While concerts are a great place to see your favorite musicians in person, they are also great for discovering new music. I got a great chance to do just that this past weekend, when my wife got free concert tickets.
While she was attending the Goo Goo Dolls concert at Scheels Arena in Fargo with a few friends, and they were handing out free tickets for an upcoming concert featuring Art of Anarchy. My wife, seeing free tickets, picked up a few, not knowing anything about the band. When she told me about it, I figured it would be a great chance to spend some time together and enjoy a free show.
For those unfamiliar with the band, it is sort of a supergroup consisting of Scott Stapp (Creed) on vocals, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns-N-Roses) on guitar, John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass, Jon Votta on guitar and Vince Votta on drums. They just released their second album last fall, but it was the first with Stapp on vocals. Scott Weiland sang on the group's debut, but never did any live performances with them.
Anyway, the concert was great. Of course, comparisons will be made to Creed due to having the same vocalist, but this group is a little bit faster, and with a lot more energy than we saw Creed go in some of their later albums. They pretty much played all of their songs from the new album, plus one from the old one. They didn't play any songs from anyone's former band, but that's ok. These stood well enough on their own. As an avid watcher of "That Metal Show" during its run on the former VH1 Classic, I became a fan of Bumblefoot's work, and it was also great to see him live, as well, and due to it being a smaller venue, we were able to get really close to the band, which was great.
After the show was over, I stopped by the merch table. They had the traditional shirts and cds, but they also had a few other really cool signed items there. They had a signed drum head with the band's logo, signed setlists from previous shows, and signed drumsticks used by Jon Votta. The item I pulled the trigger on was a signed cd. A regular cd was $15, and the signed version was $25. Only an extra $10 got me autographs from some very well-known musicians, so of course I did!