Metal God Entertainment and ROB HALFORD are pleased to announce the European Union release of Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 on June 8th, 2007 through licence with Frontiers Records of Naples, Italy.
Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 features thirteen (13) dynamic tracks from Rob Halford’s FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases. The Halford band’s first new songs in more than four years ‘Forgotten Generation’ and ‘Drop Out’ are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from producer Attie Bauw ‘Redemption European Mix.’
Frontiers Records European Release of Halford Metal God Essentials – Volume 1 includes a full-color twenty (20) page expanded booklet and Bonus DVD featuring eight (8) Halford promotional videos in an enhanced digi-pack.
The Metal God’s US (Essentials Release July 2007); Japan (Essentials Release July 2007); Australia (Essentials Release August 2007); Canada (Essentials Release July 2007) and Brazil (Essentials Release June 2007) licensees and release configurations will be announced late May 2007.
Metal God Entertainment will also produce three (3) new Box Sets for its licensees in the European Union, U.S. and Canada for fall 2007 / early 2008 release.
The Fight and Halford Box Sets will feature a 5.1 DVD documentary and live concert performance, remastered audio releases, expanded booklet, rare and unreleased photos and liner notes.
The Box Sets are tentatively titled:
1) FIGHT – War Of Words The Film – Box Set
2) HALFORD – Live at Rock In Rio III – Box Set
3) HALFORD – Live Crucible World Tour – Box Set
Special configurations for all other territories are in production and will be announced – summer 2007. Halford IV licensees will be announced – summer 2007.
iTunes.com – keyword: Halford
iTunes.com – keyword: Fight
Check out the video for the new Halford track Forgotten Generation below!
New W.A.S.P. disc Dominator is hitting the shelves tomorrow, May 1st, 2007!
W.A.S.P. – Exclusive Dominator Clips, Selected By Blackie Lawless, Available
Exclusive sound clips from W.A.S.P.’s new album, Dominator, selected by frontman Blackie Lawless, are currently available at this location.
W.A.S.P.’s new studio CD, Dominator, will be released in the UK on April 16th, Scandinavia on April 20th, and the rest of mainland Europe on April 27th via Demolition Records. The CD will arrive in South America and Russia in early May.
The final tracklisting for the album is as follows: ‘Mercy’, ‘Long, Long Way To Go’, ‘Take Me Up’, ‘The Burning Man’, ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’, ‘Heaven’s Blessed’, ‘Teacher’, ‘Heaven’s Hung In Black’ (Reprise), ‘Deal With The Devil’.
Dominator will be available on standard CD, limited edition digi-pack CD and limited edition LP.
According to the flyer that came with the limited-edition version of BLACK SABBATH’s Live At Hammersmith Odeon album (which is currently being shipped by Rhino – release date is May 1), the label has set an August 28th release date for the Heaven And Hell Live From Radio City Music Hall DVD and double-CD.
The band – BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice – performed live on March 30, 2007 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The setlist was as follows: ‘E5150 Intro’, After All (The Dead)’, ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Children of the Sea’, ‘Lady Evil’, ‘I’, ‘The Sign Of The Southern Cross’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘The Devil Cried’, Appice Solo, ‘Computer God’, ‘Falling Off the Edge Of The World’, ‘Shadow Of The Wind ‘Iommi Solo – ‘Die Young’, ‘Heaven And Hell’.
Encore: ‘Lonely Is The Word’, ‘Neon Knights’.
You can hear four new songs from Tesla’s upcoming covers disc at their Myspace site today. The Four songs are Led Zeppelin’s Thank You, Deep Purple’s Space Truckin’, Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy and the Beatles’ I’ve Got a Feeling.
Tesla’s myspace site is http://www.myspace.com/teslatheband
Circuit City has this disc on sale for $9.99. this week.
If you live in the Cleveland or Pittsburgh area, please check out the info below:
The Exchange, an independent music retailer with 20 stores in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, will participate in a special promotion with Anthem/Atlantic recording artists RUSH. RUSH‘s new “Snakes & Arrows” CD will be specially sale-priced for only $6.99 ($18.98 list price) at all Exchange locations from Tuesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 6. A very limited-edition RUSH poster will be given out with purchase. There is a limit of two CDs and one poster per customer (while supplies last). The event is being sponsored by WTAM in Cleveland, Cleveland Free Times magazine and the Pittsburgh City Paper.
RUSH‘s new studio album, “Snakes & Arrows”, is due out on May 1. It’s the Canadian band’s first new collection of original material in nearly five years. RUSH — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — will trumpet the release of “Snakes & Arrows” with a full-scale 48-city North American amphitheater tour, the renowned trio’s first since 2004’s “An Evening With Rush: 30th Anniversary Tour”. The tour begins mid-June and is slated to traverse the continent through the summer.
A special limited-edition MVI (Music Video Interactive, the music industry’s newest configuration) version of “Snakes & Arrows” will be released on June 5. The MVI is a DVD loaded with exciting new features. Superior sound quality plus a side range of video and interactive content combine to bring fans closer to the artists and their music. It plays in all standard DVD players, computers and game consoles with DVD drives. Digital music files are compatible with all MP3 devices. A modified digi-pack that is slightly taller than a standard jewel case has been designed to house all standard MVI releases. The new packaging is meant to provide a consistent look for the configuration and to distinguish it from both standard CDs and DVDs. The “Snakes & Arrows” MVI features the following:
* Full album in downloadable, unrestricted MP3’s
* Entire album in 5.1 Surround Sound
* 43-minute “making of the album” video documentary (RUSH have never allowed anyone in the studio previous to this)
* Digital extras including: Wallpapers, Buddy Icons and Screensaver
* Digital booklet
* Lyrics and Bio
*Online access to additional RUSH information
The list price is $23.98. A limited pressing of 25,000 copies will be available.
A killer new hard rock band I recently discovered is Fatal Smile. These Swedish rockers have been together for a while (1995) and Neo Natural Freaks is their 2nd release. I saw recently that they were opening for W.A.S.P. in the UK. I knew W.A.S.P. had to have a quality hard rock act opening up for them, so I had to dig up some information on them. Once I heard a few of the tunes, I knew I had to pick this one up.
They have a sound that reminds me of a cross between Black Sabbath and Dokken (musically, not vocally). Lead Singer, H.B. Anderson has an excellent metal voice. He can handle the heavy and melodic parts perfectly.
Neo Natural Freaks is a blistering hard disc, and is highly listenable. This is 80’s style hard rock with a heavy modern feel.
The title track Neo Natural Freaks starts the disc off with high speed, head banger. This is a great song to start off the disc with, and immediately leaves you wanting more.
Bleeding Kiss starts with a heavy Sabbath like riff, and kind of reminds of an Accept tune, but H.B Anderson uses more of a pure singing voice than the throaty screams of singer UDO Dirkschneider. This track has a heavy bass and guitar riff that will please most hard rock fans out there.
The first two tracks were great prep work for the audio assault that is Crash & Burn. This heavy song is one of my favorite tracks on this disc.
Nothing prepared me for the Skid Row like heaviness of Learn-Love-Hate. The band recorded a video for this ultra cool song. Check it out below!
The deep bass and heavy guitars on Quiet Chaos gives this tune a heavy Black Sabbath feel to it. This is another great track worth hearing!
Practise What You Preach is another heavy track in the vein of Accept .
H.B. Anderson almost sounds like Doug Pinnick of King’s X on Dead Man Walkin. This song seemingly looses cohesion towards the end and loses me. Color Blind keeps the vocal feel of King’s X, but is much better than the track before it.
Common People has more of an 80’s sleaze feel to it. This is another stand out track on Neo Natural Freaks.
11th Hour closes this disc with another good Skid Row like number.
Fatal Smile was a great surprise for me. It is always great to hear new bands that are carrying on that 80’s hard rock sound. I would have loved to had a few more tracks in the vein of Love-Learn-Hate, but as a whole I am quite pleased with this disc. You can listen to and pick up Neo Natural Freaks at CD Baby.com.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Neo Natural Freaks
2. Bleeding Kiss
3. Crash & Burn
4. Learn – Love – Hate
5. Quiet Chaos
6. Practise What You Preach
7. Dead Man Walking
8. Color Blind
9. Common People
10. 11th Hour
Reviews galore including new Hard Rock from Sweden, a new sleaze band from Atlanta, GA, a review for the new Rush disc Snakes & Arrows, a new review segment called Rare Rock Rewind, and another Rocklahoma Band Review.
A bunch of new tunes and videos are heading your way. Stop back daily for the latest and greatest in Hard Rock and all of the latest Hard Rock News!
In 2007, Mike Tramp is only original member left of White Lion. Vito Bratta is out of the music business. Greg D’Angelo is drumming for Britny Fox, and James Lomenzo is the current bass player for Megadeth.
In 2003, Mike Tramp tried to relaunch White Lion a few years ago with Warren DeMartini from Ratt, but Vito Bratta wouldn’t let him use the White Lion name, and the whole deal fell through.
It is ironic that, Mike Tramp is using the White Lion name once more, and is touring with RATT this summer, and playing in the Rocklahoma music festival.
Rocking the USA is a double live CD that gives you a taste of Mike Tramp’s White Lion. This disc was produced by Michael Wagener, and has a great sound as a result of it. Mike Tramp must have scoured the globe looking for a guitarist that could reproduce the awesome sound of Vito Bratta, and has succeeded. Guitarist Jamie Law does an pretty amazing job, and sounds very close to his predecessor. For a live CD, these tunes are almost studio quality, and crowd noise is surprisingly minimal for a show this great.
Fans going to the Rocklahoma, and Ratt/Poison shows this summer have something else to be excited about. Although the original band will not be the one playing in front of you, the White Lion sound and tunes are being faithfully reproduced by this current band. White Lion will be a band to keep an eye on in 2007, as they plan to release a new studio disc.
Rocking the USA is a no brain pick up for White Lion fans! This 2 CD, 90 minute set is a great taste of what is to come this summer!
Check out Mike Tramp’s White Lion performing Hungry and Radar Love in the videos below:
Rating: Out of 10
1. Lights and Thunder
3. Lonely Nights
4. Love Don’t Come Easy
5. Broken Heart
6. Fight to Survive
7. Cry for Freedom
8. You’re All I Need
9. Little Fighter
1. It’s Over
2. Living on the Edge
3. Tell Me
5. Lady of the Valley
6. When the Children Cry
7. Radar Love
What you may not know, is the current lineup that Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones has put together, is a supergroup of Hard Rock Veterans, including Kelly Hanson (Hurricane) on vocals, Jason Bonham (Bonham) on drums, and Jeff Pilson (Dokken) on bass.
I had to do some digging and found that they did release a live album with this lineup. Amazingly, you can find this CD in the discounted CD sections at Walmart and Best Buy for a mere $6.00.
How do they sound? Amazing! Just what you would expect from a lineup this great! Kelly Hanson handles the songs like a pro, and sounds very close to former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm.
Die hard Foreigner fans may hate the changes, but personally, I think this is an enhancement over the original band. I hope that they will do a studio disc with this lineup.
The songs in this live collection, need no introduction, they are all great Foreigner classics. Take a look at the videos and judge for yourself.
Feels Like the First Time
You can’t beat the price of this live CD. The sound quality on this disc is very good, and will only whet your appetite to see Foreigner live when they hit your town in 2007!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Head Games
2. Cold as Ice
3. Waiting for a Girl Like You
4. Dirty White Boy
6. Feels Like the First Time
8. Juke Box Hero/Whole Lotta Love
9. I Want to Know What Love Is
10. Hot Blooded
Tesla announces the Details on Real to Reel
TESLA has always been revered as a bluesy, no-frills, ’70s-style hard rock band, concentrating on solid musicianship more than the trends of modern music. Now, after selling over 16 million albums worldwide since bursting onto the scene in 1986, they’re paying homage to their hard rock heroes on their sixth studio album, “Real To Reel”, due out June 5 on their own independent label, Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
The first single, LED ZEPPELIN’s “Thank You” (listen to the track at this location) is currently being serviced to radio on May 1, but it has been receiving early airplay for the past few weeks on such stations as KRXQ in Sacramento, The Bone in San Francisco, WHOG in Milwaukee, KZRR in Albuquerque and KDKP in Phoenix and KISW in Seattle. A video for the track is forthcoming.
“Real To Reel” — produced by TESLA and Tom Zutaut and recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX — is a two-disc 25-song collection of classic rockers from the ’60s and ’70s, recorded through a vintage Neve console directly to Ampex 456 analog tape to capture the purity of these timeless and legendary songs. Songs include “Space Truckin'”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “Ball of Confusion”, “All The Young Dudes” and “Street Fighting Man”.
The first 13 tracks will be available on June 5 at retail outlets, while the second disc containing the remaining 12 songs will be available this summer along the band’s tour route with the purchase of a concert ticket. Details are forthcoming.
TESLA first tested out some of their favorite rock classics with their fans in the summer of 2006 during the “Electric Summer Jam” tour (the first tour with guitarist Dave Rude, who replaced original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). While UFO’s “Rock Bottom” went down like a storm to a standing, cheering, grandstand crowd of 10,000 in Milwaukee, BLACK SABBATH’s “War Pigs” engaged 6,000 people in Lansing, Michigan so much that they refused to leave during a torrential rainstorm which lasted throughout the entire two-hour show. After getting such a positive reaction from their fans, the band knew making “Real To Reel” was a logical next step for them.
“‘Real To Reel’ is a collection of songs that inspired us back in the day when we first heard them in the ’70s,” says singer Jeff Keith. “We originally had a large list of songs in mind for the record, and we had a lot of fun picking out the ones that ultimately made it onto the album. Making music is all about feeding off of your inspirations and putting your own touches to it. We feel we’ve accomplished this to the highest extent.”
In talking about the first single, “Thank You”, Keith explains, “That’s my favorite song on the album, and it’s funny because we never discussed covering that particular song. We went back and forth about a lot of LED ZEPPELIN songs. We had planned on doing ‘The Song Remains The Same’, and it was Frank who thought we should do ‘Thank You’ instead. The guys actually recorded it while I was at my casita feeding the abandoned pups and their mom that I found in a vacant lot. When I returned to the studio and heard what they did, I was so blown away that it inspired me to sing what I think is my best vocal performance on the record. When I finished recording in one take, it was just mind-blowing. Everyone in the studio was in tears. Sometimes that’s how it works and that’s the beauty of making music. We all felt it was the perfect choice for the first single. If you think about TESLA, the lyrical message of the lyrics throughout the years, they’re very similar to ‘Thank You’. It’s that same positive message that we try to get across in every TESLA song. It’s a sacrilegious song to cover and we didn’t think we’d do it justice, but we were up for the challenge.
“Jimmy Page once told Brian that he had bought the ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ record and thought it was a really great album. That was a huge thrill for us to hear because we’ve always had a love of LED ZEPPELIN and they were so important to all of us growing up. There’s always been this reverence for ZEPPELIN. So hearing Jimmy Page say he loved TESLA too, we were honored and it enlightened our spirits. LED ZEPPELIN inspired us to be a band in the first place.”
On the touring front, TESLA will launch a summer U.S. headlining tour starting June 7 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. They’ll make a stop in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on Thursday, June 14. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, April 27. The band will perform three more House of Blues shows in Anaheim (Friday, June 8), West Hollywood (Saturday, June 9), in San Diego (Monday, June 11), which go on sale this Saturday, April 28. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can stay plugged into all things “Real To Real” and purchase VIP ticket packages at the band’s new web site, http://www.teslarealtoreel.com.
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel One” (sold at retail):
01. Space Truckin’ (DEEP PURPLE)
02. Walk Away (JAMES GANG)
03. Hand Me Down World (GUESS WHO)
04. Bad Reputation (THIN LIZZY)
05. Thank You (LED ZEPPELIN)
06. I’ve Got A Feeling (BEATLES)
07. Day Of The Eagle (ROBIN TROWER)
08. Ball Of Confusion (TEMPTATIONS)
09. Rock Bottom (UFO)
10. Stealin’ (URIAH HEEP)
11. Bell Bottom Blues (ERIC CLAPTON)
12. Honky Tonk Women (ROLLING STONES)
13. Dear Mr. Fantasy (TRAFFIC)
Here’s the complete track listing of “Reel Two” (available with concert ticket purchase only):
01. All The Young Dudes (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
02. Make It Last (MONTROSE)
03. Shooting Star (BAD COMPANY)
04. Not Fragile (BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE)
05. Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
06. Is It My Body (ALICE COOPER)
07. I Want To Take You Higher (SLY & THE FAMILY STONE)
08. Do You Feel Like We Do (PETER FRAMPTON)
09. Beer Drinkers And Hellraisers (ZZ TOP)
10. Seasons Of Wither (AEROSMITH)
11. Saturday Night Special (LYNYRD SKYNYRD)
12. War Pigs (BLACK SABBATH)
RATT / POISON /WHITE LION TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!!!
POISON and RATT (featuring singer Stephen Pearcy) will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping in early September.
The tour, which brings RATT and POISON onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, said Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely told Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Jun. 13 – BI-LO Center Greenville, South Carolina
Jun. 15 – The Ampitheatre at The Wharf – Orange Beach, Alabama
Jun. 16 – City Stages/ Miller Light Stage – Birmingham, Alabama
Jun. 17 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Charlotte, North Carolina
Jun. 19 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnatti, Ohio
Jun. 20 – Post Gazette Pavillion – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jun. 22 – Bay City River Roar – Bay City, Michigan
Jun. 23 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, Ohio
Jun. 24 – Germain Ampitheatre – Columbus, Ohio
Jun. 26 – Chevrolet Theatre – Oakdale, Connecticut
Jun. 27 – Sovereign Center – Reading, Pennsylvania
Jun. 29 – The Summer Stage at TAGS – Big Flats, New York
Jun. 30 – Tweeter Center Boston – Boston, Massachusetts
Jul. 01 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Virgina Beach, Virginia
Jul. 03 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Jul. 04 – House of Blues – Orlando, Florida
Jul. 06 – Grand Casino – Kinder, Louisiana
Jul. 07 – Sam Houston Race Park – Houston, Texas
Jul. 08 – Nokia Live Theatre – Grand Pairie, Texas
Jul. 12 – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel and Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi
Jul. 13 – Pryor Creek Music Festival – Pryor, Oklahoma
Jul. 14 – Oklahoma City Zoo Ampitheatre – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jul. 15 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Kansas City, Kansas
Jul. 17 – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre – Chicago, Illinois
Jul. 18 – The Myth – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul. 20 – Waukesha County Fair – Waukesha, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Fond Du Lac County Fair – Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Jul. 22 – Heritage Landing Muskegon, Michigan
Jul. 24 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, New York
Jul. 26 – Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center – Gilford, New Hampshire
Jul. 27 – Etess Arena @ Trump Casino – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Jul. 28 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
Jul. 29 – Nissan Pavillion Stone Ridge – Washington DC
Jul. 31 – DTE Music Theatre – Detroit, Michigan
Aug. 03 – Mississippi Valley Fair – Davenport, Iowa
Aug. 05 – The Legendary Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, South Dakota
Aug. 08 – Oregon Gardens – Silverton, Oregon
Aug. 09 – uglas County Fair – Roseburg, Oregon
Aug. 10 – Salinas Sports Center – Salinas, California
Aug. 11 – Hyundai Pavillion – San Bernardino, California
Aug. 12 – Gibson Ampitheatre – Los Angeles, California
Aug. 14 – Coors Ampitheatre – San Diego, California
Aug. 15 – Dodge Theatre – Pheonix, Arizona
Aug. 17 – The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 18 – USANA Amph. – Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 19 – Coors Ampitheatre – Denver, Colorado
Aug. 21 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug. 22 – Darien Lake PAC – Buffalo, New York
Aug. 25 – Toyota Pavillion – Scranton, Pennsylvania
Aug. 26 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga, New York
Aug. 31 – Ford Ampitheatre – Tampa, Florida
Sep. 01 – Sound Advice Ampitheatre – West Palm Beach, Florida
Paul has since formed a new four piece band called Adrenaline Factor that features many of the AC/DC like aspects of Broken Teeth, and if anything, this band may be a little better.
Adrenaline Factor is Lee Scott on lead vocals, Paul Lidel on guitar, Steve Sweat on bass, and
Armando Reyes on drums.
