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Metal Alliance 2013: Anthrax and Exodus – 3/27/13 – House of Blues – Hollywood, Ca

Anthrax

The Metal Alliance tour was phenomenal. This took place at the world famous House of Blues in Hollywood, Ca. The lineup consisted of thrash metal legends Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.

Due to the show starting so early and obviously short on time from coming home from work from a traffic jam because of an accident plus driving to LA which there was another accident on the road,

Exodus

I missed all the bands except for Exodus and Anthrax. Right when I entered the House of Blues, Exodus was just barely opening.

http://youtu.be/Ul-oHnJPQzM

The whole time the crowd was jumping, moshing, crowd surfing, etc. Exodus was tearing it up and played greatest hits.

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna

Once Anthrax came on, the energy level rose even higher. On this tour, Anthrax was celebrating the release of their album, “Among The Living”, which is one of the greatest metal albums of all time by playing it in its entirety. They immediately started playing the entire “Among The Living” album which since I know it completely, I started singing along right away(I’m the man with the power, Among The Living! Follow me or die!). Then guitarist Scott Ian started the 2nd track, Caught In A Mosh,

http://youtu.be/xiVMrnjH00o

which in my opinion is the ultimate song to mosh pit to. Obviously the mosh pit was insane during that song and it being my favorite Anthrax song, I was screaming my voice out(what is it? Caught In A Mosh! What is it? Caught In A Mosh!).

Anthrax - Scott Ian with Slash

Throughout the night there were a few surprises, such as when they did a cover of AC/DC’s “T.N.T”, ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Slash, came out to play with them.

http://youtu.be/OU59OVO_7zY

When they finished with Antisocial, we thought they were finished but they had 1 more surprise. Scott Ian introduced another guest and it turned out to be Public Enemy singer, Chuck D.

Public Enemy singer, Chuck D, playing with Anthrax

They did a cover of “Bring The Noise. A rapper singing with a thrash metal band? That was something to see to believe but it turned out sounding awesome. Who knew a rap song covered by a metal band would sound so…

http://youtu.be/t1-03lQ5zjc

….metal. This was an awesome night, anyone that was gone to any of the shows will say the same thing.

Exodus live – Piranha 3-27-13

Exodus live – Bonded By Blood 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Caught In A Mosh 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Indians 3-27-13

Anthrax live – T.N.T. (With Slash) 3-27-13

Anthrax live – Bring The Noise(with Chuck D) 3-27-13

 

UR1 Music Festival Lineup led by Kanye West, Lou Reed and Jane’s Addiction

UR1 Music Festival Lineup led by Kanye West, Lou Reed and Jane’s Addiction

So it seems we’ve run out of creative names for festivals, but it doesn’t hurt to have an almost endless line up. That seems to be the case with UR1 Festival , which takes place in  December 8th and 9th a Bayfront Park in Miami. Headliners include the likes of Kim Kadashian’s newest squeeze Kanye West, The Offspring, and that guy who ruined Metallica, Lou Reed. 

Of course we kid about Lou Reed ruining Metallica (Metallica ruined Metallica this year). The rest of this line up rounds out pretty awesome with appearances from Slash(who split an awesome bill with Foxy Shazam this fall), fun.,  those weirdos Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, space rockers Ghostland Observatory along with Janes Addiction. 

For up to the minute festival details, head over to the official website by clicking here. For the full line up, plus festival trailer, that’s all down below.

UR1 Festival Line Up

  • Kanye West
  • The Offspring
  • Lou Reed
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Animal Collective
  • Keane
  • fun.
  • Flying Lotus
  • Slash
  • Santigold
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Erick Morillo
  • Sven Vath
  • Pete Tong
  • Iggy Azalea
  • Bob Sinclar
  • Zola Jesus
  • Ghostland Observatory
  • Dan Deacon
  • Holy Ghost!
  • Wild Nothing
  • Glass Candy
  • Kevens
  • Reboot
  • Dubfire
  • Luciano
  • Armand Van Helden
  • Carl Craig
  • Tanlines
  • Guy Gerber
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Peter Murphy
  • Arty
  • Onur Ozur
  • Tobi Neumann
  • Seth Troxler
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Davide Squillace
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Cassy
  • Mathias Tanzmann
  • dyed soundorom
  • Dan Ghenacia
  • Luna City Express

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Rock Out On Conan

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Rock Out On Conan

Myles Kennedy is feeling better, and after cancelling last nights gig and the Wiltern, Slash and Co. bounced back in Burbank on Basic Cable rocking out to “Standing in the Sun” on Conan. Video Below courtesy of The Audio Perv. Slash DESTROYS in this by the way, in case you needed someone to tell you that something like that would occur in this performance.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators “Standing In The Sun” 

For the Full Experience of Slash and Foxy Shazam storming though Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Click Here

Photo at the top, taken by me. Yea, I learned how to use a camera.

Slash & Foxy Shazam 09/18/12 Hammerstein Ballroom NYC

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators  with Foxy Shazam – 09/18/2012

Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom – New York City

Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks

“The essence of “cool” that is Slash cannot be matched”. That’s a phrase typed by this very music fan posing as a journalist in a social media world, after walking out on the band currently touring under the moniker of Guns N’ Roses during their encore at Izod Center last November. Well, after tonight that phrase cannot sing any more true as Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (on tour supporting Apocalyptic Love) made a pit stop at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom to turn a disgusting, rainy Tuesday night in New York City into an evening full of magic. Getting to see one of your favorite guitar players play live for the first time is an amazing feeling, and to top matters off, the opener. Now if Slash represents the essence of “cool”, then you’d need to find a bad ass opener able to keep up with that. You’d need to find a band that simply can’t be touched right now in terms of putting on a rock show. Whelp, if those are the qualities needed, then you need Foxy Shazam. And tonight that’s who we have. We’ve got Slash and Foxy Shazam, we’ve got mezzanine seats and best of all, we’ve got a good camera. Doors open at 7PM. So without further ado let’s jump into the 78th Edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series, shall we?

Showed up at the door at 6:10. I have to stop showing up so early when I have a seat. The seat is there for me, why am I standing out here in the rain? Tad’s Steakhouse taking the Patty Melt I usually get off the Menu and causing me to leave (I’m not a steak guy) may have effected my time. When they started letting us in the search was vigorous. I know I always complain about the search procedures and I sound like a broken record- but this one seriously had me rethinking if I had actually had anything illegal on me. Which of course I never do anyway, because I fear prison. They bring me to my section and tell me “Anywhere in these six rows is fine”.. What??? I paid for an assigned seat, I have the number on the ticket and I scouted online to see the angle I’d be on and everything, now you’re just saying I can sit anywhere here? Is it hard to number the seats?

Soundspeak hit the stage at 8:01PM. That’s right folks, they went “surprise 1st opener” on us. I was pissed, not at the band they didn’t do anything wrong. The venue should advertise ALL of the openers. Hey maybe it was advertised and I didn’t catch it since my place of employment is in the 19th century and I’m not allowed to touch my phone. But seriously Hammerstein, what’s with these surprises? And this band I find out later is friends of my buddy who I met at the Lemonheads and later Local H. Had I known that before I would’ve given them a chance. They weren’t bad, but I can’t sit here and break them down for you because they were in a tough spot there (with me personally anyway). They went off at 8:19.. Had I known we were in for an 18 minute set I would have lightened up a bit.

At 8:34 when the lights went low I’m up there screaming “here it comes- the mother fuckin’ Church!”. I was so excited. And look at this Eric is rocking a new hair color. Interesting. They ripped through “The Church of Rock & Roll” and “Holy Touch”. I was head nodding and screaming lyrics the whole time. I’m conscience of saving battery on my camera anyway. Suddenly, after Holy Touch I get a tap on my shoulder from the girl next to me. She’s with her boyfriend and they have accents so they may or may not be from here but the girl says to me “What is the name of this band”

and I told her and she says “They are amazing!!”. You damn right they are. The first song of their set I decided to tape was “Unstoppable”. Well, I decided to get the 3rd song in, it just happen to be that very song currently running in that MLB commercial. “The Rocketeer” followed, I don’t think they played that one at Bowery Ballroom this past May, after I got it at Irving Plaza opening for The Darkness in February.  Interesting.

