I guess I would say. The first impulse is probably not the one to act on.”
The album was recorded at various studios in Florida, Germany, and Scotland but most of the production was handled in Sweden with Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall) at the helm.
“As Yet Untitled”
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1449 DG
Format: CD DG
Genre: hard rock
Release date: 24.10.2011 Europe / 08.11.2011 USA
2. Time Machine
3. Dreams Lie Down and Die
5. Land of the Deceiver
6. Secret Jesus
7. Sea of Emotion
8. Catz got yer Tongue
9. Living on the Cheap
10. Times like These
On their latest release, Big Money, House of Lords reminds us yet again what an underrated band they are. Their last release (2009’s Cartesian Dreams) was so grand that it ranked on my top ten hard rock records of the year list (no easy feat). With singer James Christian still sounding magnificent on the microphone and his current bandmates following suit on their respective instruments, House of Lords prove once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Big Money opens with the hard rocking title track that immediate reminds the listener of why House of Lords is such a great band. Packed with strong guitar riffs, a heavy handed drum beat by B.J. Zampa, and some solid vocals by James Christian, “Big Money” is as strong an opener for a record as they come. James Christian can still pack a wallop when singing a tune. His voice sounds as magnificent today as it did back in 1989 when the band debuted. Father time has been very kind to James Christian’s voice.
Proving they can still belt out a ballad with the best of them, House of Lords included “The Next Time I Hold You,” on this record. A powerful love-fest of a song, cigarette lighters will be out in full force if the band decides to play this in concert. House of Lords was kind enough to remind us all what a power ballad should sound like and delivered a superb one in “The Next Time I Hold You.” With exceptional vocals, a solid guitar solo, and a classic arrangement, this is a fantastic ballad and one of the best tracks on the disc.
Synthesizers dominate the music throughout Big Money, making it sound like a harder edged Europe. While House of Lords has always had keyboards in their music, I can’t recall an album where they dominated the landscape of the music as much as they do on Big Money. The added element doesn’t take away from the music, but the disc may have benefited from more guitar solos and less synth work. There are areas on the record screaming for a guitar solo, only to be filled in by some keyboards. That’s not to take away from the great work that keyboardist Jeff Kent has done, but some more solos from Jimi Bell would have helped on certain songs.
Following the mantra of “always leave them wanting more,” House of Lords waited for the final track of the disc to unleash their best song. “Blood” is a hard rocking masterpiece that includes outstanding vocals, a ripping guitar solo, and arena pounding drums. The synthesizers were reduced to a background rhythm section, making “Blood” a much heavier song than most of the album.
Overall, House of Lords have produced another solid record that is worth seeking out and adding to your collection. With any luck, we may see this band on some of the festival bills in 2012. A stop at M3 would be real nice! With new music to support, I suppose that anything is possible.
Rating: Out of 10
- Big Money
- One Man Down
- First To Cry
- Someday When
- Livin’ In A Dream World
- The Next Time I Hold You
- Run For Your Life
- Once Twice
House Of Lords Is:
James Christian – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jimi Bell – Guitar
Chris McCarvill – Bass Guitar
B. J. Zampa – Drums
Jeff Kent – Keyboards
BILLY SHEEHAN – Since those loud, bright and colorful Arena Rock days of the late 1980’s, I equate Billy Sheehan to bass playing excellence. From his early 80’s days with Talas, to stalking the stage alongside Steve Vai for David Lee Roth’s momentous tours, in some of the world’s most prolific venues, Billy Sheehan has wowed his fans and peers. After decades of honing his signature bass sound, Billy has earned the respect and accolades that so very often are spilled upon him in the press and behind closed doors.
The standouts are stacked high within the legendary music career of Billy Sheehan and Mr. Big is a huge exclamation point in what Billy has achieved as a musician. Mr. Big defines what great Hard Rock can sound like, when Pop song structures are played heavy, resulting in a unique accessibility that stretches from mainstream to Metal. Billy Sheehan and his band are old school, yet Mr. Big and their comeback album “What If…” (released on Frontiers Records this past winter of 2011), have ignited a new-found fire within their original lineup, which also boasts: Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Pat Torpey (drums).
Make no mistake, “What If…” may very likely be the best Mr. Big album ever and Billy Sheehan couldn’t be happier. Honestly, a feel-good story like this couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy like Billy Sheehan and exemplary Hard Rock band like Mr. Big. Ten years have passed since the last Mr. Big studio album and after one thorough listen to “What If…” I never could tell. Billy Sheehan took the time from his busy touring schedule recently, to talk to Hard Rock Hideout about Mr. Big’s reunion, their comeback album, their fans and of course, David Lee Roth. Here is what Billy Sheehan had to say:
HRH: How amazing the new album sounds! Eric, Paul, Pat and yourself sound like you’re all at the top of your game on “What If…”. How close were you guys during the off years?
BILLY: Pat, Paul and I live in L.A., so we saw each other a lot and we all rehearse at the same place. Eric is in San Francisco and we always send messages to each other. We never thought the band would be together again.
HRH: What moment sparked the band into creating a new studio album?
BILLY: We were always asked by everybody when is Mr. Big gonna play again? So really it’s the fans that are responsible for Mr. Big getting back together, making a new album and touring. We had done a reunion tour back in 2009. It was a great time and run for us. We had a conference call with our manager and he posed the question, do you want to do a record? We all agreed to do a new record, only like our early records where everybody contributes. While making this record, we were all hanging out and enjoying our time with each other. We got lucky! Honestly, this is the best reviewed record I’ve ever played on! You never know what is going to happen when you make a new record.
HRH: I’ll agree with being a best reviewed record! Hard Rock Hideout considers “What If…” to be one of the best Hard Rock albums of 2011.
