IS IT JUST ME?

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Hey Fiends, Did you ever have one of those weeks when everything pisses you off? I’ve been pretty tame over here in the blog for awhile, but today I’m full of rage. My birthday is next week. I’m an old guy, and I should be relaxing and enjoying my old age like most people in their 50’s. Well, that’s hardly the case these days. I can’t complain about the music scene down here in Florida, that’s beyond spectacular. It’s just everything that’s going on in the world today that has me throwing my fist in the air and screaming at the heavens. You have heard me complain about how technology will ruin our society. Oops sorry, IT HAS ruined our society. With all the advancements in this computer age, I’m surprised that someone has not come up with a Time Machine. For me, that would be the answer. I’d go back to the 70’s and 80’s and all would be right with the world. America was so different then. I made more money in those decades then I ever made in my life (legally).

We all had a sense of purpose and prosperity. But we all had a great time in those years. We never felt threatened by the Government, and the word ‘FREEDOM’ really applied to our Country..Not so these days Today, I feel like I’m living in ‘Marshall Law America’. I feel like I’m living under a Dictatorship. I have never really fully trusted our Government, and you probably all know I hate Politicians. But in the 70’s and 80’s, none of that really applied to common citizens like me. In this day and age, it’s a total Orwellian society. The Government is watching our every move and we’re forced to knuckle down. It’s Communism at it’s finest. Honestly, I thought I would never live to see our Country go to hell. Seriously, you can’t disagree with me right? If we had a strong ‘Third Party’ with Candidates who were the ‘real’ voice of America, none of this mess would have happened. Who is the ‘real’ voice of America? That’s YOU and ME. We need ‘real’ people leading our Government. Not these ultra-rich Poilitico scumbags that have ruined our nation. Instead, we have a Pop-Culture President that is more like a Dictator. If we rallied against the Government way back in the 70’s and 80’s, and forced out the Republicans and Democrats, our world could be extremely different today. If we all just wake up and seize control, we could make the ‘Third Party’ work.

I rarely voted in my lifetime. It all just seemed so corrupt and I wanted no part of it. These rich Politicians always reminded me of evil scandalous beings. I’m a ROCKER, and it seems Musicians have some sort of inner light to the deceptive ways of Government. How much bullshit can one be fed before we all just scream ‘STOP IT’..Well, we CAN stop it. The Republicans and Democrats make a mockery of a Third Party. God forbid we have a REAL, HARD WORKING American in office. God forbid we all learn the REAL truth behind all the lies. The person with the most money usually wins the Presidency. Probably not the case with Obama, but we were all charmed to death and led down a path to an America that I hardly recognize. We’re now FORCED by Government in everything we do. And DON’T buy into the freedom you think you have on Social Media.

Just last week I was FORCED to take my name ‘J-ROCK’ off my facebook page and replace it with my real name. It pissed me off like never before. WHY would they do that? I’ve been called J-ROCK since the 80’s. NOBODY even knows me by my real name except my Family. This makes things extremely difficult with my work in the Music Industry. If an important contact wants to find me, now they can’t. They would not even let me log in to my page and they MADE me send over my Drivers License or they would discontinue my page. Who’s running this site J EDGAR HOOVER? So I’m pretty sure there’s an ulterior motive in why facebook is doing this to people.

You all know I look back at the Myspace days fondly. They were good times, and a safe haven from all the bullshit in the world. Ever since day one on facebook, I never felt completely comfortable. I always felt they were working hand in hand with the Government… I’m pretty sure if a Third Party page popped up on facebook, it would be denounced. If you notice, I don’t post anything about my life on facebook. I basically just use it for promotion of our radio show and our live events. I NEVER hooked up a twitter account and I NEVER WILL. Are you kidding me? That’s more “Big Brother’ than anything I’ve ever seen. So here we are, living in Marshall Law America..At least I have memories of a FREE Country. I grew up not worrying about being shot, being abducted, being blown to smithereens by Terrorists, being forced into health care..Well, I WAS beaten by cops in the 70’s, but man, that was fun..And it was my nature. I’m a ROCKER remember.

And to top everything off. I got really sick this past Friday night and had to miss the SLIPKNOT / LAMB OF GOD show. This pisses me off more than anything. I’ve been going through some health problems for the past few years. At my age, it can’t always be PARTY PARTY PARTY, and I realize that. It was a hard decision not to go, we even had backstage passes. But my health had to take priority. But I look forward to some huge shows coming up at State Theatre, namely PSYCHOSTICK, NONPOINT, FEAR FACTORY, JACKYL, SOULFLY, and of course..THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE.

SHOWCASE NEWS: I’m sure you all have heard that we added a PRE-PARTY for The Showcase on Sept 25th. I’m really excited about this. We have some incredible Showcase Alumni bands on this event like PSYKOTRIBE, KADAVER DOLLS, THE DEFIANT, DREAMKILLER, FUNERAL FOR A CLOWN, UNDER FALLEN ORDER..It’s going to be insane, so make sure you attend one of the coolest ‘Showcase Weekends’ in our 13 year history. The event pages are posted on..umm..facebook (grrr)..So make sure you join. The countdown is on..

Here’s a rundown of our Playlist on The Rock Solid Pressure Show for the past 2 weeks. We have also started spinning tracks from bands you will see at the Showcase this year..It’s that time of year.

*THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR 7/20/15 ABRAHMA: Kapal Kriya / Omens Part 1 (Small Stone Records) debut

BLACK TONGUE: L’appel Du Vide (Century Media) debut

DOWN: Hail The Leaf (Elektra)

LAMB OF GOD: Cheated (Roadrunner) debut track

RISE 2 BRUTALITY: Running Scared (debut)

WE ARE HARLOT: Flying Too Close To The Sun (Roadrunner) debut

BLACK STAR RIDERS: Reckoning Day (Nuclear Blast) debut track

FREEDOM HAWK: Journey Home (Small Stone Records) debut

THE RODS: Make Me A Believer (Passport Records) debut

*THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR  7/27/15

PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY: Hostile Intent (debut track)

KRISIUN: The Isolated Truth (Century Media) debut

3 INCHES OF BLOOD: The Hydra’s Teeth (Roadrunner) debut track

NONPOINT: F*cked (Metal Blade) debut track

CHRIS CAFFERY: Pisses Me Off (Black Lotus)

HELLOWEEN: Mr. Torture (Nuclear Blast) debut track

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION: Rubbin’s Racin’ (Carved Records) debut track

AIONIOS: Mysterium Tremendum (debut)

HALF TON HAMMER: King Loser (debut track)

SEVENSINS: Denied (debut)

TO THE PAIN: Don’t Eat The Eyes (debut)

RAINBOW: Man On The Silver Mountain (Polydor)

*For the past 2 weeks we have been spinning tracks in honor of the passing of our friend, and bass playing legend CRAIG GRUBER (Elf, Rainbow, Gary Moore, The Rods). Craig has been on our show a couple times, and we became friends. We were devastated to learn of his passing. We take comfort in knowing that he is reunited with Ronnie, and they have one helluva band in Babylon. Please raise the goblets for Craig and lets remember the incredible music he left us..

ALSO I want to send out a ‘Get Well Soon’ to a friend of ours, local drummer JARED WARRICK. He had a stroke and is not doing well. Please send out positive healing vibes. Many of you locals know Jared from the bands BLINDING DARKNESS and THE QUARTER MILE REBELS. If he pulls through, it’s going to be a long recovery period. We’re working on a benefit show. Stay tuned for details.

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: It’s my annual ‘Birthday Broadcast’. Last year I spun tracks from a lot of my favorite albums from the 70’s. This year I’m spinning tracks from some of my favorite albums from the 80’s..Tune in Monday night and join the party.

LIVE EVENTS COMING UP

Sunday 8/2 State Theatre: PSYCHOSTICK, WOLFBORNE, DRASTIC FALL, THE DOOD, COUNTED OUT..Man, this is gonna be a helluva show, it’s also my official Birthday Party, so come on out n lets get crazy. Doors at 7:00pm. Music starts at 7:15pm. Get more info at our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

Wed 8/5 State Theatre: 10 YEARS, NONPOINT, THE FAMILY RUIN, AWAKEN THE EMPIRE, (N)CEPTION..This is actually the day after my Birthday, and yes, we’ll still be celebrating. Doors at 7:00pm. Music starts at 7:20pm. Get more info at http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

Cya In The Field

J-Rock (my REAL name)

The Screaming Never Stops

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer concert season. I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks. Been busy as hell keeping the Hard Rock / Metal scene alive in St. Petersburg. And yes, it’s more alive than ever. The past few months has seen a resurgence in support of heavy music. I’ve been focusing a lot of my time to local events lately. The fan support has been amazing for these local shows. We have a lot of great national shows coming up at The State Theatre, but right now, let’s all enjoy the local unity. Since my last blog, we saw 3 killer local shows..SHOCK & AWE at The State Theatre, and BRANDONS BIRTHDAY BLITZ and ‘OL GLORY RISING at The Local 662. And it’s not just happening at these 2 venues. Fan support is happening all over Florida. Due to our situation, it’s tough for us to make it out to other venues, but it’s happening all over the state. Let’s keep the momentum going. Check out the upcoming shows below.

Not only are we seeing fan support, but we’re seeing bands supporting each other. Years ago (and I’ve been doing this for a LONG time) The scene was slightly divided. It was kinda like a clique in many different circles. But now, I’m seeing this huge surge of support from EVERYBODY. Which makes sense. Last year at this time, the St Pete area was over run by Hipsters. And yes, the shows were failing. I wanted to bring metal back to The Local 662, and it happened in a big way. NOW, the Hipster shows are sporadic at best at that venue. The rockers have taken back the scene, and it’s onward and upward. It’s no longer divided and we don’t have to ‘fight’ for metal shows anymore. And there are LOT’S more coming!!

The Rock Solid Pressure Show has also seen an influx of support lately. Let’s face it, we’ve been on the air since 2002. We had ‘huge’ success many years ago, but Patty and myself always said that we would not go quietly. When so many metal broadcasts come and go, we always said we would never throw in the towel. In fact, I’m tossing around the idea of writing a book about my adventures in the music industry. I started out as a performer in Hard Rock / Metal bands in 1980. I performed and toured steadily up until 2001. Went to work at Sony Records in 2002. Made a ton of connections along the way, and I think sharing my exploits would benefit any reader who is interested in the business. I share a lot of this info on our broadcast every week, but I feel a book would hit a broader range of interest. I’m an older guy, I could kick the bucket at any minute (lol) So why not share all of my knowledge and life adventures in a book? Might even make a good movie in the right hands. Hit me back and let me know your thoughts on this.

So, we took 2 weeks off from the broadcast. Felt good to be back on the air last night. It was a great show, and we were in rare form. It’s amazing what a break can do. Here’s the playlist from last night..

THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR 7/13/15

BARREN EARTH: Chaos The Songs Within (Century Media) debut track

SOULFLY: Bloodshed (Nuclear Blast) debut track

STATIC-X: No Submission (Reprise)

KING 810: Treading And Trodden (Roadrunner) debut track

MASTODON: Black Tongue (Roadrunner) debut track

TRIBULATION: Holy Libations (Century Media) debut track

HALF TON HAMMER: Thrown To The Wolves (debut)

TRAITORS GATE: Sublunar Invocation (debut)

MORGOTH: House Of Blood (Century Media) debut track

And our last show before the break, we featured our friends in PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY in the Dungeon with us. That was also an amazing broadcast. Always a fun time with those guys. They have a new album out that is TOTAL KICKASS!! If you don’t know about this band. Check ’em out NOW!! Here’s the playlist from that show..

THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR  6/22/15

STARKILL: Be Dead Or Die (Century Media) debut track

LAMB OF GOD: To The End (Roadrunner) debut track

CROWBAR: The Foreboding (E1 Music) debut track

GRENOUER: A Little Too Obsessed (Mausoleum) debut

PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY: Out For Blood (debut)

PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY: Evolution (debut)

KILL THE SOUND: Wake Me Up (debut)

FROM DARKNESS ARISE: From Darkness Arise (debut)

(DE)ABSOLVE: Bereft (debut)

*INDUSTRY SHOWCASE NEWS: So, we’re like 11 weeks away from the Industry Showcase. In my last blog, I went into detail about the event which included Lineup, Panelists, Sponsors, etc. Since that time, a national press release has dropped. It pretty much has everything you need to know about the Showcase. It even has a brief history on the event..For those of you that didn’t know. This will be our 13th year with the Showcase. Check out the Press Release here http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=184946

*JURASSIC WORLD: Also, since we’ve been off the air, we went to see Jurassic World. Since the Horror Movies died an untimely death at the Theaters..Or rather, all the Horror Movies SUCK THIS YEAR, this was the next best thing..I guess

Surprisingly, we both really liked this movie. It’s like a continuation in the JP series. I wasn’t really a huge fan of all the past Jurassic Park movies. It was cool seeing the CG Dino’s on screen for the first movie. But it had a kind of Disney plot. The movies that followed flat out sucked. But this new one is balls to the wall (sorta). There’s lot’s of deaths. The Dinosaurs look awesome. And you kinda feel the danger. In this latest installment, the park has been open for awhile and it’s like a Theme Park full of Dinosaurs. Thousands of guest everyday. Well, if you can afford it. You can ride on Dinosaurs. you can go rafting with Dinosaurs..You get the picture. But in this one, the Dino’s are genetically modified and they can crank ’em out quick. The new owner of the park wanted to create the ultimate ‘scare’ attraction, so they created a Super-Beasto T-Rex thing. Of course it get’s loose and the carnage begins. There are lot’s of references to the first film which I thought was kinda cool. There’s also a few plot twists which include a military bad guy played by Vincent Donofrio. It’s less Disney-ish then the previous films. I feel any horror fan will like this one. They also bring out the original T-Rex from the first movie to save the day. Would I see it again..well, that’s a big YES!!

*UPCOMING CONCERT EVENTS

Saturday 7/18: State Theatre: SWORD AND DAGGER FEST PART 2 featuring FROSTFANG, AIONIOS, FROM THIS FIRE, AEGEA, TEN HIGH, THERA, TOMB OF LIGEIA..Here we go with yet another huge local metal show. I’m sure we’ll see ALL of you there. Doors at 7pm

Friday 7/24: The Local 662: 20 SHADES (CD Release Show) w/ ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, DECEPCION, VIRGIN DIRT..And yet another cool local event at the 662. Gonna be a PARTY!! Doors at 7pm

Saturday 7/25: The Ampitheater: SLIPKNOT / LAMB OF GOD: We’ll be backstage for this kickass show. We couldn’t miss THIS!! We’ll see ALL OF YOU THERE!!!

Check our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com for a complete list of events. Also check the site for past broadcasts of The Rock Solid Pressure Show

That’s all I got..Cya in the field

J-Rock

‘Corrosion Of Covers’ and other outlandish behavior

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you had a chance to catch our annual ‘Corrosion Of Covers’ special last night. We’ve been doing this special for about 11 or 12 years. We’ve been on the air so long, it’s hard to remember. No matter how long it’s been running, the C.O.C. is always one of our favorite specials. It’s basically well known bands doing a cover song. Well, that’s not so special right? This happens in the industry all the time. Not the way ‘we’ do it. We search for bands that ‘totally’ re-invent the song they are covering. And it’s basically Hard Rock / Metal bands. It has nothing to do with cover bands or anything like that. Just about all the bands we choose for the special each year would probably never dream of putting a cover on their album..But they did..And we took notice. We also have to find bands that uphold the dark theme for The Rock Solid Pressure Show. It’s not an easy task.

This year was different though. Seems a lot of our favorite bands have released ‘new’ albums that included a cover song..Or multiple cover songs. As long as they make it their own, and totally deviate from the original, I say ‘Bring It On’..And we brought it last night. We laughed, We cried, Patty even threw up a bit. But seriously, for me, it was one of the best C.O.C specials that I can remember. It went down like this..Most of the releases are brand new

SANCTUARY: Waiting For The Sun (by The Doors) Century Media Records 2015

STONE SOUR: Creeping Death (by Metallica) Roadrunner Records 2015

ADRENALINE MOB: The Devil Went Down To Georgia (by Charlie Daniels) Century Media 2015

TESTAMENT: Dragon Attack (by Queen) Nuclear Blast 2012

TEAM CYBERGEIST: Head Like A Hole (by Nine Inch Nails) 2015

HELMET: And Your Bird Can Sing (by The Beatles) Work Song Records 2010

PAIN OF SALVATION: Holy Diver (by Dio) Inside Out Music 2015

CROWNED BY FIRE: Burnin For You (By Blue Oyster Cult) Chrome Mountain Records 2015

FOZZY: S.O.S. (by Abba) Century Media 2015

DROWNING POOL: Rebel Yell (by Billy Idol) Eleven Seven Records 2007

GILBY CLARKE & AXL ROSE: Dead Flowers (by The Rolling Stones) Virgin Records 1994

*And that’s how we do cover songs down in the Dungeon. Most of the tracks were amazing remakes of these timeless classics. But I ‘still’ will not call ‘S.O.S.’ a classic. I really hated ABBA (haha). and I’m sorry for saying that ABBA was from Canada last night. I love Canada, and I’m sorry I tarnished their good name by saying that. Chris Jericho from FOZZY is from Canada..And we’re fans of FOZZY. Why he wanted to cover ‘S.O.S.’ is beyond me. But that’s what the special is about. We want you to say WTF? And you probably said that quite a bit last night. But hey, if you missed the broadcast, it will be up on our player in a few weeks at http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

*So, it’s been a couple weeks since my last blog. My work at State Theatre and The Local 662 is consuming my life. The GREAT thing is that our scene is the strongest it’s been in many years. We’re seeing a LOT more local metal shows at both venues now. YES, I’m working hard! Last year at this time, Central Ave in St. Pete was over run by Hipsters. Not the case NOW! Metal, Hard Rock, and Punk are WINNING! Like Emo, the Hipster trend was merely a passing fad. Sure,  it will never vanish completely, due to the fashion I guess. But as far as the music scene goes..They’re pretty much gone. NOW, the venues are thriving again, and making ends meet. I’m assuming many venues have closed that catered to the Hipster trend. Seriously, I would witness Hipsters paying for their PBR in change. Someone had to make a stand. And I’m standing up! And we’re still standing! And we WON! The Hard Rock/Metal scene is back where it belongs. And the shows have been PACKED! Life is good right now.

*HERE’S THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR from our 6/8 broadcast

PARADISE LOST: Return To The Sun (Century Media) debut

SLIPKNOT: Nomadic (Roadrunner) debut track

SOULFLY: Fallen (Nuclear Blast) debut

AMBER SEA: Violette (Famined Records) debut track

VATTNET VISKAR: Yeam (Century Media) debut

PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY: Stand (debut track)

WORLDS DIVIDE: Let Me Bleed (debut)

A LIGHT DIVIDED: Look Sharp Ya Dumbass (debut)

NEXT TO NONE: Social Anxiety (Inside Out Music) debut

*INDUSTRY SHOWCASE NEWS: I’m sure you have all seen the Event Page for the Industry Showcase on Facebook. If you have not joined it, I suggest you go get your face on that thing. Some of the poster art is also on that page. Expect the full blown flyer to be revealed next week. We are still adding Panelist’s and Sponsors, and the list is growing. We wanted the ’13 Year Anniversary’ to be a really special event for the scene, and it’s shaping up nicely. So far, our Panelists include JASON BIELER (Bieler Bros Records / Saigon Kick), Mega Producer MATT LAPLANT, NICK & JEN KATONA (Melodic Revolution Records), MATT DAY (Willpower Entertainment), SAM McCASLIN (Retrospect Records), and I’m proud to announce the addition of CRUSH DRUMS to the Panel this year

Our Sponsor list is growing as well. Look who’s on board..REVERBNATION, ACE HIGH PRINTING, COLDCOCK WHISKY, CRUSH DRUMS, SINISTER GUITAR PICKS, FULL WAVE SOUND, FORTUNATO’S ITALIAN, FREAKSHOW FOLLIES, FULL ACCESS, METAL ONSLAUGHT, LOCALIZED, and the list is growing.

LINEUP OF BANDS: The lineup has changed slightly since the big reveal. Here is the new order of bands from start to finish. NOTHIN’ TOO FANCY, WICKED REVOLUTION, DECEPCION, ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, FIVE STAR HOOKER, FROM THIS FIRE, DRVN, A(K)NEW, A LIGHT DIVIDED, THE DOOD, NINE MILE DRIVE, DEMENTIA, TRAITORS GATE, THE CUNNINGHAM WAKE, HALF TON HAMMER, SEVEN SINS, RISE 2 BRUTALITY, DEATH REQUISITE, GRASPING AT THE SHADOW, AIONIOS..And don’t forget, doors are at Noon. Music starts at 1:00pm. Look for the national press release next month..

*MOVIE REVIEW: SAN ANDREAS..So, this is the movie everybody was talking about a few weeks ago. There are NO good Horror Movies anymore, so this was the next best thing..Here’s our take

PATTY’S REVIEW: I LOVED IT! I was drawn in right from the first terrifying incident. Which happened at the very beginning, and it almost never stopped. I kept throwing my arms up saying ‘Holy Shit’. I swear, this is the CGI Movie Of The Year. I felt the plot was similar to the 70’s Disaster Flick ‘Earthquake’. Maybe it started out as a remake? Dwayne Johnson handled his Melodramatic scenes quite well. He’s evolved to a different level with his acting. The new name Actors also did a great job. I just loved every second of this terrifying, in your face, action packed movie. Extremely well done.

MY REVIEW: I also thought the movie was great. I’m a sucker for ‘all’ Disaster Films though going back to the 70’s. I even like the bad one’s. And yes, San Andreas was kinda like a remake of ‘Earthquake’. I also like ALL of ‘The Rock’s movies, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. In fact, I was blown away. This could be the best Disaster film ever. The CGI is amazing, and it’s not just eye candy..it’s BELIEVABLE. And this could actually happen to the San Andreas Faultline. And that’s what makes the film so overwhelming. The plot is simple. The San Andreas Fault collapses and destroys California and Nevada. The Rock plays a ‘Search & Rescue’ guy who is on the hunt for his family amid the disaster. It’s PG-13 but they say ‘Fuck’ in it. Do they do that now in PG-13 flicks? There’s also a bit of gore, like a huge shard of glass going into someone’s leg, and then being pulled out (like a Tom Savini moment). A lot of the images hit close to home. Especially with the Terrorist attack of 9/11. The images of this movie are frightening. Sure, there are some hokey ‘near escape’ moments that are for those ‘cliffhanger’ entertainment moments. But man, it’s like Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, and Poseidon Adventure rolled into one giant CGI masterpiece. I highly recommend it.

*RUNDOWN OF LIVE EVENTS FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS (At State Theatre & Local 662)

Sat 6/20: State Theatre: SHOCK & AWE 2 featuring WORLDS DIVIDE (Cd Release), SCREAMING AT THE SILENCE, PSYKOTRIBE, (DE)ABSOLVE, SINGOD

Sat 6/27: Local 662: BRANDONS BIRTHDAY BLITZ featuring FROSTFANG, DRASTIC FALL, THE DOOD, UNDERTONE, NEVER RIGHT

Fri 7/3: Local 662: ‘OL GLORY RISING 2 featuring RISE 2 BRUTALITY, THE CUNNINGHAM WAKE, DEMENTIA, WIRETHRONE, TRAITORS GATE, HALF TON HAMMER, ASYLUM

Sat 7/18: State Theatre: SWORD & DAGGER FEST 2 featuring FROSTFANG, AIONIOS, FROM THIS FIRE, AEGEA, TEN HIGH, THERA, TOMB OF LIGEIA

*NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: We’ll have our friends in PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY joining us in the Dungeon!! DON’T MISS IT!! We’ll also have a review of JURASSIC WORLD for ya!! Tune in Monday at 7pm est

That’s all I got..Cya in the field

J-Rock

Memorial Day In The Dungeon, and other Explosive news

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you all had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend. Hope you also got a chance to listen to our annual Memorial Day Special on Monday night. One of the joys of broadcasting on a Monday night, is that we get to spend Memorial Day with you every year. And we’ve been doing it for 13 years. As you all know, we’re huge supporters of our Troops, and it’s always a honor to celebrate the lives of our fallen hero’s of war. While you were partying your ass off for the long weekend, I hope you took the time to remember WHY you were celebrating. We also had a great time over the weekend, but the best part of the entire 4 day weekend was our celebration for our fallen hero’s on Monday night. It’s always a special time for us. and the playlist said it all. It was chock full of Battle Hymns, War Anthems, and Tributes that reflected our time to remember the warriors that gave their lives for our country. We always honor the Troops on our show, but the Memorial Day Special hits close to home on many levels.

THE MEMORIAL DAY PLAYLIST  5/25/15

FIREWOLFE: Armed Forces

THE DEFIANT: Old 666 (Willpower Ent)

OTHERWISE: For The Fallen One’s (Century Media)

MEGADETH: Built For War (Tradecraft / Universal)

GENERATION KILL: Red White & Blood (Season Of Mist)

TESTAMENT: Last Chance For Independence (Nuclear Blast) debut

GODSMACK: Locked And Loaded (Universal / Spinefarm) debut

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION: Fire In The Hole (Carved Records) debut

CORNBUGS: Boots Upon The Ground

WHITE WIZZARD: Live Free Or Die (Earache)

JIMI HENDRIX: Star Spangled Banner (MCA)

We try to avoid the weepy sad songs for our fallen Soldiers. These brave American warriors went out in a blaze of glory. Damning the enemy. We remember them in this fashion, and that’s the way they want to be remembered. The Memorial Day playlist is a strong statement every year. We thank each and every band for standing up for our country, and honoring our dead. They will never be forgotten!

*ROCK FOR R.A.K. PART 2 (METAL FOR MEALS): Another great cause that shows our solidarity for American humanity is ‘Rock For RAK’ (Random Acts Of Kindness) On Saturday, the second installment of this awesome charity event, will go down at THE LOCAL 662 in St. Pete. If you attended the first one back in January, then you know how massive this show will be. At the first one, RAK was accepting donations of clothing and blankets for the homeless. This time around, the donations will be canned food, and non perishables to feed people in need. The event is FREE with your donation. If you do not have a donation, they are only asking $5 admission. Small price to pay for such a monstrous show. Seriously, check out this lineup. It’s a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of some of the area’s top bands. Check it out, TEAM CYBERGEIST, PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY, THE DEFIANT, THE DOOD, SAHE, DIDGES CHRIST SUPERDRUM..It doesn’t get any better than that. So show your support for this amazing charitable organization, and SHOW UP on Saturday!! We’re involved with a lot of charity events, but this one is easily our favorite. Why? Because it ROCKS!!

So, I’m no longer doing a weekly blog. It’s going to be every two weeks OR when I get the urge to write. My work in the Industry and on the scene is getting a bit overwhelming these days. Before I forget, here’s the playlist from last week. This show was also our ’13 Year Anniversary On The Air’. The second half of the show was some of our favorite bands that had the number ’13’ in their song titles (We’re inventive like that lol)

THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR  5/18/15

TRIBULATION: Strains Of Horror (Century Media) debut track

ANURYZM: Humanoid (Melodic Revolution Records) exclusive debut

EXXILES: Dictator Of Trust (Nightmare Records) debut

THE HANDFUL: Last Man Standing (debut)

FINAL CURSE: The Definition Of Insanity (debut)

PANTERA: 13 Steps (Atlantic)

MEGADETH: 13 (Roadrunner)

SCUM OF THE EARTH: Hate Times 13 (Rat Pak)

ANVIL: This Is 13 (VH-1)

NONPOINT: Lucky 13 (Red)

*MOVIE REVIEW: MAD MAX, FURY ROAD: So, pretty much everybody on the planet has seen the new MAD MAX film. Being a huge fan of the first 3 movies, this was a MUST SEE for us. Since the Horror Film died an untimely death at the Theaters. We’re kinda forced to see the Summer Blockbusters. I was especially excited because this had a ‘R’ rating. I thank the Gods that this wasn’t a ‘tweenie’ remake for the Disney crowd. Like all the Horror Films these days. Anyway, here’s our take on it..

PATTY: This should have been called MAD MAXINE! Yes, chicks rule in this one. Young, runaway Brides join Max on their latest attempt to flee the Citadel from a deranged, masked, disfigured Warlord. This time, the escape vehicle is a ‘War Machine’. A combination of a Mack Truck, Volkswagon, and Gas Tanker (pretty cool). They are pursued by a host of raging sub-humans in incredible vehicles (In pure Mad Max fashion). But my favorite vehicle of them all was the ‘Concert Car’. A huge machine with a live band hammering out a ‘metal’ war cry. I loved the many drummers in the back, but my favorite was the lead guitarist called THE DOOF WARRIOR. He was ripping solo’s while flames shot out of his guitar. Perfect music for the ride along with a massive sound system to crack the Outback. He stole the movie for me. In real life, this freak is the multi-talented Aussie called ‘IOTA’ or SEAN HAPE (real name). For me, this was really exciting. Awesome ‘believable’ CGI and a great cast. This is the Movie Of The Year for me..

