Check out the Video for Saliva’s single, Ladies and Gentlemen.
For more info on Saliva, check out their myspace page.
Check out this live video of Cinderella performing Gypsy Road, live in Detroit, MI.
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
Check out The Answer performing their song, Never Too Late!
Check out RATT performing You’re In Trouble from 1984.
Here is a live video of HIM performing this song “Dead Lovers Lane” from the new CD, Venus Doom!
September 18th, HIM unveils their highly-anticipated release, Venus Doom. With the momentum of Venus Doom reaching terminal velocity, the title track has been made available for the world to hear. HIM kick-off their world tour this evening in London, England, and start their U.S. segment of the tour October 18th, in Sayreville, NJ in celebration of tomorrow’s release.
More dates have been added to their U.S. Tour!
Sept. 17th Borderline London
Sept. 21st Columbia Club Berlin
Oct. 18th Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Oct. 19th 9:30 Club D.C., Washington
Oct. 20th Sonar Boston, MA
Oct. 21st Palladium Worcester, MA
Oct. 23rd Royal Oak Theatre Detroit, MI
Oct. 24th The Docks Nightclub Toronto
Oct. 25th Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct. 26th The Pagent St. Louis, MO
Oct. 27th Myth St. Paul, MN
Oct. 30th Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Oct. 31st Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
Nov. 2nd Ogden Theater Denver, CO
Nov. 3rd Avalon Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 6th MacEwen Hall Calgary
Nov. 7th Edmonton Event Center Edmonton
Nov. 9th Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver
Nov. 10th Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
Nov. 11th McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Nov. 13th the Warfield San Francisco, CA
Nov. 14th Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 17th The Joint Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 20th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Nov. 21st The Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov. 23rd Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 24th Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
Nov. 25th Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Nov. 28th House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 29th Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov. 30th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 1st Nokia Theatre New York, NY
Dec. 7th Guild Hall Portsmouth
Dec. 8th Civic Hall Wolverhampton
Dec. 9th Apollo Manchester
Dec. 10th Barrowlands Glasgow
Dec. 12th Astoria London
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
For those of you that have forked out the big bucks for a 2007 Van Halen show, here is a taste of what you may see.
This video is from the 1983 US Festival, before David Lee Roth left the band.
Check out this Motley Crue video from the 1983 US Festival, where the band performs Livewire! (It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait!)
To kick off live week, here is a video I took in Cherokee, NC of Tesla performing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special. ( I was apparently trying to shoot over some taller heads, but the sound quality is great. Check it out!)
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80’s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced
No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims is a late 80’s classic that has been out of print for years.
I once owned this on cassette, and have not been able to track this one down again until now.
This band was wrongly lumped into the hair metal category, and even had a couple of videos on the MTV Head Banger’s Ball.
If you put AC/DC into a blender, added the funk of the Electric Boys, and maybe a little bit of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and hit puree, you might get something that sounds something like D*A*D. This is a cool CD with some funky rock tunes.
The gruff vocals of Jesper Binzer compliment the heavy and sometimes steel guitar licks of his brother Jacob. It is one of the more unique sounding CD’s of the late 80’s, and a worthy pick up in 2007. Check it out!
For more information on D*A*D, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
One of the nicer surprises in 2007, is the debut release by Detroit rockers, Ugly.
I had my first taste of Ugly in 2007, when they performed live in during the Labor day riverfest celebration in Cincinnati. I liked the live show so much, it only made sense to check out their new CD.
Much like the band’s live show, this CD does not disappoint! This is a hard rock CD with a great classic rock feel. There are great vocals, guitar solos and plenty of rocking drum beats to get your blood pumping.
24 Hours sounds like it was shot out of rock and roll cannon. This song will grab most listeners on the very first play.
Pusher keeps the party going. The cowbell drumming of Donnie Highland really turns the energy up on this track and makes this a fun song to listen to.
Friday Night (In the City) is a solid track with major radio potential. The background vocals of bassist Frank Green and Kevin McCreery, greatly enhances the playability of this song.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll was the first song that I heard by Ugly. I liked this song enough to check the band out, and I am glad I did. This song kicks ass! Check out the video below!
Son is a low tempo bluesy number that has to be listened to to be fully appreciated.
Social Keeper is an upbeat rocker that has all of the swagger of an AC/DC song. Great Stuff! I took a video of the band performing this song in Cincinnati, check it out!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song, Driving Me Under. Kevin McCreery’s smoking guitar licks and the overall sing along quality of this song has made this one of my favorite tunes on this record.
Idea is another song that I first heard Ugly perform in Cincinnati. This is another good sleaze filled rocker.
Washed Out has an almost Beatlesque feel to it. The sound of this track was completely unexpected, but totally cool.
The Cats Ass has a killer groove, and a Guns ‘N Roses sleezy vibe about it.
Everything is a mid tempo ballad with monster radio potential.
Everytime I listen to The Train it reminds of the same style of bluesy rock that Aerosmith is famous for. This is an exceptional track to close this record out with.
The shredding guitars of Kevin McCreery, and Geo Teubl’s excellent vocal delivery really drives these hard rocking tunes home. At times, Geo reminds me of The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that is very cool indeed! Producer Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down) did a bang up job with this CD. The production quality on this disc is top notch. This is a energetic disc full of hard-driving, sleazy good tunes that will put a big smile on your face. The tunes are so good, they are Ugly!
If the rock gods are kind, the whole world will know about Ugly before long. You can get on board by now by pre-ordering Ugly’s new CD through Rock Ridge Music.com for a mere $8.99. At this price, it is a steal. Go buy it today!
For more information on Ugly, stop by the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- 24 Hours
- Friday Night (In the City)
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Social Keeper
- Driving Me Under
- Washed Out
- The Cats Ass
- The Train
This past weekend, my wife and I made the trek to Cherokee, NC for the Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally and Concert for our Anniversary. We stayed in Gatlinburg, TN, which is roughly 35 miles from the site of the concert. The only way to Cherokee, NC from our hotel is a very long, and extremely windy two lane highway through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This road is not for the faint of heart, or those with weak stomachs. It takes no less than an hour, to get there from Gatlinburg.
As it turns out, this was also the weekend of the Shades of the Past Rod Run. If you live in the Eastern United States and own a muscle car, or hot rod from the 1930’s or beyond, chances are you were in Gatlinburg, TN over the weekend. It made for an extremely hectic weekend, with tons of people that were in town for both events.
RATT – Friday, September 7th
On Friday night, we made it to the concert just a few minutes before RATT took the stage. This was our second time to see RATT this year, and after the Cincinnati show, my expectations were low. I have been a big fan of RATT in the past, and still listen to plenty of RATT tunes in 2007, but once again, I was not impressed by RATT, or mainly Stephen Pearcy. The band itself was actually much tighter than the Cincinnati show. Warren DiMartini was great, and the whole band had a lot more energy that the previous show we saw. The song selection was a lot better too. This is the set list from the Friday night show:
Walkin’ the Dog
Dangerous But Worth The Risk
You Think Your Tough
City to City
Slip of The Lip
Way Cool Jr.
Nobody Rides For Free
Back For More
Lack of Communication
Lay It Down
You’re In Love
Round and Round
The major problem here once again was Stephen Pearcy’s voice. His range is not what it used to be. He sounded marginally better than the 2007 Cincinnati show, but no where near as good as he has in the past. Another disappointment was that they only played for an hour. As a headliner, I would expect the band to play a longer set.
FIREHOUSE AND TESLA – Saturday, September 8th
On Saturday, we returned to Cherokee to catch Firehouse and Tesla play. I have seen Firehouse a few times in the past, but it had been a few years since I have seen them live. I am glad to say that Firehouse was awesome. They played an extremely tight set, and covered material off of all of their releases. I was surprised when they performed Door to Door, off of their 2004 disc Prime Time. This is a hellaciously good song that every Nascar fan needs to hear. This song is sung by drummer Michael Foster. Great Stuff!
Guitarist Bill Leverty was pretty amazing to watch. I have a new respect for him as a guitarist. Luckily, I was able to meet Bill after their show. He informed me that he had a new instrumental CD coming out next month. Check out BillLeverty.com for more details on the CD.
The one unusual thing about this concert is The bikers were allowed to park their bikes fairly close to the stage.
Sadly, the drunken and rowdy bikers were getting extremely obnoxious at this show. They decided to have an engine revving contests throughout the concert. It sometimes made hearing what the singers had to say, and hearing the bands perform somewhat difficult.
Even though my patience was thinning, due to the rude and intoxicated bikers, I was anxiously awaiting to see Tesla play. I have seen Tesla several times in the past, and they have never disappointed me. Saturday night was no exception!
Tesla took the stage around 9:40 P.M. or so, and played close to two hours long. It was an extremely tight set that inluded tunes from all six of their studio releases. This was the first time I heard the band perform any songs off of their 1994 disc, Bust a Nut, or their 2004 effort, Into the Now. They also did a few cover tunes off their Side A and Side B discs of Real to Reel.
New band member, guitarist Dave Rude complimented Frank Hannon’s excellent guitar licks greatly. Jeff Keith was in perfect vocal form all night. Troy Luccketta was kicking ass on the drums all night.
Frank Hannon played two different twelve string guitars during the show. One of which I recognized to be the one that belonged to the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard. See this link on the story for that. He was also entertaining with his multiple hat changes (tophat, Uncle Sam, Indian Head dress).
In Conclusion, both Firehouse and Tesla put on a killer show. It was a great night of rock and roll Saturday Night in Cherokee, NC. I am glad there are great hard rock bands like Firehouse and Tesla that are still kicking ass in 2007! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
One of the more obscure Pop Metal bands of the early 90’s is New York’s Trouble Tribe.
This band features singer Jimmy Driscoll , Adam Wacht on lead guitar, Eric Klaastad on bass, and Stephen Durrell on drums.
The band had a semi-hit on MTV with Here Comes Trouble. On the opening of this song, Jimmy Driscoll and band sounds a lot like mid 80’s KISS.
It is a fairly decent pop metal disc by one of the lesser known bands of the hair metal era. This record has a few solid cuts including Tattoo, Here Comes Trouble, and the solid power ballad, In The End. The band also covered the Beatles’ Dear Prudence.
After Trouble Tribe broke up, Adam Wacht later played in the bands Left For Dead and Opinion with drummer Bobby Borg. Jimmy Driscoll started the band, In the Wild.
You can still find a few used copies of the Trouble Tribe disc at Amazon.com. It is becoming more rare by the day. It is a nice little glam metal gem that is worth seeking out.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Here Comes Trouble
3. Gimme Something Sweet
4. In the End
5. Back to the Well
6. Boys Nite Out
7. Tribal Beast
8. Red Light Zone
9. (Angel With A) Devil’s Kiss
10. Dear Prudence
11. One by One
12. Cold Heart
13. F’s Nightmare
Check out the new video, “Cold Case” by France’s Aesthesia.
You have to stop by the band’s myspace page and give their tunes a listen. Great Stuff!
I think it is safe to say that this is one of the biggest debut discs by any hard rock band, and is certainly one of the most influential records of all time.
As far as debut’s go, Van Halen has only been outsold by Guns N’ Roses‘, Appetite for Destruction. A Diamond Level in sales (10 Million Copies sold) is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing on this record, changed the face of rock music. Countless guitarists tried to replicate his style of playing over the years, and he continues to influence young guitarists today.
The dynamic front man, David Lee Roth was nothing like anyone else at the scene at the time, and he too has had plenty of imitators over the years.
This record is one that you can listen to from beginning to end. It rocks all the way through. Several of the cuts have been over played on rock radio. Four Singles were released from this record, Running With the Devil, (The Kinks‘ cover) You Really got Me, Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, and Jamie’s Cryin.
One of my all time favorite Van Halen tunes, is the John Brim cover, Ice Cream Man.
In 2003, Rolling Stone picked this record as one of the greatest rock records of all time. I may not accede with all of their picks, but this is one that I would certainly agree with.
If you don’t own this record, Do NOT pass go, do not collect $200.00. Get you tail to your local record store and pick this up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
5. I’m The One
6. Jamie’s Cryin’
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire
This CD is filled with some great blues filled hard rock. Sadly, this music didn’t fit into the music scene at the time.
Like many of the bands of late 80’s early 90’s era, The War Babies didn’t fit into the grunge scene and disappeared as fast as they showed up. They had minor success with the song Hang Me Up. It received some airplay on MTV, and Z-Rock.
The stand out songs on this disc are Hang Me Up, the acoustic based Cry Yourself To Sleep, the Aerosmith inspired Sweetwater, my personal favorite, Blue Tomorrow and the rocking Satellite.
The War Babies are a band that will likely appeal to fans of Aerosmith, Thunder, Asphalt Ballet and Saigon Kick.
This disc has been out of print for a while. You can find some cheap used copies on EBay and at Amazon.com. It is worth grabbing if you can find it. Happy Hunting!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hang Me Up
2. In The Wind
3. Cry Yourself To Sleep
5. Sea Of Madness
6. Blue Tomorrow
8. Death Valley Of Love
9. Big Big Sun
10. Killing Time
11. Care (Man I Just Don’t)
This CD was released in the UK last year, and in the U.S. in January.
Check out the video for the track, “Falling to Pieces”. The tour dates are listed below.
Another hot release in 2007 is the new disc Infected by Swiss rockers, Shakra. This band reminds me of a cross between Gotthard, Pink Cream 69, and a dash of the Scorpions and Def Leppard for good measure. If you like any of those bands, then Infected may be a disc for you to check out.
This is very good 80’s style metal release. There are plenty of great vocals by Mark Fox, and lots of excellent guitar work throughout this disc by the guitar tandem of Thom Blunier and Thomas Muster. Most of the songs on this disc are upbeat semi heavy rockers, but this disc does have a slower moment or two.
The video below is for the excellent low tempo number, Love Will Find A Way.
Infected is one of those discs that you have to hear to appreciate. I have given this one quite a few spins, and seemingly enjoy more with every listen. It also mixes well with my playlist that is a good mix of 80’s through 00’s hard rock and metal.
I recommend checking out some of the band’s other songs off of Infected, on their myspace page here. You can pick up Shakra’s infected at CD Inzane, and Impulse Music. All other U.S. retailers sell this disc at import prices.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Make Your Day
4. Playing with Fire
5. Dance with Madness
6. Love Will Find a Way
9. Higher Love
11. Look at Me
12. The Other Side
13. Let’em Have It
14. Acheron’s Way
British Steel is Judas Priest’s sixth studio effort, and is often consider the band’s best album.
I don’t know if I would call this my favorite Judas Priest disc or not. I have several that I enjoy. One thing is for sure though, British Steel is a must hear, must own Metal record, and was certainly one of the best in the early 80’s.
There isn’t a bad song on the disc, but the stand outs are the Judas Priest anthems, Breaking the Law, Metal Gods, Living After Midnight and Steeler.
United, Breaking the Law, and Living After Midnight were all released as singles. The latter two are still some of the biggest songs that Judas Priest have ever recorded. The band had similar metal anthems, on Hell Bent for Leather, but British Steel is the first record that was pure metal all the way through.
My copy of this disc is remastered, and adds the tracks Red, White and Blue and Grinder Live! as it was performed on the 1980 British Steel tour. Neither song is essential, but are nice additions to this disc, if you haven’t picked up a copy of it yet.
This disc is still a career defining landmark release Judas Priest, and one that needs to be in the collection of every metalhead on the planet. You can find new and used copies of this disc for very reasonable prices on Amazon.com.
Don’t miss out on this Classic Metal disc!
1. Rapid Fire
2. Metal Gods
3. Breaking the Law
6. You Don’t Have to Be Old To Be Wise
7. Living After Midnight
8. The Rage
10. Red, White & Blue
11. Grinder (Live)