Team HellBangs correspondent Gabe Gambino gives his perspective of Revolt On The Rio Grande Day 2/Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2013

   The Hellion here,  We tried something different this with our coverage of the Revolt On The Rio Grande Day 2/Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival 2013. We asked a local New Mexico musician to be a guest correspondent and give us his perspective of covering the show, we even gave a camera to him.  We are proud to announce Gabe Gambino as a member of Team HellBangs. What is Team HellBangs you ask? Well, as you know, I co-host an internet radio show called Bleach Bangs Radio with Charlie Owens and Randy Norris. There are times when Charlie and I (who live near each other) have the opportunity to cover shows and do on camera interviews with artists. We do this a joint venture between the Hellion Rocks and Bleach Bangs. This team was dubbed HellBangs by Mr. Charlie “MF” Owens and it has stuck. Now here is his perspective along with some shots from the “Gambino-cam”: 

Ryan Johnson - Lead Vocals, Guitar: The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show - photo "Gambino-cam"

Ryan Johnson – Lead Vocals, Guitar: The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show – photo “Gambino-cam”

How do you summarize a day as amazing as Day 2 of the Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival? I ask because I’ve been asked to do so. It’s hard because the good times seem to scream out at me all at once. Either way, as the local music ambassador to Team HellBangs, I’m proud to say I got to experience this day with my buds Charlie “MF” Owens and The Hellion and see a different side of things.
I’ve played a few music festivals personally, but I never understood or was part of anything like the Rockstar. This time, I was behind a camera and asking some of these musicians the questions that help get my fellow musicians names out there.
The day started out with the late-August heat attributed to this arid desert we live in. As we navigated through the venue in the hot sun, we headed backstage to meet up with the guys from Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. The guys led us through the back and got us into the catering room, where I shared a beer compliments of Pabst Blue Ribbon with drummer Adam Gilbert. We entered the room and the gravity of the day hit me. A table over, my music hero, Jerry Cantrell, was enjoying some lunch with Duff McKagan and some members of Jane’s Addiction. Big and small bands alike were enjoying food and each other’s company here in this tour and a feeling of camaraderie was spread throughout the back.
Chuck Shaffer Picture Show are a three-piece band with a huge sound. The vocalist/guitarist used some great effects to make their sound really big. As a three-piece, they sound bigger. The rhythm section (bass and drums for the unfamiliar) really held it down and helped give them the big sound they had. They had a very powerful heavy pop-rock sound.

Jon Stevens - Vocals :The Dead Daisies - photo by "Gambino-cam"

Jon Stevens – Vocals :The Dead Daisies – photo  “Gambino-cam”

 

One band we got to interview as well was The Dead Daisies. What a band! The singer rocked out despite an injured hand and a broken leg due to a crocodile-related fishing accident that occurred right before the Uproar Tour. The guy was a class act and had one of the best voices I’ve heard in a live setting.
Honestly, there wasn’t a bad band all day on the supporting stages. My local friends in Port Alice took the stage and put on a great sounding show on the Coldcock Whiskey stage. This festival kicked ass.

     The Hellion here, We were not fortunate enough to have obtained photo access to the main stage so there are no pictures.

As far as the main stage, I was very impressed with Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. I hadn’t been that into Coheed and Cambria before but I feel I left a fan of their music. They put on a great show and sounded amazing.
Enter Jane’s Addiction. I honestly felt the most disappointed by Jane’s Addiction. I found the fact that they suspended a couple of models up pretty interesting as well as their dancing, but Perry Farrell just doesn’t sing like he used to. You can hear that they had to use lower tunings and Farrell still struggled with many of the notes. The rest of the band was kind of the saving grace for Jane’s Addiction, they were tight but Perry Farrell’s tone-deaf performance really left a lot to be desired. I don’t feel that the direct supporting band should’ve been out-shined by the band before it, and Coheed really put on a better show with less special effects or performance aspect than Jane’s did.
The main event of the night was Alice in Chains. I’m by far biased to Alice in Chains as Jerry Cantrell is my favorite musician and the man I look up to most when it comes to songwriting. I’ve heard complaints of their live show but they far surpassed my wildest expectations. Everything about it, from the songs they played to the cool video effects that correspond to the songs was really cool.
Very impressive was William DuVall, the oft-complained-about vocalist that took the spot of Layne Staley. He truly did every song justice, from the old stuff to the new stuff. He passionately sang “Nutshell” in tribute to fallen Alice in Chains members Layne Staley and Mike Starr, during which the letters “LSMS” were lit up on Sean Kinney’s kick drum. I really enjoyed their set list, they played new headbangers “Stone” and “Hollow” while reaching far back into the band’s storied history and played classics like “Man in the Box”, “Down in a Hole” and “We Die Young”. The band played these songs with perfection and really set a mood in the venue. One of the biggest moments was the band closing with “Rooster”, before which Jerry Cantrell, Sr., the focus of the classic song, took to the stage and was applauded by the thousands in the venue. Prior to AiC’s set, he accepted a guitar signed by all of the bands and came out again before they played “Rooster” to give the band members a hug. It was an extremely emotional moment, When Jerry, Sr. left the stage, they went right into Rooster and rocked it out. After they finished, there were no encores or anything, but the entire audience left satisfied with Alice’s very solid performance. Again, I’m biased, but I felt as if there was a religious experience personally. I truly enjoyed that show and I’d easily put it on top as far as concerts I’ve been lucky enough to go to.
I’d like to thank Charlie and the Hellion for dragging me along and getting a local musician’s perspective on the show. I really took in a lot of the sights and sounds of the show and really felt like a kid again, before that point in a musician’s life when they become jaded and take the things at a big concert for granted. It was a great experience. – Gabe Gambino

     There you have it! Enjoy!

     Team HellBangs

Alice In Chains Release New Song “Hollow”‏

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ALICE IN CHAINS RELEASE NEW SONG “HOLLOW”

Two weeks ago, we began posting the lyrics from our brand new song, “Hollow” to@aliceinchains on Instagram, asking you, the fans to create an image inspired by or featuring a word or phrase from the lyrics. Fans from around the world took to Instagram, sharing their photo interpretations of each lyrical phrase.

Today, our new song “Hollow” makes its world premiere on www.AliceInChains.com along with a lyric video that includes your Instagram photo submissions. Head to www.AliceInChains.comnow, to hear, see and become “Hollow.”

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Smile Empty Soul, HURT stream Alice in Chains cover “No Excuses” on YouTube

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SMILE EMPTY SOUL, HURT STREAM ALICE IN CHAINS COVER “NO EXCUSES” ON YOUTUBE

U.S. tour video montage now online

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SANTA CLARITA, CA – Veteran hard rock acts, Smile Empty Soul and HURT, have uploaded their joint cover of the classic Alice in Chains track, “No Excuses,” to YouTube at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MST5QtpVVIc, accompanied by photos from the recording session and recent U.S. tour. The song was recorded last month at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Mich. during the bands’ extensive U.S. tour which wrapped up last week.

Smile Empty Soul has been touring in support of its fifth album, 3’s, and latest charting single, “Not Alike.”

Check out the new music video for “Not Alike” on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/VVfDlbrDAJA.

Purchase the band’s eOne debut, 3’s, on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/album/not-alike/id518790534?i=518790621&ign-mpt=uo%3D5.

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Formed in 1998, Smile Empty Soul continues to be one of the most relentless bands in the industry. With countless tours, a top 10 single and a certified gold record under its belt, the band will continue its touring onslaught for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.

Stay tuned to the band’s official website: www.smileemptysoul.com for the latest info and tour-dates.
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Smile Empty Soul online…

 

www.smileemptysoul.com

www.facebook.com/smileemptysoulmusic

www.twitter.com/_smileemptysoul

 

 

Smile Empty Soul is…

 

Sean Danielsen – guitar/vocals
Ryan Martin – bass
Jake Kilmer – drums

Smile Empty Soul, HURT cover Alice in Chains “No Excuses”‏

  

 

SMILE EMPTY SOUL, HURT PREMIERE ALICE IN CHAINS COVER “NO EXCUSES” WITH BANANA 101.5

SES front-man checks in from the road

  

 

SANTA CLARITA, CA – Southern California-based hard rock veteran, Smile Empty Soul, and fellow tour-mate, HURT, have launched a cover of the Alice in Chains track, “No Excuses,” on the Banana 101.5 website at: http://banana1015.com/hurt-smile-empty-soul-cover-alice-in-chains-no-excuses-exclusive-premiere/. The song was recorded earlier this month at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Mich. with producer Matt Dalton – known for his work with both local and national acts including Frequency 54 and Chiodos/D.R.U.G.S. front-man, Craig Owens.

 

Smile Empty Soul is currently in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour with HURT, touring in support of its fifth album, 3’s, and latest charting single, “Not Alike.” Guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen, has checked in with the following update from the road:

 

“This tour with HURT has been great so far. The music really meshes well and everybody is getting along like family! Two quality rock bands bringing it every night…don’t miss it!”

 

A full list of confirmed tour-dates can be seen below.

 

Check out the new music video for “Not Alike” on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/VVfDlbrDAJA.