Singer Lee Scott sounds like he came from the Bon Scott family. The songs on this disc are not very complex. It is the same three chord style that you are accustomed to hearing from AC/DC. The music will not surprise you, unless you are astounded how close Lee sounds to Bon.
Some of these tracks demand to be heard! The opening track track Ride is a smoking hard track that just kicks your ass right out of the gate.
Boozin’ Susan is the fist in the air, beer swilling rocker that makes you beg for more.
Seven Year Bitch is a foot tapping, catchy song that will have you singing along in no time.
The closing track Goin’ Nowhere is closer to Deep Purple in sound than AC/DC (no, I am not kidding.).
Paul Lidel has been playing similar riffs in Dirty Looks, and Broken Teeth for years, and he has the AC/DC sound down pat. If you are tired of waiting for the new AC/DC disc, as am I, then you could do a lot worse than picking up Adrenaline Factor’s debut. I went back and listened to the last couple of AC/DC discs after this one, and I think is better than anything than AC/DC has done in a while. Do yourself a favor and go check this out!
Rating: out of 10
- Wrong Number
- Boozin’ Susan
- Your Side
- Bad Habit
- Seven Beer Bitch
- No Warning
- Bet Your Life
- Hook Slide
- Goin’ Nowhere
From the ashes of Dangerous Toys, Jason McMaster and Paul Lidel formed the band Broken Teeth. According to Jason McMaster, “The band started as a joke, as an AC/DC rip off on purpose kind of thing and sort of snowballed. ”
The band may have started as a joke, but the music that this hard rocking five piece outfit is putting out, is not. Guilty Pleasure is the 2nd studio disc by Broken Teeth. This band also features Dangerous Toys alumni, Mike Watson on bass, (ex-Pariah) Jared Tuten on Guitar and Bruce Rivers on Drums on this disc. The sound is definitely a derivative of AC/DC. Jason McMaster’s raspy vocals give these tunes a little more edge, but he does try to use a lot of Bon Scott mannerisms in his vocals. Amazingly, this sounds a lot different than Dangerous Toys. This is less sleaze and more straight forward hard rock.
Paul Lidel has Angus Young’s three chord guitar sound down pat and does a great job.
At first I was disappointed by this disc, as I was expecting Broken Teeth to be a little closer in sound to Dangerous Toys. After successive listens, I got over the whole DT thing, and started getting into this disc a lot more. Guilty Pleasure is full of hard edged AC/DC style party rock.
There are a few stand out tracks on this disc including the title track, Guilty Pleasures, complete with its AC/DC trademark “OY”!
The blistering Crash Landing Affair is a song that will help you get a few speeding tickets. The rhythm section kicks ass, and McMaster does best Bon Scott. Killer Stuff!
Crash Landing Affair
Down to the Fire is a blues infested number that is infectious as hell.
You have to hear High on Danger and Chaingang to appreciate them. Both songs are great.
AC/DC seems to be missing from the musical landscape these days. Thank God there is a band like Broken Teeth to carry on the torch, while they are away! This CD wont win any points for originality, but is full of great hard rock, the way it should be played! You can hear more Broken Teeth songs at the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Guilty Pleasure
- Devil Money
- Hangin’ By The Skin
- Crashlanding Affair
- Down To The Fire
- Second Hand
- High On Danger
- She Dances Evil
- Happy End
On the way home, I stopped in the local Rock shop, and picked up Def Leppard X, Masterplan Aeronautics, and Rob Rock, Holy Hell for the grand tune of 7.99, TOTAL!
Then I came home and got the following announcement in email:
Poison at Riverbend Music Center on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Poison with Ratt and White Lion
Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
Riverbend Music Center
On Sale Friday, Apr 27 at 10:00 am!
This rock fan could not be happier! Ratt and Poison have not released all of their dates yet, but I am guessing by this email the announcement will be happening any day now!
Ratt released this press release this evening:
After much speculation and anticipation following the airing of their Behind The Music episode on VH1 last spring, multiplatinum hard rock act RATT with vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer will grace the stage together for the first time since 1999. Plans for not only a U.S. summer tour but a full-fledged comeback are being mapped out now as the band prepares to hit the road with POISON. The band’s own tour dates will extend into the fall and may also include shows in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Australia. Joining the band onstage will be bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi.
A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and Ratt will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13th at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through the end of August.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
The band has recently aligned with Carl Stubner, CEO of Sanctuary Artist Management (ZZ Top, Mick Fleetwood/co-manager of Fleetwood Mac, Tommy Lee/Supernova, Paulina Rubio, Jack’s Mannequin) and is booked by Jay Frey at Paradise Artists.
RATT made their mark in the early ’80s going ‘Round And Round’ with a string of hit songs, videos and four consecutive multiplatinum albums (over 16 million albums sold worldwide). Their arena-filling live shows set the standard for all bands to follow. Creating anthems for the youth of that era, their music and performances maintain a timeless quality to this day.
A new Ratt best of CD and DVD are due this summer from Rhino Records.
GUNS N’ ROSES havee announced that their 2007 World Tour will begin on June 2 in Monterrey Mexico. The tour had been delayed due to an injury to bassist Tommy Stinson‘s left wrist. Fortunately, the sprain is healing nicely and soon the band will be ready to rock like only they can.
June will see GN’R perform three concerts in Mexico before heading to Australia and New Zealand. It’s been fifteen years since GN’R last performed in Mexico, Australia, or New Zealand and the anticipation is beyond belief. July has GN’R traveling to Japan for a series of rescheduled concerts. Fans attending can expect to hear GN’R classics like “Welcome To the Jungle”, “November Rain”, “Patience” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” along with blistering new songs from the band’s forthcoming “Chinese Democracy” album like “Madagascar”, “IRS” and “Better”.
GUNS N’ ROSES tour dates:
June 02 – Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
June 03 – Guadalajara Mexico VFG Arena
June 05 – Mexico City Mexico City Sports Palace
June 10 – Perth Australia Burswood
June 13 – Adelaide Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre
June 15 – Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
June 20 – Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
June 23 – Sydney Australia Acer Arena
June 29 – Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
July 14 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 15 – Tokyo Japan Makuhari Messe
July 17 – Tokyo Japan Budokan Hall
July 18 – Nagoya Japan Rainbow Hall
July 21 – Osaka Japan Osaka Jo-Hall
More dates will be announced.
2006 saw GUNS N’ ROSES perform over 70 concerts all over the world to rave reviews. With the release of the highly anticipated and long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” album imminent, 2007 promises to be the time that GUNS N’ ROSES reclaim their throne as the world’s most dangerous band. Lead vocalist W. Axl Rose, guitarists Robin Finck, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, and drummer Frank Ferrer are a rock n’ roll spectacular that have to be experienced to be believed.
In other news, Robin Finck has posted an open letter on his official web site regarding the band’s cancelled shows and its postponed tour:
“I’m writing now in the wake of the recently postponed and cancelled GNR commitments in Japan and in South Africa,” he wrote. “I guess I’m writing because I too am disappointed, have a conscience, a website, and I am not on the Bullet Train to Osaka this evening.
“I purely want to share with those whom were avid for seeing GNR at these concerts that I too was looking forward to seeing you all. The band was primed and pumped, production packed and shipped. Then, much to our distress, unforeseen circumstance walked in, dropped its surly case and announced with certainty, ‘I’m here!’ What can we do.
“I have received innumerable emails from real people who where hooking up with friends or family, flying to faraway cities, booking hotels or friends’ couches, docking the USS Kitty Hawk, and otherwise scheduling their time and enthusiasm around these events. In short, these peeps wuz straight stung adrenalized and lettin’ me square have it! I too was psyched about the shows, planning to meet friends and family, watch the cherry blossom blossom etc. It is my wish that your bounce forward from here be one of a willful arc and opportunity. Believe me, I’m swallowing that very pill by your side.”
Dangerous Toys is a band that I always thought would be a good poster child for sleaze rock. I have picked up all of their CD’s over the years and I have never been let down by any one of them. I always know that I will get a disc full of hard driving tunes with great vocals.
On Pissed, Jason McMaster delivers the goods once again, and Paul Lidel sounds like he has been playing in the band forever.
There is a lot to like on this disc, and it does not disappoint. The title track Pissed, is a great up tempo number that need to be cranked up to be appreciated.
Paintrain and The Law Is Mine continues the fun with two great in your face rockers back to back.
Promise The Moon is an excellent ballad and something that you wouldn’t expect to hear from the DT guys.
Strange is a heavy track full of sleaze and head banging goodness. Great Stuff! Loser has an AC/DC type of sound, and a great party rock feel to it.
Hard Luck Champion is one of my favorite tracks on this disc, and should be my theme song. :)
Screamin’ for More is an upbeat song that has a less heavier feel that the rest of the tracks on Pissed. There are more acoustic guitars on this song but it has a great sound.
Oh Well, So What! is one of those songs that you would love to crank up and play in your office when you are having a bad day. This is the closest thing to giving someone the bird in audible fashion.
Illustrated Man is a cool song that would make a good theme song for Miami Ink. It is a great way to close out Pissed.
Pissed is a great hard rock record all the way through. There are no filler tracks, and it is a fun party rock record that is a great listen. Sadly, Pissed was released right in the middle of the grunge movement, and got very little attention. It is one of those nice gems in my collection that I like to break out from time to time. You can still find this one online quite often for under $10.00. It is worth picking up!
3. The Law Is Mine
4. Promise The Moon
7. Hard Luck Champion
8. Screamin’ For More
9. Oh Well, So What!
10. Illustrated Man
- Jason McMaster – Vocals
- Mark Geary – Drums
- Scot Dalhover – Guitar
- Paul Lidel – Guitar & Vocals
- Mike Watson – Bass & Vocals
“It is with deep regret that I must inform you that there will not be a full reunion of the surviving RATT members.
“Considering the original band broke up fifteen years ago and there have been several questionable incarnations of it since then, my hope was maybe this time we could give the RATT fans what they have wanted all along; the original band. I made an exceptional and painstaking effort to work things out with the others, only to reach an impasse.
“There has not been a sincere attempt at redemption by my former band mates, for their insidious and sometimes malicious wrongdoings in the past, toward me. Even when they withdrew critical conditions to help facilitate a long-term reunion, I continued to hope, trying to stay focused on a positive outcome for everyone, especially the fans. I told them, in no uncertain terms, that if we could reach a point of reasonable compromise, in good faith, I would return to the band. To my dismay, near the end of negotiations, ulterior motives prevailed and I was eventually simply stonewalled. Therefore, since nothing has changed, I am left no other choice but to abstain from a reunion. I also made it clear that I was not doing this for the money. My attempt was motivated by my desire to instill credibility back into the name RATT, settle unfinished business and to give the RATT fans what I believe they would truly enjoy seeing and hearing the most. However, their ignorant and unscrupulous habits came into focus once again; a stark reminder of our tumultuous and dysfunctional past.
“Unfortunately, the biggest losers in this equation are the RATT fans, and for that I am truly very sorry. It was my sincere hope throughout several months of negotiations that many of the people that never got to see the original band could at least finally see the surviving members, delivering the bombastic assault of what has come to be known as Ratt N Roll.
“The band that will be opening for POISON this summer will be basically the same partially reformed band with Stephen [Pearcy] coming back to do vocals. I will be recording a follow-up to my LIQUID SUNDAY solo record and playing shows with my band.”
Who’s a Faster Pussycat? Taime Down’s Record Label Responds To Brent Muskat’s Open Letter, with an Open Letter
Recently KNAC.COM posted an open letter from Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muskat in which he extended an offer to Taime Down and Greg Steele to reunite for a 20 year anniversary tour. The letter ends with a post script that reads like a cannon blast across the bow (Read it below).
Tonight, KNAC.COM was asked to publish this response to Muskat’s letter, penned by the President of Taime Down’s current record label.
The letter reads as follows:
“In Brent Muscat’s “open letter” to Taime and Greg, he alleges the following:
“P.S.: Faster Pussycat is a Trademark in accordance with the requirements of U.S. Trademark, Patent & Copyright Law. Additionally, Faster Pussycat is a Federally Registered Trademark as certified by the USPTO. Any use of the name Faster Pussycat without the express written consent of Brent Muscat shall result in severe civil and criminal prosecution.”
Is that trademark you flaunt all bark and no bite? The executives at http://www.fulleffectrecords.com will take great pride in tossing you your Milk Bone to gnaw on. Taime and Greg are waiting by their mail boxes for their royalty checks for all the merchandise you’ve been pimping for how many years? Additionally, each time you perform the songs Taime and Greg wrote, (see examples below), we will be counting . . .
As far as your continued criticism regarding Taime’s musical validity, I believe they are selling the new Faster Pussycat album which rocks, by the way, at http://www.fulleffectrecords.com. Why do you not comprehend MUSICAL GROWTH? We don’t believe the album is industrial at all.
Wikipedia describes “Industrial music” as: “a loose term for a number of different styles of electronic and experimental music. First used in the mid-1970’s to describe the then-unique sound of Industrial Records artists, a wide variety of labels and artists have since come to be called “Industrial”. This definition may include avant-garde performance artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil and Laibach; noise projects like Merzbow or Sutcliffe Jugend or writers like William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard.”
I see no mention of Taime Downe in this definition. Just because he expanded his horizons, normally described as “growth,” and didn’t remain stagnant, is a tribute to his talent, not a basis for ridicule, or is it jealousy and envy?
The new Pussycat record is just as sleazy, with songs like “Sex, Drugs Rock and Roll,” “Number One With a Bullet,” and “Porn Star.” Additionally, Monster Magnets guitarist’s contributions to the CD were brilliant.
True Pussycat fans know the truth, the lawyers know the truth, and the truth shall set US free.
Just keep posting and running your mouth, because each time you do, you’re just digging a deeper hole for yourself.
The public is welcome to check the copyright and publishing forms to see who wrote the songs:
Complete Faster Pussycat Copyright link found here.
Title Code: 320332967
Writers: Downe Taime, Steele Greg
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Song: Bathroom Wall
Title Code: 320328696
Writers: Downe Taime
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Song: House of Pain
Title Code: 380301217
Writers: Downe Taime, Steele Greg
Performers: Faster Pussycat
GYPSY FETISH MUSIC
% GREG STEELE
13659 VICTORY BLVD
VAN NUYS , CA, 91401
Tel. (818) 780-7757
Unfortunately, we do not view your letter as a sincere attempt to resolve issues, but rather as a manipulative, self-serving, thinly veiled threat, as well as an attempt to elicit sympathy for your position.
Finally, in answer to your question, Taime feels it is irrelevant to engage in a conversation regarding “joining” HIS OWN band.
Anthony Srock, President
Full Effect Records
cc: Taime Downe”
Faster Pussycat – Brent Muscat Issues Open Letter To Taime Downe and Greg Steele
Faster Pussycat guitarist Brent Muscat issued the following “open letter” to his former FP bandmates – vocalist Taime Downe and guitarist Greg Steele:
“Dear Taime and Greg,
I will try to keep this letter brief.
I have sent both of you email and messages through MySpace inviting you both to join original members (bassist) Eric Stacy, (drummer) Brett Bradshaw and myself as Faster Pussycat to do a 20th anivesary tour one last time.
I have not received a response from either of you so I will ask you both to consider joining us. Will you??
You have an open invitation to join with us. I want to add that yes I was very upset and hurt that neither of you contacted me when I was going through a really rough time in my life with cancer. If either of you guys had any kind of life threatening illness, I would be there for you.
I believe that both of you were a very important part of Faster Pussycat and it would be nice if someday we could all play together. I’m sure most of the fans would love it as well.
That being said Todd (Kerns, guitarist) and Kurt (Frohlich, vocals) are huge fans of both of you and are thrilled to being filling very large shoes!
If you decide that you don’t won’t to rejoin you are both invited to come up and jam anytime you want.
I’m sure you will be impressed with both Todd and Kurt as I am.
They are some of the best and most talented musicians I have ever played with.
I love you and wish good health to you both.
Faster Pussycat is a Trademark in accordance with the requirements of U.S. Trademark, Patent & Copyright Law.
Additionally, Faster Pussycat is a Federally Registered Trademark as certified by the USPTO. Any use of the name Fater Pussycat without the express written consent of Brent Muscat shall result in severe civil and criminal prosecution.”
The first time I heard any tracks off of Dirty Looks’ release, Cool From the Wire, I honestly thought I was hearing new music from AC/DC. Henrik Ostergaard has that whole Bon Scott sound down pretty darn close, and the rhythm section of former Harpo bassist Jack Pyers, drummer Gene Barnett could give AC/DC a run for their money.
This was the first major release featuring lead guitarist, Paul Lidel. Paul came out with his guitar blazing, and quickly shows that he is a very solid player on this disc.
Ozzy Osbourne producer Max Norman produced this disc, and the sound is on this disc is fantastic. Cool from the Wire hit #134 on the Bilboard charts, and three singles (Wastin’ my time, Cool From the Wire, and Oh Ruby) were released from this disc. It’s Not the Way You Rock was also on the Johnny Be Good movie sound track.
Dirty Looks never gained the fame and fortune that many of the hard rock bands from the late 80’s did. As a result, Cool From the Wire is a disc that was over looked by many. It is an all killer, no filler, hard rocking affair that is well worth picking up in 2007.
Dirty Looks certainly didn’t have an original sound, but they definitely rocked and rocked hard. Paul Lidel’s guitar work smokes on this disc and makes this one worth hearing. Fans of 80’s hard rock and AC/DC fans ought to give this one a look. If you like these tunes, you can still pick this disc up at Amazon.com and CDUniverse.com.
Rating: Out of 10
- Cool From The Wire
- It’s Not The Way You Rock
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
- Oh Ruby
- Wastin’ My Time
- Put a Spell On You
- No Brains Child
- Get It Right
- It’s A Bitch
- Get Off
Dirty Looks is:
Henrik Ostergaard – Vocals
Paul Lidel – Guitars
Jack Pyers – Bass
Gene Barnett – Drums
Austin,TX transplant Paul Lidel has been kicking ass in a number of hard rock bands over the years. Sadly, if you were to bring his name up amongst rock fans, the majority of the people wouldn’t know who he was.
The bands that he has been members of over the years have put out some great hard rock records, and that is due to the excellent guitar playing and back up vocals Paul Lidel provides with each new release.
The first time that I have heard any music featuring Paul, was the 1988, Max Norman produced release by Dirty Looks, called Cool From the Wire.
Dirty Looks went on to put out several records over the years of which Paul played lead guitar on.
In 1994, Paul took over the lead guitar slot with Jason McMaster’s band Dangerous Toys, and later formed Broken Teeth, with McMaster in 1999.
In 2007, Paul has joined a new band, Adrenaline Factor, that has quite a bit of buzz going for them right now.
Paul has been playing live since he was 14 years old, and has been kicking ass ever since.
1988 – Dirty Looks – Cool From the Wire
1989 – Dirty Looks – Turn of the Screw
1991 – Dirty Looks – Bootlegs
1992 – Dirty Looks – Five Easy Pieces
1993 – Rumbledog – S/T
1994 – Dangerous Toys – Pissed
1995 – Dangerous Toys – The R*tist 4*merly Known as Dangerous Toys
1999 – Dangerous Toys – Vitamins and Crash Helmets Tour – Greatest Hits Live
1999 – Broken Teeth – S/T
2002 – Broken Teeth – Guilty Pleasure
2005 – Broken Teeth – Blood On the Radio
2007 – Adrenaline Factor – S/T
A recent poster at another site called Poison “a footnote, albeit a fairly listenable one.” I started thinking about the criticism about Poison and some of the other bands participating in the Rocklahoma Rock Festival, and got the old creative juices flowing. How many of the bands participating in this show are still quality acts in 2007? How many of the acts have such a strong catalog of music that they can put on live shows each year and sell thousands of tickets? The first band that comes to mind is none other than the glam rock band, Poison.
Poison has been touring almost annually, with very little new music to support their touring efforts. The bottom line is, people love Poison, and I am no exception. Any band that has sold more than 25 million albums is more than a mere footnote. They are a 80’s hard rock staple and always will be. The strength of their tunes is what pulls people in to big shows like the Rocklahoma Rock Festival.
Flesh & Blood is one of Poison’s very successful studio discs, and still stands up well in 2007. Flesh & Blood hit #2 on the U.S. charts, and has sold over 3 million copies to date. This disc spawned three gold singles: “Unskinny Bop,” “Ride the Wind,” and the ballad “Something To Believe In.”
The first couple of tracks off of Flesh and Blood are throw aways to me, but this disc picks up steam at Sacrifice (Flesh & Blood) and doesn’t let up from there.
Swampjuice (Soul-O) is nothing more than an acoustical little romp leading up to Unskinny Bop. Unskinny Bop was a huge hit for Poison. The guitar riff was extremely simple, but the song itself was infectious.
Let it Play wasn’t a hit for Poison, but it is a fun, upbeat song and keeps the pace going well on Flesh and Blood.
Life Goes On is one of two, killer ballads on Flesh and Blood.
Come Hell or High Water is one of the heavier tracks on this disc, but is still very listenable. CC Deville unleashes a few more solos throughout this track. You rarely ever hear this one today, but it is a cool Poison song.
Ride the Wind is a very good upbeat rocker that was a modest hit for Poison. The video below does a fairly good capturing the energy from the band’s live shows.
Don’t Give Up An Inch is a catchy up tempo rocker that got lost in the sea of hits on Flesh & Blood.
Something to Believe In needs no introduction. This song is one of the biggest hit songs Poison has ever released. It is a classic power ballad, and one that I still greatly enjoy today.
Ball and Chain is an ok rocker on Flesh and Blood, but doesn’t stand up to some of the other great songs here.
Life Loves a Tragedy is a semi ballad that turns into an upbeat energetic rock track on Flesh & Blood. If this song would have appeared on another Poison disc, it would have been another hit.
Poor Boy Blues closes this disc out with a blues infested number. It is a fun song, and the band sounds like they have a good time with it.
Flesh & Blood is one of three must own discs in the Poison catalog. This disc if full of great hits, and classic Poison songs. The strength of the music on this disc shows why Poison is still able to draw big crowds at huge shows like the Rocklahoma Rock Fest, and proves that they are more than a mere footnote. If you don’t own this in 2007, you ought to grab this, it is great!
Rating: Out of 10
- Strange Days of Uncle Jack
- Valley of Lost Souls
- Sacrifice (Flesh & Blood)
- Swampjuice (Soul-O)
- Unskinny Bop
- Let It Play
- Life Goes On
- Come Hell Or High Water
- Ride The Wind
- Don’t Give Up An Inch
- Something To Believe In
- Ball And Chain
- Life Loves A Tragedy
- Poor Boy Blues
Starting later today, I will be posting the first music review for the new weekly feature at the Hard Rock Hideout, the Rocklahoma Reviews series. Each week, I will be feature a different artist that will be playing in the up coming Rocklahoma, Rock Fever music festival. The first review will feature none other than Poison, so stop back later this afternoon for a stroll down memory lane.
Starting Monday, I will be posting Chapter Four of the Fore & Aft Series. This week will focus on the music of guitarist Paul Lidel.
Later in the week, I hope to have some reviews up for some brand new music released in 2007, plus all of the latest Hard rock news as it breaks!
POISON has posted four songs from its upcoming album of cover songs, featuring many of their favorite rock classics. “Poison’d”, the band’s first new studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol.
Go to POISON’s official MySpace page to hear the groups’ versions of THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, SWEET’s “Little Willy” and THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See”.
Featuring POISON’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), “Poison’d” presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
“POISON is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever,” says “Poison’d” producer Don Was. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves — it’s got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”
Following the release of “Poison’d”, POISON will hit the road again on June 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates and details will be announced and posted to the band’s official website as they are confirmed.
In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”. VH1’s description of the show has “the hard-rockin’ POISON front man looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing, which has been the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.”
“Poison’d” (CD and Digital Album) (not final sequence) track listing:
01. Little Willy (SWEET)
02. Suffragette City (DAVID BOWIE)
03. I Never Cry (ALICE COOPER)
04. I Need to Know (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
05. Can’t You See (THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND)
06. What I Like About You (THE ROMANTICS)
07. Dead Flowers (THE ROLLING STONES)
08. Just What I Needed (THE CARS)
09. Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (THE WHO)
11. Your Mama Don’t Dance (LOGGINS AND MESSINA)
12. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (JIM CROCE)
13. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
TWISTED SISTER TO HEADLINE ROCKLAHOMA!!
Today heavy metal fans across the nation heard the news they’ve been hoping for from “House of Hair” nationally syndicated radio host and TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider.
“It is my distinct pleasure to announce that TWISTED SISTER will once again be involved with a show that will go down in history. On July 15th, TWISTED has just been confirmed as the headliner for the Rocklahoma festival,” Snider said during his weekly radio show. “Rocklahoma will go down as one of the most momentous concerts of all time.”
TWISTED SISTER‘s Rocklahoma appearance is the band’s only announced North American show for 2007.
TWISTED SISTER, full on with costume, make-up and all five original members — Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, Eddie “Fingers” Ojedaand AJ Pero — along with 22 bands from that era will appear at Rocklahoma, the largest rock festival of its kind to ever be organized. To date, Rocklahoma‘s three-day line-up includes:
Friday, July 13:
Saturday, July 14:
Sunday, July 15:
Snider added: “When I tell you that this will be the most incredible lineup ever, you have to believe me. Check it out. Over three days, you’ll have the chance to see so many bands that your head might explode — like that dude in the JUDAS PRIEST  video for ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin.’]”
Although rumors have been circulating about whether or not band members might retire TWISTED SISTER, Snider recently put an end to those rumors by discussing Rocklahoma.
“On the TWISTED SISTER retirement front: Ain’t happening,” he said. “We’re strappin’ on the spandex one more time.”
Rocklahoma, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 13-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, OK just off highway 69.
Tickets to Rocklahoma are currently on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com.
Another Big Hair Fest Coming to Des Moines, IA
DesMoinesRegister.com reports that MÖTLEY CRÜE lead singer Vince Neil will headline Waterstock Rock on June 30 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa.
The lineup also includes WINGER, WARRANT, SEVEN MARY THREE, FASTER PUSSYCAT and WHITE LION. The all-day concert festival will also host a variety of activities and vendors at Water Works Park.
Tickets go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. The price will be $27.50 for the first 1,000 tickets sold, after which, the price increases to $35. Tickets will be $45 as of May 28, and will cost $55 at the gate.
New this year, Waterstock Rock will feature a “party pit,” where concert goers have access to the front and side of the stage. Tickets for that area are $40, and limited to 500. All tickets are available through Iowa Tix, (515) 277-3727 or at http://www.iowatix.com.
TED NUGENT – “Gun-Free Zones are a Recipe for Disaster
By Ted Nugent Special to CNN
WACO, Texas (CNN) — Zero tolerance, huh? Gun-free zones, huh? Try this on for size: Columbine gun-free zone, New York City pizza shop gun-free zone, Luby’s Cafeteria gun-free zone, Amish school in Pennsylvania gun-free zone and now Virginia Tech gun-free zone.
Anybody see what the evil Brady Campaign and other anti-gun cults have created? I personally have zero tolerance for evil and denial. And America had best wake up real fast that the brain-dead celebration of unarmed helplessness will get you killed every time, and I’ve about had enough of it.
Nearly a decade ago, a Springfield, Oregon, high schooler, a hunter familiar with firearms, was able to bring an unfolding rampage to an abrupt end when he identified a gunman attempting to reload his .22-caliber rifle, made the tactical decision to make a move and tackled the shooter.
A few years back, an assistant principal at Pearl High School in Mississippi, which was a gun-free zone, retrieved his legally owned Colt .45 from his car and stopped a Columbine wannabe from continuing his massacre at another school after he had killed two and wounded more at Pearl.
At an eighth-grade school dance in Pennsylvania, a boy fatally shot a teacher and wounded two students before the owner of the dance hall brought the killing to a halt with his own gun.
More recently, just a few miles up the road from Virginia Tech, two law school students ran to fetch their legally owned firearm to stop a madman from slaughtering anybody and everybody he pleased. These brave, average, armed citizens neutralized him pronto.
My hero, Dr. Suzanne Gratia Hupp, was not allowed by Texas law to carry her handgun into Luby’s Cafeteria that fateful day in 1991, when due to bureaucrat-forced unarmed helplessness she could do nothing to stop satanic George Hennard from killing 23 people and wounding more than 20 others before he shot himself. Hupp was unarmed for no other reason than denial-ridden “feel good” politics.
She has since led the charge for concealed weapon upgrade in Texas, where we can now stop evil. Yet, there are still the mindless puppets of the Brady Campaign and other anti-gun organizations insisting on continuing the gun-free zone insanity by which innocents are forced into unarmed helplessness. Shame on them. Shame on America. Shame on the anti-gunners all.
No one was foolish enough to debate Ryder truck regulations or ammonia nitrate restrictions or a “cult of agriculture fertilizer” following the unabashed evil of Timothy McVeigh’s heinous crime against America on that fateful day in Oklahoma City. No one faulted kitchen utensils or other hardware of choice after Jeffrey Dahmer was caught drugging, mutilating, raping, murdering and cannibalizing his victims. Nobody wanted “steak knife control” as they autopsied the dead nurses in Chicago, Illinois, as Richard Speck went on trial for mass murder.
Evil is as evil does, and laws disarming guaranteed victims make evil people very, very happy. Shame on us.
Already spineless gun control advocates are squawking like chickens with their tiny-brained heads chopped off, making political hay over this most recent, devastating Virginia Tech massacre, when in fact it is their own forced gun-free zone policy that enabled the unchallenged methodical murder of 32 people.
Thirty-two people dead on a U.S. college campus pursuing their American Dream, mowed-down over an extended period of time by a lone, non-American gunman in possession of a firearm on campus in defiance of a zero-tolerance gun ban. Feel better yet? Didn’t think so.
Who doesn’t get this? Who has the audacity to demand unarmed helplessness? Who likes dead good guys?
I’ll tell you who. People who tramp on the Second Amendment, that’s who. People who refuse to accept the self-evident truth that free people have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to defend themselves and their loved ones. People who are so desperate in their drive to control others, so mindless in their denial that they pretend access to gas causes arson, Ryder trucks and fertilizer cause terrorism, water causes drowning, forks and spoons cause obesity, dialing 911 will somehow save your life, and that their greedy clamoring to “feel good” is more important than admitting that armed citizens are much better equipped to stop evil than unarmed, helpless ones.
