Due to unforeseen personal matters, the third leg of Def Leppard’s North American Tour, set to begin on October 22nd with special guest Cheap Trick, has been cancelled. “We know how truly blessed we are to have such committed fans,” said the band in a statement. “That’s why we’ve agonized over this decision. Even if just a single concert, we don’t take cancelling shows lightly, but unfortunately life’s commitments need to be the priority.”
Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.
LOVE IS FOR FOOLS
RIDE YOUR LIFE
MAKIN ME BAD
ONE NIGHT STAND
With all of the hoopla over Lita Ford’s new CD, Wicked Wonderland, I wanted to step back and check out her husband’s solo debut from 1987, Proud To Be Loud.
This CD features the talent of Michael Angelo Batio on guitar. If you have ever heard this guy play, then you know his skill falls somewhere between Vinnie Vincent and Yngwie Malmsteen. He is an impressive shredder, who can play at a ridiculous speed. On Proud To Be Loud sometimes his style of playing works and sometimes it doesn’t.
I would never consider Jim Gillette a great vocalist. He does have an impressive range, and can hit some notes that most singers would never try for. In fact, the only thing higher than the notes coming out of his mouth, is his hair. His lower range where most of his vocals fall is similar to, but not as good as Mark Slaughter. Overall, his voice takes some getting used to, and you will either love it, or hate it. Personally, I am not a fan, so I struggle with his vocals.
There are a couple songs on this CD that I did like, but not much more. On the song, “When the Clock Strikes 12″ Gillette really belts the notes out. Michael Angelo Batio’s playing is top notch as well. The band slows things down somewhat for the song “Angel in White”. This isn’t what I would consider a power ballad, but probably the closest thing you will find to a hit on this CD.
If you grab the 2003 reissue of this CD, you will find 5 bonus tracks, some of which come from Gillette’s bands Nitro, and Organ Donor. The Organ Donor songs show Gillette singing in a lower tone that is very similar to his range on Lita Ford’s new CD. It is more of an alternative metal sound, which I could live without. For more information on that group, check out www.myspace.com/organdonorfresno. The bonus tracks don’t really add anything to the CD, but if you must have it, at least you get to check out a few more tunes.
Overall, I can’t recommend Proud to Be Loud. Batio’s playing would probably be the only true reason to grab this disc. As a whole, the majority of the songs on this disc make my head hurt.
This CD is now out of print once more, but you can find copies of it on Ebay from time to time. Tread at your own risk!
Rating: Out of 10
- When the Clock Strikes 12
- Head On
- Angel in White
- Flash of Lightning
- Proud To Be Loud
- Never Say Never
- Nitro – Guitar Solo
- Red Hot Rocket Ride
- Make Me Crazy
- Show Down
- Mirror – Mirror
- Nitro – Bitch on My Back
- Organ Donor
- D.Marks & J. Gillette – Out of Time
- Organ Donor – Six Feet Deep
- Slut – Dr. Monster
Vains of Jenna has released a new video, ” Get It On”, in support of their new release, The Art of Telling Lies.
Eonian Records have found another gem with their retro-release of Shake City’s self titled effort. 80’s Sunset Strip rock at its best is what Shake City has to offer, if this album reminds you a little of Warrant or Black ‘N Blue, it could be because vocalist Adam Shore was Warrant’s singer before the train wreck known as Jani Lane came along, or it could be because Erik Turner, Tommy Thayer, and even Lane himself helped pen some of the tunes on this album. Turner and Thayer also lent a hand in the studio producing the album along with Pat Regan. Without a doubt, Shake City is the best release from Eonian so far.
“One Good Reason” is a sleazy opener with some catchy background vocals and chorus. Guitarist Don E. Sachs lays down a very nice solo that I’m sure had all the girls on Sunset stripping off their clothes and throwing them on-stage back in the day. If I didn’t know any better I would think “Hot Love” was a long lost Black ‘N Blue track, even though I think Shore is a better fit than Jamie St. James on this song. This head bobbing, foot tapping treat would’ve garnered Shake City a massive amount of airplay on Headbanger’s Ball, while also adding to the band’s female underwear collection. Another track that has Black ‘N Blue written all over it is “Betty Blu” and while, the band as a whole sound as tight as a drum the guitar tandem of Don E. Sachs and Michael Blair really shine. “Get It While It’s Hot” is a slow, bluesy, sleaze filled song perfect for the strip clubs, reminds me a little of Sweet F.A. “Submarine” is a sex fueled barn burner with more cool guitar from Sachs & Blair, “Little Lianne” is a classic 80’s power ballad that other bands made platinum albums off of. “Lust & Love” takes us back to sleaze with some nice bass from Ray Bailey and more great background gang vocals. “Psychedelic Ride” may sound familiar to some listeners as it also appeared on Eric Turner’s “Demos For Diehards” and it played almost note for note on that album as it is this one, still a very catchy tune though. “Sweet Dreams” is an acoustic based number with a heavy Beatles influence. Another song that will sound familiar to fans is “Game of War”, which appeared on Warrant’s remastered version of Cherry Pie, but in all honesty Adam Shore’s vocals on this song leaves the Jani Lane version wanting, and wanting very badly. “Game of War” is definitely one of the best tracks on “Shake City”.
