WHITE LIE SHOW TOMORROW AT THE COACH HOUSE

Support: Tomorrow LA’s White Lie will be playing at The Coach House along with Richie Kotzen and the Taz Taylor Band. Check out the official press release below:  Saturday 11/22/2014 @ The Coach House RICHIE KOTZEN + WHITE LIE + TAZ TAYLOR BAND Guitar Shredder night in the OC..!!! Each band has an award winning gunslinger on guitar & an all-star lineup for the rhythm section! A show by musicians with serious chops, for musicians & music appreciation enthusiasts no doubt! No slouches on this bill..!!! Do not miss it; this is a one-time only performance! RICHIE KOTZEN (Poison, Mr.Big, Vertu, solo artist) KEVIN REYE (White Lie/TRIIX, Michael Bolton, Black Sheep, Martial Law, Network, Fortress) TAZ TAYLOR (British solo artist)  DETAILS: Presale tickets available now only from WHITE LIE = $16 Contact White Lie for tickets on FB, email, or PayPal (email: kevin.reye@facebook.com) The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano CA, 92675 949.496.8930 (dinner reservations recommended) Doors open @ 6:00PM, show starts @ 8:00PM, All Ages WHITE LIE is founding member Kevin Reye (guitars), Kleber Mandrake (vocals), Billy the Fist (bass), and Dan Mark Gonzales (drums). White Lie’s original sound is an amalgam of ‘70s-‘80s guitar heavy arena rock, reminiscent of UFO, Scorps, Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Y&T, Montrose, Tesla, Dokken/ Lynch Mob, Van Halen, & hint of Gary Moore & Stevie Ray Vaughan. TO BUY TICKETS CLICK HERE Support: Have you seen these yet? WHITE LIE SHOW WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS THIS SATURDAY WHITE LIE TO PERFORM AT NAMM WITH LEGENDARY EX-SCORPIONS GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH RIK FOX TO PERFORM WITH WHITE LIE ALL STAR BAND Behind...
WHAT DOES A METALHEAD LOOK LIKE?

WHAT DOES A METALHEAD LOOK LIKE?

Support: Once upon a time, there was a lot of pressure on metalhead to look the part. Teased hair, leather jackets, denim vests (with back patches, of course), and merch out the wazoo were nearly ubiquitous. I refuse to believe that everyone in the ’80s didn’t look like this all the time. (Photo credit: edgebeat.com) That was the ’80s though, and these days you can’t find a leather jacket for less than the cost of a used car. Some of the more affluent folks have shown off their metal status in other ways — piercings, corporate-unfriendly stretched lobes, tattoos, asymmetrical haircuts, etc. — but it seems, at least among adults, that metal-themed ostentation has died down significantly. Obviously not entirely. (Photo credit: marinavampire.tumblr.com) Why, then, are pockets of us still so concerned with how we look? I have gotten the side-eye for going to a metal hangout wearing insufficiently “metal” clothes, and I’ve seen other plain-clothes patrons get the same treatment. On one occasion, I went to Duff’s after a job interview and was playfully ribbed by friends who were also dressed plainly. (I fully acknowledge that our collective plainness made their jokes funnier.) Why should I dress up just to show my face in a metal venue though? Isn’t my presence “cred” enough? (Don’t answer that.) There’s a pin on my purse that reads, “This is what a feminist looks like.” It’s been on my purse as I had long flowing hair, earrings, and fancy dresses — it’s been there as I had a minifro, a baggy King Giant t-shirt, ratty jeans, and skate shoes. The message is...
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SONGS ABOUT RAPE?

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY SONGS ABOUT RAPE?

Support: Ladies and gentlemen, I have some alarming news for you. While browsing DarkLyrics.com, I discovered a terrifying fact: that approximately 100% of metal songs made in the ’80s are about rape. That percentage might seem high, but I assure you it is only mildly exaggerated. Whereas nowadays bands who write songs about rape tend to depict it as brutal and unpleasant (all the while expecting us to revel in its brutality and unpleasantness, which is a huge problem in and of itself), bands of the ’80s seemed to take a lighthearted, “boys will be boys” approach to it. I honestly can’t tell which is more gross. Take for example, Van Halen’s “Romeo Delight” from their 1980 album Women And Children First. And I quote, Baby, please! Can’t take it anymore I’m takin’ whiskey to the party tonight, and I’m looking for somebody to squeeze. I ain’t looking for somebody to fight Baby, don’t get uptight The rabbit hole goes much deeper than “Romeo Delight,” of course. While the, uh, “protagonist” of the song sounds like a pushy asshole, he doesn’t appear to make any outwardly rapey overtures. Telling an apparently reluctant/unwilling woman not to be uptight gives me some serious pause though. Poison’s “I Want Action” (form their 1986 debut Look What The Cat Dragged In) is a lot more direct. Long legs and short skirts These girls hit me where it hurts I can’t wait to get my hands on them I won’t give up until they give in Now, first of all, the long-legged short-skirted people in this song are schoolgirls, as is explicitly stated in...
FROM THE VAULT – RIK FOX INTERVIEW

FROM THE VAULT – RIK FOX INTERVIEW

Support: (c) Michael Richard Sneeburger Today’s From The Vault is an interview with bassist, Rik Fox who will take us on a trip back through his life, his experiences in the music industry in NY and LA, his tenure in WASP, Steeler, Sin and Surgical Steel and much, much more. Thanks so much Rik for taking the time to talk to HearEvil.com about your career and the projects you’re currently working on. How did you get started in the music business? RF: Thank you for the opportunity! I guess you could say when I was in Parochial school, maybe 7th grade? I had an amateur band with my neighborhood schoolmates. John Altyn the painter was one of them, on guitar. I dubbed us ‘Phantasmagoria’, LOL. As far as ‘the business’, maybe that was more like when I made my debut performing at the famous and legendary NYC nightclub and restaurant Max’s Kansas City, with a group called ‘THE MARTIAN ROCK BAND’. From there I jumped over to New Jersey with a club circuit cover band called VIRGIN, and we did all the popular glam type music of the day. This was like, about 1976 and we competed against similar bands like (the original line-up of) Twisted Sister and Harlow.. .VIRGIN eventually became SIN at my suggestion, and we stayed that way for a few years. That’s around the time when ANGEL came out and played a HEAVY role in shaping my eventual stage image, where I was eventually mistaken for guitarist Punky Meadows quite often. The Martian Rock Band (c) 1975 Lee Black Childers/Mainman  Let’s start with your very interesting history with...
TOP TEN GUILTIEST METAL PLEASURES

TOP TEN GUILTIEST METAL PLEASURES

Support: Photo credit: 8tracks.com The other day, I was talking to a friend of mine about our musical guilty pleasures. Now, I don’t really believe in feeling guilty about liking something harmless, so I have to come up with guilty pleasures in a roundabout, detached sort of way. I have no qualms sharing with all of you that I sang Hanson’s “I Will Come To You” without looking at any of the words during karaoke on my 21st birthday. Hell, I sing Alanis Morrisette’s “Head Over Feet” just about every time I jump in the shower. Most of my “guilty pleasures” are ’90s radio rock and pop songs, but whenever I go to my favorite metal hangout (Duff’s Brooklyn — they deserve a plug), I usually fall in love with a hair/glam song or two. Without further ado, here are my very guiltiest metal pleasures — please don’t judge me (okay, you can judge me, but ONLY in the comments section)! 10. Oh Sleeper, “Endseekers” A sentence I never thought I’d say: this Christian metalcore song is kind of awesome. “Endseekers” goes almost completely against what I look for in a metal song, but I can’t help but love it. 9. Scar Symmetry, “Prism And Gate” Vocals in registers only a dog can hear? Sign me up! I’m not even sure what subgenre this song is, and I have to admit it’s a bit of a musical mess, but I sing along with the chorus every time…a couple of octaves down, of course. 8. Megadeth, “Family Tree” Yes, “Family Tree” is from Youthanasia, Megadeth’s well-loved 1994 release. It’s still...
LITA FORD INTERVIEW

LITA FORD INTERVIEW

Support: Note: The day after I conducted the interview around which this article is written, my three-month old hard drive crashed, vaporizing not only my entire music collection but also the MP3 of my interview with Lita Ford. Each quotation in the article below was remembered verbatim, and frankly, you just don’t forget the subject matter you cover when you talk to someone so influential. The following is a faithful account, rather than a direct transcript, of our conversation. Last Monday, I sat down to interview the legendary Lita Ford. Over the week or so before Interview Day, I spent nearly all my spare time reading her previous interviews, poring over her discography, testing my Skype conversation-recording freeware (as well as my Skype), and writing, erasing, and rewriting my questions. The opportunity to interview Lita Ford had come to me randomly during a Facebook conversation, and I was determined to make the most of it. Since interviewing is so new to me, I had every intention to bounce questions off more experienced colleagues, but life got in the way and I found myself alone, at 3:57pm, anxiously waiting and tweaking my questions up until the maddening hold music ceased. “Lita Ford!” a powerful voice boomed. Pretty straightforward introduction by a no-nonsense lady — I liked it. I stammered out an intro of my own, and the conversation begun. If nothing else, Lita is larger than life, even over the phone. Her energy was contagious and she was so easy to talk to, I couldn’t help but relax. She told a hilarious story of one of her previous interviewers having...
LITA FORD CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE

LITA FORD CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM RELEASE DATE

Support: Lita Ford has announced that her new album Living Like A Runaway will be released on June 19th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four different options:  a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download. Lita said of the new album:  “This CD is truly a dream come true.  It took me one year to write this CD along with Producer Gary Hoey and song writing partner Michael Dan Ehming.  We have dumped out hearts and souls into this amazing CD.  Along with a lot of tears, pain, heartache, laughter, ripping out hair, going hungry, losing sleep and a lot of frequent flyer miles.  !!! Living Like a Runaway is like being able to walk through fire and coming out the other side unscathed.” Lita will also be touring with Def Leppard and Poison. Dates are as follows: 6/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater 6/22: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 6/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Amphitheater 6/25: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center 6/27: Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center 6/29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood 6/30: Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Time Forum 7/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center 7/3: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena 7/6: Cleveland, OH @ Quicken  Loans Arena 7/7: Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater 7/10: Baltimore, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion 7/11: Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center 7/13: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Pavilion 7/16: Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre 7/17: Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum 7/19: Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena For more on...
HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – MARCH 15

HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – MARCH 15

Support: Today in metal news we wish a Happy Metal Birthday to three musicians who need no further introduction:  BRET MICHAELS The 49 year old solo artist and lead singer of Poison who is currently on his own solo tour, announced that Poison would be joining Def Leppard for a must-see summer tour. Michaels writes on his official website that the tour will be a “live, interacitve, music extravaganza.” Bret is also getting ready to release his new solo album, Get Your Rock On, this summer. Def Leppard guitarist, Phil Collen plays guitar and sings backup vocals on the song “Get Your Ride On.” For more on Bret, check out his official website DEE SNIDER Dee who turns 57 today and has survived the first few episodes of The Celebrity Apprentice is getting ready to release a memoir titled “Shut Up and Give Me The Mike: A Twisted Memoir.” Pre-order your copy here. You can also find out about all of Dee’s current and upcoming projects here JON SCHAFFER Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer celebrates his 44th birthday today. Currently Iced Earth is on their World Dystopia 2012 tour in which they’ll be visiting countries across the globe. Stay tuned for Part 1 of my interview later today with Jon Schaffer as he was getting ready for the tour and Iced Earth World Domination. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUYS!!   Support: Have you seen these yet? HAPPY METAL BIRTHDAYS – FROM THE VAULT HORNS UP – HEAVY METAL BIRTHDAYS – JUNE 3rd – FROM THE VAULT ICED EARTH “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” ICED EARTH “LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION” ICED EARTH TOUR...
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