Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Prime Shots: Tenacious D

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on May 28, 2012

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Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D – often shortened to “The D” – returned to Vancouver on Sunday night, performing for a packed crowd at the PNE Amphitheatre. The comedy metal duo is touring on their third studio album, 2012’s Rize of the Fenix.


Prime Shots: Apocalyptica

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on May 23, 2012

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Paavo Lötjönen of Finnish cello metal group Apocalyptica performs in the shadows of the Commodore Ballroom. Tuesday marked the first time since 2008 that the band performed in Vancouver.


Hardcore Hastings – A Brief History of Punk in Vancouver

Posted in Music, Punk by Jacob Zinn on May 8, 2012

JRNL 4270 – Advanced Storytelling

The Downtown Eastside – referred to as Canada’s poorest postal code – is considered the home of Vancouver’s punk community and arguably the start of the hardcore subgenre.

Hardcore Hastings briefly looks at the culture of Vancouver punk in the Downtown Eastside from the late ’70s to the early ’80s, when acts like D.O.A. and the Subhumans took a faster, rougher sound out of Vancouver and into the world.

This short documentary features interviews with Bev Davies, renowned concert photographer; Phil Addington, bassist of the new wave band Insex; and Wendy Thirteen, concert promoter and major supporter of local punk music.

They discuss the roots of punk and hardcore in the city, the atmosphere of historic DTES venues such as the Smilin’ Buddha and the neighbourhood’s notorious reputation.

  • Black & White Photos courtesy of Bev Davies
  • Archival Footage courtesy of Martyn Stubbs
  • Thanks to the Museum of Vancouver for access to the Smilin’ Buddha sign

Prime Shots: Van Halen

Posted in Classic Rock, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on May 8, 2012

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David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen get up close during “Unchained”, the opener to Van Halen’s sold-out performance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Monday. The band is touring on their 2012 album, A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with Roth since 1984’s 1984.


Tour Alert: Aerosmith & Cheap Trick Global Warming Tour

Posted in Classic Rock, Music by Jacob Zinn on March 28, 2012

JUN
16
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
JUN
19
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena
JUN
22
Chicago, IL
United Center
JUN
27
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
JUL
01
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Coliseum
JUL
03
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
JUL
05
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
JUL
07
Milwaukee, WI
Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest
JUL
17
Boston, MA
TD Garden
JUL
21
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
JUL
24
East Rutherford, NJ
IZOD Center
JUL
26
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
JUL
28
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
JUL
30
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
AUG
01
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
AUG
04
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
AUG
06
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
AUG
08
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome

Get out the sunscreen – this’ll be one scorcher of a summer tour.

Aerosmith will heat up U.S. audiences this June, July and August on their aptly named Global Warming tour.

“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance,” said frontman Steven Tyler.

Following a string of sold-out shows in South America, the Bad Boys from Boston announced their first return to North America since 2010. They’ve scheduled 17 dates in the U.S. and one in Canada.

The hard-rocking five-piece will be supported by Illinois rockers Cheap Trick, a band that was to accompany Aerosmith on the third leg of the Rockin’ the Joint Tour in 2005 until Tyler required throat surgery.

The first leg of the tour starts in Minneapolis and wraps up in Tacoma. Tickets for most shows go on sale this weekend through Ticketmaster and Live Nation.


Tour Alert: Dragonforce North American Tour Dates

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Tour Alert by Jacob Zinn on March 9, 2012

APR
21
Worcester, MA
The Palladium
APR
22
New York, NY
Gramercy Theatre
APR
23
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of the Living Arts
APR
25
Montreal, QC
Le National
APR
26
London, ON
London Music Hall
APR
27
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave
APR
28
Minneapolis, MN
First Avenue
APR
29
Winnipeg, MB
West End Cultural Centre
MAY
01
Edmonton, AB
The Starlite Room
MAY
02
Calgary, AB
Republik
MAY
04
Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom
MAY
05
Seattle, WA
El Corazon
MAY
06
Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theater
MAY
08
San Francisco, CA
Slim’s
MAY
10
Hollywood, CA
Troubadour
MAY
11
Anaheim, CA
House of Blues

U.K. power metallers Dragonforce – best known for the finger-aching, ragequit-inducing fretshredder “Through the Fire of Flames” made popular by Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock – announced Thursday the dates of the their upcoming North American tour this spring.

The band will be fronted by its new lead singer, Marc Hudson, on their new album, The Power Within, out April 17.

The tour starts at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Massachusetts and wraps up at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, with stops at such iconic venues as Seattle’s El Corazon, Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and Hollywood’s Troubadour on the Sunset Strip.

Tickets for most shows go on sale this weekend via Ticketmaster and Live Nation.


Prime Shots: Megadeth

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on February 21, 2012

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine riffs through the band’s opening song, “Trust”, at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre Monday night on the B.C. stop of their 2012 Gigantour with Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil.
Review: Megadeth and Motörhead bang heads in Abbotsford


Tour Alert: Iron Maiden North American Tour Dates

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Tour Alert by Jacob Zinn on February 18, 2012

JUN
21
Charlotte, NC
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
JUN
23
Atlanta, GA
Aarons Amphitheatre
JUN
26
Boston, MA
Comcast Center
JUN
27
Wantagh, NY
Jones Beach
JUN
29
Philadelphia, PI
Susquehanna Bank Center
JUN
30
Washington, DC
Jiffy Lube Live
JUL
02
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
JUL
05
Chicago, IL
First Midwest Bank
JUL
08
Quebec, QC
Colisee Pepsi Arena
JUL
11
Montreal, QC
Bell Center
JUL
13
Toronto, ON
Molson Amphitheatre
JUL
14
Sarnia, ON
Bayfest
JUL
16
Buffalo, NY
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
JUL
18
Detroit, MI
DTE Music Theatre
JUL
19
Indianapolis, IN
Klipsch Music Centre
JUL
24
Winnipeg, MB
MTS Center
JUL
26
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
JUL
27
Edmonton, AB
Rexall Place
JUL
29
Vancouver, BC
Pacific Coliseum
JUL
30
Auburn, WA
White River Amphitheatre
AUG
01
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Amphitheatre
AUG
03
San Francisco, CA
Shoreline Amphitheatre
AUG
06
Phoenix, AZ
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
AUG
09
Irvine, CA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
AUG
12
Albuquerque, NM
Hard Rock Pavilion
AUG
13
Denver, CO
Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
AUG
15
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
AUG
17
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
AUG
18
Houston, TX
The Woodlands

Earlier this week, British metal greats Iron Maiden announced the North American dates of their Maiden England World Tour.

This 29-stop trek (with more dates to be announced) will mimic the live concert VHS Maiden England, shot in November 1988 when the band was touring on the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The set list will likely include most or all of the following Maiden classics:

  • Moonchild
  • The Evil That Men Do
  • The Prisoner
  • Still Life
  • Die With Your Boots On
  • Infinite Dreams
  • Killers
  • Can I Play With Madness?
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Wasted Years
  • The Clairvoyant
  • Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
  • The Number Of The Beast
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name
  • Iron Maiden

Lead singer Bruce Dickinson commented in the press release, “Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original track list of Maiden England, including some songs we have not played live in a very, very long time.”

Shock rocker Alice Cooper will open for Maiden on all shows up to July 21, at which time he will separately tours Europe. After July 21, Maiden will be accompanied by Coheed and Cambria.

Tickets for most shows go on sale March 2 and 3. When possible, the band will sell paperless tickets to counter scalping efforts.


Prime Shots: Iced Earth

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on February 15, 2012

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Stu Block, the new frontman of Iced Earth, pushes his vocal chords during the heavy metal band’s set at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Valentine’s Day. The group is currently on a co-headlining tour with progressive metal pioneers Symphony X.
Review: Symphony X and Iced Earth share stage in Vancouver


Stuff Your Dad Likes: Power Ballads

Posted in Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, Stuff Your Dad Likes by Jacob Zinn on February 7, 2012
Jacob Zinn can’t give you fatherly advice, but he can eat your girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day candy.

You know it’s coming up soon. That one day per year when you’re either in love and affectionate or you’re lonely and miserable: Valentine’s Day.

With February the 14th approaching, couples young and old are giving each other flowers, planning romantic evenings and buying lubricant by the bottle. While you might be courting someone with chocolate and roses, your dad may’ve courted your mom with power ballads.

Extreme’s “More Than Words”. Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home”. Cinderella’s “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”. The sole purpose of these songs was to get into women’s pants. Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” may be the sappiest, most cliché power ballad of the era, but it opened a lot of… opportunities.

There’s a good chance you might have been conceived to one of these songs.

However, odds are your dad had better taste in power ballads than the hair metal ones. Aerosmith’s “What It Takes” or “Angel” might’ve been rotating on his record player.

Or maybe he was more upfront with sexually explicit and implicit songs like Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” or AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Perhaps he traded Warrant’s “Heaven” for a slice of that sweet “Cherry Pie”. (Oh yeah!)

Either way, power ballads got him laid. He may not like power ballads, but the down-tempo, three-chord, lyricized high school love notes were saturated with just enough passion to bring star-crossed lovers together. And if your parents got married in the late ‘80s, you can bet someone requested “I’ll Be There for You” by Bon Jovi at their wedding.

Now that power ballads are often only played as joke songs at weddings and karaoke nights, they’re no longer the genre of choice for bedding mates.

But your dad doesn’t know that. If he digs out his crate of vinyl records from the basement, it might be to set the tone of the evening.

Whether or not you have a date on Valentine’s Day, I highly suggest that you make plans to go out and stay out past curfew until you’re certain both of your parents are asleep. You’ll thank me later.


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