Listen to MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE Cover THE BEATLES’ ‘Helter Skelter’

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson have released their joint cover version of THE BEATLES’ classic song “Helter Skelter”. You can now listen to it above.


Zombie and Manson will kick off their 29-date North American trek tonight (Wednesday, July 11) in Detroit, Michigan.


The two artists previously toured together in 2012 on the “Twins Of Evil” tour.


Asked how the idea for him and Manson to cover “Helter Skelter” came about, Rob told Rolling Stone: “We had been talking about doing something together for these shows — that he should come onstage during my set and we’d do a song. But we couldn’t think of what song. After we talked, later that night I was home and I just thought the obvious song is ‘Helter Skelter’… It’s so obvious that neither one of us thought of it! And then I figured, ‘Well, rather than us just doing it onstage, why don’t we take it one step further and record it and put a new spin on it?’ That way, rather than just doing some impromptu jam together, now the fans will go, ‘Oh, there’s the song I’ve already heard, and now they’re doing it.”

Regarding how they approached the song in the studio, Rob said: “Well, my thought when it comes to covers is to stick close to the original. Because in my mind, what’s the actual point of doing a cover if no one can recognize it? So with our version, I think it varies as much as it can from the original, but not so much that it becomes a different song.”


Zombie said that although his band was used during the recording sessions for “Helter Skelter”, “Manson and I did our parts separately. I was on the East Coast and he was in, like, Spain or something, on tour,” Rob explained. “We were communicating the whole time, but it wasn’t possible to get in the studio together.”


Zombie released his latest album, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, in 2016. Manson issued “Heaven Upside Down” in 2017.

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Mortiis to tour South America for the very first time with halts in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador


Mortiis set to re-release ‘Perfectly Defect’ album on vinyl (3 versions) and CD


For the first time ever, Mortiis will be performing shows in South America during the ‘Era 1 South American Mini Tour’. The following shows have been booked for November:


14/11 – Santiago, Chile
15/11 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
16/11 – La Paz, Bolivia
17/11 – Quito, Ecuador
During the gigs Mortiis will do a special performance of “Ånden Som Gjorde Opprør”, his second full-length album that was released in 1994, a year after his debut album, “Født til å Herske”.


Era 1 refers to all works previous to “The Smell of Rain”. All of the Era I albums were notably composed entirely on synthesizers, creating a sound that Mortiis described as “dark dungeon music”. The last album of this era, “The Stargate”, went a step further by introducing a wider range of instruments including acoustic guitars, flutes and dark vocals; mainly provided by Sarah Jezebel Deva.

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LIVE REVIEW: Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino of ANGEL at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago July 7, 2018




Photos by Cassandra D Balazic for MK ULTRA Magazine and may not be reproduced in any manner with the expressed written consent of the photographer. Review by Alex Zander



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On the Rocks (On Earth as It Is in Heaven 1977)

Can You Feel It (On Earth as It Is in Heaven 1977)

Wild and Hot (Sinful 1979)

Rockin’ in the City (Frank DiMino solo 2016)

Straight Shooter (Punky Meadows solo 2016)

The Fortune (Helluva Band 1976)

Cast the First Stone (On Earth as It Is in Heaven 1977)

Don’t Leave Me Lonely (White Hot 1978)

I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (White Hot 1978)

Got Love If You Want It (White Hot 1978)

Anyway You Want It (Helluva Band 1976)

Feelin’ Right (Helluva Band 1976)

Rock & Rollers (debut 1975)


Tower (debut 1975)


The Live Band 

Frank DiMino lead vox

Punky Meadowns lead guitar

Danny Farrow rhythm guitar

Charlie Calv keyboards

Steve Ojane  bass

Billy Orrico  drums


There’s no point at all of explaining or introducing the band ANGEL. They were a huge part of my youth and I would go onto play their albums long after their break up which was just prior to the launch of MTV. ANGEL were custom built for the fledgling music video network. But it was too late ANGEL had parted ways for decades at least until Eddie Trunk announced : Legendary Rock Group Angel will appear at the 2016 Vegas Rocks! Hair Metal Awards in Las Vegas on May 15th. The group will receive the Glam Rock Legends Award in honor of their contributions and influence in music. Accepting the award will be Punky Meadows, Frank DiMino, Gregg Giuffria, Barry Brandt, and Felix Robinson. This will be the first time all band members have been onstage together since 1980.



Angel, the legendary glam band from the 1970s that wore all white and had the most sultry hair in rock history, gathered for the first time in 35 years.

