Joseph "Joey" Vera is an American heavy metal bassist, known as a member of the heavy metal band Armored Saint and the progressive metal band Fates Warning. In 2004-2005 he did not record with them, he was a member of Engine, recorded with Tribe After Tribe, appears on the OSI album Free. His first solo album, A Thousand Faces, was released in 1994, his current solo project, A Chinese Firedrill, released an album titled Circles in 2007. Armored Saint EP March of the Saint Delirious Nomad Raising Fear Saints Will Conquer Symbol of Salvation Revelation Nod to the Old School La Raza Win Hands Down A Thousand Faces A Pleasant Shade of Gray Still Life Disconnected FWX Darkness in a Different Light Theories of Flight Pearls Before Swine Enchanted Entrance Dead Air for Radios Engine Superholic A Twist of Fate Passage to the Other Side Deadly Sins Free Circles Sympathetic Resonance Ride Official website HardRadio.com interview with Joey Vera
Married... with Children
Married... with Children is an American television sitcom that aired on Fox, created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. Broadcast from April 5, 1987 to June 9, 1997, it is the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on Fox and the first to be broadcast in the network's primetime programming slot; the show follows the suburban Chicago lives of Al Bundy, a once glorious high school football player turned hard-luck women's shoe salesman. Their neighbors are the upwardly mobile Steve Rhoades and his feminist wife Marcy, who gets remarried to Jefferson D'Arcy, a white-collar criminal who becomes her "trophy husband" and Al's sidekick. Most storylines involve Al's schemes being foiled by bad luck; the series comprises 11 seasons. Its theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed by Frank Sinatra from the 1955 television production Our Town; the first two seasons of the series were videotaped at ABC Television Center in Hollywood. From season three to season eight, the show was taped at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, the remaining three seasons were taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.
The series was produced by Embassy Communications during its first season and half of its second season and the remaining seasons by ELP Communications under the studio Columbia Pictures Television. In 2008, the show placed number 94 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list. Al Bundy —the misanthropic head of the Bundy household, he attempts to relive his high-school Big Man On Campus days, when he was the "All State Fullback". His most noted achievement was having scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High, his favorite things in life are the local nudie bar, his collection of BigUns magazine, his television, his Dodge car with 1 million mi on the odometer, a television show called Psycho Dad. Despite his family's contempt for him, his for them, Al is always ready to defend Bundy honor, he is fiercely protective of daughter Kelly, his "little girl" who had a boyfriend Al did not beat up. Peggy Bundy —Al's wife, always on his case about money and refuses to clean or cook, she is a lazy, big-haired redhead who spends most of her time parked in front of the TV watching talk shows such as Oprah or robbing Al blind to go shopping.
Her careless spending on things like clothes and going to male strip clubs have run Al into debt on numerous occasions. A recurring joke in the series is Al's regret of having married Peggy in the first place. Peggy's best friend is Marcy, with whom she conspires against Al, her family is a stereotypical backwoods clan of degenerates whom she forces the other Bundys to endure her morbidly obese mother, whom Al finds intolerable. Kelly Bundy —the Bundys' firstborn, her stupidity manifests in many ways, from forgetting ideas on the spot to mispronouncing or misspelling simple words. Like her mother, she is quick to steal Al's money for expensive things, her favorite hobby is belittling her lonely and sexless brother, though she stands up for him against anyone outside the family aside from her circle of friends, who never miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Bud either individually or collectively. Bud Bundy —the younger Bundy offspring, the most intelligent family member, his awkwardness and preoccupation with sex leads to inevitable failures with women.
To improve his success with girls, Bud uses his alternate persona, "Grandmaster B", a bad-boy rapper from New York City. When using the "Grandmaster B" persona, Bud wears dark sunglasses and a backward Los Angeles Raiders hat, his mistreatment at the hands of Kelly is returned in kind, making jokes at her expense regarding her promiscuity and stupidity, tricking her into mixing up TV shows with novels. Marcy Rhoades D'Arcy —the Bundys' next-door neighbor, she is just as chauvinistic as Al and the founder and leader of an anti-man support group called "FANG". Despite her political correctness and structured life, Marcy harbors a dark, somewhat sexually deviant side, which comes up when she reminisces over events in her past. Al is repulsed by Marcy and belittles her, likening her to a chicken, mockingly confusing her for an adolescent male. At the outset of the show, Marcy is married to Steve Rhoades. After Steve is written off the show during the fourth season, he is replaced by Jefferson D'Arcy.
Steve Rhoades is Marcy's first husband, a nerdy banker, dragged into Al's schemes, such as going to strip clubs, chasing after girls, watching sports when Marcy disapproves, reading pornogra
Charles Lee Benante is an American musician best known as the drummer for thrash metal band Anthrax, as well as crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death. Alongside rhythm guitarist and band leader Scott Ian he has composed the majority of the music throughout Anthrax's discography. Benante joined Anthrax in 1983, prior to the recording of the band's debut album Fistful of Metal, has been the band's drummer since, he is known for having a fast double kick technique and has been credited as one of the pioneers of double-bass, as well as with popularizing the blast beat technique with thrash metal. He is an accomplished guitarist, having contributed lead guitar to S. O. D.'s Die album, as well as the majority of the music for Anthrax. Along with his musician duties, Benante is a graphic artist and has created many of Anthrax's album covers and T-shirt designs. Benante is the uncle of Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, his other nephew, Frank's younger brother, was murdered in the Bronx, NYC, on March 25, 1996.
To the grief of Benante, the murder was never solved. Benante has stated in most of the old Anthrax interviews and videos that his favorite fictional character is Darth Vader. Benante is an avid fan of the 1975 film Jaws, owns a sizeable collection of the film's merchandise, he was featured in the documentary The Shark Is Still Working, included on the Jaws 2012 Blu-ray release. Throughout the course of 2012, Charlie Benante faced several personal issues that forced him to miss several concerts with Anthrax. Early on in the year his mother died, which resulted in Frank Bello taking some time off during the band's tour in Argentina. Benante stepped out again during the summer's Rockstar Mayhem Fest run after suffering a "minor hand injury". During the summer, Benante was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife in front of his daughter which had them both arrested. Benante missed the band's UK and European tour in order to take care of "personal stuff" according to Scott Ian. In 2013 it was announced that Benante would be sitting out Australian tour dates for personal reasons.
Concern was raised in 2012 by MetalSucks over Benante's future with the band. In March of 2019 it was confirmed. Benante uses and endorses Tama drums and hardware, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans Drumheads, Roland electronics. Prior to switching to Tama's Speed Cobra pedals in 2010, Benante was one of the few drummers who used Tama's HP35 Camco chain-drive pedals, equipment he had used since 1984. Liquid Trio Experiment 2 – When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago Anthrax official website Charlie Benante official website
Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist and additional lead vocalist, the only remaining founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He writes the lyrics on all their albums. Ian is a founding member of the crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death, he has hosted The Rock Show on VH1 and has appeared on VH1's I Love the... series, Heavy: The Story of Metal, SuperGroup. Ian is the rhythm guitarist for the metal band The Damned Things. Scott Ian Rosenfeld was born to a Jewish family in the Bayside section of the New York City borough of Queens. Ian attended Bayside High School, with classmates Dan Neil Turbin. Witnessing Kiss live at Madison Square Garden in 1977 made a huge impact on Ian, vocal about his love for the band. Ian went on to be influenced by British heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Judas Priest, as well as the punk rock band The Ramones; the musical style of his playing and songwriting including fast alternate picking was largely influenced by the German metal band Accept.
As a founding member of Anthrax, Ian helped to create thrash metal in the mid-1980s alongside Megadeth and Metallica. Ian came up with the idea to collaborate with the rap group Public Enemy, covering their song "Bring the Noise" in 1991; this has been considered a foundational recording of the rap/rock genre. In 2005, Ian was invited by Chuck D of Public Enemy to perform "Bring the Noise" with them as part of their induction into VH1's Hip Hop Honors Hall of Fame. Ian joined Public Enemy on the Rock the Bells tour in 2007. In 2009, Anthrax completed a run of European festivals including Metallica's Sonisphere festivals in Germany and Knebworth in the U. K. highlighted by the return of singer John Bush. Anthrax returned to Japan in October 2009 with Bush to play at the Loud Park festival in Tokyo. Anthrax's next shows were in Australia in February 2010 as a part of the Soundwave Festival. Anthrax was a part of the Sonisphere Festival in Europe in the summer of 2010, where for the first time Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth performed together on the same stage.
