How far off-script can you go? If you’re performing a cover song, do you keep the song strictly intact, or can you quote famous passages and improv the rest? Your answer might help determine how you’ll feel about seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela live. You might be distracted following along with the flamenco guitar duo’s casual interpretations of Metallica and Led Zeppelin covers. How about if that’s unimportant and you’re there to observe pure technical musicianship?
Despite seeming like GWAR knock-offs or KISS wannabes, and not drawing in the possibly sold out crowds that Powerman 5000 or Аркона [Arkona] both recently were able to bring to Studio Seven, Lordi have a certain umph that is clear especially after wading through a number of their terrible to good random local opening acts.
Powerman 5000 were briefly popular close to twenty years ago. They’re probably only remembered for “When Worlds Collide,” and quickly fell out of favor to new flavors, which is a shame because each of the now four times I’ve seen them live have been exciting and perhaps even inspirational. Rather than headlining their usual stop at the venerable El Corazón, they opened for their contemporary Orgy at the dodgy Studio Seven. Was that downgrade enough to ruin the fun?