X Acoustic Set at Pappy and Herriet’s

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X Acoustic Set at Pappy and Herriet’s

After almost 40 years the band X tried some new things.  The acoustic set at Pappy and Herriet’s was one of these new things and fans couldn’t have been happier.  As one of our favorite settings Pappy and Herriet’s sits in the high desert and yet hosts some of the most intriguing bands one might come across.  I cannot think of a better place for their acoustic foray.

Exene from X (the Band) @ Pappy and Herriet's

Exene from X (the Band) @ Pappy and Herriet’s

John Doe from X (the Band) @Pappy and Herriet's

John Doe from X (the Band) @Pappy and Herriet’s

After the two opening bands the crowd bulged with anticipation.  Starting off with “Hungry Wolf” got the crowd excited.  Several fans in the audience had discussed, prior to the start of the show, that this was a fan favorite.  I was definitely stoked to hear “White Girl” as I acknowledge it to be one of the precursor songs that led to my love of music, Punk Rock, and female musicians.  Yep, X is a gateway band.

X @Pappy and Herriet's

X @Pappy and Herriet’s

DJ Bonebrake takes the vibes!

DJ Bonebrake takes the vibes!

X has not lost their touch, and the nice long set they performed was rife with other fan favorites.  Other front row fans had glowing eyes as Bonebrake left the drums for the Vibes and  Billy Zoom rocked the drums.  Good stuff people!  I loved seeing Exene move to the music and throw down her signature voice on every song as John led the band.  I waited so long to see them!

Billy Zoom on drums

Billy Zoom on drums

X @ Pappy and Herriet's

X @ Pappy and Herriet’s

X @Pappy and Herriet's

X @Pappy and Herriet’s

With many bands staging elaborate comebacks it was fantastic to see a legendary and influential band like X still putting it out like they always have.  They stayed true to their music even while donning the acoustic cap.

Thanks to Pappy and Herriet’s for allowing us to shoot and just being totally awesome.

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

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Horton’s Hayride Rocks Long Beach

Saturday, July 12, 2014 was a beautiful day for a hootenanny! The Reverend Horton Heat was joined by several guests for a day of classic cars, pin-ups, up-dos and music! Guests included Supersuckers, Phantom Slim Jim and Lee Rocker of Stray Cats fame, Deke Dickerson, Larry Collins, and Jello Biafra.

Music Icon News was lucky to get behind the barrier and get some killer shots of all of the musicians.  I was chilling, just getting ready to watch Supersuckers when some members of Nashville Pussy sidled up next to me to enjoy the show.  I kept my cool until I got a chance to tell them how much I dig them!  I’m hoping for some west coast tour dates!  I will always be the nerdiest fan when I see someone famous that I totally appreciate ;D  The Supersuckers destroyed their set, playing songs off of their ninth release “Get the Hell”.  Do yourself a favor and get the new album.

Supersuckers kickin' ass at Horton's Hayride

Supersuckers kickin’ ass at Horton’s Hayride

Deke Dickerson and Sugarballs threw down some tremendous riffs, with Deke even requesting assistance from the crowd to hold Sugarballs upside down for a solo.  Deke also sang a KICK-ASS rendition of Psycho Therapy in memory of the recently deceased Tommy Ramone.  Check out Deke’s new album as well as his other discography here.

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

Sugarballs gets a hand for his upside down solo

 

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

Deke administers Psycho Therapy to the crowd

 

Slim Jim Phantom and his stand-up drumming were extremely well-received by fans as he ripped through his set of Rumble in Brighton, Matchbox, Race with the Devil, and Rock this Town.  Well-known for his work with the Stray Cats, Slim Jim had zero problems throwing down with the Rev.

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

Slim Jim Phantom and Jim Heath of The Reverend Horton Heat

 

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

Slim Jim Phantom and a few thousand of his closest friends

 

One killer aspect of this type of show is how the Reverend Horton Heat performed between the sets as well.  It kept the late afternoon and evening flowing with music.  Always great to hear Johnny B. Goode, especially before the amazing Larry Collins took the stage!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

The enigmatic Larry Collins accompanied by Deke Dickerson!

 

Larry Collins

Larry Collins

 

Lee Rocker took the stage with a set including Bulletproof, Built for Speed, Stray Cat Strut, and the Rockabilly Boogie.  It’s always great to see him swinging that bulletproof bass around, and Stray Cat Strut is a crowd favorite.

Lee Rocker at Horton's Hayride

Lee Rocker at Horton’s Hayride

 

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

Lee Rocker muscles the bass for the fans

 

The Rev rolled out once again for Baddest of the Bad and Big Red Rocket of Love.  Somehow these song choices were befitting of the next performer, Jello Biafra.  The crowd was already going wild and pressing the barrier closer and closer to the stage, and as Jello prepared for his entrance even the crowd outside of the fences was heard chanting his name.  Jello bounded on stage in his brightly colored blazer and shirt with a zebra print fez, blasting into Jezebel.  He shed his fez and blazer on his way through John Dillinger.  No doubt the physicality of his performance was keeping him toasty!  Holiday in Cambodia caused barriers and fences to sway, but the highlight for me was definitely the Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck.  I think I had this classic on the B side of a 45. 😀

 

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton's Hayride

Jello Biafra takes the stage at Horton’s Hayride

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Jello Biafra asks the crowd to move it back

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Holiday in Cambodia with Jello Biafra

Despite a few wrinkles in planning and the last minute venue shift, the Hayride was well received.  The Reverend Horton Heat conducted themselves as the true gentlemen that they are and seamlessly jammed with all of the awesome performers and legends.  We look forward to next year’s show and the performers that will attend.

The Rev takes in adoring fans

The Rev takes in adoring fans

 

The Reverend Horton Heat

The Reverend Horton Heat

 

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

My favorite shot of Jim of The Reverend Horton Heat

Thank you to everyone who performed or otherwise assisted in Horton’s Hayride.  What a great day!

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RIP Tommy Ramone

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Tommy Ramone dies at 62 – July 11,2014

Many sources including the Ramones social media confirm that Tommy Ramone, the last living original member of punk legend the Ramones, has died while in hospice care following a battle with cancer.

Tommy continued to produce and play music after working with the Ramones.  He most recently wrote and played bluegrass music with his partner Claudia Tienan in the band Uncle Monk.

It will be interesting to hear how musicians react to his passing as they contemplate his legacy of music.

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RIP Tommy Ramone

 

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Erimha Photo Gallery Mayhem 2014

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Erimha Photo Gallery Mayhem 2014

Erimha was our cool discovery from Mayhem 2014!  Plan on seeing more of them in the future because they rocked that Victory Records stage! We loved their barefoot bodypainted growling performance, and I think Ice T was digging their sound as he could be seen rocking out in the wings of the stage.

After their performance, we staggered over to the Erimha booth and picked up their CDs.  My daughter also snagged a cool shot with a band member!  Super-nice thrashers!  Check out Erimha on Facebook.

One thing I like about the festivals is the discovery of new music.  The small stages certainly did not get overlooked by fans, and access to each band was feasible for everyone.  Good job people!

Click on any picture to check out the slideshow!

Thank you for introducing us to your sound; I am sure we will see more of you as people get to hear your work!  Keep it up!

Erimha: Our Mayhem music discovery!

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Horton ‘s Hayride July 12, 2014 in Long Beach

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Horton ‘s Hayride July 12, 2014 in Long Beach

One of our favorites, Reverend Horton Heat, will be performing at this rockabilly event in Long Beach this weekend!  He is accompanied by several artists of legendary proportion, with plenty of other fun stuff to do!  Click here for tickets (only 10 bucks) and get your rockabilly booty beach-side and enjoy what will surely be a family fun event! I’ve seen Deke Dickerson play with the Rev before, and their music rocked my socks off!

