This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
Atreyu constantly want to grow musically with each new record.
Many of their fans have noticed a change in the vocals from Alex Varkatzas on Lead Sails.
In the new behind-the-scenes video, Alex explains the new direction he took and where he wants to see Atreyu go in the future.
Watch the video from Atreyu – “Alex” Here!
Check out The Answer performing their song, Never Too Late!
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.
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!
Here is a live video of HIM performing this song “Dead Lovers Lane” from the new CD, Venus Doom!
September 18th, HIM unveils their highly-anticipated release, Venus Doom. With the momentum of Venus Doom reaching terminal velocity, the title track has been made available for the world to hear. HIM kick-off their world tour this evening in London, England, and start their U.S. segment of the tour October 18th, in Sayreville, NJ in celebration of tomorrow’s release.
More dates have been added to their U.S. Tour!
Sept. 17th Borderline London
Sept. 21st Columbia Club Berlin
Oct. 18th Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Oct. 19th 9:30 Club D.C., Washington
Oct. 20th Sonar Boston, MA
Oct. 21st Palladium Worcester, MA
Oct. 23rd Royal Oak Theatre Detroit, MI
Oct. 24th The Docks Nightclub Toronto
Oct. 25th Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct. 26th The Pagent St. Louis, MO
Oct. 27th Myth St. Paul, MN
Oct. 30th Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Oct. 31st Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
Nov. 2nd Ogden Theater Denver, CO
Nov. 3rd Avalon Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 6th MacEwen Hall Calgary
Nov. 7th Edmonton Event Center Edmonton
Nov. 9th Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver
Nov. 10th Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
Nov. 11th McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Nov. 13th the Warfield San Francisco, CA
Nov. 14th Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 17th The Joint Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 20th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Nov. 21st The Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov. 23rd Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 24th Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
Nov. 25th Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Nov. 28th House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 29th Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov. 30th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 1st Nokia Theatre New York, NY
Dec. 7th Guild Hall Portsmouth
Dec. 8th Civic Hall Wolverhampton
Dec. 9th Apollo Manchester
Dec. 10th Barrowlands Glasgow
Dec. 12th Astoria London
Are the high priced tickets for the 2007 Van Halen tour worth it? The world will know soon enough.
Here is a short video from the VH rehearsal. Check it out!
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!)
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
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
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
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
Check out the first single/video “Well Enough Alone” off of Chevelle’s new disc, Vena Sera.
CHEVELLE has added two months worth of dates to its fall tour schedule, which now extends well into November. CHEVELLE is touring in support of its fourth album, “Vena Sera”, which came out this past spring. The Chicago trio took most of August off so that bassist Dean Bernardini could be home for the arrival of his child. Bernardini‘s daughter, Lola Anne Bernardini, was born on August 3, weighing in at seven pounds and five ounces.
CHEVELLE resumed roadwork on August 25 and plays Tuesday night (September 4) in Binghamton, New York.
The latest single from “Vena Sera” is “I Get It”.
Newly confirmed CHEVELLE tour dates:
Sep. 18 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Sep. 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
Sep. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
Sep. 22 – Boise, ID – Big Easy Concert House
Sep. 24 – Spokane, WA – Big Easy
Sep. 25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
Sep. 26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sep. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Red’s
Sep. 30 – St. Louis, MO – TBA
Oct. 06 – Memphis, TN – Mud Island Amphitheatre (radio festival)
Oct. 07 – Hattiesburg, MS – The Bottling Company
Oct. 09 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’Southend
Oct. 11 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Oct. 13 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Oct. 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
Oct. 19 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo & Piranha Club
Oct. 20 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
Oct. 22 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Oct. 24 – San Diego, CA – SOMA San Diego
Oct. 25 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
Oct. 26 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Oct. 28 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Oct. 29 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
Oct. 30 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
Nov. 01 – Reno, NV – Stoney’s Indoor Skate Park
Nov. 03 – Kinston, NC – Kinston Fairgrounds
Nov. 05 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Nov. 06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 09 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
Nov. 10 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Springfield, MO – Remington’s Niteclub
Nov. 13 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
For more info on Chevelle, check out the band’s myspace page.
