In case you didn’t know, Dave Evans is the first lead singer from AC/DC. He has been in a few bands over the years since his initial days with AC/DC, and is now starting to make a name for himself in the United States.
Sinner is the debut CD released by Dave Evans in the United States. If you love good hard rock music, you are going to love this disc.
Sinner is full of kick ass, hard driving, rock and roll! Dave Evans voice is well tailored for good heavy rock, and this disc rocks hard. Mark Tinson’s song writing skills shine, as there isn’t a bad song on the disc.
My favorite cuts are Back on the Firing Line, Take Me Down Again, Only the Good Die Young, Carnal Knowledge, Turn it Up and Out in the Cold.
Fans of AC/DC and good hard rock music are going to love this disc. You can hear more of Dave’s songs at his myspace page here. You can pick up Sinner at CDBaby.com and ITunes. For those of you who haven’t caught the Dave Evans podcast yet, be sure to check it out here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Back on the Firing Line
- Rock ‘N Roll or Bust
- Take Me Down Again
- Only the Good Die Young
- Carnal Knowledge
- Turn It Up
- Out in the Cold
- Go Down Fighting
- Sold My Soul to Rock ‘N’ Roll
- The Thunder Down Under
A 4TH DAY ADDED TO KICK OFF ROCKLAHOMA
PRYOR, OK — A fourth day has been added to Rocklahoma to kick off the largest ’80’s rock festival of its kind ever to be organized. The evening of Thursday, July 12, has been added and includes Tiger Tailz, one of Great Britain ‘s greatest glam rock bands, Hollywood Roses, a tribute band to Guns & Roses, KISS Army, the only KISS tribute band personally endorsed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. In addition there will be a special jam performance by some of the ’80’s greatest musicians.
Three-day ticket holders will now include Thursday evening’s performance.
“We’re totally enthusiastic about offering an opportunity — an appetizer, if you will — to Rocklahoma fans on Thursday night, said Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals. “Thursday evening will set the stage for a weekend filled with phenomenal 80’s bands and the greatest reunion of those bands ever organized.”
Twenty-nine bands are scheduled to play during the now-four-day festival.
Tickets have sold worldwide for Rocklahoma and have been sold across six continents and throughout the United States, making Rocklahoma one of the most successful music festivals across the United States and is a part of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration as ’80’s rock fans will converge on the state from locations as far away as Japan, Australia and South Africa.
With VH-1 Classic Host, Eddie Trunk, as Master of Ceremonies, Rocklahoma’s now four-day line-up is:
Thursday (July 12, 2007)
Tiger Tailz, Hollywood Roses, KISS Army, an 80’s Jam from special guests
Friday (July 13, 2007)
Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter,Y&T, and White Lion
Saturday (July 14, 2007)
Vince Neil, Dokken, Winger, Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Enuff Z Nuff, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys and Bang Tango
Sunday (July 15, 2007)
Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Jackyl, Great White, LA Guns, Steelheart and Britny Fox
ROCKLAHOMA, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 12-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor , OK just off highway 69.
Tickets prices will increase on Monday, June 25th, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets now to ROCKLAHOMA! Tickets are on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at www.rockfeverfest.com. Tickets through June 25th are as follows:
One Day General AdmissionOne Day General Admission
$ 40.00 plus handling fees and tax
Four Days General Admission
$ 90.00 plus handling fees and tax
$ 125.00 plus handling fees and tax
VIP Tickets (Good all four days, VIP seating featuring free beer and food) 275.00 plus handling fees and tax
There are still thousands of hotel rooms within thirty five minutes of the festival site in Tulsa and surrouinding areas.For a nominal fee, people are encouraged to camp just a short walk from the festival site.
Rocklahoma has gone Mobile!
If you want your information before anyone else, text Rock to 46786 or go online atwww.rockfeverfest.com to receive special offers, promotions, news and updates directly to your mobile phone.
This disc is one of the better glam metal discs from the early 90’s. As a result it is averaging around 25 – 30 on EBay today, but is certainly worth seeking out.
Heavens Edge features Mark Evans on vocals and guitar, Reggie Wu on guitar, keyboards and background vocals, Steven Parry on guitar and background vocals, G.G. Guidotti on bass and background vocals, and David Rath on drums and percussion.
Neil Kernon (Autograph, Dokken, Queensryche) produced this CD, and the sound of this disc is very Dokken like.
Highlights on this disc, are Skin to Skin, Play Dirty, Bad Reputation, Find Another Way and Hold on To Tonight.
I still play this disc from time to time, and wonder why these guys never hit it as big as some of other bands that were on the scene at the same time. It is a great glam metal disc and worth seeking out if you don’t own a copy! You can hear more of the band’s song at their myspace page here.
Find Another Way
Skin to Skin
Rating:Out of 10
02. Play Dirty
03. Skin To Skin
04. Find Another Way
05. Up Against The Wall
06. Hold On To Tonight
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Bad Reputation
09. Daddy’s Little Girl
10. Is That All You Want?
11. Come Play The Game
12. Don’t Stop, Don’t Go
Heavens Edge are:
Reggie Wu – guitars, keyboards
Mark Evans – vocals
David Rath – drums
Steven Parry – guitars
George “G.G.” Guidotti – bass
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
I haven’t posted this for a while, but I was checking my playlist on Last FM, and found some interesting numbers as far as who my top artists are.
- Black Sabbath 401 Plays
- Motley Crue 389 Plays
- Jorn 328 Plays
- Megadeth 282 Plays
- Masterplan 269 Plays
- Def Leppard 259 Plays
- Riot 248 Plays
- Pink Cream 69 246 Plays
- Gotthard 238 Plays
- Tesla 234 Plays
Who are the Top 10 Artists on Your Playlist?
“I’m not gonna say it’s radically different to anything we’ve ever done,” Elliott tells Billboard.com. “There’s classic Def Leppard. There’s stuff that sounds like it’s going back to the middle, late-’70s AC/DC and new wave-type sounding stuff. There’s definitely some moments on it where anybody that’s familiar with our music will go, ‘Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that!’ We’ve just been very adventurous, musically, on certain numbers.”
Elliott says the “Sparkle Lounge” album title refers to a room the group maintained backstage during its 2006 tour dates, where the musicians would congregate with co-producer and live sound technician Ronan McHugh to work up and record ideas.
“It was a mini (drum) kit, mini amps, a tape recorder and sparkly lights,” Elliott recalls. “It had to be on call, like a doctor, so if somebody went, ‘I’ve got this idea, you just run it, plug up, turn on and bang it out, and then you could work on it over the next few days. We’ve never, ever written on the road before, so this definitely came from a different head space.”
