Rocker Ozzy Osbourne pulled out of an appearance on “American Idol” because of a former contestant’s hairstyle, according to reports.
The Black Sabbath star was slated to duet with Sanjaya Malakar on last week’s season finale, but cancelled at the last minute.
A source tells the New York Post’s Page Six column, “When he learned he would have to do a duet with Sanjaya, Ozzie said he didn’t want to be onstage with that idiot.”
Osbourne is also reported to have called Malakar “a hairstyle-challenged idiot.”
Aerosmith star Joe Perry was called up as Osbourne’s replacement on the talent-search TV show.
PERRY FARRELL Says DAVE NAVARRO’s ‘Rock Star’ TV Show Caused JANE’S ADDICTION Split
Launch Radio Networks reports: Former JANE’S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell‘s new project, the SATELLITE PARTY, released its debut disc on Tuesday (May 29), titled “Ultra Payloaded”. The CD is a loose concept record about an organization called “the Solutionists” that wants to use music to change the world for the better. Farrell told Launch that the idea came to him after JANE’S ADDICTION began falling apart while guitarist Dave Navarro started hosting the “Rock Star” reality series. “My band broke up basically over reality TV, and I just couldn’t believe it,” he said. “So I thought, like, rock and roll has never been about kissing ass and a contest. You know, rock and roll is self-expression. It’s defiance. It’s freedom. So I started to write about a group of people, they call themselves the Solutionists, that take matters into their own hands in this do-it-yourself world where basically the media has given up on the future.”
The SATELLITE PARTY also features former EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, while the album contains guest appearances from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante, BLACK EYED PEAS singer Fergie and others, as well as what may be the last known recording made by late DOORS vocalist Jim Morrison.
“Ultra Payloaded” is packaged in “an entirely eco-friendly” digipack made exclusively out of recycled paper, while the disc itself is carbon-neutral. All the estimated carbon dioxide produced by the manufacture and shipping of the record will be offset by the construction of renewable energy projects.
The band will perform on CBS-TV‘s “Late Show with David Letterman” on June 5, and has scheduled a residency on “Last Call with Carson Daly” for June 12, June 13, June 14 and June 15. The group will also perform in August at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, of which Farrell is one of the organizers.
New Izzy Stradlin tunes available on I-Tunes!
Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin‘s new album, “Miami”, is now available for purchase via iTunes. No CDs will be made available in stores.
The album’s 11 songs were recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida.
“Miami” track listing:
02. Buildings In The Sky
03. Let Go
04. JR’s Song
05. Partly Cloudy
07. Bombs Away
08. Tough Check
09. Pick Up The Phone
10. Everythings Alright
11. FSO Ragga
Taz Bentley, a member of Stradlin‘s band, told Izzy‘s official web site that the “Miami” recording sessions date back to late 2005 and early 2006, when the album was completed, reports ChartAttack.com.
“This recording is more loose,” he said. “We spent time jamming the songs out a pinch more than normal. The vibe was relaxed and the songs are as strong and diverse as always.”
There’s no word on whether Stradlin, who turned 45 last month, will tour behind the album. The guitarist spent a portion of 2006 on the road as a guest guitarist with GUNS N’ ROSES during the band’s European tour. It was the first time he had played with the band since 1993. He released his IZZY STRADLIN & THE JU JU HOUNDS debut album in 1992.
411Mania.com posted their Top 10 Glam Rockers. I thought it was an interesting list, and thought I would share this with you.
TOP TEN GLAM ROCKERS.
Last week, I wrote about the influence that glam has had on music and where it all came from. You can check that out by clicking the link:
This week I want to get a bit more specific and a bit more personal. I’ve come to the conclusion that when I see a “Top Ten” list it’s usually what the writer thinks the reader wants to read. You get the basic and stereotypical picks OR you get the obscure picks so the writer can show how “cool” they are. What’s the fun in that? I’m going to have a few obvious picks, some personal picks, and some that I had to think about. I assure you a pretentious free Top Ten. Then again, this is the internet and maybe I’m being naïve.
There are a lot more then these ten glam rockers so sit back, read my picks, think of your own, and send them in….
10.) Little Richard
The 411: When many people think of “glam rockstars” they probably don’t think of my tenth favorite glam rocker of all time. Little Richard, in my opinion, is the grandfather of glam. His flamboyant and over the top image was the predecessor for what glam would later become in the early 70’s and even now.
9.) Dee Snider
The 411: Look at that picture. If that hair, make up, and wardrobe isn’t glam then I’m writing the wrong column this week. And to think, that picture is one of the more conservative of what I came across. With the whole “Parental Advisory” issues from years back, Snider proved he wasn’t just a “freak” with his intelligent view on music’s ever-sucking standards and practices. Unlike many stars of the 80’s, Dee Snider has evolved and is still putting out music and hosting a weekly radio show.
8.) Steven Tyler
The 411: Again, with one look at Steven Tyler you’d think he was either a glam rocker or just a weirdo. While both thoughts would be true, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has been a favorite of mine for years. Mainly because outside of the great music they’ve supplied us, Tyler has always been a top notch showman and pushes the style envelope a little farther every time I see him.
7.) Marc Bolen
The 411: I didn’t know much about T. Rex until a friend pushed him on me. It didn’t take much of a push because I instantly became a fan. Many consider Marc Bolen of T. Rex, the first to use the glam image in the early 70’s. His talent aside, the whole raunchiness, glam, and slight cheese of glam are credited to him and that’s enough for me to put him on this list.
6.) Nikki Sixx
The 411: One of the first concerts I went to growing up was Motley Crue. I remember little about the show except that Nikki Sixx rocked. He’s got a firm grip on the “sleaze glam” that was born on the Sunset Strip in the 80’s. The whole “sleaze glam” look has made a comeback with bands like Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, and others adopting the style. The stories, the comeback, and just the overall image of Nikki could easily put him in the top running for being our generation’s Keith Richards (with Slash respectively).
5.) Marilyn Manson
The 411: After rising to fame with a commercialized gothic image, Marilyn Manson then took a page from David Bowie’s book. Manson created a glam persona in his character “Omega”. The whole rubber suit with breasts and ambiguous sexuality all mixed together with glam is what the final result was. For me, despite it being a blatant rip off of Ziggy Stardust, it was probably my second favorite Manson album released.
4.) David Lee Roth
The 411: For the past few years I’ve kept an ongoing joke moving forward with my love for D.L.R. I can careless about anything Van Halen put out without Roth. Without him behind the mic it lacks the enthusiasm and excitement he brought to the table. Growing up I was fond of him and I can still see why. Like a wise man once said, “It’s not if you win or lose, it’s how good you look while playing the game.”
The 411: Since Prince wasn’t a part of any glam specific genre like classic glam, glam metal, or even new wave he is often omitted from these discussions. Isn’t glam about being over the top, flashy, and having that confidence to just put it all out there? If you’re saying “yes” like I am, you’ll completely agree that Prince not only defines those items, but also makes them his bitch. His name was legally a SYMBOL for a few years. Even the symbol was glam!
2.) Freddie Mercury
The 411: Freddie Mercury and Queen managed to take glam rock to the arenas. Queen is often considered one of the best rock bands of all time and with good reason. You must give a good portion of that acclaim to their lead man Freddie Mercury. While others on the list are great glam icons, Mercury’s voice was glam in itself. His voice screams confidence and the larger than life persona that was the very theatrical Freddie Mercury.
1.) David Bowie
The 411: Often imitated, never ever ever duplicated. David Bowie’s picture should be next to the word “glam” in the dictionary. Bowie was already flamboyant and larger than life when he created the monster that was “Ziggy Stardust”. There are many who have come after Bowie that has tried to recreate his work, but it’s just not going to happen. David Bowie, while being one of the most influential rockers of all time, can put out an album tomorrow that will still be more cutting edge and original than thousands of bands half his age.
|Hard Rock Hideout Feature Interview : Sophia Ramos|
Sophia is one of the most power female singers that I have heard in years. She has the right look, attitude and most importantly, the talent that should take
her far in the music business.
In fact, Sophia has won the VH1’s best unsigned artist award, and still hasn’t earned the success she so right fully deserves.
Judging by the great sounds of her last disc, Her Majesty, Sophia’s amazing vocal talent isn’t going to allow her to stay undiscovered for long.
Sophia took some time out of her busy schedule for an Interview at the Hard Rock Hideout!
Rob Rockitt: Hi Sophia, How are you doing today?
Sophia Ramos: I am pretty swamped with work. I have been finishing up a bunch of interviews. Princess Tai Poe has been keeping me pretty busy.
Rob Rockitt: I would like to expose you and your music to the readers at the Hard Rock Hideout. I think your music is a great fit for that 70’s and 80’s Hard Rock sound that I keep my readers informed about.
Sophia Ramos: I take it as a compliment that people who like 80’s hard rock would even dig what I do. I think my stuff is more in line with 70’s hard rock. The tone of it is a lot warmer. I grew up on all that stuff, like Van Halen and the great music from the 80’s but my main influences came from Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
Rob Rockitt: I can hear some Janis Joplin style in your music.
