RIP: "Sid" May 23, 2008

I love you and I will miss you dearly Sid... ~JCM

A night w/The Killing Floor: May 22, 2008 By: Aries

Last night's practice was something else! Voodoo Mojo Man aka Jack jumped on the electronic kit, Bam Bam had his Taye set up along with his Congas, Darren on his keyboard and JCM brought out his acoustic guitar. Mr. Miggs was missed but we all understand his government spy job keeps him busy and traveling. ;-o The night started off playing around with new song endings but turned into something unexpected! There was Reggae number that emerged from the jamming then that turned to irresistible Latin grooves. Jack got back on his kit and he and Bam Bam went all out! The two compliment each other well - no egos or jealousy for these two - they fed off each other's energy and it was incredible! Darren made my jaw drop when he threw out some CUMBIA rhythms! I think that guy has some Latin in him!!! The sounds were so hot Pat couldn't resist shaking her cadera (and a couple other parts)! Jack was temporarily distracted and couldn't keep his eyes off her but eventually Pat quit torturing him and sat back down. A few shakes of the head to clear his mind and Jack was back at practice with the rest of the guys. JCM surprised me. I know he's talented but last night he laid out some Spanish, Latin, Jazz, Reggae and even Classical sounds. I was speechless! This is truly a multi talented group of musicians. I don't think there's anything they can't do!

Broadway 50/50: Review by: Aries

Broadway 50/50:

There's no better place than Broadway 50/50 to spot SA celebrities, enjoy great food & music and no matter how many strangers are there - it feels like family.

The announcement was made that advance copies of their latest CD "La Danza Macabra" were available pre-release. That said the band proceeeded to rock the house playing songs from their CD, relaxed jam sessions and an unexpected cover or two. The guys put their hearts and souls into their performances and you could feel it! There were some magical moments where the guys went into unplanned jams. The flow was spiritual! In the crowd you'd see feet tapping, head shaking, singing along and shouts of how great the band is. Bam Bam rocked the night on the bongos/congas, the unstoppable beats coming from Miggs as he danced around onstage, wildman Jack almost busting out of his own skin and Darren's smooth keys took equal spotlight alongside the JCMs exciting guitar work and you couldn't help but watch each one of them in action!!! The night came to a close and I can only imagine what the TKF must have felt...... To look out, adrenaline pumping, exhausted from giving it all they had and see people yelling for them to keep going, shouts of "you f*ckin rock", "yeah baby that kicked ass", "you guys are the sh*t" and "take me home with you", to see the smiles, the hands up in the air, even a couple lighters held up - You couldn't ask for a better ending!

Special thanks to friends: Larry, the bands previous percussionist, who came out in support and even sang a few songs for old times sake! Mindframe and Mark from Rock City thanks for coming out. To the fans that were there, THANK YOU! To the ones that couldn't make it - you missed out on an amazing show at a venue where legends have graced the stage. All I can say is: you sadly missed it.....maybe next time....


The Killing Floor @ Patriot Guard Rally 4-26-08: By: Aries

Patriot Guard Rally:

Things got off to a slow start. Electric Ocean and SuperCrash were unable to play. TKF and Mindframe would be playing. The guys were barely warming up through a few songs when they had to stop for a raffle and a live auction. Darren was a little too animate with his hand waving and was mistaken for a bidder - the amount $120.00! Luckily someone bid higher! After a LOOOONG while the guys started up again. Everyone was a showman! Darren danced behind his keys, Bam Bam played like a man possessed, Jack went wild - even playing behind his back, Miggs laid down the law with his bass and JCM melted the place with his string heat! The crowd didn't want them to stop! I was walking around and people kept commenting on how great the band was. Mindframe had arrived but it was late so they decided to stay and watch TKF play. I have to say MindFrame showed what being true musicians and being professional is all about. They supported TKF - no jealousy, no egos.. no hating whatsoever. I wish more bands were like them! At the end of the night most of the older Vets had retired but the ones that were still hanging in there continued to have nothing but good things to say and were cheering until the very end.

It was an honor to be in the presence of so many brave men. Men who put down their very lives for us to have the freedom we do now.

Thank you to Koyote Ranch for hosting the event. The place is something else - Cabins high up on the mountains, crystal clear water, tent camping, rustic camping, party room, bike-friendly, rv ready...the place truly is worth the long drive for! Check out their site at: www.koyoteranch.com