Erica Banas: Writing Samples

Specializing in rock/classic rock news coverage and commentary with the occasional flair for wrestling/TV/film/cocktail culture.

Times WWE Inflated The WrestleMania Attendance Record

Since its inception, WrestleMania has always been about grandeur. From the card to its celebrity guests to its overall presentation, size has always mattered. It's not surprising attendance figures have been somewhat of an obsession for the WWE and its fans throughout WrestleMania's history. That said, it's also not surprising most of those attendance figures are usually inflated. In some cases, those figures are more inflated than you'd think. In 2019, Brandon Thurston from Wrestlenomics shared

Wrestlers Who Tried Their Hand At Politics

Wrestlers Who Tried Their Hand At Politics Professional wrestling is rife with stories about wrestlers "politicking" backstage in order to move up in the ranks or to keep their main event status in any given company. Some of wrestling's most prolific names are at the center of many of the biggest examples of backstage politicking from Hulk Hogan to John Cena. Considering this, it's no wonder a number of wrestlers have attempted a career in actual politics. In some cases, this happens following a

Rye the Lightning: 5 Things to Know Before Trying Metallica's Latest Spirit

Metallica, like many other bands, expanded their portfolio by entering the spirit game with their brand Blackened American Whiskey. Since launching in 2018, Blackened American Whiskey has won a number of awards and has introduced a variety of offerings with their latest being a Kentucky straight rye double cask finished whiskey aptly named Rye The Lightning. At the helm of Rye The Lightning is Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich, a man who loves the craft of making whiskey as much as he lov

Dexter Holland & 4 Other Commencement Speeches from Rock Stars

‘Tis the season…graduation season, that is. From high school to college, many students are now celebrating their hard work by donning their cap and gown and receiving their diplomas. For some very lucky grads, their commencement will feature a speech from a high-profile figure, from distinguished alumni to heads of state and even heads of rock bands. In honor of graduation season, check out these great commencement speeches from some of the biggest names in rock.

'Exile on Main St.': A Track Breakdown of the Classic Rolling Stones Album

From 1968-1972, The Rolling Stones released four albums that not only are considered the best work of their career but some of the best albums in rock history. With the release of Exile On Main St., the final album (a double album, no less) helped close out that truly epic tetralogy in the grandest of fashion that only the Stones could accomplish. While we all know the origin story of the band fleeing to Keith Richards’ rented villa in the South of France as a result of Britain’s tax laws on hi

Duran Duran: Ranking the 7 Music Videos of 'Rio'

Duran Duran released their second album Rio on May 10, 1982. Even decades after its release, Rio can still be found at the intersection of style and substance. It’s pop/rock perfection in a lean nine-track package that can still cause the masses to dance their asses off while also finding time for introspection. Perhaps the prime examples of the album’s mix of style and substance came with its music videos, which thanks to the launch of MTV, helped catapult Duran Duran to stardom not just in th

'Karen Metal' is Exactly What You Think It Is (And It Kinda Slaps)

“Karen” videos remain a popular genre on various social media platforms, and one brilliant person has decided to take these horrendous, obnoxious women and turn them into heavy metal singers. YouTuber Andre Antunes is the force behind “Karen Metal” in which he takes a viral “Karen” video and sets it to a metal riff. Truthfully, we’d be lying if we said his songs aren’t brilliant and oddly catchy. Considering the plethora of “Karen” videos out there, he could easily expand this genre into litera

5 Takeaways from Listening to 'Dark Side of the Moon' High for the First Time

Some people did puzzles. Some people got really into doing TikTok dances. Some people baked bread. For me, the lockdown days of the pandemic found me getting baked for the first time ever. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “How does someone wait until their mid-thirties to explore the world of cannabis?” The answer is quite simple: In my late teens, I tried weed and it made me super-paranoid. As a result, I kept a safe distance from it for well over a decade and just rolled with alcohol if I wa
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