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away. Before I could call more eff Hanneman was an extremely lay down whatever he wanted. On soloing. Hanneman’s violently sources to verify this news, Blabbergifted guitarist and lyricist who some occasions, he’d record riffs agitated guitar solos are little trips mouth.net confirmed my fear. This wrote the most legendary riffs and that turned into Slayer songs…he’d that spiral the listener into subterconfirmation sucked the wind and words in Slayer’s discography, peri- write riffs that would sometimes ranean circles of Hell. Moreover, enjoyment out of the whole night od. He was a blonde headed thrash never find a place in a Slayer tune the bridge riffs in “Angel of Death” machine who liked the Oakland until the time was right—he once and “Chemical Warfare,” to the intro for me. Hanneman had a profound influence on me that started in 1986 Raiders, camouflage clothing, and sat on a riff for 20 years (like some riffs to “Hell Awaits” and “Raining Heineken—going so far as to have fine wine) and then placed it like Blood,” are epic masterpieces that, and never left my soul. His death custom ESP guitars manufactured some unholy diamond in a Slayer mark my words, future generations at only 49 years old also has a with graphics done in the Heineken setting. He liked playing guitar will regard as brilliant compositions profound affect on me now. logo, but the beer company logo because he actually enjoyed it, like on par with Beethoven, Bach, or I followed Hanneman’s unfortunate words redone to read: Hanneman. a hobby to him (as he actually said Hendrix. Hanneman’s contributions medical story, how he suffered from in interviews), not because the next and creations are timeless and a tragic necrotizing fasciitis infection Hanneman also didn’t give a fuck, “hit” had to be made. Ironically, immortal. Seriously, those Slayer that stopped him from playing with and if you met him, or read his Hanneman already wrote some of riff-examples mentioned above are Slayer for the last two years. Spiderinterviews, you got that loud and already legendary and godly now… bites, flesh-eating bacteria, and clear. That “undisputed attitude” was the biggest “hits” metal would ever get…there’s no ignoring the frenzied again I ask, “Who’s going to argue?” skin grafts became Hanneman’s an admirable part of his personality chanting of SLAYER!!! by thousands Huh? Huh? have music while you are in there, but you will These the 70,000 dismal reality, and not some lyrical that garnered himSurviving a higher levelTons of of Metal Cruise 2013 By Leah Burlington probably only be in there for sleep and showguys ers. There’s so much going on as the bands go put on a ofthingfans each concert…screamwas on my way to not only the biggest metal cool about thisat cruise is that all the bands Hanneman once subject matter the gifted guitarist respect—at least Icruise in this fan’s eyes. from 10am to 5am and Outside don’t forget Karaokeof in Slayer, fantastic on the planet, but to cross off the are doing the exact same thing as us. They are Bolero’s lounge starting at 12am every night. energetCaribbean from my bucket list. This particular eating, mingling, and seeing as ing for drinking “Angel ofbandsDeath” or “Raining The running order of told bands weKNAC got to choose in ic show cruiseSlayer is like the infamous German festival They are one of us, no backstage pass and writer conjured up for the next 2006 that he “always For example, when signed to well. from: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, ANAAL NATHRA- with Wacken Open Air but with clean staterooms, needed here because this ship is one huge Blood,” Hanneman lookedTOPSY, KH,upon ANACRUSIS, ANGRA, ARKONA, CRYPkiller all inclusive food and clean bathrooms. It also backstage party. Weas get to all hang together and Slayer album. Just a month prior gravitated to bands that didn’t sound major label, Def Jam Records, they DELAIN, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REcosboasts 40 of the same kind of Euro/Scandithere is really no-where to go for them so they DORO, DRAGONFORCE, EKTOMORF, tumes navian Metal bands with a few from the USA just enjoy their vacation along with all the fans.not givingITER, the fans, perhaps a fuck to Hanneman’s death due to liver (Slayer) anyway.” He was a didn’t deliver a friendly, ENSIFERUM, ETECC,like EVERGREY, FATAL and and many othermainstream countries. Over 2000 fans It’s pretty special! They don’t mind pictures and SMILE, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, GOTTHARD, much travelled from 55 countries across the globe autographs and some will sit and visit with the that the worshipped HIS HELLOWEEN, HEIDEVOLK, HOLYAlice flair. to attend this stellarand festival. This was the fans the whole night. masses Don’t be afraid to walk up failure. Fill-in guitarist, Gary Holt of bigHELSTAR, fan of in Chains, he liked metal album to their new titanic GRAIL, IMMOLATION, IN FLAMES, INQUISITheir third year that this cruise has sailed the seas politely and say hi to your fave singer or guitar TION, KREATOR, LACUNA COIL, LIZZY BOR- music songs, HIS and HIM—yes, and they are almost ready to start booking you may make a friendlyrics, for life. said, “We’re just all hoping Type ONILE, Negative...and inof the same home. No, they actually went in the player, but they stillExodus put on a spectacular performance! DEN, METAL CHURCH, NIGHTMARE, hearkens back to the old days pure heavy for 2014! Cristina and Andrea really blow me away with The first thing you want to do was when you get ONSLAUGHT, RAGE, SABATON, SUBWAY metal with wicked guitar solos by Mr. Y and raunHanneman atowicked metal day. I finished the Whatturned should you pack a Metal Cruise your stateroom is find your running order of the Jeffto this gets better. I’m just keeping his admitother direction and inforReign TO SALLY, SINISTER, interview, STEEL ENGRAVED, Hanneman chy vocals of Blade. Alx even prowls the stage with a their vocal dueling second night with Rage and the Ligua Mortis you ask? First thing you must have is combands playing for the day/night and map out who scowl on his face and Phil rounds the band out Orchestra in the Theater inside. I know some deity and the HEART of Slayer, fortable shoes or boots as you will be running you want to see and where they are. Then find with his flashy drumming style. seat until he’s ready come ted that he enjoyed listening to the In Blood—most offrom which Hanneman of the fans were in tearswarm and I heard from my deck to deck, every hour on the hour the map of the ship by the elevators and see friends how they were looking so forward to seetrying to make one of 40 bands that is playing where everything is. You need to get yourself We wandered the ship and saw many guys whether we all knew it before his live. and bring the pain.” B-52’s. Whodressed would’ve thunk it? penned on guitar each and in prose. hour. Then there are the All Star Jams, acquainted with your ship ASAP when you get in Viking and Pirate garb so much that I ing this bandback meet and greets and making time in there onboard so you don’t get lost and miss your I thought I was at a Ren Faire. I also saw many death, we certainly can acknowlI awoke refreshed at 8:00 am to a beautiful day to eat.most This isn’t your parent’s cruise of rest shows. Ask the friendly staff if you need help guysthat’s dressed in their metal vests mostly admit, I think cool asthathell…as Reign In Blood, the legendand looking Unfortunately, out my window I saw the Caribbean Gary Holt stepped and relaxation! This is non-stop mayhem because they are there for you and you will get come from Europe , Scandinavia, and South island of Grand Turk awaiting me. Once you it now, posthumously. Who’s for 4 actual days of partying, mingling and a edge person appointed specifically to your room. America. People were already getting their party a death metal guitarist who also reary thrash album rocking ever released get past the into duty free shops tourist crap boots of a guitar-god the hell out. The good news is that You also have a TV in your room that plays on at 3pm and drinking pretty heavily. Drinking theandhuge you walk to the right of it all, you have a lovely the bands all play twice and there are three allgoing the bands that on the ship 24/7, so you in hand, those Viking guys were having toareargue? beach all to your own to walk. After a much venues;fastest, a lounge, an indoor theater and ally likes thehorns never thought is 29-minutes of the most theB-52’s, time of their lives!IWe wandered into the beto coming back…and needed restwho and time towon’t self I walked back the awesome outdoor open air stage at the Ensiferum show at the Theater and watched a civilization and looked to find out where the hell pool. Many people watchshortest the shows from in kilts sing their folk metal to thealso inband extreme metal extreme, most horrific, and Hanneman publically maintained a anyone elsewhole the ship went. When I turned here left the two hot tubs that are by the swimming the only pain is what us Slayer happy crowd. We then went to the All Star band everyone from instead, there was a Mecca of bars and beach pool, where they have belly flop contests and jam in Bolero’s Lounge and saw Doro sing with held the B-52’s as a guilty pleasure. doses of metal ever collected forforget real humble approach to his guitar the infamous 70k pool girls. Don’t lounge chairs with Metal-Heads everywhere Cristina Scabbia. They did a killer version of fans feel the world over—the huge to pack your Metal Shirts, Camera’s, warm Motorheads “Killed by Death” with Snowy Shaw lying in the sun, wading in the surf and drinking clothes,move just in case asis it cools off at night fruity drinks with umbrellas. Snowy Shaw and makes release. That whole what skills—“humble” being Hanneman’s Knowing Hanneman on drums and the rest did of the Doro band rocking me void left from and being on deck for a show at 3am might Bas Maas took pic’s with us and I watched Inthe loss of such a through the song! Many musicians were there for be a bit cold and it could rain as well. Bring a Flames and Evergrey frolicking in the ocean jam, but I had to leave and see Fabio Lione smile BIG. oftheAngra pure balls is all about. my own self-deprecating point-of-view bathing suit And for the poolin and the beach and monumental, uncompromising, origising for all my PP friends that have told of course sun-block. The sun is really harsh me how spectacular he is. They were right! This down there if you balls aren’t used to it. Bring your opinion, Hanneman had the of his own talent. That’s somewhat I attended my wonderfully talented band from Brazil kicked nal, and magnificent guitarist/lyricist. first-ever Revolver hangover stuff and Airbourne is a must to ass with their new Italian singer Fabio who has keep well as is vitamins of some sort. If you size of Jupiter. get honorable, as Hanneman didn’t sung with bands like Rhapsody of Fire, Labysea sick please bring your sea sickness Golden Gods awards when I rolled I think Jeff Hanneman wouldn’t rinth, Ayreon, Vision Divine as well as singing pills. Bring a power strip because you only on tour with Kamelot, and he the seem to harbor an inflated ego have one electric outletabout in your room. Drink into L.A. forstage the 5thcommanded annual Jeff Hanneman didn’t care with GG’s his very presence. We then went tons of water and make sure to pace yourself mind—or at least he wouldn’t give a to the pool deck to see one of my fave bands drinking or you won’t have the stamina to about his abilities, but it’s also ever, Evergrey take the stage. charged Tom Englund tore up metal night.the I stage was really making platinum albums enjoy this festival! because fuck—when I say, “we love and miss up with his amazing guitar prowess seriously inaccurate, because very and speaking and brooding vocals. Soon after, we went to Anotherwas thing that to is a must is having for enough theto see “Broken Hope” his modus operandi write the Theater Doro and this was my first you, Jeff, and the world won’t ever credit on your credit card or your debit card SIGNAL, TIAMAT, TURISAS, TÝR and actual time seeing her sing live with her kick ass they attach that to your Sail Pass which few guitarists like HannemanTHREAT (and gospel as went toincluded themyGolden Gods forget you.” himself. Over the asyou years, Hanneman UNEXPECT. band, which good friend Bas Mass will need for anything like alcoholic who used to play guitar with After Forever. Her drinks, coffee, water and merch of any sort. Kerry King included), has created That first night I got to see: Helstar, Sabaton, amazing band is,BH Luca Princiotta on bass, Nick The to pricesplay on this cruise werefun very reasonarmed with Douglas a new album. Just would say he liked for Delain, Helloween, Lizzy Borden, Dragonon guitar and Johnny Dee on drums able. If you buy liquor on ship or on shore --Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope)— force,or Metal Church, and I ended my night with who used to play with Britney Fox back in the a more identifiable guitar tone not get it until after the cruise. It isn’t I was leaving my hotel, got outside of Slayer.you Atwill home he’d the exciting Viking bandas from Finland, Turisas day. Doro put on a superb show withI her head- a allowed, so no you can’t smuggle liquor on. on the pool deck at 2:30am. That band had the banging style of old school metal and she took The cruise line probably makes most of its recognizable style of riffing and that Hanneman had passed record with a drum machine crowd of red and black text face painted fans going control of the stage with so much power and money on liquor sales and and I am surprised absolutely bonkers! Eight hours of non- stop passion! I grew a huge respect for the Queen of the Metal-Heads didn’t drink the ship dry by the end! The first thing I see when I am about to board the ship is the huge line of MetalHeads all dressed in the black uniforms of their fave Metal bands! The first band sightings I have are the Evergrey guys and Snowy Shaw from Sabaton & Therion. The
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On Tuesday the second day of the cruise, everything kicks into high gear. I get up at about noon and hit the Windjammer with Danae to have breakfast and started out our day sitting next to the guys in Helloween. We took off to the Spectrum lounge and proceeded to see one of my fave bands from Sweden, Fatal Smile.
Metal in this hour and became a huge fan right there. They did a wicked set and ended it with “All We Are.” Her new Cd “Raise Your Fist in the Air” rocks!
I got to see Italian band Lacuna Coil on the pool deck and as many times as I have seen them they get better and better even without Marco playing bass. He wasn’t able to make the cruise,
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John Hummel (1 of the 2) “We’re All Bonzo Wanna Be” Winners; slamming during “Heartbreaker”
The Bonzo Bash has become a regular event each year now since Joe Sutton and Brian Tichy held the inaugural event in 2010. The response from those in attendance is always, we want more! Each time, I get to experience Bonzo, Joe and Brian, their support team and all the artists involved give the audience what they ask for: More lights, more sound, more drummers, more musicians overall. Everyone freely gives of their time and soul to help celebrate John Bonham’s life and the music he left behind. Each drummer took the stage accompanied by a changing assortment of musicians on vocals, guitars, bass and keys… What follows are images of some of the artists who performed at this year’s event.
M.C/Drum legend Carmine Appice joined by co-host, Nicko Mc Brain… the give and take between them was quite amusing (and of course, Nicko was a monster on the drums during “Immigrant Song”
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ADLER at House of Blues/Hollywood
The four-piece band consisting of Jacob Bunton (vocals/guitar/keys), Lonny Paul (guitar/vocals), Johnny Martin (bass/vocals), and namesake Steven Adler (drums), took the stage to a full house and set the place on fire! This isn’t a piecemeal group of random players with a famous drummer; it’s a tight-knit unit that is hot, sweet and sticky…like a rock band should be. (Good to be Bad) Since I was able to spend some time with them at this event, I saw the camaraderie and respect of a band that actually likes each other. No gimmicks or sideshows here; just straightahead, in-yer-face rock & roll that will have you tapping your foot from the downbeat and singing along by the second line of the first chorus. (The One that You Hated). And from 12 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
the titles and lyrics of the songs, could easily be the soundtrack of life for anyone who’s ever lived in the world of music. (Another Version of the Truth) Only a group of rockers who have fought in the trenches and tasted both victory and defeat could write songs like these. It was incredible to see these cats up there leaving it all on the stage; especially Steven who has had a bumpy ride over the last decade (My Own Worst Enemy), but for those of you who think he may have lost his edge; you are (Dead Wrong)! Front man Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric/Lynam) is a seasoned pro with a great set of pipes and musical hands to fill out Lonny Paul’s (Adler’s Appetite) meaty guitar work over Johnny Martin’s (LA Guns) bullet-proof bass lines; a winning combination when you factor in the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” grooves of Steven Adler (Your Diamonds). After thoroughly digesting this CD and seeing them kill onstage at the HOB, it would be a sin of omission to not mention the outstanding contributions made by producers Jeff Pilson (Dokken/Foreigner) & Jay Ruston (Anthrax/ Stone Sour); not only did Jeff lend his bass and writing skills to the project, but appearances by Slash and John5 brought a certain vibe to their respective tracks that made them even more meaningful. (Just Don’t Ask) While there might be a bit of polish in the arrangements of the
songs that adds dimension to them, much of the rawness and honesty was left intact without artificial additives. (Waterfall) Great songs and spirited performances makes this show wanted to be seen again. So if you haven’t had the opportunity to see and hear this amazing band yet, go to http://www.facebook.com/adlermusic to check for upcoming dates. You won’t be disappointed because these guys are the real thing and I will definitely be making it a (Habit) to go to ADLER shows! -Rob Gainey While at Rocklahoma this Summer Alex Kluft caught up with Jacob Bunton frontman for Lynam and Steven Adler’s new group Adler. Adler played their first show opening for Steel Panther at the House of Blues. How’s your day going so far? My day is going amazing. It started very very early, but I’m not complaining. These festivals are always so amazing, because you get to meet up with a bunch of bands, friends and come together just hang out. It’s just a big family friends and just an awesome thing to be a part of. Have you played Rocklahoma before? We’ve actually played Rocklahoma three times.
Every now and then, I hear a band that stands head & shoulders above the pack of overly-clever people searching for something new; Adler isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. Having heard their debut CD, I was very much looking forward to this show. It seems that whenever Steven’s name is mentioned, everyone immediately thinks of the past, but for the crowd who showed up December 17th at the House of Blues in Hollywood expecting to hear another version of Adler’s Appetite or a G&R rehash, they were in for a big surprise; Rock & Roll is back...(Back from the Dead).
We were the band in 2008, Lynam that is, when the tornado came through and blew the stages down. That was our equipment onstage when we were told to get off the stage and run. We got off the stage and started running as fast as we could as the whole stage was collapsing. Some of our equipment suffered, some less than desirable damage. That was our first experience at Rocklahoma and that was Oklahoma’s way of telling us to get the hell out of their town, but we came back. You can’t keep us down. Has Adler played live yet?
What’s it like being in a band with the original drummer from Guns N’ Roses? It’s insane because growing up Appetite For Destruction was always my favorite record when I was a little kid. I always worshiped Guns N’ Roses, I still do. The craziest thing about doing the record is we had Slash and John 5 play on it. With Slash I remember being in the vocal booth looking out through the glass seeing Slash and Steven and just going wow and pinching myself. That’s amazing. Do you think it’ll be a big transition from playing shows with Lynam to Adler? I imagine so. As I said we haven’t played any shows yet so I don’t know. We played a lot of big venues with Lynam as an opener. Obviously we’ve never headlined Rocklahoma or anything like that. I’m definitely looking forward to what the future holds. It’s a lot of fun. What do you think an Adler setlist will be made of? We’re just going to do Adler stuff, probably no more than two Guns N’ Roses songs. We’ll probably rotate them every night, because no matter what any of the original guys from Guns N’ Roses do, bandwise they’re always going to have to do Guns N’ Roses. To me it’s an honor. Are you going to do any Adler’s Appetite songs? No, just Adler and a couple Guns N’ Roses songs. How does it feel to be singing those songs? Amazing, because I’m just as connected to those songs as anyone else. I’ve always loved the music. What bands did you get to check out? I got to see The Darkness, who I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. Rob Zombie’s show was absolutely incredible. He gives Kiss a run for their money on production www.adlerrocks.com
Kix on Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas
By Leah Burlington
after hit, Steve Whiteman gyrated, convulsed, danced, bounced, rolled around and kept the crowd appeased every second of the show! At one point he rolled on the stage so hard that as he landed on his ass he said “I didn’t know that was concrete.” You know this guy gives every ounce of energy he has to entertain the crowd and that just feeds the fire and makes this band one of the best live rock n roll bands in the world. They have been rocking the east coast mostly for 30 years and tonight we in Vegas If you have ever been to the Fremont Street Experience, also called Freakmont by the locals, were just honored and estatic that Kix finally made it back to the west coast and to Sin City to you know that when they have concerts down there you never know what will happen, with all kick our asses and show us what a real rock n the freaks, homeless and weirdo’s that frequent roll band is all about. the place, at times it can be a bit scary, but They ended the show with Steve Whiteman also a people watchers dream come true. This weekend just happened to be Nascar weekend. doing his infamous rap about a groupie chick As it came closer to show time I realized as the that came onto the bus and drank all his beer, crowd by the stage got more and more thick that did all his drugs and then proceeded to get sick. there were quite a few Nascar jackets and hats Then they shoot straight into “Yeah, Yeah Yeah,” among the attendees. A lot of people I talked to the finale. I gotta say he had me in stitches and were from Maryland and there were even some tears during the rap, and the final song just people that were just there and when they found clinched it for me. Kix isn’t for kids, Kix is for grown-ups!! out Kix was playing they were stoked by the coincidence. There were also the die hards like me and my Vegas friends that have been waiting Set List: to see this kick ass band live for over 25 years. No, I had never seen Kix live! I was about to be Ring Around Rosie, Lie Like a Rug, Red Hot, blown away! Sex, The Itch, Girl Money, Don’t Close your eyes, Laying Rubber, Cold Shower, The band exploded onstage to the drum beat Cold Blood, Blow My Fuse, Midof Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant, while front man night Dynamite, Yeah yeah Steve Whiteman, dressed all in blue, whipped yeah the crowd into a frenzy opening with “Ring around Rosie.” The band has had many line- up changes over the years, but the four members that are from the original 80’s line up remain today. Brian “Damage” Forsythe has an incredible old school style of playing and image that hearkens back to the 80’s. Steve Whiteman has the exact same haircut he has had forever! They remain true to their image and their musical style which is fine with the fans. Ronnie “10/10” Younkins shredded up the stage, always with hair hanging in his face but showing that he still has the chops. The newer member since 2003, bassist Mark Schenker was grinning away, just looking like he was having the time of his life as thousands of people were rocking their asses off and feeding off the energy of the band and returning it in back to them. As they played hit Fremont Street Experience - people couldn’t have created a more odd pairing of having the rambunctious rock n roll band KIX play during the Nascar race weekend. Kix had not played Las Vegas for over twenty years and when they did it was at the notorious Shark Club. Kix was formed in 1977 in Hagerstown Maryland and they have been long awaited by fans to come back to Sin City.
No, we haven’t played a show together yet. We recorded the Record. It’s completely done. It’s just gotta get mixed and mastered now, and hopefully it’ll be out by the end of the year. As soon as the records done we’ll start putting together some shows.
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“Welcome to the spectacle of Carnavalia!”
This year during NAMM the Second Annual Celebrity Roast was to be featuring Dee Snider. Dee has received a lot of crap in his days as the lead singer of the metal band, “Twisted Sister,” for wearing lingerie way back in the 70’s and then as they evolved their image into a hair metal band of the 80’s. With campy hits like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” Dee knows what it’s like to be bullied. He grew to accept it and then savor it and learned to give it right back! He’s as strong as they come with balls of steel. He is an Iconic Metal Front Man after all, and has seen and heard everything that people can dish out to him. Well he knew he was really in for it with celebs on the Dais like Zakk Wylde, Lita Ford, Eddie Trunk, Scott Ian, Jim Florentine, his wife and son -Suzette and Shane, Jim Norton, Criag Gass and Mark Metcalf who had the starring role in those pivotal Twisted videos from the 80’s with the line that we will never forget..”What do you wanna do with your life?” Dee took everything said about him in stride and good humor. The whole thing was hosted by Penn Jillette who is a comedian and half of Penn and Teller, who are Vegas favorites. Dee was basically laughing his ass off the whole time and he appeared to enjoy him-self. He cracked on his dais pretty well and gave the ribbing right back to his peers. The Red Carpet before the show was jam packed with celebs like, Mark Metcalf, Zakk Wylde, In This Moment, Penn Jillette, Brendan Small from Dethklok, Huntress, Exodus, Geoff Tate, Tony Harnell, Bumblefoot, Eddie Trunk, Dee and his family, Gary Hoey, Lita Ford, Jim Florentine, Craig Gass, Kerri Kassum, Jose Magen, Kyng, Lorenzo Lamas, Tim Ripper Owens, Scott Ian, Rex Brown, and many others. The whole thing was filmed for AXS TV and all benefits went to Music Cares, so if you want to see it you can find it on Youtube. By Leah Burlington
album – a journey through a symbolic theme park derived from satirical and dramatic influences.” –Reads their website, which I agree with. Viza, aside from performing their unique sounds, they are the voice for promoting social consciousness of human rights and community issues and they also try to provide opportunities to fundraise for various charities, homeless shelters and orphanages. 2 Songs I recommend and I currently enjoy are “Carnivalia” and “Trans-siberian standoff.” I find them uniquely
addicting, the mixed feelings about this type of rock are what keep me listening to such over and over again. It has been my first and only show, but I’m definitely looking forward to more of their shows here in L.A., I may not see them in “Carnivalia“ theme attires, (as they did in their cd release show) but The eminent energy and professionalism of putting together I surely expect another great high-energy performance! a musical spectacle, is, I believe, the result of the constant local and -Enrique Nuñez international touring and performances with international acts, which after being skeptic (as I said before) made me take my thoughts back and actually paying attention and allow myself to be captivated by “The strangest show on earth”. “Viza’s fifth album, ‘Carnivalia’ is the band’s most animated
hat hasn’t the legendary Dee Snider not done?? He has been rocking the world and singing for metal band Twisted Sister for 40 years, made a movie, “Strangeland,” done the TV shows “Meet the Sniders,” and “Growing Up Twisted,” done the radio show “House of Hair,” voiceovers for many TV shows, wrote a kick ass autobiography “Shut Up and Give Me the Mic,” been fired on “Celebrity Apprentice,” sang and acted in the Halloween show “Van Helsings Curse,” and even did a Cd, “Dee Does Broadway.” The man can do anything, but one of the best things he does is Twisted Sister, one of the most underrated bands in the History of Metal. He is the most articulate, and intelligent front-men in metal and even showed congress how eloquent he was at the PMRC hearings that also featured Frank Zappa and John Denver. That single moment in time right there was what has made Dee Snider a hero, by standing up to the censorship of music by our own government.
As the curtains opened and the fans made their way through to take the best spots closer to the stage a melodic renaissance/ middle eastern ambient started to embrace the HOB and as soon as the circus-teque (if that term could be used) music faded (it was being played live) after a four-count, the heavy guitars and riffs made their way through as VIZA (formerly known as VISA) began their set with “Carnavalia”. Confused for a moment and not sure for a split second if I was at the House of Blues on Sunset, the Ren Faire or a circus, I was quite skeptic of what to expect of a band with instruments more than just guitars, bass and drums. I know anything is possible these days, but besides the energetic performers the sound and percussions captivated me. Somehow VIZA makes it work and while blending these unusual instruments, their sound is, with all respect, is reminiscent of System Of A Down, which in my opinion, is a compliment.
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Bjorn Englen Disciple and High Priest to the “Metal Church”
discussed the various auction items and top notch event staff, describing it as “very organized, and among the nicest part of (their) US tour.” He had nothing but high praise for Wendy Dio and the entire experience. Though he loves playing Dio’s entire catalogue, Bjorn’s favorite song to play with Dio Disciples is “The Last In Line.”
Bjorn’s upcoming plans include playing the Monsters of Rock cruise with Dio Disciples (late update: singer Mark Boals is replacing Tim “Ripper” Owens for the cruise), where they’ll be performing two shows over four days at sea. He is also looking forward to touring in South America for the very first time this June when Dio Disciples stops there on their upcoming tour. Bjorn recently played a show at the Whiskey with Uli Jon Roth’s California touring band, which he was part of in recent years (The band also included current Soul Sign and former Yngwie vocalist Mark Boals). One of many NAMM parties, Bjorn provided a thunderous low end for a very enthusiastic capacity crowd. “It’s always fun playing with Uli,” says Bjorn, who spoke very highly of his incredible improvisational abilities, which “really suit (his) own playing style.” Bjorn went on to say he met Uli at NAMM in 2007, when he was with Yngwie Malmsteen. He then reminisced about touring with Yngwie, describing the gig as “a dream come true.” “I’ve always admired him,” says Bjorn, who grew up listening to his albums, and felt his style of playing would mesh well with Malmsteen’s. One time while on tour with Yngwie in Spain, Bjorn and crew left the stage early when someone became ill (no names were mentioned). This disappointed an arena of fiery Spaniards, who apparently didn’t forget easily- When he returned to Spain on tour with Tony MacAlpine, there were several strongly-worded inquiries about when Yngwie’s band was going to come back and make up for the show that was cut short. Bjorn says emphatically, “Don’t end early in Spain!”
At 13 years of age, Bjorn started playing bass, citing the fact that all the other instruments were more popular, and that bass appealed to him as much, if not more, than guitar or drums. He went on to explain that a few years later, he “was ready to tour the world.” At a very young age, he found himself touring in the band Quiet Riot and ended up performing dozens of shows with them, starting in Texas with a hard rock soiree he described as a “wild gig…almost a riot!” As a member of Dio Disciples, who performed at the Ronnie James Dio benefit last Halloween, Bjorn
Being in so many bands can be a source of conflict. Bjorn cited unfortunate scheduling issues and his involvement with Tony MacAlpine’s band’s long tour schedule as the reason for his departure from Yngwie’s touring band. These things are bound to happen when you are simultaneously part of multiple world-class projects, and Bjorn has always adapted to new settings and circumstances. As an interesting side note, Bjorn has coincidentally been in several of the same acts as Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Yngwie and Dio Disciples). As for his other current band, Soul Sign, Bjorn is excited to have recently released a new recording entitled, “Life In The Dark” with an impressive line-up that includes his a forementioned band mate Mark Boals (Yngwie, Uli Jon Roth, and also currently Dio Disciples). Bjorn explained how after being “on hold a few years” (the band actually came into existence in 1995), Soul Sign is coming along well and getting the show on the road. Bjorn endorses the following equipment, and has longstanding relationships with each of these manufacturers: Carvin Bass Guitars, EBS bass amps and pedals (he’s celebrating 10 years), MARI Strings (going on 17 years), Spectraflex cables (5 years), Hipshot De-Tuners and Hardware, Dunlop picks.
Andino - Bass, and Jon Young - Drums make up Roadside Ghost. The band has one interest, “Sharing the music with the world.” They are doing it one stage at a time and one show at a time. If you are looking for a band that is rock radio friendly and appeals to the masses this is your band. Self described as “a breath from the 60’s captured by the winds of the 80‘s and 90‘s to form a sound that is familiar but new.” House Others have of Blues Anaheim is a welldescribed them as havknown music venue that features both local as well as national bands on their prestigious ing a sound similar to Bob Segar or Nirvana. I would stage. On Wed, March 6th local talent took consider them a combo of the stage for an all ages show put on by all the above. Acropolis RPM. Out of Corona, California is an up and coming It is hard to get people out to a show on any Wedneslocal band that will rock you to your core. day night but to keep them Meet Roadside Ghost. Gary Green - Lead out late, that is a feat all Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Erick Holter - Lead unto itself. Guitar and backing Vocals, Steve “Dino” 16 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
But T4P did just that. Rob T- Rhythm Guitar and Lead Vocals, Cody McCord - Lead Guitar, “Dragonface” Clay Kindred - Bass, and Steven PoindexterDrums have the talent and chemistry with each other to do just that. If you want pop rock with a fist full of fun lyrics, take a listen to this band. High energy, melodic and sometimes on the edge of hard rock, this band engages their fans and makes them feel like they are part of the show. In fact they make it seem like you are all at the same party and in a sense you are. There is a sea of local talent in SoCal. It seems that every night offers a local band to feed your craving and style of music. From high end venues to dive bars there are shows for music fans of all ages and genres. You never know what you will get so get out and catch a show. Support local music...”Today’s locals are tomorrows nationals.” Melissa Anderson
met Bjorn Englen at NAMM where he was doing signings for Carvin and EBS Amplification. Like most participants, he describes NAMM as “always chaotic… a crazy event,” where he played, met up with friends and made new friends along the way. Bjorn has one of most impressive resumes of all hard rock and heavy metal bass players in the music industry. In addition to having played around 1500 shows and recorded somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 albums, Bjorn has toured many continents with the likes of Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, and tons of other incredible musicians. He is currently a member of Soul Sign, Dio Disciples, and Tony MacAlpine’s band. Bjorn sat down to chat with me shortly after NAMM to discuss what currently lies ahead for him in the music world, as well as his past musical experiences.
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TRIPPY THE CLOWN’S “METAL MADNESS” With Legendary Rock Photographer
TRIPPY – So, Zloz, I gotta tell ya brotha…Dis wasn’t easy man. I almost lost my mind choosing my top 5, but after I drank a case of beer and head banged to SLAYER’S “South of heaven” I found dis awesome shot in your archives. ZAKK WYLDE and KERRY fukun KING. 2 of my favorite metal wizards. These two fuckers are crazy so I’m sure it was an actionpacked day. When did you shoot dis photo and what was it for brotha? ZLOZ – Well Trippy, I shot this photo in 2008. I had brother Zakk and brother Kerry down at my studio one day and I believe we were doing a shoot for EMG Pickups. Zakk is an EMG Pickup guy and so is Kerry King and they are the best of friends. There both guitar gods D’Elegance. Anyway, they came down and hung with father Zloz , that’s what ZAKK calls me, but anyway, we had a great time. These guys are family. I’ve been working with both of them since 1988 and we were all hanging out shooting the shit and probably drinking a lot of beer. Some of these guys that you work with over the years not only do you have a working relationship with but they become your great friends.
Beverly center?” How much did you rescue it for?” and Zakk said,” oh 2,500 dollars,” and then Zakk left the next day and left the dog with me. Oh, that dogs sick. The dog shits and pee’s all TRIPPY - Hell ya Zloz! Last year I came down over my floor. Sometimes it pees in my bed. He to hang at your studio while you were shooting throws up and makes a mess everywhere with Madman ZAKK. Dat was a good time. What’s his food. He has seizures, but he’s a good dog one of da craziest experiences you ever had with I guess. Zakk didn’t even have the dog for 24 Zakk on a photo shoot cuz I know he’s one crazy hours and he left him with me. fucker! TRIPPY – HA HA HA… Ya, I met da ZLOZ- Well Trippy he used to be crazier. He’s dog. Somethins not right about da still crazy but he doesn’t drink anymore so he’s dog. So Zloz, what about KERRY not dancing around the borealis anymore, but KING….SLAYERRRRRRRRRRRR Zakk likes to get pretty crazy. We did a Monster RULESSSSSSSSSSSSS….. What’s Kerry like Cable shoot and he had these big amps and he to shoot? was throwing them on the ground so I just went ZLOZ – Kerry’s great. A real pro. He looks with it. Let me think? Oh… I have a good one
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ferocious and intimidating but he’s really a sweetheart. His wife AYESHA, she’s great too. I was just hanging with them in New York not too long ago at the “Samson Metal Masters” event. It’s always a good time hanging with Kerry. One night I was having a feast at my house and DAVE LOMBARDO was supposed to come by, but instead Kerry shows up. We were eating oysters and stuff and Kerry doesn’t eat seafood but he partied with us and it was great! I love Kerry. It’s always fun going drinking with Kerry because he can keep up with the best of us. TRIPPY- I gotta tell ya SLAYER is one of my favorite bands ever and they are heavier den hell. You like em right? ZLOZ – I love all the guys but hey I’m old man and you know, I like some Rock and Roll but that’s some pretty heavy stuff. The last time I saw them, it was ANTHRAX, MEGADEATH, and SLAYER at the Universal Amphitheatre and oh my god SLAYER was on fire. The guitar playing and everything was insane.
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for you Trippy. Zakk lived at my house for 8 days and that’s how I got my little dog COMMANDO. Zakk came back to my place one night with this little thing running around like a nut. He said he rescued it from the Beverly Center Mall and I said “you rescued it from the
TRIPPY – Hell ya Zloz! A friend of mine went to that show and said dat after da show was over, the whole place was torn apart. He said all da seats were ripped out, deare was blood all over da floor, and a lot of irreparable damage and the whole place was wrecked. Dat makes for a great fukun show! SLAYER has one of da most brutal mosh pits on da planet. Tell me about da pit Zloz? Were you in it? ZLOZ – I was in the photo-pit for a while until I bailed out of there. It was sort of life threatening being in the photo-pit of a Slayer show. I’m too old and I can’t risk my life anymore but it was fun. It’s always great stuff at a Slayer show. A little chaotic but always fun! TRIPPY – So here’s my next favorite shot Zloz. DIMEBAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. I gotta tell ya brotha dis photo of DIMEBAG is bad ass! You have a lot of kick ass photos of DIME, but this one popped right out at me like an unstoppable tank ready to explode and tear shit up! Everything from DIME’S pose, to da metal roaring on his face, to da bad ass camouflage warrior guitar. Dis one rules metal brotha. ZLOZ – Thanks Trippy. This DIMEBAG shot that
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Here with my good pal, Legendary Rock photographer, NEIL ZLOZOWER and if you don’t know who he is then you’re dumb. If you look at any magazine in da past forty years, I bet you fifty grand you will see a photo credited by my good pal ZLOZ. I went through his bad ass catalogue and chose 5 of my favorite metal shots to discuss with ZLOZ and to find out what went down during the shoot.
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TRIPPY – What year was dis shot taken Zloz? ZLOZ – That was taken Trippy in 1993. you picked Trippy was from 1997. It had something to do with the bicentennial because after we did the majority of the shot Dime put on this Uncle Sam outfit with the top hat, and he painted his beard grey like UNCLE SAM, and so on. You can’t even tell its Dime. He looks like UNCLE SAM. So anyway, he came into the shoot alone and we had fun. Dime was great to work with and he did everything I wanted, what I asked of him. He was great! Dime liked to drink. I think he used to drink Jack Daniels, but we were hanging out and it was fun, cause he’s a good old
TRIPPY – Zloz, one of da reasons I picked Lemmy’s shot other than its fuckin cool as fuck is becuz of all of this fuckin bullshit goin on with guns rights and shit… LEMMY seems da like guns and so do I. Whats ur thoughts on guns brotha Zloz. ZLOZ- Well…. you know what Trippy, I don’t own any guns because if I had some guns one of my x girlfriends would have probably blown my brains out a long time ago. You know, some of them were sort of psychopathic and lost their minds pretty easy, especially when it’s that time of the month but…I mean, obviously there’s a lot of violence and trauma that’s gone on the past 3 years. The wrong people having guns, but like the gun fanatics say, “Guns don’t kill, people do. TRIPPY – YA got dat right Zloz…Couldn’t a said it beddur myself brotha… ZLOZ - Hey Trippy, I noticed so far you didn’t pick any of my live shots? TRIPPY - What da hell you want from me, blood? Relax brotha, have a fuckin beer and chill da fuck out.. Im gedden to dat……. Sheeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz…..
ZLOZ – Marilyn Manson, Trippy, I shot in Ohio in 1997. I think I was there for Fernandes Guitars. I was there to shoot the guitar player and that was sort of early in MARILYN’s career and I didn’t know what to expect. I just remember I was getting spit on and people were climbing in the photo pit.
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ZLOZ – (laughs) I like this better anyway Trippy because any douche bag can go to a concert and get 3 songs and shoot live. They may not be very good, but almost anybody could do it. Half the people in the pit these days have there I phones and their shooting photos. All this stuff you Texas boy and I like good old Texas girls, at picked here Trippy is all film except for least I used to when I used to go to Texas all the the Zakk Wylde and Kerry King photo. time. Dime was a great player, a great guy, and it So I like your choices so far brotha. was a tragic loss what happened to him. I mean Your doing good. everybody misses DIMEBAG. Brother Zakk TRIPPY – Dats cause I’m DA METAL misses him, I miss him. Unfortunately, Pantera GOD and I know what da fuck I’m was sort of breaking apart a few years after I doing Zloz. shot this but they will be remembered forever and Dime lives on in every body’s memory. ZLOZ – I guess you do. Why do you think I hang with you, because you TRIPPY – You got dat right Zloz. All hail DIMEBAG…Da one and only……Dis next photo know what to do, and you like to drink, and you hang with hot chicks! Except I picked of yours is brutal brotha…Look ad dis shit… LEMMY…one cool fukur…. holdin up dat I gotta bigger weiner than you do. (laughs) bad ass gun. Tell us about dis shot ZLOZ. ZLOZ- Well Lemmy’s a big cowboy/wild west fan so I can’t remember if he was supposed to be BILLY THE KID or WYATT EARP or whoever. But he came in, alone, and Lemmy is always fun to work with. He’s a living icon, Lemmy. I mean, what can you say about THE LEMMEISTER, He’s a great guy, he makes great music, and he hangs out at the Rainbow five nights a week. They just did a movie about him and I think he’s bigger now than ever. Just make sure you bring ear plugs to a MOTORHEAD show cause he’s about as loud as any human being I’ve ever seen in my life.
TRIPPY – Real fukin funny fucker. Just cuz I’m 3 foot one don’t mean shit man…I’m hung like a beast fukur…Ten inches off da ground! Haaaaaaaaaaaa…….Okay… back to FUKUN METAL MADNESS with MARILYN MANSON …Da “SHOCK ROCK” aficionado….Dis specific photo represents the pure insanity of Manson’s earlier days on stage. I love dis photo Zloz! Tell us what da fuck went down man.
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TRIPPY – ha ha ha… Dat was probably me spittin on ya Zloz. ZLOZ – Maybe, No you’d just take a shit on me or piss on me Trippy. You wouldn’t spit on me that’s to mellow for you. Trippy – You got dat rite fukur… Tell us about da pit Zloz…How was it? I love the pit. Was it Brutal? ZLOZ – It was like any other pit. A photo scum pit, but it was interesting. It was hard to shoot. The lights weren’t that great, Marilyn moved around a lot, but it was a very interesting show but I couldn’t wait to get out of that photo pit to be honest with you and go back to my hotel room and take a shower to wash the spit off. TRIPPY – You gotta admit Zloz, Manson gives one hell of a performance. ZLOZ – He puts on a great show. My friend, JASON SUTTER, the drummer with Marilyn tells me it’s just crazy total insanity out there on the road. TRIPPY – Ya I was there at your studio when you were interviewing John 5 for your bad ass show on You tube called “ ZlOZ HOUR”… Dat anyone can look up and find by da way… And John 5 told you dat “Touring with Manson was like New Years every night.” ZLOZ – (whispers) I got some crazy stories that I won’t talk about right now Trippy. I’ll tell you later. TRIPPY – Ya Ya.. Tell me later over more beers. …. Manson’s a great artist all around. I like his dark style. He’s a visionary….. How was he to shoot? ZLOZ –Well I never shot Manson in the studio. Someone told me he’s supposed to be a big Neil Zlozower fanatic and I guess he grew up looking at my photos but I never worked with him. Other than this shot, I think I shot him at the Wiltern Theatre or somewhere like that. I really havnt worked with Marilyn on a level like I’ve worked with most of the people I’ve shot. Trippy our buddy JOHN 5 used to play with Marilyn.
ZLOZ – Well we shot that in… I think in 1999. WHITE ZOMBIE was already broken up but I first started working with Rob back in the early 90’s when he had White Zombie: JOHN TEMPESTA, SEAN YSEULT, and JAY YUENGER. Anyways , they came down to my studio and I did some work with them, but that band I guess imploded or whatever happened and then Rob went onto do his solo career and got into movies pretty heavily. TRIPPY – Hell ya…Robs a Renaissance man and everything he touches turns to gold. ZLOZ- That’s right Trippy. Rob’s a jack of all trade type of guy. This shot I think he was getting ready to go on tour and he brought in these phony arms that kind of looked like tree branches and he put them on for this photo. He wanted to bring them to the photo shoot so I said sure bring them on down, we’ll do whatever you want Rob. We did about 3 different back drops in a really short amount of time. Rob’s a real professional. He doesn’t do many photo shoots. You really don’t see many off stage photos of Rob. Then again, that was about 14 years ago. We did that in 1999. Its 2013 so everything changes, nothing stays the same. TRIPPY –Great quote Zloz but da coolness of this picture will never change. I love dis picture Zloz. This is definitely one of my favorites! All 20 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
your photos rule and were gonna talk about more of your metal shots in upcoming issues of Rock N Roll Industries magazine. ZLOZ – Well like I said, you always have good taste brotha. Trippy, I shot your ugly mug for all of your metal merchandise and for the cover of your record when it comes out hopefully by the end of this year… and come to think of it, you never paid me…..Where’s my money? TRIPPY – Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…... WTF ZLOZ…....I forgot man who cares! ZLOZ – Ya, that’s what I figured. TRIPPY - You know what Zloz, Im otta here…I’m headen down to da RAINBOW da drink with LEMMY…He’s buying me beers tonight…..…. DIS INTERVIEW IS OVERRRRRRRRRRRRR…….DONE ZLOZ – Ya I gotta get home and clean up dog piss and dog shit. DOUBLE DONE To see more of Trippy the clown, a.k.a. “The Metal God”, go to: www. TrippyTV.com To check out Neil Zlozower’s photos go to: AtlasIcons.com BY…. TIM PHOENIX AND SANDY PLUTE MARTIN
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TRIPPY – You got dat right Zloz! John 5 is one cool fukur. Dat leads me to another favorite shot of yours Zloz..None other den ROB FUKIN ZOMBIE who John 5 plays with now. Dis photo is pure madness brotha. Everyone is gonna love this shot. Tell us about it Zloz! WE NEEDA KNOW….
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supernatural were not considered just as important as each other. I’ve always been fascinated with ancient cultures and mysterious monuments found deep in the jungles and forests of the Amazon and India. I grew up walking around museums and so the love for relics and the preservation of the arcane was instilled in me from an early age, my Mother would also encourage my interest in the unexplained, providing me with books on ghosts, voodoo, vampires and mystery animals such as the Yeti and the Loch Ness monster.
Of all the album covers you have done, what were the most personal Tell us about when the spark hit you as and why? a child to become what you are today? I have to say the number one personal favourite I was around six or seven, in England in my was to create the album sleeve artwork for ‘A first house on the edge of a forest I remember Pale Horse Named Death’ the brainchild of Sal creating a pair of wolf paws out of torn paper Abruscato: (Type O Negative / Life Of Agony). that I had ripped into strips and painted brown I’ve been a huge fan of Sal’s former bands for and black. I made false claws out of cardboard decades. Sadly T.O.N’s lead singer and frontand then taped the whole thing to my hands and man Peter Steele, past away in 2010, so to crewent off running. Then all of a sudden, I found ate artwork in his memory was an honor. myself at the bottom of a staircase. I looked up and in my imagination, the texture of the wall Lets talk about some up and coming transformed into a thousand illustrations of collaborations you are excited about? faces, monsters and it kept spreading like an oil I guess the next creations I have in the pipeslick. I realized then that the time it took me to line would be ‘Supermanic’ a new project from create the wolf paws was nothing compared to guitarist Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo), then an entire wall of monsters. From that point on, I merchandise and sleeve art for American Head was inspired to flesh out what I saw in my mind Charge, Pro Tone guitar pedal graphics, ESP and share it with the world. Guitar graphics, Jason Charles Miller, stOrk and Powerman 5000. I’m also creating book covers What was your hometown like and what for various authors of the Unexplained and were your fellow classmates like? Cryptozoology. From the age of ten I grew up in an old Victorian town on the edge of the Irish Sea in the North Why specialize in Dark art, why not be a jack West of England. The beach is grey, the sky is of all trades? grey and the sea is black. The luckiest man is one who enjoys his job, if Every day is like a cross between a Tim Burton I had to paint bowls of fruit I’d probably lose movie and Lord of the Rings; Windy dark and the will to live. Why Dark Art? I just feel pulled unforgiving. Big old stone Victorian buildings and and driven towards the genre I don’t even label a town where 80% of the population is elderly it that, it’s what I’ve always known. I can’t see like some strange ‘Hammer Horror’ film... or things any other way. something from ‘The Twilight Zone.’ What are your thoughts on the growThe other kids at school were pretty much like any others I’d guess ‘show and tell’ would involve ing trend of horror being more action oriented than horror oriented? them bringing in their collections of sports memorabilia or classic car trading cards. I’d bring It has possibly stemmed from the video-game industry. To become a character in a team to take in my taxidermy and skulls, that always went out evil is a formula which sells very easily in the down well. online world of gaming. So to become part of the Have you always been into “Dark and story itself and to feel as though you’re taking on Occult” things? evil in a battle or fight sense, then it would seem I remember growing up reading on the one a lot of these films are being written with video hand, books about ancient Egypt and on the games in mind. I could be wrong, but I also think other ghosts and demonology. The same goes that it could simply be a statistical observation for books on British wildlife and then tales from that action movies generally do better at the box the Congo regarding living Dinosaurs. I can’t office and so even comedies are having action remember a time when natural history and the woven into them these days. 22 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
If you could make any of your comics into a film or animation, which one? I have several properties in mind that I feel in my gut would be very successful, stemming toys and cartoon television shows and movies... But sadly, these ventures have to sit on the shelf for a year or two as there are far too many industry clients on my books that I have to execute before I can really begin to release my own franchise. I will say however, I’ve always wanted to create a movie regarding Bigfoot... I have a rough screenplay and I would love to flesh that out some day watch this space! Do you ever feel that you are channelling something in your art? I have a large collection of arcane dusty old antique books on the occult, Crowley, Dee, Summers etc. I used to drop a little of my own blood into the paint pots or sculpture work I’d create, or smear it across pages in my sketchbooks. The aim was to create an everlasting connection between myself and my work that would spawn more from these ideas and in turn inspire and encourage people to peer into the black shadow that is, the unknown! Whats next? Well, aside from the current client list and Zombie portraits, I’m finishing off my own website and opening my own store, selling prints, merch and a variety of products displaying my own artwork. So stay tuned for that. You can find all those links via my official Facebook page: http://www. facebook.com/MisterSamShearon I’ll be heading to Comic-Con San Diego this Summer to do the yearly signings and live drawings, then, it’s off to New York in October for much of the same. Somewhere along the way I have a few expeditions and adventures in the pipeline regarding Bigfoot searches in the Redwoods and UFO /star-gazing here n’ there in the deserts. -Anthony Wayne
So, tell us what a Dark Artist is? Dark- Art to me, is something that is subconsciously within all of us. It’s a primal understanding of what it is to fear; the unknown, the unusual, but be intrigued by it. The best forms of dark art are the ones that take you by the hand running, into a pitch black forest and leave you there, the lights go on and you’re in a very familiar place and you’re surprisingly comfortable, though most of us are afraid to admit it... Whether through visual or audio, the ability to expose the desire for fear, the strange, the obscure within... that to me is a dark art.
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rash Karma is based out of Hollywood, California and consists of Ralf Dietel as lead singer, bass, and guitar (former guitar player of Nine Inch Nails) and Niki Skistimas on vocals and drums. I caught up with Krash Karma for an interview between their world travels and recording a new album with a few questions on what it takes to tour for a living and to work as a DIY (do it yourself) musician in today’s market. How did you become working musicians? By taking matters into our own hands on the business side and making it happen! Most rockers have fantasized about joining a band with their significant other like the singer and drummer in Krash Karma. How do you maintain a relationship? We keep the music business and the relationship as separate as possible and try to do things outside of “band stuff” to keep our relationship fresh and fun. With a lifestyle based around touring, what do you do during the off-months? SURF!! The only way we can tour so much is by having new products to sell at the shows, so in our time home, we are writing and recording new material. How do you think your DIY (DoIt-Yourself) lifestyle influences
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the face of rock and roll for those who are working as independent musicians? In the studio? In today’s world most people have recording software and can at least record basic demos. We have been building our studio for years with various software and necessary outboard gear to get a more professional studio sound. Shooting music videos? If you have a good idea and a good camera man, you can make a good music video. We’ve done all our videos with a small crew and totally renegade style. We’ve also done all of the post production. In an age where the target market will be watching the video on YouTube, doing a big budget video shoot seems pointless--unless you are Rihanna or someone like that!
On tour? It’s nearly impossible to make a living as a musician if you don’t tour! Get out there and rock the people! The live show is as important as it ever was and there is a demand for it worldwide. Find your niche and roll with it! How about promotion? This is the only area where I believe having some serious backing is vital. So, you record at your house? Yes, we put some time into converting our garage into a studio. Drywall, insulation, carpet and that was it. Two months later we started recording our first demos. What is your recording set up? We record with our DAW from Presonus called “Studio One V2”. The interface is also a Presonus Firetube with 16 inputs. That’s
enough to record a drum kit and then do the overdubs. How does it sound? The quality is great. Our demos sound better than other people’s albums. When we record our album next month we will probably go to a high-end studio to record the drums but will do the rest in our studio. What is one service that you outsource for and why? Publicity. There are just some resources they have that you could never get for yourself. Also, a booking agent can be helpful to be put on bigger shows. What is the best tactic to stay current with your fans overseas? Content. Always update the website with news, videos and whatever else we are up to keep everyone interested. What advice would you give musicians who want to treat their band as a business? If you treat your band as a business we are talking money. These days money is mostly made on the road. Write songs that cater to a (your) niche and build a live performance around it that is bad-ass and sets you apart from the other bands in your niche. Lastly, what would you say is the best way to get your music heard? Shoot a music video. YouTube is one of the most used search engines. Winnie Jow
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eff Hanneman was an extremely gifted guitarist and lyricist who wrote the most legendary riffs and words in Slayer’s discography, period. He was a blonde headed thrash machine who liked the Oakland Raiders, camouflage clothing, and Heineken—going so far as to have custom ESP guitars manufactured with graphics done in the Heineken logo, but the beer company logo words redone to read: Hanneman. Hanneman also didn’t give a fuck, and if you met him, or read his interviews, you got that loud and clear. That “undisputed attitude” was an admirable part of his personality that garnered him a higher level of respect—at least in this fan’s eyes. For example, when Slayer signed to major label, Def Jam Records, they didn’t deliver a friendly, mainstream metal album to their new and titanic home. No, they actually went in the other direction and turned in Reign In Blood—most of which Hanneman penned on guitar and in prose. Reign In Blood, the most legendary thrash album ever released is 29-minutes of the fastest, most extreme, most horrific, and shortest doses of metal ever collected for release. That whole move is what pure balls is all about. And in my opinion, Hanneman had balls the size of Jupiter. Jeff Hanneman didn’t care about making platinum albums because his modus operandi was to write for himself. Over the years, Hanneman would say he liked to play for fun outside of Slayer. At home he’d record with a drum machine and
lay down whatever he wanted. On some occasions, he’d record riffs that turned into Slayer songs…he’d write riffs that would sometimes never find a place in a Slayer tune until the time was right—he once sat on a riff for 20 years (like some fine wine) and then placed it like some unholy diamond in a Slayer setting. He liked playing guitar because he actually enjoyed it, like a hobby to him (as he actually said in interviews), not because the next “hit” had to be made. Ironically, Hanneman already wrote some of the biggest “hits” metal would ever get…there’s no ignoring the frenzied chanting of SLAYER!!! by thousands of fans at each concert…screaming for “Angel of Death” or “Raining Blood,” as Hanneman looked upon the fans, perhaps not giving a fuck that the masses worshipped HIS songs, HIS lyrics, and HIM—yes, Hanneman was a wicked metal deity and the HEART of Slayer, whether we all knew it before his death, we certainly can acknowledge it now, posthumously. Who’s going to argue? Hanneman publically maintained a real humble approach to his guitar skills—“humble” being Hanneman’s own self-deprecating point-of-view of his own talent. That’s somewhat honorable, as Hanneman didn’t seem to harbor an inflated ego about his abilities, but it’s also seriously inaccurate, because very few guitarists like Hanneman (and Kerry King included), has created a more identifiable guitar tone or recognizable style of riffing and
soloing. Hanneman’s violently agitated guitar solos are little trips that spiral the listener into subterranean circles of Hell. Moreover, the bridge riffs in “Angel of Death” and “Chemical Warfare,” to the intro riffs to “Hell Awaits” and “Raining Blood,” are epic masterpieces that, mark my words, future generations will regard as brilliant compositions on par with Beethoven, Bach, or Hendrix. Hanneman’s contributions and creations are timeless and immortal. Seriously, those Slayer riff-examples mentioned above are already legendary and godly now… again I ask, “Who’s going to argue?” Huh? Huh? Outside of Slayer, Hanneman once told KNAC in 2006 that he “always gravitated to bands that didn’t sound like (Slayer) anyway.” He was a big fan of Alice in Chains, he liked Type O Negative...and in the same interview, Hanneman even admitted that he enjoyed listening to the B-52’s. Who would’ve thunk it? I admit, I think that’s cool as hell…as a death metal guitarist who also really likes the B-52’s, I never thought anyone else in extreme metal also held the B-52’s as a guilty pleasure. Knowing Hanneman did makes me smile BIG. I attended my first-ever Revolver Golden Gods awards when I rolled into L.A. for the GG’s 5th annual metal night. I was really charged up and speaking the “Broken Hope” gospel as went to the Golden Gods armed with a new BH album. Just as I was leaving my hotel, I got a text that Hanneman had passed
away. Before I could call more sources to verify this news, Blabbermouth.net confirmed my fear. This confirmation sucked the wind and enjoyment out of the whole night for me. Hanneman had a profound influence on me that started in 1986 and never left my soul. His death at only 49 years old also has a profound affect on me now. I followed Hanneman’s unfortunate medical story, how he suffered from a tragic necrotizing fasciitis infection that stopped him from playing with Slayer for the last two years. Spiderbites, flesh-eating bacteria, and skin grafts became Hanneman’s dismal reality, and not some lyrical subject matter the gifted guitarist and writer conjured up for the next Slayer album. Just a month prior to Hanneman’s death due to liver failure. Fill-in guitarist, Gary Holt of Exodus said, “We’re just all hoping Jeff gets better. I’m just keeping his seat warm until he’s ready come back and bring the pain.” Unfortunately, Gary Holt stepped into the huge boots of a guitar-god who won’t be coming back…and the only pain here is what us Slayer fans feel the world over—the huge void left from the loss of such a monumental, uncompromising, original, and magnificent guitarist/lyricist. I think Jeff Hanneman wouldn’t mind—or at least he wouldn’t give a fuck—when I say, “we love and miss you, Jeff, and the world won’t ever forget you.” --Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope)—
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How long did you study guitar before you actually ‘made it?’ I picked up a guitar sometime around early 1964. That would have made me 13 years old. By the time I was 15 I was starting to play kids birthday parties, like sweet 16 parties or whatever. Then I graduated to high school dances and by the time I was 16 I had a fake ID and was playing at all the bars in New York. When I was 17 I was playing real gigs so by the time I got to Bowie when I was just 22 I’d had about 5 years of extreme experience under my belt. Because when playing in clubs you do 5 nights a week on the average, 52 weeks a year from 9pm ‘til 4am. So I had my 10,000 hours plus in by the time I got with Dave. Plus I was doing other things as well. I landed a couple of professional sessions, made my own demos and I already knew what a recording studio was. So I had more experience by the time I was 21 than most of these guys have now by the time they’re 30 because the opportunities were there that they don’t have any more.
horse and a rope doesn’t mean you’re a real cowboy. Good analogy, I like that one. OK so you’ve done so much in-studio, I know that you’ve played with Ian Hunter, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Did you ever do anything out of the studio with any of those three? Well we didn’t get to the John Lennon tour for obvious reasons, there was a tour planned. But with Ian Hunter I did a tour. We did a tour called OVERNIGHT ANGELS. We did tour Europe on that one album that we did. Excellent. Now, David Bowie.. You’ve been on and off with him. I know that you started with him in 1974 for the DIAMOND DOGS tour, you did YOUNG AMERICANS, STATION TO STATION and then management did whatever they did, but then in 1983 you were back at it again with the SERIOUS MOONLIGHT tour. Was there a large difference between the first time you played with him and the second time? You know, there was a gap in there so we both changed a bit and at the time, the LET’S DANCE album which was the SERIOUS MOONLIGHT tour was the most really commercial effort that he’d ever made. So we went from playing arenas, basically 20,000 seats, to playing stadiums, with seats 60,000. So from that point of view it did change. As far as the working relationship went, that didn’t really change. The venues changed. Things got huge.
How huge did they get? I mean, what’s the largest crowd that you’ve played for? The US FESTIVAL and I think the day we played there were a quarter of a million people there. I’ll tell you what, when you can’t even see the end of it from the stage, you think to yourself, “Just how many people are here?” You know what it is? You know when they say, “Did you just shit Right. Is that because there are so your pants?” you want to say “No, you have no perspective.” It’s like being in an airplane. When many good artists now? Well, I think there are a lot of reasons you’re in one you’re a few miles from the ground, for it. We could spend hours on this, but you get no perspective of that. So when you are looking at the crowd you have no perspecthis has been my favorite subject tive. I actually get more rattled in front of less Earl Slick is a giant among professional musilately. Things are looked at quite a bit differpeople. cians. He has been doing music all his life and ently than they used to be looked at. Then with was, it seems, always in the right place at the the internet and the access to way too much right time. This writer is always impressed when information and way too much availability to get Okay then. Now, you were working on some she interacts with down to earth musicians who things, the value of what a real Rock N Roll band stuff with David Bowie? The new single and album are available. are more talented than most and not full of does is getting lost. It’s too available. If I made themselves. Earl Slick is just such a man. I was gold in my basement and started selling it on my Good to hear. How was your NAMM experifortunate enough to talk with Mr. Slick during front lawn like a garage sale at two dollars an ence this year? NAMM, but misfortune presented itself in the ounce then gold would be worthless. So when My manager sets up appointments for me with form of technical difficulties rendering the video you can get your hands on something too easily my endorsements and industry people interviews unusable. Earl was gracious enough to take the the value’s gone. so I am pretty busy. I have a full itinerary before I time to talk with me once again from his home in even get there. Right, because now anyone can play in a New York. band. You have been busy, tell us about some of RNR: You’ve played with a lot of big names Yes and anything that’s that accessible loses the craziness? in music. In fact you’re a big name yourself! value, period, and it’s a shame. I had been in touch with Chuck Berry’s keyboard Among the list are David Bowie, John Lenplayer, Rob Rower in 2011 while I was out with non, Yoko Ono, Ian Hunter! How was it work- It is because there’s a lot of good music out the New York Dolls, I toured with them almost ing with John Lennon and Yoko? there but the absolutely great stuff is watered the whole year of 2011. I was in touch with Rob EARL: Well you know, the funny thing about all down now, it seems, because there are so and as it turned out the Dolls were playing in St. this is because of peoples outside views of what many [artists] out there, just like you said. Louis the same night that Chuck Berry was doing the listener and the fan sees and what we see They were there before. There was the same a gig so he mentioned it to Chuck and Chuck is really not similar. I mean when I was working amount of bands and singers then; the differinvited me to play, so I actually sat in and did a with John.. The fact that I was working with a ence was the cream rose to the top by playing whole show with Chuck Berry at this place called ‘Beatle’ didn’t get lost on me. You know, there out every single day and making it happen as Blue Berry Hill. I think he goes down there about were moments where I would sit there and I opposed to now, where you can put up either a once a month and plays since that’s his home would get this really bizarre conscious thought Facebook page and/or a website and you are town. Then, this past October the Rock N Roll of “Holy Shit, that’s John Lennon in the room officially a pro. That takes value away from the Hall of Fame did a Chuck Berry week culminatsinging and here’s my guitar and I’m playing.” I’d professionals. I’m sorry, I mean that’s just the ing in a big gig. They booked a big theater and get these moments once in awhile. But for the way I’m looking at it. Just because you own a I was invited to come down. Dave Johnson and 26 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
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most part, once you start doing the work and you get into it, you become part of the band and for that moment that’s what it is. It’s just a bunch of guys in a room making a record or a bunch of guys on stage playing music. It’s great and I feel very fortunate that I grew up in a period of time when all that was happening and that I was the right age at the right time. Five or six years earlier or later none of this would have happened.
I wouldn’t trade any of my time in music for all the tea in China. I did a couple of Chuck Berry songs along with Joe Bonamassa, Merle Haggard, Rosie Flores, there was a bunch of really cool people there and everybody got up and did a few songs. There was a house band and at the end of the night Chuck got up and did a few songs and then he got his lifetime achievement award and it was so cool! What a treat that was. Keith Richards played on one of my albums, which was amazing. I did a TV show in London with Carl Perkins, Myself, Slim Jim Phantom, and Lee Rocker (the ex-Stray Cats) and George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Rosanne Cash. We spent 3 or 4 days in london rehearsing for this show with Carl Perkins. You can find it on Youtube. I have had the opportunity to play with almost everybody that I learned how to do this from when I was a little kid. It’s phenomenal that I have had these opportunities.
So was Ringo the other one? Oh did I not mention Ringo at the Carl Perkins thing? Yeah It was like one of those out of body things where I’m looking at the stage and thinking, “Well, there’s me and behind me, the drummer is Ringo and to my right is Eric Clapton.” It was a bizarre moment where I thought, “How the hell did I get here?”
always have coffee, sugar and cream and dog food in the house, though. So what is your favorite guitar and is it named? I don’t name my guitars. I name my dogs, but not my guitars. I have a lot of custom Framus guitars because I have a signature model, the Earl Slick Framus model. I have a few variations of that and that gets played a lot. I have a ’72 Fender Telecaster custom shop re-issue that I absolutely love and my Gibson acoustics are priceless to me, I love them.
Well that’s awesome. I am still very excited about playing. I wouldn’t trade any of my time in music for all the tea in China. It’s my lifestyle. Musicians now need to grab their instruments and take any gig they can Do you play a lot of acoustic? get. That’s how I did it. Yes and I’ve been a tried and true Gibson acoustic player since I was a kid. I still have the first People look up to folks like you and they think that you guys just don’t live like the rest acoustic guitar I ever bought. of us. But that’s not true. Well, in one sense you’re right and in another I bet it sounds great. So on what occasions sense, we don’t because we don’t have the do you play acoustic, when you play around How often do you play? Do you play every restrictions that your middle-class American guy the house? day? has because we kind of run on a different plane. I play around the house, Actually I produced a Oh yeah. I don’t practice. I’ve never practiced Like, I’m truly an artist at heart by living where I singer over the weekend and I did some acousin my whole life. Ever. I just pick up my guitar live, the kind of house I have, the fact that there’s tic. I use a lot of acoustic when I record. and find new things. The guitar is an amazing more guitars and amps than there is furniture machine because the more you’ve got one in Yeah, it’s not always very present in the mix, but your hands, the more little discoveries you make in this building, I don’t punch a time-clock. We it’s usually there somewhere. going, “Wow, I’ve never played that before.” I’ve look at things a little differently because we’re Matter of fact, on the new Bowie record I played just not in that world. That doesn’t make my been playing the guitar since I was a kid and I some acoustic. world any better than their world because if they am always finding new things. It’s exciting because it means that I’m still learning and experi- didn’t do what they did, I couldn’t do what I do. Somebody’s got to keep the electric flowing and Earl, thank you for your time, you are an awementing things with my guitar. There’s a guitar some person. and amp right by my bed. There are 4 guitars in somebody’s got to make food and I provide the music for them. I have respect for the working Thank you. my bedroom. They’re all over the house. man. I wouldn’t have time to do what I do if I had Earl Slick may be found at: So you have been able to play with 2 out of a 9-5 job. I think I took the easy way out. I don’t the 4 Beatles, George and John? even like going to the store. I just got back from http://www.facebook.com/earl.slick -Peggy Murphy Three. the store. I’ll starve before I get to the store. I
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An Exclusive Look into the Hardest Working Zombie Known Screams in the night, damnation, and scorched witches’ skin. The chilling new movie trailer can only mean one thing: Rob Zombie is at it again. Zombie is one of the few to successfully make it as both rock star and film maker. Having written and directed six sadistic, sanguinary silver screen sensations, Rob Zombie continues to make every “tiptoe through the tulips” uniquely stomach-churning. With a new album coming out, a new book for his debut as a novelist, and a
new movie, Zombie is always working on a cutting-edge form of shock therapy. His new movie, Lords of Salem, is a mind-numbing tale about the Salem Witch Trials that will terrify all your senses. Always outdoing himself, Zombie is one busy man, but took the time to sit down to discuss what motivates him.
the funny thing about it is I can see people doing that now. People are so crazy today it is not hard to believe they would do it again.
Zombie: Yeah, that is one way of putting it! That’s fine.
Zombie: It is pretty different from the other films. Everything about it is different. The pacing of the movie is different. The style of the movie is different. It is a different movie going outside of what I have done before. The other films were more about physical person to person violence, where this movie is not at all - it’s more of a bizarre hallucination. You are not sure if it is happening or not happening. I took a different approach to it on every level. RNR: So you do agree with “terror of the mind?”
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Zombie: Well, I mean it is the fact that only 300 years ago, people thought other people were witches and were burning them alive. It is pretty fascinating and I don’t know if you need any more information than that! So that really was the jumping off point. It is really an amazing story. And
RNR: How did you link up with B.K Evenson, for the Lords of Salem book? Zombie: I am not sure where it all started, I think it was the publishing company that wanted to publish the book on the film, thought it would be a good match. That is pretty much how it all happened. RNR: What can we expect from the Lords of Salem soundtrack? John 5 described it as “One of the best experiences of his life.” Can you elaborate on this? Zombie: The soundtrack is very cool. The music that John 5 did, I knew he would do a great job because I’ve worked with him so much. I knew what he is capable of, but it is not a rock soundtrack in any sense of the word. It’s a very traditional score, it is very memorable. I think John 5 knew the value of keeping it simple, keeping very simple haunting melodies for
A scene from The Lords of Salem, written and directed by Rob Zombie. Photos by Daniel McFadden, property of Anchor Bay Films.
RNR: Your new movie has steered away from the “slashers” and gore that you are known for, and has been described by one critic as “terror of the mind.” What are your thoughts on this and do you agree?
RNR: What was so fascinating about the Salem Witch Trials that made you decide to make a whole movie based around it?
the audience to remember them. Sometimes scores become so over blown that people leave the theater and don’t even remember the music at all. Yeah it was great working with John 5. He is a smart guy and he got it right away. We had a good time doing it. It was so easy that there was nothing much about it. It was an easy process. RNR: When will the soundtrack come out? Zombie: I think the soundtrack will be coming out a couple days before the movie? Not sure. RNR: So I wanted to switch gears and talk about the long awaited new album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” and its debut next month on Zodiac Swan/ T-Boy Records. Congratulations on your new label, Zodiac Swan. Zombie: Thanks. Yes this is my own imprint on Universal Music. RNR: What was the reason for starting your own label? Zombie: Well, I mean, labels are labels. I wanted my own label (laughs). I just wanted to get the music out. Having my own label is cool, it doesn’t affect me that much, but what it does is it gives me the ability to put out other peoples’ music. So my record is coming out no matter what, but now I have the ability to help other acts and other bands. And that is really where it comes into play. RNR: That leads me to my next question. So what kind of bands are you going to put on your label? Zombie: I haven’t even thought about it yet! Seriously, since my record hasn’t even come out yet, I am not yet jumping to the next level. Let’s see how this goes first. RNR: Your website says, “I think for the first time, this new album perfectly merges the old days of White Zombie with the future of what I am doing now. I think fans of both will agree that this is the perfect combo of both worlds.” What was the reason to combine the old sounds of White Zombie and the music you are putting out today? Zombie: I really didn’t do it on purpose. We just pretty much made the record and the record goes where ever it is going to go. It wasn’t ‘til we were done that other people said that. I wasn’t thinking it at any point. I don’t go back and listen to old records and think about them. I mean, I already did that - I always focus on what’s next, not on what has already happened. So, I wasn’t thinking “oh we gotta go back and revisit White Zombie and try to bring it back some.” It didn’t even cross my mind. But when I played it for other people, they said it. So I guess it must be true then (laughs). You never hear music the same way other people do. It is just not possible. People hear things so differently.
Salem movie. Have you checked out any of the art (you can see it at www.robzombie.com)? Do you have any favorites? Zombie: I think it is great! I love that the fans are so enthusiastic they would sit down on their own time and do something like that. Some of the art is really good. Some people are really talented. It is exciting to see what they come up with. RNR: We are also doing a tattoo issue soon for the magazine and people are getting the “TLOS” tattoo - the same tattoo symbol on Heidi from your movie “The Lords of Salem. Have you seen this, and what do you think? Zombie: I am used to that idea because over the years I have seen so many zombie tattoos; I have seen so many tattoos from my other movies that it is not even surprising anymore. But it is cool! I love the level of enthusiasm. It is no different from how I am. When I love something, I really love it! So to see that fans are reacting that way to the stuff you are doing is a great compliment!
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RNR: Tell us a stage story that stands out in your mind- a crazy moment or something memorable.
Zombie: Ummmmmmm! (Laughs) I mean, it is all a blur and it is really quite funny! I guess its perception, to have a boring job.” because if you go to a concert and that one night stands out in your mind, that’s the one concert that you saw; but sometimes, when you are on tour, if we play a concert on Monday and we play another concert on Tuesday, I can’t even remember Monday. You RNR: You are working on a film called play, you get back in the bus, and you play again. It is all super-special as “Broad Street Bullies,” and it is said to be your most violent film. it is happening, and it is the greatest thing in the world, but I swear to God, How so? it is such a blur sometimes after the fact. The better the show the more of Zombie: Well, I was probably joking! (laughs). It is a true life hockey film a blur it is. Usually, the things that stand out in your mind are the problems. about the Philadelphia Flyers. They were a very violent team. It takes When things go great, I just remember nothing! place in 1974 with the Flyers. The Broad Street Bullies were terrorizing But truthfully, there is one thing I remember. Maybe three years ago, I the NHL. So, I say that because there are a lot of hockey fights, but I can’t remember exactly when it was, we were on tour with Alice Cooper was really being sarcastic. That was my intention. on the Gruesome Twosome tour. Alice would come out, we would watch RNR: Since you’re a huge hockey fan, is this a film you were waiting Alice, and sometimes Alice came out to watch us. This one time, he was to direct? Can we expect more movies from you like this? standing off to the side of the stage watching us play, and it was very dark. He was standing there in his leather jacket. He didn’t have a shirt on, he Zombie: I never really thought about making a hockey film. I have always was holding a coke or something, but because of the light he looked really loved hockey. It wasn’t till a couple years ago that someone who owns the young. For a split second, like twenty-year-old Alice Cooper off to the rights to the story came to me, and pitched me on the idea that it became side of the stage drinking a beer! It was a very surreal, sweeping moment something on my radar. And as far as the next film that I have planned, the during the concert for me. So that is something I will always remember. one after that one is totally different again. So I guess the point is to keep doing things that are different. RNR: Something I will always remember is the first time I saw you in concert! You played with Danzig and Type O Negative at Irvine RNR: So many fans have been turning in art work for the Lords of Rock N Roll Industries Magazine 31
Meadows (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater). After I heard you play, I was a Zombie fan for life! Zombie: Yeah that was like 1995? Yeah I remember that because I only played with Danzig once. Yep, I remember (chuckles). RNR: As a fan, I want to know what inspires you to write comic books and novels, and produce films, all on top of being a rock star. Zombie: I am inspired by the same things anybody would be. You are inspired to do the things that you like. These are things I have always liked. I love music, I love comic books, I love TV. In life, it could be anything. That’s the stuff that I wanted to do with my life and that was really the inspiration. The biggest inspiration of all time is not wanting to have a boring job. That was my inspiration. RNR: Now, moving on to the Mayhem Festival Tour that you are headlining, alongside Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon. What bands are you looking forward to checking out, and what people are you looking forward to running into? Zombie: This tour is funny because there are really that many people on this tour that I actually don’t know. Usually, I know more people. I know the guys from Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, but I really don’t know anyone else. There are a lot of young bands that I haven’t actually seen or met before, but I am excited. It is going to be great! RNR: Is there anything you would like to add, promote, or something exclusive you would like to tell RNR Magazine? Zombie: I got nothin’ (laughs and chuckles)………….. Nice way to end an interview - straight and to the point. That is why we love Rob Zombie! He is a machine that keeps on creating. Without fail, you can always expect something new and fresh from him, whether it’s a new album, movie, or some crazy project he has in the works. It is no wonder he has so many devoted fans. He obviously appreciates them very much. I am excited to see The Lords of Salem, and to read his book that has already reached number 35 on the New York Times best seller list. We can learn a lot from Rob Zombie - Rule #1: “Be inspired by the things you love to do!” For more information on Rob Zombie visit his website www.robzombie. com and join the zombie street team if you’re a devoted zombie fan! Great perks and prizes! I am with it! Raquel Figlo
was surprised the first time I saw the 3D version, at the NAMM Show, I was blown away. I was like this is wild it was just so incredible he had that vision in his head and definitely brought it to the screen. Have you ever had to overcome any fears in the music biz such as playing live or in the studio? Oh sure, let’s see I still don’t like playing live, playing live TV is always pretty stressful to me, you know like Jay leno or David Lettermen, Jimmy Falon things like that because if something goes wrong you’re SCREWED. Live TV is always pretty tough, but other than that I’m pretty comfortable, which I’m lucky. What was your most memorable show? Oh boy, there was Rock on the Range, those shows are always great. Rock on the Range shows are really big and exciting, then the Download Festival 2011 was really a big one, that was incredible. I think this one time I was playing with Katie Lang and my family was in the crowd and they were in the front row, it was just pretty incredible, probably those three were pretty incredible. What equipment did you use on the new CD? I used a bunch of guitars, we use a lot of old vintage gear that’s what makes it sound so beat up and crazy. A lot of old marshalls, old fender twins, and old pedals. I’m a connoisseur of old vintage equipment. I dust them off and bring them to the studio, which is always a pleasure and we recorded it. Rob has tons of houses on all these acres of land and I stayed at one of his houses at the studio, I would wake up in the morning and walk over to the studio still in my pajamas and we would record. There was no distraction which was something else. Speaking of playing shows what kind of warm up do you do before your shows? All I do is sit and play guitar, I play guitar all day- I’m always trying to learn something new. I usually watch monster movies, play guitar, sit and talk, then start putting our makeup on like two hours before the show. We will be psyching ourselves up and stuff. That brings me to another question what is your favorite horror character/classic film? I am such a fan of the universe of Monsters and I have been since I was a little kid, just like all little kids, but I love Frankenstein, Wolfman, Creatures from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, you know all that stuff. My favorite I would say is probably Creatures of the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein. It’s just comforting to me, that’s what I watch before I go to sleep every night. I have those movies I watch 15 minutes of it before I get sleepy then shut it off. And I do if every single night. Doesn’t matter where I am in the world ( chuckles). You have a new hand painted guitar from Jason Oberly with the monsters, where did that concept come from?
