Today marks the return of the Rocklahoma Review Series (2008 Edition). For the next 17 Saturdays, I will be reviewing CD’s by some of the bands that are on the Rocklahoma 2008 roster. There are over 84 bands this year, so their are plenty to choose from. Hopefully this experience will be as eye opening for everyone as it was for me this week. You see, I have not played the debut CD by Beautiful Creatures in two or three years. This band fell off of my radar for a while until the recent Rocklahoma announcement. I decided to give this CD a spin, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found here.
Beautiful Creatures is the band led by Bang Tango singer Joe Leste and Sixx A.M. guitar player DJ Ashba. I guess with Joe Leste as the front man for Beautiful Creatures, I expected this band to be some kind of a Bang Tango clone. I do here some small similarites to Bang Tango, but this CD reminds me a whole lot of the 1994 Motley Crue CD with John Corabi. Quite a few of the songs on this disc, would not have sounded out of place on that record. The tunes on this record, probably have more in common with 90’s grunge, than they do with 80’s glam, but the hard rocking guitar solos are unmistakably 80’s.
My favorite cuts on this disc are Wasted, Ride, Kick Out, and Kickin’ For Days. This is an album that doesn’t really have any filler cuts, although some songs are stronger than others. Most importanly, this disc rocks hard and does it well. After hearing these songs again for the first time in years, I would bet that they would translate well live. This should be a treat to hear for those that will be in attendance for the Sunday afternoon show at Rocklahoma. If you aren’t familiar with Beautiful Creatures music, be sure to watch their videos below, and check out their myspace page!
Rating:Out of 10
1. 1 A.M.
3. Step Back
6. Kick Out
8. Kickin For Days
9. Time And Time Again
10. Goin Off
11. New Orleans
12. I Got It All
Beautiful Creatures are:
Joe LeSte – vocals;
Dj Ashba – guitar, background vocals
Anthony Focx – guitar, background vocals
Kenny Kweens bass, background vocals
Glen Sobel – drums, background vocals
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all the details for the release of MICHAEL KISKE new album entitled “Past In Different Ways” on May 9th 2008.
This much talked about album includes the reworking in a new fully acoustic and stripped back mood of some of Helloween’s classics that Kiske wrote and recorded in his early days with the legendary German Heavy Metal band. “When Serafino Perugino brought up the idea to do this record” says Michael, “my first reaction was: “No way! I don’t want to be dealing with my past all the time anymore!”. But after a few days my thinking changed and I thought:
maybe it’s not such a bad idea at all? Because on one hand it shows that I don’t reject my past just because I’m a different person today and on the other hand it can maybe give people who were part of that past a different view at those songs. It’s my music, I can still identify myself with its spirit, so why should I not do this?”.
Working in a creatively free environment helped Michael to look at his past with different eyes and brought the idea of working again on the songs that Michael wrote for Helloween during his years with the band. The result is “Past In a Different Ways“, a record which includes brand new recordings of Kiske’s songs taken off the two “Keeper” albums, “Chameleon” and “Pink Bubbles Go Ape“, plus the brand new song “Different Ways“.
The unconventional arrangements of many of the tracks will surprise and delight many of his fans and more surprising is to see how well these songs sound with a basic acoustic arrangement, without the “useless weight” and with new keys. “Songs like ‘In The Night‘ or ‘When The Sinner‘ which where never favourites of mine are much cooler and much more convincing now for my ears”, says Michael.
The album was recorded and mixed in Hamburg under Michael Kiske’s direction and features long time collaborators such as Sandro Giampietro on guitar, Fontaine Burnett on bass and Karsten Nagel on drums.
Kiske concludes: “It was not always easy for me emotionally to deal with this material. Music somehow seems to preserve emotional memories and I connect big human disappointments with the last years of that time. There’s
also something very unsatisfying about re-recording old songs; it’s always MUCH better to write new stuff, but I wanted to make those songs mine again. And in spite of the fact that I strongly felt for the last couple of years that I rather have to build myself a new base of friends, it’s always good to make peace with your past”.
