Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chad Nicefield of Wilson plus a bit of Music Discovery on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 393 - Wilson

A varied show this week as we welcome Chad Nicefield of Wilson to the show to talk about their new one “Tasty Nasty”. We also do a bit of music discovery with tracks by Kilmara, Professor Black, DC4 and Maxxwell, Also we bid adieu to Earpeeler.com. 



Track of the week is by Brainstorm off their latest studio release “Midnight Ghost”.

Here's another great track off the album


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Carlos Cavazo & Paul Shortino Recall The Making of Quiet Riot's 1988 "QR" Release on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 392 - QR at 30

30 years ago this month Quiet Riot released QR (aka QR IV, Quiet Riot, or Quiet Riot IV). 
It wasn’t the classic lineup of the band in fact only drummer Frankie Banali and Carlos Cavazo remained from prior incarnations. This time the band was fronted by veteran singer Paul Shortino and Sean McNabb replaced the recently departed Chuck Wright. All these changes conspired to make this release a tough one to sell to the fans. Quiet Riot would not release another album for five years when Kevin Dubrow was welcomed back into the fold with the 1993 release “Terrified”. Despite that, lots of folks do like this one so Richie decided to contact Carlos and Paul and pose some questions to them about this album on its 30th anniversary.


And if this gets you in the mood for some more of this lineup, check out Rough Riot


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jarvis Leatherby of Night Demon on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 391 - Live Darkness

What do you do when you’re a hard working metal band with two killer albums behind you? If you’re Night Demon you release a double live masterpiece “Live Darkness”. This week we have Jarvis Leatherby on the show for a third time to give us the rundown on Live Darkness and what’s being planned for the band in the coming year.

Here's Night Demon covering a Maiden classic at Keep It True 2017

Point your browser to NightDemon.net to get all your Night Demon news, tour dates, and their official merch store. While you're there pick up your own copy of Live Darkness or any of their back catalog you might want too.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

James Kottak is back on Board This Week to Talk all Things Kingdom Come




Episode 390 - Kingdom Come

In March of 1988 Kingdom Come released their self titled debut album. Bolstered by tracks like “Get It On” the album was flying off shelves and led to being invited to be on the Monsters of Rock bill. With the 30th anniversary upon us James Kottak decided to get the band back together and celebrate the music. Although original singer Lenny Wolf declined to take part James was still able to pull together original guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier as well as original bassist Johnny B. Frank to take part in the assault. Keith St John will be taking over vocals for the tour. So this week we’re joined by James to give us all the straight talk about this anniversary tour.

Head to KingdomComeBand.com for more info and tour dates.




And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing is Our Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 389 - Heavy Duty

Most excellent show this week as we have former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing on board. K.K. (along with Mark Eglinton) just released “Heavy Duty: Days And Night in Judas Priest” a 288 page book about his life in and out of Judas Priest. With only 50 minutes Richie didn’t have time to delve deep but the takeaway is that this is a must read for metal fans. There's stuff in this book for every Priest fan out there.


Want to keep up with K.K. then head to KKDowning.net/SteelMill/


K.K. Downing solo from a 2010 British Steel Show


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alex Skolnick & Mark Tremonti Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 388 - A Dying Majesty

Once again not one, but two returning guests this week. Alex Skolnick returns to give us the run down on the latest from Metal Allegiance “Volume II, Power Drunk Majesty” as well as some commentary on the 30th anniversary of Testament’s “The New Order”. 


Also this week Mark Tremonti is with us once again, this time to talk about the release of the limited edition book that was written to accompany “A Dying Machine”, the latest from Tremonti. He also gives us some insight on the new Alterbridge release “Live at Royal Albert Hall”.


Point your browser to MetalAllegiance.com/ for links to order your own copy of “Volume II, Power Drunk Majesty” or any of their other music.
Be sure to hit up MarkTremonti.com/  to order one of the limited first edition copies of “A Dying Machine” while they are still available.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Deen Castronovo & Glenn Hughes Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 387 - Set The World on Purple

We have not one, but two returning guests this week. Deen Castronovo pays us a visit to talk about his new Gioeli-Castonovo release “Set The World on Fire” as well as updates on Revolution Saints and The Dead Daisies. 


Head to DeenCastronovo.net for all your Deen info and to TheDeadDaisies.com for all their latest tour dates

If that wasn’t enough we also touch base once again with Glenn Hughes. Glenn is of course out on tour playing all his classic Deep Purple tracks so he fills us in on that as well as answering some deeper questions about his past career.

Here's a clip with Myles from the Steelhouse festival which Glenn talks about on this episode

Be sure to hit up GlennHughes.com for all of Glenn’s upcoming dates.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

KINGDOM COME CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR





KINGDOM COME CELEBRATES DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The hard rock band Kingdom Come was formed in1987 and quickly signed to Polydor Records. 
Kingdom Come released their first single "Get It On" which held a stranglehold on rock radio in early 1988, prompting their self-titled debut album to ship gold. 
The quintet, comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, and singer Lenny Wolf, took to the road immediately as part of the North American “Monsters of Rock” Tour alongside Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Dokken. In addition to touring and extensive radio airplay, they also became MTV favorites with such videos as "Get It On" and "What Love Can Be" helping the band to sell over two million debut albums worldwide.
 
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of that classic album prompting drummer James Kottak to revive Kingdom Come. 
Along with original members Danny Stag, Rick Steier, Johnny B. Frank, a tour to commemorate the success of the band and album is born. Original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate in the tour, but wishes the rest of the guys all the success and best in the world! Keith St. John (formerly of Montrose & Lynch Mob) will be stepping up to fill that large void, “but is definitely up to the job” according to the band members.
 
Guitarist Danny Stag says, “...we all love each other like brothers, get along, and laugh a lot. It's like a miracle that this is finally happening!" Bassist Johnny B. Frank adds, “It was 30 years ago The Wolf recruited us, The Rock produced us, MTV aired us and Van Halen made us Monsters Of Rock. Grateful to Rock another day!!!" 
 
Kingdom Come will tour in 2018 – 2019 performing songs from their legendary debut album along with music from their second album In Your Face.



The Kingdom Come 2018 – 2019 line up:
 
•           Drummer James Kottak  
•           Bassist Johnny B. Frank            
•           Guitarist Danny Stag  
•           Guitarist Rick Steier   
•           Singer Keith St. John  
 







Confirmed Kingdom Come Tour Dates:
 
9/27 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
9/28 Vancouver, WA – Cascade Bar & Grill
9/29 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver 
10/3 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
10/5 Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
10/6 Ramona, CA – Ramona Mainstage
10/7 Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live
10/8 Santa Fe, NM - Camel Rock Casino
10/11 St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre  w/ Special Guests Killer Dwarfs
10/12 Westland, MI – The Token Lounge
10/13 Versailles, OH – BMI Indoor Speedway  co-headlining with Autograph - special guests are Killer Dwarfs. 
10/14 Louisville, KY – Bourbon Hall 
10/17 Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s
10/18 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre
10/19 Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina 
10/20 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance   ***Kingdom Come is direct support for Zebra
10/21 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
10/23 New Bedford, MA – Greasy Luck Brewpub 
10/26 Granite City, IL – Eddie’s Bar & Grill
10/27 Kansas City, MO – The Scene K.C. Rock Bar
 
Please visit the band’s website (www.KingdomComeBand.com) for information on VIP Meet and Greets.
 
VISIT KINGDOM COME ONLINE:

www.KingdomComeBand.com (current lineup)   

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mick Wall & Joel McIver Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 386 - Kerrang! Episode 10

Our Kerrang! project continues this week with not one, but two guests. First up we have our perennial co-conspirator Joel McIver. Joel happens to have taken the dive into podcasting with the new show “Dead Rock Stars” which brings me to our second guest this week Joel’s cohost the legendary Mick Wall
Any longtime listener will know we’ve tried forever to get Mick on the show and we finally have him on as part of our Kerrang! project.So enjoy part 10 of the project and make sure you add “Dead Rock Stars” to your podcast habit.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

NEW BOOK, ‘THE 100 GREATEST ROCK BASSISTS,’ COUNTS DOWN AND ANALYZES THE BEST OF THE BASS




There have been seemingly countless “Greatest Rock Guitarists” lists assembled over the years - for articles or books. But...what about bassists? In ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists,’ author/journalist Greg Prato courageously attempts to level the playing field, single-handedly. In addition to counting them down from the bottom to the top, each entry contains info on each player - including background data, standout tracks, similar players, preferred makes/models, etc. 
 

And that’s not all! Also featured are ten all-new interviews for this book, with some of the greatest rock bassists of all-time (Billy Sheehan, Les Claypool, John Myung, Mike Watt, Doug Wimbish, Doug Pinnick, David Ellefson, Glenn Hughes, Glen Matlock, and Cris Kirkwood), as well as vintage/rarely-seen photos of many of the top names. So...put down your bass for a bit, pick up this book, and discover just who are ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists.’
 
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as ‘Shredders!: The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More),’ ‘The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s,’ and ‘Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music .’ ‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists’ is his 24th book overall.
 
‘The 100 Greatest Rock Bassists’ is available as a paperback version [258 pages, $14.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99].
 
Read excerpts here:
 

http://www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/the_100_greatest_rock_bassists_-_an_excerpt/

https://www.alternativenation.net/top-10-greatest-90s-alternative-rock-bassists/
 
Ordering info here:
 
Paperback & Kindle -
 http://a.co/6GLKPf0
 
Nook - 
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-100-greatest-rock-bassists-greg-prato/1129334041?ean=2940161908129