It was Rude, It was Sleazy, It was what the 80’s hair metal was all about back then. I am talking about the SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, California and it saw the likes of Lita Ford, Vixen, Kix, Faster Pussycat, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Britny Fox to name a few of the 22 bands, An all day onslaught of 80’s & 90’s Hair Metal bands coming at you from two different stages with food, alcohol and merch booths for you to get your swag on, all hosted by Eddie Trunk.
Now I have been going to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater since I was in High School to see a great many bands, I even snuck in over the back fence a time or two. When I heard about this show and that there is only a few more shows before the venue closes it’s doors for good, I just knew I had to go. One more trip down memory lane as they say…
Upon entering the venue something that caught my attention was the Save the Music group who were collecting signatures for their petition to save the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater from being closed down.
One of the many surprises that were in store for those in attendance was seeing Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis playing together with LA Guns for the first time since they parted ways and thanks to the Hair Nation Festival, they have scheduled many more shows that they will be playing together again.
Patrick Kennison, Guitarist for Lita Ford, filled in some mighty big shoes singing Ozzy’s parts with Lita on “Close Your Eyes”. Also for Lita’s birthday, Eddie Trunk had a cake brought out on stage and had the audience sing Happy Birthday to Lita all while Lita was still trying to perform.
I caught up with Tommy Paris of Britny Fox and he took a few minutes to talk with me before their Meet and Greet to fill me in on the current status of the band, new music and upcoming shows. Please click on the video below to get all the details.
Even as we say goodbye to the Irvine Amphitheater and sadly watch it close it’s doors, there is talk that a new venue is already in the works for a new location for next years 2nd Annual Hair Nation Festival. If you were unable to make it to this one, or even if you did, then I hope to see you at the next one.
Big thanks goes out to Ashley Di Buduo of A12 Entertainment and all their staff behind the scenes who helped to facilitate this little adventure of ours.
Written by NickyMae and RadChad.
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