In 1970, Richard Kabat saw an opportunity for an entertainment-centric weekly and launched Cleveland Scene with a loan from his brother. Then he and his inexperienced staff held on long enough to catch one of the last waves of money...
In a way, The Cleveland Confidential Book Tour is just like the old days, when Pagans frontman Mike Hudson, Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, and Human Switchboard frontman Bob Pfeifer would pile into a van, drive across the country, and convince occasionally indifferent audiences to listen to them. They're even calling the readings "gigs" -- gigs with less equipment, as Pfeifer says.
Most fans think Mr. Gnome's music rocks; some find it downright erotic. Credit singer-guitarist Nicole Barille's hot-and-bothered vocals, which bring to mind that diner scene in When Harry Met Sally, where Meg Ryan showed off her fake-orgasm skills.
Lately, like scores of other music critics, I've been getting into some "hipster-metal bands," so named because guys like us listen to them. Real metal dudes hate people like me. And that certainly includes D.X. Ferris, my co-worker and author of a new book about Slayer's Reign in Blood, which is apparently some sort of classic metal album.