In my quest to get all the Kiss Tour Books in my collection, I have now come to my fourth in the Tour Book Series. This is one of two that came from the Kiss Alive / Worldwide Tour from 1996-1997. This is the 1997 Tour Book that includes the Giant 1997 Poster Calendar as the earlier Tour Book with the black cover did not. I have that book as well and will get to it once I finally have it in my possession as it is currently being held by my brother in Atlanta until I come down to visit as I am too cheap to pay for the shipping. Plus, it gives me another excuse to get back home to see the family.
This book I bought on eBay and it has a pretty interesting story on the shipping. Okay, it is interesting to me. I bought the book at a great price at only $10 and paid $5 for shipping. Sadly, the post office didn’t deliver it, instead I got notice that there was still postage due of $7.42. What the F@$K???? I paid for shipping. Well, it turns out the U.S. Postal Service did an inspection, opened it and found out it doesn’t qualify for Media Mail which is the cheaper mailing service used for books, CDs, etc… I thought that this certainly qualifies and apparently so did the seller.
It turns out because this Tour Book had a calendar and advertising in it that is doesn’t qualify. Again What the F@$K??? The advertising, btw, was the band members advertising their guitars and the merch page. I couldn’t believe it. I was extremely pissed that I had to take time out of my day and go pick this up and pay extra. I reached out to the seller to voice my displeasure and he quickly refunded the extra shipping cost. That was very much appreciated.
Now on to the Tour Book. As we normally do, I will show you every page of the book in the order of the book so you can see what you missed from 1997. This particular Tour Book was a replica of the European Tour Book and finally available to US Tour goers during the 1997 leg of the Tour. Continue reading “Kiss – Alive / Worldwide Tour (1997) – Tour Book”→
I had the pleasure of jumping on a live stream with Mike Ladano (Lebrain) whether he wanted me to or not (next time he might think twice about posting the link to join…Ha!). We had a good time discussing my favorite topic Kiss among other things.
He has his usual live stream on Facebook tonight where they go through a Nigel Tufnel Top TenList and this time it is the Top 11 Favorite Concerts of All Time! Make sure to check it out on Facebook.
Just went live with John from 2loud2oldmusic.com! Check out our KISS-heavy chat below. John comes in at the 05:05 mark.
After too many live albums released, the band finally decided to do another album. Before that could happen, they needed a replacement guitarist as Doug Aldrich left the band on May 9th of 2014 after more than 10 years with the band. One of the longest stretches of any guitarist. I believe he left to go play with The Dead Daisies and do his own thing.
A replacement now needed to be found and it was about 3-4 months later that Joel Hoekstra was tagged as the replacement guitarist. Joel had been playing with Night Ranger previously and he figured this was a higher profit (I mean higher profile) band and he is not wrong about that. Joel is fantastic and he has his own solo stuff as well as playing with Cher and TSO for their Christmas Tours. The rest of the line-up is as follows:
David Coverdale – vocals
Reb Beach – guitar
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Michael Devin – bass
Joel Hoekstra – guitar
Now that the band was fully staffed again, a new album was in the works. This time around, thankfully not a live album, but it was only a covers album. Not just any covers album, no that had been done a million times, this one focused on only one band. Deep Purple! David decided he wanted to record a Deep Purple collection of the best songs from his era of that famous band. The funny thing about this is that David tried so hard to not mention or play anything from Purple while being Whitesnake from the eaerly 90’s and back. You never heard a song by Purple in the setlist. That changed in the late 90’s when a song or two would show up. Now, David wanted to pay tribute and an homage to that wonderful time in his life. Continue reading “Whitesnake – ‘The Purple Album’ – Album Review (The David Coverdale Series)”→
I can’t believe I am done going through all the disks in detail. It took 10 solid weeks to get through all 11 disks. I read the entire Vault Book and researched more details online. I dived into it like I have never done before for any release. It was time consuming and it was a total and utter blast.
And to keep the fun going, I thought I would compile what I found to be the 20 Worst Songs in The Vault. There are a 164 songs in The Vault to go through. I know you get 166, but one song is in there twice (oops on someone’s part) and the Bob Dylan 15 minute track with Gene at a writing session doesn’t really count.
To determine the songs, I picked all the songs that scored a 1 or 2 and placed them in a playlist. That gave me around 40 songs to choose from. From there, I played the playlist and easily determined some of the songs weren’t as bad as originally thought and some were worst or just as bad. That made it easy to narrow down and it didn’t take me long to determine the 20 Worst Songs of The Vault.
Have you ever been in the mall and seen a roach go across the cookie tray at the Great American Cookie booth? I have and it is gross. What does that have to do with this post. Other than a roach, absolutely nothing. I just thought it was gross. And since I am talking about roaches, let’s do a meme collection on the mack daddy of all the roaches…Papa Roach. Yes, that joke was bad and all these memes are too so shut the F#@& up and I hope at least these make you laugh.
Oh Crap!! It is Friday the 13th. Lock your doors and don’t go outside as there are a lot of crazies this day. And we are crazy with new releases. Actually, there are a bunch, but not much of interest to me as has been the case a lot this year. I hope the year picks up. I don’t have any that I am dying to hear…nothing highlighted in Blue this week. I might try a couple, but if I get to them. I hope there is something for you. Let me know what there is you want to hear or what I missed as I always do since I generally only list bands/artist that I have actually heard about. Have a great weekend.
Gotthard – #13 – (Nuclear Blast)
Stitched Up Heart – Darkness – (Stitched Up Heart)
Shinedown…they have been catching so much heat as if they were the new Nickelback. I can see it, fans like to poke fun of bands who don’t change their sound too much and write catchy, enjoyable tunes and tour successfully. It seems to piss people off…I don’t get it. Okay, I do a little with Nickelback, but not Shinedown. I like them…there…I said it. I like Shinedown. If you got a problem with that…I don’t give a shit!! Now, let’s poke fun of the band, as that is always okay.
We are to the end of our first month and the new releases have been a little limited and nothing that jumps out as blowing me away yet (but since I wrote this before the January 24th releases have come out, there could have been something out then, but the only one I want is Revolution Saints so we will see). This week has a lot of releases and a little something for everyone…but me really. You get pop, metal, rock, indie, christian, jazz and country, so a bit of everything. I hope there is something for you. Mine are normally highlighted in Blue, but there is nothing I am running out and getting this week. I need to save money so that is a good thing.
Theory of a Deadman – Say Nothing – (Roadrunner Records) – A Canadian rock band sign to Chad Kroeger’s record label…enough said…or the less said the better…either way.
Dashboard Confessional – The Best Ones of the Best Ones – (Hidden Note AWAL) – Were they emo, indie, alt rock??? I am not sure…all of the above. This is a greatest hits album and if you are a casual fan, then this would be great place to begin.
Will he or won’t he? That is the question. Will Sebastian Bach re-join Skid Row? Who knows and really, who the hell cares. If you want to hear Skid Row songs, go see Sebastian Bach perform live. If you want to hear the band Skid Row, go see the band…also, can you name one member of Skid Row that isn’t Sebastian Bach? I didn’t think so. So to celebrate the band, here are a collection of memes from around the internet, I hope you enjoy!!
Do you have a memory that is tied to a specific band and when you hear that band, you immediately are transported to that memory? Britny Fox has such a memory for me. Now I am the youngest of 7 kids and I am the only one of the 7 to have lived alone with my parents as an older child as all my brothers & sisters had moved out and I was left alone during high school and part of college. As a result, I actually was able to take vacations with my parents and it just be them and me. None of the others got to do that sort of thing.
Every Summer, my parents would head down to their time share down in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and I would tag along because why not…free vacation. I cherish those times with them and now that they have both passed from this Earth, I think of them often and miss them dearly. You are probably wondering how Britny Fox helps with that memory and I will tell you.
When this album came out on June 6th, 1988, I had just purchased on CD and we were heading out to vacation. I remember sitting by the pool, with my Sony portable CD player, headphones on and this CD cranked up. I was probably 18 and since I was so shy, I was not about to be scoping out the hot babes at the pool. Nope! Instead, I would sit by the pool in my tan, smoking ripped body and pretend like nothing else mattered but the music. Ok, not all of that was true…I wasn’t very tan. Ok, and I didn’t have a smoking hot ripped body. I was scrawny little shit.