Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new BOB CATLEY album “Immortal” on September 19th 2008.
Best known as the singer of British Rock legends MAGNUM, Bob CatleyGary Hughes, who also wrote and produced the two following records “Legends” and “Middle Earth”. started his solo career in 1998 with the release of the highly acclaimed album “The Tower” written and produced by TEN leader
Closing the chapter on the collaboration with Hughes, Bob Catley chose to pursue a heavier direction leaning more towards the sound of Rainbow and Dio with his latest releases “When Empires Burn” (with songs written by the other TEN member Paul Hodson) and “Spirit of Man” (with songs contributed by longtime Bob Catley band guitarist Vince O`Regan and another two British songwriters Dave Thompson and Paul Uttley).
For his brand new studio album Bob has again moved on and selected songs written on purpose by the Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker). The album production and recording happened in Karlsruhe, Germany under the supervision of Pink Cream 69’s Dennis Ward (producer of Angra, House of Lords, Edenbridge, Sunstorm, Place Vendome etc) . Dennis cared for the bass and guitar parts, with drums handled by Dirk Bruineberg (Elegy) and keyboards provided by Karlsson himself. Magnus Karlsson plays lead guitars on “End of the World” and the other PC 69’s member Uwe Reitenauer also contributed with a few solos.
“Magnus and Dennis ward did a great job for me, I am really pleased with the way the new album has turned out and I hope everyone enjoys Immortal as much as I did”, says Bob.
“Immortal” is indeed the heaviest, most epic and still melodic Bob Catley release ever. Capturing the dramatic spirit of the music of Magnum and early Rainbow and melting it with the peculiar approach to songwriting coming from Karlsson, the music of “Immortal” is well portrayed in the cover art specifically designed for the album by long-time Magnum sleeve designer Rodney Matthews.
“Immortal” final tracklisting will include:
Bob Catley has recorded his ultimate album, just don’t miss the chance for this new masterpiece.
Sooner or later, it will be time for one of the two L.A. Guns bands to take a stand, and fight for their name.
As you may or may not know, there are two L.A. Guns. One with Phil Lewis and drummer Steve Riley.
The second is with guitarist Tracii Guns, and singer Marty Casey (from the CBS show, Rockstar).
Recent footage turned up online with Marty Casey singing the L.A. Guns hit, The Ballad of Jayne.
This version is with Phil Lewis singing from a show I attended in the summer of 2007.
Steve Riley and Tracii Guns have a 50% ownership in the name, but in my opinion, only one band sounds 100% like L.A. Guns.
Which band deserves the name? You decide!
Tell us what you think!
EXTREME will hit the road next week to kick off their “Take Us Alive” Summer tour – their first tour in over a decade! The tour is in support of the band’s new album studio album, Saudades de Rock which is in stores on August 12th.
Click on the album cover for Saudades de Rock to check out the new single, “Star”!
Be sure to check out Extreme playing live this summer at the dates below.
EXTREME TAKE US ALIVE SUMMER TOUR DATES
Jul 11 2008 – Rocklahoma Pryor, OK
Jul 29 2008 – The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 31 2008 – Bank Of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Aug 1 2008 – Brookhaven Amphitheater Farmingville, NY
Aug 2 2008 – Rams Head Baltimore, MD
Aug 4 2008 – Irving Plaza NY, NY
Aug 5 2008 – Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
Aug 6 2008 – House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Aug 8 2008 – Emerald Theater Detroit, MI
Aug 9 2008 – House of Blues Chicago, IL
Aug 10 2008 – Union Center Blvd Bash Cincinnati, OH
Aug 12 2008 – Amos’ Southend Charlotte, NC
Aug 13 2008 – Center Stage Atlanta, GA
Aug 15 2008 – House of Blues Orlando, FL
Aug 16 2008 – Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 18 2008 – House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Aug 19 2008 – Meridian Houston, TX
Aug 20 2008 – House of Blues Dallas, TX
Aug 22 2008 – The Marquee Phoenix, AZ
Aug 23 2008 – House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Aug 25 2008 – Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Aug 26 2008 – House of Blues Los Angeles, CA
Tora Tora played a pre-Rocklahoma reunion show at Newby’s in Memphis, Tennessee June 28th.
