Wednesday, November 22, 2017

James Kottak Continues His Career Rundown on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 356 - Kottak Part 2

Last week we left the James Kottak story off at the 1999 “Eye II Eye” release from the mighty Scorpions. We pick up the story this week as we look at the Kottak band as well as James’ remaining years with the Scorpions. And even though he’s no longer with the Scorps he’s not done yet as we find out when he talks about a new Kottak release in the near future. All this and more on this weeks Focus on Metal


Keep up with James at: JamesKottak.com



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James Kottak Gives us a Career Rundown on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 355 - Kottak Part 1

Last month we did a two part career retrospective on Doug Aldrich. This Month we’re at it again and this time the subject is James Kottak. Yep it’s full on Kottak Attack on Focus on Metal. This week we’ll run through early days up to the 1999 release “Eye II Eye” from the Scorpions. Next week we’ll continue from 1999 to what James is up to today.


Keep up with James at: JamesKottak.com



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shawn Drover from Act of Defiance Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 354 - Act of Defiance

Back in September of 2015 we spoke with Shawn Drover about the debut release from Act of Defiance, “Birth and The Burial”. Two years later A.O.D. has released their sophomore effort “Old Scars, New Wounds” and once again we are privileged to have Shawn back on the show to talk about it.














Track of the week is from AFM artist Nocturnal Rites from their new release “Phoenix”


As promised here's the trailer for Bob Nalbandian's upcoming documentary that he's working on with Cleopatra Films, "Band vs. Brand"


Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Kris Combs From Iris Divine on This Weeks Focus on Metal




Episode 353 - Iris Divine

Iris Divine? I hear ya, up until this week they weren’t on my radar either but this week we are going to correct that. These guys just released their second full length entitled “The Static and The Noise” and we’ve got Kris Combs on the line to talk all about it. 


Get em on the net at: IrisDivineband.com



Plus we also delve into some new music from Revolution Saints, Twelve Noon, L.A. Guns, Bigfoot, and Autograph.



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Doug Aldrich Returns For More On This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 352 - A Brief History of Doug Aldrich Part 2

Lion, DIO, House of Lords, Burning Rain, Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies, Revolution Saints we could go on and on but the common denominator in all of this is guitarist Doug Aldrich. This week we continue our career retrospective on Doug with a look at what he was up to from 1993 up to the release of Revolution Saints second release “Light in The Dark”. An amazing career and he’s still going strong blasting out amazing new tunes on his Les Paul Gold Top.



Find Doug on Facebook at: facebook.com/DougAldrich.official



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Doug Aldrich Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 351 - A Brief History of Doug Aldrich Part 1

Doug Aldrich has been a frequent guest here on Focus on Metal. They guy has played guitar with some major players in the world of rock and metal and yet he’s still one of the most down to earth people you’ll ever talk with. Given his long history we’ve always wanted to do a career retrospective with him and this week we’re doing it. So on this episode we run through Doug’s career up to Bad Moon Rising and we’ll go from there up to Revolution Saints next week. Speaking of Revolution Saints, be sure to grab a copy of their new one “Light In The Dark”.




Find Doug on Facebook at: facebook.com/DougAldrich.official



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Former Warlock Shredder Tommy Bolan Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal as we Celebrate 30 Years of Triumph And Agony


Episode 350 - Triumph And Agony


Hard to believe that the classic Warlock release “Triumph And Agony” turns 30 this year. To celebrate Doro has been doing an anniversary tour that revisits the album and if that isn’t enough she also brought along the guy who laid down all the killer guitar, Tommy Bolan. We got a chance to talk with Tommy about Warlock history and what its like to be sharing the stage with Doro again. So enjoy our own small celebration of Triumph And Agony this week. 

Here's Tommy with Doro at Sweden Rock this year




Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jimmy D'Anda From Lynch Mob Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 349 - Lynch Mob

Double shot of metal this week as we bring you chats with Jimmy D’Anda and Andreas Johansson. Lynch Mob just released “The Brotherhood” via RatPak Records. This one is a must have for any Lynch Mob fan and Jimmy will give us all the info on that as well as what’s up with his other gig Lies, Deceit & Treachery.



Also this week we will talk with Andreas from Sweden’s Air Raid. Those guys just released “Across The Line” which is 9 tracks of classic 80’s metal. How do a bunch of guys from Gothenberg crank out classic American metal fused with early Yngwie? Listen and find out. 


Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feedEarPeeler.com or subscribe on iTunes.

You can hear us every Tuesday night on Pure Rock Radio
and each Wednesday afternoon on Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always

Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Friday, September 29, 2017

ULI JON ROTH FANS all over the world! Prepare yourselves for a monumental evening of sheer musical ecstasy!!!



In 2018 ULI JON ROTH is celebrating a rare TRIPLE ANNIVERSARY

For UJR Fans all over the globe 2018 is going to be a very special year:

  • 40-year anniversary of SCORPIONS - TOKYO TAPES !
  • 40-year anniversary of the Birth of ELECTRIC SUN !!
  • 50-year ANNIVERSARY of Uli’s first ever stage performance in 1968 !!!

To celebrate this special anniversary year, ULI JON ROTH is performing a whole series of concerts and tours worldwide with varying programs.

His two-month TRIPLE ANNIVERSARY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR – starting at the end of May 2018 - will be devoted to performing a complete set of Songs from Uli’s ground breaking ELECTRIC SUN period.

ELECTRIC SUN REBORN will consist of an intense 90-minute set by Uli and his band, complemented by multi-media projections. This is followed by an intermission and a shorter set of the highlights from TOKYO TAPES REVISITED to round off the 3-hour extravaganza.

Uli has not performed the bulk of this music for over 30 years. Although it never enjoyed the overwhelming commercial success of Scorpions, Electric Sun was far more than just a cult band and had a sizeable following on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in Japan. Largely thanks to Uli’s innovative and ground-breaking guitar playing and interesting compositions the band became artistically influential and presented a unique blend, which was sometimes likened to a strange mixture, located somewhere between Beethoven and Hendrix.

Following the worldwide success of his latest SCORPIONS REVISITED releases, Uli will now revisit the spellbinding music of his first solo venture after leaving Scorpions and re-connect with his songs from that prolific era of his long and colorful career. 

Widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever, Uli pioneered a unique style of guitar playing which - for the first time - combined complete mastery of the instrument with an intensely melodic and emotional appeal. Uli’s Electric Sun guitar solos are both uplifting and often mesmerizing, displaying a very wide variety of textures, colors and novel ideas. They always take you on a journey. 

From his earliest days’ onwards, Uli has always been a bold and uncompromising musical innovator of the first order and his Electric Sun period bears ample witness to that fact. Being the first guitar player in rock to incorporate complex melodic arpeggio sequences, Uli Jon Roth - in the eyes of many of his peers - practically reinvented modern guitar-technique almost singlehandedly during his Scorpions tenure, but even more so during his Electric Sun days. 
Uli has now taken a fresh look at this material, drawn from the altogether three Electric Sun albums which he wrote some 40 years ago. The three albums – in chronological order – were EARTHQUAKE, FIRE WIND and BEYOND THE ASTRAL SKIES. Electric Sun and Uli fans alike will be delighted to finally hear these songs played live again by the master himself. 

As a real bonus for his die-hard fans and connoisseurs Uli has a special treat in store which will bring many a tear to the eyes of nostalgic older fans; due to popular request, Uli will finally bring his legendary white Fender Stratocaster guitar on tour again! The famous instrument - which he used during ALMOST ALL the Scorpions and Electric Sun recordings (!) - will make an onstage appearance for a couple of songs after having remained silent for so many years... The guitar has not been played in public since the Mid-Eighties when Uli switched over to SKY GUITARS for good and he is looking forward to putting this iconic guitar through its paces for old times’ sake. The “WHITE STRAT” can be seen on the covers of IN TRANCE as well as FIRE WIND. Uli played this guitar in EVERY SINGLE Scorpions concert since 1975 and on every single Electric Sun album !!!

To make the evening even more intense, another VERY SPECIAL TREAT is reserved for the purchasers of VIP PASSES and comes as a big surprise. (VIP passes are only available online at UliJonRoth.com). VIP PASS holders will be given a unique opportunity to hear Uli perform his METAMORPHOSIS OF VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS in its entirety during a private pre-show concert!!!

Uli has not performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in over 14 years and this is a very rare chance to hear this amazing piece of music played live by the “Master of the Sky Guitar” himself. Uli was the first and only guitarist ever to perform this most famous of all violin concertos on electric guitar note for note, stretching the instrument to the very limits of its capabilities, and beyond. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concerto was written in 1723 and sounds as fresh and inspirational now as it did 300 years ago. Particularly so in Uli’s truly mind-blowing rendition, which is fiendishly difficult to play on guitar and can only be performed at concert pitch on one of his signature SKY GUITARS.
Uli will be accompanied for the VIP event by his two very talented young protégés NIKLAS TURMAN and DAVID KLOSINSKI on guitar as well as CORVIN BAHN on keyboards who will play the orchestral parts. As an additional treat, Uli is going to perform this piece on his legendary “MIGHTY WING” 7-string SKY GUITAR, which has not been seen in public for a long time, but which was his main guitar for a period of 20 years.

ULI JON ROTH FANS all over the world! Prepare yourselves for a monumental evening of sheer musical ecstasy!!!

Confirmed tour dates:

5/31 Dallas, TX Trees 
6/1 Houston, TX Arcadia
6/2 San Antonio, TX Rockbox 
6/5  Phoenix, AZ Club Red
6/6 Hollywood, CA Roxy Theater
6/7 San Jan Capistrano, CA Coach House
6/8 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
6/9 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
6/10 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
6/12 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst 
6/13 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theater
6/14 Berkley, CA Cornerstone 
6/15 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
6/16 Seattle, WA Studio 7
6/17 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
6/18 Vancouver, BC Venue 
6/26 St. Paul, MN Amsterdam Music Hall
6/29 Joliet, IL The Forge 
6/30 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
7/1 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
7/2 Toronto, ON Rockpile
7/3 Montreal, QU TBA
7/4 Quebec, QU L’ Anti
7/5 Ottawa, ON Brass Monkey
7/6  Pawling, NY Daryl’s House
7/7  Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
7/8  Hartford, CT Infinity Music Hall
7/10 NYC, NY Gramercy Theater
7/11 Asbury Park, NJ Wonderbar
7/12 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater
7/15 Anderson, IN State Theatre

Additional dates will be added soon.


UJR official website:  http://ulijonroth.com/
UJR on Twitter:   https://twitter.com/UliJonRoth1

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Getcha' Pull! "Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over" DVD/CD to be released via Metal Blade Records on November 24; PledgeMusic Campaign & pre-orders begin now!


With 2006's Dimevision Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have, fans of Dimebag Darrell and his work with Pantera and Damageplan were afforded the chance to see into the world of the legendary guitarist. Compiled from the many, many hours of video footage captured between the mid-80s and his later years, it was a funny, touching and poignant memorial. 

Metal Blade Records is thrilled to announce the release of Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over - another true celebration of the man and how he lived his life - on November 24, 2017. Pre-orders are available via Metal Blade here: http://www.metalblade.com/dimevision. The DVD/CD set - which will include more raw footage, true gems and classic Dimebag moments - will also include five previously unreleased demos, picked from a vast catalog Dimebag accrued since longtime girlfriend Rita Haney gave him his first 4-track in 1984. 

Beginning today at 3:33pm Texas Central "Dime Time", a PledgeMusic campaign has also been launched to support the release of the set. There, you can also view an official Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over trailer. In addition to acting as a pre-order for the set, the PledgeMusic campaign includes an assortment of rare items to buy, including props and costumes that belonged to Dimebag and that you can see in his home videos/Dimevision volumes, rare stage clothing, and other merchandise. Visit the PledgeMusic page here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/dimevision2 
Going into making Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, Rita Haney worked in collaboration with Daryl "Bobby Tongs" Arnberger, who was not only one of Dimebag's closest friends both on and off the road, but also worked as an official videographer for Pantera, Damageplan and a plethora of A-list musicians, from Slipknot to Dolly Parton, along with film editor Rob Fenn. After cataloguing hundreds of tapes, they chose 43 segments to create Dimevision Vol. 2. 

Arnberger explains, "As we all watched, we envisioned certain segments and ideas coming to life in my head, and rather than it serving as a memorial, this second DVD is more about the vision Dime had in his head for this footage, what he actually wanted it to become. This one is more uplifting, funny, and it stays 100% true to his idea for Dimevision." 

Fans of the original know that this way of life involved a lot of whiskey, an insane amount of fireworks and a contagious desire to have fun - and like its predecessor, the title is also drawn from the words of the man himself. Having a habit of latching onto a saying or a phrase, this soon became part of his particular dialect, affectionately dubbed 'Dime-bonics'. "It comes from something he was saying a lot in 2003 and 2004," Haney recalls. "He'd call from the road and he'd say 'man, I'm beat up out here, but that's the highs and lows of rock and roll. You gotta roll with it or get rolled over.'" 

"He had a unique way of seeing things, and he always lived with a video camera," adds Haney. "No matter where we went he was always capturing what was going on, and myself and others around him were filming a lot too. In putting out these videos I just want people to see the way he was, 24/7. What you saw on stage and backstage, that was how he lived." 

Unsuspecting visitors to the couple's home were regularly drawn in - memorable segments involve girl scouts selling cookies and Dimebag experiencing an "interesting" CPAP machine fitting - and events as mundane as taking a friend to get a pedicure become hilarious, thanks to his particular way of seeing the world. As endlessly entertaining as Dimebag was, there were of course other, deeper sides to his personality, which are also reflected in both volumes. Haney adds, "There were some really touching, deep, heavy and emotional moments in the first one, where he's talking about himself to the camera while in the shower. Filming himself like that was something he did a lot, and you'd have no clue until you're looking through the tapes and come across them, and when you do the goosebumps crawl all over you. People that love and know Darrell are going to be touched by what he has to say, because it's him telling you for the first time." 

As for his included demos, Dimebag not only wrote down the lyrics and dates of everything he recorded but also his thoughts on it at the time, which Haney will also be sharing with fans. However, she's quick to point out that no one should expect high production standards ("It's called a 4-track for a reason!") and that these are not 'lost' Pantera tracks. "These songs come from his off-time, it was entertainment to him - one of them was even inspired by a George Michael solo record coming out back in the 80s!" she laughs. "But he loved making music and he appreciated all kinds of music, whether he was making a joke of it or not, it still caught his ear, and I hope people can enjoy these songs for what they are and the spirit they were made in." 

With so much footage left over, fans can rest assured that as fulfilling as Dimevision Vol 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over is, there's still a lot to look forward to. Haney says, "We hope to make [Dimevision] an annual thing. It will all depend on if the fans want it and support it!" 

For more information visit the Metal Blade Records landing page here: http://www.metalblade.com/dimevision