A few years after his departure from Guns ‘N Roses, Izzy Stradlin released his second solo CD, 117°. After listening to his excellent 2006 CD, Like A Dog, I knew that I had to pick up some of Izzy’s back catalog of music. Luckily, the local rock shop, had a copy of 117° in their cut out bin, so I could not resist picking it up.
117° features Izzy Stradlin on lead guitar and vocals, former G’NR band mate Duff McKagan on bass, Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites) on guitar, and Taz Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat) on drums.
Those of you looking for a Guns ‘N Roses like CD, are not going to find it with 117°. You can hear a bunch of straight forward rock tunes by one of G ‘N R’s main song writers.
117° has a lot of blues infested rock complete with great guitar work, some slide guitar, and a little bit of rockabilly in places. This CD is more similar in style to the Rolling Stones, than G ‘N R. Izzy Stradlin doesn’t compare to Mick Jagger by any means, but he does an admirable job on vocals.
My favorite tracks off of this disc are Ain’t It A Bitch, The Chuck Berry cover Memphis, the excellent 117°, and the heaviest track Grunt.
This disc may not be heavy enough for the average hard rock fan, but there is enough good music on 117° which merits giving this one a listen. Check out the tracks below, and let me know what you think!
Ain’t It A Bitch
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ain’t It A Bitch
2. Gotta Say
4. Old Hat
7. Good Enough
9. Here Before You
10. Up Jumped The Devil
12. Freight Train
14. Surf Roach
Kathy Parker of Oklahoma’s Pryor Daily Times reports: Mayes County is bracing for the big hair invasion.
Rob Rogers, director of productions for Catch the Fever Music Festivals, cannot say enough about Rocklahoma, an ’80s rock festival coming July 13-15.
Rocklahoma will feature hard rock bands popular in the ’80s such as GREAT WHITE, QUIET RIOT, POISON, RATT and WHITE LION.
Although Country Fever will happen first, June 7-10, at the facility between Adair and Pryor, Rogers talked almost exclusively about Rocklahoma when he visited Adair.
“These people do have money and they will put it into the community,” Rogers said. “The first week of sales outsold Country Fever and the VIP sold out first.”
VIP seats are up front and include non-alcoholic drinks, beer, parking, lunch and dinner. To make sure enough VIP seats will be available, Rogers said, a $1 million renovation is being completed at Catch the Fever’s facility.
Rocklahoma is happening in Oklahoma, but it was announced at a press conference in Los Angeles. Since then, Rogers said tickets have been sold to people in 15 countries, four Canadian provinces and all 50 states.
“We expect 50,000 to 60,000 people each day,” Rogers said. “Every hotel room is booked in a 50- to 70-mile radius. People are thinking about renting their houses.
“This isn’t a four-state area thing. This is worldwide. The numbers just keep going daily.”
Rogers said the festival will be broadcast on world-wide pay for view television and the VH1 music channel.
Y&T DVD in the works
Legendary California rockers Y&T have pushed back the projected release date for their first-ever DVD to late June for Europe, July for the U.S., and August for the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. The two-disc set will include a two-hour concert filmed on October 8, 2006 in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (at Cultuurpodium Boerderij) on one DVD and a second bonus DVD containing backstage footage, soundcheck, outtakes, Bang Your Head!!! festival 2006 footage, and more. Also included will be a live audio CD of the Zoetermeer concert.
To commemorate Y&T‘s newly remastered, re-released “In Rock We Trust” CD, Karen Alvarez of Tribute Video Productions recently created a cool video for Y&T‘s 1984 song “Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save The World”. Watch it at YouTube.
Y&T celebrated the reissues of “Earthshaker” (1981) and “In Rock We Trust” (1984) by performing both albums in their entirety on March 17 at the Independent in San Francisco.
Re-released in February, “Earthshaker” “was carefully digitally re-mastered in November 2006 at a high sampling rate taken directly from the 1/2″ analog master tape. This new CD captures the sounds of the original mixes like no other version available.” Also reissued in January, “In Rock We Trust” was “carefully digitally re-mastered in November 2006 at a high sampling rate taken directly from the digital master tape,” according to a posting on the band’s site. “This new CD sounds clear and open like no other version previously available. Along with the original songs, there is an additional bonus track of the rarely heard studio recording of ‘Go for the Throat’.”
Anyone want a Def Leppard Baseball Jersey?
DEF LEPPARD’s Satellite Of Love site reports:
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– Def Leppard Ladie’s Raglan Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $19.99
– Def Leppard Button Down Baseball Jersey – $39.99