There are quite a few bands that could’ve been big back in the day, but judging from the songs on this album Shake City is one of the few bands that should’ve been not just big, but huge. Unfortunately, even with Eric Turner and Tommy Thayer’s help, it didn’t happen and that is just a damn shame.
Rating: Out of 10
1. One Good Reason
2. Hot Love
3. Betty Blue
4. Get It While It’s Hot
6. Little Lianne
7. Lust & Love
8. Psychedelic Ride
9. Sweet Dreams
10. Can’t Get Over You
11. Game Of War
12. Bad On Wheels
Shake City is:
Adam Shore – Lead Vocals
Don E. Sachs – Guitar & Vocals
Michael Blair – Guitar
Ray Bailey – Bass & Vocals
Jaycee Cary – Drums
Ethan Gladstone – Guitar on Tracks 5, 6, & 9
Not one, nor two, but three discs come with the new Foreigner album and it’s an impressive look ahead at a band with “No End In Sight” (good) and a chance to get into a live performance featuring the stirring new and current lineup. New may actually be a misnomer at this point as vocalist Kelly Hansen has been with Foreigner for four years now. If you’ve seen the band during that time you’re no doubt aware that this is the best they have ever sounded. Hansen brings a vitality and energy to the group that seems to have awakened everyone else, specifically Mick Jones, Mr. Foreigner himself. Somehow in this new configuration Jones has become a legitimate shredder on guitar. Somehow his virtuosity got buried in the “serve the song” style the band employed for most of its early years. Fact is, Mick kicks ass. Born in the same general area, within a couple of miles from each other in England, in the essentially same time period, the mid-forties, amazingly are Jones, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The odds of that happening are akin to having a health care deal everyone likes by COB tomorrow. But where Page, Beck and Clapton (not in any particular order) went on to superstardom in their own individual ways, influencing thousands of players in the years to come, Jones became a session player and then moved to France as a member of Johnny Hallyday, that country’s Elvis. Hey, Jones was twenty years old, driving a Porsche and living in Paris with all the responsibility of a teenager with an open credit card. Things came quickly and seductively and Mick was golden…for awhile. But what he needed was a band, a really good rock band. He joined Spooky Tooth, a legit band, but with little recognition. It was in 1976 when he assembled a band of superior talent, three Brits and three Yanks…how about Foreigner? Three of us always will be, no matter where we are. But we feel the world didn’t know of the true talent which lay within until just recently.
Foreigner can be accessed at ForeignerOnLine.com where you can get a taste of what some of the new songs sound like, the album is available, but we’ll dive in and let you check it out if you haven’t had a chance on your own. The third disc is a re-mix album worthy of some attention as you’ll notice the lead vocals have a delightfully different timber. Nice, Kelly. The band continues to develop and grow, but with Jeff Pilson and Thom Gimble on hand there’s long term continuity and musical wizardry with this particular band. Then there’s a completely new album featuring a new songwriting team and a different direction. The album was produced by Marti Frederiksen and Mick’s stepson Mark Ronson, a tremendous vote of confidence for them as Mick has produced the likes of Van Halen and Billy Joel. The DVD of a live show which is included serves as a wakeup call. It’s the real Mick Jones absolutely cementing his rightful place in the pantheon of great Rock guitarists. Don’t believe us? Check out “Juke Box Hero” as it segues into “Whole Lotta Love”. Or “Urgent”. What a treat it is to see him really let go.
Talk about a nice package, this is a compelling release by band at a peak period in their storied career. Join us for Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen on the next ROCKLINE!
AFI has just released a re-edited, higher quality, version of the visually intriguing video for “Medicate.” The Paul Minor directed video which was shot in black, white and a hint of gold captures the first predominantly performance video from the Bay area quartet. The video also showcases Jade Puget’s guitar solo which has been described by lead singer Davey Havok as, “not only my favorite moment in ‘Medicate’… but one of my favorite moments on the record.”
“Medicate” is the first single from AFI’s new album, Crash Love, and is also included on the new Guitar Hero 5 game. Crash Love hit stores last week and is available in stores and through iTunes. For all the latest news from AFI visit www.afireinside.net
Overkill’s second live album was released on June 18th, 2002. Recorded during the band’s performance at The Paramount in Asbury Park, New Jersey on March 22nd, 2002, this offering delivers over 70 minutes of pure thrash metal annihilation by the living legend of the genre. The 13 tracks included on the CD feature one of the most amazing productions in the history of live albums. The sound quality is easily comparable to studio albums, but the immerse amount of energy makes this release even better, reflecting the true nature of Overkill’s music. The track list has been prepared very carefully – none of the songs is repeated from the band’s first live effort, “Wrecking Your Neck” from 1995. Overkill made sure that the choice of material satisfies both new and old fans. The newer albums (“Bloodletting”, “Necroshine”, “From The Underground and Below”, “The Killing Kind”) are represented by such tracks as “Thunderhead”, “Necroshine”, “It Lives” and “Battle”, while the pre-1990’s Overkill classics include “E.vil N.ever D.ies”, “The Years of Decay”, “Shred”, “Deny The Cross” and the all-time fan favorite – “Overkill” from the band’s debut album. Complete with top notch production and a perfectly balanced content, “Wrecking Everything” can easily be put right next to Judas Priest, Slayer and Motörhead in the list of amazing live albums. A true feast for any fan of thrash metal!
Overkill’s thirteenth studio effort, was released on March 25th, 2003. The album was considered by many fans the most thrash oriented offering since “Horrorscope”. Consisting of 10 merciless tracks, “Killbox 13” starts off with a typical Overkill opener – the fast and furious “Devil By The Tail”. The thrash metal cascade is continued with “Struck Down” and “I Rise”, both of which sounding like taken from “The Years of Decay” album. The band introduces some groove-thrash patterns in such songs as “The One” and “No Lights”, while “Crystal Clear” stands out as a musical mixture between Machine Head and Crowbar. “Until I Die” starts off like a ballad, only to crush the listener near the third minute with a powerful thrash metal riff. Bobby “Blitz” as always delivers great vocals throughout the entire album, showing his best at “Damned” with some impressive screaming patterns. The lyrics on “Killbox 13” form a semi-concept, revolving around the Seven Deadly Sins. But it’s up to the listener to determine which song covers which sin… With “Killbox 13” Overkill managed to find a perfect compromise between their “new” style of playing and the classic material from the 1980’s. It is truly one of their finest efforts and one of the most enjoyable thrash albums on the modern metal scene.
Overkill’s fourteenth studio effort released on March 22nd, 2005. With “ReliXIV” the band went further in the direction taken on their previous offering, in the same time looking back at some of the ideas found on their sixth LP – “I Hear Black”. The result was quite controversial, but worked out pretty good for the band. The ten tracks included on the album showcased an impressive songwriting diversity. We have modern thrash anthems such as “A Pound of Flesh”, “Within Your Eyes” and the extremely catchy “Bats in the Belfry”, groove-thrash juggernauts like “Wheelz” and “Play The Ace”, and a bunch of surprises, including “Loaded Rack” – sounding almost like a Metallica tune from “The Black Album”, “Keeper” – with Candlemass-style intro and “Old School” – the perfect tribute to 1980’s thrash metal (which also includes a short sample featuring the famous host of hard rock and heavy metal themed radio and TV shows – Eddie Trunk). The flawless production instantly makes this album one of the best-sounding releases on the modern thrash metal scene. “ReliXIV” is a worthy successor to “Killbox 13”, bringing yet another dose of Overkill’s prime musical taste. This is a must-have for any fan of diverse, but equally enjoyable thrash metal.
Having together supported the likes of Papa Roach, Buckcherry and appearing at this years Sonisphere Festival, touring buddies Dear Superstar and Heaven’s Basement will hit the road this December on a gruelling end-of-year, party-tour!
Catch up with the brightest hopes for UK Rock n Roll at one of the following UK dates (Each night will be opened by support act, New Device):
Sat 5 Dec Fibbers – York
Sun 6 Dec Masque – Liverpool
Mon 7 Dec Central Station – Wrexham
Tues 8 Dec Joiners – Southampton
Wed 9 Dec Barfly – Cardiff
Fri 11 Dec Academy 2 – Newcastle
Sat 12 Dec Sugarmill – Stoke
Sun 13 Dec Cathouse – Glasgow
Tues 15 Dec Cockpit – Leeds
Wed 16 Dec Corporation – Sheffield
Thurs 17 Dec Academy 3 – Manchester
Fri 18 Dec Camden Underworld – London
Dear Superstar Single, Brothers in Blood, available now from 7digital.com for FREE Download!
Check out album Heartless, available worldwide now from all major record stores!
Hellbillies rejoice, the Master of monster mayhem, Rob Zombie, is returning with exactly what you’ve been waiting for, HELLBILLY DELUXE 2! The follow up to the 1998 triple platinum smash HELLBILLY DELUXE will be the latest masterpiece from Zombie which is set to hit stores November 17th. The album, produced by Rob Zombie himself, features the first single “WHAT?” which has just been made available for fans to check out.
In support of the new album Zombie will blast off on tour in Phoenix, AZ on October 29th, Las Vegas, NV on the 30th, and a very special Halloween event on the 31st in Hollywood, CA hosted by Uncle Seymour Coffins also seen recently in HALLOWEEN 2. Zombie will be accompanied by his longtime band mates -guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and drummer Tommy Clufetos. This is the first headline tour since 2007 and will have other ghoulish delights in tow including openers Nekromantix and Captain Clegg & the Night Creatures last seen rocking Haddonfield and Michael Myers in Zombie’s new film HALLOWEEN 2. The tour will usher in Zombie’s forthcoming album HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 – Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (Geffen), a companion to 1998 original.
Selling over fifteen million albums worldwide, Zombie is one of Geffen Record’s top selling and the longest running artists on the label. He has written and directed five feature length films, directed dozens of high profile music videos, contributed recordings to multiple soundtracks, and authored several comic books. HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) took hold of the box office recently, following-up his record breaking blockbuster re-imagining of HALLOWEEN in 2007. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically-acclaimed THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (Lionsgate), the follow-up to his already cult classic HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES (Lionsgate 2004).
1. Jesus Frankenstein
2. Sick Bubblegum
4. Mars Needs Women
5. Werewolf, Baby!
6. Virgin Witch
7. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory
9. Cease to Exist
10. Werewolf Women of the SS
11. The Man Who Laughs
ROB ZOMBIE TOUR DATES
Oct 29 Dodge Theater – Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 30 The Pearl – Palms Concert Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct 31 Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, California
Nov 1 The Grove – Anaheim, California
Nov 3 San Jose Events Center – San Jose, California
Nov 5 The Great Salt Air – Magna, Utah
Nov 6 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, Colorado
Nov 8 The Brady Theater – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nov 10 Austin Music Hall – Austin, Texas
Nov 11 Verizon Wireless Theater – Houston, Texas
Nov 13 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, Texas
Nov 14 Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Missouri
Nov 15 The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri
Nov 16 Murat Theater – Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov 17 Akron Civic Center – Akron, Ohio
Nov 19 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 20 Roy Wilkins Auditorium – St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov 21 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, Iowa
Nov 22 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, Illinois
Nov 24 Broadbent Arena – Louisville, Kentucky
Nov 25 The LC Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov 27 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, Michigan
Nov 28 The Sound Academy – Toronto, Ontario
Nov 29 Metropolis – Montreal, Quebec
Dec 1 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, New York
Dec 2 House Of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 3 Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Connecticut
Dec 4 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 5 9:30 Club – WASHINGTON, Washington DC
AFI OFFERS FANS FREE DOWNLOAD OF “MEDICATE” VIDEO
CRASH LOVE IN STORES NOW
The Bay Area quartet AFI, who recently released their eighth studio album Crash Love, has just made the video for their single “Medicate” available for free on iTunes. The performance heavy video was directed by Paul Minor who shot in the video in color and changed it to black and white in post production. Once all color was removed, gold was pumped into the video shot by shot creating a glossy, post modern vibe. Fans can download the video for free for one week only on iTunes by visiting http://bit.ly/medicate_video.
“Medicate” was also included on the new Guitar Hero 5 game as well as on the iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge. Crash Love is in stores and on iTunes now. For all the latest news from AFI visit http://www.afireinside.net.
In 2008, Blaze Bayley released his 4th solo album, The Man Who Would Not Die. On this new album, the former Iron Maiden front man has a brand new band cranking out the quality metal on this release.
Quite honestly, I am not familiar with the musicians in Bayley’s current band. With that being said, I had no expectations going into Blaze Bayley’s latest solo effort. Much to my surprise, Bayley has put together an ultra tight band that truly delivers the goods.
Nicolas and David Bermudez both came from a band called Under Threat. Judging from the tunes on this CD, and the songs I have heard from that band, Blaze Bayley has found two hotshot players for his current group. I am quite impressed with aggressive riffing and pummeling bass of these two brothers from Columbia.
I don’t know why Blaze Bayley doesn’t receive more credit in the metal world. He easily delivers what is the vocal performance of his career.
The Man Who Would Not Die sounds like a classic 80’s metal CD. The songs are filled with super tight riffs, and a kick ass rhythm section to drive the songs home. From the very first song, you will find it impossible to keep yourself from headbanging. The opening and title track, “The Man Who Would Not Die” is the type of song that you will NOT want to drive to. If you do, a speeding ticket may ensue, as the high speed rhythm of this song will definitely pump you up. The shredding on this tune is fantastic!
Some of the highlights on The Man Who Would Not Die are, “Blackmailer”, “Samurai”, “A Crack In The System”, and “Robot”. There honestly isn’t a bad tune on this CD.
I can’t seem to get “Blackmailer” out of my head. It is practically impossible to not sing along with this song. The music is great, and Bayley’s vocals truly give this song a classic metal feel. I love it!
“Samurai” could have easily been a tune from Iron Maiden. It really is that good!
If you love riff heavy metal, you need to find this CD now! The Man Who Would Not Die is one my favorite new metal CD’s. My only complaint is that I didn’t hear this music sooner.
For more information on Blaze Bayley, please visit the band’s myspace page, at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Man Who Would Not Die
3. Smile Back At Death
4. While You Were Gone
6. A Crack In The System
8. At The End Of The Day
9. Waiting For My Life To Begin
10. Voices From The Past
11. The Truth Is One
12. Serpent Hearted Man
Blaze Bayley Band is:
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Nicolas Bermudez – Guitars
David Bermudez – Bass
Jay Walsh – Guitars
Lawrence Paterson – Drums
Ray West from Spread Eagle has released a new video in support of his up and coming solo album, All Points West. Check it out!
Crazy Lixx sign with Frontiers Records (Journey, Toto, Danger Danger, Thunder, Winger).
Crazy Lixx will enter the studio to record the follow-up album to the 2007 debut album Loud Minority starting this saturday the 17:th of October. As with the previous album, the yet untitled follow-up will be recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm along with producer Chris Laney (Europe, Crashdiet, Candlemass). The album, set for release during spring 2010, will be the first release through Crazy Lixx’ new label Frontiers.
– We are extremely happy to have sealed this co-operation with Frontiers and we’ve got a really great album on the way so naturally we hope this will be a great leap forward in our career , says lead singer Danny Rexon.
The band has spent all of 2008 writing material for the new album and now picked out a dozen hard rock gems (out of over the double amont of songs written) to be recorded. – “We set out with one goal, and that was to beat the living s**t out of Loud Minority with these new songs, and If you ask me, we’ve beaten it black and blue. I can’t wait to get these new songs recorded!
The new album will feature titles such as:
Witching Hour, Children of the Cross, Rock and a Hard Place and 21 ’til I Die (just to name a few).
– “We’ll try our best to keep you guys updated with news and video clips from the studio so check out the official homepage (www.crazylixx.com) regularly.”
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the Seventh Volume of the ROCK THE BONES label sampler on November 6th 2009. The item’s tracklisting does include some of the current and upcoming label hits and does feature some very interesting premieres such as the new GIANT single “Promised Land” which will be included in the band’s anticipated fourth album to be released in 2010, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET debut single “Bleed Me Dry” and “The Beauty Of Dreams” from Brazilian Aorsters AURAS.
Full track listing includes:
Winger: Deal With the Devil; Mr. Big: Take Cover (live); Giant: Promised Land; W.E.T.: One Love; Cinderella: Gypsy Road (live); Danger Danger: Hearts on the Highway; Lynch Mob: Smoke and Mirrors; House of Lords: Cartesian Dreams; Mastedon: Revolution of Mind; Stryper: Murder by Pride; Out Loud!: We Run; The Lou Gramm Band: Baptized by Fire; Jaded Heart: Love is a Killer; Jorn: Rock and Roll Angel; Blanc Faces: Falling From the Moon; The Murder of My Sweet: Bleed Me Dry; Auras: Beauty of Dreams.
Inner liner notes are courtesy of Andrew J. McNeice of Melodicrock.com
Finally!! Mick Jones has released a new Foreigner album with the touring lineup that includes Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Unruly Child) on vocals and Jeff Pilson (Dokken, War & Peace) on bass, and Brian Tichy (Pride & Glory) on drums. If you are expecting a dirty, balls out rocker you may be a little disappointed, but not surprised because that is not what Foreigner has evolved into over the years, but with the release of Can’t Slow Down fans of such releases as 4, Agent Provocateur, and Inside Information will rejoice. Admittedly I was a little iffy when I heard Kelly Hansen was singing with Foreigner a few years ago, that was until I heard the Extended Versions Live album after that I was hooked. I will let everyone know this right now, Kelly Hansen sounds absolutely phenomenal on Can’t Slow Down.
The title track “Can’t Slow Down” gets us going on the right track, it has that classic Foreigner sound everyone knows and loves. I can see why NASCAR wants to use this foot tapping rocker. One thing Hansen never got a real chance to do in Hurricane or even on Unruly Child’s “Waiting For The Sun” was sing on some slower mid tempos and ballads, but on Can’t Slow Down he get his chance in spades and he damn sure makes the most of the opportunities. “In Pieces” is his first shot and he absolutely nails it, this song definitely needs a shot as a single, I have a feeling it will scorch the charts once it is released. Aside from Hansen’s vocals, Jeff Pilson lays down some very nice bass lines, but Michael Bluestein’s keyboards really stand out filling out the song, this is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. The first single from Can’t Slow Down is next and “When It Comes To Love” is already on the charts, and this mid-tempo number will fit in perfectly with such songs as “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “I Want To Know What Love Is”, and others. Some more nice keyboards from Bluestein and Tom Gimbel’s saxophone is a nice touch also. “Living In A Dream” picks up the pace with a little nod back to Foreigner’s 70s sound, love the horns laced throughout and Tichy’s drumming as well. “Ready” and “Give Me A Sign” keep the train rolling with two more solid tracks. I can’t see the guys not playing “Ready” live as this upbeat anthem would definitely get the crowd going. “I’ll Be Home Tonight” is another mid-tempo number made for radio, Hansen shines once again. “Too Late” is another nod back to Foreigner’s 70s sound and it could easily fit onto “Head Games” or “Double Vision”. “As Long As I Live” and “Fool For You Anyway” are two more tracks that really stand out on Can’t Slow Down.
Can’t Slow Down is a 2 cd/dvd set from Wal Mart, and like the other Wal Mart exclusive releases like Kiss’s Sonic Boom and Journey’s Revelation there is a remix cd of some Foreigner’s classics, if you have any doubt about Kelly Hansen filling Lou Gramm’s shoes I suggest you give the remixes a listen. Not to take away from the performances of Mick Jones, Jeff Pilson, and the others on Can’t Slow Down because they are sound great on this album, but for me Kelly Hansen’s vocals are what made this album. I’ve always been a fan of his singing but I think his performance on Can’t Slow Down may well be the best of his career. I’m already looking forward to this line-up’s next album, hopefully Mick and the guys don’t make us wait to long.
Rating: Out of 10
Disc 1 – Can’t Slow Down
1. “Can’t Slow Down”
2. “In Pieces”
3. “When It Comes to Love”
4. “Living in a Dream”
5. “I Can’t Give Up”
7. “Give Me a Sign”
8. “I’ll Be Home Tonight”
9. “Too Late”
11. “As Long As I Live”
12. “Angel Tonight”
13. “Fool For You Anyway”
Disc 2 – Remixes
1. “Feels Like the First Time”
2. “Cold as Ice”
3. “Hot Blooded”
4. “Blue Morning, Blue Day”
5. “Double Vision”
6. “Dirty White Boy”
7. “Head Games”
8. “Jukebox Hero”
10. “I Want to Know What Love Is”
Disc 3 – DVD
1. “Double Vision”
2. “Head Games”
3. “That Was Yesterday”
4. “Say You Will”
6. “Feels Like the First Time”
8. “Juke Box Hero”
9. “I Want To Know What Love Is”
10. “Hot Blooded”
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Mick Jones – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Piano
Thom Gimbel – Guitars, Saxophone, Backing Vocals
Michael Bluestein- Keyboards
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Brian Tichy – Drums
Check out Shinedown’s latest video, ‘If You Only Knew”!
Counting down the days until Nov. 17th, that is when Helix returns with the release of “Vagabond Bones”. Brian Vollmer has been working with fellow Canadian Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly) on the material for this latest release, which will be put out by Universal/Fontana in Canada. The band currently has two tracks available on Youtube for your enjoyment. The title track “Vagabond Bones” and the unmastered track “Hung Over But Still Hanging In”, for “Hung Over” the mastered version that will appear on the album will be a duet between Vollmer and Russ Graham (Killer Dwarfs).
Vollmer’s track-by-track description of “Vagabond Bones” can be found on the band’s official web site, planethelix.com.
The group’s classic ’80s lineup of Brent “The Doctor” Doerner on lead guitar, Greg “Fritz” Hinz on drums, Daryl Gray on bass, and Brian Vollmer on vocals are planning to hit the road throughout western Canada in November and a couple of additional dates in Ontario for December, to not only test drive a few of the new tunes, but to also warm up for festivals next summer.
~Attend Pepsi 500 and take part in exclusive “Can’t Slow Down” performance~
Race fans attending the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 11th will be part of history on more than one level.
Not only will those attending witness the “first” ever Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Southern California, but they will also have the opportunity to be part of the “first” live performance video shoot of rock-and-roll legend Foreigner’s “Can’t Slow Down” at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility on Sunday, Oct. 11. Fans wishing to take part in the taping should gather at the main stage in the Opportunity California Fanzone at 10:15 a.m.
“I have always been a diehard Formula One fan, but recently I had a NASCAR revelation. Now, as our new song says I ‘Can’t Slow Down’. I have become a huge NASCAR fan and try to catch as many races as I can,” said Foreigner’s Mick Jones. “NASCAR fans are our kind of people and that’s why we have chosen to film our new music video at Auto Club Speedway. I’m really looking forward to our future affiliation with a great community and hope everyone will come out to the Pepsi 500. ‘It Feels Like The First Time’ all over again.”
One of the world’s most popular and enduring rock bands, Foreigner will use Auto Club Speedway as the backdrop for its NASCAR-inspired title track to their new three-disc collection, including a CD album of all new music, a CD album of brand new remixes of the band’s original hit recordings, and a DVD of the band in concert and beyond. The release will be available from Rhino Entertainment Sept. 29, exclusively at Walmart.
Foreigner has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. Their hits are a mainstay of Classic Rock radio and include “Feels Like The First Time”, “Hot Blooded”, “Urgent”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Juke Box Hero”, ‘Waiting for A Girl Like You”, ‘Head Games”, and their worldwide number one ’I Want To Know What Love Is”. Foreigner’s fourth album, Foreigner “4”, spent more weeks on the Billboard chart at number one than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U 2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and any artist in Atlantic Record’s 60 year history.
Foreigner’s race weekend performance is just a part of the iconic rock group’s larger collaboration with NASCAR. The band’s integration into NASCAR nation will also
feature additional live performances at NASCAR events in 2009 and 2010, as well as a special video project that will include the NASCAR-inspired song “Can’t Slow Down.” NASCAR has had a history of at-track activations with several high-profile musical acts, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nickelback, O.A.R. and recording artists Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes and Sheryl Crow.
To be part of history at Auto Club Speedway call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com. Ticket offers start as low as $35 and including ticket packages to celebrate Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; a ticket deal to see the stars of NASCAR and the stars of TNA Wrestling’s Bound for Glory 2009; the chance to get up close and personal to Jimmie Johnson and so much more.
In addition to experience one of rock and roll’s greatest bands, fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value.
Catch all the action of the Pepsi 500 and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Oct. 11 starting at Noon PT on ABC.
Alice in Chains have just released three videos from their Clear Channel “Stripped” performance in New York City. The player contains videos of acoustic renditions of “Check My Brain”, “Your Decision”, and the classic “No Excuses”. The clips can be seen here. The band has also just released their new album Black Gives Way To Blue which landed at #5 on the Billboard charts, and can be purchased here.
After a performance on Conan O’Brien on October 30th, the band is headed to Europe for a headlining tour.
Tour Dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
Oct. 22 San Antonio, TX Bone Bash @ AT&T Center
Oct. 23 Grand Prairie, TX KEGL Freakers Ball @ Nokia Theatre
Oct. 24 Houston, TX Buzzfest @ Woodlands Pavilion
Nov. 12 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland
Nov. 13 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Academy
Nov. 14 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Nov. 16 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 17 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 19 Tilburg, Holland 013
Nov. 20 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Zaal
Nov. 21 Weisbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Nov. 23 Dortmund, Germany FZW
Nov. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Lucerna
Nov. 25 Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Nov. 27 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok
Nov. 29 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Nov. 30 Munich, Germany Thearterfabrick
Dec. 2 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Dec. 3 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son
Dec. 4 Paris, France Bataclan
Dec. 6 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Dec. 7 London, UK Brixton Academy
After spending most of 2009 readying the release of their debut album, and with a little help from drummer Ryan Hoyle, background singer Marc LaFrance, and Steve Ouimette. Guitarist Dave Henzerling (King Kobra, Keel, Big Cock, Lizzy Borden) and Vocalist Scott Hammons (Icon) have posted the first song “Blood On The Highway” from their new project Tunnel. You can check out “Blood On The Highway” by visiting Tunnel’s myspace. Tunnel has also made “Blood On The Highway” available for download on the band’s new website www.tunnelonline.net. Tunnel’s debut is set for release in November.
Domenica’s new album, The Luxury was recently released in Canada. Check out their new clip, “Above Me” below. For more information on the band, please visit their myspace page.
New album’Welcome to the Hotel de la Muerte is out in Europe October 12th on Bad Reputation Records
The Worlds Greatest Flamenco Glam Punk Rumba Rock n Roll Gypsy Kings GYPSY PISTOLEROS have finished recording the mini album ‘Hotel de la muerte’ Produced once more by the legendary & eccentric Joe Gibb ( Catatonia, Funeral for a friend, Janes Addiction, The Kinks ,etc ) in Mighty Atom Studios ( Wales ) .
Artist extraordinaire Jo Burgon – Candy Machine Art ( Metallica, Led Zeppelin,L.A Guns, Wednesday 13, Metallica, etc ) has designed and illustrated the new album and t-shirt design in a Priest, Hellsing , From Dawn to Dusk, El Mariachi style!!! Tracks are ‘Living down with the Gypsies, Walk through the shadows, Sangre de las Rosas, Welcome to the Hotel de la muerte, Son illusiones.
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS’ VIDEO GAME WET SPONSORS
GYPSY PISTOLEROS’ OCTOBER U.K. TOUR
The Gypsy Pistoleros today announced that Bethesda Softworks®’ recently-released third person shooter, WET™, will be the sole sponsor of their 2009 October U.K Tour. Four tracks from the band’s forthcoming album, Hotel de la Muerte, are featured in the smash hit WET, a highly stylized game developed by Artificial Mind & Movement for Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
The band’s 2009 October tour supports their new album due out in the U.K. on October 12th on Bad Reputation Records. A double album release, available through Chavis Records, will be out on November 30th in North America and Asia.
Gypsy Pistoleros’ songs add to WET’s heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping adventure of double crosses and paybacks in which players take on the role of problem fixer, Rubi Malone. Featuring top-notch voice over performances from Eliza Dushku (as Rubi Malone), Malcolm McDowell (as crime lord Rupert Pelham) and Alan Cumming (as villain Christopher Sorrell) , WET offers up a perfect mix of violence and humor set against a stellar soundtrack and original score, both of which capture the game’s cool, retro-70s grindhouse vibe.
Gypsy Pistoleros has played with all the great glam rock icons including Poison, L.A Guns, Vince Neil, Faster Pussycat, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Skid Row, Tesla, Dokken, Warrant and can be seen at the following locations on the following dates:
- 3rd October at Gasworks in Bradford*
- 11th October at JB’s in Dudley*
- 12th October at The Salutation in Nottingham*
- 14th October at Rockers in Glasgow**
- 15th October at Marrs Bar in Worcester*
- 17th October at Legends in Newcastle*
- 18th October at London Underworld (+ Bai Bang)*
- 21st October at TJ’s in Newport*
- 23rd October at Perfect 5th in Taunton*
- 28th October at The Palladium Bideford North Devon*
- 30th October at Mama Stone’s in Exeter*
*Livin in a Valvestate and MAEVEN
**Livin in a Valvestate & Wasted Angels!
For more information on the band please visit: www.myspace.com/gypsypistoleros
One of the lesser known bands in my vast CD collection is I, Napoleon. This band’s self titled debut was released towards the end of the hair metal era. Judging from the perfect coiffures the band members have on the back cover of this CD, they were certainly trying to appeal to the hair metal crowd. The music on this CD is so completely random, I don’t think I could truly classify them as one.
When I picked this up in the 90’s on cassette, I remembered not really getting into this very much, but couldn’t remember the tunes at all. I recently replaced this CD, and found that I liked this a lot more than when it was first released.
Singer Steve Napoleon’s voice sounds like a cross between Richard Black from Shark Island, and Steven Shareaux from Kik Tracee but the music is nothing like either one of those bands.
The opening track “Perfect Absolution” kind of sounds like a White Lion tune with a different style of singer. It is an o.k. opener, but there better songs on this CD.
The keyboards on “Go To Pieces” sounds like they should be in a Honeymoon Suite song, than from I, Napoleon. The vocals are pretty cool on this tune.
“Come Back Soon” fires off with a bunch of La, La, La’s. My first reaction was “What the hell is this?”. That part of the tune is kind of annoying, but catchy in an odd way too. The rest of it is pretty good.
“Everytime I See Your Picture” is a keyboard based power ballad that could have had a little bit of hit potential, assuming the band got some radio airplay, of which they received very little. This is a cover song from the Canadian singer Luba, who did have a top 40 hit with this song.
“Whipped Silly” is easily one of my favorite tunes on this CD. You have to love the Cowbell!
“I Am The Idiot” is cool rocker that blasts out a saxophone solo towards the middle of the song. You have to love the classic lyrics “Life’s a bitch and I’m a whore, at least I’m not some goddamn bore”.
“Sweet Cyanide” is a pretty straight forward sleazy rocker, and good tune at that.
“Concerto in D Minor” is a piano instrumental that pretty much adds nothing to this CD at all. Its inclusion here is just weird.
This CD has been out of print for years, but you can still find copies of it, at this link. Back in the 90’s, I didn’t care for this CD, but now I think its kind of cool. The low price makes it a CD worth checking out.
Rating: Out of 10
- Perfect Absolution
- Go To Pieces
- Don’t Wanna Sleep Alone
- Come Back Soon
- Everytime I See Your Picture
- Love I Hate
- Whipped Silly
- Feels Like Suicide
- I Am The Idiot
- Sweet Cyanide
- Concerto in D Minor
- My Backyard
I, Napoleon is:
Steve Napoleon – Vocals, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Joe Fazio – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dave Imondi – Drums, Percussion Backing Vocals
Doug Stratton – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Crucifed Barbara just released a new single, “Jennyfer” off of their album, Til Death Do Us Party.
Check out their video, “Sex Action” below.
Did you miss the KISS performance on The Late Show with David Letterman? No worries, you can check it out here!