Showcase Special #2 w/ THE DEFIANT, DECEPCION, EYES LIKE 20, LEFT OF REASON / Showcase Survival Tips

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Hey Fiends,

Well, we’re 11 days away from the 12th Annual ROCK SOLID PRESSURE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE. This is the biggest event of it’s kind in Florida. And easily one of the biggest Showcases in the country. The anticipation is at a fever pitch right now. It’s crunch time for all the performing bands, and it’s crunch time for US in getting all the last minute loose ends tied up. We work hard on this event for about 5 months, and we see great things happen for a lot of bands every year due to this one event. Our hard work pays off in the form of signings, endorsements, media interviews, management deals, tours, and lot’s more for the performers. Over the years the Showcase has become a networking juggernaut for bands that have worked hard to make a name for themselves. This year we have one of the strongest lineups in our history. To say we’re excited is an understatement.

Last night on The Rock Solid Pressure Show, we unleashed our 2nd Industry Showcase Special. We had our friends in THE DEFIANT and DECEPCION in the Dungeon with us. You’ll see both of these acts perform at the Showcase this year. It’s always a blast having THE DEFIANT on the show. We’ve been behind this band from day one, and we’re proud to say we have been behind a lot of their success in the last two years. They are a big part of the RSP Family, and we are so overjoyed that they have become one of the number one buzz bands down here. We’re also overjoyed that DECEPCION is back on the scene. We have been friends with the band since 2007. They played at our 2008 Showcase, and we can’t be happier about their reunion and their appearance at this years event. They have only done a few shows since their return, and the entire scene is talking about them. So, it was a crazy night in the Dungeon last night with some good friends, good conversation, and a good buzz (lol)

We also chatted on the hotline with EYES LIKE 20 (Alabama) and LEFT OF REASON (Wisconsin). They were the Grand Prize Winners of the RSP RADIO COMPETITIONS 2014. You’ll also see both bands perform at the Showcase this year. This is 2 amazing acts that are hometown heroes in their respective states. Both bands tour regularly, and we’re excited as hell to present them with their awards for doing such a great job in the competitions this year.

LAST NIGHT’S PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

DISCIPLES OF MAYHEM: Darkness Inside (You’ll see em at the Showcase)

SLIPKNOT:The Devil In I (Roadrunner) exclusive debut

OTHERWISE: For The Fallen Ones (Century Media) exclusive debut

THE A-BORTZ: Walking Dead (debut)

JUDICATOR: Living End (You’ll see em at the Showcase too)

THE DEFIANT: Hellride

EYES LIKE 20: Birth To Earth

LEFT OF REASON: Killer Mustache

 

*SURVIVAL TIPS OR THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE: To get the maximum ‘Bang For Your Bucks’ at the Showcase. It’s best to be there at noon when the doors open. The ‘Opening Ceremonies’ at 1:00pm is a huge part of the event. This is where we talk with the industry panel. If you want a better insight on how the industry works. it’s best to be in attendance for the opening. It’s a long day, and yes, its kind of a ‘Survival Test’..There are many awesome pizza shops and restaurants along Central Ave, and we’ll even have a couple food trucks in front of State Theatre. So make sure you eat and stay hydrated. If you need info on Hotels, Cab Companies, or any questions you might have, hit me up personally at RockSolidPressure@yahoo.com and I’ll answer your questions. To get the info on set times, names of panelists,sponsors, etc. just go to the Official Event Page at http://www.facebook.com/events/1453877424850220/

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: It’s our 3rd, and final installment of the Showcase Specials. We’re gonna go out in high fashion and PACK the Dungeon for a huge blowout. It will be an 90min special. We’re going to have our friends in DRASTIC FALL, PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY, and SAHE joining us. You’ll see all 3 bands at the Showcase this year. We’re anticipating a HELLUVA show!! Make sure you tune in!!

LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday 9/19: The Coliseum: THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE PRE-PARTY: INVASION OF THE BIG D’s featuring THE DOOD, DISCIPLES OF MAYHEM, DECEPCION, DRASTIC FALL..and we might even have a ‘surprise’ BIG D band performing as well (shhh)..{{FREE ADMISSION}} Come out and party with ALL the bands that will be performing at the Showcase. This is our annual blowout before the big event on the 27th. BE THERE!! Doors at 7pm. You can find the event page at The Coliseum’s site at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

Saturday 9/20: State Theatre: THE THIRD ANNUAL ‘FALLING AXE FESTIVAL’..Here we go again metalheads!! it’s a killer lineup this year!! We have KADAVER DOLLS (Who were signed at the Industry Showcase last year) headlining once again with BREAK THIS CURSE, A GOOD DAY TO DIE, DARK SUMMER, PREVAIL, BANE OF KINGS..It’s gonna be insane, and yes, HEADS WILL ROLL!! Admission is $10, Doors at 7pm. ALL AGES!! Get more info at The State Theatre website which is http://www.statetheatreconcerts.com

And if you want to see the cool flyers for both of these events, just go to our website http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

Cya in the field this weekend

J-Rock

Industry Showcase Special #1 with THE DOOD

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Hey Fiends,

As we march closer to the RSP Industry Showcase on Sept 27th. We’re unleashing weekly specials on our broadcast every Monday night. Last night was our first installment (2 more coming). And not a finer way to kick off the specials than with our friends in THE DOOD. Every week we will be featuring ‘Showcase Alumni’ in the Dungeon with us. These alumni bands will also be performing at the event this year. We had JONZEY (bass) and ROB (drums) in the Dungeon with us last night. This band is one of only a few bands that we actually call ‘Family’..They have been with us since 2007. Their name is legend down here in Florida. They have conquered the state many times over, and we love this band to death!! The addition of their new vocalist ‘Brian’ has really put this band over the edge and they are ready to take on the world. Their new music is beyond incredible, and you are all going to witness it at the Showcase this year. This band is also known for being the biggest supporters of the Florida music scene. They go to everyone’s shows, and I really hope that many bands follow their lead. It’s important for ALL bands to support one another. There are tons of bands out there that just don’t get it. If your band is not gigging on a particular night, then go out and support your peers. This is essential for your respective scene to stay alive. Jonzey and Rob really laid out some great advice last night. and for a lot of you out there, that advice is needed. This band survived and still commands a huge following by doing everything RIGHT!! It was a pleasure to have these guys in the Dungeon last night..NOW, everybody come out to the Showcase and support ‘em..Like they supported YOU!

We’re going to be posting the annual ‘SHOWCASE SURVIVAL GUIDE’ in this blog within the next few days. Keep checking in. But for NOW, all the info you need is at the ‘Official’ Event Page at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/1453877424850220/

LASY NIGHTS PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

OPETH: Cusp Of Eternity (Roadrunner) exclusive debut

WOLF: Shark Attack (Century Media) debut track

DIO: Turn To Stone (Spitfire) debut track

IRON MAIDEN: The Clairvoyant (EMI) *For RAYNUS from THE DOOD

BLUE OYSTER CULT: Veteran Of The Psychic Wars (Columbia) *For CHRIS from THE DOOD

FROSTFANG:  Death Eagle (You’ll see this band at the Showcase as well)

THE DOOD: Jagerflow

NONPOINT: Dangerous Waters (Sony Red) *Rob’s pick

EYES SET TO KILL: Killing In Your Name (Century Media) *Jonzeys pick

 

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Saturday 9/13: The Coliseum: THE PANDA PARADOX w/ POLAR SUMMER, SHORE DOGS: Come out and experience something ‘completely’ different. Doors are at 8pm. Get all the info at the Event Page on the Coliseum’s site http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

 

*NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: It’s ‘ROUND TWO’ of the Showcase Specials. We’ll be featuring our good friends in THE DEFIANT (2013 Showcase Alumni), DECEPCION (2008 Showcase Alumni), plus we’ll be doing a phone-in with our 2014 Radio Competition Winners EYES LIKE 20 (AL), and LEFT OF REASON (WI). Gonna be a fully loaded show..Make sure you tune in

That’s all I got..Cya in the field

J-Rock

Labor Day In The Dungeon

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Hey Fiends,

Gonna keep it short this week. We’re running around like crazy people getting the Industry Showcase together. I’ll be talking about that event next week in the blog. We will also be starting our ‘On air’ Showcase Specials next week (see below) on The Rock Solid Pressure Show.  But man, I’m really worn out from working 3 kickass concerts for the long Labor Day weekend. Last night’s broadcast really was the final nail in the coffin though. After that, it was comatose city. Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night for the Labor Day Special. That’s the joy of broadcasting on a Monday night. We get to celebrate all the long Holiday weekends with you. We’re the last thing you hear before you pass out in a heap…

LAST NIGHT’S PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

OPETH: Eternal Rains Will Come (Roadrunner) exclusive debut

THE HAUNTED: Trend Killer (Century Media) exclusive debut

KING 810   Carve My Name (Roadrunner) exclusive debut

BLACK STAR RIDERS: Valley Of The Stones (Nuclear Blast) debut track

ANTHRAX: Revolution Screams (Megaforce) debut track

ARCH ENEMY: Time Is Black (Century Media) debut track

MALEVOLENCE: Reign Of Suffering (Siege Of Amida) debut track

A GOOD DAY TO DIE: Helen Keller (debut)

SUNNA: Power Struggle (Astralwerks)

 

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Saturday: 9/6:  State Theatre: ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE BY THE VOCALISTS FOR ‘SALIVA’ & ‘HINDER’ featuring AARON LOVELESS, BET ME I’M LYING, BEARWITHME. Doors at 7pm. Get more info at the State Theatre site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Saturday 9/6:  The Coliseum: ALEX LODA, UNSUNG HERO, ALMOST SOMETHING. Doors at 8pm, Get more info at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

 

*NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: We’ll be kicking off our ‘Industry Showcase Specials’ next Monday night. The countdown is on to the biggest networking event on our Florida shores. We plan on having three huge ‘On Air’ specials before the big event on Sept 27th. We’re going to be featuring a couple Showcase bands in the Dungeon with us every week. Next Monday night, we’ll have our friends in ‘THE DOOD’ causing havok with us down here. We haven’t had them in the Dungeon in awhile, and I’m assuming the JAGER will be flowing..along with the blood. Make sure you tune in next week. You know it’ll be crazy

That’s all I got..crawling back into my tomb now

J-Rock

The Trend Killer

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Hey Fiends,

Hate to be a trend killer, but this ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ is annoying the hell out of me. I’ve seen some really stupid trends in the past, but this one is really annoying. For one thing, I think it’s rude to force anyone to donate to a charity. Or making them dump a bucket of ice water on their head if they ‘don’t donate. That is total bullshit. I ‘already’ donate to the charity of MY CHOICE. I am also very active in giving my time to local charity events THAT I BELIEVE IN. I will NOT be forced to donate to anything. I know that Patty and myself have been nominated to participate in this trend, but we flatly refuse. We appreciate the noble gesture, but we do not believe in this AT ALL. Reports are also coming in stating the money you donate is NOT really going to research for ALS. You would think that the way this trend is sweeping the globe, and the millions that have been made from this trend. That they now have enough money to find a cure for the disease. Well, I’m sorry to burst the bubble, and I’m not on board with this AT ALL!! You know where my charity contributions lie this week? It’s at THE LARRY WILKINS BENEFIT SHOW at The State Theatre on Friday. This is something we highly believe in. Giving all the money to the family of a beloved metal brethren who passed away recently. This money is going for burial expenses. You can read the lineup below at the “Live Events’ section. I think most of my metal brethren would rather attend this event and give something for a ‘really’ noble cause. And no one is forcing you to dump a bucket of water on your head. In fact, I’m not down with most of the crap that the ‘Facebook Generation’ is dishing out. Unfortunately, I have to deal with facebook for promotions, but that’s it for me. And I’m not on it that much. I’ve said it many times, I MISS MYSPACE. The Rock Solid Pressure Show was ‘HUGE’ in those days. We had a tight, and very large community of awesome rockers. I still refuse to tweet, to Instagram..Screw all that crap. The youth of today are missing out on LIFE, and it really worries me that these people will grow up and eventually run our country. Thankfully I won’t be around to see the demise of our culture, and our world. We’re breeding socially inept people. It’s becoming a world of sheltered introverts who talk a lot of shit on Facebook. But when you meet these people in person, it kinda makes you scared for the future of our country and our culture. We were once a strong society with strong, powerful minded people..Well, it’s all gone to hell in a hand basket..Count me out!!

Ok, I’m done ranting for the moment. But how bout the show last night? That kicked ass!! Trends might come and go. Radio stations and DJ’s come and go. Yet Rock Solid Pressure keeps rolling along like a giant, crushing, metal wheel. Our affiliation with some of the biggest labels in the world like CENTURY MEDIA and ROADRUNNER, allow us to bring the coolest, the newest, most explosive music on the planet. We also get these new releases months before they come out, so we always expose you to the newest sounds before anyone else. We love turning you on to stuff that you never heard before, and we’ve been championing that cause since 2002. We will never be pigeonholed or put into a box. Yes, we have an extreme ‘Dark Side’ (lol), but in this day and age, the darkness seems to be the only place that is not affected by mindless ‘trends’..We certainly unleashed the darkness last night, and once again, it was mostly exclusive debut tracks. Here’s what happened

DARK FORTRESS: On Fever’s Wings (Century Media) exclusive debut

ANUBIS GATE: Hear My Call (Nightmare Records) debut track

HELMET: White City (Work Song Records) debut track

SCAR THE MARTYR: My Retribution (Roadrunner) debut track

INVIOLATE: Illusion Of Mercy (Strange One Records) debut track

OVERKILL: Old Wounds New Scars (Nuclear Blast) debut track

WOLF: Surgeons Of Lobotomy (Century Media) exclusive debut

ROYAL PLAYBOY CARTEL: Prisoner (Hippotang)

 

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK: It’s gonna be one helluva Labor Day Weekend

Friday 8/29: State Theatre: THE LARRY WILKINS BENEFIT featuring RISE 2 BRUTALITY, THE CUNNINGHAM WAKE, FROM THE EMBRACE, DEMENTIA, A GOOD DAY TO DIE..We want to see all the metal brethren supporting this cause on Friday night. We expect a packed house at State Theatre. If you don’t show up to support your fallen metal brother and his family..You’re an asshole!! Doors are at 7:00pm. Get more info at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Saturday 8/30: The Coliseum: GRASPING AT THE SHADOW w/ DEVIL GONE PUBLIC, UNDER FALLEN ORDER, MARTYRS FOR REBELLION, DEATH REQUISITE..This is gonna be heavy and kickass!! You know we’ll be there. Doors at 7:00pm. Get more info at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

Sunday 8/31: State Theatre: ALIEN ANT FARM, KALEIDO, H2NY, VIRGINIA ROSE BAND, WHEREWITHAL. Not a finer way to cap off the Labor Day weekend. We’re friends with AAF, so its kinda like a reunion of sorts. This is gonna be kickass!! Doors at 7:00pm. Get more info at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

*NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: It’s our annual Labor Day Special. You’ll be hungover. You’ll be sick from the raw hamburgers at the bbq..But we’ll fix ya right up!! One of the joys of broadcasting on a Monday night for so many years, is that we get to finish you off on all the long Holiday weekends. So end your Labor Day with us next Monday night

That’s All I Got..Cya In The Field This Weekend

J-Rock

Old Bones

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Hey Fiends,

Feeling a bit revived and reanimated after last week’s break from the airwaves. We really needed it. The Summer Concert Season is taking a toll on our old bones. This has been the busiest summer ‘ever’ in our history. Usually the concert season dies down a bit in the summer. The huge national shows are always a bit scarce in July in August because a lot of bands just can’t stand the heat down here in Florida. I don’t blame them, it’s currently 95 degrees out right now. What’s killing us is the overabundance of local shows. We’re splitting our time between The State Theatre and The Coliseum, which are both running a lot of local events. There are still 4 huge events left in August for us, so it’s a real survival test. But we’re enjoying every minute. The shows have been incredible!! We only have one huge event this week, so we’re kind of getting a break..The event is this Saturday at The Coliseum, and it’s going to be HUGE!! It’s THE NEXT GENERATION FOOD TRUCK RALLY & MUSIC FESTIVAL. It’s an all day fest and it starts at Noon. The music starts at 1:00pm. Once again we have partnered up with Jeremy Gomez and The Generation Food Truck crew for another mind blowing event. The last one brought in 30.000 people and earned a GUINESS WORLD RECORD for the largest food truck rally EVER! It’s not going to be that big on Saturday, but it’s gonna be one helluva time. Check out the lineup below..

Hey, I want to thank you all for tuning in last night. We’re getting reports of killer ratings from all our carriers. It’s cool to know that the Rock Solid Pressure Show is still relevant after 13 years of broadcasting. Many times we almost threw in the towel..But I still miss Myspace (lol) We had another extremely dark broadcast last night. They took away our Horror Movies this year. They took Fearnet off TV (gasp), but we will NEVER buckle down to conformity!! We’ll spew Hellfire & Brimstone, we’ll crank out the carnage, and we’ll never play it safe. Every broadcast is different. We love exploding your brain with the newest Hard Rock & Metal..We change it up a lot, but we’ll never lose our dark side

*LAST NIGHT’S PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

KNIFEWORLD: The Skulls We Buried (Inside Out Music) Exclusive Debut

NACHTMYSTIUM: The World We Left Behind (Century Media) Exclusive Debut

FEED THE RHINO: Black Horse (Siege Of Amida Records) Debut track

SHADOWS FALL: To Ashes (Lifeless Records) Debut track

JEFF LABAR: No Strings (Rat Pak Records) Debut

DESTINI BEARD: Vampyre (Entity Music) Debut track

AIONIOS: Mysterium Tremendium (Debut)

THOUGHTS FACTORY: Awakening (Melodic Revolution Records) Debut track

BLUE OYSTER CULT: Heavy Metal (Columbia records) Debut track

*SHOWCASE NEWS: I’m sure you’re all getting stoked for THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE which invades State Theatre on Saturday September 27th. This will be our 12th big year and the anticipation is mounting. We’re only five weeks away. We’re hoping to get a press release out, but the concerts are consuming us. For now, you can get all the info at the OFFICIAL event page, which is http://www.facebook.com/events/1453877424850220/ There are quite a few event pages going around from all of the different performing bands, but this is the official one. Go join it

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Sat 8/23: The Coliseum: NEXT GENERATION FOOD TRUCK RALLY & MUSIC FESTIVAL: This going to be HUGE! The event starts at Noon. The food trucks will be parked outside in The Coliseum’s massive parking lot. The bands will be playing inside. Admission into the venue to see the bands is only $5.00. And please remember, The Coliseum is a 21+ venue, so no kids are allowed inside. We have some of the best bands in Florida playing this festival. Check out this killer lineup. I WOKE UP EARLY FOR MY FUNERAL, DRASTIC FALL, SEVEN YEARS PAST, DEAD END RIVER, THE DOOD, AUTUMNS PAIN, WD-HAN, AZZITIZZ, TRIGGER CITY TRIO. Bands start at 1:00pm so get there early. You can find the event page at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

That’s it for me..Cya in the chow line on Saturday!!

J-Rock

A Birthday Blast..From The (Dark) Past

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Hey Fiends,

First off, I gotta thank everyone that tuned in for my Birthday Special last night. We had awesome ratings, which surprised the hell outta me. I also want to thank everyone that wished me a ‘Happy Birthday’ yesterday on facebook. I tried to comment on every one of your posts. Took me all day and night lol..

Since our broadcast fell on my birthday this year. I wanted to do something really off the wall and totally break the mold. We decided on an extra long special that highlighted tracks from albums that changed my life in the 70’s. These albums were the main influence for me to pick up a guitar, learn keyboards, vocals..Pretty much everything. I got into my first ‘real’ band in 1980 and toured until 2001..Yeah, it was a long hard road

1980 was also a turning point for me when all the great metal bands came out. We spin a lot of the 80’s stuff on the show, so I wanted to go a lot deeper..And a lot ‘darker’ into the music that opened the gates and exploded my fragile eggshell mind. I was a huge party animal in the 70’s. I was lucky enough to see all the great bands of the 70’s live as well. Those years planted the seeds for my love of the dark side. Here’s a rundown of what we spun last night. Of course you’ll know a lot of them. And on the other hand, there are some that I ‘know’ you had no idea who they were..Maybe I turned you on to something that you will pursue..Here goes

LUCIFERS FRIEND: Ride The Sky (1970) from the album LUCIFERS FRIEND

MAHOGANY RUSH: Land Of 1000 Nights (1975) from the album STRANGE UNIVERSE

KING CRIMSON: Court Of The Crimson Kings (1969) from the album COURT OF THE CRIMSON KINGS

BLACK SABBATH: Wall Of Sleep (!970) from the album BLACK SABBATH

ALICE COOPER: Hallowed Be My Name (1971) from the album LOVE IT TO DEATH

URIAH HEEP: Sunrise (1971) from the album THE MAGICIANS BIRTHDAY

PINK FLOYD: Have A Cigar (1975) from the album WISH YOU WERE HERE

THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT: The Raven (1976) from the album TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION

JETHRO TULL: My God (1971) from the album AQUALUNG

RUSH: Temples Of Syrinx (1976) from the album 2112

DEEP PURPLE: Pictures From Home (1972) from the album MACHINE HEAD

RAINBOW: Man On The Silver Mountain (1975) from the album RAINBOW

TED NUGENT: Dog Eat Dog (1976) from the album FREE FOR ALL

GAMMA: Ready For Action (1979) from the album GAMMA ONE

*These were the ‘essential’ albums that blew my mind in the 70’s. Bands like SABBATH, TULL and FLOYD, I loved ALL their albums in the 70’s. It was actually a tough choice. The others I did not follow throughout their history, I kinda lost interest, but those classic albums forever changed my life. Not just those albums. I was into all kinds of great music in the 70’s. I loved all the Prog Rock bands, The Southern Rock Bands, all kinds of stuff. I know you probably are noticing the absence of  ZEPPLIN and KISS. I had all their albums, but they didnt really influence me in any way. But all in all, the 70’s was a time in my life that I hold dearly in my heart. We will NEVER see another decade like it. I’m also very lucky to have experienced that era in all its raging glory!! Just want to thank you all once again for tuning in and allowing me to mess with your mind a bit (lol) We’ll be back to our ‘metal’ selves next week..And we’ll still mess with your mind.

LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday 8/8: The Coliseum: VOZ w/ DECEPCION, AIONIOS, FROSTFANG, BANE OF KINGS: Doors 7pm. Get all the info at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

Friday 8/8: State Theatre: BLAMESHIFT, FIT FOR RIVALS w/ NINE MILE DRIVE, VIRGINIA ROSE BAND, STEREO-TYPE. Doors at 7pm. Get all the info at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Saturday 8/9: The Coliseum: BENEFIT FOR LARRY WILKINS featuring MUST..NOT..KILL, STITCH THE PIECES, GRASPING AT THE SHADOW, A GOOD DAY TO DIE, PREVAIL: Doors at 7pm. Get more info at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

 

Thats all I got this week..Cya in the field

J-Rock

 

The Summer Slaughter Tour and other wild adventures

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you all had a chance to catch the broadcast of The Rock Solid Pressure Show on Monday night. It was an amalgam of maniacal music..as usual (lol). We’ve been talking so much about our crazy summer concert schedule. This is certainly the busiest summer on record in our 12 year history. It’s kicking our ass..in a good way! We had an awesome time at the WOMEN WHO ROCK event on Saturday night, but I want to quickly reflect on yesterday’s ‘SUMMER SLAUGHTER TOUR’ which invaded The State Theatre. It was the only Florida stop, so you can all imagine how packed it was. If you were there, you’re probably still recovering, and nursing your wounds (lol). Summer Slaughter is one of the biggest Death Metal Festivals going, and we were honored to ‘finally’ get it back in State Theatre. Some of you might remember the ‘first’ SS Tour’ which we also had at State Theatre. Needless to say, it was beyond epic!! People came in from all over the state to bear witness to an onslaught of the best Death Metal bands on the planet. This was also the biggest, and the most fierce moshpit I have ever seen at State Theatre..EVER!

We’re friends with a lot of bands on the tour and it was great to catch up with them at this giant festival. It was also great to catch up with ‘The Master Chef For The Rockers’ JOHN GEHRIG!! We usually see John at the big Death Metal Fests. He’s a master chef that sets up camp and caters these huge events. He feeds the bands, and the staff at State Theatre as well. It’s also one of the only times that Patty and myself get a chance to chow down on his gourmet delights. We love John and it’s always a pleasure hanging out with him. He’s also a kickass rocker who has an amazing collection of guitars.

So, all in all. It was totally awesome to see damn near everybody we know from the metal scene at this amazing festival. I’m sure people are going to be talking about this for a LONG TIME! I just want to thank all the amazing bands, and all the amazing people that made this event one for the record books. I’m in recovery mode today, but my ears are still ringing

HERE’S OUR PLAYLIST TO ‘DIE’ FOR FROM MONDAY NIGHT

KING DIAMOND: Sarah’s Night (Metal Blade)

BACKHAND: Spider (Melodic Revolution Records) debut

BLACK STAR RIDERS: Hoodoo Voodoo (Nuclear Blast) debut

MASTODON: The Hunter (Roadrunner / Reprise) debut track

BLUE OYSTER CULT: Lips In The Hills (Columbia) debut track

FOZZY: Brides Of Fire (Century Media) exclusive debut

WHITE ZOMBIE: I Am Legend (Geffen) debut track

PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY: Inside You (debut track)

FILTER: The Take (Pulse)

SUNSHINE & BULLETS: The End (Melodic Revolution Records)

*NEXT MONDAY NIGHT ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: Ok, this is weird. Next Monday night is my BIRTHDAY (lol) I’ve decided that instead of going out to see a horror movie. Or crashing a party!! We’re going to do an on air special to celebrate my old age. I’d rather spend my birthday with all our loyal listeners anyway. Usually we whip up a concert and feature our ‘family’ of bands to perform on our birthdays. We’re so busy this year that we didnt really have time to plan anything like that. We WILL be celebrating Patty’s birthday at THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE on Sept 27th though. So here’s whats going to happen on Monday night. I’ll be spinning tracks that influenced my fragile eggshell mind from the 70’s. It will be tracks from albums (yes vinyl albums lol) that changed my life forever and made me want to pursue a career in music. Will it be weird stuff, dark stuff from the 70’s..HELL YES!! Some of it you’ll know, and some of it you certainly will NOT know. It will be extremely dark but don’t expect metal. Metal wasn’t even invented then, but expect some SABBATH (of course). In 1980 I was already touring, and I was heavily influenced by all the great metal bands in the 80’s, but we’re going to keep the focus on the 70’s. This will also be an ‘extended’ special. It might be 90 minutes. Anyway, I’m not going to reveal the playlist. You’ll have to tune in and see what a strange kid I was in the 70’s. Hope you can all join the party

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK: We have 2 kickass events this weekend. Hoping to see you at both!!

Friday 8/1: The Coliseum: TRANKQUILL w/ JACKMANTRA, BLACKLITE BAND, STEREO-TYPE: This is going to be a fun show. Its only $5 to get in, so rally the troops!! Doors are at 7:00pm. Get all the info at the event page at http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL

Saturday 8/2: State Theatre: FILTER, HELMET, LOCAL H, SUNSHINE & BULLETS: Here we go again with yet ‘another’ massive show at State Theatre. This lineup is almost insane!! We’ll see you there!! Get all the info at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

That’s all I got..Cya in the field this weekend!!

J-Rock