Sunday, February 20, 2011

Song of the Week: Alice Cooper - Poison

Alice Cooper's huge comeback hit "Poison" was co-written by Desmond Child and John McCurry and produced by Desmond Child. IT was released worldwide as a single in 1989 and is featured on his 18th studio album Trash. The song has been one of his biggest hit singles in the United States, peaking at #7 on the singles chart, while peaking at #2 in the UK, only being held off the top spot by hit dance record, "Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers.
The song is available as downloadable content (as part of the Alice Cooper pack or as a single) for use in the music video game Rock Band, and a re-recorded version is also available as downloadable content for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

There are two versions of the video to the song which shows Alice Cooper being chained to a bizarre mechanism and singing while a ghostly woman looms over him. The original video had to be censored for showings during the day, due to shots of model Rana Kennedy wearing nothing but a black thong. The portions in question were redone with her wearing a corset to cover her breasts. The video is still often played on VH1 Classic's Metal Mania.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil Began Serving DUI Sentence

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil turned himself in to the Clark County Detention Center this morning to begin serving a 15-day sentence for DUI and speeding.

Neil pled guilty in Las Vegas Justice Court last month and will spend two weeks in jail, followed by another 15 days of house arrest. He will also pay a $585 fine and attend DUI school and attend a victim impact panel online.

Neil failed three field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit during his June 27, 2010 Las Vegas arrest.

Neil was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in 1984 after he caused a car crash that killed his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, and seriously injured two people in a second vehicle. He served 30 days in jail and was on probation for five years.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aerosmith's Music Sales Up 250% Since Steven Tyler Appearead as a Judge On 'Idol'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sales of Aerosmith's greatest-hits collections have increased more than 250 percent as a result of Steven Tyler's appearance on "American Idol" as a judge for the show's tenth season. The band's 1994 compilation "Big Ones", saw increased sales of 260 percent after the show's January 19 premiere. Meanwhile, 2004's "Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith", got a 146 percent boost after week 2 of "Idol". Two more greatest-hits collections registered surges of 137 percent and 147 percent. Likewise, band's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" single was downloaded 34,000 times for the week ending January 30, an increase of 363 percent. The band's 1973 hit "Dream On" saw 26,000 downloads, which represented a 318 percent spike over the week before.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Classic Albums: Ratt - Out of the Cellar

After a well-received, self-titled independent EP, Ratt signed with Atlantic Records and immediately started writing and recording what would be its first proper album Out of the Cellar. Released in March 1984, the breakthrough album was critically praised by both fans and critics alike at the time of its release. Milton Berle's guest appearance, dressed in his Uncle Miltie drag character, in the video for "Round and Round" helped draw even more attention to the band.
Out of the Cellar combined the then-prevalent Van Halen and Aerosmith influenced bravado elements with the then-novel muted, staccato guitar-picking style of Judas Priest.
The album scored much radio and MTV play with the blockbuster anthem "Round and Round" (which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Wanted Man", "Back for More", and "Lack of Communication". Pearcy's raspy yet bluesy vocals melded well with the pyrotechnic guitar playing of twin leads Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini. Their music videos, especially for that of "Round and Round", exposed them to an impressionable teen audience first tuning into the then fledgling MTV cable network.

Listen the MP3 clips from the album with Amazon's MP3 player:

Out of the Cellar became a commercial success, going platinum many times over in the United States as well as making them stars in the Far East. The album catapulted the band to the top, capped off by an incredibly successful world tour that saw the band sell out countless stadiums and arenas worldwide. Out of the Cellar is today widely regarded as the band's best work and a definitive moment in 80s heavy metal.
Legendary 80's Redhead Sex Bomb Tawny Kitaen,, who'd graced the cover of the band's EP from the previous year, agreed to appear on the cover of their debut full-length album. She also appeared in their video for "Back For More". Video also features a cameo appereance by Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crue.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Mötley Crüe And Buckcherry To Play Argentina In May

Mötley Crüe will be performing at the Estadio Cubierto Malvinas Argentinas in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 19 and May 20 with support from great Buckcherry.

Crüe has also been confirmed for this year's edition of The Bamboozle festival, set to take place April 29 - May 1 , New Jersey. Their latest album sold almost 100k copies during its first week after release. Thats pretty good for good ol' bad boys of hair metal after all those bit more quiet years.

Bon Jovi Adds More Dates To Current Tour

Bon Jovi plan to take a couple years off after they wrap their current world tour. And they added another leg to their 2011 Tour, with newly scheduled concerts in Montreal, Atlanta, Orlando, Houston, Memphis, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Columbus and more.

The 2011 tour is set to kick off on February 9th at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA and once again Bon Jovi will utilize the latest in web-based video technology to engage their fans worldwide, as a portion of the show will be broadcast LIVE via a free webcast.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Song of the Week: Winger - Seventeen

Winger's "Seventeen" was a big hit back in the year 1988 - as single the song charted at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. The B-side for this single was the album cut "Hangin' On." Both the songs came from the bands debut album, Winger, alse released 1988, on Atlantic Records, produced by Beau Hill.

Seventeen has been featured on the video games, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s for PlayStation 2 and Saints Row for the Xbox 360.

The song was named the 87th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

New Michael Monroe Band Single Available For Streaming

Michael Monroe Band's new album, "Sensory Overdrive", will be released on March 14 via Universal Music subsidiary Spinefarm Records. The record was produced by Jack Douglas, who has previously worked with such a legendary names like Aerosmith, John Lennon and New York Dolls. Among the guests who appeared on the album were Lemmy Kilmister and three-time Grammy-winning country/folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.

The first single from the album, "'78" (a homage to a year of great music and significant cultural happenings), will be available on February 21 on both digital download and colored vinyl complete with exclusive extra track. Song can be already streamed from the Michael Monroe's facebook page here (via soundcloud).

Monroe's current solo band includes The Wildhearts' Ginger on guitar, former Hanoi Rocks bandmate Sam Yaffa on bass, Steve Conte of New York Dolls and Company Of Wolves on guitar and Karl Rosqvist on drums

"Sensory Overdrive" track listing:

01. Trick Of The Wrist
02. '78
03. Got Blood?
04. Superpowered Superfly
05. Modern Day Miracle
06. Bombs Away
07. All You Need
08. Later Won't Wait
09. Gone, Baby Gone
10. Center Of Your Heart
11. Debauchery As A Fine Art

Warrant rocking hard in studio with Keith Olsen

Warrant is currently in studio with producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy, Whitesnake, Scorpions) recording their seventh studio album - supposed to be released in May. The album will be band's first with new lead singer Robert Mason (formerly of Lynch Mob and Cry Of Love).
According to lead guitarist Joey Allen " .... 14 songs with drums and bass done! 7 songs have rhythm guitar done...we are smokin' along!!! It sounds killer and Keith Olsen is GREAT to work with..."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Classic Albums: Aerosmith - Pump

Widely acclaimed Pump was the tenth album by (already then) hard rock vetran band Aerosmith, released in 1989. Their previous album, Permanent Vacation, released two years earlier in 1987, was a major hit and the band's bestselling album in over a decade (selling 5 million copies in the U.S.),with all three of its singles ("Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll", and "Angel") reaching the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. So there were loads of expectations.

Pump was even more successful - it featured three Top Ten singles: "What It Takes", "Janie's Got a Gun", and "Love in an Elevator", as well as the Top 30 hit "The Other Side", eventually selling over 7 million copies and spawning several music videos that were in regular rotation on MTV. The band also won its first Grammy in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, for "Janie's Got a Gun".

The album incorporates the use of keyboards and a horn section on many of the singles ("Love in an Elevator", "The Other Side"), and contains straightforward rockers ("F.I.N.E.*", "Young Lust"), the ballad "What It Takes", songs about issues such as incest and murder ("Janie's Got a Gun") and drug and alcohol abuse ("Monkey on My Back"), as well as a variety of instrumental interludes such as "Hoodoo" and "Dulcimer Stomp."

The album has certified sales of seven million copies in the U.S. to date, and is tied with its successor Get a Grip as Aerosmith's second best-selling studio album (Toys in the Attic leads with eight million). "Love in an Elevator" became the first Aerosmith song to hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Additionally, it is the only Aerosmith album to date to have three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and three #1 singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was the fourth bestselling album of the year 1990.

Pump was the second of three sequentially recorded Aerosmith albums to feature producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineers Mike Frazer and Ken Lomas at The Little Mountain Sound Studios.

Down 'n' Outz #1 on US Classic Rock Chart

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz,” the other band featuring Def Leppard's singer - errr, right, you already guessed it - Joe Elliot, hit number1 on the US Classic Rock Charts for their single “Overnight Angels”. The hit single is the second single off the band’s debut album My ReGeneration, released last summer.

The Down 'n Outz came together in the fall of 2009 when Elliott got most of the Quireboys to be his backing band for some gigs (not counting their singer Spike of course), and the Down ‘n’ Outz were born. In addition to Elliott (Vocals/ Guitar/Keyboards) the band features Paul Guerin(Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), Phil Martin (drums) and bassist Ronnie Garrity ( from the Raw Glory).