Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced!

Finally some concrete news regarding the casting of Star Wars: Episode VII! This new movie in the Star Wars franchise is being produced by Disney (who bought the Lucasfilm name and rights last year) and is due for worldwide release on December 18th, 2015. The good news following so many rumours is that a number of original cast…

These Boots Were Made For Rockin’ 2013

In regards to live music, 2013 was a great year for me. The year started out with some gigs in Australia then when I came back to America I saw shows all over the country and even popped up to Toronto in Canada to catch some shows. The following are the major acts I saw…

North vs. South: The Dakota’s

North and South Dakota in the far north of the United States have some of the most wondrous scenery in the country. The Great Plains, National Grasslands and The Badlands to name a few. They are also some of the least populated states. I was recently in the Dakota’s and here are just a few…

The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…. St. Louis Cemetery Number One on Basin Street in New Orleans, Louisiana is a fascinating place to walk around and explore. The graves are all above ground tombs that were mostly built in the 18th and 19th centuries. People were buried in…

Black Sabbath – North American Tour 2013 (Austin, Texas)

What better place to see the most influential heavy metal band in music history, Black Sabbath play than Austin, Texas aka “Music City“? The current North American tour line up is Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi (guitar legend), Geezer Butler (the bass players bass player!) and Tommy Clufetos (drums – he normally plays in Ozzy’s solo…

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant is a legend in the music world. The former frontman of the famed British rock band Led Zeppelin (1968-1980) has amassed a long careers worth of songs and I was lucky enough to see him play this week on the Sensational Space Shifters tour in Melbourne, Australia (his first show here in 17 years). His voice is strong and when…

In the Middle of Middle Earth

When it comes to movie making in New Zealand, Wellington is ground zero. The capital is the home base of Peter Jackson, Weta and many other production houses; and when it comes to the tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Wellington truly is smack bang in the middle of it! The Lord of the Rings and…

Paul Di’Anno vs. Blaze Bayley Australian Tour 2012

Two former vocalists of Iron Maiden – Paul “The Beast” Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley on stage together for one night of old school Iron Maiden classics. I could not miss this gig at the Hi Fi Bar in Melbourne! Paul Di’Anno sang on the Iron Maiden debut and second album “Iron Maiden” (1980) & “Killers” (1981) and was…

Metallica – 3D Movie Shoot Concert

Although I just saw Metallica play at the Download Festival in the U.K. in June 2012 an opportunity came up to see a special concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada on August 27th for only $5! So it was time to get up there from Seattle ASAP and ride the lightning again (I heard this…

Download Festival 2012 – The Sunday (BLACK SABBATH!!!)

After a long but excellent Saturday at the 10th anniversary Download Festival in Donington, UK which featured Metallica,  I set off for the Sunday session. This for me was the one I had really been waiting for as Black Sabbath were headlining that night (I have only been waiting to see them play since I first heard Sabbath as a teenager!). Sabbath…

Download Festival 2012 – The Saturday (Metallica & Co)

In June 2012 I attended the 10th anniversary Download Festival in Donington, UK (at the foot of Donington Castle and right near the Donington Raceway). This is the ultimate Heavy Metal and Hard Rock festival in the UK! It runs for 3 days and headlining acts included Metallica and Black Sabbath. Even with all those people it never felt too crowded…

Black Sabbath here I come! \m/(>.<)\m/

“Generals gathered in their masses“……. I am going to fulfill a musical dream…..Black Sabbath, Metallica, Sound Garden and so much more at the Download Festival in Donington UK!!!!! All booked, I managed to get a cheap flight to Belgium, then fly back from the UK to Seattle. Found one of the last beds in the vicinity of Donington!…