Going Down (under) with Steel Panther

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Steel Panther is undoubtedly the funnest and funniest band in rock n’ roll and I mean that in a good way.  Their live performances are a riotous mixture of music, schtick and burlesque and would be equally at home on the stage at the Comedy Store, The Seventh Veil or the L.A. Forum, where they… Read more »


Bangin’ Heads With Rikki Rockett

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Rikki Rockett may be best known as the main headbanger/skin basher/beat keeper of Poison, but he is also a perfect example of the American entrepreneur.  In 2005 Rockett came off the road with Poison, knowing he was going to have some downtime he was determined to take on a new challenge.  Considering drums have been… 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 »


Don’t Shoot The Messenger

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If the most rebellious thing that Winchester Rebels lead vocalist does in his down time is MotoX, that’s OK.  His more rebellious side definitely comes across in the Santa Barbara, CA based band’s music. When I spoke with Nick Hunt (vocals), Barry Carter (Drums) and their manager Rand, everyone was doing their best to hide… Read more »


Leatherwolf Frontman Michael Olivieri Charts New, Different Course

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Michael Olivieri has a new album out, the self-titled M.O.B. Michael Olivieri Band.  However, hand anyone the CD with the title blacked out, and chances are they would never guess who the artist is. Leatherwolf was one of the hardest rocking bands of the 80’s, but Olivieri’s new work bears no resemblance to those long-gone days.  An… Read more »


WARRANT: Down Boys Records…Where the Musicians Go

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Warrant has been rocking our world for over 23 years since the release of their first album in 1989 and still going strong; longevity in the music industry is a good thing. They’ve now set their sights on conquering music placement and the recording industry with their own brand: Down Boys Records. Bassist Jerry Dixon… 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 »


Xander Demos–The Unlikely Shredder.

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Quick–when you think of a shredding guitarist, what comes to mind? A skinny dude with long hair, who’s been playing the instrument since he was just a toddler, perhaps? Think again. With a stocky build and short, spiky hair, Xander Demos looks more like a football linebacker than someone who has been featured on Steve… Read more »


Interview with Casey Lee Michels of Kidd Comet

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The band Kidd Comet is staged to make a comeback and revive that 80’s glam rock sound that we all love so much. Kidd Comet is Casey Lee Michels on vocals, John Zeps on guitar, David “Noodles” Lawson on guitar, Sean Cruz on bass, and Mark Edward Cutsinger on drums. Formed in the late 80’s… Read more »