Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Tour Alert: Dragonforce North American Tour Dates

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

Worcester, MA
The Palladium
New York, NY
Gramercy Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of the Living Arts
Montreal, QC
Le National
London, ON
London Music Hall
Milwaukee, WI
The Rave
Minneapolis, MN
First Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
West End Cultural Centre
Edmonton, AB
The Starlite Room
Calgary, AB
Vancouver, BC
Commodore Ballroom
Seattle, WA
El Corazon
Portland, OR
Hawthorne Theater
San Francisco, CA
Hollywood, CA
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.


HEAVY Rotation: Anvil’s “Metal on Metal”

Posted in Heavy Metal, HEAVY Rotation, Music by Jacob Zinn on September 16, 2011

Of all the Canadian heavy metal bands, Anvil is the most respected, but was once the least known.

Singer and guitarist Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner formed the beginnings of Anvil as teenagers in Reiner’s basement. They gained notoriety with their signature song, “Metal on Metal,” off of their 1982 sophomore album of the same name.

They toured the world with Bon Jovi, Scorpions and Whitesnake and outperformed the likes of Metallica and Anthrax. Then they faded into obscurity…

Lips got a 9-to-5 grind driving delivery trucks for Children’s Choice Catering and Reiner took up construction. But in their free time, they kept playing in Anvil, even if that meant performing for empty dive bars.

Anvil Discography

Hard ‘n’ Heavy (1981)
Metal on Metal (1982)
Forged in Fire (1983)
Backwaxed (1985)
Strength of Steel (1987)
Pound for Pound (1988)
Worth the Weight (1992)
Plugged in Permanent (1996)
Absolutely No Alternative (1997)
Speed of Sound (1999)
Anthology of Anvil (2000)
Plenty of Power (2001)
Still Going Strong (2002)
Back to Basics (2004)
This Is Thirteen (2007)
Juggernaut of Justice (2011)

Now we’re getting praise for never selling out and sticking to our guns.

Steve “Lips” Kudlow
Exclaim!, 2010

Their comeback is documented in 2009’s critically acclaimed Anvil! The Story of Anvil by award-winning director and long-time fan, Sacha Gervasi. The film candidly shows the band’s low and high points, following them from crowds you can count on one hand to sold-out, 20,000-person stadiums.

“Now we’re getting praise for never selling out and sticking to our guns,” said Lips of the film’s reception. “It’s a celebration. We got our notoriety on our own terms. We’ve done what we want, not what someone told us to do.”

Lips is no longer the only one who craves “Metal on Metal.” Since the film’s release, Anvil CD sales have increased in their entire back catalogue of alliterary album titles. The band has played such major rock and metal festivals as England’s Download (120,000 in attendance) and Seattle’s Bumbershoot (150,000 in attendance).

They’ve toured smaller venues in the U.S. and Canada, but are now able to make a living off on metal.

The History of Seattle’s Hard Rock

Posted in Music by Jacob Zinn on September 6, 2011

Move over, Space Needle–the Experience Music Project is the destination for tourists in Seattle, Washington.

At least, to me it is. From Hendrix to Cobain, the EMP museum has awe-inspiring exhibits and a gallery of classic guitars that provoked much heart-pounding, jaw-dropping amazement.

Now that I’ve returned from several days in Seattle, here are some photos from my trip (all rock ‘n’ roll related).

For more information on the Experience Music Project, visit their website.

A wall of famous musicians from the Sound & Vision exhibit, which features interviews with artists on hit records, concerts and related phenomena.

Smells Like Kid Spirit. (This boy sat in front of the main entrance of the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit. The contrast in his age and that of the teenagers and young adults amused me enough to take the photo. He moved his head during the snap of the shutter, which blurred his face.)

Nirvana won Best Alternative Video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. This is their Moon Man.

Eddie Van Halen’s signature Kramer Frankenstein guitar. (With all the drooling of onlookers, I understood why it’s kept behind glass.)

(This guitar with the girl painted on it intrigued me. It’s part of the If VI Was IX guitar sculpture at the Experience Music Project. Photo taken from the second floor.)

A mural at Jimi Hendrix’s memorial in Renton, Washington. Rest in peace, Johnny Allen Hendrix.

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