Monthly Archives: April 2015

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/9/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/9/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      2. 10 YEARS – From Birth To Burial
      3. ALESANA – Confessions
      4. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      5. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      6. APOCALYPTICA – Shadowmaker
      7. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead
      8. THE WHO – Hits 50!
      9. VAN HALEN – Live: Tokyo Dome, In Concert
      10. NIGHTWISH – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
      11. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
      12. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      13. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Instant Gratification
      14. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      15. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Three Days Grace – “Painkiller”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 4/25/15

HRD Radio Report - Sonic X

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 4/25/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 3 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1995
2 2 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1797
3 1 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 1782
4 4 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 1613
5 6 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1331
6 8 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1230
7 5 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1187
8 9 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 1123
9 13 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 988
10 11 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 933
11 7 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 916
12 14 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 850
13 15 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 796
14 16 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 775
15 12 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 716
16 18 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 570
17 20 HELLYEAH “Hush” 566
18 17 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 545
19 21 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 479
20 22 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 462
21 28 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 448
22 23 MUSE “Dead Inside” 385
23 24 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 374
24 25 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 353
25 30 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 332
26 19 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 323
27 26 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 318
28 31 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 280
29 29 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 271
30 27 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 239
31 33 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 216
32 38 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 213
33 34 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 211
34 39 FLYLEAF “Thread” 197
35 37 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 189
36 35 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cigarette Daydreams” 172
37 42 MUSE “Psycho” 170
38 36 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 151
39 48 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne” 149
40 56 MUMFORD & SONS “The Wolf” 148
41 44 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 147
42 43 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 144
43 41 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Bitch” 141
44 45 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 135
45 51 RED “Darkest Part” 117
46 53 YOUNG GUNS “Rising Up” 107
47 55 KILL IT KID “Blood Stop And Run” 97
48 47 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 94
49 58 RIVAL SONS “Electric Man” 85
50 54 ACIDIC “Chicago” 84

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

SONIC X – “Pray”

Thanks to SiriusXM’s Octane, bands like Sonic X have an opportunity to be exposed to an audience that is hungry to discover new music, but doesn’t get the chance to in most cases on traditional Active Rock radio stations.  Although “Pray” is far from being in heavy rotation, at least it is getting some attention from Octane.  Active Rock radio programmers would be wise to follow Octane’s lead and jump on this track to add a spark to playlists that have a tendency to remain stagnant at times.  This intense track hits you like a ton of bricks with its heavy bottom and driving rhythm, pulling back at times to add to the dramatic effect of its heavier moments.  Highlighted by nice vocal harmonies and guitar parts that are reminiscent of Five Finger Death Punch’s “Lift Me Up,” this track is a perfect fit on Active Rock radio.  If Sonic X was already a household name, there is no doubt that “Pray” would make a significant impact on Active Rock radio, while also making its presence felt on the Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

As expected, Zac Brown Band (f. Chris Cornell) reaches the top of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart this week with “Heavy Is The Head,”  which received a sizable boost in spins this week, while the former #1 (Offspring) slipped a bit, and The Pretty Reckless remained essentially flat.  All of this made what appeared likely in recent weeks come to pass.   A strong jump in airplay for Breaking Benjamin now clearly marks them as the next likely successor to the throne with “Failure.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Format core artist (Three Days Grace) and relative newcomers (Royal Blood) both crack the Top 10 this week, while Thousand Foot Krutch and Devour The Day climb into the Top 20…

The curious case of Muse continues this week, as they oddly have two different singles both climbing the chart simultaneously…

A total of six new arrivals in the Top 50 this week might suggest a major turnover to freshen the playlists as aging hits exit, however, appearances can be deceiving.  Only two of the departing songs were clear-cut “hits,” while the other four were only marginally (or barely) notable in terms of airplay nationally.   Still seven songs on the chart for 20 weeks or more, including one that’s now remained in play for 26 straight weeks, and another for 25 weeks.  Thankfully one of the departures finally exited after 30 weeks!

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Zac Brown f. Chris Cornell – “Heavy Is The Head”

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Nothing More – “Jenny”

 

 

DROPPING DOWN

Foo Fighters “Congregation”

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”

Incubus“Absolution Calling”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

A lengthy stay at the top seems likely for the current #1 song, with only the rabid radio support for the return of Breaking Benjamin to threaten it.  If not for that detail, a Foo Fighter-esque extended stay at the top seems like a distinct possibility, and even now, I might not rule that out.

 

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Music Discovery Monday – 4/27/15

Music Discovery Monday - Bumblefoot

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 4/27/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an exclusive interview with guitarist extraordinaire, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Art Of Anarchy), who shares the inspiration and meaning behind his latest solo single, “Little Brother Is Watching.”

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

BUMBLEFOOT – “Little Brother Is Watching”

Daring to be different and not subscribing to any notion of what hard rock “should” be, Bumblefoot has delivered a track that is both lyrically and musically unique.  Incredible guitar playing is par for the course for Bumblefoot, but on “Little Brother Is Watching,” he showcases how talented he is as a singer.  The song opens up with anthemic gang vocals, transitions to a very cool vibe with distinct bass lines and then ratchets up the intensity with a heavy, danceable beat.  If you are a fan of intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics, this is a track that you MUST check out.

In a recent exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal shared the inspiration and meaning behind “Little Brother Is Watching”

“I was about half-way through writing the album, and we already had some tracks done. I was doing the Guitar Gods tour through North America with Yngwie Malmsteen and Gary Hoey. We had a lot of time on the tour bus. I was writing the next parts of the album, and I always had this song in mind. It was a song that had to be written, and I thought that it would be a cool subject to touch on. I remember just sitting on the bus and all we did was crank Iron Maiden the whole time. It just sort of came together organically while I had two phones around me and my computer, and doing stuff on YouTube and social media. As I was living it, all of the words just started coming together.

As far as the meaning behind the song, we (Little Brother) are doing it to each other and also exposing the powers that be, catching undeniable proof of people abusing their power. It’s a good thing, but it’s also a bad thing because your privacy is being invaded. You don’t want someone taking video of you with your fly accidently unzipped and posting it on YouTube, but at the same time, it does have its purpose.

I remember when it started with people using nanny cams and you started seeing people abusing kids through the eyes of a teddy bear. It’s part of our life now, and you can’t fight it. A lot of old school folks are really threatened by it. They feel like they’ve lost control of their lives because they don’t get to approve what goes out into the world.

There is this added pressure of being perfect, so it’s either going to kick your butt, or just make you resign yourself to live unapologetically. Personally, if I make mistakes, I’ll own up to them, but I’m not going to walk on eggshells around humanity. I’m just going to be who I am and let go of the attempt to try and control everything that’s out there. If anything, it can be liberating knowing that I’m not going to win every battle, so I can just be myself.”

The rest of a fascinating interview with Bumblefoot will be posted in the near future on HardRockDaddy.com.
 

 
ART OF ANARCHY – “Til The Dust Is Gone”

Born out of an 18-year friendship between Bumblefoot and the Votta Brothers (Jon and Vince) that began on the New York music scene, featuring the distinct sound of Scott Weiland’s vocals and John Moyer’s melodic bass playing, this supergroup aims to “eradicate musical borders in pursuit of something brilliant.”  With their first single, “Til The Dust Is Gone,” they’re off to an strong start to achieving their goal.  It’s hard to think of another song that has incredibly beautiful Spanish guitar blended with moody, emotive vocals and intense driving rhythms.  There are influences in this track that might draw some unexpected comparisons, but rather than point them out, it is suggested that you give this one several listens to peel back the layers.  Bumblefoot’s production skills are equal to his vast skills as a guitarist.  Here’s hoping that this is the start of a great new group, not just another supergroup project that teases fans and then goes away.

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

TEMPLE OF ROCK – “Let The Devil Scream”

Sometimes supergroups form without any attendant drama.  Such is the case with the rather quietly developing Temple Of Rock, the latest project formed around guitar hero, Michael Schenker.  Former Scorpions Herman Rarebell and Francis Bucholz provide an impeccable rhythm section.  Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) nails the vocals, and Wayne Findlay provides keyboards and further guitar support.  What results is solid hard rock with a bit of prog influence peeking out, and at times – as with this track from the newly released second album Spirit On A Mission – can be downright magical.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

KAMELOT – “Insomnia”

Tommy Karevik continues to demonstrate that he is a perfect fit for Kamelot as the symphonic/power metal band out of Tampa Bay prepares to release their second album fronted by him.  “Insomnia,” the first single, is set in a dystopian future plagued by overpopulation and a surveillance state run amuck. The drums and bass are tight, Thomas Youngblood’s guitar blazes, and the keyboards help the arrangements to soar.  Haven will be released on May 5th, promptly followed by a world tour starting in North America.

 

 

SECRET SPHERE – “Legend”

Italian symphonic metal band Secret Sphere has re-released an album from 2001, recorded fresh by their current lineup.  Songs like “Legend” (already brilliantly composed), only gain from the tightened arrangements, better production values, and the incredible vocals of Michele Luppi.  You may have seen Mr. Luppi’s name in the music news earlier this month, as he has been recruited by Whitesnake for keyboards and vocals.
 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

IMPELLITTERI – “We Own The Night”

From Impellitteri’s latest release (Venom), “We Own the Night” features the legendary guitar work that you expect, with a tighter, smoother melody and rhythm than usual.  Rob Rock’s vocals are terrific as well.  I can imagine Graham Bonnet belting this one out.  It takes off from the first note and keeps driving. Great tune!

 

 

THAUROROD – “Heart Of A Lion”

Thaurorod brings a heavy dose of symphonic metal from Finland.  Andi Kravljaca’s vocals stand out, as he hits notes with the power and tone of Michael Sweet (Stryper).  This band is tight and fast.  “Heart Of Lion” is a riveting and inspirational ride.

 

 

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

TONY HARNELL & THE WILDFLOWERS (f. BUMBLEFOOT) – “Burning Daylight” (2013)

While Bumblefoot may be known most for his work with Guns N’ Roses, this week’s featured artist is far more prolific than most people realize.  Beyond GNR, his resume runs much deeper than the two aforementioned tracks.  This collaboration with Tony Harnell (TNT), who recently became Skid Row’s new singer, shows that brilliant hard rock comes in many forms.  In this case, the stripped down, acoustic styling leaves room for both Harnell and Bumblefoot to shine as they deliver a masterpiece that is simultaneously beautiful and melancholic.

