Madison, WI 5.16.13-  The role of an opening  band is typically to warm up the crowd for the headliner. However there is nothing typical about Eye Empire. Being an opener can be intimidating when you plant your gear in front of a headliner’s set-up which can be in direct contrast of who you are as a band.  Add to that 80% of the sold-out crowd is there for  the headliner, which for Eye Empire it was VOLBEAT. Eye Empire is Donald Carpenter, lead vocals; B.C Kochmit, guitar; Corey Lowery, bass and drummer, Ryan Bennett. From the start of their set to the final song EE did more than warm up the crowd, they had people who came for VOLBEAT asking themselves who are these guys again? Donald Carpenter is a true showman and a quite good vocalist besides. B.C. Kochmit complimented Donald by using his guitar in rapid fire mode, flinging his long dred locks in step with his playing.  Ryan Bennett’s drumming was rock solid and Corey Lowery’s bass lines glowed like his neon green guitar strings.

If you are into hard rock at all and guttural is not your thing, Eye Empire maybe a band worth checking out before they have an opener of their own and you can’t get a spot on the rail.

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George Burrows' fascination with live music began in the 60's. He saw Cream on October 14, 1968, at Vets Auditorium in Des Moines, One year later Burrows attended The Denver Pop Festival in Mile High Stadium. He witnessed The Jimi Hendrix Experience's final gig on June 29, 1969. His list of artists included many who have shaped music for decades. Around 1993 Burrows become friends/colleagues with people in the music industry. He had developed an impressive networking resume which he used it to his advantage and began a concert photography website. He worked for free through multiple live music websites designed to promote live music and the often struggling artists and venues. His shoot for no pay was an obstacle with other photographers. Burrows’ sole purpose for LGS was for the art, not monetary means. He lived in the music environment and soon developed name recognition. After the loss of his brother, a professional drummer, in 2014, he became serious about becoming a drummer. Burrows began drum lessons. The LGS website, contributors and his studies did not match. In 2016 he was about to pull the plug on LGS and embrace drumming. After a chance consultation with one of the most highly regarded session drummers and programmers today he got his answer. Start a website featuring only drummers. With help, he launched Burrows added his passion for drumming with his expertise of live music photography by launching Drummer Photographer LGS.