LIVE! | Crashdiet

by Deb Rao
Staff Writer —

November 17, 2011 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV.

One of the hottest bands to emerge out of Sweden metal scene, Crashdiet, graced the shores of the West Coast in their first North American tour. Crashdiet made a special stop in Las Vegas performing at one of the best live music venues in the area Vamp’d on Nov. 17. From the response of the packed house on a Thursday night in Sin City, it is hard to believe it was Sweden’s finest Crashdiet first time to perform in town.

I had the opportunity to talk with the band before the show and they were happy to announce that the glam metal scene is alive and well. They are proud to be a part of the new generation of glam metal bands taking the world by storm. Hot off the heels of performing at the Sweden Rock Festival this past summer, Crashdiet hit the stage at 11:30 P.M. with a vengeance. For one night Sin City rock club Vamp’d was turned into a scene right out of the ’80s Sunset Strip when Metal ruled the scene and boys had long hair and played loud and hard.

Fronted by lead singer Simon Cruz, sporting a New York Dolls shirt, Crashdiet opened the show with “Breakin’ The Chainz.” The band also features Eric Young on drums, Martin Sweet on guitar and bassist Peter London. From the moment Crashdiet hit the stage fists were in the air singing along to every song. Perhaps, the best way to describe Crashdiet’s sound is Guns N’ Roses meets the New York Dolls. Raw and energized, the band played catchy songs full of young angst and aggression!

Drummer Eric Young and bassist Peter London laid down the feverish rhythm section. Guitarist Martin Sweet reminds me of a young Mick Mars. Crashdiet performed crowd favorites such as “Chemical”, “Down With The Dust”, and “Rebel.” My favorite moment occurred at the end of the set when the band performed “Generation Wild”, the title track from their latest release. This song could very well be the anthem of fans from the new metal generation. It has a powerful chorus and called for a moment of deja vu. This song reminded me of hearing “Young Gone Wild” for the first time. It was so refreshing to walk into club and hear a band perform with so much energy. Crashdiet has my vote for breakthrough band of 2011. Stay tuned for exclusive interview with the band.

Crashdiet Set List:
Breakin’ The Chainz
Down With The Dust
So Alive
Riot In Everyone
Bound To Fall
Straight Outta Hell
In The Raw
Queen Obscene/69 Shots
Generation Wild

Photos appear courtesy of Deb Rao