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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tower Goes Metal?: Tentareign throws rock party at the Tower Theatre

Power trio goes theatrical.The Tower Theatre is, of course, Bend's historic downtown locale for all things high art, theatrical, and relatively upscale musical acts. There

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The Tower Theatre is, of course, Bend's historic downtown locale for all things high art, theatrical, and relatively upscale musical acts. There is a certain esteem that goes along with the Tower - let's put it this way...the Tower is a wine joint, and the beer goes elsewhere around town.

But you can take all your preconceived notions about this venue and toss them from the balcony on November 22. Why November 22? Well that's the day that Bend's own prog-metal band Tentareign headlines the Tower in head banging celebration of the release of their new album, The Power Between.

Give Tentareign a listen here.

For the Tower show, Tentareign drummer Andy Hoard says the band will be playing an acoustic set, followed by a full-blown rock and roll performance to showcase the band's intense yet melodic brand of metal. We'd use the old adage "heavy metal" but with Hannah Costa's femine touch, the band is, well, pretty listenable for those who don't subscribe to metal fandom.

Does anyone remember metal (of any kind, heavy, light, stainless) at the Tower? Hoard says he doesn't think so.

"I don't remember ever seeing a real rock band at the Tower before. If there was something to speak of there, I think I would have heard about it," Hoard said just minutes after telling the Blender about the show.

Well, there have been a few rock acts at the Tower, seeing as how Jackie Greene and Los Lobos are, by definition, rock bands. But this is certainly a divergence for a venue that's currently prepping for a staging of Driving Miss Daisy (nothing against that play - it's supposedly pretty good).

So, all you true blue rockers out there...your time at the Tower has come. So could Tentareign be paving the way for other metal acts at the Tower? Just think: The Tower Theatre presents Metallica - One night only. Don't hold your breath...but this is a start.

 


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