Hurricane Concert Review


Show Date: May 19, 2012
Location: Santa Ana, California, USA
Venue: Malone’s Bar & Grill
Reviewer: Edward Cieplinski
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On Saturday May 19th, The House Of Metal, live at Malone’s in Santa Ana, California, presented a hard rockin’ night to remember starring Hurricane, making their first Orange County appearance in over 20 years… and it was well worth the wait.

This re-fueled version of Hurricane features founding members Robert Sarzo and Tony Cavazo, as well as new members; vocalist/guitarist Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob and Snow) and drummer Mike Hansen (Steve Vai, Richie Kotzen and Tribe After Tribe). They stormed through an amazing set of memorable classics that included a heavy dose of songs from their debut album ‘Take What You Want’ and 1988’s critically acclaimed ‘Over The Edge’. Andrew Freeman delivered an amazing vocal performance — I particularly enjoyed hearing him tear through the classic hit “I’m On To You”.

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I remember the last time I saw Hurricane was back in 1987 with Stryper in Passaic, New Jersey. Robert Sarzo handled all guitar duties that night, but at Hurricane‘s House Of Metal show, Freeman chipped in on guitar for particular songs, which allowed Sarzo to be much more dynamic with his masterfully crafted melodic style. The dual lead in “Over The Edge” never sounded so good.

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Co-headlining the night’s event was Southern California metal veterans White Lie, who are currently hard at work in the studio on their new album, but took time from recording to be a part of this special night. Also on the five band bill was the Rosanna Cenci Band, Lord Marshall, and Stonz Thro. All this was presented by The House Of Metal, fast becoming known as Southern California’s newest ‘hot spot’ for bringing classic hard rock/metal back to Orange County.

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