I think I may have left my heart in Louisville, or maybe just my eardrums and my desire to go back to work. Either way I know I had a great time down there. I was shocked at how many familiar faces I saw down there, people from Columbus, other photographers and even the great Ronnie Hunter from our own Columbus rock station 99.7 The Blitz. John Payne my photographer for the event and I started our day at 5AM Saturday morning and with only a few stops and a little detour we were there with just a few extra minutes to spare.
Obviously the music was awesome, Flaw, The Butcher Babies, Papa Roach to name just a few all played their part in rocking my socks off. But I did see some new bands that had to be added to my Spotify playlist in heavy rotation, specifically Motionless in White and Memphis May fire. I’ve already had everyone else musical carousel for a while. I was really impressed though with the stage performance that Avatar gave, This would be my second time having a chance to see them but I was giving an interview when they played last summer at Rock On The Range so I missed 95% of their set. They were on point and commanded the stage and their instruments like i expected them to, no disappointment there. Then the highlight of my day, week, month was FINALLY getting the chance to see Judas Priest! They were everything I wanted and more, though I wish the set was a bit longer but with vocal chords like that I’m sure Rob Halford cant go on like he used to
So then there is the food, oh the FOOD! It was a bit over priced all the way around, even for concert food. However, I challenge any seasoned concert vet to show me better food at a show. I had to sample some of the pulled pork right off the bat, but over the whole weekend, a German plate, some sausage, some awesome hand made chips, BBQ pulled pork nachos and a few other goodies. I have to say that over all, the delectable pork tamales that the sweet and sassy ladies served up at Dia De Los Tamales were the best bang for my buck. It was phenomenal for only 5 bucks, though I wish I had 2 more and a nice cold beer.
Check out the gallery below for just a taste of the awesome photos that our buddy John Payne of Payne Productions did for ZTPMAG and stay tuned for more news, interviews and photos from the whole weekend!
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