TINNITUS with SPECIAL GUESTS THERE IS NO US / CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT
AT VAMP’D VEGAS
It has been awhile since we have had a TINNITUS show, and when we saw this show pop up on the Vam'd Calendar we made sure we would be there! Tinnitus is one of the most entertaining shows playing in Vegas for over 15 years!
Tinnitus was joined by two opening acts - CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT and THERE IS NO US. We were curious about Cairo Knife Fight and this was their first time playing at Vamp’d.
CAIRO KNIFE FIGHT is a two man duo formed in New Zealand, and are now based out of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The band is Nick Gaffaney on lead vocals, drums, keyboards bass. On guitar is George Pajon Jr., a Grammy winning guitarist who has played with some of the biggest names in mu
sic including Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Carlos Santana, Macy Gray, Nas, John Legend and Sting. The band has recorded 20 songs at Dave Grohl's 606 Studio in LA and produced by John Lousteau, who is a long time Foo Fighters producer. This is a very impressive list of people who are working to help make this band the next big thing! The band's sound has a uniqueness that includes some hard rock, doom and would fit perfectly at a festival like Psycho Las Vegas. I loved this band and their performance and will definitely check them out wherever they are playing next. Take a look and listen at CairoKnifeFight.com
We were really looking forward to seeing THERE IS NO US, described as an industrial hard rock band with an impressive list of musicians who have worked with some of the bigger names in the industrial metal world. Band members include Andy Gerold on guitar, Jim Louvau on vocals, Jared Baskin on guitar and Eddie Lopez on bass. The band is dropping their newest single “Fame Whore” on Cleopatra Records on Feb. 24th, and describe the new material as heavy, angry and informative, and their show at Vamp’d was just that! Jim Lauvau was all over the stage and at times hanging over the edge with an 'I dare you' look as the band showcased material from the new cd and songs from their past. Andy Gerold is one badass guitar player, and was very impressive to hear live once again. We loved this band show and we are looking forward to seeing them again this week in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. Follow There Is No Us HERE.
Over 15 years and still going strong, TINNITUS is the most unpredictable band you will see playing regularly in Vegas. Each show seems to have its own theme or unique opening, and has members of The Blue Man group and other various Las Vegas shows. The leader of this band and the person who tirelessly gathers up some of the most talented performers playing Las vegas today is long time Blue Man Group drummer JEFF TORTORA.
Tinnitus is not just a band but a theatrical performance - the show usually has many guest performers as well as the base band, all taking part in various aspects of the show. For this date, Tinnitus consisted of Jeff Tortora, Todd Waetzig, Tony Aguirre, Andy Gerold, Robert Gomez and Brent Fitz (drummer for Slash who stepped in for his sister Brenda, a regular Tinnitus alumni) . Also performing was Mylissa Acevedo, who opened the show playing a sweet innocent young girl stalked by a creepy old
man. There also were two amazing female electric cello players, one who performs with Aerosmith at their Las Vegas residency, and the other is going out on tour with the band Starset.
Tinnitus plays a variety of hard rocking music from bands such as Korn, System of a Down, Marilyn Manson and more. The show culminates with all the drummers they can find taking the stage with a single drum and playing "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. This was once again a classic Tinnitus show and ended well past 1am. This was an amazing FREE show and a big thanks to Korie and her staff at Vamp'd Vegas for hosting local music and keeping the Vegas music scene alive.
Tinnitus photos: Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos
There Is No Us photos: Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos
Cairo Knife Fight photos: Harold Mountain / JustAFanPhotos