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METAL CHURCH – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora 4/6/2016

Vanderhoof and Unger

April 6th marked the return to Cleveland by the legendary band METAL CHURCH. A revitalized band with the return of Mike Howe ( 20 year absence) on vocals fulfilled the anticipated fans. It was really great to see this band in action with Howe on vocals and Chris Caffery filling in on lead guitar. It was evident from the beginning of the show that these guys were excited and having fun on stage together. There were smiles on all their faces and the crowd reacted positively to this. For having Chris Caffery jump on board in a short period and to fill the shoes make his add-in

Chris Caffery – Cleveland

perfect. You can feel the chemistry between them and they were extremely tight. The highlight was indeed Mike Howe, his voice was incredible, he made the hairs on the back of your neck raise by his adoring vocals. You could close your eyes and remember when you was a kid listening to tracks off “The Dark”, “Blessing in Disguise, and “The Human Factor” and just smile. The new material went over great and he was spot on.

Kurdt Vanderhoof – Cleveland – photo by Dom Rini

Overall: 10/10 This show was tremendous from beginning to end. The highlights, Mike Howe in top form, the band had a strong chemistry and was tight, Chris Caffery fit in great, Jeff Plate put on a drum clinic, Steve Unger had great control of the stage and performed great and his back up vocals were top notch. The Riffmaster General Kurdt Vanderhoof, well what can you say he is a master and will always be one! There were a few songs that I really looked forward to hearing that was cut out probably due to the new material such as the songs “Metal Church”, and “Ton of Bricks.” With or without them this show was still the best of the year!

Mike Howe

METAL CHURCH Cleveland Setlist
1. Fake Healer
2. In Mourning
3. Start the Fire
4. Reset
5. Gods of Second Chance
6. Date with Poverty
7. No Tomorrow
8. Watch the Children Pray
9. No Friend of Mine
10. Killing Your Time
11. Beyond the Black

Encore:
12. Badlands
13. The Human Factor

From L-R- Frank, Jason Causely, Michael Strong and Dom Rini

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