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Motley Crue


Motley Crue makes a final go of things during the much anticipated “Final Tour.”  Having been to the show in Miami, Florida, I can tell you that the band left nothing to be desired.  It was a pyrotechnic show featuring a “drum roller coaster” that floated across the crowd, which Tommy Lee performed.  He did not miss a beat.  As he hovered across the crowd, not only did he continue playing, but he was turned over and even played upside down.  Throughout the night, the hits just kept on coming.  Smokin’ in the Boys Room, Kick Start My Heart, Girls Girls Girls, Dr. Feelgood and Looks That Kill just to name a few.  It was a fantastic show and one I am so glad that I did not miss.  The encore song was Home Sweet Home and it was a phenomenal ending to a amazing show.


*Bonus – The Shows opening act was Alice Cooper which was full of theatrics and quite good as well.






Back again for another tour is AC/DC.  They are coming to the states with their awesome “Rock or Bust” tour.  Now, I haven’t seen them for this show, but I did see them during their last tour here in the US and boy I am so glad I did.  They “Shook Me All Night Long” and brought back the “Highway to Hell” in a big way.  They bring along the perfect mix of both old and new songs .  Their most recent album made its debut at No. 3 on the billboard charts and is recognized as being modern take on old rock.  Not sure of the opening act for this tour, but does it really matter?  Come on, it’s AC/DC!



Foo Fighters

 Rock on!


It’s not too late to grab your tickets to see the Foo Fighters.  They will be on tour through October 17, 2015.  The name of their tour is “Sonic Highways.”  The opening band is Mumford & Sons (another great group).  Touting the message that “You Can Change the World with Music,” Dave Grohl (one of the best musicians of all time – in my opinion) has managed bring “garage rock” back to the front lines.  He has played for the President of the United States and has been known to make an interesting duet or two.  Make sure to try and get tickets to their amazing show.



Def Leppard


Who doesn’t want to hear Def Leppard sing Pour Some Sugar on Me Again?  Not to mention they are touring this year with the Styx.  The Styx have some amazing hits such as Come Sail Away and Mr. Roboto.  This show has all the makings of an epic concert that you do not want to miss.  Def Leppard has just released 15 new songs and the concert will surely have both old and new songs to please their fans.





What to Bring to A Concert!

Going to an outdoor rock festival or concert this summer?

Make sure you bring these things.
Outdoor festivals and concerts are so much fun! You get to see a selection of your favourite bands and you also get to see some lesser known and new bands. You might discover the next Pearl Jam and you can say you ‘saw them when’!
Here’s a few tips to help you enjoy your next outdoor event.

1. Bring a tent and a chair

If you are camping out for a weekend event then these are even more essential but even if it’s just for the day they can be a lifesaver. Weather can be unpredictable and having a dry shelter can really save the day. Even if it’s sunny you still might need some shade and a place to rest away from the main mosh pit.

2. Bring a cooler with drinks

It’s pretty easy to get dehydrated when you spend the whole day on your feet and dancing. Having your own supply of water and other drinks is an absolute must. I even bring along a powdered protein supplement to mix up to keep my energy levels up throughout the day.

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3. Have your own food and snacks

Nothing is more irritating than missing the show while you stand in line at the concession. Bring some non-perishable snacks like trail mix, granola bars or even apples to make sure you aren’t starving. Even if you plan to buy your main meal at least you will have a backup.

4. Binoculars

These are really handy for getting an up close view of the next big band. You might not always want to be fighting the crowd at center stage so at least this way you can still see what’s happening. They’re also good for finding your friends in the crowd!

5. Smart phone

Not all venues will allow cameras on site so by bringing your smart phone you can take pictures and video without worrying about having it confiscated. This is also an essential item for taking those all-important selfies so you can show all your friends what they are missing!
These tips will help you enjoy your next outdoor concert or festival like a pro!



6 Rocking Tips To Get Your Band Signed

So you have your band together. You are killing it in your mom’s garage. Now you just need to get gigs.

I know how frustrating it is. Everyone else seems to get gigs while you are left with no response.

But it’s not difficult to get gigs if you understand how to music business works.


1. Take What You Can Get

Just keep putting yourself out there and play for whatever, whenever it comes. This part is more about getting experience than getting famous. The more shows you have under your belt the better. Think about it. All the other bands want to get Saturday spots, but if you go to a venue and say that you want a Tuesday spot there is a much higher chance that you will get booked. The more people that show up the better, So make sure you invite ALL of your friends, parents whoever. If the restaurant/bar sees you pulling in people and helping their business you bet they will invite you back.

2. Why do people have live music?

To attract customers and sell more food and beer. The more people you can draw in the better.

3. Networking is Key!

I can’t stress this enough! The more you network and meet bar owners and sponsors and other bands the better! I knew a band who would go to the local chamber of commerce to network, they got so many gigs because they got them selves known. I even knew a band who got sponsored by a varicose vein cream called Venorex. All because they put them selves out there and networked with everyone they could.

4. Always have CD’s or Flash Drives on Hand

You NEVER know who you will run into, keep your music close and give it away as much as possible. Also make sure you hand deliver your demo to any venue you book. It looks much more professional and people work with people.

5. Meet with Other Bands

Show up to their shows, drink a little and enjoy their music. Then after the show make it a point to tell them you love their music and you think they are an inspiration to you and your band. Tell them if they every need anything to give you a call. Actually mean that if you say it.

Also reach out to bigger bands. Send them your music tell them what a huge fan you are of their music. Shout them out on twitter, share their FB posts. The more you show up in their feeds the better.

6. Get a Social Media Manager

Trust me. This will make all the difference in the world! The more you can get out the better. So put your rehearsals on Periscope, tweet about your next gig and show people how hard you are working and how dedicated you are.  You will start to grow an audience and they will become loyal followers. The more they see you the better.


So rock on! And get yourself signed already.



Five Things Drummers Need

Five Things Drummers Need

To be the drummer in a band is not as glamorous as being the lead singer or even the guitarist in the group. They are usually at the back of the stage and only really seen when the spotlight shines on them or they have a solo performance, even though their contribution to the group is very important.


Regardless, they are an important part of any band and here are 5 things they need:

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A drum kit

Consisting of a base drum, snare drum, floor and hanging toms, hi hat and cymbal.

Having a drum kit is critical to being a drummer, after all it is the main tool needed to be successful. It is essential the drum kit is tuned and well maintained.

Heads are to be changed every 4 to 6 months, remember not to tighten the stands/tom arms too tight so adjustments can be made without destroying anything.


Drum sticks

As a drummer you would need a variety of sticks depending on the type of sound you would like to achieve and it is encouraged to have as many different types of sticks in your collection.
The shape and size of the tip, the thickness and length of the stick and the material the stick is made from all have an effect on the sound made and how you play.



When playing as part of a group, all members need to play their parts in a timely and accurate way.

As the drummer you are in control of the beat and timing of each track.

To develop your timing it’s best to practice with a metronome, a device that produces regular clicks/beats, set to beats per minute, and is used by musicians to help keep a steady tempo when playing.

It gives visual cues – by looking at the pendulum swing, as well as sound cues – by listening to the ticks/beating sound. These 2 things tells you if you are keeping to time or not.


Good fitness level

Drummers are required to have a good level of all round fitness as they use their whole body when playing the drums. Regular gym sessions are required to build muscle strength in their arms and legs as well as to keep their back strong.

One thing they can take to help them build muscle is a hydrolyzed protein supplement such as the by Myprotein.



Drummers should always use earplugs whenever they play the drums. This is to prevent them from getting tinnitus.
A foam earplug, when inserted properly, would cut out the dangerous frequencies. However if you are a professional drummer or play the drums a lot even as a hobby, it would be best to get custom earplugs made by taking an impression of your ears and then grafting a silicon earpiece to fit the mould.
It is also possible to request filters that would prevent certain frequencies from being heard through the earplug, thus further protecting your ear drums and preventing you from getting tinnitus.




Weird Things People Throw At Concerts

Let’s have some fun here and talk about the weirdest things people have thrown during a concert.


As we all know, crowds can get pretty rowdy. They love nothing more than to get a little drunk and start throwing things.


Hey it’s better than them getting into fights.


Here is a list of the weirdest things people have thrown at concerts

1. Undergarments


Who throws their undergarments! I mean come on people this is a concert not a strip club. But frequently bands will get bras, panties, boxers, shirts… you name it. What in the world are people thinking?? Don’t you get cold walking home without a shirt. Jeez.



2. Pill Bottles


Don’t you think people would need their medications? Why in the world would you throw your empty (or sometimes not empty) bottle of Capsiplex Sport, or Advil, or Anti-Depressants. The only thing I can think of is that they are so happy listening to the music they forget to be sad.

How do you think they explain that one to their doctor?

“Hey Doc I need more anti-depressants because I got to pumped up listening to great music. Sorry”



3. Umbrellas


“It’s not raining indoors. I don’t need this old thing”



4. Potatoes


Uh. Yeah. People are weird. Who the hell brings potatoes to a concert, let alone chucks them on stage? Why do you need potatos? I guess tomatoes are old school now. But that could seriously knock someone out. I really want to know the thought process of the person bringing potatoes to a concert.


5. Wallets


What better way to have an excuse to meet the band then throw your wallet up on the stage.

