Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven once told me that rock 'n' roll is created because people are subconsciously trying to form the perfect family that they didn't experience as children. As transparent as that may seem, it's an easy concept to grasp. Heavy metal lyrics celebrate the underdog ... More >>
There must be something in the desert water. I'm not talking pesticides or Valley Fever -- I'll leave the exposé side to the news section. I'm talking heavy metal. But I'm okay with it.
MegadethArizona State FairOctober 30, 2013 It was pretty easy to tell who was at the State Fair for Megadeth last night, and who was there for fried twinkies. You just had to look for the people wearing '80s-style jean vests bedecked with heavy metal band patches or spiked metal studs. By the tim ... More >>
Arizona State Fair concerts aren't like most concerts--and this isn't even about the average age of the performers involved. They're different because you can go to them almost by accident. Exhausted your fried food budget? Unwilling or unable to win your sweetheart a gigantic, unlicensed Angry Bird ... More >>
Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motor ... More >>
What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>
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See also: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to Headline KUPD's Desert Uprising See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" Last week, I found myself in an awkward conversation with douchebag with a popped collar and frosted tips. He asked me if I worshipped "the Devil," lo ... More >>
I've never been a fan of Texas, even though it's the stomping ground for a wide range of heavy acts. From the Dallas Cowboys to the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas" to George Bush, everything about the state has always had a way of agitating the hell out of me. Like, nails-on-a-chalkboard ag ... More >>
See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Heavy Metal So, the Revolver Golden Gods are this week. Screw you if you're going. Yeah, I didn't plan wisely. Too busy bumbling about how Dungeon and Dragon nerds are more metal than you (guaranteed a ton of those dudes planned ahead) and shattering whiskey bottl ... More >>
This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. Want to listen to (almost) all of our 100 Songs that Defined Arizona? Why is Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson bec ... More >>
You gotta hand it to American thrash metalheads Megadeth. For as rocky as their successful road has been, the band has done great job at keeping things surprising. Just last week, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine made headlines by announcing his endorsement of far-right presidential candidate Rick " ... More >>
Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>
Maria VassettMegadeth, Godsmack, and Disturbed at Rockstar Mayhem Festival Friday, July 15, 2011 The Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion"You guys are fucking amazing, Phoenix!"This was the first thing I heard as I approached the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion for the Rockstar Mayhe ... More >>
Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.
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