 

STARBREAKER – “Lies” (2005)

Started with the intention of being a solo project during his TNT days, Tony Harnell ultimately formed Starbreaker with Magnus Karlsson (guitar/keys), TNT drummer, John Macaluso and bassist, Fabrizio Grossi (who has since been replaced by Jonni Lightfoot).  To date, the band has only recorded two albums (the last one being in 2008).  “Lies” – off the the band’s eponymous debut album – is a powerful, melodic rocker that features Harnell’s classic TNT sound infused with the moody sensibility of today’s rising stars, Nothing More, and an intensity that perfectly captures the essence of the subject matter.  It’s unlikely to happen, but this would be an interesting track to re-record with Skid Row.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

GUNS N’ ROSES – “You’re Crazy” (1987)

It’s probably tough to mention any song from an album that sold 30 million copies as being “unknown” or even “underappreciated,” but this particular track isn’t one that gets revisited quite as often as the five singles that the album spawned.  I revisit it here largely because the older that I get, the more often I seem to have use for the general sentiment.

 

GRAND PRIX – “50/50” (1983)

I climbed into the time machine this week searching for something.  The door popped open, I stepped out, and tripped over something entirely different.  Before Robin McAuley stepped into the Michael Schenker Group and provided some stability (eventually morphing briefly into a renamed McAuley Schenker Group), the Irish vocalist was part of a U.K. band that released a couple of albums.  Among those records was Samurai, which included this somewhat light / pre-metal era track that I discovered I could still sing along with word for word.  Funny what sticks with you even if you don’t realize it.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SEVENTH WONDER – “Alley Cat” (2010)

Insane technical prowess meets layered, shifting songwriting in this stunning piece from Seventh Wonder – another amazing band fronted by Tommy Karevik (Kamelot).  From their 2010 album, The Great Escape, this is a great introduction to these progressive metal masters from Sweden.  And once you’ve been introduced, don’t miss the title track, an epic piece that clocks in at over thirty minutes to close the album.

 

GLENN HUGHES – “Miss Little Insane” (2005)

In 2005, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed) released Soul Movera solo effort blending hard rock with funk, soul and blues.  The title track enjoyed some popularity, but there are also several lesser known tracks worthy of note.  “Miss Little Insane” is a bouncing number that highlights Hughes’ vocals, along with a grooving rhythm section and some brash, unusual guitar work.  It’s quite catchy, with lots of talent on display.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

RATA BLANCA – “Solo Para Amarte” (2003)

Rata Blanca (White Rat in English) is Argentinian heavy metal.  “Solo Para Amarte” (only Love) will grab you right away and hold on regardless of whether you can understand the Spanish lyrics or not.  Adrián Barilari’s vocals and tremendous lead guitar work from Walter Giardino are both truly impressive.  The rousing applause is the only giveaway that this is a live rendition of the original from 1993.
 

 
CATCH THE RAINBOW – “Kill The King” (1999)

Rainbow’s time machine treasure “Kill The King” was paid great respect back in 1999 by an ensemble known as Catch the Rainbow – a band steeped in great metal DNA.  Uli Kusch (Helloween – drums) and Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray – guitars) lead this great cast built from Primal Fear, Rough Silk and other great groups.  Give the entire album a listen.

 

 

 SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to…

submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 10: Ace Frehley, Mark Farner, Nita Strauss

That Metal Show - Season 14, Episode 10, Ace Frehley, Mark Farner, Nita Strauss

MUSICAL GUEST – Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)

Nita talked about playing with Alice Cooper being a dream-come-true.  She was in band called The Iron Maidens.  Alice Cooper’s manager saw her playing the National Anthem at an L.A. KISS arena football game, and recruited her for the band.  She’s working on a solo record now, but it won’t come out until the touring with Motley Crue ends.

 

 

TAKE OR LEAVE IT – Twisted Sister to stop touring after dates in 2016

JIM – Take it, but hates to see them go.

DON – Take it, but doesn’t think that they’re done.  Feels like they will do reunion shows like all of the others that have announced their retirement.

EDDIE – Take it.  He’s a firm believer in bands not staying too long at the party.  He’d rather see them go out on top.

 

 

GUESTS – Ace Frehley (KISS) and Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)

ACE FREHLEY

Ace discussed being sober for 8 years.  He said that it was tough for the first year or two, but he’s over it now.  He is already working on another record.  It’s going to be a chronological album of cover songs that influenced him.  There will be some KISS songs included (the ones that he wrote).

Eddie discussed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Ace.  He had a great time, and refused to let any negativity ruin the moment.  The only downside for him was not being able to perform with KISS, or with Bruce Springsteen because they ran out of time.  They were supposed to play AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” together.

Ace said that he had no hard feelings towards Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.  He said that he will never say never, and that he always leaves the door open for a reunion when Eddie asked him if he thinks that would be the last time that the four original members of KISS stood shoulder to shoulder.  Ace said that Gene tried talking to him on stage, but that he couldn’t hear him because of all of the damage that has been done to his hearing through the years standing in front of Marshall amps.  It also didn’t help that he took some diuretics to try and slim down for the event.  He was dizzy and thought that he was going to pass out.

Ace talked about being a roadie for Hendrix in the early 70s (he set up Mitch Mitchell’s drums).

He is working on a new book (still untitled).  The stories will be as good (if not better) than his first book because more things are coming back to him.

 

MARK FARNER

Grand Funk Railroad never played with KISS, but Ace was a roadie for a festival where Grand Funk and Hendrix played.  He said that he doesn’t remember Ace as a roadie, but remembers falling off of the top of an equipment truck when he was mesmerized by Hendrix’s playing.

