It's been 20 years since I've seen Cold perform a live show.  I'll never forget the tour.  Can't remember the date, but it was way back in 2001 and they were on tour with Godsmack and Staind stopping in Moline to, at that time, The Mark of the Quad Cities.  I was just an angsty high school kid back then, but as it turns out, Friday night I found out I'm now an angsty thirty-something kid.  I just take a multi-vitamin now.

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Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon is just an hour from the Quad Cities and features an amazing BBQ menu, multi-level seating, and plenty of refreshments to whet your whistle.  Not to mention, they book some top-notch musical acts from all music genres for you to enjoy while you chow down on a rack of ribs.

Friday night we took the drive to check out Cold, but also opening acts Divide the Fall and New Dilemma. Minneapolis, Minnesota band Divide the Fall got things started with a great set.  Totally independent band clawing their way up the ladder, these guys really have a good sound and are super cool dudes.

New Dilemma came out next.  The Florida natives really brought the heavy and got the crowd ready for what they came for.

As soon as Scooter Ward and company hit the stage, it was like it was the early 2000's all over again.  Yes, they played some newer stuff, but when they dug deep into the archives and played Just Got Wicked and Suffocate, is when the crowd really came alive.  Once the piano rendition of Bleed started, we all poured our hearts out along with Scooter and everything seemed right in the world for just that small moment in time.

The highlight of the night for me was getting to shake the hand of my goth-girl high school crush not once, but twice.  Check out some photos below.

Cold at Wildwood Saloon


Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.


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