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believe I’ve heard what may prove to be the first true essential of the new
century in the new Vaughn
album. I don’t think my review can do it justice. I almost didn’t get around
to reviewing anything else this week, the album is really that good! And the
next true essential may be the Two
that dropped on my doorstep Saturday. First few listens left me blown away.
so often I come across a website that is too cool not to pass alone. Emode
is chock full of bizarre personality tests and a shitload of fun.
site worth checking out is Cardude.
If you think Metal Sludge is funny,
you ain’t seen nothing yet!
who missed out on the Criterion Collection version of This Is Spinal
be ecstatic to know that MGM is planning to reissue the classic metal spoof.
According to Harry Shearer, “first
of all, the movie is being digitally restored and digitally remixed to Dolby
5.1, and re-released theatrically at the end of August. We just finished
digitally re-mixing it. It's being re-launched theatrically at the end of August
by MGM, and then being re-launched as a home video/DVD/VHS shortly afterwards.
We'll probably do a concert or two. We just yesterday did the commentary track
for the new DVD... This time it's the boys in the band. It's David, Nigel, and
to start their US tour in September. You can catch the band on TV when they
perform June 13 on David Letterman and June 16 on NBC’s Today Show. Also, the
scene of Jon’s head exploding in fine detail has been cut from the movie U-571.
Not sure what to make of that one…
Grohl thinks ‘movies with rock stars are Movies That suck’ (can’t say I
disagree). "The last thing in the world I want to see in a movie is some
rock guy," the Foo man tells Live Daily. "Like Jon Bon Jovi? I
don't want to see him in a movie. It'll ruin it for me. He's Jon Bon Jovi! He's
not anybody else. If I go to see a movie, I want to sit down and lose myself in
a film. If Mick Jagger walks through the scene, it's gonna ruin it for me."
vastly underrated Blessid Union Of Souls release a new single in “That’s
The Girl I’ve Been Telling You About”. The band will release a
collection of singles this summer featuring two
new tracks as well as all of their singles over the past five years, including
"Standing At The Edge Of The Earth", "I Wanna Be There",
"Light In Your Eyes", "Oh Virginia", "Let Me Be The
One", "All Along" and new 2000 recordings of "I
Believe" and "Hey Leonardo".
release of the Queensryche “Greatest Hits” has been pushed up
to June 27.
are floating around that Ratt has been dropped by Portrait. Seems there
are many who think that no one will want to see or hear Ratt without Stephen
Pearcy. The band is in the midst of trying to book a tour.
putting the finishing touches on two new songs for an upcoming compilation. From
there, work will begin on a new full album.
on the lookout for a new double disc “Best Of” from Hanoi Rocks.
releasing a single in Australia for “Somewhere Between Hello And Goodbye”,
which precedes the release of his “Wow & Flutter” album. He’ll
also be touring down under to coincide with the album release. Kyle also has a
new song called “It’s A Giant Day”, dedicated to baseball’s San
Francisco Giants, that was used for their opening day. Look for it on his website
of VH-1, this week brings a new set of Storytellers. Every night at 10,
look for new shows from Don Henley, Stone Temple Pilots and Pete
Music will now be distributed by Frontiers.
The first release under this deal is Robin
It On Rock And Roll”. Robin will also be performing at Ultrasound 2000 on
may 28 in Las Vegas. Keith Olson is expected to produce her next album as she is
currently writing songs with John Capek and Randy Bachman.
struck back in retaliation to their Napster lawsuit by filling Usenet
newsgroups, FTP sites and Napster servers themselves with Metallica songs.
Someone even hacked into the official band
site and put up the words “Leave Napster Alone”. Anyone that feels that
poor Lars is going broke, you can always donate money to his cause at the PayLars
be touring with Live
Killer has up on tap reissues for the debut from House
And Clear”. Though the Signal will have no bonus tracks, the House Of
Lords disc will feature remixes of “Love Don’t Lie” and “I
Wanna Be Loved”. The label would like to include another song called “Waiting
On Love” but cannot locate the masters. If anyone out there can help them,
drop them an email.
been performing Britney Spears’ hit “Baby One More Time” during
their opening gigs for Oasis.
saying her next album will most likely be an all acoustic affair.
Anderson has said “there will be no VH-1’s Behind The Music” for
the band. Why? Says Ian, “intriguing,
if you have one of those checkered pasts that's littered with near-death
experiences and chemical excess. Unfortunately, I don't have any of those
experiences to impart. My Behind The Music is just me sitting,
thoughtfully, pen in hand or clutching a guitar, and trying to bridge the gap
between imagination and CD. Not very exciting, I'm afraid." They hit the
road this summer in the US, kicking off June 6 in Austin, Texas.
After dropping over 120
pounds, Carnie Wilson has announced that the trio of Wilson Phillips has
reunited. They are currently in the studio recording songs for an upcoming
kick off their “Masterworks” tour on June 20 in Reno, Nevada.
has finished the recording of their latest disc.
featuring Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd), have finished up their CD “Queen
4 A Day”. The album will sport guest spots by Jani Lane, Stevie Rachelle,
Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer, Tracii Guns, Steve Riley and Kari Kane. The
tracklisting: Shock The World,
Queen 4 A Day, You Can´T Stop Me, Far Away,
American Man, Nonstop City, Lonely Nite In Paradise, I Don´T Think I Luv
U, What U Want Is What You Get, Steal The Girlz, I´M So Good, A Place Where
Love Can´T Go.
to Paul Stanley, Kiss
no plans to record another album ever again. Of course, this doesn’t rule out
releasing a new cash-in compilation every three months as well as a new live
album every six months.
to Jeff Cooper for this tidbit on Ronnie
Montrose: Over at Ronnie
Montrose's website there is news of a forthcoming Gamma 4 project. Original
Gamma members Ronnie Montrose (Guitar), Davey Pattison (Vocals), Denny Carmassi
(Drums) and Glenn Letsch (Bass) are currently in ex- Eric Martin Band and Tesla
drummer Troy Lukketa's studio recording a new Gamma album. Preliminary tracks to
include: Bad Reputation, Darkness to Light, Last Man On Earth, Love Will Find
You, Low Road Home, Oh No You Don't!, Out of These Hands, Prayers, Resurrection
Shuffle, The Only One. You can check the progress of the recording session
by following this link http://www.ronnieland.com/gamma.html
interested in this week’s round up of tribute releases (including ones
dedicated to Savatage
hold their US record release party on May 11 at L’Amour in Brooklyn, NY. May
13 sees the band hosting WDHA’s The Tour
off his “The Voice Of White Lion” tour April 19, performing solo
material as well as White Lion and Freak Of Nature tunes. Check out his website
for updated info.
glam legend Gary
moving to Cuba to live out the rest of his life. Just recently released from
jail on child porn charges. Maybe the government will accept a trade for little
is a new Swedish band that have signed to Z. Members include bassist Jori
Helminen (Scudiero), vocalist Johan Persson (Scudiero) and guitarist Hakan
OF BASE - Greatest Hits
THE BEACH BOYS - Surfin'
ERIC CARR - Rockology
DOKKEN - Live From The Sun (live greatest hits)
FLEETWOOD MAC - Live At The BBC
KISS - Alive IV
PINK FLOYD - Is There Anybody Out There?
SAMSON - Head On and Live At Reading '81
Various Artists - Monster Madness
ZAKK WYLDE'S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Stronger Than Death
top 5 on the radio this week (courtesy of WPLJ
Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want
2 Third Eye Blind - Never Let You Go
3 Smash Mouth - Then The Morning Comes
4 Goo Goo Dolls - Black Balloon
5 Faith Hill - Breathe
kicking old school on the SFK Deck O’ Death this week:]
Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – The Best Of, Jason Falkner – Demos (has a wicked version of Def Lep’s “Photograph”), Ben Folds Five – The Best (yet another personal compilation), Bourgeois Tagg – YoYo, REO Speedwagon – The Earth… (holy shit what a monster album!)
– Today’s Report, MTM,
[Similarities: Dream Theater, Yes, Royal Hunt]
Fans of power metal and prog should have no trouble sliding into this as Act play a pretty accessible form of the genre that reminds me most of Dream Theater at their most commercial. Heavily dominated by keyboards and time changes, the nine songs here are all typical of the genre and leave no doubt that these guys have the chops and, most importantly, the songs to make a sizable dent in an already crowded genre. I think what sets them apart in my mind is that even someone like me, who usually shows little tolerance for this kind of music, got some enjoyment from the listening experience. The epic “Personalities” is pretty incredible. Written in seven parts, it reminds me a lot of the “Images & Words” era, with singer Jerry Sahlin sounding like Jon Anderson in his prime. While this is something I won’t listen to a lot, it is certainly very good for what it is and will have no problem in finding fans.
– Marc Anthony, Sony,
[Similarities: Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Savage Garden]
I know what you’re thinking… but in all seriousness, after I heard the monster track “You Sang To Me”, I really held hope that this could be an borderline AOR album ala Ricky Martin. How wrong I was. Sure the stomping dance track “I Need To Know” is catchy as anything and never fails to have me cranking the volume. But this album is so loaded with ballads, that no matter how tremendously good Marc’s voice is, or even how good some of the songs may be, it just gets real tiring having one slow song after another. The previously mentioned “You Sang To Me” is a huge mid-tempo strut that would melt ears in the hands of someone like John Waite or Steve Perry. And the throbbing Latin beat of “She’s Been Good To Me” shows off Marc’s vocals to the fullest. Though I guess most of the blame can be thrown at Sony for taking Marc out of his more uptempo element, Marc after all did write most of the songs here and at least deserves some blame too. There is certainly potential here to make a killer pop album but sadly, this is not it.
– Seven Fathoms Down And Falling, Rubic
[Similarities: The Beatles, Jellyfish, The Byrds]
Quiet jangling pop that is one of those albums you really have to be in the right mood for. Problem is that to me, they are recycling old 60s psychedelic pop that was never really my bag to begin with. I had a lot of trouble getting through this disc in one sitting with very little sticking to my brain. The whole thing seems too aimless and meandering for my tastes, with each song feeling like they have no focus. There are songs though that buck this trend. Opening track “Just A Breath Away”, is a pleasant slice of pop that puts me in the mind of Jellyfish during their quieter moments. “Anna Day” is much of the same: radio friendly pop that shows that this band can be so good when they want to be. But the rest is mostly a hodge-podge of very dated sounding pop that relies too much on the Beatles and just had me wanting things to be louder.
– Watercolor Sky, New
[Similarities: Kyle Vincent, Venice, King Of Hearts]
Absolutely gorgeous Westcoast inspired pop that is love at first listen. There’s no doubt that Jeff’s influences lie in the west coast sound of bands like The Eagles, America and even the Beach Boys, but this is all original and some of the most refreshing songs that have hit my player since the last Kyle Vincent album. These days there’s not too many people doing this kind of music and Jeff has found a sound he can pretty much call his own. Upbeat acoustic songs take center stage on the ten tracks on offer with nary a filler in earshot. This is also the kind of album that needs more than a spin or two to fully appreciate, especially when it comes to the insightful lyrics. From the uptempo “Nothing But Air” and “Definite Blonde” to the slower paced “Annabelle” (which is is just beautiful) and “Song For Renee” there’s nothing here that outright rocks but also nothing here that brings you down either (even in the quieter moments). Vocally Jeff resembles Jackson Browne and has a definite California air to it. If the album is titled “Watercolor Sky” then our ears are the perfect canvas for Jeff’s musical brushstrokes of surf and sun.
– One Of These Days (cd single), Warner,
[Similarities: Savage Garden, Taxiride, Swirl 360]
Though only three songs (well, two actually as one is an acoustic version of the title song), this is exactly the kind of single that leaves you wanting more. Sounding like Savage Garden with more of a rock edge, “One Of These Days” is a perfect single that is instantly memorable and as good on the tenth listen as it was on the first. Same goes for the second track, “Strawberry Wine” (a thumping beat surrounded by a big time chorus). If you take that pop sound of the Aussie duo, strip down the electronic production you would pretty much get this…practically perfect ear candy. Now it’s off to hunt down a full album...
– Soldiers And Sailors On Riverside, Z
[Similarities: Bon Jovi, Survivor, Night Ranger]
I’m going to resist the temptation to compare this to Tyketto simply because to me, this is Tyketto. Sounds like, looks like, whatever like…in all but name. An unbelievably good and quite solid album that shows incredible growth, it’s the kind that will hook you immediately, yet repeated listens bring more and more out of the experience. Based on a sort of 90s Bon Jovi sound (Danny’s songwriting style is NJ through and through), songs are punctuated with sharp melodies, big choruses and loads of acoustic guitars that accentuate (rather than dominate) the mix. Opener “Bad Water” throws your expectations off a bit. A Zep-like stomp that is good but nothing like the rest of the disc. From there on out though it’s pure melodic bliss. The monstrous “Is That All There Is?” (a smash hit if I ever heard one), the poignant “Healing Hands” and “The Voice” and the driving “Shadowland” are reminders that when this kind of music is great it really has no equal. “Handful Of Rain”, believe it or not, has a sort of 70s AM Rock meets Bee Gees vibe that is just beautiful and works better than it sounds. The strolling title track also has shades of classic pop with Danny Vaughn doing his best James Taylor impression on a song that reminds me of classic Billy Joel (with some fine keys work from Kyle Cummings). And the more rocking tracks like the funky “Stone Monkey” and “Gandy Dancer” ride so far above all the clichéd and generic discs being foist upon us lately that you feel like you’ve found a savior. Finally, an album that lives up to the hype and expectations…Z has a real gem here that has the words “essential” and “classic” stamped all over it and may prove to the album that may bring melodic rock back to the masses.
From The Hill:
Purple: In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, Spitfire
[similarities: Metallica [S&M], Apocalyptica, Angelica, Therion]
No doubt some in the world think that Metallica were the first ones to perform their music with a full symphony orchestra. As with many things in the hard rock genre, Deep Purple beat them to it, by 3 decades. At the time it was thought to be the ultimate act of pomposity, and rumored to be not well appreciated by the symphony (RPO) picked to play with them. To add to the insult the score music to Jon Lord’s "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" was lost and had to be reconstructed from tapes and a video of the evening all those years ago.
to the dying days of the last century, and Deep Purple attempted to improve on
their last attempt at performing the CGO. It was time for DP to test the alleged
underground adoration of the mostly forgotten era and album for the band.
result is a two CD set that contains the whole concerto, a few Deep Purple
classics and the lads from the band having one hell of a good time. It is
obvious to the listener that this time the orchestra supporting the band want to
be there and are having a good time. On the first CD each member of Deep Purple
are given the chance to test their chops and be frontman for a tune or two. The
results are surprisingly good and the selection of songs and styles refreshing.
Just for good measure the band returned to the venue of their first attempt, the
Royal Albert Hall in London.
of the highlights on Disc 1 include an incredibly amusing little ditty called
‘That’s Why God is Singing the Blues", which sees the band letting it
go and having a great time with this blues track.
James Dio is along to lend his pipes
two Roger Glover penned tracks in "Sitting on a Dream" and "Love
is All", the heavy metal legend, proves his pipes are a lot more varied
than many people would have thought. There is big band swing with Ian Paice on
"Wring that Neck", a great Steve Morse on "Take it to the
Top" and Jon Lord having some fun with "Picture Within."
actually CGO is a great achievement in its own right, that proves that despite
all the crap the band took 30 years ago, it is still an outstanding piece of
end the set the band, with the full accompaniment, blow through two of their
greatest tracks with "Sometimes I feel like Screaming" and a grand
finale of "Smoke
on the Water", featuring the whole myriad of talents who participated in
in all this is a great collection of music, and an awesome live album. Further
proof, if needed, that Deep Purple are one of the greatest collection of
talents, rock music has ever seen.
full sound added by the orchestra make this a joy to behold. This collection is
for those times where you don’t want to go the whole classical hog, but would
like something more special than the ordinary. A great release and justice for
Jon Lord and his concerto. – MD
of the Dog: Rise, Spitfire
[similarities: GnR, LA Guns, Van Halen, Kiss]
Its discs like this one that make all the crap I have to listen to; worthwhile. This is one of the most impressive hard rock releases I have heard in at least 5 years or longer. HotD has reminded me why the hell I listen to this stuff in the first place. Not since Appetite for Destruction have I been so overwhelmed with enthusiasm. If there is a shred of justice in this world, the Hair of the Dog should be absolutely huge and playing arenas within months. I am in no doubt that these guys kick ass live, and I am gonna make it a priority to see them.
they pay homage to their idols while never sounding too similar to any of them.
There are elements of Kiss, Roth-era Van Halen, Guns & Roses and even some
AC/DC. The last listed track on the album is HotD’s take on Kiss’
"I", which is a gas to listen to. But lets start at the beginning.
