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Monday
Aug062012

Interview - Megadeth - Shawn Drover

Megadeth is perhaps the most overlooked group in Metal today.  While founder and frontman Dave Mustaine's previous band, Metallica, has achieved more mainstream success, Megadeth (for the most part) have always stuck to their guns.  After almost 30 years, Megadeth continues to wage their war against the politically corrupt and unjust with an arsenal of metalic fury.  Firing the percussive artillery for the group is drummer Shawn Drover.  Drover has the second longest tenure of any drummer in the band, as apparently he seems to know what works and what doesn't.  Speaking to Shawn Drover was rather refreshing, as you can hear in his voice that still enjoys what he does for a living, as he comes across very upbeat and enthusiastic.  In our conversation with Shawn, we touched upon many topics, from touring to recording, to what it takes to keep your job in a band that goes through many personnel changes.  Hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did conducting it.

For interview, click here.

Thursday
Aug022012

Concert review - Anthrax, Motorhead, Slayer - Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY - August 1, 2012‏

Review by John Jeffrey, Photos by Thomas S. Orwat Jr.
 
Darien, NY - Mother nature delivered a picture perfect day for the abbreviated Rockstar Mayhem concert (which was being referred to locally as the "103.3 Edge's Summer BBQ" in honor of the WNY radio station), as three of the kings of 80's hard rock/heavy metal (Anthrax, Motorhead & Slayer) played near flawless sets for the rabid faithful who filled Darien Lake's PAC.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Tuesday
Jul312012

Music News - FOLLOW-UP TO DIO'S BEST-SELLING "VERY BEAST OF" ANNOUNCED!

In addition to fronting such legendary hard rock/heavy metal bands as Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell, and Elf, singer Ronnie James Dio also was the leader of his own solo band, Dio, who were responsible for such all-time great rock anthems as "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line," among many others. And on Tuesday, October 9th, a second volume of Dio's best tracks will be unleashed via Niji Entertainment - "The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2" - a follow-up to the gold-certified "The Very Beast of Dio."
 
The 17-track CD picks up exactly where the first volume left off - from 1996 onward. And in addition to featuring such latter-day Dio classics as "Killing the Dragon," "Push," and "Fever Dreams," the compilation will also include several rarities that fans have long requested on a single disc - "Electra" (which previously was only a part of the ultra-rare "Tournado" box set), "Prisoner of Paradise," and "Metal Will Never Die."
 
As the Dio Facebook Page Administrator, raves, "I absolutely know that every single Dio Fan is going to want "The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2"! I'm a HUGE Dio fan, just like all of you, and I can't tell you how excited I am about this CD. I had the pleasure of listening to the CD that was produced, mixed, and remastered by Ronnie's longtime engineer, Wyn Davis, and it sounds BLOODY INSANE!!!"
 
Also included as part of the release will be liner notes penned by long-time supporter and friend of Ronnie's, Eddie Trunk, from "That Metal Show," as well as an awesome front cover painting by artist Marc Sasso (who previously created the covers for Dio's "Killing the Dragon" and "Master of the Moon" albums).

"The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2" will also be receiving a significant promotional push, as it will be promoted on Trunk's radio program, and will be given away via the infamous "Box of Junk" on an episode of "That Metal Show." And of course, the very popular official Ronnie James Dio Facebook page will get behind the release - which has over 735,000 fans (and receives between 800,000 to 1,000,000 hits per month).
 
As the Dio Facebook Page Administrator notes, "Just to let you know, the first "Beast Of Dio" was only released in the USA and Canada, and has sold over 800,000 CD's to date! This CD will be in EVERY COUNTRY and our Dio Store too!"
 
The stellar music of Ronnie James Dio continues to live on. And the forthcoming "The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2" will be the perfect addition to every headbanger's collection.
 
TRACK LISTING FOR "THE VERY BEAST OF DIO VOL. 2":
 
1. Killing the Dragon
2. Push
3. The Eyes
4. Along Comes A Spider
5. Better in the Dark
6. Fever Dreams
7. Black
8. Feed My Head
9. Shivers
10. Hunter of the Heart (Live)
11. One More for the Road
12. Lord of the Last Day
13. Electra (Bonus Track)
14. As Long As It's Not About Love
15. This is Your Life
16. Metal Will Never Die (Bonus Track)
17. Prisoner of Paradise (Bonus Track)
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
 
ronniejamesdio.com
 
www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio
 
www.facebook.com/nijientertainmentgroup

Sunday
Jul292012

Concert review - Talas - The Hard Rock Cafe concert series - Niagara Falls, NY - 07-28-2012

Niagara Falls, NY - It was a truly spectacular and some might say, a magical night, as Talas, the legendary band from Buffalo, NY reunited, and triumphantly performed their first concert together in ten years.  They played to a jammed packed alley near the Hard Rock Cafe (in downtown Niagara Falls, NY) in front of 15,000 plus dedicated and fanatical fans., no
 
Talas consists of world renown bass guitar virtuoso, Billy Sheehan, Dave Constantino - guitar/vocals and Paul Varga - drums/vocals.  The band was WNY's most popular band during the 1970's-80's.  During this time, they dominated local radio, sold out theaters and clubs, headlined for bands like U-2 and the Police, and even opened on a leg of the Van Halen tour in 1981.  They were a band that should have been just as big internationally as they were in WNY, but for some reason fault of their own, it never happened.

For full review and many more photos, click here.

Friday
Jul272012

Concert review - Heart - Artpark, Lewiston, NY - July 24, 2012

Photos/review by John Jeffrey
 
Lewiston, NY - Perhaps the most anticipated, and the highest attended concert of Artpark's "Tuesday in the Park" concert series was Heart, as the group brought their brand of gypsy rock to WNY on a perfect summer night for rock and roll.  While many of the previous shows in the concert series have been cited as being 'sold out,' the Heart concert should be referred to as 'sold out plus!,' as there were more people at Artpark this past Tuesday than the previous five weeks.

For full review and more photos, click here.