Kings of Chaos Concert Review – 07/06/2013

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KIngs of Chaos performing at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town Source: http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

KIngs of Chaos performing at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town
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I have waited for months for the Kings of Chaos Concert and I can’t believe its all over already!

I bought my tickets the day after the concert was announced, initially the main reason I bought tickets for the show was to see Slash. The original line-up included Slash, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Joe Elliott, Dave Kushner, Glenn Hughes, Ed Roland and Sebastian Bach. A few weeks passed and it was announced that Sebastian Bach had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and Myles Kennedy was going replace him instead. I couldn’t believe it, I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. I have nothing against Sebastian Bach at all, I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to see Myles Kennedy perform in my home country. Needless to say, I now had even more incentive to go to the concert, the downside was that my boyfriend was leaving the country to go to Sweden for work on the 8th of June and he wouldn’t be able to go. Luckily I heard that there was going to be a second show on the 7th of June, so I could change it.

My boyfriend and I arrived at GrandWest Casino just after four o’clock, had something to eat and then the waiting began. We were the 4th couple from the front of the line. The queue only really started to grow at about six o’clock. People who were at the front of the line kept some space for their friends that only arrived later in the evening. This caused some tension due to the fact that some of us have waited for hours just to be pushed back by people who were arriving late. More people tried to push towards the front, because they thought if one group could do it, they could do it as well. Security controlled the situation to an extent.

We heard the band starting to rehearse just before six and they carried on till past 19h00 when the doors were supposed to open. I could feel the excitement in the air starting to build at 18h30 when everyone in the queue decided to stand up while they were waiting. I was becoming incredibly impatient and I just wanted the concert to start already! At about 19h00 I thought the audience was going to stampede through the door. The doors finally opened at 19h15 and security warned the audience members to calm down. We took our place to the left of the stage right in front. The DJ played “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback which got the audience quite excited, he proceeded to play some Offspring, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings of Leon etc. The concert finally got underway at 20h30.

The KFM DJ introduced the man who made the concert possible and the band walked onstage about 15 minutes later. First to enter was Duff McKagan, second to the stage was Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum and Glenn Hughes kicked off the show with their cover of Deep Purple’s Highway Star. Next up was “Smoke on the Water” another Deep Purple cover. Ed Roland came onstage to perform “Heavy” and “Shine” which are Collective Soul covers. Now it is Joe Elliott‘s turn to perform “Animal” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” which are both Def Leppard covers. It was great to hear Pour Some Sugar On Me live!

Now the moment that we have all been waiting for Slash and Myles Kennedy take to the stage with the ground-shaking cover of “Nightrain”. Slash jumps down from the podium where the drums are and I get goosebumps every time that Myles opens his mouth. I could feel my heart beating in my chest whenever Myles came towards us. Myles continues to entertain with a cover of Guns ‘n Roses’ “It’s So Easy”.

All the band members leave the stage while the crew members build what seems to be an acoustic set. Some of the band members get comfortable on the couches onstage, while Glenn Hughes performs a brilliant (Deep Purple) cover of “Mistreated”. Joe Elliott performed a Def Leppard cover of “Two Steps Behind” which the crowd loved singing along to, Ed Roland performed a Collective Soul cover of “The World I Know”. Myles performed a beautiful rendition of Velvet Revolver’s “Fall To Pieces”. I overheard an audience member saying that Myles’s performance of that song was absolutely beautiful! Gilby Clarke took the mic to perform “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” to the audience’s delight! That marked the end of the acoustic set and the band left the stage while the crew members cleared the stage.

Glenn Hughes performed “Burn” (Deep Purple cover) and “Communication Breakdown” (Led Zeppelin cover). Ed Roland came in to perform “Slither” (Velvet Revolver cover). Joe Elliott took to the stage to perform “Tie Your Mother Down” (Queen cover) and “All The Young Dudes”, a David Bowie cover which I don’t think the audience was very familiar with. My hero Mr Myles Kennedy came back onstage to wow us with 2 super popular (Guns N’ Roses) covers of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”. The audience was enthralled by his performance and we couldn’t believe it when the show was over! The audience chanted a few slogans after the show, but it didn’t look like there was going to be an encore, to our dismay.

The long wait was worth it and I trust the shows that followed Friday night was just as impressive! I have to be honest in saying that I’m not very familiar with the older bands that were represented during the night, but I enjoyed every moment. It was the first time that a bass player (Duff McKagan) really made an impression on me. Normally the bass guitar/guitarist seem to fade into the background, but no one could deny his talent. Matt Sorum shined on the drums, the drums forming a crucial part of every song. Gilby Clarke brought his style and flair to the party and even managed to throw in a wardrobe change as well. Glenn Hughes showed off his vocal chords and the crowd really appreciated his contribution. Ed Roland and Joe Elliott added some diversity to the group. Dave Kushner was a nice touch which rounded off the group.

Slash’s performance was pure perfection, as usual, you could really feel and see the love the audience has for him. I could see from the look on Myles’ face that he was enjoying every second of the show, as a performer and an audience member. Myles never stopped smiling. The real treat of the show for me was to see Myles, I still can’t believe I saw him play live. His performance was immaculate.

The only thing I dread after a concert of this magnitude is the withdrawal symptoms/depression that follows the first high after the performance, because music is my drug of choice. 😀

I hope that I will one day once again get to see Slash and Myles Kennedy perform in my hometown.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Slash Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Slash
Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Source: http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA Photograph by Willim Welsyn

Source: http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA
Photograph by Willim Welsyn

Glenn Hughes and Duff McKagan Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Glenn Hughes and Duff McKagan
Photograph by Willim Welsyn
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Ed Roland Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Ed Roland
Photograph by Willim Welsyn
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Matt Sorum Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Matt Sorum
Photograph by Willim Welsyn
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Joe Elliott Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Joe Elliott
Photograph by Willim Welsyn
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Slash – Anastasia – iHeartRadio

Slash – Anastasia – iHeartRadio.

Slash, Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators do it again!

iHeartRadio has the US Exclusive for Apocalyptic Love’s Anastasia Live Video Premiere.

I had goosebumps the whole way through, ENJOY! \m/

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

What awaits rock music fans in 2013?

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So we find ourselves in 2013 and the world didn’t end which served as an anti-climax, when everyone realised it was just another day just like the many days that passed before it.

Rock music fans have a lot to look forward to this year, quite a few bands are releasing new material while others are embarking/continuing with their tour schedules.

Loudwire published a reader’s poll in order to determine which upcoming albums for 2013 readers are looking forward to the most. Device is in the lead at the moment with 38, 94% of the votes, with Avenged Sevenfold in second place with 27, 3 % of the vote. The rest of the nominees each share a small percentage of the votes. The list includes: Alice in Chains, Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath, Black Veil Brides, Buckcherry, Bullet For My Valentine, Hatebreed, Hollywood Undead, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Sixx: A.M., Slayer, Stone Sour, Tool and Rob Zombie. You can vote here: http://loudwire.com/most-desired-2013-album-readers-poll/

Sad news came from My Darkest Days  three days ago when it was announced that one of their most-loved members, Sal Costa was leaving the band. It seems like Sal wants to embark on his own musical journey and calls his fans “Saldiers”, he recently launched his own brand of merchandise which you will be able to take a look at if you visit his Facebook page. Its sad to see Sal leave the band, but I can’t wait to see what he is going to do next!

I’m so excited for Alter Bridge to release their fourth studio album that I can hardly contain myself, loyal fans can be prepared for more talent, guitar riffs, angelic lyrics and astounding vocals. For new fans hold on to your earphones/headphones and be prepared to be inspired. They started writing on the 4th of January and the sessions seem to be going quite well.

Source: Alter-Bridge-FacebookThe band posted this picture on the 4th of January stating that writing has begun.

Source: Alter-Bridge-Facebook
The band posted this picture on the 4th of January stating that writing has begun.

Look at what Slash decided to tweet today, I was FREAKING out, just too bad I will have to wait more or less another two years before it happens. In case you were wondering thats me commenting like a crazy fan, that I just HAVE to see Slash play live. 😀

Source: Slash on Twitter

Source: Slash on Twitter

So seeing as it is 2013 I decided to share what I consider my rock music collection at present. Take a look!

My personal rock music collection

My personal rock music collection

My personal rock music collection

My personal rock music collection

My Slash Figurine (my prized possession)

My Slash Figurine (my prized possession)

All the best for the new year and thanks for reading!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month/Year – Alter Bridge

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And so the countdown starts towards 2013 and the anticipation for Alter Bridge’s follow-up to 2010’s AB III begins. I for one absolutely cannot wait for it to be released. It might be strange to give the title Band of the Year to a band that hasn’t toured for the past year or so, but thats the beauty of this band. They don’t have to release new material or tour for more than a year and they still have the ability to touch people’s lives in some way. Mark, Scott and Brian has been busy touring with Scott Stapp as Creed this year, Myles has had a fantastic year touring with Slash and the Conspirators and Mark Tremonti has been occupied with his solo effort All I Was. All of the band members has had a successful year, so now its time to get back down to business guys!! Alter Bridge has personally been my favourite discovery this year, although I might be jumping on the bandwagon a little later on in their career I feel like I have been a fan for years.

Myles Kennedy and Alter Bridge has a few dedicated fan pages on Facebook that has been very active in publishing content surrounding Myles’s current endeavours and Alter Bridge’s official Twitter page has certainly not been inactive or dormant this past year. Its great when fans still feel they can connect with the band in some way even though they are busy doing different projects.

Here are a few fan pages you can check out if you’re a fan:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Myles-Kennedy-Fan-Page/193843620723265?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheKennedyEffect?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/alterbridge?fref=ts (Official)

https://twitter.com/alterbridge (Official)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Alter-Bridge-III/235680409963?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/#!/AlterBridgeSA?fref=ts

Alter Bridge is an American rock band that was formed in 2004 in Orlando, Florida. The group was named by Mark Tremonti after an actual bridge located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, near his former home on Alter Road. Alter Bridge’s first album was met with mixed reviews and achieved gold status with One Day Remains which was released by Wind-Up Records in August 2004. After the band’s first tour they left Wind-Up Records in 2006 and signed with Universal Republic Records releasing their second album Blackbird in October 2007 which was met with positive reviews by critics. The band toured for the next two years and reconvened in 2010 to work on their third studio album. AB III was released in October 2010 through Roadrunner Records and the album was a critical success. In January 2011 Alter Bridge’s first live album and concert film was released “Live from Amsterdam” after two years of delays. Their second concert film “Live at Wembley” was released on the 26th of March 2012.

