Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kurdt Vanderhoof & Jarvis Letherby on this Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 332 - Metal Demon

A double header this week as we bring you a chat with Kurdt Vanderhoof as Metal Church releases “Classic Live” via RatPak Records.


If that wasn't enough metal for ya we also we talk once again with Jarvis Letherby as Night Demon sets loose their latest “Darkness Remains”.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

House of Lords guitarist Jimi Bell Guests on The Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 331 - Jimi Bell

House of Lords just released “Saint of The Lost Souls” and this week we have guitarist Jimi Bell on the show to give us the whole story on the album. Jimi also regales us with some great stories from the eighties including a great Ozzy recollection. Get more info at HouseofLordsBand.com



Track of the week is from past FoM guests Wolfpakk from their new one on AFM  “Wolves Reign”. Find em’ at Wolfpakk.net


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Metal Journo Howard Johnson guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 330 - Kerrang! Episode 4


This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a chat we just had with Howard Johnson. Howard had a wealth of great stories for us and we are sure you’re going to enjoy everything he has to say. These days Howard is involved with the great Rock Candy Mag. They just put out issue 1 and you can get yourself a copy by going to rockcandymag.com/

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

DIAMOND HEAD TO TOUR THE STATES WITH FIRST EVER USA FESTIVAL APPEARANCES


One of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Diamond Head, will be returning to the States for tour dates in May and in August. From May 17-27, the band - led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler - will be playing headline shows (and two dates with Ross the Boss, as well as a performance at the Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago with Armored Saint, and an appearance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma). And then from August 19-25, Diamond Head will return to the US for another festival appearance (Psycho Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas), as well as additional headlining gigs. 

“Excited to be back in the US this spring, playing songs from the new album ‘Diamond Head’ along with many classics from Lightning To The Nations, Borrowed Time & Canterbury’.” -Brian Tatler, 5/4/17

As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. And while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians - especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as “Am I Evil,” “Helpless,” “The Prince,” and “It’s Electric” multiple times - on multiple platinum releases.

In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release - 2016’s self-titled offering. Their seventh studio albums overall, the album has become one of their most critically acclaimed of their entire career - as evidenced by Classic Rock Magazine saying, "It just fu*kin' rocks in glorious timeless fashion" and Metal Hammer simply adding, "This is rather excellent."

And soon, many U.S. fans will get to see the legendary Diamond Head on a nearby concert stage. 

"When we made 'Kill Em All', it was just Diamond Head and Motörhead" 
Lars Ulrich - Metallica

"We're a combination of the two heads, Diamond Head and Motörhead. The epic feel is definitely from Diamond Head, while the simplicity came from Motörhead." 
James Hetfield – Metallica

"I'm influenced by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Brian Tatler". 
Dave Mustaine - Megadeth



DIAMOND HEAD LINE-UP 2017:
Brian Tatler - Guitars 
Rasmus Bom Andersen - Vocals 
Abbz Abberley  - Guitars 
Dean Ashton - Bass 
Karl Wilcox - Drums 

DIAMOND HEAD US TOUR 2017:

Additional dates to be announced shortly.

W   5/17 Columbus, OH      Ace of Cups
Th  5/18 Indianapolis, IN     The Headquarters w/Ross The Boss
F    5/19 Rock Island, IL      RIBCO
S    5/20 Chicago, IL            Legions of Metal Festival w/Armored Saint 
Su  5/21 Savage, MN          Neisens w/Ross The Boss                 
M   5/22 Joliet, IL                 The Forge
T    5/23 Newport, KY          Southgate House
Th  5/25 Springfield, MO     Nathan P Murphy's
S    5/27 Pryor, OK              Rocklahoma Festival                    
S    8/19 Las Vegas, NV      Psycho Vegas 2017 Festival
W   8/23 Portland, OR         Bossanova Ballrooms
Th  8/25 Seattle, WA           El Corazon


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Robin McAuley Returns to the show on this weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 329 - Robin McAuley

Vocalist Robin McAuley returns to the show this week. We haven’t talked to Robin since late 2015 but as usual; the guy stays pretty busy. Besides the relaunch of Raiding The Rock Vault Robin has also been doing dates with Michael Schenker as part of Schenker Fest. In fact they just did a multi format release of the Tokyo show in late March. Keep track of Robin at his site robinmcauley.com/ 

See if the Schenker Fest is coming near you at michaelschenkerhimself.com/


Get all the Rock Vault and tix at raidingtherockvault.com/


Track of the week is from past FoM guests Helker from their new one on AFM  “Firesoul”. Find em’ at helker.net/



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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bobby Blitz of Overkill on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 328 - Overkill

Overkill recently released their latest “The Grinding Wheel” on Nuclear Blast. The band just finished the US run of their Killfest tour and are getting ready to make their way to Europe in June. Richie caught up with the band at their second to last US date in Worcester Mass and had a chat with Bobby Blitz.

Find all things Overkill over at their official site: wreckingcrew.com



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

dUg Pinnick of KXM on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 327 - dUg Pinnick

Rat Pak Records just released the sophomore effort from KXM “Scatterbrain” This week we have bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick as our guest to discuss the release as well as give some insight into future plans with King’s X.


Keep up with dUg at: dugnation.net/ 

Order up your own copy of “Scatterbrain” at ratpakrecordsamerica.com/kxm


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kerrang! #3 with Steffan Chirazi on This weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 326 - Kerrang! Episode 3


This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a talk we had with Steffan Chirazi. Stefan had lots of candid stories about his time working for Kerrang! and we think your gonna like them. These days Steffan is best known as the editor of “So What” and for his continued work in metal journalism.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Brad Gillis From Night Ranger Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 325 - Night Ranger

On March 24th Night Ranger released “Don’t Let Up” via Frontiers Records. Brad Gillis gave us a call to talk about the new release and what’s up for the coming year with Night Ranger. Find out all the info on the band at nightranger.com



Track of The Week is From Sinner off their latest “Tequila Suicide” on AFM Records.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bumblefoot from Art of Anarchy Guests On This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 324 - Art of Anarchy

Art of Anarchy just dropped their sophomore release “The Madness” and Ron Bumblefoot Thal dropped by to discuss it with us, Find out more about Bumblefoot at http://www.bumblefoot.com/in


Track of the week this week comes courtesy of Frontiers as we bring you a cut from Stephen Pearcy’s “Smash” album. 


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