“Past In Different Ways” will see the light in Europe on May 9th 2008 on Frontiers Records.
What happens when you take three former members of Saxon, and put them together with Thunderhead singer Ted Bullet? Well, it sounds like a pretty good idea on paper at least, but I honestly did not hear a single note before I picked this disc up.
With that being said, this CD exceeds all of my expectations.
Victim You is like two CD’s in one. The band sounds very much like Saxon on a few songs, and then have a sound more reminiscent of late 80’s pop metal. Bottomline, hair metal fans will LOVE this disc! After giving this disc a couple more complete listens, I would compare the band’s sound as a cross between Dokken and a little bit of Krokus.
This style of metal was about as popular in 1996, as peanut butter and tofu sandwiches, but former Saxonites Peter Gill, Steve Dawson, and Graham Oliver forged ahead anyway. Sadly, this disc went largely unnoticed when it was released. It took 12 years for me to discover it, but I find it to be a great undiscovered piece of music.
Ted Bullet has a vocal style that falls somewhere between Paul Stanley from KISS, and Biff Byford from Saxon. His voice is melodic yet raspy enough to give these tunes here a harder edge. The superb guitar work of Haydn Conway and Graham Oliver is a pleasure to hear. Lots of George Lynch like solos are all over this record!
There isn’t one song on this disc that I do not enjoy. Copies of this disc can be found for less than $10.00 and it is worth every penny. Check it out!
Rating:Out of 10
- Bitch of A Place To Be
- Drivin’ Sideways
- Past the Point
- No-One’s Gettin’ Over
- Treacherous Times
- Love Your Misery
- I Still Care
- Old School
- More For Me
- Evil Sweet Evil
- Victim You
Son Of A Bitch is:
Haydn Conway – Guitar
Peter Gill – Drums
Steve Dawson – Bass Guitar
Ted Bullet – Vocals
Graham Oliver – Guitar
After listening to the video below, I would have never guessed Skillet to be a CCM group.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
Rocklahoma 2008 – More Acts Confirmed For Tri-Label Group Second Stage
Rocklahoma 2008 is taking place July 10-13 in Pryor, Oklahoma. A number of new acts are confirmed for the Tri-Label Group Second Stage including: AZRAEL’S BANE, COCKPIT, DIRTY PENNY, DRIVE A, EXIT 27, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, KARNEVIL (DARIO LORINA), ODIN, SEX DPT., SWEET F.A., TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION.
Rocklahoma’s initial lineup on the Main Stage is as follows:
Thursday, July 10th: (Pre Party for those who have bought three day tickets) BRET MICHAELS, L.A. GUNS featuring Tracii Guns, ENUFF Z’ NUFF, VAIN, HOUSE OF LORDS and JET BOY.
Friday, July 11th: XYZ, ARMORED SAINT, KINGDOM COME, NIGHT RANGER, TBA, TRIUMPH and TBA.
Saturday, July 12th: PRETTY BOY FLOYD, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, TORA TORA, BLACK N BLUE, TRIXTER, KIX, WARRANT featuring Jani Lane and CINDERELLA
Sunday, July 13tth: AXE, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, ZEBRA, LYNCH MOB, TBA, TESLA and TBA
Additional bands on the main stage will be added in the upcoming weeks. The initial lineup and bands are subject to change as bands are added and the exact schedule is arranged.
Two side stages adjacent to the main stage feature over twenty-eight regional artists on each stage.
The Retrospect Records stage includes the following bands: JESTER, SIDEKIXX, PAIR-A-DICE, FRONT RUNNER, TOMMY HAD A VISION, VALOR, GYPSY BLUE, WHITEFOXX, BLUE TIGER, WILD AUGUST, MESSANG, PAUL SHORTINO, MARIAH, WARRYOR, BAD CANDY, LORRAINE, NASTY NASTY, REAL STEEL, CUTTLASS, VYPER, MASS, BAD CANDY, ONEY, STRIKEFORCE, HERAZZ, RECKLESS, HEARTLESS, RON KEEL, WARRYOR and ALIBI.
