Anarchy In U.K.: Two Canadians at Firefest (1/3)

Anarchy In U.K.: Two Canadians at Firefest (1/3)

Nottingham, England, probably most well known in stories of Robin Hood, was the scene of the crime so to speak.  The population of the storied city swelled with tattooed, long-haired rockers the weekend of October 23-26, 2014 with the arrival of the annual Firefest Festival.  It was almost like there were two types of group in town over the weekend: the long-haired, tattooed rocker and the young, dressed to the nines, club going girl wandering…

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An Evening With Doro Pesch (including photography from Brian Ronald)

An Evening With Doro Pesch (including photography from Brian Ronald)

The undisputed Metal Queen, Dusseldorf Germany’s Doro Pesch rolled into Toronto with her 30th Anniversary tour on October 16, 2014.  It had been about a year and a half since her last visit, which was my first time seeing the live Doro experience.  I have long, long been a Doro/Warlock fan, getting into the band with the True As Steel album that we pilfered from my buddy’s older brother’s collection in our hunger to discover new…

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Revin’ It Up in Toronto!

Revin’ It Up in Toronto!

In continuing a what has become a well-established tradition, Toronto’s Rockpile Clubs have succeeded in outdoing themselves once again.  I’ve had comments from the US and around the world saying how much they wish they had a Rockpile in their own town because of all the great shows they present.  Joining the long listed ranks of incredible rock acts such as UFO, Stryper, Tom Keifer and more that have graced the stages at one or…

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CONFIRMED: I am a Rockaholic!

I have had the pleasure of going on the first three Monsters of Rock Cruises and I am currently booked on the upcoming fourth one in April 2015. One band that I am still surprised about their absence on the cruise so far has been Warrant. They have all the qualifications – American, MTV stars, late 80’s/early 90’s sound and they are still touring. Maybe there is a story behind why that I have yet…

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The Sun Has Risen Once Again

Japan’s biggest contribution to the world of heavy metal, the band Loudness returns to the musicalforum with their new offering The Sun Will Rise Again.  The album was unleashed in June of Takasaki on 2014’s MORC-photo by Brian Ronald 2014 and continues the personal musical roller coaster ride of the driving force behind Loudness, guitarist Akira Takasaki.  While the biggest successes in North America came in the 80’s with albums such as Thunder in the East…

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In Photos – Gene Simmons '78 Pinocchio Re-Release Party

On September 18, 1978 KISS did the unthinkable by releasing four solo albums simultaneously. For fans of the greasepainted superheroes, it’s common knowledge that while the albums sold respectably they were marred by the overreaching of Casablanca president Neil Bogart’s decision to ship a million units of each record. This resulted in the albums being returned in huge numbers. But that’s not the point of this gallery. On December 12, 1978 a party (See UPDATE…

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In Photos – KISS on Playboy Building Rooftop 1975

On January 16, 1975 a struggling New York band that wore garish face paint and black leather costumes ascended atop the Playboy Building in West Hollywood, CA. Just a couple months after releasing their sophomore album Hotter Than Hell, KISS was still trying to break big in record sales but were quickly gaining a reputation as one of rock’s best concert acts. The Hotter than Hell album did not receive the promotional push that it…

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In Photos – KISS Euro Tour 1976

KISS is one of the most world-traveled band in rock history but it wasn’t always that way. Today, we take a look at the fearsome foursome’s first trip outside of North America with some photos snapped during their 1976 European Tour. This is an interesting set of photos due to the fact that the band opened this tour in support of Destroyer but were still wearing their Alive! era costumes. Some of the coolest photos…

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In Photos – Vinnie Vincent Invasion 1987-88

One artist that’s been discussed lots and lots on the Decibel Geek podcast has been Vinnie Vincent. Today we take a look at some candid and live shots of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. The early photos that you see were taken at SIR Rehearsal studios in Los Angeles while the band was preparing to tour to promote the All Systems Go album in 1988. Notice the Ozzy Osbourne shirt on Dana Strum. Dana has long…

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In Photos – Peter Criss visits Pearl Drum Factory 1977

Every now and then I come across something on the internet that makes me say “Wow!” and it’s not always porn related. Recently I was perusing the facebook page of one of my many KISS friends when I found a photo album that contained pictures of KISS drummer Peter Criss, in costume and makeup, visiting the Pear Drum factory in Japan while the band was on tour there in 1977. Some of these photos have…

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