BILLY: Well thank you! I appreciate that! We were pleasantly surprised!
HRH: Were you ever concerned about how the new album would be received by the media and the fans?
BILLY: It was not so much concern, we just didn’t know! With all the rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering and other work that goes into making the album… we do the best we can. We are all Hard Rock fans ourselves, so we know what we expect from our favorite bands. We try to incorporate what we do as fans, we know what we like, we know what we think sounds cool and try to put it into our music. There is a disconnect between what the artist likes and what the fans accept and expect as well. That can’t be denied.
HRH: How big of an asset is Kevin Shirley in the studio?
BILLY: Kevin was a big asset! He insisted on a certain way we would play it and sing it “live”. Kevin told us in a nice way but a stern way, he said c’mon, let’s see it! Bring it! This was pressure we didn’t expect! Our song “All Around The World, we played it like hundreds of times! We arrived at the studio super early in the morning. It wasn’t easy being under that kind of pressure. This was pressure we didn’t expect! We had to kick ass and hit it hard! Still, it is a good thing to be under pressure. There’s no room for a blunder doing it live! Kevin had us make a record like The Beatles did in the old days, a bunch of takes being played live. We do a bunch of takes and just get it right.
HRH: While “What If…” was being written, how democratic was the band?
BILLY: Very, very democratic. Very much like the original records were written. It just makes more sense to listen to what each other has to offer. We all threw ideas around. We’re selfless and use the other guys idea if yours isn’t working. We wrote one hundred and twenty-eight pieces of music, while writing this new album. There was a lot of versatility and cool changes from all the pieces that were written. We had a lot to choose from.
HRH: With all the pieces of music written for “What If…”, will there be a couple more albums from Mr. Big in the future?
BILLY: Back in the day it was tour, do a record, tour and do another record. There is no MTV now, so records take longer to sink in these days. Maybe we’ll tour for another year and next Summer we’ll do festivals. It’s hard to predict what we’ll do in the future. We’re just enjoying what is happening now.
HRH: How has the current tour of the States been?
BILLY: It’s been a blast! The tour has been easy and really cool. We started in Southern California, then went north, then went back west and down to San Diego. We have packed houses everywhere we play right now. We’re hitting it hard everywhere we go to play. It’s been great business for us, especially when bands are suffering on the road at the present time. After all these years, the Mr. Big records are still being played and people want to see us. There’s a lot of people who are happy to see us. After the shows, I hang out with the fans and sign photos, shake hands and we share our time.
HRH: After all these years, how important has Japan been to the success of Mr. Big?
BILLY: Very important. We sold more records in the U.S. and Europe than we did in Japan. Many people think that it’s easy to go there (Japan) because we are Americans. I feel people are fixated on the mythological aspect of Japan due to Spinal Tap! (laughs).
BILLY: Japan is a very different marketplace, as is Taiwan and Korea where we have many fans. I get more fan mail from Indonesia than anywhere else in the world! We hit it hard in Japan. A lot of bands toured there (Japan) and never got asked back again! We love Japan and are very grateful to the fans there for their support over the years. We hit it hard in Japan like everywhere else we go. We didn’t change our method of operation the way we approached Japan. We shook hands, signed photos and took the time to meet the fans.
HRH: Is Eric Martin an underrated vocalist of Hard Rock?
BILLY: I guess he may be underrated by some and other moments very celebrated by many. The first time I heard Eric sing, I said that is exactly what I want! That is the voice I’m looking for! Eric has that smokey tonality about him, he is from the Paul Rodgers mold.
HRH: What other instrument can you play that the typical fan wouldn’t know about?
BILLY: The sax. I do know where to put my fingers and I will play the sax, even if it sounds terrible! (laughs) So I do try the sax.
HRH: Will you ever consider reissuing any of the Talas titles?
BILLY: There was a couple that Metal Blade Records reissued in the past. I have a zillion demos and unreleased tracks, plus live bootlegs. I would love to sell them on the net or as a super cheap download. I have many early demos and tracks of Mr. Big. I have David Lee Roth “Eat ‘Em And Smile” and “Skyscraper” demos, minus the vocals. Of course there would be some legal issues to sort out with Dave on these. I have tons of live videos that no one has ever seen before too. I would love to release some of those some day. These videos are all professionally done.
HRH: Can you reveal the funniest or craziest moment you experienced while touring with David Lee Roth?
BILLY: The “Dave Tour” was a string of craziest and funniest moments! That was one big and amazing time of my life. That whole part of my life is a book in itself! Dave was and still is my hero. I will always be thankful for Dave giving me that opportunity. Steve (Vai), Gregg (Bissonette) and I like to reunite for Christmas. We once reminisced about it all. We called Dave once when we were together and couldn’t find him! (laughs).
HRH: As you tour with Mr. Big in 2011, does it feel like old times or is there a new-found fire burning?
BILLY: Definitely a new-found fire burning. I believe all of us (in the band) are people enjoying our lives now. When we were younger, there was more pressure on us to succeed. I spend more time now playing and working on my bass, than any other time in my life. It’s the same with Paul and Pat, they would tell you the same thing. We absolutely love what we’re doing right now, we feel very lucky and fortunate. We rolled the dice and it came up sevens!
Finnish rockers Reckless Love have released their sophomore effort, Animal Attraction on October 3rd, via Spinefarm Records. Check out Reckless Love’s newest video clip “Hot”, as well as “One More Time” below!
“One More Time”
The Monsters of Rock Cruise made their final artist announcement today, and it is a good one!
