by Beau Waller
In the age of digital downloads and YouTube vids, the music industry paradigm has shifted. forgotten are the days of record sales, and MTV has morphed into something unrecognizable. Rock music may seem to have gone underground, but everything from, fashion to music is cyclical. What goes out of style eventually comes back and like the mythological phoenix bursting into flames on a funeral pyre only to rise from the ashes, and so too, Rock ‘n Roll is reborn every night and is thriving on the legendary Sunset Strip.
Evidence of this rock ‘n roll’s revival can be seen on the stages and in the audiences of landmark clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, the Roxy and of course The Viper Room. Millennial teenagers are wearing 1980’s rock t-shirts and sporting bouffant coifs with enough hairspray to choke a mule. Black is the new orange, and guitar solos are being churned out quicker than the government’s fake news.
At a recent show I attended at the world famous Viper Room, I had the opportunity to see some great live acts. One standout was Burning Red, a trio of high-energy Rock n Rollers. They took the stage at 10 p.m. and performed a blistering cover of Ozzy’s “I don’t wanna stop” and Alice Cooper’s “Feed my Frankenstein.” They played original material as well from their debut, self-titled album “Burning Red.” Take Nirvana/Black Sabbath and throw them in a blender with a bit of Def Leopard and what comes out is a deafening mixture known as Burning Red. Songs that stood out were “Take Control” and Don’t Let Go.”
There were lots of great bands playing that night, but this trio rocked the Viper Room to its very foundation. I met them backstage, and they were pretty amazing to talk to. A fun side note, they travel with their parents as two of the band members are 19-year-old twin brother and sister. “They were born 9 minutes apart, the rockers’ mother proudly proclaimed. I loved the fact that they are a family and travel together.
The legendary Viper Room is one of the many live music venues on the Sunset Strip where you can have a fun evening out, see live bands and be a part of the “Resurrection of Rock ‘n Roll” for just an $8.00 cover charge. Of course, drinks are extra, and bar prices average about $10. – but pours are strong at this iconic venue. You can catch a live show there almost every day of the week.
See you on the Strip!
Beau Waller is a graduate of AADA in New York and an Actor/Writer/Producer living in West Hollywood. He loves all things “Rock ‘n Roll!”
For more on Burning Red: http://www.officialburningred.com/