ROCK N ROLL INDUSTRIES MAGAZINE

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

Kelly Maglia: Rocket Queen

 

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If you are lacking motivation or inspiration in your life, let me introduce you to Kelly Maglia, the most talented and hard-working lady you will ever meet! She is a clothing and costume designer, entrepreneur, pole dancer, business owner, blogger, guitarist, and now rock n roll goddess! She recently debuted her latest EP “Just Enough Rough” and it is getting a lot of attention. A classically trained vocalist, you would swear she was a seasoned Metal star with years of performing behind her. Her live shows are as theatrical as they are musically captivating.  But, as with many people, life got in the way of her dreams and instead of pursuing a performing career she started several clothing lines and outfitted others who performed on stage.   After years of running her very successful dancewear company, she is back to following her rock ‘n roll dreams and taking every little bit of experience she has gained along the way to build a solid path to reach rock stardom. And many of her live shows feature her talents as a pole dancer!! We sat down at the famous rock bar Loaded, in Hollywood, to see what she has in store for her fans in 2016.

RNR: I read that you are trained as a coloratura soprano before turning to pop music. How does that work as you venture into other genres?

Kelly:  A coloratura soprano is a type of classical opera singer. It is typically a very high light voice, with a lot of fast notes. My voice tends to sit in a really high place which is interesting since I am now singing rock and metal. So that was quite a journey for me, but I have been training with a vocal coach for quite a while now and it is paying off.

RNR: When did you start playing guitar? What bands influenced you?

Kelly: I started playing guitar five years ago. I am obsessed with Skid Row. I love the twin guitar work in that band. The first songs I learned on guitar were Skid Row songs.

RNR: You are very well educated. Tell me about your time in London? Did that have any influence on your writing style today?

Kelly: I won a scholarship to study in London and I ended up staying there for four years. I worked in the theater as a literary manager, meaning I read all the submitted plays to the theater. I worked on very established plays as well and worked with the directors. That experience has very much effected what I do now in rock ‘n roll.  All my lyrics have some kind of story. They all have a beginning, middle and end. The live shows I do also have a great theatrical experience to them.

RNR: Who is the “New Kelly Maglia” that you describe in your promotional trailer?

Kelly: Previously, my website was exclusively to costume design for the pole and burlesque communities. I become known in those communities as “Kelly the costume designer.”  I still am that, I love costumes, but the “new Kellymaglia.com” was designed to focus on the music and that is kind of the dream I have had for a really long time. Now it is all about the music but the fashion is very much alive.

RNR: When did you first try pole dancing and playing guitar? How did the crowd react?

Kelly: I started pole dancing and playing guitar around the same time. I didn’t really think about combining the two, but it all happened when we were playing a show at the Whisky a Go-Go in Hollywood. I just thought, “I bet I could climb this pole with the guitar on my back and swing it around to the front and play.” It was right in the middle of the song “Still of the Night” by White Snake and I thought to myself, “I can do this.” So I did it. I climbed up and played a few chords and people went crazy over it! It has now become a signature move of mine.

RNR: What inspires you to write your music?

Kelly: The lyrics come first. It always comes from a life experience. Usually something that happened with me and a guy. Very often I will be sitting somewhere and the first verse shows up in my head and it is just off and running from there. The song, “Just Enough Rough” which is my first single, I wrote the riffs on the guitar before I had any lyrics. It was an exercise my guitar teacher had given me.  I put the riffs aside and then one day I was in the shower and the first line ”You say that you are a shit show” popped in my head and I was like, “Oh my, I know what this song is about!” (Laughs).

RNR: What are the reviews saying about “Just enough Rough?”

Kelly: We just released an EP. So far it hasn’t even been out for over a month yet and it has been getting a really great response. My favorite is from Hair Metal Mansion. Andrew the Axe Man listed my EP as one of the top five of 2015.

RNR: Tell me more about your live shows?

Kelly: I like to describe my live shows as Van Halen meets Cirque du Soleil. We are a modern take on 80’s hair metal with pole dancing, but we also include aerialists and contortionists. Moving forward more emphasis will be on my band and my original music. We will still highlight our sexy pole dancers and a story that is woven throughout the show.

RNR: Tell us about Kelly’s Closet, your couture clothing line.

Kelly: I am really excited about Kelly’s Closet. We launched our first collection last year and now we are really coming into full circle of what I really want to do. Every time I release a new music video I am going to release a new clothing collection inspired by the music videos. For example, you can watch my music video and see all the costumes that I designed for myself and for my dancers and you will be able to buy a version of that from Kelly’s Closet. We will have different versions all the way from the couture, to the affordable pieces that are inspired by everything you see in the videos.

RNR: What are you hoping 2016 will bring?

Kelly: I want this year to be the year I go out on the road. We spent 2015 writing the album, building the brand new website, and launching Kelly’s Closet. This year I am ready to take my live show to the world!

For more in formation on the fabulous kelly, please visit: http://kellymaglia.com/

By Raquel Figlo

Devilskin and Tracii Guns LIVE at the Whisky a Go Go April 29th!

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Devilskin photos by Enrique Nunez

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As a music blogger I have the opportunity to interview and check out new bands as I try to support the music scene as much as I can. When I was asked to interview New Zealand band Devilskin, who opened up for legendary musician Tracii Guns, I jumped on the opportunity and did as much research as I could to see what this band was all about. They definitely lived up to their reputation as arena rock performers.

Devilskin is a Rock/metal band from Hamilton, New Zealand that was formed in 2010 by lead guitarist Nail and bassist Paul Martin. Jennie Skullander is the lead vocalist who is not only gorgeous but has amazing vocal range and can growl with the best of them. Drummer Nic Martin is not only the youngest member of the band but he is also the son of Paul Martin. Imagine going on tour with your dad? Nic’s an excellent drummer with lots of energy who hits the drums with great power and precision. The band debuted their album “We Rise” in July 2014 and it entered the national charts in New Zealand at number one and became certified gold. Super impressive!

Performing at the Whisky a Go Go on April 29th was their first LA show and they nailed it! The crowd’s reaction was positive and from the look on everyone’s faces they were impressed by Devilskin’s performance! You can check out their videos on YouTube and one of my favorite songs already is Little Pills because of the melody and heavy riffs. A lot of the songs they sing have depth and meaning, something you can relate too. You can read my full length interview with Devilskin in the next issue of Rock ‘N Roll Industries Magazine.

I was hanging out upstairs by the bar waiting for Tracii Guns to take the stage when Rudy Sarzo walks up and, of course, I had to stop him and take a photo! He is so nice and a killer bassist. For those who don’t know he was in Quite Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. He has had quite the career and he still is playing bass and killing every performance. You can catch him all over rock venues in LA! However, I am glad to see him sharing the stage with Tracii Guns formally of LA Guns! When Tracii Gun’s band started to play I couldn’t help but notice the lead singer Keith St. John because he is very charismatic. His stage presents reminds me of Robert Plant back in the 70’s and he has the vocals and the look of a rock star. Tracii Guns is just the ultimate shredder on the axe! He really put on a great performance that night and did it with great passion and energy. The night had a special surprise when 11 year old drumming prodigy Jagger Alexander-erber took the stage. He was on the television program Australia’s Got Talent. His parents were in the audience grinning ear to ear as he played a Led Zeppelin song with the band. He shocked the whole audience how incredible he was. Tracii gave Jagger a hug when the song ended and was super impressed, himself, by the performance! It was a great night for Rock N Roll!

By Raquel Figlo

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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

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

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ATREYU TO CLOSE OUT 2014 WITH HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS SHOW AT THE OBSERVATORY IN ORANGE COUNTY

SHOW TAKES PLACE DECEMBER 20

BAND CAME OUT OF HIBERNATION IN 2014, WORKING ON NEW ALBUM, ITS FIRST SINCE 2009

(New York, N.Y.): Fresh off their main stage appearance at this weekend’s KNOTFEST in Southern California, which was preceded by an equally anticipated appearance at Aftershock and an off-the-hook warm-up show at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim in their native Orange County, which sold out in under 30 minutes, Atreyu will play a headlining hometown show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. The show will take place on December 20.

Tickets for this can’t-be-missed, all-ages show will go on sale on Friday, October 31 at 10AM PT.

“It has been far too long since we did a proper, full-scale headlining show at home,” said singer Alex Varkatzas. “We are rehearsing and pumped up to play this legendary OC venue that we have all attended so many shows at over the years.”

“Chain Reaction was the appetizer,” echoed drummer Brandon Saller. “This is the main course. The Observatory is, bar none, the best venue in Orange County. We’re exited to rip the roof off of it.”

The band is writing and demo’ing its forthcoming album, the first since 2009’s Congregation of the Damned.

Atreyu entered a period of hibernation and dormancy in 2011, after establishing itself as one of the key band of the American metal revival that dominated the ’00s. The band was recently spotlighted in VH1’s Everything You Need to Know About Metalcore list, highlighting Atreyu’s status as one of the architects of that scene and sound.

The band is equally excited about the hometown holiday show and about plans for 2015. Stay tuned for further Atreyu updates.

TED NUGENT RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘SHUTUP&JAM!’


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RELEASES NEW ALBUM
‘SHUTUP&JAM!’
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FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM THE MOTOR CITY MADMAN IN SEVEN YEARS

SINGLE “SHE’S GONE” FEATURING SAMMY HAGAR
CURRENTLY TOP 5 AT CLASSIC ROCK RADIO



Ted Nugent’s new album not only satisfies, it leaves us wanting more!”
ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM, July 7, 2014

ShutUp&Jam!…hits the vintage Gonzo mark with tightened songwriting…and of course, plenty of fleet-fingered guitar heroics…”
THEOAKLANDPRESS.COM (Michigan), July 7, 2014

Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT returns with a new full-length album SHUTUP&JAM!, out today (7/8) on Frontiers Records. This release marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years and features the lead single “She’s Gone” with special guest Sammy Hagar,for an epic lead vocal duet with NUGENTSHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition ofSHUTUP&JAM!–featuring the exclusive bonus track “Johnny B. Goode Forever”–only at Best Buy (or order it online: http://bit.ly/1mUdiKF).

NUGENT leads the pack of renowned musicians, handling guitar and vocal duties, alongside bassist Greg Smith, drummer Mick Brown and longtime musical cohort guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes. Special guest Sammy Hagar brings his vocal power to the lead single “She’s Gone”–which is  also accompanied by a special performance from one of the most respected drummers in rock, Johnny “Bee” Badanjek of the legendary Detroit band Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels“She’s Gone”currently in the top 5 at Classic Rock Radio–premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9), listen here: http://bit.ly/1o5E7y1. Three other tracks were premiered leading up to today’s album release, including: “Never Stop Believing” onBILLBOARD.COM, “Everything Matters” on GUITARWORLD.COM and “I Love My BBQ” on Frontiers’ YOUTUBE channel.

To coincide with the release of SHUTUP&JAM!TED is currently on his national headlining tour (full tour itinerary below). Ticket info for all shows is available at https://tour.tednugent.com.

Check out TED NUGENT’s “SHUTUP&JAM! TOUR” in the following cities:

DATE CITY VENUE
Tue 7/8 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Wed 7/9 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Thu 7/10 Prescott Valley, AZ Tim’s Toyota Center
Fri 7/11 The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Sat 7/12 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Hotel & Casino
Sun 7/13 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
Mon 7/14 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
*Thu 7/17 Council Bluffs, IA Mid-America Center
Fri 7/18 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
Sat 7/19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Mon 7/21 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Tue 7/22 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater
Wed 7/23 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Thu 7/24 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Fri 7/25 Morgantown, WV MountainFest at Mylan Park
Sat 7/26 Oshkosh, WI Leach Amphitheater at Riverside Park
Sun 7/27 Medina, MN Medina Entertainment Center
Tue 7/29 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Wed 7/30 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Thu 7/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Fri 8/1 Sheridan, WY Trails End Concert Park
Sat 8/2 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
Sun 8/3 Tacoma, WA Emerald Queen Casino
Mon 8/4 Worley, ID Coeur D’Alene Casino
Wed 8/6 Sturgis, SD Full Throttle Saloon
Fri 8/8 Maumee, OH NW Ohio Rib-Off at Lucas County Fairgrounds
Sat 8/9 Oxford, OH Indian Creek Amphitheatre
Mon 8/11 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Tue 8/12 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Thu 8/14 Houston, TX House of Blues
Fri 8/15 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live
Sat 8/16 Fort Worth, TX Billy Bob’s Texas

*Sharing the stage with Hank Williams Jr.

About TED NUGENT:
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 has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums,performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist’s prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of “Motor City Madman,” along withinternational acclaim.

Recognized as the world’s leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).

NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TEDdelivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!


L-R: Ted Nugent, Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown, and Greg Smith
Photo credit: James & Maryln Brown

For more information on TED NUGENT, visit:
tednugent.com
facebook.com/tednugent
twitter.com/tednugent

 

SALIVA Announce New Album Tour Dates

 

Grammy-Nominated Hard Rockers SALIVA Announce New Album “Rise Up” + New U.S. Tour Dates

 SALIVA Returns with New Singer Bobby Amaru +

Acclaimed Producer Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn)

 Listen to the Title Track ‘Rise Up’ Now via Rock Confidental  

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 As announced last month, SALIVA is currently out on a 50+ date trek across the United States, hitting major and minor markets, while performing past favorites and brand new tracks from their highly-anticipated upcoming release, Rise Up, out April 29, 2014 via Rum Bum Records. The band can now reveal some brand new dates, including New York City on April 30th, Buffalo, NY on May 6th, Columbus, OH on May 8th, and more. See below for a full listing of current and upcoming shows!

 “The audiences have been great,” says new singer Bobby Amaru. “I think we have a whole new energy on stage.” Continue reading

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

BROKEN HOPE announces “The Docking Dead” video contest

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Chicagoan death metallers BROKEN HOPE are calling on fans to create the best video for the track, “The Docking Dead.” The winning submission will be chosen by the band, and they will use it as an official BROKEN HOPE video! The winner will also receive entry to “The Best In Brutality” tour date of their choice with a guest and VIP access, plus official band merchandise and a signed postcard. Continue reading

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