I’m back

December 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Ok.  This blog is once again active.


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Thanks for coming…. this blog is closing down.

May 1, 2008 at 11:46 am (Uncategorized)

Join me at the new home – markstrigl.net


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CNN Piece

April 30, 2008 at 10:56 am (Uncategorized)

Fat angry 7-year old steals car…

pretty awesome, sad and shocking.

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new blog

April 18, 2008 at 11:52 am (Uncategorized)

A new blog is coming soon to http://www.markstrigl.net

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skiing in Beaver Creek last wknd

February 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm (Uncategorized)


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Dave back in Van Halen?

January 26, 2007 at 4:25 pm (Uncategorized)

reviewjournal.com seems to think so:

A Van Halen reunion tour, with David Lee Roth back in the fold after 22 years, is in the works, with a Las Vegas launch looking good.

A late April date at the Palms’ new venue, The Pearl, is “99 percent” likely, a source said.

Tomorrow we hang out with Bumblefoot. Hope to post a new interview with he and his wife on Monday. We will post a new episode with listener letters later today.

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November 10, 2006 at 2:42 pm (Uncategorized)

This e-mail came in from a Talking Metal listener. His name is Nick Mucha. This is his take on the Massachusetts show.
Just woke up and am recouping form the amazing show last night. I must say that I was worried going into the show about rants and Axl being pissed off because of the whole Portland thing, bu it was not the case at all. After Jungle he yelled, "Hello Portland" and started laughing. The show was great and Axl's voice was spot on, even through all the tech. difficulties. His mic would cut out every once and a while, and Fink was having allot of guitar problems. He threw his guitar down on stage at least twice because of this. After the show axl brought the whole band out for a bow and apologized for the Portland cancellation (he really seemed to feel bad about it) and thanked everybody for coming out and for the support even through the technical difficulties. As I said earlier this was an amazing show, probably in my top 3, and I go to MANY shows.                                             -GNR is  back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Review by Old Metal Head

October 30, 2006 at 1:42 am (Rock, Uncategorized)

Here is the review of Gigantour that one of our listeners wrote – CHECK IT OUT!!!!!

OldMetalHead here… writing from the wilds of South
Florida. In my last e-mail to you a couple of weeks
ago (review of the Trivium show) I mentioned that I
was going to the Gigantour show in Sunrise, Florida
and now I’d like to briefly comment on the show. As
usual, my son and I went to the show and had really
great seats in the first row of the lower bowl of the
arena. Unfortunately we arrived too late to catch
SmashUp or Sanctity.

We got to the venue just in time to see Into Eternity
and they delivered a great, though short, set. Hard
hitting metal from Canada’s heartland. Being an
ex-patriot canuck, its always nice to see a band from
north of the border do well.

After a stunningly quick stage change New Jersey’s
OverKill was up next. Frankly, I’ve heard a lot about
this band but I’d never heard more than a 30 second
sample of any song, but they opened my eyes to what I
had been missing. OverKill delivered an incredible
heavy set of traditional thrash that got me pumpin’ my
fist and raisin’ the horns…what a great band! Those
guys deserve a lot more respect and coverage than they
currently get.

Again, another really fast stage change and the now
legendary Arch Enemy was up. Angela Gossow and the
band gave the crowd want they wanted…another brief
but hellacious set. This is a band that you have to
see live! If you can’t, grab they’re newest CD,
Doomsday Machine and play it LOUD!

Opeth, another Swedish band, were next up. They are
billed as a progessive death metal band but really
can’t be categorized as far as I’m concerned.
Throughout their approximately 45 minute set you could
hear influences spanning from jazz to 1970’s prog rock
to blues and folk along with the occasional black
metal ditty. Mikael kerfeldt was amusing with his dry
“patter” to the audience between songs. Very funny

The band that my son and I came to Gigantour to see,
Lamb of God, were up next and delivered a intense 1
hour plus set with songs from their last 4 albums. The
PA sounded great if you were on the floor ( a friend
of mine higher in the arena mentioned Randy’s vocals
were way low in the mix where he was). The band
included massive subwoofer accents in the set that
shook the floor and drove the pit into a frenzy. This
was my first opportunity to see the pride of Richmond,
VA and jeez these guys kick serious ass live.
Hopefully they’ll be coming to town again sometime in
2007 headlining their own tour in support of the
recently released masterpiece, Sacrament. Pure
American Metal indeed!

Concluding the show was Dave Mustaine and Megadeth.
Dave and the band delivered a mixture of old,
not-so-old and new stuff and it was obvious that this
was the band that most of the crowd had come to see.
What can you say? One of legends of thrash doing what
they do best. Say what you will about Mustaine, his
band (make no mistake this is HIS band) can flat out

He can’t seem to get away from his Metallica days
though. Close to the end of the set he said to the
crowd, “try to forget that those other guys did this
song” and then played “The Four Horseman,” (or “The
Mechanix” as it was called when Mustaine was in
Metallica. He co-wrote the song so he has every write
to play it…it was on “Killing is My Business” as I
remember), I dunno man, I think Dave’s gotta get over
this beef with Metallica. He’s a legend in his own
right and he oughta just bury the hatchet with James
and the boys…life’s too short man!

