Slayer was on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night

How great is it that Jimmy Kimmel invites bands like Slayer to perform on his show?

American Carnage (Slayer, Megadeth, Testament) tour dates

11 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY
12 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
15 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
16 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
18 Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
19 Joe Lewis Arena, Detroit,MI
20 UIC Pavillon, Chicago, IL
21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
23 Cap Fed Park @Sandstone, Kansas City, KS
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
29 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
30 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
31 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

1 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
3 Wamu Theatre, Seattle, WA
4 Washington County Fairgrounds, Portland, OR

Tour: Superchunk

Good news = Superchunk’s touring this summer.
Bad news = Limited dates and nothing in Ohio.

Let’s hope this tour is successful and causes the band to think about doing some additional touring. I’d love to see a 16th-anniversary tour for Foolish where the band plays my favorite album of theirs start to finish. While I don’t really think that’s going to happen this time around, maybe they’ll dust it off in 4 years for a 20th-anniversary tour.

Tour dates

5/21 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
5/27 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival w/Pavement and The Fall
6/19 Denver, CO – Westword Music Festival
6/20 Chicago, IL – Taste of Randolph Street Festival w/The Love Language
7/24 Omaha, NE – MAHA Music Festival
9/17 Washington, DC- 930 Club
9/18 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
9/19 Brooklyn, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/21 Boston, MA- Royale
9/22 Philadelphia, PA- Trocadero

RIP – Ronnie James Dio \M/


Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.

– Wendy Dio

I was fortunate enough to meet Ronnie once. It was one of those week where there were back-to-back great shows – the Lynch Mob at the Newport Music Hall one night and Black Sabbath at Vets Memorial the next. The day of the Lynch Mob show, it was announced on the radio that the Sabbath show was being moved to the Newport … a “special, intimate show with the legends of metal” which translated to “Sabbath didn’t sell enough tickets to even come close to filling Vets”.

I was supposed to interview Lynch Mob’s drummer Mick Brown after the show so I was hanging out close to the left side of the stage where I was to meet the tour manager. During the show, I glanced over and saw Ronnie James Dio hanging out and watching Lynch Mob. He was in a secure spot and unless you were standing right next to the spot where Dio was standing, you wouldn’t have even seen him. I did and quickly asked the security guard if I could get my picture taken with Ronnie. He went over and asked and Dio motioned me over with a smile.


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Interview: Gold Motel

Formed after The Hush Sound went on (permanent?) hiatus, Gold Motel is led by Greta Morgan and features members of This is Me Smiling. The band’s girl-group-sounding, pop-friendly full length debut, Summer House, comes out on June 1.

I e-mailed Greta some questions earlier this week. Here’s what she has to say.

The Gold Motel stuff sounds so “summery” to me – it’s bright, happy and shiny. If you owned a convertible, what songs would you have playing on your “Cruising Around Town – Summer ’10” playlist as you drive around and sing at the top of your lungs?

Vampire Weekend “Giving Up The Gun”
The Strokes “Under Control”
Generationals “When They Fight, They Fight”
John Lennon  “Oh Yoko”
The Kinks “Drivin’
The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”
The Supremes “When The Lovelight Starts Shining In His Eyes”
The Zombies “Summertime”
Beach House “Walk In The Park”
Bob Lind “Cool Summer”
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