Author: David Castagno

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 »


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 »


2012 NAMM Show Coverage and Highlights

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For those of you unfamiliar with NAMM, it stands for the National Association of Music Merchants and they just completed their 110th show in Anaheim, CA and reached new record numbers!  At show close, NAMM reported 95,709 registered attendees, a six percent increase from last year.  International registration also experienced a 15 percent increase from… Read more »


Tony Iommi diagnosed with Lymphoma

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With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined… Read more »


BALLS OUT! Would They Have It Any Other Way? Steel Panther’s Michael Starr

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What can be said about Steel Panther that hasn’t already been said?  They’re crude, crass, vulgar, explicit, exploitive, offensive, misogynistic… in other words everything a real rock n’ roll band should be!  With their sophomore album, Balls Out debuting at number one on Billboard’s comedy chart, number 40 on Billboard’s Top 200 and Top 40… Read more »


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