AXSTV “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” Preview for Damage Inc., May 20th at the Roxy on Sunset Blvd!
May 13, 2013 was another fun-filled night at on the Sunset Strip, as AXS.TV once again broadcast the “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” hosted by the ever-so-lovely and super- energetic Katie Daryl, who, among other things, has hosted HDNet’s True Music and been a correspondent for TMZ. You can follow Katie on Twitter @KatieDaryl and tweet to her as she hosts the event live at the Roxy!
I joined my friend Chip Smith fromwww.heavymetalhill.com and some other super-cool concert lovers to our weekly meet up! If you are not sure what AXS TV “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” is, then you are in for a real treat! The network, which was developed by Mark Cuban to feature live entertainment, has created a whole new concept of live-music series called “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands”. Each week, a different band pays a truly authentic tribute to some of the biggest names in recording history!
Tonight was especially entertaining. Before Queen Nation took the stage and rocked the crowd, I had the opportunity to interview Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc., backstage and it got wild!
Damage Inc. is Southern California’s number one Metallica tribute band. They have been around ten years and they were basically all from different tribute bands before joining each other in unholy matrimony!
Two of the band members are brothers. Kevin Knight, who plays bass in the band, and Chris Knight, who coincidentally looks just like James Hetfield, and is obviously the lead singer of the band.
During the interview, he joked around saying James Hetfield “stole his look” because he had it first! He also sounds a lot like James Hetfield, which is one of the many reasons they play tribute to Metallica.
The other two band members are Chris Brightwell, who plays lead guitar, and Tone Decorte, who plays drums, were formerly in rival Ozzy cover bands.
The four members would play various shows together in their respective bands, and when the opportunity came to join forces, that’s exactly what they did!
Kevin said they are “seriously stoked” to be playing live on AXS TV because Metallica was just playing live a couple weeks ago at the Golden Gods Awards on AXS, and now they will be playing live on the same channel!
I asked what can be expected from next week’s show, and, with a roar, they exclaimed “A lot of noise!”
I asked for a more detailed set list for the show, but they joked around and said, “We will be playing… a lot of METALLICA!” (Laughs).
The members of Damage Inc. filled me in that they have done a lot of shows for the Metallica fan club and they said, “Metallica fans are the best fans in the world – they are one big family!”
Kevin shared a story about one of their fans who won a meet and greet with Metallica and took a Damage Inc. photo to have it autographed by Metallica. She then mailed it back to them. Now that is FAN LOVE!
I can’t wait to see their show next week. They are full of energy and good vibes!
Be sure to catch them live here at the Roxy on Sunset next Monday, May 20th on AXS.TV for the “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands!” and I will be giving my recap of the show! Stay tuned!
For highlights of the interview, click on the video below and hear what each member of Damage Inc favorite Metallica album is and what to expect for next weeks show!
Damage Inc. discussing Queen Nation and adding in some pretty cool highlights of their show next Monday May 20th! Video provided by www.youtellconcerts.com
Private listening party with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein at Doggy Style Productions (Snoop Dogg’s recording studio)
May 10, 2013 was no ordinary day. Let’s backtrack to how it all started. A week ago, I attended the Golden Gods Awards (as you might have read). I was backstage, watching the all mighty Danzig unleash his fury for the crowd of raging metalheads. After sparking up a conversation with a long dreaded dude , I mentioned that I write for RNR Magazine. Well good thing I did, because he told me that Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, the legendary Misfits guitarist, was putting out his own album and producing it himself! I was like “WHAT! Awesome! Now that is a story I must tell!” He took my business card and said he would pass it along to Doyle! Continue reading
GIGANTOUR–the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine—returns in 2013 with an incredible new line-up for the tour. In addition to headliner MEGADETH, the multi-artist bill features metal heavyweights BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DEVICE, HELLYEAH, NEWSTED and DEATH DIVISION, all personally picked by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine.
GIGANTOUR “This year’s power-packed lineup is probably the best Gigantour yet, and we’ve had some pretty massive Gigantours over the years. Gigantour 2013 brings four of my favorite bands, each centered around a superstar. With Zakk, David, Vinnie, and Jason there are going to be fans from Ozzy to Disturbed to Pantera to Metallica and everything that’s metal in-between! Don’t miss the metal festival of the summer!” says Mustaine. He founded the tour in 2005 and over the years has had established artists such as Volbeat, Motorhead, Anthrax, Fear Factory and Dream Theater, as well as giving (then) up-and-coming artists Lacuna Coil, Into Eternity and Sanctity their first break on a national festival tour. GIGANTOUR 2013 continues with this tradition. Continue reading
Def Leppard established a residency at The Joint in Las Vegas from March 22nd to April 13th. After hearing about the first couple shows and seeing the set lists, I decided to head to Vegas and check it out for myself!
I hit the road on Saturday, March 30th, and excitement grew as I drove closer and closer to Vegas and saw billboard after billboard advertising the show. During their residency, called “Viva Hysteria.” Def Leppard plays two sets a night. The first set is a surprise, and it changes every night. However, during the second set, they are playing their fourth studio album, “Hysteria,” in its entirety! The CD is the bands best selling CD to date, with over 20 million in sales, and seven hit singles.
Def Leppard is definitely a band that has bridged the generational gap. While waiting for them to take the stage, I looked around at the crowd and noticed that ages varied from at least seven to 70! The floor was packed, and both balconies were full with fans waiting with anticipation. The Joint holds 4000 people, and it looked like it was pretty much at capacity.
Seated, I listened to several rock songs play over the P.A. I have been to hundreds of concerts, and have never seen a band enter the stage the way Def Leppard did that night. As The Who’s song ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ was playing, the curtains opened, the song stopped, and Def Leppard picked up right where the song had left off! This was a very cool surprise. Continue reading
April 30, 2013 — TOM KEIFER’s highly anticipated debut solo album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, is finally available everywhere via Merovee Records in conjunction with ADA Label Services. It was self-produced along with Savannah Keifer and Chuck Turner, and recorded in Nashville. Joe Bosso of Musicradar.com calls it “…one whopper of a solo album…a rocked-up, blues and American roots celebration that showcases the Cinderella frontman’s most robust batch of original songs to date.” And in a Vintage Guitar cover story, Ward Meeker described the album as: “…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ EXILE ON MAIN STREET while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
“Black & Grey,” How the West was Inked
“Tattoo used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. “ – TattooNation.com
On Thursday April 11, 2013, the Rock N Roll Industries crew and myself joined the Sullen family, celebrities, and a colorful crowd at the Anaheim Garden Walk for the second showing of Tattoo Nation: a documentary about the revolutionary story behind the ink and the talented Chicanos artists that made art on skin what it is today. It was a red carpet event with photo ops in front of a sick Sullen background and a VIP reception area with food provided by local Huntington Beach eatery, 2nd Floor.
The movie was fascinating, taking the audience through a detailed timeline that started with the early beginnings of tattooing on the piers, where booths were set for sailors to get inked. We were then taken on a colorful and creative journey that showed how it has become an international culture. There are three main pillars of this movement: Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete and “Good Time” Charlie Cartwright. Through each of their stories about their beginnings, and opening up the first tattoo parlor in East LA, we learned how each one of them made a major contribution to the art form it is today. It definitely opened my eyes to this amazing “culture” that is more than just ink on skin. It is love, passion, pain, and a story that can be told skin deep. I really loved the movie. It was well done and the crowd really loved it as well. There were hoots and hollers and a lot of clapping going on… and often! Continue reading