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LIVE: THE MELVINS – April 20, 2016 (Detroit, MI)

| 22 April 2016 | Reply

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Venue: Majestic Theatre

City: Detroit, MI

Date: April 20, 2016

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (


Celebrating almost 30 years as a recording entity and the release of two discs in 2016, The Melvins jumped on an interesting co-headlining tour with Napalm Death and have been traversing the country, with a stop in Detroit at The Majestic Theatre.  After an opening set from Japan’s Melt Banana, the stage shifted and was prepared for the entrance of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald.  As the moments approached, everyone packed in tight toward the stage awaiting the “King.”


The minute the trio known as The Melvins hit the stage last night in Detroit, the world belonged to them and their fans.  Dale kicked things off with some percussion and drum fills as Steve tuned and then jumped into the fray with his bass.  As the first track headed forward, Buzz entered the stage area and wandered a bit while waiting for his turn to jump into the track with his six-string.  As the fans moved and shifted even closer and tighter to the stage, the band moved through “Eye Flys” and into what was the highlight of the show for me – a tight Melvin’s take on the KISS classic “Deuce,” sung by  Steve with a killer guitar solo from Osborne.  Next up was “Queen” from 1994’s Stoner Witch release.  The band sounded as crisp and together tonight on this track as they did back then.  Mixing originals with covers, this was a cool look into The Melvins  musically and stylistically, as they shed light on some of their favorite songs from their catalog and others as well as songs their fans wanted needed to hear.  If you have ever dug The Melvins at any point over the last 30 years, get out to a show while they are out on this tour – they sound great and seem to be having a great time on stage together, contrary to the grimacing looks King Buzzo keeps throwing out there.


Complete set of THE MELVINS show photos HERE

Tour Setlist: Eye Flys – Deuce – Queen – The Kicking Machine – National Hamster – Magic Pig Detective – With ‘Yo Heart, Not Yo’ Hands – Leech – Frosted Flake – Sesame Street Meat –  The Water Glass – Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad – The Bloated Pope – A Growing Disgust – The Decay Of Lying – Revolve – Second Coming – Halo Of Flies





Poster art by Craig Horky

Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

About the Author ()

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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