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Friday, June 15, 2018

THE '80'S AND '90'S WHEN FLIERS WERE KING!!

When I first started at our club, The Bootleggers, one of the main ways to advertise was with fliers. You had to be really creative to attract attention; there were so many shows to choose from! Being a club owner meant you had to get people to your gig and one of the best ways was to have a flier that really stood out.




Recently, I came across a stack of original fliers tucked under piles of memorabilia. The Ramones, Death, Beastie Boys,and King Diamond were just a few of the ones I found. I share! Here are some of the classics for you, Students! Paul Stottler was one of my favorite designers! He created Sacred Reich's artwork designs and now he tattoos in Hollywood. He even tattooed Dave Grohl!






During our time in The Bootleggers, we dropped fliers at the local record stores (long since shut down), hit up cars in parking lots and stood outside concerts handing them to the fans as they were leaving. One way to get directly to the Metal heads was to go to the high schools at lunch breaks and locate the fast food restaurant the Metalhead students frequented. We pinpointed the various lunch times of the local high schools and then drove around the vicinity and spotted the Metal kids. They all seemed to group together at the same Burger King or what ever chain was near the school. It took some time to figure out the various lunch breaks but once you knew, you could make a route that was very effective.

Here you go!! Help yourself to this nostalgia of bands long since recorded in the Metal History books!!

Class dismissed.....

Friday, June 8, 2018

1993 STARTED WITH A Z !!! 25 YEARS AGO ....

25 years ago this week, our home was hectic with happiness and with sadness, all rolled into one! Fate denied Max and me a honeymoon, newly wedded happiness and any form of celebration of our marriage. We had a whole 12 hours of wedded bliss before unthinkable tragedy struck us. Focusing on the needs of our family got me through it. When all hell breaks loose, I work harder and triumph!


There was a little person who was there to keep us occupied and his name began with a Z !! The "calm, big eyed, brown haired Do-Dah-er, born with a beat in his head" was the perfect ointment for any pain! We had a mascot!
We all laughed wedding tour, cried at Adam's funeral and then, with wobbly knees, boarded a plane to London! Chaos was about to be sculpted! With all the hubbub, with all the anxiety, there was quiet excitement!






The kids had certainly suffered in grief, so Max and I decided to transport them across the ocean to Wales to join us at Rockfield Studio. We needed to be together. Andy and Trish (his wife) were bringing their children, too. Companions are cool! Andy Wallace and Andy Wallace were the first steps. They would grow by great lengths each day, as the layers of recording were processed. The kids would be free to play in the haunted fields of Rockfield and the adults would be adulating !!


25 years ago it seems so far and seems so near, at the same time! Our journey has winded; our Tribe has expanded. Z has grown all the rest of the children. Nothing stops Time. It is up to us to leave our mark, our impression, our influence. Will you like to dandelion or leave your imprint like T-Rex? Leave your mark, Students! Be your Dream !!




Do not let misery and the downs of Life break you !! There is an adventure every day! Just fly free and see where the world takes you, before its too late ......

Class dismissed ....

Friday, June 1, 2018

COME ROCK THE CANYON!!!!

In the early morning darkness, we will be heading to Kayenta, Arizona, in Monument Valley, to bring Soufly to our friends at the Navajo Nation! June 2 is an important date for the Navajo Tribe, as it is the date the US government and the Tribe signed the peace treaty 150 years ago. After much violence, and many tragedies, the two parties came to an agreement that would march the Nation not the future.


The concert will be free admission for all, and we will share the stage with our friends, Michael Black and his band, Taipan. There will also be several Navajo Metal bands. I am hoping there will be a fair-like atmosphere and we can all savor the Indian Fry Bread dripping with honey!!




We have a solid bond with the Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez. He has made it his responsibly to create activities to better the Navajo youths' education and future! Young people are the future and the struggles to grow up and have a successful life, are many. He is "hands on," all the way!

We were blessed to receive the traditional protection of the Navajo Spirits, in a ceremony I will never forget! It was dark and we stood below the Milky Way, in a small amphitheater in Tuba City, Arizona. The Medicine Man presented Max with a powerful silver and turquoise bracelet that wards off negative energy. During the blessing, a feather fell at my feet and I was given it. I never travel anywhere without it now!! The ancient beliefs are strengthening. Sometimes, I feel the modern world has washed away much of the power of Nature!



Join us in celebrating this powerful day of reflection. People suffer many wrongs, yet at the same time, they create the many wrongs. The past should be our teacher and we should open our minds to peace, for we are all leaders in our own way.

Class dismissed....

Saturday, May 26, 2018

ALL LOVE IS LOST!!!

In 2015, we all ran into Bodycount on tour at Graspop Metal Meeting, in Belgium. As Cavalera Conspiracy was leaving for a festival meet and greet, Bodycount’s tech and my friend, Oscar, told me Ice was asking for Max to join him on stage singing Copkiller!! My Metal heart broke as I told Max he couldn’t hit the stage. He was a bit pissed but hey....he can’t let the Tribe down!


Spin through time to 2016 and place us in Phoenix. Bodycount was playing at the Marquee Theater and we were on the side of the stage. Oscar invited Max to sing Copkiller, and my King got his wish! I will say that Ice never knew of this invite and almost collided with Max on stage! When he realized it was Max he was like “ Let’s destroy this f&$&ing place, Brother!!!”




A few days later, Max and I got invited to the studio to chill with Ice and the BodyCounts. Vince asked me if Max had some ideas to throw down with Ice. Does he know I have thousands of tracks, unreleased of course, stashed? We went for a visit and returned home with Max collaborating with his friends!



Now you have all heard the brutally honest track, All Love is Lost. Vince hit me up for some Max footage, so Zyon shot some vids in an alley in Milwaukee and boom! Ice Tea and Bodycount’s All Love is Lost video featuring Max Cavalera!!!




Class dismissed.....

Friday, May 18, 2018

THE WHISKEY A GO GO

Every band wants to play the Whiskey A Go Go on the famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood. You walk up on the corner stage and stand where Jim Morrison begged the LA Woman to Light My Fire. The same stage that Vince Neil molded his Motley Crue on. Most every band on the planet has gravitated to the Whiskey at least once!


The Whiskey has a history so rich and layered, that it deserves its own volume in the “Encyclopedia of Rock Music in all its Genres and Glory!” This is also where Metallica recruited Cliff Burton, after watching him play with the band Trauma.



The Whiskey’s balcony bar area has hosted more stars than Space and more clandestine parties than one cares to admit. It’s easy to look around and get swooped up by the action!




The walk up the back stairs to the stage and dressing room is always deep with anticipation. The dressing room area has been revamped and is waiting to lure you in! Let’s check it out!




The lure of the ‘80’s rise of hair bands and Metal in All Forms is evident from the minute you walk through the door! Memorabilia reminding us of Hollywood’s birth of legions of bands dot the walls. Relax with a drink on the plush red leather booths and get ready to leave your dna in the Legend of all Venues...!!






Class dismissed....