Although 1976’s Technical Ecstasy (Vertigo/BMG) is unlikely to ever be viewed as a top tier release among most Black Sabbath fans, the fact that it exists at all goes to demonstrate the Birmingham foursome’s resilience and determination in those early days, if not the focus.
(Note: This show was before the bands’ current COVID-19 related cancelations)
Say what you will about KISS, they still live up to the legend almost 50 years after forming as a band and releasing their debut album. If the band is going out, it’s guns ablazing and on their own terms. Which, after theory got famous, is all they have ever done. Sure, causal fans and haters will mock, but there is a KISS show, and there’s everyone else, to paraphrase the great rock writer, Chuck Klosterman. On this night in Mansfield, they pulled out all the stops: great songs, fire, full-on rock and roll excess to the fullest, and yes, the synchronized rocking out every band since has copied. The band has even changed up their set list from years passed, really paying tribute to most era’s of the band, makeup or not. It was great for the band to paly “Say Yeah,” “Lick It Up,” “Tears Are Falling,” “Heaven’s On Fire,” and “War Machine” among their best known greatest hits. The clock is definitely ticking on this tour and there will never be another band quite like KISS. Don’t cheat yourself of the chance to experience KISStory before it’s over.
Shows and festivals are coming back, as we discuss nearly weekly here at Ghost Cult. Live Nation is often the scourge of concert goers since they service all of the tours and own many of the venues worldwide in the music business. To celebrate the return of live music and honestly, our social life, Live Nation are offering $20 “All-In” tickets for nearly 1,000 shows from tons of artists, such as Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Rise Against, 311, Coheed and Cambria, Alanis Morissette, KISS, The Black Crowes, and more!
Copenhell has announced its first bands for 2022 next summer and it looks like a banger. Metallica will make their debut appearance ever at the fest performing on the new fourth day, June 15th, 2022, as announced on social media by Lars Ulrich, who is from Denmark. Metallica will offer a pre-sale for tickets through their Fifth Members Fan Club. Joining the band will be Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest, Korn, D-A-D, Mercyful Fate, Emperor, Bad Religion, Opeth, The Hellacopters, Bersærk, Jinjer, Gloryhammer, Death To All, Of Mice & Men, Artillery, Dog Eat Dog, Siamese, Destruction, Orm, Redwood Hill, Ghost Iris, Withering Surface, Xenoblight, Hällas, Lok, Gatecreeper, Knocked Loose, Svartsot, Soren Andersen, Eyes, Denial Of God, Wayward Dawn, Lifesick, Nyredolk and more to be announced. The fest runs from June 15th – 19th 2022.
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KISS, who never met a product they couldn’t sell to fans, has teamed up with LA Pop Art to launch a branded “Word Art” line of apparel that celebrates the legendary band’s enduring magic.
Celebrating 50 years in the music business, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has recruited a wide selection of different musicians on the latest release, Immortal (Nuclear Blast), a hard-edged rock album that perfectly showcases his talent and versatility. With Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) acting as the main singer, the vocal side is bolstered by the likes of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), the record’s co-producer Michael Voss (Mad Max) and former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner.
Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it?Continue reading
There’s a reason some of the world’s greatest metal bands are still coveted as reputable musicians even decades after their split. They’ve not only shaped the landscape of rock music with beautifully haunting sounds but also gave loyal followers a chance to escape reality with their iconically dark gothic fashion. Back when everyone else was wearing mustard yellow bell-bottoms, they were donning tight leather pants in the blackest of shades. From smudged guyliner to studded harnesses, these metal rock bands were masters at transferring their sounds into their styles. Concerts became their stage to show off avant-garde gothic outfits with a hint of demonic attitude. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest rock bands that shaped men’s gothic clothing styles as we know it today.
KnuckleBonz, the creator of the Rock Iconz music collectible series, has announced the production of a new bundle of Metallica figures (set of four or separately), available for pre-order now at this location. This “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” -era set includes James Hetfield Rock Iconz statue, Lars Ulrich Rock Iconz statue, Kirk Hammett Rock Iconz statue and Robert Trujillo Rock Iconz statue. Other bands that have received the KnuckleBonz treatment include Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, KISS, Ghost, Guns N Roses, and countless more. Continue reading