DECEMBER 4th 2018
Review by: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper

I first heard about this tour in September, and to tell you the truth I was going for the sole purpose of watching Nita Strauss, I have only seen her once before during an Alice Cooper show here in Vancouver. I knew she would be good, so thought the others should be as well. So after my short shift at work, and a 3 hour drive, I was in front of Club Sur in Seattle.

First up is JACKY VINCENT, and so glad I got there in time to witness this talent musician, WOW, what a phenomenal opener. He caught my interest from the get go, and held it to the end of his set. I was really overwhelmed, I really wish there were more people there to experience his talent. He previously has been in a couple of bands (Falling in Reverse and Cry Venom). People always have a tendency to put musicians in genres, but to tell you the truth, no matter what genre you put Jacky Vincent in, he is going to knock it out of the ball park. He has a lot of talent, and it shows. I was lucky enough to stand up front to watch and listen. I also loved the fact that it was just him on stage, with drums in the background. Really showcased his ability and talent. Now after this, I need to grab his album "Life Imitating Art", I can just imagine how exceptional that will be. My only thing, I wish there had been more time to enjoy, just wasn't long enough. Please, whatever you do, if you are going to this, don't make the mistake of missing the opening act. Just in case you are interested, Jacky won 2012 Guitarist of the year AP Magazine, 2013 Runner up best shredder Guitar World Magazine and 2013 Runner up best shred album Guitar World Magazine.

Next up is who I came for, the amazing NITA STRAUSS, recognized as Alice Cooper's Axemaiden, this is her first live solo tour, and she did a phenomenal job. She truly knows her instrument through and through, amazingly humble person accompanied by extreme, raw talent, that is the Hurricane herself. I was surprised though,I thought it would be just herself and Josh Villalta, Nita would perform guitars of course, showcase her skills, while Josh would play drums behind to add the extra element. However, also accompaying her was Jay Tarantino on guitars(playing doubel duty with Angel as well) and Christopher Dean on bass. They came on stage to accompany her, and yes, it was terrific to have them there, but sadly I felt it overshadowed Nita's talent, you didn't just hear her shredding. I know she can kick some major ass when she plays, and she plays with her heart and soul and it truly shows. In case you are not aware, "Controlled Chaos" is Nita's first solo record and she played many songs of this album. During her set she played one that she is quite familiar with, Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen", and the song was played well, only sad part was she invited fans to sing the words, I didn't hear many who knew the words, I knew them though,so I joined in. She also performed Queen's "The Show Must Go On", now for me, it was a little tough to pick out, whether it was because Freddie's voice was missing, or maybe venue sound quality, it was a bit harder to make out. That being said, she played it well, from what I could hear of the cover. Truthfully, I wanted to hear Nita on her own shredding a little more, I understand she is touring to support the tracks off the record, but we all do love a wicked solo. The whole band performed well, and it was cool to be able to see her on her first ever, solo tour run. Wish you much success Nita !

Headlining tonight is Angel Vivaldi, I am impressed, lots of energy, looking like he loved every single minute of his guitar playing. I couldn't tell you what songs he played, as this was my first experience seeing him play live. Again, I am impressed. Just watching him play that guitar was awe-inspiring. There was a funny little episode during his playing, which had people cheering and laughing. But he brought a lot to the table here tonight. I am always amazed that I can enjoy just shredding, no singer. But who needs a singer when the guitar does it.

This is a tour not to be missed. Excellent choice of musicians to be on a tour, extremely talented each and every one of them. So don't miss out .. here are the rest of the tour dates.

Sorry, one other note on this show, it was enjoyable until one of the crew guys came out to video tape, take photos. He was right in the way of enjoying to the max, because every time he came out you couldn't help but watch what he was doing. There has to be a better way of doing that.

Remaining Tour Dates:
Dec. 06 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Dec. 07 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Dec. 08 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
Dec. 11 - Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Dec. 12 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Dec. 13 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec. 14 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Dec. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 16 - Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Dec. 17 - Margate, FL @ O'Malley's
Dec. 18 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Dec. 19 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
Dec. 20 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Dec. 21 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents