December 18, 1990 |
The buzz outside the Spectrum after Sunday night's concert wasn't caused by earsplitting decibels alone. The gab on the stadium steps, the talk on the subway, testified to one thing: Heavy metal has a new crown prince. His name is Dave Mustaine. His band is Megadeth. Though headliner Judas Priest looked impressive with a quarter-million- dollar light show and an elaborate stage set, Megadeth wowed the Spectrum's rabid headbangers with superior firepower. Sunday night's show was an exhibition that pitted Priest's old-fashioned heavy-metal thunder against 'Deth's new heavy-metal lightning.
August 12, 1991 |
Billed as Operation Rock and Roll, Saturday night's hard-rock extravaganza at the Spectrum was meant to echo the hit-and-run victory of Operation Desert Storm. And perhaps that's why the show - over six hours long - bombed. Five bands (Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Dangerous Toys and Metal Church) were featured. But even though tickets were priced at $19.50 - less expensive than the $22 and $25 souvenir T-shirts - the Spectrum was not even a third filled. A rally for Saddam's Republican Guard in downtown Kuwait City would have drawn a larger crowd.
May 30, 1986 |
"Trans-Sonic: A Festival of New Music" this weekend offers two nights of the experimental sounds that have come to be called "new music. " New music's pioneering use of synthesizers and other electronic hardware has yielded an intricate, abstract music whose sound ranges from the lush and densely layered to the spare and minimalistic. "Trans-Sonic" features both local and national figures prominent within the genre. Tonight, the Mikel Rouse Broken Consort makes its Philadelphia debut.
December 13, 1990 |
Most of you head-bangers know exactly how to look and act at a Judas Priest concert. But interlopers need some help. You know who you are - skeptical parents, teens crossing over from the Monkees on Nickelodeon, first-time buyers of large motorcycles. Here are a few ways you can prepare between today and Sunday, when the heavy-metal daddies do those horrifying things at the Spectrum. If you don't already have long hair, it's a little late to grow some. Consider covering up with a black-leather-and-metal-stud headband.
April 5, 2004 |
Touring in support of their debut album, Permission to Land (Atlantic), hard-rock revivalists the Darkness landed at the TLA on Friday, enchanting the sold-out venue with a 75-minute set. The English group's stylistic provenance was clear from the moment the sheer curtain dropped. Guitarist Dan Hawkins sported a Thin Lizzy T-shirt and bass player Frankie Poullain, mustached and leather-clad, appeared to be the result of a Judas Priest closet raid. Charismatic frontman Justin Hawkins (brother of Dan)
April 18, 2014 |
WAKE UP, heavy metalheads. Big news. No, the members of Judas Priest haven't actually become priests and joined a church choir. The University of Pennsylvania is dedicating a brand, spanking new, state of the art throwing venue in time for the Penn Relays next week. The digs will be named the Irving "Moon" Mondschein Throwing Complex in honor of the former Penn track coach, who will be there to hold a reunion with a bunch of alums. Or "all of his humps," as Penn throwing coach Tony Tenisci referred to the athletes Moon coached during 22 years of his life.
January 4, 2015 |
Seeing the parody band Steel Panther - at a pre-New Year's Eve sell-out at the Theater of Living Arts on Tuesday - was an impressive, stupid, and perfect way to end 2014. At first glance, the show was just a pastiche of Hollywood glam-metal, circa 1981. The kiddish profanity of its albums (e.g., 2003's Hole Patrol ), the rude, oversexed lyrics, the exaggerated, rock-on antics, teased hair, and costumes mirroring the tacky metal lifestyle of the 1980s - all something of a joke. Or would be, except for the authenticity of the band's recorded output, and its powerful gigs with the (after all)
May 2, 1999 |
Before the bodies of the 14 teenagers and one teacher had even been removed from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., the search for possible causes of the mayhem had begun. Both Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris apparently listened to the notorious "satan musician Marilyn Manson and the industrial band KMFDM. They also wore black trench coats, black clothes and occasionally hung out with people who experimented with the odd stick of eyeliner. So being Goth was added to the list of reasons why these two teenage boys became teenage terrorists.
July 18, 1990
Life had not been easy for Raymond Belknap and James Vance. It hadn't been any easier for those who encountered them. According to court records, both had been abused as children, both had problems with drug and alcohol abuse, were violent, had brushes with the law, carried guns, and dreamed of being mercenaries. On Dec. 23, 1985, the two were hanging out, smoking dope, drinking beer and listening to heavy metal music. In a fit of violence, they trashed the room, jumped out the window, and ran to the playground of a nearby church.
August 28, 2004 |
What the sold-out crowd at the Tweeter Center needed more than anything around 9:30 Thursday night was a voice of reason. Thank the metal gods for Judas Priest front man Rob Halford. Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward had just delivered the buzz-kill news to the 25,000 members of Ozzfest Nation, some of whom had been at the annual metal-thon all day - enduring such atrocities as Lacuna Coil's bad Evanescence impersonation and the comically ghoulish goth-thrash of Dimmu Borgir: Ozzy Osbourne had bronchitis and would not be fronting Sabbath this evening.