You’ve been working with Rob Zombie on a new soundtrack tell us about your process and getting that accomplished? John 5: I’ve done some pervious writing for TV and scored work for that; Bay Watch and small little movie spots, but nothing to the full extent of a full length feature film. So, I thought to myself, you know I can do this, it will be fun. I get up there and it has so much to it and it was so many different styles of music and orchestras so it was a big challenge, but I like a challenge because if you don’t challenge yourself you’re just going to stay in the same position that you always are. I’m very proud of it, it had 60 something cues to the movie, I’m happy and proud of how it turned out. Have you picked up any new styles of music that you may have incorporated into the new Rob Zombie album or soundtrack? Well not really, but there was a lot of Orchestra pieces and Classic pieces, things like that, and a lot of unorthodox crazy primitive sounding pieces of music. It was really a lot of work, but it was different, a pleasure to do something like this. Robs would give me directions on each cue, without that direction from Rob I would have been really lost, but thank God he was really incredible through the whole thing. Speaking of Classical, you recently worked on a 3d video directed by Jonny Coffin what was that like shooting? That was fun, I just kind of let Jonny do his thing. Because I didn’t know what it was going to look like or how it was going to turn out. But I knew it was going to be incredible, he’s so creative, and it turned out really cool, I
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That’s so funny cause I haven’t even seen it, or held it or anything. This guy Chandler, he builds me really cool guitars every once in a while. It’s unbelievable how those guys work, I can’t believe it. I couldn’t even draw a stick figure. What’s your favorite food? I love Veggie grill, there’s one on Sunset, it’s vegan. Me and Rob love it. What tips would you give to aspiring musician looking to get started in the industry? Well it depends on what they want to do if they just want to play guitar and really stick to it. I would say, always learn something you love because that will inspire you to play. Learn a Metallica song because you will be so impressed with yourself, that you’ll never want to put the guitar down. You’ll feel like you’re getting somewhere rather than playing happy birthday or Mary had a Little Lamb. And if you want to become a recording artist, you want to move to Los Angeles, or New York, somewhere where you can do work like that it’s easier if you live where a lot of record companies are. If you had a magical power what would you do with them? I would live forever. Any last comments to the reader? Be sure to check out the new album and the new movie.
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Megadeth front Man Dave Mustaine answers a few questions about Dean Guitars
You have been with Dean Guitars for over 7 years. What is it about Dean Guitars that keeps you loyal? Dave Mustaine: Loyalty is really important. At the end of the day, it’s as good as your word. I think in the music business, there are so many people that will just go to where stuff is free. Free strings, free pickups, free booze, free chicks, free, free, free… and at the end of the day, you’re just like one of those dudes that hangs out at Costco by stands, eating little wieners. You sit there and eat blocks of cheese all day, you know (laughs), instead of being original. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to live with yourself. You can always go back and say “no one’s original, the only person who ever said an original word is Adam.” I think when you are going to endorse a product; you need to really believe in it. It can’t be about, you know, what I said before, about getting stuff for free. And we have a really great working relationship, but most importantly, it is the product. The guitar is the best playing and sounding guitar I have ever played. I was with Jackson for a long time, and they had some really great instruments, but I feel that this is superior. It’s not a dig on Jackson in any way. They are a great company. It’s just that to me, this is better. And the most important thing because of the economy, and how hard it is for young guitar players to survive, is to have good customer support. If your guitar breaks, and you have to send it away and it doesn’t come back fixed, or comes back in worse condition or scratched or whatever, that’s not cool! There were times when, even as a main endorser for other companies, I have had issues with customer support. If you are going to give me a hard time, what are you going to do about “the normal guy?” You know, and that means a lot to me.
Dave Mustaine: I had a double neck that I had gotten from Jackson Guitars a long time ago, and it was really like kind of hard to play because it was heavy, so I got rid of it. I hadn’t revisited having a double neck for a while. Did one with ESP, didn’t really like it very much, and then we revisited it with Dean, and the guitar played like butter. They made this one that had a really funky paint job that I really didn’t like very much. The guy that works there had said “how do you feel about having graphics on it?” and I said “sure, it is so big you can almost have a whole story on it.” And the guy said, “Well, it’s your guitar, do whatever you want man!” So I said, “Why don’t you put the story of good and evil on it?” Six strings over here, twelve strings over there.... good/evil, you know. You know how so many metal people talk about things spiritual in nature, the dark side, Armageddon, the holocaust. You know, things like that. Raquel Figlo 34 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
You debuted the double neck guitar at NAMM. How did that get started?
NAMM 2013: Recap Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
“Don’t forget to check for your golden ticket” One of the highlights for attendees for this past National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) was Orange Amplifier’s “find your golden ticket” in your orange gift bag. Golden tickets were placed in three lucky winner’s bags that had the chance to win an autographed Orange Amplifier. RNR met up with the lucky winner Mathew M. at his guitar lesson at Sound-Tech Studio to get his first hand experience of what it was like to be a winner! Mathew described the event as feeling just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! He was with his dad walking around NAMM looking at all the different guitars when his dad said, “Let’s go to Orange Amp’s and get a gift bag! There must be something going on, I keep seeing everyone with an Orange bag! ” Man was he right! When they walked up to the Orange booth and got their bag, the lady handing the bags out said, “Don’t forget to look in your bag!” They both looked in their bag and Mathew screamed I have a golden ticket! Security quickly grabbed him by the hand and led him to photo-ops! Mathew has only been to NAMM twice and he already won such an awesome price! When we asked him what he wants to win next year, he exclaimed, “I want to win a cabinet!” We at RNR Magazine wish you the best of luck! Everyone goes home a winner at NAMM!
National Association of Music Merchants, (NAMM) is a trade show for musicians/businesses to see the latest musical instruments and products available. Thousands of manufactures of musical products, and retailers from around the world, showcase musical instruments, audio and visual equipment, computer products, and musical novelties at the convention. Artist signings, product demonstrations, band performances, and professional development classes are scheduled throughout the event as well.
sentation that discussed ten ways to be more productive in less time.
Attendance at the Anaheim Convention Center was down just over 6000 from last year. However, this was due to a deliberate revision to attendance eligibility. I kept hearing about people (guests) not being able to get in this year, and now I know why. Based on member feedback, NAMM made an effort this year to increase buyers and limit guests in order to create a more business-friendly environment. Their strategy was a success, and buyers increased 4% since last year, and non-industry guests decreased by 16%. This show also had 289 new exhibitors that represented about 700 unique brands.
Last year Marshall Amplification replaced their classic amplifier line-up (An entire wall of stacked amps) with a cardboard display. It just didn’t have the same feel to it, so I was glad to see they had their classic display back again this year. What really stood out to me, in addition to the ‘great wall,’ was Marshall’s new signature refrigerator. It looks just like a Marshall Amp, with genuine logos, and woven black fret cloth, and it even has control knobs that go up to 11. (ala Spinal Tap.) This would be ideal for any band’s rehearsal space.
This was the year of the NAMM 2013 iPhone App, which was awesome. You could find out where you were, and where you wanted to go within seconds. This was the 1111th year for the convention. I ran into Dave Ellefson from Megadeth at the Hartke booth, he was just finishing an interview, so I jumped next in line. When I asked Dave what his goal at NAMM was, he laughed, and said, ‘I’m here to sign autographs. That’s my goal. He also told me that Megadeth is working on a new record, and that it’s coming along really, really well.
Nikki Sixx had two signings scheduled, one with Schecter Guitars and one with Dean Markley Strings. Nikki Sixx’ Helix HD SS Custom Bass strings are made of a special Stainless Steel that gives each bass string an unforgettable ‘stainless’ tone. And, what is really cool, for all you Nikki Sixx and Motley Crue fans, is that these bass strings are the exact strings and exact gauges that Nikki Sixx uses himself!
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden) and Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen/ Soul Sign) were doing a signing at Carvin. Lizzy Borden is gearing up for their 30 Years of American Metal tour, and was actually heading straight to Miami from the show to play the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise.
I stopped by Rock N Roll Industries to see Kimberly Freeman and Jason Rufuss Sewell from power rock duo One-Eyed Doll. Kimberly is so sweet; it was great to see her again. Coffin Case, which is right next to Rock N Roll Industries, had something I had never seen before… A microphone that actually I have a couple Black Stone Cherry LOOKED like a skull! The microCD’s and thought it would be cool phone was inside a metal skull to check out their set at Peavey casing, it was awesome. Electronics. I left Peavey just in time to catch Archer’s singer Dylan One thing I noticed this year at Nash, who had just finished up a NAMM is that there were several signing at the Rock N Roll Induscompanies focusing on kids. Kid’s tries booth. Richie Onori had a guitars, kid’s guitar straps, kid’s th booth at the show for the 8 year in percussion instruments, etc… Kids a row. He showed me a few of his are the future of music, and the new guitar straps for 2013, includ- future of rock n’ roll, so it’s great to ing crocodile, embroidered, quick see all of these resources available lock, and woven cotton straps. for them. A couple of the booths I attended a seminar first thing that stood out were Nino PercusSaturday morning (Yes, I went to a sion and Rhythm Band Instruseminar. NAMM isn’t JUST about ments, who have been known for the party!) by Barry Moltz called their Boomwhacker tuned percus‘Boost Your Productivity.’ He gave sion tubes for 50 years. Even an informative and interactive pre Daisy Rock Girl Guitars has guitars
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shaped like flowers and stars to appeal to kids.
Ibanez was showcasing new 7 and 8 String Guitars for 2013. Cort had a display of Gene Simmons guitars including his axe designs. I just Paul Reed Smith (PRS Guitars) moved up to the 2nd floor this year, in happened to look up and see Randy Black from Primal Fear at the Los addition to Peavey Electronics, Ampeg, ESP, and Schecter. PRS Guitars Cabos booth. always have one of the best displays at the entire show. Even with less Overall, it was a great show. I really space, their guitars were beautifully enjoyed seeing all the new products, showcased; each with a shining light meeting up with friends, and making of its own. ESP had a bunch of new new ones. It was awesome to see all guitars for 2013, including a series of the live performances, and parmonster guitars that included some ticipate in the signings. I am already Vincent Price and other monster looking forward to NAMM 2014! designs. I always enjoy looking through the Dean Guitar booth and seeing all See Some of the their signature designs. Dean Guitars booth signings by also broadcasted Live from NAMM Scaning the tag throughout the entire convention, so people all over the world could experience a part of NAMM firsthand. Rock N Roll Industries Magazine 37
Dean Namm Jam Whats up rockers? This past NAMM show was really awesome, not only for the heads up on all the new musical equipment, but also for the concerts! This year was exceptional. Dean Guitars put on the Dean Namm Jam at The Grove and what a show it was!!! If you were lucky enough to attend the NAMM show, you may have been lucky enough to get passes to the event from the sponsors, one of which was RocknRoll Industries Magazine. So, I was fortunate enough to get in. The show was outstanding, one great act right after another, the show got kicked off with Jose Mangin from Sirius radio introducing the acts as they came up, first up on the night was Wayland a killer band with a great sound and awesome interplay with the fans, they rocked everyone to warm the show up, and they did one hell of a job!
He tossed out sweep arpeggio’s at warp speed! Next up on the 7 string Meltdown was Guitar guru Michael Angelo Batio. Michael touched about every heart in the show with a beautiful tribute to fallen brother and friend Dimebag Darrell. Even my wife was screaming hell yea! Then, without effort, Michael switched it up and did a tribute to Led Zeppelin. He continued to crush the crowd with his over the top playing, playing the guitar with either hand, upside down, over the top, under the neck. Next, was Kyng these three bro’s were the closest thing to a young Metallica I’ve seen in twenty plus years in the music industry. For a three piece band to sound that full let’s you know the caliber of musicianship and how long they have been together. You couldn’t tell when the guitar player stopped playing rhythm and took a lead, because the bass player was simply killing it. All three in the band were amazing and I would suggest picking up their cd and
checking them out live. And with that said we had out headliners come out to the stage. Can you say Shinedown kicks ass? I can, because I saw them kick ass that night. Talk about energy!!!! I forgot to mention that between the bands setting up, the fine Mr. Johnny Coffin and his wonderful crew put on another Dean Girls/Coffin Case Fashion show by Toxic Vision, Johnny looking deathly stylish as always led his pack of beautiful Coffin Case models to another wonderful show, if you haven’t seen one of Johnny’s show’s, do yourself a favor and get tickets to the next one that is something to tell your grandkids about. Well metal-head’s, til the next concert, same rock time, same rock channel RocknRoll industries is there for you when you can’t be! Michael G out...
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Next up was a wild woman, to say the least, Ms. Laura Wilde took the stage and acted like she owned the damn thing! Singing and tearing up the guitar with a fury most men would envy. Match her killer looks with her down south gritty rocknroll attitude, and you have one hell of a show. Up next to the stage was an old friend of mine- Mr. Rusty Cooley the right hand of Doom! A tattoo reference to Rusty’s awesome tattoo work on his right hand, the hand that drives his mind blowing 7- string mastery. This man is so fast on the guitar it is mind blow-
ing he made sure everyone in the Grove was banging their heads as he shredded.
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NAMM Schecter Party 2013 This year, the parties at NAMM were anything, but tame, with the all-famous Schecter Party, sponsored by Monster Energy, Jagermeister, EMG Pickups, Tone Pros and Stone Brewery, and our selves, being it’s heaviest party yet by far. Legendary Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Poland opened the show with a striking performance by his band “OHM”. Next up was the unforgettable Jeff Loomis, who kept the crowd in a constant roar. Following next was a performance by “Prong”, with Tommy Victor, who unveiled his new signature guitar line onstage. This amazing lineup was finally topped off in closing by the classic thrash titans, “Exodus”, where Gary Holt debuted his new “Damnation” signature flying V guitar. Every year, the highlight party of NAMM is held by Schecter, and in 2013, this heavy groundbreaking event did anything but disappoint!
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Zakk Wylde at the Nokia Club downtown Los Angeles (2013) was a show to remember forever! From his warm hearted personality and piano playing to his mean guitar riffs. If you’ve never been to a Zakk Wylde show you should treat yourself to an experience like no other. A new video to be released was the set of the show with all Black Label Society members in the front rows and fans on the first floor and 2nd floors. We had to watch our positioning throughout the evening to not get in the way of the video cameras, the publicist for Zakk could not have been more helpful with their schedule through out the evening for all the photographers. There were microphones and cameras everywhere and you didn’t want to bump into any of them, I surely can’t wait to see how the video comes out. Little did I know we had a full set list, Zakk set down twice to play the piano. If you’ve never seen him play the piano and only heard his guitar work you’ll be in for a second treat. One of the videos was written with his daughter sitting next to him when she was a little girl, this video was played on all the monitors around the club, it was hard to not break a tear because of how beautiful they are together. As the video came to an end he started playing the keys to the video. You could only be proud of Zakk for being a great dad and his daughter for being a great supporter! Zakk also performed on the acoustic which was also a first, playing some of his favorite electrics which we’ve all come to love. It was an exceptional experience listening to him play the acoustic; almost like you’re 40 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
sitting on the couch at times when he would play a solo, there’s no change in performance as when he plays the electric. With his band also following along without missing a beat, it was one of the greatest shows ever. As some of the BLS members were walking out, I had to ask them how the show was up front, of course they said it was one of the best Zakk shows they’ve ever been to. Knowing it was worth every minute of their time to fly all the way across the nation for one concert should tell you something on the loyalty of Black Label Society!
Fishbone got together in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA when the members were all in high school. They were considered a ska and punk band in the early days but later became more guitar driven, focusing on rock and soul. Fishbone began its journey through music history with founding members John Norwood Fisher on bass, John’s brother Phillip ‘Fish’ Fisher on drums, Angelo Moore aka: ‘Dr. Madd Vibe’ who sang and played saxophones (from soprano to bass) and theremin, Kendal Jones on guitar, ‘Dirty’ Walter A. Kibby II who sang and played trumpet and Christopher Dowd, who sometimes went by ‘Charlie Down’, playing keyboards, trombone and doing vocals. Of these six musicians three remain with Fishbone; John Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore and Walter Kibby, who actually left the band in 2003 but returned in 2010. From 1979 until the present they have had many musicians come and go as members of this eclectic group. Fishbone was one of the most distinctive bands in the late 1980s. Their performance featured hyperactive musicians of great diversity, goofy humor and
sharp social commentary. Despite the fact that the group had a sizeable following in the late 80’s, they never acquired a mainstream audience. In 1988 they released the album TRUTH AND SOUL which included ‘leftist’ social commentary lyrics which addressed family breakups, racism, fascism, nuclear war and the oppression in lower income housing projects. I asked three of the current members, “After influencing so many talented and popular musicians and making so many contributions to the music community throughout the years, why do you think it is that Fishbone never received the acclaim and popularity that one would expect from a band that’s been active since 1979?” The general consensus between Angelo, John Norwood and John Steward was that the diversity of the band’s sound and the fact that they chose to point out political and social issues when it wasn’t popular to do so were possible reasons. The band’s music has been featured on many soundtracks and ‘various artists’ compilations. Band members themselves as well as
Fishbone T-shirts and stickers have been in many film and television appearances. Over the years the band has released numerous music videos, DVDs, EPs, live albums, studio albums and singles. Angelo Moore, in October of 2012 released an epic collection of 100 one-of-a-kind canvases containing his hilarious rendition of The 10 Commandments. Mr. Moore is working with celebrity fashion stylist and designer Leisa Balfour, and will soon be supporting a few select fashion accessory products for men and women as a spokesperson. When asked how the many lineup changes affected the bands performance and/or the total chemistry of the group they were in agreement that the band was fortunate enough to have very talented musicians to fill in or replace members who were leaving which made the transitions go smoothly. John Steward likened the band to a family type relationship where one might want to choke another but wouldn’t let any outsider bring harm to them.
It was pointed out by Norwood that chemistry was very important within the band and when it didn’t seem to be just right, they would all work to make it so. I asked if they felt that Fishbone would be together for a long time. Each one responded positively. Fishbone continues to perform, touring worldwide as often as possible, keeping their reputation as one of the best live acts in music history intact. As their facebook page states in the ‘about’ section, “Fishbone is still RED HOT!” According to Angelo the band’s style includes reggae, comedy, ska, alternative, adult, funk-rock, punk-rock, hard rock and soul. The lineup consists of Angelo Moore (sax, vocals), Rocky George (guitar), Walter A Kibby II (trumpet, vocals), Jay Armant (trombone, vocals), John Norwood Fisher (bass guitar, vocals), John Steward (drums) and Freddie Flint (keyboards) who replaced Dre Gipson in February 2013 while the band was in the middle of a US tour. It is not known at the time of this writing whether this change will be permanent. http://fishbone.net -Peggy Murphy
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Surviving the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise 2013 By Leah Burlington I was on my way to not only the biggest metal cruise on the planet, but to cross off the Caribbean from my bucket list. This particular cruise is like the infamous German festival Wacken Open Air but with clean staterooms, all inclusive food and clean bathrooms. It also boasts 40 of the same kind of Euro/Scandinavian Metal bands with a few from the USA and many other countries. Over 2000 fans travelled from 55 countries across the globe to attend this stellar festival. This was the third year that this cruise has sailed the seas and they are almost ready to start booking for 2014! What should you pack for a Metal Cruise you ask? First thing you must have is comfortable shoes or boots as you will be running from deck to deck, every hour on the hour trying to make one of 40 bands that is playing each hour. Then there are the All Star Jams, meet and greets and making time in there to eat. This isn’t your parent’s cruise of rest and relaxation! This is non-stop mayhem for 4 actual days of partying, mingling and rocking the hell out. The good news is that the bands all play twice and there are three venues; a lounge, an indoor theater and the awesome outdoor open air stage at the pool. Many people watch the shows from the two hot tubs that are by the swimming pool, where they have belly flop contests and the infamous 70k pool girls. Don’t forget to pack your Metal Shirts, Camera’s, warm clothes, just in case as it cools off at night and being on deck for a show at 3am might be a bit cold and it could rain as well. Bring a bathing suit for the pool and the beach and of course sun-block. The sun is really harsh down there if you aren’t used to it. Bring your hangover stuff and Airbourne is a must to keep well as is vitamins of some sort. If you get sea sick please bring your sea sickness pills. Bring a power strip because you only have one electric outlet in your room. Drink tons of water and make sure to pace yourself drinking or you won’t have the stamina to enjoy this festival! Another thing that is a must is having enough credit on your credit card or your debit card as they attach that to your Sail Pass which you will need for anything like alcoholic drinks, coffee, water and merch of any sort. The prices on this cruise were very reasonable. If you buy liquor on ship or on shore you will not get it until after the cruise. It isn’t allowed, so no you can’t smuggle liquor on. The cruise line probably makes most of its money on liquor sales and I am surprised the Metal-Heads didn’t drink the ship dry by the end! The first thing I see when I am about to board the ship is the huge line of MetalHeads all dressed in the black uniforms of their fave Metal bands! The first band sightings I have are the Evergrey guys and Snowy Shaw from Sabaton & Therion. The 44 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
cool thing about this cruise is that all the bands are doing the exact same thing as us. They are eating, mingling, drinking and seeing bands as well. They are one of us, no backstage pass needed here because this ship is one huge backstage party. We get to all hang together and there is really no-where to go for them so they just enjoy their vacation along with all the fans. It’s pretty special! They don’t mind pictures and autographs and some will sit and visit with the fans the whole night. Don’t be afraid to walk up politely and say hi to your fave singer or guitar player, you may make a friend for life. The first thing you want to do when you get to your stateroom is find your running order of the bands playing for the day/night and map out who you want to see and where they are. Then find the map of the ship by the elevators and see where everything is. You need to get yourself acquainted with your ship ASAP when you get onboard so you don’t get lost and miss your shows. Ask the friendly staff if you need help because they are there for you and you will get a person appointed specifically to your room. You also have a TV in your room that plays all the bands that are on the ship 24/7, so you
have music while you are in there, but you will probably only be in there for sleep and showers. There’s so much going on as the bands go from 10am to 5am and don’t forget Karaoke in Bolero’s lounge starting at 12am every night. The running order of bands we got to choose from: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, ANAAL NATHRAKH, ANACRUSIS, ANGRA, ARKONA, CRYPTOPSY, DELAIN, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DORO, DRAGONFORCE, EKTOMORF, ENSIFERUM, ETECC, EVERGREY, FATAL SMILE, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, GOTTHARD, HEIDEVOLK, HELLOWEEN, HELSTAR, HOLY GRAIL, IMMOLATION, IN FLAMES, INQUISITION, KREATOR, LACUNA COIL, LIZZY BORDEN, METAL CHURCH, NIGHTMARE, NILE, ONSLAUGHT, RAGE, SABATON, SUBWAY TO SALLY, SINISTER, STEEL ENGRAVED,
Leah Burlington (all 70K photos)
THREAT SIGNAL, TIAMAT, TURISAS, TÝR and UNEXPECT. That first night I got to see: Helstar, Sabaton, Delain, Helloween, Lizzy Borden, Dragonforce, Metal Church, and I ended my night with the exciting Viking band from Finland, Turisas on the pool deck at 2:30am. That band had the crowd of red and black face painted fans going absolutely bonkers! Eight hours of non- stop Metal the first day and I had only just begun. On Tuesday the second day of the cruise, everything kicks into high gear. I get up at about noon and hit the Windjammer with Danae to have breakfast and started out our day sitting next to the guys in Helloween. We took off to the Spectrum lounge and proceeded to see one of my fave bands from Sweden, Fatal Smile.
These guys put on a fantastic energetic show with killer costumes and much flair. Their music hearkens back to the old days of pure heavy metal with wicked guitar solos by Mr. Y and raunchy vocals of Blade. Alx prowls the stage with a scowl on his face and Phil rounds the band out with his flashy drumming style. We wandered the ship and saw many guys dressed in Viking and Pirate garb so much that I thought I was at a Ren Faire. I also saw many guys dressed in their metal vests that mostly come from Europe , Scandinavia, and South America. People were already getting their party on at 3pm and drinking pretty heavily. Drinking horns in hand, those Viking guys were having the time of their lives! We wandered into the Ensiferum show at the Theater and watched a whole band in kilts sing their folk metal to the happy crowd. We then went to the All Star band jam in Bolero’s Lounge and saw Doro sing with Cristina Scabbia. They did a killer version of Motorheads “Killed by Death” with Snowy Shaw on drums and the rest of the Doro band rocking through the song! Many musicians were there for the jam, but I had to leave and see Fabio Lione of Angra sing for all my PP friends that have told me how spectacular he is. They were right! This wonderfully talented band from Brazil kicked ass with their new Italian singer Fabio who has sung with bands like Rhapsody of Fire, Labyrinth, Ayreon, Vision Divine as well as singing on tour with Kamelot, and he commanded the stage with his very presence. We then went to the pool deck to see one of my fave bands ever, Evergrey take the stage. Tom Englund tore the stage up with his amazing guitar prowess and brooding vocals. Soon after, we went to the Theater to see Doro and this was my first actual time seeing her sing live with her kick ass band, which included my good friend Bas Mass who used to play guitar with After Forever. Her amazing band is, Luca Princiotta on bass, Nick Douglas on guitar and Johnny Dee on drums who used to play with Britney Fox back in the day. Doro put on a superb show with her headbanging style of old school metal and she took control of the stage with so much power and passion! I grew a huge respect for the Queen of Metal in this hour and became a huge fan right there. They did a wicked set and ended it with “All We Are.” Her new Cd “Raise Your Fist in the Air” rocks!
but they still put on a spectacular performance! Cristina and Andrea really blow me away with their vocal dueling to this day. I finished the second night with Rage and the Ligua Mortis Orchestra in the Theater inside. I know some of the fans were in tears and I heard from my friends how they were looking so forward to seeing this band live. I awoke refreshed at 8:00 am to a beautiful day and looking out my window I saw the Caribbean island of Grand Turk awaiting me. Once you get past the duty free shops and tourist crap you walk to the right of it all, you have a lovely beach all to your own to walk. After a much needed rest and time to self I walked back to civilization and looked to find out where the hell everyone from the ship went. When I turned left instead, there was a Mecca of bars and beach lounge chairs with Metal-Heads everywhere lying in the sun, wading in the surf and drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas. Snowy Shaw and Bas Maas took pic’s with us and I watched In Flames and Evergrey frolicking in the ocean
I got to see Italian band Lacuna Coil on the pool deck and as many times as I have seen them they get better and better even without Marco playing bass. He wasn’t able to make the cruise,
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more for good measure on the pool deck. The second Helloween, they rocked the ship like they should have. Andi Deris is so amazing live and his shotgun stance just killed me!! The last two shows of my night were LaAfter another rocking set with the Fatal guys, we cuna Coil in the theater and Helwent to dinner and then soon after went to see star on the pool deck which just the always heavy, Metal Church!! Ronnie Munroe freakin rocked!!! By that time I had took total control of the stage and tore our heads some Mudslides and was feeling NO pain. off with his soaring vocals! The lights were so red Helstar was over by 3:15am and we all headed that it looked like the band was on fire and to us to the Bolero’s Lounge for Metal Karoake and they were! After going to Church, I went to anmore drinks and fun! There I finally get to meet other church to see Doro slay the crowd once the amazing Andi Deris who was too kind, and got to chat with him as Ronnie Munroe walks up just in time for a guy ripping into a Priest song. His scream made both singers look up and gave the kid props by yelling Yeah, at him!! That was an awesome moment! We hung out all night watching people get silly onstage with the Fatal guys, Snowy Shaw, Cristina, Andrea and Maus from Lacuna Coil. Fabio came and visited with us, as well as Mike LePond and James Rivera. The Lizzy Borden guys, Lizzy, Dario and Marten, were close by as well as most the Doro band. It was one of the best times ever! waves. Everyone was in heaven! You never saw so many happy red Swedes!! We partied and enjoyed the sun and surf until 3pm and then reboarded and went to get ready for another Fatal Smile show at 5:30pm.
Like I said, you need stamina for this and I was into my 8th day straight from NAMM to this. You must pace yourself. You don’t want to be “That” guy passed out face down in a chair ass in the air. The first band of the day Lizzy Borden, was on the pool deck at 4:15pm. Lizzy puts on one hell of a crazy show and I was in the pit with my camera awaiting the onslaught of blood and metal. After a few songs Steffi Scott comes out and Lizzy proceeds to slit her throat and blood goes everywhere as he acts out his gory murderer scene. Then he jumps in the photo pit with a bucket of blood and wipes the sticky mess onto the bloodthirsty fan’s faces. He knows I love to be blooded so he bloods my face and then all the photog’s in the pit get the same treatment!
of how Herman Li jumped into the damn hot tub and ripped out a solo of epic proportions in front of a bunch of people in the tub. The guitar was wireless so he was able to achieve this feat without electrocuting himself and his estatic fans! I ended my final night of shows seeing the extremely heavy band Kreator for a bit and took some photo’s in the dark theater and then went to see In Flames tear up the Deck. The last show was Sabaton, Sabaton is one of the most entertaining and energetic bands I have ever seen. They smile and run amok onstage like no other band out there. The perky singer, Joakim Broden climbed the scaffolding to get a better look at the crowd and yelled, “Hello Boat!” They played an amazing set and at the end Joakim jokingly said that his clothes needed washing so he jumped into the crowd and surfed the crowd all the way back to the pool and got thrown in as the band played on. After that the whole band followed and jumped into the pool while a ton of fans threw themselves into the cold water with their Metal hero’s! Mayhem ensued and I thought that was one of the coolest things I have ever seen at a live concert! I stayed up for a while after Sabaton and hung with everyone in Bolero’s for Karoake again and then said my goodbyes to all my new and old friends and crashed out one last time in my comfy bed. I awoke at 8am to disembark the ship which was a sad moment.
I have been too many festivals, one even in Germany and I have to say this was one of the best times I have ever had even though I was Waiting around for Gotthard I ran into Herman Li on my own. There’s nothing like over 2000 Metal from Dragonforce, who let me in on a little secret fans with 40 bands on a ship with no- where that I should have believed. He excitedly said to go but to shows every hour on the hour. It’s he was going to jump into one of the hot tubs at grueling but it’s so worth it! It’s just pure mayhem the end of their set and do a solo. I took pictures and craziness and you get to hang with your fave of him and went to see Gotthard not thinking bands and make new friends and meet old ones anything of what he just confided in me. in the process. The staff was friendly to all of us and some even said the Metal-Heads were a joy Dragonforce took the pool deck stage and and polite to be around. The security staff was proceeded to tear up their instruments like gods! super cool and it was good to see Taz and Rory Of course when I get back I hear all the ruckus Romano heading up the crews for the shows.
Andy Piller, the creator of this whole metal cruise idea, 70,000 Tons of Metal and Barge to Hell, is to be commended for his creativity and foresight to have a metal festival on cruise ships. It makes it a clean and safe way to enjoy a metal fest and you also get a mini vacation on an island somewhere. That’s a nice bonus! I had a total blast, saw 30 sets and 20 bands, met some awesome people and got to hang with some of the greatest bands in the world. Metal fans are the best in the world and they never cease to keep me laughing and having fun! This cruise is something every metal fan should put on their Bucket List. This is something I would try to go to every year. It’s worth the money and the memories that come with it and friendships that last a lifetime. I survived the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise and I am alive to tell the tale me hearties...
The most hard core fan, Margie Metalho’s interview: How many times have you been on 70K of metal and what is it about this cruise that keeps you coming back for more? I have been on all four Ultimate Metal Cruises, three times on 70000 Tons of Metal and once on Barge to Hell. What keeps me coming back is that it is like being in “Metal-Head land” or in a Metal-Head Utopia; In other words, being on a ship with 2000 other people who “Get who I am.” We all share this incredible passion for metal which makes us instantly connected in such a profound way. After the first cruise I described it this way. “It was like I was taken away from my tribe as a baby and then reunited with my true family on that ship!” I have made some amazing friends from all over the world and I love them dearly. Many of us became friends on the cruise from the year before we even set sail. By the time the very first cruise took place we were already good friends so it was more like a family reunion. The music is the icing on the cake! The lineups have been nothing but awesome. I also love the numerous opportunities of getting to meet and hang out with the
bands throughout the voyage. Way better than a backstage pass! What is the highlight of 70K of metal for you? Getting to see so many incredible bands I never thought I would ever get see in my lifetime. Meeting so many amazing people from all over the world and being one big happy metal family. How many bands were you able to see this year on 70K of metal? I saw 29 bands and 47 sets, plus many hours of karaoke including the mandatory all-nighter the last night. I slept a total of 9 hours the entire cruise. I am a professional at this now. The first cruise we had spread sheets after the running order was announced so we could strategically plan where we wanted to be every waking moment. Did you enjoy Grand Turk and what was the best part of that afternoon there for you?? I loved Grand Turk! It was my very favorite destination so far of all the cruises. We owned that place. We spent the day walking on a beautiful beach while listening to metal playing from the local restaurant, plenty of lounge chairs to relax in, and an island completely taken over by a ship full of Metal-Head friends. What’s not to like? Paradise!!!
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John Hummel (1 of the 2) “We’re All Bonzo Wanna Be” Winners; slamming during “Heartbreaker”
The Bonzo Bash has become a regular event each year now since Joe Sutton and Brian Tichy held the inaugural event in 2010. The response from those in attendance is always, we want more! Each time, I get to experience Bonzo, Joe and Brian, their support team and all the artists involved give the audience what they ask for: More lights, more sound, more drummers, more musicians overall. Everyone freely gives of their time and soul to help celebrate John Bonham’s life and the music he left behind. Each drummer took the stage accompanied by a changing assortment of musicians on vocals, guitars, bass and keys… What follows are images of some of the artists who performed at this year’s event.
M.C/Drum legend Carmine Appice joined by co-host, Nicko Mc Brain… the give and take between them was quite amusing (and of course, Nicko was a monster on the drums during “Immigrant Song”
Khurt Maier (Salty Dog) pounding away during “Lemon Dog”
Jack Russell (Great White) belting out a great rendition of “Dancing Days” with Brent Woods (The Moby Dicks) Brian Tichy, co-founder of the Bonzo Bash (Whitesnake/ S.U.N), in full force during “Rain Storm”
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Jimmy D’anda (Bulletboys) always with the huge grin or goofy faces while pounding away during “Royal Orleans”
We all know Tichy for his drumming prowess but what some of you might not know is; Tich is just as talented on the six-string, which the lucky Bonzo Bash audience got to enjoy through the night, as he performed with a rotating cast of talented musicians.
Chas West is channeling Robert Plant, with Michael Devin (Whitesnake/S.U.N) having too much fun on bass!
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DORO PESCH LIVE AT B.B. KINGS BLUES CLUB NYC Review by Monni McCleary
It was a trio of metal-babe front women that graced the stage, which was a pleasant surprise; since I sometimes fear women in metal are a slow and dying breed. NYC based Flames of Fury was the opener, and their melodic/theatrical metal sound won the crowd over by the end of their set. Swedish rockers Sister Sin took the stage with fury, with front woman, Liv Jagrell exuding an obscene amount of energy in her skin tight, leather strapless dress. She head-banged her way into a nice balance of their three albums. Among the songs they performed from their last album ‘Sounds of the Underground’ were ‘End of the Line’ and ‘Hearts of Cold,’ as well as ‘Chosen Few’ and ‘Fight Song.’ It was the 4th leg of her North American tour for Doro Pesch, and she did not disappoint.
Fans went mental when the ‘Queen of Metal’ and her band took the stage like a bat out of hell! The blonde bombshell belted out killer tunes from her old band, Warlock, such as ‘I Rule the Ruins,’ ‘Burning the Witches,’ ‘Fight for Rock,’ and ‘All We Are.’ She also sang a song called ‘Hero’ that she dedicated to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. But the highlight of the show was when she sang Judas Priest’s power anthem, ‘Breaking the Law’ with a burning vengeance! The German maven bounced around the stage and was often shaking hands with the fans. To see Doro’s humble presence and her interaction with fans, it’s no wonder why she has remained such an icon in metal for well over 25 years. With tour dates spanning through the end of the month from coast to coast, don’t miss your chance to check her out live. Best show of the year (so far)! I not only ‘raise my fist’ to you Doro, but also my glass… Cheers to you, to the one true reigning metal queen!
Fan Appreciation Surprise Show
German heavy metal legend Doro Pesch ROCKED B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square Monday (Feb. 4th) in support of her 12th solo studio album ‘Raise your Fist.’
January 4th 2013 was a “Mucho Loco” night! The Roxy hosted the first “Fan Appreciation” show for all METALACHI fans. “Rarely, have I seen the Roxy Theater so packed!” were the words of many fans present that night. In their typical fun and entertaining way, METALACHI is (one of) the weirdest bands in the world! At every show, Warren Moscow (MC) introduces this loco bunch as “The First & Only Metal Mariachi Band” and (in case you missed) our interview and article on these south-of-the-border boys, let us tell you; Not only do they have a loyal following, but they also make sure you are entertained and laughing until your sombreros pop off your head.
On this special night, they opened with Ozzy Osbourne’s “ Crazy Train”, featuring Robert Sarzo on guitar. That was not the only surprise of the night, either. Just like a magician, they had an ace up their sleeve! When Moscow said, “You may know our next guest from a little band known as SLAYER!!!” , the crowd went wild …and rightly so! It was (drummer of SLAYER) Dave Lombardo, himself, who joined the mix to perform “Raining Blood,” And what better way to pay tribute to one of “The Big 4” in Metal!??! “Muy bien, Amigos!!” -Enrique Nunez 50 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
When I try to explain the concept of this mariachi/metal band, it tends to lose and confuse those who try to grasp the idea. METALACHI renders mariachi-style homage to all of the head banging classics, such as, Metallica, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy and the like.
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Dark Adrenaline Tour LACUNA COIL / Las Vegas Despite the fact that Lacuna Coil did not have every member in this performance, the band did not fail to impress on stage. In their time of need, drum tech and fellow musician Ryan Blake Folden graciously stepped in to ward Surprisingly, the entire band was not present that off any show cancellations. His effort has not night of the performance. Cristina Scabbia (vogone unnoticed, nor has his talent, for he exudes cals), Andrea Ferro (vocals), Marco ‘Maus’ Biazzi an energy and confidence that not only matches (guitar), and Cristiano ‘Pizza’ Migliore (guitar) the mood of the band on stage, but helps to carry were on the road, while other fellow band mates it as well. Undoubtedly, Ryan has gained many Marco ‘Maki’ Coti Zelati (bass) and Cristiano appreciative followers and unwavering respect ‘CriZ’ Mozzati (drums) were back home in Italy. for his presence. Reports say that Maki is busy producing more From the very first entrance, everyone was full of music, while CriZ is spending time as a father energy. Cristina came out, mic at the ready, head with his new baby girl. Even with the absent musicians, fans have something to look forward banging, hands pounding the air and thrown out to in the meantime: Upcoming releases and an to the crowd, with her signature strut carrying her mere feet in front of the audience. Meanwhile, addition to the Coiler family. Andrea ran out and immediately got into the Prior to the show, Lacuna Coil hosted a VIP song with an unbelievable burst of adrenaline. meet and greet with limited availability. Fans who What stands out about these two on stage is were lucky enough to snag tickets to the event their interaction with one another. While one is got one-on-one time with the band, a poster singing into the microphone, the other is getting signed by each of the members, and a group into it and mouthing the lyrics just as much as the photo. With sweet smiles on their faces, Cristina crowd is. That duet-chemistry is a vital part of and Andrea opened their arms and welcomed their performance aspect and ties everything Coilers. Following the photo-op, the band hung together. Moreover, they get right in your face around to talk to some more fans while other VIP and sing it with you, urging you to get louder with ticketholders grabbed barricade space. As they them. It’s obvious that they truly enjoy every bit left to get ready, Cristina walked off with a few of performing, which makes watching them that gifts from devoted fans. much more engaging.
Throughout the set, the whole house was focused on the high, and all members were reeling it in and throwing it back out with every consecutive song. It was pure, undiluted seduction. Cristina and Andrea were everywhere on the stage and kept fueling the connection between the audience, the band, and each other. This sort of bond doesn’t simply come without the end result being a sublime experience. They have evolved not only as people, but as musicians. The evolution from album to album is a clear indication of their growth and of what lies ahead. Regardless of where you were in the venue that night, you felt the presence, the pulse of music and the innate loyalty of the Coiler family. The set was comprised of fan favorites and songs from their latest release* 1-I Don’t Believe in Albums: Tomorrow* *Dark Adrenaline 2-I Won’t Tell You\ Comalies: 4 3-ill the Light* Karmacode: 5, 7 4-Heaven’s a Lie Shallow Life: 2, 9, and 5-To the Edge 12 6-Upside Down* 7-Fragile 8-End of Time* 9--Survive10-Intoxicated* 11-Trip the Darkness* By: Andrea Granillo 12-Spellbound
On the North American leg of their Dark Adrenaline Tour, LACUNA COIL owned the stage at The Railhead venue in the Boulder Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 23rd.
Tremonti at the Roxy Theater get the best shots possible since I’m vertically challenged (I’m short) and with a sea of fans making it hard for me to take clear shots, I could only focus on my Being mostly ignorant of Mark Tremonti’s new musical project other than aperture, ISO and shutter knowing a few songs with his other bands (CREED and ALTER BRIDGE), speed. It was until the end I walked into the venue somewhat skeptical on what my experience would of the show that I realized be at this show. Maybe because I had Myles Kennedy or Scott Stapp that was Eddie Van Halen’s branded in my head along w/ Tremonti and him only as a guitarist and famous stripes pattern of backup vocals. This time Mark was the leadman and what a great job he his Frankenstrat and that does as a front man. At moments reminding me of Godsmack (Melodic meant Wolfgang was in Vocals) and at others of TRIVIUM’s rhythm guitars and drums, this band the house, as well as Edmade sure they brought energy, entertainment and Rock N Roll along with die himself. some melody and power to this show being the last of their “All I was” tour, definitely giving the attending crowd a well-deserved show (even the kids Overall, a fun show, energetic full of sweat and hardin the front row had a great time). rockin’ fans chanting along The Set list included: Leave It Alone, Giving Up, All I Was, Proof, So You’re Tremonti’s lyrics, one of the Afraid, Doesn’t Matter, The Things I’ve Seen, All That I’ve Got, Wish You aspects I respect most from Well, You Waste Your Time, New Way Out, Decay. Encore: Gone, Brains. “big name” bands and performers, is their approach and respect to the At the time of my arrival, I was instinctually drawn to stay on the left side fans and for the fans and by signing cds after the set, Tremonti sure got an of the stage. But for some reason, the bass guitar seemed somewhat A for that in my book. familiar, the pattern and the design rang a bell, but I was too busy trying to By- Enrique Nunez
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Years ago, I remember skipping “The End Is Near” by Alter Bridge in my Ozzfest 10th Year Anniversary DVD. The long guitar intro seemed a tad “cheesy” for my “Metal” taste. Fast forward to March 5th 2013 and here I am, ENJOYING, a TREMONTI show at The Roxy Theater in Hollywood, which by the way is packed!
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On the eve of her new album release, Orianthi appeared at a “Great Guitars” event held at The Grammy Museum housed in the intimate 200 seat Clive Davis Theater. Tickets were next to impossible to obtain for this performance and everyone in attendance was very fortunate as she performed songs off her new album [Heaven In This Hell]. It was a very good event for both guitar geeks and casual fans (or, in some cases, both). Orianthi quit school at 15 to pursue her guitar playing. At that age, she performed in front of an enormous crowd in Australia with Steve Vai without even knowing what songs were being played. She just went for it We wanted to capture live energy, so it was really about performing, and and with great results. we didn’t just write. The instincts were amazing, they did their own thing with the ideas they had, which I was really happy about because such During her talk, she spoke of being a huge fan of Carlos Santana, whom great players and they added a bit of flavor to the songs. she cites as the primary reason she endorses Paul Reed Smith (PRS) Guitars. She said she was a rather normal person when she started tourWhat is the meaning behind the name Heaven in This Hell? ing with Alice Cooper (and thus became the first female member of his band.) Orianthi explained that she started to get into the stage theatrics Music and playing the guitar is my heaven in this crazy world. Everything of the tour. She now wears fake blood and plays along nicely with the gets, you know the bills I’ve got and what’s going on, it always has stage act to the point where Alice Cooper calls her “Goryanthi” and been through school as well, my guitar and writing, it wasn’t always “Scaryanthi”. the greatest of places . For me, music it’s just something so powerful, especially the blues music which I always gravitate towards playing. One of the highlights of the presentation was when Michael Bearden, That’s what this record’s about – not running away from that and doing the Musical Director for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, made an imsomething that really suits me and who I am. I feel like this is the kind of promptu speech talking about how Orianthi landed the Michael Jackson record that I wanted to put out there, this is me and I hope people dig it. gig. He explained the buzz from Carlos Santana, her heroic guitar performance with Carrie Underwood at the Grammys and basically explained Heaven in This Hell is a departure from your previous album that she was the one for the highly coveted guitar slot. Believe. I’ve read you describe the sound as “voodoo rock blues”. Discuss some of the artists that influenced the sound that you have The burning question on everyone’s mind was quickly answered during on this new album. the talk. Alice Cooper had a show in Switzerland in just two days, so what is she doing in LA? It turns out she departed hours after the show to “Robert Johnson, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton. I’ll just listen to a lot of make the Switzerland gig. Straight from there, she would return to L.A. for her incredible public performance and album release at the Whisky on Robert Johnson because I really dig the Delta Blues Flumpiness and I kind of wanted to fuse that with rock, and have this sort of eeriness the world famous Sunset Strip. around it. And it was just the blues, I wanted it to sound really different from my last album and something that’s going to sound big live. When Chip Smith we were writing the tracks we were just thinking about the audience and playing big shows. With Alice, he’s very theatrical, and I want to do the Your album release show at the Whiskey was awesome tell us about same thing with my touring and have this start in hell then go to heaven, the process of creating and writing ‘Heaven in This Hell?’ How was like musically and visually. So that’s kind of the way the record is. it working with Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics)? “Making this record was so much fun. I started writing for the record about a year and a bit ago, maybe two years ago with Dave Stewart – two acoustic guitars, just writing riffs, and we had so many songs by the end. Dave, when he was in Nashville said ‘Hey Ori, you should come over and check out the studio, Blackbird. He had the idea of doing his album over there. The musicians there are incredible. Literally a week or two afterwards I was back there making my own record. We did eight songs in one day, and then went on tour with Alice Cooper, came back and completed the record, actually via Skype to Dave’s studio in Nashville.
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What’s your goal for this album? Will you be touring to promote it this year? “I’m shooting a music video for the first single ‘Frozen’ next week, and then we’re going to be touring in Japan and then we’re sort of figuring out right now a bunch of shows, then touring with Alice and Marilyn Manson, and a bunch of people so it’s going to be crazy.
Hitting it Hard in 2013 The Heavy Metal Band Queensryche is loaded with seasoned talent and ready to hit the road hard this year. Heading up the band is multi- platinum selling Geoff Tate, known as the incredible front man and songwriter for Queensryche. Geoff has backed himself with amazing talented musicians such as Robert Sarzo (guitar), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Randy Gane (keyboards) and Kelly Gray (guitar). Queensryche originally started in 1981 out of Bellevue, Washington. The band is known worldwide and has survived through all the changes in the music industry. They have sold over 20 million albums, 6 million in the US alone. In April of 2012 there was a separation of the band. There are currently two bands that are performing under the name Queensryche. Rock n Roll Industry Magazine was privileged to speak with the band headed by Geoff Tate. We are so excited that the band is going on tour here in the US and will be releasing their new album “Frequency Unknown” on April 23, 2013. Check their website: queensryche.com for updates on the tour, album release and all the current band news. Geoff Tate is known as one of the top metal vocalist. He was ranked #2 in the top 5 by “That Metal Show”. In 2012, received the “Voice in Progressive Heavy Metal Award”, from Vegas Rocks Magazine. He has been nominated for a Grammy and has toured to over 46 countries. He brings a beautifully melodic voice to a hard core metal sound, when combined becomes explosively amazing. Randy Gane from Michigan is the keyboardist. He is known for being a Progressive Metal Keyboardist and brings original sounds that must be heard! He has toured with Queensryche, Geoff Tate and Sweet Sister Sam. Randy is well sought after for his session work and has also recorded with Queensryche, Sweaty Nipples and Candlebox. Kelly Gray, guitarist has previously worked with Geoff and Randy in the band Myth. Kelly has become a recording engineer and has worked with bands such as Dokken, Slave to the System and several more including Queensryche as a producer. Kelly is ready to duel guitars with Robert Sarzo on stage. Simon Wright from Manchester, England was asked this year to join Queensryche. He is currently finishing his tour with Dio Disciples and he ready to join the band on tour. Simon is a veteran performer, having started his touring career at the tender age of 16. He performed with AC/DC for 7 years then left and became Ronnie James Dio’s drummer. Simon was with Dio until he left us all too early. His powerful hard hitting drums will propel the tempo that Queensryche fans love. Rudy Sarzo known for his bass playing for Quite Riot will be an amazing addition to Queensryche. Rudy and his brother Robert are from Cuba and are living the American dream! Rudy has been one of the hardest working Bass Players in rock. He has been a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band until he joined Quiet Riot. He has the recognition of being on the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on Billboard charts. Then he moved on to another well known band White Snake, from 19871994. In 1997 he returned to Quiet Riot until they broke up in 2003. Rudy then joined with Simon in playing for Dio. This is going to be the first time in several years that he will be sharing the stage with his brother Robert. Robert Sarzo (guitarist) has had a lengthy career as well, spanning over 40 years. Robert has worked several years with Jimmy Iovine of
Interscope. He has built a nice career with movie soundtracks as a composer and a producer. In the 80’s Robert and bassist Tony Cavazo formed the band Hurricane. Robert also recently finished recording, mixing and producing the song that Christian Slater lip syncs during the movie “Guns, Girls and Gamblers”. He is currently working as a counselor for the reality show “Rock’n Roll Fantasy Camp” with his brother Rudy. They have also opened a recording studio in Sherman Oaks. Robert has a solo album coming out this summer which her wrote and produced in both English and Spanish called “After the Storm”. This album brings in his Cuban background with his passion for heavy metal. We talked with Robert Sarzo before he left for their tour: What is like to work with Geoff? Robert: I am so pleased to work with both Geoff and his wife Susan. I find them both very professional. It is great to work with someone that likes the same type of music I do. The music is melodic but with a heavy metal vibe. The experience to perform with one of my favorite singers is incredible. How are the other members of the band to work with? I have played with Simon before but only on a local basis. Now that we are actually getting to work on a larger scale we will get to put our own twist on the music. Everyone in the band is so professional and well prepared; it just makes everything so much easier. Tell us about performing on stage with your brother. Well we grew up playing together in Miami. In the late 70’s we moved to Ney York to get away from the disco scene and pursue the music we love.
I started working with Jimmy Iovine and then Rudy decided to move to LA. I am so excited to be able to be on a stage with my brother after all these years. This is the first time ever we will be performing on a national tour! What can the Queensryche fans expect at your concerts? Loyal fans of Geoff will want to come out and support him and see how he is moving on. It is a fresh start for the band and Geoff. The shows will have a lot of passion and energy. They will be there for Geoff and we want to give them everything they expect and more. What is your favorite Queensryche song to play? That is a tough question. The songs are like my pets, they are all my favorites especially the one I am with at the time. Sweet Sister Mary and Mission have so much emotion and are very theatrical, which I love. All of the songs have their own magic, own mood and movement. Silent Lucidity is an example of how peaceful and moving these songs are. I just love the passion and heaviness of all of the songs. Can you tell us about the equipment you will be using on tour? I am so proud to be using a guitar that is built for me by Line 6. It is the Variax guitar made by James Tyler. This is the state of the art guitar that can be programmed by your computer to get the tones you like and then you just press a button and the preset tone is there for you on stage. They are also putting on a Floyd Rose for me. I will be using an Ovation for the acoustic portions. The Line 6 Bogner Amp with the EL 34 tubes and a HD 500 pedal board. The sound that comes out is huge and has a lot of balls. -Mercedes Steiner
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The Women’s International Music Network Awards Orianthi Rocked the Woman’s International Music Networking Awards with an All Girl Band; Orianthi -Vocals and Guitar, bassist- Nik West and Brittany Maccarello on the Drums.
