Pop Evil has released their follow up effort to their 2008 debut Lipstick in a Mirror. While I thought Lipstick in a Mirror was good, the band has improved, and War of Angels is definitely a step above the debut. Luckily, I have been able to hear the band perform a few of the songs from War of Angels live prior to purchasing the CD, and I already knew that I liked the tunes I have heard.
War of Angels seems like a more balanced effort. Some songs like “Last Man Standing” and “Boss’s Daughter” are heavy, while the song “Let It Go” is more of a pop/power ballad, that has huge radio potential.
Leigh Kakaty’s voice surprised me on this CD, as I thought his voice sounded higher than it did when I have seen him live. He sounds great, as does the rest of Pop Evil.
I have to admit that I am not a fan of too many modern rock bands, however, Pop Evil has won me over with their energetic live shows. Judging from the tunes on War of Angels, Pop Evil is clearly one of the better new bands out there. I would compare their sound to Shinedown’s at this stage in their career, and that is not a bad place to be in my opinion.
I have enjoyed War of Angels much more than I expected to, and definitely believe it is worth picking up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Last Man Standing
3. Broken and Betrayed
4. Monster You Made
5. Let it Go
6. Boss’s Daughter
7. Daisy Chain
9. Black & Blue
10. Next Life
11. Save the World
Pop Evil is:
Leigh Kakaty – lead vocals
Tony Greve – lead guitar
Dave Grahs – rhythm guitar
Matt DiRito – bass
Dylan Allison – drums
Miami hard rock group, Black Tide, has unleashed its long-awaited sophomore album, Post Mortem, today on Interscope Records. Post Mortem, the follow-up to 2008’s, Light From Above, was recorded with Gggarth Richardson (Atreyu, Rage Against The Machine) and Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God) and includes the current single “That Fire,” alongside nine other brand new originals.
The track list for Post Mortem is…
1. Ashes (featuring Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine)
2. Bury Me
3. Let It Out
4. Honest Eyes
5. That Fire
6. Fight Til The Bitter End
7. Take It Easy
8. Lost In The Sound
9. Walking Dead Man
10. Into The Sky
“[Black Tide] have everything necessary for a timeless album here; fiercely paced songs, great lyrical hooks, soft melodies, brutal breakdowns and a subtle variety that destroys any chance of boredom. This album gets cranked at a volume of 11.” – Alternative Revolt
“’Post Mortem’ is from the hands of experienced musicians, who have spent years on tour fine-tuning their sound to something more appealing.”¬¬ HeavyMetal.About.com
“Black Tide is no flash in the pan fluke but a capable bunch of musicians eager to join the rock/metal fray” – Outburn
“’Post Mortem’ plays like a slick distillation of every act between Iron Maiden and Avenged Sevenfold” – Revolver
Black Tide will hit the road later this week in support of Post Mortem as part of the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether and more. Black Tide will perform on the Best Buy Music Gear Stage alongside Sevendust, Art Of Dying and Hell Or Highwater from August 26 to October 14. Go to: www.RockstarUproar.com and: www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Dates
Friday, 8/26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Saturday, 8/27 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
Sunday, 8/28 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
Wednesday, 8/31 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Thursday, 9/1 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Saturday, 9/3 – Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Sunday, 9/4 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Monday, 9/5 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Friday, 9/9 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Centre
Saturday, 9/10 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sunday, 9/11- Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
Tuesday, 9/13 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
Wednesday, 9/14 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Friday, 9/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Saturday, 9/17 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sunday, 9/18 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Pavilion
Tuesday, 9/20 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Wednesday, 9/21 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Friday, 9/23 – Council Bluffs, IA – WestFair Amphitheater
Saturday, 9/24 – Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheater
Sunday, 9/25 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wednesday, 9/28 – Calgary, AB – Saddledome
Thursday, 9/29 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Saturday, 10/1 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, 10/2 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Tuesday, 10/4 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheater
Wednesday, 10/5 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheater
Friday, 10/7 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
Saturday, 10/8 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
Sunday, 10/9 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Thursday, 10/13 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Friday, 10/14 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Stockholm, Swenden’s Badmouth are back with their smokin’ sophomore effort, Heavy Metal Parking Lot! The music on this CD shows a lot of growth in the Badmouth sound. The music is heavier, the song writing is better, and overall the band has crafted a CD that is even better than their debut.
On your first listen, you almost know from the creepy intro on opening cut “Son of Sam” that you are going to hear something special with this disc. Heavy Metal Parking Lot blasts off with “Son of Sam”, and doesn’t let up until the ballad “Jake Brakes”.
In Badmouth’s music I can hear the influence of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and maybe a little bit of Saxon. It is these influences on the music that makes Heavy Metal Parking Lot a lot of fun to listen to. The band rocks out in a classic style that will make fans from “the best” era of rock (the 80’s) quite happy. If you aren’t sold after the songs “Radiator”, “Judas”, “Tired” and “Blue Ribbon Days”, then you may have to rip the metalhead patch off of your jacket, and go back to listening to Lada Ca Ca. If you don’t find your self headbanging to Badmouth’s party anthem “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”, then there may be no hope for you.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot is easily one of the best hard rock discs of 2011. Don’t miss this!!!
For more information on Badmouth, please visit the band’s website!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Son of Sam
4. Silver lining
5. City is burning
7. Bottoms up
8. Blue ribbon days
9. Heavy Metal parking lot
10. Jake Brakes
11. Facing my demons
Tom Pearson – Lead Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Randy Joy – Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Mike Hill – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Lemon – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Vinnie Sharpe – Drums, Percussion and Background Vocals
Alice Cooper is about to unleash his wicked CD sequel, Welcome 2 My Nightmare on September 13th, 2011. Take a few minutes and check out the debut single and video, “I’ll Bite Your Face Off”. This Alice Cooper at his best!
Those of you looking for a really cool edition of the Welcome 2 My Nightmare, ought to check out the special edition that comes with Classic Rock Magazine, available for pre-order here!
FRONT MAN ROB TRAYNOR SPEAKS OUT ON LAWSUIT As reported on page ten of today’s New York Post, Brooklyn, New York’s BLACK WATER RISING have filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against the New Jersey Devils.
The text of the article can be found below as well as at: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/band_faces_off_against_devils_AWGk8mkBJvU30FoeTfD8IM
The leader of a Brooklyn band wants to stick it to the New Jersey Devils, saying the puck-heads stole one of his songs.
Rob Traynor and the rest of Black Water Rising threw down the gloves and filed a $10 million copyright infringement suit after the NHL franchise allegedly refused to pay up for using “Rise” in a video.
Traynor’s lawyer, Wallace Collins, said the Devils “are stubbornly stuck on offering an insultingly small amount of money to settle the case.”
BWR guitarist and front man Rob Traynor released the following statement on the matter:
Around September 2010 I received a text message from a friend of mine who was at a New Jersey Devils game informing me that the team was using our song “Rise” as their entrance/introduction music. I immediately assumed that this was a random play probably spun by the stadium DJ and really thought nothing of it. I gave my friend a return call and he explained the context in which it was used so I decided to do some investigating.
First, I posted the news on Facebook and got a bunch of responses from Jersey fans that informed me they too witnessed the same at a Devils game. It seemed that “Rise” was being used as their 2010, 2011 intro music for their “Devil’s Army Rise Up!” campaign to rally the fans and team. The band and I were excited to say the least, but we were also a little shocked because no one ever reached out to the band to inform us that they were interested in using the song. I am well aware of the laws of copyright and being a member of ASCAP I know about “blanket licenses” that are given to large public venues like the Prudential center where the Devils play, who pay a yearly sum of money to play music from the ASCAP catalogue of which BWR is a part. The music gets played and ASCAP pays the artist a royalty for the public performance of the music, this is basically how it works. But, upon further investigation into the matter I found a video on their official website that also used the song to promote the team, and it was this promotional video that was playing above the ice on giant screens every night the game began, and gave the band no credit at all. This type of usage is not covered under any blanket license and needed to be cleared by the copyright holder, me. The use of a song in a video/movie format needs to be covered by what is called a sync license for a “dramatic performance.” The song “Rise” is being used as part of their marketing campaign of which they make millions of dollars without so much as a phone call to ask if BWR wanted to be a part of it! This constitutes blatant copyright infringement. Besides total disregard for permission to use the song, the band was not even given credit in the stadium, so no one but a few fans knew who the music was by. Hence, BWR had nothing to gain from its use and this upset me to say the least.
Yes, I was excited and honored that a big corporation would want to use my music. But, I was angered that it was used without my permission, in defiance of copyright law, and for monetary gain. I guess they assumed that since we weren’t a famous band they could do what they wanted with the song and us little saps would scurry away with our tails between our legs, just happy that they were using it. Wrong!
At first, we decided to approach this situation in a positive way by trying to reach out to the Devils camp and by putting out a press release letting people know they were using the song “Rise.” After all, they weren’t even giving us credit in the stadium and we wanted people to know who the song was by. I attempted to reach out to the NJ Devils camp in good faith with numerous phone calls, but got the runaround over and over again. Finally, after about a month and a half of phone calls I decided to get a lawyer involved who served their legal department with our complaint (cease and desist). To this, they responded. I was put in contact with one of their attorneys and we discussed how we could make this a mutually beneficial situation. After agreeing on what seemed at the time a “fair promotional package” for the band, I was told that their marketing department needed to review the terms and they would draft a license within the week for me to review.
One week turned into two, two into a month, one month into two months, and so on. All the while still using the song and ignoring the numerous phone calls I was leaving trying to find out where this “agreement” was. The hockey season was drawing to a close with still no response. After 10 months I decided to get another attorney (Wallace Collins ) involved and this time took the situation to another level by filing a suit to defend my copyright.
My music was basically stolen and put to work by a corporation for their monetary gain. They used my song to rally their team and fans before every home game and didn’t even bother to credit the band. They dismissed and ignored my honest attempts to rectify the situation in the hopes that I would just go away. They banked on the hope that I would become discouraged and lack the means to file a suit against them, and they would get a free song out of the deal.
To me this is actually rather sad, that a corporation as big as the New Jersey Devils would show such blatant disregard for the copyright of a struggling artist and treat us as if we were insignificant pests, unworthy of their attention, after they basically stole my music. I wonder if Metallica would have a problem like this? It seems to me just another example of corporate greed. I’m not going away and I will defend my rights.
The ironic part about this whole thing is that the song “Rise” is about standing up to those that would hold you down. Life imitating art?
We would also like to make it clear that this statement is in no way directed at the players of the New Jersey Devils team who we are sure had absolutely no involvement or knowledge concerning this matter.
We appreciate the support of our fans and wanted to make a personal statement on this matter as it goes to the press and the public.
Vocalist / Guitarist for the band Black Water Rising
Writer and Copyright owner of the song “Rise”
For More Information on BLACK WATER RISING visit:
GARY BARDEN belongs to THE voice of British hard rock. The first time BARDEN appeared in the scene was as part of the newly formed MSG (Michael Schenker Group) founded by the former SCORPIONS guitarist of the same name. Their first collaboration resulted in the highly acclaimed album “The Michael Schenker Group” which was released in 1980. Besides the great songs and the great guitar output BARDEN’s voice was one of the reasons why this album became a huge success and allowed the band to hit the road in Europe, Japan and the USA.
Their second album “MSG” saw the light of day in 1981 and followed an even more melodic direction than its predecessor. After the following world tour BARDEN was informed that he was no longer part of the band and replacement was found soon in ex-RAINBOW singer Graham Bonnet. Chrysalis, however, released a live disc recorded in Japan by the original MSG entitled “One Night At Budokan”.
Searching for a new band, BARDEN started to write some songs with the late THIN LIZZY guitarist GARY MOORE which later on ended up on MOORE’s “Corridor of Power” release. Their working period was short and so was the collaboration between Bonnet and Schenker. Bonnet sang on the 1982 record “Assault Attack” but BARDEN was back with MSG for some live appearances including Reading Festival in the same year and the 1983 record “Built to Destroy”. The label’s pressure to steer more into a commercial direction made the band quit business in 1984.
BARDEN moved on and found a new home in the business together with ex-THIN LIZZY six-string Brian Robertson and the band STATETROOPER, who put out their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1987 and played a couple of live shows in the following months. Statetrooper was reissued on CD by Escape Music (ESM095).
After a long break BARDEN returned to the scene with PRAYING MANTIS’ “The Power of Ten” and the live album “Captured Alive in Tokyo City” (1996). In 2000, BARDEN hit the road again for a couple of live shows with COMPANY OF SNAKES and founded the band SILVER together with Michael Voss (CASANOVA) and Bernie Tormé (IAN GILLAN). STATETROOPER finally re-united in 2004 and put out the classy new record “The Calling”.
The Escape Music album “Past & Present” (ESM106) marked the first solo album by GARY BARDEN and offered a very personal collection of new, exciting interpretations of some all-time MSG classics, a selection of songs that both suited GARY BARDEN and MSG fans! With his long time pal ´Michael Voss´(Casanova, Bonfire) and a couple of friends he went back to the roots to perform his bluesy smoky songs that will touch your soul and are exemplified on the release “Agony and the Xtasy” (ESM128). In 2007 the more rockier “Love and War” (ESM161) was released by Escape Music and it has been a long anticipated wait for the next chapter.
Gary now presents us with “Eleventh Hour” which features 11 tracks of hard rock brilliance. These new songs are fresh and exciting and Gary has poured his heart and soul into them. Once again Michael Voss is ever present and the end result is just perfect. This is a hard hitting rock album that highlights what a great singer Gary is, his contribution to the British rock scene is just legendary.
Discography: Past and Present (ESM106) 2004 / Agony and Xtasy (ESM128) 2006 / Love and War (ESM161) 2007 Eleventh Hour (ESM231) 2011
Eleventh Hour Track Listing:
2- Fallen by the wayside
3- Child of Sorrow
4- What you wanna do
5- We are dead
6- All in
8- Shine a light on me
9- Easy does it
10- Before the eyes of the world
11- Don’t take me for a loser
Produced by: Michael Voss
Recorded and Mixed at Kidroom Recording Studio’s
Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at msm studio’s Germany
LOUDNESS has announced a new album, Eve To Dawn, which is scheduled to be released September 14th. The complete track list is below. You can check out audio samples at the band’s website at this location.
The Answer’s follow up effort to their 2009 album, ‘Everyday Demons’ is called ‘Revival’.. It was produced by the Grammy-nominated Chris ‘Frenchie’ Smith, and was mixed by Chris Sheldon. It will be released in Europe on October 3rd 2011. The initial run of the album will be a limited edition deluxe format with 24-page booklet & band sleeve-notes, plus an 11-track second disc containing previously unreleased studio, acoustic, demo & cover material. The band had a really hard time condensing the songs to one 12 track album so hence the bonus disc of extra material. The full track-listing is as follows:-
The Italian hard rock band “Voodoo Highway” is glad to announce their new videoclip for the song “Running Around“, from the debut album “Broken Uncle’s Inn“.
Check it out here!
The band would like to thanks the men behind the camera, Mr. Ares Brunelli and the Godfather Simone Lipparini, for the great work and passion and their costant support to the band and its music.
Voodoo Highway, that as always take to raise awareness that things in life should not be taken too seriously, apologize in advance to anyone suffering from epilepsy, seasickness, or do not like things too colorful.
KITTIE have revealed a second episode of behind the scenes studio footage from the making of their upcoming record “I’ve Failed You” due out later this month.
WATVCH THE BEHIND THE SCENES HERE
The band recently debuted a brand new video for their new single “Empires (Part 2)”. Front woman Morgan Lander offers her own words, “‘Empires (Part 2)’ is the second half, and more frantic portion of a two part idea. Part 1 is the acoustic calm before the storm while Part 2 is a full on hurricane. The subject matter likens a union or relationship to the idea of a great empire and as history has taught us; even the most mighty and powerful of empires crumble and fall eventually. Nothing is forever.”
