MOTÖRHEAD to Release New Live DVD, Appear on Gigantour

In celebration of MOTÖRHEAD 35 years on the road, on January 24th Motörhead Music/UDR is proud to present: The Wörld Is Ours-Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else, a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from the band’s last tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn.

Songs from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digipack set, along with a series of extensive, in depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (including selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.

On January 26, MOTÖRHEAD make their return to the U.S. and Canada on the multi-bill festival, Gigantour, with MEGADETH, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. The tour will kick off on Jan. 26 in Camden, NJ and run through Feb. 28 in Denver, and will include stops in NY (Jan. 28) and Los Angeles (Feb. 24).

Concert Memories: MEGADETH, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, KORN, FEAR FACTORY @ Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, CA (08/12/95)

After witnessing my first MEGADETH show earlier in the year on February 27, 1995 with openers CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, I was ready for more MEGADETH. The first leg of their Youthanasia tour featured a great setlist where staples from Rust in Peace like “Holy Wars…” and “Hangar 18” were performed absolutely flawlessly. It was a warm Saturday night in the middle of another beautiful Los Angeles summer and I was pumped up.

In hindsight, 1995 was probably one of the last years that metal in the mainstream was huge in the U.S. before Load and nu metal hit. However, the zealous crowd of metalheads didn’t know or care of this impending doom. As soon as my mom pulled into the parking lot to drop my younger brother and I off, you could see a sea of long hairs (back when long hair was the norm for metalheads). My younger brother got too intimidated by the look of the various misfits and miscreants in the parking lot and quickly told me that he couldn’t do it. So I jumped out of the car and quickly sold my brother’s ticket and went inside the Santa Monica Civic.

I worked my way near the front of stage left to watch tour openers, FEAR FACTORY. It was safe to say that the majority of the audience had never heard of the band nor knew that their recently released album at the time, Demanufacture, would later be recognized as a landmark album. After a couple songs, the crowd began getting into it. It was the first time that I heard such machine gun riffing used in such an aggressive and attacking fashion. At one point during their set, guitarist Dino Cazares gave a shout out to all the fat Mexicans in the audience. That gave everyone a good laugh. After the show, I made it a point to track down FEAR FACTORY‘s albums and subsequently, became a huge fan.

Next up was some little known new band called KORN. They were the most un-metal looking band possible – baggy jeans, adidas track pants, white t-shirts, dreadlocks, and bouncy stage movements. When they started playing, a lot of people didn’t know what to do, including me. Do I dance? Do I bounce up and down? Do I just headbang? With their charisma and chunky heavy grooves, KORN quickly won over everyone who was quickly moshing like crazy. And when vocalist Jonathan Davis busted out the bagpipes for their final song, the crowd went apeshit (pun not intended).

Arizona speed metal vets, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, went on next but had the unenviable task of following KORN. KORN had made such an impression on the audience that FLOTSAM didn’t get as much love as they had hoped. They performed well though and the only song I remember was “Smoked Out.”

The wait for MEGADETH to come onstage seemed like an eternity. In anticipation, the crowd pushed forward as much as possible to get closer to the stage. This resulted in everyone in the front of the crowd to get smashed like sardines. Finally, when the band took the stage with “Skin ‘O My Teeth,” the insanity started. Tons of testosterone was unleashed via pushing, moshing, headbanging, punching, elbows flying, and random crowd surfers floating around…you know, the usual shit.

Just staying very aware of your surroundings was the key to survival. Also, as a tip for all you rookies: It always helps to stand behind a big, tall guy because he will likely be able to deflect all the people that try to run into him. As a result, you’ll be able to shield yourself from the chaos. Another technique that works well is to surround yourself with heavy girls. Their natural cushion works wonders in the middle of a frenzy. Also, guys are less inclined to smash into them. Thus, leaving you with more energy to just enjoy the music.

I don’t recall the setlist too well but I just remember it being very well balanced between Youthanasia, Countdown, and Rust in Peace. Of course, they played the obligatory staples like “Peace Sells” and “Anarchy in the USA.” Bassist Dave Ellefson played a bass solo, which is not common among today’s younger metal bands.

One thing that I will never forget was just how crazy the crowd was in the front. I was right near the barrier in front of the stage and it was just mayhem. Sure, I got to watch Marty Friedman up close all night but what a physical price I paid for that. Random boots and shoes from crowd surfers would constantly smack me in the head. At one point, the people behind me were pushing forward so hard that I thought I was going to pass out from lack of oxygen. I even contemplated asking the security guards to pull me out because I was gonna lose it. Man, good thing my little brother didn’t come with me to this show. Haha.

At the end of the show, the band members each threw out guitar picks. Unfortunately, I got Nick Menza‘s. Haha. Once the house lights came on, people were all high fiving each other and showing some of the camaraderie that made going to big metal shows fun back then. I was soaked in sweat from head to toe, most of which was not mine. I quickly bought a “Reckoning Day” concert shirt and searched for my uncle outside, who was my ride home. He had been in this country for a while up until that day but had never seen a metal crowd. As soon as we got in his car, he turned to me and said, “Crazy shit!”

METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX to Bring “The Big 4” to New York this Fall

After last week’s successful The Big 4 concert in Indio, California, the heavy metal foursome of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX have announced an East Coast edition of the show at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York on September 14th, 2011.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6th at 10am through Ticketmaster. Pre-sales for MetClub members and Yankee season ticket holders go on sale Wednesday, May 4th.

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The Big 4 is Upon Us; LA Weekly Talks to SLAYER’s Tom Araya, ANTHRAX’s Scott Ian

This weekend is The Big 4 festival out in Indio, California with METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX.

Check out some interviews in LA Weekly with SLAYER‘s Tom Araya and ANTHRAX‘s Scott Ian. They talk about the original Big 4 show in Bulgaria, the Coachella festival (which took place at the same venue as the upcoming Big 4), and their festival buddies METALLICA and MEGADETH.

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Goldenvoice Announce “The Big 4”: METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX to Play Indio, CA

The collective of heavy metal titans known as “The Big 4” of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX have been confirmed to share the stage together via Goldenvoice‘s “The Big 4” for North American fans. The four bands shared the stage for the first time together last year in Europe. This event is slated to be the only time the bands will play together in the U.S.

The bands will take over Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA (home of Coachella and Stagecoach) on April 23, 2011. Tickets will range between $99 and $199 and go on sale Friday, January 28 at 10 AM.

Visit the official site for more info: http://www.thebig4festival.com/

Video of the Day: MEGADETH’s Hidden Treasures Interview

Back in the midst of MEGADETH‘s zenith in the early to mid 1990’s, the band did not have to rely on nostalgia and past victories in order to legitimize their relevance. They released an excellent compilation of their unreleased songs that mostly made appearances on various movie soundtracks. If you don’t own Hidden Treasures, you better get your arse in gear. This release also marked the final years of MEGADETH before they fell further victim to their own desire to expand their commercial success.

Check out this interview with guitarist Marty Friedman and vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine regarding the release.

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Lament of the Day: I Miss Marty Friedman Playing Metal

If you got into metal after the early 90’s, then Marty Friedman may not have a place in your heart. Back when he was unleashing his godly guitar talents in CACOPHONY or MEGADETH, he was one of the most revered and popular guitarists in metal. So yeah, few people outside Japan or his diehard fanbase has heard much from Mr. Friedman in the many years since he quit MEGADETH and subsequently moved to Japan to co-host TV shows and play with Japanese artists.

Here is a video of Marty playing a Rust in Peace medley featuring some of his most memorable guitar solos. It was filmed on May 13, 2005 at an Ibanez guitar clinic in Korea.

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If you’re curious about what Marty‘s been up to in Japan, check out these awesome clips of a TV show, Rock Fujiyama, from a few years back where Marty co-hosts and SLAYER‘s Kerry King guest stars. I asked Kerry a few years ago about this television appearance and he said that it was one of the coolest things that he’s ever done and that Marty is one of the greatest guitarists ever.

