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

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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
———–(TALK)
3.)  Betrayer 
4.)  Karma’s A Bitch
————-SIMON’S DRUM SOLO
————-(TALK)
5.)  Storm rider
6.)  Living In Hell
————–(TALK)
7.)  Run For Your Life
————- MAX’S SOLO
8.)  Bad attitude  
9.)   Watch The City Burn
—————(TALK)
10.)   Til The End
Encore
  1.  Break The Spell
  2. 2.  Green Manalichi

 

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

http://www.hellion.us

Special fan pack available as well http://www.hellion.us/store

To order the new album go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Karmas-Bitch-Hellion/dp/B00LZI3WVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1405970177&sr=1-1

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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.

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(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:

STAGE 004 DETAILS REVEALED:
HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE PRESENTED BY ZIPPO ENCORE
FEATURES THE FACELESS AND DEAD FOR DENVER,
PLUS RISING REGIONAL AND LOCAL TALENT BATTLING IT OUT TO BE PART OF KNOTFEST

THREE DAY DESTINATION FESTIVAL
HELD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
FEATURES THE BIGGEST BANDS IN HEAVY MUSIC WITH SPECIAL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY LATE NIGHT CLOSING SETS BY SLIPKNOT
AT SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER & CAMPGROUNDS
IN SAN BERNARDINO, CA

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KNOTFEST
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 http://headbangforthehighway.com/.

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 info@headbangforthehighway.com with the subject KNOTFEST” and the name of the showcase venue where they wish to play. For more information, go to:

www.headbangforthehighway.com
www.facebook.com/headbangforthehighway
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 www.knotfest.com. 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:

www.knotfest.com
www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST
www.twitter.com/KNOTFEST

GWAR Eternal Tour

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

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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

For More Info Visit:
http://www.gwar.net
http://www.gwarbq.com
http://www.youtube.com/gwar
https://twitter.com/GWARofficial
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv
http://www.facebook.com/gwar
http://www.gwarjapan.net

iRig Pads from IK Multimedia

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

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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 www.appstore.com/sampletankfree

The SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/sampletank

The GrooveMaker 2 Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/groovemaker2free

The DJ Rig Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.appstore.com/djrigfree

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.

For more information, please visit:

www.ikmultimedia.com/irigpads

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS in Hollywood!

SLAMS INTO ROCK RADIO’s TOP 5

AS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER

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SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS

TAKE-OVER ICONIC HOLLYWOOD CLUBS ALL NEXT WEEK

THE TROUBADOUR (9/23), THE ROXY (9/25)  AND THE WHISKY A GO GO (9/26)

 

BRAND NEW ALBUM

‘WORLD ON FIRE’

STREAMING THIS WEEK (HERE)

 

CURRENT SINGLE AND TITLE TRACK “WORLD ON FIRE”

SLAMS INTO ROCK RADIO’s TOP 5

AS SLASH’s FASTEST RISING SONG AT RADIO EVER

For SLASH photos: http://www.msopr.com/n/client-roster/slash/?cmd=downloads.

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

WHERE & WHEN:          

THE TROUBADOUR–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

            Doors: 8:00 pm

Slash goes on at 9PM, ends at 11PM

 

THE ROXY–THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

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

 

COMMENTS:       

 

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.

 

www.SlashOnline.com 

 

DATE CITY VENUE
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.

For more info and to purchase tickets go to www.prongmusic.com

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raquel

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Peavey Electronics® Releases Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Product Collection

Peavey Electronics® Releases Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Product Collection
 
Super Heroes Brought to Life in New Line of 
Musical Instruments and Accessories from Peavey 
Download high resolution image: Peavey Guardians Of The Galaxy Rockmaster Guitar
 
September 8, 2014, Meridian, MS –– Music industry innovator Peavey Electronics® is pleased to announce the latest addition to its line of Marvel products with brand new Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy musical instruments and accessories. 
 
With the recent release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters, fans can now bring these Super Heroes to life with guitars, ukuleles, straps and picks from Peavey. “We’re thrilled to continue our collaboration with Marvel,” shares Peavey’s Tony Moscal. “Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy are going to love these highly collectable instruments and accessories!”
 
Featuring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy characters in a high gloss finish, Peavey’s Rockmaster® guitar provides excellent balance, playability and tone with a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard. A three-quarter size student model of the Rockmaster electric guitar is also available, and both guitars come with a cable and picks.
 
Peavey’s half-size acoustic guitars are made of genuine wood with steel strings, and are ideal for starter musicians. The guitars include a removable headstock cover with matching graphics that protects fingers from string ends, and come with Peavey picks and a strap. Scenes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are featured on the instruments in high gloss finish. 
 
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The Royal Hounds

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The Royal Hounds is an authentic Rockabilly band originating in Knoxville, Tennessee. They captivate their audiences with their outrageous on-stage showmanship. When you attend a Royal Hounds show, expect to see the Bass player and lead singer, Scott Hinds, bass surfing and many other excellent on stage antics. Ladies, he often performs sans shirt as well, which is a show in its self. Hinds and guitar player, Glenn McCallum, often perform antics on stage such as switching instruments mid-song and chording each other’s instruments. Scott Billingsley is the man behind the amazing drums that are a big part of The Royal Hounds show. Billingsley or Bramble, as he is affectionately referred to as, puts on quite a show as well with such antics as flaming drums. They’ve performed at the annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash in Chattanooga, TN alongside WS Fluke Holland, Johnny Cash’s drummer.

Hinds co-wrote with friend, Seth Peevley, the title track off their debut album “I’m In Love With A Zombie”, which tells a story of a man in love with a woman of the living dead who’s in love with his brains. In 2013, Hinds moved to Las Vegas to become an actor in the Broadway performance Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s, thus relocating The Royal Hounds to the West Coast. Tennessee family and friends recently received a real treat when Hinds flew in from Vegas to join the other band members for a rare performance. The Royal Hounds played at Thunder Creek Harley Davidson’s Rockabilly Rock Out N Cruise In located in Chattanooga, TN. There was a bike and car show, Pin-Up contest, and tattoo contest. The West coast will have their chance to see The Royal Hounds sooner than you think. The Royal Hounds will make their California debut on September 4th at Pike’s Restaurant and Bar in Long Beach and on September 5th, they will be performing at The Pike OC in Los Almaitos. They also play regularly in the Las Vegas area. Be sure to look them up on-line and visit their website at www.theroyalhounds.com.

Words and pictures by Dea Meeks

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That Metal Show: On the road and in your Face!

 

That Metal Show!

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That Metal Show (TMS) hit the West Coast on Friday, August 22 at Hollywood’s Whisky A GO GO with Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine and the “rain man of rock” himself, Eddie Trunk. DJ Will of KNAC.COM Radio who also worked on the show was there as well to join in the shenanigans.

“Since the production of the TV show moved back to the East Coast, The hosts doing these “tours” is a great way to keep the awareness out there of That Metal Show while it runs in repeats,” said DJ WILL. “In these instances there’s no filming, just comedy, music, stories and Q&A from Don, Eddie & Jim with the many fans that come out.”

The Whisky was filled with entertainment and lots of crowd interaction, as Eddie Trunk shared stories then Don and Jim each did their comedy routine. Jim and Don are hilarious; they have different styles and are funny in their own unique ways. Don is sponsored by both Cold Cock and Monster, he joked about Cold Cock whisky and Monster Energy together becoming “Monster Cock.” It was pretty funny. You can tell that Jim Florentine is a total East Coaster: a real man’s man. He made several jokes about how wrong it is when dudes text each other!

After the comedy sets, all three came back on stage to answer questions from the audience regarding TMS. Eddie made it very clear that there shouldn’t be any trivia questions yet until “Stump the Trunk” at the end. The audience didn’t get it at first and kept asking music trivia questions anyway. Eddie of course was annoyed.

Highlights of the evening were dUg Pinnick of King’s X and Brian Slagel CEO/founder of Metal Blade Records (he put Metallica on the map) being called up to the stage to help with “Stump the Trunk,” the game we were all waiting for! The crowd was cheering and yelling out who knows what.  Jim announced that DJ Will would play the part of Miss “Box of Junk,” when Eddie stopped and said, “Why would we have him do it, when there are plenty of hot chicks in the audience!” I screamed, “Pick me!” from the front of the stage. Eddie, who I interviewed last year, said, “How about Raquel come up and be our Miss Box of Junk?” It’s a pretty cool feeling when TMS and Brian Slagel wave to you from the stage and know you by name. The crowd however showed Eddie no mercy and asked questions that were all over the place, all of which couldn’t be fact checked as it is for the TV show. He answered a majority of them correctly, but he still got stumped several times. At times he would ask Brian Slagel and dUg Pinnick for an asisst answering some of the ultra obscure questions. After “Stump the Trunk,” Eddie thanked all his guests and introduced the bands which were coming up next.

The bands that played were The Hard Way, Resistance, Siren & Drop 8. Eric Jeffrey, lead singer of Hard Way said, “The crowd was loud & rowdy. Eddie Trunk and the boys put on a great show and when we hit the stage, everybody was ready to party! There is no better crowd than who we had that night. I also want everybody to know that WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! If you want great music, you HAVE to support the players that write it, produce it, release it & perform it.”

I agree you have to support you local music scene. The people that came out to the show were true hard rock, metal fans and fans of the show. The LA metal scene is small, if you think about it. Everyone knows everyone, and somewhere each person has played a part in the history of the LA metal scene. DJ Will got his start at Metal Blade as did metal producer Bill Metoyer who was also in attendance.

I asked Bill what his history was with Metal Blade Records. Bill said, “I met Brian Slagel after he released Metal Massacre I (MM1). I had just produced my first band called Dietrich, who would appear on the follow-up (MM II). The label has certainly come a long way since the days being run from Brian’s mom’s garage. I am currently producing the new Resistance album. (who performed tonight) I had seen the band play live a couple of times and were impressed by them. They contacted me through Facebook and asked me if I would be interested in working with them on their new record and I jumped at the chance to do so.”

As the bands continued playing, Don and Jim were upstairs selling their comedy CD’s and taking photos with their fans. I bought Jim Florentine’s “Terrorizing Telemarketers” and Don Jamieson’s new release “Hell Bent for Laughter” on Metal Blade Records. Rumors has it that Season 13 will begin taping in February 2015. I hope so. I really love TMS and love how it does a great job at educating the main stream on metal and hard rock. There are tons of metal heads out there and TMS gives us a voice and helps make “metal” a household brand to Middle America as well as slowly being accepted (again) into pop culture.

Many fans who came out to support the three-night West Coast TMS Tour did so because they feel some kind of connection to the hosts. The LA metal scene has played a great role in metal music and those individuals who made a difference or were involved in the beginning are still contributing in some form and I hope TMS continues to do so and give its fans the opportunity to see another side of the cast and give them a chance to interact and meet. I have high hopes that VH1 will bring the show back in 2015 for another season. It’s that good!

 

– That Metal Show http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/series.jhtml

 

– Eddie Trunk http://www.eddietrunk.com/

 

– Don Jamieson http://www.donjamieson.com/site/

 

– Jim Florentine http://www.jimflorentine.com/

 

– DJ Will http://www.metaldjwill.com/

 

– Metal Blade Records http://www.metalblade.com/us/

 

– King’s X http://www.kingsxrocks.com/

 

– The Hard Way http://websitesbycreation.com/thehardwayband/

 

– Resistance www.reverbnation.com/resistanceusa

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