Date Set For Dedication Of GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Memorial Park

Date Set For Dedication Of GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Memorial Park

A dedication of the permanent memorial at the site of the GREAT WHITE nightclub fire will be held on May 21.

Former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell‘s pyrotechnics ignited the deadly blaze on February 20, 2003 at The Station in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing a hundred people and injuring hundreds more.

Russell‘s bandmate Ty Longley (guitar) was one of the people who perished in The Station blaze, which became the eighth deadliest nightclub and assembly fire in the nation’s history.

Fire survivor Gina Russo, who has led the $2 million fundraising campaign for the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, told NPR: “There’s still fundraising that we need to do. I met, very briefly, with our construction crew. And they’re very confident. They’re still working out there, even when we had all that snow dumped on us. And they just told me to pick a date, and I did.”

The Station Fire Memorial Park at the Cowesett Avenue site will feature a courtyard, gardens and a walkway. Each victim’s name will be engraved on stones shaped like speaker boxes to reflect their love of music.

The memorial will also pay tribute to survivors, family members, first responders and other groups that responded to the tragedy.

In 2008, Russell‘s GREAT WHITE agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and families of the victims of the fire. They then launched a multi-year benefit tour for the Station Family Fund.

The fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick began in an overcrowded club when pyrotechnics from Russell‘s GREAT WHITE ignited illegal soundproofing foam lining the club’s walls.

Russell told the 105.9 The Brew radio station in a 2015 interview that the Rhode Island concert incident was “like the 9/11 of rock and roll.” He added that he had “this survivor’s guilt, like, why did I get to live when so many other people didn’t? I feel guilty for people coming to see me play and losing their lives. It’s really hard to deal with it.”

The singer went on to called the tragedy “just a horrible accident. It was a lot of weird things that had to come into play to make that happen. Like, the fire inspector didn’t do his inspection. Or he did his inspection, but he did a faulty inspection. He okayed the foam on the ceiling that they had, which was mattress foam. And that’s not legal, to have that up on anything. So the fire marshal didn’t do his job right, but you can’t indict a public official in the state of Rhode Island, so he didn’t get in any trouble. They had a back door where there was a double door. They had a lot of sound complaints from the neighbors behind them, so what they would do is, during the inspection, they would take the second door off, so the push-to-exit door, in case of an emergency, that would open. But when they had concerts, they’d put the second door on, so when you push the emergency bar, the door wouldn’t open; it pulled inward instead of pushing outward. And how anybody would know that. It says, ‘Push to exit,’ so you’ve got a hundred people in the hallway trying to push on this door, and it ain’t going nowhere.”

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ROCK GODDESS: Pro-Shot Footage Of HRH NWOBHM Festival Performance

ROCK GODDESS: Pro-Shot Footage Of HRH NWOBHM Festival Performance

Professionally filmed video footage of the reunited original lineup of ROCK GODDESS — the female power trio from the days of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) featuring sisters Jody and Julie Turner along with bassist Tracey Lamb — performing on December 2, 2016 at the HRH NWOBHM “Xmas Rocka” festival at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, United Kingdom can be seen below.

ROCK GODDESS‘s forthcoming comeback album is tentatively due later this year.

Lamb previously said that the new material was “sounding mega and awesome” and added that playing the band’s classic songs felt “weird but wonderful.”

ROCK GODDESS was formed in 1977 in Wandsworth South London by Jody Turner (guitar and vocals) and Julie Turner (drums) when they were thirteen and nine years old, respectively. They recruited school friend Tracey Lamb on bass guitar.

ROCK GODDESS first rose to the nation’s awareness when they were first featured in Kerrang! No. 5 in 1981 in the “Armed And Ready” section as one of the bands to watch out for. After recording a four-track demo tape and an appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982, sharing a bill with IRON MAIDEN, plus regular shows at the Marquee club, the band landed a contract with the A&M label. They recorded their eponymous debut album with producer Vic Maile in 1983 and hit the lower end of the charts. A follow-up album, “Hell Hath No Fury”, arrived a year later, by which time Lamb had left the band to form SHE and later to join GIRLSCHOOL.

