Cliff Burton: Metallica’s Mellow Misfit

By Metal Dave Anyone who thinks Cliff Burton has been turning in his grave since “Master of Puppets” may have to reconsider after reading Joel McIver’s 2009 biography, “To Live is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica’s Cliff Burton.” According to the author’s interviews with band mates, friends, family and peers, Cliff was…

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,…