Love and Rockets Epic Return at the Fox in Oakland

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The Fox Theater, with its ornate decor and intimate ambiance, provided the perfect backdrop for Love and Rockets’ first show in 14 years. The crowd erupted in cheers as Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins stepped onto the stage, their presence alone enough to ignite the room. From the very first chord, it was clear that this would be a night filled with raw energy and passion.

The setlist was a carefully curated journey through Love and Rockets’ illustrious career, showcasing the band’s ability to seamlessly blend genres and captivate audiences with their unique sound. Classics like “So Alive” and “No New Tale to Tell” sent waves of nostalgia through the crowd, transporting us back to the heyday of alternative rock. Each song was met with resounding applause and sing-alongs, as fans reveled in the opportunity to celebrate the band’s legacy one more time.

Love and Rockets’ stage presence was as magnetic as ever. Daniel Ash’s guitar wizardry was on full display, his fingers effortlessly dancing across the strings, while David J’s melodic bass lines provided a solid foundation for the music. Kevin Haskins’ skillful drumming tied everything together, driving the rhythm forward with precision and finesse. The chemistry between the band members was palpable, a testament to their years of collaboration and shared musical vision.

Beyond the music, the visual spectacle accompanying the performance added another layer of enchantment. A mesmerizing light show bathed the stage in a kaleidoscope of colors, enhancing the mood and amplifying the emotions evoked by each song. The stage design, with its tasteful blend of simplicity and grandeur, created an immersive experience that complemented the music perfectly.

As the night drew to a close, Love and Rockets left us with a feeling of both satisfaction and longing. The encore, a heartfelt rendition of “Sweet F.A.,” seemed to encapsulate the collective sentiment of the band and their fans. It was a moment of reflection, a tribute to the memories and connections forged through their music.

Photos by Louis Raphael

With a discography that includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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