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Garth Brooks held a press conference in Buffalo, NY on March 5, 2015. RMS was there to cover it and ask Garth a few questions. To see video, click here.

Garth Brooks plays the first of 6 sold-out shows in Buffalo, NY. We were there for this exclusive coverage. For review, click here.


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Wednesday
Apr012015

Interview - Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is a working class musician.  Over the past twenty years, Thal has worked with numerous bands and artists as producer, engineer, writer, arranger and performer.  He has also written, and continues to write, TV jingles, theme songs and background music for various media formats.  Thal joined Guns N' Roses in 2006, filling the position vacated by guitarist Buckethead.  What some would consider a "dream gig," never really garnered Thal the success and status one would assume would go hand in hand, with such a high profile gig.  Recording on GNR's sixth studio album, the heavily anticipated 'Chinese Democracy' (released in 2008), was somewhat of a double edged sword, as while Thal played on what is perhaps the biggest album of his career, his six string prowess got lost in the mix. With there being no clear credits on the record, attributing who played what on the songs, many assumed most of the exotic soloing on 'Chinese Democracy' was provided by his similarly styled predecessor, Buckethead.  And when it came to tour for the record, Thal wound up taking the back seat in the lead guitar dept. to the 'dreamy eyed'
Slash fill in, DJ Ashba.   

In Late 2014, Thal announced that he was 'focusing on his solo career,' as he stated in response to being asked about Guns N' Roses.  He said he was "avoiding the whole subject [right now]" and that he was "honoring a request to not make any public statements" about his status with Guns N' Roses, adding that it "continues to put me in a very awkward position that I don't want to be in."  So while the whole GNR thing seems to be up in the air, Bumblefoot released his 10th solo CD entitled, 'Little Brother Is Watching' in February of this year.  The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond.  Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on.  The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey. In addition to promoting his current solo CD, Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include the band Generation Kill & DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and his recent teaming up with Scott Weiland, in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.

For interview, click here.

Thursday
Mar262015

Concert review - Mushroomhead - Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY - March 20, 2015 

Review and photos by Scott Brown

For months, the Mushroomhead fans of Rochester, NY, waited to see their favorite nine-piece band.  Through two date delays due to the extreme weather of the area, Mushroomhead finally made it to a sold out crowd of 400!  As we waited in line, I listened to how hardcore some of these fans really were.  One particular enthusiastic fan had traveled all the way from Quebec.  The line grew quickly, so as to be on time for the 7:30 door time.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Monday
Mar232015

Concert review - Suicide Silence - Waterstreet Music Hall, Rochester, NY - March 7, 2015 

Review and photos by Scott Brown

Rochester, NY, was the site of the Stronger Than Faith Tour. Featured on this Death Metal bill was Fit For An Autopsy, Within The Ruins, Emmure, and Suicide Silence.

Besides decent pre-show food, Rochester garners a lot of attention, especially from out of town people, such as Joe Badolato, lead vocalist of Fit For An Autopsy. I had a moment to speak with Joe, who turned out to be a very laid back and understanding individual, who didn’t scold me too badly when I mistook him for Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence. He laughed and said, “Eddie and I will be standing next to each other, and a group of fans with Suicide Silence shirts will come up to us and not know what to do. I simply point and say, ‘He’s Eddie.’ I should wear a tag that says I am Joe.” We discussed how the venues seemed to keep pushing back the show times. We parted ways with a handshake, and strong anticipation for the show.

For full review, click here.

Tuesday
Mar102015

Interview - Exodus - Steve "Zetro" Souza

Thrash metal pioneers, Exodus, are back and better than ever before. With the release of their 10th studio album, 'Blood In, Blood Out,' and the return of classic line-up vocalist, Steve "Zetro" Souza, Exodus has re-established themselves as one of the most important metal bands.

This April, Exodus will hit the road with another influential thrash metal band, Testament. The tour will commence on April 1st, and run for a full month.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with vocalist, Steve "Zetro" Souza.

For interview, click here.

Saturday
Mar072015

Concert review - Garth Brooks - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY- March 5, 2015

Review by Thomas S. Orwat Jr., photos by Joe Suto

Buffalo, NY - The best selling music artist of all-time, Garth Brooks, returned to Buffalo, NY for the first time in 17 years.  This evening's performance was the first of six sold out shows at the First Niagara Center. Brooks will be performing for over 100,000 people during this time period; an uncommon event of for the Buffalo, NY area.  The last time anything like this occurred was... well, 17 years ago, when Brooks did multiple nights here, as well.

For full review, click here.