Monthly Archives: August 2013

Alter Bridge – “Addicted To Pain”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Alter Bridge Addicted To Pain

The world is filled with hard rock music fans that are “addicted” to the sound of Myles Kennedy’s voice.  While he may have gained more recognition in recent years for his work on Slash’s solo albums, Kennedy has been mesmerizing fans for nearly a decade as the frontman of Alter Bridge.  The release of “Addicted To Pain” – the first single off of Alter Bridge’s upcoming album, Fortress – has whet the appetite of fans around the world.  Unfortunately for North American fans, the wait for Alter Bridge’s eagerly anticipated release is going to be a bit longer than the rest of the world.  The album drops in North America on October 8, 2013, while the rest of the world only has to wait until September 30th.

It is said that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and if “Addicted To Pain” is any indication of what we can expect from Fortress, this album promises to be well worth the nearly three-year wait since Alter Bridge released ABIII, which featured the hit songs “Isolation” and “Ghost Of Days Gone By.”

“Addicted To Pain” picks up right where “Isolation” left off…infectiously melodic, blood-pumping guitar riffs driven by a syncopated drum beat and Kennedy’s instantly recognizable vocals, which once again, are nothing short of brilliant.  His range harkens back to the days of 80’s metal, while his delivery and sense of melody make him truly unique, setting him apart from most singers, modern-day or otherwise.  Mark Tremonti has taken his guitar playing to another level on “Addicted To Pain,” with riffs and solos rivaling the ones that Slash customarily delivers.

Fans of Slash and Kennedy’s “Anastasia” are guaranteed to be “addicted” to Kennedy’s latest masterpiece, playing it over and over again as they await the release of Alter Bridge’s Fortress.


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Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 9/7/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

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

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. BLESSTHEFALL – Hollow Bodies
  2. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell: Vol. 1
  3. BORN OF OSIRIS – Tomorrow We Die Alive
  4. SKILLET – Rise
  5. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – From Death To Destiny
  6. BLACK SABBATH –  13
  7. TYPHOON – White Lighter
  8. QUEENS OF THE STONEAGE – …Like Clockwork
  9. WOE, IS ME – American Dream
  10. SOIL – Whole
  11. BRING ME THE HORIZON– Sempiternal
  12. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  13. SHINEDOWN – Amaryllis
  14. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  15. WATAIN – The Wild Hunt

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • BLESSTHEFALL debuts in the #1 position
  • BORN OF OSIRIS debuts in the #3 position
  • TYPHOON debuts in the #7 position
  • WOE, IS ME debuts in the #9 position
  • SOIL debuts in the #10 position
  • WATAIN debuts in the #15 position

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Three For Thursday: Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Guns N’ Roses

Three For Thursday - Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch, Guns N' Roses

Three For Thursday featuring:  Stone Sour, Five Finger Death Punch and Guns N’ Roses.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Stone Sour

SONG:               “Do Me A Favor”

ALBUM:              House Of Gold And Bones Part 2

RELEASED:         April 9, 2013

WEBSITE:           www.StoneSour.com

 

 

ARTIST:              Five Finger Death Punch

SONG:                “Lift Me Up”

ALBUM:              The Wrong Side Of Heaven & The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1

RELEASED:          July 30, 2013

WEBSITE:            www.FiveFingerDeathPunch.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Guns N’ Roses

SONG:                 “Estranged”

ALBUM:                Use Your Illusion II

RELEASED:           September 17, 1991

WEBSITE:             www.GunsNRoses.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“DOUBLE SHOT” –  All of the songs in this week’s Three For Thursday appear on two-part albums.

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Interview with Queensryche’s Geoff Tate (Part 3 of 3)

Queensryche Collage - Geoff Tate

Part 1 of the interview with Geoff Tate focused on Frequency Unknown.  In part 2, Tate provided an in-depth look into the breakup of Queensryche, and the pending lawsuit for the right to use the name.  In this final installment, Tate discusses his relationship with Chris DeGarmo and his musical plans for the future.

 

Has it been tough getting used to playing with a new band after all those years with Queensryche?

In some regards, it’s been a real challenge.  The biggest challenge is putting the right people together and scheduling them to be a part of it.  I wanted to play with really great players, people whose playing I admire.  I came to the conclusion that, since these great players are in really high demand, you have to schedule around their availability, so it really comes down to timing.  It’s been kind of a juggling act to keep everybody rolling in the same direction, but that’s cool though.  I enjoy playing with other people and collaborating with them.

 

When things fell apart with Queensryche, did you ever consider trying to write with Chris DeGarmo again?

Yeah, sure.  In fact, Chris and I are still really good friends.  You know, Chris made a decision several years ago to get out of the music business.  He put his energies into another area of life, and he’s become very successful at that.  His heart and his mind aren’t in the music anymore, which is unfortunate because he’s a very talented guy.  I loved our chemistry working together, but life goes on.  People change and they have different passions, and different directions that they want to pursue, and I can’t hold it against him.  I don’t agree with the direction that he’s taken, but I’m not him, and it’s not my life.  It’s his life, and he feels that it’s the way that he needs to go.

 

What is he up to nowadays?

He’s a part owner in a private airline company that flies leer jets to transport executives and people that are wealthy enough to be able to afford a private plane.

 

Was flying always a passion of his?

Chris’s grandfather had a plane, a little Cessna.  He got the flying bug when he was a kid, and bought a plane when he was able to afford one.  He started with a Cessna, then bought a nicer plane, and now he’s in the airline business altogether.

 

You mentioned earlier that you’d like to put out a new record every six months or so.  When can we expect the next release from you?

I’m working on the new record right now, which I hope to have out in the beginning of the year.  It’s very cool.  It’s a trilogy record that I’m really excited about.

 

Is it going to be a concept album?

Yes.  It’s a concept album that tells a story.  It’s a very topical record, thus the need to get it out there.

 

The release date that you’re talking about comes after the lawsuit for use of the Queensryche name has been decided upon.  If you should lose the lawsuit, would the trilogy records be released as solo albums?

I haven’t actually decided if it would be a Queensryche record or a solo record yet.  But as far as the lawsuit is concerned, there really is no losing situation for me.  It’s a corporate dispute, and corporate disputes have a regulated way of settlement that’s mandated by the federal and state governments.  There’s a process that needs to happen, and compensation needs to be paid, so it’s win-win for me.

 

If you are awarded the Queesryche name, will you be putting together a permanent lineup for recording and touring?

Probably not.  I don’t ever want to be in a band again where you’re locked into each other.  I want to have the ability to work with whoever I want to work with, and I want to collaborate with as many great players and writers as I possibly can.  To me, that’s paramount in my life structure right now.  I already did the band thing where I was tied to these guys for all these years, dealing with problems, fears, insecurities and anxieties, and having to create with people who weren’t into it like I was.  Being tied to them just limits me too much.  I’ve already been there and done that, so I want to keep myself open to whatever possibility I imagine.

 

Kind of like what Slash did on his first solo album?

Yes.  It’s a great place to be.  You get to work with these great players who are inspiring, people that push you, and push the song in another direction.  I want to be surprised and shocked and have my paradigm shifted.  The problem is that there aren’t a lot of people out there who don’t limit themselves.  I’m always looking to define metal in a different way, to get out of the cliché.  There’s nothing that I hate more than clichés when it comes to music.

 

You’ve definitely done that throughout your career.  If not, Queensryche would have had several albums that sound like “The Warning.”

“The Warning” was really a stepping stone.  We were a band that was trying to find ourselves, and come together and make something different.  We hit on a couple of things with that record, but I think that the band really started around “Rage For Order.”    That’s when we really became something unique and different, and kind of carved out our own niche.  That’s my first Queensryche record in my opinion.

 

Will you be using the same collaborators and players on the trilogy records?

I’m still writing it right now.  There will be some of the same people and some different people too.

 

Will there be a touring band, or will you feature guest musicians live as well?

I don’t know yet.  It really depends on how things work out.

 

Thanks for your time, Geoff.  This has been a very enlightening interview, and I hope that it helps clear some things up for Queensryche fans.  I’m looking forward to hearing the trilogy records!

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Interview with Queensryche’s Geoff Tate (Part 2 of 3)

Queensryche Break Up

In part 1 of the interview with Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, the discussion mainly focused on Frequency Unknown, the album that was released by Tate’s version of Queensryche.  A number of disgruntled fans have openly admitted that they would have been more accepting of the record if it was released as a solo album rather than a Queensryche album.  In part 2 of the interview, Tate discusses the band breakup, the pending lawsuit and the reason that there are currently two versions of Queensryche instead of two side projects, and the possibility of ever reuniting with his former bandmates.

 

It seems that fans are taking sides in the band breakup.  What are your thoughts on that?

Because we’re in a lawsuit, there are two sides.  And there’s a tendency in human nature to gang up and try to win at whatever cost.  There is definitely a concerted effort on the other side to try and shape public opinion by having a number of people putting together numerous false identities with several different e-mail accounts, and posting as different people and having a conversation with themselves basically.  They just critique everything without having any basis in reality.  They take things out of context and try to paint me as a certain type of personality.  I think that when everything comes to a conclusion in November, most of that will go away.

 

This process is tough for the fans because it’s like living through a divorce of sorts.  We want you to be together, but obviously that’s not going to happen now.

I would have liked to have had it all happen a lot differently, and that’s what I tried in the beginning – to get both sides to not use the name.  They had started out as Rising West and that was fine.  We’re all about side projects.  All of us have always done them.  I was doing my solo release – Kings and Theives” – at the time, and that was all cool.

When they started using the name Queensryche, that was a whole different thing.  That’s now threatening the brand that we’ve built over 30 years.  I tried getting them to stop using the name, for both parties not to use the name until we settled our differences, but they wouldn’t do that on their own.  The judge came to the conclusion that both parties could use the name until November, and so that’s where we’re at now…waiting for November to come around.

 

Were you surprised at how the band parted ways with you?

Oh yeah, out of the blue.  That was a punch to the side of the head.  I didn’t see that coming.

 

Was there any tension before that happened?

No, nothing.  It was business as usual.  Everything was normal and then boom!  It was a very cold, calculated move, and not something that I deserved or our manager deserved, or anybody that was involved with the organization for that matter.  You don’t take people who have worked themselves to the bone to provide your income and your livelihood, and then just sever the relationship by a court order.  It at least deserved a conversation.

 

It is a very surprising way to go about breaking up.  To me it seems on par with ending a marriage by text message.  It was especially surprising because this is more than just a company.  I would imagine that it was somewhat of a brotherhood at some point.

No, it never was really a brotherhood.  It was always a business, and the business was thriving.  It was a band that had been incredibly successful internationally for 30 years.  And you just don’t take that and destroy it by not having a game plan, a fallback plan or an idea of how the business operates.  It’s staggering to me.  I can’t even wrap my head around it.  But honestly, to me, all that stuff, I’ve really moved on from it now emotionally.

At first, it was really difficult.  The first few months were really difficult to stomach.  I just got to a point where I said that there’s no going back, and there’s no working this out.  I’m dealing with very irrational people here who aren’t thinking, and I’m just not going to destroy myself emotionally over this anymore.  I’m going to move on and get busy and do my thing, and enjoy myself.  So that’s what I’ve done.  I’ve ripped off the rearview mirror and I’m moving ahead.

 

Do you ever see any possibility of a Queensryche reunion?

Oh no.  Not worth it.  Life is so short, and I am so happy now that I’m out of that, and surrounding myself with happy, positive people.  This tour is the best Queensryche tour that I’ve ever done.  It’s so happy; everybody is loving it.  The band is just playing great every night.  It’s the first time that the music has ever been played live.  And by that I mean, everybody is singing harmonies with me and playing their instruments live.  We’re not slaves to the click track the way that we were with the former Queensryche, where we used it on every song.  All of the background vocals were coming off of the click track as well.  We couldn’t play the guitar parts or all of the orchestra and keyboard parts live because we didn’t have people playing them.  All that stuff was played on the click track.

On one hand it was cool, because the sound that the audience heard was great.  The songs sounded like the record because they were, and the band was incredibly tight, but there was no humanness to it.  It was all very mechanized, with no improvisation at all.  With this band it’s all impromptu, of the moment.  It’s performance art, and that’s incredible for me.  I’ve never been able to do that because Queesryche had always been locked into this click track thing.  I’m loving the humanness of the presentation, and playing with great players every night.  It’s fantastic.