Check out the the band performing the songs Phantom Rider, and Love’s A Bitch.
As previously reported, BLACK ‘N BLUE has launched a reunion in 2008 featuring four original members in Jaime St. James (vocals), Jef “Woop” Warner (guitar), Pete Holmes (drums), and Patrick Young (Bass). The four
members are joined by second guitarist, Shawn Sonnenschein, who has been in the fold since 2003 when the band had played a few dates. Sonnenschein is the replacement for original guitarist, Thommy Thayer, who is currently in KISS.
The band was reactivated earlier this year after St. James departure from Warrant. “My 4 years in Warrant were awesome. I made some lifetime friends and will always cherish that time in my life. That being said, it feels so good to sing the great Black ‘N Blue tunes again,” St. James says.
The band is scheduled to play this year’s Rocklahoma Festival on Saturday, July 12. In addition, the band has also been added to the main stage at the Rock the Bayou Festival in Houston on Labor Day Weekend where they are scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 31. Further show announcements are expected in the coming weeks. There is also a plan to tour the UK and Europe in early November, with further information to be announced shortly.
In addition to the shows, Black ‘N Blue will also hit the studio in the coming months to complete the long awaited released, “Hell Yeah!”. Plans for its release will be announced later this year.
Dichotic, a band from Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin will be releasing their album The Deepest Rise July 12, 2008 and holding a CD Release Party at The Lucky Bull at 363 Main Avenue De Pere, Wisconsin.
Other Local Bands performing at this CD release party are Praise the Fear,
Victims of the American Dream and Shot for Obscenity. Doors open at 8 pm and best of all there is no cover charge.
DICHOTIC’s writing style is heavily influenced by a variety of aggressive metal flavors and true to the name DICHOTIC, which basically means a type of listening perception from multiple angles.
Musically, Dichotic sidesteps conventional metal sounds so prominent in today’s metal arena. However, they remain loyal to the aggressive side of the musical spectrum and incorporate a touch of classic metal flavors – like that of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath.
Innovative, powerful, crushing, and intelligent is the signature style that is
DICHOTIC. The guitar sounds leap forward from the skilled hands of Aaron and Ace with a killer since of urgency.
Shinedown have just posted their brand new video for “Devour” on their official YouTube channel. The clip was helmed by veteran director Darren Doane (Deftones, AFI, Thrice) and it comes off their just released album, The Sound of Madness.
Check out the video below!
In 2008, I have been very anxious for four bands to release their new albums, Whitesnake, AC/DC, Judas Priest and Motley Crue.
Out of the four, I was mostly concerned with the new Judas Priest disc, Nostradamus, as it is a concept album. That style of album rarely turns out well for most hard rock and metal acts.
With this being a two disc set, I wanted to take some extra time before I put my thoughts down in a review. There is over 90 minutes of music over the two disc set. That is a ton of music to take in at once.
I have no problem with the subject matter of Nostradamus that was used for this disc. I thought if Judas Priest wrote the right songs, this album could be something special.
The first disc starts off strong enough, with the first couple of songs. Prophecy, and its intro, Dawn of Creation are pretty good tracks. I also next two songs, Awakening and Revelations. Revelations is full of those trademark guitar riffs that Judas Priest is known for.
Things start to get a little theatrical with the songs The Four Horseman, and War. It picks up the pace again somewhat with Pestilence and Plague. The song doom laden song, Death sounds more Black Sabbath like, than it does Judas Priest. This lengthy metal track has some killer guitar work, but you have to struggle through parts of the song to get to it.
Disc 1 continues to drag on, and I must admit, I had a really hard time getting through the latter half of this disc.
