Archive for September, 2014
On my way to the venue for the Rob Zombie show on Wednesday night (September 17), I wondered how the vibe would be in this beautiful venue nestled in Central California Wine Country. In only its second season of shows, the Vina Robles Amphitheatre had never played host to a show this rocking before, with the closest being the Sammy Hagar/Rival Sons show last year. So not only was I looking forward to rocking hard with Rob and the band, I wanted to see how the mosh pits were going to go over with a definitive beer drinking crowd (I assume some wine was consumed -lol).
The open pit in front of the stage was going to provide for ample moshing and the crowd was definitely ready after a opening set by DJ Ginger Fish, who also doubles as Mr. Zombie's drummer. He mashed up familiar and hard rocking tracks designed to get the party vibe kicking in. When the lights went down and Rob announced we were having an early Halloween party, I knew that would be factual! The backdrop of classic photos of Frankenstien, the Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera and a huge backdrop picture of King Kong terrorizing New York City added to the vibe as Zombie jumped from small platform to small platform singing into a microphone stand modeled after “Nosferatu,” the original film vampire.
The energy was electric from the beginning to end with the set kicking off with 'Teenage Nosferatu' and 'Superbeast' and continuing into 'Living Dead Girl.' That was followed by 'Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown' from last years album release 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.'
Drummer Piggy D's kick ass solo flowed into 'More Human Than Human,' with Rob really jacking the crowd up a few notches and imploring them with his words: "Are You Ready!...Security, chill the fuck out. If you want to get up, GET UP..Fuck that shit! We're here to party..fuck it. Get up motherfuckers!' And get up they did. The energy level in the venue was off the hook at this point.
'Sick Bubble-Gum' was up next with Rob getting a couple of Rock cheerleaders onstage from the audience. One was a guy with a Captain Misfit mask near Guitarist John 5 on the right of the stage and a Bettie Page look-alike with bassist Piggy D on the left. The chats of "Rock" and "Motherfucker" kicked in, and then did the track, which prominently features both words. 'House of 1,000 Corpses' and "Meet The Creeper' continued the ass kicking, followed by a cover of 'Beat The Brat,' paying tribute to the Ramones.
The build up into track that starting the Zombie phenomenon 'Thunder Kiss 65' kicked in with Rob imploring to the crowd in the pit, "Hold onto your beer, hold into your nachos, hold on to your popcorn...things might get a little weird. I see that guy coming in with his refreshments, he may just want to back on out." Hopefully he did, as the crowd at this point went ballistic. The amazing John 5 channeled his inner Eddie Van Halen during the guitar solo, showing off his amazing musical skills. John 5 is truly one of the guitar greats in Rock today. During the solo, Rob grabbed a spotlight and went out into the audience, slapping fives and bonding even up on the lawn area. Rob Zombie took the bond between the band and his audience to the next level at this point.
John 5 then proceeded to launch into a solo of 'Star Spangled Banner' with his teeth and Rob donned an American flag cape as the band launched into Grand Funk Railroad's 'We're An American Band.' The set was originally to close with 'Dragula,' but after a couple of minutes Rob brought the band back to kick everyone's ass one last time with 'Scum Of The Earth.'
There was some serious moshing going on, and even a fight or two with some blows thrown during the show. I will say this...the Vina Robles Security staff did a fantastic job squashing anything before it got really out of control and didn't single anyone out or make big issue of it. They just got it separated and squashed. I am looking forward to more Hard Rock shows at the venue next season.
Rob Zombie and the band truly make a unique and intense connection with their fans and they deliver! Even on the way out of Vina Robles, the band was connecting as each and every person received an awesome comic caricature poster of the band complete with date and venue location on it. A memorable show to say the least, and looking forward to a return visit the California Central Coast soon. For more Zombie photos check out the Marshall of Rock Facebook page.
Special Thanks to Jessica Puchli of Nedelander. Get more info on Vina Robles Amphitheatre here.
The legendary Chicago brought their transcendent brand of Rock to a capacity crowd at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA on Wednesday night (Sept. 14) and delivered a fantastic set full of all their greatest songs, as well as selections from their latest album 'Chicago XXXVI: Now.' It was a show that transported their fans to a time and place somewhere in the midst of the band's 47 years of making music.
The memories of the audience's youth, whether they began with the band and their first album in 1969, the massive hits of the 70's, or with the soft-rock ballads of the 80's and early 90's, all came together in the over two hour show that was broken up into two sets.
The band that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame earlier this and should be (and hopefully will be soon be) in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame still have four of the seven founding members remaining, including all three horn players: James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet) and Walter Parazaider (saxophone). They anchor the lineup with original vocalist/keyboardist Robert Lamm that now also includes long time members (percussion), along with newest members Lou Pardini on vocals & keyboards (since 2009) and percussionist Walfredo Reyes Jr (since 2012).
Chicago are now in their 46th consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date! They kicked off the set with "Introduction," from their very first album, 1969’s "The Chicago Transit Authority." That was followed by another selection from that first album “Questions 67 and 68,” that brought the legendary horn section front and center and the crowd to their feet.
'Dialog Part I,' followed with Scheff and Pardini more than ablely handling the vocal interplay of original members Peter Cetera (who left the band in 1985) and Terry Kath (who died in 1979 due to an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound). They were fabulous, full of energy and enthusiasm. The title track to the band's latest album 'Now' was a welcome addition to the set and the crowd accepted the new track with open arms and claps.
Hit after hit followed - 'If You Leave Me Now,' 'Call On Me,' 'I've Been Searching So Long' led into the instrumental 'Mongonucleosis.' An acoustic offering of songs led up to the first intermission, with Jason Scheff handling 'Will You Still Love Me?',' Robert Lamm’s on 'Another Rainy Day in New York City' and Pardini on "Look Away.' The first set closed with an impressive performance of 'Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon,' and the audience taking a nice fine wine break (or at least every where I looked they were).
Returning after the intermission, the band got the crowd involved instantly, kicking into 'Old Days.' Another track from the band's new album followed, with 'America' calling out our leaders of all parties to get our country back on track country, but saying it's up to us. "America...It's You and Me." A tremendous rendition of 'Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is' wowed the crowd next, and was followed by their beautiful ballads 'Hard Habit to Break' and 'You’re the Inspiration.'
'Beginnings,' with the amazing horn finish was next and brought everyone in the crowd to their feet! Keith Howland's rocking guitar work on 'I’m a Man,' was a real show highlight, as was the drum and percussion duet between Imboden and Reyes. Lamm handled the vocal on 'Street Player' next, and continued with 'Just You 'n' Me,' 'Hard to Say I’m Sorry' and 'Get Away." The energy of the crowd was at a peak, only to be eclipsed as the band kicked into 'Saturday In the Park' and then a shortened version of 'Feelin’ Stronger Every Day.' An encore was without question, and the band delivered as '25 or 6 to 4' wrapped up the set and left everyone in the house feeling satisfied with a legendary concert by this legendary band. In 2015 Chicago better get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and return to Vina Robles Amphitheatre)! A Vino toast to the legendary Chicago! For more photos of the show click here
Special thanks to Jessica Puchli of Nederlander. For more info on upcoming shows go to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre website.
Red Zone Rider (RZR) featuring guitar hero Vinnie Moore (Alice Cooper, UFO), vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling (Baton Rouge, MSG, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and drummer Scot Coogan (Ace Frehley, Lita Ford, Brides Of Destruction) will release their debut, self-titled album via Magna Carta on September 16th.
RZR's sound is inspired by the emerging AOR radio of the early 1970's which featured bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad and other rockers of that era. Take a look and listen to the video trailer below and feel it. Solid playing by excellent musicians, with an abundance of attitude and swagger is what you get with Red Zone Rider.
