August 30, 2005
Those who aren't hip to this group will find their sound as a love child of Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana. 70's Latin Funk is what they call it and their fans love it. The presence organist and vocalist, Villela, adds a new dimension of Soul, Blues, and Groove. Check out their website for sound clips. Don't miss this group!
We will also be recording this show as the final installment for our "Live at Luna" compilation CD which we will be releasing later this year. So cheer extra loud!
Friday, September 2 9:30 Show
5500 Babcock #104
San Antonio, TX
Saturday, September 3 6:30 - 8:00 Show
Labor Day Carnival
Saturday, September 3 9:30 Show
1719 Blanco Rd,
San Antonio, TX
Great local music all day long 11 AM - 11 PM!!
ALL AGES - 15+ bands for only $10
The Somerset Music Festival is Texas' Only Live Music Festival that showcases up and coming talent from around the state. In its third year the fest is sure to bring the best in local and regional Hardcore, Emo, Screamo, Punk, Rock n Roll and Alternative Music. The Festival will have over 15 bands tearing up one of the best stages in the area. With over 10,000 watts of sound the festival is sure to make your ears bleed as you throw yourself around the dance floor. Check Back for Bands and Set times.
August 29, 2005
Gates opened at 9:00am, but lazybones that I am, I didn’t even get out of bed until 9, so I strolled through the gates of Verizon Wireless a little after 11:00am. Thus I missed Arch Enemy, Trivium, Black Dahlia Murder, The Haunted and Bury Your Dead. First thing I did was head for the booths. I tried my hand at the pop-the-balloon-win-a-prize booth - you got an Ozzfest sampler CD just for playing. I did pop a balloon, but the booth-girl swore there was no prize on the piece of paper pinned behind the balloon. She didn’t show it to me, so I’m thinking maybe I got gypped, but whatever. I got the sampler and went and paid $35 for an Ozzfest tank top and $4 for a soda (you think that’s bad, a beer was $8! It was a very sober concert!). And so, because I’m a girl and I was shopping, I also missed Wicked Wisdom and only heard Gizmachi from afar. I caught the tail end of Soilwork, but from what I heard, they sounded good.
I hung around the second stage for awhile until It Dies Today came on. Sorry folks, I like heavy metal as much as the next girl, but I still want it to be music. Playing one chord over and over and barking into the microphone is not music to me. I didn’t hear any music here, so I headed over to the little Hooters stand to enjoy some shade...it was getting pretty hot out by this time. Headed back over around 1:00 to catch A Dozen Furies. They were very good. They were just as heavy but they sang and had some great speeding guitar solos! I sat on the lawn and enjoyed their show until I started getting bit up by ants. So I was up and wandering around again, watching the wondrous freak parade (and I mean that in a good way) that you can always find at any Ozzfest (or at any Renaissance festival). A girl with red wings and knee socks, a guy with his face painted like a skull, the obligatory colored mohawks...and there was a body painting booth, so as the Fest went on, you saw more and more women walking around wearing nothing up top but paint (the guys must have loved it!).
At this point I also discovered the mist tent (bless whoever put that there!) and the water fountains. Without these two things, I don’t know if I would’ve made it! I’m a huera so I get burnt and overheated very easily. And I definitely couldn’t afford to buy $3 bottles of water all day! The mist tent and the fountains became regular stops for me the rest of the day.
Because of this I missed Mastodon and As I Lay Dying, but I made it back in time for the full set of Killswitch Engage. They’re probably my vote for the best band of the second stage openers.
There was about a 20-minute wait before Rob Zombie came on as the headliner of the second stage. I spent most of this time in the mist tent and at the water fountains, as I was getting pretty sunburnt and wanted to be able to make it through all of Rob Zombie’s set without passing out or spontaneously combusting!
Rob Zombie was a big surprise for me. I’ve never seen him in concert before and I was expecting something like this:
Instead I found a fairly normal longhair in a t-shirt and jeans, no dreads.
And...he’s really funny! Telling jokes, running around, very hyper, real into it. Almost first thing, he broke a shoelace and had to stop and fix it. Then someone threw their cellphone up on stage. He stopped and picked it up and started looking through all their stuff...”He has one message”...”On his speed dial...Regina, Tamara, Jake...should we call Jake?” Then he warned us that if one thing hit him, he was out of here. Basically he’d had enough of the Texas heat and would be glad to get off the stage and out of the oven at the slightest bullshit. So no one threw anything else after that, thank goodness. I would’ve hated to have had to kick someone’s ass for making me miss Rob Zombie! (I’m sure I would’ve had some help, too!)
Anyway, back to the music! From where I was, he sounded a little broken up and I couldn’t tell if his microphone was cutting out or if he just wasn’t actually singing all the words. But someone that was up front in the pit informed me that he was letting the crowd sing a lot of the words because they were recording to possibly add to a live album or something. So that explains that. Anyhow, it all sounded great, starting out with “Superbeast”, moving on to “Super-Charger Heaven” and “Living Dead Girl”. The crowd went wild when he went old school with White Zombie’s “More Human Than Human”! After a while, he paused and asked us if he was forgetting something. Then he said, “Someone up front here said The Brady Bunch theme song. Is that a Texas thing I don’t understand?” They played a little heavy metal instrumental of it, then got down to business and obliged us with “Dragula.” Finally, he ended the set, after teasing us a little more, with the song I’d been waiting for...White Zombie’s “Thunderkiss ‘65"!! Awesome!
I must add that Rob Zombie is a really cool guy. Two things he did convinced me of this. First, when a crowd-surfer got dropped on his neck on the barricade, Rob Zombie stopped and said, “Someone just got hurt up here. I think we should wait for a minute.” That was very cool. Also, he announced that he had a met a really cool guy named Austin from Austin, and called this kid out on the stage. Then he had the kid’s friend come out and take a picture of Austin facing the back of the stage with all the crowd behind him holding up the “rock-n-roll” hand sign . What a kickass picture to have! Of course, Rob Zombie said, “All your friends are going to think you Photoshopped the crowd in there!” Funny guy!
Now, on to THE MAIN STAGE:
I didn’t catch any of In Flames because it took me quite awhile to cool off in the mist tent after the Rob Zombie set. But I managed to get in there and find a seat (ok, I had lawn tickets, but there were plenty of unoccupied seats, so I snagged one) just in time for Black Label Society. For some reason I kept getting a weird echo on the vocals, but I could hear the guitar just fine and I think that’s what’s important when you’re watching any band with Zakk Wylde in it!
At this point, just a small aside, I happened to spy Jason McMaster. Some of you may know him as the singer of a band called Dangerous Toys, who had a big hit called “Teas’n Pleas’n” back in the late 80's. Others may know him as the singer of Broken Teeth. Anyway, I knew Jason way back in Jr. High, so I went over to say hello. And, even though he didn’t remember me, he was very nice and I asked about his brother, he’s doing well, etc. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that I just found out that Shadows Fall (the band coming up next) did a cover of “Teas’n Pleas’n” on one of their CD’s, with Jason on vocals. I thought that was pretty cool and an odd coincidence that I happened to run into him right before Shadows Fall came on, then happened to come across this little bit of trivia the next day. Weird but cool.
On to Shadows Fall. I knew nothing about this band...somehow they’ve escaped my notice. They were awesome! The singer has the longest dreadlocks I’ve ever seen in my life. They’re like down to his knees! How he swings them around like that I don’t know. You’d think he’d get whiplash! Shadows Fall was very tight, both in sound and performance. I was really impressed. I can’t tell you what songs they played or anything, since as I said, I knew nothing about them beforehand. But if you like a good tight heavy band and you haven’t done it yet, definitely check them out.
Next up was Mudvayne. Unfortunately, between Shadows Fall and Mudvayne I made a trip to get some more water and when I came back, the security was blocking the entrance to the seating area, so I was temporarily banished to the lawn. And because I’m only 5'5" (well, 5'4 3/4", but who’s counting?), I had to move way up to the top of the lawn if I wanted to see over all the dang tall people! So from my point-of-view, there were a bunch of little ants singing Mudvayne songs, but damn those ants did a great job!
Not last, but probably least, in my opinion of the main stage bands: Velvet Revolver. Now don’t get me wrong, Velvet Revolver fans, don’t bombard me with angry comments, I’m not saying they suck or anything like that. They were ok. I think Slash is awesome. And I always loved Stone Temple Pilots. I just think that with the talent in that band, they could do better. And I wish Scott Weiland would keep his shirt on, because watching his skinny, drug-addled body squirm around is really kind of nasty. In my opinion, the best moment of their show was when they played “Dead and Bloated.” And judging by the response of the crowd, that was a widely-held opinion. (Someone even told me that all the people in their section started shouting “Maiden! Maiden! Maiden!” when Velvet Revolver came on.)
So, I skipped the last part of their set and went and spent 20 minutes in line to get a $4 soft pretzel. When I came back, the security had moved, so I got my seat back just in time for...
...what we’d all been waiting for. What we sat through 19 other bands in the blazing Texas sun for. The Man Himself. The Prince of Darkness. The Godfather of Metal. OZZY WITH BLACK SABBATH!!! I wasn’t sure until the Black Sabbath curtain was raised if he’d really be there or not. They teased us for quite a while with snippets of Black Sabbath songs and footage on the big screens, while the curtain mocked us by occasionally moving a little like he might be coming out...then there he was! Totally against doctor’s orders, as he himself announced (he said he told the doctor “Fuck you!”), because as he told us between just about every song, he loves us all.
I have to say, I’ve never seen Ozzy look so healthy and full of energy. He was running around, jumping, head-banging, throwing buckets of water on the audience. Amazing for someone who’s done so many drugs and is getting what? close to 60 now? He definitely looked and sounded way better than the first time I saw him, back in 1985 I think it was, when he just stumbled back and forth across the stage, hitting many flat notes and occasionally forgetting the words to the songs. And better than the last time I saw him, at Ozzfest a few years back, when he still mostly stumbled back and forth, and at one point wandered off and they had to go get him. Way to go Ozzy! You just get better and better!
I believe the crowd sang every word of every song along with Ozzy...”War Pigs,” “Black Sabbath,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Iron Man,”...all the great ones. I wish they had done “Sweet Leaf,” but the beginning of that song probably would have done Ozzy’s throat in then and there. They did have to stop a little early when Ozzy’s voice started to break, but it was enough. He came, he gave us all he had, we can live with that. Because we all love him too.
(This review has also been posted at Bandweblogs.com's Bar Blog!)
Saturday the 3rd we come back from vacation and make our much awaited return to Main St. Bar, where we set a new all-time sales record last time we played there in July.
Sunday, we are headlining an '80's Party Night at Wetmore City Limits. We played there back in July as well, and it was the first time in 10 years they had a non-country band...we rocked the place and they are having us back.
We used the time off to pick up some more 80's rock and some newer stuff as well...Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Puddle Of Mudd, and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. We've also added more guitar to alot of the new wave stuff from the 80's and 90's!
September is a pretty full deal since we usually only play on the weekends!
August 28, 2005
Throughout the month of August, The Sanctuary has been hosting Girl In A Coma Wednesday, a series of weekly shows featuring the girls in performances as varied as Nina doing the solo acoustic thing to a full-on live set from the group. Fortunately for myself and others who lined up in the early evening outside The Sanctuary, not only were we treated to an amazing set by Girl in A Coma, we also experienced the diversity and variety of what San Antonio has to offer in live music. And the friendliness too! Most everyone that played, stayed. Drinks for all, kind words, and everyone was quick to check each other's bands out. It was a great scene to be around.
Here's how it went as far as openers: Crankshaft started the evening easily enough with their pleasing mix of alternative rock. And I even sensed a smidgen of country influence to their sound; the perfect blend for a perfect bar band. Big Soy soon followed and offered their brand of listener-friendly indie rock, sincere and unique enough to please even the most skeptical listener in the college radio crowd. Listening to Big Soy singer/guitarist, John Edds, I sensed the urgency of someone who had a wealth of thoughts and discoveries to share with the world, but whose time was very short. Fin Del Mar was next, and watching their set, it was easy to see what Big Soy loved about them. A four piece instrumental group, featuring drums, bass, guitar, and keys, FDM cloaked the listeners with a wash of sound. A real nice thing about Fin Del Mar's set is that they played off the idea of a jam band, but did not go over the cliff of self indulgence and noodle endlessly for half-hours at a time. As a result, their songs were tight, focused, and soon had the audience swaying. Finishing up the openers set, Kevin Goes to College did more than pull their weight in engaging the audience to move and dance the way you move and dance to their mix of punk and ska. And they even did a straight-up reggae song, which I thought was a classy touch.
So a quick cigarette for Jenn, and Girl In A Coma were on. Opening with new song "We Are Girl in A Coma," the band wasted little time in demonstrating what makes Girl in a Coma (the band, the show, the sound!) so incredible. A mix of heavy rock distortion, alternative cool, and even a touch of sadness hovering above everything, drummer Phannie roots everything with a heavy rock beat (which means if you're pretty much unselfconscious and all kinds of fun to be around, you can dance to it). Pretty much unselfconscious and all kinds of fun to watch, Jenn jumped and swayed and danced with her bass across the stage and played the mediator between the audience and the band. Much more comfortable in the background, singer and guitarist Nina mostly sang and played guitar. It is to her credit that she has started to come out of her shell since I first saw this band a little over a year-and-a half ago. Several times throughout the set, she would step away from her mike to let loose and bash chords from her guitar. And as their friends across the country would tell you, Nina has an incredible voice.
Back to Wednesday night, back to The Sanctuary, the crowd was totally into the performance. Even though the set was marred by equipment problems, the audience, by way of encouragement, cheered the band on and would not let up. Early favorites in the evening included "Race Car Driver" and "Only I" which are both featured on their latest demo produced by Boz Boorer. The audience was also just as crazy about other non-demo songs including the now-classic "Mr. Chivalry" and new song "In the Background." During "Their Cell," very different from the rock and roll bombast of their other songs, I saw several female members of the audience mouth along with the lyrics quietly and to themselves, savoring the moment.
August 27, 2005
Anyway, Rock City is a cool place. Nice setup, very clean, great service. Weird half-manikins on and behind the bar. Decent-sized clean bathrooms (always a plus!). Definitely we'll be going back there. (Two suggestions: bevnaps - I like my beer wrapped - and Woodchuck - Staci loves that stuff.)
As we went and sat down, 21BLACK was finishing up a song. We cracked up as, between songs while Miguel was tuning his bass, Robert started playing "Dust in the Wind" and then "Stairway to Heaven" on his guitar. "Stairway to Heaven" turned into a little short jam. This became a theme of the night - after that, every now and then Robert would throw in a little "Stairway", even using it as a lead-in to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," done in 21BLACK's blues rock jam style. You also never knew when he was going to throw in a lick or two from "Voodoo Chile" in the middle of a song. Or play a phrase from "My Woman of Tokyo." Or segue from "Mustang Sally" into "Superstition." Robert is a very talented guitarist and is definitely the showman of the group. Leo on drums not only provides the great rhythms but also the between-song banter and promotions. Which reminds me, congratulations to the couple who were celebrating their 10th anniversary - 10 years and still at that phase where they want to grope each other on the dance floor! Très cool.
We hung out for that set and the next. Heard some great songs. Santana, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Los Lonely Boys...they even did "Low Rider" - awesome mix of songs!
Around midnight, we decided to start heading back toward my side of town, and on the way we dropped in to pay a short visit to our friends The Groove Movement over at Crabby Jack's, catch their last set. They sounded great as usual! Jordan Slaughter from 51 Acres was there, so we talked to him a little. (I didn't know Adema was going to be at Wordstock today or I would have planned to go! 51 Acres, Desdemona, Cinderleaf and Adema for only $5!)
Great night, and the drunk angry bunghole who smashed the terra cotta ashtray on the wall, spilling gravel and ashes all over the band's equipment only put a slight damper on the evening (the band might feel a different way about that!). I hope he cut himself.
What: WordStock '05
When: This Saturday(8/27) from 5pm to 11pm
Where: At the University of the Incarnate Word. The
festivities will take place on the back part of the
campus near the Natatorium and Convocation Center.
4301 Broadway is the official address.
Who: 51 Acres will be opening up for national act
Adema at 8:30pm and play for a full hour. Cinderleaf
will start off the evening at 5:30, followed by
Desdemona at 7pm, the ACRES at 8:30 and Adema at 10pm.
Everyone is invited to come out to this show. There
will be games, food, a raffle and all kinds of stuff
going on all evening long. This would be a great
opportunity to bring the family and friends out to see
us at a decent time, since we usually don't even think
about going on stage before 10pm. Admission is $5 for
adults; kids under 12 and UIW students and employees
get in for free. Major sponsors like Budweiser and
Coke are in on this party and commercials have been
running on TV and Radio for over a week now...
August 26, 2005
August 26 - 21BLACK LIVE !!!
Fri ROCK CITY
115 General Krueger Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78213
August 27 - 21BLACK LIVE !!!
Sat BOOZE HOUNDS
8331 Perrin Beitel Rd, San Antonio, TX 78109
Please check our calendar at http://www.21black.com for our list of all upcoming appearances. We hope to see each of you soon ! We thank each and every one of you for the tremendous support and positive vibes.
Robert, Leo, Miguel, Hyle
August 25, 2005
Jeremy Dien is having a CD release party and will be playing along with Dan Dyer from Austin, George Devore and possibly more(?). Sounds like a great time!
BTW, here's a little tidbit on Dan Dyer that was sent to me:
Hailing from Texas, Dan Dyer got into to the thriving Austin music scene where he formed and fronted Breedlove, a group that went on to garner a loyal following throughout the Southeast, released an independent album and appeared on the H.O.R.D.E. tour. In 1999, Dyer relocated to New York City to pursue a solo career. A chance meeting with Lenny Kravitz resulted in a recording contract with the fledgling Roxie Records and in early 2003 Dyer began work on his debut album, with Lenny Kravitz serving as producer and backing musician, along with guitarist Craig Ross. "...of what lies beneath" features an extraordinary blend of incisive, emotionally resonant songwriting and concise, consummately crafted arrangements and includes such standout Dan Dyer originals as "Space Alien," "It Feels Like Dancing," "What Lies Beneath" and "Great Ocean."
To all our ALTER EGO-maniacs,
WOW! What an amazing weekend! Our first time back at Hooligan's at I-35 in almost a year was a great success and we are already booked there for October 1 and the new location at I-10 Oct. 15. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported ... you really made the difference. On Saturday, Aug. 20, we played an entirely new club, The Falls, over off Bitters and 281. We had no idea what to expect as we had gotten hired there just a few days earlier when the manager called us up and asked if we wanted to play! What an incredible place! It has an actual waterfall behind the bar, so you could hear water running all night! A great stage and bar staff made it a night to remember. And the crowd was one of our best! They really liked what we were playing and we got nothing but positive feedback all night. We're back there on Oct. 29, and I am sure it'll be part of our regular rotation. Now on to this week! On FRIDAY, AUG. 26, we'llbe back at a familiar location, our favorite South Side club THE TRAP, at 4711 PECAN VALLEY, just off E. Southcross. The gig starts at 9:30 P.M., and, as always, there's never a cover but always an ID check at the Trap, so be prepared! The next few months are jam packed with gigs, both old and new, so keep on checking the website at http://www.thebandalterego.com/ for the latest news. Thanks to everyone who has been coming out, and telling their friends about us. Our crowds are getting bigger every gig! Thanks from all of us in the band and see you on the scene.
Publicity Manager/Bassist, ALTER EGO
Official website: http://www.thebandalterego.com/
ALTER EGO Blog: http://thebandalterego.blogspot.com/
1115pm......THE CHOP TOPS
Rev'd up rockabilly from California...these guys are bad ass!
1030pm......BLOOD MOON HOWLERS
San Antonio's most twisted knucklehead psychobilly!
Think Stooges meets Black Sabbath meets Black Flag
Features member from legendary horror punk band
THE UNDEAD. http://www.americanplague.com
ALL AGES....$6....DOORS 8pm
Drop by early at 8pm and see HairBall8's completed
psychobilly documentary DVD "The Psychobilly Sickness"
before it hits store shelves in October. The DVD features
footage and interviews with the Meteors, Nekromantix,
Nick 13 (Tiger Army), Barnyard Ballers, Flametrick Subs,
Koffin Kats, Concombre Zombi and more!
Thanks for any support!
OZZY RETIRES WITH HAY FEVER
Legendary heavy rocker OZZY OSBOURNE has retired from this year's (05) Ozzfest extravaganza after struggling with a severe bout of summer hayfever.
The BLACK SABBATH singer, who has headlined the travelling festival for ten years, was so stricken by his pollen allergy, his voice was unable to stand up to rigours of live shows.
His wife SHARON confirms, "He's been having a lot of voice problems. Ozzy suffers from hay fever and when we're on tour everything is outside.
"When the pollen count is high, he's just wiped out. And there's only so many things he can take for it."
The rocker will return to the stage for a few tour dates next year (06) after taking a heavy dose of anti-histamine.
3 Doors Down and Alter Bridge will play at Verizon Wireless October 1st.
Added Note: Just got news that Shinedown will also be playing with 3 Doors Down & Alter Bridge
The Rolling Stones will be at SBC Center March 7, 2006.
Don't forget to join Saving Dawn's friend list at myspace.com! http://www.myspace.com/savingdawn
Listen to all the Saving Dawn you can handle on the web! make sure to pay us a visit at purevolume.com!
You can access these sites and more at www.savingdawn.com!
Stay on the positive!
-Saving Dawn"Music for the Soul"
August 24, 2005
Fins and Needles
at Sam's Burger Joint
330 E. Grayson
1230 - 110am......Concombre Zombi
900-930pm..........Kevin Goes 2 College
810-840pm..........Saturday Nite Shockers
Doors 730pm. $5 before 8pm, $8 after. All Ages.
A little info on Concombre Zombi from a bio that was sent to me:
Concombre Zombi literally means "Zombie Cucumber" but it's actually the name of a plant that, according to Caribbean legend, used to be included in "zombification" cocktails served to criminally-minded folk who didn't seem to learn from the error of their ways.
"Maybe you've seen Concombre Zombi live or heard them on one of the several compilations they've appeared on over the last couple years. It is hard to deny that this band separates itself from standard psychobilly fare through their liberal use of creative songwriting and instrumentation. Influences of classic rock, death rock and metal are only some of the ingredients. You'll swear that Mark must fall asleep every night reading Edgar Allan Poe only to enter a nightmarish slumber filled with troubled human emotions and psychotic other-worldly visions of death and despair. Better him than you, right?"
Check 'em out!
"Originally the brainchild of Jon Brown (Emily’s Gone Mad) and Jimmy Gauge (Bombs Over Berlin), Emily’s Gone Mad, Bombs Over Berlin, Gastromachine, and Guild now lead the charge. These bands are pioneers in a new musical direction – one more creative and emotional than the mainstream. United under a new breed of dark music and ideas, 414 Productions creates an environment in which bands can flourish. Through cooperation and hard work, 414 Productions puts together shows and gets bands onto national touring acts like M.S.I. What you give is what you get with 414 Productions, and 414 offers something very special to music fans and music makers – unity, independence, and an embracement of creative thinking and the rare."
414 Productions got tired of the way things are done around here and decided to take things into their own hands. Jimmie Gauge of Bombs Over Berlin described for me more about what they're doing:
"The dark scene was suffering(goth/industrial/synth-pop/etc) at the clubs, so we decided to team up and put on these shows to have more CONTROL over our SHOWS. These genres have a lot of art and theatre involved in the artists' performance, and the venues just wanted a kind of assembly line of bands setting up, playing, then getting the fuck out of the way for the next act. It was all about quantity, and there was little room for a real SHOW at a local level. We solved that by D.I.Y., and the numbers are through the roof. The kids are catching on. Now, as of September, we are booking ALL genres of rock, we have FIVE nights a month (we now book at ATOMIX on Thursday nights and Club Sole one Sunday a month for high capacity shows). We are getting into radio spots, and make at least 5000 full color glossy card stock flyers per show. We have a street team that used to work for bands like Stabbing Westward and Disturbed, and are building a team in Corpus Christi."
They have a show over at Ampus Rehearsal Studios this weekend (Friday August 26th) with Bombs Over Berlin, Moments in Tragedy and Kevin Goes 2 College. Doors open at 9:00, cover is $6, beverages are free and all ages are welcome!
It was an awesome show! Metal Church cancelled. So they had a band from Austin open up. They are a Queensryche cover band. I think they are called Mindframe? I'm not too sure.
Anyways as soon as their set was done, Stephen Pearcey went on. He played only one new song from his upcoming cd. And the rest was Ratt 'N' Roll! Stephen can still jam! He jammed out to Body Talk to Lay it Down to You're In Love and ended it with Round & Round.
Next was L.A. Guns. They did a great job too. They pretty much played everything from their first cd and a few from the new cd. Some songs were Sex Action to Show No Mercy to Electric Gypsy to Never Enough to the new songs L.A. Burning to Vampire.
Last but not least W.A.S.P.! They put on an awesome show! The show started out with On Your Knees to F*ck Like a Beast to I Wanna Be Somebody to L.O.V.E Machine to The Headless Children and ended the show with Blind In Texas! Blackie has this awesome skull mic that he climbed on and was swinging back and forth. This drove the crowd crazy!
(Thanks to Juanita! I think the Queensryche tribute band was probably Mindcrime.)
Also for the music teachers and for people seeking lessons, try the free classified ads!
August 23, 2005
CD Release Celebration
LIVE @ Jack’s Patio Bar & Grill
Thursday, August 25
2950 Thousand Oaks Dr * San Antonio, TX * (210) 494-2309
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Guy Forsyth's fifth and most prolific release entitled Love Songs: For and Against, produced by Mark Addison, is what Forsyth describes as a "culmination of a lot of different journeys: as a bandleader, as a songwriter, and as a traveler and observer." "Love Songs" will be released on Forsyth's own Small and Nimble Records with national distribution by Bayside and available at fine retail outlets nationwide August 23.
The 13 choice cuts on Forsyth's latest album are as diverse in style as they are in mood, with Forsyth’s insights on love, fear, the perils of unchecked consumerism, war, the government, spirituality, and the apocalypse shot through his typically eclectic prism of pop, blues, folk, jazz, reggae, funk and rock ’n’ roll. Love Songs first song and single, “Long Long Time,” is an attention-grabbing blues rant with a sing-along chorus as powerful as the song’s message. As the album continues with the liquid reggae groove of “Brand New Day,” and the immensely catchy “So Hard,” coupled with the haunting Armageddon lament “When It All Comes Down” and the ear-to-ear, ragtime grin of the album-closing “Shake It In a Circular Motion,” Forsyth makes a solid case for himself as an invaluable, spirit-lifting musical companion.
On August 13, Forsyth will attend the Radio and Records AAA National Summit in Boulder Colorado to endorse the growing success of "Long Long Time," currently in heavy rotation on KGSR radio Austin. The early buzz of "Long Long Time" has also prompted its inclusion in a recent Dell Promotional Program where the song was hand selected by Dell, licensed by yahoo, and pre-loaded on every personal computer and Dell DJ to be marketed through Dec 2006, totaling an impressive 11 million placements into the Dell Jukebox program.
Immediately following release of his new album, Guy will hit the road and kick start his Spread the Love … campaign with an extensive statewide tour, and than take on Europe with a month long festival tour where Rounder Records Europe will release Love Songs: For and Against.
The Critics Speak
“…an American roots musician of the highest order.” - Texas Music Magazine
For more information, interviews, CDs or color photos, please contact the Propaganda Media Group at 512.268.3048 or email email@example.com.
We’ll be playing an informal semi-acoustic show tomorrow, Wed. Aug. 24, at Jack’s Patio Bar at Thousand Oaks and Jones Maltsberger starting at around 9pm. There is no cover for this show and we’re just going to be kicking back and running through some new tunes and old favorites. For more info call (210) 494-2309.
On behalf of my band, I’d like to thank Tate Dillard at KKCN 103.1 FM for spinning my single and having us in the studio for a live interview on Friday. We really appreciate the station’s hospitality and support. If you’re in the San Angelo area, we’d love it if you would call and request the new Mark Monaco single “Time For This Cowboy To Run.” The request line for KKCN-FM 103.1 is (325) 658-5526.
Also, thanks to all the fine folks at Blaine’s Pub for having us back this past weekend. We had our biggest turn-out ever at the club and it was packed both Friday and Saturday nights. Thanks San Angelo. We’re already missin’ ya!
Just a reminder, you can pick up your copy of Alternate Frequency at Borders in the Quarry San Antonio and online at lonestarmusic.com. Until next time, take care and God bless.
August 22, 2005
8134 Broadway, San Antonio, TX
Performing with Chris Taylor
Friday, August 26 9:30 Show
8134 Broadway, San Antonio, TX
Saturday, August 27 9:30 Show
709 North Chaparral St.
Corpus Christi, TX
I went to the Jimmy Eat World/Green Day show last night and oh my god, it fucking rocked. I have a friend Mike who's life long aspiration is or should I say was to play with Green Day and last night he got his wish. He's been to like 6 Green Day shows but when they call for audience participation he's always had bad luck until last night. He made a sign that said "I can play guitar, I promise." First Billie Joe picked some sixteen year old kid with a 2 foot Mo-hawk, but he sucked so he got booed off. Then he seen Mike's sign and pulled him up. Mike gave him a huge hug and Billie Joe kissed him right on the lips. It was hilarious. So Billie Joe proceeded to show him the song but to no avail as Mike had been practicing it for years for just such an occasion. The other participants, the drummer and bass player were all stiff and boring, but Mike fucking rocked the house. He was running all over the stage jamming out, and he didn't miss a note. He went down the audience platform and jammed, and for the finale he jumped off the drum platform with the final chord. Oh my god it was fucking incredible. Billie Joe even gave him the guitar. I'm so proud of my boy Mike and his rockin' ass. Anyone else who was there needs to give it up for him. The whole show was incredible, the lights and the pyro and everything, it was just awesome. I don't know any other way to describe it. Just awesome.
August 21, 2005
First we thought about going to check out The Armies of Compassion, a band from Massachusetts that I met through MySpace. They were playing at Encino Garden Grill. Then we got online and looked at Encino Garden Grill's menu. $13.00 for an appetizer of stuffed mushrooms! $18.00 for a pork chop!! Way too pricey for our pocketbooks!
Then we remembered that Alter Ego was playing at Hooligan's on I-35. Much better choice! Got a huge philly steak sandwich for like 5 bucks and got my socks rocked off by Alter Ego. Well ok, I wasn't wearing socks, but if I was...well you get my point. They rocked! And they even remembered that I had asked to hear Seven Nation Army back when we saw them at Broadway BrewHaus and played it with "This one's for Rowan"! Thanks guys!!
(By the way, it was very upsetting to Staci that Animal kept falling over on the drums. Maybe you guys should chain him up there or something.)
So we ate our food, stayed for one set, chatted a little with Steve then headed out to do some serious barhopping.
