Last night, Metal Blade Records and Metal Injection hosted a screening party at the famed Saint Vitus Bar where those in attendance would be able to enjoy the brand-new King Diamond video release “Songs For The Dead Live”. The event was open to the general public and featured plenty of fans and assorted press and media entities.
After some quick welcomes by Injection’s Frank Godla, the attendees got to meet Denise Korycki who shot, directed and produced the live release. This must have been some undertaking because the King show is not just him standing in front of you, and instead he is everywhere on this elaborate and very visual setting. Denise lined out a few of the details about such an effort and she was joined by “Abigail” herself. When she is offstage she goes by Jodi Cachia. Saint Vitus Bar is pretty dark and I just snapped this shot with my mobile to have a moment of them talking to the audience. Continue reading Watching King Diamond’s “Songs For The Dead Live” @ Saint Vitus Bar (2/6/2019)→
Hey my fiends, so Paul Stanley was signing copies of his brand new Harper One biography “Face The Music: A Life Exposed” last night at the Barnes & Noble down on Warren Street in Downtown Manhattan and with my being the KISS fan that I am, I just had to set some time aside to head down there to be a part of the assembled KISS Army. Check out the cover of the book below.
The sign at the store told those planning on attending and the passerby about the event this evening and as you can see Paul was NOT going to be signing anything other than the book. Sometimes fans show up with tons of memorabilia which slows the process down quite a bit.
For those fans of Eddie Trunk’s radio program and hit VH1 Classic series “That Metal Show”, you will be pleased as the proverbial punch to learn that the second volume of his “Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” has just been released. Take a look at the cover from this Abrams Books offering…..
Most of my readers know how I regularly call into the Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show which is a Blog Talk Radio feature and hosted by Mike “The Big Cheeze” Catricola; If you don’t, well, I guess now you do. That being said, the other day Mike invited me to tag along to a private function being held at the Terroir Wine Bar in the Murray Hill section of NYC. According to Mike, it was a “Heavy Metal Night”, and they were also celebrating an anniversary of some kind at the establishment.
“Welcome to Heavy Metal Monday”; Tonight’s private party setting was from 9pm until I guess 1am, but The Heavy Metal Monday scenario begins at 5pm and presents what amounts to an album of music for each hour with a closing up of consumer requests. I have a photo of the “musical menu” at the end of this narrative but during our visit, The Big Cheeze and I head Slayer, Mastodon and Metallica. Solid choices for sure.
If there is one things that I love most about being a music scribe and photographer, it’s that you get the chance to meet a host of wonderful and talented people during your adventures and that is what brings me to this next particular event. Let me scroll back and reflect how during the 2011 Book Expo America we happened upon the Hermes Press booth and met their then publicist Chris Irving. As media outlets both Skeleton Pete and I kept in touch with Chris but as we often find happening in this business, Chris would move on to other pursuits and I would lose track of his adventuring for the time being. Then as luck would have it, while planning out some new events with Pete, he mentioned reading about this happening in Time Out magazine. Apparently Chris and a colleague had put out a book and would be having a discussion about the material at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City.