A few months ago I reviewed Badmouth’s debut here on HRH, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. Badmouth finished the year tied at #3 on my album of the year list, which I would say is pretty good for a debut considering the other 3 bands at the top of my list have all been around for 10 years or longer. If you haven’t heard Badmouth you are missing out big time because songs like “Pedal To the Metal”, “Last Train”, “And Take Your Toothbrush With You” are serious ass kickers. Of course when the opportunity came to interview bassist Chris LeMon and lead guitarist Randy Joy I jumped at it. In my opinion Badmouth is one, if not, the best new band of 2008 and I have a feeling they are going to be making a lot of noise not only in 2009 but in the years ahead too.
HRH: For the people that may not be familiar with Badmouth can you give us a little bit of the band’s history?
Badmouth: Well, it all started in the summer of 2007. 5 friends who wanted to make GREAT music, tired of the music scene of today. We wanted to write music close to our hearts…the kinda music we grew up on. We never discussed how Badmouth should sound it all came naturally. All 5 of us have different influences from Punk, Country, Powerpop to Heavy Metal…and all that mixed together became what you hear on our debut album.
HRH: “Rivethead” is my favorite song off the album and one of the best songs I’ve heard this year. Is there a story behind it?
Badmouth: The song is based on a book with the same name….but I guess people can relate to those lyrics in different ways.
HRH: Do you think it will be released as a single?
Badmouth: Yes, hopefully it will be released as a single in March/April.
HRH: I’ve been looking on youtube for videos from the album, but I haven’t been able to find any. Are there any plans to film any videos for the singles?
Badmouth: We haven’t done an official video yet. There is a “Heartbreaker” video in the making, our latest single (the cover of the Pat Benatar hit from 1979)…that will be a video just for the internet and hopefully it gets its release by the end of January…And then we plan do a video of “Rivethead” to be released as the same time of the single, a video that will also be released to the Music Television, so hopefully everything will work out and you got something to look forward too…
HRH: The sound of “Last Train” and “And Take Your Toothbrush With You” really remind me of Backyard Babies would you consider them an influence on Badmouth?
Badmouth: Backyard Babies are a great band, but wouldn’t say that they have influenced us directly. We’re the same age and have a lot of similar influences so guess that’s why you can hear that…also we live in the same town, Stockholm….influenced by the streets..lol
Badmouth: Like I mentioned before we have a lot of different influences. I think the one band we all have in common is Guns’n’Roses…then also Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper,Elvis, Ramones, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash and Cheap Trick have probably influenced us all in different ways…
HRH: Paul Sabu produced the band’s album how did that partnership come about?
Badmouth: Paul heard some of the demos we recorded in the fall of 2007. He loved the sound and contacted us asking if we wanted to work togther…and we said..YES!!! Its been a great experience. Paul is a great, great guy and its been an honor to do this album with him, he really took the best out of our sound and made the album sound exactly like we wanted, and its an impressive career he has behind him and he has worked with a lot of our influences like Alice Cooper and David Bowie…
HRH: With so many Swedish bands getting attention from fans and record companies is it hard for a band to stand out and make a name for themselves?
Badmouth: Guess its the same whatever country you are from…its hard today to get the music out if you aren’t one of the big bands that can put millions into promotion. We’re doing this an independent way and working hard ourselves. I think a lot of bands sit back and relax just cause they have been signed by a label. Badmouth ain’t nothing like that! We’re working hard 24/7 to get the word of Badmouth out there…of course we hope our music will stand out. We don’t think we sound like anything else today, not saying that we sound original but we sound like Badmouth, we feel that on our album we have 10 different songs and sounds and not 1 song with 10 different titles…then of course it’s up to the listener to decide but hopefully they feel that way too..
HRH: A lot of the bands coming out of Sweden seem to be heavily influenced by the 80’s Hollywood Sunset Strip days is the club scene like that also?
Badmouth: No, I wouldn’t say so, but I think a lot of people would like it to be…actually the club scene for rock ‘n’ ‘roll in Sweden is pretty small and there are a lot of bands struggling to get gigs and attention…We’re trying to avoid the current “Sunset Strip Revival” cliche trend.
HRH: Do the bands support each other or do they keep to themselves?
Badmouth: A lot of bands support each other but also a lot of bands keep to themselves…guess its the same over the world…
HRH: What are some of the bands coming out of Sweden and Scandinavia you like or would like to go out on the road with?
Badmouth: There are a lot of great bands, well one band we talked about earlier of course, Backyard Babies..We have a great band in Sweden called Marvel…and a lot of other bands for example Fatal Smile,The Poodles, Bullet, Danger, The Scams, Hammerfall…And hopefully we will be on tour soon…We are READY!!
Badmouth: Yes, this is a contest called “The Nordic Challenge”. It’s being arranged by MySpace and Sweden Rock Festival…For people outside of Sweden, this is the biggest festival in the country with more than 35,000 in attendance, and its 90 bands playing over 4 days..and ofcourse Badmouth wants to play at this festival..So we entered this contest with the aim to win. And we made it thorugh the first round of voting which took place between december 12th til january 6th, a couple of hundred swedish bands were competing from start and now there are only five left, and Badmouth is one of them. The final voting round is between january 9th – 23rd So if you’ve got a MySpace account you can vote one time per day and myspace account, and if you dont have a account, sign up now, and if you got several accounts vote from them all!:) Its 5 bands from 5 regions in the finals (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland & International) and you can vote on one band from each region, so if you support another band from another region you can also vote on Badmouth and vice versa….
HRH: What are the band’s touring plan as far as the U.S. is concerned?
Badmouth: The plan is to play and tour as much as possible, right now we have nothing 100% confirmed but we wanna play everywhere! Hopefully we’ll be able to get to the States in the fall. We would love to come there and meet our American fans…
HRH: Are there any plans for Badmouth to play any of the festivals here in the states such as Rocklahoma, South Texas Rockfest, or the Rock Gone Wild Festival?
Badmouth: We would love to play them all…so the people doing the bookings for the festivals are more than welcome to contact us…and they will get a killer show from one of the rising bands from Sweden…And of course we are in discussion with a lot of festivals around the world, hopefully we will get something confirmed soon…Can’t think of a better way to spend the summer of 2009..
HRH: Is there anything you would like to pass on to the Badmouth fans?
Badmouth: Yes, THANK YOU!!! YOU FUCKIN’ RULE!!! We have the best fans and we are so happy to be doing this, and believe me…this is only the beginning…so help us spread the word of Badmouth, demand us on the radio and at the venues in your town…Can’t wait to meet you all on the road…2009 is the year of BADMOUTH!
Note: I received an email from Chris informing me that all voting for the Nordic Challenge has been suspended and the final bands winning the slots to play the Sweden Rock Festival would be selected by jury now instead.
LOVE SAID NO singer Erik Rogers has resurrected his previous band STEREOMUD and plans to tour with the group this spring. STEREOMUD is currently in the studio working on a brand new full-length CD that will be released later in the year.
STEREOMUD‘s current lineup is as follows:
Erik Rogers – Vocals
Billy Grey (ex-FOZZY, SICK SPEED) – Lead Guitar
Dave Urban (ex-25 TA LIFE) – Bass
Rodney Beaubouef (ex-STUCK MOJO) – Drums
STEREOMUD was an alternative-metal-hard rock band based out of Georgia and New York. The group released its first album, “Perfect Self”, on Columbia Records in 2001 and a video for the song “Pain” received airplay on MTV2. The LP went on to sell more than 200,000 copies and hit #5 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart upon its release in May 2001. The lead single, “Pain”, peaked at #8 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and“Steppin’ Away” entered the Top 30 on the same chart, taking the album to 142 on The Billboard 200 list.
STEREOMUD‘s “End of Everything” landed a spot on the WWF “Forceable Entry” compilation album released by the World Wrestling Federation in 2002. Other bands on the CD included DISTURBED, KID ROCK, ROB ZOMBIE, CREED, SEVENDUST and DROWNING POOL.
STEREOMUD returned two years later with the second effort, “Every Given Moment”, which matched its predecessor’s Billboard chart position and spawned the Active Rock Top 30 hit single, “Breathing”. In April 2003, Columbia Records cut the band’s tour support and dropped the band, leading to the band’s split in July 2003, a mere three months after the release of “Every Given Moment”.
In addition to Rogers, STEREOMUD‘s original lineup included bassistCorey Lowery (ex-STUCK MOJO, currently in DARK NEW DAY), guitaristJoey Z. (LIFE OF AGONY), drummer Dan Richardson (ex-PRO-PAIN,CRUMBSUCKERS) and guitarist John Fattoruso (BLACK WATER RISING).
Upcoming STEREOMUD shows:
Mar. 05 – [to be announced] – Ft. Myers, Florida
Mar. 06 – Bourbon Street – New Port Richey, Florida
Mar. 07 – PlazaTheatre – Orlando, Florida, Florida
Mar. 13 – Club Rio – San Antonio, Texas
Mar. 28 – Annies Entertainment Complex – Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr. 04 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, Florida
Apr. 18 – 2015 Café – Pelham, Alabama
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/officialstereomud.
Welcome to the first edition of Hard Rock Hideout’s “Fresh Blood”. We are going to introduce everyone to some new and up and coming bands that we think will be making some noise in the near future. For our first edition we have from the U.K., Heaven’s Basement, AC/DC once sang “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)” and these guys have exemplified that statement. Comprised of vocalist Richie Hevanz, guitarists Sid Glover and Jonny Rocker, and the rhythm section of drummer Chris Rivers and bassist Rob Randell. They were first known as Hurricane Party and issued their debut e.p. “Get This” in 2004. But out of respect to the victims of Hurricane Katrina changed their name to Roadstar and released two albums Grand Hotel in ’06 and followed up with Glass Mountain in ’07. The story supposedly goes that after a disagreement with their previous management team they were forced not only to change their name but quit playing their previous catalog of songs. Now the guys are back with a new name, but the with same sound and same great songwriting displayed on their previous releases. “Tear Your Heart Out”, “Executioner’s Day”, “Saint Routine”, “Reign On My Parade” and “I’ll Never Write A Love Song” are just a few of the great songs these guys have put together, you can check these songs and more at http://www.myspace.com/heavensbasementofficial or you can check the band out at http://www.heavensbasement.com where you can order the band’s e.p. and listen to more songs not posted on the band’s myspace page.
When word came out that Honeymoon Suite would be releasing a new album in 2008, lead singer Johnnie Dee was quoted as saying the new album would be a return to the bands roots and was he ever right. If I didn’t know better it would be easy to think the band’s latest release “Clifton Hill” was released between “the Big Prize” and “Racing After Midnight”, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because in my opinion those are Honeymoon Suite’s two best releases. The band announced the return of the original line up in 2007 and brought producer Tom Tremuth, producer of their debut album, back on board for “Clifton Hill” and the results couldn’t have turned out any better for the band. While they did have a few songs make the charts in the U.S. the band was never a household name which is unfortunate because these Canadians write some very good AOR in the same vein as Journey and fellow Canadians Loverboy.
“She Ain’t Alright” is a great way to start “Clifton Hill” off, this rocker has everything an AOR fan wants to hear. Derry Grehan inspires some great air guitar on this song and Dee’s vocals and the rest of the band sound as great as ever.
“Tired of Waiting” follows the same recipe as “She Ain’t Alright” although it is a little more radio friendly nevertheless it amounts to another solid song. Drummer Dave Betts plays this song like his life depended on it.
“Riffola” isn’t the best song on the album but it is still good, a little heavier than the first two songs. Grehan puts on another great performance and the whole band sounds just like a band that has been playing together for some 20 odd years, tight and in sync with one another.
“Ordinary” is a mid tempo song that starts off with some nice keyboards by Ray Coburn before it kicks in on the second verse.
Dave Betts is at it again, playing like his life depended on it in the opening of “the House” and the band as a whole gets back to rocking while Dee takes a stroll down memory lane thinking about growing up and how it has affected him today.
“Why Should I”, “That’s All You Got” and “Restless” are three more songs that really stand out and exemplify Honeymoon Suite.
In one fell swoop on “Clifton Hill” Honeymoon Suite were able to get back to their roots, while not dating themselves and were able to make themselves a viable band once again in today’s music scene. Hopefully this time around they will be able to make a dent in the U.S. and get the credit they deserve as a great rock band.
- She Ain’t Alright
- Tired O’ Waitin’
- The House
- Why Should I?
- Down To Business
- Sunday Morning
- That’s All I Got
- Separate Lives
Honeymoon Suite is:
Johnnie Dee – Vocals
Derry Grehan – Guitars
Dave Betts – Drums
Gary Lalonde – Bass
Ray Cockburn – Keyboards
According to legendary heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi, the upcoming album from HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Iommi, Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) andVinny Appice (drums) — is tentatively scheduled for release in March/April via Rhino. The group’s first LP since SABBATH‘s“Dehumanizer” (1992) is being recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales, U.K. (where “Dehumanizer” was also tracked). “It’s all going very well, I’m pleased to say,” Iommi said in a January 5, 2009 online posting.
Ronnie James Dio, who co-wrote the self-produced album with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler during sessions in Los Angeles and England, told Revolver magazine that the CD “sounds great. It’s a real cross-section of everything we’ve done, from ‘Heaven and Hell’ through ‘Mob Rules’ and ‘Dehumanizer’. I think there’s a lot of ‘Dehumanizer’ in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented.”
HEAVEN AND HELL has scheduled the following European tour dates:
May 30 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
May 31 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
Jun. 02 – Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall
June 3-6 – Sölvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
Jun. 04 – Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Jun. 08 – Gießen, GER @ Hessenhallen
Jun. 09 – Berlin, GER @ Zitadelle
Jun. 10 – Bamberg, GER @ Jako-Arena
Jun. 13 – Burgum, NETH – Waldrock
Jun. 14 – Karlsruhe, GER @ Europahalle
Jun. 16 – Bonn, GER @ Museumsmeile
Jun. 17 – Zürich, SWI @ Volkshaus
Jun. 19-21 – Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
More shows will be announced soon.
More than two years ago, Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino‘s “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker HEAVEN AND HELL. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup is back in the studio now recording the first-ever full-length studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL. To whet the fans’ appetites for the new album, HEAVEN AND HELL returned to the road this past summer for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, and TESTAMENT.
Regarding the band’s decision to continue to operate as HEAVEN AND HELL rather than BLACK SABBATH, Iommi told Billboard.com earlier this year, “It really is BLACK SABBATH, whatever we do. We just choose to go out as HEAVEN AND HELL so everyone knows what they’re getting [and] so people won’t expect to hear ‘Iron Man’ and all those songs. We’ve done them for so many years, it’s nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again.”
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has set “Anomaly” as the title of his new solo album, tentatively due this spring. Check out the cover artwork below.
In an early 2008 interview with Billboard, Frehley stated about his forthcoming solo CD, “Basically, I’m trying to get back into the mindset I was in when I did my first solo record [1978’s ‘Ace Frehley’]. That record seemed to have all the elements everybody liked — a real cool instrumental, a hit single, some real heavy rockers, a nice variety of different genres of music.”
Among his favorite new tracks are “A Little Below the Angels”, hard-rocking “Pain in the Neck” and an instrumental called “Fractured Quantum”, which is a follow-up to his previous instrumentals “Fractured Mirror” and “Fractured Too”. Another favorite is “groove song” titled“Genghis Khan”, which he likens in tone to LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Kashmir”.
Frehley told MyrtleBeachOnline.com that he’s shooting for 12 tracks on his next album, his first in 18 years. Studio work has spanned several months, and some of the songs go back 12 years.
Frehley recently spent time on the road fronting a band that featured second guitarist Derek Hawkins, drummer Scot Coogan (ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION) and bassist Anthony Esposito (ex-LYNCH MOB).
DOPE‘s long-awaited fifth album, “No Regrets”, will be released on March 10, 2009 via Koch Records. The band will be shooting videos for a few tracks off the CD in New Jersey on January 8-10. The guys are looking for a “bad-ass chopper” and a a large boa constrictor or a python to feature in one of the videos.
DOPE will be on tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST all spring long.
Vocalist and guitarist Edsel Dope, alongside Virus, has revitalized DOPE‘s lineup on “No Regrets”. Joining them on bass and backing vocals is Tripp Tribbet, formerly frontman of TWISTED METHOD, who also happens to be the younger brother of MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH guitarist Greg Tribbet. On drums, DOPE recruited former GENITORTURERS drummer Angel Bartolotta.
Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) lent his signature guitar squeals to DOPE on the new track “Addiction”.
DOPE has released four albums since signing with Epic in 1998, and has sold over 500,000 CDs. Their most recent CD, 2005’s “American Apathy”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart as well as #1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart.
139,666,000 rock albums sold in the USA during the past year, fueled in part by AC/DC, Metallica and Kid Rock.
AC/DC was the biggest rock act of the year selling 3,418,000 albums in the past 12 months.
While all genres were down in sales for 08, the rock categories fell the least.
Alternative sold 80,919,000 this past year while Metal albums accounted for 50,476,000 sales.
Neilsen SoundScan breaks genres into 12 categories.
The biggest selling genres were:
1. Rock (139,666,000)
2. Alternative (80,919,000)
3. R&B (77,014,000)
4. Metal (50,476,000)
5. Country (47,657,000)
6. Rap (33,410,000)
7. Christian (29,793,000)
8. Latin (25,125,000)
9. Soundtrack (20,847,000)
10. Classical (13,323,000)
11. Jazz (11,791,000)
12. New Age (2,942,000)
7th Heaven is an Illinois band whose latest release is called U.S.A. – U.K. and no matter how hard they try there is no way these guys are going to be able to avoid comparisons to Def Leppard. To be blunt U.S.A. – U.K. is quite possibly the best album Def Leppard never released. Anyone, who listened to the songs on this album and didn’t know who the band was would be hard pressed to tell the difference between Joe Elliot and 7th Heaven’s Keith Semple. But it is not only Semple’s vocals, but also the background vocals, the music, and the production itself would make you think Mutt Lange was at the helm for this project, everything is top notch.
The band also comprised of Richard Hofherr Lead Guitar & Keyboards, Mark Kennetz Bass, and Michael Mooshey on Drums have been releasing albums and touring, playing in the neighborhood of 200+ shows a year, since 2000, but this is their first release with Irishman Keith Semple handling the vocals and what a way to start this chapter of the band’s history off.
U.S.A. – U.K. is filled with 18 songs, which in itself is almost unheard of today, but if you add the fact that any of these 18 songs could easily find its way to radio and the Top 40 charts makes it even more amazing. I’m almost cringing as I type this, because I hate this term, but this is “pop-metal” at its finest. The first six songs on this album all sound like vintage Hysteria era Def Leppard, if I had to chose a favorite I would go with “Better This Way” , but “Cellophane”, “Gravity”, “Still Be Here”, and “Gave You My Word” are all just as good, background chrouses, great solos, that will have you tapping your feet and singing along. On track #7 “This Summer’s Gonna Last Forever” the guys change direction a little but not by much, instead of Def Leppard it seems they took after another Mutt Lange disciple, namely Bryan Adams. It would fit nicely on any of Adams early albums, especially “Reckless”. The band takes another slight twist on the song “Winning It All” , this is the first and only time when Semple doesn’t sound like Elliott or Adams, but the song does not lose anything from that fact either.
Like I said earlier there are 18 songs on this album and not one could be considered “filler”, but a few other songs that really standout are “Ghost of Me”, “Undone”, “Take Me Back”, and “Oh So Really Old”. Any fan of Hysteria era Def Leppard should already have U.S.A.-U.K. in their collection, but any fan of “pop-metal” would be crazy not to add this album to their collection.
You can check out 7th Heaven and listen to all of their albums by visiting http://7thheavenband.com/
You can also check them out on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/7thheaven
1. Better This Way
3. Still Be Here
5. Gave You My World
6. Kill The Cycle
7. This Summers Gonna Last Forever
8. Ghost Of Me
9. Save Your Life
10. Hand On My Heart
11. Winning It All
12. Oh So Really Old
15. Dream Of A New Day
16. Electronic Karma
17. Take Me Back
18. While You Dream
7th Heaven is:
Keith Semple – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Richard Hofherr – Lead Guitar / Keyboards / Vocals
Mark Kennetz – Bass / Vocals
Mike Mooshey – Drums
DANZIG, THROWDOWN and ATREYU are scheduled to perform at the second annual Musink tattoo convention and music festival, set to take place February 20-22, 2009 at the Orange County Fair and Exhibition Center in Costa Mesa, California. The event will feature over 200 of the world’s finest tattoo artists, art exhibits, lifestyle vendors, educational seminars and skateboarding/BMX demos and more.
Musink debuted in Orange County, California in February 2008, with over 15,000 people in attendance for the three-day lifestyle event. HeadlinersTHE USED, TIGER ARMY and METAL SKOOL were joined by 300 of the best tattoo artists from around the world.
