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Monday
May292017

Guns n' Roses Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

Here's an amazing performance of "Black Hole Sun" by Guns n' Roses in tribute to Chris Cornell. The performance took place at the band's show at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland.


Sunday
May282017

Farewell Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, died yesterday at the age of 69. He died from complications of liver cancer. The Allman Brothers Band are legends and definitely earned their place in rock history. Respect.


Here's an amazing clip of the band performing "Whipping Post" back in 1970.


Saturday
May272017

Europe To Release 'The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse' 

Europe will release The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse on July 21. The limited release will be available as standard or Blu Ray DVD with an accompanying CD. A digital only version or special vinyl will also be available.

We don't talk about Europe much around here but we probably should. Definitely an underrated band that I would love to see live. I don't have many bands left on my list, but Europe is one of them.

 

Friday
May262017

'Girls, Girls, Girls' 30 Year Anniversary ReIssue

It's hard to believe, but Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls has just turned 30. To celebrate the anniversary, the band is doing a special deluxe version of the album available on August 25.


Motley put out a video to promote this reissue. The promotional clip below proves that someone is still working behind the scenes at the Motley empire. After all, there's still stuff to monetize. Visit the band's official website to preorder the reissue bundle.


Thursday
May252017

Guns n' Roses Just Dropped A Great Teaser Video

Guns n' Roses just dropped a great video on the band's official Facebook page. It was a little look back at the "Not In This Lifetime" tour... and a tease ahead of dates to come. This makes me want to see the show again but I don't really relish the thought of laying down that kind of cash again for another ticket.


Wednesday
May242017

Mr. Big Release New Song, '1992'

It might be 2017 for everyone else, but it's 1992 for Mr. Big. The band will release a new album Defying Gravity, due out July 7. Check out "1992" and let me know what you think.


Tuesday
May232017

Manchester Attack: Concert Safety

Each year, I write a post about concert safety. In light of last night's terror attack during the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, now is a good time to revisit some common sense safety tips. I've been a passionate proponent of concert safety precautions for years. After all, Dimebag Darrell was shot in my home state of Ohio. I was producing news then and I had to work the night of that show. If I didn't have to work, I would have been at the Al Rosa Villa in Columbus that night. So, we've had a mass shooting event with Dimebag. We had the horrible fire with Great White and now a terrorist attack with Ariana Grande and also the Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan in Paris.

Not all chaos is manmade. I was at Rocklahoma in 2008 when the weather got really severe, really fast and a stage collapsed and people got hurt. So, here's some common sense tips to stay safe and ensure a great time while enjoying your favorite bands: 



1. When you walk into a venue, always pay attention to which door you enter. It will likely be numbered if the venue is large enough. 
2.  Always look for the exists - the bigger the venue, the more eggress options. Notate the two closest exists to your seats. 
3. Know the cell number of every person in your party.
4. Have a quick conversation with your party about an unlikely emergency. Make a pact to get out and don't wait for each other if something bad happens. Pick a landmark to meet at on the outside of the venue.
5. Ladies: wear flat shoes and not flip flops. This is better for dancing and being comfortable during the show, but if you need to run, you can.
6. Go easy on the alcohol. Keep your wits about you. It's too expensive to drink a lot at a show anyway. Save it for the after party at the hotel.  
7. Know and understand the crowd you'll be around. You can sense when a crowd is getting aggressive or out of control. This is especially important for large festival shows with crowd surfing and a barrier. These are the sorts of events where "crushing" events have happened.
8.  Most importantly: don't let fear keep you from seeing the bands you love and living your life.