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.


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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: 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: 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


Tour Alert: Mastodon, Opeth & Ghost North American Dates

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Tour Alert by Jacob Zinn on February 4, 2012

APR
04
Portland, ME
State Theater
APR
05
Boston, MA
Orpheum Theater
APR
06
Montreal, QC
Metropolis
APR
07
Toronto, ON
Sony Centre
APR
09
Philadelphia, PA
Electric Factory
APR
10
Wallingford, CT
The Dome
APR
11
New York, NY
Roseland Ballroom
APR
13
Chicago, IL
Riviera Theatre
APR
14
Grand Rapids, MI
The Intersection
APR
15
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE
APR
16
Knoxville, TN
TN Theater
APR
18
Oklahoma City, OK
Diamond Ballroom
APR
19
Dallas, TX
Palladium Ballroom
APR
20
San Antonio, TX
Back Stage Live
APR
21
Corpus Christi, TX
Concrete Street
APR
23
Denver, CO
Fillmore Auditorium
APR
25
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues
APR
26
Los Angeles, CA
Gibson Amphitheatre
APR
27
Oakland, CA
Fox Theatre
APR
28
Reno, NV
Grand Sierra Resort
APR
30
Seattle, WA
The Paramount
MAY
01
Vancouver, BC
Orpheum Theatre
MAY
03
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Events Center
MAY
04
Calgary, AB
MacEwan Hall
MAY
05
Saskatoon, SK
The Odeon
MAY
06
Winnipeg, MB
Burton Cummings Theatre
MAY
09
Washington, DC
The Fillmore
MAY
10
Charlotte, NC
The Fillmore
MAY
11
Myrtle Beach, SC
House of Blues
MAY
12
Atlanta, GA
Masquerade Music Park

Last week, Atlanta sludge metal outfit Mastodon announced their North American co-headlining tour with progressive rock five-piece Opeth.

The two groups – supported by Swedish melodic heavy metal band Ghost – will trade off performing last on the 30 double-billed shows throughout the Heritage Hunter Tour, which starts April 4 in Portland, ME and wraps up in Mastodon’s hometown on May 12. Out of the seven Canadian stops, they are only set to close the Calgary show.

Their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, The Hunter, debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 charts last September and was named Album of the Year by Metal Hammer and Classic Rock Magazine. As of December, it had sold 75,133 copies in the U.S.

Mastodon’s setlist will likely include new hits such as “Black Tongue”, “Dry Bone Valley” and the Grammy-nominated single “Curl of the Burl”.

Tickets for all shows are on sale. Mastodon is scheduled to close the following 14 dates:

  • April 4 – Portland, ME
  • April 9 – Philadelphia, PA
  • April 10 – Wallingford, CT
  • April 11 – New York, NY
  • April 13 – Chicago, IL
  • April 14 – Grand Rapids, MI
  • April 15 – Pittsburgh, PA
  • April 18 – Oklahoma City, OK
  • April 25 – Las Vegas, NV
  • April 28 – Reno, NV
  • May 4 – Calgary, AB
  • May 10 – Charlotte, NC
  • May 11 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • May 12 – Atlanta, GA

Prime Shots: In Flames

Posted in Heavy Metal, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on February 1, 2012

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Anders Fridén, lead singer of melodic death metal group In Flames, reaches out to hardcore fans in the front row Monday night during the first of the band’s two shows at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. The Swedish band is credited with pioneering the heavy metal subgenre.
Review: In Flames set the Commodore on fire


Prime Shots: Steel Panther

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on January 17, 2012

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Michael Starr, lead singer of Steel Panther, bends over backwards Thursday night during “Supersonic Sex Machine”, opening the first of two sold-out shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The comedic glam band is set to embark on a headlining tour of Europe.
Review: Steel Panther goes balls out at the Ballroom


Prime Shots: The Sword

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Photography, Prime Shots by Jacob Zinn on November 25, 2011

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Kyle Shutt of The Sword bends the strings of his Gibson Les Paul during Wednesday’s show in Vancouver.

Date: November 23, 2011
Location: The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.


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