This is part concert review and part post-pandemic review.

Let's start with Dirty Honey as a band. You will NEVER see a group of better musicians on any stage. There might be some worth discussing as equals, but I don't think I've ever seen a better group of musicians. It's hard to score drummers and vocalists, but the bass and especially guitar were so next-level it was mind-blowing. Singer Marc LaBelle had the crowd singing along whenever he wanted, and I know most of them never heard the songs they were singing before that night. I have to mention that Joyous Wolf really won the crowd over with a similar style and sound (I'm not sure what this "sound" is, but to me, it sounds like people who listen to a lot of Black Crows, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and a few stoner rock bands).

So what's it like being out? Well, the answer is joyous. No kidding, people are ready to rock like a mo-fo. They were just having a blast. You usually have that contingent of folks who are there "just to check it out" and spend their time scrolling on their phones, but this crowd wanted to throw down.  Jake's itself was a little warm, but let's hear it for that new flooring that not only brightens the whole place up, it takes away that spongy-nasty feeling the old red carpet had from having a million beers spilled on it.

Next up it's Tantric on the 25th at Jake's. Be listening for the FMX Tickets monster to score a four-pack to this show.

Metallica Rock the United Supermarkets Arena

Metallica at United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas (March 2nd, 2019)

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