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ACDC Rock the Tacoma Dome Once Again

For over 3 of ACDC's 4 decades I've seen them live in concert a few times. The first one was in this same Tacoma Dome 1983. Who could forget that show? Ft. Lewis soldier sneaks in rocket flares by hiding them them up his girlfriends dress and during the show lites them off right into the dome's wooden roof during "This House Is On Fire"! The 3x4 foot hole burned in roof was fixed in time for the next nights Neil Diamond show. He obviously had a lesser of greater fates.

Here we are decades later in 2016 and ACDC is bigger than ever! Angus might be a little slower, but he's 60 years old and still runs circles around musicians today in their 20s! In a nearly talk style, Brian Johnson can somehow miraculously hold some tune still at 68 and with the way he sings with the razor blade grit style I'm surprised he's still at it. I'm not gonna lie, it was a little difficult to handle at times, but you know what, there was NO backtracking NO autotune just plug in a play! RESPECT! Both Young and Johnson were all over the stage in a display that defineds logic! Still complete entertainers!!




Blazing through a killer set that included: Rock or Bust, Shoot to Thrill, Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, Back in Black, Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder(1st time live), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,Thunderstruck, High Voltage, Rock 'n' Roll Train, Hells Bells, Given the Dog a Bone (1st time live since 1980),Sin City, You Shook Me All Night Long, Shot Down in Flames, Have a Drink on Me, T.N.T., Whole Lotta Rosie, Let There Be Rock, Encore: Highway to Hell & For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) the fans loved every minute of it.


Lets not forget this tour was to back up the great new ACDC album Rock or Bust.{BUY}

Overall I'd say get out and see ACDC now if you never have. Age is catching up on all our rock heroes and who knows how much longer the rockers from down under can march on. We're seeing the end of arena rock as we know it in today's music business. For show photos please visit KISW.com [Click Here] or at my Facebook concert photography page Savoia Photography Live for complete album [Click Here]

"Iron Mike Savoia

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Iron Mike's Top 25 CD's of 2015

Well it's that time of the year again. What did I enjoy in the previous year in music? As you know my tastes are mainly hard rock & metal, but I fly off the radar with other types so maybe you'll come across something you've never heard before and enjoy. This is basically why I do these year-end lists. To expose ya to music you might flip out or puke on ha ha!! Ready? Go! "Iron" Mike

 

Ghost - Meliora - Hard rock album of the year! From start to finish one of the most refreshing in this genre for a long time! MAJESTIC! Classic rock updated for the masses. Debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 so the people have spoken. Papa Emeritus & the Nameless Ghouls are here to say. If there's a future for arena rock we're looking at it. Best band, best riffs, and those bass lines drive this band like musical freight train. Not bad for a bunch of evil looking Swedes that look like an episode of Scooby Doo came alive. BUY HERE!
 


Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase. - What does the greatest songwriter of our time do this around? Create another masterpiece built around the storyline of the 2003 death of Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman living in London who dies in her apartment and no one misses her for over three years. Most bands entire catalog cannot hold a candle to one of Steven Wilson's songs. Amazing musician and band. Also the frontman of Porcupine Tree. The near 12 minute "Home Invasion/Regret #9" is gonna blow you away!

 

Meg Myers - Sorry - well if you know me, you've heard "Meg Myers" this "Meg Myers" that for the past 3 years or so. Finally her full debut album was released in 2015 on Atlantic Records. Finally a female pop artist with balls! Watch her NIN-inspired "Sorry" video and tell me she couldn't beat the s**t out of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Adele etc. with one punch. One of the most passionate aggressive performers I've ever seen live. Not many female performers lay their soul or emotions out like Meg Myers. Emotional, inspiring, sexual and a little mentally on the edge makes her my queen over any other of these popular female artists that are all industry generated entertainment. Did I mention Meg plays bass live too? Fantastic melting pot of emotional electro alternative pop rock. BUY HERE!
 

Raven - Extermination - The kings of the NWOBHM back in the early 80s have been kicking out albums for years. Their 1983 "All for One" release has gone down as one of the greatest metal albums ever and were the first band to take Metallica on the road. What if I told ya 32 years later a miracle of the Kickstarter program from the fans supplied the band with all the tools needed to go create the most shocking killer album of 2015? The classic metallic Raven guitar crunch, the ungodly tasty bass lines and ear splitting screams with that tank-like drum sound. The perfect blend of their classic early energy with the commercial Atlantic Records years vibe all rolled into their Athletic Rock insanity, it's all here for any Raven fan. The Gallagher brothers and drummer Joe Hasselvander, all now near 60 years old, rock harder than 90% of todays youthful bands. Every song is a rock meets metal Raven classic, the pack is back! BUY HERE!  


Skindred - Volume - Hands down one of the greatest live bands on the planet! If you've seen them live you know what I'm talking about..two words...Newport Helicopter! Watch 1-million people do it HERE! Your hair at 4:10 will stand up! This Welsh band never disappoint and with their 6th album "Volume" out now, their live set is going to be even more dangerous. Imagine a mix of Bob Marley & Run DMC fronting Rage Against the Machine and Lincoln Park with their whole own punkish attitude. Benji Webbe (Dub War) is one the greatest frontman ever. "Volume" is properly titled. Must be played LOUD! Probably the hardest in your face Skindred album yet! Regga/nu metal/punk/hip-hop rock to melt your face and move your soul. BUY HERE! Check out the video for "Under Attack", even KFC's Colonel Sanders is dancing ha! 


Operator - War Horse - Remember the debut album back in 2007 from Operator called "Soulcrusher"? Classic album that featured actor/singer Johnny Strong (The Fast and the Furious/Black Hawk Down) and ex-Puddle of Mudd guitarist Paul Phillips. Before they went on hiatus (I believe so Johnny could work on the great movie "Saints & Sinners") the album sold well into the 6-figures. Band ended going their own ways and Johnny kept creating music. His latest release "War Horse" is the next step to where "Soulcrusher" left off. Grooved fist pumping classics continue and when ya click play on the video below I guarantee you'll be clicking BUY to pick up this album. Imagine Soundgarden with some bigger balls...can't get enough of "War Horse".
 

The Fame Riot - Dust Funk - The next Seattle area band on the verge of breaking it big worldwide. Imagine two skinny brothers all 70s glam rocked out like David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust meets Kool and the Gang 70s funk/disco on a Lady Gaga trip with Devo on a rave dance floor. As they state on their Reverbnation page "drawing influence from the last 4 decades of rock, pop, electronica, disco, and everything in-between". Their live act is off the hook too with a rock meets rave like vibe! Good feel music that should be all over alternative rock/pop radio. David Bowie's musical art influence is still alive through this band. Their other brother Ben Union is on the verge of breaking big too! Remember the name Fame Riot! BUY NOW!
 

Queensryche - Condition Human - The 2nd release with singer Todd LaTorre proves again there's no doubt the Queensryche sound is back in full force and for years to come. Favorite Ryche album since the last Todd performed album and before that it was decades. LaTorre for the save! BUY HERE!
  

Halestorm - Into The Wild Life - With a Grammy under their belt Lzzy Hale and Halestorm come screaming back with a deluxe mesh of hard rock and crossover format vibes. It's Halestorm's world and they can do anything they want with Lzzy Hale fronting one of, if not the best, hard rock bands out there now. Joe Hottinger's guitar tones throughout this album RULE! BUY HERE!


Metal Allegiance - Metal Allegiance - What do ya get when you have a core band of David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs/Ex-Dream Theatre) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) with tons of special guests from Lamb of God, Pantera, Death Angel, Testament, Kings-X, Exodus etc...METAL ALLEGIANCE! Is this album good? Well duh it DESTROYS!!! BUY!
 

Paradise Lost - The Plague Within - If Metallica was goth on anti-depression pills. What a brilliant album and return to the older hard death sounds Paradise Lost were known for. Dark, melodic, doomy, beautiful blend of the classic Paradise Lost European tones over the years. Still one of my favorite bands for the past two decades! BUY!


Amadon - Push - Up and coming Seattle area rockers plug in and kick ass on this EP with their blend of heavy riffs and alternative rock that also translates to one hell of a live show! BUY!  


Orgy - Talk Sick - The death-pop electo-rock sounds of Orgy ruled in the 90s with millions sold behind the New Order cover of "Blue Monday" & original "Stitches". Also "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" on their 2nd album ruled the airwaves too. 2015 finds the return of Orgy and the "Talk Sick" 7tx EP. Their best start to finish release ever. Pure uncompromising classic industrial Orgy rock! BUY!
 

New Politics - Vikings - The kings of alternative punk rock dance pop. If my mother-in-law in her 60s loves this band you probably will too. Monster album, every tune is a radio crusher! BUY!
    

Zero Down - No Limit To The Evil - Seattle's kings of classic NWOBHM & 80s metal! Crack a beer and get the party started! You'll be yelling to these anthems like it was 1985 all over again! BUY!
 

Armored Saint - Win Hands Down - The return of the Saint! 5 years between albums too long. "Win Hands Down" another classic from one of the best American hard rock bands ever! John Bush, enough said! BUY


The Quireboys - St. Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul - This 4-CD set is incredible! 2 studio CD's of acoustic's and 2 CD's Live. Imagine the Rolling Stone's with Rod Stewart singing on Hee Haw ;) So good! Hard to find now so might be expensive to buy a hard copy. BUY!
 

Loudness - The Sun Will Rise Again (US Mix) - Originally released in Japan in 2014 they made some minor changes and released a US Mix version in 2015. One word for this CD - CRUSHING!!! Akira Takasaki still one of the best metal guitarists around. BUY!
 

Like A Storm - Awaken The Fire - New Zealands Like A Storm have been ruling American rock radio with their heavy riffs and didgeridoo sounds. The highest charting New Zealand band in American history. Killer band and amazing CD! BUY!



Zoomlenz - Zoomlenz (reissue) - You want something different? Atmospheric, raw and powerful, this CD originally released years ago is re-issued/remixed officially and includes guitar wiz Jeff Mark (US Metal/Wild Dogs) and singer Willie Dee Daffern (Captain Beyond/Gary Moore). When the ears and mind become one, amazing unique album of sounds and musicianship. BUY!


Wild Dogs - Reign of Terror (reissue) - Released in 1987, probably the greatest guitar/drummer performance of any heavy or speed metal record at the time. Jeff Mark and Deen Castronovo to this day are the greatest in my book. Progressive over the top playing and precise timing that even rivals anything to this day. One of the greatest power speed metal albums ever and straight from the Northwest! This remastered reissue includes 3 bonus tracks and awesome 24-page booklet. BUY!
 

Lifesigns - Live in London Under The Bridge - British progressive rock band featuring ex-Steven Wilson band guitarist Niko Tsonev and fronted by singer/keyboardist John Young. Killer band! BUY


Iron Maiden - Book of Souls - To tell ya the truth on first hearing I was bored, but then it grew on me after some more plays. Not fond of the production sound which might of detoured me, but with over an hour and a half of tunes on this release you'll find something to enjoy. Let it grow on ya, some epic stuff here. BUY!


Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor - My favorite Manson album ever! Catchy, classic and experimental. Definite BUY!


Amanda Hardy - Amanda Hardy - If there was an up and coming future rock queen of Seattle it definitely would be Amanda Hardy. Her new CD is a venture to new waters in her process of expanding her audience and trying to break it in this overwhelming music market. Her powerful voice is better than 95% of the crap out there. Check out this haunting track "What's Wrong With Me" from her EP. I've always loved her darker side of music. BUY!
 
  

There ya go. Hope you enjoyed the read and music samples and you discovered something worthy of buying. 2016 is gonna be another banner year of music with the new releases from Steven Wilson, Windowpane, Megadeth, Dream Theatre and upcoming releases from Anthrax, NIN, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Lindsay Ell, Avenged Sevenfold, Steel Panther, Iggy Pop, etc. 

"Iron" Mike Savoia -  www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive        

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NAMM 2016 Media Day

{Please note I'm working on the Def Leppard Cruise so my other half Stephanie is covering NAMM this year - Iron Mike)

January 20, 2016

It's Media Day at NAMM. The day before NAMM officially begins, there is an event for members of the media to see some of the new products for 2016 demoed. Some things are new versions of something you already know and love like Fender's noiseless pickups. Some things are totally new innovations like  the Kadabra, by Tribal Tools, which is a completely new type of instrument. It's pretty hard to describe. It can have a mic attached to manipulate vocal sounds. It has buttons and presets to create music without the technicall skills that are needed to play most other instruments.

Kadabra by Tribal Tools - Functions from Indi-Ya Creative Productions on Vimeo.

660 Guitars showed us their aluminum and carbon fiber guitars. I liked the look of these guitars. The cut outs were fun and would look good on any stage.

IK Multimedia had a few things that I was pretty much salivating over.  First was the iLoud Micro Monitor. Two tiny little speakers that put out a whopping 50 watts of sound! At $299 for the pair, I can totally see these on Mike's desk! 

The iRig Mic Lav is a small lapel mic for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones. Two can be chained together to allow a conversation to be recorded with high quality. This seemed pretty ideal for anyone who needs to record an interview or even record something like personal/business notes. You can get one for $50 or 2 for $80. I thought this was really reasonable for this product.

Lastly, the iRig Studio is a mic that can sound like other mics with the control of an accompanying app. You swipe the app left/right to select the microphone that you'd like your audio to sound like. The app shows you a picture of the available mics. I will be playing with this a little more at their booth this weekend. I didn't get to experiment with it today.

Taylor has a new add on for their acoustic guitars. You install a TaylorSense Smart Battery Box and Taylor Guitars Mobile App. The Smart Battery Box records data to deliver to the app to let you know that your guitar needs attention. Is there too much humidity? Did your guitar have an impact incident on your flight? The app will provide you this information so you can take action if needed. This should be available in April/May of 2016 and expects to have a price point around $80.00.

The Lucas Nano is a portable speaker system that has a woofer and two tweeter boxes. They pack into the woofer and have a total weight of 36 pounds. This is compact enough to have a home system or buy a couple of sets for a great little DJ'ing set up. It was pretty incredible to see them set it up and tear it back down in just a couple of minutes.

 

Martin showed us their John Lennon 75th Anniversary Edition guitar. The guitar has beautiful inlays that commemorate Lennon's life. His self portrait is on the headstock. His glasses are an inlay on the neck along with a few other symbols. There will be 75 of these guitars made going for $11,999.00.

Billy Sheehan demonstrated his new signature Drive Deluxe for bass from EBS Sweden.

My favorite demonstration of the day though was the Vinyl Recorder. Yup, you can make your own vinyl records! They had a song playing on the computer and showed the record being carved out right there. Excess vinyl was vacuumed out and put into an attached waste basket. 


That's it for media day 2016. Now onto the next 4 days of NAMM coverage. Stephanie Savoia

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My Top 10 Concert Videos 2015

Hard to believe with my iPhone I achieve the quality and sound of video clips you see and hear at concerts. With my YouTube channel going over the 2million views mark tonight thought I'd post my fav Top 10 concert clips I know will give ya a flashback to 2015! "Iron" Mike

Temple of Dog/Layne Staley Mad Season Tribute at Benarorya Hall - This one will punch ya in the gut!

Ghost in KISW Studios & live at El Corazon - Up for a Grammy, "Meliora" was my top album of 2015.

Michael Schenker (former UFO/Scorpions) is at the top of his game. Guitar clinic here!

Duff McKagan's Loaded goes punk style, play GNR and Wanz join. Show to remember at Slim's!

Uli Jon Roth (former Scorpions) MIND-BLOWING cover of Hendrix's "Little Wing"

The return of Seattle's own My Sister's Machine!

When you get access to sit with Behemoth's drummer Inferno you better video cause it's always amazing!

Goodbye Motley Crue for the last time. Cruecifly drum solo and more from sound board area!! 

Scorpions - was working with the band that night so I had VIP area platform to shoot from. 

How often ya see Duff McKagan onstage playing with Alice in Chains? Thank goodness I was there! 

BONUS VIDEO! Can't forget my Jolene going away photo gallery tribute...

BONUS #2 Video! How about my Top 200 favorite concert photo slideshow of 2015!!

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Killed By Death...RIP Lemmy

The "Ace of Spades" was "Killed by Death" today. "Rock in Roll" the "Iron Fist" and tell the "Tales of Glory" of Lemmy because "Dead Men Tell No Tales" and it would be "Overkill" to say legends never die, but this "Motörhead" ruled with "Over the Top" "No Class" "Orgasmatron" like religion that no other has in rock in roll history. (We Are) The "Roadcrew" forever. RIP Lemmy! Thanks for camera moments these past decades - "Iron" Fist Mike 12.28.15

Did you know Lemmy started as part of Jimi Hendrix roadcrew? According to Wikipedia "On 28 December 2015, four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy died at his home in Los Angeles, California, at 16:00 PST from an "extremely aggressive cancer." Motörhead announced his death on their official Facebook page later that day. According to the band, his cancer had only been diagnosed two days prior to his death." Here's photos 20 years apart I took of Lemmy, not much changed, even the necklace!


I know everyone's favorite Motorhead track is "Ace of Spades" but personally I had two others that topped that classic. Motorhead's cover of "Louie Louie" and their original "No Class" were pure hard rock rock in roll. How can anyone that's seen a Motorhead show forget how Lemmy introduced the concert with "We are Motorhead and we play Rock in Roll!". Indeed they did, LOUD!!! Here's a photo video featuring those two songs in dedication of Lemmy and some of the photos I've taken. "49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch" RIP Lemmy! - "Iron" Fist Mike 

For more Lemmy photos check out my gallery here {CLICK HERE}




One of Lemmy's last interviews. He's seen and done it all so it's great to hear what he says here.

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#LiveDay All-Day Blog



This will be my continuous blog of notes & photos direct from KISW and #LiveDay - "Iron" Mike

5am - First thought heading to KISW on I-5 at 5am. Traffic no different from 5pm - #SeattleTrafficSucks
6am - The KISW studios is a complete organized circus. Every room has something different going on. Thank goodness for our circus conductor Jason today!



645am - Windowpane's Glenn & Tony warming up for all the live music festivities.



7am - Seattle Seahawks Luke Willson in the studio for The Endzone show. Funny to think the last time me, Migs and Luke we together we were on the very top outside of the Space Needle getting photos ha!





8am - Bob Rivers in the studio and Heart by Heart set to perform live in a few minutes.



830am - Fueling the masses here today courtesy of Top Pot Doughnuts & Coffee.

  

845am - Hey it's the man (Malcolm) with the golden voice ya hear on KISW for various station announcements etc.

   

9am - Windowpane about to rock "War Pigs" on-air. Sean Morrison tuning up the drums.



915am - The foley artists (Impossible Acoustic)...the live sound effects you hear on the show. Awesome!

930am - BJ Shea solo in the studio while Steve Migs prepares to play drums on air. No ear plugs that was LOUD!!


945am - Thee Ted Smith done singing "Fight For The Right" as the #LiveDay part 1 ends at 10am.



10am - #LiveDay morning done. Next session begins (as well as my updates) at 2pm with the Men's Room show! Poor Ryan Castle, wondering how he's gonna top that morning show insanity ha ha!



1:50pm - What the???? Men's Room about to start round 2 of #LiveDay



2:00 - Mission control organize the troops for round #2



2:05pm - The Men's Room go live!





2:20pm - Van Eps getting ready for their live play.



230-330pm - Lots of running around. Late September Dogs live, Taryn gone all Cindy Brady and Ryan Castle getting in te action.







Winding down to the end. Watch for all the other photos, videos etc at www.kisw.com and www.facebook.com/kiswrock (My full photo album is here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153822333916212.1073741871.29081286211&type=3).





