In a last minute venue issue New Medicine had to cancel their 21 and over Seattle show for this Wednesday 10/3 BUT as a big fan I couldn't let that happen! One quick phone call to New Medicine singer Jake Sherer to see what it would take to secure the band to play and once I knew the figure I called Mr. Dreamfest Louie G and made a deal with him (out of our own pockets) to bring the band and play a FREE ALL-AGES show for the fans at Louie G's 10/3. Only stipulation to get in the doors, you have to bring some non-perishable food to support our short-in-supply food banks otherwise you'll pay $5 at the door! Thinking this over, we really wanted it to be a different experience especially on a work/school night. So not only will it be an early start (7:30pm) there will be no opening acts! A pure headline full New Medicine show for the fans! Plus meet the band after the show, get your picture with the band (by your's truly) and get back home and in bed at a decent hour!
You've heard New Medicine music on MLB broadcasts, MTV, KISW (see Jeetz's interview with the band below), seen them on tour opening for Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, Shinedown, Hollywood Undead, Evanescence, Chevelle etc. now here's a rare opportunity in one of best local staged and food venues you'll ever see! Thank you Louie G for accommodating this with me and making sure one of the best angst punk rebellious radio rock killing bands plays the Seattle area! It's gonna be one frat-rocking party at Louie G's Wednesday! See everyone there! Here's the show info: https://www.facebook.com/events/201957746603390/
Hopefully you'll be recovered from KISW's Pain in the Grass show yesterday to attend this. I know I need a day or two to recover ha! Watch for all the PITG photos soon on KISW.com! Iron Mike
Bid as a Judas Priest farewell tour, anyone seeing this show knows there's no way in hell this band should stop. Blasting through a 21 song set of Priest classics that floored me with "Rapid Fire" & "Metal Gods" as the opening two songs, this show blew the doors off their last visit in 2008. I was a little skeptical knowing part of the twin guitar attack (K.K. Downing) retired from the band but the new guy Richie Faulkner not only looked similar to K.K. but killed it! What a player and showman! Still shocking how incredible Rob Halford's voice is at 60 years old! When he sang the old Joan Baez classic "Diamonds & Rust" and electrified everyone with "Electric Eye" the true golden voice of the metal god shined! Even though it's billed as farewell tour, it sounds like that's from the big tours so don't count out Priest yet! Check out Priest new greatest hits CD called "The Chosen Few" all handpicked by peers like Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Slayer’s Kerry King, Korn’s Jonathan Davis and more who have felt the influence of frontman Rob Halford & Co. during their nearly 40-year career! https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest
Opening right before Judas Priest hit the stage was Black Label Society. Fronted by ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde. Each time I see these guys live they get better and better. BLS raced through a 12 song set that included Crazy Horse (see new exclusive Minecraft Machinima Music Video), Suicide Messiah, Overlord, Stillborn and lets not forget the EPIC 10-15min Zakk guitar solo in there. The BLS Berserkers left the Wamu Theater one happy bunch and gave the classic rock/metal crowd something to think about playing in between Judas Priest & Thin Lizzy. Should be noted too that Back on Black Records has reissued the first six albums from Black Label Society on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeves. The first 1,000 copies of each title is being made available on limited-edition colored vinyl.
What had me the most excited for the night were the Irish classic rockers Thin Lizzy starting the whole show off. I never had the opportunity to see the band play live with Phil Lynott before he passed away in 1986 at 36 years old. The band has had many incarnations since then but this lineup was pretty impressive. Headed by founding member and drummer Brian Downey with long time band members Scott Gorham & Darren Wharton, the band was filled out by rock veterans Marco Mendoza, Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson. Ricky Warwick handled Phil Lynott's singing amazingly. I remember during the "Cowboy Song" closing my eyes and listening and it was awesome! Phil was definitly there in spirit. Of the 10 song set they played I was a little upset they didn't include anything off their "Thunder & Lightning" CD...probably their best and hardest release ever. I won't complain too much, I saw Thin Lizzy in 2011, who would've thought! The boys were definitly back in town!
