Official Statement from Dave:

This Thursday, Oct 5, from 7-9 PM, at Count’s Vamp’d in Las Vegas, we will be holding an Ellefson Coffee Co coffee tasting, fundraiser, and meet and greet to support victims of the terrible events in Las Vegas this weekend.

We will also be auctioning off one of my signature Jackson Guitars – Official! basses, and more! And until Friday, a portion of proceeds from all sales on empmerch.com and ellefsoncoffeeco.com will also go to a charity to support victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Thank you all for your support, and see you in Vegas!

If you are in the area, stop by and show your support. The concert experience should never end in death for anyone. Dave and the Ellefson Coffee Co should be commended for this event.

Listen to Dave Ellefson on Talk Toomey discussing his Ellefson Coffee Co coffee by clicking the player above.

 

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Truly ending the silence, Skinlab are hinting at new music. From their official Facebook page, they posted what looks to be a title of a new song. I would say it’s a new song due to the fact that Steev Esquivel was recently interviewed on the podcast and stated that the new album would be a “one word title”. You can hear that chat by clicking the link above. We can only hope that this is truly the beginning of a new era of Skinlab and that there are many more songs in the works.

 

 

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In September of 1997, Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band entered the studio to begin work on the landmark album, Devil Without A Cause. 20 years later, guitarist Kenny Olson sat down with the Talk Toomey Podcast to discuss the making of said album. Click player above to listen to the entire interview.

On Meeting Kid Rock:

“I met him when he first came out, when he was 18. When he got his first record deal. We have mutual friends. He was going back and forth to the east coast and I was going between Detroit, the east coast and the west coast. When the big earthquake hit Northridge in L.A. in 94, it pretty much annihilated my apartment. I couldn’t live there anymore because the ceiling collapsed. So I ended up back in Michigan. That’s when Kid Rock and I joined forces. It was weird going back to Detroit and getting our big deal with Atlantic Records.”

On Devil Without A Cause turning 20:

“We did Devil Without A Cause, which is going on a 20 year anniversary. That’s blowing my mind. We are tied with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales. All these great albums of all time and it be considered one of them, is an honor.”

On making Devil Without A Cause:

“When we made Devil Without A Cause, we made it very organically. We took all the beautiful mistakes and we didn’t create any polished turds. We didn’t record a record, we made a record. We wrote a lot of stuff on the spot and we just let all the beautiful elements come out of it. Even if we had a room full of expensive equipment, I would still pick a shitty amp to run a guitar through.”

On Devil Without A Cause being a collaborative effort:

“We were always together. We made it all happen together. The music industry is kinda crazy how it divides things, but we went through the trenches together

On what everyone brought to the album:

“It was just taking each one of us and our element, what we added to that sound. We all had a mutual understanding of what kind of music we wanted to make, we all shared a liking with, and it was straight across the board. Detroit Rock City to Motown to Rock to hip hop, funk, punk and everything in between

Looking Back on Devil Without A Cause:

“It still blows my mind. It was a prime era of my life. It’s indescribable. I don’t think people would believe half the stories that really happened. It’s pretty mind blowing and I feel blessed for a lot of it, ya know.”

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John Connolly of Sevendust is on to talk about his other musical venture “Projected”. We talk about the writing process for both Sevendust and Projected. John talks about his relationship with Dimebag and how Dime was fan of Sevendust. We discuss releasing a double album in 2017 and if he is crazy. John also talks about his relationship with the Creed guys and touring with Metallica.
Jon Drake is out of commission this week after singing all Labor Day weekend, so I called in Mark Strigl of the Talking Metal podcast to fill his shoes. Mark and I discuss meeting at the Rock N Pod Expo in Nashville and the festivities. Mark and I also talk about local band festivals and the future of podcasting. You can check out Mark and Talking Metal at TalkingMetal.com

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Brendon Small was recently on the podcast (click player above to hear the interview) to discuss the upcoming Galaktikon release, Galaktikon II: Become the Storm.  During the conversation, Brendon shared his thoughts on his acclaimed animated metal band DETHKLOK being welcomed by the metal community.
“As much of a dummy as I may be, I was smart enough to realize that the metal community is very protective of itself. And as a fan of metal, I would be too. So, I thought we were going to get a bunch of dudes wearing black with their arms folded, frowning, saying this does not represent us. I just anticipated that. So I did everything that I could do to make sure that everyone knew that this is for metal fans, and if anybody else wants to check it out, they can. But my first thing was to make sure that the metal community knew that they were a part of the joke. It wasn’t a joke about them. It was a joke that they would understand first, before anybody else. So we did something. We would make inside jokes that were just for metal fans. And then we would cast people. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to meet all my metal heroes, my guitar heroes, and my acting heroes all in the same place. It was kind of deliberate that the first episode has METALLICA on it, and then a few episodes later we have KING DIAMOND, and then guys from ENSLAVED, and all these different kinds of people from the guitar and metal world being funny, being part of the joke. Not being made fun of, what we do make fun of is just the isms of a band. The close quarters of being in a family situation. The show when you boil it down, it has nothing to do with heavy metal. It’s a family show. It’s a family that has to work together. It’s more like what if the KARDASHIANS played death metal. It’s about celebrityism. It’s about inept celebrities being given too much responsibility and destroying things at the same time. So it was kind of ahead of its time in that way, but at the same time all those challenges were things that I foresaw and thought, we would make a couple wrong moves and this could be a real disaster. But if we do it right were going to get all these people to realize that this is an audience that hasn’t been spoken to yet. And lets make sure we do it right because some jerk is going to come along and do it wrong and blow it for everybody.”
Galaktikon II: Become The Storm follows the space-age theme of 2012’s original Galaktikon album, with a conceptual storyline and a heavier, darker, more brutal sound.In addition to Brendon Small and Grammy-nominated producer/engineer Ulrich Wild (who also worked on the Dethklok albums), Galaktikon II: Become The Storm features the distinct rhythmic powers of drum legend Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel) and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai). With uncapped time and creativity on their side, the aforementioned artists have created a heavy metal opus that Dethklok fanatics will covet and newcomers to the world of Brendon Small will add to the top of their playlists.
The album will be available August 25th through Megaforce Records. 

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