Tri-Label Group stage has: ASPHALT VALENTINE, AZRAEL’S BANE, BONESHAKER, COCKPIT, DANGEROUS INC., DEATHRIDERS (NEIL TURBIN), DIRTY PENNY, DRIVE A, EXIT 27, GODS OF KANSAS, GYPSY PISTOLEROS, KARNEVIL (DARIO LORINA), KRUCIBLE (featuring Lance King), LIPSTICK MAGAZINE, MINDFLOW, ODIN, ORDER OF NINE, POWND, SACRED DAWN, SEX DPT., SHADOWSIDE, SWEET F.A., THE JAKALS, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, WARMACHINE.
THE STUDIO HAS BEEN FLOWING NICELY. WE WERE ALL TOGETHER AGAIN TODAY PLOTTING, PLANNING, DESIGNING, LISTENING AND THE BAND SEEMS TO HAVE THE OLD BITE BACK, BUT WE WILL LET YOU BE THE JUDGE OF THAT WHEN ITS TIME.
I DO KNOW THE PEOPLE AROUND US, THE ONES WE CAN TRUST ARE FEELING THE MAGIC FROM THE SONGS, SO MAYBE IT’S NOT ONLY IN OUR HEADS…? AAH HA
AND YES, KAT AND MYSELF ARE TOGETHER.YES WE’VE BEEN “JUST” FRIENDS SINCE LAST SUMMER .SHE WAS GOING THRU A BRUTAL DIVORCE (AS WAS I)) AND WE WERE FRIENDS, ALONG THE WAY,SHE MET A GREAT GUY (ORBI) AND WE WERE FRIENDS THRU THAT TOO, THEY BROKE UP AND WE WERE STILL “JUST “FRIENDS…. IVE NEVER HAD A FRIEND BECOME THE GIRL.YES IT CAUGHT US BOTH BY SURPRISE, AS IM SURE SOME OF YOU.ITS UNDERSTANDABLE, ON HER TV SHOW, SHE IS STILL IN A RELATIONSHIP ((WELCOME TO TV…ITS NOT LIVE)), POINT BEING, WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF YOU DON’T, ITS COOL…WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE ARE VERY VERY HAPPY TOGETHER …. I HOPE IT SHOWS IN OUR ART AND MUSIC. …NOTHING IS BETTER FOR ARTISTS THAN COMPLETE CONNECTION… …OH ONE LAST THING, WHEN I FELT MYSELF FALLING FOR HER, SHE WAS ALL WALLS AND BARIGADES,AN INVISIBLE BODYGUARD ON CALL EVERYTIME I EVEN TRIED TO ALLUDE TO OR USE THE EVIL SMIRK TO GET CLOSER TO HER HEART.….SO IF YOU THINK BAD OF ANYONE, LET IT BE ME ….
LOST A DEAR FRIEND ((BOB TIMMONS)) AND SAW HOW MANY PEOPLES LIVES HE HAS TOUCHED.HIS TIME HERE WAS DONE AND I FEEL GOOD IN KNOWING THAT’S THE DESTINY FOR US ALL. HE TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT RECOVERY AND I HOPE TO PASS THAT .. MY TIME IS UP…IT’S THE LEAST WE CAN DO. LEAD BY SOBER EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO STILL STRUGGLE….
Check out the London band, Big Linda, and their video, I Don’t Even Like You. You can find the band on myspace here!
Frontiers Records is pleased to present all the details about the release of the highly anticipated GLENN HUGHES new album entitled “First Underground Nuclear Kitchen (F.U.N.K.)” on May 11th 2008.
Produced by Glenn in Los Angeles, after countless hours spent writing in his home studio, “F.U.N.K.” is another magnificent statement from the “Voice of Rock”. “It is a roots album, it is a true account of my musical heritage but also fearless and multi-dimensional”. Once again Glenn has reinvented himself and his art, being able to offer a new album which is truly emotional and picturing his own current way to speak the language of music.
“The beauty of makin’ music, for me”, explains the former Deep Purple and singer and bassist, “is to have a vast blank canvas. To completely open myself up to the universe and the spirits, that these days, live with me day and night. I am no longer in fear of the dark, or what lurks behind door number 13. The songs on my new album were written in, and around my Los Angeles home, sometimes in semi-consciousness… sometimes, in a dreamstate, sometimes fully alert, as I was in full jog down by the harbour… these new songs are a true vindication. And realization, of the gift of a serene life, one day at a time”.
The result is a brilliant balance of the diverse influences that have always been present in Glenn’s music, but with an incredible and very addictive mood that helps creating a feeling of joy and true enjoyment all over the album. “I believe that the hard work has been worth waitin’ 4, this is 4 all my fans, and beyond: a deep Musical Statement”, concludes Glenn.
Once again all drums on the record were played by none other than the great Chad Smith of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, while Luis Maldonado took care of the majority of the guitars (JJ Marsh and George Nastos only appear on 2 songs each) and Anders Olinder is on keyboards (with Ed Roth guesting on 3 songs).
We Shall Be Free, Imperfection, Never Say Never, We Go To War, Oil And Water, Too Late to Save the World, Where There’s A Will.
Glenn has just finished shooting a promo video for the fist single “Love Communion” which will be included on the cd as special bonus: stay tuned for an exclusive preview on Youtube soon !
His forthcoming World tour has also been announced, with the following dates:
13 Childline Rocks [UK] London
28 Boathouse Theatre [NOR] Fredrikstad
29 Namsos Rockfestival [NOR] Namsos
4 Forum Palace [LIT] Vilnius
5 Bronx [BLR] Minsk
8 Concert hall Sadi Pobedi [UKR] Odessa
9 Lillehammer Rock W/E [NOR] Lillehammer
10 Smuget [NOR] Oslo
11 Smuget [NOR] Oslo
13 Spectrum [GER] Augsburg
15 Zeche [GER] Bochum
16 Musiktheater Rex [GER] Lorsch
19 Retro Music Hall [CZ] Prague
20 Masters Of Rock Cafe [CZ] Zlin
22 A38 [HUN] Budapest
23 Divadlo Arena [SK] Bratislava
24 Media Park [SI] Ljubljana
26 Teatro Fanin [ITA] Bologna
27 Music Drome [ITA] Milan
28 Z7 [SWI] Pratteln
30 Spirit Of 66 [BEL] Verviers
31 Boerderij [NED] Zoetermeer
1 Plato [NED] Helmond
3 (venue TBC) [ROM] Sibiu
6 The Robin 2 [UK] Wolverhampton
7 Liverpool Academy [UK] Liverpool
10 Astoria 2 [UK] London
12 Floro [NOR]
19 G-taranaki Festival [NZ] New Plymouth
25 Rock & Blues Festival [UK] Walton On Trent
Don’t miss the meeting with the “Voice of Rock” on May 11th 2008 !
Million Dollar Reload has posted the following update on their myspace page today:
USA tour with The Black Mollys from Chicago will begin June 19th , venues are currently with tour promoter/agent and will be confirmed shortly. Most of the UK dates with the Black Mollys have confirmed , with a handful of gigs to be added . Our managers and agents dont want to us to have any days off! (fuckin slave drivers!) So before the main tour with The Black Mollys begins in the UK , we will be doing a handful shows with Blaze Bayley on his upcoming tour.
Also , publishing , licensing and distrubution deals will be sign sealed and delivered within a matter of weeks, all contracts are currently with our lawyers ! (trying to squeeze a little more concessions from the contracts! hee hee) So the the Album will be re-mastered with new artwork and a few surprises for release for a date ….soon! …..( So anyone who has “Anthems of a Degeneration” in its current version…. you lucky MO`FO`s ! you have got yourselves a limited edtion!)……Dont worry, the album will be released before “Chinese Democracy” comes out , although… thats not much of a recommendation! Come on Axl , get your finger out out of your ass !! and sort that shit out! (oops! i`m ranting again!)
Sleaze metal is a genre of rock that wont ever be forgotten, and will certainly not die.
New bands from all over the globe are putting out new releases all of the time. Case in point is France’s Aesthesia.
France isn’t known for its sleaze metal, but Aesthesia could change that soon.
One listen to Serious Conspiracy, and you will quickly find a band that is heavily influenced by Guns N’ Roses. Singer Nico Marlyn has a vocal style that is similar to Axl Rose. It isn’t exact, and his French accent makes him sound similar to some of the sleaze/glam singers coming out of Sweden.
Aesthesia lacks the swagger of G ‘N R, but they are still pretty good. Some of the songs on Serious Conspiracy are a little on the repetitive side, but I have found a tracks that I like quite well.
The best songs on this record are Cold Case, 11:00 One Way Express, Bad N’Pretty and Hungry Dog.
Aesthesia is a very promising band, and hopefully more rock acts from the land of wine, art and fashion will follow their path. For more information on Aesthesia, and to get your own copy of Serious Conspiracey, check out their website, Aesthesia Rocks!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Cold Case
2. 11:00 One Way Express
4. Poison Dice
5. Hit A Snag
6. Burned Macadam Road
7. Your Snazzy Side
8. Bad N’ Pretty
9. No Flowers From My Friend
10. Hungry Dog
11. One Way Step Ahead
12. Too Bad Too Sad
Nico Marlyn – lead vocals
Julien Gatter – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Voodoo – Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals
Dim Obolensky – Bass and Backing Vocals
Mike Marcia – Drums
Check out the new video Faith, by Voodoo Six! For more information on the band, check out their website!
March 11, 2008 — A new chapter in the legendary career of multi-Platinum rockers JOURNEY–Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals)—will begin on June 3 with the highly anticipated release of REVELATION, a three-disc CD and DVD package to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America.
The first disc will consist of 11 re-recorded classics, the second is filled with 11 new songs, and the third is a live, in-concert DVD. All of the music on REVELATION was produced by Kevin Shirley (who previously worked with JOURNEY on their Platinum-certified TRIAL BY FIRE album).
JOURNEY will take REVELATION on the U.S. concert trail later this July, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later’
One-Hour Special Premieres Easter Sunday, March 23 10:00 p.m.*
On VH1 Classic and VH1
VH1 Classic and VH1 premiere “VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later,” a one-hour special that will incorporate concert highlights from the Phoenix Rising! Musicians United to Benefit the Victims of the Station Nightclub Fire, which took place on February 25 in Providence, Rhode Island, and interviews from the music fans who survived the horrific fire five years ago.
Premiering Sunday March 23 at 10:00 p.m., “VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later,” interweaves performances from the benefit concert hosted by Dee Snider with on-camera stories from the survivors of the fire, who share their first-hand experiences of what happened that night five years ago. Brett Michaels opens the documentary, taking the audience back to the site of the fire that now stands as a memorial.
The concert features Twisted Sister (Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, A.J. Pero) and Tesla (Jeff Keith, Brian Wheat, Frank Hannon, Dave Rude and concert co-organizer Troy Luccketta), Aaron Lewis from Staind, Winger, and Eric Martin from Mr. Big. In addition, country music lends a hand to rock and roll with sets from John Rich (Big & Rich) and Friends, featuring Gretchen Wilson and Dierks Bentley.
