Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Every LA Roxx concert is always a party, but, when it’s Halloween, well, it’s a party not to be missed.
Glam rock tribute band LA Roxx returns to Southeast Texas this weekend for a concert at Madison’s in Beaumont for ages 21 and older. It’s not your typical LA Roxx concert either, as Saturday’s showcase is the venue’s annual Halloween extravaganza.
LA Roxx is no stranger to many Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana rock fans, as the band has performed locally at various venues for over three years. The band, featuring members Kriss D. De’Ville, vocals; Teddie Van Trixie, guitar; Vivian Lyxx, bass; and Ziggy Stixx, drums, is looking forward to celebrating Halloween with its friends and fans at Madison’s for the second consecutive year.
“We love playing in Beaumont and Madison’s is always such a great place for us,” said singer Kriss D. De’Ville in a telephone interview. “We love everything about the ‘80s, and this music is one of the most successful genres ever created.”
The band pays tribute to its glam rock heroes through music from legendary rock acts like Bon Jovi, Poison, Ratt, Skid Row, Guns ‘N Roses, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Motley Crue.
“We really don’t do anything too different from our normal show,” De’Ville added with a laugh. “We’re already dressed up. There’s just a whole lot more makeup on us at Halloween.”
De’Ville is very passionate about his band and the glam rock music of the 1980s. Despite his youthful age of 23, he knows how this music, the bands and MTV defined a generation.
“I was essentially raised on this music,” De’Ville explained. “It’s a part of me, and I feel at home with it, whether I’m listening to it at home or performing it on stage. As a teenager, I was listening to everything I could by Motley Crue while my friends were listening to Papa Roach and Green Day.”
De’Ville and the rest of LA Roxx are definitely fans of Motley Crue, as the legendary acts material dominates the tribute band’s setlist from start to finish.
“We do at least 10 Motley Crue songs in our set, and we play as many as 63 hair band songs,” he continued. “We are always nervous someone is going to get bored with us playing a lot of the same songs in our set, but most people don’t mind because they love the music. Sometimes we get requests for songs from the crowd or the bar owner. It’s a win-win because everyone is having fun.”
If you have never seen LA Roxx perform live before, then you are in for a treat as the band lives and breathes the 80s. From big hair, sizzling guitars, screaming vocals, thundering drums and pounding bass, it’s all here in its over-the-top glory.
And De’Ville said there have been some new additions.
“We have a few new toys that make the show so much more fun,” De’Ville said. “We have a giant laser light, some C-2 cannons and revolving lights. Those lights are really cool too, if you can look past the big hair to see them.”
LA Roxx bandmembers perform the music they love for the people who love glam rock and hair bands. It’s what they do best, and you can see and hear it for yourself this Saturday night.
“It’s a lot of fun, for us and the people, and that’s what it’s all about,” De’Ville stated. “We play this music cause we love it, and the people love it too. That’s why they come to our shows. We’re like a one genre iPod on shuffle.”
Visit www.laroxxband.com or www.facebook.com/laroxxofficial for more information.