When attended "RockNSkull" in Pekin, Illinois on October 16th, 2015 (Day One of a three day festival) I knew a couple of acts very well. Those acts were synonymous with great looking front men, both had killer ballads that made girls swoon and boyfriends roll their eyes. As I got older I saw both of these bands a few times including TWICE this year for both.
Earlier this year I attended another rock festival and I saw a band that really had been an enigma for me, I knew of their music but I assumed that they were merely that "ballad band." That really was a HUGE mistake for me to be honest. The name of the band was "Steelheart" and I was blown away, they were incredible! As I entered "Goodfellas" in Pekin, Illinois where "RocknSkull" was being held that night I was really interested in seeing the band again.
|Steelheart on stage at Rock 'N Skull -2015 in Pekin, IL|
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During the show it was blatantly apparent that Matijevic does not stand still, well with one exception. During the beginning of the song "I'll Never Let You Go" he played the acoustic guitar and began to sing the song itself in a slightly different manner. Personally I thought the way he began the song was brilliant as it took people off guard but more importantly it provided extra depth to the song and the value of the lyrics. For those among us that might think that this band is all about the ballads has never seen this band live because Matijevic proves he earned is metal stripes long ago. He is simply a rock star which oddly enough is befitting as he was the voice of Mark Wahlberg in the movie aptly names "Rock Star." It is incredible when you realize how little of his vocal range he has lost since that first album, the man can hit high note that dogs all of the way to Belgium can hear. Amazing performer!
It is at times quite hard for me to actually enjoy a performance of an act because I am always looking at angles to approach a story and at times I am simply blown away by a performance or performer that I become transfixed. I think its a safe assumption that while watching Uros Raskovski perform as lead guitar in the band could be the definition of the previous statement. The man is exciting to watch because it appears that it is effortless for him to perform at that ridiculous level. Raskovski is a treat to watch perform because he appears to feed off of the energy of the crowd and the music he is performing. He is awesome!
It's with some certainty that few can name the drummer of heir favorite band, sure you can name the lead singer and probably the guitar player but never the drummer. Why is that do you suppose? I would think that the very reason they aren't remembered is simply because you just don't see them as clearly as those to the front of the stage. That's a shame really, because if you weren't aware of the name of the drummer of Steelheart, Mike Humbert, you are really missing out on serious talent. In Humbert you have the consummate professional, and a man that tears up the drums. Humbert is high-energy and merciless in his performance.
|Mitch Stewart - Bass (L) and Mike Humbert - Drums (R)|
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The opportunity to attend live music shows or music festivals should never be ignored. Throughout the past four years I have seen innumerate bands at music festivals and they all have one thing in common: Excellent bands. Yes there are some exceptions but by and large the bands are still as good as they once were. Rock 'N Skull in Pekin, Illinois was a great example of a festival having excellent bands. Steelheart appeared at Rock 'N Skull and they proved the point in my opinion that indeed excellent bands from our younger years are still viable, butt kicking machines.
When I attended Rock 'N Skull in October 2015 I knew exactly what I was in for. I knew a vast majority of the bands and their music and I was sure that it would be a great three days of music. When Steelheart came out to perform I can assure you that being "sure" wasn't nearly enough, I was blown away. How else can I describe their performance, they were incredible! While known by a vast majority of people for "I'll Never Let You Go," that song only scratches the surface of their depth, killer rock songs, music ability and vocal range. Steelheart is more than just one or two songs, they are indeed a great rock band.
Steelheart is a band that you really have to see live! Until you get the opportunity, dig into their catalog of music and prepare for something amazing. I would garner a guess that you too will be blown away by this band. What an incredible night of music, you really blew the roof off Rock 'N Skull. Great job!