The band has had relatively low mainstream success (which isn’t always a bad thing, as we all know), but their music has been critically successful which proves that Alter Bridge consists of true artists and musicians in every sense of the word. In 2009 Ultimate Guitar Archive name Alter Bridge the 36th greatest band of the decade.

Afer Creed became inactive in 2003 following a controversial tour, that same year Mark started writing new material with plans to form a new band with Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips, being fans of Myles Kennedy‘s former band The Mayfield Four they invited Myles to join their band. The music of One Day Remains as well as most of the lyrics on the album was written by Mark Tremonti, although Myles also co-wrote the lyrics for about half the songs. A few songs from One Day Remains established an affiliation with WWE, most notably “Metalingus” which Edge adopted as his entrance theme in 2004 and used it as such until his retirement in 2011. Its ironic how I always loved that song and I always wondered who the artist was that performed it.

Alter Bridge experienced a bump in the road when their relationship with Wind-Up Records started to deteriorate. Alter Bridge still experienced some difficulty after parting ways with Wind-Up records which consisted of criticism for disbanding Creed, pressure to reform Creed and false reports of a Creed reunion. I can imagine this time in their career as being quite tough on the band and I think it was extremely unfair to blame Alter Bridge for Creed’s problems, but I suppose it was inevitable. Creed and Alter Bridge are two seperate bands and I think fans as well as the media should respect that.

Blackbird was released in 2007 and it has been dubbed by fans of the band as their best and heaviest album to date. In October 2010 “Ties That Bind” was listed by Total Guitar as the 41st Greatest Guitar Song of the Decade. Ties That Bind is definitely one of my favourite songs, its very energetic and the lyrics are powerful. In March 2011 the dual guitar solo performed by Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti on the song “Blackbird” was voted the Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time by MusicRadar‘s readers, which is an AMAZING achievement considering the amount of talent featured in the top 20 that readers could vote for. Read more about Myles and Mark’s reaction to the news here: http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/greatest-guitar-solo-poll-winners-alter-bridge-speak-403308

A single disc version of “Live from Amsterdam” was sold exclusively at venues during Creed’s reunion tour in 2009 and on Amazon.com. The dvd sold thousands and thousands of copies in comparison to the projected hundreds that Amazon expected to sell. The dvd reached No.1 on Amazon’s “Bestsellers in Music Videos & Concerts” and remained there for weeks.

On September 6th 2010 Roadrunner Records debuted Alter Bridge’s first single “Isolation” on their website, the song became the band’s most successful song reaching number 1 on active rock radio and on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, a first for Alter Bridge. AB III was met with overwhelming critical acclaim from professional reviewers upon its release. MusicRadar called it one of the guitar albums of the year and Artistdirect gave AB III a perfect score and called it a masterpiece.

Alter Bridge’s music is a spiritual experience and it touches your soul. Alter Bridge’s music is heavy yet melodic, because Myles has such a soaring voice it creates a great contrast with the heavy guitars and bass. Alter Bridge has a unique formula which you don’t come across often. As a listener Alter Bridge’s music soothes and renews your faith in music. I’m so happy I followed my instinct when I bought AB III earlier this year, because its very unusual for me to purchase an album without listening to a few samples on the album. I take the task of purchasing music very seriously and I don’t make the decision lightly.

I can’t wait to hear what Alter Bridge has in store for fans in the new year and I hope to hear a lot more from them in the future.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Rockstar Art

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I’m a great lover and supporter of the arts. I really wanted to combine two of my favourite hobbies music and art. I have been a Deviantart member for 4 years and I never knew how many talented artists there are in the world. Some of the pieces of art on deviantart literally made my jaw drop, these artists have talent and patience in bucketloads.

Please enjoy this feature and please remember to respect these artists’ works and not to pass them off as your own or distribute these pieces illegally. I don’t own any of these pieces that are featured here.

Enjoy!

Division will unite - Jared Leto by ~Ilojleen

Division will unite – Jared Leto by ~Ilojleen
Source: http://fav.me/d4uvt0g

Jared Leto - Pencil Drawing by =D17rulez

Jared Leto – Pencil Drawingby =D17rulez
Source: http://fav.me/d5ko2dr

Maria Brink Progressionby ~avengedxdeathbat

Maria Brink Progressionby ~avengedxdeathbat
Source: http://fav.me/d5lqzec

Myles Kennedyby ~BlackCherry17

Myles Kennedyby ~BlackCherry17
Source: http://fav.me/d34a9n4

Slash by *CristinaC75

Slash by *CristinaC75
Source: http://fav.me/d2wutd2

James Hetfield by ~BartekLauri

James Hetfield by ~BartekLauri
Source: http://fav.me/d36tdhi

Shannon Leto by ~LochaSnejpa

Shannon Leto by ~LochaSnejpa
Source:http://fav.me/d4ex9em

Passionate singing by ~masterklep

Passionate singing by ~masterklep
Source: http://fav.me/d4oalzg

Disturbed by ~FredrikEriksson1

Disturbed by ~FredrikEriksson1
Source: http://fav.me/d28cbpd

David Draiman by ~ShinyMarine

David Draiman by ~ShinyMarine
Source: http://fav.me/d38p5xf

Nickelback by ~Silver-Strife-Angel

Nickelback by ~Silver-Strife-Angel
Source: http://fav.me/d4ljf8n

Sully Erna - Sinner's Prayer by *Ilojleen

Sully Erna – Sinner’s Prayer by *Ilojleen
Source: http://fav.me/d4xn0mn

Adam Gontier by ~whispers-Dai

Adam Gontier by ~whispers-Dai
Source:http://fav.me/d4lf0ig

Amy Lee by ~Tunaferit

Amy Lee by ~Tunaferit
Source: http://fav.me/d8nwon

All These Lives by ~LittleBitzOfArt

All These Lives by ~LittleBitzOfArt
Source: http://fav.me/d3bhyls

Shinedown by ~Arhtan

Shinedown by ~Arhtan
Source: http://fav.me/d2xtqzy

Shaun Morgan by *steven0560

Shaun Morgan by *steven0560
Source: http://fav.me/d1k0c8l

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Guitarist of the week – Sal Coz Costa

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Sal Costa

Sal Costa in support for Reth?nk Breast Cancer
Sorce: http://www.michaelhurcomb.com/music/index.html

Today I’m delighted to feature the enigmatic and talented guitarist for the band My Darkest Days. Its hard to miss Sal with his signature mohawk and trademark fashion sense, he is truly someone that captures your imagination.

Sal was born on the 7th of July 1986 as Salvatore Costa. Sal is the youngest of three children and he has two older sisters namely Monique and Cathy. At the age of 4 he started playing piano after being mesmerized by his eldest sister Cathy’s abilities while playing the instrument. Around about the same age Sal started to paint more elaborate pictures and his parents decided to enroll him in art lessons with a family friend. Sal has been able to recall a lot of his memories from a young age and he is really grateful for the fact that he can still cherish all the memories he had as a youngster.

After a few years of playing the piano Sal really became infatuated by rock ‘n roll largely influenced by his middle sister Monique. Monique bought Sal his first guitar when he was 8 years old, Monique also liked to dress Sal in clothes that were popular during the grunge rock era and gave him strange haircuts. One summer day Sal decided to organise a local neighbourhood street hockey game which served as a distraction while Sal snuck away to the local hair salon and convinced them to give him his first piercing. Needless to say Sal’s parents weren’t very charmed with the fact that he had an earring in his ear at the tender age of 8. Sal’s parents’ tolerance and patience has been tested at numerous times with Sal’s antics, but they have always supported his dreams. Sal stopped taking art lessons around this time, but he still likes to doodle to this day.

At the age of 10 Sal started taking guitar lessons from Frank Cosentino and they have remained friends through the years. Frank fueled Sal’s love for rock and grunge music and cites him as the main contributor regarding his knowledge of the guitar. Frank taught him how to play the guitar and how to write with his heart. Sal started to play in bands almost immediately after he started taking lessons and begged his parents to buy him another guitar and a drum set, so that he can invite friends over in order to teach them how to play. Sal became so passionate about music that he would hide away his toys when his friends came to visit so that they wouldn’t be distracted and that forced them to stay and play music up until it was time to go home.

Sal started to fall in love with Kurt Cobain and he wanted to be just like him, Sal even tried to learn to play the guitar left-handed just like Kurt. He decided to grow his hair and he dyed his hair blonde at the age of 12, he was only missing the goatee due to his age of course. Sal was listening to Kurt Cobain while most of his peers were listening to the most popular music for tweens at the time, like Hanson and Spice Girls. Sal studied Kurt’s lyrics and his fearless persona while he continued getting piercings and wrote songs which when looking back Sal can’t help but smile. Although he admits that the content of his songs was pretty serious for a 12-year old.

At the age of 16 Sal snuck out of his hotel room in New York City while he was on a school trip at 3am in the morning in order to get tattooed in one of the city’s ghettos. Since that first tattoo it triggered Sal’s tattoo addiction which he doubts will ever stop. As high school progressed he continued to write music, lyrics and tried to perfect his art. Sal even started singing which he swore he would never to do. Sal always wanted to be the silent guitar player in the band for example a “Slash” persona which came to mind when Sal envisioned a role for himself within a band.

As time passed Sal decided to enroll himself in University, Sal studied Jazz and Flamenco guitar as well as business which he rarely attended. Sal fell in love with Flamenco guitar and his love for it consumed him up until the point where all he wanted to listen to was Flamenco music, because it touched his soul. Close to the end of his first year of University Sal received an unexpected call from his Flamenco professor asking if he could talk to Sal and his parents at his family home. His professor told his parents that he had to leave University, because it wasn’t going to help him become the type of musician he wants to be. He told them that if Sal wanted to be a rock star he had to act like one and rock stars don’t hang around at Universities. So Sal left school to become a rock star.

A few of his band’s demos landed in the hands of Darren Grahn who has worked with Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and Metallica. After a few phone conversations they left on a plane to Vancouver to record an album with Darren. Wile Sal was in Vancouver and he was living out of his hotel room for about two months he started battling depression and anxiety which he never experienced before. He speculates that the fear of the unknown was the cause of all this anxiety he was experiencing. This resulted in extreme weightloss, before he arrived in Vancouver he weighed about 165lbs and he dropped to 116lbs keeping in mind that he is 5’10”. He was dating a model at the time and he weighed about the same as she did. Sal used to faint a lot and he was in and out of hospitals as he began to fear the idea of death. He struggled with panic attacks and anxiety for about a year up until a day when he started chatting to a friend of a friend. This friend told Sal a few things during the conversation that cured Sal instantly. You can read what he said on Sal’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/SalCozCosta/info

Sal decided to turn his life around and start focusing more on his mental, physical and emotional health. Sal’s ultimate goal in life is to infect people with his words and melodies.

I learned most of the facts mentioned here on Sal’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/salcozcosta

My Darkest Days was discovered by Chad Kroeger and they are currently signed to his record label 604 Records. The band was founded in 2005 by Matt Walst brother of Three Days Grace’s bassist guitarist Brad Walst. Sal joined the band in 2009. When Sal joined the band, the band members said that it felt like Sal had been there the whole time and they just clicked.

I became aware of the band after they released their debut single Porn Star Dancing and after that I bought their album and I really like the band. Sal is a sensitive, energetic and caring individual. I joined his page about 2 years ago and he even used one of the drawings I made of him as his profile picture on the 12th of December 2010. Needless to say I was incredibly flattered and although I think my skills have improved slightly since then I spent about 8 hours on that drawing. I mention this just to indicate the amount of dedication and love Sal has for his fans. He is really wise and shares some of his thoughts on Facebook from time to time. He supports a number of campaigns like anti-bully initiatives, he is against animal cruelty and he supports breast cancer awareness. Seeing as he is about the same age as I am he is definitely someone I look up to, he has a bright future ahead of him.

You can view the video for Move Your Body below:

You can follow Sal on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SalCozCosta

And you can follow My Darkest Days here: https://twitter.com/MyDarkestDays

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

My Darkest Days (album)

My Darkest Days (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bassist of the week – Todd “Dammit” Kerns

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Todd Kerns was born on the 5th of December 1969 in Smallville, Canada. Todd is a Canadian musician who has worked with several successful Canadian bands most notably Age of Electric where Todd contributed to the band as a guitarist and a vocalist. Todd’s brother bassist John Kerns was part of the band including another pair of brothers namely Kurt and Ryan Dahle. Age of Electric was one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands in the mid-90s. Their commercial breakthrough came with the release of their debut album titled Ugly which was released in 1993, after that they released their second album called The Age of Electric in 1995. The band regrouped in 1997 to release their third album titled Make A Pest A Pet, the album spawned the radio rock hit “Remote Control” which peaked at Number 9 on Canada’s Singles Chart. Although the album was a hit, tensions within the band led to a breakup after a 1998 tour as the opening act for Our Lady Peace.

Todd, his brother John along with their youngest sibling Ryan Kerns and Scott McCargar formed Static in Stereo in 1999. Static in Stereo released a self-titled album in 2002 which documented the challenges that the band members experienced after the breakup of Age of Electric. Each song on the album is written in quasi-diary form and each song chronicles the obstacles the band faced after Age of Electric. The album pays homage to the bands that inspired Static in Stereo such as The Rolling Stones, The Clash and Kiss. The different musical style of each band member is present throughout the entire album. Heavy guitar driven tracks and heavy bass dominate on the album.

In 2004 Todd released a solo album called GO TIME which is a collection of original songs influenced by artists that is close to Todd’s heart for example T-Rex, Bowie, MC5 and The Stooges. In the past up until now Todd has delved into another passion of his which is production and songwriting with other musicians. Todd has appeared on albums by artists like The Matthew Good Band, Bif Naked and The Neverending White Lights.

In 2007 production projects brought Todd to Las Vegas where he formed Sin City Sinners with former Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat which would eventually become Vegas’ favourite rock band. Sin City Sinners perform self-penned originals and rock ‘n roll covers throughout Las Vegas, Nevada. The band is composed of Brent Muscat, Todd Kerns, Zachary Throne and Rob Cournoyer. Sin City Sinners regularly feature appearances by many notable musicians, actors. comedians and other entertainers. In 2009 Sin City Sinners finally decided to put some of their self-penned originals and covers on their debut album. The album “Exile on Fremont Street” was produced by Todd Kerns and released in early 2010. The album was met with rave reviews.

In mid 2010 Todd was offered the opportunity of a lifetime, to go on tour with the one and only Slash. Todd joined Slash on his solo album promotion tour and still fronted Sin City Sinners when he was in Las Vegas. On the 17th of December 2010 the Sin City Sinners released an acoustic album titled “Broken Record” and on November 25th the band released a holiday album called “A Sinners Christmas”.

Todd is currently on tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators as the bassist and backing vocalist. Todd joined Slash in 2010 and after his solo tour Slash decided that he wanted to make the band more permanent, because they had such great chemistry together. So the band recorded Apocalyptic Love which they are currently supporting out on tour. Todd’s addittion to Slash’s band brought him to my attention for the first time. Todd has his own blog where he chats about his experiences while he is on tour. You can read his blog here: http://toddkerns.com/blog/

You will probably be forgiven for being transfixed by Slash and Myles during their live performances, but Todd can hold his own among these talented musicians. He even sang a 1/4 of their set when Myles Kennedy was ill with bronchitis. His current bandmates tease him, because he is so handsome. My impression of Todd when I see him perform is that he was born to be a musician and that he is extremely passionate about his career in music. He is a fun-loving guy and he enjoys music as a listener as well. He has found some really unique ways of connecting with his audience, by answering their questions on his website and through his blog he shares interesting stories that his fans can appreciate. I love the way he mimics the words of a song while Myles is singing. To me it just shows how humble he is and that he enjoys the music just as much as the audience does. I love his version of Doctor Alibi he sings during their live shows. Todd has proven himself time and again, I hope we can look forward to many more years of music with this talented musician.

You can follow Todd Kerns on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/todddammitkerns

Todd Kerns

Todd Kerns
Source and Photographer: http://www.suzannesagmeister.com/

Todd Kerns

Todd Kerns
Source and Photographer: http://www.suzannesagmeister.com/

English: The Sin City Sinners arriving at the ...

Todd discusses every song on Apocalyptic Love on his website here: http://www.toddkerns.com/index.html

Rock Regards,

Lauren Kruger

Man of the Moment/Frontman of the week – Myles Kennedy

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Myles Kennedy

Myles Kennedy
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Today I feature my most recent obsession, Mr Myles Kennedy himself! I can’t wait to tell you more about this talented vocalist and guitar player.

Myles’s story started on the 27th of November 1969 when he was born Myles Richard Bass in Boston, Massachusetts and as a child he moved to a farm in Spokane, Washington. His father Richard Bass died when he was at the tender age of 4. Myles’s mother later remarried to a minister and they took the surname Kennedy. Myles was inspired by musicians Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder and he started playing trumpet at the age of 10 and guitar at the age of 15. He attended Mead High School while he played guitar in the school’s jazz band and trumpet in the school’s marching band. His extracurricular activities included playing in a local heavy metal band called Bittersweet with some of his fellow classmates. Myles found his singing voice by listening to his parents’ Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder records, Myles also states that Robert Plant was a huge influence on him. After graduating in 1988, Myles enrolled in Spokane Falls Community College where he decided to study music.

Upon graduating Myles enrolled in a Commercial Music/Jazz Studies Program at the Community College. Using the skills he learned from this program in 1990 he joined jazz band  Cosmic Dust (Fusion Band) as a guitar player. Myles’s work with Cosmic Dust was very advanced, using his knowledge of jazz theory combined with his advanced technical abilities and interweaving cord changes it wasn’t long before he became a well-respected guitarist among local musicians. Cosmic Dust’s first album, Journey, was released in 1991. The album was well-received by critics.

After the release of Cosmic Dust’s first album, Myles left the band in order to start working on a new band that would become known as Citizen Swing. Myles provided the lead vocals as well as the lead guitar for the band. The band’s sound was a combination of funk, R&B, blues and alternative all rolled into one. They released their first album in 1993 which was called Cure Me With The Groove, Myles helped produce the album. The band consisted of Myles, Craig Johnson on rhythm guitar, bassist Dave Turner, drummer/percussionist Mike Tschirgi and trumpeter Geoff Miller. Citizen Swing’s second album Deep Down was released in 1995. The band disbanded in the same year as their second release. All the music and lyrics on Deep Down was written by Myles Kennedy. Journey, Cure Me With The Groove and Deep Down is obviously highly sought after by fans, but these albums are extremely rare. I wouldn’t mind hearing it either, it should be interesting to hear a young Myles sing a different genre of music.

In 1995, Myles started teaching guitar lessons at a store called Rock City Music (if we only knew then what we know now!). By August 1996 Myles was in a band called The Mayfield Four where he took the role as lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the band. His childhood friends Craig Johnson, Marty Meisner and Zia Uddin completed the lineup for The Mayfield Four. They signed a contract with Epic Records thanks to a critically acclaimed demo the band recorded in 1996 followed by a live extended play called Motion in 1997. The band’s debut album Fallout was supported with a 15-month tour with bands like Creed, Big Wreck and Stabbing Westward. This is where Myles’s voice was introduced to future bandmates Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Philips. Fallout was praised by critics but failed to chart, Craig Johnson was subsequently fired from the band for unknown reasons.

Following the Fallout tour Myles made an appearance in the 2001 drama film Rockstar starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. Myles was contacted by his manager and told that the filmmakers needed someone that could sing high and that his name was mentioned. Myles met Zakk Wylde and Jason Bonham on set. Myles was the only actor in the movie whose real voice was used.

The Mayfield Four’s second and last album Second Skin was released in June 2001. Myles stated in an interview conducted on the 26th of October 2010 with Entertainment-Focus that Second Skin was one of his most personal albums lyrically up until the release of AB III. Although The Mayfield Four was popular they never garnered enough attention to break into the mainstream. In 2002 the future of the band began to look uncertain and Myles began recording new music. The band went on hiatus that year and ultimately disbanded. It was during this time that Myles damaged his ears by listening to music on his headphones that was played at volumes that were too high. This resulted in tinnitus which is defined as the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound. Myles fell into a depression in 2002, because of this condition and claimed that he had grown disillusioned with music and the music business. He consequently went on a musical hiatus. Former Guns ‘n Roses guitarist (the one and only) Slash contacted Myles and asked if he was interested to be a vocalist for a new band he was forming now known as Velvet Revolver. Myles declined the offer. Myles continued to work on his music, but took a more acoustic approach.

Myles Kennedy is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for hard rock band Alter Bridge. In late 2003 Myles was contacted by then-former Creed bandmember Mark Tremonti who wanted Myles do do some vocals on a few tracks he had recently written. Mark, Brian and Scott left Creed in 2000 and wanted to start a new band. Alter Bridge took its name from an actual bridge located near Mark Tremonti’s home in Detroit. Alter Bridge was officially formed in January 2004, their debut album, One Day Remains was released in 2004 by Wind-up Records and it was certified Gold by the RIAA. One Day Remains is the only album released by a band which Myles is officially part of that does not feature Myles playing guitar.

Their second album Blackbird was released in 2007 on Universal Republic to mostly positive reviews. Blackbird featured Myles on guitar as well as some of his songwriting. Mark Tremonti recalls passing Myle’s bedroom one night on his way up to his own room. He heard jazz music coming from Myles’s bedroom, at first he thought it was a CD, but when he entered the room he saw Myles jamming on his guitar. Mark says that Myles hid his guitar skills, because he didn’t want to step on Mark’s toes. Myles knew his current bandmates contacted him for his voice and not his guitar skills. Myles’s guitar skills turned out to be quite an asset to the band and it brought a new dimension to their music. Alter Bridge toured in support of Blackbird from 2007 through to 2008. They released a concert film Live in Amsterdam an it was sold through Amazon.com in 2009 and in stores in 2011 after several delays.

Alter Bridge took a break in 2009, while the bandmembers were busy with various projects, but they continued to write music throughout the year. In early 2009 Myles confirmed that he was working on a solo project and described it as being “dreamy” the opposite of Alter Bridge’s more aggressive sound. Myles described the material as being more singer/songwirter based. A firm release date has not been announced and in 2010 the album was put on hold. Myles has previously confirmed that Slash will appear on the record. In late 2009 it was reported that Myles will be working with Slash on his solo debut album. Myles has co-written Starlight and Back from Cali and provided the vocals on the tracks. On February 3rd, 2010 Slash announced that Myles would provide the vocals on his tour supporting his self-titled solo album. The self-titled solo album from Slash was released in April 2010. Alter Bridge regrouped later that year (2009) and began working on AB III and it was released in 2010 through Roadrunner Records worldwide, except in North America where the album was self-released on Alter Bridge Recordings via EMI.

Myles wrote about his personal experience concerning faith, belief and spirituality. According to Mark Tremonti Myles is an atheist, but Myles has stated in an interview with Kerrang! Magazine that he is somewhere between being an atheist and being a Christian. Myles has said that despite being raised in a Christian household he does not believe in any organised religion. Myles considers himself to be part of a growing segment of the community who questions authority and scrutinize concepts that no longer seem as logical as they once did. I can sympathise with his views on this subject. Myles has said that this is his most personal album since Second Skin from The Mayfield Four. A second concert film Live at Wembley was released on the 26th March 2012. I need to get my hands on these dvds ASAP!

Slash’s second album Apocalyptic Love features Myles Kennedy as the sole vocalist and along with Bobby Schneck, Todd Kerns, Brent Fitz and Slash they complete the lineup for the album. Apocalyptic Love was released on May 22nd, 2012. Myles reportedly mentioned that some of the lyrics on the album dealt with his earlier experiences with drugs. You can read my review for Apocalyptic Love here: https://therockriff.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/apocalyptic-love-album-review-2/

“April 14, 2012, Kennedy performed three Guns N’ Roses songs with five former members of Guns N’ Roses during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Axl Rose‘s absence.” – Source – Jordan Zakarin (April 16, 2012). “Guns N’ Roses Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction with Myles Kennedy in Axl Rose’s Absence”. Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/guns-n-roses-perform-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-myles-kennedy-axl-rose-312396.

Myles has collaborated with numerous musicians over the years including a collaboration in 2005 with Chris Jericho from Fozzy where Myles sang the chorus of “Nameless Faceless” from their album All That Remains.

Myles is influenced by a wide range of artists from different genres ranging from jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, soul to name a few.