Swiss Metal band “The Order” has a new video, “Satisfaction“.This is on their CD, Metal Casino, available now through Impulse Music.
Holy Diver is the debut by DIO, which features Vivian Campbell on Guitar, Black Sabbath band mate, Vinny Appice on drums and Jimmy Bain on bass.
To this listener, Holy Diver will always be a timeless metal classic. Ronnie James Dio’s ultra powerful vocals alone, make this a disc for all metalheads to check out. Vivian Campbell’s playing on this record is nothing short of superb. His playing on Holy Diver is far beyond anything he has done with his current employer, Def Leppard.
Vinny Appice has always been a great metal drummer, and his heavy drum beats on this record are nothing short of perfect!
The songs Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark, are still two of the biggest rock anthems that Ronnie James Dio has ever sung.
Some other favorite cuts of mine off of this disc, are Stand Up and Shout and Don’t Talk to Strangers.
Ronnie James Dio has been, and forever will be one of my favorite metal singers. I have followed his career since the Elf days, and Holy Diver is still one of my favorite records by Ronnie and company.
If you don’t own this record….what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this Classic Metal record!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Holy Diver
4. Caught in the Middle
5. Don’t Talk to Strangers
6. Straight Through the Heart
8. Rainbow in the Dark
9. Shame on the Night
One of the more obscure Pop Metal bands of the early 90’s is New York’s Trouble Tribe.
This band features singer Jimmy Driscoll , Adam Wacht on lead guitar, Eric Klaastad on bass, and Stephen Durrell on drums.
The band had a semi-hit on MTV with Here Comes Trouble. On the opening of this song, Jimmy Driscoll and band sounds a lot like mid 80’s KISS.
It is a fairly decent pop metal disc by one of the lesser known bands of the hair metal era. This record has a few solid cuts including Tattoo, Here Comes Trouble, and the solid power ballad, In The End. The band also covered the Beatles’ Dear Prudence.
After Trouble Tribe broke up, Adam Wacht later played in the bands Left For Dead and Opinion with drummer Bobby Borg. Jimmy Driscoll started the band, In the Wild.
You can still find a few used copies of the Trouble Tribe disc at Amazon.com. It is becoming more rare by the day. It is a nice little glam metal gem that is worth seeking out.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Here Comes Trouble
3. Gimme Something Sweet
4. In the End
5. Back to the Well
6. Boys Nite Out
7. Tribal Beast
8. Red Light Zone
9. (Angel With A) Devil’s Kiss
10. Dear Prudence
11. One by One
12. Cold Heart
13. F’s Nightmare
I haven’t listened to Supagroup before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
After listening to Rules a couple of times, I can safely say they fit into the Classic Rock mold. They have a party rock sound that is similar to, but not the same as AC/DC.
This disc is filled with high speed to mid-tempo, 3 chord mayhem that will get you on your feet rocking.
Let’s Go (Get Wasted) is about as big of a party anthem as you are ever going to hear.
Other highlights on this disc include the bluesy, “I’m Gonna Change“, The infectious “Ready To Go”, “Bastard” and “It Takes Balls”.
If you are a fan of AC/DC, Rhino Bucket or Airbourne, Supagroup may be a band for you to check out!
Rules is a solid slab of feel good, hard rock and will whet your appetite for the new disc, Fire for Hire coming at the end of September.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ready To Go
2. Hot Times
4. Let’s Go (Get Wasted)
5. It Takes Balls
6. Invincible Me
7. I’m Gonna Change
8. One For The Money
9. Ruling (Is Its Own Reward)
10. Hog Wild
11. Rough Edge
Check out the new video, “Cold Case” by France’s Aesthesia.
You have to stop by the band’s myspace page and give their tunes a listen. Great Stuff!
