It’s Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine playing guitar with the San Diego Symphony on April 12, 2014. Words can not describe.
James LeBrie is the lead singer of what may be the most popular “progressive metal” of all time Dream Theater. To discuss their current tour An Evening With Dream Theater, plus their latest self-tilted album and more James has joined us this weekend inside Hangar 19.
Then we are going In The Vault with legendary New Wave of British of Heavy Metal Band Saxon, This is them in 1985 talking about their then new album Innocence is no Excuse on the british version of Headbanger’s Ball ‘Monsters of Rock’
It took a few weeks for us to do it but this week’s Power Set celebrates the life of Oderus Urungus or as he is known by his earthly name Dave Brockie. Of course you know him as the lead singer and battle master of GWAR. He passed away on March 24, 2014 at the age of 50.
To keep it a little light hearted this week’s Then & Now is from the 80′s sleaze tribute (joke) band Steel Panther. Although their first album under this name didn’t come out until 2009, every metal head should know and enjoy this band. Their newest record is called All You Can Eat.
And finally this week’s Soundtrack recommendation is from the wrestling soundtrack compilation Bodyslam: Wrestling’s Greatest Themes. It includes some pretty cool metal covers from other metal bands.
All this plus three hours of classic metal inside Hangar 19
First let me say that Dream Theater might be the first band I’ve ever seen that didn’t play a bunch of their singles but still left the crowd completely satisfied. In fact they only played four of their actual singles and didn’t play their biggest song “Pull Me Under” On a music level this band is one of the most talented out there and have been since their first album in 1989.
Billed An Evening With Dream Theater because this was not your typical metal show. They played by themselves with no opener and they played for exactly 3 hours. The show started when the lights went out and an amazing animation video played that featured all of the Dream Theater albums artwork animating into one another, all set to the tune of “A False Awakening Suite.” I can not describe this and do it justice. Once the band hit the 1000 people at this historic theater went nuts as Dream Theater hit the first notes of “The Enemy Inside” from their latest self-titled album. And so it went for the next 180 minutes. People from all walks of life singing ever word, being amazed by John Petrucci’s guitar playing, actually the same could be said for bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess (I mean the guy played 2 keytar solos,) and the newest member of Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.
The only spot that let up was a 15 minute video during the intermission that featured fake commercials of Dream Theater action figures, youtube clips of other people playing Dream Theater music on a range of instruments, even triangle guy, plus a very funny voice over’d smackdown by John Petrucci over Joe Satriani. Shortly after they re hit the stage singer James LeBrie talked about how this year their album Awake is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and the album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary .
By far this one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever seen. It’s not a typical metal show with mosh pits and sweaty dudes, this is a show you get lost in. Almost like seeing a musical but it’s just 5 guys playing some of the most incredible music you’ve ever heard. If you get the chance to see this tour, do it.
In one of the more amazing moments on the new Dio tribute album This is Your Life Metallica pulled off another medley of songs. This following their 1998 tribute to Mercyful Fate found on the Garage Inc. album. As we continue to play songs from this album this weekend in the Hangar we’re posting this song just so you can ingest it as much as possible. First here’s Metallica’s statement about why they chose to do this medley.
Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said “fuck yeah!” Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call “Ronnie Rising, ” comprised of Rainbow’s “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”
The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).
Killswtich Engage isn’t the most classic of the metal bands, but their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver” is just one of many amazing versions of Dio classics featured on the tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life. Killswitch is a metal band that has one of the best sense of humors in metal. First watch the video for their version of Holy Diver.
Now watch this interview with them conducted in 2007, and tell me you’re not laughing your ass off.
Oh Dave Mustaine why? Your guitar playing is amazing in the world of heavy metal but in this setting it sadly is not. http://t.co/6bsQp5pvvc