“The Star Spangled Banner is not an easy song to sing. I’m not just talking about famously bad version’s like Roseanne Barr’s, actually talented and professionally trained singers have a hard time with the song. Just ask Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or Christina Aguilera.
It is a song that not only requires someone with an amazingly wide vocal range, but somebody who understands that you simply can’t fuck up the National friggin’ Anthem.
So I bring to you Anthrax lead singer Joey Belladona:
I agree with his band mate Scott Ian, who took the video. Joey “nailed it.”
Robot band Compressorhead playing Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”
It won’t be long before they start looking for Sarah Conner
Alternate Reality, the Cleveland based band that brought the world the Worst Music Video of 2012 is backwith another video for us. This one filmed at the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, most famous as the location for a certain film called Shawshank Redemption.
According to a news release sent by Steve Delchin of Wickliffe, “The ‘Metal Coma’ video follows the tale of old school metalheads who are suffering from ‘an acute overexposure to heavy metals’ and are locked up in ‘The Metal Sanitarium,’ a sinister asylum run by Dr. Overkill and his staff of nurses.
While I found their last song to be pure crap, this one is actually kind of catchy in an Anthrax “Madhouse” sort of way.
Jon Lord, one of the founding members of the legendary Deep Purple (whom by the way it’s a shear travesty that they are not Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees) has lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
“Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with DEEP PURPLE co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including ‘Smoke On The Water’ and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.”It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, July 16th at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
Best known for his orchestral work Concerto For Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with DEEP PURPLE and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and DEEP PURPLE.
“Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from DEEP PURPLE in 2002.”
In addition to DEEP PURPLE, Lord played in WHITESNAKE — the band led by ex-PURPLE singer David Coverdale — from 1978 to 1984, having appeared on the albums “Trouble”, “Lovehunter”, “Ready An’ Willing”, “Come An’ Get It”, “Saints & Sinners” and “Slide It In”.
Jon Lord is survived by his wife Vickie and two daughters — Amy and Sara.
Wow. It’s moments like this when all I can do is just hang my head low and say, “yes, I am from Cleveland.”
Courtesy of Yahoo Music:
Do not attempt to adjust your computer monitor. Do not assume that the video you are about to see is the result of some egg-nog-induced fog. Deluded Cleveland metal band Alternate Reality really did shoot an ambitious video about, according to lead singer Steve Delchin, “the legend of King Arthur and his quest for the Kingdom of Metal.” The result is a video not even the most diehard Dungeons & Dragons enthusiast or Comic-Con season-pass-holder could appreciate or sit through more than once. Actually, if this video were intended to be ironic, we would say it was the most genius video of all time. Ditto if it were a video by Spinal Tap, Tenacious D, or Bill & Ted’s Wyld Stallyns. But sadly, it seems like these not-so-shining-armored guys’ tongues were nowhere near the vicinity of their cheeks when they filmed this video atrocity. Apparently they really do live in an alternate reality in which dressing up like Mickey Mouse from Fantasia and engaging in Camelot swordfights is the epitome of cool. Obviously, this is not a reality in which any sane person would choose to live. Read More…
Here’s a little known fact outside of hardcore metal-heads, sometime around 1984 or so, James Hetfield lead singer and rhythm guitarist for heavy metal legends and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica was unsure about his singing abilities. He wanted to recruit John Bush of Armored Saint at the time and then later Anthrax to be their front man, so he could focus on guitar. No one except the guys in the band know for sure if Bush was ever even officially offered the spot, but now 27 years later at the Metallica 30th anniversary show here is what could have been.
Metallica perform “The Four Horsemen” off of their 1983 debut album “Kill ’em All” with Armored Saint and ex-Anthrax singer John Bush.
Recorded live at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California on December 7th, 2011 courtesy of YouTube user mathiasnielsen66.
Pepper Keenan is currently with Down finishing up their next album, and COC is out on tour and the rest of the guys are touring with the 3 piece Animosity-era line-up, with an album due out next spring. But fuck, this is one of the most underrated metal bands ever, I can’t can’t wait for another album from this version of Corrosion Of Conformity.
Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel rolled into the House of Blues in Cleveland this past Friday night for the second to last stop on their fall tour. It was an amazing night of metal.
Death Angel, a band that I had loved as a kid but never got the chance to see live until tonight, opened up the show and were amazing. I got chills down my back and was transported back to my fourteen year old self as I finally got the chance to hear “Seemingly Endless Time” live.
Testament was a band I had liked, but was never really a huge fan of. I had always liked Alex Skolnick as a guitarist and had followed his non-Testament non-metal stuff. I didn’t know what I was missing out on by never having seen Testament live before. They were freaking awesome and heavy as all hell.
I did learn one very important lesson as they I started playing “Into The Pit,” off of 1988’s The New Order which incidentally is the only Testament album I had ever owned — I am too old to mosh. That song came on and I was instantly lured to the pit, like a Greek sailor in ancient mythology succumbing to the call of the sirens. Now as I write this twenty-four hours after the show, I still ache all over.
Last, but certainly not least Anthrax came on. Now I have seen Anthrax live on numerous occasions at numerous venues throughout Northeast Ohio — never have I seen them however with the Joey Belladonna fronted version of the band. Now I was a fan of the Joey version of the band, the version that many purists will call the ’real’ version of the band. It’s just that during the John Bush fronted years — Anthrax went from being one of my favorite bands, to my very favorite band.
That being said, they were fucking awesome last night. Not only did Joey Belladonna sing his balls off on their most recent album Worship Music, but he sounded amazing live and the band was tight as hell and the crowd was amazing. And it was finally great to hear the Joey-era songs live, actually being sung by Joey.
The set list was a great mix of classic-era material as well as tracks from the new album, my favorite being “In The End” written for Dimebag Darrell & Ronnie James Dio both metal legends that were lost between the times Anthrax had released a new record.
It’s VH1’s National Day of Metal and it just does not get any more metal then the band that created the genre.
Today on 11/11/11 at 11:11 Pacific Time, the forefathers of Heavy Metal held a press conference at the Whiskey in LA to announce that they are putting the band back together for a world tour and new album to be produced by Rick Rubin (Metallica, Slayer, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Johnny Cash).
G’n’R used to be my favorite band. They were at one time the most awesome band on the planet and it was not even close. I was actually late for my last day of school in the 8th grade, because the night before I had gone to see them play at the Richfield Coliseum, for what was up to that point their longest concert ever.
Flash forward 20 years later and a few all-you-can-eat buffets later and Axl Rose is fronting a band that may technically be called Guns-n-Roses, but is nothing more then a crappy cover band fronted by a fat rock star who can’t sing any more.
From the U.K. Daily Mail:
He was once a pin-up for millions of rock and roll fans throughout the world.
But it seems Axl Rose’s poster boy days are over, judging by photographs of the 49-year-old singer performing with the band in Brazil last night.
The Guns N’ Roses frontman was unrecognisable as he took to the stage at the Rock In Rio music festival, with his attempts to cover up his larger frame in a coat failing miserably.
Rose appeared to have gained a significant amount of weight in recent months, with his slimline frame at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards a distant memory.
The rocker teamed his yellow coat with a black hat and sunglasses, with the whole ensemble contributing to his bizarre appearance.
It’s not the first time Rose’s weight has sparked concern, as he previously shocked fans with his overweight look in January 2010.
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