LAMB OF GOD to Perform on Slayer’s Final World Tour, Leg 5: North America
One band you must see at least once in your life !
Cleveland, Ohio – The recently revamped historic Cleveland Agora played host to Uncle Al and Ministry last week the the delight and exuberance of fans. To be honest I am a recent fan ,in my era of 80’s Metallica and Savatage heavy metal ,Ministry where not even in the same genre as thought by 15 year me . I didn’t understand industrial or electric music but that all changed when I got a book in the mail . One day I received the autobiography of Al Jourgensen to review and my mind was blown away . The book was amazing, it as insightful, thoughtful and raw . I then had the chance to do a phone call with Al and got to the know the person behind the book and most importantly the music . Hence I now am a fan and will not miss a show if he is in the area or even somewhat a few hours away . I met a girl and her father who I would say are super fans . Her name is Mountain she is 14 years old and has only seen one artist play live multiple times even with a three hour drive each way . Uncle Al and Ministry is how she and her father connect and he was headbanging right beside her in front row !
The stage was rather bare compared to the last time I saw Ministry but that did not matter as I was here for the music and the show and what a show it was . Al and the boys hit the stage with an energy of new band, not a band that have done this for decades , this amp goes to eleven .
This tour is a duel celebration of of the The 30th Anniversary Of “The Land Of Rape And Honey” and of the current release “AmeriKKKant” playing a lot of tracks from both landmark albums.
Some of the songs played that night were , Twilight Zone, Victims of a Clown ,We’re Tired of It, Wargasm , Antifa ,Game Over, AmeriKKKa ,The Land of Rape and Honey The Missing Deity and more .
The band was tight and solid and Al on guitar was great to see . The current line up is .
Al Jourgensen – vocals
Sin Quirin – guitar
Tony Campus – bass
Cesar Soto – guitar
John Bechdel – keys
Derek Abrams – drums
To learn more about the band please see the official website at http://ministryband.com/
This show is a perfect example of how we can live our dreams and still be with our families !
Northfield , Ohio -The Hard Rock Rocksino played host to yet another stellar holiday extravaganza this past weekend . The fine folks at Live Nation Cleveland brought in Jewel Kilcher and her Handmade Holiday Tour featuring Jewel , her father Atz, and her brothers ATZ Lee and Nikos Kilcher.
The set started off with a brief performance by her father and brothers playing their own original material , including a number called ” Hot Sexy Pizza ” and a beautiful song about a black stallion named ” Negro ” to name just a few .
After her family’s set , Jewel hit the stage with her backup band and to say there were a tight knit unit does not do them justice .The were all outstanding players in their own right !
The evening opening up with some Christmas songs including ” O Holy Night and ” Joy To The World ” and an almost operatic performance of ” Ava Maria ” wish actually gave me chills and I could not believe what I was watching or listening to .
About halfway thru the evening she tossed out her setlist in favor of crowd requests and even thou ” Freebird ” was mentioned several times she handled the hecklers with grace , poise and humor .
Some of the songs she played were ” You Were Ment For Me ” and ” Who Will Save Your Soul ” and my favorite ” My Fathers Daughter ”
I had a few moments to speak with her father ” ATZ ” and I found him to be a gentleman and a class act and later on in the evening when he danced with several of the ladies of the crowd it made me tear up .
If you ever get the chance to see Jewel , or any of her family please do you will be delighted and surprised.
For more information on all things Jewel please see the official website at https://www.jeweljk.com
One of the best female fronted bands on the planet !
Cleveland, Ohio – The historic and newly reopened Cleveland Masonic Hall played host to a who’s who of female fronted bands earlier this week . Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day filled the venue to capacity. The weather may have brought snow and frigid temperatures but the feeling inside was hot and electric and you could sense it in the air .
New Years Day are no overnight success story . I have seen them several times in the last decade or so. The first time was as one of the opening bands on Warped Tour but I knew the moment I saw how they handled the crowd, much bigger things were on the horizon for this young band. Like any band they go thru their changes both in musical style and personal . One thing for sure is that this is the best line up I have ever seen .
The singer Ashley Costello commands the stage like a general over looking her troops and the duel guitars act as machine guns piercing the landscape with sonic terror. The drums and bass act like giant tanks shaking the earth. This was metal at its best .
The band paged homage to the past with a great version of ” F*cking Hostile ” from Pantera along with their own tracks which included ” Kill Or Be Killed “Epidemic and a few others . Most notably they played the song ” Skeletons” from their upcoming release .
This is a band to watch because when they start headlining arenas you can say I saw them back when . As a side note I said the same thing about Metallica and Nirvana so I an tell when a band is going to break .
The members include
The official website is https://nydrock.com/
A night of fun to be had by all !
Cleveland, Ohio – The Ladies 80’s Night featuring Tiffany is coming to Cleveland Dec 22nd and in celebration of it we decided the five reasons you must attend that night .
