Welcome to 2013! I hope the New Year finds you all well, and brings you much health and prosperity. 2012 was definitely a busy year for me and for Metal Babe Mayhem. I’d like to take this chance to share some of my Highlights and Accomplishments with you, in addition to my Top Shows and CD’s of the year. I’d also like to pay tribute to the friends and musicians that we lost during 2012.
Thank you for reading, and for your continued support.
All the best in 2013!
Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
My top 12 Highlights/Accomplishments
I went to (at least) 80 club shows/concerts (Between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Tampa)
In addition to writing for All Access Magazine and My Blog Site, I began writing for print magazines Tampa Bay Mayhem andRock N’ Roll Industries
Aside from my Blog Site, I was published 18 times (13 times in All Access Magazine, four times in Tampa Bay Rocks, and once in Rock N’ Roll Industries.)
I came out with five new Graphics for Metal Babe Mayhem including: Kiss of Death, Skull Love, MBJD 13, Living Dead Girl, and Pick Me!
I released 31 new Products/designs for Metal Babe Mayhem, including men’s and women’s t-shirts, tank tops, baby dolls, and long-sleeve shirts, red/white/black guitar pick earrings and necklaces, ‘Metal Babe on Board’ Car Hangers, Coasters, and MORE.
I performed with Alice Cooper Tribute band Nightmare (at least) 10 times.
I put on my first official Metal Babe Mayhem 5/19/12 at the Stonebreed warehouse with Stonebreed, Octane Mob, Lit Soul, Wretchid Child, Keli Raven, and Capital Sin
I represented world-wide event 100,000 Musicians for Change by sponsoring/emceeing my own Event at Paladino’s on 9/29/12. Fracture, Octane Mob, Snatch Magnet, Dr. Hump, and Blackwater performed. Eric and Joe from The Hard Way did an acoustic song, and Rob Chevelle from Lit Soul voiced his thoughts on the subject.
I played in two scenes in “Last Curtain Call,” which is a movie staring Maleki Theory and Gilby Clarke about an aspiring rockstar that has neglected his family for his music career. However, he gets dementia just as he is about to get his big break. Now he is trying to make up for lost time, but it may be too late. The movie is done, and being edited right now, so keep a lookout!
I began selling Alchemy Gothic Jewelry, and Merchandise for local Los Angeles bands, starting with Stonebreed. (More bands coming soon.)
Bon Jovi – Paramont Studios – This was a private event put on by Mastercard. The show was truly amazing, and the rain definitely added to the whole environment. I spent the night completely soaked and rockin’ in the rain with Bon Jovi, and it was absolutely phenomenal. It was a 1 1/2 hour set. Mostly hits. They opened with ‘Lost Highway,’ and my personal highlight of the night was ‘Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars.’ I wish I could have spent all eternity there. Rain or Shine. I don’t care. It was pure heaven.
Jon Bon Jovi and Friends – Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. – I went to Las Vegas for the Tiger Woods Benefit show with Jon Bon Jovi and Friends. This was, again, one of my favorite Bon Jovi experiences. The show was mostly cover songs and obscurities, with a few hits thrown in.
The Cult – Live on Jimmy Kimmel – This was a free outdoor event that was broadcast live for Jimmy Kimmel. “For the Animals,” which was The Cult’s first single from their latest CD “Choice of Weapon” was aired live for the world to see. But we all got to see four more songs, including “Wild Flower,” “Honey from a Knife,” “Lucifer,” and classic Cult song “Love Removal Machine.”
Def Leppard – House of Blues – This was another free show that Def Leppard shot for a live YouTube webcast. Seeing a band that has sold over 100 million CD’s in a club that only holds 1000 people was absolutely phenomenal. The sound at the HOB has never sounded so good, their full set was all old school tracks, one after the next, and the band even did a Q&A Session after their performance.
Dio Disciples – The Avalon – The 2nd annual Benefit Show for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund took place on Halloween Night at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood, CA. They held an award ceremony, silent auction, and costume contest. Circus Berzerk performed throughout the night, and there were performances by the Dio Disciples, and an All-Star Celebrity Jam. During the night, I talked to Geezer Butler, Joey Belladonna, Joey Vera, David “Rock” Feinstein, Doug Aldrich, Bjorn Englen, Brian Tichy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, and Michael Devin about Ronnie James Dio. There are hardly words to describe the love that filled the air that night for. I am truly honored that I was able to participate in this magical event.
Kamelot – One of the most amazing and talented bands out there. I am lucky that I have been able to see them perform twice.
L.A. Guns – Webers – Every time I’ve seen Phil Lewis and L.A. Guns it has been an awesome show. This was another one for sure!
Jon Oliva’s Pain – The Ritz in Tampa, FL – Jon Oliva’s Pain performed a ‘one-off’ show in their hometown before heading to Europe for their Savatage 30 Year Anniversary Tour. Being the die-hard Savatage fan that I am, I HAD to be there! It was such an amazing experience, from start to finish. Just sharing my love for Savatage and Jon Oliva with a room full of like-minded people was incomprehensible. It felt like home… I am so thankful I was experiencethis event, and make Savatage history.
Richie Sambora – Henry Fonda Theatre – Bon Jovi’s lead guitarist and solo artist Richie Sambora is played the Henry Fonda Theatre in support of “Aftermath of the Lowdown,” his 3rdsolo release to date. This was the first time that I’ve ever seen Richie Sambora play solo, and I was seriously impressed. Sambora’s set primarily focused on songs from “Aftermath,” which was admirable, knowing that fans are always ecstatic to hear ANYTHING Bon Jovi. It was an absolutely amazing and intimate experience, with a killer and varied set. I am so glad to have had this opportunity. Although it was a first, I sure hope it is not a last.
Wednesday 13 – For anyone who knows me, you know that I am absolutely OBSESSED with Wednesday 13. I saw him play several times during 2012, and had the time of my life at each show. I’m counting down the days until I can see him again on February 13th!
My Top CD’s for 2012:
I bought at least 50 new CD’s during 2012. However, there were only a few that were actually released during the year. Most of the CD’s I buy have been previously released, and lately, I’ve been getting into a lot of European Metal, such as Brainstorm, Blind Guardian, Stratovarious, Nightwish, etc…. Plus, I think I spent most of the year listening to Wednesday 13 (Over, and over, and over again. Only stopping for some Murderdolls or Gunfire 76 here and there.) However, I could come up with nine CD’s for my list:
Accept – “Stalingrad”
The Cult – “Choice of Weapon”
Dio – “The Very Beast of Dio Volume 2”
Kamelot – “Silverthorn”
L.A. Guns – “Hollywood Forever”
Lillian Axe – “X1 The Days Before tomorrow
Richie Sambora – “Aftermath of the Lowdown”
Geoff Tate – “Kings & Thieves”
Wednesday 13 – “Calling All Corpses”
I know many of you lost people that were near and dear to you during 2012. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families… I would like to call special attention to the following friends and musicians that were lost during the year:
January 25th – Mark Reale, 57, guitarist and founding member of Riot
March 3rd – Ronnie Montrose, 64, guitarist and leader of Montrose
April 5th – Jim Marshall, 88, nicknamed the “Lord of Loud.” Founder of Marshall Amplification
June 6th – Wayne Matthew Gwyer, 43, singer and founding member of Wretchid Child
July 16th – Jon Lord, 71, English composer, pianist and founding member for Deep Purple
July 31st – Razor, 49, – founder and frontman for Metal Knights
November 1st – Mitch Lucker, 28, singer for Suicide Silence