|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
Anthrax’s Charlie Benante says the band continue to be relevant despite the pressure coming from other musical genres.
The New York veterans have enjoyed a 37-year career and have just released their live package Kings Among Scotland on the back of their 11th studio album For All Kings.
The drummer tells Fargo Monthly: “When you’re trying to keep it together, I would say it’s important that you love what you’re doing. Throughout the years we can see other forms of music take form and become popular.
“We are living in a time where the climate is telling you that rock music is done and that you need to make way for other genres.
“We’re like, ‘no,’ everyone is still here and you can see that. Just look at AC/DC or Iron Maiden, they stuck to their guns and they’re still relevant, that’s what we are too.”
Anthrax are currently on the road with Slayer on Tom Araya and co’s final run of live shows – and Benante calls the opportunity to join them on the landmark tour “bittersweet.”
He says: “For me, being the same age, playing the same form of music, we were outsiders back in the day.
“We were different and we choose a form of music that you have to love if you’re going to do it because it’s not music that is played on the radio, it’s not friendly.
“Watching all of this play out with them is really bittersweet. It’s like retiring a player’s jersey.”
Find a full list of tour dates here:
KISS GUITARIST TOMMY THAYER RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE, DELIVERS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
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KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer received a doctorate of humane letters degree from Pacific University and delivered the commencement address at Pacific’s spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 19th at Hanson Stadium in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Tommy has served on Pacific’s Board of Trustees since 2005 and through his philanthropic leadership has helped the university generate more than $3.5 million for its NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics programs directly benefiting thousands of Pacific student-athletes.
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Dave Grohl revealed the short, definitive answer he gave when Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins suggested he should run for president.
The conversation arose in the light of Grohl’s frequent negative comments about Donald Trump. “Taylor and I talked about this the other day,” Grohl told GQ in a new interview. “He said, ‘You need to be president and run for office.’ Fuck that. And that’s my quote right there. I’m not doing an Oprah. I’m not going to go, ‘Well, you never know.’”
Discussing Trump’s effect on the world’s view of the U.S., Grohl said he remembered when the band toured in the ‘90s and "people would come up to me and still spoke of wanting to come to the U.S., to see Texas and see the desert, to walk around the Big Apple. The American Dream was still tangible, still desirable. Today, the American Dream is broken. I’ve probably traveled internationally more than our current president, and the one thing I understand that he doesn’t is that the world isn’t as big as you think it is. It is all in your neighborhood. India, Asia, Iceland aren’t other solar systems. I am ashamed of our president. I feel apologetic for it when I travel.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl recalled how a lucid dream he had when he was 11 or 12 years old came true. He had briefly dated a girl called Sandy Moran and afterward dreamed he was on an arena stage with Sandy in the front row, crying and asking, “Dave, why did I break up with you?”
"The funny thing is that actually happened," he said. "We played a show in Washington, D.C., a couple of years back. It was like a school reunion, about 400 of my old pals were there on the guest list. I hear from someone that Sandy wants to come down. Sure as hell, one hour 30 minutes later I am onstage in my hometown, same as the dream I had 35 years ago, I’m ripping a guitar lead and I look out into the crowd and there she is -- front row. Sandy fucking Moran. She’s not crying this time, though. She’s just looking at me, shaking her head, like, ‘You asshole.’”
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IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson says that the decline of the music industry can be attributed partly to the fact that record companies failed to take advantage of the digital revolution.
The digital music revolution started with Napster — the file-sharing service dreamt up by two teenagers in 1999 and shut down in 2001. A prime example of disruptive technology, Napster allowed people to download just about any track or album they wanted — for free. The music industry never really recovered.
Music-industry lobbying group Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued around 18,000 people between 2003 and 2008 in an attempt to discourage people from downloading songs from filesharing sites like Kazaa. While the legal actions brought widespread attention to copyright theft, many viewed them as heavy-handed.
Earlier this month, during an appeance at the VTEX Day 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil, Dickinson told GloboNews' "Conta Corrente" that record companies have no one to blame but themselves for the predicament they now find themselves in.
"The music industry exploited its customers," he said (see video below). "The record companies were making a lot of money for not doing very much. They believed the downloading would just disappear. But it didn't, and they didn't do anything about it. They didn't see downloading as being a great way to access their fans, their customers, if you like. But bands did — the bands were way ahead of the record companies.
"Brazil, for example, had one of the youngest audiences of any country in the world," he continued. "And consequently, they had a huge uptake on Internet activity. So, for a band like IRON MAIDEN, who, we embraced the Internet very early on, we were making contact with people in Brazil directly. And that was great for us. But the record companies failed to understand that because they were too arrogant, they were too old, they were too slow."
Eventually, the industry did embrace digital music, but it took Apple and iTunes to do it.
Earlier this year, Dickinson told Comebackstage that "Napster destroyed the concept of music having any value, which is terrible. I think the guy [who started Napster] should be locked up, and maybe he has been — he deserves to be," he said. "It was an act of pure selfish destruction. And what he did was he used the enthusiasm of the audience… Because the audience is not guilty — they could get all this great music for free. Why wouldn't they do that? They didn't realize that what they were doing was destroying an entire culture… And it's hard to see where a whole generation of musicians is gonna come from now. People who are brilliant musicians don't get paid for doing amazing jobs."
Bruce said in a 2015 interview that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music benefit established artists more than they do the aspiring ones who have yet to break through.
Check out the interview here:
DEE SNIDER DISCUSSES HIS STYLE - "I'M A STRANGE AMALGAM OF ROCK STAR, HEAVY METAL, GOD, BIKER, PIRATE"
|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
"I'm a strange amalgam of rock star, heavy metal, God, biker, pirate," he explains. "You wanna look down and dirty, but meanwhile, my jeans are, like, a thousand bucks?"
Dee Snider is an influential hard rock legend, reality TV star, Broadway alumnus, horror movie director, radio host and the face and voice of the legendary Twisted Sister. He possesses a resume that many would kill for. And yet the singer's thirst for metal is far from quenched. Now Dee Snider is back with a brand new album entitled For The Love Of Metal, to be released on July 27th via Napalm Records.
The album was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow). Pre-order For The Love Of Metal here:
Watch Dee Snider's video statement on For The Love Of Metal below:
Dee Snider on the release: "I am beyond excited to be working with one of the world's leading labels for heavy music, it's a perfect home for this album! I believe there's something for every hard rock and metal fan on this record and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world July 27th!"
Jamey Jasta comments: "I'm so happy and proud to have been a part of this project, Dee Snider is an American original, there is no other voice like his on earth, his power and passion really shine through on this album. Metal brings us all together and with Dee still at the forefront, it's a great time to be a fan of heavy music!"
Howard Jones states: "To be given the chance to write for AND sing with Dee Snider, one of the men responsible for shaping heavy music as it is today, is an absolute honor. The voice, the mind, the swagger... the man is one of a kind."
Alissa White-Gluz comments: "I am honored and humbled to sing alongside such a truly unique and talented soul. I love that Dee Snider has continued to shock people for decades just by being himself. I can't wait for everyone to hear our duet! It was no easy task matching up to Dee's level of vocal prowess but I was happy to accept the challenge and I'm in love with the results!"
"Lies Are A Business"
"Tomorrow's No Concern"
"I Am The Hurricane"
"Roll Over You"
"Become The Storm"
"The Hardest Way"
"Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)"
"For The Love Of Metal"
3-4 - Rejmyre, Sweden - Skogsröjet Festival
10-12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Metal Festival
(Photo - Tim Tronckoe)
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Mike Portnoy's latest prog rock supergroup Sons Of Apollo will headline a brand new two-day event in Toulouse, France on October 12 and 13.
Very Prog Festival is a new event which will take place At Le Metronum, a 600 capacity venue located in central Toulouse. It is the brainchild of Inepsys drummer Romian Castel who says "This event is unmatched in its genre in France, especially in the south. Our goal is to promote progressive metal through a quality and professional festival allowing music lovers to enjoy bands they would usually have to travel quite far to see."
Joining Sons Of Apollo on the bill are Asutralian prog metallers Caligula's Horse, Andorran's Persefone, both DGM and Soul Secret from Italy, and French acts Spheric Universe Experience, Amon Sethis and Taotopia.
The day breaks are: Friday - Caligula's Horse, DGM, SUE, Amon Sethis and Saturday - Sons Of Apollo, Persefone, Soul Secret and Taotopia. Tickets for Very Prog Festival cost:
Weekend Tickets - €51.60 in advance, €60 on the door
Friday - €25.80 in advance, €30 on the door
Saturday - €35.80 in advance, €40 on the door.
