Bad Wolves let the intro play to ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf’ to open the show. That soon fell away as the gloom sound of controlled disarray and the heaviness that is the initial trademark of Bad Wolves as the band breaks into ‘Officer Down’. The onslaught of “in your face” brutal attack continues as Tommy Vext leads the band into ‘Learn to Live’.

The music stays heavy as the band changes gears a little and get into a groove based ‘No Masters’. Although Bad Wolves was having a short set, they made sure to pack it with a variety of music that shows the many sides of the band. I say this as vocalist Diamante joins Vext out on stage to do a duet entitled ‘Hear Me Now’. This truly shows a side of the band that is radio airplay friendly and opens the band up to a whole new audience. The hard part is that it can also alienate the followers of bands original sound that got them signed in the first place. (Hopefully not)


The fans at the Shoreline Amphitheatre are receptive to both sides of the band’s music as they break back into the headbanger ‘Better the Devil’. Bad Wolves closes the show with their cover of the Cranberries ‘Zombie’, which had brought them serious recognition on rock radio as a hit single. The band also donated their proceeds from the single to the children of Delores O’Riordan, who was the singer of the Cranberries and took her life earlier this year. This was the song that the crowd was waiting for as Tommy Vext asked the crowd to do a sing-along. The crowd definitely was willing to partake as Bad Wolves ended their set on a high note. I hope Bad Wolves continue to challenge themselves as they decide what genre of music makes them the band to watch grow, until then they just keep kickin’ ass!


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I've been a part of music industry as a concert photographer for over thirty years. At an early age I hit the road shooting for Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Quiet Riot, Ted Nugent, Twisted Sister, just to name a few. My love for music has never wavered. I started Mayhem Music Magazine as an outlet to share both established and new artists with others who truly love music.

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