David Z Rock – R.I.P. (Bassist Adrenaline Mob)

Yesterday we lost another great musician, David Z Rock.  His real name is David Zablidowsky.  David Z currently is the bass player for the great metal band, Adrenaline Mob.  Yesterday while the band was traveling to their next show in St. Petersburg, Florida when their RV got a flat.  The band pulled over on the side of the rode when their RV was struck by a truck and sadly David’s life was taken.  Several others were seriously injured and our in the hospital.

I first came upon this bass player from the TV show ‘Z Rock’ that was on IFC.  The show chronicled the life of an actual band called ZO2.  The show was loosely based on the band as they lead a double life of a rock band and a band that plays kid’s parties.  It was so hilarious and quickly became a favorite show I had to watch.  David’s character was the horndog bass player that hooked up with everyone woman at the show plus every mom at the kid’s parties.

After ZO2 ended, he later went on to play bass with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and with RUBIX KUBE: The Eighties Strike Back Show.  He also played for one of my favorite artist, Jeff Scott Soto in both his solo band and his metal band called SOTO.  Jeff Scott Soto has a touching tribute at is Facebook page if you would like to check it out…just click on Jeff’s name.  David Z was recently added to the Adrenaline Mob line up this past year and was touring with them to support their new album ‘We The People”.

In honor of David Z Rock, I give you the following videos.  Rest in Peace sir.

The photo was from Jeff Scott Soto’s Facebook page and appears to be from Rui M Leal
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Friday New Releases – June 2nd

Can you believe we are already in to June???  Crazy!  And it has already gotten crazy hot here in Charlotte…and it isn’t even Summer yet (officially).  At least there are some Hot New Releases to keep you COOL!!!  There are only a handful I am looking to grab and they are highlighted in Blue.  I hope there is something that you are interested in getting.

  • 170x170bb (85)  U2 – The Joshua Tree (Deluxe) – (Island Records):  I can not believe it has been 30 years since this album was originally released. I was a senior in High School and this album was huge.  It is one of the world’s best selling albums.  U2 is commemorating the 30th anniversary with a new Deluxe Edition and a World Tour celebrating this album.  Who can forget all those great songs “Where The Streets Have No Name” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “Bullet The Blue Sky” and “With Or With Out You”.  There is a 2CD Deluxe Edition which includes a live album of the Joshua Tree Tour and a SUPER DELUXE Edition which is a 4 CD set and includes 2 additional discs or remixes and rare songs from that time.  I definitely will be checking this out.

  • 81XAcRTPPLL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_  Adrenaline Mob – We the People – (Century Media):  Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Mike Orlando are back with their 3rd full length release.  The first two were great metal albums and I am not expecting anything less than spectacular with this one.  Climb aboard and check out the rush that comes with listening to these guys.

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What to Expect in 2017 for New Music??

2017 is upon us and always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year.  There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet.  From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2017, but no dates announced yet.  The ones I want will be highlighted in Blue.

  • Adelitas Way
  • Adrenaline Mob
  • Arcade Fire
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bad Religion
  • Blondie
  • Callum Scott
  • Charli XCX
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Coldplay – ‘Kaleidoscope’
  • Danzig
  • Dark Horse
  • Daughtry
  • Demon Hunter – ‘Outlive’

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#TBT – Favorite Albums from 2012

We are up to 2012 for my Throwback Thursday list.  I feel 2012 was a relatively weak year for new music.  This year, it was mostly rock that got me going.  Only one country artist made the list (sort of country and she made the honorable mention at that).  Not much else excited me, but the ones that did I really enjoyed.  Here are my Top albums for 2012 (in no particular order).

Lit - The View From the BottomLit – The View From The Bottom:  So glad these guys came back and did another album.  It had been way too long since their last album.  Their return was well worth the wait.  A great collection of songs and was probably my  2nd favorite album of the year.  I loved “Miss You Gone”, “The Wall” and “Same Shit, Different Drink” just to name a few.  Just good, fun, rock & roll.

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Road Rage – Playlist

Everyone gets Road Rage at some time in their driving life. It is unavoidable. Sitting in Atlanta traffic or even Charlotte traffic now can raise your blood pressure. And how many times have you just wanted to ram your car right into the asshole that just cut you off or rode your bumper. I have too many times to count. When I get that feeling, I have a playlist that I have to put on that will let me just vent my frustration and anger. Maybe you can try it out.

Five Finger Death Punch – “Under And Over It”

Texas Hippie Coalition – “Turn It Up”

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