Friday, July 21, 2017


Legendary singer Frank DiMino of 70s rock group ANGEL will be playing a few shows for his east coast fans in early August. Fans can expect to hear lots of ANGEL classics and songs from his solo album ‘Old Habits Die Hard’. His backing band includes Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, DC3), Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford, ANGEL), Kevin Kapler (Crazy Town, Dizzy Reed Band), and Fritz O’Hara (The Buzzards, Marky Ramone & the Intruders).
VIP Fan Experiences are available at all shows. Attend soundcheck, meet Frank, have your personal items signed, get your picture taken with him, and more! Please visit
     Date                         Venue                         
8/4/17 Fri.                 Chaplin’s                       Spring City, PA

8/5/17 Sat.                The Chance Theater      Poughkeepsie, NY

8/6/17 Sun.                Dingbatz                        Clifton, NJ

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It’s an incredible accomplishment when a rock band has been successful enough to reach the 25-year mark since the release of their first album.

And this year, raunchy southern rockers Jackyl have accomplished this feat, and are celebrating with an appropriately-titled compilation, ’25,’ which drops July 28 via Mighty Loud Records.

The 18-track set (which can be preordered via the band’s official site, features such Jackyl radio hits as “Down on Me,” “The Lumberjack,” “Push Comes to Shove,” and “Favorite Sin,” as well as two previously unreleased tracks - a live rendition of “Redneck Punk,” as well as a cover of Black Oak Arkansas’ “Hot and Nasty.”

“At the time we first hit the scene, we were told by quite a few interviewers and fans that we sounded like a cross between Black Oak Arkansas and AC/DC,” explains Jackyl. “While we was very familiar with AC/DC, we were not with BOA. We went back and listened, and were blown away - so much so, that we recorded a cover of one of their most kick ass tunes, ‘Hot and Nasty,’ which is now finally getting its release on this comp.”

First bursting upon the scene with their self-titled, platinum-certified debut album in 1992, Jackyl has made a name for themselves as a killer live band that delivers night after night, and has continued to offer up good old fashioned blues boogie over the years, as evidenced on such subsequent albums as 1994’s gold-certified ‘Push Comes to Shove,’ all the way to their most recent release, 2016’s ‘Rowyco.’

“With this compilation, we are celebrating 25 years of Jackyl rock n’ roll - the fundamentals of rock n roll,” adds Jesse. “And beware - we are not slowing down anytime soon.”

‘25’ Tracklisting:

Down on Me

When Will It Rain
The Lumberjack
Push Comes to Shove
Secret of the Bottle
Dumb Ass Country Boy
Cut the Crap
Kill the Sunshine
My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine's Ass
Just Like a Negro (featuring DMC)
Favorite Sin
Just Because I'm Drunk
Redneck Punk (Live) - previously unreleased
Hot and Nasty - previously unreleased


Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Sturgis, SD  Full @ Throttle Saloon 

Friday, August 25, 2017 in Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill
Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Franklin, OH @ J.D. Legends 
Saturday, September 2, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI @ National H.O.G. Rally/Milwaukee Rally
Friday, September 8, 2017 in Hinckley, MN @ Grand Rocktember V Music Festival 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Ocean City, MD @ Cowboy Coast Country Saloon 
Friday, September 15, 2017 in Heath, OH @ Muddy Creek Saloon
Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Sunrise Beach, MO @ Pickleheads Roadhouse (Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Augusta, GA @ The Country Club
Friday, September 22, 2017 in Savannah, GA @ The Stage on Bay
Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Cocoa Beach, FL @ 80's in the Park 
Friday, November 17, 2017 in Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock
Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Watseka, IL @ Watseka Theatre
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Friday, November 24, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Green Bay, WI @ The Green Bay Distillery
Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Dubuque, IA @ Q Casino
Friday, December 1, 2017 in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop


'For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records' now available for pre-order

On August 29th, Metal Blade Records and BMG will release For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records - written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, and featuring a foreword by Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Celebrating the storied label's 35th anniversary, For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom's non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. 

