Ohio Welcomes Back Live Music, The Socially Distant Version

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Mentor, Ohio- The Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine opened up the patios and with that the curtains of dread started to lift and smiles appeared on peoples faces . This was the weekend that is a test for the state , would people comply and be socially distant when out and about ? From what this writer saw I would say the answer is yes .

Playing 6 feet apart

The venue was the RollHouse in Mentor , Ohio. The venue delivered the three most important things in the restaurant business .A safe spacial distance between tables outside , servers and staff wearing masks, hand sanitizer stations at strategic locations and managers doing head counts to make sure they comply with the Governor’s order .I witnessed all this and a grateful serving staff happy to see customers and customers happy to be out and about .

The band was Big In Japan , a local band that has entertained audiences for over a decade. This was a stripped down version of them , bringing out the acoustic guitars thus taking a break from the electric guitars but believe me they still rocked. The band consists of Matt Cortorno on drums, Victor Bordelon on guitars , and R.Scott Vaughn on bass .The entire band sings various songs in the set so they exchange duties .

The band was not able to practice together during the pandemic but Scott wanted to give something back to the fans during the break . He is one of the co-creators of a gameshow show called FandoMadness which they host at various pop cultures and comic cons in the multi state region along with some bars and restaurants .He took lemons and turned them into lemonade by creating and online version of it via the Zoom application .This helped alleviate the stress of the pandemic and helped people in their time of need .

To sum up tonight , are we back to normal ? No I don’t think there will ever be a normal again but as Americans we will adjust , we will just see bands safely and learn to watch out for one another . Stay safe and keep rockin’.

CELEBRATE THE LOUDEST DAY OF THE YEAR MOTÖRHEAD DAY!

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“Ace Of Spades” – the title track of MOTÖRHEAD‘s 1980 iconic, game changing album isn’t just one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written – it has truly become a lifestyle anthem for several generations of rockers, metalheads, punks, bikers, athletes, rebels, outcasts, and freethinkers all around the world. Few songs in modern history can instantly ignite the adrenaline of music fans the way the song’s opening dirty bass riff, and drum roll can. From zero to 100 mph in a matter of seconds. That speaker-destroying opening riff is unstoppable. And the song changed the course of hard rock…forever.      Now, 40 years later we are celebrating this milestone album’s anniversary on MOTÖRHEAD DAY 2020, ‘The 8th Of May’ by inviting you, the fans from around the globe to join us on this special day where everything is louder than everything else!   Here’s what’ll be happening on the day.  

  • Warpig your face with a unique Facebook and Instagram filter of the snarling embodiment of MOTÖRHEAD.
  • A worldwide premiere of a new lyric video for the most iconic of MOTÖRHEAD songs – “Ace Of Spades.” The video will premiere here – https://motorhead.lnk.to/AOSlyricPR
  • A limited edition Road Crew merchandise capsule will be released on the webstore here –https://gtly.to/4TxQu50Ad. A portion of the proceeds of the Road Crew merchandise will be going to Live Nation’s Crew Nation Fund to provide financial support to touring crews affected at this time. #WeAreTheRoadCrew
  • Raise a toast to MOTÖRHEAD! Fill a glass with your favorite libation and post your toast to MOTÖRHEAD online with the hashtag #8thofmay. Jack and Coke optional!

  We’d hope you can join us as part of this celebration of all things MOTÖRHEAD. Lockdown may be going on all around us but the world is ours and we were born to raise hell! We look forward to celebrating 40 years of lawn killing, bastard Rock n Roll with you all!   Team MOTÖRHEAD.

YouTube Discovery -Most Unique Alan Parsons Project Cover Song Performance

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As with the current state of the world , we are all seeking online resources to get our musical fix. We just happened to discover a gem of a masterpiece .The Ukulele version of “Sirius/Eye In The Sky” performed by Ukes of Hazzard based off of the original Alan Parsons Project hit .Please see the attached link and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/na1Mj7ocxL8

Styx Delights Fans with Online Concert Series During COVID19 Pandemic

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The Internet -The legendary rock group Styx delighted the internet this last Saturday by broadcasting on their youtube channel a show from 2017. The live audio was accompanied by still images from Styx staff photographer Jason Powell .The played a ton of their hits including a very nice selection from the current release ” The Mission ” . That is one of my favorite albulms and I suggest you get a copy. The song “Khedive” is one of my favorite piano driven tracks .

Styx live on stage

One of my favorite parts of the performance was Tommy Shaw’s introduction and seeing the images you normally don’t get to see of a band . Here is the link for those who missed it last weekend .We will be tuning in every week ourselves , because you never know what magic they have in their vaults .

https://youtu.be/U2fpAivNZiU
It appears this will be an ongoing series until we can all go out and see live concerts again , so make sure you get your Styx Fix
Styx Live On Stage

COVID19 Explained in Basic Terms

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This is by far the best explanation as to what is happening. Read it please..

Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand…

It has to do with RNA sequencing…. I.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year… you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses, come from animals…. the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.

Now…. sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human… once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..

H1N1 was deadly….but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus… it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long…but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person… But here is the scary part…. in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity…doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza…. this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater…And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L….which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the Spanish Flu.

Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him, till the Black Plague passed…. Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social isolation…

And let me end by saying….right now it’s hitting older folks harder… but this genome is so slippery…if it mutates again (and it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.

Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con Draws Fans Amid Corona Virus Scare

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Cleveland, Ohio- The event organizers were prepared with bottles of Purell and signs posted in the restrooms reminding patrons to wash their hands and think of others. The crowd was lighter this year compared to the previous years but then the thought a possible global pandemic can have an effect on ticket sales and the size the audience .Never the less it was not going to stop the die hard fans from showing off their cosplay skills and meeting your favorite artist and stars. Star Wars and Star Trek were well represented along with Outlander and more animated shows then can be mentioned here . Some of my my favorite booths were Ted Sikora or Apama and Tap Dance Killer fame and Emily Szalkwski of My Asylum were some of the Cleveland’s top artists in attendance .

Ted Sikora and some of his creations
Emily of My Asylum

The celebrity talks and panels are always a fan favorite with surprise antidotes to delight the surprise the audience .I attended the talks of Jim Steranko ( an amazing speaker and the best dressed guest in pop culture ) who is the real life version of the worlds most interesting man .

Jim Steranko

The packed panel of Caitriona Balfe ( of Outlander ) gave an extended talk about her life and behind the scenes of the series .

The Netflix series Stranger Things was represented by Cary Elwes ( The Princess Bride / Twister ) who gave behind the scenes stories of his works in a very humorous and fun way.

Wallace Shawn who has a four decade long career spoke of Star Trek Deep Space Nine , working with Woody Allen and being tied to Andre The Giant among many other subjects.

Star Wars and Disney Plus were in the house with Emily Swallow who is on Star Wars The Mandarlorian and Supernatural. her talk was so much fun and she is such a talented performer .

Voice acting was the highlight of the con as Phil Lamarr gave advice, samples and stories of his life in the industry .

Like all great cons, cosplay was king and there were a ton of fans representing their favorite pop culture such as Ghost Busters , Star Trek and many others .

If you have a Wizard World coming to your area, we highly recommend you check out a day of fun , family entertainment with memories that will last a life time .

Live Review -Royal Tusk “Thunder in the Tundra”

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They say that if you put in ten thousand hours into something, you can consider yourself an expert. Therefore, after 2 years since their release of TUSK II by Edmonton, Alberta’s ROYAL TUSK, they have toured twice with POP Evil and across the USA. And with the start of the 2020, they are headlining their tour fresh at the start of the decade, Thunder on the Tundra, across Canada with a stop in Montreal. With all those hours, it must certainly add up to ten thousand, if not close too.
The Canadian quartet consisting of Daniel Carriere (Vocals, Guitar), Quinn Cyrankiewicz (Guitar), Sandy MacKinnon (Bass) and Calen Stuckel (Drums) have been together since 2013 and have been the original members of the band. And with 7 years experience under their belt, they played a professional and tight rock performance. With songs centered around garage guitar riffs by Cyrankiewicz, Carriere’s edgy and gruff vocals and rhythms by MacKinnon and Stuckel, what you get is a mix between 90’s grunge and modern arena rock with a dash of classic rock. Something familiar, yet something a bit new.
Opening with “Freedom”, the group played their second single “First Time” before Carriere took a breather to engage with the Montreal Crowd. And such is how the night went as their set continued throughout the evening. They played all their songs from TUSK II, closing with their latest single “Aftermath”, mixing in a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” and Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” along the way – Clearly indicative of the musical influences that made the ROYAL TUSK sound. And given the modest crowd in attendance, the band put in a full effort and spent time mingling with the crowd afterwards.
Opening for ROYAL TUSK was BRKN LOVE, another quartet from Toronto who have also toured in the USA last year with POP Evil and ROYAL TUSK. Fresh on the release a few weeks ago of their self-titled debut album, the band performed a similar sounding set to ROYAL TUSK. Led by lead singer and founder Justin Benlolo, he is young and has worked the L.A. and New York circuits. With scheduled appearances in several music festivals this summer of 2020, BRKN LOVE will be a name you may hear about in the near future.
Opening the evening was SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, also from Toronto. They played a more punk sound, similar to Social Distortion.

5 Reasons You Must See Dennis DeYoung Live

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The return of Dennis DeYoung this season on tour gave us the perfect opportunity to highlight the five reasons you must see him live and in concert .

One- The Voice

The smooth and sweet voice that brings tears to a million hearts and touches the soul in ways that makes one want to sing aloud ( albeit usually out of key ) is something that must be experienced live to be fully appreciated .

Two- The Hits

His solo works include the hits ” Desert Moon ” , ” This is the Time ” as well as his megahits with Styx. Songs such as ” Babe “, ” Mr. Roboto “, ” Lady “, ” Come Sail Away ” and many others . His works are timeless and never fall out of style . I could be on a mountain top or in an industrial factory and the songs take me to a better place and time in the world .

Three- The Performance

The live show and performance is something to behold . The band act as a well oiled machine and Dennis as the conductor or general leading his troops into battle with audience the benefactors of the fight . Dennis has made a true masterpiece of the live show , and you feel the electric energy coming from the stage .

Four -Legacy

Dennis DeYoungs legacy goes beyond his solo and Styx music , as an accomplished musician he has done movie scores , theatrical plays ,songs for soundtracks and even acted in a film .

Five- Value

Dennis concerts are held at amazing venues such an upcoming performance at MGM Northfield Park on March 13th and at a great value . Unlike a lot of his peers , his shows are affordable and not for the mega-rich only so you would not find them with 1000 dollar seats and 100 dollar parking . An amazing and affordable night out for all .

To keep up with all things Dennis DeYoung please see the official website at http://www.dennisdeyoung.com

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS TOUR 2020

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One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest

Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing & Ian Hill (along with several different drummers over the years) would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Throughout the 70’s Priest were responsible for helping trail blaze metal with such classic offerings as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976) ‘Sin After Sin’ (1977) and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ (1978) as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979) among others.

But it was during the 80’s that Priest conquered the world, becoming a global arena headliner on the strength of such all-time classics as ‘British Steel’ (1980) and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), as well as being one of the first metal bands to be embraced by the then-burgeoning MTV, plus performing at some of the decades biggest concerts (1980’s Monsters of Rock, 1983’s US Festival, and 1985’s Live Aid) and being the first to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world. Priest’s success continued throughout the 90’s and beyond with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, as evidenced by such additional stellar offerings as ‘Painkiller’ (1990) ‘Angel of Retribution’ (2005) and ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ (2009) the latter of which saw Priest win a Grammy Award for a killer rendition of the classic ‘Dissident Aggressor’

In 2011 new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in to replace the previous guitarist who had left in 2010 – the move seemed to have reinvigorated the band, as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the ‘American Idol’ TV program that also served as Faulkner’s debut performance with the band (also in 2011 was the release of a new compilation ‘The Chosen Few’ which included Priest classics selected by some of metal’s biggest names) and the ‘Epitaph’ concert DVD in 2013.

Priest’s next studio effort would arrive in 2014 ‘Redeemer of Souls’ which was supported by another strong tour.

In 2017 (and again in 2019) Judas Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and got ready to unleash their latest studio album ‘Firepower’ (produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) which received global success and critical acclaim.

Few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest. And the forthcoming 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will undoubtedly drive this point home.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:

9/9/2020 in Oxon Hill, MD at MGM National Harbor
9/11/2020 in Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
9/12/2020 in Ledyard, CT at Foxwoods Casino Arena
9/14/2020 in Philadelphia, PA at The Mann Center
9/15/2020 in Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
9/17/2020 in Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion
9/18/2020 in Orlando, FL at Central Florida Fair – Rebel Rock Fest
9/21/2020 in Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena
9/23/2020 in Detroit, MI at Fox Theatre
9/24/2020 in Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre
9/26/2020 in Chicago, IL at Rosemont Theatre
9/27/2020 in Minneapolis, MN at The Armory
9/29/2020 in Milwaukee, WI at Miller High Life Theatre
9/30/2020 in St. Louis, MO at Saint Louis Music Park
10/2/2020 in Oklahoma City, OK at The Zoo Amphitheatre
10/3/2020 in Dallas, TX at Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/5/2020 in Austin, TX at HEB Center
10/6/2020 in San Antonio, TX at Freeman Coliseum
10/8/2020 in Albuquerque, NM at Sandia Resort and Casino
10/9/2020 in Denver, CO at The Mission Ballroom
10/11/2020 in Salt Lake City, UT at Vivint Smart Home Arena 
10/13/2020 in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona Federal Theatre
10/15/2020 in Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater
10/17/2020 in Las Vegas, NV at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: judaspriest.com

RAVEN BLACK Teases New Video in Advance of Tour with In This Moment, Black Veil Brides and DED

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Theatrical metal band RAVEN BLACK will preview their upcoming third album, The Key, on The In-Between Tour this spring with In This Moment, Black Veil Brides and DED.
The nearly-two-month-long tour will begin March 24 in Orlando and will continue through May 16.
“We are incredibly excited to support In This Moment and Black Veil Brides along with DED on this tour, and share our new music with all of you,” says Raven. “We can’t wait to share our new album and feel there would be no better tour to present the Dark Metal Carnival.”
The Key, produced by Ulrich Wild (Static-X, White Zombie, Deftones), is scheduled for release this May via WurmGroup. Pre-orders for the album and an assortment of bundles are available via RAVEN BLACK’s webstore at https://squareup.com/store/ravenblackshop/. A new video for the track “Hear Me Cry” will be available soon. VIP packages for The In-Between Tour are also available at the webstore.
RAVEN BLACK’s Dark Metal Carnival story began when a voodoo doctor, The Doctor, happened upon a lost and scared little girl named Raven. Using his magic, The Doctor attempted turned the girl into a doll. The Doctor’s attempt, however, was interrupted by the terrified girl’s screams, leaving her in a half-human, half-doll state. As Raven lived in the dark world of the Doctor, she secretly learned his magic and conjured up a demon named Muppet, whom she trapped inside of her heart and made her eternal protector. Together, The Doctor and Muppet created another character, Stitches, to help search for souls to join the Dark Metal Carnival in the 13th hour.
Together, the quartet has created a soundtrack to the Dark Metal Carnival, releasing the 2016 EP Seven Sins and the 2018 album 13. The band has toured extensively, perfecting a creepy live show that unifies the visual and aural aspects of RAVEN BLACK.

Raven Black supplied photo


RAVEN BLACK “The In-Between Tour” w/In This Moment, Black Veil Brides and DED dates: 3/24 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues 3/26 – Atlanta, GA –Tabernacle 3/27 – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces 3/28 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Events Center 3/30 – Richmond, VA – The National 3/31 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore 4/1 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 4/3 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre 4/4 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom 4/5 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE 4/7 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works 4/9 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! 4/10 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore  4/11 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom 4/13 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre 4/14 – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre 4/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live 4/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth Live 4/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom 4/19 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note (Outdoor Stage) 4/21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Center at The Midland Theatre 4/23- Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom 4/24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion 4/25 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Events Center 4/27 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre 4/28 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues 4/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo 5/1 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues 5/2 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort 5/3 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield 5/5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 5/6 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center 5/7 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom 5/8 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center: Retter & Company Theatre 5/10 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre 5/10 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 5/13 – Calgary, AL – MacEwan Hall 5/15 – Billings, MT – First Interstate Arena 5/16 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
RAVEN BLACK is: Raven – Vocals Muppet – Drums/Vocals The Doctor – Lead Guitar/Vocals Stitches – Bass