This description is from  the event website:

“Horton’s Hayride, an all-ages Rockabilly themed festival featuring full sets from legendary artists Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, Lee Rocker (Stray Cats), the Chop Tops, Deke Dickerson, Gambler’s Mark, Eddie and the Reckless feat. Eddie Nichols (Royal Crown Revue) and more! Join us for a day of live music, classic cars on display, food trucks, BBQ, a pin-up girl contest, full bar, & retail vendors. This will surely be the start of a tradition for years to come. The event will take place between 6th & 7th Streets on Pine Avenue as well as in the adjacent A Lot”

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Music Icon News would love to see you all out there getting your rockabilly fix with the Reverend Horton Heat and all of the other awesome artists!

Horton ‘s Hayride July 12, 2014 in Long Beach

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Body Count @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery 2

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Body Count @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery 2

This second gallery was created to keep load times moving for the photos.  Click here for photo gallery 1.

Click on any photo to see a killer slideshow of the band, including some shots of the always lovely Coco

Check back to Music Icon News for more Mayhem photos and articles!

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Body Count @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery 1

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Body Count @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery 1

The highly anticipated Body Count delivered a stunning set which left me bruised and battered! Fuck yeah!

Click here to view photo gallery 2.

Daniel got several great shots of Body Count so I am creating a second gallery for more efficient load times.  I’m cool like that. 🙂

Click on any photo to see a slideshow in all of its glory.

Check back for a piece I am writing about Body Count’s performance.  I waited many years to finally see them.

Body Count @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery 1

Special shout out to a kick-ass tech and stage manager for Body Count…Oscar Cabrera there aren’t enough O’s in coooool. Thanks!
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Korn @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

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Korn @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

Optimize your Korn photo gallery experience by clicking and viewing a slideshow below!

 

Korn is never a let-down when it comes to performances, and one of the main reasons is that they constantly freshen up their stage show.  We were pleased to shoot Korn at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2014 in San Bernardino California!

Korn @ Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

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Avenged Sevenfold Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

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Avenged Sevenfold Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

Below are the photos from Avenged Sevenfold at Mayhem 2014 in San Bernardino for all of you A7X fans!

Please click on an image to slideshow through! Enjoy!

Avenged Sevenfold Mayhem 2014 Photo Gallery

Avenged Sevenfold headlined the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhemfest 2014 in San Bernardino, California on July 6, 2014.  It was great to see so many young people there for A7X.  I know that this is the type of band that will get young people  into harder and more progressive music over time!  Thanks Avenged Sevenfold!

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X Prepares for Multi-date Tour!

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X Prepares for Multi-date Tour!

As everyone blows shit up for fourth of July please note: Starting July 10, 2014 X will be playing over 30 dates across this nation!

Check below for any dates near you, and, Cali friends, please note the variety of opportunities you have to expose yourself to Punk Rock.

10-Jul Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
11-Jul Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
12-Jul Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
13-Jul Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre
4 Night Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre – 4 Night Passes
17-Jul Costa Mesa, CA The Pacific Ampitheatre – OC Fair
19-Jul Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s
20-Jul Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
23-Jul San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company
24-Jul Grass Valley, CA The Center for the Arts
26-Jul Napa, CA City Winery – Napa
30-Jul Seattle, WA The Triple Door
31-Jul Seattle, WA The Triple Door
2-Aug Happy Valley, OR Pendarvis Farm – Pickathon
3-Aug Happy Valley, OR Pendarvis Farm – Pickathon
18-Aug Atlanta, GA Center Stage
20-Aug Washington, DC Black Cat
21-Aug New York, NY City Winery – New York
22-Aug New York, NY City Winery – New York
23-Aug New York, NY City Winery – New York
24-Aug New York, NY City Winery – New York
26-Aug Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
28-Aug Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero
29-Aug Hartford, CT Webster Theater – TNT Fest
31-Aug Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
2-Sep Chicago, IL City Winery – Chicago
3-Sep Chicago, IL City Winery – Chicago
4-Sep Chicago, IL City Winery – Chicago
5-Sep Chicago, IL City Winery – Chicago
6-Sep Ferndale, MI The Magic Bag
8-Sep Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme
9-Sep Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall
10-Sep Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall
11-Sep Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall
12-Sep Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club – Concert Hall

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