Tickets are available from the event website:
|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
The jury has rendered a verdict in the case of Dr. Richard Snellgrove, revealing that the physician who treated former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts was not guilty in his death.
The doctor was indicted in 2016 and had been charged with 13 counts of writing fentanyl and other prescriptions for the musician that were not medically necessary and could have contributed to the musician's death.
Snellgrove's attorney provided text messages which showed that the guitarist had also been using street drugs to treat his addiction and argued that the death couldn't be directly tied to Snellgrove alone.
Roberts was set to perform at a benefit concert when he overdosed in a hotel room in 2016.
TMZ reports that while the criminal charges are now behind him, Snellgrove is still facing a wrongful death suit filed by the Roberts estate.
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Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and drummer Charlie Watts discussed their pre-show rituals in a new interview to key up the latest dates of their current No Filter tour.
“Backstage before the show, I like to relax and chill out,” Jagger told AP (via NME). “Just before the show, I get all like, ‘Ahh!’ So, sometimes I like to get everybody out of the room for a minute and just calm down and do my singing. I have Bob Marley things that I kind of sometimes do and move around to. And then I do a dance warm-up. I do a couple of, like, current tunes for a dance warm-up.”
In a recent tweet, Jagger showed what those “current tunes” might include with a video of him dancing to the Joey Purp song “Girls @.”
Watts revealed that his ritual was a little less energetic and involved spending time with guitarist Keith Richards. “I usually play Duke Ellington, and then I go into Keith, who plays Little Richard, usually," he said.
The Stones recently announced the release of a limited-edition box, The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016, which arrives on June 15. The 20-disc set includes 15 albums from Sticky Fingers to Blue & Lonesome that feature reproductions of the LPs' original art and packaging. Following that, they’ll release the concert movie From the Vault: No Security – San Jose 1999 on July 13.
Richards recently assured fans that an album of new original music was in the works, after plans to record one in 2016 were waylaid by the covers set Blue & Lonesome. "We have some stuff down, which is very interesting," the guitarist said. "It’s more difficult for us to write together the further apart we are, but it also has its benefits in that we come back to it from a different angle.”
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Guns N’ Roses have released another short video showing what life is like backstage on their Not In This Lifetime tour.
The black and white clip shows the band traveling, them arriving at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, rehearsing backstage and relaxing before shows.
It follows an earlier behind the scenes clip which was released last week. Watch both videos below:
Earlier this week, the band released their previously unseen video for It’s So Easy, which was filmed at the Cathouse, Los Angeles, in 1989. The video makes up part of the upcoming Appetite For Destruction deluxe box set which will arrive on June 29 via UMC/Polydor.
Guns N’ Roses will return to Europe this summer for a run of shows including a headline set at the UK’s Download festival.
Guns N’ Roses 2018 European tour dates:
Jun 03: Berlin Olympiastadion, Germany
Jun 06: Odense Dyrskueplausen, Denmark
Jun 09: Donington Download Festival, UK
Jun 12: Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena, Germany
Jun 18: Paris Download Festival, France
Jun 25: Mannheim Maimarktgelane, Germany
Jun 26: Bordeaux Matmut Stadium, France
Jun 29: Madrid Download Festival, Spain
Jul 05: Nijmegen Goffertpark, Netherlands
Jul 07: Leipzig Festwiese, Germany
Jul 09: Chorzoq Stadion Slaski, Poland
Jul 13: Moscow Spartak Otkritie, Russia
Jul 16: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Estonia
Jul 19: Oslo Valle Hovin, Norway
Jul 21: Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium, Sweden
POISON Bassist Says Not All Members Agree On Recording New Music: 'I Don't Want To Point Any Fingers'
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POISON bassist Bobby Dall has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he would love to record new music with the band, but that not all the members agree. "I don't want to point any fingers," he said. "But it would be fantastic. I'm absolutely for it. It's a matter of getting these four members to get three or four months of their lives set aside to record."
POISON's last album of new material was 2002's "Hollyweird". Back in 2007, they released "Poison'd", an album of covers.
In a 2017 interview, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett acknowledged that part of the reason the band hasn't been motivated to work on new music has been the fact that fans rarely show interest in hearing fresh material performed live when classic rock groups go on tour. "We could write the second coming of 'Talk Dirty To Me', and I don't know if people wanna hear it or not, and that's a frustrating thing; it really is," he said. "AEROSMITH was able to do it, but not everybody is. I mean, even THE ROLLING STONES have had problems with that in the last few years. So… I don't know. But I do think it's important to stay viable. For the 'über fans,' it's always a really, really good thing. And that's what you do it for — you do it for you, you do it for the real fans, the real true fans."
More recently, Rockett admitted that he and other members of POISON harbor some resentment toward vocalist Bret Michaels, whose frequent tours as a solo artist caused the band to take a five-year break from the road.
"I think we need to get away from each other and do other things, but at the same time, I think he spent a little too much time away," Rockett said. "There's definitely some resentment, but not resentment like I want him to fail. I want him to do good. I just want POISON to be important too, and I would like [him] to put a little more energy into POISON."
POISON kicked off the "Nothin' But A Good Time 2018" tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on May 18 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
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Steven Tyler was among the guests on the May 17 episode of CBS-TV's The Late Late Show With James Corden, and video from the broadcast is streaming online.
The Aerosmith rocker joined Corden for a Truth Or Dare-like game called "Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts", in which the two pose very personal questions to each other and the choice is simple: answer honestly or eat what's in front of you - which was a table of frightening food choices including a block of head cheese, cow intestines, Vienna sausage juice, and pig jelly, among others.
Among the questions Tyler faced in the challenge were: "How much have you spent on drugs in your lifetime?", "Rank all the other members of Aerosmith in order of talent", and whether or not he has ever hit on his daughter Liv Tyler's movie star friends.
The singer later returned for the show's regular couch interview portion alongside fellow guest and Deadpool 2 star Morena Baccarin, where he shared tales of visits to Disney World and the time he crashed a bar to join a cover band while they were in the middle of an Aerosmith classic.
Watch his appearance here:
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Scheduling can often be a tricky thing for supergroups, but when the desire is there to do something things tend to work out. And it looks like the desire is there for Chickenfoot, especially after recently reconnecting at the recent Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit in San Francisco.
Guitarist Joe Satriani revealed while speaking with the Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon podcast that while things were once a little murky about when the collective might regroup for new music, the benefit appearance seemed to really bring things into focus.
"We had such a good time, and I know we were all wondering what was gonna happen, and the undeniable magic between us was palpable; everybody felt it," says Satriani. "Afterwards, everybody said, 'You guys have to record another record,' and everybody wanted to do it. So everyone was hugs and smiles and we said, 'Let's do it.'"
The guitarist admits, "I was pretty shocked, because it looked like it wasn't gonna happen this year, but I think it is gonna happen this year. So I think the next step is writing and [seeing] if we can all get in the same city at the same time again for a couple of days. That's the way the band operates. We never have three months where we rent a chateau in France and record an album; that'll never happen. It's here and there, hit the ground running, which I like in a way. It keeps the juices flowing and the spirits up and we don't waste time. So I think that's good."
He went on to add, "I'm cool with just doing a record or doing a record and a couple of maybe residencies around the world. I think that whole thing about us touring like Journey or Def Leppard or something like that, Chickenfoot, I don't think, was ever going to do that, because we all have other things we're doing. But I've learned to love it."
After issuing their self-titled debut in 2009 and returning with Chickenfoot III in 2011, the band has remained mostly inactive as the members all focused on their other projects. But the group did offer a Best + Live album last year. Stay tuned to see what the future holds for Chickenfoot.
Check out the full interview here:
BOBBY ROCK DISCUSSES THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF THE VINNIE VINCENT INVASION; NEW THREE SIDES OF THE COIN EPISODE STREAMING
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Episode #283 of Three Sides Of The Coin is available for streaming below:
"This week we are joined by drummer Bobby Rock. Bobby was the drummer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Bobby shares his memories and amazing stories of auditioning for the VVI. Who was the brains behind the band. When the wheels first started to fall off. How the VVI eventually imploded. Thoughts on why the VVI never broke big. Changes in management. We guarantee you will learn something new about Vinnie Vincent and the Vinnie Vincent Invasion."
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Classic '80s rock veterans VIXEN will release "Live Fire" on July 6 via Rat Pak Records. Mixed by Michael Wagener, "Live Fire" features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group's successful 2017 tour. In addition to the classic VIXEN songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of "You Ought to Know By Now", an all-new studio acoustic version of the hit song "Edge Of A Broken Heart" and a live version of a previously unreleased track called "Big Brother".
Regarding "You Ought to Know by Now", vocalist Janet Gardner says: "It gives you a taste of the classic VIXEN days with a revitalized energy and passion!" Bassist Share Ross adds: "This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!"
Speaking of the live material, drummer Roxy Petrucci comments: "It's really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!" Guitarist Britt Lightning adds: "This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band's live performance."
"Live Fire" is available in various formats and bundle configurations, including a limited white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal "thank-you" phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at www.ratpakrecords.com/vixen.
"Live Fire" track listing:
01. Rev It Up (Live)
02. How Much Love (Live)
03. One Night Alone (Live)
04. Cryin' (Live)
05. Meet The Band (Live)
06. Rock Me (Live)
07. Streets In Paradise (Live)
08. I Don't Need No Doctor (Live)
09. Love Is A Killer (Live)
10. Love Made Me (Live)
11. Big Brother (Live) *previously unreleased*
12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)
13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)
14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)
Janet Gardner (vocals)
Roxy Petrucci (drums)
Share Ross (bass)
Britt Lightning (guitars)
|Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Cheap Trick have released a colourful lyric video for their new single The Summer Looks Good On You. You can watch it below:
The song will feature on the band’s as-yet-untitled 20th studio album, and while no release date has been revealed, guitarist Rick Nielsen has checked in with an update.
He tells Buzz: “We’ve been in the studio a lot. We have about 10 songs down now, so it is coming along.”
The band have just kicked off their run of summer shows with Poison and Pop Evil, with Nielsen going on to say he’s excited about the North American shows.
He adds: “We’ve known the guys in Poison for a really long time – longer than almost anyone has. It’s always a lot of fun with them.
"They are great guys and it should be a great tour. And they are Cheap Trick fans, so of course, we’ve got to do something with them!”
Poison, Cheap Trick & Pop Evil Nothin' But A Good Time 2018 North American tour:
May 22: Salt Lake City USANA Amphitheatre, UT
May 23: Denver Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, CO
May 25: Kansas City Sprint Center, KS
May 26: St. Louis Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, MO
May 31: Nashville Ascend Amphitheatre, TN
Jun 02: Dallas Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory, TX
Jun 03: Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
Jun 05: Atlanta Verizon Amphitheatre, GA
Jun 07: Indianapolis Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, IN
Jun 08: Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Jun 09: Chicago Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, IL
Jun 10: Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center, OH
Jun 12: Cleveland Blossom Music Center, OH
Jun 13: Syracuse Lakeview Amphitheatre, NY
Jun 14: Hartford The Xfinity Theatre, CT
Jun 15: Gilford Bank of NH Pavilion, NH
Jun 17: Bristow Jiffy Lube Live, VA
Jun 19: Toronto The Budweiser Stage, ON
Jun 21: Wantagh Northwell Health at Jones Beach, NY
Jun 22: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, NY
Jun 23: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Jun 24: Allentown PPL Center, PA
|Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Journey's Jonathan Cain will follow up his brand new autobiography with the release of a new solo music compilation entitled "The Songs You Leave Behind," which will be released on June 8th.
Cain released his memoir "Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations" on May 1st and will now reveal the new digital album next month.
The new collection will include 19 tracks in all, including two brand new songs and five previously never released tracks with the album acting as a companion to the book.
The brand new songs include the title track featuring Neal Schon's son Miles, and "What Else Have I Missed," a collaboration with songwriter Gary Baker and steel guitarist Dan Dugmore.
The never previously released songs include "Waitin' On The Wind," "Crossing The Great Divide," "Shine," "Mixed Blessings" and "The Day They Became Angels."
The latter song was inspired by a school fire that claimed lives of 92 of Cain's classmates. "The fire shook my faith as an eight-year-old child," says Cain, "but when I look back now, I see a thread of redemption. That tragedy forever changed fire codes around the world, saving countless others."
|Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:25 PM||comments (0)|
The Philadelphia-based band Cinderella hit record stores and MTV in 1987, joining a crowded crop of hair metal hitmakers that included Bon Jovi, Poison, Europe, Stryper, Winger, Mötley Crüe and more.
The band’s debut album, Night Songs, hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart not because its songs were deep treatises on global conflicts or the socioeconomic repercussions of public policy like some other chart-toppers from the era; Night Songs was a hit because it rocked.
These guys melded AC/DC’s histrionics to Poison’s arena-ready spectacle and did so with a bluesy, guitar-swinging swagger. Singer and main songwriter Tom Keifer was a pouting pretty boy who also knew his way around the neck of a Les Paul. They were the total package and, at first blush, also appeared to be as glammy and superficial as the other bands that looked just like them.
Keifer had more depth than that, though, and when it came time to write Cinderella’s second album, Long Cold Winter, he hoped to avoid the sophomore slump by taking stock of his surroundings and writing songs from the perspective of a young man uncertain of where he was at any given point or who was around him. Because of the band’s brutal touring schedule, this meant writing the record on the road, using the technology available to him at the time.
“I had what we called a ‘Port-A-Studio,’ as it was referred to in the ’80s, and looking back on it, it was not nearly as portable as the studios today,” Keifer told Sleazeroxx. “It was a giant road-case that opened up and speakers popped out of it, and there were racks of gear popping out of it, you would maybe get an 8-track recording on cassette out of it if you were lucky. So, I would roll that into the hotel and just sit and write.”
The tour was the first time the band had spent an extended period away from its home base, and Keifer drew creative sustenance from the experience.
“That was the first time I really left Philadelphia and being on tour was really inspiring,” he noted. “Everything that was going on just inspired a lot of music.”
The results were a cut above the salacious chicks-and-booze anthems or cowboys-on-steel-horses ballads their peers were churning out. Keifer had riff-rock story songs like “Gypsy Road” and “The Last Mile.” He had road-weary sentiments in a rock song like “Comin’ Apart at the Seams” and in the ballad “Comin’ Home.” Did someone say ballad? He had a monster power ballad called “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).” And he had straight-up blues songs in “Bad Seamstress Blues” and “Long Cold Winter.” It was a varied collection of songs, some really high-quality stuff.
When it came time to put everything down on tape, Keifer wanted to move away from the lite-metal production values that marked the biggest albums the genre had produced, like Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In and Cinderella’s own debut.
“That was really the sound of the times,” Keifer said in Song Facts, “and pretty much any engineer you walked into a studio with was going to be going for the big, exploding snare drums and more of a slick and processed sound.
“With Long Cold Winter, we started to think about [production] more,” he continued. “We started to have more organic instruments -- pianos and acoustics. We toned down the slickness or the processing a little bit, although that record's still pretty slick.”
One member of the band absent from both records was drummer Fred Coury, replaced on Long Cold Winter by Cozy Powell (who's played with Jeff Beck, Rainbow and Whitesnake) and Denny Carmassi (Heart, Montrose and others). “We hired Fred for the Night Songs tour,” Keifer explained to Screamer, “and Fred was very young. He came in to do the Long Cold Winter album and ... [we] spotted a bit of, shall we say, inexperience in Fred.”
Producer Andy Johns wanted to use different drummers, and brought in Powell and Carmassi. Keifer said the situation worked out for Coury eventually. “Fred took that experience and learned from it,” he told Screamer. “Obviously, he stayed in the band and he toured on Long Cold Winter, worked really hard and ended up drumming on [Cinderella’s next record] Heartbreak Station and did a fine job on it.”
The initial critical response was about what one would expect for a new Cinderella album. Rolling Stone typified the reaction from rock writers with a two-star review, saying Keifer suffered from “influencitis,” resulting in songs likewise suffering from “a sense of rock ‘n’ roll deja vu.” The magazine did, however, point out that “the top-notch musicianship and streetwise savvy displayed on the album should make Cinderella a force to be reckoned with.”
That qualification was amplified years later when, in a rather amusing critical reassessment, Rolling Stone placed Long Cold Winter at No. 10 on its list of the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time, claiming the record “ranks with any blues-rock of the ‘80s.” The magazine also lauded the album as a harbinger of modern-day country by putting it on a separate list of “50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own.” “All the hits ... are somehow about trying to get back home again, one of country's eternal themes,” the magazine notes. “Which might explain why you can still hear echoes of ‘Gypsy Road’ in songs by guys like Randy Montana and Toby Keith.”
What gets ridiculed in one era can be praised in another, but only if it has staying power. Regardless of whether he realized it at the time, Keifer was playing the long game with Long Cold Winter; his songs still stand up to repeated plays. Even today.
STEVEN ADLER - "AFTER THE NINTH MONTH OF NOT DRINKING, MY WHOLE LIFE DID A 180; I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER (VIDEO)
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In the 19-minute video below, Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, shows her new Ibanez signature guitar at Thomann Music's Thomann Gearhead University.
Nita announced the launch of Ibanez JIVA in January via her Facebook page. She wrote: "After years of dreaming, hoping and working, followed by months of planning and preparation, I am honored and proud to introduce my signature guitar, the Ibanez JIVA.
"This beauty will be sold worldwide and comes equipped exactly how I play it live, including brand new signature DiMarzio pickups meticulously designed by yours truly.
"When I had my first meeting with Ibanez in September of 2008, they asked me why they should add me to the artist roster. My (typically emotional) answer was: 'All my heroes are Ibanez players. It's a dream come true for me to just come and meet you guys. If you don't want to give me an endorsement, I'll still play my Ibanez guitars proudly, but it would be a huge honor to join the family and represent the company officially.'
"They took a chance on a basically unknown girl from L.A. (I was actually the only girl on the USA roster at that time) and coming up on my 10th amazing year as an Ibanez artist, words cannot express how honored and thrilled I am to now join the ranks of my greatest heroes as a signature artist."
Nita told Guitar Girl Magazine in a 2017 interview that she started playing guitar when she was 13 years old. "I played drums first, and I was just no good at all," she said. "Then I switched to bass, and I wasn't any good at that either! I'm still not. And, finally, I picked up the guitar and it just stuck. My first guitar was a $99 Squire Stratocaster and I think it came with a little amp and a songbook and some guitar picks and a capo and a slide and a cable and a whole bunch of accoutrements. It was the cheapest little guitar and I played it for years. I didn't have anything nicer for a long time. I was just so passionate about learning and playing and getting better. And then, of course, as soon as I got nicer guitars, I was like, okay, this is a lot easier to play fast. I remember when I picked up my first Ibanez, I was, like, 'Why didn't anybody tell me that I should be playing this the whole time?' As soon as I got my first Ibanez, I just never played anything else — my blood bleeds Ibanez. I have no bargaining power with them; they know that. It's like if you tell a guy you love him right away when you've been dating, which is actually what I did in my relationship too, it just takes away all the power. It's like I love you, then you have no mystery, no build-up, no nothing! There's no suspense. Just like you're stuck now. And I'm happily stuck with both my relationship and my guitar of choice."
Strauss made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss prior to hooking up with Cooper.
Nita joined the legendary rocker's band in 2014 as the replacement for Orianthi.
Strauss recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to finance her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos". In just 30 days, she raised more than $165,000.
Check out the video here:
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Guns N' Roses are banking on fans having a voracious appetite with their massive upcoming Appetite for Destruction 30th anniversary reissue. And with the collection coming soon, you can bet there are a number of additions to entice fans, including today's reveal of the previously unseen video for "It's So Easy."
The clip was filmed live at The Cathouse in Los Angeles back in 1989, but it was never finished and remained in the vaults until the band decided to revisit the classic Appetite album for the expansive new reissue. At present, the clip is only available to view via Apple Music, so if you have an account, head here:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/video/its-so-easy/id1385567057?ls=1 and if not, watch a teaser clip.
The footage has been digitally restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers with the original conceptual scenes edited back in with the live footage, giving the clip the originally intended outcome. "It's So Easy" is one of 15 GN'R videos that are currently available via the Apple Music playlist that you can access here:
There are different options for the Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction reissue, but the most comprehensive retails for $999 and is limited to just 10,000 units worldwide. The "Locked N' Loaded" set includes et includes a 96-page hardcover book filled with previously unreleased photos from Axl Rose's personal archive, four CDs totaling 73 tracks, 49 of which were previously unreleased, lithographs, rings, buttons, patches, a turntable mat, plenty of vinyl, replica ticket stubs and still a lot more. Get more info on that set here while other versions of the collection with fewer extras can be found here:
Guns N' Roses will spend parts of June and July on tour in Europe, while an Asian leg of the "Not in This Lifetime" tour is slated for November. See all of their remaining tour stops here: