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Metalachi talk Chi-Chi’s and more with Marshall de Roca (video)


Metalachi talk Chi-Chi’s and more with Marshall de Roca (video)

I have been officially indoctrinated into the ways of the METALACHI, and I am a better man for it. When I heard that the only Mariachi Heavy Metal band was making a return visit to SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, California, I knew I had to be there to witness the spectacle. Just watching their YouTube videos doesn't do them justice. Being able to interview the boys just made the experience that more chi-chi filled!

Pre-show this Gringo had a chance to shoot the shit with all the members of the best Heavy Metal Band in the World out in the alleyway of the venue. Vocalist Vega De La Rockha, Maximillian "Dirty" Sanchez (violin), El Cucuy (trumpet), bassist Nacho Picante and Paco Halen on guitar all let me in on the secrets of the Metalachi ways.

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After the guys told us what brought them back for another sold-out show at SLO Brew and gave a little bio info on themselves, we touched on topics such as Chi-Chi jumping, the process of "Metalachizing" a song, their influences, an upcoming new album for the holidays, their fetishes. the Metalachi rocket ship and that Cheech doesn't know that he's Dirty Sanchez's Dad. Check it out.

The band then proceeded to the stage after the interview and the merging of the Metal and the Mariachi kicked off with 'Holy Diver.'

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Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Metallica, Poison, Slayer, Tenacious D and more have all said publicly how proud they are that Metalachi have taken their songs in such a great new direction. Well, maybe they didn't say that, but close enough. 'Killing In The Name Of' wrapped up the set, with the crowd still ready for more as Metalachi rode off into the night, ready to conquer the next village!

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Metalachi are primed and ready to take over the world...Or at least Mexico, California and the Western United States. Seriously, ROCK ON METALACHI! Make sure you check out their website and find a tour date near you:


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Mike Peters of The Alarm brings his rock ‘Declaration’ to San Luis Obispo (video)


Mike Peters of The Alarm brings his rock ‘Declaration’ to San Luis Obispo (video)

It's not often when a rock artist of legendary proportions matches up to his musical legacy, with a legacy of activism. Mike Peters of The Alarm has certainly done that and more. I had a chance to talk to Mike on his return to San Luis Obispo, California on the 'Declaration' 30th Anniversary tour. We talked pre-show at SLO Brew about his visit to San Luis Obispo on the 'Strength' tour back in 1989 when I originally got a chance to meet him, and he shared some great memories of that show and a whole lot more.

We also talked about the re-issue and modernization of the 'Declaration' album, the state of radio then and now, releasing music on vinyl, the early days of the Alarm, his recent BBC Orchestra of Wales tribute performance and his fantastic Love, Hope, Strength Organization, which is an international, cancer charity providing support for cancer centers, and inspiration to those affected, throughout the world. Their mission is to save lives immediately with the advances that have already been made in cancer care. The non-profit uses their funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centers and find bone marrow donors. I myself am now on the bone marrow donor list and you should be too: -  Get involved!!

Mike also drops in stories about connections with Jack White, The Stray Cats, U2 and Bono, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more. A new book, album and film are all on the way to look forward to from Mike as well! A great guy, great musician, and great humanitarian! Thanks Mike!

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Mike Peters of The Alarm shares great stories of meeting and playing a gig with the Sex Pistols and meeting The Clash in London leading into 'Spirit of '76'

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Photos of Mike & I at the show and back in 1989 at Live 95 KPGA in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Michael Schenker brings his ‘Temple Of Rock’ to SLO Brew (photos)

by on Feb.05, 2014, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Michael Schenker brings his ‘Temple Of Rock’ to SLO Brew (photos)

The artistry, the longevity and the magnitude of a man who is truly a guitar legend was in full effect as Michael Schenker brought his latest incarnation of the Micheal Schenker Group to SLO Brew in San Luis Obispo, California on Tuesday night (Feb. 4) for a night of stellar ROCK!

After an opening set by the band Gundriver, featuring an animated frontman and a sound that harked back to the NWOBHM, the anticipation in the room built for the man who who has truly built a "Temple Of Rock."

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Playing selections from his entire career, Schenker and his current U.S. touring unit ripped through early Scorpions songs, classic UFO and MSG tracks, and selections from the latest album 'Bridge The Gap.' Opening with a fantastic new track 'Neptune Rising/Where the Wild Wind Blows' set the tone for the evening and let everyone know Michael means business with this new material. The new album is truly full of great material that stands up and fits right in with all the classic material of his past.

That was followed by an onslaught of the best from MSG. 'Armed and Ready,' 'Cry for the Nations,' 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,' 'Assault Attack,' Attack of the Mad Axeman,' Rock My Nights Away' and 'Into The Arena' fired up the crowd of Schenker diehards and the momentum continued from there.

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Schenker's current lineup, including long time member/collaborators Wayne Findlay on 7 string guitar and keyboards, Rev Jones on bass (MSG, Steelheart, Mountain, Paul Gilbert, Fuel, Jeff Martin, George Lynch, Kottak, Forte, and Black Symphony) and Pete Holmes on drums (Black 'N Blue), kicked it up even further with Scorpions tracks 'Lovedrive' and 'Another Piece of Meat.' Current vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force) delivered powerful vocals with a nice range and stage banter that fully connected.

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A track written by Michael and Doogie for Ronnie James Dio followed, with 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' paying tribute to their former friend and rock legend. Michael truly showed a happiness and joy on stage throughout, smiling like I had never seen him show in concert before. He has come through this monster of a music business with all of its trials and tribulations like a champion, and looks healthier and happier than I may have ever seen him before.


The UFO tracks 'Shoot Shoot,' 'Only You Can Rock Me,' 'Let It Roll,' 'Too Hot To Handle,' 'Lights Out,' Rock Bottom' and 'Doctor Doctor' wrapped up the show on such a high note, the crowd could have rocked until the sun came up and still been wanting more. A fantastic show in a club setting.....a perfect way to see up close and personal the greatness of an EPIC guitar legend!

For everything Michael Schenker, check out his official website:

Special thanks to Chip Ruggieri/Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc.

Set List:
1. Neptune Rising
2. Where the Wild Wind Blows
3. Armed and Ready (Michael Schenker Group)
4. Cry for the Nations (Michael Schenker Group)
5. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Michael Schenker Group)
6. Assault Attack (Michael Schenker Group)
7. Attack of the Mad Axeman (Michael Schenker Group)
8. Rock My Nights Away (Michael Schenker Group)
9. Into the Arena (Michael Schenker Group)
10. Lovedrive (Scorpions)
11. Another Piece of Meat (Scorpions)
12. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
13. Horizons
14. Shoot Shoot (UFO)
15. Only You Can Rock Me (UFO)
16. Let It Roll (UFO)
17. Too Hot to Handle (UFO)
18. Lights Out (UFO)
19. Rock Bottom (UFO)
20. Doctor Doctor (UFO)

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Crosby, Stills and Nash to complete another album despite negative experience with producer Rick Rubin

by on Jul.27, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Crosby, Stills and Nash to complete another album despite negative experience with producer Rick Rubin

Despite recent claims by Stephen Stills stating the Crosby, Stills & Nash won't be completing a new album after time spent in the studio with producer Rick Rubin, Graham Nash says it is going to happen. The experience with Rick Rubin was a negative, and according to Nash, Rubin is responsible for Crosby, Stills and Nash abandoning their last album.

Nash describes working with Rubin as "not a great experience," but he insists there will be a new album, despite bandmate Stephen Stills’ claims that they won’t.

Nash told Music Radar: 'Two things are happening. One, Stephen doesn’t know the big picture. Two, Stephen is very deaf. He may have misheard or he may have been answering the question he thought you asked. Crosby, Stills and Nash will do another record. We’re right in the middle of one, 'Songs We Wish We’d Written.'"

Nash says his band have recorded versions of 'Close Your Eyes,' 'Behind Blue Eyes' and 'Ruby Tuesday,' along with a few others, but doesn't know when the album will be completed. "We're on tour until October. It’s hard to get three people into the studio if they’re doing different things and have different schedules. So it comes off that Stephen thinks there’ll be no new recordings – which couldn’t be further from the truth."

Rubin was initially hired to work with the band on the project, but the band soon abandoned the idea and started again without him. Nash said: “After almost 50 years of making records, we think we know what we’re doing, so it’s very hard to tell Crosby, Stills and Nash what to do. You can suggest anything you want, but you can’t tell us what to do. First of all, he pissed off David Crosby. David said we wanted to do Blackbird and another Beatles song. Rick said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song.’ Crosby said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song if we decide there will only be one Beatles song.’ You know, like, ‘Who the fuck are you to tell me?’

“You can’t tell us what to do. Rick is a brilliant man – but we rubbed each other the wrong way. Where’s the heart? It wasn’t there. I mean, who the fuck is Rick Rubin? I know he’s sold millions of records, but who the fuck is he to tell Crosby, Stills and Nash what to do? Guide us, yes. Make suggestions, fantastic. ‘Try it this way,’ no problem. But don’t tell us what to do. You can’t.”

Other artists have had negative comments in regards to working with Rubuin, with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons recently suggesting Rubin was responsible for delays to the release of their long-awaited next album, prompted the band to release a 4 song e.p. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor last year stated he’d never work with the producer again in his life. Muse once thanked him for "teaching us how not to produce." Rubin currently is working with Black Sabbath, and will follow that to work with Metallica once again on their next album.

Crosby, Stills, & Nash recently released their their first live performance video in over 2 decades on Blu-Ray, DVD/2CD Set, Audio Download or Video Download. 'CSN 2012' was filmed during their 2012 tour in San Luis Obispo, CA. and includes many of the trio's classic hits, some new and unreleased songs, and a rare performance of 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.' The disc also includes 'A Conversation with David, Stephen and Graham,' plus interviews with their band and crew. A must-have for any CSN fan. To order and get more details click here:

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‘CSN 2012’ DVD/Blu-Ray from Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded in San Luis Obispo due July 17th, new trailer posted

by on Jul.02, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘CSN 2012’ DVD/Blu-Ray from Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded in San Luis Obispo due July 17th, new trailer posted

A trailer for the upcoming Crosby, Stills & Nash DVD and Blu-Ray is now online. The two-and-a-half-minute clip for 'CSN 2012' features snippets of a variety of performances from the concert video, including such classics as "Long Time Gone," "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and the Stephen Stills solo hit "Love the One You're With,' interspersed with interview clips of  David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stills talking about the talents of their fellow band mates.

CSN 2012 documents a concert that took place this past April 22th just down the road from me at Cal Poly's Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The discs are set for release on July 17th, or you can order for shipping on or about July 13th here:

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