If you have been wanting to check out Nikki Sixx’s book, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”, and the price has been too high for you for the hard back book, you are in luck.
On October 28th, A paperback version of the book has been released, and HardRockHideout.com has a copy to give away to one lucky reader!
The Hard back edition of the book debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List when it was released last September.
The Heroin Diaries is a collection of diary entries written between Christmas of 1986 and Christmas of 1987 chronicling Sixx’s wild lifestyle, drug addiction, descent into paranoia and depression, and his subsequent recovery. The book includes a whole bunch of amazing black-and-white photographs, lyrics, random thoughts and artwork.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of The Heroin Diaries here.
If you would like to put your name in the drawing for a copy of the book, please submit your name and email address in the box below!
“Tomorrow,” which is featured on the hit CD The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, is the follow up to the #1 rock track “Life Is Beautiful” and is a tale of accountability and hope for those battling addiction and for those in recovery. Sixx:A.M. released the CD soundtrack in conjunction with the New York Times bestselling book, The Heroin Diaries.
You can watch a copy of the Sixx A.M. video Tomorrow below.
You can also download a free (legal) copy of the Tomorrow mp3 file at this link!
Breakout rock band Saving Abel will join Seether as openers for Nickelback on their North American tour beginning February 25th in Nashville, TN (full schedule below). Saving Abel’s largest outing to date will hit arenas in over 30 cities across the continent. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 5th at www.LiveNation.com.
“We’re thrilled to be opening for Nickelback. It’s crazy, a year ago we were playing small bars and clubs around Memphis and now we’re touring the country in a bus and will be playing with one of the biggest touring rock bands in arenas,” said Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks.
Saving Abel have been on the road non-stop since the March, 2008 release of their self titled debut from Virgin records and have played with rock heavy weights such as Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown. The band has enjoyed impressive success with their chart-topping, multi-format smash debut single “Addicted,” which hit #1 at mainstream rock radio, spent 11 consecutive weeks at #2 on the active rock chart and reached #7 at alternative radio. At press time, the track is the most played song of 2008 at the active rock format. “Addicted” found a whole new life in July when it impacted Top 40 radio. The run away hit is now sitting in the top 10 at the format and is top 15 at Hot AC. While “Addicted” is topping the pop charts, Saving Abel’s second single “18 Days,” a huge rock ballad dedicated to the troops, is heating up at rock radio where it is already top 10 at active rock and top 20 at alternative radio. Videos for both tracks have witnessed major play across all video channels including MTV2, VH1, Fuse and Music Choice where “Addicted” is currently the #1 played video an their “Hit List” channel.
Saving Abel continues to reach new heights on the sales charts as well. The album spent 3 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart before debuting on the Billboard 200 in July. It has sold over 240,000 copies to date. ”Addicted” hit #20 on the digital singles chart and is approaching platinum success with over 800,000 singles sold thus far.
Saving Abel – named after the Biblical sibling of Cain – was formed by Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null in 2004 in their hometown of Corinth, Mississippi. Now based in Memphis, Tennessee, the band’s lineup includes guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor and drummer Blake Dixon. Combining influences of southern rock, hard rock and alternative music, the band was first heard on a 2005 EP, produced by Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed).
Saving Abel on Tour
Dec-6 W. Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre (WPBZ radio show)
Dec-7 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheater (WSUN radio show)
Dec-15 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place (WRXL xmas radio show)
Dec-17 Chicago, IL House of Blues (Q101 xmas radio show)
Dec-10 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec-11 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Dec-12 Portland, ME The Station
Dec-13 Townson, MD Recher Theater
Dec-18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Dec-19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Dec-20 Indianapolis, MN The Vogue
Dec-27 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Dec-31 Jackson, MI Michigan Theatre
Jan-2 Traverse City, MI Streeters
Saving Abel with Seether and Nickelback
Feb-25 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Feb-27 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Feb-28 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Mar-02 Toronto,ON Air Canada Centre
Mar-03 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Mar-05 Worcester, MA DSU Center
Mar-06 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Mar-08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar-09 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Mar-11 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Mar-12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Mar-15 Moline, IL i Wireless Center
Mar-17 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Mar-18 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Apr-01 Edmonton, AL Rexall Centre
Apr-02 Calgary, AL Pengrowth Saddledome
Apr-04 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Apr-05 Winnipeg, MT MTS Centre
Apr-07 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Apr-08 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Apr-10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Apr-13 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
Apr-14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Apr-16 Houston Toyota Center
Apr-17 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Apr-19 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
Apr-22 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
Apr-23 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
California rockers Y&T have issued the following:
“Happy holidays to our fans around the world, from all of us in Y&T! We loved spending our busiest year so far this decade with those of you who came to the 2008 shows, talked with us in person, and communicated with us online through our forum. We care what you have to say and love hearing from you. We never forget or take for granted that the success of the shows we do each year are in large part made possible because of the dedication of you great fans who come out to see our shows every year. As long as you keep coming, we’ll keep playing.
We want to give a very special thanks to those who work so hard for us in front of and behind the scenes each and every year. Our great crew – Tom, Chrys, Rolf, and our amazing manager Jill. You keep us moving forward and running smoothly, ensuring we always come across the best we can. We’re blessed with your hard work, dedication, great talents, class, and most of all–your friendship.
And now we look ahead to 2009, which is to be a banner year for Y&T. Not only will it be our 35th year anniversary as a band, but we will be starting the year out by immediately getting into the studio to write for the first new original material Y&T record in over a decade. And depending on our tour schedule, and with any luck, we will be shooting for a late 2009 release.
We look forward to kicking some serious ass and sharing this upcoming monumental year with as many of you as we can, as we head back out to tour around the world again.
Thanks, again, for an amazing year!”
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
I must admit that I haven’t been much of a Papa Roach fan over the years. After seeing their high energy set in Cruefest this summer, I decided to check out some of the Papa Roach’s back catalog, starting off with the bands’ 2004 CD, “Getting Away With Murder“. If it wasn’t for that live performance, I may not have picked this CD up. Much to my chagrin, I should have picked this disc up much sooner than I did.
I always considered Papa Roach to be more of a nu-metal or rap metal act, but as I quickly discovered, Papa Roach’s sound has been changing quite a bit over the years. Their current sound is more of a modern hard rock approach that blends in bits of pop, rock, and maybe even a dash of hardcore.
Jacoby Shaddix can go from a regular singing voice to a metal/hardcore like scream in a blink of an eye. Luckily their isn’t too many cookie monsterisms in his singing, which makes this disc a little more palatable to my tastes. If this CD has any faults, it is the lack of guitar solos, but the music style is quite common for rock artists today.
Not every song on this disc are instant classics, but there are quite a few good ones. Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are “Getting Away With Murder”, “Be Free”, and “Scars”.
“Getting Away With Murder” is Papa Roach’s 2nd CD to achieve a platinum selling status. (The first was the multi-platinum selling CD, “Infest”). If you are into today’s modern rock artists, you ought to give Papa Roach a chance. I was surprised to find that I liked the majority of the songs on this disc, and I think many of you will too. You can check out Papa Roach on the web at this link.
1. Blood (Empty Promises)
2. Not Listening
3. Stop Looking/Start Seeing
4. Take Me
5. Getting Away with Murder
6. Be Free
7. Done with You
10. Blanket of Fear
11. Tyranny Normality
12. Do or Die
Papa Roach is:
Jacoby Shaddix – vocals
Jerry Horton – guitar / vocals
Tobin Esperance – bass / guitar / vocals
Dave Buckner – drums / vocals
On August 16th of 2008, Poison brought their Live, Raw and Uncut Tour to Cincinnati. The band usually brings their tour here each summer, and usually plays to near sell out crowds.
I have gone to their concert for the last couple of years, and while the band was excellent last year, this time around I was a little disappointed. Big John from Rock of Love was the emcee for this show, which for me added nothing to the concert. Personally, I don’t think Bret Michaels should be mixing his Poison and Rock of Love thing together, but that is just me. The band also seemed to play a shorter set, so Bret could leave and attend an after party at a local club, the Blue Note in Cincinnati.
The set list for the show this year was something like this:
“Look What the Cat Dragged In”, ” I Want Action”, “Ride The Wind”, “I Won’t Forget You”, “What I Like About You”, “Something To Believe In”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, “Unskinny Bop”, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”, “Fallen Angel”, and the set closer “Nothin’ But A Good Time”.
Luckily Poison doesn’t overcharge their fans for their tickets, which is a good thing, but the lack of new material (no surprise there), and Bret Michael’s voice being a little off was somewhat of a disappointment to me. This was my stepdaughter’s first Poison experience, and she enjoyed it. I guess that is all that matters in the long run.
Hopefully Bret Michaels will walk away from his Rock of Love thing, and start writing some new music with Poison.
The clips below are from the show. Enjoy!
Nothin’ But A Good Time
Collective Soul announces the re-release of their 8th studio album, Afterwords, on December 9th to all retail and digital outlets. The album was originally released in August 2007 via exclusive deals with Target and iTunes. This brand new edition includes for the very first time three solo songs by songwriter and singer Ed Roland; “An Evening With,” “Ain’t That Enough” and “Give.” The physical album also included a year’s membership to the band’s fan club, The Collective Souls. The digital album includes a Deluxe Edition with a 7 minute video diary from the band’s trip to Peru in early 2008.
Afterwords debuted in the Top 25 of Billboard’s Album Chart and on the iTunes Top 10 when it was originally released last year. At the same time, the disc’s first single, “Hollywood,” was used in commercials by American Idol throughout their lengthy audition process. By sheer coincidence winner David Cook was a big fan, performing Collective Soul’s classic hit, “The World I Know,” on the show’s finale, causing Entertainment Weekly to note that Cook “staked his entire Idol career on a Collective Soul cover,” and won. Songs from Afterwords have also been featured in television shows The Hills, 90210, Celebrity Apprentice, Womens Murder Club, Brothers and Sisters and Shark.
Currently, Collective Soul has a song featured in the new blockbuster film Twilight as well as the accompanying chart topping soundtrack. The soundtrack held the #1 positions on both iTunes and the Billboard charts the week it was released.
Collective Soul have released a total of 8 studio albums in their 14 year career, with nineteen singles landing in the Billboard charts, seven of those reaching the #1 spot on the magazine’s radio charts.
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the signing for a multi album deal of the mighty VISION DIVINE, Italy’s Melodic Metal Finest. The new cooperation will bring the first fruits with the release of the band’s brand new studio album “9 Degrees West of the Moon” on January 23rd 2009.
Born as a side project of the esteemed guitarist and songwriter of Labyrinth, Olaf Thorsen, to keep his working relationship with Fabio Lione (former Labyrinth vocalist who had moved on to Rhapsody) Vision Divine evolved during the years in a real band who released 5 acclaimed studio albums, one DVD and toured several times in Japan, South and North America and played in several European countries.
The new album is particularly important in the history of the band as it marks the return of Fabio Lione on lead vocals, after Thorsen’s decision to say goodbye to Michele Luppi in June 2008. “Fabio’s return is like going back to square one for us”, comments the band’s creative mastermind Olaf “However Vision Divine is a band that did always move forward and I think that with his voice and interpretation he has enriched the songs and gave them a very peculiar and personal edge. I am truly enthusiast of his return in the band and look forward to bring this record out there with his amazing vocal abilities”. Vision Divine line-up is completed by Alessio Lucatti on keyboards, Cristiano Bertocchi (ex-Labyrinth) on bass, Federico Puleri on guitar and Alessandro Bissa on drums.
Produced by none other than the former Stratovarius mainman Timo Tolkki, Vision Divine created what is easily their most mature and intense record to date. Entitled “9 Degrees West of The Moon”, this is Vision Divine ‘s heaviest, but yet most melodic and catchy album ever, showing why they are now the number 1 band in the Italian Metal scene. “Melodies are the most important element of our music. However our songwriting is very diverse” explains Olaf, who adds “all the songs have very different atmospheres and can go from melodic songs like Violet Loneliness to very aggressive and heavy ones. I think there is something for everyone on this record“.
“Vision Divine are also working hard on putting up a new World Tour which will bring the band to play again in Asia, South America and possibly Europe outside their homeland Italy. “9 Degrees West Of The Moon” is a fantastic journey that fans will consider as the true Vision Divine career defining statement!
The album’s final tracklisting includes: Violet Loneliness; Fading Shadow; Angels In Disguise; The Killing Speed of Time; The Streets Of Laudomia; Fly; Out In Open Space; 9 Degrees West of The Moon; A Touch Of Evil; Fading Shadow (demo version – Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe)
GOTTHARD have been elected for the finale of Switzerland ´s biggest music TV show called “The Greatest Swiss Hits”. 27,52% of the audience chose the wonderful hit single ballad “Heaven”. With this result, GOTTHARD are number one with entering the finale, followed by PETER, SUE UND MARC with «Io Senza Te» (15.39 %) and FABIENNE LOUVES & MARC SWAY with «Hemmigslos Liebe» (10.28 %).
On November, 30th, the great finale will take place, broadcasted by SF – Swiss TV. Good luck for GOTTHARD and we hope for a lot of votings on November 30th!
Check out the video for Gotthard’s Heaven below.
One of Norway’s most successful bands since the 80’s are releasing a new album in 2009.
With album classics like Commandos,Stage Dolls and Stripped Stage Dolls dominated the Norwegian music-scene in the 80’s and early 90’s.
After continuous touring in Norway followed by USA the single Love cries went into the American Bilboard top 100 (46#) and 3# in the Album Rock Charts.
The album is planned for release Spring 2009 in Norway and Europe followed up by touring.
Today is the 17th anniversary of the death of KISS drummer Eric Carr. He past away in 1991 after a battle with heart cancer.
I still remember the day I heard the news of his death. I was in complete shock. I could not believe that Eric had died.
I still enjoy the music that Eric recorded with KISS today. I still have a lot of fond memories of his time in KISS.
The videos below are a small representation of the songs that Eric recorded with KISS. Check them out!
Rest in Peace Eric…..you are missed!!
KISS – Lick It Up
KISS – Heaven’s On Fire
KISS – Tears are Falling
KISS – Uh! All Night
It is hard to talk about Guns N’ Roses without mentioning that this disc is some odd thirteen years overdue. Millions of dollars were spent in creating this much ballyhooed album. I don’t think anyone expects this album to meet their expectations (self included).
I for one am glad this album is finally out, and Axl Rose can finally get this King Kong sized monkey off of his back. Long before this album was released, I heard leaks of several of these tunes. I wasn’t very impressed by the the rougher versions of these songs. I must admit the final product is much better than I thought it would be.
At times, it seems as if the multitude of producers tried to help reproduce Slash’s guitar tones, in order to preserve that classic Guns N’ Roses sound. The end result is an album that won’t sound completely unfamiliar to Guns N’ Roses fans, even though Axl Rose is the only remaining member of the original band.
I have not been a huge Axl Rose fan in the past, but I have to admit it is pretty damned good to hear his distinct voice one more. It has been far too long. The opening and title track “Chinese Democracy” is a pretty rocking good way to start off this disc. Almost immediately, I thought this disc might be a lot better than expected. “Shackler’s Revenge” on the other hand left me scratching my head. This song doesn’t seem to know if wants to be hard rock, Industrial, or techno. It seems to blend elements of all three. It actually isn’t too bad, once you get past the beginning of the song.
I believe “Better” could be one of the best Guns N’ Roses songs ever. Even though this song has some unusual guitar sounds mixed through it, it still feels like a modernized G N’ R song. This is easily my favorite on Chinese Democracy.
“Street of Dreams” was completely unexpected. This is a piano driven ballad with a fairly decent guitar solo in the middle. Early in this song I thought Axl’s voice sounded odd as he was hitting some unusual low notes with his voice. His pure singing voice (thankfully) takes over quickly. What this song is missing is Slash. With Slash’s guitar playing, this could song could have been another taken to new heights. Even still, this song is pretty good, and definitely one of the better ones on “Chinese Democracy”.
Is it just me, or does “If The World” sound like a Lenny Kravitz tune? This is a pop tune with a hard edge and a rhythm with a little bit of funk in it. I wouldn’t expect to hear something like this on a hard rock record, especially a Guns N’ Roses record.
“There Was A Time” has a 70’s classic rock vibe that reminds me a bit of the Moody Blues mixed with some harder guitar parts. This is one of those songs that has the potential to grow on you if given the chance.
At this point in the album, I could have used a really hard driving song. “Catcher In the Rye” is definitely not that. This song also has a classic rock vibe about it, but it doesn’t sound like a G N’ R tune.
I really dislike the intro on “Scraped” but the rest of the song is pretty cool. There is a pretty good groove all throughout “Scraped”.
Riad N’ The Bedouins has more of that familiar Guns N’ Roses sound that I prefer. There are a lot more heavy guitar parts on this song, than on most of the tunes on Chinese Democracy.
“Sorry” sounds as if Axl was trying to channel his inner Pink Floyd. I like Pink Floyd, but I don’t want to hear it on a Guns N’ Roses album. It just sounds odd to me.
The first time I heard I.R.S. I thought the song had a heavier slant to it. This finished product adds a dated keyboard sound, which detracts from the industrial edge it had. It isn’t a bad tune, but I liked the previous versions I heard better.
