Live Review – Crowbar Bring The Metal To Cleveland Crowd !

Cleveland, Ohio – The legendary doom/ sludge metal legends Crowbar made a stop in Cleveland last night at the infamous Beachland Ballroom to the delight of many .The weather could not keeps the crowds away as the venue was at near capacity with a strong line up filled the club.

crowbar live on stage
crowbar live on stage

Formed in 1990  , Crowbar has proved thru time and pure stamina why they are one of the most respected and loved bands from the 1990’s .I had a chance to to interview founder and singer/ guitar player Kirk Windstein a few years ago when I was on radio and I admitted that I never had the chance to see them live and last night I made up for it in droves .

crowbar live on stage
crowbar live on stage

The band hit the stage with a sound and fury of a tornado and with just about as much force . The crowd was mixed with both young and old alike including parents with grown children.The mosh pit was exceptionally brutal  as I saw women in the crowd being crushed. I wish security ould have stepped in , I am still sore from people hitting me and I was over  ten  feet away from the moshers.

crowbar live on stage
crowbar live on stage

The band was in top form playing some of the crowd favorites including

  1. All I Had (I Gave)
  2. …And Suffer as One
  3. To Build A Mountain
  4. Cemetery Angels
  5. Walk With Knowledge Wisely
  6. To Carry the Load
  7. Planets Collide
  8. Like Broken Glass

The current   members of crowbar are

Kirk Windstein – vocals, rhythm guitar (1990–present)
Tommy Buckley – drums (2004–present)
Matt Brunson – lead guitar (2009–present)
Todd Strange – bass (1990–2000, 2016–present; retired from touring since 2018)

To sum up the night I really think that if a legend such as Crowbar come to your city , you need to get out there and support metal . Because one day when your old you don’t want to be sitting in that rocking chair and say I should have saw that band when I had the chance .

 

Astronomicon 2 Brings Fans Together !

Sterling Heights,Michagen – The fine folks at Astronomicon  put on a stellar show this weekend to the delight of travelers far and wide .I met fans from all over Canada , California , Ohio and Pennsylvania .They came for one reason and one reason only  , fandom . The fans of comics, movies, TV shows and music converged this weekend into a who’s who of fun and creativity .

Twiztid state at the con
Twiztid s prop  at the con

The talent behind the band TWIZTID originated the idea and gave back to the community that supported them by putting on their own pop culture convention . The fans came out in droves and had a great time . There was a wedding and a pop culture game show put on by Loose Cannons Entertainment called Fandom Madness that had a celebrity version .The big winners were Ming Chen and Mike Zapzic of Comic Book Men TV Show fame. I guessed they would have won for once I was right .Hidden in plain site was Ricky Rat the bass player for famed punk band ” The Dead Boys “.

Bam Margera
Bam Margera

Bam Margera made an a appearance along with such music luminaries as Mr Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister fame .

Comic Book Men
Comic Book Men

 

Edward Furlong was a fan  delight as well as he does not act like a Hollywood person more like a buddy you could hang out with .

Great Artists as the con
Great Artists as the con

One of my personal favorites was Tiny Lister from Friday and The Fifth Element fame who proved being a bad guy in films means your a nice family guy in real life . This guy made the con one of my favorites just by his attitude .

Tiny Lister
Tiny Lister
Cosplayer
Cosplayer

The cosplay community came out in full force, both the average cosplayer and even a GHOST BC cosplayer , that I have never seen as a con before.

Ghost Cosplay
Ghost Cosplay

The event was not to be missed and I am sure they they will repeat it next year with even more great guests and fun for all . To keep abreast please see the official website at http://www.astronomicon.com

Synapse Films bring you the best movies and cult classics on Blue Ray
Synapse Films bring you the best movies and cult classics on Blue Ray
Comic Book Box Protectors
Comic Book Box Protectors
Sci Fi Music as its best !
Sci Fi Music as its best !

 

 

 

New Years Day Announces U.S. Spring Tour With Falling In Reverse

(Anaheim, CA – February 5, 2019) – Female fronted rock band New Years Day have just announced that they will be joining Falling In Reverse as support on the band’s U.S. Spring tour. The tour will kick off in Las Vegas on April 20th and will wrap on May 24th in Los Angeles. Tickets are available for purchase HERE.
Check out the band’s newest track “SkeletonsHERE. The song is off of their forthcoming full-length album out this spring on RED MUSIC.

The band recently announced an exclusive NYC fan event presented by Loudwire on February 7th at Sony Square. The event will include an exclusive, intimate New York performance and Q&A with the band, followed by a Meet & Greet. Topping it off, attendees get first access to exclusive New Years Day merchandise. For more information on the event and to RSVP, click

HERE, and make sure to tag #NewYearsDay #SonySquareNYC.
New Years Day recently graced the cover of Spotify’s “Heavy Queens” playlist and topped playlist for a full week. Additionally, the track was featured on Spotify’s “New Noise“, “Today We Rock“, “Nu Metal Tracks“, and “Rock Hard” playlists. “Skeletons” even made Pandora’s “Best of The Year for Rock” list. The band has racked in over 44 million U.S. streams alone to date.
Formed in Orange County, Calif. by Ashley Costello, New Years Day shook the scene with their Century Media debut, Victim to Villain, in 2013 featuring their breakout single “Angel Eyes.” The five-piece later cemented their place in the heavy music landscape with their Epidemic EP and critically-acclaimed Malevolence full-length in 2015, clocking more than 20 million views on YouTube. The band has since become the most visually-captivating group in modern rock, playing for millions of fans around the world, sharing the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Halestorm, Nine Inch Nails, Escape The Fate, Hellyeah and Five Finger Death Punch while also headlining the longest-running touring festival, Vans Warped Tour, in 2017. As new challenges and new worlds beckon, the band released their most recent EP, Diary of a Creep, in January to pay tribute to the artists who shaped them thus far. The EP featured renditions of Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and their original track “Disgust Me”.
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NEW YEARS DAY TOUR DATES
April 20 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 23 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
April 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 26 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
April 27 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – Buckchead Theater
April 29 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
May 1 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
May 3 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
May 4 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
May 5 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
May 7 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
May 8 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
May 10 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
May 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 12 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 14 – Denver, CO – The Odgen
May 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 17 – Boise, ID – Revolution
May 18 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
May 19 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
May 21 – San Francisco, CA – Ace of Spades
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

Line Up Announced For Tail Winds Music Festival -Tickets On Sale Now !

What is certain to be one of the top rock performances of the summer has been announced, with the 2019 edition of the Tail Winds Music Fest. The all-day performance will be held on Saturday, June 29th at The Hudson Valley Regional Airport, in Wappingers Falls, New York (gates open at 11:00am). Headlining the show is Chris Robinson Brotherhood, with additional sets by the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime, King’s X, and Sass Jordan.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are priced at $55, and a VIP experience is also available for $150 (tickets for kids twelve years of age and under will be $25) – very affordable prices indeed for such renowned rock acts. Tickets are available for purchase via tailwindsmusicfest.com.

In addition to a day’s worth of great music, concert goers will also get a chance to dine and drink via a variety of craft beer and food trunk vendors, a VIP experience second to none, while mobile lockers and helicopter rides will also be available. The event has a number of sponsors so far, including iHeartMedia, Lexington Center for Recovery, and Kings Court Brewing Company. The event is benefitting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We were excited about bringing together a varied line-up of electric rock bands on one show, as the area is missing an event like this. With bands, local food trucks, craft breweries and helicopter rides, it’s an experience you don’t see at other festivals, while also supporting local businesses and raising money for a terrific cause.” -Tail Winds Music Festival creators Matt Cavaliere and Chris Muratore

Be sure to mark June 29th on your calendar, and get ready for a great day of rock n’ roll and summertime fun!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

https://www.tailwindsmusicfest.com/

“Shameless” Alumni Work Together On A Upcoming Independent Short !

Hollywood ,California- The friends you make on the job can be lifelong and can lead to other jobs as well . Case in point, Laura Slade Wiggins known to the mass  audiences as Karen Jackson on “Shameless “will be appearing with  Rakefet Abergel who by chance also had a stint on the award winning television show .

Rakefet Abergel is an award-winning American/Israeli actress, writer/producer/director, and outspoken stand up comedian. One month after taking a stand up class, Rakefet won Best Comic and Best Overall Talent on the Tyra Banks Show. She appeared in the movie Superbad with Jonah Hill, and as Adam Sandler’s sister in Just Go with It . She can also be seen in the films My Best Friend’s Girl opposite Dane Cook, with Halle Berry in The Call, and alongside Eddie Murphy & Kerry Washington in the film, A Thousand Words. Rakefet regularly guest stars on TV shows including Showtime’s Shameless, New Girl, My Name is Earl, Bella and the Bulldogs, and iCarly.

Recently, Rakefet wrote and starred in a horror/thriller short film called Jax in Love, which she co-produced with executive producer & casting director Jory Weitz (Napoleon Dynamite). The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Colin Campbell had an extremely successful film festival run and garnered Abergel nine Best Actress awards from a variety of festivals including Nightmares Film Festival, Hollywood Horrorfest, GenreBlast Film Festival and Oregon Scream Week. The film also won Best Horror Short at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Best Featurette, and Best Original Screenplay. Her new short screenplay, “BOO”, is a finalist at Women in Horror Film Festival in Georgia and Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

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“BOO” is the reason why I am covering this upcoming project . How would you like to be part of it .  Rakefet Abergel is now starting the crowd funding process and it would be great for you to be part of it .Go check out https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/booshortfilm#story The details are right there and she is available to answer any  questions you may have . Tell her we sent you and I cant wait to see this project !!!

 

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Massive 3-Day Line Up

INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Massive 3-Day Line Up
 
Featuring Shinedown, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet and Many More
 
The Second Annual INKCARCERATION: Taking Place July 12-14, 2019 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory | GET TICKETS HERE!
 
INKCARCERATION 2019 to Also Feature:
70+ Tattoo Artists
Food Trucks & Beverages
Tent & RV Camping
“Escape from Blood Prison” Haunted House Attraction
+ More!
 
Watch a New INKCARCERATION Teaser Here
The wait is over! The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival has announced the massive line-up scheduled to perform at its second annual event, set to feature colossal rock headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch! Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION – taking place this year on July 12, 13 and 14 at the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH – will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison!
This year’s electrifying line-up also includes +Live+, Taking Back Sunday, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Red Sun Rising, Motionless in White, Fozzy, Buckcherry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Andrew W.K., P.O.D., Stabbing Westward, Light the Torch, From Ashes to New, Smile Empty Soul, Eyes Set To Kill, Awake at Last, The Funeral Portait, Kerbera, Raven Black, Beyond UnbrokenRivals, Impending Lies and The Everyday Losers, plus special performances by The Monster Dolls.
Field, Camping and VIP tickets are on sale NOW via https://inkcarceration.frontgatetickets.com/!
Once again, INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place at one of the most unique festival settings in the country – the Ohio State Reformatory. Considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year), the Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. This is the perfect destination festival! Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience! See below for more details.

 

The Neal Morse Band To Perform in Cleveland Feb 23rd !

THE NEAL MORSE BAND—singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette—who will release their latest double-disc concept album, THE GREAT ADVENTURE, January 25 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Worldwide. It will be available in three formats: a two CD package, two CD/DVD Special Edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album, and three vinyl LPs. The follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, which critics hailed as “a masterpiece,” will be the ninth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the third as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND.

They’re performing in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, February 23 at the Beachland Ballroom.

