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Love/Hate Reunite to Rock Sin City!


Love/Hate has an unshakable party rock groove that has endured a score of years in a genre that has racked up it’s share of casualties along the way. Whether they still got what it takes is a revelation I’m looking forward to.

Jizzy Pearl, Skid & Jon E. Love are coming to Vegas for an amazing way to kick off 2013 with a free show next Saturday night at Vamp’d in Vegas.

Read the full show preview at Rock Over America. Or check it out below the show vid below.

And here’s the show!

Date:  Jul 11, 1990
Title:  Love/Hate Sin Again!
Band:  Dio, Love-Hate
Venue:  Paramount Theater
Place:  Seattle, WA
Author:  Michael Edward Browning
Photos:  Gwen Stamm
Posted:  Dec 27, 2012
Love/Hate has an unshakable party rock groove that has endured a score of years in a genre that has racked up it’s share of casualties along the way. Whether they still got what it takes is a revelation I’m looking forward to.

Jizzy Pearl, Skid & Jon E. Love are coming to Vegas for an amazing way to kick off 2013 with a free show next Saturday night at Vamp’d in Vegas.

I mention those three on word from Mike Povich (who is reviewing the show for ROA) but whether Joey Gold will be manning the set remains a question for me. Even though the last Wiki reference is over three years old and mentions Darren Housholder slinging axe for an ’07 British tour as well as 10 other members listed, none are drummers.

Still, the show poster leaves Joey Gold out of the picture, so we’ll see if it’s a total resurrection. Hope so. Those four guys know how to have fun!

Couldn’t find much for them online, Jizzy’s site had tour dates four years old. This UK ticketer is selling for a spring romp across the pond dubbed the Blackout Tour so it looks like Mike’s interview may contain some surprises for the fans.

Stay tuned to ROA for the latest!

But what follows now, for your viewing enjoyment and to see what you might expect this weekend, is a classic review previously published in City Heat, Seattle’s Music Magazine, in October 1990.

Follow the hot links in the story for more fun.

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Last time Love/Hate was in town [Seattle] they played Meeker’s Landing on a Tuesday night. Playing at no cost to the fan on a Z-Rock sponsored tour, they played after two local hopefuls and tore it out on the small stage.

At that time, Skid (Love/Hate’s bass player) was heard to comment:

“It’s just been a dream come true, it really has. You know, we spent our whole life fantasizing about what it would be like to be traveling around the country in a big rock and roll tour bus, and it’s just exceeded all of our expectations.”

Three months later they returned to play the Para­mount (on a Tuesday night no less) sandwiched between headliner Dio and new metal contenders Cold Sweat.

They grabbed the focus of the audience immediately with their die-hard Z-Rocker and title track from their gold debut, Blackout In The Red Room, then held it captive throughout the set (which had twenty or so minutes trimmed since last time, leaving Wasted in America the only new song remaining on this evening’s set list).

We tasted the harder side with the likes of Tumbleweed, Fuel To Run, Rock Queen, and One More Round, then the lighter and nearly (in)sensitive She’s An Angel (oh, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah). They ended the show with a strobe-lit extrava­ganza, Why Do You Think They Call It Dope? (their current MTV rotator).

Love/Hate will be back in the Emerald City soon, this time taking another step up playing the Coliseum with AC/DC. Heck, they may even move here they like it so much. I asked the man out front, Jizzy Pearl, about his favorite tour stops;

“Well I like it up here if it wouldn’t fuckin’ rain so much! I dig the Oregon/Washington vibe of the greenery and just the cleanliness. L.A.’s a bit dirty sometimes.”

Yes, Jizzo, we understandably echo your sentiments.

Now on to the headliner, Dio! Unfortunately, his diminutive head was about all I saw of Ronnie James Dio.

From the moment the lights dimmed and the screen on stage lit up, the packed Para­mount crowd was scrambling for higher ground as though a flood had come coursing through the building. They maintained the arm rests as a floor thru the entire set and for those less emphatic or more polite; tough shit!

Anyway, the screen kicked it off with a weird sequence culminat­ing in a suited woman reading a list of crimes to which Ronnie James (obviously) plead guilty. They then took off with Wild One from his new album.

The theatrical staging was that of a carcass rotting in a post nuclear wasteland. Situated amongst the weathered ribs were two stories of power. Keys and skins held ground upstairs with all chords (vocal and fretted) down under.

Although there were a lot of notable tunes missing, he still gave us a sizeable cross section of his career from Rainbow through Black Sabbath up to his solo work. He journeyed thru the ancient Man On the Silver Mountain to the merely old Children Of The Sea and Heaven And Hell up to the spanking newness of the title track and Hey Angel from his just-released Lock Up The Wolves LP. Also in there were heavy favorites Last In Line, Stand Up And Shout as well as Long Live Rock And Roll.

Being the metallic traditionalist he is, we can forgive his decision for the obligatory extended solos of his band. Especially since the keyboard piece was so nifty. Start­ing upstairs the ivory man [Jens Johansson] ran down to meet another keyboard that had descended from the ceiling. He continued his solo as it swayed to and fro. Then on the last resonating note it ascended back to the rafters where it erupted into a shower of sparks.

In true Dio fashion, no theatrical expense was spared thus the night was filled with fires, flash pots and explosions.

They wound it down with this Holy Diver’s most notable, etched into the collective consciousness of the initial MTV generation, Rain­bow In The Dark.

After the show, our publisher asked Ronnie his feelings toward our fair city.