So I've been a big fan of Danko Jones for a good number of years now. I found this piece interesting as I read the tweet that stemmed this article Sunday am.
DANKO JONES Selling His METALLICA Collection After Hearing 'Lulu' Album - Oct. 24, 2011
Canadian rocker Danko Jones has slammed METALLICA's collaboration with Lou Reed, claiming to have put his entire METALLICA collection up for sale after hearing the controversial "Lulu" project.
"Lulu" is due on November 1 in North America via Warner Bros. Records and one day earlier (October 31) in the rest of the world through Universal Music. The CD, which is available for streaming in its entirety at LouReedMetallica.com, was co-produced by Reed, METALLICA, Hal Willner — who has produced albums for Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Laurie Anderson, among others — and Greg Fidelman. Fidelman also mixed the record.
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Danko offered his opinion on "Lulu", calling it the "Ishtar", "Waterworld" and "Battlefield Earth" of rock 'n' roll. ("Ishtar", "Waterworld" and "Battlefield Earth" are widely considered to be three of the biggest cinematic train wrecks.) His final tweet on the subject reads, "Good morning! Heard METALLICA/Lou Reed album last night. METALLICA collection now for sale. Tweet your $$$."
"Lulu" finds METALLICA playing behind lyrics written and sung by Reed that are based on a pair of early 20th century German Expressionist plays.
METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett told Revolver in a new interview that "Lulu" is "one of the best things we've ever done," adding, "We haven't been spontaneous like that for years and years and years, probably since the '80s."
Hammett added that fans should not consider this the next METALLICA album, saying, "All I have to say is don't judge it by heavy metal standards and maybe you'll understand it better."
Reaction worldwide to the samples of music heard from the project so far has been a mix of confusion, hostility and disappointment, with fans cautiously lauding METALLICA for daring to experiment but also saying that this project was perhaps the wrong combination of artists.
Hmmm, I'm still a fan of Danko Jones and yes, Metallica too.
Did ya miss the sold out throw-back 80s rock Key Arena concert of Night Ranger/Foreigner/Journey last Friday night? No worries got your back. Here's some video and couple photos (more Journey shots will be posted in KISW photo gallery soon: http://www.kisw.com/pages/10419890.php) I did at the show. Did you know Journey's drummer Deen Castronovo hails from the Northwest? This Oregon native was a drumming staple in the Seattle 80s Metal scene with Portland's Metal Madmen the Wild Dogs! From there he's gone off to play with everyone from Ozzy to his current 13 year stint with Journey! Watch his drum solo..WOW!! Latest singer Arnel Pineda is a dead ringer Steve Perry! Awesome and lively onstage! Neil Schon...blew my socks off how good his guitar playing is! Even though the band is known for it's softer lovey hits they still rock the house especially with the metal drumming injection of Deen Castronovo to the mix! Oh did I mention the openers Foreigner might of stole the show without one original band member onstage? Ha! Hard to believe how many killer hits they had in the day. Watch the videos below! Check out Journey online: http://www.journeymusic.com
HOLE, LIMP BIZKIT: We Swear, This Story Isn't From 1999
Courtney Love has pulled Hole out of Australia's 2012 Soundwave Festival after discovering she would be below Limp Bizkit on the bill. Love voiced her displeasure to promoter AJ Maddah, tweeting, "What bloody flight of crazed fancy made you think we'd open for Limp Bizkit, dude? No offense, that's nuts." Maddah was not happy about Hole's pull out and tweeted, "Like we were going to ask her permission every time we book a band. No point taking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up and act like a rotten [person] to other artists and fans." --
If this was 1999 (thank god it's not!) Both of said artists careers would be in much better places!
The Top 10 Prog Rock Bands Of All Time......according to Rolling Stone's poll.
