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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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Iron Mike's Top CD & Photo picks of 2014

Ok, that time of the year when I look back and say to myself "I did all that this year?". Between all the concerts and photography I did, there was the hours and hours of editing at the computer and the music that kept me focused and sane. What a year it was with all the concerts I got to cover for Entercom radio stations: KISW 99.9, The End 107.7, The Wolf 100.7 and Hot 103.7. Add in some travels like to California covering NAMM for KISW and my new gig (Thanks Dave & Larry) working on the Monsters of Rock, Moody Blues, Cruise to the Edge and Celtic Thunder Cruises. Not many can say the Bahamas was like a 2nd home in 2014. 2015/2016 looks even crazier with more cruises to be added & in the works like (you Rockaholics will love this one) the Lewbrewski Cruise! Imagine craft beers mixed with lots of killer bands from around the world. There's no doubt it was a year of experiences most other photographers could only dream of. I plan on not waking up any time soon ha!

My 200 Top/Favorite Music related photos of 2014 with local Seattle music soundtrack from The Mothership, The Crying Spell, Mechanism and Queensryche.
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Then there's my Top 30 non-music (most people think I only do music photography) of 2014. This is the stuff that lets my imagination soar. {View/comment on these individual photos in Facebook}

"IRON" MIKE'S TOP 20 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014: Maybe you'll discover some new music here..enjoy!


1) Overkill - White Devil Armory - Mind blowing how Overkill release their best album 30+ years into their thrash metal career. Take note Metallica & Megadeth! Overkill is the best and it's all about still having the passion and heart to do what they do best: balls to the wall power metal thrash that's memorable, singable and plain energetically fresh from start to finish. Just what the doctored ordered. {BUY}

 

2) The Mothership - Bright Side of Dim - Seattle's new hard-rock grunge alternative kings! The Mothership release one of the most diverse sounding and enjoyable rock albums ever released from Seattle! Probably the most favored Seattle release since Second Coming's 1998 release on Capitol Records. {Buy}



3) Behemoth - The Satanist - Probably the most groundbreaking Black Metal album in decades! Music style I don't listen a lot too but Poland's Behemoth show that thinking out of the normal "Death" box you can create dark music that's atmospheric on epic levels within this genre of music. The basics of rock in roll underline this brutal extreme metal style and that'd where 95% of Black Metal bands fail at. It's not who's the heaviest, fastest or most monster (as in cookie) sounding vocals anymore, it's trying new realms of musical & lyrical interest and Behemoth hit a grand slam with "The Satanist".

4) Texas Hippie Coalition - Ride On - Finally a THC album that's produced and sounds amazing! Plain jaw-dropping album that will be stuck in your head and leave your ears with a bad case of OCD. I can't stop listening to or singing "Splinter" and that "Rock Ain't Dead" tune is unreal when that riff jumps out after the Queen-like "We Will Rock You" drum parts. Imagine Pantera meets Lynyrd Skynyrd. Guitarist Cord Pool is off the hook! This 22yo's riffs and structures make my bones shake. One of the best hard rock/metal bands out there! {BUY}

    

5) Triptykon - Melana Chasmata - Ex-Celtic Frost frontman Tom Warrior and his latest doom metal Triptykon band blew me away with this release. The MONSTROUS down tuned sound (especially from bassist & beautiful voiced Vanja Slajh) is the best of any album in 2014. Has that classic full studio sound not heard much in todays digital recording age. Moody, mysterious and plain rocking from Switzerland. I still can't get over Vanja's bass sound throughout this album. She crushes everyone! Every song is like 6-12 minutes and epic on so many levels. Thank you Tom Warrior! {BUY}



6) Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls - Plain and simply one of the best Judas Priest albums ever. Took me a couple spins, but imagine a Priest album that riffs in style from the very early rock riff days to the current metal manifestations. "Halls of Valhalla" pure Judas Priest classic! Mind boggling Rob Halford can still deliver these vocals at 63 years old! The Metal God for sure!
 



7) Otherwise - Peace At All Costs - Hands down the hard rock album of the year released form the states. Otherwise debut major label album "True Loves Never Dies" was the best selling debut rock album of the year 2012/13 behind the hit "Soldiers" (see video) and "Peace at all Costs" is even stronger and better in many ways. Las Vegas natives Otherwise are definitely one the futures of rock music for the next generation. Great live band too.  

 

8) Skindred - Kill The Power - Imagine a Newport, South Wales band that mixes heavy metal, alternative rock, reggae and punk. Also integrating elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, dubstep and various other influences into their music with the best live frontman (Benji Webbe) in the biz. There's NEVER a bad Skindred album. One of my favorite and best live bands on the planet. AMAZING album from start to finish that you won't hear musically from any other band around. Skindred rule!



9) The Crying Spell - Spectrums of Light - New Wave rock for the new millennium! Seattle's Mod-Wave-Rockers The Crying Spell deliver a major-label like release like no other from the Northwest! How is this band unsigned? "Crash into the Sun" a total classic and the "The Dead War" and "Shoulder of Giants" are EPIC tracks just not heard in music today...Eric Synder is a guitar God! Former members of Point One and Second Coming! The Crying Spell, winners of the first annual American Family Insurance "Dream Show Seattle" competition, performed to 67,000 during halftime at the Seattle Seahawks regular season finale December 28, 2014. BUY!



10) Ancient Warlocks - Ancient Warlocks - One of the greatest sludgy grunged stoner-rock albums ever from the Northwest, That opening fuzz riff sound of "Into The Night" is unreal!! What a great album!! Soundgarden meets Sabbath on a magic carpet ride through the green leaf fields of Washington State. Ancient Warlocks album is a must!

Best of the rest in 2014:

New Medicine - Breaking The Model {BUY}



Meg Myers - Make a Shadow {BUY}



Mushroomhead - The Righteous & The Butterfly {BUY}



Accept - Blind Rage {BUY}



Righteous Vendetta - Defiance {BUY}



Exodus - Blood In Blood Out {BUY}



Royal Blood - Royal Blood {BUY}



Sister Sin - Black Lotus {BUY}



Billy Idol — Kings & Queens of the Underground {BUY}



Anathema - Distant Satellites {BUY}


 

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NAMM 2015 Media Day Overview

NAMM - Media Day - Anaheim, CA 1.21.15
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Overview/Photos/Video: Mike & Stephanie Savoia

This years Media Day at NAMM was indeed the most attended one in recent memory. At times it was hard to even move around to shoot a photo or even video. Maybe a good sign the music business overall is back on the up? This annual trade show draws nearly 100,000 music-industry retailers, manufacturers, artist and fans from around the world encompassing nearly every genre of music. Before the four-day trade show opens, most of us media-related folks fly in a day early to attend a special 3 hour session with a few select companies that participate to showcase their new products direct to media before they become possibly lost in the nearly 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space within the Anaheim Convention Center and outside buildings. 

All the companies (feel free to click the links to discover some cool company products) participating this year on NAMM media day were:
Blackbird Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, Epsilon-Pro, GTC Sound Innovation, IK Multimedia, Imitone, iZ Technology, Line 6, Make Noise, Marion Systems Corporation, McCarthy Music, Monster Products, Orange Music Education, Peavey, Rock & Roll High, Roland Corporation, Taylor Guitars, TC-Helicon, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, V-MODA and Yamaha

Each year the Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Brian Rothschild brings in a big name special guest to mentor students from Berklee College to write and record a new song on the tour bus. The artist also comes in on media day and talks about the importance of music education among the youth of today and how NAMM & the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus work together to do just that. This year was George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic). He also promoted his new book "Like George" too.

 

One of the most interesting product demonstrations was from Orange Amplification's with their new Musicboard where the student does not necessarily need to play an instrument to learn and understand music theory with actual sound demonstration using the music board. The video will show you a normal looking whiteboard come to life with the touch of a wand or you can demonstrate with the attached keyboard!

So after 3+ hours at Media Day here's each of our favorite new product release at NAMM Media Day 2015.

Stephanie: Imitone - Play any instrument with your voice. Definitely my favorite product on Media Day. You can use your voice to create a guitar riff or whistling to make a melody on a piano. You don't have to know how to play these instruments to create music with them. The software translates the sound of your voice, humming, whistling and even musical instruments into MIDI - digital music sound. To get started, you just need the Imitone software, a microphone and a music app. An example is Apple's GarageBand. Your voice would become piano, electric or acoustic guitar, or one of several keyboards.

If you are going to sing, hum or whistle, it does need to be in tune. If it's not in tune, the instrument your voice is being translated to will also be out of tune. The software is still in beta so the two versions are being sold at a discount. The basic version is $25 and includes: Scale correction, loudness control, vibrato control, pitch blend, octave shift, and percussion control. The prime version includes the above as well as: Simultaneous multi-instrument control, adjustable tuning, timbre controls, experimental polyphonic detection, fully configurable MIDI sequencing, custom analysis tuning and analysis data visualization.

