Check out the new video by the Erotics, Don’t Make Me, Make You
He mentioned that when they were requested to Rocklahoma, they would only agree to do the show if they were the Headlining Act. The band got their wish! When Twisted Sister takes the stage to close out the Rocklahoma Music Festival, they wont have any new music to support the show, but they do have a brand new DVD that was released Tuesday (6/26/07).
Twisted Sister, The Video Years is an excellent disc for all 80’s hard rock fans. This disc gives you all of the videos that the band put out over the years, as well as the video, that MTV banned, Be Chrool to your Scuel.
This disc has one of the bands very early performances, (the first in the UK), and well as several live performances, and great interviews.
This disc is a must have for all Twisted Sister fans, and should be essential for all 80’s hard rock fans as well! It is a disc full of great music, and excellent history on one of the biggest hard rock bands in the 80’s.
- It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
- You Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
- We’re Not Gonna Take It
- I Wanna Rock
- The Price
- Leader Of The Pack
- Be Chrool To Your Scuel
- Hot Love (1987)
- Stay Hungry (1984)
- The Kids Are Back
- We’re Not Gonna Take It
- I Wanna Rock
- Under The Blade
- The Beast
- You Can’t Stop Rock’n’Roll
- The Price
- Stay Hungry
- Burn In Hell
- Dee Snider
- Jay Jay French
- Mark Mendoza
- Aj Pero
- Eddie Ojeda
- Joe Gerber
- Phil Carson and Lemmy Kilminster
File this one under “Communication Breakdown.”
Yesterday, at a press conference in Greece for this weekend’s RockWave Festival, headliner Robert Plant denied the rumors and said he hadn’t heard anything about a Zep reunion.
When asked about the one-off show, Plant joked, “I don’t know if there would be enough doctors to support it.”
Previously, sources close to the Zeppelin camp had said that members Jimmy Page, Plant and John Paul Jones were planning to reunite for a memorial concert in London for Ahmet Ertegun, the Atlantic Records founder who died in 2006, and that if all went well, a full Zeppelin tour (with Jason Bonham on drums) would commence next year.
The RockWave Festival is happening June 29 and July 1 and 3, and will feature such artists as Plant, Metallica, Chris Cornell, Europe, Mastodon, My Dying Bride, Heaven and Hell, Dream Theater, Iced Earth and others. For more information, visit rockwavefestival.gr.
Courtesy of Guitar World
In case you didn’t hear, Poison released a cover of Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back, on the Poison’d disc sold through Wal-mart stores.
Some crafty person created the video before the their cover of this song. Check it out! This was just too funny not to pass along!
NEW YORK – In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, hard rock band Drowning Pool, non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and 15 year-old YouTube video producer Lizzie Palmer are teaming up to encourage young people to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are launching a campaign called ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ and asking Americans to support legislation currently before congress which addresses the urgent need to get better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website (www.thisisforthesoldiers.org) which hosts a petition urging congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video created by Palmer.
While ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ officially kicks off the week of July 4th, supporting the troops is nothing new for anyone involved. Rockers Drowning Pool toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. “We have had the opportunity to meet the troops overseas, come back to the states and get invited to different bases in difference cities. We have spent countless time with soldiers who do what they do without question and you can’t help being touched by that,” said Drowning Pool lead singer Ryan McCombs. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Bassist Stevie Benton remarks, “After returning from Baghdad, our priority was writing a song about our troops, for our troops. I hope they will accept the song as a show of our respect and thanks for all they do for our country.” Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and plans to donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning servicemembers. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Ohio teen Lizzie Palmer has taken action before. “Remember Me,” her previous music video honoring U.S. troops, has gotten over 12 million hits on YouTube. Her latest video, for Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers”, will be released on July 4th.
Now it’s time to get other people involved.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “Our alliance with Drowning Pool and Lizzie provides a great platform for raising awareness among young people about the challenges veterans face. At least one in three Iraq veterans will cope with a serious mental health issue, like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s crucial that we put systems in place now to help them.” The trio is encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. “This Is For the Soldiers’ gives young people a chance to make a real difference in the lives of our country’s newest generation of veterans,” said Rieckhoff.
Against Me! will release their new album, New Wave, on July 10th. The follow-up to 2005’s Searching For A Former Clarity was produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
New Wave will be available on CD, a Special Edition CD/DVD, 180 gram yellow vinyl and digital download.
To celebrate the release, Hard Rock Hideout is giving one lucky winner an Against Me! autographed Gibson guitar.
5 runners-up will score an autographed copy of the vinyl 7″ for “White People For Peace.”
Please click on the following link to get signed up today!
Be sure to check out the following audio and video clips at the links below!
“White People For Peace” (Quicktime – 128k) http://streamos.wbr.com/qtime/wbr/againstme/audio/againstme_001_white-people-for-peace_128.mov
“White People For Peace” (Quicktime – 56k) http://streamos.wbr.com/qtime/wbr/againstme/audio/againstme_001_white-people-for-peace_56.mov
“White People For Peace” (Windows Media – 128k) http://streamos.wbr.com/wmedia/wbr/againstme/audio/againstme_001_white-people-for-peace_128.wax
“White People For Peace” (Windows Media – 56k) http://streamos.wbr.com/wmedia/wbr/againstme/audio/againstme_001_white-people-for-peace_56.wax
“White People For Peace” http://www.againstme.net/am.php/video/index
Several weeks ago, my wife and I made an unplanned stop at a Used CD store that I used to shop at several years ago. Flipping through the bins, the other customers in the store must have thought I won the lottery. I screamed out in delight when I found the self-titled disc by Femme Fatale. (Ok Bob Vinyl, you can laugh now.)
I have been searching for this disc for several weeks, and have been unsuccessful getting a copy off of EBay. I used to own a copy of this on cassette years ago, and never got around to replacing it. In 2007, it is nearly an impossible task with this out of print disc.
Some of you are probably asking, who is Femme Fatale?! This is an 80’s glam metal band that was fronted by singer Lorraine Lewis. The band members are as follow: Mazzi Rawd (Keyboards, Guitar, Backing Vocals), Rick Rael (Bass Guitar and Background Vocals), Bill D’Angelo Lead Guitar and Bobby Murray (Drums and Background Vocals) Femme Fatale’s self titled debut hit #144 on the Billboard chart and spawned a couple of videos on MTV.
Waiting for the Big One
Falling In and Out of Love
Usually, I don’t care for bands with a female lead singer, but there are a few exceptions to the rule, and Lorraine Lewis proves to be a very solid vocalist.
The lead guitar work of Bill D’Angelo (R.I.P.) is good, but sometimes sounds constrained. He occasionally gets some good guitar licks in but is unable to cut lose, as quite a few tunes have more of a keyboard focus.
At times, some of the songs on this disc start reminding me of Pat Benatar tunes, which depending on who you ask, is either a compliment or an insult. I think it is a good thing, as very few female rock singers showed their vocal prowess as much as Pat Benatar did in the 80’s.
Is Femme Fatale the best band I have ever heard from the 80’s era of hard rock? Not by a long shot. This CD does have a few good tracks that still sound good in my playlist today.
You can hear more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
Copies of this turn up on Ebay from time to time, and have hit as high as $30.00. You can also find this disc at GEMM.com. The prices will likely scare away even the most savvy consumer, for this long out of print disc.
Rating: Out of 10.
- Waiting for the Big One
- Falling In & Out of Love
- My Baby’s Gun
- Back In Your Arms Again
- Fortune & Fame
- Touch and Go
- Heat the Fire
- Cradle’s Rockin
At the end of summer, Trapt will be releasing the album Trapt Live! which will feature the new single “Stay Alive”. Check out “Stay Alive” here! .
Trapt will head into the studio in July to start work on their next studio album with producer GGGarth Richardson, who co-produced the bands debut album. The band is also putting together a new tour and will hit the road in October. For more info on Trapt and their new live album, check out their Myspace page at this location.
The Answer are big in Japan but can they become just as popular closer to home?
“Things are easy when you’re big in Japan,” sang the synth-pop act Alphaville in 1984. Some 23 years on it’s a sentiment not lost on the young hard-rock outfit The Answer, whose stirring Free and Led-Zeppelin-influenced album Rise shifted 14,000 copies there in its first week of release.
In Britain, Kerrang! had already dubbed them “the new kings of rock” but, in February 2007, when Rise reached No27 in the Japanese chart, a trip to the Orient beckoned. If The Answer’s debut album could chart in Japan without them playing there, what would happen when they actually showed up?
Two months later, I’ve joined the band in the futuristic, neon-lit surrounds of Shibuya, Tokyo to find out. Their first promotional engagement is a sold-out show at the AX Club that also happens to be the County Down quartet’s first performance in Asia. With an 11-strong camera-crew in attendance to film the concert for Japanese television, the group is understandably nervous. “I’ll be fine when I start hitting things,” laughs the drummer James Heatley as he paces a backstage dressing room.
Like Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), and Micky Waters (bass), Heatley is still nursing a saki-and-Sapporo-beer-induced hangover. Still, the astronaut-style vitamin-drink packs and hand-rolled sushi that the Japanese have provided are helping, as are the gifts of custom-built electric guitars and “welcome to Tokyo” bouquets. “They’ve thought of everything,” attests the red-haired, spectacularly side-burned singer Neeson, holding up a glow-in-the-dark set list. The Japanese show comes hot on the tail of a tour of Australia supporting Queens of the Stone Age, and Neeson and his cohorts are in buoyant mood.
Impressively, The AX club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound-desk and a stage-set that has been especially designed for the Irish visitors. “We asked for a backdrop and we got Star Trek!” beams James Cassidy, the UK head of Albert Productions, the independent label to which The Answer are signed.
Cassidy is clearly delighted to see such attention being lavished upon his band. “You have to remember that hard rock not being cool is a very British problem,” he says. “It’s just not like that over here.”
Events while exploring the chic Shibuya district with The Answer the previous evening had certainly borne this out. Various fashionable young fans had approached the no-frills, Seventies-style rockers; the boys wanted things signed, and the girls wanted photos with the band that they took it in turns to snap on dazzlingly hi-tech phones. “Three months ago we were unheard of here,” Cormac Neeson had remarked, obviously flattered by all the attention. “Funny old world, eh?”
“We did a licensing deal with the Japanese independent label WHD Entertainment late last November,” explains James Cassidy when quizzed further about The Answer’s success in Asia. “They were very passionate, but I don’t think either side anticipated things would move as fast as they did. As a label ourselves, we expected they’d need a few months to build the band’s profile and that the album would come out in March or April. They said, ‘No, 24 January – it’s all going to be fine.’
“I knew they’d serviced to print and radio but I was still pretty surprised when I got this e-mail saying Rise had exploded onto the Japanese market. I was like: ‘Exploded, you say? What does that mean exactly?’ They told me they hadn’t seen a new band impact like this since Bon Jovi, and that they were going to ship another 15,000 units immediately. At one point only Norah Jones and Bloc Party were higher in the international chart. You think it can’t be right and there’s something fishy going on, but no.”