They didn’t play a note, and they did not need to. Punky Meadows, Gregg Giuffria, Frank DiMino, Barry Brandt and Felix Robinson took the stage to accept the Glam Rock Legends award, and there we witnessed the biggest ovation of the evening.

Eddie Trunk stood with them and delivered a passionate introduction speech, and event organizer Sally Steele, the editor/publisher of Vegas Rocks magazine, was the one who made it all happen.

“I do have to take credit because it was my idea, and all the guys from Angel were up to it, so we brought them all in,” Steele said. “I was very glad they were all here because there’s no guarantee it will ever happen. I mean, no one is thinking they’re going to be going to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame because they’re too busy inducting rap bands. They don’t even know what glam-rock is!”

This was the first time since like 1980 that Punky Meadows has shown his chiseled face — not including a recent solo CD on a minor label — and Steele, who has been hob-nobbing with rock stars for decades, was as stunned and excited as anyone just to meet him.

“Punky is still so hot, and he still just has so much charisma,” Steele said. “I didn’t get to talk to the Angel guys much, and at the after-party, I’m not even sure they remembered who the hell I was because I changed clothes. . . . I think I knocked a drink over, too. By that time, I was still on no sleep. I had fun here and there, but most of the time I was busy overseeing everything and everyone for every minute — and I could probably write a book on all the crazy drama. It was a little chaotic.” – METAL SLUDGE



I saw Frank DiMino live and later interviewed him after the show along with fellow ANGEL fan Bob Hoeksema at the Arcada Theatre March 4, 2017. I thought that was it. I figured as close as I would ever get to seeing and hearing anything of the band adored by so many for the rest of my life. Then just around a year later it was announced that Frank DiMino would be joined by one of his partners in crime, the guitar legend and heartthrob of the band Punky Meadows. It was almost unavoidable being that they had recently done guest appearances on each others solo recordings. In 2015 Punky Meadows made an announcement that he will be coming out of retirement and will be releasing a new solo album on Mainman records. He had written many songs with Danny Anniello aka “The Farrow” and had a 2016 release of FALLEN ANGEL with shows to follow Not long into the spring the announced Former ANGEL Members PUNKY MEADOWS And FRANK DIMINO To Play Shows Together For First Time In Over 35 Years including a show in the Peoria IL region for a headliner spot for the annual Rock n Skull Festival Oct 28h in Creve Couer, IL And soon a Chicago show at Reggies Rock Club of all places for July 7 , 2018. Adam Becvare contacted me and let me know we were going and we did with MK photographer Cassie Balazic in tow who I got permission to shoot the entire set from all angles thanks to rhythm guitarist / tour manager Danny Anniello who till that night didn’t know was doing double duty, so hats off to you Danny.

Along with Cassie and I was fellow ANGEL fan my pal Adam Becvare who’s friend and manager Michael Adamany said to me the same thing many people have over the past 3.5 decades and actually vocalist Frank DiMino told me as well. “There are two types of people when it comes to ANGEL, those that love them and those who have never heard of them”, and that is indeed true. I recall turning Ashley onto them a year ago and as recent as last October one of my oldest friends Jason Harmon who posted just today, “Yep, I had never heard of them until you played them when we stayed in Valpo.”



When I saw Frank DiMino’s short set a year earlier he opened for the Legendary Graham Bonnet (Rainbow) at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles with headliner Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and it was good enough for me so I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations when I attended the show last Saturday here in Chicago I was just excited I’d finally get to see Punky Meadows play live and not only that a full set of ANGEL with Frank singing. They’d done a couple guest appearances at each other’s shows over the last couple of years so this was bound to happen and nobody would be happier to witness it than yours truly. I still have all of the vinyl and only replaced “Live Without A Net” on CD which was sadly their swan song.



We entered the club in time to see CHEVONNE AND THE FUZZ take the stage but sadly missed a Kenosha band that I heard people say a lot of great things about called ELECTRIC REVOLUTION who during the aforementioned seconds bands set played I was caught admiring the guitar on display at the merch table which belonged to ELECTRIC REVOLUTION guitarist Brock Betz who turned out to be a kick ass guy and showed me his guitar and gave me the bands CD. He’s later go on to help Cassie shoot a few from up above the stage so thank you Brock!
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Outside we’d waited out the set and I struck up a conversation with Punky’s drummer Billy Orrico and chatted a bit before introducing him to my friends. We’d learn a short time later that he’s such a Barry Brandt fan (a fact he explained to me earlier) that he nailed all of the drum parts. He was a perfect fit for this outfit.




