I was lucky enough to be there for metal’s biggest night again this year. Check out my piece for GRAMMY.com, an my black carpet interviews below. RIP Jeff Hanneman. The last time I saw him play with Slayer was the day after my mom’s funeral. Here’s the last photo I took of him.
Remember Everything: Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, and Emmure @ Freeman Coliseum, 7/27/12
“Dear mother, I love you I’m sorry, I wasn’t good enough Dear Father, forgive me Cause in your eyes, I just never added up In my heart I know I failed you, but you left me here alone” ~Remember Everything, 5FDP I stood in front of Freeman Coliseum and took a deep breath. It had [...]
Something To Die For: Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, 3 Inches of Blood @ Sunken Garden, 8/15/10
15 years ago, at age 15, I went to my first rock show sans parental supervision at Sunken Garden in San Antonio. It was to see Bush, The Toadies, and Hum. I remember waiting in line to get in and feeling like the youngest person there. I recall how people were dressed – frayed flannel [...]
18 and Life: Mayhem Fest: Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Chimaira, 3 Inches of Blood @ Shoreline Amphitheater, 7/11/10
Dear 18 year old me, I’m writing you from 12 years in the future, where everything and nothing is the same, and your life is about to come to one of those defining full circle moments. You’re about to graduate high school and leave that small town you hate. I’m about to move back there. [...]
The ‘Shock and Raw‘ tour got off to an interesting start. After tour headliners Five Finger Death Punch’s record release party in Las Vegas last weekend, lead guitarist Zoltan Bathory went missing. After a couple days of speculation, and a fast approaching first day of the tour, he surfaced; unscathed and with little explanation. I [...]