March 31, 2010
Last night's Pentagram show pretty much sucked. It was fifteen bucks to get in and the band played for about 25 minutes. Ten minutes of which were dedicated to a very self indulgent cover of ZZ Top's "La Grange." When they were playing metal they sounded pretty good. But a 25 minute show? That's total and utter bullshit. And to play blues for ten minutes of it? Come on!
For instance if you paid money (at a county fair or something) to see Charlie Daniels, well ol' Charlie better damn well open with Devil Went Down to Georgia, close with Devil Went Down to Georgia, and play the Devil Went Back Down to Georgia somewhere in the middle. That's what the people came to see. The people went to Pentagram to hear some fucking doom. I know they're old an all so I'll cut them some slack, but devoting nearly half your set to "La Grange" (I like ZZ Top as much as the next guy, but that's not the point here)?
The saving grace of the evening was that we had a spectacular ride to and from the show. First short sleeved ride of the year, and it was amazing.
If Pentagram is coming to your town, I'd think hard about it. If we would have gotten a longer set it would have been fine, but it seemed very much like they couldn't give a rats ass about the fans or playing a good show.
It was also kind of weird that the frontman kept saying how much he loved the crowd and "god bless". Not that there's anything wrong with that, but we were all hoping to see something much more evil.