Watch Never Before Seen Outtakes of Metallica with Michael Alago from “Who The F*ck Is That Guy” Documentary

 

Michael Alago recently released his memoir I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death. (BackBeat Books), written by Alago with Laura Davis-Chanin (with a foreword by Mina Caputo of Life of Agony and John Joseph of Cro-Mags) and you can read our review here. Michael is the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. He also played a role in the careers of White Zombie, Cro-mags, Metal Church, Flotsam and Jetsam, and more.  The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (just wrapped on Netflix after an unprecedented 3 years, now on Amazon Prime and YouTube) grew awareness of him beyond music documentaries and VH1’s Metallica Behind The Music. Now you can see never before seen outtakes of Michael with Metallica after they filmed their segments for the film, posted to Drew Stone’s YouTube. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Cro-Mags – In The Beginning

Having successfully secured the Cro-Mags name after a year-long court battle with former members John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, frontman and general hardcore legend Harley Flanagan follows up last year’s From the Grave and Don’t Give In EP’s (Victory Records) with In the Beginning (Mission Two Entertainment/Arising Empire), the first full-length release from the celebrated New York act in twenty long years.  Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin – “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.”

Everybody has a story.

There are many words of wisdom born from the soul of Michael Alago that he has shared in his memoir. Most know him as the music industry legend that signed Metallica to Electra Records and helped guide them on the path to being the biggest band of all time. The Drew Stone documentary Who The F*ck Is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago (now on Netflix and Amazon) shined a light on him that he deserved for decades. But there is so much more to his story, to the person than bands he signed, and who whom he rubbed shoulders with. The film was a terrific introduction to his life and times and why he deserves the credit he does. The book slowly peels back the years, all the wonderful and terrible things that life can bring and all the in-betweens. A lot of formative times with his family growing up in Brooklyn, dear friends, loves and losses. A terrific tapestry of experiences, stories, and reminiscences. There are many standout movements, including instances of Michael being surrounded the greats of the music and art world; Jerry Brandt, Bill Graham, Danny Fields, Bob Krasnow, Robert Mapplethorpe and many more. It’s cool enough to have met those people, but what really matters is listening and learning from greatness when it comes across your path. He did just that. Continue reading

Hatebreed Announce 25th Anniversary Tour With Obituary, Cro-Mags, Terror And Fit For An Autopsy

 

Hatebreed who made hardcore influenced music mainstream has announced their 25th-anniversary headline tour for 2019. Formed when frontman Jamey Jasta was a teenager in Connecticut, Hatebreed has gone from a local phenom, a regional success story to an internationally hailed band. The first leg of the tour will feature support from Obituary and Cro-Mags, both bands an influence on Hatebreed. Terror and Fit For An Autopsy will also open. A second leg will be announced soon. Continue reading

Harley Flanagan Sues For Rights To Cro-Mags Name

The New York Post is reporting that Harley Flanagan is suing the Cro-mags to own the rights to the name of the band he founded. Flanagan who started Cro-mags when he was 14 years old is suing John Joseph AKA John Bloodclot for copyright infringement for continuing the band without him. Flanagan claims that he trademark the name cro mag for recording in 2010 and for merchandise back in 2009 and again in 2017. Continue reading

John Joseph Of The Cro-Mags Launches Book Tour, New Edition Out Tomorrow

Hardcore punk legend John Joseph (Cro-Mags, Bloodclot) launches the second edition of his book Evolution of A Cromagnon, tomorrow April 4th. He is holding a small book tour to celebrate the launch with his fans.  Continue reading