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These Dreams...

aerosmithpic.jpgIt always baffles me when artists use the same song titles as other bands.

You would think that after Aerosmith released “Dream On” back in 1973, they had the lock on that title. Turns out…not so much.

In addition to Depeche Mode, two glam bands also recorded “Dream On.” In all instances, the songs are stand alone, and not an Aerosmith cover.

Britny Fox recorded “Dream On” for their 1989 album Boys In Heat. The sophomore effort was also the last with singer Dizzy Dean Davidson. He was replaced with Tommy Paris. Britny Fox are doing several club shows around the country next month, and I’ll be in attendance.

In some ways I like Boys In Heat better than Britny Fox. The band is often criticized for being too much like Cinderella, but I think that stigma wore off a little with the second album. It seems like Britny Fox were trying to develop their own sound with Boys In Heat and latter releases.

Here’s the Britny Fox video for “Dream On.”

Canadians Helix recorded their “Dream On” for the 1987 release Wild in the Streets. While the Britny Fox “Dream On” is an upbeat little tune, Helix provides a power ballad of sorts. Their version is a remake of the early 80s Nazareth release.

Here’s the Helix video for “Dream On.”

It would be foolish to not post a clip of Aerosmith performing their best song. Therefore, here is Aerosmith performing “Dream On” live in Las Vegas sometime in 2006.

So, which of these “Dreams” is better? I’ve said before in other posts that Aerosmith’s “Dream On” is my favorite song, so you already know where I stand on the issue. Now I want your thoughts.


Let's Not Be Hasty...


**********The Head of A&R for Universal Music Sweden says Twisted has not left the band. When I asked about the rumors, my contact says "No, the band starts the tour in Copenhagen on Thursday."

--So there. recently posted that H. Olliver Twisted quit Crashdiet. As soon as a I read this "rumor" I sent an email to my contact at Universal/Stockholm asking for a quote.

As of 10 a.m. I have received no information that will confirm or deny this rumor. Of course, if it is true then Crashdiet is certainly done. It's very unlikely that a new band can suffer the loss of two lead singers in a span of as many years.

I will admit I immediately went poking on the official Crashdiet forums for information, and there are zero posts regarding the departure of Twisted. This means either it's true and the moderators are blocking the conversation or none of the fans believe the rumor.

So I am waiting. As soon as I get some definite news I will post here. Remember, the glam mistress is a journalist first: that means reporting truth, not fiction.


Happy Jackyl Day

jackyl.JPGIt's Jackyl day here at Bring Back Glam! I don't mean to ignore Jesse James Dupree and his merry men -- so now I make amends for my grave oversight.

I'll be seeing Jackyl live Saturday night, and I'm pretty excited. The show is free and Black Stone Cherry is the opening act. (If you don't know Black Stone Cherry, check out the review at the Hard Rock Hideout. The link is to the left of this entry).

On Saturday, Jackyl will perform at Aces and Eights Harley Davidson. The concert is part of the 2007 Rumble Rally.

Now, Jackyl isn't necessarily Glam in the traditional sense: yes, they have long hair and catchy riffs, but they don't wear makeup and wear hot pink.

Not that there's anything wrong with hot pink, but I digress.

Jackyl also sounds exactly like AC/DC. Again, I digress.

The first - and only time - I've ever seen Jackyl in concert was at Rocklahoma. Jackyl was one of the handful of bands I wasn't too worried about watching. In fact, I was getting dinner when the band took the stage. Suddenly, the crowd goes bonkers, people are rushing toward the stage and I decided maybe this was something I shouldn't miss.

Turns out, Jackyl put on one of the best performances of the entire festival. Since the schtick was entirely new to me, it was wildly entertaining watching Jesse split a stool in half with a chainsaw. Destruction is key at Metal shows.

The band's self-titled debut was released in 1992. This album features Jackyl's most famous songs including "I Stand Alone," "Down on Me," "When Will It Rain," and of course, "The Lumberjack."

Here's the video for "I Stand Alone." It's classic.


Remembering Pepsi Tate

Tigertailz bassist Pepsi Tate died yesterday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. While Tigertailz never reached major star status in the American Glam Metal community, they were fairly well known in their native U.K. Anyone who is a fan of the band knows that Pepsi Tate was Tigertailz.

They had the biggest hair of any Glam band, this side of Nitro. Crunchy guitars and big vocals are a Tigertailz trademark.

The band just released Thrill Pistol, a comeback of sorts. Their most famous release is Bezerk, which features the song "Love Bomb Baby."

Here's the video for "Love Bomb Baby."

How much longer before we find a cure for cancer?

***Suggested reading: Thrill Pistol (Interview with Tigertailz drummer Matt Blakout, July 2, 2007).



It's Been A Long Time Since I Rock n' Rolled


If I had a time machine, I would witness some of the greatest concerts in music history.

I've already mentioned that I would love to watch the C.C. DeVille, Bret Michaels beat down backstage at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. I would also love to witness Woodstock, the 1983 U.S. Festival and - perhaps above all else - the Moscow Music Peace Festival of 1989.

The Moscow Music Peace Festival was arranged by music manager Doc McGhee as penance for drug trafficking. It turns out that the American government doesn't take too kindly to massive amounts of cocaine crossing boarders and therefore funding drug cartels. I digress.

Back in the day, McGhee managed the most important bands: Motley Crue, Skid Row, and Bon Jovi among others. Thanks to his powerful connections to the music industry and the strong urging of an angry judge, The Moscow Music Peace Festival was conceived.

The one day event was a big anti-drug show and one of the final events to happen in the former Soviet Union. Just under two years later, communism collapsed. Did Glam Metal help dissolve the USSR? For this, I have no answers.

During the one day festival, nearly 100, 000 people watched killer performances by Ozzy Osbourne, the Scorpions, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Skid Row and Bon Jovi.

While the stage shows were pure electric, the artists battled with each other and McGhee backstage. If you've read The Dirt by Motley Crue then you know what I'm talking about. Every band - especially Motley Crue - was jealous of McGhee's favoritism toward Bon Jovi. The New Jersey natives were allowed to use pyro in their show, and were also allowed a longer set. This enraged everyone...and Tommy Lee actually slugged McGhee backstage.

The entire concert was broadcast on pay-per-view. Even though I was way too young to fly to Moscow to see this concert live, my parents would have never ordered the concert to watch at home. My parents don't spend money on anything frivolous, and they think metal concerts are a definite luxury. Luckily, there's a DVD set of the concert which I will try to buy soon off eBay. That DVD was directed by Wayne Isham, who has also overseen the production on more than one hundred rock videos.

Last night, a fellow Metal Sludger found a great video of the Moscow Music Peace Festival Finale Jam, featuring Jason Bonham on drums. The main performers in this video are Skid Row and Motley Crue. Listen to Vince Neil: I've never heard a better live performance out of the man. Everyone looks so happy on stage, like they might actually be enjoying their fame and fortune.

Watch this video: Jason Bonham, Motley Crue and Skid Row performing the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock n' Roll." It's fantastic!



The Unattractive Revolution

unattractive.jpgCrashdiet will release their next album The Unattractive Revolution next month on Universal/Stockholm Records.

I have the CD and it is killer.

Only Bring Back Glam! can bring you the track listing, so here it is:




1) In the Raw
2) Like a Sin
3) Falling Rain
4) I Don’t Care (featuring Mick Mars of Motley Crue)
5) Die Another Day
6) Alone (featuring Mick Mars of Motley Crue)
7) Thrill Me
8) Overnight
9) XTC Overdrive
10) Bound to be Enslaved
11) The Buried Song

As many know Crashdiet suffered a major blow after original singer Dave Lepard committed suicide in early 2006. The remaining members opted to disband, but later rejoined forces and invited Finnish vocalist H. Olliver Twisted into the fold.

Twisted has a unique voice and brings a completely different sound to the sleaze genius that is Crashdiet. There’s something about this Swedish band that puts them so far ahead of their contemporaries: the songwriting is better, the musicianship is better, the entire package is just better.

Immediate standout tracks are “Falling Rain” and “Alone.” Both songs use interesting tempo changes providing a nice juxtaposition for the thematic quality of each track. Of course, absolutely blazing guitar solos don’t hurt either.

Mick Mars of Motley Crue lent his guitar prowess to the band, and his playing is top notch on both “I Don’t Care” and “Alone.” If Crashdiet are working to make exquisite glam guitar solos their calling card, then asking Mr. Mars to hop a plane to Sweden was a wise move.

Twisted proves he can harmonize with the rest of the band on “Overnight.” A deep bass line is present here, adding an extra layer of depth to an already gritty song. “Overnight” is a song with a big chorus, but very jarring lyrics. Crashdiet are smart songwriters and understand the importance of wordplay when creating top notch lyrics. Also, the song features an excellent guitar solo by Martin Sweet. He is so good he deserves a spot on the cover of Guitar World. It’s time to invite the lovely Swedes to the U.S. -- I know I would embrace them with open arms.

Finally, I also have a proof of the liner notes. The book is beautifully dark, a perfect match for the music. Crashdiet’s debut Rest in Sleaze is one of the best glam releases ever recorded. For The Unattractive Revolution the band clearly decided to move in a more Metal direction, and it works: the songs are sonically amazing, but downright dirty. Don’t except to hear as many pop-oriented hooks as on Rest in Sleaze; Twisted has a different voice than Lepard and edgier tunes work best with Crashdiet 2.0.

Crashdiet are offering a pre-sale promotion for The Unattractive Revolution. If you order through the band will sign your disc.

Here’s the video for “In the Raw,” the first single from The Unattractive Revolution.


***Suggested reading “Back on Trakk: Interview with Crashdiet drummer Eric Young” (June 27, 2007)


From Bubblegum to Glam

ohioexpress_wm.JPGFall in Ohio means festival time. In fact, you can go to a different festival every weekend and still not have enough time to look at all the craft booths and eat a bunch of french fries and elephant ears.

Last night, Eric and I attended such a festival with both sets of our parents. The featured entertainment was Ohio Express. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, don’t feel bad. Their most famous song is “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and, according to the band website, Ohio Express invented the Bubblegum era of pop.

So here we are, listening to the sixties music and my mom says “I wonder if the music you like will be around as long as this stuff?”

I certainly hope so.

From the Glam Metal scene, some bands can still play stadiums (Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Aerosmith) and some play festivals (Poison, L.A. Guns, Queensryche).

Just the other day, I read that Def Leppard enjoyed the highest grossing concert of all time at the Kentucky State fair. Aerosmith recently played the Los Angeles County fair, commanding close to one million dollars in booking fees.

The Ohio Express didn’t get a million bucks to play on a shoddy stage last night – but were they more in demand a decade ago? I’m not sure.

Did bands like Motley Crue, Def Leppard or Aerosmith even play the fair circuit a few years back? Surely, there was big money to be made if the Crue were asked to play a state fair in, say, 1989.

Vince Neil tours nonstop for two reasons: he likes money and he likes to perform. He’s on the road fall, spring, winter and summer and it’s been that way for years. This must mean there’s a demand for solo Motley, even while the Crue continues to self-destruct.

Perhaps when I’m 40 (by the way, the thought of turning 30 makes me queasy) I’ll go to a free festival and see Vince running around the stage.

Hey, it could happen.

***Do you think Glam Metal will enjoy the same longevity as 60s rock?