Elliott says Def Leppard has finished 11 songs during month-long stints in January and April in Dublin. He expects the group to work on at least two more songs before settling on a final track list and release date. It will be Def Leppard’s first set of new material since 2002’s “X” and follows the 2006 covers collection “Yeah!”
But Elliott says the group won’t be previewing any of the new songs on the road this summer, where it’s touring mostly with Styx and Foreigner. “Nowadays, you play one song and it’s gonna be on YouTube two minutes later and everyone will know it six months before the thing comes out,” Elliott says. “That’s just a sad indictment of the way things are.”
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The Swedish metal band, Bloodbound returns with their second studio effort, Book of the Dead. This is a band that often gets lumped into the black or death metal category, but to me isn’t fitting of the music they put out. Their lyrics are often dark subject matter, but the songs are highly listenable. I would consider this group’s sound a cross between Iron Maiden and possibly Helloween.
Book of the Dead is the first disc, featuring singer Michael Bormann. Michael is well known in Europe for his time spent in the band Jaded Heart. I have several releases in my collection with Michael as the front man, so I was interested to hear the new Bloodbound CD. It seems like an odd pairing for him to join a band like Bloodbound (Imagine Jon Bon Jovi joining a metal band like Armored Saint as a comparison) but it actually works very well.
Bloodbound has a sound that is very tight and polished. The reason for it is the roster of seasoned musicians in this band. Two Bloodbound members, bass and keyboard player Fredrik Bergh and lead guitarist Tomas Olsson have been playing together for a long time in the band Street Talk. Both Fredrik and Tomas are the primary song writers on all of the 11 songs on this disc.
Sign of the Devil and Book of the Dead are very cool songs that I replay a lot. The Tempter reminds me of something Iron Maiden would do.
Drummer Pell Akerline sets the high speed pace of Bless the Unholy, and Tomas Olsson provides the guitar noodling and Fredrik Bergh adds the haunting back up vocals. It is an interesting track that is growing on me more with every listen.
After reading the lyrics to Lord of the Battle, I liked this song a whole more than I did on the first pass. It is a well written song, but the chorus may be a little too lengthy to drive the song home.
Flames of Purgatory has that monster bass and guitar riff that reminds me of Iron Maiden again. This is another song that was helped out by the lyrics that came with the CD booklet. On the first pass, I didn’t care for this song. Once I could read along with the lyrics, I started liking this song a lot more.
Into Eternity is one of those power metal songs where the band tries to play at a pace that is far too fast. I do not enjoy songs like this. Yes, the musicianship is good, but this is not for me.
Black Heart is a low tempo ballad that has a sound similar to some of the Scorpions low key songs. It is another highlight on Book of the Dead.
Black Shadows is another hard driving track that I found myself repeating. The guitars of Tomas Olsson really kick on this track.
Not even the lyrics could keep me interested in the song, Turn To Stone. I think this song is just a little too out there for me lyrically.
Seven Angels clocks in at over 7 minutes in length. This is another song that borrows from Iron Maiden’s high paced bass riff. It is a little too long to hold my attention.
Book of the Dead offers a few great tracks, and some that are just average. Power Metal fans may find some of the faster paced tracks more enjoyable than I did. As a whole, it is a solid effort by the new band line up. I hope this band can mature, and produce more tunes for another release in the future.
You can listen to more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Sign Of The Devil
- The Tempter
- Book Of The Dead
- Bless The Unholy
- Lord of the Battle
- Flames Of Purgatory
- Into Eternity
- Black Heart
- Black Shadows
- Turn To Stone
- Seven Angels
JOURNEY has parted ways with their recently named lead singer JEFF SCOTT SOTO (TALISMAN). Jeff’s first appearance with Journey was July 7, 2006 in Bristow, VA. He had been filling in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the tour shortly after it began on June 23 due to illness. Jeff’s last performance was May 12, 2007 in Leesburg, VA.
According to guitarist Neal Schon, “We appreciate all of Jeff’s hard work and we can’t thank him enough for stepping in when Steve Augeri got sick last year. He did a tremendous job for us and we wish him the best. We’ve just decided to go our separate ways, no pun intended. We’re plotting our next move now.”
Keyboardist Jonathan Cain continues: “We were lucky to have a friend who was already a Journey fan step in on a moment’s notice during the Def Leppard tour to help us out. Jeff was always the consummate professional and we hope that he remains a friend of the band in the future. We just felt it was time to go in a different direction.”
Journey – Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards) and Deen Castronovo (drums) – are taking the rest of 2007 off to spend time with their families, write new songs and map out plans for 2008.
LOS ANGELES, JUNE 12TH, 2007 — Drowning Pool, platinum and award-winning hard rock band from Dallas, Texas, have been gathering a prolific buzz about them recently throughout the online community in the political areas of the internet, and from those who are concerned with issues that surround the American troops currently abroad. The band recently completed the USO tour and came back with sincere concerns surrounding the return of the soldiers upon their return home from the middle-east.
“Once home in the United States, we connected with Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans who have returned home,” said Stevie Benton, Bassist and Founding Member of Drowning Pool. “Though back on safe shores, these individuals are facing a steep uphill battle to reclaim their health after facing the trauma of war.”
Recently, the office of the public liaison at The White House received a letter written by Drowning Pool addressing the issues of healthcare and concerns for the troops on their return home, which was placed in the President’s personal reading file. Several interior cabinets of The White House have been opened to the team of Drowning Pool. One of which contacted Congress directly and are now awaiting a Congressional hearing date, where Drowning Pool will testify to the majority and minority parties of the U.S. Congress, addressing the facts of treatment of the American soldiers upon their return home from the Middle East. The band hopes to accomplish a shift of political and national attention toward the problems at hand concerning the well-being of those who fight and give their lives for the United States. Drowning Pool is preparing for their meeting with Congress by asking their fans, friends, and families to sign their online petition regarding the issue (the link is at the bottom of this article).
The White House is not the only government outlet that has given attention to the letter written by the band. Several of the 2008 Presidential candidates have accepted the letter and issue with open arms from Drowning Pool.
“We are seeking an opportunity to testify before Congress on behalf of these troops and veterans who need mental, emotional and medical support services,” said Benton. That goal will be accomplished with the return of Congress from over the weekend as the calendars and agendas in Washington are being marked to welcome Drowning Pool during the course of the next 6 months.
Drowning Pool are currently touring and preparing for the release of their new record, Full Circle, which features the single “Soldiers” that they wrote for the troops after being inspired by them on the USO tour. If you would like to support Drowning Pool’s efforts for the American troops over seas, regardless of your political denomination, please follow the link and sign the petition online.
Help Drowning Pool Support the Troops
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Musicians mass in Kansas City to play Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of a song that was the first many of them ever learned.
The pickers, ranging from kindergartners to folks who were playing music long before a Cleveland disc jockey coined term “rock and roll” in 1951, played Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” a little after noon Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Some came from as far away as California and Germany to take part in a Kansas City radio station’s effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing a song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.
HELLOWEEN drummer Dani Löble has re-entered singer Andi Deris’ Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife, Spain to resume the recording sessions for the band’s new album with longtime producer Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON). Tentatively titled “Gambling with the Devil”, HELLOWEEN’s 12th studio LP is scheduled for release on Halloween (October 31). A world tour in support of the CD will start mid-November in Europe, to be followed by visits to Southeast Asia, North and South America in the first half of 2008.
TWISTED SISTER Guitarist To Take Part In ‘Vampires Rock’ Tour
TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda will take part in Steve Steinman’s “Vampires Rock” tour in Europe during September-December 2007.
Commented Ojeda: “It’s a great show for me to be a part of and three months of touring with them will be great!”
“Vampires Rock” is a musical stage show which premiered in 2004. It is performed by the group headed by Steve Steinman, who had appeared on “Stars in Their Eyes” as Meat Loaf. The group has toured for several years with “The Meat Loaf Story”.
Set in the year 2030 in New York populated by The Undead, Baron Von Rockula, owner of the Live and Let Die club, is in search of a bride, and must eventually convince her to agree to eternal immortality.
The show features a number of notable rock anthems, including songs from MEAT LOAF, RAINBOW, AC/DC, ALICE COOPER, THE ROLLING STONES, BON JOVI, QUEEN, WHITESNAKE, BONNIE TYLER and CHER.
The concept is based on “Tanz der Vampire”.
Eddie also plans on staying in Europe following the “Vampires Rock” tour to do dates with his solo band.
As previously reported, TWISTED SISTER will headline the three-day Hard Rock Hell Festival, which will be held November 9-11, 2007 at Butlins in Minehead, U.K. (Somerset). TWISTED SISTER will perform on November 10.
TWISTED SISTER’s next appearance will take place on Sunday, July 15 as one of the headliners of the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
SKID ROW, SLAUGHTER Added To VINCE NEIL’S MOTLEY CRUISE
SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER have joined the musical lineup of Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise. Vince himself will perform, as will several more artists to be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Departing from Miami on January 24, 2008, Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise will set sail for the Mayan Riviera, stopping by Key West, before making its way to Calica, Mexico! An array of exclusive events, including meet-and-greets with the artists, wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel, and the no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em charity poker tournament (with big cash prizes) and a one-of-a-kind live charity auction benefitting Vince’s Skylar Neil Memorial Foundation, will also be held. All of this takes place on board a world-class Carnival cruise with fine dining and 24-hour room service, full-service casino, beautiful swimming pools, spa, gym and other great amenities. Prices start at only $479 per person (based on double occupancy, subject to availability) with convenient payment plans available!
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Big moment for Journey at ‘Sopranos’ end
By DAVID BAUDER
AP TELEVISION WRITER
NEW YORK — The songwriters of Journey’s power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” were “jumping up and down” when they learned a few weeks ago it had been licensed for use in the final episode of “The Sopranos.”
But even they couldn’t believe how it would prove so integral to one of the most memorable final scenes in television history.
“It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for,” said Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboard player, who watched at home with his wife and family.
Tony Soprano chose the song after flipping through a jukebox at a New Jersey restaurant where he dined with his family. The song played in the background as ominous characters flitted about and, right as Steve Perry was singing “don’t stop,” the HBO series did exactly that, for good. The ending infuriated some fans, amused others and intrigued all.
Cain, who wrote the song with Perry and Neal Schon, didn’t know how it would be used when they agreed to the licensing. Cain kept the fact that it was going to be in at all a secret, then watched the episode with his family.
“I didn’t want to blow it,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “Even my wife didn’t know. She looked at me and said, `You knew that and you didn’t tell me?'”
Journey released the song in 1981, and it reached No. 9 on the singles chart. It has taken a life of its own since then, often reflecting the attitude people had toward Journey itself. “Don’t Stop Believin'” brings back fond memories for many, is unbearably cheesy for others.
It’s easy to imagine Tony Soprano, back in the day, taking a young Carmella to a Journey concert.
David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” has an eclectic musical taste. He’s curated two songtrack albums for his series, and made music a key part of the stories, particularly as the ending credits rolled. It’s possible “Don’t Stop Believin'” was part of the elaborate inside joke he made of the final episode.
It’s also possible he found the end of the last verse too hard to resist: “Some will win, some will lose,” Perry sings. “Some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on … ”
“Don’t Stop Believin'” has been featured in a several television and movie scenes. It crept onto an iTunes top-10 list when, during the same week, it was on Fox’s “Family Guy” and in a romantic scene on MTV’s “Laguna Beach.”
Sports teams have adopted it, too. After the Chicago White Sox used it in 2005, Perry sang it at the parade to celebrate the team’s World Series victory.
Cain, who has a 13-year-old and twins aged 11, said the songwriters are careful about how they license the song, and have resisted several advertising campaigns. They debated its use in the film “Monster” with Charlize Theron but, in the end, “she’s too cute to say no to,” he said.
He was a little nervous Sunday when, as he watched with his children, the mob boss Phil was shot and viewers heard his head crunched as it was run over by an SUV. But he loved the final scene.
“It was very smart writing,” he said. “I always love movies where you don’t see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he’s going to get whacked.”
It could help Journey’s visibility, too, as it did for singer Nick Lowe when his song “The Beast in Me” was used over the closing credits for “The Sopranos” very first episode. There had been some speculation that Chase would return to it for the finale.
“A lot more people knew Johnny Cash’s version (of `The Beast in Me’) and this put Nick’s version on the map,” said Jake Guralnick, Lowe’s American manager. “Nick’s version is a lot more vulnerable.”
Cain said it indicated that a wish he and Perry had – that their songs would have a long life – was coming true.
“It puts our feet in the cement,” he said. “We’re a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we’re here to stay.”
Legendary ’80s hard rockers RATT return to stores with new DVD and CD releases on July 31: the first-ever DVD release from the band, “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”, and the audio collection “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt”, which features the hard rockers at their studio and live performance peak and includes an unreleased track.
Both of RATT’s previously released video collections will be combined and expanded for the DVD release “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years”. Featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer, RATT released four consecutive platinum records in the mid-’80s. In addition to compiling some of RATT’s most popular videos — “Round And Round”, “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job” and “Lay It Down” — the DVD also contains several bonus features, including highlights from the band’s triumphant tour of Japan, exclusive new commentary and never before released videos.
The CD “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” features standout songs from all seven of the group’s albums, including such classics as “Wanted Man”, “Back For More”, and “Round And Round” from the band’s triple platinum-selling Atlantic debut “Out Of The Cellar”. “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” will also include an unreleased song from the “Reach For The Sky” sessions in addition to tracks from the Sony Portrait release “Ratt” and the independently released “Collage”.
Both “Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” and “Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” were produced in cooperation with RATT and will be available at all retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for suggested list prices of $19.99 for the DVD and $18.98 for the CD, respectively.
“Ratt: Videos From The Cellar: The Atlantic Years” DVD track listing:
01. Wanted Man
02. You Think You’re Tough
03. Back For More
04. Round And Round
05. Lay It Down
06. Shame Shame Shame
07. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
08. I Want A Woman
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. You’re In Love*
12. Body Talk*
13. Slip Of The Lip*
DVD extras include commentary with Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer.
*Never before released on DVD or VHS.
“Tell The World: The Very Best Of Ratt” CD track listing:
01. Dangerous But Worth The Risk
02. Back For More
03. Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job
04. Nobody Rides For Free
05. Heads I Win, Tales You Lose
06. You’re In Love
07. City To City
08. Body Talk
09. Way Cool Jr.
10. Round And Round
11. Lay It Down
12. I Want A Woman
14. Wanted Man
15. Slip Of The Lip
16. Shame Shame Shame
17. Lack Of Communication
18. Over The Edge
19. Steel River
20. No One Can Stop You Now*
GUITAR HERO: Rocks the 80’s just got better….
ANTHRAX’s “Caught in a Mosh”, IRON MAIDEN’s “Wrathchild”, WHITE LION’s “Radar Love” and SCORPIONS’ “No One Like You” are among the latest songs that have been announced for Activision’s special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The last game in the series to be developed by now-MTV-owned Harmonix will ship for the PlayStation 2 in July.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks so far:
.38 SPECIAL – “Hold on Loosely”
ACCEPT – “Balls to the Wall”
ANTHRAX – “Caught In A Mosh”
ASIA – “Heat Of The Moment”
BILLY SQUIER – “Lonely Is The Night”
BOW WOW WOW – “I Want Candy”
DIO – “Holy Diver”
EDDIE MONEY – “Shaken”
EXTREME – “Play With Me”
FASTER PUSSYCAT – “Bathroom Wall”
FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – “I Ran” (original recording)
IRON MAIDEN – “Wrathchild”
OINGO BOINGO – “Only a Lad”
POISON – “Nothing But A Good Time”
QUIET RIOT – “Metal Health”
RATT – “Round And Round”
SCANDAL – “The Warrior”
SCORPIONS – “No One Like You”
SKID ROW – “18 And Life”
THE POLICE – “Synchronicity II”
THE VAPORS – “Turning Japanese”
TWISTED SISTER – “I Wanna Rock” (original recording)
WHITE LION – “Radar Love”
WINGER – “Seventeen”
Bruce Dickinson Interview
Check out this interview with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. This is priceless!
I enjoyed some of the past releases by these guys, and decided to check out the latest effort. The guys have returned to their bumblebee like ways (at least this time it is with paint.) On Reborn, former bass player, Tim Gaines has been replaced with Tracy Ferrie. The rest of the lineup of Stryper are all original members: Michael Sweet on vocals, Oz Fox on guitar, and Robert Sweet on drums.
Quite frankly, I expected Reborn to be awful, which is why I hesitated in picking this up. Surprisingly, this is much better than I anticipated it to be.
Open Your Eyes is a tasty cut that has a more modern, heavy rock sound, similar to what Europe is doing these days. I always liked Oz Fox’s guitar sound, but this is a totally different sound, from the 80’s style hard rock of their past releases.
Reborn continues with the borderline Nu-metal sound. Whether you like the style of music or not, the song is definitely another solid track for Stryper.
With a title like, When Did I See You Cry, I expected a cheesy ballad to fall in line, but this is actually a mid tempo song that kind of rocks.
Make You Mine is probably the closest thing to the 80’s sound of Stryper. I like this track.
Sooner or later, I knew I would have to come across a song that a religious aspect about it. That song on Reborn is Passion. This is a very upbeat and positive sounding song. It is a good song, but will probably only appeal to certain audiences.
Whoa, where in the Hell….oops…Heaven did Live Again come from. This song is one of the heaviest on Reborn and the guitar riff is very Black Sabbath like. This song is going to have to into active rotation into the Hard Rock Hideout play list. Nice!
I didn’t really care for If I Die, but I could see this song growing on me if I listened to it more. Wait For You is very upbeat, and is kind of cool.
Rain is one of the more syrupy songs on Reborn. It is a little too light for my taste, but other people may like it.
Stryper is probably the only band in the world that could make a song like 10,000 Years work for them. When the first words “Amazing Grace” are uttered, my itchy trigger finger wants to hit the fast forward button, to move to the next song. I am glad that my patience prevailed. This is a pretty good song.
I.G.W.T is a remake off the ’88 track, In God We Trust. This is a totally different sounding version. The drums rhythms have been changed somewhat and the bass and guitars on this version have been kicked up a notch. I like the original version, and I like this one a lot too.
Reborn is a completely different sounding record than Stryper’s past releases. This updated sound my alienate some of the fans who preferred the old style of Stryper. I like the old sound, and this new disc appeals to me as well. There are a few tracks worthy of a multiple spins. It is another solid effort by the Yellow and Black Attack!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Open Your Eyes
3. When Did I See You Cry
4. Make You Mine
6. Live Again
7. If I Die
8. Wait For You
10. 10,000 Years
Occasionally, I will stumble on a band that completely surprises me. Hellfueled not only surprised me, but also put a big smile on my face.
Volume 1 is the debut CD by the Swedish hard rock band Hellfueled. If Ozzy Osbourne, and Zakk Wylde had sons following in their footsteps, it would sound a lot like Hellfueled. Singer Andy Alkman sounds like a young Ozzy, and guitarist Jocke Lundgren must have gone to the Zakk Wylde School of Guitar Playing.
Since picking this CD up, I have actually listened to this one more than the new Ozzy CD, Black Rain. Volume 1 starts firing immediately with two heavy rockers, Let Me Out, and Midnight Lady. Jocke Lundgren has heavy solos in just about every song on this disc. His playing may be styled after Zakk Wylde, but even he has learned not to overuse the pinch harmonics.
The video for Midnight Lady, is extremely cool, and reminds me of something Ozzy would have done in the 80’s.
My favorite cuts on this disc, are Let Me Out, Midnight Lady, Mindbreaker, and Eternal.
You wont find any wimpy piano ballads on this disc. Hellfueled rocks hard from beginning to end. It is an amazing debut by a band that will be one worth checking out for years to come. Hellfueled should be mandatory listening for all Ozzy Osbourne fans!
You can pick up Hellfueled – Volume 1 at CD Baby.com.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Let Me Out
2. Midnight Lady
3. Second Deal
4. Someone Lives Inside
8. Live My Life
9. Rock ‘N’ Roll
10. Break Free
11. Hunt Me Down
12. Midnight Lady [*][Multimedia Track]
Sammy Hagar will bring his Cabo San Lucas-themed summer tour indoors to theaters this winter, Billboard.com has learned.
“We`re bringing the Cobo spirit to Christmas,” Hagar`s booking agent, Jonny Podell with the Podell Talent Agency tells Billboard.com. “The additional thrills normally associated with Hagar`s Cabo Wabo tour will include bikini girls in the lobby, Waborita bars, mariachi bands and many more surprises.”
An official itinerary is still in the works, but Podell says the outing, billed as “Cabo Wabo Presents the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar and the Wabos,” will visit approximately 3,000-capacity venues in such cities as Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit. “These are some of his strongest markets, and instead of playing big [venues], we`re going to play multiple nights in theaters,” the agent says.
The tour is scheduled to begin in October and will run through May 5, 2008, when Hagar will perform at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Lake Tahoe, Nev. Special guests on the tour will include Mad Anthony`s Express, Los Tres Gusanos and the Other Half, according to Podell.
A summer tour is expected to follow the theater dates. “He`s probably going to be on tour all year,” Podell says.
Hagar`s summer shed trek in 2006 grossed $3.4 million from 26 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore. Nearly 184,000 fans attended the shows.
Craig Goldy on the Eddie Trunk Show Monday
DIO/HYDROGYN guitarist Craig Goldy will be a guest on Eddie Trunk’s show on XM Satellite Radio Channel 41, The Boneyard, on June 11 betweeen 6:00 p.m. and 9;00 p.m. EST. Goldy will talk about DIO, HYDROGYN and his Destiny Bridge project for up-and-coming artists.
Goldy recently stated regarding his decision to join West Virginia’s HYDROGYN, “While Ronnie [James Dio] is touring and recording with HEAVEN AND HELL I am proud to announce my journey with HYDROGYN. I am looking forward to writing, recording and touring with them during the all too often well known ‘hiatus’ of the band DIO.
“It’s quickly become much more than a one-off situation with HYDROGYN. During the negotiation process involved in our mutual desire to work together, we forged a strong bond that I believe will continue well into the future in all aspects of an endeavor such as this one has become.
“Upon Ronnie’s return I will be anxiously awaiting the writing, recording and touring that will follow and highly anticipating an awesome [DIO] CD release alongside my family Ronnie, Rudy, Simon and Scott. Until then I will be operating at my fullest potential with HYDROGYN with whom I’ve also been honored to form a long-term friendship with and build an alliance with DA Records and my program Destiny Bridge. It is my sincere hope and desire to continue in this capacity long into the future.”
No More Motley Crue shows until 2009?
NME.COM has posted part one of MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx’s press conference from this year’s Download festival, which is taking place June 8-10 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, Watch it at YouTube. On the topic of the group’s current touring schedule, Sixx said, “We love to play live. There’s only two more shows for us and we won’t be playing again until sometime next year, maybe ’09, depending on how it goes on making a record.”
According to Sound Generator, MÖTLEY CRÜE rocked the Dimebag Darrell Stage at Download on Saturday (June 9) in its own imitable style.
Crashing though a hits-led set, which opened with “Dr Feelgood” and closed with a cover of the SEX PISTOLS’ “Anarchy in the UK” sandwiched between “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Kickstart My Heart”, the band was enjoying all the delights the festival had to offer.
“It has been a long time since we last played here and hot fuck we just keep coming back,” said singer Vince Neil, before Nixxi Sixx added: “England has made a lot progress on the groupie front since we were last here. I’ve just had two groupies backstage sucking my dick and they just happened to be sisters.”
Here are the current dates listed:
Wed 07/11/07 West Hollywood, CA Key Club
Thu 07/12/07 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre
Fri 07/13/07 Las Vegas, NV Canyon Club
Sat 07/14/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
appearing with “Rocklahoma Festival”
Sun 07/15/07 Pryor, OK Pryor Creek Festival Grounds
Tue 07/17/07 Austin, TX Red Eyed Fly
Wed 07/18/07 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Thu 07/19/07 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Fri 07/20/07 San Juan, PR The Arena
Sat 07/21/07 Monterrey, MEX Cafe Iguana
Tue 07/24/07 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
Thu 07/26/07 Maplewood, MN The Rock Nightclub
Fri 07/27/07 Detroit, MI Harpo’s Concert Theatre
Sat 07/28/07 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
Wed 08/01/07 Wantagh, NY Mulcahy’s
Fri 08/03/07 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre / Underground
Sat 08/04/07 Springfield, VA Jaxx
Sun 08/05/07 Southbridge, MA Artist Development Complex
Mon 08/06/07 New York, NY B.B. King’s Blues Club
Tue 08/07/07 Toronto, ON Big Bop Concert Hall & Night Club
Wed 08/08/07 Quebec City, QC Imperial Du Quebec
Fri 08/10/07 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Sat 08/11/07 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Sun 08/12/07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
One of the bands that I am disappointed that I won’t get to see perform at the Rocklahoma Music Festival this year, is Calfornia’s East Bay rockers, Y&T.
I never was able to catch this band live, back in the 80’s, and would certainly get a kick out of seeing them perform now.
Y&T does not have any new material in 2007, however lead singer Dave Meniketti has remastered quite a bit of Y&T’s discography, and has re-released them with bonus tracks. These discs are mostly available through the band’s website here.
The cd Mean Streak is still one of my favorites today. The title track is one fantastic rocking tune, that I am sure will be played live during the band’s live set.
Some of my other favorite cuts off this disc are Lonely Side of Town, Sentimental Fool, Breaking Away and Hang ‘em High.
Dave Meniketti’s voice is one of a kind, and is guitar work on this disc is superb. Don’t even hesitate to pick up Meanstreak. It is a great hard rock CD.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Mean Streak
2. Straight Thru The Heart
3. Lonely Side Of Town
4. Midnight In Tokyo
5. Breaking Away
6. Hang ‘Em High
7. Take You To The Limit
8. Sentimental Fool
9. Down And Dirty
Rumors of a rift in the BON JOVI camp between frontman Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora have been floating around for a year or so. News to light today will only add fuel to the flames I think. Sounds like the upcoming Unplugged broadcast may not see all of the band at their best. Over to the press articles online today:
“Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora entered an undisclosed treatment facility on Wednesday, a rep for the band tells People exclusively. “Richie Sambora has entered an undisclosed treatment facility in Los Angeles,” the rep said in a statement. “He asks that you respect he and his family’s privacy at this time.” The specific nature of Sambora’s problem was not disclosed. It has been a difficult year for Sambora, 47. He and actress Denise Richards broke up several months ago after dating for about a year. In April, his divorce from Heather Locklear was finalized. And that same month, his father died of lung cancer. (Richards accompanied Sambora to the funeral as a show of support, though they had ended their relationship by that point.) “Richie has had a terrible year,” a close friend of the musician tells People. “I think this was a culmination of all these things and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself. He’d put off everything for so long taking care of everyone else it was just time to stop and deal with his issues.” It is not clear how Sambora’s treatment will affect his role in Bon Jovi. The band’s new album, Lost Highway, is due out June 19. The group is scheduled to play some tour dates this summer, beginning June 24 in London, but it is a relatively light schedule. A much larger tour is being planned for 2008. The band is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of MTV’s Unplugged, which was taped in New York on Tuesday. MTV was inspired to created the Unplugged series in part by Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi playing acoustic at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.”
New Sammy Hagar DVD ‘Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis’ Live DVD
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20, 2007, Sammy Hagar will spend two days in St. Louis rockin’ the town for the launch of his live DVD, “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis”. Hagar will be a special guest at the St. Louis Cardinals home game at Busch Stadium on the day of the release. The following night (June 20), Hagar will host a rockin’ red-carpet fiesta and DVD screening at the Pageant Night Club in St. Louis where fans will have the opportunity to view his newly released live DVD and enjoy a very special performance of SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS unplugged. The red-carpet event will have the trademark Cabo Wabo-style that Hagar is known for with Mariachi bands aplenty, tasty Mexican food and the Cabo Wabo tequila flowing. The performance will be simulcast to St.Louis’ KSHE radio and XM radio will broadcast the show the week of June 25 four separate times on its “Boneyard” program.
On “Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis” SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABOS bring down the house on their sold-out tour in 2006 with songs from their new album, “Livin’ It Up!”, as well as some of Sammy’s famed solo work. Joined on stage for the second half of the show by legendary VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, the band rips through some of rock radio’s classic tunes.
There’s Only One Way to Rock
Rainy Day Women (#12/#35)
The Girl Gets Around
I’ll Fall in Love Again
I’ll Take You There
Sam I Am
Little White Lie
I Can’t Drive 55
Finish What You Started
Best of Both Worlds
Fight for Your Right
The DVD’s special features include interviews with Sammy Hagar, as well as each of THE WABOS — Vic Johnson, Mona Gnader, and David Lauser — in addition to Michael Anthony. Also included is the “Sam I Am” music video, the making of “Sam I Am”, the “Tropic of Capricorn” music video, a “Got Cabo?” video tour of Cabo San Lucas and a “Tequila Made Me Do It” tour video.
On this disc she is joined by Gregg Bissonette on drums (David Lee Roth), Tony Franklin on bass (The Firm, Blue Murder), Erik Norlander on keyboards , Mark McCrite (Rocket Scientists) on guitar and Novi Novog on viola.
Other notable guests on this disc include Arjen Lucassen, Nick D’Virgilio and Neil Citron.
If you haven’t ever heard Lana Lane before, she is an excellent singer who has a sound quite similar to Ann Wilson of Heart. The songs on this disc were largely chosen from requests by fans and friends over the years, and the ultimate criterion for their inclusion was that they were all extremely melodic and memorable tracks.
There are some very cool covers on this disc including TNT’s Northern Lights, Scorpions Still Loving You, Giant’s I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Rainbow’s Stargazer.
The music on all of the songs on Covers Collection is very good. It is very interesting to hear Lana’s take on songs that were originally sung by male vocalists.
Still Lovin’ You
This disc has a huge asking price on Amazon.com, but can sometimes be found on EBay for a much more reasonable sum. It is an interesting listen, and a worthy one as far as cover albums go.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Wall (Kansas)
2. Kashmir (Led Zeppelin)
3. Soaring (Aviary)
4. Hold Your Head Up (Argent)
5. Innocence (Enuff Znuff)
6. I’ll See You in My Dreams (Giant)
7. Don’t Try So Hard (Queen)
8. Northern Lights (TNT)
9. Still Lovin’ You (Scorpions)
10. Weep in Silence (Uriah Heep)
11. Stargazer (Rainbow)
I don’t know if the simultaneous release of Tesla’s Real to Reel and Poison’d was intentional or a coincedence. What I do know is, Real to Reel kicks the crap out of Poison’d in just about every way. Due to better marketing, I am sure Poison’d will out sell this disc, and it is a shame, because Real to Reel is far superior.
With Real to Reel you get 13 songs, and 60 minutes of new cover tunes. (With the Bonus disc, an additional 27 minutes) I have listened to this disc a few times now, and I can tell that Tesla put their heart into this disc. I thought at one point in time that Jorn’s Unlocking the Past was the best cover disc I have ever heard. Tesla has some how managed to surpass that one.
Guitar rock fans that listen to this CD will be calling their friends and telling them about this one! Frank Hannon is the MAN! His playing combined with Tesla’s new guitarist Dave Rude is amazing. Jeff Keith’s voice sounds so good, it is crazy!
I won’t give you a song by song breakdown, because plain and simple, all of the songs kick ass. I can’t wait to catch Tesla live, so I can get Reel 2.
You can hear more tracks at Tesla Real to Reel.com. Don’t hesitate to pick this one up! It is worth owning!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple)
2. Walk Away (James Gang)
3. Hand Me Down World (The Guess Who)
4. Bad Reputation (Thin Lizzy)
5. Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
6. I’ve Got A Feeling (Beatles)
7. Day Of the Eagle (Robin Trower)
8. Ball Of Confusion (The Temptations)
9. Rock Bottom (UFO)
10. Stealin’ (Uriah Heep)
11. Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos)
12. Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones)
13. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Traffic)
Best Buy Bonus Disc
- War Pigs (Black Sabbath) from Real to Reel, Reel 2
- Shine Away (Unplugged, from the upcoming 20th Anniversary Box Set)
- Modern Day Cowboy (Unplugged, from the upcoming 20th Anniversary Box Set)
- Paradise (Unplugged, From the upcoming 20th Anniversary Box Set)
When I read about Poison’d, a few months ago, I decided that I was not going to purchase this disc. I had a change of heart, as I thought it was important to support the bands that I care about, even though the release may not be what I would front from them.
