Fleetwood Mac drama
Oz Fox back on the road
Rock and Roll HoF votes underway
Marty Balin passes
Winger--In the Heart of the Young (1990)
Six Degrees of Frankie B.
Comin Atcha live:
House of Lords
Rockversation: Samuel Nyman
Matt recently spoke with the singer of Manimal about touring in the US and Manimal’s new album, Purgatorio. You can keep up with Samuel and Manimal on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manimalofficial.
Bonus Track: Impellitteri--Shine On
From the album Nature of the Beast, out now on Frontiers Records.
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When a band release an album called VLAD THE IMPALER (Frontiers S.R.L), you tend to 'go in' with certain expectations like... blood, death and well.... impaling. But, one song into the latest album from the Norwegian band Holter, I discovered I was waaaayyyyyyyy off. Musically, they are very heavy but with a lot of melody. Guitarist Trond Holter, bassist Bernt Jansen, drummer Morten Bergseth and keyboardist Erling Henanger play it tight and very musical. The vocals of Nils K Rue and Eva Iselin Erichsen give the album a very theatrical, yet classic metal feel. From the opening track Worlds On Fire to Drums Of Doom all the way to the last track, Save Me Part II, Holter creates a very enjoyable listening experience... like Trans Siberian Orchestra... for Halloween! If you like Black Sabbath, Helloween and Iron Maiden... you will LOVE this album! VLAD THE IMPALER by Holter will be released on November 3rd.
Jake E. Lee left the music scene for an awful long time, disillusioned with the entire industry and in 2014, he returned with his new band, Red Dragon Cartel and released a debut album that turned a lot heads. Next month the RDC return with an album even better than the last, PATINA (Frontiers S.R.L). More like Badlands than his work with Ozzy, Jake E. Lee, vocalist Darren James Smith, bassist Anthony Esposito and drummer Phil Varone create just a great rock n roll album... period! Speedbag, Havana and my favorite, Chasing Ghosts are just great songs that contain a lot of fire and passion, two elements needed to make awesome music. PATINA is a great listen that spends more time developing songs than individual performances.
PATINA by Red Dragon Cartel will be released on November 9th
I have been waiting to see House Of Lords live since their debut album was released back in 1988! Now, 30 years later I finally got my wish... and it was well worth the wait. The mood of this show (both band and audience) was one of pure celebration and appreciation for the homecoming of a band that has 3/4 of its roots in Connecticut. To understand my love for House Of Lords is a study in what I love about music; passion, emotion, solid playing, a lot of melody and an aura of sophistication. This is House Of Lords!!!!
The band hit the stage with the elegant track of their second album, Sahara and before anyone could catch their breath it was right into Pleasure Palace, the first song from their 1988 self titled debut. Vocalist James Christian sounded amazing as he moved in and out of the impressive history of the band and had a lot of fun with the crowd. From Rock Bottom, Cartesian Dreams, and Go To Hell, the band took us all on a musical trip through the history of the band, proving their career wasn't defined by their first two albums.
Musically, House Of Lords were amazing as well. Guitarist Jimi Bell is as brilliant a player as they come and one of the best guitarist out there. For me it was such a treat to see and hear Jimi playing songs that he wrote and recorded. Drummer B.J. Zampa was full of life and put on a show; always heavy, always loud... but always working for the song, he is the perfect drummer. The 'new' guy, bassist Chris Tristram really held it all together, but was able to show his personality with not only his playing, but his stage presence. The four together looked and sounded as I had hoped... friggin' awesome!!!! From I Wanna Be Loved (their first hit) to Saint Of The Lost Souls, each song just complimented the next and flowed perfectly.
More than just the music and performances, House Of Lords had a lot of fun on stage, were appreciative of the fans and respectful to their legacy. The 'classic' moment of the night was when Christian strapped on his acoustic guitar to perform Can't Find My Way Back Home, but because James didn't have a set list near him, he was a song early. Not missing a beat he laughed about it, took off his guitar and handed it to a fan (named Mario, pictured below) in the front and asked him to hold onto it until it was time. A pure 'classic' rock moment that would have destroyed some performances, but here... it just added to it.
As a massive fan of House Of Lords and Guiffria (the band that predated HOL), there are of course a zillion songs they didn't play that I wanted; Remember My Name, Million Miles. Another Day From Heaven and Desert Rain to name a few. But that is a testament to their legacy... where their last album SAINT OF THE LOST SOULS is as good as their self titled debut.
Thank you James, Jimi, B.J. and Chris for two things... helping me never to grow up and proving the saying 'never meet your heroes' is at least in this case, so wrong!!!
Megadeth announce Megacruise
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Stephen Pearcy apologized for intoxicated performance
Brian seeing John Carpenter on Halloween
Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators--Living the Dream (2018)
The Police--Synchronicity (1983)
Six Degrees of Frankie B.
Comin Atcha Live:
Flotsam and Jetsam
Rockversation: Craig Goldy (Part 2)
Matt spoke with the Giuffria and Dio guitarist about his career in music as well as his new project, Dream Child. Keep up with Craig at www.facebook.com/craig.goldy, and with Dream Child at www.facebook.com/DreamChildRock.
Bonus Track: Snakes in Paradise—Will You Remember Me
From the newly-released album Step Into the Light, which is out now on Frontiers Records.
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Hey kids!!! I have decided to do a weekly column called 'Odds and Ends' where I will give you some cool tidbits of news involving music, the Power Chords Podcast as well as Brian and I and some of our friends. Please check back every Friday... there will always be something...
*If you haven't picked up or listened to the latest album from Uriah Heep, LIVING THE DREAM (Frontiers Music), you are missing out on an incredible new album by one of rocks best!!!!
*Speaking of Uriah Heep... I have been spending a lot of time in their catalog preparing for my next book project and wow..... there is some incredible stuff in there... so give a listen!!!!!
*Last week I interviewed two amazing guys; Chris Impellitteri and Rob Rock, from Impellitteri. We discussed their new album THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (Frontiers Music) and I can't wait for everyone to hear how cool these two are....
*I've been wanting to see House Of Lords live since 1989 and tomorrow night this will happen, at Bleachers In Bristol, CT! Review and pix of course will follow...
*At New York Comic Con, I got to hang out with Darryl (DMC) McDaniels and give him a copy of UFO - YOUR FAVORITE BAND'S FAVORITE BAND. if you didn't know this Darryl is a comic book writer and loves classic hard rock. In fact, he will be helping me with my next book!!!!! The pix above left is us and my artist friend Andrew Edge, cover artist for the UFO book as well as the upcoming ASIA - TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
*Michael Schenker Fest is coming back to the United States so if you didn't see them last time... GO NOW!!!!
*Classic British rockers Nazareth will be releasing a new album in November called TATTOOED IN MY BRAIN (Frontiers Music) and I think this album is A-MAZING!!!
The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.