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Kyuss Lives, Orange Goblin, Red Fang Live @ The Palace, Melbourne

After last night’s insanity at the Slayer/Anthrax gig, it was good to be back on home turf at Melbourne’s Palace for tonight’s stoner-fest with Red Fang, Orange Goblin and the legendary Kyuss Lives! set to rip Melbourne a new one…

Being a fan of all three bands, I pretty much got to the venue straight from my Sydney flight and although I was feeling slightly weary, there was no chance in hell I was gonna miss a solitary second of this.

And what an absolutely correct decision that was because all three of these bands put on the show of their careers! It was an amazing night and I purposely told anyone within earshot that this was gig of the year so far in 2013.

Red Fang took the stage and were received as if they were the headlining act. They absolutely killed it and proceeded to play harder as the generous crowd just greeted their every song with thunderous applause and intense enthusiasm. It took the band by surprise and they put forth a blistering set.

Orange Goblin kicked it up another notch and again, the band were overwhelmed by the response from the fans. Taking command of the stage, lead singer Ben Ward had the crowd in the palm of his hands for the entire ass-kicking set. They, along with Red Fang, absolutely dominated proceedings and even from this early stage of the night, it was looking like an incredible once-in-a-lifetime gigs.

And then it was Kyuss Lives’ turn.

I’ve lost track of the amount of gigs I have photographed. It’s in the 100’s. Out of all those shows, nothing sounded as good as this tonight. The bass felt as if it was rearranging ones innards but the sheer volume of it all was match by its clarity, power and superb groove. Filling in on bass was Corrosion Of Conformity’s Mike Dean. Fuck he was superb!The entire band sounded amazing, as stated, one of the best I have ever seen, one of the best live mixes I have ever experienced at a gig. Fuckn superb!Pure stonerfest! One got the munchies just watching these guys!

Gig of the year!

Kyuss Lives

Orange Goblin

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