started working at IB Tech through Time Temporary Services
on September 29th. It was a terrible job at first but a few
weeks later I got moved into a different area of the factory.
I worked at a total of 24 different areas in the factory
during my time there. I did not do much else during that
time, except go to the occasional
On October 11th, 2003, I drove to Cleveland because Zakk
Wylde was doing a signing at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame,
and his first Les Paul was being put on display there. I
drove down, but got there too late, and Zakk had already
left. I got to hang out with Shawn and his friend Jason and
his wife. We went and ate at Alice Cooperstown Restaurant,
which was really kickass.
On December 1st, 2003, my cousin Brandon went with me to see
Anthrax at Headliners in Toledo. The crowd was totally...nonexistant,
as was the stage...but the band totally kicked ass regardless.
Oddly enough, it was Anthrax's first time EVER playing in Toledo...and
probably their last, judging by their reaction to the small
On December 7th, 2003, I went with my friend Eric from Senior
Citizen to Cleveland to see Anthrax play at The Odeon. Two
local bands, Seven, and Seven Tongues opened the show. Both
local bands were pretty cool, it was the first time I ever
saw local bands open who actually rocked.
On January 1st, 2004, Shawn Sexton and I officially
split with Walt and BLS.net and started the new Official Black
Society Fan-Site, www.SDMFworldwide.com.
On January 16th, 2004, I went with my cousin Mike, and his
girlfriend Michelle to see Sevendust at the Agora in Cleveland.
Not much else happened until I got laid off from IB Tech on
March 26th, 2004.
On April 7th, 2004, I drove down to Nashville, after I was
invited by the legendary record producer Michael Wagener
to visit his studio. I stayed in my friend (and a moderator
from SDMFworldwide) Ben's dorm room at Belmont University that
night and drove back home the next morning. Anyway here's what
I wrote when I got back from the studio:
Holy shit! His recordings of Ozzmosis are 5000 times better
than the final one. and Mike Inez and Randy Castillo are playing
on it, not Geezer or Deen. He A-Bed his version and the final,
comparing them and his made the actual release sound like a
fucking bad demo. Ozzy's vocals were 100 times better, Randy
Castillo played circles around Deen....I can't believe the
label changed it. Unbelievable. I will never hear that album
the same again. Oh yeah, and we got the priveledge of hearing
a completely unreleased Ozzy song called "Slow Burn"...it
was a soft song and fucking awesome.
See You On The Other Side had a choir of girls singing on it
and saxophone and everything, it was awesome. It totally sounded
like No More Tears' production except totally better. Amazing.
The songs they recorded were as follows:
1. Perry Mason
2. See You On The Other Side
4. Old L.A. Tonight
5. Living With The Enemy
7. Slow Burn"
In May 2004, I recorded
a pop/punk band from Mansfield called Banned. I also did the
artwork on the CD "Handle Without
Care." They recorded the whole album live as a band, and
did the vocals seperately. I also recorded another band from
Mansfield called Happy Monday the same week. I also finished
tracking and mixing for Senior Citizen's 2nd album "Volume
23" in May.
In June of 2004, the recording for 5 Knuckle Shuffle's album "Ancestors'
Sins" was completed, and it was mixed and mastered in
On July 16th, I went to see Evanescence, Seether, and
Grace with Adrianne at Germain Amphitheater. I also did a
lot of listening to the new Megadeth album "The System
Has Failed" which had leaked onto the internet that
On July 20th, I went by myself to Ozzfest 2004. I had a backstage
pass, and I got to meet James Lomenzo, talk with Nick Catanese,
Tim Bolin, Big Val, and Fred Kowalo again, as well as Philth
and his dad. I also met Kerry King from Slayer, Howard Jones
Engage, and Big Dave (who later went
to become the main 'character' on MTV's reality show "Battle
For Ozzfest"). BLS, Slayer, Judas Priest, and Black
Sabbath all kicked serious ass.
In August 2004, I recorded a 4 song EP for Eclipse The Sky.
The recording, sonically, is one of the best things I have
recorded to date.
A lot of time was spend unsuccessfully trying to find a job
that summer. Too many shitty temporary services and dead
end jobs. There weren't really any good concerts happening
In late August, I also recorded my grandpa Barney (guitar),
my dad Danny Sr. (guitar), and a relative from North Carolina,
Eugene Haith (mandolin, vocals, harmonica) playing live at
a big family get-together (My grandparents' 50th Anniversary)
in my grandparents' basement.
On October 5th, I went to the Odeon in Cleveland to see Anthrax
and Dio. Anthrax yet again, kicked serious ass. That was my
7th time seeing them live and they never disappoint.
In October 2004, my friend Tim Lyons from L.I.E. in Kansas
City approached me about approaching former Black Label Society
drummer Phil "Philth" Ondich about playing a guest
track on the upcoming L.I.E. album. Phil really dug the track "Die
Trying" and agreed to play on it. On October 6th, I engineered
and we tracked the drums here at Fuzz Recording Studio. The
raw drum tracks were then sent to Tim in Kansas City where
he and his band tracked the rest of the instruments in his
In mid-October, I went with my Grandma and aunts Cheryl and
Karen to North Carolina. We stayed at my great aunt Franny's
most of the time. We went to the Charlotte NASCAR race and
watched it from a very drunken infield. It was cool hanging
out with my 2nd cousin Paul Goodman, as well as Franny, Edith,
Gene, Dot, Allison, Cheryl, Karen, Grad, and everyone. I loved
it down there and hope to go back sometime soon.
On October 30th, I recorded Senior Citizen's Halloween show,
as well as their Misfits cover band Horror Business' set as
On November 7th, 2004, I went to see Exodus and Megadeth at
the Odeon in Cleveland. The new band was exceptional and it
a great show. I ran into Jeff from Senior Citizen as well as
his friend Fike, and also the guitar player from a local band
called The Barn.
On December 8th, 2004, I went by myself to see Damageplan in
Columbus at the Alrosa Villa. It was definatly the worst thing
witnessed. 30 seconds into their first song, some psycho with
a gun jumped onstage and murdered Dimebag Darrell, one of my
favorite guitarists ever...just 20 feet in front of me. After
the whole thing was said and done, this insane asshole had killed
Jeffery "Mayhem" Thompson, Damageplan's head of security,
Erin Halk, Alrosa bouncer, and Nathan Bray, a fan from the audience).
A heroic police officer, James Niggemeyer, rushed into the club
and took him out with a shotgun, ending a hostage situation.
This is the most horrific thing I could ever imagine, let alone
witnessing it with my own two eyes. It took a long time for what
happened to sink into my brain, and I still can't believe it.
Concerts will never be the same for me. I will always remember
this. The image will always be burned in my mind when I am watching
other bands take the stage at shows. Unfortunatly I will never
forget seeing one of my heros pass away...but I will also never
forget the music he made that helped me through some tough times.