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Seattle Musician Documentary Book Video Feature

Check out the season ending Art Zone with Nancy Guppy​ show (video above) and the feature on photographer Ernie Sapiro's "Musician" book & the upcoming August gallery in Seattle. Huge honor to have been asked to participate in this historic piece of Seattle Music documentation!

Over 2 years of scheduling, Ernie shot over 175 chosen figures known in the Seattle/Pacific Northwest Music scene (all genres) over the years & currently from musicians, producers, radio personalities, record store/label peeps etc. like Pat O'Day (famous broadcaster/promoter), Duff McKagan (GnR), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Randy Hansen, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Chris Ballew (PUSA), Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains), Tee Wanz, Merrilee Rush, Buck Ormsby (The Fabulous Wailers), Matt Vaughn (Easy Street Records), Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop), Duke Erickson (Metal Church) etc. Even the first lady of RnR photography (especially in the Pacific Northwest), Jini Dellaccio is featured in this project. Unfortunately she passed away last year, but what an HONOR it is for myself to also be featured in this project along side her greatness and my fellow photogs Charles Peterson & Lance Mercer. Also to know my cousin and long time Seattle music critic Gene Stout is also in the project is bitter sweet for our families knowing how much time/effort we've both put into our love of music and especially in the local scene. Between us we have 65+ years of music relations in Seattle alone with our writings and photography! A celebration of each individuals 30x34" prints will be on display at Union Stable (not 100% confirmed yet - I'll announce details when confirmed) in Seattle starting August 21st and will run for 3-4 weeks. A book is also in the plans too. That would be awesome!

Here's some non-exhibit extras Ernie let me use of Mike McCready - (me) Iron Mike Savoia - Gene Stout for this blog. Not even knowing the uniqueness or full story behind the project when I had my photo shoot I'm super happy I walked out of the house that day with my Rocket shirt on, perfect dedication to the history of Seattle music print coverage back in the day now immortalized in this project! If Ernie's last name rings a bell in Seattle his father was the world renowned film photographer Scotty Sapiro (bio). His studio in Seattle's Pioneer Square was well known in the 70s. Following in his footsteps Ernie is now on of the best Seattle based portrait and lifestyle editorial photographers! Great personality and talent. Stay up-to-date with this project at: www.facebook.com/erniesapirophotography

A special shout out goes out to Nancy Guppy (Art Zone, Almost Live, King5) as the co-producer of this "Musicians" project as Ernie stated to me "This would have never happened without her" and the Gibson Showroom in Seattle (Jeff Dana & Jenny Marsh) for their time/efforts for all the photos to be done there.

"Iron" Mike Savoia - blogs.kisw.com/ironmike - www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

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Steven Wilson's Solo Tour Hits Seattle Weds

KISW 99.9FM presents Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson at the Moore Theatre in Seattle this Wednesday June 17th on this his "Hand. Cannot. Erase." solo album tour.
Originally scheduled for the Neptune Theatre, it sold out fast and with the extra demand STG Presents moved it to the Moore Theatre. All Neptune Theatre tickets will be honored at the Moore.
Tickets still available for the show HERE.

Last time Steven Wilson was in town was for his tour opening sold-out Showbox Market show on April 4, 2012 for his "Grace For Drowning" album tour. See show photos HERE. Bummed he never toured here for the "The Raven That Refused To Sing" album in 2013 so looking forward to this show.

This time around it's the last show of the U.S. Tour in Seattle. Promoting the "Hand. Cannot. Erase" (inspired by the case of Joyce Carol Vincent, where a woman living in a large city dies in her apartment and no one misses her for three years, despite her having family and friends) album. A definite Top 5 album release of 2015. Near 66min progressive rock bliss!

The live show to align with the albums subject matter is gonna be a spectacular visual from the few video clips I've seen on this tour. Don't miss my favorite artist of all time and one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time in Steven Wilson. Buy Tickets HERE.

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Jolene Leaves KISW 99.9FM Seattle

Jolene's announcement was like the same feeling I had back in 1999 when I heard the NFL's Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions just up and quit the game in his prime with no real reason why. Sanders left the game just 1,457 yards short of being first place on the list for the NFL all-time rushing record at that time. Now we don't have to lay down any statistics as to how Jolene is perceived in the Seattle airwaves, she was the Queen of the night time FM radio. As a teen she dreamed about working at KISW and 11 years ago she conquered that dream. Last Tuesday she shocked Seattle by announcing her retirement from radio and Friday was her last day at KISW. Just like the Barry Sander situation I was in shock. Takes some big balls to quit anything at the top of your game. Jolene felt it was her time to move on in life and with her upcoming wedding I can see a life shift that backs up her decision. 

For 8 of her 11 years at KISW I got to hang and photograph her at events. In the beginning (she'll admit) she didn't like her photo taken. Took a good 2 years for her to loosen up then BAM she was rocking the camera as you'll see in my photo gallery (2007-2015) video below:

So on May 29th I put on one of these Jolene wigs hanging around the station and went to work with her covering her last time on-air at KISW.

The response was awesome in support. Phone calls in from Duff McKagan (Loaded/GNR/Walking Papers), Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains), KISW Hall of Famer Cathy Faulkner and current morning radio giant BJ Shea. In studio visits from former KISW DJ Ricker, performances from Windowpane and Witchburn. Famed producer Jack Endino, Musician Paul Passereli stopped by and more. 
Check out my full photo gallery HERE.

Here's a video of Windowpane and Witchburn's performances and other quick clips I did in the studio. For all the audio interview and phone call clips plus some videos go to KISW: http://www.kisw.com/Jolene-s-Last-Ride/21561570 

Jolene will be missed. Her support of local music was undeniable at the station and hope someone there continues that tradition. Thought it would be cool to end the blog with a photo of her last second on-air.

Good luck Jolene! "Iron" Mike Savoia  

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Photofantasm Soundgarden Photobook

Soundgarden fans you gotta check this out! Super stoked to have contributed photos to this awesome project benefiting the Canary Foundation, the first and only foundation in the world solely dedicated to the funding of early cancer-detection solutions. All Net Proceeds Go To Charity! "In the course of making this book our friend Tiffany Patterson-Gross passed away in late 2013. It made this project an even greater labor of love as we also dedicate this book to our friend and fellow Knight. She was a pillar of strength and inspiration to us and everyone she touched. Tiffany fought a battle against cancer with her otherworldly strength while showing grace, humor, and kindness towards others." Jaye and Mike English - Photofantasm Authors

 

Here's a little page sample of one of my photos in the book and its extra special because my cousin and long time Seattle music critic Gene Stout contributed some of his work for the project too and its right on my page. Our families will be proud. For complete book information check out the press release below and visit http://www.photofantasm.com to order one of only 1000 books made right now. 
"Iron" Mike Savoia - www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

 

PHOTOFANTASM SOUNDGARDEN: NUDEDRAGONS TO KING ANIMAL — THE FIRST EVER FAN-BASED COMPILATION PHOTOBOOK — IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The only book ever created by the fans for any high-profile band, Photofantasm Soundgarden is dedicated to rock pioneers Soundgarden. It features commentary and recollections from fellow artists, the music press, and other notable contributors.
 
SEATTLE, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons to King Animal highlights the Seattle band’s rebirth via hundreds of pages’ worth of photographs, graphic art, anecdotes, interviews, and reviews. In a truly collaborative effort, fans, artists, musicians, authors, photographers, and other notable personalities all help chronicle Soundgarden's performances across the globe from 2010 to 2013.
 
To quote Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge author Mark Yarm in his foreword to Photofantasm Soundgarden, the book is “by the fans, for the fans”—the book boasts more than 300 contributors from more than 30 countries on six continents—and captures what promises to be just the beginning of a very long second chapter!
 
Much like classic vinyl, Photofantasm Soundgarden is a quality, limited-edition collector's item (only 1,000 copies) meant to be savored by the fans (and the band itself) for years to come. The heart of this book is a section devoted to the loving memory of an extraordinary friend and Soundgarden fan who courageously fought cancer. All net proceeds will go to Canary Foundation, the first and only foundation in the world solely dedicated to the funding of early cancer-detection solutions.
 
Photofantasm totals 592 pages, much of it exclusive content. It includes more than 1,000 photographs, plus concert posters, original artwork, hundreds of stories, interviews, reviews, and more. Printed and bound in the USA, Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons to King Animal can be purchased exclusively at www.Photofantasm.com. Also check out the site for a sneak peek at some of the book’s highlights and a list of all the contributors.
“This book is a must-have for Soundgarden fans and an opportunity to give to a great cause!” say authors Jaye and Mike English. “It took passion and several years to collaborate with fans and artists around the world to create Photofantasm and have it remain authentic. We’re happy we made history together and proud to give back. We thank everyone who contributed!”
Soundgarden, which features members Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd, have released six studio albums, won two Grammy® Awards, and sold millions of records worldwide. They are currently planning another album and working on their own personal projects.
 
