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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RED SUN RISING – Thread (Album Review)

RED SUN RISING – Thread (Album Review)

Samson cut his hair and got weaker.  Red Sun Rising cut their hair with a similar result. Red Sun Rising is back with their sophomore album Thread (Out March 30th).  Hoping to build on the success of their debut release Polyester Zeal, Thread in many ways is a more consistent record.  Initially I found “Deathwish” an odd selection for a lead single.  Being almost epic in nature it sort of dares you to pay attention. …

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Michael Sweet Says Bands Who Won’t Record New Music Should Get Out

Michael Sweet Says Bands Who Won’t Record New Music Should Get Out

Speaking with Bakko on the Cobras & Fire Podcast, Michael Sweet shared his thoughts on recording new music even as sales dwindle.  Stating: “I will pay to play.  And what I mean by that is if it ever gets to a point where I can’t get a record deal or there’s no money from a label, I will pay to record my own album.  When I hear bands, big bands mind you, that talk about…

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Tommy Lee Beaten Up By His Son

Tommy Lee Beaten Up By His Son

People magazine is reporting that Motley Crue drummer and convicted spouse abuser, Tommy Lee, was assaulted by his son Brandon.  From People: Tommy Lee and 21-year-old son Brandon allegedly got into a physical altercation that left the rocker with a bloody lip. PEOPLE confirms officers of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to an incident at Lee’s Calabasas, California, home on Monday evening. The Mötley Crue band member was transported to the hospital that…

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SAXON – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

SAXON – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

Saxon has always sort of weaved in and out of the consciousness of the United States music scene.  Never the A-list headliner they are in Europe, but also a band you’d have a hard time not hearing about if you’re into Metal music of any sort.  It’s because of that I was equally surprised as I was not able to find out that their latest record, Thunderbolt (out February 2nd via Militia Guard), was their…

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TOM KEIFER BAND at Medina Entertainment Center (Concert Review)

TOM KEIFER BAND at Medina Entertainment Center (Concert Review)

Tom Kiefer celebrated his 57th birthday taking the stage with his band in the NW Twin Cities suburb of Medina, MN.  Included on the bill were fellow 80’s stalwart Autograph.  Featuring guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand from the band’s heyday, they are rounded out by drummer Marc Wieland and Simon Daniels, who I’ve seen front the band twice now.  He’s a good singer but not much a front man.  I know fans can…

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Charlie Benante On Slayers Farewell Tour – I Think I’ve Known For A While

Charlie Benante On Slayers Farewell Tour – I Think I’ve Known For A While

In a recent interview with Cobras & Fire co-host Bakko, Charlie Benante of Anthrax, when asked about Slayer announcing their farewell tour said: “I think I’ve known for a while now that maybe some of the guys in the band maybe were feeling it a bit at this point and I could totally understand that because I can feel it to.  When I saw it yesterday it kind of hit home with me a bit…

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VINNIE VINCENT INVASION – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (Retro-Review)

VINNIE VINCENT INVASION – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (Retro-Review)

KISS‘ unmasking ranks among the most disappointing moments in my life.  The MTV special lacked a certain gravitas as half of the “un-maskers” had barely been in the band in 1983.  Meaning for lifelong fans the only moment of interest was the two founding members of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  We find out Paul without make-up looks an awful lot like Paul with make-up. Gene. Not so much. While seeing Vinnie without makeup will never be…

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