Rick DeJesus and company came to Realm in Toledo, Ohio and didn’t disappoint the fans that came out in force to see the show.

Opening the show with local support was Unlabeled. This Marblehead/Toledo, Ohio five-piece is Ben Pusateri (vocals), David Gast (guitar), Corbin Rickard (guitar), Sam Picciuto (drums), and Shay Rickard (bass). The band is currently working on recording new material and still playing in support of their latest EP release, Tides of Time. Their next show to catch them live will be in March on the same stage opening for Harlow.

Next on stage was the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Eye on Attraction. Formed in early 2010, this female fronted Progressive/Alternative Rock four piece is Amber Sauls (vocals), Andrew Merkle (drums), Joe Quincy (bass), and Mike Trischetta (guitar). The group is hard at work to put the finishing touches on their new EP. We can’t suggest highly enough that if you are offered a game of Super Smash Bros, don’t bet anything you can’t afford to lose. There’s a ringer in this camp.


Justin McCain (guitar), Grant Joshua Kendrick (vocals), Jesse Saint (bass), and Patrick Mussack (drums) make up the next band to grace the Realm stage, Through Fire. This Omaha, Nebraska-based band has been on the move almost before the first rehearsal. Their first single, “Stronger,” hit the airwaves on Feb 05, 2016. After signing with Sumerian Records, the band has announced the debut album sometime this year. The band’s six-song set for the night was “Damage,” “Where You Lie,” “Breathe,” “Blood On Hands,” “Lights,” and “Stronger.”

Razor & Tie’s artists, Failure Anthem, was the last opener and was in support of their cleverly titled album, First World Problems. The Greensboro, North Carolina quintet is JD (vocals), Ryan (bass), Kile (guitar), Zane (drums), and Wil (guitars). The group is busy, not only doing the tour circuit but also with special one-off shows for contest winners to doing a song or two in a radio station’s van. Fans and their record label both, we’re sure, are waiting for new music to come down the pipe. As soon as we hear anything, we’ll be more than happy to pass the news on you.

When Rick and the boys walked out onto the stage, there might have been a small hiccup with a microphone, but there was never any doubt that the show would go on and rock the fans just like they came to see happen at Realm.

You can read a recent interview that National Rock Review recently did with Mr. DeJesus. You’ll see that he is all business and blowing bubbles, but he’s all out of gum. The Bad Reputation tour is, of course, headlined by Rick DeJesus, Tre Stafford, Robert Zakaryan, and Andrew Cushing of Adelitas Way.

They played a full set of all of the hits and a few new tracks as well. The set list for the shows was “Sick,” “Criticize,” “Scream,” “Bad Reputation,” “Hurt,” “Dog On A Leash” “Al,l Falls Down,” “Alive,” “Cage The Beast,” “Filthy Heart,” “The Collapse,” “Rage Jam,” and “Invincible.”

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Unlabeled
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About The Author

After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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