Musink was conceived by Kat Von D — one of the most popular tattoo artists in the world and the star of the TLC show “L.A. Ink” (a top-rated show on cable network television).
The first annual nationwide Kat Von D And Samsung Mobile Musink Tattoo And Music Festival — which was scheduled to launch January 30, 2009 and traverse 25 major cities in the United States for six weeks — was cancelled earlier this month due to the current economic climate. The tour was slated to feature SOCIAL DISTORTION and MOTÖRHEAD, along with renowned tattoo artists from around the world, including Musink co-producer Kat Von D. “I’m sad that this year’s festival will not go on as planned, but I’d rather the fans not be disappointed, as there were key elements that did not come together as originally designed,” Kat Von Dsaid in a statement.
For more information, visit Musink.org.
This year’s South Texas Rock Fest took place July 11-13 at the Javelina Harley-Davidson Festival grounds in San Antonio and included performances by QUEENSRŸCHE, DOKKEN, SKID ROW, BULLETBOYS,TESLA and Y&T, among many other artists.
Hard-rocking Southern band BLACK STONE CHERRY will be onXbox Live January 12 to play members in Call Of Duty: World At War. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with Black Stone Cherry, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (5:00 P.M.) the Game with Fame session starts on Monday, January 12, 5:30 PM ET.
For more info click here.
STUCK MOJO guitarist/vocalist Rich Ward is featured in a new interview with Hails And Horns. An excerpt is available below:
Hails And Horns: You have never been shy of tackling difficult subjects, for example ‘Worshipping A False God’ or ‘For The Cause Of Allah’. Do you ever worry that politics and religion can offend members of your audience, or is it important for you as an artist to talk about issues that affect you?
Rich: “It’s not that I consider it important to talk about, I just write about things that interest me. If we’re keeping it real, I’m just a guitarplayer from a small town in Georgia, so in the big scheme of things, nothing I do should be considered of any great consequence. If I happen to inspire a listener to take up an interest in something than great, if not, I hope there’s a riff or two that they can get off on. As for offending people, these days you can’t seem to avoid that. When it comes to opinions on politics or social issues, it seems to me that people have become hyper sensitive and defensive of their positions. When I write a song about something political, it reflects my world view, based on my experiences, and the prism that I see the world through. I expect people to disagree, because none of us are going to see the world exactly the same way. We all have different life experiences that shape our opinions, and as I see it, there are no absolute right or wrongs. A common respect for each other’s opinions is where we can come together.”
Hails and Horns: After over 15 years in the music business where do you find your inspiration? Do you ever worry that this is just becoming a job?
Rich: “I find it in the same same places I did when I first started. At my core, I’m still that 14 year old kid that loses his mind over a great riff, a big catchy chorus, and a ripping guitar solo. When it starts feeling like a job, I’ll do something else that actually pays good.”
Hails and Horns: I guess your peers would be RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, FAITH NO MORE, RUN DMC. Those bands have had huge commercial success, which is sometime I believe you also deserved. Is the time right for your style to grab the world’s attention? Do you ever envy the success of a band like RHCP?
Rich: “I didn’t ever in my wildest dreams think that I would get to where I am now. I was the worst guitar player in my group of friends, but when all my musician friends went to college, started professional careers, and got married, I just kept playing. I never envisioned myself being in some big band, I just loved playing guitar and writing songs, so it remained the focus of my life. I’m not sure at what point I actually thought that I had a chance to make a living as a musician, but I’m sure that my career has certainly exceeded any expectations that I had. With that said, I have no expectations moving forward. In 10 years we could be bigger than ever, or I could be working at Burger King. Either way, I’ll still play and write music for fun and I’ll never be envious of the success of good bands.”
As good as 2007 was for new releases, 2008 blew it away. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone expected to have new releases by AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses all in the same year.
This year Rocknrollcoastie joined the HRH team and I asked him to submit his picks for 2008 as well. This way you get a double dose of the The 15 Albums from Hard Rock Hideout.
The following are Rob Rockitt’s Top Picks for 2008!
15. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
What’s this? Have I lost my mind? When Chinese Democracy came out, I expected Hell to Freeze over. Much like many of you, I didn’t expect this album to ever see the light of day, much less in 2008. I didn’t give this album the best review when it was released. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t like it very much. Lets face it, this more like the Axl Rose Project than a true Guns N’ Roses CD. There is no Slash, no Izzy, No Duff. The album has very few sounds that resemble the old band that once cranked out some awesome hard rock.
I didn’t give up on this album and kept it in my playlist. After a couple of weeks of repeat plays, I have warmed up to this disc. Sure it doesn’t sound like the old band, but there is some pretty good music to be found if you give this the proper chance.
14. Thunder – Bang!
When Rocknrollcoastie reviewed this CD earlier this year, I previewed all of the clips, then quickly purchased the CD. I have liked Thunder since their Backstreet Symphony CD, and this disc is on par with that one in my opinion. It is a great sounding bluesy hard rock disc Buy it!
13. Jaded Sun – Gypsy Trip
Ireland’s latest rock act delivers the goods with their excellent debut CD, Gypsy Trip. I have been playing this CD a lot as of late. I think you will be hearing a lot more about these guys in 2009.
12. Black Tide – Light From Above
Somebody must have forgotten to give the young men in Black Tide a calendar. These guys rock like is 1988. You have to love it when a new band can reproduce that classic 80’s metal sound. Light From Above is a great debut for these Florida rockers.
11. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
I have never been a huge Shinedown fan, but this CD changed my mind. “The Sound of Madness” is the first Shinedown CD that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track or two. I like all of the songs on this disc. This is a very solid record, and one of 2008’s nice surprises.
10. JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Jorn Lande has been bringing us great new hard rock every year for several years now. Whether it is a solo CD, or another project he is working on, you can always expect Jorn Lande to be fairly consistent. Lonely Are The Brave is a little darker than most JORN CD’s but is a very good disc. Take one listen to the songs “Night City”, “Shadow People” or the very Black Sabbath with Dio like tune, “Soul of the Wind”, and you are bound to love this disc.
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
This album has divided fans with its sound, but I thought this was a pretty good disc from Metallica. Sure, this disc doesn’t live up to their classic thrash metal from the 80’s, but at least they gave it their best shot. They should take notes from Testament next time around.
8. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
In my opinion, Testament one upped Metallica for best Thrash album of 2008. Heavy and killer! No thrash metal fan should be without this.
7. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
With S.O.L.A. Motley Crue turned in their best album since Dr. Feelgood. This one is still in heavy rotation in my play list today.
6. Disturbed – Indestructible
From the opening air raid sirens of Indestructible, you can almost tell immediately that you are about to take in one excellent album. In my opinion, this is Disturbed’s best work ever. The songs on this disc have an excellent heavy groove, that will satisfy the majority of headbangers out there. There are a ton of awesome guitar licks on this disc by Disturbed axeman Dan Donegan. Disturbed even got nominated for a Grammy for their song, “Inside The Fire”. Don’t miss this!
5. Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper is an artist that has always been hit or miss with me. When I first read about the new concept album, “Along Came A Spider”, I rolled my eyes and dismissed this disc as another Alice Cooper album that would not deliver. Boy was I wrong! “Along Came A Spider” is one of the better Alice Cooper releases. The story behind this disc is creepy and cool. Slash plays on a track, and this is probably the only place you will hear Ozzy Osbourne playing a harmonica. Cool stuff!
4. Black Stone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite newer hard rock acts, since 2006 or so. Folklore and Superstition wasn’t quite as heavy as their debut, but is still as solid as ever. “Blind Man”, “Soulcreek”, “Please Come In” and “The Bitter End” are as good as it comes.
3. Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
David Coverdale nearly pulled an Axl Rose, by making us wait so long for this new disc. While Good To Be Bad isn’t as good as ’84’s “Slide It In”, or the fabled self titled album from 1987, it is a return to the sound that Whitesnake fans love, and easily one of the top discs of 2008. Doug Aldrich could be the best guitarist to take the stage with Coverdale since John Sykes. Don’t believe me? Give this one another listen!
2. AC/DC – Black Ice
I am sure a lot of folks will disagree with me, but I think “Black Ice” is the best new AC/DC CD since “The Razor’s Edge”. Some of the songs on this disc may go down as AC/DC classics.
1. Tesla – Forever More
Tesla is a band that rarely disappoints me. If you have ever seen my Last FM playlist, you know I play the hell out of this band. Tesla’s 2004 CD “Into The Now” was probably my least favorite out of all of Tesla’s releases. With that being said, it made Tesla’s CD Forever More sound that much better. I like every song on this disc, and I never grow tired of listening to it. This is easily one of the best discs that the band has releases to date. For my ears, it was the highlight of 2008!
RocknRoll Coastie’s Top 15 of 2008!
Man! What an amazing year both musically and personally. With releases from bands like Motley Crue, White Lion, Dokken, Alice Cooper, & Whitesnake, just to name a few, it felt more like 1988 than 2008. So much great music came out this year and it showed me more than any other year that hard rock is very much alive and well.
Personally it was a great year because I happened to not only stumble across HardRockHideout, which I happen to think is the best hard rock site on the internet. I harassed Rob Rockitt a few times and of all things he invited me to jump on this train that HardRockHideout has become and come along for the journey. Damn what a wild ride it has been so far not only have I made a good friend, I have been introduced to so much new music it is not even funny and let’s face it, it isn’t everyday a person pisses off a whole country but somehow I managed to do just that by giving a Hungarian band a bad review. As wild and crazy as it has been this year I have the feeling it is only going to get better.
When Rob asked me if I wanted to put together my top 15 albums I thought there is no way because there has been so much great music come out in the past year. Then I was faced with do I go with the popular choices loved by the masses or do I stick to my guns and go with the bands and albums that I loved? I decided to go with the bands and albums that I loved this year, I guess I should warn everyone not to expect a lot of big name bands on my list. NOBODY forced me to choose these albums, I chose them of my own free will so love’em or hate’em here they are:
15. The Wildhearts – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before Vol 1
Yeah I know it is a covers album which has almost become a cliche in itself. But this isn’t your everyday run of the mill covers album with songs from Warren Zevon to the Toadies to Fugazi it is a pretty eclectic choice of songs here. To be honest the Wildhearts are probably one of the few bands that could get me to listen to the 90’s alternative music on here.
14. Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
I pretty much spent most of the summer cranking the third release from this Canadian band. Finally out of the shadow of Nickelback the guys really stepped out on their own with Bad Girlfriend, I Hate My Life, & Little Smirk just to name a few.
13. From The Inside – Visions
The second release from Danny Vaughn’s Journey inspired project. Tons of great music here including Light Years, Making Waves, Listen To Your Heart, and 21st Century.
12. Big Cock – Motherload
Taking sexual innuedos to a new level Robert Mason and the guys 3rd release simply rocks. I wish these guys would take themselves seriously and go on tour I could guarantee they would be one of the best shows out there. If you haven’t heard Breaking My Balls, Bump and Grind, or M.I.L.F. you are missing out.
11. Hinder – Take It To The Limit
I can see most people rolling their eyes at this pick and to be honest when I heard Hinder had a new album coming out I wasn’t expecting much. But the guys put out an album filled with good time party anthems and let’s be honest it is going to be bands like Hinder, Buckcherry, and Nickelback that are going to keep straight up rock in the limelight in the 21st century. Besides what man can resist a video filled with hot Playboy cybergirls??
10. Talon – Fallen Angels
This California band came out of nowhere and completely blew me away. Melodic rock at it’s finest, Chandler Mogel is a monster singer with a great voice and Jim Kee is a phenomenal guitarist. Burn, Baby Jane, What About Me, and Always Be My Baby are all great songs.
9. 7th Heaven – U.S.A-U.K.
This is another band that came from out of nowhere and blew me away. From what I understand these Chicago natives have been around for a while but replaced their former singer with Kevin Semple before recording this album and he is an awesome singer. If you are a fan of “Hysteria” era Def Leppard you have to get this album you would be hard pressed to tell the bands apart if you didn’t know the songs.
8. Marcello/Vestry – Self Titled
Another slab of melodic rock, this time it comes from Danger Danger axeman Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry, with a little help from Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel who played bass and produced the record. Great catchy sing along songs like Fireworks, All I Wanna Do Is U, and Gone fill this record. It is exactly what you would expect from members of Danger Danger and I for one am not complaining at all.
7. House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
After the fiasco that was the Power & the Myth, James Christian started pretty much from scratch with House of Lords and released World Upside Down in 06. In ’08 the band came back even stronger with Come To My Kingdom dare I say the best HoL album to date. James’ voice still sounds great and Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa, and Matt McKenna have made the band even stronger. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album.
5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock –
One of the first albums I reviewed for HRH. 13 years is a long time to wait between albums but honestly I think it was a good thing for the guys in Extreme. They came back stronger than ever with some strong kick ass songs and the addition of Kevin Figueiredo was an awesome decision. I liked this album when it was released but the more I listened to it the more I loved it.
5. Tesla – Forever More
Four years between new albums also did Tesla a world of good. Forever More is head and shoulders above 04’s Into The Now and like Extreme the addition of guitarist Dave Rude did wonders for the band. I Wanna Live, Just In Case, All of Me, and Pvt Ledbetter are just a few of the stand out tracks on Forever More.
4. There is no number 4 because of a tie for third.
3. The Quireboys – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers (Tie)
One of my all time favorite bands returned in ’08 with a new album their first in 4 years and all I can say is Wow! Homewreckers & Heartbreakers is the best Quireboys album since A Bit of What You Fancy. Bluesy Faces inspired rock at it very best, Spike has never sounded better than he does on this album. Mona Lisa Smiled, I Love This Dirty Town, Louder, and One For The Road are a few of the highlights on this album. In case you didn’t know Spike also released a great solo album titled So Called Friends around the same time definitely worth checking out.
3. Badmouth – S/T (Tie)
If I had a song of the year hands down it would be Rivethead by these Swedish ass kickers. Just that one song makes Badmouth’s debut worth the money but on top of Rivethead this album is filled with straight up rock n roll anthems like Pedal to the Metal, Kick It Up, and Cocaine Girl. Throw in a couple of songs like Last Train and Take Your Toothbrush With You that remind me of one of my favorite bands Backyard Babies you have a can’t miss album.
2. Backyard Babies – S/T
This album was my choice for my number 1 for the longest time but it was dethroned when the band at number 1 now released their new album. But this album from Sweden’s finest has everything a great rock record should great sing a long in your face songs, great solos, a hell of a lot of attitude. Degenerated, Come Undone, Nomadic, Abandon, and Back on the Juice are just a few of the ass kickings you have in store when listening to this album.
1. D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) – Monster Philosophy
Is it just me or did Scandinavian bands kick a lot of rock n roll ass this year? Another of my all time favorite bands and I know there may be only one person in the states that agrees with me here but hands down Monster Philosophy is the best album of the year. 22 years and 10 studio albums and still most rock fans in America have no clue who D-A-D are. In one word LEGENDS, this album is filled not only with great songs but great vocals from Jesper Binzer and the sounds Jacob “Cobber” Binzer gets from his guitar are unbelievable. I can’t forget Stig Pedersn on bass or drums by Laust Sonne. While there are albums that may have three great songs and the rest of the album are good songs, on Monster Philosophy there are 13 great songs and each one sounds completely different from the others. Maybe some person at an American record company will pull their head out of the sand and sign D-A-D and get their albums released and re-released here in the states but if they don’t I will keep paying the import price because every one of their albums are worth the money.
I hope you enjoyed our top picks for 2008. If you would like to see what other hard rock and metal writers have picked as their top albums of 2008, check out the following links below:
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Rock And Roll and Meandering Nonsense — http://rnrnonsense.toomanyvoices.com/
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/
According to The Pulse of Radio, Rob Zombie‘s little brother, POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider, spoke with his sibling about his return to the director’s chair for the upcoming “Halloween” sequel, tentatively titled“H2”. In an interview at Fearnet, where Spider is a contributor, Zombiethat his decision to return to the franchise “took me by surprise,” explaining, “After finishing ‘Halloween’, I was so burnt out that I had no desire to do it again. For some reason, ‘Halloween’ was one of those shoots that was stressful and crazed from day one. Everything was a struggle and a problem. So when it was done I was ready to be done. Then time goes by, you regenerate, forget and the idea of a sequel seems okay… I love my version of the characters and can’t wait to take them further.”
Zombie said that “H2” will be different from “Halloween”. By comparison he cited his second film, 2005’s “The Devil’s Rejects”, which was a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003’s “House of 1000 Corpses”, but a very dissimilar film.
Zombie added that Tyler Mane would return as serial killer Michael Myers, and that he was in talks with stars Scout Taylor-Compton andMalcolm McDowell to reprise their roles as well.
“H2” is scheduled to begin shooting on March 9, 2009 and will be released — when else? — right around Halloween.
SEXTAPES, the Hollywood, California-based band featuring GUNS N’ ROSES keyboardist Chris Pitman on vocals and guitar synth, has issued the following update:
“My favorite Christmas gifts were the records I received when I was young, I remember the year, the songs, and most importantly, when I hear that music today, I remember exactly how I was FEELING at that time. Oddly, I don’t remember most other gifts through the years! Selective memory, I guess. We hope to share that same experience with others.
“To ease gift giving during this recession holiday season, we are offering free downloads of SEXTAPES MP3s from our new album! For a limited time you can download these five MP3 tracks simply by clicking here.
“Offer ends midnight, January 2, 2009, so download yours today!”
SEXTAPES released its self-titled debut album on November 11, 2008 viaToneRiot Records. The CD was made available through iTunes(worldwide), Best Buy stores, FYE, Borders Books, Wherehouse Records, Amazon.com, and more.
Pitman shares, “I’m glad to finally get this album out there as it was just finished this summer. Between my involvement with GUNS N’ ROSES and the band’s high expectations for a solid and unique hard rock sound, we’re stoked to finally have a great record that we’re proud to release to our fans.”
Music all sounds the same today, so SEXTAPES has created what they would brand as future hard rock. The music is best classified as a bit psychotic, but with plenty of melody mixing up the punk and psychedelic overtones.
SEXTAPES consists of co-writer/founding member Kelly Wheeler on guitars, Marko Fox on bass, Ryan Brown on the drums and co-writer/producer Chris Pitman on lead vocals and guitar synth.
The band originated out of sheer perverse amusement with a series of informal jams by Wheeler and Fox in a cluttered garage. There, amid a bewildering array of audio electronics in every conceivable state of condition, promising sonic experiments continued with slated vocalistPitman‘s enthusiastic blessings, even though he was about to embark on a mammoth tour as an integral part of GUNS N’ ROSES. Between playing multiple instruments (for studio recording and live in concert), co-writing and co-producing for the new GN’R album, “Chinese Democracy”, he is also a co-writer with frontman Axl Rose of the song “If The World” in the new Warner Bros. Pictures and Ridley Scott film “Body Of Lies”.
Recorded at The Pass Studios in Hollywood where rock legends likeSMASHING PUMPKINS recorded “Zeitgeist” and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS recorded “Stadium Arcadium”, the debut album was produced and mixed by Chris Pitman. All songs are written by Kelly Wheeler andChris Pitman.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/sextapesband.
Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: You started playing piano and composing at age five and then started playing guitar at age ten. How much did you early piano skills influence your approach towards the guitar?
Michael Angelo Batio: A lot, because first up, I’m left-handed and so I played piano right-handed as there were no left-handed pianos. And since I played guitar right-handed too, that’s what gave me the ability to do all this stuff because my left hand, the fret board hand, became the stronger hand. And it served me well really early on when I started playing shows at the age of ten, where I developed this whole show of playing over and under. But as I went on, I came to the realization that my right hand was very deficient. When I got to 14 years of age, it suddenly dawned on me that I had this super-fast left hand but my right hand just sucked. So I spent two years developing my picking technique, with strict alternate picking. Literally, I’d play hour after hour to get my right hand to equal the left hand. But the piano playing helped a lot when it came to develop my technique on the double guitar as it enabled me to play two different parts at the same time.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: What about when guys like Yngwie Malmsteencame onto the scene doing a somewhat similar thing with the fast playing, what did you think of their playing at the time?
Michael Angelo Batio: I liked it. But you have to understand that when we were coming up in the ’80s nobody was calling it shred guitar back then. We all just wanted to be good. But then during the ’90s, the critics, especially in the States were part of this whole anti-guitar movement, where you couldn’t play solos. And so they tried to make people who could play, like me, not feel good about it. When grunge came in, all the shred-type guitar players either ran away or they went on to become blues players. But I thought to myself, “Why should I change just because some guy in a suit says that what I’m doing is unpopular?” In my career, I’ve always tried to do things that were different. For example, I came up with the double-guitar, and I had a different sound. While everybody was doing the scooped mids thing, I was doing the exact opposite. And so, I started finding out about the Internet, as I knew back then what the way of where records were going to go. Because records had gone to cassette, and then cassettes went to CDs, I knew CDs had to go somewhere else too. And once I realized that CDs were digital and that the internet was a way to transfer digital data, I knew I had to jump on it. So I got on to that horse and rode it. I got the URL angelo.com and with my previous record industry experience of being on a major label under my belt, I began marketing myself and my playing in a different way. And then soon after, it [the net] exploded.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: When it comes to speed playing in general, what do you think are the integral elements a guitarist needs to be aware of?
Michael Angelo Batio: I would say that in order to play fast, you have to first learn how to play slow. It is all about coordinating both of your hands so that they’re able to play together. I used to make my students play slow first. I learned this technique from having taken piano lessons and I used that to teach speed playing on the guitar. When you slow it down and force people to physically and mentally concentrate, it gets more ingrained in their heads and because of that, they can become a better and fast player. And only then would I show them other exercises. So it really comes down to the discipline of concentrating on what you’re doing really slowing and getting that right movement correctly. And I pick unusually too, because I’m left-handed and I rest my hand on the guitar like this (demonstrates). I did a study of lot of different guitar players and found that though there are some that pick from the wrist or elbow, I found that it’s not that important. The majority of players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, myself and anybody who plays really fast and accurately, when they’re playing medium to fast speeds, they never move their thumb and index finger. So it doesn’t matter if you use your wrist or elbow, what matters is the motion of your thumb and index finger. It has got to stay stationary. There are exceptions to the rule though but 95% of all guitarists do use this common technique.
Ultimate-Guitar.com: Jim Gillette recently commented that he would like to see a reunion of NITRO happen possibly in 2009.
Michael Angelo Batio: Yeah, he asked me but I’m not going to do it. AndJim and I are best friends. But Jim also doesn’t want to do any of the old songs. Jim‘s idea is for a NITRO 2009, not the NITRO from the past. He doesn’t want to redo NITRO, he just wants to get back up onstage again and do what he’s doing now. It might be under the banner of NITROthough. But what he is doing now is an album with his wife, Lita Ford. And I’ve heard some of the music and it is really cool. But for me to do aNITRO reunion and not do any of the old songs, I don’t think it would be the same.
Read the entire interview from Ultimate-Guitar.com.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, BABYLON BOMBS and GEMINI FIVE will play a small festival called Glam Slam in Växjö, Sweden on Friday, February 27, 2009. The organizer of this festival is giving away a festival t-shirt to the first 250 guests.
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR has set “Beg For It” as the title of its new album, due in June 2009. The CD is currently being recorded at IN FLAMES’ studio in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The second full-length album from CRUCIFIED BARBARA, “Til Death Do Us Party“, is scheduled for release in Scandinavia on February 11 and in the rest of Europe on February 27. The CD was produced by Mats Levén(THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KRUX, TREAT, AT VANCE, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA).
The Darkness are considering reforming for a new album and tour, according to newspaper reports.
The band, who split in 2006, are apparently considering an offer made by the US entrepreneur behind the Dubai Desert Rocks festival to tour in 2009, reports The Sun.
However, bitter internal disputes between all four band members may put any possible reunion in jeopardy.
Relations between singer Justin Hawkins and brother/guitarist Dan Hawkins have apparently been strained since the band’s break-up, and the guitarist and drummer Ed Graham are also suing the band’s management over money they claim they are owed.
Bassist Frankie Poullain left the group in 2005, though it is not clear if a proposed reunion would include him.
As previously reported, Justin Hawkins’ new band Hot Leg made their live debut at London‘s Proud Galleries on August 6
The following YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ringtones are available for purchase via AT&T:
* Icarus Dream Suite
* Death Dealer
* Caprici Di Diablo
* Heavy Heart
* Miracle Of Life
* Prelude To April
“Perpetual Flame”, the new album from Malmsteen, sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released on October 14, the CD is the first-ever Yngwie effort to be issued via Rising Force Records (distributed via Koch) and it marks the debut ofMalmsteen‘s new singer, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens.
Peoria is trying to get one of the biggest rock bands in history to play at the Civic Center again. Regent Broadcasting is trying to get AC/DC to play in Peoria in the fall.
The Rock Band played a raucous concert at the newly opened civic center in 1982, and there’s an urban legend that they’ve been banned from playing in the River City ever since.
“No they are not banned. Yes, they are more than welcome to be here. But obviously, AC/DC is the biggest rock band in the world. They have the #1 album in 37 countries and it’s obviously been 25 years. It takes some work to get the band to find Peoria on the radar screen to come back and play here,” Matt Bahan with 105.7 The X Rocks Morning Show says.
That’s why on Saturday, January 10th at 1:30 in the afternoon there will be an AC/DC rally outside between the civic center and City Hall. Besides loud music, they’re hoping thousands of fans will come with their faces and bodies painted to petition the band to play in Peoria.
You can also sign a petition at the station’s website, which you can get to by clicking on the link to the side of this story.
About 9500 tickets would be available at $85 each for an AC/DC concert in the arena.
It’s that time of year again can you believe it? How the hell is it Christmas already?? I know I say that every year but damn, time really flies when you’re having fun.
I’ve been in the studio working on the new Anthrax album since November 4. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars are done (I just finished up 19 tracks of blistering rhythms a few nights ago) and the vocals started in NYC today. So far we are right on schedule and it’s sounding REALLY FUCKING GREAT. We should be mixing at the end of January and soon after that giving birth to a really pissed off, loud, fast and heavy child.
Being that it is the end of the year it’s time for my year end favorites in music, movies, TV, and of course food. 2008 was a strange year for me music-wise because I have spent all year writing and then going into the studio so I wasn’t as involved in “the scene” or staying up to date with the ever growing world of metal as I usually would be. I really have been living in a cave as they say.
I based my favorite album choices on what I listened to the most on my iPod and iTunes when driving or flying or working out or sitting around the house. It makes it really easy because it gives you the play counts so you know how many times you listened and when. I love technology.
OK, here are my lists:
Favorite Albums (in no specific order):
– Muse — HAARP
– Toxic Holocaust — An Overdose Of Death
– Metallica — Death Magnetic
– AC/DC — Black Ice
– Death Angel — Killing Season
– Testament¬ — The Formation Of Damnation
– Bloc Party — Intimacy
– Slipknot — All Hope Is Gone
- Source: http://www.suicidegirls.com
THE ANSWER, a four-piece rock band from Northern Ireland now touring as the opening act on AC/DC‘s Black Ice World Tour, has inked a European deal (excluding the U.K.) with the German record labelSteamhammer/SPV. The group’s second album, “Everyday Demons”, will be released in Europe on March 2, 2009. The CD was produced byJohn Travis (KID ROCK, STATIC-X, etc.) and mixed by Tim Palmer andMike Fraser (who recently mixed AC/DC‘s “Black Ice”).
THE ANSWER will continue to tour America with AC/DC until the end of January, and starting on February 18, the band will visit Europe as special guests as part of the sold-out Black Ice tour.
“We’ve been on tour almost constantly for two years, have seen a lot of the world and made a lot of important experiences — a development that you can hear on ‘Everyday Demons’,” says guitarist Paul Mahon.
THE ANSWER‘s debut North American title “Never Too Late”, is a limited-edition two-disc set that bundles a four-song EP and a bonus DVDfeaturing previously unreleased footage.
Recently included on Rolling Stone‘s Hot List, THE ANSWER is made up ofCormac Neeson (lead vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters(bass) and James Heatley (drums). In Europe and the U.K. — where their major awards include Best New UK Band at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards — they’ve opened shows for THE ROLLING STONES,THE WHO, AEROSMITH and other legendary acts. THE ANSWER has also headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia, where their first album “Rise” won significant critical and popular acclaim.
Swedish female-fronted heavy rock band SISTER SIN is seeking a new bass player. All applicants should be:
* Between 22 and 32 years old.
* Experienced studio and live performers
* Prepared to tour A LOT!
* Live in Gothenburg, Sweden or be prepared to move there.
* Be familiar with SISTER SIN‘s musical style and be prepared to participate in the songwriting process
Send a short bio, pics and music link to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Switchblade Serenades”, the debut album from SISTER SIN, debuted at No. 107 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The first SISTER SIN video, “On Parole”, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in late July in Stockholm with director Bill Schacht, who has previously worked with AMON AMARTH, DIO, ALICE COOPER and KING DIAMOND. The track is the first single off “Switchblade Serenades”, which was released in North America through Victory Records.
Having grown apathetic towards the popular trends in heavy Swedish music,SISTER SIN arose from the gutters of Gothenburg in 2002. Settling on their moniker because it represented their “bound to absolutely nothing” lifestyles, the furious foursome entered the local scene as a hard-hitting, undeniable metal force.
Backed up with fresh lyrics and gritty riffs, SISTER SIN set out to inject some of what had been absent from the heavy metal scene since the glory days of MÖTLEY CRÜE, MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P. and ACCEPT.
“Switchblade Serenades” was produced by Tobias Lindell at Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden.
For more information, visit www.sistersin.com.
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has finally ruled out the band getting back together for a concert tour
Plant, 60, said he has moved on to other things and was getting too old for two-hour rock shows in giant arenas across the world.
But he said he was regularly in touch with guitarist Jimmy Page and they were still great friends.
Plant has been nominated for five Grammy awards for his Raising Sands album with American bluegrass singer Alsion Krauss.
He said: “I’m doing very well with Alison and I’m enjoying that.
“I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he’s very complimentary and supportive of what I’m doing.
“But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things.”
Plant was on stage yesterday being interviewed on BBC Radio Wales by actress Ruth Jones who plays Nessa in TV’s Gavin and Stacey.
The live show came from Barry, South Wales, where part of the cult comedy is set.
Plant agreed to do a rare live interview because he is such a huge fan of the show.
But when Ruth asked him about a Led Zep reunion Plant said: “Do you know how long it took me to climb up onto the stage here – and it’s only four steps!”
Plant delighted the crowd by praising Ruth Jones for her Nessa character.
He said: “I’d just like to say thanks for giving me so many laughs over the last couple of years.”
UK rockers THE WILDHEARTS have issued the following year-end update:
“As a Christmas thank-you to all of our fans, The Wildhearts will be giving away a brand new, unreleased track on their MySpace and Facebook pages to download for free.
The track ‘Borderline’ will be available late on Xmas Eve and throughout theholidays as a thank-you for all of your support in 2008.
Download, enjoy & share.
The band are currently busy writing and demoing tracks for their new studio album due out in 2009.
Have a peaceful and Happy Christmas and we’ll see you very soon.”
According to HardDrive Radio, PAPA ROACH is streaming what will probably be the band’s first “official” single from its forthcoming“Metamorphosis” album called “Lifeline”. Go to www.proachriot.com to sign up and check it out.
“Metamorphosis” will follow up 2006’s “The Paramour Sessions”. The disc will mark the recording debut with PAPA ROACH of ex-UNWRITTEN LAW drummer Tony Palermo, who replaced founding drummer Dave Buckner last year after Buckner went down with personal issues.
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Former KISS guitarist ACE FREHLEY was the featured guest on Eddie Trunk’s Friday Night Rocks radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM as part of Eddie’s yearly tradition of The Original Merry Kissmas Special.
Frehley revealed that new album artwork will appear on his newly-launched website on January 5th. His long-awaited new album will be out next spring.
With respect to the songs on forthcoming album, Frehley told BW&BK recently: “There’s a heavy rocker called ‘Pain In The Neck’. And actually, I wrote this song called ‘A Little Below The Angels’. That’s a bit more of a commercial one, with a catchy hook. There’s another song called ‘Genghis Khan’, which is kind of like, if I had to categorize it, it’s maybe a little like ‘Kashmir’ from LED ZEPPELIN, a slower kind of grooving track with a good melody. There’s a slower track, which also has a kind of commercial… you know, the word commercial has changed. It’s called ‘Change The World’, which is an interesting kind of track, probably different from anything I’ve ever done. In fact it is different from anything I’ve ever done. You know, I think people are going to dig it. It’s slower, something you could imagine hearing on the radio. My bass player Anthony Esposito, he’s been helping me with the record from the beginning. He is playing bass on all the tracks so far. Anton Fig is playing drums on most of the tracks. I’ve got my touring drummer Scot Coogan; he’s going to be on a couple of tracks on the record. And I don’t think I mentioned Derrek Hawkins, the other guitar player.”
Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is going to spend more time in rehab.
A court commissioner in Los Angeles agreed Friday to place Adler in a state-sanctioned drug rehabilitation program and keep Adler out of prison.
Adler’s court appearance came a day after TV audiences watched him graduate from a drug-treatment program that is the focus of VH1’s show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Adler missed a court appearance last week, but told the court on Friday that he had been in another rehab program that he completed just earlier in the day.
Los Angeles police arrested the rocker in July. He was charged with felony drug possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of drugs. Adler will remain on probation while he tries to complete the state program.
Bravewords.com correspondent Deb Rao recently spoke with RHINO BUCKET / KIX guitarist Brian Forsythe. The interview appears below
Q: Brian, Rhino Bucket have placed a track in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky feature, The Wrestler. The movie stars Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, both nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song, ‘The Wrestler’. How did this come into fruition?
Forsythe: “That’s news to me, I didn’t even know about this. Awesome!”
Q: Rhino Bucket is currently putting the finishing touches on your upcoming release, Taking The Fifth on Acetate Records. Tell us about the writing process for this album. Over how long a time period did it take to record the album?
Forsythe: “Taking The Fifth is just the working title. We’re still trying to come up with something better. We all contribute. Each individual song is someone’s initial idea, then we all put our own spin on it and it turns into a Rhino Bucket song. We wrote most of the songs during the fall of 2007 in a Winnebago driving around the country. This record took a lot longer to record than we had planned. One of the reasons is because we were still running off on the weekends to play gigs all around the country and then coming home to record during the week. The mixing is a whole other can of worms.”
Q: In your opinion, how does this compare to previous Rhino Bucket releases?
Forsythe: “It’s the best one yet!”
Q: What does the title, Taking The Fifth denote to you?
Forsythe: “That was George’s idea and we have since decided to change it to something else.”
You can read the rest of the interview at http://www.bravewords.com/news/103212