New Jersey stoner rock titans, Monster Magnet were recently joined by Atlanta’s Royal Thunder and local acts Lor and One Ton Shovel, for a special showcase at Philly’s Trocadero Theater. For this series of tour dates, Monster Magnet performed their 1991 debut full-length, Spine Of God, in full. The album was voted Spin’s “Number 9 Album of 1991 You Didn’t Hear”, which is appropriate considering the band spent much of the 90’s in obscurity before reaching Gold status with their fourth full-length, 1998’s Powertrip.
Monster Magnet proceeded to rip through Spine Of God in its entirety with several choice cuts sprinkled in, randomly selected from various works of the band’s 20+ year corpus. 2012 saw Monster Magnet begin recording sessions for a follow-up to Mastermind (Napalm Records), which made an impressive #164 debut of Billboard Top 200 List.
Philadelphia has to be something of a second home for Royal Thunder at this point, as the band has graced the city with several noteworthy performances over the past 18 months. Here, we saw Royal Thunder’s local appreciation stretch further with a solid gathering of heads who let their presence be known by singing along heartily with several selections from Royal Thunder’s latest on Relapse Records, CVI.
If you are just tuning into these rock juggernauts, allow us to direct you to some recent coverage. We’ve had the pleasure of premiering music, interviewing, and covering tours by Royal Thunder for the better part of the last 3 years and is one of the few bands that just about the entire staff at BTS digs..Rare thing among these opinionated folk..
This show was rounded out with local support by Lor and One Ton Shovel who both put in well-executed performances that served as tasty appetizers for the stoner goodness that proceeded to dominate the evening.
We know you are here for the exclusive pictures, so without further ado..
All photos by BTS Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging).
One Ton Shovel