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Monday
Jun112018

Sammy Hagar Welcomes Bret Michaels To 'Rock & Roll Road Trip'

Last night, I caught the premiere of the Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Bret Michaels. Each week, Sammy visits one of his rock friends and they play music, bullshit and act stupid. Basically, it's a brilliant show.


Last night, Bret explained his thought process behind writing "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and more. Sammy grabbed his guitar and played along and it was great hearing such an accomplished musician duo on the track. Sammy also rightly said the song could be a hit today - but it would be a country song. Plus, the guys got in a dune buggy and played some more music (video below). The show is good fun and I recommend it. The program airs on AXS TV.


Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn (2003 - Remaster)


Sunday
Jun102018

Joe Elliott, 'This Is For You’ -- New Track

Happy Sunday. I plan on being creative today. I've got some house projects I'm working on. Plus I might go junking and look for more stuff to fix up for my place.


The world of glam is quiet right now but there's some new music to discuss. Specifically the tweet below. Check out the track "This Is For You" from Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and let me know what you think.


Buy here: This Is For You - Joe Elliott


Saturday
Jun092018

Enuff Z’Nuff, 'Metalheart' -- New Track

Enuff Z’Nuff just released a new song titled “Metalheart” from the upcoming album Diamond Boy, due August 10, 2018. Frontiers made the announcement on Facebook. You can check out the new track below.



Enuff Z'nuff - Self-Titled


Friday
Jun082018

Because Gene Simmons Will Market Anything...

Presented without comment. Thank goodness it's Friday!


Thursday
Jun072018

New Acura Ad Features Motorhead

The ad agency MullenLowe just released the new campaign for Acura's RDX. I caught the ad during Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night. I was struck by the use of Motorhead covering the Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil." A powerful ad - great to hear Lemmy's voice! The song is from Motorhead's final album, Bad Magic.



Bad Magic - Motorhead

Wednesday
Jun062018

Judy Collins Tours With Stephen Stills: My Interview

I recently interviewed the legendary Judy Collins for The Dayton City Paper. She is touring with Stephen Stills. Once a couple, the pair has enjoyed a deep friendship for decades. Something different for you guys today. I hope you enjoy. 

“I have to tell jokes and keep people laughing… when you sing all those sad songs you have to!” singer Judy Collins tells the Dayton City Paper.

Picking up where they left off, folk heroes Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are touring America together this summer. Last year they made an album together and played about 50 shows, criss-crossing the country. Now the warm weather is here and the former lovers and lifelong friends are back on the road. They will perform together in Dayton at the Schuster Center for a special engagement on Monday, June 11.

“One of the surprises is that it is so much fun!” laughs Collins “We have a great time singing together. We’ve replaced some of the songs from last year. I think people will have a great time, especially singing ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ at the end! It’s a wonderful song.”

A wonderful and famous song. Stills wrote ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ after his two-year relationship with Collins ended. Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded it for their 1969 self-titled album. That album helped the band win the 1970 Grammy for Best New Artist. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” was also a top 40 hit for the band.

It remains the most famous piece of work from their tumultuous love affair.

A professional musician for nearly 60 years, Collins is at once known for her clear soprano and liberal activism. A perfect fit for folk royalty, she has melded her vocal talent with personal passions to carve out a place for herself in American music history. She typically covers Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Collins won a Grammy in 1968 for her version of Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” In 2003, The Recording Academy inducted Collins’ version of “Both Sides Now” in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Songs for this honor are considered “historically significant with lasting qualitative value” and over 25 years old.

During this summer’s tour, Stills and Collins give each other the freedom to perform whatever they wish. For Collins, this means performing new songs, including “River of Gold” and “Maria,” a track about undocumented immigrant children, more commonly known as “Dreamers.”

“I will sing ‘Maria’ at the Dayton show,” explains Collins. “Soon it will be out with its own video of ‘Dreamers’ of course. This is a terrible thing we’re doing [as a country]. We can lead the way instead of setting up barriers. We’re not doing that and it’s just disgraceful. We’re all immigrants. All of us!”

The future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been uncertain for months. Nearly 800,000 individuals have DACA status because they were brought to America by their parents. President Trump ended the Obama-era program, requesting Congress create a long-term fix. Nothing has happened at the legislative level and the Dreamers remain in limbo and are often seen as political bargaining chips.

“Hate and fear is normal in human beings,” Collins continues. “Especially when they get a ringleader like the one we have on board now… he turns it up. That’s what is scary. It sets the tone and people revert to their primitive behavior.”

The passion that led Collins to write “Maria” is what keeps her going creatively.

“I love songwriters,” she says. “I write like a maniac. I’m constantly writing, thinking about lyrics and words and poetry. How it informs our lives. If you don’t listen to music and visit museums and find solace in the creative life, I think you’re missing out on 99% of the fun.”

For the tour, Collins and Stills share a backing band, featuring musicians they’ve worked with in the past, including Collins’ musical director.

“This is a new experience for all of us,” laughs Collins, thinking about the time she and Stills got the idea to finally record and eventually tour together. Crosby, Stills & Nash, along with Collins, all performed at an AARP convention in Orlando several years ago. The night Richie Havens, Collins and Crosby, Stills & Nash performed, The Orlando Sun-Sentinel noted the event was billed as a “Woodstock Reunion.”

After that little Woodstock, Stills and Collins began to chat more and collaborate. There were phone calls and dinner plans. The eventual result was the 2017 release Everybody Knows featuring new recordings of classic folk songs by legends such as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, plus their own original tracks.

A prodigious worker, Collins is unfazed by the rigors of the road, even at 79.

“I had to dig in and work my ass off to have any kind of career. I was always working hard,” she admits. In addition to her summer tour with Stills, Collins also fits in solo shows. Plus she’s a bestselling writer and occasional actress.

During the Dayton stop, expect Collins to spin a yarn in between her songs, as folk heroes like to do. Expect a joke or two as well.

The Stills & Collins show is Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at The Schuster Center, 1 West Second St. Tickets start at $38 and are available at TicketCenterStage.com. Special guest pianist and singer Kenny White will open the show. For details, visitvictoriatheatre.com

Tuesday
Jun052018

Evil Lucifer's Origins (ELO); or, Metal Takes On Other Genres

Today's post is from our friend HIM.


I have an odd brain. Take this example. I was walking home from work (who doesn’t?) and listening to Electric Light Orchestra (ELO); specifically, I was listening to “Secret Messages” off the self-same 1983 album:



I know. Not metal. I know. Not the best ELO song or album or video (what the hell is Muppet-head doing standing in a field of wheat?!?!). But I was struck by a thought: this would be an amazing metal song!!!


All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO


Before you oil your sabers (or after a shower), hear me out. This quirky idea is not, obviously, without precedent. And far greater minds thought the same thing at some point. Judas Priest decided to update Joan Baez:


Admittedly, Sin After Sin (1977) isn’t the following year’s Stained Class (thanks Roger Glover!). But it was the album with “Dissident Aggressor” on it (later covered in 1988 by Slayer on South Of Heaven). And this was a perfect chance for Halford to pine away ambiguously. I rank it as a great Priest song and the perfect palate cleanser after “Let Us Prey.”


We can obviously also turn our ears towards Celtic Frost’s much loved(?) cover of Wall of Voodoo:



From the moment Mr. Warrior (nee Fischer) says “Hey!” you know you are in for a treat. And the backing vocalists in the chorus? They are either drugged, dead, or both. Who knew that Into the Pandemonium (1987) meant they were about to jump into Swan Lake the following year? Regardless, this marks one of those “what the huh” moments that turns into “that is pretty interesting.”


But back to ELO. I am sure others on this site have heard a song and thought, “Damn. Why won’t [insert metal band name here] rock/sleaze/glam the hell out of that puppy!?!?” So add your favorite song that demands the Celtic Priest treatment. Or throw in your favorite example of a metal band taking a song and making it their own. Who knows? I might listen to it as I stroll home one of these days

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