He wrote 90% of the songs for Grand Funk.  He said that he’s always writing.  “I’m Your Captain” started out as poetry, and ended up becoming a hit song when he put guitar to it.

He is currently finishing an EP called Take You Out at Steve Vai’s studio in L.A.  He is going to be doing a concert for Viet Nam vets at Fort Irwin in California.  “I’m Your Captain” was voted as the favorite song of Viet Nam vets.

Eddie asked him about his departure from Grand Funk.  Don Brewer (the drummer of the band) said that they had to sign their ownership of the trademark into the corporation.  Mark was a high school dropout, and Don had gone to law school.  He mistakenly trusted Don, who ousted him from the corporation and left him out on his own.

Surprisingly, he is forgiving about the situation, and holds no grudges.  His biggest regret is that the fans sake, the band goes on using the name without the guy who wrote 90% of the music.  Ace called him the most talented member of the band by far.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Ace Frehley / Mark Farner

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

ACE – Led Zeppelin, guitar

MARK – Frank Zappa’s Mother’s Of Invention, Kazoo

 

What is the one song that you wish that you wrote?

ACE“Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

MARK – A song by Toby Keith (liked the lyrics, couldn’t remember the name of the song) “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m good once as I ever was.”

 

What is your one vice?

ACE – Cheescake with strawberries

MARK – Women (all shapes, sizes and creeds)

 

What is the best concert that you have ever attended?

ACE – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels with The Who and Cream opening.

MARK – Led Zeppelin (w/ Grand Funk Railroad opening) at Olympia in Detroit in 1970.  It was their first and last date on the show.  The plug got pulled on them because they were too good.

 

What is the weirdest rumor that you have ever heard about yourself?

ACE – That he was dead.  Bill Aucoin called him to ask if he was ok.  When he asked why, Aucoin told him that there was a rumor that he died.

MARK – That he said that he did a lead on stage, and said that if anyone could do it any better to come on stage and perform.  It was rumored that Eric Clapton was in the audience and came up on stage.  It never happened.

 

 

RANK – KISS albums (by Ace Frehley)

  1. KISS (self-titled)
  2. Destroyer
  3. Love Gun
  4. Dynasty
  5. Unmasked
  6. Dressed To Kill
  7. Rock And Roll Over
  8. Hotter Than Hell
  9. Music From The Elder

 

PICK OF THE WEEK (Non-music)

EDDIE – Earasers (hi-fi ear plugs)

DON – First two seasons of Holliston on DVD (starring GWAR’s Oderus Urungus and also Dee Snider as a cross-dresser)

JIM – A clothing company from San Diego called Dirtbag Clothing.

 

 

THROWDOWN – Debut Albums (Led Zeppelin vs. Black Sabbath)

NITA – Black Sabbath

ACE – Led Zeppelin

MARK – Led Zeppelin

EDDIE – Led Zeppelin

DON – Black Sabbath

JIM – Black Sabbath

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 1: Geddy Lee, John Petrucci

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 2: Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Alex Skolnick

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 3: Dave Lombardo, John 5

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 4: Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels, Gary Holt, Joel Hoekstra

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 5: Jamey Jasta, John Bush, Joey Vera, Jason Becker, Michael Angelo Batio

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 6: Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Frank Hannon, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, Eddie Ojeda

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 7: Chris Jericho, Max Cavalera, Billy Corgan, Rich Ward

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 8: Kerry King, Lzzy Hale, Zakk Wylde

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 9: Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Damon Johnson

Hard Rock Daddy Visits That Metal Show

THAT METAL SHOW Archives

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 4-25-15

Octane Logo

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 4-25-15.

The 4-25-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Heavy Is The Head” – ZAC BROWN BAND f. CHRIS CORNELL

#14 –  “Lydia” – HIGHLY SUSPECT

#13 –  “Never Giving Up” – OF MICE & MEN

#12 –  “Miscellanea” – 10 YEARS

#11 –  “Human Race” – THREE DAYS GRACE

#10 –  “Coming For The Throne” – OTHERWISE

#9 –   “Another Heart” – TREMONTI

# 8 –  “Darkest Part” – RED

# 7 –   “Killpop” – SLIPKNOT

# 6 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 5 –   “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 4 –   “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 3 –   “This Probably Won’t End Well” –  ALL THAT REMAINS

# 2 –    “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

# 1 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2014

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Highly Suspect – “Lydia”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

The Importance of Nothing More’s “Jenny”

Nothing More – Nothing More: Hard Rock Daddy Album Review

Tremonti – “Another Heart”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 15 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs: January 2014 – June 2014

Top 30 Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Songs of 2013

Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown Archives

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 5/2/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 5/2/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. HALESTORM – Into The Wild Life
      2. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – Instant Gratification
      3. THREE DAYS GRACE – Human
      4. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      5. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – Day Of The Dead
      6. VAN HALEN – Live: Tokyo Dome, In Concert
      7. NIGHTWISH – Endless Forms Most Beautiful
      8. METALLICA – No Life Til Leather
      9. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
      10. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      11. MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO – Shred Force 1
      12. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      13. ALL THAT REMAINS – The Order Of Things
      14. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood
      15. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Three Days Grace – “Painkiller”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2014

Billboard Top 50 Hard Rock Albums of 2013

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums Archives

Sonic X – “Pray”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Sonic X Band Photo

Exposing new artists is a priority for Hard Rock Daddy, which is why most reviews go beyond the song or album to talk about the band.  In the case of Sonic X, there isn’t much information readily available, other than the fact that they are a hard rock unit hailing from Toronto and Detroit.  Truth be told, if not for hearing “Pray” one time on SiriusXM’s Octane, it’s quite likely that Sonic X would still be flying below my radar.  No matter…one listen is all that you need to be hooked on a song that kicks your ass from the beginning and never lets up throughout.

With a song title like “Pray,” you may be thinking Christian Metal, but based on the lyric video (which does feature some religious symbolism), the song is much more about rage than spirituality.

Similar to Five Finger Death Punch’s collaboration with the legendary Rob Halford on “Lift Me Up,” “Pray” chugs along with an intense driving rhythm and an incredibly catchy chorus. Tight playing anchored by a powerful rhythm section, passionate vocals and an impressive display of guitar shredding all combine to make this a killer track.  Let’s “pray” that Octane increases the spins, and that Active Rock radio jumps all over a track that is worthy of the attention.  Stay tuned for more Sonic X coverage on Hard Rock Daddy in the near future!

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 4/18/15

HRD Radio Report - Revolve

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 4/18/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 1861
2 2 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1825
3 4 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1798
4 6 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 1448
5 3 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1336
6 7 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1324
7 5 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 1208
8 10 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 1135
9 8 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 1134
10 9 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 1076
11 12 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 850
12 11 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 844
13 13 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 839
14 17 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 788
15 14 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 775
16 15 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 756
17 18 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 562
18 19 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 539
19 13 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 537
20 20 HELLYEAH “Hush” 513
21 21 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 455
22 22 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 423
23 24 MUSE “Dead Inside” 369
24 25 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 332
25 27 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 324
26 29 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 301
27 23 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 295
28 42 NOTHING MORE “Jenny” 288
29 34 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 262
30 32 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 261
31 31 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 258
32 26 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 258
33 33 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 240
34 41 OF MICE & MEN “Never Giving Up” 200
35 36 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cigarette Daydreams” 191
36 30 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 191
37 37 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 187
38 45 ARANDA “Don’t Wake Me” 182
39 39 FLYLEAF “Thread” 177
40 35 BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony” 169
41 38 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Bitch” 166
42 43 MUSE “Psycho” 158
43 48 TREMONTI “Another Heart” 136
44 44 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 135
45 47 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 129
46 50 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “Day Of The Dead” 93
47 51 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 91
48 67 CROBOT “Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer” 90
49 46 FRAMING HANLEY “Collide” 89
50 54 SHATTERED SUN “Hope Within Hatred” 88

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

REVOLVE – The Road To Here (EP)

This space is normally reserved for a song selection, but I decided to “break the rules” a bit this week to shine the spotlight on Revolve, a hard rocking Baltimore quintet whose long-awaited, aptly-titled debut EP (The Road To Here) comes out today.  Like most up-and-coming artists, “the road to here” for Revolve has not been without its challenges (name change, lineup changes, holding down day jobs, etc.).  Although the EP was produced by Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Revolve is still very much a DIY band that faces an uphill battle in getting the recognition that they deserve.  The band’s debut single (“Stranded”) – which is a perfect fit for Active Rock radio – was the first song featured on the HRD Radio Report in 2015.  Programmers who may have missed it when it was first released have the chance to take “a second bite of the apple” and put “Stranded” into their rotations.

DIY bands like Revolve would infuse a breath of fresh air into a format that tends to hitch its wagon to a handful of established artists, some of which do not belong on Active Rock radio at all.  While the HRD Radio Report no longer features the “I Call B#LL$HIT!” section (because it was starting to get a bit redundant pointing out the same songs each week), it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a number of artists that should be removed to make room for bands like Revolve.

Hard Rock Daddy will continue to “fight the good fight” to get bands like Revolve their just due.  Give “Stranded” a listen if you haven’t already, and stay tuned for a review of The Road To Here in the coming days.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

A close battle for the top spot of the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart this week ended with Offspring holding on for a second week at #1.  Pretty Reckless stays at #2 – now less than 2% from the top of the chart, while their own advantage over fast-moving Zac Brown Band at #3 is even smaller than that.  It looks like Breaking Benjamin and Theory Of A Deadman could be in line for eventual #1s, but that could be several weeks away unless there are major shifts in airplay trends.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Same Top 10 songs this week, only shuffled in order …

Same Top 20 songs this week, only shuffled in order …

Strong movement for Nothing More and their latest single “Jenny” as they rapidly rise into the Top 30…

Three songs climb into the Top 40 this week, including the first single from the forthcoming Aranda album (“Don’t Wake Me”)…

Three songs also arrive in the Top 50 (one a re-entry), highlighted by Crobot’s new single (“Legend Of The Spaceborne”)

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Zac Brown f. Chris Cornell – “Heavy Is The Head”

Theory Of A Deadman“Angel”

Nothing More – “Jenny”

 

 

DROPPING DOWN

Foo Fighters “Congregation”

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”

All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

A new #1 song appears almost inevitable next week, but sometimes things take an unexpected turn, so nothing is etched in stone.   What “should” happen and what “does” happen makes things interesting for observers and probably stressful for participants.

 

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Music Discovery Monday – 4/20/15

Music Discovery Monday - Nothing More

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 4/20/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week’s Music Discovery Monday features an incredibly deep, exclusive interview with Nothing More frontman, Jonny Hawkins, who shares the inspiration and meaning behind the band’s latest single (“Jenny”) and “God Went North” (a song written for his dying mother).

 

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

NOTHING MORE – “Jenny”

Nothing More burst onto the hard rock scene with “This Is The Time (Ballast)” – a track that dominated Active Rock radio.  Subsequent tracks from their stellar debut album include “Mr. MTV” and “Christ Copyright.”  All of the aforementioned songs have helped Nothing More to stand out amongst their hard rock peers.  While the whole album is incredible, “Jenny” is the track that has been my personal favorite from the first listen.  As a fan of meaningful lyrics and powerfully emotive vocals, few (if any) current Active Rock songs rival “Jenny.”  The band has just released the song as a single, but it represents much more than just another single off of an incredible album.  The band has teamed up with a number of organizations to help raise money and awareness for mental illness.  Please check out their #iknowJenny PledgeMusic campaign for more details.

 “Jenny” features extremely personal lyrics.  In a recent interview with Nothing More frontman, Jonny Hawkins, we discussed the inspiration and meaning behind the song…

“In a nutshell, the song is about my sister. She has, for quite some time now, dealt with mental issues. She’s been diagnosed as being extremely bi-polar, and possibly a mild version of something like Schizophrenia. She kind of got in with the wrong people at a young age, and I think that the interesting thing about people with mental illness is that many times, they end up getting caught up in the wrong group because they’re not really aware of their own mental illness. Many times, it can cause them to act a certain way that is kind of off-putting or socially awkward, and so they don’t end up getting connected to good groups of people. They end up hanging out with the ‘bottom of the barrel’ in a sense, so they end up getting into drugs and a lot of destructive things, and my sister was no exception to that. The drugs kind of fed my sister’s mental illness and the mental illness drew her to the drugs, so it’s kind of a vicious cycle.
 
The song is really about the power of a mother’s love through all of that, and seeing through all of it even when the rest of us couldn’t. We just thought that she was being an asshole while my mom was dying, but my mom fought to the bitter end to be there for her as a mother and to try to see her to a better place.”

 

NOTHING MORE – “God Went North”

The lyrical content of “God Went North” is directly connected to “Jenny.”  As powerful as “Jenny” is, on a personal level, “God Went North” hits much closer to home.  Although it hasn’t been released as a single, the song is being featured on Music Discovery Monday because of its connection to “Jenny” and the impact that it has had on me having lost my mother in recent years.  This song is just another example of the depth and diversity that is featured on Nothing More’s album.  You don’t have to have lost someone close to you to appreciate the genuine anguish in Hawkins’ delivery, but if you have, the song will have an even greater impact on you.

When asked about “God Went North” during our interview, Jonny shared these very personal thoughts…

“The biggest struggle beyond the very obvious physical struggle (which was the cancer and her passing away), was a secondary narrative that was happening at the same time. There was this struggle between religiosity and secularism, and what I mean by that is, my mom, as she approached death and felt the fear come over her of leaving the rest of us behind, clung more to religion and got more involved in this particular church that we started going to. I was actually going in the other direction; I was becoming much less religious.
 
I grew up being a Christian, but I was actually at the age when I began questioning all of those things and finding a lot of inconsistencies with things that I grew up being taught. I was cleaning the slate off, and I wanted to start with a blank page and re-write what I thought as an adult now going into my college years. At the same time, my mom was filling in the slate with more and more beliefs.
 
The part of the whole process that made it so complicated was that we were not only splitting physically, but also splitting spiritually and emotionally because we didn’t see things the same way anymore. Beliefs, especially religious ones, are strong bonding factors between human beings. It’s very difficult when someone as innately close as my mom and I were going in such different directions on that plane of belief. That is where I was starting from when writing the song. I wanted to express that tearing apart on all levels, physically and spiritually. That’s why the song is called ‘God Went North.’
 
It was a battle to be honest with myself and honest with my mom. I knew that her beliefs were different than mine, but I didn’t know if she was just clinging to them out of fear. At the same time, I wanted to be supportive, so there were moments where I just kind of caved in and acted like I believed something because she was so down in the dumps. It was a hard thing to navigate, because I didn’t want to become a fake person to the one person that I had always been the most real with, and who knew me better than anybody.”
 
**The full interview with Jonny Hawkins will appear in the coming weeks on Hard Rock Daddy.**

 

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

ARMORED SAINT – “Win Hands Down”

Metallica wanted him.  Anthrax had him for over a decade.  The latest effort from John Bush and his mates shows clearly that Armored Saint is where he rightfully belongs.  Still comprised of all the surviving original members some 31 years after their debut, the title track from their forthcoming album (due later this summer) is almost absurdly solid.  Armored Saint is a band that’s aging like fine wine.

 

ACIDIC – “Chicago”

Insanely catchy tune from these young southern California rockers that seems to get a little more addictive with every listen.  They seem poised for a breakout hit.  This feels like the best shot they’ve taken yet, and if radio doesn’t cooperate, that’s on them rather than the band.