To pre-order For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records, please visit: - where an exclusive box-set is available, with the following contents: 
--For the Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records book
--For the Sake of Heaviness cassette
--Metal Blade Records 35th anniversary bookmark
--bookplate autographed by Brian Slagel
* box dimensions: 9.375" x 6.375" x 1.25" 

See below for the For the Sake of Heaviness cassette track-listing: 
1. Fates Warning "Guardian"
2. Lizzy Borden "Lord of the Flies"
3. Omen "Holy Martyr"
4. Cirith Ungol "Black Machine"
5. GWAR "Gor-Gor"
6. Cannibal Corpse "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled"
7. Six Feet Under "War Is Coming"
1. Mercyful Fate "Egypt"
2. King Diamond "Voodoo"
3. The Black Dahlia Murder "Funeral Thirst"
4. Unearth "Black Hearts Now Reign"
5. Amon Amarth "Twilight of the Thunder God"
6. Visigoth "From the Arcane Mists of Prophecy" 

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they've accomplished, and where they're going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue's career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist - twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads - from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show's Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.  

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Over the years, a whole new appreciation has developed for the “Blaze Bayley era” of Iron Maiden - which resulted in such classic albums as 1995’s ‘X Factor’ and 1998’s ‘Virtual XI’ (and the singles “Man on the Edge,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Angel and the Gambler,” “Futureal,” and an all-new track on 1996’s Best of the Beast comp, “Virus”).

And recently, Bayley (who was also the singer for another highly-respected rock band, Wolfsbane) has released his latest solo effort (a second in a trilogy of release), entitled ‘Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II).

Check out the video of the new song, “Escape Velocity,” here:

And with the album’s release comes the announcement of an extensive North American tour, which starts August 9th on the east coast, and will run to September 9th on the west coast.

“I'm so excited about coming to USA and Canada for the ‘Endure and Survive’ part of my ‘Infinite Entanglement’ tour,” explains Blaze. “I have great memories of touring there with Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden. I'll be doing a few songs from those days and some songs from my new albums. As a thank you to my fans for waiting so long for this tour, I will be doing a free meet and greet after every show, signing any CDs and albums that I'm featured on. I'm fitting in as many towns and cities as I can on this tour and I'm hoping it will be possible to tour USA and Canada every year if fans want me to return.”

Soon, North American fans will be able to hear Iron Maiden classics and solo material performed on stage by one of the great rock singers of recent times, Blaze Bayley!


W   8/9 in Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville, Theater
Th  8/10 in Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
F    8/11 in Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Su  8/13 in Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
T   8/15 in Syracuse, NY @ Sharkey’s
W 8/16 in Montreal, Quebec @ Piranha Bar
Th 8/17 in Ottawa,Ontario @ Brass Monkey
F   8/18 in Quebec City, Quebec @ L’Anti
S   8/19 in Toronto, Ontario @ Rockpile
Su 8/20 in London,Ontario @ East Side Bar and Grill
M  8/21in Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
W 8/23 in Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
F   8/25 in Janesville, WI @ Backbar
S   8/26 in Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgators
Su 8/27 in St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
W 8/30 in Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club
Th 8/31 in Austin, TX @ Come and Get it Live
F   9/1 in Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North
S   9/2 in San Antonio, TX @ Rockbox
M 9/4 in Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
T  9/5 in San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Th 9/7 in Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s  
F   9/8 in Portland, OR @  Bossanova Ballroom
S   9/9 in Seattle, WA @ El Corazon


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Pat Torpey of Mr Big Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal

Episode 339 - Defying Gravity

Mr. Big just set loose their latest upon the world with “Defying Gravity”. This week Richie sits down with Pat Torpey to discuss the new album, touring, Mr. Big History, and what the future holds for Pat.

Track of the week comes to us from perennial FoM favorites Primal Fear off their new live set Angels of Mercy - Live in Germany.

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

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And as always

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Derek Oliver Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal as Our Kerrang! Project Continues.

Episode 336 - Kerrang! Episode 5

Our Kerrang! project continues this week as we bring you a discussion with Derek Oliver. Derek was best known as the melodic metal guy back in the day. These days Derek is still making a mark in music. First with his label Rock Candy Records which reissues some great lost gems and as of late he is also the guy behind Rock Candy Magazine. 

See what Rock Candy Records has to offer at:  and also be sure to check out the new Rock Candy mag which carries on in the fine tradition of Kerrang at:

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

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

Visit 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.