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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Rock Against MS‎ "BEAT MS" DRUM CIRCLE HOSTED BY STEPHEN PERKINS Paramount Ranch Agoura Hills, CA 8/10/2014

MS blows.   My uncle is in his mid-50s.   His occupation was very physically demanding and he was strong beyond belief.     When I was a teenager.   He’d usually come pick me up at my house and we’d  go to concerts together.  When I was about 15, he took me to see Aerosmith and Dokken at the Long Beach Arena on a school night.     Another time, he rented a limo to take me and my best friend to go see Night Ranger.  We always had a fun time together at shows over the years and I have great memories of him giving me the rock star treatment. 

Sometime in the 90s, he was starting to experience some physical problems and he had to take a big step back from his work.    After many doctor visits, he was eventually diagnosed with MS.    Seeing what it has done to his quality of life has been heartbreaking.    No longer able to walk, he requires a great amount of constant care and special equipment just to be able to somewhat function.  It sucks beyond belief for him and all of his loved ones.   It was nice to bring one of my kids and attend this great event in his honor.


There’s nothing fun about having MS.   Fortunately, there are support groups and good people committed to dealing with it and improving people’s lives that have it. 

Hosted by Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction and Infectious Grooves, a drum circle event was held by ROCK AGAINST MS on a warm summer evening in the picturesque setting of Paramount Ranch – a beautiful old movie studio that has a spectacular view of the Santa Monica Mountains.



A van full of equipment showed up with a bunch of hand drums, shakers and maracas  generously donated by Remo and a circle formed around a small drum kit that Stephen used to lead the jam.    Having several family members with MS, his participation was extra meaningful.  And as a host of the Guitar Center Drum Off, Drum Channel shows and the moderator at the DW Factory Day panel discussion, along with his participation in The Ox and The Loon, the Bonzo Bash, the reunited Infectious Grooves and upcoming Jane’s Addiction headlining performance at the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Stephen is a great host and leader for music events.

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Starting with a Yoga-type warm up and some stretching, and chair massages, participants really got into the jam.  The therapeutic value of a good massage and joining in a happy drum circle is quite the feel good experience. 

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The drum circle rocked.  A lot of the people in attendance were really good drummers.   It’s all supposed to be in good fun, but this was a really good jam.   How often do you get to jam with one of the best drummers out there?  Trying to keep time with a bunch of people is a very spiritual and communicative experience. 

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For the last jam, several participants took over the drum kit and lead the jam while Stephen rocked out with a few Remo drums.  Seeing Stephen rock out on percussion was reminiscent of his great work on the first Infectious Grooves album.   A few of us were geeking out about that. 

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Mission accomplished for this event.  Everyone had a great time and left with a special, happy feeling.  It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.


At the conclusion of the event, Stephen took pictures with participants and signed a bunch of his signature Pro Mark sticks.  DSC00261DSC00335DSC00330

Stephen with Kevin Haskins from Bauhaus and Love and Rockets.


There are more of the events in the works by the Rock Against MS Foundation, so be sure to get involved and become a part of this excellent program to battle MS. 

SchwarZenator releases new music videos and plays live at The Good Hurt August 16


SchwarZenator, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger tribute band” (a half comedy show/half hard rock tribute Inspired by the Legacy of One of Earth’s Finest Physical Specimens, Arnold Schwarzenegger) are releasing 6 live songs in a collaboration between YouTube, saxophonist Brian Landau (BriansThing) and Doug Bresler (DoogToons) of “Weird Al” Yankovic fame.

Schwarzenator released a full length album in 2010, and, more recently, the holiday single, “Jingle All the Way.” 

Along with impressive musical performances, fans of the former “Governator” and heavy rock/metal music will find a lot of brilliant humor interspersed with this clever and very original concept.   All joking and fun aside, this band puts out some serious music at a level that very few bands are capable of achieving and their live performances are an experience to behold.  

Despite losing former KORN guitarist and founding stOrk and SchwarZenatoR member Shane Gibson earlier in 2014, the band decided to carry on and is forging ahead with new songs as well as the creation of “The Greatest Evening of Entertainment Ever” – an EXTREME evening of music.

Here’s a quick recap of Heavy Metal Hill’s impression of SchwarZenator from one of their shows last year:

…..their style of music is unique, extraordinary, intensely amusing and technically brilliant.    The guys jokingly walked around the stage using their fake Austrian accents and “Arnoldisms” with pictures of Arnold and lyrics displayed on the video monitors… while playing music that was in no way a joke.  

Everything about this band was magnificent – from the killer bass playing, to the monster drumming, guitar shredding and great singing, they put on a truly incredible performance. 

The newly released videos are just a sample of what attendees would experience at one of their shows.  

The song kicks in at the 1:00 mark: 

Check out “John Kimble” (live music video):

Live Performance:

Saturday August 6, 2014 at the Good Hurt Nightclub


JP Von Hitchburg as Conan (Vocals)

Jonathan Weed as John Matrix (Guitar)

Eloy Palacios as Ben Richards (Bass)

Pete Pace as Turbo Man (Drums)

In Memoriam: Shane Gibson as Terminator: Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (Guitar)