Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Eddie’s son Wolfgang will be touring this fall.
The band has been together since last October and has been rehearsing heavily over the last four month.
David Lee Roth says they have rehearsed more this year, than he has in the last twenty years.
Alex Van Halen says the band sounds better than it ever has.
Eddie Van Halen is happy that the band is together, and says the reunion is the shit.
David Lee Roth – This isn’t a reunion. This is like a new band. This is not rockers with walkers.
David Lee Roth – Michael Anthony is part of this band’s history and alumni of Van Halen as am I. Wolfgang is in the band because the kid is fucking amazing.
David Lee Roth - The ambition behind Van Halen is this isn’t a temporary reunion. We plan to tour and record new albums.
Eddie Van Halen – We are a band, and we will continue.
The tour starts in Charlotte, NC on Sept 27th.
9/27 – Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Bobcats Arena)
9/29 – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA (The Wachovia Centre)
10/7 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
10/10 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
10/14 – Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)
10/16 – Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
10/18 – Chicago, IL (United Center)
10/22 – Auburn Hills, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
10/26 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
10/28 – St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
10/30 – Boston, MA (TD Banknorth Garden)
11/3 – East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena)
11/13 – New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
11/23 – Glendale, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
11/25 – San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)
11/27 – Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
11/29 – San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
12/1 – Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena)
12/3 – Seattle, WA (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
12/5 – Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
12/9 – Edmonton, AB (Rexall Palace)
12/11 – Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)
Thank you for keeping the Hard Rock Hideout rolling while I was enjoying some downtime in the Big Apple. I will be posting some pictures and videos soon, once the allows for it.
I have been a fan of this band for a while, and I have enjoyed songs off of their previous releases Sinner, and Desensitized. I believe that Full Circle has surpassed both of those releases, both lyrically and sonically.
Usually, I don’t care for bands with singers who have a throaty singing style, but at times, Ryan McCombs reminds me of former Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley when he sings in his pure voice. His vocal style and sound is a definite improvement for Drowning Pool.
The title track, Full Circle starts this disc off right, with a hard driving tune that should please most head bangers out there. I bet you will find yourself singing “Rise Above You” with your devil horns in the air after a couple of listens.
Enemy is another heavy tune that absolutely crushes. It keeps the pace going nicely.
Shame has very catchy lyrics and reminds me quite a bit of Alice in Chains in style. Great Stuff!
Reborn is a mid tempo rocker that has some very cool guitar work by C.J. Pierce.
The tempo slows down for the song, Reason I’m Alive. This track was written by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. It is a cool song that should be a hit for Drowning Pool.
Soldiers is probably my favorite song off of Full Circle so far, and is the first single released by Drowning Pool. This song reminds me of the band’s former hit Bodies, which is very cool.
Paralyzed is another cool, mid tempo number that will likely find its way to radio before long.
Upside Down flat out rocks. This is another song that will get you headbanging quickly.
37 Stitches is another powerful song with major hit potential. You can preview this track below by clicking on the song title.
C.J. Pierce has more killer guitar work on the song No More. Great Stuff!
Yes, you guessed it! Rebel Yell is a remake of the 80′s Billy Idol classic. I really like Drowning Pool’s version on this song. It is a little bit heavier than the original song while staying fairly true to that version.
If you have ever been on the fence with Drowning Pool, you need to give the band a chance. This is by far their finest release. Not only will this appeal to Drowning Pool fans, but fans of Alice in Chains, and fans of 90′s metal. Don’t miss out on this excellent disc.
You can check out more Drowning Pool tunes at the bands’ myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Full Circle
5. Reason I’m Alive
8. Upside Down
9. 37 Stitches
10. No More
11. Love X2
13. Rebell Yell
Looks like the third time will be the charm for David Lee Roth and Van Halen. After two false starts, the ’80s rock powerhouse is re-treaming for a road trip. A Los Angeles press conference is planned for this week, where Roth, along with Alex van Halen and Eddie van Halen, are expected to announce a 50-city arena tour of the U.S., beginning in October, with Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, on bass.
The group first threatened to reform when Roth appeared onstage with the group at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, though lingering personality conflicts killed the reunion before it began. Rumors of the reformation surfaced again in January of this year, though the proposed summer tour plans were squelched after Eddie Van Halen entered rehab in March. That same month, the group — along with original bassist Marc Anthony and Roth replacement Sammy Hagar — was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Courtesy of Spinner.com
The Problem of Pain: Part 1 is the first of a two album set. The second disc will be released in 2008.
It is a rock opera that is inspired by the albums Rush “2112″ and Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime”.
The Problem of Pain retells the story of Job, from the Old Testament and deals with the question of why God allows evil and human suffering on earth.
The Problem of Pain is Torman Maxt’s third effort, and a very ambitious one at that for this three piece band. I must admit that I have not heard any of the band’s prior releases, but I am impressed with the ones I have heard on this disc.
Singer Tony Massaro has a voice that is similar to Rush’s Geddy Lee, giving the tunes on The Problem of Pain a very Rush like feel. Not only does Tony Massaro handle the vocals, but he proves to be a very talented guitar player as well. Many of the songs on this disc have a Classic Rock sound about them. I can hear elements of Rush, Led Zeppelin, and a maybe a little bit of Thin Lizzy in the music.
This is a very solid progressive rock CD, and one that requires multiple listens to fully appreciate. I enjoyed this disc, and will be spinning this quite a few more times in the coming months!
Rating: Out of 10
Chapter One: Prologue
Chapter Two: Job’s First Test
the angel’s first song
satan’s first song
Chapter Three: Job’s First Response
job’s initial shock
Chatpter Four: Job’s Second Test
the angel’s second song
satan’s second song
Chapter Five: Jobs’ Second Response
job’s second response
a great silence
Before the Scorpions were Rocking You Like A Hurricane, they released this gem of a disc, back in 1982. Interestingly enough, Klaus Meine was undergoing surgery on his vocal chords at the time this album was written, and the original tracks were recorded with Don Dokken on vocals. Klaus Meine was able to recooperate in time to record the vocals for this disc, and the Dokken tapes never surfaced.
This Scorpions’ release has been one of my favorites for years. This disc hit # 10 on the Billboard chart, and spawned some of the Scorps’ biggest anthems, Blackout, Can’t Live Without You, No One Like You, and You Give Me All I Need. Blackout is also the Scorpions first platinum disc in the United States (over 1 million units sold).
Even the weaker tracks on this disc are solid. There are a few other great rockers worth mentioning, including the killer track, Dynamite, the excellent upbeat tune Arizona, and the moody rocker China White.
I can’t imagine a fan of 80′s hard rock picking this disc up and being disappointed. This is definitely one of the best Scorpions discs out there, and you can get this one for less than $10.00 today. Blackout is a disc still worth picking up in 2007. Don’t miss out on this classic disc!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
The following news may be a little old to some people, but it is worth mentioning again. If you have been a regular visitor to the Hard Rock Hideout, you know The Answer is a band that I have been pushing for several months now. The following news could not make this writer happier:
Irish adrenalin rockers The Answer continue on a massive roll. With the successful recent re-issue of their debut album ‘Rise,’ their no gimmicks balls out rock ?n? roll has attracted support offers from The Who and The Rolling Stones.
Following a mesmerizing and acclaimed performance at Hyde Park with Aerosmith, the band immediately followed that with two support slots with Messrs. Daltrey and Townsend in Dublin and Cork. They jet off to Belgrade next week to play with the ‘Stones’ as the only support act. Add to that impressive list support shows with the likes of Whitesnake and Paul Rodgers and it is not hard to see why The Answer are being acclaimed as the next huge stadium rock act.
Following over 100,000 worldwide sales of their debut album the band have just inked a US deal with the Titan Global Entertainment group (Universal Music) which will see them tour the US in October and November this year as they build towards their US debut album release. Says president of Titan / Pyramid, Allen Jacobi: “We have been trying to sign The Answer for over a year. This particular act can be massive in the US ? they are pure energy rock & roll like we haven?t seen for many a year. It is so exciting to see a contemporary act perform with all the qualities of the great iconic acts of the 70′s“Albert Productions head of international A&R James Cassidy is equally delighted commenting: “We are thrilled to have such great commitment from Titan / Universal and we are looking forward to an exciting and successful relationship in America“
Tour dates are below:
07/05 Quartz festival, Norway
07/06 Roskilde festival, Finland
07/07 Bosspop festival, Holland
07/08 Ruisrock festival, Finland
07/14 The Rolling Stones, Belgrade
07/15 Istanbul festival, Turkey
07/27 Pentaport festival, Korea
07/29 Fuji Rock festival, Japan
08/03 Wacken festival, Germany
08/04 Estraveyer festival, Switzerland
08/10 Bossingham festival, Switzerland
08/17 Gample festival, Switzerland
08/19 Lowlands festival, Holland
Courtesy of Ultimate Guitar.com.
The fine folks at McFarlane Toys have released images of their latest figures in their music series.
Yes it is true, you could have Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora in the comfort of your own home for the small sum of $14.99 each.
The figures will be available through Toys ‘R Us later this month!
NEW YORK (August 7, 2007) – Texas hard rock band Drowning Pool and non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are launching a national concert tour ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are campaigning and asking Americans to support legislation currently before Congress that addresses the urgent need to provide better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org which hosts a petition urging Congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video.
Drowning Pool is taking their message on the road in the form of a tour in conjunction with the IAVA. Supporting the troops is nothing new for Drowning Pool who toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and will donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning service members. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It has been an amazing experience working with IAVA. After returning from playing for the troops in Baghdad we wanted to find a way to support the men and women serving our country. While working with Paul and everyone at IAVA we have been able to do that and so much more, said Ryan from Drowning Pool.
The band and IAVA are encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director.
Drowning Pool will release their third album, Full Circle on Eleven Seven Music/ADA on August 7th. It’s the third album for the band, and the first release with new lead vocalist Ryan McCombs.
The first single “Soldiers” is a nod to the very same soldiers who would listen to their 2001 song “Bodies” while flying missions over Iraq. It’s a heartfelt tribute that urges the public to support the troops, even if they don’t agree with the war.
‘This Is For The Soldiers’ Tour Dates:
9/3 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavillion at Concrete Street
9/5 Harker Heights, TX @ Harker Heights Convention Center
9/7 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
9/8 San Antonio, TX @ Hemisphere Park
9/9 Tyler, TX @ Click’s Billiards
9/11 Pharr, TX @ Graham Central Station
9/13 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Bar & Grill
9/14 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/15 Abilene, TX @ Midnite Rodeo
9/18 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/20 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/21 Manchester, NH @ Marks Place
9/22 Altamont, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
9/23 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
9/24 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
9/27 Dayton, OH @ Polish Picnic Grounds
9/28 Youngstown, OH @ The Wedge
9/29 Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn / WLRS Band Camp
9/30 Chattanooga, TN @ Midtown
10/2 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
10/3 Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
10/5 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre / 93xfest
10/7 Huntsville, AL @ Sammy T’s
10/9 Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s
10/11 Evansville, IN @ Woody’s
10/13 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
10/14 Farmington, NM @ Gator’s Bar and Grill
10/18 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/26 Couer D’Alene, ID @ The Great Event Center
11/2 Wichita, KS @ Flashbacks
11/8 New York, NY @ Highline
Asphalt Ballet’s name comes from a motorcycle crashing at high speed and sliding across the pavement. Their music is no accident, even though the band eventually crashed and burned.
The self title debut from 1991 is a damn good one, by this San Diego five piece unit.
This CD blends the west coast sleaze sound with southern rock. It may sound like a strange combination, but it works.
Asphalt Ballet was a regular on the MTV headbanger’s ball back in the early 90′s. Three videos were released in support of this disc:
Unlucky Mr. Lucky
After this release, the band was pushed to alter their sound to grunge, so they could stay current in the music scene. Needless to say, that decision would spell their demise.
I would have loved to have heard another disc, in the vein of this one, with the original band’s lineup in tact. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
This CD has several good songs including Hell’s Kitchen, Blood on the Highway, Goodbye Yesterday , and the three songs featured in the videos above.
Singer, Gary Jeffries has been in several bands since Asphalt Ballet, and is currently in a Dayton, Ohio band called Gary Jeffries and the Gator Stew Band. Guitarist Julius Ulrich, and drummer Michael Kiner are in a Hollywood Metal band called 13-A.
This disc has been out of print for a while, and regularly goes for over $20.00 on Ebay right now. This disc will appeal to most sleaze and southern rock fans. I like this one a lot. If you can find it, buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Hell’s Kitchen
2. Soul Survive
3. Tuesday’s Rain
4. Unlucky Mr. Lucky
5. End of My Rope
6. Heaven Winds Blow
7. Blood on the Highway
8. Goodbye Yesterday
9. Wasted Time
10. Taking a Walk
11. Hangmans Swing
12. Blue Movie
13. Do It All Over Again
Catch Against Me! On Tour
August 9th Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
August 10th Houston, TX – Meridian
August 11th New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
August 13th Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
August 14th Nashville, TN – Rocketown
August 15th Charlotte – NC – Amos’ Southend
August 16th Charleston, SC – Music Farm
August 17th St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
August 18th Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
August 19th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
August 20th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds – benefit for Harvest of Hope
August 24th Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
August 26th Reading, UK – Reading Festival
September 4th Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 5th Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 6th Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
September 7th Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
September 8th Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
September 9th Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
September 11th Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
September 12th Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
September 13th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
September 14th Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
September 16th Tuscon, AZ – KFMA Radio Fest
September 18th Reno, NV – Stoney’s
September 19th Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
September 20th Eugene, OR – W.O.W Hall
September 21st Bend, OR – Domino Room
September 22nd Seattle, WA – End Fest
September 23rd Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 25th Chico, CA – Senator Theater
September 26th Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
September 27th Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
November 3rd Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
Records is pleased to announce all details of the release on “Sinister Mind” the new album from the Melodic Hard Rock
Masters JADED HEART !
The new album is the second
that was recorded after singer Michael Bormann’s
departure from the line-up. Swedish ex SCUDIERO shouter Johan Fahlberg proved to be a more than perfect
replacement and his live performances have conquered many new fans during the
recent JADED HEART European tours. The new album is also going to present a new
face, the guitarist Peter Ostros,
who has contributed strongly to the songwriting of
this kick-ass new release.
The sound on the album is
definitely heavier and more in your face, still keeping intact the elements that has created the recognizable and well-known
JADED HEART sound. Production was handled by some of the most requested guys in
the German Hard Rock
scene: Michael Voss
(Mad Max, Voices Of Rock), Chris Lausmann (ex-Bonfire, Voices Of Rock) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and you can definitely hear a
sound that has the “million dollar bucks” trademark!
JADED HEART are already working on new tour dates to visitas many European countries as possible in the next few months.
“Sinister Mind” final tracklisting includes (click on song titles for mp3 samples):
Release date in Europe is set for October 19th. Don’t miss it !
When Nikki Sixx and his new band Sixx:A.M. sat down to write the sound track for The Heroin Diaries, the band used the book as a road map for the songs. In the second episode of The Heroin Diaries podcast, Nikki, James, and DJ explain that everything from the Persian Heroin Nikki was shooting to the amazing art in the book guided the song writing process.
The soundtrack hits stores on August 21st with the book following on September 18th. Check out the new episode of The Heroin Diaries Podcast here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast2.mov
On Tuesday, August 7th, Drowning Pool hosted a press conference to a full-house at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA to announce the release of Full Circle and their fall tour with The Exies. Drowning Pool was joined by over 25 members of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and war veterans who validated the importance of their efforts. The band spoke of their concern for supporting the U.S. troops upon their return from the middle-east. The press conference was a very moving and emotional experience urging the validation of the American people to support the troops upon their return. Check out the highlights of the press conference here (http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dp/pc/index.html).
Check out the new video for the song Soliders below:
Atreyu will launch their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, on August 28th and the band would like you to be their guest to celebrate the release with them in Las Vegas! Atreyu along with their friends at Travelworm.com are giving away a trip for two to Las Vegas where you and a friend will get an autographed copy of the new album, a special meet and greet with the band, and will watch the whole show right from the stage.
Click on the following link to enter the contest today!
Nikki Sixx recently sat down with Spinner.com for the launch of the site’s new column Shout It Out Loud to discuss his challenge to the music and entertainment industries and depicts how they both habitually turn a blind eye when they become overbearing. In the Spinner article, Nikki questions why in any other profession your business associates will call attention to your short-comings and downfalls, but in the music industry everyone just enables your addictions. With six years of sobriety, Nikki is about to release his soundtrack and book for The Heroin Diaries on August 21st and September 18th respectively. Nikki has illustrated past reflections of his life in the soundtrack and the book, and is hoping to be a support pillar for the musicians of tomorrow with his knowledge of the music industry and substance abuse.
Check out the full story at: http://www.spinner.com/2007/08/07/nikki-sixx-urges-industry-to-make-music-not-coffins/
Skid Row has posted the following concert dates on their website:
|Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino||Ledyard, Connecticut|
|Club BB @ Foxwoods Casino||Ledyard, Connecticut|
|Sweden Rock Festival||Sölvesborg|
|Starland Ballroom w/ SLAUGHTER||Sayreville, New Jersey|
|Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center w/ VINCE NEIL||Gilford, New Hampshire|
|Executive Inn w/ VINCE NEIL||Owensboro, KY|
|Rocklahoma – Rock Fever Fest||Pryor, Oklahoma|
|Clearfield County Fair||Clearfield, Pennsylvania|
|Lapeer Days Festival||Lapeer, Michigan|
|Sky City Casino||San Fidel, New Mexico|
Skid Row has added a few new dates to their touring schedule:
Sat 08/25/07 Fort Yates, ND Prairie Knights Casino & Resort
Sat 09/01/07 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
Sat 09/08/07 Pueblo Of Acoma, NM Sky City Casino
Rammstein are well known for their explosive live performances and amazing light and pyrotechnics. With the September 18th release of Völkerball, the band captures their one of a kind performance on DVD. Shot in Nimes, France, “Ich Will” is our first look at what is to come from the Völkerball DVD in September.
Check out the “Ich Will” here:
Windows Media (low) – http://mms.sonix.de/universal/rock/rammstein_ichwill_uni_60.wmv
Atreyu have filmed a video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. This next installment of the video series opens Atreyu’s book of guitar-methodology and open highway of creative writing between guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on Lead Sails Paper Anchor.
I hesitated picking this disc up for a long time, as I didn’t hear too many good things about it. When I stumbled upon a used copy of this disc recently, the completest in me had to have it. Luckily, I tracked a copy of this down for a mere $4.00, and at that price I couldn’t pass it up.
How do the songs stack up? Chances are you have heard Poison’s cover of the Who’s “Squeeze Box“on the new disc, Poison’d. I will pass on that cover every time. This disc is no Flesh and Blood. Not even close. There are however, a few decent songs on this disc. Get Ya Some, Devil Woman, Wasteland and Rockstar are ok, but not excellent songs.
The songs sung by CC Deville, “Emperor’s New Clothes“, “Livin’ In the Now” and “Home (C.C’s Story)” are particularly bad, and I can’t listen to them a second time. If CC wants to sing, I think he needs to do it in his side project, Samantha 7. His vocals are far too different from Bret’s, and contrast the other songs on Hollyweird greatly.
To me, Bret Michaels IS the voice of Poison, and it needs to stay that way. I love Poison, but I think they can do much better than this.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Squeeze Box
3. Shooting Star
4. Wishful Thinkin’
5. Get Ya Some
6. Emperor’s New Clothes
7. Devil Woman
9. Livin’ In The Now
10. Stupid, Stoned & Dumb
11. Home (Bret’s Story)
12. Home (C.C.’s Story)
Bret Michaels – Vocals
CC Deville – Guitars
Bobby Dahl – Bass
Ricky Rockett – Drums
I have mixed feeling regarding Whipped. There are a few songs that are halfway decent, and others that I can hardly listen to. Your enjoyment of this disc, will likely depend on how big of a fan you are of this band.
The only thing that kept Nonstop to Nowhere from being a major hit is the song length (6:57). The video for this song, is much shorter, than the actual song length.
Body Thief and Jack the Bastard are full of sleaze and rock hard. Both of these songs are among my favorites on this disc.
If it wasn’t for Taime Downe’s vocals on Big Dictionary, I would actually think I was listening to a Dave Matthews song. The music style is very unlike anything I recall Faster Pussycat doing in the past. I have mixed feelings on this song. It almost seems out of place here.
I wish I could tell you that I didn’t like Maid in Wonderland, but the fact is, I do. The guitar riff is catchy, and the song is solid.
Friends kind of sounds like Faster Pussycat trying to pull off a Cinderella type ballad. I will pass on this one. Cinderella does these piano based numbers much better. Taime Downe is certainly no Tom Keifer.
Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique has grown on me somewhat, but the rest of the songs here, Cat Bash (silly), Loose Booty (This sounds like a song the Beastie Boys rejected), Mr.Lovedog (noisy), and Out with a Bang (more noise) fail to excite me.
I don’t know if it Taime Downe’s voice that annoys me so much, or the lack of strong songs on this disc, but I doubt that I will listen to Whipped very much in the future. It has a few decent moments, but this disc is far from being stellar.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Nonstop to Nowhere
2. Body Thief
3. Jack the Bastard
4. Big Dictionary
5. Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique
6. Only Way Out
7. Maid in Wonderland
9. Cat Bash
10. Loose Booty
11. Mr. Lovedog
12. Out With a Bang
For some reason, I feel compelled to keep buying the latest releases by Yngwie Malmsteen. Luckily, I scored this disc for a whopping $3.00, so I figured it was worth the risk, in case I didn’t enjoy it.
Attack features the former voice of Rainbow, Doogie White, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and longtime drummer Patrick Johansson.
As much as I try to get into Attack!!, I have trouble doing so. There is no question, that Yngwie Malmsteen is an extremely talented guitar player, but as a song writer, I think he may be a little lacking. Attack!! features plenty of neo-classical guitar noodling, and light speed double bass drumming, but the songs lack heart, or anything that make you want to listen to them a second time. Most of these songs are just a high speed jam sessions with lyrics thrown in for good measure.
If you heard one Malmsteen song on Attack!!, you have heard them all. If you have to listen to this disc, check out the track Stronghold. This song has some Dio era Black Sabbath like elements to it, and is this CD’s sole redeeming track.
This isn’t a disc that I will not be recommending to anyone, except the die hard fans of Yngwie. Now, I know why I was able to pick this up for $3.00.
1. Razor Eater
2. Rise Up
3. Valley of Kings
4. Ship of Fools
6. Baroque & Roll (Instrumental)
7. Stronghold 4:17
8. Mad Dog 3:24
9. In the Name of God
10. Freedom Isn’t Free
11. Majestic Blue (Instrumental)
13. Iron Clad
14. Air (Instrumental)
15. Battlefield (Previously Unreleased)
16. Dreaming (Live)
Today’s post comes from Tania from the Hard Rock Hideout Forum! Have you checked out the HRH forum lately?
Mike Ireland – vocals
Greg Laikin – bass
Dave Troutman – drums
Brian Bresett – guitars
Pinto – guitars
1. Watch You Bleed
4. Line It Up
5. Salt of the Earth
8. All The Freaks
9. Live Fast
10. Teenage Parasite
11. No Fun City
Producer: Jeff Dawson
Hailing from Canada, Crystal Pistols self titled full length debut starts off promising. The first three tracks are nice little rockers. Singer Mike Ireland has a great sleazy, grimy sounding voice and the first two songs in particular, Watch You Bleed and Rockstar, show off his dirty gritty snarl perfectly.
I’m not really sure what Crystal Pistol are trying to do with the Crystal Pistol band shot rest of the tracks on this CD. Some of it has a punk element to it, some have a rock element, some goth sounding. I guess its “punk rock”, but to me it sounds as if they are trying to put too many different types of musical sounds into each song.
The songs are fast and short, in fact this CD only clocks in at just over 35 minutes. After the third song, the rest of the songs are decent. I’m not saying they are bad, some are catchy but there is nothing really standout after Locomotive. Salt of the Earth is a nice change of pace but it all gets fairly boring and predicable fairly quickly. All in all a mixed bag. Good enough but not great. Check them out at their myspace to get a taste of some Crystal Pistol.
Today’s post is by Allyson B. Crawford, from Bring Back Glam. Check out Allyson’s amazing glam coverage at Bring Back Glam today!
You know the ones.
Those obsessive fans who will go to any lengths to “appropriately follow” their favorite band.
I consider Aerosmith my favorite band, but now I’ve really got a handle on my addiction. I rarely write about them over at Bring Back Glam! and I don’t spend hordes of money on the Bad Boys of Boston like years past.
I’m 27 and I’m learning to set boundaries. Right now, I’ve got a creative obsession with music writing. I want to transition from a current news-based journalism career to one in which I get paid to listen to music all day. In a lot of ways, I can thank Aerosmith for my music drive.
I didn’t know much about Aerosmith until I was probably 13. Then, Get a Grip was released on April 20, 1993 and suddenly, I was a die-hard rock fan. Back in the early 90s, MTV still played videos, and Aerosmith had the name and the cash to crank out awesome clips. From Get a Grip alone there was “Cryin,’” “Crazy,” “Amazing” and of course, “Livin’ on the Edge.” As Aerosmith’s first album in their third decade of rock started to hit big, MTV started playing more of the band’s older clips. Soon, I found myself scraping together money to buy every Aerosmith release. After I owned just about everything on CD (sometimes I had to settle for cassette when I just didn’t have enough cash), I switched to collecting vinyl. Then T-shirts and other memorabilia. Then magazines with any member of Aerosmith on the cover. It didn’t matter: if my band was out there, endorsing something or on a special television appearance, I had to have it or watch it. No exceptions.
When I was older, I finally got a chance to see Aerosmith live in concert. In fact, I’ve seen Aerosmith in concert more times than any other band, and when they roll through town again, I’ll buy more tickets.
In my senior year of high school, my English teacher assigned the class a project. We had to tell the future of another classmate. One of my friends – who knew my Aerosmith obsession quite well – wrote that I would return to my high school reunion as the president of a record label. While I don’t even work for a label, she was close in guessing that I wanted to turn my passion for music into a money-making venture.
