Pizza, Led Zeppelin & Alcoholic Lava Lamps

All the components of a magical time.

Where can you find all of this, you ask? The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits.

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This rock-inspired restaurant/bar is in Northwest Edmonton, on 137th ave by the Cineplex. I first went about a month ago and it was love at first sight.

As soon as you walk in, the atmosphere punches you — a good kind of punch — with the greatest classic rock imaginable. Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Loverboy, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, you name it — they’re playing it.

There are guitar chandeliers hanging on the wall and the tables are made to look like roadie cases. The booth backs are covered in song titles, there are albums and posters and rock memorabilia hanging on the walls everywhere, and even the bathrooms are covered in cool retro posters. The toilets are black and the stalls have flames on them. Not sure why I needed to include that, but I thought it was pretty damn cool.

The items on the menu are named after songs and bands, like the Stairway to Heaven pizza and the Sharp Dressed Man steak. The “rocktails” are awesome too, like the Riders on the Storm or the Purple Haze.

And speaking of alcohol, they have freakin’ buckets of it. Literally. You can choose from seven buckets of alcohol, served with a pale. With a limit of two per person, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

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Not to mention their lava lamps. They light up. No big deal. And their literal jello shooters.

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And their food is delicious. Aside from their signature wood fired pizza, they serve fantastic burgers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and tons of appetizers. Their beer-battered fries are the best I’ve ever had, same goes for their chicken. One of their salad has BBQ sauce in it. My kind of salad. And for those of you who are allergic to gluten, there’s a whole page with gluten-free entrees. Vegetarians can swap out beef or chicken patties for veggie patties, so really, everyone wins. Plus it’s affordable!

If you need more convincing, here’s their website, which supplies you with a soundtrack while you surf through it, so you can jam to Eric Clapton while freaking out about their menu. Take my word for it and go eat, drink, and rock out!

http://www.therockwfp.com/

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The Pack A.D. is comin’ to town

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If you missed these girls at Fall Fest 2012, boy do I have news for you!

They’re stopping by Edmonton’s own Starlite Room on February 28th on their tour to promote their new album, Do Not Engage.

If you haven’t heard of them, the Vancouver-based band has been around since 2006, and consist of singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller. They’ve been compared to The Black Keys, The Kills, and The White Stripes for good reason; they’ve got a very garage-rock-punk-bluesy thing goin’ on.

The Starlite Room, if you haven’t been before, is really small and intimate. I’ve only been there once when my boyfriend played his last show with his band, and I loved it. You can easily get right up to the stage, the atmosphere is amazing, the layout is fantastic, and there’s beer. So, there’s that. The only downside is that you have to buy a membership to get in, but it’s only $5 and once you buy it, you’re good to go for the rest of ever when it comes to this venue.

If you’re looking for something to do February 28th, come hang out with me at The Starlite Room downtown. Tickets are only $18-something after taxes, and The Pack A.D. are known for putting on a great show, as those of you who were at Fall Fest 2012 already know.

Here are their most well-known songs if you’re having trouble remembering who they are.

Come hang out, drink beer, listen to great music and have a grand ol’ time!

 

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Metallica By Request

Guys, yesterday was Cliff Burton’s birthday.

And I miss him. And I’m sad. So I’m going to do a Metallica post. I’m a bit late on this topic, but I’m curious as to what your guys’ opinion on this is.

In November of last year, Metallica announced that, having finished making their movie Through The Never, they needed a break from the studio and were going to head out on a summer road trip to Europe to play some shows. But wait, there’s a twist.

Metallica, by request?! 

This summer, Metallica fans will be able to pick the setlist.  Once people buy their tickets, they receive an email with a code and a link to a website where they can vote for which songs they want to hear live.

It’s a pretty cool concept, but I have some problems with it. I don’t want to sound hipster and self-righteous, but there are a lot of Metallica songs that I adore that a lot of people don’t, or don’t know about. Usually at a show, a band will throw in one or two of those kind of unknown or underplayed songs, and it’ll be an awesome, unexpected treat for me. But if thousands and thousands of people are voting for the setlist, chances are those fantastic, under appreciated songs will get no credit.

This is a link for the voting results for one of the upcoming shows this summer in England.

http://www.metallicabyrequest.com/results.php?s=61

Metallica says they usually play around 18 songs per show. They’ve reserved one new song that they’ve picked, so that means there are 17 slots for the voters to choose. Looking at that list, sure, the top 17 songs are glorious, but what about the others? “Wherever I May Roam”, “…And Justice for All”, “Harvester of Sorrow”, “Frantic”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, all of these personal favourites didn’t get many votes at all. And “Am I Evil?”, arguably one of the greatest songs of all time ever, only got 14% of the votes. I’d feel kind of ripped off not hearing a lot of the songs that didn’t make the cut.

That being said, I still think it’s a really cool and unique idea, and a great way to get the audience involved. What do you guys think of the whole By Request thing? What if your favourite bands did it?

 

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Mötley Crüe’s Callin’ it Quits

That’s right, those old geezers are done being rock n’ rollers. Or are they?

Mötley Crüe announced last week that, after countless tours since they first started in ’81, the legendary metal band will tour one last time. Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour will start in July, making stops all throughout North America, including here at Rexall Place on November 18th. They’re touring with none other than Alice Cooper. I’ve seen both Alice Cooper and Crüe at Rexall, and was worried for everyone’s lives; I was fully convinced someone was going to have a heart attack on stage or something. They’re pretty wrinkly now. Regardless, they put on fantastic shows with great sound, effects and overall energy. And The Final Tour is going to be no different. Nikki Sixx says that people should expect a few surprises considering it’s their last tour. Ever.

Ever, ever. The band was the first to sign a legally-binding Cessation of Touring contract, basically saying that they can’t tour under the band’s name again. The contract comes into play at the end of 2015, and puts an end to a 30-some-year era of drugs, tattoos, jail time, over 100 million albums sold, countless shows, and making a legendary name for themselves as one of the best metal bands of all-time. They’re definitely going out in style.

Fans around the world have been in denial or mourning, but recently Vince Neil backtracked comments suggesting that they’re breaking up entirely.”Mötley Crüe will still be around, we’re just not gonna tour anymore. That’s really kind of it. Mötley Crüe’s not breaking up. We’re still gonna be making music. We’re still selling merchandise.”

If they’re still going to be in the studio making new music, I find their Cessation of Touring agreement to be kind of dumb. What if they make a fantastic album that blows everyone’s minds and gets a lot of praise and they realize they want to tour to promote it? Well, then they’re shit out of luck, because the law says so. I think it was a weird decision. Nikki Sixx already said that there’s an exception to the contract:”If we’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, would we get back together? Probably so. But that would probably be it.”

Your last chance to see the band perform live is coming up this November. Tickets already went on sale, but it’s not sold out yet. If you’re thinking of going, I highly suggest it. These rockers are killer live; they put on one of the best shows I’ve seen.

What do you guys think of the band’s decision?

 

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Faked?

Last Sunday was the Super Bowl XLVIII. I don’t know much about football, but I do know that I love Super Bowl appetizers. And in between yelling things like “Come on! Get more points than the other team! Home run!” and stuffing my face with chicken wings, tostitos, mozza sticks and God knows what else (it’s all a blur), I was secretly just waiting for the halftime show. I’ve been a Chili Peppers fan since I was really young, and Blood Sugar Sex Magik is one of my favourite albums. So when I heard that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were performing, I was a bit put off by the combination, but was really looking forward to it nonetheless.

I’ve never been a huge Bruno Mars fan; his music’s not really my cup of tea. Except for “Locked Out of Heaven”. That song’s been on repeat for ages. But after watching the halftime show, I can confidently say I’m a Mars supporter. He put on such a great show, opening with that crazy drum solo, and kept me entertained for the rest of his three songs until Anthony Kiedis and the rest of the Chili Peppers hopped on stage. Anthony and Flea brought bucketloads of shirtless energy as they played the early classic “Give It Away”, and everyone was bouncing around on the stage like it was a trampoline.

It was an absolute blast to watch. The energy was overwhelming, the crowd was going nuts. The combination of the Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars was risky but paid off for the record-breaking 111.5 million viewers.

But wait, there’s a twist.

Apparently, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance was pre-recorded during one of the rehearsals. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals were live, but the instrumental wasn’t. Bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were playing along, but their guitars weren’t plugged in. Flea rationalizes it in a post he wrote on their website. Given the fact that they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, and that if they were playing live, there could have been countless things to go wrong and ruin the sound for everyone in the stadium and the millions watching on TV, a pre-recorded track seemed fair. The band’s stance on “miming” has always been that they’d never do it. So when the NHL approached them with the offer, they were hesitant, but Flea wrote, “…but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.” They didn’t plug their instruments in on purpose. They didn’t feel the need to pretend. “It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it.”

A lot of people are outraged, and tons of articles with titles like “Red Hot Chili Peppers Betray Fans” are circling the internet. I think that’s bull, but that’s just me. What do you guys think? Do you think they did the right thing in faking the performance, or should we all boycott the Chili Peppers?

Here’s the full performance if you didn’t get a chance to see it.

And here’s the message from that crazy shirtless guy.

http://redhotchilipeppers.com/news/454-a-message-from-flea