Jumbo gave me a Metallica backstage pass for the back of my passport…

Cloth backstage pass on the rear of my UK passport. Damaged Justice tour with initials of Kirk Hammett
I got quizzed about this at every customs office on the NYCGB 1992 World Tour

Like most people, I’ve got a signed Metallica backstage pass on the back of my old passport. Here’s the story of mine…

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NYCGB alumni reunion weekend in August 2022

View from the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. Photo by Liv Cashman on Unsplash

Calling all National Youth Choir of Great Britain alumni!

Come to our special reunion weekend at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford starting on Friday 19 August (optional), with the main event and concert on Saturday 20 August and an optional get-together and walk on Sunday 21 August.

Conductor will be alumnus Will Dawes.

Participation cost is £15.00. Book your own accommodation.

Full details are on the NYCGB website via the button, below.

Steve Vai—”Teeth of the Hydra”

Released on 1 April 2022, a new song from guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, “Teeth of the Hydra” from the forthcoming album Inviolate.

This is extraordinary, but what else would you expect from Frank Zappa’s former guitarist?

And just how heavy is that three-neck guitar? It comprises a 12-string guitar, a 7-string guitar and a 4-string bass, with a whole bunch of onboard gadgetry including what looks like three vacuum tubes.

My albums of 2021

All the albums I bought or acquired in 2021

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.

  1. Mordred—The Dark Parade
  2. Sel Balamir—Swell (EP)
  3. Amplifier—Bonus EP (2004) / Glory Electricity (Sunset Version)
  4. Steven Wilson—The Future Bites
  5. Jerry Cantrell—Brighten
  6. Graeme Lamb—Winter Passing
  7. Gojira—Fortitude
  8. Mastodon—Hushed and Grim
  9. Charlie Benante—Silver Linings
  10. Sepultura—SepulQuarta

Honourable mentions:

  • Aporia—Internal Conflict
  • Exodus—Persona Non Grata
  • Iron Maiden—Senjutsu
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Happy 40th birthday Anthrax

L–R: Frank Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), Charlie Benante (drums), Scott Ian (guitar)

This year, the New York-based thrash metal band Anthrax turns 40.

Over the last two months on their YouTube channel they’ve been releasing a retrospective on their career with interviews with band members, producers, friends and metalheads across the globe. As I understand it they have 40 of these in the pipeline. So far we’ve reached episode 22 which has taken us to 2003 and probably my favourite Anthrax albums, We’ve Come For You All. I saw them live twice on that tour.

This evening (morning UK-time), they celebrated the event with a live stream event with a nearly 2 hours 15 minutes concert spanning most of their entire 40-year, 12-studio album career. (Typically, their John Bush era material was disappointingly missing.)

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