On Monday night (May 12), metal fans and philanthropists alike packed Los Angeles' Club Nokia for the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert. Proceeds from the event went toward MusiCares’ programs aimed at helping musicians struggling with addiction, and the entire night was filled with success stories from musicians who have overcome their struggles through the work of such programs.
With no opener needed, the Southern gentleman of Sevendust rocked New York City’s Highline Ballroom with an emotional and very moving acoustic performance. The band is touring in promotion of their new acoustic record ‘Time Travelers & Bonfires,’ as well as their latest studio album, ‘Black Out the Sun.’
Rocking for a cause is something Seether know a lot about. Their Rise Above Fest was born in 2012 and made its triumphant return to New England again this year on May 10 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. The festival, the brainchild of Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, aims to raise funding and more importantly, awareness about suicide-- something that Morgan has a deeply personal connection with after the loss of his brother Eugene in 2007.
The 2014 class of the Revolver Golden Gods tour tore through The Palladium in Worcester, Mass., last night (May 8) like a tornado, living up to the name on the marquee. The titans of metal packed the house for a show that offered up enough raucous revelry and riffs that would have made Atlas himself proud.
Jake E. Lee emerged from an '80s metal scene that celebrated excesses of every sort. Not the least of which was over-the-top guitar playing, many times at the expense of the music that was being created. Lee, however, stood out for being able to shred with the best of them but never at the expense of the song. From the lighting fast solos during his period with Ozzy Osbourne, to the bluesy-swagger of Badlands, to the heaviness of Wicked Alliance, there has always been something new and incredible up his sleeve.