Monthly Archives: April 2011

Big Four Hitting Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—also known as the Big 4 of Thrash—have announced their second US show, which is set for September 14, 2011.  News of this East Coast performance is a wonderful way to start off the weekend.  However, there two sucky things about this announcement: For one, the show is being held on a Wednesday. Are you kidding me? Wednesday? This needs to be a Saturday event—a monstrous weekend metal bash.  That, my metal friends, is poor planning.  The second disappointing part is that the promoters chose a lousy venue for this event.

Okay, it is not the worst place to play, but there are certainly better East Coast options: I am surprised they did not opt for a venue like the New Meadowlands Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, which can accommodate over 30,000 more fans than Yankees Stadium (52,000); second, Yankee Stadium parking is awful. You can end up paying $40+ for parking in that part of the Bronx, which is criminal.

I know Scott Ian is a humongous Yankees fan, but playing The Stadium is not the best choice for the fans; many of whom will not even have the opportunity to find themselves a ticket to this smaller venue.  Another possible location would have been Randall’s Island which can hold about 70,000.  In all fairness, I’m hopeful that they will open up the field for thousands more; however, I have heard otherwise.

With all that being said, I am still super excited for the show and very thankful we are getting this East Coast date.  It’s not very often that New York fans get two visits from Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in less than a year.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 6 on at 10:00 a.m.

Big Four Videos Indio, California, USA 4-23-11

Here are some fan video highlights from Saturday’s historic US Big 4 show in Indio, California.

Anthrax “Caught in a Mosh”

Megadeth “Hangar 18”

Slayer “Raining Blood”

Metallica “Ecstasy of Gold/Creeping Death”

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax Jam “Am I Evil”

Here is what MTV News had to report:

One week after indie hipsters and pop enthusiasts stood on the same desert ground for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, an estimated 55,000 metal fans watched “The Big 4” of thrash share a U.S. stage together for the first time.

“This is history tonight and you’re part of it,” Metallica frontman James Hetfield told the crowd Saturday at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. “Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica as one — with you!”

Click here for the setlists

Top 20 Classic Hard Rock Music Videos of All-Time

1.  Guns ‘N’ Roses “November Rain”

2.  Metallica “One”

3.  AC/DC “Thunderstruck”

4.  Judas Priest “Breaking the Law”

5.  Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”

6.  Ozzy Osbourne “Bark at the Moon”

7.  Megadeth “Sweating Bullets”

8.  Iron Maiden “Run To The Hills”

9.  Twisted Sister “I Wanna Rock”

10.  Van Halen “Hot For Teacher”

11.  Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

12.  Motley Crue “Girls Girls Girls”

13.  Dio “Holy Diver”

14.  Warrant “Cherry Pie”

15.  Ratt “Round and Round”

16.  Pantera “5 Minutes Alone”

17.  Anthrax with Public Enemy “Bring the Noise”

18.  White Zombie “Thunderkiss 65”

19.  Faith No More “Epic”

20.  Skid Row “18 and Life”

News: Vampiric Orgies, Anal Sex, and Satan live at Big 4 Concert reports that today’s Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax concert in Indio, California will be chock-full of anal sex.  Here is what Christwire had to say about the Big 4 US tour date:

Besides the Gothic demon orgies (also know as Gothic gangbangs) and vampire rituals? Not much. It is a full day of denying God and his Holy Son. Most dark children partake in bleeding anal sex which is a known cause of homosexuality. Many people who happen to be at this concert who don’t know what it really is all about will most likely be forced to engage in anal sin docking.

Fat Metal Girls, a smidgen behind gays, lol…

News: Bret Michaels Freak Corneal Ulcer; Gets Shot in the Eye

Bret Michaels of Poison can’t seem to get a break when it comes to his health. From The Birmingham News:

“Someone said, ‘Bret, you rock!,’ and this glass filled with vodka and Red Bull fell on my head, and something in the glass scratched my eye,” Michaels said. “It was this comedy of errors that I survived through.” 

Instead of seeking medical attention, Michaels said he decided to try eye drops and be a “self-remedy guy.” About a week ago, however, he realized something was seriously wrong. 

Three doctor visits resulted, he said, including a trip to a specialist in Annapolis, Md. 

“I got a shot in my eye yesterday,” Michaels said. “They numb your eye completely. They don’t even have a remedy for what’s wrong with my eye. They’re using this crazy stuff in my eye that they invented.” 

With his usual good humor, Michaels is soldiering on. 

“I’m playing through the pain,” he said. “I haven’t canceled any shows. They dilated my eyes and I looked like one of those old Dr. Shock freak horror shows.” 

News: Lady Gaga Roadies for Iron Maiden; Performs Backstage Chores

From Sky News:

Lady Gaga has been a roadie for Iron Maiden.

The 25-year-old singer is a huge fan of the heavy metal group and offered to do chores for them backstage when they met in Tampa, Florida during the band’s The Final Frontier World Tour.

Refusing to take the 90-a-day roadie fee, Gaga dismissed her superstar status to carry out tasks such as ironing, preparing stage gear and handing out drinks and cigarettes to band members including singer Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris and drummer Nicko McBrain.

Book Review: “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock: Sammy Hagar” with Joel Selvin [2011]

From solo artist to fronting established monster headliners, back to solo artist into Chickenfoot; from mountain bike manufacturer to restauranteur to tequila mogul; Sammy Hagar is arguably the most successful rock star of all time. He is a more palatable or noble version of Gene Simmons. In Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, Sammy Hagar tells his incredible rags to riches story.  He does not brag of his achievements, he does not present himself as high and mighty.  Instead the Red Rocker chronicles his life story in an inspiring manner.  Red is a feel-good read.  It is quick, light, and the perfect pool-side companion for the summer.

In his autobiography, Hagar recounts his poor upbringing in Fontana, California with an abusive father as well as his fascination with numerology, UFOs, and the color red.  He discusses getting that first guitar, joining his first bands, early touring, and getting married at 21 prior to any success (He spent 26 years with his first wife Betsy).  The relationship with the often struggling Betsy is tough to get through at points.  It was one of the rare instances in the book where Sammy seems to give up.  On the other hand, he is a rock star; 26 years of marriage for a rock star is equivalent to about 150 years for a normal couple.

The Van Halen chapters (one for the good years, one for the bad years) are the most interesting, making the book very difficult to put down.  I never knew that Sammy Hagar actually took a pay cut to join the group.  Hagar saved that band from oblivion and helped them sell more records than they ever had before, and gets zero thanks from the brothers (Ed and Al).

The brother’s struggles with alcoholism are documented well in both chapters.  In the beginning it was Al, in the end it was Ed.  I always knew the Van Halen brothers were messes, in more ways than one (remember Ed’s “samurai hair”), from interviews and years of being a fan, but Sammy’s accounts bring it all to life.  As bassist Mike Anthony states on the book’s jacket: “If Sammy says it happened, it did.”

In the end Sammy won, but that is not the overall message of the book.  The message is that everybody is born with the same skills, tools, or arsenal.  Whether coming into this world rich or poor, it is up to us to leave our mark, to make something of ourselves, to pursue our dreams, to be powerful, to be successful, and most of all to be happy.




Buy Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock on

Single Review: Def Leppard “Undefeated” Mirrorball [2011]

British rock icons Def Leppard present their latest single from the upcoming live compilation Mirrorball: Live & More.

The brand new track “Undefeated” begins with a victorious drum groove and Hysteria-esque chants.  The band channels 1990’s Aerosmith harmonies during the bridge prior to the first chorus (0:46).  The main guitars and drums during the verses provide a bad seamstress bluesy stomp.

While this track is not exactly sticky sweet, it is a pleasant revival of the old school Leppard in some respects.  For example, the chorus is sing-along friendly and the guitar fills are a plenty.

If you are looking for the single, simply hit up iTunes.  Otherwise you will have to visit your local Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club on June 7 in North America.

Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light [2011]

The Foo Fighters welcome back guitarist Pat Smear on their latest hard rocking effort Wasting Light. Frontman Dave Grohl opted to keep guitarist Chris Shiflett with the band now offering a triple-axe attack like Iron Maiden; a noble move indeed.

In this day and age, we can safely consider the Foo Fighters to be a legendary hard rock outfit.  The guitar riffs on Wasting Light are intriguing, at times complex, and face ripping.

Once again, the Foo Fighters have provided another piece of auditory art that far exceeds anything that Nirvana released.  For the last 15 years, it has been apparent that Grohl was the true talent in Nirvana.  Unfortunately, it took a horrible tragedy for the world of rock to realize.

As with previous Foo Fighter albums, the opening track contains the records’s best balance of lyrical mastery, catchy melody, and interesting arrangement.  Last record it was “The Pretender” containing these qualities; on Wasting Light that song is “Bridge Burning.”

As one listens to Wasting Light, he or she cannot help but wonder “why more bands can’t provide a beastly wall of rock these days.”  The only logical answer is that Grohl must be that good.  His experience, natural talent, and catalog gives him a large advantage over any new talent.

Here are some highlights of Wasting Light: the second half of “The Rope” is a bruising rockfest; the screaming vocals on “White Limo”; the infectious melodies on “These Days”;  and the three-guitar attack on “Dear Rosemary.”

Wasting Light is another hit record from Foo Fighters.  The length is perfect at 11 songs keeping the listener tuned in from start to finish.  This isn’t the kind of situation where you download one or two tracks; Wasting Light must be played as an album just like classic hard rock from the 70’s.