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|9/4/06 - Orangevale, CA|
Sometimes the stars align when we are booking secret shows here, trying to figure out who wants what bands to play...and where. In this case both Saosin and Norma Jean both have new CDs out this month and wanted to play a show, so it was a bonus double header-and a sorry kids-back to school going away gift all in one.
The bar was an old hair metal joint that still had ghosts in it from past REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake shows. You could almost smell the tight leather jeans and hair spray, that once consumed the club on a nightly basis. But it is this author’s opinion that bands at the show that night drew from those spirits of rock past, and harnessed that butt rock past into a mighty Chi, and unleashed it upon the Secret Show crowd with a mighty vengeance.
Saosin let loose on a bevy of amazing new songs from their new album cleverly titled “Saosin” (out 9/26), but didn’t let their fans forget what got them hooked on Saosin in the first place with some of their older hits like “Bury Your Head”…damn that’s a good song!
Norma Jean on the other hand…talk about hyper…dang. These guys are more hyper than a kindergarten classroom full of kids with a free candy dispenser. This band always plays each show with a vengeance - it was awesome. Kids got a chance to hear some new songs from the new album, “Redeemer” (out 9/12) and all for FREE!!!
This was such a great show that I want to thank Envy on the coast for coming out to open up the show - please go visit their page and listen to their music. Thank you to Saosin for stopping off from the AFI tour to play, and Norma Jean for making a special trip all the way to CA to premiere some new tunes off the CD.
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