Music Industry legend Michael Alago, famous for signing Metallica and discovering White Zombie along with countless others, has released his highly anticipated memoir, I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music, Signing Metallica, Beating Death via Backbeat Books. The book focuses on Michael’s early life, his experiences in the music industry, and his overcoming addictions and illness, to where he is today. Also the subject of the acclaimed Drew Stone documentary, Who The Fuck Is That Guy?: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago, the film about Michael’s life was just renewed on Netflix, and is now available to purchase and stream on Amazon Prime Video. On Friday (03/06/2020) in New York, Michael appeared at the Bowery Electric club and read from the book, autographed books and chatted up friends and fans. Borgo Pass and Keith Roth (Frankenstein 3000/Ozzy’s Boneyard on SiriusXM) performed unplugged sets before and after Michael spoke, respectively. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Omar Cordy/OJC Photography. Continue reading
Have you ever attended a concert, and had a life-changing experience? I have had a few of those. I have been lucky in my so far to see a myriad of third-eye opening events like Miles Davis at Lincoln Center, Gorilla Biscuits at CBGBs (RIP), Rush at the height of their superpowers at Madison Square Garden, Joan Baez at a county fair, Overkill at Coney Island High (RIP), Tool before they were superstars, Frank Sinatra and Slayer in the same week, and the list goes on and on. Now I have one more experience to add to the list, not really a concert, but the first time I saw Heilung (Season of Mist). Continue reading
The massive Tool tour tolled into the New York City area in mid-November, and there were telltale signs this was not your typical happening. Sure, Tool is an “event” live and there really is no other show like it on earth. That is not an exaggeration. Take the best arena Rock or Metal show you’ve ever seen and ratchet it up to eleven! That is what we are talking about here. In addition to the power of the record-breaking release of Fear Inoculum (Tool Disectional, Volcano, RCA) we were going to get to hear new songs live, some for the first time ever. All the stress Tool fans felt about the wait for the album and how would it be received have all melted away. Time for this very big deal of a show. Continue reading
Arriving at Le Poisson Rouge early in the for the combined Soulfly / Unearth / Evergrey team up tour date, we were pumped to see such an intimate venue host such a diverse night of music. We hung out early, interviewed a bunch of bands on the bill and generally got psyched for a night of different kinds of metal under one banner.
Legions of fans gathered under the scorching sun to witness a concert only fit for the gates of hell. On June 1st, the Overtures of Blasphemy tour made its stop in New York City as fans descended to a sold out Gramercy Theatre to witness the brutality of Death Metal legends, Deicide. Supporting the bill were the Disciples of Destruction – Origin, Jungle Rot, and The Absence. They gave a performance that was both unforgiving and unforgettable.
We were gathered at The BB&T Pavilion to pay respects to the life and times of the almighty Slayer. Joining us here in the congregation is Cannibal Corpse who showered us in hymns new such as ‘Red Before Black’ and old, like ‘Hammer Smashed Face’. A funeral pyre of from Amon Amarth which included ‘Twilight of the Thunder God’, ‘As Loke Falls’ as well as Raise Your Horns’. A fitting tribute.
Long-running Heavy Metal legends Queensrÿche recently released their excellent new album The Verdict on Century Media Records. We caught up with founding member Michael “Whip” Wilton at their sold-out show at Irving Plaza in New York City and talked about the new album, the loyalty of their fans, working with Chris “Zeuss” Harris, the bands’ approach to music videos, their tour plans for the rest of 2019, some key upcoming milestone album anniversaries in their career, and much more. Interview by Keefy and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography. Continue reading
Ghost Cult spent some time in New York City recently with Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation before their sold-out show at The Playstation Theater in Times Square, The band recently released their smash album Resist (Spinefarm) and came back to tour the US for the first time in five years. Sharon chatted with us backstage in a candid conversation about the new album, changes in the sound of Within Temptation over the years, working with collaborators like Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Anders Friden of In Flames, her 2018 solo album My Indigo, maintaining good vocal health on the road, and plans for the next Within Temptation release, honoring the legacy of the band, and a lot more! Videography by Omar Cordy of OJC photography. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with the guys from The Three Tremors before their show in New York City. Hanging out at the Gramercy Ale House, We chatted with Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples, Spirits of Fire), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan’s Host, Titan Force), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann, Death Dealer). About how the project came together. We also touched on topics like Power Metal and Heavy Metal making a resurgence in America, pop fans versus metal fans, the cover art of Marc Sasso, Spotify versus fans buy physical merch and much more! The Three Tremors debut album is out now via Steel Cartel Records. Check out the interview with these legendary and distinct metal voices and personalities! Interview by Keefy, with videography by Omar Cordy for OJC Photography.
In the music industry parlance, sometimes a Iine-up makes too much sense. For two bands with similar career arcs and having even been on festival bills together, it seems odd that Tremonti and Sevendust have never toured together in the USA. Both of them also have recent new albums out at the same time, another cool confluence of events. The Paramount was packed on this night, as it is for most shows if import. Both bands had a throng of fans in the house to see them. Continue reading