POWERMAN 5000; House of Blues; Las Vegas, NV; 10/21/04
Reviewed by Richard Fenkel
Spider and Company invaded the Las Vegas House of Blues with a pure rock attitude. Powerman 5000 toured last year in support of their most recent CD, "Transform," but - due to either bad luck or poor tour scheduling - PM5K skipped performing in Sin City. Too bad. Las Vegas is a Mecca for fans of PM5K. In fact, Extreme radio here plays old school and new school PM5K.
Therefore, it was no surprise that the Las Vegas HOB was filled with plenty of PM5K t-shirts. Loyal fans weren't going to miss another PM5K show.
It was none other than frontman Spider (who is also Rob Zombie's brother) who wanted to make it right with his faithful following. Spider and his bandmates changed musical directions from their previous sound. Songs from "Transform" included "Action," "Free" and "A Is For Apathy" and these songs have a more traditional rock'n'roll quality to them. This is a change from the more spacey and futuristic sound of their 1999 album "Tonight the Stars Revolt."
But fan favorites from that CD were performed as well, including "When Worlds Collide," which served as the encore and which put fans into a hardcore frenzy. Other well-received songs were "Super Nova Goes Pop" and "Automatic." The mosh pit was in full gear. Fans were going crazy on some of the band's harder edged tracks.
Spider was very charismatic on stage and interacted well with the Vegas audience, including the PM5K fanatics and others. Don't miss Powerman 5000 is they come to your town and pick up "Transform." It may be a little different, but it's still all PM5k.
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