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"SOUTHERN CAL" - JOHN CALABRESE

Born in Rochester NY. I lived in the area for 22 years before moving to Melbourne FL, where I have lived now for 32 years.

My first musical influences were The Rolling Stones Buddy Holly and The Beach Boys. By 1976 my road to heavy metal continued. I was now listening to Rush, Van Halen,Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Aerosmith.

In 1981 at a friends house I first saw and heard Iron Maidens Killers album. I was hooked and soon it was Angel Witch, Saxon, Motorhead and Tygers of Pan Tang, Anvil, Raven, Exciter, Metallica and Mercyful Fate.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MT. RUSHMORE OF CONCERTS?

Rush 1981
Metallica 1986
Motorhead/Mercyful Fate/Exciter

 

WHAT IS A METAL CONFESSION YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

I attended a Winger Show. Wasn't bad but wasn't great.

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT METAL MAYHEM ROC?

In the early 80's we all hung out together and absorbed all the new metal that was coming out.  Fast forward and here we are all
these years later jamming out the metal to not only the older generation of metal fans but also to the younger generation. Also our boss The Vernomatic is a walking encyclopedia of metal knowledge and has remained true to the metal scene. I enjoy being a part of the live show with "The Metal Minute" and the podcast interviews.

 

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR METAL MAYHEM ROC IN 2024?

My goal for Metal Mayhem ROC in 2024 is to do whatever I can to make the show and interviews the best they can be. There is a great crew of guys that are all a big part of the content produced for Metal Mayhem ROC.  With The Vernomatic's leadership the sky is the limit.

My gratitude goes out to The Vernomatic and the entire crew at Metal Mayhem ROC and to Zach at Metal Devastation Radio.

 

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