The first song on Disc 2 that I enjoyed was the mid-tempo track Alone. This song is a little long, but pretty good. The rest of material on this disc I felt was very average until I heard the title track, Nostradamus. This song could have easily been on Painkiller. Sadly, their are not enough songs like this, in this two disc set.
If you are looking for another British Steel, or Painkiller album, Nostradamus is not it. If you have an open mind, you may find some songs to enjoy. If you are looking for instant, memorable hits, you will not find those on Nostradamus. This isn’t Judas Priest’s best work by any means. This album has the potential to grow on you, if you give it the proper chance. Nostradamus isn’t a complete disappointment, but I hoped for more from Judas Priest.
You can listen to the song Nostradamus, and download it for free, from the Judas Priest myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Dawn Of Creation
5. The Four Horseman
7. Sands Of Time
8. Pestilence and Plague
12. Lost Love
4. Shadows In The Flame
7. New Beginnings
8. Calm Before The Storm
10. Future of Mankind
Judas Priest is:
Rob Halford – Vocals
K.K. Downing – Guitars
Glenn Tipton – Guitars
Ian Hill – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare - In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
ESP Guitars is running a contest where you can win flights and tickets to OZZFEST 2008 in Dallas, TX. A lucky entry will win:
Fly with a friend to Dallas, TX
Picked up by Limo
Stay in Hotel
Meals and Drinks on us
Clothing from Affliction, including hand-signed Ozzy items
ESP LTD KH-602 Guitar
Randall RM100KH Amplifier
Two premier VIP tickets to Ozzfest
Access to “Ozzy’s Lair” VIP area
Meet-and-Greet members of Shadows Fall, Devil Driver, and other ESP bands
Sign up now http://www.espguitars.com/contests_ozzfest.cfm
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I stumbled upon a pretty cool store while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Within the Broadway at the Beach Entertainment complex, is a cool little store called Retroactive. This store has a pretty good collection of 80’s hard rock CD’s and DVD’s for sale, as well as concert t-shirts from just about every band of the hair metal era.
Check them out online at ShopRetroactive.com!
Swedish rockers, Bonafide have a brand new video called Fill Your Head With Rock. They are inviting you to download this new single, for FREE, off of their myspace page! Go get yourself a copy at this link!
Warrant has reunited with their original lineup intact in 2008, and will
be one of the headlining acts at Rocklahoma on Saturday, July 12th.
As much as I like the initial releases with the original lineup, I decided to dust off one of Warrant’s later discs, Ultraphobic, which featured Kingdom Come’s Rick Steir on guitar and James Kottak on drums.
I remember when I first heard that a couple of former Kingdom Come guys were joining the band, I was hoping that Warrant might try to approach a classic rock/ Zepplinesque update to their music. That was not the case at all with Ultraphobic.
In 1995, Hair metal was about as popular as diarrhea, but Warrant tried to forge ahead with a darker, grungier sound in an effort to stay relevant in the music scene. The sound of Ultraphobic seemed to follow the heavier sound of the 1992 Warrant record, Dog Eat Dog.
The guitars are are tuned down, and a little grungier on Ultraphobic. For me, this style of guitar playing does not suit Jani Lane’s voice well, and this album suffers as a result.
There are a couple of highlights on this disc. Undertow, isn’t too bad, and Crawl Space is pretty cool. I kind of like the title track, Ultraphobic as well.
Chameleon is a song that would have sounded better if Warrant just stuck to their tried and true sound. The deeper guitar sounds mess up, what could have been one of the better Warrant tracks. There are some cool guitar parts, but this song scream redo.
I have to applaud Warrant for trying to stay relevant in the music scene (although some might argue that they never were relevant). Ultraphobic isn’t a total departure from their signature glam metal sound, but I didn’t care for the varied guitar sounds on this disc. (What was the purpose of that drill sound on Ride #2)
With the classic lineup of Warrant back together, they could rearrange some of the songs on Ultraphobic, and quite possibly turn them into new hits. This isn’t Warrant’s best work, but it isn’t their worst either. This is a middle of the road album, that isn’t as good as the first three discs the band released. Warrant fans will still want to pick this up. All others may want to preview this album on Amazon.com, before buying.
