Steve Vai’s 52-hour guitar jam; Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All producer dies; and John Corabi says #MeToo is getting outta control.
Do you enjoy unusual musical collaborations and the art of the improvisational jam? If so, you’ll want to pay attention to guitar great Steve Vai this weekend: he’s heading up the inaugural Big Mama Jama Jamathon. An open improvisational music/art event which will feature 52 continuous hours of music and performances, it kicks off on Friday (September 28) at noon and goes straight until Sunday (September 30) at 4:00 pm. It’s a benefit for the Extraordinary Families organization and will feature musicians, speakers, painters, celebrities, poets, visual artists and more.
The event will take place at the new Musician’s Institute Live House in Los Angeles, but for those unable to attend, Vai will also be streaming it worldwide via the Jamathon website as well as through select TV stations and radio outlets. Some of the confirmed talent for the event include Dave Navarro, Moby, Derek Smalls, Brendon Small, Nita Strauss, Tosin Abasi, Vernon Reid, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, Dweezil Zappa, Lee Ritenour, Kenny Aronoff, Doug Pinnick and Brooks Wackerman. We spoke to Vai about putting the whole thing together. Read more at Loudwire
A key figure in Metallica’s history has died. Producer Paul Curcio, who is best known for his production work on the band’s 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All, died at the age of 74.
According to Curcio’s daughter Brianne, the producer and studio founder suffered heart failure in St. Petersburg, Fla. on the night of Sept. 10.
Curcio’s career started as a musician, playing with J.P. Racer and The Mojo Men. He eventually relocated from New York to the West Coast where he founded Pacific Recording in San Mateo, California, and his includes albums by Bay Area favorites Santana (1990’s Acapulco Sunrise, 2002’s Soul Sacrifice), the Doobie Brothers (1971’s The Doobie Brothers) and Blue Cheer (1985’s The Beast Is … Back). Read more at Loudwire
Dead Daisies frontman John Corabi expressed concerns that the #MeToo movement was “getting out of control” and that men were becoming increasingly worried about being falsely accused of sexual misconduct. He also argued that many men were victims of their own #MeToo experiences and cited an example of his own.
“I don’t think anybody should be subject to any sort of harassment in any way, shape or form,” Corabi told the Blaring Out With Eric Blair Show. “But at the same time, it’s making everybody leery about being social and talking. You don’t know anymore.” Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock