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
Cleveland, Ohio – The intimate atmosphere of the Cambridge Room created not only a standing room only scenario for the Iced Earth performance it also brought back the memories of early 1990s metal shows , when it was great to see huge bands in a small club . The fans of Iced Earth I met were almost cult like in their devotion , I saw tattoos of Iced Earth on several fans , talked with fans that came from all parts of Ohio including Detroit , Pittsburgh and Buffalo . The band has had multiple lineup changes like any company with the lone original member Jon Schaffer being last man standing . The unique aspect of this is that the fans almost universally agree this is their favorite line up .
The opening song of the night was ” Great Heathen Army ” and I was intrigued by the fans as well of the band . This is the first time in a long time that I saw a complete audience mouthing the words along with the band . After I saw that I knew I was in for a night that was going to be full of surprises.I have not witnesses that since I was ” Pantera ” on the ” Cowboys From Hell ” tour . Up next was ” Burning Times ” and with this the musical onslaught continued as I watched fathers and sons headbang together. ” Dystopia ” was a great song with anthemic undertones both powerful and subtle all rolled into one . The night continued with a mix of both old and new songs from 2017 ” Incorruptible” release . One of my favorites of the night was the encore number ” Clear The Way ” .
The current line up of Iced Earth is composed of rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer, lead singer Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, drummer Brent Smedley, and lead guitarist Jake Dreyer.
To see all thing current with Iced Earth please see the official website at http://www.icedearth.com
Enjoy a night of music with Live Evil , Threefold Law , Vulgar Devils and Hell and Back
Maple Heights , Ohio- Saturday February 25 will be the place to be ! The Cleveland music community with be out in force to support one of their own. The seminal radio program is celebrating 35 years on the air bringing you original metal from both local and national artists before they became huge . Metallica , yep they played them before anyone one else ,Trouble,Pantera ,Rob Zombie ( White Zombie ) yes they had them on there as one of the first in the country . Longtime on air talent Bill Peters is and always was open to giving new bands a shot and did his best to promote music in the great lakes market .
Now it is time to give back to the dial 88.7 WJCU for all the great music they gave to us and come out and support the radiothon to be hosted at the Maple Grove in Maple Heights .The bands on the bill include Hell and Back , Threefold Law, Vulgar Devils and Live Evil ( DIO Tribute ) .
The best part of the night however will be the music community itself . Reconnecting with our friends and music family and we hope to see you there as well . For further details please check out the official facebook link at https://www.facebook.com/events/1863799590500992//ti=as