As it prepares to remember its breakthrough with the upcoming “Live at Budokan: 30th Anniversary” boxed set, Cheap Trick is also readying the release of its next studio album, which guitarist Rick Nielsen says is in the can and ready to go — although no label, title or release date are set yet.
“It sounds cool,” Nielsen tells Billboard.com about the set, which the group worked on with producer Julien Raymond and which he calls a “continuation” of Cheap Trick’s 2006 album “Rockford.” “There are a lot of strong songs. I think (frontman) Robin (Zander) sounds great on it. I mean, the thing starts with Robin singing a cappella, which we’ve never really done for a whole song.
Cheap Trick recorded the album at various points during the past 10 months, working “all over the place. We did a song here, a song there — some in Florida, some in Chicago, some in L.A., some in London — and then mixed them all at the same time.”
Nielsen says the group also hopes to release a CD and DVD from its 30th anniversary visit to Budokan this past April, as well as of performances the group did of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in New York and Hollywood. Also on the docket is a release of the 1998 re-recording of 1977’s “In Color” with Steve Albini; Nielsen promises “it’s gonna happen” but won’t say when.
The primary archival focus, however, is on the “Live at Budokan” box, which features the entire concert first released in 1998 for the 20th anniversary along with a DVD and CD of the April 30, 1978, show that was broadcast on Japanese television that year and has been in the vaults ever since.
Nielsen says the best part about these later “Budokan” releases has been the chance to show the world the entirety of the show, which he feels offers a better representation of Cheap Trick than the 10-song 1978 album that became an import sensation and the band’s commercial breakthrough in the U.S.
“It shows a bit more of a heavy side to Cheap Trick … songs that were definitely more heavy than what the (original) record was,” Nielsen explains. “I was always surprised that with the success we had (in 1978-79), the ex-record company and the ex-manager didn’t say, ‘Gee, let’s exploit this and put it out!’ We waited 20 years to put the complete thing out. That’s how smart we were, eh?”
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2008 two disc (CD + DVD) release Explicit Version. The legend that is Twisted Sister return with their new live CD/DVD recorded at London’s Astoria Theatre on a very hot summer night in 2004. The critics hailed Twisted Sister’s performance as one of their greatest ever. If you’re an S.M.F. and have wondered what Twisted Sister thought about any of their live shows throughout their 35 year history, you should know this: while certain band members remember certain shows, and relate tales of particular performances as being their favorite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. Each band member considered this show to be amongst the most special of their career. This concert was filmed and kept in a vault for the past four years. When the band had the opportunity to look at the footage, it brought back the heat, passion, intensity and audience participation that was a level far above all expectations. We look forward in sharing this magical performance with all of you!
TWISTED SISTER “LIVE AT THE ASTORIA” Track Listing:
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Under The Blade
5. Like A Knife In The Back
6. Burn In Hell
7. Ride To Live
8. Shoot ‘Em Down
9. You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll
10. The Fire Still Burns
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
13. I Am, I’m Me
14. I Wanna Rock
15. Come Out & Play
November gets off to a rockin’ start on Hard Rock Nights tonight. Radio standards from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, and Zeppelin can be expected, but we’re also going to dig deep for some Poison, Mötley Crüe, and Skid Row songs that you don’t hear very often. We’ve got some new AC/DC and Alice Cooper, and some new bands like Syzzy Roxx and M.O.B that you won’t hear anywhere else. And be sure not to channel surf before the show is over, because we’ve got a very special treat for KISS/Vinnie Vincent fans at the end of the program!
You can listen to Hard Rock Nights on 88.9 FM in Cincinnati, or online at classxradio.com worldwide! After the show, stop by the official Hard Rock Nights blog and see the entire list of what we played!
Who needs Robert Plant? Apparently not the other surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who are ready to pull the trigger on a tour with a new singer if Plant refuses to join in. Sources tell Billboard the front man first in line for the gig is Myles Kennedy, who has most recently led the rock outfit Alter Bridge.
Kennedy has rehearsed with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham on several occasions, according to sources in the know. In a recent BBC interview, Jones confirmed the band was planning to tour but didn’t refer to Kennedy by name.
Although he was on board for a one-off reunion in December 2007 in London, Plant has steadfastly declined to hit the road with Zeppelin. In late September, he issued a statement saying he has “no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years,” and also wished Page, Jones and Bonham “nothing but success with any future projects.”
If things move forward, the biggest question would be what to call the group. Would Zeppelin fans stand for it if the original name was used despite Plant’s absence?
There may be one unintended side effect should Kennedy bolt Alter Bridge, which has released an album each for Wind-Up and Universal. That band features the non-singing members of Creed, who split with front man Scott Stapp in 2004. But sources indicate there would be big bucks in a Creed reunion tour and that the band may indeed rise again.
I first posted the video below by Brooklyn, NY rockers, Black Water Rising back in November 2007. This video is definitely worth another look. Check out “Brother Go On” below.
For more information about the band, check out their myspace page here!
Chances are, you probably have seen this clunker of a movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is one of the rare cases where the movie soundtrack is actually better than the movie itself.
A couple of wees ago, I started looking for rare cuts from Tesla, and discovered that they performed the title track to the movie “Last Action Hero”. While I didn’t remember the song, I saw the list of bands on this sound track and couldn’t resist picking this up. I secured a copy off of Amazon.com for 1 cent plus shipping.
The soundtrack has the following songs:
1. AC/DC – Big Gun
2. Alice in Chains – What the Hell Have I
3. Megadeth – Angry Again
4. Queensryche – Real World
5. Def Leppard – Two Steps Behind
6. Anthrax – Poison My Eyes
7. Aerosmith – Dream On (Live Version)
8. Alice In Chains – A Little Bitter
9. Cypress Hill – Cock the Hammer
10. Fishbone – Swim
11. Tesla – Last Action Hero
12. Michael Kamen With Buckethead – Jack and the Ripper
You can’t really go wrong with a soundtrack that has AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Anthrax, Aerosmith and Tesla on it.
This is the only place you will find the Tesla cut, “Last Action Hero”. This also has a semi rare cut from Megadeth “Angry Again” which originally only available on the Hidden Treasures CD, but can now also be found in the Megadeth Warchest CD box set, or the newer greatest hits disc Anthology.
This also the only place you will find the AC/DC song “Big Gun” (in the video below).
I didn’t really care for the Alice in Chains songs, but the rest of the stuff on this disc is pretty good. For one penny plus shipping, it was a worthy purchase. You can find a copy for of the CD, at this link.