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Top Live Performances of 2016

Joe Lynn Turner - Revolution - Amityville, NY - 2-27-16 - Hard Rock Daddy

By Adam Waldman

The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but the scars of 2016 remain.  2016 may be remembered for the deaths of several musical icons, but there were some truly memorable live performances that proved that rock and roll is very much alive and well, most notably, Joe Lynn Turner’s stellar solo show.

As rumors swirled that Ritchie Blackmore was ready to step back into the rock arena for a “Rainbow reunion,” JLT seemed like a slam dunk to take center stage once again.  Not only was he the frontman featured on some of the band’s biggest hits, but he also is the only singer to have also fronted Deep Purple.  If Blackmore was ready to rock again, the first call should have gone to JLT.  Inexplicably, it didn’t.

JLT didn’t let Blackmore’s misguided decision stop him from giving the people what they wanted.  His show at Revolution on Long Island is everything that you could have asked for in a Rainbow show (even without the enigmatic guitarist present).  Not only did JLT deliver brilliant performances of the songs that he made famous with Rainbow, he also did so with the songs that pre-dated him joining the band (while throwing in Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen classics for good measure).

JLT didn’t get nearly the hype that Blackmore got for his Rainbow/Deep Purple live performances, but he deserved it.  Amazingly, JLT’s vocals are as strong today as they were over three decades ago when he rose to fame.

CLICK HERE to read the full concert review.




Jeff Scott Soto has a tremendous resume, but he still manages to fly under the radar.  In an intimate show on a cold winter night, JSS and his band SOTO delivered an inspired performance, showcasing chemistry that you usually find in bands that have been together for decades.

CLICK HERE to read the full concert review.



The first time that I heard “Baptized In The Rio Grande” on SiriusXM’s Octane, I was instantly hooked.  With a seasoned sound that goes well beyond their years, the boys from a small Texas town near the Mexican border live up to the saying…“everything’s bigger in Texas.”  One of the best newcomers onto the hard rock music scene, Sons Of Texas showed that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

CLICK HERE to read the full concert review.



Anthrax’s inclusion on this list comes with an asterisk because it wasn’t actually a concert, rather a four-song, show-stealing performance at the recent Epiphone Revolver Music Awards.  It’s a testament to the band’s greatness that the crowd was as enthusiastic about the two new songs (“Breathing Lightning” and “Monster At The End”) as they were about the classics (“Caught In The Mosh” and “Indians”).

CLICK HERE to read a full recap of the event.



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Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/15/16


Hard Rock Music Time Machine – 12/15/16

Each Thursday, Hard Rock Music Time Machine takes a journey back in time to feature a variety of songs that date back as far as the ’70s, the ’80s (the glory days of hard rock), hidden gems of the ’90s and hard rock/metal songs of the new millennium (as recent as a few years ago).

Whenever possible, it will also contain interviews from featured artists discussing the inspiration and meaning behind their songs.   On the last Thursday of each month, we will be doing special themes that feature songs based on specific categories or years.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Hard Rock Music Time Machine can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.



 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

JUDAS PRIEST – “United”  (1980)

After attending the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards this week (read full story), and being immersed in an environment of like-minded people, it took me back to a time when life was all about music, not politics.  Living in the U.S. these days, the “U” in the abbreviation has felt like something of a misnomer, as we are more divided than ever.  But for one night, all of the troubles of the world disappeared, and I truly felt like I was a part of one big group.  Metal has a way of bringing people together, and no one does it better than Rob Halford and company, with anthems like “United” that feel like much more than a song.  It’s more like a rallying cry to their throngs of fans.  The song is far from the most popular off of 1980’s British Steel, but it’s one of the most powerful.


JUDAS PRIEST – “Take On The World” (1978)

Judas Priest fans around the world know their 1978 release as Killing Machine.  In the U.S., the album was released as Hell Bent For Leather.  The title was changed in the U.S. because record company executives didn’t like the “murderous implications” of the title used outside of the country.  Regardless of where you live, or what you call the album, the one thing that is consistent for everyone is that it is a Priest classic.  “Take On The World” is another us-against-the-world anthem from these heavy metal legends that preaches the power of unity.



 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

GOJIRA – “Liquid Fire” (2012)

One of the best metal bands to have come out this past decade is France’s Gojira.  This band is so unique, it’s hard to fit them into a category.  Call them progressive metal or groove metal, but their style stands apart from the masses.  “Liquid Fire” is one of these songs that shoves the emotion of the song into your gut when you listen to it, with nihilistic lyrics that make the listener mourn for the destruction of our world.  From their fifth studio album, L’Enfant Sauvage, “Liquid Fire” is a masterpiece of a song with both technical uniqueness and social commentary.


TIAMAT – “Cain” (2003)

One of the best goth metal bands around is Sweden’s Tiamat.  Formed in 1987, the band’s albums have ranged in genre from death metal to gothic rock.  Johan Edlund’s vocals change with the style of the song, from a death metal growl to low whispers building to a crescendo of melodic vocals.  Their music sets the mood for any quiet, moonless night.  It’s dreamy at times, and oftentimes the keyboards give their songs a hypnotic ambiance.  Although I prefer their earlier works (when they were more of a death band), their slowed-down goth rock works for them too.  Fans of bands like Sisters of Mercy would enjoy Tiamat.




YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “Don’t Let It End” (1985)

Guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen took the metal world by storm in 1984 with his debut album, Rising Force.  He followed it up a year later with another masterful entry into the genre with Marching Out.  This song nicely highlights Yngwie’s blistering riffs and Jeff Scott Solo’s soaring range on vocals as well.


IMPELLITTERI – “Stand in Line” (1988)

When forming the band Impellitteri, guitar virtuoso Chris Impelliteri originally recruited Rob Rock for vocals.  They released an EP together, but the band’s first full album was 1988’s Stand In Line, featuring Graham Bonnett (Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz) on vocals.  Since then, both singers have appeared on different albums, with Rock as the current singer over the past ten years.  Here on the title track to the band’s first full-length album, Bonnett and Impellitteri work some magic together, playing off each other beautifully.  Also, check out their remake of Rainbow’s “Since You Been Gone.”

Music Discovery Monday – 11/7/16


Music Discovery Monday shines a light on artists that are not getting the radio attention that they deserve, while also showcasing new singles by established bands that are likely to get airplay in the future.

