As CeCe Peniston once exclaimed, "Finally, it's happened to me." This time for me, it was a long-overdue gathering with fellow worshippers of the almighty ALL to witness Descendents in concert! In-between a double dose of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton were the ones to see in Minneapolis … Continue reading The Quest for ALL: Descendents, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 15, 2016
"The funeral is about to begin, sir!" After patiently waiting following the early 2014 announcement of the film's existence, Phantasm: Ravager was finally released on October 4th for digital streaming and download. Sadly, the delay saw the passing of Angus Scrimm, but at least the rest of the original main cast has now seen its completion. … Continue reading Halloween Sensory Slashers II: When You Die, You Go to The Tall Man
My friend Mark and I teamed up to see the start of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles' But Wait... There's More! Midwest tour with newly minted label mates, Deathwish. Over two years have skanked by since we last saw the crossover kings, and what followed were some great shows to bookend our primary reason of travel, a Descendents … Continue reading The Thrashing Continues: D.R.I., The Triple Rock, Minneapolis, 9/14/16 and Reggie’s, Chicago, 9/17/16
Carcass previously headlined Wooly's on November 14, 2014 with openers Exhumed and Macabre, following the British band's comeback release of Surgical Steel. After that, I figured I may not see them again for awhile, if it all, but lo and behold... After my traditional veggie burger time at Zombie Burger, I returned to the venue, … Continue reading Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016
With the addition of ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Mike Muir's band Suicidal Tendencies proudly adds to its history of hosting some of the metal genre's best to represent the Suicidal Army. Ever since my 1994 Suicidal introduction by way of "Institutionalized," Still Cyco After All These Years, and the "I'll Hate You Better" purple heart … Continue reading Suicidal Tendencies, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, May 18, 2014
Gene Hoglan, the drumming colossus behind many prime level metal bands, made a welcomed Iowa stop on his 2013 drum clinic tour, The Gene Hoglan Experience. "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan became one of my most admired metal drummers (after Charlie Benante, for whom Gene filled in on six 2012 Anthrax dates) after my last century … Continue reading The Gene Hoglan Experience, Yacht Club, Iowa City, Iowa, October 17, 2013
Leap year 2012 was entertainer Davy Jones's last, as he died at age 66 on February 29th. At the time, I had a Facebook page and wrote the following tribute, presented now with some edits: "It's hard to believe..." David Jones has died. As the soul of The Monkees, and only constant member with Micky, … Continue reading Good Times with The Monkees!