Chicago, IL – With Nita Strauss in tow, Mammoth WVH strolled right into Chicago on their very first headlining tour, and rocked the Vic Theatre. The band, led by Wolf Van Halen, sounds and feels like they’ve played over 500 shows together, with each member playing off one another and interacting with the audience. Wolf might play all of the instruments while recording the albums, but his touring lineup has remained consistent with Ronnie Ficarro on bass, Garret Whitlock on drums, Jon Jourdan on rhythm guitar and Frank Sidoris rounding out additional guitar parts and lead.
On tour in support of their most recent release, Mammoth II, the band opened their set with “Right?” from their first release before leading into their newer material “Miles Above Me” and “Like a Pastime”. While not a stranger to touring, Wolf has clearly gotten more comfortable being the writer, singer, and the front man for the band that pays homage to his late father. Wolf several times thanked the audience for coming out and supporting the music, even stating that the Mammoth II album material was written while he was coping with the passing of his father. Something that he felt was lost among some of his fans since the majority of the first album was written and recorded before his passing.
And while he’s no stranger to the guitar neck, playing fast licks like those from “Don’t Back Down” and “Right?”, Wolf also performed a heartfelt acoustic rendition of “Distance”, stating that during an earlier show on the tour, they were down a couple of members due to scheduling conflicts. He decided that since there were other parts missing from how it was recorded, it was best to strip it down to how it was originally written and performed for his father. The band as a group had since decided that he should probably do it that way moving forward, as it had a much more profound impact with the audience.
Nita Strauss started off the evening with her own impressive set, which included a first half of instrumentals, and then Kasey Karlsen came out and impressively took over all of the vocals on such songs as “Wolf You Feed”, “Dead Inside” and “Victorious”. The rest of the band was made up of Christopher Dean on bass, Josh V on drums, Katt Scarlett on keyboards, and Johnny Young on rhythm guitar, Nita is currently out on tour supporting her recent release, The Call of the Void. The album features guest vocalists Dorothy, David Draiman of Disturbed, Lizzy Hale of Halestorm, and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy to name a few.
Miles Above Me
Like A Pastime
Think It Over
You’re To Blame
Take A Bow
Another Celebration At The End Of The World
Don’t Back Down
Wolf You Feed
Show Date: Nov 09, 2023