1- Stress Free Night
This is a night of without dealing with the kids , bills , mortgage payments , work deadlines and all the stresses of being an adult in 2018 and all the responsibilities that come with it .
Who would not want to relive the sight and sounds and atmosphere of the times when we grew up , the 80s were a fun generation of parachute pants , hanging out at the mall , watching music vidoes on MTV when they still played music. You share a unique time and memories with the other fans and see you own generation , the best generation. If not the best we were definitely the funniest .
The 80’s were a great time of female ladies leading the bands .Artists such as Tiffany , Debbie Gibson, Nena, The Go Go’s ,and the Bangles just to name a few, not to mention Miss M herself Madonna .Martika makes the list and well as many others .
Conveniently located in the heart of the entertainment district but intimate enought for a great night but but enough to support the artist . Cleveland’s, House of Blues is a venue like no other .
She may be last on out list but she reigns on top of our hearts Tiffany who a forced to be withheld, singer and artist , actress and parent . She has lived the good and bad in life and her voice carries that emotion and has emerged as a strong woman , one that we hold in high regard .
The date is Dec 22nd at Cleveland’s House of Blues and we highly recommend you get get a ticket to it . See you there !
A night of fun , nostalgia and holiday spirit !
Northfield Park , Ohio -The holiday season is upon us and with that crowds and short tempers .The day was Black Friday and although the craziness of the store specials were in fact still going on in the malls, this particular crowd was one of the happiest I have ever seen at a show . The night was a evening of reliving the past of your youth , with the carefree feeling of living in the moment without the stresses of modern society and life .
I have never seen the band 98 Degrees and honestly was not a fan of the genre however it was a really fun show and the musicianship and talent cannot be denied . The bands songs were fun , light and thoughtful ,The holiday songs were classics with a fun modern twist to them , even including the audience as part of the show .
Some of the classic songs I liked were ‘Your A Mean One Mr Grich “, ” All I want For Christmas Is You ” and ” Christmas Don’t be Late ” .
One of the biggest songs to go over with the fans were ” Because Of You ” and ” The Hardest Thing ” This was just a fun night and I highly recommend it for anyone ,a fan or not but to be honest I am now a fan .
The history of the band from Wikipedia
98 Degrees (stylized as 98°) is an American pop and contemporary R&B vocal group consisting of four vocalists: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. The group was formed by Timmons in Los Angeles, California, although all of its members originate from Ohio.
Unlike most boy bands, they formed independently and were later picked up by a record label, rather than being assembled by a label or a producer. They have sold over 10 million records worldwide and achieved eight top 40 singles in the U.S.
One show you must see!
Akron, Ohio- The seminal progressive rock group and super producer Alan Parsons stopped by what can only described as the venue to beat all venues yesterday and rocked the house. The Akron Civic Theater was filled to capacity from the front to the back and on top in the balcony .This majestic venue was the perfect backdrop for a night filled with awe and wonder wrapped around notes , scales and melodies.
The night started as a best of as Alan and his band played some of their most well known and loved songs.A total of 24 songs culminating forty years of music delighted fans both near and far as I met people that drove almost five hours to see this performance. The second half of the show was the 40th anniversary of the ” I Robot ” played in its entirety .
Alan does not just rest on his laurels as he is still writing and recording , teaching master recording classes and recently won an award. He won reissue of the year from the Progressive Music Awards for ” Eye In The Sky ” and best of all this was a fan nominated and voted award .
The band is
P.J. Olsson- Vocals
Danny Thompson- Drums
Guy Erez- Bass
Tom Brooks- Keyboards
Todd Cooper- Saxophone /Vocals
Dan Tracey – Guitars
Jeff Kollman-Lead Guitar
I honestly can say this is probably the best band performance I saw in 2018 and I highly recommend them , To see if they are coming to a twon near you please see the official website at http://www.alanparsons.com
DEKO MUSIC LAUNCHES NEW LABEL WITH SPECIALITY VINYL RELEASES
West West Side Music, the company responsible for mastering over 15,000 records (Mastodon, Yes, Monster Magnet, Fleetwood Mac, The Misfits, etc…..) has launched the independent label Deko
The label operates with a full service analog/digital recording facility, mastering facility, 5.1 surround sound room, and separate mixing facility run by Neil Kernon, who has been behind the helm of records as diverse as Hall and Oates, Queensryche, Kansas, Do
Deko Music’s inaugural releases include specialty vinyl titles from projects with Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, and the legendary Angel withPunky Meadows and Frank DiMino (see release listings below). Charlie states, “We are starting out with some veteran artists that we feel best represent their genre, and setting our sights on developing some newer acts in the very near future”. In 2019 we will see some archive releases from legendary New York band the Good Rats, former Styx member Glen Burtnik, a special live recording of Tygers of Pan Tang featuring John Sykes (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), former Kansas singer Steve Walsh, and the first new studio album in 40 years from legendary jazz composer GilEvans.
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The label will announce additional new artist signings and future releases in the upcoming months via the labels official website. Please visit www.dekoentertainment.