Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2024: Day Four Review

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2024: Day Four Review

Feature Photo: Justin Hawkins of The Darkness – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

Somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean… not so long ago… it’s day 4 of the Monsters Of Rock Cruise. If you’ve been following my coverage of the best rock n’ roll experience on the high seas, you’ve seen what a fantastic time it’s been… but it’s not over yet.

Beginning bright and early, at 11:45 AM, on the Pool Stage is an event that has consistently been one of my MORC highlights each year. It’s the all-star Rare Hare jam. Hosted by an extraordinary musician by the name of Tyson Leslie. He can play any instrument like nobody’s business and puts in an immense amount of work to make these events successful. Rare Hare features an array of Nashville’s most talented rock artists as well as a group of artists from bands performing on the MORC. This is your chance to see once-in-a-lifetime jam bands, thrown together with no rehearsal, performing kick-ass rock songs.

After a few tunes at Rare Hare, I headed to the Theater for one of my favorite bands. Spread Eagle is performing during the “brunch shift,” as singer Ray West called it since they went on at noon. With such a big stage at their disposal, the band took advantage – moving around, standing on the side subwoofers, getting right up front and interacting with the crowd. The two founding members, bassist Rob De Luca and vocalist Ray West, have an incredible musical chemistry that is so evident in their live performances. Not only that, but those two also mesh with drummer Rik De Luca and guitarist Jommy Puledda seamlessly – making for a powerhouse of a band.

Spread Eagle

Ray West and Rob De Luca of Spread Eagle

Ray West and Rob De Luca of Spread Eagle – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Subway to the Stars

  2. Sound of Speed

  3. Scratch Like a Cat

  4. Devil’s Road

  5. Back on the Bitch

  6. More Wolf Than Lamb

  7. Broken City

  8. Jam

  9. Suzy Suicide

  10. Thru These Eyes

  11. Switchblade Serenade

Off to the third show of the hour, it’s Dangerous Toys with their second MORC set. In the ice rink-turned-concert venue, Studio B, the Texas rockers take the stage. Playing tunes mainly from their first album, as well as a select few songs from later albums, it’s clear that straight up southern sleaze rock is running through the veins of these 5 musicians. Another special guest performance this MORC took place during this set, with Hardcore Superstar’s Jocke Berg singing the Toys’ biggest hit, Scared, with the band. An unlikely pairing and surely something that has never and will never been seen elsewhere.

Dangerous Toys:

Paul Lidel and Scott Dalhover of Dangerous Toys

Paul Lidel and Scott Dalhover of Dangerous Toys – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Outlaw

  2. Take Me Drunk

  3. Sugar, Leather & the Nail

  4. Gimme No Lip

  5. Bones in the Gutter

  6. Ten Boots (Stompin’)

  7. Queen of the Nile

  8. Pissed

  9. Sport’n a Woody

  10. Line ’em Up

  11. Teas’n, Pleas’n

  12. Scared (with Jocke Berg)

Another of Sweden’s finest melodic rock bands aboard the MORC this year, H.E.A.T. performed their second set of the week on the Pool Stage mid-afternoon. This band really brought an ‘80s festival vibe with this set, including their signature synth sound, high energy performance, hair blowing in the wind under a sunny blue sky, retro-style clothes, etc. Vocalist Kenny Leckremo took it upon himself to climb up the rafters, reaching nearly the top of the stage, and singing to the crowd from above.

H.E.A.T:

Dave Dalone and Jimmy Jay of H.E.A.T.

Dave Dalone and Jimmy Jay of H.E.A.T. – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Demon Eyes

  2. Rock Your Body

  3. Hollywood

  4. Downtown

  5. One by One

  6. Beg Beg Beg

  7. Cry

  8. Point of No Return

  9. Living on the Run

  10. Back to the Rhythm

  11. Dangerous Ground

  12. A Shot at Redemption

The next act taking the stage in Studio B is a heavy metal icon. Original Judas Priest guitarist, K.K. Downing started a new project back in 2020, with former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. The group is called KK’s Priest and they’ve since released 2 studio albums. Personally, I went in blind when going to their show on the MORC, having not listened to either of their albums. This definitely ended up being one of my favorite performances of the week, with untouchable skill and great crowd engagement. The band performs both original music as well as Judas Priest covers, putting both smiles and metal mean mugs on the faces of each audience member.

