Powerman 5000 comes home to Los Angeles in the first leg of 2015 tour!
A sold out show at the Whisky a Go Go is not unheard of, but a Sunday night is still a Sunday night; it can be sleepy if music lovers don’t get off their duffs and report to the nearest live concert!Â Powerman 5000 is still in the first dozen shows of a twenty-four show USA blitz. Tour mates, Hed PE and Knee High Fox, opened for Powerman 5000 at the world-famous Whisky, where fans were stirring up their Sunday ahead of time with the likes of Black Hare, 7 Days Away, and State Line Empire.
Knee High Fox was well received as they pronounced their own “coming home” to LA. Their set list was as follows: The One That Got Away, Kiss Me Kill Me, Valentine, Legend, Faultline, Deadly, Comin For You, Black Widow.
After Knee High Fox, the crowd prepared themselves both physically and emotionally for what was about to happen: Hed PE! They had a rough start when Jaxon’s guitar had issues, but after tech support and the crushing of a few egos, they launched back into their first song and the crowd devoured every riff. The beginning of the show elicited such a powerful mosh pit from the audience, it was all our photographer could do to shield his gear from the flying elbows and water bottles.
Hed PE played a variety of their catalog, clearly showcasing something for everyone. Doom metal twisted into Rap and Punk mixes. Response was slow at first to the “Dred PE” side of their Evolution, but the crowd quickly warmed up to their passionate delivery of reggae fusion.
Jared waxed nostalgia at the end of the show, perhaps due to his son Zion joining them on stage for the last few songs. It was definitely a show to remember for audience and band members alike.
Powerman 5000 hit the stage clad in matching space-type suit with glowing red logos on the chest pieces. Fog and subtle lighting made for a subdued spectacle, even for the Whisky. Fans can always count on Spider to be an active sight, blasting off like a bottle rocket and performing what could be called hard rock calisthenics.
Spider was joined briefly by Knee High Fox singer, Christine Connolly, an event only slightly unexpected by many fans. They shared the stage well and their chemistry was palpable. Spider elaborated on his love for Los Angeles as the band was preparing to set out on some interesting tour dates in much colder regions of the USA. At one point, he declared they really would look like they were from another planet when they reached Montana and North Dakota. I’m sure fans in those areas will love what these musical forces have to offer.