An Evening With John 5 In Sacramento, California – April 15th, 2018

On April 15th 2018 John 5 returned to Sacramento accompanied by supporting act Hero Jr. This was my second time seeing John 5. The first time was in 2015 on a headlining tour with Doyle. The show took place at Harlows. Right away you can see the dedication of the fan base as it was raining lightly but that did not stop people from standing in line. It amazes me that a performer such as John 5 can bring an amazing musical experience without any vocals. The show was amazing as always, filled with many surprises. Hero Jr. was a refreshing new take on rock n roll with some growls mixed into the high points of the songs. They are a 4 piece hard rock outfit from Indiana. I was very curious as to what their sound was going to be because very rarely do I discover a new rock n roll band. Especially one that is original and brings a totally new sound to the cemented rock genre. About 40 seconds into their first song the whole crowd was moving and bobbing their heads. The guitar work was amazing. Fast licks and a range of vocal work. A lot of groove and a lot of talent. I was glad that this was the only band that opened for John 5 as we got to see a lot of great material from Hero Jr.

John 5 came out in a slow foggy atmosphere, which quickly turned into a battle of shredding. Its as if he tries to top himself every time. There was a few slow songs which showcased his more personal side to the music and complimented the shredding of the whole show. It was a beautiful performance. The highlight of the night was special guest, Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt joining John 5 for an amazing cover of Enter Sandman. It was amazing to see that in such a small venue. Truly powerful the way the entire crowd sang along to it. Personally i lost my voice after that. John 5 then closed the set with a beautiful medley of songs. Everything from Iron Maiden to Van Halen. It was great seeing everyone enjoy the music and live in the moment. There was a special encore of John 5 performing the Rage Against The Machine classic “Killing In The Name Of”, and then of course his cover of beat it by Michael Jackson. We were all left wanting more. Visually and musically an amazing show. John 5 always delivers. No filler, all talent.

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Author: AJ Guzman

D.D. Verni (Overkill) Signs With Mighty Music

Overkill songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni has signed a new deal with Mighty Music and is planning to release a new solo album in October. His solo lineup consists of former Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki, and guest guitarists Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Angus Clark (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Bruce Franklin (Trouble), Mike Romeo (Symphony X), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Steve Leonard (Almost Queen), and Andre “Virus” Karkos (Dope).

Verni said the following:

“I’m psyched to get this disc out. We had a lot of fun and a lot of great players contributed. “There’s some metal, punk, classic rock… its all in there,” he adds. “From Queen to Green Day to Metallica, I think we covered all the bases.”

He also added the following about his decision to record a solo album:

“Well I never really stop writing material, and after some time, it starts to pile up and take shape and I wonder what it will be. In the past, anything that was not OVERKILL material I would put aside for my other band THE BRONX CASKET CO., but when I starting pulling these songs together, it was clearly not that, and I thought, ‘Okay, I guess it’s a solo record.’ The material was kind of metal and kinda rock and kinda punk, so those really are my basic influences. In OVERKILL, I take all that background and funnel it into our thrash sound. But these songs were not thrash but a combination of the other stuff.

“I would never really have an interest in doing a record that was thrash-sounding outside of OVERKILL; I just don’t think it could be any better. The fun is trying new shit and seeing where it goes for me.

“I could always do all the instruments myself, as I have in the past on projects, but thought this could be a good opportunity to try working with some new people. My wife was hearing me thinking out loud and basically said, ‘Why don’t you just call some guys whose work you like and see if they would be interested?’ And so that’s what I did.”via Blabbermouth

Attila, Suicide Silence, Volumes, Spite And Cross Your Fingers Announce Summer Tour

Attila, Suicide Silence, Volumes, Spite and Cross Your Fingers have announced a summer tour together.

Tour Dates:

07/15 Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
07/17 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
07/18 Memphis, TN – Growlers
07/19 Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
07/20 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson
07/21 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07/22 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
07/24 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/25 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
07/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
07/27 Rochester, NY – Anthology
07/28 Boston, MA – The Paradise
07/31 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
08/01 New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
08/02 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
08/03 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
08/04 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
08/05 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
08/07 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
08/08 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/09 Greenville, SC – The Firmament
08/10 Jacksonville, FL – Maverick’s Live
08/11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
08/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
08/14 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
08/15 Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
08/16 Houston, TX – White Oak
08/17 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
08/18 Austin, TX – Come And Take It (no Suicide Silence)
08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (no Suicide Silence)
08/21 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile
08/22 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
08/23 San Diego, CA – Observatory
08/24 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
08/25 San Francisco, CA – Regency

Megadeth Announce Deluxe Reissue Of “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!”

Megadeth will be releasing a deluxe, remixed and remastered edition of their 1985 album “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” on June 8. This version of the effort, which is titled “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good – The Final Kill,“ has be remixed by Mark Lewis and remastered by Ted Jensen. The set will include the full album, along with live audio tracks from VHS tapes found in Dave Mustaine’s attic, the band’s 1984 three-track demo, and their cover of Lee Hazelwood‘s “These Boots” with recut vocals. It will also include revised artwork, new packaging with photos, flyers, etc. and new liner notes from Mustaine.

 

Track Listing:

01. “Last Rites” / “Loved To Deth” (remastered)
02. “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” (remastered)
03. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (remastered)
04. “Rattlehead” (remastered)
05. “Chosen Ones” (remastered)
06. “Looking Down The Cross” (remastered)
07. “Mechanix” (remastered)
08. “These Boots” (remastered)
09. “Last Rites” / “Loved to Deth” (live) (1987 London, UK)
10. “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
11. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (live) (1990 London, UK)
12. “Rattlehead” (live) (1987 Bochum, Germany)
13. “Chosen Ones” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
14. “Looking Down the Cross” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
15. “Mechanix” (live) (1986 Denver, CO)
16. “Last Rites” / “Loved To Deth” (demo) (remastered)
17. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (demo) (remastered)
18. “Mechanix” (demo) (remastered)

Various pre-order options are available with more information available HERE.

