Living up to its name, the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Café featured performances by two of western New York’s biggest rock bands – DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters – on November 10.

Known for their hard driving melodies and “melodic screaming” by lead singer Jody Velletta, DoDriver took the stage first for something completely different – a stripped down acoustic show.

Just three weeks after major surgery – he donated a kidney to an uncle – Jody was not yet ready for his usual jumping a out the stage.

Playing to a full house, DoDriver performed reworked versions of “On Our Way”, “Pray”, “Alright Tonight”, The Beatles song “We Can Work it Out”, “White Flag”, “Avalon”, “Flower Bed”, “Circus”, “Dust”, “It Feels Good to be Home”, and “Life Changes Everything”.

Unsure of how the show would be received, the band earned glowing praise for the performance and promised to do another acoustic show some time in the future.

Making a return visit to the Hard Rock Café, Tokyo Monsters rocked the house before an enthusiastic crowd ready for some rock and roll.

Performing only one long set, the band played “Séance”, “Paper Tigers”, “Battle for the Waterfall pt 2”, “Dangerous”, “Headspace”, “Tears of the Earth”, “The Side Effects of You”, “Tightrope Melodrama”, “Origin”, “Criminal”, “Elevenses”, “Dare Devil of “Marywood”, and “Witch Hunt”.

Whether stripped down or flat out in your face, DoDriver and Tokyo Monsters brought down the house with a performance not soon forgotten by all who attended the show.

 

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