 

Purchase the band’s eOne debut, 3’s, on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/album/not-alike/id518790534?i=518790621&ign-mpt=uo%3D5.

 

 

Formed in 1998, Smile Empty Soul continues to be one of the most relentless bands in the industry. With countless tours, a top 10 single and a certified gold record under its belt, the band will continue its touring onslaught for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.

 

Stay tuned to the band’s official website: www.smileemptysoul.com for the latest info and tour-dates.

 

 

Smile Empty Soul w/ HURT…
11/23 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
11/24 – Joliet, IL @ Mojo’s
11/25 – Rockford, IL @ Bar 3

11/27 – Girardeau, MO @ Pitters Café and Lounge
11/28 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
11/29 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
11/30 – Johnson City, TN @ Chrome
12/01 – Meridian, MS @ Rhythm N Brews
12/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13

12/04 – Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street Dance Hall
12/05 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/06 – Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule Saloon
12/07 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
12/08 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
12/09 – Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room
12/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Tequila Rock Bar
12/13 – Beaumont, TX @ The Gig
12/14 – Shreveport, LA @ The Warehouse
12/15 – Lubbock, TX @ Republic

 

 

Smile Empty Soul online…

 

www.smileemptysoul.com

www.facebook.com/smileemptysoulmusic

www.twitter.com/_smileemptysoul

 

 

Smile Empty Soul is…

 

Sean Danielsen – guitar/vocals
Ryan Martin – bass
Jake Kilmer – drums

 

ANOTHER MUSIC LOVER – ISH GARCIA TALKS ABOUT HIS LOVE OF MUSIC AND FAMILY

I have a good friend who truly knows the meaning of family, Ish Garcia. This man sacrifices for his family by working out of the country to earn a living in this hard economic time. When he does get the opportunity to spend time at home he makes the best of it by giving back by sharing his passion for music with his family. I truly believe in the healing power of music as does he, Ish uses the power of music to help his autistic son “Matt The Cat”. I got Ish to take some of his rare time to answer a few questions:

1. When did you first fall in love with music?

Ish: I have always loved music, since a baby , really. In love, maybe after I heard and bought a Hendrix album Axis Bold As Love, after that ,I realized I couldn’t go a day without some kind of music.

2.  What is it about music that touches you?

Ish:  Music just gets inside,- lyrics, rhythm, it just depends on the song.

3.  What do you do to support you favorite bands?

Ish: Support ?- Buy the Album-whole album , not just the one you like on the radio, buy the album that’s why they made an album,I’m pretty sure the song are strung together for a reason. Also, buy a shirt, usually bands I like /love have cool merch for sale. Buy a ticket for the show and see ’em live!!! Share that shit with all your friends. Hope fully the small bands you like will make it, like Guns N’ Roses or Alice in Chains, Pantera , they all started doing small gigs and then bang, I would like to witness it first hand.

4.  Tell us about some of your favorite bands and your passion for music.

Ish: Jimi Hendrix – Guitar god great lyrics, His cover songs are better than the originals themselves-in my opinion Black Sabbath-Ozzy and Dio for me undecided…,c’mon its Sabbath, need I say more Ozzy-its like crack for my ears Zeppelin, to me its real rock n roll to me a blue print of what rock and roll should sound like. Alice in chains-Lyrics, the sound of Layne and Jerry together , chunky riffs.What is grunge ? Black Label Society-Everything I love all rolled into one-Doom, chunky riffs-blues, melody To me music is magical or spiritual and powerful, its in the air ,it’s a time machine. even when you cant see it, you can feel it, it can make you feel strong when your weak, inspire you, calm you down. I believe music is a super natural living thing, a gift to us. I couldn’t see a world without it. My wife is the one who really introduced me to Alice in Chains, and I’m so grateful. And as far as BLS, I gotta hear at least one song a day, and I have to blow out my ear drums with it.

5. Tell us a little about “Matt The Cat”

Ish: We took him to his first big( not local) concert and meet n greet. in 07 velvet revolver he loved slash from rock band. and then liked guns and roses, they were all cool to him, he got Duffs sweat band at the end of the show. I notice a big difference with Matt when we go to Black Label shows in particular, he’s dressed like everyone, so he feels “in” and true BL family show him respect. He loves the music , he gets exited when we tell him Black Labels in town. He can act like himself without being judged. Taking him to the meet n greets and concerts and seeing him be happy is priceless.

Thanks Ish, you have my utmost respect and love.

the Hellion

SONG OF THE WEEK – “BLEED THE FREAK” BY ALICE IN CHAINS

 

Alice In Chains will ALWAYS hold a spot as one of my favorite bands. This track is one of their best.