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

Shivering Shamrocks

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Hey Fiends,

HAPPY ST. PATTY’S DAY EVERYONE!! So glad you took a minute to check out the blog. Most of you are gearing up for a hellious night on the town. Just remember to save some energy for the weekend. We want you to be in tip top shape when you come out and party with ‘us’.. Hope you had a chance to catch the ‘Rock Solid Pressure Show’ last night. If you tuned in, then you know we officially announced the date for THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE. It will be Sept 26th. It will also be the 13 year anniversary for the event. Yeah, the ‘BIG 13′..I know it’s quite a ways off, but we’re now hard at work getting this monster together. We announced ‘half’ of the lineup last night. It was a ‘sneek peek’ and that’s the perks of tuning into the broadcast. We’re not putting this in print for quite awhile.

Speaking of print. I’ve been doing the weekly blog for Rock Solid Pressure for 13 long years. My workload in the industry has increased to a mind blowing stress level over the years. With such a hectic schedule on my hands, I’m forced to cut the blog down to every 2 weeks. Nothing really has changed. All playlists will be posted. I’m just saving some brain cells for all my concert related activities..

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE: Well, that’s pretty much been my job for the better part of 35 years. I’ve been championing the local music scene for most of my life. Probably before some of you were even born. I toured for over 20 years. Was a ‘Rock Journalist’ for 10 of those years. Then I found myself working for Sony Records in 2002 which allowed me to create Rock Solid Pressure.It’s been a long ride but it all started with supporting the local scene. And I will never stop supporting the local scene. The Tampa Bay Hard Rock/Metal scene is one of the strongest in the nation. And I hold the fans of this scene in high regard. Your undying support for local bands every week is a joy to behold. But what about the band members themselves? When they are not gigging, are they supporting their peers? Yes, many of them ‘always’ come out and support their brethren in music. The favor is also returned when these supporting band members have their own show. If you’re a band member, this is HOW you build unity with your peers.

I have noticed that the band members that DO NOT support their peers at shows DO NOT have a strong fanbase locally. Which is logical. You don’t support me, then I won’t support you. There’s not many, but there are still quite a few bands that JUST DON’T GET IT. For this reason alone, I have stopped working with a few bands. Not only are they hurting themselves on the scene with their non-support. But they can’t really expect a venue to book their band, especially when no one shows up. So, if you’re a band member that never supports your peers at shows. My advice to you would be to ‘get with the program’. It’s never too late to actually include yourself in the scene. Not only will you start to build a local fanbase, but you will become an actual part of your scene. More people will come to your local shows as well. So don’t post ‘Support Your Local Music Scene’ if you don’t actually support it. Are you in a band? Do you support other bands when you are not gigging? Do other band members come out and support ‘you’ when you are gigging? If you answered YES to all 3 questions then you’re on your way. And I thank all of you for truly supporting your scene..

LAST NIGHTS PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR (3/16/15)

KING 810: State Of Nature (Roadrunner) debut track

SANCTUARY: Question Existence Fading (Century Media) debut track

NAPALM DEATH: Hierarchies (Century Media) debut track

IRON REAGAN: Four More Years (Relapse) debut track

COUNTED OUT: Luke Skywalker Is A Pussy (debut)

THE AGONIST: Disconnect Me (Century Media) debut track

THE CROWN: Speed Kills (Century Media) debut track

HATE TANK: Piece Of Shit (debut)

BENEDICTUM: Beast In The Field (Locomotive) from 2008

TESTAMENT: Electric Crown (Atlantic / Megaforce) from 1992

*THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR 3/9/15

KARYN CRISIS GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES: Salems Wounds (Century Media) debut

AMBER SEA: Shinigami (Famined Records) debut

DR. LIVING DEAD: Civilized To Death (Century Media) debut

CROWBAR: Symmetry In White (E1 Music) debut track

LONELY ROBOT: Lonely Robot (Inside Out) debut

NIGHTINGALE: Warriors Of The Dawn (Inside Out) debut track

BIGELF: Hypersleep (Inside Out) debut track

DEATH REQUISITE: Refuge Of Lies (debut)

UNDERTONE: Mannequins And Maniacs (debut)

 

* UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday 3/20: The Local 662: SUNSHINE & BULLETS w/ SUN AND FLESH (NY), SLOWSHORE, HANGING CHADS, TRANKQUILL..This is gonna be a helluva show!! SUPPORT IT!! Doors at 7pm. Get more info at our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

Saturday 3/21: State Theatre: THE CLASSIC ROCK EXPERIENCE (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL LIVE) with special guests SHOREDOGS. This is a high profile stage production of all the great music from the 70’s. Should be a fun time!! Get more info at the State Theatre site http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

*NEXT TIME ON ‘THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW': We’re taking a much needed 2 week vacation from the airwaves. We will return on 4/6 for the kickoff of EPIC APRIL. We look forward to ‘Epic April’ every year because we get to spin those epic tracks that clock in from 8 minutes to 20 minutes. First half of the show will be a couple epics. The rest of the show will be business as usual. We’re totally excited because this year, it will be ALL NEW EPICS!! So make sure you tune in and experience some ‘Masterworks Of Music’

That’s all I got..Cya in the field

J-Rock

Dungeon Fun with Tony & Shannon from GODSMACK, Lips from ANVIL

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Hey Fiends,

Hope you had a chance to catch our KILLER broadcast last night. It was one of those ‘fully loaded’ editions of Rock Solid Pressure. Although Patty and myself are recovering from the flu, the show must ‘always’ go on. And man, what a great show it was. Throughout our 13 year history, we’ve had some of the biggest Rock Stars on the planet stop in for interviews in our Dungeon. Hell, we’ve been doing high profile interviews on radio before, well, ANYBODY! It’s getting to the point where a lot of these rockers have become friends and have been on the show ‘many’ times. One of our ‘regulars’ is the always outspoken LIPS from ANVIL. He’s not one to shy away from controversy, in fact, he likes to ‘create’ it. He recently took a bit of heat with his take on the whole ‘Rock Is Dead’ thing. It was a totally different perspective on the term then what Gene Simmons had to say about it. We recently had a rollicking good time with ANVIL at The State Theatre, and as usual, we sat down with LIPS for an interview..Sorta

First off, gotta say that we have had ROB REINER and LIPS on the show a few times. It’s usually a straight forward and formal interview. The interview we aired last night was ‘anything’ but formal. This was more like a discussion between friends that have partied a bit ‘too’ much. It began with LIPS addressing his ‘Rock Is Dead’ stance, which led into our inebriated discussion about the ‘Fall Of The Internet’ ‘A World Without Electricity’, and lots of other deep subjects that come into play when you’re stoned. In fact, this was one of my most enjoyable interviews EVER!! This captured the essence of backstage madness perfectly, and it reflects why I’m still in this business. I’m hoping our crazy discussion will give LIPS some inspiration for topics for the next ANVIL album. Those of you who know me, listen to the show, or read this blog frequently. You’re aware that I have a strong premonition that the internet will destroy itself, along with the introverted culture it created. I also feel that our electricity grids in America could be attacked. This is why our discussion with LIPS was so important. I really needed another ‘thinking’ mind on these subjects. We talked about going back to the ‘Wild West’, becoming Minstrels, and reverting back to a lost culture in the aftermath of the destructive topics I just mentioned. If you missed the show last night, all I can say is, it was a bad time for you NOT to tune in. The interview WILL be posted on our player over at http://www.RockSolidPressure.com in a few weeks, so you WILL get a chance to hear it again. This interview will also be included in one of our ‘Best Of’ specials. Either way, this chat will go down as ‘Historic’ in our Hallowed Halls..

If that wasn’t enough right there. we also featured a new interview with TONY ROMBOLA and SHANNON LARKIN from GODSMACK. We recently had the pair at State Theatre with their side project BLUE CROSS. This side project showcases their Blues Rock / Classic Rock musicianship that you will ‘never’ see in GODSMACK. This was the first time we had Tony and Shannon on the show and we were excited. We talked about everything from gear to the latest Godsmack release. We also touched on their tour of Australia which is now underway. It was an extremely informative session with two of the biggest Rock Stars on the planet. We were also really impressed at how both of these huge Superstars are just regular, down to earth guys. They were easily approachable by their fans, and we can’t wait to have both of them back on the show..

LAST NIGHTS PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

DREAMGRAVE: The Last Drop Falls (debut)

LORD DYING: A Wound Outside Of Time (Relapse Records) debut

SUNLORD: Chant Of The Fire King (debut)

GODSMACK: Generation Day (Universal) debut

ANVIL: Bombs Away (VH-1 Records)

THE DOOD: I Am Monster (debut track)

DIO: I Could Have Been A Dreamer (Warner Bros) debut track

 

That’s all for this week..I’m going back to bed!!

Cya In The Field

J-Rock

FORGED IN FIRE! And Other Strange Tales

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Hey Fiends,

It’s been one helluva week in the field for us! At the moment, I’m ‘still’ coming down from a string of badass concerts at The State Theatre. And there’s lot’s ‘more’ coming on the horizon. I’m sure many of you local Floridians have noticed that we’re putting the ‘Peddle To The METAL’ and booking lot’s of great shows at the Theatre. You’ll always see the best concerts at this historic venue, and I’m truly honored to be a main player at the venue. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best bands in the WORLD for the past 7+ years. You’ll always see something cool there just about every night. Most of the locals who are reading this have probably had some of your best concert experiences at State Theatre. And ‘sometimes’ it’s a non-stop experience. Take this past week for instance.

On Thursday we had the band BLUE CROSS which featured TONY ROMBOLA & SHANNON LARKIN from GODSMACK. It was wild to see them step out of their metal element and play some ‘smokin’ Bluesy Rock. If ‘that’ wasn’t historic enough, they were joined onstage by legendary Blues Rock Guitarist ERIC GALES. And YES, we have pics of this historic moment on the State Theatre stage. When we return to the airwaves on March 2nd, we’ll have an in-depth backstage interview with Tony & Shannon. It was a night of kickass rock that was ‘classic’ all around!! The lineup of bands was also stellar, and good friends of ours. It featured BREAKING BLUES, RELENTLESS, AZZITIZZ, 3 KILLER BUDS, and AARON LOVELESS. All these acts should be proud to have been involved in a historic event like this. Something like this will probably never happen again..Well, until GODSMACK end their tour which starts next week..Then..Maybe

On Friday we had that kickass FRIDAY THE 13th FEST. The local shows are rare at State Theatre, but when they happen..They HAPPEN!! We love the local shows because it’s like a huge party for us. I can still do my job and have fun with all our friends. I don’t have a Tour Manager breathing down my neck. I don’t have to deal with any demands from National Acts. I don’t have to rush the openers offstage (well, sorta, haha). The local shows are always a celebration of our massive metal scene down here in Tampa Bay. And The Rock Solid Pressure Show has always supported our scene. Damn, we helped ‘create’ it right? So needless to say, we had an amazing time on Friday night. The lineup was insane..We had scene favorites DEMENTIA, DIDGES CHRIST SUPERDRUM, INTO THE GRAVE, SAHE, WICKED REVOLUTION, COUNTED OUT, UNDERTONE..Put another notch in the belt for the local metal scene. This show was AMAZING!!

On Saturday night (feeling a bit worn out at this point) we had our friends in ANVIL roll through. And yes, they have become friends of ours over the past 4 years or so. We have a running joke at the Theatre with the guys from Anvil. I ‘never’ let them leave the stage unless they play FORGED IN FIRE for me (haha) So how did this start? Well, about 4 years ago. fresh off the success of their acclaimed movie ‘The Story Of Anvil’. State Theatre took a chance on booking them. Why not? It launched them back into the spotlight, and it was well worth the risk. The band basically vanished into obscurity in the 80’s, when all along they continued to make albums. Thank the metal gods for that movie, and their rise from the ashes. I was a huge fan of their first couple albums. Especially FORGED IN FIRE. That was one of the best metal albums of all time. The title track is one of the best METAL SONGS of all time.

