Whether you want it to or not, once a nickname is acquired, it sticks. Sometimes for life. For almost as long as the band has existed itself, Californian speed metal legends Megadeth have been known by fans as Megadave. A purely affectionate nickname for sure, but one which grew out of frontman Dave Mustaine‘s often brutal and cold-blooded approach to personnel management. The singular constant in a revolving door of band members, make no mistake. Mustaine is Megadeth. Always was, always will be.
Ghost Cult caught up recently with GAYC⚡DC – the self-proclaimed greatest Gay AC/DC tribute band in the world” about their west coast tour dates in 2022 and much more! In a hilarious interview with the band we discussed how they formed, the mission of the band, their unique approach to being a band, why they go beyond just a paroidy or tribute band, their importance to the LGBTQ community, the affect they have on fans, their origins in the music business (and related bands like Pansy Division), favorite AC/DC songs and albums, and generally a lot of laughs!
The Goth tinged band The Nocturnal Affair opened the night. Armed with the deep and beautiful vocals of Brendan Shane, They are a really heavy gloomy doom band that’s kind of hopeful. A weird mix, I know. Thanks to strong as hell wireless mic, Shane took to the crowd , from up in the seats and to the pit and back again!
Nineties brit-rockers Reef are back with Shoot Me Your Ace (Raging Sea), their second album since their 2018 reunion. With original members Gary Stringer (vocals) and Jack Bessant (bass) joined by newer members Jessie (Ronnie Wood’s son) on guitar, Luke Bullen on drums, and the production and guitar work of Andy Taylor, Shoot Me Your Ace shows a band firing on all cylinders.
When one thinks of that classic heavy metal voice, the musings often land on the great Mr. Udo Dirkschneider. His is that voice: the sandpaper over rusted metal, the two-pack-a-day unfiltered Pal Mal smoker of the 1940s, the male version of Mama in Throw Mama From the Train; to wit, Udo Dirkschneider is sultry. So it is with delicious aplomb that Mr. Dirkschneider has graced the metal community with a new album. My Way (Atomic Fire Records) is one hour and five minutes of lovingly crafted cover toons in which that voice croons and barks and puts nails on a chalkboard through classic metal, pop, and yes, even classic standards from 1968 and 1969. I would be remiss if I did not mention forthwith that I have been enamored with Udo Dirkschneider since his Accept days and many of the songs and artists he covers are among my favourite.
GayC/DC the hilarious and brilliant gay AC/DC tribute band will start their run of west coast dates tonight! Taking music and lyrics of “the worlds’ most heterosexual band” and flipping it on its ear, bathing it in a glimmering pink light and disco ball, and putting their own LGBTQ spin on the iconic band. The band kicks tour dates through the spring on March 12th at Maui Sugar Mill (Tarzana, CA). They are promising new music soon! For a sample of what the band does best check out this cover of “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll),” a collaboration with LA-based band Well Hung Heart!
Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Five Finger Death Punch for a new figure in the Pop Rocks! series. The FFDP mascot is the new recipient of a Funko POP! Vinyl figure and you can get notfied of the pre-orders for the “Knucklehead” at the link below. See images of the figure below as well. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Slipknot, N.W.A., Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie, and more. The Funko brand, which sells other figures and licensed merchandise, went public with an IPO in 2018.
Rob Zombie, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Gojira, Deftones, Steven Wilson, Chris Cornell (posthumously) and more are among the many bands nominated for the Rock and Metal portion of the 64th Grammy’s Awards, a.k.a. “The Grammy’s.” Typically the Rock and Metal awards are given out in the pre-televised portion of the show, but they are now live streamed. The Recording Academy will present the 2022 GRAMMY Awards on Mon, Jan. 31, on the CBS Television Network(opens in a new tab) and stream live and on demand on Paramount+ from 8–11:30 p.m. ET / 5–8:30 p.m. PT. Prior to the telecast, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on GRAMMY.com and the Recording Academy’s YouTube channel(opens in a new tab).
Portland Stoner Rockers Red Fang has shared their blazing, doomy cover of iconic AC/DC song “Hells Bells” as the fourth single from from the forthcoming Magnetic Eye Records Redux Series installment Back in Black [Redux]. More information about the album due on December 3 is given below. Continue reading →
AC/DC has shared a new music video for their track “Through The Mists Of Time” from their 2020 album, Power Up (read our review here) It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving the legendary rock band its third chart-topping album in their career. The clip is a rock and roll museum tour through an exhibition of the band’s incredible history. Based on a concept by guitarist Angus Young, director Najeeb Tarazi and creative director Josh Cheuse used footage shot by Clemens Habicht of each of the five bandmembers in five separate shoots around the world. They then enlisted Mathematic, a Paris-based visual effects studio, to combine all the elements so the band could take the stage together to perform the fan favorite from “Power Up”, almost one year to the day that the highly anticipated album was announced.