In Britain, The Answer can count Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale among their fans. Joe Elliott, the frontman with the hugely successful pop-metal act Def Leppard, also rates them highly. When AOL interviewed Elliott recently about his own band’s forthcoming new album he cited “…this young Irish band called The Answer” as a possible influence. “They’re amazing – they could be the new Free,” he added.
Such “peer accolades”, as Cassidy calls them, have helped push the total sales of Rise close to 100,000 units – remarkable given that airplay for the band in Europe has been virtually non-existent. “It’s very frustrating,” says Cassidy. “With some Radio 1 support I firmly believe we’d be doing at least 300,000 albums worldwide.”
A fixture of the County Down live circuit as early as 2000, The Answer are not the overnight success that they might at first appear. Mahon and Waters worked with several other frontmen before recruiting the mighty-lunged Neeson, and it wasn’t until he returned from a working holiday in New York and Heatley finished studying at Belfast’s Queens University that the definitive line-up of The Answer arrived. “From there, we spent four years just plugging away,” says Neeson. “We sent demos to umpteen different record labels, journalists and DJs.” “Once a month we’d drive over to London from Belfast to play showcases at places like The Dublin Castle in Camden,” adds Waters, “then we’d pack up our gear and drive straight to Holyhead to get the ferry home. We did that trip 14 times.” Not for nothing did The Answer call their debut EP Keep Believin’, the group having secured a deal with Australian independent label Albert Productions in 2005.
Established in the 1960s and home to such hard-rock royalty as AC/DC, Albert Productions clearly has the financial clout and knowledge of the hard rock market to steer The Answer effectively. “We’re a top priority there and we know they’re going to bust their balls as much as we are,” says Neeson. “We’re going to build things up over three or four albums.”
The band were thrilled to be able to record parts of Rise at Olympic studios in Barnes, a complex that has played host to Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. Having lunch alongside Eric Clapton was certainly fun, they tell me, but sessions for Rise at Monnow Valley studios in Wales were to prove memorable for less pleasant reasons.
“Basically, we got a serious haunting!” says Waters. “James and I were sharing this room that had three female ghosts. You’d feel this pressure on your chest, or they’d slap your face and you’d hear them laughing.” Heatley adds: “It was terrifying! I couldn’t sleep except on the couch downstairs.” The Answer eventually emerged with an album that Classic Rock magazine called “The best British rock debut of the decade.”
On its release in Britain in June 2006, gloriously unreconstructed riff-fests such as “Under The Sky” and “Come Follow Me” won the band legions of new fans – and a Royal Albert Hall support slot with Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free. The ultimate stamp of approval, though, came when Philomena Lynott, mother of late Thin Lizzy legend Phil Lynott, allowed The Answer’s Micky Waters a go on the black, mirror-scratch-plated Fender bass that her son is pictured with on the cover of Lizzy’s seminal 1978 album, Live and Dangerous.
“It was incredible – too much, almost,” says The Answer’s bass guitarist. “Philomena had it locked in her basement and, because Phil wrote on it, you could feel all that history, all those songs. We played a gig to help raise funds for the bronze statue of Phil that went up in Dublin, and that was Philomena’s way of saying thanks. She’s a lovely woman. We call her the queen of Ireland.”
The Answer and Albert Productions also seem mindful of the fate of The Darkness, the last British hard-rock act to make it big. A poppier, much more flamboyantly packaged act than The Answer, Justin Hawkins’s band topped the UK album charts with Permission to Land, then nose-dived with the appalling follow-up. Hawkins subsequently went solo and had a failed stab at Eurovision Song Contest success earlier this year. Ouch.
Neeson says: “It was a shame to see it, because The Darkness guys were good to us whenever we played together. Our music is very different, though – we avoid the novelty aspect.” This, coupled with the fact that The Answer were smart enough to record far more material than they needed for Rise, means that they already have plenty of ammunition for that difficult second album. “There’s a monster ballad with strings already in the can,” says James Cassidy. “It’s going to blow people away.”
Back at Shibuya AX, The Answer are wrapping up a taut and muscular set. Two things have distinguished the concert from its British equivalent: the superior quality of the live sound, and the quiet, almost devotional reverence of the audience. “Arigatou!” roars the sweat soaked Neeson, thanking locals, but the slogan on the T-shirt of the Japanese fan nearest me suggests he needn’t have worried about things being lost in translation. “Everything louder than everything else!” it reads.
Courtesy of Belfast Telegraph
Dave Evans, Awards Nomination!
Dave Evans, the former singer of AC/DC, has been nominated for the 2007 Los Angeles Music Awards to take place on November 29th in LA! The Nomination is for Rock Group with Vocal for the Song, Sold My Soul To Rock and Roll.
The Los Angeles Music Awards is the largest and longest running Hollywood red carpet event for Independent Artists in the world!
More information is available at the L.A. Music Awards website.
You can also check out at the Hard Rock Hideout, Dave Evans Podcast here!
New Jetboy, The Glam Years Movie And CD out this summer 2007
The complete CD/Dvd release will be available late this summer on Cleopatra records with the audio portion available on itunes next month. The audio disc will include 21 songs In a chronological order of old demos from the bands 8 year run plus the re-recording of their hit single ‘Feel The Shake’ along with their rocked up version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ !!
