It’s always nice to see Autograph, Kix and Queensryche- but to see them all in the same place in one night is even better. The Clearfield County Fair threw a rock and roll party on it’s last night, bringing Autograph (newly signed to EMP Label Group), Kix and Queensryche to close out the fair.
Opening the evening was Autograph who, as mentioned above, have just recently signed with Dave Ellefson’s record label, EMP Label Group and are set to release a new album later this year. I’ve seen these guys a bunch of times in the last year or so, and I can say that they, along with the two other bands on this bill, consistently deliver a high energy, passionate performance. Performing hits such as “Send Her To Me”, “Deep End” and “All I’m Gonna Take” alongside newer tunes “You Are Us, We Are You” and “Every Generation” rounds out the set and keeps the audience captivated through the old and the new. Closing out the set was “Turn Up The Radio”, without question a crowd favorite and perfect way to segue into the next act, Kix.
Kix is definitely an audience pleaser. Every time I’ve seen them the crowd has seen extremely receptive to their performance, and they’re constantly being requested to play at venue’s all over the place. This show was no different- the crowd had gotten even bigger, and everyone was singing along to every song. Their performances featured tracks like “Love Me With Your Top Down”, “Cold Blood”, “The Itch” and ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, among numerous others. Of course, front man Steve Whiteman stole the show with his witty jokes, onstage antics and overall entertaining personality. The band as a whole is tight and has great onstage chemistry; Kix is playing better than ever.
Closing out the night was Queensryche, who play an electric, badass set every time I see them. This performance featured Todd La Torre, Parker Lundgren, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and fill-in drummer Casey Grillo who’s holding it down while Scott Rockenfield is on paternal leave. I am a huge fan of Todd La Torre and the undeniable energy he’s brought to the band. Say what you will, but he’s killing it. Having original members Eddie Jackson and Michael Wilton on bass and guitar, with help from Parker Lundgren, the rhythm section is solid- and although we’ve been missing Scott Rockenfield, Casey Grillo is doing an excellent job in his place. Their set included Queensryche classics “Operation: Mindcrime”, “Best I Can”, “I Don’t Believe in Love”, “Silent Lucidity” and numerous others. Appearing in the set was also “Surgical Strike” off of 1986’s Rage For Order, which hasn’t been performed live since 2011. My only wish is for “The Lady Wore Black” to find it’s way into the set, however I won’t complain considering “Queen of the Reich” has a spot about halfway through the setlist. Queensryche, as always, delivered a 10/10 performance.