Whitesnake Concert Review from Twin River Casino Lincoln, RI 7/24/2015


Whitesnake at Twin River Casino  Lincoln, Rhode Island by Paul Donahue Jr.  Pictures by Evil ROBB


Man, who doesn’t love the casino gig?    Valet Parking, slot machines, gaming tables, chandeliers, the sound of coins hitting the catch pans and people cheering.    An architectural layout designed to be appealing to everyone.   People are dressed up and the smell of money is in the air.

The Event Center is more of the same.    It reminded me of the The Fillmore in San Fran with big beautiful lights hanging from the ceiling.   The 3,000 capacity room is carpeted wall-to-wall and the stage is set about 4 feet off the floor with light rigging above and on both sides and were also lined from top to bottom with PA speakers.    Floor seating only, no seats on the sides or balconies.   There were also Jumbo-trons hanging from the ceiling.

This line-up of Whitesnake is really something to see and hear LIVE — The current tour is the music from the David Coverdale Deep Purple days as well as the music of Whitesnake.

Opening with “Burn” was the way to go. The intro was aces, Coverdale takes immediate charge with superior vocals.

Michael Devin on bass lending back-up vocals and solos by both Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach.

Michele Luppi is on the keyboard adding that all important Deep Purple sound we all know while the one and only Tommy Aldridge pounds on the drums!


Then comes “Slide It In” — the crowd goes nuts, the song sounds like it playing right off the CD.

Coverdale‘s vocals are so smooth, the band is super tight.  Reb took the guitar solo while Devin rocked along and sang back up vocals.  The band is clearly having a great time touring together.IMG_3669-0

Love Ain’t No Stranger” vocals were shared by DC and the crowd.   There was a softness mixed with electric subtleties.    Then comes Tommy leading everyone into the harder, heavier parts.  The tones, the textures and the sound are on the money.  The band is tight, and everyone is smiling.


Joel Hoekstra was born to be a rock star.   Singing, smiling, toying with the crowd.   You can tell he thoroughly lives for this.   His style on stage is the epitome of a Rock Guitar God.   He has it all:   Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages on Broadway and the Randy Rhoads Remembered Tour too…this guy can do it all.


Tommy Aldridge looks and plays the same way he did 30 years ago, with flourishes, chokes, behind the head, stick twirling and rim shots were all in the mix.   The Yamaha Double Bass Drums were pulsing in time with such force that the light that reflecting off the skins made the bass drums appear to be giant strobe lights.   His solo was remarkable.  Playing both with and without drum sticks, you could hear fills during the solo  from the Ozzy/Randy Rhoads “Tribute” album.   What a great moment it was to relive that moment in time.


Reb Beach, the great guitar soloist has found his home with Whitesnake since joining in 2002.    Reb’s playing was impeccable as he and Joel split the guitar solos.  Reb went first, he began his solo with the heaviest playing of the night.   Hard rocking hammer-ons, slides, tremolo, note bending and note stretching all with a bluesy feel.  Reb’s lending a hand as band leader has really proved his presence vital.


Adding Michele Luppi on the keys was a brilliant move. He adds great sound from behind the keys. His vocal talents added to this group of singers makes for a great fit.  As a musician, producer,song writer with a unique method for voice production has helped him become one of the most sought after voice teachers, as more than 2,500 students have benefited from learning his vocal techniques.


Michael Devin – bass player extraordinaire.   Lead singer, back-up singer, guitar player, song writer takes the lead for a moment on harmonica while Tommy clicks away with rim-shots.    Devin takes over like the front man that he really is, leading us into “You Fool No One“.   He played flawlessly all night and clearly enjoyed himself throughout the entire show.


David Coverdale is Gold.   Silky smooth and then letting loose with screams that were exceptional to the tune. His voice has matured into a powerhouse of soul.    “Still of the Night” has a couple vocal parts that demand perfection or the song is a loss.   DC did not disappoint.  Coverdale sings with emotion, his passion is evident from across the room.  He is as gracious and personable as you could hope, continuously having fun and joking with the crowd.

The front man even caught a bra from one of the many women that still flock to every Whitesnake show.

This is a 6 piece Super-Group.  From the 5 part harmonies to the raging guitars the show was astonishing.

Whitesnake Setlist Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI, USA 2015, The Purple Tour

The sound, the volume, the levels, the lights and the entire production was spot on. It’s very rare to get it all done and done right…Whitesnake delivered.


CONGRATS TO MICHAEL DEVIN!! Check out the HMH interview in the post below:

Motörhead Music/UDR GmBH to Present Youngest Lead Guitarist in Wacken Open Air History: Nik Kai at Germany’s Wacken 2015


On Thursday July 30, virtuoso guitar prodigy Nik Kai will unveil the bombastic-yet-melodic 6 piece rock/metal/alternative band NO WORDS to over 80,000 people at Wacken Open Air, the world’s biggest, loudest and most established hard rock/heavy metal music festival.  Wacken will be No Words’ European debut, and the first time a festival audience will be witnessing the precocious, engaging and exciting guitar work of Nik Kai.

Kai, at 14 years old is the youngest lead guitarist ever invited to play Wacken, an exhilarating new musician who will be featured on Motörhead Music, the label set up in partnership with UDR GmBH.  The label’s objective is to offer a world stage to fresh and innovative new talents who carry an independent and heartfelt spirit throughout their art. It will be a label by musicians for musicians, and it will be an honest and powerful gateway to the next generation of rock’n’rollers.

Despite his youth, Nik Kai has already garnered acclaim and recognition from many avenues, appearing on Howard Stern’s show at 10 years old, being the youngest to receive a Metal Hammer Golden God award nomination and receiving endorsements from the likes of Gibson/Epiphone, Marshall and Dunlop.

NO WORDS is a 6 man heavy metal band headed by Nik Kai who hand picked every member.  An American band from the west coast, NO WORDS was founded in Laguna Beach, California. In addition to founder Nik Kai, the band is fronted by Las Vegas native and former model Atonio Savelio, a powerful vocalist who brings passion, and gut-wrenching soul to every song. On bass is Izzy Maxx, a throwback to bassists like Rudy Sarzo with an infectious spirited enthusiasm on stage. Keys and backup vox is classically trained Shane Zimm, on drums is Drew Moses, a former Marine and Arizona native who looks up to Thomas Lang as his number one source of drum mastery.and  rounding out this six piece band is rhythm guitarist Chris Garcia, a Las Vegas resident who has toured nationally.

Upcoming shows are Vamp’d Vegas July 23rd, W:O:A & Hamburg, Germany July 29-Aug. 3 and Motörhead’s Motörböat Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015

Nik Kai on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nikkaiofficial

NO WORDS Facebook: www.facebook.com/nikkai.nowordsofficial

NO WORDS INSTAGRAM:  https://instagram.com/nowordsofficialband

Website: http://www.nowordsofficial.com/

Trailer: https://youtu.be/IgbxxMo5go4

Original music: https://soundcloud.com/no-words-4/rise

Management:  http://singermanent.com/

Nik Kai & NO WORDS are available for comment or interview by contacting: Noelle Kim at NKPR & Assoc. NoWords.PR@gmail.com — (310) 849-3444 — See media below…

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L-R: Izzy Maxx (Bass), Shane Zimm (Keys, Vox), Nik Kai (Gtr), Atonio Savelio (Vox), Chris Garcia (Gtr), Drew Moses (drums)


L-R: Drew Moses (Drums), Nik Kai (Gtr), Chris Garcia (Gtr), Atonio Savelio (Vox), Izzy Maxx (Bass) Shane Zimm (Keys, Vox)


Nik Kai, lead guitarist, NO WORDS — photos courtesy of Brad Worsham Photography

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Wacken Open Air 2015, Wacken Germany – http://www.wacken.com/en/bands/bands-billing/

Nik Kai & NO WORDS are available for comment or interview by contacting: Noelle Kim at NKPR & Assoc. NoWords.PR@gmail.com — (310) 849-3444

Heavy Metal Flamenco Guitar Pioneer BEN WOODS Releases Guitar Instruction Book “METAL CLASSICS For FINGERSTYLE GUITAR”



Ben Woods (Heavy Mellow, Flametal) has released METAL CLASSICS For FINGERSTYLE GUITAR – an instructional book for his solo guitar arrangements of eight classic heavy metal songs from OZZY, DIO, KISS, Metallica, Judas Priest, and George Lynch/Dokken transcribed both in musical notation and tablature. 




The songs include versions of Aces High, Bark at the Moon, Electric Eye, Flying High Again, The Hellion, Mr. Scary, Nothing Else Matters, Rainbow in the Dark and Tears Are Falling.  

The book also provides online access for the download or streaming of audio demonstrations.







HEAVY ROCK ICON AWARDS Show To Take Place Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California



Honoring the ‘ICONS’ of Heavy Rock on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

The Heavy Rock ‘ICON’ Award Recipients:

 Rudy Sarzo

Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot

John 5 of Rob Zombie  Grover Jackson will also receive the ‘Mother Of Invention’ Award for his creation of Fender Jackson Guitars with additional award winners to be announced at the  show.

The evening will begin with a gallery reception showing of ‘The Rock Billboards of Sunset Strip’ Photography Exhibition where all ticket holders can mingle with the rock stars in attendance.
Following that, a short film starring the ‘ICON’ Award Winners and a Q & A session will be held, which will lead to the presentation of the Rock ‘ICONS’ receiving their Triumphant Awards, along with their their acceptance speeches.

VIP Ticket holders will receive Front of Theater Seating, a meet and Greet with the Rock ‘ICON’ Award winners and group photo. Also,there’s a chance win a FENDER Guitar signed by ‘The HEAVY ROCK DREAM Band’ all of the ‘ICON’ Award winners, Plus Metal GOD ROB HALFORD’S signature.

The very end will feature several NEVER SEEN BEFORE/ NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN year 1975 original print candid photos of Randy Rhoads first rehearsal with Quiet Riot, and RR Pictures at a friend’s house in 1975 with Kevin DuBrow.

They will be exhibitedat this event, and never to be released.

Ticket information 

Cellist Tina Guo Announces Metal Album Featuring John 5 and Al DiMeola

Tina ENGL Main Photo

Tina ENGL Main Photo

Classical cellist Tina Guo announced the upcoming release pre-release of her debut full-length metal album, Cello Metal.  Topping the list of guests guitarists on this album are none other than John 5 and Al DiMeola.

Each of the five covers of ‘metal classics’ on Cello Metal feature a renowned guitar player:

“Iron Man” (Black Sabbath) featuring John 5
Sanitarium (Metallica) featuring Al Di Meola
The Trooper (Iron Maiden) featuring Nita Strauss
Raining Blood (Slayer) featuring Wes Borland
Cowboys From Hell (Pantera) featuring John Huldt


The five originals include “Queen Bee“, which won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, “Child Of Genesis,” “The God Particle,” “Eternal Night,” and “Forbidden City“.


Tina Guo is enjoying a successful career as a composer, soloist and recording artist of the cello and her music has appeared on movie, television, and video game scores, as a featured soloist in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour from 2011-2013.  She has also performed on the American Country Music Awards with Carrie Underwood, Dancing with the Stars with Carlos Santana, Jimmy Kimmel Live with Ellie Goulding, and at the GRAMMY Awards with the Foo Fighters, among many other accomplishments in her career.


Pre-orders are available as of July 7th on iTunes and will include an early download of “Iron Man”.

The physical and digital release date for Cello Metal will be August 4th.

To celebrate the release of Cello Metal, Bar Sinister in Los Angeles will host an album release party August 8th, where Tina will perform songs from the album.


Steel Panther’s Farewell Show to the House Of Blues Sunset Strip 6/25/2015



Steel Panther may very well be the last residency band of the last decade on the Sunset Strip to have reached the success they have from playing small clubs weekly to major music festivals in the UK and Europe.

Last night was a sad night in Hollywood for Steel Panther fans, as it was the band’s last show to play the legendary venue on Sunset.

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Before their House Of Blues residency,  Steel Panther was known as Metal Skool and playing the Key Club, which is now a 1OAK.

It was announced over a year ago that the House Of Blues would be torn down for a hotel and the venue would relocate; however, there is no new location yet for the House Of Blues.    Steel Panther had played there most every Monday night until going on a world tour.


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These last 3 weeks, they played their final shows at the House Of Blues.   All three of these shows sold out quickly.

For one last time, Steel Panther brought their stage antics, vulgarity, humor, solos, and kick ass heavy metal.

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As always, the band had to make fun of what was around them and Satchel made a few references about “Bulldozing it down,” to bring light about a venue we will miss.    Satchel also joked about playing until 6 A.M. and free alcohol for everyone.


The opener was their classic song which they usually would open their House of Blues shows up with: “Eyes of A Panther.”


Of course the crowd knew every song, as usual, there were many regulars there.   There were no special guests for this show, but they did throw in 2 covers :  the Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” and their infamous rendition of Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,”.  As Satchel played the same chords with adding parts of “The Joker,” (Steve Miller), “All Star,” (Smash Mouth)  “Beverly Hills,” and “Sweater Song” (Weezer), and saying how those songs all ripped off Whitesnake.  

The band brought up anyone in the audience who had been in their music videos for a song .

“Party All Day,” was the song they brought girls up on stage to take their tops off, which is a Steel Panther tradition.


For “Community Property,” the audience sang the first verse.  

The final song was “Death To All But Metal,” which was the perfect song to close with.


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It was definitely a historic night as Steel Panther’s final House of Blues show, and one of the last rock show there at the venue as well.

Steel Panther is here to stay and hopefully will find a new home soon since for the last decade, people have come out weekly over and over again to see them, and they’ve even become a tourist attraction for people visiting Hollywood.


1. Eyes Of A Panther

2. Tomorrow Night

3. Fat Girl

4. Gold Diggin Whore

5. Party All Day

6. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Scorpions Cover)

7. Just Like Tiger Woods

8. Party Like Is The End Of The World

9. Community Property

10. Here I Go Again (Whitesnake Cover)

11. Death To All But Metal

Mayhem Festival 2015 Kicked off Last Friday In Chula Vista, CA 6/26/2015 by Alex Kluft


by Alex Kluft

Mayhem Festival 2015 Kicked off in Chula Vista, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre instead of the usual San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA which is where Mayhem festival next stop took place.

Although this year only has one side stage and the main stage, Slayer and King Diamond alone are worth the trip. Slayer last played Mayhem 2012, and this is the first U.S. tour for Slayer and King Diamond together in years.   The other 2 mainstage artists were Hellyeah and Devil Wears Prada.

Doors opened at 1 P.M. with the first band  going on the Victory Stage at the same time.

Usually the side stage(s) close right before the first band on the main stage, but this time the last band, Feed Her to the Sharks, ended the same time as HELLYEAH, which was the second band on the main stage.

Devil Wears Prada opened the main stage at 6:10 P.M. and played for 35 minutes.

The longest set on the Victory stage was Whitechapel, which played for 40 minutes.   Both Devil Wears Prada and and Hellyeah played at Knot Fest last October in San Bernardino.  At the time of Knot Fest, Hellyeah replaced guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Zilla with bassist Kyle Sanders, brother of Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and guitarist Christian Brady.   Unfortunately guitarist Tom Maxwell had a leg injury just before the tour and was unable to play standing up, so he was seated with a cast on, but still rocked.   Hellyeah always puts on a great show, and seeing Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) together is quite an experience. Their set lasted 40 minutes and pure a** kicking metal.


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It was very special to see King Diamond on the same stage as Slayer.   This year marks their 30th anniversary as a band with original members King Diamond and guitarist Andy LaRocque.    The stage set for King Diamond had staircases, pillars, and a balcony which all together gave a gothic church look.   The band started at the top of the staircases and slowly walked down as Diamond was centered above the drums.   Those screeching vocals of Diamond remain unmatched.   It was easy to see how much fun the band was having up there.   If you’re a metal fan and haven’t seen King Diamond yet, they are a must-see band.


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The headliner this year is none other than metal great, Slayer.  The last time Slayer played Mayhem, Dave Lombardo was still in the band and Jeff Hanneman was still alive, but Gary Holt (Exodus) was filling in for him.   Since then, Paul Bostaph rejoined the band and Holt has more or less become a permanent member.   Slayer played a total of 16 songs and had all the heaviness and fire you would expect, as they debuted 2 new songs “Repentless,” and “When The Stillness Comes,” which you would never know are new as they sound just like classic Slayer.   For being around 34 years, Slayer still beats out new bands in stage presence and heaviness.  They Mayhem Festival will run through the summer.

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Slayer Setlist:
Hate Worldwide
God Send Death
War Ensemble
When The Stillness Comes
Mandatory Suicide
Chemical Warfare
Ghosts Of War
Dead Skin Mask
Hell Awaits
South Of Heaven
Raining Blood
Angel Of Death


Eddie Trunk was right about this band.

Kyng (FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, TWITTER) absolutely rocked during the pre-game, halftime and post-game festivities during the home game for LA KISS football at The Honda Center.  They play heavy rocking music with a style and sound that is definitely worth checking out.  In addition to a cool drum solo and playing a bunch of their own tunes, they also did “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen during the bicycle stunt show on the field.   They definitely scored some new fans at the game. 


Pepe Clarke DRUMS

Tony Castaneda BASS

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