Trashy, hedonistic, decadent fun was the focus of Turbonegro, a band that was formed in Oslo, Norway, in the ’90s but had more in common with ’70s and ’80s pop-metal, hard rock, and glam metal than with the alternative rock played by their Scandinavian peers. Blending traces of punk with such influences as Alice Cooper, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, and Judas Priest, Turbonegro’s late-’90s recordings were over the top and proud of it. Although all of its members are Norwegian, all of the band’s lyrics are in English. Lead vocalist Hank Von Helvete, sings quite convincingly in English, and only the slightest traces of a Scandinavian accent come through. Other Turbonegro members of the late ’90s included lead guitarist Euroboy, bassist Happy Tom, rhythm guitarist Rune Rebellion, keyboardist/percussionist Pal Pot Pamparius, and drummer Chris Summers.
In 1997, Turbonegro recorded Apocalypse Dudes, which was released in the U.S. by Man’s Ruin in early 1999. However, the group had broken up at the end of 1998; Darkness Forever!, a selection of live performances from the band’s final year, was released in early 2001. The breakup, however, was short-lived, and Turbonegro were back for tour dates in 2002, followed by the release of Scandinavian Leather in 2003. A handful of northern European dates coincided the release of the band’s seventh album, Party Animals, in 2005. A collection of remixes appeared in 2006 as Small Feces, Vol. 1, with the full-length Retox arriving in 2007. The band eventually parted ways with Summers and Von Helvete, eventually recruiting singer Tony Sylvester and drummer Tommy Akerholdt to replace them in 2011. Their ninth album, Sexual Harassment, followed in 2012.
Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Chicago Theatre on Friday night to continue their four-night residency in The Windy City.
Umphrey’s McGee debuted “Red Room” nearly 13 years since its release on 2007’s ‘The Bottom Half’ and busted out another Rush cover at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.
Marcus King joined Widespread Panic during night one of Panic La Playa at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico which also saw WSP paying tribute to Warren Zevon on what would have been his 73rd birthday.
Full Show Friday features a 1982 concert performed by the late Warren Zevon who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday today.
The Avett Brothers announced a handful of summer tour dates.