Rhinobucket, Night Ranger, Helix, Odin, DC4, Flametal, and Luc Carl were added to the final bill which already has, Tesla, Cinderella, Kix, Stryper, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, John Corabi, Black n Blue, Keel, Bang Tango, and XYZ.
Please visit the Monsters of Rock website for ticket info!
Alt-rockers outfit REDLIGHT KING has now released their second official video for their new single, “Bullet In My Hand,” from the band’s debut album, Something For The Pain. Redlight King is fronted by singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk also known as “Kaz,” who sets his pensive musings to a decidedly rock beat with rhythmic undertones. The songs on Something For The Pain are a culmination of life’s highs and lows and Kaz’s personal ode to over-coming his own demons. The album also features the first single, “Old Man,” featuring the first-ever sampling of Neil Young’s legendary song of the same name, approved by Neil himself. The video for “Old Man” has already garnered over 2 million views. Now, fans can watch the new video for “Bullet In My Hand” on the band’s official VEVO page.
For more information on Redlight King, be sure to check out their official website, www.redlightkingmusic.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to pick up a copy of Something For The Pain available on iTunes now!
On November 18 Scandinavian heavy metal cult act OZ will release their highly-anticipated comeback album “Burning Leather” The band has released a special director’s cut video for their song “Dominator”.
“We made this video to show to the world that OZ is back”, drummer Mark Ruffneck says. “We came into contact with Amir (Chamdin, – video director, who worked with acts like The Cardigans, Mando Diao and The Hellacopters)through the same friends that introduced us to Nicke Andersson. Amir actually wanted to make a Heavy Metal video, 80’s style, and we gave him “carte blanche” to do it his way.”
Following the release of their long awaited second album ‘III’, the hottest rock & roll band in the world, Chickenfoot, have announced a 5-date UK & European tour for January 2012; their first European concerts since July 2009. Including 2 UK concerts in Manchester and London, tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday October 14th 2011; further info is detailed below, and at www.chickenfoot.us.
Chickenfoot will perform songs from their gold-selling, eponymous debut album, alongside tracks from the critically acclaimed ‘III’, for the very first time outside of the United States. The European tour kicks off at the Manchester Academy on Thursday January 12th, followed by London’s O2 Academy Brixton (Saturday January 14th), Paris Olympia (Monday January 16th), Tilburg O13 (Tuesday January 17th) and Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Hall (Thursday January 19th). Tickets for the 2 UK concerts will be available from www.livenation.co.uk/artist/chickenfoot-tickets.
Featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani and Van Halen duo, bassist Michael Anthony & frontman Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith has temporarily handed his sticks over to the legendary Kenny Aronoff, who will join the band for these concerts. Says Joe Satriani, “Kenny brings that same combination of super chops and wild energy to the band that we’re used to; and, offstage, he’s just as crazy as Chad”. Watch a video of Chad Smith introducing Kenny here.
Chickenfoot fans in the UK will be treated to a special Planet Rock pre-sale, where tickets can be purchased 24 hours ahead of the October 14th general on-sale date. By visiting www.planetrock.com, tickets will be available from 9am on Thursday October 13th.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ROYAL HUNT 11th studio album entitled “Show me How to Live” on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.
Royal Hunt have been recently rejoined by DC Cooper, the American singer that marked the two most successful releases of the band in the 90’s : « Moving Target » and the concept album “Paradox”. “We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that’s how the idea of doing on a mini tour came about”, tells Royal Hunt founder, songwriter and keyboards player Andre Andersen. “After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue… recording a new album – first…”. And you can certainly hear the results on “Show Me How to Live”. The new material is described as “highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production”, this will certainly please the fans of neoclassical yet progressive music. Andersen continues “The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, so far it sounds great. It will have some qualities of our previous albums “Moving Target” and “Paradox”, but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!”
Founded in Denmark in 1989 by Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personnel changes since the inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer DC Cooper; are the ones that mostly stood the test of time: “Moving Target” in 1995 and the subsequent concept album “Paradox” in 1997.
While Andre Andersen – a musical genius who can virtually play any instrument, compose, write lyrics and produce all at the same time – is undoubtedly the powerhouse force that drives the entire ensemble forward like a bulldozer, it’s also sure that DC is one of the top singers in the entire hard rock world. The extension and warmth of his vocals are the key elements that can bring back Royal Hunt to the throne of nowadays Hard Rock scene.
Once again recorded and produced at NorthPoint Studios in Denmark, “Show Me How To Live” brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated ROYAL HUNT!
“Show Me How To Live” final track listing includes:
Introduction; One More Day; Another Man Down; An Empty Shell; Hard Rain’s Coming; Half Past Loneliness; Show Me How To Live; Angel’s Gone.
As a companion to the new album release, Frontiers Records will also release on the same day a double DVD entitled “Future Coming From the Past”. This double package serves as a celebration of the return of singer DC Cooper to the line-up, and makes finally widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan back in the day.
The first DVD is entitled “1996” and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band’s “Moving Target” album. “1996” is an excellent summary of Royal Hunt’s career up to that point. The band offers a great mix of songs from their first three studio albums. The band was in top form for this show, with DC leading the way.
The second DVD “Paradox – Closing the Chapter” was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original DC Cooper era for Royal Hunt. It is essentially a complete live performance of the band’s amazing studio album “Paradox”, their most successful album to date. It is a very solid performance and DC delivers the goods, while the band’s playing is superb. To complete the package is a 50 minute documentary which shares stories of life in a Rock band.
“Future Coming From the Past” table of contents include:
DVD1 – 1996
- Concert: Flight; 1348; Wasted Time; Stay Down; On the Run; Stranded; Keyboard Solo; Martial Arts; Far Away; Last Goodbye; Land of Broken Hearts; Makin’ a Mess; Clown in the Mirror; Guitar Solo; Step by Step; Drums & Bass Solo; Running Wild; Epilogue; Age Gone Wild; Ten to Life; Legion of the Damned; Kingdom Dark; Time.
Total length 150 mins.
DVD2 – Closing the Chapter (Paradox):
- Concert: The Awakening; River of Pain; Tearing Down the World; Message to God; Long Way Home; Time Will Tell; Silent Scream; It’s Over.
Total length 100 mins.
Format: NTSC Region Free – Screen 4:3 – Stereo
While Andre Andersen says “We’re taking it one step at the time – let’s finish the new album first, release it and see how the reaction of our fans is”, you can anyway certainly expect to see ROYAL HUNT playing in a town near you in the first months of 2012.
ROYAL HUNT current lineup includes:
André Andersen – keyboards
D.C. Cooper – vocals
Allan Sørensen – drums
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitars
“Hollywood Tease” is the new bonus track on the up and coming Generation Wild LP from Crashdiet. You can pre-order the new Generation Wild LP from the Crashdiet website. The first 300 copies sold will be signed by the band! Get yours here!
Check out the ‘Hollywood Tease” video clip below!
Sophomore Album Slated For Release On November 1st Via Universal Republic Records
The legends of the Sunset Strip, Steel Panther, are getting ready to release their sophomore album Balls Out via Universal Republic Records. The album will be released on November 1st and will continue the raucous tradition of the band’s 2009 debut, Feel The Steel. The latest album features 14 soon to be classics such as “Just Like Tiger Woods,” ”“Gold Digging Whore” and “Weenie Ride.” The album also features cameos by Dane Cook on the album opener “In The Future” and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Extreme axeman Nuno Bettencourt show up on an instant classic, “It Won’t Suck Itself.” Balls Out was produced by Grammy nominated producer/mixer Jay Ruston who produced the band’s Feel The Steel debut and is known for his work with Anthrax, Meatloaf, The Donnas and Morrissey to name a few.
The first single from Balls Out is “17 Girls In A Row” and will be impacting at radio over the next few weeks. The song showcases the band’s ability to write memorable hooks while mixing them with their signature style lyrics like “I banged 17 girls in a grocery store and never lost my erection.” With its driving opening drum beat and infectious guitar riff, “17 Girls In A Row” will be sure to heat up rock airwaves and give it a much needed kick in the balls – no pun intended.
Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their debut, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. At sell-out club shows in Hollywood and Las Vegas, Steel Panther has been joined on stage by rock and roll icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few. Across the Atlantic, the band has shared arena stages with ZZ Top and rocked an audience of 30,000 at the UK’s Download festival. In Germany, Feel The Steel was proclaimed ‘Best Debut Album’ at the Metal Hammer awards. The band will be heading out on a UK tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crue in December before coming back to start a nationwide tour of the US in 2012.
Steel Panther is Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums).
Balls Out Track listing:
1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really Really Love Me
6. It Won’t Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can’t You Trust Me
9. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride
Glam Rock from the land down under? Check out the cool new band De La Cruz from Australia and download six of their songs for free on the band’s bandcamp page!!
VAIN fans have a new reason to be excited in 2011!! Davy Vain and company are back with a brand new hard rockin’ album, Enough Rope. Fans of the No Respect era of VAIN are definitely going to enjoy the band’s latest effort.
First and foremost, Davy Vain sounds exactly the same as he did back on the band’s ’89 debut. I always thought he had one of the more unique voices of the late 80’s, and he sounds incredible on Enough Rope. Not only does Davy sound great, but the whole band is in fine form. VAIN has put together another great album. This is easily VAIN’s most rockin’ release since No Respect.
The songs “Triple X”, “Cindy”, “Solid Gold” and the title track “Enough Rope” are easily as good as anything VAIN has ever recorded. “Greener” is a pretty good song to start the album off with. You can almost hear the smoke coming off of the instruments on “Triple X”. This up tempo rocker is going to be a favorite of mine for a long long time. There isn’t a bad song to be found on Enough Rope, and the majority of the songs are quite deserving of radio airplay.
I loved the long-delayed, All Those Strangers which received an official release last year I believe Enough Rope is even better than that disc, and amongst the best songs VAIN has ever recorded.
Enough Rope will be released on October 28th in Europe. Hopefully, a record label will be smart enough to give this CD a proper U.S. release. You won’t want to miss out on “Enough Rope”!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Triple X
3. Hot Stage Lights
4. Stray Kitten Burns
6. Treasure Girl
7. Enough Rope
8. Solid Gold
9. Distance of Love
11. Worship You
Davy Vain – Vocals, Guitars
Jamie Scott – Guitars
Ashley Mitchell – Bass
Tommy Rickard – Drums
Danny West – Guitars
Louie Senor – Drums
Fraser Lunney – Bass
Check out the kick ass new video “Time to Rock” from Jacksonville, Florida rockers, Gasoline 67! For more information on the band, please visit Gasoline 67’s Facebook page and give them a Like!!
Foxy Shazam may be another one of those bands that fall into the genreless category, but they make good music nonetheless. If you want to check out a cool tune for free, visit the band’s Facebook page, where you can download their new song “I Like It” for free! “I Like It’ is from the up and coming album from Foxy Shazam, coming in January 2012. Check it out!!
The latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. I was not upset with this year’s list, which included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys on a return ballot, along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Guns N Roses, The Cure, and Faces. All of those bands had some critical claim to the way that rock music was shaped. So while this year’s nominees are solid, there is still one glaring omission yet again—Kiss.
This notable omission is simply ridiculous. Not only is the Hall of Fame ignoring one of the greatest rock acts of the 20th century (for the twelfth year in a row), they are also insulting Kiss fans everywhere and, by extension, rock music fans.
Putting aside my personal biases, I decided to research the qualifications to enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, who makes such decisions, and how many acts are allowed to be nominated in one particular year. I wanted to learn, first hand, if Kiss truly deserves to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
First up is the initial qualification to be inducted into the hall. This comes from the Hall of Fame’s own website and states the following: “One of the foundations many functions, is to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.”
Other criteria are:
- 25 years must have passed since the release of the artists first album
- Unquestionable musical excellence
- Musical influence on other artists
- Length and depth of career and body of work
Without a doubt, Kiss meets all of these qualifications. Obviously they make the time qualification (their first record was released in 1974). They have made a significant impact on the evolution, development, and perpetuation of rock and roll. Kiss led the way for an innovative live stage show. Their live act was the stuff of fantasy before Kiss came along and showed every other band what a live performance should be like.
Then they went ahead and changed the world of music by showing how a live album should be done. Prior to Kiss bands did not release live records. It was unheard of—they wouldn’t sell. Kiss forever changed the way that music is heard and now, every band has a live record, some as their second release.
As for musical influence on other artists, let’s examine the following: Red Hot Chili Peppers have stated they were influenced by Kiss. Guns N Roses have stated that they were influenced by Kiss. Looking at bands that are already in the Hall, Aerosmith was influenced by Kiss. Metallica have stated numerous times what an effect Kiss had on their music. Van Halen was discovered by Kiss (or at least a member of Kiss). So it’s clear that Kiss had musical influence on other artists—including artists that are in the Hall of Fame themselves.
As far as “unquestionable music excellence” goes, look at their album sales. After the Beatles, no other band has more gold and platinum albums than Kiss. Obviously fans thought their music was excellent. If the rating is determined by chart position, Kiss had 10 studio albums and 6 live albums that were in the top 25 US albums. 16 albums in the top 25 is a lot more than most of the performers currently in the hall have.
Seeing as how Kiss meets all the qualifications to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, let’s take a look at the people who are doing the nominating. What makes these people so qualified to determine who should be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Again, from the hall’s own website:
“The Foundation’s nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, select nominees each year in the Performer’s category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of more than 500 rock experts.” Performers have to receive more than 50% of the vote to be inducted and usually 5 to 7 performers are inducted each year.
Simply stated, the nominating committee determines who is put on the ballot, and that committee is made up of “rock historians.” And what, pray tell, does it take to be a rock historian? It’s not as if there is a degree in rock music history (or if there is, I’ve never heard of it). Perhaps it is safest to define a rock historian as someone who studies the history of rock music and provides abundant knowledge on the subject. If that is true, or even close, how could these “historians” not nominate Kiss for the Hall of Fame? Is this a personal vendetta? What gives?
Sadly, Kiss’ omission from The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is annoying and confusing. How could a band with this much history, this much influence on other musicians, this much gold and platinum in their catalog, not be in the Hall of Fame? It makes no sense to me. Love them or hate them, the facts remain…Kiss is Hall of Fame material. When will the “historians” see that?
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Between 1984 and 1995 Queen released their last five studio albums and consolidated their reputation as the biggest, brashest and boldest band in the world. They achieved legendary status as they delivered THE defining performance of the century at Live Aid as well as headlining massive stadium concerts all over the world. Queen also released some of their best loved and most anthemic work in this period, before and after the passing of Freddie Mercury in 1991.
Hollywood Records will reissue deluxe editions of the five Queen albums from this period on November 1st as part of the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration – The Works, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven in an exclusive box set.
Many Queen favorites were released during this period including “Radio Gaga” (the track from which Lady Gaga took her name), “I Want To Break Free” (complete with the infamous cross-dressing Coronation Street parody video that MTV banned in the US), “One Vision,” “A Kind of Magic,” “I Want It All,” “The Miracle” and “These Are The Days of Our Lives” (featuring Freddie’s haunting final video appearance).
These five albums cover the era when Queen were elevated to truly legendary status as they stole the show at Live Aid in front of a global TV audience of 1.9 billion people, and wowed audiences with subsequent headline shows at Knebworth and Wembley, the latter recently voted by the public as one of the most iconic events ever seen at the stadium. This was also a consistent period of commercial success with each of the five albums going platinum in the UK and A Kind of Magic and Made in Heaven each selling over 1 million copies.
As well as their huge UK gigs they continued the global domination of the late 70’s playing Rock in Rio twice to crowds of over 300,000 each time. On their subsequent Magic tour they sold over 1 million tickets around the world, and played the first ever stadium gig in Eastern Europe at the Nepstadium in Budapest in front of fans who hitchhiked from all over the Eastern Bloc to attend.
After Freddie’s death The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert saw a packed Wembley set alight again to the music of Queen once again, with stars from all over the world joining John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor on stage.
Subsequently The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded to help distribute money raised from this concert for AIDS awareness. Since then, the Trust has raised and distributed over $15 million to help in the fight against AIDS. The charity has just created a truly unique initiative with the launch of the ‘Freddie For A Day’ Global Charity Network.
Queens 40th Anniversary year has kicked off in spectacular style so far with their first ever major exhibition “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” in London’s East End and kicked off with a star studded launch party attended by the likes of Foo Fighters and Jessie J.
A recent two part BBC TV documentary, “Days of Our Lives”, drew widespread rave reviews as Brian May and Roger Taylor looked back over their first 40 years in detail for the first time. The Guardian described it as ‘fantastic and moving’.
Meanwhile the bands first ten albums have been reissued to considerable acclaim. The Telegraph said of their early work, “Queen’s greatest music was extravagantly innovative, technically brilliant and created with a jeweler’s care.”
Rolling Stone Magazine gave the first set of reissues the magazine’s highest rating of five-stars, describing the collection’s “instrumental intensity” as a “compelling portrait of vehement and violent art.”
These last five studio albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time.
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JAIME ST. JAMES – From 1984 to 1988 Black ‘N Blue was signed to Geffen Records and released four studio albums of pumped-up Hair/Glam Metal. These albums were usually cranked up at many a keg gathering back in the day, the days of those memorable 80’s when I used to feel invincible. Around 1989, the legend of Black ‘N Blue disbanded, still the Hard Rockin’ albums remained as a solid reminder that this band could Rock your face off and make the girls cry for more.
Black ‘N Blue eventually resurfaced for a one-time reunion concert in 1997, resulting in the 1998 release: One Night Only: Live. By 2002, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer replaced the legendary Ace Frehley in KISS. The charismatic lead singer, with the long blonde locks, would find himself fronting the ever famous Warrant, being featured on their 2006 studio album Born Again. With the subsequent return of the late Jani Lane, Jaime St. James moved on. That is the abbreviated history of Black ‘N Blue, certainly there are many other engagements and facts to tell. As time moves on more Rock ‘N Roll history is to be made… Black ‘N Blue history that is.
Fast forward to 2011 and Jamie St. James finds his band rejuvenated and once again Rockin’ like it was 1984 all over again. Frontiers Records is now the label launching pad for the kick-to-the-teeth, Hard and Heavy Rock ‘N Roll that Black ‘N Blue is truly known for. On May 17, 2011, Black ‘N Blue returned with their fifth studio album: “Hell Yeah!”. Fans of Black ‘N Blue have been waiting since 1988 for a brand new studio album and Jaime St. James and the boys have delivered. Recently, Jaime St. James took the time to speak with Hard Rock Hideout on a variety of topics, from the new album to Tommy Thayer to chasing down a chick. Here is what Jaime had to say:
HRH: How did you hook up with Frontiers Records?
JAIME: It all happened rather accidentally. We were on Z Records, they ran out of money so we talked to management and Frontiers bought us out. They were a fine label, its been like six, seven years so they were happy to get money back. I’m happy to be on Frontiers Records. We’ve made a kick ass Rock and Roll record for Frontiers. There are inside jokes on the album. I got out-voted by the band on leaving them off the album, so, oh well.
HRH: Is releasing “Hell Yeah!” likened to getting that monkey off your back?
JAIME: I suppose so. “Hell Yeah!” was never a burden to me, it was not like heroin. I want people to hear it and it’s finished and finally done. I’m like, wow, we had fun making this album. Would I ever do it this way again? Hell no. The next album I want to get finished in three weeks.
HRH: What is the story behind “A Tribute To Hawking”?
JAIME: I get asked this same question in every interview. Oh lord, I did not want this song to be put on the record. It’s an inside joke. I sang “hail, hail” and Patrick (Young) said: “Jaime sounds robotic”. I played the track back and made up the lyrics spur of the moment. It was all just a joke. It makes us all look kinda mean, it’s a bizarre song. Look, you don’t wanna listen to it more than twice, that’s for sure. We might get sued for this song but I don’t give a shit. The beauty of being in Black ‘N Blue in 2011 is I don’t give a fuck about nothing. Frontiers did not want to put this song on the album and Frontiers did put it on this album and God bless ‘em for it. Frontiers is one of the best labels out there and I’m happy to be with them.
HRH: What sparked the song “Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch”?
JAIME: First of all, it’s a fun song. “Woop” (Jeff Warner) wrote the music. I love the rhythm of it and it has a really cool groove to it. I had this idea about writing a song and I wanted to call it “Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch”. I said let’s drink, get drunk and write the lyrics. It was amazing how the shit just keeps coming out when writing these lyrics. Like: “I’ve got a bomb in my ass and I’m ready to go…”. This song in general was truly a great moment in creating this “Hell Yeah!” album.
HRH: Did you ever consider using “Candy” as the new album title? That song is everything great about good times and Heavy Rock and Roll!
JAIME: Well, “Candy” is a cool tune. Lyrically what is “Candy” and what does it mean? Well, it’s shooting sex on a girls face! Look, we called it “Hell Yeah” eight years ago, way before Hell Yeah got together as a band. I wrote this song “Hell Yeah!” ten years ago! Tommy Thayer said we should write a song called “Hell Yeah!” ten years ago! Anybody who says we ripped off Hell Yeah can go fuck themselves. Now, I don’t care about what people write, saying we should be ashamed of ourselves for using the album title “Hell Yeah” and that we owe Vinnie Paul an apology. To all these people who feel this way, I forgive them for they do not know.
HRH: Do you stay in touch with Tommy Thayer?
JAIME: All the time! I went to his birthday party recently, I saw Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley) there. We’re really close, I’ve known Tommy since we were little kids, I’ve known Tommy since we were seventeen years old! I root for him with KISS and I am so happy for him. Just because Tommy is in KISS doesn’t mean he is going to kick me in the curb. I love Tommy and he really loves me. I’m friends with Ace Frehley too, but trust me, Ace doesn’t want to be in that band anymore. I see people saying shit about Tommy all the time, I can’t stand it.
HRH: Who? What people are saying stuff about Tommy Thayer? I’ve never wrote a bad word about Tommy.
JAIME: Blabbermouth. I read the shit on Blabbermouth. Just because Ace isn’t in the band, it’s like, hey, Tommy is in KISS because he can play.
HRH: If “Jaime’s got the beer”, what brand is it?
