I ended up missing the two cover bands to start off the M3 Rock Festival Friday Night. The band that started it all for me in 2012 was Enuff Z’nuff. It is hard to believe that with the M3 having its fourth annual music festival that Enuff Z’nuff hasn’t been part of this event yet. The band was the first major act to take the stage last Friday Night at M3, and I thought they did a great job. Enuff Z’nuff featured Donnie Vie on Vocals, Chip Z’nuff on Bass, Randi Scott on Drums, and Tory Stoffregen on Guitar. To start off the show, Enuff Z’nuff performed their song “Heaven and Hell” from their 1991 album Strength. I thought Donnie’s vocals were a little rough at first, but he got better as Enuff Z’nuff’s show progressed. The rest of the set was rounded out by Enuff Z’nuff favorites “Fly High Michelle”, “New Thing” and an extremely cool cover of the Beatles “Come Together”, as well as some of the band’s lesser known songs “Kitty”, “Baby Loves You”, “We’re All Alright”, “High”, and “There Goes My Heart”, This is the first time I have seen Enuff Z’nuff live, and I thought they were very good. I would have loved to have heard some more songs off of their latest album Dissonance. They did play “High” and that was pretty cool. I hope the band will be invited back for another M3 appearance (maybe they will play “Little Indian Angel” next time around). I truly enjoyed their performance, and thought this was a pretty good way to start off the 2012 M3 Rock Festival.
A fan filmed video for “New Thing” can be seen below!
Ever since I first heard Enuff Z’nuff was giving away copies of their latest album Dissonance at Rocklahoma in 2008, I have been trying to get my hands on a copy. While I never tracked down one of the original versions, I was glad to find that the 2010 version released by Rock Candy Records in the UK has a few songs that were not on the original CD.
I have been a fan of Enuff Z’nuff for a long time, and when I found out that former Ozzy Osbourne & Badlands guitarist Jake E. Lee was handing the guitar duties on Dissonance, I knew I had to find a copy.
The title track “Dissonance” starts off the album in fine fashion. This is a heavier Enuff Z’nuff tune that has a 70’s hard rock vibe in the vein of KISS & Alice Cooper. It is a cool tune to start the album with.
I thought “Fine Line” was just an ok tune, but there moments when Jake E. Lee flashes his skills on guitar that makes me change my mind. I wish he would break loose more often on Dissonance.
It disappoints me to know that very few radio stations will play a cool song like “Rollaway”. This song has a cool, almost Beatle-esque vibe to it. “High” is one of the heavier numbers on Dissonance. The chorus on “High” reminds me a lot of the Beatles “Day Tripper”. It is much different lyrically, but has a similar style.
Enuff Z’nuff is from Blue Island, Il, just south of the Windy City. Their tune “Chicago” is a pretty cool ode to the city they love.
One of my absolute favorites on Dissonance is the song “Code Red”, which is only available on the Rock Candy records version of the CD. This song sounds like a blend of Enuff Z’nuff and Motley Crue. It super catchy, and if they did a radio edit, this song could easily be a hit single for E’nuff Z’nuff.
The cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” is kind of cool, but does not surpass the original version of tune. The Enuff Z’nuff version is heavier, and Jake E. Lee shreds on this song towards the end. Very Cool!
If I have any complaints about Dissonance, it is the editing job that the folks at Rock Candy did. The song titles were completely jumbled up from what was listed on the back of the CD. Aside from that, I have found Dissonance is a very enjoyable CD from Enuff Z’nuff.
It never ceases to amaze me how great the song writing duo of Donnie Vie and Chip Z’nuff is. The songs on Dissonance are well written, and get in your head. The music on this CD is great. Jake E. Lee shows some flashes of brilliance, but mostly plays within the context of the songs. In my opinion, Dissonance is a must own disc for all Enuff Z’nuff fans and is a CD that should be checked out by everyone else.
Oddly enough this CD was released in Japan, and the UK, and still has not had an official U.S. Release. Hopefully, a smart U.S. label will pick this up, and distribute it. Until then, you can purchase the digital downloads of Dissonance at Amazon and iTunes, and the CD’s through the Rock Candy Records store on Ebay.
You can hear the songs “Lazy Dazy” and “Dissonance” on myspace. Check ‘em out!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Fine Line
3. Lazy Dazy
6. Altered States
9. Joni Lynn
11. Code Red
12. When Doves Cry
13. Run For Your Life
Enuff Z’nuff is:
Donnie Vie – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Chip Z’nuff – Vocals, Bass, Guitar, B3
Jake E. Lee – Lead Guitar
Vinnie Castaldo – Drums
Oliver Barnes of the Classic Rock and Metal Podcast recently conducted an interview with former Guns ‘n Roses drummer Steven Adler and bassist Chip Z’Nuff, both currently touring with Adler’s Appetite.
The band are now in the UK for a series of shows mixing both Guns ‘n Roses and new material and the pair discuss their recent sell-out jaunt in Europe, the new material and the new lease of life they’re finding on the road.
An excerpt of the interview can be heard here:
The Classic Rock and Metal Podcast is available to stream or download on the first Monday of every month and is intended for people wanting to catch up on their favourite rock and metal bands of the 70s and 80s, find out what they’re doing now and learn about some of the great new bands following in their footsteps.
Adler’s Appetite, the band led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler — has finished recording and mixing its new single, “Alive”, with longtime friend and producer Anthony Focx (Vince Neil, Buckcherry). The group is planning on debuting the song live as part of its summer tour, which will kick off Friday, July 9 in Redondo Beach, California.
“We are really excited to be moving forward with original material,” says Adler’s Appetite guitarist Alex Grossi. “I think people are really going to like the direction we are going in.”
The band — which includes guitarists Alex Grossi (ex-Quiet Riot) and Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), bassist Chip Z’nuff (Enuff Znuff) and vocalist Rick Stitch (Ladyjack) — plans to release the song worldwide in conjunction with Adler’s tell-all biography, “My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”, which is set for a July 27 release through HarperCollins.
Steven Adler will sign copies of his tell-all biography, “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses”, at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 28 at noon.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Jun 13 2010 8:00P BFE Rock Club Houston, TX.
Jun 14 2010 8:00P Lone Star Sports Bar Temple, TX
Jul 9 2010 10:00P Brixton Redondo Beach, California, US
Jul 10 2010 10:00P Galaxy Theatre Santa Ana, California, US
Jul 11 2010 10:00P Canyon Club Agoura Hills, California, US
Jul 12 2010 8:00P Club Vegas Salt Lake City, UT.
Jul 13 2010 8:00P The Railyard Billings, MT.
Jul 15 2010 8:00P Frequency Madison, WI.
Jul 16 2010 10:00P The Back Bar Janesville, Wisconsin, US
Jul 17 2010 8:00P Bada Brew Crest Hill, IL.
Jul 18 2010 10:00P MILWAUKEE FESTA ITALIANA MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin , US
Jul 21 2010 8:00P Hayloft Mt. Clemens, MI.
Jul 22 2010 8:00P Market Block Party Syracuse, NY.
Jul 23 2010 8:00P Ram’s Head Live Baltimore, MD.
Jul 24 2010 9:00P The Cube Newark, DE.
Jul 24 2010 9:00P The Cube Newark, DE
Jul 26 2010 8:00P Bowery Electric New York, NY.
Jul 27 2010 8:00P Mill Creek Tavern Philadelphia, PA
Jul 28 2010 8:00P The Bell House Brooklyn, NY
Jul 29 2010 10:00P Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvan, US
Jul 30 2010 8:00P Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY.
Jul 31 2010 8:00P Showcase Live Foxboro, MA.
Aug 1 2010 8:00P City Limits Sanford, ME.
Aug 5 2010 8:00P Dingbatz Clifton, NJ
Aug 6 2010 8:00P The Underground Sandusky, OH.
Aug 7 2010 8:00P McGuffy’s House of Rock Dayton, OH
Aug 8 2010 8:00P Cosmic Charlies Lexington, KY
Aug 10 2010 9:00P Mill Creek Appleton, WI.
Aug 11 2010 8:00P Clyde Iron Works Duluth, MN.
Aug 12 2010 10:00P BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY BRAINERD, Minnesota , US
Aug 13 2010 8:00P Reverb Cedar Falls, IA.
Aug 14 2010 8:00P Elko Speedway Elko, MN.
Aug 15 2010 8:00P Pheonix Lounge Harrisburg, SD.
Aug 19 2010 8:00P Union Station Colorado Springs, CO.
Aug 20 2010 8:00P Roadhouse Dacono, CO.
Aug 25 2010 8:30P Cedardome Milton, WA.
Aug 26 2010 8:30P Hayley’s Bar & Grill Everett, WA.
Sep 3 2010 8:00P Canyon Club Augoura Hills, CA.
Sep 3 2010 8:00P The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA.
Friday night Adler’s Appetite came to Cincinnati’s Riverstar Entertainment Complex to unleash their renditions of Guns N’ Roses awesome tunes. The band features former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, Chip Z’nuff (Enuff Z’nuff) on bass, Rick Stitch (Ladyjack) on vocals, Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat) and Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot) on guitar.
Local bands The Mighty Swine, and A Nervous Wreck opened the show. The Mighty Swine played a cool set of original tunes. A Nervous Wreck did a good job getting the crowd revved up with a bunch of cover tunes from the bands Poison, Ratt, L.A. Guns and more.
Adler’s Appetite hit the stage about 11:oo P.M. and played a great set of tunes covering the Guns N’ Roses albums, “Appetite for Destruction”, as well as the “Use Your Illusion” albums.
Rick Stitch may not be Axl Rose, but he did a good job signing these songs. I was pretty impressed with the guitar tandem of Alex Grossi and Michael Thomas as well. Adler’s Appetite may not be anything more than a glorified cover band, but at least Steven Adler is trying to keep the Guns N’ Roses music alive and well. Until Axl Rose gets his head out of his ass and reunites the class G N’ R linuep, this is as good as it gets!
ENUFF Z’NUFF have updated their MySpace page to stream the new track ‘High’, featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee.
Check out ‘High’ at this location. The track will be included on the band’s forthcoming new album, Dissonance, due out later this year.
According to Chip Z’nuff, The new album is done, shooting for a release this fall. We hope to have a special edition for sale at Rocklahoma. We decided to call this one “Album of the Year” and some of the songs titles include ” Dissonance ,” ” Lazy Dazy.” “Altered States,” “High,” “Fine Line,” and “Chicago”. It features Donnie Vie, Chip Z’nuff, Jake E Lee and Vinnie Castaldo. More details to follow.