“Um excuse me mr. security gard sir, my friend accidentally on purpose chucked my wallet onto the stage so I need to go get it and maybe run into the band. Thanks”

What if the wallet gets into the wrong hands? People are not smart. Not smart at all.

In conclusion, people are freaking weird. Also if you go to a concert try not to get hit by all the flying potatoes…

Why You Need to Get Your Music Playing in Gyms ASAP!

Ok not all bands and singers can claim to have a famous personality supporting their music.

But wow, what if a big name liked your music!

They sure could promote your tune in a big way.

There are many people who follow Joe Rogan and listen to his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. There is no doubt when he mentions a song he likes that his fans are most likely going to go check it out.

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Joe has done this on numerous occasions. He told his fans on Twitter that his all time favorite driving song is Radar love by Golden Earring. In the same thread he also mentions that the music of Offspring some of his all time favorite workout music.

Joe Rogan is a long time martial arts and fitness enthusiast and known for doing a daily workout on his punching bags in his garage with music blasting from his ipod dock speakers.

On Twitter and his blog he talks about what he does to get pumped for exercise and the music he listens to.

First he takes his pre-workout supplements of 4 Alpha Brain, which he considers the best brain supplements, and 4 Shroom Tech Sports capsules. Then he cranks up his favorite exercise music.

Starting his workout with some shadow boxing he listens to “I Want To Be A Billionaire” by Travie McCoy.

By his second round of shadow boxing he is motivated by the Black Keys.

“My mind juggles focus on technique with constant regulation of the breath and an appreciation of the music.” – Joe Rogan

I bet that even after reading this article you will be looking up who all these artists are if you don’t already know them.

You may not be at the stage of being in the ear of a big name like Joe Rogan, however it might be within your reach to promote your work in a way that you might not have considered before.

The fitness industry uses music all the time in classes to either get you pumped or relaxed.

I have a friend who is a Pilate’s teacher and he had a demo CD sent to him from an artist whose music was very suitable for a Pilates class. When my friend told me, I was impressed and thought: well this muso is thinking out of the box and making every opportunity to promote his work.

Think about a fitness industry that your music would be suitable for.

It might be worth sending a demo CD and your music could potentially be played to a whole new audience. The more ears that hear your music the better, hey!


6 Out of the Box Sponsors for Your Band


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Getting a band started is difficult. Of course the first question on your mind is “how the hell do I make some money?” Well once you have a solid set and you have played at least 5 gigs (yes free gigs count) it’s time to start thinking about sponsors. There are plenty of companies out there willing to give you small band a chance, you just have to reach out to them.

But don’t turn to the usual sponsors like Red Bull and Burton think local.

Here is a list of 6 out of the box sponsors for your band.

1. Local Breweries

There are locally breweries popping up in the USA faster than Walmart’s. So the likely hood of your band picking up a brewery as a sponsorship is really high.

If there are members of your band old enough to drink make sure you at least try the beer at your local brewery. I know brewery’s love to get their names out there as much as they can. And hey! Beer and music. What could be better?

2. Energy bars

Forget energy drinks. Energy bars are all the rage! Trying to get Red Bull to sponsor your band…. almost impossible. Getting an energy bar to sponsor your band… very possible.

Research a few different types of bars. There may be one local to your area or even one just starting up. If you say “oh hey my band freaking loves your power bars we live on them while we are practicing” You will get sponsored quick.

3. Clothing companies

Again don’t think big think local. Look for awesome companies in places you travel to often.  There is a local athletic company in town here who just started up a year ago and now they are looking to sponsor business’s, band’s or events so they can get their name out there even more.

If you feel like your audience would wear a certain type of clothing approach companies with that style first.

Also you could look into accessories like hats, bracelets, socks, shoes etc. The clothing industry is a gold mine if you can find the right company.

4. Bike/ sports shops

Talk to the owners of sports shops. Often times the customers they are trying to attract will be similar to the audience you are trying to attract. If you can find a shop that is active in the community that’s even better. As they grow you will grow and vice versa.

Plus sports shop owners tend to be really chill people.

5. Beauty brands

You are probably thinking “umm I don’t want a lipstick to be the sponsor for my music” but it’s not quite like that. I heard of a band who was talking about their first sponsor being a hair thickening shampoo called “RegenePure” How random is that?!? But hey it worked. And it goes to show you that anyone can sponsor your band you just have to think outside the box.

6. Local Small Businesses

This has been said over and over but look at the local business in your home town. People want to support local. Look at restaurants, boutiques, bakeries and anything local.

Go in and talk to as many business as you can. You never know who will say yes. You will get a lot of “NO’s” but keep going.

You will get sponsors it’s just a matter of time and hard work. But it’s sooo worth it.