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Best Place to See a Metal Show Phoenix 2010 - UB's Restaurant & Bar - CLOSED

UB\'s Restaurant & Bar

UB's Restaurant & Bar

1911 W. Broadway Road

Mesa, AZ 85202


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At first blush, Russ Winn doesn't seem like the kinda person you'd expect to find running a metal venue. He's in his late 70s, is a former military man, and an easy-listening lover, to boot. Sit a spell with the septuagenarian, however, and you'll gain insight into how UB's owner is more than suited for the job: Winn's open-minded, possessing the patience of Job, a substantial sense of humor, and an eagerness to meet new people (even if said individuals look like rejects from a Kerrang! cover shoot). Best of all, he's tone-deaf. Two decades of Air Force service might've cost Russ some hearing, but it also equipped him to endure the sludgy sonic booms supplied by the bombastic bands booked at his Mesa bar and grill. Thanks to Tony Toledo and his militaristic-sounding promotions company, Mosh Pit Army, UB's has become a hot spot for heavy metal, hard rock, and even darker acts, both local and national. Names like Mushroomhead, Testament, Powerman 5000, and Goatwhore have played the place, and there's no sign of the metal mayhem ceasing anytime soon. Not that Russ is a fan of any of these heavy hitters, particularly practitioners of Cookie Monster-style vocals. "I don't get much outta the music because I like songs where you can hear the lyrics," he says. "It sounds like they're just clearing their throats."
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Congrats to Russ of UBs and Tony of Mosh Pit Army. I can't count how many awesome friends I've met, beers I've drank and kick ass metal shows I've played and or seen at UBs. It's a great place for all ages and is welcoming and respectful to all that come! I've seen Russ tap his feet a few times to some gnarly bands - you know he really like$ it! :) - Matt, Wynterborne

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Tony Toledo

Little error in the above article. Mosh Pit Army never booked Mushroomhead or Testament at U.B.'s. However, we have booked the following bands at U.B.'s: Abigail Williams, Abysmal Dawn, Arsis, Asesino, Augury, Belphegor, The Berzerker, Blackguard, Bury Your Dead, D.R.I., Darkane, Darkest Hour, Decrepit Birth, Divine, Heresy, Dying Fetus, Epica, Evile, Exodus, Finntroll, Goatwhore, God Dethroned, Hammerfall, Havok, Heathen, Immolation, Katatonia, Kreator, Krisiun, Lazarus AD, Lightning Swords Of Death, Master, Misery index, Monstrosity, Moonsorrow, Mutiny Within, Nile, Obituary, Orphaned Land, Overkill, Powerglove, Powerman 5000, Pro-Pain, Soilwork, Sonata Arctica, Swallow The Sun, Sworn Enemy, Vader, Warvringer, Threat Signal, Throwdown, Vital Remains, and more!

Upcoming shows: 10/2/10 with Nevermore, Warbringer, Blackguard, & Hatesphere. 10/17/10 with Immolation, Vader, Abigail Williams, Pathology, & Lecherous Nocturne, 11/5/10 with Pinhed featuring Tony Campos of Static-X and Tim Yeung Of Divine Heresy, 11/20/10 with Vehemence, Abysmal Dawn, Ikonoklast, Stands With Fists and more. 12/7/10 with Forbidden, Evile, Gama Bomb, and Bonded By Blood.