Loverboy, Crack In The Shell, The Canyon Club, September 25, 2015
Even before the long hot summer of 2015 would commence in Southern California, 80’s sensation Loverboy would announce a show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. The event would take place towards the end of the September, so LA-based fans would have to wait several months to hear their Loverboy favorites such as Working For The Weekend, The Kid Is Hot Tonight, and Hot Girls In Love. The glorious night would finally come around, and The Canyon Club was packed to the rafters. And when Loverboy opened with the rollicking refrains of Notorious from their 1987 album Wildside, the crowd exhibited their vast appreciation to Mike Reno and company. Loverboy was in top form and the hot girls were still dancing and making their way onto the stage to rock out with the band. Everyone had been Working For The Weekend all summer long, and Loverboy did not disappoint!!!
How exciting it was that one of the most underrated local bands Crack in the Shell were also on the bill, and able to perform to the packed audience just right before Loverboy’s much anticipated set. Although most support acts find themselves performing to a crowd hell-bent on seeing their headlining favorites, those in attendance were paying a good deal of attention to what Crack In The Shell was offering.
Based out of nearby Woodland Hills, Crack In The Shell is a rock and roll power trio destined for the big leagues. In addition to Loverboy, Crack In The Shell has opened for the likes of The Winery Dogs, Queensryche and the legendary Lou Gramm of Foreigner. Kicking off their set with the vibrant I Am Alive, Crack In The Shell clearly captivated the audience early on and appeared to have their very own collection of fans cheering them on. As the set continued with selections such as What Are You Waiting For and Catastrophic, it was clear to all that this independent rock and roll collective was reaching out and making an impact with a good deal of brand new fans.
The three musicians who bring to you Crack In The Shell definitely place their hearts and souls into the band, and this aspect permeates throughout the exhilarating live show. Daniel Alan on vocals and guitar performs with passion and conviction while James McFadden on bass and Jason Russo make up a thoroughly driven rhythm section. If the raging emotions found within Emptiness didn’t rock you into the stratosphere, Crack In The Shell’s striking yet unexpected cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance left an indelible impression. A good time may always be found at The Canyon Club, and on the kickoff to a late September weekend, Loverboy and Crack In The Shell triumphantly showed the Agoura Hills crowd that classic rock and roll will never die!
I Am Alive by Crack In The Shell, their third album, is now available from AJEM Records and on Itunes!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)