J-ROCK: I also loved this movie. It resembled a revved up, CGI version of ‘The Road Warrior’. But for the diehard Mad Max fans..there are changes. Actually, the lead hero is Charleze Theron’s Character ‘Furioso’. Max pretty much gets his ass kicked throughout the film. The first half of the movie, he’s captured and strapped to the front of a vehicle wearing an iron muzzle on his face. But he kicks some ass at the end. The cars were downright amazing. I’m glad because the vehicles were always a big part of the Max franchise. Not much has changed in the scenario of the franchise. They’re still fighting for Gas, Water, etc. 90 percent of the movie is one long, action packed car chase. It’s a simple plot. A crazed Warlord who rules over a post-apocalyptic legion of a barely human empire, is chasing a few of his escaped Wives. They escaped with the aid of the Charleze Theron character. OH, HERE’S SOMETHING that’s a twist. Her Character does ALL THE DRIVING. Max hardly does any driving at all. As much as I loved this movie. I still think the first Mad Max movie was the best. It had that Grindhouse B-Movie, Biker flick feel to it, and it bore no resemblance to the sequels. But the new one is action packed (sorta) and visually stunning, AND there will be a sequel. I’m assuming the new sequel will lean more towards ‘Thunderdome’. The new Mad Max is Rated R, but there’s really not that much gore, and no nudity at all. I’m assuming they went for a PG-13 (like all the Hollywood twits are doing these days) but the ratings board probably said it was too violent. I’m sure there is a much more graphic version of this movie. Hoping to see an ‘unedited’ cut on DVD in the near future. But I still loved it. Movie Of The Year for me as well..certainly the strangest..And I love STRANGE!!

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: If you missed our Memorial Day Special, you’ll get your chance to hear it again on Monday night. We’re taking a week off from the broadcasting booth. We’ll be back with a new show on June 8th

That’s all I got..Cya at the ROCK FOR RAK show on Saturday

J-Rock

Wild Women, Fast Gun Guitarists, and THE BIG 13

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Hey Fiends,

It’s been a few weeks since my last posting. We’ve had some wild adventures in the field since my last ramble, and I’ll get right to it. First off, you’re probably wondering what THE BIG 13 is (No, it’s not THAT you dirty minded freaks)..This month we are celebrating THIRTEEN YEARS on the air. This is a HUGE landmark for us. I’ve always been strangely drawn to the number ’13’ and it warms my black heart to actually ‘celebrate’ the number. All month long on the Rock Solid Pressure Show we’ll be celebrating this Anniversary. It will also be the 13th Anniversary for The Industry Showcase on Sept 26th. We’re almost ready to reveal the artwork and post an event page. And yes, the theme this year is THE BIG 13..The lineup has been secured and we will be making the formal announcement next Monday night on The Rock Solid Pressure Show. Join us for a Champagne toast on the air. We are also whipping up a ’13 Year Anniversary’ playlist, so make it a point to tune in next Monday night..

Hope you all had a chance to catch the broadcast last night. In honor of Mothers Day (And Women in general), we unleashed an edition of KILLER CHICKS OF METAL! The entire playlist was some of our favorite Female Fronted bands. We also featured interviews with a couple of fast rising young stars in the Hard Rock world, DIAMANTE, and LEE LEE from FALLING FOR SCARLET. Both of these acts are featured on the ‘REVOLVER’S HOTTEST WOMEN IN HARD ROCK’ Tour, which just rolled through State Theatre recently.

DIAMANTE, who fronts the all Female powerhouse that bears her name, is a band NOT to be missed! They kind of reminded me off a revved up version of ‘The Runaways’. But the raucous awesomeness of this performance easily made this band one of the best on the tour (Which was the general consensus of the crowd). Diamante was also really cool to talk to. This L.A. Girl is taking the Rock world by storm. The Revolver Tour just ended, but there’s no rest for the wicked (right?) She’s gearing up to go out on the road with WHITESNAKE and HINDER.Check her out, you’ll become a fan!

LEE LEE from FALLING FOR SCARLET is an insanely amazing vocalist. The crunchy, hook laden melodies of this Canadian band could easily conquer the corporate charts. Like Diamante, Lee Lee’s ‘Hot’ image is backed up with ferocious talent. I can see this band on a number of arena tours with the giants of the genre. She was also very cool to chat with. Let’s face it, if you can handle my crazed ‘in-your’face’ approach to an interview..AND..can actually match my inebriated wit..Then you’re ready to take on the world..AND..She loves ANVIL!! Need I say more?

*LAST NIGHT’S KILLER PLAYLIST

NIGHTWISH: Last Ride Of The Day (Roadrunner)

ARCH ENEMY: Down To Nothing (Century Media) debut track

THE AGONIST: Architects Hallucinate (Century Media) debut track

TEAM CYBERGEIST: Zombie

PAMELA MOORE: The Sky Is Falling (Rat Pak Records)

WICKED REVOLUTION: Quantum

DIAMANTE: There’s A Party In My Pants And You’re All Invited (debut)

FALLING FOR SCARLET: Hero (debut)

WITHIN TEMPTATION: The Howling (Roadrunner)

*So, it’s been an extremely busy April in the field for us. So many great concerts. We had ORGY, THE REVOLVER TOUR, QUEENSRYCHE, but I wanted to touch on some really good friends of ours, BANG TANGO. I have been booking the band for years, and I featured them at The Local 662 on April 17th. Yes, it was an amazing night. We’ve seen the band in many different incarnations over the years, but JOE LESTE has always kept the ship on course. BUT NOW, it’s probably the best lineup that I have ever witnessed. Due in part to legendary guitarist ROWAN ROBERTSON from DIO. Rowan adds a whole new dimension to the Bang Tango sound. He is also one of the coolest guys on the planet. We’re huge DIO fans and it was an honor to have a backstage chat with Rowan. We aired the interview on The Rock Solid Pressure Show on April 27th. We’ll be posting that show on our site soon http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

HERE’S THE PLAYLIST FROM APRIL 27th

BARREN EARTH: The Vault (Century Media) debut track

VOIVOD: Mechanical Mind (Century Media) debut track

THE AGONIST: As Above, So Below (Century Media) debut track

DIO: Wild One (Warner Brothers) debut track

KARA & THE DAM BAND: Shepherd (debut track)

