BOOK REVIEW: Jon Zazula & Harold Claros-Maldonado: Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As Lived by Jon Zazula

I wish I could say I knew Jonny Zazula back in the day, but I wasn’t quite old enough. Sure, I had heard all the stories. As a major Metallica and Anthrax fan, Jon and his wife Marsha’s life stories are Metal history as much as any riff, album or chorus. I bumped into Jon about twelve years ago at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. I was there to see a Testament headline show. Jon and Eddie Trunk, who owes his career to Jon and Marsha to an extent, walked right by and I totally fanboyed out. I’m pretty sure I blurted out something lame like “Holy shit, Jonny Z! Thanks for everything!”, since that what was in my heart. He gave me like a half-pat on the arm, half a “hey dude I need to get by you” move and slipped past me on his way backstage. Trunk just smiled. That was my in-person brush with him, until a recent phone interview (coming soon) for this book release. The book is a memoir about an enterprising music lover who put a genre or two on his back and raised up everyone around him toward greatness.

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Ministry Announces Visual History Book, Tour Dates Incoming with Slayer

Ministry has announced Ministry: Prescripture, a visual history book with exclusive details shared via Rolling Stone. The book includes ling notes, never before seen graphics and photos, and anecdotes from members of Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, NWA, Ramones, Nine Inch Nails and more. Plus it comes with ‘(Every Day Is) Halloween (Acoustic)’ 7-Inch. Released December 6 with Pre-Orders are live today! Headline dates and Slayer’s final Farewell World Tour. Continue reading

Slayer Plays Final European Show in Germany, Final US Tour Dates Incoming

Slayer played their final show ever in Europe last night (Saturday, August 3) at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The band has spent all summer performing at European festivals and headline shows, such as last night with Anthrax and Alien Weaponry. Slayer’s “The Final Campaign”, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour will kick off in November. This tour starts at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, North Carolina, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on November 30. Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a “vulgar display of Pantera”, will be the support acts on all dates. Continue reading

Slayer Sells Out Los Angeles Forum In One Day, Adds Second Date To Farewell Tour

A week after Slayer announced their final run of tour dates ever with Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, the band has announced a second show at the Los Angeles Forum. This is due to the sell-out of the first date of what will now be a two-night stand November 29 and November 30: s November 30 show at the Los Angeles Forum. This show is the last addition to Slayer’s Final World Tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at 10 AM (local) at the link below. Continue reading

Slayer Books Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry and Phil Anselmo and the Illegals

As previously teased Slayer has announced their final tour dates ever in America. Dubbed “The Final Campaign”, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. Direct support will come from Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing “A Vulgar Display of Pantera”. Tickets on sale Friday, July 12 at the link below, with pre0sale and VIP options as well. Continue reading