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