Pray for the families of victims everywhere, America. Study the methodology of evil. It has a profile, a system, a preferred environment where victims cannot fight back. Embrace the facts, demand upgrade and be certain that your children’s school has a better plan than Virginia Tech or Columbine. Eliminate the insanity of gun-free zones, which will never, ever be gun-free zones. They will only be good guy gun-free zones, and that is a recipe for disaster written in blood on the altar of denial. I, for one, refuse to genuflect there.
Those of you who were upset that the Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell Tour missed your town on the tour’s first U.S. leg, may have a reason to smile now.
QUEENSRŸCHE will join HEAVEN AND HELL tour in the fall.
Although the U.S. leg of the HEAVEN AND HELL tour begins this Sunday, April 22, in Phoenix, Arizona, QUEENSRŸCHE will join the quartet of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice in September after a few solo dates (including dates in Japan in late May/early June) scattered amongst rehearsals this summer.
Could this mean that you will see Ronnie James Dio performing The Chase live with Queensryche?! Time will tell……..
“Black Rain” track listing:
01. Not Going Away
02. I Don’t Wanna Stop
03. Black Rain
04. Lay Your World on Me
05. The Almighty Dollar
06. 11 Silver
07. Civilize the Universe
08. Here For You
09. Countdown’s Begun
10. Trap Door
You can tell by looking at many of the song titles on “Black Rain” — Ozzy Osbourne‘s first album with new studio material in six years — that the rock legend took a good look at his own life and the world around him. He also salutes his fans—among the most devoted in the world — with such songs as “Here For You” and “Lay Your World On Me”.
“Black Rain” finds the two-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as vital, creative and evocative as ever. You also get the clear sense that he’s operating at the peak of powers, as a singer and songwriter.
Ozzy co-produced the album with Kevin Churko and recorded it with his touring band: Zakk Wylde (guitar), Mike Bordin (drums) and Blasko (bass). Ozzy says that he felt a new freedom while recording the album at his home studio in Los Angeles. The result: songs that are not only hard-hitting but adventurously arranged and sonically fresh. Explains Ozzy, “It’s a well-put together album. I think it’s evident that it hasn’t been just slapped out and put down. I took my time on the album and Zakk plays some amazing stuff as always”. Ozzy feels “Black Rain” is the true follow-up to his classic “No More Tears”, the 1991 album that also challenged the expectations of what an Ozzy Osbourne album should sound like.
Some of the songs on “Black Rain” are ominous in their emotional tone — they examine a world teeming with greed, war, deception, bad drugs (“11 Silver”, about crystal meth) and environmental havoc. Ozzy also zooms in on the overriding sense of fear and dread that define our times — perpetrated, he feels, by news programs that make “entertainment” out of terrible news events.
Says Ozzy: “I just thought there’s so much fucking bad news, the only way I can release it is to put it in a song”. On the other hand, the new track “Civilize The Universe” offers a sense of hope, as Ozzy sings: “I’m alive/Watching better turn to worse/One more time/Try to civilize the universe”.
Ozzy will support “Black Rain” with a world tour beginning in Moscow on May 27 which continues through July 6. Then starting July 12 in Seattle, he’ll headline the 12th annual Ozzfest tour throughout America.
The pioneer and trendsetter has pulled the plug on ticket prices in America and given the power back to the fans, calling this summer’s Ozzfest “FreeFest”. That’s right, this year’s Ozzfest is entirely free for fans, an unprecedented move for an artist and tour of this stature.
Ozzy is being honored in May on VH1‘s “Rock Honors” telecast. He will perform three songs on the broadcast including a track from “Black Rain”. Premiering on Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, “VH1 Rock Honors” will be taped at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 12.
New video available for Megadeth’s “A Tout Le Monde“
MEGADETH‘s video for the new version of the song “A Tout Le Monde”, now retitled “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, is available for viewing at Underground Video Television (Windows Media).
“A Tout Le Monde”, which originally appeared on the 1994 CD “Youthanasia”, has created controversy because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree last September. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine contends that he wanted to give the song a second shot at success, as the original video for it had been banned by MTV, and most radio stations followed suit. The track ended up featuring Cristina Scabbia from Italian alt-metal act LACUNA COIL. “The first singer didn’t work out,” Mustaine told Straight.com, “the second one didn’t work, and the third one was Lisa Marie Presley. She was on the way to the airport, and we had to call and say, ‘Sorry, we changed our minds.’ I would have loved to have heard what Lisa Marie Presley would have done, but because of the demographics of the LACUNA COIL fan base, and Cristina‘s reign in the heavy-metal business, it was the right thing to do.”
A video clip of Cristina Scabbia talking about the video shoot for “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)”, which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles, has been posted online at this location.
Commented Cristina: “[Dave Mustaine] actually asked me to be part of this duet, and I was really surprised about it because ‘A Tout Le Monde’ is a song that I’ve always loved, even if it’s not like the new [version] because [the original song] [was released on] the album ‘Youthanasia’. It was a big surprise for me to get this invitation — I was really honored to be part of it. And seriously, when I heard the final result, I was awesomely surprised ’cause I think that the two voices are fitting incredibly [well together]. I think that the version of ‘A Tout le Monde’ 2007 has a stronger attitude. If the original version was for the mellow mood, this one is way more rock, way more powerful. I totally love it. I was surprised myself, and I think that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised.
“It was recorded, like an hour from Birgmingham [England]. So I flew in and recorded my parts with Andy Sneap [producer]. He’s [Andy] an amazing guy — super professional — and the atmosphere in the studio was so relaxed. It was like a family vibe, and I think that’s the most amazing thing when you have to work. You can work and still smile, you know, and be relaxed.
“I tracked the entire song because we weren’t really sure what we had to do, so we just wanted to be totally sure, so we recorded all the parts that Dave sung with some improvisation with it, double vocals. We basically made anything possible, so they could pick up whatever they wanted to.”
“A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)” will appear on MEGADETH‘s new album, “United Abominations”, due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records.
This self titled disc is the 2nd studio release by Big Cock. If you heard the first disc, Year of the Cock, you already probably familiar with this band’s 80’s Hard Rock Sound. The sound has not changed on Big Cock’s sophomore effort. They lyrics may be a little more explicit at times, and some of lyrics are dripping with sexual humor.
There are a few stand out tracks on this disc, including Real Man, Ride on Me, Real Hard, Get Me Up and the straight forward cover of the Tom Jones’ song, She’s A Lady.
Ride on Me
So Easy Bein’ Me has a punk feel to it, and reminds me of when Motley Crue covered Anarchy in the UK.
I could have lived without a couple of the songs, including the 50’s sounding Scottsdale Girls, and country flavored Let’s Make Love. Both of these tracks seem out of place here. The lyrics for Scottsdale Girls are kind of funny, but something about this song has a 50’s, Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys, bubble gum type of feel about it.
I wonder if Robert Mason is about ready to bust a gut, while trying to keep a straight face singing Every Inch of My Love. The lyrics are pure cheese, but this is still a cool sounding track. This is the closest thing you will get to a power ballad from Big Cock.
Take Me and Booze My Baby are ok tracks, but are nothing special.
As a whole, I tend to like this Big Cock disc, a little more than the debut effort. Big Cock’s sound and delivery are constant on both discs, and are a solid listen. This disc still wont make Robert Mason a household name, but it sounds like he enjoys what he is doing, and that comes across in the music.
Neither one of the Big Cock discs will set your world on fire, but if you like bands with that great 80’s hard rock sound, and are a fan of bands like Lynch Mob, and AC/DC, you will probably want to both of them. If you pick one, I’d say this is the one to get.
- Second Coming
- Fucked Up
- Real Man
- Ride on Me
- Real Hard
- She’s A Lady
- So Easy Bein’ Me
- Every Inch of My Love
- Dirty Girl
- Scottsdale Girls
- Get Me Up
- Take Me
- Booze & My Baby
- Let’s Make Love
According to the official RATT MySpace page, the group’s current lineup is as follows:
Stephen Pearcy – Vocals
John Corabi – Guitar
Warren DeMartini – Guitar
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
Robbie Crane – Bass
Ratt’s main website at Ratt Pack.com has been under construction for a few weeks now. This could be part of the design of the official reunion/tour announcement.
RATT and POISON will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.
The tour, which brings RATT and POISON onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, said Troy Blakely, who books POISON with the Agency for the Performing Arts.
“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely told Billboard.com. “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”
Confirmed festivals thus far include Birmingham, Ala.’s City Stages (June 16), Bay City, Mich.’s Bay City River Roar (June 22), Pryor, Okla.’s Rocklahoma (July 13) and Sturgis, S.D.’s Buffalo Chip (Aug. 5).
VELVET REVOLVER To Perform Nissan Live Set; Show To Be Broadcast On Yahoo!
VELVET REVOLVER will perform on April 27th in West Los Angeles, CA for Nissan Live Sets. The first 200 people who email Invites@YahooLiveSets.com will get in the doors for this exclusive taping. Plus they get to bring a friend.
Please email them your name, your location, and tell them how much you love Velvet Revolver. This will be broadcasted on Yahoo! with exclusive pictures.
Billboard.com’s Jonathan Cohen recently confirmed that on July 3rd Velvet Revolver will unveil it’s second RCA album, Libertad. Impacting in mid-May, the first single from the set will be ‘She Builds Quick Machines’, one of the four new tracks the group has been playing of late during shows in South America.
One of my nicer used disc finds over the last couple of weeks is Lynch Mob’s REvolution. My used copy came with a nice slip cover case, complete with a postcard and poster of the band. REvolution marks the return of Robert Mason on lead vocals after more than a decade of absence.
Essentially, what you get on REvolution are some reworked Dokken and Lynch Mob songs. The versions here are far heavier than the originals by either band. Either George Lynch has his guitar tuned down, in a key that I am not use to hearing him play in, or the bass is way heavier in these tracks. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but the end result are some of the heaviest sounding tracks that I have ever heard George Lynch play on.
Some fans are going to love this, and some are going to hate the reworked Dokken songs. I enjoy the new twist and the more heavy metal approach to the songs.
There are a couple of problems which I should point out quickly. There is no new material on REvolution. Nada, Zilch, Zip! A couple of new songs could have helped out this collection greatly, but I think that was outside the scope of George’s vision for this disc.
Problem # 2, I have listened to these songs a few times now, and quite frankly, I do not find any of these versions superior to the originals.
With that being said, if this was the first time I had ever heard any of these songs, I would probably be pretty excited about this disc. All of the songs are still quite good, and still very enjoyable. Robert Mason does a great job putting his own spin on these songs, and George Lynch’s playing is superb as always.
Even though I enjoyed REvolution somewhat, I believe that this disc is probably for the Lynch Mob and George Lynch die hard fans only.
I have included a couple of tracks below for your listening pleasure. I am curious to see what everone else things about these reworked versions. Check these out and let me know what you think about these!
Kiss of Death
Paris is Burning
Rating: Out of 10
- Tooth and Nail
- Tangled in the Web
- All I Want
- Kiss of Death
- She’s Evil But She’s Mine
- Cold Is the Heart
- Breaking the Chains
- When Darkness Calls
- River of Love
- Wicked Sensation
- Paris Is Burning
ALLEN/LANDE Guitarist/Producer Magnus Karlsson Runs Through The Revenge, Track By Track
Magnus Karlsson – songwriter, guitarist and producer of the forthcoming second album from ALLEN/LANDE, The Revenge due out on Frontiers Records on May 11th – has issued the following track by track comments on the songs featured on the album:
‘The Revenge’: “This is the first song I wrote for this album. I wanted to write something that invites the listener to an album that continues were The Battle ended but at the same time take it to another level. It’s not only in the song writing you can hear the difference, both Jörn and Russell shows a more powerful and rougher side this time.”
‘Obsessed’: “My favourite at the moment. A heavy one with Russell on the vocals. The singers got to choose what solo songs they wanted to do and I must say this was a perfect pick for Russell. He sounds greater than ever : ) .”
‘Victory’: “I didn’t think much of this song in the beginning but it came out as one of the best songs in the end (it happens quite often). A duet that starts with a little beep rhythm that the whole song is built around.”
‘Master Of Sorrow’: “This is simply the best ballad I ever written and Jörn does an outstanding job on the vocals. I was sure Jörn was going to choose this one and he did : ) It is made for his voice.”
‘Will You Follow’: “I wanted to do something like ‘Hunters Night’ from The Battle and this is it. A up tempo song with Russell.”
‘Just A Dream’: “A duet with a progressive touch. This is not meant to be a progressive album at all but sometimes I can’t help myself. I love to mix in acoustic instruments in a heavy song and this is a good example of that.”
‘Her Spell’: “A up tempo solo song with Jörn that almost has a power metal sound in the chorus. I prefer to not talk to much about my lyrics but I must mention that this one have to do with marriage… and I wouldn’t let my wife hear it : ) .”
‘Gone Too Far’: “Also a real favourite with Russell. This is far away from the style we are used to hear Russell in but he does this style fantastic as well.”
‘Wake Up Call’: “This duet came out great. I love it when the singers sound this angry. You can hear some Celtic influences here. If you don’t wake up to this one I don’t know what to do : ) .”
‘Under The Waves’: “A heavy song with Jörn. A great example of mixing soft piano with heavy guitars that I like so much.”
‘Who Can You Trust’: “I have listened a lot to Within Temptation lately and got inspiration to do a really heavy song with a lot of choirs and strings like they have. It didn’t end up sounding like them but that’s how I got started.”
‘When Time Doesn’t Heal’: “The second ballad on this album that is a duet. Once more Jörn and Russell shows that they can sing what style they want and it always sounds fantastic. I wanted to have a lot of acoustic guitars on this album but I’m afraid that the most of them ended up on this song.”
Streaming of four songs from the album can be heard at this location.
GUNS N’ ROSES-Influenced “Mr. Brownstone” Among Titles Of “Poison Plays” Penned By Virginia Tech Assassin
New York Post has issued the following report from Leela de Krester and Kate Sheehy:
He penned venomous plays featuring a sicko stepdad and “satanic” teacher he wanted to kill – prompting spooked students to dub him a potential “school shooter” last fall.
“I was even thinking of scenarios of what I would do in case he did come in with a gun, I was that freaked out,” said former student Ian MacFarlane, who took a playwriting class with Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui.
“When we read Cho’s plays, it was like something out of a nightmare. The plays had really twisted, macabre violence that used weapons I wouldn’t have even thought of.”
One of the killer’s plays was titled “Mr. Brownstone”, after a druggie GUNS N’ ROSES song sung by Axl Rose on the heavy-metal group’s album Appetite for Destruction. The play centers on three kids’ hatred for an “old, evil” teacher who they say “rapes” students.
Another of Cho’s plays is named “Richard McBeef,” after one of its main characters: a 40-year-old man accused by his stepson, “John,” of murdering the boy’s father to marry his mother – and who then tries to sexually abuse the kid.
“What are you, a Catholic priest? I will not be molested by an aging, balding, overweight pedophilic stepdad named Dick!” John rages.
“Damn you, you Catholic priest. Just stop it, Michael Jackson. Let me guess, you have a pet named Dick in Neverland Ranch and you want me to go with you to pet him, right?”
John’s mother, “Sue,” is portrayed as a pathetic, dimwitted housewife who immediately takes the side of her son and rails at her new husband.
“Are you a bisexual psycho rapist murderer . . . Don’t kill me!” she screams.
Toward the end, John, “in his room, smiles and throws darts on the target that is the face of Richard.”
“I hate him. Must kill Dick. Must kill Dick. Dick must die,” John furiously mutters. “You don’t think I can kill you, Dick? You don’t think I can kill you? Gotcha. Got one eye . . . Got the other eye.”
See the full story here.
HELLYEAH‘s self-titled debut album has sold just under 45,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES shifted almost 11,000 copies of “Holding a Wolf by the Ears” to land at No. 73.
A three-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of HELLYEAH‘s “You Wouldn’t Know” video has been posted at YouTube. The clip was shot on February 25, 2007 with director Nathan Cox in the parking lot of the Dallas, Texas stripclub owned by former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The finished “You Wouldn’t Know” video is available for viewing at this location.
HELLYEAH is the new band featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE. The group will hit the road beginning around May 20 with dates in the U.S. before heading over to Australia and making its way to England for an appearance at this year’s Download festival.
White Lion Added to Rocklahoma Schedule!
WHITE LION has been confirmed for Rocklahoma, a three-day outdoor ’80s hard rock festival, set to take place July 13-15, in Pryor, OK at the Pryor Festival Grounds. Also rumored to be appearing is TWISTED SISTER, although the band’s participation has not yet been officially confirmed by the event organizers. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Friday, July 13:
12:45 – 01:15 ZENDOZER
01:45 – 02:30 THE GREG LEON INVASION
04:15 – 05:00 WHITE LION
05:30 – 06:30 Y&T
07:00 – 08:00 SLAUGHTER
08:30 – 09:30 QUIET RIOT
10:00 – 11:00 RATT
11:30 – 01:00 POISON
Saturday, July 14:
10:00 – 10:45 36 INCHES
11:55 – 12:40 BANG TANGO
01:00 – 01:45 BULLET BOYS
02:05 – 02:50 FASTER PUSSYCAT
03:10 – 03:55 ENUFF Z’NUFF
04:15 – 05:00 FIREHOUSE
05:30 – 06:30 WARRANT
07:00 – 08:00 SKID ROW
08:30 – 09:30 WINGER
10:00 – 11:00 DOKKEN
11:30 – 01:00 VINCE NEIL
Sunday, July 15:
10:30 – 11:00 PEDAL POINT
12:20 – 01:10 TBA
01:30 – 02:15 BRITNY FOX
02:45 – 03:45 L.A. GUNS
04:15 – 05:15 GREAT WHITE
05:45 – 06:45 JACKYL
07:15 – 08:30 W.A.S.P.
09:00 – 10:30 TBA
WHITE LION is rumored to have been added to the POISON/RATT summer tour, which is tentatively scheduled to kick off June 12. This information, however, has not yet been confirmed by an official source.
The current touring version of WHITE LION (a.k.a. TRAMP’S WHITE LION) features original member Mike Tramp (vocals) alongside Claus Longwood (bass), Troy Patrick Farrell (drums), Jamie Law (guitar), and Henning Wanner (keyboards).
WHITE LION is planning a small European tour starting with an appearance at Italy’s Gods of Metal festival on June 2 and including dates in Turkey, Italy and Sweden (where the group will perform at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8). The band is also working on releasing a new WHITE LION album late summer.
Tramp recently made an appearance on Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM to respond to an interview with ex-WHITE LION guitarist Vito Bratta in which Vito expressed interest in reuniting with his former band. While Tramp didn’t rule out the possibility of a collaboration with Vito, he made it clear during his appearance on “Friday Night Rocks” that he wanted Bratta to take the first step and stop making excuses for why he has remained musically inactive for the past 15 years.
WHITE LION’s “The Definitive Rock Collection”, a two-disc compilation featuring the band’s hit 1987 single “Wait”, plus “When Children Cry”, “Tell Me”, and several rare rehearsal recordings, came out on January 23 via Rhino.
For more information, visit http://www.whitelion2.com.
Regardless of the band he is singing for, one thing is always constant, his awesome vocals. The great fall out of 80’s hard rock probably prevented any chance of Robert Mason being a household name among music fans, and it is a true shame, because this is one talented hard rock singer.
Silent Witness is one of the lesser known bands that Robert has sung for, and this self titled CD was a great find for me on Ebay recently. Silent Witness features Robert Mason on vocals, John Bushnell on guitar, Hal B. Selzer on bass and Lance Hyland Stark on drums. This is a damn good melodic hard rock CD that very few people ever got to know.
John Bushnell has a guitar sound that reminds me more of Neal Schon than George Lynch. This disc is a little lighter than Lynch Mob, and kind of reminds me of Neal Schon’s former band, Hardline, and another band that I like, Cry Wolf.
I would give a track by track break down, but all of the tracks are worth listening to. This is an all killer, no filler disc that will appeal to the majority of the 80’s hard rock fans out there.
I could gripe over the fact that the music lacks originality, and yes, the song writing could be a little better. Quite frankly, I love to find CD’s like this one that still have that great 80’s hard rock sound. This is still a solid effort from Silent Witness, and is a disc that fits in well with a lot of those classic hard rock CD’s from the late 80’s and early 90’s.
You can still find this disc for reasonable prices on Ebay from time to time. I would recommend grabbing this lost classic, if you see it.
Rating:Out of 10
- Can’t Keep From Falling
- Living In A Lie
- Pouring Rain
- I’ll Wait
- Tell Me
- Take Me Back
- Don’t Let A Good Thing Slip Away
- Get Right Back Up
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
- Make This Night Last Forever
Silent Witness is:
Robert Mason – vocals
John Bushnell – guitar
Hal B. Selzer – bass
Lance Hyland Stark – drums
Wed 06/27/07 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Fri 06/29/07 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
Sat 06/30/07 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 07/03/07 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 07/04/07 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/06/07 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sat 07/07/07 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 07/08/07 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater
Wed 07/11/07 Walker, MN Moondance Jam
Fri 07/13/07 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat 07/14/07 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront
Mon 07/16/07 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre
Tue 07/17/07 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thu 07/19/07 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Sat 07/21/07 Sarnia, ON Sarnia Bayfest
appearing with “Mountain Rock Music Festival”
Sun 07/22/07 Farwell, MI Mountain Rock Music Festival
Tue 07/24/07 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 07/26/07 Minot, ND North Dakota St. Fair
appearing with “Cheyenne Frontier Days”
Sat 07/28/07 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Park
Sat 08/11/07 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
Sun 08/12/07 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Amphitheatre
Tue 08/14/07 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Wed 08/15/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri 08/17/07 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Sat 08/18/07 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach
Tue 08/21/07 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Wed 08/22/07 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 08/24/07 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Sat 08/25/07 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Sun 08/26/07 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair
Wed 08/29/07 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 08/31/07 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat 09/01/07 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
Mon 09/03/07 Saint Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
Wed 09/05/07 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri 09/07/07 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sat 09/08/07 Grand Junction, CO Rock Jam
Sun 09/09/07 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre
Wed 09/12/07 Ridgefield, WA The Amphitheater At Clark County
Fri 09/14/07 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 09/15/07 Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Sun 09/16/07 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Tue 09/18/07 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord
Thu 09/20/07 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Sat 09/22/07 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sun 09/23/07 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed 09/26/07 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Thu 09/27/07 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Sat 09/29/07 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
Sun 09/30/07 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber has announced that rock superstar Eddie Van Halen will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at PIR on Saturday, April 21. As an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will be part of pre-race activities and will join Sperber on the pre-race stage greeting drivers as they are introduced prior to the start of the race.
In addition to his duties as an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will help to unveil a limited edition Fender Stratocaster Guitar as well as a limited edition EVH brand Frankenstein replica guitar at PIR on Friday, April 20. The Fender guitar, with its unique designs, will be presented to the winner of the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. The one-of-a-kind PIR Fender Stratocaster Guitar was built by Chris Fleming, Senior Master Builder, in Fender‘s Custom Shop.
“I’m personally delighted that Eddie Van Halen has accepted our invitation to join us as our Honorary Race Official for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500,” said Sperber. “There is no one who has had the kind of impact on music that he and his band — VAN HALEN — have had. I know it will be a thrill for the drivers and fans to have Eddie at Phoenix International Raceway for the NASCAR weekend.”
A 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eddie Van Halen is the backbone of one of the most well-known rock and roll bands of all time — VAN HALEN. A legendary rock guitarist, Van Halen and EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products has partnered with the organization for this unique unveiling.
“I am honored on behalf of EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products to be invited to such an exciting and fun event. I feel privileged to be working with such amazing organizations like Phoenix International Raceway, their NASCAR event and Fender,” said Van Halen.
“Rock and roll, fast cars and guitars, I can’t think of a better combination. Fender is proud to partner with our friends, Eddie Van Halen and PIR, for this great occasion.” said Matt Janopaul, President & COO of Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
20 Years ago today, three 80’s Hard Rock Discs were in the Top Ten on The Billboard Charts.
Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet was # 3, Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In was # 6 and Europe’s The Final Countdown was # 10.
Here is the video for Bon Jovi’s big hit off of Slippery When Wet, You Give Love A Bad Name.
Check out one of the new Velvet Revolver track, “Let it Roll” from the up and coming disc, Libertad in the video below!
Butchering the Beatles has the biggest collection of 80’s Hard Rock Artists in one place since 1985’s Hear ‘n Aid.
Some of the songs work better than others, but what you basically get are some heavy versions of the Beatles‘ classic songs.
Some of the stand out tracks are Magical Mystery Tour, Day Tripper, I Feel Fine, Taxman and I Saw Her Standing There.
Usually, I hate discs with cover tunes, but I must admit that Butchering the Beatles is a guilty pleasure of mine. Each cut on this disc is a heaver version of the original classic, instead of faithful covers ala Shaw/Blades new disc, Influence. I get a charge out the the faster and harder versions of these tunes, and I bet this will appeal to a bunch of 80’s hard rock fans out there. This is way the cover tunes, SHOULD be done!
Check out the tracks below, and let me know what you think!
I Saw Here Standing There
Rating: Out of 10
1. “Hey Bulldog” – Alice Cooper, vocals; Steve Vai, guitars; Duff McKagen (Velvet Revolver / Guns N Roses), bass; Mikkey Dee (Motorhead), drums
2. “Back In The USSR” – Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), vocals/bass; John5 (Marilyn Manson / Rob Zombie), guitars; Eric Singer (Kiss / Alice Cooper), drums
3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” – Geoff Tate (Queensryche), vocals; Michael Wilton (Queensryche), guitar; Craig Goldy (Dio), guitar; Rudy Sarzo (Dio), bass; Simon Wright (Dio), drums; Scott Warren (Dio), keys
4. “Tomorrow Never Knows” – Billy Idol, vocals; Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), guitars; Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), bass; Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), drums
5. “Magical Mystery Tour” – Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen / Soul Sirkus), vocals; Yngwie Malmsteen (Rising Force / Alcatrazz), lead guitar; Bob Kulick, (Meat Loaf / Paul Stanley Band), rhythm guitar; Jeff Pilson (Dokken / Foreigner), bass; Frankie Banali (Wasp / Quiet Riot), drums
6. “Revolution” – Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), vocals / guitar; Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), guitar; Mike Porcaro (Toto), bass; Gregg Bisonnette (David Lee Roth / Ringo Starr Band), drums; Joseph Fazzio (Superjoint Ritual), drums
7. “Day Tripper” – Jack Blades (Night Ranger / Damn Yankees), vocals; Tommy Shaw (Styx / Damn Yankees), vocals; Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake / Dio), guitars; Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake / Thin Lizzy), bass; Virgil Donati (Steve Vai / Soul Sirkus / Planet X), drums
8. “I Feel Fine” – John Bush (Anthrax), vocals; Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), guitar; Mike Inez (Ozzy Osbourne / Alice In Chains), bass; John Tempesta (The Cult / Testament), drums
9. “Taxman” – Doug Pinnick (Kings X), vocals; Steve Lukather (Toto), guitar; Tony Levin (John Lennon / Peter Gabriel), bass; Steve Ferrone (Eric Clapton / Tom Petty), drums
10. “I Saw Her Standing There” – John Corabi (Motley Crue), vocals; Phil Campbell (Motorhead), guitar; C.C. Deville (Poison), guitar; Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), bass; Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins / Jon Bon Jovi), drums
11. “Hey Jude” – Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest / Iced Earth), vocals; George Lynch (Dokken / Lynch Mob), guitar; Bob Kulick (Meat Loaf / Paul Stanley Band), rhythm guitar; Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge / Beck / Bogert & Appice), bass; Chris Slade (AC/DC), drums
12. “Drive My Car” – Kip Winger (Winger), vocals; Bruce Kulick (Kiss / Grand Funk), guitar; Tony Franklin (The Firm / Whitesnake), bass; Aynsley Dunbar (Whitesnake / Journey), drums
This one may not be as awesome as Rocklahoma, but it is newsworthy!
According to the St. Cloud Times, TED NUGENT will headline the fourth-annual Half-Way Jam July 26-28 in Royalton, Minnesota along with a classic rock line-up featuring QUIET RIOT, STARSHIP, THE GUESS WHO and NIGHT RANGER.
Jeff Vee of Rockhouse Productions is producing the event. He said he hopes Nugent will bring the festival to the next level.
“We really want to get the festival on the map,” he said.
Vee called Nugent an icon who’s in a category by himself.
“You say his name and it gets some sort of response out of everybody,” he said.
Half-Way Jam is a weekend-long camping and music event that will include volleyball, Texas Hold’em and “Jammin’ Idol”, a contest that gives singers an opportunity to sing and compete for free tickets, prizes and a chance to perform on the main stage.
Three-day concert passes are $95-$295, $125-$325 after June 26. Single-day passes are $25 for July 26, $30 after June 26, and $45 for July 27-28, $55 after June 26. Tickets are on sale at all Westside Liquors locations and online at http://www.halfwayjam.com.
Three-day camping passes are $50 per person with one vehicle pass per site.
Now on the Hard Rock Hideout Myspace page, there is a live feed for Stickman Radio.
If you never listened to Stickman Radio before, all you need to do is click on the link above to listen. Stickman is a killer internet radio station with a huge hard rock playlist, and is home for great radio shows like the Hairball John Radio Show.
Click on the Hard Rock Hideout myspace page, or visit Stickman Radio.com. You will be glad you did!
BRITNY FOX will team up with ENUFF Z’NUFF for a number of spring/summer shows beginning in early June. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
June 01 – Rumford, ME @ The Shack
June 05 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
June 10 – Springfeild, VA @ Jaxx
June 14 – Aurora, CO @ Hubbas
June 23 – Tarzana, CA @ Paladinos
June 16 – Portland, OR @ Outlaws
July 09 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues (ENUFF Z’NUFF only)
July 14 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (ENUFF Z’NUFF only)
July 15 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (BRITNY FOX only)
BRITNY FOX‘s 2007 touring lineup will consist of:
Tommy Paris – Vocals
Billy Childs – Bass
Greg D’Angelo (ex-WHITE LION) – Drums
Tommy Krash – Guitar
It should be noted that Greg D’Angelo and Tommy Krash will only be filling in for Johnny Dee and Michael Kelly Smith (respectively), who are both said to be still members of the band.