Alan Ralph

Papa Emeritus of Ghost

Papa Emeritus of Ghost

Swedish band Ghost has returned to the US and is currently on a 7 week tour as the sole support act for the mighty Iron Maiden!  In addition to those 26 shows, Ghost booked 14 headliner theater shows, including The Warfield in San Francisco.

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Disturbed

John Moyer of Disturbed

Hiatus. hi·a·tus. noun. A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.

Staind, The Gaslight Anthem, The Academy Is…, A Static Lullaby, Armor For Sleep, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, System of a Down, Underoath… just a few examples of bands that are on a hiatus, have taken one, or broke up and then reformed (kind of the same thing as a hiatus).  After a 4-year hiatus, in which all 4 of its members worked on other musical projects, Disturbed is back.

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Mid-November METAL overload!

by Alan Ralph on November 24, 2014

SSSLLLAAAAAAYYYEEERRRRRR  ~and~  JJUUDDDAASSS PPRRIIIEEESSTT !!

SSSLLLAAAAAAYYYEEERRRRRR ~and~ JJUUDDDAASSS PPRRIIIEEESSTT !!

There really is no such thing as “metal overload”.  If there was this many epic metal shows per week every week of the year, that would be more like “metal heaven” (except all metalheads are Satanic, right? So, “metal hell”?)…

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Rob Zombie and John 5 want YOU to come back to Aftershock 2015!

Rob Zombie and John 5 want YOU to come back to Aftershock 2015!

Across the Midwest and Southeast United States, from the last weekend of April through May 31, were seven Monster Energy Drink sponsored rock music festivals dubbed “The World’s Loudest Month”.  Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock, RockFest, River City Rockfest, and Rocklahoma collectively entertained hundreds of thousands of hard rock and heavy metal fans in Columbus, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Pryor (OK), respectively.  Music fans most certainly traveled long distances to attend these festivals, with their amazing 1-3 day lineups featuring the likes of Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Guns N Roses, Limp Bizkit, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock, Slayer, Deftones, Twisted Sister, Staind, and Godsmack, just to name a few.

A few years ago, Monster Energy Drink and their promoter partners decided that the West Coast needed a hard rock and heavy metal music festival.  Discovery Park in Sacramento became the place, and Aftershock was born!  While it may be difficult to plan a cross-country trip to attend one of “The World’s Loudest”, it is not as hard to leave one weekend open in mid-September and drive that incredibly long 90 minutes to Sacramento.

It actually IS still tough to plan, because the beginning of September through the end of October is an extremely busy time at the day job, but for the second year in a row, the weekend of Aftershock was work-free!  Of course, the time after Aftershock was not, and so there should be no mystery as to why this photo gallery review was posted one month after the show.

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Avenged Sevenfold @ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Avenged Sevenfold @ Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

As it has every summer for the past 6 years, the Rockstar Energy Drink MAYHEM Festival rocked Shoreline Amphitheater on July 6, 2014.

While it was nearly impossible to photograph all 18 bands that performed on 4 stages, and due to not yet being able to be in two places at one time, I missed King 810, Texas Hippie Coalition, Miss May I, and all of the bands on the Victory Records stage (Wretched, Islander, ErimhaEmmure started the tour on the next show).

Below are photo galleries from Avenged Sevenfold, KoRn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count w/Ice-T, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Darkest Hour, Upon a Burning Body, and Veil of Maya.

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Mountain View. California. Sunny. 82°.

With every meteorologist proclaiming the apocalypse across the West Coast, it was not as miserably hot as was expected. Yet with the arrival of the first band of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the heat (and volume) was definitely turning up, and for the duration of the day, more than a baker’s dozen worth of bands played across four stages, culminating with the sun setting just in time for Rob Zombie to heat it up again with plenty of fire and pyro!

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Show Review: Stryper with Cry Wolf, Skinner and Radio Friendly at Avalon Night Club, 3/5/2011

March 7, 2011

777 Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara looks like any other nondescript building in any other shopping plaza.  Tonight however, there is a tour bus parked in plain view in front, and upon further inspection of the parking lot, there is a sign (from God?): “3-5 Stryper”.  Although the number “777” is not actually referenced by […]

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