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