Archive for May 30, 2006

I ranted on Def Lep vs. Bon Jovi about a month ago, click here to read it.

I’ve gotten a few emails on the post but an interesting point was made by Mr. Me in the Comments section…..I forgot to add Bon Jovi’s 2002 album Bounce into the equation.

So the Tale of the Release for Bon Jovi should read:

- released 5 studio albums between 1984-1992, including a 4 year gap between New Jersey (1988) & Keep The Faith (1992)
- released 9 albums between 1994-2005, 4 were actual studio albums, including a 5 year gap between These Days (1995) & Crush (2000), a 2 year gap between Crush (2000) and Bounce (2002) and 3 years more until Have A Nice Day (2005)
- the other 5 albums released between 1994-2005 were a greatest hits, live album, box set, and an acoustic greatest hits compilation, and an exclusive live E.P. from Wal-Mart
- since 2000 have released various different forms of each album (Wal-mart only releases, tour editions, E.P.s, etc.)

So how does this effect the final analysis?

Post 1992, Def Leppard has released 3 studio albums in 6 years (1996-2002) while Bon Jovi has released 4 studio albums in 10 years (1995-2005). Adding Bounce back into the equation shows Bon Jovi being more consistent in terms of releasing original material. Had the Leps decided to make an album of originals rather than release the covers album, Yeah!, a couple of weeks ago, maybe we would be talking about an even amount of studio output.

So the answer might possibly be the actual release of original material, vaulting Bon Jovi past Def Leppard…..or is it?

Who’s that guy with those masked men? Could Ace Frehley be ready to come back and fill his role/costume in KISS? Rumors on various KISS message boards and websites have been circulating for months. Speculation is that KISS with Ace will draw more fan interest than the current line-up. Not a knock on current KISS guitarist, Tommy Thayer (ex-Black’n Blue), who has done a phenomenal job replacing/replicating the Ace in concert.

Anyone see Peter Criss in that picture?

Here’s some more photos from the VH-1 Rock Honors (courtesy of KISS Kollector):

Left to right, top to bottom:
1. Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley
2. Ace with Eric Singer
3. Paul signing an album for Rob Zombie
4. Gene Simmons and Ace
5. My dream tour: KISS and Judas Priest, who were also honored.

Dio – Holy Diver Live (2006, Eagle Records)

CD 1
1. Stand Up And Shout
2. Holy Diver
3. Gypsy
4. Caught In The Middle
5. Don’t Talk To Strangers
6. Straight Through The Heart
7. Invisible
8. Rainbow In The Dark
9. Shame On The Night

CD 2
1. Tarot Woman
2. Sign Of The Southern Cross
3. One Night In The City
4. Gates Of Babylon
5. Heaven & Hell
6. Man On The Silver Mountain
7. Long Live Rock’n’Roll
8. We Rock

Dio official website

Ronnie James Dio is a true Heavy Metal icon, one of the greatest singers of our time. I have seen him live multiple times with his solo band, Dio, and his former band, Black Sabbath. The live show has always been a wonderful celebration of Heavy Metal music, showcasing the best of a long career from Rainbow to Sabbath to Dio. With the concert memories fresh in my mind, I have waited to buy this release for about a month because of availability issues (my local shop got 1 copy).

According to the liner notes, the concert took place in London on October 22, 1995…..it was actually 2005 and the culmination of Dio’s worldwide tour for his 2004 album, Master Of The Moon. The actual full performance of the Holy Diver album came after the 3rd song of that night’s set, ‘One Night In The City’. Due to possible editing problems, the album performance was moved to CD 1 and the openers and encores to CD 2. Also, it’s to be noted that Mr. Dio himself has stated in recent interviews that this was a one-time performance, that he will not continue to do a full performance of any of his albums, he would rather try and celebrate his full career during the live shows.

I’ve given this a very close listen and it’s a very good live album, well worth your $15. The Holy Diver performance is top notch and the inclusion of Rainbow and Sabbath standards on CD 2 is a bonus. The Dio shows I’ve seen always have Rainbow and Sabbath songs in the set, maybe a medley rather than full songs. Adding them to the live Holy Diver set is just giving a bonus to the fans. Nothing beats ‘Tarot Woman’ or ‘Gates Of Babylon’ live!

As of this writing, the accompanying DVD release is out today. I will have that as well but I’m not waiting a month!