A Review of Warped Tour 2016

A Review of Warped Tour 2016

–By Dennis Gibbons Summer is at an end and the true beginning of fall has arrived. While fall is here, the heat of summer still lingers for some in the US. This summer was eventful for me, and many of my friends, with multiple tours going on and lots of good times being had. I had a chance to attend the 2016 Vans Warped Tour in Camden in July at the BB&T Pavilion, formerly known as the Susquehanna Bank Center. It was a sweltering hot day, which caused many to faint from the heat from just standing in line while waiting for the gates to open. Many people had heat issues throughout the day due to improper hydration, even though water was readily available and a free fountain to refill beverage containers was running throughout the day. The day was filled with many many great performances. My top 3 would be Sum 41, Whitechapel, and Motionless in White. All three bands were full of energy and had the crowd going crazy from the start. Sum 41 made their return on this tour and announced a Fall tour later this year. I listened to Sum 41 growing up and it was great to fulfill my dream to photograph one of their concerts. Their vocalist appeared much healthier after seeking treatment for alcohol in the wake of a near-death experience from overdrinking. Whitechapel was a very violent show, which made it...
Chicago Open Air! July 15-17 – Check This Out!

Chicago Open Air! July 15-17 – Check This Out!

Chicago Open Air debuts July 15-17 and promises a bevy of awesomeness to attendees!  The band-list alone is worth the price of admission including Rammstein, Disturbed and Slipknot as the headliners; plus gourmet man-food, craft beer, inaugural dinner kickoffs, and pre-party & after-show events. Check out the details below.  If you’re a midwest metal fan, festivals like this are not to be missed!   Chicago Open Air July 15, 16 And 17 Festival At Toyota Park In Bridgeview, IL Headliners Rammstein, Disturbed And Slipknot Will Be Joined By Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men And Many More   Additional onsite experiences, as well the official pre-party, an Inaugural Kickoff Dinner at Chicago’s Goose & Fox, and after-show events have been announced for the first annual Chicago Open Air. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival held July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago will feature a spectacular music lineup.   Overall, Chicago Open Air will feature performances by more than 40 bands, including Rammstein (the group’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012), Chicago’s own Disturbed (who recently returned from a 4-year hiatus with their #1 album Immortalized), global rock juggernauts Slipknot, Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, and many more. The festival will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by Jose Mangin from SiriusXM.   A limited...
Coverage of the Traitors – With Dennis Gibbons!

Coverage of the Traitors – With Dennis Gibbons!

It’s only been a few months since their most recent release of “Sleep Disorder”, but Traitors is back in the studio recording and writing their new album as you read this! It’s sure to feature a more evolved Traitors with new vocal techniques coming from their awesome vocalist, Tyler Shelton. There is no projected release date as of now, but be sure to follow their Facebook page for more info at:https://www.facebook.com/Traitorsfl Traitors is a Metal band based out of Florida. Their members are Tyler Shelton on Vocals, Stephen Arango on Drums, Mikey Ingram on Guitar, Alan de la Torre on Guitar, and Dave Moore on Bass. This lineup contains some of Florida’s best and brightest musicians, making for an incredible music experience at each show. One can describe their music as heavy hitting, crushing, and worthy of a violent mosh session with friends. If you happen to attend one of their live shows, which I assure you will be a great experience, you can expect the same. I was able to hang out with Traitors on their latest tour with Oceano in Philly back in April, thanks to Stephen Arango, and it sure was a great time. We got to converse about music, their future projects, and what was going on that night. The concert was held at Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia, a small venue with a bar attached to the Electric Factory. It is a nice venue with...

DOLORES O’RIORDAN Was About To Record Her Collaboration With Metal Band BAD WOLVES When She Died...

DOLORES O’RIORDAN Was About To Record Her Collaboration With Metal Band BAD WOLVES When She Died
Metal band BAD WOLVES issued a statement today via Twitter, expressing its deep condolences at the sudden passing of THE CRANBERRIES lead vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. O'Riordan was set to record her vocals today on the up-and-… Continue Reading

BRUCE DICKINSON ‘Really Enjoyed’ Singing BLAZE BAYLEY-Era IRON MAIDEN Songs...

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was recently interviewed for a special episode of the "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked why he agreed to perform some of the Blaze Bayley-era IRON Continue Reading

Jack White announces new solo album Boarding House Reach...

Jack White will release his 3rd solo album Boarding House Reach in March - listen to new tracks Respect Commander and Connected By Love.… Continue Reading

VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Releases Music Video For ‘Heartfelt’ Song ‘Candle’...

VIXEN Singer JANET GARDNER Releases Music Video For ‘Heartfelt’ Song ‘Candle’
VIXEN frontman Janet Gardner's official music video for the song "Candle" can be seen below. The track is taken from her self-titled debut solo album, which was released last August via Pavement Entertainment. Gardner told RoContinue Reading

TONY HARNELL Says He Had ‘A Great Time’ With SKID ROW, Insists He ‘Did Not Quit’ TNT...

Tony Harnell says that he "had a great time" singing for SKID ROW, despite the fact that he lasted less than a year as the frontman of the formerly New Jersey-based outfit. Harnell joined SKID ROW in April 2015 as the replacement fo… Continue Reading
Former SAMSON And IRON MAIDEN Drummer THUNDERSTICK Recruits New Female Singer VIIXEN

Former SAMSON And IRON MAIDEN Drummer THUNDERSTICK Recruits New Female Singer VIIXEN...

British drummer Barry Graham Purkis, better known as Thunderstick, who played with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the seventies and then moved on to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), has rev… Continue Reading

GLENN HUGHES ‘May Be The Last Man Standing’ When It Comes To Performing Classic DEEP PURPLE Songs...

Iconic rocker Glenn Hughes says DEEP PURPLE will soon cease touring completely, leaving him "the last man standing" who can play the band's songs with authenticity. Speaking on the "White Line Fever" podcast, Hughes discusse… Continue Reading

DEF LEPPARD Drummer Doesn’t Care About Being Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME...

During a recent interview with radio personality Eddie Trunk, DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen offered his thoughts on the possibility of his band eventually being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. "I think if the fans… Continue Reading

Robert Plant to headline Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering 2018...

Robert Plant, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Therapy?, Sleeper, Jesus Jones and more confirmed for Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering 2018.… Continue Reading
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Releases ‘Wanderlust’ Studio Video

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Releases ‘Wanderlust’ Studio Video...

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's studio video for "Wanderlust" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's fourth album, "BCCIV", which was released last September via Mascot Records. This is BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's fir… Continue Reading
JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD Says ‘Firepower’ Album Sounds Like It Was Recorded By ‘A Young, Fresh Metal Band’

JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD Says ‘Firepower’ Album Sounds Like It Was Recorded By ‘A Young, Fresh Metal Band’...

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the lyrical themes covered on the band's upcoming album, "Firepower". "We're an open book," he said. "We can go anywhere, and that's my job, where the p… Continue Reading
MYLES KENNEDY Announces Solo Tour Of U.K.

MYLES KENNEDY Announces Solo Tour Of U.K.

Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS) has announced a string of intimate headline dates in the U.K., his first as a solo artist. The six shows take place in March, to coincide with the rel… Continue Reading

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DOLORES O’RIORDAN Was About To Record Her Collaboration With Metal Band BAD WOLVES When She Died