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Pasadena Openers…Malice

Posted in music, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Perkin’s Palace
March 16, 1984

Part four of a five-part series that I am doing this week on local L.A. bands in the ‘80s that were opening acts on some big gigs at my favorite venue as a kid – Perkin’s Palace in Pasadena California.

Malice originally formed in Portland, OR and transplanted themselves here in Los Angeles where the metal scene was exploding. After only six weeks of rehearsing, the band’s first gig came in November 1982 (Thanksgiving to be specific) appearing at The Troubadour in West Hollywood – headlining a bill with Metallica and Pandemonium as opening acts. Apparently Metallica drew 17 people, Pandemonium 120 and Malice 64. After three more shows Malice was headlining the Roxy and within two years they had their major label deal with Atlantic Records.

Malice were a very Judas Priest influenced band, with the vocalist sounding almost exactly like Halford – we sorta’ loved Malice for just that reason alone. All of their songs provided exactly what my buddies and I needed – healthy portions of loud, wailing guitars and strong, Halford-esque vocals.

Malice made their initial vinyl appearance on Metal Blade Records’ Metal Massacre compilation album – they were the only band to contribute two tracks – Captive Of Light and Kick You Down. The quintet’s demo quickly swept through the tape trading world and propelled Malice to the list of L.A.’s finest. Malice soon found themselves at the center of a record company bidding war. Atlantic Records snapped up the band in July 1984. Surprisingly, the band’s original demo comprised half of Malice’s first album, 1985’s In The Beginning.

I remember reading the rock mags and metal fanzines and seeing that Malice was poised for stardom based on their Judas Priest brand of Heavy Metal. This band had a great following, but somehow got lost in the shuffle of the Glam/MTV Hard Rock movement. Malice basically disappeared after their 1989 E.P.

Photographed with my trusty, smuggled in Canon AE-1 and a cheap, no name 70mm-210mm lens. Shot on Kodak negative film.

Help to save and preserve The Raymond Theatre (aka Perkin’s Palace):

School Daze

Posted in music with tags , , on May 2, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

W.A.S.P. – Troubadour : January 14, 1984 (Click photo to enlarge)

This picture says it all. W.A.S.P. were the most dangerous and most out of control club band in all of Los Angeles at the time. It doesn’t take a genius to tell you what might happen when you light a huge sign on fire in a tiny little nightclub. Obviously, these guys were ready for the arenas, but the arenas weren’t ready for them…yet. I honestly thought the skin on my face was going to peel off from the intense heat that came from this blazing logo. The fiery red tone in this photo in this shot is real. And to make things worse, the crooked owner of the club made me pay him $10 to get my camera in…plus it was a school night. $10 was a lot of money to me back then. I wish I had a ticket stub to go along with this post, but the Troubadour rarely had tickets or stubs for their shows back then…I think it cost me and my buddy Rob $6 at the door. An historical show!

Shot from the Troubadour balcony with my trusty Canon AE-1 Program and an 80-300mm zoom lens.