An explosive concert helped make a success of Friday's grand opening at Murray's new Corona's Rock'n-R club, 4410 S. State.
The club, formerly Warehouse 1, offered its nearly 400 clients a concert weekend featuring Salt Lake City Electric Angels, a four-man heavy-metal band that promises to be one of the best in its specialty.Electric Angels performed songs from its latest album like "The Drinking Song," "Rattlesnake Kisses" and "True Love and other Fairy Tales." All three have catchy rhythms and unforgettable lyrics.
Some of the band's melodies are already giving the group recognition and are being played on MTV.
The quartet has an excellent drummer, two powerful guitarists and a superb vocalist. The band members were versatile enough to show the crowd they can play any type of music. At one point Electric Angels had the audience dancing to Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself."
Electric Angels opened for heavy-metal group Hurricane visiting Salt Lake City as part of its "Slave to the Thrill" tour.
Lead singer Kelly Hansen proved that bassist Tony Cavazo, founder of Hurricane, picked well from the 120 vocalists who auditioned in 1984.
Hansen has a deep but pleasant voice, much like Guns 'N' Roses' lead singer. He performed songs like "Living Over the Edge" and "Dad's Little Sister."
The band doesn't imitate any other heavy-metal band in the market, which is a criticism often made to new bands.
The group also performed high-energy songs from its "Take What You Want" and "Over the Edge" albums, which in 1987 and 1988 gave Hurricane the extra push needed to be where it is today.
The 1987 song "I'm on to You" was the most requested Friday. The melody yielded a radio smash for the band and rocketed its sales more than a quarter million.
All of Hurricane's songs contain typical heavy-metal sounds, but there is something different about its music. That characteristic can be attributed to the band's willingness to work hard and give the public its best performance.
In fact, Hansen has said that's exactly what the title of the latest album means, "being a slave to the public," when it comes to delivering musical talents.
Hurricane has the force its name implies and, in addition, has good looks, willingness to learn from the music industry and the desire to keep trying until it reaches the top.
It would have helped their performance to have more crowd control and better lighting. At one point, the band could not be seen because most in attendance had crowded the stage.
Corona's Rock'n-R owners have to realize this if they want their bands' musical talents appreciated. The club is no auditorium; it has a very small dance floor and poor service.
The club itself, however, offers a select Salt Lake crowd what it wants: a combination of bar-discotheque and entertainment with pool tables in the back and comfortable seats.