Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Nikki Sixx

Happy Birthday to Frank Carlton Serafino Ferrana, better known as Nikki Sixx, the bass player for Motley Crue and one of the co-founders of Sixx A.M. He turns 56 today and still looking HOT AS HELL!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Paul Stanley says that playing the "Phantom of the Opera" had a serious life changing impact on him

Everyone knows Paul Stanley as "The Starchild", the member of the band with the highest appeal to female fans, the "starry eyed lover/the hopeless romantic", the rhythm guitarist for KISS-, known for wearing black leather, spandex and makeup on his face consisting of bright red lips and a single black star over his right eye, singing songs about girls making him "rock hard" and songs about his "love gun". But who knew that in the late 1990s, he would undertake a different role, sing different music, a type of music that would require him to learn a whole new way of singing that would leave him physically worn out after practice? Well, that is indeed the case, for in 1999, while in Toronto, he auditioned for and won the title role in the famed musical the Phantom of the Opera

In 1989, he and a friend had gone to see the famed musical in London. That inspired him to audition for the role and he won. Rehearsals began at the Toronto Pantages Theatre on May 25, 1999. The run of the play would end on Halloween of that year. In his book Face the Music: A Life Exposed, he explains that "Things went so well that the theater bought out the contract of the actor poised to replace me and had me take the show to the finish line". He describes it as "a dream come true, an incredibly rewarding experience". When he won the audition, he told the director of the play he wanted to learn how to sing like an opera musician and that he did not want to turn it into something like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In addition to playing this role, his parents came to see him perform and they were incredibly proud of him, almost as if this is what they wanted their son to do. Gene Simmons came to see it and was blown away, telling Paul "Where did you learn to sing like that?" It also helped him come to terms with a birth defect that no one had known he even had, one he suffered with since childhood. When Paul was born, he was born with a defect called microtia, which affects the development of the ears. Depending on the level of severity, it can affect your hearing. And in his case, it was bad- Grade III- which meant that his right ear was nothing more than a crumpled lump of flesh, leaving him completely deaf on the right side. And the only way he could hear on his right side was through bone conduction.

While at the theatre, he received a letter from a woman from an organization called AboutFace, which is a charity organization dedicated to helping children with facial differences. According to his book, helping out there somehow helped him heal by helping kids with facial differences. He told them about his facial defect, about how he was bullied for it and that he didn't let it stop him. He looked at the Phantom play as a mountain to conquer. "I never want to be stuck in someone else’s idea of what I’m supposed to do, or can do. For me, the challenge is always to find something exciting. If you’re scared, it means that you’re doing something good, you’re pushing the envelope."

By the way, if you're a big fan of KISS or Paul Stanley (like yours truly, aka the author of this blog, lol) for that matter, Face the Music: A Life Exposed is a really good book. Inside the book he says that everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book. And when I read it and every time I read it, I see myself there. While I do not have any facial differences like him, I understand the bullying part for being different. It's a good book. Definitely recommend reading it, especially if you like KISS.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rock on the Range lineup

There's a chance I might finally get to see Black Sabbath in concert...
As I said in my post about going to see one of my fave metal bands, Judas Priest, in concert, the people organizing this yearly music fest are trying to score some big name artists to headline next year's fest. One of those names is none other than fellow Birmingham, England-based metal band Black Sabbath. Oh man, if Sabbath signs on and plays there, I will get to see two of my all time favorite metal bands together in the same weekend. My mind will be blown! I will blow my camera up with as many photos as I can take!!!!!! The thought of seeing one of my fave metal bands in concert is more than I can take without going bonkers. I'm so excited thinking about it!! Can't wait for May. But the thought of seeing TWO of my fave metal bands in the same weekend- oh man, I really hope they play. Mostly, my concern would be that Tony gets better from his current bout with lymphoma. That's my main concern. I'd rather have him be better than anything. He can't die from cancer- he has a beautiful wife by his side, a beautiful daughter and lots of people and fans who care. Around where I live, there would be a riot should something happen!! I'm surrounded by fans of Brit metal and they sure do love their British metal legends :D

This is off the Facebook page for Rock on the Range 2015.

Now that Rock On The Range 2014 has come to an end we will speculate on possible bands that could be a headliner or co-headlining band at Rock On The Range 2015.
Lets start off with bands who have played before that have a new album coming out between now and ROTR 2015:
Slipknot
Godsmack
Shinedown
Rob Zombie
Deftones
Lamb Of God
Volbeat
Asking Alexandria
 
Lets start off with bands who have played before that have a new album coming out between now and ROTR 2015:
Slipknot
Godsmack
Shinedown
Rob Zombie
Deftones
Lamb Of God
Volbeat
Asking Alexandria
Here are bands who should have new albums out by ROTR 2015 that have played before that could be main stage opening bands or side stage headliners:
Anthrax...

Danzig
In This Moment
10 Years
Halestorm
Bullet For My Valentine
In Flames
Ghost


Here are bands who have yet to play. This list will be of bands who would probably be one of the headliners/co-headliners. ROTR 2014 reached out to Guns N’ Roses and I believe if they are willing to pay top dollar combined with the fact they want less repeats that at least one – if not some – of these bands may play:
AC/DC
Black Sabbath
Judas Priest
Metallica
Rammstein
System Of A Down
Tool
Van Halen
You can be promised most of the bands probably received a yearly invite to play the festival.
And there could be a handful of bands from 2014 that play again. Two bands that had huge crowd at the second stage areas that I think could be considered for back-to-back ROTR sets are:
Of Mice & Men
The Pretty Reckless
This list is just an educated guess at best. There are not rumors or evidence to support these opinions of which bands may play ROTR 2015. I will probably update this list again in a few months. With that said which 3 bands would you like to see as the main headliners of ROTR 2015?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Judas Priest lineup changes

Like all bands, Judas Priest has had to change lineups over the years to accommodate members leaving/quitting or other reasons. Let's look at the lineup changes. I still can't believe I get to see these guys next year!!!!! My mind is completely blown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1969-1970
-Al Atkins/Ernie Chataway(John Perry)/Bruno Staplehill/John Partridge
-This was the earliest incarnation of Judas Priest, fronted by Al Atkins

1970-1973
-Al Atkins/K.K. Downing/Ian Hill/John Ellis(Alan Moore, Chris Campbell)
-This is where the Judas Priest lineup truly started, with Ian Hill and K.K. Downing

1973-1974
-Rob Halford/K.K. Downing/Ian Hill/John Hinch
-Rob Halford joined the band after he was suggested to Ian Hill by Rob's sister, who he was dating at the time

1974-1975
-Rob Halford/K.K. Downing/Glenn Tipton/Ian Hill/John Hinch
-As you can see, it's slowly but surely forming into the lineup we all know. It's been said that Glenn was the missing puzzle piece to the twin guitar assault that Judas Priest is known for

1975-1976
-Rob Halford/K.K. Downing/Glenn Tipton/Ian Hill/Alan Moore
-Once newbie Glenn Tipton had some time to write with Downing and Halford, things started taking a turn for the better

1977-1979
-Rob Halford/K.K. Downing/Glenn Tipton/Les Binks(Simon Phillips)/Ian Hill
-Simon Phillips joined the band and gave it the heavy metal sound

1979-1989
-Rob Halford/Ian Hill/K.K. Downing/Glenn Tipton/Dave Holland
-The classic lineup. What Judas Priest was known for all through its life. This is, to many fans, considered the definitive Priest lineup

1989-1992
-Rob Halford / K.K. Downing / Glenn Tipton / Ian Hill / Scott Travis
-During the making of 1992's Painkiller, known for its powerful kick drum starting off the title track, they had new drummer Scott Travis. He is the band's first American-born member

1996-2003
-Tim 'Ripper' Owens/ K.K. Downing / Glenn Tipton / Ian Hill / Dave Holland
-In 1996, the band tired of waiting for Rob to come back, so they hired American metal singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens, who took his name from the song "The Ripper". He was in a Judas Priest tribute band called British Steel. He seemed too good to be true, a true godsend for the band, bringing the heavy metal vocals to 1997's Jugulator, and 2001's Demolition. His story even inspired the movie Rockstar


2003-2011
-Rob Halford / K.K. Downing / Glenn Tipton / Ian Hill / Scott Travis
-Halford was back. They soldiered on, playing the 2004 Ozzfest concert, where they played with headliners Black Sabbath, their old Birmingham big brothers, since both bands are from the same town in England. They had a hard road ahead, as they followed thrash metal legends Slayer. Their album, 2005's Angel of Retribution was a success, but their first concept album, 2008's Nostradamus, didn't rank that high.

2011-present
-Rob Halford / Richie Faulkner / Glenn Tipton / Ian Hill / Scott Travis
-K.K. Downing announced his retirement and a replacement was needed. The band hired London-born Richie Faulkner and they made their first album with the London-born guitarist, Redeemer of Souls. They show no signs of slowing down

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December birthdays

Since it's December, time to say Happy Birthday to the following people

Gabriel Jagger
-Birth name: Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger
-DOB: 1997
-Where: New York
-His siblings include Georgia May Jagger, Elizabeth Jagger and James Jagger
He's the one on the left, with black hair. Wow, he's handsome
Lucy Liu
-Birth name: Lucy Alexis Liu
-DOB: 12/02/1968
-Where: Queens, New York
-Did not learn English until age 5, due to her family speaking Mandarin Chinese
Ozzy Osbourne
-Birth name: John Michael Osbourne
-DOB: 12/03/1948
-Known as: The Prince of Darkness, The Godfather of Heavy Metal, The Madman
-Where: Aston, Birmingham, England
-Said he couldn't sleep with Sharon for nine months after finding out she had colon cancer. He worried she would have died in the middle of the night and he'd wake up alone. (Oh wow, how sad is that? That's some true love there!)
These two are still together after all these years. That's what true love is. Such a beautiful couple :D
Simon Helberg
-Birth name: Simon Maxwell Helberg
-DOB: 12/09/1980
-Where: Los Angeles, California
-Obtained a black belt in karate at age 9
Peter Criss
-Birth name: Peter George John Criscoula
-DOB: 12/20/1945
-Where: Brooklyn, New York
-Sued the National Enquirer in 1995 for stating he was a homeless drunk living on the beach in Santa Monica
Denzel Washington
-Birth name: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
-DOB: 12/28/1954
-Where: Mount Vernon, New York
-Frequently works with director Spike Lee

I GET TO SEE JUDAS PRIEST!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally get to see Judas Priest!!!!
After all the hoping I have done to see the "Metal Gods" in concert, it had finally come! They are playing the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio and I have ordered tickets! This is a massively huge heavy metal and hard rock music festival. Not only will they be up there, but so will Volbeat and Linkin Park, two bands my sister loves And not to mention, there will be many more artists there than what was listed. Meaning anyone could be there! I am so glad I bought tickets! Now me and my sister can see our fave bands together, make it a family affair, lol!!!! Hey, who knows. I might even discover a new artist or two. I'm really hoping on the discovering a new artist. I love finding new music!!! But I finally get to see Judas Priest. There is a hope, lol. Maybe my prayers were answered? LOL!! This is going to ROCK!!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gene Simmons' daughter Sophie speaks out against body issues

Seems like Sophie has a thing or two to say about fashion. Especially about the idea of "thin being in". The now model and fashion designer and daughter of KISS bass player Gene Simmons is speaking out against body issues.
“I have an idea,” Sophie Tweed-Simmons says when we meet for coffee on the Upper East Side in New York. “How about if I ask strangers on the street if they’d dance with me? I’ve always wanted to do that.”

It’s the first truly cold day in New York this winter. Outside the coffee shop, moms are pushing bundled-up babies, and older couples are strolling even more slowly. Among them, Tweed-Simmons, 22, who’s also an actress and a singer, stands out. She’s wearing what she calls her “pimp coat” — a long, bright floral jacket with a velvet collar that used to belong to her mom, actress and Playboy model Shannon Tweed.

She grabs a doorman. “Would it be OK if I danced with you?” she asks. He looks as psyched as if she’s suggested they run away to Ibiza. He spins her around and dips her before she scurries on, posing in front of a red door, bending over so she can fling her hair in the wind (“There’s always time for a hair flip,” she says.) and holding out her arms like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic to make her pimp coat blow behind her. The whole time she’s smiling.

It makes sense that Tweed-Simmons is a lot of fun. Her dad is known for wearing studded codpieces and platform boots and sticking his tongue out with abandon (He did this long before Miley ever did.). Her mom was 1982’s Playmate of the Year and an erotic-thriller movie star — think KISS’s party anthem “Rock and Roll All Nite” and Cinemax as the building blocks of her childhood. But until recently, Tweed-Simmons wanted nothing to do with stardom. Fashion — in particular, making clothes that fit women who were average sized — is what made her want to use her famous name. “I felt like I really had the chance to give girls confidence with affordable clothing,” she tells Yahoo Style. “If you have a platform, you should use it.”

Being a designer is also a way for her TO work in her own space. “When I’m singing, I’m Gene Simmons’s daughter,” she says. “When I’m acting, I’m Shannon Tweed’s daughter. With fashion, I’m just me. I’m not just ‘daughter of blank.’” “I had avoided being part of the industry for so long,” she says. “I’d say ‘I’m a singer’ and people would be like, ‘Do you sing rock?’ I hated being compared to my family.”

I can’t see many of her “daughter of” counterparts being as honest as she is — Ivanka Trump probably wouldn’t say she hates being compared to her father. Tweed-Simmons says she learned to be so straightforward from her very direct dad (In an infamous interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Gene Simmons said about his codpiece: “The notion is if you're going to welcome me with open arms, you also have to welcome me with open legs.”). “My dad’s a little crass,” Tweed-Simmons says. “When I was little, I’d think, ‘Can’t you just be nice?’ He taught me that there’s being nice and then there’s lying. It’s better to be blunt and un-liked than shade the truth. I appreciate people who are honest.”

She’s a big-time advocate of body positivity. “I’m not a high-fashion model, and I’m not plus size,” says Tweed-Simmons, who’s 5’8” and fluctuates between sizes 8 to 12. “Which is weird for fashion, but not for life. A lot of designers that I love don’t fit me. I wanted to do cuts that would be flattering to girls who have some shape.” Growing up, she was the same size as her mom (“We shared clothes,” she says.) and had to endure comments about her figure on tabloid covers. “We went on a family vacation, and I was wearing a thong bikini like my favorite celebrity, SofĂ®a Vergara,” she says, “and someone took my picture. As a 17-year-old girl, I had to see my butt on the cover of The Daily Mail with the headline ‘Gene Simmons plus-size daughter.’ It made the global news circuit. I grew up a chubby kid and into a curvy girl. I was OK with it, but the world wasn’t. I have cellulite, stretch marks, and freckles, and that’s fine with me.”

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Top 25 Best Metal Bands of All Time

Everyone I'm sure loves some metal band out there. According to a music site, for some reason, called MetalSucks, stupid name for a site devoted to heavy metal, they compiled a list of the top 25 best metal bands of all time. Here they are. And I'm definitely glad to see the Big 4 from Britain on this list. For those unfamiliar with the so-called "Big 4", it applies to the four biggest thrash metal bands from America- Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth. It would seem Britain has their own version- Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Glad to see they made it on here. As well they should- they inspired dozens of bands!!!
1
Black Sabbath
-Score!! love these guys!!!
-It's been said that no matter what genre of music exists, it could not have existed with a little help from the boys of Birmingham, that's right. The Godfather of British Heavy Metal themselves
2
Iron Maiden
3
Slayer
4
Metallica
5
Pantera
6
Judas Priest
-Score!! Love these guys too!!!
7
Megadeth
8
Death
9
Motorhead
10
Carcass
11
Cannibal Corpse
12
Anthrax
13
Sepultura
14
Dio
15
Mercyful Fate
16
Morbid Angel
17
Meshuggah
18
Opeth
19
Testament
20
At the Gates
21
AC/DC
-I wouldn't really define these guys as metal. They're more hard rock
22
Celtic Frost
23
Ozzy Osbourne
-Yup, he's cool!!
24
Napalm Death
25
Lamb of God

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October birthdays

Since it's October, time to give a big Happy Birthday wish to some people

-Birth name: Thomas Lee Bass
-DOB: 10/3/1962
-Where: Athens, Greece
-Going to be:
-A vegetarian
-Birth name: Gavin McGregor Rossdale
-DOB: 10/30/1965
-Where: Kilburn, London, England
-Going to be:
-Is of Russian Jewish descent
-Birth name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
-DOB: 10/2/1951
-Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
-Going to be:
-Earned his nickname from wearing a black and yellow striped sweater in the early days of The Police
-Birth name: Julia Elizabeth Wells
-DOB: 10/1/1935
-Where: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
-Going to be:
-Known for her very regal behavior
-Birth name: Kate Elizabeth Winslet
-DOB: 10/5/1975
-Where: Reading, Berkshire, England
-Going to be:
-Is 12 years older than actress Evan Rachel Wood
-DOB: 10/6/1973
-Where: Cardiff, Wales
-Going to be:
-Currently plays medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan on Forever
-Birth name: Sharon Rachel Arden
-DOB: 10/9/1952
-Where: Brixton, London, England
-Going to be:
-Her father is Don Arden, the former manager of Black Sabbath
-She cracks me up; she'll just say whatever is on her mind. As far as my young opinion is concerned, her and Ozzy are an adorable couple. So much love there!!
-Birth name: John Winston Lennon
-DOB: 10/9/1940
-Where: Liverpool, England
-DOD: 12/8/1980
-Where: New York City, New York (murdered)
-Going to be:
-He first learned to play harmonica
-Birth name: Hugh Michael Jackman
-DOB: 10/12/1968
-Where: Sydney, Australia
-Going to be:
-Was a last minute addition to the cast of X-Men
-Birth name: Lawrence Joseph Mullen Jr.
-DOB: 10/31/1961
-Where: Dublin, Ireland
-Going to be:
-His mother was killed in a car accident before his 17th birthday
-DOB: 10/5/1947
-Where: Dunshill, Gateshead, England
-Going to be:
-Is half Italian
-Birth name: Parminder Kaur Nagra
-DOB: 10/5/1975
-Where: Leicestershire, England
-Going to be:
-Speaks fluent Punjabi
-Birth name: Hiroyuki Shimosawa
-DOB: 10/12/1960
-Where: Tokyo, Japan
-Going to be:
-Disciple of martial artist Sonny Chiba