Author: David Castagno

NAMM 2013 Day 2 Review

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Day two of NAMM 2013 started with another dose of Southern California rain.  Two days in a row?  Unbelievable!  Traffic on the convention floor was much heavier than day one and included meet and greet appearances by members of Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax, Slayer, Korn, Stryper, Alice In Chains, Living Colour, Zakk Wylde, Steve Stevens… Read more »


NAMM 2013 Day 1 Review

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Once a year the streets of Anaheim California, home of The Angels, The Ducks and Mickey Mouse are shoulder to shoulder with musicians, merchants and music fans from all over the world and this year is no different.  Not even the torrential downpour of Southern California rain (yeah right our East Coast visitors scoff), could… Read more »


Steel Panther – British Invasion DVD

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What is the best thing about a Steel Panther show? For some it’s the wild stage antics and gyrations of the band, for some it’s the comic schtick, while for others it’s all the boobies! As for me, my favorite part of a Steel Panther show is watching the faces of those who are experiencing… Read more »


Pistol Whipped In The O.C.

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Time: A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.  Over 20 years have passed since most 80s metal bands were in their heyday, but you would never know it by talking to some of them.  It seems that many of their egos were… Read more »


He Ain’t No M.O.B.ster

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Leatherwolf frontman, Michael Olivieri has a new project, aptly titled M.O.B. (Michael Olivieri Band). But if you’re looking for Leatherwolf, you’re howling up the wrong tree. M.O.B.’s self-titled album is a hickory smoked blend of rock, pop and Southern rock, complete with slide guitar and harmonica. Olivieri explains this music is heartfelt and is very… Read more »


No Rest For The Rodents

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For a band that has been around for the better part of 30 years, has sold millions of records and toured the world over, Ratt still has the energy and enthusiasm of a band half their age.  Like the rats found in the streets of L.A. these guys are cunning, tenacious and hungry as ever! … Read more »


L.A. Guns Forever

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When you say “L.A. Guns” the first response is usually, “which one?”  The split of L.A. Guns is as well-documented as Tiger’s and Elin’s and fortunately none of the Guns had a set of golf clubs at their disposal.  The fact that two bands with the same name, in the same town can be confusing… Read more »


Pistol Whipping the Boys in Bang Tango

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Bang Tango has a long history with Screamer Magazine, dating back to the late 80’s and although Joe Leste’ (vocals) is the only original member of that group, his fellow band mates embody the spirit of the original band.  Scott LaFlamme (guitar), Lance Eric (bass) and Trent Anderson (drums) are all accomplished musicians and are… Read more »


Into the Knight With Chris Sanders

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Knight Fury is the brainchild of guitarist/songwriter, Chris Sanders who may be best known for his work with Lizzy Borden and Nadir D’Priest…until now.  Sanders assembled a cast of amazing players and friends to record Knight Fury’s debut album, Time To Rock, a back-to-the-roots metal album.  The players include William King on vocals, Dave Ellefson… Read more »


Out of the Fraying Pan Into the Fire

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Seether’s long road to success is one fraught with twists, turns, potholes, traffic jams and multiple car pile-ups.  That is if you consider personnel changes, canceled tours, delayed album releases and rehab detours.  With the success of the South African band’s new album, Holding Onto to Strings Better Left to Fray, Seether, Shaun Morgan (lead… Read more »


Michael Cartellone: Damn Renaissance Man

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What do Damn Yankees, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, Freddie Mercury, Accept, John Fogerty and Peter Frampton all have in common?  You guessed it, Michael Cartellone.  Cartellone is not just a drummer, he’s an extremely versatile drummer.  Perhaps best known for his work with the multi-platinum band Damn Yankees (Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades), he has… Read more »


This Warrants A Second Look

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2011 proved to be a good year for veteran rockers Warrant.  With the release of their latest album, Rockaholic, their first on Frontiers Records, the band found themselves in high demand.  Tour dates with label mates Whitesnake as well as Cinderella and fellow Sunset Strip Kings Poison, had Warrant playing over 50 dates in support… Read more »