Enuff Z’Nuff, The Quireboys, and Bad Marriage: A Glam Rock Extravaganza

Glam Slam Metal Tour Part 2

Enuff Z’Nuff, the iconic American rock band known for their melodic tunes and lively performances, made a triumphant return to The Rockpile in Toronto. The last time Enuff Z’Nuff graced The Rockpile was in 2018 as direct support for the BulletBoys. While reminiscing about the past, it was mentioned that the Bullet Boys were unable to make it to Canada due to border issues. But on this night, Enuff Z’Nuff brought the party back to Toronto, proving that rock ‘n’ roll has no boundaries.

The evening kicked off with Bad Marriage, a hard-hitting Boston band with a sound that would make the “Bad Boys of Boston” smile. This six-piece rock band also featured on guitar Tommy Skeoch, formerly of Tesla. Their setlist was a sonic rollercoaster, with highlights like “Gateway Drug,” “Second Hand Smoke,” and a killer cover from one of my favorite bands, Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law.” Bad Marriage’s thunderous rock ‘n’ roll swagger set the perfect tone for the night, revving up the audience for what was to come.

Direct support came from The Quireboys, who had journeyed all the way from across the pond, gave an unforgettable performance, and the story of their perseverance through a hurricane just to reach the stage made their set even more special. They dished out classic tracks like “I Love This Dirty Town,” “This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and “Misled.” The Quireboys demonstrated that they still know how to deliver rock ‘n’ roll the way it’s meant to be.

One of the evening’s intriguing moments was Chip Z’Nuff’s dual role in both Enuff Z’Nuff and The Quireboys. The reasons behind this remained a mystery, but the result was undeniably cool. Chip proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with, not just on the bass, but as a performer who can switch effortlessly between two different bands and styles.

His FrankenFender bass, worn and weathered, was like a relic of rock ‘n’ roll history. It told a thousand stories, with cigarette burns, vintage stickers, and missing parts that only added character to his incredible performance. Chip Z’Nuff, the group’s sole classic member, has been an anchor for the band since 1984. With their most recent album, “Finer than Sin,” fresh in the minds of fans.

When Enuff Z’Nuff took the stage, and from the first note, it was clear they were here to rock our world. They opened with their own classics, “Rock n World” and “Kiss the Clown,” setting the crowd on fire. Their setlist included hits like “The Love Train,” “Fly High Michelle,” and a Beatles cover of “Eleanor Rigby,” which showcased their musical versatility.

A standout moment of the evening came when guitarist Tory Stoffregen handed control of his guitar to Chip Z’Nuff, who proceeded to play a scorching solo from behind. It was a jaw-dropping moment, highlighting the musical prowess of the band.

Enuff Z’Nuff’s enduring legacy in rock music was evident in every note they played. They are masters of their craft, and their dedication to the art of rock ‘n’ roll continues to shine brightly. As the final chord reverberated through the venue, it was clear that the audience had witnessed something truly special.

In conclusion, Enuff Z’Nuff’s performance at The Rockpile was a truly great show in every respect. The seamless blend of classics and contemporary hits, the awe-inspiring guitar solo, the camaraderie among the bands, and the undeniable charisma of Chip Z’Nuff made it an unforgettable night for all in attendance. Rock ‘n roll is alive and well, and Enuff Z’Nuff remains a vital part of its heartbeat. We can only hope for more nights like this in the future.

Enuff Z’Nuff Setlist The Rockpile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada 2023, Glam Slam Metal Tour Part II
The Quireboys Setlist The Rockpile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada 2023
Bad Marriage Setlist The Rockpile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, Beat The Clock Tour 2023

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