Yngwie J. (Just Where Are You?!) Malmsteen
with support from Sunlord and Images of Eden
Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA – 12/9/2021
In the day and age of Cancel Culture, Yngwie didn’t disappoint by ACTUALLY canceling his show at the very last minute after we sat through a mandatory meal and two opening acts. More on that in a moment…
Was the night a total bust?! No, No it wasn’t. Sat at the front with a cool table of Metal Heads. We did what metal heads do. We talked music and let everyone know how many guitars we had. (James (Live From The Pit) won with 32)
First.. the aforementioned opening acts:
The whole night I thought the singer was calling the band “Slum Lord”. But they are actually called Sunlord. I’m going to call them Motorhead-Lite, because that’s what they were… and I mean that as a total compliment. If you’re going to emulate a metal band, make it Motorhead.
The band from NYC, consisting of singer/guitarist Alfonso Ferrazza, a bassist who’s name I can’t find anywhere, and fill-in drummer, Dr Jones (Who could have fit in nicely in the Blues Brother’s band) were a killer opening act and should have been the headliner this evening.
Alfonso is one funny mofo performing what amounted to a mini stand up act between songs. Although he wasn’t a fan of everybody eating during their set, he handled the seated, dinner theater crowd with ease. The crowd definitely dug these guys.
Songs included “Turn Me Loose“, “Vigilante“, “Forbidden Witch“, “Like a Champion” and my favorite “Do Your Push Up“.
Even if Yngwie doesn’t show up to YOUR gig, go check these dudes out.
Images of Eden are a prog. band from Arizona. The singer had Bruce Dickinson stage moves, a voice similar to Geoff Tate and the message of “Stryper” if Stryper had spent their formative years in AA.
Don’t get me wrong, the band were just fine. They preached a very positive message and even ended with Triumph’s “Fight The Good Fight” (which will get my toe tapping anytime)
The band consists of Gordon Tittsworth (vocals), Victor Morell (lead guitar), Eric Mulvaine (bass), Dean Harris (keyboards) and Steve Dorssom (Drums).
It seems they’ve all gone through their struggles with demons and kept reminding everyone to focus on the positive and know that you can come through whatever it is you’re going through. Who doesn’t like a little bity of positivity these days…
Little did we know we were all about to go through our own struggle coming to grips with an Yngwie Malmsteen show with no Yngwie.