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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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Tracii Guns

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

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


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KORN’s Guitar Center Session

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

 

 

DOYLE to Join Second Leg of DANZIG’s 25th Anniversary Tour – Performing Special MISFITS Set Together Every Night

                              Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition and A Pale Horse Named Death to Open
                         DOYLE Taking Part in Official Signing at Guitar Center in Hollywood on August 29th
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NEW ALBUM ‘Abominator’ OUT NOW Digitally via DOYLE’s Monsterman Records – Physical Versions Coming this October
 
Get Your DOYLE DIGIPAK Now Exclusively From www.officialdoyle.com.
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Official Signing for Critically Acclaimed Metal Book LOUDER THAN HELL @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL – TOMORROW in Holmdel, NJ @ 5pm at the Dimeware Tent

Official Signing for Critically Acclaimed Metal Book LOUDER THAN HELL @ ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL – TOMORROW in Holmdel, NJ @ 5pm at the Dimeware Tent

 Get Your Copy Signed by the Authors, METAL BLADE RECORDS CEO Brian Slagel, and Rita Haney!

 LOUDER THAN HELL

The Definitive Oral History Of Metal

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH REVEALS INITIAL DATES AND ON-SALE DETAIL FOR THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH REVEALS INITIAL DATES AND ON-SALE DETAIL 
 
FOR THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
 
 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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