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The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman, where Metal meets Comedy!

The Late Night Show

Bill Farmer I first heard about The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman when Ironaut, a local Los Angeles metal band, invited me to check them out when they played as the house metal band for the show.  I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be like every other standup comedy night I have been to: a handful of comics telling jokes one right after the other; some would be funny, others not so much.

The Late Night Show proved to be much more than that. It was something completely different and innovative because it combines the best of standup comedy using a talk show format and incorporating a different METAL BAND as the house band each time. Typical of other late night talk shows in this genre, Glickman starts the night by telling a few jokes about current events or as he calls it “Headlines”, before moving behind a desk where celebrity comedians talk to him after their set.  During the course of the show, it has all the elements of great late night television show like video clips, comedic sketches, interviews, and crowd interaction that is more edgier than what you see on broadcast TV!

It was a sold out show on May 14 and the biggest star of the evening was Dane Cook, who seemed to have a chip on his shoulder because he snapped at both the drummer of Ironaut and a photographer just doing her job! Bill Farmer, best known for voicing Disney’s Goofy for the last 30 years, stole the show IMO when he parodied Pulp Fiction, in the voices of Bugs Bunny and Evangelist Billy Graham doing the “Say what Mother F*ck*r” scene. Other stars of the night included an epic set from Tom Segura, Mike Black and Helen Hong who were all extremely funny and in good spirits! Fire Ball Whisky started the night with free drinks to the first 100 attendees while Stephen Glickman capped the night off by passing out delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts to the audience!

The next Night Time Show with Stephen Glickman is June 18th   in the main room of The Hollywood Improv. I suggest you get your tickets now because the show is known for selling out! This month’s lineup includes Mo Collins, Jeff Richards, Harland Williams, Wendy Liebman and The Lucas Brothers!!!! The house band for the night is SPEED METAL BAND “EXMORTUS”!!!!  And my personal favorite perk… the first 100 AUDIENCE MEMBERS GET A FREE FIREBALL WHISKY Drink!

More about Stephen Glickman:

RNR: When did you decide a life of comedy was the way to go?

Stephen: I got stuck in a waterslide when I was 14 years old because I was too fat. I realized that my most embarrassing moments are my favorite stories to tell and that the best comedy is born from pain.

RNR: Were you always an entertainer?

Stephen: Yes. I have always been a ridiculous person.

RNR: What do you want people to know about your late night comedy show?

Stephen: The Night Time Show is the only LIVE late night show in Los Angeles. We have the best comedians on stage and the greatest metal bands on earth playing with us on every show. We also give away close to 100 shots of Fireball Whisky to the audience at the top of the show. It’s a big night with surprise guests. It’s fucking awesome.

RNR: Have you ever been to a metal show? Do you like metal? What bands do you like?

Stephen: Yes of course. ACDC is the greatest concert I’ve ever been to. I’ve seen Tool, Marilyn Manson and a ton more live in concert, but in the last few years I got really into Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Exmortus, Fear Factory, Mini Kiss and Ironaut. It is my dream to have Mac Sabbath on our show.

RNR: What future projects are you working on?

Stephen: Becoming a WWE wrestler, booking more badass guests on The Night Time Show podcast and blowing shit up in the desert.

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Make sure to follow:

Stephen Glickman: https://www.facebook.com/beforenickelodeon.itwasjustglickman?fref=ts

Ironaut: https://www.facebook.com/ironautmusic/?fref=ts

Hollywood Improv: https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodImprov/?fref=ts

Fireball WhiskEy: https://www.facebook.com/FireballWhisky/?fref=ts

By 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

UnBlackened: Black Label Society at the Grove of Anaheim

 

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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!

For more information on Black Label Society visit http://blacklabelsociety.com

By Raquel Figlo

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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

Death Angel Christmas Show at the Whisky A Go Go!

On December 26th,  thrash metal legend Death Angel  gave an extended Christmas to its fans at a packed house at the Whisky A Go Go  by bringing a couple of friends to join in the festivities: Orchid and Thrown into Exile. They gave several local metal bands an opportunity to open up the show before the heavy hitters.

Concrete Sledge gave a great performance and was one of the few opening bands that got a pit going!  Bassist Elden Chan said, “The crowd’s reaction to us was so fun to watch! Seeing the reaction the other bands got before us made us feel like it was going to be a tough crowd to please.  There wasn’t too much movement or the typical uproar of screams like you hear at most gigs for the locals. It’s always great to see a pit going before one has to “demand” some movement!

Thrown into Exile played new music that they just released a few days prior to the show. They did a killer set. I was excited to see this band because it was their first time performing with their new lineup including lead singer Henry Derek Bonner, formally of Scar the Martyr. Henry Derek’s vocals complimented Mario Rubio’s shredding guitar playing and vice versa.  I like the new members and the direction they are going. The crowd seemed pleased as well.

Orchid recently became a favorite of mine after I saw them perform earlier this year at Scionfest. I am into their mix of blues, folk and hard rock with Black Sabbath-influenced, trippy stoner music!  They sounded great, played with lots of energy and looked really good doing so! Lead singer Theo Mendell is a great front man and is captivating.  The metalheads in the crowd felt the vibes and enjoyed it as much as I did.

The crowd was then ready for Death Angel to unleash some holiday cheer with some good old fashioned thrash metal! They played their new album “This Dream Calls for Blood” in its entirety. They threw in some classics here and there that pleased their new and old fans alike. They sounded great and the energy on stage was exhilarating! I love Mark Osegueda’s stage presence. He really knows how to get a crowd riled up and out of control! He can still hit the high notes and he has an epic scream!

At the beginning of the show I was upstairs hanging out with Death Angel and in walks Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth guitarist) saying hello to the band. I thought “How cool, he must be a fan and wanted to say hello.” To my surprise, during Death Angel’s set, Chris jumps on stage and plays ‘Empty,’ with Death Angel, a song off their latest album! He killed it! Very cool! The crowd went insane and it was definitely a highlight of the night! Jaws dropped when Death Angel surprised the crowd by playing the Beatles ‘Drive my Car’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘Santa Claus is Back in Town.’ While they did a great job at both songs, some in the crowd were not as enthusiastic and left. It was a total curve ball, but they sounded good! Those who stayed, however, were rewarded a stellar version of ‘Kill as One’ which was a great way to end of the night.

That was my last metal show of the year and it ended on a high! I am excited to see what 2015 brings to the metal community and for all the bands that played tonight!

For more information on the bands please visit:

www.concretesledge.com

https://www.facebook.com/ThrownIntoExile

https://www.facebook.com/orchidsf

http://www.deathangel.us/

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Set List for Death Angel:

  1. Left For Dead
  2. Son Of The Morning
  3. Claws In So Deep
  4. Fallen
  5. Seemingly Endless Time
  6. The Dream Calls For Blood
  7. Buried Alive
  8. Succubus
  9. Execution – Don’t Save Me
  10. Truce
  11. Caster Of Shame
  12. Detonate
  13. Thrown To the Wolves
  14. Empty (with Chris Broderick)
  15. Territorial Instinct / Bloodlust
  16. Thrashers
  17. Drive My Car (Beatles cover)
  18. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley cover)
  19. Kill As One

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

That Metal Show: On the road and in your Face!

 

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That Metal Show (TMS) hit the West Coast on Friday, August 22 at Hollywood’s Whisky A GO GO with Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine and the “rain man of rock” himself, Eddie Trunk. DJ Will of KNAC.COM Radio who also worked on the show was there as well to join in the shenanigans.

“Since the production of the TV show moved back to the East Coast, The hosts doing these “tours” is a great way to keep the awareness out there of That Metal Show while it runs in repeats,” said DJ WILL. “In these instances there’s no filming, just comedy, music, stories and Q&A from Don, Eddie & Jim with the many fans that come out.”

The Whisky was filled with entertainment and lots of crowd interaction, as Eddie Trunk shared stories then Don and Jim each did their comedy routine. Jim and Don are hilarious; they have different styles and are funny in their own unique ways. Don is sponsored by both Cold Cock and Monster, he joked about Cold Cock whisky and Monster Energy together becoming “Monster Cock.” It was pretty funny. You can tell that Jim Florentine is a total East Coaster: a real man’s man. He made several jokes about how wrong it is when dudes text each other!

After the comedy sets, all three came back on stage to answer questions from the audience regarding TMS. Eddie made it very clear that there shouldn’t be any trivia questions yet until “Stump the Trunk” at the end. The audience didn’t get it at first and kept asking music trivia questions anyway. Eddie of course was annoyed.

Highlights of the evening were dUg Pinnick of King’s X and Brian Slagel CEO/founder of Metal Blade Records (he put Metallica on the map) being called up to the stage to help with “Stump the Trunk,” the game we were all waiting for! The crowd was cheering and yelling out who knows what.  Jim announced that DJ Will would play the part of Miss “Box of Junk,” when Eddie stopped and said, “Why would we have him do it, when there are plenty of hot chicks in the audience!” I screamed, “Pick me!” from the front of the stage. Eddie, who I interviewed last year, said, “How about Raquel come up and be our Miss Box of Junk?” It’s a pretty cool feeling when TMS and Brian Slagel wave to you from the stage and know you by name. The crowd however showed Eddie no mercy and asked questions that were all over the place, all of which couldn’t be fact checked as it is for the TV show. He answered a majority of them correctly, but he still got stumped several times. At times he would ask Brian Slagel and dUg Pinnick for an asisst answering some of the ultra obscure questions. After “Stump the Trunk,” Eddie thanked all his guests and introduced the bands which were coming up next.

The bands that played were The Hard Way, Resistance, Siren & Drop 8. Eric Jeffrey, lead singer of Hard Way said, “The crowd was loud & rowdy. Eddie Trunk and the boys put on a great show and when we hit the stage, everybody was ready to party! There is no better crowd than who we had that night. I also want everybody to know that WE SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! If you want great music, you HAVE to support the players that write it, produce it, release it & perform it.”

I agree you have to support you local music scene. The people that came out to the show were true hard rock, metal fans and fans of the show. The LA metal scene is small, if you think about it. Everyone knows everyone, and somewhere each person has played a part in the history of the LA metal scene. DJ Will got his start at Metal Blade as did metal producer Bill Metoyer who was also in attendance.

I asked Bill what his history was with Metal Blade Records. Bill said, “I met Brian Slagel after he released Metal Massacre I (MM1). I had just produced my first band called Dietrich, who would appear on the follow-up (MM II). The label has certainly come a long way since the days being run from Brian’s mom’s garage. I am currently producing the new Resistance album. (who performed tonight) I had seen the band play live a couple of times and were impressed by them. They contacted me through Facebook and asked me if I would be interested in working with them on their new record and I jumped at the chance to do so.”

As the bands continued playing, Don and Jim were upstairs selling their comedy CD’s and taking photos with their fans. I bought Jim Florentine’s “Terrorizing Telemarketers” and Don Jamieson’s new release “Hell Bent for Laughter” on Metal Blade Records. Rumors has it that Season 13 will begin taping in February 2015. I hope so. I really love TMS and love how it does a great job at educating the main stream on metal and hard rock. There are tons of metal heads out there and TMS gives us a voice and helps make “metal” a household brand to Middle America as well as slowly being accepted (again) into pop culture.

Many fans who came out to support the three-night West Coast TMS Tour did so because they feel some kind of connection to the hosts. The LA metal scene has played a great role in metal music and those individuals who made a difference or were involved in the beginning are still contributing in some form and I hope TMS continues to do so and give its fans the opportunity to see another side of the cast and give them a chance to interact and meet. I have high hopes that VH1 will bring the show back in 2015 for another season. It’s that good!

 

– That Metal Show http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/series.jhtml

 

– Eddie Trunk http://www.eddietrunk.com/

 

– Don Jamieson http://www.donjamieson.com/site/

 

– Jim Florentine http://www.jimflorentine.com/

 

– DJ Will http://www.metaldjwill.com/

 

– Metal Blade Records http://www.metalblade.com/us/

 

– King’s X http://www.kingsxrocks.com/

 

– The Hard Way http://websitesbycreation.com/thehardwayband/

 

– Resistance www.reverbnation.com/resistanceusa

PRONG COMES TO HOLLYWOOD & ORANGE COUNTY!

