One of the more exciting bits of info to hit the streets this past week was the return of Freedom Hill, being handled by Funfest Productions, AEG's Senior VP Joe Litvag, Tom Celani and Andiamo Restaurant Group's Joseph Vicari. And with the public announcement will come a 35-show season, including Harley Fest on 6/8, Stars & Stripes on 6/28-6/30 and Lady Antebellum on 6/13 (tickets go on sale on 12/12 for this last concert , so make sure not to sleep on this one!). All eyes on freedomhill.net for more info and your chance to purchase tickets!
Dave & Chuck Get Freaked
The rumor mill has provided us some pretty great info this week – especially with Dave & Chuck the Freak's surprising departure from 89x after more than a decade. Sources close to D-Days have confirmed that their five-year deal was officially broken off, and being that there was a non-compete clause, it's appearing that they will continue to be off the air for at least an additional six months – although they will be returning to Detroit airwaves sooner or later. Needless to say, look for further changes in programming headed our way.
Kaleido Throws a Killer EP Release Party
D-Days was anxiously anticipating Kaleido's EP release, and we finally got to party this weekend at The Magic Stick in celebration. Shinobi Ninja kicked the night off, followed by the boys of Citizen Zero. CZ's new single, "DOA Sunday", has been all over the WRIF lately (and we totally love it). It was also bassist Greg Dudley's birthday at midnight, so we had plenty of reasons to rock out. Kaleido shook the stage, as always, with an absolutely killer cover of "Rocket Queen" by Guns N' Roses. Actually, to be quite honest, Christina Chriss sounded better than Axl Rose on that track... JUST SAYING! And the rest of the show was nothing short of fantastic. Best of luck and congrats on a great EP to the Kaleido team. Keep the music coming!
The Awaited Return of Lamb of God
Now that lead singer Randy Blythe is free from Europe, Lamb of God can melt our faces and destroy our eardrums once again. And that's exactly what they did last Saturday night at The Fillmore, bringing some awesome support on their tour this time around – including Sylosis, In Flames and heavy metal "supergroup" Hellyeah. Saying that the crowd at The Fillmore was rowdy would be a giant understatement, as crowd surfers toppled over each other the entire night. Lamb of God slayed the stage during their set, and the audience rocked out in the wildest way imaginable.
Making every Noel Night location required a considerable amount of dedication and stamina. Konrad Lee lounged with aplomb at the Majestic and the occasionally reclusive SLAW was spotted betwixt the Library and the recently reopened Historical Museum. Scarab Club was HUGELY successful and crowded and the only place open til midnight. Planet D Nonet closed the show, and spotted among the milling yuletide revelers were VATO, Alaina Tosqui, Jason Cooperman, Adam Owen Layne, Sharon Layne, Gary Arnett and his talented daughter Lily K Arnett, DVS and Jessica Mary. Joseph Ferraro ran the ice sculpture displays, Bridgett Davenport showed up with her kids and Danielle Doxie Kaltz of Burners Without Borders lent some fire.
No less impressive were the Friday and Saturday night turnouts for Odditorium at DISTRICT VII. Jessica 'Rabbit' Grassa, Jerry Vile, Kim Hoxworth, Tyger Greenleaf, Cowboy Dave, Doc Colony (who spun the music with Eve Severe), Adina Gamal, John Wiley, Christine Doron, MonkeyTeeth, Lindsey Godlove Harnish, Courtney Morningstar, Jennabelle "Wingless" Feuer, Mosque Tiero (the Animatronics Sculptor of Theater Bizarre, who provided a lot of his collection to this show) and a plethora of stage performers.
Dance Floor Mania
This past Saturday night in Daytwah was a veritable cornucopia of of dance music goodness, and D-Days went bar hopping to get our fill. We started at the Grasshopper Underground for another installment of the wildly popular 'Some Like It Hot' event series courtesy of Coyote Cuts head honcho, Hugh Cleal. Eric Sutter and Bryan Jones turned up the heat on the dance floor early, and Dirtybird's Eats Everything was burning the house down as we were regrettably leaving to continue our gossip-seeking duties. We ventured south on Woodward to Bleu for their 11th anniversary extravaganza. After weaseling our way past the velvet ropes and dodging the 100-person-long line to get in, we were greeted by Bleu's proprietors, Mitch and Aurelia, who guided us straight to the bar to join them in celebratory shots of something that was pink and nothing short of delectable. To say that Bleu was packed would be a ridiculous understatement, but I guess that's what happens when you put DJ Godfather and Sirius/XM resident StoneBridge on the same bill for your birthday bash.
Last Saturday night was the evening of special guests in Detroit apparently. Big Sean's performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills included surprise guests Kanye West, Common, J.Cole, Pusha T, Mike Posner and Teyana Taylor. Further south, folks at the Magic Bag in Ferndale were treated to the company of actors Rosario Dawson, Josh Harnett, Penn Badgley and director Brian Horiuchi while in town filming Parts Per Billion. | RDW