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Apr182011

Skid Row @ Starland Ballroom 4.15.11 (photos, review)

Skid Row (Photos & Review by Nicole Mago)

Skid Row live

Skid Row live

On August 15th, Skid Row returned home to New Jersey to perform at the Starland Ballroom. Supporting bands included Cashmier, The Jersey Syndicate, and Trimm.  

The first two bands to play were Trimm and The Jersey Syndicate. The crowd wasn't too large when Trimm took the stage, but the ones that came later on sure missed out. The four-man band played a 30 minute long set, and ended with a cover of The Who's 'Teenage Wasteland'. Afterward, The Jersey Syndicate took the stage. You could tell this band was having fun from the second they started playing. Their music had a 'feel good' type of beat to it, which the crowd really seemed to enjoy. Towards the end of their set they slowed things down with their song 'Learning To Live', but then sped things up and ended with a bang.

Cashmier started their set with a suspenseful, dramatic entrance, but powerfully jumped right into their first song, 'Spaceland'. The band was extremely energetic on stage, which got the crowd really excited. Midway through their 11 song set, drummer Keith Lopez played an insane drum solo which had fans cheering along. By this time, the venue was pretty packed with fans excited to see the nights headliner, Skid Row. Cashmier ended their set with a cover of 'I Want To Rock And Roll All Night' by the legendary band Kiss; lead vocalist, Vince Albano, paced back and forth at the barricade during this song, involving the crowd and encouraging them to sing along.  

By 11pm it was time for Skid Row to take the stage. Like Cashmier, the band made a very suspenseful entrance, but blew the crowd away with their powerful start to 'Big Guns', the first song of their massive three hour set. Not only did the band take control of the night with their energy and enthusiasm on stage, but their lights and fog added a nice touch as well. Guitarists Dave Sabo and Scotti Hill had a guitar solo 'face-off' towards the beginning which really got the crowd going. From then on, the night only got better. Judging by their energy and enthusiasm on stage, you could tell Skid Row was excited to be home, performing in front of their family and friends once again.

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