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Shinedown-Breaking Benjamin-Nothing More Rock Everett

If you went to this Shinedown/Breaking Benjamin/Nothing More concert you definitely left the Xfinity Arena in Everett, WA thinking that was one of the best all around concerts you paid your hard earned money for! Opening the night was the Texas/New Orleans based progressive low-end rockers Nothing More. How have I never heard or seen these guys live? Amazing! Singer Johnny Hawkins is this energized morphed Brandon Boyd (Incubus) meets Jim Morrison (Doors) on a Jonathan Davis (Korn) body contorting fit onstage. No wonder he's at near zero percent body fat. With their hard driving progressive hard rock/metal tones, crazy 3 man bass solo, 4 man drum solo etc. Nothing More live are a headline act in themselves. Check them out at http://www.nothingmore.net



Next up was Pennsylvania's Breaking Benjamin. Well known in the hard rock community with more than 7 million records sold in the U.S. alone that includes two RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, one platinum single, one gold single, and their recent #1 charting album "Dark Before Dawn" on the Billboard 200. An amazing feat for a band that was on hiatus for some years after some legal issues with former band members, lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley put together a whole new lineup that includes former guitarists from Adelitas Way (Keith Wallen) and Red (Jasen Rauch). 

Breaking Benjamin cruised through a 17-song set that included "So Cold", "Failure", "Give Me A Sign", "I Will Not Bow" and even a cool covers mash that included "Imperial March (Star Wars) / Schism (Tool) / Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) / Walk (Pantera)". Great set, great crowd response and left their fans screaming for more. Visit http://breakingbenjamin.com

If you thought Breaking Benjamin's show was good Shinedown came out and showed who's boss. Now that was a ROCK show! Opening their set with their recent hard punching single "Cut The Cord" Shinedown's 14-song set included many radio favorites like "Bully", "The Crow & The Butterfly", "If You Only Knew", "Sound of Madness", "Second Chance" and the Lynyrd Skynyrd cover "Simple Man". 

The band delivered top notch showmanship, crowd interaction, stage show with massive lights, fireworks, fire and more! They even paid respects to all the security up front working. 



Supporting their latest album "Threat To Survival" (buy now) on this tour, Shinedown have been around long enough now that their set is this monster list of radio hit after radio hits. One of the best diverse rock bands for the past decade keep rolling and growing and thank goodness keeping (what seems to be dying in the new generation) rock arena alive and well for generations to come! Visit www.shinedown.com

A huge thanks to THANKS to the Zach and the band asking/letting me shoot the entire show! For a full gallery of all three bands from this show visit my concert photo page www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive and www.KISW.com - "Iron" Mike Savoia

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Ghost Rock Seattle - Late Show next



Can you believe this! A week after playing at KISW and El Corazon the Swedish hard/classic rock occult band Ghost are gonna take over American TV on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert October 30th! With their current album "Meliora" debuting in the Top 10 on Billboards 200 album charts there's no doubt this band is sweeping the world with its brand of unique classic/hard rock. On October 20th, Papa Emeritus and 2 of the Nameless Ghouls flew in to Seattle from Idaho (bus broke down) to do a 2 song acoustic set and then one of the Ghouls did a interview with KISW's Metal Shop [Click here to listen to 20 minute interview].



After the KISW visit the guys had time to waste cause the bus and equipment wasn't arriving till later because of the breakdown. So yes me, Papa and the Ghouls spent the afternoon walking EMP, record stores and lunch in Seattle. With the bus arriving late it was a mad dash to unload and setup the stage. An amazing job by the crew got them on stage and only 15min behind their original start time. 




The sold-out crowd at El Corazon (show should've been at Showbox or Moore Theatre) was packed tight (see show photos here) and the band pounded out an amazing set of Ghost tunes that left the crowd begging for more after the hour and a half set that included classics like "Con Clavi Con Dio", "Per Aspera ad Inferi", "Ghuleh/Zombie Queen" and "If You Have Ghosts". The classics rocked, but it was the new tracks like the show opening "Spirit", the bass grooving "From The Pinnacle To The Pit", the eerie "Cirice" and especially the heavy rocker of "Mummy Dust" that got the crowd flying all over each other in excitement. Check out my video from the shows:

 

Have you seen (my favorite video of the year so far) Ghost's "Cirice"? A kid talent show with a spooky 70s film look in the vein of the movie Carrie.



Then there's the latest video that has that early 20s film vibe of "From the Pinnacle To The Pit". 

 

If you missed my popular August blog "Ghost Overwhelms Silver Platters" check it out HERE! Between the video and photo albums I had over a million interaction views/shares/comments.

