At 72 I am reminded of my love for the strength and beauty of heavy metal music.

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At the age of 72, Darrell Griffin embarked on an extraordinary journey back into the pulsating heart of heavy metal music, a genre that perhaps seemed a distant echo from his younger years. This remarkable resurgence in his musical interests was sparked by an unforgettable night at the famous Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. Alongside Kim, his wife of 40 years, Darrell attended a concert by Thredge, a band that has been creating waves in the heavy metal scene.

Darrell and Kim Griffin with Thredge merch


Thredge Poster for appearance at Whiskey A Go Go 

This particular concert managed to captivate not just the audience present but also garnered over one million hits on social media, highlighting its widespread appeal and impact. This rekindled passion for heavy metal wasn't just about reliving past memories or nostalgia; it was a profound appreciation for the strength and beauty inherent in this genre of music. The raw energy, intricate guitar riffs, and powerful vocals served as a reminder of heavy metal's enduring allure.

Air Supply

Guns and Roses Tee

Managed by Craig Duswalt—a close friend of Darrell's and Kim's with extensive experience working with  icons like Guns N' Roses and Air Supply—Thredge has certainly benefited from seasoned guidance. that is why they hired Craig.


 Attending a Thredge concert at the famous Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles turned into a remarkable experience for Darrell, a vibrant senior citizen of 72 years, and his wife of 40 years, Kim. The venue itself carries an air of legend, having been a launching pad for countless rock icons over the decades. These include bands such as

  1. The Mamas & the Papas: Known for their harmonious folk-pop sound, The Mamas & the Papas also played at the Whisky a Go Go during their early daysf the groups that gained fame by performing at the Whisky a Go Go include
  2. The Doors: The Whisky a Go Go was significant in The Doors' rise to fame. They had a residency there in 1966, and their performances helped them gain attention and a dedicated following.

  3. The Byrds: This influential folk-rock band also performed at the Whisky a Go Go, contributing to their success during the mid-1960s. 

  4. Led Zeppelin: The legendary rock band Led Zeppelin performed at the Whisky a Go Go early in their career, helping them build a fanbase in the United States.

  5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Jimi Hendrix and his band played at the Whisky a Go Go, contributing to his growing reputation as a guitar virtuoso and rock icon.

  6. Van Halen: The iconic rock band Van Halen played at the Whisky a Go Go in the 1970s, helping to establish themselves as one of the leading acts in hard rock.

  7. Guns N' Roses: This hard rock band had early performances at the Whisky a Go Go, which played a role in their rise to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

  8. Motley Crue: The glam metal band Motley Crue performed at the Whisky a Go Go during their early years, contributing to their success in the Sunset Strip rock scene.

These are just a few examples of the many influential bands that performed at the Whisky a Go Go and contributed to its status as a legendary music venue.

It's a place where the walls are steeped in musical history, making it the perfect backdrop for Darrell's rekindled love affair with heavy metal.

The night was electric, charged with the raw energy and powerful performances that Thredge is known for. This band has carved out its own space in the heavy metal scene with its unique sound and compelling stage presence. Managed by Craig Duswalt, who boasts an impressive resume with industry giants like Guns N' Roses and Air Supply, Thredge has gained a significant following.

Their performance that evening was no exception, captivating not only the audience at Whiskey A Go Go but also reaching over one million hits on social media platforms.

For Darrell and Kim, this wasn't just another concert; it was a reaffirmation of music's timeless power to connect people across generations. The experience underscored how heavy metal's strength and beauty continue to resonate deeply with fans old and new alike.

Social Media Success: Thredge's Concert Receives Over One Million Hits

In an age where social media buzz can catapult artists to fame overnight, the heavy metal band Thredge recently rode this digital wave to viral success. Their concert, held at the iconic Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, not only marked a significant moment for the band but also showcased the enduring appeal of heavy metal across generations. Among the attendees were Darrell his wife Kim.

The event was made even more special by their connection to their friend of many years,  Craig Duswalt, Thredge's manager and a seasoned veteran in the music industry known for his work with legendary groups like Guns N' Roses and Air Supply.

The concert itself was nothing short of electrifying, capturing the raw energy and passion that define heavy metal. But it was its resonance on social media that truly underscored Thredge's growing influence in the music scene. Garnering over one million hits across various platforms, this digital milestone not only amplified their reach but also underscored the timeless appeal of rock music.

It served as a testament to how powerful performances combined with strategic social media engagement can create waves that ripple far beyond traditional concert venues.

Craig Duswalt: From working directly with  Guns N' Roses To Thredge - A Friend's Influence

Craig Duswalt's journey from working directly with iconic bands like Guns N' Roses and Air Supply to guiding the emerging heavy metal band Thredge encapsulates a fascinating evolution in the music industry. His move from the mainstream rock and ballad giants of the 80s and 90s to a contemporary heavy metal act demonstrates his versatility and deep understanding of the music world. What makes this transition particularly noteworthy is his personal connection to Darrell Griffin, a senior citizen who has recently rekindled his love for heavy metal, and Kim.

Kim's and Darrell's  friendship with Craig has played a pivotal role in bringing Darrell's attention to Thredge, especially considering their recent performance at the famous Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles.

This concert, which garnered over one million hits on social media, is a testament to Craig's enduring influence in the music scene and the hot tunes from Thredge. . Craig Duswalt's journey exemplifies how lasting relationships can shape careers and catalyze new ventures, proving that passion for music knows no age or genre boundaries.

Thredge at the Whiskey A Go Go

This concert wasn't just another night out; it was a profound experience that resonated deeply with both Darrell and Kim, thanks to their shared history and love for music.

The event itself soared beyond expectations, garnering over one million hits on social media platforms, echoing the electrifying atmosphere that only live music of such intensity could generate. 

My renewed love for heavy metal does not decrease my love for 60'6 and 70's rock.