It’s been a bit since I last checked in. Lets recount what has happened since my last blog post: We released our new record “Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty” on Sept 7th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment… what a trip it has been. I first and foremost wanna thank everyone involved in the making of that album. Alex, Mike, Dave, all the vocalists, guest guitarists, EVERYONE at Nuclear Blast USA and Europe/UK, etc… It was a ton of work and a true labor of love. Being one of the writing core-4 members is a lot of work, but this time around I co-produced the album with Alex and we slaved in the studio to make what we like to think is our ultimate thrash metal record (at least to us). I put my heart and soul into PDM, the music, the lyrics, the production… and hope you’re all digging it. I put the most pressure on myself as I am the “lesser known” and if I am writing, recording and performing with musicians like Alex, Joe Satriani, etc… I better be on point. Now that I think about it I have written, performed and recorded with some pretty legendary musicians and its insane to think about. Where most people have the experience with their band and the same people in their respective bands, I have the privilege of juggling over 4 dozen musicians. hahahaha its definitely a trip!
I’m truly humbled by the experience and most certainly do not take it for granted. With that, we also had our record release show the night prior on Sept 6 at the Gramercy Theater in NYC, a ton of press surrounding those days, a few in-store autograph signings, etc…
Fast forward to this past Sat night 10/27/18 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY where myself, MP, Alex and Blitz portrayed our heroes; Geezer, Bill, Tony & Ozzy and paid tribute to a band from Birmingham England called Black Sabbath. It was a total blast getting into Sabbath mode. We covered their first album along with a few other choice Sabbath selections. I spent a great deal of time learning all the Geezer nuances (plus I emailed Geezer a few times to annoy him if I have the correct notes and tunings on certain tunes). hahahaha
It was also fun to look the part as well. I searched high and low for the right wig (hair), Shirt (thank you Amazon), necklace (thank you Alex), etc… I even shaved my beard (which I still can’t believe I did) to get the mustache just right. Yes the mustahce was real! (Alex had the fake one). This is the first time I have been cleaned shaved in years. No bueno! Never again. The afternoon of the gig Alex and I searched high and low, up and down Williamsburg B’KLYN at used clothing shops, vintage clothing shops, etc… to try and find bell bottom jeans. But no luck there. I’m still continuing the search because I have a feeling we are going to do more of these Sabbath shows (wait, I might have to shave again???). Was a total blast.
Looking into the future, we have our next massive “big” MA show on Jan 24th 2019 at our home away from home, The House of Blues in Anaheim, CA! More to come on that soon.
Thank you all for the massive support. Its greatly apprecieated!
– All photos by MA camera man Scott Diussa
– Geezer Butler Photo by Black Sabbath