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KISW LoudnLocal acts fill out Stryper bill Sunday

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.

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Chickenfoot Concert Preview

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.

To read more on the band check out the band's websites:

Opening the show is the Kentucky-bred hard rockers  Black Stone Cherry, one of the most stage active bands I've ever seen on stage. The band is supporting their current Roadrunner Records release Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
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Doors open at 6:30 show starts at 7:30.

Buy your tickets now!

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Queensryche members form new band Rising West

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!

More news later! "Iron" Mike

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Local Seattle Rock Bands Making Noise


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

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:

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!

Fall From Grace - New CD "The Romance Years" now out! The band is currently on tour opening for Eve 6 in the United States and then 2 months starting in June with Saving Abel!!! Awesome guys!! The band recently created a Kickstarter program to help offset the costs of tour so go support the guys HERE! Check them out online and buy that new great CD!

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:  YouTube 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 Festival SEE 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!

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:

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!  YouTube Channel

Underride - Recently finished a national tour with Burn Halo and currently supporting their latest CD "Distorted Nation" Check out this rock show at: &

Remember to listen to KISW's LOUD & LOCAL with Jolene every Sunday night 11pm-12am!
You can hear all the previous shows online in the podcast section at:

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Mike McCready & UFO tribute band Flight To Mars Seattle 5/23

Flight to Mars - 10th Anniversary Tour - A UFO Tribute Band Featuring Pearl Jam's Mike McCready & Special Guests Supporting CCFA Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness.

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Look who jumped onstage with Flight To Mars Tuesday night in San Diego: Ace Frehely of KISS! Who will it be in Seattle? Be there, rock out and supprt a great cause!



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