Monday, October 20, 2014
Checking Out Just A Few Of The Numerous Events At The 2014 CBGB Festival In New York City with DaveCromwellWrites
(Image via Dave Cromwell)
In July of 2012 The Gorgeous One and I were happy to be in New York City not only on our honeymoon but in town as well for the 4th of July...and the first ever CBGB Music Festival. It was pretty damn great actually. Anyway, while attending a Ramones film screening as part of the CBGB Festival, waiting outside on the sidewalk to go in, we met and made fast friends with a guy named Dave Cromwell who...happens to blog...over at DaveCromwellWrites. Then we happened to run into him again the following day in Times Square at a free Duff McKagan's Loaded show in 100* heat. We've stayed in touch.
Since Dave is lucky enough to find himself in NYC, he's been able to attend the CBGB Festival again this year...as he did last year, and in 2012 when we met him. That's his paw up there holding his VIP Media pass for this year that allowed him entry to a whole slew of events over the course of a few days beginning October 8th and running through the 12th. Dave has just published a photo heavy review of several of the CBGB events he attended covering a diverse roster of artists including: Daniel Lanois/ Lily and the Parlour Tricks/ Mother Feather/ Billy Idol and Steve Stevens/ The Walking Papers with Duff McKagan/ Ex-Cops/ The Pinkslips with Grace McKagan/ and more.
You can and should check it all out at
Sunday, October 19, 2014
A great band we've been keeping our eye on for a while now, the wonderfully noisy Irish Hardcore trio Dead Label have been in the US for at least a few weeks now already, doing some well received live shows and recording some new material while they're here as well. That new stuff is supposed to surface "soon" according to the band. Meanwhile, they continue to cross the country on their first-ever US Tour. Upcoming show dates listed above. For those unfamiliar with the band, check out the 2012 video for their track "Self Immolation."
...go check 'em out if you get a chance.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today, Seattle, Washington progressive thrash metal legends Sanctuary release "The Year The Sun Died," via Century Media Records. This is the bands first new CD since their 1989's cult-classic "Into The Mirror Black."
San Francisco California Thrash Metal gods Exodus return with their latest CD "Blood In Blood Out," released today by Nuclear Blast Records. We here at TATSOL highly suggest you speed your ass on over to your favorite local record shop and pick up a copy TODAY!
Monday, October 13, 2014
The Dictators NYC:
* Handsome Dick Manitoba * Ross The Boss Friedman *
* JP "Thunderbolt" Patterson * Daniel Rey * Dean "The Dream" Rispler *
-The Dictators NYC/ Facebook
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Joe Lynn Turner/ Carmine Appice/ Richie Scarlet/ Kenny Aaronson/ Benny Harrison
Richie Scarlet/ Carmine Appice/ Kenny Aaronson/ Benny Harrison
"A Day In The Life"
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Here Come The Mummies/ The Oddfathers
@ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Doors: 7:00pm - Music: 8:00pm
Tickets - click HERE.
*Tommy Sommers, co-host of the popular weekly Kiss podcast Three Sides of the Coin was at the show and shot this great video of The Oddfathers doing their Prince/ Replacements/ Skynyrd medley. Thanks Tommy!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The 3rd annual CBGB Music and Film Festival gets underway today in New York City. With literally hundreds of live music performances and film screenings at numerous venues spread across the city over the course of five days, it is a pretty easy bet that just about anyone who enjoys music in any way will be able to find something to enjoy.
-Full details: CBGB.com
Monday, October 6, 2014
(Photos: NYCDreamin Archives)
I burned up a vacation day last Friday to take care of some assorted errands that needed attending to. Once those had been accomplished, with no real plan for the rest of the day, The Gorgeous One and I set off on a spur-of-the-moment trip to check out the recently opened Hard Rock Café located in
Once we had arrived at the Mall and parked the car and were on our way inside, we spotted advertising for the new Hard Rock Café almost immediately on the floors and on the elevator doors (above) near the entrances. We walked into the Mall and began making our way to the heart of the place, The Nickelodeon Universe Amusement Park. Once there, we found our intended destination in short order.
After stepping inside through the gift shop entryway seen above, we began to make our way around inside. We had no plans to eat there this time, this was just a "let's check it out" trip. So that's what we did. We spent around 30 minutes or so just kind of slowly wandering through the entire place. It was nearing the lunch hour and there were actually a fair number of people dining, so we steered clear of their tables and booths so as not to bother the diners. Unfortunately we missed some of the stuff that was displayed near those particular tables, but there was still plenty for us to see as we made our way around the two-level establishment. We weren't on a mission to get photos of everything in the place, but here are just a few of the cool things you can find on display here currently...
The plaque says "This black Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar was signed by the legendary Jimmy Page." Not OWNED by him, just SIGNED by him. Very nice guitar, but kinda lame that Pagey didn't actually own it though.
Being that this is the Minnesota Hard Rock Café, you know there was going to be some Prince items on display. We found this trio of classic 80's era Prince outfits encased in a display near the kitchen/serving area. If you turn around 180* and look on the wall facing this display there are a funky looking bass guitar and a pink polka-dot finished six-string that were once owned by members of the Prince affiliated group "The Time."
The plaque says: "This kit (above and below) was used by Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis from 1998 - 2001. During that time he used them to record the albums "Demolition" and "Jugulator" as well as during concert performances." He signed every piece of the kit before donating it to the Hard Rock Café.
In one of the main dining areas they had a few cool old tour jackets on display. We got photos of the best of the bunch.
A Rolling Stones 1994 World Tour jacket.
An Ozzy Osbourne "Blizzard Of Ozz" tour jacket. This one dates to 1980 - 1981.
An Iron Maiden "World Piece Tour" jacket circa 1983.
This is a custom built Hamer double neck Flying V that was owned, used and abused by former Night Ranger guitarist Jeff Watson during the mid-late 1980's.
A framed 1983-84 Black Sabbath "Born Again" World Tour booklet.
The plaque reads: "British luthier Patrick Eggle crafted this guitar for iconic Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. It's a one-of-a-kind prototype that Tony used throughout the 90's. This gets my vote for coolest item in the entire place.
This is a view of the Hard Rock Café's live performance area, shot from the second level. I haven't heard any news on just what kind of live entertainment they plan on having in here, but the fact that they appear to plan on doing so at all is a strong positive for the place in my opinion.
A cool and very large painting of some sound gear...
The plaque reads: "This David Bowie signed guitar was acquired during an auction by The Electric Factory. The proceeds from this acquisition went to assist local Philadelphia school music programs."
So again, this particular guitar was not actually owned by Bowie, just autographed by him at some point.
The plaque reads: "This smashed bass was signed by the members of the Ramones." This thing is beat to hell and appears to be quite old. No mention if it actually belonged to Dee Dee or not. After some close inspection, I could only spot two autographs on it and those are almost completely faded off at this point.
Right next to the Ramones-signed bass was this framed original artwork mock-up for their "We're Outta Here" live album from 1997.
The plaque reads: "This black suede jacket was worn and signed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown." I found this item of clothing to be of much more interest than the Shakira (or Rhianna - one of those talentless hacks) thong/bodysuit (worn in one of her skanky ass videos) they had hanging above one table. If I had been planning on eating and they had seated me at that particular table, I would have had to have asked to move. Yuck. Oh! There's a Lady Gaga dress! They also have a Britney Spears waitress uniform or something, that she wore in one of her videos. I was much less grossed out by that one, but it still makes me scratch my head when I see that kind of stuff. It's not very "hard rock."
The plaque reads: "This Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman was originally built for Chet Atkins himself and later given to rockabilly legend Carl Perkins. Although Carl wrote and performed countless rock 'n' roll classics, he'll forever be remembered for his ode to youthful swagger, "Blue Suede Shoes."
Here we have an electronic drum pad, used on the 1979 Dynasty Tour, signed by Kiss drummer Peter Criss.
And here is an "extremely rare" signed and numbered original late 1970's Gene Simmons Axe bass, manufactured by Kramer Guitars.
The plaque reads: "This unusual Guild Telecaster-style guitar was part of Aerosmith's arsenal during their "Permanent Vacation" Tour in the late 80's. It was signed by the entire band."
...and that's that, folks! As I mentioned above, there is plenty more to see that we didn't photograph, including but not nearly limited to: A early 70's era Linda Ronstadt dress and cancelled check (for $15.00 made out to one of her relatives), an Eddie Van Halen signed white Kramer Focus guitar, A Replacements autographed guitar, more tour jackets, some Elvis including what looked like from a distance to be one of his Karate uniforms, a Linkin Park drum kit, a guitar signed by the members of Nirvana, plenty of framed album cover art and other miscellaneous stuff. If you, like us, are into this type of rock and roll history, you'll no doubt have an enjoyable time should you choose to visit. Maybe next time we'll even stick around and have a bite to eat. Maybe.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
03/17/87 Slave Raider/ Dare Force/ Hurricane Alice @ Prom Center, St. Paul, MN
Our May 2014 "When Slave Raider Rocked The Twin Cities circa 1985 - 1990)" timeline piece has just been updated with 30 additional recently unearthed show ads (like the one seen above) and a few local media articles on the band as well - all ranging from 1986 - late 1990. You can check out all the previous stuff and all these new additions, all in correct chronological order of course, right HERE.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
A completely unofficial, unsanctioned, unauthorized "Powermad" archive.
