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A Triple Shot of Three Minutes With… Ted Nugent, George Lynch & Blas Elias

December 31, 2011 by  
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A Triple Shot of Three Minutes!

 For the last “Three Minutes With…..” for 2011, I’m giving you, my readers, a gift. Not one, not two, but THREE interviews! I was fortunate enough to be granted interviews with so many amazing musicians this year that I actually had a bit of a backlog. These were all conducted months ago, and not published for whatever reason… Enjoy!

Three Minutes With………..Ted Nugent.

The “Motor City Madman” gave us “Three Minutes” while on a recent swing through Las Vegas. It was a bit of a departure from the normal “Three Minutes With…..” if there is such a thing as a normal “Three Minutes With…”, but here you go!

Have you ever had any real-life Spinal Tap moments?
Yes dammit! Such ultra FUN! During the filming of SUPERGROUP for VH1, Sebastian Bach was fighting furiously ( I like that in a guy) to name the band SAVAGE ANIMAL. It’s what happens when you are perpetually stoned or drunk, phenomenal stupid funny. God bless him.

What is the best tour story you can tell?
Dear God in heaven, there are a billion stories in the Naked City and I was there for all of them! Let me put it this way- For a lifetime clean and sober ultra intense guy performing more than 6300 ultra energized madhouse concerts for over fifty years with the unbridled enthusiasm and energy of an Iron Man Gonzo athlete, there is no way the unsuspecting civilian public could grasp or comprehend the phenomenal joys of my nonstop gravity defying soul music jihad. The simple yet diabolically confusing fact that every damn concert has been a perfect firestorm of spiritually erect all American R&B&R&R beyond anyone’s imagination is a story unto itself. Let’s just say my pursuit of happiness is exactly what God had in mind when He created this miracle of life. I thank Him daily by living it to the max and beyond. Still. I still believe.

Well, since Ted didn’t plug anything, we will! Check out his website where you can get updates, full tourdate listings, and other appearances. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.  

Three Minutes With…….George Lynch. 

He’s a living guitar legend who really doesn’t need an introduction, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty-five years or so… We caught up with the one and only Mr. Scary when he sat in with the Sin City Sinners at the Crown Theater at the Rio hotel in Las Vegas. He pulled no punches as he tells what he REALLY thinks about a singer he used to work with and what he would do if he was in charge of this country… 

What are 3 albums you think everyone should own, and why?
 Ahhh. I want to draw another question, I don’t like that one! What’s the other one say?

If you became President of the United States, what would your first order of business be?OHHH! That’s a MUCH better question!! Hmm…. Global answer or micro-answer?

Whichever you want to give! Totally up to you!
Let’s see… That’s a big question. I would insist that all policy be directed by truth and science and not mythology and bullshit.

I like that!
I know it’s kind of a sloppy answer, but it’s a good question. It’s an important one. Rationalism would be another term I would use. Rule by rationalism. By reason. What a concept, huh?

 Never happen though.

 I may have to put a footnote with the definition of rationalism in my column!

Yeah! Now you can promote anything you want to talk about!
 I have a new record coming out, I believe July 19th or thereabouts, on Rocket Science Records, Kill All Control. It was originally going to be a follow-up to the original solo CD, Let the Truth Be Known, but it become a George Lynch record. Worked on it for a couple of years, it’s an awesome record. Kill All Control. There’s that. I’m writing right now with Lynch Mob. Doing that as well. I’m working on a record right now with Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown, Tooth and Nail without Don Dokken, called Dump the Chump.

 That’s my favorite Dokken album!
 Okay. This’ll be your more favorite album! It’s the way we originally wrote it! 

Well, he certainly tells it like he sees it, folks! You can also check out George’s website and follow him on Twitter: @thegeorgelynch, and Facebook him. 

Photo by: Alexis G Photography

Three Minutes With………..Blas Elias.

Perhaps best known as the drummer for Slaughter, Blas is no stranger to the staff of TWRY. Now performing as part of Blue Man Group here in Vegas (he’s NOT one of the blue dudes though, just to clarify that!) I managed to catch up with Blas after he jammed with the Sin City Sinners and previous givers of “Three Minutes….” Pete Loran, Louie Merlino, and Jimmy Crespo, and he gave his first interview in more than a decade…. Here ya go!

Your question is… What is the best rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
The best rumor I’ve heard about myself, I don’t ever hear anything about myself… Not even from the old days. I’m going to fail this miserably. 

Okay. How about this one? What is the best and/or worst thing about playing in Vegas?
The best thing about playing in Vegas is that friends from all over the world come to see you all the time. The worst thing is that friends from all over the world come to see you all the time. <laughs>

 Allrighty then! Now you can promote anything you want to talk about.
Ahhh. I have nothing to plug.

 DUDE. Yer killin’ me!
The funny thing is I don’t have anything to promote. I don’t have a band. I do have a band that I’m playing with, but I’m not an official member. The drummer from the Henry Rollins Band <Jason Mackenroth> is in Blue Man Group now and he has his own band called MACK and he sings, and the last time he toured – he has an album out – just recorded a new album, and the last time he played drums and sang on his own record, and he didn’t want to play drums and sing, so I’m playing with this band, called MACK, and it’s really cool.

You did it! You survived!

Blas has done random shows with Slaughter here and there… None planned in the immediate future though. He is a member of Blue Man Group, which currently performs nightly at the Venetian hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. And check out MACK.   (But don’t expect it to be Slaughter-esque! It’s closer to being a more melodic Ramones/Sex Pistols.)


Side note to my readers: Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for reading this column (and TWRY in general) and supporting it, and supporting your local music scene. (They need you!) Without giving away all my secrets and possibly jinxing myself, 2012 could potentially be the biggest year for “Three Minutes With…” and I hope you’ll all come along for the ride! Together we’ll see who tries (and succeeds or fails ) to break the current records – shortest interview is still held by Kevin Baldes of Lit (one minute, eleven seconds), longest interview is still Sammy Hagar (seven minutes for one question and a plug), most questions in three minutes (and highest bar set because so many try to break this record) is still Brent Fitz (four questions in three minutes), and the one record that I hope never gets broken is held by Troy Patrick Farrell for the most number of failed attempts to conduct the interview (six in one year). I raise a toast to all of you! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Follow ME on Twitter: @MouthySmurf.

Are you or do you know a musician coming through Las Vegas that wants to give the shortest interview ever with probably the shortest interviewer ever? Forward me contact info or put them in touch with me. Do you have a query for the Sack O’ Questions? Email me at (Sorry, I can not guarantee any question to be asked to anyone specific, because it’s literally the luck of the draw, but if your question gets drawn, you’ll get props – make sure you note how you want to be thanked!)

Super huge THANKS to Jeff Klein at PRPlus, Jess Holmes and Jason Green for making this column happen!

Contest: Win ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ Blu Ray!

December 20, 2011 by  
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Have a very Ozzy New Year on us!  Ozzy Ozbourne has a new DVD out called God Bless Ozzy Osbourne and we’ve got a bunch to give away to our readers! 

Shot over the course of three years, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne is an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne tells the life story of Ozzy, as seen through the eyes of his youngest child, Jack Osbourne, who worked alongside directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli. During the documentary, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with Black Sabbath and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Viewers will also witness the second chapter of his life as a family man with Sharon, during which his addictions grew to a frightening level, as well as hear Ozzy and his children explain his attempts at staying clean, ultimately resulting in more than five years of sobriety. Music fans will also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind the scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, to his nights in a series of hotel rooms. Throughout God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, audiences are given an inside look into the life of a rock star, from the good times to the bad.

It also features additional previously unseen footage not seen in the theatrical release including new interviews, classic archive footage of Black Sabbath and OZZY OSBOURNE, along with a Q&A with Ozzy and Jack Osbourne and behind the scenes footage from the Tribeca Film Festival.

To enter:

Send an email to with subject “Ozzy”.  Include your name, email address and mailing address.

Four lucky winners will be selected at random on December 28th!  Good luck!

Concert Review: Korpiklaani at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

December 19, 2011 by  
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The Palladium

Worcester, MA
December 17, 2011
Reviewed by: Brian Cross

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announce 2012 Tour Dates

December 14, 2011 by  
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have announced a series of North American concerts in 2012 prior to embarking on their first tour of Europe in 20 years.

The North American tour includes the band’s first ever show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival where they will headline the first weekend of the annual event on Saturday, April 28. Check out all the announced dates below.

US ticket onsale information will be announced soon. Visit the Tour Page now for Canadian and European ticket onsale information.  

