It may not be the debut that Dave Mustaine wanted, but United Abominations debuted at # 8 on the Billboard chart with 54,088 units sold in its first week.
TOP 10 Albums
ARTIST- TITLE -UNITS SOLD
1. LINKIN PARK – Minutes To Midnight – 622,827
2. TANK – Sex Love & Pain – 103,065
3. MICHAEL BUBLE – Call Me Irresponsible – 87,799
4. WILCO – Sky Blue Sky – 87,342
5. GRETCHEN WILSON – One Of The Boys – 73,487
6. AVRIL LAVIGNE – The Best Damn Thing – 56,235
7. NE-YO – Because of You – 54,723
8. MEGADETH – United Abominations – 54,088
9. BONE THUGS N HARMONY – Strength & Loyalty – 52,741
10. DAUGHTRY – Daughtry – 51,019
Sharon Osbourne vs. Gene Simmons?
Entertainmentwise.com reports that more foul-mouthed words have come out of the mouth of Sharon Osbourne, and this time Gene Simmons is the one on the receiving end.
Speaking to Blender magazine, Sharon sums up her feelings towards the KISS bassist: “[Simmons] said that our kids are on drugs and that his aren’t messed up like that. He’ll always be C-list, and his wife’s snatch has been rubbed on every pole in L.A. I’ll fucking tear his head off and stick it up his wife’s cunt!”
Gene‘s reality-TV program “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” has been described as an “Osbournes”-style reality show about the Simmons family, with camera crews tracking their every move as they perform both remarkable and mundane everyday tasks.
When asked in a 2004 interview what he thought about the trend of celebrities sharing their lives through reality TV, Gene said, “It was bound to happen, and every show is only as good as the celebrity that’s involved. Ozzy‘s is still magnificent, because Ozzy‘s not a faker, Ozzy is what he is. Everybody sees it as a comedy, but I see it as very sad. I’ve known Ozzy for twenty-five or thirty years. The one thing nobody ever says at the beginning of a show is, ‘Please don’t use drugs, otherwise you’ll end up like me.’ Because all the shaking and the stuttering and all that — Ozzy‘s come clean on that — it’s because he’s done that to himself. And it’s sad, because when the cameras go away, the same person is a real human being, it’s not just a TV show. And yet, every day of the week, there are new fifteen-year-old kids saying, ‘Let’s get in the car and get high.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Another idiot is born.'”
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
“Extra” profiled POISON singer Bret Michaels, who is one of the men being offered on the show’s “Eligible Bachelor” contest. Watch a clip, where Bret talks about what he looks for in a woman, here.
As previously reported, Michaels will be looking for love in a new VH1 series from the producers of the network’s hit “Flavor of Love”.
According to Reuters, the cable network is set to debut a 10-episode reality series titled “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” in July. The show will feature Michaels looking for a woman who can keep up with his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing — which is said to be the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.
The women, who will live with Michaels in his “Los Angeles rock palace,” will be put through various challenges in a test of their devotion to him as well as their understanding of everything rock ‘n’ roll. Those who win these challenges will join Michaels on “wild and exclusive excursions,” while “those who can’t hang like true backstage VIPs will be escorted out in bona fide rock star fashion,” VH1 said.
Scorpions fans are going to be quite happy when they listen to Humanity Hour 1. The band resumes with their classic heavy sound, and this disc will kick your ass on the very first listen.
Klaus Meine’s voice still sounds amazing. He hasn’t lost a note. Rudy Schenker and Matthias Jabs are still one of the best guitar tandems in hard rock today. Their playing on this record is superb.
This disc starts firing on all cylinders immediately with this heavy track Hour 1. This track took me by surprise, and is an early favorite.
The Game of Life is a mid tempo semi heavy number. Its a good song track that wouldn’t have been out of place on Savage Amusement.
We Were Born to Fly is a low to mid tempo number that could be a potential hit for the Scorpions. It is melodic tune with heavy parts.
The Future Never Lies is a piano based ballad that almost has some Queen like elements. Its another solid tune on Humanity Hour 1.
After a couple of slower songs, the Scorpions crank it back up again with You’re Lovin’ Me To Death. This is another song with big radio potential.
321 has an ultra heavy bass riff, and is extremely catchy. This one is going to get a lot of airplay.
The pace slows back down with Love Will Keep Us Alive. Klaus Meine’s voice shines on this lighter track. This is a song that could actually get airplay on soft rock radio stations.
I find myself getting a little bored with Your Last Song. Its pure melodic AOR. There isn’t really anything wrong with the song, but I could have used something a little heavier at this spot in the record.
Love Is War is a low to mid tempo number, that I find to be just an average track. It never really delivers that punch that I am looking for. Not great, but far from bad.
We Will Rise Again is the track I was looking for. It has all of those heavy and melodic moments that I look for in a Scorpions song. Great Stuff!
The Cross features Klaus Meine and the vocals of Smashing Pumpkins, singer Billy Corgan. The guitar styling on this track almost sounds Nu-metal at times but then falls back into that great Scorpion style. Its a cool track.
I am sure you have heard the track Humanity a few times by now. Its a slower track, but its also a great tune, and a solid way to close out this disc. This is classic Scorpions at their best.
Humanity Hour 1 is another great disc by the Scorpions. If you enjoyed the last disc, Unbreakable, I am sure you will like this one too. U.S. hard rock fans can pick this up on May 25th everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hour I
2. The Game of Life
3. We Were Born To Fly
4. Future Never Dies
5. You’re Lovin’ Me To Death
7. Love Will Keep Us Alive
8. Your Last Song
9. Love Is War
10. We Will Rise Again