Tour Blog: In The Lair Of The Huntress

By Andrew Bansal

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Whenever you’re presented with a potentially life-altering decision, you might give it time and thought, and rightly so, but every once in a while, these decisions are so easy that it all it takes is an instant to make the right choice. For me, going on a nationwide 7-week tour with Los Angeles-based metal band Huntress certainly falls under the latter. After my short West Coast run with Gygax last June, bassist/vocalist Eric Harris contacted me to reveal that he was rejoining Huntress, and said the band needed someone to sling merch on their next tour. I made myself available right away, and sure enough, it was confirmed within a few days. I’ve known the main members of Huntress since 2009, which is about as long as I’ve known any other musicians in LA, and I’ve seen the band play shows in all kinds of venues, some of which don’t exist anymore and LA folks may not even have heard of, such as The Blvd and Three of Clubs. Of course, they went on to do much bigger things and got themselves on several high-profile tours both in the US and Europe, and even though I honestly lost track of their progress somewhere along the way, I always remained cordial with them and they were nice to me whenever and wherever I did run into them. Touring with them was an absolute no-brainer, and not only a chance to work for a bunch of familiar and friendly folks, but also an extended opportunity to rediscover my appreciation for a band that made a great first impression seven years ago. Continue reading

No Class: Five Reasons Why The Lemmy Statue At The Rainbow Is Terrible

By Andrew Bansal

Photo by Lisa Burke

Photo by Lisa Burke

While hundreds of Angelenos lined up outside the Rainbow Bar & Grill to witness and celebrate the unveiling of the unofficial Lemmy Kilmister statue on August 24th 2016, perhaps many people not only missed the bigger picture but also showed that they, in fact, did not know about or care for the great man’s true character. I had my reservations about the very thought behind it from day one, and looking at the statue in all its glory (or lack of), all my fears were realized. For those unaware of the back story, soon after the passing of Lemmy on December 28th 2015, certain individuals started canvassing for a life-size Lemmy statue to be permanently placed in the confines of the legendary Motörhead frontman’s so-called favorite bar in West Hollywood. Money was raised via an independent campaign run on YouCaring.com, a crowdfunding site mainly used by people to raise money for funerals and memorials. With $22,771 collected from fans and supporters, a local sculptor was assigned the task of making this statue. I have nothing against the individual(s) behind this initiative or the owners of the bar, who also own the Whisky, a place I frequent and have constantly supported. But, here are five reasons why I completely disagree with the idea of this statue as well as its eventual execution. Continue reading

Metal In The Desert: What To Expect From Next Month’s ‘Ozzfest Meets Knotfest’

By Lisa Burke

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Festival time is upon us in the land of heavy metal, and one of the more popular and recently Americanized and localized festivals is Ozzfest. Originating in the mid-nineties and usually featuring the most popular heavy metal bands of the year in a variety of genres, one could find solace in the fact they got to witness their favorite bands all in one location. Ozzfest has returned once again in 2016 as a one-off show with their partners in crime Knotfest for a two-day festival at San Manuel Amphitheater and festival grounds in San Bernardino on Saturday September 24th and Sunday, September 25th. It also comes with a kick-off party only available to three-day camping pass holders on Friday September 23rd, featuring headliner Armored Saint, and support acts Havok, Exmortus, and Thrown Into Exile. Slipknot has been part of past Ozzfest lineups for a few years here and there until they branched out into their own brand of festival, Knotfest, which has seen a decent success rate in the last few years it has existed. Continue reading

Tour Diary: A Quest In The West With Gygax

By Andrew Bansal

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Someone wise once said that whenever one door of opportunity closes, another opens. It is also said that everything happens for a reason. Both these principles are fully applying to my rock n’ roll tour life right at this moment. I was originally scheduled and committed to accompany Night Demon for the European tour this June and July, but couldn’t do so due to logistical difficulties. I was very much looking forward to spending some time at home in Lincoln Heights, but put the word out that I’d be open to touring with other bands while Night Demon is in Europe and before I join them for their summer U.S. tour. Continue reading