I didn’t care for “Madagascar” the first time around, but after a couple of listens, I started to realize that this song is a lot better than I originally thought. This song has an epic feel to it that reminds me of “November Rain” somewhat.
Chinese Democracy closes out with two piano based numbers “This I Love” and “Prostitute”. Both songs are solid enough, but not what I would expect to hear from this band.
If you are listening to “Chinese Democracy” for the first time, and are looking for another “Appetite for Destruction” you aren’t going to find it here. This album seemingly expands on the sounds of the Use Your Illusion records, but has a much more experimental feel to it. There are moments of brilliance on “Chinese Democracy”, but those looking for a quick hard rock fix may not give this album a chance to find them.
Was this album worth the wait, and all of the hoopla? Probably not. I would recommend checking out the songs for yourself on the Guns N’ Roses myspace site.
- Chinese Democracy
- Shackler´s Revenge
- Street Of Dreams
- If The World
- There Was A Time
- Catcher In The Rye
- Riad N´ The Bedouins
- This I Love
This is band is often referred to online as a Skid Row clone. I greatly disagree with that statement. Singer Jeffrey Michael Bonds is no Sebastian Bach. There are some guitar parts that might be a little Skid Row like, but as a whole, I don’t think they sound even close to the same. If fact, Dirty Rhythm sounds a lot more like another early 90’s band, Cry Wolf. With that being said, “Hard as a Rock” is still a very solid hard rock disc.
“Hard As A Rock” was produced by Loverboy’s Paul Dean. As a result the production quality is top notch, and the songs shine as a result. The music styling is typical pop metal. This is the sound that was quite common for hard rock acts in the early 90’s. Some of my favorite tracks are “Feel the Fire“, the awesome power ballad “I Can’t Wait“, the Warrant like “Hard As A Rock“, “Backside of Love” and “Bad Girls“.
This CD is very out of print. I finally scored a copy of the CD, after months of unsuccessful bidding on EBay. If you are a hair metal fan, it is worth checking out (if you can find it).
For more information on Dirty Rhythm, check out their myspace page at this link.
01. Feel The Fire
02. I Can’t Wait
04. Hot N’ Cold
05. Hard As A Rock
06. Backside Of Love
07. Reach Out
08. One Summer Night
09. Hold On (Forever Tonight)
10. Waiting For The Money
11. Burn Out The Night
12. Bad Girls
Dirty Rhythm is:
Jeffrey Michael Bonds – vocals and guitar
Brian Harrison – guitar & keyboards
Anthony Brian Greenham – bass
Troy Miller – drums
Having recently completed a 30-plus-date European tour, Kiss will “eventually when we’re ready tour America,” co-founder Gene Simmons said during a keynote address today (Nov. 20) at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Referring to Kiss as the “juggernaut of all rock’n’roll brands,” Simmons said the band is currently working out future tour details. “We’ve been talking with [manager Doc McGhee] about Europe and then doing a year-long tour maybe this coming summer, but we’ll see,” Simmons said. “Kiss and Queen, that would be a smash. That would kill. So far (it’s) 50/50.”
During the address, Simmons, who is also a reality TV star and entrepreneur, stressed the duties of being a live performer. “I don’t care if you’re Axl Rose, forgot to tie your shoelaces or your father molested you when you were three — you’re a bitch if you don’t show up onstage when it says 9 o’clock,” he said, drawing loud applause from the audience.
“You need to have the integrity and self-respect to respect the promoter who paid you the money in advance, the hall and the people who makes all our lives possible,” he continued.
Speaking to an audience of primarily concert promoters, venue officials and booking agents, Simmons warned those in the live entertainment industry that it wouldn’t be wise to lower concert ticket prices. “Don’t do that, you’re training an entire generation of people to pay less for something and then more for something else,” he said. “They won’t know what the value is and they’d rather pay less every time.”
Simmons stressed that the touring business needs to quickly think about the future of its model. “Thank God you’re the last vestiges of a dying breed, because the record industry is already dead, because we trained the people [that] they don’t have to pay for stuff that they used to pay for,” he said. “The record industry allowed that and people are shocked they’re out of business.”
Meanwhile, Simmons expressed his discontent with the fact that Kiss, which he co-founded in 1972, has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “A lot of those guys on the board can go and get my sandwich when I want, and I mean that in the nicest way,” he said. “There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss. I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.”
