I can’t believe we are finally to end of April. The days get confusing as we have now been home for at least 6 weeks thanks to Covid-19 and the basic lockdown from the governments to help save our lives. The month started out with Amazon saying they wouldn’t be delivering any albums as they aren’t “Essential”, what the hell do they know, it is essential to me. And then the local record stores started shutting their doors which meant no crate digging for a long while.
Somehow, that didn’t stop. My crate digging was done virtually. Amazon actually delivered music and some of my local record stores posted stuff on line and they would ship or you could go by their house or the store and pick it up. And that is just what happened. We learn and we adapt. Human nature.
First up for the month was an E.P. by a fairly new artist I discovered as the opening act on the Needtobreathe tour. I got to meet him, but his debut E.P and get an autograph. So when a new E.P. was announced, I was excited, but less so because I didn’t see a Vinyl option. And then on the day of release, I saw on Amazon a vinyl option. And when I got it, I was pleasantly surprised as it was the E.P. plus all the singles & B-Sides he had released the prior year so I basically got a full album of material. I love little surprises like that.
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On January 9th, 1985, I went to my 2nd Kiss concert which as the old arena called the Omni. That arena is no longer around, but the memories I do still have. The opening act was Krokus and they were great. The tour was for the Animalize Tour and the lead guitarist on this one was supposed to be Mark St. John, but he was fired in December of the previous year. Bruce Kulick took over duties for the remainder of the tour and for years later. I hate I didn’t get to see Mark. He is the only Kiss guitarist I have not seen live.
The setlist for this show was below and not all too different from the Lick It Up Tour I saw before.
- Detroit Rock City
- Cold Gin
- Creatures of the Night
- Fits Like a Glove
- Heaven’s On Fire
- Guitar Solo
- Under the Gun
- War Machine
- Drum Solo
- Young & Wasted (Eric now on vocals)
- Bass Solo
- I Love it Loud
- I Still Love You
- Love Gun
- Black Diamond
- Oh! Susanna (Encore)
- Lick It Up (Encore)
- Rock and Roll All Nite (Encore)
Continue reading “Kiss – Animalize World Tour 1984-85 – Tour Book”
I finally picked up Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare on Vinyl and while I was sitting there listening to it, I put this post together celebrating Steve. Sometimes I forget how awesome he is and then I put this on and all is remembered. What a fine album. So, without waiting any longer, here is Steve Vai…
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After David Coverdale’s solo album, ‘Into the Light’, in 2000. Whitesnake layed dormant for another 2 years. It was December of 2002 that David decided to reform Whitenake. And what a band he put together. It was Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach on guitar, Marco Mendozza on bass, Timothy Drury on keyboards and the mighty Tommy Aldridge on drums.
The band toured for a couple years and in 2004, they recorded a show. It was on October 20, 2004 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London that a video recording was made of the show. The video, however, would not see the light of day for until February 2006. I know because I remember when this came out as I received a very special copy. Why was it special? I will tell you.
It is not special because it is the ‘Special Collector’s Edition’. No. It is special because I won it on some music website give away. Sadly, I don’t remember what website, but I remember entering the contest, receiving an email that I won, and lastly receiving a parcel in the mail with the DVD set included. And it was this set that reignited my passion for David Coverdale and the rest is history. Continue reading “Whitesnake – ‘Live…In the Still of the Night’ – DVD Review (The David Coverdale Series)”
For My Sunday Song #193, we are going back in time and checking out “Edge of a Broken Heart”. A song written for the ‘Slippery When Wet’ album, but didn’t make it. It is my favorite song to never make a Bon Jovi studio album. It did wind up on the movie soundtrack to the horrible movie ‘The Disorderlies’ starring the rap group The Fat Boys. The song was never officially released as a single, but did reach #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay songs. The song did wind up on two Bon Jovi albums, the Special Edition version of ‘Crossroads’ and the box set of ‘100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong’.
The song is the typical 80’s hard rock song. Full of synths, drums, guitar and even Bon Jovi’s use of the voice box. This was back in a time when the band still wrote great songs that told a story you wanted to hear. It is about a man who is in love with someone, but she is with someone else. He is standing on the outside of her life waiting to catch her when she is dumped by the guy she is with. He will be there to save her.
Musically, Richie’s guitar playing is always top notch and he has such a nice tone. He delivers a great solo and of course, that voice box is classic Bon Jovi. Jon sounds so young and he can hit this high notes he only wishes he could still hit. He is able to convey all the emotions needed for the wonderful story he is telling. You feel for the guy and are rooting he will win the girl in the end.