Rating:Out of 10
3. Family Picnic
4. Sum Of One
6. Crawl Space
7. Live Inside Of You
9. Ride #2
11. Stronger Now
Jani Lane – Lead Vocals
Rick Steier – Guitar
Erik Turner – Guitar
Dave White – Keyboards
Jerry Dixon – Bass
James Kottak – Drums
Preview the new Alice Cooper CD, Along Came A Spider, at the links below. Along Came A Spider is due in stores July 29th, 2008.
Prologue/I know where you live
Vengeance is mine
Wake the dead
Catch me if you can
(In touch with your) feminine side
Wrapped in silk
Killed by love
The one that got away
I am the spider/Epilogue
In 1989, The Scorpions did a cover of the Who song, I Can’t Explain. This is on the Scorpions CD, The Best of Rockers and Ballads.
If you prefer the original song, here is the Who version from 1965.
Have you seen the new trailer, for the up and coming Alice Cooper CD, Along Came A Spider?
Check it out below!
Danger has released new EP “First Touch”: 1 new song + 1 sample online!
Danger has released their new EP “First Touch”.
Currently the title track and a sample from Miss Money can be heard at the band’s MySpace www.myspace. com/bestdanger !
The complete tracklist is as follows :
1. First Touch
2. Miss Money
3. Hey You
4. California Red ( re-mastered version )
5. Shove It ( re-mastered version )
Bonus track :
1. On The Run ( re-mastered version )
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Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated CROWN OF THORNS come back album “Faith” on September 19th 2008.
Releasing their now legendary self titled debut album in April 1994, Crown Of Thorns have steadily become one of the favourite bands of the Melodic Rock resurgence in the late nineties. With amazing albums such as “Breakthrough”, “Lost Cathedral”, “Destiny Unknown and “Karma” and relentless touring that brought them to play in support of Bon Jovi and Van Halen for three months throughout all of Europe, Crown of Thorns remain one of the leading bands of the Melodic Hard Rock genre.
Formed at the dawn of the 90’s by former Plasmatics and songwriter for KISS, Ramones, Lionel Ritchie, John Waite and many others, Jean Beauvoir with Tony Thompson of Chic and The Powerstation, Micki Free of Shalamar and top session bassist Michael Paige, Crown Of Thorns underwent some personnel changes during the early years, with Tommy Lafferty taking place on guitar and Hawk Lopez on drums.
This line-up reconvened during 2007 when Jean Beauvoir connected with Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino about working on a brand new studio album.
Jean collaborated this time with Bob ClearmountainMark Plati (David Bowie) for the mix, and the result is probably the best sounding CoT album ever! “Faith” is an album that brings back the trademark Crown of Thorns sound as defined in the debut album and “Lost Cathedral”, still keeping intact all the elements of infectious guitar riffs, soaring hooklines and great melodies. (Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi) in the recording sessions and
“Faith” final tracklisting will include:
I hope you all have a safe and happy, Independence Day holiday!
In 1989, Poison released a single/cover of the Loggins and Messina classic tune, Your Mamma Don’t Dance.
This song can be found on Poison’s Open Up and Say….Ah! album.
Never heard the original song?
Check out the Loggins & Messina version below:
ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal.
The veteran rock trio is planning to hit the studio with Rubin producing, for an album more in keeping with “La Grange”-era ZZ Top than its pop-friendly ’80s sound, according to manager Carl Stubner.
The band recorded for Warner Bros. for the first 20 years of its career before shifting to RCA in the mid-1990s. ZZ Top’s last album, 2003’s “Mescalero,” has sold 103,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The hope is that with Rubin’s guidance, the band can enjoy a commercial and critical revitalization along the lines of prior Rubin clients Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond.
For his part, Stubner, who began managing ZZ Top a year-and-a-half ago, has worked to increase ZZ Top’s visibility via an increased focus on licensing and TV appearances, including the finale of “American Idol” this spring.
“We thought this was a great brand that was kind of dusty,” he says. “My goal was to polish it and do certain things they hadn’t done before.”
To that end, Eagle Rock earlier this month released the first ZZ Top live DVD, “Live From Texas 2007,” which debuts this week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Music Video chart.
The band begins a European tour Friday (July 4) in Oporto, Portugal, which will be followed by 18 co-headlining North American dates with Brooks & Dunn. In the fall, “our plan is to go do smaller theaters, like 3,000-seaters for a low-dough ticket price. Then we’ll go finish the record.”
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Bad Career Move? Twisted Sister’s cover song of the Shangri-Las #1 hit from 1964, Leader of the Pack, was certainly one of the worst cover song/videos of the 80’s.
Check it out below.
The original version wasn’t much better…….
Get your votes in on the first six, Sink or Swim Videos at HardRockHideout.com!
OTEP – Breed
4 – 2 (Currently Swimming)
3 – 4 (Currently Sinking)
1 – 0 (Currently Swimming)
1 – 2 (Currently Sinking)
3 – 0 (Currently Swimming)
4 – 0 (Currently Swimming)
Final voting for the first six, Sink or Swim videos will end July 12th.
If the video swims, we will review the CD at HRH. If they sink, the CD’s will be stored in Davey Jones locker.
Buckcherry’s follow up CD to the platinum selling 15, is due to hit U.S. stores on September 23rd, 2008.
No song listing yet, but Amazon.com does have this disc listed now.
You can view the cover art below.
You can download the brand new song, Too Drunk Too Fuck, at the links below:
BUCKCHERRY’s “Too Drunk to Fuck”:
Mammoth “Rock The Bayou” Music Bash Unites Legends at 4-Day Texas Festival, featuring Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Warrant, Ratt, Dokken, Great White and More www.RocktheBayou.com
40+ Bands to Unite with Celebrated Rockers at Former Houston AstroWorld Site for Nation’s Premier Labor Day Concert, August 29 – September 1, 2008
HOUSTON, July 2, 2008 – Some of rock’s most legendary and notorious hair bands will join emerging stars for the massive Rock The Bayou music bash, featuring four days of music, food and family fun on the former grounds of Houston’s AstroWorld theme park. The site is being transformed into a 100-acre festival playground for those who love to rock. The Rock The Bayou festival features rock legends Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels and his Rock of Love Tour, Queensryche, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Great White, Ratt, Dokken, Warrant (with its original lineup), Yngwie Malmsteen, Slaughter, Y&T, Dangerous Toys, Little Caesar, Jetboy, Bullet Boys with Steven Adler, Lynch Mob, Britny Fox, Pretty Boy Floyd, Enuff Z’Nuff, Black ‘n Blue, Gilby Clarke, Firehouse and Broken Teeth. All told, more than 40 bands will play two stages over four days.
One of the most affordable summer music bashes in the country, Rock The Bayou offers a $99 single admission, early-bird ticket for all four days of the music festival. Active U.S. military (with ID) will be admitted for half-price. For tickets and information, charge by phone at (713) 629-4747, or visit RockTheBayou.com or OnlineTickets.com – the festival’s exclusive ticket seller.
Rock The Bayou intends to be one of the nation’s largest and most accessible summer concert fests, says Ali Fazeli, president of The Fazeli Group, which is promoting and producing the event. Some 50,000 people a day are expected to attend. Festival wristbands will allow people to come and go as they wish.
“We’ve got an unbelievable lineup that celebrates rock’s top legendary artists,” Fazeli explains. “We’ve designed an event with a family flavor and the most affordable ticket price of the large summer music festivals.” Plus, $1 from every Rock The Bayou ticket purchased will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter, says Fazeli.
Homegrown Labor Day Vacation Alternative
With climbing gas prices putting the chill on Labor Day getaways, Rock The Bayou offers Texans a close-to-home alternative. “Rock The Bayou gives them a unique ‘stay-cation’ option – a chance to celebrate the end of summer without breaking the bank,” explains Fazeli. For family fun, a Ferris wheel is being brought in, along with a towering drive-in like screen that will play movies after nightly band performances. A second stage will feature Texas bands for continuous music. Rock The Bayou will
also offer a VIP area, parking, safe campgrounds and RV facilities. For Fazeli, the long days and nights putting together a legendary rock lineup has been energizing. The self-professed workaholic is also a big
“We’re thrilled to have such a great group of performers at one, huge festival for the first time in Houston,” he says. “This kind of event has been long overdue for such a diverse and acclaimed city.”
For tickets and information, visit RockTheBayou.com or OnlineTickets.com. To charge by phone, call (713) 629-4747.
In February, Galley announced that he was dying of cancer. Bravely, instead of wallowing in self-pity he made the most of the time he had left. “I have been very lucky,” he wrote on his MySpace page. “I have seen some great bands, played with many great musicians and enjoyed some tremendous experiences. I am thankful that I can say a proper goodbye to all the friends I have made, who are now rallying round me.’
Even as his condition worsened, Galley continued to post encouraging, amusing updates. When he was no longer able to go to the pub, ‘now the pub [comes] to me,” he joked. “Friends visit me each day, I have drugs in me 24/7, and I have a plentiful supply of gin and tonic by my bedside. I even have my own ice machine! In fact, it’s just like my WHITESNAKE days.”
During WHITESNAKE‘s recently completed European tour, David Coverdale dedicated “Love Ain’t No Stranger”, a song he co-wrote with Mel for the “Slide It In” album, to Galley on a nightly basis.
“Melville, your legacy is in safe hands with me,” sums up Glenn Hughes, Galley‘s TRAPEZE bandmate and childhood friend, adding: “I’ll see you in the Garden one day, and truly recognise you as my brother…”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
In 2007, Oxford trio, The Treat, have released their sophomore album, Phonography. This is the first Treat album that I have listened to, so I wasn’t sure what kind of sound to expect by this band. The Treat’s sound appears to be heavily influenced by 70’s hard rock. I can hear elements of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in the music.
As you can tell by the song titles, the song writing on this disc is much more than just your typical subject matter of sex, drugs and rock and roll. This disc requires a few listens before you can fully absorb what you are hearing.
I struggled with some songs, and others proved to get a little better with successive plays. Make You Crawl, and Too Late, are my favorite cuts, but those were the only ones that I could truly get into.
There have been quite a few newer bands adopting a 70’s hard rock sound, including the Answer, Thieves and Liars, Glyder and Wolfmother. The Treat’s Phonography lacks the polish that so many of the newer classic sounding bands have. For this listener, quite a few of the tunes on Phonography sound too dated. For some people, this will not be a problem. 70’s die hard rock fans will certainly enjoy this disc a little more than I did.
The Treat shows potential with this release, but Phonography isn’t going to set the world on fire.
You can check out several of the cuts below. You can purchase Phonography, at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Fanfare For the King
2. Make You Crawl
3. The Deathday Parties
4. Bolivian Diary
7. Haitian Morning Dress
8. Too Late
9. Clutching At Jagged Glass
11. Black Cat Whites
13. Track 13
The Treat is:
Mike Hyder – Guitars/Lead Vocals
Dom Lash – Bass/Keyboards
David Hart – Drums
In 1986, W.A.S.P. released their cover of the Ray Charles song, I Don’t Need No Doctor. They used an arrangement on the song that was quite similar to the version released by Humble Pie in 1971.
Check out the W.A.S.P version below.
Here is the Humble Pie version:
Click below to hear the original version by the legendary, Ray Charles.
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