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The Darkness “Open Fire” Official video!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

After releasing an audio YouTube video of “Open Fire”. The Darkness has just released the official video to the song! Check it out. You really can’t go wrong with Justin and the gang!

More on the Darkness!

Is the Darkness the answer to Queen?? <HERE>

The Barbarian video! <HERE>



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Posted by Chuck Gee - April 28, 2015 at 9:04 AM

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Jimmy Kimmel Live “Steel Panther”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

“Steel Panther” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

For a SUPER cool concert review of Steel Panther and Judas Priest CLICK here


“Party like tomorrow is the end of the world”

“If you really really Love me”

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Posted by Chuck Gee - January 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM

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KickActs interviews AJ from “The AJAY Project”! Superb Guitar!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

I recommend you light some candles and immerse yourself into the gentles waves of this guitar playing…Simply stunning.




Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is AJ Satsangi, I am the composer, producer, and I guess the main guy in ‘The Ajay Project’. I’d like to think of myself as a storyteller, who expresses his thoughts through music (it’s a universal language with no boundaries of genres).  I created ‘The Ajay Project’ for 2 reasons:

1) I wanted to make a project where my music collides with other musicians, to create my vision but at the same time, showcase the individual band or artist.

2) No one can spell my last name to save their life, so I have to come up with something easy.

My website-

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Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

My musical heroes are some of those musicians who have changed the music industry. Those that changed the way we perceive music, and what we want from music. Since the beginning of time, music has been played to celebrate, whether it be celebration for a new season, good harvest, new birth, etc. It then evolved into a society that we have written music for a specific gathering like classical music. Also march music for unifying masses, whether it is for a Nazi gathering or for the non-violent protest led by Mahatma Gandi or uniting people in the church. Music started with a specific point and was mostly written for positive causes/moments with major harmony.

Eventually, we realized the true nature of life’s ups and downs, and then we explored the minor harmony and entered the romantic era. Then it combined with some folk music and evolved into jazz and blues, which talks about daily struggles. This gave birth to the rock era, which evolved into metal music, which is related with the darker side of the life, this is contradictory to the origins of music. Of course we have electronic, funk and contemporary music, which is about material things and living in the moment. So to answer your question my musical influences are people who reinvented the way we perceive music. Some of my favorite artists are Joe Hisaishi, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Linkin Park, Joe Satriani, David Maximichi, Yanni.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Just ask yourself these three questions

  1. What do you want/who do you want to be?
  2. What do have now? (Identify your talent and what you enjoy doing)
  3. What are the steps to becoming who you want to be?

If you ask yourself these three questions then you’ll have a clear path of what you should do. Along the way, you are going to make some stupid decisions and find yourself in a completely different direction. Just stop and ask yourself those same three questions and then take action. Most importantly, “Believe in your decision”.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

When I went to the music school, I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world, but after so many years I realized that I am a composer. It’s the composing process that I enjoy most. Guitar has been an intermediary for me. John Mayer and I had similar goals, but after 6 years of intense guitar study he became a singer-songwriter. Now I understand that playing guitar for 6 yrs. It made him what he is now, but in my case I am no John Mayer. 😛  I wish I could have saved myself from the mental stress and self hatred, because I was doing what wanted but I was not happy or fulfilled from it.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Ironically my greatest and worst gig horror story is the same one. I wanted to make a song for my mom and the concept soon evolved. I decided to write the song for all the mothers in the world, so I wanted to translate the song into 10 different languages.

When someone buys the song the proceeds for that track go to a women’s empowerment charity in that particular country. So it was my best/greatest gig as it’s a song as it pays tribute to moms all around the world, also while giving to a good charity for years to come.

So, it will make much more sense if the song was released before Mothers Day, which was May 11th 2014 and I was finished writing it by Feb. 28th. I still had to finish the production, recording, mastering, etc. By the end of March I found all the talented singers and it was their job to translate the song into their own language. The difficulty here was to make the words fit the song and at the same time keep the meaning and message across the different languages. The process took longer then anticipated and it was already the end of April. Somehow I managed to finish the recording and had 10 days to finish the mixing & mastering. I sent it to a third party to be mixed and mastered and it turned out horrible. I finished the track 2 days before the release day.

Since then I have never hired a professional guy to mix or master.  I was able to get someone else to help me, it went online the day of but I missed several deadlines for the international markets.

In short, I am most proud of the song for the concept and the hard work but disappointed that I couldn’t get it out in time to share with more people.

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I’ve loved watching movies, since I was about 4 years old. I have always been fascinated by drawing and painting, and I would recreate something I would see in a movie on paper. To this day, I see music as an audiovisual and try to present my music that way as well.

When I create a song, I visualize and write a story in my head with details of angles and cinematography. Then I make it come alive through music. I love drawing and visual aspects, which is why I also design my own album art.

I also have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Sometimes I like to make my own gear, like guitar pedals and stuff.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Well, I feel like the current situation of the music industry is kind of similar to of the earth. We know it’s out of whack but progressing with technology; however, we are lagging in the steps to restore the natural balance. We understand what it uses to be like but we aren’t sure how to get back to that point.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

Music has been a form of entertainment, since the beginning of time. Good or bad the public likes the entertainment factor. If a person is on a show like this and gets discovered out of the thousands than I think it’s great.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

I am not a huge artist, and I am not selling enough so it does hurt me when someone illegally downloads. I understand that it is a serious issue, but I am from India, before the release of ITunes, every song was sold for 0.99 cents, which is approx. 60 rupees, which you can buy a decent hearty breakfast. Don’t even ask about how difficult it is to buy new CD. I remember before I had Internet in my house, I use to listen to English music on a bootleg cassette tape that my older cousin got from his friend.  To be honest, I was about 11 years old and that was when I was first exposed to English music. So if a guy like me on the other side of the world, who has the talent and the hunger for music but not the resource, then I guess that’s the only exception.

Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Hum, well if we go deep and a little personal, I have dyslexia, ADHD & bipolar disorder, but at the same time because of my life experiences, I’ve kind of developed skills to cope and be functional.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

To be honest, I have no f*n’ clue what Gilligan’s Island is!  I goggled it and it showed me a picture of a bunch of old ass people (not trying to hurt any one’s feelings, that is just my 1st honest reaction). So to answer your question I have no clue who they are or what there characters are, but if have to hook up with one of them, I’ll figure it out on the island and let you know when that happens. 😛

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

I saw vinyls in movies when I was in India. When I moved to US, I was in a music school and a friend of mine had a huge collection, he played me some and I immediately fell in love. Prior to that I had never heard of or seen a vinyl player or even a vinyl. But even though I loved it, I was never able to afford it. When I have extra money is usually goes to more gear. As a reminder of buying a vinyl player one day, I bought a vinyl album for 98 cents I bought George Benson “Breezin”. I keep it next to my table as an inspiration. 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Tempting, naaa, JK. To be honest, I’ve only heard “Baby”, and it was definitely meant for 13-year-old girls and to get him famous. I guess I would have done the same thing at that age, except it would be a rock song. 😛 haha

So to answer your question, I’d talk to the guy, try to find out who he really is behind the mask that the industry wants him to wear. Maybe collaborate and show him some real music 😛 hahaha of course we have to find a way off that island 1st 😛


What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I am a really straightforward guy, and I’m not dumb enough to fall for this gimmick of the industry. What I’m trying to say is, from the music stand point I’m really not the kind of person who enjoys that kind of music. But from the appearance perspective, a lot of people hate Miley for her new image.  I want to know if she is this girl that we all adored or this fake person. All I can say is god bless her 😛

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

Ohh easy, real voice any day. I don’t listen to music where the artist is not talented enough to perform live. To me when I go to a concert it’s like watching a movie as compared to reading a book.  You might find much more details in a book but when you want a movie its much more accelerating, same thing when listening to your favorite record or hearing it played live.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

I don’t follow the mass trends, so I don’t know what is going to be the next big thing. What I do know is that due to technology every day, more and more people are getting access to music and they are making their own fusion of different genres of music. Indian music is not all classical & Bollywood, there are artists who are making Hindi jazz-blues songs and Chinese music is not all oriental, they are fusing it with western music. So I think a new age era of different and tasty fusion is the next big thing, for me.

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Pink Floyd, I can’t get enough of them, it’s like whenever I listen to their music it takes me to a different place. It’s like they are my gateway to Narnia 😛

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I always say that ‘I am making music for myself to satisfy my needs, for personal pleasure’ but I’d really like people to like my music. I don’t care if they like me or not, I really want them to like my music, I know that’s every musicians/artists dream, but it was not mine originally.  Due to the circumstances I grew up in, I just wanted to prove to myself that I can do it; the audience came into the picture later.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

If I have to pick one then that would be School of Rock, because every time I watch it, it motivates me, makes me happy and tells me that music is what I want to do.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Be yourself and do what you think you where born to do, don’t hold back, you may not fit in the society but if you have talent and you try hard and long enough you’ll make your own social group. ‘If you’ve been given wings, that means you are meant to fly’ maybe not today, not tomorrow but with hard work one day you will, cause that’s what you are suppose to be.

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Posted by Chuck Gee - December 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

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Concert Review Judas Priest/Steel Panther @ the Ford Center, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

2014-10-22_22.08.49First off, in the famous words of the band SAXON…”DOES THIS TOWN KNOW HOW TO ROCK?” It might be better said “Does this town still know how to rock”? Did you see the lines waiting to get into the Ford Center Wednesday night? I did. They were stretched out all the way around the building and across the street! It was wonderful! When my wife and I parked in behind the “The Center’s” parking lot I noticed several tailgate parties going on! Judas Priest was cranking on one truck’s stereo system and the guys and girls were hanging out around the truck and pre drinking and getting psyched about the show!. Not hurting no one and not driving. Just waiting for the doors to the Ford Center to open. T-shirt bootleggers were crisscrossing the parking lots selling concert t-shirts at half price. It was just like the good ole days of concerts gone by. Does anyone remember those?

This was a real Damn Loud Rock show. One that was needed in an area that is over ran with bro-country bands and too many country radio stations… Not that I am hating on country, some of it is actually well written but for the most part it’s over saturated with the same lines in every song…Lines that mention: trucks, rivers/lakes, a country road, KC Lights, some kind of alcoholic drink, a hot girl, long legs and short shorts, and either a moonlight or sunrise and don’t forget to mention a country music legends’ name like Hank or Haggard….and WALLA! And repeat…But I will leave all this for another day! Back to the ROCK SHOW!

First off though… The KickActs PROPS and ROCK SALUTES to the following!

Many props needs to go out to our ROCK radio stations! Evansville Stations 103WGBF and 107.5WABX carried the rock torch and promoted this show relentlessly. Hell, even Pat Ballard and the WKTG93.9 gang also heavily promoted the show and had a contest using Judas Priest song titles in a story  and gave away tickets too and they are located in Madisonville! So the radio stations ROCKED it!



(Rated PG from here down people)

Back to the concert. The Ford Center along with Outback Concerts presented the God Fathers of Metal, “Judas “Fucking’ Priest” along with glam rockers “Steel Panther”! Judas Priest has over 40 years of experience and 50 million albums sold under their belt. They are legends. Their material is as fresh today as it was when it was released. Back in the day, you had to have “British Steel” in your record collection. “Screaming for Vengeance” was another one. “Painkiller”. The list goes on and on. Judas Priest, the ever adapting progressive metal band, when syth guitars came into play they cranked out “Turbo Lover” and many more syth guitar rock songs on their release “Turbo”. Here in 2014,  they are still releasing ground breaking albums like the newest one “Redeemer of Souls”. A world class act here in Evansville Indiana!


The opening act was LA “Calipornica” based “Steel Panther”. Boosting that they have had over 20,000 YouTube views! LOL… A band that has taken the over indulgences of the 80’s glam/rock metal bands and repackaged it and made a comedic Rated PG-13? gig out of it. The band comes complete with guy liner and over the top wigs! These guys are highly talented musicians and pretty freakin’ humorous too!  The songs are spoofs like “Death to all but metal”. With the play on “butt” of course. Then there’s P****whipped, “Asian Hookers”, “Glory Hole” and one of their more popular ballads’ “Community Property” with the famous chorus line that goes ” My heart belongs to you, but my **** is Community Property”. lol…Probably not too cool and a bit much for the young kids in the audience though! I would say, think more like in the lines of the movies “American Pie”, “Porkies”, and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” type tone…You know, “dick” humor…They hit on all the clichés and poked fun at themselves along with the 80’s era. The bass player Lexxi Roxx even did a standard 80’s bass solo “called “hair solo” and just played an open E on his bass while playing with his hair! We all know bass players played more than just one string but its fun to poke fun at! Great set and I could have watched a full show from them. I get it and it’s awesome!




Steel Panther was a great warm up band but we all know who we came for! Judas Priest! Thanks to the internet I knew that when Black Sabbath’s “WAR PIGS” came over the front house system it was show time! I have to admit, to the 15 year old inter kid in me, hearing the crowd singing to War Pigs was touching to my metal heart! The curtain dropped and they kicked into “Dragonaut” off the new album “Redeemer of Souls”! From the word go it was a well oiled classic Priest show! They know how to rock! Are they older? Hell yes but so are we but no denying music makes us young again. I saw plenty of young and young at heart metal fans there! The Priest ripped out many of their classic hits and well as some deeper cuts. One of my favorites is “Beyond the Realms of Death” off the Stained Class album! They played “Metal Gods”, Another Thing Coming”, “Turbo Lover”,” Victim of Changes”, “Love Bites”, “Jaw Breaker” (not in that order just recalling off the top of my head)…And then…The Stage went dark…thick fog was rolling in…and then you heard it…


The Harley motorcycle started up!!! As Rob was warming up the engine on that suicide machine you could feel the tension rise! It’s loud pipes racking off the sound system and bouncing around the arena walls! As he rode it out on stage the band broke into “Hell Bent for Leather“!. Fucking A for AWESOME!

  Judas Priest came back out for two encore songs! “Living After Midnight” and “Defenders of the Faith”. It was a great night for Heavy Metal!



Before the show and really afterwards, I looked around and saw many “metal heads” that I had seen at rock concerts back in the day when Evansville seemed to have a great rock show once a month. I don’t know these people as coworkers or friends per se but we have something in common. The music. We all acknowledged each other with the typical “what’s up” gesture but we’re all brothers and sisters in rock. We support the cause…The numbers were small but we were there…

eric211  The show was undersold. It’s a known fact that for some reason rock/metal shows no longer do well in Evansville. It was also on a Wednesday night but are we really too old to get out and enjoy it? I think not. Was it advertised well? In some ways yes. The radio stations I mentioned did their part if not more…

103WGBF even had a special ticket price with Ticketmaster for one day where you could get a ticket for 30 bucks! You couldn’t beat that folks! My ticket was on the floor, B section middle of the stage and I only paid 70.00 for it. So I paid 150.00 for two seats on the floor. Someone on my Facebook page said the tickets were too high… I just went to Ticketmaster and looked up Eric Church’s show. Same Ford Center, same seating area my wife and I were in. Keep in mind I paid full price at Ticketmaster for the Priest tickets…Here is Eric Church’s ticket prices for the same area. If you can’t make it out, it’s $908.00 for 2 tickets! Talk about scalping someone! Sad thing is, someone will pay those prices.

I know ad space is pricey. So let’s get that out of the way. But you have Facebook and posting daily is free. The Ford Center has a Facebook page. As of today (10/24/2014) it has 20,073 “Likes” and been visited 87,563 times. Those are great stats! Congrats! But you hosted Judas Priest and what did you do? You announced the show on July 17th and a few times after that. Then when the show neared you stopped the free advertising via posting on Facebook on your own page. From September 30th until October 16th, no mention of the Judas Priest show on your Facebook page. You posted up and coming shows like Miranda Lambert and Eric Church. Both of those shows are scheduled after the Judas Priest concert. It’s as if you guys just abandoned the show. I sent you a message asking about it on September 15th. No reply but the next day you posted about the show. I can’t tell you what to do but you know Facebook is a great free advertising tool. It wasn’t used for the Judas Priest show. I am not hating, just the facts…



Denise, LaDonna, David and me…

I had a great time at the show. I attended it with my wife Denise and my brother David and his girlfriend LaDonna. It had been a long time since my brother and I attended a concert together so the night was very special to me…The thing is, yea, the guys in Priest are older. K.K. Downing has retired and has been replaced with Richie Faulkner, a younger guitar slinger that is badass. But in reality, it’s about us an individuals’ more importantly. Are we really that old in our 40’s or 50’s? Most of the guys in Judas Priest are in their mid 60’s. The Rolling Stones are in their 70’s and they are still playing. Touring isn’t easy…So what’s our excuse for not going?

If you have been blessed with good health why head for the rocking chair early? Why not play “Kick the can“. Why not live while you are alive? So what if you are up a little later one night in a year at a rock show? I saw the guys and the  girls there. Young and older. We are the  Defenders of the faith along with Judas Priest. Who gives a crap if your not 21 anymore? Had a couple of kids and your not 36/24/36 anymore? I saw younger ladies and MILFS/GILFS dressed up in leather or dressed nice. I saw the newer young generation metal guys taking the torch. I saw the older metal guys with a lot less hair than they used to have and maybe the standard 40ish belly instead of the “six packs showing” it’s “six packs hiding”. The leather jacket they have had for years doesn’t quite fit like it used to but… They are “Defenders of the Faith”. All of them. Every damn one of them…

Never let anyone tell you that you are too old. If they do, tell them, well just show them. Wear what you wanna wear. Grow your hair how you wanna grow it. Be you. Who the hell wrote the book on growing up anyway? Be responsible but live dammit…Just live! If its metal….Get your ass off the couch and support the shows. If it’s country you like….do the same. But do something. What did ole Red say in Shawshank Redemption??? Get busy living or get busy dying…

Anyway, I’m off the soapbox now… I posted this question on my Facebook page after the show. Please feel free to respond or comment…

I am currently writing about the Judas Priest concert last night for Kick Acts. if you attended the show “what are your thoughts”. I will use some of them in the article. Comment below or PM me.

Here are some of the replies…

It was GREAT to hear the old Preist songs but sadly…Steel Panther pushed the entertainment factor out of their reach. Singing along with iconic metal legend Judas Preist wasn’t nearly as fun for me as laughing along with Steel Panther and their refreshing approach to cock rock.
Keith Alvey Maybe they should’ve used the center instead. Just a thought not sure the light rig would’ve fit.
Allen Tate Overall, I thought it was a great show. Both bands delivered. It was disappointing to see so many empty seats but not surprising. The only two places I noticed any advertising for this show was on WGBF and WABX. Maybe if they’d have advertised on the local TV stations there would have been a few more seats filled.
Kim Veazey-Wood I had tickets and sold them I won them. If it had been on a weekend I would have went but im to old to go partying at a rock concert and who did they think was gonna go see judas priest..the old rockers Just a thought
Kevin Book Steel Panther is good for what they do, but they’re basically a comic act and it gets old real quick. I just don’t have any interest in watching old rockers get up there and try to act like it’s 1976 anymore…I saw Priest several times back when they were the baddest in the world…that’s good enough for me. No wonder it was such a lame crowd.
Rodney Beasley Uh Kevin Book…If you had been there last night you would see they are still the baddest in the world. 🙂 Amazing show!!!
Charles Dicus Lame crowd as far as numbers, but those there were far from lame. And as for Priest being old rockers…they proved last night that old or not, they still kick ass. There’s so many factors to look at. First, this town pays to see entertainers, not legends or artists. They should of played the Center, but from what I heard, they have a contract with VenuWorks to play their establishments in various cities. So the way it was explained to me…whatever money was lost here will be made up someplace else.

I remember just years ago (2002+), Motley, Def Lep, KISS…playing Roberts to huge crowds. So what happened?

I’m always baffled by “fans” around here. I know people that travel across Europe to see their bands. Hell, I know some people here who would rather make the trek to Nashville or Louisville to see the same artist that is playing in Evansville. What does that say?
If there was a Led Zeppelin reunion at the Ford Center…the place would probably sell out, with Evansville residents buying MAYBE a 1/4 of the seats (if they knew about the show). All others would be from out of town, state or country.


Doug Sauls I hate to say this Chuck but I didn’t even know Judas Priest was coming to Evansville! Like you said there are many free ways of getting the word out so I will say that a lot of people just didn’t know about it.

Benny Sauls Evansville demographics no longer support rock shows. It does not matter how long the artist has been around, it is about what demographic our area now represents and unfortunately it is no longer rock music. Country acts and more main stream artists will always do better here for that reason alone. How does that change? The people that refuse to go see the few rock shows that do come to town have to get out and support a show when feasible. Even the minor major tours that hit The Centre and The Victory.

Dave Lutz They actually advertised on TV. I saw several times and hardly watch TV. Probably would have done a bit better had they teamed JP with another Classic Metal act and not Steel Panther. SP great musicians but pretty vulgar and most people have no clue who they are. Heard JP killed it and I went back and forth on whether or not to go. Would have gone if they would have put say Lynch Mob or Dokken or Saxon or somebody like that on the bill with JP. JMO which really means……Nothing!

Karen Clayton Beasley Well, I enjoyed the show very much but I was quite disappointed in the small crowd that showed up. I’m sure there are many reasons for the lack of fans there, including it being held on a weeknight, we are ALL getting older, the lack of a more popular opening act, and tickets were not cheap! Even though I did have a great time and I love JP, I was a bit disappointed in some of the songs they chose to perform. Of course, they had to do the songs from the new album and they did do a few of the classic Priest tunes…Screaming for Vengeance, Breakin’ the Law, Turbo Lover, You’ve Got Another Thing Coming, Metal Gods, Living After Midnight, and Hell Bent for Leather. IF they had added Diamonds and Rust, and Green Manalishi, this chick would have been even happier! I say KUDOS to Judas Priest for STILL rockin’ the stage even after 40 years of being Metal Gods. Seeing JP last night was also kind of a “flashback” to a time gone by. I enjoyed every minute of the show with my rock star husband (Rodney Beasley) and I am glad we had the chance to see yet another JP show. Horns up!!

Brad Linzy I saw Priest and Steel Panther at Louder Than Life here in Louisville. Both kicked ass. Only bands that were as good as those two were Mastadon and Limp Bizkit.



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Posted by Chuck Gee - October 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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Gene Simmons said …”Rock is Dead”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

He recently did an interview with Nick Simmons for Esquire magazine… Gene’s advice for future rock stars is to “not quit your day job”.  I actually think he is right about this one. The Rock music business is in shambles. Comments welcome and expected from fellow musicians :). chuck untitled Here’s an excerpt.

“Don’t quit your day job is a good piece of advice,” Gene began. “When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain. Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next BEATLES, [THE ROLLING] STONES, Prince, [Jimi] Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way. There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead.

“Rock is finally dead.


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Posted by Chuck Gee - September 5, 2014 at 6:33 AM

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Vince Gill’s take on music pricing…, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

So, do you agree with Vince? Post in the comments. Let’s discuss…



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Posted by Chuck Gee - September 4, 2014 at 6:59 AM

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TANTRIC TO RELEASE “BLUE ROOM ARCHIVES” ON SEPTEMBER 30TH, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