The problem I have with Poison’d, is that 5 out of 13 songs are previously released. If you own the entire Poison discology, you don’t need the majority of these songs a second time.
Problem # 2, 13 songs clocking at 43 minutes, and of the 43 minutes, only 28 is new material? COME ON! Is studio time really that expensive? Sad!
On to the new cover songs……
1) Little Willy – This is a perfect song for Poison to cover. The whole glam connection to Sweet is perfect, and the Poison remake is pretty good.
2) Suffragette City – This song has been remade again and again. I wish they would have picked something else to cover. I do like this version better than Warrant’s.
3) I Never Cry – I honestly have not heard the Alice Cooper version of this song. This sounds like a 90’s Poison ballad. It is ok, but not great.
4) I Need to Know – I like Tom Petty, and Poison does a good job of this song. I don’t remember this song ending in less than 3 minutes ( I checked, it does…lol), but it is solid.
5) Can’t You See – This version does not compare to the original. Yawn!
6) What I Like About You – This is the best out of the new songs! I am glad they made a video for this one.
7) Dead Flowers – There are about 30 great Rolling Stones songs worth covering. Dead Flowers is not one of them. Enough said there.
8 ) Just What I Needed – I was really hoping that Poison would improve upon this song, but this is nothing more than a faithful remake of the original Cars song.
I am a Poison fan, but I would like to point out, that Poison has not released a new (full) studio disc with brand new material since 2002’s Hollyweird.
I am disappointed that after 5 years of rehashed material and greatest hits discs, that this is the best the band has to offer.
There are a bunch of hard rock cover discs on the market today. Poison’d is not one of the better ones in my opinion.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Little Willy (originally performed by Sweet)
2. Suffragette City (originally performed by David Bowie)
3. I Never Cry (originally performed by Alice Cooper)
4. I Need to Know (originally performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
5. Can’t You See (originally performed by The Marshall Tucker Band)
6. What I Like About You (originally performed by The Romantics)
7. Dead Flowers (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
8. Just What I Needed (originally performed by The Cars)
9. Rock and Roll All Nite (originally performed by KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (originally performed by The Who)
11. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (originally performed by Jim Croce)
12. Your Mama Don’t Dance (originally performed by Loggins & Messina)
13. We’re An American Band (originally performed by Grand Funk Railroad)
Typically, I do not like cover albums at all. When I first read that Jorn Lande was releasing an album full of covers, my initial reaction was, “Oh Hell, here we go again.” One look at the material that Jorn is covering on Unlocking the Past, and it has to whet the appetite of any fan of late 70’s classic Rock.
It took about 30 seconds of the MSG track On and On for me to know that this was going to be one killer disc. This track is easily as good, if not better than the original.
Two of the tracks here (Burn and The Day the Earth Caught Fire) were carried over from Jorn’s debut solo disc, Starfire. Both of those tracks were awesome the first time I heard them so their inclusion here is great, especially for those that do not already own the Starfire disc.
For those of you that still think Lande doesn’t sound like David Coverdale. Take one listen to the track Fool For your Loving. Jorn stays true to the original song, and sounds as good as Coverdale ever has.
Cold Sweat is one hell of a cool cover. Metalhead’s can rejoice that this track, while true to its original, is even heavier than than the Thin Lizzy version.
After the excellent double shot Lonely is the Word / Letters from Earth, Jorn Lande gets my vote if Black Sabbath decide to look for another new singer.
Feel Like Making Love is a nice cover with a solid vocal by Jorn.
Kill the King is damn near jaw dropping. This is great stuff, even for a cover!
Perfect Strangers is one of my favorite Deep Purple tracks, so it was important to me that this song if any was done properly. Not only was this well done, Jorn knocked this one out of the park with his spot on vocals!
I must admit that I wasn’t familar with the KISS song, Naked City. This is such a different sounding track, it almost didn’t fit in with all of the hard rock classics above, but Jorn is such an amazing vocalist, he made it work here.
Unlocking the Past is undoubtedly one of the best cover albums you will ever hear. This well produced disc handles the classic rock tracks with care, all featuring the superb vocals by Jorn Lande that we have all come to love. This is one of the best discs released in 2007 so far! You have to get this!
Enjoy the track Cold Sweat below!
Rating:Out of 10
- On And On (MSG)
- Fool For Your Loving (Whitesnake
- Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy)
- Lonely is the Word/Letters From Earth (Black Sabbath)
- Burn (Deep Purple)
- Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company)
- Kill the King (Rainbow)
- Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple)
- Naked City (KISS)
- The Day the Earth Caught Fire (City Boy)
The list of guest stars on this disc is huge and includes: Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Scott Soto, Sebastian Bach, Mark Slaughter, Jeff Pilson, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Vinnie Appice, Phil Soussan, Bob Kulick, Paul Dianno, Tony Franklin, Marco Mendoza, and quite a few others.
I have seen a bunch of poor reviews on this disc, but you wont find one here. I have gotten quite a bit of enjoyment out of this disc. To me, this is a covers disc, that doesn’t feel like one. It could be because the only constant is Michael Schenker on guitar.
Michael Schenker’s guitar playing smokes on all of these tracks. I have always been a fan of his, and this disc shows that he can sound good, no matter who the front man of his group is.
There are quite a few stand out tracks on Heavy Hitters. Doctor, Doctor is near perfection, and JSS on vocals is very cool. I love hearing Ripper Owens wail on War Pigs. That brings a smile to my face every time.
Out in the Fields with Gary Barden is great. Schenker’s guitars really howl on this song. Money with Tommy Shaw is pretty good as well.
You could spin your money in much worse way, while in your music store. Heavy Hitters is a solid listen from beginning to end.
Rating: Out of 10
1. All Shook Up with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals (Elvis Presley)
2. Blood Of The Sun with Leslie West from Mountain on vocals(Mountain)
3. Doctor Doctor with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals(UFO)
4. War Pigs with Ripper Owens on vocals(Black Sabbath)
5. I’m Not Talking with Mark Slaughter on vocals (Yarbirds/Mose Allison)
6. Money w/ Tommy Shaw on vocals and Edgar Winter on the Saxophone( Pink Floyd)
7. I Don’t Live Today with Sebastian Bach on vocals (Jimi Hendrix)
8. Hair Of The Dog with Paul Dianno on vocals, and Vinnie Appice on Drums(Nazareth)
9. Out In The Fields with Gary Barden on vocals (Gary Moore)
10. Politician with Jeff Pilson on vocals (Cream)
Ok, first off, I am an old school Def Leppard fan. I will take Pyromania and Hysteria over anything else that this band has done. I just don’t think they have done better than those two discs.
With that being said, I wanted to hate this disc. I am pretty tired of cover song albums. I prefer new material over rehashed songs any day. Strangely enough, this disc doesn’t suck.
I honestly think this is most guitar playing I have heard out of Vivian Campbell since he joined the band. Joe Elliott and the rest of the guys sound great.
I must admit some of the songs covered here, I am not familiar with. It is almost like hearing a new track for the first time. That is pretty cool.
Of the tracks I am familiar with, I really like the version of 20th Century Boy on here. I swear I have heard another band cover this tune once before but I can’t recall which band it was. This version is great!
20th Century Boy
I have never liked Rock On when it was on the radio back in the 80’s. Def Leppard’s version is definitely better than the original. No Matter What sounds almost exactly like the original Badfinger tune. Stay With Me is a killer track with Phil Collen on vocals.
Stay With Me
For all the tragedies this band has been through, its nice to see them still putting out quality music. It would be a bigger tragedy to not get another original rock CD from this great band!
Yeah! probably wont set your speakers on fire, but I am sure the Def Leppard fans out there will eat it up.
Its a good CD, and a one of the better ones that I have listened to this week.
Rating: Out of 10
- 20th Century Boy (T.Rex)
- Rock On (David Essex)
- Hangin’ On the Telephone (The Nerves)
- Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)
- Hellraiser (Sweet)
- 10538 Overture (ELO)
- Street Life (Roxy Music)
- Drive-In Saturday (David Bowie)
- Little Bit of Love (Free)
- The Golden Age of Rock’N’ Roll ( Moot the Hopple)
- No Matter What (Badfinger)
- He’s Gonna Step On You Again (John Kongos)
- Don’t Believe A Word (Thin Lizzy)
- Stay With Me (Faces)
The Ozzman Coverth…….and not very well!
I often wonder why established artists like Ozzy Osbourne subject themselves to full cover albums. Does Ozzy really need the money that badly? Ozzy’s Under Cover CD only left me scratching my head.
Most of these tracks were previously released in the Prince of Darkness box set.
I have nothing against Ozzy. I think he is a hard rock/ heavy metal legend. With that being said, this is not the kind of material that I would expect to hear from. Most of the tracks on this CD are performed better by the original artists.
There are a couple of stand out tracks on this CD ( Mississippi Queen, 21st Century Schizoid Man), but most of the material on this CD is pointless.
Two decent tracks out of thirteen, and dismal track listing at that. This is a CD for those trying fill their Ozzy collections and nothing more. I doubt you will spin it twice.
Rating:Out of 10
- Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh)
- In My Life (The Beatles)
- Mississippi Queen (Mountain)
- Go Now (The Moody Blues)
- Woman (John Lennon)
- 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
- All of the Young Dudes (Moot The Hoople)
- For What its Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
- Good Times (Eric Burdon)
- Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)
- Fire (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
- Working Class Hero (John Lennon)
- Sympathy For the Devil ( The Rolling Stones)
Spaghetti Incident? was only meant to be a stop gap in between records, not the swan song it became.
The music on this disc is outstanding, and some of the songs are so obscure, it is hard to tell they were cover tunes. The thing I immediately noticed on this disc was the huge guitar sound Slash has on it, and how big the production is. There are several instances where Duff McKagan takes over on lead vocals (New Rose, Raw Power, Attitude and You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory)
I prefer the songs sang by Axl on this disc though. Some of the stand outs include Human Being, Ain’t it Fun, Black Leather, and as much as I hate to admit it, Hair of the Dog.
Since I Don’t Have You
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
Ain’t It Fun
Spaghetti Incident? is still worth picking up today. It isn’t the best Guns ‘N Roses disc out there, but it does have quite a few quality tracks that are still worth discovering.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Since I Don’t Have You (The Skyliners)
2. New Rose (The Damned)
3. Down on the Farm (UK Subs)
4. Human Being (The New York Dolls)
5. Raw Power (The Stooges)
6. Ain’t It Fun (The Dead Boys)
7. Buick Makane/Big Dumb Sex medley (Buick Makane – T. Rex, Big Dumb Sex – Soundgarden)
8. Hair of the Dog (Nazareth)
9. Attitude (The Misfits)
10. Black Leather (The Professionals)
11. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders)
12. I Don’t Care About You (Fear)
Hidden track: Look At Your Game Girl (Charles Manson)
On this disc, you get 9 cover tunes, 2 new tracks.
Warrant’s lineup on this disc was Jani Lane on vocals, Billy Morris and Erik Turner on Guitar, Jerry Dixon on bass, and Matt Fasano on drums.
I was skeptical when I saw that Warrant was covering, Toys in the Attic. I must admit, they did a damn good version of this that song. It has all of the fire the original song contained.
To me, Hollywood is one of the lesser known Thin Lizzy tracks, but it sounds pretty good here, and keeps the ebb and flow of Under the Influence going.
I could have lived without the cover of Hair of the Dog. This has to be one of the most over covered songs in Rock Music. I would not shed a tear if I never heard this song again.
Queen is such a hard band to cover. Freddy Mercury has that one of a kind voice that is near impossible to reproduce. Warrant isn’t the first band to cover Tie Your Mother Down, and they wont be the last. Jani Lane does a solid job on vocals. This version of the song is passable at best.
Suffragette City is a solid cover, and stays very true to the original. This would be a cool song to see Jani Lane perform live.
Down Payment Blues features guitarist Billy Morris on lead vocals. He does a pretty good job, and has a Southern Rock type flair in his voice.
The Badfinger cover, Come and Get it was kind of lame to me. Maybe they needed a lame cover to make their new studio tracks sound better.
I used to think that Warrant’s version of Surrender was pretty good until I heard Zan Clan’s version. I can hardly listen to this song as a result of hearing that version.
It worked as the new tracks Sub Human and Face are decent. They are not not stellar add-ons to Under the Influence but they are worth a few listens. I think Face is the best out of the two.
As a whole, Under the Influence was one of the better cover discs at the time it was released. Future cover disc releases down the road surpass the sound the of this one. In 2007, this is probably a disc for the Warrant die hard fans only.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Toys In The Attic (Aerosmith)
2. Hollywood (Thin Lizzy)
3. Dead, Jail Or Rock N Roll (Michael Monroe)
4. Hair Of The Dog (Nazareth)
5. Tie Your Mother Down (Queen)
6. Suffragette City (David Bowie)
7. Surrender (Cheap Trick)
8. Down Payment Blues (AC/DC)
9. Come And Get It (Badfinger)
10. Sub Human * New Track
11. Face * New Track