2013

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH REVEALS INITIAL DATES AND ON-SALE DETAIL FOR THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH REVEALS INITIAL DATES AND ON-SALE DETAIL 
 
FOR THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
 
 Run Kicks Off At The Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA 9/15
 
 
 
Las Vegas, NV — Five Finger Death Punch has announced the first dates and on-sale detail of a broad North American itinerary for THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN headline tour.  The excursion kicks off on September 15th at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, and will run for more than thirty dates.  Escape The Fate and Miss May I support, with Gemini Syndrome opening the show.  Continue reading

MOLTEN METAL: Mayhem in San Bernardino, CA

 

 

My favorite time of the year, the annual MayhemFest, kicked off its 6th tour in San Bernardino on June 29th, 2013. What better way to spend a scorching hot summer day than with thousands of sweaty metalheads in the dirt and completely unleash the beast within!  This year’s lineup was extra HEAVY! I caught full sets of BattleCross, Son of Osirus, Machine Head, and Children of Bodom on both the Jagermeister stage and the Musician Institute stage. I also caught a few songs from Job For a Cowboy‘s set, which I enjoyed tremendously. My green VIP wrist band gave me access backstage, where I ran into a few of my favorite metal dudes. Right before Machine Head was to hit the stage, I saw Phil Demmel and we started talking.  All of a sudden, Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch rides up on a green dirt bike. I stopped him and asked him to join us in a photo-op and he was down!  Totally surreal and way cool of him! Everyone was in a good mood despite the heat!  Machine Head really killed it with a powerful performance and killer stage set up. I was rocking out on stage with them, looking out at the sea of metalheads crowd surfing to the almighty Rob Flynn.  The crowd surfing was out of control!  I have never seen so many girls crowd surf at a metal show.  Everyone was going nuts, but at the same time making sure no one was getting hurt.  Backstage, I ran into Mike Faley of Metal Blade Records. He was keeping cool in a seat in the shade.  I told him how sick BatterCross’s performance was and he agreed!  In a previous interview I had with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records, he mentioned how much he liked BattleCross and to keep a look out for them this summer. He was right, I was blown away. I bought a CD and a T-shirt form the lead singer, Kyle “Gumby” Gunther and had the band sign it! I am digging the new BattleCross album “War of Will.”   It’s intense!  Another band I’ve never seen live that I am now totally into is Born of Osiris! Pretty powerful how they mix in beats and keyboard! Children of Bodom played last on the Music Institute Stage. Alexi Laiho can do no wrong. He is the ultimate shredder! Continue reading

Metallica, meet your match: Damage Inc!

 

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On May 20th, 2013, the speakers at the Roxy got turned up to “11” when Damage Inc took the stage to seek and destroy the eardrums of “The World’s Greatest Tribute Band’s” live audience for AXSTV!  The Roxy was at its capacity for Damage Inc  and I was glad I was sitting pretty in the VIP section with great company, including professional drummer Thomas Lang and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, president of Muso Entertainment. They joined me with Chip Smith, the “Concertologist,” for a hard night of heavy Metal! Continue reading

Doyle: Abominator! Private listening party with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein!

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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

Rock N Roll Industries Backstage pass to the 5th Annual Golden Gods Awards 2013

 
On May 2, 2013 the Golden Gods Awards took place at Club Nokia, celebrating its 5th year as one of the heaviest award shows to ever take place this side of the abyss, and I had a backstage pass to witness and experience it all! The night was filled with surprises, and special tributes, paying homage to the late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away earlier that morning.  May you shred in peace Jeff.  After collecting my credentials, I headed straight to the action, the VIP lounge. Depending on what badge you received, a really sick gift bag provided by Affliction Clothing was there to greet you as you walked in to Golden God Heaven.  In my bag was some seriously sick gear!  Just to name a few treats, there was a Metallica documentary, Black Sabbath and Slpiknot  DVD in Blue Ray, a Samson Tuner (that I will totally use on my guitar), limited edition headphones by Orange Amplification, and guitar strings, which you can never have too much of!
 
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Def Leppard – “Viva Hysteria”

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

GEMINI SYNDROME HIT THE ROAD WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS’ LABEL-MATES DEVICE

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GEMINI SYNDROME HIT THE ROAD WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS’ LABEL-MATES DEVICE

TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 10TH IN MOBILE, ALABAMA

 

Mar 13, 2013 — Burbank, CA — Fresh off a nationwide tour supporting Mushroomhead, rising hard rock band Gemini Syndrome will hit the road for a spring tour with labelmates Device, a collaboration featuring hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed. The tour kicks off on April 10th in Mobile, AL, and includes spring festivals Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion.

 

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