Saturday, June 8th, The big Orion + Music Festival that Metallica put together opened up in Detroit. Opening the 2nd stage was a band called “dehaan”. Or so they wanted you to think. In actuality, it was the festival headliners themselves, and Metallica took the small stage and ripped into the full “Kill ‘Em All” album in it’s entirety! Great way to get things rolling for the festival, and a cool reward for those that were smart enough to get there early. For those of us that couldn’t make it, feel free to relax and crank up video of the full set right here. Enjoy!
The new Black Sabbath album, 13, finally came out last week. And with it, the band released the video for the new song “End of the Beginning” which was featured on an episode of CSI last month (obviously, not all 8 minutes of it were on the show, but they filmed the full song for the video). They also put out the official video for the song we got a couple of months ago, “God is Dead?”, which you can watch below. The album debuted at #1 in Britain…Sabbath’s first #1 album there since “Paranoid” in 1970! I guess it happens every 43 years, so the next #1 for them will be in 2056!!!
Sammy Hagar returned to his hometown of Fontana recently to be honored by the city as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. In addition to serving as the Honorary Grand Marshalof the 2013 Fontana Days Parade, the town presented the â€œRed Rockerâ€ with a sign for Hagar Way, a new street dedicated to their hometown hero.
After leading the parade on a float with his family by his side, Sammy was given the street sign that read â€˜Hagar Way.â€™ Although no mention of a speed limit was made, judging by the namesake we can only assume that speeds in excess of 55 are highly encouraged, although perhaps not legal.
Hagar seemed genuinely touched by the gesture. After being given the sign he addressed the crowd, saying, â€œSomething about in your hometown having a street named after you, that warms my heart. This is awesome. This is one of the favorite things that has been done for me in my whole career.â€ He also threw some love out to his brother, joking, â€œOnly problem is I know my brotherâ€™s going to go around saying itâ€™s his name too.â€
During the celebration Hagar was asked by the Fontana Herald how it felt to be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to which the thankful Hagar replied, â€œItâ€™s not as exciting as being the grand marshal of Fontana Days for the 100th anniversary of Fontana, my hometown!â€
On the musical front, Sammy will also be heading out on his â€˜Four Decades of Rockâ€™ tour kicking off at the beginning of June and dates through early September. No So Cal dates yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do!
The US Festival put the IE in the world wide spotlight for a few days back in 1983, thanks to Apple Computers c0-founder Steve Wozniak deciding to blow some of the millions of dollars that he made inventing home computers to throw a huge multi-day concert/party! There was a Rock Day, a New Wave Day, a Heavy Metal Day, and a Country Day.All of us that were there have a couple of somewhat clear memories, like a really wasted David Lee Roth:
But what is really amazing is checking out the full line-up from 30 years ago and thinking…damn, they did an a pretty great job putting together Metal Day, didn’t they?
Van Halen, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Motley Crue, and Quiet Riot!
Here’s the first trailer from the new movie “Through The Never” coming out late this summer. Do yourself a favor and go full screen with it. Listen for details about how you can be a part of the big KCAL screening we’re planning!
Congrats to all of the KCAL Rockers that scored tickets to see the Rolling Stones at the Honda Center last Saturday night on their 50th anniversary tour! Great show, and a guest appearance by the one and only Dave Grohl for a ripping version of “Bitch”!
Sad news today as we learned that Ray Manzarek, founding member and keyboard player with The Doors passed away today at the age of 74. A huge part of the legendary Southern California band with the unique sound, he lost his battle with cancer while in Germany.
Talk about a legacy. The band lost their frontman and lead singer, Jim Morrison, back in 1971. Yet, generations of kids continue to find the band and dive into the great library of music that the band created.
Big thanks to our long time friends, Great White, for making time to stop by the KCAL Studios to hang with Stu, Tiffany, and Jimbo Thursday morning. Plus, they brought their guitars for another in studio jam! here’s the video for their latest song, “Shotgun Willie’s”. Enjoy!
We’re less than a month away from the new album, 13. You guys have been all over the first song “God is Dead?”, so here are some more details about what we can expect.
Metallica Night happens at AT & T Park in San Francisco in conjunction with the Dodgers/Giants game tomorrow night. Big congrats to the winner of KCAL Workforce Getaway #2 who’ll be flying up there for the fun. Metallica is getting geared up for the event by releasing a video of them jammimg with Giants pitcher, Barry Zito. Pretty cool!
They’ll also be auctioning off the custom guitars they use to perform the National Anthem…