This week, in a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, legendary frontman Graham Bonnet shares the story behind two songs from his recently-released double album, The Book. 

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlist below, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to individually by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles above each review.



 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)


Graham Bonnet’s most well-known songs date all the way back to 1979.  Two songs from his lone album with Rainbow – “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long” – have stood the test of time, and still get played on classic rock stations to this day.

In 1983, Bonnet joined forces with (a then unknown) Yngwie Malmsteen to form Alcatrazz.  Like the relationship with Ritchie Blackmore, his stint with Yngwie only lasted for one album, but there were some moments of pure magic created together.

Bonnet has remained active (albeit under-the-radar) with stints fronting MSG and Impellitteri. The voice that captivated fans back in the day has remained incredibly powerful.  In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that “Into The Night” was a lost track from the late-‘70s or early-‘80s.  It’s that good!

The legendary frontman has plenty of solo experience under his belt, sprinkled in between his work with other bands.  Though his latest project bears his name, Bonnet has put together an outstanding lineup for Graham Bonnet Band (Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass and backing vocals, Conrado Pesinato on guitar and Chase Manhattan on drums).  There is an undeniable chemistry between this impressive foursome that comes shining through on “Into The Night,” a song that blends the best of Rainbow, Yngwie and symphonic power metal, and gets better with each listen.


In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive interview, Graham Bonnet discussed the true story that inspired the lyrics for “Into The Night”

“This is kind of like a true story.  In fact, in the song, I’m singing as though it’s about someone else, but it’s actually about me.  It’s about a guy who goes away on a long tour to Australia, and comes back home to find that he can’t get in the door, and starts to wonder why.  The key doesn’t seem to fit, but it must, because it’s the key that he brought with him on tour.  The story goes on to say that the girl that he was married to (my ex), comes to the door without a smile on her face.

In the song, the guy had just come back from a long trip to Australia (after a month’s tour), and when he walked into the house, found that all of his bags were packed to move out that day.

It’s kind of about divorce and being sent away from the ones you love.  That’s what happened to me.  So, in the song, I’m singing about somebody else, but the main protagonist is actually me.  It’s a real story that goes on to tell how the guy ends up alone.  This happened about seven or eight years ago, but it’s stuck with me.

I’m a little happier now than I was back then.  I have a new life now, but having no life (so to speak) back then, I thought that it was kind of important to write about it.  It got the damn monkey off my back.  It seems like when you write things down or talk about them, it gets a lot easier after a while.”



GRAHAM BONNET BAND – “California Air (Better Here Than There)”

Like “Into The Night,” “California Air (Better Here Than There)” comes from Graham Bonnet Band’s latest release, The Book (an epic double album that features remakes of some of Bonnet’s most well-known work).

Bonnet’s amazing vocals are complemented by his gregarious personality and sense of humor, both of which take center stage on this feel-good rock anthem.

You can take the boy out of the arena, but you can’t take the arena out of the boy.  Ok, I realize that is not really a saying, but just the same, there’s something extremely nostalgic about hearing songs that feel like they were meant to be played in front of thousands.

In a perfect world, Bonnet fans would get the opportunity to see him perform his latest songs and classics alike in an arena setting.  Unfortunately, the state of rock music (especially in the U.S.) makes that an unlikely scenario.  However, “California Air (Better Here Than There)” will electrify a crowd of any size.  This song is a timeless, instant classic that deserves much more attention than it is likely to get in the current climate.


During the exclusive interview with Hard Rock Daddy, Bonnet also shared the story behind “California Air (Better Here Than There)” and a shocking revelation as well…

“It’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek song, because we all know what the California air is like.  It’s awful; it’s terrible; it’s really, really bad (especially in Los Angeles).  But at the same time, we also try to be healthy here.  Everybody’s out there jogging in this awful air, and thinking that they’re becoming healthier.  The shape of their bodies may be ok, but when the air that you’re breathing isn’t that good, what’s in the body?  And, me being asthmatic as I am, I can tell if the smog is really heavy.  It’s very hard for me to breathe.

The song is meant to be sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek, not literal.  One of the lines in the song is ‘it’s better here than there.’  I’m talking about being in the cold by the North Sea in England.  I would trade England any day to be here in California.  I go back to England quite a bit, and it’s always nice to come back to here.  It’s a little bit of a joke and a little bit of a dig.  Is this an angel’s town or is it a lipsticked pig?”



 ANDY CHEUNG – HRD Music Scout

DESTRAGE – “Don’t Stare at the Edge”

Italian progressive metalcore act Destrage is back with their fourth album, A Means to No End Fans of the genre will not be disappointed with the opening riff and the weird syncopated drum intro.  The melody in the catchy chorus begs the listener to scream along with singer Paolo, as the rest of the band chugs along in odd time.  This band is so good, that calling them progressive metalcore doesn’t do them justice.


KHEMMIS “Three Gates”

Doom metal is difficult to do right.  There has to be the right amount of sludge, melody and heaviness.  Khemmis (from Denver, Colorado) did it right with their new album, Hunted.  Their single, “Three Gates,” has great melodies with doom-laden growling verses, the guitars are heavy and slow with interludes of clean undistorted guitars adding to the eeriness of the song.  Couple that with the rhythm section’s sludgy feel, and you have a great doom metal tune.




THE ANSWER – “Beautiful World”

From the intense groove to vocals often reminiscent of Robert Plant, there is an undeniable Led Zeppelin influence coursing through this Northern Irish hard rock band’s sixth album.  It combines poignantly with the Gaelic and Celtic influences of the band’s roots. This haunting selection stands out as an early personal favorite.


WILD SOULS – “Dirty Mind”

Wild Souls is a melodic rock band out of Greece, founded in 2010 by guitarist Kostis Tsiligiris.  This is the first single from their recently released album, Game of Love.  It nicely captures that classic late-‘80s sound, with some modern touches.



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Joe Lynn Turner Live – A Rainbow “Revolution”

Joe Lynn Turner - Revolution - Amityville, NY - 2-27-16 - Hard Rock Daddy

By Adam Waldman

Life is filled with missed opportunities that end up in regret.  I’ve missed out on a number of concert opportunities through the years, but the one that has haunted me most was not seeing Rainbow on June 19, 1982 at Madison Square Garden.  As a parent, I can understand why my parents didn’t let me travel into New York City from Long Island to attend the concert.  However, it ended up being one of the greatest disappointments of my teenage years.  Although I got the chance to see Joe Lynn Turner fronting Deep Purple, it wasn’t the same as seeing Rainbow.

When Ritchie Blackmore started dropping hints that he was thinking about playing rock music again, I had no doubt that he would do so with Turner (the only singer to front both Rainbow and Deep Purple).  Like the rest of the rock world, I was shocked when Blackmore announced the members of the band that he put together as a “Rainbow reunion.”

All hope that I had of finally seeing one of my favorite all-time bands seemed to have been lost.  But on February 27, 2016, at Revolution (a Long Island rock club), I finally got the opportunity to see the show that I had missed out on nearly 34 years ago.

Although this was not a Rainbow reunion per se, seeing JLT perform a number of classic Rainbow songs in an intimate setting might have been even better (in some respects) than seeing a full-blown reunion in a large venue.

Steve Brown (Trixter) didn’t try to copy Blackmore’s signature guitar sound, but he nailed every song, and showcased an entertaining stage presence.  “Nailed” would also be an accurate description of Charlie Zeleny’s thunderous drumming, which helped to set the tone for a high octane version of Rainbow.  Rob Demartino’s bass playing provided a heavy bottom, and Paul Morris’ keyboards added another layer of depth to the overall sound.

Of course, the star of the show was JLT himself, who is every bit as good today as he was back in 1982 (when I missed out on seeing Rainbow), and in 1991 (when I saw him fronting Deep Purple).  From the stellar vocals to the engaging showmanship to the deep connection with the fans in attendance, JLT proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that age is nothing more than a number.  He is a true rock star in every sense of the word.  For his sake, I wish that Blackmore’s decision-making wasn’t so misguided, but selfishly speaking, I couldn’t have asked for a better Rainbow concert experience.

Even though the performance took place in a modest sized rock club, this truly was the type of show that made you feel like you were watching an arena concert from the glory days of hard rock.  Had this been an actual arena show, the experience would have been much different.  I certainly wouldn’t have been close enough to get hit with any droplets of spit as JLT belted out a setlist comprised of numerous personal favorites.  But there I stood, dead-center, bellied-up against the stage, singing along with the rest of the frenzied crowd to the collective soundtrack of our youth with JLT only inches away from me.

To my right, was a girl who was noticeably swooning in the presence of one of her rock heroes.  In between songs, we shared our enthusiasm for the show, and she told me that “it was like having an outer body experience.”  Words can’t accurately portray the glow on her face when JLT handed her a copy of the setlist as a souvenir.  I would come to find out later that her husband and 13-year old daughter were standing right behind her.  It’s hard to think of a better family night out than seeing JLT up-close-and-personal.  She too was forbidden by her parents to attend the Rainbow concert in June of 1982.  Imagine, two strangers sharing an incredible bond over the music that we love, and the disappointment of missing out on seeing the same Rainbow concert at Madison Square Garden.

It would be impossible to highlight the best moments of the show because there was never a dull moment.  However, a few moments stood out for me on a personal level.  The first was when JLT talked about all of the recent rock star deaths, and then paid a heartfelt tribute to his friend (and fellow Rainbow alum) Ronnie James Dio, before launching into an energetic version of “Man On The Silver Mountain.”  Having had the opportunity to have lengthy conversations with both RJD and JLT, I found this tribute to be particularly poignant.  After JLT bowed his head and then looked up to salute RJD, he gave me a fist bump.  It was as if he felt the meaning that the song had to me.

One of the things that you have to love about JLT is his willingness to be outspoken about the problems of the world.  Now, more than ever, his introduction to “Can’t Happen Here” really hit home, as our country is in a state of turmoil.  It also happens to be the song that started me on my Rainbow journey, so it had special meaning for me that goes beyond the troubled world of politics.  It was serendipitous that he was introducing this song in a club called Revolution (a point that he made to the crowd).

The show, affectionately dubbed “Boys Night Out” by JLT (to describe playing with the band), not only featured a collection of Rainbow hits, but also some classic Deep Purple songs and a powerful version of “Rising Force” (Yngwie Malmsteen).

Although I had hoped that I would get to see a true Rainbow reunion, it wasn’t in the cards because of Blackmore’s decision to form an entirely new band.  The disappointment of that decision, and the missed opportunity to see Rainbow in 1982, have both been alleviated by seeing JLT deliver a performance that will be remembered for many years to come.  If you’re a true Rainbow fan, do whatever it takes to see this show.

25 Years Later – Joe Lynn Turner Conquers All

Joe Lynn Turner - Love Conquers All - Acoustic Performance - Glasgow

For nearly four decades, Joe Lynn Turner has been delivering inspiring vocal performances.  Although he is most widely known for his time with Rainbow, he also enjoyed a successful run with Yngwie Malmsteen and an abbreviated stint with Deep Purple where he recorded one studio album (Slaves And Masters).  The album (released in 1990) features one of the best power ballads of that era, “Love Conquers All.”

A quarter of a century has passed since the release of the “Love Conquers All,” but it is still as powerful today as it was in 1990, as evidenced by the acoustic version of the song recorded recently in Glasgow, Scotland.  These days, the legendary frontman spends much of his time performing overseas, no longer grabbing the spotlight that he once did in the United States.

Aside from being moved by this inspiring performance, the other emotions that come to mind when listening to this version of “Love Conquers All” (several times over) are jealousy of overseas audiences and sadness that America has dropped the ball when it comes to supporting transcendent talents like JLT.

We have become a country that celebrates mediocre singers who rely upon technology like Auto-Tune just to stay in key in the studio, and then lip sync their “performances” of songs that are average at best.  Even more disheartening is our reliance upon reality television to discover new “talent.”  Meanwhile, overseas audiences embrace true talents like JLT.

The vocal performance on the acoustic rendition of “Love Conquers All” is nothing short of brilliant.  There is no need to rely upon technology to enhance the vocals because, even as he approaches his mid-60s, Turner is still as great as he ever was in his heyday.

We can only hope that Ritchie Blackmore’s recent overtures about playing rock music again will come to fruition in the form of a Rainbow reunion with Turner at the helm.  Maybe then, JLT will get the attention that he so richly deserves here in America.  Until then, enjoy the incredible moment that was captured in Glasgow, Scotland recently…

Music Discovery Monday – 7/27/15

Music Discovery Monday - Demon Hunter

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 7/27/15.

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.

No interview this week, just a dedication to a special little girl…



 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

DEMON HUNTER – “The Last One Alive”

Demon Hunter’s history dates back to the turn of the new millennium.  While they have received accolades and awards inside the Christian Metal world, “The Last One Alive” is the first song that helped them cross over into Active Rock.  Truth be told, this song probably achieved too much success to be included on Music Discovery Monday, but it was chosen for a very specific reason (beyond it being an outstanding song).

Last week, drummer Yogi Watts, and his then-expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor’s visit to find that their building had burned down.  They lost all of their belongings.  Since then, baby Dessi has arrived.  To help the couple and their newborn baby get back on their feet, a GoFundMe campaign has been created.  Not that there was any doubt, but the metal community takes care of their own, and have already risen to the occasion during these bittersweet times for the couple.  Even though the campaign has already exceeded its modest goal, donations are still being accepted.

CLICK HERE to contribute to Yogi, Cara and baby Dessi’s GoFundMe campaign.


SIXX: A.M. – “Relief”

When Motley Crue’s farewell tour finally comes to an end, Sixx: A.M. will finally become the primary project for all of the band members.  The band already has lofty plans to follow-up their most recent album, Modern Vintage.  In 2016, Sixx: A.M. plans to release two full-length studio albums.  Until then, there is still a lot more meat to pick off of the Modern Vintage bones.  The debut single from the album (“Gotta Get It Right”) was followed up by the mega-hit, “Stars.”  With an album this deep, the only explanation for not releasing several singles is that Sixx has been focusing most of his attention on his final days with Crue.

Sixx: A.M. has the uncanny ability to create uplifting melodies with lyrics that touch upon the more difficult times in life.  It is highly recommended that you listen to this underrated track while reading the powerful (at times cathartic) lyrics.  Any difficulties that you’re facing will seem a lot less daunting as you immerse yourself in “Relief.”  Who among us can’t use some “relief” in one way or another?





WILSON – “Right To Rise”

Attitude has long been a part of rock ‘n’ roll.  Now and then, a band comes along and reminds everyone of that this is still true today.  This five-piece band from Detroit fills that role nicely.  There’s considerable talent here, an ability to write and definite signs of {gasp} maturity since their previous album.  Hopefully that won’t inspire them to hunt me down or anything; I’m only telling the truth.   Wilson is a band that is well-worth enjoying now, and also to keep an eye on for the future as well.



In the coming weeks and months, it seems likely that a fair bit of discussion will be focused on the band’s move away from metalcore into, well, “poppier” territory.  Some of that discussion won’t be “happy,” and having heard “Throne” (the likely first single), I can understand some of the slings and arrows that are likely to ensue from longtime fans.  That said, the forthcoming album is definitely not without some worthwhile moments, like this track that really seems to almost mock the very direction they’ve admitted to be heading towards.  It’s a good contemporary track that’s got some musical bite and is rather snarky (in my opinion).





THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – “Always The Fugitive”

Swedish symphonic metal band The Murder Of My Sweet returns on August 21st with Beth Out of Hell, a concept album where the daughter of Lucifer falls in love with the Archangel Michael.  That’s a pretty lofty concept; but then this band is known for soaring vocals and cinematic orchestrations.  Both are in strong supply on this, the album’s first single.


POLLACK –“Stand Up And Run”

Polish brothers Jacek (guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards) and Grzegorz Polak (drums) team up with bassist Bartlomiej Filip to form Mr. Pollack. From a country known lately for supplying acts on the heavier side of metal, these guys are (slightly) more laid back, treating us to a melodic brand of hard rock.  This particular song is heavy and catchy, while boasting some extra groove.





ELVENKING – “Black Roses For The Wicked One”

Elvenking is a folk/power metal band from Sacile, Italy.  “Black Roses” is a deep cut from their last album, Pagan Manifesto.  It’s an energetic ride with a tight and talented band.  Vocals, rhythm and lead guitars are all terrific on this track.



Bring Me The Horizon has morphed away from their early metalcore sound, and solidly into alternative rock/metal.  “Throne” is the second release from their September 2015 release, That’s the Spirit.  It’s an intense, never-say-die track about being on the rebound.


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My Hard Rock Music Time Machine selections were inspired by a little girl who has changed my life in ways that I never would have imagined…
10 YEARS – “Fix Me” (2010)

Not to sound like a confusing word problem, but five years ago, 10 Years featured a sound much different than today.  From their 2010 release, Feeding The Wolves, “Fix Me” is alternative metal with the type of catchy chorus that lingers in your head long after the song ends.

As the founder of Hard Rock Daddy, I do my best to expose my children to as much hard rock as possible, a feat that grows more challenging as their own musical tastes evolve.  Back when they didn’t drift off into their own musical world with headphones, they had no choice but to listen to SiriusXM’s Octane, which is often the station of choice in the car.

At the age of 5, that little girl mentioned above liked a lot of hard rock music, but no song ever elicited the same response as “Fix Me.”  As soon as she heard the beginning of the chorus… “I’m fine in the fire…I feed on the friction…” – a huge smile would appear on her face as she clapped and shrieked with delight.  In retrospect, I probably should have recorded it and sent it in to America’s Funniest Home Videos.  No matter, the memory is etched in my mind as if it were recorded, and it comes rushing back every time that I hear this song.


DIO & YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “Dream On” (1999)

Aerosmith’s original version of “Dream On” made a lasting impact on me that still remains to this day.  For many years, I associated it with my high school year book quote, but that all changed when my daughter began to sing along as the song reached its peak, and Steven Tyler’s ungodly notes.  Unable to make out the words, she called the song “Dream – Os,” which sounds like some sort of breakfast cereal.

Since including the original “Dream On” on Music Discovery Monday would be kind of absurd, given that it is one of the most popular rock songs of all-time, I decided to share an incredible cover version of it instead in this forum.  Taking on a song of this magnitude is pretty much a fool’s errand, unless of course, you are the legendary Ronnie James Dio being accompanied by Yngwie Malmsteen.  Then it makes total sense!  While this version will never make you forget the original, it is one of the more inspired hard rock cover songs that I’ve ever heard.





MAN MADE MACHINE – “Victim” (2011)

The recent announcement that members of this Arizona-based band would be moving on to other projects prompts another wistful trip into the time machine.  Their debut album (produced by Hellyeah/Mudvayne veterans Chad Grey and Greg Tribbett) provided this solid lead single, but for whatever reason, the band never quite managed a complete breakthrough into regular rotations at radio with the rest of the album, nor the 2014 follow-up EP.   A shame, really; their talent and output deserved more than it got.





HEARTLAND – “City Of Lights” (2005)

This 2005 track opens with a blend of driving guitars, joined shortly afterwards by the drums, and then the commanding vocals of Chris Ousey. Exuberant backing vocals layer in later to build to a powerhouse chorus.  This was one of many highlights from the album Move On, by British melodic hard rockers Heartland.


IRON MASK – “Universe” (2010)

Guitar virtuoso Dushan Petrossi delivers a neoclassical tour de force with Belgian power metal band Iron Mask, on this song from their 2010 album, Shadow of the Red Baron.  Goetz “Valhalla Jr.” Mohr contributes some raspy, but powerful, vocals.  Eric Stout’s drumming is rapid-fire and intense.





EDGUY – “All The Clowns” (2001)

German power metal band Edguy has been crushing it since 1992.  “All the Clowns” was the lead-in song from the Mandrake album, whose success led to their first headlining tour.  The summary for this track is best left to lead singer Tobi Sammet… “We are a Heavy Metal band. We play angry, powerful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek Metal.” 


STEEL DRAGON “We All Die Young” (2001)

The track is a cover by the fictional band Steel Dragon – from the 2001 film Rock Star.  Originally recorded by Steelheart in 1996, it got some extra amperage from Zakk Wylde on guitar, Jeff Pilson on bass and Jason Bonham on drums.  The amazing vocals of Steelheart’s Miljenko Matijevic, however, are unchanged.  The original is excellent in its own right, and worth checking out as well.

Music Discovery Monday – 1/19/15

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Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 1/19/15.

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.

Some of this week’s songs appear on the recently published Top 100 Hard Rock Songs of 2014.

On this week’s Music Discovery Monday, we talk to Gary Noon of Walking With Giants.


 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)


There is always a story behind the name of a band, but few are as telling as Walking With Giants, the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist, Gary Noon.  With plenty of talent, an ability to build relationships and the mettle to approach the musicians who have inspired him most, Noon is indeed “walking with giants” and living the dream.

In addition to Noon, the rest of the studio band is comprised of guitarist, Clint Lowery (Sevendust) and Alter Bridge’s outstanding rhythm section – Scott Phillips (drums) and Brian Marshall (bass).

With Lowery’s writing, playing and production roles, you might expect a heavy Sevendust influence, but Walking With Giants has its own distinct style.

“Chasing Light” features a cool, Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) guitar vibe, and textured vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of King’s X, but other than that, WWG’s sound is something unique that must be experienced to fully appreciate.

While discussing the inspiration behind “Chasing Light” in a recent interview with Gary Noon, he stated…

“The song started with a riff that I had been working with for a while, and really loved, but had a hard time finding the chorus.  Collaborating with Clint brought the song to life as he refined the track before working on the vocals together. 

The dark, brooding vibe of the song (that also has a dash of hope) helped to inspire the lyrics.  Although the lyrics have meaning to me, I like to leave things open to interpretation by the listeners.  Overall, I think that ‘Chasing Light’ features a little bit of everything that Walking With Giants has to offer, so it’s a good introduction to the band.”


KILLER BE KILLED – “Wings Of Feather And Wax”

It is said that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – an apt description of Killer Be Killed if ever there was one.  This is not to say that each member isn’t an outstanding musician in their own right (because they are), but rather that the sound created by this collaboration is something totally unique.  “Wings Of Feather And Wax” is a “killer” tune (no pun intended) that is as intense and heavy as it is melodic.  Featuring members of Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and Mastodon, Killer Be Killed is an intriguing and inspired side project.





JEFF LaBAR – “No Strings”

The solo album of Cinderella bandmate, Tom Keifer, may have attracted more attention, but One For The Road (the debut solo project from the band’s guitarist) may be a better fit for longtime fans.  Not only does LaBar pull double-duty on guitar and vocals, but he also played everything on the album aside from drums (which was handled in studio by Tesla’s Troy Luccketta).  After hearing his first solo album, I’m left wondering…“why did he wait so long?”


MACH 22“Go Ahead”

For a relatively new band, this Philadelphia outfit shows a remarkable amount of polish.  It’s no wonder that they were handpicked by Slash as the winner of a contest that had several thousand entries.  “New” does not mean inexperienced however.  Vocalist, Lamont Caldwell, hit the road with a soul band over a decade ago, guitarist Sebastian LaBar (son of Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar) was rather literally raised on rock, and the other members are also experienced on the road and the stage.  This straight ahead rock shows a lot of promise for the future.





SERIOUS BLACK – “High And Low”

Serious Black are set to release their debut album, As Daylight Breaks, tomorrow; and if the rip-roaring “High and Low” is any indicator, we are in for a very special power metal treat.  One would already have expected amazing music from a super-group featuring Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge) on guitars, Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian) on drums, Mario Lochert (ex-Visions Of Atlantis) on bass, and Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) on keyboards.  Add to that mix the amazing vocals of Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose), and this just may be the most anticipated release of 2015 for power metal fans.


JADED HEART – “Schizophrenic”

Despite some lineup changes, Jaded Heart continues to put out the highest quality melodic metal. “Schizophrenic” rushes in with a trembling synthesizer before the drums and heavy guitars declare themselves, followed by soaring vocals and layered choruses.




BATTLE BEAST – “Wild Child”

Blackie Lawless & W.A.S.P. get some deserved deference for one of their best songs with this bonus track from Unholy Savior, by Finnish power metal group Battle Beast.  This one is true to the original with a surprisingly good match on vocals from Noora Louhimo.



Grundgy, alternative metal from Germany’s Abandon Hope with “Sally,” from the band’s Settle the Score album.  It has a great, powerful, raw rhythm, with active lead guitar licks throughout and an excellent solo by Wladlen Schöner, which accompanies Michael Homborg’s emotional vocals, and exits with an unexpected and elegant respite.





KING’S X – “Pillow” (1994)

Released 21 years ago yesterday, the fifth studio album by King’s X, Dogman, is unfortunately known more for its four different color album cover variations than the inspired music featured on the record.  Under the direction of famed producer, Brendan O’Brien, this album marked a transition to a heavier sound for King’s X.  Although frontman, Doug Pinnick, believes that Dogman features the quintessential King’s X sound, the lack of a hit single makes this something of a hidden gem.  The brilliance of “Pillow” lies within the blending of heavy, Sabbath-esque riffs, signature King’s X vocal harmonies and tight, dramatic pauses that are as musical as the instruments themselves.

With no hit single, Dogman, is an album that is under most peoples’ radar, but “Pillow” definitely deserved more attention than it got when the album was released.


COHEED AND CAMBRIA – “Welcome Home” (2005)

It is unconventional to release a single that is over six minutes long, but then again, conventionality is not what Coheed And Cambria is all about.  Aside from having a truly unique musical style, is there another band that would come up with an album title that would be challenging to fit onto one side of a concert shirt?  From their 2005 release, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, “Welcome Home” begins with a brief acoustic guitar picking intro before kicking in with a shredding guitar and a rhythm that features an interesting blend of Led Zeppelin and Dream Theater influences. If you weren’t a fan of prog rock before hearing this track, you will be by the time this 6:15-minute musical journey ends.





ADRENALINE MOB – “Indifferent” (2012)

Despite having eight members in less than three years, the most consistent factor in the music from this supergroup is the remarkable voice of Russell Allen.   He delivers, as usual, on the band’s first full studio album with “Indifferent,” a song that’s actually more complex and somewhat more laid back than the straight-ahead, aggressive sound that Adrenaline Mob is probably more associated with.


THREE DAYS GRACE – “It’s All Over”  (2006)

The second studio album from these active rock mainstays produced three number one hits and solidified their place as a core artist in the format.  This particular track may have been a little too dark for radio play, but it’s a strong song that certainly shows the influence of (then) vocalist, Adam Gontier, having written a large part of the album while in rehab for painkiller addiction.




PINK CREAM 69 – “Last Train To Nowhere”  (2007)

Pink Cream 69 have put out amazing music for nearly thirty years.  From their 2007 album In10sity, “Last Train to Nowhere” stands out as a song of despair, beautifully crafted and thick with feeling, but that flew under the radar with so many other amazing songs from that same album.  It’s brilliantly written music and poignant lyrics that will leave your heart a little heavier.





HARDLINE – “Everything” (1992)

Great melodic hard rock/metal from Hardline from over 20 years ago.  “Everything” features Johnny Gioeli’s strong vocals, a bright, up-beat rhythm, memorable chorus and the unmistakable wailing solo from Neal Schon (who also produced the album).


YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “Don’t Let It End” (1985)

Let’s journey back 30 years in the time machine to one of my all-time favorites – a classic from Yngwie with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals.  Great formula of calm-to-heavy, this track is driving and dramatic.  Yngwie needs no describing, and the yearning and emotion in Soto’s towering vocals grab you and don’t let go.




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That Metal Show – Season 13 Finale, Episode 12: Joe Satriani, Artie Lange, Jim Breuer, Yngwie Malmsteen

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie became the only guest musician to perform in two episodes in one season.  The guys discussed Yngwie’s book, Relentless.  The book features a story about how he came to join Alcatrazz, and discusses the numerous releases that he has been a part of that people may not even know about.  In the book, Yngwie talks about how his style evolved.  Many people think that his neo-classical style was inspired by Ritchie Blackmore, but it was actually inspired by the playing of Genesis keyboardist, Tony Banks.

His wife/manager put together the idea for the tour that Yngwie will be doing this summer called “Guitar Gods.”  Some of the guitarists joining him will be Uli Jon Roth, Bumblefoot and Gary Hoey.


TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 Desert Island Hard Rock Albums

  1. Aerosmith – Rocks
  2. AC/DC – Powerage
  3. Van Halen – Van Halen
  4. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
  5. UFO – Strangers In The Night


GUEST:  Joe Satriani

Satriani and Yngwie go back a long way.  He was introduced to Yngwie’s music by Kirk Hammet.  When he first listened to it, he was convinced that somebody sped up the tape.  He was giving guitar lessons at the time, and admitted that even he couldn’t play Yngwie’s style.  Eddie mentioned that Satriani and Yngwie are two of the most successful artists that have thrived doing mainly instrumental music.

Jim asked if the transition into a full band like Chickenfoot was difficult.  Satriani said that they just focused on highlighting the best of what each member brought to the table.

Satriani discussed his book, Strange Beautiful Music, his latest album – Unstoppable Momentum and his incredibly innovative Chrome Dome box set, which features a chrome statue of his head wearing sunglasses.  The removable sunglasses contain two USB drives that hold his entire studio catalog (available on

One of the things that he loved about the book is hearing the stories about himself and his various projects from a different angle because it was through the prism of other peoples’ perspectives.

Right after his album Surfing With The Alien came out, Satriani was struggling with figuring out how to be a solo instrumental artist.  His big break came when he received a call to audition to open for Mick Jagger on a solo show at The Bottom Line in New York City.  He ended up touring with him for several months, and learned what it meant to be a rock star.

While there is nothing planned as of this moment, the hope is that Chickenfoot will record another album when everyone’s schedules align.

He will be going back out on tour overseas this summer in support of Unstoppable Momentum, but before he leaves, he’s going to be playing in Westbury on Long Island (back where it all started).


GUESTS:  Comedians Artie Lange and Jim Breuer

This was the first time on the show for the comedians, who are both huge fans of the show.

Artie Lange said that it is his favorite show on television.  A favorite quote about the show of Jim’s was when Lange said…“I’ve never seen a show where you treat the former drummer of the Scorpions (Herman Rarebell) like he was Tom Cruise on The Tonight Show.”

Lange, who has battled drug addiction for many years, loved watching the show during his last stint in rehab.  According to Lange…“Nothing is better for heroin withdrawals than this show.”

He talked about his first concert being the AC/DC Back In Black tour at the age of 14.  His friend’s older brother gave him what he thought was Coca Cola, but it turned out to be Jack Daniels and Coke.  He also talked about how times were different back in the day and told a story about when he was at a Yankee game with his father as a kid in the late 1970’s; his father’s friend asked him to hold his beer while he rolled a joint.

