Black Pussy, Ape Machine & Biblical Proof Of UFOs Perform At Los Globos

By Andrew Bansal

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August 23rd 2015, Los Globos, Los Angeles CA: Portland, Oregon psychedelic/stoner rock group Black Pussy released their new EP ‘Where The Eagle Flies’ this month, and to coincide with the release, embarked upon a month-long US headline tour with fellow Portland stoner rock band Ape Machine. In the first week of the run, they arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at Los Globos, along with local openers Biblical Proof Of UFOs. Black Pussy have garnered mainstream media attention for all the wrong reasons, mainly their name, but for fans of the genre, the band’s music has done the talking, and they were here to show just that. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Motörhead, Saxon & Crobot @ Shrine Expo Hall

Photos by Chad Alexander

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August 22nd 2015, Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles CA: Continuing with their 40th anniversary US tour after shows in Riverside and Las Vegas, Motörhead played a hometown gig at a packed Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles with support acts Saxon and Crobot. Two things that happened here and not at the Riverside show were Saxon bringing out Phil Campbell for the set-ending ‘Denim And Leather’, and Motörhead being joined by Lemmy’s son Paul Inder for ‘Overkill’. The set lists remained the same, although all three bands changed the order of the songs ever so slightly, and Saxon added ‘This Town Rocks’ to make theirs an 11-song set. The Los Angeles faithful witnessed a depleted Motörhead, a show-stealing Saxon, and a highly impressive Crobot. Enjoy our photographer Chad Alexander’s photos below: Continue reading

Summer Slaughter Tour Visits San Diego

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Chad Alexander

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August 21st 2015, House Of Blues, San Diego CA: The 2015 edition of the annual Summer Slaughter touring festival began its trek in Denver CO in late July and three weeks later, made its way to California for four shows, the first of them taking place at the House Of Blues in San Diego last Friday August 21st. This year’s lineup features an intriguing blend of sub-genres encompassing extreme music, headlined by Arch Enemy with Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation and Beyond Creation in support. In past years, there has been no such thing as a boring Summer Slaughter show, and it remained to be seen whether this edition would live up to the reputation. Continue reading

Saxon & Armored Saint Play Sold-Out Show In San Diego

Review by Andrew Bansal, photos by Chad Alexander

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August 20th 2015, Brick By Brick, San Diego CA: Currently on a US tour with Motörhead and Crobot, British metal veterans Saxon are also doing headline shows on off-dates, and are being joined by Los Angeles cult legends Armored Saint for most of these shows. Last Thursday August 20th 2015, Saxon and Armored Saint graced the stage at Brick By Brick in San Diego CA for a sold-out show, both bands turning back the clock several decades and treating attendees with age-defying performances to make for a concert to remember for a lifetime. Continue reading

Motörhead Begin 40th Anniversary Tour In Riverside With Saxon & Crobot

By Andrew Bansal

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August 19th 2015, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside CA: As they prepare to release their twenty-second studio album ‘Bad Magic’, longstanding rock ‘n roll trailblazers Motörhead are celebrating four decades as a band this year, and have embarked on their 40th anniversary North American tour with support acts Saxon and Crobot (Anthrax replacing Saxon on select dates). Starting their journey in 1975, through 21 albums and countless live performances all over the world, Motörhead have been a major inspiration and influence on younger generations and have singlehandedly spawned entire genres and sub-genres of what is now known as heavy metal. This tour is an opportunity for Motörhead to look back at their own discography in retrospect, and with frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s deteriorating health, also a chance to perform on stage as much as they can before it ceases to be a possibility. The first show of the tour took place at the lovely Riverside Municipal Auditorium, and would serve as a true indication of whether or not Motörhead’s live show justifies the enormity of the career milestone, and how the two openers stack up in comparison. Continue reading

Steel Panther, Barb Wire Dolls & Special Guests Rock The Whisky To Benefit Leukemia-Stricken Child

By Andrew Bansal

imageAugust 17th 2015, The Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood CA: Despite the unfortunate fact that hard rock/heavy metal musicians and fans alike are commonly perceived as social outcasts, this faction of humanity often leads the way when it comes to making a real difference through actions rather than words. Last Monday August 17 2015 at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, an ensemble of great musicians gathered to raise money for the benefit of a Leukemia-stricken child named Charlotte in Canada. Led by Sunset Strip legends turned global dominators Steel Panther and retaining Whisky Monday night summer residency punk ‘n rollers Barb Wire Dolls on the bill, the event titled ‘A Day For Charlotte’ also included appearances by special guests and promised an enjoyable time for attendees that paid good money to be entertained for a good cause. Continue reading