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Since this is the last SFK of 2000, I just
wanna throw out a liner notes list of thanks to all those who supported us this
year (in no particular order): Mario at Frontiers, Mark & Peter at Now &
Then, Magnus at MTM, Khalil and Barrie at Escape, Mark at Z, Bruce at Not Lame,
Chip at Spitfire, the crew at Magna Carta, the crew at Pop Squad, the crew at
A2, Barry at the Lost 45s, Dave at Retro Rewind, Andrew at Melodic Rock, Dan at
Heavy Harmonies, John and the gang at the AOR Mafia, Tim at Detritus, Tim and
Martin at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Dave Baldwin, John Taglieri, David
Isaacs, Robin George, Ted Poley, Dave Reynolds, George Thatcher at the Heart Of
Rock, Stephen at Authority On Rock, the guys at Metal Sludge, the guys at the
Tour Bus and most of all…you guys…the readers of SFK. Hope everyone has a
healthy and happy 2001!
January 16 is
the release date for two Bruce
The first is the DVD release of the “Blood Brothers” documentary,
chronicling the recording of new songs for the “Greatest Hits” CD.
The second, “Video Anthology”, is a double DVD with 33
videos/performances, 15 of them exclusive to this release including his
appearances on Jay Leno and The Charlie Rose Show as well as some recent live
footage. The tracklisting: Disc
1: Rosalita 1978, The River 1980: From "No Nukes"
concert, Thunder Road 1980: >From "No Nukes" concert, Atlantic
City 1982, Dancing In The Dark 1984, Born In The U.S.A. 1984, I'm
On Fire 1985, Glory Days 1985, My Hometown 1985, War
1986, Fire 1986: Rare acoustic performance from Neil Young's "Bridge
Concert", Born To Run 1987, Brilliant Disguise 1987, Tunnel
Of Love 1987, One Step Up 1988, Tougher Than The Rest 1987, Spare
Parts 1988, Born To Run (acoustic) 1988. DVD Disc 2: Human
Touch 1992, Better Days 1992, 57 Channels (and Nothin'
on) 1992, Leap Of Faith 1992, Streets Of Philadelphia 1993,
Murder Incorporated 1995, Secret Garden 1995, Hungry
Heart 1995, Dead Man Walkin' 1996, The Ghost Of Tom Joad
1996, The Ghost Of Tom Joad 1995: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno –
performance, Highway Patrolman 2000, If I Should Fall Behind 2000,
Born In The U.S.A. 1998: The Charlie Rose Show - solo acoustic
performance, Secret Garden (with strings) Alternate Version of the song.
More Bruce Springsteen info: he premiered
a new song, “My City In Ruins”, last weekend in a set of holiday
shows in NJ. Rumor has it that this song will be part of an upcoming live
CD/video set, mostly recorded earlier this year at New York’s Madison Square
& Phil Solem are putting the finishing touches on their new album, “Lost
Together”, due out in the spring. Rather that being called a Rembrandts
project, it will be under the banner of Solem
Wilde. More info
at their website. While you’re there,
look for the hidden page
featuring sneak preview MP3s.
Hot on the
heels of the recently released boxset “Flashback”, ELO
is putting the
finishing touches on a new studio album that features appearances from Ringo
Starr and George Harrison.
from last week: the DVD for Dream
2000” is only the performance of the title track with an extra hour of
live footage, not the whole show as reported last week.
The fabulous Retro
Rewind will have interviews and unplugged performances on their site next
year from Rick Springfield, Tears For
Fears, Roxette and
features a new MP3 song titled “Collective Heartbeat”.
featuring a Christmas song on their website,
“All I Want 4 Christmas”.
release their “Acoustica” album in the US with 5 bonus tracks. Ted
tells me also that the new full album, “Love Metal”, is nearing
album from pop great Linus Of
finished and titled “Let Yourself Be Happy”. According to his website,
his third album may be an album full of 70s disco influenced tunes!
A nice summer
tour shaping up for North America next year is the trio of Asia,
John Waite and The
AOR legends Player, comprised
of the duo Ronn Moss and Peter Beckett along with session supremos Tony Sciuto (Little
River Band), Ron
Green (Kenny Loggins),
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon)
and Ron Wisko (Foreigner),
are putting the finishing touches on a new album due out next year.
Coast AOR legend, the Little River
recently released an album titled “Where We Started From”, which
contains nine new songs and two bonus tracks in the form of re-recordings of
their hits “Cool Change” and “Night Owls”.
Metal writer Martin Popoff would like a
list of your Top 25 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time. Please RANK them and include
the name of the band (if it seems too hard, feel free to go with 10!). Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
responses. Results will be tabulated and published soon.
Rhino has released “The Very Best Of:
1974-1987” from hard rock legends Montrose featuring Sammy
Hagar. Tracks include: Bad Motor Scooter, Space Station #5, Rock Candy, I
Got The Fire, Spaceage Sacrifice, We’re Going Home, Paper Money, All I Need,
Twenty Flight Rock, Clown Woman, Dancin’ Feet, Let’s Go, Jump On It, Music
Man, M For Machine, Stand, Ready Willing And Able.
Speaking of the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar
is said to be looking into opening up a Cabo Wabo resort in Las Vegas that
will include a 5000 seat amphitheater.
In other Rhino news, the label will be
putting together a tour for next year, The Rhino Retrofest, which will
feature musical acts from the 60s through the 80s as well as vintage pop
culture. Last year’s one day festival featured Kyle Vincent, Berlin,
Missing Persons, Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, Tony Burrows, Tony DeFranco and
Ron Dante, among others.
The House Of Lords saga just gets
more and more strange. Here’s an email I got from Chuck Wright: Listen, I
wanted you to know that the original members of House Of Lords (Ken, James,
Gregg, Lanny and myself) are not in any way associated with RSE (Rock Solid
Entertainment & Kelly Hammett) and we do not have management. I'm telling
you this because I was told by a friend that runs a prominent e-zine that he was
contacted by someone saying they were HOL management and would be releasing a
statement on our behalf. We do have a web mistress named Dany who is working
with us now and has sent out an announcement for us which is fine. http://www.lara-goth.com/HouseOfLords/
I will keep you updated as things develop.
And yet more on those pesky Robbie
Williams and Queen rumors: According to Brian May, "Well, I'll
be honest with you, we've been talking to Robbie and we've been playing around
with Robbie, and we like him. And we've pushed various ideas around, but nothing
has been decided yet, so if you see anything in the press, it's somebody jumping
the gun. I think he's a great entertainer, and one of the few, I suppose, one of
the few entertainers with a capital 'E' that I've seen emerge out of England in
recent years. They're very few, very hard to find."
The next single from U2 will be for
“Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”. B-sides will include live
versions of “Beautiful Day” and “New York” as well as a
new song, “Big Girls Are Best” and a remix of “Beautiful Day”.
Escape has signed two new acts. Paradise
is a new Canadian act featuring members of Loverboy and Kick Axe. Aries
are said to resemble Kansas with an edge.
Lionel Richie will
release his new album, “Renaissance”, in the spring in the US. The
album has been out since October in Europe. Sporting a different, more upbeat
tracklist, the first single is the catchy “Angel”, due out in
The tracklisting for the new Rubber album
“Ultra Feel”, due in February: Spinning Around, Forgive, Over The
Edge, Happiness, Hopeless, In The End, Draggin' Me Down, Everything You Do, No
Doubt and Running Away. Three of the songs are sung by Pete
Rumor has it that both Zack Wylde and
Tommy Lee are now part of Ozzy Osbourne’s band.
club members will get be getting “Fan Can #4”, which comes with a
video of a November 1997 concert from Philadelphia, an “And Justice For All”
T-shirt, a dog tag and a CD filled with exclusive live music. Shipment is
expected in February.
The writers of Brave Words & Bloody
Knuckles have chosen Halford’s “Resurrection” as the best
metal album of 2001.
A cool rumor being floated around is a new
project titled the Three Tremors, which would feature Geoff Tate, Bruce
Dickinson and Rob Halford.
The next Bob Catley album will be
based on the classic Lord Of The Rings novels from JRR Tolkein. Titles
include: The Wraith Of The Rings, (i) The Fields That I Recall, (ii) Emissary
(iii), The Fields That I Recall (Reprise), City Walls, Against The Wind, (i)
Where You Lead I'll Follow (ii), Stormcrow & Pilgrim (iii), Where You Lead
I'll Follow (Reprise), Return Of The Mountain King, The End Of Summer (Galadriel's
Theme), This Gallant Band Of Manic Strangers and The Fellowship. “Middle
Earth” is due out in March.
The next Stan Bush disc will be
titled “Language Of The Heart” and is said to be in the classic
The tracklisting of “Time Passes”,
the solo debut from Kelly Keagy: Bottled Up, Time Passes, I'm Still
Here, Soul, The Moon, Before Anybody Knows I'm Gone, Too Close To The Sun, The
Journey, Acid Rain, Something's Gotta Give, Too Much To Ask, Anything Goes, When
There Is A Woman, Next To Never and Wrong Again. Song co-writers
include Bruce Gaitsch, John Sinclare, Jim Peterik, Jack Blades, Kevin Chalfant,
Brad Gillis and Gary Moon. The album is due out in early spring.
Mike Slamer’s Seventh Key album
is in the mixing stage. Songs include: No Man's Land, Forsaken, Broken Home,
Everytime It Rains, Missy, The Kid Can Play, The Brave Are Free, Prisoner Of
Love, Love Is Dying, Find Your Way Home, The Storm Rages On, Scream Surrender and
Always Remember You Well. Musicians include Billy Greer, Mike Slamer, Steve
Morse, Steve Walsh, David Manion, Igor Len, Terry Brock, Kerry Livgren and Chet
The Hurricane reunion album is
sporting the title of “Liquifury”. Some song titles include: Happy
To Be Your Fool, Bleed For Me, You Are, Heart Made Of Stone and It's Your
Emerald Rain is
finishing up their third studio album and hope to release it in April. The
tentative tracklisting: Easy Come Easy Go, You, Just Like Anyone, Open Up
Your Eyes, Badlands, Until You're Blind, Is This Love? and Wasted Time.
VH-1’s lineup for Fan Club:
KISS - Dec. 22 10:00pm ET/PT
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dec. 29 10:00pm ET/PT
Ricky Martin - Jan. 5 10:00pm ET/PT
AC/DC - Jan. 12 10:00pm ET/PT
No Doubt - Jan. 26 10:00pm ET/PT
Motley Crue - Feb. 2 10:00pm ET/PT
Bon Jovi - Feb. 9 10:00pm ET/PT
Kid Rock - Feb. 16 10:00pm ET/PT
Harmonies MP3 Of The Week: As a general rule female lead vocalists don't
cut it with me. There's something about AOR, hard rock, and melodic metal that's
more suitable for a male lead vocalist (before our friendly femynysts get their
panties in a bunch, it's an aesthetic judgment, not an indictment of the musical
ability of women). There are a few exceptions of course; I've always been a big
fan of Heart, Doro Pesch, and to a lesser extent, Lee Aaron and Lita Ford. So on
the rare occasions a female AOR/hard rock artist comes along that aurally turns
my head, it's worth spreading the word... Lana Lane is just such an artist. Last
week I stumbled across her 1999 release Queen of the Ocean. Wow! Excellent
stuff! An added bonus is that the 3 bonus tracks on the album aren't throwaways
in the usual sense; all 3 are quite worthwhile. I just found out tonight also
that Lana is the uncredited female vocalist on Icebreaker - Eleco, from 1997
(I'd always wondered who did the lead vocals on that CD!!!). Well, enough
rambling on my part. If you like '80s Heart blended with richly orchestrated AOR
(with a slight prog bent), you'll enjoy this week's MP3, Souls of the Mermaids.
Finally, the Second Annual Venice Concert Cruise will be from November 30 - December 3, 2001 on Carnival's Ecstasy from Los Angeles to Mexico. Travel arrangements will be handled by Belair / Empress Travel & Cruises. You’ll get, along with the typical cruise amenities, a private party, concert and autography session with the band. For further information contact the Fan Club Cruises Desk at: (800) 638-0827 / Fax: (301) 464-2878 or by Email at email@example.com. You can also register online at http://www.belairtrav.com/venreg.htm.
Rare MP3 Of The Week:
Held over from last week (out of sheer
laziness) is the dance remix of “It’s My Life” from Bon Jovi. Does
anyone know where this originates from?
[Five discs kicking old school on the SFK
Deck O’ Death this week:]
ELO – Strange Magic, Seals & Crofts – Greatest Hits, America – History, Abba – Gold, Ambrosia - Anthology
Like I said last week,
no reviews. But what ya got here is my top 20 CDs for 2000. Are these the best?
Not necessarily so…more like the albums I listened to more than any others.
1 Rick Springfield
– Alive – Maybe THE best live album ever. Perfect sound and a scorching
2 Howard Jones –
Pefawm – This 2CD Internet exclusive set puts new spins on old HoJo faves
and actually makes many of them sound better than before.
3 Bon Jovi – Crush
– I know lots of people didn’t care for this and I’m not sure why.
Contains some of the best songs the band has recorded.
4 Sister Hazel –
Somewhere More Familiar – Crushing southern tinged rawk and roll made this
essential cruising music.
5 Marvelous 3 –
ReadySexGo – Power pop simply doesn’t get much better than this. Why
aren’t these guys the biggest thing since sliced bread (whatever the hell that
6 The Corrs – In
Blue – Never mind the fact that these ladies are hotties…the music is
some of the smoothest listening this side of Shania.
7 Michael McDermott
– Last Chance Lounge – The return of the singer/songwriter…or the
second coming of Bruce Springsteen.
8 David Isaacs –
Timebomb – Jaw dropping power pop with superior lyrics.
9 Journey – Arrival
– Finally, a comeback worth getting excited about. Was there a better song
this year than “Signs Of Life”?
10 Tsar – Tsar
– Part Cheap Trick…part Kiss…all fun.
11 Evan And Jaron –
Evan And Jaron – The closest to AOR as the mainstream got this year.
12 Alfonzetti –
Ready – Punchy and catchy arena rock that was the best album from the big
13 Collective Soul
– Blender – Can these guys do any wrong? Man, they just spit out
perfectly crafted rock without effort.
14 Kharma –
Wonderland – The opening 3 tracks may be THE best album opening ever.
15 Matchbox 20 –
Mad Season – Sophmore jinx? Not here. In retrospect, better than their
16 Teen Machine –
After School Special – The return of bubblegum glam.
17 Tiffany – The
Color Of Silence – From mall pop queen to mature melodic rocker…who
would have thunk it?
18 BB Mak – BB Mak
– A boy band that actually plays their own instruments, writes their own tunes
and no synchronized dancing to be found.
19 T-Bell – Replay
– Pure AOR at it’s Westcoast best.
20 Everclear –
Learning How To Smile – A fantastic collection of lighter edged songs from
the alternative rockers. “AM Radio” was probably my favorite
mainstream single of the year.
The rest of the best: SR-71
– Now You See Inside, Mars Electric – Mars Electric, Hanson – This
Time Around, Doug Powell - More,
Jeff Larson – Room For Summer
(Re)Views From The Hill:
[Note: these are reviews done by outside contributors and not myself – Kurt]
Basement (Ian McIntosh):
It's kinda hard to write a column on
Christmas Eve in Europe when everyone's on holiday and nothing's going on! So,
it'll be brief this week....
Noticed that there's already a couple of
new Japanese releases doing the rounds. Molly Hatchet has just issued
"Kingdom of XII" in Japan, and it has an exclusive bonus track. Also
now scheduled for release on January 11th is the first album from Richard Page's
pre-Mr Mister outfit "Pages". The band's other two releases
("Future Street" and the, confusingly, other self-titled album) have
already had CD re-issues at various points.
Hit the Ground Runnin' are still hard at
work on their new album. In the meantime, fans of the band should surf into http://listeningroom.lycos.com/fan/bands/hit/Song_20010.html
where they can see a live
track from a "Dance Party USA" television appearance the band did back
at the end of 1988.
Takara are hoping to have their new album
finished in February. It'll be called "Perception of Reality". All the
music tracks are done and the vocals are just now being finished off. A late
spring or early summer release is then likely. Initial reports suggest a much
better quality of studio sound from the band than seen on their previous
releases. Some live shows in Los Angeles and Japan are also planned, as well as
possibly in Europe.
[All quiet this week…]