31 Aug 2011, 16:41 by YesIshikawa
29 Jan 2009, 14:22 by FunkafonikHere's my list of all the shows I've seen so far. (This list will keep getting updated as I see new ones)
Nuno Bettencourt (total - 12 times)
Mike Portnoy (DT + 2 clinics / 1998 - Montreal / 1999 - Winnipeg)
Dream Theater (10 times / 1997 - Toronto / 1998 - Montreal / 2000 - Germany & France / 2004 - London & Ottawa / 2006-2009-2010 - Montreal / 2011 - Quebec City)
Gary Cherone (6 times / 1995, 2001, 2004 & 2008 - Toronto, Boston 3x, Worcester & New York)
Population 1 / DramaGods (5 times / 2004 - New York
& New England)
Derek Sherinian (5 times / 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 x2 - Toronto, Montreal x3, Porto Alegre)
Mourning Widows (4 times / 2000 & 2001 - Boston & New England)
Def Leppard (4 times / 1996 & 2000 - Montreal / 2003 & 2004 - London)
Mike Mangini (4 times / 1995, 1999, 2004, 2011 - Toronto, Montreal 2x, Quebec City)
6 Dec 2008, 04:52 by gfisher2I was recently asked to compile a list of my top 10 concerts of all time. Here it is, in chronological order. All venues are in Melbourne, Australia, except Van Halen. I saw them in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney on their 1998 tour, but Canberra was the best of the 3.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen, Born In The USA Tour @ Melbourne Showgrounds
1986 - Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms Tour @ Olympic Park
1988 - David Lee Roth, Skyscraper Tour @ Rod Laver Arena
1990 - Motley Crue, Dr Feelgood Tour @ Rod Laver Arena
1992 - Toto @ The Palace
1993 - Extreme @ Palais Theatre
1995 - Kiss Kiss My Ass Tour @ Rod Laver Arena
1996 - Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour @ Rod Laver Arena
1998 - Van Halen III Tour @ AIS Arena, Canberra
2006 - Living Colour @ The Metro
2008 - Dream Theater Chaos In Motion Tour @ Festival Hall
Honorable mentions: Every Virgil Donati gig (1989 onwards), AC/DC (2001), Eric Clapton 1987, John Fogerty 2008, The Cult 1995, The Angels 1988/2008.
20 Nov 2008, 23:10 by GrantRSRing of Fire / "Machine" / Lapse of Reality (7) / 2004
Artist: Ring of Fire
Original Album: Lapse of Reality
What happens to Yngwie Malmsteen's former vocalists after he fires them? Do they immediately fade into obscurity or do they meet similar fates to the former drummers of Spinal Tap? Mark Boals certainly looks to be fading into obscurity quickly. His 2001-2004 project Ring of Fire doesn't even have its own wikipedia page.
The birth of Ring of Fire was very similar to the birth of Planet X, in the case of the latter, Derek Sherinian had been fired from Dream Theater and shortly thereafter recorded a solo album (Planet X) with drummer Virgil Donati which then, due to its unpredictable level of success became an ongoing project, taking its name from the album that started it. Ring of Fire then was similar in that Mark Boals was fired from Malmsteen's band and soon after recorded an album with the same Virgil Donati, (Ring of Fire…
17 Oct 2008, 16:54 by GrantRSPlanet X / "Dog Boots" / Universe (3) / Jun 2000
Artist: Planet X
Original Album: Universe
Track: Dog Boots
I can scarcely believe this one has remained unpicked. In fact, to relieve my disbelief I've finally taken the step of creating a spreadsheet to document all previous SotD choices, which shall hopefully allow me to cross-reference quicker in future.
Anyway, Planet X is the name for the ongoing collaboration between Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati. Formerly Tony MacAlpine was also a permanent part of the band's line-up along with a revolving door of bassists, but it seems the permanent membership of the project has been stripped down to just Sherinian and Donati for the latest release Quantum. You should, of course, know instantly that Planet X are good just from the fact they're on the InsideOut Music label. Sherinian has frequently been quoted that in forming Planet X he wanted to have a band who "played their instruments so fiercely…
13 Jul 2008, 22:33 by GrantRSDevil's Slingshot / "Ocean" / Clinophobia (6) / Oct 2007
Artist: Devil's Slingshot
Original Album: Clinophobia
Devil's Slingshot is Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donati. Clinophobia allegedly means the fear of sleep. I had the pleasure of seeing the trio play in October, and I even did an exceptionally brief and inadequate review journal at the time, which anyone interested in reading should easily be able to find towards the end of my journals.
Ocean probably won't be the first track to jump out at the listener on the trio's debut, but it is a fine composition of MacAlpine's. Given time this one will grow on the listener as will most of this great album.
Devil's Slingshot will most likely attract fans of Planet X given the similarity of the two bands' lineups, however Devil's Slingshot is a little less progressive and a shade heavier. …
15 Mar 2008, 16:39 by _agatka_Update to my previous journal.
Anyone who is patient enough to read 1/10 of this babble, gets an official "THANKS"! Hehe :)
13. Bracia – 2006
Now, if you want to entertain yourself a little bit, jump around and simply have a good time, without any kind of musical elation, this band seems to be a wise choice. Balancing somewhere between rock, hard rock and soft metal their catalogue includes both extremely cheesy and kitschy songs as well as some pretty decent tunes. When it comes to a live performance, it mainly benefits from strong and characteristic vocals of Piotrek. That guy surely can sing! This can be also said about his brother Wojtek, with whom he changed roles for one song. This surprising exchange, a guitar solo and an unexpected “Life Is Life” cover all went over pretty well. After the show, the guys came out to sign tickets and pose for photos with the fans. Good show, but nothing extraordinary.
14. IRA – 2007
11 Mar 2008, 09:56 by pierlucidiAs you can see on LOB Tech Tones Biography page during these days, we have published the update about our new drummer: Carola Iapino. Now we officially announce to all of you this new collaboration.
Carola has studied with Luca Caponi, Alex Pinnelli, Claudio Gioannini, Claudio Mastracci, Davide Piscopo, Agostino Marangolo and she followed clinics with: Roberto Gatto, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jack De Johnette, Horacio Hernandez, Nicolo Fabi, Dave Weckl, Virgil Donati.
She performed also at Villa Celimontana Jazz and Lucca Jazz.
We appreciate the efforts of all the drummers who came out to the audition. Thanks to all!
Because of logistic and geographical problems the collaboration with Roberto Marziali is over. We want to thank Roberto for his great collaboration with our band.
Thank you very much Roberto for your performances and for your friendship!
27 Nov 2007, 09:28 by Jaitch
28 Oct 2007, 00:38 by GrantRSSat 27 Oct – Tony Macalpine, Billy Sheehan, Virgil Donati
Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donati a.k.a. Devil's Slingshot played Rio's in Leeds just a few hours ago. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd for the show. The 1,600 odd capacity venue was nowhere near full, and it made for a great show. Most of the material they played was new to me, but it was all awesome, especially Planet X's Dog Boots.
I would go as far as to say that this gig ranks in my top 5 ever in my life so far. It was easy to get near the front for an unbelievable view of these three virtuosos... and virtuosos barely covers the skill of these three. Each player had an unaccompanied solo spot during the set, although MacAlpine's seemed to pass very quickly as he switched between guitar and keyboard. Sheehan and Donati's solo spots both went down extraorinarily well with the crowd. Even though I'm repeating myself I'll say again that virtuoso is hardly a word strong enough to describe the prowess any of these three guys possess. …