You often hear musicians talk about the importance of practicing an instrument, but it's not something you get to see them do regularly. I know for a fact band rehearsals are the least exciting part of being a musician, but it never really stopped me from collecting bootleg VHS practice tapes from bands I loved as a kid.
Maybe it was because you get to see the band in their own element, or even yell at each other for messing up a part. Maybe I'm just curious to see what tiny shitty practice space the band started out in, or even watch an unfinished song being worked out before it was recorded and became a song we all love. Needless to say, these types of videos are worth watching for all of these reasons.
Recently I stumbled across a practice session and it reminded me of my earlier fascination with these tapes. Naturally I decided to compile several awesome practice jams for you guys to enjoy. (more…)
It's crazy to think today marks six years since the passing of one of metal's all-time legends, Dimebag Darrell Abbot of Pantera. I still remember the shock of hearing about it the next day. The news was literally everywhere. My mom asked me about it and she knows nothing about metal. It was truly a tragic moment for metal and one we hope not to relieve any time soon. As for me, I am rocking Pantera all day, smoking blunts and downing black tooth grins in memory of one of the greatest shredders of all time – DIMBAG FUCKIN DARRELL