Metal Hammer Live Review: Garcia Plays Kyuss (Dublin)

9 09 2010

I do love a good Vanessa Feltz joke..

Garcia Plays Kyuss

Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin

When seminal stoner rock band Kyuss imploded back in ’95, they left behind a legacy that is pretty much unparalleled even to this day. Sadly for many here in Andrew’s Lane Theatre though, they never got to hear those songs played live before thanks to a combination of age and geography, so it makes tonight’s Garcia Plays Kyuss show that much more momentous when the former frontman steps out onstage to destroy our ear-drums with the thunderous Thumb. Backed by a band that are as solid as Vanessa Feltz’s bed-frame, their performance is a bit like Kyuss karaoke and for the next hour and a bit John Garcia dusts down the diabolically heavy likes of Hurricane, Gardenia and Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop as Dublin sings along to every word. While it’s heart-breaking to see Josh Homme continue to fanny around courting the corporate mainstream with Queens of the Bland Age instead of rejoining his first band, it’s not all bad though, as finally hearing these songs live and in person is utterly life affirming . Not surprisingly Garcia is having as much fun as the crowd and is justifiably hailed as a God during set closer Green Machine. If tonight has taught us anything, it’s that good songs might get a little old sometimes, but great songs will live on forever. R.I.P. Kyuss.  [8]

Edwin McFee





New Issue Of Metal Hammer On Sale Now

29 06 2010

As the title may suggest, the new Metal Hammer is out and my reviews of Metallica in Belfast and Garcia Plays Kyuss in Dublin are in there as well as some words on Download and the new Mael Mordha record. Go have a look.

Here’s what’s in the rest of the issue-

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THE GOLDEN GODS are here! Read all about the biggest and best metal awards show in the world! The winners, the losers, the live sets, the girls, the gods and the massive amount of Jagermeister that inevitably accompany the celebrations! OZZY OSBOURNE talks to Hammer about his world-beating return to form album and the new band that created it. And KORN explain how they’re gone back to their roots for the best album in years!

We pay tribute to fallen hero RONNIE JAMES DIO, speak to GLENN DANZIG about his latest dark opus and welcome back Swedish true metallers, GRAND MAGUS with their latest offering, Hammer Of The North. RAMMSTEIN’S Christoph Schneider tells us his life story, we put the difficult questions to former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist DUFF MCKAGAN – not least about his most recent Duff McKagan’s Loaded project, and ALICE COOPER tells us about the making of his classic Welcome To My Nightmare album. Metal Detector this month talks through SHADOWSFALL’S impressive back catalogue.

Also in the magazine is your very own Official IRON MAIDEN ‘Final Frontier’ pin badge, a massive artwork poster and SLIPKNOT poster too!

The CD this month is our frankly awesome The New British Empire CD with tracks from the best of the UK underground from bands that are soon to break out of it! FEED THE RHINO, THE DEFILED, TRC, FURYON, TURBOWOLF and many many more!

Also in the magazine: BLACK BREATH, KVELERTAK, STEEL WING, BRING ME THE HORIZON, VINNIE PAUL, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, EYEHATEGOD, MELVINS, SLAYER, METALLICA and many more!