M3 weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year for us 80’s rockers, and this year we extended our weekend by two days- adding enough time to hit a screening of rock documentary ‘Hair I Go Again’, the official pre-party and Sleazy Slimey Sunday to close out the weekend.
Kicking off this monumental weekend was a screening of ‘Hair I Go Again’ at the AMC Theaters in Columbia, MD. If you’re not familiar, ‘Hair I Go Again’ is a documentary surrounding one of the numerous 80’s bands that never hit it big, Tryxx. The two main characters, Steve McClure and Kyle Kruger (who are also the creators and producers) were members of Tryxx, and the film focuses on the trials and tribulations of trying to get the band back together after thirty-something years. This documentary is filled with your favorite rockstars, so you’ll be sure to see many familiar faces throughout the film. The screening is rounded out with a Q&A where you can ask Kyle and Steve any questions you may have about the film.
Immediately after that we headed to Union Jacks in Coumbia, MD for the official M3 Pre-Party which featured acoustic performances by Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Jack Russell of Jack Russell’s Great White. Ted Poley is an incredible performer, as is Jack Russell- both have voices that have held up remarkably well and great stage presences. Although the performances were acoustic, they were still filled with energy and had the crowd participating just as any other performance would. As both artists were set to perform at M3, they both played more obscure songs that wouldn’t necessarily fit into a festival set, as well as a couple covers here and there.
The following day was officially M3 and besides the unbearable heat, my only complaint lies in the new parking policies. Being allotted to park in Lot 7 was no easy task, and we heard the same from numerous other people- no signs showing us where to go, no one directing us or scanning our parking tickets. Once we were parked (definitely not where we were supposed to be), the real fun began. Opening the day was NYC based hard rockers Station; followed by Baton Rouge, Dangerous Toys, Faster Pussycat, Winger, Loverboy and in great tradition Kix closed out night one. All performances were solid, however the most impressive to me was Faster Pussycat. Despite Taime Downe being hospitalized for pneumonia, the rest of the band simply said ‘the show must go on’ and didn’t cancel their performance. Drummer Chad Stewart stepped up to the plate to provide most lead vocals for the band, while guest vocalists Share Ross of Vixen, Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys helped out on leads as well. It was great to see everyone come together and support the band during Taime’s temporary leave.
Day two was packed with great performances. The range of performers included Korupt, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard, Mitch Malloy, Autograph, Vain, Bang Tango, Danger Danger, Vixen, Jack Russell’s Great White, Warrant, Tom Keifer, Dokken and closing out the night was RATT featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Juan Croucier. Every performance I was able to catch was great. Danger Danger was a definite highlight of day two. As mentioned, Ted Poley is a stellar performer- he lights up the stage by never taking a smile off his face, even when he went into the crowd for a song or two. The RATT reunion was phenomenal to see and a crowd favorite, every member of the band looked like they were having a genuinely good time on stage. Their set consisted of RATT’s very best tracks from the first couple records, plus a cover of Rufus Thomas’ “Walkin’ the Dog”.
Closing out my very 80’s four day weekend was the second edition of Sleazy Slimey Sunday, put on by Brad Lee Entertainment at the Cancun Cantina in Hanover, MD. Another long, nearly all day event but well worth it by the end of the night. Hosted by Luc Carl, show goers were able to see 7 bands- Silvertung, Hammerdown, 86 Bullets, Streetlight Circus, Kickin’ Valentina, Killer Dwarfs and the BulletBoys. The overall production of the show was excellent, everything ran extremely smooth and seemingly without any hiccups. It was great to be exposed to some bands that not everyone was familiar with and to be able to hang out with them throughout the day. Having seen the Killer Dwarfs and BulletBoys in the past, I knew they were going to deliver amazing performances- however every other band on the bill impressed me as well and delivered great, high energy sets. Looking at the day as a whole, the event was at a great venue and was filled with hours of kick ass rock and roll music and good friends, both old and new- it couldn’t have gotten any better. Props to Brad Lee and crew for running the event with such professionalism and for making sure everyone was properly taken care of.
It was a pleasure to be able to cover all of the M3 related festivities, and the count down to next year’s events have already begun.