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This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...
Ever since Led Zeppelin released Stairway To Heaven, hard rock bands have showcased their sensitive spot through the power ballad. No genre exploited this format more than the eighties hair bands. A formula that started early: Release a heavy song, maybe two, and then release a ballad was a staple for the glam and spandex bands. This week we pay tribute to these songs. Despite a self imposed limit of one song per band, whittling down the list was a challenging. Let’s face it, no two top ten lists of this nature are ever the same. To assist, a sealed scorecard using lyrics, video presence, and longevity was used to determine the top ten power ballads. More...
With the onslaught of eighties rock autobiographies and even more biographies set to be released over the next several months; a look at some of the books that didn’t make the cut.
“Mark F’n Slaughter”
The Mark Slaughter story. An entire chapter focuses on (with proof) that he was in fact born with the name: Mark Slaughter. Even at page ten it begins to feel like a long read.
“Growing Old Gracefully, The Sebastian Bach Story”
Bach walks us through a child hood not full of rock star dreams, but dreams of reality television, specifically weight loss television shows. “I remember when I was five, I remember thinking, man I can’t weight to put on a few extra pounds and then show the world I can lose half the extra weight I gained.” If I had to describe the book in one word, it would have to be DEEP… More...
Slash (ex-Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A compliment to his body of work, but backhanded at best given he is part of a list that includes Ed O’Neil (Al Bundy) and Neil Patrick-Harris (Doogie Howser)… More...
Jani Lane (Warrant) has been arrested again on suspicion of DUI. Is it Spring already?...
Starring on VH1’s new special “UNDATEABLE: Top 100 things guys do that guarantee they won’t be dating or having sex” is Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Bret Michaels (Poison). They will also be sharing the stage with hip hop legend Sir Mix a Lot who is responsible for Reason #32: Don’t write a song about big asses… More...
In week four of Celebrity Fit Club we finally get to see Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) in true form, that is to say, the anger finally appears. The best comparison I see is looking at Skid Row’s self titled debut album versus the follow-up, Slave to The Grind, going from “I Remember You” to “The Threat,” a sweet ballad to destruction. In this episode Bach goes from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes, hitting cameras, getting in the face of female teammates, and dropping fifty F-bombs in less than five minutes. Nice to have you back Sebastian… More...
The season for giving and receiving is upon us. This week we look at what the 80’s glam gods are asking for this year…
Bret Michaels (POISON): A bandana (preferably blue) that alerts Bret when there’s a reality show opportunity near by.
Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI): Jeans (skinny, tears above and below the knees, medium wash).
Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW): Tickle me Elmo.
Steve Tyler (AEROSMITH): A band.
Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT): A bottle of tequila, wrapped.
Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE): A Radio Flyer 2900 red wagon to carry all the cash made this past year.
Gene Simmons (KISS): To have Christmas renamed KISSmas.
Ted Nugent: Guns, raw meat, gun powder…oh, wait this is Ted’s weekly shopping list.
David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE): Once again make large hair and album sales go hand in hand.
Axl Rose (GUNS N ROSES): The option to do what he wants despite contractual obligations and pending legal proceedings. Also, a Tickle me Elmo.
David Lee Roth (VAN HALEN): A straight answer from the Van Halen brothers.
Jani Lane (WARRANT): For 2009 to end ASAP.
Kip Winger (WINGER): Hair dye for his chest AND buttons for his shirts.
Lita Ford: A new bed.
Josh Todd: A new tattoo.
Dee Snider: World anarchy in the name of peace and metal.
Thoughts while counting the number of spandex body suits worn in the David Lee Roth video “Yankee Rose”…
For those that refuse to place KISS into the hair band genre please take a look at exhibit A: The video for “Forever”: It’s as if both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley walked into wardrobe and asked for the Rikki Rocket…On the topic of bad hair, there is not a worse wig then the one worn by the principle in Motley Crue’s version of “Smoking In The Boys Room”… More...
This week Ratt finally released the name of their upcoming album. The title is Infestation and not Caught Cheating as I had guessed. All said and done I probably had a 50/50 chance…Vince Neil will soon be announcing the name of his upcoming solo album. The world waits on the edge of their seats… More...
Jon Bon Jovi alone increased acid washed denim sales by 40 percent. In the videos “Living on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” there are more ass shots of Jon than two years of Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez on TMZ…There is no way the Latin kid playing the drug lord in Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood” rises to the top of the underworld…I always thought it was assumed Poison wore the most spandex until I saw the number of tight changes in David Lee Roth’s “Goin Crazy”…KISS easily has the most body hair of any rock band…The song “You’ve got Another Thing Coming” by Judas Priest takes on different meaning from when I first saw it years ago… More...
There was once a time when music wasn’t downloaded one song at a time, had (in the case of albums and cassettes) two sides (an A side and B side), and song order was not only a conscious decision, but a reason an album would be successful.
Today we look at the glam heavy metal scene (late seventies to early nineties) and review the best first tracks.
Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane will be spending two mandatory days in jail after pleading no contest to his recent charge of misdemeanor DUI stemming from an incident where he hit a parked car back in June. As part of Jani's plea deal - in which authorities agreed to drop a hit-and-run charge - Lane will serve 36 months probation, complete 3 months in alcohol education classes and report for 30 days of Caltrans road work, in addition to paying over $395 in fines. If he does not pay the money he will receive 13 additional days in jail instead.
In a recent interview Michael Sweet (Stryper) confirmed that the band has sold eight million albums. Welcome to the new segment called, “Holy Shit! That’s Crazy!”… More...
Jani Lane (Warrant) has had a rough couple of weeks. First, he is pulled over and charged with a DUI. Next, the band Warrant puts out a press release notifying the world that Jani is no longer part of their band. Finally, it comes to light that Lane owes over 100K in federal taxes. Stay strong Jani Lane, you still have your ballads. They can’t take your ballads. Keep repeating that to yourself. It’s going to be okay… More...
Warrant has issued the following statement regarding Jani Lane's recently reported D.U.I. incident:
"Jani Lane, who was officially dismissed from the band Warrant in 2008, is in no way affiliated with Warrant at present. It is to be known that Jani Lane's actions, should not be misrepresented as those of the lead singer of Warrant. Warrant whose line-up consists of Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, Erik Turner, Steven Sweet and Robert Mason express concern for the possible dangers that Mr. Lane's actions pose. Warrant, represented by the William Morris Agency, are embarking on new ventures, including touring and recording. Warrant wish to avoid any negative opinions and publicity that wrongful association to Mr. Lane might cause resulting from his poor judgement."
According to TMZ.com, Jani Lane, the former lead vocalist of hair metal band Warrant, was arrested in Los Angeles, California last night after crashing into a parked car. When the police arrived, the singer apparantly showed signs of intoxication and was arrested under the charge of DUI. He is currently being held on $30,000 bail.
Ex-front man Stephen Pearcy (Ratt, Arcade, Rat Bastards) is currently on tour. He is singing songs from all of his previous bands as well as playing all leads on the guitar, giving new meaning to a SOLO tour. Taking a page from Bret Michaels, Pearcy is also looking for all girl rock bands for an upcoming reality show. On the surface this appears to be a way to meet girls and exploit them on reality television; however, he insists it is all legit. Well played Stephen, wink-wink. More...
The organizers of the Rocklahoma festival, which is held at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, located four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma, has announced some new names for this years edition of the event. The biggest news is that Stryper has been confirmed to headline the main stage on Friday where they will be joined by new additions Night Ranger and Warrant. Added to the Saturday are rock legends Thin Lizzy and Sunday will see a newly confirmed performance from Skid Row.
Speaking on the festival, Stryper frontman Michael Swet said: "Rocklahoma is an event that I've heard about from peers and friends and they have always said that Stryper would be a perfect fit for this festival. Oklahoma holds a special place in my heart since my family lived in Moore, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family in Oklahoma. We're excited to finally be able to perform at Rocklahoma and look forward to an amazing night!"
Warrant drummer Steven Sweet has checked in with the following update:
"I am beginning to run out of fresh and exciting ways to make the travel experience seem interesting, enticing, and extraordinary to those of you who may not travel so much (and to those of you who do), but I will do my best... here goes.
"Joey and I embarked upon our journey to Tyler, Texas, located near the North Eastern border of the state as you approach Louisiana heading Eastward, a few days early to soak in a bit of the local culture, shake a few hands, and eat some Mexican, Italian and Cajun (food, not the people). Here are a few 'fun facts' about Tyler: Tyler is a city and in the county seat of Smith County, Texas in the United States. The city is named for President John Tyler in recognition of his support for Texas's admission to the United States. The 2000 census recorded the city's population to be 83,650, while in 2008 it was estimated to have reached 108,772 (at least half were in attendance the night of the show). Tyler has been nicknamed the 'Rose Capital of America' because of its large role in the rose-growing industry; about 20% of commercial rose bushes (he said 'bushes' heh, heh!) produced in the U.S. are grown in Tyler and Smith County and more than half of the bushes are packaged and shipped from the area. It boasts the nation's largest municipal rose garden and hosts the Texas Rose Festival each October, which draws more than 100,000 spectators.
"Important note: remember, Every Rose Has Its Thorn... thanks Bret! More...
WARRANT drummer Steven Sweet has posted the following road report:
"Well, well, well. Here it is... Finally. The much awaited, long anticipated, highly overrated... no wait a minute, scratch that last proclamation - brutally agonizing - yeah, that's better.... road report by,... well, me Steven Sweet (if that really IS my name?). It all started one day last September; 5 boys from different parts of the United States decided to join forces and conquer the world, or at least Maplewood, MN (which by the way might sound a hair more impressive were I to say Minneapolis/St. Paul - but I like to stick to the cold hard facts, as those of you who've read my last road report know all too well). The night was tepid, or humid or insert some random adjective describing a warm summer night (technically it's early fall but who's really fact checking??!) and we had all convened at the Myth which indeed actually does exist, despite the misleading nature of its name. Coming off a 216 hour layover (9 days) in Los Angeles after our last show in Tucson on the 9th. (no one told me it was okay to go home in between flights so I managed to rent a "Smarte Carte" (stupid spelling I know) and create a makeshift airport home in the corner of the Southwest terminal, just between Starbuck's and Cinnabon...mmmm, the smells were absolutely intoxicating, I actually didn't want to go home). Okay that last part about staying at the airport for a 216 hour layover was total Bullshit. In reality (what's that?) we had a few days off, 2 days of which were spent in rehearsal working on delivering the goods... which I think paid off. Rewinding, we actually had a great first show in Tucson, AZ with Robert front and center "pulling his own" as if he'd been there since day one (when I say "pulling his own" I am referring to the saying which means he was able to "handle his parts in a confident, commanding manner" that doesn't sound much better does it - WEIGHT, I mean pulling his own WEIGHT - sheese forget it). Anyhow the show kicked ass and THIS night was even better because we had our pal Joey back to fill out the mix with his unique blend of attitude and skills that only he can deliver. More...