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Wyrd Ways Rock Show 24th December 2017

It’s the last Wyrd Ways Rock Show of 2017… or certainly the last one before the traditional Yuletide Behemoth, anyway. Despite the fact that this is, effective a Christmas show, I’ll only inflict one Christmas tune on you.

It’s one you’ll like.  I promise.

What else do we have for you?

Well, the last Record Of The Week is a bit of a cracker, then there’s loads of other stuff, including Nick from Nuclear Blast having a bit of a chinwag with Robb Flynn of Machine Head.

Who says I never get you anything nice?

What are you waiting for?  Press Play and turn it up LOUD!

The next show is coming… be ready!

OK sentients, since I’ve done the recording for the current show, and intend to get it published tomorrow, I’m now taking requests for the #freespinwhatever portion of the next edition of The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.   Might even be tempted to make it a bit Christmassy.

Oh yeah… I’ll also be starting to build the infamous, traditional Yuletide Behemoth, which covers the albums released during this year. The longest one I ever made topped 7 hours.

Suggest a track by clicking on THIS LINK or via the contact form, Facebook or Twitter, and I’ll trade you a shoutout – the only proviso is it’s got to be a song from an album that was released in 2017

Schon furious at Journey White House visit

Neal Schon has hinted a Journey line-up change may be in order after falling out with his bandmates for meeting with Donald Trump at the White House.

The only original member of the band has been ranting on social media after discovering singer Arnel Pineda, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and bassist Ross Valory had paid a visit to the Republican leader in Washington, D.C. at the tail end of July.

Schon claims he was unaware of the visit before hearing about it in the news, and makes it clear the trio was not representing Journey during the White House appearance, because the band has always remained politically neutral.

In his initial post on Facebook on 3rd August, he wrote:

“I will remain strong and consistent with the belief we’ve always shared and agreed upon – Journey should never be used and exploited by anyone , especially band members for politics or any one religion.

I’ve been here since 1972 and this has always been our belief. This was with intent to exploit the brand and use the name. Journey was not there – 3 individual members were Cain, Valory and Pineda whom I found… Tours are done all the time but it could have been privately…

This clearly shows no respect or Unity… just Divide”

Schon has since continued to vent about the secretly-arranged visit on Twitter, revealing further discord among the group members, who he alleges have been plotting to tour without him.

“How would you feel if u found out that the rest of the band wanted to tour without me?  They will not tour with Journey name. Trust me. I’ve spent way too long building to give up the brand… F-ing insane. It is a serious try at hijacking JRNY… It’s now time for the truth (about) all I have endured this year, enough is enough. Exposing any abusive, malicious behavior (sic).”

Asked if the dispute will affect the current line-up, the guitarist replied yesterday:

“I’m not sure. The last two years have not been easy. Was fine till then.

One way or the other I won’t be dealing with any more toxic shit. Done… Negative energy was all I was in for 2 years. I’m getting rid of it.

I’m taken (sic) it by the horns and who ever doesn’t like can leave.  There’s so much more that nobody knows yet…”

Pineda, Cain, and Valory have yet to comment on Schon‘s remarks, while drummer Steve Smith has so far remained silent about the whole saga, which emerges days after they performed at The Classic East festival in New York on 30th July.

AC Promotions Join WWRS Shitlist

So it’s Bloodstock next weekend.  And thanks to those fucking twats at AC Promotions, I won’t be there for the second year running.  Going by their “reasons”, there’s no point me bothering applying next year, since I’m apparently not big enough for the festival I’ve been covering very positively and working my arse off at since 2009.

So much for loyalty.

Making no bones about it, Bloodstock is my absolute favourite outdoor festival.  It’s actually the only outdoor festival in the UK I’d even think about going to.  Up until three years ago, the atmosphere in the media area was very jovial, with musicians, journos and togs interviewing, writing and chatting.  Three years ago, that changed.  For one thing, it became difficult to get contact details for bands and managers.  It was, so I understand, difficult for managers and bands to get contact details for potential interviewers.

That year, the atmosphere in the media area wasn’t as friendly.  It wasn’t as much of a fun place to be.  The next year, despite it being almost empty, I was told it was full and I would just be allowed access to VIP.  Pretty much everyone I encountered (who were all either videoing interviews or had shows on FM radio, unlike me, who was “just” a podcaster) was asking me why I was outside media.

I was offered the same thing last year, despite me reminding AC Promotions that the media area was (according to several people I trust and call friends) virtually empty for most of the three days, and stressing that the quality of interview I was able to get thanks to the conditions THEY set had decreased.

I turned them down, stating that I would be unable to give Bloodstock the coverage it deserved (to a larger audience than several of the media outlets that DID get access, by virtue of them being on a radio station of some kind, despite them being highly local community stations) if I was not able to access the media area.

This year, I applied and was turned down.

So my message to Oli Walkers and Austin Collins is this: fuck you and the horse you rode in on.  I fervently hope that the Gregorys notice the decrease in Bloodstock coverage across the audio media (because from what I understand, Cosa Nostra PR are doing a pretty damned good job with the print media) and realize it’s because you’re alienating many of us because you can’t be arsed doing the job you’ve been employed to do – spread the word about the best Metal festival in the UK.

This, by the way, is a PR agency who don’t even answer their phone.  There’s a message on their answering machine telling any callers to ring Oli on his mobile.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  It’s a wonder they’ve got ANY clients at all, since the person who’s supposed to be running things is doing it in absentia.

Next year, I’m seriously considering getting myself a VIP ticket and setting up my own media area for podcasters and small press.  I may even message Adam Gregory on Facebook to ask about setting up my gazebo in VIP so I can do interviews under some kind of cover.

So yes… I’m angry, I’m disappointed and I’m not going to take their shit anymore.  Any bands left on their roster, I’ll be contacting through their record company or through Cosa Nostra, who seem to share many of them.

AC Promotions?  Fuck off and die.

Nikki Sixx hints at touring retirement

Nikki Sixx has “kind-of, sort-of” retired from touring.

The former bassist for Mötley Crüe and leader of Sixx:A.M. wrote a note to fans on Facebook last Monday (26th June), saying that he’s been on the road for forty years and, unless something drastic happens, has no plans to do it again.

That doesn’t mean he is retiring from music all together.  In just two short paragraphs, he has listed a number of projects:

  • Writing music
  • Recording with other artists
  • Taking vocal, bass and guitar lessons
  • Working on photography
  • Readying two new Sixx:AM releases
  • Getting two books ready for release
  • Continuing his Sixx Sense radio show
  • Working on The Dirt for Netflix
  • Working on a theatrical version of The Heroin Diaries

As Sixx so succinctly put it, “YUP, I AM RETIRED. HAHA

Nikki’s full statement:

For those of you asking,Ive been playing in bands and touring the world for 40 years…I have no immediate tour plans unless I get a wild hair up my ass or something or somebody really inspirational comes along…Since Ive been home Ive just been writing music non stop,recording with other artists,taking vocal,bass and guitar lessons and focusing on photography….Money has never been and isn’t a driving force for me…Let the chips fall where they fall…So I guess I’m unofficially retired or maybe just expired at this time…Nice to give 100% of my time to my wife and kids….

Got a couple SixxAm albums coming out soon and 1 book this year…Sixx Sense radio is the biggest syndicated radio show in the world and that going on 8 years….I got 2 books in the works and I am in talk’s to develop a TV show ( not reality) as well as The Dirt for Netflix and The Heroin Diaries Play….YUP,I AM RETIRED..HAHA

Want to get Stonedeaf in August 2018?

The first band on the main stage at the first Stonedeaf Festival on 25th of August 2018 at the Newark Showgrounds will be decided by an online public vote.

The festival organisers are inviting ORIGINAL (no covers or tributes please) bands to provide three tracks, one of which must be a live video.

They will then run an online Battle of the Bands competition, posting the contestants over a period of three weeks with the final being held in the fourth week.   Each heat will be made up of four or five bands, with the three getting the most votes moving into the finals alongside the two runners-up with the largest votes.

Each band will then submit two more tracks for the final.

The organisers believe that this will probably be the first ever Battle Of The Bands to be fought purely on social media, which goes with the fact they are probably the first festival to be born out of Social media too.

The Stonedeaf people had this message:

So you can kick back with a few beers and check out which bands could be the opener and cast your vote. Ultimately you decide.

Bands – what we need from you: a brief Bio and why you should be our opening act, links to two tracks and a link to a video of you playing live. We will get back to you, let you know our terms and go from there. We won’t be asking any band to PAY TO PLAY… it’s not what we’re about!!!

Bands MUST send their applications to this email address:  BOTB@nullStonedeaffestival.co.uk.  No links on this post will be taken into consideration.  Bands also must be in the Stonedeaf Facebook group too… so get onboard and get your fanbase engaged with us!

So then… do you know of a band who might be interested?  Get them to join the Stonedeaf Festival group and apply

Any questions just ask on their Facebook page – but please do not post any links etc.

As a final message from Chris and his team:

Regarding the rest of the line-up.
We pretty much have the next 2-3 bands onboard. We have irons in the fire regarding the bands at the top of bill, offers on the table as well as bands ready to go once we sort a deposit. Nothing can be announced until this is done though. It’s all money related. So we are working to get that aspect over the line. However, soon you will see exactly what we are doing and where we hope to be with it all next August.

Hopefully you all be happy with what we have up our sleeves.

Chris \m/ \m/

More Bloodstock bands announced!

Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK.  The band recently released their fourth studio album, Conformicide via Century Media.

Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH.  Check out the video for Abandon, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, Dreamless:

Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven more awesome bands.  Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL, Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT, Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad (WWRS Shock Of The New alumni), IRONRAT and London extremists, CORPSING who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.

Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL, who have also appeared on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.

Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down.  These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage…  On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN:

If Sylosis, Trivium and Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA.  Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN, who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower and At The Gates.  Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED, who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences!  Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY with their mix of progressive styles – think Periphery and Karnivool, but with a twist.  The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID, who join Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, King Crimson, Rush, and… erm… Camel!

Primordial Radio: Put your money where your mouth is

As some of you will know, when Team Rock Radio collapsed under it’s management’s own ineptitude, Moose, Dewsbury, JRock, Miss Rach, DigiTom and many others such as Pete Bailey, Sophie K and Big Boy Bloater lost their jobs.  We, the audience, also lost the only radio station that paid us any real attention.

Not content to let this stand, Moose, Dewsbury and Pete Bailey set to work on their long-held dream: a radio station by Rock and Metal fans FOR Rock and Metal fans.  They saw it was possible to set up a station using only technology currently available and resources and talents from people already in the Rock and Metal community.

This is where Primordial Radio began it’s evolution.

Primordial Radio serves the UK Rock and Metal community, combining the intimacy and personality of radio with the freedom, control, and choice of digital streaming. Users will control the music surrounding the emotion, opinion, and personality of the station, giving a simultaneous unique and shared experience. Our community is fiercely independent but don’t want to be alone.

It started after years of fruitless effort, at the likes of Manchester-based Rock Radio, RealXS and Team Rock, trying to fit the square peg of Rock and Metal into the round hole of the traditional radio model.  A model where broadcasting infrastructure and centralised advertising agencies presented challenges to costs and revenues, and regulatory bodies restricted the ability to represent the true tone of a Rock and Metal atmosphere.  Aligned with these challenges is the difficulty finding agreement within the Rock and Metal community itself on what ‘rock’ is as everyone’s interpretation is entirely unique.

The core team is built of members of the target audience who have faced the challenges of sustaining a Rock and Metal radio service within the traditional media model and recognise the digital opportunity to unite an under-served audience with the music, personalities, content, and freedom they crave.

Primordial Radio is owned and built by its target audience and community with a clear and experienced executive creating the output reflective of a democratised process.

The premise is to unite this scattered, disenfranchised, and fragmented audience by providing a service for which we have asked for years.

Primordial Radio’s model instantly renders moot these challenges by almost entirely eliminating infrastructure costs with a studio-less environment, delivered via the web, free from regulatory bodies, resulting in a service truly reflective of the Rock and Metal environment to which our community responds. Plus, the audience chooses our own ‘Rock’ so can only argue with ourselves.

To our knowledge, no such service presently exists.

The question is, is this the kind of thing you want?  Or do you want to be fed the same old “classic” focus-group-lead drivel by the likes of Planet Rock and Absolute Radio?  Do you want to be told what to like by faceless, gutless corporate suits who have no understanding or regard for what you want to hear?

No?

By clicking on this link, you’ll be making the first step.  For about £16 per share (which is less than the price of a single night at the pub with a takeaway afterwards), you can help fund OUR radio station by buying a piece of it.  You will, legitimately, be able to tell Dewsbury to stop dicking about on Facebook and get some work done because you WILL be paying his wages!

Remember: for less than £16, you can have a piece of this.  It’s up to you.  Some of us are already involved.  Will you join up?  Click here.

I’m Gonna Make Ya an Offer…

OK then, ladies and gents, I need to have a bit of a word with you.

No, it’s fine, you’re not in trouble.  No, I’m not going to be quitting and I’m also not directly after any of your money (although it would be nice – webhosting isn’t free!).  What I am after is your skills and aptitudes and a little bit of your time.

If you want to give me some money, I’m not going to stop you or turn you down.  You’ve got the option to subscribe, for which you get the podcast emailed straight to your Inbox (well, a link to it, anyway) at a much higher bitrate than anyone else.  You’ll also get it 24 hours before anyone else, at least.  You’ll also be able to directly influence the show and the website.  Just send me an email with your suggestions and I’ll seriously consider them.

Do any of you reading this own a business?  Do you want some advertising to a largely untapped audience of people you might not normally reach?  I’m talking to small businesses, really.  People like you who can’t normally afford an advertising budget.  I’m open to banner exchanges and I’ll also read out your advertising copy on the show.  We can hammer out the details if that interests you.  You could also sponsor a segment in the show or a page on the website.  Let’s help each other out.  We’re all members of the same community, right?

If you don’t own a business and can’t afford to become a sponsor, you can still get involved and help out.  At the very basic level, you can join The Wyrd Ways Rock Show marketing team.  No commitment is required, you don’t need to wear anything wanky or do anything morally questionable (but if you do, I’m not going to be judging you).  All you need to do is link to The Wyrd Ways Rock Show social media or website.  Preferably both.  I’d really, seriously appreciate it if you’d tell your friends about the show.  Get them to listen to it.  Retweet all the Wyrd Ways Rock Show tweets and share all the Faceache posts, or at the very least those that interest you.

If you’re interested in joining up as a member of the team, write a review of a show you’ve been to or an album you’ve bought recently.  Take a look at the stuff Rick writes to see the sort of standard I’m looking for.  If you think you can do that, email your audition piece to THIS ADDRESS.

Did you know there’s also Wyrd Ways Rock Show merch?  Head over to cafepress.co.uk and search for Wyrd Ways Rock Show, and there we are.  All designed by my good self (except the logo – the Mrs designed that!)

Communications channels and hailing frequencies are all open.  Talk to me.

Wyrd Ways Rock Show Presents: Powerzone #157 – 13/2/17

Welcome to Powerzone! This week’s show features new songs from Firewind, Blaze Bayley and Trollfest, good mix eh? We’ve got plenty of power metal and folk metal too, the Gentleman of Metal has a go at singing and playing the jaw harp, and we discuss Metallica and Lady Gaga. Oh yes, theres another round of Metal Kombat, so get your votes in on our Facebook page! (facebook.com/powerzonemetal). Playlist below! \m/ – GoM

Firewind – Rise From The Ashes
Blaze Bayley – Endure And Survive
Bruce Dickenson – Chemical Wedding
Trollfest – Fräulein Helluva
Finntroll – En Mäktig Här (Live) [Livewire track]
Head-On – Sunrise
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Battle Beast – King For A Day (Metal Kombat!)
Svartby – Goat Crack (Metal Kombat!)
Iced Earth – The Reckoning
Blind Guardian – Turn The Page
Ensiferum – Lai Lai Hei (Epic Track)
Turisas – Stand Up And Fight
Primal Fear – Heart Of A Brave (Volt Track)
Eternal Of Sweden – Human
Rhapsody Of Fire – Power Of The Dragonflame (Cheese Sandwich)
Twilight Force – Powerwind (Cheese Sandwich)
Enslaved – Isa
Satyricon – Fuel For Hatred
Enforcer – Mesmerized By Fire (Overload)
Evil Invaders – Shot To Paradise (Overload)
Skull Fist – Ride The Beast
Sonata Actica – My Dream’s But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare