by Dave McKenna - washingtonpost.com
On paper, at least to rock reviewers, the 2013 M3 Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion looked less like a musical event than it did a quarantine: so many 1980s metal bands, each more critically abused than the last! So many black-T-shirt-clad armies of fans of said panned bands! All in one place!
So much fun!
Dee Snider, backed by the band Arsenal from Broadway's Rock of Ages (Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Kesslr, Winston Roye, Jon Weber), sings Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock" as part of the Rock n Roll Debauchery Concert to support Rock of Ages' Michele Mais at The Cutting Room, New York City, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Click image to see video.
A member of the 80s tribute band, Pop Rocks, putting on Dee's makeup in a time lapse video...
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Headbanging all night would give anyone a hangover. Just ask the hard-partying guys behind Grill 'Em All Burgers, the long running heavy metal-themed burger truck that set up a brick and mortar base earlier this year in Alhambra. Now, for those not intimately familiar with the landscape of Los Angeles, Alhambra is part of the rolling procession of suburbia that moves west from downtown and doesn't stop until it burns up somewhere near the Salton Sea. "Valhalla", as Grill 'Em All's burger base is known, sits next to a Menchie's frozen yogurt and within thrashing distance of an Applebee's. Still, these dudes know how to rock.
Mark Wood's "Electrify Your Strings!" music education program is coming to NYC and we're hoping to create an event that will grab people's attention on a grand scale.
With 7 schools spanning the 5 boroughs and Long Island (Fort Hamilton High School and Brooklyn Technical High School representing Brooklyn; Talent Unlimited High School representing Manhattan; Celia Cruz High School representing the Bronx; Bayside High School representing Queens; Curtis High School representing Staten Island; and Westbury High School representing Long Island), we're shining a spotlight on great music educators and their talented students.
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) will be a guest artist, and Billy Joel will also be lending his support!