Editor’s note: Over the coming weeks, Time Warp will look back at performances that took place at Montage Mountain during summer 2001.
June 20, 2001: Close to 6,000 fans of metal filled the Coors Light Amphitheater at Montage Mountain for the Glam Slam Metal Jam.
The night of metal featured Poison, Warrant, Quiet Riot and Enuff Z’Nuff. This was a return visit for Poison, which performed at Montage in 2000 with fellow rockers Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter.
The jam started with Enuff Z’Nuff, a Chicago-based band well known for the hits “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle.”
Quiet Riot took the crowd back to the mid ’80s when it walked on stage.
“I’m gonna guess that everyone in attendance here tonight loves the music of the ’80s,” lead singer Kevin DuBrow said, and the crowd answered with generous applause. “The ’80s were not just a decade – they were a state of mind. A state of mind where you just wanna party and have a good (expletive) time.”
Quiet Riot started its set with “Metal Health (Bang Yer Head),” “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” and “Cum on Feel the Noise.” During the latter song, DuBrow had guitarist Carlos Cavazzo climb up on his shoulders, recreating a scene from the song’s 1983 music video.
Between sets, Stanley Wender of Plains Twp. spoke with a Scranton Times reporter, recalling how he attended the Quiet Riot show in Scranton in 1983 when he was 13. This time, he brought his daughter, Samantha, to see Poison.
“I want to be like my dad,” she said. “I look up to him, and this music’s better than that Tupac and Ja Rule.”
Cathay Paratis, also of Plains Twp., told the Times that “these bands write real music. Their songs have a lot of meaning, and they play from the heart.”
Warrant followed with its hits, such as “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven” and “Down Boys.” Poison then ended the night. Lead singer Bret Michaels, wearing a floor-length white fur coat and red jeans, got the crowd on its feet with “Look What the Cat Dragged In.” The band continued with hits such as “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In” and “Ride the Wind.”
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast