The Rock Solid Pressure ‘Industry Showcase Weekend’ starts on Friday!! PREPARE YOURSELF!! Normally I would be posting the ‘Survival Guide’ but we’re WAY too busy getting this massive weekend together. No Survival Guide this year. This year, it’s been extremely crazy getting this beast together. It’s going to be INSANE!! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday..We have NEVER extended the celebration to 3 days in our 13 year history of the Showcase, so let the cards fall into place. Let the stars align, and PREPARE YOURSELF for the wildest Showcase Weekend..EVER!!
Before I go into detail about the events going down this weekend. I want to tell you about last weeks broadcast. It was a killer show. We aired a rerun on Monday night, and you’ll hear it ‘again’ next Monday night. I know, it’s weird that we only have one broadcast in September, but this massive weekend has consumed our life for the past few weeks. We’ll be back on track on Oct 5th with our ‘Shocktober Celebration’..With that said, our ‘one’ show in September was a bloody joy to behold. Plenty of chances to hear it (lol), and if you ‘didn’t’ hear it, you’ll get another chance to redeem yourself on Monday night. The entire show was based around the partying madness of the FEAR FACTORY show!! We had backstage interviews with TRAVIS from THE BLOODLINE (Another Century Records), JASON from KADAVER DOLLS / DEADLIFT (Willpower Ent), JONZEY from THE DOOD, and KEI from Japan (The Ultimate Metal Fan)..The Playlist went down like this
THE PLAYLIST TO DIE FOR 9/14/15
CRADLE OF FILTH: Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych (debut) Nuclear Blast
BARREN EARTH: On Lonely Towers (debut track) Century Media
TEMPEST RISING: War (debut track)
THE BLOODLINE: Dead And Buried (debut) Another Century / Century Media
CHAOS FRAME: Derceto (debut) Nightmare Records
MARTY FRIEDMAN: Lycanthrope (debut) Prosthetic Records
THE DOOD: House Of The Dead
A LIGHT DIVIDED: No Time For Love Dr. Jones (debut)
ROCKSTARR BENTLEY: You Kill Me (debut)
*INDUSTRY SHOWCASE WEEKEND: So, you’ve seen the event pages. You’ve seen the posts and the Press Release. The promotion has been off the chains this year. The entire scene will be there, so there’s really no need for a ‘Survival Guide’ this year. I do want to give you a quick rundown of the shows this weekend though..So here goes
FRIDAY (The Local 662): THE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE PRE-PARTY featuring PSYKOTRIBE (CD RELEASE PARTY), KADAVER DOLLS, THE DEFIANT, DREAMKILLER (NC), FUNERAL FOR A CLOWN, UNDER FALLEN ORDER..We decided to bring the Pre-Party back this year, and we did it in a BIG way. All the bands performing are Showcase alumni, and 3 of the bands were signed at the Showcase (Psykotribe, Kadaver Dolls, The Defiant). And to make it even more ‘Shockingly Special’, it’s PSYKOTRIBE’S CD RELEASE SHOW!!! And to make it even more Super-Cool, a few Industry Reps from the Showcase panel WILL BE THERE!! We’re stoked to have MATT LaPLANT (Bieler, Roadrunner, Atlantic, etc) in attendance, along with MATT DAY (Willpower Ent), and JAN BARKER (Ashley Talent Agency) and SCOTT LaFLAMME (Superstar Guitarist) in the house. Pretty much like a Showcase in itself right? This will kick off the crazy weekend. Pace yourself in the ‘Partying Dept’ because you still have 2 more days to survive. Doors at 7pm
SATURDAY (State Theatre) THE ROCK SOLID PRESSURE INDUSTRY SHOWCASE 2015 (13 Year Anniversary). Doors at Noon. the Opening Ceremonies start at 1:00pm. Here is this years lineup (in order of appearance) NOTHIN TOO FANCY. WICKED REVOLUTION, AEGEA, ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, 5 STAR HOOKER, FROM THIS FIRE, DRVN, A(K)NEW, A LIGHT DIVIDED, THE DOOD, NINE MILE DRIVE, WIRETHRONE, HOWLING MIDNIGHT, THE CUNNINGHAM WAKE, HALF TON HAMMER, SEVENSINS, RISE 2 BRUTALITY, DEATH REQUISITE, GRASPING AT THE SHADOW, AIONIOS..Now THIS is a survival test. Who can make it through the entire event? You’ll be surprised at how many people actually DO every year. We’ll be making the announcements in Oct on who got signed, endorsed, won stuff, and all the cool things that happen for these bands every year.
SUNDAY (State Theatre) GEMINI SYNDROME, 9 ELECTRIC, EXOTYPE, COLDCLOCK KNOCKOUT, CYPHER MACHINE..This is also PATTY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY!! We decided to end this crazy weekend, and have Patty’s B’day with a kickass national event. I know, I know, a lot of you will be wiped out, but you’ll tell your grandchildren you survived the historic Showcase Weekend. If anything, come out to party with Patty. It’s an early show, doors at 6:00pm. We expect the entire night to be over by 11:00pm. I’m going to sleep for a few days after this weekend…SEE YOU ALL THERE
*RIP STEVE McCORMICK: Tragedy struck our metal scene last week. Steve McCormick passed away. Steve was the guitarist for TRAITORS GATE and it shocked the entire community. He was one of my favorite guitarists and we loved hanging out with him. Steve had that classic ‘Iommi’ sound, and I loved the band so much. In one year they rose to prominence on the scene. The band was also scheduled to play the Industry Showcase on Saturday. As I write this, benefits are being planned for Steve’s family, and I’m sure there will be a ‘Tribute Set’ in Steve’s honor at the DEVILS NIGHT show at the 662 on Oct 30th. Traitors Gate was also on the bill for that event. If you would like to honor Steve in your own way, put on a Sabbath album and raise a glass. I’m still not quite over the shock of this terrible news, but all I can say right now is that I’ll miss him dearly..Such a great guy..such a great band!!
That’s how I’m going to end it this week gang..I’ll see you all this weekend