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1Some of you out there may think that this is a typo or just hard to imagine, but it’s not a typo. Lollapalooza once again resonated from Grant Park in Chicago, IL for three days of music and art. Day one featured some great artists like Gary Clark Jr. and Sir Paul McCartney, but it was day two that I was looking forward to when the mighty Metallica hit the stage to close out the Samsung Galaxy Stage. The trash metal titans hit the stage in Chicago to further show how diversified the festival can really be on a day where it featured such artists as G-Eazy, Charli XCX, Django Django, and many more. Fans of the group were also in for a very rare treat as it was only the eighth or so gig that Metallica has done in 2015 so for a metal fan like me I was chomping at the bit to see the reigning kings of metal. It was also the first time since 2009 that the band played in Chicago and the first time they played Lollapalooza since 1996. After the bands usual intro of Ennio Morricone’s Ecsasty Of Gold, James said that he had an announcement to make and it as, “Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire…” and the band kicked right into Fuel from the Reload record.

2The band was fuel of energy as they delivered their special brand of high octane metal that the crowd was craving to end their day on a high note. At one point in the show, James had asked the crowd how many of them had attended a Metallica show with a lot of cheers and hands flying up in the air. He then told the ones that had ever been to a Metallica show to just follow what the vets did. The band blazed through all of their years as they played songs like For Whom The Bell Tolls, King Nothing, Disposable Heroes, and an amazing rendition of Welcome Home (Sanitarium). I have to admit though that I was a little jealous of the people who got to stand behind the band on the stage during their set as they had the best seat in the house. One of my favorite performances of the night came when the band performed The Unforgiven as James played the acoustic guitar as well as his electric throughout the whole song giving it that dynamic that we all love from the band.

4Every show honestly has their funny moments and the one for me came as the band was about to play their classic from Kill ‘Em All in Seek & Destroy. Apparently Lars wasn’t getting the notes right at first and James laughingly joked that the band had a new drummer and they tried it again successfully the second time around.  After nearly one hour and forty minutes on stage, I honestly thought that the band was done, but they came back out for an encore and the band certainly didn’t look that tired to be honest. The band opened their encore with Whiskey In The Jar and continued with Am I Evil after that before closing with two classics from the Black Album in Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman. It was the perfect ending to a night two that was amazing and this performance was further proof that Metallica are still on top of their game despite what anybody might say. They are the kings of metal for a reason and they are non like them.

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stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

Foo-Fighters-Sonic-HighwayI was super excited for this week’s album of the week because one of the coolest records was released this week from the Foo Fighters, the band led by Dave Grohl (Guitar/Vocals) and featuring his band Taylor Hawkins (Drums), Pat Smear (Guitar), Nate Mendel (Bass), and Chris Shiflett (Guitar). The album is called Sonic Highways and it’s the eight studio album the band has released through RCA Records. A documentary series that aired on HBO titled Foo Fighters Sonic Highway accompanied the album which saw the band record eight songs in eight different cities and you got to hear stories from the band and various musicians from each city. The album also features guest musicians from all eight of the different cities on each track and the cities are Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Seattle, New York, and New Orleans. Butch Vig produced the record with studio assistance from the people at each studio.

1. Something From Nothing– This was the track that was recorded in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio and the guest musician on the track is Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. The music is just as rocking as it is hypnotic and psychedelic at times as it lyrics were inspired by the Chicago scene which started from nothing and turned into something great. 5/5

2. The Feast And The Famine– One of my favorite tracks on the record that was recorded at Inner Ear Studios Arlington County, Virgina and the lyrics were inspired not just by the music scene in Washington DC, but by the spirit of the people in the city that actually tried to stand up for something. Bad Brains is the guest musicians on this particular track. 5/5

3. Congregation– This was the track recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Southern Ground Studios with Zac Brown as the guest musician. Besides the lyrics being inspired by the mind set of people in Nashville, but the sound of the song kind of reflects that Nashville sound. 5/5

4. What Did I Do?/ God As My Witness– This is the track that was recorded at the world famous KLRU-TV Studio 6A in Austin, Texas that was once home to Austin City Limits. The song features Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. as the guest musician that sort of mixes the same style of music as Congregation, but with a little more swagger. The song is broken into two different parts, but it kicks ass. 4/5

65525_735414266511670_8160993083404654011_n1-960x6005. Outside– This was recorded at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California with legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh as the guest musician. The track is very melodic with Joe Walsh playing lead guitar which is pretty awesome and I love the harmonizing during the verses which reminds me of how great The Eagles are. 5/5

6. In The Clear– This track was recorded at Preservation Hall in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as the guest musicians. While the song can get melodic at times, it’s a hard charger with a driving guitar riff, but what I love is the inclusion of the trumpet, trombone, etc. that give the song that New Orleans influence within it. 4/5

7. Subterranean– This is apparently the track that Dave Grohl writes about the end of Nirvana and how he felt before he started the Foo Fighters. This is one of the most honest songs that I think Dave has written that sounds like it comes from the heart. The song was recorded at Robert Lang Studio in Seattle, Washington with Benjamin Gibbard as the guest musician. 5/5

8. I Am A River– This is the last track on the album that was recorded at Magic Shop in New York City. The song sounds like it’s the perfect ending to an album and a journey that the band went on. The song is very melodic and melodramatic at times, but it has a nice orchestral string piece to it. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I had a lot of fun watching the series and discovering every song and all of the meanings behind each song. This is a great release for the band and it’s definitely one of my favorite Foo Fighters releases besides The Colour And The Shape. This is definitely an album worth checking out if you love music and Dave Grohl and Co. I am going to give this album four and the half stars out of five for a final grade.