Legendary rock frontman and longtime Turbonegro vocalist HANK VON HELL returns with a vengeance with support from Overdose, Scrooge Mandella, Bad Wires and Creeps, Inc.
Hank Von Hell had not toured in the United States in almost 10 years, that was corrected with a staggering tour covering 34 shows in 38 days beginning on August 6th. The first 24 shows were with special guest Spiders and the final 10 stops of the tour were supported by New York City rockers Overdose. Hank Von Hell is also touring in support of his latest album, Egomania, which was released late in 2018.
As promised, Hank Von Hell held nothing back this evening with a setlist drawing heavily on the Egomania for the first part of the set and then solidly on Turbonegro for the last half of the evening. Along the way we learned that the devil horns are not the sign of metal music, but rather the middle finger is, We learned that Hank Von Hell is back and strong as ever and we also learned that Hank and the guys are pretty good square dancers. The band’s offstage music was a little country/square dancing tune that had the guys from Hank Von Hell, Overdose and Scrooge Mandella square dancing in front of the merch tables.
Tonight’s Set list:
Pretty Decent Exposure
Get It On
Bum To Bum
I Got Erection
Just Get Away
All My Friends are Dead
The Midnight Nambla
In addition to Von Hell, the band features Jones Kelly II (lead guitar), Major Sam (rhythm guitar), Jean Genus (bass) and Dead Said Fred (drums).
Providing the main support this evening as well as on this tour are New York City-based metallers Overdose. Comprised of current and former members of Mutilation Rites and Speedwolf. Overdose is touring in support of their new self-titled EP. With a killer set of Old School metal infused with clear influences of Bands like Motorhead & Thin Lizzy, Overdose rocked the house tonight.
Opening the show was a great lineup of local Louisville musicians starting with Scrooge Mandella. Formed in February, Scrooge Mandella is a fun old school punk band whose goal is to show everyone a good time which is exactly what they did with a wild set of original songs about Pollution, drinking, moving to another solar system and hating your job. Scrooge Mandella is Zaq Wilcher on lead guitar, Brian Desper with rhythm guitar, Shawn on bass and Daimonts behind the drums.
Dressed in white hazmat suits and red headlamps and lit on stage by a single projector, Bad Wires delivered a deep and ominous set of heavy rock/sludge metal. The music was so heavy that shortly into their second song bassist Cory Cotrell blew up his amp but a quick workaround on stage had the guys back and going in no time. Bad Wires is Corey Cotrell – bass, lead vocals, Conner Johnson – guitar, vocals and Damien Cooke – drums, vocals.
Opening the show with an all too short set of post-punk Rock n’ Roll were Creeps, Inc. Creeps, Inc. is made up of Louisville veterans Brent Starkey (guitar, vocals), Drew Smith (guitar, vocals), Jim Peak (bass, b. vocals) and Phillip Mallory (drums)