Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall, August 18, 2005


Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

For Powerman 5000 and lead singer Spider One, the road to success has been anything but a yellow bricked-lined street to stardom. In fact, being the nephew of Rob Zombie may have actually hindered his career rather than help. Although Spider One never promoted his relations with Zombie, there was always that underlying tone of resentment from some, and that may have put some earmuffs on many, leaving them to listen only for Zombie-like riffs instead of Spider-like vocals.

 

But for those that have followed the band through thick and think their show at the Newport Music Hall was long overdo. Although the band has been through some line-up changes, the PM5K sound was still mostly intact and the few hundred that did attend didn't stop moshing until the final note petered out through the Marshall amps.

 

Although not touring with a record of new material, fans were just as glad to hear over 80 minutes of PM5K favorites. And the attitude of punk meets techno-metal was ever present both on and off the stage.

Hailing from Boston, PM5K seemed to be on the road to stardom when signed to DreamWorks records. Their hit "When Worlds Collide" was all over the airwaves like a new Jessica Simpson cover song, but the difference was PM5K offered s different and inventive sound. However, for some reason, the inventive music PM5K and Spider One put out after that never seemed to hit the masses like Worlds, and that lead to some bad relations at DreamWorks.

And although Spider started him imprint Megatronics on DreamWorks, Spider One now spends as much time as he can developing not just the next PM5K record, but also his first signed band, Halfcocked. And although Spider One is dividing his time, it didn't show in the energy and aggression of the live performance. The only time the label and the music seemed to overlap is in credo, "All music, no business."

PM5K was all music at the Newport, flowing from song to song with little to no interruption of political speeches or drunken stories of days gone by. Spider One led the band through the show as proficient as a general leading his soldiers to battle. Just don't fire until the whites of the eyes are seen. And fire they did, with deafening riffs and gut bruising drumbeats.

 

PM5K came to the Newport Music Hall and gave the show every fan has been waiting years for.

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