Tom Keifer came to the 20th Century Theater last Wednesday night. It was the second to last night of Tom’s solo tour, and quite frankly I didn’t know what to expect. It has been a few years since I have seen Tom perform with Cinderella. It was 2010 at the M3 Rock Festival to be exact. That was a killer show then, and as many times as I have seen Cinderella perform, the band, and more importantly Tom Keifer has never disappointed me.
I still remember the first time I saw the band play back in ’87, and won’t ever forget it. I remember the long line that I waited in for tickets at the now defunct Ticketron for the Cinderella/ Bon Jovi show. The line extended halfway around the mall. The fans in line were quickly disappointed when it was announced that the show sold out, but a second show was quickly announced. In my eyes, and ears, Cinderella blew Bon Jovi off the stage, and I fell in love with the band from that day forward.
Night Songs may have gotten Cinderella in the door for me, but it was Tom Keifer’s song writing and blusier material on Cinderella’s later albums that had me coming back for more and more.
Last Wednesday night’s show was a pleasant surprise. Keifer’s set was a good mix of Cinderella songs, and Tom Keifer’s solo material from his up and coming album The Way Life Goes (due out April 30th). Tom’s history with his vocal surgeries is well documented. Well believe me when I say, Tom Keifer has never looked or sounded better than he did last Wednesday night. His voice is in fine form, and he can still pull off all of those trademark screams that he is known for in Cinderella.
As far as the new music? Tom’s solo material is a little more bluesy than Cinderella’s style of hard rock, but it awesome nonetheless. My current favorite from the new set was “Ask Me Yesterday”, but I truly loved all of the new songs. It almost seems unfair that we have to wait until April to purchase his new CD.
Tom’s solo band has quite a few music vets including Paul Taylor from Winger (keyboards, and Paul Simmons (Petra, Reverend Horton Heat, Black Oak Arkansas), and rounded out by Tony Higbee (guitar) and Billy Mercer (bass). I thought it was a very nice touch for Tom to bring out his wife Savannah Snow to help sing some of the songs that she co-wrote on the new album. It was also cool to see Paul Taylor again. I haven’t seen him play since the 90′s (with Winger).
I loved the storyteller aspect of the show, where Tom talked about the song writing of several of his classic and soon to be released tunes. I also enjoyed the nice twist that Mr. Keifer company put on Cinderella’s trademark hit “Shake Me”, as well as the other songs performed this night.
As a whole, it was a tremendous night of rock and roll. I am quite glad that I got to see Tom perform again. I hope Tom Keifer will schedule more dates in the spring and summer to support his new album. The new songs are outstanding and need to be experienced in a live setting.
Don’t forget to pick up The Way Life Goes when it is released April 30th!
The Set List for the show was:
Sick for the Cure
Ain’t That A Bitch
A Different Light
Ask Me Yesterday
The Flower Song
One For Rock and Roll
Cold Day In Hell
Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
Little Help From My Friends
It has taken me a while to stumble upon the band Hellbastard, but man oh man am I glad I did. The band’s new EP “Sons of Bitches” might be short, but it doesn’t lack in heavy riffs or killer grooves. Hellbastard’s sound sounds like a marriage of Slayer, and Suicidal Tendencies. This is simply killer metal that fans of classic thrash are going to love. I may have over looked Hellbastard because of their name, but I won’t make that mistake again. I can’t wait to hear their full length album due out later in 2013, or their back catalog of music which is pretty deep as well.
Aside from the intro “Wolfsong” which is nothing more than an intro, and the EP closer “Throw The Petrol Bomb”, which is a wacky reggae number, this EP is pretty strong.
If you want a taste of some killer classic thrash, you gotta check out Hellbastard’s Sons of Bitches! Hellbastard will be a band to watch in 2013!
Rating:Out of 10
3. Sons of Bitches
4. System Whore
5. We Had Evidence
6. Throw The Petrol Bomb
Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty – Vocals & Guitars
Tom McCombe – Guitars
Paul O’Shea – Bass Guitars
Nathan Ellis – Drums
Part leather, part lace and full of fury, Maxine Petrucci is back with a new album for 2013. “Back to the Garden,” – Petrucci’s third solo album - is a heavy, melodic and evolved power metal record.
In creating this album, the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter drew on influences from her past, creating a sound that’s equal parts throwback and modern metal for an album that’s hard-hitting, technical and layered with heavy riffing, classical scales and tons of melody and harmony. Petrucci also shows off her skills as a flute player on the track, “Wicked.”
Guitarist Patti Quatro (Pleasure Seekers, Cradle, Fanny) calls Back to the Garden, “A rich lush garden, filled with intricate and creatively haunting harmonies, incendiary guitar, and relevant lyrics. This album takes you on a ride with a hard foot on the gas, a raw and gritty Detroit edge and plenty of attitude, yet it weaves you into eerie surprises with interesting time changes and a very satisfying mixture of hard and soft. Maxine’s amazing guitar skills and catchy riffs provide a full throttle punch throughout.”
“Back to the Garden,” was produced by Kevin Sharpe and features drummer Pat DeLeon (Imminent Sonic Destruction). A video for the album’s first single, “Assassinate” (Blindspot Production) can be seen on youtube.
Petrucci has a long musical history dating back to 1984 with the band Madam X, which she formed with her sister, Roxy Petrucci, who went on to play drums for Vixen. Madam X was signed to Jet/CBS Recording in 1984 and released its debut album, “We Reserve the Right,” that same year. A video, “High in High School” was featured on MTV. Former Skid Row frontman, Sebastian Bach would later join the group.
Petrucci has appeared in nearly every major rock magazine since 1984, including Billboard, Creem, Circus, Hit Parader, Faces, Guitar World, Kerrang, Sweden Rocks, Burrn, Metal Edge and more and has opened for such names as Rick Derringer, Slaughter, Warrant, Ronnie James Dio, Doro Pesch (Warlock), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Lita Ford, Steve Marriot (Humble Pie), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) to name a few.
Bassist Billy Sheehan calls Petrucci, “A true rarity. A lady who has such powerful command of her instrument and her voice.” While rock legend Rick Derringer cites her guitar playing as, “masterful,” going on to explain, “her technique is amazing, I call her right hand picking ‘the hummingbird effect,’ so fast its a blur.”
Several solo albums, including 2005’s “Titania” (which featured Roxy Petrucci on drums and Bassist Billy Sheehan on title album’s title track) and 2008’s ‘Don’t Hate Me’ (produced by Darren Trentacoste) plus a 1998 stint as the bassist in Vixen have kept Petrucci busy throughout the years.
Current band members:
· Maxine Petrucci: guitar, vocal
· Pat DeLeon (Imminent Sonic Destruction): drums
· Bryan Paxton (Imminent Sonic Destruction): bass
· Rachel May (Broadzilla): guitar
Notable “Back to the Garden” tracks:
· Assassinate (2013 video release)
· Back to the Garden
· Ginger Man (tribute to Keith Moon and the Who)
· Pink Angels
· Out of Whack
ADRENALINE MOB, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), has released a brand new tour kick-off video today at Noisecreep. Check out the new video now at this link. The band’s upcoming tour kicks off next Tuesday, March 12th, coinciding with the release of Coverta, an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs.
Today, GuitarWorld.com posted a second exclusive video of ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando discussing the recording of the band’s cover of ‘Romeo Delight’ (originally by Van Halen) for their new covers album Coverta. You can watch the video now at this link. ADRENALINE MOB plans to release more of these in-depth recording videos and corresponding commentary via GuitarWorld.com in the coming weeks.
COVERTA TRACK LISTING:
01. “High Wire,” Badlands
02. “Stand Up and Shout,” Dio
03. “Break on Through,” The Doors
04. “Romeo Delight,” Van Halen
05. “Barracuda,” Heart
06. “Kill the King,” Rainbow
07. “The Lemon Song,” Led Zeppelin
08. “The Mob Rules,” Black Sabbath
Last week, the band began leaving individual posts on their official Facebook page for each tour date below, inviting attendees to that specific date to comment. A few of the lucky commenters on each date post will be chosen to take part in a special meet & greet with the band before that show date (winners will be announced in the comments). Head to www.facebook.com/adrenalinemob to check out the posts.
This week, the band will be doing comment-chat sessions on their Facebook page. On Tuesday, Russell Allen will be chatting from 12noon-1pm EST, on Wednesday, Mike Orlando will be chatting from 5pm-6pm EST, and on Thursday, John Moyer will be chatting from 12noon-1pm EST. The band will answer fan-posted comments during those times.
The tour will consist of two legs this spring and tickets are on sale now. The dates for the first leg are:
A3/12 – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place
3/13 –New York, NY @ Marlin @ Webster Hall
3/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/15 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
3/16 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
3/18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Roc Bar
3/19 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
3/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
3/22 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
3/24 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/25 – Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule
3/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/28 – San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
3/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
4/1 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
4/2 – Kansas City, KS @ The VooDoo Lounge
4/4 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit IN
4/6 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/7 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Nothing More will be the support act on the first leg.
For more information on ADRENALINE MOB, please visit www.adrenalinemob.com.