I’m not terrified of success; in fact, I think I’m getting a little closer to my goal every day. Still, I’m terrified at the prospect of meeting – let alone interview – any member of Aerosmith. Would sitting just inches from the one and only Joe Perry turn me into the shell of the woman I’ve become? Would Steven Tyler intimidate so much that I wouldn’t even be able to ask coherent questions?
I like to think that someday I’ll get there: backstage at an Aerosmith show, press pass proudly dangling from my neck. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull off a quality interview and review…and still tell Boston’s most famous rockers how much they’ve changed my life.
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Today’s post is by Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine. Be sure to stop by and check out Metal Mark’s site.
Lita Ford-Out for blood/Dancin’ on the edge
The kind people at BGO (Beat goes on) records recently re-mastered Lita Ford’s first two releases and stuck them on one disc. I used to have both titles on cassette back in the 1980’s, but have not heard either since the early 90’s. Ultimately it seems that her debut is not quite as good as I remembered it while the sophomore effort is perhaps even better than I recalled it being. Out for blood sounds a little like Ford’s previous band the Runaways at times. So it was even slightly dated for 1983 and it’s more rock with hard rock undertones. It’s decent, but a little clunk y at times as the band seems to be reaching to establish a style and the slightly fuzzy production also makes it sound a little amateurish. Still it’s lively and energetic for the most part.
Dancin’ on the edge (originally released in 1984) is the real prize here though. It’s obvious that someone with some say wanted Lita to go in a more hard rock direction and she does with some proficiency. The production values are much stronger than the debut with a more professional sound. Also Lita’s vocals are way more focused and powerful here. I think she also manages to somewhat establish her own guitar style as well. Unfortunately she didn’t really follow up on this guitar style on her later albums. As far as the level of heaviness I would say the overall sound might be comparable to what Ratt or KISS were doing at the same time. The one thing that maybe really makes this album is that the band manages to keep the songs interesting by having new riffs interjected down the stretch. This is done on several songs and it keeps the music from being too repetitious which is a trap that too many hard rock artists fell into. This version is re-mastered and overall sounds fine. There are no bonus tracks, but there is a thick booklet with some history about what Lita Ford did between the end of the Runaways and when she finally did these these two albums. It runs about $21-23 so that’s not bad for two complete albums.
Here’s a track listing with Out for blood being tracks 1-10 and Dancin’ on the edge is 11-19.
1. Out for Blood
2. Stay with Me Baby
3. Just a Feeling
4. Ready, Willing and Able
5. Die for Me Only (Black Widow)
6. Rock ‘N Roll Made Me What I Am Today
7. If You Can’t Live with It
8. On the Run
9. Any Way That You Want Me
10. I Can’t Stand It
11. Gotta Let Go
12. Dancin’ on the Edge
13. Dressed to Kill
14. Hit ‘N Run
15. Lady Killer
16. Still Waitin’
17. Fire in My Heart
18. Don’t Let Me Down Tonight
19. Run with the $
Today’s review comes from Bill Leslie from Rock of Ages. Be sure to stop by Bill’s excellent site, where you can also find a new interview with Sacred Heart singer, Paul Stead.
It’s been many years now since the UK had a true melodic rock band that I felt could match the best of this often maligned genre. “Ten” had promise but despite some success in Japan, line-up changes and reluctance to tour have seen their chances of worldwide recognition diminish. Likewise Dare, who despite some significant airplay on the national BBC Radio 2 station have been unable to turn it into sales. No, the days of the likes of Shy, Tobruk and the mighty F.M. et al flying the flag for Britain are long in the past… but maybe that’s about to change.
Sacred Heart, a four-piece outfit comprising of Paul Stead on guitar & vocals, Mark Stephenson on lead guitar, Claudio Cafolla on drums and Darren Jhuboo on bass have taken the polished rock sound of the late 80′s, modernised it by adding a heavier feel that has welcomed comparison to the like of Nickelback and Hinder, and across twelve all original compositions have produced a debut that makes you wonder why it doesn’t bear the label of one of Europe’s premier AOR/Melodic Rock labels.
That’s right, despite no major label support, their persistence and belief in these songs has seen the band self-finance the whole thing, and through hard work and impressive use of the internet for promotion should see significant returns.