Honorees included producer, songwriter and artist Holly Knight, who received the “Mad Skills,” award. She offered advice and insight on how Deserving Powerful Women were given 2013 she writes songs. Some of the “She Rocks Awards,” for their accomplishsongs by Knight and Chapman ments in the Music Industry, along with gratitude are: Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a for opening doors for other woman to experience Battlefield,” as well as “Invinthe best that the world of music has to offer at cible.” They also wrote Tina the first She Rocks Awards held in Anaheim Turner’s “Better Be Good to during the NAMM show convention. There was Me,” and “The Best,” which was an attitude in the room of when all working a #1 single around the world for Tina Turner. together, we all feel success. Laura B. Whitmore On her own and in collaboration with others, the founder of WiMN seemed to have a flare Knight wrote songs with Heart, Aerosmith, Bonfor putting everyone at ease. Every one that nie Tyler, Rod Stewart, and many more. Tish stepped up to the podium offered great advice. Ciravolo, received the “Vision” award. President Ali Handal played and encouraged all girls to of Peavey Electronics Mary Peavey, received play guitar, afterwards Laura had vocal coach the “Icon” award and shared her experiences Susan Carr teach us a little about the art of during the 60’s, proud to have burned her bra screaming; as she had us do a warm up. so she and other woman can be where they are today! President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Tish Ciravolo, received the “Vision” award. Senior Vice President of Operations for Guitar Center Laura Taylor, received the “Champion,” award. Musicians For Equal Opportunities for
Women (MEOW) Founder Carla DeSantis Black, received the “Endurance” award. Pauline France of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s corporate PR department received the “Next Generation” award. Guitar prodigy Orianthi, received the “Inspire” award and performed for us. Everyone left feeling inspired and ready for a day at NAMM! ~ Cyndi Johnson More information at:http://www.thewimn.com/ events/she-rocks-awards/
Guards of Glory Tour
aturday, February 23rd in Santa Ana, at the The Observatory two concerts were set to play. One is DJ Quik and Suga Free, the other Turisas and Firewind, doors are only 30 minutes apart, but the difference in crowds is staggering. In one line, concert goers are dressed in mostly black with battle paint, chain mail and kilts mixed in. The other line consists of collared shirts, baggy jeans, glitter and skimpy dresses. Eventually we are allowed admittance and once inside, we were delegated to a rather small room dubbed The Constellation Room, off to the side of the main room was DJ Quik ready to play. I’ve always believed the intimacy between crowd and a band in a small venue produces the best shows, so I was excited. Helsott was the first up, a carry-over from the previous night at the Key Club in Hollywood; which
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had six opening acts. If you haven’t heard of them, you soon will. They are a blend of death/thrash metal with a heavy dose of pagan metal thrown in, a fantastic opening act for the Guards of Glory tour. They arrived on stage with red and black paint on them, akin to Turisas, but not as fully covered. I had seen these guys the night before and was prepared for what was to come, and once again they didn’t let down and got the crowd moving. They played, “Vandals Divide Part Two,” and “Cessation,” for the first time in two years; which was a nice treat for those who’ve seen this local pagan act before. After a short set of six songs they cleared the stage for the headliners of the night. Be sure to check Helsott out on the Paganfest IV Tour. With a brief pause as Firewind’s tech crew began setting up
the room filled to near capacity. Firewind began as Gus G’s project to show off his technical abilities, but has grown into a monster all its own, although they’ve been through many lineup changes, their brand of epic power metal and skill keep the band moving forward. This tour marked Kelly Sundown Carpenter’s first with the band and although Gus G played front man for much of the show, Kelly delivered an outstanding performance, and by the end of the show Kelly had won me over as Firewind’s new leader singer. Gus G lived up to his super high standards flowing through solo after solo and interacting with the crowd between songs. At one point he even jumped down into the crowd during a solo and continued to shred without missing a beat with people closing in from every side. Just as
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Guards of Glory Tour Continued impressive, was Bob Katsionis playing both rhythm guitar and keyboards for many of the band’s songs. My eyes were constantly drawn toward him between Gus’ solos to see him playing both instruments at the same time. Firewind had people singing along and shouting back enthusiastically throughout their set. Be sure to pick up Firewind’s latest album “Few Against Many.” After a small break Turisas hit the stage and the crowd exploded when they started with “March of the Varangian Guard” and from that point onward the night consisted of battle metal and headbanging. With a pit behind me and Mathias singing, dancing and acting in front of me, the room had to be louder than anything DJ Quik had going on next door. In fact, Mathias even touched upon that, during one of his rants “While those guys may be having the times of their lives next door, they have no fucking idea what’s going on in here!!” Shouted Mathias about DJ Quik, after that the crowd erupted with roars of glee. You could really tell these guys love what they do. Olli was masterful with his violin solos, even shredding through the horse hair of his bow. If the rest of the guys weren’t putting on such amazing performances, the antics of keyboardist Robert Engstrand were superbly funny.
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“In the Court of Jarisleif” was a crowd favorite and accurately portrayed what it would be like to party with these pagans after a concert. Starting off at a blistering pace and moving with abandon it is a true moshing song, but then the guys began to slow down and pass out with Mathias struggling to sing and much less stand, he ended up rolling around on stage letting out wimpy la la la’s. Eventually they recovered and finished the song with enthusiasm, back to their boisterous pagan ways. After a few more songs, Turisas left the stage and I heard a few grumbles about what songs they haven’t played. Then the Turisas chant went up in hopes these gallant warriors would return to battle with us once more. Shortly after the chanting slowed down the crowd got its wish and Turisas came back on stage with “Stand Up and Fight,” which had everyone shouting along as if it were still the first song instead of the end. The night was rounded out with “Rasputin,” their Boney M cover which has become a fan favorite and always has everyone shouting Ra-Ra-Rasputin at the top of their lungs when called upon, which was a spectacular way to end the show. Don’t forget to pick up Turisas album coming out later this year.
eaLeg’s backstage pass to Merkin’s Vineyard
There are many different elements that attract a person to a restaurant, bar, or speak easy. What makes us call it our favorite place? A home, away from home? Is it the waiter who gives you undivided attention as he serves you another glass of the sweetest wine? And the funny joke he cracks, just to make you feel more at ease as you wait for your date that is already fifteen minutes late? Or is it the beautiful crystal chandeliers that glitter right above you and remind you of the days you used to visit your grandmother’s house as a child? The love and care that goes into these places comes straight from the heart of the enthusiastic business owners who endlessly strives to make you happy. These little touches make a world of difference and keep you coming back time after time. SeaLegs is my new favorite home away from home, my new after-work stop, romantic date night, or girl’s night out! And now, I love the place even more because it has introduced some edgy flair you won’t find in many other places. Last week, I made a spontaneous trip to SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach after browsing facebook one evening. I saw a post about two things I love: wine and Heavy Metal music. Could it be true? Legendary Tool front man, Maynard James Keenan, is a winemaker? As a fan of his, I was excited to see what this rough and tough singer could bring to the table. As I did my research, I found out that Maynard’s wine is very exclusive. Only a handful of wineries carry it, and SeaLegs is one of them. Located at 20122 Beach Blvd in downtown Huntington Beach, this rustic and classically cozy hideaway is a great setting for anything from a group outing to an intimate night. World renowned designer Kenneth Ussenko is the man behind the mystique of SeaLegs Winery, with its rich, dark cherry wood table tops and romantically lit dining rooms. Created at Merkin’s Vineyard, one of the wines I had the privilege of tasting is called Chupacabra Blanca. It combines the flavors of a CA Vermintino and NM Malvasia. For the lay person, that means bright and refreshing (Vermintino) combined with smooth and sweet (Malvasia). One sip and my senses immediately began to dance- It’s no wonder Chupacabra Blanca is the brainchild of a rock star. Maynard can now add “winemaker” to his resume, right next to “lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle.” How ironic that the same man behind such moody and dark music can create a wine that really makes your taste buds sing! “We are excited to carry his wine,” Sea Legs owner Alicia Whitney says. “His passion for wine making speaks to our generation. Wine making is an art, and you can taste it in every glass.” Lisa, co-owner of SeaLegs had this to add, “From the first taste of the Chupacabra Blanca I was sold! His wines are amazing! We absolutely love being one of the only places in Orange County that feature wines in his portfolio and we
look forward to him coming back to host a “Meet the Vinter” event!” How did Alicia get a backstage pass to Merkin’s Vineyard? I sat down with her to learn how SeaLegs and Maynard crossed paths.
She told me that one of her servers is a rep for Maynard’s Winery. It’s no wonder Alicia would have something so exclusive in her establishment. Starting out at Hurricane’s in Huntington Beach as a server, she worked her way up to throwing well known events like “Swank Wednesdays.” If you were out on the town at the time, you know this was one of the hottest clubs to attend. Her reputation in OC caught the attention of Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas. Here, she revolutionized the concept of a country western bar. Her venue, “Revolver,” was named the Number One Country Bar by Las Vegas Times. She eventually returned to her loving family in OC, and opened SeaLegs with Lisa Nonemaker, a fellow Huntington Beach native. These two young entrepreneurs’ feature many unique wines, creating a diverse repertoire of spirits. Maynard is excited to have his wine as one of the newest additions to the SeaLegs collection, and believes this quaint yet edgy spot will be his top selling account in Southern California.
a bar (for men).” Amid the beauty and elegance that draws the women to SeaLegs, men can feel just as comfortable, with a cold glass of their favorite beer to unwind after a long day. So ladies, bring your special man to SeaLegs! And men, take note of this heart-winning date destination.
Maynard can now add “wine-maker” to his resume, right next to “lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle.”
When the night ended, I got to take home a bottle of Chupacabra Blanca. Not only can you drink your favorite wine at SeaLegs, but you can also take it home at a price that is just as delicious! It doesn’t get any better than that. What’s next for SeaLegs? Lisa told me the inside scoop, “Alicia and I have SO many upcoming events and collaborations up our sleeves! We are extremely passionate about tasting new wines and we love musicians/artists that have sort of made a shift in their lives and are now producing wine.”It is an exciting timer indeed!
It is exciting that a charming local place like SeaLegs has revolutionized the standard of a speak easy by trying something unconventional. Manayrd’s wine turned out to be a big hit at SeaLegs. As I was finishing my delicious plate of Pig & Fig Flat bread that Alicia ordered for me while she went to entertain clients, I noticed a mother and daughter sitting next to me, sipping on some white wine and sharing a glandulous portion of carrot cake! I introduced myself and asked them what they liked about SeaLegs. The mother said “the carrot cake (giggles)!” And the daughter said, “The ambiance. You see more women visiting Sea legs. The ratio is always more women than men because the atmosphere has little feminine touches, yet still rustic and red like
Come find out for yourself, and get bitten by the Chupacabra! By Raquel Figlo
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MISS KATONIC: Hello! And welcome back to The Miss Katonic Show, where humans and other earth-bound creatures are kidnapped in their living bodies via their nightmares, pulled into the Dreamlands... and toyed with endlessly, deep inside the monstrous living castle of Katonic. Tonight, I’ve stumbled upon a group of creatures that peaks my curiosity. They are A Band of Orcs, called forth unwillingly into that delicious waking Earth realm, and have cleverly embraced the sheer evil of metal to forge demonic choir and summon forth their god, Gzoroth. I’ve had the Shadow Vixens pull the sleeping bodies of these creatures through the shadows of night and into my realm. How delightful! Creatures from yet ANOTHER realm are, once more, looking to wreak havoc, pain and ultimate destruction upon humanity. This universe is infinite, and we shall forever feed, it seems… Vixens… and my precious Yaag... MISS KATONIC: Orcs! Tell the miserable humans watching how you first came to be pulled into their realm: Gronk!: Usses just finish happy blood work of adding buncha heads to pile, humie king included. Stupid humies hire orcs do dirty work and fight giants for them. Us kill giants then come back kill humies who dare use sorcery for bind usses to them. Grunts stack every last body in wall. Bodies stacked to sunset. Glorious mounds of bodies. Many piles of heads. Elf heads, giant heads, humie heads, gnome heads, dwarf heads. Heads all the way down. Heads of all oppose us. Then us War Chiefs have council for celebrate victory, drink blutrarch, tell tales of daring-do. Mighty strong blutrarch that moon-eve. Then, bright-blinding blue light appear over camp pyre. First, me think just blutrarch make me see stuffs. But me soon know it blue light of sorcery when me see Cretos ‘pop’ go disappear. Me try beseech Gzoroth with chants, ward off blue light of sorcery, but Gzoroth say in Gronk!’s head, “Flow.” Gronk! grab staff and say, “Hail Gzoroth, whatever Dragon wants.” So usses hold breath, let blue light suck ussses all into Vortex. Usses fall through nether-realm forever and an instant usses get spit out in living cave of some humies play what usses now know as “Dungeons & Dragons.” Usses slaughter them humies, of course, not knowing them got 60 60 Rock Rock N N Roll Roll Industries Industries Magazine Magazine
used by Gruesom Grimp, inter-dimensional traveler, trickster and gremlin-imp. Poor kidlets, humies. Them roll “A Band of Orcs” ahahahhahah!!! Gogog: Haha, good times! Yes… Gronk!: Then usses hear most brutal, haunting, soul-melting beauty from chamber upstairs. Gogog kick in door and find dumb-face humie, staring. Stink like pig-pen in his pants. All: *Sinister laughter.* Gogog: Remember it like it’s tomorrow. Jed shit his pants, ahahhahahhahah!!!!! Oh, his face, hahahahhahahah!!!! Hulg: His face make nice battle cozy for coffee mug. Slaaaaaaaaayerrrrrrr. Tasty, tasty, crunchy riffs. Gronk!: Yes, Hulg, usses run upstair and find Jed listen to what uses now know as brutal epic of metal lore called “Raining Blood.” Greatest story ever told, save it not mention Gzoroth, but usses change that error when us make own tales. Gogog: Gogog tell the useless piece of inflated skin before us that I, Gogog, would spare him if he taught the WarChiefs how to craft such exquisitely evil evilness. Hulg: That make him useful then. Gogog: Shut up, Hulg. I’m telling this tale. No more sarcastic brains for you for dinner. MISS KATONIC: Explain to the bloated filthy masses the purpose behind why you fuse metal and lyrical incantation. Gronk!: …yes, usses Jed told him spared if him show us how make magic called metal. Jed make more noise and stink in his pants, then take us in his mechanical wagon on raid for instruments. Jed play many metal tales for us on way using magic box. Usses remember it well… “Breaking the Law,” “Ride the Lightning.” Also, Gzoroth give sign, when us raid Guitar Mart. “Invaders” by Iron Maiden play on magic air box thingy in store. It describe just what usses do to Guitar Mart. Glorious! Usses become bards of Gzoroth that day. Take up guitar axe as well as battle axe. Grimp avatar of Gzoroth come to help uses establish
Domination. It him, Gruesom Grimp, what cast inter-dimensional spell summon A Band of Orcs for joke. Gruesom Grimp become interim band manager, summon earth elemental to build Orc Tower in Vortex of Santa Cruz Mountains, then us lock away to learn heavy metal with Jed. So, me thinks Gruesom Grimp idea, but acting out chaos-will of Gzoroth/Mother Chaos. Now, just not so long ago, usses make treaty with Romans. Legate Maurizio become manager of A Band of Orcs. Grimp shuffle off mortal cat-coil a fews back. Usses now spare all cats when Domination comes and before. Hail Gzoroth!!! All: Hail Gzoroth!!! Gogog: We will make a noise so loud to awaken Gzoroth, with this Heavy Metal. MISS KATONIC: Assuming there are enough humans left to help you awaken your god while I am consuming Earth, do you plan to kill the remaining people or simply enslave them? We may have to work out some arrangement on this. *Smiles* Gogog: No! No arrangements. Gogog LEEEEEDEEEEER. You take what Gogog LEEEEEDEEEEER gives. If Gogog decides give. Gogog taketh and Gogog taketh away, ahahahhahha! Gronk!: Usses spare you to consume humies. You n Hulg can feasty on brains together and raise more human-cattle stock for usses. Okay, deal? Brains sometimes make Hulg smarter more, sometimes dumber more. Depend on what brains Hulg eat. Usses gotta be careful what feed him. MISS KATONIC: Spare ME? Hahahahahahaha!! That’s too humorous! However, it is quite endearing. Tell us more about the role each of you play in this monstrous audio maleficence. What is it about your specialty that pleases you most? Gogog: I, Gogog, the Bloodthroat am LEEEEEDEEEEER. Vocals. And power presence, yes…and holder of the Tribal Axe, the Gore-stained Axe. Pointer of war finger. And this
is—what the? Hey, where’s Cretos? Gronk!: Blue light take him. *Shrugs* Oops. When him not stricken by light, him grind filth on guitar. Me Gronk! Me basses and shaman, hurler of fire balls. Me hear Gzoroth and tell other orcses what great dragon say. Him say Domination. Hulg: Hulg play crunchy, crunchy guitar. Tear flesh from bone. Consume brains, tasty, tasty brains. Cross-sword puzzles, too... Oog: Oog smash now? Gogog: Ahahahahha, no, not now, Oog. Oog likes smash drums, unicorns, wack-a-mole… whatever he can crush with his bone hammer, ahhahahah! MISS KATONIC: What is the next brutal assault you plan to lay upon humanity? When can we expect its release? Gronk!: Usses just assault ear-drums with “Adding Heads to the Pile” on Halloween in 2012. Usses not plan next brutal audio assault yet. But usses just sign treaty with legate Maurizio Iacono on his Hard Impact Management and Rock the Nation USA Talent Agency. So, usses plan tourraid soonish. Hail Gzoroth!!! All: Hail Gzoroth!!! MISS KATONIC: Warn the humans, in your own baleful words, what they can look forward to in their bleak and ominous future. Gogog: Nothing they don’t already do to themselves. Blood. Fire. Death. Destruction. We’re just better at it, ahahaha, when we’re not all fucked up on their water, ahahahhaha!!! Gronk!: water make Gronk! want old days of drink blutrarch…blutrarch not keep here. Water strong, blutrarch stronger. Hulg: Some humans spared, some Hulg food for now later. Crunchy humans tricks are for Gronk!. MISS KATONIC: Well, the night is growing short and there is much hunting still to do. Humans, until next time... keep your dreams close to you. You never know when we shall come looking for you in the night. Rock N Roll Industries Magazine 61
As I was working this past Friday night two guys parked themselves right in front of my well. One was in his mid to late thirties, possibly early forties. The second was younger, maybe early twenties. Before I was even able to get their drink order the younger one had already hit me with every pick-up line he could think of! My initial response was, “Settle down, Turbo!” but that did very little to deter him. After blatantly ignoring him for a substantial period, I told him that if any of that crap actually worked on a bartender I wanted him to bring her in so I could slap her upside the head! It got me thinking about an article I wrote several years ago for an online magazine. I posed the question to several of my fellow bartenders…”What’s the best pick up line you’ve ever gotten?” Hands down, the best one was, “You wanna go halves on a bastard?” Bartender crushes are not uncommon. I, myself, have had a massive crush or two. Years ago, I worked with a bartender who had said (on many occasions), “I’m not even good looking and I get hit on all the time!” What, exactly, is it that makes a bartender so appealing? My answer is always the same, beer goggles. Kidding aside, I think a better answer is; the majority of bartenders tend to be outgoing, witty and charismatic. These are characteristics that people seem to find appealing in the opposite sex. And, there are those bartenders who are just straight up hot! So, let’s say you are crushing on your favorite barkeep and you would like to pursue it beyond the bar. First off, skip the cheesy pickup lines…we’ve heard them all. Also, don’t assume that every bartender is nothing more than a “good time.” Yeah, some are, but let them determine that, not you. Also, it’s important to remember, if you get that first date outside the bar, you are now outside of the bar and this is NOT your bartender! The same rules apply as if you were out with anyone else. I am going to skip over all that comes with dating and get to the advance stages. You’re now “seeing” a bartender. Here are some things you need to know. The “big” money is on Friday and Saturday nights. Unless you’re involved with a day bartender, get used to spending weekend nights minus your other half. I personally think this is a good thing. Date nights during the week are going to be the norm and you can spend weekend nights with your friends that have normal work hours. That way you’ll never be accused of ditching your friends because you’re in a relationship…it’s a “win/win” situation. Let us now delve into the emotional issues. If you have tendencies toward jealousy or insecurities, a bartender is not your best choice in a mate. Our job is to be friendly to everyone who approaches us…regardless of gender. Your boy/girlfriend is doing their job and sometimes, flirting IS an aspect. Remember, your bartender mate is working that weekend night while you are possibly out with your friends having a good time. As in every relationship, there has to be trust. This is under the assumption that you haven’t chosen a bartender mate who has a reputation of being a notorious bed buddy. All that being said, a relationship with a bartender is no different than any other relationship...kind of. Being happy is the ultimate goal and truth be told, I think everyone deserves that…even the person responsible for your hangover. As always, have fun and drink safely.
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This issue’s winner for the FB event contest “Get Your Band Seen” is Ivan Mihaljevic & Side Effects. A band from Zagreb Croatia with Ivan Mihaljevic on guitar/vocals, Marko Karacic/bass, and Alen Frljak on drums. An amazing talent that can be heard buzzing through radio stations and seen headlining shows on TV as well as festivals. Here are some questions and answers to let us get to know a little on who they are.
and playability and the way they look. My Silhouette Special could be my favorite guitar I’ve ever played.
What is your favorite song as a band to perform live and why? I have many favorites. I always enjoyed playing Distant World because I never know where it will take us. We have an extended improvised solo section in the end of the song. I also enjoy playing Your Plane Flew Away and What Is Underneath very much.
What are your plans for 2013? We don’t have plans…
The Engl Powerball amp works really great for the sound I’m trying to achieve. It’s been modded a little bit through the years - I’m using a NOS Tungsram 12at7 in the second preamp tube socket instead of the original 12ax7. That lowers the amp’s gain a little bit on the drive channels. I don’t like using too much gain, and Powerball has incredible amounts of gain available. How does it feel to have such loyal fans that go out of their way It also opens up the amp’s sound a little bit. The output transformer has also been to support you in everything you swapped out on my head for a huge and do? heavy ClassicTone transformer which Ivan Mihaljevic- It’s amazing and we’re very grateful! We’re writing songs the way opened up the high-end of the amp a little we want to write without compromises and bit. without targeting anyone, but it’s great to Recently I began using Dragoon cabinets. know that there are still people who like Dragoon is an Italian company and they what we do. make great guitar amp cabinets. Out of the ones I use, one is loaded with 2 Celestion What inspired this solo project? Actually, I don’t consider this to be my solo Vintage 30 speakers and the other one with Celestion G12H. The G12H is my project at all anymore... It started out as my solo project in the beginning and that’s new favorite speaker I must say. For years why my name is in the artist name, but we I’ve used Vintage 30s and they work really well, but I was really surprised by the function as a band. We all work together on songs, we all bring ideas in and we all G12H. Awesome speakers! discuss decisions. You won the Ritmi Globali Europe award, tell us a little about what In the beginning, I just had a bunch of it is, what it took to win it, how finished songs that I liked and that didn’t fit with other bands I was playing with, so I it felt to win, and what you were able to accomplish because of it. just decided to record a solo album. Our dear friend Paola signed us into the Your current album Countercompetition and didn’t even tell us about clockwise- tell us how it came it until we made it into the finals. So, we together? The struggles, inspirawere very pleasantly surprised. We came tions, and how long it took to put to the studio in Preganziol, played a together? couple of tunes and the jury picked us. We The process was different for each song. stayed there for a week and we recorded Alen and I wrote all the music. Someour single Recoil there. It was great worktimes we worked on parts individually ing with Andrea Valfre and Bob Benozzo and sometimes (for example on the song there and it was very cool to visit Venice. It Eclipse) we would meet and work on the was a really nice experience! song together. We first recorded 6 songs and then we were set back for quite some Will you be touring or playing time by the flood in my studio. A water pipe soon? broke and my studio with all the gear was Sure! We’ve got some gigs lined up and completely flooded. It took months to get it we hope to be able to realize a bigger tour soon. back in order.
We just play music, write music and try to do the best we can. We hope to play some nice gigs and festivals.
Anything else you’d like to share with your readers? Sure. If you’d like to hear us, feel free to listen to our new album Counterclockwise What brand instruments do you free of charge on Soundcloud. And if you use and what makes it so unique? want to learn something more about us, I use Ernie Ball Music Man guitars, Engl please visit www.ivanmihaljevic.com Powerball amp head and Dragoon cabinets. I just bonded with Music Man guitars Thank you for reading this interview! really well. I love their sound, their feel
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The Ionian Mode What’s going on “Intense Guitarist”! Thanks for tuning in this month!! Hey, I really appreciate all the E-mails from people with tremendous support of the column. Thanks folks! Way too kool! I’m really glad you guys (and gals) are into it. Keep in mind you can always reach me at Toshi@ rocknrollindustries.com with any questions or topics you’d like me to cover. I always love feedback and suggestions, as well. Many people ask me, “What’s the best method to improve my chops?”. The answer is an age old tradition. The Ionian mode. Otherwise known as the major scale. It’s formula is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8va. No sharps or flats in the formula. The fingerings we’ll go over today present different degrees of difficulty or “challenges” as I call them. Some of the fingerings will seem effortless, while others will present some challenges in mastering them. I’ve accumulated several useful fingerings through out the years that I’ve seen other players use and are practical for playing. Like I said, some of these fingerings will indeed seem awkward but keep in mind, the goal here is too overcome ANY technical and physical limitations that may come our way especially if the fingerings are useful and applicable to our playing. For example any time you put the notes C, E, G, B, together in that order, IT WILL be a C major arpeggio. However, that being said, I’ve seen some pretty impractical and flat out almost physically impossible fingerings shown
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to players. The fingerings I present to you here are pattern. We’ll get more into this in a future column. all practical fingerings that have been used or are The last three fingerings all start on the 5th string. being used by today’s top players. Pattern # 8 is our beloved three note per string fingering ala Paul Gilbert and Vinnie Moore. While I always try to give a players name that actually fingering #9 is an actually Andreas Segovia fingeruses that particular fingering not only for inspiraing from his great book ‘Diatonic major and Minor tion but also so show you that you can play them Scales’. So it’s not something I made up but a leeffectively. gitimate classically influenced C major scale fingerThat being said . . . fingering # 1 is a VERY coming. For those of you newbies who don’t know who mon fingering that I’ve seen everyone from Paul Segovia is; A) He was, in all probability, the worlds Gilbert to Tony MacAlpine use. Three notes per greatest classical guitarist. Redefined the way we string shapes are very conducive to fast pattern or all play this great instrument and C) SHAME ON sequence type of playing. AKA SHREDDERS. YOU for not knowing who Andreas Segovia is! Ha! Fingering # 2 is used by guys like Al DiMeola and Lastly fingering # 10 is another horizontal fingering Steve Morse. Two of my favorite players. I think that starts on the 5th string and one that I’ve seen Morse was the first guy I “saw” using this pattern in Steve Vai employ. an old ‘Hot Licks’ lesson cassette. He’s still one of Okay, now that we’ve got the fingerings down, how my top players, as well as a friend now. do we practice them. Good Question! We want to My buddy, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, utilizes 1) Use a metronome - count 16th notes (four notes finger # 3 on occasion as well as finger # 4. Steve per beat), 2) Use alternate picking (Down and up), Morse, again, also uses this pattern. As a matter of 3) Play clean and accurately - that should be a fact John and I both grew up listening to and being given by now for sure! 4) Memorize the fingerings influenced by Steve Morse. We probably, no doubt, so that you may improvise within them fluently and bought that same ‘Hot Licks’ cassette! I’ll have to 5) Practice them in a Cycle Of 4th’s. The notes in a remember to ask him next time I see him. cycle of fourths are: G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, I know you’re getting tired of hearing this but . . . . E, A, D & back to G. yes, Morse uses this fingering, # 5, too. It’s actually Make sure that every time you go to another note a very awkward fingering to get down but I like it in the cycle you change the fingering and try to because it’s also very challenging to play with auutilize all ten fingerings thruout the cycle. You want thority. Most of my students hate this fingering until to start with a different fingering every time you I persuade them to love the things that are more start the cycle as to not get in the habit of starting challenging and difficult. with the same fingering every time. Remember, we Pattern # 6 is similar to # 1 but displaces one note don’t want our fingerings to think for themselves by which can throw some people for a loop when they getting into habits but become little “Musical Serthen have to descend the scale and hit that B note vants” who do as we wish at any given command they receive. on the B string with an upstroke. Alrighty folks, that about wraps it up. you have your Fingering # 7 is a horizontal pattern that I rework cut out for you so have at it!! Until next month ally love to get around the fretboard with. Allan Holdsworth uses this shape in his improvisation as . . . “Who Dares Wins”! well as some cool 3 octave extensions of this same © 2013 Toshi Iseda
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arrive at Red Horse Ranch Recording Studio. Yes, it is a ranch, Phil X & The Drills were slated to play at but the “barn” is Headhunters Saturday night. This was to go actually a very cool disputed by every obstacle that could be thrown recording studio. their way. Their drummer couldn’t make it & at There were people I recognized the last minute, Kenny Aronoff stepped up & the in the industry as well as people trio was complete. This was to be topped with I didn’t know. We were greeted the loss of back line gear. by session & live musician, Stevie Salas. We found our way to drinks and mingling. A group of The Kings of Leon ended up with their gear & guys started playing music & it was cool to have all was not right in the world of rock. Calls were made, strings pulled & down to the wire, with Phil live entertainment & people were singing along. himself pushing a Marshall half stack past the I heard somebody being announced on drums & crazed crowd & getting a bass rig together, the it was The Stooges drummer, Scott Asheton! show would happen. Then Michael Des Barres, is talking to Phil & We get to the venue, load in & await the arrival of Stevie about jamming and going over changes Kenny who’s finishing off his show with John Fo- with Dan. Ten minutes pass and Jimmy Q and Harper Quill (ranch & studio owners) have set gerty. Kenny made it clear that going from playeverything up and we head into the open barn ing 8-10 thousand people to a small club was studio. With Phil on guitar, Michael on guitar fine because he loved everything Phil played & & lead vocals backed by Dan on bass and an not one note was ever wasted. He said that he interesting surprise, Stevie on drums, they imwouldn’t change it for the world. mediately break into song & the mood quickly We caught the last of Andrew WK’s show & we changes from laid back to wild party. They all hung out while the next band loaded in & are into the second song & people are on their played their set. There were a lot of great confeet & Michael really is working the crowd like it’s versations, laughs & fans interacting. 50,000 people & the rest of the band is filling the electric vibe and it shows. We hit the chorus of, When it was time to hit the stage it went off “Bang a Gong” and Jimmy has waved me over without a hitch. They had an almost empty room to start with. It was amazing to see people he and I are now backing them on vocals. The fill the place within 2-4 song span. They came in party was turned into a rocking concert right & partied their guts out & were very responsive. on spot. The three song set, with impromptu guitar solos lasted a good 17 minutes and we said It was an all out arena show in a club. our goodbyes that quick and ran off to the hotel. Sunday we delivered the backbone gear back Phil was receiving text after text asking where we to the owners & had brunch. We met up with the other part of our group & walked over a cool went and we all joked about how we show up, kick ass and leave. We went our separate ways district that was like a flee market. There were bands playing & food venders as well as various and without question can easily say that this was the most, on the fly, crazy ass kicking fun packed stores. into a few days. Everybody was amazing and We sat down at a small place & made quick the professional courtesy was outstanding. The friends with a dog that seemed to “sing along” randomness was packed with great memories with Dan & of course, Phil & I encouraged it. This and laughs that are still lingering. As a musician drew more attention than the guy playing. Phil & fan, I am truly thankful to have lived this. received a text during this time asking for us to come out to a party. It was a true Texan gather- (Check out Rock N Roll Indusing with food, drinks & music on a ranch. We tries Facebook & YouTube pages for the Phil X & The had an hour & a half before it was time to head for the airport. We looked at one another & said Drills video that will give you that behind the scenes to go we could make it work...maybe get a quick jam with this story) in there. The crowds were responsive & cheered, danced & truly appreciated the talents presented to them. This was a true musical paradise.
hat could sum up an experience where mass musical chaos is the norm and the out of ordinary, is solitude? It would seem that Austin, Texas has harnessed a musical scene that rivals the glory days of the Sunset Strip & before that, the New York City, CBGB scene. I was invited by guitar master, Phil X to come out & help out with their last minute gig. Phil has been noted as guitarist for Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Tommy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson & so many more. He just might be the most sought after guitarist. He would be speaking on a panel along side his long time friend, Dustin Jack. They both helped create one of the most watched guitar channels on the internet with approximately 36 million viewers. Fretted Americana has shown the power of social media. They are not shy about sharing their story & making it clear that with hard work, anybody can achieve the same status. We had a small group of people that consisted of Phil X, bassist for The Drills, Daniel Spriewald (Dan Spri), production assistant & Dustin’s girlfriend, Maria Renteria, master drummer, Kenny Aronoff & myself serving as a bit of everything. I am not only writing & soon to be recording with Phil, in this case I am helping in any way I can to insure the show runs smoothly.
During our stay I found that music had been separated into two categories, good & bad. There weren’t any visible boundaries between genres. Musicians on the street playing jazz, country, We take a 15 minute drive to our destination & rock & classical mixed in with rappers & metal.
LA Comedy Awards
n March 6th, 2013, the 4th Annual LA Comedy awards event took place in Hollywood at the M Bar. The night was magical, filled with memorable performances and guest appearances by some of Hollywood’s most influential figures. With legendary comic personality Frazer Smith hosting the event, the show proved to be the best production in the brief history of this unique program. Comedians who have appeared on national television programs like Leno, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central graced the stage with their talents, with each of them receiving an award for their achievements in the commercial marketplace for comedy. A total of 11 comics performed during the 2hour show, with a special appearance by Bob Mills. Mills presented a retro video presentation from 1987 that featured a clip of Ronald Reagan ap-
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pearing on stage with Bob Hope at a military base in front of 10,000 troops. The event featured 20 feet of red carpet and had the usual compliment of free loaders trying to worm their way onto it to get in front of the press. Some of the invited guests to the event included Kat Kramer, White House pianist David Osborne, Hollywood “It Girl” Dustin Quick, multiple award winning musician Lisa Panagos, and a slew of other luminaries from film, television and music. Planning is already underway for the 5th Annual LA Comedy Awards scheduled for early March 2014. This is event is now officially recognized as the closing ceremony to awards show season in Hollywood. For more on the LA Comedy Awards, go to www. lacomedyawards.com Daniel Hicks
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Mud’n Mud’n Music Music Mud’n Music The title and appropriate name for a night of mayhem in Southern California’s Inland Empire. The first ever Mud ‘n Music went down at Stinger’s Night Club, and Rock N Roll Industries was there as a sponsor and to capture all of the dirty decadence. There was a little something for everyone; local music, ladies in mud, and good times for all. If you missed it don’t feel too bad, it has been promised that there will be more coming from Mr. Dirty D. Here is a quick rundown of what went down and what is to come. “I wanted to throw a show with some of the best bands here in the IE (Inland Empire), and I thought it would be wild to have some ladies mud wrestling; create a fun party vibe for an evening,” this from the creator of the event, Mr. Dirty D. You can hear him nightly on X103.9 doing what he does best; sharing the music and the party with the masses. “I think anytime you bring good talent together that are passionate about what they do and they put all there effort into their performance, the music, promoting...it creates more awareness of local talent and their music,” and that was the recipe that made this event such a success. Dirty D also explained why the chemistry of the event was so perfect, “I have done stuff with all these bands, SANGRE I have played on my metal show “Xtreme X on X1039” for over 10 years. Jeff from “As You Were” I’ve always been a fan of him. He has been in many bands, great front man! One Hundred Proof is just straight Wicked Awesome! Assuming we Survive has a great energy, Grieve for Tomorrow rocks! Low Life Music is doing something different, I like that about them, J King does a great job mixes the rock and beats together. And Lost Cause is coming back. They have a great sound, rock with punk and a tall ass singer who always has his shades on!” All the bands that played are local and at the top of their game. As a music fan I would check anyone of them out and recommend them all as bands to see. Dirty D has been in the scene for a while now and he has seen changes. He had this to say, “There’s a lot of good local talent out here, but ya’ gotta work hard, bands gotta be about the music, there fans, social media, always promoting what they do.” Two very different bands but ones that stuck out in the night were As You Were (a rock band with Pop and Metal influences) and SANGRE (pure Metal). Let’s see what they had to say about the night. “I am Jeff Zazueta and I’m the singer of the band As You Were. We are a modern rock “lower case metal” band out of So Cal. (Inland Empire). If Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, and Breaking Benjamin had a one night stand with Hinder and Nickelback, we would be the illegitimate child of that love fest”. Jeff also went on to say, “Mud n music was a concept created by Daryl “Dirty D” James. And a brilliant concept I
might add! Daryl is a guy who has a passion for music and a love for pushing the limits on the concept of sex, drugs and rock n roll, and he certainly didn’t fall short of his reputation with this one. I’ve known Daryl a long time and he is one of the best and most talented radio personalities I’ve had the privilege of working with. He took a handful of some of the best local talent knowing that there would be a lot of girls at this type of show already(70% women make up As You Were’s fan base alone) and he combined it with women’s mud wrestling to add to the already amazing
musical lineup. He’s very involved in the local scene. So he really knows who’s who and what’s what when it comes to the talent in our local music scene. And he hit the nail on the head with this one cause it was a big success!! I’m proud to say we were one of the first bands he thought of to do this event, and I was honored to be a part of it...it opens so many doors and brings together bands like As You Were, venues, the radio station, vendors and more to create more than just your typical music show for the fans. And Stinger’s is a big venue with all the amenities to put on such a great event like this. So it really worked out well.” SANGRE, a hard core metal band also took the stage at Mud ‘n Music, giving the fans some in your face metal ear candy. This band appeals to true metal fans. Lead singer Henry Sanchez had the following to say, “My name is Henry Sanchez and I’m the vocalist, manager, and booking agent of the metal band Sangre. I think the event definitely had an impact on our scene, it woke people up and showed them that there is a music scene out here. The reason I say that is because I’m pretty sure a lot of the crowd who was there at the show were new faces. A lot of people I’ve never seen at a local show and I think the advertising and promotion online and on X103.9 were a huge help in getting people out to the show. For us it was definitely not our typical “metal” crowd but we made new fans and definitely turned some people on to our brand of metal. It was cool to play a show with so many different diverse styles of music, and the mud wrestling/half naked chicks tied the whole show together haha!” As you can see the bands and fans alike came out for something new, not just a show, but an experience. All the bands that played came out in support of the scene and with the diversity of the bands, fans had a chance to see something new to them. The bands made new fans and fans got a chance to see a little bit of everything; Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, etcetera. Name your poison and you got it at Mud ‘n Music. By: Melissa Anderson Photo Credits Top to Bottom: “TOP” As You Were “LEFT” Grieve 4 Tomorrow singer T Rev “RIGHT” 100 Proof Eric Estrada “LEFT” lost cause “RIGHT” As You Were Jeff Zazueta “LEFT” Low Life Music singer Jeff J King “RIGHT” SANGRE singer Henry Sanchez “LEFT” 100 Proof Jimi Estrada “RIGHT” Assuming We Survive Adrian Estrella “Bottom Right” Dirty D with winner Shannon Reeder
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Raiding the Rock Vault: The History of Rock n’ Roll At the LVH, Las Vegas, NV By: Leah Burlington “home” and certainly keep the entertainment tradition alive with the following artists: Howard Leese (Heart, The Paul Rodgers Band, Bad Company) Tracii Guns (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses) Jay Schellen (Badfinger, Hurricane, Asia) John Payne (Asia, Roger Daltrey) Andrew Freeman (Lynch Mob, The Offspring) Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, Hardline, “Raiding the Rock Vault” started out as an idea Angel) Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor) Paul of music producer, David Kershenbaum, Sir Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot) along with a Harry Cowell and John Payne, singer/bassist for host of special guest singers that will perform Asia. Originally, it was going to be called, “Rock for about 2-3 weeks each. The first special guest Vault: The Greatest Set List Ever”. It would be a was Bobby Kimball from Toto and at present, history of rock n’ roll with songs played by some they have Joe Lynn Turner from Deep Purple of the best musicians in the music business, and Rainbow singing now until April 17th. focusing on hits from the 60’s through the early The show (from start to finish) is a feast of the 90’s. After a couple of years of brainstorming, eyes and ears! It takes you along on a journey of they arrived at the final edit of the show and found some pretty stellar musicians to pull it off. the history of rock n’ roll from the 50’s blues all the way to the 80’s and 90’s era’s of glam rock The first show, in Los Angeles at the Mayan and hair metal. Narrated by our hippie buddy, th Theatre on Nov 29 2012, was such a hit they Nash, who goes from bell bottoms to a turtle decided to bring this epic show to The LVH in neck wearing yuppie in a 20 year time period, fabulous Las Vegas, signing a contract for one this show displays how music affects our lives year, to start! The impressive line up for the Ve- every day and how a song can represent a mogas show grace the stage that ELVIS once called ment in time.
The stunning light show and entire stage design was created by renowned set and light designer, Paul Dexter, who has done incredible work with the likes of Dio and Ozzy. With lasers and an ethereal light show, along with imagery from Hendrix at Woodstock to Van Halen, this show will bring back memories, as well as goosebumps, complete with our favorite songs and images from our past. Performances include, Paul Shortino singing “Light My Fire”, John Payne and Robin McAuley singing a “Stairway to Heaven”, John Payne tearing up “Watch Tower”, Andrew Freeman and Robin McAuley singing “Armegeddon It” and many more classics. It’s a two hour, non-stop, performance that will send you straight to rock n roll heaven! The musicians, flawless! The lightshow, colorful and powerful! “Raiding the Rock Vault” will leave you wanting to come back for more and more is definitely what you’ll get, as this show will have different talent, as the year goes by. You see it once and you will want to see it again and again! Running nightly from 9-11pm, dark Fridays at the LVH (formerly, The Las Vegas Hilton Resort & Casino) For tickets go to: http://www.raidingtherockvault.com/
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You can’t go wrong with a documentary that shows how awesome South Cali and the tattoo world is. The entire audience was completely engaged in the film, from the beginnings of the art form when inmates used guitar strings as needles, to the piers of Long Beach where sailors got fresh ink, to the world stage, where tattooing is an international cultural phenomenon. Tattoo godfathers Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete, and “Good Time” Charlie Cartwright are your tour guides on this beautiful, rebellious, and often dangerous ride through the streets and storefronts of Tattoo Nation. This story will forever be inked in your memory! Don’t miss it. -Raquel Figlo
Lords of Salem is different from any other Rob Zombie movie. If you’re looking for an exciting slasher film like The Devil’s Rejects, you’re in for one disturbing detour into a maze of mental torment. Never have Zombie’s characters looked so terrifying and morbid. Nothing compares to the cold ache that will fester in the pit of your stomach, as the Yeti-like monster patiently stares at Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), its eyes fixed on her possessed human shell with an intrusive, soul-piercing gaze. The suspense almost made me regurgitate my stomach’s empty contents as its baseball-mitt sized claws waited at its side in serene confidence. This movie will make you extremely uncomfortable. Constantly. People die, but the nature of tragedy is often ambiguous, leaving the details up to you your own feeble mind. Never is this more chilling than the mass female suicide at the movie’s end. You see the bodies packed on top of one another in a heaping pile of mortality, but never do you see the actual moment of death. You just know it is the doomed result of their inherited curse. See the movie and you’ll know exactly what I mean. This movie left me with two things: 1) an undying need to buy the spine chilling sound track, so well produced by John 5 from Rob Zombie’s band 2) Terrible certainty that Rob Zombie is one twisted motherfucker. -Raquel Figlo Stonebreed’s Cd Release Show
Southern Hard Rock sound based out of Hollywood, CA, Stonebreed is: Carlos Cruz-Vocals, Steve Sampson-Guitars, Dave Eggers-Guitars, Don Boads-Bass, and Chris Torrey on Drums. On Feb 23 they had their album release show at the House of Blues on Sunset. With performances by: MAD TEMPLE, THRASHYR, HESTYN, HOTEL DIABLO, and STONEBREED themselves, packing the house upstairs and downstairs. The crowd left pleased by the end of the night as all
performances were top notch. Stonebreed came out all smiles, pleased at their crowd results. Shredding, singing, and head banging all-together spreading the vibe from member to member, to the crowd. Great band to watch live, connect with on stage as well as offstage. To hear their music visit: www.stonebreed.com
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Guitar Effects Review By - Wolf Navarro These three pedals are the product Welcome! I guess my first order of of years of research and developbusiness would be to tell you all a little about myself, my love for guitar ment and employ. Boss’ newest technology Multi Dimensional effects and how it all got started!? Proccessing (MDP) which analyzes I got my first guitar at 17 and was audio signals in many different ways immediately drawn to the store effects counter, as I stared through the and applies the right effect to each glass at the many boxes all marked one in that signal! So, by allowing with different names on them some I dynamic changes to your signal understood others I was not so sure in real time, MDP helps the player create amazing new tones never about. After using the BOSS Delay before heard with such an amazing and Chorus pedals they had at the store, I knew I must have them and and highly sought after collection I have been a loyal BOSS user now of tones that you’ll wonder how you ever played without them before. for 25 plus years. Though some of my pedals have changed, there is First the DA-2, always a BOSS hidden somewhere this pedal is pretty in my rig! Ever since then, I have amazing I have to been on the 25 year search for the admit. This new best and coolest effects out there. technology that So, I thought I would highlight some BOSS has going is of the things I saw at this years 2013 something else. This NAMM show in Anahiem,CA enjoy! unit basically takes the MDP processing First mention this year goes to BOSS for the three new effects units and applies it to the distortion tones you they were demo-ing at this years set, so that no matter show. An industry standard used where you are playing on the neck by almost everyone who has ever the tone is pretty much perfect for used any effects for guitar. BOSS whatever you are trying to achieve. has been a forerunner in creative and easy to use guitar stomp boxes Now, this pedal also works in REAL TIME as well so that every note you since the release of the OD-1in play is heard clearly and best of all 1977! This year’s special releases musically!!! A great thing about his were the DA-2, Adaptive Distortion baby as well is that it is quiet! Not a Pedal. The MO-2 Multi Overtone lot of back-ground noise and lots of Mutli Dimensional tone generatone...SOLD! A great addition to any tor and the TE-2 Tera Echo Delay pedal set up! pedal...
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Next we have the MO-2, man this pedal is fantastic! It creates a world of tones that are never really possible without a ton of pedals at your feet. A brilliant sounding unit with three different modes all of which help you, the player, create and unleash some of the most original sounds you will hear in a while. It is a creative and slick way to shape shift your playing into the sonic landscapes you always heard, but couldn’t quite achieve!!!! Last we got the new TE-2 Terra Echo. Again this unit uses the MDP technology BOSS just came out with. It can create rich and spacious delays as well as ambient effects. Both a delay and a reverb unit in one this little pedal has a lot going on under the hood! It uses either mono or stereo 1/4’’ jacks for ultra responsive dynamic capabilities when playing live or in the studio. There is a FREEZE function; which allows the user to hold certain ambient tones during a solo or dur-
ing certain parts of a song. This unit is the 100th pedal in the BOSS line of effect, so it has a lot to live up to and it delivers! Now for the coolest part of these three pedals, they are all designed to work with each other!! Using all three combined helps the user create an arsenal of tones unlike anything they got in their line up now. I was impressed with these units and recommend them to players at any level for live or studio use. For more information on BOSS effects pedals go their website: www.bossus.com check out their videos on YouTube @ BOSSchannel! Enjoy! I will be reviewing more effects as I get to try them here at home! When testing effects I use Black Devil Custom guitars through a Maven Peal Zeeta .5-50, Mesa Boogie Reverb Rocket or I will plug directly into my Fractal Audio Axe Effects and bypass the effects on the unit using any one of the amazing amplifiers they have in there! For anyone who is thinking about guitar effects in their rig remember this, there are A LOT of great effects out there and many ways to go about adding them to your rig, the best way is the one that works for you! Til the next time...play like no one else is around all the time!
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Chris Egger, Jeremy Hanna and Mike DeArmond
Sullen Musik-A New Outlet of Artistic Expression
Among artists with a keen DIY sensibility in getting their music out to the masses, the greenhaired ball of energy that is Matt Toka is a definite force to contend with. Having done Warped Tour, and opened for a number of acts that included Breathe Carolina and The All-American Rejects as of late, Toka has built quite a following with his catchy songwriting, magnetic personality, and prowess with a sharpie, he will draw you in. Suffice to say, it was a pleasure having met the man, and to have caught his set at the Fox Theatre.
For whatever reasons in my sick fucking head, I pictured a ball sack hitting me in the face. Ums, the point in that is, that the world is surrounded with dicks. There are dicks all around us. Basically the music video is of me ridding the world of dicks, and there is world peace at the end.
While on tour, do you keep a sketchbook around? Usually I just bring regular printer paper. With Warped Tour, I didn’t have paper. So I was just using sharpies and the back of my posters, because I didn‘t have anything else to draw on. That was kind of how it started. I liked how it looked with the markers. How would you describe I’ve upgraded from the back of your music? my Warped Tour posters to my I would say my music has pop/ punk roots, and it sounds fucking printer paper. . . awesome. Aaand. . . I bet you if Any formal training? you listen long enough, you will No, not really. As a kid I drew a get a tingling sensation down lot. I watched Disney movies. I South. actually kind of wanted to be an animator as a little kid. I discovWith the video for “Get ered music, and got obsessed Money,” how long did it take to do, and how many with that. I used to draw all the drawings did it take to put time before I had a guitar. I completely just stopped drawing for it together? Definitely over a thousand, under years and years, and then just two thousand, somewhere in that literally picked it up this summer. It’s therapeutic. I like it. range. I think it took about 200 hrs and 11 days. Of the touring you‘ve done, Where the heck do you get what is your most favorite of tour stops thus far? your ideas from? I don’t know. [Laughs] You know, I like Missouri a lot. I like the I started doing dick drawings dur- landscape. I like the people. Beer is cheap. Texas is really cool, ing Warped Tour. I was getting bored. I was off tour, and I knew I and so is Florida. So I would say wanted to animate something for Missouri, Texas. . .and Florida. [Laughs] “Get Money.” You know how in “Get Money” it has that [Mimics http://matttoka.com the opening sounds to the song]. -Lan Nguyen 74 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
When you think of Sullen clothing what do you think of? Art? Tattoos? Counter culture? Lifestyle? Some of the sickest, well known brands have been born and raised right out of the righteous waves of “The OC!” Volcom, Oakley, Fox, and Sullen. When you think of Sullen, do you think of record label? Bands? Metal? Hip hop? Probably not, but all that is about to change. I recently got schooled on Sullen Musik 101, and why it is going to blow up this summer and change the way we think about the music industry. Sullen has become more than a clothing company. It’s a way of life. After years of marking their territory as a lifestyle brand, Sullen has branched out and made quite a ruckus with Sullen Musik, the new wild child of the Sullen family!
