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“Happy Independence Day” 2018 Metal Legions

Since today is the Fourth Of July, the Independence Day of these United States, I wanted to have a little fun and share some of the songs that bring some American spirit to the song. Now these aren’t necessarily patriotic numbers of course but have our branding in them somewhere and I hope that you enjoy this little summary. Please know that clicking the album artwork will launch the song on Spotify or on YouTube if I couldn’t find a link there. You’re going to need a Spotify account to enjoy this best and by now you should have one anyway. Here we go.

“We’re An American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad: Recorded in 1973, this perennial by the great Grand Funk Railroad has long been a favorite of Rockers everywhere. Everything about this song is great from its rousing lyrical base to the overall melody and not only does it start with some solid drumming, but its sung by the bands drummer Don Brewer. It’s been covered a number of times but some varied artists over the years but the original remains the very best. I’ll be featuring a few of the covers as well for the sake of comparison but a little later on in the narrative.

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“(You Can Still) Rock In America” by Night Ranger: Fast forwarding ten years in Rock Music history comes my very first go at the band Night Ranger thanks to this single from their “Midnight Madness” album. My friend had MTV (as we didn’t in NYC at the time) and when I saw this track I was an immediate fan and recall going out to buy the LP and the bands first album “Dawn Patrol” as well. At least I think that is how it happened but we are talking so many years ago but I digress. This tune is amazing from beginning to end as well with stellar guitar work and drumming and a lyrical base that finds you singing along right after your first listen. It’s still one of my favorites in the bands catalog and finds me screaming at the top of my lungs when I see them do it in concert.

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Marvel Comics Lines Out SDCC 2018 Panels

Hey Fiends, while we are on the topic of the things going on at this years Comic Con International: San Diego (or SDCC from here on out to save me some typing), I just received some cool press news about the panels that the folks at Marvel Comics are going to be holding. If you are planning on attending this massive convention in the coming weeks you’re going to want to know what is happening with the House Of Ideas. Let’s take a look together shall we?

The Press Release:
In a few weeks, Marvel Comics will be blasting into San Diego Comic Con – and you won’t want to miss what we’ve got in-store for fans! Join all-star Marvel creators such as Donny Cates, Nick Spencer, Margaret Stohl, Skottie Young, Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski for an exciting line-up of panels that you won’t want to miss, featuring breaking news, exciting reveals, exclusive giveaways, and more! Catch all the action later this month at San Diego Comic-Con and check out the full schedule of Marvel Comics panels below!

MARVEL: Making Comics the Marvel Way
Thursday 7/19/18, 12:00pm-1:00pm – Room 25ABC

Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Talent Scout Rickey Purdin join a multitude of Mighty Marvel Guests to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made! Learn about every aspect of production including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more – with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. If you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of the comic book industry, this is the one panel you can’t miss!

MARVEL COMICS: Spider-Man
Friday 7/20, 12:30-1:30pm – Room 5AB

Editor Nick Lowe with his Amazing Friends Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) and Donny Cates (Venom) swing into SDCC with all the hottest spider-news! Nick Spencer ushers in a new era for Spidey that takes the web-head back to basics, while all-new Venom writer Donny Cates lays out what’s in store for the symbiotic hero in both the past and present in his definitive take on the character. PLUS, learn the latest about your favorite spider-heroes from across time and space as they crawl closer and closer towards the Edge of Spider-Geddon!
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New Guests Announced For Liberty City Anime Con!

Believe it or not, the Liberty City Anime Con is around the corner and there are still some tickets remaining for the folks who are interested. Yesterday we got a press release announcing some new guests to the proceedings and I am sharing that with you below. Read on.

The Press Release:
We have a few voice actors who have never yet appeared at a con in New York City to announce, along with some returning favorites! Get your tickets for this year!

Robert L. Mungle is a voice actor for Funimation, ADV Films, Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks, and OkraTron 5000. The Right Reverend Robert L. Mungle founded The Whiskey Brothers in 1998. Since then, while the line-up has changed, it has been his outrageously loud voice that has led the group. Mungle has taken the stage everywhere from sold out theaters to seedy strip clubs. His IMDB page boasts over 100 different anime roles, from “Ghost Stories” to “Lady Death” to “Excel Saga.” He was born in Houston and you might recognize him from any of tons of anime roles, some of which include Amanojaku from Ghost Stories, Mr.8 from One Piece, Matsushita from Angel Beats, and Pedro Domingo from Excel Saga. He’s appeared in Akame ga Kill!, 009-1, Broken Blade, Gantz, Halo Legends, and many others.

Rachelle Heger is a LA based voice actress who has been a part of various video games, anime, and animated series. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachelle moved to the west coast to pursue voice over. Rachelle is most well known for her work as “Sucy” in Little Witch Academia and Little Witch Academia 2: The Enchanted Parade. Other roles include “Mittens” in Lala Loopsy Girls, “Olivia” in Lego Friends, “Truffles” in Disney Palace Pets, “Pearl” in the upcoming game Undead Darlings, “Gundromeda” in Heroes of Newerth, and various voices in Persona 5. Rachelle has also provided additional voices for RuneStory, Persona 4: The Animation, and Kill la Kill. In addition to voice acting, Rachelle is also a singer, and a part of re:TYE on YouTube who sing English covers of anime songs. As well as working in the anime industry, Rachelle has been a long time fan of anime and video games, and loves to keep up to date on the newest titles.
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Announcing The Return Of The “Fear The Riff” Expo

Calling all regional musicians. Pay some heed to this recent bit of press about the return of the “Fear The Riff” Expo. The full press release is below and don’t worry I will return with some closing thoughts at the end of course.

The Press Release:
The 2nd Annual FEAR THE RIFF EXPO will be coming to Brooklyn on August 11th, 2018. Gearheads, effects aficionados and fans who want to meet their heroes alike will enjoy the event, happening at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 10am through 6pm.

The Guitar industry is in the midst of a true renaissance. A surge of innovative boutique and small batch crafters have carved out an exceptional market for true tone seekers and gear heads. FEAR THE RIFF is proud to have assembled the best in boutique guitar effects, amps and accessories in the country’s greatest city, New York. For one day, 60-plus vendors will converge upon Brooklyn’s Expo Center to demo their latest creations to industry, press and of course music fans from all over. FEAR THE RIFF Expo is the perfect environment for makers to network, get exposure for their latest creations and sell inventory on-site directly to the public.

FEAR THE RIFF EXPO will feature many artists showcasing their endorsed product including ZAKK WYLDE (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY/OZZY). Zakk will be on site showcasing his brand Wylde Audio while meeting fans and doing a signing session. Zakk will be doing his Meet & Greet from 12:15 to 1:30 PM.
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Happy 76th Birthday To The Legendary Sir Paul McCartney

Born on this day way back in 1942, the now legendary Sir Paul McCartney made his first-ever appearance to parents Mary and Jim. We wanted to take a quick moment to wish the musician a very Happy 76th Birthday. For some reason I missed doing a post like this on his 75th but hey, better late than never right? To say that his musical career has been a bountiful one would be an understatement with his being a founding member of The Beatles and eventually Wings along with maintaining a very prolific solo career and since we are just raising a glass in his honor today you can hit up the Official Wiki entry below. I suggest grabbing a cup of tea because there is a lot to read and you’re going to want to open Spotify or whatever you use to stream music since I anticipate some listening across the course of your discovery.

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So the photo you see is on the terrible side but was shot with a mobile device from about 80 million feet away when he played at the then brand-new CitiField. A friend of mine had an extra ticket that he gave to me so who could pass something like that up and I think it was the second of a four night stint but I’d have to check the concert review that I posted since it was nine years ago. You can read that report too if your interested by clicking on THIS LINK. It was a very good time and loaded with hits. I owe my appreciation of both The Beatles and Wings to my family so thank you very much oh wise ones for steering me properly on some good music when I was really young. Happy Birthday Sir Paul, we wish you very many more.

Official Website: https://www.paulmccartney.com/
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_McCartney