Get Possessed at the Whisky: Of all the bands that were a part of the original Bay Area thrash metal scene, Possessed were the most extreme, and the one that actually went on to influence countless death metal and even black metal bands. We have that to thank them for, as they prepare for this Whisky show. Dark as Death, GraveDanger, Disciples of Death, Exitosus, Crogol, and Putrescence also perform.
Possessed has been on and off over the years, first forming in ’83 and breaking up in ’87 (Primus’ Larry LaLonde was the guitarist for most of that time), then active from ’90 to ’93, and finally reforming in 2007 and sticking it out.
1985’s Seven Churches is their classic, while 2019’s Revelations of Oblivion is the third and most recent album.
Back in 2019, Rob Cardenas of Possessed spoke to us about some of his greatest concert experiences: “Bolt Thrower touring Warmaster in Pomona needs to be mentioned. How about Metallica at the Troubadour right before Monsters of Rock, or Scorpions and Iron Maiden with Foreigner and Loverboy at Anaheim Stadium, in 1983. I could remember great shows at a place called the Waters Club in San Pedro, like Malevolent Creation or Candlemass and Atheist, the last show with bassist Roger Patterson, who was killed in transit after their performance. Let’s not leave out the great Whisky A Go Go when I was blessed to attend Lemmy’s birthday party with Metallica and backstage with all those great icons. Now that one was a trip. I also recall one more great performance, which was the infamous US Festival with Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Triumph, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Van Halen. I still think till this day no festival will ever top the great US Festival of ’83.”
Hopefully we can add Possessed at the Whisky to that list.
Get Possessed at the Whisky: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at the Whisky A Go-Go.
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