When we first met Anvil at State Theatre 4 years ago. I was ‘positive’ that their closing song was going to be ‘Forged In Fire’, along with ‘Metal On Metal’ (of course). But can you imagine my dismay after ‘attempting’ to end their show with ‘Metal On Metal’ and NOT playing FORGED IN FIRE (??) Oh no, no, no, no, I could not let this happen. I freaked out!! I got the band out of the dressing room and BACK on the stage to play the song. Are you kidding me? I waited almost 30 years to see this. The guys were very gracious and complied. The whole thing was kinda funny really, and it sparked a friendship with the band. So NOW, every time they come through, they fuck with me a bit, and make like they are not going to play it. Lips always looks at my glaring face at stage left with my arms crossed. Then he says ‘I can’t leave without doing this for my buddy’..And I rush to the front of the stage with the crowd and enjoy one of the best metal songs of all time. And YES!! It was like that on Saturday night. Not only have Lips and Rob ‘forged’ friendships with us, but they bonded with some of the bigger local acts down here as well. So lots of musicians who also know the band, always come to the Anvil show. Our friends RAYNUS, JONZEY, and BRIAN from THE DOOD were in tow on Saturday night. They also know the band, and we all had a ‘wild’ time backstage. In fact, I had this real ‘deep’ conversation with Lips about the internet, no electricity, and the whole ‘Rock Is Dead’ thing.

I’m sure you all have seen Lip’s comment about ‘Rock Is Dead’ on your favorite metal news page. It kinda went viral, and he took some heat. He was basically just putting his spin onto what Gene Simmons said. Anyway, you’ll all HEAR this conversation on the next Rock Solid Pressure Show. This will clear ‘everything’ up and calm people down a bit. Man, I hope our interview goes viral (haha) We could certainly use the ratings. After 13 years of doing the show (and living with the ups and downs of ratings) It would be nice to have something go viral. Anyway, ANVIL crushed it on stage. ALL the bands on this show crushed it. There were 2 other bands on the tour that we really bonded with as well. LORD DYING and SUNLORD. You’ll be hearing their music on our next broadcast. The opening acts were all friends of ours (of course) ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, 20 SHADES, CONSINITY, AUTUMNS PAIN..By the end of the night, I could barely drive home..What a week in the field!!

So, last night on the broadcast. We decided to just fry your face with new metal. And it was ‘mission accomplished’..Your face fried while Patty and myself struggled to stay awake. We featured an inebriated interview with IRON REAGAN’s axeman MARK BRONZINO. We bonded with this amazing Punk/Metal hybrid at the NAPALM DEATH / VOIVOD show a few weeks back. That tour is still on the road so don’t miss it when it rolls through your town

LAST NIGHTS PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

THE AGONIST: My Witness, Your Victim (Century Media) debut (Album drops on the 24th)

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION: El Diablo Rojo (Carved Records) debut track

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT: Ziltoid Goes Home (Inside Out) debut track

ADRENALINE MOB: Gets You Through The Night (Century Media) debut

JIRO: Clock Strikes 12 (Mosrite Records) debut

IRON REAGAN: Bleeding Frenzy (Relapse Records) debut

WOLF: Killing Floor (Century Media) debut track

VOIVOD: Corps Etranger (Century Media) debut track

DIAMOND LANE: Kiss The Ring (debut)

DEMENTIA: Nothing Exists (debut)

*LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK

Friday 2/20: The Local 662: SHOREDOGS CD RELEASE with DEAD END RIVER, THE PALS, POLAR SUMMER, NOTHIN’ TOO FANCY..Doors at 7pm. Get all the info at our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com or check our facebook pages

Saturday 2/21: The Local 662: FROSTFANG, DRASTIC FALL, FROM THIS FIRE, TRAITORS GATE, NEVER RIGHT..Doors 7pm. Get all the info at our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com or check our facebook pages

*NEXT TIME ON ‘ROCK SOLID PRESSURE’..Gonna be one of those fully loaded shows. We have that ‘deep’ interview with LIPS, along with an in depth interview with TONY & SHANNON from GODSMACK. Gonna be a kickass time in the ‘ol Dungeon. Tune in on March 2nd

Cya In The Field

J-Rock

Turned On And Tuned In

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Hey Fiends,

First off, I’d like to thank everybody for tuning in to our ‘Stoner Special’ last night. I know we appeal to a lot of Stoners, but man, the ratings were through the roof!! Most ‘Metal Heads’ are huge Stoners anyway, so our special appealed to a broad range of listeners. Unlike our annual ‘420 Special’, last night’s playlist was mostly NEW tracks. We’ve been seeing an influx of amazing Stoner bands that are taking huge contracts these days. It’s true, a lot of the major labels that we deal with are now pulling these bands from the underground and bringing them to the masses. We’ve been receiving so much ‘mind altering’ music, that we decided to throw some together and make a party of it. We kept our ‘dark’ edge, and the music was still heavy enough to please our legion of Metal fans. It was like a gathering of the tribes. For 13 years, the Rock Solid Pressure Show has been turning you on to some of the coolest music on the planet. And we’re old enough to have seen many trends come and go in the industry. As long as it meets our criteria and fits our format, then we’ll turn you on to it. For the past couple years, we’ve been noticing this rise of the Stoner Bands, and we LOVE IT!! A lot of it has that late 60’s, 70’s sound. I survived both of those decades. I was born in 1960 and I remember all the great bands when they were NEW!! Sure, I rolled with the times, became a ‘metal’ musician after I heard ‘Sabbath’ (Like most of my peers haha). But I will never lose my love for Stoner music. Back in those days it was called ‘Acid Rock’, yes, even Sabbath. So there is much to celebrate in my world these days, and last night was a celebration of ‘new’ music with a mind-blowing 60’s, 70’s edge. Expect more specials like this in the future..

LAST NIGHT’ ‘SMOKIN’ PLAYLIST

STEVE ROTHERY: The Ghosts Of Pripyat (Inside Out Music) debut

NIGHTINGALE: The Maze (Inside Out Music) debut

CROBOT: Fly On The Wall (Wind Up Records) debut track

BEARDFISH: King (Inside Out Music) debut

DRUM WARS: Carmine Appice Drum Solo (Rocker Records) debut

MURKY RED: Stoned & Horny (Melodic Revolution Records) exclusive debut

ALICE IN CHAINS: Last Of My Kind (EMI) debut track (from 2009)

ANVIL: Paranormal (VH-1 Records) from 2010

DRASTIC FALL: Digital Rain (Melodic Revolution Records) debut track

 

LIVE EVENTS THIS WEEK: Huge week in the field for us..Check it out!!

Thursday 2/12: State Theatre: BLUE CROSS (featuring Tony and Shannon from GODSMACK) w/ BREAKING BLUES, RELENTLESS, AZZITIZZ, 3 KILLER BUDS, AARON LOVELESS. Doors 7pm

Friday 2/13: State Theatre: FRIDAY THE 13th FEST w/ DEMENTIA, DIDGES CHRIST SUPERDRUM, INTO THE GRAVE, SAHE, WICKED REVOLUTION, COUNTED OUT, UNDERTONE. Doors 7pm

Saturday 2/14: State Theatre: ANVIL w/ LORD DYING, ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, 20 SHADES, CONSINITY, AUTUMNS PAIN. Doors 6:30pm

*Get all the info on these shows at http://www.StateTheatreConcerts.com

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: It’s back to Metal Madness!! We’ll be airing an inebriated backstage interview with MARK BRONZINO from the band IRON REAGAN (Relapse Records), Plus exclusive NEW tracks from THE AGONIST, ADRENALINE MOB, and LOTS MORE!! Make it a point to tune in!!

HAVE A BLOODY VALENTINES DAY (Hope to see you at the ANVIL show on Valentines Day)

J-Rock

http://www.RockSolidPressure.com

 

Dungeon Fun with Jason Shwartzwalder from the KADAVER DOLLS

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Hey Fiends,

Had a great time in the ‘ol Dungeon last night. We had some friends over and had a bit of a party before the broadcast. We usually have a few revelers that stop in for the broadcast, but last night was..umm..yeah..A PARTY!! One of our revelers was JASON SCHWARTZWALDER from KADAVER DOLLS. We pulled him out of the GREEN room and had a much needed chat about all the exciting things going on with Kadaver Dolls. The band was signed at THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE back in 2013. And their CD Release Party is THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at THE CROWBAR in Ybor City. I’ve been rallying for this band for many years. I’ve watched them, and helped them, become one of the best metal acts in Florida. It’s always a joyous occasion when one of the bands we work with closely get’s a record deal. Soon, Kadaver Dolls will be a household name, and we almost feel like proud Parents. To all bands reading this, success is built upon perseverance  and dedication to your art. Kadaver Dolls hammered it out and weathered the storm. They kept it together and didn’t give up. If you’re in the Tampa area on Friday night. Get your ass out to Ybor City and make it a point to hit THE CROWBAR for their CD Release Show. It’s going to be a huge celebration. Another band on the bill includes PSYKOTRIBE. This is another one of our bands that was signed to Willpower Entertainment at last year’s Showcase. Other bands include FALLS UPON US, BURNING FAIR VERONA, and more..We’ll cya there!

So, we partied it up last night, and we REALLY partied it up over the past week. We had a great time at 3 shows that are definitely worth mentioning. This past Wednesday, we had a historic show at the State Theatre which included NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD, EXHUMED, IRON REAGAN, RINGWORM, BLACK CROWN INITIATE and KADAVER DOLLS. Once again, history was made on the State Theatre stage. We really bonded with VOIVOD and IRON REAGAN throughout the long day, but what a great adventure. It’s days like these that make my job fun and memorable. Wish ALL the shows could be like this (right?). Then we had only one day to rest our old bones and gear up for the ROCK FOR R.A.K. (Random Acts Of Kindness) BENEFIT which invaded The Local 662 on Friday night. Right off the bat, I gotta say, Patty and myself were honored to be a part of this amazing benefit. I worked closely with the organizer ‘Carla Pruitt’, which was to become one of the coolest benefit’s I have ‘ever’ worked on. Not only did all our favorite bands play, like TEAM CYBERGEIST, PROGRESSIVE CHEMISTRY, THE DEFIANT, THE DOOD, and FROSTFANG, but the atmosphere for the cause was always in the forefront. Above all, it was a smashing success for ‘Random Acts Of Kindness. Carla is a truly dedicated, and giving person. With all the bullshit, and bad people I have to deal with in this industry. It’s a pleasure just to know that someone is actually doing good things for people. And yes, there will be a PART 2 in May. But that wasn’t the end of our run. We still had to be somewhat alive for ‘another’ show at the 662 on Saturday night. By this time, the phrase ‘Walking Zombie’ comes to mind. Yeah, I was barely able to stand on Saturday night. These 3 day runs are taking a toll on my old bones. I was pretty delirious, but it was a good show. Bands included REFUSAL OF FATE, ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, DEMENTED TRUTH, SOLACE AND RUIN, WICKED REVOLUTION..And even then we didn’t get out of there till after 1:00am. All the stuff I wanted to accomplish on Sunday was scrapped. I slept all day! But was ready to party last night..Hope you all tuned in!!

LAST NIGHT’S PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR

CEA SERIN: The Illumination Mask (Nightmare Records) debut

AT THE GATES: Heroes And Tombs (Century Media) debut track

CROWNED BY FIRE: Crowned By Fire (Chrome Mountain Records) debut track

MARDUK: 503  (Century Media)  debut

GILBY CLARKE (featuring SLASH) Tijuana Jail (Virgin Records) debut

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT: Song Of The Wind & Sea (Junko Johnson Records) debut

KADAVER DOLLS: Bow Down (Willpower Entertainment) debut track

 

So, I was bitching and ranting in last week’s blog about the new breed of internet ‘people’. I was merely reflecting my passion for the old days of Myspace. I posed the question ‘What Would Happen If The Internet Went Off Completely?’..It was a viable question. I mean, would you survive? It actually stirred up a bit of controversy. I even took this question out in the field, and I found out that tons of people actually think like me (WHAT?) Yes, a lot of people are actually ready if the internet get’s hacked to pieces ‘or’ it becomes too unsafe to even go online. One person even said ‘What If The Electricity Grids Get Hacked In America?’. Now THAT even opens up a whole new can of worms. I’m sure everyone with generators will survive (right?) But it was comforting to know that my old school ways (I’m over 50) were more realized then I imagined. Facebook, Twitter, AND Instagram were hacked last week. Believe me..IT’S COMING!! Don’t throw away your Vinyl, CD’s, or DVD’s..Just sayin

 

NEXT WEEK ON THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE SHOW: We’re going to be doing one of our ‘Stoner Fantastic’ broadcasts. We just received a ton of new releases, and a lot of them are kickass stoner bands. So tune in next week, and have the bong at the ready!!

And don’t forget to check our site http://www.RockSolidPressure.com for upcoming concerts, past broadcasts, and TV Episodes

Cya in the field!!

J-Rock