TUESDAY’S METAL MESSAGE (LIVE: THE DAMNED THINGS, HEADBANGER’S BALL, NEW BONHAM/ZEP EXPERIENCE VID, DREAM THEATER KEYBOARDIST SOLO SHOW, HALFORD LIVE FOOTAGE)
JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE — a unique trifecta of an amazing rock concert featuring the unforgettable blues-rock of LED ZEPPELIN, an over-the-top video and light show as well as the personal history that Jason Bonham shares in commemoration of his father with the legendary rock n’ roll band — took part in a special, abbreviated four-song performance prior to Sunday’s (December 19) Dolphins–Bills game at the Land Shark Tailgate Stage on the AT&T Grand Plaza at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Check out professionally filmed video footage of the “Rock And Roll” performance can be viewed at NFL.com.
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JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE just wrapped a successful 39-city North American tour. The critically acclaimed North American trek stunned audiences and featured Jason Bonham on drums, Tony Catania on guitar and theremin, Michael Devin on bass, Stephen Leblanc on keyboardists/pedal-steel guitars and James Dylan on lead vocals. The tour included a roof-raising, jam-packed show at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood late last month which saw Jason‘s younger sister Zoe Bonham perform blues-harp on the ZEPPELIN classic “When The Levee Breaks”.
“I never imagined we’d receive the reaction we’ve been getting,” explained Jason. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams to come out represent my family, my father and the music of LED ZEPPELIN.”
DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess will perform a solo concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York on Sunday, January 23. He will be joined by very special guest, DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie, and Turkish prodigy/orchestrator Eren Basbug, as well as PROJECT RNL‘s Eyal Amir and Ray Livnat.
Tickets for the event go on sale on December 24. There is a meet-and-greet ticket that includes a small gathering after the show.
For ticket information, click here.
Fan-filmed video footage of HALFORD‘s December 17, 2010 performance at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California can be viewed below.
HALFORD‘s latest album, “Halford IV – Made Of Metal”, sold around 3,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 160 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 5 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
HALFORD‘s previous CD, “Halford III – Winter Songs”, opened with 1,400 units to debut at No. 26 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.
“Halford IV – Made Of Metal” was released on September 27 in Europe and September 28 in North America. Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, the CD features 14 new songs penned exclusively by Rob Halford.
HALFORD played its first show in more than seven years on July 17 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California.
Prior to the San Francisco show, HALFORD‘s last gig took place on June 6, 2003 in Anaheim, California.
For more than twenty years, thrashers have tuned in to the “Headbangers Ball” and on December 18, MTV2 once again honored the biggest tours, craziest stories and top metal releases of the year with the “Headbangers Ball: The Year in Metal”. The half-hour special, which kicked off at midnight, was hosted by national radio personality José Mangin. The can’t-miss half-hour special presentation featured some of the biggest names in metal, including ANTHRAX, Max Cavalera, IN THIS MOMENT, OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and editors from Revolver and Decibel magazines, who were all on hand to look back at 2010’s defining moments of metal. If that wasn’t enough, the show also provided viewers with VIP access to an exclusive performance from Brooklyn’s own LIFE OF AGONY.
The entire episode has now been posted online and can be viewed below. (Note: Video stream may not be available to some non-U.S. residents.)
José Mangin, who is described in a press release as “one of the most passionate and knowledgeable metalheads on the planet,” started his career in radio in Arizona as Metal Director for the University of Arizona’s college radio station in Tucson. While attending Pharmacy graduate school in Memphis, he landed a job in radio and ended up choosing a life of rock ‘n’ roll over medicine. In 2000 José moved to New York City and began his job as a national radio Program Director and on-air personality.
“It’s been a lifelong goal and dream to be a part of the holy ‘Headbangers Ball’, a show that gave me my metal wings when I was a little kid,” said Mangin. “I’m far beyond honored to be hosting 2010’s ‘Year in Metal’ special with a team that dominates and has the same goal I do — to infect the world with heavy metal music! As our godfather Ozzy Osbourne always says… ‘Let’s go f’in CRAZY!!!'”
Since 1987, “Headbangers Ball” has been the heshest and gnarliest horror show on air and online. There’s a ton different kinds of metal — from black metal and death metal to industrial metal and speed metal and everything in between — and they’re all on “Headbangers Ball”. On top of ripping through the most absurdly, obscenely raw and perverse videos in the history of darkness, “Headbangers Ball” also goes one-on-one with the bands, drawing out the secrets of their sinister worlds.
THE DAMNED THINGS PERFORM LIVE: Members of Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die and Anthrax
THEIR ALBUM COVER