GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” – George R.R. Martin For the past five years, thousands of aging metal heads have spent their last days of summer in Hinckley, MN for the annual Grand Rocktember Festival. With bands featured in the pages of Circus Magazine and Hit Parader between 1982-1990 filling the stage over two days.  For the sixth year the folks at Grand Casino decided to add a third day.  Who…

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K.K. Downing “I Slowed Down Because People Weren’t Keeping Up”

K.K. Downing “I Slowed Down Because People Weren’t Keeping Up”

During a recent appearance on the Cobras & Fire Podcast, former Judas Priest guitar player K.K. Downing was asked what he thought of Ian Hill’s recent comments that Richie Faulkner (K.K.’s replacement) has added new energy to the band “I’m not totally happy about what’s being said. Ian seems to be making it seem as if none of the  fans are missing K.K. and Richie’s brought a new energy to the band.  I’m going Ian,…

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Holy Deal Divers! Dio Estate To Be Auctioned Off.

Holy Deal Divers!  Dio Estate To Be Auctioned Off.

Good news for fans of Ronnie James Dio with a decent amount of disposable income.  The late RJD’s wife Wendy has decided it was time to unload all of the clutter from her husbands career by having a Heavy Metal garage sale via an online auction.  The auction is to take place September 14th and 15th.  Below are details and videos of the killer items like swords and stage clothes that will be available.  Happy…

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KIX Singer Steve Whiteman: “Donnie (Purnell) Is A Bitter Person

KIX Singer Steve Whiteman: “Donnie (Purnell) Is A Bitter Person

In an interview with the Cobras & Fire Podcast, KIX front man Steve Whiteman, when asked why founding member and principal songwriter, bassist Donnie Purnell wasn’t included in the bands reunion said: “Donnie is a very bitter person. And um, the only reason that were doing these shows and the only reason that we ever even got back together was because Funny Money would go out and play and I had Mark on bass and…

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WILSON – Tasty Nasty (Album Review)

WILSON – Tasty Nasty (Album Review)

Detroit rockers Wilson are back with a new record titled Tasty Nasty. Fans of the band’s full blast hard rock/metal sound are in for a surprise.  Well, less of a surprise and more a shock.  If you’ve been following lead singer Chad Nicefield on Instagram, he’s been leaving cryptic clues for at least a few months that with the benefit of hindsight seem to foreshadow the evolution Wilson was in midst of. Tasty Nasty is…

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VANS WARPED TOUR (Photo Gallery)

VANS WARPED TOUR (Photo Gallery)

Today was the last official date of the long running Vans Warped Tour.  Decibel Geek was on site to catch the action on July 22nd in Shakopee, MN.  Enjoy the photos.  And thank you Warped for almost three decades of a live music festival. OFFICIAL WEBSITE / FACEBOOK From Wikipedia: The Warped Tour is a traveling rock tour that has toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It is the largest traveling music…

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THEM EVILS Rip Up The Turf Club (Concert Review)

THEM EVILS Rip Up The Turf Club (Concert Review)

Somewhere in the early 2000’s, rock got stagnant. After decades of one form of rock making for way for yet another, newer form of rock, everything kind of ground to a halt with up and coming bands sharing one sound and image.  While some have proclaimed rock is dead, their overall statement could be made about all forms of popular music since that time.  But the tides of rock are changing.  For the better.  With…

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THE STRUTS Bring The Glory To Minnesota (Concert Review)

THE STRUTS Bring The Glory To Minnesota (Concert Review)

The Struts / The Glorious Sons / Spirit Animal First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN May 15th 2018 It’s not exactly a secret that rock needs a kick in the ass. To that end, America is getting that kick right now as the Struts are rolling through the states with The Glorious Sons who are quite possibly the most important band rock has had since the Rolling Stones. This is the type of one two punch…

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Northern Invasion Invades Wisconsin For 4th Consecutive Year

Northern Invasion Invades Wisconsin For 4th Consecutive Year

Northern Invasion May 12 & 13 2018 Somerset Amphitheater, 495 Main St., Somerset, Wis. The 4th installment of Northern Invasion is in the books. Young and old alike arrived with the pasty pale complection earned from a cold winter, and leave with sunburn shaped raccoon eyes. Part of AEG’s World’s Loudest Month, Northern Invasion has brought the Somserset Amphitheater back to its metal roots that were planted during the Ozzfest runs of the late 90’s…

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JUDAS PRIEST Brings Firepower To The Armory (Concert Review)

JUDAS PRIEST Brings Firepower To The Armory (Concert Review)

The Twin cities and greater Minnesota Metal Community were represented well at the Minneapolis Armory on April 2nd, as Judas Priest brought their Firepower Tour to the North Star state.  Renovated and revamped as a concert arena for last February’s Super Bowl, the Armory is starting to line up a lot of heavyweight concerts, with Priest being one of the early headliners.  Bringing along Black Star Riders and Saxon for this trek, there is sure…

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