Sophia Ramos: Most definitely. I think if you are a chick in Rock and Roll, and you want to perform with the big boys, Janis Joplin is your bible, or your starting point as a woman. To really see how a woman can get all blood guts and glory in her music. You have to give kudos to Janis.
Rob Rockitt: At what age did you start singing and recording music?
Sophia Ramos: I have been singing all my life. I discovered I could sing when I was 8 years old. I used to sing in church. I left home at 16 and
started doing gigs, and I first recorded when I was 17. It has been a lot of
Rob Rockitt: What drew you to Rock and Roll Music?
Sophia Ramos: I am just naturally rebellious and irreverent. Rock and Roll is the soundtrack for that type of personality. For someone who can see the hilarity in humanity and the sarcasm, but also the beauty and the rage. When you hear that guitar riff and the band is just thumping, and and you throw your hands in the air, and it just grabs your soul. That is what rock music has always done to me.
Rob Rockitt: I have been listening to your CD, Her Majesty, and have been enjoying it quite a bit. This CD rocks hard! I especially like the guitar riffs on Black Madonna and Esperanza. I think people will be blown away by the great tunes on your CD!
Sophia Ramos: I have been very lucky that I have had very positive reviews for Her Majesty. That powerful guitar riff was written by my producer and co-writer Billy White, who also had a stint in Don Dokken’s solo band.
Rob Rockitt: What kind of music are you listening to today?
Sophia Ramos: I listen to a lot of different stuff. Surprisingly, even though my music is hard rock, I like anything that is good. There haven’t really been a whole lot of new singers that made me go “Holy Shit”. I am listening to this R&B chick, Amy Winehouse, I love the quality of her voice. I am listening to this black rock band called The Family Stand, that is a mix between Bad Brains and Prince and Sly and the Family Stone. They are really great. There is this chick that has this incredible voice, that is a Country Western singer, Brandi Carlile that I have also been listening to.
Rob Rockitt: You were on tour with a bunch of rock bands on the 1996 Lalapalooza Tour. What was that experience like?
Sophia Ramos: My first instinct was I was going to have a sexual liberating experience but that didn’t happen. Rock stars are really shy, and not really as outrageous as they appear. I met all the guys from Soundgarden. I made friends with Joey Ramone and the Ramones. I made friends with Jason Newsted from Metallica, and the guys from Rancid and the Screaming Trees. I met Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. My favorite was meeting Rage Against the Machine. I have never seen that kind of audience response, in all the years I have gone to see concerts. I have never seen such a hypnotic response by a crowd. That was amazing!
Rob Rockitt: You recorded some songs with Jason Newsted on one of his projects.
Sophia Ramos: I love him. He is an incredible human being, a great musician and is very professional. When we met on the Lalapalooza tour and became friends. He invited me to jam in his studio in San Francisco. I went up there and we jammed and started writing on new stuff and co-existing stuff that he put down but didnt have any vocals on. He had some lyric ideas and I had some lyric ideas. We started recording some stuff, and next thing you know it became a 2 year project. We recorded about 10 – 12 songs. We had some interest from Elektra records. That all fizzled out because Jason had to get back on the road with Metallica. We are still friends. I hope one day he will still release it.
Rob Rockitt: Your band Sophia’s Toy was once signed to Sony’s Epic Records. What happened there?
Sophia Ramos: I almost don’t want to tell this story, because I don’t want to show myself in a negative image, that I don’t feel part of anymore. I don’t(Laughs) I got signed and it was a big deal, and all this hype. I did this really kick ass record. Before the record could come out, my A & R guy took me to breakfast and said they were not releasing the record. The marketing people felt that it was be too costly to market my record because I am a woman of color. We don’t think kids in Iowa will get who you are. I had to sit with that for a few years and it that was kind of devastating to me. I do realize that experience taught me a lot about the issues in this country that we still need to deal with. Nobody wants to talk about them. People get uncomfortable. I really do understand. I don’t feel like I subscribe to any of that. I do my music. I don’t care what my color is. The guys in my band don’t care what I look like. The audience doesn’t care what I look like. They care about the musical content. In the music industry in America and probably the world, your looks are what really defines you and not what you are saying or your content. That is kind of sad.
Rob Rockitt: Were you able to reuse any of that material that you recorded with Sony on Her Majesty?
Sophia Ramos: No, Her Majesty is all new material that I wrote with Billy White. I do have re-recording rights for the disc I did with Sony. You might really dig that. It was pretty heavy stuff mixed with some fusion.
Rob Rockitt: Do you have any intentions of re-recording that disc some day?
Sophia Ramos: No, but I have been in contact with Beau Hill who was the producer within the last month. We might have to see about releasing that material.
Rob Rockitt: What are some of your favorite songs off of Her Majesty?
Sophia Ramos: Oh Man, I really dig Kill Your Pain. It has one of the funkiest drum grooves, and the bridge is so rockin’. And then I love Torn Down. It such arena rock and roll. Black Madonna, because of the story that it tells. I like the last tune (Stay Here With You) because it is a very personal kind of song. I really put my heart into it when I was singing it.
Rob Rockitt: What is a typical day for you now?
Sophia Ramos: I am currently in Arizona doing this Love Janis show. It is a theater production of the life of Janis Joplin. It was all written by Janis Joplin by her and letters that she has written. I have one show left and will be going home to New York soon.
Rob Rockitt: What are you currently working on?
Sophia Ramos: I wanted to make another rocking album. I have gotten together with Billy White and recorded the album in Austin, TX. We wrote a bunch of songs together. It is a bit of departure from Her Majesty. There are some rocking heavy guitar based songs. We kind of went a little bit in another place, because we were just having fun. It was laid back, and we didn’t have the hectic New York City vibe that we usually have when we record. I noticed when I was writing and recording that there was a theme and the songs were tying together. The songs are about what was happening politically now in the world, what it is like to live in the modern age with the Internet, and Internet dating, and what it is like to live in a world that is not homogeneous to live in a society with all these different cultures. The second album is called Revelator. I don’t want to give away too much, but I hope you dig it.
Rob Rockitt: When do you expect Revelator to be released?
Sophia Ramos: It is 95% complete. I go back to New York next week to do some tweaking and remixing and master it. I don’t have the artwork and stuff ready. I am working with a great rock and roll artist, Justin Hampton We are trying to create something very unique for the record’s visuals. I am hoping by September that we can release it.
Rob Rockitt: On your new record, do you have any special guests?
Sophia Ramos: Me and Billy White recorded the tunes in Austin, and used some local Austin guys. My drummer wasn’t available. He is drumming on the new Chris Cornell record. We wanted to go kind of low-fi on this record. We wanted to get away from that bombastic sound. It is still hard driving rock and roll. There is more of an organic feel on this record. There is a vibe to this record that is really great. I do have a special guest, Kate Russo, she is the baddest rock and roll violin player out there. She kicks ass.
Rob Rockitt: Do you have plans to tour for Revelator?
Sophia Ramos: (Laughs) If I make any money! If there is a budget for it, for sure. I will let you know!
Rob Rockitt: Sophia, Thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to me today!
Sophia Ramos: Thank you for supporting me and my music!
Judging from the quality and great sound of her Independent release, Her Majesty, Sophia Ramos’ long term success is only a short time away.
Her Majesty is a release full of big guitar riffs, and the amazing, powerful vocals of Sophia Ramos. The songs are written with passion and fire, and absolutely rock!
The first four songs on Her Majesty have found repeated plays on my play list.
Black Madonna has a very upbeat sound with a great story. What I Do Know has a guitar sound that brings the band Soundgarden to mind.
The guitar riff on Esperanza is crazy good. I love this track.
(You can listen to Black Madonna and Esperanza in the video below.)
Sophia’s voice soars to new levels on Kill Your Pain. This is another exceptional heavy track on Her Majesty.
Sophia shows off her tremendous voice on Deep in Your Bones. This is a low to mid tempo number that impresses me more with every listen.
Torn Down is one of my favorite songs on Her Majesty. The rhythm on this song will pull you in, and the guitar sound is very infectious. The range of Sophia Ramos’ voice really jumps out at me on this song.
Girlfriend’s Ghost is a kick ass song that is full of fire, and blood pumping rhythm. This song has a Garbage/ Gwen Stefani feel to it, but is much heavier than either of those.
The melody of Shining Still is very cool. It is great to hear Sophia’s voice hitting some higher notes on this song. This track has some electronic effects mixed with the music, that gives it a very cool sound.
Jon’s Song is a low to mid tempo number that could easily be played on mainstream rock radio. The guitars are toned down on this song, giving it a more modern feel.
Sophia pours her heart into Stay Here With You. I can hear her strong Joplin influence on this song.
Her Majesty is an outstanding rock CD! The production and extras on this disc, make you feel like you just picked up a big studio disc. Get on board and check out Sophia Ramos! Big things are certain to happen for her in the future! You can find out more information on Her Majesty at Sophia’s myspace page here, and here website Sophia Ramos.com! You can also listen to and purchase Her Majesty, at CDBaby.com here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Black Madonna
- What I Do Know
- Kill Your Pain
- Deep in my Bones
- Torn Down
- Girlfriend’s Ghost
- Shining Still
- Jon’s Song
- Stay Here With You
According to MelodicRock.com, former ACCEPT/BANGALORE CHOIR singer David Reece has joined the Swedish hard rock band GYPSY ROSE. David will fly to Gothenburg, Sweden on Thursday, May 31 to begin laying down vocals for the band’s new album, due later in the year. He will also join GYPSY ROSE on stage for their appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10.
Nuno Bettencourt writing new songs with Steve Perry!
Former EXTREME and current SATELLITE PARTY guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has told The Boston Herald that he is writing material with legendary JOURNEY frontman Steve Perry. No further information is currently available.
In other news, the original lineup of EXTREME — Gary Cherone (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Paul Geary (drums), and Pat Badger (bass) — reunited for a benefit concert and auction in New York City in honor of music manager Steven Hoffman. Hoffman, who worked with RUSH, VAN HALEN and EXTREME, died of lung cancer in 2003. The event took place on May 18 at the 450-capacity Canal. A live and silent auction was also held to raise money for lung cancer research. Some of the items to be auctioned off included an autographed Nuno Bettencourt Washburn guitar, an autographed Geddy Lee bass and other great and rare rock n’ roll memorabilia.
EXTREME surprised members of the audience at the METAL SKOOL concert on April 9, 2007 when they climbed up on stage and performed a cover of LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Communication Breakdown” in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from WENN.
Black Rain hits the top 3!
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s “Black Rain” sold 152,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number is in line with the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001’s “Down to Earth”, which entered the Billboard chart at No. 4.
As previously reported, “Black Rain” has entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 2. View the chart at this location.
New Steelheart on the way!
The official STEELHEART website has been updated with the following:
“Hello everyone. We are happy to announce the album has been completed and it is exactly as Mili (leader Miljenko Matijevic) said it would be. A piece of the past, present and the future. This is truly an incredible album.
At the moment we are working on the release date. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more information.
The band will be performing in Lincoln, Nebraska at Coyote Willys on July 13th and at the Rocklahoma Festival on July 15th.
We are also happy to welcome Rev Jones as the new bass thumper to the lineup. Rev has been performing with acts such as MICHAEL SCHENKER, FUEL, BLACK SYMPHONY to name a few.
We are also working on a full US tour for the summer and fall.
We appreciate your support please keep checking the site for more info to come.”
Rocklahoma Becomes Worldwide Phenomena
According to Easier.com, ticket sales around the world are making the Rocklahoma music festival one of the most successful events of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration as ‘80’s rock fans will converge on the state from locations as far away as Japan, Australia and South Africa.
“The eyes of the world are on Rocklahoma,” said Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals. “Rocklahoma has struck a chord that has reverberated around the globe. We have sold tickets to ‘80’s rock fans in all 50 states and across six continents. Rocklahoma has literally become one of the largest music festivals in the world.”
Twenty-three bands are scheduled to play during the three-day festival, making Rocklahoma the largest ‘80’s rock festival of its kind to be organized. Two weeks ago, when Twisted Sister was announced as Rocklahoma’s headliner, word spread like wildfire via satellite radio and the World Wide Web. Rocklahoma’s draw is most likely a combination of the bands’ talents and the sheer number of bands playing at the event, said Dave Giencke, Director of Operations for Catch the Fever Music Festivals.
“The worldwide ticket sales we are seeing with Rocklahoma show the power these bands have held on to over all these years. One of these bands would sell-out an arena in the ‘80’s. They left their fans wanting more. Now those fans are lining up to be a part of history when, for the first time, all these bands are coming together to play in one setting,” Giencke said.
Rocklahoma’s three-day line-up includes:
Friday, July 13: POISON, RATT (NOT full reunion), QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER,Y&T, WHITE LION
Saturday, July 14,: VINCE NEIL, DOKKEN, WINGER, SKID ROW, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE, ENUFF Z NUFF, FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, BANG TANGO
Sunday, July 15: TWISTED SISTER, W.A.S.P., JACKYL, GREAT WHITE, LA GUNS, BRITNY FOX
Rocklahoma will be held July 13-15, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, OK just off highway 69.
Tickets to Rocklahoma are currently on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com. Tickets are:
One Day General Admission: $ 40.00 plus handling fees and tax
Three Days General Admission: $90.00 plus handling fees and tax
VIP Tickets: $275.00 plus handling fees and tax (good all three days, reserved seating, and all the beer and food you can eat).
Welcome to the new semi weekly feature at the Hard Rock Hideout, Fore and Aft!
In Fore and Aft, I will be picking a different musical artist each week, and will review something old and something new by this artist. Each week it will be someone different. It could be a singer, a guitar player or a drummer. I hope to give you sound / Youtube clips for each review so you can listen to some songs from each disc.
Hopefully, each week you will discover some lost classics or some brand new discs worth picking up.
As always, your comments and opinions are welcome! Let me know what you think about this new feature and the music being reviewed.
Chapter Two is a three part segment, with a new review daily featuring singer Danny Vaughn.
Stop back each day this week and discover some lost classics and some brand new music by Danny Vaughn.
Chapter Three is a three part segment featuring lead singer, Robert Mason.
Robert Mason has been in a few bands over the years, but gained the majority of his fame through his time in Lynch Mob. Chapter Three will feature 3 of the lesser known discs from Robert Mason’s discography.
Chapter Four of Fore & Aft will feature Guitarist Paul Lidel.
You can read Paul Lidel’s profile here.
Part 1 features Dirty Looks’ 1988 release Cool From the Wire.
Part 2 features Dangerous Toys 1994 release Pissed.
Part 3 features the 2002 release, Guilty Pleasure by Broken Teeth.
Part 4 features the 2007 debut by, Adrenaline Factor.
Chapter Five of Fore & Aft is a 2 part spotlight on Carlos Cavazo. You can read Carlos’ profile here.
Part 1 features the Quiet Riot Release – Condition Critical
Part 2 features the 2006 debut of 3 Legged Dogg – Frozen Summer.
This band features the talent of Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath) on drums, Jimmy Bain (DIO) on bass, Chaz West (Bonham) on vocals and Brian Young (David Lee Roth) on guitars. This disc also features 4 tracks produced by former Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson.
Frozen Summer may be short (only 8 songs, 33 minutes), but it does not lack punch. This may be some of the heaviest music you have ever heard Carlos Cavazo perform on to date. This music is riff and bass heavy. The Black Sabbath influence is very easy to pick up on. Chaz West sings his ass off. I don’t remember him sounding this good with Bonham.
XM41, the Boneyard broke out Frozen Summer a few months ago. I heard this track once, and started looking for this disc. This is a heavy track and very killer stuff!
The band recently released a video for Give and Take Away. I like this track more and more with every listen. The Sabbath style heaviness shows itself well on this track.
Rain on My Parade is a low tempo number where Chaz West’s voice really shines. You have to crank this one up to fully appreciate it.
One Good Reason is one of those excellent metal tracks that ignites your soul and makes you want to throw your fists in the air, with your mano cornuta’s extended for the world to see.
Wasted Life has a little bit of blues fused into the music with Chaz West playing the harmonica. No, this doesn’t sound like a Dave Matthews song. This is some classic metal fused with a little bit of blues. The end result is another whiplash-creating, head-banging tune.
The rhythm section of Appice and Bain really shine on the song, Long Way Back From Hell. This is a mid tempo number that really sounds great.
Man oh mercy, the music on Left for Dead is so good, it is crazy. There are great vocals by Chaz West, and the whole band sounds amazing.
Bring the Hammer Down is the only song on Frozen Summer that I couldn’t really get into.
With Frozen Summer you get quality over quantity. I am a big Black Sabbath fan, and I loved hearing the Sabbath influence in these tunes. I can only hope that these guys get together and do a longer disc at some time in the future. 3 Legged Dogg’s debut totally rocks, and has only left me wanting more. For more info on 3 Legged Dogg, check out the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Frozen Summer
2. Give and Take Away
3. Rain on My Parade
4. One Good Reason
5. Wasted Life
6. Long Way Back from Hell
7. Left for Dead
8. Bring the Hammer Down
3 Legged Dogg is:
Chaz West – Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
LILLIAN AXE has scheduled the following dates:
Jul. 20 – The Parish – New Orleans, LA
Sep. 04 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta GA
Sep. 05 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
Sep. 06 – Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
Sep. 07 – The Muse – Nashville, TN
Sep. 08 – Jaxx Nightclub – West Springfield, VA
Sep. 10 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep. 12 – Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
Sep. 14 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
Sep. 15 – Mark’s Showplace – Bedford, NH
Sep. 16 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Sep. 17 – Wreck Room – Toronto, ONT
Sep. 18 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
Sep. 19 – I-Rock – Detroit, MI
Sep. 20 – Huntington Music Hall/The Monkey Bar – Huntington, WV
Sep. 21 – The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
Sep. 22 – Station 4 – St. Paul MN
Sep. 23 – Vnuk’s Lounge – Milwaukee, WI
Sep. 24 – Static Bar – Topeka, KS
Sep. 28 – Outlaws Music Hall – Portland, OR
Sep. 29 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Oct. 01 – Whiskey a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
Oct. 02 – House of Blues 5th Ave Stage – San Diego, CA
Oct. 04 – Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 05 – Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
Oct. 06 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Tickets for the above dates are available through EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.
