Metal returns with a vengeance to Morongo Valley! Desert Moon Metal Festival II takes place over two big days, Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, from 10am-11pm each day. The outdoor venue is located near Roadrunner Mobile Home Park at 51010 Livingston Dr., in Morongo Valley. Info/Advance Tickets: $50. for both days. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/desert-moon-metal-festival-2-tickets-37718990516 and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desertmoonmetalfest2/. Ph: (760) 974-2115. Camping available; no open pit fires. Presented by Monster Energy and Paul Allen Productions.
How did Desert Moon Metal Festival get created? “Some (band member) friends that play down in Hollywood (Dirty Machine, Killset, Fused By Defiance) asked if I could help promote them up here by the Marine base, where we have a very strong Metal following,” recalls DMMFII Promoter, Paul Allen. “At that point, I decided to set up my first live metal show at Willey Boys BBQ, a cool little restaurant that also presents live music, in Morongo Valley. Then early in 2016, Landers Brewery in Landers, Calif. asked if I would come do live music shows at his venue, which is spread out over ten acres. That was when and where the idea for the Desert Moon Metal Festival was born. During our first festival in April 2016, we presented nineteen metal bands in one day.” Read the rest of an interview with Allen in Indie Pulse Music, here.
Currently signed to Frontier Records, Jack Russell’s Great White are fronted by the longtime L.A. rocker whose group bears his name. Formed in Los Angeles back in 1977, the group – who to date, have sold over ten million albums worldwide – gained great popularity in both the Eighties and Nineties, with regular airplay on cable giant MTV for videos such as “One Bitten Twice Shy” as well as the status as one of L.A.’s great “Hair Metal/Hard Rock” groups along with Guns N’ Roses, Pretty Boy Floyd, et al. After a successful career as a solo artist, Russell reformed Great White in 2006. The band’s latest album, He Saw It Comin’, was released on Frontier Records last January. www.jackrussellsgreatwhite.com/.
Army of Darkness formed in San Bernardino, California in 2004. The project was started by two former members of Kaotic Kreature – guitarist/vocalist Joseph Gonzalez, and bassist, Brian Rogers. They’re the main driving forces behind this longtime pillar of the IE/SoCal Metal Scene, whose members now include Andrew Compain (lead guitar/vocals) and George Rios (drum/percussion, backing vocals). AOD continues to slash the scene with a shredding guitar attack and thundering drums, unleashing the sounds of Metal, combined with some elements of Grindcore/Death Metal and Hardcore Punk Thrash, for a head-splitting sound all their own. www.reverbnation.com/armyofdarkness.
Jesse ‘Blaze’ Snider is an award-winning producer, songwriter and vocalist who has written songs for NFL Monday Night Football, NASCAR, A&E, Smithsonian Channel, ESPN, Maureen and the Mercury 5, Dee Snider and others. He has performed on live television for millions and has been seen on MTV, VH1, HBO, A&E, AOL’s Top 11 Countdown, Sony PlayStation’s Qore and more. His voice has been lent to countless products and networks, including runs as “the voice” of Pizza Hut, Cheetos, Game Stop, The Buried Life, Spike’s Video Game Awards, “Once” the Musical and the Rooster from the original Burger King Chicken Fries commercial. In 2017 Snider released full-length album, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead“. As the son of rock legend Dee Snider of Twisted Sister renown, it’s clear success is in his DNA! www.jesseblaze.com.
Desert Moon Metal Festival II Artists Interviews/Review Passes Available.