Billboard executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment Ray Waddell conducted today’s Q&A with Simmons. The keynote address was filmed for an episode of his A&E reality show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” currently in its third season.
When HRH was offered the opportunity to review the new Twilight soundtrack, I jumped at the chance. Any movie soundtrack that is capable of taking a huge bite out of AC/DC’s sales is something worth investigating. A quick look at the artists on this disc, and there aren’t many that fall into the hard rock genre, although Linkin Park and Collective Soul might come close. A quick listen of the CD, and I passed this disc over to the resident Twilight expert in my household (my wife). She has read the Twilight series of books, and is much more knowledgeable on the subject matter of this disc than I.
With that being said, the review below is written by my wife Bonnie, the biggest Twilight fan that I know.
Being a huge fan of the Twilight book (and the others in the saga), and being very impatient for the movie release date to get here, I was really excited to find out that Hard Rock Hideout would be reviewing the soundtrack. Unfortunately, that excitement faded pretty fast as I gave a listen. My first impression of the soundtrack was that it was a bit strange. I have now listened to it at least 20 times, and I still can’t find a better description for it. For the most part, the lyrics to most of the songs are just bizarre, but the music itself is pleasant enough that you find yourself listening anyway.
That being said, there are a few songs on the disc worth mentioning…”Leave Out All The Rest” by Linkin Park is by far my favorite, and was immediately. The flow of the music, the lyrics…it just works. I had never listened to Linkin Park prior to this, but I am definitely a fan now.
“Spotlight” by Mutemath is a catchy little tune that immediately has you singing along. Not hard to do considering the same lyrics lace the majority of the song, but even so, it’s one of the better songs on the disc.
Paramore has two tracks on the CD, “Decode” and “I Caught Myself”, both of which are likeable in their own way. The band has a distinctive guitar sound which adds to their charm.
“Full Moon” by the Black Ghosts reminds me of something by Manheim Steamroller. Different is the only word that comes to mind, but it’s nice to listen to.
The hottest vampire living, Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen, also has a spot on the CD with “Never Think”. The guitar is very nice, and I read that it is actually him playing, but the lyrics are mumbled and hard to understand. I really wanted to LOVE this song, and even though it is Edward, and that sexy vampire accent of his, I hope his acting impresses me more than this tune.
Wrapping up, the movie has to be better than this soundtrack, or my months of excitement and anticipation will have been wasted time. As much as I wanted to enjoy this record, I found it to be unusual and slightly disappointing. Three or four of the songs on the disc are above average, but the majority of them leave me longing for a rainy day in the forests of Forks, and a chance meeting with a vampire.
1. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
2. Decode – Paramore
3. Full Moon – The Black Ghosts
4. Leave Out All The Rest – Linkin Park
5. Spotlight [Twilight Mix] – Mutemath
6. Go All The Way [Into the Twilight] – Perry Farrell
7. Tremble For My Beloved – Collective Soul
8. I Caught Myself – Paramore
9. Eyes On Fire – Blue Foundation
10. Never Think – Rob Pattinson
11. Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
12. Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell
Guns N’ Roses will be world premiering their long-awaited Chinese Democracy on their MySpace page tonight at 12AM EST. The album will be hitting Best Buy stores exclusively on November 23rd. The band leaked a new song, “Better,” earlier this week and the title track single is all over radio.
Check out Chinese Democracy in it’s entirety at www.MySpace.com/GunsNRoses at 12AM EST tonight!
Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow. It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since the news came over of Kevin’s untimely death. His demise spelled the end of Quiet Riot, which was easily one of the biggest bands of the early 80’s. I can’t imagine what direction hard rock music would have gone in, without the early successes of Quiet Riot.
The following videos are from Dubrow’s long career with Quiet Riot. Rest in Peace Kevin!
On November 18th, Twisted Sister releases “Live At The Astoria,” a special twin-disc CD/DVD that marks the first commercially-released, uncensored Twisted Sister concert in over 25 years. This very special concert was taped in London in 2004, and is hailed by critics as the band’s greatest live triumph in its
The band will do an in-store appearance at J&R Music & Computer World @ Park Row in Downtown Manhattan (across the street from City Hall Park) at 5:30 on Friday November 21.
We are hosting an intimate DVD screening party on Friday, November 21st @ Webster Hall, from 8-10PM (not in the main space, but in the room on the ground floor, just after you enter the venue). The classic lineup of Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and A.J. Pero will be in attendance, and there will be drink specials from Jagermeister.
If you would like to come by and start your Friday night early, please RSVP to:
We’d like to see as many of you there as possible. Come out and celebrate the release of ‘Live At The Astoria’ with us!
“The Right To Rock” still echoes the sentiments of a generation and remains one of the defining anthems of 80’s Heavy Metal Music. And KEEL, the band that created it, is finally poised to revisit their legacy and reunite on stage for the first time to celebrate over two decades of good music and good times. 2009 will mark the band’s 25th anniversary, and the passing of twenty years since the classic KEEL lineup performed on stage together.
Ron Keel, Marc Ferrari, Bryan Jay & Dwain Miller are preparing to perform a select number of dates in 2009. Due to the high visibility the act continues to receive, the members finally feel the time is right to deliver the show fans everywhere have been clamoring for: a KEEL reunion.
In 1985, “The Right To Rock” became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Record’s history. The title track was a hit on radio & MTV and remains a staple on VH1 Classic, in addition to the group’s subsequent hits “Tears Of Fire,” “Because The Night,” “Somebody’s Waiting” and “Rock & Roll Outlaw.” They developed a reputation as one of the genre’s most entertaining live acts, opening for heavyweights like Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Van Halen, and many others. KEEL sold over 2 million albums and was proclaimed Best New Band by Metal Edge Magazine, Circus Magazine, and Rock Scene.
Through the years, the nucleus of the band has remained close friends, working together in various musical and business enterprises. Vocalist Ron Keel has maintained a high profile with a variety of projects and has remained intensely active as a recording and touring musician. He has continued to embrace and promote his time in KEEL in countless interviews, and his live shows have proudly included the KEEL hits. Guitarists Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay have continued to write, record, and perform and have remained in the industry via music publishing, song licensing, and other business ventures. When Ron’s band passed through LA on tour, they were joined on stage by Marc & Bryan – playing a medley of KEEL classics, and proving to themselves and the fans that the magic was still as strong as ever.
Unlike most of their contemporaries, none of the members has ever performed as KEEL since 1989. “It would not have been right,” expresses Ron. “Even though it was my last name, KEEL was a true band and I have always taken a stand against performing under that name with different musicians. I’ve had a number of bands in the years since, including Fair Game, IronHorse and K2 – but there’s only ever been one KEEL and without Bryan, Marc, and Dwain I wouldn’t be doing this.” The four original members will be joined on stage by Ron’s long-time bassist Geno Arce, who spent six years with him in IronHorse.
A new web site has been launched to establish an internet home for the KEEL Reunion: http://keelreunion.com
The KEEL “Debut Reunion Concert” will take place in Hollywood on Saturday, January 31st. The location for this historic event will be Club Vodka at The Knitting Factory – visit the web site and stay tuned to MySpace for details.
Recent highlights have included KEEL’s live version of “The Right To Rock” on the “Hollywood Rocks” boxed 4-CD collection, and the band also participated in the accompanying documentary from Cleopatra Records/Ultra Films – Ron, Marc and Bryan contributed a candid and insightful interview segment to the project, telling tales of Metal’s heyday, and discussing their career and the possibility of a KEEL reunion.
And in 2008, for the first time ever, KEEL’s rare independent debut album “Lay Down The Law” was finally released on CD by Shrapnel Records, digitally remastered with new packaging.
Plans are for KEEL to reunite at a select number of festivals and showcase dates to perform all their hits and classic favorites in celebration of 25 years of rock & roll history.
Check out the classic Keel video, “Somebody’s Waiting” below.
Puddle of Mudd currently have two singles climbing the charts and the band continues to circle the globe promoting their new album Famous. Planets aligned, deals were struck and Puddle of Mudd will be main stage at Rock Gone Wild. The festival is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa.
The guys in Puddle of Mudd are hardened road warriors and quite at home playing in front of capacity crowds. From their breakout single “Blurry” to their most recent hit “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now,” the band is poised to reign supreme among the modern rock kings. Their addition to the Rock Gone Wild lineup adds a unique twist to the ever-expanding festival roster.
The Midwestern band formed in 1993 as the music world was hitting a height of change. A handful of songs and years later, the band made their major label debut and garnered a string of Top 40 hits. To date, Puddle of Mudd has sold more than seven million records worldwide. Wesley Scantlin, Doug Ardito, Christian Stone and Ryan Yerdon are Puddle of Mudd.
Rock Gone Wild is Iowa’s preeminent music festival, featuring more than 50 bands on two stages over four debauchery-filled days. The festival is the only type of its kind in America to boast top music talent from four decades of hard rock.
Music fans can experience Rock Gone Wild in three different ways: platinum, VIP or general admission seating. For a breakdown of all seating tiers and to purchase tickets, please visit www.rockgonewild.com. Over the next few weeks,www.rockgonewild.com will become a virtual destination, complete with interactive contests and games as the countdown to Rock Gone Wild heats up.
Already announced bands include Skid Row, Kix, Great White, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket and Junkyard. Visit www.rockgonewild.com or www.anatomyofafestival.wordpress.com each Tuesday for a new band announcement.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
Rock now. Rock on. Rock wild.
I have to admit I cringe every time I hear a band is from the Seattle area, mainly because I still hold all of the “grunge” bands responsible for killing the hard rock scene back in the 90’s. Of course there are exceptions namely Queensryche, Metal Church, War Babies to name a few. Now you can add Underride to that list. Underride are about as far from “grunge” “post grunge” or any other genre with the word grunge in it as you can get. These guys are a straight up in your face, kick ass, take no prisoners, make no apologies, rock-n-roll band and they will be more than happy to show you on their new album “One of Us”, which is actually their third full length album and along with 2 e.p.’s I am really surprised I had never heard of them before. With a sound that falls somewhere between Beautiful Creatures and Velvet Revolver they definitely made a believer out of me.
“One of Us” gets started with “Side By Side” try to picture if you can Joe Leste singing for the Backyard Babies. Lead singer “Rev” channels Joe Leste to perfection with bassist “El Barto” laying down some fat bass lines, while guitarists “Rex Nomad” and “Dr. Pondscum” battle back-n-forth. What really surprised me was the fact that drummer “Double A” arms and feet did not fall off after not only this song but the whole album he is playing at 120 mph.
Oh before I forget, if you are looking for a ballad on this album you will be sadly disappointed, there is nothing on this album that even comes close to a ballad. As a matter of fact there is nothing that even comes close to being considered a mid tempo song. But every song is worth rolling down the windows and being played at maximum volume.
Just as “Rev” channeled his best Joe Leste on “Side By Side” he channels Scott Weiland just as well on “Candy Girl” it reminds me a lot of “Crackerman” off of STP’s debut “Core”. It has a great groove with a sing a long chorus. “On The Radio” is up next and it seems like “Rev” finds his own voice instead of mimicking other people and it is actually quite good. Like the two songs prior it has a great sing a long chorus with out giving up it’s heaviness.
“Throw It Away” is a slower rocker with a Theory of a Deadman feel to it, it isn’t a bad song but I could also live without it too.
“Upstart Coming Up’ is a balls out rocker and it has the one thing that was pretty much missing from the four songs before it…a solo a pretty damn good solo at that. “Kink Into My Heart” finds the band back in STP territory but once again it has a great groove and another smokin’ solo.
The rest of “One of Us” is filled with more straight up rock-n-roll with “Lights Off Baby”, “Riot Stick” and “No Means No” the best of the bunch.
Hopefully with the release of “One of Us” Underride will finally get the attention they deserve. They definitely got my attention and they delivered with some kick ass music in return.
1. Side By Side
2. Candy Girl
3. On The Radio
4. She Gets Paid
5. Throw It Away
6. Upstart Coming Up
7. Kink Into My Heart
8. Road To Nowhere
9. My Little Hell
10. Lights Off Baby
11. Shotgun Breakdown
12. Riot Stick
13. We Don’t Want What We Want
14. No Means No
Rev – vocals
Rex Nomad – guitar
Dr. Pondscum – guitar
El Barto – bass
Double A – drums
Guns N’ Roses have just released a new song off their upcoming Chinese Democracy album. “Better” is a melodic-rocker with infectious background vocals, sweeping guitar licks, and some of the hookiest melodies Axl Rose has woven together since the band’s early days.
Check the song out here:Guns N’ Roses New Single “Better” on myspace.
Chinese Democracy is out on November 23rd.
We are proud to announce another new signing on AFM Records: The debut album of „The New Black” will be released in spring 2009. The New Black play Rock. Real Rock, real heavy. With all the good stuff that comes with it: Hooklines, cool leads, riffs galore.
Just imagine Black Label Society inviting the Nickelback guy over for some Thin Lizzy covers, all dressed up in Pantera shirts.
Stay tuned for upcoming news!