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Happy Friday! I hope this post finds everyone still functioning after being homebound for way too long! At least we have new releases to look forward to and there is a nice long list. It was longer, but a bunch got moved to later in the year. There is enough variety that hopefully you will find something. This is where I would normally say my choices are highlighted in Blue, but you won’t see any of those this week as there is nothing really that floats my boat. Hopefully that isn’t the same for you. Let me know what you find interesting and what I may have missed. Hang in there and hopefully this will all be over soon. Have a great weekend.
- The Used – Heartwork – (Big Noise Music Group)
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- Brendan Benson – Dear Life – (Third Man Records)
A few weeks back, Lunchbox records posted on Facebook that they got in a bunch of bootlegs from Duran Duran and Billy Idol. I will be honest, I don’t care about the Duran Duran bootlegs, but the Billy Idol peaked my interest. It was around 6:30pm on a Saturday night and I mentioned to my kids we should go to Lunchbox, but we didn’t go. We did go the next day on Sunday. We left a little after 12pm and arrived just before 1pm and they were closed (Duh Duh Duh – dramatic music insert).
We forgot to check if they would be open and with the virus going around, I wasn’t sure now if they would open at all. Lo and behold, they were going to open and that was going to be at 1pm which was in a couple minutes. We were the first ones in and those Billy Idol bootlegs were still there. Apparently, there are not of ton of crazies out there buying Billy Idol bootlegs…Who knew!!!
This is a typical bootleg from the 80’s. The vinyl jacket is a basic all white cardboard with two print outs…one for the front and one for the back slid in to the clear plastic sleeve holding it all together. The front cover says: “Billy Idol in New York City: A Hardcore hero comes home.” Here’s the thing…the show is in Houston, Texas…not New York. Definitely not high quality work here ladies and gentlemen. However, that is the beauty of these releases. As you will see below, the actual vinyl doesn’t even have a label. There might have been one at one time, but after 35 years or so, there isn’t anymore. Continue reading “Billy Idol – ‘Rebel Waltz’ (Live Bootleg) – Album Review (The Billy Idol Series)”
After the final Whitesnake Tour back in 1998, David felt lost. He had been David Coverdale of Whitesnake for so long, he wasn’t sure who he was anymore. He needed to find himself. After a little break, David Coverdale re-emerged, but this time without the Whitesnake persona. This time, he was just David Coverdale. Even though his previous album, ‘Restless Heart’, was supposed to be a solo album, this is now officially his first one since 1978’s ‘Northwind’…and no, Coverdale/Page doesn’t count as a solo album.
The cool thing about the solo album is that it really is just David and a lot of great, talented musicians pitching in on songs. You get Doug Bossi, Earl Slick, Marco Mendozza, Tony Franklin and Denny Carmassi, just to name a few, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. With all these different artist, you don’t get that typical Whitesnake sound. But you do get hints. There are some blues tracks, there are some Zeppelin style fare and there is stuff that is truly only David.
The album came out on September 25, 2000 in the UK and it was released with little fanfare. It didn’t blow up the charts or set the world on fire. Heck, it was pretty much non-existent in the States. I accidentally stumbled across back then, but I did add it to my collection. What it did do was get David back in the music business and working again, if at least for a brief time. Continue reading “David Coverdale – ‘Into the Light’ – Album Review (The David Coverdale Series)”
You know, why not. Why not do a post on Depeche Mode? I don’t have an answer so I guess that means I have to do one since there is no real argument against it. I can’t say that I’m a huge Depeche Mode fan, but I do like some of their songs. Add that to the fact that I got most of these memes, then I might as well do a post. So, here you go and I hope you don’t reach out and touch the delete button me and you make to the end.
Here you go…Depeche Mode…
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For this month’s This Original vs The Cover is the song “Wonderwall” originally by the band Oasis. The song was released in October 1995 and on the band’s album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’. The song did really well and went to #8 in the U.S. and #1 in several countries and charts. The cover version we are battling with is Ryan Adam’s cover which was released back in 2003 on his album ‘Love is Hell, pt 1’ EP.
The song was written by Noel Gallagher and was originally titled “Wishing Stone. There is a little mix up on who and what the song is about. Originally the thought was the song was about his girlfriend at the time Meg Mathews who later became his wife and then even later became his ex-wife. It was after that divorce that the story of the song changed. It was no longer about his ex-wife, it was now about an imaginary person or friend that shows up and helps you save you from yourself. Ok. Noel has stated that it was the media’s fault for the confusion and once it was out in the universe he didn’t want to spoil it for his girlfriend/wife. But now that they are divorced, I guess it doesn’t matter anymore.
That is enough backstory. Let’s get to the song and we will start with the original version as well always do, no need to change now.
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