JAIME: Budweiser. I took all the beer, me and “Woop” were at his place and I was chasing some chick around and never came back. So I took all the beer and I went and got laid with this chick. When I came back, the guys wrote that song, they were singing it: “Jaime’s got the beer”.
HRH: Looking back, which two albums do you feel defined 80’s Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal?
JAIME: This is not an easy question. Def Leppard “High ‘n’ Dry” and Iron Maiden “Killers”. Those are the two records that I love from back in the 80’s. “High ‘n’ Dry”, I love that album so much. If I went to live on another planet, these two albums I would bring with me and listen to. I know Bruce Dickinson can sing, I just love that “Killers” record and Paul Di’Anno. Thanks for the hard question you son of a bitch! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs). Well Jaime, you can write a song for your next album and title it “you son of a bitch”. The song can be about a press guy asking you a hard question.
JAIME: I can easily write a song called “you son of a bitch”. (laughs).
HRH: Any festivals or touring planned for the remainder of 2011?
JAIME: We’re wide open to touring. M3 Rock Festival may be one of the best in America. We’ve also played in Denver and Phoenix. Black ‘N Blue hadn’t played on the East Coast since 1985 or 1986. It’s been a long time. I’ve played on a lot of dates in the past with Whitesnake, we were both on the same label together with Geffen. David Coverdale is a true English gentleman. David, he’s such a cool guy. We’ll see what happens with the new record and it might open doors for us. We need to rebuild again. We’re not twenty years old and on fire. We’re all in our forties now and not about to torture ourselves by riding around in a tour bus and playing gigs in shit holes.
HRH: Can you reveal one hilarious or shocking moment you experienced while on tour back in the 80’s?
JAIME: There’s a few. I can’t reveal any cause I might get arrested. There’s a few though. Let’s just put it this way, the Black ‘N Blue tour bus was the eighteenth level of hell back in the day. Maybe down the road I’ll write a book about it all and I can get arrested for it. (laughs).
HRH: Would you consider, if asked, doing a reality show on your daily life? If so, what would the show be titled?
JAIME: The big chair. I’d be sitting in a giant chair and people would ask me these ridiculous questions, like, “Jaime, I want to have sex with a rhinoceros, what do I do?”. Then, I’d be telling idiots what to do and I’d slap ‘em in the face and tell them to move on. Next! I’d like to slap you in the face for asking me all these stupid fucking questions.
JAIME: Hey, there’s my next press call phoning in. Gotta go! Make me look good!
HRH: Jaime, are you there? Hello? Jaime? Uh, well, okay, I’ll do my best.
Black N’ Blue’s new album Hell Yeah is available for purchase at this link.
The band My Darkest Days may not be hard rock. I am not even if sure if they fall under the modern rock genre either. I have had the pleasure of seeing these guys in concert, and one thing is for certain they are a great live band. On the band’s debut CD, their song “Pornstar Dancing” features Chad Kroeger from Nickelback and Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. I may not have checked these guys out if it wasn’t for these two fellas.
You can check out their videos clips “Move Your Body” and “Pornstar Dancing” below. Like them? Hate them? Tell us why!
BENEDICTUM & DESDEMON
Spread their wings for select US Dates!!!!
Benedictum & DesDemon team up for Path of the Valkyries tour to promote their recent studio releases.
Benedictum reign from Arizona, fronted by the diabolical mistress “V” Veronica Freeman. The band is known more in European markets and will finally showcase their talent in the U.S. with their current release “Dominion” via Frontiers Records. Previous releases include “Seasons of Tragedy” and “Uncreation”.
DesDemon hail from New York, fronted by new vixen Chelsea Knaack. Finally released their debut “Through the Gates” via Radtone Music Japan and will soon be available in all retail and on-line markets. DesDemon have been described as a new force in female fronted symphonic metal!!!!
See Benedictum and DesDemon on their Path of the Valkyries in the following cities.
November 10th – The Haven – Orlando/Altamonte Springs , FL
November 11th – The Pathfinder Metalfest 3 – Marietta, GA
November 12th – Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
November 17th – Metal Thursday @ Ralf’s Diner – Worcester, MA (with Joe Stump)
November 18th - Dublin Pub – New Hyde Park, NY (with HolyHell)
November 19th – Flight of the Valkyries Festival – Sonar – Baltimore, Maryland
Benedictum recently selected as the pick of the week on VH1 Classics “That Metal Show. “Dominion” is an exciting musical episode building upon their great foundation by adding Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) and are firing on all cylinders. From the onslaught of the opening track Dominion to the epic Epsilon and the heartfelt acoustic track Sanctuary, this album has it all. Adding to the already explosive sound of “Dominion” are guest appearances by Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), Craig Goldy (Rough Cutt, Dio, Giuffria) and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quite Riot, Whitesnake).
DesDemon “Through the Gates” transcends you through dark majestic symphonic metal passages with supreme musicianship. “Through the Gates” has an impressive list of guests musicians from Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex- Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Charred Walls of the Damned, Hell Yeah!), Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia, Somerville / Kiske, HDK, Epica), Sander Gommans (Trillium, After Forever, HDK) & Joe Stump (Holyhell, world renowned guitar virtuoso).
DesDemon and Benedictum individually have shared the stage with the likes of many international artists like Doro, Primal Fear, Tyr, Korpiklaani, Rotting Christ, Epicurean, Mantic Ritual, Paul DiAnno, Icarus Witch, and have graced the stage of several festivals throughout Europe.
