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Slash, Duff McKagen & Matt Sorum Reunite for the Dolphin Project This Monday!

292246-250There is no shortage of Guns N’ Roses fans here in the Brown Paper Tickets offices. Walk by any given desk and you may hear the distinctive whine of Axl Rose’s vocals or a wicked Slash guitar solo coming out of their tiny little computer speakers or headphones. What can we say? Many of us are children of the 90s. So, you can imagine our excitement when we heard about the Kings of Chaos show coming up on Monday, November 18 in Hollywood featuring Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum. Essentially 3/5ths of the legendary Guns N’ Roses! They’ll be performing alongside Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol’s band, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. A veritable who’s who of hard rock!

This is the King’s only North American appearance and it will be an intimate, one-night-only event benefiting Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. The Dolphin Project is an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.

“This is a rehearsal for the BIG one. We plan on taking the show to Japan,” says Ric O’Barry, whose life and work was featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. “We’ll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn’t a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands,” added O’Barry. “Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It’s the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. This concert will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan.”

Kings of Chaos will play the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and will also feature additional special guest performers.

“I’m thrilled to bring a bunch of heavyweights together for a fun night with fans,” said Matt Sorum. “The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved.”

Kings of Chaos made its live debut in Australia earlier this year at the Stone Music Festival and will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.

Once again, this happens this Monday, November 18 at the Avalon Hollywood Theatre in Hollywood, California. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $350 for a V.I.P. experience, including special seating for the show, gift bags and photos with the Kings of Chaos. Tickets are on sale now here, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

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Metal Pioneers Diamond Head Tour the U.S. for the First Time in 35 Years!!

Heavy metal has gone through so many phases in it’s forty-year existence that just saying “heavy metal” isn’t enough to specify what you’re talking about; there’s thrash metal, speed metal, glam metal, industrial metal, death metal, black metal and so on. But, the first heavy metal sub-genre to gain popularity after the initial crop of bands (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest) was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The NWOBHM started in the late ’70s and the bands incorporated elements of punk (which was taking Britain by storm at the time) and played harder and faster than their predecessors, with less blues influences and a lyrical focus on mythology, occultism and fantasy. All this came together to create a tougher sound with crunching power chords and lightening-fast guitar solos.

Key bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal were Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon and Motorhead. Another key, but less recognized act in the movement was Diamond Head. While Diamond Head never achieved the level of success that was reached by some of their peers, they would prove to be a major influence on the thrash metal scene of the late 80’s. Metallica covered a number of their tunes and bands like Megadeth and Anthrax have both cited the band as a key influence in their sound.
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