Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland officially started his prison sentence on Monday.
Weiland, 40, is expected to serve eight days for his second drunk driving conviction. He was arrested on November 11 for driving under the influence (DUI) and was sentenced on April 28.
Aside from imprisonment for eight days, he was also fined $2,000 and ordered to complete an alcohol education program. He is serving his time in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nys.
The rocker recently reunited with STP after an acrimonious split with Velvet Revolver.
I consider myself a fairly big Savatage fan, so when Jon Oliva puts out new music, I am usually one of his loyal consumers.
With Oliva’s new CD, he included more guitar riffs from his late brother Criss, that him and his wife found in an old shoebox. Criss Oliva is credited with 6 songs on this record. Even after his passing, Criss Oliva’s legacy carries on with Global Warning.
Global Warning is a little more experimental than the last JOP release, Maniacal Renderings. As a result, this is the kind of music that requires multiple listens to full absorb.
Those looking for heavy rockers will be happy to hear cuts like Adding the Cost, Before I Hang, Master, and The Ride.
This album’s strengths are also its weaknesses. Some of the cuts are like a psychedelic blend of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Savatage. Die hard fans are going to dig it, but those looking for songs with more structure, and tighter compositions might be disappointed. This isn’t what I would consider Jon Oliva’s best work, but it certainly deserves a listen or two.
You can preview some songs on the Jon Oliva myspace page. Check ‘em out!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Global Warning
2. Look at the World
3. Adding the Cost
4. Before I Hang
7. The Ride
8. O to G
9. Walk Upon the Water
11. Open Up Your Eyes
12. You Never Know
14. No More Saturday Nights
Jon Oliva’s Pain is:
Jon Oliva – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitars Organ
Matt Laporte – Guitars, Vocals
Christopher Kinder – Drums, Percussions, vocals
Kevin Rothney – Bass, Fretless Bass, and vocals
John Zahner – Keyboards, Organ
With the release of their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright coming on April 8th, ASHES dIVIDE have released a widget that features the brand new video for “The Stone.” The clip was directed by PR Brown who is known for his work with Smashing Pumpkins and Death Cab For Cutie among many others.
ASHES dIVIDE will be taking the stage on Saturday May 17th, 2008, at the Rock On The Range Music Festival, in Columbus, Ohio.
As the September release of its first album in five years draws near, Metallica has launched the Web site “Mission: Metallica” to offer fans a wealth of exclusive content and teasers of new songs.
A preview clip shows the band recording and clowning around in the studio. Fans who sign up will be eligible to “win backstage passes to every show this summer,” among other special offers.
“Mission: Metallica” also has a “platinum” level, entitling fans to a copy of the new album delivered on street date, weekly “fly on the wall” video clips, contests to travel to shows and/or Metallica’s San Francisco compound, live show downloads, ringtones and more.
It is unclear what, if anything, the services will cost.
Metallica will be on the road this summer in advance of the as-yet-untitled album, beginning Wednesday (May 14) with a show at Los Angeles’ intimate Wiltern Theatre. A European run begins May 28 in Chorzow, Poland.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Frontiers Records is proud to present the final HAREM SCAREM studio album “Hope” for release in Europe on July 4th 2008 !
No other band in the Melodic Rock genre has delivered the goods through such a varied discography throughout their career as Harem Scarem. The Canadian quartet makes no exception to the rule with the band’s twelfth and final studio album. After 20 years of activities, Harem Scarem have infact decided to move on to other things.
“Hope” is therefore their final record for themselves and their fans all around the world: a release which marks the final testament to the art and craft of a legendary band in Melodic Hard Rock.
In band’s singer Harry Hess words: “The new album follows in the footsteps of our recent releases. I’m sure our long time fans will not be disappointed as all the hooks and choruses are there once again, wrapped at times in a slightly heavier and darker tone”.
The result is truly Harem Scarem’s most intense, moody and passionate album to date. A top production and a straightforward Melodic Hard Rock sound make “Hope” an unmissable opportunity for all the fans to enjoy the very last studio effort from a legendary band that has written real milestones in the Melodic Hard Rock musical style.
“Hope” final track listing includes the following eleven songs: Watch Your Back; Time Bomb; Hope; Days Are Numbered; Dark Times; Beyond Repair; Never Too Late; Shooting Star; Calm Before The Storm; Nothing Without You; Higher (acoustic)*
* Exclusive bonus track for Europe
Click on the Highlighted Tracks above to preview the song clips.
The album will be released in Europe on Frontiers Records on July the 4th 2008.
Ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has issued the following update:
“Just wanted to let everyone know that London and my new band SOULS OF WE – five years, anticipated, long awaited, soul crushing, and everything in between project – now has a MySpace page.
The record will be available for pre-sale today (Monday, May 12th) and will be released May 27th, 2008. Go have a listen, the clips will be running in rotation over the next couple weeks just to keep you frothing at the mouth!
Go check it out.”
The Souls Of We debut, Let The Truth be Known, featured ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION vocalist London LeGrand.
EXTREME will make their much-anticipated return to the stage this summer in support of Saudades de Rock (pronounced “sow-dodge”), their first studio album in 13 years. The multi-platinum, Boston-bred band’s 2008 Take Us Alive world tour gets underway on July 29th at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and will be anchored by a hometown gig two days later at the Bank of America Pavilion. In advance of the tour, Extreme will be a co-headliner on July 11th at the five day Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.
The iconic rock foursome – vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger and new drummer Kevin Figueiredo – will be supported by KING’S X on all North American dates. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp will offer additional support dates.
Information on the groundbreaking new album Saudades de Rock– which was produced by Bettencourt at L.A.’s NRG studios and is planned for release to coincide with the tour–is forthcoming. Fans can expect the same unwavering songcraft and diverse musical approach that made Extreme legendary. Simply put, Extreme’s fifth studio offering – which boasts the infectious roar of ‘Star’, the groove-laden swagger of ‘King’, a raw funk rock anthem called ‘Learn To Love’, and the expressive ballad ‘Ghost’ – just may be its finest hour yet.
As excited as the members of Extreme are by their latest musical accomplishment, they can’t wait to take it to the stage.
“As much as we enjoy recording, for me, I’ve always loved playing live for the fans,” Cherone says. “We can’t wait to get out there and play this music.”
“We wanted to record as much of the new album as possible live in the studio,” Bettencourt adds. “And because of it, these songs will translate easily to the stage. We’re really looking forward to getting out on tour, putting on a show. That’s really where the band shines.”
“We always knew Extreme was special,” the guitarist says of the completion of Extreme’s long-awaited fifth album. “We always knew it was a matter of time.”
The Grammy-nominated Extreme have released four studio albums to date, plus a greatest hits set. Selling over 10 million records worldwide on the strength of multiple world tours, the group achieved a 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1991 with ‘More Than Words‘. Culled from their 1990 multi-platinum album, Extreme II: Pornograffitti, the disc also produced the Top 5 hit ‘Hole Hearted’.
Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, they overshadowed the band’s trademark sound: a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors in LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH, QUEEN and VAN HALEN. Fueled by Bettencourt’s signature guitar flights and Cherone’s resonant vocals, the band’s socially conscious lyrics set them apart from their peers. In 1992, the band was asked by Queen’s Brian May to perform at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert. As the world watched, the band earned considerable credibility within and beyond the hard rock fraternity.
Extreme’s tour schedule has been updated and is now as follows:
11 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
29 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
31 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
1 – Long Island NY – Brookhaven
2 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head
4 – New York City, NY – Fillmore at Irving Plaza
5 – Lancaster PA – Chameleon Club
6 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
8 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s (NEW DATE)
9 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10 – Cincinnati, OH – Union Center Blvd Bash (NEW DATE)
12 – Charlotte, NC – venue tba (NEW DATE)
13 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
15 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues (NEW DATE)
16 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Revolution (NEW DATE)
18 – New Orleans LO – HOB
19 – Houston TX – Meridian
20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
22 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
25 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
26 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Mississippi isn’t exactly well known for its rock heritage. Aside from the band, 3 Doors Down, not too many famous rock acts have come out of the Magnolia State. The five gentlemen from Saving Abel may not be famous, but with their new cd, they could change that soon.
The band already has a radio hit with their song, Addicted, and judging from the other songs on their debut, this is just the first taste of success for Saving Abel.
At first, I was ready to dismiss, Saving Abel, as another Nickelback clone, but after a couple of spins, I thought their music has a slightly heavier edge. Some songs fall into that safe radio ready rock area, but as a whole I found this CD highly listenable.
Jared Weeks has a very clean sounding voice, and it really starts to shine on some of the slow to mid tempo numbers. I can hear some southern rock influences in Saving Abel’s music, although it isn’t predominant throughout the record, it is obviously a factor in the songs 18 Days and Drowning (Face Down).
The record has several hit worthy tunes include the heavier numbers, New Tattoo, In God’s Eyes, and 18 Days.
If you are a fan of mainstream rock, you will probably like this record a lot. If you are an old school 80’s rock fan, this album may not excite you as much. There really isn’t a band song on this disc, and it is available for the paltry sum of $7.99 at Amazon.com. You can listen to several of the tunes here at the Saving Abel myspace page. Check ‘em out.
Rating:Out of 10
Warning: The following video is an uncensored version of Addicted. This video is not work safe, nor is it appropriate for minors.
1. New Tattoo
3. She Got Over Me
4. 18 Days
5. Drowning (Face Down)
6. In God’s Eyes
7. Sailed Away
8. Beautiful Day
9. Out Of My Face
10. Running From You
11. Beautiful You
Saving Abel is:
Jason Null – Guitar
Jared Weeks – Vocals
Scott Bartlett – Guitar
Blake Dixon – Drums
Eric Taylor – Bass
Have you seen Killswitch Engage’s cover of the Dio classic, Holy Diver? Watch the video below, and let us know what you think!
Killswitch Engage will be taking the stage at the Rock On the Range Music Festival on Saturday May 18th, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.
For you last minute Mother’s Day Shoppers, here are 5 ideas for your Hard Rocking Moms!
5. For that mom who is still a bad girl, buy her the new Whitesnake CD, Good To Be Bad. No rocker mom will be unhappy with this gift.
4. If your mom prefers a little sparkly, get her the new Def Leppard CD, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.
3. Does your mom like a lot of affection? Get her the Kissology DVD sets 1 – 3. You can’t go wrong with a bunch of kisses.
2. Is your mom a dog lover? Pick her up a copy of The Poodles CD, Sweet Trade, and avoid those untimely accidents to her carpet.
1. For the traveling mom, get her tickets for the Rocklahoma Music Festival in July.
In 1994, hard rock was on life support. Unless a band was wearing flannel and sung about how much their life sucked, chances are they didn’t get any airplay.
During this time, Tesla managed to sneak out one of their better releases. Sadly, Bust A Nut fell under the radar for many rock fans.
Bust A Nut, is one of Tesla’s heavier records, but their are plenty of tunes on this disc that are very much in the style that Tesla fans have grown accustomed to.
The first three songs on Bust a Nut have the heaviest guitar riffs, I have ever heard Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch record, but Jeff Keith’s raspy voice has a way of keeping Tesla’s music from venturing too far into the metal realm.
Bust a Nut has several hits that Tesla often performs live including Try So Hard, Shine Away, and the excellent Mama’s Fool.
There are some other excellent heavy cuts including Action Talks, Cry and Earth Mover. This album also features the Tesla live staple, A Lot To Lose.
If the album has any faults, it would be the Joe South cover song, Games People Play, which doesn’t really fit the mood of the album, in my opinion. The song is good, but it seems out of place.
Out of the entire Tesla discography, only Mechanical Resonance gets more airplay from me. Bust a Nut is a killer heavy record that should be in the collection of every hard rock fan. You can find copies of this record, for next to nothing at Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Gate/ Invited
3. Shine Away
4. Try So Hard
5. She Want She Want
6. Need Your Lovin’
7. Action Talks
8. Mama’s Fool
10. Earth Mover
11. A Lot To Lose
13. A Wonderful World
14. Games People Play
Vocals – Jeff Keith
Guitars – Frank Hannon
Guitars – Tommy Skeoch
Bass – Brian Wheat
Drums – Troy Luccketta
Theory of a Deadman is taking the stage on Saturday May 17th, at Rock on the Range. Check out the video below for Point to Prove. This is off the bands’ debut album from 2002.
Foreigner is taking a backward glance at its career this summer with
“No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner,” due July 15 on Rhino. The two-disc set contains hits from throughout the group’s 41-year career, plus a new song and three other new recordings.
Classic tracks on the set include “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
The new recordings comprise recent lives takes of “Starrider,” which originally hails from Foreigner’s self-titled 1977 debut album, and a “Juke Box Hero”/”Whole Lotta Love” medley; an acoustic version of the 1987 hit “Say You Will“; and the brand new “Too Late,” which will be released as a single.
“I’m amazed that the songs do have that staying power,” Foreigner founder, guitarist and chief songwriter Mick Jones tells Billboard.com. “I don’t really listen to the old records a lot, so you tend to forget there are this many songs that made the kind of mark they have.”
“Too Late,” meanwhile, represents the first new Foreigner track since 1994’s “Mr. Moonlight” and the first recorded output from the latest lineup of the band, which includes Jason Bonham on drums, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and former Hurricane frontman Kelly Hansen. Jones says there are also plans afoot for an all-new Foreigner album, hopefully sooner than later.
“There’s a long-range plan now that we really do have a great lineup of the band again,” he says. “It’s very exciting. Everyone’s committed to the long haul here.”
“No End in Sight” comes out the same day as Foreigner begins a nine-date co-headlining tour with Bryan Adams in Augusta, Maine. The group will also play its own dates beginning July 29 in Clearfield, Pa., as of now wrapping on the 31st in Jackson, N.J.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
10 Years will be the featured guests on the national radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Fans are encouraged to call to speak with the band toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and more info go to www.RockRadio.com
10 Years new album, Division, hits stores next Tuesday
After coming off of the Ozzy Osbourne, Ultimate Sin tour, Jake E. Lee, formed Badlands with singer Ray Gillen.
If you were a fan of Jake E. Lee’s awesome metal guitar licks on Ozzy disc, The Ultimate Sin, then you may have found his work on Badlands a surprise, as on this disc, he moved in a more bluesy, hard rock direction.
As much as I enjoyed Lee’s work with Ozzy, it wasn’t until his work with Badlands where he truly shined. Jake E. Lee’s awesome guitar licks, combined with Ray Gillen’s incredible voice is one potent combination, and it shows on the brilliant debut record from Badlands.
This record didn’t chart as high as some of other hair metal acts at the time, but Badlands sound nothing like the majority of the acts from the 80’s. If anything their music was ahead of its time. It is excellent, bluesy hard rock that still sounds incredible to this day. I still consider this one of my top ten records of all time.
Sadly, this record is out of print, and prices for it are starting to soar on the internet. Hopefully, this record will get reissued, as music this good needs to be heard by rock fans who would like to check it out. Grab this if you can find it! Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out 0f 10
1. High Wire
2. Dreams In The Dark
3. Jade’s Song
4. Winter’s Call
5. Dancing On The Edge
6. Streets Cry Freedom
7. Hard Driver
8. Rumblin’ Train
9. Devil’s Stomp
11. Ball & Chain
Ray Gillen – Vocals
Jake E. Lee – Guitars
Eric Singer – Drums
Greg Chaisson – Bass
PRYOR, OK— Catch the Fever Music Festivals announced that due to the overwhelming response from members of the rock community and their fan, a fifth day has been added to Rocklahoma.
Director of Operations of the Pryor Creek Music Festival Dave Giencke enthusiastically stated, “ Rocklahoma is bringing to the world what cannot be found at any other festival in the world!”
Details of Wednesdays’ events will be announced in the upcoming days.
Over 100 bands will be performing on three giant stages over the five days.
Rocklahoma’s current lineup on the main stage is:
Thursday (Opening Night for those who have bought three day tickets) Bret Michaels, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, LA Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Enuf Z Nuff, Vain, House of Lords and Jet Boy.
Friday: Triumph, Extreme, Lita Ford, Night Ranger, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint and XYZ.
Saturday: Cinderella, the reunited Warrant, Kix, Lynch Mob, Trixter, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Every Mother’s Nightmare and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Sunday: Steelheart, Axe, Zebra, Tesla and Queensryche performing Operation: Mindcrime.
The current lineup is subject to change as bands are added in the upcoming weeks.
An additional sixty bands are going to be playing on two giant side stages courtesy of Retrospect Records and Tri-Label Group.
Rocklahoma is the world’s largest Rock Festival of its type featuring bands from the eighties. Attendance for the upcoming festival has sold tickets in all fifty states and every continent in the world with Antarctica being the only exception.
Located four miles north of Pryor, OK, off Highway 69, the Catch the Fever facilities include over 6,200 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 50,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on-site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, and overnight security provided by Mayes County Sheriff’s Department. Rocklahoma features a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of a favorite artist at close range.
Discounted General Admission Tickets to Rocklahoma are available through Tuesday, May 27th along with V.I.P.
Get Tickets by calling toll free 866-310-2288 or by going online at www. feverfest. com.
3 Doors Down have just leaked some behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for their single, “It’s Not My Time.” The clip features interviews with the Mississippi hard rockers and director Shaun Silva along with extra footage from the shoot. The single is currently the #1 song on the iTunes Rock charts. The band will embark on a co-headlining tour with Staind and Hinder which will kick off on July 9th in Maryland Heights, MO. Head over to www.3ddfanclub.net for all the dates and pre-sale info.
3 Doors Down hits stores and online retailers on May 20th
Rev Theory is revving up to release Light It Up on June 10th. The Brian Howes (Hinder, Puddle of Mudd) and Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Korn) produced album features the raucous single “Hell Yeah” and Wrestle Mania XXIV theme song “Light it Up.”
To celebrate the unleashing of Light It Up, Rev Theory and Hard Rock Hideout are giving one winner an Xbox 360 Elite along with an Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel and Nascar 09 which features a song by Rev Theory.
If the the four gentlemen in Northern Ireland’s Soundstone have their way, they will soon be following their countrymen The Answer, into the mainstream.
Their three song EP, Scratchin’ At My Door is a modern rock CD that has a sound with elements of 70’s classic rock, and a small bit of 80’s hard rock. The tunes are good enough for current rock fans to digest, and could easily work on rock radio today.
Adrian McAleenan has some very cool guitar solos. Declan Bannon’s vocals are pretty good. His sound reminds me of a cross between Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, and a small dash of Ian Astbury from the Cult.
Scratchin’ At My Door shows a lot of promise for this Irish four piece. I hope they put out a full length disc for us to listen to soon.
To here these songs, and ton find more information on Soundstone, check them out on their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Still I Wake
2. Everybody Knows
3. Good For the Soul
Declan Bannon – Vocals
Guitar – Adrian McAleenan
Bass – Ryan Lilly
Drums – Nicolas Pascual
‘Another Suicide’, the controversial new song from the Imperial Vipers is finally being released by the band as a free download after fans inundated them with messages urging them to make it available. Originally held back by record label bosses due to the sensitive nature of the lyrical content, the band are finally bowing to demand on the back of another tragic loss of young life in the Bridgend area of south Wales.
Written in the summer of last year, ‘Another Suicide’ is a cutting and highly accurate criticism of the way in which suicide is viewed by society, and how too often these tragedies are overlooked and dismissed as the norm in many parts of the country by the media and politicians alike. The line, ‘And the policeman said; it’s just another suicide’ reflects perfectly the tone set by the rest of the song and the message the band are desperate to get across – something needs to be done.
The single will be available as free analogue download from the Imperial Vipers Myspace page www.myspace.com/imperialvipers from today for a limited period and will feature on the forthcoming Steve Power produced album ‘The Sickness’, which continues the trend of intelligent and astute social commentary delivered with a rock edge.
Currently previewing material from the new album at a series of gigs around the UK, the band will be appearing at a number of festivals throughout the summer including a headline slot at the Goldcoast Oceanfest in June.
Five Finger Death Punch is also a late addition to the Rock on the Range Music Festival. The band has a new CD that came out in July 2007, called Way of the Fist. Check out the video for the Bleeding below.
You decide, SINK or SWIM. If you say SWIM, we will review this disc at the Hard Rock Hideout. If you say SINK, we will pass on this disc, and move on to the next band.
You can also watch the video at this link.
Rev Theory will be takikng the stage on Sunday May 18th at the Rock at the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
The video below, is for the band’s single, Slowburn. This is off of their debut album,Truth is Currency, from 2005. The band has a new album on the way, called Light It Up, that will be released on June 10th.
Fans of the band have been clamoring for new material for ages. With The Formation of Damnation, everyone will get their wish.
Testament returns with a powerful new album that should make them the new kings of Bay Area Thrash Metal. I must admit that I had low expectations for this record, which is why it BLEW ME AWAY! Testament still has every bit of the fire that made them a thrash metal favorite.
Chuck Billy has survived his batter with cancer, and with The Formation of Damnation, he sounds like he is out to conquer the world. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson absolutely shred on this disc. I haven’t heard guitar playing this good on a metal record in a very long time.
Testament has one beast of a rhythm section with Greg Christian on bass, and Paul Bostaph on Drums. Bostaph’s rapid fire drumming is awesome. His drum sound is excellent on this record.
With some of Testament’s past releases, some songs are hit or miss, but with The Formation of Damnation, I can’t find any songs that I dislike. In fact, Testament made me remember why I love thrash metal in the first place. The songs are heavy, blood pumping, heavy metal beasts, that attack your senses with an audible fury that shakes you to your core.
Headbangers can rejoice. Testament has released one aggressive, Pit Bull of a record. 80’s style Bay Area Thrash is back! Thrash Metal fans and metalheads in general need to buy this record now! I highly recommend it.
You can preview new tracks on the Testament E-Card at this location. Metalheads around the world need to buy this record now! This is the best heavy metal record of 2008!
Rating: Out of 10
1. For The Glory Of
2. More Than Meets the Eye
3. The Evil Has Landed
4. Formation of Damnation
5. Dangers of the Faithless
6. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
8. Killing Season
11. Leave Me Forever
Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitars
Alex Skolnick – Guitars
Greg Christian – Bass
Paul Bostaph – Drums
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release of “Live In Sao Paulo“, Richie Kotzen’s first-ever live album on July 4th 2008. With much prompting from fans, Kotzen chose for the purpose a stellar performance from his South American tour in 2007.
“Live in Sao Paulo” is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s songs throughout the years. His live performance reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso. Kotzen reveals to fans live his true diversity with the rhythmic labours of “A Love Divine” to the poignant ballad “Remember”. The performance continually travels between moments of classic-rock song “Shapes of Things”, to the uplifting original “Stand”.
Kotzen is influenced from such bands as Bad Company, Free, early Van Halen and Cream. They are the inspiration for his songs, but having deep Philly roots Kotzen tends to combine rock with the Motown influences he heard as a kid. “Much influence for my songs comes from the likes of the Spinners, O-Jays, and Curtis Mayfield”, explains Kotzen. “Growing up outside Philadelphia and listening to those old soul stations I ended up with that sound being a heavy influence in my writing even though the core of what I do is Rock”.
Kotzen burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents, Kotzen has played with some of the best musicians; securing such major collaboration with the band Mr. Big and renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke as well as his own solo projects. “I have been lucky, in the sense, that I have been able to play with guys who I could learn from. The biggest musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Obviously these guys are jazz musicians and I am not, but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured together. My favourite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan and we were in Mr. Big together for 3 years which was awesome”.
“Live In Sao Paulo” tracklisting includes:
Click on the highlighted tracks above to preview the song!
Many of the artists who were highly successful in the 80’s have tried reigniting their careers with sounds that take listeners back to their heyday. Whitesnake, Def Leppard and House of Lords have all released discs that their fans should be pleased with. Dokken tries to recapture the lightning, or sound that once made them famous as well.
George Lynch and Jeff Pilson have long been absent from the band. In fact, the current lineup of Dokken, Brown, Sparks and Levin, is one of the longest running for Dokken, since the bands’ most successful discs from the mid to late 80’s. It is ironic that this lineup, tries to emulate the sound of the Lynch/Pilson era. Jon Levin does a damn good George Lynch imitation, and he really cuts loose on this record. Don Dokken recruited none other than Jeff Scott Soto to sing back up vocals on this record, and it really does make a difference. That unfortunately is where the good ends and the bad begins.
In 2008, Don Dokken has very limited range with his vocals. He doesn’t take the chances that he used to in the 80’s, and that is what made their music interesting, and exciting. I am assuming that Don can’t hit the high notes anymore, as he doesn’t bother to try on Lightning Strikes Again. He stays within his own comfort zone, and as a result, the songs on this disc lack the fire of the band’s earlier material. On certain songs, Don sounds like he strains to hit the notes that he use to hit with ease.
As much as I wanted to enjoy this record, I found the songs limp and uninspiring. There are three or four songs on this disc that are above average, but the majority of the material is sub par in my opinion. The music sounds close to their original stuff from the 80’s, but without the powerful vocals that these songs deserve, they come out sounding somewhat below average. After three lackluster albums since the year 2000, I believe it is time for the band Dokken to hang it up. Lightning did not strike again for this listener.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Standing On The Outside
2. Give Me A Reason
3. Heart To Stone
5. How I Miss Your Smile
7. Point Of No Return
8. I Remember
9. Judgment Day
10. It Means
11. Release Me
12. This Fire
Don Dokken – vocals
Mick Brown – drums
Jon Levin – guitar
Barry Sparks – bass
Disturbed have just unveiled their video for “Inside the Fire,” the first single from the forthcoming, Indestructible, which hits stores June 3rd. The video was directed by Nathan “Karma” Cox who has also helmed videos for Bleeding Through and HIM among others.
Both the lyrics of “Inside the Fire” as well as the video’s storyline tell the real life tale of a suicide that personally affected Disturbed vocalist, David Draiman. Knowing the pain and sensitive nature of the subject Draiman precedes the video with a public service announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in ’90 and ’92 and an independent album in ’94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, is currently in the studio recording a new CD for a late summer release via Acetate Records. The group is working with producer Stefan Sigerson, who previously worked with RHINO BUCKET on its last CD, “And Then It Got Ugly”, in 2006.
RHINO BUCKET‘s current recording lineup:
Georg Dolivo – lead vocals/guitars
Brian “Damage” Forsythe (KIX) – lead guitars
Reeve Downes – bass
Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – drums
RHINO BUCKET has scheduled the following dates:
May 10 – Safari Sam’s – East Hollywood, California (w/ JUNKYARD, LITTLE CAESAR)
May 31 – The Blooze Bar – Phoenix, Arizona
Jun. 20 – Clark’s Bar and Grill – Coshocton, Ohio
Jun. 21 – Route 33 Rhythm and Brews – Wapakoneta, Ohio
Jul. 04 – The Crush Lounge (All Ages Show) – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jul. 05 – The Riot Room (formerly Hurricane’s) – Kansas City, Missouri
Jul. 19 – The Little Fox – Redwood City, California (w/ JETBOY)
Jul. 25 – Denmark Lions Festival – Denmark, Wisconsin
Jul. 26 – High Pines Amphitheater – Eagle River, Wisconsin
RHINO BUCKET is continuing to tour behind the re-release of its classic 1994 “Pain” CD as well as the collection of never-before-released demos and tracks titled “No Song Left Behind”.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net