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KSHE 95 Pigroast 2010

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On September 18, St. Louis's classic rock station KSHE 95 had its first “Pigroast.” This was an all day event that featured Ratt, Tesla, Candlebox, and Queensryche. The concert event featured other bands as well such as Saving Abel, Gracious Few, Jonathan Tyler, Shaman’s Harvest, Copperview, and Logos. Sadly, I only saw the main acts. Candlebox started out the show with a great performance and even covering a collage of some classic rock hits that influenced their band. Kevin Martin’s vocals shined through bold and strong through the set. Ratt performed next playing some of their classic hits along with their new tracks from their latest album Infestation. They put on an awesome ‘return to the 80s hair metal’ performance playing some of their greatest hits. Tesla played some of their hits and a few tracks from their 2008 release Forever More. Vocalist Jeff Keith was rocking the mic without revealing a single sign of aging after all these years. Last but not least, Queensryche performed with so much emotion and power. Geoff Tate’s vocals were powerful as each movement of his performance drove through each lyric. He even played the saxophone on a few tracks which blew away the crowd. Eddie Jackson was grooving the bass along with Scott Rockenfield rocking the field of fans with each bombastic strike, and Michael Wilton was shredding the guitar with his acrobatic solos. The band played a bunch of their hits from 1990’s Empire, 1988’s Operation: Mindcrime, and their 2009 release American Soldier. Queensryche will re-release their triple-platinum album Empire in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) will feaure the original album re-mastered along with 13 bonus tracks, 10 of them being previously unreleased live recordings. Look for it on November 9.