“Killin’ It” before jumping into “I Like It”. And that song, well, “I don’t like it baby I fucking love it” as Eric would say. Cigarettes got eaten during “Temple”, which was the set closer at about 9 maybe a tad after. “If we had an ocean, we’d all be Surfin’ USA” was our “Deep thoughts by Eric Nally” moment before the lights came on. Unreal. And this night’s not even over yet!

I go out to smoke a cigarette, but you are not allowed to do that. They don’t have stamps for your hand or anything. You must stay inside, where they have confiscated your lighter at the door anyway and not smoke cigarettes. Okay, to the bathroom for that cigarette I go. I guess it’s okay to eat them but you can’t smoke them at this place.

So here comes Eddie Trunk (of That Metal Show, and the radio) on stage, to tell us Slash was coming up next. I’m so glad they had Eddie Trunk here to inform us of this drastic turn in events. And here I thought I was here to see Emerson Lake & Palmer. Anyway Eddie, thanks for that.

At 9:28 the man in the top hat himself hit the stage-Slash w/ Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (seems ‘The Attractions’ and ‘The Imposters’ were taken). They jumped into things with ‘Halo’, off their new record followed by “Night Train”.

The place went bonkers. People walking away from their seats to make it to the back just to jump up and down and rock out. And all of these people are up to date on the new record a lot more than this guy. I have to admit I was more into the last record Slash put out with the revolving door of lead singers-but this stuff translates well live. “Standing In The Sun” came early and caught my ear. A few songs later they jumped into some more GNR cuts with a back to back of “Civil War” and “Rocket Queen”. During Rocket Queen, I noticed the entire floor level was pumping their fists in the air in unison. Looked like New Jersey, except that it was beautiful. Every song has it’s very own “Slash crazy solo” warped into the song. He quite an amazing soloist on the gee-tar. A song later on in the set, that I can’t even recall, I swear it was almost Phishy how Slash just jams out for 10 minutes at a time and then returns to the song Curt Kirkwood style. This became a problem on “Rocket Queen”, which I only have the first 9 minutes and 12 seconds of because I’m yet to figure out why my camera has a limit on the amount of minutes I can record a single video. I had camera issues all night.

Todd Kerns (the bass player) can sing too, so taking a break from Myles Kennedy for a song, we got “We’re All Gonna Die”, which the vocals are sang by Iggy Pop on the record. So now not only was Myles killin’ it but this guy is doing a hell of a job with this song.

Good to have a second voice option in your band so you don’t have to limit your set list-these are things professional musicians like these do. They jump back into the GNR catalog with “You’re Crazy”. I mean honestly, right now I’ve “won” for lack of a better term. See, back when I saw the band touring as “Guns N Roses”, I got to hear the handful of songs I enjoyed but every time I looked on stage I realized that I hate Axl Rose and his way of being a douche nozzle in every sense of life. Tonight I look on stage and see Slash, a gifted guitarist who has switches cleaner than anyone I’ve ever heard who’s whole life has been based on finding a singer. Finding someone to tour with and play music, write music, enjoy music with. This isn’t a job, I mean, there is a paycheck of course, but Slash and Myles look to be having some real fun up there. And making some real good music too, you can’t top the feeling of the artists you’re seeing seeming to be almost as excited to see you as you are them.

“Bad Rain” came before Myles took a seat on his little pedestal there. What’s with that? I first saw the guy from the Deftones doing it at BlackDiamondSkye with the tables set up in front. And he hardly stood on it. Anyway, he took a seat to get into a song called “Not for Me”, which, even with it’s epic guitar parts may in fact, not be for me. Didn’t hate it, but was one of the few times I looked to see what time it was during the night. But these guys know what they’re doing, and that’s when the “Sweet Child of Mine” riff started and then seriously there not an ass in a seat besides me trying to keep my camera steady.

It was amazing. Myles does a really good Axl, like a much less annoying Axl. Then rumblings of a familiar riff again, but not of the GNR variety.. It was “Slither”! Velvet freaking Revolver! Eff all you people I loved Velvet Revolver and now we’re finding out that Myles doesn’t do a bad Scott Weiland either.. I was so happy to hear this song live…. again? That’s when it dawned on me that I’m hearing this song live for the second time. In 2007 the first real concert I ever attended was Velvet Revolver with Alice In Chains and Kill Hannah. It’s so old there’s not even a blog for it. It took me til the last song before the encore for me to realize that this wasn’t me seeing one of my favorite guitarists for the first time live, never the less it was the seeing this dude the best time live. It was 11ish when they went off for the encore.

