Hard rock. Heavy metal. Brews served in humongous chilled goblet glasses. Old school beer memorabilia, classic rock star photos, shuffleboard, and 70’s style wooden paneling on the walls. Classic cheesecake posters of Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Tiegs in the game room. This is the world you discover at Rocka Rolla based in Brooklyn, NYC.
That’s the word that came to mind when we stepped in here last night to see the Whitesnake concert in this beautifully renovated theater.
The Kings Theatre is easy to get to from Manhattan by taking the Q subway to the Beverly Road station and walking a few minutes over. It was that simple.
I just could not fathom that this theater was closed for decades. They did a wonderful job bringing it back to its ornate glory. The thick dark woods, chandeliers, red velvet curtains, period furniture, images along the walls, the ceilings in the lobby and main theater, the regal architectural stylings, the amazing faces and carvings along the walls around the stage, and the old school marquee out front listing the night’s event were all breathtaking. There truly is so much to see here, especially if you are one who enjoys the grandiosity of old-school architecture, and a piece of Brooklyn that harkens to a bygone era of NYC entertainment. Continue reading Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.→
Again, I can’t emphasize how much I love this divetastic bar! After another night of boozing here during this past Friday happy hour I realized where I now want my ashes spread when the day comes. Iggy’s Keltic Lounge located on the Lower East Side of NYC is one of those spots where you wander in and like a black hole all time is sucked away as you stumble out hours later.
Walking in and taking a seat the heavy metal sounds of old Metallica, GNR, and Iron effing Maiden are blasting out of the amazing jukebox here! Yes, this is a bar for metal, rock, and punk. If you listen to top 40 pop, hip hop, rap, crappy Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 dreck please leave and throw yourself under a bus. You have been warned. I just put $10 in the box and picked 30 songs that include Kiss, Maiden, Judas Priest, Ramones, Black Sabbath, The Smiths, and some Johnny Cash among others. Always play some Johnny Cash.
An affable bartender who thinks he is a pirate, dresses like one, and will great you with a hearty hello while setting up your libation. Pirate Mike is the man. He works the bar pretty much by himself during happy hour and the occasional weekend afternoons that I have drank the day away here, and he is a pro at it. He loves the lasses and they would walk the plank for this sea dog. Yo Ho Ho! Continue reading Dirty Pirate Hooker shots in a NYC dive bar! Aaaaaaarrhh!→
It is no secret that I am a big music fan. Especially the hard rocking, loud, heavy metal kind. I still attend many concerts and when I heard that Judas Priest was coming back to NYC for a stop on their Redeemer of Souls tour I just had to get tickets to party with one of my fav bands of all time. This was announced as a short tour of select cities to support their terrific new album, and considering back in 2011 they had pretty much announced that they were finished touring I was no way going to miss this. Being that they were going to perform at the still brand spanking new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn it was a no brainer. Attain tickets at any cost. Jump on the subway and get ready to bang my head!
Judas Priest in concert! \m/ A spectacular show!!!
It was my first time at the Barclay’s Center. It still has the “new car look and smell” as it’s a fresh arena with terrific decor and amenities. Super easy to get to by subway and train as they all stop right in front of the place. Too bad the MTA sucks and it took us forever to get home that night as all the subways were delayed because of rail maintenance and whatnot. Still, that did not deter the heavy metal high I had after rocking out with the Metal Gods themselves. The Priest show had terrific sound, lighting, and effects. Great crowd too that were really into it. Rob Halford was in fine voice and still reigns as one of the legendary singers and frontmen of his generation. In fact, the whole band played with a controlled energized frenzy. From all the years playing together they are a tight and extremely talented unit. The addition of Richie Faulkner on guitar to replace the departed K.K. Downing seems to have added some youthful energy and is a terrific addition. There is nothing like the power and spectacle of a Judas Priest concert. The classic songs mixed in with the great new offerings, the pyrotechnics, the crowd singing along, and seeing Rob ride the Harley out onto the stage made for an amazing night of music. It never gets old. Continue reading Heavy Metal Love with Judas Priest at the Barclay’s Center!→