7 October 2002
STEELE live at L'AMOURS,
Brooklyn N.Y.C. September 21 2002
Saturday Night at L'amours and what could be better than
that? Saturday night at Lamours,with VIRGIN STEELE headlining
the concert! Greetings folks it is Dave Hilsenrath once again to
tell you about my latest encounter with the one and only VIRGIN
September 21st is a day that will live forever in my METAL HEART.
I awoke that morning with a newfound feeling of excitement as I
knew that the day would hold extraordinary delights and Metallic
wonders. I knew that my evening would take in the Legendary Lamours
Club and the Legendary VIRGIN STEELE.
I arrived at the venue at around 10:30 or so and already the place
was filling up and there was an electric charge in the air. I witnessed
several very fine metallic combos strutting and hawking their Metallic
wares on the stage. A new band ZANDELLE caught my attention with
their fine performance and sincere down to earth charm. Next up
was GOTHIC KNIGHTS who also gave a tremendous performance. I think
we will hear more from these fine bands very soon. I did take home
the ZANDELLE CD and it does crank.
the witching hour had arrived (at 1:00 AM) that is Lamours
for ya, always a late one. But I can tell you that nobody went home.
Everyone stayed (including all the other support bands), to hear
Long Islands own VIRGIN STEELE. No intro music, no fanfare,
just Franks countoff and boom they exploded headlong into
INVICTUS, their in concert set opener for some time now. Roaring
and wailing in the dim dark atmosphere of the club, like the soundtrack
for an eternity in Hell.
Next up was LIFE AMONG THE RUINS, taken at breakneck speed, then
VOICE AS WEAPON, from THE HOUSE OF ATREUS ACT II! A fine choice,
as this song sums up the dark, heavy brooding qualities of the band
very well. Voice As Weapon, spills over into I think CONJURATION
OF THE WATCHER (from the BOOK OF BURNING album), then DEFIANCE,
DUST FROM THE BURNING, A TOKEN OF MY HATRED, (if memory serves correctly),
followed by a beautiful version of CROWN OF GLORY (UNSCARRED) from
THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL PART 2.
was a ripping guitar solo by Edward Pursino! Never mind that "Pulverizer"
guy, this man rules the frets! Eds solo segued into Davids
vocal solo moment, complete with once again THE Flaming Sword! I
thought the owners of the club were going to shit their pants,
as LAMOURS has a very low ceiling! Much frantic waving
to try to get Davids attention ensued so he could lower the
Sword, as he was holding it directly over the sprinkler system!
I asked him about this after the show and his response was, "
Dave Im a professional, I knew the sprinklers were there,
have no fear". OK, says I!
This episode concluded with GREAT SWORD OF FLAME, then came the
rousing singalong, A SPHONY OF STEELE, followed by THE WINE OF VIOLENCE,
IN TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY, RETURN OF THE KING, FLAMES OF THY POWER (this
song should be a Hit Single, what a memorable chorus!), then Frank
Gilchriests amazing drum solo. I think he is perhaps the best
Metal drummer alive today. Total power and total class. Next David
returns to the stage and announces Frank and they launch into I
WILL COME FOR YOU. Holy, I say Holy, what a version! "Passion
and restraint are at war within me", oh sorry David but I felt
the need to quote you! A mighty passionate vocal, a blazing guitar,
a celestial keyboard, a deep bass and a thunderous drum combined
to make the music of the spheres. Yes I enjoyed this one a whole
lot. After the triumphant conclusion of this masterpiece from THE
MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & HELL PART 1, the Band left the stage.
After a few moments of crowd chanting the "Black Gods Of The
Sun & in this dark aspect the Moon", returned to offer
us KINGDOM OF THE FEARLESS (THE DESTRUCTION OF LAMOURS, oh
I meant TROY). A crushing encore delivered with supreme hatred,
power and always Barbaric romantic class. A classic and noble ending
to a great show!
Backstage after the show was the usual chaos and madness. I look
forward to the next performance with the greatest enthusiasm combined
with a fair amount of fear. These guys are getting scarier and scarier
these days. Oh one more thing. Since I am a frequent visitor to
the club THE DOWNTOWN located in Farmingale, NY, I was privy to
some potentially interesting news. It seems that the mighty VIRGIN
STEELE just may be doing one very special 3 hour concert there at
the end of December. I will keep my fingers crossed and investigate
further. Thanks for listening. Be well,
(photographs: D. Hilsenrath)
LIFE AMONG THE RUINS
VOICE AS WEAPON
CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER
DUST FROM THE BURNING
A TOKEN OF MY HATRED
CROWN OF GLORY
GUITARSOLO / VOX SOLO >>> GREAT SWORD OF FLAME
A SYMPHONY OF STEELE
THE WINE OF VIOLENCE
IN TRIUMPH OR TRAGEDY / RETURN OF THE KING
FLAMES OF THY POWER / DRUM SOLO
I WILL COME FOR YOU
KINGDOM OF THE FEARLESS