With a new CD set for release on October 2nd, 2012, I would like to introduce you to some booze soaked (sponsored by Jagermeister and Pabst Blue Ribbon no less) hard rock and roll from Toronto Ontario, a Diemonds In The Rough, if you will.
Fellow Decibel Geek, Wallygator and I were excited to see a great night of rock with Lillian Axe, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat and Jack Russell’s Great White on the America Rocks bill at The Rockpile Bar & Nightclub in Etobicoke, Ontario. There were also two local bands on the bill, so with that much rock, the show got under way quite early. In my haste to leave work and make the trek south to the club, I nearly forgot my ticket!! I arrived late for the event and only caught the last two songs of Diemonds‘ set. Being male, I did right away notice the legs of attractive vocalist Priya Panda and secondly their straight ahead no holds barred rock sound. Read Wallygator’s review of the show: The America Rocks Tour
Some time later I attended the Steel Panther show in Toronto and was pleased to see that Diemonds was the opening band as I was excited to give them the full attention that I had failed in the last time. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security with the pretty looks of the front woman! Priya and company did not disappoint and her attitude can be heard through and through on every song screaming this take no prisoners rock and roll. They powered through grinding tunes like “Loud N’ Nasty”, “Take On The Night”, “Mystery” and “Livin’ Tonight” to the delight of myself and the crowd. I decided then and there that I will not miss another opportunity to catch these five Torontonians play live again!
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Well now on to Steel Panther. If you’ve never been to a Panther show, you’re in for a lewd and delightful treat. Having had the opportunity to catch them previously at House of Blues in Las Vegas, I knew what to expect. I was a bit surprised to find the venue fairly busy as the doors opened; I did not think that the Panther had a following way up here in the Great White North. Tons of the crowd were sporting Panther shirts and adorned with headbands and 80’s style clothing. Their merchandise table had a beehive of activity around it and the product seemed to be selling like hotcakes.
Behind all the comedy show, antics and lewd exchanges and taunts between band members on stage, these guys actually have musical talent and the songs are well written and played but for me, Diemonds outshone Steel Panther that night in Toronto!