All Music Magazine was at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020 and Music Festival on day three August 12, 2020 from the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota. Contributor Mark Horan from MarkHoran.Pictures LLC recapped the night with images and commentary covering the third day in four day series of exclusive coverage. The night started with Lynch Mob followed by The Black Moods, opening on the main outdoor stage for Steel Panther.
I arrived at approximately 7:30pm and Lynch Mob was already on stage. Making my way to the photo pit, I realized it was still 88 degrees out, but there was no humidity. It didn’t seem that warm. The audience was settling into the assigned areas to keep distance between one another. This nights audience was larger than the past two nights at this time in the evening. George Lynch was on stage, and the fans didn’t want to miss seeing one of the best metal shedding guitarist of the modern era.
George Lynch is a great guitarist who was sorrounded by great musicians. Paul Drennan on bass (Lynch Mob, Three Forks Road, Blandini), Will Hunt on drums (Evanescence, Black Label Society, Blandini) and on vocals Nathan Utz (Resist and Bite, Blonz). I covered this band two nights before but that was on the indoor stage. This night was a whole different story as the stage was much bigger and so was the audience. A band can’t help but feed off the energy of a few thousand fans in attendance.
Nathan was his charismatic self while belting out the lyrics. Paul was as steady as ever on base and a bit more mobile around the bigger stage. Will just tore the heads of the drums and is always a pleasure to watch. Last but not least, George Lynch, the man of the hour. George played effortlessly, with eyes closed and very little emotion. But, man, can that man play guitar! I am mesmerized with every one of his performances I have witnessed. That night was no different as he took up office stage left; The Master playing to the masses. Lynch Mob is alive and well! Check out their re-release of “Wicked Sensation” due out August 28, 2020 on Rat Pac Records.
Next to entertain the crowd on the main stage were The Black Moods, a three piece band out of Arizona. Formed in 2012, The Black Moods have three albums to date. The latest “Sunshine” was released May 8th of this year. The Black Moods members are Josh Kennedy on lead guitar/vocals, Jordan Hoffman on Bass, and Chico rounding out the trio on drums.
Get out and support this band as they stick to rock and roll roots without trying to reinvent the wheel that has kept rock and roll rolling along.
The nights final act was Steel Panther, a group of highly skilled musicians that celebrate 1980’s hair band satire. While watching their show, I had to keep reminding myself that I was watching satire as the in between song banter was raunchy, and at most times inappropriate, for most audiences. I witnessed fans picking up their chairs and vacating. Nonetheless, and not my cup of tea, I was here to review their performance.
Like I said, they are really good musicians regardless of the extra shenanigans between songs. Steel Panther is Michael Starr 0n vocals, Satchel lead guitar, the flamboyant Lexxi Foxx on bass and Stix Zadinia the drummer. The stage was incredibly lit and the band showed extreme emotion from beginning to end. These are going to be rock and roll pictures that jump off the page. I would cover them again with the opportunity.
Photographer and Editor/Founder of AllMusicMagazine.com. My love of live music has taken me to incredible experiences with the top bands of all time in stadium shows to the smallest venues with equally inspiring musicians. Using the medium of photography and my publication, these memories will last forever.