Lost Highway is the CD that I knew I would have trouble listening to. The band has thrown away their hard rock sound, for a pop rock / country hybrid that sounds nothing like their past CD’s.
I found this CD completely devoid of the great hooks that Bon Jovi has been known for. If anything Lost Highway is a boring sellout that will probably be played to death on multiple radio formats. If Bon Jovi continues down this musical highway, I doubt they will be covered at the Hard Rock Hideout any longer.
Judging from the 63 used copies that I saw at Amazon today, Bon Jovi fans are discarding this disc faster than Mercury Nashville can print them.
There is one song that almost sounds like old Bon Jovi. If you listen to one song, play We Got It Going On. Load that song on your hard drive, then take the CD outside, and use it for a Clay Pigeon. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
The song Make a Memory is getting massive amounts of play on the radio right now, and has hit #1 on VH1′s Top 20 countdown.
I just don’t get it. I find this song, and disc boring. It is hard for me to believe that this is the same band that put out Slippery When Wet. If I was the guitar player, I think I would find myself in rehab. I would have drink myself into a coma, if I had to play these incredibly monotonous tunes.
Don’t waste your money on this CD. There are far better discs out there than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Lost Highway
3. Make a Memory
4. Whole Lot Of Leaving
5. We Got It Going On
6. Any Other Day
7. Seat Next To You
8. Everybody’s Broken
9. Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar,
Richie Sambora – guitars, backup vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, piano, backup vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backup vocals
For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted with respect and praise by the press. Alongside numerous original compositions, cover versions of his favourite songs have always taken a special place in his work. The musician from Wattenscheid, Germany, has not only covered the work of his own idols, such as DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but also numbers by acts such as ALPHAVILLE, FREE, JIMI HENDRIX and URIAH HEEP. Now Pell is scheduled to release “Diamonds Unlocked” on October 1, 2007 (Germany: September 28; USA: to be announced), his first album consisting exclusively of compositions by other musicians, proving his expertise when it comes to the history of rock and pop music. Axel Rudi Pell has recorded ten cover songs, among them surprising new versions of real classics. “I have always stressed that I don’t have a hard rock and metal fixation,” he points out. “I don’t think in terms of pigeonholes. If I like a track for whatever reason, I don’t care about its stylistic direction. Every song on this album made me want to cover it at some stage when I heard the original.”
Pell is referring to tracks such as the PHIL COLLINS megahit “In The Air Tonight”, his own version sounding tailor-made for the ARP band. “Of course we rearranged some of the songs to suit our style 100%,” the maestro explains. “‘In The Air Tonight’ features an extra drums and percussions part, plus added speed towards the end. And I don’t suppose I have to mention that the guitar solo is longer than on the original.” Equally surprising, although certainly logical in this context, is the extremely catchy U2 number “Beautiful Day” (“a timeless classic, absolutely wicked, an ingenious melody and a great chorus”), and the CHRIS REA song “Stone”, which Pell discovered in a rather roundabout way. “It wasn’t Chris Rea’s original that convinced me but the cover version by THE LAW, a project initiated by FREE/BAD COMPANY/QUEEN vocalist Paul Rodgers and ex-THE WHO drummer Kenny Jones, from their 1991 debut album.” Talking of FREE and THE WHO: the ARP version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sounds extremely classy and fast-paced, and “Heartbreaker” sees Pell present a classic by a band that has had a lasting influence on him. “FREE inspired me to learn to play the guitar,” he said. “Their guitarist Paul Kossoff had this extremely singing, melancholy blues sound that set him apart from thousands of other guitarists.”
“Diamonds Unlocked” was recorded by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. Pell produced the album single-handedly, and Charlie Bauerfeind took care of the mix.
“Diamonds Unlocked” track listing:
01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (RIOT)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (CHRIS REA/THE LAW)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fools Game (MICHAEL BOLTON)
07. Heartbreaker (FREE)
08. Rock The Nation (MONTROSE)
09. In The Air Tonight (PHIL COLLINS)
10. Like A Child Again (THE MISSION)
11. Won’t Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
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Jeff Duncan, the guitar player from Armored Saint, has another kick ass band called DC4.
DC4 is made up of Jeff on lead vocals and guitar, alongside his brothers Matt on bass and Shawn on drums WITH former Dio shredder Rowan Robertson on guitar. Over the last few months the guys have been writing and recording new music with Saint bass player Joey Vera producing the music. The new album will be titled Explode and features some fantastic hard rock with the kind of shredding you would expect from two seasoned metal guitarists like Jeff & Rowan.
Last week Jeff laid down the final vocals for the album and the band expects to have things rolled out in July or August. Of the final touches being put on the new music, Jeff had this to say, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Joey has done a fantastic job producing it and the band sounds amazing!”
Check out DC4 at their myspage page here.
GUNS N’ ROSES frontman AXL ROSE was left fuming at a Brisbane, Australia concert when a fan unhappy with the band’s late arrival onstage threw a drink at him.
Rose and his bandmates took the Brisbane Entertainment Center stage at 11.45pm on Wednesday (20Jun07), angering fans who had paid up to AUS$175 ($150/£75) to attend.
Seconds into opening song Welcome To The Jungle, a can of drink narrowly missed Rose, although its contents still managed to splatter the singer.
He told the crowd, “Is that what you want? You want a battle. If you’re going to act like that, then you know I don’t have to be here.” Rose proceeded to walk offstage throughout the set, forcing his bandmates to improvise extended solos to cover his absence, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Courtesy of World Entertainment News Network