I’m up, I’m on my way out. I know Paradise City is coming and to be honest I’ve already for lack of a better term “shot my load” here with this one. I’ve gotten everything I could have wanted. Then Slash is on the microphone, a rarity. He says something to the effect of “We haven’t been playing this one, we’re gonna do it tonight because it’s fucking New York City!”. Then, with Kerns on vocals, we got ourselves “Welcome to the Jungle”. Once Slash grabbed the mic I stopped walking to see what they were up to. When he said that I immediately hit record and walking my way down the aisle and sat on the step there trying to record while everyone’s passing by my freaking shot. I found a better seat when they jumped into Paradise City, but halfway through I look at the ticker on my camera and notice it’s not moving. I didn’t hit record. That’s when I decided it was time to get my Foxy Shazam tee shirt and get out of here. Slash’s merch is in the lobby and Foxy has a table set up in the back of the General Admission floor. The security guard won’t let me through the velvet rope and tells me to head out the door as I’m ten feet from this merch table. So I walk out that door, and walk back in through a door this staffer is not guarding, and there I see Eric Nally taking pictures with two fans. I was trying to get my camera out to see if one of these strangers would take a picture of me with him but I’m way too anti-social for that kinda thing, so I went up to him when they left and shook his hand, told him they’re awesome and that I’ve seen them three times this year and made sure to say “And the Reverend Justito says Hi”. Now this is all while Paradise City is still blasting, so who knows if he even heard a word of what I said, but he seemed like a very warm individual. Not the dude on stage at all. With Paradise City still rocking, and my $30 Foxy Shazam tee shirt hanging off my shoulder, I said goodbye to the Hammerstein Ballroom, I was in a cab at 11:31. What an amazing night.

LATE.

 

Show Notes:

I have some issues with the venue I’d like to address here. Dear Hammerstein Ballroom: First of all, you search people like they’re criminals. You take peoples lighters- for what reason might I ask? You think you’re stopping people from smoking indoors? Everyone is still smoking anyway, raises lighters in the air, and I have 2 packs of matches besides the point. Speaking of smoking- you have a 3+ hour rock concert and people aren’t allowed to go out to smoke cigarettes? What is that? You know what happens when you do that? People smoke inside of your building. People who are Drunk, high, tripping or all of the above are now using fire inside your precious “ballroom”. And on the way out your event staff wouldn’t let me near the Foxy Shazam merch cause you stuffed it in the back of the GA standing area and security thinks I’m trying to sneak into that crappy area to stand for the last song of the show. Like I would want to sneak down from my SEAT to a STANDING AREA FULL OF NUTBALLS. Had to fake that lady out and head into the lobby before darting back in to grab my tee shirt. And hey, I don’t want to tell you how to run things or anything, but you have a twitter account right? Of course you do, you follow me. Now why on earth would that twitter account not be put into use to TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THAT SECOND OPENER?! Is this a little game that venues like to play? Trick people into showing up early? And why do I get to choose where I want to sit in the mezzanine? I paid 50 dollars plus whatever fees you plugged my ass for on this ticket and you can’t assign me a seat?? It’s going to take a miracle to get me back inside that building again.

Slash & Myles Kennedy Bring “You’re A Lie” To Fallon

Slash & Myles Kennedy Bring “You’re A Lie” To Fallon

I know, I know. Every time Slash appears on some Late Night TV show performing I’m always here sharing the video.  It’s just that I never get to see him live, the shows always sell out in 5 minutes, or they’re on sale weeks I’m broke as sh!t. So, I try to get my fill in when I can.

That said, below is the video from last nights episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featuring Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Slash (along with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) performing “You’re A Lie”

(Video Courtesy of The Audio Perv)

Slash Takes Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators To Kimmel

Slash Takes Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators To Kimmel

Last year,  Slash went all “Carlos Santana” on us, and released his first solo album, with exclusively guest singers.

May 22nd of this year is the set date for the release of “Apocalyptic Love” and you’d think “Wow, cool new Slash solo record”.. Except for one thing:  Myles Kennedy will be the resident lead vocalist on this album, and on the road they’re touring as ‘Slash With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’ (I guess the Attractions and The Impostors were taken).

Anyway, the full band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel last night to perform “Back From Cali” along with the single from Apocalyptic Love, “You’re A Lie”. Check out the video below:

Slash Hits The Road In 2012

Slash Hits The Road In 2012



After seeing the band currently touring as Guns N’ Roses in New Jersey a few months ago, it became clear that there was one thing missing from that stage. And that was someone who is indeed the embodiment of all things cool, that my friends was Slash.

Now it may not be the popular opinion, but this particular writer loved the last record to come from the Slash camp, featuring guest vocalists on each track Santana style.

Now, finishing up a new record-which if you follow Slash on Twitter you already know, it was just about time some Tour dates for 2012 got released, fans like myself can see the only original member of Guns N’ Roses we care about.

Jambase.Com broke the story, and thanks for that. We’ll post the dates below. Tickets will be available at SlashOnline.com

 

UPDATE: Foxy Shazam  has announced that they will open for Slash on a slew of September and October dates.  Those dates are at the bottom

SLASH 2012 TOUR DATES

05/03/12  Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD

05/05/12  Rockingham Speedway Rockingham, NC

05/07/12  Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL

05/10/12  Hard Rock Live Biloxi, MS

05/12/12  Liberty Memorial Kansas City, MO

05/13/12  National Balloon Classic Launch Field Indianola, IA

05/14/12  The Brick Minneapolis, MN

05/16/12  Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI

05/17/12  Orbit Room Grand Rapids, MI

05/19/12  Rock on the Range at Crew Stadium Columbus, OH

05/20/12  Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ

05/22/12 Irving Plaza, NYC

05/25/12  Rocklahoma Pryor, OK

05/26/12  Route 66 Casino Albuquerque, NM

(Added As May 7th):

07/12/12  Roseland Theater Portland, OR

07/13/12  Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA

07/14/12  Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

07/16/12  Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Edmonton, AB

07/17/12 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Calgary, AB

07/20/12  TCU Place Saskatoon, SK

07/21/12  Burton Cummings Theater Winnipeg, MB

07/23/12  Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, ON

07/25/12  Empire Square Live Belleville, ON

07/26/12  Harris Park London, ON

07/27/12 L’ Olympia Theatre Montreal, QC

07/29/12 Albert Rousseau Theatre Quebec City, QC

07/30/12 Casino New Brunswick Moncton, NB

07/31/12  Cunard Centre Halifax, NS

08/02/12  House of Blues Boston, MA

08/03/12  The Wellmont Theatre Montclair, NJ

08/04/12  Paramount Theatre Huntington, NY

W/ Foxy Shazam:

9/04/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
9/05/12 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
9/07/12 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
9/08/12 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/09/12  Houston, TX – House of Blues
9/11/12 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
9/12/12 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9/18/12 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
9/19/12 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
9/21/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
9/22/12 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
9/25/12 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
9/28/12 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
9/29/12 Springfield, MO – O’Reilly Family Event Center
10/02/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
10/03/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern


Rock On The Range 2012 Lineup Revealed

Rock On The Range 2012 Lineup Revealed

Check Out The Lineup For The 2013 Rock On The Range Festival By Clicking Here!

Most events held at Crew Stadium in Columbus are trash. I say that because we all know that Ohio State Football is a joke. What is not a joke (minus a few bands) is the lineup for the 2012 Rock on the Range concert. To be held on May 18th and 19th, highlights of the line up include, The Darkness, Down, Megadeth, Mastodon and many more.

Tickets are on sale Friday Feb 10th, 2012. A full line up is below and make sure to check our coverage from Rock on the Range 2009 by clicking here. For up to the minute details, check out the official Rock on the Range website by clicking here.

Daily Line Up:

Friday Night 4play: Hairball; Foxy Shazam; Black Tide; Hells Bells…tribute to AC/DC.

Saturday, May 19: Incubus; Shinedown; Five Finger Death Punch; Slash; Cypress Hill; Chevelle; Theory of a Deadman; Halestorm; P.O.D.; Adelitas Way; Cavo; Bobaflex; Falling In Reverse; In This Moment; New Medicine; Kyng; Otherwise; Rival Sons; Emphatic; (Fox TV winner TBA).