Myles has stated at various times that Jeff Buckley is a major influence on him as a singer. Myles says that Jeff Buckley’s emotional intensity was one of the most inspirational things for him as a singer and made him come to terms with the fact that he is a tenor. A tenor is a type of male singing voice and is the highest male voice within the modal register( a vocal register most frequently used in speech and singing in most languages).

In February of 2012 I decided on impulse to purchase AB III from a local online store, I wanted to see what all the hype surrounding Myles and Alter Bridge was about since I’ve heard quite a lot about them on Twitter. I follow the Creed bandmembers and I became aware of Myles and Alter Bridge in that manner. I became irritated with the fact that I was in the dark and that I had no knowledge of this band. I had to grow accustomed to Myles’s voice on my first few listens, since it isn’t common to hear a tenor singing rock music. After a few days I was hooked and my love for Alter Bridge consumes me everytime I listen to their albums. I now have all three albums and I listen to them on a daily basis.

Personally I love the soft, mysterious tone of Myles’s voice on Slip To The Void and his amazing vocal acrobatics on All Hope Is Gone. I love his emotional delivery of the song In Loving Memory and his aggressive tone in Ties That Bind. I love his uplifting high notes on Rise Today. His performance on Apocalyptic Love showcases the variety in his voice and his lighter side. He starts off softly on Not For Me and then the song escalates up to where he makes his stand against drugs and the lifestyle that goes with it. I’m so glad that I bought that album and I look forward to many more years of listening to his beautiful voice.

Listen to Myles Kennedy’s rendition of Hallelujah:

Myles is suffering from Bronchitis and I hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Myles is currently on tour with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

See tour dates here: http://slashonline.com/tour/

Myles Kennedy

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You can follow Myles Kennedy on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MylesKennedy

Myles Kennedy

Myles Kennedy
Copyright: Wolfgang Schultes

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Phenomenal Rock Concert Photographer: Rob Fenn

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I became aware of Rob Fenn’s photography when I saw some photos he took of Shinedown which was posted by Shinedowns Nation’s blog (http://wp.me/1Gy1Q). I was impressed by his skills, but never really saw any of Rob’s other photos that he took of other rock bands. Eventually I saw a competition that was advertised by Shinedowns Nation on Facebook. You could enter to win 1 of 10 Limited Edition Frames of Brent Smith plus some other Shinedown goodies. Its still running if you’re interested: http://www.facebook.com/#!/MusicThroughTheLens/app_403359706360567

I took a peek through all 10 photos and I was dumbfounded. All 10 of those photos capture Brent’s passion for music and his intensity on stage. I realised I had to find out more about this fantastic photographer.

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“Rob Fenn’s photography career started in 2009 when he borrowed a camera from his friend to shoot Avenged Sevenfold in concert. After experiencing the rush of a live show, Rob was hooked and ready to make concert photography his life’s passion. Two years later, Rob was on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour with Avenged Sevenfold capturing their live show.” -Quote from Rob Fenn’s LinkedIn profile.
“Rob founded a book project titled ‘On The Road…Where MUSIC Lives’ after realising that his daughter’s idea of a record store was purchasing music from iTunes. Rob’s daughter was given the opportunity to buy one album a week of her choosing. The only rule is it has to be a full album from a store. This has turned into a great bond between them, and let them both discover new music together.” Quote taken from http://www.facebook.com/#!/MusicThroughTheLens/info

Rob Fenn has a passion for continuing the tradition of purchasing physical albums and for people to go to a record store to purchase their favourite music. Later this year Rob will be releasing a 376 page hard cover photo book that will be for sale in record stores ONLY with part of the proceeds going to charity to fund music programs in public schools. I really admire Rob’s passion for the music industry and his concern for the future of music. Rob is using his experiences on the road to motivate people to appreciate music more, to admire the musicians and their talent. Through his new endeavour he is aiming to make music an experience and not something you purchase just to fulfil an immediate need which will later be discarded after the fad has passed.

Rob is currently attending the Carnival of Madness and is on tour with Halestorm.

Below are examples of Rob’s work, I do not claim ownership of any of these photos.

Copyright by Rob Fenn.

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I absolutely love this photo of Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger from Halestorm by Rob Fenn.

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This is such an epic photo of Brent Smith from Shinedown by Rob Fenn. This is such a strong pose from Brent, wow!

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Great photo of Chris Traynor from Bush, such a graceful capture from Rob Fenn.

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Obviously this collection wouldn’t be complete without the talented Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators by Rob Fenn.

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So I couldn’t leave out Slash in my Rob Fenn Highlight Reel. Do you know another man who can pull off wearing a belly ring and silver hoop earrings? I don’t, so pictured here is Mr Cool and Calm himself, Slash performing with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm by Rob Fenn.

This concludes my Rob Fenn Highlight Reel, if you are looking for some more fantastic photos, which I’m sure you are, then you can Like this page which should provide sufficient eye candy for any rock music fan. http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=110841208993424#!/MusicThroughTheLens

You can follow Rob Fenn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rob_Fenn

Visit Rob’s website here: http://musicthroughthelens.com/

I hope you enjoy my recommendation and support Rob Fenn’s various projects.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K