Dimmu Borgir Announces August North American Dates

Dimmu Borgir will return to North America in August to perform four exclusive shows in support of the new album EONIAN (out May 4th).

Tour Dates:

08/19 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
08/21 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
08/23 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
08/25 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

Danzig To Perform “Danzig III: How The Gods Kill” In Full At 2018 Psycho Las Vegas Festival

Danzig has been confirmed as one of the headliners for the 2018 Psycho Las Vegas festival, which is set to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on August 17-19. He will be performing “Danzig III: How The Gods Kill” in its entirety along with other hits.

The event will also feature all of the following: Dimmu Borgir, The Hellacopters, Witchcraft, Sunn O))), Godflesh, Enslaved, High On Fire, American Nightmare, CKY, Red Fang, Rocket From The Crypt, Goblin, Boris, Venom Inc., Eyehategod, Zakk Sabbath, Tinariwen, Pallbearer, Integrity, With The Dead, Church Of Misery, Voidvod, Coven, Lucifer, S U R V I V E, Dopethrone, Helms Alee, Big Business, Monolord, Today Is The Day, Mutoid Man, Indian, Unearthly Trance, Batushka, All Pigs Must Die, Acid Witch, Spirit Adrift, Primitive Man, Wormwitch, Eight Bells, Cloak, Dvne, Magic Sword, Wolvhammer, Necrot, Homewrecker, Brain Tentacles, Aseethe, Disastroid, Uada, Ghastly Sound, Dreadnought, King Buffalo, Forming The Void, Howling Giant, Venomous Maximus, Glaare, Black Mare, The Munsens, Night Horse, and Temple Of Void.

Andrew W.K, Nicke Andersson (Entombed, The Hellacopters), and Johanna Sadonis (Lucifer) will also serve as guest DJs as well.

Furthermore, Wolves In The Throne Room, Elder, Fireball Ministry, Dengue Fever, and Toke will play the pre-show pool party on August 16.

Hemlock Announce 25 Year Anniversary Tour with SevidemiC!

Las Vegas based Metal band HEMLOCK has announced dates for their 25th Anniversary Tour launching April 20th in Joseph, MO. Joined by SevidemiC through June 22, the tour winds through North America before concluding on July 21st in Dulce, NM. Additional dates to be announced.

2018 ALL TOUR DATES POSTER

HEMLOCK “25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR” Dates:
04/20 @ Cafe Acoustic – St. Joseph, MO *
04/21 @ Peak 31 in Union Station – Colorado Springs, CO *
04/22 @ The Roxy Theater – Denver, CO *
04/23 @ Lupe’s Lounge in Trujillos – Las Vegas, NM *
04/24 @ Zombiez Bar – Amarillo, TX *
04/25 @ Kendell’s – Oklahoma City, OK *
04/26 @ Stick’s Place – Wichita Falls, TX *
04/27 @ The Curtain Club – Dallas, TX *
04/28 @ Backstage – Lubbock, TX *
05/01 @ The RockHouse – El Paso, TX *
05/02 @ The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM *
05/03 @ Juggernaut Music – Gallup, NM *
05/04 @ The Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ *
05/05 @ Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV *
05/06 @ The Hub – Colton, CA *
05/11 @ The Rock – Tucson, AZ *
05/12 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ *
05/13 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA *
05/15 @ The Slide bar – Fullerton, CA *
05/16 @ TBA – Taft, CA *
05/17 @ The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA *
05/18 @ Jubs Jub’s – Reno, NV *
05/19 @ Ukiah Brewing Company – Ukiah, CA *
05/20 @ The Bistro – Hayward, CA *
05/23 @ Shotski’s – Salem, OR *
05/24 @ Community Center – Warm Springs, OR *
05/25 @ The Eagles 2485 – Kennewick, WA *
05/26 @ Studio 7 – Seattle, WA *
05/27 @ The Pin – Spokane, WA *
05/30 @ The Dark Horse – Missoula, MT *
05/31 @ The Pub Station – Billings, MT *
06/01 @ The DO Bar – Great Falls, MT *
06/02 @ The Party Palace – Butte, MT *
06/06 @ The Gem – Idaho Falls, ID *
06/07 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID *
06/08 @ The Royal – Salt Lake City, UT *
06/09 @ The Mesa Theater- Grand Junction, CO *
06/10 @ Bombers Sports Bar – Riverton, WY *
06/11 @ Elk Creek Steakhouse – Piedmont, SD *
06/13 @ The Marquee – Sioux City, IA *
06/14 @ Bigs Bar – Sioux Falls, SD *
06/15 @ The Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE *
06/16 @ Aftershocks – Merriam, KS *
06/22 @ The Rusty Needle – Hutchinson, KS *
06/23 @ Lefty’s Live – Des Moines, IA
07/05 @ The Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
07/06 @ Shotz Bar and Grill – Scottsbluff, NE
07/07 @ My Buddys Place – Sheridan, WY
07/08 @ The Eagles Club – Casper, WY
07/13 @ Bottle Hollow Lake Marina – Ft.Duchesne, UT
07/14 @ Stanley’s Triangle Bar – Mt.Pleasant, UT
07/18 @ The Legacy Inn – Tuba City, AZ
07/20 @ President Parking Lot – Window Rock, AZ
07/21 @ “Alien Fest” – Dulce, NM
* W/ SevidemiC