Concert Review: Enuff Z’Nuff and Tracii Guns at The Backstage Pass

The Backstage Pass is a venue in Ronkonkoma, NY that has been attracting many a classic Hard Rock band lately, to local audiences’ delight. Last week, two such bands made stops along their tours at The Backstage Pass – Enuff Z’Nuff and Tracii Guns. At the very start of the night was The Special Guests, followed by Solace In Ruins who were also among the openers, bringing to the stage a style of Grunge-tinted Heavy Metal, with melodic yet edgy vocals and riffs abound. The band Blue Movie followed soon after, combining a somewhat unusual usage of electronic backing tracks […]

Interview: Chip Z’Nuff

Enuff Z’Nuff is in the spotlight lately, between the announcement of their upcoming album plus the release of the first single off of it, and the active touring of the lineup now fronted by founder Chip Z’Nuff. One of the most recent stops along their tour was at The Backstage Pass in Ronkonkoma, NY, and I had the chance to sit down with Chip after the show to talk about the latest with Enuff Z’Nuff, as well as some of his side projects and bands, and his work as a Producer. So Chip, you just finished a show here at the […]

Beasto Blanco Covers Alice Cooper

Beasto Blanco has released a new music video, the first since their 2013 debut album Live Fast, Die Loud. Beasto Blanco‘s frontman is Chuck Garric, the current bassist in Alice Cooper‘s band, plus Alice Cooper‘s daughter Calico is also a part of the lineup. With so many Cooper connections, what other cover could make more sense for Beasto Blanco than an Alice Cooper song? “Feed My Frankenstein” is the latest release from the band, straight off their self-titled second album set to be released on Rat Pak Records on November 25th.  You can see the exclusive video premiere of Beasto Blanco‘s “Feed My […]

Avenged Sevenfold Unveils New Single

Avenged Sevenfold has set the stage for a new album release with the unveiling of their brand-new single entitled “The Stage”. This is the first new music to be released from Avenged Sevenfold since 2013’s Hail To The King, and is accompanied by a music video which can be viewed on the band’s official Vevo and on their official website. There’s no end to the rumors surrounding the band lately, with cryptic hints popping up here and there of a potential new album. Though any kind of official confirmation has yet to be released, there’s been plenty of speculation leading many […]

Tyketto – New Album “Reach” Released

Tyketto recently announced the release of their 5th studio album Reach, and revealed their first music video in 22 years, for the title track. Today, that album is officially out on Frontiers Music Srl, in celebration of Tyketto‘s 25th Anniversary. After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, Tyketto took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The sessions took place at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales. Reach can be ordered and/or streamed at the following links: Amazon iTunes Spotify Google Play The […]

Trivium to Reissue Debut Album “Ember To Inferno”

Trivium has millions of album sales and many a world tour to their name (including dates at Ozzfest, Mayhem, and Download, opening slots for Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden, and extensive headline treks), and it all began with the release of their debut album Ember to Inferno in 2003. The album, which led to a major label signing with Roadrunner Records, has been out of print for years. On December 2nd, together with 5B Artist Management and Cooking Vinyl, Trivium will reissue Ember To Inferno, with a deluxe edition that includes 13 additional previously unreleased tracks. About the album re-release, Trivium […]

Enuff Z’nuff Premiere New Song off Upcoming Album

Enuff Z’Nuff has released the first single off their upcoming album Clowns Lounge, “Rockabye Dreamland”. You can hear the official audio of the track in the video below.  Clowns Lounge will be an album consisting of unreleased songs originally written in the 80’s by Chip Znuff and Donnie Vie, now compiled and re-recorded with Chip on lead vocals, and “Rockabye Dreamland” certainly has that unmistakable classic Enuff Z’Nuff sound. Enuff Z’Nuff is currently on tour with Tracii Guns, and all the tour dates can be found at http://www.enuffznuff.com/. Clowns Lounge has a release date of December 2nd, 2016. 

Obituary Premiere New Live Track

Death Metal band Obituary has shared a new song off their upcoming album Ten Thousand Ways To Die, “Visions in My Head”, via Guitar World. This new live version of the track from the band’s 2015 release Inked In Blood was recorded at Baltimore Soundstage during the Inked In Blood world tour. The track can be heard here on Guitar World, or streamed via the Relapse Records SoundCloud. Ten Thousand Ways To Die is a special two-song single of new studio tracks, alongside an unreleased set of twelve live classics, set to be released on Relapse Records on October 21st – all […]

UFO and Saxon – US Tour Announced 

British Rock Legends UFO are teaming up with British Heavy Metallers Saxon for a special U.S. tour in Spring 2017.  UFO is coming off a sold-out 2016 tour as they head back to the U.S., with work on their 22nd studio album in progress and on the way. The band’s long-standing lineup consists of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards/Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass). On the upcoming tour, Phil Mogg states, “We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, […]

Concert Review: Hair Nation Festival

Rock and Metal fans headed out on a hot day in SoCal for the first-ever SiriusXM Hair Nation Festival on September 17th, 2016. Classic Hard Rock of the 80’s (and early 90’s) was the main focus of this sunny and beautiful day, where the spirit of the Sunset Strip was alive and rockin’ at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, the Festival had a great turnout and made for an exhilarating event of grand proportions with its 22-band lineup. Last year, a show known as “Cathouse Live” took place at the same location, and though this year’s Hair Nation […]

Interview: Marq Torien of BulletBoys at Hair Nation Festival

The BulletBoys have been busy with the release of their album Elefanté last year sparking a new music video and plenty of tour dates, and one stop along the way was the SiriusXM Hair Nation Festival. I had the opportunity to talk with founding frontman Marq Torien after their set at the Festival, and catch up on the latest goings-on with the band. How’s the festival been treating you so far? You had an awesome set earlier. Oh, thank you, it’s been great. A lot of family here, you know, we grew up here so this feels like we’re playing […]

Interview: Billy Childs of Britny Fox at Hair Nation Festival

Britny Fox founding member Billy Childs has been the bassist of the band since its formation in 1985. After the release of four total studio albums over a number of years, the band went on a hiatus of sorts – Recently, they returned and hit the road, playing shows and festivals worldwide with a new guitarist in tow. The evening of the Hair Nation Festival, I was able to catch Billy for an interview, where we discussed the latest with Britny Fox, including the potential for a new album and some of Billy’s activities outside the band. First off, awesome […]

Interview: Bang Tango at Hair Nation Festival

About an hour before their show, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Bang Tango backstage at the Hair Nation Festival. The current lineup of Bang Tango is Joe Lesté (vocals), Lance Eric (bass), Rowan Robertson (guitar), Timmy Russell (drums), and Drew Fortier (guitar). Drew wasn’t there for the Festival, but he (or at least the mention of him) ended up playing a big part in this interview nonetheless. You’re about to take the stage in just a little while for your set here at the Hair Nation Festival, how’s everything going today? Lance: We’re doing well. […]

Interview: Todd “Chase” Chaisson of Tuff at Hair Nation Festival

Early afternoon at the Hair Nation Festival, Tuff was one of the bands that kicked off all the action. Later that night, I got an interview with Tuff bassist and founding member Todd “Chase” Chaisson and we talked about everything from Tuff to Todd’s bass-playing family and his food truck – featuring a surprise guest appearance. Festivals seem to be what’s going on with Tuff lately – you had 80’s in The Park last month, Farm Rock coming up, Monsters of Rock Cruise next month and of course you’re here at Hair Nation Festival today. Pretty busy schedule, you guys […]