58 years ago today, Nathan Roth and Sibyl Roth celebrated the birth of their son, David. The young David would, in time, grow up to be one of the most important frontmen in American rock history. Okay, so the guitarist in his band is a more important figure in the overall history of rock, but Roth’s showmanship can’t be underestimated when it comes to the reasons how and why Van Halen became one of the biggest bands in the world during the 1980s. Anyway, it’s not his birthday today.
Well, this week Sonisphere finally broke their silence and announced some of the bands that will be playing their Spanish and Finnish festivals this year. As yet there’s still no names for Knebworth, and as Metal Hammer noted, some of the names that are playing in Madrid and Helsinki are playing Download in the UK, and therefore seem highly unlikely to make the UK edition of Sonisphere. But it got us thinking – what bands could be playing at Knebworth this year?
Sometimes people like to whisper in our ears and sometimes we are just better at the internet than other people. This all leads to us hearing about stuff way before we’re meant to. That’s how we got the scoops on Metallica and Linkin Park headlining Sonisphere Festival 2009 as well as when AC/DC self-confirmed Download Festival 2010.
This time, a little whisper found its way into our stupid heads about Def Leppard and The Darkness co-headlining Download Festival 2011. There’s a tiny little more to it than just a silly rumour though. It just depends on how hard you look…
But who’s gonna be headlining? That’s what everyone really cares about. Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are all surely out of the festival picture seeing as they’ve got their own massive shows to sell but there are still plenty of options.
Gama Bomb might well be the best thrashers to come out of Ireland… ever. Joe McGuigan is the self-proclaimed “leader of the futuristic warriors hell-bent on destroying Fightstar.” He is also the bassist of the gumby troupe.
What was your highlight of 2008?
Releasing our ace new tape, Citizen Brain and doing over 60 shows in Europe. Touring with Exodus and shoving petrol-covered rags down the gullet of non-believers.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Errrm, doing over 60 shows in Europe. Nah, nothing bad has happened to the band – it’s been an amazing year. Me? I think I hit my wee toe off the door last month.
Occasionally, a band comes along and everyone’s talking about them – one way or another. Australian newcomers, The Galvatrons are definitely one of them. Emma Edmondson finds out more about them.
Hair metal. Hard Rock. Glam metal. Cock rock. Whatever name you get a tattooist to ink on its skin those who made it, and are still flicking hairsprayed manes on stage in time to twenty-year-old hits, were more famous than Madonna in their hey day.
They rocked thrice harder than any younger than most mayflies Liber-View rip offs think they do nowadays. And, despite some of them having drug habits that’d make Johnny Thunders and Sid Vicious seem like mere amateurs, managed to sell squillions of records and gig tickets.
This live-fast-die-inebriated penchant for hedonism, synths, booze, guyliner, tats, Edam-cheesey choruses and contraceptively tight trousers isn’t history though. There’s a new bunch of hedge haired hard rockers who are wholeheartedly unashamed of being influenced by this poodle permed past – The Galvatrons.
Watch the video to ‘When We Were Kids’ by The Galvatrons
The Aussie four-piece are Van Halen for the cyberspace generation and ignited an A&R frenzy a mere four months into band fruition getting flown over UK way to play a bunch of the satans of all shows – those dreaded industry showcases. Ugh.
“They’re always weird,” admits lead singer Johnny Galvatron. He’s not wrong.
Middle-aged music know it alls standing cross armed in semi-empty atmosphere-less venues nodding nonchalantly while eyeballing a group in the hope they’ll sniff out whether it’s a sinker or seller. Gross.
The Galvatrons – completed by Manny “Maverick” (drums), Pete “Condor” (bass) and Pete “Gamma” (keyboard) – rightfully got stamped with the latter and signed a deal here before even celebrating their first birthday. Phewf.
Albeit looking like a prettier neon clad Towers Of London (the similarities end there thankfully, as there are songs and Johnny’s vocal chords actually function) it’d be small-minded laziness to write The Galvatrons off as some manufactured man band.
Johnny, who initially made his pennies down under penning pop hits for chart humping singers, found inspiration for the band, and its name, in the soundtrack to the 1986 Transformers film he found himself watching after a (very) heavy night out.
Watch an interview with The Galvatrons from Channel Bee TV
A rocker at heart JG saw the stadium potential of combining his pop genius with those rock roots.
“I’d always been a straight rock kid,” he explains. “I wanted to kind of take everything I’d learnt about modern synths and create this electronic rock band and make really inspirational happy cinematic rock. I used to play all the heavy stuff but I realised I wasn’t that angry, actually have quite a nice life and was enjoying myself.”
The product? Laden with more synths than a Europe anthem their debut single, ‘When We Were Kids’, is a full on disco-imploding guilty pleasure that should be blasting dancefloors new earholes from their hometown of Melbourne to Manchester if people have any sense.
In fact, if it was anymore danceable you could put a pair of tap shoes on it and call it Fred Astaire. End of.
Fresh from Van Halen completing their resheduled $93 million-grossing, North American tour dates to a million people, Eddie Van Halen (pictured above, rehearsing for the original dates in September 2007) has appeared on the cover of Guitar World magazine looking absolutely… bizarre.
First highlighted out on our favourite Photoshop disasters website, imaginitively titled PhotoshopDisasters.com, this really is a wonderful example of the camera might add 10lbs but the computer can remove weight, wrinkles, facial expressions, etc.
Take a look at just how dramatic Eddie Van Halen’s return is, right here. Yes, both men below are Eddie Van Halen.
Yeah, even though Eddie (left) can look a but ropey occasionally, we’re pretty sure he’s just not able to look as good as Eddie (right). This is just what computers can do these days. It’s pretty amazing, but nowhere near as amazing as what Van Halen can do.