Blackmore at the House of Blues
Blackmore mixed up their show Saturday night with a very creative introduction. Playing first the mellow-starting “Downfall,” with quiet instrumental and soothing singing by backup vocalists Varsenik Aslanyan and Anna Gevorkian. It was a great way to entice the crowd, especially those new to Blackmore’s driving metal sound. Soon, vocalist Adrian Barrios took over and got his marathon-like workout over the next 35 minutes of their set.
The third song of the night, “Backdraft,” is my favorite Blackmore song because it accentuates the incredible talent shared by guitarists Shaunt Sulahian and Vahan Aslanyan. I was at a show a week before watching a band with four guitarists who all played together. Sure it was loud and powerful, but it lacked creativity. What Sulahian and Aslanyan do so extremely well is play off of each other, creating a powerful sound that goes between playing together, backing each other up, and mixing solos in such a creative and intelligent way that it is clear this is a band with a bright and promising future.
The final song of the evening, “Animalistic,” was incredible. By this time everyone in the house was a convert and the whole place was rocking. I thought the venue was going to come down long before its scheduled closing later this year. But no, the venue survived another Blackmore onslaught and the audience was well rewarded.
Thank you Blackmore musicians for a fantastic night of brilliant music. I am sure there will be many more all over the world in your future.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!