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A Big Week Ahead! 

This is a big week for festival lovers! Promoters for Rock on the Range and Bonnaroo will announce full lineups tomorrow! I'm not planning on attending Bonnaroo but I'll definitely be at Rock on the Range no matter what. Some of the rumors for Rock on the Range include Soundgarden, Creed, Limp Bizkit, The Last Vegas, Cavo, Skillet, Godsmack, Nickelback, Shinedown and Papa Roach. Again, just rumors but there are a handful of bands in that list I'd love to see...and a couple I could do without! Of course, when both Rock on the Range and Bonnaroo announce tomorrow, I'll post here.

On a completely unrelated note, someone over on Metal Sludge posted an interesting video of John Mayer covering Van Halen's "Panama." Gotta say, it's a pretty good cover and John even plays one of Eddie's striped guitars! Before everyone freaks out, remember Eddie and John are two completely different style players - so no - the song isn't going to sound identical. Let me know what you think of this performance.

Reader Comments (4)


Best thing this clown's ever done since "Beat It" with Fall Out Boy! And I disagree with you on the geetar style, Al. He's doing quite a reverential homage to Van Halen and nailing it pretty good, donchya know. In all actuality, he's really sorta sounding even more Metal than Eddie duz on it. And Mayer's singer is actually doin' a fairly descent vocal impression of Roth.

Geez, I can't believe I'm complimenting this stooge. I generally really absolutely cannot stand him. But if he normally duzn't ever rock on his stuff, I recognize he is talented. And I thought his performance at Michael Jackson's Memorial Service was very moving.

So he may not rock, generally, per se, with his own boring music, but at least he knows his Rock and can demonstrate a genuine passion and appreciation for it when he performs stuff like this to break up the sheer monotony and boredom of his own stage shows.

Aside from the fact that this guy is just so unrock, I think I'm just really jealous of the dude generally, more than anything, because he goes around stealing all the celebri-chix and B-actresses I have crushes on.

As far as the Summerfests go, a few acts that sound like something I'd want to see at Rock On The Range are The Last Vegas, Skillet and Papa Roach. I could do without Unsoundgarden (tortured by them twice back in the day at the height of their popularity, once when they opened for G'n'R at Madison Square Garden on the Use Your Illusion Tour).

But if I do force myself to go despite theze subpar acts being on the bill, I will absolutely be as far away from the stage as I can be for Creep, er... I mean... Creed.

I would rather have somebody plug in a piece of electric chalk for one of the nuns from the local parochial school to scrape across a blackboard on stage before I listen to Creep's Crap (wait, do they even have Catholics in Oklahoma or wherever the h*ll it is they throw Rock On The Range?).

Of course, I could alwayz spring for a pair of thoze Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones to bring with me to wear specifically while Creep was playin'. So unrock! And thoze headfonez would also come in handy for boremeisterz Unsoundgarden, Limpbisquik, Goshsmack and Woodenickelback, etc., as well.

Even if I would have to endure Creep's stage charade up close in order to keep my position duking it out in the General Admission pit, I would spiritually be as far away from the stage as possible for that particular portion of the show.

I could always do the crowd a favor during Creep's performance and hand out some custom silk screened airplane barf bags I will have painstakingly hand printed with the Creep logo beforehand.
February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
ok? didn't see this one coming at all. this is almost as painful to hear as queen latifah's america the beatiful at the superbowwl last night. what's this clown's hit again? this is an insult to the song. other than the guitar everything else comparable to Gary cherone VH and i mean that.
February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
Yeah, Shadow, totally half-a*sed. But I think he's wanting to show what a virtuoso he is by playin' this even tho it's under the guise of a joke. The singer is totally jokin' here, but these guys aren't funny. At the beginning of the clip, Mayer sez something to the effect of "Just to show you how I don't take myself too seriously".

See, this guy comes off so serious and "legit" all the time as an overly serious straight blues player that he has to tell people he's not being serious when he is wanting to have a little fun. But the audience are such sheep they could never tell even when he's doing a tongue in cheek impression of Eddie because they are so accustomed to his boring "purist" gig.

February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Van Halen...Hmmmm...Rock on the Range Headliner? Sounds good to me. ????
February 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRocknRoller

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