Tom Petty will be live on Twitter @TomPetty Thursday December 15 at 2:30pm PT to chat with the fans and answer questions for one hour. More details can be found at

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2012 Tour Dates

April 19
1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO

April 21
Verizon Arena, Little Rock, AR

April 24
Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM

April 26
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, KS

April 28
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

April 29
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA

May 1
Germain Arena, Estero, FL

May 3
Amway Center, Orlando, FL

May 5
Frank Irwin Center, Austin, TX

June 3
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

June 7
02 Arena, Dublin, IR

June 8
The Marquee, Cork, IR

June 10
02 World, Hamburg, GER

June 12
Open Air, Horsens, DK

June 14
The Globe, Stockholm, SWE

June 15
Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo, NO

June 22
Isle of Wight Festival, UK

June 24
Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWI

June 25
Lanxess Arena, Cologne, GER

June 27
Grand Rex, Paris, FR

June 29
Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, IT

June 30
SAP Arena, Mannheim, GER

Contest: Win The New Special Edition 2CD + DVD From Slash “Made In Stoke 24/7/11”

December 14, 2011 by  
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Slash recently released his first ever live solo album Made In Stoke 24/7/11. The release comes as a double-disc CD, and a special-edition 2CD+DVD package (featuring five bonus tracks and an exclusive interview with Slash).

Captured at Victoria Hall as part of an intensive world tour, this 21-song set is a celebration of a legendary career. Joined by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on vocals, Slash ripped through cuts culled from his GN’R days, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit, and his solo album, (including the single “By The Sword”). His band line-up included bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and guitarist Bobby Schneck. With favorites like “Back From Cali,” “Slither,” “Sweet Child ‘O Mine,” and many more reverberating the crowd-filled rafters, this proved to be one rockin’ homecoming.

We got our hands on a few to give away so who wants them? We have one Deluxe Version and 3 copies of the standard version so plenty to go around!

To enter, send an email to with the subject “SLASH”. Please include your name, email, and shipping address.

Contest ends December 20th.

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Catching Up With James Christian of House of Lords

Catching Up With James Christian of House of Lords
Interviewed by: Roger Scales

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Concert Gallery: Beady Eye at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

December 13, 2011 by  
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Beady Eye
December 10, 2011
Photos by: Matt Wood

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Lineup For ‘New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14’ Announced

December 12, 2011 by  
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The line up for the 14th annual New England Metal and Hardcore festival has been announced, taking place the weekend of April 20-22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.,

The lineup for for Friday April 20th includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano, All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Lionheart, Fleshgod Apocalypse, First Blood, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Reign Supreme, Conducting From The Grave, Fit For An Autopsy, Incendiary, Palehorse, Hour Of Penance, Legion and Relentless.
On Saturday April 21st there is a very special headliner that we will be announcing on January 2nd. The other bands we can confirm for Saturday are Overkill, iwrestledabearonce, Protest the Hero, Periphery, Bane, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, Aborted, Blackguard, The Mongoloids, Belgardor, System Divide, Naysayer, The Greenery, Diamond Plate, Rotting Out, Expire, Elitist, Trump The Harlot, Manners and Malefice

Bands scheduled for Sunday April 22nd are Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Chelsea Grin, Sleeping Giant, Stick To Your Guns, Attila, On Broken Wings, Mychildren Mybride, For The Fallen Dreams, Texas In July, Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, Like Moths To Flames, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Counterparts and Gideon.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass).

For all the latest, head over to the official website.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Additional NA Tour Dates

December 12, 2011 by  
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Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced more dates and ticket-onsales for the North American leg of their I’m With You World tour. Tickets for four more shows go on sale on December 17th.

Check out the full list below.

Tickets on sale December 16th

26th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

Tickets on sale December 17th
17th Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
29th San Diego, CA Sports Arena

2nd Glendale, AZ Jobing Arena
4th Denver, CO Pepsi Arena

Tickets on sale now for the following shows
20th Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center
21st Orlando, FL Amway Arena
23rd St. Petersburg, FL St. Pete Times Forum
25th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
26th Raleigh, NC RBC Center
28th Columbia, SC ColonialLife Arena
30th Duluth, GA Gwinnett*
31st Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum

2nd Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
3rd New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
6th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
8th Houston, TX Toyota Center
9th Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena
13th Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
15th Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy
16th Little Rock, AR Verizon Center

Concert Review: Corey Taylor at Highline Ballroom in NY, NY

December 12, 2011 by  
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Corey Taylor
Highline Ballroom
New York City, NY
December 5, 2011

Reviewed by: Antonio Marino Jr.

Nine years ago, Corey Taylor spent his birthday in Poughkeepsie, NY. on stage with his “new” band Stone Sour. Emerging from the imposing musical shadow of Slipknot, Stone Sour had a raw newness that was exciting to watch. Stone Sour’s sound, although heavy, called on Corey to be much more of a melodic singer and as strange as it was to see two of Slipknot’s members performing unmasked it was even stranger to hear Corey sing! Read more

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