Aura (formerly the Asylum) at 121 Center St. in Portland will be opening soon after almost two years of construction and planning. The new facility will house a concert venue that will seat 1,000, a sports bar that is currently open, functions rooms that can be used for many things from holiday parties to wedding receptions and more.
This is a photo of the stage and it is a monster!
As we walked through Aura we had safety glasses and hard hats on due to construction but you could really see what an unbelievable state-of-the-art venue this will be soon.
Here is a photo of the stage looking down from the balcony area. The sightlines will be like no other venue in the state. Not a bad seat in the house!
Another amazing feature of Aura will be the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system designed by Alex Gray.
Many shows have already been booked at Aura and here is a list of what is scheduled through June 8th. There will be many more announced soon.
The Sno-Core Tour 2015 edition roared into town on Wednesday, February 11th. Rick had a chance to sit down and talk to Flyleaf singer Kristen May, Framing Hanley singer Nixon, Adelita's Way singer Rick DeJesus and Fit For Rivals singer Renee Phoenix. Listen to the interview below:
Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix called in to talk to Rick yesterday about the band's new album, and about their upcoming appearance in bangor on May 9th as part of the Rise Above Fest. Click below to listen:
It's called Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute, and the line-up looks pretty awesome.
Serj from System Of A Down, Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine, and Chuck Billy from Testament are just some of the musicicians who will take part in the project. Click here to read more about who's involved and what songs they'll be covering.
Opinions have always remained sharply divided when it comes to Metallica'sSt Anger album. Some people like it, but many people loathe it, mostly because of its horrible production (not to mention Lars' terrible drum sound).
With that in mind, some guys from two relatively unknown bands (Grace The Skies and Adust) decided to re-record the album in its entirety, but with better production. You can listen to the whole thing below. What do you think? Better, worse, or a waste of time?
File this one under "So stupid, it's hilarious..."
There's a Black Sabbath tribute band called Mac Sabbath. They dress up like McDonald's characters and sing Sabbath parody songs about all things McDonalds. Click below to see their version of "Iron Man", except they call it "Frying Pan"
Phil Anselmo recently toured Europe with his band The Illegals. A video was posted on his official youtube channel showing our beloved former Pantera vocalist drunkenly interacting with Russian fans. Click below to watch:
The top ten rock songs in Maine! Foo Fighters try to hold on for a 4th straight week while Five Finger Death Punch look to regain the edge. We talk to Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Pop Evil, and In This Moment. The #1 on this date in 2002, and Soundgarden cover The Beatles.
Missed yesterday's show? Stream it here! The top ten rock songs in Maine this week, based on store sales, station requests, streams, and downloads. Plus, Halestorm cover AC/DC, and the #1 on this date in '09. Also, we talk to Chad from Nickelback, and Jason Hook of Fiver Finger Death Punch.
It may seem hard to believe now, but back in their early days, Twisted Sister was a full-on, 100% metal band. Now, a new documentary takes a look at those inense early days of a band that was destined for stardom. It's called We Are Twisted F*cking Sister.
The new Pink Floyd album The Endless River is officially being released tomorrow. You've heard us playing the new single "Louder Than Words", now you can check out the official video for the song. Click below to watch:
Marilyn Manson will release a new album on january 20th called The Pale Emperor.
Here's the cover art:
Here's what the tracklist looks like:
1. Killing Strangers 2. Deep Six 3. Third Day of a Seven Day Binge 4. The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles 5. Warship My Wreck 6. Slave Only Dreams To Be King 7. The Devil Beneath My Feet 8. Birds of Hell Awaiting 9. Cupid Carries a Gun 10. Odds of Even 11. Day 3 (Deluxe Edition Only) 12. Fated, Faithful, Fatal (Deluxe Edition Only) 13. Fall of the House of Death (Deluxe Edition Only)
"Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge" is the first single, and was released last month. Click below to listen:
Soundgarden will release a 3 CD set of rarities on November 24th called Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path. Included in the set will be various B-sides, unreleased tracks, demos and covers. Here's one of those covers, a very interesting version of the Sly & The Family Stone song "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"
Click below to listen, then scroll down to compare it to the original:
James Hetfield of Metallica has a custom built car that he desinged himself called The Black Pearl. It'll be featured in this year's Los Angeles Car Show. Click below watch a video of James talking about the car and how it came to be:
Butcher Babies will be opening the big Black Label Society/Hatebreed show at the State Theatre in Portland on January 13th (click here for show info). They're also hard at work on their 2nd album. Click below to watch a video update: