Hard Rock

March 2024

KK’s Priest with Special Guests LA Guns and Burning Witches

You can’t keep a heavy metal legend down. Although it’s been over a dozen years since guitarist and songwriter K.K. Downing departed Judas Priest, the iconic band he co-founded and played with for 40 years, he was never really going to retire. It was only a matter of time before he reclaimed the spotlight. As his new album title proclaims, The Sinner Rides Again.  K.K. has had metal coursing through his veins from the beginning, starting in the Midlands region of England where Judas Priest was born. He compellingly chronicled his life odyssey in his 2018 autobiography, and his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame further secures his legacy as a pioneering guitarist. His renewed passion for his chosen genre was well represented with his band KK’s Priest and their thunderous debut album Sermons Of The Sinner released in October 2021. The high speed “Hellfire Thunderbolt” and rousing rockers like “Raise Your Fists” and “Wild And Free” reveled in the passion and excess that metal fans covet. The Sinner Rides Again, the second and newest album from KK’s Priest, continues holding the torch for classic metal just as its predecessor did. There’s the emotive singing and intense screams of his past Priest bandmate Tim “Ripper” Owens, the high velocity guitar sparring between Downing and A.J. Mills, and the agile rhythm section of  bassist Tony Newton and drummer Sean Elg. The band’s first effort roared out of the gate with passion and aggression, as if they were a new band with something to prove – and in a sense, they were – and their sophomore release also finds the sweet spot between racing riffs and majestic mid-tempo anthems, while the lyrics take a more contemplative, personal tone. The Sinner Rides Again kicks off with the turbo-charged “Sons Of The Sentinel,” then other songs on this musical journey traverse different territory. “Reap The Whirlwind” plays off of a distinctly ‘70s Priest vibe. The gothic-flavored “Hymn 66” and “Keeper Of The Graves” contrast tranquility with thunder within multi-layered compositions. Lyrical themes of salvation, redemption, and unity emerge, while there is also the sense of an individual soldiering through the tempests of life and refusing to surrender, epitomized by the closing anthem “Wash Away Your Sins.” There are also Priest easter eggs to be found throughout the album. Fans will notice guitar squeals that invoke his famous solo on “Sinner”. One can hear little echoes of “The Ripper” and “Dissident Aggressor” in the new “Hymn 66”. Various classic Priest album and song titles surface in different configurations throughout the new album. As a co-founding member of the classic Judas Priest line-up, Downing helped lay the foundation for the heavy metal genre as a whole. His distinct style of playing is easily identifiable, he was part of a six-string duo that complemented and contrasted each other, and they would progress to new levels of excitement. He has taken that ethos and applied it to KK’s Priest with impassioned results. Fans already excited by the announcement of The Sinner Rides Again will also be elated that KK’s Priest are gearing up for their first round of shows in the UK and Europe in the summer and fall of 2023. Downing’s recent prolific output comes after years of quietly enjoying life away from the rigors of the road and intense studio recording. He emerged again unexpectedly on stage in August 2019. His former bandmates had been given the Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame award at the Wacken Open Air festival that summer, and HMHOF board member Steve Goldby wanted to give the guitarist his award at Bloodstock. From there, the conversation led to the iconic six-stringer performing a few songs with Ross The Boss. The performance electrified the crowd and reinvigorated Downing. In November of that year, Downing put on a show in Wolverhampton, UK with former Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, former drummer Les Binks, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, and Hostile guitarist A.J. Mills. (He had produced two albums for the latter’s band.) Spanning Judas Priest’s catalog, this superb and successful show sent shockwaves throughout the metal world: K.K. was back and the fans were clearly hungry for more. Rather than simply rely on his past successes and go on the road performing classic Judas Priest songs, the renowned guitarist did what he has always done – make new music. Downing assembled Owens, Mills, Newton, and Elg to create Sermons Of The Sinner, an album that celebrated their classic metal roots and encouraged us to cherish those iconic pioneers whom we still have with us. Downing jokes that KK’s Priest is “like a new old band. Or an old new band.” It’s clear that Downing’s disciples want more from KK’s Priest. The tracks from Sermons of The Sinner have racked up millions of streams, and The Sinner Rides Again will replicate that success. He is united with his fellow defenders of the faith in keeping the timeless spirit of classic metal alive. If four crazy girls burn hard for Heavy Metal, they can only call themselves BURNING WITCHES. The girls are ready to make history together – the hottest hard & heavy export from Europe. It’s evident that Burning Witches want the riff front and center. They have a solid heavy metal sound that flirts with power metal and thrash at times.
15 Mar
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

Warrant

With a pair of double-platinum albums and three Top Ten singles, Warrant was one of the most popular pop-metal bands of the late '80s. They continue to amaze crowds, and honor the legacy of Jani Lane, with their hits including "Heaven," "Down Boys," "Cherry Pie," "I Saw Red", and so many more.  Always a crowd favorite at the Arcada! 
16 Mar
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

LEGENDS STAGE IN ROCK ‘N RAVIOLI: RICKY WARWICK

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Ricky Warwick was cut from the cloth of a mill workers jacket, raised on a diet of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Thin Lizzy, Stiff Little Fingers, Motown and everything in between. Rickey has been a member of New Model Army and The Almighty and is the current singer of Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders. The Almighty enjoyed ten top forty singles and four top twenty albums in the U.K. touring worldwide with such iconic bands as Ramones, Motorhead, Megadeth and Iron Maiden. Notable hits include "Still Alive," "Little Darling, " “Fighting Heart,” “You Don't Love Me," and many more!
17 Mar
5:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