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Stone Temple Pilots Kickoff Tour

Wednesday night in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre the Stone Temple Pilots kicked off their U.S. tour. I have a long love of this band with some interesting moments too. Here's a photo back 23 years ago when KISW 99.9FM had a free sponsored show at the OK Hotel with STP. November 20, 1992 shot on my pocket Kodak 35mm film camera.

I did a positive review of their debut album back in '92 (post publications were slamming them as a Seattle grunge sound rip-off) in my local Seattle fanzine B.T.R. Music Magazine. The band and label appreciated my words (I knew they'd  be huge) and invited me to their "Plush" video shoot that actually happened here in Seattle near Greenlake at the Little Red Hen. Enough of the past lets get into the present! Scott Weiland is out and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington is in. He's a perfect fit for the band!! Weiland dug his own grave with this band and I'm glad the band is not staying hostage to his unpredictability issues and moving on with Chester. Was excited to see how this would work tonight as I've never seen the band fronted by someone else than Weiland. Besides some of the funny first show of the tour mistakes he was kick ass!! Here's some fan footage off YouTube from Michael Rovski of "Dead & Bloated" from this show.


Day started off being asked to shoot the bands soundcheck party with their VIP's. That was a blast!! Everyone was invited onstage as the band playfully jammed soundcheck and directly to those fans! It was something I've NEVER seen from a band and what an experience it was for those people and even me shooting. I made sure to get a full group shot of the band and these fans at the end of soundcheck. 

 



Seattle Setlist: Lounge Fly/Vasoline/Wicked Garden/Sex Type Thing/Pruno/Crackerman/Coma/Sin/Big Bang Baby/Out of Time/Heaven and Hot Rods/Meatplow/Adhesive/Creep/Big Empty/Plush/Interstate Love Song/Down/Sex & Violence/Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart/ Encore: Piece of Pie/Dead & Bloated

Seattle savant musician Richard Peterson who actually played on a hidden track "My Second Album" on the 1994 "Purple" album was invited out at the end of the show and gave a few words to the crowd. That was awesome!! See STP Richard post/photo HERE.

Overall as a life long STP fan I'm glad to see the band happier than ever and moving on with a singer fully capable of continuing this bands legacy as one of the greatest radio rock bands of our time. Go see this band live!! The songs speak for themselves including the new ones with Chester! 

Go see my full set of Soundcheck and Concert Photos by CLICKING HERE. Also posted on KISW.com's photo gallery HERE

Also check out my bro at Seattle Sound Live and his STP show review HERE!

Visit STP online: 
http://stonetemplepilots.com 
https://www.facebook.com/stpband 
https://www.youtube.com/stptv 

Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia
KISW 99.9FM Blog: http://blogs.kisw.com/ironmike
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive

UPDATE: 4.29.15 - Reason why Weiland is not fronting STP ever again. He still needs serious help!


 

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Windowpane Free Concert & Movie Premier This Saturday

Seattle! Time to come out and support what could and should be Seattle's next national recording rock band: WINDOWPANE

KISW 99.9 "The Rock" presents the official SCREENING PARTY at Studio Seven on Saturday, April 4th 2015 at 7pm. Hosted by the one and only Jolene Skisw :)

The screening of the full length feature film "There is No Such Thing As the Record Label Fairy" The Story of Windowpane on a big screen. See trailer in HD below all this text. There will be chairs provided for the duration of the film. 

Followed by the first official live WINDOWPANE performance in 10 months (chairs will be removed). The band will be joined on stage by guest artists including members of:
QueensrÿcheKlover JaneThe MothershipThe Crying SpellVan EpsMechanism

All Ages, full bar with ID (and because this is a NON-ticketed event, alcohol will be allowed anywhere in the venue for persons of legal age), Doors at 7pm

***FREE ADMISSION*** (Courtesy of Windowpane & Studio Seven) *First come, first served*
(Place holds 800 peeps, all should be able to get in, but we do recommend that you get there early and know that chairs for the screening of the film are limited to 250)
STUDIO SEVEN 110 S. Horton ST Seattle, WA 98134

Windowpane on KISW's "LOUD & LOCAL" show 3.29.15

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Has 25 years really gone by for Andrew Wood?

