Rocktober in San Antonio is about to live up to its name again with a bevy of concerts. Here are the shows you may want to mark on your calendar:
- Monday, Oct. 1: My Darkest Days with Otherwise, Surrender The Fall and Secret Secure @Tequila Rock Bar at Backstage Live (1305 E. Houston St.) — My Darkest Days is worth the $13-$20 price tag just for the song “Porn Star Dancing,” which figures to feature some local “talent.” The group opened for Seether at the Bud Light Kiss Fest at Sunken Garden Theater in April 2011. Otherwise is fronted by Adrian Patrick, who provided the male portion of the duet with Maria Brink on In This Moment’s “The Promise.” His brother Ryan Patrick plays guitar. Secret Secure provides some San Antonio flavor as the opening act. Tickets here.
- Sunday, Oct. 7: Three Days Grace with Mark Tremonti, 10 years, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Memory of a Melody and The Heroine @Sunken Garden Theater (3875 N. St. Mary’s) — This Fall Fest marks the first of three one-day festivals this month, all at Sunken Gardens. Three Days Grace’s Transit of Venus comes out Oct. 2 — just in time to learn the entire album. Tremonti, the guitarist in Creed and Alter Bridge, played Sunken Gardens with the former Aug. 11. He released his debut solo album All I Was, on which he sings throughout and plays guitar, July 17. For his first solo tour, he’ll have Wolfgang Van Halen on bass. 10 Years, a San Antonio favorite, played the Fiesta Oyster Bake in April (see review link in blue below). Memory of a Melody and The Heroine, both from San Antonio, played the four-band MelodyFest on Sept. 21 (see review below) but hit the national stage this time around. Tickets here.
- Friday, Oct. 12: Nonpoint with Taproot, Black Oxygen and Last We Fall @Backstage Live — Like Three Days Grace, Nonpoint is a headliner that’s releasing a new album the week they appear in San Antonio. Their self-titled record comes out Oct. 9 and can be streamed here. Last We Fall, San Antonio’s group of teenagers that was formerly known as The Next Day, strictly plays original music now. Two of those songs can be heard by clicking on their link. Tickets here.
- Saturday, Oct. 13: Queensryche with Accept, Dokken, Michael Schenker, Uncle Wanker and Devilmaycare @Sunken Garden Theater — The South Texas Rock Fest returns as a one-day affair this time around. Since they last headlined the STRF in 2009 and appeared in San Antonio on Sept. 20, 2011, at The Majestic Theatre, Queensryche imploded and broke into two factions. This version has everyone but original singer Geoff Tate, who’s bringing his version to Backstage Live on Nov. 21. Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre brings his younger Tate-like chops to this show. Dokken, who told the SAMME in 2010 he was looking to retire a year later, released Broken Bones on Sept. 25. He has original drummer “Wild” Mick Brown back behind the kit. Brown doubles as Ted Nugent’s touring drummer and was with Nugent the last time Dokken played here. Schenker, who was at Backstage Live on March 16 with Robin McAuley on vocals, announced last month that David Van Landing will replace McAuley due to the latter having health issues. Accept plays tomorrow at Austin’s Emo’s East with Kreator. STRF tickets here.
- Tuesday, Oct. 16: Death Angel with Threat Signal, Wretched and Bonded By Blood @The Korova (107 E. Martin St.) — Death Angel was yours truly’s vote for the most energetic band out of the 42 groups on the inaugural 70000 Tons of Metal cruise in 2011. Go to this show, and you’ll see why. Meanwhile, check out my exclusive interview with singer Mark Osegueda and guitarist Rob Cavestany here. For a tour preview trailer from Bonded By Blood, click here. Tickets here.
- Tuesday, Oct. 16: Alien Ant Farm with The Heroine and Coda Vary @Tequila Rock Bar at Backstage Live — Remember AAF? If not, click here to see how they were put on the map in the mid-’90s. Coda Vary, like The Heroine, hail from San Antonio. Tickets here.
- Friday, Oct. 19: Morbid Angel with Dark Funeral, Grave and Perish The Land @Backstage Live — “The Satanic War Tour” promises to be a black metal feast. Dark Funeral canceled a visit to Backstage Live several months ago, but I caught them on 70000 Tons in January (click on slideshow above). They’re not to be missed — and they’re not even the headliner. Perish The Land gets things started with some local thrash. Tickets here.
- Sunday, Oct. 21: The Cult, Buckcherry, Hellyeah, Hinder, Lit, Saving Abel, Otherwise and more @Sunken Garden Theater — This Rocktoberfest bill concludes the month’s one-day festivals with a big pre-Halloween treat. Tickets here.
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