Happy Birthday, Diamond Dave!

•October 10, 2007 • Leave a Comment

DLR 

David Lee Roth
“Diamond Dave”
Born October 10th, 1954
Bloomington, Indiana

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Fire it up!

•October 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

High On Fire High On Fire’s new video for their track “Rumors Of War” has now been posted online here.  The song comes off of High On Fire’s blistering new album “Death Is This Communion” recently released by Relapse Records.  The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike in 1998 out of the ashes of sludge metal kings Sleep (I saw those guys play in a bowling alley back in the day), and the new album is definitely a sonic ride ranging from rampaging rockers to hypnotic jams.  Check this one out for sure!

Rock in the Box

•October 2, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Heavy Metal Box Due out today (10/2) via Rhino Records, the “Heavy Metal Box” is a four-disc, 70-song set containing classic metal tracks including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Pantera and plenty of other monster metal bands.  Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the collection comes packaged in a rockin’ metal box modeled on a Marshall guitar amp, so how can you go wrong?

For more information and a complete track listing, check out the official Myspace page.  Check out the promo video here.

Mouse of Blues

•September 18, 2007 • Leave a Comment

flynn The following story ran in the L.A. Times last week detailing how the Mouse is cracking down on Heavy Metal shows on his properties.  Obviously this is crap, but I can’t figure out why they’d even book these shows to begin with at these locations.  It’s not too hard to figure out that Cannibal Corpse isn’t kid/family friendly.

“Heavy metal acts moved off Disney properties
By Greg Burk, Special to The Times
September 15, 2007

Metal detectors may soon be irrelevant at House of Blues clubs, at least any sitting on property owned by the Walt Disney Co. Five heavy-metal concerts scheduled on Disney property in Anaheim and Orlando have been hastily shifted to other venues or canceled recently, according to House of Blues website calendars.

A Sept. 7 show featuring Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Throwdown and Sanctity, booked two months earlier, was moved on two days’ notice from the House of Blues in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney entertainment complex to the Glass House in Pomona. Thursday’s concert with Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Chord and The Abscence, originally slated for Anaheim House of Blues, was moved to the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana. A Sept. 26 Anaheim House of Blues concert featuring Obituary, Alabama Thunderpussy, Full Blown Chaos and Hemlock has been canceled outright.

At the House of Blues in Orlando, Fla., on Disney World property, a Sept. 17 concert of the Machine Head lineup has been moved to Club Firestone in downtown Orlando. The same action has been taken with the Oct. 11 Cannibal Corpse package.

Asked about the scheduling changes, John Vlautin, vice president of communications for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel), the concert-promotion organization that owns the nationwide House of Blues chain, issued a statement Thursday that said only: ‘House of Blues offers a range of entertainment to match the audience at our venues. It was determined that the mix of entertainment at our two Disney locations should be different from our other venues.’

Vlautin declined to comment on why metal bands have been singled out after years of similar bookings or whether other metal events already scheduled, including Suffocation, Edguy and Static X, will be affected.

Rob Doughty, communications vice president for Disneyland Resorts, declined to comment, referring inquiries to Vlautin. Paul McGuigan, concert promoter at the Anaheim House of Blues, also declined to comment through a club spokeswoman.

The Walt Disney Co., through Vlautin, issued a short statement Thursday that included no specifics about the shifts of the metal concerts: ‘In consultation with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the House of Blues will provide a mix of entertainment for guests visiting Disney Resorts.’

Robb Flynn, vocalist and guitarist of Machine Head, expressed surprise about the venue change, saying in a phone interview that the group had played both clubs several times without incident. He said he had been told that Disney pressured House of Blues to evict metal on the grounds that it attracted an ‘undesirable’ element; he also said he suspects that ‘one of the main issues of contention Disney had with Machine Head was our antiwar and anti-administration lyrics.’

A sample lyric from the Bay Area quartet’s current recording, ‘The Blackening,’ goes, ‘Murder us, silence us, / Divide and conquer us.’

The veteran Cannibal Corpse, which headlines the touring Metal Blade Records bill that was removed from the Anaheim and Orlando House of Blues calendars, is known for its extreme album-cover artwork and death-obsessed lyrics such as ‘Pray to our God / With blood we praise his epic acts of hate,’ from last year’s ‘Kill’ collection. Many modern metal bands express an antiwar, anti-authority and/or anti-religion message.

John Halperin, talen booker for the Glass House, said Friday that the Machine Head show transferred to his venue came off to the satisfaction of bands and fans, despite the fact that it is an all-ages club where no alcohol is sold.”

Van Halen Tour News – Place your bets

•August 7, 2007 • 1 Comment

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It’s been a few months since the last time Van Halen announced a tour. An ‘Official’ announcement — complete with dates — is due out next week via a press conference.

 Apparently Eddie went into rehab shortly after the March announcement.

The line-up is still supposed to be Eddie, Alex, DLR and featuring Wolfie on bass. Michael Anthony couldn’t be reached for comment, as he’s buried under a bottle of Jack Daniels with Lindsay Lohan & Britney Spears.

As Daylight Dios

•August 1, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Killswitch Killswitch Engage’s video for their cover of the Dio classic “Holy Diver” has been posted on MySpace here.  “Holy Diver” will be included on the upcoming special edition CD/DVD reissue of the group’s latest album, “As Daylight Dies”, which Roadrunner Records will put out on August 28th.

Dear Oderus – Gwar frontman gives advice

•August 1, 2007 • 1 Comment

Oderus

The good folks at anarchy music have convinced Oderus Urungus (Gwar) to give earthly beings advice on everything from love, sports & how best to hide the hatred for your stepchild — as only he can give it.

Let’s face it, it’s not everyday mere mortals can get solid advice from a space lord. To ask him a question, click the above link and follow the instructions.

I wonder if he can help me figure out a way to get Rock of Love off the air — That doesn’t involve killing or f*cking Bret Michaels with a dead dog.