Tuesday, September 27, 2011

25 Years Ago Today....

Cliff Burton was killed in the bus crash.  Still seems like yesterday.  Here's a video of all of his solos compiled from the great Cliff 'Em All VHS (It's on DVD now, but we all had the tape!)  RIP

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Internet Is Not All Bad!

I got a kick out of this exchange in the interview that Tim Needles of Short and Sweet NYC conducted with Sebastian Bach leading up to the release of his new album Kickin' and Screaming.

Once more artists are educated about the potential of music and the internet, we'll all be much better off!

Yeah, actually I read that your first single was free this week on Amazon.com, that kind of thing must be huge in terms of getting the music out there, right?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Looking Back Series: Who's To Blame For The 80's Hairbands and Global Warming:

Looking Back Series: 

Who's To Blame For The 80's Hairbands and Global Warming: 

The year was 1975 and the music world was prolifically and creatively pumping out great music every other week.   The airwaves were flooded with all kinds of great music.  Everything thing from Country,  to Pop,  to Southern Rock,  to Disco,  to Funk ...to Hard Rock:  great music was consistently being written,  recorded and released to the masses.   Elton John was singing about his Philadelphia Freedom,   David Bowie was telling us all about "Fame".     The Eagles were procrastinating with "One Of These Nights".  KC and The Sunshine Band taught us all how to "Get Down Tonight" and Olivia Newton John was flooring this 12 year old's love crushed heart,  with "Have You Never Been Mellow".

I still love ya',  Olivia!  

Seriously,  was there ever a more prolific decade of such a wide and diverse amount of creativity and great music?  Personally,  I think not.

Meanwhile and unbeknownst to the unsuspecting public,   Gene Simmons (of Kiss),  in a small night club in Washington D.C. had just discovered a band called Angel.  Simmons pitched Angel to Neil Bogart of Casablanca Records and they eventually signed.     Little did they know the influence Angel and their "image " would have on the 80's music world.

Maybe I'm Amazed

A special Saturday treat for those that have never seen it before.  Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Ron Wood, Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones, The Faces, taking on McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" in '72. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Gibson Guitars vs. Obama's Justice Department

For those of us who have a deep passion and love for music,  musicianship and the instruments used to create our beloved music:  the heavily-armed raid on Gibson 's facilities in Tennessee (on August 24th 2011) was a major head-scratcher,  as well as a disturbing precedent.   This was not the first time Gibson has been raided.  Back in November of 2009 the Justice Dept conducted their first raid on Gibson and walked away with half a million dollars of Ebony and Rosewood.  This time,  they walked away with a million dollars worth of fingerboard wood.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Up The Irons! Ryan Adams?

 If you follow Ryan Adams on Facebook or Twitter you undoubtedly are familiar with his love of Heavy Metal.  There was a lot of talk of him writing a metal album over the past couple of years (which admittedly I've lost track of so if it's out there please drop me a line - now!).

Rose Hill Drive - Telepathic

Last week, the hard rocking (now) quartet from Boulder, CO, Rose Hill Drive, debuted their new music video on The Huffington Post.