Words and Pictures – Kalli Isborne
Another night, another gig at The Underworld, not that I am complaining, it’s beginning to feel like a second home (ok third, after home and then the job that pays the bills). So, tonight’s treat is a headline slot from Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar) with just a single support act, Elm Street. Now, Ross the Boss is a veteran and a legend in the world of heavy metal, so for him to have just one support act; Elm Street must be good.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Elm Street follow in the footsteps of other great Aussie heavy metal bands, ensuring that the faith is indeed upheld. Exploding onto the stage with Face the Reaper, it was clear that this set was going to hit the Heavy Metal bullseye smack bang in the middle. Rampaging through their seven-song set, it almost felt like a case of blink and you’ll miss it. These guys know how to get a mosh pit going, and that’s unusual for a support act. In fact, they were so good I purchased a copy of their album.
Ross the Boss are formed by the legend himself Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman, bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), ex-Manowar drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl and Vocalist Marc Lopes. If anybody in the crowd were expecting anything other than a Manowar greatest hits set, they would have been disappointed, with every song played tonight a Manowar song. Luckily the majority of the crowd were in Manowar T-shirts so were most definitely happy with what was played. It was clear that the band was well practiced in the art of live gigging, with new vocalist Marc Lopes seemingly hitting every note perfectly.
Ross was clearly the man of the hour, conducting The Underworld crowd as easily as he was playing his guitar. Every song was lapped up by the crowd, with lyrics loudly sang along to every line by the majority of the assembled masses. There was a slight sense of anticipation as the set gained momentum and the classic Battle Hymn had yet to be played. There was no need to worry though as the set was wrapped up with a happy crowd again singing along to every word. With Ross the Boss on this form we can only hope the new album is released soon.
Ross The Boss set List
Blood of the Kings
Blood of My Enemies
Kill With Power
Thor (The Powerhead)
Each Dawn I Die
Gloves of Metal
Sign of the Hammer
Hail to England
Fighting the World