Lange has a nightly show on DirecTV called The Artie Lange Show.  His second book, Crash and Burn, is coming out on paperback in June.  He is also going to be filming a Comedy Central special in Newark, NJ.


Jim Breuer often watches the show while traveling on planes.  He talked about how he is very loud while wearing headphones and agreeing with things that are said on the show, usually while the person next to him is watching cooking shows or something else much tamer than That Metal Show.

Breuer’s first metal concert was Iron Maiden and Judas Priest at the Nassau Coliseum.  He talked about how people threw lit M-80’s at the show.  He was also at the show that got Priest banned from Madison Square Garden after the fans ripped out the seats and threw them around like Frisbees.

Breuer is in the process of recording a metal album as a singer.  It is being produced by Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano.  He jammed with Brian Johnson during the recording session, the same night that Johnson played with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

His upcoming plans include:  Rock On The Range and a Motorhead Cruise.  His comedy special – And Laughter For All –  is available for download on Netflix, and he has a new album coming out in the fall on Metal Blade Records.  Breuer will be doing both a comedy and a metal set at Rock On the Range.

At the end of the interview, before “Stump The Trunk,” Eddie revealed that Breuer was actually the one who came up with the concept for the segment when they did it on Breuer’s radio show.



If you could be in any other bandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience (playing tambourine, just to be in the band)

One song you wish you wrote“Third Stone From The Sun” – by Jimi Hendrix

One vice – Wise potato chips.

Best concert you ever attended – Rolling Stones in Oakland last year

First album you bought with your own moneyAre You Experienced? By Jimi Hendrix

First rock or metal song that you learned how to play“Communication Breakdown” by Led Zeppelin

Weirdest news story or rumor that you’ve heard about yourself – That I am actually Voldemort

Favorite new band – The Winery Dogs



Eddie – Raven – Rock Until You Drop documentary DVD

Jim – Hatriot – Dawn Of The New Centurion

Don – Kyng – Trampled Sun


THROWDOWN:  AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock” vs. “Highway To Hell” (songs, not albums).

Satriani – “Highway To Hell”

Breuer – “For Those About to Rock”

Lange – “For Those About To Rock”

Eddie – “Highway To Hell” (original pick) changed to “For Those About To Rock” (when he realized that it was songs not albums)

Jim – “For Those About To Rock”

Don – “Highway To Hell”


This wraps up Season 13 of That Metal Show.  Check out the links below for recaps of every episode from this past season.  Stay tuned for a Hard Rock Daddy interview with Eddie, Jim and Don in the near future!



Hard Rock Daddy Visits That Metal Show

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 1:  Zakk Wylde, M. Shadows, Jason Hook

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 2:  Corey Taylor, Vernon Reid, Morgan Rose, Joel Hoekstra

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 3:  Frankie Bello, Dave Ellefson, Bumblefoot

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 4:  Ted Nugent, Gary Hoey

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 5:  Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Matt Nathanson, Steve Brown

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 6: Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, Charlie Benante

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 7:  Mick Jones, Leslie West, Lita Ford

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 8: Mick Mars, Tom Keifer

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 10: Peter Criss, Richard Christy

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 11: The Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul, Yngwie Malmsteen


Hard Rock Daddy Visits That Metal Show

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For the past two seasons, Hard Rock Daddy has been doing a weekly recap of the best show on television – That Metal Show.  When the announcement was made that the show would be filmed weekly in New York City for Season 13, I reached out to the publicist who has been helping to promote the show, to make plans to attend one of the tapings.

Due to inclement weather in the Northeast, travel conditions caused me to reschedule a few times.  Things worked out for the best, as I got to attend the first session of the final day of taping for the season.  Attending any of the shows would have been great, but seeing The Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul and Yngwie Malmsteen was ideal because they are all such tremendous, longtime fans of the show.

NOTE:  Yngwie is also the musical guest for the season finale, which airs tonight at 11pm on VH-1 Classic.

It was the perfect metal day for my wife and me.  We listened to Metal Midgets with Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson on SiriusXM as we traveled into NYC.  Not that we needed anything to psych us up to attend the taping, but listening to Metal Midgets was like listening to the band that you’re about to see in concert while you tailgate in the parking lot before the show.

We arrived much earlier than necessary to make sure that we were on time.  Normally, having extra time to spend in NYC is a good thing, as there is so much to do and see.  However, because That Metal Show films in East Harlem (not exactly the best place to walk around), we just grabbed a lunch and hung out waiting to be let into the taping.  It wasn’t until we joined the other metalheads on the line to get in that we stopped feeling like fish out of water.

Anxiously waiting to be brought into the staging area, we sat in the room with the other audience members as many of them filled out questionnaires, hoping that they would be chosen to try to “Stump The Trunk.”

We were in the last group to be brought upstairs to the staging area, but it worked out to our advantage as we ended up in prime seats on the aisle where the guests come in.  I’ve always heard that audience sections are smaller than they appear on television, and it’s true.  That Metal Show’s audience is smaller than most, holding less than 100 people, so this was a very intimate setting.

There is always a risk in seeing “how the sausage is made,” but experiencing That Metal Show in a live setting only enhanced my feelings about the show that I’ve been watching since its inception in 2008, and gave me a whole new appreciation for what it takes to put the show together.  I’ll never watch the show the same way again after seeing how the raw footage is turned into an edited show.  The unsung heroes of the show (the crew) work very hard behind the scenes to deliver the outstanding finished product that airs each week.

During the break before “Stump The Trunk,” Jim Florentine and I spoke extensively about various music topics.  He and Don Jamieson are accomplished comedians, but they are equally as passionate and knowledgeable about hard rock and heavy metal.  In tonight’s season finale, they will be joined by fellow comedians Artie Lange and Jim Breuer (who is also a passionate, knowledgeable metal fan).

I didn’t get the chance to speak with Eddie because they were taping another show right after the one that I attended, but there are plans in the works to interview him, Jim and Don in the near future for an upcoming feature on Hard Rock Daddy.

As my wife and I drove home after the taping, the Vinnie Paul interview/takeover was airing on SiriusXM’s Octane.  It was an ideal bookend to the perfect metal day.

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to attend tapings of shows on network television with a live audience, but I never had much of an interest.  It’s safe to say that none of them would have compared to experiencing That Metal Show live anyway.

If you are a fan of That Metal Show, and will be in the NYC area during Season 14, you should make every effort to attend a taping, and see for yourself how the magic is made.

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 11: The Winery Dogs, Vinnie Paul, Yngwie Malmsteen

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MUSICAL GUEST:  Yngwie Malmsteen

Eddie revealed that Yngwie was the one who inspired the idea for musical guests.  Yngwie says that he never practices.  He only picks up the guitar if he can blow himself away.  However, he did practice for TMS because it was an important appearance for him.  New live video and live album coming out from the last tour soon.  Yngwie also has a full line of Fender equipment coming out soon.



The guys discussed the untimely passing of GWAR’s Dave Brockie (a.k.a. Oderus Urungus).


TMS TOP 5:  Top 5 Greatest Trios

  1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  2. Cream
  3. ZZ Top
  4. Rush
  5. Motorhead


GUEST:  The Winery Dogs (Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan)

Eddie’s favorite current trio.  He had a hand in their formation.  Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan were working on a project with John Sykes that ultimately didn’t pan out.  Eddie recommended Richie Kotzen to the guys, and The Winery Dogs were formed.

The Winery Dogs are all huge TMS fans, so much so that Portnoy was disappointed that they had to leave for their gig in NYC that night.  They are the only band that has had every member appear on TMS as a musical guest.  They wanted to be the first band to ever play on the show, but were unable to because of publishing restrictions.

The band is about to embark on the second leg of the tour, and will be out on the road this year through the summer.

Kotzen has played in bands before (Mr. Big, Poison), but has been a solo artist for a number of years.  Eddie discussed a conversation that the two had backstage at a show in New Jersey.  Kotzen asked if there were people out there, and Eddie told him that it was sold out.  A surprised Kotzen shook his and said…“I’m not used to success.”

Jim asked if there would be a second Winery Dogs record, and the guys said that they have already started writing.

The band discussed the origin of the name Winery Dogs.  They are dogs that are used to protect wineries from intruders.  The writing of the music came easily to them, but naming the band was very difficult.  Before settling on The Winery Dogs, the band briefly was going under a name that Kotzen came up with…Zen Vida.

In one of the funniest segments in recent memory, the band discussed their special edition deluxe box set called Dog Treats.  The set comes with a lot of cool stuff.  The funny part came as Portnoy was showing everything and Kotzen seemed to be seeing it for the first time as he was surprised by what was in the package.  When Kotzen started asking questions about the set, Portnoy told him that he’d have to buy it if he wanted to find out what was in it.



GUEST:  Vinnie Paul (Hellyeah, Pantera)

This is the 20th anniversary of the release of Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven (the first true heavy metal record to reach #1 on the Billboard charts).  What makes the success of the record so incredible is that the band got no love from MTV, radio or the media.  Their only publicity came from heavy metal magazines and the fans.  Perhaps even more incredible is the fact that the album came out during the peak of grunge when metal was considered a four-letter word.  The classic album is being reissued in honor of the anniversary.

Paul talked about their first time playing Donnington, England and what a memorable day it was.  However, their European success did not come easily.  The first time that they toured Europe, opening for Judas Priest, the fans hated them.  They swore that they would never go back there, but were convinced by their manager when they were offered an opening slot with Megadeth after a buzz about the band started happening in Europe.

His current band, Hellyeah, has a new record coming out called Blood For Blood.  The band will be touring after the album comes out with Avenged Sevenfold.

Paul discussed the fact that his presence in the band did not mean instant success.  This is the band’s fourth album, and he feels that they are finally on the brink of something big.

When Eddie asked Paul to address the rumors about a Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, he summarily dismissed it, saying that there is no Pantera without Dime.



As Don started to ask the lightning round questions, Eddie interrupted to let the audience know that this segment has finally gotten a sponsor – Just For Men.  This is an important step in ensuring that the show remains on the air.  Paul said (while stroking his facial hair…“Nothing is more metal than Just For Men.  I use a lot of it.”)

If you could be in any other bandVan Halen (as the singer)

One song you wish you wrote“Blind In Texas” – by W.A.S.P.

One vice –No matter what I’m doing, I’m all about having a good time (playing drums, drinking, gambling, etc.)

Best concert you ever attended – Two years ago, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – Rammstein.

Favorite new band – Chino Marino’s new band, Crosses.

Tying into the Just For Men theme, Eddie asked Paul about his worst haircut ever.  Paul said that his worst was when he shaved off his signature facial hair, and ended up looking like Blackie Lawless.

The best part of the segment was seeing Eddie, Don and Jim with their long hair back in the day.  Classic!



Eddie was on point, getting every question but one correct.  The only question that he missed was by a fan from Ireland.  He watches the show on YouTube, as the show is not available in Europe.  After he stumped Eddie, Jennifer did not come out with the box.  Instead, she came out with Billy Sheehan’s bass guitar signed by the members of The Winery Dogs.




Eddie – Farmikos (featuring former Ozzy and David Lee Roth guitarist, Joe Holmes).

Jim – Scar The Martyr (featuring Joey Jordison of Slipknot).

Don – IKILLYA (Vae Victis) – Lamb of God type music.



METAL MODEM:  Michael Poulsen (Volbeat)

Poulsen appeared via Skype from Denmark.  He is home right now getting ready for a new U.S. tour.  Don asked him the following question…

“On a scale from 1-10, how important was it for you to go out on tour with Metallica?” 

Poulsen replied…

“That’s a very stupid question.”  It sounds harsh out of context, but it was actually very funny.

Poulsen talked about the bands that are going out with them on the road.  This time around they’re taking Trivium, and they have taken out Hellyeah in the past.  He said that they would do more shows with Hellyeah in the future.


The show closed with an extended, inspired solo performance by Yngwie.  This episode stood out because all of the guests were such big TMS fans.



That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 1:  Zakk Wylde, M. Shadows, Jason Hook

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 2:  Corey Taylor, Vernon Reid, Morgan Rose, Joel Hoekstra

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 3:  Frankie Bello, Dave Ellefson, Bumblefoot

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 4:  Ted Nugent, Gary Hoey

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 5:  Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Matt Nathanson, Steve Brown

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 6: Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, Charlie Benante

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 7:  Mick Jones, Leslie West, Lita Ford

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 8: Mick Mars, Tom Keifer

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 9: Dee Snider, Chris Caffery

That Metal Show – Season 13, Episode 10: Peter Criss, Richard Christy