LIZZY BORDEN BRINGS THE AXE TO BERLIN
Show Date: August 26, 2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Blackland Metal Club
Reviewer: Dirk Ballerstadt
Band Website: www.lizzyborden.com
Prologue: August 4, 1892 – Fall River, Massachusetts: a woman named Lizzie Borden has been arrested for killing her father and stepmother with an axe. That story has been told nationwide for years, as has reporting of the murder trial that followed. But, there’s one more Lizzy Borden…
It was a horrible situation: a rainy August night and poor advertising (I actually read about the show 24 hours before) made me rushed and racing into the sparsely crowded club for this gig. The band, Lizzy Borden, had two days-off in town and played a show while being on a successful European tour which included gigs in smaller clubs and bigger festivals at Germany’s Wacken, Sweden’s Rock Out and Spain’s Leyendas del Rock. The band has toured Europe very often over the last few years and usually do very well.
There was a short break (and another beer) before the intro played and Lizzy Borden jumped on stage with double opening songs “Tomorrow Never Comes” and”Under Your Skin”, both from the band’s latest release Appointment With Death… and a little storm broke loose. Lizzy Borden had never played in Berlin, and from the very beginning the roughly 100 fans in attendance moved and pushed toward the stage — heartily welcoming good ol’Lizzy Borden, the man with the axe who formed the band with his brother Joey Scott way back in 1983. While the band played these two songs it became very clear to me how much the musicians enjoyed performing in a smaller venue as they won the people’s respect in about five minutes. Frontman Lizzy Borden grinned like a little devil towards the crowd and the fans ate out of his hands, especially with the group taking the best material from their half-dozen albums like Love You To Pieces, Menace To Society, Visual Lies, Master Of Disguise, Deal With The Devil and Appointment With Death.
Believe me or not, but as the hair metal veteran that I am I’ve seen many shows, from New York’s MSG to festivals to Hollywood clubs like The Whiskey, The Roxy and Gazzarri’s. and I can’t remember seeing such an authentic and honest performance. Lizzy Borden has played the rock ‘n’ roll circus for about 27 years and they’re still in their second prime with their latest CD releases from 2000-2007, but unfortunately they’re in that Anvil territory — meaning they have some classic albums out, play festivals and exciting and thrilling shows, but have never made it to stardom.
“Long Live Rock And Roll”, a Ronnie James Dio tribute, ended the very energetic concert and after all the sweat (that club was a sauna!),blood (it looked like cherry marmalade), two sexy dancers and the different masks Lizzy put on, all I can say is that this performance made me shiver in a good way and finally left me impressed to be at a private show that I’ll never forget.
All work done, Lizzy had a meet-and-greet with the fans (some had bags full of LPs, CDs, etc. to get signed ) and then did an interview with meand I was honoured to meet a Los Angeles rocker who is passionate to both the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and the fans. If you ever have the chance to see the man with the axe… go for it!
Epilogue: On June 20, 1893 Lizzie Borden was acquitted of murder and lived out her life in her hometown until her death. When she walked the streets of Fall River people looked the other way. If you want to judge Lizzy Borden the band for something… it is real rock ‘n’ metal!