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Whisky A Go Go and Grove of Anaheim Kick Off North American Tour

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Fresh off their European festival summer, New York Metal mainstays PRONG is opening up their North American Tour September 10 at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go before moving south on September 12 to the Grove of Anaheim. The tour is in support of their latest release Ruining Lives which was released earlier this year by SPV/Steamhammer.  The tour runs through October 14th in San Francisco.  Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill.  Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

 

The band recently completed filming on a new video for the song “Remove, Separate Self” (taken from Ruining Lives).  Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the video, and it is receiving its exclusive premiere today on Loudwire.  Check it out HERE.

 

Tommy Victor: “PRONG has made a video for the song “Remove, Separate Self”, the new single from our recent LP Ruining Lives.  The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe.  As a follow up to “Turnover” we will release it on 7″ vinyl as well.

The single and video will correspond with our U.S. /Canada tour starting Sept 10th through Oct. 14th (see www.prongmusic.com for the dates).

Enjoy the video and we’ll see you out on the road!“

 

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a new digital and 7” single of “Remove, Separate Self”.  There will be two versions of the digital single which will be released September 12th.  The 7” will be released on October 24th. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

 

1. Remove, Separate Self (album version)

2. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by Prong (Matt Heafy de-mix)

 

Matt Heafy about the „de-mix“ he created: “With “Remove, Separate Self” – I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world. Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to. Perhaps with the main line – the title itself – the idea of “separating yourself” made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future. The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place. Sometimes “remixes” do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a “remix” is in the first place, even one’s idea of what a song should sound like.“

 

The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”.  This song was taken from PRONG’s “Unleashed in the West – Official Bootleg”.

 

Ruining Livesis the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.  If you have not picked up a copy yet, be sure to get one on Amazon or iTunes.

 

PRONG North American Tour:

9/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey

9/11: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

9/12: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/13: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

9/14: Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad

9/15: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon*

9/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

9/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

9/18: Dallas, TX @ Trees*

9/19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

9/20: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*

9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*

9/22: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom*

9/23: Toronto, ON @ Opera House*

9/24: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec*

9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*

9/26: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*

9/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*

9/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

9/29: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s

9/30: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

10/1: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

10/3: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge

10/4: Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage

10/5: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards

10/7: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

10/9: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

10/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

10/11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/12: Boise, ID @ The Shredder

10/14: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

 

*With Overkill

 

KNOT Fest

10/25: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.prongmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/prongmusic

http://www.spv.de

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: www.bandsintown.com/gusg

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:
http://smarturl.it/blameitoneme

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: http://youtu.be/wKdS9yJsh94

GUS G. online:
http://www.gusgofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg
https://twitter.com/gusgofficial
http://www.youtube.com/firetv

LYNAM online:
www.lynammusic.com
www.facebook.com/lynammusic
www.twitter.com/lynammusic

 

Tales from the Pit! The Night I Almost “Died with my Boots on” Iron Maiden at Battle of San Bernardino

“If you are gonna die, die with your boots on!” Those words played over and over again as I was toppled, crushed, and sweated on by hundreds of soaking wet metalheads in the pit of Iron Maiden! Let me tell you, it was ugly. As usual, people seemed shocked to see me entering the pit along side dudes twice the size of my petite, 5ft 2-inch frame.  Well, not only do I fearlessly DIE for metal, but I also thought my two burly fellow metal head friends would take care of me. I was wearing shorts and a pair of sturdy black boots so if I got in trouble, my feet would be safe, and I could kick my way out. Yeah right! After Megadeth’s performance, my friend asked me to go right in the middle of the pit for Iron Maiden. I thought, “Okay, as long as you protect me.” Of course he said “yes,” but how could one protect anyone in a pit of wild, untamed beasts! It was an experience I will never forget, and one I will never experience again. It was the worst pit I have ever been in.  I truly thought I was gong to loose my life, but not without my boots! At 9:05pm, when I heard UFO”S Doctor, Doctor, Iron Maiden’s prelude that lets you know they are about to tear up the stage, I knew there was a possibility I might be needing one! The pit started swaying back in fourth, and I could feel metalheads stomping on my feet. I almost went under during “MoonChild” and “Can I play with Madness.” I did get really close to the front. I was one person back from the barricade and Bruce Dickenson was right in front of me. I was so close I could have reached out and touched him, but I didn’t because I was holding on for dear life! Continue reading

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