ROB ZOMBIE Narrates ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Puppy Rescue Mission PSA, Directed by Strati Hovartos

 Watch the Puppy Rescue Mission PSA Here:

 Puppy Rescue Mission – Allowing Afghanistan War Heroes to Match Companions with Homes


Saiga, a dog rescued by The Puppy Rescue Mission, and her soldier friend

 The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is deep-seated in U.S. military and veteran communities – avidly promoting programs like Metal of Honor, in conjunction with The Pathway Home (PTSD rehabilitation facility) and Hope For The Warriors (Military family assistance, veteran transition assistance, employment preparedness). In addition to these programs, the festival actively supports another great cause in conjunction with our troops: The Puppy Rescue Mission!

 The Puppy Rescue Mission (“TPRM”) is the brainchild of president and founding member Anna Cannan. Anna’s idea for TPRM began when her fiancé, Chris, was deployed to and stationed in Afghanistan. TPRM’s primary mission is to help bring home the companions to our soldiers serving in a war zone. These companions already have homes waiting for them — they just need help getting there. TPRM believes that these beloved companions have at times not only physically saved our soldiers from harm but have also filled an emotional need for a sense of home and normalcy in a hostile and dangerous environment.

With the help of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVALTPRM continues to make loving connections between rescue dogs and their companions! Recently, Los-Angeles based photographer and ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL documenter Strati Hovartos directed a heartfelt PSA, starring a cast of active duty and veteran warriors and narrated by Mayhem-alumni and world-renowned rocker Rob Zombie.

Last summer, Rob Zombie donated his incredible truck featured on History’s Counting Cars to TPRM. At the time, Rob Zombie stated, “… soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them.  It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them….But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind.”

Watch the PSA here:

Saiga, the dog featured in the PSA, is an actual rescue animal from the Afghanistan war zone adopted by festival producer John Reese and his family throughTPRM. As a puppy of a dog befriended by a soldier serving in the Middle East, Saiga was brought to the US from Kabul, Afghanistan at four-and-a-half months old.

 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producer John Reese states, “The sacrifices made by our men and women serving overseas are numerous. Having to leave a dog behind that one may become attached to is just another sacrifice that most of us aren’t aware of. The work The Puppy Rescue Mission does is so important.”

“A sincere thank you goes out to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for their support and dedication in making these reunions possible,” states The Puppy Rescue Mission Founder and President, Anna Maria Cannan. “The bond between a soldier and his dog is truly unbreakable. Thousands of miles away from home, it is sometimes the one thing in the world that can bring a smile to their face.”

 For more information on The Puppy Rescue Mission, please visit

For more information on THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and other programs involved with the festival, Make sure to also visit the site for a full listing of this year’s tour dates and line-up information, as well as future announcements regarding the festival.

The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge


The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge

DSC_0048 DSC_0045 pictures by: Henry Eshelman

Orange-County based indie rockers The Bolts made a bold move early last month—they changed their name to Island Apollo. Bolder still, the five-some headed north to hipster haven Silverlake previewing work through their new material as Island Apollo, taking up residency at the gritty Silverlake Lounge for four Mondays in July.

The band—comprised of guitarists Heath Farmer and Ryan Kilpatrick, bassist Addam Farmer, keyboardist Austin Farmer, and drummer Matt Champagne—gained considerable fame as The Bolts after forming as teenagers in Orange County. In short order, they picked up airplay on KROQ, won Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, opened for Capital Cities and Third Eye Blind, appeared across local TV and, realizing every young man’s dream, had a song placed in a commercial featuring supermodel Kate Upton.

At Silverlake Lounge, the group took the stage as relative newcomers.

From the first show through the last, Island Apollo was not what you’d call tentative. Despite the new name (coined for the artificial islands in Long Beach Bay, each named for a Apollo astronaut) and brand new material, they couldn’t shake off (nor should they) the experience of seven years playing together. Island Apollo plays with astonishing precision and considerable verve. They’re tight but not tense, intense but not intimidating. Each member knows their job and does it well, and their experience shines through in confident assured playing, compact, well-crafted songs, and at the bottom of each, Matt Champagne: throwing himself all over his small drum kit (with one synth pad, he’s quick to point out), each bang of the drums exuberant—at times it seems he just might freak out—before bringing the beats back to their “proper” place.   In fact, each song finishes a little sooner than you think it should. A few of the songs hint at what might be in store if they were to shake off the disciplined structure and show fans what it might feel like to be invited into one of their private jam sessions. Watching the crowd, it was clear that each song left the audience wanting more.

If one is to believe the set lists (show-goers eagerly snatched from under Heath’s feet at the end of each gig) during the Silverlake Lounge residencies consisted of eight-song sets of original compositions the band has been working on for inclusion into their first EP as Island Apollo. He told the audience, “We think Animal is going to be our fist single, but our manager (Dan Catullo, of Orange County production powerhouse DC3 Music/City Drive Entertainment) asked us not to confirm that.” Regardless, our money’s on Animal—it’s a self-effacing excuse for love and lust, delivered with Ryan and Heath’s guitars over urgent, insistent, almost drill-cadence harmonies.

Heath and Ryan trade lead and rhythm guitar duties effortlessly, going back and forth between parts without looking at each other. Heath wields a well-worn Telecaster, showing years of love and long use along with that very sweet, country punk-tinged sound; he expands on its single pickup design and sound with an array of pedals and effects at his feet that makes the gear lovers in the audience crane their necks over the monitors to look at it.

Ryan, Island Apollo’s newly appointed lead vocalist, croons a fine tenor over his Stratocaster, fixing his gaze on the audience as he works through the tunes. Their intention was to have Ryan handle all the singing—thinking perhaps their four-part harmonies as the Bolts too lightweight—but they simply can’t help harmonizing, and you can tell they clearly relish singing together. Each song’s chorus is fist-to-the gut punchy. They pack a pop and a wallop. This is especially evident on the tunes Phoenix and Animal.

Between them is Addam, alternately strumming and plucking his bass—just like the guitarists on either side of them. Twice during the residency, he sported a black t-shirt with dinosaurs on it, and the irony wasn’t lost on fans of Animal.

Habitual starts with a looser, free-form instrumental intro reminiscent of The War on Drugs—but again, tantalizingly brief. In Meaning of Love, the guys sing, “You build me up/And break me down/That’s the meaning of love/That’s the meaning of love.” It is then that you realize: these guys are not punks; they really are a bunch of Orange County lads, tanned, fresh-faced, and very outgoing. They want us to like them, and y’know what? We do. The band reads the audience well and knows that they won’t win us over if they sing at us to fuck off. It’s refreshingly…fresh. At each week of the residency, a tanned, teeming crowd of young ladies in the audience undoubtedly seemed to agree.

Believer is as close as these guys come to down-tempo in the Silverlake sets, a minor-key anthem driven by Austin’s low-key keys, his extensive rig anchored by a Yamaha electric piano. In I Don’t Need Your Kind of Love, they build guitar energy with staccato guitar riffs around their vocal, ensemble playing holding Champagne’s drums in check, concluding with soulful, tight harmonies on Think it Over, their last number.

Heath explains their carefully constructed set after the show. “We believe that every song should flow naturally and that every detail should serve an artistic purpose. We added tempo changes where it made sense, and explored varying chord progressions.” As you watch his fingers fly up and down the fret board, you realize he’s taking his own advice well.

Island Apollo’s next gig is Thursday, August 14 at a new venue downtown: Downstairs at Fifty Seven, located at 712 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021

So with a nostalgic look back at their history as the Bolts, Island Apollo is poised to rise above the ocean floor and reach for the stars.

Island Apollo’s new social network links:

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram



GUS G. and LYNAM announce west coast tour dates

OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND guitarist GUS G. and LYNAM announce west coast tour dates; GUS G. launches new video for “Blame It On Me” 


OZZY OSBOURNE / FIREWIND guitarist GUS G. and Birmingham, AL rockers LYNAM will be teaming up for a string of west coast dates in October! GUS G. will be supporting his debut solo album, I Am The Fire, and LYNAM will be supporting their newest release,Halfway To Hell. The dates kick off October 15th in Los Angeles, CA at the world famous Whisky a Go Go and mark GUS’ first solo band appearances in North America.

GUS G. comments: “I’m very excited to play my first solo shows in North America! Expect a killer set-list with songs from my debut solo album ‘I Am The Fire’, as well as material from FIREWIND, OZZY and some surprises! I’m putting a killer band together for this short run and Mats Leven will be handling vocal duties! 
Also, I’m very happy to team up with LYNAM– they’re a killer hard rock band, and their singer Jacob Bunton co-wrote with me and sang a song on ‘I Am The Fire’. See you all out there!”

See below for upcoming dates; tickets can be purchased here:

GUS G. and LYNAM tour dates
Oct. 15 – The Whisky a Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 17 – Count’s Vamped – Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 18 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
Oct. 19 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ

GUS G.’s I Am The Fire was released in North America on March 18th via Century Media Records. A new video for the album track, “Blame It On Me”, can be viewed here:

GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on I Am The Fire, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.’s soulful playing.

To purchase the album, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats. For another preview of I Am The Fire, be sure to check out the following videos:
–”My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Leven of CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION)” music video
–”I Am The Fire (Feat. DEVOUR THE DAY)” music video
I Am The Fire EPK
I Am The Fire track-by-track
–”Long Way Down” tutorial video
–”I Am The Fire” tutorial video

LYNAM’s Halfway To Hell was produced by Jacob Bunton and Jason Elgin (COLLECTIVE SOUL, MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, TERRIBLE THINGS) and released on December 17th, 2013 via New Ocean Media. A video for the first single, “Cold”, can be viewed here:

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FLYLEAF–the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band–have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” todayTuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.

The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (SpeechlessKings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.

FLYLEAFKRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS(bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)–recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.



FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive,” and the smash “All Around Me,” which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on theBillboard charts, featuring the singles “Again” and “Missing.”  Their third album New Horizons was released in late2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They’ve shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.


RNR at Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM is always an adventure for the RNR crew, since its not “down the street” like Winter NAMM. This year was our first year to set up a booth at Summer NAMM and it was an awesome time! NAMM always allows you to see new companies as well as some of the Top brands like Gibson, showing their best products, their new products and answering any questions that you may have. Also included in the slideshow are a couple pictures from the Epiphone after party Friday night. Continue reading

Summer Slaughter, 2014! Not for the Weak of Heart!

 Summer Slaughter 2014

Metal crowd shot

I thought I had seen extreme shows before I witnessed Summer Slaughter 2014, but the brutality of the eighth annual touring festival has taken extreme to a whole new level. I made it to the shows in Orange County and Los Angeles.

The first night was at the Observatory in Santa Ana. I got there just in time to check out the local metal band Our Own Accord. Their style is a hybrid of thrash melodic metal and metalcore.  Their set was pretty awesome in the constellation room with the other local bands on the bill, however their set was a lot more energetic. And even though they did not have the biggest crowd, their loyal following head banged their hearts away! They have a new album called “Judgment” coming out in a month and they debuted some of the new material during their set, including their single, “Sinister Split.”

Alex, their lead singer, had this to say about Summer Slaughter, “The show was awesome! The crowd was insane. It was probably the best summer slaughter reaction we have ever had. My favorite band was Morbid Angel. I have been a huge fan of them since getting into metal!” aside from Alex and company, the other local acts did not disappoint. The additional roster including Voices of Ruin, Why We Kill and Nihilitus all put on stellar performances, giving the audience a constant stream of brutal tunes between the headlining acts.

Amongst the brutal, Goatwhore was overwhelming! They played many new hits off their current release “Constricting the Rage of the Merciles” including crowd favorites “Apocoliptic Havic” and “All Destroying.”  This band puts out so much energy, especially front man Ben Falgoust. His wicked stage presence really compliments Sammy Duet melting faces with his guitar!

Australian deathcore outfit Thy Art is Murder, drew a lot of fans and had the most intense crowd surfing of the show. And what can be said about Dying Fetus? They gave a killer performance with their brand of brutal, guttural extreme death metal. Aside from playing fan favorites off their new record “Reign Supreme” they also pleased their long-time fans by performing some of their older material, which is always great to see and hear.

Morbid Angel ruled the show, playing many of their most brutal and vicious legendary hits. Their set was about 75 minutes long and included songs like “Rapture,” “Blood on my Hands,” and “God of Emptiness.” Lead singer and bassist David Vincent had his bass vibrating your inner soul.

The mosh pit was utter chaos with tons of young faces that probably were seeing Morbid Angel for the first time! There were lots of teens and that’s cool. Horn’s up! There were also many veterans in the crowd, including me! Well, I was off to the side because the way the mosh pit was going, you were either going to get smacked on the cranial by a stage diver or body slammed.

The Morbid Angel after party was just as awesome! You can’t go wrong with free beer, death metal god fathers and METAL! It was great to see some familiar faces and hang with the bands who were all super cool.  If you haven’t seen Summer Slaughter yet, you won’t want to miss it! Go check it out in a city near you. My round two of the show at the House of Blues on Sunset the next day was just as epic! Check out the photos below!


Morbid Angel's  David Vincent


Ben Falgoust GoatWhore

crowd shot!

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Above: Album cover art for Heaven & Earth by Roger Dean


YES, the iconic and Grammy-winning rock band, released their new studio album HEAVEN & EARTH today (7/22) on Frontiers Records. An album that’s sure to please both long-time and new YES fans, HEAVEN & EARTH is available on Amazon (link here: and on iTunes(link here:,

Coinciding with today’s album release is the premiere of the HEAVEN & EARTH EPK on, featuring the multi-platinum progressive rock band–bassist CHRIS SQUIRE, guitarist STEVE HOWE, drummer ALAN WHITE, keyboardist GEOFF DOWNES and singer JON DAVISON–discussing the new album at length and what the album means to the band. Watch the EPK here: The lead single “In A World Of Our Own” is currently in the Top 20 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart and climbing and the lyric video to accompany the single premiered last week (7/14) on MUZU.TVCheck out the lyric video here:

Having sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades, HEAVEN & EARTH sees YES continuing with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative. The new album contains eight new tracks, each of which boasts the unique musicianship and craftsmanship that have come to be known as “the YES sound.” YES’ distinctive layered music, swirling arrangements, brilliant vocals and harmonies are all in abundance. For HEAVEN & EARTHYES teamed up with legendary Grammy Award winnerRoy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, etc.), who handled the production and Billy Sherwood (Toto, Paul Rodgers, Air Supply, etc.) who mixed the album. Also onboard is long-time YES artist, the world-renowned Roger Dean, who again brings his masterful artistic creativity to the album’s cover art and packaging.

Fans can explore the new album on YES’ new micro-site: Each week leading up to today’s album release the band premiered a 90-second excerpt from a song off the new album on the micro-site, along with the song’s lyrics.

Tracklisting for HEAVEN & EARTH:

  1. Believe Again
  2. The Game
  3. Step Beyond
  4. To Ascend
  5. In A World Of Our Own
  6. Light Of The Ages
  7. It Was All We Knew
  8. Subway Walls

To coincide with the release of HEAVEN & EARTHYES is currently on their summer tour, titled “An Evening with YES,” featuring the band performing, in their entirety, 1971’s groundbreaking album FRAGILE for the first-time ever and a repeat performance from last year’s tour of 1972’s CLOSE TO THE EDGE, followed by an encore of the band’s greatest hits and songs off the new album.

Spend “An Evening with YES” this summer in the following cities:



Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook


Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live Northfield Park


Madison, WI Overture Hall


Chicago, IL Copernicus Center


Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium


Louisville, KY Louisville Palace


Atlanta, GA Symphony Hall


Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live


St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater


Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre


Houston, TX Bayou Music Center


Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie


Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland


Denver, CO Paramount Theatre


Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre


Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center


Albuquerque, NM Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino


Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim


San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay


San Jose, CA City National Civic


Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre


Grand Ronde, OR Spirit Mountain Casino


Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Resort


Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre

YES is proud to provide special show packages, which include near-stage seating, a meet and greet with the band, exclusive limited-edition gifts from YES, and much more. For more information on prices, on-sale dates and to purchase YES packages/tickets, go to

About YES:
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.

YES (L-R): Steve Howe, Jon Davison, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire
Photo Credit: Rob Shanahan

Purchase the new YES album HEAVEN & EARTH at:

For more information on YES, visit:


Society 1 is Back- Watch new music video and more

Society 1 @ Skinny's_163a_1


Society 1 is back, more melodic and much more aggressive. Front man Matt Zane plays the part of many masks, from becoming a published author, to an actor and now directing music video’s. The band’s current lineup include -Matt Zane, bassist -Dirt Von Karloff, drummer -Iorden Mitev,and guitarist -Beau Ashley. Sin Quirin -guitar player and writer for Ministry is also part of the band, and can be seen performing live with Society 1.

Our Senior Editor- Model Angelica Ulloa joined guitar player Beau Ashley on the making of their newest music video- “It’s Yours Now.” and can finally be watched here.

Society 1 @ Skinny's_105b_1

 Beau Ashley is fun to work with, the night had some insane technical difficulties and if Beau hadn’t been there I am pretty sure the night would have just been worse. He is super helpful, and makes the environment fun, he was on set helping Zane. Everyone on set was amazing- Zane was very professional, which makes you respect him in a business point of view, and being directed by him was surprisingly very fun- he expresses what he wants from you – detailed enough to get in character when needed. My favorite part of the night is def Beau and me getting to work together back to back- instead of throwing each other signals we would make faces at each other, and even though he had a mask on- his eyes expressed whatever face he would do back. The models were beautiful, one drove states away because she was also a hardcore fan, which in my opinions says a lot. They were all very unique and fun to have met and worked with. I’m very happy that Beau asked me to be a part of this music video, it’s obviously more than just a music video to me because of the connection and the friendship made that night.                   -Angelica Ulloa

On  July 2nd, Society 1 had  a music video release party at Skinny’s Lounge in NOHO, the performance was one of a kind as they connected with the crowd. Everyone seemed to be having drinks in hands and having a great time!  Sin joined them to complete the band, their live performance is def a show to be watched.

Thanks to Enrique Nunez the night was covered and can be seen here:

 Don’t miss their FREE Society 1 show at the Whisky July 22. All ages and the set is being filmed by BUZZ TV to air at a later date, so come down fill up the venue and get aired! For more info check out link:

For more infor on society one please visit:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


LUCHA VAVOOM This Thursday 7/17/14






WHAT:           We’d like to extend an invitation for you to join LUCHA VaVOOM–the acclaimed and mind-blowing Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy ensemble voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly for 2012 and 2013–thisThursday (7/17) for their “Sexy, Hot, Summer Fun Spectacular” show at The Mayan in downtown Los Angeles. Fans are encouraged to dress in their beach attire because this LUCHA VaVOOM show is going to be hot! The “Sexy, Hot, Summer Fun Spectacular” show will feature: From Mexico City, Magnus Real (the professional Mexican wrestler and reality TV personality), world-renowned “Queen of the Ring” Cassandro, New York City’s Peekabook Pointe (NYC’s naughtiest blonde), The Poubelle Twins (the sister duo of Fifi and Bibi dressed up as French Maids who can Mexican wrestle with the best of them), burlesque/aerial dancers Leigh AcostaCarolina Cerisola, Moana Santana and Lucy Fur, wrestlers Joey RyanEl Bombero and El Presidente, along with Sexy Mexys98lb weaklingsbeach bullies and much more.