Mike: GTC Sound Innovations REVPAD - The REVPAD is a wireless small, elegantly designed device, that can be easily attached with thin velcro on top of any amplified guitar, acoustic or bass. It transmits to a sound processing base unit that contains high-end effect algorithms along with traditional analog distortion and overdrive. This is a game changer for guitarists world wide! Imagine the sounds and unique sounds with your playing you could create! REVPAD expands any guitar beyond one’s imagination and gives the ability to play unique and inspiring sounds with just a finger swipe on the pad. Check out all the info on this awesome product from Israel: http://www.gtcsound.com/revpad_page

 

Check out all of our NAMM Media Day photos: CLICK HERE 

More NAMM Blogs on the way! 

 

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Saturday Night Shows Craig Gass/Steel Panther/Zero Down

Saturday night dilemma of what to do? How about catching 3 shows at different locations on the same night in Seattle like myself?

Lets' start in the U-District at the Neptune Theatre with comedian & impressions of celebrities specialist Craig Gass. He has 2 shows this night at 7 and 9:30pm. I'll be covering the 7pm show. What's really cool is Gass is giving a portion of his ticket sales to local comedian Dylan Avila who was attacked onstage by a crazed comedian not allowed to perform that night so he took a baseball bat to Dylan's head resulting in a fractured skull. (See KOMO News story) Dylan is actually going to try to open up Craig's show too only a week after his attack. Buy Tickets Now. Craig Gass is supporting his latest CD/DVD release "The Worst Comedy Show Ever" (Buy Now).



So as soon as Craig Gass is done I'm heading down to my 2nd comedy show of the night at the Showbox, Steel Panther! If you don't know who Steel Panther is yet, their Wiki page states it perfect: "is an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical lifestyle in the 1980s". If you recently saw them open for Judas Priest in the Tacoma Dome last November you'll remember them forever and if you had your kids there, you were probably covering their ears at the same time too ha! Catch Steel Panther on Jimmy Kimmel tonight on...that should be interesting 18+ TV ha! To buy tickets to their 21 & over Showbox show this Saturday CLICK HERE. Standing room only left to buy so hurry!

So by the time Steel Panther is done I'm jumping back in the Jeep and heading down the road to Slims Last Chance Saloon where our local old-school metal heads Zero Down are playing their "No Limits To The Evil" CD (on Italy's Minotauro Records) release show. With their stage time set around 11:30 I have a chance to catch some of the show and yes CD's will be available to buy for you all! The band were on KISW's Loud & Local this past Sunday. Hear the hour long podcast with new songs. I recently had the awesome opportunity to shoot the main CD shot of the band to correlate with the amazing cover artwork by the legendary metal artist Ed Repka (Megadeth/ Vic Rattlehead). Guitarist Lenny Burnett had an idea for it to be in a corn field, but once I saw the final album cover and watched the "Children of the Corn" movie (for a little inspiration) the shot and treatment instantly came to mind. I wanted it to be bad ass like the band was in the corn field as it was beginning to burn. Even though we had more fun than evil out in the field, I'm just glad we got out of there alive. Watch this video for a good laugh at our "No Limit To The Evil" band shot at Bob's Corn Field in Snohomish.

So who's joining me for all 3 shows Saturday night? Ha! "Iron" Mike Savoia

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Black Sabbath/McDonalds Tribute Band Mac Sabbath!

What happens when you take Black Sabbath and the crazy unhealthy culture of McDonalds characters? Mac Sabbath!!! Yes you read that right, a band called Mac Sabbath headed by the amazing Ronald Osbourne! Brilliant funny idea and wait till ya hear/read the lyrics, a mash of Sabbath & McDonalds ingredients guaranteed to give a laughing heart attack before eating McDonald's food will ha ha!! Check these guys out on Facebook! They will be conquering a McDonalds playland near you soon! Can't wait!

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Vote for KISW L&L Rockers to play Seahawks Game 12/28

Rockaholics! Go vote online and support our KISW Loud & Local rockers The Crying Spell. The final artist battle was yesterday at the Seattle Seahawks game with The Crying Spell vs. Dusty 45s. The online voting is on and the winner plays halftime at the Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams game Sun, Dec 28! SUPPORT LOCAL ROCK MUSIC!!! VOTE! SHARE and spread the word! Let's gets some KISW LOUD & LOCAL blood on that Century Link field for the home finally December 28th vs. the St. Louis Rams!

Vote online HERE - 1 vote per computer/device day till Dec 17th.  The Crying Spell contain former members of Second Coming & Point One!
Remember to listen to Jolene & her Loud & Local show each Sunday from 11pm-12am.

VOTE NOW FOR THE CRYING SPELL

"Iron" Mike - http://blogs.kisw.com/ironmike

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Foo Fighters Take Seattle on a Sonic Highway Trip

Show: Foo Fighters - Showbox Market - Seattle 11.28.14
Review/ iPhone5 photo/video: "Iron" Mike Savoia

You won't see this very often or ever again in Seattle! Foo Fighters playing the Showbox Market!

"Sonic Highways" is latest release from the Foo Fighters. As part of an HBO television series, "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways", the band recorded eight songs for the album, one in each of these cities: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. in which they documented in each city their recording process and the town's music history for the TV show.

In Seattle, it was done at Robert Lang Studio's in which Dave has worked on many of the earlier Foo Fighter songs there. Before the concert the audience was treated to the screening of the band’s latest "Seattle" episode of Sonic Highways. What an amazing piece it was and truly showed how the Seattle music scene since the 60s has influenced the world with musical greats like no other city in the USA! After the premier the Foo Fighters jumped onstage and cranked an entertaining 32-song, 3 hour show! Yes you read that right, 3 hour show! Check out this setlist:

Winnebago / The Feast and the Famine / Learn to Fly / White Limo / Arlandria / Rope / The Pretender / My Hero / Hey, Johnny Park! / Monkey Wrench / Congregation / Walk / Cold Day in the Sun / In the Clear / I'll Stick Around / Big Me / Something From Nothing / These Days / Wattershed / For All the Cows / Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover) / Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love (Van Halen cover) / Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover) / Stiff Competition (Cheap Trick cover - Dave on drums, Taylor on lead vocals) / Subterranean (Live Debut, Requested onstage by Producer Butch Vig) / Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) / All My Life / This Is a Call / Weenie Beenie / Best of You / Exhausted / Everlong

I didn't receive a photo pass so I had to do everything on my iPhone. He's some of my video coverage for those of you not lucky enough to be there. My feet were killing me standing there for 5 hours, but I'm not complaining too much, thanks to buddy Rob I scored the greatest Black Friday deal of them all (free) in the Showbox with the Foo Fighters. Love when big named artist play small clubs. Remember 2 months ago when Tom Morello & Chris Cornell played El Corazon (see video) in Seattle too? Now that was awesome! Seattle, their musicians and the music scene rules!

If you wondered how people got into this show (besides the band's guest list) this was the event information. With this format of ticketless entry it absolutely cutout any ticket scalping even though people were still out front of the venue offering attendees up to 1k to be their +1 to get in.

Event Information

FOO FIGHTERS
plus a screening of Sonic Highways

Friday Nov 28
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Screening at 9:00 PM
Concert at 10:00 PM
Tickets: $20 + $5 service charge
Tickets on sale at 3pm TODAY Nov 26 at the following locations. No tickets will be sold online.


The 3 locations to purchase tickets are...

Downtown: THE SHOWBOX – 1426 1st Ave.
West Seattle: EASY STREET – 4559 California Ave. SW
Ballard: SONIC BOOM – 2209 NW Market Street

This event will use ticketless entry ONLY. Please read the following information about ticketless entry:
• Ticket sales for this event will be IN PERSON ONLY – VIA CREDIT CARD ONLY. No cash.
• Ticketless entry is NON TRANSFERABLE. ORIGINAL PURCHASER MUST ATTEND THE EVENT.
• At entry to the concert, you must provide the PHYSICAL CREDIT CARD USED FOR PURCHASE AND VALID PHOTO ID. Name on credit card must match photo ID.
• Entire party MUST enter the venue at the same time.
• Gift cards and single use credit cards may not be used for ticketless entry.
• Ticket limit of 2 per household
• Event is ALL AGES
• Multiple orders by the same purchaser will be cancelled.

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Judas Priest & Steel Panther rock the Tacoma Dome

Flashback May 18, 1986 in the Tacoma Dome. Me a young 19 year old metal head there to witness Judas Priest with Dokken opening. Not in a million years would I have guessed I'd be back there in 2014 to see them in concert again.The Metal Gods still to this day deliver the goods.

