Marvel’s latest blockbuster hit theaters Friday. Those of you that didn’t watch the bootleg version that found its way to the internet a couple of weeks ago, are in for a real treat. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not your typical comic based movie. This movie is much more story driven than most comic based movies. Sure there are cool special effects, and plenty of action but its the story that drives this movie, and it is a good one.
The origin story of Wolverine is a pretty good tale, and although the movie alters some things in the comic based origin, it does a pretty good job depicting Wolverine a.k.a James Howlett’s life prior to joining the X-Men. Hugh Jackman proves once more that he is the best actor for the Wolverine character. He truly brings this character to life on the big screen.
Liev Schreiber who plays Wolverine’s antagonist brother Victor Creed makes a strong statement to return in another X sequel, assuming there is one.
The rest of the supporting cast is pretty good as well. I enjoyed seeing some long time X-Men characters Gambit, Deadpool and the Blob on the silver screen.
If you stick around through the end of the credits you will be treated with one of two different endings in this movie. I wont spoil the ending, but don’t be in a hurry to leave if you go to see this film.
Some of the music in this movie was provided by Keel guitarist Marc Ferrarri’s company Mastersource. How cool is that?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a highly enjoyable movie. I highly recommend it!
Rating: Out of 5
L.A. HEAVY METAL MAESTROS STEEL PANTHER TO RELEASE 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING DEBUT ALBUM …FINALLY
The Album FEEL THE STEEL To Detonate Across The U.K. On June 8th
The Single DEATH TO ALL BUT METAL To Explode Into The U.K. on June 15th
Lock up your daughters! Break out your hairspray – Los Angeles’ premiere heavy metal band, Steel Panther, will be releasing their debut album, Feel The Steel, on Island Records June 8th. This mythical musical masterpiece has been 20 years in the making with the band returning in 2009 to reclaim their rightful place among metal music’s heavyweights. Powered by audacious frontman Michael Starr’s fearless vocal charge, the group ignites audiences from every walk of life with their unbridled valentine that goes right for the jugular of the heavy metal repertoire. Joining the effervescent Starr are Steel Panther’s Stix Zadinia on drums, Satchel on guitar, and bassist Lexxi Foxxx.
As word of Steel Panther’s return began to spread around the music community, a who’s who of musical artists stepped up to join the band in reclaiming metals place among the top of the music landscape. Allison Robertson of the Donnas and Justin Hawkins from the Darkness make an appearance on the Steel Panther mantra number, “Party All Day.” Anthrax’s Scott Ian shows up on the soon to be international hit, “Asian Hooker” alongside Slipknot’s Corey Taylor who also appears on the soon-to-be classics, “Eyes Of A Panther” and the first single, “Death To All But Metal.” The single is already making waves at rock radio in the US with programmers declaring, “…a very welcome ‘F U’ to anyone who’s ever questioned whether or not rock has attitude…”
The four member band, known for their outrageous stage presence and gargantuan guitar riffs have been entertaining fans and scores of rock and entertainment VIPs with their raucous antics via L.A.’s longest running heavy metal show on the Sunset Strip for nearly a decade (now running at the infamous Key Club every Monday night). The band also holds residencies at the Green Valley Resort and Casino on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas. UK metal magazine Kerrang recently attended a Steel Panther show and quickly professed: “Hair metal is back and it is here to fuck your girlfriend.”
Known for their lively between-song banter and dead-on affirmation of metal’s ‘golden age,’ the group’s debut effort promises to exude the same Steel Panther bravado and irreverent vitality that has compelled a stable of revered artists join them on stage through the years, including Gene Simmons of Kiss, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee, Perry Farrell, Billie Ray Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Jessica Simpson.
With critics raving that their sold-out brand of ‘unmistakable roaring rock’ has put the fun back in music, the band also carries their unvarnished sense of excess over to their website http://www.steelpantherrocks.com or their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/steelpantherkickass – which embodies another stirring quality of Steel Panther – truth in advertising.
After 20 years in the making, it’s time to let the cat out of the cage…
Are you ready for some of the best hard rock of the year? Heaven and Hell (also known as Black Sabbath with Dio) just released their latest album, and we’re going to blast a couple of songs from it through your speakers tonight! We’ve also got some classic Black Sabbath (with Dio), some solo Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, and more! Classic hard rock from Jackyl, the Four Horsemen, Skid Row, and Iron Maiden is also on tap, along with some lost tracks from Poison, Charlemagne, and Halford. And not only do we have new H&H, we’ve got brand new stuff from Jørn, Sacred Oath, and GMT with Dee Snider!
Tune in to Hard Rock Nights tonight and every Saturday night on classxradio.com from 9-11 pm eastern!
Dream Theater’s Progressive Nation 2009 Tour featuring Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain of Salvation and Beardfish kicks off in July. Check below for tour dates.
Fri July 24th – Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami, FL
Sat July 25th – Rock Hard Live – Orlando, FL
Tues July 28th – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Wed July 29th – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Ashville, NC
Sat Aug 1st – Merriweather Post – Washington DC *
Sun Aug 2nd – Bank Of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Tues Aug 4th – The Palace Theater – Albany, NY
Tues Aug 11th – The Agora – Quebec City, QUE
Wed Aug 12th – Bell Center – Montreal, QUE
Fri Aug 14th – Molson Amphitheater – Toronto, ONT
Sun Aug 16th – The Burton Cummings Theater – Winnipeg, MAN
Tues Aug 18th – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
Wed Aug 19th – Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB
Fri Aug 21st – The Orpheum Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Sat Aug 22nd – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Sun Aug 23rd – Chicago Theater – Chicago, IL
Tues Aug 25th – Temple Hoyne Buell Theater – Denver, CO
Sat Aug 29th – The Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA
* – Additional Special Guests on the 8/1 Washington DC show will be Queensryche
(a special one-off 5 band Progressive Nation bill for 1 night only!)
Hailing from Bilboa, Spain comes a melodic rock 4 piece known as Airless who released their third album “Fight” in December of ’08. Airless is comprised of Robert Rodriguez (guitars), Iñaki Lazakano (vocals) and the rhythm section of Miguel Manjón (bass) and Pako Martinez (drums). Airless formed in 2002 and released their self titled debut in June of the same year. A little under 3 years later the guys returned with their second release titled “2nd Round” bringing even more attention to these Spainards and opening the doors for them to tour with the likes of Tyketto, Riot, and DARE. 2008 saw the release of the band’s third release “Fight” which took the sound of the guys in a slightly harder edge direction trying to capture the energy and rawness of their live show.
For fans of big choruses, melodies, and excellent guitar Airless offers it all plus more, with a sound that mixes a little Firehouse with a little Dokken. There are a few songs on “Fight” where Iñaki Lazakano reminds me of a young Don Dokken, especially on the track “Blame (The Darkness Part II). Rodriguez can hold his own with just about any guitarist in music today while Miguel Manjón and Pako Martinez are as tight as can be as a rhythm section. Other stand out tracks include “Don’t Give Up”, “Now or Never”, and “Crying For Your Love”.