You know it’s going to be a good time, when much of the audience is dressed like they just left a Judas Priest concert and dancing begins on the downbeat.
Not that long ago, you would not have heard a heavy metal band at Music in the Park. Thankfully times have changed and one of the most popular rock genres is represented by a local band called Old School. They took the huge audience at Riverside Park through a trip down memory lane and into the eighties. If any local musicians were born to play this genre, it would have to be Old School. Lead singer Kevin Chaos confidently sang and screamed his way through some of the greatest hits of that era.
Kevin Chaos, lead vocals
They started off with Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” and ended with “Lick it Up” by Kiss. They also provided plenty of fireworks in between. Much of the fireworks were provided by the two lead guitars of Danimal and Johnny (Thorpe) Rocker.
Danimal, lead guitar
Johnny Rocker, lead guitar
The drum kit of talented, drummer, Darren “Dirt” Cherewayko, took a real pounding and the propulsive bass of Kevy Altersound was dialed up to ’11.’ This band really played as a cohesive unit.
Darren “Dirt” Cherewayko, drums
Kevy Altersound, bass guitar
While “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” may have had the highest recognition factors and the most applause, Old School also reeled off hits from Motley Crue, Skid Row, Posion, Guns & Roses and Quiet Riot. Hair was flying, guitars were screaming and the very knowledgeable audience cheered, danced, took numerous videos/photographs and partied on. They demanded a number of encores and Old School happily provided them. It was another fun night at Music in the Park.