Mest, Unwritten Law Rock Houston – Review

By | March 17, 2002 at 12:00 AM

There was no floor collapsing this time, and the only damage was the broken red guitar belonging to Mest’s lead singer, Tony Lovato.

Mest and Unwritten Law played to a sold out crowd last Wednesday in Houston, Texas, and although entertaining, it is also a little frightening for an audience who didn’t exactly know what to expect when a musician expresses his temper on stage.

During their fifty minute set, afraid that he was going to get hurt, Lovato warned crowd surfers to watch where they were landing and to not hit his microphone stand.

As luck would have it, a crowd surfer’s kick slammed the microphone into Lavato’s face, causing him to bleed profusely and become extremely upset; so upset that he threw his guitar, breaking it in half. He then proceeded to throws the microphone stands around, landing one in the crowd.

Despite all of the commotion, the rest of the band continues to play on in their spirit to please the crowd. Understanding Lovato’s temper, the crowd responded with a great deal of enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the incident diminished the normally high energy sets for which the quartet from Chicago are known to perform. Tony’s and guitarist/backup singer, Jeremiah Rangel’s “what the hell am I doing?” dances were non-existent throughout the rest of the performance. They finished their set with the fan singing along to “Fuck the Greyhound Bus”, and with Tony diving from the balcony into the many arms of adoring fans in the crowd.

Unwritten Law next took the stage and cemented the reason as to why they were headlining the tour. With their heavy guitar and bass rifts, and lead singer, Scott Russo’s, powerful vocals, along with plenty of strobe lights, they showed the younger generation how to put on a kick ass show. They covered many of their singles from “CPK”, in which they had Tony Lovato join them on stage to help sing, to “Cailin”, and then to their recent single, “Seein’ Red”. Of the four albums they released, they played most from their self-titled album and only four songs from their most recent release, Elva.

Nonetheless, Unwritten Law played a stellar hour and fifteen minute set.

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