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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.

To check out some sneak previews, visit:

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

To make a donation, go to:

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Jason Becker: ‘Not Dead Yet Movie & Music To End ALS’ Benefit to take place September 19

by on Sep.02, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Jason Becker: ‘Not Dead Yet Movie & Music To End ALS’ Benefit to take place September 19

Attend a very special screening of the multi award-winning documentary about the life and music of guitarist extraordinaire Jason Becker, "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet," along with live musical performances by internationally-known hard rock and heavy metal guest musicians, in a benefit "Not Dead Yet: Movie and Music to End ALS" for the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust and ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Bimbo's 365 Club. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7:00 p.m.

In 1990, 20-year old guitarist extraordinaire Jason Becker, after already recording two full-length albums of his own, was selected to play guitar for David Lee Roth - a position previously held by two of the greatest guitarists ever; Steve Vai and Edward Van Halen. Jason went on to record DLR's third solo album, A Little Ain't Enough, released in April 1991, was voted Best New Talent by Guitar Magazine by April of the very same year, and was about to begin a world tour that would make him an international guitar superstar when Becker began to feel what he called a "lazy limp" in his left leg. Doctors who soon diagnosed him with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's Disease) said, not only would never make music again, he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. Over two decades later, now confined to a wheelchair and without the ability to move or speak, Jason - considered by many to be the 'Stephen Hawking of music' - is very much alive and making music via the computer he controls only with his eyes.

Join Jason Becker and musical friends in a very special celebration of his life and music, with musical performances during intermission and after the screening by Pearl Aday and her band, Pearl, featuring guitarist (and husband) Scott Ian of Anthrax, guitarist Jim Wilson of Mother Superior and Henry Rollins' Rollins Band, bassist Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Fates Warning, the San Francisco Bay Area's Forrest Day, and special guests.

$50 General Admission tickets include a light dinner buffet (while supplies last) and $75 VIP tickets include the dinner buffet, as well as reserved seating, a signed event poster and a meet and greet with Jason Becker and all the participating musicians.

What: Not Dead Yet: Movie and Music to End ALS made possible by a contribution from Cytokinetics

Where: Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133. For General Information Call: 415-474-0365 or email

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, doors at 6:30 p.m. Showtime at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50 GA and $75 VIP. 
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Directions: Google Maps
For more info about "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" and to watch a preview, please visit: For special discounted ticket offers to, and other announcements about, "Not Dead Yet: Movie and Music to End ALS," please follow on Facebook at: visit to hear and purchase Jason Becker's music.

Jason Becker end ALS event

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Armored Saint to re-release first E.P. with bonus tracks and vinyl pressing, ready for European summer tour


Armored Saint to re-release first E.P. with bonus tracks and vinyl pressing, ready for European summer tour

Armored Saint will release their first EP with bonus tracks and etching on vinyl. Due out on August 10th/13th via Metal Blade, the tracklisting is as follows:
'Lesson Well Learned'
'No Reason to Live'
'False Alarm'
'Stricken by Fate'
'On the Way '

Metal Blade Records stated: "All five songs will be on side A, side B will feature a nice etching! Armored Saint will be heading back to Europe next week. At Sonisphere in France, the SAINT will be playing on the same day as Ghost, Evanescence, Wolfmother, Soulfly, Lacuna Coil, and more. Bang Your Head's list of confirmed bands includes Arch Enemy, Exodus, Thin Lizzy, Primordial, and more. Dong Open Air also features Napalm Death, Sepultura, and many others. Along with the festival appearances, Armored Saint will be playing three headlining shows with UK's Collapse as the supporting act."

Singer John Bush elaborates on the dates: "I'm very excited for our upcoming summer dates. First, Armored Saint has never played in France. Not only are we doing the awesome Sonisphere show, we are also doing a headline club show in Paris. About fucking time. Also, we're extremely pumped to play the Bang Your Head festival again. It's one of the best metal shows in Germany. Plus, we get to be part of the Dong festival. First time there. The tour wouldn't be complete without playing in Holland, which is the first country Armored Saint ever played in Europe back in 1989; and Zurich, where it will be our first time to headline in the beautiful country of Switzerland. Armored Saint doesn't tour all that often so come out and join us, cause you're never sure when or if we'll be touring again. We'll be playing songs from our entire catalog as well as from our most recent record, La Raza, which we're extremely proud of. See ya this summer."

Armored Saint European Tour 2012:
Jul. 8 - Amneville, France - Sonisphere Festival
Jul. 10 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
Jul. 11 - Kekrade, Netherlands - Rock Temple
Jul. 13 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
Jul. 14 - Neukirchen, Germany - Dong Festival
Jul. 15 - Zürich, Switzerland - Dynamo

Check out this interview with Joey Vera in France from Metal Sickness. Joey talks about how the band picked the name Armored Saint, did they expect the band to be around for 30 years and much more:

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