Al Cohen Senior Pillbox Staff

Class of 2006


  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    American thrash has at its center the unholy trinity of Slayer, Metallica, and Megadeth. This much is known as far as the everyday music fan goes. But, if one were to delve further into the black heart of the U.S. metal fan, a love for much-unheralded bands like Exodus, Testament, and Dark Angel would be revealed. Exodus has put out two mighty fine albums recently — one could say Gary Holt’s fines...

    Pillbox | April 17, 2006
  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    As with most things in life, it is the little details that separate the good from the glorious. Take the Rex Theater, for example. With seats in place, the venue was a good place to watch a metal show. Without seats to obstruct crowd movement, the Rex has become a glorious venue. Add to that a bevy of shows coming up, and you have a recipe for the best kind of destruction.

    Pillbox | April 10, 2006
  • Big Al's Metal ...?

    Hungry. No other word encompasses the feeling of metal fans here in Pittsburgh as far as live shows go. With the successful one-two punch last week with shows at Club Zoo and the Rex Theater, it seems promoters are getting the message that this is, and always was, a viable city for live metal shows.

    Pillbox | April 3, 2006
  • Big Al’s Metal Shop

    Despite the blinding cold of last weekend, rock fans in this town could take solace in the warmth of another place: this past Saturday saw on the order of one million tanned, drunk, writhing bodies on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Brazilian summer, except that they were all guests of the Rolling Stones, as they hosted a pre-Carnaval party to end...

    Pillbox | February 20, 2006
  • Check out Big Al's favorite albums
    1. Jeff Scott Soto, Lost in the Translation Classy hard rock for the Camaro driver in your family. Jeff’s soulful vocals are the stuff of legend — whether recording with Queen’s Brian May, Journey’s Neal Schon, or Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff’s voice is instantly recognizable. Perhaps it’s fitting that Jeff may have recently found a band to settle in with Soul Sirkus. Before you check them out, though...
    Pillbox | December 5, 2005

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