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Alice In Chains at Alexandra Palace

November 20th, 2013

Alice In Chains + Ghost + Walking Papers

@ Alexandra Palace, London

9th November 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe

Photography by Nikki Ryan

Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

On a cold and grim November evening in London, UK, over six thousand rock and metal fans made their way up to Alexandra Palace, which is an astonishing venue situated quite a journey away from anywhere in the world and at one of the highest points in London. But there ain’t no mountain high enough, if you know that you’re about witness Seattle’s grunge veterans Alice In Chains play Alexandra Palace alongside Ghost and Walking Papers.

Alice in Chains announced that they will be returning to UK soon after releasing their latest album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, so there was no doubt that any grunge or heavy metal fan would miss an opportunity to experience what seemed to be the loudest gig of the year.

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Copenhell Festival 2013 Refshaleoen Copenhagen,Denmark

July 31st, 2013

 Copenhell Festival 2013

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14-15/6 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had  outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2013

July 17th, 2013

Download Festival 2013

@ Donington Park, UK

June 13th-15th

Review by Anna Dumpe

Download 2013

Download Festival is known as one of the most exciting rock/metal festivals all over the world. It’s usually one of the first events to kick off the festival season and it never disappoints. For eleven years in a row, Download has booked some of the biggest names in rock and metal music scene and 2013 was no different. Three acts to headline the Download weekend of June 13th-15th included Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. However, many other bands appeared on five different stages across the weekend and we were there to catch as many of them as possible. So we offer you to read about our Download 2013 adventures and see what you missed out on, if you weren’t there.

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The excitement that kicks in once you arrive to the arena is inconceivable. You see first bands hitting the stage and thousands of heavy metal fans arriving and gathering together. The sun is shining and beer is flowing signalizing the beginning of one of the most exciting weekends of the year.

We’re at Download 2013. This is happening…

Download 2013

Download 2013

The first band we get to catch when arriving to the arena is Asking Alexandria.
While the legendary Uriah Heep are performing on the Second (The Zippo Encore) stage. It’s an easy decision, so we quickly pass the Main stage to kick off our Download 2013 with some good old “Easy Livin’”.

Uriah Heep put on a great show and it’s a pleasure to be watching such a classic band still going strong. They’re still sounding tight and perform some of their greatest tunes they’ve ever written, like “Sunrise,” “Gypsy,” “Look at yourself” and, obviously, “Easy Livin’”.

After a great set by Uriah Heep, we head back to the Main Stage to see Papa Roach.
We wonder if there are still people out there that genuinely love this band, taking that their streak of luck happened quite a while ago. About a minute later our question is answered when we’re nearly swept off our feet by thousands of Papa Roach fans, running head over heels, just to fight their way through the crowd and get to the front of the stage. True story, ladies and gent. It was crazy.

Papa Roach set is everything you’d expect from it. It’s energetic, fun and a bit ridiculous when singer Jacoby Shaddix jumps off the stage to dive in the mud. …but that’s what you do when you’re at Download Festival, right?

Not everyone’s a fan of this band, but trust us on this one. When it comes to hits like “Between Angels and Insects,” “Scars” and “Last Resort,” not a single person in the audience is able to stand still.

After a good shot of energy delivered by Papa Roach, we head over to The Pepsi Max Stage to witness The Sword blast out some epic riffs in the best retro-metal manner. Coming all the way from Austin, Texas to perform material off their new album ‘Apocryphon’ and throw in some good old classics, like “Freya,” The Sword guys prove themselves as a great bunch of professionals that manage to sound live as great as they sound on the record.

Back to the Main Stage and it’s time to see Down.
Phil Anselmo and the boys have chosen to perform a great selection of tunes turning their set into an absolutely ripping performance. Songs like “Witchtripper,” “Lifer,” “Ghosts Along the Mississippi,” “Stone The Crow” and “Bury Me In Smoke” go down exceptionally well.

Best comments in-between songs and the funniest facial expressions delivered by the one and only Mr. Phil Anselmo; there is no stage too big for that man.

Next up on the main stage are Korn with a thrilling and rather challenging set, as they mix all the well-known classics with some fresh material off their latest album The Path Of Totality. Dub step inspired tracks, like “Narcissistic Cannibal” and “Get Up!” go down surprisingly well and the audience seems to be having a blast.

