For our 100th Episode of the Ghost Cult Podcast, Keefy interviewed Bobby Blitz (Overkill) and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance, also interviewed in podcast #2) about their new band BPMD, and their debut album of covers American Made out now on Napalm Records. We talked to the guys about how the new supergroup, also featuring Mike Portnoy and Phil Demmel came together, why they chose to cover only American bands, how they chose deep cuts over popular songs, how BPMD is different than other bands that come together to create covers, what the music industry might look like after the coronavirus, whether the band will ever perform live or not and more! You can buy American Made at this link and hear our chat right now!
Named after the four members, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi, and Phil Demmel, supergroup BPMD is here with their debut release, a covers album by the name of American Made (Napalm Records). As the title suggests, every cut on the record was originally recorded by an American artist, and each revitalised track sounds nothing short of tremendous. Continue reading
BMPD – the all-star cover band featuring Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel have announced their new album American Made coming soon, on June 12, 2020 via Napalm Records. Pre-order’s are live below. Watch their debut music video for their new single, a cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Toys In The Attic’! Continue reading
Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed-up with Aerosmith to offer Funko Pop! Vinyl figures of the “Toxic Twins”, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has had other toys cast in their likenesses in the past, but now Aerosmith will have their debut as Pops, expected to be made available in May. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures coming soon include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Prince, Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million.
Aerosmith will celebrate 50 years of music in 2020 with a special 50th Anniversary Show show at Boston’s Fenway Park on Friday, September 18th, 2020 at Fenway Park, Boston MA! With special guests Extreme! Fine the pre-sale information and ticket buy links below! Continue reading
Rising rockers Dirty Honey aligned with Amazon Music in December 2019 to record a blistering cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Last Child’, exclusively for the “Amazon Original” series. The track was recorded at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville and produced by six-time Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile). The cover is a faithful, fantastic rendering of this Aerosmith deep cut. The band has a ton of upcoming tour dates and music festivals booked for 2020. Watch the ‘Last Child’ now! Continue reading
According to a published report by TMZ, Rock legend and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that they are not allowing him to return to the group after a temporary disability. Kramer says he suffered minor injuries in the spring of 2019 but was ready to return for the fall leg of the band’s Las Vegas residency shows. But instead of being welcomed back as expected, Kramer claims he was subjected to a brand new band policy he did not approve of, where he would have to audition to prove he was “able to play at an appropriate level” in order to regain his drummer role. According to Kramer, the band asked him to perform a series of solo rehearsals against a “click track” as his audition, after which they would listen to the recordings to decide whether he would be allowed to come back to the group. In the meantime, Kramer has covered the cost of a replacement drummer at a rate of $20,000 a week for performances and $10,000 a week for rehearsals. Continue reading
Aerosmith has booked new summer tour dates for Europe next summer. The 14-date trek will kick off on June 13 at Milan, Italy’s iDays festival and wraps up on July 27 at Mönchengladbach, Germany’s Sparkassenpark. Tickets will go on sale next Friday (December 13) from 9 a.m. local time through Aerosmith’s official website. In recent years, different members of the band have indicated they were only going to play “a few more years”. The band’s 50th anniversary is in 2020, but they have made no formal announcement yet. Steven Tyler has launched a solo career as a Pop/Rock/Country, Joe Perry is in the Hollywood Vampires, while Perry and drummer Joey Kramer have battled serious health issues. The band hasn’t officially announced a farewell tour, in spite of the last few years of tours being billed with similar language as last tour or a regional goodbye tours. Continue reading
If you have read these web pages of Ghost Cult, you know one of our favorite albums of 2019 is the solo début album from William DuVall of Alice In Chains. While many know him for fronting that legendary band since their comeback in 2006. However, as discussed in our review of One Alone, Duvall’s lengthy career has traversed genres and time-space in a way that all great singer/songwriters can. The album is introspective, yet fiery and lends itself to this solo setting. With the artist doing a brief tour to promote the release, we were excited to see a new side of the man in person at Cutting Room in midtown east neighborhood of Manhattan. Continue reading
YouTuber Anthony Vincent is at it again with another 10 Second Songs Video! Watch Guns N Roses mega-hit ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ performed in the styles of Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Billie Eilish, Periphery, The Smiths, Amy Winehouse, Alice In Chains, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass, Eurobeat, Bollywood, Lizzo, James Brown, Korn, Aerosmith/Run DMC and more! Continue reading