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THE BLACK MOODS/GIN BLOSSOMS/COLLECTIVE SOUL

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER

COSTA MESA, CA

8/15/19


SMOKING HOT! THE BLACK MOODS FROM ARIZONA CAME OUT TO THE WHO'S "WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN" JOHN KENNEDY (VOCALS/GUITARS), CHICO DIAZ (DRUMS/VOCALS) & JODRAN HOFFMAN (BASS/VOCALS) ARE EASY ON THE EYES & PLAY ROCK N ROLL SONGS ON THE VERGE OF LED ZEPPELIN ERA WHICH MAY BE BEFORE THEIR TIME, THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE TORCH & ARE CARRYING IT WELL W/ THEIR OWN VIBE.  GROOVING & MOVING.  30 MINUTES OF NEW/OLD SCHOOL ROCK & ROLL MOTIVATED US FOR THE UPCOMING BANDS.

THOUROUGHLY ENJOYABLE, I WOULD SEE THEM AGAIN.  

PHOTOS ARE UP https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16150651

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.THEBLACKMOODSEPK.COM

GIN BLOSSOMS, ANOTHER BAND FROM OUR NEIGHBOR ARIZONA.  BILL LEEN (BASS), JESSE VALENZUELA (GUITARS), ROBIN WILSON (VOCALS/GUITARS) SCOTT JOHNSON (GUITARS), SCOTT HESSEL (DRUMS).  PERFORMED THEIR 90'S/COLLEGE/ALTERNATIVE/NERD ROCK SONGS TO AN AUDIENCE WHO WERE TAKEN BACK TO THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.  I THOUGHT IT WAS ADORABLE, THE PASSION THE AUDIENCE GAVE BACK TO THE GIN BLOSSOMS WHILE I WAS TRYING TO REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT SONGS THEY SING.  I DIDN'T LIKE 90% OF THE MUSIC IN THE 90'S, ALTHOUGH SOME SONGS BROKE THROUGH I CAN RECALL A LINE OR 2 BUT COULDN'T TELL YOU WHICH ARTIST IT IS, SO WHEN I HEARD A SONG OR 2 THAT I VAGUELY REMEMBERED IT WAS MORE ENTERTAINING & THE PEOPLE AROUND ME WERE EXCITED.  

GIN BLOSSOMS PERFORMED ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF THEIR FAN FAVORITES "HEY JEALOUSY", "ALLISON ROAD", "UNTIL I FALL AWAY", "FOUND OUT ABOUT YOU", A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY "EVEN THE LOSERS", "TIL I HEAR IT FROM YOU" & A FEW MORE.  I ENJOYED THE PEOPLE AROUND ME & THE ATMOSPHERE AS THE BAND  ENTICED THEIR AUDIENCE.  WELL DONE GIN BLOSSOMS.

COLLECTIVE SOUL FROM GEORGIA, BROTHERS ED ROLAND (VOCALS/PIANO/GUITAR) & DEAN ROLAN (GUITAR)  ALONG W/ JESSE TRIPLETT (LEAD GUITARS/BACKGROUND VOCALS), WILY TURPIN (BASS/BACKGROUND VOCALS), JOHNNY RABB (DRUMS/BACKGROUND VOCALS) ARE CELEBRATING 25 YEARS IN EXISTENCE.  CONGRATULATIONS BUT WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?  WHERE HAVE I BEEN?  THEY ARE CELEBRATING A NEW RELEASE "BLOOD" YOU CAN GET IT ON SPOTIFY, AMAZON & OTHER MUSIC RETAIL SITES.

ED ROLAND IS EXTREMELY FLAMBOYANT, RUNNING AROUND THE STAGE & DIRECTING THE ATTENTION TO THE GUITARS/BASS OR DRUMS WHEREVER THE SPOTLIGHT IS.  W/ HIS COIF STUFFED UNDER A CHAPEAU W/ A BANDANA UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW & THE CASCADE OF SWEATY CURLS FELL TO HIS SHOULDERS EXPOSED.  SHOWMAN FOR SURE, ROLAND WAS BACKED UP BY THE BAND WHO NOT ONLY STAYED OUT OF HIS WAY BUT PROVIDED THE STURDY, STEADY BACKDROP FOR THE SINGER'S ANTICS WHILE GIVING THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST PERFORMANCE.  ANOTHER BAND I THOUGHT I ONLY KNEW 1 SONG, NEVER SEEN BEFORE BUT FIGURED I SHOULD, SINCE IT WAS AT ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES.  ALTHOUGH PAC AMP. WASN'T AT CAPACITY THERE WAS A SOLID CROWD OF 30 SOMETHING'S HANGING ON EVERY WORD.  I WAS TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF THE SINGER AS HE WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE.

PERFORMING HITS FROM THE 90'S "OBSERVATION OF THOUGHTS", "HEAVY" GREAT SONG, IT STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR A WHILE,"WHY PT. 2", "SHINE" ANOTHER GOLDEN SONG, "BETTER NOW", "NOW'S THE TIME", "OVER ME", "PRECIOUS DECLARATION", "DECEMBER" THIS SONG ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF THE ROLLING STONES "SHE'S SO COLD" AM I THE ONLY ONE? "RIGHT AS RAIN", "ARE YOU THE ANSWER", "THE WORLD I KNOW" LOVE SONG, R.E.M. COVER "THE ONE I LOVE" W/ THE GIN BLOSSOMS HELPING OUT, "GEL" FUNKY, "WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS" & "RUN".

COLLECTIVE SOUL WON ME OVER, I THOUGHT THEY WERE TRUE MUSICIANS, SOULFUL & DEEP, I HAVE NEW RESPECT FOR A BAND I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT.  I WOULD DEFINITELY SEE THEM AGAIN & YOU SHOULD TOO , IT WAS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.

NOT ONLY DID THEY REMIND ME OF THE BLACK CROWES WHO ARE ALSO FROM THEIR HOOD, BUT THEY REMINDED ME OF A FRIEND OF MINE WHO USED TO SING IN A FEW ORIGINAL & COVER BANDS IN MA.  

PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.COLLECTIVESOUL.COM

THANK YOU SHARI!


POCO/FIREFALL/AMERICA

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/11/19


WHAT A JOY TO SEE THESE CLASSIC BANDS ALL TOGETHER! 

POCO IS CELEBRATING 50+ YEARS OF MUSIC!  FORMING IN LOS ANGELES IN 1968 RUSTY YOUNG (VOCALS/GUITARS) LEADS HIS BAND MATES LEX BROWNING (GUITARS/VOCALS), JACK SUNDRUD (BASS) & RICK LONOW (DRUMS) THROUGH CLASSIC MELLOW COUNTRY ROCK SONGS OUR PARENTS USED TO MAKE OUT IN CARS TO.  

"CALL IT LOVE", "ROSE OF CIMARRON", "MY FRIEND", "HEY THERE", "CRAZY LOVE" IS (IN MY OPINION) THEIR BIGGEST HIT ABOUT YOUNG'S EX-WIFE WHICH WAS RELEASED IN 1978, GOT THE CROWD MOVING EVEN IF IT WASN'T OUT OF THEIR SEATS.  "HEART OF THE NIGHT" CLOSED THE 30 MINUTE SHOW.

MOST POPULAR IN THE 70'S POCO IS STILL BRINGING THE NOSTALGIA TO THEIR FANS OLD & NEW.  MOST PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHO POCO IS UNTIL THEY HEAR THAT ONE SONG & THEY SAY OH YES, I DO REMEMBER.  THIS WAS MY SECOND TIME SEEING THEM & I THOUGHT THEY WERE MELLOW & GROOVY.

I WAS LOOKING UP SOME SHOWS DATES & FOUND OUT POCO NOT ONLY OPENED UP/TOURED W/ A LOT OF GREAT BANDS/ARTISTS BACK IN THE DAY, BUT THEY PLAYED ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE, NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE AT SALEM STATE COLLEGE IN 1970 & 1971, UNFORTUNATELY I WAS TOO YOUNG TO GO TO CONCERTS AT THE TIME.  JUST KNOWING THEY WERE ONCE ACROSS THE STREET IS NOW A CONVERSTATION STARTER IF I EVER MEET MR. YOUNG.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POCO PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.POCOBAND.COM

FIREFALL ANOTHER FANTASTIC 70'S BAND YOU MAY NOT RECALL THE NAME BUT YOU DEFINITELY RECALL THE SONGS.

BASED IN COLORADO, FORMED IN 1973 BY RICK ROBERTS , ALTHOUGH SUCCESS DIDN'T COME UNTIL THE MID 70'S WHEN THEIR ALBUM "FIREFALL" CAME OUT ON ATLANTIC RECORDS & RADIO STARTED PLAYING THEIR OSSUM SONGS.  

JOCK BARTLEY (VOCALS/GUITARS), LANCE HOPPEN (FILLING IN FOR MARK ANDES) (BASS), DAVID MUSE (SAX/FLUTE/KEYS/HARMONICA/CLARINET/RHYTHM GUITAR), SANDY FICCA (DRUMS) & GARY JONES (GUITARS) PLAYED A 45 MINUTE SET OF 70'S LOVE SONGS.  "LIVIN' AIN'T LIVIN'", "JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU" LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG, "SO LONG", "CINDERELLA", "GOODBYE I LOVE YOU", "YOU ARE THE WOMAN" MY HEARTS A FLUTTER, "STRANGE WAY" BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES, I CAN RELATE, "MEXICO".  GROOVY/COUNTRY/LOVE SONGS/70'S/GUITARS/SAX FIREFALL HAD IT ALL TO MAKE US OLD PEOPLE BREAK A HIP SWAYING BACK & FORTH.  

AFTER SEEING FIREFALL OPEN FOR POCO LAST YEAR AT THE HANGAR I KNEW I HAD TO SEE THEM AGAIN, SO THIS SHOW WAS A 3FER FOR ME.  ANOTHER SEASONED BAND WHO OPENED/PLAYED W/ SO MANY POPULAR/CLASSIC ARTISTS INCLUDING MOTORHEAD!!!!  WTF?  ANOTHER CONVERSATION STARTER IF I EVER MEET THEM....YOU PLAYED W/ MOTORHEAD???!!!!!!!  F YA!  HOW FREAKIN' OSSUM!  SORRY I MISSED IT.  SADLY I CANNOT ASK LEMMY ABOUT ANY STORIES, I MISS HIM SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT SHOW & I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN.

PHOTOS ARE HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FIREFALL PLEASE VISIT:  https://www.facebook.com/FIREFALLofficial/

AMERICA!!!

THIS IS MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM, I SAW GERRY BECKLEY AT A PRIVATE EVENT AT THE WHISKY IN W. HOLLYWOOD, CA A LITTLE WHILE BACK & HAD NO CLUE.  I WAS AT THE BAR & HEARD A SONG THAT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS & I RUSHED TO THE FRONT TO HEAR MORE.  NOW IT'S MY TURN TO HEAR/SEE AMERICA LIVE, YA WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

I JUST WANT TO LET THE GUYS KNOW WE NAMED THE HORSE...HIS NAME IS PHIL...A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.

GERRY BECKLEY (VOCALS/GUITARS/PIANO/KEYBOARDS) & DEWEY BUNNELL (VOCALS/GUITARS/DRUMS) ALONG W/ DAN PEEK (VOCALS/GUITARS/BASS) WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2011, MET IN LONDON IN HIGH SCHOOL, SURE LET'S CALL OUR BAND AMERICA LMAO.  I LOVE BRITS!  IF YOU WERE BORN THERE YOU ARE BRITISH! THE TOURING BAND ALSO INCLUDES WILLIE LEACOX (DRUMS), RICHARD CAMPBELL (BASS) & MICHAEL WOODS (GUITARS).  

THESE SONGS REMIND ME OF MY FIRST LOVE EVERY TIME I HEAR SOME OF THESE SONGS I THINK OF HIM ESPECIALLY "YOU CAN DO MAGIC", "TIN MAN", "DON'T CROSS THE RIVER", "DAISY JANE", "RIVERSIDE", "I NEED YOU", "HERE", "VENTURA HIGHWAY", "DRIVING", "ELEANOR RIGBY" BEATLES COVER, "CORNWALL BLANK/HOLLYWOOD", "SURVIVAL", "THE BORDER", "GREEHOUSE", "WOMAN TONIGHT", "ONLY IN YOUR HEART", "CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'" MAMAS & PAPAS COVER, "LONELY PEOPLE", "SANDMAN", "SISTER GOLDEN HAIR" WAS A MAJOR HIT AT THIS SHOW TONIGHT & THE ENCORE "A HORSE W/ NO NAME".

THESE GUYS GET OLDER BUT THEY GET BETTER, I CAN TELL THEY WERE SUPER CUTE IN THEIR HEY DAY, THE CHICKS WENT WILD FOR THEM, THEY STILL WERE!  I LOVE IT!  MORE CLASSIC/GROOVY/LOVE SONGS ABOUT CALIFORNIA & LIFE IN GENERAL.  BUNNELL & BECKLEY WERE IN COMPLETE SYNC & THEIR VOICES WERE SO ELEGANT.  THEIR BACK UP BAND KEPT UP TO PROVIDE THE BACKBONE TO THE HARMONIOUS VOCAL CAPABILITIES THESE GUYS STILL HAVE, REFRESHING, FUN, LOVELY.

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SHOW ALL OF YOU!  

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AMERICA THE BAND PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.VENTURAHIGHWAY.COM

THANK YOU JOHANNA!

WALTER TROUT/GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/9/19


WALTER TROUT BLUES GUITARIST/VOCALIST FROM HUNTINGTON BEACH, HIS BAND CONSISTS OF:  SAMMY AVILA HAMMOND B3/VOCALS, JOHNNY GRIPARIC BASS & MICHAEL LEASURE DRUMS/VOCALS.

TROUT HAS PLAYED W/ LEGENDARY BAND CANNED HEAT AS WELL AS JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS.  TONIGHT HE WOWED US W/ A FULL BLUESY, GUITAR RIFFING, SMOKING SET WHILE HE TALKED ABOUT HIS LIVER TRANSPLANT & HOW THANKFUL HE WAS TO ORGAN DONORS AROUND THE WORLD, ALL THE WHILE PLAYING W/ A BROKEN PINKY FINGER.  THIS GUY!  50 YEARS & HE'S STILL GOING STRONG!

HIS BAND WAS FANTASTIC, THE SIMPLICITY OF LEASURE'S DRUM KIT DIDN'T MAKE IT ANY LESS, GRIPARIC WAS ON FIRE ON THE BASS, I COULDN'T STOP WATCHING HIM, HE WAS SO COLORFUL.  AVILA KEPT THE PACE ON THE KEYS & THEIR TOUR MANAGER CAME OUT TO PLAY SOME GUITAR FOR US.  IT WAS ALL MAGICAL.  I'M GLAD I TOOK IN SOME SURVIVOR BLUES ON THIS DAY. 

TROUT WROTE THE ALBUM "BATTLE SCARS" ABOUT HIS REHABILITON FROM HIS TRANSPLANT & IS CURRENTLY PROMOTING HIS LATEST COVERS ALBUM SURVIVOR BLUES.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WALTER TROUT PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.WALTERTROUT.COM

GEORGE THOROGOOD & HIS DESTROYERS CAME OUT IN A ROCK N ROLL FRENZY READY TO KICK SOME BAD ASS! 45 YEARS & THEY SHOW NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN & I'M SO GLAD.

THOROGOOD (GUITAR/VOCALS),  JEFF SIMON (DRUMS), BILL BLOUGH (BASS), JIM SUHLER (GUITARS) & BUDDY LEACH (SAX) SHOWING US THE DELAWARE WAY, ROCKED THE PAC AMP. 

THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE OLD & NEW WERE HAVING A FANTASTIC TIME, I ENDED UP W/ FRIENDS IN A BOX & WAS DANCING W/ THE GIRLS IN THE BOX NEXT TO US.  FIRST TIME SEEING THOROGOOD & I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH FUN WE WERE HAVING, THE BAND WERE SEEMING TO HAVE OR HOW MANY SONGS I FORGOT ABOUT THAT STILL ROCKED US:  "ROCK PARTY", "WHO DO YOU LOVE?" (BO DIDDLEY COVER),  "SHOT DOWN" (SONICS COVER), "NIGHT TIME" (STRANGLOVES COVER), "I DRINK ALONE" HAS BEEN MY THEME SONG AS OF LATE, NO ONE WANTS TO GET THEIR LAZY BUTTS OFF THE COUCH & I AM TOO BUSY TO NOT TO.  "ONE BOURBON, ONE SHOT & ONE BEER" (AMOS MILLBURN COVER), "GEAR JAMMER", "GET A HAIRCUT", "BAD TO THE BONE", "TWENTY DOLLAR GIG", "MOVE IT ON OVER" (HANK WILLIAMS COVER) IF YOU WEREN'T DANCING BY NOW.....ALL THE YOUNG GIRLS AROUND ME WERE DANCING W/ ME, IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY.  LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT "BORN TO BE BAD".

69 YEARS YOUNG THOROGOOD SHOWED US HE STILL HAD IT, HIS GUITAR PLAYING WAS PURE ROCK N ROLL & BAD ASS!  LOOKING COOL ALL IN BLACK, W/ BLACK SHADES PLAYING A FEW DIFFERENT GUITARS INCLUDING A WHITE EPIPHONE CALLED "WHITE FANG" HE WAS SO PROUD OF THAT GUITAR & WE WERE PROUD FOR HIM.  6,0000 ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE RELIVING THE GOOD OLD DAYS OR HEARING SOME OF THESE SONGS FOR THE FIRST TIME, IT DIDN'T MATTER AS WE WERE ALL ONE.  COMPLETE JOY.  THANK YOU MR. THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS FOR A GRAND SHOW!

A PORTION OF THE SHOW'S PROCEEDS GO TO THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON DONATING TO THESE CHARITIES PLEASE VISIT:  https://www.lls.org/

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.GEORGETHOROGOOD.COM

THANK YOU JOHANNA!

BEE GEES GOLD

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/7/19


ONCE AGAIN I FOUND MY WAY TO THE DISCO.  THE BEE GEES WERE IMPORTANT TO MUSIC AS WAS PRINCE.  THEIR SONG WRITING SKILLS FOR THEMSELVES AS WELL AS OTHER ARTISTS CHANGED THE WORLD.  DISCO WAS HUGE IN THE 70'S, IT WAS WHAT WAS HAPPENING, IT'S ICONIC & THAT IS WHY I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE/TALK ABOUT THIS TYPE OF MUSIC IN A HARD MUSIC OUTLET.  PLUS WE LOVE THE OC FAIR, I WILL COME TO THE OC FAIR ANY TIME I CAN.

BEE GEES GOLD IS A PASSIONATE DEDICATION TO THE ORIGINAL BEE GEES:  BARRY, ROBIN & MAURICE, W/ A LITTLE BIT OF ANDY THROWN IN.  JOHN ACOSTA IS BARRY GIBB (VOCALS/GUITARS), DARRYL BORGES IS ROBIN GIBB (VOCALS) & JEFF CELENTANO IS MAURICE GIBB (VOCALS/KEYS) W/ A KICK ASS BACKING BAND BEHIND THEM, I DON'T KNOW THEIR NAMES BUT THE BASS PLAYER WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!  

ACOSTA'S FALSETTO VOICE IS THE REAL DEAL, BORGES & CELENTANO BLEND IN SEAMLESSLY TO GIVE US 70'S DISCO BEE GEES MOST OF US GREW UP LISTENING TO.  INCREDIBLE!  I LOVE THESE GUYS.  AFTER HEARING THIS I BROKE OUT MY SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER CD.  WHAT A NIGHT SO MUCH FUN.

REALLY HARD TO DANCE W/ CHAIRS EVERYWHERE SO I WENT TO THE WINGS & EVERYONE WAS HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME DANCING, BEE GEES GOLD SOUNDED ON POINT AS THE REAL BEE GEES.  PLAYING EVERYTHING:  "STAYIN' ALIVE", A GIRL WE WERE DANCING W/ GOT UP ON STAGE & WAS DANCING W/ THE BAND FOR A WHILE BEFORE SHE WAS ESCORTED OFF, THAT WAS FANTASTIC.  "MORE THAN A WOMAN", "NIGHT FEVER", "YOU SHOULD BE DANCING", "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE", "IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU' IS MY FAVORITE SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER SONG, BEE GEES WROTE IT FOR YVONNE ELLMAN & I HAVE HAD TEARS IN MY EYES SINCE THE FIRST TIME I HEARD IT, TONIGHT WAS NO EXCEPTION.  "TOO MUCH HEAVEN", "MASSACHUSETTS" GOTTA LOVE SONGS FROM MY HOME STATE, "TRAGEDY", "EMOTION", "ISLANDS IN THE STREAM", "GREASE", "HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART", "JIVE TALKIN'", "NIGHTS ON BROADWAY" & MORE.

BRINGS ME BACK TO BEING A TWEEN, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER WAS HUGE, MY FRIENDS MOM BOUGHT US THE MOVIE TICKETS (IT WAS RATED R & WE WERE NOT OLD ENOUGH) IT CHANGED OUR LIVES.  I STILL HAVE MY VINYL & BOUGHT IT ON CD AS WELL.  THE BEE GEES WERE GIFTED SONG WRITERS, SO TALENTED.  THEY ARE MISSED & IF I HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE BARRY GIBB LIVE I WILL TAKE IT (HE ALWAYS WAS THE SEXIEST BEE GEE).  THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR ANY OF THE ABOVE SONGS PERFORMED BY ANYONE THANK A BEE GEE!

PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION (THANKS FOR POSING W/ ME BEE GEES GOLD)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  HTTP://BEEGEESGOLD.COM

THANK YOU AGAIN ROXANNE!

ALLISON CHAINS/DAMAGE INC.

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/2/19


ALLISON CHAINS ARE THE WORLD'S ONLY FEMALE "TRIBUTE" BAND, COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF ALICE IN CHAINS SONGS/ALBUMS;  CAROLINE HELDMAN (VOCALS), FELICIA VELLANI (GUITARS), "P-NUT" AMELIA GIOIELLIO (BASS), GRETCHEN SHULTZ (GUITARS) & LEANNE LAGOYDA (DRUMS) HAIL FROM LOS ANGELES, CA.

HELDMAN SOUNDS LIKE LAYNE STALEY WHICH IS NOT THE EASIEST VOCALIST TO COVER.  ALLISON CHAINS REPRODUCED ALICE IN CHAINS CLOSE TO THE REAL THING, I DIDN'T THINK THEY LOOKED LIKE ALICE IN CHAINS SO I DIDN'T THINK THEY WERE A TRIBUTE BAND, THERE ARE DIFFERENT ASPECTS I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO COMPLETE THE TRIBUTE.

THE EERIE, SLOW , DEPRESSIVE SONGS WHICH MADE ALICE IN CHAINS POPULAR WERE THOROUGHLY TRANSCRIBED ALLISON CHAINS' WAY.  I FORGOT ABOUT SOME OF THE SONGS ALICE IN CHAINS RECORDED, I'M NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE "GRUNGE" SCENE AS THEY GLAMOURIZED DEPRESSION, DRESSED DOWN SOCIETY & PEOPLE WEREN'T WASHING ANY MORE.  NOT REALLY MY THING, BUT ALLISON CHAINS PAID RESPECT TO ALICE IN CHAINS' HEY DAY.

SETLIST CONSISTED OF:   "THEM BONES", "LOVE, HATE, LOVE", "MAN IN THE BOX", "DAM THAT RIVER", "ROOSTER", "WOULD" & "NUTSHELL" REALLY MOVED ME, VELLANI'S GUITAR SOLO WAS EFFECTIVE FOR THE SONG.  

ALICE IN CHAINS ARE NOT THE BAND TO MAKE YOU DANCE, MORE LIKE THE BAND THAT MAKE US DEPRESSED.  ALLISON CHAINS DID EXACTLY THAT W/ A LITTLE SLOWER VIBE.  THEY SOUNDED GREAT JUST SLOW. 

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTOS SECTION

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT https://allisonchains.wixsite.com/aictribute?fbclid=IwAR1FxU0phe4TDlvYcEC3qVBnFVeFq8BCf73l7MGsVqrdG0mPJetwvfsxrEk


DAMAGE INC IS THE BEST TRIBUTE TO METALLICA I HAVE EVER SEEN.  CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT (VOCALS/GUITAR) LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE JAYMZ HETFIELD IT'S CRAZY.  KEVIN KNIGHT (BASS) ACTS LIKE ROB TRUJILLO  & LOOKS LIKE JASON NEWSTED WHEN HE HAD SHORT HAIR, CHRIS BRIGHTWELL (GUITARS) IS DOING HIS BEST IMPRESSION OF KIRK HAMMETT WHO IS ROCKIN' GREY CURLS & TONE DECORTE (DRUMS) PROBABLY LOOKS THE LEAST LIKE LARS ULRICH.

AFTER A SLOW SET FROM THE PRIOR BAND, DAMAGE INC HAD A HUGE JOB OF PICKING US UP, THEY STARTED W/ THE INFAMOUS "ECSTASY OF GOLD" & CLIPS FROM THE MOVIE "THE UNFORGIVEN" WHICH, IF YOU ARE A DIE-HARD METALLICA FAN LIKE I AM, WILL SEND GOOSEBUMPS THROUGHOUT YOUR SOUL.

KICKING IT INTO TO HIGH VOLTAGE, IN YOUR FACE, SLAMMING METAL W/ "CREEPING DEATH" WHICH GOT SOME OF THE SEATED PATRONS TO THEIR FEET, I COULDN'T SIT, THEY ARE PLAYING MY FAVORITE BAND'S SONGS!  DAMAGE INC COVER ALL DECADES OF METALLICA & IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES YOU REALLY CAN'T TELL TOO MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE, AFTER 200 METALLICA SHOWS I CAN, BUT I'M INSANE.  "SPIT OUT THE BONE", "FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS", "RIDE THE LIGHTENING" OMFG!  "SANITARIUM" LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!  "WHISKEY IN THE JAR", COMPLETE W/ A BRIGHTWELL GUITAR SOLO "WHEREVER I MAY ROAM", "THE FOUR HORSEMEN" IS ALWAYS A TREASURE, IT'S ONE OF THOSE FORGOTTEN SONGS IN MY OPINION, ONE THAT ISN'T PLAYED AS MUCH AS THE REST.  "FADE TO BLACK" IS AN INSPIRATIONAL SUICIDE SONG & IF YOU ARE NOT INSPIRED TO LIVE AFTER HEARING EITHER VERSION OF THIS SONG, THEN DEFINITELY SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP.  "FUEL", "ONE" STILL WEIRD W/ NO PYRO, "MASTER OF PUPPETS", "NOTHING ELSE MATTERS", P BREAK OH I MEAN "ENTER SANDMAN" IF I COULD GET ALL VERSIONS OF METALLICA TO STOP PLAYING THIS SONG....."SEEK & DESTROY" LEFT ALL US WANTING MORE.  THEY RAN OUT OF TIME SO WE DIDN'T GET TO HEAR "HARVESTER OF SORROW" OR THEIR SIGNATURE SONG TITLE "DAMAGE INC".

DAMAGE INC WAS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST, I THINK I BROKE A FEW CHAIRS, MY HAIR WHIPPED INTO A FEW DRINKS, A FEW KIDS WENT DOWN IN THE AISLE, (THEY WERE HELPED BACK UP) & PEOPLE WERE IN A FRENZY.  THE SECURITY GIRL WAS A NAZI & WAS HASSLING EVERYONE SO IT WAS HARD TO TAKE PHOTOS, & MOVE AROUND, SHE WAS READY TO TACKLE YOU IF YOU STOOD UP.  THERE WERE EMPTY SEATS & SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO MOVE UP & SHE WAS NOT HAVING IT.  RELAX CHICA IT'S NOT REALLY METALLICA.  THE SECURITY GIRL FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE, EMILY, WAS A DOLL, AS LONG AS YOU WERE BEING COOL, SHE WAS COOL.  SHOUT OUT TO EMILY!

THANK YOU DAMAGE INC FOR ROCKING THE FUCK OUT OF US IN BETWEEN REAL METALLICA SHOWS.  WHENEVER I GET A CHANCE TO SEE DAMAGE INC I TAKE IT & I SUGGEST YOU DO THE SAME IF YOU ARE A METALLICA FAN.

PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DAMAGE INC PLEASE VISIT DAMAGEINC.US

THANK YOU ROXANNE!

MOTLEY INC/ATOMIC PUNKS

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

8/1/19


MOTLEY INC IS TIMMY CRAVEN (VOCALS), JOE LESTER (BASS), LANCE TURNER (GUITARS) & SCOTT PATTERSON (DRUMS) & THEY ARE A MOTLEY CRUE TRIBUTE BAND WHO ARE FIERCELY PASSIONATE ABOUT BEING MOTLEY CRUE. WE SHOWED UP A LITTLE LATE & THE CROWD WAS A LITTLE SHY, WE GOT THEM UP & DANCING IN THE SEATS TO CLASSIC MOTLEY CRUE SONGS.

TRIBUTE BANDS WHO TAKE THE TIME TO NOT ONLY SOUND LIKE THE REAL BAND THEY ARE PAYING HOMAGE TO, BUT TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK LIKE THE BAND AS WELL, ARE TRIBUTE BANDS, IF YOU ARE NOT DOING THAT YOU ARE A COVER BAND.  THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRIBUTE & COVER BANDS & MOTLEY INC ARE DEFINTELY A TRIBUTE TO THE INFAMOUS MOTLEY CRUE.

VOCALIST TIMMY CRAVEN IS THE VOICE YOU HEAR ON THE MOTLEY CRUE MOVIE "THE DIRT" WHICH IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE REGARDLESS OF HOW I FELT ABOUT THE MOVIE, SEE IT YOURSELF I'M NOT INDULGING.

FUN, ENERGETIC, GOT US DANCING, FANTASTIC, NOSTALGIC,DEFINITELY WILL SEE THEM AGAIN.

GREAT SETLIST CONSISTING OF 80'S & 90'S CLASSIC MOTLEY CRUE SONGS:  "WILDSIDE",  "LIVE WIRE", "DR. FEELGOOD", "KICKSTART MY HEART", "HOME SWEET HOME", "SMOKIN' IN THE BOYS ROOM", "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS", "RED HOT", "LOOKS THAT KILL" & MANY OTHER INFAMOUS MC SONGS.  MOTLEY INC ROCKED THE HOUSE, FELT LIKE THE 80'S ALL OVER AGAIN.  

PHOTOS ARE UP IN THE PHOTO GALLERY AT LBMETAL.COM

MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND AT MOTLEYINC.COM

NEXT ATOMIC PUNKS W/ BRIAN GELLER ON VOCALS, JOE LESTER ON BASS, LANCE TURNER ON GUIITARS & SCOTT PATTERSON ON DRUMS.

COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF EARLY VAN HALEN SONGS FROM THE DLR ERA, GELLER  CRACKS ALL THE JOKES, MOVES & QUIRKS/GESTURES DAVID LEE ROTH DOES, THEY ARE ENTERTAINING, BELIEVABLE & DO AN IMPECCABLE JOB AS EARLY VAN HALEN. COMPLETE IN OUFITS VAN HALEN WOULD WEAR.

IF PEEPS WERE SITTING DURING MOTLEY INC THEY WERE JUMPING UP & DOWN FOR ATOMIC PUNKS, SO CAL LOVES VAN HALEN.  SO WHEN ATOMIC PUNKS COME OUT PLAYING SOME FAVORITES EVERYONE GETS CRAZY, THE FRONT ROW WERE TOTALLY COMPELLED & BELIEVED IT WAS VAN HALEN.  GREAT JOB GUYS!  GELLERHAD THE GUYS IN THE FRONT ROW SING FOR US, IT WAS HYSTERICAL, MADE THEIR NIGHT :)

WE ALL FELT LIKE WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AGAIN & HAD A CAREFREE FUN TIME,  FORGETTING THE TROUBLES OF THE DAY & ACTING LIKE KIDS AGAIN. WE ALL NEED THIS EVERY NOW AGAIN, TAKE US AWAY TO A SIMPLER TIME IN OUR LIVES.

"SOMEBODY GET ME A DR.", "ICE CREAM MAN", "LIGHT UP THE SKY", "PANAMA", "fEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT", "JAMIE'S CRYIN'", "MEAN STREET" REALLY TOOK ME BACK TO 1982, "SO THIS IS LOVE?", "RUNNIN' W/ THE DEVIL", "AIN'T TALKING ABOUT LOVE", "DOA", "YOU REALLY GOT ME", "I'M THE ONE", "EVERYBODY WANTS SOME", "JUMP", "HOT FOR TEACHER" & "UNCHAINED" ARE JUST A FEW OF THE CLASSIC VH SONGS AP ENTICED US W/ AT THE OC FAIR.

ENJOYABLE, THEY GET BETTER EVERY TIME I SEE THEM & WILL CONTINUE. 

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT LBMETAL.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THEATOMICPUNKS.COM

THANK YOU ROXANNE!


FATE'S WARNING/QUEENSRYCHE

THE FONDA THEATER

HOLLYWOOD, CA

3/28/19


WHAT A DOUBLE BILL!  A NIGHT OF OLD SCHOOL PROG ROCK/METAL, PACKED W/ FANS OLD & NEW FATE'S WARNING HIT THE STAGE & GAVE QR A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY.  FW HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE 1982, FIRST TIME I SAW THEM WAS IN 1988 AT THE CHANNEL (RIP) IN BOSTON, MA & THEY STOLE MY HEART.  I GO TO EVERY SHOW I CAN, THEIR MUSIC IS FANTASTIC, IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN RAY ALDER (VOCALS), JOEY VERA (BASS), BOBBY JARZOMBEK (DRUMS), JIM MATHEOS (GUITARS) & FRANK ARESTI (GUITARS) PERFORM THEIR SOLID SONGS OLD & NEW WHAT THE HELL?  YOU SHOULD!  I STRONGLY SUGGEST SEEING THEM LIVE LIKE 50 TIMES, WHILE YOU CAN!  NO REGRETS!
"FROM THE ROOFTOPS" & "SEVEN STARS" FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM "THEORIES OF FLIGHT"  WHICH SHOULD BE IN YOUR IPOD/CD PLAYER ALREADY & IF IT ISN'T IT SHOULD BE IN YOUR SHOPPING CART ONLINE OR IN REAL LIFE, BECAUSE IT'S WORTHY!  "FIREFALL" WHICH IS A NEW FAVORITE FROM THE ALBUM "DARKNESS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT" WHICH YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING SINCE IT CAME OUT IN 2013 OF COURSE, "PIECES OF ME"  FROM THE "DISCONNECTED" ALBUM, "THE LIGHT & SHADE OF THINGS", "THE ELEVENTH HOUR", & "POINT OF VIEW" AN OLD SCHOOL FAVORITE, SHORT BUT SWEET SET LIST OF 10 PROGRESSIVELY BEAUTIFUL PASSIONATE SONGS.  THEY NAILED IT!  HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, ALL OF US WHO KNOW FW WERE HAPPY FOR THEM TO OPEN UP FOR AN ICONIC BAND & SHOW THEIR TALENT TO A NEW BREED OF PEOPLE.  ROCK ON FATE'S WARNING!    PHOTOS ARE UP https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/
QUEENSRYCHE COME OUT TO FOLLOW FW, THEY SHOULD HAVE RUN!  JUST KIDDING, THEY WERE STRONG, HOWEVER I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT TODD LA TORRE HAS BEEN THEIR SINGER FOR 6 YEARS, GET OVER IT.  IT'S TOUGH TO REPLACE THE SINGER IN MOST BANDS, THE LYRICS ARE WHAT MOST OF US RELATE TO & IS THE HARDEST TO REPLACE, HOWEVER, LA TORRE HAS PROVEN HE IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB.  W/ THIS CURRENT LINE-UP OF SCOTT ROCKENFIELD (DRUMS), EDDIE JACKSON (BASS), MICHAEL WILTON (GUITARS) & PARKER LUNDGREN (GUITARS) QR HAVE RE-INVENTED THEMSELVES & ARE MOVING FORWARD W/A  NEW ALBUM "THE VERDICT" ON CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.
I KNOW WE ALL WANT TO HEAR THE OLD SONGS & PRETTY MUCH THIS IS THE NEW QR, "OPERATION MINDCRIME" SONGS WILL MOSTLY BE PERFORMED ON GEOFF TATE'S TOUR AS THAT'S WHAT HE DOES AS OPERATION MINDCRIME, SO WE WILL BE OPEN MINDED & GRACIOUSLY ACCEPT THIS NEW VERSION & HARD WORK.
"BLOOD OF THE LEVANT" THEIR NEWEST SONG FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM, I REALLY ENJOYED THE NEW SONGS & I'M GENERALLY NOT THAT GIRL.  "I AM I", "NM 156", "MAN THE MACHINE", "WALK IN THE SHADOWS" LA TORRE PULLED THAT OFF W/ BLOOD CURDLING WAILS, "CONDITION HUMAN", "QUEEN OF THE REICH", "SILENT LUCIDITY", "OPEN ROAD", "PROPAGANDA FASHION", "SCREAMING IN DIGITAL", "TAKE HOLD OF THE FLAME" KUDOS, MY FLAME WAS HELD HIGH, "EYES OF A STRANGER" W/ "ANARCHY-X" OUTRO, ENDING W/ "LIGHT YEARS", "JET CITY WOMAN" & "EMPIRE".
QR IS RELAVANT, THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR OWN, THEY DESERVE A CHANCE TO BE HEARD & RESPECTED, EVEN IF WE LOVED/MISS THE OLD RYCHE.
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16144199
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FATE'S WARNING PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FATESWARNING.COM
QUEENSRYCHE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.QUEENSRYCHEOFFICIAL.COM
THANK YOU NIKKI & MOLLY FOR ONCE AGAIN TAKING CARE OF ME, TRULY GRATEFUL.

SOULFLY/UNEARTH/INCITE/SKINFLINT/SANGRE/ZOMBIE EATING HORSE/NYCTOPHILE

2/26/19

1720

LOS ANGELES, CA

SO MANY GREAT BANDS & MY FRIENDS ARE IN SOME OF THE OPENING BANDS THAT I DID NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO CATCH.  RUNNING FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER IT'S USUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO GET ANYWHERE BY 6PM.  MY REGRETS.
INCITE WAS ON STAGE WHEN I ROLLED UP & I HAVE SEEN THEM MANY TIMES, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FRENZY SURROUNDING THEM, GREAT VIBES, CONSISTING OF MAX CAVALERA'S STEP-SON RICHIE ON VOCALS, CHIRSTOPHER EL ON BASS GUITAR, LENNON LOPEZ ON DRUMS & DRU TANG ROME ON GUITARS. HAILING FROM PHOENIX, AZ THEY BRING THEIR HARD MUSIC TO YOUR FACE.
SUPPORTING THEIR 5TH ALBUM "BUILT TO DESTROY" OUT ON MINUS HEAD RECORDS INCITE'S 15 YEAR RELATIONSHIP W/ METAL FANS IS STILL STRONG.  30 MINUTES OF SLAMMING DEATH METAL WASN'T ENOUGH FOR THESE EAGER METALHEADS, SUCH INCREDIBLE ENERGY.  INCITE GAVE IT THEIR ALL & THE CROWD RECEIVED THEM WILLFULLY.
UNEARTH IS A BAND I HAVE HEARD OF & MAY HAVE SEEN IN PASSING BUT DON'T REALLY REMEMBER & SHAME ON ME AS THEY ARE FROM MY HOME BOSTON, MA, SO I WILL SAY THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN THEM & THEY WERE FANTASTIC!  
TREVOR PHIPPS ON VOCALS, KEN SUSI ON GUITAR, BUZ MCGRATH ON GUITAR, NICK PIERCE ON DRUMS & CHRIS O'TOOLE ON BASS.  45 MINUTE SET MADE THE GIRLS SQUEAL, THE MEN MOSH & US OLD PEEPS ENJOY IN AWE.  ALL WERE BEGGING FOR MORE ONCE THE SHOW WAS OVER, THE EXCITEMENT THAT SURROUNDED THEM WAS INTENSE.  THEY WON ME OVER & I WILL INVESTIGATE MORE FROM UNEARTH.
15 YEARS STRONG, WHERE HAVE I BEEN?  ROCK ON MY FELLOW BOSTONIANS.
SOULFLY I LOVE THEM, EVERY TIME, EVERY LINE UP, EVERY VENUE.  MAX CAVALERA ON VOCALS/GUITAR, MARC RIZZO ON GUITAR, MIKE LEON ON BASS & LYON CAVALERA ON DRUMS, YES ANOTHER SON OF MR. CAVALERA.  
THE CROWD WAS WAITING IN ANTICIPATION FOR THE MAIN EVENT W/ BATED BREATH.  THE LIGHTS WENT DOWN & YOU COULD FEEL THE ENERGY RISE, HEAR THE FANS SCREAMING & SMELL THE SWEAT.  75 MINUTES OF BRUTAL, GROOVY, HARD METAL GRACED US ALL & WE SUCKED IT UP W/ PLEASURE.
SET LIST CONSISTED OF "THE SUMMONING" (FROM THEIR 11TH ALBUM THE RITUAL), "UNDER RAPTURE" (THE RITUAL), "FIRE" (FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM SOULFLY) WHICH LEAD INTO "PORRADA" (FROM THE PROPHECY ALBUM), "BLEED" (SOULFLY) WHICH LEAD INTO "PLATA O PLOMO" (FROM THE ENSLAVED ALBUM), "PROPHECY" (TITLE TRACK FROM THE PROPHECY ALBUM), "RITUAL" (RITUAL), "DEATH BEHIND THE EYES" (RITUAL), "BABYLON" (FROM THE DARK AGES ALBUM), "ARISE AGAIN" (DARK AGES), "BACK TO THE PRIMITIVE" (TITLE TRACK FROM THE PRIMITIVE ALBUM) & ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, SO MANY FAVORITES, "ACE OF SPADES" MOTORHEAD COVER W/ JOSE MANGIN FROM SIRIUS XM'S LIQUID METAL ON VOCALS, "NO" (SOULFLY), "JUMPDAFUCKUP" (PRIMITIVE) WHICH LEAD TO EYE FOR AN EYE" (SOULFLY) ANOTHER CLASSIC FAVORITE W/ DINO CAZARES OF ASESSINO & "CRAZY TRAIN" OZZY OSBOURNE COVER.
SOULFLY'S 20 YEAR CAREER & LATEST ALBUM "THE RITUAL" OUT ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS IS ASTONISHING, MOST BANDS DO NOT MAKE IT, BUT THE MIX OF BLUES, METAL, GROOVE, & SOUL GLUES THE MUSIC TOGETHER.  IT'S AN ECLECTIC MIX & HAS ME JUMPIN', GROOVIN' & MOVIN' EVERY TIME THEY PLAY,  I TRY TO NEVER MISS SOULFLY & IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM, THEN I'M DRAGGING YOU TO THEIR NEXT SHOW W/ OR W/O A CATTLE PROD (TO BE DETERMINED).  YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE MARC RIZZO JUMP, IT'S ALMOST LIKE MICHAEL JORDAN.
THANK YOU CHARLES & TO THE LOVELY LADIES I MET THAT NIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT STAY BEAUTIFUL!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON INCITE PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/INCITEBAND
UNEARTH PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/UNEARTHOFFICIAL
SOULFLY PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.SOULFLY.COM

THE 2019 DECIBEL MUSIC TOUR FEATURING MORBID ANGEL/CANNIBAL CORPSE

THE FONDA THEATER

HOLLYWOOD, CA

2/21/19


MORBID ANGEL & CANNIBAL CORPSE ARE TRAIPSING THROUGH THE U.S. DAMAGING EARDRUMS & BREAKING NECKS.  WELCOME TO THE DEATH METAL SHOW!  BOTH BANDS HAIL FROM THE DEATH METAL CAPITAL OF THE U.S. WHICH IS THE SUNSHINE STATE FLORIDA (CANNIBAL CORPSE KIND OF DETOURED THEIR START FROM BUFFALO, NY & THEN FLORIDA).  THE DECIBEL TOUR ENDS IN TAMPA ON 3/14 SO YOU HAVE FEW DAYS TO GET YOUR ASS OUT TO SEE THEM, I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU DO THIS TODAY.  

Wed/Mar 06 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Thu/Mar 07 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater
Fri/Mar 08 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Sat/Mar 09 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sun/Mar 10 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
Mon/Mar 11 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Wed/Mar 13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Thu/Mar 14 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum

LAST TIME I SAW MORBID ANGEL WAS AT THE REGENT & THEY WERE SPECTACULAR SO NOTHING HAS CHANGED, I JUST DIDN'T REVIEW THAT SHOW.  THE FONDA THEATER WAS PACKED, I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT SO FULL, EVEN THE BALCONY!  SO GREAT JOB  PACKING THE HOUSE ON A WEEKNIGHT IN L.A. IN THE RAIN!  

LINE-UP CHANGES COMMENCE THROUGH OUT MORBID ANGEL'S LEGACY & CURRENTLY THEY HAVE SOME TIGHT TALENT WHO FLOW TOGETHER:  FOUNDING MEMBER ON GUITARS IS TREY AZAGTHOTH, VOCALS & BASS STEVE TUCKER, GUITARS DAN VADIM VON & SCOTT FULLER ON THE SKINS.

PLOWING THROUGH THE SET OF OLD & NEWER SONGS, "PILES OF LITTLE ARMS" I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO PRETEND TO KNOW WHAT THAT IS ABOUT, DO I WANT TO KNOW?  "D.E.A.D.", "GARDEN OF DISDAIN", "I" FROM THE "GATEWAYS TO ANNIHILATION" CD, "NOTHING IS NOT", "DAY OF SUFFERING", "ABOMINATIONS" & "UNHOLY BLASPHEMIES" FROM "BLESSED ARE THE SICK" CD "BLASPHEMY", FROM "ENTANGLED IN CHAOS" RELEASE,  "PRAYER OF HATRED" FROM "FORMULAS FATAL TO THE FLESH" CD, "GOD OF EMPTINESS" & "BLOOD ON MY HANDS" FROM "THE COVENANT" RELEASE, "ARCHITECT & ICONOCLAST".  IT WAS A THRASHLY DEATHLY HOUR SET & THE CROWD WAS A FRENZY FROM THE FIRST NOTE ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

WHILE WAITING FOR CANNIBAL CORPSE TO COME ON MANY SWEATY CONCERT GOERS WERE IN SEARCH OF LIBATIONS, FRESH AIR & THE LEW, IT WAS TOUGH GETTING AROUND.

CANNIBAL CORPSE IS:  ALEX WEBSTER BASS, PAUL MAZURKIEWICZ DRUMS, GEORGE "CORPSEGRINDER" FISHER VOCALS, ROB BARRETT GUITAR & FILLING IN FOR PAT O'BRIEN HATE ETERNAL'S ERIK RUTAN ON GUITAR.

WHEN CANNIBAL CORPSE HIT THE STAGE, THERE WERE NO WEAKLINGS, THE MOSH PITS & CROWD SURFING (EVEN THE GIRLS) WERE OBSESSED W/ THE MADNESS.  WHO CAN RESIST CORPSEGRINDERS WINDMILL & GRUNTS?!  SLAMMING THEIR AUDIENCE W/ "CODE OF THE SLASHERS", "ONLY ONE WILL DIE", "RED BEFORE BLACK", "EVISERATION PLAGUE", "FIRESTORM VENGEANCE", "SCOURGE OF IRON", "STARING THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD", "THE WRETCHED SPAWN", "DEVOURED BY VERMIN", "KILL OR BECOME", "A SKULL FULL OF MAGGOTS" KILLED MY APPETITE, "I CUM BLOOD" NOT ANYMORE, ANTI-BIOTICS HELPED W/ THAT, "MAKE THEM SUFFER", "STRIPPED, RAPED & STRANGLED" GEEZ ROUGH FIRST DATE & THE INFAMOUS FAN FAVORITE "HAMMER-SMASHED FACE".  WHAT A SET, WHAT A SHOW!  WHAT A WELCOME BACK FROM VACATION!  WELL DONE GENTLEMEN, I EMERGED FROM THE WRECKAGE & CHAOS UNSCATHED INTO THE DARK WET NIGHT COMPLETELY SATISFIED, ALL MY DEMONS RUNNING SCARED & A SMILE ON MY FACE.  THAT'S HOW YOU ROCK A DEATH METAL SHOW.

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  www.cannibalcorpse.net  & www.morbidangel.com

THANK YOU LIZ, ANGEL & THE AMAZING WOMAN AT WILL CALL WHOM I DID NOT GET HER NAME BUT WILL NEXT TIME, SHE WAS A DOLL!!


OZZFEST FEATURING OZZY OSBOURNE/ROB ZOMBIE/MARILYN MASON/JONATHON DAVIS/BODYCOUNT/ZAKK SABBATH/DEVILDRIVER/WEDNESDAY 13

THE FORUM

INGLEWOOD, CA

12/31/18


WHERE TO BEGIN!  FIRST OF ALL LET ME LET YOU IN ON A SECRET, SOME OF YOU KNOW, MOST OF YOU DO NOT.  I HAD TO HAVE SURGERY ON 12/5, POPPED A STITCH ON 12/17, RELAPSED & HAVE HAD COMPLICATIONS. WHICH  I AM STILL WORKING OUT SO GETTING TO THIS SHOW WAS A MIRACLE, I ALMOST DIDN'T MAKE IT.  I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN EARLIER THAT DAY & TRIED TO SEE MY DR. BUT IT WASN'T HAPPENING, LUCKILY I FELT BETTER & THE SHOW MUST GO ON.
PICKING UP CREDENTIALS WAS A GLITCH, THE FORUM'S POLICY ON PHOTO SHOOTS SHOULD BE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO THE SHOW & THEY SHOULD PROVIDE EITHER LOCKERS, IN & OUT POLICY W/ PARKING NEXT TO THE VENUE OR A LOCKED CLOSET IF THEY DO NOT WANT US TO HAVE OUR CAMERAS AFTER THE 3 SONGS PER SET, IT'S RIDICULOUS, MEANWHILE I WAS WATCHING PEOPLE W/O PHOTO PASSES W/ CAMERAS SHOOTING ALL NIGHT LONG WHEREVER THEY WANTED.  MAYBE GIVE US BETTER PASSES?  I DON'T KNOW BUT I OPTED FOR THE TICKET INSTEAD OF THE PHOTO PASS, AS IT WAS TOO MUCH OF A HASSLE & THE LAST TIME I TRIED TAKING MY CAMERA BACK TO A CAR I MISSED THE ENTIRE SET OF THE BAND I WANTED TO SEE, SO I WASN'T GOING TO DO THAT.  I MISSED DEVILDRIVER & WEDNESDAY 13 DUE TO THE GLITCH, I HAD TO WALK BACK TO MY CAR WHICH WAS IN THE LOT NEXT TO THE NEW RAMS STADIUM SO THAT WAS AT LEAST 30 MINUTES OF MY TIME.
THE VENUE FOR THIS YEAR'S OZZFEST WAS NOT IDEAL & MANY PEOPLE I SPOKE TO AGREED W/ ME.  TAKING UP THE PARKING W/ THE SECOND STAGE WAS PROBABLY PROBLEMATIC, I DON'T WORRY ABOUT SUCH THINGS AS I AM THE EARLY BIRD, BUT THE MAJOR COMPLAINT WAS SEATS.  WHY THE HELL ARE THERE SEATS AT OZZFEST ON THE FLOOR?  AT SAN MANUEL THEY DON'T HAVE SEATS IN THE PIT!  THE SEATS & THE PRICE WAS THE MAIN REASON FOR THE DECLINE IN TICKET SALES AS WELL AS THE LINE-UP, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE NEED TO SEE THE SAME BANDS ON EITHER OZZFEST OR MAYHEM OR WHATEVER THE STORY OF THE MONTH IS?  IT'S OVERKILL.
I GET MY TICKET & IT'S NOT ON THE FLOOR WHICH SUCKED SO I BOUGHT A FLOOR TICKET, I HATE SEATS IN GENERAL BUT FOR THE SAME PRICE PUT ME ON THE FLOOR, I TRIED THOSE SEATS UP THERE & THEY ARE TINY, YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING, IT'S HARD GETTING OUT OF THEM & I'M NOT THAT LARGE!  
I VENTURED OUT INTO THE BLACK COVERED PARKING LOT, IT WAS RAINING OFF & ON & THE SKY WAS ANGRY.  LUCKILY ZAKK SABBATH'S SHOW WASN'T RAINED OUT.  DONNED IN A KILT WYLDE WAS LOOKING AS GRUNGEY AS EVER & HIS BAND CONSISTING OF BLASKO ON BASS & JOEY CASTILLO ON DRUMS SLUDGED ON W/ THEIR VERSION OF BLACK SABBATH COVERS WHICH AREN'T ALWAYS THE POPULAR ONES, SO KUDOS TO THAT, I MEAN HOW MANY TIMES DO I REALLY NEED TO SEE ANYONE PERFORM IRON MAN?:  "SUPERNAUT:, "SNOWBLIND", WHICH COERCED WYLDE INTO THE THE CROWD FOR THE SOLO, "A NATIONAL ACROBAT", "EMBRYO", "CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE", "LORD OF THIS WORLD", "UNDER THE SUN/EVERY DAY COMES & GOES", "TOMORROW'S DREAM", 'INTO THE VOID" & "N.I.B.".  SOMETIMES A COVER SOUNDS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL & IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SUPER COOL IF ROB ZOMBIE JUMPED UP TO DO "CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE" AS I THINK HE ROCKS ON THAT ONE.
I THEN INFILTRATED A PARTY BY KLOS & FULL METAL JACKIE.  IT WAS A MASQUERADE BALL & THEY GAVE US SOME REALLY COOL MASKS WHICH I DONNED FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT AS I WAS INCOGNITO & ONLY SPOKE TO PEOPLE I WANTED TO SPEAK TO, IT WAS OSSUM!  SOME NICE FAJITAS & A COUPLE BOTTLES OF WATER WERE PERFECT W/ MY PAIN PILL.  
THE DOORS TO THE FORUM OPENED & I WENT IN TO CHECK OUT BODY COUNT..."THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD" HA, LOVE THEM.  ICE-T DONNING AN ORANGE COUNTY JAIL JUMPSUIT FIRED UP THE SIRENS & BROUGHT THEIR GANGSTA/METAL/RAP TO OZZFEST.  "BODY COUNT'S IN THE HOUSE" THEY SURE WERE!  "RAINING BLOOD/POSTMORTEM" (SLAYER COVER) WHERE WAS SLAYER?  "BOWELS OF THE DEVIL", "MANSLAUGHTER", "NO LIVES MATTER", "BODY COUNT", "THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD" MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BC SONG. "TALK SHIT, GET SHOT" WAS A CROWD PLEASER AS WAS "COP KILLER" & ENDING THE SET, "THIS IS WHY WE RIDE".  THE SOUND FOR BODY COUNT WASN'T AS GOOD AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BUT IT WAS FUN, IF I WAS FEELING BETTER I WOULD HAVE BEEN JUMPING.  JUAN GARCIA & ERNIE C (GUITARS), SEAN E SEAN (SAMPLES), VINCENT PRICE (BASS), ILL WILL (DRUMS) & LITTLE ICE (BACKING VOCALS).
JONATHON DAVIS FROM KORN DID HIS SET & I REALLY WASN'T IMPRESSED, IT WAS BORING AFTER BODY COUNT, HE WAS SITTING SINGING POEMS OR SOMETHING& I LOST INTEREST AFTER ABOUT 5 SONGS, SO I VENTURED OFF TO THE FORUM CLUB TO EAT MORE SNACKS & PACK MYSELF A BAG OF CANDY, MEANWHILE I TOOK A CELL PHONE PHOTO OF THE CAKE WHICH IS THE PHOTO FOR THIS PIECE.  
RIGHT BEFORE MARILYN MANSON, I FOUND A FRIEND W/ AN EXTRA CLOSER FLOOR TICKET & HE WAS SINGING EVERY WORDOF EVERY SONG TO ME LIKE A SERENADE, IT WAS ADORABLE.  WHO ELSE GETS SERENADED TO MM?  MAYBE WE'RE MARRIED NOW?  LMAO  "CRUCI-FICTION IN SPACE", "ANGEL W/ TEH SCABBED WINGS", "ROCK IS DEAD", "THIS IS THE NEW SHIT", "THE FIGHT SONG", "SAY10", "THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE", "ANTICHRIST SUPERSTAR" & OF COURSE "SWEET DREAMS" EURRYTHMICS COVER.  WELCOME TO THE FORUM WHERE EVERY BAND IS LATE & THEY ALL PLAY COVERS.  THAT'S WHAT I WOULD PUT AS THE FORUM TAG LINE.  I DON'T KNOW HOW LATE THE SHOW WAS AT THIS POINT, BUT IT WASN'T ON TIME.  NOT SURE WHO'S IN THE BAND, I COULDN'T FIND ANY INFORMATION, I KNOW WHO ISN'T..LMAO.  FIRST TIME I SAW MM WAS OPENING FOR DANZIG IN SAN DIEGO & TWIGGY WAS IN THE BAND, HE WAS SUPER COOL.  MM WAS FUN, PEEPS DUG IT, THE VENUE WAS STARTING TO FILL IN, WE HAD A WHOLE ROW ON THE FLOOR TO OURSELVES & 1/2 OF THE ROW NEXT TO US WAS OPEN AS WELL, DURING THE WHOLE SHOW.  I COULD HAVE LAID DOWN & TAKEN A NAP, IT WAS ROOMY.
EVEN THOUGH I HATE SEATS MY CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES HAD ME SITTING IN MINE THE WHOLE TIME.  I COULD BARELY MOVE, IT WAS TOO PAINFUL, THE MEDICATION KEEP ME NUMB.  ROB ZOMBIE WAS NEXT ON TTHE BILL & HE'S ALWAYS FUN & HE, LIKE OZZY, ARE HIT OR MISS, LAST TIME I SAW HIM HE WAS A HIT, TONIGHT HE WAS A HIT AS WELL.  JOHN 5 IS ADORABLE IN HIS MAKEUP & GLOWING TEETH/GUITAR.  PIGGY D SATANIC BASS & GINGER FISH DRUMS.  VIDEO SCREENS SHOWING MOSTLY ZOMBIE'S WIFE SHERRIE MOON GO GO DANCING. "DEAD CITY RADIO & THE NEW GODS OF SUPERTOWN", "SUPERBEAST", "WELL, EVERYBODY'S FUCKING IN A U.F.O.", "LIVING DEAD GIRL", "AGE OF THE CONSECRATED VAMPIRE", "WE ALL GET HIGH", YES WE DO, "MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN", "NEVER GONNA STOP (THE RED, RED KROOVY)", "HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES", "THUNDER KISS '65" WOULD LOVE TO HEAR/SEE THAT ALBUM LIVE ENTIRELY, I THINK IT'S TIME & BRING BACK (SOME) OF THE ORIGINALS MEMBERS SEAN & JAY AT LEAST :).  "BLITZKRIEG BOP" RAMONES COVER, "SCHOOL'S OUT" ALICE COOPER COVER (SEE I TOLD YOU COVER SONGS GALORE) & "HELTER SKELTER" BEATLES COVER, HOWEVER, MARILYN MASON & NIKKI SIXX CAME OUT TO PLAY THIS SONG WHICH WAS FANTASTIC, GREAT TO SEE NIKKI SIXX OUT & ABOUT!.  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND COVER SONGS WHEN YOU HAVE CATALOG, I WOULD HAVE ENJOYED HEARING "BLACK SUNSHINE", MY FAVORITE "WELCOME TO PLANET MOTHERFUCKER", "I AM HELL" & IF YOU NEED A COVER "CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE" OR "I'M YOUR BOOGEYMAN" JUST SAYING, IF YOU PLAY A 10,000 +SEAT VENUE YOU BETTER HAVE/PLAY YOUR CATALOG.  ENDING THE SET WAS  "DRAGULA", TOTALLY FUN, HIGH ENERGY AS PER USUAL SET, SADLY I HAD TO SIT IN A SEAT, IF I WAS FEELING BETTER I WOULD HAVE BEEN ROCKIN' OUT.
2 MOMENTS THE CROWD HAS BEEN ANTICIPATING, OZZY OSBOURNE TO HIT THE STAGE & THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT.  OZZY WAS 30 MINUTES LATE SO 15 MINUTES INTO THE SET HE PREPARED US FOR THE FESTIVITIES ABOUT TO HAPPEN.  "BARK AT THE MOON", "MR. CROWLEY" MY LEAST FAVORITE ALBUM BLIZZARD OF OZZ, I THREW THE TAPE OUT THE WINDOW OF MY FRIEND LISA'S CAR IN 1982 AS I WAS SO SICK OF LISTENING TO IT & HAVE NEVER BOUGHT A COPY AS I CAN'T LISTEN TO IT STILL, HOWEVER, THIS SONG WAS PERFORMED FLAWLESSLY, CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE.  "SUICIDE SOLUTION", "FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS", NYE COUNTDOWN WHICH AFTERWARDS EVERYONE LEFT, 1/2 THE VENUE LEFT AFTER THE "BALL DROPPED", I'M STILL VACUUMING CONFETTI OUT OF MY HOUSE, CAR, HAIR & HOODIE.  "I DON'T KNOW", "NO MORE TEARS", "ROAD TO NOWHERE", "WAR PIGS", WHICH LEAD ZAKK WYLDE INTO THE CROWD FOR HIS SOLO & HE SLIPPED ON HIS WAY.  MY FRIEND HAS A VIDEO OF IT & IF SHE LET'S ME USE IT I WILL POST IT EITHER ON THE FB PAGE WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL OR ON YOUTUBE.  STAY TUNED.  I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY SPECTACULAR THAT WYLDE STARTED ON THE STAGE WALKED DOWN THE CENTER OF THE FLOOR, UP THE STAIRS TO THE NOSE BLEED & CONTINUED 1/2 WAY AROUND THE VENUE IN THE NOSE BLEED BEFORE COMING BACK TO THE STAGE.  HOW OSSUM WAS IT TO BE IN THOSE SEATS & HAVE ZAKK RIGHT IN YOUR FACE.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THAT, I FELT THE JOY OF THOSE PEOPLE, IT WAS HEARTFELT & HEARTWARMNG & YES I DO KNOW THIS IS A METAL SHOW, BUT HAVE COMPASSION, WE ARE ALL HUMAN & SOME PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD $200 + TICKETS TO A CONCERT TO SEE THEIR FAVORITE BAND SO THEY BOUGHT THE $20.19 TICKET& GOT SOME LOVE FROM ZAKK WYLDE.  AMEN!  WELL DONE!  I PUT MY CELL PHONE VIDEO UP ON FB SO VIEW IT THERE & SOME PHOTOS ON IG WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/LBMETALZINE SO FOLLOW/LIKE ON BOTH SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS IF YOU DO NOT ALREADY.  MEDLEY OF "MIRACLE MAN/CRAZY BABIES/DESIRE/PERRY MASON" INSTRUMENTAL DRUM SOLO BY TOMMY CLUFETOS, "I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD", "SHOT IN THE DARK", "CRAZY TRAIN" & THE ENCORE:  "MAMA i'M COMING HOME" & "PARANOID" BY THIS TIME THE 2 PEOPLE AROUND ME WERE SO EXCITED, THEY WOULDN'T STOP HITTING ME SO I HAD TO MOVE, SO I WENT UP TO THE 100 SECTION TO LOOK ON, SO I MISSED THE BALLOONS DROPPING ON MY HEAD, WHICH WERE SUPER COOL, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT DURING MIDNIGHT & THE CONFETTI AT THE END.  I WOULD HAVE RATHER HAD A BALLOON, LESS MESSY.  OZZY WAS ON IT TONIGHT :)  I WILL BE SEEING HIS RE-SCHEDULED SHOW W/ MEGADETH AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL IN JULY, SEE YOU THERE.
I WAS EXPECTING AN AFTER PARTY IN THE FORUM CLUB BUT IT WAS CRICKETS BEFORE THE ENCORE.  THE SHOW DID END LATE AROUND 1:30AM & I STROLLED OUT INTO THE COLD DARK NIGHT, SINGING THE SONGS OZZY ENCHANTED US W/ IN MY PINK FEATHER MASK AVOIDING DRUNKS TO GET HOME SAFELY.  HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  WAS IS GOOD? YES, COULD IT HAVE BEEN BETTER?  HELL YES, HAVE I HAD WORSE? HELL TO THE M'RFUCKING YES! 2018 WENT OUT QUIETLY EVEN IF I WAS AT A HEAVY METAL CONCERT.
THANK YOU MARCEE, JESSICA, DAVIE & SCOTT!

THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN

A MOVIE ON ABRAMOAMA FILMS

DIRECTED BY TABBERT FIILER

ARCLIGHT CINEMAS

SHERMAN OAKS

11/7/18


THIS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT FRONTMAN/VOCALIST JOHN LYDON & THE UPS & DOWNS OF THE BAND PIL PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED.  THROUGHOUT MANY, MANY BAND MEMBER CHANGES DUE TO DECEIT/LIES/BETRAYAL/DRUGS/LACK OF MONEY/THEFT LYDON RISES LIKE A PHOENIX THROUGH THE ASHES TO TELL THE PIL STORY & WE GET TO KNOW HIM IN AN EMOTIONAL, TRUTHFUL, HONEST & FUN WAY.  FROM PUNK ANARCHIST, NEW WAVE PIONEER TO RAISING HIS STEP-DAUGHTERS CHILDREN, REUNITING/REINVENTING PIL THE STORY IS HEARFELT, INTERESTING & IN DEPTH.
PIL/LYDON/ROTTEN/SEX PISTOLS HAVE BEEN HOUSEHOLD NAMES SINCE I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD.  MY BROTHER WAS A HUGE FAN, I REMEMBER HIM PLAYING THE ALBUMS CONSTENTLY & ALTHOUGH THIS MUSIC DID NOT SPEAK TO ME MY BROTHER WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON ME MUSICALLY.  I WENT DOWN MY OWN PATH BUT HAVE RESPECT FOR MUSIC I DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR CANNOT RELATE TO, WE CAN'T ALL RELATE OR UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING.  I RELATE TO PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR FAVORITE BAND THE SAME WAY I LOVE MY FAVORITE BAND & I FEEL WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER REGARDLESS OF MUSICAL GENRE.
ANY OPINIONS I HAD OF MR. LYDON HAVE CHANGED AFTER THIS DOCUMENTARY 180 DEGREES,  I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF HIM AS HUMAN, JUST A PUNKER CAUSING CHAOS, DESTRUCTION & TROUBLE, SINGING SONGS ABOUT THINGS I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT, OR CAN'T RELATE TO & BRUSHED OFF.  AFTER "THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN" AS WELL AS LYDON COMING OUT FOR A Q & A AFTER THE SCREENING I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT, ADMIRATION & LOVE FOR HIM. 
KEEPING HIS PERSONAL LIFE PRIVATE HE MARRIED HIS LONG TIME GIRLFRIEND NORI & THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOREVER, I LOVE THAT, IT'S SO SWEET.  HIS CHILDHOOD DISEASE MENENGITIS CHANGED HIS LIFE COMPLETELY, HE WAS IN A COMA FOR 3 MONTHS & WHEN HE AWOKE HE DIDN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING, DIDN'T RECOGNIZE HIS PARENTS/FAMILY OR ANYONE, THAT IS A SCARY SITUATION WHICH HE HAS OVERCOME, ALTHOUGH HE REMEMBERS EVERY ASPECT OF THOSE FEELINGS AS IT WAS YESTERDAY.
THIS DOCUMENTARY WAS WELL DONE & COVERED SO MUCH.  SO MANY INTERVIEWS FROM PAST/PRESENT BAND MEMBERS MINUS KEITH LEVINE, WHICH I WOULD HAVE LOVE TO HEAR WHAT HE HAD TO SAY, THEY NEVER SAID WHY HE WASN'T INCLUDED.  LYDON IS THE TYPE OF MAN WHO WANTS TO BELIEVE/TRUST EVERYONE ALTHOUGH HE IS SHY AT TIMES, TREATS EVERYONE W/ HONESTY YET GETS BETRAYED, LIED TO & DECEIVED YET WILL STILL CALL YOU UP 20 YEARS LATER & ASK YOU TO RE-JOIN PIL.  THAT MY FRIENDS, IS INTERGRITY, WHICH IS TO BE EMULATED.  FORGIVENESS FOR OTHER'S STUPIDITY IS A LESSON I HAVE LEARNED FROM LYDON'S LIFE & ACTIONS.
I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO SEE "THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN" TWICE AS WELL AS WITNESSING LYDON IN A LIVE Q & A WHICH I TAPED MOST OF & CAN BE FOUND ON THE LB METAL ZINE'S YOU TUBE CHANNEL  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyUzbUY97Es&t=19s
I DON'T WANT TO GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY AS IT IS A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LYDON'S LIFE & HIS BAND PIL SO I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SEEING IT FOR YOURSELF, IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF MR. JOHNNY ROTTEN & ALTHOUGH NOT EVERYTHING WAS PEACHES & CREAM THROUGHOUT THE BAND'S HISTORY, THE STORY IS TOLD TRUTHFULLY, W/INTEGRITY & HUMOUR, WHICH I CAN APPRECIATE.  I LIVE IN THE LAND OF LIES SO HONESTY GOES A LONG WAY W/ ME.  IF I EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET LYDON IN PERSON I WOULD GIVE HIM A HUG & THANK HIM FOR BEING HIM.  HE REALLY IS GENUINE, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM AS MY FRIEND, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE PERSONAL STORIES, SO I GUESS THIS DOCUMENTARY LEAVES ME BEGGING FOR MORE.
THANK YOU TO MY BROTHER JAY FOR BEING SUCH A FAN & INTRODUCING ME TO PIL, AS IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM, I BELIEVE I WOULD HAVE MISSED OUT ON THIS INTERESTING STORY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PIL VISIT:  http://www.pilofficial.com/info.html
THE DOCUMENTARY THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN:  https://thepublicimageisrotten.com/
JOHN LYDON:  http://www.johnlydon.com/
THANK YOU LIBBY

HELLOWEEN PUMPKINS UNITED TOUR

THE PALLADIUM

HOLLYWOOD, CA

9/8/18


OMG! .....I WISH THAT'S ALL IT TOOK TO CONVINCE YOU THIS WAS THE BEST SHOW I HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR, SO FAR!  HOWEVER, IF IT DOESN'T THEN READ ON.
HELLOWEEN REUNITED PRETTY MUCH THE ENTIRE BAND THROUGH THE DECADES TO PUT ON THE BEST METAL SHOW I HAVE SEEN IN A WHILE.  IT WASN'T RE-HASHED, TIRED OR JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, THIS WAS A REAL, PASSIONATE, FUN, GOOFY, AUTHENTIC, DEDICATED REUNION.
3 VOCALISTS!!!! KAI HANSEN, ANDI DENS & MICHAEL KISKE, 3 GUITARISTS!!!  KAI HANSEN, SASCHA GERSTNER & MICHAEL WEIKATH, MAKUS GROSSKOPF ON BASS & DANI LOBE ON DRUMS.  I'M SALAVATING, WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?  2018 RIGHT NOW!!  WHAT A JOY TO SEE HANSEN & KISKE BACK TOGETHER IN HELLOWEEN!  IT'S BEEN FAR TOO LONG, THIS BROUGHT ME BACK TO 1987 WHEN I FIRST SAW HELLOWEEN IN BOSTON AT THE CHANNEL (MISS THAT PLACE, IT WAS THE BEST, I WAS THERE ALMOST EVERY DAY).
WHAT A SETLIST!  STARTING THE SET OFF W/ A BANG!  "HALLOWEEN", "DR. STEIN", "I'M ALIVE", "IF I COULD FLY", "ARE YOU METAL?", "RISE & FALL", "GENTLEMEN", "MEDLEY" WHICH I SWEAR HAD A SLAYER SONG!  MY FAVORITE HELLOWEEN SONG OF ALL TIME, WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER PLAYED LIVE UNTIL THIS TOUR & I HAVE TOLD HANSEN HOW MUCH I LOVED THE SONG WHEN HE WAS AT THE KEY CLUB W/ GAMMA RAY.."A TALE THAT WASN'T RIGHT" I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES IT WAS SO FANTASTIC!  I JUDGE MY SHOWS BY IF I CRY, IF I DO, IT'S THE BEST SHOW EVER & EITHER YOU GET IT OR YOU DON'T.  MY LOVE FOR MUSIC IS MY PASSION & IF A BAND CAN MOVE ME TO TEARS, THEY HAVE DONE THEIR JOB EXTREMELY WELL, WE HAVE CONNECTED.  "PUMPKINS UNITED", "LIVING/LITTLE TIME", "THUNDER", "SOLE SURVIVOR", "POWER", "HOW MANY TEARS", "EAGLE", "KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS" COULD I HEAR THIS ALBUM LIVE IN IT'S ENTIRETY PLEASE?  THEN I COULD DIE, WELL ALMOST :)  "FUTURE WORLD" & "I WANT OUT".  MY LORD!  
THE ANIMATIONS IN THE BACKGROUND WERE HILARIOUS AS WELL AS CLASSIC, FRANKENSTEIN, OLD HORROR MOVIES, BLACK & WHITE AS WELL AS BOLD COLOR PUMPKIN CHARACTERS GOOFING AROUND.  IT WAS VISUALLY PLEASANT WHILE 6 GUYS ARE RUNNING AMUCK ON STAGE.  THIS SHOW HAD ENERGY, ANIMATION, THEATRICS, GOOFINESS, BAND INTERACTION, PASSION, FUN & PRECISION.  I WAS IN THE FRONT ROW FOR 90% OF THE SHOW & THEN DECIDED TO GET THE FULL AFFECT, I CRUISED AROUND TO SEE THE VIDEO SCREEN & WENT UPSTAIRS TO LOOK DOWN ON THE CROWD, WHO WERE HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, THERE WERE A LOT OF YOUNGSTERS WHO I AM SURE WERE SEEING HELLOWEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, PASSING THE TORCH, I LOVE IT!  THESE KIDS NEED MORE METAL IN THEIR LIVES!  
3 HOURS!  3 HOURS!  3 HOURS!  NO OPENER JUST IN YOUR FACE CLASSIC METAL I WAS RAISED ON.  HELLOWEEN DIDN'T PETER OUT OR QUIT, NOT FOR A MINUTE, THEY WERE ON POINT & CRUSHED IT.  I CANNOT STOP PREACHING ABOUT HOW GREAT THIS SHOW WAS.  I WISH I WAS ABLE TO GET ONE OF THE PUMPKIN BALLOONS THEY TOSSED DURING THE ENCORE, THEY WERE PRETTY COOL.
FANTASTIC SHOW, REALLY LOVE ALMOSTEVERYONE IS BACK IN THE FOLD W/ HELLOWEEN AT LEAST FOR NOW ALONG W/ SOME NEW BLOOD, WHO HELD THEIR OWN, SO KUDOS TO THE NEWEST MEMBERS.
THANK YOU HELLOWEEN FOR PLAYING ALL THE SONGS I NEEDED TO HEAR!
THANK YOU CHARLES!
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTO SECTION & I WILL ALSO POST THEM ON THE FB PAGE WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HELLOWEEN PLEASE VISIT WWW.HELLOWEEN.ORG & GO SEE THEM LIVE, SO WORTH IT.  BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR SO FAR!



GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION MINDCRIME

30TH ANNIVERSARY

THE WHISKY A GO GO 

8/22/18

AS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW GEOFF TATE & QUEENSRYCHE PARTED WAYS IN 2012, SCOTT ROCKENFIELD, MICHAEL WILTON & EDDIE JACKSON OFFICIALLY GOT THE NAME QUEENSYCHE IN 2014 & TATE IS CARRYING ON AS OPERATION MINDCRIME.  THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER STORY & YOU CAN REFERENCE IT VIA GOOGLE/ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE.  I'M JUST GETTING YOU UP TO SPEED IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED.
THE ALBUM OPERATION MINDCRIME IS 30 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR SO TATE IS OUT CELEBRATING THE MILESTONE W/ HIS BAND WHICH IS ALSO THE OPENING BAND.  "TIL DEATH DO US PART" FEATURES EMILY TATE ON VOCALS (TATE'S DAUGHTER), KIERAN ROBERSTON (GUITARS), JACK ROSS (BASS) & JOSH WATTS DRUMS, ALSO INCLUDED IN OPERATION MINDCRIME IS KEYBOARDIST BRUNO SA &  GUITARIST SCOTT MOUGHTON.
EMILY SANG MARY'S PARTS OF THE SONGS WHILE TATE & THE BAND POUNDED OUT THE ENTIRE ALBUM OF OM & ADDING IN A FEW EMPIRE SONGS.  "EMPIRE", "BEST I CAN", "SILENT LUCIDITY" & "JET CITY WOMAN".
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW TO OM, IT'S AN CONCEPT ALBUM & CONSIDERED A ROCK OPERA ABOUT A YOUNG DRUG ADDICTED MAN NAMED NIKKI WHO GETS INVOLVED W/ A REVOLUTIONARY GROUP AS AN ASSASIN OF POLITICAL LEADERS..  HE WAS CONTROLLED BY MR. X WHO DEMANDS CORRUPT ACTIONS W/ BRAINWASHING IN RETURN FOR DRUGS.  HIS ACTIONS INVOLVED MEETING A CHILD PROSTITUTE TURNED NUN NAMED MARY WHOM HE FELL IN LOVE W/ & WAS ORDERED TO KILL AS WELL AS HER BOSS THE PRIEST.  HE KILLED THE PRIEST, BUT NOT MARY, MARY WAS DEAD WHEN HE FOUND HER, BUT HIS THOUGHTS/MEMORIES ARE HAZY DUE TO THE DRUGS, INSISTING HE DID NOT KILL HER.  DEVASTED HE RUNS THROUGH THE STREETS TRYING TO FIND THE ANSWERS & THE POLICE ARREST HIM FOR THE DEEDS HE DID & DID NOT COMMIT.  HE IS THEN PUT IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE HAS TIME TO THINK & PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.  TO ME IT IS A TRAGIC LOVE STORY IN A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT FUELED WORLD.
OPERATION:  MINDCRIME IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS & SEEING DIFFERENT MUSICIANS PERFORM ON THIS ALBUM HAS BEEN INTERESTING, THIS YOUNG BAND FULFILLED THEIR OBLIGATIONS W/ ENTHUSIASM & PRECISION BUT NOTHING CAN REPLACE THE MAGIC THAT WAS THE BEGINNING.  THIS WAS QR'S 3RD FULL LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM & THE ONE THAT GOT QR ON THE CHARTS & NOTICED.  STARTING OFF W/ THE INTRO "I REMEMBER NOW" WHEN NIKKI WAKES UP IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER ALL THE DIRTY DEEDS WENT DOWN..OR DID THEY?, "ANARCHY X" NIKKI IS TRYING TO REACH THE MASSES BY REVEALING HOW CORRUPT THE GOVERNMENT IS,  BUILDING UP TO EXPOLDE INTO "REVOLUTION CALLING" ALL ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT & THEIR PRIORITIES WHICH DO NOT INVOLVE TAKING CARE OF THE NATION'S PEOPLE, "OPERATION MINDCRIME", NIKKI HAS BEEN BRAINWASHED & IS SENT TO DO DR. X'S DIRTY WORK. "SPEAK", "SPREADING THE DISEASE" PROSTITUTION/PLAYBOY/HOT CHICKS WHO WILL DO ANYTHING FOR POWER & MONEY IS EXPOSED, "THE MISSION" NIKKI IS TOLD TO KIILL MARY AS SHE'S A RISK & GET THE PRIEST AS WELL "SUITE SISTER MARY" EMILY TATE SINGS THE PART OF MARY, THE BORN-AGAIN NUN WHO IS NIKKI'S FRIEND & LOVE OF HIS LIFE, "THE NEEDLE LIES" DRUGS KILL, NEEDLES LIE, "ELECTRIC REQUIEM" WHAT JUST HAPPENED?  WHERE'S MARY?, "BREAKING THE SILENCE" PLEADING THAT HE DID NOT KILL THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE BUT HE IS NOT BELIEVED, BEGGING FOR FORGIVENESS, "I DON'T BELIEVE IN LOVE" THEY TOOK AWAY THE ONLY PERSON HE LOVED, IT'S NEVER WORTH THE PAIN THAT YOU FEEL, "WAITING FOR 22", "MY EMPYT ROOM" WHO IS GOING TO SAVE HIM NOW THAT MARY IS GONE?  & "EYES OF A STRANGER". NIKKI WAKES & DOESN'T RECOGNIZE THE MAN IN THE MIRROR.
BRAVO ON SUCH A DEEP DARK CONCEPT, THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME IN MY OPINION, EVERY TIME I LISTEN I HEAR SOMETHING I DIDN'T HEAR THE LAST 30 YEARS OF LISTENING.
TATE & HIS BAND OM REALLY DID A GREAT JOB ON INTERPRETING THE SONGS, I JUST THINK MAYBE SOME WARDROBE CONSULTING SHOULD BE IN THE WORKS AS I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE PERFORM IN SANDLES BEFORE, IT WAS A LITTLE ODD.  
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTOS SECTION
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.OPERATIONMINDCRIME.COM
GREAT SHOW THANK YOU SO MUCH JEFF!


RICK SPRINGFIELD'S "BEST IN SHOW" W/ TOMMY TUTONE/GREH KIHN/LOVERBOY

PACIFIC AMPHITHEATER

COSTA MESA, CA

8/2/18

TOMMY TUTONE I HAVE SEEN BEFORE & THE LAST SHOW I SAW OF HIS WAS AMAZING, HE IS MORE THAN JUST THE HIT SONG "JENNY".  HE PLAYED THE GROVE AS THE HEADLINER AS MISSING PERSONS HAD TO SWITCH TIME SLOTS TO BE SOMEWHERE ELSE & IT WAS A GREAT SHOW, AFTER THAT I SAID IF TUTONE EVER PLAYS AGAIN I WILL DEFINITELY GO SEE HIM.  HE DESERVES RESPECT & HAS A LOT OF GREAT BLUESY SONGS WHICH NEED TO BE HEARD.  SADLY THIS SET WAS ONLY 4 SONGS BUT THEY WERE A LOT OF FUN.  "SLYVIA", "ANGEL SAY NO" JIM CROCE'S "OPERATOR (THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT FEELS" & OF COURSE "867-5309" WHICH THE WOMEN WENT WILD FOR.  I WISH HE WOULD STOP GIVING OUT MY NUMBER :)  
TUTONE STARTED OFF THIS 80'S SHOW W/ A FLUTTER OF EXCITEMENT FOR THINGS TO COME.  IF HE COMES TO YOUR AREA FOR MORE THAN A HANDFUL OF SONGS PLEASE CHECK HIM OUT, IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT.  HIS BAND IS RICK SPRINGFIELD'S BAND WHO PLAYED W/ EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR LOVERBOY.  
TOMMY TUTONE (VOCALS/GUITAR), GEORGE NASTOS (GUITAR), SIGGY SJURSEN (BASS), JORGE PALLACIOS (DRUMS) & TIM GROSS (KEYBOARDS).  THANK YOU TOMMY TUTONE FOR PLAYING THIS SHOW!
GREG KIHN WAS UP NEXT, MY FIRST CONCERT EVER WAS JOURNEY W/ GREG KIHN IN 1982 AT BOSTON GARDEN. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN HIM PLAY SINCE & SOME SONGS I FORGOT ABOUT WERE NOSTALGIC & SO MUCH FUN.  HIS STORY ABOUT WEIRD AL COVERING JEOPARDY WAS GREAT, HE GETS HUGE ROYALTY CHECKS FOR THAT VERSION ALONE.  GOOD FOR HIM & YEY FOR AL!  
ANOTHER 4 SONG SET BUT I WAS GLAD TO SEE KIHN PROMOTING A NEW ALBUM & GETTING OUT THERE TO SOME FANS WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED HIS SONGS/SHOW BEFORE.  "HAPPY MAN", "JEOPARDY", "THE LIFE I GOT" FROM REKIHNDLED HIS LATEST ALBUM & "THE BREAK-UP SONG" UH UHUUH HA HA HA HA GOOGLE IT I SUPPOSE.  IT TOOK ME BACK TO THE ROLLER RINK :)
LOVERBOY WAS A LOT BETTER THAN THE LAST TIME I SAW THEM ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO IN AGOURA HILLS, CA.  I WAS SKEPTICAL ABOUT SEEING THEM BUT THEY SOUNDED REALLY GOOD, PLAYED THEIR SONGS W/ PASSION & PUT ON A GREAT SHOW.  I KNOW THE GIRLS WENT CRAZY FOR THESE GUYS FROM CANADA IN 1981 & I LOVED THEIR MUSIC BUT NOT THEIR LOOK, I THOUGHT THE SWEAT BAND ON THE HEAD WAS WEIRD, IT'S BEEN REPLACED W/ A BANDANA, WHATEVER WE ALL HAD STRANGE WARDROBE STYLES IN THE 80'S.  
ORIGINAL MEMBERS MIKE RENO (VOCALS), PAUL DEAN (GUITARS), DOUG JOHNSON (KEYBOARDS, SAX, VOCALS, HARMONICA), MATT FRENETTE (DRUMS) & "SPIDER" SINNAEVE (BASS WHO REPLACED ORIGINAL BASSIST SCOTT SMITH WHEN HE LOST HIS LIFE IN A BOATING ACCIDENT IN 2000, SORRY TO HEAR THAT) WERE ON FIRE & READY TO ROCK!  
THE LADIES WERE EXCITED TO HEAR "NOTORIUS", "LUCKY ONES", "QUEEN OF THE BROKEN HEARTS" MY THEME SONG, "LOVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF IT", "HOT GIRLS IN LOVE", "TURN ME LOOSE" I WAS VIDEOING THIS FOR MY BESTIE BACK HOME & "WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND" TOTAL FAN FAVORITES, W/ ENCORE "THE KID IS HOT TONIGHT".  DEAR LOVERBOY, PLEASE PLAY "GANGS IN THE STREET" YOU MADE A VIDEO FOR IT BACK IN THE DAY & I, FOR ONE, WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HEAR IT LIVE.  THANK YOU.
LOVERBOY TOOK ME BACK TO THE EARLY 80'S IN HIGH SCHOOL, BACK WHEN WE LISTENED TO RADIO & WENT ROLLER SKATING.  THESE SONGS WERE THE THEME TO OUR LIVES AT THE TIME, THEY WERE SO BIG THEY WERE EVERYWHERE.  GREAT SET!  
NOW THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.  MR. RICK SPRINGFIELD!!  I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS BEAUTIFUL, TALL, TALENTED MAN IS GOING TO BE 69 ON 8/23!!!  THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY, HE LOOKS FANTASTIC.  I NEED TO FOLLOW HIM AROUND FOR EXERCISE & DIET TIPS!!
SPRINGFIELD & HIS BAND CAME ROCKIN' FULL OF LIFE TO ENTERTAIN THE PAC(KED) AMP.  I AM A HUGE NOAH DRAKE FAN & USED TO BE JESSIE'S GIRL SO THIS WAS SO EXCITING TO ME.  LAST TIME I SAW SPRINGFIELD IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD. W/ DAVE GROHL & JOHN FOGERTY, THEY WERE DOING ALL KINDS OF SONGS & IT WAS A LOT OF FUN, THIS WASN'T AS STAR-STUDDED BUT WAS JUST AS FUN, ESPECIALLY WHEN HE TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF FOR A BRIEF MOMENT, I ALMOST DIED..HE'S NOT 69!!  IT MUST BE HIS AUSTRALIAN BLOOD.
IF THE AUDIENCE WASN'T WARMED UP, EXCITED, ANTICIPATED BY NOW THEN THEY MUST HAVE BEEN DEAD.  I FELT LIKE A SCHOOL GIRL ALL SQUEALY WHICH REALLY ISN'T LIKE ME, I HAVE ROCK STAR FRIENDS :)  MEMORY LANE TOOK ME DOWN.  "LIGHT THIS PARTY UP" FIT SPRINGFIELD'S PERSONALITY, HE LIKES TO JUMP AROUND ALL OVER THE STAGE & INTERACT W/ THE AUDIENCE.  "I'VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU" WHICH IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW WAS ORIGINALLY DONE BY SAMMY HAGAR & SUCH A GREAT SONG BY BOTH ARTISTS, "I GET EXCITED" YES MR. SPRINGFIELD WE DO TOO, "AFFAIR OF THE HEART", THIS IS WHEN HE MENTIONED HIS AGE & HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAS SUNG TO HIM BY THE AUDIENCE, THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.  "LITTLE DEMON" I LOVE THIS SONG, IT'S FROM HIS NEW ALBUM "THE SNAKE KING" ON FRONTIERS RECORDS.   I THOUGHT THIS WAS CUTE HE DID A MEDLEY OF A BUNCH OF SONGS "BOP TIL YOU DROP", "BRUCE", "8675309/JENNY", "JESSIE'S GIRL", "DON'T WALK AWAY",  "ROCK OF LIFE", "WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I" ALONG W/ A VIDEO.  "LOVE IS ALRIGHT TONIGHT", "THE VOODOO HOUSE" ANOTHER NEW SONG & REALLY ENJOYED, HE PULLED OUT THE STEEL GUITAR FOR THAT ONE.  HE WRITES SOME GREAT SONGS!   "DONT' TALK TO STRANGERS", "HUMAN TOUCH", HE JUMPED INTO THE AUDIENCE & LET THE FANS SING, THAT WAS SUPER COOL."LOVE SOMEBODY" & FOR THE ENCORE, OF COURSE:  "JESSIE'S GIRL"
I WANTED MORE, THE AUDIENCE WANTED MORE, SADLY THE CURFEW SAID NO, WE WERE ALL REVVED UP W/ NO PLACE TO GO, DEEPLY IMPRESSED W/ THE MUSICIANSHIP, STYLE, PIZAZZ & FUN OF RICK SPRINGFIELD.  PLEASE COME AGAIN!   
EVERY BAND THAT PLAYED "BEST IN SHOW" TONIGHT WAS FANTASTIC, LOTS OF FUN & HAD THE AUDIENCE SINGING, VERY ENJOYABLE ALL THE WAY AROUND.
WHEN WRITING MY ARTICLES I DO RESEARCH ON THE BANDS I AM WRITING ABOUT & I NEVER KNEW THIS BUT RICK SPRINGFIELD HAS BEEN DEPRESSED & SUICIDAL HIS WHOLE LIFE.  HE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION WHICH IS REALLY SAD.  THIS DISEASE IS SO WIDESPREAD & HE VOICED HIS OPINIONS ABOUT ROBIN WILLIAMS,CHESTER BENINGTON & CHRIS CORNELL, HE SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THEIR PAIN.  HE HAS SPOKEN TO THE MEDIA ABOUT IT.  I BEG & PLEAD THAT HE NEVER GIVES IN TO THOSE FEELINGS & HOPE HE HAS A CLOSE SUPPORT SYSTEM.  THIS REALLY HITS HARD AS WE JUST LOST JILL JANUS VOCALIST OF HUNTRESS TO THE SAME DISEASE EARLIER THIS WEEK & IT'S SO SAD THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE SO LOVED CAN FEEL SO ALONE, SAD, DEPRESSED THAT ENDING THEIR LIVES SEEMS THE ONLY WAY OUT.  I ONLY BRING THIS UP, NOT TO BRING ANYONE DOWN, BUT TO CALL ATTENTION TO IT.  IF YOU ARE SUFFERING PLEASE GET HELP & KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  CALL THE SUICIDE HOTLINE PLEASE!  1-800-SUICIDE 1-800-273-TALK PLEASE ASK FOR HELP!  
THANK YOU TOMMY TUTONE/GREG KIHN/LOVERBOY/RICK SPRINGFIELD FOR THE MUSIC!
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  TOMMY TUTONE WWW.TUTONE.COM 
GREG KIHN WWW.GREGKIHN.COM
LOVERBOY https://www.loverboyband.com/
RICK SPRINGFIELD WWW.RICKSPRINGFIELD.COM
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL
THANK YOU JENNIE, JAY & ALL AT THE OC FAIR TIL NEXT YEAR!

DAY AT THE OC FAIR

OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/29/18


I ROLLED UP TO THE FAIR ON AN EXTREMELY HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO CATCH BLACK ROSE A THIN LIZZY EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS EXPERIENCE AS MUCH OF THE FAIR I COULD BEFORE I MELTED, HERE IS THE STORY:

PLAYING ON THE MEADOWS STAGE BLACK ROSE DID A ROCKIN' SET OF THIN LIZZY SONGS I CAUGHT "HOLLYWOOD", "COWBOY SONG", "ROMEO", & "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN".  BLACK ROSE:  ERNY GALVARI (BASS/LEAD VOCALS), JOHN CRUZ (GUITAR/VOCALS), MIKE KOBAYASHI (GUITAR/VOCALS) & LOU VOUTIRITSAS (DRUMS) & HAIL FROM THE INLAND EMPIRE.

THERE WAS A PRETTY GOOD CROWD ENJOYING THE MUSIC HIDING IN THE SHADE DRINKING SOME BEERS, SAW SOME LITTLE KIDS ROCKING OUT, IT WAS A FUN SHOW & IF I GET A CHANCE TO SEE THEM AGAIN I WILL DO SO.  THANKS FOR BRINGING THIN LIZZY TO US AT THE OC FAIR, MAKES THIS FAIR SO MUCH BETTER TO HAVE LIVE ROCK MUSIC IN EVERY NOOK & CRANNY.  I SAW 3 BANDS THIS DAY & THIS WAS BAND #1, WHO KNEW THERE WAS SO MUCH FREE MUSIC AT THE FAIR?  NOT ME, BUT I DO NOW.

I THEN CRUISED AROUND A LITTLE BIT TRYING TO FIND SOME AIR CONDITIONING & GRABBED SOME FUDGE, A GIANTIC PICKLE & AN ICE CREAM TACO (WHICH WASN'T VERY GOOD) AS I WALKED AROUND THE INSIDE VENDORS SELLING THEIR WARES.  I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.  I THEN VENTURED TOWARDS THE PIGLETS & FOUND ANOTHER INSIDE PLACE OFFERING A/C & SAW SOME BEAUTIFUL FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS.  

OFF TO SEE THE ADORABLE NEW PIGLETS THAT WERE LIKE A MINUTE OLD, SO CUTE!  THERE WERE ALSO SOME CHICKS & A LITTLE GIRL TRYING TO PET A CHICK WHILE BEING TOLD NOT TO SQUEEZE IT, ADORABLE!  THE PIGLETS ALWAYS DRAW A CROWD, MAMA & BABIES LOOKED WELL & HUNGRY.  

I THEN STUMBLED UPON THIS AMAZINGLY TALENTED BAND CALLED THE WHEREABOUTS, THEY WERE POWER METAL/ROCK N ROLL/BEACHY & THE SINGER HAD AN AMAZING VOICE!  I MANAGED TO SIT IN THE HEAT FOR ABOUT 5 SONGS & THEN I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER I HAD TO ROLL OUT.

THE WHEREABOUTS ARE AN ORIGIANL BAND FROM LAGUNA NIGUEL & CALL THEIR MUSIC ORGANIC ROCK...FAIR ENOUGH.  CJ HAZARD (VOCALS/GUITARS), THE ANDIMAL (DRUMS), TIMOTHY VAN GREMP (BASS), ANDREW TALLEY (GUITARS) WOWED QUITE A FEW FANS/SPECTATORS IN BETWEEN 2 BEER STANDS AT THE PLAZA STAGE AT THE OC FAIR.  I HAVE NO SET LIST BUT THEY DID PLAY ZZ TOP'S "LA GRANGE" & THE SONG I ROLLED UP ON SOUNDED A LOT LIKE DOKKEN (BACK IN THE DAY).  THEY WERE PRETTY OSSUM, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN, I WAS MESMORIZED.  

SEEKING MORE RELIEF FROM THE HEAT I VENTURED OFF TO VISIT THE GOATS/SHEEP/OXEN...IT'S ALWAYS COOL TO SEE SOME HEAVY METAL GOATS :)  I THEN GRABBED SOME FOOD AT BAJA BLUES.  SHRIMP FAJITAS, WHICH WERE YUMMY, BUT THE AMOUNT OF FOOD I GOT FOR $15 WAS NOT WORTH THE PRICE.  I TRIED A BUZZ BAR WHICH IS AN ALCOHOL INFUSED ICE CREAM BAR, THE FLAVOR I HAD WAS COGNAC W/ VANILLA.  IT WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR $12, I ENJOYED IT WHILE WATCHING THE BAJA BLUES COVER BAND WHICH I DID NOT CATCH THE NAME OF BUT THEY DID SOME TOM PETTY "LAST DANCE W/ MARY JANE", BRYAN ADAMS "SUMMER OF '69", WILD CHERRY "PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHITE BOY" TO A FEW DANCING AUDIENCE MEMBERS & RELAXING FAIR GOERS TAPPING THEIR FOOT WHILE SINGING ALONG.

I ENOYED MY FAVORITE RIDE THE TILT-A-WHIRL & WENT ON THE GIANT FERRIS WHEEL BUT IT ONLY TAKES YOU AROUND MAYBE 1.5 TIMES IF YOU ARE LUCKY.  THE VIEW IS NICE BUT IT'S NOT WORTH THE MONEY YOU PAY TO GO ON IT, STICK W/ THE OLD-SCHOOL RIDES LIKE THE TILT-A-WHIRL, THOSE GUYS GIVE YOU A RIDE THAT'S WORTH YOUR MONEY.  I THINK WE WERE ON IT FOR 5 MINUTES & WE WERE THE ONLY RIDERS WHICH WAS FINE W/ ME.

ON MY EXCURSION I GRABBED AN AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS CINNAMON ROLL ICE CREAM SUNDAE!  OMG THIS WAS HUGE, YUMMY & NOT TOO SWEET.  THAT WON MY FAVORITE FOOD!  NOW IT WILL BE A NEW MUST HAVE WHEN I VISIT THE OC FAIR ALONG W/ THE HUGE CORN DOG (I HAD THAT THE NIGHT I WENT TO HOTEL CALIFORNIA).

AFTER GOBBLING THAT DOWN & HAVING MANY CRAZY LOOKS I RAMBLED OVER TO HUSSONG'S WHICH EITHER HAS A LIVE MARIACHI BAND OR A DJ PLAYING MARIACHI TYPE MUSIC.  THE PLACE WAS PACKED & EXTREMELY LOUD.  I GRABBED A WATER & DECIDED IT WAS TOO HOT TO REMAIN VERTICAL ANY LONGER, I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE A LITTLE SIESTA IN MY CAR W/ THE AC ON BUT IT WAS JUST TOO HOT SO MY 3.5 HOURS AT THE FAIR WERE OVER & IF I HAD WAITED TO GO AT NIGHT I WOULD HAVE MISSED SOME AMAZING TALENT SO I AM GLAD I WENT WHEN I DID & WAS HOPING TO GO BACK ONCE MORE, BUT TIME DID NOT ALLOW.

THERE ARE MANY, MANY THINGS TO DO/SEE AT THE OC FAIR I WISH I HAD MORE TIME, BUT MOST OF IT WAS SPENT WATCHING LIVE MUSIC,TRYING NEW CRAZY FOOD & OF COURSE THE PIGLETS.

PHOTOS OF BLACK ROSE & THE WHEREABOUTS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BLACK ROSE VISIT:  https://www.facebook.com/blackrosebandrocks/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS VISIT:  https://www.facebook.com/thewhereabouts.us/

THE CUTE ANIMALS & FLOWER DISPLAYS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.LBMETAL.COM IN THE PHOTO GALLERY

THANK YOU SO MUCH ROXANNE, I ENJOYED ANOTHER YEAR AT THE OC FAIR.

HOTEL CALIFORNIA A SALUTE TO THE EAGLES

THE HANGAR AT THE OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/26/18

ONCE WASN'T ENOUGH FOR ME.  SAW HOTEL CALIFORNIA LAST YEAR & THEY WERE SO AMAZING I HAD TO ATTEND AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE & THEY LIVED UP TO THEIR PREVIOUS SHOW I ATTENDED LAST YEAR.  THE EAGLES HAVE MORE SONGS THAN I REMEMBER SOMETIMES & EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE ORIGINAL EAGLES ARE STILL AROUND & ARE PERFORMING (3 SHOWS AT THE FORUM NEXT MONTH) IT'S STILL NICE TO FEEL UP CLOSE & MORE PERSONAL W/ ROOM TO DANCE.
HOTEL CALIFORNIA DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB PERFORMING THESE SONGS, THEIR PASSION FOR THE EAGLES REALLY COMES OUT, THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO & SO DO THEIR AUDIENCE.  KICKING OFF THE SET WAS "TAKE IT EASY, "WITCHY WOMAN", "VICTIM OF LOVE", "ALREADY GONE", "SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD", "BEST OF MY LOVE", "TEQUILA SUNRISE", "PEACEFUL EASY FEELING", "HEART OF THE MATTER" I LOVE THAT THEY COVER DON HENLEY SONGS, HE'S MY FAVORITE EAGLE.  "LIFE IN THE FAST LANE", "JAMES DEAN", "I CAN'T TELL YOU WHY", WHICH IS ALWAYS SO EMOTIONAL, THAT'S HOW BELIEVABLE THIS BAND IS, "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS", "DESPERADO", "ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY" LOVE JOE WALSH AS WELL, "HEARTACHE TONIGHT", THEY EVEN DID THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER ON GUITAR WHICH GOT THE AUDIENCE UP & SALUTING, "HOTEL CALIFORNIA", "THE HEAT IS ON" RIP GLEN FREY COVER, MORE DON HENLEY SONGS "BOYS OF SUMMER" & "ALL SHE WANTS TO DO IS DANCE" WHICH I WAS DOING AS SOON AS I WAS DONE TAKING PHOTOS.  MY GUEST FELL ASLEEP SO I ROLLED OUT TO THE SIDE OF THE FLOOR TO DANCE W/ SOME SWINGERS & RAN INTO A FRIEND WHO SAVED ME FROM THESE FREAKY PEOPLE.
DICKY LEE DICKINSON ON VOCALS/MANDOLIN/PEDAL STEEL/HARMONICAS/LEAD, RHYTHM, SLIDE, ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITARS STEVE PROBST ON VOCALS/BANJO/LEAD, RHYTHM, ACOUSTIC, DOUBLE NECK & 12 STRING GUITARS  SCOTT FRONSOE ON VOCALS/ BASS PATRICK (SORRY I COULDN'T FIND HIS LAST NAME) VOCALS/LEAD, RHYTHM, SLIDE, ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC GUITARS/BANJO/MANDOLIN/DOBRO/PEDAL STEEL/HARMONICAS/FLUTE/KEYBOARDS & JOHN (AGAIN NO LAST NAME, SORRY) DRUMS/VOCALIST/MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST
PHOTOS ARE UP IN THE PHOTOS SECTION 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOTEL CALIFORNIA VISIT WWW.HOTELCAL.COM
ANOTHER FANTASTIC TALENTED SHOW AT THE HANGAR & MY LAST FOR THIS YEAR'S OC FAIR.  I LOVE THE OC FAIR!
THANK YOU ROXANNE SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!


AL STEWART/ROGER HODGSON

PACIFIC AMPITHEATER AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/25/18


THE SHOWS I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LATELY HAVE BEEN ARTISTS I HAVE NEVER SEEN & NEED TO BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.  AFTER LAST YEAR GOING TO 2 SHOWS & THE ARTISTS DIED 10 DAYS LATER REALLY PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE.  NOW I AM DEDICATING MY TIME SEEING ARTISTS I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE THAT ARE CLASSIC.  THE SONGS THESE BANDS WROTE ARE FOREVER THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE.  I HEAR THESE SONGS & THEY TRANSPORT ME TO A WONDERFUL TIME BEFORE THE RUG WAS PULLED OUT FROM UNDER MY FEET.  SUMMER IN MASSACHUSETTS SPENT W/ FRIENDS AT THE PUBLIC POOL/BEACH WERE GOOD TIMES IN THE 70'S.  EATING HOME MADE CHOCOLATE COVERED FROZEN BANANAS MY FRIEND'S MOM USED TO MAKE & ITALIAN ICES.  I REMEMBER IT ALL.
AL STEWART CAME OUT W/ HIS ACOUSTIC GUITAR & GAVE US SOME BRITISH STYLE COUNTRY FOLK MUSIC (AS HE PUTS IT) WHICH WAS PASSIONATE & ON POINT.  JOINING HIS ENTOURAGE IS LONG TIME COLABORATOR/GUITARIST DAVE NACHMANOFF & AS A SPECIAL GUEST PERCUSSIONIST MARC MACISSO.  THE TRIO LIGHTENED UP PAC AMP W/ CLASSIC FOLK SONGS THAT WERE POPULAR CIRCA 76-78 & BEYOND.  STEWART HAS BEEN MAKING ALBUMS SINCE 1967.
STARTING OFF THE 30 MINUTE SET WAS A FLAMENCO STYLE SONG FROM "DOWN IN THE CELLAR" ALBUM RELEASED IN 2000 "HOUSE OF CLOCKS", "FLYING SORCERY" & "ON THE BORDER" FROM 1976'S "YEAR OF THE CAT", "TIME PASSAGES" (I FORGOT HIS SANG THIS & WHAT A THRILL) FROM 1978'S "TIME PASSAGES", IF THE AUDIENCE WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION THEY WERE NOW.  THE PAC AMP WAS EXTREMELY QUIET, NOT WHAT I'M USED TO BE THE MUSIC REALLY SANK IN.  I AM NOW LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC TO GET MORE AQUAINTED W/ MORE THAN JUST THE HITS, THE STORIES STEWART TELLS ARE PRETTY COOL.  "NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH" FROM BETWEEN THE WARS 1995, "ONE STAGE BEFORE" FROM YEAR OF THE CAT, "CAROL" FROM MODERN TIMES 1975 & OF COURSE THE SONG YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR "YEAR OF THE CAT".
STEWART & COMPANY COMPLETED THEIR SET TO AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD.  I WAS VERY IMPRESSED.
PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTOS SECTION.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AL STEWART PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.ALSTEWART.COM
ROGER HODGSON IS VOICE/WRITER/COMPOSER OF SUPERTRAMP WHO MADE THEIR DEBUT IN 1970 & HODGSON HAS QUITE THE STORY, HAILING FROM PORSTMOUTH ENGLAND BEFORE RELOCATING TO LOS ANGELES.  LEARNING GUITAR IN BOARDING SCHOOL AS A TWEEN HE PROGRESSED & WORKED W/ SOME UP & COMING PEOPLE LIKE ELTON JOHN ON HIS PATH TO SUCCESS.  HIS BAND CONSISTED OF DAVE CARPENTER ON BASS, RAY COBURN KEYS, MICHAEL GHEGAN FLUTE/SAX/BACKGROUND VOCALS & MORE, BRIAN HEAD DRUMS.
KICKING OFF THE SET WAS "TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME" FROM THE INFAMOUS BREAKFAST IN AMERICA ALBUM RELEASED IN 1979 & WAS THEIR BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME.  "SCHOOL" FROM CRIME OF THE CENTURY RELEASED IN 1974, "IN JEOPARDY", "BREAKFAST IN AMERICA", "SISTER MOONSHINE" FROM 1975 CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?, "HIDE IN YOUR SHELL" FROM 1974 CRIME OF THE CENTURY, "ALONG CAME MARY" FROM THE OPEN THE DOOR ALBUM RELEASED IN FRANCE & HODGSON HIGHLY SUGGESTS LOOKING FOR THAT ALBUM, "THE LOGICAL SONG" I STILL HAVE IT ON 45, BREAKFAST IN AMERICA SURE MADE AN IMPACT ON ME.  "LORD IS IT MINE", SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SONG GIVES ME NEW RESPECT FOR SUPERTRAMP SEEING THESE SONGS LIVE, "DEATH & A ZOO" ALSO FROM THE OPEN THE DOOR ALBUM, IS A COMPELLING YET SAD SONG IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE WHICH ONE WOULD YOU? GHEGAN KILLS IT ON THE FLUTE HE IS ADORABLE,  "EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS" TITLE TRACK FROM 1977, "HAD A DREAM (SLEEPING W/ THE ENEMY)", "CHILD OF VISION" ANOTHER LOVELY SONG FROM BREAKFAST IN AMERICA, "DREAMER" ANOTHER FROM CRIME OF THE CENTURY GOT EVERYONE OUT OF THEIR SEATS FINALLY, "FOOL'S OVERTURE" AN EPIC SONG IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL & THE ENCORE "GIVE A LITTLE BIT" BOTH FROM EVEN IN THE QUIETEST MOMENTS.  I AM TOLD THEY RAN OUT OF TIME SO 3 SONGS WERE OMITTED.   I WAS MISSING "GOODBYE STRANGER", "BLOODY WELL RIGHT" & "IT'S RAINING AGAIN".  MAYBE HODGSON DIDN'T WRITE THEM.   
I DON'T LIKE SIT DOWN CONCERTS MUCH BUT THIS SHOW WAS VERY PEACEFUL W/ A LOT OF TALENTED MUSICIANSHIP.  IT WAS LIKE A YES SHOW W/O THE COLORS, A VERY SIMPLE STAGE SET.  SUCH AN AMAZING TALENT & I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS.
PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.ROGERHODGSON.COM
THANK YOU JENNIE


FIREFALL/POCO

THE HANGAR AT OC FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/15/18


WHO IS FIREFALL IS THE QUESTION I KEEP GETTING ASKED & UNTIL I WENT TO SEE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION A FEW MONTHS AGO I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE BAND NAME.  AFTER DOING SOME RESEARCH I FOUND OUT I KNEW AT LEAST 5 OF THEIR SONGS & THEY BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES OF GRADE SCHOOL & MY CHILDHOOD.  GREAT SONGS WHICH SHOULD BE CELEBRATED & NOT KEPT UNDER WRAPS AS A SECRET.
BASED IN COLORADO, FORMED IN 1973 BY RICK ROBERTS FIREFALL'S SUCCESS CAME IN THE MID 70'S WHEN THEIR DEBUT RECORD "FIREFALL" DROPPED W/ HIT SONGS "IT DOESN'T MATTER", "CINDERELLA", "MEXICO" & "YOU ARE THE WOMAN" ON ATLANTIC RECORDS.  CONTINUING SUCCESS W/ THEIR NEXT RELEASE "LUNA SEA" IN 1977 WHICH FEATURED THE HIT "JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU" & THE ALBUM "ELAN" RELEASED IN 1978 W/ "STRANGE WAY".  AS THE DECADE TURNED THINGS STARTED TO BURN OUT IN THE 80'S BUT FIREFALL CONTINUED MAKING ALBUMS UNTIL 1983 & THEN RELEASED A SERIES OF GREATEST HITS ALBUMS THROUGHOUT THE 90'S & A LIVE GREATEST HITS IN 2009.
JOCK BARTLEY VOCALS/GUITARS, MARK ANDES BASS, DAVID MUSE SAX/FLUTE/KEYS/HARMONICA/CLARINET/RHYTHM GUITAR, SANDY FICCA DRUMS, GARY JONES GUITARS.  PLAYED A HELL OF A SET.  THEIR CLASSIC SONGS STILL REMAIN RELEVANT & STRONG TODAY.  THOSE MEMORIES OF MY TWEENDOME WERE RIGHT THERE, THE SMELLS, THE PEOPLE I LISTENED TO THESE SONGS W/ WERE ALL LIKE IT WAS 1978 ALL OVER AGAIN.  BITTERSWEET.
DAVID MUSE PLAYED AN AMAZING FLUTE SOLO THAT REALLY FLOORED ME.  I COULDN'T SIT IN MY SEAT WHILE THEY WERE PLAYING "JUST REMEMBER I LOVE YOU", "STRANGE WAY", "YOU ARE THE WOMAN".  THEIR SET WAS SHORT BUT SWEET & I RECOMMEND SEEING THEM LIVE.  I MISSED THEM WHEN THEY OPENED FOR ARS A FEW MONTHS EARLIER SO I AM GLAD I WAS REDEEMED THE OPPORTUNITY.  SUCH A GREAT SHOW!  I HAD MY PHOTO TAKEN W/ JOCK & SANDY.  I MAY POST THEM ON INSTAGRAM SO CHECK THAT PAGE OUT WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/LBMETALZINE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW ARE POSTED IN THE PHOTOS SECTION.
POCO FORMED IN LOS ANGELES, CA IN 1968 & ARE CELEBRATING 50 YEARS AS A BAND, THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM & ONLY KNOWING 1 SONG, I FIGURED I HAD BEST SEE THEM BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.  
RUSTY YOUNG VOCALS/GUITARS, JACK SUNDRUD BASS, MICHAEL WEBB GUITAR, RICK LONOW DRUMS.  PLAYED OVER AN HOUR OF COUNTRY ROCK INCLUDING THE ONE SONG I REMEMBER "CRAZY LOVE" WHICH WAS WRITTEN ABOUT YOUNG'S EX-WIFE & WAS RELEASED IN 1978.
"CALL IT LOVE", "ALL FIRED UP", "PICKING UP THE PIECES", "KIND WOMAN", "CRAZY LOVE", "ROSE OF CIMARRON", "HEART OF THE NIGHT", "THAT'S WHAT ROCK & ROLL WILL DO", "IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW", "HARD COUNRTY" & AN ACAPELLA VERSION OF "KEEP ON TRYIN'".
BETWEEN THE 2 BANDS THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY MEMBERS FROM THE EAGLES, CROSBY STILLS, NASH & YOUNG, FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS, THE BYRDS, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, GRAM PARSONS THE LIST GOES ON & ON.  POPULAR 70'S COUNTRY ROCK BANDS STILL FIND THE LOVE FROM THEIR AUDIENCE WHO LOVE TO RELIVE THEIR YOUTH.  THESE SONGS WERE THE SOUNDTRACK TO THAT TIME.  WHAT A GREAT SHOW, BUNCH OF MUSICIANS & MUSIC THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME, WE NEED TO PASS THE TORCH TO OUR YOUNGERS.
PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTO SECTION
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.FIREFALLOFFICIAL.COM WWW.POCONUT.ORG
THANK YOU ROXANNE


YES

THE CITY NATIONAL GROVE OF ANAHEIM

ANAHEIM, CA

6/17/18


A COLORFUL, MAGICAL, MUSICAL OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK FILLED THE GROVE OF ANAHEIM, (MY FAVORITE VENUE) OF DIE-HARD YES FANS W/ ENTHUSIASM & PRECISE.  I TRY TO NEVER MISS THIS VERSION OF YES & REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY ORIGINAL MEMBERS ARE LEFT IN THIS VERSION THEY ARE STILL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MUSIC & THEIR JOURNEY IS STRONG.  
GUITARIST STEVE HOWE, DRUMMER JAY SCHELLAN,  KEYBOARDIST GEOFF DOWNES, SINGER JON DAVISON & BASSIST BILLY SHERWOOD W/ SPECIAL ENCORE APPEARANCE FROM TONY KAYE ON KEYBOARDS & ALAN WHITE ON DRUMS.
YES PLAYED EPIC 2 1 HOUR SETS STARTING W/ "CLOSE TO THE EDGE", "NINE VOICES (LONGWALKER)", "PARALLELS", "MOOD FOR A DAY", "LEAVES OF GREEN", "FLY FROM HERE:  PT 1 WE CAN FLY", "SWEET DREAMS", "HEART OF SUNRISE", "PERPETUAL CHANGE", "DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN", "SOON", "AWAKEN", ENCORE W/ TONY KAYE & ALAN WHITE "YOURS IS NO DISGRACE", ":ROUNDABOUT" & "STARSHIP TROOPER".  
YES HAD THE ENTIRE GROVE IN SILENCE & AWE PERFORMING CLASSIC YES SONGS FROM THE LAST 50 YEARS.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE "HITS" THIS IS NOT THE YES THAT PERFORMS THOSE.  THE OTHER VERSION OF YES W/ JON ANDERSON DOES MORE OF THOSE SONGS, THIS VERSION IS FOR THE DIE-HARDS & ALTHOUGH IT IS EXCRUCITATING FOR ME TO SIT DURING A CONCERT, I FOUND A BIT OF PATIENCE TIL THE ENCORE & HAD TO LET GO & FIND A PLACE TO DANCE.  HOW CAN YOU NOT MOVE TO SUCH PASSIONATE MUSIC THAT STIRS THE SOUL?  TONY KAYE & ALAN WHITE JOINED IN FOR 3 SONGS & IT WAS MAGICAL.  WHEN I SEE THE BAND YES I SEE IN COLOR & THAT COLOR IS YELLOW.  HOW CAN YOU BE SAD WHEN EVERYTHING IS YELLOW?  BEAUTIFUL, FANTASMIC, MAGIC, BRILLIANT, YELLOW.
PLEASE SEE YES WHEN THEY COME ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE.  THE CLOCK IS RACING & THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE, EVERY DAY MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE, DON'T LET IT PASS YOU BY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.YESWORLD.COM

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

THANK YOU BARI

HAMMERFALL

FLOTSAM & JETSAM

WHISKY A GO GO

W. HOLLYWOOD, CA

6/14/18


WHAT A DOUBLE BILL FLOTSAM & JETSAM THRASH/PROGRESSIVE METAL FROM ARIZONA TOURING FOR THEIR LATEST ALBUM "THE END OF CHAOS" OUT ON AFM RECORDS.  THE ONLY ORIGINAL MEMBER CARRYING THE FLOTSAM & JETSAM TORCH ERIC "A.K." KNUTSON (VOCALS), STEVE CONLEY (GUITARS), MICHAEL GILBERT (GUITARS), MICHAEL SPENCER (BASS) & KEN MARY (DRUMS) BLEW US AWAY, SO UNDER RATED FLOTSAM & JETSAM SHOULD BE ADMIRED BY ALL & EVEN THOUGH THEY PLAY LESS SONGS THAT I KNOW,  THEY STILL KILL IT.  I'M STILL WAITING FOR CUATRO IN IT'S ENTIRETY BUT SINCE THEY DON'T PLAY ANYTHING OFF THAT ALBUM I MAY NEVER SEE IT, I WAS LUCKY TO GET ONE SONG FOR MY BIRTHDAY SHOW AT MALONE'S IN 2016.
REGARDLESS IF YOU KNOW THE SONGS OR NOT THE MUSIC FLOTSAM & JETSAM PLAY WILL GET YOU MOVING, WINDMILLS, MOSH, DANCING, AIR GUITAR, WHATEVER YOUR SPECIALITY IS TO SHOW YOUR PASSION, THEY BRING IT OUT IN ALL OF US.  THEY PUT THEIR ALL INTO THEIR SHOW & AFTER ALL THESE YEARS A.K. IS STILL DOING IT SO HUZZAH TO HIM.  I TRY TO SEE EVERY F&J SHOW, SO THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT & THE AUDIENCE WOULD AGREE IN UNISON.
PHOTOS ARE HERE:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/
HAMMERFALL WHO NEVER COMES TO THE U.S. HAS NOW COME HERE TWICE IN A YEAR AS THEY PROMISED!  TRAVELING FROM SWEDEN TO ENTERTAIN US W/ THEIR VIKING POWER METAL IS A THRILL COMPLETE W/ UNIFORMS & CHEESY YET FUN SONG TITLES.  JOACIM CANS (VOCALS), OSCAR DRONJAK (GUITARS), PONTUG NORGREN (GUITARS), FREDRIK LARSSON (BASS) & DAVID WALLIN (DRUMS) WERE MOVING IN UNISON BACK & FORTH, JUMPING OFF THE DRUM RISER & GUITAR SOLOS ON BENDED KNEE.  HAMMERFALL IN THEIR GLORY!  WHO DOESN'T LOVE THE ENERGY & THEATRICAL ASPECT FROM THIS FUN LOVING METAL BAND?
WE ALL SWOONED, RAISED OUR FISTS, BANGED OUR HEADS & SHOOK OUR HIPS TO CLASSIC & NEW(ER) HAMMERFALL SONGS "HECTOR'S HYMN", "RIDERS OF THE STORM" , "RENEGADE", "DETHRONE & DEFY", "BLOOD BOUND", "BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY" THE CHEESIEST  TITLE OF THEM ALL, "B.Y.H.", "CRIMSON THUNDER" I LOVE THIS SONG & AM STILL SINGING IT TODAY, "THRESHOLD", "BUILT TO LAST", "LAST MAN STANDING", "LEGACY OF KINGS MEDLEY", "HEEDING THE CALL", "LET THE HAMMER FALL" GOT EVERYONE RAISING THEIR FISTS IF THEY WEREN'T ALREADY, "HAMMER HIGH", "BUSHIDO" & OF COURSE "HEARTS ON FIRE"...BURNING, BURNING W/ DESIRE..ENDS THE SET.  AS THE BAND TAKES THEIR BOWS FOR THE FAMOUS FINAL SCENE TO THE HOUSE MUSIC PLAYING MY FAVORITE HAMMERFALL SONG OF ALL TIME, WHICH THEY WON'T DO LIVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE SO MANY OTHER SONGS TO DO..."DREAMS COME TRUE" WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE TO SEE THEM DO THAT SONG LIVE, ALAS MY IPOD WILL BE THE FINAL SATISFACTION.
FANTASTIC SHOW BY 2 AMAZING BANDS, PLEASE GO SEE THEM BOTH IF YOU HAVE NOT & EVEN IF YOU HAVE.  I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM COME BACK AGAIN & THE MORE PEOPLE COMING TO THE SHOWS, HENCE DEMAND, THE MORE THEY WILL COME BACK.
PHOTOS ARE HERE:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:  WWW.HAMMERFALL.NET
THANK YOU AGAIN JON!


KATAKLYSM W/ EXMORTUS

THE WHISKY A GO GO 

W. HOLLYWOOD, CA

6/7/18


EXMORTUS & KATAKLYSM BOTH HAVE RELEASED NEW ALBUM'S WHICH IS EXCITING!  

EXMORTUS HAD A RECORD LISTENING PARTY THE DAY BEFORE AT GRILL 'EM ALL IN ALHAMBRA COMPLETE W/ A BURGER NAMED AFTER THEM FOR THE OCCASION.  "SOUND OF STEEL" IS OUT ON PROSTHETIC RECORDS SO GO GET THAT RIGHT NOW!  WE'LL WAIT....

EXMORTUS SHREDDED, THESE GUYS:  JADRAN "CONAN" GONZALEZ (VOCALS/GUITAR), CODY NUNEZ (BASS), CHASE BECKER (GUITAR) & NEW DRUMMER ADRIAN AGUILAR (WELCOME ADRIAN!) HAILING FROM WHITTIER, CA HAVE ALWAYS PUT ON A GREAT SHOW.  FIRST TIME I SAW THEM WAS AT THE JUKE JOINT IN ANAHEIM DURING NAMM, A FEW YEARS AGO & THROUGH MANY BAND LINE-UP CHANGES I HOPE ALL HAS BEEN SETTLED & THIS WILL BE THE FINAL ROSTER.  I TRY TO NEVER MISS EXMORTUS WHEN THEY PLAY AS THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT. 

EXMORTUS IS A NEW GENERATION THRASH BAND, WHO COULD HAVE GIVEN METALLICA A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY 30 YEARS AGO.  OF COURSE WE LOVE THAT!  

SET LIST CONSISTED OF OLD & NEW SONGS "MAKE HASTE", "FEAST OF FLESH" (DEBUT), "INTO THE MAW OF HELL" (DEBUT), "IMMORTALITY", "DEATH TO TYRANTS", "VICTORY OR DEATH!" (DEBUT), "FOEHAMMER", "MOONLIGHT", "METAL IS KING".  ROCKED THE PACKED WHISKY.

AGUILAR'S LIVE DEBUT WAS ONE FOR THE BOOKS, I THOUGHT ALL WENT WELL & THE CROWD REALLY ENJOYED THE METAL EXMORTUS BLASTED IN THEIR FACE.  CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT SHOW!  ROCK ON EXMORTUS!

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT HTTP://EXMORTUSMUSIC.COM GO TO A SHOW, GET A SHIRT (OR A BIB), BUY THE CD PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL/LIVE/METAL/MUSIC.

MY FRIENDS IN KATAKLSYM ARE ALSO CELEBRATING THEIR LATEST ALBUM ON NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS "MEDITATIONS" & THIS WAS THEIR RECORD RELEASE PARTY ONLY YOU GOT TO HEAR SOME OF THE SONGS LIVE :)  

MAURIZIO IACONO (VOCALS), JEAN-FRANCOIS (GUITARS), STEPHANE BARBE (BASS) & OLI BEAUDOIN (DRUMS) HAIL FROM MONTREAL, CANADA PLAYING EXTREME METAL TO THE "OUTSIDERS" WHICH IS ONE OF THEIR NEW SONGS THEY DEBUTED AT THIS SHOW AS WELL AS "NARCISSIST".  IF YOU WENT TO THE SHOW YOU GOT A CD SO YOU CAN HEAR ALL THE MADNESS THAT IS KATAKLYM.  WE WERE A LUCKY BUNCH AS THEY ONLY PERFORMED 4 SHOWS FOR THE RECORD RELEASE, HOPE YOU WERE THERE, IF NOT CATCH THEM ON TOUR THIS SUMMER.

OVER AN HOUR OF KATAKLYSM TEARING UP THE STAGE TO NEW & OLDER FANS. IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE MY FACE WAS MELTED OFF BY THEM & IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT.  I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!  CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LATEST ALBUM "MEDITATIONS", I WILL ENJOY MY COPY FROM THE FIRST SONG TO THE LAST!  THESE GUYS ARE LIKE FAMILY TO ME, I LOVE THEIR MUSIC, IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE THEM & SAY HELLO EVEN IF THEY WERE WHISKED AWAY INTO THE NIGHT.  THEY ARE VERY BUSY & I AM EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SHOW, BE SAFE GENTLEMEN UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/KATAKLYSM

THANK YOU STEPH!


SLAYER

LAMB OF GOD

ANTHRAX

BEHEMOTH

TESTAMENT

FIVE POINT AMPHITHEATER

IRVINE, CA

5/11/18


NEW VENUE, FIRST LEG OF SLAYER'S FINAL TOUR.  HOW SAD.  
FIVE POINT'S IS THE NEW IRVINE MEADOWS, IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE ON A MILITARY BASE THAT ISN'T USED VERY MUCH ANY MORE.  WE LEFT EARLY AS IT WAS  A FRIDAY & YOU NEVER KNOW W/ OUR INSANE TRAFFIC, NOR DID I KNOW THE PARKING SITUATION AS THE VENUE IS SO NEW IT BARELY HAS ANY SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE & IT'S NOT ACCURATE OR UPDATED.  WE LUCKED OUT & HAD MINIMAL TRAFFIC, TOOK 1 HOUR, WHICH IS PRETTY GOOD.  A SIGN DIRECTED US ONE WAY & GPS DIRECTED US ANOTHER, WE ASKED A GUY PUTTING OUT CONES & HE WAS NOT HELPFUL.  WE FIGURED IT OUT & HAD KILLER PARKING MERE FEET FROM THE ENTRANCE.  TRYING TO FIND THE BOX OFFICE AMONGST THE CLUELESS SECURITY, WHO WEREN'T SURE IF THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO SEARCH US, LET US IN OR ANSWER OUR QUESTION.  I FOUND A WOMAN AT A TABLE WHO DIRECTED ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  THE TIX WERE UP BUT PHOTO PASSES WERE NOT.  WE WERE CORRALLED IN A SPOT WAITING FOR OUR PASSES & ESCORT.  HE SHOWED UP AFTER TESTAMENT WENT ON SO WE ONLY HAD 2 SONGS TO SHOOT, WHICH IS FINE I ENDED UP W/ 4500 PHOTOS AT THE NIGHT'S END.
TESTAMENT HIT THE STAGE ON TIME 5:00 PM, WHICH IS A TOUGH TIME TO START A SHOW ON A FRIDAY, A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING THEY HAVE JOBS, MY ATTITUDE IS NO ONE WORKS IN SO. CAL & IF YOU WERE A DIE-HARD FAN YOU WOULD TAKE THE DAY OFF!  JUST SAYING, I DID!  THE WEATHER WAS BAD, MISTING & COLD THE WHOLE DAY.  TESTAMENT & COMPANY WERE TROOPERS TO GO ON W/ THE SHOW AS THE RAIN PROGRESSED.  THE CROWD WAS MIGHTY BUT SPARSE AT THIS TIME OF DAY, BUT THE DIE-HARDS WERE THERE SUPPORTING TESTAMENT.
CHUCK BILLY (VOCALS), ERIC PETERSON & ALEX SKOLNICK (GUITARS), STEVE D'GIORGIO (BASS) & GENE HOGLAN (DRUMS) CAME OUT FULL FORCE & NAILED THE SET AS THEY DO EVERY TIME, I WISH THEY WERE HIGHER ON THE BILL AS THEY ARE ICONS TO THRASH METAL & SHOULD BE HIGHLY RESPECTED.  THRASHING AWAY AT THEIR 7 SONG SET BLENDING CLASSIC W/ THE FUTURE CLASSIC TESTAMENT SONGS:  "BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE", "RISE UP" GOT THE CROWD'S ATTENTION, "PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH" ONE OF MY FAVORITES, WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT ALBUM IN IT'S ENTIRETY BEFORE THEY START SAYING RETIREMENT.  "THE PALE KING", "INTO THE PIT" STAPLE SIGNATURE SONG, "THE NEW ORDER" & "OVER THE WALL" CLOSED OUT TESTAMENT'S OPENING SET.  HARD ACT TO FOLLOW FOR SURE! 7 SONGS WERE NOT ENOUGH!
BEHEMOTH WAS THE NEXT BAND TO ANNIHILATE THE CROWD.  I HAVE BEEN WATCHING BEHEMOTH GROW SINCE THEY CAME TO THE KEY CLUB AS AN OPENING ACT IN 2006.  ARE THEY UP & COMING OR HAVE THEY ARRIVED?  NERGAL, (VOCALS/GUITAR) ORION (BASS), INFERNO (DRUMS) & SETH (GUITARS) CONJURE THE DEVIL & IT'S SEXY.  I KNOW, I'M WEIRD BUT I LOVE IT.  I TRY TO NEVER MISS THEIR SHOWS, THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF METAL, IN MY OPINION.  THEIR PAGANISM, CHURCH HATING, BLACK/DEATH/THRASH METAL REALLY STIRS SOMETHING WICKED IN ME, BEING A PAGAN MYSELF & NOT UNDERSTANDING THE WHOLE RELIGION THING, I GET IT AS MANY MAY NOT.
THEIR CORPSE PAINT & UNIFORMS WERE EERIELY EXCITING AS THEY STOOD IN THEIR PROJECTED PLACES AGAINST METAL BACKDROPS W/ WINGS & THEIR LOGO AS THE SHOW BEGAN.  MICROPHONE STANDS THAT ARE ENTWINED W/ SNAKES IN METAL WERE REALLY COOL, YOU COULD SMELL THE INCENSE AS BEHEMOTH STIRRED UP SATAN W/ GROWLING CONJURING CHANTS BLENDING W/ VIBRATING BASS, THUNDERING DRUM & SCREACHING GUITARS.  "OVE FIRE & THE VOID", "DEMIGOD", "ORA PRO NOBIS LUCIFER", "WOLVES OF SIBERIA", "CHANT FOR ESCHATON 2000" &  "O FATHER O SATAN O SUN" ALWAYS A CROWD PLEASER.  6 EPIC SONGS, MORE PLEASE!
THE CROWD WAS ENTRANCED & AS ALWAYS A GREAT SHOW, I ALWAYS WANT MORE.  THEY WILL BE BACK AROUND & I WILL BE THERE.
AFTER TAKING MY PHOTOS I PULLED OVER TO WATCH THE SHOW & TAKE SOME CELL PHONE PHOTOS TO POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA & I GOT HARASSED BY ONE OF THE PHOTO PIT ESCORTS.  WE HAD TO BE ESCORTED IN & OUT OF THE PHOTO PIT FOR EVERY SINGLE BAND, IT REALLY WAS A WASTE OF TIME & TOO MUCH.  I HAD 4 TICKETS ON ME & MY PIT WRISTBAND & SHE HASSLED ME.  LONG STORY SHORT SHE TOLD ME I COULD NOT TAKE CELL PHONE PIX DURING SLAYER.  I'M ALL GOOD LUCK W/ THAT, TELL THESE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEEPS THE SAME THING, GET OFF MY BACK.  SHE KIND OF RUINED MY BEHEMOTH VIEWING.  POSTING PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TURNED OUT TO BE DIFFICULT AS THEY HAD NO WIFI (WHICH I FIGURED) SO BY THE TIME ANTHRAX HIT THE STAGE YOU COULDN'T POST ANYTHING, I TOOK CELL PHONE PHOTOS ALL DAY LONG.  THAT CHICK WAS CLUELESS, SHE MUST HAVE CHECKED OUR PHOTO PASSES 100 TIMES.  
RIGHT BEFORE ANTHRAX TOOK THE STAGE SCOTT IAN'S SON WAS THE ENTERTAINMENT, HE WAS DANCING, ROCKING OUT & THROWING HORNS TO IRON MAIDEN.  ABSOLUTLY ADORABLE.
ANTHRAX, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SEEN THEM?  SINCE 1986, THE ENERGY THESE GUYS PUT OUT, THEY MUST BE ON 7 POTS OF COFFEE W/ A CASE OF MONSTER FOR CHASERS, NOT BAD FOR GUYS IN THEIR 50'S, WE STILL GOT IT.  50 IS THE NEW 25 :)
SCOTT IAN (GUITARS), FRANKIE BELLO (BASS), CHARLIE BENANTE (DRUMS), JOEY BELLADONNA (VOCALS) & JONATHON DONAIS (GUITARS) SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "FOR ALL KINGS" WHICH CAME OUT IN 2016 ANTHRAX TORE UP THE STAGE!  BELLO WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE & THE MUSIC WAS ON POINT!  7 SONGS NOT ENOUGH!  I LOVE THE CLASSICS, THEY NEVER GET OLD FOR ME.  FIRST TIME I SAW THEM WAS AT THE PARADISE IN BOSTON & I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY, A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.  
THEY STARTED OFF THE SET W/ ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, I PROBABLY SAY THAT ABOUT ALL OF THEM.  "CAUGHT IN A MOSH", "MADHOUSE", "I AM THE LAW", "N.F.L. (EFILNKUFESIN), "EVIL TWIN", 'ANTISOCIAL" WHICH IS A COVER SONG BY TRUST IN CASE YOU WERE NOT AWARE (THEY DO IT BETTER :) & "INDIANS".  WHAT AN O.F.S. (WOHSNIKUFMUSSO) OSSUM FUCKING SHOW!  
LAMB OF GOD'S TURN & IT WAS RAINING COLD RAIN, FOR SO. CAL IT WAS UNSEASONABLY COLD FOR MAY & RAIN???? WTH IS THAT STUFF?  I THOUGHT IT ONLY RAINED AT OUTDOOR SHOWS IN MASSACHUSETTS.  REGARDLESS RANDY BLYTHE (VOCALS), MARK MORTON (GUITAR), WILL ADLER (GUITAR), JOHN CAMPBELL (BASS) & CHRIS ADLER (DRUMS) CAME OUT OF THE CAGE TO "BURN THE PRIEST" CELEBRATING 20 YEARS SINCE THE RELEASE.  CONGRATULATIONS LAMB OF GOD!
8 SONGS!  WE GOT LUCKY, HA!  "OMERTA", "RUIN", "512" CROWD WENT NUTS, "ENGAGE IN THE FEAR MACHINE", "WALK W/ ME IN HELL" LOG STOPPED THE SHOW AS SOMEONE WAS GETTING CRUSHED OR PASSED OUT IN THE PIT LETTING THE PARAMEDICS DO THEIR JOB & HELP THE PERSON IN NEED, THE SHOW WAS ALREADY RUNNING LATE AT THIS POINT BUT LOG RESUMED W/ DIGNITY & HONOR.  ALWAYS KICK ASS, THEY CONTINUED "STILL ECHOES", METALHEADS NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY & HELP NOT HATE.  "LAID TO REST" & THE HIT SONG "REDNECK" WELL FOR THE METAL COMMUNITY, YOU WILL NEVER HEAR OUR MUSIC ON MAINSTREAM RADIO THAT'S FOR SURE.  RADIO HAS GONE ARCHAIC, WHEN I LISTENED TO RADIO AS A TEEN IT WAS ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AT 11 PM -3 AM ON COLLEGE RADIO.  I THOUGHT WE WERE PROGRESSING BUT UNLESS YOU PAY FOR IT VIA SATELITE RADIO ETC. YOU WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TO METAL THROUGH YOUR OWN DEVICES. R.I.P. KNAC WE NEED YOU BACK FULL TIME ON THE AIRWAVES HERE IN THE LBC.
SO WE WERE ALL TIRED & READY TO LEAVE DUE TO THE COLD & RAIN...JUST KIDDING, FUCK ALL THAT!!!!  SSSLLLAAAYYYEEERRR!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT, THE REASON WE ARE ALL HERE, TO SAY GOODBYE TO OUR BELOVED SLAYER & YES YOU CAN PUT THOSE 2 WORDS TOGETHER IN A SENTENCE.  I LOVE SLAYER, THERE I SAID IT & NOW YOU KNOW, SO DO ALL OF MY BOSSES  & CO-WORKERS AT EVERY JOB I HAVE EVER WORKED!  LMAO
I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FIRE TO WARM UP MY HANDS & SLAYER DID NOT DISAPPOINT!  FIRE IN UPSIDEDOWN CROSSES BURNING ACROSS THE BACK OF THE STAGE & BURNING UP THEIR EAGLE LOGO PUT THE CROWD IN SLAYER MODE.  TOM ARAYA (VOCALS/BASS) CAME OUT NOT AS SATANIC SANTA LIKE THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM, HE CAME OUT AS 19 YEAR TOM.  SKINNY MINNY & LOOKING FANFUCKINGTABULOUS!  KERRY KING & GARY HOLT (GUITARS) & PAUL BOSTAPH (DRUMS) TORE UP OUR SHIT FOR REAL!
OMG!  THE FRENZY BROKE OUT THE PLACE WAS PACKED & THE ENERGY WAS PURE STATIC AS THE RAIN CAME DOWN.  "REPENTLESS", "BLOOD RED", "DISCIPLE", "MANDATORY SUICIDE" HOW MANY PEOPLE I CAN KILL...."HATE WORLDWIDE", "WAR ENSEMBLE", "JIHAD", 'WHEN THE STILLNESS COMES", "POSTMORTEM",  "BLACK MAGIC", "PAYBACK", "SEASONS IN THE ABYSS" I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE DONE THAT ALBUM IN IT'S ENTIRETY BEFORE RETIRING.  I AM STILL IN DENIAL, MAYBE THEIR LAST SHOW HERE IN L.A. :)  PLEASE!!!  "DITTOHEAD" I WAS IN THAT VIDEO, "DEAD SKIN MASK", "HELL AWAITS", "SOUTH OF HEAVEN" I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO DANCES TO THESE SONGS LMAO, ARAYA SAID IT WAS KARMA AS THEY THUNDERED INTO "RAINING BLOOD", "CHEMICAL WARFARE" & "ANGEL OF DEATH" CLOSED OUT THE SET TO THE 11 PM SHARP CURFEW.  ARAYA GAVE US A HEARTFELT EMOTIONAL GOODBYE FROM THE STAGE, THERE WERE TEARS FOR SURE IN HIS EYES AS WELL AS MINE.  THIS ABSOULeTLY CANNOT BE THE LAST SLAYER SHOW I SEE!  IT JUST CAN'T PLEASE!  I'M HOPING LEG 3 OR 4, 5, 6, 10, 100 WHATEVER WILL END IN L.A. EITHER 3 DAYS AT THE PALLADIUM OR 1 NIGHT AT THE FORUM.  I WOULD LOVE TO DO AN INTERVIEW W/ SLAYER AS I HAVE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.  I DID RUN INTO ARAYA LATER IN THE NIGHT WAY AFTER EVERYONE HAD LEFT THE VENUE & HE WAS SO OSSUM, HE SIGNED MY BOOK & TOLD ME WHY HE WAS SO THIN & REASSURED ME HE WAS HEALTHY.  WHAT A GREAT NIGHT EVEN IN THE COLD & RAIN.  WHEN SLAYER PLAYS ALL IS RIGHT W/ THE WORLD.
PLEASE GO SEE THEM IF YOU HAVE NOT & EVEN IF YOU HAVE PLEASE TELL SLAYER GOODBYE & HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM, THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT.
PHOTOS FOR ALL BANDS CAN BE FOUND EITHER IN THE PHOTO SECTION HERE OR WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL 
THANK YOU SLAYER, JULIE, HEIDI, ARIELLE, KRISTIN,JUSTIN & NATALIE!  

ABOVE GROUND

THE BELASCO

LOS ANGELES, CA

4/16/18


ABOVE GROUND IS AN ALL-STAR/SUPER GROUP EVENT PRESENTED BY DAVE NAVARRO (JANE'S ADDICTION), BILLY MORRISON (BILLY IDOL) & REVOLVER GALLERY TO CELEBRATE VINYL AS AN ART FORM WHILE RAISING AWARENESS & PROCEEDS  FOR THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH.  PROFITS BEING DONATED TO MUSIC CARES WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION CATERING TO THE WELL-BEING OF MUSICIANS, WHETHER IT BE MENTAL HEALTH OR SOBRIETY. 
MANY ICONIC PERFORMERS JOINING IN TO PERFORM ADAM & THE ANTS "KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER" IN IT'S ENTIRETY AS WELL AS LOU REED &THE VELVET UNDERGROUND'S "THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO".
NAVARRO APPEARED ON STAGE WEARING THE ICONIC WHITE STRIPE ACROSS HIS FACE IN TRUE ADAM ANT STYLE, WHILE MORRISON DONNED A KILT & THE SET STARTED W/ "DOG EAT DOG", "ANT MUSIC", "FEED ME TO THE LIONS", "LOS RANCHEROS", "ANTS INVASION", "KILLER IN THE HOME", "KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER", "THE MAGNIFICENT 5", "DON'T BE SQUARE (BE THERE)", "JOLLY ROGER", "MAKING HISTORY" & "THE HUMAN BEINGS".
2 ARIELESTS WERE FLYING ABOVE THE BAND & LATER NAVARRO FLEW BY THE SKIN OF HIS BACK. THE FANS IN ATTENDENCE WERE ALSO DONNED W/ THE WHITE STRIPE ACROSS THEIR FACE. & EVERYONE WAS WILD ABOUT ADAM & THE ANTS.  I AM NOT SURE WHY ADAM ANT HIMSELF WAS NOT THERE, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SUPER COOL.  IN BETWEEN THE 2 SETS DR. DREW & BOB FORREST  CAME OUT TO SAY SOME WORDS ON BEHALF OF MUSIC CARES, THERE WAS AN AUCTION AS WELL AS STAGE ANTICS BY STEVE-O.  ALL THE WHILE A SILENT AUCTION WAS BEING HELD FOR MANY GREAT ITEMS.
THE SECOND SET "SUNDAY MORNING" W/ MACY GRAY ON VOCALS, "WAITING FOR MY MAN" W. JENNY VEE ON BASS & COURTNEY LOVE ON VOCALS,  "FEMME FATALE" LOVE ON VOCALS, "VENUS IN FURS" SIOBHAN FAHEY ON VOCALS, "RUN, RUN, RUN" BILLY IDOL ON VOCALS & STEVE STEVENS ON GUITAR, "ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES" GRAY ON VOCALS, "HEROIN" IDOL ON VOCALS, "THERE SHE GOES AGAIN" IDOL ON VOCALS, "I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR" LILI HAYDEN ON VIOLIN (SHE WAS AMAZING), "BLACK ANGELS DEATH SONG" FRANKY PEREZ ON VOCALS, "EUROPEAN SON" DAVE KUSHNER ON GUITARS & JERRY HARRISON ON VOCALS, "WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT" STEVE STEVENS, MARCO PIRRONI & BILLY DUFFY ON GUITAR, IDOL, MORRISON, LOVE & COREY TAYLOR ON VOCALS.. 
PERFORMANCES BY  COREY TAYLOR (SLIPKNOT), MARK MCGRATH (SUGAR RAY) BILLY DUFFY,(THE CULT), BILLY IDOL, MARCO PIRRONI (ADAM & THE ANTS), BILLY HOWERDEL (A PERFECT CIRCLE), CHRIS CHANEY & FRANKY PEREZ (JANE'S ADDICTION), JERRY HARRISON (THE TALKING HEADS), DONOVAN LEITCH, STEVE STEVENS, PAUL TRUDEAU & ERIK ELDENIUS (BILLY IDOL), JOSH FREESE (THE VANDALS), LILI HAYDEN, MACY GRAY, COURTNEY LOVE, SIBOHAN FAHEY (BANANARAMA), STEVE ISAACS (THE PANIC CHANNEL). 
SO MUCH TALENT BEHIND THIS WORTHY CAUSE, REALLY EXCITING TO SEE ALL THESE ICONS COME TOGETHER & CELEBRATE VINYL AS AN ART & SUPPORT EACH OTHER'S SOBRIETY & MUSICIANSHIP.  THE FANS & THE PRESS ALL HAD A GREAT TIME, THERE WAS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT MY BRAIN WAS OVER-LOADED.  ICONS UNITING THROUGH THE MUSIC COMMUNITY TO BECOME ONE TRULY IS SOMETHING WE NEED.
LOU REED WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD, I HAVE SEEN LOU REED PERFORM W/ METALLICA & HE DIED SHORTLY AFTERWARDS & I HAVE YET TO SEE ADAM ANT PERFORM SO I WILL BE ADDING THAT TO THE BUCKET LIST. 
SUPPORT MUSIC CARES, THEY ARE DOING WONDERFUL THINGS FOR MUSICIANS, GO SEE LIVE SHOWS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, BUY SOME VINYL & ROCK ON!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

THANK YOU BARI, ALEX & MITCH FOR INVITING ME TO SUCH A GREAT EVENT  

The Noise Presents: Iced Earth - The Incorruptible World Tour

ICED EARTH/SANCTUARY/KILL RITUAL

THE PARISH ROOM

HOUSE OF BLUES 

ANAHEIM, CA

3/10/18


FIRST OF ALL WHO BOOKED THIS SHOW HERE?  THE ROOM WAS WAY TOO SMALL THE OPENING BANDS VOCALIST COULDN'T EVEN PERFORM ON THE STAGE.  THEY HAD TO STRADLE BETWEEN THE EDGE OF THE STAGE & THE BARRICADE & DODGE US PHOTOGRAPHERS, WHICH ALL WORKED OUT BUT WHAT THE HELL?  ONE OF THE HARDEST SHOWS I HAVE EVER SHOT & I'VE HAD SOME DOOZIES.  THIS SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE GROVE OF ANAHEIM.  IT WAS OVER-CROWDED, NO WHERE TO GO & IT WAS HARD TO SEE THE BAND.  NEVER HAVE I SEEN SANCTUARY OR ICED EARTH PLAY SUCH A SMALL VENUE.  I GET NERVOUS WHEN I'M TRAPPED, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.  I DON'T THINK I WILL GO TO ANOTHER SHOW IN THIS ROOM AT THIS VENUE.  IT WAS HARD FOR EVERYONE, PHOTOGRAPHERS, MEDIA, EMPLOYEES, BANDS & CONCERT GOERS, PLEASE RE-THINK BEFORE YOU BOOK HERE, I THINK CAPACITY IS LIKE 20 SO IF YOU ARE EXPECTING MORE THAN THAT, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE EVEN IF IT'S THE MUSIC HALL PLEASE, I'M BEGGING YOU.


KILL RITUAL IS A 5-PIECE POWER METAL BAND WHO FORMED W/ FORMER MEMBERS OF DARK ANGEL, IMAGIKA & ELDRITCH IN 2010.  EVER EVOLVING THE CURRENT LINE-UP CONSISTS OF FOUNDING GUITARIST STEVE RICE, DAVID REED WATSON ON VOCALS, CHIRS LOTESTO ON GUITARS, JIM PEGRAM ON BASS & SEAMUS GLEASON ON DRUMS.  HARD TO PINPOINT WHERE THEY ARE FROM BUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE SAYS S.F. BAY AREA/LAS VEGAS.  
PLAYING TO AN ALREADY PACKED HOUSE A SHORT BUT SWEET 30 MINUTE SET OF POWER METAL, KILL RITUAL GOT THE CROWD IN THE MOOD FOR SOME METAL!  MY FIRST TIME HEARING/SEEING THEM & THEY WERE REALLY GOOD, I WILL SEEK THEM OUT THE NEXT TIME THEY COME AROUND.  SUPPORTING MUSIC FROM THEIR LATEST ALBUM "ALL MEN SHALL FALL" RELEASED THIS YEAR.  KILL RITUAL KILLED THEIR 1/2 HOUR SET & I EVEN GOT A SHOUT OUT AS A "CUTE PHOTOGRAPHER", THEY WERE SUPER COOL.  PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND https://www.facebook.com/pg/LBCMetal/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1634535386634110
SANCTUARY PERFORMED W/ FILL IN VOCALIST JOSEPH MICHAEL FROM THE BAND WITHERFALL.  WE LOST THE LATE GREAT WARREL DANE LAST DECEMBER VIA HEART ATTACK AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 56.  R.I.P. MR. DANE.  I AM GRATEFUL I SAW HIM PERFORM LIVE ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.  LENNY RUTLEDGE & JOEY CONCEPCION ON GUITARS, GEORGE HERNANDEZ ON BASS & DAVE BUDBILL ON DRUMS.
PERFORMING 1 HOUR OF CLASSIC SANCTUARY TUNES IN MR. DANE'S MEMORY, KIND WORDS WERE SPOKEN & MICHAEL DID A FANTASTIC JOB, IT IS NOT EASY FILLING THOSE SHOES FOR SURE.  PLAYING AN OLD SCHOOL SET LIST (I GRABBED IT DURING ICED EARTH'S SET & JOSEPH & LENNY SIGNED IT, THEY WERE SUPER COOL HANGING OUT WATCHING IE AT THE BACK OF THE VENUE) "DIE FOR MY SINS" & "BATTLE ANGELS" FROM 1988'S REFUGE DENIED, MY 2 FAVORITE SONGS, FROM MY FAVORITE ALBUM RELEASED IN 2014 "THE YEAR THE SUN DIED" "ARISE & PURIFY" & "FROZEN" WHICH I THOUGHT MICHAEL DID A FANTASTIC JOB ON, THE WHOLE SET BUT SOMETIMES YOUR FAVORITE SONGS ARE MORE SCRUTINIZED, WELL DONE.  "SOLDIERS OF STEEL" ANOTHER FROM REFUGE DENIED, "FUTURE TENSE" & "TASTE REVENGE" FROM 1990'S "INTO THE MIRROR BLACK" & THE TITLE TRACK TO "THE YEAR THE SUN DIED" TOOK SANCTUARY INTO 60 MINUTES OF PROGRESSIVE METAL INTO THE FRENZY THAT WAS AT OVER CAPACITY THE PARISH ROOM AT THE HOB.
TOURING GUITARIST JOEY CONCEPCION FROM THE ABSENCE & THE ARMAGEDDON HELD HIS OWN W/ STEADFAST SANCTUARY MEMBERS RUTLEDGE, HERNADEZ & BUDBILL.  SANCTUARY PERFORMED AN EXTREMELY COMMENDABLE PERFORMANCE & WHETHER THEY CONTINUE, CONTINUE W/ JOSEPH MICHAEL OR ANOTHER SINGER I WISH THEM WELL & WOULD DEFINITELY SEE THIS LINE UP AGAIN!  THANKS FOR THE DRUM STICK!!  PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/LBCMetal/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1635831519837830
ICED EARTH FINALLY!  IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I HAVE SEEN THEM SO I HAVE MISSED THEM.  FORTUNATE FOR THEM THEY GOT THE WHOLE 10 FOOT STAGE SO STU BLOCK DIDN'T HAVE TO STRADLE THE STAGE/BARRICADE!  JON SCHAFFER RHYTHM/LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS/SONGWRITER ETC., STU BLOCK VOCALS, JAKE DREYER LEAD GUITAR, LUKE APPLETON BASS GUITAR & BRENT SMEDLEY ON DRUMS KILLED IT.  KILL RITUAL & SANCTUARY WERE THE MOMENTUM FOR THE KILL & ICED EARTH DELIVERED, WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE SHOW.  THEY ROCKED US FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS!  THE MOSH PIT ALMOST TOSSED ME OUT THE DOOR BUT I SURVIVED.  IT WAS HOT, SMOOSHY, CROWDED, SCARY &  IT TOOK A LOT TO HOLD MY ATTENTION BUT ICED EARTH HAD ME MESMORIZED FROM THE FIRST SONG "GREAT HEATHEN ARMY" FROM THEIR NEWLY RELEASED ALBUM "INCORRUPTIBLE" ON CENTURY MEDIA,  "BURNING TIMES" & "WATCHING OVER ME" FROM 1998'S "SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES", TITLE TRACK TO MY FAVORITE ALBUM 2011'S "DYSTOPIA" THEY DIDN'T PLAY MY FAVORITE SONG FROM THAT ALBUM SADLY, THEY ONLY PLAYED THE ONE SONG.  NEW SONGS FROM 2017'S INCORRUPTIBLE "BLACK FLAG", "7 HEADED WHORE" I WOULD NOT WANT THAT SONG WRITTEN ABOUT ME, "BROTHERS", "RAVEN WING", "CLEAR THE WAY" & "GHOST DANCE" ALL FROM THAT ALBUM (NOT IN THAT ORDER).  UNTIL THAT DAY I DIDN'T KNOW THEY HAD A NEW ALBUM.  GLAD THEY PLAYED MOST OF THE ALBUM & GOT THE MUSIC OUT THERE TO THE FANS WHO EITHER KNEW OR DIDN'T.  "I DIED FOR YOU" & "VENGENCE IS MINE" FROM 1996'S "THE DARK SAGA", "DRACULA" FROM 2001'S "HORROR SHOW", "STORMRIDER", "ANGELS HOLOCAUST" & "TRAVEL IN STYGIAN" FROM 1991'S "NIGHT OF THE STORMRIDER".
IN BETWEEN BEING SMASHED AROUND & AVOIDING BIG SWEATY GUYS TRYING TO TOUCH ME I HAD A GREAT TIME, ENJOYED SOME FANTASTIC POWER/PROGRESSIVE METAL & SUPPORTED MY METAL BROTHERS.  IT WAS REALLY GREAT TO TALK TO JON SCHAFFER, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE:  https://lbmetal.yolasite.com/interviews.php AS WELL AS CHATTING BRIEFLY W/ THE BAND MEMBERS FROM SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL.  THIS IS MY FAVORITE VERSION OF ICED EARTH & I WISH THEM WELL & CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM AGAIN IN A LARGER VENUE WHERE I'M NOT CLAUSTERPHOBIC.  PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/LBCMetal/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1637047029716279
A POWERFUL SHOW THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET.  THANK YOU ICED EARTH, SANCTUARY & KILL RITUAL FOR A METAL FRENZY IN A GOOD WAY.  IF THE MUSIC WASN'T SO GREAT I WOULD HAVE BAILED OUT BEFORE THE SHOW WAS OVER.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE BANDS PLEASE VISIT:
KILL RITUAL:  www.killritual.com
SANCTUARY www.sanctuaryofficial.com 
ICED EARTH www.icedearth.com


THANK YOU KELLYHANK YO

Adult Swim Presents: Mr. Pickles Thrash-tacular Metal Tour Featuring Exodus and Municipal Waste! 

MR. PICKLES IS A VERY ADULT CARTOON ABOUT A SATANIC DOG WHO HAS A LAIR UNDERNEATH HIS DOG HOUSE.  THE LAND OF ILLREPUTE WHERE MR. PICKLES CAN DO ANYTHING HE WANTS!  HE HAS MINIONS, A RIVER OF BLOOD, RITUALS & MUTANTS. HE KILLS THE BAD GUYS & HELPS THE GOOD GUYS.
THE LOYAL MR. PICKLES BELONGS TO TOMMY & HIS NAIVE/CLUESSLESS FAMILY THE GOODMANS IN OLD TOWN.  WHEN TOMMY CALLS, MR. PICKLES DROPS HIS EVIL DOINGS TO RECEIVE HIS PICKLE FROM HIS BEST FRIEND.  GRANDPA IS THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ON TO HIM & IS WARNED TO SILENCE BEFORE HE IS LITERALLY SILENCED.  THIS CARTOON IS NOT FOR EVERYONE & DEFINITELY 18 +.  SEX, VIOLENCE, SATANISM ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE BLOODCLOT.  SEASON 3 STARTED 2/25/18 & I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU WATCH THE FIRST 2 SEASONS TO GET THE FULL GIST.
THE OPENING SONG IS A METAL SONG & I AM NOT SURE WHAT BAND DOES THE THEME SONG & I WAS SAD I DIDN'T HEAR IT LIVE, BUT MUNICIPAL WASTE & EXODUS COLABORATED ON THIS TOUR TO INTRODUCE MR. PICKLES TO THE UNSUSPECTING MASSES.  WHAT OTHER SHOW CAN YOU HEAR A METAL SONG IN THE OPENING CREDITS & DURING THE GUITAR SOLO THE DOG IS LICKING HIMSELF?
MUNICIPAL WASTE IS A PUNK/METAL BAND FROM RICHMOND, VA, SOME SAY THRASH OR CROSS OVER BUT I WATCHED THE SHOW & IT WAS PUNK/METAL TO ME.  FORMING IN 2001 MUNICIPAL WASTE IS TONY FORESTA ON VOCALS, RYAN WASTE ON GUITARS, PHILIP "LANDPHIL" HALL ON BASS, DAVE WITTE ON DRUMS & NICK "NIKROPOLIS" POULOS ON GUITARS, HAVE PUT IN THE TIME & EFFORT TO PLEASE METAL FANS ACROSS THE GLOBE & OBTAIN THEIR SPACE IN THE METAL COMMUNITY.
THEIR 45 MINUTES SET WAS ABSORBED BY AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD.  "BREATHE GREASE", "MIND ERASER", "YOU'RE CUT OFF", "UNLEASH THE BASTARDS", "SADISTIC MAGICIAN", "BOURBON DISCIPLINE", "BEER PRESSURE", "THRASHING'S MY BUSINESS...AND BUSINESS IS GOOD", "I WANT TO KILL THE PRESIDENT", "BLACK ICE", "POISON THE PREACHER", "AMATUER SKETCH", "SLIME & PUNISHMENT", "THE THRASHIN' OF THE CHRIST", "SUBSTITUTE CREATURE", "PAROLE VIOLATORS", "HEADBANGER FACE RIP", "THE ART OF PARTYING" & "BORN TO PARTY".  THAT IS A LOT OF SONGS IN 45 MINUTES! 
THE ENERGY THESE GUYS HAVE IS PRETTY OSSUM!  THEY WERE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
THE BAY AREA THRASHERS EXODUS WERE EXCITED TO FINISH OFF THE CROWD.  STEVE "ZETRO" SOUZA (VOCALS), TOM HUNTING (DRUMS),  GARY HOLT (GUITARS), LEE ALTUS (GUITARS) & JACK GIBSON (BASS) HAVE BEEN BANGING HEADS SINCE 1979!  I AM SURE 90% OF THIS AUDIENCE WASN'T EVEN BORN IN OR ANY WHERE NEAR 1979 :)
EXODUS CAME OUT LIKE A TORNADO PLAYING AN HOUR SET OF OLD SCHOOL AS WELL AS NEW THRASH SONGS, SUPPORTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT" OUT NOW ON NUCLEAR BLAST.  "BONDED BY BLOOD", "BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT", "ICONOCLASM", "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE", "FABULOUS DISASTER" MY FAVORITE ALBUM, I REMEMBER THE T-SHIRTS SAYING SOMETHING LIKE "20 F'N YEARS & NO F'N BALLADS".  "BODY HARVEST", "METAL COMMAND", "A LESSON IN VIOLENCE", "BLACKLIST", "WAR IS MY SHEPHERD", "THE TOXIC WALTZ" & "STRIKE OF THE BEAST".
EXODUS ARE STILL CRUSHING SKULLS, THEY ARE RELEVANT IN TODAY'S METAL WORLD, WE NEED THEM, WE LOVE THEM & FOR THOSE SEEING EXODUS FOR THE FIRST TIME THOSE KIDS WERE BLOWN AWAY!  THRASHING DUAL GUITARS & THE RYTHMN SECTION MELTED TOGETHER WHILE ZETRO POWERHOUSED THE LYRICS IN YOUR FACE! ANOTHER OFF THE HOOK EXODUS SHOW IN MY MEMORIES.  
#GOODBOY
PHOTOS ARE UP WWW.LBMETAL.COM
VISIT EXODUS AT:  https://www.facebook.com/exodusattack/   https://twitter.com/exodusattack https://www.youtube.com/user/exodus https://www.instagram.com/exodusbandofficial/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/76S65NHJHrNy4JTrXHP2BH 

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THANK YOU KRISTIN & JOAQUIN!

RHONDA'S KISS BENEFIT

FEATURING JANE'S ADDICTION

THE PALLADIUM

HOLLYWOOD, CA

12/8/17


RHONDA'S KISS IS A CHARITY ORGANIZATION WHICH HELPS CANCER PATIENTS IN NEED.  THEY TAKE CARE OF PERSONAL NECESSITIES THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE MEDICAL COSTS.
IN 2014 RHONDA STEFANSKI WAS DIAGNOSED W/ STAGE IV PANCREATIC CANCER, WHILE RHONDA LOST HER BATTLE IN NOVEMBER OF 2014, ONE OF THE GIFTS SHE LEFT IS RHONDA'S KISS WHICH REALIZES MOST CANCER PATIENTS ARE NOT AS FORTUNATE AS RHONDA TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TREATMENTS, SEE THE FINEST DR.'S OR BE TREATED IN THE BEST FACILITIES.
THIS BENEFIT WAS HELD TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THIS WONDERFUL CHARITY & TO HELP PEOPLE, FOR MORE INFORMAION OR TO DONATE PLEASE VISIT WWW.RHONDASKISS.ORG
COMEDIAN GREG BEHRENDT HOSTED THE 3RD ANNUAL L.A. BENEFIT CONCERT FOR CEDARS-SINAI SAMUEL OSCHIN COMPREHENSIVE CANCER INSTITUTE.  NEUROSURGEON DR. KEITH L. BLACK M.D. RECEIVED "THE RHONDA'S KISS HEALING & HOPE AWARD".  HIS SPEECH WAS MAGNIFICENT.
KYLE STEFANSKI TALKED ABOUT HIS MOTHER W/ LOVE & IS VERY PROUD OF THIS BENEFIT & ALL THE HELP & HOPE THIS CHARITY SPREADS.
HELLCAT SAINTS IS ANOTHER SUPERGROUP OF REVOLVING ARTISTS CONSISTING OF JERRY CANTRELL (ALICE IN CHAINS), JOSH FREESE (DEVO, NIN), BILLY DUFFY (THE CULT), DAVE KUSHNER (VELVET REVOLVER), SCOTT SHRINER (WEEZER) & FRANKIE PEREZ (APOCALYPTICA).
THEIR SET WAS SHORT BUT SWEET:  "DOWN", "SOBER", "FIRE WOMAN" (CULT SONG), "LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE", (CULT SONG), "JAILBREAK", "MAN IN THE BOX" (ALICE IN CHAINS SONG), "WOULD?" (AIC SONG).  
JANE'S ADDICTION THE WHOLE BAND!  WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW PERRY FARRELL (VOCALS), DAVE NAVARRO (GUITAR), CHRIS CHANEY (BASS) & STEVE PERKINS (DRUMS) ALL TOGETHER PLAYING JANE'S ADDICTION SONGS?  i'M GOING TO SAY 1991 AT UNIVERSAL AMP.  
PERFORMING A SEXY, ECLECTIC SET CONSISTING MOSTLY OF THEIR (IMO) BEST ALBUM RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL.  "STOP", "JUST BECAUSE" FROM THE STRAYS ALBUM, "AIN'T NO RIGHT", THE EVER POPULAR "BEEN CAUGHT STEALING" WHICH IS BASICALLY THE THEME SONG OF MY ARRIVAL TO L.A. IN 1990.  YOU COULD NOT GET AWAY FROM JANE'S ADDICTION, THAT ALBUM OR THAT SONG!  IT'S A FABULOUS SONG.  "MOUNTAIN SONG" FROM NOTHING'S SHOCKING CONSISTING OF PERRY FARRELL'S WIFE & ANOTHER WOMAN DANCING ON STAGE & REPLICATING THE ALBUM COVER OF NOTHING'S SHOCKING.  "THREE DAYS" & "JANE SAYS' THE ROMANTICALLY, DARK DEPRESSING SONG WHICH REPRESENTS ALL THAT WAS GOING ON IN THE J.A. WORLD AT THE TIME.  NOW THE BAND, OR AT LEAST MEMBERS OF THE BAND ARE SOBER & THEY LOOK & SOUND FANFUCKINTASTIC! WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW!  
THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE WERE HALF THERE ON BEHALF OF THE CHARITY & PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF JANE'S ADDICTION, BUT THE OTHER HALF WERE CRAZED FANS WHO NEEDED A DOSE OF J.A.  THERE WERE A FEW FIGHTS AROUND ME, WHICH I FOUND HARD TO BELIEVE BUT THAT'S ROCK N ROLL FOR YA.  I CAME OUT UNSCATHED & HAD A NICE VIEW FROM DAVE NAVARRO'S SIDE IN THE FRONT.  
I AM HONORED THAT I GOT TO WITNESS THIS JANE'S ADDICTION REUNION & PARTAKE IN RHONDA'S KISS CHARITY EVENT.  I KNOW THEY AUCTIONED OFF A GUITAR IN THE AUDIENCE, I HOPE WHOEVER BOUGHT IT CAME THROUGH, IT WAS KIND OF AN ODD WAY TO AUCTION OFF A GUITAR.
HAVING THIS PREVIEW OF JANE'S ADDICTION, I HOPE TO SEE MORE OF THEM IN 2018.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RHONDA'S KISS PLEASE VISIT WWW.RHONDASKISS.ORG
FOR MORE INFORMAION ON JANE'S ADDICTION PLEASE VISIT WWW.JANESADDICTION.COM
PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN TO CHARITIES & PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC, GO TO A SHOW & LEAVE THE PHONE IN YOUR POCKET FOR THE REAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE1
THANK YOU LIBBY.

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST

KNOTFEST DAY

SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER

SAN BERNADINO, CA

11/5/17


SUCH A PERFECT DAY FOR KNOTFEST '17, NOT RAINING OR BLISTERING HOT, PERFECT DAY FOR METAL!

MY DAY STARTED OFF W/ THE BAY AREA'S DEATH ANGEL.  THEIR 30 MINUTE SET OF BRUTAL THRASH METAL WASN'T LONG ENOUGH.  CONSISTING OF "FATHER OF LIES", "THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD", "CLAWS IN SO DEEP", "THE ULTRA-VIOLENCE/THROWN TO THE WOLVES", "MISTRESS OF PAIN" & "THE MOTH".

MARK OSEGUEDA (VOCALS), ROB CAVESTANY (GUITARS), TED AGUILAR (GUITARS) , DAMIEN SISSON (BASS) & WILL CARROLL (DRUMS) THRASHED KNOTFEST TO SHREDS!  I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF THEM & HAVEN'T SEEN THEM SINCE FEBRUARY SO IT WAS NICE TO START MY DAY OFF W/ THEM.  

PHOTOS CAN BE SEEN HERE:  http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16098341  & MY INTERVIEW W/ ROB CAVESTANY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERVIEW PAGE.  FIND OUT WHAT DEATH ANGEL IS UP TO AFTER KNOTFEST.

NEXT UP WAS THE EVIL DEATH METALLERS GOATWHORE FROM NOLA BEN FALGOUST (VOCALS), SAMMY DUET (GUITARS), ZACK SIMMONS (DRUMS) & ROBERT "TA" COLEMAN (BASS).  BRUTALIZING THE CROWD W/ THEIR 30 MINUTES CREATED A FRENZY.  THIS HAS BEEN THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER BEEN TO ANY SHOW W/ A SECOND STAGE AT THIS VENUE WHERE THE DIRT WASN'T FLYING.  THE GROUND WAS A BIT WET FROM OVER NIGHT RAIN.  THEY SHOULD WET DOWN THE DIRT FOR EVERY EVENT LIKE THIS SO WE AREN'T COVERED, SWALLOWING OR BREATHING DIRT/DUST.  IT WAS REFRESHING!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16098421 

I THEN RAN OFF TO DO 2 INTERVIEWS, 1 W/ JOHN KEVILL VOCALIST OF WARBRINGER & THE SECOND WAS W/ ROB CAVESTANY OF DEATH ANGEL.  YOU CAN LISTEN TO BOTH INTERVIEWS IN THE INTERVIEW SECTION.

WHILE RUNNING AROUND I NOTICED A REALLY NASTY ODOR & REMEMBERED FROM LAST YEAR'S PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THERE WOULD BE CAMEL SHIT BURNING.  THAT SHIT IS NASTY!  ALTHOUGH IT'S A BIT BETTER THAN BURNING PLASTIC WHICH I DID NOT EXPERIENCE THIS TIME AROUND, YET THE FLAMETHROWERS OR WHATEVER THEY ARE CALLED WHERE BLASTING FIRE ALL NIGHT LONG FROM THE SIDES OF THE LOGES.

AFTER THE INTERVIEWS I GRABBED A BITE & HEADED BACK OVER TO THE SECOND STAGE TO CATCH TESTAMENT.  WHAT A GREAT FUCKIN' SHOW!  SADLY TESTAMENT PLAYED IN THE DARK AS I DON'T THINK WHOEVER WAS IN CHARGE THOUGHT ABOUT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME & GAVE THEM NO LIGHTS, SO IT WAS REALLY HARD TO SHOOT PHOTOS.  THE 3RD SONG IN A STAGE HAND PLUGGED IN A SOLO LIGHT BY CHUCK BILLY'S FEET & THEY ALL FOUGHT OVER THE SPOTLIGHT, IT WAS ENTERTAINING.  CHUCK BILLY & ERIC PETERSON HAD FUN THROWING THINGS INTO THE AUDIENCE, MOSTLY T-SHIRTS, HOWEVER I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WHEN THEY STARTED THROWING MY FRIEND LYND'S JELLO SHOTS OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE.  ERIC WAVED AT ME & THREW THE BAG TO ME, WHICH I SHARED W/A  FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHER (WHOM I MADE SURE WAS OF AGE) AS WELL AS OTHER CONCERT GOERS. GOOD TIMES!

THE CLOUDS WERE GETTING DARKER BUT THE RAIN NEVER CAME, FORTUNATELY.  TESTAMENT'S BAY AREA THRASH WAS HEARD TRHOUGHOUT THE LAND & WE WERE HANDED THESE CLASSIC SONGS "BROTHERHOOD OF THE SNAKE", "RISE UP", "THE PALE KING", "CENTURIES OF SUFFERING", "ELECTRIC CROWN", "INTO THE PIT", "PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH", "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE", "OVER THE WALL" & "DISCIPLES OF THE WATCH".  

CHUCK BILLY (VOCALS), ERIC PETERSON (GUITARS), ALEX SKOLNICK (GUITARS), STEVE DI'GIORGIO (BASS) & GENE HOGLAN (DRUMS) TORE THAT PLACE UP IN THE DARK & IT WAS ELECTRIFYING!

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND HERE:  http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16098517

THE MAIN STAGE WAS THE FOCUS FROM THIS POINT FORWARD AS TESTAMENT CLOSED THE SECOND STAGES.  NEXT UP WAS STONE SOUR.  I HONESTLY CAN'T REMEMBER IF I HAVE EVER SEEN STONE SOUR BEFORE, THEY AREN'T MY THING BUT THEY DON'T ANNOY ME.  COREY TAYLOR (VOCALS), JOSH RAND (GUITAR), CHRISTIAN MARTUCCI (GUITAR), JOHNNY CHOW (BASS) I REMEMBER WHEN HE USED TO BARTEND AT THE VIPER ROOM WHEN I WORKED AT THE KEY CLUB, GOOD TIMES & RAY MAYORGA (DRUMS).

PLAYING A 50 MINUTE SET OF ROCK N ROLL, SLIPKNOT FANS WERE EAGER TO ACCEPT THEM AS THE CLOSEST THING TO SLIPKNOT THEY WERE GOING TO GET ON THIS FESTIVAL.  "MADE OF SCARS", "YOU'LL HAUNT ME", "30/30-150", "GET INSIDE", "SONG #3", "THROUGH GLASS", "ABSOLUTE ZERO" & "FABULESS".

I PERSONALLY THINK TESTAMENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS TIME SLOT BUT THE FESTIVAL ISN'T NAMED AFTER MY BAND.

PHOTOS CAN BE SEEN HERE:  http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16098539 

MARILYN MANSON CAME ON & WAS SUPPORTING A BROKEN ANKLE DUE TO HIS STAGE FALLING ON HIM IN OCTOBER (THOUGHT IT WAS LONGER THAN THAT), IT WAS ODD TO SEE HIM PERFORMING IN A WHEELCHAIR BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

SHOCKING THE CROWD THE WAY MANSON DOES HIS HOUR SET DELIVERED.  IT WAS REALLY FUN. I ONLY KNOW ABOUT 4 SONGS & HE DID 3 OUT OF THE 4 SO THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.  I WAS NOT ABLE TO SHOOT MANSON, MAYBE BECAUSE OF HIS ANKLE?  NEXT TIME I HOPE I AM ABLE, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INTERVIEW HIM SO LET'S PUT THAT ON THE WISHLIST.  60 MINUTES DONE THE MANSON WAY:  "REVELATION #12, "DISPOSABLE TEENS", "MOBSCENE", "KILL4ME", "THE DOPE SHOW", "DEEP SIX", "SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS)", "WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE", "SAY10" & "THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE" HAD THE CROWD SWAYING TO THE DEVILISH UNDERTONES.

ROB ZOMBIE WAS THE LAST BUT NOT LEAST.  75 MINUTES OF 70'S DISCO/ROCK MIXED W/ HORROR/SCARY MOVIES, THE 60'S, 90'S & 00'S ALL MIXED IN TOGETHER FOR A SEXERCISTO BOOGIE WOOGIE.

ZOMBIE CAME OUT ON TOP OF A BOOM BOX IN FRINGE & BELL BOTTOM DISCO BALL GOLD SPANDEX PANTS, WHILE JOHN 5 WAS IN A DRESS W/ A MOUTH GUARD & GUITAR WHICH LIT UP, PIGGY D WAS SUPPORTING A DEVIL'S MASK & WINGS JAMMING THE BASS (I GUESS THERE HAD TO BE SOMEONE IN A MASK AT THIS EVENT) & VJ GINGER FISH HAD SOME KIND OF MAKEUP ON THE DRUMS.

"DEAD CITY RADIO & THE NEW GODS OF SUPERTOWN", "SUPERBEAST", "IN THE AGE OF THE CONSECRATED VAMPIRE WE ALL GET HIGH", "LIVING DEAD GIRL", "SCUM OF THE EARTH", "WELL EVERYBODY'S FUCKING IN A U.F.O.", "MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN", "NEVER GONNA STOP", "THE HIDEOUS EXHIBITIONS OF A DEDICATED GORE WHORE", "HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES", "THUNDERKISS '65", "BLITZKREIG BOP" (RAMONE'S COVER), "SCHOOL'S OUT" (ALICE COOPER COVER) & "DRAGULA".  THIS IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN ZOMBIE IN A FEW YEARS, HE WAS OUTTASITE!

AFTER THE 3 SONGS OF PHOTOS WHICH CAN BE SEEN HERE:  http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16098627 I HEADED TO BATHROOM & BEER BREAK, WHEN I GOT BACK TO THE SHOW A FRIEND GAVE ME ACCESS TO THE PIT, WHERE I WAS TRYING TO GO ALL DAY.  ON OUR WAY THERE ZOMBIE RELEASED THESE GIANT BLACK & GOLD BALLOONS (WHICH I GRABBED) & THEN A LITTLE WHILE LATER HE CAME OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE RIGHT WHERE I WAS, WHICH WAS TOTALLY COOL.   I TRIED TO CATCH A PHOTO W/ MY IPOD BUT IT CAME OUT TOO BLURRY.  I THEN MOVED TO THE FRONT OF THE PIT &  HAD A GREAT TIME DANCING TO "THUNDERKISS", THE RAMONES & COOPER COVERS AS WELL AS THE LAST SONG "DRAGULA" WHERE MY SHIRT WAS FULL OF CONFETTI FROM THE GIANT CONFETTI GUN ZOMBIE USED TO BLAST THE AUDIENCE.  SUCH A GOOD TIME.  

AFTER THE SHOW I RAN INTO ROB & HIS WIFE, WAS ABOUT TO GET A PHOTO & REALIZED MY IPOD WAS GONE SO I HAD TO RETRACE MY STEPS TO NO AVAIL.  MISSED OPPORTUNITY, I AM HOPING FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY IN THE FUTURE TO INTERVIEW HIM, WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON & GO WAY, WAY, WAY BACK, BEING FROM THE EAST COAST & ALL.  I REALLY MISS WHITE ZOMBIE & THAT CREW.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT FULL OF OSSUM MUSIC, GREAT FRIENDS, NEW FRIENDS, INTERESTING INTERVIEWS, CONVERSATIONS & PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS.

THANK YOU MARCEE, JAZMIN, JENNIFER, MICHAEL, DAVIE FOR MAKING THIS A FUN DAY!
UPDATE ON MY IPOD:  I FOUND OUT THE CLOUD HAS A TRACKING WEBSITE & FOUND MY IPOD AT THE VENUE W/ MY INTERVIEWS & PICS OF ME & ROB CAVESTANY ON IT AS WELL AS THE PHOTOS I POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THE EVENT.  THANK YOU SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER.

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS

THE NOVO

LOS ANGELES, CA

10/24/17


METAL ICONS ACROSS THE GENRES GOT TOGETHER FOR AN UNDERGROUND AWARDS SHOW.  THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE REVOLVER GOLDEN GOD AWARDS.  EVERYONE CAME OUT & IT WAS A WHO'S WHO SPECTACULAR.

FOZZY & WWE STAR CHRIS JERICHO WAS MASTER OF CEREMONIES W/ HELP FROM EDDIE MONEY & STEEL PANTHER, WHILE MEMBERS OF VARIOUS BANDS SUCH AS, AS LIONS, AUGUST BURNS RED, AVATAR, BRENDON SMALL, BRIAN POSEHN, BUTCHER BABIES, BLOODCOT, BEARTOOTH, CHAD SMITH, CROWN THE EMPIRE, DED, DEMON HUNTER, FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES, HELLYEAH, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, HUNTRESS, ICE NINE KILLS, JOHN 5, JOEY KRAMER, LA GUNS, NEW YEARS DAY, OF MICE & MEN, POP EVIL, PRAYERS, POWERFLO, RED FANG, REX BROWN, ROYAL THUNDER, STEEL PANTHER, SUM 41, SYLAR, STITCHED UP HEART, STEVE VAI, WAGE WAR & ZAKK WYLDE WERE PRESENTERS.

ANTHRAX CLOSED THE SHOW W/KANSAS' "CARRY ON WAYWARD SON" & "CAUGHT IN A MOSH" WHICH WAS OFF THE HOOK!  THEIR COVERS ALBUM "ANTHEMS" IS SUCH A GREAT ALBUM, THEY REALLY DO THOSE SONGS JUSTICE.  AVENGED SEVENFOLD DID 4 SONGS "THE STAGE", "NIGHTMARE", "GOD DAMN" & "HAIL TO THE KING".  I THOUGHT THEY WERE A LITTLE BORING & I KEPT WAITING FOR METALLICA TO COME OUT.  A LITTLE JOKE AS THEY OPENED FOR METALLICA ON THEIR SUMMER TOUR.  BODYCOUNT TORE IT UP W/ "NO LIVES MATTER" & "CIVIL WAR" W/ DAVE MUSTAINE, BODYCOUNT IS THE SHIT!  HALESTORM DID A HEARTWARMING KILLER VERSION OF SOUNDGARDEN'S "FELL ON BLACK DAYS" WHICH WAS DEDICATED TO OUR FALLEN HERO CHRIS CORNELL & THEN LITA FORD, ASH COSTELLO OF NEW YEAR'S DAY, JILL JANUS OF HUNTRESS, PEARL ADAY OF PEARL, EMMA ANZAI OF SICK PUPPIES, MIXI DEMNER OF STITCHED UP HEART, CARLA HARVEY & HEIDI SHEPHERD OF BUTCHER BABIES JOINED IN FOR THE RUNAWAYS CLASSIC "CHERRY BOMB".  IN THIS MOMENT PERFORMED "BLACK WEDDING" W/ THE ALMIGHTY ROB HALFORD & "ROOTS".  NOTHING MORE'S PERFORMANCE INCLUDED "GO TO WAR", "FIRST OF THE YEAR (EQUINOX)" WHICH IS A SKRILLEX COVER, W/ AARON PAULEY FROM OF MICE & MEN.  "SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE" AN AUDIOSLAVE COVER, WAS ANOTHER DEDICATION TO CHRIS CORNELL AS WELL AS CHESTER BARRINGTON.  STARSET CAME ON W/ "SATELLITE" & "RICHOCHET".  POWERTRIP PERFORMED THEIR SONG WHICH WON THEM AN AWARD; "EXECUTIONER'S TAX" & WERE JOINED BY JAMEY JASTA OF HATEBREED FOR MOTORHEAD'S "WE ARE THE ROAD CREW".  

WHAT A GREAT SET OF SONGS, DEDICATIONS & FULL ON ROCKIN' PERFORMANCES!  ANTHRAX WAS AMAZING AS ALWAYS, THOSE GUYS NAIL IT EVERY TIME & THEY NEVER GET OLD FOR ME.

AWARDS:  SAMMY HAGAR RECEIVED AN AWARD FOR HIS CHARITY WORK W/ THE HAGAR FAMILY FOUNDATION "THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD".  THE ROCK GOD HIMSELF ROB HALFORD RECEIVED THE "LEMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD", TONY IOMMI RECEIVED THE "COURAGE AWARD" FOR HIS BRAVERY AT BATTLING CANCER.  I THINK BRUCE DICKINSON SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP FOR THAT AWARD NEXT TIME :)  ZAKK WYLDE RECEIVED THE "BEST GUITARIST AWARD", BEARTOOTH RECEIVED THE "BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND OF THE YEAR" AWARD, STEVE HARRIS WON THE AWARD FOR "BEST BASSIST", POWERTRIP WON "METAL SONG OF THE YEAR" AWARD FOR "EXECUTIONER'S TAX", I PREVAIL WON "HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR" AWARD.  LZZY HALE WON THE "BEST VOCALIST" AWARD, GOJIRA'S MARIO DUPLANTIER WON "BEST DRUMMER", GRETA VON FLEET WON THE AWARD FOR "BEST NEW ARTIST", BABYMETAL WON "MOST DEDICATED FANS", STONE SOUR WON "HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR", AVENGED SEVENFOLD WON "METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR" AS WELL AS "METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR" (WHO WAS VOTING FOR THIS, SURE WASN'T ME), "BEST LIVE BAND" AWARD WENT TO IRON MAIDEN, "BEST VOCALIST" CHESTER BARRINGTON (OVER CHRIS CORNELL?  REALLY?).

HERE ARE THE YOUTUBE LINK'S FOR THE PERFORMANCE'S: 

"BLACK WEDDING" BILLY IDOL WHITE WEDDING COVER PERFORMED BY IN THIS MOMENT & ROB HALFORD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v30mQohKDY&feature=youtu.be 

ANTHRAX'S "CARRY ON WAYWARD SON" KANSAS COVER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bSZXwZxTpc&feature=youtu.be 

HALESTORM'S VERSION OF "FELL ON BLACK DAYS" DEDICATION TO CHRIS CORNELL SOUNDGARDEN COVER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jomh0QWDvoc&feature=youtu.be

POWER TRIP W/ JAMEY JASTA PERFORMING "WE ARE THE ROAD CREW" MOTORHEAD COVER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a-yq-yhz-I&feature=youtu.be

BODYCOUNT W/ DAVE MUSTAINE "CIVIL WAR" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxLJ9ePNdjw&feature=youtu.be 

GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL & THE FEW PEOPLE I INTERVIEWED/TALKED TO ON/OFF THE BLACK CARPET ALL AGREED THAT THE METAL COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER & EVERYONE WAS EXCITED TO SEE/PERFORM W/ EVERYONE.  IT WAS LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL REUNION W/ PEOPLE Y'ALL LIKED.

PHOTOS FROM THE BLACK CARPET ARE ON THE PHOTOS PAGE.  I ONLY LASTED 2 HOURS AS IT WAS 112 DEGREES W/ NO WATER, SO I MISSED A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT I WAS ON THE VERGE OF PASSING OUT & THE CARPETS ARE NEVER FRIENDLY ALWAYS PEOPLE PUSHING & SMACKING ME W/ THEIR CAMERAS.  I GOT CLOSTRAPHOBIC & DIZZY SO I RAN TO THE HILLS.

I DID SOME INTERVIEWS ON THE RED CARPET BUT YOU CAN'T HEAR W/ ALL THE CHAOS.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING THEM ANYWAY PLEASE CONTACT ME.
THANK YOU LIBBY!

BOWL 4 RONNIE

CHARITY EVENT

PINZ 

N. HOLLYWOOD, CA

10/6/17

UPDATE:  
2017 BOWL FOR RONNIE winners are as follows: 
1st place corporate team - Rhino Entertainment  *2nd year in a row
Mark Pinkus, Susanne Savage, Eric Franklin, Garrett Graveline, Mike Engstrom, Brian Hay
 
1st place celebrity team - Marc Ferrari's team (sponsored by Round Hill Music Publishing)
Marc Ferrari, Rock Feinstein, Fred Coury, Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Abbatista, Tami Lester
 
2nd place corporate team - Zappa Entertainment
Ahmet Zappa, Eleanor Burke, Jeff Pezzuti, Richard Scheltinga, Javi Silva, Kristine Soares 
 
2nd place celebrity team
Chris Latham, Calico Cooper, Chris Hager, Phil Demmel, Bob Kulick, Roy Z
 
3rd place corporate team - Metal Blade Records
Suzy Cole, Vince Edwards, McShane Reilly, Steffan Salas, Diana Tanda, Jordan Mancino
 
3rd place celebrity team - Eddie Trunk's team
Eddie Trunk, Tom Morello, Doug Aldrich, Brent Woods, Sebastian Bach, and auction winner, Dan Hayes
 
Highest Overall Score/Dean Schachtel Award - Scott Courtright *2nd year in a row
CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS & FOR RAISING $49,000!
THIS IS THE 3RD BOWL 4 RONNIE EVENT & I HAVE BEEN TO ALL OF THEM.  THEY ARE A  LOT OF FUN & THE MONEY RAISED GOES TO A GREAT CHARITY STAND UP & SHOUT CANCER FUND.  HOSTED BY THE LOVELY WENDY DIO, I LOVE THAT SHE KEEPS RONNIE JAMES DIO'S MEMORY ALIVE & LOVE THE GATHERINGS ON HIS BEHALF, THEY TRULY ARE SPECIAL EVENTS.
MANY CELEBRITIES ROLLED UP ON THE RED CARPET, WENDY DIO (HOSTESS), CHAZ WEST (SINGER), CALICO COOPER (BEASTO BLANCO), MARC FERRARI (KEEL), TOM MORELLO (PROPHETS OF RAGE), SEBASTIAN BACH (EX-SKID ROW), SIMON WRIGHT (DIO DISCIPLES, DIO), DOUG ALDRICH (DEAD DAISIES), EDDIE TRUNK (RADIO HOST), PATRICK STONE & RICH SACO FROM BUDDERSIDE, DINO CAZARES (FEAR FACTORY), JEFF SCOTT SOTO (SONS OF APOLLO), MIKKEY DEE (SCORPIONS, MOTORHEAD), ANN BOELYN, BRIAN TICHY (BONZO BASH), TERRY ILOUS (GREAT WHITE), SCOTT WARREN (DIO), FRED COURY(CINDERELLA), ROWAN ROBERTSON (DIO) JEFF DUNCAN (ARMORED SAINT), PHIL DEMMEL (MACHINE HEAD) & SO ON, THE LIST IS ENDLESS!  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE I SUGGEST GOOGLING THEM AS THEY ARE MEMBERS OF OUR METAL COMMUNITY WHO HAVE PLAYED W/ RONNIE JAMES DIO, ARE KEEPING HIS MUSIC ALIVE IN DIO DISCIPLES OR WERE HIS FRIENDS.
I TOOK SOME PHOTOS OF THE RED CARPET (I WAS LATE DUE TO THE INSANE TRAFFIC TRIFECTA OF DODGERS PLAYOFF, ROSE BOWL, HOLLYWOOD BOWL & FRIDAY RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC), SO I DID THE BEST I COULD.  THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY WAS MY FRIEND CLINT TELLING ME I GET TO BOWL THIS YEAR!  EVERY YEAR I ASK TO BOWL & GET SHOT DOWN, THIS WAS MY YEAR.  I'M A PRETTY DECENT BOWLER  & I HAVE A LOT OF FUN DOING IT.  I BOWLED 2 & 1/2 GAMES BREAKING 100 EACH TIME 125, 110 & 102 RESPECTIVELY (THEY TURNED OFF THE BOWLING DURING THE 3RD GAME HENCE THE 102).
THERE WAS A SILENT AUCTION W/ SOME COOL THINGS TO BID ON, MOSTLY SCORPIONS TICKETS TO THE UPCOMING SHOW AT THE FORUM THE NEXT NIGHT. 
IT WAS  A SOLD OUT TURN OUT ON THE FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT THEY HAVE HAD THIS EVENT (I LIKE IT BETTER ON THURSDAYS).  SO MANY WINNERS!  CONGRATS TO METAL BLADE RECORDS FOR WINNING 3RD PLACE!  I SHOULD HAVE JOINED THEIR TEAM AS I WAS TOLD I COULD ROLL A BALL OR TWO.  :)
STAND UP & SHOUT IS A WORTHY CAUSE TO FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, TO FIND A CURE.  RJD DIED OF STOMACH CANCER & THAT REALLY SUCKS!  WE ALL NEED TO BE ADAMANT ABOUT GETTING OURSELVES CHECKED, EAT BETTER, EXERCISE & TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES.  PROMOTE AWARENESS & PREVENTION.
THANK YOU WENDY DIO FOR ORGANIZING THESE EVENTS, DIO'S SPIRIT LIVES ON THROUGH HIS MUSIC, FRIENDS & GATHERINGS.
IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO JOIN THE BOWL 4 RONNIE EVENT YOU CAN ALWAYS DONATE WWW.DIOCANCERFUND.ORG OR LINK YOUR AMAZON ACCOUNT TO AMAZON SMILE & THE THINGS YOU BUY SOME OF THE PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS THE DIO CANCER FUND.
ALL PHOTOS CAN BE SEEN ON THE PHOTOS PAGE
THANK YOU ARIELLE & CLINT!

HAKEN

THE PARISH ROOM AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES

ANAHEIM, CA

9/12/17


HAKEN IS CELEBRATING THEIR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY W/ A NEW ALBUM & TOUR.  "AFFINITY" IS HAKEN'S 4TH STUDIO ALBUM ON INSIDEOUT MUSIC.  HAILING FROM LONDON THEY WERE TREKKING ACROSS AMERICA W/ THEIR PROG ROCK CELEBRATION.
RICH HENSHALL (GUITARS/KEYS), CHARLIE GRIFFITHS (GUITAR), RAY HEARNE (DRUMS), DIEGO TIEJEIDA (KEYBOARDS), CONNER GREEN (BASS) & ROSS JENNINGS (VOCALS).
THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING HAKEN & I HAD BEEN WAITING A WHILE, SOMETHING ALWAYS COMES UP WHEN THEY ARE IN TOWN.  A SMALL BUT DIE-HARD CROWD FILLED THE PARISH ROOM FOR 90 MINUTES OF ECLECTIC PROG ROCK THAT GROOVED OUR SOULS.  AN AMAZING SHOW!
SETLIST WAS 10 SONGS BUT THEY WERE PACKED W/ EPIC CHORDS & MISCHIEVIOUS TALENTS.  "AFFINITY.EXE", "INITIATE", "IN MEMORANDUM", "1985", "PAREIDOLIA", "AQUARIUS MEDLEY", "COCKROACH KING", "THE ENDLESS KNOT", "THE ARCHITECT" & "VISIONS".
ANOTHER GREAT NERDFEST WHERE I WAS ONE OF THE FEW WOMEN IN ATTENDANCE, I SCARED ALL THE BOYS & WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE PHOTO PIT.  APPARENTLY HAKEN ONLY APPEALS TO A SMALL FEW, BUT LET'S GET MORE PEOPLE ON BOARD.  HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEM IN DIRECT SUPPORT TO DREAM THEATER OR THE LIKE.
HAKEN PUT ON A FUN, GROOVY, ECCENTRIC, SOUL-FILLED PROGRESSIVE ROCK SHOW & I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM AGAIN & YOU SHOULD TOO.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HAKEN PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.HAKENMUSIC.COM
THANK YOU AGAIN ROIE!

YESTIVAL

CARL PALMER/TODD RUNDGREN/YES

MICROSOFT THEATER

LOS ANGELES, CA

8/29/17


DRUMMER CARL PALMER ELP LEGACY BAND HIT THE STAGE AT 7:30 FOR A SHORT INSTRUMENTAL LEGACY SET.  REMEMBERING KEITH EMERSON & GREG LAKE W/ SWEET WORDS & CARRYING ON A MAJOR DRUM SOLO AT 67, CARL PALMER WAS ON POINT & IN THE MOOD!  ALONG W/ GUITARIST PAUL BIELATOWICZ & BASSIST SIMON FITZPATRICK PROGRESSIVE ROCK WAS IN FULL SWING.  
30 MINUTES WASN'T ENOUGH, I AM SURE MR. PALMER COULD HAVE PLAYED BY HIMSELF FOR THAT LONG, W/ HIS STAMINA & PASSION!  THE SONG "LUCKY MAN" WAS DEDICATED TO GREG LAKE & TODD RUNGGREN CAME OUT MID-SONG TO SING.  ELP MAY BE NO LONGER BUT CARL PALMER IS HERE TO STAY! THOUROUGHLY ENJOYABLE.
SETLIST: VIDEO INTRO, "HOEDOWN", "WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS" GREAT SONG!  "KNIFE EDGE", "LUCKY MAN" VERY EMOTIONAL & "FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN" CLOSED THE 30 MINTUES. 


TODD RUNDGREN WAS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN I ANTICIPATED, NOT KNOWING MUCH ABOUT HIM EXCEPT FOR THE WHOLE LIZ TYLER SCANDAL, MR. RUNDGREN WAS UNBELIEVABLE!  I AM REALLY GLAD I DIDN'T BLOW OFF THE SHOW.  
RUNDGREN IS A MIX BETWEEN ROD STEWART & TOM JONES, THE WOMEN WERE EXCITED, THERE WAS DISCO, LOUNGE MUSIC & HOT CHICKS (ASHLE WORRICK & GRACE YOO) DANCING IN THE FOREGROUND ON STAGE, WHILE THE BAND, GUITARIST JESSE GRESS, BASSIST KASIM SULTON, KEYBOARDS GREG HAWKES & DRUMMER PRAIRIE PRINCE  WERE ON ROLLERS BEHIND THEM.  I WAS WAITING FOR JONES' "IT'S NOT UNUSUAL" WHICH DIDN'T COME,  THE ONLY SONG I KNEW "HELLO IT'S ME" CAME ON & I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES, VERY NOSTALGIC.  
RUNDGREN IS PROMOTING A NEW ALBUM "WHITE KNIGHT" ON CLEOPATRA RECORDS, 4 SONGS OF THE SETLIST WAS THAT ALBUM.  ANOTHER ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN HITTING THE STAGE FOR A LONG TIME & IT WAS A BIT UNUSUAL FOR HIM TO BE W/ PALMER & YES.  REGARDLESS RUNDGREN WAS MAGICAL & A SINCERE HIGHLIGHT TO THE NIGHT.   
UPBEAT, FUN, SINGALONG, DANCE A LONG SHOW THAT SHOCKED & AMAZED ME.  
SET LIST:  "COME", "TRUTH", "RISE", "SIR REALITY", "THE IKON", "BUFFALO GRASS", "THIS IS NOT A DRILL", "PARTY LIQUOR", "PAST", "BUY MY T", "ONE WORLD" & ENDING THE SET WAS "HELLO IT'S ME".  THE 70'S WERE RE-VISITED.



YES WAS THE MAIN EVENT, MAIN REASON I WAS THERE & THE MAIN FOCUS OF YESTIVAL.  I TRY TO NEVER MISS A YES SHOW & IT MAY BE A DIFFERENT YES THAN DECADES PRIOR BUT THEY STILL HAVE THE PASSION THAT IS WELL CONVEYED IN THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES.  I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE PRECISION YES IS AS A WHOLE.
GUITARIST STEVE HOWE, DRUMMERS ALAN WHITE & DLYAN HOWE,  KEYBOARDIST GEOFF DOWNES, SINGER JON DAVISON & BASSIST BILLY SHERWOOD HAVE BEEN THE MEMBERS OF YES FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS & SOME A LOT LONGER.  DAVISON SINGS THESE SONGS LIKE THEY ARE HIS OWN, I STILL MISS CHRIS SQUIRE EVEN THOUGH SHERWOOD IS NO SLACKER.
SET LIST CONSISTED OF:   "SURVIVAL", "YOURS IS NO DISGRACE", "SOUTHSIDE OF THE SKY", "AND YOU & I", "LEAVES OF GREEN", "SOON", "GOING FOR THE ONE", "DON'T KILL THE WHALE", "MACHINE MESSIAH", "MADRIGAL" & "ROUNDABOUT".
I AM NOT A FAN OF SIT DOWN CONCERTS SO IT WAS REALLY HARD TO JUST SIT THERE, I FINALLY SAID TO HELL W/ IT & JUMPED UP TO GROOVE ALONG.  THANK YOU YES FOR ANOTHER INCREDIBLE SHOW!
TO ALL THE BANDS WHO PLAYED YOU ARE TRULY MASTERS OF YOUR DOMAIN, THANK YOU!  I AM HONORED TO WITNESS THE LEGACY OF THESE ARTISTS. LIVE.
I WOULD TELL YOU TO GO SEE THIS TOUR BUT SADLY WHILE I AM WRITING THIS THE TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE DEATH OF STEVE HOWE'S SON VIRGIL HOWE.  MY CONDOCOLENCES TO STEVE & HIS FAMILY.
PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR FAVORITES AGAIN.
PHOTOS OF CARL PALMER ARE HERE:  http://www.lbmetal.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=16090469  THE REST OF THE PHOTOS ARE IN THE PHOTOS SECTION.
THANK YOU BARI








 

MARTY FRIEDMAN

THE PARISH AT HOUSE OF BLUES

ANAHEIM, CA

8/27/17

MARTY FRIEDMAN AS YOU MAY KNOW WAS THE SHREDDER IN MEGADETH FROM 1990-2000 & HAS GONE ON TO DO HIS OWN THING.  HIS CURRENT BAND IS A 4-PIECE W/ FRIEDMAN ON LEAD GUITAR, KIYOSHI MANII FEMALE BASSIST, JORDAN ZIFF ON GUITAR & 充藤沢 ON DRUMS.

NOT SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON THAT NIGHT BUT FRIEDMAN HAD TO RESTART FROM THE BEGINNING 3 TIMES AFTER BEING 50 MINUTES LATE.  GUITAR TROUBLE?  OTHER?  I WILL NOT SPECULATE AS TO WHY THE RED GLOSSY EYES.  DOES NOT MATTER TO ME AS THEY PULLED OFF AN AMAZING SHOW!  

MOST PEOPLE DON'T LIKE BANDS W/O SINGERS, I AM ON THE FENCE.  I HAVE SEEN GREAT BANDS W/ SO-SO/TERRIBLE SINGERS.  ONE BAND IN PARTICULAR I LIKED A LOT BUT THEN THE SINGER OPENED HIS MOUTH & I WAS HORRIFIED.  MARTY & CO. TORE IT UP!  NO VOCALS NEEDED.  ENTIRE BAND WAS ENTHUSIASTIC THE WHOLE 90 MINUTE SHOW.  MANII PERFORMED A BASS SOLO & SANG BRITNEY SPEARS "ONE MORE TIME", THAT WAS FUN!  I WAS LOST IN AN INSANE RIDE OF GUITAR RIFFS.  充藤沢 IS A MADMAN ON DRUMS, JUMPING UP ON THEM & FRIEDMAN WAS HAMMING IT UP ON STAGE ASKING EVERYONE TO YELL LOUDER SO HE COULD HEAR.    ZIFF WAS HOLDING HIS OWN, KEEPING THE RHYTHM.  

I HAVE SEEN MARTY FRIEDMAN PLAYING W/ MEGADETH, PLAYING JAZZ & NOW HIS CURRENT SITUATION.  NEVER A DULL MOMENT.  I HAVE MET MY FELLOW SAGGITARIUS A FEW TIMES & HE'S A PRETTY COOL GUY, LOVE HIS HAIR, IS IT REAL?  :)  

ANOTHER FANTASTIC SHOW DOMINATED BY THE MALE SPECIES, IT WAS A NICE SHOUT OUT TO THE FEW WOMEN WHO WERE THERE BY MARTY.  GLAD TO BE ACKNOWLEGED & NOT VICTIMIZED.  I LOVE MUSIC, PROGRESSIVE IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES.

FRIEDMAN & COMPANY FLOORED US ALL W/ THEIR TALENTS, DEFINITELY A MUST SEE IF YOU HAVE NOT.  LIKE I ALWAYS SAY, PLEASE SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC.  GET OFF THE COUCH/COMPUTER/PHONE & LIVE LIFE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.MARTYFRIEDMAN.COM 

PHOTOS ARE UP ON WWW.LBMETAL.COM

THANK YOU ARIELLE

Metal Blade 35th Anniversary Party

Affliction Clothing Warehouse

Seal Beach, CA

8/25/17


Congratulations to Brian Slagel & Metal Blade Records!  W/o Brian (IMO) there would have been no Metallica & I would not want to live in a world w/o them so THANK YOU MR. SLAGEL!  


So many bands were under the Metal Blade umbrella in 35 years, some are still waving that pirate flag.  Also celebrating Slagel’s book release “For the Sake of Heaviness”. I have an autographed copy & am looking forward to reading it.

Assembled at this OSSUM event were Metal Blade staff past & present, media , rock stars & friends, whom most are also my friends.  Jose Mangin (DJ at Siirus XM’s Liquid Metal & Affliction) hosted the event as Armored Saint played a set of originals & covers.  

Armored Saint tore it up in 7 headbanging songs:  Black Sabbath’s Nativity in Black, Judas Priest’s “Never Satisfied”, Robin Trower’s “Day of the Eagle”, AC/DC’s “Riff Raff”, “For the Sake of Heaviness”, “Win Hands Down” & “Reign of Fire”.  7 songs of pure heaviness from one of L.A.’s most underrated band Armored Saint.  The intimate crowd were having a blast singing along, headbanging & the horns were flying.  AS's version of Riff Raff is still in my head, they nailed it!  Phillip & Gonzo Sandoval, John Bush, Joey Vera & Jeff Duncan played like it's nothing, nonchalant, effortless.  Thanks for rockin' us all!

In 1982 I was 15 years old.  My favorite bands were AC/DC, Kiss & Journey among others.  It was the year I went to my first concert.  I had never heard of Metal Blade, Armored Saint or Metallica in my young life.  That all changed as I grew older.  Music has always been my best friend, meeting the people behind/in all the bands I have grown to love is surreal & a joy.  I am so fortunate that I have had the opportunity to be included in all things METAL.

Photos from the event are posted on www.lbmetal.com

Please support metal, buy cd’s/books/dvd’s & go see the bands live.  Seeing live music will change your life.  It did mine!

Thank you Brian Slagel for 35 years of METAL & The Long Beach Metal Zine wishes you another 35+.  \m/\m/


Thank you Nikki

BEHEMOTH/LAMB OF GOD/SLAYER

THE FORUM

INGLEWOOD, CA

8/5/17

LOVE THE FORUM & TO HAVE THE FIRST BLACK METAL BAND IN HISTORY PLAY THERE AS WELL AS THE FIRST TIME LAMB OF GOD HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO PLAY THERE MADE HISTORY!  WELCOME TO THE FORUM BEHEMOTH & LAMB OF GOD, PLEASE COME BACK!
BEHEMOTH HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE I TOOK CARE OF THEM AT THE KEY CLUB & THEY HAVE GROWN MUSICALLY.  I ABSOLUTLY LOVE THEM!  NERGAL, ORION, INFERNO & SETH, BEHEMOTH'S BLACK METAL FROM POLAND SHAKES THINGS UP & GIVES ME CHILLS ALL WHILE HYPNOTIZING ME.  SADLY MY PHOTO PASS WASN'T SORTED OUT TIL A BIT LATE SO I COULD ONLY TAKE ABOUT 1 SONG OF PHOTOS (WWW.LBMETAL.COM) & HAD TO TAKE MY CAMERA OUT TO THE CAR SO I MISSED BASICALLY THEIR WHOLE SHOW.  I WILL SEE THEM AGAIN NEXT TIME THEY COME AROUND, BUT THE ONE SONG I DID MANAGE TO SEE THROUGH THE LENS WAS OSSUM!
LAMB OF GOD WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY THEY COULD PLAY THE FORUM.  THEY EVEN SAID SOMETHING ABOUT IT.  GOOD FOR THEM!  THE LAST TIME THEY TRIED WAS WHEN THEY WERE OPENING FOR METALLICA & THE FORUM WAS A CHURCH.  THEY SAID Y'ALL CAN PLAY, EXCEPT THAT LAMB OF GOD BAND, THAT'S BLASPHEMY!  
PLAYING ABOUT AN HOUR RANDY BLYTHE, CHRIS ADLER, MARK MORTON, WILL ADLER & JOHN CAMBELL SHOOK THE WALLS OF THE FORUM, GETTING ALL THAT CHURCH OUT, LMAO.  SET LIST INCLUDED:  "LAID TO REST", "NOW YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO DIE FOR", "512", "ENGAGE THE FEAR MACHINE", "RUIN", "DESCENDING", "BLACKEN THE CURSED SUN", "STILL ECHOES", "WALK W/ ME IN HELL" & "REDNECK" THEIR TWO ANTHEMS.  
SSSLLLAAAYYYEEERRR!  GOD DAMN!  SAY WHAT YOU WILL W/O DAVE LOMBARDO & THE PASSING OF JEFF HANNEMAN R.I.P., SLAYER FUCKING SHREDS!  I MISS BOTH IN THE BAND BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO?  IT'S NOT UP TO US.  MOVING ON KERRY KING, TOM ARAYA, GARY HOLT & PAUL BOSTAPH MELTED FACES!  I WAS IN THE FRONT ROW THE WHOLE SHOW & I HAD TO ORDER A NEW FACE.
90 MINUTES OF BRUTALITY & FIRE!  "REPENTLESS", "ANTICHRIST", "DISCIPLE", "POSTMORTEM", "HATE WORLD WIDE", "WAR ENSAMBLE", "WHEN THE STILLNESS COMES", "YOU AGAINST YOU", "MANDATORY SUICIDE" I'M STILL SINGING THIS ONE, "HALLOWED POINT", "DEAD SKIN MASK" HAD THE WHOLE PLACE SINGING, "BORN OF FIRE", "CAST THE FIRST STONE", "BLOODLINE", "SEASONS IN THE ABYSS", "HELL AWAITS", FUCK YA!  "SOUTH OF HEAVEN", "RAINING BLOOD" IT WOULDN'T BE A SLAYER SHOW W/O IT, "CHEMICAL WARFARE", "ANGEL OF DEATH".
THEY HAVE SO MANY SONGS BUT THIS SETLIST TORE US UP!  WHAT A BADASS SHOW!  I LOVE SLAYER, I NEVER MISS THEM, THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT!
PLEASE GO SEE LIVE MUSIC IN YOUR AREA, IT'S SO FUN TO GO TO A SHOW!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SLAYER VISIT WWW.SLAYER.NET 
LAMB OF GOD WWW.LAMB-OF-GOD.COM
BEHEMOTH WWW.BEHEMOTH.PL/SITE
THANK YOU NIKKI, JENNY & HEIDI FOR EVERYTHING!
CHICKS RULE!a

WILD CHILD (TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS)
THE HANGAR AT THE O.C. FAIR
COSTA MESA, CA
7/27/17

I HAVE HEARD AMAZING THINGS ABOUT WILD CHILD SO I DECIDED TO CHECK THEM OUT.  PLAYING THEIR FIRST SHOW AT THE WHISKY OVER 30 YEARS AGO, WILD CHILD ARE STILL GOING STRONG.   HAND PICKED BY JIM MORRISON'S SISTER ANNA MORRISON GRAHAM.   WILD CHILD IS A DOORS ENTHUSIAST'S DREAM COME TRUE.  DAVID BROCK LOOKS LIKE JIM MORRISON & SOUNDS AMAZINGLY LIKE HIM, HIS BAND IS AUTHENTIC IN THE DOORS DEPARTMENT AS WELL.  

WILD CHILD HAD THE AUDIENCE DANCING LIKE HIPPIES. THE PACKED HANGAR HAD A GREAT VIBE THAT EMBRACED THE 60'S, EVERYONE WAS FEELING PEACE & LOVE.  TO HEAR THESE CLASSIC SONGS LIVE MAKES ME RELIVE AN EARLIER SIMPLER TIME. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN & MET SO MANY FUN PEOPLE YOUNG & OLD, ALL GENERATIONS WERE ENJOYING THE MUSIC.
CLASSIC DOORS SONGS "ROADHOUSE BLUES", "TOUCH ME", "LOVE HER MADLY", "BREAK ON THROUGH", "NOT TO TOUCH THE EARTH", "PEOPLE ARE STRANGE", "THE ALABAMA SONG", "WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER", "BACK DOOR MAN", "RIDERS OF THE STORM", "L.A. WOMAN", "SOUL KITCHEN", "THE CRYSTAL SHIP", "WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER", "PEACE FROG", "LIGHT MY FIRE".  SO MANY GREAT SONGS, GREAT JOB, SAD THEY DIDN'T PEFORM "THE END", WHICH I TOTALLY THOUGHT WOULD BE THE LAST SONG.
IF YOU HUNGER FOR DOORS MUSIC PLEASE GO SEE DAVE BROCK & HIS BAND WILD CHILD.  FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  WWW.WILDCHILD.INFO
PHOTOS ARE HERE WWW.LBMETAL.COM IN THE PHOTO GALLERY
THANK YOU ROXANNE & ANDREA


HOTEL CALIFORNIA (TRIBUTE TO THE EAGLES)

THE HANGAR AT THE O.C. FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/20/17


THE EAGLES ARE PROBABLY THE BIGGEST L..A. COUNTRY ROCK BAND EVER!  THESE GUYS CAN SELL TICKETS HERE LIKE NOTHING EVEN IF THEY ARE PRICEY.  HOTEL CALIFORNIA DOES A REMARKABLE JOB.  
EVERY MEMBER IN HOTEL CALIFORNIA SANG & PLAYED GUITAR (EXCEPT THE DRUMMER) WITH PRISTINE HARMONIES & SPOT ON GUITAR RIFFS.  WADE HOGUE (VOCALS/KEYBOARDS/ACOUSTIC GUITARS/PERCUSSION), DICKY LEE DICKINSON (VOCALS/MANDOLIN/PEDAL STEEL/HARMONICAS/LEAD/RYTHMN/SLIDE/ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC GUITARS, SCOTT FRONSOE (VOCALS/BASS/SPECIAL EFFECTS), BYRON FRY (LEAD/RYTHMN/SLIDE/ACOUSTIC/DOUBLE NECK/12 STRING GUITARS/VOCALS/PIANO/BANJO, JOHNNY AGOSTINO (DRUMMER/VOCALIST/MULIT-INSTRUMENTALIST)
HOTEL CALIFORNIA HAD ME IN TEARS ALL THE MEMORIES FROM THOSE EAGLES SONGS THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE LIFE, THE NOSTALGIA & HOW THOSE SONGS STILL HOLD UP TODAY.  "TAKE IT EASY", "WITCHY WOMAN", "VICTIM OF LOVE", "ALREADY GONE", ACOUSTIC SONGS "BEST OF MY LOVE", "TEQUILA SUNRISE", "PEACEFUL EASY FEELING", THEY DID DON HENLEY SONGS "HEART OF THE MATTER", "LIFE IN THE FAST LANE", "JAMES DEAN", "I CAN'T TELL YOU WHY", "ONE OF THESE NIGHTS", "DESPERADO" WAS THE SHOW STEALER FOR SURE!  JOE WALSH/JAMES GANG SONGS WERE PLAYED.  "ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY", "HEARTACHE TONIGHT", "FUNK #49", "HOTEL CALIFORNIA", "TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT", "DIRTY LAUNDRY" & "GET OVER IT".
GREAT 90 MINUTES WELL SPENT.  THE CROWD WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME ROCKING OUT TO SOME CLASSIC CALIFORNIA MUSIC.  GO SEE THEM WHEN THEY COME TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  I HAD A GREAT TIME & WOULD DEFINITELY SEE THEM AGAIN.  SO MUCH TALENT!
I LOVE THE O.C. FAIR & SEEING GREAT BANDS MAKES FOR AN OSSUM SUMMER!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOTEL CALIFORNIA VISIT:  WWW.HOTELCAL.COM

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

THANK YOU ROXANNE!

SPACE ODDITY

THE HANGAR AT THE O.C. FAIR

COSTA MESA, CA

7/14/17


SPACE ODDITY IS A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE.  THEY PLAYED THE ENTIRE ALBUM OF ZIGGY STARDUST TO CELEBRATE THE ALBUMS 45 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.  THE PACKED HOUSE WAS THRILLED!  I BELIEVED IT WAS DAVID BOWIE PERFORMING.
MULTIPLE COSTUME/WIG CHANGES HAD THE FANS EATING IT UP, THEY WERE HAVING SO MUCH FUN ALTHOUGH THEY WERE SITTING MOST OF THE TIME.  SUCH A FUN SHOW!
DAVID BRIGHTON (DAVID BOWIE/VOCALS/GUITARS) & HIS BAND WERE FANTASTIC!  I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRIEFLY MEET DAVID BOWIE BACK STAGE AT HIS SHOW AT THE HONDA CENTER YEARS AGO.  THIS SHOW WAS VERY NOSTALGIC & FUN.  IF YOU ARE A BOWIE FAN I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU CHECK THEM OUT.
SETLIST:  "HANG ON TO YOURSELF", "ZIGGY STARDUST", "FIVE YEARS", "SOUL LOVE", "MOONAGE DAYDREAM", ."STARMAN" WHICH IS STILL IN MY HEAD, I THINK THIS SONG WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW FOR ME, "SPACE ODDITY", "IT AIN'T EASY", "LADY STARDUST", "STAR", "SUFFRAGETTE CITY", "ROCK-N-ROLL SUICIDE", "ALL THE YOUNG DUDES", "THE JEAN GENIE", THIS SONG FINALLY GOT THE AUDIENCE OUT OF THEIR SEATS.  I DON'T UNDERSTAND SIT DOWN CONCERTS, IT'S TOO HARD FOR ME, BY THIS TIME I MOVED TO THE SIDES SO I COULD MOVE AROUND.  "LET'S DANCE", "FAME", "CHINA GIRL", "UNDER PRESSURE" THE GENTLEMAN PERFORMING FREDDY MERCURY'S VOCALS WAS SPOT ON.  SADLY THERE IS NO INFORMATION ON THE ENTIRE BAND & THEY WERE FABULOUS.  "HEROES", "REBEL, REBEL" & "MODERN LOVE".

AFTER THE SHOW THE BAND TOOK PHOTOS W/ THE GUESTS, THAT'S PRETTY COOL..

GREAT SHOW, GREAT CROWD, GREAT MUSIC, THIS IS WHY I DO THIS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.DAVIDBOWIETRIBUTE.COM
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE O.C. FAIR EVENTS VISIT WWW.OCFAIR.COM

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

THANK YOU ROXANNE!


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FATE'S WARNING

BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL

ALLSTON, MA

7/1/17

HAVEN'T SEEN FATE'S WARNING IN BOSTON SINCE 1987 WHAT A THRILL!  THIS SHOW WAS BETTER THAN THE LAST SHOW IN L.A.!  I GUESS LESS POSERS MEANS BETTER SHOW :).  NOT THAT THE LAST SHOW SUCKED, THIS ONE WAS JUST BETTER, MORE PASSION.
RAY ALDER (VOCALS), JOEY VERA (BASS), BOBBY JARZOMBEK (DRUMS),  JIM MATHEOS (GUITAR) & FRANK ARESTI (GUITAR) CAME ON STAGE & ROCKED ALLSTON TO IT'S KNEES!  THE FANS WERE SO INTO THE SHOW IT WAS GREAT TO SEE.
"FROM THE ROOFTOPS" TO "MOMUMENT" FATE'S WARNING DID A SOLID 90 MINUTES OF HEAVY PROGRESSIVE METAL.  ALDER'S VOCALS WERE ON POINT, GUITARS WERE SHREDDING & THE RYTHMN SECTION LEFT ME SPEECHLESS.  FATE'S WARNING IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED PROGRESSIVE METAL BANDS OF OUR TIME.  
PROMOTING THEIR LATEST ALBUM "THEORIES OF FLIGHT" WHICH CAME OUT A YEAR AGO, FATE'S WARNING PERFORMED 4 SONGS STARTING W/ "FROM THE ROOFTOPS".  "SEVEN STARS" KICKS ASS!  I DON'T HAVE TIME TO LISTEN/REVIEW ALBUMS SO I WAS HEARING THIS LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME & I FEEL THESE SONGS ARE HEAVIER THAN SOME OF THE SONGS IN THE PAST, "LIFE IN STILL WATER", "ONE", "A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY, PART III, "SOS", "A HANDFUL OF DOUBT", "FIREFLY" ( I STILL REFER TO THIS ALBUM AS NEW, LOVE THIS SONG & AM STILL SINGING IT!), "THE LIGHT & SHADE OF THINGS", "A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY IX", "A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY XI", "THE IVORY GATE OF DREAMS: VII ACQUIESCENCE", THE ELEVENTH HOUR", "POINT OF VIEW" ANOTHER FAVORITE THAT I SING ALL THE TIME & NOT WELL I MIGHT ADD,  ENCORED ENDED W/ ANOTHER FAVORITE "THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES"  & "MOMUMENT".  
FULL HOUSE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCKERS WHO STAYED UNTIL THE END!  GO BOSTON!  THESE ARE MY PEEPS!  I ENJOYED WATCHING THE CROWD SING ALONG.  THE SOUND AT THIS VENUE IS AMAZING.
PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL METAL, ALL METAL, METAL, GO TO LIVE SHOWS WHENEVER YOU CAN, ESPECIALLY BANDS THAT ARE STILL AROUND, THERE IS A REASON THEY ARE STILL HERE ROCKING US TO THE BONE & BRINGING TEARS TO OUR EYES.  THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE W/ GREAT MUSICIANS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR CRAFT!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FATE'S WARNING VISIT WWW.FATESWARNING.COM

PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LBCMETAL

THANK YOU ROIE

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