It's hard to believe, but 2014 is nearly over. Soon we'll be popping champagne and ringing in 2015. This means we need to rank the best albums of 2014. Before I just drop a blanket list, I'd like to know your picks for the best of the best. And the music doesn't have to be all Glam either. I like all types of music and if an album is extraordinary, we should be talking about it for sure. So, what did you like best in 2014? I can't wait to read your picks!
Various activities have been announced for ShipRocked--the ultimate rock music cruise vacation--which sails roundtrip between Port Miami andGreat Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2-6, 2015 onboard Norwegian Pearl.
In addition, the ShipRocked band lineup has been expanded to include Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Three Years Hollow, Daybreak Embrace and Sidewise. Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) are among the special guests confirmed to perform with Metal Allegiance on ShipRocked.
ShipRocked 2015--fueled by Monster Energy--will be headlined by Limp Bizkit. The sixth ShipRocked will also feature Chevelle (Pre-Party only), heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter,Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Andy Wood, Letters From The Fire, Cilver, Daybreak Embrace, Sidewise, Three Years Hollow, and DJ Lippy Rage.
ShipRocked guests are invited to start their vacation early with the ShipRocked Super Sailgate Pre-Party on February 1, 2015. The Pre-Party will feature Chevelle’s only ShipRocked performance, as well as sets from Sevendust and Wilson.
A limited number of staterooms for ShipRocked 2015 are still available at www.ShipRocked.com.
ShipRocked 2015 will be hosted by satellite radio host Kayla Riley, as well as Ralph Sutton of The Tour Bus Radio and The SDR Show.
Each night, guests will be treated to a late night taping of The SDR Show (Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll Show; www.theSDRshow.com) hosted by Ralph Sutton and comedian Jay Oakerson, who will interview various band members.
Comedians Jay Oakerson and Luis J. Gomez will also perform various stand-up sets throughout the cruise.
ShipRocked on-board and beach activities also include the usual photo meet and greets, pool-side games, artist Q&A sessions, trivia challenges, game shows, parties, contests and more.
ShipRocked will continue its tradition of featuring various theme nights for guests (listed below). Visit http://www.shiprocked.com/experience/theme-nights/ for full details.
- Superfans Sports Night - Sunday, February 1
- Heroes vs. Villains – Monday, February 2
- Mardi Gras Maskarade - Tuesday, February 3
- People Of Walmart - Wednesday, February 4
- ShipRocky Horror Picture Show - Thursday, February 5
Also onboard, the ShipRocked charity auction will benefit Cancer Sucks (www.cancersucks.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative medical research and finding a cure for cancer. The auction will feature one-of-a-kind rock memorabilia from current and past ShipRockedbands and more. ShipRocked guests have a history of generosity. In 2014, ShipRocked Cancer Sucks! onboard charity auction raised over $100,000.
Each ShipRocked is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that provides guests with the opportunity to vacation with their favorite bands, meet new friends, and reunite with old friends year after year. ShipRocked guests will enjoy multiple performances from bands on different stages throughout the ship or on the beach stage.
Guests will spend two full days enjoying concerts and activities on a private beach on Norwegian’s private island Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas (http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/great-stirrup-cay). The island features a large performance area on the beach and offers various island excursions such as parasailing, snorkeling and more. Onboard, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, four hot tubs, a fitness center, and a well-appointed spa. Those looking for more adventurous activities can bowl a few frames at the on board lanes, shoot hoops on the sports court or tempt lady luck at The Pearl Club Casino.
Crazy Lixx just released a video for the song "Call to Action" from their new self-titled album. This is by far one of the best tracks I've heard all year: listen to the layers of the song! There's modern Glam mixed with classic Motley Crue -- really great stuff here. Crazy Lixx was released in early November. I didn't pick it up then, but you can believe I'm ordering it off Amazon now.
Is anyone going to NAMM next month? I just released this little alert in my email inbox. Seems like a lot of fun and for a great cause, too!
December 15, 2014 - ANAHEIM, CA. -- Von Badsville & Neil Turbin Presents NAMM Metal Jam 2015 to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and Dick Wagner’s Rockers for St. Jude. The 8th annual event will feature current/former members of Anthrax, Dio, DeathRiders, Alcatrazz, Arthemis, Great White, Exciter, Hurricane, Jon Oliva's Pain, Femme Fatale, Leatherwolf, Lizzy Borden, London, Lynch Mob, Nitro, Bleed The Hunger, Obituary, Savatage, Snow, Steel Prophet, Deicide, Talisman, Sabbath Judas Sabbath, The Iron Maidens and more. NAMM Metal Jam 2015 will be held on January 21, 2015, at The Slidebar Fullerton, only 5 miles from Anaheim Convention Center. Advance tickets are available for $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. A NAMM badge is not required for admission. For more information, visit http://www.nammmetaljam.com.