After their contract with A&M expired in 1987, ROCK GODDESS‘ already recorded (in 1985) third album, titled “Young And Free”, was released only in France. The effort saw the band taking on a more commercial sound.

ROCK GODDESS‘ career was cut short by financial and contractual problems, which forced them to disband shortly thereafter.

ROCK GODDESS did briefly reform in 2009 and was due to play Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, and was also booked to perform at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany the following summer, but split before they had a chance to appear at either event.

In March 2013, it was announced that the original ROCK GODDESS lineup had reunited and would start recording a new album.

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Watch METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD In New Trailer For 'Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar'

Watch METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD In New Trailer For 'Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar'

Hit the road with The Red Rocker, as AXS TV presents season two of the popular original music series “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar”, premiering Sunday, March 5 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The 12-episode season follows Hagar as he travels to notable music cities throughout the U.S. to interview and jam with some of his legendary friends in music, including John Mayer, John Mellencamp, James Hetfield (METALLICA), Mick Fleetwood, Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK), Joe Satriani, and Melissa Etheridge. Season two is split into six-show cycles and kicks off with a special hour-long premiere. All other episodes will be 30 minutes long. This marks the second consecutive year the network has partnered with Mercury Insurance on “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar” as the series’s title sponsor.

A newly released trailer for season two of “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar”, featuring Hetfield, is available below.

Season two kicks off on March 5 in Hagar and James Hetfield‘s hometown of San Francisco, where they turn the camera on the star-studded third annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure — the benefit concert they founded. The concert event, at the world-famous Fillmore Theatre, is one of the year’s hardest tickets to score and is open to TV audiences for the first time on AXS TV. During the one-hour premiere Hagar interviews Hetfield, Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Melissa Etheridge — leading into epic jams with Hagar, Hetfield, Mayer, Tommy Lee, Satriani, Etheridge, Pat Monahan, Vic Johnson and more.

“This is a different side of entertainment for me,” Hagar said. “I shut up and listen now.”

As part of the network’s launch plans for the second season, Hagar will be answering fan questions during a Facebook Live stream on Sammy Hagar‘s page, Sunday, February 19. The Facebook Live session coincides with the network’s marathon on that day of the first season of “Rock & Roll Road Trip” from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Sammy Hagar is one of rock’s most enduring figures, who is not only revered by his fans but by today’s headlining performers as well,” said Evan Haiman, AXS TV‘s vice president, music programming and production. “With season two of ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar’, we give viewers the ultimate backstage pass as more of music’s biggest names open up about their lives, legacies, and passions outside of the industry. From classic rock to country, there is truly something here for everyone to enjoy — making this a must-see event for all true music enthusiasts and we’re thrilled to be partnering again with Mercury Insurance as sponsor of the popular series.”

Mercury Insurance and AXS TV have partnered on a number of campaigns during the past three years and the ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented By Mercury Insurance’ has been such a great experience for us,” said Erik Thompson, Mercury‘s advertising director. “Sammy Hagar is an amazing entertainer and it’s been absolutely great working with him and the AXS team.”

“Something that’s always bugged me is that fans get to see us either onstage in concert or in interviews, and that’s about it,” Hagar said. “There’s so much cool, history-making stuff that happens off stage that fans have never really had access to, but I do. And that’s where this show takes viewers! I’m hookin’ them up with a real backstage pass.”

Click here for the Season 2 schedule.

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Video: MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Joins NONPOINT On Stage In San Francisco

Video: MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Joins NONPOINT On Stage In San Francisco

MACHINE HEAD guitarist Phil Demmel joined NONPOINT on stage on February 20 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California to perform the latter band’s song “Bullet With A Name” as well as a snippet of MACHINE HEAD‘s “Davidian”. Video footage of his appearance can be seen below.

NONPOINT‘s latest album, “The Poison Red”, was released last July via Spinefarm Records. The CD was recorded at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago with producer Rob Ruccia.

“The Poison Red” was the first NONPOINT album to feature lead guitarist BC Kochmit, whom singer Elias Soriano described as “Eddie Van Halen‘s illegitimate child.”

Soriano told New Noise Magazine about “The Poison Red” songwriting process: “Substance is now the only thing I really care the most about. Writing a rockin song is something that hopefully comes naturally to the guys. Having something that has a little more substance is the part that I won’t compromise. Take the pre-chorus in ‘No Running Allowed’, for example. I’m tired of watching the news and seeing murderers or famous people that leave their wife of twenty years because they get famous, jump on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and fall in love with a young woman. Then, the next week, they’re on a morning show with a smile on their face, apologizing.”

He continued: “People aren’t being held accountable for being shitty fucking people. As long as they apologize, it’s cool. But, if a 21-year-old Latino or black guy runs down the street and no one knows why he’s running, he’ll be tackled and put in cuffs. You can’t run in this society without being shot or arrested, but you can be a piece of shit with no consequence.”

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DEVILDRIVER Guitarist Had To Fight To Contribute To Songwriting Process

DEVILDRIVER Guitarist Had To Fight To Contribute To Songwriting Process

Fret12 recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mike Spreitzer of California’s DEVILDRIVER as part of “The Sound And The Story” series. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about his songwriting contributions to DEVILDRIVER, Spreitzer said: “My influence with the band has been kind of a slow, steady process since I joined. Obviously, I wasn’t on the first record [2003’s ‘Devildriver’], and then when we started doing ‘The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand’ [2005], I was the new guy, so I treaded lightly with the guys.

“When you join a band, it’s like joining a new club — you’ve gotta work your way up the ranks; there’s a pecking order. And I knew my place, but I was the only one that knew how to record, and so they needed me to record the demos, and that gave me a little bit of power. I ended up writing ‘Hold Back The Day’ — a lot of that song; John Boecklin [former DEVILDRIVER drummer] wrote a fair amount of it as well. But that became our first single off that record. So I started getting a lot of backing from people like Monte Conner at Roadrunner, telling the other guys to let me write a little bit more, even though — it’s no secret — some of ’em really didn’t want me to. And so I really had to kind of fight my way through the pecking order of the band to allow them to let me write. And with every record, it got a little bit easier.”

He continued: “With [2016’s] ‘Trust No One’, with the departure of John Boecklin, who was the main songwriter of the band… then he was out and that became me. I wanted to do the whole record by myself, maybe with some help from our producer, Mark Lewis, at first, but then I got introduced to Neal [Tiemann, guitar] and Austin [D’Amond, drums], and we clicked [snaps fingers] immediately.”

Spreitzer also talked about the making of “Trust No One”, which marked DEVILDRIVER‘s first release since the exit of Boecklin and guitarist Jeff Kendrick. He said: “To tell you the truth, the whole process is a bit of a blur. I had just moved out of my parents’ house, and I was looking to buy a house. That didn’t end up working out because [laughs] a girlfriend situation went south. And I ended up moving into my grandmother’s old house, and I built a studio in the garage. I think it took me about sixteen months to build that thing. But it was just before the end of the record cycle, and I knew I needed to get it done before we started doing the record, ’cause I wanted to do the record there. And we did — I’m doing all the guitars and bass and pre-production there. So I did that, and then I started writing immediately, and between that, working for my dad and moving, that whole two years is just a bit of a blur.”

Despite the fact that the “Trust No One” production process ended up being somewhat of a hectic affair, Spreitzer is proud of the final product. “For me, personally, it’s the most important DEVILDRIVER record I’ve ever done — by far,” he said.

“Trust No One” was released in May 2016 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2013’s “Winter Kills” was once again produced by Mark Lewis (ARSIS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER) with assistance from Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL).

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