Alternative hard rock band Kicking Harold will perform in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 16 at the Hard Rock Cafe in support of their fifth album, Red Light District, which was released January 20 on their own Ultradose Music label (Photo credit: Hannah Verbeuren).
Kicking Harold is Tim David Kelly (lead vocals, guitar), Bret Domrose (bass) and Michael Odabashian (drums).
To coincide with their Hard Rock Cafe show, Kicking Harold and local radio station KOMP are holding a contest for fans who dress up like their favorite rock star. The grand prize will be an autographed guitar from Kicking Harold.
“Kill You” Official Video from Red Light District
Red Light District‘s first single, “Kill You,” originally appeared on the band’s 1996 MCA Records debut, Ugly & Festering. Due to spools of red tape that would strangle a lesser band, the fan favorite has long been out of print. Luckily, singer/guitarist Tim Kelly conceived a novel solution: re-recording and modernizing “Kill You” as Red Light District’s centerpiece single. The video for the song features an appearance by adult film star Mary Carey and has already racked up over 45,000 views since its November 2014 debut.
Fans of auto makeover reality show “Overhaulin’” (originally on TLC, recently revamped on Velocity/Discovery) will recognize the song “Gasoline” from 2002’s Space Age Breakdown album as the show’s main theme music, making it an unexpected sleeper hit by generating millions of YouTube views and spiked sales of the single.
Red Light District offers the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. Kelly’s love for the dancier elements of new groups like Young the Giant and Shiny Toy Guns, as well as his taste for the big grungy riffs of ‘90s rockers Stone Temple Pilots and Alice In Chains is heard throughout.
That explains Red Light District’s lone cover: the band’s unique take on INXS’ sultry 1987 smash “Need You Tonight,” which explodes with auto-wah attitude. “I felt like their songs were made to be done heavier—they always sound like heavy riffs to me, just done with clean guitar,” Kelly says, going on to underscore KICKING HAROLD’s winning philosophy: “I learned from a producer a long time ago that if you’re gonna do a cover, do a #1 song, because it’ll always be a #1 song.”
According to a recent Music Connection magazine live review, Kicking Harold “has a high-octane formula; tight little packages of rock with similar melody lines and rhythm patterns. The band categorizes itself as alternative pop for this very reason: short and sweet songs with a little dash of alternative flavor.”
WHEN: May 16 2015 @ 9:00 PM
VENUE: Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas
COST: NO COVER. 2 for 1 Domestic Draft Beer and 15% off food during the show.
AGE: ALL AGES
Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas
4475 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Photo credit: Hannah Verbeuren.