Art Of Anarchy featuring Bumblefoot & Jeff Scott Soto

ART OF ANARCHY is one of those rare bands that doesn't play by rules, except for the ones they break. “Compromise", and "playing it safe" are terms that don't exist in the band’s vocabulary, pulverizing raw talent is what this band has always relied on along with artistic worlds of illusion and sound. The band has entered into a Renaissance rebirth with a darker more sinister edge, that will reinforce the "anarchy" in ART OF ANARCHY. Original founding members Jon Votta (guitar), Vince Votta (drums), and guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (former Guns N' Roses / Sons Of Apollo) welcome the talents of vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (former Yngwie Malmsteen / Sons Of Apollo) and bassist Tony Dickinson (SOTO / Trans-Siberian Orchestra) into this new formation. The band returns with their comeback album "Let there be Anarchy" which is a reflection of a modern society. 
23 Mar
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

Nightrain – Tribute to Guns N Roses

Nightrain, The Guns N’ Roses Experience pays tribute to one of the most iconic bands in history. This act gives a night of high energy rock ‘n roll that never lets up. Nightrain plays each song from the Appetite For Destruction album with stunning accuracy in regards to both attitude and Music. But it doesn’t stop there. they play all the hits and most requested songs from the entire Guns N’ Roses discography.
28 Mar
7:30 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

THUNDERSTRUCK – A Tribute to AC/DC with special guest Night Songs – A Tribute to Cinderella

Thunderstruck recreates the spirit and energy of an AC/DC concert, the way you remember it. Thunderstruck aims to please every crowd, playing the songs you know and love from all eras of AC/DC. Striving to stay true to the AC/DC way, Thunderstruck obsesses over the tones and structures of each song's studio and live versions, also using all the gear necessary to bring the power and entertainment of a genuine AC/DC show.  Hear favorites including "Highway To Hell", "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Back In Black", and so many more! 
30 Mar
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174
April 2024

Lynch Mob // RATT’s Juan Croucier with Special Guest Bull Y Los Bufalos

Featuring Juan Croucier, original bass player for Dokken and RATT! Playing and singing the RATT hits he wrote or co-wrote including: "Lack of Communication", "You're In Love", "What You Give Is What You Get", "Lay It Down" "Scene Of The Crime",  "You’re In Trouble", "Round And Round",  “Lovin You Is A Dirty Job”, to mention a few. For the first time ever, an opportunity to hear the man who wrote, or co-wrote the material, sing the material.  It has been far too long, now the driving force behind the performances of RATT, has returned. It is time to see and hear THE OTHER VOICE OF RATT! Bull y Los Búfalos is an American Rock band with a singer/songwriter Diego "Bull" Avello from Spain currently based in Austin, TX. Their original songs, sung in English and Spanish, feel like ZZ Top meets Robert Rodriguez. They define their unique sound as "Stubborn Rock" never give up and keep persisting on your goals.
05 Apr
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

ROCK ‘N RAVIOLI: Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake & Brandon Gibbs of Devil City Angels

Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra and Devil City Angels' Brandon Gibbs have joined forces to form a powerhouse acoustic duo, playing limited dates in between working with their many other successful projects. Their live duo performances are both intimate and high-energy, featuring a wide variety of material from bands that each of them have been a part of, along with innovative original music, and great stories from their respective careers.
12 Apr
7:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

ROCK ‘N RAVIOLI: Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake & Brandon Gibbs of Devil City Angels

Whitesnake's Joel Hoekstra and Devil City Angels' Brandon Gibbs have joined forces to form a powerhouse acoustic duo, playing limited dates in between working with their many other successful projects. Their live duo performances are both intimate and high-energy, featuring a wide variety of material from bands that each of them have been a part of, along with innovative original music, and great stories from their respective careers.
12 Apr
9:30 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174
May 2024

Honeymoon Suite // Helix

Honeymoon Suite is a Candian Rock band formed in 1981. It's current members consist of Johnnie Dee, Derry Grehan, Peter Nunn, Gary Lalonde, and Dave Betts. Honeymoon Suite is named after the famous landmark in the center of the tourist activity in Niagara Falls. Hit songs include “New Girl Now," "Burning In Love,” “Wave Babies,” and “Stay In the Light,” “Bad Attitude,” “Feel It Again,” “What Does It Take,” “All Along You Knew,” and MORE!  Over their career Helix have played 19 different countries across the world and sold close to 2 million albums. They have played with over 200 of the world’s greatest acts including KISS, Motorhead, Rush, Meatloaf, Heart, Accept, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot, Triumph, and many more.  Hits include "Rock You, "Heavy Metal Love," " (Make Me Do) Anything You Want," " Deep Cuts The Knife", and MORE!
11 May
8:00 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174

Nazareth

Nazareth rose from playing the pubs, clubs and dance halls of their native Scotland to become one of the most successful rock bands in the world. They were the pioneers who took Scottish rock international paving the way for the many other great Scottish bands like Simple Minds, Texas, Big Country, Del Amitri etc. The original four members first came together in Pete Agnew’s band “The Shadettes” in 1968, changed the name to ‘Nazareth’ in 1970 and from then went on to record a string of hits worldwide. Having recently released their 25th studio album (Surviving The Law) the band have been creating new music since the early 70’s right up to the present day and their repertoire features hits spanning five decades. Songs like ‘Broken Down Angel," "Bad Bad Boy," "Turn On Your Receiver," " My White Bicycle" all made their mark on the world charts alongside the mega hits "Dream On," "This Flight Tonight," " Hair Of The Dog," and the one and only "Love Hurts’.
16 May
7:30 PM
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles IL 60174
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