The new CD Vanity is full of great 80’s style hard rock that was found on their 1989 debut CD.
The lineup of American Angel now features Rocco Fury on lead vocals, Dennis Zehrer on guitar, Mike Bisulca on guitar and back up vocals, Jay Druzsba on bass, Marc Ambrosy on drums and Eric Ragno on keyboards.
I have spun this disc a few times now, and the highlights on this disc are Pantomind, Vanity, Don’t Wait Up and the power ballads, Warm Inside, and Another Day.
American Angel isn’t breaking any new musical ground on this disc, but I wasn’t expecting them to. Vanity is a fun throw back in sound to the Big Hair era of music. If you like any of the late 80’s Hard Rock Bands, you are going to love. American Angel’s Vanity. You can hear more tunes at their myspace here.
Rating:Out of 10
1. While I’m Away
4. On The Hunt
6. Warm Inside
7. Don’t Wait Up
9. In Perfection
10. End of the Night
11. Another Day
12. Turns To Grey
13. Permanent Pause
14. Don’t Wait Up (Remix)
With the release of the Evans Blue’s new album, The Pursuit Begins When This portrayal Of Life Ends, due out on July 24th, the band has released the first clip from the making of the album series. The clip features lead singer Matisyn in the studio recording vocals and commenting on the darker tone of the record. The first single off the new album, “The Pursuit,” is currently climbing the charts at Active Rock radio.
Check out the behind-the-scenes clip:
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Listen to “The Pursuit”
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More than 428,000 Ozzfest tickets given away so far!
When Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and the world’s largest live music company, Live Nation, announced in February their plans to stage the 2007 Ozzfest as a free show, some industry people said it would never work.
Today Ozzfest yet again has made history, as the fans clearly have spoken.
Over the past four days, tickets for all 24 shows were distributed to a frenzy of music fans. More than 428,000 tickets in all were given away through LiveNation.com, marking the largest number of free tickets distributed in the United States in the history of the concert business. In a staged release and via various sponsor sites, including Monster Energy, Jagermeister, FYE, Pilgrim Films, Hustler Lingerie and WWE, LiveNation.com enabled fans to enter exclusive codes to obtain tickets beginning Friday, June 8. More than 228,000 tickets were distributed yesterday alone, with the last ticket given away just after midnight. The tickets were completely free without surcharges of any kind.
For this year’s historic “Freefest” — which will give fans the rock experience of their lives at a price that’s hard to beat — headliner OZZY OSBOURNE will be joined by LAMB OF GOD, STATIC-X, LORDI, HATEBREED, BEHEMOTH, MONDO GENERATOR, NILE, ANKLA, CIRCUS DIABLO, THE SHOWDOWN, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DAATH, CHTHONIC and IN THIS MOMENT.
Sharon Osbourne said, “Ozzy is the first to take an entire tour and make it free to his fans and the fans of Ozzfest. More than 428,000 tickets were distributed free to fans. How amazing is that?”
“Together we have pulled off the ultimate gift for music fans this summer, a free Ozzfest,” said Bryan Perez, President of Global Digital for Live Nation. “Through LiveNation.com we connected Ozzfest with nearly half a million music fans to create an exciting moment for the live music business and we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Since 1996, Ozzfest has been a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like SYSTEM OF A DOWN, DISTURBED, LINKIN PARK, INCUBUS, SLIPKNOT, GODSMACK, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MUDVAYNE, LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and LACUNA COIL, among others. It was cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday’s New York Times’ “Arts and Leisure” section (6/25/06). This year marks the 12th anniversary of the hard rock spectacular.
The 24-city earth-pounding 12th annual Ozzfest will launch July 12 in Seattle, WA at the White River Amphitheatre. Ozzfest will also hit George, WA, Sacramento, CA, Mountain View, CA, Devore, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Denver, CO, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, St. Louis, MO, Columbus, OH, Tinley Park, IL, East Troy, WI, Indianapolis, IN, Holmdel, NJ, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Detroit, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.
Dallas Barber of Mount Lookout knows how to play every note of the 1983 Metallica song “The Four Horsemen,” and he’s hardly even practiced. Not even on a real guitar.
But then, instruments aren’t necessary – or even allowed – in the fifth annual U.S. Air Guitar Championships, in which Barber is competing Thursday night in Columbus.
As “Diesel Blastington,” the name the 36-year-old Environmental Protection Agency contractor has adopted for his air guitar-playing alter ego, Barber hopes to shred his way to a win at Thursday’s regional competition.
The best guitarists from Columbus and 13 other cities, plus three winners from an online competition, will compete in the finals Aug. 16 in New York City. The national winner will fly to the world championships in Oulu, Finland in September to compete for a $1,000 prize and international bragging rights.
It might sound like a joke, but the competition – the subject of the 2006 documentary “Air Guitar Nation” – is as real as the rock-paper-scissors world championships that have been held in Canada for the past five years.
In the air guitar competition, contestants must play one minute of a song of their choice plus one minute of a surprise compulsory song. Judges rate contestants on technical merit, stage presence and “airness,” described in the official rules as “the extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself.”
“I can’t play a lick of real guitar, but I’ve played air guitar since I was little kid,” Barber says. “I play a mean air guitar.”
Barber’s rendition of AC/DC’s “Walk All Over You” won him fourth place in Columbus last year. This year, he’s hoping family members and friends who are making the trip to cheer him on will improve his odds.
Plus, he’s putting a little more thought into his costume. Modeling himself after Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, he’ll wear a black T-shirt, jeans and, over his shaved head, a black wig from Cappel’s that was described as “90s rocker.”
“In my mind, I’m already the champion,” he says.
Courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer