The Voodoo Jets Mourn the loss of Drummer John Fowler
Outstanding Talent Played With Steelheart, SMOKE, Others…
John Fowler: Nov. 21st, 1965-March 21st, 2008
Sleaze Roxx just received the following statement regarding the sudden passing of drummer John Fowler.
The Voodoo Jets (www. thevoodoojets. com), have joined friends and family in mourning the loss of standout drummer, dear friend, and loving father John Fowler . Fowler, who gained notoriety for touring and recording with the band Steelheart, with the 1990 hit song “I’ll Never Let You Go” (Angel Eyes), also dedicated himself to projects such as The Voodoo Jets, SMOKE, and Hipnotic. Fowler also instructed hundreds of drum students in the southern Connecticut region.
Fowler had been on life support in a Connecticut hospital after suffering a brain aneurism last Monday. John’s beloved son Sebastian along with close friends and family shared his final moments bedside while blasting The Voodoo Jets track “Spaceman” in the hospital’s ICU. Funeral and burial ceremonies will be held in the coming days.
Donations: Donations can be made to The Sebastian Fowler ROCKS Memorial Fund on behalf of John’s son to the following address:
PO Box 819
Orange, CT 06477
’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford has signed a deal with Coallier Entertainment, the New York-based company whose list of clients include such artists as TWISTED SISTER and SEBASTIAN BACH.
In a statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET today by Lita Ford regarding her comeback performance in July, she had this to say: “It’s been way too long since I’ve rocked a crowd. Broke out my axe and turned it up loud. Always in my heart — forever in my soul. On July 11th I’m gonna rock ‘n’ roll. At Rocklahoma I’ll hit the stage with thousands of you maniacs. Close My Eyes — Kiss Me Deadly — can’t forget the leather pants!”
Rocklahoma festival will be held July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. TRIUMPH and EXTREME are among the bands reuniting with all or most of their original lineups for this year’s festival, which will also feature sets from NIGHT RANGER, CINDERELLA, Bret Michaels, TESLA, ARMORED SAINT, L.A. GUNS and many more. More than 85 bands in all will perform on three giant stages throughout the four days with several more big names to be added in the coming weeks.
Jay Jay French wants to rock. He also wants Barack.
So the guitarist from the heavy metal band Twisted Sister had re-recorded the band’s anthem “I Wanna Rock,” which has now become “I Want Barack.”
French, a lifelong liberal Democrat whose mother campaigned for John F. Kennedy, says Obama has energized an entire new generation of voters who previously felt left out of politics.
“He has excited so many people,” said French, who founded Twisted Sister in 1973. “He has given sincere hope to people who have been out of the arena for years.”
French plays guitar on the track, which features Paulie Z., the singer for the band Z02, on vocals and lead guitar. They call the band “Jay Jay French and Friends” and stress that it is not a Twisted Sister project; that band’s members are split on who to support in the election.
The Obama camp had no immediate comment on the song.
It’s not the first ode to Obama from the rock world. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has recorded and released two music videos extolling the virtues of Obama, “Yes We Can,” a viral sensation that has garnered more than 5 million hits on YouTube.com, and the more recent “We Are The Ones.”
French said an accompanying video will soon be released on YouTube, and hopes the song will someday be played at Obama rallies, where Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed And Delivered” currently reigns.
Courtesy of Newsday.com
Sweden’s Engel has released a new video, Casket Closing in support of their new CD, Absolute Design, which is available now!
Way back in 1989, I picked up a copy of Vain’s debut, No Respect on cassette. I recollect not caring for this release very much back then. This was one of the many tapes that was stolen out of my car back in the 80’s, and I never replaced it. The recent announcement of VAIN on the bill at Rocklahoma, had me scurrying to find a new copy of No Respect. This disc was out of print for a while, but it was reissued by Gott Discs in 2004.
I hoped my opinion would change the second time around for this disc, and you know what, it has! No Respect is a lot better than I remember it to be.
Davy Vain‘s vocal style is kind of like a whiny Phil Lewis, but it grows on you, and is different enough to give this disc some appeal. There is no question, that VAIN rooted themselves in the Glam Metal scene. One look at their picture (below) and you can easily tell what era of rock they came from. The cool thing about VAIN, is they really don’t sound much like peers from the hair metal era.
The music is a lot more raw, and less pop than many of the bands of the late 80’s and early 90’s. I would guess that Danny West is influenced by Joe Satriani based on some of his guitar licks on this album. (Listen to his playing in the video Beat the Bullet and you will see what I mean.) The guitar work on this record is quite good, and I have found the songs to be much more to my liking in 2008.
Thanks to Rocklahoma, I am happy to have added this disc back to my collection. I am going to be playing this CD a lot in the coming weeks. If you haven’t ever listened to VAIN before, be sure to check out the videos below. You may find yourself wanting to add this highly under rated disc to your own collection.
For more information on the band check out, their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Beat the Bullet
3. Who’s Watching You
4. 1000 Degrees
6. Smoke And Shadows
7. No Respect
8. Laws Against Love
9. Down For the 3rd Time
11. Without You
Davy Vain – Vocals
James Scott – Guitar
Danny West – Guitar
Tom Rickard – Drums
Ashley Mitchell – Bass