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LIVE REVIEW: WDHA Rock The Rock Fest 2023.

Written by Andris Jansons


For the second year in the row New Jersey’s rock station WDHA 105.5 organized a true rock fest at the biggest arena in New Jersey The Prudential Arena (nicknamed The Rock), home of the NHL team New Jersey Devils. For the second time they assembled killer lineup. This years bands rocking the rock were – Dorothy, Sevendust, Beartooth, The Pretty Reckless and Breaking Benjamin. Just as good as last years edition, for which you can read the material and see the picture galleries here:

2022 WDHA Rock The Rock Fest

As I was able to witness only the band’s first three songs during this event, I will write only general information and about some of my impressions. So here is “Live Review” 😉

Rock fans flocked to the arena early as there were no “warm-up” bands. First came an already well-established act from Los Angeles – Dorothy. The bands set was only seven songs from which most came from their latest release “Gifts From the Holy Ghost”. The band’s vocalist and leader Dorothy Martin’s wardrobe choice for this night was an amazing leopard bodysuit, as the band’s Instagram defined this look “RAWR”. Bands last years tour performance in New Jersey’s Wellmont Theater also went under WDHA flag, read live review here.

See Dorothy performance photo gallery here.

Melodic and bluesy Dorothy was followed by hard hitting Sevendust. Widely known for their amazing live shows, the band did not disappoint. Mostly concentrating on their hits, Sevendust’s set also contained seven songs. Band is currently working on a new album “Truth Killer” to be released on July 28th this year. Besides stage banner I did not notice any other tease.

Read about the upcoming Sevendust album here.

See Sevendust performance photo gallery here.

Next on the bill were American hardcore rock band Beartooth. Their music style stood out from the rest as more aggressive. Bands vocalist Caleb Shomo performed shirtless (showing off his fitness and tattoos, yes I’m a bit jealous), and proving his good jump skills. Beartooth is as old (young) as Dorothy and have released four studio albums to date. Their setlist touched all of them.

See Beartooth performance photo gallery here.

The Pretty Reckless. So … what can I say about them. One of my favorite rock bands. Since their debut album the band has released a hit after a hit. Of course Taylor Momsen’s extravagance in her fashion and larger than life rock’n’roll persona (in a positive way) contribute to the bands success. Band opened set with their almost iconic Rock anthem “Death by Rock’n’Roll”. Their set contained all the fan favorites Going To Hell, Heaven Knows and Only Love Can Save Me Now.

See The Pretty Reckless performance photo gallery here.

Nights main band was Breaking Benjamin. As headliners, their set consisted of eighteen songs and included all of their hits – Diary Of Jane, Breath, Give Me A Sign, Red Cold River and so on. Most notable moment from their performance was, from what I’ve been told, the bands vocalists Benjamin Burnley’s son being on stage with his dad with his own guitar. While I’m not allowed to have photography of that, it was very nice moment, and as I searched up internet, I see Ben has been doing Bring Your Kid To Work thing quite often lately.

See Breaking Benjamin performance photo gallery here.

In between the sets, WDHA radio personalities led by the one and only Terrie Carr came on stage to introduce the next band. For what I can say, they all had tons of fun. My hope is that they will continue this and make it a tradition to have Rock fest here in New Jersey.

LIVE REVIEW: Alter Bridge North American 2023 Pawns & Kings Tour

New Jersey legendary Rock Radio stations WDHA 105.5 FM 40 (something) Anniversary

The 30-city tour that is split into two legs, in support of bands seventh studio album Pawns & Kings that was released last year on October 14th via Napalm Records, kicked off on January 25th in Tampa, FL and yesterday came to New Jerseys pristine Wellmont Theatre venue in Montclair. The show was sold out already for the weeks, with anticipation and excitement building as the date drew closer. On this night Alter Bridge was accompanied by Nashville rock band Red and Mammoth WVH founded and fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, son of the late Eddie Van Halen.

Written by Andris Jansons

First up were Red, an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes. Currently, the line-up has consists of the core trio of the Armstrong brothers and Barnes, along with touring drummer Brian Medeiros.

Band came on the stage, I would say, five minutes too early, and some fans had to scramble to their places. Or maybe my watch was off. And I must say that for the opening act the venue was already full. Band brought the energy needed to get into Rock’n’roll spirit. Opening song was Death Of Me from their sophomore album Innocence & Instinct. Others were Faceless, Let It Burn, Already Over and Feed the Machine. All songs came from earlier albums as the band is working towards new record that will be called Rated R and is slated to be released sometime in spring this year. They wrapped up set with Breath Into Me taken from their debut album End Of Silence. At the end of the song band Michael, Antony and Randy jumped off in sync from the pedestals providing exclamation point of their performance, which was full of energy and excitement.