-NOT to be considered complete. A work in progress. Check back for updates.
-Latest Update: 10/05/14
1984: Powermad forms in Minneapolis.
-Joel Dubay - Guitar/ Vocals
-Bill Hill - Guitar/ Vocals
-Jeff Litke - Bass/ Vocals
-Adrian Liberty - Drums/ Vocals
1986: Combat Records releases "Boot Camp," a 12" split vinyl featuring the three bands: Napalm (from NYC, NY), Have Mercy (from Baltimore, MD) and Powermad. The two Powermad tracks included are "Chasing The Dragon" and "Blind Leading The Blind."
03/02/86 Saxon/ Powermad @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
04/12/86 Anthrax/ Powermad @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
1987 Guitarist Bill Hill leaves the band. His replacement is Todd Haug.
06/16/87 Anthrax/ Metal Church/ Powermad @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
02/03/88 City Pages (Minneapolis, MN - Powermad Article)
Powermad/ Coup De Grace
@ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
05/11/ 88 Minnesota Music Academy Emerging Talent Show Case
@ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
/w/ Powermad/Deb Nierow and the Wheels/Baby Moses/Shalita/Lori Wray/Blue Hippos/John McAndrew/Riche Early Mammals/Mile One/Tall Corn/T.V.B.C.
Powermad/ Realm/ Us
@ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
1988 "The Madness Begins" EP released on Reprise Records
The EP is available via mail through a free giveaway advertised in popular heavy metal magazines such as Hit Parader and Circus.
"The Madness Begins" Cassette J-Card (Front)
"The Madness Begins" Cassette J-Card (Inside)
"The Madness Begins" Cassette (Side 1)
"The Madness Begins" Cassette (Side 2)
"The Madness Begins" Vinyl Edition - Promo Copy /w/ Sticker (Front Cover)
"The Madness Begins" Vinyl Edition - Promo Copy (Back Cover)
Autographed by bassist Jeff Litke
"The Madness Begins" Review (City Pages - 12/28/88)
"The Madness Begins" Full EP
1988 MTV Powermad featured on MTV Headbanger's Ball
"Terminator" promo video
08/12/89 Powermad @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
09/05/89 Powermad/ Special Guest @ Satyricon, Portland, OR
11/15/89 Powermad @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
01/16/90 Powermad @ Backstreets, Rochester, NY
01/18/90 Powermad @ The Channel, Boston, MA
Minnesota Music Awards 1990
@ The Radisson Hotel, St. Paul, MN
*Powermad is among the featured artists to perform at the ceremony.
1990 Drummer John Macaluso joins Powermad.
1990 Powermad Reprise Records 8X10 B&W Promo Photo
1990 "Absolute Power" Full Length album released on Reprise Records.
"Absolute Power" CD (Front Cover Art)
"Absolute Power" CD
"Absolute Power" CD Booklet Poster
"Absolute Power" Full CD
"Nice Dreams" Promo Video
1990: Powermad appear in David Lynch's movie "Wild at Heart" performing live and then as the backing band to Nicolas Cage.
08/04/90 Powermad @ The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI
Powermad/ Coup De Grace/ Next Of Kin/ Enough Said
@ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
(Show Review - City Pages - 10/24/90)
1991 Guitar Magazine Powermad "Absolute Power" Sheet Music/Tablature Book
...and then...from what I can gather...Silence. For 17 years.
2007: Very exciting news came from Minneapolis that Powermad was being resurrected, doing some live shows and working on a new CD. Band activity since this announcement has been sporadic at best, but is pretty damn amazing when it does take place!
06/23/07 Powermad @ Bang Your Head 2007, Messeglande, Balingen, Germany
??/??/08 Powermad @ Surly Brewery, Brooklyn Park, MN
2011 Soilwork drummer Dick Verbeuren joins Powermad.
2011 Powermad Teaser Promo Video
2011 Powermad "Souls Descending" Promo Video
Headbangers Open Air Festival, Brande-Hörnekirchen, Germany
*Additional reading: (Click the link!)
10/26/12 City Pages
Powermad's Todd Haug on Brewing Surly Beer, Minnesota Metal and Dave Chappelle
Powermad/ Wolvhammer/ We Are Legion/ God Came From Space
@ Surly Brewery, Brooklyn Park, MN
11/04/12 Exhumed/ Powermad @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN
Keep up with any additional Powermad activity that may take place at:
Powermadness.com -and- Powermad/ Facebook.