Downtown Mt. Clemens was rocking on Saturday night when a record crowd of over 900 people packed the Hayloft to see Michigan’s own rock group Critical Bill.
The club just re-opened in October after having been turned into a piano bar. Members of Critical Bill teamed up with former General Manager Mike Mitchell to restore the club to it’s concert format. Since the club re-opened, it has played host to a number of local and national acts including most recently rock group In This Moment. Saturday’s show set an attendance record breaking the one formerly held by Bret Michaels.
The show delivered from start to finish with a few local bands getting the crowd ready for Critical Bill. Stellar Drive opened up and got the crowd going with their pop/rock setlist including standout track Bed of Nails. They’ve been getting some local airplay and will be celebrating their cd release party at the Hayloft on May 2nd.
Lies Unknown was up next and kept the energy going with their brand of alternative Greenday-like music. Their singer’s voice is a little thin but they did perform a great version of Mitch Ryder’s It Was Alright.
Dismantle rounded out the set with hard core rock. Their set list was full of loud rock and roll anthems including opener More Rock & Roll. It’s rare that all the acts on the bill put on a great show but this one did. The packed crowd all seemed to agree.
If you haven’t seen Critical Bill live they are a force to be reckoned with. It’s a shame that they still haven’t gotten the exposure they deserve. Each and every show they put on is guaranteed to be energetic and feature a wide genre of music. The group always makes sure their fans get their money’s worth and often play free shows.
Saturday’s set saw guitarist Michael Scott crowd surfing and singer Powerdise leaving the stage to mosh with the crowd. The set list comprised a little of everything including new single Beam Me Up, which was well received by the crowd. They performed a few of their favorite cover songs: Move Bitch, Mama Said Knock You Out and Jump Around, which had everyone in the place off their feet. Throughout the show they performed a number of their classics including This Is Critical, The Ride, and Downtown the World.
Critical Bill are currently in the studio working on the follow up to their last cd Downtown the World. They plan to film a video for Beam Me Up possibly at the Hayloft like they did their last video, My Suicide, which featured a number of local women.
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