The flag is at half staff today at Hard Rock Hideout. I am still mulling over the news about the passing of Jani Lane, and I am still shocked and saddened that he is gone. Even though Jani was no longer performing with Warrant, I thought he was going to turn his career around, and we might finally see the release of the long awaited Jabberwocky CD. That will probably never happen now. I knew Jani had his demons, but I never in my wildest dreams expected to hear the news of his death. Jani joins a long list of great musicians who have left us far too soon. May he rest in peace!
In honor of Jani Lane, I have posted the following video clips of Jani with Warrant. These videos make me miss him even more.
No video seems more appropriate than Gotthard’s “Heaven” today. Rest In Peace, Steve Lee (August 5, 1963 – October 6, 2010)
When I first heard the samples of new reissue of Heaven’s CD, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, my first reaction was, “How in hell have I never heard this band before”.
Heaven is a hard rock band that started in Adelaide, Australia, and later relocated to the U.S.A. They have three albums under their belt, and yet I have never heard a single tune from these guys until now. Judging from the tunes on Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, I need to find the back catalog from this band and fast.
“Show on The Road” starts the album off right with a rocker that sounds like a kick ass blend of RATT & KEEL. Every time I play this song I want to rip the knob off my stereo. I love this!!
“Wink of An Eye” is a super catchy rocker that will have you signing along in no time. The keyboards on the song are alittle dated, but they add just enough quirkiness to this song to make it fun.
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is Heaven’s rendition of the Bob Dylan classic. No Guns N’ Roses didn’t do this cover first, although I like the G N’ R version better.
“No Turning Back” is another song that reminds me of early Def Leppard. The guitar that opens this song reminds me a lot of the guitar intro from “Die Hard The Hunter”.
“Last Laugh” is another hit worthy tune with that would not have sounded out of place on any of the KEEL records. Cool stuff!
“Rock On” is a bonus track that was added to the reissue of this CD. It is a such a great tune that I can’t figure out why this would have ever been left off of the original CD.
Overall, I am greatly surprised by Heaven. Singer Allan Freyer sounds like a cool combination of Ron Keel and Marc Storace. The band is way above average on the talent meter. I am greatly surprised that they weren’t a bigger part of the 80’s hard rock scene. I don’t know how I managed to miss Heaven back in the day, but I am damn glad that I found them now. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door is a CD that I recommend picking up. It has been out of print for years, but reissued in 2010 by Old Metal Records.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Show on the Road
2. Wind of an Eye
3. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
4. No Turning Back
5. Last Laugh
7. Keep the Fire
8. Without Your Love
9. No Where to Run
10. Rock On
11. Hard Life [Live]
12. Where Angels Fear to Tread [Live]
13. Love Child [Live]
14. In the Beginning [Live]
15. Madness [Live]
16. Rock School [Live]
Allan Fryer – vocals
Mitch Perry – guitar, keyboards
Tommy Dimitroff – drums
Mark Cunningham – guitar
Dennis Feldman – bass guitar
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.
Tracklist “Heaven, Hell Or Hollywood?” :
The cover artwork contains Superhero illustrations, done by Al Rio of Marvel Comics. Al Rio has previously drawn Batman, The Incredible Hulk and more …
XXX – is pronounced Triple X and these 3 X-men behind the fitting moniker are: SNOWY SHAW ( drums and vocals ), ROB NASTY ( bass and vocals ) and X ( guitars and vocals ).
“Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” was mixed by Andy La Roque in Sonic Train Studios. And produced by Snowy Shaw and X.
The album is scheduled for an October 22, 2008 release by King Records for Japan and the band is currently looking for proper deals for Europe, America and so forth.
You can listen to 4 songs from the upcoming album “Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” on the band’s MySpace:
It never ceases to amaze me how much music from the 80’s and early 90’s have been used in television commercials.
Have you seen the latest AT&T ad, using the Warrant song, Heaven?