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