Lita Ford, Against The Ordinary, M15 Concert Bar and Grill, January 17, 2015
Lita Ford aka The Queen of Metal and band made their way into the wilds of Corona, CA, performing to a packed house at the M15 Concert Bar and Grill on a wild Saturday night. Performing solo material as well as many crowd favorites from her days with The Runaways, Lita Ford instantly showed the Corona a hard rocking good time. From the opening refrains of her high octane cover of the Elton John classic The Bitch Is Back, Lita Ford slammed into the set with a mighty sense of fiery magnetism. One of the highlights was her magnificently touching tribute to the late Kim Fowley, who was instrumental in the forming of The Runaways. The hits keep ringing through, with the glorious highlights being Out For Blood, Kiss Me Deadly and of course Cherry Bomb! The Queen of Metal left her loyal subjects absolutely enraptured! Lita Ford’s latest album, entitled Living Like A Runaway, is now available from SPV Records.
A few hours before Lita Ford would hit the stage, the early arrivals were treated to a tremendous solid set from Against The Ordinary. An up-and-coming band based out of Southern California, Against The Ordinary may be young, but their musical references are timeless. Opening with the fierce Destruction Blues, Against The Ordinary had the crowd instantly hooked! One noticed right away the charismatic front man Marc Llana, performing with an attitude and conviction that was both bold and refreshing. Clearly inspired by the rock icons of the 70s and 80s, Llana brings it all into the 21st Century with an all-out vengeance. Sole guitarist Dillon Brown places a good deal of imagination and resourcefulness into the proceedings, filling the air with an exhilarating wall of sound. The rhythm section packed a tremendous wallop, with bassist Ian Field and drummer Jacob Guzman weaving solid beats throughout the entire set.
Fight, Your Love, and Walk Away were some of the choice cuts that garnered the band a good of attention. And then there was a cover of the Alice Cooper classic I’m 18, which Against The Ordinary absolutely nailed with a wicked ferocity. Closing out their set with Unsound Mind, there was little doubt that Against The Ordinary made a good amount of new fans at the M15. Although the average age is the band was 22, Against The Ordinary is sure to have a mass appeal to all types of modern rock fans! Be sure to catch Against The Ordinary opening for Puddle Of Mudd at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on April 4th!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)