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Toil and Trouble Burlesque- The Ides of March

For those who are familiar with Shakespeare’s plays I would highly recommend to watch this sassy, and very sexy version of Julius Caesar’s assassination. However if you’re not familiar, I’d suggest you attend to Toil and Trouble’s Burlesque in the future and learn some history in a very naughty mind blowing way.

Each act is portrayed with emotional dances and as you can imagine, taking it all off.  The choice of songs and dance performances were captivating and mesmerizing. Each act was dramatically unique, the crowd was seen cheering and screaming. Without going into much detail, I have selected a few images to show everyone the passionate and beautiful show that was put together.

 

(In picture Angie Hobin creator of Toil and Trouble March 29, 2017)

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words and images by Angelica Ulloa

 

 

I have edited this part as a new show has been announced!

Toil and Trouble Burlesque: The (unrequited) Love Show!

 

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Tuesday, June 13 at 7 PM – 10 PM
@ EL CID
For tickets click link: www.ticketfly.com

MI Conversation Series Presents: Rob Halford

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Most Friday nights you can find the bars in Hollywood filled with rockers and metal heads, but this was no ordinary Friday night.  Tonight, school was in session with the ultimate metal god Rob Halford of Judas Priest in a candid conversation led by AP writer Ryan J Downey.  Hollywood’s Music Institute has been hosting sit down one on one talks with famous musicians hoping to inspire a new generation and support their dreams of rock n roll fantasies.

Tonight Rob Halford shared stories of what it was like recording music with his band Judas Priest and how he is surprised he is still alive. He touched on a couple subjects that stood out to and inspired me. He said back when he started music, the record companies had money, but now there is no money in music and everyone is scrambling trying to figure it all out. But he did say to the crowd of hungry metal heads, don’t give up your dreams and always keep trying. We hear this over and over again, but for some reason coming from the metal god it seemed to stick more and made me think about my dedication to the metal community and what kind of mark I want to make. Rob Halford also touched on the subject of the PBS documentary about the two young boys that shot and killed themselves after they heard a Judas Priest record. You could see on Rob’s face that this was an emotional topic, because it would have changed his life and the fate of music forever if the court case was decided the other way. A lot of metal bands would have been in trouble and music would be regulated and censored.

At the end of the night, Musicians Institute let the audience have an opportunity to ask Rob some questions of their own.  I thought it was endearing to hear the young students start their questions with, “HI Rob my name is so and so”, and Rob would greet them and call them by their first name. They must have felt like they were on cloud nine to have metal god Rob Halford address them by their first name. A lot of the attendees let Rob know how influential he was in their life. One guy said he has an autistic son, but when he puts on Judas Priest his kid starts rocking out and is aware of his surroundings. That is incredible, we hear stores like this all the time that music is universal and brings life into people.  The fact that it is metal music that helped this man’s son makes that more special and Rob Halford liked it too.   The interview was two hours of intense focus on Rob, the time went by so fast that some metal heads didn’t get a chance to ask their questions. When the night ended, you left with a lot more knowledge about the metal god beyond just his epic high pitched notes and loud appearance on stage. Rob mentioned that perhaps the new Judas Priest album will be the best one yet.   The bar is set very high with all their classics, so we shall see.  Rob seemed to be very proud and excited to get the new album out to his fans. He said to follow him on IG because it is really him and he posts. His IG is @robhalfordlegacy.  I started following and so should you.

Raquel Figlo

“The Yellow King” : Interview with Erik Kluiber of Ironaut

 

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Here is the full length interview with Erik Kluiber, lead singer and bassist for Ironaut from the current issue of RNR Magazine. They are getting some killer reviews and building quite the fan base! They just played Loaded last night in Hollywood. If you missed them, you have a chance to check them out in March on the following dates:

Friday March 4th
at Scotland Yard Club with
Taarkus
Beastmaster
Ironaut
Black Prism
Monday March 21st
Metal Mondays at Blacklight District Lounge with
Red River Massacre
Grand Lord High Master
Ironaut
Malison
Atala
Thursday March 24th
Viper Room with
Black Tusk
Holy Grail
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Check out their music video “Horned Goat.”

Since the days when he was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk, a lot has changed for Erik  Kluiber, who now fronts Ironaut, a heavy doom metal band! Earlier this year, I saw Ironaut perform at Loaded in Hollywood. At the time, the band was strictly instrumental and I could tell these were seasoned musicians with lots of talent and passion. Recently, Erik stepped up to the plate as the band’s lead singer and now Ironaut is causing a colossal wave for the doom stoner metal scene in LA. They can definitely be the next pioneers for the movement and they have a great shot with the support of legendary producer Paul Fig, who is engineering their upcoming EP. Ironaut is a three piece band of skilled musicians who play intense guitar solos, thunderous drumming and dark, disturbing lyrics from the mind of the yellow king, himself.

This was the second time I interviewed Erik. The first time was when he was with Gypsyhawk in 2013. You can see that interview on the Rock ‘N Roll Industries YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/Rocknrollindustries)

RNR:  What is the history of the Ironaut?

ERIK KLUIBER: In late summer of 2014, I was the guitarist for Gypsyhawk who had just disbanded.  I had to start all over again, so I went back to Craigslist and started searching.  Many people despise Craigslist, but I’ve actually had a lot of success with it.  I’ve landed a lot of gigs through it including White Wizzard, Scattered Hamlet, Gypsyhawk, and now Ironaut.

Guitarist Pat McHugh had an ad listed for a band he’d been demoing for years called Ironaut.  His ad caught my eye because of the influences, artwork, and original recordings he posted online.  He needed a bass player, so I picked up a bass and learned four of his tunes.  We got together with a drummer he had at the time and it was alright, but nothing really happened.  We kept in touch and tried jamming again in early 2015. That’s when we found drummer Ivan Najor and things clicked.  We wrote a bunch of tunes and started playing instrumental shows while we looked for a vocalist. After six months of not finding anyone to sing for us I said, “Fuck it – I’ll do it,” and here we are.

RNR:  Who writes the songs and what are they about?

ERIK KLUIBER: For the album, two of the songs are reworks of Pat’s instrumental demos while the other three were written collaboratively at our practice space, one riff at a time.  After six months of jamming and playing out, we stopped writing music because we got way too far ahead of ourselves.  It was not our intention to write endless instrumentals.  Once I took on vocal duty, we went back and reformatted our stoner progressive metal instrumentals into songs.  Pat and I worked together on lyrics for the first three.  Once I got the hang of it, I took over and finished the remaining two on my own.  Pat draws from stoney cosmic overtones and I like to inject dark sarcasm fueled by Facebook rants and coffee binges.

RNR: You are working with well known producer Paul Fig who has worked with great metal and rock bands such as Alice in Chains, Huntress, and Ghost. Tell me about Paul and what was the conception of the album and recording of it like?

ERIK KLUIBER: Paul Fig is an amazing producer/engineer who I never thought we’d have the chance to work with. That’s the beauty of this town.  On St. Patrick’s Day this year, I was part of a music video that producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry was working on.  Around that time Ironaut was looking to record a demo, but the studio Pat used previously had lost its lease.  I asked Jim if he had a studio to recommend and he said “Yeah, mine.”  Ironaut was initially thinking of recording a longer instrumental album, but we gave my voice a shot and made the switch to a three piece band with vocals. Two months later we booked the time with Paul and went for it.

Paul recorded us playing live without a click track to capture the feel of Ironaut’s sound.  We recorded many takes of each song.  We recorded over and over until the song found its peak and then recorded a few more takes until we started to suck.  The first two days were spent finding the tones and recording the live takes.  We kept the drums and most of the live bass.  We spent the next few days on guitars, and then about 3-4 hours per song for vocals.

There was a good team chemistry between the four of us with Paul at the captain’s chair.  That’s important, because time is limited in the studio and you can second guess yourself to death.  Paul stepped in when we needed him and helped us make decisions to make sure the album came out right.  The dude knows heavy music and isn’t going to let a sub-par performance slide under his watch.

RNR: You started off as an instrumental band. Now you are the lead singer and playing bass, is it difficult to do both? Has the style of the music changed since you added vocals, or is it the same?

ERIK KLUIBER: When you start writing songs as instrumentals and then go back to fit in vocals, you hear things differently. The style is still the same, but we had to rearrange the songs for them to be effective. I like how things turned out because the structure of the songs are still unconventional and interesting.  It’s not easy to play and sing, but it’s been a mind expanding challenge.  I never thought I’d be playing bass and singing for a band, but it seems to work.  Necessity is the mother of invention.

RNR: What are some of your pet peeves?

ERIK KLUIBER: You can’t wait forever to make things happen.  I’ve been in bands that take an eternity to do the simplest shit.  It’s like, what the fuck is the fucking problem?  You’ve got to have forward momentum, always.  I’ve got better things to do than sit around in a tiny room and smell other guy’s farts when the music isn’t happening.

RNR: What do you want fans to know about your music before they listen to it?

ERIK KLUIBER: Some of our favorite bands are Entombed, High on Fire, COC, and The Sword.  I think there is a group of heavy music fans who will enjoy what we do.  It’s metal with a stoner/doom edge but, at the same time, high energy with solid riffing.  Our album should be out and free to stream by the time this interview is printed.

RNR: How is Ironaut different from your previous bands?

ERIK KLUIBER: I’ve never been in a three piece before and there is purity to it, which I find exciting. We thought for a while that we’d find a bassist and a singer, and I’d switch over to guitar like every other band I’ve been in.  After a few rehearsals, we found that the three of us made plenty of noise on our own and it was fun.  It sounds tight and less people equals less stress!  The three of us are all from the Great Lakes region.  Pat’s from Chicago, and Ivan and I are from Detroit…  Three kindred souls far from home, found together by chance, perhaps in the right place at the right time.

RNR: What is your own personal favorite album of the year?

ERIK KLUIBER: My favorite album of 2015 is Ghost – Meliora

RNR: Anything else you want to tell your fans and our readers?

ERIK KLUIBER: Check out Ironaut at www.facebook.com/ironautmusic

Raquel Figlo

 

Metal Allegiance Plays Loud and Fast in Honor of the Late Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister

 

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January 9th was a day of celebration and mourning for the recent loss of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, former frontman of the band Motorhead, who passed away two weeks ago of terminal brain and neck cancer. The official memorial service was streamed live at the Rainbow Room in Hollywood, California and the Sunset Strip was packed with fans, rock stars, friends and family who all came out to pay their respect to the rock ’n roll legend.  The all-star band Metal Allegiance, previously scheduled at the Whisky a Go Go that night, was asked if they would play a tribute to Lemmy and they agreed.

While Metal Allegiance is an all-star metal band created by Mark Menghi and his friends David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick, (Testament), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs), this particular night was the ultimate metal jam in tribute for Lemmy with Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Additional guests included Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), John Tempesta (The Cult), Mike Tempesta (Powerman 5000), and Mikkey Dee (Motörhead).

Metal Allegiance took the crowd by storm opening up with Electric Eye by Judas Priest, lead by Mark Oseguda. Mosh pits broke out and the packed house at the Whisky was going nuts enjoying their metal idols singing their hearts out. Metal Allegiance also played songs from AC/DC, Van Halen, Sepultura, Metallica, Accept and Black Sabbath, but that was just the beginning. Then they played some of their songs from their recently released self-titled album and then got right into Motorhead songs. They played Killed by Death that got the crowd in frenzy, Ace of Spades and The Chase is Better than the Catch.  A very emotional highlight of the evening is when Mikkey Dee former drummer of Motorhead came out on stage and had everyone bow their heads for 15 seconds to show their respect for their fallen member.  Then the celebration continued with MotorHead classics and ended with a very loud Seek and Destroy by Metallica!

Two of the opening bands were Doll Skin and Cage. The girls in Doll Skin are very talented, sounded great and had killer voices, cute haircuts and bad ass attitudes! The next band Cage, sounded great as well. The vocals on Sean Peck (lead singer) were high and mighty and reminincent of Rob Halford of Judas Priest.

Lemmy touched the hearts of many musicians and it showed that night how much he was respected and idolized as a great friend and fellow Rock n’ Roller. Live Fast, Die Old. Rest in Peace Lemmy Kilmister.

By Raquel Figlo

Tales from the Pit: Judas Priest! Fall to your knees and repent if you please!

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I have seen Judas Priest multiple times throughout my life, and each time has been more memorable then the last. A couple years ago, when Rob Halford sang with Metallica during the “Golden God Awards”, his health was not the best – he hit the stage with a cane, but he still roared like the Metal God he truly is. This past week, November 10th, was no different…Priest played the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and showed Los Angeles heavy metal is not only alive and well, but is kicking serious ass! It was my first time seeing their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner play… ever! He fit right into the group. Richie knows how to work a crowd with his winning smile and good looks. He is also a shredder on the guitar; he reminds me a lot of Zakk Wylde in the way he plays solos. Redeemer of Souls is the first record released in six years since releasing the 2008 concept album Nostradamus.  After the departure of founding guitarist K.K. Downing in 2011, this is the first new music Priest has released since Richie joined the band following K.K.’s departure.

On my way to see Priest I was blasting Black Sabbath. Who would have thought the music before they went on stage would be Black Sabbath? I thought that little coincidence was very cool! I missed the opening band Steel Panther. I have seen them a bunch of time as well on the Sunset Strip. They are talented musicians and funny too, but I arrived too late to witness their set. It was about 10 minutes before show time, when I got there and the venue was packed-full of Metalheads of all ages. Priest opened up with a monstrous thundering roar via “Dragonaut” which is also the first track on their new album. There was a back-and-forth of guitar solos between Richie Faulkner and Glenn Tipton that kept the crowd entertained and fist pumping for more. The song that stood out most to me from the new album was “Halls of Valhalla.” When Rob Halford shrieks during this song, it’s a sound we all know and love that stays true to Priest roots! Rob’s voice is better than ever! He looked healthy and his iconic metal wardrobe costume changes were amazing!

The band sounded fantastic and they looked like they were having fun! Glad they played hits like “Turbo Lover,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” “Breaking the Law,” and “Living After Midnight.”  I was also delighted that they played “Beyond the Realms of Death” as it is one of my all-time favorite Priest songs! Overall it was a fantastic show. As great as the new album Redeemer of Souls is, the new material sounds even better live, so I highly recommend you catching a show!     

Photo credits thanks to: Todd Nakamine                                                                                             

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SET LIST:

  1. Dragonaut
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Devil’s Child
  4. Victim of Changes
  5. Halls of Valhalla
  6. Love Bites
  7. March of the Damned
  8. Turbo Lover
  9. Redeemer of Souls
  10. Beyond the Realms of Death
  11. Jawbreaker
  12. Breaking the Law
  13. Hell Bent for Leather

Encore:

  1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  2. Living After Midnight
  3. Defenders of the Faith

 

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By Raquel Figlo

3rd ANNUAL AWARDS GALA/ RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND

**TUNE IN**

The new “Starstruck” cover track from “This Is Your Life”, performed by the legendary MOTÖRHEAD featuring Biff Byford of SAXON, will air TONIGHT during the first hour of Eddie Trunk’s FM radio program on New York’s Q104.3 (show begins at 11:00PM Eastern). Tune in to your radio in NY/NJ, stream it live at Q1043.com anywhere, or listen by using the iHeartRadio app on your smart-phone or tablet.

 

“Starstruck” will make its web premiere on Monday, February 24th (stay tuned for details). Also on Monday, “Starstruck” will re-air on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Hair Nation (Channel 39) via “Eddie Trunk Live”, along with an exclusive interview with Wendy Dio.

 

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To purchase tickets online, visit: diocancerfund.org/events

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KORN’s Guitar Center Session

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Wednesday, September 11th at the Hollywood Guitar Center (7425 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046).
Guitar Center had a private live recording of Korn for their Guitar Center Sessions ( air date has not been set yet) please visit (http://sessions.guitarcenter.com) or www.facebook.com/GuitarCenter to stay tuned.
 
KORN–the Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hard rock innovators–will be releasing their 11th studio album, THE PARADIGM SHIFT on October 8th in stores and via digital retailers.
Be sure to spread the word – They are back, and ready to hit the road bringing their new music close to you. For information on their tour dates please visit: www.korn.com/events/
www.facebook.com/korn 
 
For now enjoy these live shots provided by Guitar Center.
 
 
 
 
 
For a fun time-lapse video on Guitar Center’s Crew setting up for Korn’s performance of 9/11/13 visit:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201981805169403 
 

 

 

LAMB OF GOD Partners with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for North American Tour

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LAMB OF GOD Partners with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE for North American Tour

Testament and Huntress to Support

 

 

Long-time friends LAMB OF GOD and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have joined forces for what will undoubtedly be one of the essential “can’t miss” tours of the fall of 2013.  The tour launches October 22 in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.  The two bands are a dominant live pairing, and will combine for 28 North American shows in total.  Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.
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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

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