Once upon a time I thought the band Black Tide had the market cornered as the youngest hard rock band out there. Suddenly there have been a few new entries to check out including Drive A, and Tulsa, OK rockers Crooked X.
The four members of Crooked X have an average age of……..wait for it……FOURTEEN. These young lads caught the watchful eye of Spencer Proffer and Doc McGhee when they submitted a video into the CBS “The Early Show” segment called “Living Room Live”. As they say, the rest is history.
Typically, I probably wouldn’t have given this CD a second look, but when I heard that former Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee was involved, I couldn’t resist checking out this band.
Even more surprising than than the band members’ ages is their debut CD that was recently released by MPM/EMI/Capitol. These four teenagers rock as hard as many of their modern rock counterparts.
The opening cut “Gone” is quite an addictive rocker that will have you singing/screaming along on the first listen. The good songs don’t end there. “Adrenaline” is a surprisingly good rocker with a lot of heavy, grungy guitar work. Singer Forrest French sings in a deep tone that I didn’t think was possible for a person his age.
“Rock and Roll Dream” is practically a hair metal song, and I love it. The falsetto in French’s voice on this tune reminds me a lot of Andrew Elt from the Sleeze Beez, which is pretty cool in my opinion.
“Nightmare” is the first song ever written by Crooked X. This tune was written by the band when they were a mere 11 years old! This is a pretty tasty number with some really cool guitar tones to start the song off. The song then morphs into a hard rocking number with some crunching guitar riffs. Good stuff!
Overall, I am pretty impressed with Crooked X. This CD is a pretty good start for these young Oklahoma rockers. It will be interesting to see how their career develops from here, but with Doc McGhee in their corner, they are in good hands.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Time Is Now
4. Rock And Roll Dream
7. Nail In the Coffin
9. Death of Me
10. Lost Control
Crooked X is:
Forrest French – Vocals, Guitar
Jesse Cooper – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Josh McDowell – Bass
Boomer Simpson – Drums
The Rock on the Range Festival have announced their 2009 lineup, and it is a GREAT one!
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2009:
ROCK FESTIVAL RETURNS
SATURDAY, MAY 16 AND SUNDAY, MAY 17
TO COLUMBUS, OHIO’S CREW STADIUM;
SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE,
ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD
MORE THAN 35 ACTS TO PERFORM
ON THREE STAGES
ROCK ON THE RANGE–America’s premiere destination rock festival– will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival
centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they’ve been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. “We’re really excited to play one of America’s great rock festivals.”
SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I
personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s
top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage,
the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms–for contest winners–and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at http://www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via http://www.rockontherange.com and http://www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day
ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
2009 LINEUP (subject to change): MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN, BUCKCHERRY, SHINEDOWN, CHEVELLE, FLYLEAF, SALIVA, SAVING ABEL, BLUE OCTOBER, HOOBASTANK, ATREYU, BLACK STONE CHERRY, TRAPT, STATIC X, SICK PUPPIES, THE USED, BILLY TALENT, ALL THAT REMAINS, CROOKED X, POP EVIL, STATE OF SHOCK, CAVO, FRAMING HANLEY, ADELITA’S WAY, BURN HALO, THE LEO PROJECT, HALESTORM, X FACTOR 1, CHARM CITY DEVILS, DRIVE A and EARLY PEARL.
A fourth band has now been confirmed for the Rock on The Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Pop Evil joins Saliva, Charm City Devils and Crooked X. Rock on the Range takes place May 16th and 17th. For more information, check out the Rock on the Range Website.
Check out Pop Evil’s video, “Hero” below.