(New York, N.Y.): Fresh off their main stage appearance at this weekend’s KNOTFEST in Southern California, which was preceded by an equally anticipated appearance at Aftershock and an off-the-hook warm-up show at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim in their native Orange County, which sold out in under 30 minutes, Atreyu will play a headlining hometown show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. The show will take place on December 20.

Tickets for this can’t-be-missed, all-ages show will go on sale on Friday, October 31 at 10AM PT.

“It has been far too long since we did a proper, full-scale headlining show at home,” said singer Alex Varkatzas. “We are rehearsing and pumped up to play this legendary OC venue that we have all attended so many shows at over the years.”

“Chain Reaction was the appetizer,” echoed drummer Brandon Saller. “This is the main course. The Observatory is, bar none, the best venue in Orange County. We’re exited to rip the roof off of it.”

The band is writing and demo’ing its forthcoming album, the first since 2009’s Congregation of the Damned.

Atreyu entered a period of hibernation and dormancy in 2011, after establishing itself as one of the key band of the American metal revival that dominated the ’00s. The band was recently spotlighted in VH1’s Everything You Need to Know About Metalcore list, highlighting Atreyu’s status as one of the architects of that scene and sound.

The band is equally excited about the hometown holiday show and about plans for 2015. Stay tuned for further Atreyu updates.

ARCH ENEMY premieres JUDAS PRIEST cover track

This October/November, metal icons ARCH ENEMY will be returning to North American soil to tour in support of their new, critically acclaimed album, War Eternal! To celebrate this momentous headlining trek, the band will be releasing a split 7″ with KREATOR, who are direct support on the run. Available starting at the Baltimore show tonight (October 23), be sure to purchase this exclusive transparent red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) at the merch table; a dark red 7″ (limited to 500 copies) will also be available on KREATOR and ARCH ENEMY’s European tour, which sees ARCH ENEMY as direct support.ARCH ENEMY covered the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Breaking The Law” for this special release; to hear their version of the track, head over to Revolver for the premiere:

Michael Amott (guitar) comments: “When we do covers, we have a tendency to pick somewhat obscure songs. However, the iconic ‘Breaking The Law’ anthem by JUDAS PRIEST is anything but that of course! This just started with a fun jam in the studio, and during the process, we tried to make it sound as ARCH ENEMY as possible – it turned out pretty f’n cool, and here it is…Enjoy!”

ARCH ENEMY/KREATOR split 7″ track-listing:
1. Breaking The Law (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
1. Iron Destiny

ARCH ENEMY is currently touring the world in support of War Eternal, which was hailed as the band’s “strongest album in years” (DECIBEL MAGAZINE). To purchase War Eternal, head over to iTunes or AmazonMP3 for a digital copy with a bonus track; a variety of physical formats is also available at CM Distro and your local retailer.

For a preview of War Eternal, be sure to check out the following previously released videos:
–“War Eternal” music video:
–“As The Pages Burn” lyric video:
–“You Will Know My Name” music video:
–“No More Regrets” music video:

A special Spotify playlist by ARCH ENEMY front-woman Alissa White-Gluz can be seen here:

See below for all upcoming ARCH ENEMY dates (a trailer for the USA tour can be viewed here: VIP tickets for the North American tour are now available here:

Oct. 23, 2014 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 24, 2014 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *
Oct. 25, 2014 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Oct. 26, 2014 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY *
Oct. 27, 2014 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
Oct. 28, 2014 – Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC
Oct. 29, 2014 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Nov. 1, 2014 – The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB *
Nov. 2, 2014 – Riddell Centre – Regina, SK *
Nov. 3, 2014 – Macewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB *
Nov. 4, 2014 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB *
Nov. 6, 2014 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC *
Nov. 7, 2014 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA *
Nov. 8, 2014 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *
Nov. 10, 2014 – Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 11, 2014 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 12, 2014 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Nov. 14, 2014 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Nov. 15, 2014 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM *
Nov. 16, 2014 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Nov. 18, 2014 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN *
Nov. 19, 2014 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Nov. 20, 2014 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Nov. 21, 2014 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Nov. 22, 2014 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 23, 2014 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
*=without STARKILL

KREATOR – live in Europe with ARCH ENEMY
Nov. 26, 2014 – Le Transbordeur – Lyon, France
Nov. 27, 2014 – L’Usine – Istres, France
Nov. 28, 2014 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Nov. 29, 2014 – La Riviera – Madrid Spain
Dec. 1, 2014 – Le Bikini – Toulouse, France
Dec. 2, 2014 – Le Bataclan – Paris, France
Dec. 4, 2014 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
Dec. 5, 2014 – MHP Arena – Ludwigsburg, Germany
Dec. 6, 2014 – Turbinenhalle – Oberhausen, Germany
Dec. 7, 2014 – Garage – Saarbrücken, Germany
Dec. 8, 2014 – Docks – Hamburg, Germany
Dec. 9, 2014 – Huxleys – Berlin, Germany
Dec. 11, 2014 – Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, Germany
Dec. 12, 2014 – Eventhall – Geiselwind, Germany
Dec. 13, 2014 – Tonhalle – München, Germany
Dec. 14, 2014 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 16, 2014 – Institute – Birmingham, UK
Dec. 17, 2014 – O2 Academy – Bristol, UK
Dec. 18, 2014 – The Forum – London, UK
Dec. 19, 2014 – Academy – Manchester, UK
Dec. 20, 2014 – Academy – Dublin, Ireland
Dec. 21, 2014 – QMU – Glasgow, UK
Dec. 22, 2014 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK

ARCH ENEMY – live 2015
Jan. 22-26, 2015 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
May 2, 2015 – Karmoygeddon Festival – Kopervik, Norway

ARCH ENEMY online:

Smithsonian Receives Brian Setzer’s Gretsch Guitar

Smithsonian Receives Brian Setzer’s Gretsch Guitar

Grammy Award-winning musician Brian Setzer donated his signature orange Gretsch guitar to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History during a ceremony Oct. 17. The replica guitar is evocative of Setzer’s original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, for which he raided his Monopoly game for two dice drilled holes in them and attached them to take the place of the missing tone knobs. To help resemble a 1950s-era “hot rod,” Setzer added three decals that, in the replica, were duplicated with the aid of a master guitar builder.

Setzer, an American guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, is known for continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music, first with 1980s rockabilly band the Stray Cats and then again in the late 1990s with his 18-piece “Rockin’ Big Band,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra. In 1987, he appeared on the big screen in the Ritchie Valens biographical film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran.

“Brian Setzer is a prolific and distinctive contributor to American music,” said John Edward Hasse, the museum’s curator of American music. “Proof of his legacy exists not only in the longevity of his career and in his lengthy discography, but also in his ability to cross musical boundaries.”

In 1982, Setzer released his first single with the Stray Cats, “Rock This Town” on which he played a 1959 Gretsch 6120 model guitar. As the guitar aged, it began to fall apart. Stephen Stern, a Gretsch master guitar builder, replicated every detail of the original guitar. When Stern presented it to Setzer, he found it to be virtually indistinguishable from the original. It is the 2006 replica that is now in the museum’s collection.

“What an honor it is to be in the Smithsonian just for playing the music that I love,” said Setzer. “Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do.”

Setzer’s guitar will join a large and diverse collection of musical instruments at the museum that includes John Coltrane’s saxophone, Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet, Prince’s Yellow Cloud electric guitar and Eddie Van Halen’s “Frank 2” guitar.

 Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. It is currently renovating its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on business, democracy and culture. For more information, visit The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.


Hell has no Fury: Hellion is back and with vengeance!






Hellion, with original band member and legendary female “metal” vocalist Ann Boleyn, gave an epic performance last Thursday October 2nd, 2014 at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles to kick off their one month North American tour!  Hellion’s highly anticipated album “Karma’s a Bitch” was released in the United States today and will be released tomorrow in the UK.  It has been a decade since Hellion’s last release, but, for some reason, it feels like perfect timing!

Ann is extremely proud of her steller six-piece band consisting of Maxxxwell Carlisle on guitar, George Dolivo (from Rhino Bucket) on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Scott Warren (from Dio Heaven and Hell) on Keyboards, Greg Smith (Ted Nugent and Rainbow) on Bass, and Simon Wright (from A/C D/C, UFO and Dio) on drums. The queen of metal sounded amazing and her voice is still as powerful as ever!

Ann looked angelic in her stylish blue feathered top which she designed herself. She commanded the stage and performed with such great energy and passion. It was my first time seeing her perform but I was well aware of the band and her louder-than-hell vocals. I was in the front row grinning ear to ear. When you watch her perform you can sense the late Ronnie James Dio influence on her style.  It is no secret they were friends and he was a mentor to her, in some respects. Having listened to the new album prior to the show, I recognized a lot of the new material they played and it sounded great live as the fans fist pumped to every song!

What I like about Ann Boleyn is her songs have a great melody while the lyrics tell a story. She writes metal the way it was intended. With Hellion’s current line-up, the band sounded incredible. It was evident that they enjoyed playing together. Maxxxwell Carlisle’s epic solos were some of the highlights of the night! He displayed a plethora of awesome playing techniques, such as sweeping, tapping and tremolo picking. Simon Write killed it with his drum solo! He could do no wrong and the crowd went wild!

“Karma’s a Bitch” was produced and engineered by Ken Scott, who has worked with David Bowie and The Beatles, just to name a few.  Hellion is the only metal band Ken has ever produced. He was Ann Boyeln’s first choice to produce the album because she wanted the album to feel “real” and not sound computer generated. In my interview with her before the show, Ann described the experience as magic and inspiring. She said it was a privilege to work in a sound room and play music all together and that is why the album is so special.

On Thursday, Bitch performed before Hellion and Besty Bitch looked and sounded great as well. It was the first time both ladies of metal played on the same bill and both bands were on top of their games! In 1983, Bitch and Hellion appeared together on the Mystic Records compilation The Sound of Hollywood Girls.

When speaking with Ann, she mentioned that word was spreading quickly about the tour and there is talk about future gigs in Europe in 2015. I hope it all goes well with Hellion and the new line-up. It was a special treat to see them perform. The fans who have not seen Hellion perform live yet should watch out because Hellion is back with vengeance!

Hellion Set-list from the Whisky A GO GO:

1.)  Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
2.)  Hell Has No Fury
3.)  Betrayer 
4.)  Karma’s A Bitch
5.)  Storm rider
6.)  Living In Hell
7.)  Run For Your Life
————- MAX’S SOLO
8.)  Bad attitude  
9.)   Watch The City Burn
10.)   Til The End
  1.  Break The Spell
  2. 2.  Green Manalichi


For more info on hellion and up-coming tour dates:

Special fan pack available as well

To order the new album go to:


Raquel Figlo

Johnny Ramone Tribute – 10th Anniversary

Sunday 8/24 Ramones gathered at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery tocelebrate Johnny’s life at the 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute.

 Close friends to Johnny Ramone, gathered to perform the 10th Annual Tribute. Rob Zombie had the honor of hosting what was an amazing event. Zombie exchanged a few words of his appreciation towards all 4 members of The Ramones. Afterwards he did a killer performance of 5 songs under 10 minutes! One can only imagine how intense their rehearsing must have been (watch the above video to hear  Piggy D’s short interview on the rehearsal and more). As if that was intense enough Steve Jones, Billy Idol and Duff McKagan performed afterwards. 

Rob Zombie Screened “The Devil’s Rejects,” cast members such as Sheri Moon ZombieSid Haig, Danny Trejo and more!
Kirk Hammett’s Crypt Collection of horror memorabilia was on display in the Cathedral Mausoleum, it was a collection to be seen, hope he does more of these!
As if it all stopped there, we had the pleasure of having MzTallica ( Angie Hernandez) collaborate and create what everyone thought was a statue! It was a fondu cake of Johnny Ramone! The fight to keep it in the shade was paid off at the end as we had the privilege to have a taste as Linda Ramone insisted in sharing with everyone. We took the head off and boxed it up for her to take home and share with her closest, and the rest we devoured!

 Many weren’t able to attend, so we had the pleasure to provide you with pictures and a short video of what went on. Be sure to get our next issue featuring a print review with more pictures of the event.  Thank you to all that came out and stay tuned for next yrs! It will be huge, with a twist to it.


(From Left- Senior Editor Angelica Ulloa, Andy Gould Rob’s manager, and Publication Director Jessica Johnson.)

 Words by Angelica Ulloa                                                                                                                                                                         Photography by Matthew Upton                                                                                                                                                                                 Video by Enrique Nunez








Slipknot’s KNOTFEST—the most cutting edge heavy music festival in America—has revealed initial details about Stage 004 at the October 24-26 destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. The Headbang For The Highway Stage Presented By Zippo Encore will give the best regional and local metal bands the opportunity to battle it out for the chance to be part of the biggest metal show to hit the U.S. in years.

On Saturday, Stage 004 headliners The Faceless will be joined by six Headbang For The Highway Battle-of-the-Bands winners. Sunday’s Headbang For The Highway Stage lineup will feature headliners Dead For Denver and five more Battle-of-the-Bands winners, including Kings Of Carnage and Still Not Dead.

Headbang For The Highway battles, sponsored by Brick House Studios and The Alumni Tour, are being held in the southwestern U.S. and California through October 19 to determine the final slots on this year’s KNOTFEST. For more information, go to

These Battle-of-the-Bands winners will join a lineup that features some of the most powerful names in metal—including Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and more.

As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all KNOTFEST online ticket purchasers (and those that purchase tickets before October 5 to Slipknot’s headline tour with Korn and King 810) will receive a digital download of the new album, delivered 24 hours early.

KNOTFEST—powered by Rockstar Energy Drink—will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash, band performances and other activities for those that have purchased VIP or Camping Packages.

Headbang For The Highway’s The Battle For KNOTFEST is taking place at the following locations:

Date City/State Venue Winner
8/24 Santa Ana, CA Malone’s Kings Of Carnage
9/15 West Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go Still Not Dead
9/19 Tempe, AZ AZ Club Red / Red Owl TBD
9/27 Fort Worth, TX Tomcats West TBD
9/28 Santa Ana, CA Malone’s TBD
9/28 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar TBD
10/3 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto TBD
10/4 Tucson, AZ The Rock TBD
10/11 Oakland, CA Grand Live TBD
10/18 Las Vegas, NV The Cheyenne Saloon TBD
10/19 Henderson, NV Eagle’s Hall TBD
In addition to the Battle-of-the-Bands at each location, Brick House Studios will be giving away one free $200 tattoo on stage each night. Bands hoping to compete for a chance to perform on Stage 004 at KNOTFEST can email with the subject KNOTFEST” and the name of the showcase venue where they wish to play. For more information, go to:
Every KNOTFEST has been a fully immersive experience for fans, and this one ups the ante. In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, a massive display of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and much more.

KNOTFEST tickets are on sale now and going fast at A limited number of VIP packages are still available. Camping packages and pit tickets are SOLD OUT.

Doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show runs until 12:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 PM on Sunday.

KNOTFEST is a short drive from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, the San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern USA.

KNOTFEST is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Kinetic Power, Ole Smokey Moonshine, Musicians Institute, FYE, Headbang for the Highway, Ernie Ball, The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen, Legator Guitars, Fxck Cancer, and Zippo Encore.

For the most-up-to-date information, visit:

GWAR Eternal Tour

GWAR Eternal Tour Honors Lost Leader Oderus Urungus and Introduces New Scumdogs


ANTARCTICA, 29th September 2014

The Scumdogs of the Universe are sharpening their axes and stoking the fires of their great war engines in preparation for the fall 2014 GWAR Eternal Tour. Global leaders had hoped the bouts of terror accompanying GWAR’s annual rampages would finally come to an end with the passing of the the groups monstrous captain, Oderus Urungus. But tonight politicians, religious leaders, and citizens around the world are asking, “Why?! Why won’t GWAR just leave the Earth in peace?”

The band’s toothsome guitarist, BalSac the Jaws of Death had this to say: “Something is wrong, unspeakably wrong. It feels as if the very fabric of reality has been ripped from belly to taint. And it all centers around Oderus’ disappearance. One moment, life is fantastic, as we celebrate the near sinking of Japan as a result of our recent journey across the Pacific; and the next, he is just gone. Suddenly the world is a dark, vile place with hordes of trolls biting at my hooves and daring to spit poison in my face. There is a great evil behind this, and I will not rest until I know what has become of my brother!”

There is mounting evidence of a disruption in the core of time, including the sudden appearance of the Berserker Blóthar, a Scumdog warrior who claims to be from the distant past. Apparently, he was sucked through a hole in the space/time continuum and deposited onstage in front of thousands of screaming metal heads. Fortunately for GWAR, he knows the words to all of their songs and has pledged to aid them by assuming the role of lead singer. Inexplicably, he is also a hell of a bass guitarist!

And what is to be made of the mysterious new Scumdog, Vulvatron? She appears as a cybernetic female assassin who purports to know the answers that GWAR seeks because she hails from the future. While some of the band seem to have fallen under the spell of her impressive blood-spewing assets, others remain skeptical. JiZMak da Gusha was quoted as saying, “Dames, they ain’t nothin’ but trouble.”

GWAR Eternal Tour Lineup
Blóthar: Lead Singer, Bass Guitar
Beefcake the Mighty: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Pustulus Maximus: Lead Guitar, Vocals
BalSac the Jaws of Death: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
JiZMak da Gusha: Drums
Bonesnapper: Bodyguard, Crappy Vocals
Sawborg Destructo: Annoying Nemesis, Annoying Vocals
Vulvatron: Plot Twist, Vocals

GWAR W/ Decapitated and American Sharks:
10/15: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10/16: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10/17: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
10/18: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – “Rock and Shock Festival”
10/19: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
10/21: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five****
10/22: Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo’s – “Housecore Horror Film Festival*
10/26: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO

GWAR W/ TBA and American Sharks:
11/14: Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom

GWAR W/ Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks:
11/15: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/22: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection***
11/25: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/2: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/4: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
12/5: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/7: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/8: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/9: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/10: Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/13: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage

*No American Sharks
**Havok plays on this show
*** The Meatmen play on this show
**** Huntress plays on this show

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iRig Pads from IK Multimedia

The ultra-portable, universal MIDI groove controller
for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and Mac/PC


September 25, 2014 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, today announced it’s shipping iRig® Pads, the full-featured, ultra-portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Mac and PC. It’s the perfect companion for the mobile electronic music producer on the move: Now you can make beats, grooves and mixes anywhere you go.
iRig Pads
Effortless portability
iRig Pads is designed to be effortlessly portable. It’s smaller than an iPad and less than 1″ thick – it’s the smallest groove controller in the market. It has a slim, compact form factor and it’s lightweight, which means that it can be slipped into any iPad or laptop bag or backpack and carried around with ease. For maximum portability, iRig Pads is a low energy consumption device – it draws its power directly from its host device and does not need a power source to be fully functional. It can be used with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via its included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately) without the need of an adapter as well as Mac and PC via its included USB cable. *iRig Pads are currently being tested for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compatibility.

Extreme versatility, custom controls
At the heart of iRig Pads is its 4×4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors – red, green, orange and every shade in between – depending on the velocity of your playing and the MIDI information sent by your chosen music app or software.

But iRig Pads does more than your average mobile pad-based MIDI controller. Its full spread of controls – two knobs, two buttons, one slider and one pushbutton rotary encoder – let you get creative. All controls are MIDI assignable and customizable: Up to 16 distinct MIDI maps or “scenes” can be saved, which allows for full control of apps and software on stage or in the studio. iRig Pads comes with 6 pre-programmed scenes designed to work with many of your favorite apps and software right out of the box.

Apps for Beats, Loops, Decks and more
To help you get in the groove, IK is working to make iRig Pads the ultimate controller for beats, loops and more by adding support for a growing suite of powerful apps and software. iOS users will be able to make beats out of the box with the included SampleTank® free, and they’ll soon be able to control grooves and launch loops with GrooveMaker® 2 free for iPhone and iPad and remix their preferred tracks with DJ Rig™ free.

On Mac/PC the included SampleTank 3 SE (worth $99.99/€79.99), available as a standalone and a plug-in virtual instrument for every major DAW, includes over 6.5 GB of sample contents, 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns, for a complete music production workstation, out of the box (coming soon as download from the IK user area). In addition, by registering their iRig Pads, users will be able to receive The Grid, an exclusive and free additional collection of 50 instruments (800 samples) and 50 MIDI patterns – designed exclusively for beat makers and groove performers who use iRig Pads – for SampleTank on iOS and Mac/PC (a value of $9.99/€7.99 for iOS and $39.99/€29.99 for Mac/PC).

The SampleTank Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

The SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

The GrooveMaker 2 Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

The DJ Rig Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

And that’s only scratching the surface – iRig Pads is also fully MIDI class-compliant, which means you can use it and customize its controls for use with virtually any MIDI-compatible app such as FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Studio and GarageBand or Mac/PC software such as MPC Studio, Ableton Live, Maschine, GarageBand and more.

Pricing and Availability
iRig Pads is now available from music and electronics retailers worldwide for $149.99/€119.99 (excluding taxes) as well as on the IK online store. Thanks to its generous feature set, included content value and universal uses for iOS devices as well as Mac and PC, iRig Pads offers the best quality to price ratio of any MIDI groove controller on the market.

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For SLASH photos:

WHO:              SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, presented by Guitar Center.

WHERE & WHEN:          


            Doors: 8:00 pm

Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM



Doors: 8:00 pm

Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM

*Black Carpet/photo opp 7:30 PM.

            THE WHISKY A GO GO– FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

            Doors: 8:00 pm

Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM




On Tuesday, September 23, SLASH and his band, Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators will celebrate the release of their new albumWORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: Sept. 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, Sept. 25 (The Roxy) and Sept. 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).


Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television onDIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) November 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed on location at The Roxy in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. The show will feature songs spanning SLASH’s storied career including material from the new album, WORLD ON FIRE (out Sept 16thas well as Guns’N’Roses material. A black carpet will be hosted for VIP and celebrity guest arrivals leading up to the show.


WORLD ON FIRE which is already garnering early critical acclaim, marks SLASH’s third solo offering and second album with his official band The Conspirators which features MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). For WORLD ON FIRESLASH and the band worked with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to create a powerful new turn for the band in 17 songs.WORLD ON FIRE is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedyamong others. 


Guitar Center Presents: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Live from the Sunset Strip
* Tue 9/23 Hollywood, CA The Troubadour
* Thu 9/25 Hollywood, CA The Roxy
* Fri 9/26 Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go Go

PRONG: Snap Your Neck at the Whisky A Go Go

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Industrial metal band Prong  kicked off their North American tour at the Whisky a Go Go on September 10th with an hour and half set of their classics along with new songs from their latest album Ruining Lives. I am a long time Prong fan and scored a seat right up front in the pit. Tommy looked and played better than ever. The crowd was energized with their fists pumping, head banging and random yells of  “Tommy!”  Some of the classics they played included “Beg to Differ,” “Lost and found,” and “Revenge Best Served Cold.” As it should, a mosh-pit broke out and got intense during the highlights of the night. Tommy’s  voice was sounding great and his guitar solos were on point. You could see that he was just as into it as the crowd. The energy of the crowd and the band were feeding off each other.

The bassist Jason Christopher is quite a character. At random moments of the night he would yell at the crowd to hype them up. He said, “Don’t just stand there and stare, do something, bang your head!” There were lots of movements from the both Jason and Tommy, using up the whole stage running from left to right. No side felt left out! The drummer Art Cruz can really bang some drums! He did an outstanding job as well. Those songs are not easy and he kept the beat going and contributed to much of the energy in the room!

They played a couple songs off the new album Ruining Lives. I am very familiar with this album because I interviewed Tommy Victor at the Schecter HQ right before it was released in May of this year. It is a great album full of riffs and hooks, what Tommy is known for. They played the first song off the album “Turning Over” and “Ruining Lives.” It was received well from the crowd. There was no stopping this trio. They were relentless! Jason plays the bass fast and furious. Towards the end of their set they played my favorite song of all time ‘Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” a Prong classic that will stay relevant until the end of time!  The pit went nuts and I had to move on to a speaker so I wouldn’t get knocked out by the rowdy moshers.  It was awesome! I sang along with Tommy at the top of my lungs and at one point Tommy got right into the audience in the front row playing guitar for them as if they were the only ones there. They played a few more songs and then came out Monti Pitmon as a special guest vocalist for the song “Power of the Damager.” Altogether, it was a killer show with lots of energy and it satisfied my expectations of what I knew Tommy Victor could deliver. If you did not see Prong play last night, then you need to get to the Grove of Anaheim tomorrow to check them out or you will regret it.

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