First of the triple-bill were Boston-based Bad Marriage, who have been making waves lately as the band recently added former Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch to the tour just before he announced his departure from a band he-cofounded, Resist & Bite. Consequently, Bad Marriage is now offering an over the top triple-axe sound that pays tribute to classic British rock bands.
Bad Marriage is Jonny P (lead vocals), Ian Haggerty, Mike Fitz, and Tommy Skeoch (guitar), Todd Boisvert (Bass), and Michael Delany (drums).
The band which formed in 2015 has two full-length albums under their belts, namely Bad Marriage and Bad Marriage 2, offering up favorites “Match Made in Hell” and killer merchandise to reinforce the band’s moniker. While new to the scene in comparison to veterans Enuff ‘Z Nuff and The Quireboys who date back to the MTV -era, Bad Marriage engaged the audience from the moment they hit the stage with their original cut “Gateway Drug” until the finished the set with their only cover, Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law.” In closing, there was no doubt the band mad a few new fans during the show!
They are excited to release their next EP, Artificial Mind, which was produced by Brian Wheat (Tesla), and the new single “Tear it Down.” We certainly hope that the momentum continues, and the Bad Marriage makes it back to the ‘Burgh real soon. In the meantime, you can check out more Bad Marriage coverage from last year, as the band could be found with their tour mates The Quireboys and Enuff ‘Z Nuff on the Monsters of Rock Cruise and also in Gatlinburg, TN at Monster on the Mountain in 2022.
Much has certainly changed since The Quireboys first planned to hit Pittsburgh’s Hard Rock Cafe following the 2020 Monsters of Rock Cruise. At the time, the band was still fronted by Spike and their drummer was Bam Ross. Unfortunately, like everything else, that tour got cancelled and our British friends headed back to the UK for lockdown.
The band’s current touring line-up features Guy Griffin (guitar and lead vocals), Paul Guerin (guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), Pip Mailing (drums), and Chip ‘Z Nuff (bass), who kicked off their nine-song set with “Dirty Town” from their 2008 release Homewreckers & Heartbreakers before taking us back with “Misled” from their 1990 debut, A Bit Of What You Fancy.
Highlights included “This is Rock ‘n Roll” and a new single “Lie to Me.” Despite chants for a “Sex Party” from the Royal Honey band, they closed with another favorite from their first album, “7 O’Clock.”
Definitely looking forward to the band’s next single “Medicine” which was co-written with Buckcherry’s Steve D and Josh Todd for the new album which holds a fitting title, ‘The Band Rolls On, and boasts an impressive list of contributors from bands like Def Leppard, Rose Tattoo, Alice Cooper, Skid Row, and more!
No, you aren’t seeing double, Enuff ‘Z Nuff is Fronted by founding member Chip ‘Z Nuff (vocals and bass), who can also be found filling in for Nick Mailing in The Quireboys.
Chip is joined by bandmates Daniel B. Hill (drums) and Tory Stoffregen and Jason K. Herman (guitar). Headliners Enuff ‘Z Nuff offered up a set of their chart-topping hits, fan favorites, and Beatles classics from their Hardrock Nite release.
In support of their 17th album, Finer Than Sin, the band can be found headlining this second installment of the Glam Slam Tour in North America through the month of July including shows in both the United States and Canada.
Highlights for me personally are always “In the Groove” which now features some puppetry fun with Chip playing the guitar of Jason K Herman (while it is still strapped around him), and the classic “Love Train,” which made it’s way back into the set last year. Also noteworthy is how their always impressive guitarist Tory Stoffregen has also stepped up to sing his ass off on this tour, and of course, what would we do without the always smiling groove-master Dan behind the kit?!
Fans of The Beatles can expect to hear “Jet” and “Eleanor Rigby” as well as rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which as we mentioned in our Live/Loud tour recap, is also a staple of the Tom Keifer band’s set this year. In this instance, we were treated to a full ensemble of ‘friends’ who made a guest appearance on the song, including frontmen Jonny P from Bad Marriage and Guy Griffin from The Quireboys, as well as guitarist Paul Guerin.
And for those who missed this, it appears Enuff ‘Z Nuff is going for the Pittsburgh trifecta performing at the Hard Rock Cafe, The Crafthouse, and Jergel’s all in one year, as they have just announced that they plan to Join Deep Purple’s Glen Hughes on September 20th at Jergel’s!
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Recap and Live Photos by Editor and founder Kara Marie Uhrlen for The Pure Rock Shop. Posted on 7/9/2023.