Jamieson’s New Comedy Album Is Another Reminder Of Why He Is Still One Of Today’s Top Comics

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Comedian and television personality Don Jamieson will release his fourth comedy album next week.  Jamieson, known for his time as co-host of VH1 Classic’s hit series That Metal Show and as host of SportsNet NY’s game show Beer Money, will release his new comedy album Denim and Laughter Feb. 21.  The album’s title and cover art is a direct tribute to Saxon’s 1981 album Denim and Leather.  The performance, captured Oct. 19, 2019 at an undisclosed location, is another example of why he is one of this generation’s top comic talents.  That is due in part to the content that makes up the body of his set.  This will be discussed shortly.  The pacing of the set is also important to note in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed a little later.  Jamieson’s stage presence rounds out the most important of the performance’s factors.  It will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Denim and Laughter.  All things considered, they make this latest stand-up offering from Jamieson another work that will bring any listener to tears of joy well beyond its first listen.

Don Jamieson is one of the elite comedians of this era. The three stand-up albums that he has already released – Live & Hilarious, Hell Bent For Laughter and Communication Breakdown – more than do their share to prove that statement.  His latest album Denim and Laughter cements that reputation even more.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of the presented set.  Jamieson takes on a variety of topics,  including political correctness, bands who claim they are reuniting “for the fans,” and even VH1 Classic’s placement on most cable providers’ lineup and how that played into the show’s eventual demise.  As if that isn’t enough, he also takes on a familiar topic in the division between craft beer and original beer.  This bit immediately lends itself to comparisons to Denis Leary’s bit about beer.  It would be interesting to know if that bit played any part in Jamieson’s own bit about the topic.  Along with those topics, Jamieson also takes opportunities to poke fun at Sebastian Bach and  very famous song from 80s rock band Warrant among so much more.  Put simply, Jamie’s set runs the gamut from start to finish, even taking on media bias and politics, hinting that he might be a Trump supporter.  Hopefully he isn’t, but that aside, the hint alone that he might be is enough to warrant a notice for audiences.  Even with that in mind, Jamieson, again, presents a wide range of content throughout his set, most of which will still generate plenty of laughs from audiences.  To that end, the content alone makes this performance well worth experiencing.  It is just one of the aspects of the performance that makes it worth taking in.  The set’s pacing adds its own engagement and entertainment to the performance.

Jamieson’s set in this recording runs a total of 44 minutes.  Throughout the course of that run time, He never once goes too fast or too slow.  Rather, he finds just the right moments throughout the give audiences moments to take in the various punch lines and to prepare for the next bit.  That ability of the audience to prepare for the next bit is controlled by Jamieson himself as he works through each transition on his own time.  Case in point is his transition from his bit about tea tree shampoo to his jokes about the National Football League  and how it has changed over the years for the worse.  The two topics are completely unrelated, so Jamieson gives just enough time between the topics to make sure audiences make the transition with him.  As he makes his way through his ruminations about the NFL’s negative changes, the transitions from topic to topic are themselves just as smooth.  Another good example of the success of the pacing in Jamieson’s set comes as he transitioned from an anecdote about touring with Zakk Wylde to jokes about Black Sabbath, Gwar and how a Gwar concert tied into an alleged experience on a flight.  Jamieson’s timing and pacing throughout the roughly seven-minute-plus span is seamless, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment in its own right.  In yet another example, Jamieson transitions just as easily from his joke about the impact of a celebrity roast involving Sebastian Bach to an equally funny bit about a well-known song from Warrant.  That bit, by the way, really leaves one wondering and laughing in hindsight.  It really is timely in a weird way.  Getting back on track, the examples presented here, when considered along with the rest of the show, make clear why the pacing of the set is just as important to its presentation as the set’s material.  It is not the last of the recording’s most notable items, either.  Jamieson’s stage presence throughout the performance rounds out its most important elements.

From start to finish, Jamieson’s presence in his performance is just as solid as his pacing.  He presents a certain confident swagger, even connecting with certain audience members directly.  On the surface, that doesn’t seem overly important.  However, on a deeper level, this is important to note because it says to the rest of the audience that Jamieson wants to make sure his audiences knows that he cares what the audience thinks.  He does so by acknowledging those specific audience members.  That interaction, in its own way, translates to the rest of the audience, letting them know that he is not just up on stage, but on stage and really interacting on a personal level, as if the audience members were his best friends.  That personalization of the set, of sorts, reflects back on Jamieson, encouraging his confidence that much more.  The end result is a presence that, again, throughout the set never falters.  That confidence plays back into his pacing, and in turn, makes the performance that much more entertaining.  When this is considered alongside the overall content, the whole of the noted elements makes Denim & Laughter a presentation that ensures laughter from audiences.

Don Jamieson’s new comedy recording Denim & Laughter is an enjoyable new offering from the veteran entertainer and television personality.  That is proven in part through the material that makes up the body of Jamieson’s set.  It ranges from the timeless to the random and riotous to even some more dated material.  That whole provides plenty for audiences to enjoy.  Jamieson’s pacing throughout the course of the nearly 50-minute set does its own share to ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The same can be said of Jamieson’s stage presence throughout his performance.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Denim & Laughter another positive performance from one of this generation’s top comic talents.  It will be available Feb. 21 through Metal Blade Records.  More information on the recording is available online along with all of Jamieson’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.donjamieson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donjamiesonofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/realdonjamieson

 

 

 

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Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Lineup Announced; Tickets On Sale Now

Courtesy: Danny Wimmer Presents

The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is coming back to California this year.

The annual festival is scheduled to be held October 13 and 14 at Sacramento’s Discovery Park.  Now in its seventh year, the festival will be headlined this year by System of a Down, Alice in Chains and Deftones.  This year marks the first time that System of a Down has performed at the festival.

Along with being the band’s first year at the festival, System of a Down’s performance at the Aftershock Festival will also be the band’s first announced U.S. appearance in three years.  It is also part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration of its landmark self-titled album’s release.

While System of a Down, Alice in Chains and Deftones are the two-day festival’s planned headliners, they are not the only bands on the bill.  Also scheduled for the performance are Godsmack (which is currently touring in support of its brand new album When Legends Rise), Incubus, Seether, Jonathan Davis (whose latest solo album Black Labyrinth is scheduled for release May 25), At The Drive-In and Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (who are currently working on their latest album) as well as Bullet For my Valentine (whose new album Gravity is scheduled to be released June 29), Sevendust (whose album All I See Is War is out now) and many more.  The full lineup for this year’s festival is noted below.

The current band lineup for Monster Energy Aftershock is as follows: System Of A Down, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, At The Drive-In, Seether, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Black Veil Brides, Hellyeah, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Everlast, GWAR, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns, Dance Gavin Dance, Monster Magnet, Red Sun Rising, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Dorothy, Wage War, Plague Vendor, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, All Them Witches, Slothrust, The Dose, Viza, The Jacks and more to be announced.

Providing food for this year’s festival will be a variety of vendors including: Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC, Danny Wimmer Presents’ affiliate concessionaire.  Food trucks will also be on hand, providing savory and sweet treats from: Angry Bird Grill, Bacon Mania, Barrett’s Burgers, Barrett’s Sliders, Big Joe’s BBQ, Bubba’s BBQ, Cousins Maine Lobster, Dippin Dots Ice Cream, Dogtown, Drewski’s Hot Rod Sandwiches, Florez Bar & Grill, La Mex Taqueria, Mac Attack, Mount Olympus, Sausage King, Smokin’ Hot Pizza, Spicy Pie and Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant.

Beverages will be available from a variety of vendors, including vendors for festival-goers 21 and older.  Those vendors include: Caduceus Vellars & Merkin Vineyards Wine Garden (owned by Tool/A Perfect Circle/ Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan) and the Belching Beaver Bar (featuring drafts from the Vista, CA brewer including the Phantom Bride IPA, a collaboration with the Defones).  Mrkt N Jolt will also be on site, offering hot coffee, cold brew and other items.

As if the music, food and drink isn’t enough for festival-goers, this year’s festival will also offer lots of entertainment options.  Those options include the Monster Energy Experience, which gives audiences the chance to meet and greet the bands while also sampling the festival’s various offered drinks, The Music Experience, which is an interactive exhibit and music instrument retailer.  Non-profit animal rescue organization Take Me Home will also be on-site along with Dyin 2 Live/FXck Cancer, a wish-granting organization.  Fans can buy music from the festival’s bands on site at the f.y.e. Fan Experience.

Festival-goers can win prizes and check out the latest products from Zippo Lighters at Zippo Encore and charge their phones at SWFTCharge.

Tickets and VIP packages for this year’s festival are on-sale now.  Prices are listed below.  Service fees on all ticket purchases include a $0.50 charity fee for the T.J. Martell Foundation, a foundation aimed at researching and fighting cancer.  Active military personnel get discounts on their tickets through GovX.

Initial ticket prices will be as follows:

  • 2-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 + fees
  • 2-Day Weekend VIP: starting at $299.50 + fees
  • Single Day General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
  • Single Day VIP: starting at $179.50 + fees

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes to the venue, shaded VIP hang area with seating for dining, a VIP-only viewing area of main stage, video screens featuring a live feed of main stage inside the VIP hang area, upgraded food and drink selections, dedicated VIP restrooms and commemorative VIP Monster Energy Aftershock laminate.

A park & ride shuttle is being offered again for this year’s festival as parking at Discovery park is very limited.  Every ticket includes parking at Sleep Train Arena and non-stop shuttle directly to the festival site.

The Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and fueled by Monster Energy.  It is sponsored by f.y.e., Coors Light, Jack Daniels, Zippo Encore, The Music Experience, SWFTCharge, Fxck Cancer, Ace of Spades, Take Me Home and Belching Beaver.  More sponsors will be announced later.

More information on this year’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.AftershockFestival.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AftershockFestival

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AftershockSac

 

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The Gwar-B-Q Is Back!

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The Gwar-B-Q is back!

Gwar will hold its seventh annual Gwar-B-Q this summer.  The annual summer festival returns to Richmond, VA on Saturday, August 20th.  It will be held this year at the historic Hadad’s Lake.  It is already known that along with lots of great food, Gwar will perform live once again.  And just as with last year’s festivities, the B4BQ will be held the day before the Gwar-B-Q.  The music festival will feature a vast array of bands, raffles, giveaways, and much more.  More information on the B4BQ and the Gwar-B-Q is available online now at http://gwarbq.com.  The band has also posted a trailer for this year’s Gwar-B-Q online via its official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_dNJBzyJe8&feature=youtu.be.

 

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

 

 

 

More information on this year’s annual Gwar-B-Q is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:

 

 

Website: http://www.gwar.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GWARofficial

 

 

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Battlecross Announces New Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records/Century Media Records

Battlecross is heading back on the road again this fall and winter.

Battlecross announced this week that it will headline the 2015 edition of the Winter Warriors Tour. The tour, which is in support of its latest full-length studio recording Rise To Power, kicks off Friday, December 11th in Pittsburgh, PA. The six-date tour runs through December 18th in Flint, MI. The band has teamed up with the Veterans Ticket Foundation again in order to offer free admission to the tour for the nation’s military veterans. Vets wanting to attend one of the upcoming shows can sign up for that free admission online at http://www.vettix.org beginning next Tuesday, November 17th. As an added means of honoring America’s veterans, the band is donating a portion of sales from its shirts to VetTix so that veterans and their families can attend the band’s shows and other events in their respective areas for free. The band will also spend all day November 11th honoring America’s veterans via its official Twitter page at http://twitter.combattlecross. Those military families that want their veterans to get a shout out from the band tomorrow can submit said person(s) name(s) online at http://smarturl.it/honoravet.

Battlecross won’t be alone when it hits the road. Havok, Nekrogoblikin, and Black Fast will serve as support acts for the length of the tour. General public tickets for the Winter Warriors tour go on sale this Friday, November 13th. Those that purchase tickets in advance will be entered for a chance at a free guitar.

Battlecross is currently touring alongside its label mates in Gwar. The bands will be at the NorVa November 11th in Norfolk, VA. From there they will head up the East Coast before heading south again for a performance at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on November 17th. The bands will also perform live at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC on November 24th. These are just some of the bands’ upcoming live dates. Battlecross’ tour schedule with Gwar and its upcoming schedule on the Winter Warriors Tour is noted below.

Battlecross tour dates – “Winter Warriors 2015”
w/ Havok, Nekrogoblikon, Black Fast

Dec. 11 – Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 12 – Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL *Battlecross and Black Fast only
Dec. 13 – Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
Dec. 14 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Dec. 17 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
Dec. 18 – The Machine Shop – Flint, MI *3rd Annual BattleChristmas

Remaining Battlecross tour dates
w/ GWAR:

Nov. 11 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Nov. 12 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 13 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
Nov. 14 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Nov. 15 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
Nov. 17 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Nov. 18 – Exit / In – Nashville, TN
Nov. 19 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Nov. 20 – Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
Nov. 21 – EaDo Party Park – Houston, TX
Nov. 22 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
Nov. 24 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
Nov. 25 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Nov. 27 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 28 – Venue 578 – Orlando, FL

More information on Battlecross’ upcoming tour dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://battlecrossmetal.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/battlecross

 

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Former Gwar Guitarist’s Side Project Will Wow Fans

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

When Gwar guitarist Cory Smoot died from an apparent heart attack in 2011, both fans of Gwar and the metal masses the world over mourned at his passing.  While Smoot may be gone, fans now have quite the impressive way to remember him, thanks to The Cory Smoot Experiment. 

The Cory Smoot Experiment was recorded in 2010, before the guitarists passing.  What will obviously be the only release from The Cory Smoot Experiment, “When Worlds Collide” is a fitting sendoff for this metal favorite.  The album, which was originally intended to be a concept album, has ended up being more metal instrumental than anything else.  Given, many of the songs do include vocals.  But the vocals are the sole setback to this release.  The balance of the vocals to the music was somewhat off.  But that’s not an entirely bad thing.  That’s because it allows fans to really focus that much more on Smoot’s technical expertise as a guitarist.  Expertise would be an understatement in describing Smoot’s abilities as a guitarist.

On the album’s opener, ‘The Blood Red’, Smoot showed his abilities in old school thrash metal.  His riffs are saw sharp throughout the song.  He showed that he could switch tempos without missing a beat.  And just as he showed his thrash chops with ease, he followed that up with a display of his ability to play just as expertly when he played slower, in ‘Fortunate Sun’ before kicking back into high gear on ‘Religion is Fiction.’  Smoot showed over and over again on this record how talented he was as a high speed metal technician.  But he had far more talent than just with high speed thrash style metal.  He showed his bluesy chops in ‘Brainfade.’  Most of the song is a stripped down acoustic piece that showed a whole different side to the guitarist.  If one hadn’t known, one might think this song was actually something from fellow metal favorites, Hellyeah.  Of course, it does eventually break into a more Arch Enemy style song later on.  Regardless, it’s that impressive as a piece to the larger picture that is an impressive tribute to the memory of Cory Smoot.

“When Worlds Collide” is available in stores and online now. It can be ordered direct through Metal Blade records online at http://www.metalblade.com/smootfamilyfund.  All money raised through the sale of this record will go directly to the Smoot family Fund.  The fund was set up to raise funds to help support Cory’s wife Jaime and daughter, Corie.  More information on the Cory Smoot Fund is available online at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smoot-Family-Fund/187924507981760 and at http://www.metalblade.com/smootfamily fund.

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Gwar To Tour This Fall

 

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Gwar is returning to the road this Fall.  The intergalactic metal mutants will take to the road along with Devildriver and Cancer Bats for the Fate or Chaos Tour.  The tour will kick off October 12th at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania alongside Devildriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder.  Cancer Bats addition to the tour follows its recent string of U.S. dates with Demon Hunter.  The band is touring in support of its new album, “Dead Set on Living.” The Fate or Chaos tour stretches thirty-four dates across the country, including a date at Amos’ in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 22nd.  Fans can get a full list of Gwar’s tour dates online at http://www.gwar.net, http://www.facebook.com/gwar, http://www.myspace.com/gwarofficial, http://www.gwarjapan.net and http://www.youtube.com/gwar.

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