The Sixth Annual M3 Rock Festival starts next Friday, and the 2014 lineup is stronger than ever. Each year, the fine folks at the Merriweather Post Pavillion bring in some of the finest classic rock acts in the U.S This year’s festival includes some first time acts at M3 including Autograph, Heaven’s Edge, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Femme Fatale, and John Corabi. (Corabi has been at M3 before with RATT, but never as a solo artist).
Friday Night’s headliner is Kix, and Saturday Night’s is Tesla. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Queensryche with Todd La Torre, or Jack Russell’s Great White, look no further. If you haven’t seen Extreme, Night Ranger or Stryper live, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see them perform.
Overall, it is seventeen bands for a reasonable price, and tickets are STILL available. Don’t miss your chance to check out one of the coolest music festivals of the year.
Check out clips from Heaven’s Edge, Femme Fatale and Autograph below.
Heaven’s Edge – Skin to Skin
Femme Fatale – Falling In And Out of Love
Autograph – Turn up the Radio
Where oh where has the band Autograph disappeared to? With all of the reunited eighties bands playing in the various festivals, it surprises me that the band Autograph hasn’t done some one-off shows. I never got to see them play live, and would love to see them in some shape or form today. One of the Autograph’s albums that I have very fond memories of is Loud and Clear. This album was released the year I graduated high school (yes, I am showing my age) and I recall wearing the cassette tape out in my car of this more than once. For whatever reason, I never got around to replacing it on CD in my collection until now. I found the 2006 reissue from Rock Candy Records, and felt like I was reunited with an old friend.
Loud and Clear features some of the best guitar playing that Steve Lynch has ever dished out. I still wonder why Lynch hasn’t resurfaced in another band over the years. He is another under rated guitarist that deserves to be in the spotlight again.
As far as the songs on Loud and Clear go, if you are a hair metal fan, you are going to love them. I have always enjoyed Steve Plunkett as a vocalist, and while he doesn’t do anything new on this CD, he does a fine job at delivering some catchy tunes that will get your party started.
After listening to Loud and Clear for the first time in years, I must admit that some of the music on this CD does sound a little dated. The drum beats are kind of generic, and are pretty much the same on every song, and the keyboards scream 80’s. Aside from that, this is still a pretty fun disc. Some of the songs on this CD, are easily the best of Autograph’s career. Why this CD didn’t take the band to the next level, no one will ever know. “Dance All Night” should have made the same impact as “Turn Up The Radio” but it just wasn’t to be. “Loud and Clear”, “She Never Looked That Good For Me”, and “She’s A Tease” are also amongst my favorites from Autograph. If you are a hair metal fan, you need to track this down, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating: Out of 10
Check out the cameos of Vince Neil & Ozzy Osbourne in the video below!
1. Loud and Clear
2. Dance All Night
3. She Never Looked That Good for Me
4. Bad Boy
5. Everytime I Dream
6. She’s a Tease
7. Just Got Back from Heaven
8. Down ‘N Dirty
9. More Than a Million Times
10. When the Sun Goes Down
Steve Plunkett – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Lynch – Lead Guitar
Randy Rand – Bass, backing vocals
Steven Isham – Keyboards, backing vocals
Keni Richards – Drums
Quite possibly one of the biggest hard rock anthems of the 1980’s came from Autograph’s Sign In Please. The tune Turn Up The Radio, was a top 30 hit, and helped push the album Sign in Please to Platinum level status.
It has been a while since I revisited this disc, but I always had fond memories of Autograph, so I decided to dust this one off and give it a few more spins.
Listening to this disc in 2008, I have the tendency to want to rip on this disc. The material here definitely sounds dated, and the song writing is pure cheese. With that being said, I still enjoy this record somewhat, maybe not as much as I did 24 years ago, but it is still listenable.
The cuts Send Her To Me, Turn Up The Radio, Nine Teen & Non Stop, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me are certainly catchy. This disc does have a few filler tracks, but nothing is absolutely terrible.
Sign in Please is quite a bit more pop than it is metal, but is still worth giving a spin every once in a while.
If you haven’t tired of the song Turn Up The Radio, it is almost worth the price of admission, when you pick up Sign in Please.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Send Her To Me
2. Turn Up The Radio
3. Night Teen & Non-Stop
4. Cloud 10
5. Deep End
6. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me
7. Thrill Of Love
9. In The Night
10. All I’m Gonna Take
Steve Plunkett – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Steve Lynch – Guitars
Randy Rand – Bass & Vocals
Keni Richards – Drums
Steven Isham – Keyboards & Vocals