Saturday, February 03, 2007

Helmet at the Troubadour (Night 2)

Night number 2 of Helmet at the Troubadour was a great way to end the mini tour of California. The Troubadour was more packed than the previous night when Totimoshi hit the stage. They continued to impress me with their bludgeoning riffs and foot stomping grooves. I was glad to see the audience really give Totimoshi some L.A. appreciation. Tony's vocals weren't dialed in as they were the previous night but overall a great opening act for Helmet. Helmet opened with "Like I Care" and got the crowd going early. Other additions to the set list included "Smart", "Monochrome", "Birth Defect" and an additional song "Just Another Victim" due to a fan's request. Page had singled out John Tempesta in the crowd who was "drummer number 5" and continued with some good natured heckling. After the concert ended, Page stuck around and signed a bunch of autographs for some lucky fans at the front of the stage. I included a picture of Page Hamiliton's pedal board above. It is a Custom Audio Electronics designed board with MIDI switching. Some of the effects Page uses include a Digitech Whammy Pedal, Vox Wah, Ibanez TS-9 with 808 mod, a Korg digital delay rack, VHT Valvulator, and a Roland volume pedal. Check out the Custom Audio Electronics website for some other rigs they have designed. The Troubadour also handed out a cool Helmet poster ironically with a bunch of helmets on it. Overall a crushing set that will please all the Australian fans down under on their next stop.

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