In 1969, the first edition of one of the world”s biggest bands within the New Wave of British Heavy Metal – Judas Priest – was formed. One of the founders was guitarist KK Downing. KK was in the band until 2011 and over the years, he was one of the songwriters for most of the metal world”s biggest songs as “Breaking the Law”, “Living After Midnight” and “Painkiller”.
Comedian Dave Chapelle joined Foo Fighters on stage at Madison Square Garden for their show last night, June 20th, 2021. They covered the Radiohead pop rock classic “Creep” with Dave on lead vocals. Dave is actually a skilled Jazz pianist who used to personally chose the musical guests on his series Chappelle Show series. Chappelle, who was in New York City to premiere his new documentary, “Dave Chappelle: This Time This Place”, at the Tribeca Festival, previously sang “Creep” live several times over the years. Watch them now. Continue reading →
Rage Against The Machine has booked additional dates to its previously announced reunion tour. The trek, which will feature legendary rap duo Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) in direct support, will now include five shows at the Madison Square Garden in New York City: on August 10, 11 13, 14 and 17. Tickets to the newly added concerts on August 14 and August 17 will go on sale on Thursday (February 27) at 11 a.m. Also newly added is a second date in East Troy, Wisconsin.Continue reading →
Sad news at this hour as Paul Raymond, longtime keyboard player and guitarist of legendary rockers UFO, has passed away. He was 73. Paul suffered a heart attack, but could not be revived. The news was shared by Paul’s longtime partner Sandra on Facebook. Paul was just back home in Germany after a recent leg of the ongoing 50th Anniversary/farewell tour of UFO. Paul also had stints with Savoy Brown, Michael Schenker’s MSG, and Pete Way’s Waysted. We send out condolences to Paul’s family friends and fans at this time. Continue reading →
Rammstein fans have reason to be optimistic. Frontman Till Lindemannconfirmed this year that they have started work on a new album (anticipated to arrive in 2017) which will no doubt prompt a world tour. I’m already exited by the prospect.
In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with In Amerika (Spinefarm Records), a concert film of their triumphant 2010 show in Madison Square Garden and features two extras – a 21-minute short showing the making of Liebe Ist Für Alle Da and the star of the show: Rammstein In Amerika – a 2-hour rockumentary chronicling the career of this famously private band.
Following the a well-established rockumentary formula, the most surprising thing about it is its duration. It genuinely doesn’t feel like 2 hours and never once gets boring. This suggests some serious skill on the part of the director, and quick check on IMDB shows that Austrian Hannes Rossacher is an old hand at documentary and working with bands. Indeed, he has worked with Rammstein before (in 2003, on Lichspielhaus – a collection of videos, gig footage, featurettes & TV ads) and deftly delivers a story that’s true to the band’s culture and endearing in its portrayal.
The story starts with the band members in East Berlin, covers their meeting and formation of the band that was to become the Rammstein that has remained unchanged (in terms of members) since 1994 and takes us through the apprenticeship of their early German shows and the release of Herzleid.
The origin story, however, (this is “In Amerika” after all) is treated as preamble. The film’s meat begins with the recording of Sensucht and the band’s first US tour in 1997 with fellow Germans KMFDM, follows their journeyman phase, explains their 10-year absence from the Land of The Free and culminates with their masterful return where they sold out The Garden in less than 30 minutes of pre-sale.
The outstanding quality of the engaging film-making provides extra colour and depth to the band for existing fans and serves to expose some of the cerebral and emotional qualities of Rammstein that’s hidden from those less familiar behind the shock-rock stories and stage hype. It’s not all about the pyromania.
Wisely avoiding overuse of purpose-shot band footage, Rossacher relies heavily on the band’s own archive footage and interviews from an array of well-known (and not so well-known) faces. This serves to keep the piece grounded and prevents it from becoming the self-parodying fluff that many music DVDs become. Excellent.
In Amerika is available on DVD or Blu-Ray and has the following tracks:
A “shredders cruise” has joined the list of music themed cruises as the five day/four night Axes & Anchors cruise will be setting sail aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, FL on February 20, 2016, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami, FL on February 24, 2016.
The following musicians will be performing and giving lessons on the cruise:
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) Yngwie Malmsteen Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG) Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) Tracii Guns (LA Guns) Dario Lorina (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden)