If you’re seeking creative and/or social success in the Boston rock scene, there are certain faux pas you must avoid at all cost. Don’t appear to be having too much fun at a show. Don’t dance. Keep that facial expression neutral. If you absolutely must rock out, simply nod along to the beat, but never to the point of pedestrian “head-banging.” And never, ever wear the T-shirt of the band you’re going to see. Don’t even dream of wearing the T-shirt of a band you play in.
Maybe this all sounds counter-productive, even self-nullifying, but it’s very necessary. Back when irony was still alive and kicking, the overlords got cocky and lifted the rules for Bang Camaro, and look what happened. This past August, Bang opened up one of the Lollapalooza main stages for an audience of approximately 3000. Meanwhile, your roommate’s cookie-cutter indie-pop project will be lucky if seven people watch his set at P.A.’s this Tuesday. It’s just so unfair . . .
“We remembered watching videos when we were young, where Metallica would always wear their own shirts. We’re like, ‘Fuck it! We’re going to bring that back!’ ” recalls lead guitarist Bryn Bennett while lounging in the restaurant of the Middle East upstairs, the band having just returned from a Halloween performance in Orlando. “We’d walk around with Bang Camaro shirts on and people were like, ‘You guys are assholes.’ “
“We’d show up at the bar and start high-fiving each other,” adds Alejandro “Alex” Necochea, the other guitar lead.
Bennett: “It’s weird how, now that we’ve been playing for a while, people look at us and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s Bang Camaro. They’ve been in video games. They’re sellouts,’ or whatever. When we first started, we were just being assholes and loving it.”
It would take some balls just to conceptualize Bang Camaro — a glam-metal/’70s-arena-rock throwback with a choir of lead singers numbering six to 20 bros per show. But Bennett and Necochea — formerly of bygone Boston indie acts the Model Sons and the Good North, respectively — were sufficiently enthused to rock, despite their correct assessment of Bang’s inherent ridiculousness and their incorrect assumption that everyone would hate them. Before anyone knew what Guitar Hero was (and, yes, they understand they owe their ability to tour nationally to Harmonix), before “Don’t Stop Believing” was in the finale of The Sopranos, Bang Camaro humbly set out to play songs about the songs that had entranced them before they had quite come of age. Like, before they had time to become self-aware enough to know what snark is. The real irony of Bang Camaro is their lack of irony . . . well, except for the 20 lead singers. That’s way ironic.
“All of a sudden, we had this vehicle to write hard-rock songs, which was awesome,” says Bennett. “We were like little kids in the candy store. Like, ‘I’m going to write a riff like Metallica! And record it! And I want this one to sound like GNR or Dokken!’ And grabbing things like riffs we wrote when we were, like, 14.”
Necochea: “I always loved Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘I Don’t Know.’ It’s got this great riff where the guitar player’s playing in this really hot-rodded neo-classical kind of tone. It created this, for lack of better words, rock imagery that I was in love with as a kid. That’s something we wanted to do with our music.”
This Friday will see the release of Bang Camaro II, which is far less tongue-in-cheek and more fully realized than their first disc. The choir, who were mostly relegated to chanting choruses on the 2007 debut, sing entire songs on II, with occasional multi-harmonies tossed in. It’s still funny that there are so many of them, but they’re being harnessed to be more than an imitation of multiple Joe Elliots singing the chorus of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The gimmick is no longer quite so gimmicky.
Much has happened since that fateful day in 2005 when Bang Camaro first posted their homonymous song on MySpace, and it promptly blew up. Says Necochea (during the only part of this interview that could’ve possibly bummed anyone out), “I was really impressed with the response [to the first song], but at the same time I was shocked, thinking, ‘After all this time, playing guitar for however many years, this is going to be it for me. I’m going to be remembered for this ridiculous song with all these guitar solos.’ It took me about three days to come around. All these years later, it’s ridiculous to contemplate that I went through that, because I’ve put everything that I have into this band.”
Courtesy of the Providence Phoenix
LORDI HORROR VIDEO CONTEST INFO:
What you need to do: 1.) Log onto http://www.redmusic.com/lordihorror where you will enter your cell phone number to receive a code to download the new Lordi single “Bite It Like A Bulldog” for free. 2.) Go to the official YouTube group(http://www.youtube.com/user/lordihorrorcontest) where you will upload your very own horror video, using the free track of “Bite It Like A Bulldog” you downloaded as the background music.
The user with the best video (as judged by The End Records) will receive a Lordi prize pack that will include the following: Autographed Lordi CD catalog (Get Heavy, Arockalypse, & Deadache), signed guitar, and a signed poster.
The contest was going to be ending on 11/18, but has since been extended to 11/30 for all the slackers out there.
Contest ends on November 30th, 2008.
Jimmy Page has confirmed reports that if himself, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham are to tour with a vocalist who is not Robert Plant, they will not be using the name Led Zeppelin.
He made the announcement to Rolling Stone through a spokesperson who revealed that it is likely that the three musicians will recruit a new vocalist and tour at some point in the near future. The favorite to rock the microphone with these three guys remains Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy although as has been reported, they have also jammed with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler.
Courtesy of Metal Hammer.
It’s being widely reported that former Danzig/Nothingface/HellYeah bassist Jerry Montano has now filed suit against John Rich for that October altercation in which the country singer turned Jerry’s face into a swollen, gushing, bloody pulp inside Rich’s room at the Mondrian Hotel in L.A.
In the lawsuit, filed Monday in L.A. County Superior Court, Montano claims that before the violence, he was warned by Rich’s business manager that the star often became “extremely violent when drunk” — but even with that warning, he decided to go back to the guy’s hotel room anyway. While in the room, Jerry claims Rich became “increasingly violent and belligerent” over a girl — and that’s when all hell broke loose.
Now Jerry is suing Rich for an undetermined amount for costs related to the “cuts, scrapes, permanent scarring, swelling, and bruising to his lips, jaw, face, teeth and nose.”
Alice Cooper and 93.3 KDKB present the 8th annual Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding, a Christmas-themed variety show, famous for being an entertaining blend of comedy, music, dance and surprise performances.
The event will take place at the Dodge Theatre on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm. More than 3,500 people are expected to attend.
The annual Christmas Pudding is a chance for music and entertainment fans of all kinds, to celebrate the holiday season with Alice Cooper, family and friends as Alice Cooper, along with his touring band, performs the entire smash album, Alice Cooper’s Greatest Hits.
This year’s acts also include Bob Welch (formerly of FLEETWOOD MAC),Roger Clyne and the PEACEMAKERS, F5 (featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson), RUNAWAY PHOENIX, Les Stroud and WHISKY FALLS.
“Although I have played more than 70 shows this year, Pudding is the one I look forward to most,” said Cooper. “We love bringing people together for Christmas, for the sake of music and the mission of Solid Rock.”
Special guest and Iron Chef America winner, Mark Tarbell, will help to inspire the holiday spirit by whipping up a special batch of Christmas pudding for all attendees. Additionally, winners of this year’s Proof is in the Pudding, Arizona’s own version of American Idol, will also be on hand to show off their talents.
Tickets range from $33 to $63 for general admission and $203 for VIP seating, which includes a seat at one of the cabaret type tables in front of the stage, an artist attended pre-show reception, as well as a pre-show dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit Solid Rock whose mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of children and teens throughout our community. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com. For more information, please visit AlicePudding.com
About Solid Rock:
Solid Rock is a Christian, 501 (c)(3) non-profit Arizona corporation founded by long time Valley residents and fathers, Chuck Savale and Alice Cooper. The two envisioned a teen center that provided an outlet where teens can flourish, understand themselves, understand the love of Christ and equip themselves for the road ahead. Thus, the idea of The Rock was born and the primary mission of Solid Rock was realized. Today, Solid Rock’s focus is to honor Christ by seeing The Rock come to fruition in Phoenix, and then create a series of “Rocks” in large metropolitan areas across the nation. For more information, click here or call 602-522-9200 or (888) 97-Alice (25423).
SIXX: A.M. will release a deluxe version of its album, “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”, on November 25, available exclusively at Best Buy. The deluxe edition includes a never-before released live EP, “Live Is Beautiful”, which will also be released separately for those who have already purchased “The Heroin Diaries”.
“Live Is Beautiful” (produced by SIXX: A.M. and mixed by James Michael) was compiled from several performances on this summer’s Crüe Fest, and features riveting renditions of the tracks “Life Is Beautiful”,“Tomorrow”, “Pray For Me” and “Accidents Can Happen”.
The complete track listing is as follows:
“The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”:
01. X-Mas In Hell
02. Van Nuys
03. Life Is Beautiful
04. Pray For Me
06. Accidents Can Happen
08. Dead Man’s Ballet
09. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
13. Life After Death
“Live Is Beautiful” Bonus EP:
01. X-Mas In Hell (Live)
02. Pray For Me (Live)
03. Heart Failure (Live)
04. Intermission (Live)
05. Dead Man’s Ballet (Live)
06. Tomorrow (Live)
07. Accidents Can Happen (Live)
08. Life Is Beautiful (Live)
Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the European release of PLACES OF POWER debut album “Now Is The Hour” on January 23rd 2009.
While the Places of Power monicker is brand new, this name hides the brand new collaboration between two superb artists who are no strangers to the concept of hard work and quality music. Bruce Turgon and Philip Bardowell can indeed boast in their pedigree collaborations with such bands and artists as FOREIGNER, SHADOW KING, LOU GRAMM, UNRULY CHILD, MAGDALEN and Peter Criss of KISS.
Both have also released highly regarded solo albums for Frontiers Records during 2005 which gathered excellent reviews and great interests from press and fans alike. “Our collaboration started at the urging of Serafino Perugino, who felt that Bruce and I would work well together”, states singer Philip Bardowell. “I guess Serafino would be the “spark”! The flame was then ignited when Bruce and I started throwing around tunes and discovered that we shared a passion for strong melodies and hooks”. Bruce Turgon also recalls: “Philip came back with powerful ideas and performances that made me feel that we were on the same page – I knew that this would be a strong collaboration from the start. I tend to “live” a record and dwell on every aspect of it, so it was very important to me that we share a common vision, and we have”.
“Now Is The Hour” production process was then started and took some good time to be completed, due to the enthusiasm and care that both Philip and Bruce gave to the album writing and recording. “I love the integrity of this record” continues Bruce, “there are no “and also” tracks – every song is a work of substance”, with Bardowell adding that every track “is also crafted in the “pop” sense and the songs are catchy and accessible”.
With the help of Scott McKinstry who contributed lead guitars to the album, Philip took care of all lead vocals while Bruce played all the backing tracks. The tapes were then sent to famed studio guru Dennis Ward (of Pink Cream 69 and producer of Place Vendome, Sunstorm, Bob Catley, Angra, Krokus etc.) in Germany who mixed the album in the summer 2008.
“We were able to deliver a product that we’re both very proud of” adds Bardowell, while Turgon concludes “this is an album that deserves to be played live. We’ve created a strong foundation for Places Of Power to build upon and everything is possible…”
The result is a jewel, one of those rare releases that gets your attention from the very first to the last second – splendid performances, killer production and marvellous songs: that’s what “Now Is The Hour” is all about !
“Now Is The Hour” final tracklisting includes:
In Your Wildest Dreams; Make Me Believe; Desires of Our Hearts; One Day; I Live For You; Secrets; The Passage; Always; Hard To Love You; Light of My World; Path of Least Resistance; Places of Power – In Your Wildest Dream (bonus videoclip).
Just looking at the band roster for this album, I shake my head with the crazy amount of talent that this band had.
“Burn” was the beginning of a bluesier sound for Deep Purple, and this new direction was reportedly one of the reasons for Ritchie Blackmore leaving the band. Nonetheless, “Burn” is a very important part of Deep Purple and hard rock history. This album introduced David Coverdale to the world of hard rock, and for that I will always be forever grateful.
The title track “Burn” is easily one of the best Deep Purple songs, and top hard rock songs of all time. The mixture of Coverdale’s and Hughes vocals on this track are awesome. Not only are the vocals great, but Ian Paice may have laid down the best drum beats of his life. Jon Lord’s keyboards really drive this song as well. Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar riffs are fantastic.
While the song “Burn” is my defacto favorite, I enjoy listening to this entire disc. There is no doubt that this disc was highly influential on a large number of musicians. It is amazing how good this disc sounds when played loud today. Each member of this band is extremely proficient in the instruments that they play, and were easily some of the best hard rock musicians of this 70’s hard rock era. The music just shines when blasted through your stereo speakers!
On the 30th Anniversary Remastered edition, there are 5 bonus tracks added to this disc. “Coroniaras Redig” which was originally only available as a “B – Side” track is one of the bonus tracks, as well as remixed versions of “Burn”, “Mistreated”,”You Fool No One”, and “Sail Away”.
Sometimes in order to see what direction hard rock music is heading in, you have to go back and listen to the bands that help form it. It doesn’t get more classic than Deep Purple’s “Burn”.
2. Might Just Take Your Life
3. Lay Down, Stay Down
4. Sail Away
5. You Fool No One
6. What’s Going On Here
8. “A” 200
9. Coronarias Redig (2004 Remix)
10. Burn (2004 Remix)
11. Mistreated (2004 Remix)
12. You Fool No One (2004 Remix)
13. Sail Away (2004 Remix)
David Coverdale – Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore – Lead Guitar
Glen Hughes – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Jon Lord – Keyboards
Ian Paice – Drums