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18 days ago
farrarsm
A good review. Interestingly enough, those are the kind of things I've thought about when reading rock memoirs. The subject only writes or includes the things they want to talk about, and leaves out the other things that they don't like. And then, more often than not, there's the personal agendas and attempts to settle scores, which can become too obvious at times.
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6 weeks ago
farrarsm
Diesel is in the band because Le Tekro prefers him as a drummer. If it was totally up to TH, there'd likely be a different face behind the kit.
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6 weeks ago
farrarsm
If that's true, then this will be a short-lived reunion. You'd think some people would get past their own personalities...
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7 weeks ago
farrarsm
In this case, I don't know if revenge is being served cold or hot. But at least it means that there will be a band named RATT that's more of the real deal. And maybe a new album.
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2 months ago
farrarsm
He's in America for about three weeks. We won't hear much until mid-November.
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2 months ago
farrarsm
I'm waiting, too- but looking forward to it!
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2 months ago
farrarsm
I'm sure that Frankie would blame local promoters for the lack of local publicity. Bands that are touring the theater/local shed routes and don't have much access to the muscle power of conglomerates like Live Nation seem to having more of these type of problems.
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2 months ago
farrarsm
Definitely looking forward to this film, though I can't see it on opening weekend. Have to wait until I'm less buried with work. But, good things to those who wait!
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3 months ago
farrarsm
I'd have to agree: if you don't want to do something long-term, and have enough money already, then why bother? Personally, I love the music that the 'classic lineup' of Dokken created, but I quit chomping for this reunion a good while ago. I did see the pro-shot clip of "Breaking the Chains" from the North Dakota show, and the talent even after all these years is undeniable. But t
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3 months ago
farrarsm
For me, the genre's not the same as it was for me when I was younger. In the day, I salivated over every release and listened to every song until I memorized the lyrics. Also looked for every interview, T-shirts, merch, etc. These days, I'm busier with employment and other priorities in life, and there's so many releases that I don't have time to listen to them all. Just don't have the same
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3 months ago
farrarsm
That's disappointing on Frontier's part. Oh well, life goes on, I guess...
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4 months ago
farrarsm
Absolutely nothing new here- Foreigner's a great steady gig, despite the fact that it's now a heritage act.
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4 months ago
farrarsm
I wasn't fond of the vocals, but Axl was a decent enough fill-in; more so than I think most expected. I liked two of the clips okay; didn't like Shoot to Thrill because the vocals got to be a bit much for me. I'm glad that the band was able to fulfill the rest of its tour dates, but I also think the band is done. Cliff Williams' retirement announcement kind of seals the deal.
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4 months ago
farrarsm
Ironically, it was Poison. I never liked their first album, but liked more of the singles off of Open Up and Say Ah.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
Out of those items, I'd personally do the book or the Pop Vinyl figure.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
The band retired in 2000 - they've gotten together a couple of times for reunion shows since then, but that's pretty much it. Glenn Kaiser is the only one that still records and does shows regularly - his output is pretty much blues.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
I liked Slippery some back in the day, and the truth is, hearing songs like Livin' on a Prayer now is fun. The album probably was one of the best representations of the 80's for me, at least in terms of music.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
I came to appreciate the later albums more recently; usually, there's a good song here and there. Of course, Lightning Strikes Again is an effort specifically geared toward an 80's hard rock sound, so that appealed to me. But I also liked Erase the Slate a lot - played that one to death at the time - and also liked some of the songs off Broken Bones.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
The show's sound isn't great (that reverb gets a bit nasty sometime), but it's just the same old issue: that band is awesome, except for that darn vocalist! :) Jon Levin does seem to enjoy himself, and his guitar playing is fantastic. One of the saving graces that's left in the band. Don actually didn't sound half bad on Into the Fire, but those vocal attempts at harmony on In My Dreams - yi
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5 months ago
farrarsm
Yes, they're also known as Rez. They are a "Christian" band, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the 70's and 80's. Most Christian bands cite them as one of their major influences as musicians. My personal favorites were Innocent Blood and Civil Rites, probably because I was more immersed in Christian rock back then. But you can't go wrong with most of their a
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5 months ago
farrarsm
In the case of Michael Sweet's new album, the original preorder price was US$10. I just noticed today that it's gone up to $10.59. Makes sense that the artist and label sets the price, with Amazon getting their cut; in this case, it's offering a better price when it's first offered as a preorder. I'll also add that I get a bit weary of all the preorder hype that goes into new releases now, b
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5 months ago
farrarsm
It's a great read, even if you're not a Sabbath/Ozzy fan per se.
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5 months ago
farrarsm
I doubt that Frontiers does anything to interfere with an artist's endeavors, and I have no faith that Tate's going to do anything different from his last couple of outings. O:M will be more of the same.
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6 months ago
farrarsm
No surprise- it seemed to be in the cards after the developments with Malcolm's illness.
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6 months ago
farrarsm
I've paid through the nose for a couple of imports- I think I paid about $45-50 for a rare Japanese version of TNT's "Knights of the New Thunder" that had the 'banned' cover. These days, I wouldn't pay as much - I start digging my heels in if a hard copy is over $12-15.
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7 months ago
farrarsm
I do like Muse, but they seem more like an under-the-radar type of band. However, it isn't possible for any band to achieve massive success in the U.S. unless they have the corporate machinery of radio and concert promotions behind them, and it certainly won't happen for rock bands.
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7 months ago
farrarsm
Haven't met a lot of rock musicians myself, but the guys from the doom band Trouble were generally nice, especially the bassist. The worst we met in passing was Don Dokken - he was a total jerk during the band's set, and he nearly got into a fist fight with a fan that asked for an autograph. My brother felt lucky as he was approaching DD for an autograph himself.
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7 months ago
farrarsm
I actually liked Women and Children a little more than the first two albums; it sounded great last night. But I'm really looking forward to Fair Warning.
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7 months ago
farrarsm
1 ... Whitesnake 1987 (because it was my first WS album) 2 ... Trouble (personal favorite of early WS output) 3 ... Good to be Bad (favorite of Aldrich era) 4 ... Slip of the Tongue 5 ... Slide It In 6 ... Forevermore 7 ... Restless Heart 8 ... Saints and Sinners 9 ... Lovehunter 9 ... Into the Light 10 .. The Purple Album (not that fond of tribute albums) 11 .. Snakebite (least favori
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7 months ago
farrarsm
Kalodner interviews are always an entertaining read, thanks for the links.
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