Memphis Rockers Roxy Blue released a fun CD of rocking tunes in 1992. This disc was released right around the time that Grunge starting breaking into the music scene, and this band never gained the popularity or recognition they deserved.
Roxy Blue is Todd Poole on vocals and guitar, Sid “Boogie” Fletcher on guitar and background vocals, Josh Weil on bass and background vocals, and Scotty T on drums, percussion and background vocals.
This is one of the better hair metal CD’s from the early 90’s, that sadly, few people knew about. This is one of those rare CD’s that I like all of the songs on thes disc.
Todd Poole reminds me a lot of Tuff’s Stevie Rachelle. Sid “Boogie” Fletcher has a polished guitar sound. His talent along should have put this band on the map.
The song, Times are Changin’ is one of the better power ballads of the early 90’s.
Roxy Blue did a better job of their cover of the Who song, Squeeze Box, than Poison did, in my opinion.
Guitarist, Sid “Boogie” Fletcher sounds exactly like CC Deville on the track, Sister Sister.
The songs It’s So Easy and Talk of the Town sound like they could have been on the Skid Row CD, Slave to the Grind. Both songs have a heavier approach with a dash of sleaze for good measure.
Rob the Cradle is one of my favorite tracks off of this disc. I recall seeing the video for this song years ago, which is what interested me in picking this disc up.
This CD is out of print, but you can often find this one on Ebay for around $10.00. At that price, this is a disc worth checking out. You can hear a few of the songs at the band’s unofficial myspace page here.
Go get it, you are going to love it!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Too Hot to Handle
2. Sister Sister
3. Times Are Changin’
4. It’s So Easy
5. Rob the Cradle
6. Squeeze Box
7. Talk of the Town
8. Rock-A-Bye Baby
9. Luv on Me
10. Nobody Knows
11. Love’s Got a Hold on Me
12. Main Attraction
Tonight at 11:30, on July 13th 2007, Poison hits the stage as the Headlining Band on Day 2 of the Rocklahoma Music Festival.
Luckily, I saw Poison play live a few weeks ago, so I am not as broken up about missing them play live as I am some of the other bands on the Rocklahoma Music Festival. When they hit Cincinnati, they put on one of the best live shows, that I have ever seen them do, and would gladly go to see them play live again. Until that day happens, I have a copy of Poison’s 1991 2 CD Set, Swallow This Live.
Some people don’t like live CD’s. I used to dislike them at one point in time, but I enjoy them now more than ever. There is nothing better than capturing the energy of a live show on CD. Swallow This Live does a very good job and capturing a live Poison show while they were in their prime.
Amazingly, Poison still sounded this good when I saw them live a few short weeks ago. The CD includes a drum solo by Rikki Rockett and a guitar solo by CC Deville, so it really gives you the feel of being at a live show. The collection also includes a few bonus studio tracks, So Tell Me Why, Souls on Fire, Only Time Will Tell, and No More Lookin’ Back. This doesn’t enhance the live experience, but it is nice to have a few studio tracks that weren’t available anywhere else.
After listening to Swallow This Live from beginning to end, it only made me envy those lucky folks heading to Rocklahoma today. They are bound to see a great show from Poison tonight when they close out the 2nd day of festivities.
If you don’t own Swallow This Live, pick it up! It is essential for all Poison fans.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Look What The Cat Dragged In
3. Look But You Can’t Touch
4. Let It Play
5. Good Love
6. Life Goes On
7. Ride The Wind
8. I Want Action
9. Drum Solo
10. Something To Believe In
11. Poor Boy Blues
12. Unskinny Bop
1. Love On The Rocks
2. Guitar Solo
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
4. Fallen Angel
5. You Mama Don’t Dance
6. Nothin’ But A Good Time
7. Talk Dirty To Me
8. So Tell Me Why
9. Souls On Fire
10. Only Time Will Tell
11. No More Lookin’ Back (Poison Jazz)
Check out the latest Webisode posted by the new band Operator!
The Apple IPhone is a pretty amazing piece of technology. Who would have thought it would be possible to watch your favorite hard rock videos on youtube right in the palm of your hand. Very Cool Stuff Indeed!
Some ingenious fellow thought it was cool, he wanted to see what other functions it might have……
Watch the video at this link for a few good laughs!
At 3 P.M. Thursday, July 12, The First Annual Rocklahoma Music Festival Begins! The Thursday shows were added as an added bonus for those individuals that purchased the three day ticket (Friday through Sunday).
Lillian Axe was a last minute replacement for Tigertailz, who were unable to travel due to Pepsi Tate’s ongoing cancer treatments.
I am disappointed that I could not attend, as it has been years since I have been able to see Lillian Axe play live. Lucky for me, I have a handy copy of the Lillian Axe release, Live 2002. It may not be as good as being there live, but I get more songs this way. 21 to be exact, for over 90 minutes of music.
This live collection has just about all of the Lillian Axe tunes you can use prior to their new, Waters Rising disc. Live 2002 captures Lillian Axe in fine form! The band lineup on this disc is Steve Blaze on Lead Guitar & Vocals, Ron Taylor on Vocals, Darrin DeLatte on Bass Guitar, Sam Poitevent on Guitar and Vocals, and Ken Koudelka on Drums.
The sound on this disc is very good for being a live collection. It isn’t studio quality, but it is damn close. If you are fan of this band, you need to check this out.
You can pick up Live 2002 very reasonably at Amazon.com. It is a must own for Lillian Axe and 80’s hard rock fans.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Misery Loves Company
2. All’s Fair In Love + War
4. The World Stopped Turning
5. Letters In The Rain
6. Waiting In The Dark
8. Pullin’ The Rats Out
9. Ghost Of Winter
10. Fool’s Paradise
2. Nobody Knows
3. Sign Of The Times
5. Show A Little Love
6. Voices In My Walls
7. The Day I Met You
8. Those Who Prey
9. Dream Of A Lifetime
10. Become A Monster
11. True Believer
Exactly one year ago Tuesday, Rikki wandered into The Stage and saw singer-songwriter Melanie Martel singing. Another guy on the stage invited him up to play drums.
First, he fell in love with Martel’s voice during the Doobie Brothers song “China Grove” to be exact. After the set was over, he asked to buy her a drink.
Rockett said, “I said, ‘Can buy you a drink?’ and she says, ‘You can do whatever you want’,” and he wasn’t embellishing.
…”He said, ‘Can I buy you a drink?’ and I said, ‘You can do whatever you want’,” said Martel.
Rockett invited her to the Poison show at Starwood the next night and since then, the two have been inseparable.
Rockett proposed to her at The Stage Monday night.
Courtesy of WKRN Nashville
Drowning Pool continue their crusade for better medical treatment for the soldiers returning home battle by taking the fight to your cell phone. On the 4th of July, Drowning Pool and the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) launched www.Thisisforthesoldiers.org. Now the campaign is coming to your cell phone.
All you have to do to show your support is text “Soldiers” to 30364 and you will be walked through a three-part texting process. Once you complete the process you will be signed up for the petition to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Reform Bill. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country. One in three soldiers returning from battle will develop post traumatic stress disorder. 1.5 million soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. By singing the petition you will help the soldiers get the help they need.
You can buy the new songs at ITunes, Napster and Rhapsody.
There are quite a few Hard Rock Albums that are in the top 100 in sales for the week:
#8 Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight is now certified Platinum.
#20 Daughtry is now certified 3x Platinum.
#25 Nickelback, All the Right Reasons is certified 6x Platinum.
#36 Pearl Jam, Live at the Jam debuted in the top 50 this week.
#50 Ozzy Osbourne’s Black Rain falls 4 spots this week.
#51 Hinder, Extreme Behavior is certified 2X Platinum. It falls 2 spots this week.
#55 Rush, Snakes & Arrows jumps up 38 spots after 9 weeks on the chart.
#57 Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris falls 22 spots this week.
#71 The Used – Lies for Liars drops 12 spots.
#72 Papa Roach – The Paramour Sessions drops 11 spots.
#75 Three Days Grace – One – X is certified Gold. It falls 2 spots.
#99 Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero falls 16 more spots this week.
Punk Rockers, Bad Brains – Build a Nation debuts at #100.
A bunch of new features have been added to the Poison website including:
* Digital Downloads
* New Poison Gear
* Tour Diary with video from recent shows!
* Poison’D webcast
* Rikki Rocket answers Poison fan questions
And MUCH more.
Go to www.Poisonweb.com NOW to check it out.
Bret Michaels was on the Eddie Trunk show last night on XM41 the Boneyard. He mentioned the Tour Diary, and said it is really cool, and Poison fans should check it out.
Eddie Trunk and Bret had a pretty hearty discussion about the Rock of Love show that is starting up this weekend on VH-1. Bret said that he told VH-1, the only way he would do a show like this, is if it was completely unscripted. The first episode starts as a big party Bret Michaels style, and carries on from there. Bret was pretty funny last night, and mentioned quite a few of the odd and humorous things that happened while taping the show.
I had no desire to watch this show, but after hearing Bret talk, I am going to have to watch it now.
Rock of Love premieres this weekend on VH1, Sunday at July 15th at 9 P.M.
VINCE NEIL has announced the addition of RATT to the musical lineup of Vince Neil’s Motley Cruise sailing from Miami to Key West and Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on January 24-28, 2008. Ratt – featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, John Corabi and Robby Crane – will perform on board during the four-day rock and roll vacation, which will also features performances by fellow Rocklahoma artists SKID ROW and SLAUGHTER.
Even more artists will be climbing aboard in the coming days and weeks, and cabins are booking up fast. Visit http://www.motleycruise.com and http://www.myspace.com/motleycruise for all the latest info, and to make your reservation.
ANOTHER ANIMAL, the new band featuring GODSMACK members Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Tony Rombola (guitar), alongside vocalist Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, LIFE OF AGONY, MEDICATION) and DROPBOX guitarist Lee Richards, will release its long-awaited, self-titled debut album on October 2 via Republic/Universal. The CD’s first single, “Broken Again”, will go for radio adds on August 28 (postpone from the previously announced July 23).
Rombola recently told Launch that he and the other two GODSMACK members envisioned the project as a way to keep busy while vocalist Sully Erna was doing other things. “Sully, you know, he’s always doing other projects and other things,” Tony said. “He has books and he acts and he does a lot of things. He was considering taking a break after this last cycle. We figured it would be cool to have our own chance to express ourselves, you know, a little more. The GODSMACK records, we have our input, but overall Sully has the final say, so it was really satisfying for everyone in the band to get to really master their department.”
ANOTHER ANIMAL‘s debut disc features a number of songs written for the latest GODSMACK effort, “IV”, which didn’t make that CD’s final track listing.
Nikki Sixx is a man who knows addiction and what it can do to you. In his new book, The Heroin Diaries, Nikki shares his personal diary entries and with a little help from his friends, he adds a commentary that gives you the whole story of what was going on inside his head. Nikki has just released the January ‘87 excerpt from The Heroin Diaries. The January entry chronicles Nikki’s initial thoughts of Heroin and how “Only the dumb of the dumb would ever do it again.”
The January excerpt also previews a clip of the song, “Van Nuys,” from the accompanying soundtrack for The Heroin Diaries. Nikki and his new band Sixx:A.M. recorded a track for each chapter in the book.
Check out the January 1987 excerpt here: http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/sixx/Jan1987/index.html
On Live for Tomorrow, Marco handles the vocals and the bass, and has a pretty stellar lineup of axe slingers helping him out, including Richie Kotzen (Poison), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Ted Nugent, Steve Lukather (Toto). Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake) and Brian Tichy (Pride and Glory) handle the drumming.
Marco Mendoza has a vocal style that is a blend between David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers. This record is a bluesy, hard rocking affair that is going to appeal to a lot of rock fans. Marco’s influences don’t stray far from the bands that he has played in, and the guitar work on this disc is superb. Some of the stand out tracks are, I Want You, Let the Sun Shine, In My Face, Broken and the title Track Live For Tomorrow.
Don’t Miss This! You are going to love it!
Rating: Out of 10
PRYOR, OK – Despite reports of record flooding in Oklahoma, the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds are dry and ready for the fans of Rocklahoma, the biggest 80’s rock concert of its kind every to be orchestrated, according to Mark Nuessle, General Manager of Catch the Fever Music Festivals.
“Thanks to the great efforts of Dave Giencke, Director of Operations for Catch the Fever Music Festivals, and his staff in preparing the site, it is in perfect condition for the thousands of fans converging into Oklahoma,” said Nuessle.
One change in Thursday’s line-up has been announced because of unforeseen circumstances. Tiger Tailz has been replaced by Lillian Axe.
Organizers want to remind Rocklahoma fans that advanced tickets to this historical event will remain at the lower prices. Gate prices for General Admission Tickeets will be $60 per day or $130 for all three days..
Rocklahoma is an official event of the Oklahoma Centennial. Tickets have been sold in all 50 United States and in six continents. Although tickets have been grabbed up by fans, great seats are still available. Fans planning to attend should buy their tickets before Rocklahoma begins.
“Rocklahoma and Oklahoma have become THE destination for people worldwide because of this historic concert,” Nuessle said. “Rocklahoma has brought together people from throughout the world. We’ve never seen anything like this. It is, in fact, historical in the greatest sense. And what better time than during Oklahoma’s 100th birthday?”
Rocklahoma’s popularity has grown since its announcement in late March, that is grew to four days rather than the original three days. Putting Pryor, Oklahoma’s, Catch the Fever grounds on the map across the world, Rocklahoma is on the cusp of making rock ‘n’ roll history.
ROCKLAHOMA, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 12-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds four miles north of Pryor, OK just off highway 69
Tickets to ROCKLAHOMA are on sale and available by calling toll free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com.
With XM Satellite Radio and VH-1 Classic Host, Eddie Trunk, as Master of Ceremonies, Rocklahoma’s now four-day line-up is:
Thursday (July 12, 2007) Gypsy Pistoleros, Llillian Axe, Hollywood Roses, KISS Army, an 80’s Jam from special guests
Friday (July 13, 2007) Poison, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Slaughter, Y&T, and White Lion
Saturday (July 14, 2007) Vince Neil, Dokken, Winger, Skid Row, Warrant, Firehouse, Enuff Z Nuff, Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys and Bang Tango
Sunday (July 15, 2007) Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Jackyl, Great White, LA Guns, Steelheart and Britny Fox
One Day General Admission $ 50.00 plus handling fees and tax
Four Day General Admission $ 115.00 plus handling fees and tax
Reserved Seating $ 125.00 plus handling fees and tax
VIP Tickets (Good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. VIP seating featuring free beer and food.) $ 275.00 plus handling fees and tax
There are still thousands of hotel rooms within thirty five minutes of the festival site in Tulsa and surrounding areas. For a nominal fee, people are encouraged to camp just a short walk from the festival site.
The only remaining original member is singer Taime Down. The rest of the band is filled out by Xristian Simon on Guitar, Danny Nordahl on Bass, and Chad Stewart on Drums.
I have to be honest. I hope the songs that Faster Pussycat performs at Rocklahoma are from their late 80’s and early 90’s catalog. I do not think The Power and the Glory Hole is a glorious return for Faster Pussycat at all. This new CD has elements of sleaze, glam and industrial type of music. Some songs almost work, and some are so noisy, I could not enjoy them at all. At times, it almost sounds like band is trying to venture into Marilyn Manson territory. If you like that style of music, you may enjoy this, but this was a little to different from original releases for my taste.
A couple of the songs on this disc, if reworked with less industrial style bass, could have been very cool. Unfortunately, distorted bass over powers most of the songs on the The Power & The Glory Hole.
If Faster Pussycat’s Rocklahoma set consists of songs mainly off of this disc, I would recommend getting in line for a beer, and some food. This disc will likely disappoint most fans of 80’s style hard rock. I found this disc unlistenable.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Number One With A Bullet
2. Gotta Love It
4. Sex, Drugs, And Rock’N’Roll
6. These Boots Are Made For Walking
7. Hey You
8. Porn Star
9. The Power And The Gloryhole
10. Shut Up And Fuck
11. Bye Bye Bianca
The film features One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton and Sean Bean (as the hitcher).
This movie is the story of two young twenty somethings on their way to a Spring Break destination. Along the way they encounter a stranger with a broken down car that needs a ride. This ride turns their lives into a total living hell over the next 80 minutes or so.
I have only vague recollection of the original movie, but this was a pretty exciting roller coaster ride of a film. If you ever want to see a film that will keep you from picking up a hitchhiker, this would be the one. This film is in the vein of Joyride, and Breakdown. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.
It is a good film that is worth renting!
BLACK WIDOW releases a live DVD which was filmed in 1970. The DVD will be called
“Demons Of The Night Gather To See Black Widow” and it wil be out later this
year by Mystic Records (www.mysticrecords.co.uk).
Black Widow has also new songs and a new Black Magic concept story for their
long-awaited comeback album.
Nikki Sixx Offers Fans Free Admittance To First Ever Sixx: A.M. Show
Motley Crue bass player, Nikki Sixxhas issued the following invitation:
“Be a part of rock history and attend the first ever live performance of my new band, Sixx A.M.. All you have to do is bring a printout of your MySpace profile with Heroin Diaries in your Top 8, and the single ‘Life is Beautiful’ in your audio player.”
Admission is limited (approximately 150 people) and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. The concert will take place July 16th at 9AM at 1024 S. Grand in Los Angeles, California. Sixx’s new book, The Heroin Diaries, is being called by the publisher, “the most addictive rock n’ roll tale since The Dirt and Sixx: A.M. provides the epic soundtrack.”
