Artist– THE WINERY DOGS Event– Acoustic Songs & Autograph Signing Date– Wednesday October 7th Time– 7:00 pm
It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: Vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, bassist Billy Sheehan has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But The Winery Dogs are so much more than a supergroup. And they will be at Looney Tunes on Wednesday October 7th. To get into this event you must purchase their new CD “HOT STREAK” from Looney Tunes. After you pick up the CD you will get a wristband to attend this event. The guys will play a couple of acoustic songs for fans and sign autographs
So come on down!!! This is going to be amazing! Each person can get 2 items signed! One will be the new CD and one personal item!
ORDER THE WINERY DOGS CD HERE OR AT THE STORE TO GET A WRISTBAND TO ATTEND THIS EVENT:
NOTE: If you place your pre-order online there is a $4 PayPal fee. When checking out please choose IN-STORE PICK UP. Your order will NOT actually ship, regardless of what shipping option you choose. You can pick up your order at the store anytime, today or on the day of the event.
The Winery Dogs CD and Wristband for event- $17.99
If you like what you see at our event check out the band at there concert at The Best Buy Theater in NYC on Saturday October 10th!
We will have 2 pairs of tickets to this show to raffle off at our event!
Artist– METAL ALLEGIANCE Event– Autograph Signing Date– Saturday September 19th Time– 12:00 PM (Noon) NEW TIME!
METAL ALLEGIANCE will be here at Looney Tunes to celebrate the release of their self titled new album. This new metal act has some of the most amazing metal artists of all time collaborating on some incredible tunes!
CONFIRMED ARTISTS THAT WILL BE ATTENDING SO FAR…..
MARK MENGHI (Metal Allegiance)
DAVID ELLEFSON (Metal Allegiance, Megadeth)
MIKE PORTNOY (Metal Allegiance, Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs)
ALEX SKOLNICK (Metal Allegiance, Testament)
Mark Osegueda (singer) from Death Angel
To get into this event you need to pre order the bands new CD/DVD and you will get a wristband to attend the event. You can order the CD/DVD online here or at the store. If you order online there is a $4 paypal fee. Remember choose “In-Store Pick Up” for all web orders. No matter what you pick, YOUR ORDER WILL NOT SHIP. You can pick up your CD/DVD and wristband on the day of the event or you can come get your wristband today. Just bring ID and your PayPal receipt.
IMPORTANT! – Every person can bring 2 items to get signed. One will be the new CD/DVD and 1 other personal item!
Everyone will get a Poster as well!
ORDER THE CD/DVD HERE TO GET A WRISTBAND TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.
CD/DVD & Wristband $18.99
Heavy Metal is more than a genre, more than an attitude, and certainly more than whatever cheap epithets are dismissively thrown at it by clueless critics. At its best, Metal is a lifestyle, a community, a tribe uniting people across cultural, economic, and philosophical divides with the primal pulse of bombastic and majestic expression.
Never before has one entity encapsulated so many components of the heavy metal community’s continued vibrancy and dedication to the lifestyle than the collective fittingly called METAL ALLEGIANCE. Like the comic book heroes of The Avengersfranchise, the men and women who’ve assembled on the stage and in the studio as METAL ALLEGIANCE come and go as they please, but each arrive armed with unique mythologies and classic discographies of their own, converging with mutual respect and a collaborative spirit. The result is a continuously evolving musical force both serious in its proficiency and celebratory in its enthusiasm and camaraderie.
Now, METAL ALLEGIANCE unleashes an album as pulverizing, energetic, atmospheric, and awe inspiring as fans of the jaw-dropping list of associated bands should expect.
The liner notes for the METAL ALLEGIANCE album read like a massive chunk of a heavy metal encyclopedia, with contributions from past and present members of MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, DREAM THEATER, LAMB OF GOD, SLAYER, EXODUS, MASTODON, PANTERA, TRIVIUM, KINGS X, HATEBREED, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, ANTHRAX, LACUNA COIL, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, PERIPHERY, DEATH ANGEL, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, and ARCH ENEMY. Live incarnations of METAL ALLEGIANCE have seen guest appearances from Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee(MOTÖRHEAD), Wolfgang Van Halen (VAN HALEN), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan.
As Troy Sanders (MASTODON) declared when he joined Metal Allegiance at the NAMM Convention in January 2015: “Holy Shit! I’ve been invited to the All-Star game!”
METAL ALLEGIANCE founder MARK MENGHI describes his relationship with DAVID ELLEFSON, MIKE PORTNOY and ALEX SKONICK in terms of brotherhood, and it was those four who buckled down to write the first batch of original, all new material for the METAL ALLEGIANCE album. As principal architects, ELLEFSON (MEGADETH), PORTNOY (THE WINERY DOGS), SKOLNICK (TESTAMENT), and MENGHI (a bassist and musical instruments industry exec beloved by metal musicians) built a foundation of sonic steel.
“Mark is kind of like the Brian Epstein of the band,” says Portnoy. “He’s the behind-the-scenes mastermind who put the whole thing together. When we began this as a live covers thing, he was the guy moving the chess pieces. When we decided to make original music, he became a huge creative element as a songwriter, as well.”
“Usually in a band, there’s a leader type, there’s a guy that’s more passive, a guy that wants to be a rock star at all costs, and sometimes, there’s a guy on drugs over in the corner,” Ellefson explains. “You have all of these dynamics in a rock band. What’s so cool about METAL ALLEGIANCE is that we’ve got four strong leaders who are all motivated, capable, and very driven. Everybody gets a chance to shine in METAL ALLEGIANCE, and everybody is comfortable when it’s time to step aside, too.”
More than an experiment, a one-off or a “super group,” METAL ALLEGIANCE is an experience. D. Randall Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) lends his blistered pipes to “Gift of Pain,” which features dueling solos from Skolnick and Gary Holt (EXODUS, SLAYER). Troy Sanders (MASTODON, KILLER BE KILLED) sets an ominous vocal mood with the vintage PINK FLOYD infused “Let Darkness Fall,” with Rex Brown (PANTERA, KILL DEVIL HILL) pitching in on additional bass duties. The blend of melodic power from dUg Pinnick (KINGS X) and the metalcore bite from Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED, KINGDOM OF SORROW) on “Wait Until Tomorrow” blends as seamlessly as the duet between Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) and Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL) on “Scars,” or the somber intensity of “Dying Song” featuring Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN).
“The word ‘supergroup’ gets thrown around a lot, and I don’t so much mind the word, but this project feels more like multiplesupergroups to me,” says Skolnick, who’d sat in with the guys for the first time on Motörhead’s Motörboat Cruise in September 2014, which happened to be the first time the collective performed as METAL ALLEGIANCE.
“The name sums it up,” says Portnoy. “It’s all about this camaraderie. The word ‘allegiance’ is perfect. We’re making music for metal fans, by metal fans. We get together to do this and it brings us back to our teenage years, just being fans of this entire genre. That’s the whole reason of doing this. It really is like a brotherhood.”
By December, the core members were writing songs at Portnoy’s home. “Obviously he’s a phenomenal drummer – he’s Mike fucking Portnoy – but many people probably don’t know about his arrangement ideas,” Menghi reveals. “He can just hear things in his head as far as arrangements. If we’re writing riffs, instantaneously he knows how to put a song together within a minute. It’s pretty damn amazing. And Alex? He’s a guitar god. He can just play anything and that’s what this record shows. There are some riffs on here I believe are going to be classic riffs, riffs I’d compare to Dimebag Darrell and ‘Walk’ or James Hetfield and ‘Master of Puppets’; very iconic, very memorable.
“METAL ALLEGIANCE formed as a live act first, that’s a big difference, too,” reasons Ellefson. “When bands perform live you can very clearly see what it is and what it can be. It wasn’t theoretical in this case. Everything was very practical and pragmatic because you can see it, feel it, and you knew what it was capable of becoming.”
Just as the electrifying concept explored by collaborative tribute experiences like HAIL! and Metal Masters eventually led to the founding of METAL ALLEGIANCE in 2014, the collectives’ raucous renditions of classic material from the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, and Pantera in clubs, conventions and cruise ships, however improbably, inevitably led to the creation of an album of brand new material.
“We’ve all existed outside of the things we’re most known for,” says Skolnick, himself a graduate of The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. “But when we come together, the core music that we all love is the same. We all flipped over the first few Van Halen records. We loved original Kiss. When we decided to do Judas Priest’s ‘Victim of Changes,’ we all said, ‘Of course we’re going to do the Unleashed in the East version!’”
“The feel of the music would really give us a good idea of who would be great to sing it,” Portnoy explains. “’Pledge of Allegiance’ is an old-school thrash song, like something off of Bonded by Blood, Kill ‘Em All or the first Death Angel album.” Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) was drafted to sing, with guest guitar parts from Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA), Gary Holt (SLAYER, EXODUS) and Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), one of metal’s most famous drummers but a great guitar player in his own right, too.
Often, the vibe of a song would change yet again once the singer laid down tracks. “Let Darkness Fall” had an IRON MAIDEN feel before Sanders contribution made it doomier. “Dying Song” is another great example. “We definitely wear a few influences on our sleeves, and that song was BLACK SABBATH all the way,” says Skolnick. “But then we put Philip Anselmo on that and he doesn’t sound like Ozzy Osbourne. He sounds like Philip Anselmo! And the riffs may have a Sabbath feel, but for the solos, I was able to tap into Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, stuff I’ve done at live jams, but never before on a record. Then Phil takes it to a whole other place. I’m amazed with what he did with it.”
The album was produced by Alex Skolnick, Mark Menghi, David Ellefson and Mike Portnoy, and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Gojira). The first record of all-original material released under the METAL ALLEGIANCE banner found a perfect home at Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the label venture founded by Markus Staiger (Nuclear Blast) and Monte Conner (ex-Roadrunner Records). The NBE roster includes Nightwish, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Fear Factory, and Killer Be Killed.
“We really surrounded ourselves with good people and good musicians,” says Menghi. “That’s the whole point of it. It’s not about egos, it’s not about who is a better player. It’s more about, ‘Who is a good person?’ That’s the foundation of METAL ALLEGIANCE.”
Ellefson concurs. “The four of us on that ship deciding to go into the studio and make a record was no different than me meeting my buddy Greg in the hallway of Jackson Elementary School and saying, ‘Hey dude, you like KISS, I like KISS, let’s form a band,’” he says. “It was the exact same spirit. That’s what METAL ALLEGIANCE is, that’s who we are. Forget that we’re famous. We all live right around the corner from each other, figuratively or literally. We all share the exact same record collection. That’s the spirit.”
Artist– THE WONDER YEARS Event– Performance & Autograph Signing Date– Monday September 7th Time– 6:00 PM
THE WONDER YEARS will be at Looney Tunes to celebrate the release of their new album “No Closer To Heaven”. They will be here to meet fans, perform a few songs and sign copies of their new CD. You can get into this event buy purchasing the new CD or LP from Looney Tunes now! You can order here online or at the store. If you order online there is a $4 paypal fee. If you order at the store of course there is no fee. If you order online please choose instore pick up. NO online orders will ship. You can pick up your order today or the day of the event with your wristband.
This is going to be an amazing event! See you there!
ORDER THE CD OR LP HERE TO GET A WRISTBAND TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.
Artist– BRIAN BONZ Event– FREE!Performance & Autograph Signing Date– Wednesday August 26th Time– 7:00 PM
BRIAN BONZ will be at Looney Tunes to celebrate the release of his new CD and LP “Misophonia”. Brian is an EXTREMELY talented singer songwriter from Brooklyn New York. You may have heard of Brian from his playing with BRAND NEW and KEVIN DEVINE. This event is a FREE SHOW AND AUTOGRAPH SIGNING! If you like what you hear that night you can purchase his new CD or LP from Looney Tunes that night! We are honored to have Brian come to our store. We hope you will join us for this very special evening.
For a TASTE of Mr. Bonz check this out!
BRIAN BONZ SET TO RELEASE EXCLUSIVE VINYL
ON SIX3 COLLECTIVE JULY
“ Bonz writes sharp, concise songs with hints of folk, doowop,
and ambient” Charles Amber shares from VICE about Brooklyn Native musician Brian Bonz who is set to unleash
his latest LP Misophonia on vinyl via Six3 Collective July 14th. The record marks the third
fulllength effort from Bonz and his backing band the Major Crimes, and it was made thanks to a
successful crowdfunding campaign. Bonz and his guitarist Michael Strandberg produced the
album themselves, enlisting additional help from Chris Bracco on production and mixing duties,
ultimately achieving “the record we wanted to make.”
The album’s title refers to a neurological condition that results in a hatred of sound. “We’d
continually be interrupted by passing forklifts on the street and would have to wait until they
stopped,” Bonz explained in a statement. “One day I decided to quickly open a window and I
held out a mic to capture the aggravated sound of the machinery; we wound up manipulating it
and included it on the record. For this record, I wanted to do things the ‘wrong’ way — methods
that weren’t perfect and didn’t follow certain rules audio professionals swear by.”
Bonz has shared the stage with The Get Up Kids, Brand New, Do Make Say Think, Apostle of
Hustle, Kevin Devine, Matt Pond PA, Vacationer, WuTang Parental Advisory, and more. Bon’z
previous work has been produced by Chris Bracco and John McEntire on Triple Crown Records.