Monthly Archives: August 2012
Released at a time when the 80′s thrash-metal genre was exploding, Anthrax’s “Among The Living” joined Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets”, Slayer’s “Reign In Blood” and Megadeth’s “Peace Sells”, in birthing what came to be known as the Big Four.
Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna and guitarist Scott Ian, discuss at length stories behind the making of their gold-certified 1987 album that includes some of the band’s most popular tracks — “I Am The Law”, “Indians” and “Caught In A Mosh”.
“Oh, I did it. I don’t make any bones about it.” said former Queensrÿche singer Geoff Tate, who taped a guest appearance on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” in early August for an episode that aired on Saturday, August 25, 2012.
“Right before the show, we held a quick meeting in the dressing room and they told me that they just fired my wife, who has been our manager for ten years, and my daughter, who has been our fan-club president, and basically our office assistance all these years, and my son-in-law, who is our guitar tech, and I was next. . . And I lost my temper. I came unglued. I’m glad someone stopped me, ’cause I look back on it with regret that I could have hurt one of them pretty badly. But, man, it’s not something I’m proud of.”
Get More: That Metal Show
Excitement is building for the special 30th Anniversary Edition of Judas Priest’s signature record ‘Screaming For Vengeance’. The CD/DVD combo contains not only the remastered original album with bonus tracks, but also a live performance from the 1983 US Festival, filmed in San Bernadino, CA on May 29, 1983.
With laser lights, huge explosions and a massive amount of pyro, KISS and Mötley Crüe left the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California on August 14, 2012 looking like a war zone.
Mötley Crüe was first to perform and kicked ass on a set that included ‘Wild Side’, ‘Dr. Feelgood’, ‘Girls Girls Girls’ and ‘Kickstart My Heart’. After seeing them last summer at the Sunset Street Music Festival, I started to notice that it was almost the same setlist and the pyro did not change, which was not necessarily a bad thing… pyro is always good . Tommy Lee did his roller coaster drum solo and Mick Mars still looks like he is about to fall over his guitar. Mötley Crüe still brings it full blast with a high-energy, rockin’ show fans have come to expect.
This was my first time seeing KISS play live and I have to admit, I was kind skeptical of what they would bring to the tour as I have always considered them a gimmick band, but after seeing them play live they sure know how to put on a great show and I have been converted to be a full on KISS fan. As the show began, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer made their entrance via a platform that lowered them down to the stage from the top of the amphitheater. KISS opened with ‘Detroit Rock City’ then blasted through ‘Lick It Up’, ‘Love Gun’ and ‘Shout It Out Loud’. Watching them perform all theses hits and seeing the kids faces light up as did their parents, made the drive out to Irvine and the fist of cuffs, well worth it. Now time to watch Detroit Rock City (the Movie).
The KISS and Mötley Crüe tour rolls on to Northern California and Washington State before returning to the Eastern U.S.
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Iron Maiden brought us BACK to the 1980’s last night for a theatrical trip down head banger lane at the sold out Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California on August 9, 2012. Maiden was relentless in feeding fans a creative performance for what we’ve craved since the early 80′s… revolt of long hair, tight pants and thrashing black metal. The crowd ignited with the dramatic opening of “Moonchild” followed by “Can I Play with Madness” and the“The Prisoner”. Fireworks, smoke and flashing colors highlighted the stage’s very theatrical set-up with back-dropped artwork from their past albums.
Bruce Dickinson (lead vocals) fronted the night’s performance waving the Brit flag and strategically commanding the burn-your-face-off pyrotechnics. Dickinson’s vocals exceeded expectations hitting every note and blasting the audience with that CHILLING laugh. Dickinson quoted Winston Churchill to intro “Aces High” with their popular skeleton fighter-pilot towering behind him and historical black and white footage of WW2 fighter planes bombing Europe on the big screens, reminding fans there is a story behind every song. He energetically ran and leaped a top platforms grabbing the souls of the kindred spirits while Adrian Smith (guitar), Janick Gers (guitar) and Dave Murray (guitar) shredded with a triple-duo thrashing of their talent. Their energy was contagious in that they all appeared to be having a BLAST during their jams. Gers was a firecracker all over the stage shredding his axe and giving the crowd an entertaining show all night. Nicko McBrain (drums) was lost in his massive drumset pounding the heartbeat of every track.
Fan favorites included “Phantom of the Opera”, “Wasted Years” and “Fear of the Dark”, just to name a few of the seventeen songs from the night’s set list. Iron Maiden’s show would NOT be complete without Eddie, the bands long time mascot,a 20 foot zombified walking puppet haunted the stage in Confederate soldier fashion, pounded Gers guitar and brought an eerie playful spirit to the stage. The outdoor amphitheater was packed full and a rebellious bonfire lit the uppergrass area where metal heads were rockin’ out and jumping through their firepit. The massive attendance consisted of young and old, a true testimony of Maiden’s legacy that harbors a cultish following of heavy metal lovers from both past and present.
Iron Maiden closed the night with a long winding play of “Running Free”. Dickinson lingered during the song and took the time to converse with the crowd, introducing each band member, teasing some of them for wearing Iron Maiden concert t-shirts and heckled the fans with adoration, reminding us “You think I can’t see what’s going on in the audience??!!!” I spoke to some metal heads that traveled from Las Vegas and met up with their 80’s SoCal childhood friends to attend the concert together. They brought along their 18 and 21 year-old offspring to see their second live Iron Maiden show, like passing on a family tradition of rock. It’s not too late to witness the live legendary Iron Maiden. Get over there for one last performance tonight in Irvine while the British heavy metal phenomenon of the 80’s still ROCKS a fist pumping show.
- “Can I Play With Madness”
- “The Prisoner”
- “2 Minutes to Midnight”
- “Afraid to Shoot Strangers”
- “The Trooper”
- “The Number of the Beast”
- “Phantom of the Opera”
- “Run To The Hills”
- “Wasted Years”
- “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”
- “The Clairvoyant”
- “Fear of the Dark”
- “Iron Maiden”
- “Aces High”
- “The Evil That Men Do”
- “Running Free”