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June 29th, 2009 By Alex L. Weber | Music | Posted In: Local Music, Live Music

The Mighty Swine Carry the '80s Metal Torch

Tags: \'80s Metal

In discussions on Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the phrase “veteran rockers” basically means “old dudes with electric guitars” (or “badasses turned corporate vacuoles turned money-hungry corpses in makeup writhing around on a stage” if we’re talking about Aerosmith), but as long as they’re playin’ it loud and proud, age ain’t nothin’ but a number, right?

Kinda like Thruster, The Mighty Swine never fully grew out of those leather-clad and poodle-headed ‘80s Metal days of yore, a time when the guitars ran wild and so did the groupies and the V.D. Organized by bassmaster Mike Skimmerhorn (of CJSS and Chastain fame) back in September ‘07, The Mighty Swine is a power trio featuring David Byrge on lead guitar and Dann Norris on drums. Everyone sings, so expect some sweet high harmonies on those monster ballads.

The Swine kicked off their “Let ‘Em Eat Swine 2009” tour a couple days ago in Marietta, Georgia Rock City. After hitting the Colerain Quaker Steak and Lube this coming Thursday at 6 p.m. (no joke!), they’ll be opening on Friday for the wrinkled, heroin-wreaked Hard Rock denizens known as Adler’s Appetite, a supergroup featuring Guns N’ Roses drummer/Celebrity Rehab star Steven Adler and some buddies of his from hair-Metal bargain-basement also-rans Faster Pussycat, E’Nuff Z’Nuff and Quiet Riot. The show goes down at Riverstar Entertainment Complex in the East End and starts at 8 p.m. (Tickets are $15 a piece or $25 for two, so drag your spouse along and save.) The Swine also have future opening dates with (what remains of) Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Dokken, Lita Ford and Great White in the works.

In all seriousness, these dudes do sound like (a) they know how to rock a riff and (b) they know how to have a good time. So all you scuzzbuckets (like me) who are still hangin’ on to that ragged-out cassette copy of Slaughter’s Stick It to Ya should just do yourself a favor and catch these Swine wallowin’ around in their Heavy Metal indulgences with their friends on a stage near you.

Learn more of The Mighty Swine here or here.

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