A is for Australia, AC/DC…and Airbourne

Is it just me, or is this band the heir apparent to AC/DC? I have to admit when I saw the over-the-top, rock-star-posturing photos, I almost thought this was a parody. Ah sure, they sound an awful lot like Brian Johnson-era AC/DC
, but hell, most of AC/DC's songs sound a lot alike too, and we don't mind because they kick ass, and it looks like these guys do, too.

I wanna party with these guys. For real.

I have a feeling Airbourne
is a band one needs to see live. If you are Canadian, you can catch them opening for Motley Crue till Feb 5.

Behind the scenes with Killswitch Engage in South America

I think this is pretty cool, and I would love to see music coverage go back to its roots with more behind the scenes, documentary type coverage rather than the glossy posed stills that fill all the magazines these days.

I’ve shot Killswitch Engage live a couple of times, and like these guys. They seem like a fun, down to earth bunch of guys, and Howard Jones even tried to get me to give him my camera to take a shot of the crowd when I shot them in Kalamazoo opening for Disturbed.

Nice as he seems to be, no one touches my camera but me, baby.


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Anyway, here’s the first clip of footage courtesy of Roadrunner Records. Killswitch Engage
will be playing the Royal Oak Music Theatre Feb 20 with The Devil Wears Prada.
I will be shooting some TDWP promos that night and likely KsE as well, so I’m pretty damn excited.

From the Roadrunner website:

This past October, Killswitch Engage
embarked on their first ever tour of South America. With stops in
Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia, the Massachusetts
natives played in front of ravenous crowds eager to catch the rare
glimpse of KsE live in their respective countries. 

The landmark trek was documented by the band, and starting today
we will be releasing one behind-the-scenes clip every Monday over the
course of the next six weeks.

While the videos range from tour bus shenanigans to backstage
experiences, the band can be seen interacting with fans and engaging in
some typical, hilarious Killswitch fare. The first offering (below) sees the band arriving on Brazilian soil and being greeted by their mass of eager fans.

Watch as Killswitch conquer new territory and don’t miss the band on tour starting February 4th as they embark on a US headlining run with The Devil Wears Prada.

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Slayer’s Araya sidelined with back injury, Slayer tour postponed

Apparently Tom Araya joins Pete Townshend as another casualty suffering injury in the name of rock and roll.

Araya has developed a back injury requiring surgery, and resulting in the cancellation of Slayer’s immediate tour plans that include
the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off
on January 18, as well as the band’s UK/European tour scheduled for
March and April. Booking agents for both Slayer
and Megadeth
already hard at work to see if these dates can be rescheduled, so those
holding tickets are asked to sit tight as more info will be announced
as progress is made.


The headbanging Araya, known for aggressively swinging his long mane of
hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the
band’s Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of
his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the
tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist
who diagnosed a Cervical Radiculopathy. The rocker initially did not
want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a
series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have
resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent
bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical
procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical
Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the
recovery rate is excellent.

So there you have it kids. Bring ear plugs if you’re going to be close to the stage. And bang your head…but not too hard.

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