Every Labor Day Weekend, Cincinnati Rock station WEBN, has their big Labor day celebration, that ends with one of the biggest Fireworks displays in the United States.
In 2007, there were three music stages. One in Newport, KY, and two in Cincinnati. Most of the stages had local acts, except for the P&G Pavillion where I sought out two national hard rock acts, Ugly and Operator.
Ugly is a newer Detroit hard rock band that is made up by former members of the band Tantric and Outspoken. Ugly took the stage around 6 P.M. I have not seen this band before, and only heard a song or two prior to their performance.
I am happy to say that Ugly put on a great show. Their hard-driving, high energy rock revved up the crowd waiting to see the Headliner, Operator.
The lead singer, Geo Teubl came out after the show and was signing autographs and meeting the fans. He has the right attitude that will take him, and his band to the next level of success. The band Operator could take some personality and attitude lessons from Ugly.
Kevin McCreery’s guitar solo
Operator is the band that I have been looking forward to seeing for a few weeks now. I can only describe Operator, as the Soulcrushing idiots. The sound company seemingly could not get their sound right, and the band was unhappy from the start. The band led off with the profanity filled, Live Your Way. Singer Johnny Strong immediately showed attitude as he grumbled about being denied his First Amendment rights. He sang the song without the curse words.
Considering the number of young kids present at this outdoor free show, that was probably a good thing. Their is a time and place for profanity in rock music. It doesn’t bother me at all. Profanity is a pretty normal thing in hard rock and metal music. That doesn’t change the fact that I certainly wouldn’t want my stepdaughter or any other children to listen to a song filled with profanity.
After three songs, the band pulled an Axl Rose and stormed off the stage, and did not return. The crowd followed up with plenty of “Operator Sucks” comments being yelled at the top of their lungs, and rightfully so. The drummer came back out and played a short solo, and tried to win back some fans by throwing out a handful of drumsticks, but the damage was already done.
Cincinnati got their first impression of Operator, and it wasn’t a good one.
A later conversation with the event’s sound guy provided the following info: “Operator showed up and were completely unapproachable all day”,”They seemed to have an attitude when they showed up.” There may be more to this story that meets the eye.
It is a true shame. I am sure every band has a bad day, but Operator will need to redeem themselves in a major way before I would even consider paying to see them.
The Soulcrusher album is a damned good one, but the band isn’t going to win any new fans by pulling stupid stunts like the one at this show.
The day wasn’t a total loss. Ugly was a nice surprise on this Sunday evening, and will be a band that will gain further support by the Hard Rock Hideout.
If you have tickets for another Operator show, prepare yourself for disappointment. If Ugly hits your town, don’t miss them. They will put on a great show for you!
This CD was released in the UK last year, and in the U.S. in January.
Check out the video for the track, “Falling to Pieces”. The tour dates are listed below.
Another Australian band is about to hit the scene big time. Check out the new video, Another Thing Comin’ by Maeder.
This is the first single, off of the new Self Titled CD, on the way from Locomotive Records!
Guitarist Nic and singer Sebastian Maeder, raised in permanent transit between Melbourne and Switzerland, will have their self-titled hard-rock debut CD released by Locomotive Records on September 25.
Soaking up influences like grunge, glam and metal, The Brothers Maeder, with bassist Kit Riley, and drummer Travis Dragoni have taken their family roadshow far beyond the promising Business In Me debut EP. Although that particular slice of Cheap Trickery climbed within the Top 30 “National Chart” in their home country and #1 on the “Independent Chart,” it was just the beginning. Due to their penchant for catchy hooks, the pair became successful ad jingle writers and even penned “Another Thing Comin’” which was used as the theme song for the Australian Football Grand Final.
They’ve since signed with former Krokus drummer/producer Patrick Aeby and the result is Maeder, as catchy and as irresistible as an underage cheerleader.
Another Thing Comin’
No Grass Is Greener Than Your Own
Business In Me
Night And Day
You’re A Freak
You Make Me Die
It’s All Good
Piece Of Me