Darryl “DMC” McDaniels joins Pop Evil to “get tricky” in Flint, MI.

The world-famous Machine Shop in Flint, MI could be considered a hall of fame type concert venue. They have hosted enough bands big and small to be known through the music industry as a must play for bands, and a must visit for fans. This was the perfect venue for this show, bringing DMC together with Pop Evil in their home state.

Pop Evil, from Grand Rapids, MI is currently firing on all cylinders. They are nearing the end of an almost two-year long tour in support of their highly successful third album, Onyx. The album has yielded three number one singles, including “Trenches,” “Deal With The Devil,” and the most recent, an emotional power ballad titled, “Torn To Pieces.” Having just returned from a two-week tour of Europe, the band was ready to rock the Machine Shop back home in Michigan.

The venue was packed for the second night of their back to back sold out shows. The show started heavy with the song “Flawed” and would maintain that momentum through the entire night. Five songs into their set, Pop Evil were joined by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of RUN DMC fame, to perform Pop Evil’s “100 in a 55.” When they finished that song, the band would not let DMC leave the stage, and broke into one of DMC’s biggest hits, “It’s Tricky.”

DMC is no stranger to playing with rock bands as they will always be known for performing “Walk this Way” with Aerosmith in 1986, helping secure Run DMC’s crossover status. In May 2014, at the Rock on The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Pop Evil brought out DMC as a surprise to the crowd of 40,000 to perform their number one song “Trenches.” Also joining them on stage were members of the United States Marines and the Eyes of Freedom, a memorial consisting of paintings of fallen soldiers, a remembrance of spirit and choice for all who have answered the call of service.

The set at the Shop continued with Pop Evil performing “Boss’s Daughter” and “Last Man Standing,” their biggest hits from the previous album, War of Angels. Their most recent number-one single, “Torn To Pieces,” closed out the main set.

It did not take long for the encore to begin as the crowd mixed chants of both Pop Evil and DMC. The encore began with “Deal With The Devil” and concluded with DMC again joining the band for “Trenches.”

Pop Evil puts on a must see live show. The energy from the entire band on stage is unmatched and will give that shot of adrenaline you seek from a rock show. They have some tour dates left this year and will give you your money’s worth if you manage to see them live.

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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Steve has been photographing since he first discovered the throwaway camera. He spent most of his youth in concert venues developing a love for the live show. In the past couple of years Steve has been able to combine those hobbies. For Steve there is no better escape than having music to hear and a lens to look through. He looks forward to sharing his photographic eye with you here on National Rock review.

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