George Lynch is back with a hot new CD, and an updated sound. For his new project, Souls of We, he has enlisted the help of former Brides of Destruction front man, London LeGrand. I kind of liked the Brides of Destruction CD’s so I was curious to see how LeGrand would fair with Lynch. Much to my surprise, this is easily the best music ever released with London on vocals.
First and foremost, I had no expectations going into this disc. I didn’t expect the music on this CD to sound like Dokken, or Lynch Mob. I knew George Lynch was tired of playing the same old riffs over and over again, so I expected something different from Souls of We. Different it is, but in a good way.
The bass guitar on this CD is deep and heavy. At times it seems as if Lynch has tuned his guitar down a key to better blend with the bass. The ripping solos that Lynch is famous is for is there, but they don’t stand out as much as his previous works. London LeGrand shows more range with his voice than ever before.
Lynch may be known best as a hair metal guitarist, but with Souls of We he has managed to put together a very modern sounding recording. It so modern sounding in fact that some of these songs ought to be played on rock radio. There are a couple of songs on “Let The Truth Be Known” that remind me a lot of Alice in Chains, and one or two that could easily fall into the System of Down territory.
The first time I played this record I thought to myself, “Wow, I need to listen to this again.” There are some pretty cool if not amazing songs on “Let The Truth Be Known”. I applaud Lynch for trying something different. Not every song on this disc works, but there are quite a few good ones to check out.
If you listen to one song on this disc, check out “January” or “Skeleton Key”. These are some of the stand out tracks.
If you are a fan of modern hard rock fan, you ought to pick this up. Lynch fans probably already own this.
1. Let The Truth Be Known
3. Skeleton Key
4. Everything I Want
5. Key Of Noise
6. Sorry To Say
8. St. Jude
9. Ghandi’s Got A Gun
10. Push It
11. Psycho Circus
12. Nork 13
14. Under The Dead Tree
Souls of We are:
George Lynch – Guitars
London LeGrand – Vocals
Johny Chow – Bass
Yael – Drums
Andrew Freeman – Bass
Frederic Leclercq – Bass
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mike Hanson – Drums
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Mike Wengren – Drums
Patrick Johansson – Drums
Last Week, VH1 ran their top 100 Hard Rock Songs of all time. They had a Dokken video in the top 100, although I don’t recall which one. I had to go looking to see what other videos were out there. I couldn’t get over George Lynch’s hair in these old videos.
Dokken’s “Breaking The Chains” Video is from
Cameron Edney from Inside Out Australia spoke to LYNCH MOB’s George Lynch (guitar; ex-DOKKEN) and singer Oni Logan about a number of topics including their new album. An excerpt from the chat is below:
Inside Out: You recently went back into the studio to begin work on the next Lynch Mob album; after so many years of recording what are you hoping to achieve in the studio this time around?
Oni Logan: “We hope to deliver a solid recording, one that will be up to snuff with the first album so to speak.
George Lynch: “Revisiting the wonderful chemistry that Oni and I shared…and building upon the legacy of that first record Wicked Sensation and doing it without the drugs and egos.”
Inside Out: What can you tell us about the new tracks you are currently working on… can you share any working titles with us?
George Lynch: “The album is tentatively entitled Smoke And Mirrors, and some of the track titles are ‘The Phasist’, ‘Mansions In The Sky’ and ‘Hollywood Heroes’. It’s got a nice old-skool four on the floor vibe to it… very honest, bare and raw!”
Oni Logan: “So far the songs that have been written are all different from each other, in some ways it’s been a bit of an adventure, it’s really too early to tell what will end up on the recording.”
Inside Out: Although you are still in the early stages with Smoke And Mirrors, has there been a release date set?
George Lynch: “We’re hoping for early summer 2009.”
Inside Out: When it comes to writing for the new album, have you approached it in the same way as you have done albums in the past or are you guys looking at this from various different angles?
Oni Logan: “The writing process is the same as ever… George comes up with a few riffs we arrange it together then I take it home and write the lyrics and melodies for it.”
Inside Out: George, I have heard that next year you are planning on doing various secret shows and releasing some limited edition albums to commemorate your 30th anniversary, can you shed any light to what it is exactly that you have planned?
George Lynch: “There’s a company called Scenefour that been working on a year and half campaign to commemorate the roughly 30th anniversary. First up is a limited edition art piece that’s really amazing, only two hundred pieces and they’re all unique. One hundred of them will be on display at art shows and the other hundred will be for sale through some retail outlets and the website.”
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The collective foursome known as SOULS OF WE marks a new beginning for legendary guitarist George Lynch ( DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB ) and charismatic front man London Legrand ( BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION ).
Lynch and Legrand came together by a chance meeting on Melrose in Hollywood. “Back when George was putting together LYNCH MOB, I read in a magazine that he was looking for a singer,” explains Legrand. “I made a homemade audition tape on my jam box and sent it to his manager, but I never got a call back. Anyway, years later I’m standing on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and I see George. I decided I didn’t have anything to lose, so I walked up to him and said, ‘How come you never got back to me on that tape?’ He looked confused at first and then started laughing. We hit it off immediately and he invited me to come check out a new batch of songs he was working on. He gave me a tape of music, and that night I went home and finished three songs.”
The chemistry between Lynch and Legrand was instant and undeniable. “London is a unique visionary and poet,” states Lynch. “His words are powerful and descriptive. I feel like I have finally found my musical soul mate.”
Rounding out the lineup is powerhouse drummer Yael ( TOM MORELLO, ALEX SKOLNICK ) and bassist Johny Chow ( SYSTEMATIC, FIREBALL MINISTRY ).
“SOULS OF WE is a dream band where I got to pick and chose players not because one is more famous than the other, but because I really respect and want to play with these people,” states Lynch. “We auditioned many technically great drummers, but something was missing,” says Lynch. “When Yael walked in, she brought the swagger and sleaze we were looking for as well as technical ability.”
Having played all styles of music, from performing with full orchestras to playing with rock bands, Yael is well versed in music and her musical depth is unmatched in the drumming world.
Chow and Lynch were introduced by a mutual friend. “A friend of mine kept telling me that George and I would hit it off and that I would be perfect for his new project,” says Johny. “Yael was already in the picture, and I had already played in three other bands with her, so I knew the chemistry was there. After hearing the music, I knew this could be something great.”
With all of the elements of danger, lust, life, rebellion and love, SOULS OF WE have crafted one of the most honest and brilliant albums of the decade. Their explosive debut effort, “Let The Truth Be Known”, is a modern rock album that can’t be pigeonholed to any time or genre. From sex-fueled rockers ( “Push It”, “Come and Go” ) to songs about inner demons and personal struggles ( “January” ), this band of rock ‘n’ roll saviors is making music that’s both honest and innovative.
Lynch and Legrand originally started crafting the songs that would ultimately make up “Let The Truth Be Known” four years ago. However, the project was temporarily put on hold for a couple of years while Lynch worked on various projects and Legrand joined BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the band featuring Nikki Sixx of MÖTLEY CRÜE and Tracii Guns from L.A. GUNS. After the BRIDES split, Legrand and Lynch rekindled their partnership and finished work on their most ambitious project yet.
“Let The Truth Be Known” was self-produced in various studios around Los Angeles and mixed by Mudrock ( AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK ). The record features several guest musicians including, drummer Morgan Rose ( SEVENDUST ) and bassist Fred Leclercq ( DRAGONFORCE ). “We went in to this project with no funding, no label, no producer and no band,” explains Lynch. “We were just doing demos and making the music that we wanted to make. There was no one looking over our shoulders and no deadlines.”
