Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016 Names Rock N Roll Industries Magazine Official On-Site Magazine/Program Guide


(July 25th, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Rock N Roll Industries Magazine has been named the official on site magazine and program guide for this year’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest. With the magazine growing steadily, this is sure to be one of the most fun and content oriented issues ever. The magazine will be distributed for free at the show upon entrance and at kiosks placed around the venue. Expect exclusive content from the labels, band interviews, site maps, and editorials featuring all the bands playing the two day event. “We have been supporters and have known of the magazine for some time and we are happy to have them involved” says John Fenton (Ozzfest).

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UnBlackened: Black Label Society at the Grove of Anaheim






The Grove of Anaheim was the last stop on the “UnBlackened” tour by the almighty Black Label Society, fronted by the ultimate shredder Zakk Wylde. I was lucky enough to catch Zakk play a tribute song to Dime Bag Darrell at last year’s Golden God Awards, but hearing the whole band play an acoustic set is a whole other experience.

I am so glad they decided to make their one night only concert at Club Nokia Live DVD and CD in Los Angeles, a US tour. With their album “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” that was released last April, they added a new member to the family. Dario Lorina formally of Lizzy Bordan, is the new axe-slinger for BLS replacing long time guitarist Nick Catanese. When Zakk introduced each of the band members, he said that Dario not only kills it on the guitar, but he also makes a tasty chicken piccata! Still in the band is brother John (JD) DeServio on bass and Jeff Fabb on drums.

I arrived to the ceremony right in time for the black curtain to drop. A space was saved for me in the front of the barricade so I could see the whole show for the next two hours. The band opened with Losin’ Your Mind and the crowd did just that! The set list consisted of songs from Zakk’s solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory. Acoustic shows are so much more intimate with the audience because you can actually hear the melodies of the songs and the emotions of the band.

Zakk always gives it his all but I felt he really put in the energy for the last show of the tour. Throughout the set he threw in long guitar solos while he and Dario kept switching back and forth from the piano to the guitar. Both piano driven tunes “In This River” and “Angel of Mercy” were two of my favorite highlights of the night. I would catch Zakk looking over at Dario with eyes of respect because Dario was holding it down on both the keys and the strings! Zakk pulled some of his famous moves and played the guitar behind his head a few times and with his teeth! Zakk pulled out the double neck Les Paul signature “bullseye” guitar and gave a truly epic performance and somewhere in the middle of the set he played a tribute to Dime Bag Darrel who as a really close friend of Zakk’s. The crowd held up their cell phones like lighters and sang along. It was a beautiful and touching moment and I really liked that he took the time to give his respect to not only his friend, but a talented musician that was taken away from us way too soon in life.

The set went by way too fast and before you knew it, the show was over. Zakk took the time to thank his fans and throw some memorabilia out into the crowd. I was up front and I saw Zakk wipe his face with a black towel and then he threw it right at me! I caught it and of course I kept it. Weird, I know, but hey it was a pretty cool moment. I must have been in the perfect spot because I also caught his guitar pic, what an epic night indeed!

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By Raquel Figlo





Set list:

  1. The Battle of Evermore

(Led Zeppelin song)

  1. Losin’ Your Mind

(Pride & Glory cover)

  1. Suicide Messiah
  2. Road Back Home

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. Spoke in the Wheel
  2. House of Doom
  3. Machine Gun Man

(Pride & Glory cover)

  1. Sold My Soul

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. Angel of Mercy
  2. In This River
  3. Scars
  4. Empty Promises
  5. Throwin’ It All Away

(Zakk Wylde song)

  1. The Blessed Hellride
  2. My Dying Time
  3. Overlord
  4. Stillborn

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




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                                                                                             



  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


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



By Raquel Figlo

NAMM 2014 signings and around the show

I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone that came to the booth to sign Richie Ramone, David Ellefson, Angelo Moore, Doyle, Rhoads family (Kelle and Kathy), Matt Starr, Bjorn Englan, One Hundred Proof, Static Fiction, The Chimpz, Spades and Blades, All Else Fails, Dante’s Boneyard, Mest, Assuming we Survive, The Slow Forward, Low Life Music, NME, Loards of Ruin, Inside Riot, Mr. Creepy, XNO, Reveille for Radicals, Toshi, Archer, Chad Lee, Zloz, Great White, Rafael Moreira, John Force and Robert Hight. And those of you that stopped by to take pictures and say hi it was another great year! We got to be a part of many great shows that are featured in their own post on here and more info will be able to be found in issue 11.

NAMM 2014 is in the books now. This year, it was a different kind of “busy”. Amongst the many faces and known names in the music industry, I would like to thank Laura “LV” Victoria (Also from L.A. Velvet), Grammy-nominated guitarist Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo), Metal Sanaz, Sick Puppies’ Mark Goodwin, Emma Anzai and Manager Paul Stepanek, Jinxx (Black Veil Brides), Johnny Christ and Synister Gates (Avenged Sevenfold) for their few minutes of attention and time and towards my self and the crew, as fan and photo journalist while roaming around and looking for the interesting stories to bring them to you, our RNRI friends.
Now, speaking of products, I had a very limited schedule, so skipping the big names and visiting other booths and halls that are usually overlooked, I do want to mention a couple that got my attention. One of them being OGRE guitars and Thunderclap Distortion (Demon-like shape) and Tubeaholic Overdrive (Alien-looking ) pedals. Interesting designs, aluminum die casting, eyes that light up when activated and different options in colors sure make me want to try these babies live soon. In my very particular opinion, their guitars are heavy yet unique and maybe even resemble H.R. Giger’s style.
The other show stopper was Bohemian Guitars. Each (body) made with a vintage oil can or lunch box and the rest of the hardware and other assorted parts are saved from used materials. Now, if this doesn’t scream “GREEN” then I don’t know what else it does. I couldn’t really believe they would be taken seriously until an spectator came by during my time visiting the booth and played some Hendrix music. I guess rocking out can also be good for the environment.
During an interview with Laura Victoria at the DBZ booth, their guitars there winked at me in a very sexy way, almost seducing. The Bolero, Renegade, Bird of Prey and my favorite one, the Red stripes Hailfire.I must, MUST further test and perhaps acquire one for my collection.
And last but not least, the people at MonoPrice offering very affordable musical equipment, amps, pedal tuners, etc. I got to try an $89 Stratocaster, at these prices and let me tell you, don’t let the “Under a Benjamin price” fool you and think you can’t have fun with such guitar.
Now, these are just a couple of outstanding memories, like I said, skipping the bigger names and most visited booths. Thank you for making NAMM 2014 memorable, yet again. Rock and Roll!
-Enrique Nunez

Photos by Igor Vidyashev

Photos by Ramon Cfpr Ward Jr.

Photos by Lan Nguyen

Photos by Enrique Nunez

Photos by Leah Burlington


The Pretty Reckless logo






Taylor Momsen and THE PRETTY RECKLESS have released their first single “Heaven Knows” digitally today, Tuesday, November 19. Taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album GOING TO HELLout early 2014 on Razor & Tie, the song rocks a powerful rhythmic guitar with a striking refrain thatMomsen delivers dead-on: “Oh no, heaven knows, we belong way down below.”  After premiering on SiriusXM’s Octane, the song arrives at rock radio in early December, with a video premiere to follow in January.

Earlier this Fall the band released the song and video for “Going To Hell” in support of the band’s completed, critically acclaimed, Going To Hell headlining tour in North America. The video, directed by Tim Mattia, had over 1 million YouTube plays in the first week. To purchase the song at iTunes, visit: and to hear it on YouTube, click here:


See what critics said about THE PRETTY RECKLESS and their Fall North American tour:

Taylor Momsen has transformed into one of the sexiest and most confrontational front women. In spite of the skepticisms, Taylor is the real deal. A bona fide Rock Goddess that can sing her ass off, with more swagger than you can handle and is overwhelmingly sexual” … JAM MAGAZINE

The Pretty Reckless are about to set fire to rock ‘n’ roll. The genre’s been begging for an honest-to-goodness firestarter like Taylor Momsen for years now. The Pretty Reckless in rock ‘n’ roll that taps into true danger…Rock music is about to go up in flames with Going to Hell. It’s easily one of our most anticipated records of 2014.” … ARTISTDIRECT.COM

“…with the release of her band’s second album, Going to Hell, and their current tour, she clearly has her sights set on becoming a bona fide music star.Gentlemen, prepare to get rocked.” … MAXIM

“…her ‘Going to Hell’ tour…it’s exactly as promised. Momsen and her show in San Diego was loud with a hot crowd fired up and ready. Taylor and her band took to the stage to pull a true rock and roll set with grit and energy.” …SAN DIEGO CITY TIMES

The crowd peaked in energy during the band’s current single, ‘Going To Hell.’…Momsen put on quite a show, leaning on the drum riser, shaking her body, and sliding up and down her bandmates.’…GRAMMY.COM



Photo credit: Danny Hastings

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MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Album “Aftershock”

MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Album “Aftershock” in North America on October 22, 2013 image001

On October 22, 2013, MOTÖRHEAD will deliver their 21st studio album, an enormous and prophetic Aftershock. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, it is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years. There’s swagger, there’s punch, there’s speed and there’s dirty filthy grooves, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee showing clearly thatMOTÖRHEAD is not simply a band, it’s a genre!That genre, more than ever, resonates with hearty independence and swashbuckle. Whether it’s “Heartbreaker” throwing hooks and riffs into your head, the double-kick concussiveness of “Paralyzed” with Campbell’s fuelled attack, or the thunderous ride-off-the-Rickenbacker Motörcharge of “Going To Mexico”, Aftershock takes gleeful twists and turns which re-announce the Motörlegend. There’s the smoky biker bar blues in the shape of “Dust And Glass”, Lemmy’s late-night vocals evoking last-call and melancholy, the pogo-powered punk-spiked stab of “Queen Of The Damned” and the deliciously steamy, humid mournful “Lost Woman Blues” which midway through decides to kick over the stool and stomp out the saloon door.
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 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

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


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