KITTIE will release a brand new record entitled “I’ve Failed You” on August 30th, 2011 via eOne Music. For this effort, the band enlisted the talents of Siegfried “Siggy” Meier at Beach Road Studios in Goderich Ontario who took on producing rolls. You can now preview/purchase the record on iTunes HERE
1. I’ve Failed You
2. We Are The Lamb
3. Whisper of Death
4. What Have I Done
5. Empires (Part 1)
6. Empires (Part 2)
7. Come Undone
8. Already Dead
9. Never Come Home
11. Time Never Heals
The band recently hit the road on a headlining run spanning the entire US including the notorious “Gathering Of Juggalos” festival. DIRGE WITHIN and DIAMOND PLATE will offer support.
KITTIE is: Morgan Lander (guitar), Mercedes Lander (drums), Tara McLeod (guitar) and Ivy Vujic (bass).
A new chapter will be added to the success story of Swedish up-and-comers BULLET, whose boundless love to 80s Heavy Metal led to the band’s founding a decade ago. The passionate metal quartet around vocalist Hell Hofer and guitarist Hampus Klang will be part of the big Nuclear Blast family from now on! With three successful albums – of which two could even get rank 3 in Swedish charts – and numerous tours, for example together with their fellow countrymen of HammerFall and Sabaton in 2009, the gunslingers were able to achieve a wide and solid fanbase. And as for the future, BULLET still got quite a few hot bullets in the bull barrel!
Full of euphoria, the band comments their signing with Nuclear Blast as follows: “Finally we have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast! We’ve always been a band with a lot of ideas and now it’s time to let them all loose.
We think Nuclear Blast is the right label to help us out to make better records, cooler shows and more of everything that you’ve come to know as BULLET. We are really looking forward to releasing a new album on Nuclear Blast, because it is a great chance for us to reach new crowds and countries. BULLET will always be BULLET, hate it or love it. Now is the time to make it more powerful. STAY WILD!”
On the part of Nuclear Blast, the pleasure is great as well. “We’re highly delighted to welcome BULLET at the Nuclear Blast family. The boys of BULLET aren’t only downright likeable and honest guys, they also live their music and embody the original spirit of Rock’n’Roll. BULLET are superb on their albums as well as live on stage and we’re noticing a constant development. Now we want to vault the ´Highway Pirates´ into a higher division”, states Andy Siry, head of A&R.
Check out Bullet’s latest video clip “Stay Wild” below!
Mastodon has released a new video “Curl of the Burl” in support of their up and coming album, The Hunter, due out September 26th. Check it out!
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Sixx A.M. have released a video for the title track of their new CD, “This is Gonna Hurt”. Check it out!
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Jeff Healey is on the growing list of talented musicians who left God’s green earth, long before his time. His legacy left behind some incredible music for us to enjoy. In the case of the recently released Live at Grossmans, this may be as close to musical perfection as one can get! If you are a fan of killer bluesy guitar playing, you will not want to miss this CD.
The sonic quality of Live at Grossmans may the best I have ever heard on a live CD. I am not kidding!! Put this CD in your stereo and let this CD take you back to 1994, when Mr. Healey and band put on one amazing performance. The audio quality of this CD is so good, you will feel like you are there. After hearing this music, I wish I could have been. Jeff Healey’s performance is stunning, and his band is damn good as well. One might complain that the material on this CD isn’t his, but it is so well performed I could care less. Mr. Healey and company cover Albert King, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and more. You will be hard pressed to find another CD with blues rock performed as well as the songs here. The fact that Jeff Healey can play like this, without the gift of sight is truly astonishing.
I am a sucker for the blues, but I unfortunately never had the chance to see Jeff Healey perform live. I am grateful that Jeff Healey left behind such an amazing live recording for all to hear. This CD is worth every penny you spend on it, and is highly recommended for all fans of rockin’ blues music.
You can listen to the songs from Live at Grossmans at this link. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. I’m Going Home
2. Killing Floor
3. As The Years Go Passing By
4. Ain’t That Just Like A Woman
5. Yer Blues
6. Who’s Been Talking
8. Dust My Broom
9. All Along The Watchtower
Jeff Healey Band is:
Jeff Healey – guitars and vocaqls
Joe Rockman – bass
Tom Stephen – drums
Pat Rush – Guitars
Michael Pickett – Harmonica
From their humble glam metal beginnings to their 2001 reunion, Twisted Sister’s Double Live DVD gives Twisted Sister two unique concert experiences that they won’t want to miss.
The first DVD shows Twister Sister at a time when the band was hungry. That hunger helped propel a kickass live show that had to be amazing to see in person. They hadn’t written many of their biggest hits yet, but it didn’t matter, as their show was powerful enough without them. With a set filled with songs like “You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll”, “Under the Blade”, and their cover (they way it was meant to be heard) of the song “Leader of the Pack” from the Shangrilas complete with Dee Snider on a Motorcycle…. Judas Priest style. I thought it was funny that Dee mentioned the only cover song they were doing was a cover of the Rolling Stones, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)”. Ummm Dee….didn’t you do “Leader of the Pack” a few songs earlier? I can’t figure out why they never recorded this cover. I have never seen Twisted Sister perform this song before. Their heavier and faster version completely rocks! The North Stage show is closed out with a blistering version of the Twisted Sister song, “Rock N’ Roll Saviours”. This song never got a proper studio release until Twisted Sister’s 2004 CD, Still Hungry. It is very cool to see it performed by the band 22 years before its release.
The film quality from the ’82 show isn’t the greatest, but the technology was somewhat limited when this was being filmed. The audio quality is pretty good, and makes up for it. For being a live recording in a dark and smoky club, it is more than adequate. It is a unique and very cool look back at one of the humble beginnings of became the juggernaut hard rock act, Twisted Sister.
