Posted in metal | music | pictures on March 28, 2011

words & photos by BBG

Crowbar @ Irving Plaza
Crowbar

"Helmet promised and delivered the entire "Meantime" album and more. Never got to see them in the early 90's when they were all the rage, cuz' I was already really not into going to shows in 92' and much more into smoking pot and making videos at the School of Visual Arts, but that "Meantime" CD, I remember, sure did get a workout for awhile.

Paige Hamilton, probably the most infamous post-hardcore millionaire ever, has always been an interesting fella in the annals of the mini-major/independent controversies that sort of started and ended in the post Nirvana, halcyon days of 90 whatever, with A & R's running around and signing every art school weirdo, whilst taking all the blue M&M's from their green rooms. Interesting to see them after all these years and ponder, "Has it really been 20 fucking years since film school?" Jeez. Paige looks good and his guitar was quite loud and supra, ahem, "staccato". Just a really weird bill, what with Helmet sort of inheriting that weird art school place they once lorded over. Not really metal, not really alternative, not really punk. Couldn't help but wonder how much of that one million bucks he still has? Great set, nada banter, just loud and sing alongish..." [TrashmansReader]

The Metalliance tour hit Irving Plaza on Friday, 3/26, kicking off at the early hour of 6:30 PM with The Atlas Moth. At that hour it's a bit optimistic to expect a full crowd, but there were quite a few folks that made it in for the duration of the sold-out show. Headlined by Helmet (who played Meantime, and in order), the rest of the show was rounded out by Crowbar (who were awesome as usual), Saint Vitus (ditto), Kylesa (again), Red Fang, and Howl (along with the previously mentioned Atlas Moth).

Metalliance is in Merriam, Kansas tonight (without Helmet). All dates and more pictures and some videos from Irving Plaza are below...

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Red Fang- Prehistoric Dog @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Kylesa - Scapegoat @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Saint Vitus- Born Too Late @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Crowbar - All I Had (I Gave) @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

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Helmet- Milquetoast @ Irving Plaza, NYC, March 25, 2011

METALLIANCE - 2011 TOUR DATES
03/28/11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/04/11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues

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Comments (46)

Tone, defined.
Not.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:01 PM

Wow, someone else reading TrashMan 's reader? Check out that WV mofo.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:02 PM

No Stanier, no point.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:07 PM

Great bill. I remember seeing Helmet in 91. Still sounded good (even though Paige is the only original member). Vocals sound much different. Age (?)

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:09 PM

Crowbar and St. Vitus were incredible.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:10 PM

St. Vitus KILLED. They probably had the best response of the night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:12 PM

that lead pic is classic

"I'MA EATCHOO FRED"

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:18 PM

Kirk Windstein points RIGHT IN YOUR FACE because he know the deal with you BV whippersnappers! You can't get away, tykes!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:24 PM

Hummus 0)))

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:27 PM

Dunkaccin O)))

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:35 PM

^ don't start that shit again. come to the Bowl, pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:35 PM

Yeah I hear ya, 2:24.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:37 PM

Did Saint Vitus go on before Crowbar??

This show did not look that packed. What was the turnout?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:40 PM

Lisa Glassberg takes shit at work

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:41 PM

Dunkaccin O))) FTW, son!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 2:58 PM

@2:07- you're kinda right. Kinda.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:02 PM

@Anonymous: That guy will kill you dude.

Posted by Bart | March 28, 2011 3:04 PM

Show was awesome. Helmet was killer!!! Great sets by all the bands before them too (St. Vitus especially!)

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:15 PM

saw Helmet w/ Jawbox and Black Train Jack on the Meantime tour

#nuffsaid

#yeah-im-that-guy

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:17 PM

@2:07 and 3:02 - Exactly what I thought. That is until I saw Helmet's current drummer totally destroy Friday night...and I'm a huge Stanier fan.

Posted by anonypus | March 28, 2011 3:17 PM

"saw Helmet w/ Jawbox and Black Train Jack on the Meantime tour"

Awesome. Woould've loved to have seen Helmet with Jawbox.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:29 PM

Saw Helmet open for Faith No More at Roseland on the Angel Dust tour

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:33 PM

Saw Helmet with Sepultura and Ministry.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:33 PM

I got to see Helmet w/ Jawbox & BTJ and then also on the FNM Angel Dust tour. Crazy energy shows!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:38 PM

I saw Helmet with Korn headlining and limp bizkit opening. Life is Peachy tour. 2nd ever concert. Hara Arena. Dayton, OH.

Fucking amazing

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:39 PM

'Helmet with Sepultura and Ministry.'


That sounds insane! Imagining some of the nerds on this site trying to stay alive at that show makes me laugh

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:41 PM

EVERYONE IS DEPARTING THE CUTE PHASE AT LIGHTNING SPEED - DAVID SANDERSON

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:42 PM

edit: just realized that FNM Angel Dust tour was before Meantime tour w/ Jawbox

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:42 PM

KoRn - awwww yeah! how dey don't get no BV coverage?

oh... right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:43 PM

I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:52 PM

Helmet with Prong and Faith No More...

Now that would DESTROY.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:54 PM

Black Train Jack RULED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 3:56 PM

Went to the show on Friday. SAINT FUCKING VITUS. END OF STORY. They brought it, killed it, owned it. GENIUS.

Dave Chandler said, "The last time we played Irving Plaza, it was 1985, opening for Black Flag." Talk about all your Helmet shows in the 90s. This would have been an BRUTAL show to see. Talk about born too late!

Met Wino-GODLIKE. Who needs Lemmy?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 4:31 PM

when did Kylesa add a theremin?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 5:47 PM

I saw St Vitus with Black Flag in 85..

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 8:27 PM

Wow, you just can't hide from Brooklyn Bowl Tom.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 9:16 PM

Yes no Stainer or Pete so its not really Helmet.
And when they had new members thats when Page probably started playing with mainstream metal bands, instead when it was Jesus Lizard and Jawbox.
The later Helmet played with Korn someone above says? Sad.

Page use to play in Band of Susan's.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2011 10:37 PM

@3:56...Black Train Jack was awesome. Saw them with 7Seconds (Greatest hardcore band EVER!!!) several times and they were great each time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 9:12 AM

Helmet were surprisingly awesome! The bassist was sloppy, but it was cool.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 9:17 AM

3:41 PM : I was at that show. It was great, but not as crazy at it could of been because it was at the Theater in MSG. Still have a great bootleg shirt from that show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 11:15 AM

Dude! I saw Helmet with Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, and Live! It was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 12:04 PM

Anyone else notice the big security dude behind the stage barrier who was totally LOVING this show? He knew the words to every band's songs and was obviously a real heavy music fan who just happened to get assigned work detail at a show he woulda paid to get in otherwise. Sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 9:05 AM

I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands. I've never seen so many shout-outs to shitty bands all in one place before. It's like one of those old outhouse shitters, with a big hole of stank. Amazing, how you guys get through life listening to shitty bands.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 9:32 AM

it wasn't packed because yer black president f'ed the economy.

Posted by anon | March 31, 2011 11:28 AM

Obama F'ed the economy? I don't remember who's responsible, I'm filthy rich.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 11:36 AM

Helmet post-Meantime live or on record is pointless. No Stanier = no Helmet. I saw them 4 times between Born Annoying and the release of Meantime. Fucking great, but never as good after that pile of shit Betty came out.
Now I see Red Fang covers Cherubs on that tour 7 inch. I need a copy of that. RF aren't reinventing the wheel, but they're fun. And the Cherubs are one of the most underrated bands ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2011 11:09 PM

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