The first of the rising national acts took the stage next with the arrival of Love N’ Revenge. LNR has released three records with a new one on the way. They spent most of the month on tour with Day 2 headliners Bulletboys but have toured with some of the biggest names in the 80’s rock genre. They played a strong set with a great stage presence that won over a lot of fans that may not have been familiar with the band.
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Next up was a band from NYC that has a lot of buzz around them. Guitarist Chris Lane and vocalist Patrick Kearney formed Station in 2011 and the band released its sophomore effort More Than The Moon in 2018. There’s no doubt the band can play as it put on a great live show. Their material can use a little diversity as there is a sameness to a lot of the songs, but that is also at times a function of the melodic rock genre in general. Overall this is a band with a great live show and will be one to watch going forward.
The first of these two bands to take the stage was SteelCity. The original SteelCity released their record Fortress on Kivel in 2018. Since then, the band has gone under a massive changeover with only guitarist Mike Floros remaining from that 2018 lineup. Floros recruited an amazing new band that, with no rehearsal, made its debut at NERF. The new band features industry vets that were more than up to the task, Roy Cathey (Cold Sweat) on vocals, BJ Zampa (House of Lords) on drums and Jason Cronwell (Eric Martin Band) on bass. Cathey is a consummate front man and, if they didn’t mention it during the performance, the fans would never have been able to tell it was the first time the guys ever played together.