Songs like “Falling Away From Me,” “Coming Undone”, “Did My Time” and “Freak On A Leash” are sounding as powerful as ever and takes us on a sentimental trip back to the 1990’s when nu-metal and dreadlocks ruled the charts and were a part of every teenager’s life.

Next up on the Main Stage are Bullet For My Valentine.
Apologies to all their fans, but no, thank you.

We leave the Main stage to catch the upcoming and in-every-aspect-awesome-and-mind-blowing French trio The Algorithm. They’re on at The Red Bull Studios Stage and deliver a killer of a set. Songs like “Trojans” and “Access Granted” are the right party anthems to officially kick off this Friday night. As amusing it might seem to see hundreds of metal heads bounce around to electronic music mixed with proper metal breakdowns, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see so many people that seek variety in heavy metal genre and are here to support upcoming artists, like The Algorithm.

Just before it’s time to head to the Main stage for tonight’s headliners, we wander off to the Second Stage and catch a bit of Gogol Bordello’s on-stage shenanigans.

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Download 2013

Bringing a full band of eight people with him, he puts on a show that’s as entertaining as hectic and chaotic. There’s a mad party happening on-stage and within the audience, as the band performs hits like “Wonderlust King,” “Break The Spell” and “Start Wearing Purple”.

Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band you must see if you’re familiar with or a fan of Eastern European and Russian culture, as hearing their music will make you want to down vodka, dance a little stupid and swear in Russian. What a band..!

After a nice day of watching lots of great bands and drinking beer with your mates, it seems that it doesn’t get any better than this, but just because we’re at Download, it does, in fact, get a lot better.

It’s Friday night at Download 2013 and 90’000 people are here in Donington Park to witness Slipknot headline the Main stage for the first time since 2009. The crowd is buzzing with excitement, as we prepare to be blown away by their performance.

Download 2013

Download 2013

Slipknot take the stage with an incredible amount of energy and they manage to own the crowd within seconds.
Opening their set with “Disasterpiece,” Slipknot manage to shake the grounds of Donington like a thunderstorm. Blasting out a hit after hit, they seem to have managed to put together a set list to please any kind of Slipknot fan. Classics like “Wait and Bleed,” “Dead Memories,” “Sulfur,” “Psychosocial” and “Duality”, which is dedicated to Paul Gray, really make the crowd go nuts.

There’s mosh-pits, circle-pits, crowd surfing and random human bodies flying around the place. The performance is stopped twice during songs “Before I Forget” and “Left Behind”, as the safety barrier in front of the stage collapses twice. It’s an absolute madness, but it’s also the best fun we’ve had in a long time.

The band appear to be in a great shape and are sounding superb. Corey Taylor’s vocal parts are sounding immense and Joey Jordison’s drumming is, as always, spectacular and a real entertainment to watch. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan is a great entertainer, as she smacks the hell out of his percussions while spinning up in the air.

After finishing their set with “Spit it Out,” Slipknot return to stage for an encore of “(sic),” “People = Shit” and “Surfacing”.
The band really put their heart and soul into this performance and you would struggle to find a single member of the audience that was left unsatisfied.

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COPENHELL Festival

June 30th, 2013

Copenhell Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 14th – 15th 2013

By Ellen Norvang

Copenhell

There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years.
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Memorial For Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr Announced

March 13th, 2011
Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains

According to his mother Gayle, the official public gathering/memorial for late ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr will be held on Sunday, March 20th at The Fountain (Seattle Center) in Seattle, Washington starting at 4 PM. Details:

The Fountain
Inside the Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
www.seattlecenter.com
Click here for map.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Mike Starr had addiction problems, but was on the road to recovery and didn’t commit suicide, two of his friends said the day after the former Alice in Chains bassist was found dead (March 8th) in a Salt Lake City house.

Starr, who played bass for the seminal Seattle grunge band from its formation in 1987 to 1993, died nearly three weeks after being arrested by Salt Lake City police on February 18.

 

“I don’t think this was a suicide,” said Brett Gunn of Salt Lake City, Starr’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. “We had a lot of plans.”