Sunday, May 20: Rob Zombie; Marilyn Manson; Megadeth; Anthrax; Mastodon; Volbeat; The Darkness; Down; Escape The Fate; Lacuna Coil; Black Stone Cherry; Attack Attack!; Trivium; Redlight King; James Durbin; Aranda; 12 Stones; SOiL; Eve To Adam; Ghosts Of August.

 

Additional Artists To Join Smashing Pumpkins at 3rd Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival

 

 

 

With The Smashing Pumpkins having already been secured as headliners last month, the initial lineup for the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival has been announced. Artists helping The Smashing Pumpkins shut down Sunset Blvd include:

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & Fergie
Common

Travi McCoy

Kid Cudi
Neon Trees
Semi Precious Weapons
Steel Panther
Big B
P.O.D.

Additional artists will be announced closer to the event.  In addition, a mix of smaller artists (including Adler’s Appetite and Volbeat) will take to the various clubs located on the Sunset Strip during the outdoor festival. For a complete lineup of those bands, please check out the official SSMF website.

Tickets for this event are on sale now via ticketmaster.

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The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards

The 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards
04/08/10 – Club Nokia: Los Angeles, CA
words/photos/videos by concertconfessions.com

OK, I admit it, I totally geeked out last night. In the deep trenches of confusion over guest lists vs. will call along with a “black” carpet ceremony, I was informed that my press credentials were at the VIP table. So I head into to the clusterfuck that is the VIP area outside Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles when I became the meat of a rock royalty sandwich. On my left side is the King of Darkness – Ozzy Osbourne and his people. To my right were Slash and his entourage, trying to get through. In front of me stood God himself – Motorhead mad man Lemmy Kilmister. Looking me straight in the eyes I simply said to the famed Rainbow Room resident “I don’t think I belong here”. He told me he felt the exact same way. It was this moment that I realized that the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods would be a far superior experience compared to last years inaugural event.

Once inside the venue, the show kicked off with co hosts Andrew W.K. and six time WWE champ Chris “Y2J” Jericho doing test shots for the TV telecast. It was at this point that the violent aggressive meatheads in the crowd (and much like last year, there were plenty of ‘em) began to boo Andrew W.K. – something that would occur all evening. If 2010 is my year to discover Andrew W.K (as I hope to catch him this summer on Warped Tour), let’s just say it didn’t get off to a good start. It’s not that he was bad, it’s well, and actually yeah he was bad.

As far as the presenters go, there were some truly amazing moments. While I won’t tell you who won (ok, so there is a spoiler or two below, but you get the idea), the action was non stop all night. From Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie presenting together to Marilyn Manson bringing up the fight of the West Memphis 3, seeing so many stars in one place on one night was truly magical. But you can catch all that on VH1 Classics in May; my job is to share with you what went down on stage from some of Metal’s biggest acts.

SLASH

The first musical act of the night was legendary rock God – Slash.  Playing in support of his just released self-titled record, the axe slinger welcomed a plethora of guests to the rotating stage.  First at bat was Andrew Stockdale of the band Wolfmother.  It’s amazing to me, no matter how hard he tries, this guy just fails.  While his vocals sounded fine on “By The Sword” – between the outfit, the moves and just looking like a scared child at the schools music recital, I was not impressed.  Thankfully I was able to drown out is Robert Plant rip off vocals and focus on Slash (who believe it or not I have never once seen perform live).  Alter Bridge and Slash’s touring front man Myles Kennedy came out next for a song I believe is called “Back From Cali”.  I am not very familiar with Alter Bridge, but lets just say Kennedy has indeed undergone a Sunset Strip makeover since teaming up with Slash, and it worked.  His voice sounded great, the song kicked all kinds of tail end and I could easily enjoy a full set with him behind the mic.

From this point on, the set went from solid to superb.  He may have told me he didn’t belong, but when Lemmy joined Slash on stage for a rocking version of “Doctor Alibi” well lets just say he sure as hell didn’t seem out of place.  As soon as the last chords wrapped up from the final “Slash” original of the night, the bands bassist and drummer quickly exited the stage.  As soon as a bass was slapped on to Lemmy, Dave Grohl snuck behind the large kit and the band busted out the Motorhead classic “Ace of Spades.”  This was hands down the musical highlight of the night.  Watching the three living legends bash out one of the top 10 heavy metal juggernauts of all time was a once in a lifetime moment that I am truly thankful to have witnessed.

AS I LAY DYING

It’s crazy to think that these San Diego thrashers have been on the scene for almost a decade now. In a lot of ways, they are responsible for me revisiting my love for metal after years and years of only listening to jam bands like Phish and moe. Having seen the band at least a half dozen times over the years, the highlight of the brief three song set was the debut of a song from their upcoming record The Powerless Rise. The songs title is “Beyond Our Suffering” and let me just say it is brutal. The duel guitar attack of Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa never lets up, and give the perfect backdrop for the deep growl of vocalist Tim Lambesis. From the opening number “Confined” to the set closing “The Sound of Truth”, sadly three songs in fifteen minutes is just not enough As I Lay Dying for me. With the earlier mentioned album about to hit record stores, I can’t wait to catch these guys headline later in the year.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

I have now seen The Devil Wears Prada three times. I am sure they are nice kids, but they just don’t do it for me. The breakdowns are cool, but I feel the vocals of Mike Hranica are a bit weak and the entire thing just feels forced. The band opened with “Danger: Wildman” and did a nice job of having songs segue into each other. Their breif set closed with “Assistant To The Regional Manager” which you can view below.

I have an open invitation to any The Devil Wears Prada fans. I feel like I want to like these guys, but I am missing something. If you catch these guys on the road later this year, send us a review, tell us what the appeal is, because I am cleary missing it.

THE BRIAN POSEHN ALL STARS

Last years host returned to the stage at Club Nokia, this time to perform a track from his recent comedy/metal record – Fart & Weiner Jokes. Backing Mr. Poshen (who for the record is a kind and wonderful human being) was Drummer John Tempestra (Testament, White Zombie) bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint), guitarists Brendon Smalls (Dethklok), Scott Ian (Anthrax, SOD) and my ex girlfriend* Brett Anderson (The Donnas) on backing vocals.  What’s sad is despite being totally sober, and watching the same song performed twice (you have to love TV tapings eh?); I can’t even tell you what it was called.  I think it’s probably because I couldn’t stop staring at Brett.  I mean dude, wow she is hot and she had some very sexy boots on.  Ok, all stalker tendencies aside, the song was basically what you would expect from this group of talented thrashers.  Anchored down by Vera and Tempestra, the song (which produced the largest pit of the night, go figure) was some silly diatribe about being more metal than you.   During the second take, I saw perhaps the most disturbing thing all night.  Some juice head d-bag in an affliction shirt and his Rock of Love reject girlfriend picked a fight with some skinny screamo kid.  As the trailer trash repeatedly smacked this poor kid, the same thug bouncers who had a kid arrested from consuming cannabis laughed as this poor kid was attacked for no good reason.  Just another excuse for me to hate everything that is Club Nokia at LA Live.

FAT FACTORY

I could write a novel on how rotten Dino Cazares is.  However, he strikes me as the type of guy who is lame enough and petty enough to sue me for slander.  So instead of telling you stories about him throwing out homophobic remarks at the Rainbow Room staff or how I once watched him flipped out and refused to sign an autograph for members of the Armed Forces on leave from Iraq, I will just tell you this.  For me, Fear Factory died when Burton and Dino kicked Christian and Raymond out of the band.  From here on out, I refuse to call them by that name in print until the situation is made right.  So for those who choose to support those two no talent ass clowns, I will tell you this about their performance.  Before the band played two new songs, and “Replica” (complete with Burton “Bon Jovi Hair” C Bell and his trademark flat and off-key vocals) Vinnie Paul and Joey Jordison presented an award (spoiler alert) for best drummer to the late Avenged Sevenfold skin pounder James “The Rev” Sullivan.  As his family was accepting the award on his behalf, Dino (who was getting ready to perform) peaked from behind the revolving stage and was doing this “I am so cool dig me routine”.  It was rude and disgusting, yet completely expected from the likes of Dino Cazares.  I know I am not alone in rolling my eyes anytime Cazares is riding coattails backstage, and I know many who agree with me that he is a pathetic piece of shit.  Heck, I am sure there was a reason he got the boot from FF in the first place.  So while I did watch Fat Factory perform, they were the only band I didn’t shoot video or photos of, as they were not worth the space on the memory card.  Lets hope this bastardization of a once great band doesn’t last very long.  Likewise, Christian and Raymond, I hope you win your lawsuit against these guys.

