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Prong Live In Phoenix, AZ

By Oclaf, Headbanger
Monday, April 29, 2002 @ 10:30 AM


Prong Live At The Mason Jar in

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Badass! That is how I sum up what happened last night at the infamous Mason Jar where Prong played their fourth gig on the current tour. I only found out on Thursday that they would be in town and had other commitments, work and a farewell party for fellow co-worker, don't normally work weekends but anyway I knew I had to be there.

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After almost six years of not hearing anything from Prong, I knew it would be a killer show and it was. All the songs were tight and had a "new" feeling. The crowd was really into it as well. The place wasn't packed, but those that were there got their fifteen bucks and then some! There are not any real bands out right now, so again this opportunity to see a Ď90's band that laid the foundation for bands with less talent and suck songs to be in what is rightfully Prongís limelight could not be missed.

From the opening to the ending they just tore the place up. The setlist is well done, no I didn't write it down verbatim, but if you are reading this as a Prong fan, then you know they covered it all. The best part in my opinion was the fact that what is known as their "hits" were not saved for last. They were interspersed through the set alluding to the fact that this is the real deal and not some rehashing of a tried and true "name."

The energy of the band and the cohesion of all the members was evident, and, I for one, am hoping they get a few more tunes written to add on the four song EP they are currently hoping will land them a contract -- which I canít believe they are not signed yet.

This tour will cast any doubts about whether it is deserving! If you have the opportunity to see them, don't miss it. Here in Fonix (Phoenix) they didn't try to rake you over the coals with the cost, so there is no excuse to not see them. The best money I have spent this year on a show, and I see a lot of shows here in Fonix. And as one who considers themselves a true Prong fan, I got the extra pleasure of meeting the whole band afterwards once they wrapped it up and came back into the main area of the bar and just hung out as regular folks, which is what they are. Tommy signed anything anyone put in front of him, and he took several minutes with those seeking autographs just be a down mofo. Canít ask for more! And I must have talked with bassist Brian Perry for twenty minutes easily. Just the kind of guys these four are is amazing. I then spoke with the drummer Dan Laudo, which I could say is a fitting name as his drumming was spot on and loud! Had a few words with the "extra guitarist," Monte, and then it was time to leave. But the night wont be forgotten soon and all I can say is that Prong is back and they haven't missed a beat. It is good to see some real musicians playing some real hard metal as only Prong can play. Check it out when they come to your place! MUYA!



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