Having only heard their 2004 demos album “Lay It On The Line” before, the first thing that hits you is the sheer depth of sound they’ve achieved. Opening track “Afraid”, a brooding, mid-tempo rocker with a slight hint of Dio in its pulsing riffs, just sounds so ‘full’. The nearest comparison I could think of is that achieved by Europe on the “Out Of This World” opus and that’s an interesting one to recall as in a few places on this disc I found myself remembering that album and that band. Lead singer Paul Stead shares similarities in both voice and phrasing with Joey Tempest whilst the guitar work of Mark Stephenson possesses similar traits to that of Kee Marcello. Specifically it’s technical and impressive and often attention grabbing yet always seems appropriate to the song and never overly ‘flash’.
Further harder songs such as “Tonight”, a number that builds from a quiet opening toward a monster mid-section and solo, or the magnificent “Lift You Up” leave a lasting positive impression whilst the sleazy lap dancer tale of title track “Shake” will result in a smile from the listener either for the picturesquely suggestive lyrics or the guitar riff straight out of George Lynch’s book from Dokken’s heyday.
Memories of Jagged Edge and their quite English melodic blues-rock single “Out In The Cold” were stirred during “Lost”. One of the albums many highlights it’s already gained some radio airplay for the band in the UK and with its catchy chorus and “hooks that kill” could be an ideal candidate to lift as a single. Likewise the closing track “1000 Tears” which as the albums heaviest number tears up the final five minutes or so and leaves you in no doubt of the bands hard rocking credentials. Of the other tracks, “Paradise” also evokes memories of Europe in sound although it’s a cracker in its own right. “Carry On” is a big, grooving number with speaker rattling riffs and a touch of Warrant about it whilst “Perfect” again makes me recall those American pretty boys although this time it’s along with Whitesnake 1990 in the mix.
Of course, no melodic rock album would be complete without its ballads and here Sacred Heart offer the heartfelt tale of “Natali”, a song benefiting from a pulsating bass line, and the mid-album “Maybe”. Now I must admit that the soft acoustic opening of the latter hasn’t quite clicked with me yet, maybe too much of a come down from the fine opening five song salvo, but there is no denying that it’s a fine vocal performance from Stead and once it erupts pre-solo it’s real power ballad material. That only actually leaves “Promise” left to mention. A slick pop-rocker that like “Natali” perhaps errs on the pop side a little much for my personal taste yet along with the ballads gives the album wider breadth and variety and ultimately more appeal.
In summary, it’s an album that has impressed me greatly. I did initially think maybe I was going overboard and it was down to the sheer leap this band have taken since the demos release however placing the album next to personal genre favourites like the aforementioned Jagged Edge’s “Fuel For Your Soul”, FM’s “Tough It Out”, Ten’s debut album and even added a few of Europe, Dokken and Tyketto releases and I decided it’s not out of place in their company at all.
Of course, it’s not going to redefine a genre but it sure as hell should give the UK melodic rock scene a long overdue shot in the arm. It’s a superbly accomplished debut, which deserves the attention of any melodic rock fan. And that they’ve done it this well down the self-financed route has to be heard to be believed.
I found the following video on Youtube that is a tribute to 80′s metal.
This video really shows you how fun the 80′s era of hard rock was, and still is!
This CD is definitely more hard rock than metal, but it is definitely a classic! I can’t even imagine what people thought about this back in ’75, but to hear Stephen Tyler’s voice with the funky blues rock of Toys in the Attic had to be something special. It still is today!
I had the pleasure of seeing the band play Uncle Salty live last year, and gained a whole new appreciation for the song. Between Joe Perry’s bluesy guitar licks, and Stephen Tyler’s killer vocals, it just does not get better than this.
The songs Walk This Way, and Sweet Emotion need no introduction. These are some of the biggest hits that Aerosmith has ever written, and still get plenty of airplay in 2007. I found a video that I recall getting some airplay during MTV’s Headbanger’s ball for Sweet Emotion, check it out below!
I enjoy Joe Perry’s guitar playing on Adam’s Apple quite a bit, even though it isn’t my favorite song on the record.
I can’t help but love Aerosmith’s witty, Big Ten Inch Record. I love the boogie woogie bluesy piano of this tune. What a fun song!
No More No More is one of those songs that needs to grow on you a little bit. Once it does, it is an ultimately satisfying tune.
Round and Round almost has a Black Sabbath like feel to it. It has elements of stoner rock, that seems kind of odd when comparing it to the rest of the songs on Toys in the Attic.
You See Me Crying closes this disc out with a piano based number, that has an orchestral arrangement, that I could have lived without. This song sounds a little dated to me, but this was the style that quite a few bands were trying out back in the 70′s.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Toys In The Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam’s Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round And Round
9. You See Me Crying