So last week I finally took Mini-Amps to his first metal show in a club, and what better way to do that than with The Metal Queen herself, DORO at Reverb? I was nervous and excited all day for this one, because Mini-Amps is now a seasoned veteran of the outdoor shows, but this was to be the first time we were indoors and I knew it was gonna get LOUD. Before we go any further I have to take my hat off once again to the marvelous people at Reverb. From Shannon and Joe at the door who couldn’t have been nicer as I explained the situation, to Kenny at the food bar who was also really nice to us, to the awesome Adriana W who was working merch, all of these people went out of their way to make sure he was okay and having fun.
Brandi Kohl, who handles admissions, guest list and who knows what else was also super sweet to Mini-Amps, and over the course of the evening I met and had conversations with guys named Tom, who is from my town, Phoenixville, and Steve, who shares my love of Sellersville Theater. Both of them were happy to get high fives from my son before going off to enjoy the show. So let’s talk about that now. Usually at a DORO concert, I am right up at the barricade, banging my head and screaming like a lunatic. But tonight was all about someone else’s concert experience, and if we’re being honest he was a little scared at first. With each passing song he got more into it, and even broke into his “Corey Dance” several times!
The first of these moments happened during his favorite, “Earthshaker Rock.” As many of you know DORO dedicated this one to him onstage back in 2010, and he had a pretty big smile seeing it live all these years later. Other ones that made him light up included “Blood, Sweat, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” from new album Forever Warriors, Forever United, as well as classic “East Meets West”, also one of Dad’s favorites. Obviously for me, opener “I Rule the Ruins” was one of the best moments because I have always loved the power, fury, and energy of that song and every time she does it live I can feel it coursing through my veins like a Heavy Metal drug. Oh, and let’s not forget “Burning the Witches” and this night’s particularly ripping version!
Mini-Amps also started doing his swaying and dancing during “Fur Immer” and he was cheesing pretty hard while doing so. And he REALLY had a ball during “All For Metal”, also a new one and one of his favorites from that disc. My buddy and neighbor Roman arrived around this time and the two of them were making silly faces at each other and high fiving as well before DORO and band launched into final number “All We Are.” I can’t lie, there’s a part of me that missed being up there, knowing she’d give me the mic several times during that one at shows past, but looking to my left and seeing Mini-Amps dance and smile like the silly-silly he is made me happier than anything on earth at that moment.
By the way, for this particular part of the tour due to visa issues guitar duties were handled by the mighty Chris Caffery and usual suspect Tommy Bolan. With drummer Johnny Dee being on paternity leave (CONGRATULATIONS, JOHNNY!), Jordan Cannata took over behind the kit, and quite frankly all three of them knocked it out of the park with their performances. Longtime bassist Nick Douglas and The Queen herself did as well, and the five of them put on one helluva show. It was cool to see things from this angle and enjoy the show from afar for a change. Again, it was different, but no less cool.
There are few things in this world that can make me as happy as a DORO performance. Hell, this was my ninth time seeing her. But (sappy alert) the sheer joy in my heart at bringing my best friend Mini-Amps to this gig is something that will never be equaled. And once again, honestly I teared up several times watching him rock out with his trademark childlike innocence. He’s just a kid who loves rock and metal. Know that saying, “Dance like no one’s watching?” Well, Corey lives it, and he does it every minute of every day with an infectious smile that could melt the polar ice caps. To say this night was perfect is putting it mildly.
When we got home I immediately messaged Mark Kohl (he handles booking and promotion, and is married to Brandi) to thank him for everyone at Reverb being so awesome and taking such great care of us, like he and they always do. I cannot say enough good things about these people and this venue, and you best believe Mini-Amps and I will be back there in June for another show!! Thank you to everyone at the club who checked on us, the guy in the parking lot who gave us a free ticket for Corey, and to everyone who texted and messaged to see how he was doing during the set. And thank you DORO for putting on such an incredible show that neither of us will ever forget.
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