Well that didn't work out too well. And it's all these guys fault:
That's Papa Wood. And the reason they messed up our plans is that they're just too damn good! They had me as soon as they played Alice in Chains "Man in the Box". It was also nice to hear someone do something by The Toadies besides "Possum Kingdom". Not that I don't love that song, but they did have other songs! Papa Wood did a great job with "I Come from the Water". Then we thought it a cool coincidence when they did Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" cuz right before we left the house we were listening to "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" and on the drive we were reminiscing about seeing Living Colour at that bar that used to be where Academy is now (couldn't for the life of us remember the name of that club...does anyone know?)
But here's where they really caught me: they played "War Pigs"! And did an awesome job of it, too! I was like, "um Staci...can we just stay here?" And "hey, maybe he can fill in for Ozzy at Ozzfest if Ozzy's voice is still cracking up!"
They played a great mix of songs, from the standard rock cover band numbers like Tool "Sober" and Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name Of" (that one always gets us out on the dance floor!) to more contemporary songs by Los Lonely Boys and The Killers to the REALLY rockin' old school stuff like Metallica "Enter Sandman" and Danzig "Mother". Bless you guys!
As you all know if you've read the post on Covers vs Originals, I love cover bands as long as they do a good job, and Papa Wood definitely fits in that category! Nathan, the singer, was very impressive...great voice, full of energy, really pours himself into it. Dave and Todd on guitar blew us away, riffing back and forth. Eric pounding out the bass rhythms. The drummer, Fred, really showed his talent on War Pigs. Oh, and they have really cool lights too! I tried getting a picture of the light show, but it didn't come out...oh well, I guess you'll have to go see them yourself! According to their website, they're playing at Clicks at West Ave and Blanco on the 27th (this coming Saturday). Go check 'em out!
(added note: the name of the club where Academy is now and where we once saw Living Colour perform was Rock Wave. Thanks Fred!)
For the first time in Coachella's 7 year history, we are going to pick 1 BAND/ARTIST and 1 DJ to perform at Coachella through a contest. Year round we are bombarded with demos, emails, e-cards, calls, and just about everything you can imagine from artists who want to play Coachella. Because of the over abundance of great talent from all over the world, too many artists (signed and unsigned) never get the chance to play our festival.
The contest will be based on the following criteria:
1. Your artistic talent/song quality
2. Votes from your friends
3. The opinions of the Coachella staff
What does the above mean? We will be very picky about who we let play! We pride ourselves on the quality of artists that perform at Coachella each year. We will ultimately make our decision based on votes, talent, creativity, and your determination to win! The more votes you have, the better chance you have to perform in 2006.
The winner will be announced when we go public with the entire line up. You WILL NOT be billed as the "myspace contest winner". You will be picked because your good and deserve to play, not just because you won a contest. You will be in the ads just like any other artist who plays the show. We will contact the winning artists 2 weeks prior the line up announcement to confirm all the details of the show.
Monday, Aug. 22nd
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Compass Christian Bookstore
12730 West IH 10 (I-10 & Dezavalla) Ste. 304
San Antonio, TX 78230-1004
• Missed Stryper live at the K-ROCK Courtyard?
Then don’t miss Stryper tomorrow night at the Compass Christian bookstore.
• You can pick up Stryper posters and CD’s on-sale.
August 20, 2005
2303 s. presa
$5 all ages
get there at 7pm for a sweet accoustic set and candle lit potluck. anyone who thinks they know how to cook is welcome to bring something. if you do you get in free, if not the show is just $5 bucks!
see you tonight!
Rockin' Roger's Rockin' Birthday Bash
& Deedee's 21st Birthday Masquerade Dance Party
Sons of Hercules
The Flamin' Hellcats
Also in the dance room.....
Retrodivision w/Fell & Infektion
The best in 80's new wave & retro
$6 Adults & $8 Minors
One Cover For Both Rooms!!!!!!!!
Check out the event page and register at our website at http://www.dateeight.com/.
On a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago, (Aug 5th, I think) I went to join a couple of friends, one of whom was doing the sound for a band called Jimmy Gibbs. The "shoe" was at the VFW hall on Austin Highway. Now I would not necessarily have known where that was, save for the fact that I had been there for a garage sale a couple of weeks earlier. Anyhow, I went in and decided to use the bathroom before going into the stage area. Someone had put a sticker in the urinal, it said "Jane Fonda urinal target", with target rings around a likeness of her. I gave it my best shot, scored well, and went in to find my friends and got a chair. I was unfamiliar with Jimmy Gibbs, but over the course of the two hours I was there, I pretty much met all of them. They were pretty friendly, and did a really good version of Copperhead Road.
There were a few sour notes from time to time, but hey, it happens. They played Proud Mary, which was ok, but for me, if it isn't John Fogerty, what are ya gonna do? Speaking of that, the rest of CCR ought to be flogged for hitting the road as Credence Clearwater Revisited. What bullshit. But back to the show. All in all a pretty good evening. The female singer of the group (sorry, can't remember her name) had an original composition about Texas that was quite good. The band did two Dwight Yokum songs, and solicited a couple of requests. On a break, they sat with us, and two of the guys told some amusing road stories, mostly relating to what Guns n Roses called - in the liner notes to Appetite For Destruction - attempted financial sodomy. After the break, somene said it was "Ed's" birthday, his 80somethingth, I think. We all sang Happy Birthday to Ed, and he seemed to appreciate it.
I took off maybe an hour or so later. It was different, but riddle me this: where else in San Antonio can you get a Fosters on tap for $1.50? Not too shabby...
August 19, 2005
Retro 80's . New Wave . Classic Goth/Industrial and More!
Residents Dj's Malediction . Retroboi
Free Cover Before 10pm 21+
$1.50 Wells till 11pm
$1.50 Domestics till 11pm
Doors @ 9pm
"Atarika VS Synthetik"
This Saturday HYPERBUBBLE & FEMME FATALITY LIVE
Electro Clash . Retro Trash (((VS))) Synthpop . EBM . Industrial . Goth
Resident Dj's The Electro Chemists . Malediction . MadMax
FREE Cover before 10pm
$1.50 Wells till 11pm
$1.50 Domestics till 11pm
Doors @ 9pm
After a long summer of recording and mixing in the studio we are getting out for some live fun.
Load up the car the kids some lawn chairs and head to Retama Park for FIFTY CENT FRIDAY FUN
August 18, 2005
Ok after Much confusion,Final word is The Dickies & Marky Ramone did Cancel.
But we will still come out and indulge your Pirate thirst for Punk Rock.
And for not more than $1,that's right one dollar cover.We are scheduled to go on by 11:30.Spread the word!
More bands on the bill,but you will have to call the club for details on what bands are scheduled.
See you at The Sanctuary 1818 N Main across from SAC and next door to Hogwild records.
....We will also have merch. for sale,and plz come out and enter to win a one of a kind,collectors Bent Gent skateboard to be raffled away that night.
Got a couple of cool gigs coming up this weekend. What makes it REALLY cool is that these were both late additions at either places we've never played before or places where we hadn't been in a long time!
On FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, beginning at 9:30 P.M., we're back at HOOLIGAN'S, 13920 I-35 NORTH, just off Loop 1604 and Pat Booker Road, next to the huge movie theatre! It's been since last September since we played at this great Northeast Side Club, and we already have an October booking there, so we are really looking to do this one up in style!
On SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, starting at 10 P.M., we're at a new place for us, THE FALLS, 226 BITTERS, just off Hwy 281, near the movie theatre. We've heard lots of good things about this place, and they are already interested in booking us on a regular basis. Come on out and check it out! It'll be new to us too! Even if you're heading to the Margarita Pouroff that day, continue the party at the Falls!
Join The Party
We're looking for the best margarita in town and need your help! Join KISS at the 23rd Annual Margarita Pour-Off, this Saturday August 20th from 1p-11p at Sunken Garden Theatre for the biggest party of the year. Presented by Cuervo. Vive Cuervo!
Check out a list of this year's competitor's. Last year's winner was the Lone Star Bar on Bandera Road and in 2002 and 2003 it was Aldaco's inside Sunset Station.
Come out and enjoy great food like hamburgers, gorditas, sausage on a stick, brisket, fajita tacos, chalupas and more. Plus, live music, lots of ice cold Tecate, Miller Lite, Fosters and of course...plenty of Cuervo Margaritas!
A portion of the proceeds will benefit KISS Kids Charities.
Get Your Tickets
All San Antonio Mother's Window Tint locations
Black Fly: Metamorphosis in South Park Mall
Buy them online!
$15 advance $16 at the gate
* Advance tickets will remain on sale through Friday, August 19th at 12 Noon. Gate sales begin at August 20th at 12 Noon.
Schedule Of Events
1:00 - 1:45pm - Chris Boss - set 1
2:00 - 3:00pm - Chris Boss - set 2
3:15 - 4:15pm - Chris Boss - set 3
4:30 - 5:30pm - Preying Mantis - set 1
5:30pm - Announce Margarita Finalists
5:45 - 6:45pm - Preying Mantis - set 2
6:45 - 7:15pm - Finalist Presentation On Stage
7:30pm - Announce Winners
7:40 - 8:40pm - Drive - set 1
8:40 - 9:00pm - Brothers of the Flame - set 1
9:00 - 10:00pm - Drive - set 2
10:00 - 10:20pm - Brothers of the Flame - set 2
On August 5th IRIS rocked the GRC again. It seems we never get tired of playing at that place. We had a lot of fans who have been out before and from the sounds of things most of them work at the local Chili’s restaurant. IRIS would like to thank each and every one of you who showed up and gave us support.
While we were at the GRC we had a professional photographer come out andtake some photos of the band. Check out the PHOTO section athttp://www.irisrocks.com/ to see the proofs. We hope to convert a couple of theseas a promo packet.
If you’re visiting local music stores look for the EDGE magazine. We’re running an ad in the next month edition with some gig dates and misc info. Tell us what you think!!
This Friday we’re back at the Trap and of course that means good rockin’ tunes - the Trap truly knows how to rock.
If you have a favorite song you want us to learn email us firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the guestbook at http://www.irisrocks.com/ and submitit. We’ll look at each song request and do our best to get it into our setrotation. If you don’t request it how else would we know what you want!!
Aug 19 – The Trap - San Antonio, TX
Sep 2 – Booze Hounds (fan contests are being planned so don’t miss out). San Antonio, TX
Sep 9 – GRC - Kerrvile, TX
Sep 17 - The Firehouse - San Antonio, TX
Sep 23 - The Trap - San Antonio, TX
Oct 29 – GRC Halloween party – dress for the occasion. Kerrville, TX
21BLACK LIVE !!!
Thu Jack's Patio Bar & Grill
2950 Thousand Oaks Dr
San Antonio, TX 78247
Please check our calendar at http://www.21black.com for our list of all upcoming appearances. We hope to see each of you soon ! We thank each and every one of you for the tremendous support and positive vibes.
August 17, 2005
http://www.myspace.com/scratchezine is the page of the cool Scratch! E-zine, an online magazine focusing on the South Texas music scene, with concert and CD reviews, featured bands, and even short stories. They have a compilation CD coming out soon featuring the music of local bands (I won one on their MySpace contest!).
http://www.myspace.com/texasgigs is the MySpace page for the site TexasGigs.com, which is a blog focusing on Texas-based bands, venues, festivals, etc. They also have TexasGigs.com Radio, which broadcasts live Tuesdays 6-8 PM from Standard and Pours in Dallas.
http://www.myspace.com/thisistexasmusic is the page for a web site called This is Texas Music, which features Texas music news and reviews from a guy who loves music.
http://www.myspace.com/thesceneproducer is the page of the producer of the San Antonio public access show The Scene (Tuesday nights at 12:30 AM on channel 20). You can find out more about The Scene at http://www.thescenerocks.com/
http://www.myspace.com/musicgorilla, based in Austin, is a site that artists can join to get their stuff heard by members of the music industry. They have "written agreements from a&r reps, film/tv music supervisors, and other industry professionals to use our site to find new artists." Membership is $25/month. The official site is MusicGorilla.com
http://www.myspace.com/iacmusic is the page of the Independent Artists Company, which is a site all about indie music. They really seem to make an effort to seek out and promote great independent talent.
http://www.myspace.com/sykoradio is a group of DJs who stream music, talk shows, comedy, and even TV over the internet to the masses. Their aim is to play stuff you don't hear on the radio, geared toward "subculture orientated people as well as those with a wide taste and apprecation for music". See their blog on MySpace to find out how to become a featured artist. The actual URL for SykoRadio is http://www.sykoradio.net/
http://www.myspace.com/houstonrocks has information on what's going on in Houston. It is a testbed for My City Rocks, which aims to get people more involved in their city's arts & music scene. Soon to be expanded to other cities. Check out the My City Rocks project at http://www.mycityrocks.com/
Musicians Exchange is a place to meet other musicians, share and promote your music. They also have a Musicians Exchange MySpace group where you can talk about anything having to do with music.
the last record store is a page by the writer/director of "the last record store", a new documentary film about legendary Dallas indie record store Bill's Records. The project focuses on owner Bill Wisener and his ongoing struggle to stay open after 23 years in the business. Includes live instore acoustic performances.
OK, for now I'll stop, because I've met so many cool people on there, including bands from SA and other places and other people who are just really into music, that this post could go on and on! If you have a page on MySpace and I haven't found you there yet, send me a message on there or add me as a friend. San Antonio Rocks!!
Ozzy Osbourne is looking for a guitar player to write his next studio album with. All interested parties should send a package showcasing their guitar skills to:
Ozzy Osbourne Guitar Player
P.O. Box 5249
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
ADDED NOTE: Here's what Ozzy says about his search:
"When I audition guitar players, I go, 'I don't want to know how fast you can play, I don't want to know if you can stand on your head and play it through your butt, or whatever — just give me a riff that'll make a kid want to go out and buy a guitar."
August 16, 2005
Oh yeah, please think about the colors and design of the site and try to make it match!
Thanks! You ROCK!!
Well Double Clutch strikes again.
Talk about an interesting sunday afternoon! Some of you may have seen The Current's front page "Hellions on Wheels" and those hellions had a very awesome benefit at the Beethoven Garten last Sunday.
Let's start with the heat, no let's not, because it turned out not to be an issue. We were down on So. Alamo and Presa, driving around looking for a roller-skating rink (yes, but how was I to know?) Actually the "Maennerrhar" is at 422 Pereida St.
It was easy to tell where the bands were going to be playing and the benefit to take place by the crepe paper and flags hanging in front of the entrance, and so it turns out next to one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in the area. Beautiful grounds, not to mention the bar and the music hall.
The Alamo City Roller Girls held their benefit with:
Double Clutch, Salvia Divinorum, Fin Del Mar, Total 13, Hammered Yoshimoto and Boxcar Satan.
Beautiful stage, burgundy velvet curtain with the letter "B" monogrammed in the center, high ceilings, portraits and the acoustics were so completely different than any of us had heard in a long time. There was a mid-torso statue of Beethoven that I was sure would wobble off it's place and smash to the ground, along with the very old portraits on the wall.
Mike and his flying V, Matt and the mean green drum machine, and JCM on a 12-string bass ready to kick it off. The sound had to be turned down at least 3 times during soundcheck. At one point, I advised a man and his two young sons that it was going to be LOUD. (Nevertheless he came back with them later and their hair had been temporarily dyed green!)
Down a hallway was the bar, and oh what a glorious bar it was. Old, rustic and clean german descent, and who would have known one could get a Shiner Bock, a huge plate of the best damn bbq, shop for crafts and hang with the Roller Girls at this facility on a Sunday...
After Mike asked me to walk around in my Double Clutch t-shirt awhile to get the girls inside, the trio kicked it and have never sounded better! Maybe it was the atmosphere, maybe the acoustics and equipment provided, they just rocked with their 'crunchy' and brazen southern angry music I've come to love. Matt, as always, in the pocket, JCM's bass sounding more like a guitar with the many strings to work with, and the people at the benefit were fantastic.
Salvia Divinorum kicked off next with a instrumental set, followed by Fin Del Mar, which have a really cool 80's sound, without totally sounding it. Unfortunately I didn't get to catch Boxcar Satan, but one day!
The Alamo City Roller Girls are trying to raise money for their next skate meet, where we'll be able to seem them in action. Hey rollerball with angry music, doesn't get much better.
For more info. on the girls or the venue, check out:
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 the hall will have their famous Oktoberfest.
weekend, Saturday, August 20th at Rock City Bar. Come support this
amazingly talented band, you won't regret it!!!!
Rock City Bar has cheap beer and an air conditioned atmosphere!!!!
San Antonio's D-Railed, Enormity, and Deadpool will also be playing.
Crucial Fate will hit the stage at 9:30 pm, so try and make it out!!!
Rock City Bar
115 General Krueger
(off blanco rd.)
-originally posted on the Edge Updates Yahoo! Group
August 15, 2005
If you're interested, send him some links or mail him a presskit:
713.526.4648 (after 7pm)
August 14, 2005
Here's the lineup (subject to change):
The Panic Divsion
The Naos Project
The Y Equals
Doom To Bloom
A Letter From Yesterday
The Glorious Dregs
Kevin Goes To College
The Up Town Creepers
Echoes in the soul
Forever Is Never
Sworn To Secrecy
All these great local bands for $10!! Two stages!
This is going to be the biggest music festival in the San Antonio area. Featuring over 20 of the hottest local talents. Rock, emo, ska, punk, hardcore, metal, alternative. No matter your taste evey music lover is going to enjoy this festival.
For more info, go to:
Somerset Music Fest's MySpace page
August 13, 2005
Ozzy Retiring As Ozzfest Headliner
By Jill Kipnis, L.A.
Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that this will be his final year headlining his Ozzfest festival. The almost 10-year-old hard rock trek, which launched in 1996, has always included Osbourne as a show closer either with Black Sabbath or with his solo band.
Next year, Osbourne will still participate in Ozzfest, though only at a few of the tour's stops. "After 10 years, the Ozzfest's name and reputation has been established," the artist said in a statement. "It's time for me to move on and do other things."
Osbourne has suffered from unspecified throat problems during this year's tour, requiring Black Sabbath to skip three appearances and Iron Maiden to step in as the headliner.
Another show originally planned for Aug. 7 at the Float-Rite Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis., was rescheduled for Sept. 10 and will now serve as the last date of the tour.
from All Headline News:
...The confirmation comes as Ozzy suffers chronic voice problems brought on by hay-fever and allergies which have caused the singer to cancel numerous shows during the tour.
According to wife and manager Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy will still performing next year but will be moving the shows indoors instead of leaving Ozzfest to go on without him and use a different headliner.
"We are changing the format of the festival next year and Ozzy will be going into arenas for a while. Because this outside business is just knocking the (expletive) out of him in the summer," Sharon says.
According to Ozzfest.com, Ozzy recently had to postpone his stop at Float Rite Park, in Somerset, Wisconsin under doctors’ advisement that he not perform consecutive shows.
Ozzy is scheduled to play two more consecutive shows this year:
8/14/05 Sleep Train Sacramento, CA (following 8/13/05, Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco, CA)
8/28/05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre San Antonio, TX (following 8/27/05, Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion, Houston, TX)
Under Doctors' orders, these shows should be postponed. Currently, there is no official word on what will happen. Stay tuned!
I could find no further info on Ozzfest.com, other than confirmation that he will be limiting his appearances at future Ozzfests. Ozzfest won't be the same without you, Ozzy!
August 12, 2005
originally posted by The Sanctuary on MySpace:
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The Militia Group Announce Panic Division
The Militia Group have announced their signing of The Panic Division. The band's TMG debut, Versus, hits shelves on November 1st. Check out the official press release below, unless of course you don't want to:
Orange County, CA - The Militia Group warmly welcomes The Panic Division to the family! The Panic Division's sound can be described as: Rock music that brings an electronic vibe to pop-sensible songs with hints of darkness. Their new album, Versus is tentatively set for a release date of November 1st on The Militia Group. With Versus' ongoing themes of "Life, Love and Death," The Panic Division aim for "those kinds of songs will ever get old, because that is what people relate to the most." The band hopes that these songs are easily identifiable to many people, having more longevity as well as a diverse sound.
The Panic Division pride themselves on being one of the biggest local bands in San Antonio over the past few years. This prolific group of songwriters wrote 2 full length albums as an unsigned band, toured the US multiple times and are now making their mark as one of the only bands out of the San Antonio music scene to flourish rather than flounder. Vocalist/guitarist Colton Holliday comments on what finally being with an independent label means to them: "Its great to have someone backing us, instead of just us backing ourselves. We have (The Militia Group) believing in our music and pushing it just like we are... We are excited to finally have a representative and a home." The Panic Division has shared the stage with talented artists such as Acceptance and most recently Dredg.
The Panic Division recorded Versus in their home town at Rhapsody Street Studios with Mack Damon, a long time friend. Bassist Tavis Wilson has worked at Rhapsody Street for many years and also engineers bands as well. Consistently recording at Rhapsody Street over the past 5 years or so has given the band a veritable home base to go back to. Versus will be the first in its genre to put Rhapsody Street on the map.
The Panic Division's Versus is set for a November 1st release on The Militia Group. For music samples, tour info and more photos, visit the links below.
Jack is having Carpel Tunnel surgery today on one wrist, and then the other next month.
I have a feeling it's pretty common with drummers, and all of your extended-family have got your back, brother!
Kelly and the Gang
August 11, 2005
"There are some moments where you just feel so proud. Like being nominated for a Grammy for an album you made in your basement in Virginia with some friends over a keg. Going to the ceremony and seeing diamonds and money and limos and fucking icons of the industry, and walking away with Best Rock Album that you made for free in your basement. How much cooler does it get?"
MySpace Music Festival
Falling For Nothing
If All Else Fails
Loss of Innocence
The Panic Division
Forever Is Never
Go to The Sanctuary's MySpace page and print out the flyer to get in for half price!
The Psychedelic Jukebox will be playing at The Firehouse Pub and Grill in SA next week, Friday August 12th!
5380 WALZEM ROAD
You'll enjoy the huge bar, and generous supply of tables for enjoying cold drinks, and good food. Look for THE PSYCHEDELIC JUKEBOX to supply some foot stompin' music to kick off the weekend.The Psychedelic Jukebox's blog
The Psychedelic Jukebox's Yahoo Group
As you may or may not know ‘Nothing More,’ has been touring for the past month and a half throughout Texas making a splash in the regional music scene. We’ve been extremely successful spreading the ‘Nothing More Fever.’ Unfortunately we’ve had a death in the Nothing More Family.
Our Tour Bus (1976 GMC Vendura) has died and gone to heaven. Here’s the complete story from beginning to end. Somewhere along the 6 weeks on the road, the frame near the rear of the chassis came disconnected from the structure of the RV, as a result of the heavy trailer with all of our equipment. Slowly, the frame started to bend more and more towards the ground. Finally, on I-35 from Dallas to San Antonio the bathroom counter came disconnected from the wall. It was then that we decided this had gone to far. We were in town for only 2 days. Daniel (bassist) took the time to take the RV into a welder to see about getting the frame welded and reinforced. ‘No problem’ they said. Welp, about 20 minutes later Daniel opened the door of the RV and a barrage of black smoke came pouring out. The entire interior of the RV was on fire!!! It took some window bashing, 3 fire extinguishers, and a hose to finally get the fire out. (**note, the RV has a huge propane tank, and exposed gas lines). She’s totaled and the ghetto joint has no insurance. And we’re left with no wheels to continue our tour.
Now, here’s what we’re going to do about it… We’ve got a MONSTER benefit/CD Release show set up to take place this Saturday. Here are the details.
5 days till the big event!!
