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Wednesday
Sep052018

Steve Perry Releases Video For 'No More Cryin'

Another new Steve Perry track! Today we get the new video for "No More Cryin'" from the upcoming album Traces. That new record will be out October 5 and you can already pre-order it - click the link below to support the site! I think I like this track a little better than the first one Perry dropped from this album. 


Steve Perry - Traces


Tuesday
Sep042018

Dave Ellefson Inducted Into Iowa Rock Hall of Fame 

Boy the last thing I want to do today is to go back to work. Enjoy this tidbit from my inbox and ease back into your schedules this week! 

 

Grammy Award winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was inducted into the IOWA ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME over the weekend, in a ceremony Sunday in Okoboji, IA, presented by the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Music Association. David, a native of nearby Jackson, MN, spent his formative years, pre-Megadeth, performing on the club circuit in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Ellefson was inducted in the “individual artist” category, for his achievements both as a recording artist and performer, and as a producer, writer, and entrepreneur, including his work with EMP LABEL GROUP, ELLEFSON COFFEE CO, ETA - Ellefson Touring Agency, and the recently relaunched COMBAT RECORDS.

“Growing up in Jackson, which is right on the border with Iowa, I spent as much time in Iowa, as I did in Minnesota. My mom was from Iowa, and really, so much of my life growing up was here. The Iowa circuit is where I really cut my teeth as a musician, before moving to LA and joining Megadeth, and it’s such an amazing honor to be recognized with the Iowa RNRHOF Class of 2018. After the Grammy win for Dystopia, it was really a cherry on top, to be recognized by my peers, and the great people back home, and to get to come back and participate in this amazing weekend” says David.

The induction came with a permanent Ellefson exhibit on display in the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Museum, in Arnold’s Park, IA, featuring one of Ellefson’s personal Jackson KELLY BIRDsignature basses, which kicked off the weekend with Ellefson performing an intimate BASSTORYmasterclass on Saturday morning, and, with partner Thom Hazaert, judging the finals of the statewide IOWA ROCKS Battle of the Bands competition.

The induction weekend closed out with an All-Star Jam Sunday night, with Ellefson participating along with the rest of the 2018 inductees.

 

 

Monday
Sep032018

A Rumor Is A Rumor, But... Is This The Fitting Coda Hard Core Fans Have Wanted?

Today's post is from our friend HIM. 

 

I take most everything with a grain of salt (actually, more than a grain... I need to cut back on the sodium). So, like the picture debates of recent weeks, I have been following the AC/DC rumor train with a curious, if jaded, eye. Chris Slade has no idea what is going on? I figured that might be how they treat him. Phil and Brian are back? Quick. Zoom in on the pictures and try to time-stamp what they are wearing, all the while wondering why such a “hush hush” get together is able to be filmed from a person’s balcony . . . and filmed again after the news was out.

And I have gone on record saying that I think AC/DC are more smoke and mirrors than jokes and beers. I think the Young Brothers crafted a good story, some great music, and turned it into a dream for them and fans alike. I remain a fan. I mean, who do you know who isn’t a fan who still talks lovingly about Flick of the Switch?
 
So here is the recent wrinkle, with a sprinkle of Williams (Cliff, not Brian):


 

 
I have no issues with this information if it is true. I would love to see the three fellows back in the fold . . . for one last album and one last outing. I also don’t mind the idea that these are songs that are already worked through, and worked through enough that they would involve the deceased Mal adding to the mix he basically oversaw. I mean, it is a calculated sorta’ thing. And a different sort of calculation that Van Halen did when they resuscitated old tracks on A Different Kind of Truth (which I also enjoyed). But if it holds up to the standard of some of the songs on Rock or Bust, and is better than most of the songs on Black Ice, what’s the problem? AC/DC has never been about bursting expectations. They are about comforting uniformity, that rocks. Do take note that I said at the start of this paragraph, though, that this all makes perfect sense as a way to bow out with respect.
 
So I continue to watch the rumors . . . through a glass, darkly. When it comes to AC/DC, you only know what they want you to know. Which isn’t always a bad thing. All I really care about is that what I find out (eventually) suggests a band going out on their shield, not faltering on fumes.
 
One final addition: for fans of the Bon Scott years, I recommend The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC’s Back in Black. Jesse Fink, who I have corresponded with on several occasions and about several of his projects, does a great job of creating a mystery novel—that is non-fiction!—about the struggles that Bon and the band endured leading up to Highway to Hell, the facts of Bon’s death, the album created in the wake of his death, and the overall manner in which AC/DC managed to carry on and achieve continued (and greater) success.
 
I also offer some words of caution: this is not a glowing overview of any of the aforementioned topics. He has, like I do, a rather critical opinion of how AC/DC actually conducts their business. He also interviews, and at times threads together, people with dubious memories and potentially questionable motives. He paints Bon as a flawed person, who succumbed to excess but also was looking for a way through, and potential out of, AC/DC.
 
As a fan, I always like to see alternative takes on what I like and love. That there are more flaws than I assumed doesn’t negate what I like and love. If anything, it humanizes both. Fink is not interested in destroying icons. Rather, he is invested in removing the fog of illusion when it only serves to sell one story, and one story only, at the disservice of telling a greater truth.
 
While he does not entirely live up to the suggestions of the title, Fink more than makes up for it in the pain-staking research he does to put the often faded, contradictory, and damaging pieces together. There is no final answer to some of these questions. He ends by offering up several plausible scenarios regarding the greatest mystery in the book and leaves it to the reader to decide (even if we know his position). But, unlike others who have glorified AC/DC and Bon without question, Fink was at least willing to go further in asking the tough questions.
Sunday
Sep022018

Muscle Shoals Tribute Planned, Hear Steven Tyler and Nuno Bettencourt

Muscle Shoals… Small Town, Big Sound is due September 28th via BMG. The album will honor over a dozen musicians who recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama over the years.

Now we've got a cover of Steven Tyler and Nuno Bettencourt doing their version of the Rolling Stones classic "Brown Sugar." I dig it.


Here's a trailer for the full album:


Saturday
Sep012018

Hardcore Superstar Releases 'AD/HD' Video

Hardcore Superstar is one of the best modern glam bands going. Now they've got a new video for their song "AD/HD." The song is from the album You Can't Kill My Rock n' Roll, due later this month. Click the image to pre-order the album. 


Friday
Aug312018

A Review Of A Review: Alice In Chains, Bush, The Cult and Stone Temple Pilots

Today's post is from our friend HIM. 


A REVIEW OF A REVIEW: ALICE IN CHAINS, BUSH, THE CULT, AND STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, SUNLIGHT SUPPLY AMPHITHEATER, RIDGEVIEW, WA, AUGUST 26, 2018.
 
I was all set to post a review of this show. Alas, Ruben Mosqueda beat me to it on Sleaze Roxx. If the videos are accurate, he had slightly better seats than I did. He also has a slightly different approach than I do. But his is a great review. So it stands on its own:
 
 
So let me add to, and subtract from, his wise observations.
 
First off, this was my first time at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (formerly Sleep Country Amphitheater). It holds 18K and is designed in reverse fashion to my usual amphitheater venue experience, Shoreline, in Mountain View, Ca., (you enter from in front of the stage instead of from behind). The other notable difference is that the design of the concert area proper is much more akin to the Concord Pavilion, also in California. The overhang/seating area is bigger than the lawn/GA area. It also features (or did this night) a GA standing area directly in front of the stage as well. That said, it is ultimately designed in a similar fashion in terms of the concessions, restrooms, etc., that surround the seating area. I am sorta’ sad that I haven’t attended shows here before. It is a good venue, with good sound (from my Sect. 100 seating), and a good group of people helping attendees get in and out of the place, buy food and spirits, and so on. It wasn’t a full house. Still, it was a decent (over 3/4 full) showing for a Sunday night.
 
While the last three bands are currently on the road on an “all headliner” (any one can be the lead that night) Revolution 3 bill, that didn’t make this a Revolution 3-plus-Alice-in-Chains show.  They were there to support Alice and the recent release of a new album. That said, the issue came up for me and my friend: what would that mean for the supporting acts in terms of who went on first and last? I argued that it should be STP first, Bush next, and The Cult right before Alice. He disagreed. I was wrong. I still think that was the best order. But what do I know? I was surrounded by people who spent most of the night talking about STP and Bush. So now let’s talk about the bands themselves, in the order they played . . . with respect to what Mosqueda wrote:
 
STP: I admit it. They sounded great. I am not a fan. I know their songs. I like some of them. They have been in the news recently for some bad reasons. They lost their front man for sad reasons. I mean, I get their appeal. And, on this night, I was amazed by how good they were . . . with one caveat. Mosqueda under-sells just how much they have forced Jeff Gutt to look like Scott Weiland. It isn’t just eerie. It is pantomime. And I would think, if STP is to do anything beyond nostalgia tours, it would be wise to drop that level of copying and let the singer stand on his own . . . while singing a dead man’s songs and carving out his niche on new ones. Not doing so won’t help or hurt their legacy, sure. But it won’t do anything to secure them a future as a viable act.
 
The Cult: Mosqueda needed to have my friend next to him. I love The Cult, especially anything post-Dreamtime (1984) and Love (1985). Yes, I even include albums up to the most recent, Hidden City (2016). The combo of Duffy and Astbury is magic to me. I have seen them several times in recent years. I am always amazed. I am glad that Astbury survived and that The Cult continue. They seem ferocious to me, even at this late date in their career. But my friend leaned over to me at one point, just after they finished “Rain,” and said: “he (Astbury) is phoning it in.” We even discussed this after the show. And, though hard to admit, I must. My friend is likely right. They still sound great. I can grant Astbury a few lost steps. But he isn’t doing as much as it seems he could. For me, that is fine. For others, like my friend, it is a bit less enjoyable. I see a great band and a great lead singer doing what I love for them to do. He sees a great band and a lead singer . . . playing a tambourine, singing parts of songs, and acting like he deserves applause. I still think they do. So does my friend. His observation, though, gave me pause. But he got a nod from both of us when he slyly noted that people in the Northwest should feel lucky since “they have a Whole Foods on ever corner.” See? I love a good jab. I also supported them by buying some signed sticks from Tempesta ($25) and a couple of signed tins of picks from Duffy ($30). Compared to the pricing on some merch, those seemed like a steal.
 
Bush: I saw the first and last songs. I was hungry. I wanted to be ready for Alice. They sounded good. Rossdale looked good. The audience ate it up. I, instead, ate fries, had a beer and a couple of smokes. I got to see “Machinehead.” I can now check that off my list of songs to see live.
 
Alice in Chains: Mosqueda is pretty much spot on. Thing is, any lag was not due to Alice or their mixing in new songs. It was due to the fact that three acts played before them (and some of them for longer than perhaps was warranted, at least to me). Their set list gave pride of place to their glory years. For me, “Angry Chair” is both the goofiest and most slamming song they ever wrote or performed. That night, it was spot on. At the same time, they also featured solid cuts from Black Gives Way to Blue (2009) and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013), both of which introduced fans (and critics) to William DuVall. He isn’t Staley. Never tried to be. And, live at least, he is even more a front man for the band that he is on the albums. He is moving about the stage and staking his claim to a part in this band’s future, whereas on albums, even the newest one, it sometimes feels like Cantrell holds him back a bit. Live though? The band feels complete. They slam out one song after the next. And even Cantrell (newly long-ish hair draping his older frame) had to correct a couple of the previous bands who name-checked Portland when he noted: “We are still in Washington!” It was an epic set from a band I have seen several times in recent years. They were the headliners. They proved it.


Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog


 
The other thing that Mosqueda didn’t mention: it was a cool day/night, with near constant drizzle, after weeks and weeks of sun and heat and smoke. It was perfectly suited to Alice in Chains’ new album, Rainier Fog, itself a tip of the hat to the Northwest. The other thing that he sorta’ glossed over: yes, the venue is minutes away from Portland . . . but that is also close to twenty miles and more minutes away. This matters if you are staying in Portland. My advice: take Uber or Lyft and use the off-site (and low cost) park-and-ride option. It will cost you. It will take a while. But, if reviews are correct, it is a nightmare getting out of the venue if you parked in the lot.
 
Bottom-line: Mosqueda wrote a good review. I had to add my two cents. I bet the Revolution 3 tour would be great fun if it comes close to you (it ends soon). Me? I only wish it was Alice and The Cult.

 

Thursday
Aug302018

Another Cash Grab?

Not to be outdone by Def Leppard and their beer, Metallica now has a custom whiskey. It's called Blackened Whiskey and each run of 5,000 bottles will have a unique playlist at BlackenedWhiskey.com. Metallica says this is another way to create a deeper bond with their fans.