Former tour mates warm up the Motor City in a winter concert at the HopCat.

These two bands are no strangers to each other. They spent a good part of the summer touring together. This time, it was Kaleido who welcomed the Southern California-based Alien Ant Farm to help warm up a brutally cold Detroit.

The show took place at a brand new venue in Detroit called HopCat. The midtown Detroit location is the sixth for HopCat, but the first to feature a live music venue, called the Huma Room. The upstairs room features a capacity of around 400, great sound, a bar featuring half of an actual 1973 Cadillac, and an atmosphere capable of handling a rock show.

Kaleido opened the show to a crowd of loyal fans, but also plenty of new faces. They opened with the title track from their newest record, Unbreakable. The band will grab your attention with this song right out of the gate and not let go through the entire show.  After powering through many crowd favorites, the band unveiled a new song.  The recently written “Kerosene Queen” fits the group’s frontwoman, Christina Chriss, perfectly. She fuels the band and the crowd.  Kaleido is a great compliment to Alien Ant Farm and filled the room with an energy necessary to bring them to the stage next.

Fresh off playing the Detroit Pistons halftime show the previous night, Alien Ant Farm took the stage.  They opened the show with the song “Wish” from their record ANThology.  The set included fan favorites “Movies,” “Attitude,” and “These Days.”  The band was also joined onstage by Christina Chriss of Kaleido for the song “Glow,” which they performed together on the summer tour. They also played a new song “Let Em Know,” which is on their upcoming record. They closed the show with their biggest hit from 2001, “Smooth Criminal,” which left everyone happy.

This show proved one thing, “Rock Ain’t Dead,” as both bands agree. Kaleido is currently writing new songs for their next record and setting up tour dates for the summer. Alien Ant Farm is set to soon release their long-awaited fifth record, Always and Forever.  Two new tracks, “Homage” and “Let Em Know,” can be found on YouTube. An upcoming tour will be announced soon.

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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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