Stonebreed, Y&T, The Canyon Club, March 8, 2015
Stonebreed is one of the very best hard rocking bands we have in the Los Angeles area today – and they definitely brought the party to The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on an otherwise sleepy Sunday night. Although most people in the audience were there the see the legendary headliners Y&T, Stonebreed had a good amount of fans in the crowd as well. There was no doubt Stonebreed left a lasting impression on those who were witnessing the music and mayhem for the very first time. Stonebreed was the perfect opener for Y&T, with both entities possessing timeless tunes that would envelope the bigger arenas of the past, present, and future.
One notices right away the super charismatic vocalist Carlos Cruz, bringing the lyrics to ultrasonic life – definitely a front man for the ages! The dual guitar assaults of Troy Elizondo and Brandon Paul were absolutely inspired, filling the room with a gigantic wall of sound. The rhythm section was busting it out with a ferocious sense of conviction, courtesy of bassist Johnny Zell and drummer Orion Rainz. The songs presented by this raging collective were instantly memorable, demonstrating a timeless across-the-board appeal. Last Dollar was a highlight, featuring Cruz and Company at their most explosive. A new song Pain was performed, clearly showing the band has some great material in store for us all in the months ahead. Another grand and glorious standout was the driving Good To Be Back Home, an exhilarating rock anthem that should be blared on radio airwaves all across the world.
Fans of Van Halen and Molly Hatchet are destined to discover a new favorite band in Stonebreed. With a stunning Self-Titled album in tow and more tunes on the way, Stonebreed is sure to captivate music fans of all ages. Their exhilarating live show is not to be missed! Be sure to catch Stonebreed the next time they show up to bring the party to your town.
Also very much worth focusing on is how terrific Y&T sounds in 2015! Presenting a high energy set that truly enraptured the packed house, songs such as Hurricane, Mean Streak and Summertime Girls were absolutely thrilling to experience live! How Long from their current release Facemelter was also well received, showing that Y&T can still unleash a classic cut for the ages. The rock solid lineup consists of Dave Meniketti on lead vocals and lead guitar, John Nymann on guitar and vocals, Brad Lang on bass and vocals, and Mike Vanderhule on drums and vocals. Meniketti voice sounds as vibrant as ever. and the musicianship set the roof on fire! Rocking since 1974, Y&T remains an exciting auditory adventure – and what a treat it is to see them at a classic venue like The Canyon Club!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)