Monthly Archives: March 2011

Review: Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising [2011]

Viking metal gods Amon Amarth return with another fierce offering on Surtur Rising. First of all, I love this record, I really do.  In all honesty, Odin guides this beastly ship straight to triumphant glory.

The guitar riffs are heavy and thunderous (“The Last Stand of Frej”) yet highly melodic (“Tock’s Taunt”), while the drums are flat out intoxicating, showcasing a groove that is purely sinister (“Destroyer of the Universe”).

The opening “War of the Gods” features skull crushing guitar harmonies and “Slaves of Fear” is a victorious fist anthem.

Johann Hegg’s voice blisters on all ten tracks of Surtur Rising. The only moment where the record lets down its ferocity is the classical outro of “A Beast Am I” and, you know what, it flat-out rules.

One word to sum up this release is winning; the headbanger in all of us wins on all ten tracks.  Amon Amarth are winners and nothing less.  Surtur Rising is the first great album of 2011.

Tour Preview: Def Leppard Summer 2011

Def Leppard is hitting the road this summer in support of their live album Mirrorball, which also includes a few new studio tracks.  Fans can certainly expect a great night of hard rock from these rock legends, however that may come at a steep price. lists seats up to $145 a pop at the Jones Beach show.  While Def Leppard rocks, they certainly are no Paul McCartney.  If seeing Def Leppard live is on your bucket list, then I suggest taking the $35 “cheap seats.”  If you are a hardcore fan, then there are the excessively priced VIP packages at

Jun 7 – The Odyssey Theatre, Belfast (N. Ireland)
Jun 8 – The O2, Dublin (Ireland)
Jun 10 – Download Festival, Donington (UK)
Jun 15 – West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
Jun 17 – Tampa, FL (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre)
Jun 18 – Atlanta, GA (Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
Jun 19 – Orange Beach, AL (Amphitheater @ the Wharf)
Jun 22 – Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Jun 24 – Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)
Jun 25 – Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live)
Jun 26 – Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Jun 29 – Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion)
Jun 30 – Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
Jul 2 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Jul 3 – Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)
Jul 5 – Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
Jul 7 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Jul 9 – Washington, DC (Jiffy Lube Live)
Jul 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
Jul 12 – Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
Jul 13 – Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Jul 15 – Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
Jul 17 – Cadott, WI (Rock Fest)
Jul 19 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
Jul 20 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Jul 22 – Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Jul 23 – New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)
Jul 24 – San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
Aug 8 – Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip)
Aug 10 – St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Aug 12 – Indianapolis, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug 13 – Des Moines, IA (Iowa State Fair)
Aug 17 – Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Aug 20 – Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Aug 21 – Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Aug 24 – Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Aug 26 – St. Paul, MN (Minnesota State Fair)
Aug 27 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
Aug 29 – Denver, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheatre)
Aug 31 – Salt Lake City, UT (USANA Amphitheatre)
Sep 2 – Albuquerque, NM (The Pavilion)
Sep 10 – San Francisco, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Sep 11 – Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre)
Sep 14 – Portland, OR (Sleep Country Amphitheater)
Sep 15 – Seattle, WA (White River Amphitheatre)

Tour Preview: Motley Crue and Poison Summer 2011

The Mötley Crüe and Poison summer tour rumor has recently and finally become reality. This summer these two 80’s metal greats will dominate over three dozen North American cities June through August. This will also make for an interesting matchup as some Crüe-heads out there may think they are way too cool for a Poison show and some Poison chicks out there may feel that the Crüe is too lewd for their fallen angel souls.  Either way, both bands are going to put on a sick show.  Every time I see the Crüe it is an awesome time and I have never had a bad time at any Poison concert, that’s for damn sure.  Also, supporting on most of the dates are the legendary New York Dolls.

Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates

7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
10 Houston, TX Toyota Center
12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion
14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD
19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
28 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater
29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater
2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Mötley Crüe & NY Dolls Only)
10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Mötley Crüe Only)
29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011
31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
5 Tomah, WI Fort MCoy