Acclaimed Southern California-based hard fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring acclaimed guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, UFO) and Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B’Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have annouced an exclusive Sunday, September 30 Chicago club date at The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., located in the city’s Wicker Park area. Tickets are 7 dollars in advance and 10 dollars at the door.
COSMOSQUAD will kick off their 2007 fall tour with a performance at the world-famous Baked Potato, followed by a string of performance clinics in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. The details are as follows:Sep. 21 – Baked Potato – Studio City, CA
Sep. 26 – Guzzardo Music – Rockford IL
Sep. 27 – Henri’s Music – Green Bay WI
Sep. 28 – White House of Music – West Bend WI
Sep. 29 – Cascio / Interstate Music – New Berlin WI
Sep. 30 – The Note – Chicago, IL
Oct. 18 – Musician’s Institute – Hollywood, CA
COSMOSQUAD has just released its fourth album, “Acid Test”. It marks the group’s first studio effort since 2001’s highly regarded “Squadrophenia” which firmly established the trio as one of the premier progressive instrumental acts on the scene. Co-produced by Kollman and Gaalaas at the drummer’s Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA, “Acid Test” is the first COSMOSQUAD effort without co-founding member, Barry Sparks, whose bass duties have been filled by a trio of capable, well credentialed players in Paul Shihadeh (SCOTT KINSEY), Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, EDWIN DARE), and the group’s new full-time addition, Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE).
Check out the band’s new E-Card here!
This CD was recorded live during Jorn’s first concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner on September 16th, 2006.
For those of you that have never checked out Jorn Lande before, Live in America is as good of a place, as any to begin. This double CD set features the incredible vocals of Jorn Lande, and the amazing guitar work of Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad (The tandem from the superb 2006 release The Duke) , and also Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
During this set, Jorn covers songs from his releases: The Duke, Unlocking the Past, Out To Every Nation, as well as songs that he did with Beyond Twighlight, and Masterplan plus covers of songs by Deep Purple, Dio, and Whitesnake.
The only downfall with this disc, is its length. The live tunes with solos only last 75 minutes, and with the vast amount of music Jorn has put out over the years, this set could have been well over 2 hours long. There are a couple of nice bonuses however.
There are three studio tracks, the 2007 version of Out to Every Nation, the Black Sabbath cover Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and Sacrificial Feelings (which was only available previously as a bonus track.) This is nice bonus to a great disc.
The sound quality on Live on America is superb, and the music is excellent. One listen to this set and you will quickly realize the amazing musicians Jorn Lande has in his band. The excellent musicianship plus the amazing vocals of Jorn Lande makes this a live collection that should appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. (Jorn Lande fans probably already own this). If you are a fan of live hard rock music, DO NOT MISS Live in America!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Godless And Wicked
4. Perfect Strangers
5. Gonna Find The Sun
6. Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying In The Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
7. Out To Every Nation (2007 Version Studio Track)
8. Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (Studio Track)
9. Sacrificial Feelings (Bonus Studio Track)
One thing is for sure, if you go to see Sammy Hagar live, you are in for a good time. A Sammy Hagar show is more like a party with 20,000 fans. This DVD captures the party like atmosphere, with excellent sound and video coverage.
The set list is as follows: Mas Tequila, Mexico, There’s Only One Way to Rock, (Bob Dylan) Rainy Day Women, The Girl Gets Around, Rock Candy, I’ll Fall in, Love Again, I’ll Take You There, Sam I Am, Little White Lie, I Can’t Drive 55, Heavy Metal, Good Enough, Summer Nights, Right Now, Finish What You Started, Best of Both Worlds, (The Beastie Boys) Fight for Your Right, and Cabo Wabo.
During the second half of the show, Michael Anthony ala The Other Half, joins Sammy On Stage to do some Van Halen Tunes. Wabo guitarist, Vic Johnson shows plenty of prowess on the six string, as does Sammy Hagar during this show.
The only thing I didn’t care is some of the background vocals by the Wabos, but that was only a minor annoyance. As a whole this is a very good show, and one worth seeing on DVD.
The concert lasts one hour and fifty minutes. This DVD is also packed with Interviews and Music Videos too!
This is a very rent worthy and disc, and for Sammy Hagar Redheads, this is a must own DVD!
Rating: Out of 10
Check out RATT performing You’re In Trouble from 1984.
In case you haven’t heard, Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love on VH1, is down to the final two girls, Jes, and Heather.Everyone’s not so favorite crazy bitch, Lacey was given her walking papers this week by Poison front man, Bret Michaels. (You would have thought the Bengals won the Superbowl at our house.)
The Season Finale is this Sunday 9/23/07 at 9 P.M. on VH1. Bret, Heather and Jes, take off to Cabo San Lucas for the last show. Who will Bret pick? Will he walk away from both girls?
On a side note, the casting has begun for Rock of Love 2. The rockstar has not been announced yet, but the search for groupies has begun.
On Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Duff’s Brooklyn (28 North 3rd St.) in Brooklyn, New York, casting directors from VH1/51 Minds Entertainment (Christopher Catalano and Douglas Howington) will hold a casting call for girls 21+, single and who are looking to win the love of the rock star of their dreams. Auditions will be held in Manhattan the following week and girls that the casting directors approve will be given an individual audition slot and have an on-camera audition.
According to one of the casting directors, “ALL girls are required to be at least 21 years of age as of November 1, 2007 and MUST be single. Single means they are not engaged, separated from spouse, ‘getting’ divorced or married. Single means, divorced is final, and not in a serious relationship.
“We of course want ALL ethnicities and ALL types!
“So here is the information I have so far for the show: I am casting for VH1/51 Minds Entertainment, the producers of ‘The Surreal Life’, ‘Flavor of Love’, ‘I Love New York’ and ‘Rock of Love’.
“I will be in New York and surrounding areas, (Long Island, New Jersey) from September 4 – 12, 2007, looking for SINGLE WOMEN, 21+, with big personalities for this VH1 ROCK N’ ROLL RELATIONSHIP SHOW, where 20 girls will compete for the chance to date the rock star of their dreams. (the rock star has not been announced yet, but I would think someone that makes the girls wild and girls would do anything just to meet this guy, a Tommy Lee type of rocker).
“There currently is a show on VH1 called ‘Rock of Love’ with the lead being ’80s pop metal band POISON frontman, Bret Michaels. Bret sets off on a determined search for a mate. Michaels needs a woman who can handle his rockstar lifestyle — someone who won’t get jealous of his main mistress: music. Bret will design challenges to test each girls’ ability to handle every aspect of his life. The women that rock his world will be given VIP passes and will be allowed to stay in his house. The others will be sent home until in the end when one lucky lady will be a true Rock Star Girlfriend.
“So we’re looking for girls of ALL types. In my opinion ideally they would be 24 years old and older. I want hardcore rocker chicks, tattooed, big hair, drinks beer, rockin body and looks like a rockstar wouldn’t mind bringing her on his arm to any star studded event. Most of the girls would be Caucasian, but that is not all I want. At the end of the day I want girls that are HOT and have a ton of personality.”
It is a sad day at the Hard Rock Hideout today. The following was posted at the Tigertailz website today:
We are all absolutely devastated to bring you the news that our beloved friend and Tigertailz Bass player PEPSI TATE lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. Pepsi passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning, Tuesday 18th September 2007, in Holme Towers cancer hospice in Penarth Cardiff. Pepsi’s wife Shan and close family were with him.
Words cannot describe how we all feel right now. We’re in bits and will miss him so much.
You mean the world to us Boy. And gave me some of the best memories and experiences of my life. I feel so privileged to have shared those times with you and I just can’t imagine the world without you.
I love you, we all love you.
Goodnight Boy – we’ll see you again soon fella. xxx
Here is a sneak peek of the new early summer 2008 Blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Samuel L. Jackson.
This movie looks like it shaping up to be pretty cool.
Check out the trailer below….
Nice touch with the Black Sabbath tune!
The new Trapt Live CD hits stores today, and is a good one! On this disc, you get two new cuts, Stay Alive, and Everything To Lose, A music video for Stay Alive, and 9 live cuts from alive performance that they did in Indianapolis, IN.
If you are a Trapt fan, you should not miss this record. The sound quality is superb. The new tunes will whet your appetite for the new studio disc that will be released in 2008.
I can not resist Enhanced CDs with music videos, and this one included with this disc is quite cool. Check it out below!
Rating: Out of 10
- Stay Alive
- Everything To Lose
- Made of Glass
- Stand Up
- Skin Deep
(Former) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has bought a new home in Calabasas for about $6 million (€4.33 million), a newspaper reported.Lee’s six-bedroom home is 9,000 square feet (836 square meters). The house features a three-story atrium, a piano-shaped pool, three spas, a gym and a 10-car underground garage, The Los Angeles Times said.
Lee is the ex-husband of Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. He recently made headlines for getting into a fight with Kid Rock at the MTV Video Music Awards during a performance by Alicia Keys.
From the Associated Press.
Comment: Those high priced DJ gigs, where Tommy doesn’t acknowledge his Motley Crue fans, must be lining his pockets well.!
New Tour EP and Collector’s Editions of Fear of a Blank Planet Released
Following the release earlier this year of its Fear of a Blank Planet album and a sold-out tour of the United States, Porcupine Tree will be returning to North America with a fall go-round , new EP, and new format releases of Blank Planet on vinyl and DVD-Audio.
Building on its reputation as a dynamic and engaging live act, Porcupine Tree will be playing the largest North American venues of its career, including a stop at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 13 and New Orleans ‘ Voodoo Fest on October 26.
To coincide with the tour, the band has released a four-song EP, Nil Recurring, which was written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions. The title track features King Crimson’s Robert Fripp on guitar. The fan club-only release is sold out online, but will be available at the tour dates. Fear of a Blank Planet has also been released in DVD-A 5.1 surround sound, with the four Nil Recurring tracks also mixed in 5.1. On October 3, the album will be released by ToneFloat on 180 gram double vinyl.
PORCUPINE TREE FALL 2007 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Wed 03 Oct – ORLANDO, FL, HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat 06 Oct – MEXICO CITY, METROPOLITAN THEATER
Tue 09 Oct – NASHVILLE, CITY HALL
Wed 10 Oct – ASHEVILLE, ORANGE PEEL
Thu 11 Oct – RALEIGH, NC, LINCOLN THEATER
Fri 12 Oct – WASHINGTON, DC, STATE THEATER
Sat 13 Oct – NEW YORK, NY, BEACON THEATER
Mon 15 Oct – QUEBEC, SALLE ALBERT – ROUSSEAU
Tue 16 Oct – TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX
Thu 18 Oct – ALBANY, THE EGG
Fri 19 Oct – HARTFORD, CT, WEBSTER THEATER
Sat 20 Oct – ATLANTIC CITY, THE SHELL AT TRUMP MARINA
Mon 22 Oct – CLEVELAND, OH, HOB
Tue 23 Oct – CINCINNATI, OH, BOGART’S
Wed 24 Oct – KANSAS CITY, MO BEAUMONT CLUB
Fri 26 Oct – NEW ORLEANS, LA, VOODOO FEST
Sat 27 Oct – HOUSTON, TX, MERIDIAN
Sun 28 Oct – DALLAS, TX, HOUSE OF BLUES
Mon 29 Oct – ATLANTA, GA, ROXY
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.
THE CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus – for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.
Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.
“I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this one. It’s really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot, which I rarely do with my work”.
Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard, Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.
“It’s really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”, states Karlsson, “It’s very easy to write for Mark because he has this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.
Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.
THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal album.
Headbangers are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
For those of you that have forked out the big bucks for a 2007 Van Halen show, here is a taste of what you may see.
This video is from the 1983 US Festival, before David Lee Roth left the band.
Check out this Motley Crue video from the 1983 US Festival, where the band performs Livewire! (It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait!)
To kick off live week, here is a video I took in Cherokee, NC of Tesla performing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special. ( I was apparently trying to shoot over some taller heads, but the sound quality is great. Check it out!)
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
German industrial metal icons, Rammstein, are set to release their Volkerball DVD on September 18th. The DVD features explosive performances from around the world, and features a full concert from Nimes, France. Rammstein fans can choose between three formats for the release ranging from a standard 2-disc package to a limited edition 190-page book that contains photos from the tour and 4 discs that have a bonus documentary disk and two live audio discs. For US fans of the band, this will be their first chance to see the amazing pyrotechnics and dramatic stage show that has been absent from America for a long time.
Get a taste of what Volkerball has to offer in this video clip for their song “Sonne” filmed at the Brixton Academy in London.
In the original film, Jamie Lee Curtis (as Laurie Strode) was the centerpiece and star of the movie.
In Rob Zombie’s new movie, Michael Myers is the star. Rob Zombie does an excellent job portraying the psychopathic origins of young Michael Myers, leading into a character that is far more realistic, and more brutal that the character in the original movie.
Rob Zombie does a good job lacing the film with some excellent hard rock music, which is available on the the Halloween movie soundtrack. (Nice touch with young Michael’s concert t-shirt.)
There are scenes that will put you on the edge of your seat, and some that will make you squirm, and possibly gross you out.
This is a violent film, and is not one for young teenagers!
The question everyone asks, is it as good as the original? In some ways yes, and in some ways no. This is a totally different film, and it stands up by its own merits. There are parts of the original story that are the same, but a lot of this movie is quite different.
The new Michael Myers gets in to your psyche, and may creep you out a lot more than the original.
In conclusion, Rob Zombie’s view is an interesting one. Your enjoyment will probably be much greater if you are fan of this genre of movies.
Out 0f 5
OPERATOR has announced a US tour starting late October opening for Avenged Sevenfold. In celebration of the tour, Operator has launched a game that will give players with the top 3 scores the chance to win lunch with Operator and tickets to the nearest tour date. The game lets you be lead singer Johnny Strong as you blast villains that you may recognize from the Soulcrusher Video. Make sure to wipe the blood off the screen so you can see the opponents! Operator will be touring in support of their recent release Soulcrusher on Atlantic Records.
OPERATOR GAME (win lunch with Operator and Tickets!)
OPERATOR performing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD
October 29, The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
October 31, House Of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
November 2, Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 4, Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
November 5, Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
November 6, Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
November 8, Congress Theatre Chicago, Illinois
November 9, State Theater Detroit, Michigan
November 10, Lifestyles Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
November 12, Lupo’s Providence, Rhode Island
November 14, Hammerstein New York, New York
November 15, Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 16, Sarasota Florida (not with Avenged Sevenfold)
November 17, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 20, Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
November 21, Toad’s Place Richmond, Virginia
November 23, House Of Blues Orlando, Florida
November 24, Jannus Landing Tampa, Florida
November 25, Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
There will be no rest for Against Me! this fall as they prepare for their latest US tour. The band returns from London to kick off the next leg of the tour in Asbury Park, NJ on November 3rd for their first show. Tickets are on sale for select dates with additional dates being added Saturday, September 15th.
Against Me! have been out playing shows in support of their album New Wave. The first single off the album, “Thrash Unreal,” has been making a steady climb up the rock radio charts and currently sits in the #16 spot Modern Rock/Alternative charts. Check out the video for “Thrash Unreal” here:
Nov 3 Asbury Park Convention Hall – Asbury Park, NJ
Nov 4 Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 5 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 6 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Nov 8 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 9 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
Nov 10 Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
Nov 12 Norva Theater – Norfolk, VA
Nov 13 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Nov 15 Lupo’s – Providence, RI
Nov 16 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov 19 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 Clutch Cargos – Pontiac, MI
Nov 21 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov 22 Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov 23 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80’s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced
Drowning Pool have been working hard to not only release their new album Full Circle, but also to have been working to draw attention to obtain medical treatment for the troops returning from battle. Recently the guys took time out of their busy schedule on the road to talk with their guitar sponsor, Gibson. Check out the full interview and download the first single off Full Circle, “Soldiers” by clicking here!
