Bri Blahg… Stooges Yes, Kiss Yes, Genesis No… Music News Round Up 9/23/09

23 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Kiss, Peppers, Genesis Head Rock Hall Nominees

Longest shot? Probably Kiss, though in my opinion, their influence on what a rock show can be, is incalculable. That said I think the industry sorts holding those votes have always tended to look down their noses at Kiss. Yes Gene is an insufferable, money grubbing pervert. Yes Paul’s chest hair looks like John Holmes’ sex dungeon shag carpet. Sure Peter Criss couldn’t play. Of course their last great song was recorded in 1977. And my God they’ve treated the only true genius in the band Ace Frehley like garbage……. You know what, just induct Ace.

Also nominated…. Red Hot Chili Peppers (don’t ask me, I spent too many years playing them on the radio. If I never hear another Peppers song, that would be more than fine.) Genesis (yeah I guess you have to let them in, but it would be better in my mind to just induct Peter Gabriel for his far more worthwhile solo career. Phil Collins? Do you remember “Sussidio? The prosecution rests) Jimmy Cliff (yes absolutely), The Hollies (great pop band, who probably deserve more respect than they’ve enjoyed) and LL Cool J (“Mama Said Knock You Out” kicks ass, but I’m not sure his career as a whole has been that weighty, though I’ll listen to arguments)

Returning nominees include The Stooges. I’m not saying another word. I’m on record everywhere as saying The Stooges should not only be in, but have their own building out back. Iggy could live there and we could visit. Instead I give you Bonus Coverage:

Yes, “the kids” do seem to enjoy it.

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Rock on the Range Photo Album

22 05 2009

You can check out our interviews with Motely Crue, Korn, Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Duff McKagan below, but since we weren’t able to shoot any video of the live performances here’s some photos courtesy of Jason Squires Photography to put you in the sweaty, Budweiser soaked pit (virtually of course).

Happy She didn’t pay for that $8 Bud in her hand.
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Jonathon Davis and Munky of Korn
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Fieldy reppin’ his new band Still Well during Korn’s set
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New Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall
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William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell
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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor leads a crowd as well as any frontman in the biz.
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Slipknot had one of these drumkits on either side of the stage and they we on hydraulics that would lift them 15ft in the air and spin. Yeah, I was impressed.
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Really bummed I missed Clutch. Saw them at Bonnaroo 2007. “Our children will not believe that Clutch didn’t play arena tours.” Well put by Cleveland Scene’s DX Ferris.
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Crew Stadium at sunset
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Vince and Tommy
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Nikki and Mick
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Duff McKagan talks Loaded, Velvet Revolver and GNR

18 05 2009

We hopped on the Gibson guitar bus at Rock on the Range to chat with the talented Duff McKagan about his band Loaded, the search for a singer for his band Velvet Revolver, and his favorite song from his old band Guns ‘N Roses.

Rock on the Range gives Midwestern rock fans something to cheer about

18 05 2009

This is the third year for Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival, which features 2 days of ear bleeding rock ‘n roll just north of OSU’s campus at Crew Stadium. This is the first year that I’ve attended ROTR, and only the second time I’ve seen a rock show in Crew Stadium (the first was the Doobie Brothers in 2000).

Sean Merinar (@bigdaddymerinar), Cleveland Scene writer DX Ferris and I (@nickjones82) covered the festival for, which meant we landed interviews with all the headlining acts… which was pretty cool. You can check out DX Ferris’ article about the weekend and a wrap up video at, and you can watch longer cuts of our interviews with Motley Crue, Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Duff McKagan, and Fieldy of Korn here.

photo taken on my iPhone

Lets set the scene for the weekend…

About an hour into Saturday, Sean took a stroll and noticed that the ladies of Columbus Gold had gained a small crowd just inside the gates and were giving a little show to the onlookers who’s ages ranged from 10 to 60. Sean said he overheard an older gentleman nudge a young boy (estimated at 11 or 12) and say “Yer first time?”. Right next to the T-shirt stands was trailer owned by a local tattoo shop. After a little liquid courage I imagine a few hundred folks got inked up. Unlike most festivals I’ve been to, there was definite lack of hippies, but that didn’t keep Crew Stadium marijuana free. I never thought I’d be hit with a cloud of pot smoke just as Slipknot dropped the first deafening bass line. The beers inside were all Budweiser products and cost you $8 for a 24oz plastic bottle, but again that didn’t keep the crowd the least bit sober. If most ticket holders were like my two buddies in attendance, they guzzled a bottled of homemade whiskey in the parking lot before scanning their tickets and picking up their two free packs of smokes. My only added recommendation is at least one MMA cage somewhere on the grounds. Warped Tour has skateboarding, Bonnaroo has hoola-hoops, Rock on the Range needs MMA… it’s a match made in heaven.

During most of the weekend I was either in the media tent, doing an interview, or editing video, so I didn’t get to see most of the live performances. I really wanted to catch Clutch‘s set on the Jaegermeister 3rd stage, but no dice. I did get to take in three tunes from Korn‘s set, the very beginning of Alice in Chains, the first half of Slipknot, and Buckcherry‘s last song “Crazy Bitch”. The reaction to that song blew me away. Immediately I noticed men and women singing the lyrics to each other as if it was “their song”. I bet Buckcherry has made a killing off of ringtone sales.

I’ve seen Korn a few times, and I’ve never been disappointed. Saturday’s set was much of the same. As Fieldy put it, they’re going get on stage “play (their) classics and bounce.” That they did.

I had never seen Slipknot live, but my whiskey guzzling buddies have been baptized by the knot more times than they can remember, and they’ve told me its well worth it. It was. Corey Taylor is as good a frontman as I’ve seen, and Shawn Crahan and Chis Fehn are able to double as percussionist extraordinaires and top-bill hype men at the same time. Easily one of the best all around rock performances I’ve seen. The spinning drum kits on hydraulics were pretty f’n awesome too.

In all, Rock on the Range facilitates hard rock music fans with the only opportunity to have the festival experience. Most of the 40,000 strong who attended the weekend won’t be pulling up the RV to the rest of the 120 fests that will take place this summer, but they’ll definitely twitter how much ROTR “was badddd asss!!” (via @SydnayyIsBAMF).