Jani Lane: RIP 1964-2011

By Metal Dave Glessner Like a lot of heavy metal snobs, I took my share of jabs at Warrant for being too “fluffy.” I do, however, admit to liking some of their songs and I always appreciated Jani Lane’s party-guy personality. Although I never met him, he seemed like a cool guy. Like his music or…

Review: Twisted Sister DVD Captures Pivotal 1982 Gig, NY Steel Reunion, 9/11 Interviews

By Metal Dave Glessner Twisted Sister got obscene amounts of mileage from their clownish mid-1980s MTV videos and well-fought battles against Tipper Gore’s censorshit campaign, so it’s refreshing to see a couple lesser-known chapters of the band presented in the recently released double-DVD  “Twisted Sister Double Live: North Stage ’82, NY Steel ’01.” Disc One finds…

Riverboat Gamblers: Punk Rock Pirates

PUNK ROCK PIRATES: Gamblers Ian MacDougall (aka Capt. Photogenic), Fadi El-Assad and soon-to-be-overboard singer Mike Wiebe with a hatless Metal Dave. Arrghh!! By Metal Dave Glessner What happens when the Riverboat Gamblers hijack a double-decker party barge and throw a punk-rock barbecue bash on Lake Travis? According to an early announcement from the ship’s crew,…