Has 25 years really gone by? Our city of Seattle has been through so much pain over the years within our music community loosing so many great musicians to drugs. Seems like yesterday the bad news of Andrew Wood hit my ears 3.19.90. I remember the huge buzz leading up to the Mother Love Bone "Apple" release. They were the next rock stars, the next big thing in rock music, then Andrew has a relapse with heroin and the end of Mother Love Bone happened before it even began. Remember one thing, if there was no Mother Love Bone there might of never been Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc.

Andrew Wood and MLB opened the major label records door to Seattle and it's uprising rock/grunge scene. The world changed forever...thank you Andrew, you were of a different seed for sure, but a special one it was and its a damn shame that seed didn't blossom into the major rock star you were. You were the biggest loss in Seattle rock music history by a long shot. Why? True rock stars were a thing of the past before Andrew, he was the next and would've been possibly the last true rock star we'd know from his musical talent, vision and fashion that we would've seen grow over the yearsApple is what we have left and in Seattle music history it will live on forever!  Check out Northwest Music Scene's article today: "25 Years After The Tragic Death of Andrew Wood- We Still Wonder" Great article {READ HERE}


 





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Mike Starr 4 Years Gone Today

Thought I'd have a little remembrance post today to one of our lost Seattle rock warriors Mike Starr formally of Alice in Chains. Four years ago today, RIP 4/4/66-3/8/11

Back in January me & Stephanie caught the Spector Bass unveiling at NAMM of Mike Starr's new signature bass. It looks awesome! Made to the last specs Mike had and wanted. He'd be proud of this! 

Check out my exclusive photos from the private Mike Starr memorial inside the EMP then the Seattle Center with fans.
{Click here to view Mike Starr private memorial & public gathering photos at EMP/Seattle Center - 3/20/2011}

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Sock Puppet Music Parody Videos


Came across this YouTube video channel called
SockPuppetParody that had me on the floor laughing! What creative genesis!! Take a music video and create it using sock puppets and changing the lyrics to wash machine related themes. Example: Metallica = Lintallica / Slayer = Stayner / Static X = Static Cling / etc. Then you have the lyric changes...just watch the views and laugh!!!! My favorite has to be the Rage Against The Washing Machine video...classic!!! Ha! Check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sockpuppetparody YouTube: www.youtube.com/SockPuppetParody 
"Iron" Mike Savoia

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Sock Puppet Parody) - Smellvana "Smells Like Stinkhole"

Metallica - Master of Puppets (Sock Puppet Parody) - Lintallica "Master of Sock Puppets"
 

Slayer - Raining Blood (Sock Puppet Parody) - Stayner "Raining Bleach"

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (Sock Puppet Parody) - Rage Against The Washing Machine "Searching For The Lost Sock"

Static X - Push it (Sock Puppet Parody) - Static Cling "Sew It"

Radiohead - Creep (Sock Puppet Parody) - Sockhead "Sock"

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK (Sock Puppet Parody) - Sox Pistols "Mess-Anarchy"

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Billy Idol Shows Seattle Who's Still King!

BILLY IDOL - PARAMOUNT THEATRE - SEATTLE, WA 2.13.15
Photos/Blog - "Iron" Mike Savoia

For nearly 4 decades Billy Idol has been in and out of just about every fan of rock/punk/pop music ears in one way or another. From the late 70s with the British punk rock band Generation X to his continuing successful solo days, Billy Idol at nearly 60 can still rock with the best. With a Sold-Out Paramount Theatre in 2015 it proves his staying power is still there. In support of his new awesome album (made my Top 20 of 2014) "Kings & Queens of the Underground", he opened the show with a new killer track "Postcards from the Past" and then going into "Cradle of Love", but it was the 3rd song that got me excited, his latest single/video "Can't Break Me Down". By far his best tunes in years with a modern sound mixed with his classic Idol style we all know and love. Great live tune.

 


Bedsides playing the hits "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony" etc. he also played two Generation X tunes "King Rocker" and "Ready Steady Go". Guitarist Steve Stevens was just as entertaining as Billy. His electric acoustic solo was a fun display of his bad ass skills. Why isn't this guy mentioned with the other guitar greats of today? 

 

Overall it was an entertaining show. Billy sounded pretty good (little flat here and there), looked amazing without a shirt on at 59 years young, still commands the stage with the attitude he had back in the day. Make sure to check out his new album "Kings & Queens of the Underground". {Buy Here} Stay up-to-date with Billy Idol at: www.BillyIdol.net

{Click Here To View Concert Photos From This Shows first Three Songs}

 

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