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Reliving one from my high school years …
The first time I saw this band they were the opener having just released their first EP.  The year was 1984 and the headliner, KISS had taken off their makeup and settled into being a rock and roll band while the rest of the metal scene was going the other direction.
In a sold out arena of at least 10,000 Their sound was hard and raw.  Their lead singer’s primal screams seemed shrill enough to cause of their only stage prop, a banner with their silkscreened logo, to wave with each vocal note.  They were new, had a powerful sound and as a sophomore in high school, I was an immediate fan.
The second tour I saw had them opening for Metallica (seeing them and the wave of headbanging hair from the floor seats was a true experience!) and as their catalog had grown, so had their stage show and presence.  This time, they belted out an abbreviated version of their (what at the time seemed) epic Pink Floydesc concept album and tune from the past catalog.  In 1991 when I saw their original lineup for the last time, they would be headlining (I think with Suicidal Tendencies) and hits from the new and past albums was followed by the entire concept album complete with an amazing stage show… one to be remembered.
So fast forward to last night and I’m reliving the past.  Not in an arena of 15,000 but a bar of 200.  The band on the stage had evolved and almost felt more like a cover band than the original but the music still coursed through my veins, thirty one years later.
I guess the moral of the story is once somethings are in our veins, they never leave.
Enjoy one from their concept album:
[page:] Dr. David, telephone please. Dr. David
Dr. Blair, Dr. Blair, Dr. J. Hamilton, Dr. J Hamilton

All alone now
Except for the memories
Of what we had and what we knew
Everytime I try to leave it behind me
I see something that reminds me of you
Every night the dreams return to haunt me
Your rosary wrapped around your throat
I lie awake and sweat, afraid to fall asleep
I see your face looking back at me

And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
I’ve always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare

Is this all that’s left
Of my life before me
Straight jacket memories, sedative highs
No happy ending like they’ve always promised
There’s got to be something left for me
And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
I’ve always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare (Lies behind my stare)

How many times must I live this tragedy
How many more lies will they tell me
All I want is the same as everyone
Why am I here, and for how long

And I raise my head and stare
Into the eyes of a stranger
I’ve always known that the mirror never lies
People always turn away
From the eyes of a stranger
Afraid to know what
Lies behind the stare
Eyes of a Stranger

Eyes of A Stranger – Queensryche
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