48 HOURS FESTIVAL POWERED BY ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
REVEALS PERFORMANCE TIMES
WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK & ROLL PARTY WEEKEND…LIVE FROM THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
The daily performance times have been revealed for the inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, the ultimate destination rock music event scheduled for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at the Luxor Festival Grounds, on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
Band performance times are as follows:
Saturday, October 15 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Avenged Sevenfold
7:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Hollywood Undead
5:00 PM Bullet For My Valentine
4:00 PM Escape The Fate
3:00 PM Adelitas Way
5:40 PM Hatebreed
4:30 PM Rev Theory
3:30 PM Black Tide
2:35 PM Hell Or Highwater
2:00 PM Orange Blossom Special
Sunday, October 16 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Korn
7:40 PM Godsmack
6:20 PM Three Days Grace
5:00 PM Seether
4:00 PM Sick Puppies
3:00 PM 10 Years
5:40 PM Sevendust
4:30 PM Art of Dying
3:30 PM Taking Dawn
2:35 PM Eyes Set To Kill
2:00 PM Valora
Performance times are subject to change.
Two-day weekend ticket packages for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink are ONLY $99 and can be purchased at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets. In addition, a limited number of DEBAUCHERY VIP packages are still available. For additional information and discount hotel packages at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur, visit www.48HoursFestival.com.
Located on the Luxor Festival Fairgrounds across the street from Luxor Hotel and Casino, 48 Hours Festival will feature two stages of pure rock with a royal flush of festivities at various Las Vegas locations spanning the entire weekend. The festival also will feature multiple big air freestyle motocross jump shows daily by Rockstar/Metal Mulisha riders Derek Garland, Wes Agee, and other Metal Mulisha riders. Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan will also be onsite for an appearance. In addition, the 48 Hours Festival is holding various contests to win “Survival Kits” from bands performing at the festival through its Facebook page.
The countdown to 48 Hours Festival begins Friday, October 14 with the Official 48 Hours Festival Kick Off Party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, featuring Steel Panther.
The Official 48 Hours Festival After Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Hosted by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, the exclusive after party for 48 Hours Festival artists and music industry will feature an All-Star Jam with special guests sitting in with the Sin City Sinners, a performance from Chris Jericho’s band fozzy, and DJ Wulf will get the party started and keep the night going. Special guests from the Revolver “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” issue will include Maria Brink of In This Moment, Syd Duran of Valora, Alexia and Anissa Rodriquez of Eyes Set To Kill, and Butcher Babies. A limited number of tickets also will be available to the public for purchase beginning Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00 AM PT at www.48HoursFestival.com.
The Sunday morning Hangover Brunch at The Beach at Mandalay Bay on October 16 will feature a rare DJ performance by Korn’s Jonathan Davis.
Don’t miss out on “The World’s Biggest Rock & Roll Party Weekend.” Buy a two-day weekend ticket for ONLY $99 at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets and join the party for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink.
Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will undertake a major UK arena tour in March 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday October 7th at 10am from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 249 1000, or book online – www.thegigcartel.com
Planet Rock will be running an exclusive 48-hour ticket pre-sale from Wednesday October 5th at 9am. Visit www.planetrock.com for further information about the pre-sale.
Fresh off a successful European tour with Black Country Communion, and rave reviews of BCC’s “2” album, Joe’s forthcoming UK solo tour will see him perform material from his current studio album “Dust Bowl” plus songs from his vast catalogue of albums including “A New Day Yesterday”, “The Ballad of John Henry”, “Sloe Gin” and “Black Rock”.
Joe’s band features Carmine Rojas (bass), Rick Melick (keyboards) and Tal Bergman (drums). Joe will also preview songs from his new studio album due for release in late May 2012.
To receive a free download of the single ‘Dust Bowl’ from Joe’s most recent album go to the following link – http://bitly.com/joeukproct
Ukraine Heavy Metal band MORTON´s debut album “Come Read The Words Forbidden” will be released in Europe on October 21 via AFM Records. Check below for the cover art and track listing. Morton’s song “Brotherhood of Light” was chosen to be part of AFM Records anniversary compilation! “”AFM Records: 15 Years – Metal Addiction” which will also be released October 21st.
When you visit the band’s Facebook page, you can download six songs for free. Visit the band’s Facebook page here! Check them out!
- Calling For The Storm
- Brotherhood Of Light
- Sleeping King
- Losing Faith
- We Are The Shades
- Burning Prisoner
- Werewolf Hunt
- Black Witch
- Weeping Bell
Have you heard of the Dutch metal band Picture? The band has been around since 1979, and released a new CD last year, “Old Dogs, New Tricks”. I stumbled upon this classic clip “Heavy Metal Ears” from 1981. Check it out!
UK hard rockers STAMPEDE are giving away a free download of newly recorded studio track ‘Shadows of The Night’ on Facebook.
Stampede have recently been in the studio recording a special remake of SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT, a track which was an old favourite and always a mainstay of their live set. The track is now available to download for free exclusively from the band’s official Facebook page, and will be available for a limited time only.
The band announce news of the free download just as they kick off a series of live dates with US rockers Y&T, in support of their new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’, released in May this year on Rock Candy Records.
Although originally recorded live, both for a BBC In Concert session and at Reading Rock Festival in 1982 for the live Official Bootleg album, up until now Stampede had never recorded a studio version of the song.
“We wanted to do something to say a big thank you to our fans and to all the people that have supported us this year with the release of our new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’”, states vocalist Reuben Archer. “Shadows of the Night has always been a real favourite of ours so we thought it would be great to do a studio version to give to our fans”
Download ‘Shadows of the Night’ now for free here:
Check out the new video “Bitch Came Back” from Theory of a Deadman. “Bitch Came Back” is from Theory of a Deaman’s new album, The Truth is… . Check out the clip below.
Los Angeles rockers Trash Titan has made their 5 song EP available as a Free Download! Get it here!!