Magnetic Morning tour dates

This fall Magnetic Morning, the side project of Adam Franklin (Swervedriver) and Sam Fogarino (Interpol), will hit the road for a run of dates to play material from their self-titled EP (released on DH Records in April) and their forthcoming full length which will be recorded in August. No word on whether or not it’ll be available by the time of the tour.

Stepping outside their traditional (and comfortable) roles in their respective full-time bands, the duo takes a different approach to writing Magnetic Morning songs. Fogarino, Interpol’s drummer, writes a majority of the melodies for Magnetic Morning, something that Franklin handles with both Swervedriver and his own solo band.

You can pick up Magnetic Morning’s debut EP through iTunes and eMusic.
October 15 – Athens, Ga. @ Caledonia Lounge
October 17 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
October 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda’s
October 20 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
October 21 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Southpaw
October 25 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ The Cactus Club
October 26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
November 2 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
November 3 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Roxy
November 8 – Austin, Texas @ Waterloo Park
November 10 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl 

The Savage Animal destroys Columbus

Can’t remember the last time I saw Sebastian Bach whip a crowd into a frenzy (probably in ’92 or ’93 when Skid Row opened for Guns N’ Roses) but the Savage Animal completely owned Columbus last night when he (and band) opened for Poison and Dokken at The Schott.

After Dokken’s set, I chatted with Bach’s bassist Rob DeLuca (who totally hooked me up with great seats about 8 rows back on the side of the stage) and guitarist Metal Mike and asked why the hell Bach wasn’t in the middle slot on the bill. Both shrugged their shoulders and said they had been asked that by many a fan and the question was really up to Poison to answer.

It took 24 hours for me to figure it out but it’s painfully obvious now – there is no way Poison would want to follow Bach. It’s better to toss Dokken in the middle slot and let them bring the energy down a bit so that the kids … um … middle-aged crowd of blue-collar rockers and probable “adult entertainers” (seriously, there couldn’t have been a strip club within 50 miles that had enough dancers to cover their shifts last night) explode when Poison hits the stage.

Since Mr.DeLuca provided me with the tickets, this review is going to be about Bach and Dokken because, truthfully, I’ve seen Poison a few times in the last 10 years and wound up leaving 3 songs into their set (I will admit that they did sound great and the crowd was insane when I left during “Ride the Wind”).

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RIP Natasha Shneider (Eleven)

Sad news, Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven has passed away from cancer. I caught Eleven opening for Pearl Jam on the Ten tour and really dug their sound. Natasha and her bandmate/husband Alain Johannes would later go on to work with Chris Cornell and Queens of the Stone Age, among others (most recently they lent their talents to the Gutter Twins album, Saturnalia).