By the time the band walked in the front door and took stage it could have been a terrible show and I would have been happy but from the opening song “On The Rocks” I felt the goosebumps. Both Frank and Punky for being on the upper end of their 60’s were in great shape. Franks voice was never better (he does give voice lessons for a living) and he hit the notes and teased us through their entire set with the live version opening of “Rock n Rollers” which they played just before the encore. Punky Meadows it seemed for the near 90 minute set had never left the scene ever. He was on top of it and not only with his flashy top notch style but posing and outing which is what he was famous for in the 1970’s the hard rock male Barbie Doll with a cock, something that inspired the Frank Zappa song “Punky Whips”.

The lyrics of “Punky’s Whips” were intended as an inside joke regarding drummer Terry Bozzio’s purported infatuation with Punky Meadows, lead guitarist of the band Angel.






Frank had some fun banter between songs and the band very very tight. The rhythm section combo of drummer Billy Orrico and bassist Steve Ojane really held the set together. At one point I told my buddy, “It’s nice that Duff McKagan came out to fill in on bass tonight. Punky may have been on fire but to me Frank seemed to be having the most fun. In fact he was having a fucking ball!



For myself the true test would be when the band played “Feelin Right” which came from my very first ANGEL album “Helluva Band” from 1976 prior to the creation of their iconic logo which is ambigrammatic; it reads the same when turned upside-down as when viewed normally. Back to the song. I’ve always loved keyboard heavy hard rock bands, from The Doors, to Deep Purple to the late great Type O Negative and ANGEL it really sets bands like that apart from the rest, Hell fucking DEVO is full on keyboard heavy especially in their earlier guitar based music. “Feelin Right” featured a solo that switched between keyboardist Gregg Giuffria and Punky Meadows something that really sounds great on records but goes over even better live when Gregg comes onto the stage with a keyboard strapped around him like a guitar. Now Punky’s keyboardist Charlie Calv didn’t bring part of his keyboards out to the front but he played the parts perfectly. Even to this day and all of the thousands of concerts I’ve seen and heard I’ve never witnessed anything like this very exciting patented dual solo. Charlie noticeably took the opportunity to become animated and tilted one of his boards forward a few times and he was spot on and having a really good time as well.


After finally playing “Rock n Rollers the boys came out for the encore we all knew they’’d play, their lead single from their self titled debut “The Tower”. As just like that it was over and though it wasn’t an actual ANGEL it was close enough and more than good enough for me as I had just seen a Helluva Band!



Talking to some local music industry people outside one thing everyone commented on was it was by far the loudest show they’d ever seen at Reggie’s and according to my still ringing ears the next day, I have no choice but to agree.



Thank you Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino you’re true legends and two of my all time favorte performers. Only one thing might top it, hint-hint. – Alex Zander







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Pearl Jam Do Rare Live Performance Of KISS Classic “Black Diamond”

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam delivered a rare performance of the 1974 KISS classic, “Black Diamond”, during a June 26 concert in Rome, Italy, and video from the event is streaming online.


With shared vocals by guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Matt Cameron, the show at the city’s Stadio Olimpico marked only the third time in the Seattle band’s history that they played the closing track from KISS’ self-titled debut, following a 2007 setlist appearances in Chicago, IL and a 2008 jam with Ace Frehley at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


Pearl Jam will wrap up their summer European concert run with a July 17 date at London’s O2 Arena that was originally set for June 19 but postponed after singer Eddie Vedder lost his voice during the second week of the trek.



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Steve Ditko, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange Co-Creator, Dies at 90

Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.


The New York Police Department confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.


In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn’t satisfied with Jack Kirby’s take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers. The look of Spider-Man — the costume, the web shooters, the red and blue design — all came from Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy No. 15. The comic was an unexpected hit and the character was spun off into The Amazing Spider-Man. Ditko helped create such classic Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard, and Green Goblin. Starting with issue No. 25 Ditko received a plot credit in addition to his artist credit. Ditko’s run ended with issue No. 38.


In 1963, Ditko created the surreal and psychedelic hero Doctor Strange. The character debuted in Strange Tales No. 110 and Ditko continued on the comic through issue No. 146, cover dated July 1966.


After that Ditko, left Marvel Comics over a fight with Lee, the causes of which have always remained murky. The pair had not been on speaking terms for several years. Ditko never explained his side and Lee claimed not to really know what motivated Ditko’s exit. The best explanation suggests Ditko was frustrated at Lee’s oversight and his failure to properly share credit for Ditko’s contributions to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. The charismatic Lee was always the face of Marvel Comics but Ditko (and Jack Kirby) thought Lee was more interested in self-promotion than selling the company and in the process implied that he deserved the lion’s share of the credit for creating the characters in the Marvel Universe.


Ditko went on to work for Charlton, DC Comics and other small independent publishers. He returned to Marvel in 1979, where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronatus and he continued working for them as a freelancer in the 1990s. Among his last creations was Squirrel Girl in 1992, who has become a cult favorite in recent years.


After his work at Marvel, Ditko is probably best known for creating Mr. A in 1967. The character embodied Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy, which Ditko was an ardent believer in n from the mid-1960s on. Other Objectivist-inspired characters Ditko created included The Question, Hawk and Dove and the Creeper–all for DC Comics.


The reclusive Ditko was known as the “J.D. Salinger” of comics. From the 1970s on, he rarely spoke on the record, declining almost every interview request. He sat out the publicity booms that accompanied the Spider-Man films and the Doctor Strange movie.


“We didn’t approach him. He’s like J.D. Salinger. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight like J.D. Salinger,” Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told THR in 2016. “I hope he goes to see the movie wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work.”


Ditko maintained a Manhattan studio until his death, where he continued to write and draw, though how much and what unpublished material remain is unknown.


Stephen J. Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Nov. 2, 1927. His father worked at a steel mill and his mother was a homemaker. He developed an interest in comics from his father (who loved Prince Valiant) and from Batman and the Spirit, which both debuted as he entered his teens.


After graduating high school, Ditko served in the army in post-war Germany, drawing for a military paper. After being discharged, he moved to New York City in 1950 and studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later the school of Visual Arts).


By 1953, Ditko was getting work as a professional comics artist, including at the studio of Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Ditko came down with tuberculosis in 1954 and spent the next year recovering in Johnststown. He began drawing for Marvel Comics forerunner Atlas Comics in 1955. He had a successful collaboration with Stan Lee at first, as the pair worked on a number of science fiction stories together.


Ditko has no known survivors. He is believed never to have married.

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GHOST’s TOBIAS FORGE Says ‘There Has Been A Lack Of New Talent Or New Ambition’ In Rock Genre


GHOST leader Tobias Forge was interviewed on the June 15-17 edition of Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show.


Asked how the recent passings of larger-than-life rock stars like David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister have motivated GHOST in terms of filling the void that has been left in the rock music landscape for creative geniuses that seem God-like and untouchable, Forge said: “I can give two different answers. One is from a personal point of view, where I am a big appreciator of many of these people’s work and I, like most others, have spent, I think, most of our life just taking them for granted, that they were gonna be there forever. And now when it’s clearly showing that that might not be the case, I think that that stirs up a lot of angst in… At least speaking for myself, I really feel saddened by knowing that, obviously, these people have already passed, but just checking a festival poster and knowing that in 10 years, these guys will not be there. From a professional point of view, I think it means that rock music needs to step up. We need to have new, bigger bands. Bands need to step up and try to fill these spots.


“I definitely don’t think that rock is dead in any way. But I think that there has been a lack of new talent or new ambition,” he continued.


“It’s hard to really put my finger on what has happened, but I think that rock, in general, has been extremely dominated by bands that are 30, 40 years old, which there’s nothing wrong with it, but now as they are disappearing, you can truly tell that there’s a big gap between the big bands and the ones underneath and the ones on the bottom,” he said. “And that’s alarming. I think that other music styles, other music genres have been better to fill their new, up-and-coming artists that get a lot of recognition.

“I don’t wanna compare rock and hip-hop in any way — and I’m a rock guy; I’m not a hip-hop guy in any way — but the hip-hop scene has been way better at bringing up new talent where artists and bands that weren’t around ten years ago are now filling arenas and stadiums and are a huge success.”


Forge added: “I think that rock, if it’s gonna survive and if it’s gonna be a big thing — and I definitely think it’s gonna be a bigger thing again — but I don’t think that the bands that are on the bills right now, the ones that have been waiting around for 20 years on the bill, on the middle part of the bill, they are not the ones that are gonna rise to the top part. I think it’s gonna be new bands that we don’t know about right now. 15-year-olds that maybe are listening to this show right now, you are the ones that need to create these new bands; you are the ones that are gonna be the big band 10 years from now. So, yeah, there you go. Again, you have to face the fact that things are changing and things are circulating.”


Upon its release via Loma Vista Recordings last month, GHOST’s latest album, “Prequelle” landed at position No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, shifting 66,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release. Of that sum, around 61,000 were in traditional album sales.


GHOST’s first-week tally benefited from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band’s spring U.S. theater tour, as well as a pair of arena dates later this year.


“Prequelle” was tracked last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).

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