Drowning Pool Headlining Tour
September 13th Dos Amigos Bar & Grill – Odessa, TX
September 14th Scout Bar – Houston, TX
September 15th Old Kelly’s – Abilene, TX
September 18th Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
September 20th Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
September 21st Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
September 23rd Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
September 24th Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
September 27th Polish Picnic Ground – Dayton, OH
September 28th The Wedge – Austintown, OH
September 30th Midtown – Chattanooga, TN
October 2nd Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
October 3rd Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
October 5th The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
October 7th Sammy T’s – Huntsville, AL
October 9th Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
October 11th Woody’s Bar – Evansville, IN
October 13th Jakes – Lubbuck, TX
October 18th House of Blues – San Diego, CA
October 19th The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
November 2nd Flashbacks Dance Club – Wichita, KS
Finland’s’ first band to go gold in the USA, HIM will release their new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th. Venus Doom is the follow up to 2005’s breakthrough album Dark Light. The album features the new single “Kiss of Dawn,” and has the dark, hard rocking sound that fans of the band love. HIM recently wrapped up the Projekt Revolution tour and kick off their headlining tour on October 18th. To celebrate the release of Venus Doom, HIM and Hardrock Hideout are giving one lucky winner a chance to win an autographed Fender Stratocaster. All you have to do to win the guitar is fill in your information below.
The new single “Rise Today,” from the Florida quartet Alter Bridge, has been climbing the rock charts and now they are making the jump to TV.
“Rise Today” is featured in the new TV spots for the season premiere of the CBS hit show CSI: Miami. Alter Bridge will release their sophomore effort, Blackbird, on October 9th via Universal Republic.
Check out “Rise Today” and a preview of the season premiere of CSI: Miami here: http://video.umrg.com/alterbridge/csi/
Less than a week after his run-in with Kid Rock at the VMAs, Tommy Lee announced that he is quitting Motley Crue. The remaining bandmembers are suing the band’s former manager for lost revenues; they claim that the manager convinced Lee to pursue reality TV shows and rather than tour with the band.
Courtesy of Rolling Stone.
Comment: This wouldn’t be the first time that Tommy has quit the band. I think Vince Neil has found an excellent replacement in his solo band with drummer, Zoltan Chaney. If you were at Rocklahoma, you know how good Zoltan is already!
In celebration of the long-awaited, September 18th release of Nikki Sixx’s insightful and disturbing book “The Heroin Diaries,” Eleven Seven Records opened the vault to release a live EP from Mötley Crüe, featuring the first five songs from Carnival of Sin.
Fans of Nikki Sixx and Mötley Crüe can download “Shout at the Devil” now for free. Get “Shout At The Devil” here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/motley_crue/shout_at_the_devil.m4a for the free, and get your copy of “The Heroin Diaries” signed at one of the book tour dates below.
Heroin Diaries Book Tour
September 18th – Borders / Westwood – Los Angeles, CA
September 22nd – Barnes and Noble / Mall of America – Minneapolis, MN
September 23rd – Borders – Oakwood, IL (Chicago)
September 24th – Borders – Detroit, MI
September 25th – Virgin / Times Square – New York, NY
September 26th – Borders – Philadelphia, PA
September 27th – Borders – Boston, MA
No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims is a late 80’s classic that has been out of print for years.
I once owned this on cassette, and have not been able to track this one down again until now.
This band was wrongly lumped into the hair metal category, and even had a couple of videos on the MTV Head Banger’s Ball.
If you put AC/DC into a blender, added the funk of the Electric Boys, and maybe a little bit of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and hit puree, you might get something that sounds something like D*A*D. This is a cool CD with some funky rock tunes.
The gruff vocals of Jesper Binzer compliment the heavy and sometimes steel guitar licks of his brother Jacob. It is one of the more unique sounding CD’s of the late 80’s, and a worthy pick up in 2007. Check it out!
For more information on D*A*D, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
As we near the day of a new beginning for Trapt with their upcoming release of Trapt Live! on September 18th, the band is preparing to hit the road in support of the record and have also decided to give their fans a preview of the record online. You can listen to a full stream of Trapt Live! right now. Trapt will play select shows with special guest Fuel so make sure to check out the tour dates listed below to catch Trapt live!
10.16.07 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
10.19.07 Milwaukee, WI The Rave w/Fuel
10.20.07 Maplewood, MN The Rock
10.22.07 Mt. Clemens, MI The Emerald w/Fuel
10.23.07 Chicago, IL House of Blues w/Fuel
10.25.07 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s w/Fuel
10.26.07 Traverse City, MI Streeters
10.27.07 Flint, MI Machine Shop
10.28.07 Rochester, NY Water Street
10.30.07 State College, PA Cell Block
10.31.07 Albany, NY Northern Lights w/Fuel
11.01.07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom w/Fuel
11.02.07 Worcester, MA Palladium w/Fuel
11.04.07 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
11.05.07 Allentown, PA The Croc
11.06.07 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
11.08.07 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
The group split in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham and have performed only a handful of reunion gigs, last taking the stage 12 years ago at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Music Web site NME.com reported the show will be held in November in London.
Bonham’s son Jason is expected to wield the drum sticks for the band known to many fans simply as Zep.
Rounding out Led Zeppelin, rated the best ever hard-rock band by U.S. channel VH1, would be its classic founding trio of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.
NME.com said it would be a one-off show, not a full-fledged reunion tour.
Plant and Page have joined forces over the years, notably on an album in 1994, but Jones has been more distant. When Bonham passed away after a long battle with alcoholism, his bandmates said Led Zeppelin, formed in 1968, had died with him.
November is the scheduled release month for a greatest hits collection from the band.
The reunion gig is slated for London’s 02 Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000.
Courtesy of MSNBC.com
One of the nicer surprises in 2007, is the debut release by Detroit rockers, Ugly.
I had my first taste of Ugly in 2007, when they performed live in during the Labor day riverfest celebration in Cincinnati. I liked the live show so much, it only made sense to check out their new CD.
Much like the band’s live show, this CD does not disappoint! This is a hard rock CD with a great classic rock feel. There are great vocals, guitar solos and plenty of rocking drum beats to get your blood pumping.
24 Hours sounds like it was shot out of rock and roll cannon. This song will grab most listeners on the very first play.
Pusher keeps the party going. The cowbell drumming of Donnie Highland really turns the energy up on this track and makes this a fun song to listen to.
Friday Night (In the City) is a solid track with major radio potential. The background vocals of bassist Frank Green and Kevin McCreery, greatly enhances the playability of this song.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll was the first song that I heard by Ugly. I liked this song enough to check the band out, and I am glad I did. This song kicks ass! Check out the video below!
Son is a low tempo bluesy number that has to be listened to to be fully appreciated.
Social Keeper is an upbeat rocker that has all of the swagger of an AC/DC song. Great Stuff! I took a video of the band performing this song in Cincinnati, check it out!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song, Driving Me Under. Kevin McCreery’s smoking guitar licks and the overall sing along quality of this song has made this one of my favorite tunes on this record.
Idea is another song that I first heard Ugly perform in Cincinnati. This is another good sleaze filled rocker.
Washed Out has an almost Beatlesque feel to it. The sound of this track was completely unexpected, but totally cool.
The Cats Ass has a killer groove, and a Guns ‘N Roses sleezy vibe about it.
Everything is a mid tempo ballad with monster radio potential.
Everytime I listen to The Train it reminds of the same style of bluesy rock that Aerosmith is famous for. This is an exceptional track to close this record out with.
The shredding guitars of Kevin McCreery, and Geo Teubl’s excellent vocal delivery really drives these hard rocking tunes home. At times, Geo reminds me of The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that is very cool indeed! Producer Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down) did a bang up job with this CD. The production quality on this disc is top notch. This is a energetic disc full of hard-driving, sleazy good tunes that will put a big smile on your face. The tunes are so good, they are Ugly!
If the rock gods are kind, the whole world will know about Ugly before long. You can get on board by now by pre-ordering Ugly’s new CD through Rock Ridge Music.com for a mere $8.99. At this price, it is a steal. Go buy it today!
For more information on Ugly, stop by the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- 24 Hours
- Friday Night (In the City)
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Social Keeper
- Driving Me Under
- Washed Out
- The Cats Ass
- The Train