Review and Photos: Gone is Gone, The Dragonfly, Los Angeles, CA, 4/27/16

Posted by on April 29, 2016

Gone is Gone is the relatively unknown project by very known musicians that recently popped up a few weeks back. Considering its lineup consisting of members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In, the hype was immediate, and this past Wednesday, the band played their first-ever live show in Los Angeles, CA.
Metal Insider contributing photographer Karina Diane attended the show at The Dragonfly and tells us a little about what happened, while showing us what she witnessed.

In an aftermath of an announcement of a new supergroup formation, Gone is Gone played an small and intimate sold out show in Hollywood, CA. Opening up the show was New Language, a band consisting of musicians Matt Cohen (bassist), Tyler Demorest (vocals/guitar) along with the collaboration of Tony Hajjar on drums.  He was relieved of double drum duties for the night, and Matt and Tyler  were joined on stage by Martin Sanchez (drums) and Sebastien Betley (guitar). Unknown to the crowd, the band put on a performance full of energy that left a great impression with the audience. I am sure it won’t be the last we hear of them. The band currently is working on releasing their album which was recorded in the home studio in Los Angeles California as well as booking some more future shows. For now, you can check out the new lyric video for their first single “WAKE UP.”


After what seemed like an hour-long intermission, Gone is Gone finally hit the stage. The supergroup consists of Mastodon’s Troy Sanders (singer / bass), Queens of the Stone Age ‘s Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Hajjar (drummer), and multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Zarin (guitar/keyboards). You could hear the eager audience shouting in excitement “We love you Troys!”

The band started jamming out songs from their self-titled debut, due out July 8, including the single “Violescent” they released a couple weeks ago, which was the only familiar tune to their fans. That being said, witnessing Troy Van Leeuwen jam out on his double neck guitar as well as Mike Zarin switching off between keyboards, guitar and backup vocals made the rest of the set still kept the audience rocking out despite the unfamiliarity of the material. Although no official tour has been yet announced, Troy Sanders did promise that it is not the last we heard from them and they see a great future in store for the band. You can check out Gone is Gone’s latest single “Violescent.”

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