The ‘NASCAR Goes West Tour’ made it’s final pit stop of the year at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Auto Club Speedway is known for its over the top entertainment and this year they did not disappoint with a pre-race concert that featured 80’s glam rockers WARRANT.
Having never seen them live in concert and without Jani Lane, I didn’t know what to expect from the band. As it turned out, Warrant was a big hit to the 10,000 race fans that watched the show as part of the day’s festivities.
Warrant’s set included: ‘Down Boys,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ ‘I Saw Red’ and closing with their biggest hit, ‘Cherry Pie.’ If you are a fan of Warrant and you have not seen them with lead singer Robert Mason, I highly suggest you check them out… you will have a rocking good time.
Next, it was time for NASCAR to showcase why they are the premier racing sport in America. With over 65,000 fans in attendance, the racing action was exiting from the drop of the green flag. Driver Kevin Harvick from Bakersfield, California has been on a hot streak with finishes in his last 7 races in the top 2… The record is 9. As the laps wound down, Big Bad Brad Keselowski, the number 2 car, came out of nowhere to steal the victory from Harvick on the last lap of the race.
Big thanks to NASCAR and the Auto Club Speedway for keeping all this great entertainment at a very low cost to their fans… You all rock! -Ralph
METAL SHOP Rocks was once again invited to the taping of ‘That Metal Show’ Season 10, premiering on VH1 classic, March 31st with special guests Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater). For this taping though, METAL SHOP witnessed guitar great from Iron Maiden, Adrian Smith on set for an hour session with Eddie, Jim and Don. For the second hour we had Lemmy (Motorhead) along with 2 members of Warrant, Jerry Dixon and singer Robert Mason. Jason Newsted (Ex-Metallica) was a scheduled guest as well but had to cancel at the last minute due to a family issue. Special guest guitarist was none other than UFO legend Michael Schenker.
Adrian Smith and the guys from That Metal Show discussed many topics regarding Iron Maiden and Adrian’s Side project Primal Rock Rebellion. When asked if he would tour with his new band, Smith said ‘no’… he does enough touring with Maiden. As for Iron Maiden, Smith said after this U.S. tour, they might hit the studio to do a new album. Make sure you check out the hour long interview, scheduled for April 21st on VH1 Classic.
Lemmy was the second guest of the show and The Metal Show hosts made him feel right at home with a nice Jack and Coke… “CHEERS FUCKERS” Lemmy talked about Gigantour and how he lost his voice for a few days, but we are glad to report he is doing great and looking forward to Mayhem Fest this summer. Jerry and Robert from Warrant talked a few minutes with the guys about the passing of Jani Lane and what Warrant is up too these days. Air date for this episode will be April 28th.
I want to give out a special THANK YOU to all the staff at VH1, especially Jay, Rafe, Mike, DJ Will, and everyone who work hard at the tapings for us metal heads to enjoy!!! Thanks for keeping Metal Alive! YOU ROCK! Here are a few photos of the show. Enjoy -Ralph Cartel