Saturday, August 13
Live @ The White Rabbit
(2410 N. St Mary's)
Nothing More, Moments in Tragedy, Delphi, Red Mary & More
Over 40 bands on 3 stages
Starts at 3:00
Nothing More at 9:30
40 bands for only $6.00
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We need your help and support to raise money for some new wheels. PLEASE spread the word of this show and come out yourself. It’s going to be the MONSTER of all Nothing More shows. The charred RV will be parked outside for everyone's viewing pleasure. We’ve got a show that some have said is the BEST live show they’ve ever seen. Come check it out for yourself.
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August 9, 2005
By the time we got a beer, we got into the main room just in time for Jeremy Dien to start. I had certain expectations of him from the songs I have on my mp3 "jukebox" up top. I expected a kinda jazzy acoustic show with horns, which is cool. The acoustic guitar and the jazzy were there, but I was surprised to find no horns, and also an electric guitar (which definitely added to my "it rocks" factor). Jeremy Dien and his band play a great blend of jazz, blues, funk and folk rock. Great guitarwork from Jeremy and the guy on electric (I didn't catch any names, sorry). I also really got off to the lyrics...rambling (in a good way), conversational lyrics set to a funky jazz beat. I wish they had played a little longer. I would have liked to hear more.
I also got to meet Jeremy and talk to him for a few minutes. He's a really nice guy with a positive attitude and a great love for music. He's involved in one way or another with almost every aspect of the music business in San Antonio. If you need information about booking, rehearsal space, production, web design, whatever...man, talk to him.
Now, on to a completely different subject: Skunkweed.
I've seen them before at Jack's, and last time they dragged us and just about everyone else there up onto the stage to dance. That's about all I remember of THAT night...except the laughing! This band will have you damn near spewing beer out your nose.
I can't tell you what genre of music they play. There's everything in there from country to rock to rap. There's trumpet and congas. But the genre isn't important when you're experiencing Skunkweed. The SONGS are. If I had to come up with a name for it, I'd just call it Texas Music. Everything you love about Texas is in their songs. It couldn't be more stereotypical, irreverant and TRUE! It's like a comedy act set to really good music. They manage to make fun of every Texas stereotype and yet somehow are never quite offensive. Their songs are about beer, sex, getting high, sex, white trash Texas boys, titty bars, penis size, masturbation, Mexicans, and oh, did I mention sex? It was great!
My personal favorites were "Titty Bar" and "8 Seconds to Glory".
"Titty Bar" is about...well, how great it is to go to a titty bar, "where an ugly man with money and a handsome man are treated just the same." Where "a girl can make an honest living as long as she's 18." Great lines like, "Sometimes I buy a very special gift for the friend who's in my pants...a little slice of Heaven for just 20 bucks, called a table dance" and "how do I tell my roommate that I've lost the rent in Autumn's g-string?" Kind of a lewder version of Bob Seger's "Main Street."
"8 Seconds to Glory" is about a bull rider...and 8 seconds is how he rides...no matter what or who he's riding. He gets lonely out there, and the bulls and horses aren't always cooperative, so he has to go find a woman. And "I bust out the gate, and when I count to 8, when 8 comes, so do I." My favorite line of this one was "after a minute or two, I think she wanted to screw, I said 'Honey, I'm already done!' "
Another song of theirs I really like is "Wasted," kind of a rap song...they probably performed it at Jack's, but we missed the last part of the show because it was SO FREAKIN HOT in there! We had to get outside, and hung out on the patio for the remainder of the night. I don't wanna dis Jack's...it's a nice place with a nice clientele and they get awesome bands in there, but OMG...OK get rid of the game room and put in another bar because it takes FOREVER to get a beer! Add another bathroom while you're at it, cuz two stalls just isn't enough for that many drunk women! And do something about the AC! I had sweat dripping down my back, which is in no way ladylike!
ANYHOW! We had lots of fun. Both bands were awesome and very nice guys. Check 'em out when you have a chance. Skunkweed recorded this performance for an upcoming live album, so watch for that.
Here's some links for you:
Jeremy Dien's Web Site
Skunkweed's Web Site
Jack's Patio Bar
Added note: Found out that the guy playing on the second stage by the bar was George Devore.
This Friday take Broadway inside the loop, go a couple of blocks, then look to your left. You will see a bar that is about to have the roof blown off by a tsunami of rock. That bar would be Rebar. The band would be Skunkweed. NO COVER and great drink specials means you can use your money to get hammered. That's what America is all about. Also, check out the bastard son of the Weed, Cracka McSambo at The Three-Legged Monkey this Wednesday night. It's at 2313 NW Military Highway. It's Jackie's birthday and she's invited all of her hot bartender friends...nuff said.
There will be a memorial service held in memory of Taco Land owner, Ramiro "Ram" Ayala, starting at 8:30 pm.
First Annual Friends of Ram Blood Drive August 14, 2005
There will be a memorial service held in memory of Taco Land owner, Ramiro "Ram" Ayala, on Sunday, August 14th, 2005 starting at 8:30 pm. It will take place at the historic Josephine Theatre, which is located at 339 W. Josephine Street (at the corner of W. Josephine & N. St. Mary's). The memorial service is being held by Ramiro's wife & love of 41 years, Tina Cruz, and their sons Mark and Edward. There will be live music by The Infidels, The Rhythm Kings, Los Mescaleros and others, as well as remembrances by many of Ram's friends, family & members of the San Antonio & Austin music community. The event is free & open to the public. All of Ram's friends & fans are invited to attend. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will also be on-hand throughout the evening for a very special Blood Drive. The "First Annual Friends of Ramiro 'Ram' Ayala Memorial Blood Drive" will begin at 6:00 pm in front of the Josephine Theatre, and will continue inside the lobby when the doors open at 8:30 pm. The hope is that this drive will generate as many as 100 units of blood for the center, which is currently operating on only a one-day supply. This event will also act as a "blood replacement drive", benefiting our friends Denise "Sunshine" Koger and the late Douglas "Gypsy Doug" Morgan. If there are any outstanding medical expenses for either (or both), the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will direct a donation for every unit collected that night toward those hospital bills. In addition to helping to boost the South Texas blood supply at this critical time, donors will receive a commemorative Ram Ayala Memorial T-Shirt while the supply lasts. This shirt will not be sold or reproduced, so donors are encouraged to arrive early. The Cruz Family wishes to thank the public, Ram's public, for the generous outpouring of love & support over these last difficult weeks, and looks forward to seeing everyone at the Josephine Theatre on this Sunday, August 14th for this memorial service & celebration of a truly wonderful man's life. Please help us to spread the word of this event, by forwarding this to as many friends & fellow members of the music community as possible.
August 7, 2005
Friday night we went to BoozeHounds to check out the new band Spitfire playing their first gig and we had a blast! These guys play a great mix of songs. From Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music" to Audioslave's "Cochise" and everything in between. The singer is a raging ball of energy and has the perfect voice for covering the great bands of the 90's like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Collective Soul. (I was in 90's Heaven!) Bassist Xavier (some of you might know him from 10Stick) took over for some great 80's hits like The Romantics' "What I Like About You" and Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself."
We couldn't stay in our seats and had to get up and dance when they played songs like Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of." And we weren't the only ones. The dance floor stayed pretty busy the whole time. The crowd loved these guys! At one point during the night, a girl came around collecting money to tip the band because she thought they were doing such a great job. As she presented them with the tip, she gave them a two-handed "Rock-n-Roll" sign because as she said, it was "too much rock for one hand!"
All the members of Spitfire are very talented. We were really impressed with the drummer, pounding out the rhythms! My only complaint of the night was that I wanted to hear a song or two that featured a little more guitarwork from Anthony, because he is a really good guitarist! Very clean, precise and quick. I wanted to hear more!
The crowd wanted to hear more too - when the band was done, they were screaming for more! Don't worry people! You can hear more of Spitfire Saturday (Aug 13) at The Irish Pub or the next Saturday (Aug 20) at Firehouse Pub & Grill.