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SLAYER, MEGADETH, and TESTAMENT @ The Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ (08/15/10)

While most of WARBRINGER‘s fans had yet to be conceived, these metal masters were carving up cities with sheer volume, speed ,and intensity establishing the blue print for countless imitators to follow, and now some 20 years later, little has changed with each band showing the up and comers how it’s done with a night of shredding thrash. To celebrate the 20 year anniversaries of two of the more important thrash records of the 90’s (arguably two of the best in metal/thrash ever in my humble opinion) SLAYER and MEGADETH would be performing the classic Seasons in the Abyss and Rust in Peace albums in their entirety, much to the delight of the fans who caught the bands on the Clash of the Titans Tour back in the day, as well as those who missed that historic tour.

As the sun went down, a decent crowd slowly filled in to witness the arrival of TESTAMENT, who got the evening off to an explosive start with “More than Meets the Eye” from their latest, The Formation of Damnation. As an opener, the band was given a limited of time (unfortunately, The Legacy or The New Order would not be getting the same treatment as the headliners). But they made the most of it, mixing up classics, “Into the Pit” and “Sins of Omission,” with the near-death metal stylings of “Dog Faced Gods” and “D.N.R.” before closing out with the title track of Formation delivering a short, but killer set to get the get crowd started.

Dave Mustaine immediately arrived after a short changeover to launch in to the scorching “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.” Seemingly effortless in their performance, the band delivered spot-on renditions of the entire album with drummer Shawn Drover and former JAG PANZER/NEVERMORE shredder Chris Broderick filling in admirably, almost as if they had played on the album all along. Dave Ellefson marked a welcome return with simple “Dawn Patrol,” which led into Drover‘s tom pounding of the rarely heard “Rust in Peace (Polaris).” The band could have left after that since they had just delivered a pyrotechnic display of technical speed metal that challenged any guitar virtuoso band in the world in terms of technicality, while still retaining that cutting thrash edge. Luckily for the crowd, MEGADETH offered up a mini encore featuring “Trust,” “Head Crusher (the sole new track from Endgame),” “A Tout Le Monde” before Ellefson unleashed that all too familiar bass line from “Peace Sells.” Normally after such a set, it would time to split, and what band would want to follow such a charged performance?

The band that inspired everyone from HATEBREED, WATAIN, PUBLIC ENEMY, as well as a countless glut of thrash, death, grind, black, and hardcore bands…the mighty SLAYER that’s who. Getting down to business, SLAYER delivered “World Painted Blood” and “Hate Worldwide” from their newest album, quickly clearing the new material out of the way so the fans could hear the coveted “old shit.” The blistering “War Ensemble” got the pit swirling with bodies and beer crashing in to one another with reckless abandon. I’ve always found it amusing how often any number of black metal, death metal, and hardcore bands desperately try to demand that fans “get a pit going” while SLAYER simply unleashes flurries of double bass, evil, sinister riffs and twisted bizarre guitar solos that their fans need no encouragement to cave each other skulls in. As a fan favorite, many of the Seasons in the Abyss tracks have never been performed numerous times, so it was great to catch the band whip out rarities such as “Expendable Youth,” the piercing “Hallowed Point,” and the plodding, possibly slowest song in their catalog “Skeletons of Society” – which while slow, rumbled through like a tank plowing through the crowd. The catchy, but little played “Temptation” also delivered, setting up the headripping “Born of Fire” and the ominous closing title track. For the encore we had “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood” and a classic from the first album, “Aggressive Perfector,” before “Angel of Death” did what is does, which is crush everything in sight. Hands down one of the best shows of the year thus far, and felt more like an event as opposed to “some bands playing.” Witnessing veterans who helped create a genre nail it in their prime is always rewarding, so if you haven’t already, get tickets ASAP and witness three headliners deliver at the height of their powers before time runs out.

SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX Making Another U.S. Run this Fall

SLAYER, MEGADETH, and ANTHRAX, who are currently on tour, will be making an additional run of U.S. tour dates via the 2010 Jagermeister Tour.

Tour dates:
September
24 Superpages.com Center, Dallas, TX
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
October
1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Wayne, IN
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
19 Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA