Thanks to the power of Twitter, the guys in Scarlett Gypsy tweeted me, alerting me of their existence. The band just released the album All Access and "Is This Love" is the first single. I gotta say, it's not the most produced song I've ever heard, but it sure is Glam. There's good reason: the band started back in 1991, but we all know what happened in the early 90s. A couple decades later, the band is finally getting their shot. Watch. You know what to do.
Catchy, catchy, catchy! Charm City Devils will release their new album Battles on September 23. The first single from that album is "Shots" which feels like a big rocker, but really the song is pretty angry and dark. The official lyric video is below. Hopefully I'll get to see Charm City Devils live again soon.
When we think about 80s glam bands, Romeo's Daughter doesn't get mentioned much. I think they are pretty underrated. Granted, they don't have a lot of albums, but their songs are catchy and production tight, thanks to the one and only Mutt Lange.
Interestingly, the band broke up for years... and then reformed not long ago, releasing a new album and touring. Plus, they will perform at HRH AOR in March. What do you think?
The other day I posted about rockers doing the #ALSicebucketchallenge. Since that post, Motley Crue took the challenge - live on stage - and donated $10,000 to ALS research. After the Crue got wet, Nikki Sixx challenged KISS, Def Leppard and Aerosmith. The other night, KISS and Def Leppard obliged, taking the challenge together at the end of their Indianapolis gig. It's honestly pretty cool to see all those guys on stage taking part and then donating cash to the cause. Maybe most amusing is who KISS decided to challenge next: Elton John, Rod Stewart... and Deepak Chopra. I honestly laughed out loud at that list. Not exactly a metal crew but a bunch of rich guys for sure! Now I'm waiting for Aerosmith to take part!
Buckcherry recently recorded a cover of Aerosmith's "Mama Kin." The song is one of Aerosmith's best tracks and I have to say, Buckcherry did it much justice. I dig it. But I've always been a sucker for "Mama Kin." I can be having the worst day ever and the song can come on the radio and my mood will instantly improve. The true mark of a great song.
Still, the Buckcherry cover just isn't as epic as this little piece of rock history:
Surprise! SIXX:A.M. just released another track from the upcoming album Modern Vintage. The song is called "Stars" and I really like it a lot. In fact, I think it's miles ahead of "Gotta Get It Right" which is supposedly the first single from Modern Vintage. "Stars" is definitely radio friendly and not dark. Most SIXX: A.M. tracks are about as dark as you can get, but maybe the band is turning a corner here. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
The Motley Crue/Dodge partnership sure is paying off. Today another commercial, this time for the Dodge Charger featuring Motley's "Kickstart My Heart." The commercial not only uses the song - the voice-over mentions the band, too. The title of the ad is called "Just Kidding" and from a marketing standpoint, I think the ad copy is darn smart. Plus, Nikki Sixx is making fat stacks of cash. Good for him.