I always used to blame my love for hard rock and heavy metal music on my sister. She would come home from high school and play Judas Priest’s Green Manaleshi, next thing I knew, I would race home from school to watch MTV’s hard rock show that was on at 3 P.M. every day. From that point, I was hooked forever.
The other day, I was in my local record shop ( I don’t think I can ever stop calling them records) and was flipping through the used CD’s and stumbled on Dressed to Kill. I saw 30 years of my life flash before me in an instance. The neighbors that I grew up had an LP of Dressed to Kill back around the time when I was a mere 7 years ago. I remember us playing that record over and over again. I remeber the LP cover like it was yesterday, but had forgotten all about those days of playing the record until seeing this cover again. Strangely enough, I didn’t pick up a copy of this until now.
It is amazing to me how some music is so timeless. In 2007, Dressed to Kill still sounds great. The song writing was simple, and the songs were all pretty short. This disc clocks in shy of 30 minutes for 10 songs. For being a such a short listen, it is still a damn good one.
The song I remember best on this disc is She. We must have played that song a thousand times. It has a killer groove and is one of my favorites. I have heard Rock and Roll All Night more times that I can remember and didn’t realize that it came from this disc. No one can deny that this is the biggest rock anthem of all time. I also recall playing Room Service to death, so much so, that I can almost sing the lyrics. Its interesting what stays in your subconcious.
Another song that we played the hell of on this disc is C’mon and Love Me. This is another great KISS classic.
The acoustic intro Rock Bottom is cool as hell. This is another killer song on this disc.
If you haven’t picked this up yet, you are really missing out on an excellent hard rock classic. After listening to this disc a couple of times, you can easily pick up how KISS influenced so many of the bands that became staples in our music collections in the years to come.
Rating: Out of 10
- Room Service
- Two Timer
- Ladies In Waiting
- Get Away
- Rock Bottom
- C’mon and Love Me
- Anything For My Baby
- Love Her All I Can
- Rock And Roll All Night
VELVET REVOLVER has lined up the following tour dates during the coming months:
South American tour:
April 10 – Pista Atlética Del Estadio Nacional – Santiago, Chile
April 12 – Estádio do Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil
April 13 – Citibank Hall – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 15 – Quilmes Rock 2007 @ Estadio River Plate – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 16 – Estadio Pepsi Music – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 18 – Poliedro de Caracas – Caracas, Venezuela
April 20 – Parque Simón Bolívar – Bogotá, Colombia
North American tour:
May 04 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
May 05 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
May 07 – Showbox Music Club – Seattle, WA
May 10 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
May 12 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 13 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ONT
May 15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 18 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 19 – Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, OH
May 20 – Tweeter Center – Camden, NJ
May 22 – Nokia Theatre – New York, NY
June 01 – Nürburgring / Rock Am Ring – Eifel, Germany
June 02 – Idroscalo / Gods Of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
June 03 – Zeppelinfeld / Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
June 05 – Hammersmith Apollo – London, England
June 07 – International Arena – Cardiff, England
June 08 – Donington Park / Download Festival – Donington, England
June 10 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland
June 11 – Empress Ballroom @ Winter Gardens – Blackpool, England
June 14-16 – Hultsfred 2007 – Hultsfred, Sweden
June 16 – ProvinssiRock – Seinäjoki, Finland
June 17 – Walibi World / Fields Of Rock – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
June 20 – Coliseu dos Recreios – Lisbon, Portugal
June 22-23 – Feria de Zaragoza / Monsters Of Rock – Zaragoza, Spain
June 24 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
June 25 – Le Zenith – Paris, France
June 26 – Volkshaus – Zürich, Switzerland
June 29 – Marlay Park (supporting The Who) – Dublin, Ireland
July 02 – Odderøya Park / Quart07 – Kristiansand, Norway
More dates will be announced soon.