One of our rising stars and favorite new bands is Palaye Royale, even thou they are not a new band and have been hard working musicians for several years now .This image is from the bands appearance at Warped Tour in Ohio this past week ! More news and reviews to come about this years Warped Tour !
Roselawn, Indiana -Get your bag packed ,set your humongous clocks and dust off those shades and head to Indiana to a weekend filled with fun , sun and lots and lots of bodies and one super famous rapper .
Flavor Flav returns to host the 43rd annual Nudes A Poppin festival and beauty pageant this weekend in Indiana . Flav was there last year to the delight of the fans and will be so again .Tickets are going fast to make sure you get them soon and bring your cameras . It would not be nude fun without it !
Dario Lorina , solo artist and lead guitarist of Black Label Society and formally of Lizzy Borden on stage at Inkcarceration Festval last weekend!
This is one not to be missed !
Cleveland, Ohio – In honor of Art Alexakis bringing both his Summerland Tour and Everclear to town last week ,we decided to list why the Summerland Tour is the best value for your money.
Nostalgia – The tour brings the best of 1990s’s artists together in a intimate setting where every ticket is the best seat in the house ( even if you are standing ) Where else can you get top artists playing radio hits and hidden gems for your delight . I honestly have never seen either Local H or Marcy Playground but damn I am glad i was at this show .
Value – Three bands, many hits , one low price . To be honest at three times the cost it still would be a great value , they even kept the band merch at reasonable prices so no over priced $ 75 shirt . The merch lines were long but well worth it .
Number Three –
A Fans Band – Both Local H and Marcy Playground came out after their sets to meet the fans and pose for pictures and I know Everclear did meet some the fans before their set as well. One of the things the bands know is being accessible to the fans is how to keep the fans happy and coming back tour after tour besides I am sure it is nice see familiar faces and new one .
The Music- It is what started us all and the most important reason for a show . Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground along with several other hits and not to forget Local H as well .Bound For The Floor was one of my favorite songs and to get that sound out of a two piece band is beyond imagination .
Number Five –
Art Alexakis -The man behind the music, the ringleader, the MC and all around great guy . The band Everclear and the music they created really has touched me over the years and Art in particular means a lot to me. We share a bond over the song ” Father of Mine ” so if a kid from the projects can become a success without a father in the music industry so can a kid from the projects without a father in the media industry so my hats of to Art .
There is a little under a week left on the tour but to see if a date is near you please check out the official website at http://www.summerlandtour.net
Las Vegas , NV- It is will great sadness we announce the passing of iconic metal and rock drummer Vincent Paul Abbott better known as Vinnie Paul .He was best known as the drummer in HELLYEAH and co-founder of PANTERA with his late brother ” Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Our condolences to friends and family of Vinnie. I met him once at NAMM and he was as gracious as could be . RIP Vinnie
Today image of the day is Max Portnoy of the band Tallah .Max is the son of MIke Portnoy the legendary drummer and that is one hard legend to live up to . I had the chance to watch Max drum last month with his band Tallah and I can say one thing , the apple doe not fall far from the tree .His chops and sense of timing cannot be understated . I look forward to seeing many things from him the the future , here to you Max !
One of the top concerts I have been to in my life , make sure you get them on your bucket list.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – The mighty 80’s powerhouse house Poison , descended on Blossom Music Center last week on a warmer then usually summer night . The heat on stage however was much , much hotter and the audience could not have been more pleased. I knew with just the intro video that this night is one I was never going to forget and one for my musical history books.
I have seen and worked with Bret Michaels several times over the last few years and he always put on a stellar show however this was ever better .The brotherhood of Poison , and yes it is a brother hood ,let me make my case. If you have worked and lived together, toured the world and had ups and down and still survived you are brothers in every sense of the word. To see the brothers together on stage again is a moment I have waited years to see and I could not have been happier.
The night started out with ” Look What The Cat Dragged In ” and in a sense of irony it was fitting as it was where the band started from as it was a hit from their debut album. The next two hours were a blur of hits, guitar solos , smiles and bass and drum fills. ” Ride The Wind ” ,” Fallen Angel ” and ” Something to Believe In ” were some of the best versions I have witnessed.
I did something at this show I usually do not do , I was within close proximity to C.C. Deville and I communicated with him via hand jesters signaling that I had mad respect and love for the music and thank you for all you do . Not only did he acknowledge it , he thanked me for the comment . A true class act all the way .
If you have been living under a rock or are related to Rip Van Winkle the members of Poison are Bret Michaels on vocals acoustic guitars. Mr C.C. Deville on guitars, Mr Bobby Dall on bass guitar and Rikki Rockett on drums .
To learn more about the tour and see this five star show . please see the official website at https://www.poisonofficial.com/
Proving yet again while they are simply the best large scale independent festival in the state .
Geauga County, Ohio- The Butler Campus of the private all girls school Laurel set the stage for one of the best run festival in Ohio for the third straight year in a row. LaurelLive, in conjunction with the Elevation Group and the Laurel Academy is the end all to beat all of festivals . Not only do you get great music from some of the best international artists around . The festival features workshops, student empowerment , community education and support and a plethora of healthy lifestyle choices from food to yoga and everything in between.
It is impossible to cover the entire festival in one article so we decided to list some of out favorite highlights from it .
The most active performance I saw was from Magic Giant , a band that I never saw before but I will always check out once they are in town . Wow is all I can saw .
Most spiritual and enlightening was Matisyahu , a genre defying artist who does reggae , rap, sings , poetry all mixed together . Extra points for having local resident Joe Tomino as his drummer who did an excellent job .
One to watch is newbie Sage of https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbrGSHbH60p13T4YSgBx-zA
.Her song ” I Want To Be Famous ” should be featured on a movie soundtrack , its deep message and and soft sounds , really break thru the muck of today’s millennial society .
I am really glad I was able to catch Flint Eastwood who I have heard about for years and finally was able to see .
Most surprise for me was Hannah Wicklund and the Stepping Stones. The woman can wait on a guitar like Hendrix and needs to be seen live wow .
Well that’s my wrap up , make sure you check them out in 2019 because they will be back and it will be no small feet to top this years artists.
John Talks with us about the upcoming Dead Daisies tour, the new record , Nashville , Ira Dean and life in general , have a listen it’s a great time