LILLIAN AXE has had the release date of its first new studio album in nearly fifteen years (and first for the Metro City Records label), titled “Waters Rising”, pushed back to July 17 from the previously announced June 19. The CD’s title cut is now available for streaming at this location (second song in audio player).
“This album has been conceptually in the works for years,” explained guitarist Steve Blaze. “‘Waters Rising’ represents the boiling point factor, that life seems to be a tumultuous ride always on the brink of explosion. These recent times on this planet seem to be proving this point. However, in each individual is the point where you reconcile this within your spirit and peace takes over allowing you to cope more effectively. The songs on this record cover the different ways that we deal with this factor and the fact that everyone is trying to make sense of it.”
Ozzy’s new CD, Black Rain on track to sell 125K copies in the first week.
According to Hits Daily Double, OZZY OSBOURNE’s “Black Rain” is poised to sell around 125,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut in the Top 3 of next week’s The Billboard 200 chart. This number is slightly lower than the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001’s “Down to Earth”, which entered the Billboard chart at No. 4.
First RATT 2007 reunion picture posted online!
Free Goodies from Best Buy when you preorder Tesla’s Real to Reel
If you pre-order TESLA’s upcoming covers album, “Real to Reel”, from Best Buy now, you will get a bonus disc with four exclusive tracks plus free shipping, all for just $11.99. The exclusive bonus disc contains “War Pigs” (BLACK SABBATH cover) from the “Real to Reel” sessions and three studio unplugged tracks — “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Paradise” and “Shine Away” — all from the upcoming box set (and from the last sessions with original guitarist Tommy Skeoch). This is a limited offer, so pre-order now and make sure you don’t miss out.
To pre-order, go to this location.
TESLA will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” airing Wednesday, June 6. The band will perform a live set during the program. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out http://www.rocklineradio.com.
TESLA has posted online some of the songs on its upcoming covers album, “Real to Reel”. In addition to LED ZEPPELIN’s “Thank You”, which TESLA chose as the first single, the band has now posted online full versions of their covers of the JAMES GANG’s “Walk Away”, “Ball of Confusion” by THE TEMPTATIONS, and “Rock Bottom” by UFO. The tracks can be accessed at the new web site TeslaRealToReel.com. The band has also posted three songs at its MySpace page. “Thank You”, DEEP PURPLE’s “Space Truckin'”, TRAFFIC’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, and THE BEATLES’ “I’ve Got a Feeling” can be listened to at http://www.myspace.com/teslatheband.
“Real to Reel”, which also includes songs originally made famous by the GUESS WHO, THIN LIZZY, ROBIN TROWER, URIAH HEEP, DEREK & THE DOMINOS, and THE ROLLING STONES, comes out June 5.
TESLA has recorded a second covers album, with the title “Reel Two”, which will be given to fans at their North American tour stops beginning June 7 in Santa Rosa, California. That collection features tracks originally recorded by MOTT THE HOOPLE, MONTROSE, BAD COMPANY, BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE, THE ROLLING STONES, ALICE COOPER, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, PETER FRAMPTON, ZZ TOP, AEROSMITH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, and BLACK SABBATH.
After helping sell over 7 Million records sold with Quiet Riot, Carlos Cavazo is a house hold name with most hard rock fans.
He isn’t playing with Quiet Riot any more these days, but he hasn’t quit rocking either.
In 2007, Carlos has multiple projects including 3 Legged Dogg, Big Noise and The Hollywood All-Starz.
1980 – Snow
1983 – Quiet Riot – Metal Health
1984 – Quiet Riot – Condition Critical
1984 – Footloose – Movie Soundtrack
1986 – Quiet Riot – QRIII
1986 – Hear ‘n Aid – Various Artists
1988 – Quiet Riot – S/T
1993 – Quiet Riot – Terrified
1995 – Quiet Riot – Down to the Bone
1998 – Forever Mod: A Tribute to Rod Stewart – Various Artists
1998 – Thunderbolt: A Tribute to AC/DC – Various Artists
1999 – Quiet Riot – Alive and Well
2000 – Remixed to Hell: AC/DC Tribute – Various Artists
2001 – Quiet Riot – Guilty Pleasures
2002 – Footloose (Bonus Tracks) O.C.R – Original Cast Recordings
2003 – Paul Shortino’s The Cutt – Sacred Place
2005 – Hollywood Rocks: Audio Companion Box Set
2006 – Power Project – Dinosaurs
2006 – 3 Legged Dogg – Frozen Summer
This disc was not quite as successful, as the U.S. debut, Metal Health, but still managed to sell over 3 million copies.
I must admit that it has been quite some time since I have dusted off my copy of Condition Critical. This disc is a solid, but not stellar effort by the Quiet Riot crew of Kevin Dubrow, Carlos Cavazo, Rudy Sarzo, and Frankie Banali.
The songs Mama Weer All Crazee Now, and Party All Night are two of Quiet Riot’s biggest anthems ever, and are favorites of mine.
Stomp Your Hands, Clap your Feet is pure 80’s cheese. I can live without this song.
Winners Take All was Quiet Riot’s lone attempt at a power ballad on Condition Critical. I never have liked this song, and still dont.
The guitar sound on Condition Critical sounds a lot like a few of the songs Ozzy was releasing around the same time period. I can definitely hear Randy Rhoads influence on Carlos Cavazo on this song. I actually like it more today, than when I picked this disc up years ago.
Scream and Shout is one of the heaver songs on Condition Critical, and a pretty good one at that.
After listening to Red Alert again, I am surprised that Quiet Riot didn’t release this song as a single. It isn’t an amazing song, but could have possibly been a modest hit for the band back in the ’80’s.
Carlos Cavazo’s guitar playing is the highlight on Bad Boy. This track would just be average if not for his excellent guitar licks.
(We Were) Born To Rock is another throw away track to me.
Condition Critical is not the best rock record you will ever listen to, but its far from the worst. The hits on this record make up for some of the more average sounding tracks. Carlos Cavazo’s playing makes this a disc worth checking out.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sign Of The Times
2. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
3. Party All Night
4. Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet
5. Winners Take All
6. Condition Critical
7. Scream And Shout
8. Red Alert
9. Bad Boy
10. (We Were) Born To Rock
The third chapter of the Guitar Hero game, is going to included a bunch of great songs to play along with. Check out this band list: Extreme, Skid Row, DIO, Eddie Money, The Police, Faster Pussycat, Billy Squier, Accept, RATT, Twisted Sister and Quiet Riot.
I own the first two editions of this game and it is addictive as hell. With a playlist this cool, this game is going to be a top seller for sure!
Happy Memorial Day to all of you Rock Soldiers out there!
I hope you all have a safe holiday!
Saturday Night, I decided to hit the Jani Lane concert in Middletown, Ohio. I nearly didn’t go to this show, as I didn’t want to go solo, and the thought of getting home at 3 A.M. wasn’t very appealing. I changed my mind at the last minute,as knew I would regret not going.
There were supposed to be 7 bands at this show (6 local bands, plus Jani Lane). By the time I got to Coconutz in Middletown, there were only two left to hit the stage, local band Nervous Wreck, and Jani Lane.
Nervous Wreck played a set with a bunch of 80’s hard rock classics from L.A. Guns, Motley Crue, RATT and Poison. They sounded pretty decent and were a nice warm up for Jani Lane.
Jani and his band mates took the stage a few minutes before midnight and started kicking ass immediately with the song Machine Gun. Like moths to a flame, the small crowd of 100 people or so gathered around the stage immediately. Jani Lane was in fine form all night, and his band quickly made you forget about who the members of Warrant are.
One of the amazing stories of the night, is 17 year old wunderkind, guitarist Dario Lorina. I don’t know where Jani found this kid, but let me be the first to tell you, that Dario will be a guitar superstar before it is all over.
This kid was playing some amazing guitar licks all night. I have seen my fair share of hard rock guitar players over the years, and haven’t seen many as talented as Dario Lorina.
After the show, Jani Lane, and his band came out to sign autographs and rub elbows with the crowd. Jani was extremely cool, as was his band members. I was able to get a picture with Jani Lane, and a an autograph by him and Dario Lorina on his CD, Back Down to One.
If you get the chance to catch Jani Lane live in 2007, by all means go! It is a great night of rock and roll!
Don’t miss it!
Jani has a few live dates posted on his site right now:
|Perfect Pitcher||Taylor, Michigan|
|The Boardwalk||Erie, Pennsylvania|
|RPM’s Rock Club||Bridgeville, Pennsylvania|
|Marina Civic Center||Panama City, Florida|
|Janus Landing||St. Petersburg, Florida|
Check out this video of Dario Lorina playing live! Amazing!!
One of the bands that will be taking the stage late Saturday Afternoon during the Rocklahoma Music Festival, is Firehouse. This is one of the bands that I would love to catch live again, as they always put on a good show.
The last disc Firehouse put out, Prime Time, was a far heavier disc than they have released in recent years, and one of my personal favorites.
The first track Prime Time is a heavy funky number that has a very RATT like bass feel to it. Bill Leverty has a great solo in this song.
The first time I heard Door to Door, my first thoughts were Hell Yeah! A hard rock band that wrote a song about NASCAR. I love it when two of my favorite things come together this well. This song was actually sung by drummer, Michael Foster. Great Song!
Perfect Lie is a heavy number that has a keyboard track added in. I love to hear Firehouse rocking out like this! Very Cool!
Bill Leverty takes over the vocals on Holding On. He has a very good Southern Rock style of voice. When paired with this great music, it sounds pretty cool.
Body Language is one of the heaviest, sounding numbers on Prime Time. This is one of my favorite tracks on this disc.
I’m the One features Bill Leverty on vocals and has a very bluesy older Whitesnake feel about it. This song keeps the pace moving nicely, and is quite good.
C.J. Snare takes over the microphone on Take Me Away. This song is a very upbeat, hard track with more great solos by Bill Leverty.
Home Tonight is an up tempo number. To me this is the only song on Prime Time that is average. The pacing of the lyrics is kind of strange at times, but the music kicks ass. I guess its a trade off, but is my least favorite song on this disc.
Let Go is a very nice piano based ballad. I thought it was odd to close the disc out with this track instead of putting it more towards the center of Prime Time.
In Conclusion, Prime Time rocks harder than any recording that Firehouse has released, but stays true to the bands’ sound. Hard rock fans are sure to enjoy this CD and should pick it up. Rocklahoma concert goers are sure to hear some of these kick ass song live in July!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Prime Time
3. Door to Door
4. Perfect Lie
5. Holding On
6. Body Language
7. I’m the One
8. Take Me Away
9. Home Tonight
10. Let Go
About once a month or so, I watch the VH1 top 20 video countdown, so I can keep an eye on what is hot in the music mainstream.
Today, former American Idoler’s Chris Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood all had videos in the top 10, but the video I was most interested in seeing was the #1 video, Bon Jovi’s Make a Memory.
I would love to know what you all think about this song. I found to be rather boring. I hope this isn’t the best song Bon Jovi has to offer on their new CD, Lost Highway.
EA Sports revealed that Ozzy’s newly released “I Don’t Wanna Stop” will be the first song on the Madden NFL 08 soundtrack. Each year, the Madden soundtrack proves to be one of the best in gaming. The complete list of songs for the 08 soundtrack will be released in the next few weeks.
This song is on the album ‘Black Rain’, which is Osbourne’s first album release since 2001. Madden was the top selling game in North America last year, and has a great chance of repeating similar sales figures again. I usually listen to songs off my iPod while playing Madden, but I think this addition may make the game music a little more appealing for some. Ozzie has been in a bit of a slump for a couple years with Ozzfest getting worse every year, so perhaps the new album and being on Madden will give him the spark he needed. I look forward to finding out what other songs have made it to the Madden franchise this year.
New Velvet Revolver Video
A new Velvet Revolver video has been posted online. The video below is for the new song, She Build Quick Machines, off the up coming disc, Libertad.
DEF LEPPARD will be the featured musical guests on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on the Friday, June 15 episode (which will actually air the morning of June 16 beginning at 12:05 a.m.).
This summer’s DEF LEPPARD tour is causing the band to make some schedule adjustments. They started writing material for a new album while on the road last summer, and guitarist Phil Collen told Launch they have to put that project aside for a bit, in order to get ready for the tour. “We’re actually recording, we’re actually doing a new album in Dublin, so we’re gonna have to take a break from the, the record — it’s a bit weird, ’cause our producer is also our out-front live (sound) guy — so we pack up, fly out to L.A. initially, rehearse there, and then kick off in Ohio,” he said.
DEF LEPPARD is going out this year with STYX and FOREIGNER. The tour starts June 27 in Cincinnati.
The working title for the album is “Sparkle Lounge”, but that could change.
OZZY OSBOURNE To Guest On Tonight’s ‘On The Record With Greta Van Susteren
A one-on-one revealing interview with Ozzy Osbourne, conducted by Greta Van Susteren of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren”, will air tonight (Thursday, May 24) at 10:00 p.m. EST on the FOX News Channel. Check out photos that were taken during the taping of the interview at this location.
Ozzy was Alice Cooper‘s special guest on Cooper‘s radio show “Nights with Alice Cooper” on Tuesday, May 22. Download an MP3 file containing the audio of the interview at this location.
Ozzy Osbourne took part in an interview and a live performance of his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Stop” on ABC-TV‘s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night (May 21). Watch it at YouTube: Interview, Performance.
Ozzy Osbourne‘s first studio album of all-new material in six years, “Black Rain”, came out on Tuesday (May 22).
Osbourne told Launch recently that “Black Rain” was the first album he wrote and recorded while completely clean and sober.
The singer will headline this summer’s “free” Ozzfest, beginning on July 12 in Seattle.
Fans who purchase specially marked copies of “Black Rain” will have a first shot at scoring Ozzfest tickets via a code included with the album.
Osbourne will be the first person inducted into the new Birmingham Walk of Stars, which will honor the British city’s most famous sons and daughters. Osbourne‘s induction ceremony will be held on July 6.
New Great White disc coming in August
Since reuniting in January 2007 to perform at a benefit concert, the original lineup of Southern California’s GREAT WHITE has moved forward and hit the studio for its first album in eight years. “It’s just like old times,” states lead singer Jack Russell. “There’s a bond that forms between people that is very special. I’ve missed my friends.”
To commemorate GREAT WHITE‘s 25th anniversary, original members Russell, Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Sean McNabb (bass) have been in studio the last few months writing and recording. The group’s new CD, “Back to the Rhythm”, is being mixed, produced, and engineered by Michael Lardie with all members contributing to to the final mix.
“The new songs sound fresh to me — very GREAT WHITE, but with an approach of what we sound like in a live performance situation,” explains Lardie. “Kendall and I are having fun channeling our STONES roots and playing off each other in the Richards/Woods tradition.”
With it being the band’s anniversary year, GREAT WHITE is once again ready to rock all summer long. The band will hit the road for summer shows nationwide to support “Back to the Rhythm” (Shrapnel Records).
The Southern California blues-rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and has since achieved worldwide success, amassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and earned a double-platinum certification for the album “…Twice Shy”.
The late ’80s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era and playing also in Europe and Japan. GREAT WHITE recorded two more albums for Capitol — “Hooked”, which was certified gold, and “Psycho City”.
Although Capitol issued a “best-of” compilation in 1993, GREAT WHITE had already left the label to begin work on its next studio release, “Sail Away”, released on Zoo Records in 1994. “Let It Rock” followed in 1996.
GREAT WHITE then signed with Portrait Records, an imprint founded by A&R guru John Kalodner that featured fellow hard rock acts such as RATT. “Can’t Get There from Here” was released in 1999 and is the band’s last studio opus thus far.
Shrapnel Records plans to release the newest album at the end of August 2007.
First Post Rehab Eddie Van Halen Interview
In his first post-rehab interview, presented in the September 2007 issue of Guitar World, Van Halen discusses the new three-channel amp from his EVH brand of guitars, amps and musical products, and thanks his fans for their support during his time in rehab. “Their support has and always will mean the world to me,” he says. “I want everyone to know that I am truly grateful.”
Read the entire story in the September 2007 issue of Guitar World, on sale June 26.
After a couple of discs in the metal band Sword, singer Rick Hughes formed a brand new band called Saints & Sinners. This self titled debut was a departure from the metal of Sword, and was a move into more of a 80’s glam, hard rock sound in the vein of Skid Row meets Tyketto.
Saints & Sinners features, Rick Hughes on vocals, Stephane Dufour on guitar, Martin Bolduc on bass , Jeff Salem on drums, and Jesse Bradman on keyboards.
Armed with a bunch of great songs that have the writing credits of Aldo Nova, Jon Bon Jovi, and Rachel Bolan from Skid Row, this disc was sure to be a huge hit. It was released just as grunge was taking off, and never got the push that it deserved. It is one of the better hard rock discs released during this time.
Walk That Walk
Wheels of Fire
This disc has become quite impossible to find. It occasionally shows up on EBay and Gemm Music.
If you are looking for a very good melodic metal disc, this is one that is worth searching for.
Fans of great 80’s hard rock bands, and hair metal are sure to love this. This is one of my favorite, hard rock gems in my music collection.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Rip It Up
3. Walk That Walk
4. Takin’ My Chances
5. Kiss the Bastards
6. Wheels of Fire
7. Lesson of Love
8. We Belong
10. Slippin’ into Darkness
It may not be the debut that Dave Mustaine wanted, but United Abominations debuted at # 8 on the Billboard chart with 54,088 units sold in its first week.
TOP 10 Albums
ARTIST- TITLE -UNITS SOLD
1. LINKIN PARK – Minutes To Midnight – 622,827
2. TANK – Sex Love & Pain – 103,065
3. MICHAEL BUBLE – Call Me Irresponsible – 87,799
4. WILCO – Sky Blue Sky – 87,342
5. GRETCHEN WILSON – One Of The Boys – 73,487
6. AVRIL LAVIGNE – The Best Damn Thing – 56,235
7. NE-YO – Because of You – 54,723
8. MEGADETH – United Abominations – 54,088
9. BONE THUGS N HARMONY – Strength & Loyalty – 52,741
10. DAUGHTRY – Daughtry – 51,019
Sharon Osbourne vs. Gene Simmons?
Entertainmentwise.com reports that more foul-mouthed words have come out of the mouth of Sharon Osbourne, and this time Gene Simmons is the one on the receiving end.
Speaking to Blender magazine, Sharon sums up her feelings towards the KISS bassist: “[Simmons] said that our kids are on drugs and that his aren’t messed up like that. He’ll always be C-list, and his wife’s snatch has been rubbed on every pole in L.A. I’ll fucking tear his head off and stick it up his wife’s cunt!”
Gene‘s reality-TV program “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” has been described as an “Osbournes”-style reality show about the Simmons family, with camera crews tracking their every move as they perform both remarkable and mundane everyday tasks.
When asked in a 2004 interview what he thought about the trend of celebrities sharing their lives through reality TV, Gene said, “It was bound to happen, and every show is only as good as the celebrity that’s involved. Ozzy‘s is still magnificent, because Ozzy‘s not a faker, Ozzy is what he is. Everybody sees it as a comedy, but I see it as very sad. I’ve known Ozzy for twenty-five or thirty years. The one thing nobody ever says at the beginning of a show is, ‘Please don’t use drugs, otherwise you’ll end up like me.’ Because all the shaking and the stuttering and all that — Ozzy‘s come clean on that — it’s because he’s done that to himself. And it’s sad, because when the cameras go away, the same person is a real human being, it’s not just a TV show. And yet, every day of the week, there are new fifteen-year-old kids saying, ‘Let’s get in the car and get high.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Another idiot is born.'”
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
“Extra” profiled POISON singer Bret Michaels, who is one of the men being offered on the show’s “Eligible Bachelor” contest. Watch a clip, where Bret talks about what he looks for in a woman, here.
As previously reported, Michaels will be looking for love in a new VH1 series from the producers of the network’s hit “Flavor of Love”.
According to Reuters, the cable network is set to debut a 10-episode reality series titled “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” in July. The show will feature Michaels looking for a woman who can keep up with his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing — which is said to be the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.
The women, who will live with Michaels in his “Los Angeles rock palace,” will be put through various challenges in a test of their devotion to him as well as their understanding of everything rock ‘n’ roll. Those who win these challenges will join Michaels on “wild and exclusive excursions,” while “those who can’t hang like true backstage VIPs will be escorted out in bona fide rock star fashion,” VH1 said.
Scorpions fans are going to be quite happy when they listen to Humanity Hour 1. The band resumes with their classic heavy sound, and this disc will kick your ass on the very first listen.
Klaus Meine’s voice still sounds amazing. He hasn’t lost a note. Rudy Schenker and Matthias Jabs are still one of the best guitar tandems in hard rock today. Their playing on this record is superb.
This disc starts firing on all cylinders immediately with this heavy track Hour 1. This track took me by surprise, and is an early favorite.
The Game of Life is a mid tempo semi heavy number. Its a good song track that wouldn’t have been out of place on Savage Amusement.
We Were Born to Fly is a low to mid tempo number that could be a potential hit for the Scorpions. It is melodic tune with heavy parts.
The Future Never Lies is a piano based ballad that almost has some Queen like elements. Its another solid tune on Humanity Hour 1.
After a couple of slower songs, the Scorpions crank it back up again with You’re Lovin’ Me To Death. This is another song with big radio potential.
321 has an ultra heavy bass riff, and is extremely catchy. This one is going to get a lot of airplay.
The pace slows back down with Love Will Keep Us Alive. Klaus Meine’s voice shines on this lighter track. This is a song that could actually get airplay on soft rock radio stations.
I find myself getting a little bored with Your Last Song. Its pure melodic AOR. There isn’t really anything wrong with the song, but I could have used something a little heavier at this spot in the record.
Love Is War is a low to mid tempo number, that I find to be just an average track. It never really delivers that punch that I am looking for. Not great, but far from bad.
We Will Rise Again is the track I was looking for. It has all of those heavy and melodic moments that I look for in a Scorpions song. Great Stuff!
The Cross features Klaus Meine and the vocals of Smashing Pumpkins, singer Billy Corgan. The guitar styling on this track almost sounds Nu-metal at times but then falls back into that great Scorpion style. Its a cool track.
I am sure you have heard the track Humanity a few times by now. Its a slower track, but its also a great tune, and a solid way to close out this disc. This is classic Scorpions at their best.
Humanity Hour 1 is another great disc by the Scorpions. If you enjoyed the last disc, Unbreakable, I am sure you will like this one too. U.S. hard rock fans can pick this up on May 25th everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hour I
2. The Game of Life
3. We Were Born To Fly
4. Future Never Dies
5. You’re Lovin’ Me To Death
7. Love Will Keep Us Alive
8. Your Last Song
9. Love Is War
10. We Will Rise Again
Wednesday morning I participated in an event that was cool beyond words.
Marlboro sponsored this closed event at the Kentucky Speedway in which I got to do a ride along (4 laps) in an IROC Dodge Avenger Stock Car, at 140 M.P.H. As much as I tried to coax the Marlboro staff, they wouldn’t let me drive. Nonetheless, it was an awesome experience that I will never forget. As a racing fan already, I always wanted to take hot laps in a stock car. At least I got to do this as a passenger. The great thing is, the experience did not end there.
Next stop was to the other side of the Kentucky Speedway infield, where they had a mini road coarse set up on the infield. On this road coarse, we did 3 more hot laps as a ride along, in brand new, red Ford Mustangs, with Shelby racing stripes. This wasn’t any kind old kind of hot laps though….this was Drifting. The professional drivers were melting the tires off the cars as they came around the corners. The G Forces were actually stronger in the Mustangs, than in the Dodge Avenger stock cars.
After we had our fill of adrenaline, we were escorted into a nice air conditioned room complete with big screen TV’s, showing scenes from the day, and speakers blasting Europe’s the Final Countdown, as well as Foghat’s Slow Ride amongst a bunch of other hard rock tunes. (It is almost as if, they knew I was coming…lol.) Marlboro had a very nice catered lunch waiting for us, as well as a picture that they snapped of us earlier in the day, might I add, all free of charge.
Special thanks to my niece, Teresa for giving me the invitation to this awesome event, and for giving me an excellent reason to take a day off.
The video below is a nice recap with some of the pictures from the day!
His band mates this time around are Zakk Wylde on guitar, Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Rob Zombie) on bass, and Mike Bordin (Faith No More) on drums.
I must admit that my first impression with Black Rain, is that this is the heaviest Ozzy disc in years. Zakk Wylde has been wanting to something heavy with Ozzy for a long time, and was pretty disgusted with the writing on Down to Earth. On that record, Zakk Wylde played on all of the songs, but did not have any writing credits. Zakk Wylde co-wrote eight of the 10 tunes on Black Rain. The end result is a far heavier disc, and probably the closest thing to Ozzy’s 1995 disc, Ozzmosis.
The first track, Not Going Away starts off with a monstrous, Black Sabbath type of riff. This track gets better with each listen.
The track, I Don’t Wanna Stop is getting airplay just about every where now, and Ozzy is playing this live in various TV programs, in an effort to promote Black Rain. I agree with what seems to be the majority opinion on this song. I love this track!
The title track, Black Rain is a mid tempo track with a heavy bass sound; and a cool song that is nearly a throw back to early 80’s Ozzy. I can see this track being a hit on the radio, easily.
A nice change of pace is the number Lay Your World on Me on which Ozzy’s voice is the most powerful instrument. On this low tempo track, Blasko’s bass is mixed louder than Zakk’s guitar 95% of the time, but it comes across sounding very cool.
The Almighty Dollar is kind of weird to me. This sounds like Ozzy trying to do a Nine Inch Nails song. Its not all bad, but it has some strange music elements to it. I like the heavy parts, but when this song gets a little bouncy, it doesn’t work. At least not for me.
11 Silver is an extremely upbeat sounding song, but is different from anything I recall Ozzy doing in the past. The bass groove is extremely springy, and Zakk Wylde’s guitar solo in the center is great! I didn’t like this song at first, but its growing on me with every listen. In 2007, its hard to make Ozzy sound fresh, but this is pretty damn good attempt to do so.
Civilize the Universe reminds me a lot of the sound Rob Zombie’s band has. Blasko really shows his influence in this song. This is another good, foot-stomping, rock and roll hit.
Here for You is a piano based ballad that is actually very good. I have heard Ozzy do these type of songs before, but I think this one is one of the better ones in a long time.
Something about Coundown’s Begun reminds me quite a bit of Lynch era Dokken. The whole guitar and heavy bass riff is very Dokken like. Zakk Wylde and Blasko reproduce a sound that is very complimentary of one of the best metal tandem’s of 80’s style hard rock (Lynch and Pilson). Very cool!
Trapdoor is probably my 2nd most favorite song on Black Rain. Zakk Wylde’s riff on this track has a real mean sound to it. This is the kind of song that could make me go to Ozzfest, so I can see it live. The whole bass and drum sound in the center of the track are cool as hell. What an amazing way to close out this record!
On my first listen to this disc, I wasn’t extremely impressed with this disc. Successive listens have changed my mind. I keep hearing and noticing different things each time I listen to it. Ozzy Osbourne sings his ass off on this disc, and sounds great all throughout Black Rain. The Zakk Wylde neigh sayers will be happy to know that, Zakk does not over use the pinch harmonics on this record. Zakk’s playing is stellar, end of story. Blasko and Mike Bordin are not fill in musicians. They are excellent additions to Ozzy’s band, and truly add to the music on this record. I hope this group stays together for another record. Until then, I will enjoy this record repeatedly. Hopefully Ozzy wont make us wait six more years for another one.
Don’t even hesitate to pick this disc up! If you are an Ozzy fan, it is required listening!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Not Going Away
2. I Don’t Wanna Stop
3. Black Rain
4. Lay Your World on Me
5. Almighty Dollar
6. 11 Silver
7. Civilize the Universe
8. Here for You
9. Countdown’s Begun
10. Trap Door
Ozzy Osbourne band is:
Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
Zakk Wylde – Guitars
Blasko – Bass
Mike Bordin – Drums
Ozzy Osbourne was on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night. He was a guest and performed a couple of songs (I Don’t Wanna Stop, Bark at the Moon) at the end of the show. Ozzy looks to be in very good health and was very upbeat.
Kimmel asked Ozzy about why he decided to make Ozzfest free this year, and he said, “Ask my wife, she is f**king nuts”!
Poison, Police play 80s Guitar Hero Encore
“Synchronicity II” and “Nothing But a Good Time” to be feature on slightly retitled PS2 rhythm game; Billy Squier, Eddie Money, Faster Pussycat, Skid Row, and Extreme also on board.
Just under two weeks ago, Activision officially confirmed that it was prepping a special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title. Titled Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s, the game is the last in the series to be developed by now-MTV-owned Harmonix, and will ship for the PlayStation 2 this summer. The publisher also announced four songs that would be covered in the game: “Round and Round” by Ratt, “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow, “Metal Health” by Quiet Riot, “Holy Diver” by Ronnie James Dio, and “Heat of the Moment” by Asia. In addition, Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s will feature two original tracks: Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran” and “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister.
Today, Activision revealed seven more covers that would be featured in the game: Skid Row’s “18 and Life,” Faster Pussycat’s “Bathroom Wall,” Billy Squier’s “Lonely is the Night,” Poison’s “Nothing But a Good Time,” Extreme’s “Play With Me” Eddie Money’s “Shaken,” and “Synchronicity II” by the recently reformed Police. As of now, 13 of the 30 songs that will be featured in the game are known, with others to be undoubtedly revealed bit by bit over the coming weeks.
Besides unveiling the expanded song list, Activision also tweaked the title of the game formerly known as Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s. Henceforth, it will be known as Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s–perhaps presaging a whole retro “Encore” subfranchise to the Guitar Hero series. However, no such spin-off had been officially confirmed as of press time.
Courtesy of Gamespot.
Endeverafter’s new disc to be released on August 12th, 2007.
Endeverafter opened for the Poison/Cinderella concerts in 2006, to rave reviews almost everywhere. They have now put up some of their brand new tunes on their myspage page, and a new video. These are some of the best new songs that I have heard by a new band in quite some time.
Go to their myspace page and check them out! You will be glad you did.
Caution! The following CD has more glam, than even the glam mistress, Allyson is ready for.
Believe it or not, this is the fifth CD for glam rockers, Shameless. There are Eleven new tracks, produced and engineered by Keri Kelli and featuring Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd) on vocals.
This disc has a ton of guest stars including, Stevie Rachelle (TUFF), Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Jani Lane (Warrant ) and John Corabi (Motley Crue / Union / ESP /RATT), and Eric Singer (KISS).
The opening track Crashdown, kind of reminds me of an Ugly Kid Joe song. Steve Summers vocals sounds a lot like Whitfield Crane’s on this song. It is a cool song to open this disc with.
She’s Watching You maintains that punk feel, but it is a fun little song that merits a few listens. This song features Jani Lane on back up vocals.
Better Off Without You features the vocals of Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns) and the Drums of Eric Singer (KISS). This is a very cool sounding track.
We Won’t Take It Anymore has a big guitar sound in the vein of CC Deville. Steve Summers almost sounds like Vince Neil on this track. This is one of my favorites on this disc.
No Regrets features the vocals of TUFF singer and Metal Sludge’s very own, Stevie Rachelle. His vocals on this one, are very growly on this one, and sounds more like Steve Summers than the person that used to sing for TUFF. Its a short little song with the great sounding guitars of B.C. and Michael Thomas.
Shameless slows it down for the song, Magical Misery. This is closest thing you will find to a power ballad in 2007. This is a great sounding track with Steve Summers on vocals.
Web Junkie is a fun song with great lyrics. Could they have been writing this song about me?
Complications features the vocals of John Corabi, and this track has more of a sleaze sound than glam. It is also the heaviest track on Famous 4 Madness. I love Corabi’s vocals, so I knew this track would not disappoint me, and it doesn’t. Great Stuff!
Stevie Rachelle is back singing Dirty Shirt. Stevie’s vocals sound like his old TUFF style for this song.
Party Tonight is very much in the vein of Poison. It is a very fun track to close out Famous 4 Madness.
Shameless is out to prove that glam is not dead. Famous 4 Madness is a disc full of 80’s style hard/glam rock that should not be missed. This disc is essential to all glam fans! You can pick it up at the following site. For more information on Shameless, please visit it Shameless Rock.
Rating: Out of 10
- Famous 4 Madness
- She’s Watchin’ U
- Better Off Without U
- We Won’t Take It Anymore
- No Regrets
- Magical Misery
- Web Junkie
- Dirty Shirt
- Party Tonight
Los Angeles, CA (AHN) – Recordings made in May 1983 by Rapidfire, a former Los Angeles rock band that included Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose, will be available on CD.
Attorney for Kevin Lawrence, former guitarist of Rapidfire has been working with Rose’s attorney to reach an acceptable agreement, but the recordings, which have been kept in storage, will be released regardless.
In an interview with The Rock Radio.com, Lawrence had this to say: “I considered Axl a friend, I am trying to work beyond the scope of my legal rights with him, out of my respect and admiration for him. Regardless, though, if in the future he chooses not to cooperate, the CD will come out commercially.” The CD package will also include pictures of Axl Rose that pre-date his tattoos.
When the Rapidfire recordings will be released has not yet been determined, but it may be before the long-delayed Guns N’ Roses, “Chinese Democracy.”
The band, Rapidfire consisted of Axl Rose, Kevin Lawrence, Mike Hammernik, and Chuck Gordon.
The 1983 recorded songs are:
“Ready To Rumble”
“All Night Long”
“On The Run”
Ozzy Osbourne will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight. The Jimmy Kimmel Live show airs on ABC weeknights at 12:05 EST/ 11:05 Central!
Monday, May 21:
Musical guest Ozzy Osbourne (he will be a panel guest as well as perform), Samantha Harris (Dancing with the Stars)
Tuesday, May 22:
Actor Jorge Garcia (Lost), musical guest Ozzy Osbourne, first talk show appearance by the winner of Dancing with the Stars season four
MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”, has entered the U.K. chart at No. 23, making it the band’s highest-charting LP in the U.K. since 1994’s “Youthanasia”, which peaked at No. 6. MEGADETH’s last album, “The System Has Failed”, debuted at No. 60 on the U.K. chart. “United Abominations” also debuted at No. 23 on the official Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review here!
In other news, MEGADETH have cracked Amazon.ca’s (Amazon Canada) Top 10 bestseller list. The album peaked at No. 5 and currently sits at No. 8.
According to Hits Daily Double, MEGADETH is on track to sell around 60,000 copies of its latest CD, “United Abominations”, in the United States in its first week of release to land in the Top 10 (possibly Top 5) of the Billboard chart. This is more than the 46,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “The System Has Failed” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and is in line with the 61,000 opening number of 2001’s “The World Needs A Hero” (No. 16).
On March 25, MEGADETH taped a special “invite-only” set and took part in a question-and-answer session at the Musique Plus studios in Montreal, Quebec. The band played four songs — “Washington Is Next”, “Sleepwalker”, “Gears of War” and “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)” — for a Musique Plus special that aired yesterday (May 15), the street date of MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”. Watch the footage below:
“Sleepwalker”:“Washington Is Next!”
“Gears of War”:
JON OLIVA’S PAIN Drummer Issues Update On Upcoming Album
Drummer Christopher Kinder of JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, has issued the following update:
“Now that the spring touring is finally in the can, we thought it was time to update you with some detailed info on JON OLIVA’S PAIN [album] #3…coming soon to a store near you! Actually it will be January/February 2008, but that’s not really that far off. For JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the record has to be delivered by late October so we don’t really have much time to dick around before we begin the high-energy, comedy-filled recording sessions we all live for… (Frode, leave your evil twin in Norway…hehehe).
“Now before we get into the actual record, we’ll fill you in on some of our plans for this CD. AFM has picked up the option for the next release. In other words, we must have sold enough records to put some cash in AFM’s pockets so they’ll try another one with us and see if we can raise the roof even higher this time. We are thrilled to be working with them once again. They believed in the band, and the music and they did their jobs. It is a win-win for everyone, including the fans.
“So in light of that development, Oliva wanted to raise the bar with the packaging of the new disc. We have no say over the number of different releases or decisions that the label has the rights to. What we can do is try to bring something fresh and give you the fans every reason possible to go out and buy JON OLIVA’S PAIN’s music.
‘We have decided on a multi-media presentation that should blow everyone’s minds. Sorry, we can’t give you the sorted details just yet, but if memory serves us right we can only think of one other band that has ever done what we are going to do for all of you. We will say this….there will be plenty of studio footage available for your viewing pleasure as well. It is our sincere intention to bring as much of the recording experience to you as possible. Anyone who has had the chance to witness one of our sessions knows exactly what we are talking about… it’s simply priceless and we could easily make a hit reality TV show out of it!… It’s that funny!
“Now the CD: We have settled on a sort of ‘theme’ and are awaiting the official OK from AFM. It’s not a concept record (yikes!) but each song will tell a story that binds it all together. It’s going to be a very dark presentation! Oliva is not a happy man, and he is going to write all about it. Expect some of the darkest lyrics he has ever written, but the messages are important and real! Experimenting musically a bit more on this record seems logical for us. We all have a great many ideas to add to Oliva’s already brilliant songwriting, and we are purposely going to look at anything and everything we can to make these songs as interesting as possible. Oliva’s music will always sound like Oliva… so no matter what crazy idea or sound we come up with, the end result will never be sacrificed.
“We are working on a 10-minute opening opus that will clearly set the tone for the rest of the CD. Currently we have 15 working titles, more Criss Oliva riffs to add and massive amounts of arrangments left to do. But the framework is there, and tonight Oliva, Kevin and I will begin the daunting task of sifting through everything we have so far… chopping, dicing, and mixing whatever is necessary to achieve another 60 minutes of magic… as best we can. You are going to hear some things from Oliva that you probably never heard before. But that is the genius of his writing skills….he is finding new ways to incorporate different elements but always managing to preserve his unique style.
“Matt and Zahner will probably begin working with us again later this week. Pre-production at Audio should officially commence in the next month or so and once we have the final arrangements and basic recordings, Kevin and I will begin preparing to cut our tracks sometime in July or early August.
“JON OLIVA’S PAIN dealt with a lot of unnecessary turmoil and anxiety during the first few weeks of the recording of ‘Maniacal Renderings’. We will never put ourselves in that position again. Rothney and I want ample time to come up with the best performances we can… because we know it’s not going to be easy matching or beating ‘Maniacal Renderings’… but we sure are going to try!”
“Maniacal Renderings” entered the German national chart at position No. 86 upon its release in September 2006.
New Nikki Sixx CD, SIXX A.M. on the way in August.
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is putting the finishing touches on “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack, which will be released on August 21 under the band name SIXX: A.M. According to Sixx, “All 13 tunes are done. James [Michael] is just mixing the last few now and the album will be completely done next week.” He adds, “What a huge body of work we’ve pulled off. We’re all proud to have this album under our wings.”
On Tuesday May 22, Sixx and UGO.com will premiere the video for “Life Is Beautiful”, the first single from “The Heroin Diaries”. The song is performed by Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), and James Michael.
“The Heroin Diaries” CD is a precursor to Sixx’s autobiography of the same name, which arrives September 25. The album’s 12 tracks each match up with one chapter in the book; “Life Is Beautiful” can be streamed from the book’s MySpace.com page.
“The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at Sixx’s descent into drug addiction with a soundtrack, featuring James Michael and DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), to match.
In this candid memoir, Nikki Sixx — MÖTLEY CRÜE’s bassist and main songwriter — recounts the band’s heyday. “The Heroin Diaries” takes readers along on one of the most breathless and harrowing roller coaster rides in the history of pop music. At its heart lies the author’s nightmare come true: a punishing heroin addiction that brought him and the band to the edge of losing much more than just their spot on the charts. Serving up snapshots of rock culture at its most manic, this insider’s look at triumph and tragedy is every bit as explosive as the musical odyssey it chronicles.
“The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” will come out through MTV Books/Simon & Schuster. The accompanying original concept soundtrack will be released by Eleven Seven Music and distributed by ADA, with a portion of proceeds donated to Nikki’s Running Wild in the Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House. The book is a tell-all covering 12 months in Sixx’s battle against addiction, drawn from Nikki’s 1986 and ’87 journals, and reportedly makes CRÜE’s celebrated “Dirt”, now being made into a motion picture, sound like Mary Poppins.
No one can accuse Gotthard of not giving you a release worth your money. Domino Effect has 14 songs and a bonus track, for almost a full hour of music.
This disc starts killing me almost immediately. This first two tracks, Master of Illusion and Gone Too Far are melodic, heavy rockers in the vein of the Scorpions. Singer Steve Lee, has a killer voice. He sometimes reminds me of Firehouse’s C.J. Snare, but these tunes are far heavier than anything Firehouse has ever done.
Domino Effect starts off with a riff that sounds like it came from Rob Zombie’s Thunderkiss ’69, but this song has a life all its own. It is a great song with a killer groove, and is extremely catchy.
Gotthard shows that they can slow it down with the best of them. The track Falling sounds like it could have been on a Steve Perry era Journey record. Once again, another excellent track.
I must admit that the first time that I listened to The Call, I didn’t like it much. It was maybe a little too mellow. Then I watched the following video, and did a complete 180° on my opinion.This could be a huge multi-crossover hit in the United States, if any radio stations had the balls to play it.
After the last two mid tempo numbers, Gotthard goes back to rocking with The Oscar Goes to You. This is another track that has a huge sound with radio possibility ala Bon Jovi. It is another highly enjoyable melodic rocker.
After listening to The Cruiser (Judgement Day), I am amazed how freaking great this CD is. Leo Leoni and Freddy Scherer sound so damn cool on this track.
Heal Me has all of the great catchy heavy elements that 8o’s hard rock fans are going to love. The bass on this track by Marc Lynn, reminds me a bunch of Nikki Sixx in styling. The guitars on this track are great as well.
Letter to a Friend slows the pace back down again, but only temporarily, as this track busts out into a multi tempo number that has HIT written all over it. This song has elements that reminds me quite a bit of the Scorpions. Great Stuff!
Tomorrow’s Just Begun is an acoustic based power ballad that really delivers the goods. This is another track with multi-crossover hit potential.
Come Alive has a funky drum and bass groove, that could actually be a pop/rock radio hit. This track kind of reminds me of a cross between Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.
The keyboards of Bad to the Bone have a sound the reminds a little of Deep Purple, but quite frankly, this song is closer to the style of Slippery When Wet era Bon Jovi. Steve Lee uses those same vocoder effects from Living on a Prayer. Cool Stuff!
At this point, the disc could have ended and I would have been extremely happy with the content. The final three tracks are solid though, and I am glad they are here.
Now is a hard rocking number that is Bon Jovi-esque.
Something about Where is the Love When It’s Gone had the music feel of a Jon Mellancamp track, with the addition of a heavier bass track. This track is unlike anything else on this disc.
The bonus track, Can’t Be the Real Thing is not a throw in at all. It is an upbeat heavy number, that is quite catchy. What a great track to close out this disc!
I have listened and reviewed quite a few new releases in 2007, and none of them represent that great 80’s style hard rock sound as well as Gotthard’s Domino Effect. This disc kicks major ass, and is essential to every hard rock fan on the planet. It is mind boggling how few of people in the United States knows about this band. If there is any disc that will finally put them on the map here, Domino Effect would be the one.
Rating: Out of 10
- Master of Illusion
- Gone Too Far
- Domino Effect
- The Call
- The Oscar Goes to You
- The Cruiser (Judgement Day)
- Heal Me
- Letter To a Friend
- Tomorrow’s Just Begun
- Come Alive
- Bad to the Bone
- Where is the Love When It’s Gone
- Can’t Be the Real Thing (Bonus Track)