 

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

HELLOWEEN – “Battle’s Won”

Melodic power metal is alive and well in Germany as the band that helped to pioneer the genre prepares to release their fifteenth studio album 30 after their debut.  The first single, “Battle’s Won,” is a driving hymn with triumphant guitars and a glorious chorus.  The album’s American release is set for May 2, and a full European tour is already scheduled for the summer. Hopefully they will add some more dates in more places!

 

ROBBY VALENTINE – “Bizarro World”

With shades of Queen and Dream Theater, Dutch prodigy Robby Valentine performs all of the instruments and all of the voices on “Bizarro World.”  The hooks are big and the delivery flawless in this rocking song that explores a theme of alienation.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ROYAL BLOOD – “Little Monster”

Royal Blood gives us a healthy dose of hard-hitting garage rock with “Little Monster.”  This band from England really captures the spirit of classic rock, which is remarkable since they are just a duo: Mike Kerr on guitars/vocals and Ben Thatcher hammering the drums.

 

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – “Winds Of The Storm”

There’s a bit of Randy Rhodes’ “Bark” influence in the guitar licks of this glory metal track about pushing it to the limit.  Driving and dynamic, this band works hard to live up to their own billing as “The most METAL band on Earth!”

 

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

COHEED AND CAMBRIA – “Here We Are Juggernaut” (2010)

If you’re looking for something truly unique, then Coheed and Cambria is a band that you must check out.  While they are mostly classified as prog rock, their music is influenced by other genres as well.  As interesting as their music is, what makes them so unique is the fact that their albums are all concept albums that revolve around a science fiction storyline called The Armory Wars (written by lead singer, Claudio Sanchez).  It’s always challenging to isolate individual tracks from concept albums because of the loss of context, but “Here We Are Juggernaut” is one that makes for a great introduction to the band.

 

DREAM THEATER – “Pull Me Under” (1992)

Dream Theater will be releasing their 13th studio album this year.  Despite lineup changes through the years, the band has enjoyed a career that dates back to the late 80s.  Known for their musical virtuosity, and revered by countless musicians, Dream Theater has achieved all of their success without radio exposure.  The one exception is “Pull Me Under” off of their sophomore 1992 release, Images and Words.  This song proves that the band can create “radio-friendly” tracks with the best of them; they just choose to showcase their immense musicianship instead.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

AUTOGRAPH – “One-Way Dead-End Street” (1997)

The conventional story of this 80s-era band from California is that they burned brightly and quickly, with a debut album certified gold, followed by declining success that led to their dissolution just six years after their debut.  Less known is that a fourth studio album would be released some eight years after being recorded.  From Missing Pieces comes this track that could have taken its place as a worthy cut in their library, but was derailed by the changing fortunes of hard rock and metal in the late 80s/early 90s.  A new album (including original members Steve Lynch and Randi Rand) is reportedly due out later this year.

 

AVENGED SEVENFOLD – “Not Ready To Die” (2011)

Between the end of the Nightmare tour cycle and the start of the Hail To The King tour, A7x released a pair of singles tied to the popular Call Of Duty video game series.  The first of the pair failed to dent the rock charts in the U.S., while soaring to the top of the rock charts in the U.K.  Familiar to dedicated fans, but worthy of more airplay than it got in the States.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

LIZZY BORDEN – “Master Of Disguise” (1989)

An airy intro yields quickly to orchestration and then to a driving bass line as the song launches full scale.  The lyrics are sublime, if a little disturbing, as a stalker puts his prey on notice (“I’m the winds that trace your step, I’m the cherries on your breath”).  This is a true gem from the end of the 80s–a favorite song from a favorite album.

 

MSG – “This Broken Heart” (1989)

This incarnation of the Michael Schenker Group is officially The McAuley Schenker Group, because vocalist Robin McAuley negotiated to share the spotlight with guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker.  Both men are at the top of their game here, in one of the band’s lesser known but most compelling songs.  The vocals drive the piece forward just as much as the guitars, and capture the emotion of the lyrics without ever compromising intensity.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

AVENGED SEVENFOLD – “Buried Alive” (2010)

This one’s got it all…great flow through the changes of pace, terrific solos, vocals and musicianship.  Not surprising from A7X, but this epic piece is an all-time favorite of mine.  It was the 4th single released from their 2010 album, Nightmare.

 

MAYADOME – “Wait A Minute” (1996)

Mayadome was a very good, very technical, prog metal band from Sweden who put out a couple of albums but never really surfaced into the mainstream.  “Wait a Minute” is off of their excellent first album, Paranormal Activity.  You’ll see how talented they were as they play their way through this very complex and precise track.  This is unfortunately all past-tense, as the band broke up a long time back.

 SUBMISSIONS

To be considered for Music Discovery Monday, please e-mail a link to the song being submitted on YouTube and an artist bio to…

submissions@MusicDiscoveryMonday.com

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 9: Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Damon Johnson

That Metal Show - Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker

MUSICAL GUEST – Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy)

Eddie raved about the new Black Star Riders album, The Killer Instinct.  He told Damon that it is an early candidate for album of the year.  Black Star Riders has done shows recently in Europe, and in America, they have played with the band Europe.  He has also done some solo gigs recently.

 

 

TMS TOP 5 – Schenker Era UFO Songs

  1. “Rock Bottom”
  2. “Lights Out”
  3. “Love To Love”
  4. “Too Hot To Handle”
  5. “Mother Mary”

TMS Fans

  1. “Rock Bottom”
  2. “Lights Out”
  3. “Doctor Doctor”
  4. “Love To Love”
  5. “Only You Can Rock Me”

 

GUESTS – Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Michael Schenker (Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock, Scorpions, UFO, MSG)

MICHAEL SCHENKER

The interview segment of TMS is always interesting, this week especially.  With the success that Metallica has enjoyed throughout their career, the expectation when tuning in was that Kirk Hammett would be the higher profile guest being interviewed.  It turned out that he was on TMS more because of his fandom of Michael Schenker than to talk about what Metallica has been up to recently.

The interview began with Hammett asking Schenker about the inspiration behind the writing of all of his great riffs.

Schenker:  “It started with a fascination about what can be done with a single string” (starting when he was 9-yrs old).

Schenker went on to say that there have been three phases to his career…

PHASE 1 – Unconsciously Discovering:  During this phase, which went all the way to the Scorpions Love Drive album, he said that he didn’t really know what he was doing.

PHASE 2 – Developing on a Personal Level

PHASE 3 – Consciously Enjoying his Development

Hammett was in awe of Schenker being self-taught.  He taught himself Rudolf’s guitar when his older brother went to work.  Rudolf ended up asking Michael to give him guitar lessons, and eventually, he went on to take over for Michael in the Scorpions.

Schenker called his approach “play and discover” and said that the last note that he plays inspires him to play the next note.  Schenker surprisingly revealed that he hasn’t really listened to anyone else’s music in the last 43 years (since he was 16), although he said that he does like “Unforgiven” by Metallica.  His reasoning is that consuming other music takes energy, and he wants to use his energy to create his own music (pure self-expression).

Schenker talked about his early influences – Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton (up to a certain point), Leslie West, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter…(all the late 60s music).

With his current band (Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock), he is doing a whole retrospective of his career, and enjoying every minute of it.  The band’s latest album Spirit On A Mission features Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass) – the original rhythm section of the Scorpions.  The last Scorpions album that they all played on together was Lovedrive.

 

 

Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker Performance

These two guitar legends took to the main stage area together.  As successful as Hammett’s career has been, you can tell that he was thrilled to be playing with a guitarist that he idolizes (something that Eddie pointed out when they returned to their seats).

Hammett exclaimed…“I just had the greatest guitar lesson!  I’ve been waiting to do this since I was 15-yrs old.  It’s like being on an episode of Fantasy Island!”

When asked by Don if any of his solos were inspired by Michael Schenker, Kirk responded…“every one!”  He went on to state…“this is how deep the inspiration goes…when I’m doing something, I think ‘what would Michael do?”

A very humble Schenker said that he never expected to become famous, much less be so influential to other guitarists.  He didn’t know that he had an impact on bands like GNR and Metallica until the early 90s.

 

KIRK HAMMETT

Hammett talked about the next Metallica album.  He said that it’s still in the embryonic stages, but that it should be out sometime in 2016.  He also said that it is similar to their last album, Death Magnetic.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Kirk and Michael

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be?

Kirk – UFO, rhythm guitar for Michael

Michael – Led Zeppelin

 

What is the one song that you wish that you wrote?

Kirk“Diary Of A Madman” by Ozzy Osbourne.  He talked about all of the jazz influences that Randy Rhodes incorporated into the song, and said that it was a testament to the brilliance of his songwriting.

Michael“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin

 

What is the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Kirk – Day On The Green in 1978.  He said the concert, which featured legendary bands in the following order – AC/DC, Van Halen, Pat Travers, Foreigner, Aerosmith – changed his life.

Michael – From ages 14-16, he just went to see as many festivals as possible as he sought out great guitarists.

 

What is the first rock or metal song that you learned?

Kirk“Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix

Michael“Hippy, Hippy Shake” by Swinging Blue Jeans

 

What is the weirdest rumor that you’ve ever heard about yourself?

Kirk“That I’m not me.  Some guy came up to me and said that I looked just like Kirk Hammett.  When I said that I was him, the guy said that I wasn’t because Kirk Hammett is way taller.”

Michael“That I joined the Moonies.”

 

 

RANK – Metallica Albums (by Kirk)

  1. Master Of Puppets
  2. Black
  3. Ride The Lightning
  4. And Justice For All
  5. Death Magnetic
  6. Kill ‘Em All
  7. Reload
  8. Anger
  9. Load

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – UNDERRATED BANDS

Eddie – Raven – Extermination

Don – Raging Slab

Jim – Tank – Power Of The Hunter

 

THROWDOWN – UFO’s “Strangers In The Night” vs. Thin Lizzy “Live And Dangerous”

Damon – Thin Lizzy

Kirk – UFO

Michael – UFO

Eddie – UFO

Jim – Thin Lizzy

Don – Thin Lizzy

 

RELATED ARTICLES:

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 1: Geddy Lee, John Petrucci

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 2: Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Alex Skolnick

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 3: Dave Lombardo, John 5

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 4: Marky Ramone, Darryl McDaniels, Gary Holt, Joel Hoekstra

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 5: Jamey Jasta, John Bush, Joey Vera, Jason Becker, Michael Angelo Batio

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 6: Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Frank Hannon, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, Eddie Ojeda

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 7: Chris Jericho, Max Cavalera, Billy Corgan, Rich Ward

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 8: Kerry King, Lzzy Hale, Zakk Wylde

Hard Rock Daddy Visits That Metal Show

THAT METAL SHOW Archives