“The crowds in Seattle are always the best,” he exclaimed, “and to­night’s was exceptional! The security thugs here, however, are acting like the Gestapo. They were really pummeling some of those kids.”

This last bit, unfortunately, isn’t really news to Paramount show veterans. But, all told, it still was one of the best Tuesday nights I’ve had in a long time (three months, at least)!

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R.I.P. Ronnie.


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Here, have a half priced drink to get ya started, just click the vid. It’s Happy Hour!

Louis XIV at RIO Voodoo Lounge [Rock Over America – 11/29/2007]

Louis XIV
RIO Voodoo Lounge
Las Vegas, NV

A local LV artist named Katie painted a sweet young thang named Mariah who consented to her role as set dressing during the “free drinks” portion of this evening. I was a little surprised that after spending two hours in panties and pasties getting painted, Mariah never got more info on Katie, like even her last name.

Body Painted Mariah

I can’t blame her too much. It was Mariah’s first time modeling oil paint and it kinda speaks to the surface factor inseparable from Vegas itself.
“Sure, I’ll get naked for body painted performance art, Katie, is it?”

Body Painted Mariah's Backside

Body Painted Mariah’s Backside

My first shot from the cell-cam obscured her great smile, so she posed for me later in the hall. Thanks Mariah, and YOU are welcome!

The night itself was a Thank You card from Area 107.9 to its Alien Nation audience. Sponsored also by Bombay Sapphire Gin, the drinks were scheduled to flow from 9 to 11, when the band was supposed to start.

As always in Vegas venues, the crowd was an eclectic mix of touristas and true rockers. Several devotees waited patiently at the banister above the stairwell leading down to the meet-n-greet for radio winners. Without the proper wristband or laminate credentials, Joe Average was kept on the upper level.

At 11:11, I decided to visit the hookah stand at the top of the staircase to sample a taste of the Apple/Blueberry, White Grape and Mixed Fruit they had bubbling away. Yummy tokes!

Finally at 11:47 the band manage to mosey onstage and a few minutes later dumpy Duncan, Area 107.9’s Program Director and morning ‘personality’, introduces Pineapple recording artist “Louie, the 14th”!

Singer Jason Hill starts in on Paper Doll backed by guitarist Brian Karscig’s basic strum structure.

Louis XIV - Voodoo Lounge 11.2.2007 Las Vegas

Louis XIV – Voodoo Lounge 11.2.2007 Las Vegas

“Sing, sing me a song, bang me like the girls in Hong Kong / I know, I know I ain’t correct but politics are so much better when there’s sex.”

And that pretty well sums up LXIV’s central thrust. Cock rock for the young, witty sensibility. Well-spoken lewd. Shrewd.No apologies needed. None offered. Just full throated odes to the trampling of teen queens.

The San Diego based quartet was three on stage tonight with drummer Mark Maigaard playing a stripped down set with a white towel muting the snare. The starry-eyed ladies up front must’ve inquired about bassist Mr. Ambrust III, since Jason offered, “Jimmy’s at home sleepin’. We couldn’t get the fucker out of bed!”

Between songs, Jason straps on an amped acoustic guitar of his own, sweetly and sharply enunciating his path through Pledge Of Allegiance:“Milkshake, milkshake, I love to feel you sweat/you don’t have to go to the pool if you want me to make you wet / Can you keep a secret, the best secrets are kept / and you’re my best fucken secret yet!”

For A Letter To Dominique, Jason introduces, “A song about a girl named Dominique. She used to come around my house and then one day she just disappeared.” It translated well enough to the acoustic show but the album version is kinda simple and boring. Seemed to work tho for a trio of radio winners coyly vogueing up front, grinning and giggling their way.

Radio Winners

Radio Winners

They brought the tempo down for a new song, possibly called Traffic Control or Lookin’ Down. This one really showcased the femmy falsetto of Brian’s backups (and sometimes leading vocals).

Brian Karscig of Louis XIV

Brian Karscig of Louis XIV

To me anyway, he sounds like a chick most of the time his mouth is open. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! His input fits the music and tone perfectly when it’s his time, like when he’s quipping “Wind you up and make you crawl to me / tie you up until you call to me” on Finding Out True Love Is Blind.

Their hottest single happened to be the obvious crowd favorite, but also the short set ender. An intimate, abbreviated acoustic performance for radio fans known as the Alien Nation.

LXIV lightly strummed and snared about a half hour of toned down Anglo-rock and was all done by 12:12. They left the stage with an offer to drink with everyone into the night and, “Thank you very much. We’ve had a pleasure!”

Louis XIV Singer Jason Hill, Voodoo Lounge 11.2.2007 Las Vegas

Louis XIV Singer Jason Hill, Voodoo Lounge 11.2.2007 Las Vegas

Seems like when I saw them this summer at Hard Rock’s Rehab Pool concert series, I remember having an absolute blast (and them rocking much harder when fully plugged in). I also remember someone, I think Brian, playing a violin on several songs. The problem with remembering that show was the hours before the band started.

Vegas runs on juice and sometimes it’s free. A site called sponsors a deal called Open Bar and got dialed in with the Hard Rock’s Friday night pool series. Doors and sponsoring alcohol got opened at 5pm. Free designated drinks for about four hours, then bands were due onstage at 9pm. It was quite a summer line-up and those locals in the know caught great bands and imbibables, gratis for all summer long.

Louis XIV will be on tour over America during January and February, returning to Sin City on St. Valentine’s Day 2008. Do yourself two favors; check out LXIV on this upcoming theater tour and check out when you come to town. You’re sure to have a debaucherously good time!

This article first appeared in Rock Over America.