This was a fantastic show that lasted well over 6
hours and it was well worth the price of admission. We
were lucky enough to be in the venue that was chosen
to participate in filming for the 2006 Gigantour DVD.
The boom cameras were a bit of a pain in the ass
because they blocked a hell of a lot of the stage from
our seats, but what can you do? The biggest
disappointment was that the crowd was smaller than I’d
anticipated. I’ve been to other shows at this venue
(the Bank Atlantic Center) Metallica in 2004, and
System of a Down/The Mars Volta in 2005 and these bans
attracted crowds at least twice the size of the crowd
at this years GIGANTOUR. South Florida metal fans
often complain about large acts forgoing South Florida
on their US Tour itineraries and if this crowd is any
indication of the usual attendence, its not hard to
see why.

C’mon South Florida, get up off your fuckin’ asses and
support your favorite band when they come to town!

OldMetalHead out!

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October 27, 2006 at 3:07 pm (Uncategorized)

Yo Waz’ up?

We haven’t had a new podcast up in almost a week.  Hopefully a new episode with Lamb Of God will go up this weekend.

John and I had lunch with Lonn Friend yesterday.  He is a legend and a true class act!  His book has just gone to a 2nd pressing!  If you haven’t read it yet, you must.  It is called Life On Planet Rock .

Speaking of books, I am looking forward to reading Martin Popoff’s new book on Black Sabbath.

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Chinese D and Lost Room coming in late 2006

October 6, 2006 at 1:34 am (Uncategorized)

I am in New Mexico working on a new show called Lost Room – Coming soon to Sci Fi

Interscope wants CD out before Thanksgiving, so I guess I could believe the Rolling Stone blog mention… BUT Jarmo at htgth says NOT TRUE. I guess it makes sense, RS issuly gets stuff wrong. I think we might be looking for a single to hit in early to late November and the full album to follow 2 to 4 weeks after that. The band is back in rehearsal right now – This is FACT. What are they rehearsing???? I would guess it is new material. On another note I hope they bring Estrange back into the set. Estrange is like wine… it gets better with age. Dizzy’s solo on that song is so frakking good.

I am trying to get episode 101 edited so we can post it for you guys ASAP.

Here is a review of Trivum by Ol’Metalhead aka Garth Ridout:

Gareth (OldMetalHead) from Boca here with
a review of the Trivium show last Saturday, September
30th at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

This show was the the first date of a 30 date
headlining tour of Orlando, Florida based Trivium. If
you haven’t gotten a taste of Trivium yet, pick up
their new album CRUSADE on Tuesday October the 10th.
This is a young, energetic band with a great deal of
respect for those bands that went before them. They
have heavy influences of Metallica, Slayer, Pantera
and Testament. Guitarists Matt Heafy and Corey
Beaulieu are massively talented and are on par with
anyone in metal today. While I personally haven’t been
overly impressed by lead singer Matt Heafy’s vocals on
their previous 2 albums, Ember to Inferno and
Ascendancy, samples of Heafy’s vocals from Crusade
(from 4 new songs on their myspace page at
http://www.myspace.com/trivium) are much more reminiscent of
traditional metal.

I was surprised that Trivium chose this venue to begin
the tour because the Culture Room, while a fantastic
venue to see your favorite band up close and personal,
seemed a little small for a band that is starting to
explode onto the metal scene. The club was packed and
you had to stake out your spot on the floor and be
prepared to defend it! Local supporting acts Sense of
Being and Saq each played great sets. Main support act
Rising Up Angry from Atlanta did a great job getting
the crowd amped for Trivium.

Trivium went on at about 10:30 to frenzied applause
and waves of upheld metalhorns. The band commenced to
blast through an hour and 20 minute set that featured
songs from their new album Crusade and “old standards”
from Ember to Inferno and Ascendency. Highlights of
the night were: Entrance of the conflagration; A
Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation; Pull Harder on the
Strings of Your Martyr; Dying in your Arms, and
Anthem. The new stuff reminds me a lot of Metallica in
terms of arrangements, vocals, and flat-out

The circle pit proved to be a great bonding
experience for my son and I. He watched my back and I
watched his and we hung in at the edge of the pit all
night…it was in a word – awesome!

All in all…a good time was had by all…and yes,
Mark and John …I was by far the oldest guy in the
club! I had the greyest “goat” in the place!

If you get a chance to see Trivium on this current
tour…by all means go and and see them. It might be
your last chance to see them in a venue smaller than
arena or stadium. These guys are on the verge of
greatness. Diehard fans think they’re already there

<Mark thanks Gareth for his great review>

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