Orianthi knew when she picked up a guitar at the age of 6, her life would never be the same. Her instant affinity for the instrument quickly grew into a full-blown love affair. Growing up in a Greek family in the southern Australian town of Adelaide, she was already familiar with the piano, which she began to play at age 3. Her father had played in a Greek band and always kept plenty of instruments around the house. But, the day she was introduced to an acoustic guitar was the day she knew what her life’s passion would be. Not many people discover their destiny so early. She was special and determined. She began to scour her dad’s record collection which included many talented guitarists who were also quite accomplished songwriters, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Santana, Cream and many others. His eclectic tastes exposed her to a wide variety and she developed an appreciation of many different genres. Of course, growing up in the mid 80’s, a decade ripe with many larger than life rock ‘n’ roll guitarists, she also listened to and studied a lot of Van Halen, Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Satriani, etcetera.
At age 11, her father took her to see Carlos Santana and she was smitten. “That show really affected me,” she recounts. “I begged my dad to get me a second hand electric guitar so I could be like Carlos. And that was it, no more acoustic!” She idolized Carlos and collected all of his videos spending hours learning his solos note for note until the tapes were worn out. At 15, she left school to pursue her passion full time and played in a local cover band in Adelaide. She opened for Steve Vai and ZZ Top and the opportunities really began to blow up. As luck would have it, Carlos Santana toured through Oz again when she was 18. Upon hearing of her, she was invited to his soundcheck to jam with him. He was so impressed that he invited her to join him on stage where she played for 35 minutes and took a solo in front of her hometown audience. By the age of 20, after honing her songwriting skills, she was ready to branch out from the cover band and do her own music. When Orianthi released her first independent record, Violet Journey in 2005, Carlos introduced her to Paul Reed Smith, who quickly granted her a valuable endorsement deal. She was able to realize her dream of moving to America and a year later she signed a major record deal with Geffen.
An on-stage appearance with Carrie Underwood at the 2009 Grammy Awards proved to be a turning point in her career.She went from little-known guitar prodigy to the latest buzz on the internet. One day much to her disbelief, Michael Jackson called her and asked if she would be his guitarist on some arena dates in London and the subsequently ill-fated This Is It concert series. She readily accepted and immediately joined the ranks of prestigious guitarists who worked with Michael, like Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Jennifer Batten and more. Sadly, the world lost one of its most treasured musical icons and the tour never happened. However, Orianthi was present at all the rehearsals leading up to Michael’s death. “Working with Michael was a life changing experience,” she reflects, “one I will never forget. I learned so much from him.”
Orianthi released her major label debut Believe in the fall of 2009. The album produced the platinum single “According To You” which was a worldwide hit. Coming off the success of Believe and headlining shows around the world, Orianthi was asked to join Alice Cooper’s band in 2011. “I love working with Alice. I admire his longevity as an artist and he gives 110% every night,” Orianthi said. “I’ve learned something valuable from all the artists I have had the privilege to work with,” she says. That list is extensive and runs the gamut from Steve Vai, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Michael Bolton, Prince, ZZ Top, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Dave Stewart and more.
All these experiences have now given her the freedom, credibility, and confidence as an artist to make the kind of records she wants to make. Her eclectic style and versatility belie an exciting and varied career that continues to grow and expand and defies the tendencies of an industry quick to pigeon hole an artist into one linear direction. She found a kindred spirit in producer Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, SuperHeavy). Together they recorded her latest album Heaven In This Hell to be released March 12, 2013. The album is melodic, riff heavy rock, energetic blues, and a sprinkle of country and pop. “We were able to record with musicians I respect, creatively exchanging ideas and playing together live in the studio…the way I want all my records to be made. Dave is my producer but also a friend and collaborator. We had a lot of fun jamming and hashing out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us, “ said Orianthi, “I’m really excited to share this record with the world.”
ADAM INTERVIEWS NATASHA LYONNE FROM "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK" LISTEN HERE
** The Cult is releasing its ninth album, Choice of Weapon, on May 22. Written by founding members Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, and produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality) and Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush, The Cult's SonicTemple), early press reviews say that the new album is the best album the band has made since the Platinum Sonic Temple.
** The Cult kick off their 2012 world tour on May 25 with a 22-date U.S. tour (supported by Against Me! and The Icarus), then head to Europe in late June and July to play festivals and some headline shows. Over the course of the Euro dates, they will share stages with GN'R, Ozzy & Friends, Garbage and Faith No More.
** Choice of Weapon reflects the survival in today's volatile world where the sense of entitlement is growing, where we are more and more bombarded by "ones and zeros," where the "hate-nots" increase on a daily basis. What weapons do we choose to insure a sane future? A Pen? A Camera? A computer? Education or religion? - and not de-evolve into a "Hunger Games" type scenario?
Adam Talks with Kyle Petty SNEAK PEEK This interview will air on Tuesday, May 1st. The event takes place Wednesday, May 2nd @12pm. Please do not be misled by the "tomorrow" references in this pre-recorded interview. LISTEN HERE
ZAKK WYLDE promotes his book "Bringing Metal to the Children" LISTEN HERE
THE FOURTH ANNUAL REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW is coming up next week in L.A. GENE SIMMONS will RECEIVE THIS YEAR’S “GOLDEN GOD AWARD”! DEE SNIDER of TWISTED SISTER will host the “Black Carpet” pre-show! Dee checked in with the Dog’s Adam Savage and did a great interview. If you missed it… LISTEN HERE
"Iron Man" will be available online and in stores on Nov. 1.
Iron Man My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath By Tony Iommi
In the late 1960s, the music world was inundated with folksy songs that reflected the hippie subculture. When a band called Black Sabbath entered the scene around 1968, their dark music and heavy subject matter-war, famine, and political corruption-shocked and angered people. Despite the pushback, Black Sabbath continued to rail against the usual flower-child fare-and in the process inadvertently birthed a new genre of music: heavy metal.
But it was their lead guitarist, Tony Iommi-the only original member of Black Sabbath who stayed with the group from its inception-who would come to be known as the father of heavy metal. In his memoir Iron Man, he tells how, when he was a teenager, the ends of the two middle fingers on his right hand were sliced off by a piece of machinery. Doctors were able to take skin from one of his arms and graft it to his fingertips, but Iommi would never play the guitar normally again. He had to learn how to compensate for his disability by making the music sound "fuller." Today, he's credited for inspiring and producing the deeper, more powerful musical tones for which Black Sabbath became famous.
In 2000-thirty years after it was first released-Black Sabbath won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for their song "Iron Man." They even performed at Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. But their success wasn't immediate or without hardship. From drug and alcohol abuse, to marital discord, to being called "Satanists," to constant management problems and exits by band members-most notably Ozzy Osbourne-the musicians of Black Sabbath didn't have an easy time of it.
Even their lighter moments were a bit macabre. One memorable story centers on Ozzy fishing from the window of his room at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle. He caught a shark, hauled it through the window, and proceeded to drag it into the bathtub-where he eventually dismembered it, soaking the room in blood. And then there's Iommi himself, a prankster who enjoyed setting drummer Bill Ward's beard on fire-that is until the time when the fire got out of control and Ward received third-degree burns.
In Iron Man, Iommi gives us a glimpse of what he experienced as a member of this legendary group, taking us through some of the band's most bizarre moments onstage and backstage, and bringing us from the recording studios to the (trashed) hotel rooms. Throughout, we see the camaraderie within the band, as well as the struggles each member went through on their way to the top of the charts.
Adam Interviews James Roday and Dulé Hill of the USA Network series "PSYCH" CLICK HERE
"To Predict and Serve"
CULT HIT SERIES AND FAN FAVORITE “PSYCH” STARRING JAMES RODAY AND DULÉ HILL RETURNS TO USA NETWORK ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT 10/9C FOR ITS SIXTH SEASON
Pop Culture Icon William Shatner Joins Impressive Lineup of Guest Stars for Season Six including Danny Glover, Kristy Swanson, Corey Feldman, Joey McIntyre, Malcolm McDowell, Jason Priestley, John Rhys Davies, Wade Boggs, Molly Ringwald & WWE Superstar The Miz
HAZZARD NATION CONVERGES ON THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS AUGUST 13 & 14 If you are driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in mid August, don’t be surprised if you see scores of ‘General Lees,’ the orange 1969 Dodge Charger which has become the most recognizable car in the world. And don’t be surprised if you see a gal that looks like Daisy Duke, because Catherine Bach, who played Daisy in the hit TV series “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be there among the several thousand fans gathering for the First Annual ‘Hazzard Homecoming’ in Sperryville, Virginia. Ben Jones, the former Congressman who is surely better known as ‘Cooter’ from the show, is presenting the event along with his better half, Alma Viator, who has become known to Dukes fans as simply “Miss Alma.” The couple has propelled the Dukes’ craze to unbelievable heights. They own and operate two popular Dukes themed store/museums called ‘Cooter’s Place,’ located in Gatlinburg and Nashville, Tennessee. Fans have also demonstrated their love for the popular show through the years by gathering for an annual festival Jones and Viator created that began in Sperryville in 1999. Sperryville is nestled in bucolic and scenic Rappahannock County, adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park and the Skyline Drive. “We started the event here and called it ‘DukesFest’ ten years ago,” says Jones. “But, it outgrew Sperryville and eventually ended up with nearly 100,000 fans in Nashville at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds & Music City Motorplex. The event continued to grow, and in 2007 we bequeathed it to John Schneider (Bo Duke).” Jones adds, “John has been too busy to continue ‘DukesFest’ for the last couple of years, and we want to get back to our roots here.” Fans near and far are expressing interest in attending. “People from several states away have already contacted us about coming to the event, as well as folks from Canada, France and England”, says Viator. “They love the ‘Dukes’ and they know all about the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southern hospitality.” Front and center are the stars, and Hazzard Homecoming will feature personal appearances from many cast members including Bach, Jones, the great James Best, who played Rosco P. Coltrane, as well as deputies Enos (Sonny Shroyer) and Cletus (Rick Hurst). Jones notes, “I’m hoping that stars Bo and Luke, John Schneider and Tom Wopat, can drop in, but John is doing a TV series, and Tom is starring in a new Broadway musical, but you never know.” In addition to the popular meet & greets, there will be a car show featuring an estimated 50 General Lees, a small stunt show, two days of music, great food and family fun. Events at Hazzard Homecoming will feature festival style seating, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. “Back when we started ‘Cooter’s’ here some years ago, we would have country music on Saturdays, and gospel and bluegrass on Sundays,” says Jones. “I think we’ll stick with that for the Hazzard Homecoming. I’ve already booked country star T. Graham Brown and some others. There is no tellin’ who might show up.” The “Dukes of Hazzard” series, which originally aired 1979 through 1985, is once again getting high ratings, now on Country Music Television (CMT). “Each generation that comes along falls in love with it,” says Jones. “They never say ‘The Dukes was a great show.’ They always say ‘The Dukes is a great show.” Discount tickets for Hazzard Homecoming are on sale now at www.cootersplace.com. Advance tickets are $15 for Saturday and Sunday, or $10 for one day, plus a $2 handling charge. At the gate, a weekend pass is $20 and a single day ticket is $15. Children 10 years and younger are free, as well as seniors 65 and over and U.S. service men and women with proper military ID. Hazzard Homecoming will be held at 12018 Lee Highway, Sperryville, Virginia, 22740. For more information about the festival, call (615) 872-8358
JOHN OLIVER AND FRIENDS ARE BACK! THE SECOND SEASON OF "JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND-UP SHOW" PREMIERES THURSDAY, MARCH 24 AT MIDNIGHT Oliver is a correspondent and an Emmy® Award-winning writer on the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which he joined in 2006. His first COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up special, “John Oliver: Terrifying Times,” premiered in April 2008 and he currently has a recurring role on NBC’s “Community.” Along with Andy Zaltzman, Oliver also writes and stars in a weekly podcast, “The Bugle: Audio Newspaper for a Visual World.” Oliver has been nominated for both Emmy® and Writers Guild Awards and won the Breakout Award for his stand-up comedy performances at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2007.
Adam Interviews Kerri Kasem & Nikki Sixx Click Here
Adam Interviews Dio Drummer Vinny Appice. Click Here
The 1st release from the late, great Ronnie James Dio estate's imprint label, Niji Entertainment... DIO At Donington UK: 1983 & 1987, which hits stores in the U.S. on Tuesday, 11/9 (containing two complete, vintage, live DIO concerts!)
I already have many tatts, but got this specific design in honor of all women who have suffered with breast cancer…Moms, sisters, cousins, aunts. The ribbon says "All Moms" instead of just the traditional "Mom". It also features the initials of two people who died from cancer recently, one of whom was a great friend who whose funeral was going on at exactly the same time as the tatt was going on. I feel very strongly that tattoos should mean something, and not just be a fashion statement. - Adam
Tattoo shown is from Eternal Color Tattoos & Piercing. During the month of October 5% of any tattoo and 50% of any tattoo containing a pink ribbon will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation in support of breast cancer research.
Adam Interviews Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamessa & Jason Bonham in from Black Country Communion Click Here
Visit www.bccommunion.com and download "One last Soul" for FREE, which can also now be heard on The Dog! Black Country Communion is a devastating head-on collision between American and British rock influences—a true supergroup that delivers a rock experience greater than the sum of its supremely talented parts. The seed for Black Country Communion was planted when legendary frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and master blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa combined forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues event. The brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), the band added to its rock lineage with powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). Named after the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, Black Country Communion began rehearsing and recording tracks written by both Bonamassa and Hughes at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010. Their debut album will be released September 21, 2010 on Bonamassa’s J&R Adventures label. The band is planning a tour of select venues in 2011.
Adam Interviews Bruce McCulloch from Kids in the Hall! Click Here
Peter Frampton and son Julian ROCK together on the single "Road to the Sun". Listen to the interview: Click HERE
Dog's 13 year old Karaoke Star! Isiah rocked the house with songs from Queen and Black Sabbath. Listen to him go live with the Dog's Adam Savage. Click HERE
SCORPIONS - HERMAN THE GERMAN INTERVIEW Herman was the drummer during the earlier days of the Scorpions, and was featured on their MONSTER hit “Rock you Like a Hurricane”. The Dog’s Adam Savage spoke to him last week and he’s up to some very interesting stuff. Get the interview now >> Click HERE
Click HERE to listen to Adam Savage interview Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
From their debut in 1976, Triumph set the tone for the hard rock and heavy metal bands that followed. They shared stages with the likes of Ozzy, Judas Priest and Van Halen, and produced hits like "Lay It On The Line" and "Rock & Roll Machine".
CLICK HERE to listen to Adam Savage talk to members of Triumph about their latest project.
On Friday January 21, Adam had special guest Ed Stasium in the studio. Ed was on the air talking about the new Ramones documentary showing this weekend at the Abbey Theater in Durango. Ed was one of the key engineers, mixers and producers of the Ramones - and now lives in Durango. Read more here.
The Dog's Adam Savage speaks to Don Felder former Eagles member!