Monthly Archives: June 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-29-13

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Each week, Hard Rock Daddy posts a video playlist of Octane’s Big ‘Uns  Countdown featuring the top 15 hard rock songs of the week.  The playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel).

The top 15 songs on this week’s Octane’s Big ‘Uns Countdown are listed below the videos

#15 – “Sick Of It” – SKILLET

#14 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

#13 – “Out Of Time” – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

#12 – “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY

#11 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

#10 – “That Day” – NONPOINT

# 9 – “The High Road” – THREE DAYS GRACE

# 8 – “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

# 7 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 6 – “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

# 5 – “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE

# 4 – “Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT

# 3 – “Trenches” – POP EVIL

# 2 – “Fly On The Wall” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 1 – “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

***Check Out the Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review***

***Check out the Evans Blue – “Warrior”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review***

***Check out the Skillet – “Sick Of It”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review***

 

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 7/6/13

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. BLACK SABBATH – 13
  2. FALLING IN REVERSE – Fashionably Late
  3. QUEENS OF THE STONEAGE – …Like Clockwork
  4. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
  5. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  6. MEGADETH – Super Collider
  7. VANS WARPED TOUR ’13 – 2013 Tour Compilation
  8. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  9. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  10. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Everblack
  11. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
  12. BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Wretched And Divine:  The Story Of The Wild Ones
  13. SHINEDOWN – Amaryllis
  14. CHILDREN OF BODOM – Halo Of Blood
  15. ROB ZOMBIE – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor 

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

Fans Taking Sides in Band Disputes

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Numerous high-profile bands have had well-publicized disputes in recent times, and most fans feel the need to choose one side over the other.  They tend to take these disputes very personally.  Often times, they act as though they are children living through a divorce, and they feel the need to blame someone for seeing their favorite bands part ways.  This is especially true if the parting of ways is contentious.

On the most recent episode of That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk posed a question about whether social media, raw and unfiltered, is a good or a bad thing because it lets bands share real-time thoughts rather than relying on disseminating information through prepared press releases.  While we all appreciate the access that social media gives us to the artists that we love, there is also a downside.  It almost forces us to choose sides in band disputes, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

In a perfect world, our favorite bands would never have any lineup changes.  They would continue to create music that we love, and tour as often as possible so that we could see them perform live.  They would all be on the same page when it comes to musical direction, and egos would never get in the way of something good.  Every artist would realize that most of their fans envy their way of life because their jobs are not nearly as satisfying as being a rock star.

However, we don’t live in a perfect world.  The bands that we love are comprised of real people with real problems and lives that we don’t necessarily understand.  We like to think that we’ve gotten to know them through their music, but the reality is that we see what we want to see.  As the saying goes, you may love sausage, but you wouldn’t want to see how it is made.  Because of social media, with these public disputes, we are not only seeing how the sausage is made, we are becoming involved in the process.

In a recent interview with Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Tate shattered my illusion of what I thought about band relationships.  We tend to assume that bands with tremendous longevity must share strong personal bonds, but the reality is that each band is actually a business run by a handful of partners.  Tate and his former bandmates have both recently released albums under the Queensryche moniker.  A court will decide in November which faction gets to use the name permanently.  Many fans, however, have already chosen where their loyalty will lie, regardless of the court proceedings.

Great White is another band that is battling over the rights to use the name.  Longtime frontman, Jack Russell, is in a battle similar to the one that Tate is fighting with Queensryche.  While Great White fans don’t seem as enraged as Queensryche fans in general, you can be sure that there are some fans that are very angry about this dispute, and will likely lay blame on one side or the other.

The members of Styx waged a similar battle years ago, and the courts awarded Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young the right to use the name over founding member, Dennis DeYoung.  Some fans gravitate towards the current lineup of Styx because they focus on the more energetic songs that were made during their heyday.  Others support DeYoung because he is the one who set the tone for the band when they were together.  Some appreciate each for what they bring to the table, while others simply avoid either because it’s not the same without the entire band.  This battle happened years ago, so fan anger is basically non-existent at this point, but it’s safe to assume that fans were more impassioned at the time, though there were no social media outlets to share their views.

There are many more scenarios that didn’t end in a court battle, but disappointed fans just the same:  Journey replacing Steve Perry with Arnel Pineda, Foreigner moving on without Lou Gramm, Stone Temple Pilots firing Scott Weiland…again, Adam Gontier walking away from Three Days Grace as the band was reaching their pinnacle of success.  And perhaps the most disappointing breakup of all time, Axl Rose and Slash ending Guns N’ Roses way before their time.

Many bands cannot sustain major lineup changes, but some have done so with great success.  Ronnie James Dio replacing Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath is the most glaring example of a band surviving a major lineup change.  Dio owns the unique distinction of being on both sides of a lineup change, as Rainbow enjoyed commercial success with Joe Lynn Turner as his eventual replacement.  Iron Maiden achieved greater success after Bruce Dickinson replaced Paul Di’Anno.  Even though there has been a lot of back and forth with David Lee Roth, the Sammy Hagar years of Van Halen were very successful. And though the hard rock and metal world loved Bon Scott, it can be argued that AC/DC’s greatest moments have come with Brian Johnson at the helm. It should be noted that Scott’s departure was tragic, and had nothing to do with any kind of dispute.

The more successful a band becomes, the more likely they are to have built a loyal fanbase that will feel personally effected by any disputes that occur.  The access that fans have to their favorite artists through Twitter, Facebook and the like gives them a deeper personal connection than ever before.  The unfortunate downside to social media is that it allows “fans” to spew hatred and false information behind a cloak of anonymity.

For better or worse, modern-day band disputes are no longer personal matters to be handled by the individual band members.  These disputes are merely a soapbox for fans to stand on as they share their personal opinion with anyone who will listen.

Hard Rock Daddy – Three For Thursday: Queensryche, Motionless In White, Rainbow

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Every Thursday, Hard Rock Daddy features three hard rock songs/artists/albums with a common theme. This week’s “Three For Thursday” lineup consists of Queensryche, Motionless In White and Rainbow. The theme is revealed at the bottom of the page.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Queensryche

SONG:               “Empire”

ALBUM:              Empire

RELEASED:          August 20, 1990

WEBSITE:            www.Queensryche.com

 

 

ARTIST:              Motionless In White

SONG:                “America”

ALBUM:               Infamous

RELEASED:           November 13, 2012

WEBSITE:             www.MotionlessInWhite.net

 

 

ARTIST:                Rainbow

SONG:                 “Can’t Happen Here”

ALBUM:                Difficult To Cure

RELEASED:            February 3, 1981

WEBSITE:              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Blackmore’s_Rainbow

Scroll down to see this week’s Three For Thursday theme…

 

 

 

 

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

DISENCHANTMENT WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT – Love of country is patriotic, however, love of country does not go hand-in-hand with satisfaction of government.  For all of the things that we love about America, there are many things that we disapprove of when it comes to government action, or inaction as the case may be.  Motionless In White has just recently voiced their opinion, but this is a problem that has existed for many years.  Rainbow wrote about it in the early 80’s and Queensryche in the early 90’s, but disenchantment with the U.S. government goes back much further than any of these songs.

 

Help THE LAST VEGAS Hit the Road with BUCKCHERRY

The Last Vegas

Inspired by 70’s classic rock and glam, 80’s hard rock and heavy metal, punk and garage rock, The Last Vegas (TLV) formed in Chicago in 2005, and have been on a steady rise ever since.  In 2009, TLV burst onto the national scene after Nikki Sixx saw them play live and subsequently co-produced their third album “Whatever Gets You Off.”   TLV is this generation’s quintessential dirty rock band. They have previously toured with Motley Crue, and are about to embark on a tour with Buckcherry that will take them across Europe and North America.

TLV is in the process of recording their fifth studio album, which is slated to be released in September before the European leg of the tour kicks off.

To fund the recording of the album and the tour with Buckcherry, TLV has launched a pledgemusic crowdfunding campaign.  Like other crowdfunding music campaigns, TLV is offering rewards to those who help them to reach their funding goal.  However, most other campaigns don’t offer the wide variety of rewards that TLV is offering, including an acoustic performance at a backyard BBQ party.

In addition to their planned record release and tour, TLV has just debuted a new video for “She’s My Confusion” (see below) from their 2012 release “Bad Decisions.”

The video is based on a well-known, Chicago-area ghost story named Resurrection Mary that has been around since the 1930s. The young woman, Mary, had spent the evening dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom (now the Willowbrook) with a boyfriend. Following an argument that evening, Mary left the ballroom, stormed out into the cold winter’s night, and walked along Archer Avenue. Not long after, she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene leaving her to die. The story survives through the many men who claim picking up a young female hitchhiker along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom (which is the locale for the video) and Resurrection Cemetery. When reaching the cemetery, the young woman is let out only to disappear into the cemetery.

The Willowbrook Ballroom is a Chicago musical institution; one bad-ass, old-school place which drips of mystery, intrigue and aura. What better place to film an unconventional rock video for ‘She’s My Confusion?’  We stepped back in time and addressed whether those noises we hear in the night are real, or just a dream.Adam Arling (TLV guitarist)

If you’re a fan of bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Buckcherry, you will undoubtedly become a TLV fan after listening to them.  Check out the video below and visit the TLV pledgemusic page to contribute to the band’s crowdfunding campaign.

For more info about The Last Vegas, visit www.facebook.com/TheLastVegas

 

Queensryche – “Frequency Unknown”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Queensryche Frequency Unknown

It is unheard of for any music release to create such a vitriolic response that a contest would be held to honor the contestant with the most animosity towards it, and awarded with a very cool prize to boot.  But that is exactly what has happened with Queensryche’s “Frequency Unknown.”  To be fair, this isn’t an ordinary record release from a band with legendary status in the hard rock genre.  This is the first record to market from a band that has been fractured by inner turmoil and is now embroiled in court proceedings to determine which version of Queensryche will end up with the right to use the name.

Geoff Tate is the only original Queensryche member in the version of the band that released “Frequency Unknown.”  That doesn’t sit well with fans who believe that this release should have been a Tate solo record, which may be why this album is being judged by impossibly unfair standards.

In a recent interview with Tate, we discussed the conclusions that many have jumped to about “Frequency Unknown.”  The full interview will be featured in the near future, but the main thing that stuck with me after a lengthy conversation is that Tate considers himself an artist who will not be musically limited by the parameters that others have set for him.  To him, art is about expression, not about catering to the wishes of the masses.  With this perspective in mind, I’d like to offer my thoughts about “Frequency Unknown” to those who have not pre-judged the record based on what others are saying.

First, let me start by saying that I am a lifelong Queensryche fan who would like nothing more than to have all of the original members (including Chris DeGarmo) playing together in the band.  But since the chances of that happening are almost non-existent, my only choice is to listen to, and fairly evaluate, the music that is released.

One of the things that I have always loved about Queensryche is that they never settled upon a sound that defined them.  Every album was unique in its own way.  I’ll be the first to admit that the changes have always taken getting used to with each new release.  Queensryche has never been about ear candy that quickly grabs your attention, but lacks staying power.  Quite the contrary!  Every Queensryche album grew on me the more that I listened to it, and “Frequency Unknown” is no exception.  The more I listen to it, the more I like it.

If this was released as a Geoff Tate solo album, I think that the reaction would have been vastly different because there are some great songs and outstanding musicianship on the record.  It is a very unique sounding album, but with all different musicians playing on it, that is to be expected.  In fact, if it didn’t sound different, you can be sure that people would be panning Tate for putting together a bunch of knock-offs of the original band.

“Frequency Unknown” is a diverse hard rock album that will be appreciated by those who listen to it with an open mind.  Instead of comparing it to the albums that have been released throughout the Queensryche’s illustrious history, imagine “FU” as a debut album from a new band, because that is essentially what it is.  Instead of complaining that Tate isn’t singing in a register that is well beyond the range of most singers, appreciate his distinct singing style that has evolved over time.  Instead of mocking the lyrical content as sour grapes towards his former bandmates, put yourself in Tate’s place and appreciate that his writing comes from the heart and captures a very real moment in time.

To highlight individual songs on “Frequency Unknown” would not do the album justice.  The fact of the matter is that my favorite songs change with each listen, just as they always have with every album that Queensryche has put out over the past three decades.  If you are a Queensryche fan, you owe it to yourself to listen to the album several times in its entirety before jumping to any conclusions based on the opinions of those who are prone to knee-jerk reactions in a short attention span world.

That Metal Show: Season 12- Episode 4 (Jake E. Lee & Rick Allen)

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That Metal Show (Season 12, Episode 4 featuring Jake E. Lee & Rick Allen)

The following is a recap of this week’s show…

MUSICAL GUEST – Vinny Appice 

 

IN STUDIO GUESTSJake E. Lee & Rick Allen

Jake E. Lee breaks a 20-yr silence with his first visit to That Metal Show. The live audience gave Lee a standing ovation as he entered the room.

During the interview, Lee revealed that he nearly quit playing music altogether.  He had set a goal that he would continue trying to make it in music until he turned 25-yrs old.  Ozzy discovered him one month before his 25th birthday.  Lee ended up replacing George Lynch (Dokken) who wasn’t a fit for Ozzy.

When grunge came to the forefront, Lee was unfairly lumped in with all hair metal bands, and his career took a downturn.  Frustrated by the turn of events, he didn’t pick up a guitar for a few years, although he continued to write music without it.

While many people in his position would have resented grunge, Lee actually embraced it, because he thought that it forced guitarists to focus more on songwriting than on extended solos in each song.

The former Badlands guitarist is about to launch Red Dragon Cartel.  Special guest stars on the album include:  Maria Brink (In This Moment), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Paul Di’Anno (Iron Maiden) and Sass Jordan.

 

Rick Allen also appeared on That Metal Show for the first time ever.  Allen has been at this for a long time now, joining Def Leppard when he was only 15.  He spoke about how powerful an experience it was to open for AC/DC with Bon Scott when he was only 16.

During the interview, Allen discussed his first-ever gig with one arm at the Download Festival.  It was a very emotional night for the drummer who was forced to reinvent himself after the accident that cost him his arm.

Allen also discussed Def Leppard’s residency in Las Vegas, where the band opened for themselves under the moniker Dead Flatbird.  The band played a 45-minute opening set that featured songs from their debut album “On Through The Night.”  It was the first time in nearly two decades that this material was played live. Amazingly, many fans didn’t even realize that it was actually Def Leppard playing under a different name.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE

Jake E. Lee

  • If you could be in any other band – The Who
  • Song you wish you wrote – “Bark At The Moon” (a not-so-subtle dig at Ozzy for failing to credit him with the songs that he wrote)
  • Best concert you ever attended – Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1974
  • First album purchased with own money – Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”
  • First rock song you learned to play – The Guess Who “No Time”
  • Weirdest rumor about you – That I was smoking crack in an alley in Las Vegas
  • Favorite new band – In This Moment

Rick Allen

  • If you could be in any other band – U2
  • Song you wish you wrote – “Happy Birthday”
  • Best concert you ever attended – Def Leppard in Donnington (first concert with one arm)
  • First album purchased with own money – Deep Purple “In Rock”
  • First rock song you learned to play – The Beatles “Back In The USSR”
  • Weirdest rumor about you – That I was dead and came back to life
  • Favorite new band – Steel Panther

 

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Social media, raw and unfiltered, giving band updates in real time rather than press releases like the old days.

  • Jim Florentine – Take it.
  • Don Jamieson – Leave it.  I don’t want to be involved in your drama.
  • Eddie Trunk – Take it, loves the transparency and getting the real truth.

 

Q’S FROM THE AUDIENCE?

RickPersonal favorite Def Leppard song that wasn’t a big hit?  “Rocket”

JakeIf Ozzy offered you the chance to play in his band again, would you consider it?  Only if I got credit for songs that I wrote on “Bark At The Moon.”  I don’t want any money, just credit.  If they did that, I would entertain it.

JakeWhat’s it really like to work for Sharon?  I actually like her.  We always got along, it was wonderful.  And, I’m scared of Sharon.

 

ORIGINS W/ DON JAMIESON

  • First metal album bought with his own money – Iron Maiden’s debut album
  • Kiss, Aerosmith and Iron Maiden 3 favorite bands growing up
  • Most proud of 1982 Ozzy “Speak Of The Devil” t-shirt (lost his virginity in it)

 

RANK

Rick Allen Ranks Def Leppard Albums

  1. Pyromania
  2. Hysteria
  3. On Through The Night
  4. High ‘n’ Dry
  5. Adrenalize

 

ON THE SHELF – Recommended picks by Eddie, Don and Jim

  • Eddie – The Winery Dogs (self-titled)
  • Don – Battlecross “Pursuit Of Honor”
  • Jim – Rebel Inc. “Soundtrack To The Revolution”

 

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 6-22-13

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Each week, Hard Rock Daddy posts a video playlist of Octane’s Big ‘Uns  Countdown featuring the top 15 hard rock songs of the week.  The playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel).

The top 15 songs on this week’s Octane’s Big ‘Uns Countdown are listed below the videos

#15 – “God Is Dead?” – BLACK SABBATH

#14 – “Came Back Haunted” – NINE INCH NAILS

#13 – “Decay” – SEVENDUST

#12 – “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY

#11 – “Out Of Time” – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

#10 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 9 – “Burn It Down” – MINDSET EVOLUTION

# 8 – “Warrior” – EVANS BLUE

# 7 – “Fly On The Wall” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 6 – “In The End” – BLACK VEIL BRIDES

# 5 – “Vilify” – DEVICE

# 4 – “Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT

# 3 – “Trenches” – POP EVIL

# 2 – “Do Me A Favor” – STONE SOUR

# 1 – “Lift Me Up” – FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (Featuring Rob Halford)

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

***Check Out the Five Finger Death Punch (Featuring Rob Halford) – “Lift Me Up”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review***

***Check out the Evans Blue – “Warrior”:  Hard Rock Daddy Review***

***Check out the Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?” – Hard Rock Daddy Review***

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 6/29/13

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Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. BLACK SABBATH – 13
  2. QUEENS OF THE STONEAGE – …Like Clockwork
  3. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Everblack
  4. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
  5. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  6. MEGADETH – Super Collider
  7. CHILDREN OF BODOM – Halo Of Blood
  8. BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Wretched And Divine:  The Story Of The Wild Ones
  9. VANS WARPED TOUR ’13 – 2013 Tour Compilation
  10. DEAFHEAVEN – Sunbather
  11. SCALE THE SUMMIT – The Migration
  12. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  13. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
  14. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  15. ROB ZOMBIE – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor 

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Black Sabbath debuts this week in the #1 position (***Check out the Black Sabbath – “God Is Dead?” – Hard Rock Daddy Review***)
  • The Black Dahlia Murder debuts this week in the #3 position
  • Children Of Bodom debuts this week in the #7 position
  • Deafheaven debuts this week in the #10 position
  • Scale The Summit debuts this week in the #11 position

Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1986: Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”

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Like most people, I had my fair share of highs and lows in high school.  However, the last day of school is one that I will remember for the rest of my life.  It was bright and sunny, perfect for spending the day outside.  The entire senior class spent the day hanging out in the parking lot, celebrating the journey that was about to come to an end.  Out of all of the parties that I’ve ever been to, this one was by far the best.

The school administrators let it go for a while, but at one point in the day, they foolishly demanded that we all go into the school.  I remember going inside very briefly, joining in with the chaos that the seniors were creating in the school, and ending up outside very quickly.  It was a half day, but no one left early.  For better or worse, this was our last hurrah, and we were going to go out with a bang.

It’s safe to say that most of my classmates look back nostalgically on that day and smile.  The same cannot be said for future graduating classes who were subject to much stricter rules because of our antics, but in hindsight, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I can’t recall exactly what time it was when I finally pulled out of the parking lot, but it was several hours after all of the underclassmen had already gone home.

Leaving high school was bittersweet because of friendships, but I was excited to be moving on to college to start the next chapter in my life.

As I was about to pull out of my high school parking lot for the last time in my red Camaro with the kickass stereo, I popped in an Alice Cooper cassette, which had already been fast forwarded to his timeless classic, “School’s Out.”  With all of the windows opened wide, I blasted the song as loud as possible, and sang at the top of my lungs…

“School’s out for the summer…School’s out FOREVER!”