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King Diamond - Songs for the Dead Live

It's hard to believe that King Diamond has been rocking us for over 40 years, and he hasn't lost anything.  I swear, the guy has been drinking from the fountain of youth, because he has lost nothing over the years vocally.  Yes, he has struggled with health issues, over the last several years, but he has come back stronger than ever.  After overcoming a heart attack and some major back issues, King has come back with a vengeance.  He hasn't put out any new music in awhile, but he has been actively performing.

A couple of years ago, King Diamond started performing his legendary album Abigail in it's entirety.  Luckily for us fans, he decided to record some of the shows.  On January 25th, 2019 Metal Blade Records will release a document of this tour, entitled Songs for the Dead Live.  The set includes a mix of King Diamond as well as Mercyful Fate tunes, before kicking into the Abigail album.  This show will be released on many platforms including Blu-ray, DVD, CD, vinyl as well as many special editions including much more.  This package is made up from two shows.  One show was recorded in Belgium at Graspop in 2016 and the other from Philadelphia at the Fillmore in 2015.

For the purpose of this review, I viewed the Blu-ray.  The beauty of this package is you get both shows, in their entirety.  Both shows are shot beautifully.  You really get a sense of being there, but with the best seat in the house.  The band sound great.  King has lost nothing vocally as mentioned previously.  I was amazed on how well the band sound.  The show was also enhanced with actors, acting out the Abigail album.  This is a must have for all King Diamond fans.  It is a well executed show by a metal veteran and his stellar band.

Bottom Line: King Diamond proving he is back and stronger than ever.  An amazing concert package.

-Ragman is still upset King cancelled the H-town date, on this tour.  Ok, he gets a pass, because he was sick.



Podcast Interview: Tracy G

Join the lads in their latest An Evening With... series as they welcome back guitarist Tracy G.  The boys recently caught up with, friend of the show, guitarist Tracy G, to discuss his band's latest release Land of Make Believe.  Tracy also discusses his thoughts on the Dio tribute bands as well as their relevance.  He also discusses his upcoming instrumental album as well as some of the guest guitarists that will be joining him. 

And hey if you dig the Tracy G's music as much as we do, then show him some love by purchasing his music from your favorite online store won't you?  Make sur to check out his video for Haunted, because it rocks -  HORNS UP!

Featured Tracks:  Tracy G Group - Bleed, Lil Diddy, Haunted, Escape, Goaded - As You Bleed

-Ragman wants to see the Tracy G Group live.

Podcast Interview - Tracy G


Podcast #246: Hair

The Hair Nation tour has come and gone, but how was it?  Join Genghis and Ragman as they look back at the night the tour blew through Houston.  The boys discuss their favorite moments from each band on the bill.  Next the boys caught up with, friends of the show, Chip Z'Nuff and Tony Fennel from Enuff Z'Nuff for a quick chat.  Chip discussed the success of the Hair Nation tour as well as when we can expect for the future.  Next the boys stumbled in to Marq Torien from BulletBoys.  Marq also discussed the Hair Nation tour as well as some of the deeper meanings behind some of their more recent music.  This is a star studded event, that shant be missed.  This one is mandatory folks!

Featured Tracks: Holter - I'll Die for You, Enuff Z' Nuff - Blue Island, Who's Got You Now, Fire & Ice, BulletBoys - Hard as a Rock, Symphony, Losing End Again.

-Ragman is wondering who will be on next year's bill.  If Sirius needs some suggestions, they know who to call, and it ain't Eddie.

Podcast #246: Hair


The Unnamable

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer?  Then look no further, because I have the perfect gift idea for that horror movie lover in your family.  Recently MVD Visual and Unearthed Classics released The Unnamable on Blu-ray in HD.  The Unnamble was one of those cult classic films that got lost in the shuffle, but hopefully with this special edition release the movie will gain some new life.  The story is from H.P. Lovecraft and is sure to put a smile on the face of any true horror fan. 

The Unnamable is about a creature spawned some 300 years ago from Joshua Winthrop's wife, which ultimately killed him.  The house had been sealed up by magic until some nosey college kids decided to make it a place for some after hours fun.  Little do they know that they will be picked off one by one, by this unnamable creature. 

The restoration of this film looks great.  The movie was originally released in the late 80's, but with the restoration looks current.  The acting is fairly b-rated, but the special effects are top notch.  The creature looks a little campy, with its hooves, but other that that, it is pretty ferocious.  All in all a very enjoyable watch which will now get in the rotation every October.

Bottom LineA cult classic given new life.  The movie is fun and keep you on the edge of your seat. 

-Ragman is wondering how he missed this one the first time around.



“Feel good rock n’ roll – the music tells stories we can all relate to, but in a fun way” is how songwriter/guitarist Duane Morano describes his CD, Incognito. And on its first-ever release, ‘Incognito’(whose pre-sale begins on December 3rd via Pledge Music
(, video trailer for Pledge campaign here ( before its official release on February 8th, 2019), Duane has assembled a stellar supporting cast of names that are well-known to melodic rock fans worldwide – Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn, Extreme’s Pat Badger and Kevin Figueiredo, Firehouse’s Michael Foster and Bill Leverty, XYZ’s Terry Ilous, The Firm/Blue Murder’s Tony Franklin, and Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, among others.

As Duane explains, the CD ‘Incognito’ came together in a massive stroke of luck. “I had known Bill Leverty for a great many years, so he was in from the beginning. Back in 2016, I was having dinner with Bill and was asked if I was ever going to unshelve a CD I started working on years ago. After some thought, I finished a few of the tracks in my studio and sent them to Bill to be mixed. As we listened to the mixes, it became clear to both of us I needed to get rid of the programmed drums, find a bass player instead of a guitar player trying to play bass, and get someone that could sing what I was struggling to attempt. Changes needed to be made. That was when Bill suggested his drummer Michael Foster, so I gave him a shout.”

“The next step was finding the right vocalists to fit the handful of songs that were ready. I had my MP3 player on shuffle and Great White’s ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ came on and thought, ‘Terry’s voice would be a great fit for a song,’ so I reached out to him and he asked to hear it. I sent him an MP3 with Michael and Tony playing on it. Terry was a bit surprised that as a guitar player I hired a bass player and didn’t do it myself which is typical in self-funded, small budget projects. After explaining, Terry saw I was willing to do what’s best for the music and liked the song, so he agreed to sing a song or two. As the project progressed and we got to know each other, we started trading ideas back and forth, writing and arraigning together, and ultimately ended up with five songs for consideration.”

“Pat coming on board was a happy accident. For 20 years or so I’ve collected music memorabilia as a hobby. Pat had a Pledge campaign going on at the time, and I pledged for the Patocam. He sent me an email saying something like, ‘Dude you got the Patocam,’ so I replied with some smart-aleck funny comment. He laughed, and we emailed back and forth for a few hours and went our separate ways. About a week went by and much to my surprise, I got a random email from him asking how I was doing.”

As the project’s leader explains, the album is loaded with rockin’ highlights. “Nita Strauss solo on ‘Manhattan’ was a pick up your jaw off the floor moment. Bryan Cole’s vocals on ‘Don’t Believe You’ grabs elements of rock and blues with a touch of soul, and delivers one of the best performances I’ve ever heard him do. The way Michael Foster and Pat Badger cement and play with the groove on ‘Kid Gloves’ is cool.”

And the guests sound equally enthusiastic about the disc. Terry Ilous – “If you want to listen to good rock and roll, good music, pledge for this CD. Duane is a wonderful guitar player, and I’m looking forward to singing more songs for him.” Nita Strauss – “‘Manhattan’ is a GREAT song. Thank you for having me on it.” Bill Leverty – “Duane has an amazing CD, filled with tasty music and killer guitar work.”

Duane is also confident that his brand of rock fits in well with the current musical climate. “With the interest, people have in bands of my youth; I think Incognito gives people the opportunity to hear elements of what was great about that era of music – but in a fresh way. Incognito pays tribute to that period, but leaves the listener feeling satisfied like you’ve got something new.

And if all goes according to plan, the CD will not merely be a studio project. “Shows could happen if we can get schedules coordinated. That’s always the hardest part when trying to get people from several different active bands together in the same place at the same time. There is the talk of a live version, and something Bryan, Danny, Terry, and I think could be a lot of fun.”

Lastly, what are Duane’s future plans? “Finish the CD and then spend some much-needed time with my wife and kids – while putting a live band together, for special events.”


After the Love- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Bryan Cole

Cookie Jar- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Tony Franklin, Michael Foster, Chris Lester

Sincerely Yours- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Shane French

Don’t Believe You- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Michael Foster

Face the Fire- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Bryan Cole, Kevin Figueiredo (K-Figg)

Giovanna- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, John Morano, Michael Foster

Kid Gloves- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, John Surabian, Bryan Cole

Manhattan- Dan Michaels, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Nita Strauss

Hearts- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, Tony Franklin, Michael Foster, Dan Michaels, Bryan Cole

Love is just a lie- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, JK Northrup, Pat Badger, Michael Foster

Why- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Bryan Cole, Michael Foster

Barely Breathing- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster


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