Archive for August, 2006

From KISS Kollector:

In an interview on the Dudley & Bob morning show, on Austin’s Classic Rock station KLBJ, Gene Simmons stated that KISS will take out Queen + Paul Rodgers on the band’s 2007 tour. Gene said that both bands had talked during VH1’s Rock Honors show and – in true Gene style – in the interview he claims: “Queen is playing with us, we’re not playing with Queen.”

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Gene leaked the information early when KISS toured with Aerosmith in 2003, tickets were around $100+ each for decent seats at the Tweeter Center in MA. $100+ for an outdoor seat under a roof…..I paid it…..for two nights!

I saw Queen + Paul Rodgers this past Fall and I paid $100+ for a really close seat at the DCU Center in Worcestor, MA. It was a good show and a fitting tribute to Freddie Mercury, Queen’s music, and Paul Rodgers’ music. It was surprising how well Paul fit in with Roger Taylor and Brian May playing songs that were instantly identifiable with Mr. Mercury.

It’s not surprising that Gene may have gotten the bill together at the VH-1 Rock honors, look at the bands present: Queen, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. By process of elimination, Queen is the choice. Priest is in the studio and Def Leppard is out with Journey now. KISS could have gone with either band, I think Judas Priest would have given them a run for their money, Def Leppard would be a decent opener.

Queen is a big name. Big name = big money. Big money = Gene happy.

At least we know the next tour is 2007, probably Summer 2007. Now if they could just get Ace Frehley back……

Today is Motorhead Day!

I just got back from the local shop with the new album, Kiss Of Death. Nice to get it for $10.

I’ll post a review later in the week.

Next Week: Iron Maiden

10,000 hits in one day?

Posted: August 29, 2006 in Uncategorized

I just figured out that there is a stats page aside from the counter. OK, sometimes it takes me a while to get up to speed.

So I check out the stats page and I had over 10,000 visitors in one day. A lot of people are checking out the Poison fight post I threw up a couple of days ago. Looks like the traffic is coming from Fark.com.

Doesn’t matter to me who stops by, hopefully I have something interesting to offer here…..

Quiet Riot are releasing a new album in early October, titled Rehab.

Quiet Riot - Rehab front cover

The current lineup of Quiet Riot is : Kevin DuBrow (Vocals), Frankie Banali (Drums), Alex Grossi (Guitars) And Chuck Wright (Bass)

Guest musicians and friends on Rehab include Glenn Hughes (Vocals), Tony Franklin (Bass), and Neil Citron (Guitars).

I always have had a soft spot for Quiet Riot and I thought that their last studio album, Guilty Pleasures, was a solid record. Add this one to the ever growing list of new releases this Fall.

Alice Cooper - Live In Montreux 2005 DVD/CD

Alice Cooper – Live In Montreux 2005 DVD/CD (2005, Eagle Rock)

  1. Department Of Youth
  2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
  3. Dirty Diamonds
  4. Billion Dollar Babies
  5. Be My Lover
  6. Lost In America
  7. I Never Cry
  8. Woman Of Mass Distraction
  9. I’m Eighteen
  10. Between High School And Old School
  11. What Do You Want From Me
  12. Is It My Body
  13. Go To Hell
  14. The Black Widow
  15. Gimme
  16. Feed My Frankenstein
  17. Welcome To My Nightmare
  18. The Awakening
  19. Steven
  20. Only Women Bleed
  21. Ballad Of Dwight Fry
  22. Killer
  23. I Love The Dead
  24. School’s Out
  25. Poison
  26. Wish I Were Born In Beverly Hills
  27. Under My Wheels

Lineup:
Alice Cooper – Vocals
Ryan Roxie – Guitars
Damon Johnson – Guitars/Keyboards
Chuck Garric – Bass
Eric Singer – Drums
Calico Cooper – Dancer/Actress

Recorded at the Montreux Music & Jazz Festival in 2005

(Region 1, NTSC, Running Time = 93 mins)

Alice Cooper official website

Filmed on the Dirty Diamonds Tour in 2005, Live In Montreux is an excellent representation of the Alice Cooper show that has toured regularly within the last 8 years. You still get all the hits, the theatrical show, and full Alice experience. What makes the live show, and this DVD collection, is the musical performance. Alice’s backing band has been together on the road and in the studio for a few years now, Eric Singer joining Alice when his othe band (KISS) is on hiatus. The band’s performance is rock solid, providing the proper backing for Alice to be Alice and carve up the stage.

27 songs in 93 minutes…..pretty solid. Not much chatter with the audience, just music. The one pet peeve I have with the live shows lately is that a band has to stop between songs, intro it, chit-chat, etc. No one ever really just plays, rarely do I see a major show where the music just flows freely like the Alice Cooper show. The set is unique: all the necessary classics peppered with newer tunes from later albums like Dirty Diamonds, The Eyes Of Alice Cooper, Brutal Planet and Dragontown. Alice gives us the ’70s with the classics, the ’80s with tracks like Poison, and the current with Dirty Diamonds and Woman Of Mass Distraction. It’s a very good set, the newer songs fitting into the show easily.

No bonus footage or extras on this set, just the separate audio CD. Unfortunately, the CD is not the full setlist as the DVD, omitting tracks 13, 14, and 18 thru 23. Basically, the “performance” pieces are removed which is a shame because because you miss concert staples like Only Women Bleed and Ballad Of Dwight Fry. I bought this for the DVD, not the CD, although it’s a nice bonus. It sounds nice but I would rather view the whole set than listen to an abbreviated version.

All in all, a good concert DVD. If you can’t catch Alice on tour, or you don’t want to shell the $40+ for a ticket, then go check your local shop for this package for around $15.

Melodicrock.com has a new, lengthy interview with Sammy Hagar. It’s an interesting chat discussing Sammy’s new album, musical direction, and Van Halen of course. Check it out here.

In Atlanta the other night, Bret Michaels and Bobby Dall got into a bit of a scuffle at the end of their show. Bret threw his mic at Bobby, Bobby threw his bass at Bret (hit him in the leg), and then the fists came up. The road crew came out to break it up.

Bret came out after and apologized to the crowd saying that “it could be the last show for the original lineup”. There is a Youtube video here, it’s poor quality but you can see the green bass get thrown and Bret taking a “fighter’s stance”. If you head to Metal Sludge, they have a ton of email from people who were there, including video of Bret’s apology to the crowd.

Seems like the popular thing to do lately is put your MP3 player on Shuffle and post what comes up. Why should I be any different?

Tale of the tape:

Dell DJ 30 (1st gen)
2665 tracks
224 albums

Here’s the first 20 songs that came up (band-song-album):

  1. Judas Priest – Electric Eye  (’98 Live Meltdown)
  2. KISS – See You In Your Dreams  (Gene Simmons)
  3. KISS – I Still Love You (Unplugged)
  4. Def Leppard – Sorrow Is A Woman (On Through The Night)
  5. Triumph – Magic Power (Live at the US Festival)
  6. Queensryche – An Intentional Confrontation (Operation: Mindcrime II)
  7. Styx – Blue Collar Man (Greatest Hits)
  8. Scorpions – Blackout (World Wide Live)
  9. Mogg-Way – House Of Pain (Edge Of The World)
  10. Pantera – Power Metal (Power Metal)
  11. Krokus – She Drives Me Crazy (Stampede)
  12. Saxon – Circle Of Light (Unleash The Beast)
  13. Saxon – Burning Wheels (Dogs Of War)
  14. Alcatrazz – Dangerous Games (Dangerous Games)
  15. KISS – Parasite (Alive!)
  16. Judas Priest – Machine Man (Demolition)
  17. Saxon – Hungry Years (Strong Arm Of The Law)
  18. Westworld – Look To See (Cyberdreams)
  19. Billy Joel – The Stranger (Complete Hits Collection ’73-’97)
  20. Black Sabbath – The Wizard (Cross Purposes Live)

Paul Stanley has a new official website: PaulStanley.com

Currently, there is only a basic front page with the album cover and release date, the full website will be online soon. There is a link to sign up for Paul’s newsletter to keep up with album news and tour dates.

Launch Radio Networks reports:

After successful tours of Europe, Japan, and North America, it looks like QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS have decided to continue their working relationship with some new material. A message on QUEEN guitarist Brian May’s web site reads, “We will be heading into the studio in October… There was an intent there for a while, but we have all been busy picking up our lives in different ways… but now it really looks as if we are on… We will take it gently at first, the priority being to feel good, and put ourselves in the mood to create.” More information is forthcoming, and it should be noted that a source close to Rodgers didn’t deny May’s story.

May also said the October sessions would be held “at a secret location,” and, while that location hasn’t been announced, it’s worth noting that Rodgers and his band, which includes former HEART guitarist Howard Leese, have booked a U.K. tour for October.

There are no plans for May and QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor to join Rodgers onstage. May said, “It will be good to see the Paul Rodgers we all grew up with, doing his own material, from FREE to BAD COMPANY and THE FIRM, plus, I’m sure, a good helping of the pure blues material which is such a main artery of Paul’s music.”

My recent post on the whereabouts of Vinnie Vincent brought up some decent discussion, thanks to all who commented or emailed me.

So I head over to Melodicrock.com for my daily visit this AM and I notice that the MR-X (Melodicrock Xtra) section has been updated. What’s been added?

Vinnie Vincent – Guitars From Hell (unreleased album recorded for Enigma)

The fee for MR-X is $35 for exclusive downloads. There are always great unreleased tracks, B-sides, and live recordings in MP3 format. For my money, downloading Guitars From Hell has more than paid for the service. I have always wanted to hear this album and I finally have my chance.

There is some Vinnie Vincent hype breezing across the Net, from new custom guitars to new recordings. Time will tell if Vinnie will re-enter the music world, I hope he does, the guy is talented…..PERIOD. Say what you will about his time in KISS, or the Invasion imploding (and becoming Slaughter), but this guy can shred and write songs. If I were Gene Simmons, I would tap Vinnie again to write for a new KISS album, every album he’s been on has been classic.

My DVR gave me some trouble but my wife was smarter than me and recorded the two latest episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on the DVR in the living room.

Episode 2 – Driving Me Crazy

Plots: Gene has a contest with his son, Nick, over who is the better driver. Gene takes the driving tests with Nick, if Nick beats Dad, Gene must wear a sign stating he is the worst driver on the planet in broad daylight in Beverly Hills. The other plotline is Sophie (age 13) has a boyfriend and Papa Gene wants her to take self defense classes to protect her from hormonally challenged boys.

– Obviously, Gene lost the driving contest. He sucks behind the wheel but his excuse was pretty good: he lived in New York, no need for a car. When he moved to L.A., he had enough money to hire a driver. Makes sense to me! Best part of the contest was Gene taking the road test and answering his cell phone. The look on the instrucor’s face was priceless. As far as Sophie’s self defense classes, Shannon took her to class and they both did very well. Shannon had some “combat” moves, probably from some movie prep or workout schedule. Sophie was very into it. Of course, Papa Gene picked up his girls in the car. Of course the self defense instructor asked Gene to don the body armor so he could take some abuse from the women. And, of course, he did and got his ass kicked! Staged? Most likely, but very entertaining.

Episode 6 – Food Or Sex?

Plot: Shannon buys Gene some clothes, he tries them on and they don’t fit. Shannon asks Gene to go for a weekend away but it is secretly to a fancy, new age, fat farm. Gene thinks he’s getting a weekend of “tenderness” but he finds himself in a weight loss resort with a 900 calorie daily diet, no TV, and no sex. While the parents are away, the kids are watched by Shannon’s sister, who is a bit of a wild child, and the kids run loose. Whip cream fights in Gene’s office, spitballs at a Gene/KISS stand-up, and possible body piercings for Sophie.

– I knew Gene had an addiction to food, he’s mentioned it in various interviews over the years. He weighed in at 225 lbs, that’s lighter than me right now so I felt good for the guy. He paid the guy at the front desk a few hundred dollars for a TV in his room and take-out food. Of course, he got caught by Shannon. The next day, Gene turns over the proverbial “new leaf” and works out to lose at least 5 lbs before the weekend. If he loses 5 lbs, he gets some booty! Give the guy credit for losing 4.5, he got close and was rewarded by Shannon. Best moment of the show was Gene talking to the guy from the front desk, “I’m Gene Simmons and I need food and a TV.” That’s great!

Is the show staged. Probably. What makes this better than The Osbournes is that everyone is more articulate and normal. I can believe that Gene is addicted to food, I have a hard time believing Ozzy can’t take out the trash. I can believe Gene wanting Sophie to be able to protect herself, i couldn’t believe Ozzy giving Kelly advice before going out, “Don’t drink or do drugs. If you have sex, use a condom.” The Simmons/Tweed family seems more grounded and very close whereas the Osbourne household seemed out of control.

The ratings for the 2nd set of episodes was higher than the first two according to news reports online, hopefully the two new episodes this weekend will also do well. I’ll keep you posted…..