Celebrating their current 17th album release "Redeemer of Souls" (the band's first top 10 charting album in the US ever landing at #6 on Billboard) is a perfect mix of Judas Priest over the years. The classic rock sound of the early 70s meeting the molten metal machine they've became from the 80s till now. In their 16 song set, a fourth of the set was new songs including the show crushing opener of "Dragonaut". The remaining third of the set included many of the Priest classics we've grown to love, but I was a little bummed no "Electric Eye", "Screaming For Vengeance", "Green Manalishi" or "Freewheel Burning" in the set. With 40 years of music to choose from I can't be too picky cause look at the final awesome setlist: Dragonaut / Metal Gods / Devil's Child / Victim of Changes / Halls of Valhalla / Love Bites / March of the Damned / Turbo Lover / Redeemer of Souls / Beyond the Realms of Death / Jawbreaker / Breaking the Law / Encore: Hell Bent for Leather / You've Got Another Thing Comin' / Encore 2: Living After Midnight (Joined onstage by Steel Panther) / Defenders of the Faith. Pretty bad ass setlist still!

Highlight for me goes to the Metal God himself Rob Halford. How in the hell at 63 years old is this guy still amazingly singing some of these songs? "Beyond The Realms of Death" was beautifully mind-boggling perfect. Definitely one the greatest singers ever in any music style. (Check out KISW's Men's Room audio interview 11/20/14 with Rob - Click Here)

When original guitarist KK Downing left the band in 2011 and was replaced by Richie Faulkner, it was like a energy infusion to the Priest lifeline. His crazy good guitar skills and energy onstage was an undeniable catalyst with Judas Priest continuing on touring and recording new albums when they originally announced they were done after touring in 2011/2012. It was super bad ass to see Richie come out and play his custom D'haitre' Stealth V! A guitar company based right here in Washington State by former Zakk Wylde guitar tech Andy Beech. His energy and style just fuels the fire of the guitar master himself Glenn Tipton. These two twin guitars rip as good as the old days with KK.

The Tacoma Dome nearly lost their mind as soon as they heard the roar of the Harley motorcycle coming onstage for the encore. We all know what that meant. The classic "Hell Bent For Leather" was here to fill our ears. Definitely one of the Top 5 favorites of all-time with fans in the Priest catalog. The Metal Gods live on and this show proved there's no stopping Judas Priest, the defenders of our faith...METAL! Thanks to YouTube channel Raphaefeli for the live videos! To view my full set of Judas Priest live photos click here.

Opening the show was Steel Panther, the 80s Sunset Strip butt-rock parody act with heavy over the top XXX overtones. They might look like they are stuck in 1984, but these guys play like rock masters and lead singer Michael Starr has the voice 100% of those 80s rock acts wish they still had. Well David Lee Roth at least, ha!

A definite crowd favorite to those there that knew them and a complete shocker to those that had no clue who the band was. I'm sure parents there with their kids plugged their ears and blindfolded their eyes, especially when the crowd of girls were invited on stage to strut their stuff on the last two songs of the night. Opening their set with the awesome "Pussywhipped" (off their new album "All You Can Eat") sent the crowd into fist pumping, head banging, hair metal frenzy. Their hour long setlist was a non-stop barrage of classics in the Steel Panther catalog: Pussywhipped / Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World / Asian Hooker / Just Like Tiger Woods / Community Property / Eyes of a Panther / 17 Girls in a Row / Gloryhole / Party All Day (F**k All Night) / Death to All but Metal. One thing most people don't know is Steel Panther guitar wiz Satchel (aka Russ Parrish) use to be Rob Halford's guitar player in his band Fight in the early 90s!

Steel Panther are back to Seattle January 17th at the Showbox Market. Buy tickets here! My biggest personal highlight tonight (besides Michael Starr trying to pull me up on stage numerous times from the photo pit - thanks Mocha Charlie for photo below of one of those moments) was with Steel Panther.

We've done many end-of-show shots over the past years, but to actually be on stage looking out to the thousands in attendance like so many musicians I've seen there for the past 30 years was a moment I'll never forget!! To view my full set of Steel Panther live photos click here.

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King Diamond Delivers the Horror To Seattle

King Diamond/Jess & The Ancient Ones
Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA 10.28.14
Review/Photos/Video: "Iron" Mike Savoia

King Diamond photos - Jess & The Ancient Ones photos

As I stood in the photo pit looking around at the other 8-10 photographers ready to shoot King Diamond, I couldn't help but think how much time has flown, but still seems like yesterday. As the elder photographer in the pit on this night, I pondered back to August 8, 1986 where I stood in this exact same place in the Moore Theatre photoing King Diamond. Who was his opener back then you ask? None other than a little known upcoming metal band at the time...Megadeth! 28 years ago I was a 19yo Kodak film camera carrying kid with a true metal heart to capture the times of what I still think were the greatest times in rock/metal music. All these years later it still beats stronger than ever. Here's one from the photos from that show.

Before King Diamond went solo his Danish band from Copenhagen, Mercyful Fate (broke up in 1985), ruled the first wave of Black Metal from Europe onto the world. After scaring kids and parents alike worldwide with their evil overtones and album covers, these 3 records all these decades later still hold their own as to some of the greatest in their genre: Mercyful Fate (1982 EP - also known as "Nuns Have No Fun"), Melissa (1983) & Don't Break the Oath (1984). King wasn't done because his first 3 solo albums Fatal Portrait (1986), Abigail (1987), Them (1988) were instant classics to follow the Mercyful Fate legacy with their horror story themes which instantly fitted perfect into his live concert schemes. Main subject on his "Them" album (King's insane grandmother) still lives in his shows to this day.

Probably the greatest falsetto singer in rock/metal history, I was wondering how his voice could possibly be anywhere near as good as it was years ago. Tonight he blew me away! After a 2010 open-heart triple-bypass surgery he quit smoking and that combo has given him his voice, lungs and energy back. 58 freakin years old and he killed it!!!  Watch "Tea" from the show video below...are you kidding me!? He nailed it! He hasn't sounded this good in years! The King is back!!

The production of the show was awesome! Probably the best stage setup I've ever seen in the Moore Theatre for any rock/metal concert. Hailing on is horror meets evil visuals, the stage was draped in various visuals like his logo, lots of black, castle walls and the best one...his cover to the upcoming “Dreams of Horror” the “best of” album. Covering the band’s entire career. King and Andy LaRocque mastered and enhanced 23 songs into what they call the ultimate editions for fans and chosen from both the Roadrunner and Metal Blade catalogs. More info & order here.

With a setlist covering decades of his work (including Mercyful Fate), any fan of King Diamond over the years would have enjoyed this setlist: The Candle / Sleepless Nights / Welcome Home / Never Ending Hill / Let It Be Done / The Puppet Master / At the Graves/ Tea / Digging Graves / A Visit from the Dead / Evil (Mercyful Fate cover) / Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover) / Shapes of Black / Eye of the Witch / Encore: Cremation / Encore 2: The Family Ghost / Black Horsemen.

From the video above you'll see and hear how pumped the sold-out crowd was. During the Mercyful Fate tunes "Evil" and "Come to the Sabbath" it was hair raising with the crowd singing aloud. With the rumors of a possible Mercyful Fate reunion in the near future I can't imagine what that show will be like from the response of fans during this shows Mercyful Fate tunes. Some of the greatest metal riffs ever! Listen how incredible these sound!

Check out a recent interview with King Diamond in Rolling Stone here.

Before I end I do have to talk a little on the opening act called Jess & The Ancient Ones. One word...WOW! Haven't enjoyed an opening act like that in a while. Jess & The Ancient Ones are a Finnish psychedelic occult rock band that's headed by the hauntingly awesome vocals of Jess. She is the modern day Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) vocally and onstage with her near hypnotic state.

Check out their new video for "Astral Sabbat".

If Jess wasn't enough her band was off the hook!!! The chemistry was just so fresh from a 70s-like rock perspective. Nothing flashy, just pure rock music magic to the ears and a female fronted singer that mesmerized me. How about a 12 minute journey called "Sulfur Giants" to make ya go buy their music on iTunes or order CD/LP online.

If you're a fan of Ghost and their music, you'll die for this amazing stuff that's very similar, but much more monstrous in structure and musical efforts. Thank you Jess & The Ancient Ones for proving to us rock music is not dead! Get back to America soon! Thanks King Diamond for personally picking them for this U.S. tour. They are gonna win over a TON of new fans!

For show photo albums from both bands go here: King Diamond photos - Jess & The Ancient Ones photos

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