Although neither the venue or the headlining act of last night’s show are new, they were new to me making last night a bit of an adventure. Full disclosure, I was a bit hesitant to even go. The venue was about twenty minutes away from home, the band is old (sorry, not sorry) and, well, I was feeling lazy and the weather has been perfect sleeping weather lately. My Alexa reminded me right at 7:15 that it was time to go. I begrudgingly left my cozy apartment, got in my car and made my way through Minneapolis and found myself at The Route 47 Pub & Grub.
An unassuming bar and grill situated at the corner of a strip mall on the far outskirts of civilization (just kidding, it’s really not far from downtown but I’m a downtown kind of girl), I walked in and instantly fell in love with this place. Although it had a very sports bar meets biker bar look to it, there was something very calm and comfortable about the giant space. With part of it being set up as a restaurant, part of it set up like a bar and then a huge and professional looking stage, nothing seemed to fit together but it all worked perfectly and it set the stage for a great night regardless of how many people came out or what I knew (or didn’t know) about the performers.
The crowd was sparse (and that’s putting it nicely) as Chicago band Trip 6 took the stage. I absolutely adored the fact that, although there wasn’t a giant crowd right in front of the stage for them, the members of Trip 6 didn’t hold back and gave everyone in the bar everything they possibly could. Full of energy and a sound that bridged the gap between the greats like Pantera and a more radio-friendly sound like that of Godsmack, their sound may have not been 100% my cup of tea but their show most certainly was. I was so blown away by the energy and conviction they had on stage that I couldn’t help but feel sorry there wasn’t a bigger crowd to enjoy it. Trip 6 has a big sound and a sound that, although you can easily point out some of their influences here and there, stands out a bit more than other bands in the radio-rock genre. I suggest you don’t sleep on this band.
There was a sense of respect that radiated from the stage to audience and vice versa was truly a beautiful thing. The crowd was respectfully rowdy and Steve Grimmett and his band were full of energy but also maintained a sense of professionalism. It was clear that they had all been doing this for a long time but it was also easy to see and feel that their passion for the craft of heavy metal is far from gone. Grim Reaper’s set was clearly all about the music but that didn’t stop Steve from joking around with the crowd between tracks. Before even kicking into the first song, Steve joked about how long it has been since he has performed in the Twin Cities and admitted to having a few more limbs last time he was here (he tragically lost his leg after a battle with a nasty infection a couple of years ago). The personality behind Steve was something that I instantly fell in love with and, when coupled with the throw-back jams and a flawless performance, I was left with so much more than I thought I would get from a Wednesday night show out in the burbs.
Grim Reaper Set List: Venom/ Rock You To Hell/ Night of the Vampire/ Lust For Freedom/ Dead on Arrival/ Wrath of the Ripper/ At The Gates/ All Hell Let Loose/ Rock Me ‘Till I Die/ Walking In The Shadows/ Fear No Evil/ Call Me In The Morning/ The Show Must Go On/ Don’t Talk to Strangers (Dio Cover)/ Wasted Love/ See You In Hell
Photos by David Rubene