FByt

 

 

Chris Holmes

Michael Anthony

Philm (Lombardo/Tomaselli)

Great White

Spoken
(Matt Baird)

D-A-D

Lacuna Coil

Just Like Priest

Damage Inc

Wild Child

The Simpkin Project

BR3

Hurrikane

Skeletonwitch

Cubensis

INTERVIEWS
 
Chris Holmes

INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS HOLMES

Madcap Music Review's John Golden sits down with Chris Holmes to discuss his new album Nothing to Lose.

INTERVIEW:(video)

 

Philm

 

INTERVIEW WITH DAVE LOMBARDO
AND PANCHO TOMASELLI FROM PHILM

Madcap Music Review's John Golden sits down with PHILM's Dave Lombardo and Pancho Tomaselli for an interview before their show at the Gaslamp in Long Beach, California

INTERVIEW:(video)

 

Spoken

 

INTERVIEW WITH MATT BAIRD FROM SPOKEN

Madcap Music Review's John Golden interviews Spoken's Matt Baird before their sold out show with Volbeat at the House of Blues Anaheim on March 16, 2013.

INTERVIEW:(video)

 


DAD

INTERVIEW WITH JESPER BINZER
FROM D-A-D

After more than two decades Danish rockers D.A.`D. return to California. Lead vocalist/guitarist Jesper Binzer sat down with John Golden from Madcap Music Review before their show in Long Beach, CA on 3/20/13. (Video)

DB

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK
WE SALUTE YOU:
A TRIBUTE TO WAYNE MATTHEW GWYER

          This article was supposed to be a review on Wretchid Child and it saddens me deeply to learn of the recent passing of Wayne. My time with Wayne was short, but extremely important. I first met Wayne at the House of Blues Anaheim back in February of this year. I was getting ready to see a band that was playing that night. Prior to leaving I had a discussion with my wife. I’ve been a lifelong rock ‘n’ roll addict and have been writing all of my life. My wife asked me about writing a review of the show that night, and after some discussion, Madcap Music Review was born. That night I met Wayne. He had a crowd around him which I was to learn was typical when Wayne went out on the town. I approached him, not exactly sure what to expect. I knew nothing about him, but there was something about him that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. He had this rock ‘n’ roll aura about him and I decided to try and chat him up, thinking to myself, “He’s either going to kill me or be the nicest guy in the joint.” It turned out that Wayne was a gentleman of the highest caliber. We got to talking about music and he told me about Wretchid Child and his long journey through the chaotic world of rock ‘n’ roll. I was introduced to Vicki, Wretchid Child’s manager, and after chatting for a bit, we went our separate ways and headed down to see the show. (Continue)

 

LC
         LACUNA COIL: AN INTERVIEW WITH
CHRISTIANO MIGLIORE

           Lacuna Coil is currently in the midst of their "Dark Legacy" tour, which features a two-hour set spanning their entire discography. On April 10, Lacuna Coil stopped at the Key Club and played an electric and acoustic set that was met with uproarious approval from the audience. After the show I sat down with guitarist Cristiano Migliore to discuss Lacuna Coil and the current state of music.  

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JLP

 

DEFENDING THE FAITH: JUST LIKE PRIEST

           Judas Priest has always had a special place in my heart. They were the first heavy metal band I ever heard (way back in my elementary school days) and they were the first concert I ever attended (the Ram It Down Tour in 1988). I haven’t missed a Priest show since ’88, and when K.K. Downing bowed out of Priest’s farewell Epitaph Tour I couldn’t bring myself to go. I have seen the classic Priest line up so many times and I didn’t want my last show to be without K.K. Downing playing. Rob Halford is “the metal God” and along with Bruce Dickenson and Ronnie James Dio you have what I consider the holy trinity of metal singers. These are guys that are in a league of their own and to see a tribute band representing any of these guys always seemed like a crapshoot to me. How could anyone emulate the vocal prowess and power that bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and DIO bring to the stage?

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DB

A CONVERSATION WITH WILD CHILD’S DAVE BROCK

        Dave Brock is the singer for Wild Child, the world-renowned Doors tribute band. Wild Child has toured all over the globe and is endorsed by the surviving members of the Doors. Dave got his start by complete accident. Back in the early eighties he went to Gazzarri’s on the Sunset Strip to see what he thought was a Doors show called “The Jim Morrison Rock Opera.” It turned out to be a live audition. Dave got the part and the rest is history. With his uncanny sound and resemblance to Jim Morrison, Dave soon found himself in Rolling Stone magazine and a top contender to play Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s movie, The Doors. (Continue)