Co-founder Jeremy Hanna’s decade-long run as marketing director has put him in touch with a global network of musicians, who are drawn to the brand’s commitment to TRUE ART. “The art we feature on our apparel is all original, from some of the best artists in the contemporary tattoo, urban and fine art scenes,” says Jeremy. “TRUE ART is all about the respect we have for artists and how the brand presents their work on our apparel.” Jeremy brought on board Sullen’s longtime PR Director Chris Egger, whose background also includes major stints in event production and artist management. For additional expertise and vision, Hanna recruited Mike DeArmond, founder of Eulita Music Group. Add to that mix some creative input and counsel from Sullen co-founder Ryan Smith, songwriting legend and top indie producer Ronnie King, and singer-songwriter Andy Vargas (singer for Carlos Santana Band), and you have Sullen Musik. Pretty sick team indeed! This new avenue Sullen is taking with Sullen Musik is not surprising because many bands like Cypress Hill have been wearing Sullen clothing for as long as it has been around. “Sullen Musik is an independent music label focused on incubating and launching up and coming talent aligned with the lifestyle established by Sullen Clothing,” says Hanna. Music has always played a major role in the Sullen culture, making the formation of an independent label the next
step in the evolution of the Sullen Family of brands. Sullen Musik stands alongside Sullen Clothing, the Sullen Art Collective, Sullen TV, and the Sullen Angels. What makes Sullen Musik different from other record labels? The Sullen brand has a presence in 46 countries and on every continent, with a rapidly growing international following. “We are a dominant force in the tattoo culture,” says Jeremy Hanna, “so we are aligned with a global community that gravitates to our brand through a mutual interest. This community gives us a great audience to launch and incubate talent.” Jeremy’s goal is to make Sullen Musik an independent voice for counter culture, where bands can get the grassroots exposure and business support they need to reach a bigger audience. As it develops, Hanna wants Sullen Musik to be “less dominated by the Sullen Clothing brand, and more of a reflection of it.” Mike DeArmond adds that “Sullen Musik is an artist friendly initiative (that seeks to) create a support structure for the bands that have already gravitated to the brand, and build some creditability through a strong roster of talent.” DeArmond’s vision is to create a global audience that identifies Sullen Musik as fresh and relevant, that reflects their taste in music. Having spent a few years working at a couple major labels, DeArmond brings a lot of practical experience to the table. He also had the benefit of watching his aunt and uncle build Interscope when he was growing up. “Sullen Musik is on the cutting edge of the new model of music distribution and marketing,” says DeArmond. “The digital age has made the world a much friendlier place for getting music to a global stage. Sullen’s brand identity brings a worldwide audience with it. That’s an invaluable asset. Sullen Musik is an independent platform I’m proud to be a partner with.” A longtime fan of school punk rock from labels like SST, Epitaph, and Dischord, Chris Egger is confident that Sullen Musik has the resources and know-how to make the brand spread like wildfire. “We’re not that DIY like those labels were in their early days,” says Egger. “We
Sullen Musik’s first LP came from The Slow Forward. Titled “When We Are All” the label’s intentionally made this sonic onslaught their first official artist release to send the world a message. Hitting on Sullen’s TRUE ART, the 12 song LP plays unleashes a storm of uncompromising, in your face, and even melodic metal. “They have a sound that’s hard to pin down. It has layers,” says Egger. The album is tied together by a captivating narrative, story-telling quality in It’s not doubt that Sullen Musik has a dynamic tapestry of energy, an incredible amount of experience expression, and creativity “When We and strategy, a real method to its Are All” is available now on iTunes, madness! So who are the bands on Amazon, and across the digital the Sullen Musik roster? Let’s begin spectrum. with Andy Vargas. Another all-star on the Sullen team Andy Vargas is a vocal talent and is Low Life Music, a fusion of West songwriter who is best known as the Coast punk rock and hip hop roots. lead singer of The Carlos Santana Their debut album “Paychecks Band. A man of great heart, soul, and Pocket Change” will be Sullen and infinite creativity, Andy is also Musik’s first release of 2013. The known for his love for art, tattoos, 12-song LP is best described as a and ink culture. While maintaining mission statement from the Southern a fulltime and primary commitment California underground. From to his work with Santana, he is also the opening punch of “Not Alone starting to produce new hits in a Anymore” to the soulful reflections of solo collaboration project with Sullen “Coming Home to You,” “Paychecks Musik. The first track from this effort and Pocket Change” draws its was “Behind the Lines,” produced inspiration from a core Southern for Sullen Musik Vol. 1 compilation California counter culture seeking and performed with LA’s One Tribe its voice. Low Life Music’s down-toNation. “Andy’s a true artist, working earth narratives come straight from in the vocal medium, and he brings the beach towns of Orange County, amazing energy,” says Chris Egger. the suburban homes of the Inland “As we started collaborating more, Empire, and the 24/7 beast that is hanging out, it became clear that he Los Angeles. Delivered in smooth had a role to play in what we were raps and gripping melodies, Low building.” As part of the collaborative Life Music reflects on the highs and process, Andy teamed with Sullen lows of life, love and staying true to Musik’s in-house video team at your dreams, and getting by on good Sullen TV, with plans in the works for ole’ Paychecks and Pocket Change. an EP slated for Fall/Winter 2013. “Low Life really put some time into this album, and worked with some Now for a change of pace, let’s great producers to bring it home,” move on to The Slow Forward, says Chris Egger. “You know you a thrashing four piece of heavy can get behind an LP release when metal thunder from Fullerton, CA. “We were getting a lot of metal and you see more than a few potential punk submissions at the time,” says singles, and have a band that rocks a live show.” Low Life Music is - Dan Hanna, “but nothing grabbed us like The Slow Forward tracks (Filthy (Bass/Vocals); Dj Souless; J-King (MC); Joe Brodii (Guitar/Vocals); Little Secrets and Pecan Lies). I knew they would be a fit for what we Kenny Split (Drums). Produced by Jim Perkins and Craig Nepp, were doing on the compilation.” you can find the album on iTunes, When Sullen started working with Amazon and across the digital The Slow Forward, it turned out they spectrum. had been in the studio for nearly a Now on to 100 Proof, a band I year with a full album ready to go. recently ran into when I was a guest “It was perfect timing,” adds Chris Egger. “When they told us they had on Brealtv’s “The O’ Brown Show” an LP in the works, we got interested 100 Proof was on the show too. 100 Proof is a dynamic 5-piece that quick.” Released in July 2012, do have a rock solid international distribution pipeline and global identity established, but we are about building a grassroots scene, and giving our family of artists a platform to release music with some strategic marketing support. We all have high aspirations and a lot of respect for what Epitaph and even Interscope accomplished in terms of keeping some Independent creditability while working on major releases.”
blends hardcore, hip hop, alternative rock, and classic blues. Founded two years ago in Redlands, CA, this Southern California band has built an incredibly loyal fan base and local radio presence. Their dedication to building a network of bands and collaborators has made an incredible impact on the local music scene, from their home base in the Inland Empire to Orange County and Los Angeles. Each member of the band brings their own creativity to the writing process, making for a unique blend of rock and hip hop. Combining wah-wah pedal guitar solos and blues-based harmonica with driving, funky hard rock rhythms and hip hop breaks, 100 Proof rocks a decidedly original sound. Keep a look out for 100 Proof’s second EP, set to drop this summer with Sullen Musik. After the O’ Brown show, I kept in touch with Eric Estrada, a.k.a Double E., who is pretty stoked to be a part of Sullen Musik.“I love the fact that we are surrounded by incredible artists other than just musicians. There are so many talented people in the Sullen Family and we are honored to be a part of that! There are so many different arts/artists collaborating at all times and that’s a beautiful thing!” Eric is excited to be with a label that the band feels has faith in them and their sound. “With Sullen, we get that connection and more, which makes it easier for us to do what we need to do as a band, and that’s to focus on music!” Jeremy Hanna reciprocates the love. “The relationship with 100 Proof is as organic as it gets,” he says. “They were wearing Sullen and playing shows with other family bands. They make it hard not to notice them. If you ever meet these guys, their positive energy is contagious.” Last but not least, Lords of Ruin is a straight forward hard rock band Featuring Members of Drown, SiX & Motor Gun Hotel. Their five song EP, “Life Is A War,” is full of driving beats and bone crushing riffs. Lords of Ruin is comprised of vocalist Lauren Boquette, formerly of the alt-metal act Drown, as well as Tattoo The Earth’s famous guitarist Jimmy Craig, bassist Travis Dunn, and drummer Eric Dilday. “It seems like everyone in the business knows Lauren,” says Jeremy Hanna. “He’s always been a driver in the
independent music scene. We got a chance to work together on a festival where they opened for Korn at the Orange County Fairgrounds, and started down that good old collaboration road. They were an early pick for Sullen Musik Vol. 1, and this EP is the next step.” The band emerged in 2010 out of Boquette’s former project, SiX, which had released three albums independently and toured for years. Lords of Ruin was an exciting new beginning for all its seasoned members, combining metal and punk rock influences for a fresh and dynamic sound. Released in March, the EP is available digitally at all of your favorite online stores. What is awesome about Sullen Musik, and really stands out to me, is their openness to diversity and commitment to the brand. This art-driven apparel company went from selling T-shirts to becoming an international counter culture powerhouse of creative diversity. “Sullen Musik supports a variety of music genres by design,” says Mike DeArmond. “That’s what drew me to the project. Metal stands next to hiphop, rock, punk, dub, reggae. It’s all good. Look at the track list for Sullen Musik Vol. 1, and you’ll see how diverse we are willing to get.” Sullen Musik is growing fast, and has created Sullen Musik Distribution (SMD) as an extension of the brand. This independent global platform provides a gateway to a world-wide network of distribution channels for the broad range of musical talent affiliated with the Sullen brand. With Lords of Ruin EP, “Life is a War,” as the first official release, SDM plans to put out several LPs and EPs with Sullen-affiliated bands in the coming months. Up next will be reggae-rock outfit Inhale’s “Nice N’ Ire,” which is slated for an April 2013 release. So what is next for Sullen Musik? It will be interesting to see what bands they add to their eclectic roster. If I were in a band, I would definitely try to get my music in the hands of Jeremy Hanna. Sullen Musik will be a force to be reckoned with, and might single-handedly change how the recording industry is run today! For more information on Sullen Musik and to keep up with the bands mentioned in this article please visit www.sullenclothing.com. By Raquel Figlo Rock N Roll Industries Magazine 75
THIS BUSINESS OF MUSIC Performing for the Audience “Sneak peek into The Diary of Tomahawk” Earlier this year I attended an exclusive industry party at Creative Realm Studios in Hollywood, were I met Johnny Royal, lead guitarist and founder of the American Industrial Rock band Black Lodge. After listening to their music, I was hooked, and had to know the story being their sound. Their debut album “The Diary of Tomahawk” will be released officially in 2014 as a deluxe compilation, but fans can enjoy them this summer as they tour the US! I got to sit down with Johnny Royal for a sneak peek of what’s to come from Black Lodge. Be on the lookout for the full length article in next issue. Black Lodge is: Johnny Royal: Lead Guitar, Gavin Reign: Vocals, Law Veritas: Guitar, Ventura XIII: Bass, Justin Greene: Drums What can your fans expect with your upcoming tour? Will there be any surprises? Lots of surprises, especially when we play LA. We have a special guest playing with us. Overall, fans can expect a hard hitting set full of explosive energy. Are there any cities you are really excited to play? Looking forward to? We are definitely looking forward to Vegas, Kansas City and Salt Lake. We have a lot of friends in those markets and looking forward to reconnecting with them. What’s a typical day on the road? We’re always writing new songs so we will be writing a lot on the road. Some of the guys in the band are into the card game Magic so I’m sure they will be playing that. Nerds. (laughs) How do you get prepared for a show? We pray to Spaceghost. (more laughs) How did “The Diary of Tomahawk” come about? I’ve been a Freemason and a practicing occultist for a long time and when I put the band together I had a specific goal of conveying a path of working Magic into our music. I pulled a lot of inspiration from the Golden Dawn and the writings of Albert Pike into the symbolism of the record. I set out to tell a story that has multiple layers of meaning such, as being alone and abandoned in the world, empowering the human mind and spirit and exploring the unknown with a protagonist who I named Tomahawk which was based on the Blackfoot Indian mythology. What was the creative process behind “The Diary of Tomahawk” I demo all of the songs out and then Gavin and I start building from there. Then our producers Lee Miles and Jeordie White/Twiggy Ramirez really dig into them and draw out the core of what the song is trying to say into a lush sounds cape. We keep going until the fans in us of our kind of music are really resonating with what we are creating. What are you listening to on your iPod? Marilyn Manson, NIN, Bauhaus, The Misfits, Rob Zombie, The Church and The Cure. Rock N Roll Industries will be sponsoring Black Lodge’s kick-off concert in Vegas on June 21st. Their music is a true experience. It is very modern, yet would be relevant in any era, regardless of trends. Keep an eye and ear out for Black Lodge at a city near you. For more information on Black Lodge visit their website at www.blacklodgeband.com and “like” them on Facebook. By Raquel Figlo 76 Rock N Roll Industries Magazine
Hey, Peeps! What’s going on? Thanks for tuning in! This month I’d like to talk about the importance of actually entertaining people while performing. I recently had the opportunity to hang out with my friend, Steve Vai, at his show in Nashville, TN. Boy, I was wonderfully entertained by his musicianship and guitar playing, as well as his ability to entertain the spellbound audience. The show was great (and more than three hours long). The performance really stood out for me because I was able to secure a good spot in the audience and really take in the show. I got quite an education on the importance of “performing” for the audience. Not just standing there, playing great guitar that goes over the average person’s head, but really putting on a memorable show! I’ve seen many a killer guitarist that actually bored me to tears because they simply, on an entertainment level, were NOT ENTERTAINING! Think about it, people. The entertainment aspect needs to be there, right? I mean, THAT IS (kind of) the point, isn’t it? You definitely want to entertain the audience with a well rounded assault to the senses. You must make your presence known not ONLY by the sound of your fingers flying over the fret board but by putting on some kind of visually stimulating show, too. What a concept! (LOL) Keep in mind that, as the one performing, you may even be entertaining yourself by playing all the great licks that you worked SO hard on and that’s great! Have a good time with it! Just keep in mind that all your hard work could simply fly by the audience’s ear so if your goal is to hold their attention, you better come with more than just your shredder ability!! I’ve attended many great “guitar hero” shows that, from a studious view, were very educating… Unfortunately, on an entertainment level, they left me sleepy and bored. Seriously, when’s the last time you saw an awesome guitarist in a small club and then, a few nights (or weeks) later, went and saw someone like Kiss or Metallica tear it up in a large arena? Of course, I’m speaking of fans of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal music. But seriously, how many times have you had this happen and just had a much more entertaining time at the Kiss concert? Or, have you ever wondered why Aerosmith is playing big stadiums while so-and-so, the awesomely great guitarist, is playing some shabby little hole-in-the-wall club getting paid $30.00 a night to play for 10 people?
tertained by his performance. When I asked Steve about performing, he commented that he had learned to “play to the people in the nosebleed section” when he was playing with David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Something many of us may never get a chance to do is play/tour in large venues like the ones the Big Dogs played in during the eighties and early nineties. I say, just take his “advice” and really focus on playing to the guy all the way in the back of the bar/club. There are different ways to keep the attention of your audience, as well. You don’t always have to perform stage antics and what-not. Check out the Rolling Stones, for example. Keith Richards and Ron Wood are not running around the stage tossing their guitars around there necks like Yngwie Malmsteen. They just . . . look cool. They do, however, have a great light show and large big screen monitors. Now, most of us are not playing venues on that level nor can afford the cost of putting on a major scale production like that. So, in that case, you REALLY have to either be very “active” on stage or be creative when putting on a show. My band has used large TV monitors (spread out on the stage) all playing the same scenario reflecting the instrumental music that we’re doing. Sometimes, we’ll even have all the screens playing different things just to portray multiple moods/feelings/scenarios. We also bring out our own lights and fog/ smoke in addition to the house lights. This way we know that, whenever we perform, a certain mood will be reflected on stage (for certain songs) and if we’re using a house’s lighting guy, HOPEFULLY, he will understand the cues & basic rules of lighting, such as don’t have the lights up high or too bright during the ballads and so-forth. Depending on what kind of lights you get, it can get pretty expensive but it’s really well worth it. It’s a SHOW damn-it! Act like it. Or I should say “perform” like it.
What about posing? I know… you’re saying, “I’m not a freakin’ POSER!” Well, I once read an interview with Randy Rhoads where he spoke about Ozzy teaching him how to pose. “What? Randy Rhoads a poser? NO WAY!” What you do with yourself on stage, when you’re not moving around and such, matters. You want to keep in mind that people have cameras/phones in the audience and take pictures while you’re up there performing. You don’t want to have a really goofy picture of yourself (looking all bored) possibly show up in a magazine, on the Internet, or ANYWHERE else, for that matter! Most of the time, it’s because so-and-so may So, when you’re not moving around . . . strike a pose. Hey, you think all those cool pictures be playing great guitar but is not “entertainof Joe Perry (Aerosmith) or Zakk Wylde are ing”. Listen, that’s what this business is natural. Well, sometimes they are but I can about. That’s why it’s called the “Entertainment Industry” … because you’re supposed pretty much guarantee that, most of the time, to entertain people! Again, I say… “What a they’re striking poses and looking cool for the cameras. Think about it. It’s more pertinent concept!” than you think. Something you may want to try doing is Okay, that about wraps it up for this month’s booking a gig at a local club and while advice column. Keep sending those letters in you’re doing the show, have it all captured with anything in the music industry you might on video. Then, the next day, sit down with want me to address or cover. I read all the a few of your friends and see if you all find mail so, by all means, don’t be shy! it entertaining. A couple days after the Vai show I watched his ‘Live at The Astoria’ DVD See you next month!!! and found myself, once again, being very enToshi Iseda
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Everyone was afraid of the violence. I said, “Violence?” There is no violence in the show, but, truth is, it didn’t do well for me because I couldn’t find an audience that wanted to attend it. I did find a lot of kids, but their parents wouldn’t let them come because of the (perceived) violence. And it was hard to find corporate sponsors. The book shares a lot of success and some failures because you don’t get through anything in life without some failures. Who is “Rock your Business” helping the up-and-coming wannabe rock star or the future businessmen? Fishof: This book is not just about success stories by rock stars, but about how to be successful. Being in a band is about learning to listen. You learn a lot about creativity. I talk about all the aspects of Rock On November 5, 2012 at Book Soup on the N Roll and the music industry. I talk about how to Sunset Strip, David Fishof, CEO and creator of promote. Gene Simmons is a perfect example. the famous VH-1 television hit show Rock N Roll He is a genius at promotions. People know him Fantasy Camp, was the guest speaker to promote as a businessman. I said to him the other day his second book “Rock Your Business” in a special when he was at the camp, “You’re incredible as book signing event. a musician. People don’t even look at you that way.” As a producer, he has Simmons Records. David Fishof spent a large part of his career His business shines. He said, “There are a lot of working with top pro athletes along with his work musicians out there, not a lot of businessmen.” in the music world and he is a true visionary for widely being considered to be the first to do so. In You can learn a lot from Gene Simmons, U2 and addition to many past accomplishments and prior The Dave Matthews Band. In my book, I show a lot of examples of what you can learn from various to becoming the mastermind behind Rock N Roll bands. Fantasy Camp (“Where Rock Dreams Become Reality”) while managing a host of world champion RNR: In your book, you also talk a lot about athletes, Fishof created the Monkees reunion in creativity. Why is it so important to you? 1986, as well as the tour for Ringo Starr and his Fishof: I really believe everybody has some kind All-Starr Band in 1988, which has gone on to be of creativity inside of them, but so many people one of the most enduring and successful tours are blocked, and until you can find ways to get rid ever. His entrepreneurial spirit and techniques of that blockage and find freedom, it is hard to be serve as great lessons for anyone that wants to creative. I talk about fear as well in the book and live their dreams and pursue their passions. how people are fearful of taking an idea and going
Getting Rocked with David Fishof
Rock N Roll is much more than just sex, drugs and groupies - it’s a business – and, as one of the most innovative and creative entertainment producers in the world, Mr. Fishof shares his knowledge about the behind the scenes elements of rock and business itself.
Prior to the start of the event, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David and interviewing him while an admiring crowd patiently waited to hear him tell stories from his latest book. Rock N Roll Industries: Tell me about “Rock Your Business.” What is it all about? David Fishof: In the book, I tell the story of why I created Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp and stories of my years as a sport agent. I wrote the book because I wanted to give people who had an idea, to take that idea and make it happen. So many people are walking around with these million dollar ideas and 30,000 of them are applying to Shark Tank. They want to know “how do I take this idea that I created and make it happen?” So I decided I wanted to take what I have done, lessons I have learned from Rock N Roll and share them. Can you share some of those lessons with me? Fishof: If you have an idea and you want to know if it is worthwhile, then try to see if you can barter it. For example, I went to different radio stations and asked if they were interested in doing a promotion for Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp. If they said they were interested, then that was great. I went to instrument companies like Fender, Gibson, Roland and they all said “yes,” so I knew I had a good idea. Now when I produced Mortal Combat as a tour, I couldn’t find anyone to partner with me.
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with it. I think the book will help people get over obstacles. I have no reason to not tell people the truth. I think sharing my stories will help people.
RNR: What can we be expecting from Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in 2013? Fishof: Robert Daltrey will be coming back to the camp, as well as Dave Navarro. Steve Vai just signed on. Zakk Wylde will be returning. Sammy Hagar and the Wabos, Mike Portnoy and so many other great musicians are coming to the camp. Every day I am announcing new stars. I think that’s what makes the camp great. It’s not just that the fans love it; that the rockers love it, too. They love meeting the people. Robert Daltrey has been to the camp eight times. They wouldn’t be coming back to the camp if they didn’t love it! Nick Mason from Pink Floyd was supposed to come for two hours - he stayed for two days! Slash was to come in for a few hours and he stayed for ten! So it has been really amazing. I think it reminds these rockers what it was like when they just started and about the love of the music. I highly recommend every reader go out and pick up a copy of “Rock your Business” who knows you might be the next Gene Simmonstype businessman! In parting just before the book signing, David said, “Creativity is the key. You must not only be able to come up with ideas, but you must be able to execute them in order to succeed” (www. davidfishofpresents.com). -Raquel Figlo
What’s up guitar players? Horns up and welcome to another installment of Music with Michael G. !!!!!!!!!!! First and foremost, NAMM show.... Wow! This year was simply put, amazing! So many new guitars, bass’s, amps, strings, picks, cases, damn... you name it, it’s the NAMM show! Over 96,000 people piling in the Anaheim convention center for four amazing days of demo’s with your favorite stars and the baddest gear on the planet. Concert’s with the baddest bands, for now on with the lesson.... Today we will be going over a song progression that goes E-A-B, or what’s commonly called a I-IV-V progression relating to the circle of 5th’s in music. The I being your E chord, the IV being your A, and the V being your B, this is a common blues progression, and a fairly easy one to play a solo to. Play each chord in a blues shuffle type of feel, you can make the song your own, that’s what music is about. Once you have the basic rhythm down, you can start to play the minor or major pentatonic scales for the key of E, any note on either of these scales will be in key at anytime you are soloing. Try to do the scale forward, then start it backwards, change the tempo, bend the strings, slide notes, and see how many different places you can play the same notes. This is always a great exercise to gain knowledge of the fretboard of your guitar. On the guitar you can play a middle C note in two places, where as on the piano, you can only play it in one place. Once you have the pattern down switch keys, and play the same progression in the key of C. Then do it in the key of G, but keep playing the same pattern on the scales. This will build muscle memory in your arms and fingers that will become automatic over time. Now again with something that I get asked all the time about, “Should I practice, or just jam?” Even Steve Vai practices, actually he practices more than some people work (40 hours a week). Zakk practices, everyone does because that’s what it takes to become good on the guitar. So, till next time.... keep up the good work. Keep your head up and most of all keep your strings clean and your riffs mean.... Michael G out.
The Fabulous Miss Wendy
No One Can Stop Me is The Fabulous Miss Wendy’s most recent full length album. Wendy wisely chose Kim Fowley to produce her sophomore album. Kim Fowley has written and produced many top 40 tunes for numerous artists who went on to become icons in the music industry. There is a marked difference between the first album and this current CD of TFMW’s as far as vocal style and quality and lyrical content. No One Can Stop Me, clearly showcases a glowing maturity in Wendy’s vocals. The improvement is quite apparent score 8.75 of 10 as she delivers a well blended balance to her intense guitar style in Violence. She Genre(s): Rock/Guitar Rock/ easily demonstrates her mastery of the Punk guitar in the punk-edged Silicon Assassin and again in the fast-paced Alice In WonLabel: None derland. The title track No One Can Stop Me allows Wendy’s ability to completely Band Members: shred a guitar while delivering clearly Wendy Jacobson – Vocals/Guitar articulated, spot on harmonies impecably. Cliff Retallick - Keyboards Mike Wolf - Bass The title track choice for this latest work of Christian Alexander – Drums Wendy’s is sheer genius as it illustrates, Steve Darrow – Drums on Alice In without a doubt, that she can reach the Wonderland next level with ease and confidence and Lil Kenny – Backup Vocals no one can stop her as she climbs to the Versailles & Sylvie Spencer - top. Backup Vocals on Violence
score 8 of 10 Genre(s): Thrash Metal Label: Metal Blade Records Band Members: Vocals: Eric ‘AK’ Knutson Guitar: Edward Carlson Guitar: Michael Gilbert Bass: Jason Ward Drums: Kelly Smith
“A departure from old school Flotsam and Jetsam that grows on you with each listen!”
Flotsam and Jetsam
The mighty Flotsam and Jetsam returns with their 11th full length album Ugly Noise, if you cut your teeth on Doomsday for the Deceiver or No Place for Disgrace, you may be thrown off a bit, but in the name of all that is heavy, give this album a chance. Ugly Noise begins with a dark, dramatic intro to build anticipation for the metal storm ahead. The title track kicks off the record with machine-gun rhythm and a catchy chorus that has been running through our metal heads since the first time it was played on stations like Sirius Liquid Metal. Another stand-out is the second track, “GittyUp.” Don’t be fooled by its laughable title. Its gritty rock riff opening, over top a thrashing rhythm section, grabs your attention immediately, so you don’t miss its clever reference to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem Rime of the Ancient Mariner (made famous centuries later by Iron Maiden). A melodic and dramatic lead section halfway through gives this song an artistic flavor that makes it unique. After starting off with strong momentum and some interesting guitar chords, the 7th track, “Rage,” becomes repetitive, only to lead into a generic chorus that makes for a predictable song. Not to worry though. Ugly Noise finishes strong with the aptly named “Machine Gun.” This tune is true metal thrashing mad, highlighted by a wicked guitar solo. It’s maniacal energy closes the album with a bang. Overall, I recommend Ugly Noise to any fan of heavy metal. It’s refreshing to see a band from the 80’s emerge with a fresh sound. Though not what you might expect from Flotsam and Jetsam you’ll be glad you gave it a spin. -Raquel Figlo
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Rust N’ Roll Medley
Mr. Creepy Mr. Creepy (Arthur Gonzales ft tony medina)
The Slow Forward California Sun
Gooding Hey Hey
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The Official Music Video for “California Sun”, by The Slow Forward, the first single and music video fromt the album WHEN WE ARE ALL. Produced by SullenTV. Directed by : Andrew Barriga
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