Ghost are the best rock band to come around in years and from the popularity growth these past three years I expect them to be rocking bigger theaters or smaller arenas soon. The music is there, the show is entertaining and visually it's getting better and bigger with each tour. Just remember, if you have Ghost...you have everything! Buy the new incredible "Meliora" album HERE! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandghost 

 

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Win a copy of (Soundgarden) Photofantasm: Nudedragons to King Animal

Want to win a copy of the incredible limited edition Photofantasm: Nudedragons to King Animal Soundgarden fan created photo book?

With 1000's of photographs with lots of stories, reviews and interviews it's more like a bible! Photofantasm covers Soundgarden photos from the authors (Jaye & Mike English), fans, press, and even from some big-time musicians themselves during the Nudedragons to King Animal era. Over 300 contributors from around the world, including myself. When they contacted me and explained this book was a project benefiting the Canary Foundation, the first and only foundation in the world solely dedicated to the funding of early cancer-detection solutions and that all net proceeds go to charity, I was all in!! Dedicated to our local Soundgarden superfan Tiffany Patterson-Gross who passed away from cancer 2 years ago on September 6, 2013. One of my sections in the book is the Seattle Paramount Theatre show on 2.7.13. Tiffany, sick and all, was present side stage for the show. My fellow photo buddy Stacy Albright caught a photo of her at that show that made the book too. I can't believe how awesome this book looks. It's huge with close to 600 8.5x11 pages encased in it's hard cover. It weights nearly 8lbs!!! Yes, I checked with my suitcase weigher and had my dog Bella double check my readings ha! ;)

   

There are so many incredible photos throughout this book it's a must for any die-hard Soundgarden fan! Well worth the $99.95 price. Remember it goes to charity so satisfy your Soundgarden cravings and help the fight to cure Cancer. Huge thanks go out to Jaye & Mike English. The work, time & money they put into the project is amazing. I can't imagine the nightmare of email and print organization that had to happen. The final project is breathtaking. As good as or better than the classic big rock photo books from the bands of the 60s/70s that I've studied and littered our living room coffee table with. Those are cool, but this addition to the collection is extra special knowing some of my work is majestically displayed in it. What makes me the most proud are pages 528/529. One of my favorite Chris Cornell shots with a special nod to the Seattle Times review, by my cousin and legendary Seattle music reviewer Gene Stout, printed on the same photo spread. If only our passed-on family members could see that! Photofantasm authors didn't even know that family relation so its kinda magical that even happened!


The reviews keep pouring in on how awesome this book is. Check out these:

Rating: "11/11 ... this book was 100% fan created, but it is nothing if not professionally crafted and brilliant in execution, let alone mind-boggling in conception. I don't know how they pulled this herculean feat of a book off..."
- HIGH VOLTAGE MAGAZINE

"Photofantasm is an extraordinary photographic collection... an incredible visual spectacle of the acceleration of Soundgarden. One awesome literary tribute."
- LOUDWIRE

"The book is SUPER gorgeous! Amazing amount of detail, quality, and love. Such a ridiculous job you guys!!"
- DUFF MCKAGAN, MUSICIAN/AUTHOR

Buy the book and check out page samples and more here: http://photofantasm.com 

Wanna win a copy? I know the price is a little steep, but I've teamed up with SpoonDog Entertainment to giveaway a copy to my KISW & Savoia Photography Live followers.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (contest ends 9.31.15)

"Iron" Mike Savoia - KISW 99.9 Photographer/Blogger

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Queensryche Headline Evergreen State Fair 8/31

So if you were not lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out Scorpions/Queensryche Kent Showare Center show in October this is your next best bet!

Due to a medical emergency Pat Benatar had to cancel her show at the Evergreen State Fair on August 31st so here comes our very own Queensryche to the rescue to fill the spot and truely kick the Fair in the ass! Monday August 31st at the Evergreen State Fair - show starts at 7:30pm!! Public On Sale: 10AM, Friday, August 21 (no pre-sale) Tickets will be sold online or in person (no phone sales) Tickets: www.EvergreenFair.org Reserved Chairs: Emerald $25 and Saffire $20 Festival Grandstand: $15 Prices Includes Fair Gate Admission

New album "Condition Human" out on Century Media October 2nd Worldwide! PRE-ORDER CD HERE
It's amazing! Over an hour of classic Ryche!!

 

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