On my trip to Paris, I came across a plethora of Kiss Bootleg albums so I figured why not do a whole series on Kiss Bootlegs. And BOOM!!! Here we are with the first in that series. Why not start off with a tour I actually saw and that would be the 1985/1986 Aslyum Tour.
This vinyl I picked up is opening night on November 29th, 1985 at T.H. Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, AR. I would see the show a month later on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, GA at The Omni.
Before we get in to the music, let’s talk about the packaging of the album. The set is a gatefold with 2 LPs and the gatefold has a bunch of shots of the band from the performance (or at least shots from some time during the tour. The cover (at the top) is of Gene only which is a little bizarre as I probably would have rather had the group picture on the back as the front at least. But I am being picky.
After the release of Generation X’s second album, “Valley of the Dolls”, the band started recording the follow-up release. However, during the recording the band started having some creative issues with each other. The album was demoed, but never finished before the band broke-up. Billy Idol and Tony James decided to continue on and they rebranded themselves as Gen X. They released ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ in 1980 to little or moderate success. So, the 3rd Generation X album never saw the light of day.
Well, it never saw the light of day until 1998 when former Generation X guitarist Derwood Andrews released it due to some contract obligations without the consent of Billy Idol and Tony James. Billy & Tony were able to block the release in the U.S., but not anywhere else. The songs were in demo form and not fully realized tracks.
Now in 2003, Billy finally did release the songs (from a different audio source) on a Generation X Anthology that he did approve. The songs I have that I will discuss are for the Anthology and not the actual Sweet Revenge release as I am still trying to get my hands on it. When I do, I will update the post.
What band doesn’t love their Groupies?? Do bands today even have groupies? Is that still a thing? I mean does the DJ that today’s band have any woman fawning all over them? “Oh, you scratch that album so amazingly” just doesn’t have the same as “Oh look at what his fingers can do to that guitar, imagine what he could do to me”…am I right? Let us celebrate the Groupies!!
One of the new bright spots in rock music is on tour and when they came through Charlotte, I thought I needed to check them out. So, we bought tickets for the whole family as my kids enjoy them too. Now it is unusual that we all like the same band which made a perfect time for all of us to go see a show together.
That band is Greta Van Fleet. Yes, they catch a lot of heat for sounding so much like a former band that the press on that is old and we need to move on. I have their E.P.s and their lone album on vinyl and I dig everything they do. The question left for me…Can this band pull it off LIVE!!!??? If they can, they are real, legit and people should stop giving them a hard time. These guys are new in the industry and only in their early 20’s so this was a big question mark for me.
Before the show, I cheated and checked out the set list from some previous shows and I was very disappointed. They were only playing 10 shows!! They are the headliners…how can they only have 10 songs? I told my daughter the only way the can turn it in to a full show is that they are going to have to stretch these songs out way longer than they were done on the records.
Before we talk about how they did, let’s see the setlist…
For My Sunday Song #144, we are tackling “Romeo Delight” by Van Halen off their 1980 album ‘Women and Children First’. The song was never released as a single, but is one of the strongest on the album. The album, however, did well going as high as #6 on the Billboard charts. The album saw the band getting a little heavier and when it comes to Van Halen, the heavier the better for me.
The song is about going to the bar and looking for a fight and looking for girl to bed that night. A drinking and party and helluva good time song. Dave’s confidence comes shining through in his vocal delivery and you are pretty confident he is walking home with a lady.
Eddie’s guitar work is nothing short of amazing. The sounds he creates are mesmerizing and his solo is nothing short of stellar. There is even a point in the song where Dave is singing “Feel my Heartbeat”, Eddie is making this heartbeat noise with his guitar. He is taking is Low E string and tapping it against the pickup to create the effect. You want a sound and Eddie will deliver.