This historic performance occurred on June 2010, at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland. Ian began working with music television channel VH1 in 2001, when he was asked to host the program Rock Show. During his 48 episodes as host, Ian interviewed guests including Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Ted Nugent, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Tenacious D, the Cult. Ian was a regular commentator on various VH1 shows including the I Love the... series, 100 Most Metal Moments, Awesomely Bad Number One Songs, When Metallica Ruled the World, episodes of VH1's Behind the Music featuring Metallica and Anthrax. Ian was prominently featured in VH1's History of Heavy Metal. In June 2006, Ian starred in the VH1 reality series SuperGroup with Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Jason Bonham and Evan Seinfeld. Ian plays guitar in the group Pearl, who toured with Meat Loaf. Pearl's debut album was released on January 2010, through Megaforce Records. Ian performed with Pearl on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on January 20, 2010.
In 2008, DC Comics asked Ian to write a two-issue prestige-format comics series for the character Lobo. Books one and two of Lobo: Highway to Hell were released in November and December 2009. In 2008, Ian signed with Ultimate Bet, the third largest internet gaming site in the world, as one of their online professional players. Ian joined professional poker players Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke as one of Ultimate Bet's star pros, he won Ultimate Bet's premier Sunday 200K tournament and cashed in in 2010's WSOP main event by finishing 634th out of 6494 players. In 2010, Ian joined the metal supergroup The Damned Things, which released their first album on December 14, 2010. On June 21, 2011, Ian's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, thus forcing Ian to depart from Anthrax's tour. Andreas Kisser from Sepultura filled in for Scott on guitar during Scott's absence. Ian provided voice work for the Adult Swim show Metalocalypse, as the character "Some Guy Who Snuck Into Dethklok's Trunk Last Night When They Were Pretty Hammered" in the "Season III: The Dead Man" opening episode "Renovationklok", as well as providing guest voices in the episode "Tributeklok".
Ian did a spoken word tour entitled Speaking Words, starting in May 2013, in the UK. In 2014, he joined former members of Mother Superior to form Motor Sister, they released their debut album, Ride, on March 9 2015. He was married to his high school girlfriend, Marge Ginsburg, in the 1980s. Ian is married to singer Pearl Aday, adopted daughter of famed singer Meat Loaf, their first child, Revel Young Ian, was born in 2011. Ian is a New York Yankees fan, he enjoys snowboarding. He is an online pro at UltimateBet, he finished 637th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event taking home $21,365. He is a Battlestar Galactica fan, posting numerous blogs about the show and making an appearance for the red carpet series finale and playing guitar on "The Plan" made-for-DVD film soundtrack, he is a fan of the television series Doctor Who, as seen in "The Best of the Doctor," which aired August 13, 2011 on BBC America. Ian is a fan of hip hop music Public Enemy
Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and fast tempo. The songs use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work; the lyrics deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk. The genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the fast drum beats and attitude of hardcore with the double bass drumming and heavy, complex guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal, it emerged as a reaction to the more conventional and acceptable glam metal, a less aggressive, pop music–infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously. Thrash metal was an inspiration for subsequent extreme genres such as black metal. Thrash metal features fast tempos, low-register, complex guitar riffs, high-register guitar solos and double bass drumming; the genre evolved in the early 1980s from combining the drum beats of hardcore punk with the guitar style of the new wave of British heavy metal.
It emerged as a reaction to the more conventional and acceptable glam metal, a less aggressive, pop-infused heavy metal subgenre which appeared simultaneously. The rhythm guitar parts are played with heavy distortion and palm muted to create a tighter and more precise sound. Vocally, thrash metal can employ anything from melodic singing to shouted vocals. Most guitar solos are played at high speed and technically demanding, as they are characterized by shredding, use advanced techniques such as sweep picking, legato phrasing, alternate picking, tremolo picking, string skipping, two-hand tapping; the guitar riffs use chromatic scales and emphasize the tritone and diminished intervals, instead of using conventional single scale based riffing. For example, the intro riff of Metallica's "Master of Puppets" is a chromatic descent, followed by a chromatic ascent based on the tritone. Speed and time-changes define thrash metal. Thrash tends to have an accelerating feel which may be due in large part to its aggressive drumming style.
