Warrant with Villains In Vogue – The Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA – 9/22/18
Villains in Vogue
Villains in Vogue are a local LA act that demand people pay attention. Formed late last year by guitarist, Justin Sane and singer, Mick Scott, they’ve been creating quite a buzz. A throwback to some of the 70’s and 80’s glam bands, the Villains are architects of some really catchy, anthemic tunes.
The band all contribute to their sound with Justin being the primary songwriter. The addition of Mick on lead vocals, gives this band a cheeky flavor. He jokes and high kicks around the stage and if there’s something he can stand on or climb…he will..and DID!
Rounded out by energetic guitarist, Matt Bachman, the stoic, Bryan Kimes on bass and the ever grinning, Jeffrey Shapiro on drums, tonight the band blasted through a great selection of songs from their catalog. Including, “Good Being Bad”, “Bones In My Closet”, “You And I”, “Back To You”, Neon Lights” and “Be One Of Us”
A great indication of how good this band is was that the usually tepid (for a support act) Canyon Club Crowd actually showed signs of life during the show. If they didn’t, Mick would have pulled it out of them anyway.
Check out the Villains…
Full Villains in Vogue Gallery: Here
Saturday night at the Canyon Club saw the return of the Down Boys, Warrant. They seem to be making the Canyon a regular stop on their travels which is good news for the locals who get to take a break from hitting the 101/405 down to LA for a show.
Admittedly, Warrant with singer Robert Mason at the helm had to grow on me. Having grown up with the Jani Lane version in the late 80’s and getting to see them touring for one of my favorite albums, the ridiculously underrated and HEAVY, “Dog Eat Dog“, I felt I was a purist. But it turns out I was just an asshole living in the past.
Robert really is great in the band. He does such a nice job with all the classics and it’s good to see him rocking out to the couple of ventures into his albums with the inclusion of “Dusty’s Revenge” from 2011’s “Rockaholic” and the title track from last year’s, “Louder, Harder, Faster“.
Except for the aforementioned songs, tonight’s show was mostly a long trek down memory lane with the majority of the set coming from their first 2 releases; 1989’s “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and 1990’s hit album, “Cherry Pie“.
The rest of the band are still the same with Erik Turner and Joey Allen on guitars, Jerry Dixon on bass and the great, Steven Sweet behind the kit. All of the band contribute to backing vocals and everyone sounded really great and on point tonight.
All the usual favorites were in the setlist including, “Down Boys“, “Big Talk“, “DRFSR“, “I Saw Red“, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and of course THE big ballad, “Heaven“, which Robert encouraged everyone to record and post online from their smart phones. The only song from my favorite Warrant album was “Hole In My Wall” (pfft) and the set was closed with a crowd sing-a-long to “Cherry Pie“, while the confetti canon’s blasted out their cargo.
I can think of a lot worse ways to spend a Saturday night than with the Down Boys.
Full Warrant Gallery: Here