Fast Forward nearly two decades to the second DVD, New York Steel 2001. You will catch the special reunion show that was orchestrated by every metalhead’s favorite DJ, Eddie Trunk. Twisted Sister reunited for the first time in fourteen years at the at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the New York Steel Charity Concert. This Charity show raised over $90,000 for the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund. While this show raised money for a great cause, it helped Twisted Sister reunite, and they have been performing live every year since then.
Twisted Sister didn’t have on their costumes or make up for the New York Steel show, but their energy more than made up for it. Dee Snider was in rare form for New York Steel. He was quite angry over 9/11 and was parading a black T-shirt with F**k Osama on the back. His anger helped fuel, a memorable Twisted Sister show, and one that should not be missed by an hard rock fan.
The interviews on both DVD’s are a nice bonus. The interviews on the New York Steel, with Twisted Sister remembering their 9/11 experiences was interesting, if not a little haunting. I enjoyed Twisted Sister’s Double Live, and believe most hard rock fans will too!
You can pick up Twisted Sister Double Live at this link. This is a must own DVD set for any Twisted Sister fan! Buy it!!
Rating: Out of 10
Disc One Track List:
North Stage Theater 1982
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
03. Tear It Loose
04. Bad Boys (Of Rock ‘N’ Roll)
05. Lady’s Boy
06. Leader Of The Pack
07. Under The Blade
08. Shoot ‘Em Down
09. Sin After Sin
10. I’ll Never Grow Up, Now
11. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
12. You Know I Cry
13. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
14. Rock N Roll Saviours
Disc Two Track List:
New York Steel 2001
01. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
02. The Kids Are Back
03. Stay Hungry
04. Burn In Hell
05. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
06. Under The Blade
07. Shoot ‘Em Down
08. Come Back
09. You Know I Cry
10. I Wanna Rock
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider – vocals
Jay Jay French – guitar
Eddie Ojeda – guitar
Mark Mendoza – bass
A.J. Pero – drums
Hard Rock Hideout has an awesome Merch Pack giveaway for one lucky Tesla fan! This prize pack includes the following:
A signed photo of the band
1 Shot glass
Enter your name and email address to enter the drawing, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of Tesla’s new CD, Twisted Wires today!!
Supagroup has released a new video for the title track of their recently released CD, Hail! Hail!. This video features Dash Rip Rock’s Bill Davis and Trent Ortega. Check out the video clip below!
Like what you hear? You can stream Supagroup’s new album, Hail! Hail! at this link. Check it out!!
Cult NWOBHM legends STAMPEDE have announced that they are to support Californian rockers Y&T this autumn on the UK leg of their ‘On With the Show’ tour, as part of their 2011 schedule.
The announcement comes after what has already been a busy comeback year for the British hard rockers whose lineup still boasts original songwriting duo Reuben and Laurence Archer and bassist Colin Bond. The band will be touring in support of their new studio album ‘A Sudden Impulse’ which was released in May on Rock Candy Records to critical acclaim, having already played a successful comeback show at The Peel in Kingston and supported legendary metallers Anvil in London earlier this summer.
Stampede are set to kick off their tour in Newcastle on 30th September, and have confirmed they will play 5 dates across the UK with Y&T before finishing with an appearance at the Hard Rock Hell IV Festival in Prestatyn, Wales.
They are also in the process of writing new material for another new studio album scheduled for 2012.
Tour dates are as follows:
- September 30 – o2 Academy, Newcastle (w/ Y&T)
- October 2 – Academy 3, Manchester (w/Y&T)
- October 11 – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (w/ Y&T)
- October 12 – The Brook, Southampton (w/ Y&T)
- October 14 – The Garage, London (w/Y&T)
- December 3 – Hard Rock Hell V, Prestatyn, Wales
This month Geoff Tate from multi-million sellers Queensryche talks about their new album Dedicated To Chaos, the band’s 30-year history including getting shot at while playing in Iraq and his optimism for the future of recorded music.
Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow from revitalised 80s trailblazers Anvil talks about how their big break finally came from being in the now infamous documentary ‘The Story Of Anvil’ and how the subsequent propulsion into an almost household name meant that their new album Juggernaut Of Justice had to deliver or the band would call it quits.
Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler alongside friend and current Adler’s Appetite band member Chip Z’ Nuff talks about their new music, touring and how the drugs didn’t kill him, no matter how hard he tried!
Finally after 30 years off Stampede are back to a very warm welcome with a fantastic new album, A Sudden Impulse. They talk about the old days and their belief that the good times are coming back for the style of music we love.
Music comes from all the above plus Def Leppard and as always the show includes news, tour dates and new release round up. All in just 1 hour of your valuable time!
Queensrÿche – When I received the assignment from Rob Rockitt to cover the Queensryche show at The Crocodile Rock Cafe, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, I was swirling with many emotions. Queensryche has been a core favorite of mine since I first heard their Metal classic “Queen of the Reich”, on a late night FM show called Metal Shop, way back around 1983. The last time I saw Queensryche in concert was back in 1986. 1986! They opened for Ozzy Osbourne on his “The Ultimate Sin” tour, while they were supporting their own eventual classic: “Rage For Order”. The venue back then was the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Fast forward twenty five years later and I’m still the ever loyal Queensryche fan. Or am I? You see, I still did not pick up their new album “Dedicated To Chaos” going into this concert and believe me, I felt really out-of-place for this. I figured all along: Old School Queensryche rules anyways. Truth be told, on this Tuesday evening, on August 2nd of 2011… “live” Old School Queensryche DID rule. I will touch more on this “Old School” topic as you read along. To make up for my slacking of loyalty, I did purchase an autographed CD of “Dedicated To Chaos” at the merch table. I fulfilled my Metal duty after all.
As I sat at the front bar at the Croc Rock, with staff photographer Tom Coderre, we both realized the atmosphere around us getting a bit more crowded. A hell of a lot more crowded. As soon as 6 pm hit, the line of Queensryche fans began to stretch from the venue door, through the bar and pouring out onto Hamilton Boulevard. This was not a short line. This was a very long line of Old School Queensryche fans. Immediately, from checking the faces of the fans and the sea of Queensryche concert t’s of past tours, within this growing line, I felt the electricity in the air. Tom and I were about to witness an amazing night of live Queensryche… a night of Old School Metal.
Any Rock, Hard Rock or Metal fan knows that feeling right before a core band of theirs takes the stage. The anticipation and the dragonflies in my stomach seemed to overwhelm me. I was getting psyched-out and Queensryche had not even taken the stage yet! I gave Tom the nod to take his position at the reserved area for photographers, he looked back at me and smiled with Metal glee. I studied the guitar tech at work, the artificial fog that enveloped the venue, the security guards (or public relations as their called on their t-shirts) as they began to make hand gestures to each other that only meant it was all about to go down… then… Queensryche took the stage!
The exhilaration was on overdrive now as Queensryche fired up the opening track from “Dedicated To Chaos”: “Get Started”. Metal be thy name did this “new” Queensryche song sound unreal great to my Old School ears! As the rhythmic thunder of this song was raging through my veins, I’m thinking to myself, “Get Started” couldn’t be a better song to open this night with! So much for my Old School mentality. Yes, I did get schooled on some new Queensryche this particular night.
Onstage Geoff Tate did frequently acknowledge the voluminous crowd of fans, making us all feel like we were one big Queensryche family. The entire band looked and played not only like seasoned pros, they commanded the stage as a unified force of their legendary songs. Never once could I not realize I was witnessing a Metal band of immense influence, a band that deserves more recognition for their contributions to Rock. From Progressive Metal to a chart topping ballad the likes of “Silent Lucidity”, Queensryche has played it all… and they played it with pride, class and skill for me to witness on that memorable night.
The Old School fever meter began its climb once the first beat of “I Don’t Believe In Love” hit the amps. This was early in the set and the song that told all of us in attendance that Queensryche will Rock our faces off tonight… and they did just that. Geoff introduced “The Lady Wore Black” as where “it all began for us”. The fans went nuts. I went nuts. Queensryche ripped into this legendary song with probably the same enthusiasm as they held for it 30 years ago. As I sang out loud to “The Lady Wore Black” and pumped my fists and Metal horns to the air, I also
found the time to high-five my fellow Old School fans around me, both young and old. The excitement was all too much to not share. It’s nights like these where Metal fans unite as one.
“Walk In The Shadows” rocked the place down! If there ever was a song that sounds ten times better when played live by Queensryche, then this is the one. This Queensryche classic sounds intense on album, I’ll never deny that, only hearing and experiencing it live with a throng of frenzied fans singing along was unquestionable Metal bliss for me. This was a point during the night when I realized just how powerful Geoff Tate’s vocals are. What a song… what a band… what a Metal moment.
To say I was moved and psyched-out beyond my wildest Metal dreams is an understatement, when describing how I felt when Queensryche played their encore. “Jet City Woman” had every fan squeezed into this hot and sticky Croc Rock belting out each
syllable, to each word, of this song’s amazing lyrics. This was a Metal high that money can’t buy. Without warning, “Empire” was next, without a hesitation from the band. Metal as my witness, my circulatory system was running on pure adrenaline now… there was nothing that was going to separate the energy that we the fans were sharing with Queensryche, on this glorious August night. Then, my god almighty it only got more insane… the final song of the night kicked in: “Eyes Of A Stranger”.
To summarize this Queensryche encore is to say: After 30 years of Queensryche, this band specifically saved the best for last. Geoff Tate sounded ridiculously amazing on vocals, from “Get Started” all the way to the shows close. The band sounded prolific at every turn and it was as if these three encore songs were meant to be played for just the fans in attendance that night and never be played again. 19 songs were played live by Queensryche, a lengthy set that usually fans can only wish for. Only this night of live Queensryche songs were very real.
I witnessed for myself many, many club shows during my lifetime, only I’ve never witnessed the embracing of Old School like this before, among the fans and band. Queensryche wanted to be there. The fans wanted to be there. I wish I could go back there again and relive that night over… and over again. Metal be thy name.
As side notes: I lost Tom Coderre for the entire show, yet I did make a couple of new friends. Upon Tom and I reuniting after the show, we were both fortunate enough to meet each member of Queensryche. I will tell the world this: Queensryche are Metal legends, professionals… and Metal gentlemen. Thank you Queensryche for this everlasting Metal moment in time.
I Don’t Believe In Love
Hit the Black
A Dead Man’s Words
At 30,000 Ft
Rhythm of Hope
Screaming In Digital
The Lady Wore Black
Walk In The Shadows
The Right Side Of My Mind
Around the World
Jet City Woman
Eyes Of A Stranger
LONG LIVE QUEENSRYCHE.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine recently took part in MLB.com’s season long MLB Fan Cave series, by being one of the many attractions of the Cave. In this clip, MLB Fan Cave tour guide, Mike O’hara gives visitors a tour of the Cave and takes them to a booth where Mustaine proceeds to indulge them with his signature riffage. For more exclusive insights into MLB Fan Cave visit: www.mlbfancave.com.
Megadeth recently released the 25th anniversary editions of the seminal thrash album, “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” The album has been digitally re-mastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative release in multiple configurations. All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5 Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Visit www.megadeth.com to order.
Dave Mustaine MLB Fan Cave clip URL: http://mlbfancave.mlb.com/fancave/video.jsp?content_id=17928685&topic_id=19224580&
Favored Nations Entertainment is proud to announce the September 27th CD release of Acoustic Gypsy Live by L.A. Guns (Tracii Guns, guitar; Danny Nordahl, bass; Chad Steward, drums; Jizzy Pearl, vocals, Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis, keyboards, Muddy Stardust; guitar and back-up vocals; Doni Gray, percussion). Produced, mixed and mastered by Grammy winner Neil Citron, this is the first acoustic album by the acclaimed Los Angeles band in their 29-year history, recorded at The Hotel Café in Hollywood. L.A. Guns will embark on a national tour in September to support the CD.
What makes Acoustic Gypsy Live so startling is its nuanced attention-to-detail – a musical awareness that L.A. Guns, who never diluted the manic hysteria of their songs one iota in their previous records, relishes in on Acoustic Gypsy Live. With a gorgeous lead guitar solo by Tracii, the CD’s opener, “Crystal Eyes,” hits a bulls-eye with its beauty and clarity-of-vision. Stark, dramatic, simplistically pristine, the inherent harmonic structure of the song itself reaches that part of the soul where honesty is a given, not a constructed artifice. The song cruises to completion to set the scene for the kind of album that no one—including the band itself—even knew was in them. VocalistJizzy still works up the growl, as evidenced on “One Way Ticket.”
Tracii started L.A. Guns while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz, was replaced by Axl Rose. Signed to PolyGram in ’87, their self-titled debut, with Phil Lewis replacing Rose, sold over a million copies, as did Cocked and Loaded (1989) andHollywood Vampires (1991).
DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED RETURN TO THE STATES – READIES UPCOMING FEATURE FILM THE TAKING
~New Album Of The Same Title Recently Released By Eagle Rock Entertainment~
Duff McKagan’s Loaded, have just returned from a European trek and, are about to go into production for their upcoming feature film The Taking. This rock ‘n’ roll flick, reminiscent of The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” and Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same,” is a series of “vignettes” that explores the lyrical content of their recently released studio album of the same title (Armoury Records – April 19, 2011). A video of “Executioner’s Song,” shot live during their European tour has recently been released.
Grammy/American Music Award-winning songwriter/recording artist Duff McKagan has sold over 100 million albums, and ushered in a whole new generation of hard rock fans as a founding member of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. In Loaded, which he formed in 1999, McKagan steps up as lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, with bassist Jeff Rouse, guitarist Mike Squires, and drummer Isaac Carpenter.
The past few months have kept Loaded busy, with not only The Taking album, released to critical acclaim, and the special edition CD/DVD re-issue of their 2009 album Sick (Armoury Records – May 24,2011), they also embarked on an international tour, and performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Conference. Additionally, McKagan was a featured speaker, hosting the seminar “Your Financial Advisor Is Duff McKagan” (he is a graduate of the acclaimed Albers School of Business and a partner in wealth management firm Meridian Rock).
In addition to the film, fans can also look forward to a few stateside dates, including a stop at Rock On The Range Canada in Winnipeg on August 20, KISW Pain In The Grass in Auburn, WA on August 27, and PDX Rock Festival in Hillsboro, OR on August 28. More U.S. dates will be announced soon.
Video clip of “Executioner’s Song,” from can viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcahY3-WjeM
SundayMercury.net is reporting the following:
Black Sabbath to reform with original line-up and new studio album
THE most closely guarded secret in rock music can be revealed – the original Black Sabbath line-up is getting back together.
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have begun rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.
In June this year vocalist Ozzy and guitarist Iommi wrote new material for a record that will be released next year.
‘‘We’re really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we’ve been writing is really good,’’ said 63-year-old Iommi. ‘‘It’s more back to the old original stuff.’’
He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.
‘‘It’s all been very hush-hush. Ozzy’s been the worst at trying to hold it back. He’s doing a lot of TV and he’s being asked stuff about a reunion and he’s going ‘well I never say never’.
‘‘He told me, ‘I don’t know what to say’.’’
Iommi’s last version of Black Sabbath, called Heaven & Hell, came to an end when singer Ronnie James Dio died in May 2010.
‘‘I had umpteen number of people on the phone asking if I fancied getting together with a band but I couldn’t tell them what I was doing. I just had to say I was busy.’’
The classic line-up of Black Sabbath formed in Aston in 1969.
Ozzy was fired from the band in 1979 and there has since been many different members since.
Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.
‘‘He hasn’t been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we’ll see how he is.’’
German rockers Sinner have released a new video clip “Back on Trail”. This is song is from their new album, One Bullet Left which will be released September 9th via AFM Records.
You can also check out the clip, Revolution, from Sinner’s excellent album, Crash & Burn.
Jeff Pilson posted the following interview on his blog. This interview has some really interesting insight into the new Lynch/Pilson project Tooth & Nail. Check it out!
PYNCH: George tried this once before with Robert Mason on the Lynch Mob REvolution record with mixed reviews… What will make this a really cool recording that the old fans will dig?
DOWN officially announces a September jam with the fans in the cities they missed during their spring 2011 tour. The NOLA super group goes over, under and across America in an effort to execute an intimate night of shared hard rocking, metallic celebration!
Hand-picked by the brotherhood to be taken under their burned black wings will be Swedish occult metallers IN SOLITUDE (Metal Blade), and southern psychedelic prog-rockers PONYKILLER (Housecore).
IN SOLITUDE has been declared as “one of the hottest new metal acts around” by Decibel Magazine whileMetal Hammer described the band as “Structurally and melodically complex, densely layered yet dynamic and fluid, often enthralling, always engaging, this is a metallic Feast.” The band’s Metal Blade debut, The World.The Flesh.The Devil was released on May 20th and stands as a “trad-metal charge of Iron Maiden with doom metal’s ironclad grey” according to Kerrang! Magazine. Additionally,Terrorizer heralded The World.The Flesh.The Devil as their “album of the month” in issue #210. If you haven’t yet heard IN SOLITUDE, you can listen and order now HERE.
Tour w/ IN SOLITUDE, Ponykiller
09/01 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
09/02 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/03 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club
09/05 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
09/06 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
09/07 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
09/09 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
09/10 Anaheim, CA City National Grove of Anaheim
09/11 Scottsdale, AZ Venue of Scottsdale
09/14 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
09/15 Des Moines, IA The People’s Court
09/16 Libertyville, IL Austin’s Fuel Room
09/17 Sauget, IL Pop’s
09/19 Louisville, KY Expo Five
09/20 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
09/21 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
09/23 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
09/24 Mobile, AL Soult Kitchen – AL
New Pre-sales are going on now for a rare VIP opportunity for fans to explore the band that has passionately and stubbornly risen from post-Katrina New Orleans to flagrantly challenge every pre-conceived notion about Southern bands, rock, blues and metal. DOWN band members vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ARSON ANTHEM, PANTERA), guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW), and drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL), have collaborated with PAID Inc. to offer VIP Experience Packages. For more information, please visit: http://www.down-nola.com/.
Want a free download of the new Trivium song, “Forsake Not The Dream”? iTunes is offering this track as a free download at this link. Go here to get it!!
We are deeply sorry for the untimely passing of Jani Lane. Like many stars, his light burned very brightly but faded too quickly. We have one of, if not the last, recording that Mr. Lane finished in the studio. We have witnessed an out pouring of emotion from the world’s music community regarding Jani’s death. We feel obligated to his family, friends, and fans to share one of his last artistic endeavors. This single “Sin”, was originally scheduled for release in early 2012 as part of a double CD from L ‘N J entitled ” The Cigar Chronicles.” The song along with Lane features JK Northrup of King Kobra (who recorded and mixed the track), Keri Kelli of Alice Cooper, and Bill Leverty of Firehouse.
The single, “Sin” from Liberty n’ Justice featuring Jani Lane will be available for digital download through itunes starting Tuesday 8-15-11 and other digital stores to follow in the next few weeks. The song was written by JK Northrup, Justin Murr, Jani Lane, Keri Kelli, & Scott Bolan. The song is published by Up-R-North Music (Ascap), Justin Murr Music (BMI), & Snare Enterprises (ASCAP).The I-tunes artwork was done by David Dluzak and other medias by Mark Lanoue.
Here is what people associated with the Liberty n’ Justice project had to say……..
“Jani Lane was the Vincent Van Gogh of “Hair Band Melodic Hard Rock.” A brilliant artist wrestling with his inner self. I came to know him through years of touring together and through many conversations. It was difficult to see him fight with his demons. He was my friend, my contemporary, and he will be truly missed.
This may be one of, if not his last recording.
The performance has a poignant message in relation to his life story. I know that for him, Rock and Roll Heaven is indeed, not too far away !!!
Nothing but Love to you my Brother, Jani.”
CJ Snare of Firehouse/ Rubicon Cross
“In March of 2011, I was asked by Justin Murr to play on a song called “Sin”. I gladly excepted the offer because Liberty n’ Justice always puts out great music. The demo had a scratch vocal by the co-writer, JK Northrup that sounded really good, but I did not know who was going to be chosen to sing the real vocal. I’ve just learned that I was matched up with Jani Lane. I will tell you that Jani did an amazing job with his vocals. I am truly honored to be playing on this recording, which is quite possibly the last recording Jani ever made. I have extremely fond memories of touring with him since 1991 when we all became good friends on Warrant’s “Blood, Sweat, & Beers Tours”. Firehouse has played well over a 100 shows since then with Warrant and with Jani’s solo gig. Our friendship has never faded. This song’s lyrical content is very timely, and shows Jani in an
extremely vulnerable and honest light, where he bares his soul in an uncanny way. RIP my brother, your music will always be with me…”
Bill Leverty of Firehouse
“Like everyone, I was shocked to hear about the passing of Jani. I was privileged to have opened a show with Warrant in Los Angeles at a large venue called “The Country Club”. It was a sold out show, and just before they got signed! It was easy to see why Jani and Warrant would make such an impact on the music world with his stage presence and song writing abilities. Now some 24 years later, I found myself working with Jani on a song called “Sin” for the upcoming album with Justin Murr’s “Liberty N’ Justice” called “The Cigar Chronicle’s”. Jani’s vocals and input on this song are very powerful! Although it was not intended for release until 2012, all involved felt the importance to get this song out to all of his fans to hear this amazing song. I know he will be smiling when this song is heard by all. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. He will be missed, but not forgotten! R.I.P Jani Lane!”