Hey it's 4/20! What does that mean? It's international Record Store Day! Well for some its also Cannabis Culture Day but for us music heads this is our day! Bands and independent record stores around the world release rarity and limited edition vinyl for the masses to fight over, in many cases maybe one copy a store! Today I headed up to my favorite record store, for what seems like close to 30 years, West Seattle's Easy Street Records and the wife Stephanie headed to my other little favorite record store Hi-Voltage in Tacoma. Yeah we had a little list each of what we wanted and didn't really succeed at all, especially with the expanded 2-LP Mad Season Record Store Day release. That's okay I scored 2 copies of the Mad Season "River of Deceit" 10" red vinyl LP last year on Record Store Day.
This year Stephanie got David Bowie's "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" 7" for Record Store Day and a used picture disk find of her favorite punk band, D.O.A's Bloodied But Unbowed. She also found me 1 of the 1000 Testament 7" picture disks featuring them doing covers of the Scorpions "Animal Magnetism" and Iron Maiden's "Powerslave" at Hi-Voltage Records! My big find was by my favorite musician on the planet with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and his RSD exclusive picture disks. This release features the demo versions of two tracks from Wilson’s latest solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) – the songs "Luminol" and "The Watchmaker". These demo versions have never been available on vinyl before and were pressed on a heavyweight (180g) picture disc! Super cool collectable stuff this day brings for us music heads on Record Store Day!
Mike McCready and Barrett Martin of Mad Season were at Easy Street Records signing copies of the their special LP too! That was awesome to see the turnout around the block and in the store! Vinyl sounds soooooooo much better than CD's or crappy MP3's! Miss the good old days of sitting for hours staring at album artwork, listening to the album and enjoying music while cataloging my library of albums. You can put that iTunes in your pipe and toke it! Nothing will ever beat vinyl in sound or joy of having it in your hands! Support your local record/music stores year around! - Iron Mike
20 of us local music photographers picked our favorite photo to exhibit. You vote in-person for the best shot through April at the Triple Door's Musicquarium Lounge. Winners announced first week in May. Check out some great concert prints in 16x20 frames, vote and have a drink or two with some food at this great hangout! Triple Door - 216 Union Street - Seattle, WA 98101. Thanks for any shameless plugging, Facebook sharing, Twitter sending to help in getting bodies down there to vote for my Duff McKagan (#20) crowd surfing shot in the Key Arena or any other photo that excites ya! Who will be the 2013 Rocktographer of the year? For more on the story behind my photo see my recent KISW blog: http://www.kisw.com/Duff-McKagan---A-Punks-Revue---Show-Experience/11281418?pid=305901
Well if you were one of the lucky 50+ KISW listeners that won their way into this secret private acoustic event with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd you left with one big smile! How often can ya say you went and saw Soundgarden do 5 song acoustic set and met the guys for your lunch break? That's exactly what happened today courtesy of KISW 99.9FM at the new, incredible 1920's, prohibition inspired, Aston Manor Social Club in the Sodo district.
All the lucky patrons had a drink or two awaiting the performance. No one knew exactly where it would be taking place inside the venue. Little did they know we all had to sneak through a huge secret entrance hidden in a book case. Being escorted through the doorway by Ryan, I felt like I was leaving the building and going into the secret Batcave. Ya know I had to yell like Robin "Holy Soundgarden Batman!" as Chris and Ben started soundcheck in this magnificent room!
After soundcheck, all the KISW winners were let into the room and the mighty Jolene laid the hammer down with her announcement - no cell phones, cameras, etc. for the show. Guess that was my job ;) She introduced the guys and Chris & Ben made their way to the stage to perform an awesome 5-song acoustic set that included: "Burden In My Hand", "Halfway There", "Black Hole Sun", "Black Saturday" & "Fell On Black Days". Chris sounded amazing. He didn't have to compete vocally with the usual barage of guitars and drums. Ben's monstrous low end groove complemented Chris' acoustic and vocals.
After the set was over, Chris & Ben met all the KISW winners, signed their badges and then off they went. it was great to see them both.
Tuesday night, Duff McKagan’s performance/spoken word show, “It's So Easy & Other Lies, A Punk’s Revue” returned to Seattle for one mega special night. What was different about this one? It was the fifth time Duff & friends have played this intimate format and as part of the film, they shot the show for an upcoming movie documentary based on his best-selling autobiography "It's So Easy and Other Lies."
The night featured an amazing multi-media exploration through Duff ‘s life and career told through excerpts from the book, musical accompaniments, performances and imagery. Seattle area musicians and long time friends of Duff accompanied him through this spoken word journey. His usual Loaded band mates Jeff Rouse, Mike Squires and Burke Thomas, local pedal slide guitar wiz Paul Hutzler, guitarist Jeff Fielder and the string quartet consisting of Danah Olivetree, Seth May-Patterson, Andrew D.B. Joslyn and Alina To. Special guest Mike McCready from Pearl Jam also appeared at the end of the show.
Duff's book "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)", which came out October 4, 2011, has sold over 200,000 copies. California film company Rainstorm Entertainment is handling this documentary based on the life of this former Guns N’ Roses bassist which (along with this performance) include interviews with all of his closest friends and colleagues including world renowned musicians such as Mick Jagger, Slash, Elton John and film-makers such as James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger to name a few. Christopher Duddy (“Cougar Club”) will direct and produce along with Steven G. Kaplan for Rainstorm and McKagan.
Duff shares his story of excess, angst, struggle and triumph detailing his rise to the outer limits of fame and fortune to his struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction. He details his personal crash and burn, his immaculate turnaround to sobriety and to his success as business man and most importantly loving husband and father. Imagine sitting in front of a huge audience of fans, wife, kids, family and friends in attendance and there you are opening up about your whole life of incredible highs, near death lows and everything in between. As you could imagine, Duff's emotions were all over the place during the performance. From the photos I took documenting the show, you don't even have to have subtitles to explain the emotions you'll feel just viewing them. (see show photos here)
It takes big balls to do what Duff did. Such a big production, such courage to open up about his life. But it makes sense for McKagan to do his self-therapy this way. The show was one fantastic, smooth and moving event. From the ambiance, the amazing music arrangements, the perfect visuals on screen all coordinating with Duff's words. As an audience member, you went through his whole roller coaster of emotions along with him. For myself, I actually came crashing down with joy when towards the end of the production my Duff crowd surfing photo came onto the screen and stayed displayed for the last 10+ minutes of the show. The moment became very powerful when I saw Duff look up where I was and gave a salute. Just a very powerful moment for me and I have to proudly admit, some tears of joy.
As a photographer, you always try to capture emotion and powerful moments without the need of explanation. That night (12/16/11), in the sold-out Seattle Key Arena, Duff and his band Loaded did something unthinkable to some people and actually opened for his former band Guns N' Roses. I knew it was gonna be a special moment and from all the press photographers on hand (from in and out of town) they did too. What was explained to all the photographers before the show was 3-songs and out, except for me. I knew this moment was huge and I had to deliver but how? This was Duff's night! This was Duff conquering all the demons from his past and into all the goodness that keeps him straight in his life with his true loves - his wife Susan Holmes and their daughters Grace and Mae Marie. This show was a full circle in his life and career and to be allowed to be the only photographer per Duff to shoot the whole show, I was waiting for something that would go down in his documented history and boy did it come! Like a baptism with the hometown fans, Duff left the stage and with guitar in hand went to the fans and crowd surfed while playing. Lucky I always shoot with two camera bodies and one had my 16mm fisheye on it. The moment came and within a blink of an eye Duff's conquering moment captured!
Who knew a little over a year later the shot would still have a powerful impact on him. Especially something so close and personal in his life, this show event at the Moore Theatre. As the show ended with the whole cast of stage members giving thanks and that photo still in the background is something I will never forget and always be thankful to one of the greatest, inspirational and luckiest living rock stars we know here in Seattle with Michael "Duff" McKagan. Thanks for showing us anything in life is achievable, even at the bottom of the barrel! I walked out of the Moore with even more respect for a man that has given us a lifetime worth of rock music and still going strong with his band Loaded.
A day after the Moore event, Duff sent out a Twitter message that I'll never forget. I can't express the appreciation and validation, especially since I recently quit my day job to do music photo documentation full-time.
To view (and vote for) my Duff crowd surfing shot in the 2013 Rocktographer contest at the Triple Door in Seattle, join us for the opening night party in the Musicquarium from 5-7pm (21+) April 4th! The contest voting lasts for a month. Metallic prints are available to order. I hope to see ya there and remember to vote for me/Duff! More event info HERE.
Last year, we were on one of the last flights out of snowy Seattle and had to fly from Seattle to Denver and finally to Orange County. This year, we made it to media day!
Thanks to NAMM for having a pretty good rental car promo code for a compact or larger car. I thought that would pretty much guarantee us a compact – WRONG. The car company translates compact or larger to whatever they have most on their lot when we arrive. Stef – our designated California driver – was living the dream in a Ford Crown Vic. You got that right...Streets of San Francisco riding in Anaheim!
We got to parking lot 1, made our way over to the Hilton to get our NAMM badges and headed into the Anaheim Convention Center. We walked into the press room just in time to catch Tara Busch’s demonstration of the Stylophone S2. I love the Stylophone and Stef really liked the British Flag version.
Then Peavey Electronics announced and demonstrated their new Vypyr VIP amplifier. This amp is the first one that will actually work for acoustic, electric and bass guitars with the turn of a switch. Mr. Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio demonstrated each guitar type for us. This is a great amp for you musicians that want to consolidate your gear but not lose anything sound wise in the process.
Next up – Grover Jackson (yes, the Grover Jackson of Jackson/Charvel fame) and his new guitar line, the GJ2. Tom Dumont of No Doubt has been road testing the prototype of the new Zora guitar and actually had the prototype on hand to compare next to the production version of the guitar. Tom did a little demo for us on the production model. Currently the guitar body and the Jabanero Pickups are made in house with plans to expand the rest of the parts being made in house as well. The other guitar debuted by Grover Jackson was the Glendora model.
Dean Guitars’ Curse Mackey introduced Dave Mustaine and his new double neck signature guitar. Dave was pretty entertaining and even handed the guitar to one of our friends to test the weight after she asked him how heavy it was. He did some posing with it, but we weren’t treated to a demo. I saw Mustaine the first time he played his prototype live back on 4/26/11 at The Big 4 in Indio, CA (see photo below).
We headed out of the demo area and started to see some of the preview booths. We came upon Alex Skolnick having a little jam session with Malcolm Turner(bass) & Jon Barnes(trumpet). Alex was using the new John Lennon amps from Fargen. There are 2 versions, white and black, and a couple of artwork versions currently. The white amps are very limited production and will retail for $5K. There are 11 in each artwork being made and Yoko Ono will be getting one of each which leaves 10 of each for sale. The black amp will be the production version and retail for $2700.
Lanakai will be releasing ukuleles this year with a USB port. They can be hooked right into your computer for recording.
We found the AlphaSphere and immediately thought of our kids fighting over it. It’s like an electric drum synth in a big sphere with LED lights in the middle for a little atmosphere.
If you are into woodwinds, we saw the most updated piccolo I had ever seen. Instead of round hole covers, they were square. Made by Powell Sonaré, Stef was over there asking questions for quite awhile. She said the demonstrator had a bit of an adjustment period but the square covers also had a bit of a cradle to them so the fingers set in them nicely.
Back over to the stage for NAMM President Joe Lamond and former New York Yankee/Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams having a chat about the importance of music education.
To end the Media Day presentations Muse Research's Bryan Lanser, Vice President of Business Development, introduced the incredible Receptor VIP. A road-worthy plug-in player used by just about everyone in the music business you know that want to bring their sounds from the studio to live situations. Check out the video courtesty of Skinny Music TV on the presentation. Amazing!
Time to check into the hotel and make our way over to Disneyland for a little relaxation before the next 4 days of The NAMM Show!!
With a little help from my famous metal bassist friend David Ellefson (Megadeth), we headed over to the Aria Guitar section at NAMM to see the revealing of the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass. We didn't have much time since both of us had to get back upstairs to the Samson booth for David's autograph signing, but we had enough time to record a quick video and also get some photos of the bass and with Cliff's dad Ray. Cliff Burton was Metallica's bassist for their first three groundbreaking albums, Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. Cliff died on September 26, 1986 in a tour bus accident (watch story here) but his legacy and style of playing bass live on even to this day. His famous bass solos featuring a Morley Wah pedal (along with a Big Muff Distortion) were inspirational to millions of Metallica and metal fans around the world (see solo video with original Aria bass).
Check out this video I recorded with David Ellefson introducing the new Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass replica for the first time (view exclusive video here) at NAMM '13!
For the official bass press release with spec info please click here!
Now let's have Megadeth's bass man David Ellefson talk about his new Jackson Signature Kellybird coming out soon!
Check out the two videos below. This bass is so cool looking! I was lucky enough to have shot David live last year with his prototype.
Keep up-to-date on the latest Jackson guitar/bass news and this Ellefson Signature model release at: http://www.jacksonguitars.com
We're gonna have all kinds of cool stuff to report on from NAMM 2013!!! Today was a pretty amazing day with all the rock/metal stars at the and cool new products ya might be interested in if you're in a band! Too bad the media room wireless crashed on us all so no remote updates. It'll be better to soak all this stuff in and then report next week on everything we've seen and who we've been hanging out with! We got VIP passes to Shinedown at the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam tonight so off we go! Been non stop! Here's some sample pics for now...keep checking my blog the next days!
Iron Mike (& my sidekick Robin..I mean wife Stephanie ha ha)
If you missed the SOLD-OUT Walking Papers show last night no worries! I caught the EPIC special guest guitarist of the night. Usually Mike McCready plays with the Walking Papers (as he did on the Walking Papers debut CD and at KISW's Pain in the Grass 2012) but last night he was gone so the band pulled a BIG surprise! Alice in Chain's Jerry Cantrell jumped onstage and jammed the dark heavy Walking Papers classics "Your Secret is Safe With Me" & "Two Tickets" at the Crocodile Cafe. Check out the videos below and go check out the band online and buy the killer debut CD http://www.thewalkingpapers.org
Seattle, don't forget this Sunday Swiss New Wave of Folk Metal pioneers Eluveitie play El Corazon! This KISW Metal Shop sponsored show is gonna be epic! Also on the bill is Finland's Wintersun, an extreme progressive metal band with a new amazing album titled "Time I" (hear full album) and German Viking metallers VARG.
What's exciting about Eluveitie on this tour is they are playing their new concept CD "Helvetios" (hear full album) in it's entirety each night! Never thought a metal band with flutes, violins, hurdy-gurdies, mandola, mandolin, whistles and bagpipes could be so awesome! Add some hot chicks oozing with talent in the band and you have a dual combination of male/female diversity for the big time! "Helvetios" is one of my favorite album releases of the year. Between Chrigel Glanzmann's razor rasp and Anna Murphy's angelic vocals, there's something for every metal fan with Eluveitie! Eluveitie alsoreleased a second record this year with The Early Years, a collection of re-rerecorded and re-mastered early material.
Meet both bands at a pre-show in-store signing at Silver Platters in Northgate (Sunday, December 2nd 3 - 4 PM Silver Platters 9560 1st. Ave. NE Seattle, WA. 98115 (206) 524-3472 www.silverplatters.com)
If ya missed the great Michael Schenker Group show at Studio Seven in Seattle Sunday ya probably heard that Queensryche guitarists Michael Wilton & Parker Lundgren made a special guest apperance and jumped onstage (flying V's and all) to jam the UFO classic "Doctor Doctor" with Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions) and his band. If ya missed it no fear Iron Mike was near! ;) See video below. See full news on Blabbermouth click here!
Today marks the 35 year anniversary of one of rock music's greatest tragedies. The plane crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the time, the band had 10 on-stage members: Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, Steve Gaines, Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson, Allen Collins, Leslie Hawkins and Jo Jo Billingsley.
Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines, and Steve Gaines died, along with their road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the pilot and co-pilot. Jo Jo Billingsley was not on the plane.
Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, Allen Collins, Leslie Hawkins, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson survived, but with very serious injuries.
Gary Rossington (pictured above 9/27/12) and Ronnie Van Zant's brother Johnny Van Zant still carries on the Lynryd Skynyrd legacy all these years later. Their latest album "Last of a Dyin' Breed" just came out on Roadrunner records and the band is currently on tour. See photos from their 9/27/12 Kent, WA show on KISW.com Click Here!
In a last minute venue issue New Medicine had to cancel their 21 and over Seattle show for this Wednesday 10/3 BUT as a big fan I couldn't let that happen! One quick phone call to New Medicine singer Jake Sherer to see what it would take to secure the band to play and once I knew the figure I called Mr. Dreamfest Louie G and made a deal with him (out of our own pockets) to bring the band and play a FREE ALL-AGES show for the fans at Louie G's 10/3. Only stipulation to get in the doors, you have to bring some non-perishable food to support our short-in-supply food banks otherwise you'll pay $5 at the door! Thinking this over, we really wanted it to be a different experience especially on a work/school night. So not only will it be an early start (7:30pm) there will be no opening acts! A pure headline full New Medicine show for the fans! Plus meet the band after the show, get your picture with the band (by your's truly) and get back home and in bed at a decent hour!
You've heard New Medicine music on MLB broadcasts, MTV, KISW (see Jeetz's interview with the band below), seen them on tour opening for Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Shinedown, Hollywood Undead, Evanescence, Chevelle etc. now here's a rare opportunity in one of best local staged and food venues you'll ever see! Thank you Louie G for accommodating this with me and making sure one of the best angst punk rebellious radio rock killing bands plays the Seattle area! It's gonna be one frat-rocking party at Louie G's Wednesday! See everyone there! Here's the show info: https://www.facebook.com/events/201957746603390/
Hopefully you'll be recovered from KISW's Pain in the Grass show yesterday to attend this. I know I need a day or two to recover ha! Watch for all the PITG photos soon on KISW.com! Iron Mike
Have ya ever seen the statement "Support Local Music - Occupy a Venue"?? Well September 15th will be the GREATEST local rock music ALL-AGES event you could support in 2012! Louie G's Dreamfest 2012 in Fife, WA is gonna outdoor showcase a ton of Seattle's best rock/alternative/metal bands on one big killer stage with staging/equipment/lighting provided by Pyramid Stage & Lighting! Not only will you get exposed to some of the best rock Seattle has to offer at the moment, the event is also a huge food drive for Northwest Harvest! Non-perishable food donations will be collected at the door for Northwest Harvest! Save $5 off your show ticket at door if ya do! Check out this KISW Loud & Local sponsored event headlined by KISW's own New Originals! BUY TICKETS! What more can ya ask for with a ourdoor day of sun, music and food all wrapped into one? Event gates open at 2pm, show starts at 3pm! Be there and remember to bring your non-perishable food for Northwest Harvest! Check out the bands below! Visit their websites and crank the music!
The New Originals - visit website - You all know this not-so-serious fun cover band! Made up of some known local musicians like Kyyle Cort (Superfekta) and Glenn Cannon (Windowpane) with KISW personalities/employees like Steve The Producer (drums), Ryan Castle (drums), Steve "The Thrill" Hill (Men's Room - bass), etc. Gonna be a party with The New Originals!
Who was benefiting from this shin dig? That would be Tim Medvetz’s The Heroes Project. An organization supporting active & retired military and their families. Duff will be joining Tim and Marine veteran Kionte Storey on a climb up Mt. Rainier. The door price of $15 and show posters at $10 directly went to help pay for this climb as well as getting Kionte down to Antarctica to climb Mt. Vinson. Did I also mention that Kionte is a single leg amputee? Talk about inspiration!
Walking Papers took the stage just after 6pm to a packed house opening with the first song off of their new CD ‘Already Dead’. Jeff and Barrett were joined by Benjamin Anderson and Duff for the first three or four songs. Then Mike McCready joined them for another 4 songs. Jeff Angell left the stage for the final song and Jeff Rouse made his way on stage to take his place on vocals for Mad Season’s ‘River of Deceit’. A proper ending to an incredible performance.
I hadn’t seen Walking Papers before and I’m glad that I’m the one who got to be there. Sorry Mike ;) I did feel for the guys all dressed in full musician attire and in direct sunlight. I know how hot I was, so I can only imagine how hot they were! It’s great to be at a show where the musicians are completely relaxed and totally enjoying what they are doing. I grabbed myself one of their CD’s (only available at these weekend shows until the release date 10/2/12) so I can keep enjoying this new band.
Slim’s provided everyone with a great venue for this sort of outdoor BBQ with your friends kinda feeling. Add in their freakin’ killer chili and BBQ from sister restaurant Pig Iron next door and you have a one stop food, spirits and entertainment locale. For more photos from the show visit KISW on Facebook!
NOTE: Thanks to my other half (Stephanie) in covering this event/blog for me and the KISW ROCKaholics while I was covering the young future of Seattle ROCK in 15yo Jason Kertson and his band The Immortals at their debut CD release show in the south end at Louie G's. What a killer, packed-out, all-ages show!! More on this kid, his band and the upcoming Dreamfest 2012 show he is playing with KISW's own band The New Originals and many others on 9/15 at Louie G's in Fife! That's a whole separate blog though! Iron Mike
As I sat in my car today on I-5 going nowhere through Fort Lewis listening to KISW, a SUPER RARE occurrence happened! Looked at radio and it was 99.9 looked at temp gage and it was 99 degrees! WOW!
While Seattle bakes in record temps Friday & Saturday lets not forget some HOT shows on tap to attend while trying to stay cool!
2 shows Friday:
1) Walking Papers/To The Glorious Lonely - Slims Last Chance - Seattle EARLY 6pm start! Walking Papers features Jeff Angell (The Missionary Position), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), Duff McKagan (GNR/Loaded) and Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season/Shadow). Tickets are $15 DOS and available at the door. Proceeds benefit The Heroes Project. This 21 and over show starts at 6 PM. Opening is Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan's Loaded) side band To The Glorious Lonely. Watch for Walking Paper's debut CD to release October 2nd! The band also have a show at The Crocodile later this night also opening for Sweetwater.
2) Jason Kertson & The Immortals ALL-AGES CD Release show - Louie G's - Fife, WA - Attend the show above then hop on I-5 and straight shoot it to Fife to see the future of Seattle rock with 15yo kid sensation Jason Kertson and his band The Immortals (Troy 19, Jake 17). You've heard them on KISW Loud & Local, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) mentors the band, you won't believe these are teens playing! New CD "Afraid" (listen) produced by legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino (Nirvana/Soundgarden). Also on the bill Klover Jane, Fail Safe Project and soon to be TV reality stars Riot in Rhythm. Jason & The Immortals hit the stage around 9:30!
1 Show Saturday:
Kiss/Motley Crue - the co-headline tour hits the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. Expect a new Motley Crue movie (based on their tell-all autobiography, ‘The Dirt’) and CD in 2013. Check out Jolene's new interview with Tommy Lee for the show - Listen here!
Kiss have their 20th studio album 'Monster' releasing in October and a new 'Monster' $4k book shipping soon! See website! It's three feet tall and two and half feet wide! As tall as a guitar! BUY tickets to the show! The Treatment open the whole show.
Stay cool these next 2 days and watch for photos here from all these shows on KISW! Iron Mike
Here we go again, another year gone by and some of the great rock bands of our 70s/80s past still kicking ass in (correct this is not a typo) 2012! Yeah 2012, can you believe it!? Opening the show was Cheap Trick! As they hit the stage, screaming from the sound system with a pleasant female voice was “Please welcome the best f**king rock band you’ve ever seen, Cheap Trick!” Original members Robin Zander - Lead Vocals & Guitar/Tom Petersson - Bass/Rick Nielsen - Lead Guitar came out and did an great set of hits including "Dream Police," "I Want You to Want Me," "The Flame" but the show stopper was "Surrender" when our very own Duff McKagan jumped onstage and played guitar with the band! Thanks to Duff's wife Susan Holmes McKagan for getting this shot onstage of Duff & Rick and letting me use it for the blog! Aerosmith's Brad Whitford even came out and played on "Ain't That A Shame".
As an old Cheap Trick fan original drummer Bun E. Carlos was sorely missed with his iconic looking stature and cigarette toking playing behind the band but tour drummer Daxx (Rick's son), did a kick ass job! Let's face it, 75% of the time you are looking at guitarist Rick Nielson anyways so no Bun E. was tolerable. Rick is still as active as ever on stage (except his jumps might be in inches now instead of a foot plus) throwing probably 300+ guitar picks out to the crowd during the set. Tom still is as classy as ever on bass and even though Robin's voice has shown some range age, he's still the man behind the great hits we all know, love and sing and was great. To view Cheap Trick show photos go to KISW's FACEBOOK or WEBSITE and visit http://www.cheaptrick.com.
Aerosmith, what can ya say? Steven Tyler still has it, Joe Perry still kills it on the 6-string, Joey Kramer still pounds with the best, Tom Hamilton is still one of the coolest cats in rock on bass and Brad Whitford, Mr. cool calm and collectively dangerous on guitar. Forty years of music and look at just some of the songs in the setlist: Draw the Line/Love in an Elevator/Same Old Song and Dance/Livin' on the Edge/Last Child/Rag Doll/Come Together/Rats In The Cellar/Sweet Emotion/Walk This Way/Dream On/Train Kept A-Rollin' etc. Just to think this band was nearly done not long ago before Steven took the judging job on American Idol. Thank goodness they patched things up and are out there saving the asses of rock arenas around the world. Scares me to think what's gonna happen to rock arena shows when icons like Aerosmith, Kiss, Rolling Stones, Van Halen, etc. go away. Aerosmith still have a lot in the tank and if Steven Tyler can keep healthy I see them selling out arenas for years to come.
The best-selling American rock band of all time (150 million records sold) did not disappoint the Tacoma Dome with their "Global Warming Tour". Great visual show and simple yet effective extended stage to let Steven and Joe rock right in the crowd! Expect the new Aerosmith CD (their fifteenth studio album) "Music from Another Dimension", to be released on November 6, 2012. To view Aerosmith show photos go to KISW's FACEBOOK or WEBSITE and also visit http://www.aeroforceone.com to keep up on all the new Aerosmith CD and tour news!
See everyone at the next big rock show August 18th with Kiss/Motley Crue at the White River Amphitheatre - "Iron" Mike - KISW Blogs - Facebook
The Maiden England World Tour 2012-13, which is based around the video of the same name finally hit the Seattle area Monday night! If I told you in the early 80's as a kid listening to Iron Maiden's Killers album (you know the plastic vinyl that spins around on a turntable with a needle in the groove making better sounds than todays CD's/MP3s) that in 2012 I'd be seeing them in concert and better yet, shooting the band, I would've told ya you're nuts!
It's amazing this band is still touring the world and bigger than ever! Hell they even have their own Boeing 757-200 airplane flown by singer Bruce Dickenson called "Ed Force One" to tour the world! The secret, its not album sales or radio airplay, it's the live show that brings the millions and millions of fans to its concerts. You have over 30 years of older fans like myself and then add their kids and you have a non-ending cycle of fans not many bands in the history of metal have ever achieved.
Two years ago when Maiden played the White River Amphitheater I was really disappointed with their setlist. It was like the anti-favorite songs (except for a few here and there) setlist but this time around THEY KILLED IT! Look at the setlist difference from 2010 to 2012!
The Wicker Man/Ghost of the Navigator/Wrathchild/El Dorado/Paschendale/The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg/These Colours Don't Run/Blood Brothers/Wildest Dreams/No More Lies/Brave New World/Fear of the Dark/Iron Maiden Encore: The Number of the Beast/Hallowed Be Thy Name/Running Free
Moonchild/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 Encore: Aces High/The Evil That Men Do/Running Free
See the difference? The crowd was in a near frenzy from start to finish with that set. The Trooper, The Number of the Beast, Phantom of the Opera & Run to the Hills all back-to-back in the set was amazing and add they also played The Prisoner and Aces High! This was Iron Maiden at it's best! The guys were energetic running around (more so than bands 1/2 their age) and Bruce Dickenson still kicking those vocals and screams like many years ago. Is there a more iconic band mascot to band ever than Eddie? Think not! Eddie appeared in many forms throughout the set in either stage backdrop or huge prop figures. See the video below for some of the cool Eddie festivities! Also view show photos here at KISW.com (CLICK HERE) or on KISW's Facebook page (CLICK HERE). One of the greatest concert bands of any musical genre ever, Iron Maiden deserve all the success!
Rockstar Mayhem Festival - White River Ampitheater - Auburn, WA 7/3/2012
Bloggers: "Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia - Festival website: http://rockstarmayhemfest.com
Ok with our fourth straight year covering the festival we know we could sit here all day long going through everything that happened but we don't wanna overbore ya with our yearly fairy tale of awesomeness so we'll keep it short (somewhat) in a quick cell phone pictorial overview. Might be a little Anthrax heavy blog but hey they are my favs for a reason ;)
Yeah you see it right, we started off the day on the good foot picking up Anthrax buddy Scott "NOT" Ian at the airport and headed to the show venue. Stephanie sat in the back of the Jeep shaking her head with a smile realizing this is really happening and what a day it's gonna be!
As we arrived at the venue the skies just started pouring rain. We parked next to the Anthrax tour bus and hopped on a golf cart to go get our passes for the show. Wet seats, fast driver and we held on for dear life trying not to fall off even laughing. Somehow I got a shot off on the cell phone.
Me & Stef had these handy Rockstar Mayhem VIP wrist bands (thank you Scott) which got us everywhere we wanted to go and meet up with many friends backstage, so in appreciation I gave the Anthrax glow star the salute!
The most sought-after photo pass of them all. Only 3 issued by the band and there was like 25-30 photographers there. I'm sure someone wanted to kill me for it...HA!! Wait till ya see ya see all my Slipknot pics though, some classics!
Look closely we got photo bombed by Mr. International himself Neil Lim Sang! Don't ask me how he did it. That little opening between me & Duff and he did it!
Got goose bumps being up there, it was that impressive hearing the roar back to Anthrax at the end of their non-stop energized set! If ya didn't get enough of Anthrax or missed them they are back to Seattle 9/19 with Testament & Death Angel at the Showbox Market! Tickets on sale now!
I've been hit by a flying Hello Kitty doll (X-Japan), little rubber lighted ducks (AIC) etc. in the photo pits but this...I can handle ;)
(snickering) Stephanie braved the downpour from under the Rockstar drink tent to go get some pics of (as she said) "he's hot" Tim of As I Lay Dying...you go girl! (I stayed dry with Anthrax ha!)
Upon A Burning Body killed it! The song "Texas Blood Money" and the quick intro intertwined lyrics of "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was brilliant! Just loved these guys classy look and conviction live!
Stephanie finally got to meet the metalhead jokester Craig Gass...ha!
Cool moment backstage as Shawn (Clown) presents Dean Karr with his new photo book that's out now! Check it out!
Fun times in the Slayer dressing room with the one and only Kerry King of Slayer. Check out Metal Shop's interview with Kerry HERE!
This was the tent to be at all day! Rockstar drinks free all-day long! Meet your favorite bands for autographs and grab some Rockstar on the way out. Everything was there for the asking! Let's give Rockstar Energy Drinks some HUGE props for sponsoring this great yearly tour and for getting me through the day! Join them on Facebook and visit their Website! Remember also 9/22 the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival hits White River with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Adelitas Way + P.O.D., Fozzy, In This Moment etc.
Not very often you have this many photographers known within the rock community all in the same place from different states or countries at the same time. Combined (at least) 110+ years of experience in the music photography photo pits! Definitely one of my favorite shots of friends in a long time and boy did we have some fun this day. Those Rockstar cups, yeah they contained some secret Nitro jacked-up Rockstar fluid that had me buzzing the rest of the night...thanks Zetterstrom!
Motorhead - Stephanie pointed out how nice it was for a change to shoot the band in light! Everytime we've shot Motorhead it's usually dark and with Lemmy & Phil usually wearing hats ya get the dark face shadow effect. Not today! Highlight of the show was when Duff McKagan jumped onstage and played "Killed By Death" with the band. See Daniel Zetterstrom's great photo of Lemmy & Duff in the moment below. Also check out the video on YouTube!
Slayer was at the top of their game! The upside down crosses made of Marshall amps was visually crazy with the flames that shot out them. It was entertaining watch full rows of seated fans headbanging in unison during "Angel of Death" Never a dull moment musically and watching the fans at a Slayer show!
This night and tour was all about the return of Slipknot! With the 2010 death of bassist Paul Grey many thought they'd never come back. Time has healed enough that they are back but most noticeably there is no bassist onstage during the show. They figure you can't replace #2 onstage right now so the band hired a touring bassist that won't be seen onstage but behind drummer Joey Jordison. Another noticeable figure missing onstage this night was guitarist Jim Root. Just as the tour started the band announced he had a appendix burst and has to stay home for health reasons. Interesting cause in 2009 that was the exact same excuse used when the band had to cancel KISW's Pain in the Grass show hours before the show because drummer Joey Jordison had the same issue supposedly. Does this band ever have an off night live? Doubt it, the energy and insanity on and offstage with the crowd is nuts! The band will release Antennas to Hell, a "best of" collection documenting its inimitable career, July 24 on Roadrunner Records.
Already looking forward to next year! For our complete photo coverage of Festival please visit these pages and check out the MANY more cool exclusive shots:
Are you ready Rockaholics!? There's gonna be some huge fireworks going off the night before the 4th of July! Another year gone by and another favorite day in July many of us look forward to each year with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival! Tuesday, July 03, 2012 White River Amphitheatre (Buy tickets or VIP ones HERE). Watch my blog, KISW.com and Facebook.com/KISW for my & Stephanie's tag-team blog/photo coverage of the Mayhem Festival chaos! All the info and extra news about the festival with links is below so check it all out!
-->> Remember the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is again proud to announce Metal Of Honor, an awareness and fundraising effort focused on the needs and challenges of our active duty military, veterans and their families. Check out the info HERE!
You've seen the internet reports from the Queensryche camp and the separation/fight of the band from original singer Geoff Tate but I'm not here to give ya the scoop nor do I care cause what I saw this weekend ROCKED! What we have now is Geoff Tate doing his solo stuff and the rest of the Queensryche band forming Rising West with new singer Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. With the band cancellation of tonights show in Salt Lake City (opening for the Scorpions) it seems Queensryche's days with Geoff Tate are over. After you hear Todd sing the Ryche tunes (click here), especially the old ones you won't care too much either.
With the two debut shows this past Friday/Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe I was blown away! I haven't been to a Queensryche show with that much energy and passion from the crowd in years! Reason one obviously was Todd's voice, which has the power and style Tate had back in the early days but with his own style, and second was the song selections that we haven't heard in years live! Rising West played Queensryche songs from the 1983 EP through 1990's "Empire" including an Iron Maiden encore of "Wrathchild" which sent the crowd rabid! Check out the videos below and photos on KISW.com and KISW Facebook! Also friend them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/RisingWest
For even complete photos from soundcheck to live check out my Facebook page! Iron Mike
Yes you read it right, Stryper the yellow and black attack of the hair metal 80s and Christian music world are back in Seattle this Sunday! Still going strong after 25+ years Stryper will be playing El Corazon Sunday (6/3) with local Seattle acts The Crying Spell and Post Modern Heroes. The Crying Spell are back home from their recent 2 month European tour opening for the legendary Killing Joke and Post Modern Heroes are back in full force with new guitarist (Maxi) after nearly a year layoff. Both bands feature key members from past Seattle heavyweights Second Coming and Point One! Also on the bill is the heavy prog Seattle band Metameric.
Stryper opened a a lot of metal heads eyes last year with their album called "The Covering" which was a collection of twelve cover songs from bands that inspired Stryper and helped shape the band's sound and musical identity. Those bands included (ready for this?) Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, UFO, Kiss, Ozzy, Van Halen, Sweet, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Kansas, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden! The album's first single, a cover of Black Sabbath's hit "Heaven and Hell" (listen) knocked a lot of critics on their asses. Click here to hear samples from the whole album. The band is still made up of its original members singer/guitarist/main songwriter Michael Sweet, drummer Robert Sweet, lead guitarist Oz Fox, and bassist Timothy Gaines. Stryper has sold over 10 million copies of their records over the years and its reported that two-thirds of their albums were bought by non-Christians. Guess you can't deny a good band no matter what they are singing about. Oh and remember, you still might get hit in the head by a flying bible (band still tosses the small ones out in crowd) as I did 25 years ago in the Moore Theater...ha! Tickets $27.50 in advance or $30 at the door. Buy here.
Next Wednesday at the WaMu Theater comes the rock super group Chickenfoot, featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff (in place of Chad Smith currently out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers), former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar! Supporting their their newest record "Chickenfoot III" (eOne Music/earMUSIC/Edel) this is the bands first full US run since 2009 and for the second time the band has partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, to encourage fans to help alleviate some of the effects of the economy. In addition to ensuring a fair priced ticket, the band will make donations to a local food bank in each market and encourages fans to do the same. To find your Feeding America member food bank, CLICK HERE.
Well you're reading this right, Queensryche without Geoff Tate is now called Rising West. Now before you freak out on who could possibly replace Geoff Tate let me tell ya to hold on to your pants! When ya hear the new singer Todd La Torre (Crimson Glory) sing some sample 'Ryche tunes below you'll understand why the band can now play songs they've never played in years. He's Tate via 1984 vocal pipes!
First shows are June 8 & 9th at the Hard Rock Seattle. The band will perform rare and classic hits from the first five QUEENSRŸCHE albums and plans on hitting the studio sometime early summer to begin recording its debut album. Two nights with Rising West, featuring Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, and Parker Lundgren of Queensryche with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre! Click here to buy tickets!
Have ya heard the noise (some worldwide) that current Seattle Loud & Local rock bands are making at the moment? Let's catch ya up Rockaholics!
Windowpane Just finished a tour opening for Five Finger Death Punch! After their late 2011 tour stint opening for Queensryche, Windowpane hit an even bigger market on the latest Five Finger Death Punch tour in the western states and Canada. If ya missed the recent Paramount Theater show check out photos here. Watch for 2 big show announcements at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle June 8/9th with Windowpane! Visit Windowpane online here! Also buy their CD's/MP3s at www.windowpane.netwww.reverbnation.com/windowpaneseattle
The Crying Spell just came home from their 2 month tour in Europe opening for the legends Killing Joke! They are currently talking to 2 Grammy award winning producers on recording the new CD hopefully out late 2012 or early 2013. The Crying Spell's current video for "Android Lust" is current racking up the video hits with its mesmerizing 80s meets 90s European rock vibe that blows up at the end like a Sex Pistols/U2 bomb! Check out this uniquely different sounding rock band especially if you're a guitar geek! Eric Snyder is The Edge on metal steroids! See this local guitar god live (video) with his Gretsch hollow body and Vox amp combo like you've never heard before! CDs/Merch: www.facebook.com/thecryingspellwww.reverbnation.com/thecryingspellwww.thecryingspell.com
Witchburn just finished opening the Crowbar/Prong U.S. tour! Probably the hardest working band outta Seattle. The band also recently completed a Europe/Spain tour, dates at SXSW, and tons of local shows. Check out this Heavy, down tuned, southern fried, whiskey soaked sabbra cadabra of a band. Jamie Nova on vocals is about as perfect as you'll get wanting a female to front your rock band. The passion, the voice and the looks to knock you out! Same with Mischa on guitar. No other chick in metal laying down riffs like her! If you haven't already it's time to go get burned people! Buy their EPIC CD "This Is How We Slay Our Demons." I personally put together this whole amazing CD package, worth every penny! The band is currently writing material for their new CD! www.reverbnation.com/witchburnwww.facebook.com/witchburn
Jason Kertson & The Immortals - Hailed by many as "The Next Thing" outta Seattle, Jason Kertson is a 15yo rock phenom on guitar. His YouTube Videos the past couple years have shocked many with his man voice and talents including the ability to play two acoustics at once! See Video! He currently has over 30 full songs written and recently jumped in the studio with his drummer Troy Wageman and recorded a new debut 6 track EP CD with legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino (Nirvana/Soundgarden/Witchburn). New band member and bassist Jake Kelly was just added so The Immortals are set! For the past year Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has been mentoring him so that alone tells ya how special this kid is! See his latest studio video to get a taste of the Immortals ROCK! See Video! The CD masters are here and let me tell ya, it's gonna blow you away! CD should be released next month. Stay up-to-date online: www.facebook.com/JasonKertsonwww.reverbnation.com/jasonkertsonandtheimmortalsYouTube Channel
Riot in Rhythm - All kinds of news happening for these young up and coming hard rock/metal heads from Tacoma! National tour this Spring/Summer, National reality TV show in the works, endorsements, etc. Awards for their music video: Best Music Video for "What I've Become" - Buffalo-Niagara Intl Film Festival & People's Choice for "What I've Become" - World Music Independent Film FestivalSEE VIDEO! "Riot In Rhythm: The Making Of Rockstars" is a never done before concept created by manger/producer David DeLay of a behind the scenes look into what it takes to become rock stars. This tour/TV show will give an insider's view of what rock bands go through trying to "make it". Think of it as VH-1's Behind The Music BEFORE they are famous. Read more on this show and also pledge and help them with the touring costs on their KickStarter program HERE! Support and go buy their full-length CD! www.reverbnation.com/riotinrhythmwww.facebook.com/riotinrhythm
Klover Jane are filming a new video for their single "Tattoo'd Kandy" on Father's Day 6/17 from 5-8pm at Louie G's in Fife! See how YOU and your Dad can be in this video being filmed by multi-award winning music video producer Kari Pearson (No Doubt, Lemmy, Bush, Metallica). There will be food, provided by Louie G's Pizza. This is an All Ages event. Children 13 years old and younger will be admitted free with an adult who pledges to be part of the video. Upon wrapping up the video shoot Klover Jane will perform a set of music in thanks for the fans who are in attendance. Go pledge now and be part of the fun in supporting one of the best unsigned American rock bands out there! Online links: www.reverbnation.com/kloverjanewww.facebook.com/kloverjanewww.kickstarter.com/profile/kloverjane
Amanda Hardy - 15yo solo singer/guitarist with this amazing voice has now put together a full band of rock musicians and currently finished recording her demo CD with Producer/Engineer Scotty Olson (Deftones/Queensryche/Jerry Cantrell). Check her out online and hear some of the great new songs she recorded posted up at Reverbnation!www.facebook.com/amandahardymusicianYouTube Channel
In remembrance of his passing 1-year ago today, I received the family OK to release my photos from the private Mike Starr memorial held last year at Level 3 in the the Seattle EMP! It was a HUGE honor to be the only person allowed in with any photo or cell phone device to document the memorial exclusively for the family. Enjoy and remember Mike & all those others that have left us way too early from our Seattle Music Community! VIEW EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS HERE.
Finally getting this blog up after like a week & a half of being sicker than a dog with tons of photo editing to do. Two straight nights out with Megadeth, in two countries, that's a first in my book. Ok, its not so hard when we're talking Abbotsford, BC (Canada) and Kent, WA (USA) but not many concert photographers can probably state that, ha! The 2012 edition of the Dave Mustaine created Gigantour featured a monster lineup from around the world! England's Motorhead, Denmark's Volbeat, Italy's Lacuna Coil and of course America's Megadeth!
Abbotsford, BC (Canada) - Cold and rainy Canada. I went over the border at the wrong location but found my way to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre thanks to the Jeep’s GPS. Glad I didn't get up there any earlier than a hour before show time cause the passes didn't arrive to the front box office till 10 min before doors opened. Luckily, I ran into my fellow rock photographer friend Neil Lim Sang and his Motorhead crew buddy got us in the doors so we could make the Lacuna Coil set in time. It started 1/2hr after doors opened. Otherwise we wouldn't of made it waiting in the huge line to get in. What cracked us up the most as we got to the photo pit was we had an individual photo pass for each band and that didn't include our VIP passes! Megadeth's photo pass alone was a huge 8x6 inches!! I gotta hang with Megadeth Webmaster Dave McRobb and his gang at the soundboard during the show. That was cool! Later I met up with my buddy David Ellefson backstage after the show.
Kent, WA (USA) - Another cold but really windy day. Fans in line welcomed open doors when the ShoWare finally opened an hour before show time unlike Abbotsford where it was only a 1/2hr. So Lacuna Coil got a decent early crowd for this show. Overall a better show I thought for all the bands. Megadeth mixed their set list a little from the previous night. I really like the Kent ShoWare Center for shows! Both me & my wife Stephanie got to shoot this show so it was easier for me not to worry too much about coverage. I was all over the place in the arena and she covered whatever I couldn't. I ran into so many KISW Rock-A-Holics saying ‘hi’ there I nearly lost my voice by nights end. Hilarious walking right into Lemmy on my way from backstage to photo pit. We chatted for a second. Last year we had some fun filming at the Showbox Sodo for Duff McKagan's movie and bassist Jeff Rouse's movie skit. Lot more photographers at this show than the night before. After the show, we went backstage with local 15yo artist Jason Kertson and we gotta hang with David Ellefson & Dave Mustaine for awhile which was great. Mustaine has been mentoring/managing Jason and his band The Immortals this past year.
Lacuna Coil - With only a 6 song set to open the shows, the band really had to make a statement with the slow filling crowd which only had the arena at about 40% full. Slamming through a set list of Our Truth/Upsidedown/Fragile/Kill the Light/Trip the Darkness & Spellbound each night, Lacuna Coil nailed it all! The dual female/male vocals from Cristina Scabbia & Andrea Ferro was great! The band can explore many musical textures within their rock.metal musical context with two vocalist! Cristina was so intense yet had some fun moments with the crowd. Recently Lacuna Coil have been nominated for the Revolver Golden Gods “Best International Band” award - vote. Check out their latest video for "Trip The Darkness" at the bottom of this blog and visit the bands official website!
Volbeat - What was super exciting for me about Denmark's Volbeat is they had to add a guest guitarist in for the tour after Thomas Bredahl left the band. In his place was the legendary Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann! It’s been years since I've seen Hank play and he didn't let me down. It’d be nice to see Volbeat add him as a permanent member! I hadn’t really heard much music from Volbeat and I was blown away with their set! Great band and the songs are a mix of rock in roll, metal, rockabilly, punk and ______ (fill in the blank). The Johnny Cash tribute of "Sad Man's Tongue" got the place jumping but when they ended the night jamming Slayer's "Raining Blood" the place went crazy! Too bad it wasn't the whole song and not just the intro. Set list both nights were the same: A Warrior's Call/Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood/The Human Instrument/Sad Man's Tongue/Hallelujah Goat/Who They Are/Fallen/The Mirror and the Ripper/Pool of Booze, Booze, Booza/Still Counting/Raining Blood (Slayer cover) (Snippet, Intro only). You gotta check these guys out! http://www.volbeat.dk Check out their latest kick ass video for "A Warrior's Call" at the bottom of this blog! This track recently went #1 on the Active Radio Charts! A milestone in the U.S. with the band's first chart topping single!
Motorhead - "We are Motorhead and we play Rock in Roll!" 35 years on the road and it's still LOUDER than ever! How can Lemmy still hear?? The legend Lemmy, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer extraordinaire Mikkey Dee rammed a quick 50 min set of Motorhead classics including "I Know How To Die" off the new album The World Is Yours. The set list both nights were the same: Bomber/Damage Case/I Know How to Die/Stay Clean/Over the Top/The Chase Is Better Than the Catch/The One to Sing the Blues(w/ drum solo)/Going to Brazil/Killed by Death/Ace of Spades/Overkill. One of the highlights of the show was Mikkey Dee's drum solo. One of the best in the business and the fire extinguisher smoke trick was so cool how the drum set evaporated the big smoke blast so quick. Its hard not to argue that Motorhead's ending 3 song set of Killed by Death/Ace of Spades/Overkill could be the best in the biz for a live show. Both nights the places just lost their minds! Motorhead just keeps kicking ass! Tomorrow March 5th, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour will officially announce Motorhead to the 2012 Main Stage right before Slayer on the bill!! So if ya missed them this time don't miss 'em this summer! Long live Lemmy! http://www.imotorhead.com
Megadeth - I've been blessed to work with Megadeth many times over the years and it's hard to imagine all these years later I would be saying in 2012 they are bigger and better than ever! My first Megadeth show was in August 3, 1985 at the Seattle Mountaineers Building with fellow Canadian greats Exciter! To support their 13th album release, (properly titled) "TH1RT3EN", the band on their Gigantour brought out an amazing stage lighting & video system and set list to knock all the fans head off. Only complaint I had was there were no songs from the 1st album Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! Us super old-school fans are still here, but hey at least they mixed up a couple tracks from one night to another which a lot of bands never do. Is there any better guitar duo in metal than Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick? I think not. They still blow my mind night in and night out with their playing.
Abbotsford, BC setlist - Trust/Foreclosure of a Dream/Hook in Mouth/Skin o' My Teeth/Head Crusher/Public Enemy No. 1/Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)/Guns, Drugs & Money/Ashes in your Mouth/Five Magics/A Tout Le Monde (with Cristina Scabbia)/Symphony of Destruction/Peace Sells/Holy Wars
Kent, WA USA setlist - Trust/Foreclosure of a Dream/Hangar 18/Sweating Bullets/Head Crusher/Public Enemy No. 1/Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)/Guns, Drugs & Money/Hook in Mouth/A Tout Le Monde (with Cristina Scabbia)/Angry Again/Symphony of Destruction/Peace Sells/Holy Wars
One of the funniest/greatest moments came at the Kent show. The night before I told my wife David Ellefson pulled out this amazing looking red/black Jackson bass (I guess he plays just for the show ending "Peace Sells & Holy Wars" on the tour). So I texted him jokingly to open the Kent show with that bass so I could get some close-up shots of it since we work a lot of my images into his online communities and Jackson guitar workings. Two minutes later I get a reply "I can play the Kellybird for the first song tonight for you then switch back to my silver one after that." Stephanie was like "No freakin way!" I was stoked and honored! Then to top it off after the opening song of "Trust" he waves off switching after the song and plays it for the first 2 songs!! Rock in roll moment for me! Check out the show photos and see how cool this bass is. I got to shoot the rest of the show from the soundboard so there are some cool full stage shots too! VIEW SHOW PHOTOS Even though the next tour won't be around the Seattle area it was announced - a co-headline tour with Megadeth & Rob Zombie is taking place in May! To stay up-to-date on all Megadeth happenings check out the amazing Megadeth website at http://www.megadeth.com
In other Megadeth news proud to announce another book release from my fellow rock photographer buddy Bill Hale! Due on March 13 via VH1 Classic Books, "Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place", by Bill Hale with foreword by Dave Mustaine, gives the audience a front-row seat into the early days and meteoric rise of this young band who would become one of the most influential groups of all time and, with Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica, consistently touted among the best "thrash metal" bands ever to cross the stage. Some of the early photos in this book are amazing to see. http://megadethanothertimeadifferentplace.blogspot.com
Also see some of my photography going to print in David Ellefson's upcoming book titled "Unsung" featuring original lyrics and images never before published with Megadeth! https://www.facebook.com/EllefsonUnsung
Looking to rock out this weekend?? Seattle area folks have 2 days to choose from the Michael Schenker Group as they hit Tacoma Saturday and Seattle Sunday night! A founding member of the Scorpions and lead guitar player for UFO in the 70s, Schenker has been recording under the MSG monikor since 1979! A guitar hero and ledgend around the world, this Temple of Rock CD world tour is gonna be an amazing setlist of classic UFO & Scorpions tracks along side his solo stuff! Even more amazing is Robin McCauley is on vocals! More MSG information visit: http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com
The Canadian legends Anvil also play Tacoma at the Backstage Sunday night with openers Underneath The Waves, Degree of Disorder, Tatarus & A Lesson in Chaos!
In what proves to be one of the best hard rock/metal lineups for 2012 Megadeth's Gigantour hits the Kent ShoWare Center this Tuesday 2/21. Featuring headiners Megadeth with Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil opening. Go to http://www.gigantour.com for complete band information and ticket purchasing. PLEASE NOTE EARLY START: LACUNA COIL HIT THE STAGE AT 6:30PM
Like wildfire on the Internet today don't believe everything ya read! Dave Mustaine Endorsing Rick Santorum NOT TRUE! Ya think he would endorse a guy that has declared war on Heavy Metal?
Remember Megadeth play Kent, WA this Tuesday at the ShoWare Center! Show info/Tickets
Dave released this today through MSO PR 2/15/12
MEGADETH FRONTMAN DAVE MUSTAINE RESPONDS TO REPORT HE HAS ENDORSED RICK SANTORUM
MEGADETH frontman DAVE MUSTAINE has issued the following statement to clarify reports that he has endorsed Rick Santorum for president:
“Contrary to how some people have interpreted my words, I have not endorsed any presidential candidate. What I did say was that I hope to see a Republican in the White House. I’ve seen good qualities in all the candidates but by no means have made my choice yet. I respect the fact that Santorum took time off from his campaign to be with his sick daughter, but I never used the word ‘endorse.’”
With the Megadeth Gigantour right around the corner bringing Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil with them to the ShoWare Center 2/21 in Kent, Wa (buy tickets here) thought it would be a good time to talk some Megadeth.
The current cool news comes from bassist David Ellefson. He has a personal self-released book called Unsung that will be out soon. The book will feature original lyrics and images never before published, soon to be available for all his fans’ enjoyment. Unsung will also include my share of photos for the book too which is an amazing honor! You can LIKE his Facebook page for book updates at: https://www.facebook.com/EllefsonUnsung
Here's a cool interview with Dave Mustaine backstage before the Madison Square Garden show couple days ago.
Check out Megadeth's new funny video for Public Ememy No. 1 off the new killer CD THR1T3EN
One of the most talked about rock bands of 2011 worldwide was Sweden's GHOST! James Hetfield & Duff McKagan have even praised the band and their 70s meets 80s styled devilish classic rock! One listen to their debut album Opus Eponymous and you'll hear why this beautiful combination of satanic rock mixed with pop sensibility is so catchy. Classic Mercyful Fate was instantly a big thought in my head with this band but what separates them from the rest is the melodic straight-forwarded tone of singer Papa Emeritus. Seen onstage as the Satanic Pope, Papa delivers just a one tone vocal style that some how works from song to song. The band is filled out with nameless Ghouls. No one truely knows who these guys are. Check them out at the El Corazon Monday Jan 30th as they play their first Seattle show ever! Expect me with the likes of Lenny (Zero Down), Jolene (KISW) etc. in the front row of service rocking with Ghost! Don't be afraid it's only Rock-N-Roll ;) Check out their twisted version of The Beatles "Here Comes The Sun" below!
PS: Had to share this funny photo of Ghost playing against Trivium in Foosball on their recent UK tour! Thanks to fellow Belgium photo buddy Tim Tronckoe for this classic shot!
Today was the day that we'd catch up on photo editing (videos later) and seeing innovative gear. Well be having a final blog over viewing a lot of those companies we’d enjoy sharing a little more in-depth with you all. We know how many of you are KISW listening musicians.
As I stayed editing Day 3 blog in the NAMM Press Room, Stef headed into the hall and found the Voyager folding travel guitar. It is the only full sized guitar that can fold in half and fit in to a backpack as a carry on. Then she found her way over to a guitar that has a screen built in to it from Visionary. The screen makes all kinds of wacky psychedelic movement. Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson has been seen playing one. Check out this video.
She also ran into the Dube. A square drum that can be hit on all sides. It can be made in many custom colors and comes in four sizes. She also came across a 3 string guitar that is billed as a guitar that can’t play a wrong note. Is that like auto tune for people that can’t sing?
After she finished her innovation hunting, She made her way over to the Peavey booth to wait and wait and wait for Michael Anthony’s (Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist) signing. Then I found her and got her to come along on a little photo shoot with guitarist A.C. Alexander from Lizzy Borden. The shoot started with A.C. borrowing a new Music Man Silhouette double neck guitar from the Ernie Ball wall. He literally pointed to it on the wall and they got the ladder and took it down for him. Then we had to sign it out. Luckily, A.C. was set up as an Exhibitor so he could actually sign it out of the main floor. We ended up in a couple different locations. So with thousands of people walking around we were a viewing spot wherever we went. Fellow rock photographer Karen Mandall from Las Vegas bumped into us which was cool!
Our first location was inside though at a cool textured cement wall. After about 15 minutes or so, we made our way out of the main venue to the stairs where we spent another 40 minutes getting shots from a few angles. The day before I did a couple shots of David Ellefson (Megadeth) for his upcoming self-released book here. Very cool location! Once we were satisfied with the shots we got there, we headed to the Engl booth for some shots with their amps.
We finished up with A.C. and made our way over to Dean to shoot a signing that included the bassist of Shinedown, Wayne Static, Jeremy of Five Finger Death Punch, etc. and was supposed to include Dean Roland of Collective Soul. Dean was not there however. This was bad since that was the whole reason Stef wanted to go to the booth today. He was the only member of her favorite band she didn’t get to see this whole weekend.
I headed over to Yamaha to try and get with a rep I have been working photos with for Jeff Rouse and Mike Squires of Duff Mckagan’s Loaded. After I left the Yamaha area I saw this gal in super high heels texting while walking. I knew what was going to happen next and it happened! Curb and crash! Not a pretty site.
By this time, the mostly calm day had come to an end and our NAMM adventures were over. It was time to clear out or locker and catch a ride to the airport for our flight home. HUGE thanks to our personal NAMM drivers Gary & Jill from www.TourBusLive.com!
I’ll be doing a final overview blog in the next week or two and I’ll include some video samples from all the days. Photos from this day will be posted later but for the first three days go here, ya might be surprised who ya see! View photos at KISW Facebook!
Holy Cow! Fatigue from the last 3 days set in today at NAMM. The 4 floors and 1 million square feet of vendor booths are catching up with us. Just after 2:30 today we all started to feel the pain of long days, tons of walking and late night shows/parties.
I have been focusing on a few artists that I've been working with and Stef continued to travel the mammoth convention center in search of interesting appearances and gear photos. Today got us shots we'll be sharing from Scott Ian, Lita Ford and to a full Anthrax signing. There was Skid Row, an acoustic set from Joe and Lzzy of Halestorm, John Dolmayan, Duff/Squires & Bumblefoot, Steve Stevens, Matt Sorum, Jimmy Ashurst and Billy Morrison. Not to mention running into some of my buddies like world famous rock photographer Robert Knight (http://robertmknight.net), Mike Portnoy, Mark Goodwin (Sick Puppies) and Stephanie into Art Alexis and Stix Zidinia while out and about. She attempted to get a shot of Tommy Lee, but the shot she got will let you see how impossible it was. Complete pandemonium to see Tommy.
Today was so busy that neither one of us ate after our quick breakfasts until dinner. It's constantly go go go here at NAMM if you want to see as much as you can. Luckily Sunday is a calmer day and we can concentrate on the gear. The reps will also have more time to talk with us.
After dinner, it was time for a stroll through Downtown Disney on our way to the House of Blues for Steel Panther. Is it just me, or is there something a bit wrong about walking through the 'Happiest place on Earth's" property to see Steel Panther?? Nah...I think it's just me! It was packed to the rafters. Good turnout for the guys.
Time for some more photo editing and some shut eye before the last day at NAMM and traveling back home.
So here's the thing about NAMM. You can spend days going through and scheduling who you want to see and where they will be using the NAMM app and website - like Stef did and have things go nearly flawless. Or you can have things go like they did today. Chaotically!
I saw Stef in the morning when we got picked up by our great friends at tourbuslive.com - Jill & Gary. I saw her in the press room for
about a half hour then I didn't see her again until after 1pm when she told me she found our friend Alex Kane headed to the Peavey booth. We walked over to Engl and I didn't see her again until it was time to leave just before 5pm.We were trying to divide and conquer, but I think NAMM won a little today. Traffic and weather totally played a part in who and what we saw this time.
So here is what we were trying to do...
10:30: Get our passes for the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam 2012 11:00: Stef to take a class given by producer Jeffery Weber on 'Survival Secrets of the Music Business'. She took it and recommends his book on it. 11:30: Orianthi from Alice Cooper's band at Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Nope. Didn't even try. Class got out late. Noon: Mike Inez & dUg Pinnick at AMPEG. dUg was late but Stef shot Mike then I went up later and saw both of them after finishing my day 1 blog in the Press Room. Noon: Stef tried to see Kenny Loggins (Bedell), Phil Everly (Cleartone) and Tito Jackson (Dean Markley Strings). Loggins was late and she didn't see him. Phil Everly was late but she did end up seeing him and Tito was late and she didn't see him. But on the way to Cleartone, she did see Keith Harris from the Black Eyed Peas at Ibanez. So that was a make up from not being able to see Loggins and Tito. Noon: I was trying to get over to Samson for Eric Bass, Charlie Benante, David Ellefson, Glenn Hughes and John Tempesta, but went long with Inez and Pinnick so I didn't make it. 1:00: On her way over to see Dave Navarro at Paul Reed Guitars, Stef ran right into George Lynch at Randall. She snapped some Dave shots and headed over to Dean Markley for Montrose and Verheyen of Supertramp. Carl Verheyen was there, but Montrose cancelled and on the way there she saw Ratt's Warren DeMartini. 1:00: I saw Rudy Sarzo at Peavey ( I caused camera pandemonium when Rudy posed a shot for me then 50-million others pulled out cameras and flashed like crazy! NYC 5Revolt guitarist Mike Suppa was with me and was caught in the middle of the flash bombardment!) then over to Dave Navarro at Paul Reed Guitars right after Stef did. 1:15: Stef ran into David Shankle of DSG/Manowar fame at Kahler. 1:30: Stef ran in to Alex and let me know so we could meet up at Peavey. Alex was accompanying Caitln Love from Disney's "I'm in the Band" on guitar. 1:30: I was over at Samson to see Nicko McBrain signing with my 8x10 photo cards along with Mike Inez, Frankie Bellow and Kerry King. 2:00: Pantera's Rex Brown was at AMPEG but neither of us got up there to see him. 2:00: AC Alexander (Lizzy Borden) was at Engl for a signing and both of us got some shots at various times. Stef tried to see Tito Jackson again at another signing but he still hadn't arrived at NAMM. So she went by Shure and got a shot of Lincoln Brewster and got in line for the Korn signing. Then she tried to see Michael Wilton but he was still snowed out In Seattle. 3:00: Stef was in line for Korn and I was ready to shoot, but by 3:25, Korn hadn't come out and Stef gave up and headed over to Hohner for Tobias Ralph and I made my way to Neil Schon. Wait til you see the photo I got there!! 3:30: Neither of us made it to Samson for Vinny Appice, Rex Brown, Eddie Jackson & Billy Sheehan. 4:00: Stef walked around the bottom floor trying to find the Alex Skolnick location but never found the mislabeled booth. Her feet were
tired and she was hungry so that was the end of the line for her. She had wanted to see Munky from Korn but after what happened at Shure, she didn't try. 4:00: I tried to see Alice Cooper but 50-billion people were still waiting for Korn so I never found him.
We headed out by 4:45 so we could get over to the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam quickly since they hand out more passes than capacity and it's first come first served for entry. 4:15: While heading back to the Press Room I ran into all my Lizzy Borden buddies got a couple quick snaps. 6:00: Dean Guitars NAMM Jam - Testament/Jackyl/Wayne Static/Vinnie Moore - The Grove - Anaheim, CA - As we get there parking, here comes Wayne Static and his wife walking past us got into his hot Challanger car. The funniest part watching this is if you know his hair you ask yourself "How does he get into his car?" Just like anyone else. His hair just goes sideways ha! Show went great! Vinnie Moore opened and I think surprised everyone. Moore is known as one of the most influential guitarists to emerge out of the shredder boom in the mid 1980s. Fantastic instrumentals and it was really cool to see Black Label Society bassist JD DeServio in the band. He even sang the Hendrix cover "Fire." Wayne Static played next and WOW, that really kicked ass! Always fun shooting pics of Wayne. Then the girls came out for the Coffin Case & Dean Girl fashion show by Toxic Vision. After the girls left the stage we went out to the outside bar area and caught up with some friends like Wayne Findlay (MSG) and more. Jackyl hit the stage, took a couple photos then back out to the bar. Got in position for Testament took a couple pics, little video then got the hell outta there cause the pit exploded during the opening "The Preacher" and with standing/walking all day long it was time to get back to hotel and write this blog!
This was the calm day before the storm of people expected on days 2 and 3. This was the day to make it to booths for gear pictures before there are too many people around to get clear shots. We still had a full day of artist appearances and chance meetings to document too.
We got to the Press Room about 9:15 Thursday morning to get some of the press kits and a locker. The lockers are invaluable. We can leave things there so we don't have so much to carry around the 1 million square feet of mechant booths. Yes, that was 1 million square feet. This is why the trade show is 4 days long.
The doors opened to the showroom floors at 10am. This is where we split for a time. Stef headed into the showroom to see the opening ceremony march. The grand marshall this year was Governor Mike Huckaby. The Governor is an avid bass player and attends NAMM regularly. I decided to head outside to shoot the big NAMM sign above the convention center when I ran into Mike Suppa. Suppa plays with Ace Frehley's band and in Face Lift - a very popular Alice In Chains cover band in New York. I turned around and there was Megadeth's David Ellefson. We were talking and met back up with Stef to head outside and do a mini photo shoot with David.
Next up on the agenda was the Gibson booth to see 10 year old guitar phenom Nik Kai, but he ended up not being able to appear. I left Stef at Gibson to shoot Brian Wilson while I made my way over to Fender. Stef camped out in the Gibson booth for a hour and a half waiting for Brian to make his appearance. The room was electric and completely packed to see him. There was even a John Stamos sighting. Brian sang 2 songs - 'California Girls' and 'God Only Knows'.
Off to the Gretch/Fender live stage for Collective Soul's Ed Roland and Will Turpin. The guys sang 3 songs and Ed did a little chatting with the crowd. After the appearance, both Will and Ed stuck around quite awhile chatting, signing autographs and taking pictures. I met up with Ellefson again for some shots at the Jackson display. I was happy to see that one of my Ellefson photos was being used at Jackson.
Next up - Stef got shots of Colbie Callait on the way over to see Alan Parsons. The right over to the Samson booth to see David Ellefson, Frankie Bello, Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm. Great line up and the actual line for autographs prompted a call to the Fire Marshall from another booth. Stef wanted to see the Orange booth and made her way over there running into a couple of artists along the way. She saw CJ Pierce from Drowning Pool and Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden. Not a bad little field trip for her. Once I was done with Samson's signing we met up at Carvin for our bud Marten Andersson, bass player for Lizzy Borden, with Bjorn Englen, bass player for Yngwie Malmsteen. This was a great spot to be. We also saw A.C., guitar player for Lizzy Borden, and Clair B of Noizee and formerly with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg in all her British punk rock girl glory. We love her!
It was time to move over to Engl where we saw Bumblefoot (guitar - Guns N' Roses) jamming on A.C.'s guitar for a video. After a great first day, it was time to find our ride (our friends from tourbuslive.com) and make our way back to the hotel. On the way out, we ran in to Norwood of Fishbone fame. That's the way to end the day. Sore feet and artists everywhere!!
Palm trees, warm sun, rock stars, concerts, parties, meetings, interviews, etc. here we come! It's that time of the year again for the yearly NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, CA Jan 18-22. As you saw from all my blog coverage from last year you know it's a media coverage playground of epic proportions! With over 1 million square feet of walking/display space with music-related companies from around the world there's never a dull moment to a day of coverage in the Anaheim Convention Center. It was a little overwhelming last year covering it by myself so this year I have my Wonder Twin powers activated and have my wife Stephanie tagging along this year to help with my coverage for KISW. So remember to keep checking my blog here and KISW Facebook page daily starting Jan 19th for photos and video from NAMM 2012. (Click HERE and save my KISW blog URL in your bookmarks)
As stated on the NAMM Wiki page: "The NAMM Show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, founded in 1901. NAMM is a trade-only business show catering to domestic and international dealers and distributors, and the product exhibits are an integral part of the show, allowing the dealers and distributors to see what's new, negotiate deals and plan their purchasing for the next 6 to 12 months. Only employees of the exhibiting manufacturers and/or NAMM member retailers and distributors are allowed to attend, along with credentialed members of the press. Exhibitors are alloted a specific number of badges based on the square footage of their booth." For complete NAMM company and event info please visit: http:www.namm.org
Each year in Hollywood some of rock/metal's biggest names get together in respect and honor the passing of Pantera guitarist Darell "Dimebag" Abbott in an event called Dimebash! Tonight is gonna be an amazing night with members of bands like Alice in Chains, King's X, Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Anthrax, Duff McKagan, Ratt, In This Moment and MANY more all playing together and telling their stories of Dimebag! Thanks to our guitar buddy (and also show participant) Paul Phillips from Puddle of Mudd & Operator fame for sending us some exclusive cell phone shots to share with you all from last nights rehearsals! Top Photo (Mike Muir, Phil Demmel, and Scott Ian), Middle Photo (Nick Bowcott, Nik Kai & Joey Vera), Bottom Photo (Sebastian Bach & Rex Brown). Gonna be crazy tonight at the Key Club! Watch this post for possible more pics sent from Paul (check him out on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Phillips/69646833631) and also YouTube videos from show! Dimebag will never be forgotten!!
How big is this news? Big enough we all wish we were there tonight!! Unreal! Can't wait for the videos!!!!
By Dave Mustaine Facebook 8:30pm - Breaking news!! After almost three decades, Dave Mustaine will be playing with Metallica again on stage tonight in San Francisco for Metallica's fourth and final intimate sold out show at the Fillmore as part of the week-long celebration of its 30th anniversary as a band. Dave will be playing five songs with Metallica; "Hit The Lights", "Metal Militia", "Phantom Lord", "Jump In the Fire", and "Seek And Destroy".
If that wasn't enough last nights Metallica show featured the RETURN of King Diamond to the stage with Mercyful Fate. This time last year King underwent heart triple bypass surgery and didn't know when he would return to music. I would've done anything to be there last night! Hail the King and Dave Mustaine! Can't wait to see videos of Dave with the Metallica on the songs that changed Heavy Metal forever!
Update: Here's video from the Metallica/Mustaine onstage last night!!!!
Lets face it, Dec 7th & 8th each year will be dates that live in infamy to the world. The 7th being the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the 8th with the surprise killings of The Beatles' John Lennon (12/8/80) and Pantera's "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (12/8/04). A little known musical fact: Among the 1,177 USS Arizona crewmen killed, Pearl Harbor attack, were all 21 members of the USS Arizona’s band. Known as U.S. Navy Band Unit (NBU) 22, most of its members were up on deck preparing to play music for the daily flag raising ceremony when the attack began. At no other time in American history has an entire military band died in action.
Similar surprise attacks happened to one of the greatest and influential rock music legends & one of the most influential metal guitarists that ever lived. John Lennon outside his apartment building and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott onstage while performing. Both men shot with 4 bullets each. Sad days for millions around the world.
Bid as a Judas Priest farewell tour, anyone seeing this show knows there's no way in hell this band should stop. Blasting through a 21 song set of Priest classics that floored me with "Rapid Fire" & "Metal Gods" as the opening two songs, this show blew the doors off their last visit in 2008. I was a little skeptical knowing part of the twin guitar attack (K.K. Downing) retired from the band but the new guy Richie Faulkner not only looked similar to K.K. but killed it! What a player and showman! Still shocking how incredible Rob Halford's voice is at 60 years old! When he sang the old Joan Baez classic "Diamonds & Rust" and electrified everyone with "Electric Eye" the true golden voice of the metal god shined! Even though it's billed as farewell tour, it sounds like that's from the big tours so don't count out Priest yet! Check out Priest new greatest hits CD called "The Chosen Few" all handpicked by peers like Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Slayer’s Kerry King, Korn’s Jonathan Davis and more who have felt the influence of frontman Rob Halford & Co. during their nearly 40-year career! https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest
Opening right before Judas Priest hit the stage was Black Label Society. Fronted by ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde. Each time I see these guys live they get better and better. BLS raced through a 12 song set that included Crazy Horse (see new exclusive Minecraft Machinima Music Video), Suicide Messiah, Overlord, Stillborn and lets not forget the EPIC 10-15min Zakk guitar solo in there. The BLS Berserkers left the Wamu Theater one happy bunch and gave the classic rock/metal crowd something to think about playing in between Judas Priest & Thin Lizzy. Should be noted too that Back on Black Records has reissued the first six albums from Black Label Society on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeves. The first 1,000 copies of each title is being made available on limited-edition colored vinyl.
What had me the most excited for the night were the Irish classic rockers Thin Lizzy starting the whole show off. I never had the opportunity to see the band play live with Phil Lynott before he passed away in 1986 at 36 years old. The band has had many incarnations since then but this lineup was pretty impressive. Headed by founding member and drummer Brian Downey with long time band members Scott Gorham & Darren Wharton, the band was filled out by rock veterans Marco Mendoza, Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson. Ricky Warwick handled Phil Lynott's singing amazingly. I remember during the "Cowboy Song" closing my eyes and listening and it was awesome! Phil was definitly there in spirit. Of the 10 song set they played I was a little upset they didn't include anything off their "Thunder & Lightning" CD...probably their best and hardest release ever. I won't complain too much, I saw Thin Lizzy in 2011, who would've thought! The boys were definitly back in town!
Did ya miss the sold out throw-back 80s rock Key Arena concert of Night Ranger/Foreigner/Journey last Friday night? No worries got your back. Here's some video and couple photos (more Journey shots will be posted in KISW photo gallery soon: http://www.kisw.com/pages/10419890.php) I did at the show. Did you know Journey's drummer Deen Castronovo hails from the Northwest? This Oregon native was a drumming staple in the Seattle 80s Metal scene with Portland's Metal Madmen the Wild Dogs! From there he's gone off to play with everyone from Ozzy to his current 13 year stint with Journey! Watch his drum solo..WOW!! Latest singer Arnel Pineda is a dead ringer Steve Perry! Awesome and lively onstage! Neil Schon...blew my socks off how good his guitar playing is! Even though the band is known for it's softer lovey hits they still rock the house especially with the metal drumming injection of Deen Castronovo to the mix! Oh did I mention the openers Foreigner might of stole the show without one original band member onstage? Ha! Hard to believe how many killer hits they had in the day. Watch the videos below! Check out Journey online: http://www.journeymusic.com
Anyone that had the KISS Alive 2 LP as a kid remembers that classic opening line we all said a million times as fans standing on the edge of our beds ready to jump off with air-guitar tennis rackets in hand: "You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISSSSSS!" The powerful voice that delivered that line and stuck in our heads for so many years with Kiss has passed away. R.I.P. Eddie Balandas (1952-2011)!
What can I say? I've always laughed seeing this in Spain but for it to actually be in Seattle, I had to do it! I had to lose my mind for awhile to actually think I was going to go into a 300,000lb tomato battle and video the chaos at the Pyramid Alehouse across from Safeco Field last Saturday! I'm gonna let this 16min video do all the talking! I document the pre-fight buildup then go into the war zone for some hilarious coverage! Thanks to Super Geek League for the haz-mat suit! They put on one hell of a performance after wards for those that braved getting a little dried and crusty. Let me tell ya, that sweet ripe/rotten smell is still stuck in my nose HA!! Add the Super Geek League confetti and it was an interesting shower of stuff in the shower drain filter HA HA!! Check out http://www.tomatobattle.com for future city fighting and more info!
Possibly the real last full day of Seattle sun for 2011, this Saturday's near 80 degree day is gonna be one red sticky wet mess at the Pyramid Brewery! What's happening you ask? Spain in Seattle is what's happening! Imagine 300,000lbs of old ripe gushy tomatoes and a couple thousand crazed out people ready to do their best Felix Hernandez on others? Then after the battle add the crazy show antics of Seattle's own Super Geek League and all hell-on-earth will be unleashed for a couple hours across from Safeco Field! CLICK HERE for event info and tickets and also check out the official Tomato Battle website for photos/video etc. See you in the pit!
Remember October 1st KISW Presents The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold! Other main stage artists include Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The Best Buy Music Gear Stage features Sevendust, Black Tide, Art Of Dying and Hell or Highwater (formerly The Black Cloud Collective). CLICK HERE for tickets and more info!
I'm usually the one catching the moments behind the lens but you know how Pain in the Grass goes with lots of cameras around a full-bar like a hop, skip, and a jump away from backstage at the Rollin' Smoke House BBQ area feature for the KISW/Palace Law Premium Experience! I'll just let the photo/video speak for my excitement of the long day events...ha!! Thanks to fellow photographer Jeff White for catching the funny moment in click sequence! Oh and thanks for all the love from YOU in the crowd!! You finger well! HA!! Another great Pain in the Grass year with TONS of exclusive show/backstage/sponsor/meet & greet photos coming soon to KISW.com!!
One of the few days in the whole year I truly look forward to! The KISW 99.9fm Pain in the Grass show! This year is a fantastic diverse lineup of Korn, Queensryche, FFDP, Chevelle, Hinder, All That Remains, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Witchburn & Like a Storm. Make sure to get there early cause Like a Storm, Witchburn & Duff McKagan's Loaded are gonna bring it BIG TIME to open the show! For more info/links on each band please go here: http://kisw.radiotown.com/pitg2011/lineup.html Also watch the many blogs from the KISW clan days following the show for exclusive backstage and onstage stuff!
Tickets are on sale NOW through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800.745-3000.
LIKE A STORM 1:55 PM
WITCHBURN 2:35 PM
DUFF McKAGAN's LOADED 3:15 PM
ALL THAT REMAINS 4:10 PM
HINDER 5:05 PM
CHEVELLE 6:10 PM
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH 7:20 PM
QUEENSRYCHE 8:30 PM
KORN 9:45 PM
Let's give it up for local rockers Windowpane for performing live on King-5 TV this morning on the New Day NW show! The band performed an acoustic version of "House of Cards," and also chatted with show host Margaret about their upcoming U.S. Tour! Check the TV video out! http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Windowpane-Band-Performance-128186618.html
Remember this Friday: KISW Loud and Local Presents Windowpane Friday, August 26th Showbox Market With Kiss The Gunners Daughter, Catatone, Van Eps and Riot In Rhythm. Tickets are $13 ADV / $16 DOS and available through Ticketmaster. This is an all ages show. Doors open at 7PM.
Happy Birthday Dimebag! He should've been 45yo today. Best known for his world-influencing metal guitar work with Pantera, on December 8, 2004, Dimebag was shot 3 times onstage by a crazed fan while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The killer was shot to death onstage by police after he killed 3 other people at the show. Read up on the history and legend of Darrell Diamond Abbott: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimebag_Darrell
Ask anyone! If it wasn't for Diamond Head we would've never had Metallica! You've heard Metallica play Diamond Head classics like "I'm I Evil?" "It's Electric" "The Prince" "Helpless" etc. over the years. Here's video of Diamond Head in 1980 doing "I'm I Evil" and Metallica in 1983 (W/ Dave Mustaine) doing the song also! One of the originators of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Diamond Head play El Corazon tonight Monday 8/15/11 with local metal heroes Zero Down! You've heard them on KISW's Loud & Local now see 'em live in their New Wave of British Heavy Metal element with Diamond Head tonight! I just finished the cover photo for the upcoming Zero Down CD and sent it off yesterday! Gonna be AWESOME! Can wait to share it with you all here soon! It's 2011 but TONIGHT it's the early 80s wave of NWOBHM at El Corazon! Show the spirit wear your Diamond Head, Raven, Saxon, Tank, Motorhead, Venom, etc. shirts! See ya in the front tonight! Horns up!
"Diamond Head were 50% of what ended up being Metallica" - Lars Ulrich, Metallica
Everyone supports local music right? We know KISW's LOUD & LOCAL sure does and Riot In Rhythm have been featured/played many times on the show with Joleen! Well Riot In Rhythm were entered in the WMIFF People Choice Awards for Music Videos and are currently leading with 2 days left of voting by only 100 votes! Lets send them onto victory LOUD & LOCAL style by voting HERE and let the world know Seattle music is more alive than EVER! They were also invited to come to Washington D.C. to play the awards show also so lets make sure they win! Check out the video Directed by David DeLay for Riot In Rhythm's song "What I've Become" off their debut CD. Check them out online too at: http://www.reverbnation.com/riotinrhythm & https://www.facebook.com/riotinrhythm
Who said the 80s is dead? In the world of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal its more alive than ever! It's amazing all the bands still around today kicking it as this past weekend in the Tacoma/Seattle area's showed. Who would've thought in 2011 you'd see a bill at the WaMu Theater of 3 bands that started in the 80s in Slayer/Rob Zombie/Exodus? Add on top of that how about 2 shows from one of the king theatrics of the 80s Sunset Strip hair-metal craze in Lizzy Borden!? Yeah the Seattle area rocked this weekend right along with the loud Seafair Hydros and Blue Angels!!! Here's some video samples from the shows and a big thanks to Alejandro Torres for supplying me the video samples he got from the Slayer/Rob Zombie/Exodus show as I was shooting a (it was rocking too) wedding Saturday night til 9pm. I was able to make the Lizzy Borden Friday Tacoma show at the Backstage and Saturday night tour ending show at El Corazon. Freaking amazing Lizzy was, voice sounded incredible, band killed it and those memorable songs! Oh and some early insider news. New Anthrax CD out 9/13 and look for the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour to be around here in October or November! Hear new Anthrax tracks below!!
What a double dose of metal theatrics you could have with the 80s shock-rock metal return of Lizzy Borden tonight at the Backstage in Tacoma and then Rob Zombie with Slayer tomorrow in Seattle at the WaMu Theater! Make it two nights with Lizzy if you run over after the Zombie/Slayer show to the El Corazon in Seattle tomorrow night as Lizzy will also be playing there! Back in the 80s when the whole glam hair-metal was blowing up with a zillion bands like Motley Crew, Poison, Ratt, Dokken etc. there was 2 bands that always intrigued me more with their over the top theatrics in the Alice Cooper & Kiss vein. W.A.S.P. and Lizzy Borden. Lizzy Borden was the real deal, great memorable songs, crazy theatrical show and one of the unique best voices you'll hear from that genre! Tonight there will be theatrics, blood, kick ass dual guitars, dancers, killer classic tunes like "Me Against The World," "Give 'Em The Axe," "American Metal," and newer stuff like "Under Your Skin" and "Tomorrow Never Comes." Backstage Bar in Tacoma LIZZY BORDEN with our local killer bands Mechanism, Stonebender, Ravens Rant and a special Burlesque show!! See ya there tonight (cameras ready to go) for some true American Metal!! Get there early, this will sell-out!
"You wanted the best, you got the best, the hottest band in the world...KISSSSSSS" If that announcement doesn't get your blood pumping in anticipation of what is about to happen, you're dead! First time I saw Kiss was 11/21/79 in the Seattle Center Coliseum. Life changing forever and a big reason I'm a concert photographer all these years later. No way in a million years (actually over 30) I thought I'd be writing a KISS show blog. Well it's 2011 and Kiss is still kicking ass! The opening night of their summer Lost Cities Tour started in Everett, WA last night and WOW! Even with a scaled down version of the usual big city stage show Iâm use to with Kiss, they blew the roof off the Comcast Arena. The original members Paul Stanley sounded great, Gene looked rested and feisty , Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer were spot on and looked completely comfortable in their rolls carrying on the Cat & Spaceman figures within Kiss. Their dual solos during "Shock Me" was a big highlight for me during the show with a new twist of playing and showmanship. Gene actually brought back "God of Thunder" into the set (first time in some years, see video) and they even did "Do You Love Me" along with many other classics. Set list was as follows: Modern Day Delilah/Cold Gin/Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll/Say Yeah/Deuce/Firehouse/Do You Love Me/Calling Dr. Love/Shock Me/God of Thunder/Love Gun/100,000 Years/I Love It Loud/Black Diamond/Detroit Rock City/Encore: Beth/Lick It Up/Shout It Out Loud/God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II(Argent cover)/Rock in Roll All Nite.
Even though the arena was only about 75% full (personally I thought the ticket prices were overpriced for a out-of-big-market show in this economy) many of the face painted and costumed fans felt they got their monies worth with what I thought was one hell of an explosive show (see Rock in Roll All Nite video ending) that left me thinking there's no end in sight as long as Gene & Paul are driven and alive to keep this live circus show alive. Even in a scaled version of their show, they still blew every other bands normal show away! The classics, the show, the band, the fans, only the end of the world will end the hottest show on earth! Long live Kiss!!
Watch for Kissâ new CD releasing soon, their 20th studio release! Stay updated online with the rest of The Lost Cities Kiss Tour and more at http://www.kissonline.com and http://www.facebook.com/kiss
View show photos below by clicking each photo and also view on my Facebook at www.SavoiaPhotographyLive.com
Yeah I'll admit my first KISS show was 11/21/79 in the Seattle Center Coliseum way before many of you were probably born or even listening to KISW as I have for over 35 years..ha! I've shot KISS many times over the years including the original 4 but nearly to the day 30 years later when I got to shoot KISS at the Seattle Key Arena (aka Seattle Center Coliseum) that was a dream! Who would've thought as that snot nose little kid in the stands 30 years earlier I'd be photo shooting KISS right in front of the stage in the same building in 2009! See video below of my photos and hear "Deuce" live from the soundboard at the show. Well here it is 2011 and KISS are bigger than ever and this time around I get to bring my whole family to the show. The first time for the kids to see KISS live, can't wait to see their reaction especially if they get to see me right in front of the stage shooting the band in-between all the explosions and fireworks, who would've thought this be happening all these years later. Thanks Gene & Paul for keeping the KISS circus going and giving me that flashback to my childhood one more time! New KISS record on the way too! See http://www.kissonline.com Tickets still available for Everett Comcast Arena show this Thursday buy now at: http://www.kissonline.com/tour or http://www.comcastarenaeverett.com/Events/GeneralEvents.ashx?p=1154&70_evntdt=961&70_evnt=665
Watch at 3:50 when I forget for 2 seconds I'm shooting and start rocking out...hilarious...no one can ever doubt my love & passion for what i do and the music that makes me who I am today.
The Tacoma Dome was the place to be last night to watch the Rammstein concert spectacle! It's been over 10 years since their last American tour. The German machine known as Rammstein came back in full force with an amazing light show, more fire than ever, bombs, fireworks, foam etc. Ya walked out of the Tacoma Dome a little more well done than ya arrived, maybe a little deafer (if ya didn't wear ear plugs), little wetter (from the heat and foam) and visually overloaded! Monday morning I'm guessing 15k+ people are going to work a little shell-shocked from the show last night so to all the bosses out there this morning, if ya see some slagging-confused-sunburned looking "Du-Hast" repeating employees, maybe just put your hand on their shoulder and say "It's ok, I know you've been Rammstein'd" ;) For now here's some shots off my pocket camera since I didn't shoot the show in the pit this time around but WATCH this 19min video I did to blow your mind! Two full songs and highlights of other songs with FIRE FIRE FIRE!!
Two days after the Heavy Metal dream concert of my lifetime and I'm still recovering! After nearly 30 years, the Big 4 of thrash metal (Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax) finally come together as one for the first time on U.S. soil! In 1984 when I graduated from high school while listening to all these new unheard of bands if you told me in 2011 I'd see all four bands in front of 50,000+ people I would've said you're on crack! Ha! I saw it and still don't believe it! Die-hard fans from around the world came to witness this historic show. After shooting Anthrax & Megadeth for my work (yes I even got paid to be at this dream show) with Jackson/Fender guitars I enjoyed the rest of the night backstage and out front watching Slayer & Metallica. Here's some highlight notes from each band:
Anthrax: Caught in a Mosh/Got the Time/Madhouse/Among the Living/Antisocial/Indians/Fight âEm Till You Canât/A.I.R./Metal Thrashing Mad/I Am the Law
Hands down the show of the day! The energy, the songs, reunited with singer Joey Belladonna, Anthrax is truly back! New album coming out soon and they played "Fight Em Til You Can't" off of it. I did video of it from like 25ft above on stage. They were like a machine and ending with "I Am the Law" was spine tingling watching 50k fists flying yelling "Iiiiii Ammm The Lawwwww" at the end!
Megadeth: Trust/In My Darkest Hour/Hangar 18/Wake Up Dead/Poison Was the Cure/She Wolf/Sweating Bullets/Head Crusher/A Tout Le Monde/Symphony of Destruction/Peace Sells/Holy Warsâ¦The Punishment Due
My second favorite set of the night. True song masterpieces of guitar skills and rhythms that definitely were the technical players of the night between the 4 bands. My hair stood up on the crowds yelling of "Sweating Bullets" and the last two songs of "Peace Sells" and "Holy Wars" was MIND-BLOWING! What can ya say about Dave Mustaine, just an amazing player and so much better with David Ellefson back in the bass duties! Mustaine debuted his new CRAZY Signature Model Double Neck Dean guitar also! See photos!
Slayer: Word Painted Blood/Hate Worldwide/War Ensemble/Postmortem/Raining Blood/Dead Skin Mask/Silent Scream/America/Circle of Beliefs/Seasons in the Abyss/Snuff/South of Heaven/Angel of Death
Did a nuclear bomb just hit? Slayer took it to another level or more like the crowd did! The crowd turned into a sky-like view of the recent multiple hurricane outbreaks in the Southern South states. Not one big moshing dust pit but several!! Exodus' Gary Holt sat in for Jeff Hanneman on guitar. Jeff contracted a rare flesh-eating disease believed to have been caused by a spider bite on his his right arm in October of 2010. Months in the hospital recovering we didn't expect to see him at the show and then the crowd went bonkers on the set-ending encore of "South of Heaven" & "Angel of Death" when Jeff came out on stage (right long sleeve arm cut off exposing his healing wounds see photo from my fellow concert photography buddy Raymond Ahner) to perform with the band ending the set. I lost count to all the bodies I saw taken to the backstage area for the medics..it was that crazy! My laugh of the night had to be seeing the Mr. Metal Kerry King flying by me with his guitar on a golf-cart to the stage! How metal is that!? HA HA! See photos!
Metallica: Creeping Death/For Whom the Bell Tolls/Fuel/Ride the Lightning/Fade to Black/Cyanide/All Nightmare Long/Sad But True/Welcome Home (Sanitarium)/Orion/One/Master of Puppets/Blackened/Nothing Else Matters/Enter Sandman/Encore: Am I Evil? w/members of Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth/Hit the Lights/Seek and Destroy
Massive 2 1/2hr set that showed who's the boss in Thrash Metal. Song and surprise of the night for me was the 8 1/2min Cliff-Burton bass featuring the rarely played song "Orion." Robert Trujillo does an amazing job but I wish Cliff was still around, as a fan from the beginning I felt the band has never been the same musically since his death in the tragic Sweden bus crash. The encore of Diamond Head's classic Am I Evil? w/members of Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth all on stage at the same time was pretty magical. Metallica rule the world still!
The big question remains, will this be a future tour in the USA? My answer is yes but when is anyone's guess. As Metallica's old 80s moniker stated, this truly was a day of Metal Up Your Ass! HA!
The greatest day of my R-N-R photography world has arrived! Check out the new http://aliceinchains.com website that released today featuring my live photography work with the band! You can even choose which of my photos ya want as the background! I can't tell ya what an honor it is to see my work in the media section, my name and website link at the bottom of the web pages for one of the greatest hard rock bands ever! Full-access to any world-known band as a photographer is as RARE as it comes. Can't thank Jerry, Sean, Mike & William along with the whole AIC family (Baldy, Chuck, Susan, Laurie, Beno & the whole tour crew) enough for their TRUST and respect of what I do with my tour documenting style and work. Also a HUGE thanks for everything they have done these past years with KISW and the listeners! What would ya think if I toured the world with them next album cycle and did exclusive tour blogs/pics/videos right here for you all? Let me know! For more pics of my work with AIC please check the KISW photo galleries http://www2.kisw.com/photos and watch this folder as it will be updated with more photos from the past year: https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=240485&id=55058857610
Another part of Seattle music history has left us to early. Alice in Chain's original bassist Mike Starr was remembered today at his private and public memorials at the EMP and Seattle Center fountain. Had the honor of attending both and what more can ya say but another unfortunate tragedy to the famous Seattle grunge scene past. Layne Staley, Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain and now Mike Starr. To contact Mike's family with condolence and stories of your time with Mike or how you met him or any remembrances you wish to share please send to: PO Box #66110 Seattle, WA 98110 or email mikestarrforever at gmail.com or leave a comment on this page!
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Last Wednesday at the Showbox Market was the world premier show ofÂ Tres Mtn!Â Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament on bass and Mike McCready on guitar, Kings-X Dug Pinnick on vocals/guitar with Richard Stuverud (Fastbacks) onÂ drums. This band has wanted to get together for years as Jeff Ament states on the band's website: "I first saw dUg Pinnick sing and play in 1989 with his band Kings X at the Central Tavern. Three years later, I asked them to open some shows for Pearl Jam and we quickly became friends. I always joked, "when are we gonna make that heavy R&B record, you and me?" In 2001, dUg joined Richard Stuverud and me in one of our yearly writing sessions in Montana and again in 2004 with McCready. After a few years of crossed up schedules, in 2010, we finally mixed the baker's dozen songs that make up Tres Mts. These guys are all monsters and this batch of tunes is gonna be fun to play live." Check out this rocking tune from the new CD released March 8th! For more information or to buy the CD go here: http://www.tresmts.com
Wednesday night rocked at Donn Bennettâs Drum Studio! Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler is on a current clinic tour showing off the new Mapex Black Panther Blaster Double Bass Drum Set! Chrisâ first stop in Salt Lake City the other night drew over 700 people, so having it at the sold-out limit of 60 at the Donn Bennett Drum Studio in Bellevue made for a nice intimate event with the fans! Chris discussed many aspects of his playing, his equipment and ultimately playing many Lamb of God tunes. Chris played/talked for about 2 hours then mingled with the fans afterwards. There was TONS of equipment giveaways after the clinic along with free t-shirts so for $8 a person it was WELL worth it! Awesome night with one of the most humble and appreciative drummers Iâve ever heard do a clinic. Check out Chris at the Mapex website. Video will be posted soon at Donn Bennett Drum Studio website! For a full photo gallery check it out on my concert Facebook page!
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You know where you are? You're in the Tacoma Dome baby and you're going down! Slash & Ozzy on the same bill! Are you kidding me!?
SLASH - If I wasn't paying attention backstage waiting to go shoot with the other photographers we might of missed Slash! We're back there talking 20min before Slash is scheduled to go on and I'm like "who's playing out there right now?" No one knew until we popped out there and guess what! Slash hit the stage 20 minutes early! So we only really got to shoot a little more than 2 songs of our allotted 3. Reason he unexpectedly did that, he was called to play during halftime at the Superbowl the next day in Dallas and had to catch a plane! Really caught the streaming fans into the Dome off guard! Just seeing Slash less than 3 months ago (photos) in a way smaller environment at the Showbox Sodo, it was very cool to see him on the BIG stage. You could tell he felt at home in the big spotlight running from side to side blasting through a set full of Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Slash 2010 and even a Velvet Revolver track with "Slither." Myles Kennedy handled the vocals as good as one can expect from the various material.Â Full set was: Ghost - Mean Bone (Slash's Snakepit cover) -Been There Lately (Slash's Snakepit cover) - Nightrain (Guns N' Roses cover) - Back From Cali - Rocket Queen (Guns N' Roses cover) - Starlight - My Michelle (Guns N' Roses cover) - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N' Roses cover) - Slither (Velvet Revolver cover) - Paradise City.Â Make sure to visit http://slash.ultimate-guitar.com for one great website full of Slash material!
OZZY - Not seeing Ozzy play live for many years I didn't know what to expect. He's not the young man we use to know. I wasn't allowed to shoot the show because they were only allowing photographers for periodicals to shoot. So to make sure I had something here for all you readers I took some photos and video from my seat with my little cheapo pocket Nikon! What a show it was! Ozzy might move a little slow at times on stage but he still has the fire and charisma to keep that onstage charm going on with energy bursts! The water bucket throwing and foam spray gun on the crowd really gets him going! (See video below) It's all about the music and entertainment for Ozzy and he's still delivering amazingly especially with his young guns backing him up in the band. Adam Wakeman - keyboards/rhythm guitar - Rob Nicholson - bass - Tommy Clufetos - Drums - Gus G. - Guitars. That show opening Hollywood movie remakes of Ozzy in them was amazing and funny, especially Avatar! Will there be a Black Sabbath reunion in 2012? I think so! Setlist: Bark at the Moon - Let Me Hear You Scream - Mr. Crowley - I Don't Know - Fairies Wear Boots (Black Sabbath cover) - Suicide Solution - Road to Nowhere - War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover) - Shot in the Dark - Rat Salad (Black Sabbath cover) (with Guitar and Drum solos) - Iron Man (Black Sabbath cover) - I Don't Want to Change the World - Crazy Train - Encore: Mama, I'm Coming Home - Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover). The Oz man is back! http://www.ozzy.com
The mighty Lemmy and gang were back to Seattle at the Sold-Out Showbox SodoÂ for another audio assault last Friday on theirÂ current "The World Is Yours" tour. "The World Is Yours" CD officially released in the USA today on MotÃ¶rhead Music/EMI records! Click here to listen & buy online! Reviews have been fantastic so far.
Got to the show a little earlier than normal cause Ryan Castle and gang was tryingÂ to setup in the Sodo bar areaÂ for some KISW interview coverage with Lemmy and Sean Kinney/Duff McKagan, but Lemmy actually wasn't feeling well and timeÂ ran out before the show so that got bagged. Instead we allÂ went up to Lemmy's dressing room soÂ Duff & SeanÂ could chat with the legend and also getÂ a film part in for Duff's Loaded movieÂ in the works with directorÂ Jamie Chamberlin. Loaded bassist Jeff Rouse did this quick funny part with Lemmy where he wins a bass lessonÂ for the movie. It was so cool to be in the same room as Lemmy for awhileÂ as he wasÂ jamming on Jeff's bass. I thanked Lemmy BIG TIME for letting me in to shoot within his personal space and document some interesting stuff..mainly his famous HAT as you'll see in the photos below. I don't think there can be any one person more Rock in Roll than Lemmy. I think his newly releasedÂ documentary movie âLemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son Of A Bitchâ will tell it all!Â
OnceÂ I got up in the photo pit ready for Motorhead to hit that stageÂ I knew one thing from the past, Motorhead play LOUD!Â WhenÂ Lemmy did his usual "We are Motorhead and we play Rock in Roll" introÂ before blasting into "We are Motorhead,"Â I felt my ear plugs get pushed in from the wall of sound that hit me. That had to be somewhere between 115-120db!Â My goatee split in half like I was riding on a bike doing 60mph..HA!! Pretty rabid crowd andÂ damn good set including two new KILLER "The World Is Yours" CDÂ tracks "Get Back in Line" and "I Know How to Die." Can it get any better with a set ending of "Killed by Death" "Ace of Spades" and "Overkill"?Â One of the fewÂ bands on the planet that keep steamrolling ahead no matter what the current musical sceneÂ is, 35 years and stronger than ever! Long live Lemmy!
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YES! The last day finally arrived! My body is giving me the big screw you treatment today. Surprised I can even walk. I spent most of today sitting in the press room editing photos and catching up anything internet since my lovely hotel room wireless internet was dead, I couldn't update the blogs daily like I originally wanted to do. Next year will be different! I could use the wife's help so I could actually do some video interviews and other stuff. Kinda hard to do any of that alone. Over all it was an AMAZING time, caught up with a lot of friends in the music industry and associates I've meet through facebook etc. Scored some great jobs and excited to what 2011 has in-store for me. As for today there was only a few things on my list. Made it a lot easier with the crowds nearly half the size on a Sunday.
- Finally saw Neil Peart's (Rush) Time Machine tour drum set on display. It was AMAZING!!! The details and all the drums, it was like he should've had a Sit-N-Spin in the very middle to play everything, HA! Check out the photos below. I'm guessing that was like way in the six figures to make.
- Stopped by the XPAudio booth to check the incredible Morpheus pedals called the "Capo" (tunes up your guitar) and the "Droptune" (tunes your guitar pitches down). You GOTTA check these out if you play the electric guitar! Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Mischa Kianne and Jacy Peckham of Witchburn, Uli Jon Roth, Brad Gillis, Adam Wakeman & Gus G (Ozzy) are a few artists that use these pedals!
- Saw some cool new expression-sensing guitar cabinets with lighting effects from DAR Amplification! See pics below. How cool would those be onstage! Can control from laptop!
- One of the funny things of NAMM is the Sound Police! Yes they go around to each booth with their decibel readers and make sure the dealers are under the decibel ratings allowed in the convention. They gave our numerous tickets Sunday. Can you imagine if they didn't have these guys?? Be a guitar, bass, drum, violin, saxophone, keyboard, etc. war of sound!!
- Martin Guitars had their 1.5 millionth guitar made there. A one-of-a-kind Leonardo Da Vinci special! Check out the photos and read more here!
You should've been on our plane landing back in Seattle! Gust of wind hit us around 20ft off the ground and shook that plane like a toy! I just about saw the wing hit the ground!! Everyone freaked out! I went into a cold sweat! What a way to end the trip, rocking and rolling back to Seattle! Until NAMM 2012!!
Remember that classic Megadeth song "Wake Up Dead"?Â I knew that's how I'd feel with the coupleÂ hours of sleep I knew I only had coming back to the hotelÂ at 1am Saturday morningÂ from the Megadeth show.Â With no Internet working I was ready to hit the sack as soon as I opened the door and out comes a gal from the next room over "Hi!"Â I'm like "Hi, goodnight" and close the door....for the next hours I got to listen to her get banged by visitor after visitorÂ until IÂ basically passed out from exhaustion of the previous day. Ha! Today's agenda mainly had the names Mike Inez, Arejay Hale & Halestorm, Steve "The Mad Drummer" Moore, Duff McKagan, and some band (you might of heard them ha ha) Cheap Trick!
- Got to hang with Halestorm for a couple hours as we visited sponsor booths of theirs like Gibson guitars. Arejay had a couple signings at the Ludwig booth so I covered those sessions and we ended up doing a shot we think might be a Ludwig ad on the big drum display they had.
- Covered Duff McKagan at his signing at the RotoSound booth. Tons of people/fans showed up.
- Saw my buddies Randy Cooper and John Exall from Texas Hippie Coalition at their GHS Strings booth signing.
- Ran into Mark "The Animal" Mendoza of Twisted Sister..awesome!!
- How often ya see Kerry King of Slayer doing a signing with a full marching dance band in front of him..HA HA! (see photos)
- Check out the Neon guitar/Bass strings from DR Strings. Very cool to see in person! Loved these every time I walked by them (see photos)
- Alice in Chains Mike Inez had a couple signings today including a stop at the Warwick instrument booth were I had my 5x5 canvas shot of him on display. Same shot was used for autograph signings too! )
- Cheap Trick at The Grove was awesome! Went as a fan, weaseled my way to the front and enjoyed my first Cheap Trick show! Got some guitar picks! Included some videos! They still got it!!!
How busy wasÂ I Friday? Lets put on the running shoes and go down the list of 7 hours ofÂ non-stop leg action to start my day off! My hotel internet officially didn't work and even at the Hilton, rightÂ next to NAMM I heard it wasn't working cause too many folks were using it at the same time! At least the NAMM Press Room had internet, but having the time to actually sit was impossible to not miss any coverage.
-Â Lots of booths visited today! My main focused company was Bullet Cables. A new amazing product of expert sound disguised as cool stuff! Top quality guitar cables in cool colors & designs with cool endings like skulls, pistols, coffins, syringes etc.! See pics below or visit http://www.bulletcable.com/bullet-cable-shop Proud to say their new 2011 product catalog cover features one of my concert shots highlighting their product! First time in company history they've featured an artist on their cover with Clare B. of Anti-Product! See cover below in photo gallery.
- Gene Simmons and Scott Ian both canceled their scheduled signings today. HUGE disappointment!
- King's X played 2 concerts in the Ampeg/Mackie stage room. Is there any better bass sound live than Dug Pinnick with Ampeg? Think not! Still one of the greatest rock bands on planet earth!
- Huge Ampeg autograph session with Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Kings-X Dug Pinnick and Pantera's Rex Brown! Little chaotic mainly caused but some so-called press with their little pocket cameras taking advantage of being right there wanting pics of Geezer with their mags etc. I put a stop to that real quick. Paparazzi pieces of...
- Finally met world-famous rock photographer Robert Knight in person. Great guy and was an a honor to hang and meet up with his next prodigy's he's managing especially the 18-year old music guitar prodigy Josh Gooch!
- Our own Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) and Michael Wilton (Queensryche) had a big dual autograph session at the Dean Markley strings booth! Hilarious Chris Jerico (WWE/Fozzy) showed up during the session!
- Spent some time at the David Ellefson/Chris Broderick (Megadeth) autograph signing. Afterwards met with some Jackson Guitar reps with Ellefson in getting some more ad work with my live shots he wants to use more of.
- Attended the 2nd annual Dean Guitars NAMM JAMM at The Grove. Megadeth, HellYeah, Michael Schenker & Leslie West! Also Coffin Case Girls Fashion Show. Amazing show and want to thank David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Wayne Findlay (MSG) for setting me up with show laminates and photo passes. This wasÂ a private event that Dean handed out 3000 show laminates, the place holds 1700 so imagine the line during the show!! When I left early during the end of Megadeth's set there was 500+ waiting outside still being let in one at a time when people left.
My feet and legs were killing me! Even with killer running shoes on. Saturday might be the real killer with a full day of NAMM coverage with Halestorm, Mike Inez and Duff McKagan along with private Cheap Trick concert to attend!
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[Updated 1/16/11 2pm] NAMMnesthesia! That's what this is!! Over 1-million square feet of walking space cram packed with everything music you can think of! Coming here for the first time time to cover it thinking I could possibly do it by myself is like thinking I can win the lottery choosing the numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6! Overwhelming can't even explain it! Add on top of every know industry person/musician on planet earth is walking by you it's crazy! You think you want to get to a certain booth or demonstration and instead of a 5min walk it ends up being 20min! Add the photo opportunities in there and your head spins withÂ NAMMnesthesia! You're here 10 hours then ya go to shows till 2am each day! And I thought I could blog daily..I need my 3 hours of sleep! HA! With this being the first full day and my first actual NAMM, it was a day of soaking in information and visual overload. ThereÂ were a couple times I'd stop at a walkway crossroad and just freeze and look around wondering where i should go next.Â With hundreds and hundreds of company booths for musical instruments, accessories, clothing, lightning, seminars, performances, educational classes etc. NAMM is truly the EPIC center of the musical universe as a wholeÂ this January 13-16th.
After settling down from the initial overload I made a couple demonstration performances of the day. Jackson Browne revealed his new signature Gibson acoustic. Paul Reed Guitars revealed a whole new line of signature guitars including Heart's Howard Leese who now plays with The Paul Rogers Band and Bad Company. Howard also did a signingÂ for hisÂ latest solo CD "Secret Weapons." Walking around (see pics below for all related ramblings here) saw the most amazing looking guitar from Warrior handmade instruments. If ya think Jesus rocks, thenÂ this is the guitar for you if ya stick $100k in the Warrior collection plate! The other amazing guitar was the 1.5 Millionth Martin Acoustic Guitar made: a Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa Special Edition! Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of Machine Head revealed his new Gibson/Epiphone signature flying V guitar. See the photo of the ESP guitar I could've walked out with if I had $35k laying around. Bad ass metallic masterpiece! I even got to play with the new mini Zakk Wylde guitar!Â
Highlight of the day in the people meetings for meÂ was Bootsy Collins!Â Â A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bootsy was the original funk rock bassist!Â He was so cool to talk to and even gave me the animated pose shot of the day. After walking around NAMMÂ for hours we headed over to Galaxy Theater for The Groove Remains The Same tribute concert to legendary rock drummer, JohnÂ Bonham (Led Zeppelin). I was STUNNED!! This has to become a tour!!Â Lots of great drummers giving it up to John Bonham in the most logical way possible; play their favorite song on a Bonham replica kit with The Moby Dicks! Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/ DIO/ Heaven And Hell), Kenny Aronoff (John Cougar, Smashing Pumpkins),Â Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Jimmy D'Anda (Bulletboys), James Kottak (Scorpions), Abe Laboriel (Paul McCartney, Sting), Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm), Chad Smith (Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy), Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) to name a few, KILLED IT! It was so fresh cause each drummer gave a different vibe. I thought the Bonham set was gonna crumble when Abe Laboriel came out and played. Be like me banging on a Fisher Price set, this man is living LARGE! Check out the Bonzo info! First real night of NAMM done!
Joe Satriani - Saturday, Jan 8, 2011 8:00pm at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA. Wormhole Tour 2010/2011
This was definitely one 'Wormhole' of a show. The connection: Qwest Field and the Snoqualmie Casino! After the Seahawks pulled off one of greatest upsets in NFL history by knocking out the Superbowl Champs (New Orleans Saints) late that afternoon, many of those football game attendees and fans (including me) showed up to this concert in full Seahawk jerseys and gear! It made for an interesting looking crowd. Ned Evett & Triple Double opened the show and it was cool to see Ned playing his trademark cool ass mirror-like fretless guitar necks! (See video)Â Check out his style of guitar drivin' rock here.
Now what can ya say about Joe Satriani that hasn't all ready been said before? One of the greatest rock guitarist to walk planet earth and the only reason ya buy a ticket to see him live is to get your eye balls and ear holes electrified with amazing guitar rock instrumentals. Sure sounds a little boring if you're not totally into that stuff but believe me, what sets Joe apart from the rest is his intuitive and catchy song writing style that seem to always keep ya tuned in and interested. Blasting through a 20-song set (see photo below) that covered much of his two decade existance, Joe also cranked out 4 new tracks off his new "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards" CD on Epic records. A album created after the passing of his mother in 2009 in which her love of Jazz, R&B and blues oozed deeply into Joe's playing on this new CD. Check out the blues finger talking of "Littleworth Lane" off the album. Overall the band ( Jeff Campitelli (drums), Allen Whiteman (bass), Mike Keneally (keys) and Galen Henson (guitar) ) and Joe were tight and on the groove, crowd a little laid back (maybe fearing the snow falling outside or just tired from the Seahawk's game) but here's some pics from the show of the master at work. Check out Joe and his cool website at: http://www.satriani.com
You ready for a heavy dose of daily blogs from the 2011 NAMM Convention?? Watch here as I report direct from Anaheim, California with daily updates, photos and video for all you KISW listeners around the globe! You ask, "What is NAMM?" National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Widely known for being one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, last year's NAMM drew 85,000 registrants from 100 countries and attracted 1,400-plus exhibitors! The show is attended by NAMM member companies and their invited guests, NOT open to the general public. With more than 9,000 Members in the United States and 100+ other countries, NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music. For more information about NAMM or joining please visit their excellent informed website at http://www.namm.org
Not only will I report on some of the latest and greatest new musical products about the hit the market, I'll be attending some of the trade show concerts (Kings-X, Steve Stevens, Alex Skolnick Trio, The Mark Wood Rock Orchestra etc.), demonstrations, autograph sessions and nightly NAMM related spectacles like (hopefully cause it's invite only) the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam with Megadeth/Hellyeah/Michael Schenker, Leslie West and more! (See show info)Â "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same" John Bonham tribute show (See show info) and lots more! Basically I'll be bumping into the who's-who overload of industry reps, musicians and rock stars from Gene Simmons to Mike Inez to Elvis, ok Tortelvis and Dread Zeppelin will have to do, HA! Also very excited to show off my cover photo for the 2011 Bullet Cable catalog releasing at NAMM! First time in company history they have chosen an artist for the cover due to a photo impact with the product! What's even better it's of a girl, one of the most animated gals in rock today - Clare B. of AntiProduct!
So remember to check back here 1/14-1/17 for the scoop from NAMM. If my Facebook pages don't remind ya I'm sure some KISW on-air personalities will give ya an ear reminder to check out the blog once they start happening! Until then...Rock Until You Drop and if the sun ever comes back out in California I'm hitting Newport Beach to soak up some rays!!
REPLY TO THIS POST AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOUR TOP 10's WERE FOR 2010!
Okay I really hate Top 10 lists. Always way too hard for me to choose, especially with music cd's cause I get/buy/listen to tons a year. To help myself I made sure these CD's were released in 2010. Even though Alice in Chains "Black Gives Way to Blue", Halestorm debut, Paradise Lost " Faith Divides Us â Death Unites Us", & Behemoth's "Evangelion" I spun a lot in 2010, they were released in 9/2010 but had to give them some props! Then ya have other CD's like WindowPane's "Daybreak" ( http://www.myspace.com/windowpane), Raven's "Walk Through Fire" (http://www.myspace.com/ravenlunatics) that released in 2010 that killed me. So here's my final Top 10 cd's of 2010...drum roll please...
Post Modern Heroes - Self Titled - Unsigned!
Nobody can touch these guys with a 10-foot pole! Greatest/freshest/coolest kick ass rock band on this planet! Your jaw will drop when you hear Travis "Titanium Tonsils" Bracht sing like no other guy on this planet. Are they seriously from Seattle or some other planet? Seeing them live is an out-of-body experience! THE BEST the WORLD will know in 2011!!! One of the best beginning to end rock records EVER out of Seattle! TURN THIS UP and don't blame me when your body goes into a 40 minute conniption fit and you're off to the chiropractor!
Karnivool - Sound Awake
Imagine Tool meets Porcupine Tree in the greatest of ways! Australia has done it again!
The Crying Spell - Through Hell to Heaven - Unsigned!
My vote for best overall multi-facetted rock CD of 2010! Imagine U2, The Killers, Depeche Mode, The Smiths & Muse mixed-up in a classic mix of British-style flavored guitar rock for the ages. Again another new Seattle band ready to take on the world!
Devo - Something For Everybody
Not only the greatest sounding CD of 2010 but Devo's best since the 70s! WOW this will crush your stereo!
New Medicine - Race You To The Bottom
The best Frat party CD in the new millennium! Brilliant tunes, great band! Angst punk pop rock GODS!
Witchburn - This is how we Slay our Demons - Unsigned!
The greatest union of men and women on any hard rock CD ever! A juggernaut of Sabbath-like pillaging to kick your ass from here to Timbuktu! Over 70min of the amazing Jamie Nova on vocals...makes me glad I'm alive! Buy this CD!! Produced by Jack Endino, enough said!
Dirty Heads - Any Port In A Storm (Special Edition 2010)
Imagine taking 311, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Lenny Kravitz and mix it all with a Beastie Boys vibe and no wonder they made Billboard history! This CD just makes ya feelÂ good, nasty and wanting the sun! The first independent label artists to have a #1 song on alternative radio for 11 weeks in a row but the laid back group out of OrangeÂ County is also the first independent label artists to go #1 on Billboardâs all format rock songs chart in history! Wonder who at Warner Bros. decided to not release this CD and drop it instead? No wonder the industry is all screwed up!Â You canât stop good music!
Mushroomhead - Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children
The different guitar sounds on this CD KILL me!!! Absolutely razor cutting, heavy & clean, beautiful throughout! Diversely heavy, yet melodic with their 2 polar opposite sounding vocalists and musical styles especially on "I'll Be Here". Don't let the masks scare ya, they've been doing it longer than Slipknot with more diverse and musically memorable tunes. Love Mushroomhead! #1 band on planet I want to shoot live with their crazy show!
Accept - Blood of the Nations
The return without UDO is single handedly the best Accept CD since "Metal Heart", with ex-TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo. Heâs a perfect fit to cover UDO's vocal grit of the past. The Twin-V guitar attack and huge bass lines are back! The first three songs had me on the floor crying with happiness, itâs that Accept classic good!
Hail The Villain - Population: Declining
Thank you Canada! Is the opening Helmet-like riffage of "Evil Has a Name" the riff of the year? I think I blew a speaker and a hip at the same time ha!! Love CD's that make ya feel like ya plugged yourself in the electrical socket!!
Shhhhhh I snuck an eleventh pick! Too good not to be listed even though released at the end of 2009 in the USA!
Black River - "Black 'N' Roll
Hard rock/metal from Poland that mix a Sabbath/Motley Crue mix for the masses! The funny thing is this band consist of members of the popular Death Metal bands Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir and Vader! "Jumping Queenny Flash" you HAVE to hear! Brilliant mix of the Sex Pistols "God Saves The Queen" and The Rolling Stones "Jumping Jack Flash" Black River style!!
Top 10 Concerts of 2010
See photos from these shows at http://www2.kisw.com/photos & http://www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive
Roger Waters - The Wall - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA 12/11/10
- $60 million dollar production, no way of beating that!
Post Modern Heroes - Kingcat Theater - Seattle 11/20/10
- CD release show - The ending of Bowie's "Heroes" CLASSIC! See this band live! http://www.myspace.com/postmodernheroes
Behemoth - El Corazon - Seattle, WA 1/19/10
- The energy of the crowd could have powered all of Seattle for an hour!
Alice in Chains - Key Arena - Seattle, WA 10/8/10
- EPIC show, filmed for 3D release, rock band of the year!
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg - Snoqualmie Casino 05/06/10
- The lineup of Marky, Micheal Graves (Misfits), Alex Kane & Clare (Anti-Product) doing The Ramones was nearly as good as the orginal band!
Slayer/Megadeth/Anthrax - Salt Lake City - 10/19/10
- Can it get any heavier? Just missing Metallica for the Big 4 show!
Sublime w/ Rome/The Dirty Heads - Marymore Park - Redmond, WA 07/07/10
- Sold out crazy show! A big summer party smoke out it was in the park!
Halestorm/Since October/Adelitas Way - The Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA 07/23/10
- Great lineup, great venue and who doesn't love Spokane?
Super Geek League - King Cat Theater 9/10/10
- One of the greatest local band live specticles EVER! See this rock band circus live! http://www.supergeekleague.com
Steel Panther/Pearl/Witchburn - House of Blues, Hollywood, CA - 1/18/10
- No way I was missing this lineup on the same bill!! Classic show!
Huge props to the Rockstar Energy Drink Festivals. The best! - Mayhem (7/12/10) Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shadows Fall, Winds of Plague, Atreyu, Norma Jean, In This Moment & 3 Inches of Blood. - Uproar (9/25/10) Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Hellyeah, Airbourne, Hail The Villain, and New Medicine!
Hey Tacoma Dome attendees, did ya know you saw the LARGEST wall of the tour so far last Saturday night?? Over 200 feet wide! Check out this great video from the show!
I was able to get the first 5 songs in (thank you Roger!) to shoot. Check out some of my samples: http://www2.kisw.com/photos/gallery/400
60 million dollar production! Insane! Show of the year indeed! What did ya think? Leave a comment!
In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
Goodbye Blue Sky
What Shall We Do Now?
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3
The Last Few Bricks
Goodbye Cruel World
Is There Anybody Out There?
Bring the Boys Back Home
The Show Must Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting For The Worms
Outside The Wall
Hard to believe on this day John Lennon has been gone for 30 years now. Also Pantera's Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott gone 6 years. Both unfortuantlyÂ to psycho fans with guns on this day in history! It changed the face of the planet to manyÂ fans ofÂ The Beatles & Pantera. Here's my Question to you:
Where were you when you heard John Lennon was killed in 1980?Â (If you're that old ha!)
How about when Dimebag Darrell was killed in 2004?
ForÂ John Lennon I was watching my New England Patriots on Monday night football when Howard Cosell made the shocking announcement. That was about as numbing to hear as I was 3 years earlier hearing Elvis died.
The world did stop that day on this announcement. No matter if you were a Beatles fan or not the world was talking.
For Dimebag it was all over the Internet while I was at home and emails started pouring in. Absolutly shocking since he was killed on stage while performing.
I was lucky enough to have taken photos ofÂ Dimebag live a couple years earlier and what a nice guy. Never forgot his passion for what he did or the stack of Jack Daniels backstage..ha!Â
Two legends from Rock & Metal gone on the same day by handguns..SAD!
The KISW rock nation showed up in full force at this year's Holiday Hangover Le-BALL-ski at the Showbox Sodo! Themed after the comedy movie "The Big Lebowski" , many KISW personalities took its characters to heart and dressed up in full costumes for the event to entertain you all. Add in the local musical acts Hartwood (in the lounge), Wratchet Head (Michael Wilton of Queensryche new project) with the national acts Hail The Villian and HellYeah on the main-stage, you can imagine the great and funny photo opportunities I had. Add beer andÂ Topshelf's Crown Royal in the mix and everyone was yelling HELLYEAH! Many photos not here will be posted at http://www2.kisw.com/photos soon but until then, here's some samples. Comment here and let me know what your favorite moment of the show was if you attended! That's if you can remember it! Ha! Or if ya have a favorite photo below comment on it by clicking it. To view high res shot click on the photo again on it's own page. See you all at the 2011 Rockgirl Gala in February! "Iron" Mike
Rockoholics!!! Are you ready!!!! The KISW Holiday Hangover Le-BALL-ski is this Friday December 3rd Showbox SoDo
Starring: HellYeah, Hail the Villian and Wratchet Head featuring Michael Wilton from Queensryche! Plus, Hartwood opening the night in the SoDo Lounge playing your favorite hits from the movie. Tickets still available!
Also last week if ya missed Beatallica, you GOTTA watch this video and be amazed!!! The Beatles "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" meets Metallica's "Creeping Death" = "While My Guitar Deathly Creeps"
Also hear the INCREDIBLE Metallica meets the Beatles samples off their new CD "Masterful Mystery Tour" LISTEN HERE
QUEEN ANNE SILVER PLATTERS STORE SATURDAY, NOV. 20th at 3:30pm. In Store Performance By Beatallica
Beatallica are the only band licensed by both the Beatles & Metallica to mash up their music. They will be performing in support of their new album "Masterful Mystery Tour" (available now).
TONIGHT POST MODERN HEROES live at the King Cat Theater!Â
KISW Loud and Local Presents Post Modern Heroes CD Release show! You DON'T wanna miss this show!!!!
Saturday, November 20th - King Cat Theater - Kulture Krush â10 with Post Modern Heroes, Kiss The Gunners Daughter and Lions Ambition. Tickets are $12 ADV / $16 Day of the show. All VIP tickets SOLD OUT! Available through Brown Paper Tickets. This all ages show starts at 9PM. Doors open at 8PM. http://www.kingcattheater.com/EventDetail.aspx?EventId=313
What's up KISW Nation! Time to catch ya up on some quick blurbs/photos that I've been up to as of late. Promise to be more prompt on updating in the future. Making this section a routine of my busy schedule will be the fun part..ha! Ok lets talk.
Steel Panther: Was that a Halloween night to remember or what?? Showbox Sodo was PACKED! Women all over the stage, me & Jeetz backstage raiding the bands beer with our women, me talking biz with the band and shooting lots of photos the whole night. You'll never forget a Steel Panther show. EVER! Shockingly fun! (Pun intended). See full show photos on KISW!
BJ Shea Comedy Riot: What a great turnout at the Paramount Theater for Norm MacDonald, Craig Gass, Kyle Cease & Steve Fromstein. Shooting the meet & greet was hilarious with all 4 comics and the many paying VIP's. My cue to shoot was Craig Gass fliping me off in every photo..ha! For the show itself, all 4 comics were great but our locals Gass & Cease were it for me. These two guys are at the top of their games!! Thanks Kyle for props and putting me in the darn spotlight during the show...ha! I see this BJ Shea event happening each year for sure! See full show photos on KISW!
Rob Halford/Philm: The Judas Priest legend Rob Halford in Seattle promoting his new CD with his band HalfordÂ before heading up to Canada opening for the Ozzy tour. Always cool to see Halford doing music from his Priest, Fight & Halford days in the same show and his vocals, WOW dead on even in his older years! He did give our Jolene a great interview ya need to check out - listen now! Check out his new animated music video for his new CD title track "Made of Metal" View Now. Thanks to Philm (Dave Lombardo's, of Slayer, side project) for letting me shoot at stage, Halford sent me to the soundboard..gee thanks, ha! You gotta check Philm out..GREAT band! 60's rock meets Helmet in a diverse wall of sound and heavy musical landscapes. Nothing like Slayer.
This Saturday 11/20 the only place to be is at the King Cat Theater for the Post Modern Heroes CD Release show! Gonna be the local show the the year!
You saw them at Pain in the Grass now see 'em in their full element show! Check out Jolene's Loud & Local interview and sneak listen to the CD with the band! Listen Now!
The Internet world as we formally know it might be done for, yes "The Iron MikeÂ Files" have arrived! My own blog on KISW! Thank you KISW for giving me an outlet to share my rock in roll, dream world, exploits with YOU the KISW listening masses! I've been an avid KISW listener for the past 25+ years. Many of you know me through the Seattle music scene and countless area concerts, but mainly it's my event and concert photography for KISW where you'll recognize my work! You know the link, you should have that bookmarked: http://www2.kisw.com/photos
Watch for my exclusive behind the scene reports, photos and overall fun times at KISW and other concert events I get to work. Besides that, I'm gonna keep pretty active on here informing ya of new CD's with reviews and various other rock music or worldly news worth talking about. I think my first big blog'll be full of behind the scenes reports and photo looks of what full access craziness means from my recent stint on tour with Alice In Chains, their crew, and venues mean including those Mastodon & Deftones dudes! Let the blog madness begin!
Bookmark: http://blogs.kisw.com/ironmike as well as http://blogs.kisw.com so you can view all the other KISW personalities blogs!Â Be safe on Halloween and I hope you are at either the KISW Heaven or Hell Bash Featuring Vince Neil at the Snoqualmie Casino or KISW presents Steel Panther at Showbox Sodo Halloween night!