Def Leppard – ‘Hysteria’ 30th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition) – Album Review

Thirty years ago on August 3rd, 1987, Def Leppard released their fourth studio album, ‘Hysteria’.  Little did they know this ground breaking album would go on to sell over 25 million records, produce 7 hit singles and go to #1 on the Billboard Charts.  The album was a labor of love for the band as it took several years to record and they struggled so much during this time.

There were so many setbacks during the recording of the album.  First, Robert John “Mutt” Lange turned down the producing job for the record after he had recorded “High & Dry” (my personal favorite) and “Pyromania” although he did help in the initial song writing for the record.  The band went through several producers during the recording including working with Jim Steinman of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ fame.  Their relationship did not go smoothly and he was later fired (they paid him a lot of money to get out of the contract so it must have gone badly). Later in the process, “Mutt” did come back and produce the final product and then history was made.

The second big obstacle was Rick Allen’s car accident that severed his arm.  Yes, the drummer of the band lost an arm.  With all respect to the band, they did not abandon Rick.  They stood by him and supported him until he was capable of playing the drums with one arm using an electronic drum set and a set of foot pedals to compensate for the lost arm.  It definitely was a trying time.  I won’t go into much more as you can watch the documentary included to learn more.

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Tuesday’s Memes – U2

U2 has been touring the U.S. lately and a lot of people I know are traveling to other cities to see them.  Me…not so much.  If they won’t come to Charlotte, I ain’t going to them.  So instead, I am going to poke fun at them a little with this week’s Tuesday’s Memes.  I hope you enjoy…

First off…sorry for the really bad joke for the featured article picture…I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start off with that time when U2 & Itunes gave us their album for free and we didn’t ask for it…apparently that caused a big stink.

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“Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of Kiss 1972-1975” by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley – Book Review

I try to read at least one book a month and for July it was “Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS 1972-1975” by Ken Sharp, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley.  All thanks to a Amazon running a $2.99 special for the Kindle.  That is exactly how I read Paul Stanley’s autobiography for only $2.99.

As a KISS fan this was a really a no brainer to read.  I knew a bunch of the stories, but not everything.  As a side note, I found a way to enhance the experience of reading this book.  If you have Kissology DVD series, you can watch the shows they are talking about in the book.  You definitely need the 1st series which covers 1974-1977.  You also need Volume 3 which contains the much talked about Queens, NY Coventry Show from December, 1973 the band’s first ever concert filmed in make up in its entirety.  When you add this to your reading, it truly enhances the whole experience.

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Glen Campbell – R.I.P. – Country Music Legend

I was catching up on news after a long day at work and noticed that Country music legend Glen Campbell has passed away.  He was 81 and had been battling with Alzheimer’s these last several years.  He had just released his farewell album ‘Adios’ back in June and it turns out it really was his farewell album.

According to Wikipedia…and it is a pretty impressive list…

Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album. He placed a total of 80 different songs on either the Billboard Country Chart, Billboard Hot 100, or Adult Contemporary Chart, of which 29 made the top 10 and of which nine reached number one on at least one of those charts. Campbell’s hits include his recordings of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”; Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, and “Galveston”; Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”; and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”.

Glen Campbell holds a very special place in my heart.  When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the song “Rhinestone Cowboy”.  I loved it so much my parents made me sing it once in front of company.  This might explain my fear of speaking and being in front of crowds.  To lose Mr. Campbell is losing a part of my childhood.  I knew this day was coming for awhile now as his condition had been getting progressively worse, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

It makes me sad to think he has died, but glad he no longer suffers from such a horrible disease.  His music will live on forever and so will my memories.  Thank you Mr. Campbell for giving me that memory.  You will be missed!

In honor of Glen Campbell, here is a video of “Rhinestone Cowboy”.  Sorry I don’t have one of me as a kid performing the song as it would have been awesome!!

Picture By Lawrie M at English Wikipedia Later versions were uploaded by Timseid1 at en.wikipedia. (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Tuesday’s Memes – Guitars

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Memes.  This week we will focus on the Guitar.  The instrument that screams Rock & Roll to me.  Personally, I tried to play but there were two problems…1)  I have no patience and expect to play “Eruption” in 5 minutes after getting my guitar.  I got frustrated and quit.  2) And the main reason…I sucked.  I had no talent.  However, that doesn’t change the fact that I love the guitar.  If you want to see my favorite guitars just click on GUITARS.

Here are the memes I found that made me laugh.  I hope you enjoy and have a great week.

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And that would be me.

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The Original Vs. The Cover – “Can’t Find My Way Home”

Welcome to the new in yet another series that is called “The Original Vs. The Cover”.  Not a very original title, but it gets the point across.  Each month I will pick a song and compare the original to my favorite cover of the song.

And there is not a better way to kick off this series than with Blind Faith’s song “Can’t Find My Way Home”.  The song was written by Steve Winwood and on Blind Faith’s only album back in 1969.  Blind Faith was one of the earliest super groups as it consisted of Steve Winwood from the bands Traffic & The Spencer Davis Group, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton from the band Cream and lastly, Ric Grech from Family.  Not a bad set of musicians.

Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” is a slow ballad with Eric Clapton playing acoustic guitar and Steve Winwood singing.  Of course Ginger Baker is playing percussion and Ric Grech is on bass, but the guitar work is of note.  The guitar work is fantastic as expected and it is rare you get Eric Clapton playing acoustic (at least back then).  The vocals have an eerie hollowness to them and I don’t know if that was Winwood’s intention or just the production of the song, but it works.  The overall production is simple and not much too it and I think that is why the song works so well. The overall tone fits the time period which was the end of the 60’s.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Metallica

It is time for another round of Meme’s and I can’t believe we are now in August.  Summer is hot, work has been busy and I need something to smile about so here are some more Rock & Roll Meme’s.  This week we focus on Metallica.  I hope you get a smile from some of these as I certainly did.  Have a great rest of week.

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Now I am hungry!

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Their Never Never Land scares me though.

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