“Let the great adventure now begin…” The closing line of THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, has proved to be strangely prophetic. The new album is exactly that: a perfect companion piece to TSOAD’s partial retelling of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. It has everything that fans would expect from an album by THE NEAL MORSE BAND, and more: rock, metal, classical and jazz elements appear throughout, as well as some killer melodies, all played faultlessly by some of the greatest rock musicians on the planet.
As Neal Morse explains, “This band continues to amaze me! I have to say it was a little daunting to follow up THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM as it was such a special album and it delivered every night at our concerts, but I believe that THE GREAT ADVENTURE will have a tremendous impact as well. This new double album is everything that I hoped it would be! I listened through last night and I was in tears at the end!“
Mike Portnoy emphatically agrees. He says, “How do you follow an epic double concept album??? Well, create another epic double concept album!! Hahaha. I always knew topping THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM was going to be difficult, if not impossible, as I held it in such high regard, but alas, I am absolutely blown away with what we achieved here! We’ve created what is the ultimate companion to TSOAD.”
“Sometimes there are things that you just can’t mess with,” Randy George continues. “On THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM we tapped into something special. I was sure that the follow up should be something quite different, but you have to follow your heart and follow the music where it wants to go. THE GREAT ADVENTURE is nothing short of a miracle. It’s similar to SIMILITUDE in concept and form, but yet it’s tougher and deeper in its tone! This is a powerful work and I look forward to playing it live!”
True to the album’s title, the creative process was indeed a “great adventure.” Unlike many previous Morse albums, which have often been written and arranged within weeks, this time around these prolific and world-class musicians spent almost a year working on the end result, producing an abundance of top quality material. This meant some ruthless decision-making: some already completed songs and characters had to go, and-–with studio time running out–new links and ideas were being composed and recorded up to the eleventh hour. “A lot of work and re-work has gone into this,” says Morse, “but I know that some of the most successful and far-reaching albums I’ve been involved with have been just like that. SOLA SCRIPTURA and Spock’s Beard’s SNOW album come to mind.”
Another key question that had to be addressed in the studio was how to pull all the ideas together into a coherent whole. In the end, what unlocked this “adventure” for Morse was the realization that THE GREAT ADVENTURE needed a new voice and perspective. This time, it is that of the Pilgrim’s abandoned son, a younger, perhaps angrier, voice than was heard on THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
This promises to be a night of musical wonder , make sure your put it on your concert list !

Live Review- Jack Russell’s Great White Acoustic Show

Live Music At Its Best !

Akron , Ohio- In what was described as the storm of the year and in all honestly  a show that should have been cancelled due to extreme weather Akron was the place to be this weekend if you were brave. The Empire Concert Club and  Bar ( not to be confused with the original Cleveland Empire Club from  1990-1991 ) hosted what could only be described as a legend ,Mr Jack Russell ! I have to give props to the Empire as it felt like a rock club , with easy parking and access to the highway and it treated patrons with respect, bravo Empire.

 Jack Russells Great White
Jack Russells Great White

I have been a long time fan of Great White especially the Jack Russell version of it as I have seen them a few times , however this is my first acoustic/ stripped down  version of it . Expectations were high to say the  least .

 Jack Russells Great White
Jack Russells Great White

Jack and his trusty guitar slinger Robby Lochner hit the stage about 10 pm and didn’t stop for about two hours .The evening was filled with music that everyone loved , almost like a giant sing along with friends and that is  how it felt to the audience . The expected Great White songs were played  and sung by the master vocalist himself  such as “Once Bitten ,Twice Shy ” and ” Save Your Love ” but  they also played some of the guys favorite songs by other artists . The rendition of ” Folsom Prison Blues ” by Johnny Cash and ” Going To California ” by Led Zeppelin are some of the best I have ever heard . I have to put this out there right now . Robby Lochner is one of the best and most  underrated  guitarists I have ever seen .He honestly should be a household name like Slash or Joe Satriani . His ability and  graceful   playing is a awe inspiring to watch  , he makes it look easy .

 Jack Russells Great White
Jack Russells Great White
 Jack Russells Great White
Jack Russells Great White

It is no secret Jack Russell was a party man in his youth and his health has payed the price . He could  have just sit at home and soaked up the California sun but the fact that he gets out there and tours and put smiles  on faces across the world pays testament to the man he has become. I want to personally thank him for the great songs and to the many moments I sat there and enjoyed his music .If you want to see a music legend and to see the songs performed how they were meant to be done make sure you check out Jack Russell’s Great White when ever they are in a city by you . Please see the official website for a date near you http://www.jackrussellsgreatwhiteband.com/

 Jack Russells Great White
Jack Russells Great White