Archive for December, 2010

As a lifelong KISS fanatic, my interviews with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have always ranked among my highest honors. These are the rare interviews where I catch myself awestruck just realizing my childhood heroes have called my home phone. Really? Wow! Even my parents have to admit it’s pretty cool that their little KISS hellion pursued […]

Before Southpark Meadows was home to Bed, Bath & Beyond, it was a sprawling cow pasture that hosted some of the biggest rock concerts in Austin. How big? During the 1990s, I was at Southpark Meadows for Metallica with Fight, Suicidal Tendencies and Candlebox; Van Halen with Skid Row; Pearl Jam with the Ramones; and […]

By Metal Dave Glessner Some punk-rock snob will find reason to argue, but I like to think of Nikki Sixx as Johnny Thunders without the obituary. Certainly both are/were minimalist musicians, but their creative sense of style and swagger refashioned rock-n-roll like few others before or since. From the haywire hair, stacked heels and black eyes […]

ABOVE: Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain and their “designated” SXSW driver (photo by Bob Widenhofer). BELOW: Syl dolled up (photo by 2Fast2Die) By Metal Dave When news broke last March that legendary punk guitarists Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome would debut their new band, Batusis, at a small Austin club […]

I first met Vains of Jenna in 2006 when half the band was too young to drink (what happens in Austin, stays in Austin … especially during SXSW). The kids from Sweden were being hyped as a new-generation Motley Roses, so of course I went sniffing for trouble and immediately liked what I found (as […]