When asked about the music, Legrand offers his insight on a couple of the songs. “‘Let The Truth Be Known’ is a song that shouldn’t piss off anybody that’s not guilty of the words I’m saying. It’s a fuck you to those who fucked me. ‘January’ is a true story of deception fueled by drug addiction. I wrote this song about the final days of BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION.”
“The music is dangerous and beautiful at the same time, but it definitely has a fuck you element to it,” states Legrand. “The songs are very personal to me. Growing up, I was really quiet and shy and writing was my way of being heard. There are a lot of kids out there that think they’re in this world alone. I want to let them know they’re not alone. We are all the souls of we.”
Check out audio samples at http://www.myspace.com/soulsofwe
Kelly Keeling from the bands Baton Rouge and MSG handles the vocals on all tracks with the exception of the song, ‘Gladrags & Limozenes” which features another former MSG front man, Robin McAuley.
On this disc you also have appearances by George Lynch (Dokken), and Chris Poland (Megadeth). This is a short CD, only clocking in at 28 minutes in length. It is a very good 28 minutes, and well worth your time.
I have always liked Kelly Keeling’s vocals, and he sounds great here. The disc starts off with the title track, “Long Live Me“. This song is a very cool rocker that has a pretty impressive solo by Gus G. from Firewind.
George Lynch provides the guitar solos on “Halo”, and funny enough, this sounds just like a Lynch Mob song, albeit a very good one.
On the tune “Evil” , Screamin’ Lords guitarist Jason Gile proves to have some pretty impressive guitar chops himself.
Former Megadeth axeman Chris Poland dishes out the guitar solos on “Fire In The Blue Sky”. This is easily my favorite song on “Long Live Me”. It is good to hear Poland playing again, and although his part on this album is minimal, his guitar work is excellent.
Remember the classic Fastway tune “Say What You Will“? The Screamin’ Lords cover it here, and do a good job with it. Their version is very true to the original song.
Robin McAuley takes over the lead vocals on “Gladrags & Limozenes” This is a cool upbeat tune, and one of the highlights on this CD.
Although this disc is short, it is good. Hopefully with CD #2 the guests will be fewer so the true talent of The Screamin’ Lords can shine.
The Screamin Lords are:
Jose Ferro – Bassist
Dustin Boyer – Guitar
Jason Gile – Guitar
Chris Collier – Drummer
Kelly Keeling (TSO, MSG, Baton Rouge) – Vocals
Robin McAuley (Survivor, MSG) – Lead Vocals
George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken, Souls of We)- Lead Guitar
Chris Poland (Ohm, Megadeth)- Lead Guitar
Gus G. (Firewind, Dream Evil) – Lead Guitar
Loren Molinare (Little Caesar) – Rhythm Guitar
Music Star Productions is set to
release “All Stars of Rock Guitar,” a 2-Disc DVD that features over 3
hours of lessons from four guitar masters including George Lynch
(Dokken, Lynch Mob), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Jennifer
Batten (Solo Artist, Michael Jackson Band, Jeff Beck Band), and Darrell
Roberts (W.A.S.P, Five Finger Death Punch).
Each artist discusses their influences and demonstrates some
of their signature techniques along with cool lead and songwriting
methods. Learn advanced chordal structures and tapping with Jennifer,
lead guitar and song structures with Bruce and metal licks and rhythm
techniques with Darrell. You will also watch George lay down lead
tracks for his upcoming solo release.
This DVD set is packed with exciting extra features including a
segment from the Seymour Duncan Guide To Pickups and bonus videos
featuring the “Next Generation of Rock Guitar” with Dario Lorina, Jack Ripper, and Yayo Sanchez.
All Stars of Rock Guitar will be available August 2008 through Alfred distribution.
For additional information on All Stars of Rock Guitar contact Tony Williams or visit http://www.livetojam.com/allstar/
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Did you hear the George Lynch interview on the Eddie Trunk Live show on XM41 last night.
George was pretty animated, and very honest with his answers with Eddie last night.
George mentioned that they tried to do the Dokken reunion this year, but it didn’t come together. He mentioned that he is still close to Jeff Pilson, and he doesn’t want to do a Dokken reunion without him. Lynch said that Pilson will be busy with Foreigner until at least 2010, so don’t expect a Dokken reunion before then. He also said that Mick Brown is up for it as well, when or if they decide to do it.
Eddie mentioned that Don was holding out for the kind of money for their reunion where they could rent separate buses for him and George Lynch.
George was pretty animated when he heard that. He said that the bus rentals cost so much money that the bus companies end up making all of the profit off of the tours. He thought it was nuts that with them all being in their fifties that they couldn’t get along. He said for that matter, they could just throw him in a trailer on the back of the bus, with a couple of solar panels, for him and his guitar. Throw him an occasional hamburger and he will be fine.
Eddie asked him what he thought about the new Dokken album, Lightning Strikes Again. George said he has listened to the clips of it, and it sounds good. He said that Don is trying to revisit the formula of music that Dokken was known for. He doesn’t want to play that style of music, and it frustrates his fans. He said that is what 50% of the fans want to hear and Don is making a bunch of people happy.
Lynch also mentioned that he is working on a distribution deal for his new CD with London LeGrand, Souls of We. He hopes to have it out for purchase later this summer. (You can buy it now through I-Tunes, and Amazon.com as downloads.) He also hopes to tour this fall with Souls of We.
The Lynch Mob tour is about to start up soon, and he seemed pretty excited about that. He said with the addition of Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza, not too many people will be upset about Mick Brown and Anthony Esposito not playing with him and Oni Logan.
He also mentioned that a new Lynch Mob record is not out of the question, as he has received offers to do another record.
This interview will be available through I-Tunes for free soon. I highly recommend that you check it out. It was one of the better ones on Eddie Trunk Live.
Ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has issued the following update:
“Just wanted to let everyone know that London and my new band SOULS OF WE – five years, anticipated, long awaited, soul crushing, and everything in between project – now has a MySpace page.
The record will be available for pre-sale today (Monday, May 12th) and will be released May 27th, 2008. Go have a listen, the clips will be running in rotation over the next couple weeks just to keep you frothing at the mouth!
Go check it out.”
The Souls Of We debut, Let The Truth be Known, featured ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION vocalist London LeGrand.
Many of the artists who were highly successful in the 80’s have tried reigniting their careers with sounds that take listeners back to their heyday. Whitesnake, Def Leppard and House of Lords have all released discs that their fans should be pleased with. Dokken tries to recapture the lightning, or sound that once made them famous as well.
George Lynch and Jeff Pilson have long been absent from the band. In fact, the current lineup of Dokken, Brown, Sparks and Levin, is one of the longest running for Dokken, since the bands’ most successful discs from the mid to late 80’s. It is ironic that this lineup, tries to emulate the sound of the Lynch/Pilson era. Jon Levin does a damn good George Lynch imitation, and he really cuts loose on this record. Don Dokken recruited none other than Jeff Scott Soto to sing back up vocals on this record, and it really does make a difference. That unfortunately is where the good ends and the bad begins.
In 2008, Don Dokken has very limited range with his vocals. He doesn’t take the chances that he used to in the 80’s, and that is what made their music interesting, and exciting. I am assuming that Don can’t hit the high notes anymore, as he doesn’t bother to try on Lightning Strikes Again. He stays within his own comfort zone, and as a result, the songs on this disc lack the fire of the band’s earlier material. On certain songs, Don sounds like he strains to hit the notes that he use to hit with ease.
As much as I wanted to enjoy this record, I found the songs limp and uninspiring. There are three or four songs on this disc that are above average, but the majority of the material is sub par in my opinion. The music sounds close to their original stuff from the 80’s, but without the powerful vocals that these songs deserve, they come out sounding somewhat below average. After three lackluster albums since the year 2000, I believe it is time for the band Dokken to hang it up. Lightning did not strike again for this listener.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Standing On The Outside
2. Give Me A Reason
3. Heart To Stone
5. How I Miss Your Smile
7. Point Of No Return
8. I Remember
9. Judgment Day
10. It Means
11. Release Me
12. This Fire
Don Dokken – vocals
Mick Brown – drums
Jon Levin – guitar
Barry Sparks – bass
The reactivated LYNCH MOB — featuring guitarist George Lynch (ex-DOKKEN) and vocalist Oni Logan alongside legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, WHITESNAKE) and bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) — will take part in this summer’s CINDERELLA/WARRANT U.S. tour.
“The LYNCH MOB is going out, in the U.S., starting in July of 2008 for approximately 40 shows,” reads a posting on Oni’s MySpace page. “The package tour is headlined by CINDERELLA followed by WARRANT and the LYNCH MOB.”
Birmingham, Alabama-based hard rockers LYNAM are rumored to have secured the opening slot on the trek, which will make a stop at the Rocklahoma festival the weekend of July 10-13, 2008 at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma. The package is also expected to appear at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 17. Additional dates will be announced soon.
Is Rocklahoma 2008 a big music nostalgia fest? Absolutely! Would I want to attend? Yes, without question.
Many of the bands in this 4 day music extravaganza haven’t released any new tunes in years. Would I still want to see them perform? No question about it.
House of Lords
Bret Michaels (headliner)
Looking at the list of acts above, this lineup may not excite a lot of people, but I would still like to see it. I love Tracii Guns, but I make no bones about it, that I prefer the Phil Lewis version of this band. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see their set.
Chip Z’Nuff mentioned in the Rocklahoma that a new Enuff Z’nuff album is on the way with Jake E. Lee on guitar. I am not sure if Jake E. Lee will be with them at Rocklahoma, but if so, this is a show not to be missed.
I haven’t ever seen Vain live, but I have heard a lot of good things about them. I would be happy to check them out.
House of Lords is still putting out new music, and has a new CD that will hit stores in a couple of weeks. Their last album, World Upside Down was quite good. James Christian is a very good singer, and the band features the talent of axe slinger Jimi Bell. Count me in!
I had the pleasure of seeing Jetboy live in Columbus (See this article for the concert review with videos). The band was excellent alive. I wouldn’t miss this their set for anything.
Tracii Guns mentioned in the Rocklahoma press conference that he hated opening for these guys, as they used to blow him off the stage. Jetboy was originally signed to MCA, and as with most acts on that label, never got the proper support they deserved. They are going to open up a lot of eyes at Rocklahoma.
Bret Michaels mentioned at the press conference that this will be a big show with pyro etc when he closes out on Thursday night. It sounds as if he wants to make this every bit of fun as a Poison show. He also mentioned that a special area will be set up where you can meet him in person, get an autograph, and a picture, and talk music with him. With Rock of Love being the #1 show on cable televison, there will be a lot of people waiting in line to meet Bret, without question. I don’t know much of his solo music, so I can’t say if his solo set is something I would want to check out. I will likely check out his solo disc that is supposed to hit in June.
Strangely enough, most of the bands on the Friday schedule, I have not seen live. For them to all be on the same bill together is quite cool. I wouldn’t want to miss one band on the Friday night line up.
XYZ was quite similar to Dokken. Terry Ilous said that this will be the first time the band has played together is several years. It should be an interesting set, and it will good to hear some of their tunes again.
Armored Saint is easily the heaviest band on the main stage for the entire 4 day event, and is a no miss act, in my opinion. Their CD, Symbol of Salvation, is still one of my favorites.
Kingdom Come always took a lot of crap for being a Led Zeppelin clone when they first came out. Nonetheless I like their first two CD’s, but I haven’t cared for their more recent material. I am not sure what the lineup will be for this show. I am guessing it will be Lenny Wolf and a bunch of hired hands. I will have to see what I can find out on this one. I have low expectations for this part of the show.
There are plenty of Night Ranger songs that I have enjoyed over the years. They put out a new CD in 2007, which I still haven’t checked out yet. Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy are a very talented group. I wouldn’t dare miss this set.
Triumph and Extreme are co-headlining Friday night. This is one of the few appearances that Triumph is making
in 2008. Rik Emmett always puts on a good show. I wouldn’t miss this for anything.
Extreme is back together again with Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt, and Pat Badger. They are working on new
material for a 2008 release. I would be happy to see Nuno play live, in any capacity. I am glad to see him return to the band that made him famous.
There is also one band that has not been announced for Friday. I am not sure who this will be, but the lineup is already a solid one.
The Saturday Lineup has a lot of question marks for me, but could turn out to be a solid day of rock.
Pretty Boy Floyd
Every Mothers Nightmare
Black N Blue
Warrant featuring Jani Lane
My understanding is that Pretty Boy Floyd has completely reunited. This isn’t the watered down version of the band that Steve Summers has been on the road with. If so, then this would be kind of cool to see.
Every Mother’s Nightmare is a complete wild card. The singer, Rick Ruhl, and drummer Jim Phipps are the only remaining members. I like their bluesy Memphis rock, and would like to check them out.
Tora Tora on the other hand is a complete band reunion. I love their two CD’s Surprise Attack, and Wild America.
I have seen them live but it has easily been 18 years ago. They were great then, so I would imagine a solid show by this group. Hopefully their unreleased CD will see the light of day after this.
I never had the opportunity to see Black N’ Blue live, but I have all of their CD’s and would certainly want to check them out. Jamie St. James was pretty good on the last Warrant CD. I don’t know what the lineup will be for this show, but I doubt that Tommy Thayer will be part of it. Gene Simmons owns him now.
I have to admit that I have never been a Trixter fan. I always looked at this band as the New Kids on the Block
with guitars. I thought their music was a little thin back in the day, and seeing them live won’t change my opinion.
I have always liked Kix, and I have seen them live a few times. I have also seen Steve Whiteman’s other band,
Funny Money (which sounds exactly like Kix). It would be cool to hear some Kix tunes live again.
I saw Jani Lane solo in 2007, and he sounded great. I am happy that Warrant is back together again in a full reunion. I have seen them live a few times, and they always put on a good show.
Cinderella is also a band that has always put on an excellent show, each and every time I have seen them. Tom Keifer’s voice is the only thing that is a question mark about this show. The band has been off for a couple of years so I am hopeful that Tom’s voice is back to full strength.
The Sunday lineup is interesting, especially with two times slots still opened. One of these slots is heavily rumored to be Motley Crue. I am not sure of the other one, but wouldn’t be shocked to see Danger Danger get the other slot.
I doubt a lot of people are going to know Axe. I know the band, but I wouldn’t go out of my to see them play live. I like their tune Rock and Roll Party In the Streets, but that is about it.
Beautiful Creatures have released a couple of CD’s in this decade which is more than a lot of the bands in this music festival can say. Seeing them on the roster has me getting out my CD’s by them again. I would certainly want to check them out.
Zebra is a darkhorse in this lineup. I haven’t seen them live, but I am quite familiar with their music. This could be a good show.
Lynch Mob now features Oni Logan on vocals, Marco Mendoza on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and of course George Lynch on guitar. I saw half of this band perform with Whitesnake, and would love to see this lineup in action. Tommy Aldridge is an animal on the drums, and George Lynch needs no introductions. I am interested in hearing his new Scorpion Tales album, but this is a Scorpions cover album. This is quite odd, considering that he hasn’t ever been in the band.
Tesla is the must see band on the Sunday bill. I have seen Tesla twice in the last year, and they were excellent both times. They will easily be the best band on the Sunday lineup (amongst those that have been announced so far.)
The side stages at Rocklahoma has a bunch of darkhorses, and bands that may surprise you.
The lineups look like this:
The Retrospect Records stage includes the following bands: Jester, Sidekixx, air-A-Dice, Front Runner, Tommy Had a Vision, Valor, Gypsy Blue, Whitefoxx, Blue Tiger, Wild August, Messang, Paul Shortino, Mariah, Warryor, Bad Candy,
Lorraine, Nasty Nasty, Real Steel, Cuttlass, Vyper, Mass, Bad Candy, Oney, Strikeforce, Herazz, Reckless, Heartless, Ron Keel, Warryor and Alibi.
I am not familar with most of the bands on the Retrospect stage, aside from: Mariah, Mass, Paul Shortino, Ron Keel, Nasty Nasty and Strikeforce. I would certainly like to
check out some of these acts, although none of these were bands were ever considered A-Listers.
The other stage has Texas Hippie Coalition, Karnevil featuring Dario Lorina, Dirty Penny, Crooked X, Gypsy Pistoleros, Sweet FA, Banshee, Gods of Kansas, Lipstick Magazine, Pownd, Shadowside, Mindflow, Warmachine, Asphalt Valentine, and Krucible featuring Lance King.
The interesting thing about Stage 3 is most of these are all up and coming bands.18 year old Dario Lorina is an amazing guitar player. Look him up on you tube and watch this kid play. He is very good. Karnevil is his new band. I don’t know much about them, but with Lorina on the six string, they will be interesting.
Dirty Penny is one of the better new glam bands out there. They aren’t very original, but their new CD is pretty good.
The Gypsy Pistoleros close out Friday Night on stage three, and they are the must see band in Rocklahoma. The Flamenco twist on their upbeat glam tunes is certainly one that I would like to see.
Sweet FA is the late 80’s/early 90’s hard rock band that reunited in 2007. Their new CD, The Lost Tapes is quite good. I have seen this band live, and I know they are pretty good.
Banshee is another must see band on stage three. They are one of the heavier acts on this stage. If you haven’t heard any of their music, I recommend checking them out. They will surprise you for sure.
Gods of Kansas is a newer band that is starting to make some waves. They are currently playing a bunch of live shows all over the U.S.
Pownd is a newer heavy metal band that is located 2.5 hours down the road from me in Richmond, Kentucky.
Their newest CD is highly rated across the web. I will be reviewing this one soon.
Shadowside and Asphalt Valentine are two of Chavis Records newer bands. Shadowside has one cd out, and one
on the way. Asphalt Valentine is a hard rocking band from Atlanta, GA. Their debut will be released within
the next couple of months. (I will also be checking them out locally in two weeks).
I don’t know the other acts on this stage (Crooked X, Lipstick Magazine, Mindflow, Warmachine, and Krucible) but I will be exploring these bands in the months to come.
As a whole….Rocklahoma offers plenty of Nostalgia, but also a slew of NEW bands trying to make it in the music world. The addition of two more stages in 2008 greatly improves this event over the 2007 show.
I can only hope that I will be able to make the trek there for this show. I can’t imagine missing this event!
This band has been assembled by Jose Ferro, a previous member of AOR heroes Agentz. Their one-off beauty ‘Stick To Your Guns’ still remains a compulsory addition to melodic rockers collections. However, The Screamin’ Lords are a far cry from the 80’s era of Agentz, Jose preferring to leave history at the doorstep for a more riff orientated classic hard rock sound. For an eight-tracker, this album is 100% switched on. No time or room for soppy ballads, just head-on rock n roll. Taking riffs out of the yesteryear songbooks, you’ll feel right at home if classic rock a la Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Ted Nugent is your bag. KELLY KEELING of MSG / BATON ROUGE fame handles the lead vocals on 7 tracks, while ROBIN MCAULEY takes his spot at the remaining tune “Gladrags & Limozenes”. Highly recommened for classic hard rock fans !