It’s been almost a year since I last saw Sunset Riot. I met this OZ-some band last year and it was love at first sight. Down to earth, personable, and hard working, Dellacoma, JP, Resh, Ziggy, and Simo welcomed me as family with hugs and much love. When we saw them before the show last night it was like seeing family that lives far away and you get to see sparingly. We caught up for a moment and then the madness began.
Ziggy, Simo, the Hellion, JP, Dellacoma, Resh
After an introduction by my brother Charlie Owens the band took the stage and never gave it back. Whirling about the stage like dynamos Sunset Riot delivered their brand of “OZ-some” Rock N’ Roll and then some. This combination of musicians has the right chemistry for success. JP owns the right side of the stage and delivers guitar playing like the guitar gods of old.
the ever amazing JP
Like a madman about the stage, Ziggys’ guitars provide the perfect balance to JP.
Ziggy rockin’ the mic
Simo, who joined the band on their tour last year, is the perfect fit for Sunset Riot. His bass playing style is aggressive and solid.
Simo, you know you love him!
Ahhh Resh, this guy knows his way around a drum kit. He keeps the band in perfect rhythm.
Resh keeping perfect time as usual
And then there’s Dellacoma, the epitome of a rockstar. Slithering around the stage like a wild animal, driving the women crazy with his sensuality. Making the crowd feel like they are part of the show, sharing his microphone with various crowd members at times, singing to various people, thoroughly bringing the crowd into his space.
Dellacoma – front man extraordinaire
What can I say about a Sunset Riot performance? Well here’s taste, and if you wanna know more you’re gonna have to see for yourself:
After spending most of today with the guys just hanging out I was asked by Ziggy “Why do you like Sunset Riot?” Here is my answer:
Sunset Riot is a band that just plain makes you feel good. Sometimes when things just seem to piss me off, there is Sunset Riot playing inside my head. The songs get inside you and just fill you with good vibes. Catchy, hook laden, flowing lyrics, combined with down to earth band members, what else could a music lover ask for? A Sunset Riot show? An hour of leaving your cares at the door, hanging with family and friends, a smile from ear to ear, and that smile will stay with you for a while.
Our favorite boys from Australia are back! Check out the entertaining video for “Trash Vs. Class” right here:
Make sure and catch them on the “All Class, No Trash” USA Tour 2013
After two wildly successful tours of the US of A in 2011 and 2012, the thundering rock n roll circus from Down Under are ready and raring to do it all again in 2013!! Armed with some new songs, a brand new stage show and the same adrenalin-fueled, sweat-soaked, fist pumping experience that you have come to expect; make sure you DO NOT MISS this hurricane of showmanship when it blows through your city!
Confirmed tour dates: (more still to come!)
04 May- Hooligans Nightclub, Albuquerque NM
11 May- The Office Sportsbar, Lubbock TX
15 May- Basement Bar, Ft Worth TX
17 May- The Grove, Lincoln NE
18 May- Cappy’s Lincoln NE
19 May- BIG ASS ROCK FESTIVAL, Walter’s Ranch MO
21 May- Boobie Trap Bar, Topeka KS
24 May- ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL, Pryor OK
25 May- ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL, Pryor OK
26 May- ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL, Prior OK
28 May- P&H Cafe, Memphis TN
02 June- Underbelly, Jacksonville FL
03 June- Taps, St Johns FL
04 June- The Odditorium, Asheville NC
05 June- Drunk Horse Pub, Fayetteville NC
08 June- Legendary Dobbs, Philadelphia PA
15 June- Shamrocks, Omaha NE (w/3 DAY MEAT SALE)
18 June- Boobie Trap Bar, Topeka KS
19 June- Chameleon Room, Oklahoma City OK
21 June- The Office Sportsbar, Lubbock TX
22 June- Hooligans Nightclub, Albuquerque NM (w/ HESSLER)
My co-host at Bleach Bangs Radio (www.bleachbangs.com) introduced me to Sunset Riot. He told me that this band was a feel good band with incredible stage energy, catchy hooks, and all around great guys. When I finally got the chance to meet and see them I was wowed. I was lucky enough to interview the guys with Charlie for our show Music U-Night/Rock U-Night (www.rockunight.com). Here is the link for the interview:
My wife has always been an INXS fan and has always loved the iconic Michael Hutchence. I couldn’t believe the resemblance to Sunset Riot’s singer Delacoma Rio to Michael. When I told her she had to see them she was at first skeptical. When she finally got to see them she was hooked. We actually took a trip to Hollywood to catch their set at the world famous Whisky-A-Go-Go.