KK’s Priest – 12:30 P M Studio B

Sean Elg of KK’s Priest

Sean Elg of KK’s Priest – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Hellfire Thunderbolt

  2. One More Shot at Glory

  3. The Ripper (Judas Priest cover)

  4. Reap the Whirlwind

  5. Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest cover)

  6. Burn in Hell (Judas Priest cover)

  7. Hell Patrol (Judas Priest cover)

  8. Brothers of the Road

  9. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)

  10. Breaking the Law (Judas Priest cover)

  11. Victim of Changes (Judas Priest cover)

  12. Strike of the Viper

Another classic rock icon took on Studio B after KK’s Priest, legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. Coming off the heels of a new studio album release, Frehley is performing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise. His band is made up of incredibly talented musicians, guitarist Jeremy Asbrock, bassist Ryan Cook and drummer Scot Coogan. With a classic Ace combo; a Les Paul and big ‘ol sunglasses, this guitar hero takes on a bunch of popular KISS songs, as well as some solo tunes.

Ace Frehley – 6 PM Studio B

Ace Frehley Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2024

Ace Frehley – Photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Rip It Out

  2. Parasite (KISS song)

  3. 10,000 Volts

  4. Detroit Rock City (KISS song)

  5. Shock Me (KISS song)

  6. Rocket Ride (KISS song)

  7. Love Gun (KISS song)

  8. New York Groove (Russ Ballard cover)

  9. Cold Gin (KISS song)

  10. Guitar Solo

  11. Shout It Out Loud (KISS song)

  12. Deuce (KISS song)

  13. Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS song)

After being so blown away by their first set on the boat, I had to make sure I made it for their second round. It’s 9PM in Studio B, with The Darkness. I sat on the stage left side of the theater with my bandmates and our friends in Spread Eagle, all appreciating the sheer talent and artistry on the stage before us. The Darkness gave another impeccable performance, but it would prove to be a controversial one. The band started quite late, to no fault of their own – as singer Justin Hawkins would make abundantly clear. Hawkins made quite a few playful jabs at Ace Frehley for supposedly being late, calling him a cunt several times and the audience cheering in agreement. The two would go on to take a photo and make a post together, squashing the beef that had arisen.

The Darkness:

Rufus Taylor of The Darkness

Rufus Taylor of The Darkness – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved

  1. Get Your Hands Off My Woman

  2. Growing on Me

  3. Makin’ Out

  4. Motorheart

  5. Givin’ Up

  6. Love Is Only a Feeling

  7. How Dare You Call This Love?

  8. Barbarian

  9. Japanese Prisoner of Love

  10. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)

  11. I Believe in a Thing Called Love

  12. Love on the Rocks With No Ice

That concludes day 4 of the Monsters of Rock Cruise. It was an incredible day, with some of the most impressive bands on the boat thus far.

More fantastic never before seen photos by Shannon Wilk all from the Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2024

Paul Lidel of Dangerous Toys

Paul Lidel of Dangerous Toys – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Scott Dalhover of Dangerous Toys

Scott Dalhover of Dangerous Toys – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Brandon Cook of Black N’ Blue performing at Rare Hare

Brandon Cook of Black N’ Blue performing at Rare Hare – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Jeremy Asbrock of Ace Frehley Band

Jeremy Asbrock of Ace Frehley Band – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Frankie Poullain of The Darkness

Frankie Poullain of The Darkness -photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Tony Newton and Tim Ripper Owens of KK’s Priest

Tony Newton and Tim Ripper Owens of KK’s Priest – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


KK Downing of KK’s Priest

KK Downing of KK’s Priest – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Tony Newton of KK’s Priest

Tony Newton of KK’s Priest – photo by Shannon Wilk © 2024 All Rights Reserved


AJ Mills of KK’s Priest

AJ Mills of KK’s Priest – photo by Shannon Wilk  © 2024 All Rights Reserved


Kenny Leckremo of H.E.A.T.

Kenny Leckremo of H.E.A.T. photo by Shannon Wilk

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