HEAVY LEATHER – Custom Leather & Guitar Straps


I received an interesting email a while back from Rachael Becker (owner+creative director) of Heavy Leather NYC, makers of custom leather and guitar straps that I wanted to share with you.

We thought it was a natural fit [pun-intended] to make a blog post about them especially since they recently launched a collaboration with the mighty Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath by making his signature vegan guitar straps. Thats right – custom/signature vegan guitar straps! Cool.

In fact, they actually make the custom tour straps for both Geezer and Tony Iommi and also have a full regular line of straps that are sold online and in retail stores. Other products include: vegan and leather goods, camera straps, accessories and motorcycle gear.

BTW I see they’ve launched the signature vegan guitar strap for Doyle/Misfits as well.


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Heavy Leather NYC is a small business run out of New York City and Los Angeles, so we are happy to help out by spreading the word about these huge new projects.

Some other artists that wear the guitar straps include:

Johnny Winter

Doyle WVF

Cat Stevens

Matt Sorum

Raphael Saadiq

Jesse and Dave of Eagles of Death Metal

Black Sabbath

“I was put in touch with their management a couple of years ago and I said that I wanted make them straps – this was well before they announced they were going on tour. I sent over a couple of straps that I custom-made with them in mind and they both loved them. Geezer’s a vegan, so it was a challenge to make a non-leather strap. I’ve done straps in denim before but never anything that had to look like leather.” ~R.Becker


Eric Peterson/Testament

Lzzy Hale/Halestorm

Reb Beach/Whitesnake

Carl Harvey/Toots & the Maytals

Vieux Farka Toure and many more!

*Prince (R.I.P.)

*Lemmy Kilmister (R.I.P.)


You can view their gear at: www.heavyleathernyc.com

The Size of Your World!


So true! haha

2016 Hard Rock & Metal Festival Guide

North America finally seems to be getting a decent amount of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music festivals. It’s about damn time. Europe has kicked our arse for decades!

This summer looks to be a great time to get out and see some great shows and music! We’re going to highlight some of these events in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. Good to see the old school bands represented. See you there…

Up first is:

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Fort Rock  [Sat.] April 30 – [Sun.] May 1

VENUE LOCATION: JETBLUE PARK 11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL. 33913


Fort Rock April 30 - May 1 in Fort Myers, FL


Info | FAQ \ Directions | Fest Info | Contact

The boring/important stuff every banger needs to know:

  • The festival is a rain or shine event.
  • No refunds
  • ID and credit card used for purchase will be required at time of will call pickup
  • Lineup and set times are subject to change
  • Everyone and everything is subject to search at all entry points
  • Any alcohol consumption will require valid ID and age verification
  • No unauthorized selling of any kind
  • No reentry will be allowed during the event



Monster Energy Fort Rock is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live and is part of the World’s Loudest Month festival series kick-off. The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct concert atmospheres across the country in April and May.

The festival is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2016 sponsors include: Jack Daniel’s, Bud Light, Marshall Headphones, Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page, and the Boston Red Sox.


Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal [Video]

Years before MTV and decades before Internet and social media, there was a deafening force in high-energy rock n roll that dominated the city of Los Angeles. Only a handful of stalwarts would survive the new millennium yet these bands and artists literally set the blueprint for Glam, Power, and Thrash Metal bands that would soon follow and reign supreme in Los Angeles and gain worldwide notoriety throughout the ’80s and beyond.

These artists were the ground-breakers and trendsetters that set the course of heavy metal history. Yet seldom is known about these founding fathers of hard rock and heavy metal music…until now!

METAL ROCK Entertainment takes you on a transcendental journey into heavy metal yesteryear in this compelling documentary INSIDE METAL: Pioneers of LA Rock and Metal! 1975 – 1981 (the first of a trilogy on the Los Angeles Metal Scene).

In the mid-70s into the beginning of the 80’s, cutting-edge hard rock bands such as SNOW, LEGS DIAMOND, SMILE, A LA CARTE, WOLFGANG, SUITE 19, STORMER, AXIS, EULOGY, DANTE FOX, XCITER, THE BOYZ, LONDON, AIRBORN, DETECTIVE, QUIET RIOT (with Randy Rhoads), SOUND BARRIER, THE WEASELS, THE GREG LEON INVASION, YESTERDAY & TODAY, MAX HAVOC, SORCERY, VENDETTA, THE SHARKS, PRETTY POISON, and of course VAN HALEN ruled Los Angeles and Orange County nightclubs like The Starwood, The Whisky, Gazzarri’s, The Woodstock, Woodsound, The Golden Bear, Stardust Ballroom, The Fleetwood, and backyard parties throughout the southland!


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This DVD features extraordinary interviews with many of the key players of the late ’70s LA Rock Scene including:

  • Carlos Cavazo (Snow, Quiet Riot, Ratt)
  • Jack Russell (Dante Fox, Great White)
  • Don Dokken (Airborn, Dokken)
  • Dave Meniketti (Yesterday & Today)
  • Brian O’Brian (A La Carte)
  • Stephen Quadros (Orange, Snow)
  • Greg Leon (Suite 19, Dubrow, Dokken, Greg Leon Invasion)
  • Joey Vera (Saphire, Greg Leon Invasion, Armored Saint)
  • Roger Romeo (Legs Diamond)
  • Pat McKeon (Badmoon, Max Havoc)
  • Scotty Waller (Smile)
  • Bernie K. & Spacey T. (Sound Barrier)
  • Frank Dimino (Angel)
  • Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
  • Kelly Garni (Quiet Riot)
  • Ann Boleyn (Hellion)
  • Marq Torien (Ratt, Bullet Boys)
  • Michael DesBarres (Silverhead, Detective)
  • Steve Plunkett (Wolfgang, Autograph)
  • Greg Durschlag (The Weasels)
  • Jon Hyde (Detective)
  • Felice LoCoco and Kurt Markham (Overkill – LA)
  • Lars Ulrich (Metallica)


Bob NThe DVD also features interviews of major industry players who supported the LA scene during that era including: David Forest (former promoter/manager of The Starwood and The Whisky), Malcolm Dome (UK Journalist), Alan Wood (LA Scenester), Kevin Estrada (Photographer), Jon Sutherland (Journalist), John Kornarens (journalist), and Brian Slagel (CEO Metal Blade Records).

So sit back, relax and enjoy this musical journey into a mystical wonderland of artistry and decadence. These are truly the Golden years of Hollywood hard rock and heavy metal!

~Bob Nalbandian


Metal Doc



Metal Moment #10

Enjoy these special backstage pics from the 80’s.

I’ll bet the ANTHRAX boys were excited to run into TWO of their idols or now as they are often called: “living legends.”


ANTHRAX with Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi



ANTHRAX with Steve Harris from IRON MAIDEN

ANTHRAX with Steve Harris from IRON MAIDEN


·Source: Charlie Benante’s Twitter feed. #TT