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  • FREE DOPE TICKETS!

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    As of this posting, there are less than 20 tickets available to see Dope, Beyond Threshold and Another Lost Year at the Fillmor in Downtown Wausau tonight.

    Hell, by the time you read this, the show may be sold out.

    However, you can still WIN tickets to the show!

    Here's the deal.  I have 2 pairs of free tickets for you. I've set up a texting contest for you to win them.  However...

    You MUST be able to pick up your tickets at the radio station BEFORE 5pm! 

    Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that you'll recieve them.  (There isn't a will-call window at the Fillmor and our team's going to be all over the place getting things ready for the show.)

    Ready to win?  The texting instructions are located below these videos from tonight's lineup!

    Text "FREEDOPE" to 39327.  We'll draw 2 winners at 3pm!  Each winner will get 1 pair of tickets!  You can text in as many times as you want!  Good luck!

    See you at the show!

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • Machine Head to founding bassist: YOU'RE FIRED (but not in a mean way)!!!!

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    Word that Machine Head had parted ways with Adam Duce made the rounds late last week, but the reason for the split wasn't revealed until today.

    Machine Head's Rob Flynn shared the following on Machine Head's Facebook Page:


    2-11-13

    As much as I do not want to write this journal, I promised you I'd write them "at least once a week". Good, bad, happy or sad… so this is what has to be done.

    2-11-13.
    That is the date we fired Adam Duce. That is the day that I had to tell Adam that after 21 years of being in a band together, I just couldn't take it anymore.

    That is the day I said "My hope is that this can be amicable."

    The words sounded like someone else had spoken them.

    It was like being outside of my body watching someone else deliver these painful words.

    But, it was me saying it.

    And we all said it.

    We had our say sitting in our jam room in Oakland. Dave said it. Joseph (our manager) said it. Phil said it. We all said that we couldn't take being in a band with him anymore. That if this didn't happen, we were going to break up the band.

    It was hard. One of the hardest moments of my life.

    It was also a long time coming.

    We may have fired Adam on 2-11-13, but Adam quit Machine Head well over a decade ago. He just never bothered to tell anyone… but we all knew it.

    Contrary to popular belief, being in a band is tough. Really fucking tough. It's the toughest sonofabitch you'll ever come across in your life and it will beat the living shit out of you 80% of the time. Many times it feels like one big rollercoaster, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There are wins and losses seemingly every single day. Being in a band is one of life’s strangest gambles.

    But when you do win, when you win that 20%, well... it truly is salvation. It's what makes eating the other 80% of that shit-sandwich bearable. It's where “those” stories come from. It can be the best job you'll ever have and unquestionably one of the hardest you'll ever have. But until you've done it for 20+ years, you have no clue. Until you've held a band together for 20+ years, you really don't know jack shit about it.

    You think you do.

    You don't.

    A band is a dysfunctional family. A brotherhood, a family business, and a renaissance-era-court. You're room-mates in studio-apartment-on-wheels for years-at-a-time, 24-hours-a-day. Plus you're in the pressure cooker of the spotlight, every move analyzed, read into, or attacked. Everybody wants something from you, everybody wants to be your friend, everybody loves you, everybody can do so-much-better-for-you-than-the-people-you-have-now. Some people try and turn you against each other, and everyone wants to take credit for your success.

    Often time you're enemies. At odds and fighting about something, but "pretending" everything is "fine" onstage.

    But it isn't...

    You just wear a mask that looks like it's fine, and after 20 years, we know that mask so well, it slides on way too fuckin' easy.

    Adam hasn't been happy in this band for a long time. But how do you leave? To a guy like Adam everything is either winning or losing. A stunning victory or the ultimate failure. There was no in-between. And while that sounds great for a TV show or an interview-sound-bite, or even a John Wayne movie that wraps up in 90 minutes... life just isn't like that.

    And life certainly isn't like that for a band like Machine Head. A band who operate in the upper-middle-tier. For us, there are no stunning victories, only respectable wins. No ultimate failures, just better-luck-next-times. We carved a niche, we OWN that niche, but it's still just a niche. Nothing wrong with that.

    No matter how un-happy or fed up he got, quitting the band would be seen as "losing" or a "failure". Truth be told, he was sick of it. Sick of touring, sick of recording, sick of practicing, sick of looking at album artwork, sick of being-on-a-team-but-never-getting-the-ball, sick of yearning-for-the-honeymoon-to-resume when 20 years deep it never does. Sick of never quite hitting the big-time, sick of carving the niche... sick of caring.

    I don't blame him. It's hard to keep the passion.

    But he just wouldn't quit.

    We wanted him to quit. We were hoping he would quit, "guys, my heart isn't in this anymore, it was a good run, later dayz". We didn't want it to come to this...

    But he wouldn't.

    I didn't feel anything as I drove away from the jam room that night. When I awoke the next morning I didn't feel anything either. I wasn't "numb," I still "felt", was just kinda blank. But three days after the meeting, an argument broke out in the jam room about how conflicted I felt about it. Then I cried.

    I cried and cried.

    I've cried every day since. I’ve been an emotional wreck. I cried writing this. I was sick the day that we announced it (11 days and 2 General Journals after actually doing it), walking around about to vomit for hours.

    I met with him for a couple hours last Wednesday, met with him yesterday. It's civil.

    I don't know what else to say.

    I don't have some inspirational quote to end with here. I'm not gonna sit here and tell you everything is gonna be all right, or that's it gonna be the same. At this moment I can’t even bring myself to say that it's going to be better.

    Why?

    Because it sucks.

    It fucking sucks.

    It sucks for everyone who tried to save this.

    It sucks more than you can imagine...

    It's a horrible relief.

     


    Bummer that it had to go down like that.  Between this, Slayer booting Dave Lombardo, Rob Caggiano leaving 'Thrax and almost immediately joining Volbeat, the metal world is rife with human resources issues this week.

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

     

  • METAL NEWS: Slayer responds to Dave Lombaro

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    Metal Sucks is reporting that Slayer has released a statement regarding drummer Dave Lombaro's exit from the band.

    The statement doesn't say much though:


    “Slayer confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo‘s Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo‘s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon.

    “The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further. Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.”

     


    I love the art of music, but stuff like this is a stark reminder that music is also a business.  Sometimes business partners don't see eye to eye.  Bummer for the fans, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • METAL NEWS: Dave Lombardo kicked out of Slayer!!!!!

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    Accordinng to a statement on his Facebook page, Dave Lombardo is no longer in Slayer.

    The reasons?  Well, they're not too flattering to the band according to Lombardo.  Here's what he had to say:


    Statement From Dave Lombardo Regarding Slayer Australian Tour 2013

    I want to personally apologize to all of our fans in Australia who have bought tickets for the tour expecting to see me in my usual place on the drums.

    So that you all know the truth, as of the end of the business day on February 14th, I was notified that I would not be drumming for the tour in Australia. I’m saddened, and to be honest I am shocked by the situation.

    Last year, I discovered 90% of Slayer’s tour income was being deducted as expenses including the professional fees paid to management, costing the band millions of dollars and leaving 10% or less to split amongst the four of us. In my opinion, this is not the way a band’s business should operate. I tried rectifying it by letting my band mates know, and Tom [Araya] and I hired auditors to figure out what happened, but I was denied access to detailed information and the necessary back up documents.

    I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays realizing I had toured all over the world in 2012, but yet, had not been paid (except a small advance) or provided a proper accounting for a full year’s sweat and blood. On top of this, I was told that I would not be paid until I signed a long form contract which gave me no written assurance of how much or on what basis management would deduct commissions, nor did it provide me access to the financial budgets or records for review. It also forbade me to do interviews or make statements having to do with the band, in effect a gagging order.

    Last Monday, I sat down with Kerry [King] and Tom to rehearse for Australia and to propose a new business model that I felt was the best way forward for Slayer to confidently protect itself so we could do what we do best . . . play for the fans. Kerry made it clear he wasn’t interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer. On Thursday, I arrived at rehearsals at 1 pm as scheduled, but Kerry did not show. Rather, at 6:24 pm I received an email from the lawyers saying I was being replaced for the Australian dates.

    I remain hopeful that we can resolve our issues. But once again, I sincerely apologize to all of our fans in Australia who spent their money expecting to see the 3 of us original Slayer members.
    I look forward to seeing you in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Dave Lombardo


    Lombardo has parted ways with Slayer in the past, and they've obviously done okay without him during those periods.  Still, the guy's drum work is epic.  That fill that wraps up the bridge of "Angel of Death" still gives me chills every time I hear it.

    Stay tuned for Kerry King and/or Tom Araya's side of the story.

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" Maynard James Keenan style

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    As you're well aware, Maynard James Keenan of Tool has a couple of non-Tool projects that he farts around with while you patiently wait for him to make...you know...a Tool album.

    One of those projects is Puscifer.

    They just release a vid for their cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody".

    It's about as effed up as you'd expect:

    Thanks to The Onion A/V Club for the find.

    Be Cool,

    ~TS

  • METAL NEWS: Going to see Overkill in Milwaukee? Not so fast...

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    photo by Alterna2 Creative Commons license

    Like this, but sicker.

    If you were planning on seeing Overkill with Testament and Flotsam & Jetsam at The Rave in Milwaukee on 2/22, I've got some bad news.

    According to The Gauntlet, Overkill's Bobby "Blitz" Elsworth has come down with a nasty bug, forcing Overkill to pull out of the rest of their tour with Testament.

    You have my condolences.  I've seen Overkill live on two seperate occasions and they kicked my ass both times (and dislocated my shoulder once).

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • METAL NEWS: Cradle of Filth cancels North American Tour

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    photo by Luis BlancoPhoto by Luis Blanco

    Cradle of Filth has been forced to cancel their North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist.  Here's Dani Filth's statement from Cradle of Filth's Facebook Page:


    "Cradle Of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their US tour ’28 Days Closer to Hell’ is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control.

    They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week.

    The band sincerely apologize to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour."


    Two things about this:

    1)  This is one of the unfortunate side-effects of post-9/11 U.S. Immigration policy.  I've interviewed more than a few European Metal artists who bemoan the astronomical expense of entering the U.S. to tour.  The cost just to get permission to tour quintupled after 9/11.  While this might keep some of the bad guys out, (cuz they totally won't just sneak in, right?) it keeps a lot of the good guys out too.

    I understand that there are border security concerns in this country, but making it easier for European musicians to tour the U.S. isn't going to leave us open to another 9/11.  It just means we get more kick-ass metal shows.  Financially opening U.S. borders to international tours should be a part of immigration reform talks.

    2)  I feel really bad for The Agonist.  They're really kickass, and an opening slot for Cradle of Filth would have exposed them to an audience that I feel would be really receptive to their work.  If you haven't picked up Prisoners yet, go get it.

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • METAL NEWS: Lamb of God's Randy Blythe back in the U.S. after Czech trial delay.

    Posted by Terry Stevens

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    photo by José Goulão

    Randy's back in the States until his trial resumes.  The following statements are from his Instagram account:


    I am back in Richmond, VA here in the U.S. of A., and I am certainly glad to see my home & friends here. But I shall return to Prague for the end of my trial, March 4 & 5- hopefully it will finally be settled. The judge told me I did not have to return for the end of the trial, but my head and my heart will remain in Prague until I see this thing through. Prague has built a strange place for itself in my heart- it is a beautiful place, one I have gotten to know rather well, and even love to a degree. But it is a city of contrasts for me, for I see Prague’s beauty through a lens of tragedy. The city and what brought me there will always remain with me for the rest of my life. I must pay attention to the nature of this dichotomy, and learn it’s lesson, no matter what happens. An old angel in front of a spray painted wall- it’s perfect.

    Nothing has just one side to it, and I believe it is a mistake to judge things immediately by exterior appearances alone. For example, take this clock. Prague has many, many, many towers and clocks, including the astronomical one in Old Town Square. The astronomical clock is one of the coolest clocks I have ever seen- people from all over the world gather every hour to watch it strike the hour, with all it’s mechanized statues popping out and spinning around- it’s basically a gigantic version of the world’s coolest cuckoo clock. Prague has many other cool clock towers as well. Someone might look at this tired old clock and say “Ugh! Tear that thing down! Why would you have that clock when there are so many others here that are so pretty?” But to me, this clock is beautiful. It holds a strange place in my heart, like Prague itself.

    The clock in beautiful to me, because in there, in Pankrác Prison, it was the only way I had to tell time for a long while.

    After my last day in court recently, my wife, a friend, and I took the subway over to Pankrác. I needed to see it, to take pictures, to look at what was my home for over a month. It was a strange feeling returning there, and I think some wouldn’t do it. I don’t know- my trial is not over yet. I could return to a cell behind these walls. But I just wanted to see the place. The outside is nothing like the inside- once again, the dichotomy of my life in Prague. This is a beautiful row of birch trees planted alongside the outer wall of this 123 year old prison. On the other side is another world.

    We walked the entire perimeter of the prison, through neighborhoods with nice gated houses and grim looking apartment high rises. I kept looking for my cell until I found it- it is the tiny square you see in the middle of this picture. That was my last cell, on the top floor, where I could look out and see where I took this picture from. I used to stare at the apartment building i took this picture from and wonder what was happening in there. Most of the time I was in the basement though, and the view from my cell window looked something like this picture, without as much sky. Without much of a view, I had to look inside myself. Dichotomy.

    Pankrác is a grim place, but I kept my spirits up in there. If I felt sorry for myself, I quickly reminded myself that there are many in the world who would be grateful to have the food I had, to escape a war-torn homeland in exchange for three hits and a cot, even in a prison for a bit. Suddenly being thrown into a foreign prison wasn’t fun, but it wasn’t the worst thing that could happen to a man. I had food, clothes, and shelter. Remain grateful for what you DO have, not resentful over what you DON’T.

    We finished walking and got on a subway back to the center of Prague. I was glad I came to look at the prison. I would love to have a camera in there- it’s amazing inside, in a really messed up way. I do not know what the future holds for me- maybe I will return to behind these walls- but I do know that I have to do the right thing as my conscious dictates. For me that is going back to finish the trial, as I said I would. The family of the young man who is dead is in court everyday, along with mine. They have shown remarkable kindness by not attacking me in the press or anywhere else. It must be very difficult for them to look at my face, regardless of my guilt or innocence. They have behaved honorably, and so shall I. I will do my best to give them the answers they deserve. I ask people not to judge the family of this young man for wanting these answers- their family has lost a son- who would not want answers? I’m not so sure I would have displayed the class and reserve they have if the tables were turned. Remember, no story has just one side. Try to look at everything from different angles, to not make snap judgements. Put yourself in another’s shoes for a second. Otherwise we all just remain in a prison of our own making. Thanks for all your support. I will put up some cheerier pictures soon, I promise.

     


     

    Be Metal,

    ~ST

  • METAL NEWS: Metallica asks U.S. to stop using their music for torture

    Posted by Terry Stevens

    Metallica's Lars Ulrich stopped by the Rachel Maddow show to talk about the U.S. using Metallica's music for enhanced interrogation techniques or, as some call it, torture:

    Look, bro.  You're the one who dropped Load, Reload, St. Anger, and Lulu on us.  What the hell did you think those albums would be used for?

    Tell me this ISN'T torture:

    Be Metal,

    ~ST