Alice in Chains is proud and excited to announce their upcoming headline North American tour to begin in Vancouver on February 2nd, 2010. Tickets for the dates will go on sale December 4th and 5th (unless otherwise specified). More detailed ticket information will follow early next week. The list of dates are below:
2/2 – Vancouver – Orpheum Theatre
2/4 – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
2/6 – Salem – Salem Armory
2/11 – Oakland – Fox Theatre – on-sale this Sunday 11/22 at 10am. Click here for tickets.
2/17 – Phoenix – Dodge Theatre
2/19 – Denver – Fillmore
2/21 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
2/22 – St. Louis – Pageant
2/23 – Louisville – Louisville Palace
2/25 – Atlanta – Tabernacle
2/27 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues
3/1 – Nashville – Municipal Auditorium
3/2 – Charlotte – Fillmore
3/3 – Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall
3/5 – Richmond – The National
3/6 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods
3/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
3/12 – Atlantic City – Borgata
3/13 – Philadelphia – Tower Theatre
3/14 – Boston – Orpheum Theatre
3/16 – Montreal – Metropolis
3/17 – Toronto – Sound Academy
3/19 – Detroit – Fillmore
3/20 – Chicago – Aragon Ballroom
3/21 – Minneapolis – Roy Wilkens Auditorium
If you ever play Six Degrees of Bruce Kulick, the former KISS/current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist’s résumé will keep you happily busy for hours. Having been tapped by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf and Kanye West, the veteran axeman’s boundless creative energy permeates his third solo LP, BK3. In the works for nearly six years and produced by Jeremy Rubolino, BK3 delivers explosive hard rock arrangements and addictive pop melodies that honor both Kulick’s singular past and bright future. And then there’s the jaw-dropping guest list, boasting members of KISS, the Knack, Toto, Mötley Crüe and more.
“Bruce was to KISS what Ronnie Wood is to the Stones,” says Rocket Science GM & Fanboy Enterprises A&R executive Ken Gullic. “The new guy to one generation, and the long standing stable horse to another.”
After getting his solo feet wet with 2001’s Audio Dog and 2003’s Transformer, Kulick—the often unheralded driving force on 12 years of classic KISS records, from 1984’s Animalize to 1992’s Revenge—assembled his own rock ‘n’ roll dream team. The roster: KISS icon Gene Simmons and up-and-coming son Nick (each vocally appearing separately), longtime friend John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, Kulick’s own Union), Knack mainman Doug Fieger, Toto axe authoritarian Steve Lukather, Edguy power metal stalwart Tobias Sammet and even current KISS drummer Eric Singer.
“Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3,” Kulick says. “There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge.”
BK3 will be released February 16th on Twenty 4 Records /Rocket Science Ventures
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It seems like every day I check the various news sources, there is another statement from another member of Aerosmith talking about the breakup, the non-breakup or the search for a new singer etc.
I have posted very little about this at HRH, as quite frankly, I am tired of reading about it. This whole thing has gone far past stupid.
I though Aerosmith had some pretty good momentum on their side for a while, with the release of kick ass video game, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, and a summer tour in 2009. Their tour this summer was plagued with sickness, and canceled dates. There has been nothing but drama in the Aerosmith camp since then. Quite frankly, if I want drama, I will turn on TNT.
My message to Aerosmith: Shut up and rock. If Stephen Tyler wants to do a solo thing, let him. If you think you will find a new singer to replace him, you are insane. Twenty years ago, this could have been possible. No one will care in 2010. Aerosmith without Stephen Tyler is unthinkable. If you want to break up, do so with dignity. Aerosmith will always be considered one of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. Nothing can take that away from you.
My message to Aerosmith management: Put a gag order in place for all band members. Issue a press release on the state of band affairs. Kick all of their asses, and get them back in the studio to release some new music.
Thank you for listening! Now let us get back to the rock!
Les Claypool, former front man for the alternative band Primus, is back with his latest solo effort, Of Fungi And Foe. Packed with funky riffs that made his former band famous, Of Fungi And Foe is a silly record in the vein of early Primus. Odd sound effects, whistles, kazoos, and synthesized musical treats round out this strange album that is bound to please any fan of Primus.
The album opens with strange bongos, a xylophone, and Les Claypool singing through a loudspeaker about the Mushroom Men. One can only assume that these are the mushroom men of a hallucinogenic variety, as the strange sounds and odd lyrics would attest to. The weirdness continues as Mushroom Men bleeds right into Amanitas, which has more queer tribal drums, synthesizer bleeps and twangs, and the addition of a violin to round out the oddball harmonies that make the esoteric music come to life.
What Would Sir George Martin Do is an ode to the famous Beatles producer, considered to be rock royalty by most (and rightfully so). Though the tribute is a nice touch, the song is the oddest (and longest) on the disc. With choppy cello strings, a bouncy bongo, and a trill xylophone, Les Claypool sings Sir George Martin’s name to open the song and then lets the music take over. The song tells a tale of a trip (assumingly Les’) to England where baggage is lost, a cab can’t be hailed, and nothing seems to go right. Hence, Les conjures up a question, what would Sir George Martin do (in times like this)? An intriguing song that is hard to fall in love with, but too complex to not listen to a few times.
Kazoo is a musical sonnet to a beautiful woman sung in the strange Les voice, but complete with a beautiful violin, saxophone, and bass musical interludes behind Les’ singing. A soft song, Kazoo is much different from the rest of the tracks on Of Fungi and Foe. Still strange in its own right, Kazoo is a pretty song that shows the depth and ability of Claypool as a solo artist. Deeply ingrained with rich and lavish backgrounds, this song is layered in different sounds. It takes quite a few listens to fully appreciate the beauty of this song, but it is certainly worth the journey.
Primed By 29 is the best track on the album and it is also the most honest. A tongue in cheek look at the music world, this is Claypool’s take on music and concert performers, including his own. With lyrics such as “Geez what a horrible song, it stinks just like a donkey dong, but if you wrap your lips around a bong, I’m sure it will sound just fine,” Primed By 29 is a true call out to the way some music is meant to be listened to.
Not exactly rock, no longer punk, and definitely not modern, Led Claypool’s Of Fungi and Foe can best be described as different. If you’re looking for an album that is a break from the typical arena power chord rock, or heavy vocals with long guitar solos, then this is the album for you. Highly innovative, but definitely not something you can bang your head to, Of Fungi And Foe will be revered by Primus fans and those looking for a different sound that they can pick apart over several listens. Layered with deep, satisfying tones and melodies, Of Fungi And Foe is a record for rockers that like a little more than three chords and a scream. Les Claypool has definitely provided that here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Mushroom Men
- Red State Girl
- Booneville Stomp
- What Would Sir George Martin Do?
- You Can’t Tell Errol Anything
- Bite Out Of Life
- Primed By 29
- Pretty Little Song
- Of Fungi And Foe
- Ol’ Rosco
Reviewed by Ryo Vie (http://rockandrollguru.blogspot.com)
Jeff LaBar, guitarist for classic hard rockers Cinderella and new hard rock supergroup Freakshow, will join JT on the next edition of Hard Rock Nights, airing November 20-26. Jeff will recount the early days of Cinderella, how he joined the band and the first major tour, one of the group’s most notable videos, and the future of the band.
Jeff also talks about his role in Freakshow, the supergroup featuring vocalist Markus Allen Christopher (Miss Crazy), Tony Franklin (The Firm), and Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot/WASP). Freakshow’s debut CD was released earlier this year on Retrospect Records.
Hard Rock Nights is an internationally syndicated radio program and can be heard on a growing number of rock and metal stations, both terrestrially and on the internet. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of stations and times.
Check out Divide The Day’s latest video, “One Night Stand” below. For more information on the band, check them out on myspace at this link.
Airbourne posted a new picture on their myspace page today. Looks like the band will be kicking off a tour for their new album “No Guts, No Glory” in 2010. No word on dates yet, but we will announce them as soon as they are released.
Sunset Strip hair metal legends STEEL PANTHER are giving away something other than an STD this week. Their track “Death to All But Metal” is available for free on iTunes all this week. In the song lead singer Michael Starr takes shots at Good Charlotte, Dr.Dre, Papa Roach, and many other non-metal headliners.
Steel Panther’s Feel the Steel album hit stores this October on Universal Republic
Get the FREE download here: http://bit.ly/SPDMetal
Check out the video clip below!
It is hard to believe that it has already been two decades since Whitesnake’s CD, Slip of the Tongue, but 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of this very successful release for Coverdale and company.
The funny thing is, (to me at least) this album rarely comes up in my play list, and I consider myself a pretty big Whitesnake fan. After listening to Slide it In and the self titled disc from 1987, I can understand why Slip of the Tongue is greatly missing something. It lacks that bluesy edge that made the previous two albums so great. Coverdale is the only remaining member from the previous two recordings, and Slip of the Tongue shows just that. Coverdale’s vocals are great, but his vocals alone can not carry the band.
Steve Vai is an incredible guitar player, and I loved his stint in David Lee Roth’s band, but his style of playing is so different from John Sykes that it gives Whitesnake a completely different sound. I am not knocking Vai as a player, but I am not so sure that he was the right fit for Whitesnake. There is lno bluesy element in Vai’s guitar work, and that is what Slip of the Tongue greatly needed.
Whitesnake’s lineup for Slip of the Tongue was like an all star band of hard rock musicians. Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot), Steve Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth) all recorded with Coverdale for the first time on this release. Even with all of this talent at this disposal, Coverdale could not capture the magic from his previous two releases with this disc.
With that being said, Whitesnake still ripped out a few hits off of this CD, including “Now Your Gone”, “The Deeper the Love” and the band’s reworking of the 1980 Whitesnake classic, “Fool For Your Loving”. (Is Whitesnake the only band to cover themselves?) Some of my favorites from Slip of the Tongue, are the tunes that got less attention, including “Cheap and Nasty”, “Wings of the Storm” and “Judgement Day”.
Slip of the Tongue is far from bad. It just doesn’t quite live up to the Whitesnake legacy. From a hair metal perspective, it is very good, but as a Whitesnake release it is slightly above average. You can score copies of this CD for under $3.00 at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slip Of The Tongue
2. Cheap An’ Nasty
3. Fool For Your Loving
4. Now You’re Gone
5. Kittens Got Claws
6. Wings Of The Storm
7. The Deeper The Love
8. Judgement Day
9. Slow Poke Music
10. Sailing Ships
David Coverdale – Vocals
Steve Vai – Lead Guitar
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Tommy Aldridge – Drums
Check out Bon Jovi’s new video, “We Weren’t Born To Follow” below! The band’s new album, The Circle is in stores now.
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Eddie Trunk had Scott Ian from Anthrax, and his fiance Pearl Aday (daughter of Meatloaf) on his show tonight.
Pearl has a new album coming out on January 19th called Little Immaculate White Fox.
Eddie played the first song off of the album, “Rock Child”, and it is damn good tune.
You can check out the live version with of “Rock Child” with Scott Ian below.
“Little Immaculate White Fox” track listing:
01. Rock Child
02. Nutbush City Limits
03. Broken White
04. Check Out Charlie
06. My Heart Isn’t In It
08. Worth Defending
09. Love Pyre
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YES, THE RUMORS ARE TRUE: SLAYER, MEGADETH TEAM UP FOR “AMERICAN CARNAGE”
Co-Headliners to Tour the U.S. Together For the First Time in Nearly Two Decades
Testament to be Special Guest
Recession-Proof $10.00 Tickets Available in All U.S. Markets
Slayer. Megadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power. Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre. Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they’re brutal and unstoppable. Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline “American Carnage,” the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly anticipated mega-tour of the winter – and you do not want to miss it.
“American Carnage” will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday November 18 at 10am until Thursday November 19 at 10pm.
“American Carnage” is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991’s epic “Clash of the Titans” tour. To celebrate that and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the “1991 price” of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.
In addition, Testament – who was also on the “Clash of the Titans” bill, will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a “must see” metal event.
Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road supporting new albums: Megadeth’s 2009 album, ENDGAME, while Slayer’s World Painted Blood, the band’s 10th studio venture, hit stores November 3. Testament’s The Formation of Damnation: Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010, with special unreleased bonus tracks.
Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S. – first with four explosive dates in June, 2009 across Western Canada – “Canadian Carnage” – marking the first time the bands had shared a stage anywhere in 18 years; and then six co-headlining “Carnage” dates in Australia followed in October.
According to various Canadian press outlets last summer: “It was a night of thrash impossible to trash…” “Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun…” “The two heavy metal heavyweights …went head-to-head on a level playing field. Both bands brought their ‘A’ game. And the results were anything but pretty – unless you include pretty freakin’ loud and pretty freakin’ awesome.”
Slayer. Few bands come close to matching the intensity that Slayer – guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, vocalist/bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo – brings to its live shows, having been named “Best Live Band” by numerous media outlets including Revolver, SPIN, and Metal Hammer. World Painted Blood offers a Slayer-ized point of view of our world – God’s terrifying global genocide, the chaos of our broken political system, the way-too-close proximity of world horrors that technology has brought us, and a chilling hypothesis of how the rest of the world might view America. The album was recorded in Los Angeles over two time periods, during October 2008 and then between late January and March 2009. World Painted Blood was produced by Greg Fidelman, who’s spent time in the studio with Metallica, the Gossip, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Slipknot and others, and executive produced by long-time Slayer colleague, Rick Rubin, who suggested Fidelman for the project. One reviewer called the album “the heaviest, bloodiest and best album in almost two decades.” Fans got a couple of early morsels of the brutal new Slayer material — “Psychopathy Red,” a Hanneman song inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who confessed to savagely murdering 56 children, was recorded last October and then leaked online. Then, the King-penned track, “Hate Worldwide,” was made available in July as a limited-edition single through Hot Topic. For “American Carnage,” Slayer’s Tom Araya promises, “no ballads, no acoustic numbers, no slow tempos.”
Megadeth. 2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, what has been heralded as Megadeth’s best album in years. It’s the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth’s signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans! But that’s Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically. Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, “”One of their best albums.” VH1’s That Metal Show deemed it, “One of the metal albums of the year”, and Popmatters said, “”the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace.
Legendary thrash metal titans Testament, whose latest award-winning release (2008 Album of the Year, Metal Hammer’s Golden God Award) The Formation of Damnation, displays them as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, “Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it.”
Slayer and Megadeth are also re-scheduling the east coast leg of the “Canadian Carnage” tour, postponed from this fall.
18 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*
19 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – tickets sold via rosequarter.com
21 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*
22 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA* (tickets on sale 11/21)
23 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO*
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*
27 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*
29 Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**
31 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
1 Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA* (tickets on sale 11/20)
2 Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY* (tickets on sale 12/4)
4 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN* (tickets on sale 12/4)
5 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL* (tickets on sale 12/4)
6 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*
9 Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**
11 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*
12 Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, NY*
13 Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*
14 Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*
16 Pavillon de La Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC – tickets sold via Billetech.com
18 John Labatt Centre, London, ON – tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com
19 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca
20 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC – tickets sold via Admission.com
22 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB – tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com
23 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS – tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com
* tickets sold through Ticketmaster
** tickets sold through LiveNation.com
Every now and then an album comes along that is so good, it is hard to put it into words without sounding corny or like I’m sucking up to the band. Swedish five piece Grand Design’s debut “Time Elevation” is exactly that kind of album. Several bands have issued albums in the past year with a heavy Def Leppard influence, 7th Heaven and Wildstreet immediately come to mind, but nobody has been able to accomplish the task as well as Grand Design has. Almost effortlessly; they have taken the best of Pyromania, Hysteria and Adrenalize, mixed them into their on concoction and the result is “Time Elevation”, easily without a doubt one of the best debuts in 2009.
“Love Sensation” gets everything going and I can’t think of a better way to start the album off than with this melodic rocker. Foot stomping rhythms from bassist Anders Modd and gang vocals that would make Joe Elliott & the boys green with envy are only the tip of the iceberg for this tasty little treat. Guitarists Peter Ledin and Dennis Veldman smoke this song as does drummer Richard Holmgren. With a title like “Slugged Out” you would expect it to be a barn burner from the word go but no the guys throw everyone for a loop with the slow pounding intro before it kicks in to a full blown rocker, more killer gang vocals and choruses and front man Pelle Saether is just simply a kick ass vocalist. “Air It Out” is the third track and you won’t find a song better built for the stadiums than this melodic rocker, everything about this tracks screams BIG from the production to the drums and everything in between. The anthem “Piece of the Action” comes up next and it falls into the same vein as “Rocket” and “Armageddon It” until the solo and Ledin and Veldman are unleashed and completely shred the solo, awesome.
I hate to beat a dead horse, but sometimes it can’t be helped to get a point across. There are at least six songs on “Time Elevation” that if this album was released in the 80’s would have made Grand Design household names, but there are three songs that would have gone straight to the top of the charts and made these guys world wide superstars “The Sad Sound of Goodbye” is one of those songs a mid tempo rocker that is pop metal perfection. Once you hear this song you will not be able to stop tapping your feet or get the song out of your head. “Hello Mr. Heartache” is another song that should be a smash hit for Grand Design, impossible for me to choose between this and “The Sad Sound of Goodbye” as my favorite song on “Time Elevation”. “Let’s Go Down Fighting” would be the perfect song for Grand Design to kick off their live show with this anthem would be guaranteed to get the crowd rocking from the get go and there would be no looking back from there. “Sheik Iddup” is just a fun good time sing along rocker much like “Armageddon It” was 22 yrs ago on Hysteria. If you read my reviews regularly you should know I’m not a fan of ballads closing out albums, but “Love Will Know” is an outstanding song and this acoustic ballad would be my third choice as an out of the ball park hit for Grand Design, when the band plays this song live cell phones and lighters will be lighting up like there’s no tomorrow.
“Time Elevation” makes me want to break out Pyromania, Hysteria, and Adrenalize for a few spins, but the problem with that is I can’t stop listening to “Time Elevation” long enough to listen to anything else. Grand Design already have my vote for best new band in 2009 and I can guarantee you “Time Elevation” will be on my list of best albums of 2009 as well. This is one album no hard rock fan should be without.
Check out Grand Design on myspace, at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
- Love Sensation
- Slugged Out
- Air It Out
- Piece Of Action
- Sad Sound Of Goodbye
- No Time For Love
- Hello Mr. Heartache
- Let’s Go Down Fighting
- Sheik Iddup
- Love Will Know
Grand Design is:
Pelle Saether – Vocals
Peter Ledin – Guitar
Dennis Vestman – Guitar
Richard Holmgren – Drums
Anders Modd – Bass
Swedish hard rockers Sister have posted the following on their site today:
After almost four years, We have decided to go separate ways with Dani. We had reached a point where we couldn’t work together as a band anymore and our friendship almost became suffering. Before that happend, we decided to do something about it.
It’s now official that we have hooked up with a new killer-guy called Lestat!
We have already played two gigs with Lestat on guitar, in Oslo and Stockholm and it just went great! Lestat fits perfectly in Sister in all ways and it feels like he has always been one of us.
The new lineup has been working hard the latest months, the songwriting is on top and we’re are working on several brand new songs to be released in 2010!
We wanna say good luck in the future and thank you for those first four years to Dani. AND a big fucking welcome aboard to Lestat! And we hope that you out there gonna do the same!
For more info on Sister, check out the band’s myspace page at this link. You can watch the band’s video, “Too Bad For You” below.
Please call Amy at Three Rivers Winery (509) 526-9463 and register for this VIP tasting event to be held before the shows at the Snoqualmie casino and pay your $15.00 tasting fee. This fee will be waived if you purchase 2 bottles of the upcoming Insania Red or Insania White to be released in 2010. You must also have tickets to the performance the same night as your tasting to the Queensryche Cabaret. Geoff and other members of Queensryche will be present at both tastings.
After two great weeks on the road The Poodles are sad to announce the cancellation of the rest of the tour. Jakob has become very sick and his illness is unfortunately preventing us from continuing. After struggling through the last two shows on pure will and heavy medication the doctors have given him strict orders to rest and to not strain his voice.
Check out this video, “Look Out” from Hellfueled’s 2005 album, Born to Rock.
Hard Rock Hideout turned three years old today! Thank you for continuing to visit HRH! Here is to another great year!
Special thanks to the all of the writers at HRH who have helped make this a great place to rock: Brian Basher, Christine Sixx and Ryo Vie!
