Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Marco is one of the most respected and well known musicians in the Los Angeles music scene. According to Ted Nugent, “Marco is the world’s greatest bass player and he’s got the soul.” He also played with the likes of Thin Lizzy (with whom he’s been recently touring UK and going to appear live during the summer), WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, OZZY OSBOURNE and THE CRANBERRIES.
Though most often recognized for his jaw-dropping 6-string fretless bass chops, Marco is a master of the 4, 5 and 6-string fretted bass, too. But that’s not enough. In Live For Tomorrow, his debut solo album, Marco shows his hidden vocal talent, which just needs to be heard to be believed! Mixing different vocals styles from the bluesy David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers ranges to the Eric Martin-esque overtones, Mendoza shines as a singer that is able to deliver a passionate and strong performance in every song.
Live For Tomorrow was mostly written and produced by Marco during the second half of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, together with former Poison and Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen, who also produced the album. Musically the record offers a sincere and down to earth sound, reminiscing of classic Hard Rock (with hints to AC/DC, MR BIG, DAMN YANKEES etc.) with blues and melodic Rock roots.
Some very special guests appear to tribute the talent of this amazing guy. Among them: Ted Nugent, Doug Aldrich (of Whitesnake) and Steve Lukather of TOTO all offer guitar solos appearances, Tommy Aldridge of Whitesnake and Brian Tichy (PRIDE AND GLORY, OZZY OSBOURNE, FOREIGNER, and BILLY IDOL) play drums while Richie Kotzen of course handles the bulk of guitars and duets on vocals with Marco on ‘I Want You’.
Live For Tomorrow will include the following cuts: ‘Not For Me’, ‘Live For Tomorrow’, ‘Lettin’ Go’, ‘Look Out For The Boys’, ‘I Want You’, ‘Your Touch’, ‘Let The Sun Shine’, ‘You Got Me’, ‘In My Face’, ‘Broken’, ‘Still In Me’, ‘Dance With Me.’
Live For Tomorrow will see a North American release on Locomotive and Japanese release on King.
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s new album, “Black Rain”, is available for streaming in its entirety at Sympatico.MSN.ca.
Due on May 22, the Japanese edition of “Black Rain” will include two exclusive bonus tracks, entitled “I Can’t Save You” and “Nightmare”. Apple‘s iTunes Store is offering a special “pre-order” version of “Black Rain”, featuring the bonus track “Love to Hate”.
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s video for his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, will receive its online premiere this Friday, May 18 at Headbangersblog.com.
Regarding the song, Ozzy recently told WWE.com: “I’m 59 this year. People keep saying to me, ‘You’ll be quitting soon, retiring.’ I don’t wanna stop! You’ll know when I want to stop because I won’t be doing it anymore. I’ve tried not doing it, but it’s not like I’ve got a job. I’d miss the fans. I’d miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy.”
As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne will kick off his 2007 world tour when he performs two songs on the May 18 episode of The CW‘s “Friday Night SmackDown” at the sold-out 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Osbourne‘s new song “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, the first single from his upcoming “Black Rain” album, will also serve as the official theme of WWE‘s May 20 “Judgment Day” pay-per-view, two days before “Black Rain”‘s worldwide release date.
As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne will appear on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn Monday, May 28. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 30. Both airings begin at 8:30 p.m. PDT / 11:30 p.m. EDT. However, please note that this is a special one-time-only pre-taping! To speak with Ozzy Osbourne, you must call 1 800 344 ROCK (7625) on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EDT.
For a station near you and information regarding how to listen on the Internet, go to www.RocklineRadio.com.
Cryptic Writings is the 7th studio disc by Megadeth. Cryptic Writings features the same band roster as Countdown to Extinction, but even with four top 20 radio hits, Trust, Almost Honest, Use the Man, and A Secret Place, the most success this album could muster was a gold album (over 500K units sold). I am sure the lack of sales had to leave Dave Mustaine scratching his head, as Cryptic Writings is nearly solid all the way through.
From the initial tribal drum beats of Nick Menza, I knew almost immediately that I was going to like this disc. The first three tracks, Trust, Almost Honest and Use the Man are solid mid temp rockers with heavy elements, and start off Cryptic Writings well. I don’t think disc falters until you hit the jangly track Mastermind. I didn’t care for that one much.
The Disintegrators is one of the heavier tracks on this disc, and this is classic Megadeth. This is something for the fans wanting a little more thrash in their music.
I’ll Get Even is more mainstream and hopelessly catchy. You will find yourself singing along with this track. Sin can’t seem decide if it wants to go mainstream rock or thrash. I couldn’t get into this track until the last minute of it or so, in which it picks up a heavy drum and bass rhythm.
A Secret Place is another radio friendly track that is a pretty good listen. This is one of least heavy Megadeth tracks I think I have ever heard, but it works.
Have Cool, Will Travel was just an average track to me. I go back and forth between liking this one, and not liking it.
If there were more tracks like She-Wolf on Cryptic Writings, I am sure that this disc would have sold a lot more copies. This is the first true high tempo offering with that classic guitar chugging, Megadeth speed metal. Vortex keeps that pace going well. There is plenty of guitar noodling on this track, but it is a little too late to push this disc over the edge.
FFF (Fight For Freedom) ends this disc with a heavy almost punk sounding track. It is an OK track but nothing essential.
Cryptic Writings may not live up to Countdown to Extinction or Youthanasia, but its another solid effort by Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Nick Menza. This CD is not as heavy as many in the Megadeth discology, and probably alienated a few fans along the way. It still has enough great mainstream songs to make it worthy of a pickup!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
5. The Disintegrators
6. I’ll Get Even
8. A Secret Place
9. Have Cool, Will Travel