The Rock Never Stops Tour
Beloit Riverfest, Beloit WI

This show took place at Riverfest (a county-fair kind of thing) in Beloit, the sweaty armpit of Wisconsin. Talk about a white trash kind of show... there were so many guys who would have had mullets if it wasn't for the fact that they were bald on top. And I saw not one but two different biker-girlfriend types who were missing an arm. One even had the Quiet Riot guys sign her cleavage.

I'm in my mid-thirties, so this is the kind of music I grew up with in high school. I still enjoy rawking out to the hair-metal classics, although I am aware of the inherent cheesey-ness. As much as I'm ashamed to admit it, I knew the lyrics to probably two thirds of the songs I heard! But there's nothing wrong with bands who just want to get up on stage and just have a good time. Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow summed it up best when he said "What I miss about the 80's music is that it used to be okay to write songs about drinking beer, smoking pot, and getting laid!"

Firehouse was up first, and although I mainly remember them from their MTV hits (which by that point I was mainly into Slayer and Megadeth) their other songs they played were actually pretty good. Quiet Riot was up next, and I think they were probably the best band of the night. Ratt did a pretty good job, too, although they had a replacement singer. He was better than their original singer anyway, who used to just stand there and sing in a really weak voice. The new guy was much more energetic. Cinderella played last, and was the only band to play after dark. Somehow I just wasn't as impressed with them.

Overall, it was a fun show and a nostalgia-fest, and didn't make any pretentions to be anything else.


Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and singer Kevin DuBrow at the merch. table
Look at my rings!
DuBrow and Banali again.
Please sign my leg, Mr. Rock Star. And don't look up my skirt!
I think that was Ratt playing at this point.
That's Cinderella playing
And Cinderella again...