Metal Mayhem ROC: A Heavy Metal Podcast
Black Sabbath  - Vinny Appice  Talks-turning down offer to join Ozzy prior to  blizzard era, replacing Bill Ward in Black Sabbath and discusses the new  Heaven n Hell / The Mob Rules Deluxe Re -Issue

Black Sabbath - Vinny Appice Talks-turning down offer to join Ozzy prior to blizzard era, replacing Bill Ward in Black Sabbath and discusses the new Heaven n Hell / The Mob Rules Deluxe Re -Issue

March 4, 2021

Hello Metal Heads. Welcome to March Madness. What a better way to start the month than with a visit with our old friend Vinny Appice. Vinny is here to discuss the new Black Sabbath re issue and to give us a update on his band Last in Line

Rhino Records salutes the long shadow cast by this short-lived lineup with newly remastered versions of both albums expanded with rare and unreleased music. Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition and Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition will be released separately on March 5, 2021. 

Singer Ronnie James Dio joined Black Sabbath in 1979 and quickly found kindred spirits in guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward. When Heaven And Hell was released in April 1980, the album was met with effusive reviews for the band’s return to form on metal masterpieces like “Neon Knights” and the title track. The album reached #9 in the U.K. and #28 in the U.S., where it was also certified platinum.
 
Heaven and Hell: Deluxe Edition adds several bonus tracks that have never been released in North America, including versions of “Children of the Sea” and “Die Young” recorded live in 1980 in Hartford, CT. The set concludes with live rarities like “E5150” and “Neon Knights” that originally appeared in 2007 on the Rhino Handmade’s limited edition collection, Black Sabbath: Live At Hammersmith Odeon
 
To follow-up Heaven And Hell, the group returned to the studio in 1981 to begin recording Mob Rules, with drummer Vinny Appice joining the band for the first time. Released in October 1981 and certified gold, the album was another Sabbath classic, including standouts like “The Sign of the Southern Cross,” “Turn Up The Night” and the title track.
 
Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition boasts an expansive selection of rare and unreleased recordings. Along with additional tracks from Live At Hammersmith Odeon, the collection also includes a newly mixed version of “The Mob Rules.” The cherry on top is an entire concert recorded in 1982 in Portland, OR. Highlights include stellar performances of “Neon Knights” “Heaven And Hell” and “Voodoo.” 

Metal Mayhem ROC show correspondent and Sabbath expert; "Metal Walt" checks in with recap of the DIO Sabbath Years. Opening with a great discussion filled with the wit -n- humor that only "Metal Walt" can provide.

 

Metal Mayhem ROC Author Andrew Bennett talks ERUPTION IN THE CANYON:  Details of Wolfe calling DLR , Eddie and Al crazy ass Fights and play by play recount of Eddie Jacking up Fred Durst.

Metal Mayhem ROC Author Andrew Bennett talks ERUPTION IN THE CANYON: Details of Wolfe calling DLR , Eddie and Al crazy ass Fights and play by play recount of Eddie Jacking up Fred Durst.

February 25, 2021

Hello #metalheads. It's Thursday and its time for a brand new edition of Metal Mayhem ROC. Jon "The Vernomatic" Verno and Metal Forever Mark present Part 2 of exclusive epic interview with Rock filmmaker Andrew Bennett, author of Eruption in The Canyon212 Days and Nights with the legendary Eddie Van Halen.

Andrew shares the details of Wolfie calling David Lee Roth and leaving a voice message inviting Dave to a jam session at the 5150 Studios. Hear never-before-told stories of when Dave met with the Van Halen's at the studio prior to rehearsals for the 2007 reunion tour

Official website to order www.eruptioninthecanyon.com.  DO NOT USE AMAZON LINK FOR ORDERING !!

 

A revelatory, fly-on-the-wall collection of photographs and stories documenting Eddie Van Halen at work in his famed but seldom seen 5150 studio, from the 2004 reunion with Sammy Hagar through the 2007 reunion with David Lee Roth.

A fortuitous call from a stranger in the middle of the night led to a once-in-a-lifetime assignment. The stranger was Eddie Van Halen. The assignment, as Eddie related it, was to “capture the truth. Show people how hard I work, because that’s the truth.”

Having no idea where this would lead or in what form it might be shared, Andrew Bennett spent portions of the next two years relentlessly documenting everything that occurred inside Eddie’s sanctuary. From rehearsals, recording sessions, and revealing conversations, to vicious arguments, brutal brawls, and a wild encounter with Fred Durst of Limp Biscuit.. He memorialized every square foot of that sacred space, every piece of equipment, and every guitar—including the beloved Frankenstrat.

Featuring more than two hundred photographs, and accompanied by intimate reflections on what the author witnessed, Eruption in the Canyon presents an incomparable portrait of one of the most revered artists in history.

Metal Mayhem ROC Filmmaker /Author  Andrew Bennett talks  ERUPTION IN THE CANYON: Details of EVH chasing Robbers away from 5150 with an UZI, to impromtu meet-n-greets at the supermarket.

Metal Mayhem ROC Filmmaker /Author Andrew Bennett talks ERUPTION IN THE CANYON: Details of EVH chasing Robbers away from 5150 with an UZI, to impromtu meet-n-greets at the supermarket.

February 18, 2021

Hello Metal Heads. It's Thursday and its time for a brand new edition of Metal Mayhem ROC. Jon "The Vernomatic" Verno and Metal Forever Mark share Part 1 of a 2 part interview with Rock Filmmaker and author Andrew Bennett, author of Eruption in The Canyon: 212 Days and Nights with the legendary Eddie Van Halen.

Official website to order www.eruptioninthecanyon.com.  DO NOT USE AMAZON FOR ORDERING !!

A revelatory, fly-on-the-wall collection of photographs and stories documenting Eddie Van Halen at work in his famed but seldom seen 5150 studio, from the 2004 reunion with Sammy Hagar through the 2007 reunion with David Lee Roth.

A fortuitous call from a stranger in the middle of the night led to a once-in-a-lifetime assignment. The stranger was Eddie Van Halen. The assignment, as Eddie related it, was to “capture the truth. Show people how hard I work, because that’s the truth.”

Official website to order www.eruptioninthecanyon.com.  DO NOT USE AMAZON FOR ORDERING !!

Having no idea where this would lead or in what form it might be shared, Andrew Bennett spent portions of the next two years relentlessly documenting everything that occurred inside Eddie’s sanctuary. From rehearsals, recording sessions, and revealing conversations, to vicious arguments, brutal brawls, and a wild heist attempt in the middle of the night. He memorialized every square foot of that sacred space, every piece of equipment, and every guitar—including the beloved Frankenstrat.

Featuring more than two hundred photographs, and accompanied by intimate reflections on what the author witnessed, Eruption in the Canyon presents an incomparable portrait of one of the most revered artists in history.

Best of Metal Mayhem ROC interviews 2020- EVH, Rhoads, Sixx, Chilling with Cliff in ‘83…More!

Best of Metal Mayhem ROC interviews 2020- EVH, Rhoads, Sixx, Chilling with Cliff in ‘83…More!

February 11, 2021

Jon "The Vernomatic" Verno and Metal Forever Mark put together The Best of 2020 highlight episode. This is a fun look back at some of the exclusive  interviews that was featured on the show in 2020. 

Vernomatic revisits the episodes chronicling Rochester NY's Major contribution to the explosion of Heavy Metal on the east coast in the early to mid 80's.

* Metal Mayhem Radio Show- How a young Vernomatic and "The Cheech" followed their passion and started a weekly Metal radio show ,which resulted in a exclusive interview with METALLICA in 1986 .

* "Lakeshore Record Exchange-The Metal Years " the riveting story of how  Ron and Jackie Stein parlayed a import Metal Record store into becoming  one of the top  promoters of metal concerts on the east coast in the mid 80s. Listen to Ron recall how  METALLICA would come to LAKESHORE while  they were in Rochester NY during the recording of KILL EM ALL. 

* The Making Of KILL EM ALL- Here the story of 21 year old Andrew Wroblewski , a aspiring sound engineer, befriend a very young METALLICA and helped record the HOF bands debut album.

* Metal Forever Mark shares excerpts from his exclusive interviews with Don Dokken, Michael Sweet of Stryper, Brian Wheat of Tesla. 

* Vernomatic and Metal Forever Mark team up with  sound bites from there interviews with Metal Comedian Jim Florentine ,Van Halen Expert Author Greg Renoff and Rock n Metal Photographer Mark "WEISS Guy" Weiss. 

This is Just the tip of the iceberg. Hear some of Heavy Metals longest tenured veterans share exclusive road stories of EVH, Randy Rhoads , Nikki Sixx, Metallica . Also exclusive  Mt. Rushmore of Metal lists , Metal confessions and Much ,Much , More. As always , THANK YOU for the support and KEEP IT HEAVY!!

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The Great Metal Debate - Which era of metal ruled ? 80’s/90’s vs  00’s/10’s.The Metal  Mayhem ROC guys fight it out.

The Great Metal Debate - Which era of metal ruled ? 80’s/90’s vs 00’s/10’s.The Metal Mayhem ROC guys fight it out.

February 4, 2021

Welcome to the weekend Metal Heads , hoping everyone's 2021 is starting out well. We are excited to  launch into our third year of this podcast. Both Metal Forever Mark and I have worked our asses off and  appreciate the input and support provided by the metal community. THANK YOU!

Tonight's show- Jon "The Vernomatic" Verno and Metal Forever Mark meet up at the Metal Mayhem ROC studios for a old fashioned, traditional, back-to-the-roots discussion show. 

Metal Forever Mark previews new music from Accept, UDO and Saxon in a fresh "Streaming for Vengeance" segment. He also checks in with some Metal News pertaining to new Butcher Babies and live streaming events .

Vernomatic and Mark go head-to-head in a brand new "Fire 'n Ice"
discussion: "Which era of metal ruled? 80's/90's vs  00's/10's.

And the guys share the all time favorite Live Metal albums in tonight's Mt. Rushmore of Metal Pick.

Kick back, get ready for the weekend and enjoy the show! 

https://metalmayhemroc.com/

Brian Wheat of Tesla- How I turned a record collection hobby into a friendship with Jimmy Page

Brian Wheat of Tesla- How I turned a record collection hobby into a friendship with Jimmy Page

January 28, 2021

Hello Metal Heads! Welcome to the weekend. The Vernomatic and Metal Forever Mark welcome Brian Wheat onto tonight's show. The Metal Mayhem ROC guys take a deep dive into Brian's New book "Son Of a Milkman - My crazy life with Tesla."

Brian shares some insight on the formative years of when City Kidd eventually turned into Tesla and the struggles that all the members endured throughout the years.

Vernomatic and Brian debate Brian's selection of Mt. Rushmore Rockers of all time.

Metal Forever Mark connects with Brian on a personal level as they discuss the effects of the autoimmune condition, Colitis. Some great insight into what Brian has overcame in his lifetime.

Brian Wheat is far from your typical rockstar. As bassist for the multi-platinum band, Tesla, he’s enjoyed the spoils of success and lived the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to the hilt. But it came at a cost, one that took years to repair.

In this deeply honest and utterly revealing memoir, Wheat sheds light on the many challenges he faces, including bulimia, weight issues, and the crippling anxiety and depression caused by his conditions. Just like the songs his legendary band made, this is no-nonsense, blue-collar storytelling at its best. While revealing the vulnerable human behind the bass guitar, this autobiography also offers tremendous stories of life on the road, and collaborations and encounters with legendary figures like his pals in Def Leppard, David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, and Paul McCartney. Son of a Milkman will entertain, surprise, and inspire longtime fans of this enduring band.

 

We are excited to include that this week's giveaway is a free copy of his newest memoir! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter as your entry ticket, and if you're already a subscriber you've been entered! Sign up here!

Raven - Guitarist John Gallagher confirms the rumor of how big of a “wanker” Yngwie truly is while on tour together in the ‘80’s!

Raven - Guitarist John Gallagher confirms the rumor of how big of a “wanker” Yngwie truly is while on tour together in the ‘80’s!

January 21, 2021

Jon “The Vernomatic" Verno catches up with John Gallagher of Raven and the two get down to the nitty gritty surrounded the 2020 release of "Metal City."  Topics include the Behind The Scenes making of their new CD and how Max Norman, the legendary producer, assisted in the engineering of the release. John Gallagher gives insight on the unique chemistry that he shares with his brother Mark and new drummer Mike Heller.

As tradition, John gives us his MT. RUSHMORE OF METAL - "Top 4 Bands he's toured with" and shares a not-so flattering METAL CONFESSION involving a known-wanker “GUITAR GOD."

Metal Mayhem ROC show correspondent "Southern Cal" calls in from the beach of Melbourne Fla with a review of Metal City and a update on what the band has been up to for the last 20 years.

 

About Raven: 

RAVEN is a rare thing in music,  true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will BLEED true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes – 46 YEARS ago!!!) The Gallagher brothers cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter.

The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) inspiring every band of that era and beyond.  Basically,  without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours!

Following a tumultuous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism,  Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band.

In 2001,  guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident – but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever!  This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “WALK THROUGH FIRE” and in the career overview DVD “ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP”.

2014 found the band opening for Metallica (the band that Raven took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completing their finest album to date – ExtermiNation” which was released to universal acclaim from fans & critics alike in 2015!

After a serious heart attack in May 2017 Joe Hasselvander has had to unfortunately relinquish the drum stool….taking over drum duties is the phenomenal  Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) who has immediately injected high energy into the band!

Following an insane blur of world touring over the last 3 years, the guys released another RAVEN opus, “Metal City” in September 2020 taking their game to the next level…a scorcher of immense proportions!

 

In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs “but faceless corporations, RAVEN is a band that is REAL not FAKE – and proud of it! Great talk with one of Thrash Metals true ROYALTY.

The Power - Spotify Link

Top of the Mountain - Spotify 

Raven - Website
Raven - Facebook

 
 
Armored Saint - Find out what happens when snowed in for three days with Metallica in ‘85

Armored Saint - Find out what happens when snowed in for three days with Metallica in ‘85

January 14, 2021

Metal Mayhem ROC Special Interview Edition with John Bush lead singer from the band “Armored Saint.”

Hello #metalheads, “it’s always heavy in here”! We are excited to bring you this special interview, recorded in the Metal Mayhem ROC Studios in Rochester, NY. Metal Forever Mark and the Vernomatic had the opportunity to speak with the Legendary John Bush from Armored Saint. Bush gives insight on the latest Armored Saint release “Punching The Sky” and how the band has been promoting the release without playing live. The guys take a walk down Heavy Metal memory lane with tales from the famous 1985 tour "Ride the Lightning" tour with headlining W.A.S.P., Metallica and followed by Armored Saint. John participates in staple show segment MT. RUSHMORE OF METAL with his top 4 metal singers...listen to see who! 

Leaders and stalwarts of the American heavy metal scene since the early 80s, Armored Saint's eighth full-length album Punching The Sky sees them returning with a hard, diverse, attitude-drenched collection. It's everything that faithful followers have come to expect from them while pushing their signature sound forward. "The goal is to write really good music. I know I'm stating the obvious here but that's about the size of our agenda," says bassist Joey Vera. "We've been able to shed a lot of expectations that sometimes plague a band like ours that has been around a long time, and we've recently moved into a comfort zone with just being ourselves. This record is a reflection of where we’re at, right now." 

With the band's place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. "Part of me feels like I can't believe we've been doing this for that long. It's kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we've been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn't do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we've had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That's what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old."

https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

https://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

http://armoredsaint.com/

“End of The Attention Span”

https://open.spotify.com/track/0ZXfCqbSaymA9otjk7lIQS?si=UGZYkqJwTuqPF9wreu4cYA-

"Missle to Gun"
https://open.spotify.com/track/6NB1gVo28x1LS4OzGjqki5?si=F6UdwxdDREKQGlUtDLOotA

“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”

https://open.spotify.com/track/1t45nu8Bz8V0H1Adc54dvL?si=WyfE-I0lToeprIAKz7W0Gg

 

Anvil  Interview-Lips discusses  LEGAL AT LAST CD  and WHAT NOT to say to Ted Nugent.

Anvil Interview-Lips discusses LEGAL AT LAST CD and WHAT NOT to say to Ted Nugent.

January 7, 2021

Metal Mayhem ROC show episode January 7, 2021

 Jon “THE VERNOMATIC“ Verno  brings in 2021 with a catch up interview with  Steve “LIPS” Kudrow from ANVIL to discuss the 2020 release of  LEGAL AT LAST CD. Lips shares the details of how the 2020 European tour was abruptly cancelled and how they have kept busy during the COVID-19 Layoff.

Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band now consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar), Robb Reiner (drums), and Chris Robertson (bass). As of 2020, the band has released eighteen studio albums, and had been cited as having influenced many notable heavy metal groups, including Megadeth,  Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica

The band, in particular Kudlow and Reiner, was the subject of the 2008 documentary film, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, directed by the screenwriter and former Anvil roadie Sacha Gervasi. Upon its release, the film garnered critical acclaim from many major publications, and has since brought the band renewed recognition, including opening slots with AC/DC and Saxon. Appearances at major heavy metal festivals, including Download, Loud Park and Hellfest, and independent music festivals like Bumbershoot and SXSW, also followed the release of the film

Vernomatic gets the inside scoop on the positive effects of the Documentary on the band, and how THIS period is there “GLORY DAYS”. The guys also reminisce about the early days of anvil and how the band transitioned from 70’s hard rock act to an 80s Metal band which leads to Lips sharing a secret about the “MOTOR CITY MADMAN’’ Ted Nugent.

Vernomatic welcomes Metal Mayhem ROC Correspondent “SOUTHERN CAL” to the show. Cal provides commentary on the band, An in-depth review of the new LEGAL AT LAST CD as well a sample of a few choice cuts from the disc.

Feature Interview Show links:

https://open.spotify.com/track/12GQZzDHMdjfzKYvLEwATn?si=4JQ7mzGtSq6-bqDrtrbIJw

https://open.spotify.com/track/6jLH9DqRaPCPUnToaqzmjL?si=mQxfhO3DQVWL6EoTtx0qjQ

https://open.spotify.com/album/4ae6neJzQHVg26wX86Ok4l?si=EBWyKPKBRBGa0SUsvd7ipw

https://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal

https://twitter.com/AnvilMetal666

New Years Eve Special - A Diehard’s Journey in Rock’ ‘N’ Roll - Dean Dilorenzo

New Years Eve Special - A Diehard’s Journey in Rock’ ‘N’ Roll - Dean Dilorenzo

December 31, 2020

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Jon "The Vernomatic" Verno welcomed Dean Dilorenzo on the show to discuss Dean's new book: "A Diehards Journey in Rock n Roll."

From AC/DC to ZZ Top, meet the man who has met so many iconic bands. Dean is from downstate New York, followed his passion for Rock n Roll and created a book that captures his journey over the last 35 years. 

His book includes autographs, ticket passes, guitar pics and photos from backstage parties, tour bus shenanigans and random run-in's. It's a great story and just proves that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it and believe in ROCK N ROLL! 

Truly leaves you in awe. I've found myself reading certain chapters over and over to relive some of memories. Be sure to check this out. #rockon

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