Feature: Kirk Hammett’s “It’s Alive!” Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum

It’s a well-known fact that legendary Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is an avid collector of horror and sci-fi art and memorabilia, but it’s quite another thing to gaze at the incredible spectacles inhabiting his collection in person. Part of the proof currently lives in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and has had a pleasant stay there since the opening on August 12 of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Once I found out that on November 5th, Kirk Hammett would be visiting the exhibition personally for a catalog signing event, I made […]

David Ellefson To Open Brick and Mortar Store for Ellefson Coffee Co.

For nearly a year, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has been blending brews in the name of his boutique coffee brand, Ellefson Coffee Company. The coffee comes in several different blends featuring tasteful thrashy titles that also give a nod to Megadeth songs, including “Roast In Peace”, “Kenya Thrash”, and “She-Wolf”. Now, the business that has so far been online only has found a home, which just happens to be in David Ellefson’s own hometown – Jackson, Minnesota. Ellefson Coffee Co. will open its doors in the form of a brick and mortar shop that not only serves the bassist’s blends, […]

Metal Allegiance Performing “Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes” in Anaheim

Metal Allegiance first debuted with a self-titled album in 2015, gathering a multitude of musicians in the rock and metal world for a dynamic record of original music and an all-star cover, all led by core members Mark Menghi, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick. Next month, the band will take to the stage with a large lineup of guests for a special show paying tribute to legendary rock and metal musicians that have passed over the years. Friday, January 20th, 7pm at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California is the day, time and setting for […]

Lacuna Coil Prepare Metalheads for a Krampus-Themed Christmas

Lacuna Coil, the Italian Gothic Metal band, have released a new song and lyric video, just in time for Christmas…with a twist. The track is called “Naughty Christmas” and seems to be all about Krampus, the European folklore figure who is said to accompany the Jolly Old St. Nick at Christmastime to drag away naughty children. The growls of Andrea Ferro and melodies of Cristina Scabbia warn against “the animal coming to get all the children”, telling everyone to be good at Christmas “‘Cause nobody wants to be dragged by the Krampus”. Whether you believe in Krampus or not, the […]

Hall of Heavy Metal History to Induct Metal Legends

Ronnie James Dio, Rudy Sarzo, Lemmy Kilmister, Frankie Banali, and Randy Rhoads – what do all these names have in common, besides their iconic stature in the Rock and Metal worlds, that is? They are all inductees of the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Awards Gala and Induction Ceremony. Taking place on January 18th, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, California, this event aims to recognize the oft-overlooked musicians and industry professionals who have left their mark on the world through Metal music. Don Airey, Ross “The Boss” Friedman, Vinny Appice, and Andy Zildjian comprise the remaining […]

Hair Nation Festival Headed to SoCal

On September 17th, 2016, some of the best rockers of the Sunset Strip will gather for one night at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA for SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival. The event will feature a non-stop rock ‘n’ roll experience held on two stages, including a rotating main stage with back-to-back performances, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, and more. The current lineup of the festival is: Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Kix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slaughter, Lita Ford, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns’ Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, Vixen, Britny Fox, BulletBoys, Loudness, Junkyard, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bang Tango, Vain, […]