Friday, August 28, 2009

AC/DC: Rock and Roll Train Keeps Goin', Chicago's United Center

AC/DC: Rock and Roll Train Keeps Goin'
The United Center - Chicago, IL, USA - August 14, 2009
by Jackie Lee King, photo by Dan Locke

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of AC/DC's best selling record of all time "Back In Black," but they've been around since 1973. Brian Johnson (Vocals) is in his 60's while the youngster, in more ways than one, Angus Young (Lead Guitar) clocks in at 54. How can a bunch of blues lovin' blokes still inspire young girls to flash their boobs; even while their fathers are at the same show? It's very simple, they keep it simple.

The band has aged, but can still rock and roll like nobody's business. They play a mean 12-bar blues amped up by a wall of Marshall's along the back of the stage. Time has taken its toll on Brian's voice, but now he seems to be able to sing the Bonn Scott (Original vocals - Deceased) songs a lot better than the ones that he originated. Regardless, both eras of the band were well represented in their current tour for their latest release "Black Ice". The band banged out the hits, or should I say 'spread em' right there in front of God and everyone, much to the delight of the crowd. [Of course the Almighty was there; he was catching up with his ol' devilish friend Angus].


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Macy's and IZOD/Indy Apparel Host Meet with IndyCar Series Drivers, August 27, 2009

Macy's and IZOD/Indy Apparel Host Meet with IndyCar Series Drivers, August 27, 2009

Macy's on State Street
Chicago, IL, USA

Macy's welcomed Race Car Fans with a chance to meet Al Unser, Jr., Arie Luyendyk and Ryan Hunter-Reay, legends of the racing game. The first 150 customers had the opportunity to receive a complimentary IZOD/Indy baseball cap and autograph Hero Card signed by Al Unser, Jr., Arie Luyendyk and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

See you guys on the Speedway.

Interview with Chicago's G.L.C.

Interview with Chicago's G.L.C.
Concucted in August 2009
by Tamara Jenkins

With Chicago artists finally getting their due, rapper G.L.C. is positioning himself to become the next big thing from the Windy City. G.L.C., born Leonard Harris, made an impressive debuted on Kanye West's The College Dropout CD when he was featured on the song "Spaceship"; his follow up performance on "Drive Slow" proved he was a natural who could hold his own alongside rap heavyweights like T.I. and Paul Wall. Countless guest appearances and collaborations later, the 31 year-old rapper recently completed work on his debuted CD entitled "Love, Life and Loyalty". UnRated Magazine recently got a chance to talk to G.L.C. to learn about his past, present and future.

How did you get started in music:

Well, I got started at a very young age doing talents shows like in elementary school and park districts. Entered talent shows and I rapped LL Cool J raps, I did original raps, Ice-T raps, I won talent shows and I figured, hey, I could do is something with this. A few years later met a guy by the name of Kanye West he was making beats. He was like 15 at the time, we were both very young. A friend of mine introduced me to him, said he makes some cool beats, went over to his crib, heard the beats, we had a lot of things in common, became good friends, and we began working together at a young age and still work together today.

Read the full interview at

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

One Lucky Devil - An interview with Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead - House of Blues Chicago, August 30, 2009

One Lucky Devil - An interview with Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead
Performing at the House of Blues, Chicago, IL, USA, August 30, 2009
Interview Conducted August 2009
by Melanie "Sass" Falina

It's been 34 years since Motorhead was born, and in that time Lemmy Kilmister and company have been on a lot of tours. This tour coming up is no different from most - beginning in just a few days and snaking around the U.S. and Canada through October, then picking up again over in Europe until practically the end of 2009 - and with few days off in between.

""Yeah, well, days off cripple you on tour," says 63-year old, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister in the frank manner in which he says most things, "But it's what I do. It's what I'm supposed to do, I feel."

Each and every musical road warrior has to somewhat adjust to the wear and tear that touring does to you physically - and that too is something that the iconic Kilmister takes in stride. Not only is he used to it after so many years, but he really couldn't imagine it any other way.

"Everything seems ok so far. I've got type 2 diabetes but I've had it for years, you know? It's not going to change anything about my lifestyle; I just take the pills and hope for the best. You can't stop everything you do, you know, because that's just a different life then and I'm not interested in that.


Monday, August 24, 2009

All The World's A Canvas – An Interview With Paul Stanley of KISS

All The World's A Canvas – An Interview With Paul Stanley of KISS
Interview Conducted July 2009
by Melanie "Sass" Falina

Any rock music fan knows who Paul Stanley is. Paul Stanley is the Starchild, the lust-oozing singer and guitarist of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock and roll.

Onstage he's a commanding presence, somewhat of a rock and roll preacher - if you will; a crooner, a lover, and a circus leader. And those jumps he makes in six-inch, knee-high boots are poetry in motion.

Paul Stanley is 'the one with the star painted on his face,' but the canvas Stanley works with goes far beyond the realm of greasepaint and lipstick. Although coming to know Paul Stanley as an artist may seem to some as if it's a new development in the man's life but it's far from it. Having majored in art, Stanley graduated from the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City - the school that the movie and television show Fame were based on.

As if Stanley doesn't already have a lot on his plate with the recording of a new KISS album, touring with the band, and having an infant and toddler at home, he is also bringing his artwork back to the Chicago area for an exhibit of his work.

Stanley is scheduled to appear at his exhibits on September 11 and 12 at Wentworth Galleries in Schaumberg at the Woodfield Shopping Center.

Read the full Interview at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ThunderUnderUs, Underground Lounge, August 20, 2009, Chicago, IL

"I feel my mullet growing back!"

I'm like most of us, not making those music millions but commute to work to pay the bills and help keep this web site coming to you all. I usually do not have a chance to listen to radio, but this morning tunning in to one of my favorite morning hosts, Jonathon Brandmeier on the Loop (WLUP, 97.9, Chicago), a young lady getting her chance to get the 5 minutes of fame. She plugged her husbands band in, Thunderunderus (Thunder-under-us). By the way, Thunder Under Us will be performing tonight, August 20, 2009 at the Underground Lounge, Clark and Newport, Chicago. The song they played had mixed Love it or Hate its, but over all it was a pure hair band song. If you are into hair metal as many categorize, I would say they seem to have some fun and sound like the band Jackyl. That tells me you will be able to kick out a couple of cold ones and have a very good time...

So I will say I love it... I'm more of a thrash head, but all for you, glad to see heavy metal hitting the youth. Not just us who grew up in the 1980s.

Underground Lounge
August 20, 2009
Clark and Newport
Chicago, IL
Kick Ass Mullet Hair Metal, as Johnny B stated, "like a monster stripper coming in to kick your face in."

This is a benefit show..


Heaven and Hell on the Black Bible Tour at Chicago's Charter One Pavilion, August 18, 2009

Ronnie James Dio of Heaven and HellHeaven and Hell on the Black Bible Tour at Chicago's Charter One Pavilion, August 18, 2009

Ronie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, stopped by to bring some old time heavy metal to Chicago fans. Currently on tour titled The Black Bible Tour 2009, Heaven & Hell performed the classics such as Neon Nights, Sign of the Souther Cross and newbie Dehuminizer.