The Heroin Diaries is written in a Daily Journal type of form, with lots of excerpts by a large cast of individuals who were involved in Nikki’s life in 1987.
Everyone helps Nikki fill in the blanks, and no one holds back any punches. Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Vanity, Slash are just a few of the individuals who help Sixx to recall his life in 1987.
The Heroin Diaries is a very easy read, but can be a book that is hard to put down, once you get started.
1987 was an interesting year for Motley Crue. They embarked on their Girls, Girls, Girls world tour. The management of the band kept the Crue on a grueling tour schedule that helped keep Nikki Sixx on a path of self destruction.
After finishing The Heroin Diaries, It amazes me that Motley Crue is still a band, and Nikki Sixx is still alive and well. This book should be the non-owners manual of the Rich and Famous. Every rocker on the planet ought to read this. It is the perfect example of what NOT to do when you gain success in the music business.
I enjoyed the book. It gave me a a lot of insight on Nikki Sixx’s twisted life. Motley Crue fans need to check it out.
Rating: Out of 5
Brooklyn, NY is known for many things, but great Modern Rock is probably not one of them. Now the BK’s best kept secret, Underwhelmed, are looking to change that, breaking out with a 3 Month tour in support of their recently released EP, The War Between Myself and Me, available at shows and via mail-order and iTunes, with a full-length to follow in early 2008 on Corporate Punishment Records/Koch.
Since forming nearly a decade ago, the explosive NYC quintet have amassed a huge underground following with their brand of infectious blue collar Hard Rock, which has gained comparisons to everyone from Nickelback to Fuel to Pearl Jam to Springsteen, and incendiary live shows up and down the East Coast including legendary NYC haunts CBGB’s, Arlene’s Grocery, L’Amours, BB King’s, and more.
The EP, produced and co-written by Thom Hazaert (Chimaira, Switched, Erase The Grey), and engineered and mixed by Ben Schigel (Drowning Pool, Walls of Jericho, Chimaira), features 5 tracks from the bands forthcoming Corporate Punishment debut, due in stores early 2008.
Vocalist Chris Amplo said “We’re very excited to get out on the road and play these new songs for people. We’ve been working on these new songs for so long, and just writing and recording, and the reaction we’ve already gotten is incredible. And the Midwest is really where a Ro ck band can still go out and just kick ass every night and win new fans. Unfortunately you can’t really do that in NYC, especially a band like us. We’ve always been kinda the odd man out, not heavy enough, not weird enough, whatever. (A topic the band tackles in their song “Freak”) Now we’ve found other great bands to play with, and a scene that has really embraced us and the music we’re making, which is a great feeling.”
You can catch Underwhelmed live on the following dates:
24 The Modern Exchange – Southgate, MI
26 Doubles – Green Bay, WI w/Fahrenheit 420
27 Route 15 – Greenville, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
31 Swobey’s – Green Bay, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
2 The Underground Lounge – Chicago, IL
3 Jugs Hitching Post – West Bend, WI w/ Fahrenheit 420
8 The Woods – Green Bay, WI
9 Old Miami – Detroit, MI
10 Paychecks Lounge – Hamtramck, MI
16 Doubles – Green Bay, WI w/ZO2, Fahrenheit 420 CD Listening Party
17 The Woods – Green Bay, WI Fahrenheit 420 CD Release Party
30 Arlene’s Grocery – New York, NY w/ Fahrenheit 420
Here is the video for their song, “Freak”!
Coheed & Cambria caused quite the commotion at the University of Kansas this week. Following a number of dorm windows being shot out a set of cryptic symbols were found spray painted throughout the campus with the date “10/23/07” underneath it. Rumors began to spread on the University’s campus that another shooting was coming on Tuesday (10/23/07). The campus police were swamped with phone calls and questions about the impending violence. Fortunately, the graffiti symbols popping up all over campus were to promote Coheed & Cambria’s release of their latest album No World For Tomorrow. The police eventually ruled out anything else as pure coincidence.
Here is Coheed & Cambria’s new video for their song, “The Running Free“.
On this new release, Bo saw the light and got out of his American Idol contract, and put out a rock record in the style he wanted.
On this record, you will not find tunes written by Bon Jovi. Tom Keifer didn’t produce any of the tunes. No help from AI trusted pop song writers are present on this disc. This is pure Bo Bice. He wrote the songs himself, and enlisted a little help from producer Frank Liddell to craft ten tunes of pure rock goodness.
See The Light is not a hard rock record by any means, but is a good rock record the falls somewhere in between the Rolling Stones and The Eagles. Chances are if you like Classic Rock from the 70’s, you are going to find a lot to enjoy on See The Light.
