Founding member and guitarist of 1990s Alt-Rock band Sponge, Mike Cross has died. He was 57 years old. No cause of death has as yet been revealed. The band confirmed Cross’s passing on social media in a post. Cross co-wrote the bands smash hit album, the platinum selling Rotting Piñata, and follow up albums WaxEcstatic and third release New Pop Sunday. After he departed the band due to creative differences we went on to producing and more recently was the lead vocalist and guitarist for his band MC ROADS, which released an EP, No Nostalgia, last September via Golden Robot Records. RIP.
Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has just announced The Lucid has dropped a video and booked a tour. The band featuring vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), bassist Ellefson, guitarist Drew Fortier, and drummer Mike Heller (Malignancy, Raven, Fear Factory) have released their debut music video for “Deaths of Despair”, a track from their debut self-titled album released October 15 via SpoilerHead Records. Watch “Deaths of Despair” directed by guitarist Drew Fortier here:
Just in time for Halloween, Joey Diabolic is releasing a twelve-part singles series over covers inspired by the 1980s horror movie classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. A mix of clever originals and choice covers, Joey is showing his affinity for horror, metal, and his ingenuity as an artist when others waylaid by the pandemic are resting on their laurels. Next in the series:“A Nightmare On Elm Street” (featuring haunting vocals by D. Lolli of MaMa Doom), the track was originally composed by Charles Bernstein as the “Prologue” to the first film, it has easily become one of the most iconic and chilling pieces of film music ever composed. Check out Joey’s cover now!
Long Island’s Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, New York will rock on January 17th with The Masquerade Rock Music Fest and will feature alt-Rock legends Everclear, Sponge, along with The Raskins. That Metal Show co-host, Don Jamieson, will be hosting the entire evening. Supported by WBAB/102.3, the performance will be 18 and over, while doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the link below. The Masquerade Rock Music Fest brings together some of the most talented musical acts in the entertainment industry to one exciting event. Connecting music from the past to the newer generation of fans and connecting the current modern music with the generation of yesteryear is the festival organizer’s goal. Watch the trailer for the fest right now!Continue reading
The 1990s was a simpler time in the world. Before the internet was huge, and before everyone had a cell phone. Before apps, downloading, WiFi, and streaming. The rock music seemed a bit more genuine in the post Nirvana second half of the decade especially and even the bands with hits, didn’t have a hard time being sincere while making catchy rock music for the masses. For four years the annual Summerland Tour has been the traveling home to this party tour that still knows what you did last summer, and every time. Summerland 2016 featured all returning bands from previous tours, each one capable of headlining this show any day: Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit, and Sponge. Sponge opened the proceedings and had the shortest set, but they have always been one of the best and most underrated live acts to come from that era. Lit followed with their infectious pop-rock and closed with their biggest hit, ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. Everclear has led this tour several times and the depth of their set list always proves their credibility to this day. Led by Art Alexakis, the band plays hit after hit and still goes pretty hard nightly. Smash radio hits (when radio was radio still) may have softened the fury that Sugar Ray once had in their youth. But you can’t deny the catchiness of the majority of their songs or the fun they bring. Even though they eschewed some of their stronger originals for some odd covers on this tour (EMF and The Ramones) one can’t deny that this music just smacks of warm nights, cold beers, and good memories. Caught and captured for Ghost Cult in Las Vegas by Jesse Lambert of Arch Angel Studios, you can see why year after year the Summerland Tour still packs em in!