"Chevelle and Pop Evil rock the District." – Concert Review

Rock Island, IL. Home of the Max Allan Collins story “Road to Perdition.” In Rock Island there are a series of bars, stores and restaurants all in the same general area. This strip of entertainment is known as The District. For the last several years a couple bars in The District (RIBCO and the Daiquiri Factory) have put on a concert known as “Rock the District.” Former performers include Buckcherry and Puddle of Mudd (among others).

This year, Chevelle along with special guests Pop Evil, Janus and local band Three Years Hollow took the stage and set a record for the most tickets sold at a “Rock the District” show. What a great day it was. It was an outdoor show with rain in the forecast, but by the time 7:00 PM hit there was not a cloud in the sky; it was beautiful. Local band Three Years Hollow took the stage and was surprisingly good. They played all original tunes, so I didn’t recognize any of them, but I was surprised at how good they played. To be honest they were the clearest band of the night. What I mean by that is I could not only hear, but I could understand everything - the vocals, guitar, bass, drums etc. It seemed like the mix for the other bands (Chevelle included) was slightly off, either that or my ears were just ringing pretty good by the time Pop Evil and Chevelle took the stage.

I’m not saying Three Years Hollow was the best (Chevelle was the best), but they played well. You can definitely hear the influence in their music. There was a moment when the lead singer’s voice started to crack, but he played it off in kind of a cool way stating that, ‘(the crowd) could fucking sing the song better than him.’ All in all I was pretty impressed.

Janus was the next band up and they were a semi -ocal band from Chicago. I couldn’t really hear the guitar that well when Janus hit the stage. I wasn’t really feeling Janus all that much. Bands live and die with their lead singers and I didn’t really like Janus’ lead singer. That’s not to say nobody else liked him, I’m sure he has his fans; I’m just not one of them.

As the sun started to set Pop Evil took to the stage. Pop Evil is a band on the verge of breaking it big. They already have a respectable hit single in “100 in a 55” and I’m sure there are more to come. These guys are a band that knows how to work the stage, specifically lead singer Leigh Kakaty. At one point Leigh told the crowd that he wanted to walk on the crowd. He proceeded to jump into the crowd then have a group of people hold him up while he sang a verse or two.

(Leigh Kakaty walking on crowd.)

It’s very exciting watching a young band who is about to break it big on stage. They just got their first taste of real success, they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but they haven’t made it yet, so they don’t know what it’s like. Leigh announced mid set that the band would be hanging out at The Daiquiri Factory after Chevelle’s set and that is exactly what they did. I did not attend the after party at The Daiquiri Factory, but I did have a couple of friends who did and they said it was a blast. Pop Evil was buying body shots and it was an all around good time.

So you know that the show is already good and the headliners haven’t even hit the stage yet. I remember the first time I had heard Chevelle; I was at a record store (just before record stores became extinct) and the guy at the counter gave me a Chevelle preview CD that had “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below.” I immediately went out and bought Chevelle’s album “Wonder What’s Next.”

I’ve seen Chevelle once previously before this (on Ozzfest with Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Korn and of course Ozzy) and they put on a great live show. This is my first time seeing them as a headliner and the last statement still holds true. There was a nice mix of hits with their new stuff. They didn’t play their big hits all together; they spread them throughout the set to keep the casual fan interested. They did play all of their big hits (“The Red,” “Send the Pain Below,” “The Clincher” and “Vitamin R”).

On a side note I want to take this time to address the girls that get up on a guy’s shoulders. I hate to sound like a pervert, but unless you’re going to show your boobs to everybody, nobody wants you up there, I promise. We can’t see anything when you’re up there, so please get down. Even when you’re showing your boobs, I don’t care, unless you’re right next to me I can’t see them that well anyway, so please allow me and all the other patrons to enjoy the show.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.

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