THE CARS, DEATH & DRUGS TOUR FEATURING:
OCTOBER 10, 2002
CHAIN REACTION, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
Next up were The Hangmen, relying heavily on the tasty slide guitar of Jimmy James, whose instrument was the color of an orange creamsicle. Vocalist/guitarist Bryan Small modelled his truck stop t-shirt and sang his songs of living in Los Angeles with vigor. Their style of rootsy rock'n'roll is less confrontational than the other two bands on the bill yet they expertly conveyed their message without pounding it into our skulls.
Finishing off the show was Texas' own Speedealer who knocked us on our collective ass with their thrashing boogie and southern speed metal. While vocalist/guitarist Jeff Hirshberg scowled through his menacing lyrics, bassist Rich Mullins was all smiles, obviously enjoying himself as he stood legs wide apart, playing his bass like a lead guitar. Every few songs Hirshberg, Mullins and lead guitarist Eric Schmidt stood and played in tandem, poses, chords and all. If Speedealer, Metallica and Lynyrd Skynyrd got together and had a musical duel, they would kick each other's asses back and forth, then go buy some booze and party the rest of the night away. Speedealer should be working on a new CD sometime next year, their last one was in 2000. With a band this powerful, they shouldn't be taking their time, but when the CD comes out it will be worth the wait.