Author: Michelle Humphrey

Faster Pussycat’s 25 Year Itch

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Glam metal band Faster Pussycat was formed in L.A. in the mid-’80s.  The band was only together for ten months before they were signed in 1987 to Elektra Records and this year marks the 25th anniversary of their debut album Faster Pussycat.  Two hits off the album were Bathroom Wall and Don’t Change That Song. … Read more »


The Many Sides of Mike Portnoy

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Rock drummer Mike Portnoy is one of the most influential drummers in the world.  He is a founding member of Dream Theater and while he was with them, the band sold over ten million CDs/DVDs and sold out venues in every part of the world.  He has won practically every drumming award available including 26… Read more »


Interview with Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick

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In 1983, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson formed Megadeth in Los Angeles.  They reached international fame in the 1980’s and are ranked as one of the “Big Four” metal/thrash bands that also include Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. The band has released several platinum and gold albums over the years, including their landmark albums Rust in… Read more »


Underride Breaks New Ground

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Seattle-based hard rock band Underride have a sound that’s all their own, and vocalist Rev recently said in an interview this past December, “Our music is something new, fun and it’s not depressing.  It’s an anti-Seattle sound.”  The band is currently on a U.S. tour with Rains.  In a recent in-person interview, drummer Jeremy Schulz… Read more »


Rains Independent Storytellers

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Rains is a talented rock band formed in a small town in Indiana twelve years ago.  Vocalist Jeff Rains has faced many challenges along the way, but has persevered through his talent and hard work.  The hard work has certainly paid off as their debut album, Stories, is receiving rave reviews.  Their hit song, Look In My… Read more »


Exclusive interview with Fishbone bassist Norwood Fisher

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It isn’t often that a band breaks onto the music scene and sets the world on fire.  In 1979, Los Angeles musical pioneers Fishbone did just that.  Their music is a mixture of punk, hard rock, funk and soul, and they have been influencing younger bands for over twenty-five years.  Many bands of today have… Read more »


Interview with Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia

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Italian rockers Lacuna Coil are currently on Megadeth’s Gigantour in support of their latest album, Dark Adrenaline.  Their sixth full length release was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet for My Valentine) in Milan and Los Angeles.  Their music has been described as alternative metal, heavy metal and even Gothic metal, but they have… Read more »


Rok Hollywood – Believin’ It

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Indiana-based band Rok Hollywood brings melodic rock and great guitar riffs to the world of rock.  Reminiscence of the great music from the ‘80s.  I recently had an opportunity to speak with Daren and David from the band (who just happen to be twin brothers). Daren and David have been playing music since they were… Read more »


Interview with Machine Head drummer Dave McClain

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Oakland, California based metal band Machine Head has announced a tour to support their latest album, Unto The Locust (Roadrunner Records), which was released on September 27, 2011.  The album was voted #1 on Sirius XM Liquid Metal, #2 in Revolver Magazine’s end-of-year list, and #31 in Decibel Magazine’s “Top 100 of 2011.” Machine Head’s career has spanned over twenty… Read more »


Interview with music writer Jonathan Cohen about “Pearl Jam Twenty”

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Pearl Jam formed in Seattle in 1990 and quickly became one of the biggest rock bands in the world.  Their sound is unique, which is important for any band.  The younger bands of today should know by now that it’s important to have their own unique sound, which seems to be lacking in the music… Read more »


Interview with Mureau guitarist Jonny Harter

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Hard rock band Mureau has released their debut album Rumors and Reputations on Mediaskare Records.  I recently interviewed guitarist Jonny Harter about how he got his start in music and what the band has in store for hard rock fans. When did you first know that you wanted to make a career out of being… Read more »


Interview with legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice

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Rock drummer Carmine Appice is a living legend.  There are few musicians who have had the amazing experiences that Carmine has had.  Among his many great successes, he has been a part of such great bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice.  I recently had the opportunity to speak with Carmine… Read more »