ZZ Top barnstormed into the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 7th, 2012 delivering their own version of Southern Fried rock with precision to a welcoming crowd. Biggest cheers were, of course, reserved for their ’80s triple crown of “Sharped Dressed Man”, “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin'”.
Detroit, Michigan-based thrash metal band Battlecross chatted with PureGrainAudio’s Mitch at Heavy TL 2012. The Metal Blade Records artist talked about their upcoming plans and much more in this quick video interview.
Black Label Society took over Montreal’s Le Métropolis on October 20th, 2012. A blistering display of riffs and bone-crushing metal was served to the locals who loved every minute. Oh, the brutality – Montreal conquered!
Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension was eleven years in the making and was originally slated to be released in August 2012. Prior to that time, I was given the opportunity to sit down with bassist, Tom Hamilton. At the time we discussed the 25th anniversary of their landmark album, Permanent Vacation, upcoming tour plans and much more. With the album delayed however, the interview was more window dressing than promo for the new disc. At the time it was promised that a second interview would happen and as we approached the release date and Aerosmith’s team came through without hesitation. In this, my second interview with Tom this year, he addresses the band’s duet with Carrie Underwood, working with Jack Douglas and whether or not he thinks KISS is a “comic book” band (as his bandmate, Steven Tyler, recently suggested).
Rush brought their “Clockwork Angels Tour” to a near sold out crowd in Montreal this Fall. The band delivered a set heavy on new music and light on the classics. Die-hard fans got a real treat whereas fair-weather fans we left sitting on their hands.
Anthrax, an original member of thrash’s “BIG FOUR”, brought their “Worship Music Tour” to Montreal on October 2nd.
We caught up with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and lead guitarist Rob Caggiano moments before the band’s October 2nd show in Montreal. Together they discussed the group’s last effort Worship Music, John Bush-era songs, the upcoming covers album project, touring and much more.
While attending Heavy TO 2012 at Downsview Park on August 11-12th, Trivium guitarist and backing vocalist Corey Beaulieu stopped in to chat with PureGrainTV’s interviewer, Julie Hagemans.
On July 27th, 2012, PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon caught up with guitar legend Slash minutes before he hit the stage at L’Olympia in Montreal, QC. The pair discussed Slash’s latest rock masterpiece, the album Apocalyptic Love, future recording plans and the 25th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction record. Check it out!
On August 12, while attending Heavy MTL 2012, PureGrainAudio.com’s interviewer extraordinaire Mitch Lafon caught up with Dark Century guitarist Eric Duranleau. The two chatted in brief about the band’s current and future touring plans, recording plans and how they literally battled it out to win a spot on the Heavy MTL roster.
German metalers Accept invaded Montreal’s Le Métropolis on September 10th, 2012 as part of their “Teutonic Terror Attack” package tour with fellow country men, Kreator. Since changing lead singers a few years ago, Accept are reborn thanks mostly to the energy and power vocals that new singer, Mark Tornillo, brings to the band. Having first seen Accept live in 1983, I can truly say the band’s live shows have only gotten more poignant and powerful as time moves on. Do yourself a favor and catch Accept live as soon as possible. They are a force to be reckoned with!
PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon sat down with ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman in Montreal on September 10, 2012. The two discussed the band’s latest effort ‘Stalingrad’ as well as their current tour with Kreator. They also went on to talk about Wolf’s carpentry and photography, and how Don Dokken was “discovered”.
The Cult rolled into Montreal’s Le Métropolis on September 1st, 2012 and though I never was a fan of the band, the faithful seemed delighted with the night’s performance. I personally enjoyed the band playing song after song while skipping the ubiquitous yet unnecessary drum solo and the pee break inducing guitar solo. Fans pay to hear songs and The Cult delivered in spades on that count. Well done!
A couple of members of the rapidly growing in popularity heavy metal band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE took a few minutes out of their day to talk to PureGrainAudio’s Mitch Lafon at Heavy MTL on August 12, 2012. They talked about how the band makes their music, playing Heavy MTL and what it’s like being on the road so much.