Jagermeister Music Tour 2011

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chip Tamplin had the chance to check out this year’s Jagermeister Music Tour, which features Buckcherry, HellYeah, All That Remains, and The Damned Things when it came to Baltimore, MD. Check below for his photos and review of the show.

The Damned Things:

Featuring members of Fall Out Boy, Anthrax and Every Time I Die, The Damned Things have all the pieces of being a great rock band. While The Damned Things debut album Ironiclast failed to “wow” me as much as I was hoping, I was still eager to see if they were one of those bands that sound substantially better live than on CD.

Anthrax guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano kept the set going at a feverish pace, duel-wielding solos and vocal duties. Every Time I Die front man Keith Buckley, while relatively stationary on stage, managed to get a few pits going in the crowd and sounded great all night.

They played a good portion of their debut album and The Damned Things managed to be a great opener for the tour. They also warmed the crowd up nicely for the rest of the bands on the bill and I hope they continue to build off their initial success.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8.5
Band Activity: 8.5
Overall Rating: 8.5

Set list:

1. Ironiclast
2. Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)
3. Handbook For The Recently Deceased
4. Black Heart
5. Graverobber
6. We’ve Got A Situation Here

All That Remains:

While I’ve never found myself listening to All That Remains I always enjoy seeing them live, thanks in large part to front man Phil Labonte. Phil has a presence on stage that few front men in rock have anymore.

Opening with one of their biggest singles, “Two Weeks”, their energy was electrifying and kept up throughout their entire set. With the band having been together for a few records they’ve developed a great chemistry on stage and I feel that it carries over into the crowd. I saw a few people who were talking about how much ATR sucked before their set started, head banging and bobbing their heads along to the beat. While the bands members moved around from time to time, they stayed stationary for the majority of the set, Labonte being the only one who really moved around.

Overall, while short, this was one of the best sets I’ve seen them do in quite awhile. I think the band is better suited for smaller, more intimate venues.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 8.5
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Two Weeks
2. The Air That I Breathe
3. Forever In Your Hands
4. Aggressive Opposition
5. Six
6. Some Of The People, All Of The Time
7. This Calling
8. Hold On

HellYeah:

Another “super group” on the bill, HellYeah features members from Mudvayne, Pantera/Damageplan and Nothingface. Unlike The Damned Things, HellYeah is a seasoned band and it was cool to see them back at Rams Head Live because they played their first show ever inside those doors several years ago. Between songs, vocalist Chad Gray spoke about how he and the band had a special place in their hearts for Baltimore and all the love they’ve shown the band.

Chad told the crowd how he’d been partying the night before and that he felt awful up until he took the stage. “There were so many times on this tour I wondered if [Jagermeister] were trying to kill us…but what a way to go.”

I’ve seen Chad Gray perform many times over the years in both Mudvayne and Hell Yeah and this was by far the best I’ve heard him. The last few times his voice was almost completely shot and I was starting to question if he even remembered how to take care of it, but this time he was spot on from the start of the set to the end.

While I still never find myself listening to Hell Yeah in my spare time, their members experience in their respective bands has really started to show in how they go about live shows and makes for a great experience.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Cowboy Way
2. Matter of Time
3. Stampede
4. Hell Of A Time
5. Better Man
6. You Wouldn’t Know
7. Alcohol n Ass
8. Hellyeah!

Buckcherry:

Between Hell Yeah and Buckcherry’s sets the good folks at Jagermeister proceeded to pass out over a thousand free shots to those of age in the crowd in the hopes of doing what they called “Maryland’s biggest shot”. Not sure the final number on how many they passed out, but it was definitely a cool addition to the tour and I’m surprised they haven’t done this at more of the Jagermeister sponsored tours/events.

I’ve never liked Buckcherry. In fact, I’ve been teetering on the fence of strong dislike and hate for quite some time. I’m not sure if it was hearing “Crazy Bitch” every two seconds for a few years or just how coarse front man Josh Todd’s voice is, but I could just not listen to them without cringing.

Although I’ve seen them a few times over the years on various tours and festivals, this was by far the best I’ve seen them. It was hard to get pictures of Todd because he was constantly shimmying from side to side. Guitarist and band co-founder Keith Nelson had an obvious chemistry with Todd and made for a great performance.

Unlike most headlining bands’ sets, Buckcherry didn’t take an encore to play their biggest hits, they actually took that time to play some more obscure fan favorites and played their bigger songs earlier on in the set.

Overall, Buckcherry have still not won me over as a fan, but my level of distaste dropped dramatically after their set. As long as they continue to improve their live performances and never write another song as annoying as “Crazy Bitch” I may be able to start willingly listening to them in the future. With that said, I was still very impressed with their set.

Vocals: 8.5
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Set list:

1. Dead
2. Rescue Me
3. All Night Long
4. Everything
5. I Want You
6. It’s A Party
7. Next To You
8. Lit Up
9. Slammin’
10. Lawless and Lulu
11. Onset
12. Sorry
13. Crazy Bitch

Encore:

14. Out of Line
15. Whiskey In The Morning

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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