Posts from May 2013

John "Bonzo" Bonham!
John Bonham always and forever!!

The late, great John "Bonzo" Bonham of Led Zeppelin would have turned 65 today!! The power, the swing, the rhythm and those trees he played!! 

How about a little "love" for the man who inspired thousands of drummers and musicians worldwide?! 

Favorite Zepp song he played on?
Have a fantastic weekend gang!
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GUNS N' ROSES: Check Out a Young Axl
GUNS N' ROSES: Check Out a Young Axl
I love hearing stuff like this. An insight to who they were before ya know, they hit the bigtime!
A demo recording of Axl Rose in a pre-Guns n' Roses band has hit YouTube.
The track is called "Ready to Rumble" and was done by the band by Rapidfire. That band's guitarist, Kevin Lawrence, uploaded the clip recently and says it was recorded on May 25th 1983 -- three days before Rose met future bandmate Slash at a Rapidfire concert.
Check it out!
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SIS Top 10 Clap Songs!
SIS Top 10 Clap songs! compiled this fine list.  Enjoy the playlist and see if you can stay on time heh!
10. 'Stuck in the Middle With You'
Stealers Wheel
From: 'Stealers Wheel' (1972)
The hand claps in this Top 10 hit play against both the acoustic-guitar shuffle and the subtle rhythm laid out by the drums and bass. In a way, they're the driving force of this Dylanesque song, which went on to score one of the most iconic, and bloody, movie scenes of '90s: the severed-ear slice from 'Reservoir Dogs.'
'Bang a Gong (Get It On)'
From: Electric Warrior' (1971)
Glam rock was all about hand claps. In fact, there was a study in the late '80s that estimated that 97.4 percent of all glam songs contained hand claps. But don't quote us on that. But just trust us when we say that hand claps were as prevalent in glam as honking sax, androgyny and glittering stardust. 'Bang a Gong (Get It On)' is one of the genre's all-time best.
'Only the Good Die Young'
Billy Joel
From: 'The Stranger' (1977)
A horned-up Joel tries to (Catholic) guilt a girl into bed over a steady stream of hand claps that ride 'Only the Good Die Young''s backbeat like a 10-foot wave. Unlike 'Stuck in the Middle With You' (see No. 10 on our list of the Top 10 Hand Clap Songs), 'Only the Good Die Young' stays on rhythm, adding more fuel to the percussion fire.
'Take the Money and Run'
Steve Miller Band
From: 'Fly Like an Eagle' (1976)
The Steve Miller Band's hit song is not like most of the usual rhythm-guided claps on our list of the Top 10 Hand Clap Songs. Instead, the rapid-fire claps of 'Take the Money and Run' show up in bursts throughout the verses, punctuating the song rather than helping steer it. Either way, it's a great use of two hands.
'I Want to Hold Your Hand'
The Beatles
From: 1963 Single
Can you imagine 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' without the hand claps pushing along the verses? They're as integral to the mix as the band's celebrated harmonies. Like in most pop music from the period, the claps almost seem like an afterthought in the Beatles' breakthrough hit. But the group knew the power of a well-placed hand clap (see various other songs in their catalog).
'No Matter What'
From: 'No Dice' (1970)
Like glam rock (see No. 9 on our list of the Top 10 Hand Clap Songs), power pop was basically built on hand claps. But Badfinger's best song uses claps sparingly. In fact, they don't show up until the guitar solo, and they're so underscored, you hardly notice them. Until one final run through the refrain near the end of the song unleashes a flurry of them. Gloriously.
'Another One Bites the Dust'
From: 'The Game' (1980)
Queen stole the beat and rhythm for their No. 1 hit from Chic's great disco song 'Good Times.' But the hand claps that show up about halfway through the song, during the breakdown after the bridge, are all theirs, and they carry the song from just another dance-floor period piece into a realm where hand claps get together to cheer each other on.
'No Fun'
The Stooges
From: 'The Stooges' (1969)
For a proto-punk band that loved noise, chaos and, um, noise, the Stooges sure do get behind the feisty hand claps that propel this cut from their debut album. The claps run alongside 'No Fun' for its entire five-plus minutes, never missing a beat, not even during the super-fuzzy guitar solo that erupts all over Iggy's vocal cords during the final couple minutes.
'My Best Friend's Girl'
The Cars
From: 'The Cars' (1978)
For 'My Best Friend's Girl''s first 30 seconds, it's just bass, Ric Ocasek's voice and one of the most famous hand claps in rock history. After that, the claps disappear until a brief appearance during the song's fade. But for that first half-minute, they set up the song, guide it along and make sure it's ready to take on the next three minutes. In other words, the hand claps do all the heavy lifting.
'Jack & Diane'
John Cougar Mellencamp
From: 'American Fool' (1982)
The hand claps in 'Jack & Diane' do so much for the song -- they drive it, keep it in shape, power it, make it a much better song than it'd be without them -- we're just gonna name them the MVP of our list of the Top 10 Hand Clap Songs. The main instrumental passages and verses of John Mellencamp's (still going by John Cougar back then) only No. 1 would be an empty vessel of a song without the claps. A round of applause, please.
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Sit N Spin Organ Songs!!!
Sit N Spin Organ Songs!!!

