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The Damned Things | April 8, 2011

The Damned things, featuring members from Anthrax, Fall Out Boy and Every Time I Die, supported Volbeat this past Saturday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. An unlikely mash-up of bands? Yeah, I thought so too. With Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano from Anthrax on one side standing in sharp contrast to Joe Trohman and Andy Furley from Fall Out Boy on the other, I thought a comment I heard from someone in the crowd summed it up nicely … it almost looked like two bands playing at the same time on the same stage.

Going beyond the on-stage dynamics, however, the crowd got a blast of straight-up rock and roll unlike what you would expect from this eclectic mix of musicians. With only one album under the belts, The Damned Things stuck to their guns and played Ironiclast in its entirety.

I have to give credit to Scott Ian for making up for the crowd’s lack of familiarity of the music (judging from the high concentration of Volbeat shirts) with on-stage bad ass-ness. He proved again that he is hands down one of the most physical guitar players out there. And I’m not talking about jump splits off the stage … I’m talking about playing with every muscle in his being directed at bashing out heavy.

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Setlist:

  • Ironiclast
  • Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)
  • Handbook for the Recently Deceased
  • A Great Reckoning
  • Bad Blood
  • Black Heart
  • Little Darling
  • The Blues Havin’ Blues
  • Graverobber
  • We’ve Got A Situation Here

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