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earnings and attendance Trash Talk

Some new earnings and attendance data has been released via Boxscore. This week, the data includes shows from Slayer, Pierce The Veil, Mastodon, Machine Head, Helmet, and Trash Talk.

Artist/Event Venue City/State Event Dates Gross Sales Attend/
Slayer, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies The Forum Inglewood, Calif. Nov. 14, 2014 $328,909 7,074 /
$49.50, $39.50
Alice Cooper Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Fla. Feb. 16, 2015 $112,506 2,028 /
$68.25, $41.25
Pierce The Veil & Sleeping With Sirens, Pvris, Mallory Knox Myth St. Paul, Minn. Feb. 4, 2015 $75,640 2,529 /
$35, $29.50
Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Butcher Babies Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, Mich. Jan. 16, 2015 $49,883 1,800 /
$35, $27.50
Mastodon Teatro Estudio Cavaret Guadalajara, Mexico March 13, 2015 $19,157 1,221 /
Machine Head The Crofoot Pontiac, Mich. Feb. 9, 2015 $15,740 608 /
$30, $25
Hellyeah, Devour the Day, Like a Storm Rams Head Live! Baltimore, Md. March 3, 2015 $14,407 646 /
$25, $22
Helmet High Noon Saloon Madison, Wis. March 12, 2015 $6,800 400 /
Trash Talk, Ratking, Lee Bannon The Independent San Francisco, Calif. March 17, 2015 $3,660 244 /
Pallbearer, Solstafire, Mortals Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minn. Dec. 17, 2014 $3,366 270 /
$14, $12
Jonny Craig, Kyle Lucas Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, Minn. Feb. 8, 2015 $2,568 166 /
$17, $15

Interestingly, someone sent this link to Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman and you can see his explanation for their show turnout below.

It's Monday and there's not a whole lot going on in the metal world, so why not share a new video from Jared Dines? Bass players are easy targets, and Dines has a go at them below.

Every time he puts out a new video, I say, "I'm not going to post about another Dines video," but then I do. Basically, if he uploads something that makes me laugh out loud at least once, I'll share it (the "didn't learn the choreography" part is what did it for me).

fight at Street Dogs show

A Tuesday night Street Dogs show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA erupted into a brawl between members of the band, audience, and a group of alleged neo-Nazis. According to the band, while performing, they "noticed a group of Neo nazis rough housing and intimidating our fans and throwing up sieg heil salutes in the air." Lenny Lashley, guitarist of the Boston punk band, then jumped into the pit and a melee ensued.

Order was eventually restored and security ejected the troublemakers. The show then continued without incident. Video footage of the fracas can be seen below.

Meanwhile, Street Dogs' Mike McColgan issued the following statement:

"At this time I would like to officially address what happened in Anaheim. Last night at our show in Anaheim at the House Of Blues while we were playing our song Final Transmission for a dear departed fan and friend of ours USMC Jordan Stanton we noticed a group of Neo nazis rough housing and intimidating our fans and throwing up sieg heil salutes in the air. Their very presence, their hateful,bigoted and ignorant ideology is odious to us and completely unacceptable. We with fans, friends and the assistance of security removed them from the crowd and in the process of mitigating them out some of us sustained superficial injuries. We can attribute those injuries only being superficial in nature to the House Of Blues and their exceptional staff, our fans and our friends. After they were removed we continued with our show and finished the show without incident. In closing we submit this: no neo nazis are allowed at our shows. We have always believed in equality and that all people are created equal. We will not suffer or tolerate bigotry in any manifestation. PERIOD!!!!"

Last year, Jimmy Kimmel Live went to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas to ask hipsters about bands that don't actually exist. It was pretty funny. Fast forward to SXSW 2015, and the show returned to Austin to confront a whole new crop of unsuspecting liars. Have a look below.

14th fret capo metal

3/16/2015 10:20:46 AM PT   comments [4]
We're generally more than happy to share musician and YouTube'r Rob Scallon's forays into metal experimentation. Recently he's been tuning down, so Mr. Scallon has decided tune up for a change via a capo on the 14th fret of his guitar. Up Tuning, commence:

Cronos and Henry Rollins

In his 1994 memoir, Get In The Van, Henry Rollins had some rather unflattering things to say about British metal band Venom. Recalling a 1986 show in which Rollins' band Black Flag opened for Venom, Rollins had the following to say:

"Venom took almost an hour to get onstage. They had roadies tuning their guitars and shit. Finally, they hit stage. They were hilarious. It was like seeing Spinal Tap. The drummer had a guy that held an electric fan next to him and kept him high and dry. The singer/bass player was named Kronos [sic]. He had some great raps. He got the crowd to chant what I thought was 'Black Funky Metal' over and over, which I thought was pretty cool and then I thought that maybe I was wrong about these guys. I found out later that it was 'Black Fucking Metal.' Oh, excuse me. I expected them to go into [the Spinal Tap song] 'Sex Farm Woman' at any second. The guitar player was so bad it was painful. I had a great time. The bass player was hilarious. He would wiggle his tongue and roll his eyes. But he also would fix his hair every fifteen seconds or so...

"After an hour of 'I can't fucking hear you!' they said, 'Good fucking night, New fucking Jersey!' and ran for the dressing room.

"Venom is weak. Everything about them is weak. They can't even play. They had a bunch of roadies to do everything. Weak, weak, weak. I would love to play with fucking 'heavy metal' bands more often. It was fun crushing them. It's all lights and makeup. What bullshit. Venom suck. They are so full of shit. What a bad joke. They don't sweat and they probably don't even fuck."

Wow, I wonder how Henry Rollins feels about Venom? Anyway, fast forward 20+ years later and Venom frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant has finally retaliated. In a new interview with Mitch Lafon of the "One On One With Mitch Lafon" podcast, Cronos responded to Rollins' remarks:

"Let me tell you the truth about that concert. Henry Rollins's mom phoned us up and told us that they were the next big thing in New York and that they had such a huge following, blah blah blah blah blah. Little did we know that they were a fucking sad little band that had no following.

"When we got there, they were just like fucking chidren; they couldn't play, they had no fucking instruments, we had to lend those guys the backline. They arrived at the show with their fucking little care package with their sandwiches in it and a bottle of orange juice. It was, like, 'I thought you guys were in a band. I thought you were musicians.' And they just cried about everything. We couldn't stop laughing at them. But for those guys to arrive at the show with their mom, and their mom's, like, sort of, like, telling everybody what to do. And she gets into an argument with our manager. And our manager just told her to fuck right off. She was, like, 'We were promised a dressing room.' And it's, like, 'Yeah. There's the room in there.' There's, like, three chairs in it. We don't own the venue. We just turn up. We're not interested in the backstage; we're interested in the stage. We're here to play a concert. Behind the stage, there are some rooms. There's a toilet in one of them and a chair and a table. That's your backstage. This is the reality of rock and roll. It's the backstage. Ah, she cried her fucking eyes out.

"But those guys were such fucking children. And for all of this about how he stood and watched the VENOM show and couldn't laughing with his friends. As soon as they had finished playing, they got in their [van] and left. So I don't know what show he watched, but it certainly wasn't the VENOM show. And also, if you read the book, he got the date wrong of the gig. [Laughs]

"This is why Henry Rollins writes books and is no longer in a band. Because he's not a fucking musician; he's a fool."

Suicide Silence and B-Real in the Smokebox

Caution, you might get stoned just from watching this video.

In the newest episode of "The Smokebox" on BREALTV, Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida and guitarist Mark Helymun sit down with Cypress Hill member B-Real (aka Dr. Greenthumb) to smoke herb, talk music, touring, and cannabis. You can check it out below.

Amazon March is Metal 2015 sale

Hey, it's March. And on Amazon.com, March is Metal. What does that mean, you ask? It means that there are over 1,000 metal and hard rock releases on sale. Among the many records on sale are some classics that should definitely be in your library, including Slayer's Reign In Blood, Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power, Mastodon's Crack The Skye, and Opeth's Blackwater Park, Between The Buried And Me's Alaska, Lamb Of God's New American Gospel, and Hatebreed's Satisfaction Is The Death Of Dishonor. Frankly, if any of those albums aren't in your possession, you're missing out. But, even if you hate them all, there are 1,000 more to choose from!

Amazon - March is Metal sale

Kirk Hammett of Metallic like Dillinger Escape Plan song

Metallica member and guitar legend Kirk Hammett took to Twitter this evening to extol the virtues of The Dillinger Escape Plan song, "Farewell, Mona Lisa." Ben Weinman and his Dillinger comrades were beyond excited:

'This is just too much. Knock it off, life. Excuse us while we mop our childhood thrash filled brains up off the floor. Those of you who have been on this ride with us for a long time will share the excitement/confusion over this 'what is life' moment."

Always cool to see metal mega-stars publicly compliment metal minor stars.

Mike Portnoy sorry

This weekend former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy went on Facebook to complain about not being seen by a UK hospital in a timely fashion. Not surprisingly, he took an Internet beating. Even less surprsingly, Portnoy has now issued an apology.

"I'd just like to apologize to anybody I offended with yesterday's post…it was not a personal attack or rage against England's health care system in general (of which I know nothing about)…Yesterday I was the sickest I've EVER been in my life.

"The paramedics came to see me at the gig and then decided to take me to the emergency room, only for the ambulance to run out of gas and I was then driven to the hospital by a very kind fan who offered to help. Neal and I calmly waited in the A&E without any indication from any of the staff of when I would be seen. I did NOT expect any special treatment or wanted to be put ahead of anybody else in need. (as I have been so wrongly accused)…we only wanted some (ANY!) answers as the clock was ticking until showtime...

"At 7:45, I had to make the decision to continue to wait and cancel the show…or leave without being seen in order to make the 8pm show. I desperately did NOT want to disappoint the fans and made the decision to leave in order to make the show. I played the show in the worst physical condition of my life. I'm sure you can imagine how frustrating this experience was and I stupidly posted about it on my social media. I am shocked and appauled at some of the rude and downright nasty comments that have been posted in the wake of this…really, 10x worse than my post. It's sad to see such hatred…but whatever, I can suck it up and take it. I surely never meant for such attention and controversy.

"Thank you to everybody that cared and sent me well wishes and prayers…the positive vibes will help me on the road to recovery.

"In any case, I really need to crawl back in my bunk, get off the internet to try and recooperate...but I wanted to address this issue and explain what happened and apologize to whomever I offended."

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