For example, drummers use two bass drums, or a double-bass pedal, in order to create a relentless, driving beat. Cymbal stops/chokes are used to transition from one riff to another or to precede an acceleration in tempo; some common characteristics of the genre are fast guitar riffs with aggressive picking styles and fast guitar solos, extensive use of two bass drums as opposed to the conventional use of only one, typical of most rock music. To keep up with the other instruments, many bassists use a plectrum. However, some prominent thrash metal bassists have used their fingers, such as Frank Bello, Greg Christian, Steve DiGiorgio, Robert Trujillo and Cliff Burton. Several bassists use a distorted bass tone, an approach popularized by Motörhead's Lemmy. Lyrical themes in thrash metal include warfare, injustice, suicide, alienation and other maladies that afflict the individual and society. In addition, politics pessimism and dissatisfaction towards politics, are common themes among thrash metal bands.
Humor and irony can be found, but they are limited, are exception rather than a rule. Among the earliest songs to be labeled thrash metal was Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy", recorded and released in 1974; the song was described as being thrash metal "before the term had been invented". Black Sabbath's "Symptom of the Universe", released in 1975, was the inspiration for Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?". Since NWOBHM bands directly influenced the development of early thrash; the early work of artists such as Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead, Tygers of Pan Tang and Angel Witch, among others, introduced the fast-paced instrumentation that became an essential aspect of thrash. Void is hailed as one of the earliest examples of hardcore/heavy metal crossover, whose chaotic musical approach is cited as influential, their 1982 split LP with fellow Washington band The Faith showed both bands exhibiting quick, high-speed punk rock. It has been argued that those recordings laid the foundation for early thrash metal, at least in terms of selected tempos.
In Europe, the earliest band of the emerging thrash movement was Venom from Newcastle upon Tyne, formed in 1979. Their 1982 album Black Metal has been cited as a major influence on many subsequent genres and bands in the extreme metal world, such as Bathory, Hellhammer and Mayhem; the European scene was exclusively influenced by the most aggressive music Germany and England were producing at the time. British bands such as Tank and Raven, along with German band Accept, motivated musicians from central Europe to start bands of their own producing groups such as Sodom and Destruction from Germany, as well as Switzerland's Coroner; the Swedish punk band Warheads have been described as a proto-thrash band. In 1981, a Southern California band Leather Charm wrote a song entitled "Hit the Lights". Leather Charm soon disbanded and the band's primary songwriter, vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield met drummer Lars Ulrich through a classified advertisement. Together and Ulrich formed Metallica, the first of the "Big Four" thrash bands, with lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who would form Megadeth, another of the "Big Four" originators of thrash, bassist Ron McGovney.
Metallica relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. McGovney was replaced with Cliff Burton, Mustaine was replaced with Kirk Hammett. "Hit the Lights" was featured on th
Daniel A. Lilker is an American retired musician best known as a bass player, but guitarist, pianist and vocalist, he is the bassist for the thrash metal band Nuclear Assault and was a founding member of Anthrax with Scott Ian, recorded bass guitar and co-wrote on their first album, Fistful of Metal. He founded crossover band Stormtroopers of Death with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante, Billy Milano, he plays bass with Brutal Truth, Exit-13, Malformed Earthborn, The Ravenous, Overlord Exterminator, Venomous Concept, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Extra Hot Sauce. Lilker played on Holy Moses' 1994's No Matter, he is known for his guitar-like riffing through heavy distortion. Lilker has been a columnist with Zero Tolerance Magazine since the publication's inception in 2005. In 2009, it was reported. Lilker is in United Forces, which features his Stormtroopers of Death bandmate Billy Milano as their singer; as of 2003 Lilker has sold nearly 5 million records worldwide according to Nielsen SoundScan. On January 10, 2014, Lilker announced his plans to retire from being a full-time recording and touring musician.
He announced that Brutal Truth would break up on his 50th birthday
Fender Precision Bass
The Precision Bass is a bass guitar manufactured by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. In its standard, post-1957 configuration, the Precision Bass is a solid body, four-stringed instrument equipped with a single split-coil humbucking pickup and a one-piece, 20 fret maple neck with rosewood, pau ferro, or maple fingerboard, its prototype, designed by Leo Fender in 1950, was brought to market in 1951. It was the first electric bass to earn widespread attention and use, remaining among the best-selling and most-imitated electric basses with considerable effect on the sound of popular music; the double bass, as a large instrument, is regarded as physically cumbersome and difficult to transport compared with smaller instruments. It was becoming hard to hear in large bands or those that used amplified instruments, it requires specialised skills to play that are distinct from those required to play the guitar; the Precision Bass was designed to overcome these problems. The name "Precision" came from the use of frets to play in tune more than upon the fretless fingerboard of the double bass.
The electric bass however lacks the distinctive acoustic qualities of the double bass, offering a more solid, harder-edged sound with more sustain. The bass guitar became more dominant and transformed the beat and rhythm of pop music from jump blues and swing to rhythm and blues, rock and funk. Acceptance of the electric bass was helped by the endorsement of Elvis Presley's bass-player Bill Black. Black was beginning to use a Precision Bass during the filming of Jailhouse Rock. Fender delivered an early Precision to LA session bassist and arranger Shifty Henry. Monk Montgomery became the first jazz player to popularize the "Fender Bass" while playing with his brother, guitarist Wes Montgomery; the original Precision Bass of 1951 shared several of its design features with the six-string Telecaster guitar, the main difference being its double cutaway body. In 1954 the Precision Bass received contoured edges for comfort while otherwise retaining the existing Telecaster-like styling. In 1957 the headstock and pickguard were redesigned to resemble Fender's introduced Stratocaster guitar, a rounder neck heel replacing the original square shape.
A redesigned pickguard was made of a single layer of gold-anodized aluminum with 10 screwholes. At the same time the original single-coil pickup was replaced by the Precision split-coil design with staggered polepieces, connected in a humbucking mode. In 1959 a glued-on rosewood fingerboard featuring "clay"-style dot position markers replaced the 1-piece maple neck and remained standard until 1966/67, when the CBS-owned Fender companies began to offer a separate, laminated maple fingerboard capped on a maple neck. Rosewood fingerboards were made of a veneered, round-laminated piece of wood and pearloid dot markers replaced the "clay"-style inlays introduced in 1959. In 1960 the aluminum pickguard was replaced with a 13-screw celluloid design having 3 or 4 layers of black, white pearloid or brown "tortoise-shell"). In that same year the newly designed Fender Jazz Bass was released; the original Telecaster-derived design, with a few updates, was reintroduced in 1968 as the Telecaster Bass. Within a few years, however, it had evolved into a model distinctly different from the contemporary Precision Bass, alongside which it was marketed through 1979.
Two artist-designed models use the Telecaster Bass body style. Since 1969 the 1-piece maple neck option has been fitted to many Fender basses and the rosewood fretboard offered as alternative; some Precision Basses made in the 1970s were available with an unlined fretless rosewood, ebony or maple fingerboard, popularized by endorsees Sting and Tony Franklin. Fender offered a fretless P Bass in the mid-1990s as a part of the first-generation American Standard line but dropped this variant at the end of the 20th century. From 1980 to 1984 the Precision Bass was given a high-mass brass bridge; the Special featured a split-coil pickup with white covers, gold hardware, a 2-band EQ and an active/passive toggle switch. The Elite had one or two split-coil humbucking pickups, TBX tone circuit and a Schaller fine-tune bridge used on the Plus Series models of the early 1990s; some models stained ebony fretboard. Japanese models appeared in late 1984, with a smaller body shape and a modern C-shape maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets.
The 1980s and 1990s saw the introduction of the Precision Plus and Deluxe Plus basses in 1989 and 1991, featuring Lace Sensor pickups, fine-tuner bridges, 22-fret necks and passive or active electronics on certain models. The Custom Shop 40th Anniversary model of 1991 was a luxurious version of the Precision Plus Deluxe bass with gold hardware, a quilted maple top and an ebony fretboard with side dot position markers; the American Series Precision Bass was introduced in 2000 and discontinued in 2008. From 2003 the S-1 switching system allowed the pickup coils to be switched from series to parallel,offering a wider tonal range, but this was discontinued in 2008 with the second generation of American Standard Series instruments; the American Standard, American Deluxe, Highway One (featuring'70s styling, BadAss II brid