nation, The Whisky, August 17, 2016
It was a Wednesday night within the wilds of the Sunset Strip, and the place to be was at The Whisky to witness some of finest local talent compete in the mighty Battle For Hair Nation.
The two top acts would win a spot on one of the two stages at the upcoming SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival taking place at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on September 17th.
Judges for the event included Sirius XM radio host Eddie Trunk, the legendary Ms. Lita Ford, Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Brent Woods (guitarist for Sebastian Bach), and Jay Ruston (producer / engineer for artists such as Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour, The Winery Dogs, and more).
It was fantastic to see so many in the audience out to support their favorite band, and then staying for the entire show to check out the competition. And now on the bands…
First up was Electric Hound, a power trio from Hesperia who illuminated The Whisky with a stimulating set of tunes – including an electrifying Billy Idol cover. While it appears Electric Hound has a varied amount of music influences, they bring it all together and come up with a sound that is truly exhilarating. A stunning commencement for what would certainly be a hard fought contest.
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The Devil’s Only
“Hellmade In Hollywood” is the clarion call for The Devil’s Only, and the collective certainly delivered a sizzling performance at the Battle For Hair Nation. Demonstrating a grand deal of promise in such a short time of existence, The Devil’s Only presented instantly memorable songs that surely garnered the band a good deal of notice by the crowd and judges. The Devil’s Only is a band Highwire Daze definitely plans to revisit again in future days.
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Velicious took to the stage next, unleashing their own thrilling rock and roll anthems. Based out of Huntington Beach, Velicious raged their way out of the Orange Curtain, and certainly left an indelible impression here in the City of Angels. From the solid vocals to the fine-tuned musicianship, Velicious were definitely in it to win it!
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The Aviators won second place last year at the Cathouse Battle Of The Bands, and judging by the sheer energy raging from the stage, this Bakersfield based collective were clearly looking for a date with the grand prize. Filling the iconic Whisky with a heavy dose of hard rocking goodness, The Aviators clearly slammed the auditory bliss into the stars and beyond. Their short but thoroughly awesome set included new song Set It Off, a visit from The Destroyer, and rip-roaring crowd favorite The Wolfman. Win lose or draw, The Aviators and their high flying rock extravaganza is not to be missed!
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The Hard Way
The Hard Way is one of the most exciting bands on the Sunset Strip, and at the Battle For Hair Nation, they played with a ton of passion and conviction.
Eric Jeffreys is a dynamic front man and he will rock your world! Also included within The Hard Way’s grand slam musicianship are John Huldt on guitar, Tim Luce of Alcatrazz on bass, and Joe Drock on guitar. Tonight the guest drummer was none other than Chili from Puddle Of Mudd, lending his talents to the already top notch Hard Way lineup. With epic songs such as Police Brutality and Diabolical Bitch along with a visit from the massively sexy Hard Way dancers, this Hollywood based band packed a full-on party rock show in just three songs!
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The glam brigade arrived up with a vengeance when the charismatic Salem’s Lott took over the stage. With high hair, an over-the-top stage presence and the wicked tunes to back it all up. Salem’s Lott unveiled a thoroughly impressive set – reminding us all of when the Sunset Strip was packed with bands seeking their fame and fortune in the late 80’s / early 90’s. With influences ranging from early Poison, Motley Crue and Hanoi Rocks, Salem’s Lott is a vibrant collective ready to enrapture music fans with their own take on glam rock. The band now features Tony Eckman from the notorious Willow Wisp on frontal and backward drums!
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Tired yet? I think not! There was one more band to go, and Wikkid Starr sent the room spinning with their spiraling brand of glammed up rock and roll. Front man Toney Richards performed with a towering amount of energy and enthusiasm that was absolutely exciting to witness. Judging by Richards’ magnetic vocals and the rock solid musicianship of the Wikkid Starr lineup – even at this late hour, one could see that the Battle For Hair Nation was far from over!
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After a good amount of suspense, the second place prize went to the massively talented trio known as Electric Hound. They seemed so surprised to win and their appreciation and exciting was contagious. Electric Hound will open the side stage at Hair Nation. And a well-deserved first place went to The Aviators, who will now graduate from the side stage at Irvine Meadows to the spacious main arena! And thus concluded an exciting night of rock and roll at the world famous Whisky! See you at the SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival at Irvine Meadows on September 17th!
The event will be hosted by Eddie Trunk, and the music lineup features: Vince Neil,Bret Michaels, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kix, Slaughter, Lita Ford, Vixen, Britny Fox, BulletBoys, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns’ Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, Loudness, Junkyard, Vain, Tuff, Bang Tango, Pretty Boy Floyd, Odin, Gabbie Rae, and Circus of Power.
(Review by Ken Morton – The Aviators, The Hard Way, and Salem’s Lott photos by Jack Lue – Electric Hound photo by Joe Schaeffer)
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