I have a bucket list of concerts that I want to shoot and lately it seems like it has been growing faster than I can keep up with. Zakk Wylde has been on the list for a while, so I was overjoyed to learn Black Label Society was coming to Turtle Lake. But it seems like things are never easy for me and my enthusiasm was dashed when I arrived at the venue and was told I couldn’t get access to the pit. A few onsite people were brought in, a few phone calls were made and I was allowed access to the pit. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to see or hear Alien Weaponry since I was outside waiting to be given access. My apologies to Alien Weaponry and I hope to see them in the near future.
I was allowed in the auditorium in time to see The Black Dahlia Murder, who is a melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan that was formed in 2001. The band has released eight studio albums, the last seven have charted on the U.S. Billboard 200, with their fifth album Ritual peaking at No. 31 in 2011, marking them as one of the most popular contemporary American extreme metal bands. Their eighth and latest album Nightbringers was released on October 6, 2017, to critical and commercial acclaim, charting at 35 on the Billboard 200. The band’s performance was tight and the auditorium was packed, with a very active, but small mosh pit and several Black Dahlia Murder t shirts could be seen. They were a great lead in to Black Label Society and are a must see if you are a metal fan.
I left being so impressed and happy to have finally taking photos of Wylde. Now I am on a mission to catch his Zakk Sabbath band in concert. But I can wait, I need time to buy a kilt and some Black Label Society t shirts.