Yesterday Ray Manzarek legendary keyboardist/organ player for The Doors passed.  Ray along with the late, great, Jon Lord of Deep Purple were some of the most well-known organ players.  Today’s SIS pays tribute to them! This would be a good time to take a smoke break (wink;)
Of course there are hundreds of songs that feature the Organ.  This is just a few.  Send them all my way in the comments section. 
Dig on the playlist with the songs we featured!
RIP Trevor Bolder (bass player passed today)
RIP Ray Manzareek
RIP Jon Lord.  He was the coolest!!
Goldy McJohn This cat was a pioneer as well and still plays.
Tom Scholtz the studio wizard plays the keys here.
This song has been covered by Iron Maiden, Gary Hoey, The Vandals (yes the punk band) and NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head!
John Paul Jones! See video below!
Sly Stone on OrganJ Sly was Duff McKagan’s neighbor in LA in the mid 80’s.
In The Garden Of Eden! Sorry no full length here, we got a show to do, not 17 minutes ha!
F*%#k! 14 Steve Winwood when he joined SDG.  Of course Traffic, Blind Faith and so many other greats ahead of him.
Led Zepps “Your Time Is Gunna Come” isn’t available for the playlist for some reason. So enjoy it below.

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RIP Ray Manzarek
RIP Ray Manzarek. 
THE DOORS: Ray Manzarek Dead at 74   

Ray Manzarek, a founding Member of The Doors, has died at age 74.
The keyboardist succumbed this afternoon (Monday) at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, where he was being treated for bile duct cancer. He was surrounded by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manzarek.
Just last week, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger told us Ray was sick, but was hoping to play a show they had scheduled in Los Angeles in August. He has issued a statement saying, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life, and I will always miss him."
In addition to his wife and brothers, Manzarek is survived by his son Pablo, his daughter-in-law Sharmin and their three children. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that its privacy be respected at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ray's name to Stand Up 2 Cancer at

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Sit N Spin PITG 2013 Preview!!
Sit N  Spin PITG 2013!!
Today’s Sit N Spin featured 10 of the 18 bands that will be part of Pain In The Grass 2013!!
If you missed or want a sonic sample of what’s coming your way Sept 6th & 7th dig in to the playlist!
And yea, here’s the video with the babes, cars, exhaust and Airbourne!!
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FFDP Lift Me Up
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Albums Go to Heaven and Hell
Five Finger Death Punch have picked a mouthful of words for the title to their new album.
The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 on July 23rd, whileVolume 2 is scheduled for later this fall. The first single, "Lift Me Up" featuring Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, will go on sale through all digital retailers on Tuesday.
Hear the new song right here!
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AS I LAY DYING: Metal Band's Singer Arrested In Plot to Kill Wife
AS I LAY DYING: Metal Band's Singer Arrested In Plot to Kill Wife
This would make a good lifetime movie don’t ya think?
This story broke last night. Real life is stranger than fiction I tell ya!
The singer for Christian metal band As I Lay Dying singer was arrested Tuesday -- for allegedly trying to have his estranged wife killed.
Police picked up Tim Lambesis at a store in Oceanside, California, near the band's hometown San Diego, after he tried to hire a hit man who turned out to be an undercover cop. They've charged him with solicitation of another to commit murder.
An investigation began last Thursday when police learned that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife, Meggan. According to court records, Meggan filed for divorce last September.
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MASTODON: Working Their Fingers Hard
MASTODON: Working Their Fingers Hard
Mastodon fans might get to hear some new songs when the band plays theMayhem Festival this summer.
A new post on the band's Facebook page says, "For those of you who are interested, yes, we have been very busy writing and putting songs together for the next studio. We are down at our space, hammering out riffs that can be friends and working our fingers to the bone to put out another great album."
Mastodon's last album, The Hunter, was released in the fall of 2011. The Mayhem Festival, which includes Rob Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch, kicks off June 29th in San Bernardino, California.
KISW and Rockstar Energy Drink Presents Mayhem Festival 2013
Wednesday, July 3rd White River Amphitheater
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MOTLEY CRUE: Mick's OK, Band Gets Honored
MOTLEY CRUE: Mick's OK, Band Gets Honored
Some people’s kids!!
Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is doing fine after being knocked over by a fan who rushed the stage over the weekend.
A fan jumped on the stage during the band's show in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada Saturday night as the Crue were performing "Primal Scream." The fan not only bumped into Mars -- he also grabbed singer Vince Neil before being tackled and hauled off. The band left the stage for a few minutes before returning to complete the set. Mars tweetedto fans, "Thank all of you for your concerns about me being knocked down. I'm alright, nothing broken. My bodyguard Rhyno got two busted ribs." The Crue's Canadian tour continues Tuesday in Winnipeg.
In good Crue news, the band will be inducted into the Mohegan Sun Walk of Fame May 18th before they play the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS: Bittersweet Night for Metal
REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS: Bittersweet Night for Metal
The news of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death earlier in the day lent an edge of sorrow to the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards last night (Thursday) in Los Angeles. Still, with Metallica getting the Ronnie Dio Lifetime Achievement Award and performing the closing set -- and many other memorable performances and special guests -- it was quite a night at Club Nokia.
Hanneman was remembered early and often:
·         In the opening set by Anthrax, guest vocalist Phil Anselmo dedicated "This Love" by his old band, Pantera, to Hanneman.
·         Host Chris Jericho dedicated the show to Hanneman's memory.
·         Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 won for Best Guitarist and dedicated it to him as well.
Later, Kerry King -- Hanneman's longtime guitar partner in Slayer -- took the stage as a presenter, but first led the audience in what elsewhere might have been called a moment of silence. Instead, he said, "Because this is metal, a moment of noise" in honor of his fallen bandmate.
·         Metallica closed the show with "Disposable Heroes," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Rapid Fire," with special guest vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and "Seek and Destroy."
·         Danzig performed a five song set, their own "Hammer of the Gods," "Mother" and "Death Comes Ripping" and, joined by former Misfits guitarist Doyle, two Misfits songs, "Last Caress" and "Skulls."
·         Stone Sour performed "Gone Sovereign" and "Absolute Zero," before being being joined by Slipknot percussionists Shawn "Clown" Crahan and Chris Fehn for Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave."
·         Five Finger Death Punch opened with "Burn It Down," then were joined by Rob Halford, who's the guest vocalist on their upcoming single, "Lift Me Up," for that song. Another Rob, Zombie, and his guitarist, John 5, then joined them for White Zombie's "Thunderkiss 65."
·         Halestorm performed "Love Bites (And So Do I)" and "I Miss the Misery," then were joined by Disturbed and Device singer David Draiman on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
·         The Dillinger Escape Plan played "Prancer" and "When I Lost My Bet," before being joined by Deftones singer Chino Moreno for a cover of Depeche Mode's "Behind the Wheel."
·         Anthrax opened the show with "Caught in a Mosh" and "Fight 'Em Till You Can't," then were joined by two former Pantera members, singer Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown, for Pantera's "This Love," which they dedicated to the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.
The following awards were handed out at Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held Thursday night at L.A.'s Club Nokia:
·         BEST GUITARIST  John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
·         BEST DRUMMER Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
·         PAUL GRAY BEST BASSIST Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
·         BEST VOCALIST Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)
·         BEST NEW TALENT Device
·         MOST METAL ATHLETE Triple H (WWE wrestling)
·         BEST LIVE BAND Slipknot
·         COMEBACK OF THE YEAR Tenacious D
·         SONG OF THE YEAR Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
·         ALBUM OF THE YEAR DeftonesKoi No Yokan
SPECIAL ANNUAL AWARDS (previously announced)
·         GOLDEN GOD AWARD Rob Zombie
·         RIFF LORD AWARD Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
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FFDP New Music and Revolver Golden Gods Awards!
FFDP New Music and Revolver Golden Gods Awards!
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Two Albums Are Better Than One
Following in the footsteps of Stone SourFive Finger Death Punch will release their new album in two parts.
The first volume of the as-yet-untitled project will be released on July 23rd, with the second due out in the fall. The band will debut the first single, "Lift Me Up," live atRevolver's Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday. They promise that their performance will feature "a very special surprise guest."
Five Finger Death Punch will co-headline the 2013 Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie this summer. That tour kicks off on June 29th in San Bernadino, California.
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