Mastodon

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

 

Mikee Dee

Metal Allegiance jammingDavid EllefsonMetal Allegiance

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

ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014

 

ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014

EXPANDS TO THREE FULL DAYS

GUNS N’ ROSES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD AND KID ROCK

TOP BILL OF MORE THAN 60 ACTS AFTER SELL-OUT IN 2013

PERFORMERS FOR AMERICA’S PREMIER ROCK FESTIVAL

MAY 16, 17 & 18 AT OHIO’S COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM

INCLUDE FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SLAYER, STAIND, MOTORHEAD,

SEETHER, CHEVELLE, ALTER BRIDGE, MASTODON AND MANY MORE

Following last year’s expansion to include three nights of music, America’s premier rock festivalROCK ON THE RANGE–has once again upped the ante by growing to three full days of music for this year’s annual event, May 16, 17 & 18 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Featuring headlining sets from Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, the lineup includes more than 60 of the World’s hardest rocking acts including: Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage and many more (the full line-up is below). Beyond the expanded musical offerings, this year’s festival will include the return of ROTR Comedy Tent, featuring Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and many up-and-coming comedians.

Weekend passes including Field GA, Stadium GA, hotel and VIP packages and a stadium 4-pack go on sale Friday, January 24 at 10:00 AM (ET). Additional details about the variety of ticketing, hotel and camping packages can be found at RockOnTheRange.com. Visit the website, www.facebook.com/rockontherange and www.twitter.com/rockontherange for the most up-to-date information.

Some of the ROTR 2014 artists weigh in with their thoughts on performing this coming May:

“We are so honored to be headlining Rock on the Range.  We take pride in our show and always try to outdo ourselves from the time before.  Rock on the Range will be the perfect place to celebrate with our fans from all over the world and put on the killer show that they have come to expect from us.  We are pulling out all the stops.”

M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold

“We have had legendary shows at ROTR. We always try to arrange our tour schedules so we can be part of this festival.  It’s just a must do.Rock On The Range has become a destination event where people travel to from all over the country, if not all over the world.”

Zoltan, Five Finger Death Punch

“Super excited to be a part of Rock On The Range this year!! I think it’s awesome to have an edgy band like Slayer on board for this round. Can’t wait to hit the stage!!!”

Kerry King, Slayer

The full ROTR 2014 Line-Up:

Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon, Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, The Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven’s Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, Crobot and Truckfighters with comedians Jim Breuer, Jim Florentine and more.

“Sure it’s important to do this festival for the bands, but mostly we do it for the incredibly loyal rock fans…They truly are the lifeblood ofRock on the Range, and it’s really all about the value proposition to them,” commented Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR for AEG Live.  “So now we come with GnR, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock and more than 60 other amazing bands starting at $99 to deliver on our commitment of ‘value’ to rock fans everywhere…It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”

“When ROTR sold out last year we knew the bar had to be raised.  With these headliners along with Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Motorhead, Staind, Seether and so many more, there is no doubt now that Rock On The Range has become THE #1 rock festival.” said Gary Spivack, Co-Executive Producer of ROTR.  “And since year one, Monster Energy has been a partner at the festival and we are excited to announce their expanding support; their dedication to the genre as well as breaking new artists is second to none.”

Rock on the Range has emerged as a powerhouse event for our organization, the City of Columbus and rock fans from around the country,” said Columbus Crew President Mark McCullers.  “We have invested in some significant facility improvements that will add to the Ranger experience and this year’s event will be another blockbuster show.”

Presented by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, who return as the Main Stage sponsor; Crazy Dave’s Music Experience (an interactive exhibit that features all the elements that are involved in making music in in a professional band setting); the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Contest (launching this Spring for your chance to play the stage at ROTR).

The nationally renowned festival, part of the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, is centrally located in the heart of the country and has annually drawn huge weekend crowds since its inception in 2007, including a sold-out crowd of over 103,000 fans in 2013.

 

www.RockOnTheRange.com

www.facebook.com/rockontherange

www.twitter.com/rockontherange

 

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

Search

Your cart is empty

Videos

Radio Ads

Rockefellas battle bands X103.9

Rock N Roll Industries Mag KCAL