CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Black Label Society – “Stronger Than Death” Turns 20

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society came out of the gate strong on Sonic Brew (Spitfire Records), even though it was a little under the radar for the high-profile Ozzy Osbourne band leader. While Sonic Brew, officially released in 1999 in the US, set the template for the BLS style, coming in about a year later refined what Zakk was aiming for. With better production, a bit heavier right hand, and a little more focus, the songs on Stronger Than Death (Spitfire) shine through. Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #359: Producer Marc Urselli (Foo Fighters, U2, John Zorn) Comes On the Pod!

The advent of improved technology means “everybody can be a producer”, but talent, fundamentals, and studio skills still matter. We talked to a master who has made 100s of albums with legends. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #359 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Producer Marc Urselli (Foo Fighters, U2, John Zorn) Comes On the Pod! Marc’s contest for a FREE MIX for bands ends on 3/29/20! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #358: Blasko on the Coronavirus!

The coronavirus story of 2020 is re-written every day so far. Matt and Keefy speak with a major player in the music business and get his thoughts on the outlook! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #358 is streaming now and it’s an interview with Blasko on the Coronavirus! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists.  And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

Black Label Society Rebooks Tour Dates with Obituary and Lord Dying

Good news as Black Label Society has announced rescheduled dates with Obituary and Lord Dying for this summer. The tour had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Tickets are on sale now at the link below and tickets fro the previous shows will be honored. Zakk Wylde told Billboard recently since he has downtime with Ozzy Osbourne off the road, the band will work on their followup to 2018’s Grimmest Hits album, released via eOne Heavy. Continue reading

Black Label Society Books Headline Tour with The Black Dahlia Murder And Alien Weaponry

Black Label Society, led by guitar icon Zakk Wylde, has booked a headline tour of the USA. Direct support will come from The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 21. BLS recently completed the “20 Years Of Sonic Brewtality Tour” celebrating the re-release and remaster of that album, via eOne Records. Continue reading

Welcome To Rockville 2019 Review

How can you top an unforgettable end to a three day Welcome to Rockville festival in 2018 when Ozzy gave us one hell of a send-off? You take the anticipation of thousands of Tool fans who are busting at the seams waiting for the new album to release, and you give them more of a tease by making Tool the final headliner in this year’s Welcome to Rockville Festival, that’s how. We all heard the rumors that Tool was going to debut two new songs (‘Descending’ and ‘Invincible’) during Welcome to Rockville, and they delivered with this history-making moment that fans have not stopped sharing and talking about, whether they were present to witness it or not. Continue reading

Texas Hippie Coalition – High In The Saddle

When you get an album with the band name Texas Hippie Coalition, you have a set of expectations about what it’s going to sound like. A mental image of the music pops into your brain. Texas Hippie Coalition did not disappoint with High In The Saddle (Entertainment One). True to form, it’s Texas-style southern rock with a scruffy “edge” to the lyrics and followable 4/4 beats. If you like listening to Down, Black Label Society, or Southern Train Gypsy, Texas Hippie Coalition is almost but not quite totally unlike that. High In The Saddle straddles the line of rock and roll and country and does so admirably. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Welcome To Rockville 2019

Welcome To Rockville returns to rule over Florida this weekend as southeasts home for amazing rock and metal experiences. Heading up the bill will be Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Evanescence, Shinedown, Judas Priest and many more. Taking over Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville 2019 takes place May 3rd, 4th, & 5th. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, December 7 At Noon ET at the link below. Continue reading

Black Label Society Shares New Music Video for “Bored To Tears”

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society has shared a new music video for their song “Bored To Tears”. The track comes from the re-issue of Sonic Brew – 20th Anniversary Blend 5.99 – 5.19. Watch the clip now below! Catch BLS on tour now with Conan and Atomic Bitchwax. Continue reading