Hurrikane

A BLITZKREIG AT THE BRIXTON: DAMAGE INC

        Metallica is the biggest rock band on the planet and the Led Zeppelin of their generation. There is a constant demand all over the world for Metallica to perform. With shows that sell out in minutes, Metallica is one of the biggest concert draws around. But what is one to do when Metallica is not on tour or playing nearby? On March 31, I found the answer to this question when I saw Damage Inc perform at the Brixton in Redondo Beach, California. Damage Inc is considered the premier Metallica tribute band. This is a bold statement, especially since Metallica is still active and touring. To be a Metallica cover band is to take on quite a challenge and Damage Inc proved that they were more than able to rise to the occasion. (Continue)

SP

 

GOING TO CHURCH WITH THE SIMPKIN PROJECT

      Seeing The Simpkin Project live is a bit like going to church. Once the music starts there is a pervasive vibe of unity between the crowd and the band. Everyone is dancing, smiling, and grooving to the positive vibes the band puts out. People who didn’t know each other before the show could be seen dancing together, exchanging high fives and basking in an environment of positive awareness. (Continue)

 

Hurrikane

 

BRINGING THE STING: AN INTERVIEW WITH HURRIKANE

         On May 26, 2012, I sat down with the members of Hurrikane, a Scorpions tribute band, before their show at Malone’s Bar & Grill in Santa Ana, California. I had seen them once before at the House of Blues Anaheim and was taken back by how spot on lead singer Golfredo Bastida was. If you were to close your eyes you would swear you were hearing Klaus Meine singing. Drummer Carlos Torres mentioned that at one of their shows an audience member had called his friend and his friend became upset that his buddy was at a Scorpions show and hadn’t told him the band was in town. That’s how authentic Hurrikane sounds. They not only look the part but they sound exactly like the Scorpions. (Continue)

 

BR3

 

BURIED TREASURE: AN INTERVIEW WITH BR3

         On April 7, 2012, I sat down with Ryan Schmidt, guitarist/singer of the BR3, between their three set show at J King Neptune’s in Sunset Beach, California. The core of BR3 consists of Ryan Schmidt and guitarist Brett Davis who are joined by a revolving door of special guest musicians. On this particular Saturday, the guest musicians were Jim Janis on bass, Andy Bogert on drums and Chris McKinney on keyboards. Based out of Huntington Beach, California, BR3 infuses classic rock and the blues to a fine degree. Ryan Schmidt started playing bass in seventh grade and has played in bands such as Grandpa’s Grass. Ryan and Brett formed BR3 in 2005 and Ryan switched to guitar. Ryan is the guy who brings the material to the table. When choosing what to play, he picks songs that he has an emotional connection to. Ryan counts Neil Young as one of his biggest influences and this could be heard in their first set of the night, which mainly consisted of acoustic numbers imbued with a country vibe. The highlight of their first set was a country jam cover of “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band. As good as the first set was, these guys were just getting warmed up. After a brief break, BR3 returned with a dynamic blues set sent straight from the crossroads of Mississippi. (Continue)

 

 
GREAT WHITE

DOING IT THEIR OWN WAY:
AN INTERVIEW WITH SKELETONWITCH

       
Heavy metal has evolved into many sub genres, one of them being “extreme metal.” These labels are often made up by the media to form a nice little box that they can group bands in. This is often done with very little understanding of the music they are labeling. To listen to a Skeletonwitch album one might get the impression that this is an “extreme” brand of metal, but to see them live reveals the truth. Skeletonwitch is a metal band plain and simple. They do things their own way and this policy has worked out quite well for them. On Thursday, April 5, I sat down with guitarist Scott Hedrick after their show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles to discuss music and all things Skeletonwitch. (Continue)

GW

TANGLED UP IN BLUES: GREAT WHITE CELEBRATES THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY AT THE KEY CLUB

         Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” On March 22, I truly understood the meaning of this quote when I attended Great White’s 30th anniversary show at the Key Club in Hollywood. You see, growing up, I was a metal maniac who worshiped at the altar of bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. I had always assumed that Great White was just another “hair metal” band from the Sunset Strip. My only real exposure to Great White was when they blew up on MTV in 1989 with their song “Once Bitten Twice Shy” and, to be honest, I just wasn’t into it.
         Walking into the Key Club last month, I decided to keep an open mind though I wasn’t really sure if I would be able to. Ninety minutes later, I felt like it was May of 1971 and I was walking out of New York City’s Fillmore East after watching Humble Pie. (Continue)

Cubensis

 

CUBENSIS: CAUSING A SCENE IN LONG BEACH
         I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly what you would call a “Deadhead.” I missed out on the Grateful Dead growing up, electing instead to become a “metalhead.” I was always aware of the Dead’s music to a certain degree but, other than the standard greatest hits collection, I really didn’t pay the band much attention. I can now say without a doubt that I certainly missed out.
         On Friday, March 2, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the members of Cubensis before their show at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, California. Cubensis is a Grateful Dead tribute band; at least that’s what I had thought going into the interview. It turns out that they’re much more than just a tribute band. They are passionate and knowledgeable musicians who bring the spirit of the 1960’s and the Grateful Dead to life. (Continue)

 

 

   
           
 
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