As a Heavy Metal music fan for more years than I care to disclose I can quickly tell you of how unimportant the Grammy Awards have been to me when it comes to my favorite genre. They are for the most part clueless in terms of what they are voting on and who ends up winning (the historic Metallica loss to Jethro Tull coming to mind) but since that ill-fated event, the category of “Best Heavy Metal Performance” has been given out and usually hits the mark properly. They also have a Lifetime Achievement award which was this year given to the legendary New York Punkers – The Ramones. I had to admit that I was surprised about this based on their original misunderstanding about Metal. I mean, if they didn’t know that stuff how could they ever recognize Punk Rock. Still, they did recognize it and gave the award to the band so kudos on that honor. The photos below come from the front window display of the Guitar Center on 14th Street in Manhattan. I couldn’t resist trying to share them with the worldwide readership as I passed them by. I admit that I was glad to find the center offering up their own honor by showcasing some of their historic stuff. (continue reading…)
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Legendary Rock drummer Carmine Appice made an appearance at J&R Music World in lower Manhattan the other day and folks who attended were treated to a quick performance on the drums and a brief Q&A session. After this was done Carmine would sign copies of his “Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus: Conquering Heroes” CD for those fans who wanted him to personalize it.
I met the guys in ZO2 a few years ago when they had opened for KISS and as I have mentioned in past reviews had already known of their members previously from their work with either KISS tribute bands and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I really enjoy their sound as it’s a solid and grooving Hard Rock that we don’t always get a lot of exposure to these days and the time is right for such a vibe in the Rock world to return in full force. The guys have been very busy over the last year as they had been the stars of their own scripted reality program called “Z-Rock”. The show is a comedy series on IFC (or the Independent Film Channel) and on this show we follow the guys who are on their own quest for Rock stardom at night while performing at kids parties during the day as the “Z-Brothers”. “Z-Rock” follows the bands misadventures and the colorful characters that they encounter along the way. The cast includes the real life Z Brothers David and Paulie, Joey Cassata, comedians Lynn Koplitz, Jay Okerson and the one and only Joan Rivers. It’s a show that you either loved or hated as a fan of the band and that is where we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that if you loved the show you will be happy to know that it is returning for a second season and the bad news is that if you hated it, well, it is returning for a second season.