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Native American influence is deeply engrained in rock and metal. Continue reading…

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A St. John’s-based sculptor named Morgan MacDonald, who has become well-known for works about Newfoundland and Labrador’s history and culture has taken on a project rooted in something else: a lifetime of admiration for legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died earlier this year, reports The CBC.
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Great news, unless you were really sold on drive-in concerts. Continue reading…

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Mike Mangini discussed his relative lack of songwriting contributions to DREAM THEATER during a 2019 interview with Drumtalk, the video podcast by German drummer and videographer Philipp Koch, which has just been uploaded to YouTube. Asked why it has taken nearly a decade for him to make his DREAM THEATER songwriting debut as a lyricist on the track “Room 137” from the band’s 2019 album “Distance Over Time”, Mangini said: “Look, how about this? I was brought up not to go into someone’s house and open the refrigerator. I also, as a drummer, have been asked to be in bands that were not just established but people in those bands worked very hard to create what I came into. So I have to have perspective and not forget that. So, yeah, it took time to be as involved as I was with this [album], but I also don’t wanna make it about me, because anyone in the band could say the same thing as far as their contributions; it was equal. I could talk all day about what I, I, I, me, me, I did, but everyone could do that. And so I just wanna put the light on everybody that everyone did that. It took a long time to… I don’t know. It’s not for me to answer, because it is what it is.” Mike also spoke in more general terms about the role of a drummer in the songwriting process, particularly as it relates to sharing credit with other members of the band. “We have to define what songwriting is,” he said. “What does it mean when someone says, ‘I wrote that song too.’ What does that even mean? For a drummer, what do you mean? That you wrote a riff and you brought it to the band? Okay, then you wrote a piece of music. But drummers can contribute in other ways. For example, melody — that’s the only copyrightable thing, right? The melody and the lyric. The point is melody doesn’t exist without rhythm. So drummers can provide beats. Let me give you an example. Years ago, when I joined EXTREME, I was tooling around with this double hi-hat exercise where one would open while the other one closed and the other was open while the other one was closed. And I’d never heard of that before. It could only be done with my setup, so I never saw anything like it. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I was stepping on pedals… [hums beat] And Nuno [Bettencourt] just, ‘Give me the guitar,’ yells to his tech, and got some kind of phaser or flanger or whatever the heck he stepped on, and he wrote the song, the riff to ‘Leave Me Alone’. And then Gary [Cherone, vocals] went and got his little thin black briefcase and opened it and, like, ‘Here, I have a song.’ He starts singing it, and it was done — it was so fast how it happened. So I was part of that songwriting process — I was a credited songwriter, because the music notes went on to the rhythm I created. Plus the tones on the drums affected the pitches that Nuno used, the actual thing. So I was given credit for that. Fast forward to DREAM THEATER‘s self-titled [album], I did things like this on the drums. But who’s writing the actual song and the notes? It depends. That’s the main songwriter — that’s their instrument. A drummer can’t just be that, just like, ‘Blah blah blah blah blah.’ You know what I mean? I haven’t been able to. Maybe people can; I don’t know how. I needed to write music to say, ‘Okay, I wrote music. Here.’ So when I look back at the self-titled and I’m credited for songwriting on [some] of the songs, and I said, ‘What did I actually do for that?’ Take a [John] Petrucci riff — who’s gonna write that except for him? So it’s, like, he’s writing that. Unless somebody writes it on an instrument, they did not write that. That’s why I look back and I’m, like, I did not write that beginning to ‘Enemy Inside’ or something, but maybe I contributed some feel or something on the drums with the pitches that affected the way the other guys played notes.” Mangini joined DREAM THEATER in late 2010 through a widely publicized audition following the departure of Mike Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago. Mangini beat out six other of the world’s top drummers — Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, Thomas Lang, Peter Wildoer and Derek Roddy — for the gig, a three-day process that was filmed for a documentary-style reality show called “The Spirit Carries On”. Mangini made his name in the hard rock world in the mid-1990s when he played with EXTREME, before landing the gig with guitar legend Steve Vai in 1996. Nearly a decade later, Mangini took up a full-time teaching position at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music. DREAM THEATER spent most of the last year and a half touring in support of its 14th studio album, the aforementioned “Distance Over Time”, which was released in February 2019.

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Five years after sparring over “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Freedom song is again played at president’s campaign event For more, check out: (Source)

Kaledon guitarist Alex Mele has signed an agreement with Underground Symphony for the release and distribution of his first solo album. The new album, titled Alien Doppelgänger will be available in digipack CD format and on the major digital platforms from September 30th. 
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On July 4, 1995, Dave Grohl released the first Foo Fighters album. Continue reading…

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Don Dokken has expressed his frustration over the fact that many Americans are still refusing to acknowledge the viral threat posed by the novel coronavirus. The singer made his comments as DOKKEN is preparing to play a couple of socially distanced concerts this month — one in Roanoke, Virginia and the other in Hot Springs, Arkansas — that will feature special guest guitarist Reb Beach (WINGER, WHITESNAKE). “The Arkansas venue has staged at least two concerts there already with six-feet social distancing in an open field, and I’ve been assured that it will be safe,” Don told RushOnRock. “They check everybody’s temperature going into the show, and we won’t be having any contact with people outside of our group. There’s more of a risk from me contracting COVID-19 as a result of flying. I know that’s a risk, but in this case, I’m prepared to take it. “This thing isn’t going anywhere fast and we can’t shut ourselves away forever,” he continued. “But people are stupid, as far as I’m concerned. All this protesting and marching with no masks on meant the virus was bound to spike. Everyone’s suddenly going to the beaches again without any social distancing. “The scientists warned everybody what would happen,” Don added. “They told us that if we didn’t wear masks and stick to social distancing, then this would be a big problem. And we’ve got an idiot president who won’t even wear a mask. When the president of your own country won’t wear a mask, what message does that send out to everyone else? “I understand that people are frustrated. But we have to do this properly or it won’t go away anytime soon.” Last month, Dokken told Myglobalmind that DOKKEN‘s upcoming follow-up to 2012’s “Broken Bones” album will include a track about America’s 45th president. “Whether you are a fan of Trump or not, I see him as a little unhinged and trying to take over the planet, so I wrote a song called ‘Hail To The King’ about him,” Don said. “He has a king mentality. “I’m not a political person at all — I don’t get involved in politics — but when you see the craziness of the government and the guy firing his people daily, like the attorney general and the prosecutor, it’s bizarre,” he laughed. “I wrote a tongue-in-cheek song about a guy who is running the country and feels he has no limitations or rules. That he can do whatever he wants like a king.” DOKKEN‘s new studio album will be released via Silver Lining Music, the label owned by Thomas Jensen, one of the founders of Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. For more, go to: (Source)

Ratt has informed the Beaver Dam Tourism Commission of their decision to cancel or postpone all of their 2020 tour dates out of concern for the health and safety of their fans. This includes cancelling their headline date for the 3rd Annual ‘80s Rock the Dam Fest, reports The Ohio… For more, check out: (Source)

Former Glories is taken from Charlie Barnes’ new album Last Night’s Glitter For more, check out: (Source)