Ultimately, “VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later,” is a continuation of the effort to raise awareness about the plight of the Station fire survivors. These music fans now bear traumatic mental and physical scars from the events of that night. 100 lives were lost in the fire, 200 others seriously injured. 65 children lost one or both parents and five years later, only 15 survivors qualify for Social Security benefits, insurance policies are depleted and many are still unable to meet their basic monthly needs such as heat, electricity and rent. Many survivors are unable to work due to their injuries, which include missing limbs, blindness, and severe lung damage from smoke inhalation. Their medical bills are continuous and astronomical due to these badly burned victims requiring care for the rest of their lives.
Contacts: Michelle Clark/VH1-NY Maura Wozniak/VH1-NY 212-846-5576 212-846-7325
The Station Family Fund was founded by five survivors of the February 17, 2003 fire to provide financial support for medical treatment, rehabilitation and household expenses for survivors and their families and is understandably in continual need of financial replenishment.
All of the proceeds from the concert ticket sales, charity auctions and direct donations to the fund go direct to the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (C) (3) charitable organization. To donate to the Station Family Fund and to find out more about their work, please visit: www.stationfamilyfund.org.
Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and the early 90’s including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at www.vh1classic.com.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.
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From the Associated Press Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is putting down his ax while he goes under the knife.
Perry canceled a solo show scheduled for April 5 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., so he can recover from knee surgery, spokeswoman Marcee Rondan said in a statement released Monday.
Rondan said Perry has needed knee surgery for two years but put off the procedure so he wouldn’t miss any Aerosmith tour dates.
The 57-year-old’s knee finally gave out early this month after a pair of performances with his two sons. That prompted his doctor to schedule the surgery for March 18.
Make no bones about it! There is a new rock revival coming from Ireland. The land that brought us acts like Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy, is at it again with groups like The Answer, Million Dollar Reload, and Glyder.
Glyder is often compared to their countrymen, Thin Lizzy. This isn’t without reason as Glyder’s singer, Tony Cullen has a style similar to the late, great Phil Lynott. Nonetheless, Glyder is not without their own merits, and Playground For Life is one fine hard rock album.
Playground for Life is an album that didn’t hit me immediately. It took several listens before this one grew on me. The one thing that did hit me right away, was the excellent guitar playing of Bat Kinane and Pete Fisher.
The first two cuts are Gambler’s Blues, and Sweets are quite heavy, and much to my liking. After the first two songs, Glyder tends to move into more of a classic rock direction. The tunes are less heavy, but are still quite solid. The title track, Playground for Life is quite good, and the tune Over and Over is also quite cool.
As a whole, Playground for Life is very good album that will please most classic rock, and hard rock fans. For more information on Glyder, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Gambler’s Blues
3. Puppet Queen
4. Playground For Life
5. For Your Skin
6. Walking My Own Ground
7. Dark Meets Light
8. Sleeping Gun
9. Over and over
10. The Merrygoround
Tony Cullen – Vocals and Bass
Bat Kinane – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Pete Fisher – Guitars
Davy Ryan – Drums
Are you ready to be bitten by the Danko Jones bug? Check out the video for incredibly infectious tune, First Date!
Be sure to head over to Rock of Ages, and check out the brand new, Airbourne Interview, that is available for download!
Alice Cooper is in the news again with word that he has signed with German record label Steamhammer/SPV.
Cooper is currently working on his new album, “Along Came A Spider,” which is scheduled for release sometime in the fall. Currently, Cooper is taking a break from the recording studio to perform in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Later on this year the venerable shock rocker will embark on another tour which will take him to various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. There’s little doubt that Alice Cooper is a busy man.
Veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL will embark on a tour of U.S. and Canada this fall. Support on the trek will come from TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WARBRINGER.
Sep. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Sep. 27 – Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Sep. 28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Sep. 29 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
Sep. 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Brickhouse
Oct. 01 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Oct. 02 – San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Oct. 03 – Mexicali, MX @ El Jardin
Oct. 04 – Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
Oct. 05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 06 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 07 – Spokane, WA @ Big Easy
Oct. 09 – Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
Oct. 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 11 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 12 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
Oct. 13 – Toronto, ONT @ El Mocambo
Oct. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Oct. 15 – Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Oct. 16 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Oct. 17 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct. 18 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 12, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
Vicious Rumors’ new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 line up!
Kiyo is a long time SF Bay Area pro, playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering the styles of Slayer, Priest, Maiden & Alice in chains.
With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings, Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering, yet musical leads!
Geoff Thorpe on Kiyo and the new line up:
“Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well…
…and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast”
The new line up is:
Geoff Thorpe: guitar/vocals
Larry Howe: drums/vocals
Stephen Goodwin: bass/vocals
Ronnie Stixx: lead vocals
Kiyoshi Morgan: guitar
The first show is on Sat. March 22nd-Kennel Club in Sacramento Ca.
Then 2 shows in 1 night!!!
Sat. March 29th, at the SF Independent in San Francisco at 9pm with Testament, Laaz Rockit and Sadus. Then VR will headline the Britannia Arms in Cupertino Ca. at 11:59pm with Mudface, Imagika, Bomb and Scary… that show starts at 9pm.
VR rocks on. March 30th at the SF Independent for a 2 day run with Testament.
The VR ball is back crushing the Bay Area!!! Vicious Rumors has just added these 4 killer shows.Don’t miss the first shows with the killer new line up!!! The VR ball picks up speed!
More dates coming soon!
3/22 The Kennel Club in Sacramento, Ca (headline)
3/29 the Independent in SF, Ca ( VR at 9pm W/ Testament)
3/29 Britannia Arms in Cupertino, Ca ( VR headline at 12am 3/30)
3/30 the Independent in SF, Ca ( VR at 9pm W/Testament)
Check out Meldrum’s video, Purge. This is from the album, Blowin’ Up The Machine, which is in stores now!
Tesla and Cinder Road returned to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogarts on Sunday Night.
Cinder Road took the stage shortly after 8 P.M. and put on one great high energy set. The first Cinder Road tune I’m So Sorry(in the video below) was complete
Guitarmageddon! This was a hell of a tune to open the show with, and got the crowd completely pumped up. The band did several of their songs off of their
album Superhuman, as well as a blistering good cover of Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell and Queen’s We Will Rock You. This is the first time I have ever seen Cinder Road live, and I was pretty impressed with their performance.
Tesla took the stage at roughly 9:15 P.M. The sold out crowd swelled to a point where everyone was shoulder to shoulder. Tesla blazed through Cummin’ Atcha Live, and the crowd was completely fired up. This set the mood for the whole rest of the show. Jeff Keith has been sick for a few weeks now (including tonight), but you would have never known it from the sound of his voice. The band performed several cuts off all of their albums with Mechanical Resonance, and the Real to Reel albums, probably having the most tunes in their set. The band also introduced a brand new, and very cool song, Private Ledbetter (in the video below).
All night long the band was on fire. Frank Hannon and Dave Rude were trading off lead guitar licks and never sounded better. Troy Luccketta and Brian Wheat were excellent and still prove to be one of the better rhythm sections in rock today.
Once again, Tesla has never disappointed me with their live performance. They were great Sunday night! The new song has me excited about the new album they are working on. I am glad to see my favorite band still able to sell out shows in 2008. I can’t wait for Tesla to play live in Cincinnati again. I may have to get my next fix at Rocklahoma 2008!
Cummin’ Atcha Live
Private Ledbetter (BRAND NEW SONG!!!)
Check out the new video by Raliegh, North Carolina’s Widow.
The reactivated LYNCH MOB — featuring guitarist George Lynch (ex-DOKKEN) and vocalist Oni Logan alongside legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, WHITESNAKE) and bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) — will take part in this summer’s CINDERELLA/WARRANT U.S. tour.
“The LYNCH MOB is going out, in the U.S., starting in July of 2008 for approximately 40 shows,” reads a posting on Oni’s MySpace page. “The package tour is headlined by CINDERELLA followed by WARRANT and the LYNCH MOB.”
Birmingham, Alabama-based hard rockers LYNAM are rumored to have secured the opening slot on the trek, which will make a stop at the Rocklahoma festival the weekend of July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. The package is also expected to appear at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 17. Additional dates will be announced soon.
POISON, SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN will team up for a U.S. tour this summer. POISON will headline the trek, with SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN rotating the opening slot. So far only one date is available: Saturday, August 23 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.
As previously reported, POISON will perform at the Rock2Wgtn music festival, which is scheduled to take place March 22-23 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Also scheduled to appear are WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS and LORDI.
POISON’s album of cover songs, “Poison’d!”, sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in June 2007 to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
Chicago based rock group, THE DOGS DIVINE, have signed an endorsement
deal with Dean Guitars. Guitarists Johnny Harley and Tommy Montgomery
will both be abusing Dean Guitars during their 2008 Way Of Life Tour.
Dean Guitars manufactures some of the best guitars in the business and
is home to guitar greats such as Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Dave
Mustaine (Megadeth), Rusty Cooley (Outworld), Michael Angelo Batio and
THE DOGS DIVINE recently wrapped up in the studio and are putting the
final touches to the art packaging. THE DOGS DIVINE launched their US
tour earlier this year in support of their debut release Way Of Life.
Way of Life was recorded by Leo Goff and Paul Crosby (Saliva),
produced by Chip Z’ Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) and Paul Crosby (Saliva),
mixed/mastered by Chip Z’ Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff) and Brendan Jeffery,
with additional production by Tom Tatum. Tracklisting and cover art
will be revealed in the next few days.
THE DOGS DIVINE are Tom Hart(v), Johnny Harley(g), James Dean(b),
Tommy Montgomery(g), snd Trent Anderson(d). For tour dates and more
visit THE DOGS DIVINE at http://www.myspace.com/thedogsdivine
Disturbed is giving fans an early taste from their new album “Indestructible” which hits the streets June 3, 2008. Click here (http://disturbed1.com/ ) to hear their new track “Perfect Insanity”. Also, This Monday the 10th at 11am PST / 2pm EST Disturbed will be playing a live show from Kuwait that is being streamed free via MySpace. Click here () for more info.
Fastway is the band started up by former Motorhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clark and ex-UFO bass player Pete Way.
I used to like Fastway fairly well, but it has been a long time since I have given their self titled debut any plays. I thought I would dust the cobwebs off this disc, and see what I think about it in 2008.
There are two must play songs on this disc, Easy Livin’ and Say What you Will. Say What You Will is easily Fastway’s biggest hit. This hard rock anthem was a staple on the radio for many years, and is still favorite of mine.
Digging deeper into this record, and you can easily hear the influence of Led Zeppelin in the music. There are several heavy tunes with that same style of Zeppelinesque groove.
While the music isn’t very original, it is a very good piece of 80’s metal.
Dave King has a very unique voice which is well suited to the music. “Fast” Eddie Clark plays some wicked guitar riffs all over this album. Pete Way’s heavy bass on this record is unmistakable.
Some additional tracks that I like on this disc are Feel Me, Touch Me, Heft!, and Give It All You Got.
This isn’t a perfect album by any means, but still deserves a few spins from time to time. It is a solid disc and is one that I still think is worth having in my collection. You can check out the video for the tune, Say What You Will below!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Easy Livin’
2. Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)
3. All I Need Is Your Love
4. Another Day
6. We Become One
7. Give It All You Got
8. Say What You Will
9. You Got Me Runnin’
10. Give It Some Action
11. Far Far From Home
Fast Eddie Clark – Guitars
Dave King – Vocals
Pete Way – Bass (uncredited)
Jerry Shirley – Drums
Check out the Nick Black Band’s new video, Sorry!
The Nick Black Band, has made their song, Fall to Pieces available for a free download at this link!