Judas Priest turn Wine County Metal for kick off of current leg of ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ Tour

Judas Priest turn Wine County Metal for kick off of current leg of ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ Tour

Oct 20, 2015

As I made my brief trek heading out on the highway to see the mighty Judas Priest at the picturesque Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, CA., I knew the band would kick ass as always, but little did I know that the new setlist on the opening night of this leg of their North American Redeemer Of Souls tour would include tracks that they hadn't played live in many years. Including one they hadn't played in over 30!

Opening for the Priest on this leg is the Atlanta, Georgia based Mastodon. Bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor have been doing their thing for fifteen years now, and their kick ass set definitely set the tone for an evening of in your face Metal. Touring behind their Grammy nominated 2014 album 'Once More 'Round the Sun,' it is great to see the band in front of some faces that haven't seen them before or may not be that familiar with them. These guys are huge are over the world, and hopefully with this exposure it just adds another positive notch in the Mastodon story. As the set wrapped, the band expressed thanks to the Priest camp and how excited they were to be opening for them, saying they would be out in the crowd joining us to enjoy the set. I did see guitarist Brent Hinds out in the crowd, so it was a promise fulfilled.

Judas Priest Vina Robles 2015

The Priest exceeded all expectations, as stellar musicianship from Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis and Richie Faulkner kept the energy level at Vina Robles to an all time Metal high. I will say this about Richie even if it has been said before. While saddened by the departure of guitarist K.K. Downing from the band a few years back, this was my first time seeing Richie with the band and he has certainly added an amazing presence and energy to the group. The Priest has let Richie grab the torch and his passion and dedication certainly shows in an amazing way. He is helping carry the Priest into a new generation of fans, and it is a great thing to see.

And what can you say about the Metal God, Rob Halford, other than he is just one of the finest voices in hard rock and metal history. At 64 years old, he may not get around onstage as quickly as he used to and carries that cane around either as a prop or maybe a little support, but his voice was spot on and dominant. Just an amazing performance by a group that has now been around for an amazing 45 years!!

The set included a couple of tracks from the latest 'Redeemer Of Souls' album and many of the band's greatest, but seeing three tracks performed live that hadn't been for many years added such a rush to this amazing night of Metal. The third song in the set, 'Desert Plains,' hadn't been performed by Priest in over 10 years. 'The Rage' had it's first live performance since 2009, and 'Screaming For Vengeance' amazingly kicked ass live for the first time since they last performed it on Heavy Metal Sunday at the US Festival in 1983. It was an awesome thing to come full circle to see it live again, since I was at the US Festival back in '83.

You owe it to yourself to see the Priest on this tour as it is an evening of Metal to remember.

Metal Gods
Desert Plains (First live performance since October 9, 2005)
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
The Rage (First live performance since October 17, 2009)
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Screaming for Vengeance (first live performance since 1983 US Festival)
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather
The Hellion
Electric Eye
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Living After Midnight

Special thanks to Jessica Puchi of Nederlander and Chipster PR & Consulting

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Record Store Day is coming! Check out 2012 releases, Ambassador Iggy Pop shares vinyl memories (video)

Apr 14, 2012

Record Store Day 2012 is upon us next weekend (April 21) and a more than worthy Iggy Pop is the 2012 Ambassador. Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate record store culture. It always takes place on the third Saturday in April. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect. Iggy will be making his own Record Day Store stop at Sweat Records for Sweatstock in Miami, Florida. If you're in the area, get over there!

Check out this fantastic video of Ambassador Iggy sharing his vinyl memories. He talks about his first purchase, working in a record store, and so much more: www.recordstoreday.com

There is an abundance of rock being released again this year, with this list of artists worth noting: 311, Amberlin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin/Otis Redding, Brad, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Disturbed, Eddie Vedder, Flogging Molly, Garbage, Genesis, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Eve 6, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Fallon (Tebowie), Joey Ramone, Little Richard, Mastodon/Feist, Metallica, Misfits, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Phish, Rainbow, Rival Sons, Small Faces, Switchfoot, T. Rex, The Black Keys, The Byrds, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Clash, The Cult, The Grateful Dead, The Knack, The White Stripes, Social Distortion, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and many more.

Please support your local Record Store! It is more important than you know. With the talk of Best Buy closing stores, and the past bankruptsy of Circuit City, our local Record Stores are one of the last places to be exposed to and buy new music in that type of enviroment. Fuck Wal-Mart (and Best Buy and Circuit City for that matter), we need to keep the experience alive of going to a business where they care about all music and care about exposing new artists of merit. The shared experience and coolness of a howntown record store CANNOT go away!!  Get all the info and the stores near you here: www.recordstoreday.com

Let's highlight a few of the releases. Metallica's four-song EP called "Beyond Magnetic", which was made available digitally in December, and as a physical CD in January, will be released on silver vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. The effort consists of the quartet of previously unheard tracks that the band unveiled in concert in December during its 30th-anniversary celebration. All four tunes, 'Hate Train', 'Just A Bullet Away', 'Hell And Back' and 'Rebel Of Babylon' were recorded during the sessions for the band's 2008 'Death Magnetic' album but left off the final track list. The studio versions of all four songs- all rough mixes were sent to Metalica fan club members one at a time, after each song was performed live during each of the band's four shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Metallica talks Record Store Day: "We've always been big supporters of our friends at independent retail and the annual event the third Saturday of each April... we even helped kick off the first year in 2008 with an in-store appearance at one of our hometown stores! To add to the fun, this is no ordinary black vinyl release, but instead will be on silver vinyl with an exclusive Metallica sticker included in the package. Look for the EP on the special Saturday release date at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.com."

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an Ozzy Osbourne seven-inch and 12-inch vinyl release. The Ozzy releases for Record Store Day 2012 are:
-'Live' 12-inch 180-gram audiophile vinyl LPs (two-disc set): A limited, numbered collector's edition recorded live on the 1981 'Blizzard Of Ozz' tour with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads
-'Believer' live seven-inch single: A limited, numbered collector's edition on polka-dot vinyl featuring 'Believer' (live) + 'Goodbye to Romance' (2010 guitar and vocal mix)

The Cult are releasing a picture disc with tracks from the phenomenal forthcoming 'For The Animals' album.

A vinyl re-issue of David Bowie’s 1972 single 'Starman' will get the special treatment on Record Store Day when it’s re-released as a limited-edition picture disc. The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of 'Starman' from the legendary (mono) 'Top Of The Pops' TV performance.

Bruce Springsteen's 'Rocky Ground' will be available as a 45 on Columbia, with the tracks: 'Rocky Ground' and 'The Promise.' 'Rocky Ground' is from Bruce's latest album 'Wrecking Ball' and 'The Promise' is Live from The Carousel, Asbury Park (audio taken from the DVD 'The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town')

Disturbed will be release a definitive vinyl box-set edition, 'The Collection.' The 5 LP-set includes the original track listing from the band's entire full-length catalog: 'The Sickness,' 'Believe,' 'Ten Thousand Fists,' 'Indestructible' and 'Asylum' and is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

Our Record Day Ambassador Iggy Pop and the Stooges will release a 12" Picture Disc 'Live at All Tomorrows Parties'
"Night Theme/Beyond the Law"
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Open Up And Bleed”
"Funhouse/No Fun"
"Iggy Interview"

Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges' All Tomorrow's Parties performance were hand selected by the band, along with a rare Iggy Pop interview by Greg Prato. It also comes with a download card offering the complete RAW POWER performance.

Iggy Pop 'Raw Power' 2LP set w/ both the 1973 David Bowie mix and the 1997 Iggy Pop mix, along with a 16 page book.

Janis Joplin's 'Highlights From the Pearl Sessions' will be released by Columbia on 10" vinyl, It's an exclusive RSD vinyl companion to the 2 CD reissue of Pearl (being released as The Pearl Sessions). Highlights from The Pearl Sessions presents an alternate view and an inside look at the Pearl recording sessions, with several previously unreleasd and almost-never-heard alternate takes and early versions of classic songs.

Jimmy Falon's 'Tebowie' will be available for the first time ever. It comes from a parody on his show of a David Bowie impression with lyrics about (now New York Jets quarterback) Tim Tebow. Tracks 'Tebowie' and 'Reading Rainbow.'


Joey Ramone will release a 45 with the tracks 'Rock 'n' Roll Is the Answer' and 'There's Got To Be More To Life'

Mastodon/Feist aka Feistodon 'Common/Black Tongue'
Double A-Side. Mastodon covers Feist's 'Commotion,' Feist covers Mastodon's 'Black Tongue'

Mastodon/Flaming Lips 'A Spoonful Weighs A Ton'
7" baby pink vinyl
The Flaming Lips' "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and a cover of the same song by Mastodon (the Mastodon track is brand new)

Misfits 'Walk Among Us' 45 will be available in red, blue and clear vinyl.

Paul McCartney 'Another Woman/Oh Woman Oh Why' on 45. A classic Paul McCartney vinyl single reissue manufactured exclusively for Record Store Day! "Another Day" was originally recorded in 1970, during the sessions for the album Ram. It was the first single of his solo career. It was originally released February 19, 1971 with 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' as the B-side. Upon its release 'Another Day'/'Oh Woman, Oh Why' reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide. It was a number one hit in France and Australia, in the U.K. it reached number two, in the U.S. it reached number five. This exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram

Rainbow's full album 'Long Live Rock N Roll' will be released on 12" Picture Disc

Small Faces are releasing two 45's. One of 'Tin Soldier/I Feel So Much Better Now,' and the other 'Itchycoo Park/I'm Only Dreaming'

T. Rex 'Electric Warrior' 7" Box Set featuring 6 Singles comprising complete album PLUS non-album B-Side

The Black Keys 'El Camino' on 45 w/ unreleased live tracks on 7": 'Sister' and 'Moneymaker'

The Byrds 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better/It's No Use' on 45

Switchfoot's 'Vices-Reverses' will be released as a CD EP
'The Original (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Selling The News (Photek Remix)'
'Blinding Light (Adam Young of Owl City Remix)'
'Dark Horses (JT Daly of Paper Route Remix)'
'Vice Verses (Darren King Remix)'
'War Inside (DnJ Remix)'

The Clash 'London Calling 2012'
'London Calling 2012 Remix'
'London Calling Instrumental 2012'

The White Stripes 'Hand Springs' and Red Death at 6:14' on 7" 45 black and red swirled vinyl. Continuing in the mission of reissuing the nuggets of the White Stripes’ back catalog, Third Man plays Dr. Frankenstein/matchmaker to two stand-alone songs from the high time of the year 2000. “Hand Springs” was originally released as a split-single with the Dirtbombs and included free in issue #19 of Multiball magazine. “Red Death at 6:14” was initially released on the Jack White-produced compilation “Sympathetic Sounds of Detroit” and was later made available as a one-sided single from the folks at MOJO magazine. Both songs are quintessential White Stripes jams and finally pairing them together here makes (arguably) one of the best Stripes singles ever

Social Distortion 'Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes' Limited Edition (750) Colored - Lime Green Vinyl. Includes: CD of album and 18" X 24" Poster. Randomly selected pieces will have an autographed poster inside.

Check out this preview of a few of the upcoming releases and extras, and support your local Record Store!

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Mastodon’s Brent Hinds shows up looking for a skull on Science Channel ‘Oddities’

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds shows up looking for a skull on Science Channel ‘Oddities’

Apr 4, 2012

Brent Hinds of Mastodon was featured in the "Meat Mastodon" episode of 'Oddities', which premiered on March 10 on the Science channel. Hinds comes in at about the 5:15 mark in the video.

"Oddities" is a half-hour documentary/reality television program which follows the operation of a Manhattan shop that trades in antiques and other rarities. It focuses on the day-to-day operation of Obscura Antiques & Oddities, and stars co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson and buyer Ryan Matthew, with appearances by other employees and guests.

Rock on the Talks: 3/20 – 3/29

Rock on the Talks: 3/20 – 3/29

Mar 20, 2012

3/20 - KISS - Jimmy Kimmel Live
3/20 - Meatloaf - Tavis Smiley
3/21 - Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem featuring Travis Barker - Jimmy Kimmel Live
3/23 - Mastodon - Last Call With Carson Daly (R-2/10/12)
3/26 - Shinedown - Jimmy Kimmel Live
3/26 - Train - Late Show With David Letterman
3/26 - Swervedriver - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
3/27 - All American Rejects - Jimmy Kimmel Live
3/28 - Donovan - Conan
3/28 - Gavin DeGraw - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
3/29 - Mat Kearney - The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
3/29 - Weird Al Yankovic - The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Steel Panther’s Michael Starr goes down…under! (video)

Steel Panther’s Michael Starr goes down…under! (video)

Feb 24, 2012

Steel Panther has landed...in an airport in Australia for the Soundwave Festival. It makes sense for Soundwave TV to conduct the first interview after Michael Starr's arrival. Starr talks about his Ph.d?, plans for travel to the Moon, his down under love and more.

Soundwave 2012 includes: Slipknot, System Of A Down, Alter Bridge, Marilyn Manson, Staind, Black Label Society, Limp Bizkit, Bush, Machine Head, Bad Religion, Trivium, Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Black Veil Brides, A Day To Remember and many more.

Festival Dates:
Feb. 25 - Brisbane
Feb. 26 - Sydney
Mar. 2 - Melbourne
Mar. 3 - Adelaide
Mar. 5 - Perth

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