Rock band Disturbed claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Asylum” debuts atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the act’s fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, a feat achieved by only two other rock bands in the history of the chart: Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.
Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater posted the following on the DT blog tonight:
I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write:
After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.
To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so….
After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater…
Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them…it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break…
Dream Theater was always my baby…and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985…24/7, 365…never taking time off from DT’s never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was “off” between cycles)…working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band…
But I’ve come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out…and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.
We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a “hiatus” to recharge our batteries and “save me from ourselves”…
Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather…I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be…
While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way…so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes….
Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about “always following your heart and being true to yourself”…sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater…and I would simply be “going through the motions”, and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.
I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come…I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played….
I’m sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world…I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work…I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)…but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within….
You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me….(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)
Your fearless ex-leader and drummer,
“Move on be brave, don’t weep at my grave, because I am no longer here…
But please never let your memory of me disappear….”
— The Spirit Carries On
Want to hear the best new Hard Rock on planet Earth? Tune in to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show tonight and check out new music from our Pick of the Week Bad City, as well as a bunch of new rock & classics that you will not hear anywhere else.
The Hard Rock Hideout Radio show can be listened to online tonight and every Wednesday night at 9 P.M. Central at www.kacvfm.org and on the FM Dial at KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas. Turn off the T.V., turn on KACV, and prepare to get rocked!!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio Playlist 9/1/2010 – #34
Dr. Feelgood Motley Crue
Rock and a Hard Place Crazy Lixx
Two Girls Jettblack
Black & Sunny Day Glitzy Glow
Rock It Away the Black Saints
Rip & Tear L.A. Guns
Watching The Sky Saxon
The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
Hearts of Fire Black Tora
Rock It Away the Black Saints
This Is My World Spread Eagle
Switchblade Serenade Spread Eagle
Spread Eagle Spread Eagle
21 ‘Til I Die Crazy Lixx
L.C.S. Dirty Penny
Got No Shame Brother Cane
Devil’s Daughter Silvertide
28 Days Tora Tora
Big Enough Taddy Porter
One Last Soul Black Country Communion
Sin! Voodoo Johnson
Do Ya Wanna Touch Me? Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Cathouse Faster Pussycat
California Sun Kristy “Krash” Majors
Look What The Cat Dragged In Poison
All Hail The Altar Broken Teeth
Low Down Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre
Money Black Robot
She Stands There D Generation
She’s Mine Crazy Lixx
Another Man’s Gun Tuff
Do You Believe in Rock N’ Roll Bad City
Owed To Joe Bulletboys
Can’t Stop Messin’ Aerosmith
West Coast Dreamer Scarlet Carson
Open Up For Me Tunnel
Youth Time Skills In Vein
Unleash The Freak Eat The Gun
Sound of the Underground Sister Sin
Dirty Girl Skull Daze
Losin’ Your Mind Pride & Glory
Love Song Downspirit
Brother Go On Black Water Rising
Road To Babylon Crazy Lixx
Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll Radio Kiss
10/16/2010 Roseland – Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/20/2010 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/26/2010 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
From the ashes of the band Powerspace, comes a cool new Chicago based band, Bad City. Bad City’s debut effort Welcome to the Wasteland is a good mix of pop & classic rock, with a bunch of catchy songs that is going to please a wide variety of music fans.
“Showdown in Central Park” is a decent enough opener for this album. Josh Caddy’s vocals remind me of Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins somewhat, and the gang background vocals bring the band Bang Camaro to mind. Is it ironic that the band is touring with The Smashing Pumpkins? I think not.
“Take Me For A Ride” would have made a much better opener for this disc. With the big sing along chorus, and cool riffs, this song has hit written all over it. This sounds like something Bon Jovi would have written in the eighties.
“Do you Believe in Rock N Roll” (Yes I do!) has some cool 70’s influences that stand out in this song. I immediately hear a little bit of Queen in the vocals, and a little bit of Thin Lizzy sprinkled in the guitar riffs. Bad City did a very nice job with this song, and it is one of my favorites on the CD.
“Wildlife” is the first single off of the album. This is a pretty cool track for the most part. It could have been a stronger tune without the gang background vocals, but it is still a decent song nonetheless.
At this point Bad City needed something to break up the pace of the album, and they did just that with the power ballad, “Fire In The Pouring Rain”. This catchy tune could be a big hit on the pop rock stations. This may be of a power pop song, but it enjoyable nonetheless.
Bad City lets their inner KISS fan shine with the cool cut, “Call Paul Stanley”. This song kind of has a Cheap Trick vibe to it, and is another super catchy tune. I thought it was cool to see the band immortalize one of their heroes in the form of a song.
Overall, Welcome to the Wasteland is a solid album, and a fine debut for these Chicago rockers. This CD isn’t super heavy, and may have a broader appeal as a result. I like this CD, and I think you will too!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Showdown In Central Park
2. Take Me For A Ride
3. Do You Believe In Rock N Roll
5. Fire In The Pouring Rain
6. Call Pall Stanley
8. Look Out!
10. Straight To The Grave
Bad City is:
Josh Caddy – Vocals
Tom Schleiter – Lead Guitar
Max Perenchio – Lead Guitar
Jake Serek – Bass
Kevin Kane – Drums