This opus starts of on the right foot, with the title track, a blues soaked
rocker that firmly tells you what this disc has got for you.
the One" is the band’s "Sweet Child O’Mine" and if released
with the right push, would be huge. It is an arena sized power-balled that
sticks in your head and has you singing along from the first listen. "Mokur
Jahoobees" is great bluesy track, very Van Halen (DLR) catchy boogie.
"I can’t fight you", a great Kiss-ish mid-tempo track with some
great guitar work. "Rescue Me" is there other ballad, with the
requisite acoustic intro and varied vocals that show that Ryan Cook has some
range. This varied tempo track is another showcase for Septys’
guitar."Bum Jenkins" is a great bluesy swagger track.
would not be a great record without the requisite party anthem. You need to look
no further than "Hammered", which is straight ahead, kick ass rock
with no frills, with a spoken/sung and drum combo mid-section, it’s a bloody
great getting pissed song! The hidden track, "Out of Control" comes
after "I" and is a very mellow sing-along, with the whole band and an
short, you need this damn album. It one of the best hard rock albums of the last
decade and hopefully a harbinger of the revival of straight ahead 12 bar blues
owe it to yourself to go out and get "Rise", help Hair of the Dog get
the success they deserve.
guys got the looks, the licks, the tunes and the attitude; they may just be the
savoir of rock music! An essential summer CD! - MD
inspired this week to talk about a problem that seems to affect many aspects of
the current entertainment industry, and now seems to be, worryingly, being
applied to the melodic rock market as well.
a combination of stifled originality and an emphasis on catching people with a
sound bite without having anything to back it up. You see it in the film
industry where the title of a film is almost more important that what it's
about! This stems from the film companies' marketing groups testing people by
asking "would you go and see a film called X" or "would you go
and see a film called Y", rather than asking "would you go and see a
film about X or Y". Therefore the title is seen as what puts bums on seats!
think we see this as well in the current mainstream music industry. Of course,
some music always has been and always will be sold on the image of the band and
nothing else, but in the current mainstream it seems that there are hardly any
significant differences between maybe two or three main categories of music, and
almost everything within those highlighted categories sounds exactly the same.
Marketing departments therefore can just keep peddling the same wares over and
I think we're seeing some of the melodic rock labels following this policy as
well. Too many of the current releases sound exactly the same, and nobody seems
to understand anything about fostering something even just a little bit
different and original. As a result, and I know many of you are feeling this, so
many current melodic rock releases sound stagnant, and while the band names
might be different, there's precious little to chose between them. If that
carries on melodic rock has no future in the long-term anywhere. It's time for
someone, someplace to start taking some chances for the sake of art above
everything else (sorry if that sounded pretentious!). But then again most of the
labels are too worried about losing some money, so that shows what reason
they're in it in the first place.....
From: "Wayne" firstname.lastname@example.org
Great job with the sfk letters, but one thing about your comment about Rick Springfield not coming to North Dakota, The rockin the hills gig rick cancelled is a big event, They average 10,000 on up a night sundays for the last two years have averaged 12,000 on up. This is pretty good attendance for someone who isnt exactly on top of the music industry, as for the comment on there being nothing in North Dakota you maybe right, but we support live music and appreciate when bands come here and just because our social activities don’t match the big cities doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to see our favorite artists.
true…no disrespect was intended from my comment.]
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From: Endre_Hubner firstname.lastname@example.org
great artist at mp3.com
There's a guy out at mp3.com called Robert Lloyd. Great melodic AOR/pop stuff (similar to Kyle Vincent) Check it out http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/6/robert_lloyd.html BTW if any of you can download the first track (you will always have me) complete (there's half a minute missing from my download) email it to me, please.
some more interesting stuff out there: Wolf Hoffman (Accept) doing classical
covers, check out my fave Kyle Vincent too, plus don't forget about Marc
Pattison a great instrumental guitarist with tons of songs up there.
From: Tim Wadzinski email@example.com
Eric Carr - ROCKOLOGY review
FYI, that is Carr singing all the vocals on this, *not* Bruce Kulick. And no, this isn't the greatest album in the world but this is probably the only way Carr's fans would ever get to hear his stuff, since he was notoriously held back as a singer and writer in Kiss. Maybe you'd have been less disappointed if you knew going in this was a collection of demos rather than a true album? (Kinda like that last Lillian Axe "album"...)
it wasn’t me who reviewed the album, does anyone really care if they were
demos or new tunes or whatever? To me as long as the music is good, who gives a
shit…that last Lillian Axe disc was great.]