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Walking Papers benefit with Duff & McCready

The weather was gorgeous, and a tad hot, for a great benefit at Slim’s Last Chance last night. Performing on the Slims’ outdoor stage were Jeff Angell & Barrett Martin’s Walking Papers, with special guests: Duff McKagan, Mike McCready, Benjamin Anderson and Jeff Rouse followed by To the Glorious Lonely.

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.

Sponsor KISW had a great presence with Jolene (taking a well deserved night off for fun!), Thrill, Mischa and Ryan Castle in attendance. Queensryche members Michael ‘Whip’ Wilton , Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren were also there in support of the show. 
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!
Who are Walking Papers?
Jeff Angell - Post Stardom Depression, The Missionary Position
Barrett Martin - Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara
Their guests?
Duff McKagan - Loaded, Velvet Revolver, Jane’s Addiction, GNR
Mike McCready - Pearl Jam, Mad Season, Temple of the Dog
Benjamin Anderson - The Missionary Position, Rorschach Test, Pamela Moore
Jeff Rouse - Loaded, To The Glorious Lonely, Vendetta Red, Alien Crime Syndicate

Blogger: Stephanie Savoia 

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

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Hot Rock Shows Friday Saturday

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

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Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Still Rocking The Goods
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   

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 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


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Iron Maiden Conquers White River

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 (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!

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