EXXILES: Anthem Of Lies (Nightmare Records) debut

BLACK STAR RIDERS: Turn In Your Arms (Nuclear Blast) debut track

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Sat 5/16: The Local 662: ROCK FOR SOFIA featuring TRUST FOR LIARS: This is a HUGE benefit for a little girl who has Cancer. There will be other bands performing, and the show is heavily sponsored. JESSE KAGE will be hosting, and we’re expecting a record crowd at The 662. Please come out and show your support for a GREAT CAUSE!! You can find the event page at The Local 662’s site on facebook. And you can get more info at our calendar at http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: We’re officially kicking off our ’13 Year Anniversary On The Air..We whipped up a creative playlist to commemorate this landmark PLUS we’ll be revealing the lineup for The Industry Showcase..TUNE IN ON MONDAY NIGHT AT 7pm. For those of you listening online, check out these stations http://www.LocalizedMusic.net http://www.PureRockRadio.net

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

J-Rock

420 IN THE DUNGEON..And Other Smokin’ Tales

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Hey Fiends,

You didn’t have to be a Stoner to appreciate our annual ‘420 Special’ on The Rock Solid Pressure Show. It certainly added to the experience if you were high But the playlist was an amazing session of mind expansion, so whether you were medicated or not..YOU GOT YOUR MIND BLOWN!! We were extremely happy to actually be broadcasting on ‘420’ this year, so we put a lot of thought into the playlist. We’re proud to say that we always spill out a full bag of Stoner classics on the 420 Show every year, but this year, it was seriously ‘Stoner Central’. Almost every track was new to the 420 Playlist. Except Sabbath’s ‘Sweet Leaf’ (of course). We also featured a ‘Pretty Stoned’ interview with our good bud BRANDON from CROBOT..Here’s last night’s Playlist..Then I’ll ramble on some more.

MANGOO: Neverland (Small Stone Records)

TOOL: The Pot (Volcano Ent)

DOWN: Bury Me In Smoke (Elektra Records)

ELECTRIC WIZARD: Turn Off Your Mind (Rise Above Records)

BLACK SABBATH: Sweet Leaf (Warner Brothers)

MURKY RED: Stoned And Horny (Melodic Revolution Records)

ANVIL: Smokin’ Green (Massacre Records)

CROBOT: Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer (Wind Up Records)

ABRAHMA: Neptune Of Sorrow (Small Stone Records)

And don’t forget to catch CROBOT on tour with ANTHRAX / VOLBEAT. The tour kicks off this week. And speaking of CROBOT. It was a pleasure to have the band back at ‘The Local 662′ last week. this is one of our favorite bands, and I believe they will be one of the world’s TOP acts in the near future. Thank the Rock Gods that you got to see them up close and personal at the 662. CROBOT is definitely heading for Arena status. And the band is not hesitant to profess their love for weed. We absolutely love partying with the band when they roll through town. And in last night’s interview with Brandon (Vocalist) we were all pretty wasted (Like mostly all our interviews)..We talked about their first European Tour, which led to Moroccon Hash in Amsterdam. A secret Hippie community called ‘Christiania’. Some unreleased Crobot tracks that will soon be available..And lot’s of other stuff. If you have never heard of CROBOT. Please take my advice and check ’em out. You’ll become an instant fan..

So, Im getting used to writing the blog every two weeks. Sometimes it will be weekly though. Depends on my crazy schedule. My work in the field seems to be consuming my life these days,  but before I forget, here’s the playlist from last week..

THE ‘EPIC’ PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR  4/13/15

OPETH: Moon Above, Sun Below (Roadrunner) debut track

CORVUS STONE: Boots For Hire (Melodic Revolution Records) debut

TRIBULATION: Strange Gateways Beckon (Century Media) debut

TESTAMENT: Throne Of Thorns (Nuclear Blast) debut track

LAMB OF GOD: King Me (Roadrunner) debut track

ILIUM: The Hatchling (Nightmare Records) debut

MORAL DECLINE: The End (debut)

 

*INDUSTRY SHOWCASE NEWS: We’re just about ready to unveil the lineup for The Industry Showcase. It’s the 13 Year Anniversary for the event, and the number ’13’ is pretty close to our black hearts. We knew the lineup had to be special this year. It’s special every year, but its shaping up to be ‘spectacular’ for the 2015 event. We will be posting an event page on Facebook within the next couple of weeks. The event will be on the State Theatre Facebook Page’. Mark your calendars for Sept 26th. One thing I CAN announce right now, is that we have chosen our Out-Of-State band for the 2015 Showcase, and it will be (drum roll)…A LIGHT DIVIDED from NC. They ‘almost’ won our Radio Competitions a couple years ago, and the band has always been on our radar. We’re extremely happy to have ‘A LIGHT DIVIDED’ perform this year. For all the bands reading this that will be performing at the event. Hit them up and introduce yourself. Let’s give ’em one of our famous ‘Florida Welcome’s’ to the State Theatre. I’m also working on a stellar panel of Industry Reps for this years event..The ball is rolling!

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK: We have two ‘extremely’ huge events at the State Theatre this week. We’ve been looking forward to these shows for quite some time. I know we’ll see a lot of you at both of these high profile shows

Thursday 4/23: State Theatre: REVOLVER’S HOTTEST CHICKS IN METAL TOUR featuring FLYLEAF, THE AGONIST, FIT FOR RIVALS, DIAMANTE, FALLING FOR SCARLET, PSYKOTRIBE. This is gonna be one helluva show. Doors are at 5pm, and PSYKOTRIBE goes on at 5:30pm. So get there early and catch all the bands. For more info, check the State Theatre site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Friday 4/24: State Theatre: QUEENSRYCHE with special guests DISCIPLES OF MAYHEM, 20 SHADES..Need I say more? I’m sure I’ll see ALL of you at this one!! Get more info at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

*NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: We’re closing out ‘Epic April’ with a BANG!! Prepare for some more ‘new’ EPIC TRACKS, and an EXCLUSIVE interview with ROWAN ROBERTSON (Dio, Bang Tango, DC4) Rowan recently joined our friends in BANG TANGO and we hosted the band this past Friday night. And yes, it was an ‘Epic’ show!! This is easily the ‘best’ Bang Tango lineup I have ever seen. And we have been booking the band for years…Gotta give props to the opening bands who also ‘killed it’ onstage..THE LUVDOGZ, CRUSH TONE, DEMENTED TRUTH, VIRGIN DIRT. It was a kickass night..We’ll talk about it on air next week

That’s all I got..Cya in the field!

J-Rock

 

Remembering AJ PERO

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you all had a great Easter (Whatever you believe in). It felt good to be back on the air after a much needed 2 weeks off. We were certainly revived and reanimated. Hope you had a chance to tune in. We kicked off EPIC APRIL in grand fashion. It was a helluva show. Epic April is one of our favorite months. We get to spin those 10 and 15 minute tracks that we don’t normally have time to spin. All month long, except for THE 420 SPECIAL, the first half of the show will be 2 ‘Epic’ tracks. The second half will be business as usual. This year though, all the epics will be NEW releases, so tune in every Monday night and experience the Masterworks Of Music..

RIP AJ PERO: The metal community is still reeling over the death of legendary drummer AJ PERO (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob). We’re also in mourning right along with our peers. We met AJ last year when we booked ADRENALINE MOB. We were lucky enough to get to hang out with him all day. The entire ADRENALINE MOB band was so much fun to hang out with. All the guys in this supergroup were very friendly.Absolutely NO EGO’s, and after an entire day, and night, with the band. I felt like I’ve known these guys for years. EVERYBODY wanted to meet AJ. And he was really happy to meet EVERYBODY. Just a very cool, down to earth guy with an amazing sense of humor. This event was one of our highest rated for ‘The Best Of 2014′ on The Rock Solid Pressure Show. Just like you, we were shocked and saddened to hear about his untimely death. My mind immediately reflected on that day. I’m originally from New Jersey and Patty is from Connecticut, so our North East bond with AJ was strong. Last night we spun some TWISTED SISTER and ADRENALINE MOB in his honor. It was hard. The entire shock of his passing is still fresh in the hearts of the metal community. I’m seeing Tribute Shows being formed as I write this. In closing this paragraph. I just want to say that I feel so lucky to have met the man. I’ll cherish those moments forever, and I’ll miss him forever..ROCK ON AJ

*LAST NIGHTS PLAYLIST

TWISTED SISTER: Horror-Teria (Re-recorded 2004 track) Spitfire Records (debut)

ADRENALINE MOB: Men Of Honor (Century Media)

BARREN EARTH: Frozen Processions (Century Meia) debut

CANEDY: Madman (This is Carl Canedy’s Solo Album) debut

GODSMACK: Turning To Stone (Universal) debut track

MORGOTH: Traitor (Century Media) debut

CROBOT: La Mano De Lucifer (Wind Up Records) debut track

 

*HORROR IS BACK? Well, sorta..It seemed the theatrical Horror Movie releases are pretty much non-existent in 2015. That kinda sucks because a big part of our show is focused on Horror. Sure, the ‘Video On Demand’ is kicking ass with new Horror movies, but 90% of that stuff blows. It also takes the entire ‘Theater Experience’ out of the equation. BUT GUESS WHAT? We actually found one last week. It’s called ‘IT FOLLOWS’..No, it wasn’t great, but it was NOT this politically correct tweenie bullshit that they are passing off as Horror at the theaters these days. Patty hated it, but liked the atmosphere of the film. I personally did not really like it that much either. It wasn’t great. It was kinda boring and slow. But I LIKED that it totally went against all that politically correct nonsense. And yes, the atmosphere was cool. It also had a retro synthesizer sound track like the John Carpenter films of the 70’s and 80’s. This was a big part of the atmosphere of the movie. The movie also had a ‘Phantasm’ feel to it, but it was never developed. The plot kinda mirrored ‘The Sixth Sense’..That is, if the ghosts in The Sixth Sense’ had their tits hangin’ out. One scene had a dead guy standing on the roof with his pecker hangin’ out. DEFINITELY NOT A TWEENIE FILM RIGHT? I didn’t like the cast of teenagers in this movie at all. I wanted them to die quickly, and they didn’t (lol) They are so laid back and annoying, it was like an endurance test watching them.

The story is about a girl who has sex with a guy who is possessed by spirits following him. The sex passes the curse on to the girl. Now ‘she’ has to have sex to pass on the curse to someone else, which she does. This movie also has this weird, retro suburban feel to it, which is stylish, but I didn’t get it. The audience assumes it’s 2015, but there’s old TV sets, old cars, no internet, no cell phones. Although this one girl has this thing shaped like a sea shell that’s supposed to be some sort of internet device. None of that panned out for me and insulted my intelligence. It was also never explained how this curse came to be, or anything. Who are these dead people? WHY are they here?

But I’ll say this. Just going to the theater (which was packed btw) to see something really strange was worth it for me. The preview for the new MAD MAX movie was the highlight of my night. great to see the franchise revived. I’m only hoping it’s not this CGI, Dumbed Down, PG-13, Tweenie Bulshit. That would be a total insult to the Mad Max series..So, in closing my review ‘IT FOLLOWS’ was not great, but it was different..

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK (2 in one night)

Sat 4/11: State Theatre: ORGY, 9 ELECTRIC, DEATH VALLEY HIGH, TEAM CYBERGEIST, DEMENTIA..This is gonna be so awesome!! State Theatre will be PACKED!! Doors at 7pm. Be there early. Need more info? Check the site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Sat 4/11: The Local 662: CROBOT w/ DRASTIC FALL, SHOT GLASS SERENADE, NOTHIN TOO FANCY..Crobot is easily one of our favorite national acts. Once you see them, they’ll be your favorite too. Don’t miss this incredible show!! Doors at 7pm. For more info, check the site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

Fri 4/17: The Local 662: BANG TANGO / ROWAN ROBERTSON (Dio) w/ LUVDOGZ, CRUSH TONE, DEMENTED TRUTH, VIRGIN DIRT..Ever see the 662 sold out? Then swing by next Friday night and join the party!! Gonna be HUGE!! Doors at 7pm. For more info check the site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

That’s all I got..See ya in the field

J-Rock