Against Me! will release their new album New Wave on Tuesday, July 10th. You can now preview the album in its entirety on Myspace – www.myspace.com/againstme. To coincide with the release, Against Me! will be playing Late Night with Conan O’Brien on July 10th and doing two special week of release in-store performances. Below are the details:
July 11th @ 9 pm at Vintage Vinyl (51 Lafayette Road, Fords, NJ. Tel: (732) 225-7717)
July 13th @ 6:30 pm at Backside Records (139 North San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA. Tel: (818) 559-7573)
Catch Against Me! On Tour:
July 28th Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
July 29th Spokane, WA – Big Easy
August 1st Des Moines, IA – House of Bricks
August 3rd Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
August 5th Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
August 7th Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
August 8th Ft Worth, TX – Ridgelea Theater
August 9th Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
August 10th Houston, TX – Meridian
August 11th New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
August 14th Nashville, TN – Rocketown
August 15th Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
August 16th Charleston, SC – Music Farm
August 17th St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
August 18th Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
August 19th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
This band features former Keel guitar player Marc Ferrari, ex-Wasted guitarist Erik Gamans, bassist Chris McLernon, drummer Anthony White, and singer Rory Cathey.
Break Out is a very solid 80’s style hard rock disc that is often forgotten about. Marc Ferrari’s guitar work on this CD is superb. This disc doesn’t have a band song on it, and even features a writing credit on Four on the Floor by current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Let’s Make Love Tonight
This disc has it all! A great power ballad in Waiting in Vain, and a bunch of excellent hard rockers: Four on the Floor, Take This Heart of Mine, Let’s Make Love Tonight and Fistful of Money. This disc also has a pretty cover of the Foghat song, I Just Want to Make Love To You.
This long out of print CD often sells for 20 or more dollars on EBay, but can often be found for lesser amounts. It is a disc well worth seeking out if you are a fan of 80’s hard rock and glam metal. Buy Break Out if you can! You will love it!
You can hear more songs at the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Four on the Floor
2. Cryin’ Shame
4. Waiting in Vain
5. Take This Heart of Mine
6. Killing Floor
7. Riviera/Long Way Down
8. Let’s Make Love Tonight
9. Fistful of Money
10. Jump the Gun
11. I Just Want to Make Love To You
It is 46 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!
The Sixx A.M. CD hits the stores on 8/21/07.
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star will be available on 9/18/07.
The major question people are asking is, has the band gone into a sophomore slump, or does “Libertad” surpass the debut release “Contraband”.
I have listened to “Contraband” quite a bit, and believe “Libertad” surpasses the first disc, and has more potential for hits than its predecessor. “Libertad” however is a grower. I didn’t get into it completely on the first listen. Some of the songs definitely get better with repeated listening.
The first single seems like an odd choice to me. There are more infectious songs that “She Builds Quick” machines on this disc.
She Builds Quick Machines
I actually think the opening cut, “Let it Roll” is a better song. It is a heavier track with superb guitar work and a great bass groove. “She Mine” is another song that is really growing on me.
My early favorite off of this disc is “Get Out the Door“. This is song is quite infectious, and has an awesome beat. “Pill, Demons & Etc.” is also very catchy. Slash’s playing on this track is excellent. I am betting that “American Man” is going to get a lot of radio airplay before the end of 2007. I like this song a lot.
“The Last Fight” almost has a Tom Petty style about it. This song is about as close to “Fall to Pieces” as you are going to get on “Libertad“. This song has radio hit written all over it.
I will admit that there are a couple of songs that I didn’t care for. The Album closer “Gravedancer” sounds closer to the Rolling Stones, and this country flavored rock doesn’t work for me. The song “Spay” was a little too noisy for my tastes.
The cover of the Jeff Lynne penned ELO track, “Can’t Get it Out of My Head” seems out of place too.
The music on this disc is probably more like STP than Guns ‘N Roses. “Libertad” should bring Velvet Revolver continued success well into 2008. It is another solid offering by these hard rock veterans!
1. Let It Roll
2. She Mine
3. Get Out The Door
4. She Builds Quick Machines
5. The Last Fight
6. Pills, Demons & Etc.
7. American Man
8. Mary Mary Listen
9. Just Sixteen
10. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
11. For A Brother
Velvet Revolver is:
Scott Weiland – Vocals
Slash – Guitars
Dave Kushner – Rhythm Guitar
Matt Sorum – Drums
Duff McKagan – Bass
RHINO BUCKET is the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in ’90 and ’92 and an independent album in ’94 with Wright. The group was added to the Rocklahoma festival main-stage lineup through a fan vote.
Rocklahoma, an official Oklahoma Centennial event presented by Rock Fever and Miller Lite, will be held July 12-15, 2007, at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, OK, just off highway 69. Tickets are on sale and available by calling toll-free (866) 310-2288 or online at http://www.rockfeverfest.com.
U.D.O., the band led by legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will embark on a North American tour in January/February 2008. It is not presently clear if this will be a package tour or a solo trek. Exact cities and dates to be anounced.
U.D.O. recently signed with Coallier Entertainment (TWISTED SISTER, SEBASTIAN BACH, BELLADONNA, W.A.S.P.) in New York City for booking and is said to be “excited” to come back to America and Canada to play for the fans again.
“Mastercutor” was released on May 18 via AFM Records. Several extra songs were recorded for the CD, with different territories getting their own bonus cuts. The Japanese edition of the CD comes with the track “Man a King Ruler”, the Russian album includes “Platchet Soldat”, and both feature the song “Streets of Sin”. The European limited-edition version of “Mastercutor” includes the songs “Borderline” and “Screaming Eagles”.
Balance to Return!
Shaking off the cobwebs of a 25 year slumber, BALANCE, the iconic legendary 80’s band who released such AOR masterpieces as “In For The Count” and the self titled debut, resurfaces with a vengeance.
Grammy Award winning producer / guitarist Bob Kulick whose credits read like a who’s who of Hard Rock and Metal music (Kiss, Motorhead, Wasp, Alice Cooper etc) again joins forces with one of the greatest singers of the AOR genre, former Blues Magoos, Barnaby Bye, Wiggy Bits, vocalist/ musician Peppy Castro and the other Grammy Award winning keyboardist/vocalist Doug Katsaros who has made a major mark in every musical genre, from playing with Dee Snider and Paul Stanley to working with Elton John, Rod Stewart and even on Broadway musicals.
These super talents announce the return of BALANCE with a 12 song cd of ALL new material to be released on Frontiers Records in the coming months.
“It’s my second childhood. I get to relive the glory of Balance from a more relaxed perspective” says Castro, and Katsaros feels the same: “To me it feels much more relaxed, we can simply make cool music, without the concerns normally associated with making a record – we are all at such a high plateau in our current situations, I actually think it allows us to be more at ease, less stressed, and the music reflects that”.
“After the demise/breakup of the band in 1983”, says Kulick, “I toured the world as a lead guitarist with various artists (Meatloaf, Paul Stanley etc.) and everywhere I’d go I’d get great comments from fans and press alike, saying how they dug BALANCE and its music.. .it always amazed me. I can’t wait for those fanatics to be satiated at last by our new cd”.
“We have a very healthy attitude” segues Castro, “The music breathes and we’ve been able to connect very well with each other. The great thing is that we are all such productive people. So there will be an abundance of material and we will edit our selves down to the best of the bunch and that will be the record”.
Recording of the yet untitled new album has commenced in Los Angeles and NY and the band are well into it now.
“Anyone who is or was ever a fan will not be dissappointed, in fact, there may finally be an international hit amongst the tunes on this new outing – we have all matured, and what’s coming out is simply fantastic! Like the best of both of our earlier records. After all nobody sings better than Peppy, nobody rocks better than Bob, and who better in America to toss around some fat synth patches than me?” concludes Katsaros.
Further info will be released in the coming weeks.
Up coming Stan Bush UK appearances!
Following his exclusive mainland Europe appearance at the UNITED FORCES OF ROCK Festival in Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart on Sept. 30th 2007, STAN BUSH has confirmed the following 2 dates in the UK in support of the release of his successful new studio album “In This Life”:
Oct 5th Rio’s, Leeds, UK
Oct 6th Rock City, Nottingham, UK – rock-city.co.uk
Don’t miss the man !
If you’re talking about today’s European top metal acts the discussion is heading straight towards Primal Fear. Former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, two of the most respected German metal musicians founded the band in late 1997. They recorded their first Primal Fear songs for the Japan based record company JVC Records, together with drummer Klaus Sperling and guitarist Tom Naumann. They got signed immediately and Germany’s best kept secret became soon a target for many of the European record companies. The band finally signed to Nuclear Blast Records in early 1998 for the rest of the world.
The debut album, simply called Primal Fear was released in March 1998 and entered the German album charts straight on position 48, soon followed by similar chart success in Japan. The band recruited guitarist Stefan Leibing to their line up and started touring together with Running Wild and Hammerfall. The second PF album Jaws Of Death entered the German Charts on position 49 in July 1999, followed by their first headlining World Tour. The tour was a huge success incl. countries like Brazil, Japan and of course Europe. A kind of PF hysteria broke free and surprised all metalheads, who couldn’t understand, what kind of thunder was raging above them!
Primal Fear released another 3 studio very successful studio albums (“Nuclear Fire”, “Black Sun” and “Seven Seals”) which entered the Top 100 charts in many European countries. After some line-up changes (that brought in Canadian drummer Randy Black) and the release of a “Best of” album aptly entitled “Metal Is Forever”, Primal Fear waved goodbye to Nuclear Blast and signed a new recording contract with Frontiers Records.
Primal Fear started the songwriting for their next studio album in October 2006 and the recordings started shortly later, again at the House Of Music studio with engineer & co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Saxon, Hammerfall) and longtime producer and band member Mat Sinner. Randy Black proved again, that he’s one of the world class drummers at the moment and singer Ralf Scheepers delivered his most exciting and outstanding vocal performance ever. Most of the guitars were played by Stefan Leibing. Starbreaker and Allan/Lande producer/guitarist Magnus Karlsson helped out with two stunning guitar solos, before Henny Wolter rejoined the band and played some more lead & rhythm guitars on the album. Epica’s lead singer Simone Simons was invited to studio to sing the first duet in Primal Fear recording history, the song Everytime It Rains which seems to be the next hit in Fear’s recording career. For the first time, the band moved to the Galaxy Studio in Belgium, to work with award winning engineer Ronald Prent (Rammstein, Iron Maiden, Manowar) on the mix of the album.
And another song is surprising with a huge wall of atmosphere and drama Fighting The Darkness, divided in 3 different parts, the first part ‘Fighting The Darkness’ is – according to Mat Sinner – the best sounding tune, the band has released so far, followed by a huge instrumental ‘The Darkness’ and a ‘Reprise’.
Primal Fear improved their sound to the max and again the orchestra arrangements by Matz Ulmer and Mat Sinner reached an incredible quality standard. But not only this part of Primal Fear’s music sounds reloaded today and more powerful than ever before. The album opener Sign Of Fear metals like hell with extreme and very sovereign vocals by Ralf, followed by the cool paced melodic highlight Face The Emptiness. More typical songs like Blood On Your Hands, Psycho or Too Much Time will please Fear’s Nuclear Fire fans, while the title track New Religion, The Curse Of Sharon and World On Fire shows Primal Fear at their best, with a combination between powerful riffs and fantastic melodies! The album’s final song The Man (that I don’t know) is a very strong and outstanding ballad, with superb vocal and guitar performances!
Two video clips were recently produced for Fighting The Darkness and Sign Of Fear.
New Religion is the most competent and powerful Primal Fear album ever. The band improved their sound with a lot of new ideas and a lot of courage. The album will be released worldwide on September 21st 2007 by Frontiers Records and their partners.
The album will be available upon release in 2 versions:
1. LMITED EDITION in digipak which will feature 2 bonus videos (Fighting The Darkness and Sign Of Fear)
2. REGULAR EDITION in Jewel box + slipcase with regular track listing and NO video added.
The Primal Fear New Religion World Tour starts on Oct 6th in Atlanta/USA, followed European Tour in October and November. A Japan Tour is already booked in December plus more European Dates on Xmas. Another visit to the US & South America is panned for early 2008.
Primal Fear is all fired up and totally dedicated to bring their new songs to the stages of the world!
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Stefan Leibing – Guitars
Henny Wolter – Guitars
Randy Black – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
1998 – Primal Fear – Same
1999 – Primal Fear – Jaws Of Death
2000 – Primal Fear – Under Your Spell (Single)
2001 – Primal Fear – Out In The Fields (Single)
2001 – Primal Fear – Nuclear Fire
2002 – Primal Fear – Black Sun
2003 – Primal Fear – The History Of Fear (DVD + Live CD)
2004 – Primal Fear – Metal Is Forever (Single)
2004 – Primal Fear – Devils Ground
2005 – Primal Fear – Seven Seals (Single)
2005 – Primal Fear – Seven Seals
2005 – Primal Fear – The Book Of Seven Seals (2 CD/DVD)
2006 – Primal Fear – Metal Is Forever (Best Of – 2 CD)
2007 – Primal Fear – New Religion
– Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
I am a fan of the original 1984 animated series. If someone would have asked me ten years ago that a movie like this would be possible, I would probably say no.
I must admit that my expectations were fairly low for the Movie. I have seen bits an pieces of the Animated Series that has been released since the original, and they lack the heart of the first series.
Luckily, this Movie is mostly based on the original characters from 1984. This story infused the human element with the robotic action quite well. There is plenty of humor and action keeping the movie loose yet enjoyable.
There are plenty of things for the Transformers fans to love. Optimus Prime is voiced by Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus. The familiar transforming sound effects are there, as well as some all too familiar characters: Megatron, Starscream, Bumblebee, Jazz, Ratchet, and Ironhide.
The story is done quite well, and the special effects are amazing. This is kind of movie that you want to go the theater to see.
If you have ever been a fan of the original Transformers series, or enjoy big Hollywood action/Science Fiction type movies, you need to go check out The Transformers.
L.A. hard rock outfit recalls an old Seattle favorite
Maybe you’ve heard the galvanizing new single on rock radio—the one with the huge, inexorable riff and the oh-so-powerfully-familiar vocal track, the lead singer wailing like a banshee in the throes of some berserker madness. The name of the song is “Soulcrusher,” and no, it’s not a lost track from Seattle-era superheavies Soundgarden, nor is it a fresh cut from ex-‘garden frontman Chris Cornell’s new solo album.
The band’s name is Operator, a Los Angeles-based five-piece rock outfit fronted by Johnny Strong, a young mixed martial arts enthusiast possessed of a distinctly Cornellian set of pipes.
A group of mostly unknown SoCal-area up-and-comers, Operator also features one established rocker in the person of former Floridian Paul Phillips, ex-guitarist for the poor-man’s-Nirvana Nu-metal outfit Puddle of Mudd. The band is currently touring, playing a series of free and low-cost radio-sponsored shows in support of its forthcoming Atlantic Records debut Soulcrusher .
“Chris Cornell is one of the greatest rock singers of all time, so I think it could be worse,” Phillips says of the comparisons, which have followed the band ever since the release of the “Soulcrusher” single.
“You could be compared to way worse,” he continues. “It is what it is. He opens his mouth and that’s what he sounds like, so it’s not like he’s going, ‘oh, I’ve got to sound like Cornell.’ It’s just what happens. Luckily, Johnny’s got an amazing voice and he nails it every night. So we certainly don’t take the comparison as a criticism, and we’re not complaining about it.”
Phillips joined the roughly four-year-old band two years ago. A Jacksonville ex-pat, he’d been living in Los Angeles since 1999, when he journeyed westward to enlist in Puddle of Mudd. He stayed with the band through two successful major label releases before quitting in 2004, a move motivated by both musical and personal differences.
“It came a time where I had to leave [Puddle of Mudd] to maintain my sanity and my integrity,” Phillips says. “I had to jump ship. I put out a bunch of calls, and got a call back from a friend who said, ‘hey, there’s a guy in L.A. who sings with this band called Operator, and you should really check them out.’
“So I went over to Johnny’s house and we started writing and demo-ing songs. We got the demos to Atlantic and Atlantic liked them. Since then, everything’s been great.”
Strong’s is the band’s dominant personality—its principle songwriter, its stellar vocal talent, and its most striking visual presence with his shirtless, carved physique, honed through years of martial arts training.
Phillips says Strong no longer competes—at least not regularly—in mixed martial arts tournaments, as he did prior to the band’s signing with Atlantic. “It’s not as serious anymore, just because we can’t have him showing up with a broken nose or something,” Phillips says. “We try to limit the competitions. You can’t go busting out a knee when you have to go on stage and rock.”
But he says Strong still trains fanatically, cleaving to a diet of mostly organic foods, even on the road with a collection of bandmates still prone to rock-star excess. “There’s the healthy side of the band and the crazy side of the band,” Phillips laughs. “There’s definitely a lot of partying going on, especially where I’m concerned. Johnny, definitely no, but with the rest of the band… we go from one end of the spectrum to the complete opposite.”
It remains to be seen whether the rest of Operator’s Atlantic debut, due out July 10, will fulfill the promise of the band’s crushing first single—though an early Penthouse review gave the Soulcrusher album five stars, calling it a must-have for rock fans still misty-eyed for the heyday of Grunge. “I think we turned in a true album,” Phillips says, “not like one of those bands that just has one song.
“I think I hear a little bit of the spirit of rock coming back in music now, that spirit from the time when rock was dangerous and had substance. When rock wasn’t just a faceless song that sounded good on the radio. It seems like there’s more straight up rock’n’roll. People just want to play the guitar and turn it up loud. Play it like it’s meant to be played.”
Courtesy of Metropulse