The opening act for Greta Van Fleet was a duo named Ida Mae. It is a husband and wife duo out of England who now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. At least they have for the last 10 months as they just moved to the States to seriously pursue this thing called music. The husband is Chris Turpin on guitar and vocals and his lovely wife Stephanie Jean also on vocals.
And they are all you got as the opening act. It was just Chris and Stephanie on stage for their 6 song set. And let me tell you that was all you need as they were beyond impressive. They did some covers and played some of their original songs for an album that will not be released until June 7th.
They were selling that album though at the Merch table and, of course, I picked it up on vinyl (review will come later as I need time to dive into it fully). I wanted to get them to sign it, but since they didn’t come out until after the show, I was unable to hang around and wait. My kids had to go to school the next morning and it was already 10:45 and we still had to drive 45 minutes home.
Anyway, about the music. The setlist was as follows:
Happy Friday and thankfully the weekend is here. It is time for sun and fun and new music. There a few releases this week, but only a couple that I am really interested in and they will be highlighted in Blue. Take a look through and let me know what you are interested in hearing or buying and if there is anything I might have missed as that is known to happen. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!!
Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild – (Frontiers Records): One of many Swedish hard rock and glam metal scene and they have been around since 2002. Only two original members left and they are Danny Rexon (Lead Singer) and Joel Cirera (Drums) and I am okay with it. They have hit and missed sometimes, but I am still interested in what they have to offer because it will probably be fun.
Paul Gilbert – Behold Electric Guitar – (Mascot Label Group): The guitar extraordinaire from Mr. Big is back with another solo album. With a title like ‘Behold Electric Guitar’, I think you know what you are about to hear. More electrifying guitar work from a master player. How could this not be great? I guess we will find out soon enough.
For the regulars of my site, they already know I am a huge Matt Nathanson fan. For those non-regulars, I will let you know I am a huge Matt Nathanson fan. I have been re-exploring his earlier catalog lately and I want to point out a great live set he has available called ‘At the Point’.
‘At the Point’ was recorded, well, at The Point. The Point is an intimate club in Philadelphia, PA. It was recorded in the Summer of 2005 and released in 2006. It is only Matt and his acoustic guitar. Nothing or no one else.
What I love about this album is it is a lot of his old songs from before my discovery of Matt which was around 2007 or so. The album showcases his live performance, his ability to own a crowd, his comedic stylings (he is one funny SOB), his voice and most importantly his songwriting and musicianship.
From such classics as “Church Clothes”, “Answering Machine”, “Curve of the Earth” and “I Saw” to his cover of Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” and Drivin’ N Cryin’s “Straight to Hell”, you get lost in his performances as they are delivered so flawlessly and seem so personal. You get laughs as he tells stories that will have you laughing your ass off and you just get an hour and seven minutes of pure enjoyment. This is what a live album should be. Something you can feel and connect with.
After the lack of success of ‘Cyberpunk’, Billy Idol was pretty quiet for many years with one minor exception. He reunited with Steve Stevens for a song on the 1994 Soundtrack to the movie Speed starring Keanu Reeves. Billy was having some disagreements with his label and having many issues with drugs (still), he needed something to get back in the fans good graces.
Billy and Steve were contacted by the soundtracks music director, Ralph Sall, to come up with the movie’s title song and Billy thought this would be a good opportunity. The song was inspired by the movie and the rest of the soundtrack included songs that were either inspired by the movie or were just songs about Speed such as the Kiss song “Mr. Speed”.
I am not reviewing the whole soundtrack as this is a Billy Idol series so we will focus only on Billy’s song. And what a song it is. It didn’t do well upon its release as this was 1994 and Billy’s style of Rock was no longer in fashion. The movie did way better than the song for sure.
Who doesn’t love to see music live? Whether it is a stadium show or a nice, intimate bar, live shows are way for people to connect to an artist and their music. For me, I love the smaller, more personal clubs as you can really connect with the artist. I also love to see how they interpret their songs live and the little nuggets they throw in for fun. Today, we celebrate that with a collection of memes celebrating live music.