Photo by: Andris Jansons

See full Red performance photo gallery here.

The nicely warmed up crowd got much louder as Mammoth WVH took the stage. An American rock band founded and fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, and initially was as a solo project. Their self-titled debut album Mammoth WVH, was released on June 11, 2021.

Mammoth WVH was introduced to concertgoers by Terrie Carr from New Jersey rock radio station WDHA 105.5. This concert also was part of the radio stations 40 Something Anniversary Show. As Terrie said, after 40 you don’t really count your years. I know what she meant, I’m 40 something too. Terrie’s kind words were later returned by Wolfgang (or as he said Wolf), thanking Terrie for all support and love.

Ok, so what can I say about Mammoth WVH performance. For me it was a first experience, and I was completely blown away. Wolf is amazing. His guitar playing and singing were exceptional and his down-to-earth demeanor very refreshing. While I can keep praising Wolf, I must say that his whole band was great. All songs are complex compositions of guitars, and everybody collectively made these songs sound as one symphony. All songs from the band’s set came from their debut album release in June of 2021. The crowd really got into this, and I think WVH gained a LOT more fans this night.

Photo by: Andris Jansons

See full Mammoth WVH performance photo gallery here.

The stage was set for the main heroes of the night. Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida. After their former band Creed became inactive in 2003, Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips formed a new band with former bandmate Brian Marshall and later added vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy.

Opening song was a Silver Tongue. It is second single from the bands latest album Pawns & Kings. Energy went way up with a follow up song Addicted To Pain from bands 2013 album Fortress. During the song there was a situation in the front row as fan had to be helped for medical assistance. Myles kept an eye on the situation during the song, in the case if they would need to pause. Thankfully staff helped fast, and everything seemed to be under control. Band followed up with slower tempo Ghost Of Days Gone By.

All together from the latest album played all singles – Holiday, This Is War and title song. The set itself was quite immersive into the whole bands discography with six of the seven albums represented. The band also performed Burn It Down where Mark did the vocals.

This was my second time seeing the band live. On both occasions the sound and performance was immaculate. From the fans perspective this was one of the finest hard rock music sets you can see.

Photo by: Andris Jansons

See full Alter Bridge performance photo gallery here.

Pawns & Kings Tour just started few days ago and you will have plenty of the time to catch up with performances as it will go on until the end of March. Check the listings below to see if your city is on the list. Tickets are available and more information on tickets and VIP experiences can be found at https://alterbridge.com/pages/tour.

Feb 2 – HUNTINGTON, NY – The Paramount *

Feb 4 – SILVER SPRING, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *

Feb 5 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Franklin Music Hall *

Feb 7 – WALLINGFORD, CT – The Dome at Toyota Oakdale Theatre *

Feb 8 – BOSTON, MA – Roadrunner *

Feb 10 – WATERLOO, NY – Del Lago Casino Resort (On sale soon) ^


Feb 14 – DETROIT, MI – The Fillmore *

Feb 15 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre *

Feb 17 – PRIOR LAKE, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Showroom *

Feb 18 – CHICAGO, IL – The Riviera Theatre *

Mar 10 – QUAPAW, OK – Downstream Casino Resort #

Mar 11 – KANSAS CITY, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland #

Mar 14 – CHESTERFIELD, MO – The Factory #

Mar 15 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Criterion #

Mar 17 – HOUSTON, TX – 713 Music Hall #

Mar 18 – DALLAS, TX – South Side Ballroom #

Mar 20 – DENVER, CO – Mission Ballroom #

Mar 21 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Union Event Center #

Mar 23 – SEATTLE, WA – The Paramount Theatre #

Mar 25 – AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino ^

Mar 26 – AIRWAY HEIGHTS, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino ^

Mar 28 – ANAHEIM, CA – House Of Blues #

Mar 29 – TEMPE, AZ – Marquee Theatre #

Mar 31 – RENO, NV – Silver Legacy’s Grande Expo Hall #

Apr 1 – HIGHLAND, CA – Yaamava Theater at Yaamava Casino Resort

^ Alter Bridge – Mammoth WVH

* Alter Bridge – Mammoth WVH – Red

# Alter Bridge – Mammoth WVH – Pistols At Dawn

Terrie Carr from WDHA 105.5 FM. Photo by: Andris Jansons