The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, among many other cities) since its birth in 2002 and will unleash a experience not-to-be-missed. Later this month, LUCHA VaVOOM’s will bring their special brand of entertainment to Japan this July 25-27 for the 2014 Fuji Rock Festival. This annual 3-day rock festival in Niigata Prefecture, Japan features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians–including Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Oukast and more–making it the largest outdoor music event in Japan.

WHERE:        The Mayan (Downtown Los Angeles)
                        1038 South Hill Street
                        Los Angeles, CA 90015
WHEN:           Thursday, July 17
DOORS:                     7:00pm                                                          
                        SHOW STARTS:      8:00pm 

About Lucha VaVOOM:

Founded in Los Angeles in 2002 by Rita D’Albert and Liz FairbairnLUCHA VaVOOM–the acclaimed and mind-blowing Mexican masked wrestling/burlesque/comedy ensemble voted Los Angeles’ “Best Burlesque Show” by LA Weekly for 2012 and 2013–is good vs. evil played out in quick, exhibition-style, one-fall Lucha Libre matches for maximum enjoyment and action. Arguably more rock than rock and more punk than punk, LUCHAVaVOOM has created a Los Angeles tradition: from the low-rider car parade escorting the performers as the crowd enters the iconic Mayan Theater, to the local luminaries they attract (Drew Carey and Jack Black have sat in), to burlesque (which was revived right here in Los Angeles), to Lucha Libre, where masked heroic wrestlers, in character-driven style, flip, fly and amaze. It all comes together to make one fun, surreal, glam-bam spectacle of raucous entertainment. You could say it’s a wrestling show for people that don’t like wrestling (and those that do). The Los Angeles Times said, “Far-out flamboyance always prevails at Lucha VaVOOM, a spectacle of Mexican freestyle wrestling with an L.A. twist (7/09/06).”


At LUCHA VaVOOM, they like a little sexo with their violencia. In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the world wow the crowds with their unique striptease skills, including raucous aerial acts, pogo-stick peelers and hula-hoop hotties. The Los Angeles-based performance troupe has regularly sold out 1,000-seat venues across the globe (Amsterdam, Calgary, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, among many other cities) since its birth in 2002 and call Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater–an elaborately appointed, 1927-built former motion-picture palace–home when not on the road. A sizzle reel featuring LUCHA VaVOOM highlights (high-octane Mexican-style lucha libre wrestling, traditional burlesque and blow-by-blow comedic commentary) can be viewed here: kit here:


Golden Circle, Ringside and General Admission Tickets Available from and at the following outlets:
Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd – (323) 663-0122
BRAT, 1938 14th St, Santa Monica – (310) 452-2480
Garage Pizza, 100 1/2 W 7th Street, Downtown LA (213) 622-3390

For more information on Lucha VaVOOM, visit:!/LuchaVaVOOM

Arctic Monkeys in Ontario June 21, 2014

Contract photographer


WHERE · Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
WHEN · Saturday, June 21 @ 7:30 PM

The Arctic Monkeys are a band you should never miss out on watching live, not only because of their performance, but because you connect to their music so much more live. 

The lighting was perfect for shooting, which thanks to Igor you can watch the expressions on the artists. They surprised us before playing their solo with a Black Sabbath’s -War Pigs. 

Enjoy these live shots by Igor Vidyashev

Setlist for Arctic Monkeys at The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto – June 21, 2014
1 – Do I Wanna Know?
2 – Snap Out Of It
3 – Arabella (with a bit of Black Sabbath’s War Pigs)
4 – Brianstorm
5 – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
6 – Dancing Shoes
7 – Library Pictures
8 – Crying Lightning
9 – Knee Socks
10 – My Propeller
11 – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
12 – Fireside
13 – No. 1 Party Anthem
14 – Suck It And See
15 – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
16 – Fluorescent Adolescent
17 – 505
18 – One For The Road
19 – I Wanna Be Yours
20 – R U Mine?
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