Marilyn Manson

Now that I am done getting the negative out, how about we do something positive?  Lets talk about Marilyn Manson.  Here is my take on Mr. Brian Warner.  Very smart guy who makes crappy music.  So the fact I got to hear him speak about something as important as the West Memphis 3 was a treat indeed.

ROB ZOMBIE

I saw Rob Zombie twice in the late 1990’s and was not impressed either time.  He seemed to be out of breath the entire time and just seemed to not be feeling the crowd and music.  Not being a fan of the original Hellbilly Deluxe mixed with me being butt hurt over the break up of Rob Zombie, I walked away.  Over the next decade, when not running into Mr. Zombie at Baja Fresh, I have pretty much ignored him, his music and his movies (I did catch the tail end of Halloween at Festival 8, which was a blast seeing as I had a blank space where my mind should be).  Recently, a copy of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 ended up on my desk and I decided I needed a laugh and put it on.  You can imagine my shock when instead of laughing; I actually really enjoyed the album.

Closing out the show, Zombie (armed with main axe man John 5 as well as the live debut of new drummer – the extraordinary Joey Jordison of Slipknot) took to the stage and bitched out the crowd.  Backed with Bud Light ads and banners for the Jimmy Kimmel Live show (which is supposed to air April 22nd), Zombie ranted and raved about how dead the crowd was and how they didn’t have to play if they were not showed respect.  My initial thoughts were- Great, here we go again another dreadful performance.  After a “Zombie” chant failed to take hold and fans began throwing garbage across the venue, actor Danny Trejo came out on stage, ripped off his shirt and left.  The confused crowd just stood around and collectively said “wait, that was that dude from that movie wasn’t it?”  Zombie and band mates followed and ripped into a rocking version of “More Human Than Human”.  I have to be honest, I don’t think I have ever seen Jordison play so slowly, ha-ha.  From there, Mr. Zombie mentioned how he knew the fans didn’t want to hear new music, but he had to play just one song.  Thankfully, he picked my favorite from the new album “Mars Need Woman”.  With larger than life moves, Zombie owned the stage, stomping in tune to the thunderous riffs of John 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufal2DmgPE

The band once again left the stage as roadies tore down all the Bud Light/Jimmy Kimmel flare.  Upon the return to the stage, Zombie kept true to his word and played exciting and well executed versions of “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “Dragula”.  By this point, he had the fans in his pocket, as the crowd pogo and bounced off each other.  Thrilled, Zombie decided to close the night with some OT fees for the union boys.  Declaring he would raise hell if the PA turned off, Zombie screamed “Superbeast” and not missing a beat the three piece backing band dove straight into the original Hellbilly number.

While it was only five songs, Rob Zombie’s headline set at the 2010 Golden Gods triumphed over the other sets of his I have witnessed.  The man has grown leaps and bounds as a performer, is energized and has a backing band that simply destroys.  It almost makes me wish I was heading out to the land of the dirt people to catch him on Mayhem later this summer.

If the first annual Golden Gods was a massive embarrassment, the second annual Golden Gods is clearly on the right path.  We have BET awards, Country Music Awards and the laugh out loud loser-fest known as The Grammy Awards®.  While there were a few issues, the show never had a dull moment (compared to the massive wait between bands/awards etc last year).  The fact that fans were able to vote for the winners versus record companies paying for awards was a brilliant idea, as was the rotating stage for bands.  With a full TV camera crew and a presenter’s podium that stuck out into the crowd, I really can’t wait to relive this wonderful night on VH1 Classic in May.  Cheers Golden Gods Awards – thanks for a wonderful night, I can’t wait to see you next year.

*Ok, sure she may have grown up a few miles from me, but sadly I dated a gal from Gunn High School, not Paly.  Hey, I can dream right?

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