The DVD side will include a show from 1986 at the Whisky a Go Go along with a slide show photo movie of rare & personal photos through the years plus interviews & footage from the re-recording of ‘Feel The Shake’ & their cover version of ‘Folsom Proison Blues’.
The packaging will be loaded with old photos along with a complete story on the bands history with quotes from each member and more.
STARBREAKER II – Featuring Tony Harnell – Due Out Next Year
It is with great pride we announce the continuum of the Starbreaker saga. There has been much speculation as to what Tony Harnell’s next move would be after leaving TNT in April 2006; we can now reveal that Tony will be teaming up with the STARBREAKER gang for the creation of Starbreaker II.
The line up has gone through a change and on this new release we introduce Swedish bass player Tomas Johansson (SCAAR). Together with the rest of the band: vocals – Tony Harnell (TNT, WESTWORLD, MORNING WOOD), guitar -Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE, ALLEN/LANDE, BOB CATLEY), drums – John Macaluso (UNION RADIO, ARK, TNT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), an album will be ready for release early 2008.
The album will be written and co-produced by Tony Harnell and Magnus Karlsson and both are excited to take Starbreaker to the next level. Tony comments: “After having taken some valuable time off with my family I am ready and excited to jump into this project. As I really enjoyed the first Starbreaker album, it felt only natural to do a second one. In addition to Starbreaker, the song writing for my first solo album is well under way and I have some killer tracks I am absolutely thrilled with!”
Courtesy of Bravewords
Comment: Magnus Karlsson is the guitarist on the last two Allen Lande releases, The Battle and The Revenge. This one will be a must own release.
Saxon has been a revolving door of musicians over the years and singer Biff Byford, and guitarist Paul Quinn are the only original members.
Judging from the quality tunes on The Inner Sanctum, it doesn’t matter who is in the band because Saxon is still kicking ass in 2007.
This disc opens up with three great crushing metal tracks in a row, and does not let up until you get to Red Star Falling.
Red Star Falling slows the pace down to give the listeners a break. This track has a hauntingly cool feel about it. There are keyboards layered into the track, but it isn’t over powering, and gives the song a cool feel.
Need For Speed is a great track, and will be one of my favorites for a long time. This is the perfect anthem for any racing fan.
Without going into a further song by song breakdown, I can easily say that their are no bad songs on the Inner Sanctum. This is a great heavy metal disc, that will appeal to fans of 80’s metal. The stand out tracks to me are State of Grace, Need For Speed, Going Nowhere Fast and Ashes to Ashes.
It blows my mind that Inner Sanctum is Saxon’s 19th studio album. This band was a critical part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, yet they fail to get the same respect on U.S. soil as some of their counterparts. Inner Sanctum is a disc that takes me back to the early 80’s sound of Judas Priest and Accept. It is a superb metal disc, that is easily one of the best of 2007. And to boot, my copy of the Inner Sanctum came with a bonus DVD with a bunch of live performances. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!! Looks like I need to work on some Saxon back catalog now. For the rest of you, pick up Inner Sanctum! You will not be disappointed.
Rating: Out of 1o
1. State Of Grace
2. Need For Speed
3. Let Me Feel Your Power
4. Red Star Falling
5. I’ve Got To Rock ( To Stay Alive)
6. If I Was You (Album Version)
7. Going Nowhere Fast
8. Ashes To Ashes
9. Empire Rising
10. Atila The Hun
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Bon Jovi topped the U.S. album charts for the first time since 1988 on Wednesday, while rock duo the White Stripes scored a personal best with a No. 2 debut for their latest release.
Bon Jovi’s “Lost Highway” sold 292,000 copies in the week ended June 24, the rock troupe’s biggest one-week sum since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. The Island/Mercury Nashville set is Bon Jovi’s third No. 1 album, joining 1988’s “New Jersey” and 1987’s “Slippery When Wet.”
Sales were fueled in part by the group’s new country fanbase, wrangled in with the Grammy-winning 2006 hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” featuring Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.
The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” sold 223,000 copies. Jack and Meg White have enjoyed increasing success with each new album: 2005’s “Get Behind Me Satan,” started at No. 3 with 189,000, 2003’s “Elephant” peaked at No. 6, and 2002’s “White Blood Cells” topped out at No. 61. “Icky Thump” also opened at No. 1 in Britain, their second chart-topper after “Elephant.”
Brad Paisley’s fifth studio album, “5th Gear,” bowed at No. 3 with 197,000 units, the country singer’s best sales week ever. Last week’s champ, Toby Keith’s “Big Dog Daddy” slid to No. 4 with 73,000, suffering a 64% sales hit.
Paul McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full” fell two to No. 5 in its third week with 64,000, while Linkin Park’s former chart-topper “Minutes to Midnight” sat tight at No. 6 with 63,000.
Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” rose three places to No. 7 with 62,000, Maroon 5’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” dropped four to No. 8 also with 62,000, and Fabolous’ “From Nothin’ to Somthin'” tumbled seven to No. 9 with 59,000 in its second week. T-Pain’s “Epiphany” fell five to No. 10 with 56,000.
Powered by the hit single “Party Like a Rockstar,” rap combo Shop Boyz’ debut album “Rockstar Mentality” opened at No. 11 with 52,000. Other big debuts included Lifehouse’s fourth album “Who We Are” at No. 14 with 49,000, rapper Huey’s “Notebook Paper” at No. 26 with 29,000, Chrisette Michele’s “I Am” at No. 29 with 26,000, and Mandy Moore’s “Wild Hope” at No. 30 with 25,000.
Album sales were down 7.1% from last week’s total at 8.9 million units and down 5.2% compared to the same week last year. Overall album sales for the year are down 15% compared to last year at 221 million units.
Courtesy of Billboard
Comment: Almost 300,000 people foolishly spent their money on this pointless drivel. Amazon has 70 used copies now.
Sorry Warner Brothers has cracked down on Youtube….the trailer is no longer available.
Fans lucky enough to score tickets to HEAVEN AND HELL’s Radio City Music Hall performance on March 30 — the concert sold out in a matter of minutes — were fortunate witnesses to the glorious return of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Onstage in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, the group let loose an onslaught of iconic metal spotlighting Dio’s memorable tenure with BLACK SABBATH.
Rhino relives every bone-crushing riff and thunderous howl from the evening with a trio of releases available August 28. HEAVEN AND HELL “Live From Radio City Music Hall” will be available at regular retail outlets both as a two-disc CD set and as a DVD for a suggested list price of $19.98 and $19.99 respectively.
Available exclusively from http://www.rhino.com, the concert will also be released as a deluxe three-disc set (2CD/DVD) for a suggested list price of $49.98. The special set features tour memorabilia including a tour program, backstage laminate, glossy photos of the band and other tour items.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” captures the band bashing its way through some of the Dio era’s best including “Mob Rules”, “Die Young”, “Neon Knights”, “Children Of The Sea” and an epic 15-minute-plus version of “Heaven And Hell”. The quartet also performed a pair of new songs — the hit single “The Devil Cried” and “Shadow Of The Wind”. Both songs debuted earlier this year on “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” (Rhino/Warner Bros. Records), the first comprehensive introduction to the Dio era’s legacy. The DVD will include the entire show shot in breathtaking HD as well as a tour documentary and other bonus footage.
Following this spring’s successful U.S. tour, HEAVEN AND HELL is scheduled to spend the summer playing concerts and festivals around the world. In early September, the group will return to the U.S. for another round of shows.
Together for a short but memorable time — a trio of studio albums, a classic live album and a couple of tours — the second coming of BLACK SABBATH began in 1979 when founding members Iommi and Butler were joined by Dio. The former singer of ELF (and later RAINBOW and DIO) added his fiery, demonic howl to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group’s unmistakable sound.
The Dio-led lineup disbanded in 1983 and reunited in 1992 to record “Dehumanizer” and tour before again going on hiatus.
“Live From Radio City Music Hall” CD and DVD track listing:
01. E5150/After All (The Dead)
02. The Mob Rules
03. Children Of The Sea
04. Lady Evil
06. The Sign Of The Southern Cross
08. The Devil Cried
09. Computer God
10. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
11. Shadow Of The Wind
12. Die Young
13. Heaven And Hell
14. Lonely Is The Word
15. Neon Knights
Comment: Someone sign me up for the Deluxe Edition!
The secret is out! SHADOWS FALL will be performing a Myspace Secret Show, presented by Chilis, with The Probates, The Uncomfortables and Hot Black in Northampton, Massachussetts on June 28.
Doors @ 6:00 PM
THURSDAY : FREE! All Ages!
June 28th, 2007
10 Pearl St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Entry is limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Operator is a new band that is about to break out big time.
Check out the new video for their song Soulcrusher!
The new CD Soulcrusher arrives in stores on July10th
Blood Brothers is the 10th studio disc by Aussie rockers Rose Tattoo. Somehow this band has managed to stay off of my radar until now. After listening to Blood Brothers, it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.
This disc has everything you would expect from an Australian Hard Rock band: great guitar work by Mick Cocks, some killer slide guitar by Dai Pritchard, excellent vocals by Angry Anderson, and plenty of thunder by drummer Paul DeMarco, and bassist Steve King.
I would describe Rose Tattoo’s Blood Brothers as Heavy Metal Party Rock. This is a superb foot-stomping disc that will make you want to fire up the barbeque, kick back, and crack open a cold one. The stand out tracks are Black Eyed Bruiser, Creeper, City Blues, and Man About Town. I would describe Rose Tattoo’s sound as a mixture of AC/DC, and ZZ Top. It is heavy, but not a clone of AC/DC in sound. The slide guitar gives this band a completely unique and very cool sound.
Check out the video for Black Eyed Bruiser and see what you think!
Although, I have my favorites, I don’t think there is a bad song on this disc. I have been enjoying Blood Brothers, and I think a bunch of you out there will too. For more information on Rose Tattoo, stop by their website here. You may have to pay an import price to find this one, but I have seen copies of this disc on Amazon.com for less than $20.00. Buy It, It is worth it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Black Eyed Bruiser
2. Slipping Away
3. Once In A Lifetime
5. City Blues
6. Sweet Meat
7. Man About Town
9. Stand Over Man
10. Nothing To Lose
It is 56 days until the new release of the Nikki Sixx Soundtrack for his book, the Heroin Diaries.
Nikki Sixx has released the following video for the song, Life is Beautiful, in support of the up and coming soundtrack and book. His band Sixx A.M. features James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures) as well, Check it out!
Sixx A.M. – Life is Beautiful
You can also check out this Ecard with an excerpt from the first Chapter of the book, the Heroin Diaries!
This week at the Hard Rock Hideout, I have added a couple of new features.
- You can now search music reviews by the Country that band is from. Just click on the flag of nationality and voila.
- I also added Flickr photos to the site today. I loaded a few Vince Neil Concert Photos. I plan to add more as time permits.
- In case you didn’t know, the Hard Rock Hideout has a forum/message board. Click on Dee Snider’s Head over to the right to enter the board.
The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!).
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Whilst the rest of the world were revelling in the Glastonbury mud Aerosmith and Run DMC made waves in London, with a triumphant reunion at Hyde Park Calling.
A rainy day with performances from Aussie rockers Jet, Soundgarden‘s Chirs Cornell and The Answer amongst others was capped off last night (June 24) by an awesome set from rock legends Aerosmith – returning to the UK stage for the first time in nine years.
With a wet audience refusing to let their spirits be dampened by the weather Steve Tyler and Joe Perry joined their fans in the rain, running up and down the runway stage which extended deep into the crowds.
In a week which has seen old school rockers Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend and Ozzy Osbourne show the youngsters how its really done Steve Tyler and co. once again proved that age is no obstacle to an explosive performance.
Despite the glaring ommissions of ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Pink’ the set – which kicked off with ‘Love In An Elevator‘ – was utterly incendiary with highlights including ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, ‘Cryin’ and more recent hit ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’.
But the piece de resistance had to be Run DMC‘s appearance on stage for their 20 year old reunion with Aerosmith for the encore, with a blistering rendition of their joint 1986 classic ‘Walk This Way’ sending the crowds wild with excitement and drawing the Hyde Park Calling weekend’s festivities to a suitable close.
Comment: Here is a reunion that I never thought I would hear about again!
Lost Highway is the CD that I knew I would have trouble listening to. The band has thrown away their hard rock sound, for a pop rock / country hybrid that sounds nothing like their past CD’s.
I found this CD completely devoid of the great hooks that Bon Jovi has been known for. If anything Lost Highway is a boring sellout that will probably be played to death on multiple radio formats. If Bon Jovi continues down this musical highway, I doubt they will be covered at the Hard Rock Hideout any longer.
Judging from the 63 used copies that I saw at Amazon today, Bon Jovi fans are discarding this disc faster than Mercury Nashville can print them.
There is one song that almost sounds like old Bon Jovi. If you listen to one song, play We Got It Going On. Load that song on your hard drive, then take the CD outside, and use it for a Clay Pigeon. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
The song Make a Memory is getting massive amounts of play on the radio right now, and has hit #1 on VH1’s Top 20 countdown.
I just don’t get it. I find this song, and disc boring. It is hard for me to believe that this is the same band that put out Slippery When Wet. If I was the guitar player, I think I would find myself in rehab. I would have drink myself into a coma, if I had to play these incredibly monotonous tunes.
Don’t waste your money on this CD. There are far better discs out there than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Lost Highway
3. Make a Memory
4. Whole Lot Of Leaving
5. We Got It Going On
6. Any Other Day
7. Seat Next To You
8. Everybody’s Broken
9. Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, acoustic guitar,
Richie Sambora – guitars, backup vocals
Tico Torres – drums, percussion
David Bryan – keyboards, piano, backup vocals
Hugh McDonald – bass, backup vocals
For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted with respect and praise by the press. Alongside numerous original compositions, cover versions of his favourite songs have always taken a special place in his work. The musician from Wattenscheid, Germany, has not only covered the work of his own idols, such as DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but also numbers by acts such as ALPHAVILLE, FREE, JIMI HENDRIX and URIAH HEEP. Now Pell is scheduled to release “Diamonds Unlocked” on October 1, 2007 (Germany: September 28; USA: to be announced), his first album consisting exclusively of compositions by other musicians, proving his expertise when it comes to the history of rock and pop music. Axel Rudi Pell has recorded ten cover songs, among them surprising new versions of real classics. “I have always stressed that I don’t have a hard rock and metal fixation,” he points out. “I don’t think in terms of pigeonholes. If I like a track for whatever reason, I don’t care about its stylistic direction. Every song on this album made me want to cover it at some stage when I heard the original.”
Pell is referring to tracks such as the PHIL COLLINS megahit “In The Air Tonight”, his own version sounding tailor-made for the ARP band. “Of course we rearranged some of the songs to suit our style 100%,” the maestro explains. “‘In The Air Tonight’ features an extra drums and percussions part, plus added speed towards the end. And I don’t suppose I have to mention that the guitar solo is longer than on the original.” Equally surprising, although certainly logical in this context, is the extremely catchy U2 number “Beautiful Day” (“a timeless classic, absolutely wicked, an ingenious melody and a great chorus”), and the CHRIS REA song “Stone”, which Pell discovered in a rather roundabout way. “It wasn’t Chris Rea’s original that convinced me but the cover version by THE LAW, a project initiated by FREE/BAD COMPANY/QUEEN vocalist Paul Rodgers and ex-THE WHO drummer Kenny Jones, from their 1991 debut album.” Talking of FREE and THE WHO: the ARP version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sounds extremely classy and fast-paced, and “Heartbreaker” sees Pell present a classic by a band that has had a lasting influence on him. “FREE inspired me to learn to play the guitar,” he said. “Their guitarist Paul Kossoff had this extremely singing, melancholy blues sound that set him apart from thousands of other guitarists.”
“Diamonds Unlocked” was recorded by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. Pell produced the album single-handedly, and Charlie Bauerfeind took care of the mix.
“Diamonds Unlocked” track listing:
01. The Diamond Overture
02. Warrior (RIOT)
03. Beautiful Day (U2)
04. Stone (CHRIS REA/THE LAW)
05. Love Gun (KISS)
06. Fools Game (MICHAEL BOLTON)
07. Heartbreaker (FREE)
08. Rock The Nation (MONTROSE)
09. In The Air Tonight (PHIL COLLINS)
10. Like A Child Again (THE MISSION)
11. Won’t Get Fooled Again (THE WHO)
Iced Earth Releases Cover Art Image
Jeff Duncan, the guitar player from Armored Saint, has another kick ass band called DC4.
DC4 is made up of Jeff on lead vocals and guitar, alongside his brothers Matt on bass and Shawn on drums WITH former Dio shredder Rowan Robertson on guitar. Over the last few months the guys have been writing and recording new music with Saint bass player Joey Vera producing the music. The new album will be titled Explode and features some fantastic hard rock with the kind of shredding you would expect from two seasoned metal guitarists like Jeff & Rowan.
Last week Jeff laid down the final vocals for the album and the band expects to have things rolled out in July or August. Of the final touches being put on the new music, Jeff had this to say, “I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Joey has done a fantastic job producing it and the band sounds amazing!”
Check out DC4 at their myspage page here.
GUNS N’ ROSES frontman AXL ROSE was left fuming at a Brisbane, Australia concert when a fan unhappy with the band’s late arrival onstage threw a drink at him.
Rose and his bandmates took the Brisbane Entertainment Center stage at 11.45pm on Wednesday (20Jun07), angering fans who had paid up to AUS$175 ($150/£75) to attend.
Seconds into opening song Welcome To The Jungle, a can of drink narrowly missed Rose, although its contents still managed to splatter the singer.
He told the crowd, “Is that what you want? You want a battle. If you’re going to act like that, then you know I don’t have to be here.” Rose proceeded to walk offstage throughout the set, forcing his bandmates to improvise extended solos to cover his absence, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Courtesy of World Entertainment News Network
Saturday Night, Motley Crue front man, Vince Neil brought his solo tour to the Queen City.
His solo band features Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from Slaughter, and a drummer (whose name I could not catch during the show).
I was hopeful that Vince would perform some of his solo material off of his discs, Exposed and Carved in Stone. On this night, he did not. He did however play a set full of blistering hot Motley Crue tunes. Vince was in full form last night, and had the crowd of 300 + completely pumped up.
A portion of the set list included Livewire, Red Hot, Girls Girls Girls, Looks That Kill, Helter Skelter, and Wildside.
The rest of the band did a Zeppelin and Black Sabbath cover while Vince was taking a small breather.
As a whole this was a great night of Motley Crue tunes. The whole crowd was singing along with ever song, and the Vince was feeding off of the crowd’s energy. It was a great night of Rock and Roll and a well spent $20.00. Do not miss Vince if he comes to your town. He has several more dates were he will be performing live.
Check the following link for dates!
“Just in Time for Independence Day, Velvet Revolver is bringing you some new tunes to crank up at your 4th of July Celebrations!”
‘The feel, the energy of Libertad is about the eternal struggle for freedom — personal and social freedoms.”
So says Velvet Revolver’s frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band’s forthcoming album Libertad, scheduled for release July 3 on RCA Records. It will be preceded by the track “She Builds Quick Machines.”
“Libertad has soul,” Weiland continued. “What we’re trying to say on a musical and lyrical level is clearer this time. The songs may have started out being very personal but they took on a more universal truth as they were nurtured by the five-headed beast that is Velvet Revolver.”
The band is Scott Weiland (lead vocals), Slash (guitars), Dave Kushner (guitars), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). The members each bring a wealth of rock history to the band: Weiland fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Slash, McKagan and Sorum were the heart of Guns N’ Roses. Kushner, formerly of Wasted Youth, was in McKagan’s band Loaded.
The songs took on a life of their own in pursuit of groove. When it was nearly done, we realized the idea of freedom kept coming up. Serendipity hit when Duff came to a session wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Libertad’ and Slash found a coin struck with ‘Libertad’. It all added up to naming the album Libertad—which is Spanish for freedom.”
Produced by Brendan O’Brien, Libertad is the follow-up to Contraband, VR’s debut album, released in June 2004, which earned three million in sales worldwide, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #1 and was awarded a Grammy for the lead track, “Slither.”
“O’Brien really helped us challenge ourselves on a musical level. Libertad definitely rocks, but there are a lot more textures and everyone really raised the bar on their skills. It just goes places the first album didn’t go.”
Between Contraband and Libertad, Velvet Revolver toured the world and supported each other through personal struggles, becoming even more tightly bonded as brothers-in-arms. “We toured for two years and got really close in the making of this album.”
The road warriors will spend June on tour in Europe with an emphasis on festival appearances, followed by a Canadian swing, and a big American tour at the end of the summer.
Check the band’s website for the latest tour updates: www.velvetrevolver.com.
08.05.07 Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD
08.06.07 Turning Stone Casino Verona, NY
08.08.07 Buffalo Chip Campground Sturgis, SD
08.11.07 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
08.12.07 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, ON
08.14.07 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
08.16.07 Darien Lake Perf Arts Center Darien, NY
08.17.07 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
08.18.07 Nikon at Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
08.20.07 Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ
08.21.07 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
08.23.07 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY
08.24.07 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
08.27.07 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
08.28.07 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
08.29.07 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
On this disc, he had a helping hand by guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Robbie Crane (RATT, Arcade) bass, Dave Marshall (Fiona), guitar and Vik Foxx (Enuff Z’nuff) on drums.
Exposed is a very solid effort by Vince Neil and company. I have read where many people have thought that Exposed is the disc that Motley Crue should have released after Dr. Feelgood. I don’t know if I agree with that opinion or not, but the music on Exposed will certainly appeal to some Crue fans out there.
My favorite tracks from this release are Sister of Pain, You’re Invited, Forever, and You’re Invited.
Steve Stevens is an incredible guitarist, and lets loose somewhat on the tracks The Edge and Fine, Fine Wine.
There is only one song on this disc that I didn’t care for, and this is Living in Luxury, everything else is pretty good, and very similar to Motley Crue musically.
Sister of Pain
The song You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come) was originally recorded for the Encino Man Soundtrack. The version on Exposed was re-recorded with Steve Stevens on guitar and is a little heavier than the one in the video.
You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)
Can’t Change Me
Can’t Have Your Cake
There are rumors swirling around that Nikki Sixx may perform live with Vince at the Rocklahoma Music Festival. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. Vince is currently on the road with Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from Slaughter, and drummer Will Hunt. You are guaranteed to hear some songs off of Exposed as well as his sophomore release Carved In Stone when he performs live. He will be in Cincinnati tonight, and I will be there. I will bring you a full report on the live show tomorrow.
If you don’t own Exposed, pick it up. You can get this disc for next to nothing and it is worth picking up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Look In Her Eyes
2. Sister Of Pain
3. Can’t Have Your Cake
4. Fine, Fine Wine
5. The Edge
6. Can’t Change Me
7. Set Me Free
8. Living Is A Luxury
9. You’re Invited (But Your Friend Can’t Come)
10. Gettin’ Hard
If Under the Influence was released five years earlier, Wildside would have been a household name. Armed with a sound that was a mixture between RATT and Cinderella, they had the sound, and the look to make it big. Sadly, this disc was released right at the time that the music scene was going through the change to Grunge, and the disc did not gain the success is deserved.
The CD was produced by Andy Johns (Cinderella, Van Halen, L.A. Guns), and even had a little writing help by Paul Stanley on the track Clock Strikes.
I picked this disc up after hearing a few cuts on he syndicated hard rock station Z-Rock. This disc has remained in my play list ever since.
In 2007, Under the Influence is becoming increasingly harder to find, and averages between 20 – 30 dollars on Ebay. It is a disc worth seeking out, if you missed it the first time around.
The band put out a second release in 1995, that was a change in sound (more grunge, than glam) that completely bombed, and the band broke up. In 2004, another disc, The Wasted Years surfaced that contained some demos and live cuts, as well as Wildside’s version of the G ‘N R song Crash Diet.
The released Under the Influence is the best release by the band, and is the release most people are still looking for.
My favorite cuts off of this disc are, Hang on Lucy, Just Another Night, Hair of the Dog, and Clock Strikes.
You can hear some of the tunes off of the Under the Influence at a fan made Wildside page on myspace. Buy this disc if you can find it. You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hang On Lucy
2. So Far Away
3. Monkey See Monkey Do
4. Just Another Night
5. Looks Like Love
6. Lad In Sin
7. Drunkin’ Man’s Blues
8. How Many Lies
9. Hair Of The Dog
11. Kiss This Love Goodbye
12. Clock Strikes
Drew Hannah – Lead vocals
Brent Wood – Lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Benny Rhynedance – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Marc Simon – Bass, backing vocals
Jimmy D. – Drums
Following the six-times-platinum success of “Kissology: Volume One 1974-1977”, KISS has announced that “Kissology Volume 2” will be released on August 14, 2007!
The “Kissology Volume 2” DVD set will encompass 1978 – 1992, and include seven hours of live KISS on three DVDs. A bonus fourth DVD will be made available via exclusive distribution outlets.
The DVD track listings are as follows:
* Land Of Hype And Glory with Edwin Newman – (1/10/78)
* The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder – (10/31/79)
Additional material pending
* “Shandi” (music video) – (1980)
* CNN Interview with Peter Criss – (9/24/80)
* Countdown – (9/21/80)
* Rockpop – (9/13/80)
“She’s So European”
“Talk To Me”
* KISS Invades Australia – (11/80) Documentary
* Sydney Showground: Sydney, Australia – (11/22/80)
“Detroit Rock City”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“Talk To Me”
“Is That You”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“New York Groove”
“God Of Thunder”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“King Of The Night Time World”
* Fridays – (1/15/82)
“A World Without Heroes”
* Top Pop – (11/82)
“I Love It Loud”
* Maracana Stadium: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -(6/18/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Love It Loud”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* MTV Special: KISS Unmasking -(9/18/83)
* Cascais Hall: Lisbon, Portugal – (10/11/83)
“Creatures Of The Night”
“Detroit Rock City”
* The Spectrum: Philadelphia, PA – (12/18/87)
“Bang Bang You”
“No, No, No”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Reason To Live”
* The Palace At Auburn Hills: Detroit, MI – (10/14/90)
“I Stole Your Love”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Shout It Out Loud”
“Calling Dr. Love”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Fits Like A Glove”
“Hide Your Heart”
“Lick It Up”
“God Of Thunder”
“Tears Are Falling”
“I Love It Loud”
“Detroit Rock City”
“I Want You”
“Rock And Roll All Nite”
* Music Video- (1991):
“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II”
* Day In Rock – (11/25/91): MTV News excerpt
Bonus Fourth Disc:
“The Crazy Nights Tour” (4/21/88) – Tokyo, Japan – Budokan Hall
“Crazy Crazy Nights”
“Heaven’s On Fire”
“I Love It Loud”
“Lick It Up”
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
“Detroit Rock City”