RZR recorded the new album a year ago in Las Vegas with Mike Varney producing. Red Zone Rider provide some serious kick ass quality rock. A great three piece band that you will all be taking notice of and hearing more and more from.
By The Rainbow's End
House Of Light
Cloud Of Dreams
Never Trust A Woman
The Hand That Feeds You
Hit The Road
There's A Knowing
‘Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal’ documentary creators kick off fundraising campaign
The creators of 'Inside Metal: The Pioneers Of L.A. Hard Rock And Metal' Documentary Film Series, which features the biggest names of '80's Metal, offers Metal fans a chance to be included in these historical movies!
The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,' chronicles the entire scene.
Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this killer documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM - which will help strengthen the film's distribution, marketing and promotion.
This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).
'Inside Metal' is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories.
To check out some sneak previews, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzWl795u0E
Early feedback has been exceptional, including renowned video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raving, "This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You’re hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn’t get back, not until I saw this film. I can’t get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!"
Metalrock Films ask - and want - real and serious metal fans to be a part of this historic documentary and spread the word that this was the scene where it all began, ground zero.
"Our Fanbacked campaign will raise the direly needed financial support to bring this film to one and all in the US and Internationally in order to pay for the marketing and promotion to get it noticed by the general public. We want to bring this film to your theatre, town, bar, club and living room! Unite and support us. We have created some one of a kind opportunities for our friends and fans to participate with us in birth of this film. Get your name on the screen and let the world know that you support metal and the bands that create it. Help us tell the story of the music you love and let the world know you love it. Join in the festivities of our, and your, accomplishments by being at the premiere of the movie and interact with the artist that participated in its creation. Commemorate your participation with a plaque, t-shirt, poster or other limited edition merchandise items that says 'Metal Rules.' Keep checking back as we add more tasty premiums."
And thanks to you and your donation, 'Inside Metal' will finally get the true story of the scene heard - worldwide!
Charm City Devils to bring the ‘Battles’ with their third album due September 23, watch new video for first track ‘Shots’
Baltimore's own Charm City Devils will release their third album ‘Battles’ on Sept. 23 via The End Records. The band worked once again with Grammy winning producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saving Abel), who also produced the band's 2012 release ‘Sins.’
Vocalist John Allen says about the album title ‘Battles:’ “There are many battles you face in life. The battle to survive, to get out of your own way, to do the right thing, of good against evil.”
Allen correlates the stage as being his battlefield. “I love it when someone comes up to us after a show and says, ‘I thought you were going to suck, but you guys are awesome!’ It’s like, ‘Go ahead. Underestimate me. Discount me. Count me out!’”
He continues, “I love to prove people wrong and turn them around and win them over, and that’s what we do, night after night. Plus, meeting the fans, and introducing that human element, makes it all worth it!”
Check out the video for the first single ‘Shots’ below. “‘Shots’ is literally a shot over the bow saying THiS iS ROCK AND FUCKING ROLL!” vocalist John Allen adds. “Although it sounds like an anthem to get wasted to, it’s really a pissed-off letter to a close friend who is in denial about his addiction problems.”
“Outwardly, the song seems like a party anthem, but to me it’s more. Sure this song and video are about as Rock and F—ing Roll as you can get! But, to me it’s the band! There’s no outside songwriters, no overblown production, we are wearing our influences on our sleeves. The video is a documentary of the touring life of the band and lyrically it’s a plea to a close friend to please get help for his addictions before it’s too late. This is one of the songs that every night I know I have physically, mentally and emotionally left it all out on the table!”
Get the new single now at itunes. To pre-order the album or bundle that features the CD, T-shirt and shot glass go to the Charm City Devils webstore and check out www.charmcityangels.com for all of their upcoming tour dates.
'Battles’ Track Listing:
1. Tear It Apart
6. God’s Gonna Cut You Down
7. Lying To Yourself
8. Rich N Famous
11. Let It Go