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Live + Photos: Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through & Black Tide @ London Alexandra Palace – 15 November 2008

November 19th, 2008

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine are playing in front of about 9,000 people. Slayer did the same thing last month but with a much stronger supporting line-up and over two nights. Some might say there is no justice.

The fact of the matter is that Bullet For My Valentine are a Top 5 charting band in the two most important countries and they sell records to the people that matter – people that actually give a shit.

Bullet sell records to the people that will also show their love for a band by actually turning up to see them play the songs on that record.

Yes, large portions of those people are very young girls, ably escorted by similarly young boys but don’t let that fool you.

Their brand of modern metalcore is absolutely not as true to traditional metal as many demand. That’s what makes is modern rather than traditional. The years don’t start with the number 19 any more, FYI.

This is a band that is going to be around for a while yet. This is no flash-in-the-pan pop band. They write real songs for real people.

Take the chap to my left in his mid-40s, for example. To him, this is as real as any metal band. His hangover, tomorrow morning, is testament to that.

Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Black Tide @ Alexandra Palace photo gallery by Graham Pentz


Sebastian Bach: “I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”

July 28th, 2008

Sebastian Bach is never knowingly understated. Sian Wynne talks to the former Skid Row frontman about forming a super-supergroup with Slash and the joys of chicks whipping their tits out whilst on tour.

Sebastian Bach Skid Row Thrash Hits

There aren’t many musicians with the wherewithal to open an interview with a screamed “YEAH!”, but Thrash Hits .com was not surprised to discover that Sebastian Bach is one of them. And we like to think he had his fist in the air when he said it.

Down a crackly hotel phone line two weeks into a US tour with Poison, the former Skid Row frontman could not sound more enthusiastic.

“I’m having the time of my life. It’s 2008, I have a new CD, I’m selling out arenas and it’s fun,” he laughs. “I’m having a great time!”

The silky-haired Axl Rose sympathiser and serial reality TV star has finally got it together for a UK release of his latest solo effort Angel Down this week. It’s no middle-aged ballad fest. At times more Judas Priest than Skid Row, it was bashed out in a measly two weeks in the studio between legs supporting Guns N’ Roses.

Watch the video to ’18 And Life’ by Skid Row

“The first Skid Row album we recorded at the Playboy resort in Wisconsin,” he tells. “We went jet skiing by day and recorded by night, and played a hell of a lot of tennis.”

“But for this album it was a pressurised situation, we had to get it done. There was no messing around. And it has that feel of a live band kickin’ ass. Not playing tennis…”

With Rose on board for three memorable duets – a cover of Aerosmith‘s ‘Back in the Saddle’ included – it would appear the high profile friendship is still on track.

“I read so much misinformation about Axl,” he says. “It makes me angry because I know the dude and what he is really like. He’s not motivated by money or fame – he’s got more than enough of both.”

Having unsuccessfully auditioned for Velvet Revolver (“But I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”), rumours continue to circulate that another Slash/Bach project is on the cards.

“Here’s the deal: I was contacted by one of the biggest musicians in rock and roll – bigger that Skid Row, bigger that Guns N’ Roses – some other mystery guy,” says Bach. “He was putting together a supergroup with Slash on guitar and he wanted me to sing.”

Watch the video to ‘Monkey Business’ by Skid Row

“It looked like it was going to happen, but it is not happening now. It may happen in the future, but it is not happening now. I want to make that clear.”

So let’s not rule it out all together.

He may have a guest role in The Gilmore Girls but it’s not all comfy armchairs and lemonade for Bach just yet.

“Last night we sold out an arena in Pikeville, Kentucky – 12,000 people,” he says. “And I’ve never heard of Pikeville, Kentucky. I didn’t know there was a Pikeville in Kentucky.”

“It’s just fucking hilarious. It’s like every chick feels compelled to whip her tits out. What a great life this is,” he laughs. “We are talking the finest women in the world. Someone actually said this to me once – Poison and Sebastian Bach on the same bill? Even chicks are getting hard-ons. Wow. For the first time in history. That’s a pretty cool thing.”

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