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poizond.jpgIt's time for a rant, glam fans.

Check out this cool photo of a giant Poison ad in Times Square, the crossroads of the world. I swiped the photo from Poizond13 over at Metal Sludge, so I hope he doesn't mind. After the photo popped up on the message board, a lot of Poison fans were excited including myself. After all, it's been more than two decades since Poison released their debut disc.

The newswire is promoting the release of Poison'd, a disc of cover songs which has a June 5 release date. I'm not an ad buyer, but I know a promotion of this magnitude had to cost some serious cash. After all, space and money in NYC is always at a premium so Poison's label must have some serious faith in this new album.

Enter all the haters.

Every other post on Metal Sludge was from a person running down Poison, their work ethic, their musical ability, and their looks. The issue here isn't with Metal Sludge because that message board is all about talking smack. It's about all the people who used to be fans of Poison (or RATT, Motley Crue, Sea Hags, Winger, Badlands, Bonham, Aerosmith, etc.) that have turned their backs on the band because of modern trends.

People, take note. There's a reason why Poison still has label support and the ability to fill shed tours every summer. It's because Poison is a great glam band who knows how to put on an awesome live show and have a good time. For everyone who says Poison only plays their hits, I say what do you expect? Steven Tyler once said he was sick of performing "Walk This Way" live but the boys in Aerosmith know they have no choice. It's their calling card, just like "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is Poison's calling card. This is the way things are. There are plenty of die hard fans out there - like me - who would love to hear B-sides or lesser known tracks performed live. I'm also realistic so if this means hearing "Fallen Angel" live again, I'm very cool with that.

So, I say congratulations to Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille, and Rikki Rockett. Marketing is very important to album sales, and it's good that the boys are getting out there and trying to stir up interest for their upcoming release. I can't wait to see Poison again, I know I'll be having nothing but a good time.

In other news, Stevie Rachelle (owner of Metal Sludge and Tuff lead singer) started the rumour that White Lion will be joining Poison and RATT for their summer tour. Mike Tramp's White Lion features bassist Claus Longwood, drummer Troy Patrick Farrell, guitarist Jamie Law and keyboarder Henning Wanner. Tour dates have yet to be announced.











greatzep.jpgLast night I posted an article about tribute bands on my blog at the online home of the Hairball John Radio Show. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to give it a read.

Here at Bring Back Glam, a look at tribute albums to the glam bands we all love.

Some tributes are performed by one band, often; many musicians record a band’s biggest hits.

Great White released Great Zeppelin: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin back in 1999. The entire album is from a live show in 1996. I’m a big Led Zeppelin fan, but not fanatic. Let me just say Great White does an amazing job with their tribute. Jack Russell can blow, and you can really tell he’s downright serious about doing some of rock’s best known songs justice.

The album includes these tracks:

In the Light
Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
Ramble On
Since I’ve Been Loving You
No Quarter
Going to California
Thank You
D’yer Mak’er
All My Love
Immigrant Song
When the Levee Breaks
The Rover

I swear, sometimes you can’t even tell it’s Great White instead of Led Zeppelin. Now I know some die hard Zep head is going to comment that I just made a sacrilegious statement but it’s true. The way Jack Russell bends his voice on this album is so impressive I just can’t rave enough about this disc. The quality of this album makes me feel like Great White is a greatly underrated glam band, especially when you factor in that this album was recorded during a live show meaning little to no studio correction. If you don't own this album, pick it up. It's only ten bucks on iTunes, or click Great Zeppelin-Tribute to Led and add it to your Amazon cart. Now I'm really excited to see Great White at Rocklahoma... and I hope they perform some Led Zep tunes.

shawblades.jpgAnother great tribute album I just picked up is Shaw/Blades Influence. You might recall I wanted this album last month, but I just got around to putting the disc in my shopping cart over the weekend. I'm a big Damn Yankees fan because I love the harmonies of Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades. I think they make a great team and Influence is a phenomenal album. The track listing looks like this:

Summer Breeze
Time of the Season
Your Move
I Am A Rock
Lucky  Man
The Sound of Silence
California Deamin'
On a Carousel
Dirty Work
For What It's Worth
Dance with Me

"Summer Breeze," "Time of the Season," and California Dreamin'" are three of my all-time favorite songs. The great thing about this album is that Shaw and Blades actually pay tribute to their influences. Instead of messing with the arrangement of songs, they perform the classic tracks pretty close to form with a modern twist. The guitar solos sound great, but they don't overpower the song lyrics. If you watch VH1 Classic, you've probably seen a commercial for Influence. The advertisement features a snippet of "Your Move" which is a true highlight of the disc. The album seems to be doing fairly well and is currently a top seller on

What about tribute albums with a kick, such as Strummin' With The Devil: Bluegrass Tribute to Van Halen or one of my personal favorites Kashmir: The Symphonic Led Zeppelin? Are these albums meant to honor a great artist or a way for less famous musicians to make a buck? Do you have a favorite tribute album?




Listen to your Heart

heart4.gifI had an eleventh hour change of heart...and now I'm going to Rocklahoma 2007.

Eric, the glam rock husband and Heather, the co-conspirator in bringing back glam, agreed to the sojourn.

I'm still trying to figure out in what life I would be driving to July. The three of us are looking at more than a 700 mile road trip (each way).

I first learned of the massive glam fest about two weeks ago, but I balked at the ticket prices and the festival location. Yesterday I logged on to and saw ticket prices would increase at midnight.

I immediately panicked and decided I had to be at this festival. I could the glam mistress not be in the middle of the largest 80s fest this side of 1989? Here's the band list:

Vince Neil
LA Guns
Quiet Riot
Faster Pussycat
Enuff Znuff
Bullet Boys
Bang Tango
Great White
Steel Heart

...And a few more bands to be announced, including another headliner according to my calculations ( Heather and I are pushing for Def Leppard)!

So I whipped out the Visa and purchased three reserve tickets and a hotel after Eric convinced me that the drive won't be so bad. I hate road trips, then again, there's never been a prize this big at the end.

If you're going to the show leave me a comment. This is, after all, our Mecca.







Cross Me Off Your List

Happy Easter, glam fans.

supersonic.jpgAs if the world needs one more list, has just posted the 5000 worst albums of all time.

Insert eye roll here.

Agreed, there are some really bad albums on the list, but there's also some really good stuff as well. Tons of glam is considered the worst music of all time. Apparently "fans" vote, therefore creating an album rank.

Let's take a look at the list:

Coming in at #5000 is Sports by Huey Lewis and the News. Close behind is RATT's Invasion of Your Privacy at #4990. Great White Sail Away is number #4695 and Cinderella's Night Songs is #4958.

And this is the good news of the list!

Further on down, we find L.A. Guns Cocked and Loaded at #4722 and at #4605 Motley Crue's Live Entertainment or Death.

As I click page by page trolling for glam, I can't help but notice some really great non-glam albums are on the list like Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor and  Pantera Reinventing the Steel.

But back to the glam.  At #4580, Jon Bovi's Destination Anywhere  is followed closely by Bon Jovi's Keep the Faith at #4517.  A little later Whipped! by Faster Pussycat makes the list at #4477. The recently released Quiet Riot Rehab comes in at #4469.  Not far behind is Slaughter with Eternal Life  at #4466. Stryper's Against the Law hits the list at #4408 and glam revivalists Hardcore Superstar make the list at #4398 with Thank You (For Letting us be Ourself).

Continually clicking through the list, I come across Danger Danger Screw It at #4052 and Lita's Ford Lita at #4010. Voters think In Rock We Trust by Y&T deserves to be at #3999 and W.A.S.P. The Neon God Part 2 comes in at #3991. Bulletboys Za Za ranks #3913 and later Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation at #3443. Even Helix made the list with Walkin' the Razor's Edge at #3308.

Motley Crue's Supersonic and Demonic Relics is listed at #337. Give me a break. It's an album full of B-sides, outtakes and previously unreleased tracks. A disc like this is not intended for anyone but a die-hard fan, so I'm surprised so many people would cast negative votes for this album.