Alternative rockers Tantric will release a compilation of new, unreleased,
and acoustic material under the title of “Blue Room Archives” on September
30 through Pavement Entertainment.
This new release will follow up 2013’s highly successful 5th studio album
“37 Channels”, and includes acoustic versions of the classic Tantric hits
“Breakdown” and “Mourning”, as well as, the brand new single “Cynical”. A
streaming version of the new single can be heard here:
The title for the album comes from Tantric’s home studio “The Blue Room”
where much production work and song writing have taken place over the
band’s extensive career.
Lead vocalist and frontman* Hugo Ferreira *comments: ” This isn’t so much
a premeditated album, but a collection of music I have done that I always
loved extremely but never found a place for.  It’s songs in their purest
form, no flashy production or elaborate theme. Imagine it as a mix tape of
songs I wrote or co-wrote that stand alone uniquely. A inside view of the
other side of a tantric state of mind.”
*Please post as a news item. Hugo is also available for interviews!*
  “Blue Room Archives” track listing:
  1. Cynical
2. Breakdown (Acoustic)
3. Abuse Me
4. Don’t Let It Win
5. Fall To The Ground (Remix)
6. Mind Control (Remix)
7. Mourning (Acoustic)
8. Nothing At All
9. Mourning After
10. Indiscretion
11. Flip A Coin

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Sixty Four East 2014 tour dates!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0


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Kickacts interviews Axel Jordan!, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Recently James Lowe from Kickacts Magazine sat down with one of the very exciting artists on the scene.

 Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found at on the web.


AxelJordan pictureHello Kick Acts!  My name is AxelJordan.  Musician born, raised and currently living in NYC … Land of Creativity!  You can find me online via my website,  My website is a directional page so be sure to take a look at my social media icons; Facebook, instagram, youtube etc. 


Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?


Growing up in Brooklyn NY, I would say the music mostly heard around me was Hip Hop & R&B.  I can definitely say that not only influenced my music but also my outlook on life in music.   There’s a certain amount of honesty in Hip Hip and R&B.  You say what you’re feeling.  Whether it’s love or pain or anger, the music translates those emotions.  I have a lot of respect for that and the artist who do it well.  Mix that with Pop culture and you have AxelJordan!


 Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?


My best advice to give is the advice I still currently live by …  Continue doing what you’re doing.  Not everyone is going to understand it.  Not everyone is going to respect it.  And you might feel alone a lot of the time.  But in that silence and solitude, you begin to really find yourself; you begin to understand your creativity and the role it plays in the world.  So keep going  and keep striving.


 Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?


Man I have a bunch of pretty awesome stories. HA!  For a while, I would bring my guitar to pretty much every underground spot in NYC to play my music.  Didn’t matter the venue, crowd .. as long as it had a mic and a stool.  I’m talking, I went to Hip Hop music venues, Soul & Gospel venues, Rock & Roll bars.  I knew I didn’t really fit in and was often asked if I was sure I knew where I was.  But I’d stay and wait for my name to be called.   When it was I’d grab my guitar and head to the mic to sing.  Sometimes you could hear the confusion in the crowd.  Sometimes you could hear the annoyance from the crowd.  But I wanted to sing and I wanted them to hear it.  So I’d sing  it would never take long before they gave in and started to enjoy it.  I was living out my passion and creativity and for the most part other creative minds understand that and can find the joy in it.  


 On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.


Nah, I don’t have “worst gig” stories.  I mean of course, it’s a gig presentation of creativity and it doesn’t always come out the way you’d like but it’s all just to get better from.  So no worst gig stories for me.


Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?


Creatively speaking, once you open up the doors of your creativity, it all comes pouring out.  So I spend most of time learning about that.  I make clothes, I paint. I dance.  I do love to learn so I’m always open to new knowledge.  And I love to have fun too.  I like bowling and watching comedy.  Anything funny has my immediate attention.


What do you think about the present music scene or lack of? Care to address that?


I don’t get to caught up in those arguments.  The music is the music.

  It’s hard enough for musicians and artist alivento truly express themselves and get noted for it.  Why spend time trying to break that down because it might not be something we personally understand?  Instead, I choose to appreciate the music and even the commentators.  The judgements are equally as important as the praise.  If understood and appreciated, they both lead you in path with the best you.  


Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls… Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why?  


Why choose just one???  What about all three???  Mary Ann is a cutie though … something about those pigtails …


Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!


This past month I got the chance to release my first music video for my debut single “Release You”.  Working on, shooting and releasing the video was such a great step for me in my career thus far.  I’ve been singing and working on music since I was a kid and to see my music & my vision come to life in that video was really pretty awesome.  I am truly blessed and grateful for that.  If you haven’t done so, check it out on my website,

Looking forward to making more and the release of my album in the Spring 2014.


Till then,

Keep Loving & Keep Shining!


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KickActs interviews “For The Life Of Me”, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Recently James Lowe from Kickacts Magazine sat down with one of the very exciting artists on the scene.

Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and were you can be found at on the web.

What’s up, this is Austin, I play guitar in the rock n’ roll band, For The Life Of Me from Portland, Oregon. We can be found at and and at Our EP ‘Closure’ is up on itunes and amazon mp3.


Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. He is a lyrical and creative genius. He has a huge catalog of work and still continues to find new words and new music for his expression that never gets old. Sigur Ros… ultimately, probably my favorite band. When ( ) came out in 2002 it blew me away, opened my eyes to all new kinds of music, and became a huge influence. I didn’t think I would ever hear any other music like it and so far I’ve been right.


Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?

You can’t avoid pitfalls. They’re always going to be there, probably 2-1, you just have to keep at it. Keep practicing, keep bouncing back, and keep doing what you do. Don’t change your style to fit in or try to emulate anyone else.


 Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?

In a previous band we had our “farewell show” and sold out the smaller, mid-size venue of around 500 people or so with the help of some of our friends’ bands. That was one of the best feelings I ever had. Knowing that many people wanted to come out for just a local show.


On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.

I’m not sure I could name one specific worst show. More like worst shows…plural. I remember a few when I was much younger. One where I completely forgot a lengthy part on the guitar so just played random stuff until the next part. It was a mess. Another time when I didn’t realize until after the song was over that I played the whole thing in the wrong tuning. When you’re on stage sometimes it’s really hard to hear everyone at the same time, so I can only imagine what it sounded like to the crowd. So stupid.


Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?

Actually, the 8th grader in me still likes to send random emails with (.)(.) to my coworkers. I really love movies and have way too many dvds. I also like stealing coasters from restaurants and bars. The most prized one so far is from the ice bar in Las Vegas. I think they charge like $6 for one in the gift shop. So it doesn’t even come from the actual bar. Screw that.FTLOM2


 What do you think about the present music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Sucks. Less and less people are playing real instruments or singing with their real voices. Electronic drum tracks, programmed guitar, auto-tune… Lots of people will defend it, saying something like “well that’s what they’re into and at least they’re being creative.” I think it’s pathetic and embarrassing to be honest. Maybe (hopefully) that’s just around here. (editor note: I couldn’t agree more!)


 Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear… Like their hobbies or something like that…

Jeff loves monster trucks and big game hunting, Chris is a big time graphic designer for Beyonce and the like, I love cold weather like most people love warm weather and enjoy going to see movies by myself, Lee loves running in marathons and sometimes jogs in place during practice.


Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls… Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why?

Well definitely not Ginger. That’s pretty much self-explanatory. I’m not the grandma type so not Mrs. Howell. Obviously it’s Mary Ann if the professor is totally out.


Our last one is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

I just want to go on record and say that general academia and the accepted timeline of world history is appalling. Especially in America where we’re supposed to believe that North and Central America were only “discovered” around 500 years ago. That’s ridiculous. Just in general, human civilization goes back much, much further than described in text books. One of a million examples is how the great pyramids and the sphinx are said to have been built by the Egyptians around 2500 BC. Sorry to them, but no. There is heavy rainwater erosion all over the sphinx. When has it ever rained regularly in Egypt? Before a major pole shift and climate change that happened a little over 12,000 years ago, which dates the sphinx to roughly 10,500 BC. Look it up. Chew on that a bit.(editor note: good stuff!)


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