Sunday, November 11, 2018

John Carpenter Made This Halloween the Best Ever


I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this actually happened. On Halloween night, I got see my favorite director of all time, who also happens to be one of my favorite musicians of all time, in concert. And I got to seem him with my writing partner Jolene Haley, as well as a group of our friends. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.



It's hard for me to put into words how much of an impact and influence the work of John Carpenter has had on my life. Every story I have ever written is inspired in some way by his films and his music. If you're a Carpenter fan and have read my work, you'll see how much I wear those influences on my sleeve.



Jolene is a die hard Carpenter fan as well. Her favorite horror move ever is Halloween, and the Woodsview Murders series we write together is heavily influenced by that film.

So, seeing John Carpenter stroll out onto the stage at the Hollywood palladium with his son Cody and the rest of the band was just like a dream for me. And he started with maybe my favorite theme of them all:

Escape from New York sets a high bar as a starter, but Carpenter's work is so consistently great, that the setlist just went from one hit to another. He also sprinkled in some of the best cuts from his LOST THEMES albums, including my favorite, "Vortex." Here's the setlist:

Escape From New York: Main Title
Assault on Precinct 13: Main Title
Village of the Damned: March of the Children
The Fog: Main Title Theme
Vortex
Mystery
They Live: Coming to L.A.
Starman: Starman Leaves (Jack Nitzsche cover)
The Thing: Main Theme - Desolation (Ennio Morricone cover)
Distant Dream
Big Trouble in Little China: Pork Chop Express
Halloween Triumphant
Halloween Theme - Main Title
In the Mouth of Madness: In the Mouth of Madness
Encore:
Body Bags: The Coroner's Theme
Vampires: Santiago
Prince of Darkness: Darkness Begins
Christine: Christine Attacks (Plymouth Fury)

What made the experience so all-encompassing was the fact that each score was accompanied by movie clips that basically took you through each story. It was like re-watching Carpenter's entire catalog while listening to the soundtracks. And it was life, in front of a packed house, with screaming fans.

I honestly thought I would never get to see John Carpenter in concert, as he doesn't do a ton of dates, and usually doesn't play anywhere near me. But the stars aligned, and I got to see one of my idols, on my favorite night of the year, with some of my favorite people in the world. I will never forget it.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 29--Dio and Red Dragon Cartel



Opening Act: 
The End: Machine album due in June
Ozzy on tour with Megadeth this Spring
Top 30 Guitarists (All That Shreds)
Kansas fans are great
Riverdale pays homage to Dokken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=146&v=hKq_dkapY7k)

Ear Candy: 
Dio--Master of the Moon (2004)
Red Dragon Cartel--Patina (2018)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin Atcha Live:
John Carpenter at the Hollywood Palladium 10/31

Rockversation: Geoff Downes
Matt recently spoke with the legendary musician and songwriter about his work with The Buggles, Asisa, Yes and more. NOTE: Matt's cats make several cameo appearances on this one.

Bonus Track: Fiction Syxx--Tall Dark Secrets
You can keep up with the band at www.fictionsyxxrocks.com, and you can preorder their upcoming album and get some coll bonus stuff at www.melodicrock.com/tags/fiction-syxx.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Thrash It Out Vol 4, Track 5: PRINCE OF THE POVERTY LINE by Skyclad


In which Antony and I discuss the 1994 folk metal concept album from one of the pioneers of the genre.You can listen to and download the episode here. And if you want to join in the discussion, head over to our Facebook group here.

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Your homework for next episode is Royal Thunder's CVI.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 27--Slash and The Police


Opening Act:
Megadeth announce Megacruise
Pearl Jam reveals anti-homelessness campaign
Stephen Pearcy apologized for intoxicated performance
Brian seeing John Carpenter on Halloween

Ear Candy:
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators--Living the Dream (2018)
The Police--Synchronicity (1983)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin Atcha Live:
Flotsam and Jetsam

Rockversation: Craig Goldy (Part 2)
Matt spoke with the Giuffria and Dio guitarist about his career in music as well as his new project, Dream Child. Keep up with Craig at www.facebook.com/craig.goldy, and with Dream Child at www.facebook.com/DreamChildRock.

Bonus Track: Snakes in Paradise—Will You Remember Me
From the newly-released album Step Into the Light, which is out now on Frontiers Records.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Power Chords Podcast: Track 26--Warrant and Dream Child



Opening Act:
Krokus Retiring in their 45th Year
Sammy Hagar reveals final album title
Saxon celebrating 40 years in 2019
Warrant Oct 18th at the Wolf Den
House of Lords upcoming dates

Ear Candy:
Warrant--Louder, Harder Faster (2017)
Dream Child--Until Death Do We Meet Again (2018)

Six Degrees of Frankie B.

Comin Atcha Live:
Helloween at the Worcester Palladium 9/14

Rockversation: Craig Goldy (Part 1)
Matt spoke with the Giuffria and Dio guitarist about his career in music as well as his new project, Dream Child. Keep up with Craig at www.facebook.com/craig.goldy, and with Dream Child at www.facebook.com/DreamChildRock.

Bonus Track: Uriah Heep--Knocking at My Door
From the new album Living the Dream, out now.

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