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...

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Joined By ‘Heavy Metal Grandma’ At Oslo Concert (Video)...

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was joined by an elderly lady on stage during the band's concert in Oslo, Norway. The American heavy metal outfit was performing the song "Jekyll and Hyde" at the Oslo Spektrum last night (Saturday, Novem… Continue Reading

LITA FORD Doesn’t Regret Including TONY IOMMI Abuse Accusations In Her Book...

Lita Ford says that she has no regrets about detailing what she has described in her memoir as an abusive relationship with Tony Iommi. The female rocker opened up about her tumultuous romance with the BLACK SABBATH guitarist in… Continue Reading

Malcolm Young: The Rock World pays tribute to the AC/DC icon...

The death of Malcolm Young has prompted tributes from Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osborne, Eddie Van Halen, Tony Iommi, Def Leppard, David Coverdale, Lars Ulrich and many more...… Continue Reading

SEBASTIAN BACH Says There Were No ‘Talks’ About SKID ROW Reunion, Just ‘Texts’...

Sebastian Bach says that he has no say in whether he reunites with SKID ROW or not, explaining that his return to the group lies solely at the hands of their respective managers. SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo last week shot dContinue Reading

Influential NWOBHM Band TRESPASS Releases ‘Momentum’ Video...

Classic NWOBHM outfit TRESPASS has released a new music video for the song "Momentum". A hard-rocking British metal song with an old-school '80s JUDAS PRIEST vibe, it is taken from TRESPASS's upcoming comeback album, "FootprContinue Reading
TERROR UNIVERSAL: ‘Make Them Bleed’ Title Track Available For Streaming

TERROR UNIVERSAL: ‘Make Them Bleed’ Title Track Available For Streaming...

"Make Them Bleed", the title track of the full-length debut from TERROR UNIVERSAL, the "horror metal" band featuring ILL NIÑO drummer Dave Chavarri (who also previously played with SOULFLY), can be streamed below. Due on Jan… Continue Reading

GUNS N’ ROSES Pays Tribute To MALCOLM YOUNG In Sacramento (Video)...

GUNS N' ROSES paid tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young during a concert in California, dedicating covers of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" to the iconic guitarist who died this weekend. Singer Axl Rose introd… Continue Reading

DAVE GROHL Pays Tribute To MALCOLM YOUNG: ‘Thank You For The Songs And The Feel And The Cool’...

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has paid touching tribute to Malcolm Young. The AC/DC co-founder died earlier today (Saturday, November 18) surrounded by family after a long battle with dementia. In a note posted on the FOO FIContinue Reading

STRYPER Is Almost Done Recording New Album

STRYPER finished recording all the basic tracks for its new album (everything except lead vocals and lead guitar solos) a few days ago. According to frontman Michael Sweet, "it went much faster than expected and it sounds absol… Continue Reading
Video: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Kicks Off First Tour Since Death Of Creator PAUL O’NEILL

Video: TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Kicks Off First Tour Since Death Of Creator PAUL O’NEILL...

Multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (a.k.a. TSO) kicked off its fall 2017 U.S. tour this past Thursday night (November 16). Fan-filmed video footage of the West Coast version of the tour perform… Continue Reading

Former ACCEPT Frontman UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER Doesn’t Want To Confuse People By Continuing Namesake ‘DIRKSCHNEIDER’ Band...

Spark TV, which is part of the Czech monthly magazine Spark, recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his son Sven, who plays drums in Udo's namesake band DIRKSCHNEIDER and his long-ru… Continue Reading
WITCHERY Guitarist PATRIK JENSEN Says Newer Album Production Jobs Give Him ‘Metal Fatigue’

WITCHERY Guitarist PATRIK JENSEN Says Newer Album Production Jobs Give Him ‘Metal Fatigue’...

Metal Wani's Chuck Marshall recently conducted an interview with guitarist Patrik Jensen of Swedish thrashers WITCHERY. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On w… Continue Reading

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Joined By ‘Heavy Metal Grandma’ At Oslo Concert (Video)