The tunes are well written, the guitar work by Bice and Philip Shouse is very good. Bice also enlists the help of keyboardist Thomas Lee, who plays some guitar and keyboards. Thomas is no strange to Bice fans, as he has accompanied Bo on his 2006 tour.
I already have several favorite cuts on this disc including Witness, Got Money and Whiskey, Women & Time. My wife and I, saw Bo Bice and his band Sugar Money perform Got Money in February of 2006, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. I have been clamoring to get my hands on a copy of that tune for over a year now. I am overjoyed to find it here.
Whiskey, Women & Time, and Sinner in a Sin are both tunes that were only available on the Dual Disc DVD side of Bo’s debut effort, The Real Thing. Both songs are concert staples, that I have heard Bice perform several times. The versions of these songs are far better and have a different arrangement than the versions on that record, so they don’t feel like rehashed songs at all. These are well written, and time tested tunes. Bo Bice fans that have seen him live, already love these songs. Chances are, new fans will too!
As a whole, the songs on See the Light surpass those on the debut disc in just about every way possible. If you haven’t ever given Bo Bice a chance because he was on American Idol, now is the best time to jump on board and see what Bo Bice is all about. You can find this disc at Wal-mart stores everywhere.
The video below, is for the first single “Witness”! Enjoy the video and go get your own copy today!
Rating: Out of 10
The Musicians on See the Light are:
Bo Bice – Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Philip Shouse – Guitar
Thomas Lee – Keyboards and guitar
Glenn Worff – Bass Guitar
Steve Gorman – Drums
Ike Bartley – Saxophone
Miles McPherson – Lap Steel, Mandolin
Dan Dugmore – Dobro, Harmonica, 12 String Guitar
In honor of his favorite holiday, Rob Zombie has just posted the Rob Zombie Halloween Hangman game. Rob Zombie’s new live album, Zombie Live, just arrived in stores today. Now you can listen to live versions of “Dragula,” “More Human than Human,” “Dead Girl Superstar” and many more while testing your knowledge of Zombie trivia on Halloween Hangman.
You can pick up a copy of Rob Zombie Live, in stores today! Don’t forget to sign up for the Hard Rock Hideout Ghoulish Giveaway, where you could win a free copy!
LEVERAGE has finished the production of the yet untitled second album!
“We’re very proud of the new album” states band’s guitarist and main composer Tuomas Heikkinen. “We’ve grown tighter as a band, we’re more in touch with what Leverage really is for us, and we sure pushed ourselves writing, rehearsing and recording. The album has 10 melodic songs that include the heaviest, most intense and on the other hand the most intimate moments we’ve been able to capture so far. We feel ‘Tides’ was the best thing we could come up with at that time, we believe the second album came out as good as we hoped it would now”.
Some of the songs included on the album include “Stormchild”, “Sentenced” (chosen as the lead radio track for the album, soon to be made available for pre-listening on the Frontiers Records my space site), “Run Down”, “Heart of Darkness”, “Run Down” and “Shadow In The Rain”.
At one point in time, I would not pick up a live disc regardless of the artist. Today however, I love any and all live records that most hard rock artists put out. They capture all the little nuances of the band’s live show. It is like having your own personal concert at your disposal.
The new Rob Zombie Live disc hits stores today, and is a must have record for all of you Zombie fans. The CD was recorded in 2006 on the Educated Horses Tour. This is a pretty tight set and captures Rob Zombie and company well. The disc gives you 18 live tracks with over an hour of live music. The CD Booklet also reveals a link with some cool bonus material.
My only disappointment is that the band didn’t do I’m Your Boogeyman Live, but other than that, this is a pretty strong set list. I haven’t seen Rob Zombie Live, but after hearing this disc, I will certainly be catching him the next time he comes into town.
If this CD doesn’t whet your appetite for the up and coming Rob Zombie / Ozzy Osbourne shows, nothing else will. If you are a Rob Zombie fan, you need to get this!
You can preview the disc in its entirety at this link!
Don’t forget to sign up for the Hard Rock Hideout Ghoulish Giveaway, where you can win an autographed copy of the CD!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sawdust in the Blood
2. American Witch
3. Demon Speeding
4. Living Dead Girl
5. More Human Than Human
6. Dead Girl Superstar
7. House of 1000 Corpses
8. Let It All Bleed Out
9. Creature of the Wheel
10. Demonoid Phenomenon
11. Supercharger Heaven
12. Never Gonna Stop
13. Black Sunshine
15. Devil’s Rejects
16. Lords of Salem
17. Thunderkiss ’65
Rob Zombie band is:
Rob Zombie – vocals
John 5 – guitar
Piggy D – bass
Tommy Clufetos – drums
Watch Sebastian get the cover of the new CD ‘Angel Down’ tattooed on his arm by tattoo artist extraordinaire KAT VON D.!
Tune in tonight at 10 P.M. EST on TLC. For more information click on this link!
Musicians include Mordechai “Mordy” Hauser (guitar), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, orchestrations, programming, acoustic guitar), John Macaluso (drums) ex TNT, Malmsteen and Riot, Jamie Teramo (keyboards, piano) with Tommy Denander on additional guitars.
Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske appears singing a duet in the song “Breathe in Water”, while former MALMSTEEN and RING OF FIRE shouter Mark Boals guests on vocals on “Superman” and “Fair Enough”.
The resulting album is a release that encompasses the taste for a contemporary Melodic Rock direction. A truly rewarding listening experience!
Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Born out of the ashes of the promising band ATLANTICA, SEVEN TEARS are a newcomer band from Sweden in a PROGRESSIVE / MELODIC METAL style with a lot of influences from the 80’s and with some Prog elements. Think of Evergrey, Last Tribe and Symphony X with hints to the sound of TNT, Journey and Pretty Maids.
“Every Frozen Tears” is the band’s debut album and shows already an incredible songwriting maturity and instrumental abilities. Watch out for a great new sensation in Progressive Metal !
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
The Number 23 is a murder mystery of sorts, with plenty of twists and turns.
When Walter Sparrow gets a copy of the book, The Number 23, on his 32nd birthday, his life will never be the same.
Once again, Jim Carrey pulls off another great, very believable performance. I think I prefer the serious side to Jim Carrey, rather than the slapstick rubber-faced comedy that he is often cast in.
This movie only pulled down 35 million at the box office, so it was by no means a big screen hit. It is definitely worth a rental.
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the trailer for the movie:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the Self-Titled debut album from the US band ACTION on December 7th 2007 !
Originally formed in 1985, Action is a long-time concept devised by acclaimed guitarist / songwriter Chip of What Matters, Mars Hill and The Hitmen. The band also features the soaring vocals of other former Mars Hill member Jack Marques, Chris Sutherland, keyboardist Ruben Demello, Chris Longo (Project Broken, Dirty Deeds, Hysteria, Promises) with additional drums from Mark Duane (Trendkill, Paradox, Action, Touch, Krankenstein).
As founder and guitarist for the band Action during the mid to late 80’s, Chip shared the stage with Quiet Riot, Firehouse, Slaughter, Rough Cutt and Zebra among many others. As the musical landscape quickly changed in the early 90’s, Action split not to be heard from again until he collaborated with singer / songwriter Jack Marques a decade later.
Between bands and life itself, both Chip and Jack had each individually written and recorded a number of outstanding melodic rock tracks over the years which ranged from 80’s rock / metal to more modern adult oriented rock. Each had always been saving these unused gems for some future project; they just weren’t sure what it would be.
What is certain, these gems are fresh, melodic power rock – true to its 80’s roots while delivering a modern kick! Action is an infusion of Boston meets Journey with touches of Whitesnake and Def Leppard. With this mix, Action delivers what rock fans have been waiting a decade or more for – screaming melodic guitars, soaring vocals, catchy choruses and rockin’ beats.
Never feeling that Action was quite finished, in mid 2006, Chip approached friend and manager Ron Vining about getting the project off the ground again. In February 2007, Action were snapped up by Frontiers Records and the album was delivered a few months later, with an artwork courtesy of Richard Mace (Journey, Soul SirkUS, Jeff Scott Soto).
Album tracklisting will include the following songs:
Click on the tracks in bold to preview the new songs.
The wait is over. Get ready, December 7th 2007 is the date when European (on Frontiers Records) and Japanese (on King Records) Melodic Rock fans across the globe are going to get a whole lot of Action!
Just in time for All Hallows Eve, comes the latest big screen adaptation from horror master Stephen King.
Writer Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a writer about haunted place, and is a major disbeliever in ghosts as he has never seen one.
A mysterious postcard shows up, and warns him not to enter room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York City. Of course, sending a postcard like this to a ghost hunter of sorts is like giving candy to a baby. It is inevitable that he goes to the Dolphin to check out room 1408.
After much tried mass intervention from Hotel Manager, Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson), Mike Enslin checks into 1408.
What happens behind the closed hotel door will amaze you, if not completely creep you out, and a few things that may even make you jump!. It is a good story, and one that fans of Stephen King’s the Shining will likely enjoy.
1408 is the perfect movie to turn out the lights, and prepare for a good scare. Definitely rent worthy, and for horror fans, a worthy purchase.
Rating: Out of 10
Here is the trailer for the movie!
Check out this High Quality Video of Black Sabbath’s “T.V. Crimes“!
The show that Five Million people watched the finale of is a Scam?
PR-Inside has posted the following article regarding Rock of Love with Bret Michaels:
POISON star BRETT MICHAELS’ hit new reality dating show, ROCK OF LOVE, has been exposed as a sham – the girl he picked to date was already in a committed relationship.
The rocker picked Jes Ricklett as his mate in the show’s high-rated finale last month (Sep07), but the pink-and-white haired stylist had no plans of having a real romance with Michaels – she dashed off to be with her boyfriend as soon as taping finished.
And, to make matters worse for Michaels, Ricklett’s real man, Chicago-based designer Joe Quade, has started poking fun at the Poison star on his MySpace.com page.
Ricklett tells the National Enquirer she had no intention of becoming the girlfriend of a faded rock star when she auditioned for the hit show.
She says, “Someone found me and wanted me to audition for the show, so I did.
“To be honest, I wasn’t going on there looking for love. I was kind of like, `Let’s see if I could promote myself.’ That’s pretty much why I did it.” But it’s not all bad news for Michaels – the summer show was such a hit on VH1 in America, TV bosses have ordered a second season, during which the Poison star will again be on the look out for love.
I love it when new Metal Acts surprise me in 2007, especially when they have a sound that is rooted in 80’s hard rock and metal. The Order actually isn’t new, this is actually their 2nd full length release.
The Order are a four piece band out of Switzerland. They have a sound that blends a little bit of Dokken, with a dash of KISS, and yet rock hard enough to create something different and new.
Take one listen to Gianni Pontillo’s vocals in the video below, for the song Satisfaction, and see if you can hear a little bit of Paul Stanley in his sound.
Nonetheless, Metal Casino rocks from beginning to end. There are plenty of great cuts on this record including “Mama”, “I love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Satisfaction”, and the excellent ballad “My Last Goodbye”. Fans of 80’s Hard Rock Bands like Dokken, XYZ, KISS and Krokus are going to love this disc.
The Order joins what seems to be a growing list of great Swiss Hard Rock bands releasing quality new tunes in the last couple of years. This disc is definitely a contender for one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Records of 2007!.
Check out The Order at their myspace page here, then go buy the record! This disc is now available through most retailers through Locomotive Records!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Welcome To The Metal Casino
2. Mama, I Love Rock N Roll
4. Bridges Burning
5. My Last Goodbye
6. In The Heat Of The Lonely Night
7. Let The Good Times Roll
8. Down With The Rain
10. Broken Days
11. Little Wings
The Order is:
Gianni Pontillo – Lead and Backing Vocals
Bruno Spring – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Andrej Abplanalp – Bass and Backing Vocals
Mauro Casciero – Drums and Percussion
Five Finger Death Punch frontman discusses his side-project, Ghost Machine
Ghost Machine’s debut album, Hypersensitive, streamed online
Five Finger Death Punch frontman, Ivan Moody, recently spoke with Blistering.com, where he discussed his side-project Ghost Machine in-depth. Ghost Machine is the side-project of Moody, along with ex-Clay People guitarist, John Stevens, and former Motograter drummer, Chris “Crispy” Binns.
“The Ghost Machine album was actually written when I was going through spiritual depression, as that was written right after Motograter and just prior to Five Finger Death Punch,” says Moody. “That album was more of an experiment for me and there are certain artistic sides of me, like I love Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets and The Cure. I really wanted to dabble in that side of things where I didn’t have to scream as much and I could be a little more artsy. I love Ghost Machine and we’re looking at putting out another album next year that will be a double disc with all kinds of remixes and a DVD. I love that project and it’s probably one of the closest things to my soul.”
Ghost Machine recently released the band’s debut album Hypersensitive on Corporate Punishment Records. The album was engineered and co-produced by Pete Murray (Ultraspank, Lo-Pro) and draws from a wide range of influences that range from like NINE INCH NAILS, THE CURE, PINK FLOYD, ALICE IN CHAINS, TOOL and MINISTRY. Ghost Machine has managed to paint its own portrait of an electronic emotionally rich landscape while still capturing the edge and raw energy that is heavy rock. The group’s debut album can be streamed in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5033/
“I love that album,” continues Moody about Ghost Machine. “The song ‘God Forbid’ is about the Motograter fans that were turning on me and “Vegas Moon” was about Steve Richards’ passing, because he was living in Vegas at the time and we were staying with him. ‘Burning Bridges’ was written about Motograter and how it was so hard for people to see the other side of the coin. There was a lot of stuff on that album that people will never see. These are experiences that I had to live through and I’m lucky enough to be able to put them on tape and share them with people. That to me is the biggest gift in the world.”
The full interview with Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody can be read at the following location http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/13255/tempidx/5/menuid/3
Hypersensitive is available in stores everywhere!
Rob Zombie has posted new audio and video clips from his first ever live album, Rob Zombie Live. Now available for our intense pleasure are live versions of “Dragula,” “Black Sunshine” and “Living Dead Girl.” Over the course of the Educated Horses Tour, Rob Zombie, in collaboration with producer Scott Humphrey, combined the most tantalizing of audio and visual elements. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal music and extreme stage presence do not disappoint in a nostalgic music video of “Thunder Kiss ’65” presented on YouTube. The much anticipated Rob Zombie Live is sure to be a hit with incredible guitar riffs, live footage and pictures from the ever-classic Rob Zombie.
Rob Zombie Live available in stores on October 23rd.
Click on the tracks below to preview the live tracks!
“Thunder kiss ’65”
3 Mile Scream’s video for the track “Our Blackened Sun” will make its premiere on Much Music’s LOUD program Thurs Oct 18th, 2007 at 12:30am EST. The video was directed by Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin) and can be viewed online today at the Hard Rock Hideout!
“We are all very excited to have our video for ‘Our Blackened Sun’ premiere on Much Music,” says 3 Mile Scream frontman Matt McGachy. “We all grew up watching LOUD, so it’s an honor to have our video be included on the show with all the other great metal that they play.”
“Our Blackened Sun” is taken from the group’s recently released Corporate Punishment debut album, A Prelude To Our Demise, which can be heard in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/3793/playallhi.php
The album has prompted a plethora of critical acclaim from critics and fans, including Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott who claimed the band was, “Heavy and melodic, great chops” and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe who described the band as “Artfully orchestrated brutality.”
I like Salty Dog and Michael Hannon’s current band American Dog a lot, so I was looking forward to listening to this CD and it didn’t disappoint. If you liked the Dog’s Red, White Black & Blue disc, you will definitely enjoy Hard. The songs are along the same sound as Shitkicker off the aforementioned disc. This is whiskey soaked, sleazy, hard rock typical of American Dog’s usual style, but this is their best effort yet.
As the name would suggest, “Sometimes you Eat the Pussy” is a great dirty little number with the dirty lyrics to match. “Beaten Broken etc” is a mix of southern-rock/blues/redneck rock and it all works perfectly. “Rock n Roll Dog” has such cheesy yet clever lyrics you can’t help but smirk. In fact all the songs on here are pretty good, nice, loud and pounding beer drinkin’ stuff.
Michael Hannon’s vocals are raw, raunchy and distinctive. The band is tight for a three piece, yet not too polished, with lots of catchy riffs and burning bass lines. It all sounds good. If you like stuff like Nashville Pussy, Circus of Power and even George Thorogood, American Dog is the band for you.
So give the Dog a bone, grab some beer and go Hard with some American Dog. This CD kicks ass!
Rating: Out of 10
02. No Pity
03. Sometimes You Eat The Pussy
04. Another Day In Paradise
06. Long Time Comin’
07. Beaten, Broken, Etc.
08. Rock-N-Roll Dog
09. Spell On Me
10. Little Short
12. Magnificent Bastard
Michael Hannon – vocals and electric bass
Steve Theado – guitars and vocals
Keith Pickens – drums
Andrew “The Bastard” Batchelor – keyboards (8 & 12)
Produced by Joe Viers, Michael Hannon and Steve Theado.
Reviewed by Tania
2 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
23 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
25 – Harrah’s – Kansas City, MO
26 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
27 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
29 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
31 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
1 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
5 – Turning Stone – Verona, NY
6 – The Roxy – Boston, MA
7 – Starland – Sayreville, NJ
8 – Nokia – New York, NY
9 – Tropicana – Atlantic City, NJ
10 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
12 – Tampa Theater – Tampa, FL
13 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
15 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
16 – Palladium – Dallas, TX
19 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
24 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
28 – Newmark – Portland, OR
29 – Big Easy – Spokane, WA
1 – Paramount – Seattle, WA