The summer of 2022 is jam packed with fantastic tour packages and the Live to Rock tour featuring Skid Row, Warrant, Quiet Riot and Kip Winger hit the Pacific Amphitheater at The OC Fair on Wednesday night July 20 in Costa Mesa, CA. A beautiful sunny yet cool evening set the backdrop for an amazing night of classic late 80’s, early 90’s rock n roll.

Kip Winger kicked off the night’s festivities with a solid acoustic set with Robby Rothschild on drums. Winger played a seven-song set of Winger favorites that included “Hungry”, “Madalaine” and ended with of course “Seventeen”. The early-birds at the show were singing along to every word and Kip Winger looked and sounded great. Excellent way to get the blood pumping and scratch that rock n roll itch.

Quiet Riot will never be the same without Franki Banali (RIP) behind the drumkit but man does this version of the band kick-ass. With Rudy Sarzo back in the band on bass, he adds a major jolt of energy and fun into the band’s performance. Jizzy Pearl on vocals pays tribute to the original sound while adding his own twist to all the hits and drummer Johnny Kelly certainly honors Banali behind the kit. And of course Alex Grossi has been cranking out the Quiet Riot guitar riffs for the last 18 years.

“Mama Weer All Crazee Now”, “Slick Black Cadillac” and “Sign of the Times” were all welcomed with loud cheers and headbanging while a bit of “Crazy Train” paid tribute to the late Randy Rhoads. You guessed it the set ended with “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health”. This version of Quiet Riot is without a doubt one of the best in years under the circumstances and are super fun to both watch and listen to.

Now with the sunset the stage lights got a little brighter as Warrant took the stage opening with “Sure Feels Good to Me”. Led by vocalist Robert Mason, Warrant is another incredibly fun band full of extremely talented musicians. Guitarists Eric Turner and Joey Allen are without a doubt one of the premier guitar tandems of their era while Steven Sweet who is also a member from way back in the beginning is a phenomenal drummer. Robbie Crane is currently playing bass with Warrant and he is no stranger to this music as he formerly played in Ratt.

Warrant has so many huge radio hits but its songs like “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the newer “Louder, Harder, Faster” where the band really shines. Mason really gives some of their music a bit of a more raw, heavier edge and that is apparent in the set closer and the band’s biggest hit “Cherry Pie”.

Lastly the night’s headliner Skid Row was set to take the stage with high anticipation. The band has gone through a couple vocalists in the last few years and only recently added to the band, this would be the first performance of Skid Row with new vocalist Erik Grönwall in Orange County. Grönwall hit the stage with guitarists Dave “Snake”Sabo and Scotti Hill, Rachel Bolan on bass with Rob Hammersmith on drums and they wasted no time pummeling the crowd as they opened with “Slave to the Grind” and after the first chorus it was obvious Grönwall was the right man for the job.

The band played a nine-song set that included a new song recently released with Grönwall on vocals title “The Gang’s All Here” – a mid-tempo rocker that just sounds like Skid Row. “Monkey Business” was followed by the highlight of the night – a fantastic version of “I Remember You”. The night came to a close with the thunder of “Youth Gone Wild” as Skid Row proved without a doubt they are back in a BIG way.

The Live to Rock tour continues across the USA all summer long with various bands joining the party in various cities – be sure to catch this incredible show if you can!!

Kip Winger

Quiet Riot


Skid Row