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Interview with Queensryche’s Geoff Tate (Part 1 of 3)

Geoff Tate

Queensryche fans are clearly disappointed at the turn of events that has caused a parting of the ways between Geoff Tate and the rest of the band.  Both Tate and his former bandmates are using the Queensryche name until a court decides in November which version will get to use it going forward.  Both sides have released an album and toured under the Queensryche moniker in recent months, which has lead to obvious confusion and a somewhat divided fanbase.  Hard Rock Daddy discussed many of the topics that are on the minds of Queeensryche fans in the following interview with Geoff Tate.  The interview is broken up into three parts.  In part 1, Tate talks about the fan reaction to his latest release, “Frequency Unknown.”  (Click here to read the Hard Rock Daddy review)

 

Are you surprised about how much negativity Frequency Unknown has generated?

No.  Every album that we’ve ever released has been heavily criticized, so I think somewhere around 1985, I started to not really pay attention anymore because it just limits you.  We as a band, especially when Chris (DeGarmo) was in the band, came up with a “no limits” philosophy.  We didn’t want to be limited by what other people thought of the music, or by what other people thought that we should be.  We had ideas of what we wanted to achieve musically, so we followed our hearts and allowed our imagination to guide us in the creative process.

Whenever you are a non-conformist, you’re in line for severe criticism because it’s kind of human nature to want to conform and be part of a group.  Queensryche has never been about that at all.  We’ve always wanted to change with each record, expand our musical creativity and take our chemistry as far as we could take it without having somebody else set the parameters for us.  So, it kind of comes with the territory that there’s criticism.

 

Fans have a lot of access to artists nowadays through social media, and many view this access as an opportunity to viciously rant about the things that they don’t like.  How do you feel about this?

I think that it is kind of a waste of time to engage with them because there’s no logic involved with it at all.  It’s fanatical hysteria.  What sane person would visit a website and just slam on everything?  No matter where you go and what you do on the Internet, if you scroll down a bit, it takes about three comments before people start fighting with each other.  The name calling just starts right off the bat because people don’t see things the same way as others.

If you had a logical argument and could explain yourself in a rational way to try and persuade somebody, that’s a real talent.  But most people don’t have that talent.  They just stonewall everyone and come out swinging right off the bat.  And you’re never going to convince somebody about your point of view if you’re going to approach it with a “my way or the highway” attitude.  It just doesn’t work.  It puts people on the defensive; they start attacking and it leads to nowhere.

 

Was the best rant contest idea yours?

No, the record label came up with that, but I thought that it was kind of cool.  It’s a glimpse into what the reality is of peoples’ criticisms.  I feel that you can’t critique art.  It’s a waste of time because it’s all subjective.  Either you like it and you relate to it, or you don’t, or you’ll grow to like it in time.  You know, art and music speak to you primarily based upon your own life experiences, and if you haven’t experienced what I’ve experienced, then it’s somewhat difficult to relate to what I’m talking about in a lot of situations.

For example, I’ve heard from many people over the years who tell me that they put on “Promised Land” and just didn’t get it.  And then, they put it on a couple of years later and it’s one of their favorites.  That’s a true testament to what art is all about to me.  You can’t relate to it unless you’ve lived through it somewhat, or you can imagine it.  Saying something sucks isn’t a real critique.  That’s a really primitive way of communicating in my opinion.

 

I feel that people haven’t really given FU a chance, and they’re very quick to spew negativity about it, which doesn’t make sense to me.  In my opinion, what makes Queensryche special is that you had to listen to each album several times to really understand it and appreciate it for its differences from previous albums.

We designed it that way.  Some of the music is incredibly complex.  In fact, it’s been kind of interesting playing with my new band, having them learn old Queensryche songs on their own and then playing it together.  It’s amazing how differently people hear a song, especially on the guitar and drumming end.  Queensryche’s music has a lot of subtleties that you don’t always catch right away, and it’s critical to know which note to play at just the right time.  We throw all of these interesting time changes that happen very subtlety, and the listener doesn’t realize that the change has even occurred.  When new musicians start playing the songs, they realize that they’re making mistakes when they thought that they had it down.

 

It seems that a lot of fans took issue with the anger in the lyrics on FU, and were particularly critical of the perceived message conveyed by the album cover.  What are your thoughts on this?

People have asked me about that.  There are all kinds of ways to spin anything.  The “FU” is an abbreviation of the record.  It’s just like this…my nickname is GT and we call Queensryche QR.  Frequency Unknown is a mouthful, and the fist just has the cool metal rings on it.  FU is Frequency Unknown…simple as that.  As far as the lyrics are concerned, that’s just metal, isn’t it?

It’s funny.  I get critiqued for not being peoples’ version of metal, and then they critique me for being what…metal?

 

Now that you mention it, I’ve seen people criticize you for saying that you’re not a fan of metal…

You know, I’m not a fan of a lot of music because I’m a writer.  I like my own music.  I’m incredibly inundated with my own musical ideas, and so, I’m a bit of a musical snob. And that’s the way that all writers are.  I’m always looking to stretch out and do interesting things with my music.  Now, I’m not interested in falling into any kind of category and placing myself within any kind of boundaries.  If I want a song to sound a certain way, I write it that way.

What you hear with Queenryche records is my life…my interests, my passions, my fears, my hopes, my dreams.  It’s me.  Life is an incredible inspiration.  There’s so much happening.  There’s so much to take from and learn from.  And that’s how I communicate through my music.  It’s how I live.  It’s how I express myself.

 

What are some of your favorite songs off of FU?

I like all of them for different reasons.  The last song on the record, “Way Of The World” is an interesting track for me.  The music was put together by Randy Gane (our keyboard player), who is one of my dearest friends.  On the end of my solo tour, he had a heart attack, and he was in the hospital recuperating.  He called me and asked me to bring him a keyboard in the hospital.  I brought it to him, and he wrote that musical part from his hospital bed.

It’s a song that’s about coming face-to-face with your mortality, and wondering what this life really means.  What is valuable about it?  Is it that you had all of these experiences?  Or that you bought all this stuff?  Or is it the relationships that you’ve had in your life?  Or what people remember about you?  That was a real special song for me with the circumstances surrounding it.  It turned out to be a really great track on the record.

Some of the other songs that stand out are “Cold” and “In The Hands Of God,” which is about getting into the mind of a terrorist.  “Slave” is a real primal kind of song, and I love the groove on “Dare.”  Overall, I’m really happy with the whole record.

 

What was the writing process like for this record?

The four of us got together to write the record (Jason Slater, Lucas Rossi, Randy Gane and myself).  We wrote all of the tracks and thought that it would be kind of cool to bring in these different types of players to play them and see where we could take the music.  Everyone wanted to be a part of it, and a lot of really great players participated.  There’s a different guitar player playing the solo on each song.  It was a fantastic, fun record to make with very enthusiastic people.  And to me, that’s a huge thing, having people around you that are grateful and happy to be there, and who are enthusiastic about the music and have ideas.  There’s nothing worse than sitting in a room with a bunch of people who have no ideas at all.

 

Some people have a conspiracy theory that the quick release of FU was a strategic move for the lawsuit.  How do you respond to them?

It wasn’t.  The release was scheduled to coincide with the tour dates that we had set up.  In fact, I’m really enjoying working at my own pace.  My goal is to release a record every six months, which is what I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve been in the situation where I’m operating with my hands tied behind my back waiting for others to catch up.  We would end up with these two-year spans of time between records which was just ridiculous.  Art to me is of the moment.  I want to write about topical subjects.  I want to be part of the conversation and part of the debate, and you can’t do that by releasing a record every two years.

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 8-24-13

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 8-24-13.

This 8-24-13 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists from 2013.

#15 – “A Perfect Life ” – RED

#14 – “Light Up The Sky” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

#13 – “Sick Of It” – SKILLET

#12 – “Born To Rise” – REDLIGHT KING

#11 – “Tired” – STONE SOUR

#10 – “Never Never” – KORN

# 9 – “Good Man” – DEVOUR THE DAY

# 8 – “Die For You” – OTHERWISE

# 7 – “Deal With The Devil” – POP EVIL

# 6 – “You Think You Know” – DEVICE

# 5 – “In Due Time” – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

# 4 – “That Day” – NONPOINT

# 3 – “The Hangman’s Body Count” – VOLBEAT

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

# 1 – “Hail To The King” – AVENGED SEVENFOLD

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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 1984: KISS/Queensryche – Nassau Coliseum

KISS Animalize Tour

I was too young to go see KISS in concert when they still had the original lineup and wore makeup. And though I would eventually get to see the original lineup with makeup when they got together for a reunion tour,  it just wasn’t the same.  Makeup or not, the chance to see the band that ruled my childhood was still a dream come true, and in 1984, Animalize was one of my favorite albums.

My high school friends shared in the excitement of finally getting to see KISS in concert, though we were a bit puzzled by one classmate who was going to the concert just to see Queensryche. At that point, my other friends and I had yet to truly discover Queensryche, as The Warning had only been out for a few months.  I was looking forward to hearing “Take Hold Of The Flame,” but that night was all about experiencing KISS live for the first time.  Much to my surprise, Queensryche’s performance actually set the bar higher than expected for KISS.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Queensryche would eventually become one of my all-time favorite bands, and I would see them many times throughout the course of their nearly 30-year career.

Queensryche was a great opening act for KISS, but the real excitement came when the lights went down and the familiar introduction blared throughout the arena – “You wanted the best, and you got the best…the hottest band in the world…KISS!”   Chills ran down my spine in eager anticipation.  If the KISS fan in front of me had the chills, I’m sure that they quickly went away as he felt the blazing heat of the flame above his head.  Mind you, we were sitting at the opposite end of the arena, so this had nothing to do with pyrotechnics, at least not the ones that are synonymous with a KISS concert.

In our infinite wisdom, my friends and I decided that it would be a good idea to bring a can of aerosol hairspray and a cigarette lighter with us to the concert to create a blowtorch.  We figured if Gene Simmons can spit fire on stage, we could certainly do our part to contribute to the experience.  Of course, I had absolutely no experience with McGyver-like blowtorches, so things didn’t go exactly as planned.

As I sprayed the hairspray at the lit cigarette lighter, a long flame nearly grazed the head of the person in front of me.  The thought to shoot the flame in the air never occurred to me.  A sincere apology was all that I had to offer since there was no excuse for what I had just done.  Thankfully, the guy in front of me was none the worse for wear, and was more interested in seeing the concert than taking me to task for my ill-advised attempt at makeshift pyrotechnics.

The concert is one that I will never forget, and not just for my gaffe or the fact that it was my first time seeing KISS live.  Many years, and many concerts later, KISS in 1984 is still one of the best shows that I’ve ever seen, and I’d be hard-pressed to come up with many opening acts that could hold a candle to Queensryche.  Their entire set kicked ass, including “Take Hold Of The Flame,” which took on an entirely new meaning thanks to a can of hairspray and a cigarette lighter.

Since 1984, I’ve seen Queensryche more than any other band in concert.  Like most Queensryche fans, I was very disheartened to learn about their breakup, but after a lengthy conversation with Geoff Tate, I have a better understanding of the dynamic of the band than I ever did before.

In the three-part interview that will be featured on Hard Rock Daddy beginning on Monday, Tate discusses the band breakup, the pending lawsuit, his relationship with Chris DeGarmo, Frequency Unknown and his future music plans.

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 8/31/13

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

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

THE TOP 15 THIS WEEK:

  1. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell:  Vol. 1
  2. ASKING ALEXANDRIA – From Death To Destiny
  3. SKILLET – Rise
  4. BLACK SABBATH – 13
  5. NEWSTED – Heavy Metal Music
  6. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE –  …Like Clockwork
  7. HALESTORM – The Strange Case Of…
  8. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
  9. SHINEDOWN – Amaryllis
  10. WE CAME AS ROMANS – Tracing Back Roots
  11. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS– Feel
  12. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
  13. ROCK OF AGES – Soundtrack
  14. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – Afterman: Live
  15. VOLBEAT – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies

HARD ROCK DADDY NOTES:

  • Coheed And Cambria debut in the #14 position

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Hard Rock Daddy – Three For Thursday: Judas Priest, KISS, Dio

Three For Thursday Judas Priest, KISS, Dio

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 Judas Priest, KISS and Dio. The theme is revealed below the last video.

 

This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Judas Priest

SONG:               “Victim Of Changes”

ALBUM:              Sad Wings Of Destiny

RELEASED:         March 23, 1976

WEBSITE:           www.JudasPriest.com

 

 

ARTIST:              KISS

SONG:                “God Of Thunder”

ALBUM:              Destroyer

RELEASED:          March 15, 1976

WEBSITE:            www.KissOnline.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Dio

SONG:                 “Straight Through The Heart”

ALBUM:                Holy Diver

RELEASED:           May 25, 1983

WEBSITE:             www.RonnieJamesDio.com

 

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“SHARED ROCK STAR BIRTHDAYS” –  Rob Halford, Gene Simmons and Vivian Campbell all celebrate their birthday on August 25th.