Al Cohen Senior Pillbox Staff

Class of 2006

Articles

  • Big Al's Metal Shop

    Is it just me, or does Chad Smith look way too much like Will Ferrell? Every time I thumb through the liner notes of a Chili Peppers disc, all I can think of is how those two must have been separated at birth. I only bring that up because I’ve been jamming to the latest Glenn Hughes disc, which of course has Smith bringing the rhythm to Hughes’ soul. In every interview by the man whom many call th...

    Pillbox | March 5, 2007
  • Big Al's Metal Shop

    Just a few weeks ago, I was able to get my ears around what was supposed to be Kiss’ Alive IV. Recorded at British Columbia Place Stadium in Vancouver on December 31, 1999, this was to be the show to end all shows — as the world’s computers screens went blank and chaos enveloped us. What better way to enter that uncertainty than with Gene, Paul, Peter, and Ace? We bought the T-shirts, and all we...

    Pillbox | February 5, 2007
  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    It seems that March 6 will bring us the much-awaited, much-leaked, much-debated, and perhaps over-hyped release of Chinese Democracy. For a while, it seemed the real thing (i.e., democracy in China) had a better chance of happening before we got the album, but Axl promises that this is, tentatively, the real thing. Unless of course... Nah, forget it. It’s coming, and if you’ve seen the band live...

    Pillbox | January 29, 2007
  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    Pittsburgh is a metal town, if you haven’t noticed by now. In the last month, we have been graced with many outstanding bills, from the triple threat of Soilwork, Mnemic, and Threat Signals at the Rex Theater to the stellar Paul Stanley rocking Greensburg the day after Halloween. Want more, you say? How about the meat-and-potatoes rock of Soil and Shinedown as they opened for Godsmack last Saturda...

    Pillbox | December 4, 2006
  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    From Birmingham to Belo Horizonte, metal has evolved from its primal roots and created many different subgenres. Thrash, death, prog, grind, and many other classifications populate the conscious of the metal fan today. (For a good rundown, check out the excellent anthropological documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.) Bands that start off in one subgenre can successfully transition their sty...

    Pillbox | November 13, 2006

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