The greatest KISS CD never made? That is what some folks consider punk rocker Wendy O. Williams debut CD, WOW.
Why is that you ask? Gene Simmons produced the album, and wrote five of the nine song on the disc. Ace Frehley plays lead on the tune “Bump and Grind”, Paul Stanley plays guitar on “Ready To Rock”, Eric Carr plays drums on “Legends Never Die”. Stanley, Carr and Vinnie Vincent also have partial song writing credits.
So how is the album? It is quite a departure from the music that Wendy O. Williams did with The Plasmatics, but it is good nonetheless. “I Love Sex” sounds like a distant cousin to “I Love It Loud”.
If there is one song that should have been a hit on WOW, it is “It’s My Life”. This tune written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley is ridiculously catchy. (See the video below).
If the title “Thief in the Night” sounds familiar, it should. This song appears on the 1987 KISS CD, Crazy Nights. I kind of like the version Wendy O. Williams did a little better. Her coarse vocals are a better match with this song.
There are a few more cool tunes on this disc, including the heavy rocker “Ready to Rock”, “Bump and Grind”, and “Aint None of Your Business”. This CD’s only fault, aside from pretty much being a KISS CD in disguise, is that it is a little on the short side with it being less than 37 minutes in length. Nonetheless, I love Wendy O. Williams voice with this type of hard rock. Her razor sharp vocals sound great with the heavy guitar riffs played on WOW. If you haven’t heard her sing before, this is a good place to start.
Sadly, Wendy O. Williams committed suicide back in 1998. Here death is a shame, but she did leave plenty of music for fans to check out. WOW is definitely a CD worth checking out. If you are a fan of KISS, or an 80’s hard rock fan in general, you will probably like this. WOW has been out of print for quite some time, but you can find copies of the CD at this link. For more information on Wendy O. Williams, check out this tribute myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. I Love Sex (And Rock and Roll)
2. It’s My Life
4. Thief in the Night
5. Opus in Cm7
6. Ready to Rock
7. Bump and Grind
8. Legends Never Die
9. Ain’t None of Your Business
Wendy O. Williams – Vocals
Wes Beech – Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Michael Ray – Lead Guitar
Reginald Van Helsing – Bass Guitar
T.C. Tolliver – Drums
Check out Vendetta’s brand new video, “New Horizon”. This song is from the band’s new album “Heretic Nation” which was released today!!
To celebrate the release of Crash Love, AFI and Hard Rock Hideout are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a special Crash Love branded guitar. The Epiphone Les Paul Special II features a custom Crash Love logo and is autographed by Davey, Jade, Adam and Hunter!
Crash Love is the eighth studio album from perennial rockers AFI and features the single “Medicate” along with standout tracks “Beautiful Thieves,” “End Transmission,” and “Torch Song.”
Ace Frehley announced he will join this Sunday’s Battle Of The Bands for Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp’s showcase finale of the graduates of the 3-day camp. Frehley will hit stage and jam with the campers as they battle it out to be the top campers of 2009! Frehley will also be a headlining guest counselor November 18th for the 5-day camp that follows this Sunday’s showcase.
Come rock-out with your favorite artists at the world famous Whiskey A-Go-Go, as they perform with our graduating campers for 2009. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp will showcase their campers in a BATTLE OF THE BANDS night after each camp session ends. The first camp is a three-day camp running November 12-15 and a five-day camp running November 17-22 – still time to join!
Our camper bands will each perform (Doors at 6pm, show starting at 7pm) followed by an All Star Jam with:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
* Sandy Gennaro (drum
* Rami Jaffe (Foo Fighters & The Wallflowers)
* Rudy Sarzo
* Ron Nevison (producer)
* Teddy Andreadis (Guns ‘N Roses)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND
1. Elliot Easton (The Cars)
2. Teddy Andreadis (Guns ‘N Roses)
3. Bruce Kulick (KISS)
4. Danny Seraphine (Chicago)
5. Mark Hudson (Producer, songwriter – Aerosmith)
6. Surprise guitar legend
If you still wish to join the camp there is still time – Headliners this year are Meat Loaf, Ace Frehley formerly KISS & Jon Anderson of Yes.
To get your tickets for this gala event and for more information on ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FANTASY CAMP call 888.762.2263 (BAND) or visit: http://www.rockcamp.com/
Gene Simmons, Rock God and Co-Founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees KISS, has created the ultimate celebrity memorabilia package, the GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS.
Each GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS is personally hand-numbered and signed by Gene himself. It also includes a specially designed leather case that will bear his painted demon face autographed by Gene.
GENE SIMMONS has owned the “AXE” trademark as well the distinctive AXE shape of his bass for over 25 years, and it is the same bass model he uses live in all KISS shows around the world. This beautiful black and silver bass guitar carved from a single extraordinary piece of wood defies all expectations.
“This guitar is, by some accounts a piece of art — my instrument of choice on stage in KISS. The Bass that slays them all,” says Simmons.
“I’ve used the AXE on stage and literally thousands of people have contacted me to ask, ‘Where can I get one?'” Every purchase of the GENE SIMMONS AXE BASS priced at $5,000 each includes a ‘meet-and-greet’ with Simmons, at the tour city and date of the buyer’s choice during the remainder of his current 2009 KISS TOUR of the much-anticipated “SONIC BOOM,” the first new KISS Studio Album release in over a decade. KISS remains one of the biggest rock bands in history.
“When I was growing up, I was never able to get a piece of the Beatles. They weren’t available, but they were still Mt. Olympus to me,” Simmons says. “I owe the fans everything because they made my life possible.” Simmons says the AXE BASS is a gift to his loyal fans. “You may not be able to be Gene Simmons, but you can feel like me, with my ‘AXE BASS’ slung over your shoulder.”
“My fans are not just buying any guitar, but a moment they’ll never forget.” In the iconic style of this rock genius, the official GENE SIMMONS AXE TOUR BUS will shadow the 2009 KISS Tour covering more than 47 dates across the US and Canada. It will also be featured in the upcoming Fifth Season of A&E’s hit reality show “GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS.” The GENE SIMMONS AXE BUS is also a place where fans can meet their idol and it provides a direct line to order his special bass guitar.
For additional information regarding the Gene Simmons AXE BASS go to: www.GeneSimmonsAxe.com
For Gene Simmons ‘meet and greets,’ contact Paul Hayeland 310.801.5583.
TO ORDER BY PHONE:
DIAL: 1-888-88-GSAXE (1-888-884-7293)
Check out the new video, “Comes Down Like Rain” from Jeff Scott Soto’s W.E.T.
A CD that I have not mentioned soon enough at Hard Rock Hideout, is United States from the duo of Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson. This is some of the most inspired playing hat I have heard from Paul Gilbert in quite some time. Gilbert’s fretwork is nothing short of amazing on this CD. While United States could have fallen short with a bunch of mindless guitar noodling, it simply does not. Gilbert’s solos are absolute perfection, and are enhanced by the amazing vocals of Freddie Nelson.
I do not know where Paul Gilbert found Freddie Nelson, but this guy is the most incredible new singer I have heard in quite some time. There are times throughout United States where Nelson sounds a lot like Queen’s former front man, Freddie Mercury (R.I.P.). He doesn’t come out sounding like a complete Mercury clone. He has his own sound, and his vocals are nothing short of fantastic.
This CD has an interesting Yin and Yang factor to it. Paul Gilbert’s playing and Freddie Nelson vocals greatly complement each other. I don’t think this CD would work if either Gilbert or Nelson wasn’t on it. Either way, I hope this is a collaboration that continues down the road. This is some of Paul Gilbert’s finest work since his Mr. Big days.
United States is a one cool rockin’ CD. You will be hard pressed to find a bad tune on this one. I can’t imagine any rock fan not enjoying this CD. If you aren’t hooked by the opening cut, “The Last Rock and Roll Star”, you will be after “I’m Not Addicted”. Great vocals, and great musicianship equals a great CD.
Fans of Queen & Mr. Bigneed to check this CD out asap!. This will easily be one of my top CD’s of 2009. Do not pass go. Do not collect two hundred dollars!! Buy this one now!! Highly Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Last Rock and Roll Star
3. Waste of Time
4. Bad Times Good
5. Paris Hilton Look-Alike
6. The Answer
7. I’m Free
9. Girl From Omaha
10.I’m Not Addicted
Freddie Nelson – Vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Gilbert – Guitars, bass and vocals
Emi Gilbert – Keyboards
Mike Szuter – Bass
Matt “Muck” Muckle – Drums
Veteran glam rockers JETBOY have released the following statement:
“It is with regret that JETBOY announces the departure of both Doug Hovan (percussion) and Michael Butler (bass) from the band’s lineup.
“Following the completion of the band’s most recent EP, ‘Off Your Rocker’, and its pending release, the band entered a phase of intense introspection regarding band members’ roles, chemistry, and dedication to providing JETBOY fans with the most professional product possible. Through this process, original members Mickey Finn, Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, in conjunction with management, made difficult decisions regarding JETBOY’s direction and ability to perform at a consistently professional level. Difficult decisions were made that resulted in Doug Hovan’s voluntary departure and Michael Butler’s much-publicized on-air dismissal during the recent ‘Good Clean Fun’ podcast [hear audio below].
“JETBOY wishes to assure fans that while the podcast may have presented the split in a light that was less that friendly, the parties have since worked out their differences and the split was best for all involved. In addition, Billy Rowe will continue to perform with THE BUTLERS and Michael Butler, further displaying that the parties continue to have a positive working and personal relationship.
“JETBOY wishes nothing but the best and future success to both Doug and Michael, and want to assure fans that the core of JETBOY remains the same, and that the music that has been embraced by their fan base will not change.
“JETBOY is currently in the midst of negotiations for distribution of the new EP and will announce further details about the release as soon as they become available.”
A rock documentary film on JETBOY is in the preliminary stages of being shot by Reality Check TV, which also produced the “mini-doc” included in JETBOY’s last CD/DVD release, “The Glam Years”, on Cleopatra/Deadline Records.
“The Glam Years” contained a DVD of a 1986 concert at Los Angeles’ legendary Whisky a Go-Go (featuring a chock-full of extra interviews and photos) as well as a 21-track CD of the group’s greatest hits.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/jetboyrocks.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Electrifying hard rock band Priestess has signed to NYC’s Tee Pee Records. The Montreal-based group will issue its highly-anticipated sophomore album Prior to the Fire in February, 2010.
Recorded in Los Angeles with producer David Schiffman (System of a Down, Mars Volta, Nine Inch Nails), Prior to the Fire underlines Priestess’ hard-hitting songwriting, memorable hooks and earth-shaking ability to rock. With a sound built upon a resolute sense of purpose and shaped by hundreds of explosive live shows, Priestess’ Prior to the Fire is an electric recording, bringing to light a colorful pool of both creativity and innovation. The long-awaited follow up to 2006’s critically acclaimed debut Hello Master, Prior to the Fire sees Priestess at once hungry, fierce and focused. The record’s majestic power merges titanic riffs, memorable metal, progressive rock and hard psych elements with the powerful, expressive vocals of frontman / guitarist Mikey Heppner to create an album that will floor heavy music fans.
“It wasn’t the easiest record to make,” says Heppner. “But the hard work definitely paid off and we’re really, really proud of the end result. We’ve done so much touring and seen so much since our first record that it only galvanized our feelings of what the band is. The songs that make up “Prior to the Fire” were meant to be heard live and loud. We can’t wait to get out on tour again and really do them justice!”
Formed in 2003, Priestess has consistently garnered top notch praise for its dynamic sound and monstrous modern rock. The band has toured incessantly since its inception, sharing stages the world over with friends and peers such as Mastodon, The Sword, Converge, dinosaur Jr and Motorhead. The bands song “Lay Down” is currently featured in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock and the new song “Raccoon Eyes” (from Prior To The Fire) appears on the soundtrack to the wildly popular EA Sports game NHL 10.
In addition to Heppner, Priestess features Dan Watchorn (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Dyball (bass) and Vince Nudo (drums, percussion, backing vocals).
US Tour Dates:
Dec 4 2009 Dante’s Portland, Oregon
Dec 5 2009 The Comet Seattle, Washington
Dec 8 2009 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 9 2009 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Dec 11 2009 Mohawk Buffalo, New York
Dec 12 2009 The Charleston – Brooklyn New York