Two of the hottest bands in rock today delighted the Royal Oak Music Theater on Wednesday night. If you were one of the lucky ones with a ticket, you were treated to a kick ass sold out show. The night opened with a young gun’ Mammoth Wolfgang Van Halen setting the tone for the evening with a blistering set. The set showcased the young gun raw talent which was heavily displayed in one of my favorite Alice In Chains song “Them Bones” the place went into a frenzy and well so did I for the moment. The one hour twelve song set opened with “Mammoth” delivering high energy, packed with some killer guitar shreds, bringing the packed house to its feet. The set was loaded with some incredible standout moments like “Mr. Ed,” “Think It Over,” which Van Halen introduced as “my dad’s favorite,” and of course, the heartfelt “Distance,” which he released as a tribute shortly after the death of Eddie Van Halen in October of 2020.
Mammoth WVH was founded by Wolfgang Van Halen and features Jon Jourdan on guitar, Ronnie Ficarro on bass, Garrett Whitlock behind the drum kit. If you live under a rock or if you are not tuned into today’s world you are missing out on true talent that is so pure, so raw, so passionate, and filled with high octane good old fashion rock and roll. Talents that were handed down by MVH late dad we all love so much Eddie Van Halen. The message behind the tour is rock is not dead. Rock will never die, believe that. Stoked from winning an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Rock Artist the night before, MVH owned the venue for one hour.
Mammoth Van Halen Rocks Royal Oak Music Theater
Dirty Honey was set to blaze the stage next, something the band has been doing since 2017. The Cali band opened up the the set with California Dreamin’ frontman Marc LaBelle immediately comes out and takes total control. Marc is an incredible showman with excellent stage presence and packed with energy going from stage left to stage right and back keeping the fans engaged all night. DH also delivered the slowed-down take on Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” that it played for this year’s NHL Winter Classic in Minneapolis. The set ended with Rolling 7’s, if your a fan of guitars this track is definitely for you. Rolling 7’s will put you in that feel good want to get up and dance mood with your favorite beverage in hand. By some chance it doesn’t well then you simply don’t have a pulse and should consult with your doctor immediately. Dirty Honey has shown nothing but growth over the years from opening up for other band’s to playing in bigger venues to now which is headlining shows across the country. Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone make up DH. The music DH delivers shows that rock is not dead.
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