Diary of a Madman: 10th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit & Concert featuring Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne @ Club Nokia, 5/12/14

This was my 4th year attending this event, and it is a surreal, cool one-off show made even better because it is all done to support a great cause. MusiCares is the “safety net” that steps in when one of those elements of the trifecta know as Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n’ Roll gets a […]

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One: What it’s like to be in the pit on music’s biggest night, The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards @ Staples Center, 1/26/14

I’ve said “this is a once in a lifetime opportunity” to myself an uncountable number of times in my life over the past decade; as the quote in that movie goes, I’ve done twice the things I’ve said I did. But it was still hard to wrap my head around the fact that this would […]

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The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Rock Winners

OK…before we even get to who won last night, I have to continue to express how exciting it was to have some hard rock/metal bands featured on the GRAMMY telecast this year!  To see Metallica and Lang Lang with their pyro, and Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age with Dave Grohl on […]

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Top 5 Most Iconic GRAMMY Moments in Rock

1. The first GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance was given in 1988…and Jethro Tull won for “Crest of a Knave” over Metallica, AC/DC, Iggy Pop, and Jane’s Addiction. The award was presented by Alice Cooper and Lita Ford, and a couple of snakes. This moment is the most iconic and discussed GRAMMY moment in […]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls: The 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards @ Club Nokia, 5/2/13

I was lucky enough to be there for metal’s biggest night again this year. Check out my piece for, 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.

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Through The Never: Orion Music + More / Metallica, Eric Church, The Sword, Baroness, Landmine Marathon, Ghost, A Place to Bury Strangers, Kyng, and more @ Bader Field in Atlantic City, 6/23-24/12

Hi. I’ve already got a piece up on about this…but it had to be edited down and there was just too much to say about this weekend. So here’s more. 1. Traveling to Atlantic City takes too long for people who live in most of the world. Also, Atlantic City is evil, and not […]

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Fade To Black: Metallica, Machine Head, Volbeat @ HP Pavilion (the Shark Tank) 12/12/09

It was at about 2pm when I got the call. As soon as the caller ID popped up that it was my mom, I knew. Mom doesn’t randomly call me on a Saturday afternoon. My grandfather had just passed away. It wasn’t a surprise. In fact, when I first heard the words, I felt very […]

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Death Magnetic: Metallica / Machine Head / Volbeat @ The Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, 12/5/09

It was through the kindness of someone who I met through my NIN pieces that allowed me to follow one more tour before the year is up: first NIN, then Mayhem Fest, then Masto/klok, Rob Zombie, and now Metallica/Machine Head. I was eleven years old when Metallica’s Black Album came out. It was one of […]

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Metallica, Lamb of God, The Sword @ Oracle Arena, 12/20/08

In 1992, when I was 12 years old, I asked my parents if I could go see the Metallica and Guns ‘n Roses show (which was supposed to be supported by Nirvana) in Houston. They told me, “sure, if you wear a football helmet”. I said, “no problem”. They rescinded the offer. Fast forward to […]

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Bridge School Benefit (Neil Young, Metallica, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Waits, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara, Regina Spektor), Shoreline Amphitheater, 10/28/07

Last year’s Bridge School Benefit may very well be the best concert I ever attend. Beyond stellar all-around performances by Devendra Banhart, Gillian Welch, Death Cab for Cutie, and Dave Matthews Band (who I’ve never understood beyond their fierce looking fiddler), I experienced things I had been waiting to see/hear my whole life, basically. First […]

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