 

Starr was living in the 1900 block of Richards Street with Spencer Roddan, a fellow musician who had known Starr for several years after being introduced to him by a friend, Travis Meeks (DAYS OF THE NEW). Roddan and Meeks met while in rehab at Utah’s Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Center in Sundance.

 

“I don’t think [his death] was intentional,” said Roddan. “Our deal was he had to be clean. He said he was going to make me proud.”

 

Starr has been living with Roddan for about six weeks. He and Meeks had been making music in Roddan’s basement recording studio. Meeks had booked shows on the East Coast the weekend of March 18, Roddan said, and Starr was going to join him on the road.

 

Starr had other musical plans, Gunn said. He wanted to collaborate with Gunn’s Salt Lake City band NAZTY HABIT, and had spoken of playing with hard-rock bands P.O.D. and KORN.

 

Starr appeared on Alice In Chains’ most successful albums including the band’s debut Facelift (1990), Sap (1992) and Dirt (1992). Starr later played bass for the band SUN RED SUN, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of BLACK SABBATH. The project was cut short by Gillen’s death in 1993.

 

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr Found Dead

March 9th, 2011
Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr

Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Mike Starr

According to TMZ, former ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr died in Utah.

Police tell TMZ Starr’s body was found in a Salt Lake City home today. Cops say they were called to the house at 1:42PM.

Starr appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009 – and was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.

Starr was 44 years old.

Mike’s dad tells TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy.”

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, police do not suspect foul play.

The medical examiner’s office will likely conduct an autopsy on Wednesday, says Reuters, but the results of toxicology tests could take up to two months.

Starr appeared on Alice In Chain’s most successful albums including Facelift (1990), Sap (1992) and Dirt (1992). Starr later played bass for the band SUN RED SUN, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of BLACK SABBATH. The project was cut short by Gillen’s death in 1993.

Starr appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab back in 2009 – and was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.

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Alice In Chains debut visually stunning “Lesson Learned” video; TAP “TRUE BLOOD” CREATIVE TEAM

September 22nd, 2010
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Alice In Chains

Los Angeles, CA (September 22, 2010) – Multi-platinum-selling rock band ALICE IN CHAINS will debut the video for new hit single “Lesson Learned” on Yahoo! Music today. Conceived and directed by Paul Matthaeus, known for his groundbreaking main titles on the award-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” and produced with Bobby Hougham and Sevrin Daniels of Blank Design, the video is comprised of over 6,000 still pictures stitched together to create a visually stunning stop-frame animated clip.

Using physical lacerations as a metaphor for lessons learned, the video sees a young man and woman plummet through a derelict industrial building. Tattered clothes dissolve off, revealing wounds that symbolize emotional learning. The video was shot entirely as a stop–frame animation, but with live actors on set. The clip can be seen at music.yahoo.com.

Following the Grammy nominated smash “Check My Brain” and second single “Your Decision,” “Lesson Learned” is the third consecutive top five single to be released from Alice In Chains’ gold-certified new album Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin/EMI). It’s also the 13th top ten hit of the band’s illustrious career.

The “Lesson Learned” video follows the recently released “Acid Bubble” clip, an interactive video produced by Spy Films and director Nick Goso in which users manipulate their perspective and experience 360-degree environments. It can be seen here: http://bdsobsolescence.com/

Alice In Chains (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) have spent the past year performing a string of sold out headlining tours around the world in support of Black Gives Way To Blue. Fueled by lead single “Check My Brain,” which rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart, Black Gives Way To Blue entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 5. They maintained momentum with follow-up hit “Your Decision,” which also shot straight to No. 1. The album has also been drawing rave reviews: Playboy gave it four stars, calling it “Alice In Chains’ Back In Black.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Alice In Chains is back in business and business is good,” and Metal Hammer said, “Alice In Chains are back and every bit as exciting and heavy.” The fans have been equally vocal: Guitar World magazine readers poll voted Black Gives Way To Blue “Rock Album of the Year” and readers of Revolver magazine awarded the group “Album of the Year” honors at the recent Revolver Golden Gods Award show.

Alice In Chains is currently headlining BLACKDIAMONDSKYE, a monolithic triple bill featuring special guests Deftones and Mastodon.

BLACKDIAMONDSKYE dates are as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 22             Boston, MA                 Agannis Arena

Friday, Sept. 24                      New York, NY             Madison Square Garden

Saturday, Sept. 25                  Camden, NJ               Susquehanna Theatre

Sunday, Sept. 26                    Fairfax, VA                  Patriot Center

Saturday, Sept. 28                  Atlanta, GA                 Lakewood Amphitheatre

Friday, Oct. 1                          St. Louis, MO              Scottrade Arena

Saturday, Oct. 2                     Kansas City, MO        Sandstone Amp.

Monday, Oct. 4                       Denver, CO                Red Rocks

Thursday, Oct. 7                     Vancouver, BC           GM Place

Friday, Oct. 8                          Seattle, WA                 Key Arena

Saturday, Oct. 9                     Portland, OR               Memorial Coliseum

Monday, Oct.11                      San Jose, CA              SJSU Event Center

Tuesday, Oct. 12                    Los Angeles, CA         Gibson Amphitheatre

Friday, Oct. 15                        San Diego, CA            Viejas Arenas

Saturday, Oct. 16                      Las Vegas, NV         The Joint

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Alice In Chains Unveil “Acid Bubble” Interactive Music Video!

September 16th, 2010
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Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains is proud to introduce an interactive music video experience for “Acid Bubble”!  Produced by Spy Films (http://www.spyfilms.com/), director Nick Goso created an interactive space where users manipulate their perspective and experience 360-degree environments.  Check it out now at: http://www.aliceinchains.com/acidbubble

There is also a non-interactive version available on YouTube (see below).

The video celebrates today’s kick-off of BLACKDIAMONDSKYE, featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon. The tour will be hitting 19 cities in the US and Canada (http://www.blackdiamondskye.com). Dates are as follows:

Sep 16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island

Sep 17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sep 18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sep 20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Sep 22 Boston, MA Agannis Arena

Sep 24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Sep 25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Theatre

Sep 26 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center

Sep 28 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Oct 1 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

Oct 2 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheatre

Oct 4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Oct 7 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

Oct 8 Seattle, WA Key Arena

Oct 9 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum

Oct 11 San Jose, CA SJSU Event Center

Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct 15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena

Oct 16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint

BLACKDIAMONDSKYE will surprise one lucky fan at each stop of the tour, with a chance to win BIG! Each stop of the tour will play host to a contest series.  Hidden at every venue will be a very special BLACKDIAMONDSKYE envelope… The lucky fan who comes across this envelope will find its contents to be a VIP laminate for that evening’s show, along with information on how to redeem SIGNED setlists from Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon.  Additionally, this fan will be automatically entered into a drawing for the ULTIMATE BLACKDIAMONDSKYE PRIZE PACK which includes a custom BDS-artwork Gibson guitar, signed by each band, and a Marshall amplifier half stack! More details can be found here: http://www.blackdiamondskye.com/alice-in-chains/the-briefcase-has-been-opened-3/

Fans can follow @blckdmndskye on Twitter for clues on where to find the hidden envelope each day.

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SONISPHERE – Iron Maiden, Slayer, Alice In Chains, The Cult, Anthrax, Alice Cooper

August 27th, 2010

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SONISPHERE 

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

Sonisphere festival landed for the second time in Finland. Even though Sonisphere was once again the biggest metal event here with over 60 000 visitors, it made more headlines for other reasons other than it’s brilliant artists. A huge storm hit the festival area and winds ripped apart one of the main stage’s support scaffolding and sent it flying into the crowd. Altogether around 40 people were injured, with three requiring hospitalization. The accident delayed the concert for a few hours and all scheduled performances on the second stage were cancelled. Iggy Pop managed to play a short acoustic set on the main stage but Motley Crue was forced to cancel its entirely show because bands instruments were completely destroyed by the storm.

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Velvet Revolver / Alice In Chains – Live In Vancouver: September 7, 2007

September 19th, 2007

Velvet Revolver/Alice In Chains
Friday, September 7, 2007
Pacific Coliseum
Vancouver, BC  Canada

 

***Live Review and All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland


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