Rock and Roll evening at Marquee with The Iron Maidens

The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Lucky Man ( )
Venue: Marquee Theater, Tempe, AZ ( )
Date: Friday December 3rd, 2021

Tonight’s show was a mixture of two extremely good tribute bands and three local bands with original material.  Probably one of the best Iron Maiden tribute bands is the all-female, The Iron Maidens.  The other tribute band was The Jack – an AC/DC tribute band.  Both of these bands are extremely good and well worth seeing.  They are amazing musicians and fun to watch.  The other 3 bands were local Arizona bands, Doubleblind, Sweet Danger and First Draw.  Seeing a show like this you get a lot of great music.  Tonight we got over 4 hours of amazing songs.

The Iron Maidens

The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

In the world of Heavy Metal/Power Metal bands, Iron Maiden is one of the greatest.  Having existed for over 40 years they are still filling arenas and drawing massive crowds around the world.  All great bands at some point have one or more tribute bands cover their material.  One of the very best Iron Maiden tribute bands is the all-female The Iron Maidens.  A number of great ladies have been part of The Iron Maidens over the years.  Currently the band members are guitarists Nikki Stringfield (Davina Murray) and Courtney “CCShred” Cox (Adriana Smith), drummer Linda McDonald (Nikki McBurrain), bass player Wanda Ortiz (Steph Harris) and front person and lead singer Kirsten Rosenberg (Bruce Chickinson).

The show opens with “Doctor, Doctor” by UFO playing in the background.  Slowly the band enters the stage and starts to play “Rainmaker” and Kirsten runs out on stage singing.  The one thing that The Iron Maidens do is part of their set are songs you might not normally hear.  It seems that each show they try to play a set of different songs from the vast Iron Maiden collection.  Of course, they always play some of the iconic songs.  Tonight, we got “The Trooper”, “Wasted Years” and “The Number of the Beast”.  For an encore, we got “Aces High” and the theme song, “Iron Maiden”.

Courtney “CCShred” Cox, guitarist of The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

I felt sorry for CC.  Her guitar, “Greenie” had issues from the start of the show and she finally had to switch to a different guitar.  She later discovered that there was an issue with the guitar and had to get it fixed.  But being a real trooper, she shook off this problem and once she switched over to the other guitar, she dazzled us with her signature riffs.

Nikki Stringfield, guitarist of The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Nikki was amazing as always.  She plays Dave Murray’s part so she has lots of interesting licks to perform.  With CC having issues, Nikki never missed a cord and held the songs together until CC recovered.  It also looked like Nikki was having a great time as she was smiling and interacting with the crowd.

Wanda Ortiz, bass player of The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Wanda had the fun time of providing Steve Harris’s bassline for each song.  Steve is very dynamic on stage and Wanda does an excellent job of mirroring Steve’s actions.

Linda McDonald, drummer of The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Linda McDonald has one of the harder jobs in attempting to play like Nicko McBrain and also recreate a lot of his attitude on the drumkit.  She pulls it off very well.

Kirsten Rosenburg, lead singer of The Iron Maidens at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

If you ever saw Iron Maiden live, then you know the energy that Bruce Dickerson puts into each show.  Any person attempting to recreate him would be a difficult task.  But in steps Kirsten Rosenberg and she is astonishing.  She dances around the stage belting out the lyrics just like Bruce.  She even dresses up when doing the iconic “The Trooper” and waves the flag around.

Both Linda and Wanda are responsible for holding all of the songs together with the classic Iron Maiden groove and basslines.  If you close your eyes, you can actually believe Steve and Nicko are performing.  Linda and Wanda are that good.  Both CC and Nikki pull off the dual guitar setup spectacularly just like Dave and Adriana.  Add in Kirsten and you have this sensational band that is both fun to watch and listen to, as they recreate the phenomenal sound of one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all times.

If you want to see one of the best tribute bands around today, then you really need to check out The Iron Maidens.  Check out The Iron Maidens on their website and Facebook page for upcoming tour dates and merchandise.  Hopefully I will see you at a future show.

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The Iron Maidens Setlist:
Intro – Doctor Doctor  (UFO song)
Die With Your Boots On
Flight of Icarus
Only the Good Die Young
Wasted Years
22 Acacia Avenue
The Trooper
Murders in the Rue Morgue
The Ides of March / Wrathchild
The Number of the Beast
(Churchill’s Speech)
Aces High
Iron Maiden

The Jack – A Tribute to AC/DC

The Jack – A Tribute to AC/DC at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

The other tribute band was The Jack – a AC/DC tribute band.  AC/DC looks like it will continue touring, but have not scheduled any shows at this time.  So, the next best thing is seeing one of the best AC/DC tribute bands around, The Jack – An AC/DC Tribute Band.  The true measure of a tribute band is how well they faithfully recreate both the sound and mannerizes of the original band.  The Jack excesses at both of these.

The members of The Jack are lead singer Brian Bon Scott Johnson, lead guitarist Angus Scott, rhythm guitarist Milton Cox, and drummer Sean Mausert.  Filling in tonight on bass was David Badinger.

Angus Scott, lead guitarist of The Jack – A Tribute to AC/DC at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

AC/DC has probably one of the most iconic rock guitarists, Angus Young.  His on-stage presence and boyish outfit make him unique.  Angus Scott does an impressive job or recreating the look, mannerisms and guitar playing.  Brian Johnson does a great job of recreating the distinctive voice of Brian Johnson and his on-stage mannerisms.  At one point in the performance Courtney Cox can out and sang with Milton and Brian.

We got all of the great AC/DC songs including “Dirty Deeds”, TNT”, “Hells Bells”, “Back in Black” and my personal favorite “Highway to Hell”.  They ended the set with “For Those About To Rock”.  The only thing missing was the cannons going off during the song (hint, please add sound effects).  AC/DC has some of the most iconic and memorable opening riffs.  If you hear just the first few cords, you know instantly it is AC/DC and which song it is.  The Jack recreated this sound and you immediately recognized the song.

I have never seen AC/DC, but I have watched many of their videos and concerts.  The Jack did an exceptional job and I will hopefully see them again.  Please check them out on their Facebook page and join us at their next show.  Until then, I hope to see you all on the Highway to Hell.

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The Jack Setlist:
If You Want Blood
Dirty Deeds
Back in Black
Hells Bells
Shook Me All Night Long
Highway to Hell
For Those About To Rock


Doubleblind at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Doubleblind is a Rock & Roll band from Jerome, Arizona that in a lot of ways reminds me of Pat Benatar and her band.  Every once in a while, they make it to the Phoenix area and when they do they put on a great performance.  They are fronted by lead singer Trecia Taylor, drummer John Westcott, guitarist Roy Sandoval and bass player Noah Pfeffer.  This is the second time I have seen them.  The first time back in July they performed some new songs that they indicated would be on their upcoming album.  They finally released their new album, Snake Chamer.  They had a CD release party for Snake Charmer on November 20th at Main Stage in Cottonwood, AZ.  Their entire set tonight was from this new album.

Two of my favorite songs from the set were the opening and closing songs.  They started the set with “Hey God” and finished with “Snake Charmer”.  Both of these songs show the talent of the musicians and Trecia’s beautiful voice.

Trecia Taylor, lead singer of Doubleblind at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Doubleblind is just a good old fashion Rock & Roll band.  They are nothing fancy, but just good musicians.  Trecia is the most animated of the band on stage as she sways and expresses herself with each song she sings.  She is not a howler, but more of a power singer.  The rest of the band do an impressive job of laying down the groove and rhythm that compliment her singing.  They also do a great job of mixing the instruments and Trecia’s voice so they don’t overpower each other and you can hear them all clearly.

They just announce on Facebook that they will be coming back to the valley on January 14th, 2022 when they headline a local band showcase at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ.  If you like good old fashion Rock & Roll music, then you need to checkout Doubleblind.  You can check out their new cd, Snake Charmer on Amazon Music, Pandora or other streaming music platforms or better yet, purchase it at Amazon or get it at their performance on January 14th.  But make sure you spell the name correctly when looking for them, it is all 1 word, Doubleblind.

You can check out Doubleblind on their Facebook page to see their upcoming concert dates.  I hope to see you at their January 14th show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.  It should be a great night of rock & roll music.

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Doubleblind Setlist:
Hey God
Far Too Far
Concrete Heaven
Super Spreader
Sometimes Maybe
Snake Charmer

Sweet Danger

Sweet Danger at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

Sweet Danger is a 3 piece Extremely high energy Rock & Roll band front by the wild and charismatic lead singer and guitarist Dirty Mike Miller.  He is joined by bass player Dylan Petty and their new drummer Austin James.  Mike performance is a mixture of Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young.  He is constantly running around the stage when he is not having to sing.  Dylan the heart pounding bassline and Austin holds the entire thing together with the grooves for the songs.

This is also the second time I have seen Sweet Danger.  They are extremely fun to both watch and listen to.  If you get the change to see they be ready for both a listening and visual experience.  You can check them out on their Facebook page.

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First Draw

First Draw at Marquee Theatre on December 3rd, 2021

First Draw is a high-energy Phoenix based hard rock/heavy metal band.  I have seen First Draw a number of times and each time they seem to get better.  First Draw consists of bass player Cameron William Zaleski, lead singer and guitarist Alan Cross, guitarist Maxx Million and drummer Evan Hermes.

First Draw will be opening for Sabastian Bach on December 14th at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.  Please go and check them out.

You can check them out on their webpage or Facebook page.

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