The famous Whisky Marquis!
I have continued to remain friends and stay in touch with the guys in Sunset Riot even though they are back home in Australia. Here are some photo memories of their 2012 visit to the USA.
the Riot Van in NM!
The boys pre-show in NM.
Really Charlie? Really? In NM.
Dani and Del, new found friends. in NM.
I love Taco Bell!!! In NM.
Del Getting down to business in NM.
the Hellion and Sunset Riot in NM.
Sunset Riot “Stir Crazy” at the Whisky, Hollywood CA. -video by Dani Anaya
the Hellion, Dani, and the GREAT Sunset Riot in CA.
Thanks to Charlie Owens for introducing me to Sunset Riot. Thanks to Del, JP, Ziggy, Resh, and Simo for making some amazing music and some awesome friendship. See you guys in 2013!!!
2. The Fields
5. Galaxy Rise
7. Night Songs from the Desert
8. The Red Wedding
9. Silver Queen
10. State Lines
11. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
I had the great fortune of getting to know guitarist Erik while he was on tour helping my good friends in Scattered Hamlet. I was excited for this release and was not disappointed when it dropped. You need to check this one out!
1. Psycho, California (Explicit)
2. What You Do To Me (alt)
3. What You Do To Me
5. All These Years
6. Wicked Lines
7. Bury You
8. Bury You (alt)
11. Set It Off (Explicit)
Alex Grossi gave me a great interview and Hotel Diablo delivered a fantastic release! Awesome CD guys thanks!
1. Deep Creek
2. When The Sky Falls
3. Suicide Woods
4. The Weak and Wounded (Prelude to Flames)
5. After The Great Fire
7. The Art Of Mourning
8. I Am Wendigod
9. Axe Murder Hollow
10. Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)
11. Judas Cradle
A great bunch of guys and a kick ass band. I have gotten to know guitarist Craw, and interviewed him and singer Connor. Can’t wait to hear more from these guys!
1. I’m Alive (feat. Pat Travers)
2. Set Me Free
3. Six String Soldiers
4. Lipstick, Smoke and Gasoline (feat. Dave Meniketti)
6. Cross Your Mind
7. Touch The Ground (feat. Dickey Betts)
8. I’m Just Sayin’
9. Love, Life and Beauty
10. To The Light (feat. Rick Derringer)
I happen to be good friends with guitarist Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval so this release has special meaning to me. I am so happy that their dream is coming true for them, and I wish them continued success.
1. Back From The Dead
2. Own Worst Enemy
3. Another Version Of The Truth
4. The One That You Hated
5. Good To Be Bad (feat. John 5)
6. Just Don’t Ask (feat. Slash)
7. Blown Away
10. Your Diamonds
11. Dead Wrong
I am glad to see Mr. Adler back in good form. Solid band, solid songs, solid CD!
1. Hollywood Forever
2. You Better Not Love Me
3. Eel Pie
4. Sweet Mystery
6. Vine Street Shimmy
7. Dirty Black Night
8. Underneath The Sun
10. Crazy Tango
11. Venus Bomb
12. I Won’t Play
13. Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
14. Araña Negra
L. A. Guns has been one of my favorite bands for many many years. Even though there has been lineup changes and controversy this lineup carries on the sleaze.
1. Red Ferrari
2. Something’s Gotta Give
3. Red Leather
4. Save Me From LA
5. Stir Crazy
6. Mama Said
My good friends from Australia, Sunset Riot. I am lucky to have become a member of the Sunset Riot family. These guys know feel good Rock N’ Roll and continue to delight fans around the world! So Check them out!
Scattered Hamlet of all the bands listed are more than family to me. I have been friends with them for a while now. I actually head up their fan-base “The Hellriders”. They released a single this year and have a full release Skeleton Dixie coming in 2013. DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS BAND!