Metal Allegiance 2016

by Jesse Amazeen To say Metal Allegiance is a super group would be an understatement. The touring lineup is composed of current and former members of legendary bands such as Megadeth, Death Angel, Testament, Dream Theater, and Mastodon. Indeed this band is the heavy metal hell-child of Bay Area thrash and progressive metal. Born out of the longstanding friendships between bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth, guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament, songwriter/bassist Mark Menghi, and drummer Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater.  The [...]

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Dives Deep into the Blues….DELTA DEEP!

story & photos by Jamie Sackett Phil Collen, legendary guitarist for Def Leppard, has a new CD out there with his new band Delta Deep.  Now don’t worry….he’s still with Def Leppard but this new band is a blessing that just came out of the blue and they are AMAZING!  Delta Deep is made up of Phil Collen (Def Leppard, Girl, Cybernauts, Manraze) on guitar and lead vocals, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Studio singer/sang backup for Michael Buble & Luther Vandros among [...]

Con Brio New Years Eve

Con Brio New Years Eve Show The Chapel San Francisco CA December 31,2015 By Walter Atkins   “The seven-piece group had the audience grooving and moving to their music and high-voltage showmanship”-Walter Atkins Con Brio (With Spirit) helped to bring in 2016 with a two night stand that included a sold out New Years Eve show at The Chapel in San Francisco. The crystal clear but cold night air did not discourage the full capacity crowd from gathering on this exciting night. The former [...]

My Life With Orrin Keepnews

My Life With Orrin Keepnews Interview With Martha Egan November 29,2015 By Walter Atkins   “The private Orrin who I fell in love with had a huge heart and was very sentimental. —Martha Egan” The prolific record producer and label founder Orrin Keepnews passed away at his El Cerrito CA home on March 1,2015, a day before his 92nd birthday. The November 2015 memorial and benefit concert was a time for friends and family to come together to celebrate his full life and acclaimed 60 [...]

Another Death Angel Christmas

This was the 2nd annual "Another Death Angel Christmas" show! This year the bay area was treated to TWO shows back to back. Our local thrash icon PACKED THE HOUSE with friends, family and fans. Just recently coming back from recording a new album in Florida with producer Jason Suecof, they didn't even have time to relax before hitting the stage at Slim's in San Francisco. Death Angel, in my opinion, has some of the hardest working, dedicated, loyal, skilled [...]

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Chris Robinson tip toes on to the stage like a Jim Carrey villain with a playful and mischievous smile that can only be matched by the Chester cat perched upon his guitar amp.  Undoubtedly, the same man that fronts the southern hard rock band The Black Crows but without the need to have so much swagger or those dark tinted glasses that can keep him disconnected from the crowd.  This Chris Robinson seemed at home with his Brotherhood band [...]

Run Run Rudolph Reverend Horton Heat is Coming to Town

The heat was turned up in Sacramento Wednesday Night when Jim Heath, Scott Churilla and Jimbo Wallace, better known as Reverend Horton Heat, brought their foot pounding full throttle rock till you drop style to the Ace of Spades. A crowd full of faithful's from as far as Petaluma packed in clad in their rockabilly best to come see the good Reverend and bring their 50’s styling to the show. Opening the show, The Lords of Altamont out of Los [...]

Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi’s Oakland

Madeleine Peyroux Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California October 27, 2015 By Walter Atkins   Madeleine Peyroux flew into the comfortable confines of Yoshi's Oakland for a two-day mid week stand. On this Tuesday evening, she featured hit songs from her first anthology album Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux (Rounder, 2014). The opening night's second set showcased her personalized blend of blues, jazz and country. Her trio included veterans Jon Herington and Barak Mori on electric guitar and double [...]

Jazz Guitar School Giving Away Sandowsky Guitar!

The following information provided by Ian Alexander of ArtistWorks: ArtistWorks Online Jazz Guitar School with Chuck Loeb Inspires Jazz Players with a $4,375 Sadwosky Guitar Giveaway Jazz Guitarists Everywhere Have a Chance to Win a Brand New Sadowsky LS-17 Guitar NAPA, Calif. (June 10, 2014) –To help celebrate the launch of the newest online Video Exchange™ school taught by Grammy® Award-nominated jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb, ArtistWorks and Sadowsky Guitars are giving away a Sadowsky LS-17 archtop ($4,375 value), the same model used by [...]

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