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…)
All eyes were on the east coast this past weekend as Hurricane Irene tore up city after city leaving many without power, and in many cases causing massive destruction to homes. One such unfortunate soul was none other than Sebastian Bach (former Skid Row vocalist) who lost his home of 21 years to flooding. (more…)
So I got to fulfill a life long mission of mine last week at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards by meeting Sebastian Bach at the VIP lounge. I'm sort of a big fan. Of course, I didn't tell him that Skid Row was one of my favorite 80's metal bands in my youth, that I listened to them every day on my way to school, that I watched the Skid Row VHS tape, Oh Say Can You Scream like it was the 7 O'Clock News, that I know all the lyrics off their first two LPs, or that I've even taken a photo of the original Skid Row release hanging on the wall at Trax East studio (where they recorded). I apparently have no problem confessing my adolescent fanboyishness to you though. Hey, sometimes you need to keep it in your pants and compose yourself. (more…)