Junkyard Brings Blooze Infested Rock N’ Roll Back To Chicago

Junkyard performing at Live Wire Lounge in Chicago, IL on 12/2/2021

Chicago, IL – The last time I saw Junkyard was at Metro in Chicago in 1989, where I may have shared a few too many Jack and Cokes with lead singer David Roach at the Smart Bar under the venue. The band had just released their self titled debut album and had some solid singles under their belt with “Hollywood” and “Simple Man“. Fast forward 32 years later, and Junkyard are still at it. The band was originally signed to Geffen records in 1988, releasing their self titled debut in 1989, and by 1991 had released their very solid sophomore album Sixes, Sevens and Nines. Unfortunately, that same year Geffen had also signed a little known band out of Seattle called Nirvana. And the rest as they say, is history with rock bands from that era.

While they never truly disbanded, Junkyard has continued to tour and work together since 2000, treating their long time fans to their music and picking up some new ones along the way. The bands lineup has changed very little over the years and they still sounds tight as hell. Original member and lead vocalist David Roach still commands the mic, along with fellow co-founder Patrick Muzingo on drums. Guitarists Jimmy James and Tim Mosher traded licks all evening, while Todd Muscat on bass helped maintain the backbeat. When they took the stage at Live Wire Lounge, to kick off their 2021/2022 Winter Tour, the band is clearly showing zero signs of slowing down. Starting the night with “Lifer“, their newest single, before tearing into “Life Sentence“. It’s no surprise that their setlist relied heavily on songs from both Geffen releases, including their “love song” called “Hands Off“, with the crowd singing along to all the words, while the band also introduced fans to some of their most recent music such as “Faded” and “Cut From the Same Cloth“, from their 2017 release High Water. Over all, this was a very well played, energetic and solid set performed by the band, and if you get the opportunity, check out their website to see if they’re stopping near you. They’re definitely not to be missed.


Life Sentence
Long Way Home
Misery Loves Company
Nowhere To Go But Down
Simple Man
Clean The Dirt
Hellbound / Cut From The Same Cloth
Shot In The Dark
Hands Off
W.F.L.W.F. / Texas

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Show Date: December 2, 2021

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Ian Bardecki
Born in Scotland, raised in the United States, based in Chicago. Ian Bardecki is a professional photographer, avid motorcyclist, reader, IT geek, gaming and comic book nerd, who was bathed in music at a young age by his mother who constantly played classical piano in their home. While she also introduced him to the Beatles and Elvis, his father forced on him Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the local paper boy had him listening to Alice Cooper, his uncle then turned him onto KISS and his first 8 track tape, while his friends turned him onto punk music. Today, his music library ranges from Amadeus Mozart to ZZ Ward and everything in between. Hesitantly agreeing to fill in one night to photograph a concert at a local venue in San Francisco for a friend, was where the accidental love and passion for concert photography was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. As a freelance photographer, Ian has had the honor of working with various artists like, John 5, Sick Puppies, Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Anti-Flag and Art of Dying, just to name a few. Ian can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Center Stage Pictures.