10. DREAM THEATER Three years ago, Dream Theater released a compilation entitled Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs). The title refers to the band's 1992 single "Pull Me Under," which hit Number 10 on the Mainstream Rock Track chart that year and actually received some airplay. For a prog rock band – especially one that started in the mid-1980s– that's an amazing feat. They never repeated it, but the band's army of fans couldn't care less. They probably even prefer it that way. Led by guitar god John Petrucci, Dream Theater play to gigantic crowds that regard them as the only band that matters. Beloved drummer Mike Portnoy left the band in 2010, but the band soldiered on and are releasing a new LP in September.
9. MARS VOLTA For some rock fans, prog rock started in the late 1960s with King Crimson and ended in the early 1980s when Yes, Genesis and Rush all started scoring massive radio hits with short, poppy songs. While the genre certainly peaked in popularity during that time, the genre has never really gone away – or stopped evolving. The Mars Volta may not be "prog" in the ultra-strict Tales From Topographic Oceans sense of the word, but it's impossible to listen to the Omar Rodriquez-Lopez-led band and not hear just how much the genre has influenced them – or the length of their songs. They are also one of the few prog bands with an extremely young audience, who probably wouldn't know a Robert Fripp if he fell on them.
8. TOOL If Mars Volta defines prog rock for the last decade, Tool defines 1990s prog. The group probably can be more accurately defined as prog-metal, and they retain a gigantic cult following despite their minimal output. The group has been together for 21 years, but in that time they've only released four LPs. They don't have anything that even resembles a hit single, but they pack arenas and headline festivals every time they hit the road. The band toured last year and were talking about a new LP, but the group's leader Maynard Kennean is devoting much of this year to his side project A Perfect Circle.
7. EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER Emerson, Lake and Palmer get a bad rap. Some critics (particularly punk rock fans) say their name makes them sound more like a law firm than a rock band, and that they signified everything wrong with the bloated arena rock of the late 1970s. People say they single-handedly inspired the punk revolution. That's an awful lot to pin on a single rock group, and even if that's true – it's quite the accomplishment. Haters aside, it's hard to deny songs like "Lucky Man," "Karn Evil 9" and their rendition of "Fanfare For The Common Man." The group began as a prog-rock supergroup featuring members of the Nice (Emerson), King Crimson (Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Palmer). They merged classical music with prog and were packing arenas by the mid-1970s, but times changed and they quickly grew to despise one another. There have been periodic reunions over the years, and just last year they played a one-off gig.
6. YES Yes is the longest running soap opera in prog rock history. Alliances within the band are constantly shifting and members come and go in what seems like a revolving door. At the center is bassist Chris Squire, the only man to appear in every incarnation of the band – though even he wasn't a part of the late Eighties Yes splinter group Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. It's all very convoluted. Anyway, it's beyond dispute that the group's early Seventies output stands out as some of the greatest moments in prog history – particularly 1972's Close To The Edge and 1971's Fragile. They had a huge comeback in 1983 with "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," but since then it's been mostly downhill. In recent years, they replaced original lead singer Jon Anderson with the frontman of a Yes cover band. He now tours with former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. It's almost too complicated to fully explain or even understand. Just put on "Close To The Edge" and transport yourself back to a simpler time.
5. KING CRIMSON The big bang of prog rock was King Crimson's 1969 debut LP In the Court of the Crimson King. Months after the record was released, the original line-up dissolved and Crimson has existed in countless permutations ever since. The only constant member is Robert Fripp, though he seems to have lost interest in the band and they haven't played in a few years. "As long as I felt it necessary for KC music to enter the world, I was prepared to take on pretty much whatever nonsense came with it," Fripp wrote in a December 2010 diary entry. "Today, there are greater necessities for me than pulling new KC music from the air & touring the world to present it to ears that would rather hear an older repertoire (which is pretty fab, may we note). Live KC music of any period would have value, but I doubt it would shape the contemporary musical debate. A grief of expectations, conventionality, conflicting demands – a younger Fripp would have dealt with it, and suffered. An older Fripp chooses his suffering more carefully." Hey Robert, here's an idea – reunite the original line-up for one final concert. If you're sick of the band, bring the whole thing full circle and then pull the plug.
4. JETHRO TULL In the early 19th century, Jethro Tull invented the seed-drill, effectively giving birth to modern agriculture. About 270 years later, a British band named Jethro Tull released Aqualung, effectively giving birth to flute-driven prog rock as a commercial juggernaut. They never released an album as successful, but it's not for lack of trying. The band has 23 albums under their belt, and they tour constantly. Their 1987 LP Crest of a Knave won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental, beating out Metallica's ...And Justice For All. Jethro Tull have endured a lot of mockery for this, but clearly the Grammys are the villains of this story. The Tull had no anti-Metallica agenda, and they didn't select their Grammy category. Leave them alone.
3. GENESIS Genesis break many rules of rock & roll. Bands aren't supposed to get more and more popular as as the decades go by. They aren't supposed to sell more records after their ultra-charismatic frontman leaves for a solo career. The drummer isn't supposed to effortlessly take over as singer. But Genesis are trailblazers. The early records from their Peter Gabriel days – like Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – give them endless credibility in prog community. By the 1980s, Phil Collins had taken over and they were churning out pop songs like "Illegal Alien" and "In Too Deep." They were also headlining stadiums all over the world. It was a weird time. Phil quit after the 1992 We Can't Dance Tour, and replacement singer Ray Wilson never connected with audiences. The Phil Collins line-up toured in 2007, but Peter Gabriel stubbornly refuses to commit to a tour. In 2005, he called a band meeting and almost agreed to a reunion – but he got cold feet. It's very, very frustrating for the massive Genesis fan community.
2. PINK FLOYD You gotta hand it to Bob Geldof. By 2005 it seemed impossible to imagine the classic line-up of Pink Floyd ever standing on the same stage. It had been 24 years since Roger Waters had shared a stage with David Gilmour. In that time, there were lawsuits over the name rights, endless squabbles in the press and seemingly no chance of a reunion. Geldof can be convincing, and after much back and forth he got the four men to agree to it. Their four-song set was absolutely glorious, and just three years later keyboardist Richard Wright died – forever ruling out a full reunion. You hear that, Peter Gabriel? If you wait too long, it becomes too late.
1. RUSH Well, this poll wasn't even close. Rush won in a landslide – but this couldn't come as any surprise. The Canadian trio have perhaps the most intense and enthusiastic fan community in all of rock. The band deserves such commitment. While most of their peers have fallen apart due to greed or laziness, Rush has maintained the same line-up since 1975 and their concerts are as spellbinding as they ever were. It's also beyond dispute that Neil Peart is the greatest drummer on the planet. They just wrapped up an epic tour where they played Moving Pictures straight through, and are working on a new album. Here's hoping that they bust out 2112 the next time out. It's the only way to top that last tour.
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Anyone that had the KISS Alive 2 LP as a kid remembers that classic opening line we all said a million times as fans standing on the edge of our beds ready to jump off with air-guitar tennis rackets in hand: "You wanted the best! You got the best! The hottest band in the world, KISSSSSS!" The powerful voice that delivered that line and stuck in our heads for so many years with Kiss has passed away. R.I.P. Eddie Balandas (1952-2011)!
Lennon picked up his trademark wire-frame "granny" glasses in 1967, when he played Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's dark comedy 'How I Won the War.' As such, credit for the design belongs not to some Swinging London fashion house, but rather the British National Health Service, which issued the round specs throughout the World War II era.
James Brown's Capes
Like Superman in reverse, James Brown was at his best when he slipped out of his cape. Onstage, the undisputed "Soul Brother Number One" liked to work up a mean sweat -- typically during the tune ' Please, Please, Please' -- and then make like he was going to leave the stage, too exhausted to continue. The emcee would come out and drape him in a cape, which Brown would fling to the floor, determined to give the audience a little more.
Madonna's Cone Bra
Of all the accessories Madonna has worn over the years -- jelly bracelets, "Boy Toy" belt buckles, Marilyn Monroe-style kid gloves, handcuffs, etc. -- none have burrowed into our collective memory quite like her Jean Paul Gaultier-made cone bra. It's sexy and dangerous -- much like Madge herself.
Slash's Top Hat
A dash of dandyism amid the debauchery of the Sunset Strip rock scene, Slash's debonair headwear was as practical as it was fashionable. What other type of hat could have held back the GNR guitarist's Sideshow Bob curls? Amazingly, he doesn't have closets full -- just the one he's been rocking since '89 or '90. Too bad it can't write a memoir.
Fun fact: The U2 singer's wrap-arounds allow him to see human suffering from up to 100 miles away.
Stevie Nicks's Shawls
Rock's preeminent witchy woman wouldn't be the same without her flowing shawls and capes. Once she starts twirling, Stevie becomes a dark blur of mystical L.A. grooviness. Do as she says and 'Stand Back.'
Jimi Hendrix's Headbands
A guitar-wielding psychedelic samurai, Jimi rocked the headband like no one before or since. Even Rambo looks weak in comparison.
Devo's "Energy Domes"
They look suspiciously like flowerpots, but Devo's plastic headpieces were "designed according to ancient ziggurat mound proportions used in votive worship," if the band's website is to be believed. "Like the mounds it collects energy and recirculates it," the site adds, perhaps explaining how these Ohio weirdos have kept it going since the '70s.
Gwen Stefani's Bindi
As per Hindu beliefs, the area between the eyes is the "sixth chakra," or "anjra," a point where powerful kundalini energy escapes the body. The bindi keeps it all inside, and circa '1995's Tragic Kingdom,' Stefani's dot may have given No Doubt the boost they needed to outlast their ska-punk peers and become one of the era's biggest rock bands. Why didn't Goldfinger think of that?
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Socks
The Peppers' trademark stage antic of stripping down to nothing but strategically worn tube socks was quite the artistic risk: One false move and the band would most assuredly 'Give It Away.' Seriously -- how did those things ever stay on?
Elvis Costello's, Buddy Holly's, Rivers Cuomo's and Lisa Loeb's Nerdy Specs
Buddy Holly may have made the world safe for bespectacled rockers, but 20 years later, at the dawn of punk, there was still something defiantly uncool about Elvis Costello's decision to rock '50s-style thick black frames. The glasses fit with Costello's picked-on, pissed-off persona, and in the early '90s, fellow underdog Rivers Cuomo donned a similar pair, completing the horn-rimmed holy trilogy. His band, Weezer, even recorded a song called 'Buddy Holly,' which became their first major hit. Around the same time, Lisa Loeb turned heads with her cat-eyed lenses, forcing dudes everywhere to admit their "sexy librarian" fetishes.
Keith Richards' Skull Ring
Since Keef is immortal, we can only assume the guitar legend wears this ring to mock the Grim Reaper and his limited reach.
Kiss' Platform Boots
That Kiss is still standing after nearly 40 years is nothing short of amazing. No, really -- have you seen Gene Simmons' boots? Dude teeters more than he stomps, but the cartoon demons are still packing arenas, so the calf cramps are totally worth it.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes' Condom Glasses
In the early '90s, safe sex emerged as a hot-button issue, and condoms were everywhere -- including this TLC singer's glasses.
David Byrne's Shoulder Pads
It takes big shoulders to fill out a suit like the one David Byrne wears in the 1984 David Byrne concert film 'Stop Making Sense.' With the help of some linebacker-grade pads, the stick-thin singer kept from becoming a droopy mess.
"Little Steven" Van Zandt's Bandanas
Like the pompadour wig he wore on 'The Sopranos,' Van Zandt's bandanas are meant to cover the permanent hair loss that resulted from a car accident. Even when he opts for purple, the guitarist and 'Underground Garage' DJ is the most menacing, pirate-like member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.