Tag: New Jersey
Overkill’s Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth talks being in the Metal game all these years and his passions in new interview (video)
Amy Sciarretto of The Aquarian Weekly recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal legends Overkill. The band recently released their fantastic new album 'The Electric Age,' which continues the classic Overkill sound. It holds up with the band's best. Check out an excerpt from the interview and the new single 'Wish You Were Dead' below. Blitz talks about being in the Metal game all these years and his other passions, chocolate and with baseball season getting ready to kick off, the New York Mets.
Let’s talk chocolate first…
My wife and I own a chocolate retail outlet in Nyack, New York, just outside of the Aquarian‘s reach. It’s close to the Bergen County line. It’s primarily imports. My wife is Dutch. I was about to open a studio and I thought, “She is not going to want to sit in a studio.” She had done her legwork on this and had always been in service industry with her parents. We went that route. I’ve bailed [out] the Lamb Of God guys a few times on Valentine’s Day when they need some chocolates. It’s cool. Music and life changes. This is viable too. People who like the band also come get the high-end Belgian chocolates. We opened the store in 2004. We had one in Jersey for a while and one in Nyack. They were great niche businesses that had nothing to do with the recession. The business model is recession-proof. You are not jockeying for position by saving people 10 cents. If people want Belgian chocolate, they get it. We closed the Jersey one. Nyack is a great walking town and like a Greenwich Village. Chocolaterie is the name and quite simply, it means “chocolate shop.”
So you’ve been thrashing since the ‘80s. What keeps you in the metal game after all these years, especially with your successful side business?
We’ve worked on a schedule, since 1985. You do it this long, you obviously love it. It’s brought me, my wife, chocolate [and] getting to go on tour to all sorts of places. I find it funny. We’re releasing our 15th record, we’re going on [our] 15th world tour and there were still places I have not been. There are still some uncharted territories. There are still places to go. It’s the same electric vibe with The Electric Age. It’s not overexposed and it’s not polluted. It’s pure. It still gives back what we put into it.
Okay, so I’ve gotta ask. How are you feeling about the 2012 Mets?
Oh, yikes. With the mismanagement of deals and the Madoff thing, it was a house of cards and it came down. I will take my old man out to Citi Field early on and then think, “It’s not going to be a bad year.” But between now and the end of our first tour, I will be wholeheartedly rooting for the New Jersey Devils. I’ll tell you a story. My dad turned 75 in 2005. I had been doing side work and benefit performances for people and a New York Met was a big metal fan. He always said, “If you ever need anything…” So once, I said, “Hey man, I want your box for my dad’s 75th.” Years before, after dropping out of Manhattan College, my dad asked, “Is this about art or free beer and girls?” I thought, “I gotta lie to my old man and said, ‘It’s about art, pop.’” So on his 75th birthday, we’re in the box, it’s beautiful and we’re at Shea, and he said “I knew this Overkill thing would work out” and I said, “It was about beer and girls 25 years ago.”
The band's 'Electric Age' tour 2012 kicks off April 20 in Philadelphia, PA. at the Trocadero Theatre.
Read the entire interview here: www.theaquarian.com
Bruce Springsteen News: Boss dedicates song to Trayvon Martin, NJ Governor Chris Christie want Bruce to play Atlantic City Casino, Awesome Philly footage-crowd surfing and chugging beer with the crowd! (video)
Bruce Springsteen addressed the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose recent shooting death at the hands of local neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is suspected by some of being racially motivated. Bruce said onstage, "This is for Trayvon," before he and the E Street Band kicked into 'American Skin (41 Shots)' at the concert at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday (Mar. 28).
'American Skin' was written about the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot repeatedly shot by four New York City police officers who believed he'd brandished a gun at them. Like Martin, Diallo was unarmed and had reached for a wallet.
On Tuesday (Mar. 27) Christie called on the Jersey rock icon to perform at the new Revel casino in Atlantic City on Labor Day weekend. Christie was touring the casino and said Christie said, "I think Bruce, if he's true to his lyrics, would love the fact that the state used taxpayer funds to invest in this place to create jobs for working men and women."
Beyonce will perform at the official grand opening of the casino over Memorial Day weekend.
Here's more great footage from the Philly show this past Wednesday. There aren't many artists that connect with their audience like Bruce does. Just fantastic!
This is from the March 28th show- Bruce Crowd Surfing and chugging beer! How awesome! Just the absolute best, not much more you can say! It's gotta make you feel so good! You gotta Love the mutual Love!
Rolling Stones News: Ronnie Wood to bring art exhibit to NYC and play one-off solo concert in Atlantic City
Symbolic Collection, one of the world’s greatest collections of twentieth-century pop culture, is proud to present a collection of fine art works by music icon and Rolling Stones band member Ronnie Wood in a worldwide exhibit entitled 'Faces, Time and Places.' It premieres Monday, April 9th and will run for three months through Saturday, June 30 at 498 Broome Street at West Broadway in New York City. It originally debuted last November in London.
Wood helped choose the paintings and drawings featured in the collection, which includes portraits of his Rolling Stones band mates, Eric Clapton and amny other celebrities. The artwork and limited-edition prints will be sold at the gallery.
Here's an Artisan News Report about the upcoming exhibit:
Ronnie Wood will also perform a one-off solo concert scheduled for April 21 at the Gold Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As-yet-unannounced musicians will join him at the show, which will take place exactly one week after he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hopefully we will see his Faces bandmates performing more of their classics, as the reunion at the Hall will only be for a reported three songs.
Great news regarding King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill’s health. He left the hospital yesterday (Mar. 21), and hopes are high for a full recovery from the heart attack he suffered on Feb. 26th.
Pinnick recently shared the good news on Facebook when Gaskill was moved out of intensive care and to a more normal environment. "Jerry was moved to a regular room today. He still has the trach, but hasn’t had to be on the ventilator in the past two days. He had a physical therapy assessment today so tomorrow I should know what the next steps are for rehab. He is doing really well so far!"
Pinnick continued, "I was walking to the grocery store a few minutes ago, as I was walking out the store my cell phone rang, the ID said Jerry Gaskill!!! He was calling from the hospital to say hi and that he’s going to be alright. He sounded great! Totally understated everything he’s been thru and mentioned how thankful he was for all the support so far. He made me laugh like he always does, it’s a great day!!! That black flag has lifted and everyday he will get better."
In support of his friend, Pinnick wrote a song that pays tribute to his longtime band mate and comrade. Pinnick said: "I had to write a song about it! for Jerry! actually 4 tunes, its my crack when im worried. 2 weeks in and hes getting better everyday, should be going home soon!!!"were so glad you made it, ain't that the truth!? thanks Stacy T. for doing the guitar lead." Check out the song, celebrating Jerry accompanied by a video mosaic featuring live footage of Gaskill. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3545758801138
A benefit show has been set up for Jerry by Dan Reed and The Saint Club in Astbury Park, New Jersey. Here is details:
Benefit for Jerry Gaskill (drummer for KING's X) at 'The Saint' in ASBURY PARK - Next Friday, March 23rd, 8pm - (The Dan Reed Band, Danny White Band, Cherry Suede and Special Guests) - As many of you may know, Jerry Gaskill, drummer of KING's X and all around beautiful soul, suffered a major heart attack two weeks ago. We are happy to report after a lot of good energy and support sent his way, great doctors, and his strong will, Jerry is on the way to recovery! However, he is now facing very large medical bills, so 'The Saint' club and the Dan Reed Band have decided to dedicate the evening as a benefit for Mr. Gaskill. We welcome all who are able to attend and support a very talented soul in need and whose compassion knows no boundaries. Thank you.
For Ticket's please contact the number below or come to The Saint at 7pm door time. Tickets are $12 Advanced, $14 at the door. Music begins at 8pm at 'The Saint' - 601 Main St. Asbury Park, NJ 07712, (732) 775-9144
You can also donate to Jerry Gaskill and get a free download of the classic King’s X show in Boston 1991 in return. The show, entitled “Burning Down Boston: Live At The Channel 6.12.91” can be purchased at www.molkenmusic.com.
In addition to the gift with this download, anyone who wants to further make a personal gift to Jerry to help him with his medical bills can send a check made out to Jerry Gaskill. Mail it to: Jerry Gaskill, c/o World Entertainment Inc., P.O. Box 3095, Sea Bright, NJ 07760. One hundred percent of your gift goes to Jerry Gaskill to help him defray his medical expenses. Jerry Gaskill is an individual and not a charity. Any funds given to him would be a gift and no further tax deduction for charitable contributions would be coming from him. Help out if you can.
Metallica News: watch preview of Lars Ulrich in new HBO film ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn’, New Orion Music + More Festival trailer and Mexico tour details
A second trailer for Metallica's upcoming Orion Music + More Festival has been released. It all happens June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Orion Music + More is Metallica’s first attempt at hosting their own multi-day festival event, with more than 30 artists on the bill. Metallica will headline both nights, playing the classic “Black” album in its entirety on one of the nights for the first time ever in the U.S., and performing the “Ride The Lightning” album on the other night.
The festival itself will have a diverse lineup, opening up the ears and minds of attendees, but will also rock hard on 'The Damage Inc. stage' with Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, Torche, Red Fang, Kyng, Landmine Marathon, Black Tuck and Thy Will Be Done.
The Orion Custom Car + Motorcycle Show, curated by James Hetfield, will include over 300 of the best Customs, Hot Rods, muscle cars and custom motorcycles on display inside the festival grounds throughout the weekend.
Metallica has announced that they will play two dates in Mexico City in early August. The band released a statement in regards to the shows:
After years in the making, we are beyond excited to finally unveil the all new, out of control, massive stage and Metalli-show to some of our most rabid fans in the world with two shows in Mexico City at Sports Palace on August 1 and 2, 2012.
When we last visited Mexico City in June of 2009, those three sold out nights with over 150,000 of our craziest friends at Foro Sol Stadium were some of the most memorable, over the top, insane shows we have ever played. Now we'll be back with a brand new show that features your favorite iconic elements spanning our entire 30 year touring career all on a massive stage that is twice the size of the World Magnetic set up... we think it's something that needs to be seen to believed!!!
Lars Ulrich has appeared on the big screen before, with acting roles as himself in 2010′s 'Get Him to the Greek' and as himself in Metallica’s 2004 documentary ‘Some Kind of Monster’, but he plays Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the new HBO film 'Hemingway and Gellhorn.'
'Hemingway and Gellhorn' also stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. Kidman plays journalist Martha Gellhorn, a celebrated war correspondent and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen). The story trails their passionate, often rocky relationship during the Spanish Civil War and beyond.
Retelling the story of one of America's most famous literary couples, the movie begins in 1936 when the pair first met in a bar in Florida. He was already a famous writer and she was one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. Their five-year marriage first saw them travel to Spain to record some of the most famous reports on the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Gellhorn was the only woman to ask Hemingway for a divorce and she inspired him to write his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. The movie premieres on May 28, but you can check out a preview in a five minute trailer below.