John Graham Mellor

(Joe Strummer)

21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002

     There is a fine line between Metal and Punk. I like some of the true Punk bands as much as I like Metal bands. One of the first Punk bands that caught my attention was the Clash. It was the late 70’s and I was a teenager and full of rebellion. The rawness and aggression of the Clash fed my teenage angst.

     The band continued to put out music that called to me and kept my rebellious spirit alive.

Years later as we grew up and matured (well sort of) I came to appreciate Joe as a musician and songwriter. His solo work and the stuff he did with The Latino Rockabilly War, and The Mescaleros, was amazing stuff.

     Joe was taken from us on December 22 2002 by an  undiagnosed congenital heart defect. Joe will always be missed by me, and his music will be forever in my ears. Thank you Joe.


the Hellion



On this day in 1948 the Rock Gods blessed the earth with John Michael Osbourne. They tested him thoroughly with things that would have surely killed a mere mortal. Yet he withstood all that was thrown at him. Yet, all of these trials had transformed him, remade him, and thus OZZY  arose from the man that was John Michael Osbourne. OZZY gathered the musical forces to him and gave to the ears of the world BLACK SABBATH. The power of OZZY quickly grew and he needed to empower other musicians and he left BLACK SABBATH in order to gather young musicians and take them under his “wing”.

Thank you OZZY! Thank you very much!!!

We truly hope you never stop!

the Hellion

MACHINA, Featuring Former Members of EVANESCENCE and FUTURE LEADERS OF THE WORLD, to Appear on Brand New Television Show ‘The Making of Rock Stars’

MACHINA, Featuring Former Members of EVANESCENCE and FUTURE LEADERS OF THE WORLD, to Appear on Brand New Television Show ‘The Making of Rock Stars’


Headlining U.S. Fall Tour NOW – See Below for Tour Dates



New Album ‘To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden’ OUT NOW on Rogue Records


Little Rock, AR’s MACHINA, featuring Phil Taylor (former Future Leaders of the World) and John Le Compt (ex-Evanescence), is pleased to announce that they will be the featured band on an upcoming show chronicling the journey and real life struggles of musicians as they make their way to becoming rock stars. The show, ‘The Making of Rockstars’, is scheduled to premiere early next year, airing via syndication on Fox, CBS and ABC and hitting roughly 200 million viewers. The show is being filmed on the band’s U.S. headline run, which kicks off today in Springfield, MO at Outland Ballroom (see below for all current tour dates).

Along with the television show, the band and show will be interacting directly with fans via online updates and communication. It is here where fans will truly experience the creation of “reality television” as MACHINA faces daily challenges, gets into ridiculous situations and will relay their struggles through interviews and daily uploads of edited video highlighting their journey. Fans will be able to be a part of every experience, creating viral and engaging phenomena.

‘The Making of Rockstars’ producer David DeLay states, “I’m really excited to work with such a professional band as MACHINA on “The Making Of Rockstars”. The potential of this band is unlimited and the work ethic is unmatched. I believe you’re seeing the birth of the next great rock band.”

MACHINA is amped to be featured on “The Making of Rockstars”. We believe that this groundbreaking medium will pave the road for original artists alike for many years to come,” adds vocalist Phil Taylor on behalf of MACHINA. “Sharing our music and connecting with our fans is what we’re all about, so it made perfect sense to form this partnership with David DeLay. We really look forward to getting our story out to the masses while touring in support of our new album.”

Stay tuned for more updates about “The Making of Rockstars”, coming soon.

MACHINA released their new album, To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden, on September 25, 2012 via Rogue Records America. The album is available NOW for digital download at iTunes and other digital retailers and physically via CM Distro. To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden was recorded at The Sound Kitchen in Nashville, TN with Grammy-winning producer Toby Wright.

See below for all current tour dates:

MACHINA U.S. Tour Dates:

11/7 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

11/8 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock

11/9 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall

11/10 – Houston, TX @ Numbers Night Club

11/12 – Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue Pizza Company

11/15 – Canton, MS @ Club 43

11/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Delgado Community College

11/17 – New Orleans, LA @ Hanger 13

11/18 – Dallas, TX @ Empire Rock Bar

11/21 – Memphis, TN @ Hard Rock Café Memphis

11/23 – Nashville, TN @ Hard Rock Café Nashville

11/24 – Broussard, LA @ The Station Bar & Grill

11/29 – Dardanelle, AR @ Front Street Grill

11/30 – Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s Live Music Venue

Check out more information about MACHINA at these websites:



MACHINA consists of Phil Taylor (vocals) John LeCompt (Guitar) Rocky Gray (Drums) and Tad Ables (Bass).

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