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
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
About This Weekend
1. Parking is free! Four area lots are available for parking with continuous Cortland Bank Shuttle Service to/from the Laurel School Butler Campus. THERE IS NO ON-SITE PARKING AT LAURELIVE.
- The Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field
- Ursuline College
- West Geauga High School
- Gilmour Academy
- 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, OH
- Enter off of SOM Center Road, just north of Cedar Road
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2. Tickets are still available. Options include VIP tickets, general passes, child (3-10) discounts, single day and weekend. Burntwood Tavern is providing all VIP Catering. Get your tickets today.
3. Gates open both days at 11:30AM. Music runs 12:30P-11:00P on Saturday, June 9. The day ends with Foster The People, Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors. Sunday, June 10 begins at 12:15P with Yoga presented by WEYV, featuring the music of Magic Giant. The day concludes at 10:00P with Brandi Carlile, Cold War Kids and Trombone Shorty.
4. The South Side – New and Improved. The Medworks Stage will feature a serious array of international talent including: flor, Tall Heights, The Aces, Lewis Capaldi, Muscians from Apollo’s Fire, morgxn, Castlecomer, Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin’ Stones, Walker County, Flint Eastwood and Emily Keener.
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- The first place winners in each category will win a grand prize
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- Judging will occur in the Hotel Lobby promptly at 3:15 PM
Cleveland, Ohio – I recently saw Sumo Cyco in direct support for The Butcher Babies a few weeks ago and was immediately blown away by the band. In honor of the over the top performance we decided to list the five reasons you must see Sumo Cyco live and in person .
The band is just a fun band to watch and listen to. The comradeship on display in the band reminds me of the best part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers just having fun on stage .The smiling , the fun , the games and the shoulder rides makes it just a fun band to be around.
2- Audience Participation
The audience is part of the show whether they want to be or not.With singer Skye crowd surfing , drinking shots and riding the shoulders of guitarist Matt Drake, the fans are at the center of attention. Skye reminds me of the first time I saw Gwen Stefani and I knew that she was going to be huge one day and I feel the same way about Sumo Cyco so see them now before it arenas only .
3- The Music
Ill be honest, I didn’t know a single song or lyric of the band and most of the audience didn’t know them either at the start of the show.But the ability to hold onto and control a crowd and leaving them begging for more when they were not even there to see you shows you the power of the songs. The bass, the guitars , the drums and the vocals work as cohesive team to delight the ears and thrill the eyes. This is one band you will never forget.
4- Social Media
The band is very active on social media and fan interaction. They know when and how to meet the fans and anticipate what an audience needs. Showing that life on the road can be fun but is not always glamorous .
5 – The Members
The members included on this tour were ,
Skye “Sever” Sweetnam -Vocals
Matt “MD13” Drake- Guitars
Oscar Anesetti- Bass Guitar
Matt “Trozzi”- Drums
This is one band that must be seen to enjoy the full force of them . Two albums and 17 music videos and binge on it is time to absorb all you can . To learn more about them please see the official website at http://sumocyco.com/
Mentor, Ohio – The 5th Annual Spring Bash and Thrash was held a couple of weeks ago at Mentor on The Lakes Music Lynxx with many eclectic styles of music to delight even the fickle fan . The night had a mix of good , bad and ugly . In true movie review mode , we give you our assessment of the night .
I was already a fan of The Bunny The Bear ( The headline artist ) so I was excited about seeing them .One of the best parts of the evening was being pleasantly surprised by some outstanding acts that even thou I never heard of them, I was delighted to see them perform .Some of the outstanding acts of the night were FayTree , Echo Black ,You Are a Toy and of course The Bunny The Bear . I saw Konipshun Phit a few times in 2006 and 2007 but this was an almost completely new line up and I see major growth in the band .Another good point of the evening was the staff of Support Cleveland Metal Scene ( The Promoter) specifically Breanna ” Dragonblade ” Hamilton .She worked tirelessly to make sure the bands were paid and well fed and all their needs were taken care of as they were on the road . Hats off to her I wish all promoters were that involved .
The Bad – The really only bad point was that one of the bands decided to set up outside of the venue and perform , hence drawing fans always from the bands on stage and just being rude in general .
The Ugly of the night was the delayed times of the acts as some acts were there on time and others late, it thru the schedule into a black hole never to see the light of day .I mean I’m old so I need my beauty sleep so 130am start time for a band it even too late for me . But I also understand it could not be helped and was not any one persons fault.
All in all if was a good evening and I hope to get to to see future shows put on by them . Please see the official Facebook page for further info https://www.facebook.com/SupportClevelandMetalScene/
Cleveland is June 12th , it is a date not to be missed !