Mass Mental WHISKY-A-GO-GO 8/26/2014










This was an incredibly special show and it completely rocked.  Technical difficulties had the show pushed back to almost 11:00, but they could have played all night.

There could have been an OZZY reunion at this show!

Everyone out front was talking about Ozzy being there at the show.   Robert Trujillo was obviously there.  Roy Mayorga was also there, and so was Joe Holmes, who has also Mass Mental’s monster drummer Ken Schalk and Robert featured on his new band Farmikos’ upcoming full release (coincidentally, Brooks Wackerman is also a Mass Mental member, former member of Infectious Grooves and contributor to the new Farmikos album as well, but he’s currently touring with Bad Religion – footage of Brooks, Robert and Armand from Guitar Center Drum Off 2011) .  

“2 bass players and no guitarist?”   That was overheard several times during the night.  

Mass Mental delivered.  It was intense and funky throughout.   Little bits of songs thrown into other classics, some clever twists and some incredibly solid playing.    The entire concept is rather unusual, yet works so well. 

The dual bass playing of Armand Sabal-Lecco and Robert Trujillo was an incredible live experience.   Ken Schalk took to the drum kit and delivered a fantastic, powerful performance on the drums.   He deserves a lot more attention than he gets for his drumming abilities, along with the surprisingly killer vocals from Benji Webbe of Skindred and Whit(field) Crane of Ugly Kid Joe.  The DJ/ turntablist (C-Minus) added a lot to the music.   Doc Coyle also joined in and played guitar on some Black Sabbath tunes towards the end of the show.   “Symptom of the Universe” and “Fairies Wear Boots” were great jams.   The show itself was incredible and could easily be considered one of the best of the year.



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In Attendance:

OZZY OSBOURNE in the blue jacket


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The Whisky show was a great preview for the upcoming Warwick Open Day 2014 show:


MASS MENTAL‘s lineup for the Warwick Open Day 2014 concert:

* Benji Webbe (SKINDRED) – Lead Vocals
* Armand Sabal-Lecco (PAUL SIMON) – Bass
* Ken Schalk (CANDIRIA) – Drums
* Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL) – Lead Vocals (special guest) 

Rockitsessions and Orphic Fashion Showroom "VIPs And Rock Stars For American Heroes" – Proceeds to Benefit The Wounded Warrior Project

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Rockitsessions and Orphic have come together with PledgeMusic to bring you the ultimate exclusive 1 or 2 day Ultimate High-End VIP Experience  at the 2014 Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF).

In this event known as “VIPS and Rock Stars For American Heroes”, participants will be partying with rock stars and other VIPS, with proceeds benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project

Only 50 VIP guests will be permitted into the exclusive VIP retreat each of the days with fans pledging for 1-day and/or 2-day passes to the super exclusive Rockitsessions/Orphic Ultimate Charity Rock Star Retreat at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, and After Concert Experiences, which include a private VIP oasis just feet from the main stage.

The experience comes with all of the VIP perks of the SSMF featuring rock stars and celebrities in attendance, along with acoustic and DJ sets from super top secret rock stars, catered food,  complementary massages,  high-end gift bags and other giveaways, and a silent auction featuring rare and valuable rock memorabilia including many items from renowned rock photographer and video director Dean Karr’s world famous collection.


Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Billy Duffy (THE CULT) are expected to be in attendance, along with many more surprise rock star guests to be announced and included as well.

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Rock stars are donating signed guitars, drums, records, photos, drum heads, sticks, paintings, clothes, and more for the silent auction in support the Wounded Warrior Project.     By pledging and participating in this exclusive event, not only will you have a great time, but you will be supporting a great cause.

For an opportunity to donate to pledge and get involved to support an incredibly amazing cause and party LIKE rock stars WITH rock stars for a truly cool, fun and philanthropic event, here is the ticket information:

PRONG to kick off new tour at The Whisky in September


For Immediate Release 

August 28, 2014                                                        


Whisky A Go Go and Grove of Anaheim Kick Off North American Tour

Fresh off their European festival summer, New York Metal mainstays PRONG is opening up their North American Tour September 10 at Hollywood’s Whisky A Go Go before moving south on September 12 to the Grove of Anaheim. The tour is in support of their latest release Ruining Lives which was released earlier this year by SPV/Steamhammer.  The tour runs through October 14th in San Francisco.  Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill.  Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.  

The band recently completed filming on a new video for the song “Remove, Separate Self” (taken from Ruining Lives).  Brian Cox and Marcelo Palomino directed the video, and it is received its exclusive premiere on Loudwire.  

Tommy Victor: “PRONG has made a video for the song “Remove, Separate Self”, the new single from our recent LP Ruining Lives.  The song and the video are distinctively PRONG, with a soul-searching and apocalyptic vibe.  As a follow up to “Turnover” we will release it on 7″ vinyl as well.

The single and video will correspond with our U.S. /Canada tour starting Sept 10th through Oct. 14th (see for the dates).

Enjoy the video and we’ll see you out on the road!“

SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a new digital and 7” single of “Remove, Separate Self”.  There will be two versions of the digital single which will be released September 12th.  The 7” will be released on October 24th. The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

1. Remove, Separate Self (album version)

2. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by Prong (Matt Heafy de-mix)

Matt Heafy about the “de-mix“ he created:

“With “Remove, Separate Self”, I was initially engulfed by hints of images and characteristics of a futuristic, dystopian world.  Whether that was the initial intent of the piece or it was meant to be something entirely different, that became the feeling I kept coming back to.  Perhaps with the main line – the title itself – the idea of “separating yourself” made me think of unplugging oneself from something larger; whether metaphorically from an old way of life or literally in some sort of mecha-future.  The idea was to take it one step further, to take the song itself, components of it, and a few secret ingredients, and create that world a little further that I imagined in the first place.  Sometimes “remixes” do it right, but I wanted to take a completely different approach to what people think a “remix” is in the first place, even one’s idea of what a song should sound like.“

The exclusive iTunes edition of the single features a bonus track, which is a version of “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”.  This song was taken from PRONG’s “Unleashed in the West – Official Bootleg”.

Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.  If you have not picked up a copy yet, be sure to get one on Amazon or iTunes.  

PRONG North American Tour:

9/10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky

9/11: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS

9/12: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

9/13: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

9/14: Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad

9/15: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon*

9/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

9/17: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

9/18: Dallas, TX @ Trees*

9/19: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

9/20: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave*

9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes*

9/22: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom*

9/23: Toronto, ON @ Opera House*

9/24: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec*

9/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero*

9/26: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*

9/27: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*

9/28: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

9/29: Albany, NY @ Bogie’s

9/30: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater

10/1: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/2: Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

10/3: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge

10/4: Kokomo, IN @ Centerstage

10/5: Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub and Billiards

10/7: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

10/9: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

10/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

10/11: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

10/12: Boise, ID @ The Shredder

10/14: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

*With Overkill


10/25: San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheatre

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Recalling the Inaugural LA KISS AFL Home Game at Honda Center

As a former season ticket holder of the LA Avengers AFL team and huge rock/ metal fan, the LA KISS LA Kiss Footballhome opener during week 4/ Game 3 of the AFL season was a must-see event.  Seeing 4th and Loud on AMC last week and the previews for this show brought back all the memories from this exciting event and has given additional and very interesting insight into the season and the team itself.

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From the moment the doors at the Honda Center (a great venue for sports, music, and, in this case… both) opened to the last play of the game, fans were glued to their seats with musical entertainment, celebrities, stunts, special effects, and many other surprises that made for an incredible show.     

From the musical entertainment of Steel Panther (who were celebrating their CD release of All You Can Eat) to the speech to the arena by Paul Stanley (along with a few words by Gene Simmons), to the National Anthem being played by Nita Strauss (who, later in the season would be picked up to tour in Alice Cooper’s band with Motley Crue) to the coin toss by Lemmy of Motorhead, there were enough entertaining moments that took place before kickoff for an entire evening. 


The pre-game festivities and introductions also included a laser show, fireworks and other special effects, which made for a truly exciting event that packed in everything it could and then some. 

The LA KISS went up 14-0 by the end of the first quarter and led by 8 at the half. 

The entertainment was very visually stimulating and the halftime segment was a variety show for the ages.   Hot go go dancers perched across the arena during the game, cheerleaders entertaining between plays/ commercial breaks/ halftime, great bicycle stunts, and great music being played throughout the event – especially Steel Panther, who did some great originals and even threw in a KISS song for good measure.   Gene Simmons deserves some acknowledgement for recognizing this band years ago – from Van Halen onward, he has always had a great sense for these things. 

In an exciting game that had the fans’ interest throughout, the final score was 44-34. 

The offensive player of the game was LA KISS’ Donovan Morgan with 4 touchdowns, over 170 yards and 11 receptions.   Beau Bell was the defensive player of the game.

Following their victory, the team and all the LA KISS cheerleaders did an on-field signing for all the fans.   They signed the souvenir towels for the home opener, game programs, jerseys, footballs and all kinds of other LA KISS merch.   It was an awesome experience to be able to set foot where the game was just played and get some incredible photo ops with the team.


The game tickets were very affordable, arena football is always an exciting, high-energy and high scoring contest and the entertainment was top-notch.    HMH has even better coverage of a home game from later in the season…  Like the billboard said, “See It To Believe It”.

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Article from Blabbermouth about the game:

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