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‘Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal’ documentary creators kick off fundraising campaign

by on Sep.06, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘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.

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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!

Inside LA Metal movie poster

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‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music’ due for release on December 10

by on Nov.16, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music’ due for release on December 10

When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists. The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.'

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.

Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock - an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights”. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein”. But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as "Rock the Nation”, "Bad Motor Scooter," and "Space Station #5." It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical Journey lead him to the creation of GAMMA where he crafted songs like "Voyager", "Thunder And Lighting" and "Ready For Action". Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both "Open Fire" and his masterpiece version of "Town Without Pity".

And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.' To order and more info go to:

1. Overture
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don't Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
8. Frankenstein
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
14. Voyager
15. Lighthouse
16. One And A Half
17. Good Rockin' Tonight
18. Rock The Nation
19. Make It Last
20. Bad Motor Scooter
21. Rock Candy
22. Space Station No. 5
23. Connection

1. Good Rockin' Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don't
4. Paper Money
5. Wild Night

Ronnie Montrose Concert for Ronnie Montrose DVD cover

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Y&T set to release 4CD set ‘Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-85’

by on Oct.10, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Y&T set to release 4CD set ‘Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-85’

On October 14th Y&T will release a 4CD set called 'Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-85', which features six studio albums with B-sides and a rare Friday Rock Show album featuring their appearances at Reading and Monsters of Rock.

There was a time in the late 1970s/early 1980s when America was seemingly overrun with great hard rock bands. They all had power, individuality and the sheer audacity to ignore trends and go with their instincts. And in this company of lycanthropic lotharios there were none better than Y&T.

The San Francisco based heavy metal act burst on the scene when they were known as Yesterday and Today and recorded two albums for the London label. They were snapped up by A&M and recorded a number of albums for the label including what is regarded as one of the finest metal albums of all time in, 'Earthshaker'. All of their output for the label is featured on this multipack that also has albums such as 'Black Tiger' and 'Down For The Count', available in Europe legally for the first time in a number of years.

In 1981 Y&T released the sensational 'Earthshaker' album and exploded on the scene with the sort of thoroughbred command that had more in common with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal than the smoother and more mainstream attitudes starting to invade and pervade in the States. When you listen the flood of riffs which are the hallmark of this album, it's just irresistible. From the opening shards of "Hungry For Rock" through the titanic "Rescue Me" and onwards to the stormy "Hurricane" and finally to the climactic, epic "I Believe In You", this was an album that had not one weakness. Each track combined a spontaneity with lively, well crafted ideas. And these were musicians who could live with anyone on the planet. Moreover, topping it all off were the soaraway vocals of Dave Meniketti. One of the great hard rock singers, his voice can both crack concrete, and yet also drips with honeyed nectar. It is capable of sounding innocent and vulnerable, yet quickly turn on its heels and become a roaring savage.

While 'Earthshaker' set a benchmark for 1980s American hard rock that few were able to emulate, 'Black Tiger', released the following year, was the proof that it was far from being a one-off. The songs on 'Black Tiger' were of the highest order. "Open Fire", "Hell Or High Water", "Forever", "Black Tiger" and "My Way Or The Highway" were straight out of the top drawer, and it was no surprise when the album became the first from Y&T to chart in the UK, as it reached number 53.

If 'Black Tiger' was the natural successor to 'Earthshaker', then 'Mean Streak' in 1983 proved to be equally invaluable. Produced by Chris Tsangarides, a lot of the songs on this album have become staples of the band's live set through the years. These include the title track, "Midnight In Tokyo", "Hang 'Em High" and "Down And Dirty". 'Mean Streak' made it to number 35 in the UK.

But this sniff of success was only the appetizer for what was about to happen. Now, Y&T took a massive leap forward in sales terms, as they elected to go for a more commercial style. The result in 1984 was their biggest album to date, 'In Rock We Trust'. Working with producer Tom Allom, they sold close to half-a-million copies in America, and reached number 33 in the UK. 'In Rock We Trust' features "Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World", "Masters And Slaves", "Lipstick And Leather" and "(Your Love Is) Drivin' Me Crazy" -- real stompers kissed by the stamp of class.

Things got even more accessible in 1985, when 'Down For The Count' hit. Produced by Kevin Beamish, Y&T finally got a successful single in America, as "Summertime Girls" made it to number 55. Bright, breezy and breathtaking, it showed how Y&T were able to embrace the MTV generation, yet also come up with an anthem to appeal to their diehards. Using keyboards for the first time, they also had a battery of other top quality songs to back up "Summertime Girls". These featured such moments as "Looks Like Trouble", "Hands Of Time", "Don't Tell Me What To Wear", plus an exquisite cover of Loggins And Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance".

While they were hauling themselves up to a new level of success during this period of time, the band were still a formidable presence live. They show this on the 1984 live album 'Open Fire', which more than lived up to its title, as it brought together a manic montage of their finest songs, all lifted by the added cachet of their stage presence. And they proved equally adept when captured live for the BBC's 'Friday Rock Show', which represents a cross section of the band's finest accomplishments.

By 1986, drummer Leonard Haze had gone and three years later Stef Burns took over on guitar from Joey Alves. By 1991, it was all over, and the band split up. Yes, they did return in 1995, and continue to this day in various guises (only Meniketti now remains from the halcyon days). But when you want to hear Y&T in their prime -- when you wish to get a taste of why they were once regarded as one of the world's greatest hard rock bands... well, the music on these four CDs is all you need. It represents the glory age for a glorious band.

Earthquake: The A&M Years 1981-1985 track listing:
1. Hungry For Rock
2. Dirty Girl
3. Shake It Loose
4. Squeeze
5. Rescue Me
6. Young And Tough
7. Hurricane
8. Let Me Go
9. Knock You Out
10. I Believe In You
11. From The Moon
12. Open Fire
13. Don't Wanna Lose
14. Hell Or High Water
15. Forever
16. Black Tiger
17. Barroom Boogie
18. My Way Or The Highway
19. Winds Of Change
20. Mean Streak
21. Straight Thru The Heart
22. Lonely Side Of Town
23. Midnight In Tokyo
24. Breaking Away
25. Hang 'Em High
26. Take You To The Limit
27. Sentimental Fool
28. Down And Dirty
29. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World
30. Life, Life, Life
31. Masters And Slaves
32. I'll Keep On Believin' (Do You Know)
33. Break Out Tonight
34. Lipstick And Leather
35. Don't Stop Runnin'
36. (Your Love Is) Drivin Me Crazy
37. She's A Liar (album version)
38. This Time (album version)
39. Open Fire (live)
40. Go For The Throat (live)
41. 25 Hours A Day (live edit)
42. Rescue Me (live)
43. Summertime Girls (studio version)
44. Forever (live)
45. Barroom Boogie (live)
46. I Believe In You (live)
47. In The Name Of Rock
48. All American Boy
49. Anytime At All
50. Anything For Money
51. Face Like An Angel
52. Summertime Girls (studio version)
53. Looks Like Trouble (album version)
51. Your Mama Don't Dance
52. Don't Tell Me What To Wear
56. Hands Of Time
57. Hungry For Rock (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
58. Black Tiger (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
59. I Believe In You (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
60. Open Fire (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
61. Forever (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
62. Rescue Me (live at the Reading Festival 1984)
63. Mean Streak (live at Donington 1984)
64. Barroom Boogie (live at Donington 1984)
65. Lipstick And Leather (live at Donington 1984)
66. Rescue Me (live at Donington 1984)
67. Rock & Roll's Gonna Save The World (live at Donington 1984)
68. Masters And Slaves (live at Donington 1984)

Y&T The A&M Years album cover

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Y&T bring the Summertime (Girls) to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (video)

by on Aug.06, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Y&T bring the Summertime (Girls) to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (video)

Y&T rocked the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Friday night (Aug. 2), playing two shows on a beautiful California day/night for appreciative crowds as part of the Boardwalk's 'FREE Friday Night Bands on the Beach.' My wife and I booked a hotel within walking distance and made our to the beach shortly before the 6:30pm show. The plan was to attend the 8:30pm show, so we prepped while walking the boardwalk. Y&T actually played two different sets, so at least we did hear and see parts of 'Mean Streak' and 'Summertime Girls,' which were missing from their second set ('Rescue Me' was the only track repeated in the second set). We positioned ourselves for the second show on an upper concourse, and you can watch the results below.

Guitarist John Nymann, bassist Brad Lang and drummer Mike Vanderhule were all in top form, joining Y&T leader Dave Meniketti, whose voice and lead guitar work showed he is still on top of his game. Another great set by Bay area rock legends Y&T! It was fantastic to see the ocean waves crashing in the background while rocking out on the Boardwalk!

Check out some Boardwalk and Y&T photos of the early set at www.facebook/marshallofrock/y&t Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk continues its Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach with War, followed by Foghat, Eddie Money and Papa Doo Run Run to wrap up the Summer series on August 30.

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‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

by on Jan.11, 2013, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Hair I Go Again’…Two middle aged guys. One lifelong dream. Zero chance in hell (documentary trailer)

'Hair I Go Again', a new film documenting two friends who were once part of a band trying to hit it big back in 1985 and their attempt to reunite and try opening for their Heavy Metal idols on tour is slated for release early this year. Check out the three-and-a-half-minute trailer below.

Film synopsis: "The year was 1985. Thousands of miles away from the sonic debauchery of the Sunset Strip, a group of teenage friends shared aspirations of glam rock grandeur. Rising from the ashes of countless garage jams and taking a page straight out of Hit Parader, a hungry, determined band was ultimately born. Fame and fortune were well within reach, as they toured the skating rink circuit of West Central Florida, but fate intervened and the group unceremoniously imploded... probably over some chick.

"In this humorous-yet-shameless documentary, two longtime friends ultimately realize their mortality and decide to give the dream one last shot. Gone are the long hair, leopard-skin spandex and all-night parties. Only to be replaced, some twenty-five years later, by male-pattern baldness, XXL fashion and the mundane grind of 9-to-5. Their mission: reunite the band and appear as an opening act for their heavy metal idols.

"Their journey will take them cross-country as they seek out (OK, stalk) their musical heroes with the hopes of hearing the words: 'You've got the gig.'

"Countless questions remain. Will they find their long-lost bandmates (particularly the bastards that still owe them money)? Can any of them still hold a tune? And who was that skank that broke up the band in the first place?

"Failure might be their only option."

Directed by Steve McClure credits include Starz Entertainment Group, E! Entertainment Television & Sony Pictures Entertainment. Steve also wrote and produced "The Michelangelo Story", a documentary distributed nationally by Service Merchandise.

After obtaining numerous industry awards for cable television promotion, Steve co-founded Ghost-2-Eleven Entertainment with long-time high school friend, Kyle Kruger. The film was written by Kruger and McClure. As an Associate Producer with EMG, Kyle served under the tutelage of the late, 2-time Academy Award winning Producer John Daly ("Platoon", "The Last Emperor", "The Terminator", "Hoosiers"). "Hair I Go Again" features interviews with many of the most influential musicians and industry professionals in the business of that time, including:

- Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
- Erik Turner and Robert Mason (WARRANT)
- Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
- Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD)
- Kip Winger (WINGER)
- Oz Fox (STRYPER)
- Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE)
- Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE)
- Brian Forsythe (KIX)
- Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
- Ron Keel (STEELER, KEEL)
- Jaime St. James (BLACK 'N BLUE, WARRANT)
- Stevie Rachelle (TUFF)
- Lorraine Lewis (FEMME FATALE)
- Steve Blaze (LILLIAN AXE)
- Share Ross (VIXEN)
- Brian Vollmer and Brent Doerner (HELIX)
- Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS)
- Vicky Hamilton (manager and consultant for MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, GUNS N' ROSES)
- Terry Ilous (XYZ, GREAT WHITE)
- Kevin Steele (ROXX GANG, MOJO GURUS)
- Kenny McGee (JULIET)
- Bruce Batten (BRAT)
- THE IRON MAIDENS (all-female tribute to IRON MAIDEN)
- Sam McCaslin (Retrospect Records)
- Marla Stone (95YNF and 98ROCK in Tampa Bay, Florida)
- Sandy Sledge and Leather Leone (SLEDGE LEATHER PROJECT)

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