Don’t worry; it’s only for one night at Surreal at SurreyHey, remember the ‘80s? On one side there were sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll; on the other there were AIDS, crack and The Cure. But let’s stay on the good side, which is the one without AIDS if you were confused. If you want to relive that epic decade, or maybe you’re too young and you missed it, head out to the new Surreal at Surrey this Friday night for Ultimate ‘80s Night. Augusta’s own Acid Wash, which is headed up by Big Troy Bradley, will be joining The Kings of Hollywood.
Who are the Kings of Hollywood you ask? They are three of the best tribute bands to the groups that dominated the Hollywood, California, scene in the ‘80s: Poisoned, Appetite for Destruction, and Red, White, and Crue. I hope you can pick up on which band is paying tribute to whom. Surreal is pulling out all the stops for the show. I heard there was even going to be an appearance by the DoLorean, Doc Brown not included. So bust out your life preserver and Reebok pumps or, if you were poor like me, your L.A. Gear pumps, and head out to Surreal at Surrey. Surreal is located in the upper level of Surrey Center, in the old Vue spot. Doors open up at 8:30 p.m. I wonder if Appetite for Destruction will show up on time. I hope they serve Tab.
I was perusing the ole Facebook and saw that Bar on Broad will be welcoming DJ Sqwish on First Friday, February 1. Downtown is always a blast on First Fridays, so I’m sure it will be a big party at BOB. With a name like DJ Sqwish, he better be good. Why couldn’t you just go with something like DJ Matt or DJ Kris Fisher? DJ Sqwish? I bet you $10 he’s fat. I kid, I kid. Fat or not, if he’s at Bar on Broad he’s good.
There’s a CD Release Party to write down in your calendar. Carey Murdock will be returning to Sky City on Thursday, February 7, to show off his brand new album, “Shot in the Dark.” The album was produced by Rick Beato, who has produced NEEDTOBREATHE, Shinedown and Trey Anastasio of Phish. Carey will be performing two sets that night, a 9:30 show and a 10:30 show. It’s only $5 to get in and, of course, it’s a 21 and up show.
Maybe wishing Alice in Chains would sell out in its opening week was stretching it, but a boy can wish can’t he? Tickets are still available for Alice in Chains at the Bell Auditorium on May 1. Maybe the announcement of who they are touring with would help, but they still haven’t announced that. One of the many rumored bands has been the Deftones, which would be awesome. The last time the Deftones were in town they played at the amphitheatre and killed it. It would also be nice to have a local band on the bill, but that may be another wish of mine not met.
In national news, it looks like Axl Rose didn’t want to get beat out by Justin Bieber or Katie Perry, so he’s releasing a 3D concert movie. Before you get excited, it’s “Fat Axl,” not the “fur coat, jean shorts and high tops Axl” we all miss. The film, documenting their residency in Las Vegas last year, will be released later this year. Axl still runs around the stage like a mad man, he just now does is a slower pace and heavy breathing. I think I’ll have to pass on this one.
New music! Finally Vampire Weekend has announced that they will release their long-awaited third album on May 7. There’s no title yet for the disc.
My album pick of the week is The Joy Formidable’s new album “Wolf’s Law,” which landed on store shelves Tuesday. The lead singer looks like a demented baby doll. Google it.
What shows are coming to Augusta? Who is the best in town? Where is your band playing? I wonder if Tommy Lee has started driving that boat with his hands yet. Email me at email@example.com. You Might Also Like: