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Friday
Jan202017

'Still I Rise'

Thursday
Jan192017

'Sign Of The Times'

Jack Russell's Great White has just released a video for their new song "Sign of the Times." The song is on the upcoming album He Saw It Comin.'The track is pretty good. It's not as good as the original Great White, but that's not surprising. I'm glad that Jack is well enough to make new music and hit the road.


Wednesday
Jan182017

Ozzy, KISS and More Confirmed For Chicago Open Air

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago.

The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

Tickets are priced as follows: 

3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50

3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50

3-day VIP: starting at $425.00

 


Tuesday
Jan172017

Blowing A Lion To Smithereens 

Today's post is from our friend HIM.
 
Let me explain. Well, first I will let you listen to Mike Tramp’s “Coming Home:"


As many of you know, the second White Lion album, 1987’s Pride, is sacrosanct to me. There is nary a dud on that album (even the self-help sweetness of “Don’t Give Up”). After that things get a bit spottier. But you always knew it was White Lion, except when it wasn’t. Tramp’s late-1990/early-2000’s Bratta-less reboot was a thing to scowl at, a thing that even Tramp now dismisses as a rather dumb idea.

 
His solo work has never really grabbed me. Sure, some of his acoustic versions of the White Lion classics are interesting. But that is a huge step down for me. I want something that moves me. And much of it seems to be middling and mid-tempo. That isn’t a slam on Tramp. If he wants to put the lion in the rear-view, on his own terms now, that is his prerogative.
 
Which is why this song surprised me. This is mellow Tramp that harkens back to White Lion while engaging some very clear Smithereens-ish sounds. Which is fine by me. I always liked DiNizio’s band, even when they had to slum for gigs at corporate parties (sidebar: the original members are reuniting this month for a series of shows).
 
I know that most of us who like White Lion would like to see the duo of Tramp and Bratta back for another attack (no offense to LoMenzo or D’Angelo). I also know that Bratta teased that idea . . . a decade ago (even after threatening to sue Tramp for his revamped aforementioned version of the band). But I think it is safe to say it likely won’t happen. Which is a shame.
 
“Coming Home” isn’t the homecoming we might want. But I, for one, will take it. You?

 

Monday
Jan162017

Scratch The Skid Row Reunion 

Well, that theory was fun while it lasted. I thought - and so did a lot of other people - that a reunion between Sebastian Bach and the rest of the original members of Skid Row was getting closer. Apparently not.

Skid Row just announced that ZP Theart, formally of Dragonforce, is officially their new singer. He's been performing with the band for quite awhile now.

Rachel Bolan made the announcement from the stage at a recent show and the band is also going to record a new record.

You know, nothing is really impossible anymore and certainly nothing surprises me at this point, but an original Skid Row reunion just doesn't seem in the cards. Never say never, but time is marching on and the guys in the band(s) are not getting any younger. Thoughts?


Sunday
Jan152017

Rock Fest Lineup Includes Mix of Modern Metal and Glam

Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin is always a big event. The lineup poster is below but headiners include Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer. Glam acts include RATT, Lita Ford, Tom Keifer and more. The festival is set for July 13-15. Camping packages go on sale tomorrow. Tickets are on sale now but it looks like gold VIP is already sold out.


Rock Fest is something I always wanted to do, but it's really in a remote area and I could never get a group together to do this one. Is anyone going?

Saturday
Jan142017

When Metal Members Go Missing

Today's post is from our friend HIM.
 
As fans of metal, we know it is filled with lots of sleaze, and not just the good kind!
 
Seriously, though, there are instances when bands move on and leave their past behind. So, I ask you: what constitutes a good omission in the life of a legendary band? Framed differently: how much are bands and artists allowed to excise from their past if, in fact, the parts they remove were integral to their legacy? I will start with a softball of a question.
 
Where was Bill Ward? Article:
 
 
This is an easy one in retrospect. Ward requested that Sabbath remove his image because of the morass that their “reunion” had become. While I still side with Ward on the overall situation, I don’t begrudge Sabbath for following a request with legal implications.  So let me step it up a wee bit.
 
Where is Michael Anthony? Article:
 
 
Well, he is there now. But we all know that Van Halen are a secretive, and spiteful, bunch. One brother, or both, seem comfortable with revising the band’s history so as to settle scores old, real, and imagined. Anthony, on the other hand shrugs and smiles. Let me end with a more troubling question.
 
Where is Dave Holland? Image:
 
 
He wasn’t the first drummer in Priest. Nor should he be blamed or praised for the change in direction that was Turbo. But Holland was an integral part of their several-stage transition toward stadium-metal glory. He was their Phil Rudd. There is a problem though. He is also a convicted sex offender. You see the point? I see Priest’s point.
 
But I wonder: was a 30th anniversary release of Turbo made better by offering it alongside a poster that, for fans, actually draws attention to what is missing—also an issue in the previous instances—even as it celebrates what was created? Were there no other promo shots available? Was the revised cover artwork not enough to stand alone, or perhaps a glossy version of the original cover to go with the release?
 
I often wonder about a lot of things. I wonder about the real world struggle and strife, the ugly and horrendous things that go into the songs we love by the bands we idolize. I wonder about all of that still, even after I know a lot more than I want to about those bands and those songs. I also wonder about the choices these bands make, time and again, as artists and as brands, to project their images out to all of their fans. And so I end with a question that is a request. What bands and artists that you love have issues that, try as they might to obscure them, come uncomfortably spilling out?