There's tons more on the list, but I'll jump ahead. KISS Hot in the Shade comes in at #97 and Animalize is #87. The  KISS solo albums didn't fare too well, either. Gene Simmons self-titled release comes in at #80 and Peter Criss' self-titled effort at #17. Van Halen III comes in at #10, making this Gary Cherone-fronted released the worst glam album on the list. In case you're wondering, Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits by Crazy Frog is considered the worst album ever released.

I suppose it could be worse. When I first heard about the list, I assumed it would be all Metal releases, but there seems to be an equal distribution of pop, rock and Metal. The voters seem to hate Britney Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Bob Dylan was panned as was the Wallflowers.

I think there's some criminal errors on the list, and in no world is Night Songs a horrible album. Then again neither is Invasion of Your Privacy or Permanent Vacation.

View the entire list at








La Vie Boheme

rent.jpgA few days ago, Heather won two tickets to the touring production of RENT. Since Wednesday's show, I've been looking for a way to work the production into the blog...and now I've found it, thanks to some inventive high school music teachers.

See, I don't really like musical theatre and I never have. I believe theatre is theatre and music is music. Still, I must admit the song "Season's of Love" is basically awesome. Many people consider RENT the rock opera because of the controversial themes of AIDS,  drug addiction and multi-racial relationships, not to mention that the characters are all basically starving artists including a musician. The RENT Orchestra does employ a whole lot of electric guitars, but that's about as Metal as things get.

Enter Craig High School of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Apparently, someone affiliated with the show choir is a little bit glam because the students recently performed Def Leppard's "Rock Brigade." This isn't a well known Lep song, so I assume the choral director must be a big fan. Watch the video at YouTube.

Of course we all know Tommy is the first rock opera, but what about a Metal opera? The music of Queensryche and Dream Theater could easily be adapted to the stage, but would the public pay money to see such an event?

I think someone needs to write a Metal opera based on glam bands of the 80s. There's plenty of material to work with, and if we want to base the opera on a love triangle (is there any other option?) we can use songs like Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool" and Def Leppard's "Women" leading up to the climax . The song "November Rain" can easily serve as the dénouement. For the falling action, something fun (but still West Side Story-esque)  like Motley Crue's "Wild Side."

Just think of the box office sales.






Run a Mile for the Cause

Hear-n-aid_logo.jpgApril is National Autism Awareness month. According to recent statistics, nearly 1 in 150 children will be diagnosed with the potentially debilitating disease. Now VH1 Classic is joining in the fight, airing a special public service announcements.

The 30 second spot features Tommy Lee and Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (KISS), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Perry and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), and Ronnie James Dio (Dio & Black Sabbath) speaking about the disease. Watch the PSA at

VH1 Classic will also hold several fund raisers, including a "Pay to Play" event where viewers can go online to  and make a donation to see their favorite video. Proceeds will benefit The Cure Autism Now Foundation.

This isn't the first time rock stars have used celebrity for worthy causes. In 1985, some of the world's largest rock stars convened for Hear n' Aid, a heavier version of Band Aid for famine relief in Africa. Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell (Whitesnake and Def Leppard), and Jimmy Bain (Rainbow & Dio) formed Hear n' Aid for a special one-off recording. Hear n' Aid released the single "Stars" featuring members of Dio, Quiet Riot, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Night Ranger, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P., Journey, Y &T, Vanilla Fudge and Spinal Tap.

The project raised more than a million dollars and VH1 Classic considers the project the most metal moment in rock history!

Of course, several rock starts participated in "America - A Tribute to Heroes," benefiting victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Bon Jovi performed "Livin' on a Prayer" and U2 performed "Walk On."

Just today, officials announced that Aerosmith will lend their support to the Bulgarian "I Don't Drive Drunk" road safety campaign. Elton John, Rod Stewart and R.E.M. are also joining the campaign. Check out for more information.

Do you have a favorite rock celebrity charity moment?





Heaven's on Fire


Sad news to report, glam fans. Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died today from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 51.

St. John didn't have a long stint with KISS, but he did play on Animalize, which is my favorite album by the band.

He appears in the video from "Heaven' s On Fire," my favorite KISS song.

After leaving KISS St. John formed the band White Tiger. That band released one album in 1986.

Here's the video of "Heaven's on Fire" from the 1984 Mercury Records release Animalize.