Carnival of Death Tour Rolling Across America

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

I recently wrote a feature on the Carnival of Death tour for the Dayton City Paper. I know some of you guys really like heavy bands in addition to Glam, so I thought I'd share here. 

"We’re quite satisfied with what we’ve seen our crowds do!” Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer excitedly told Dayton City Paper.

“We love to see interaction while we are performing: sick pits, stage diving, loud screaming and chanting. Dayton won’t let us down!”

Death metal fans, rise up! Just in time for fall, the Carnival of Death Tour is rolling through Dayton. The tour features a bill of death metal mainstays from across the country, and then some, including a double-headline bill of Kataklysm (of Monteral, Canada) and Long Island, NY’s Suffocation, plus Jungle Rot (Wisconsin), Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding (both from New York).

Internal Bleeding and Suffocation are often cited as two of the earliest precursors of the slam death metal style.

Read: this is not a bill for the faint of heart!

The riffs will be heavy, the shows will be hot.

The package rolls into Oddbody’s Music Room on Monday, Oct. 6.

If you’re into death metal even just a little, then you probably recognize every name on the bill.

All the bands have been together for a long time – decades in some cases. And all those years as a band equal a ton of experience, both in the studio and on the stage. The guys in Suffocation are ready to bring that experience – and energy – to Ohio, especially Dayton. That’s because the Gem City is a special place for metal bands to perform.

The local scene is pretty strong and the fans that come out to shows are loyal.

“Ohio has always had an awesome scene, ever since the ’90s,” Boyer said with excitement. “With a bunch of bands coming out of Ohio and the Ohio Death Fest, Ohio has become a great stop for tours and traveling fests.”

Continue reading this article on the Dayton City Paper website

Alice Cooper Covers 'Eleanor Rigby'

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

"Eleanor Rigby" happens to be my favorite Beatles tune. Imagine my surprise when Alice Cooper released a video of the song yesterday. Alice did the cover for the upcoming album The Art of McCartney, due November 18. The amazing thing here is just how well Alice's voice fits the song - it's like "Eleanor Rigby" was written for him! I enjoyed this cover and I hope you do, too. 

Bret Michaels Band, Live Show Review

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments8 Comments

On Saturday night, I saw the Bret Michaels Band at J.D. Legends in Franklin, Ohio. The venue was pretty close to my house, so going to the show was a no brainer. I have to say I've never been at a venue like J.D. Legends before. It's a bowling alley, restaurant, sand volleyball pit and concert venue all in one... and yes, I had to stand in sand for the show. I didn't know that or I would have worn different shoes!

Bret played all the songs you'd expect: the Poison hits, plus a couple covers like "Sweet Home Alabama." Bret talked a lot to the crowd and mentioned how his meet and greets help fund charities like Wound Warriors and diabetes camp for kids.

The people watching was pretty epic, as you might imagine. Just think: drunk folks trying to walk in sand! The giant walls, the sand, and cops waving flashlights at everyone made it seem like we were at a show in a prison yard.

Bret sounded good, better than the last time I remember, but the guitars all sounded "tinny." There just wasn't a fat sound, which sort of sucked. And Bret didn't play for very long, and considering the tickets were $36 each, I could have used a couple more songs.

In the end, it was good to be out in the great weather on a Saturday night and I got to see some old friends too. Can't beat that - even if the Miller Lite was $9.50 each!

Video Proof of Steve Brown with Def Leppard

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments2 Comments

As you know, Trixter's Steve Brown is filling in for Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell while he undergoes medical treatment. The Leps did the pre-game show for NFL International yesterday and the video clip of that performance is below.

Songs performed were "Let's Get Rocked" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me." All in all, it seemed like Steve did great and he looked like he was having fun, too. Also, I think the giant Def Leppard flag used as part of the show was darn cool!

It seems like Joe Elliott's microphone died at the end of the show... and his backup didn't work either, but he kept right on. After the performance, the British announcer mentioned Viv and wished him well. Very classy.

The Rock In Rio Lineup Does Nothing For Me (So Far)

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 07:53AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

Rock in Rio is coming to Las Vegas over two weekends in 2015: May 8-9 and May 15-16. Some of the lineup was announced a couple days ago. My initial reaction was "meh."

Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend are confirmed so far. The show will take place at a permanent open-air venue near Sahara Avenue. There will be six stages, three rock themes and the venue can hold 85,000 each day. Maybe one of the themes will be hard rock, which would result in some more decent bands being added to the bill. And who knows? Maybe the rest of the lineup will be insane, I'll change my tune and head west for some of the fun.

You can buy pre-sale tickets here. GA wristbands for an entire weekend entry (one weekend) are $298 each. VIP vouchers are good for 1 specific day of the event that you choose and cost $498 each.

Good Luck, Viv (and Steve)

Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is getting ready to undergo stem-cell treatment in his fight against Hodgkin's lymphoma. This means he'll be missing a few Def Leppard shows including a big one on Sunday night as part of the NFL International pre-game show (Raiders vs. Dolphins). Trixter guitarist Steve Brown is going to fill in for Viv while he's recovering. I bet Steve is pretty excited as this is nice exposure for him.

Whitesnake Announce Live DVD/CD Package

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:02AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s multi-platinum ‘Slide It In’ album, Frontiers Music Srl, the Italian-based label, will release “Live In ‘84 - Back To The Bone”, a complete celebration of the group’s awe inspiring line-up during what many feel was the incredible beginning of what David Coverdale called his desire to make Whitesnakemore ‘electrifying’ on record and on stage.

Set for release in Europe on November 7th, in the UK on November 10th, and in North America on November 11th, this release will be available in DVD and a Deluxe CD/DVD edition.

Culled from audio and video recordings and unheard demos from the private collection of WHITESNAKE leader and vocalist, David Coverdale, the release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band’s acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record is the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex-Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath); unique guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the WHITESNAKE ’87’ album and bassist exceptionnnel, Neil Murray.   Bonus content features legendary keyboardist Jon Lord performing his last show ever with WHITESNAKE on video and also the bonus CD.

"All of the features have been treated lovingly and respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound and picture quality,"” says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release. Concludes Coverdale - “"These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE’s ‘Slide It In'."