Author: Matt Quina

I grew up with five older siblings. My oldest brother was into The Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This was the soundtrack of my younger days. When I was 14 Van Halen's debut had just come out. I had never heard anything like it. Later that summer, I was helping my neighbor with some yardwork and the neighbor on the other side was blasting KLOS on their car radio while cleaning the car. Kashmir by Led-Zeppelin came on and that was really unlike anything I had ever heard. I was hooked on rock n' roll from that point forward. Here we are in 2020 and I have been working for Screamer Magazine for just over four years and I have not lost my love for rock music and count myself fortunate to be working in this field and have had the almost inconceivable opportunity to cover and speak with artists, who if you had told me five years ago, I would have been photographing or speaking with, I would have told you you were nuts! I have a motto I repeatedly utter: "I can't believe they let me do this!"

WEAPONS OF ANEW – Out Of The Ashes

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When a band is formed of members who for the most part have been in other recording and touring groups, there is a description used to describe that situation.  “Rising from the ashes of band X, Y and Z” is how that formation is typically described.  When relating the formation of Weapons Of Anew, a… Read more »


SONS OF APOLLO – Live! At The Roxy with Tony MacAlpine & Schiermann

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The Sunset Boulevard landmark Roxy Theater has been witness to many a performance of mythical proportion.  Ancient Roman and Greek amphitheaters were places where stories of mythology were portioned out to the populous.  One can imagine the thinkers, dignitaries and fellow performers of the day gathering to partake of the cultural impartations of the comedians… Read more »


METAL ALLEGIANCE – Live! at House Of Blues NAMM 2020

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There is an annual music industry pilgrimage to Anaheim, California.  A chance for insiders to get a peek behind the curtain if you will, at all the equipment, instruments, gadgets and numerous other items with which one can conduct the business and pleasure of creating music.  That little get together is known as NAMM (National Association of Music… Read more »


LIZZY BORDEN – Live! At The Whisky

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Lizzy Borden is one of the numerous Los Angeles based metal bands that rose to prominence in the mid 1980’s only to be knocked off that perch by the grunge scene in the early 1990’s.  However, you wouldn’t expect a band that took its name from an infamous accused ax murderer to stay permanently derailed by a… Read more »


GODSMACK – Live! with Halestorm & Monster Truck

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Godsmack, the Boston area quartet who first rose to prominence at the very end of the last century are on the road in support of 2018’s album When Legends Rise.  Spending the better part of the last eight months promoting the latest release, they played a homestretch show at The Toyota Arena in Ontario, CA.  Sunday,… Read more »


ALTER BRIDGE – “Skywalkers” – Myles Kennedy Interview

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The late 1990’s were a troubling time for rock music in general.  The entire decade had seen a revolving door of popular genres, none of which seemed to really cement themselves in the public psyche.  As 1980’s hair metal gave way to the sensation of grunge, a trio of Seattle bands dominated the first half… Read more »


FOZZY – Live! Banc of California Stadium

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In the midst of their own headlining tour taking them all over the Southwestern states, Fozzy took a break to play a support gig with legendary Iron Maiden.  Banc of California Stadium was the setting for this stop to perform an interim set between the headliners and The Raven Age.  Chris Jericho and company, the… Read more »


IRON MAIDEN Live! – Legacy of the Beast In Los Angeles

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Iron Maiden’s 2019 tour, the Legacy of the Beast, now almost two months in progress, rolled into Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14th.  The setting was the relatively new Banc of California Stadium on the U.S.C. campus, in the shadow of the iconic Coliseum.  The venue, the home of the Los Angeles Football Club, presumably… Read more »


GEORGE LYNCH – Talks New KXM Record – interview

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The last 20 years have seen a serious upswing in the number of side collaborations between people whose notoriety has been obtained from their work in other ventures.  September 12th, 2019 saw the release of the third album from one such alliance under the title Circle of Dolls.  KXM is a hard rock trio formed back… Read more »


FLYING COLORS – Live! The Majestic Ventura Theater

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In one of only five U.S. shows to be played this year, and its only West Coast live appearance of the abbreviated tour, Flying Colors played the Majestic Ventura Theater on Thursday, September 5th.  The assemblage of veteran musicians who hail from progressive, jazz fusion and pop backgrounds join together to create a melange of those… Read more »


TOM KEIFER BAND – Live! The Rose in Pasadena

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Sunday evening, the 25th of August, Tom Keifer and his band made the third of their four Southern California appearances at The Rose in Pasadena.  Keifer being the front man and driving force behind the late 1980’s, pre-grunge juggernaut Cinderella, is touring in advance of his second solo record.  RISE, the forthcoming release from Keifer is due… Read more »


GEORGE THOROGOOD and The Destroyers – Live! Ventura County Fair

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Right in the midst of the dog days of summer, with temperatures around Southern California settling into the mid-90’s, a trip to the beach can be a welcome break from the heat.  Situated just a few hundred yards from the sands of the coastline, the Ventura County Fair is a great place to gain respite… Read more »


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