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3 days ago
JMac
Songs for the End of the World was a monster - best album of his career. Unlike Andrew, I was never a big Springfield fan, but that disc converted me big time. Any rough timeline for when the new album comes out?
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6 days ago
JMac
Can Man, they never compared themselves to Zep or Queen. Read what he's saying. He's saying these bands are influences to them, which they have displayed on the record (and who would know better than Elliott where they draw inspiration from). In other words, he's discussing stylistic similarities. From what you're saying, it's as if he had said, "Yeah, we're at the level of Queen and
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24 days ago
JMac
I agree with Doug that cliched, formula AOR has been done to death...but that doesn't mean I want ye old tyme rockabilly either.
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24 days ago
JMac
Album details: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bryan-adams-returns-with-new-studio-album-get-up-produced-by-elo-frontman-jeff-lynne-300125857.html First single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji_qVwHdkAI My first reaction was, "what the fuck is this?". When Adams says he's going retro, he doesn't mean back to the 80s days of 'Reckless', but back to the 60s or some
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5 weeks ago
JMac
Well, I love the Money Man. Really have a soft spot for him. The problem isn't even that he's old as shit and hasn't aged gracefully. That's ok. I mean, he's almost 70 which is not that bad, but he still smokes and did tons of drugs that must've caught up to him. That said, he was looking worse a few years ago and seems to be on some botox or something. Anyway...the problem is that his
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5 weeks ago
JMac
Peter nailed it. Those bands are competent in some ways, but don't have the memorable chops and are staying within the confines of what was invented by others. They can be enjoyable, but it's no contest.
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6 weeks ago
JMac
It sounds like a normal new album. I think they just call it "fan album" as a marketing spin...."this album is for the fans". Though if they're going ahead without Sambora, that pretty much closes the door on it being a real band. Torres and Bryan are basically hired guns...McDonald even more so. The band is the Jovi-Sambora duo. This really is a JBJ solo project.
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7 weeks ago
JMac
Def Leppard is still better than 80% of what gets produced in the MR scene and gets hailed as amazing. Even with the controversial albums. I'll take the nuanced, alternative tapestry of Slang and the summertime pop bliss of X to the generic stuff from Frontiers, Escape, etc. The only Lep album that has worn thin is Adrenalize...and a few clunky album tracks like 'All Night', but they kno
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8 weeks ago
JMac
Well, this was quite a shock. I opened the page and initially read it as, "Andrew - Alessandro del Vecchio dead"
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2 months ago
JMac
I remember Ozzy criticizing Deen in some rock mag way back when, saying, "His problem is that he's a studio drummer and thus has a studio mentality. But you take him out of the studio and he doesn't know what to do - he can't improvise or be fluid or expressive on stage." (I'm paraphrasing)
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2 months ago
JMac
Because, as Mike said in his reply, he's not interested in mud-slinging. Which is probably the best course of action. He released a super-short statement saying, "I'm proud of my contribution to the band, and would rather take the high road and not go into endless mud-slinging." Why should Mike 'fight his battles' at all? It's a losing game. No matter what you say, you won't stop
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2 months ago
JMac
It's not really about what degree of truth Eddie's comments have. In a band, things are collaborative by definition - I'm sure there were times when Eddie offered input on Mike's bass playing, and the two voices obviously come together, etc. And maybe as Peter says Wolfie really is more talented in some ways. But that's neither here nor there. It's just that there's no need to slag off Mike
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2 months ago
JMac
Ed talking smack about Mikey, who is such a nice guy and has never talked crap about anyone, is really pathetic: ""Every note Mike ever played, I had to show him how to play," Eddie claimed. "Before we'd go on tour, he'd come over with a video camera and I'd have to show him how to play all the parts." Van Halen also downplayed the role Anthony's harmonic backing vocal
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2 months ago
JMac
The tracks are good, but the sound is awful....they're demos with no kind of production, at least int he copy I have. Maybe other people's is cleaner.
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2 months ago
JMac
It was awful, but also damn great storytelling. Stannis is not a villain, but he has always been rigid and ambitious above all else. So what happened is just Stannis remaining true to his character, as opposed to some cheap twist out of left field. But as horrible as this was, it doesn't warrant a lot of the sturm and drang in the press and social media. It's an adult tale, with rape and vi
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2 months ago
JMac
I was pleasantly surprised by Daredevil, especially after the horrid film with Ben Affleck. It's not really a 'superhero' story, just a story about people that's intense and brooding. I like that the villain is fleshed out properly. I'm not crazy about all Marvel output, and as I once wrote on this board, have a bit of 'superhero fatigue', such as with the new Avengers movie - hundreds of
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2 months ago
JMac
I know she was looking a bit frail round the time she got cancer, so it may just be an extension of that period, but I think she's healthy now. Simply put, she's almost 60. Ain't no spring chicken, you know?
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3 months ago
JMac
I mean...I can see how the broad, lowest common denominator public might find it bouncy and peppy. Doesn't do anything for me, though. Someone here compared it to the evolution of Maroon 5....while some may not like Levine's helium voice, on their first three albums, they composed their own songs and came up with an interesting blend of pop, rock, R&B, soul, etc. Now they've taken a st
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3 months ago
JMac
You're both wrong. a) Creation is not a democracy. Art is not a democracy. Performance is not a democracy. Sure, it's nice to include the fans in online interactions, promos, tour activities, etc, but when someone doesn't like the vision of your work...does that mean you have to factor in the opinion of that x% of people? Of course not. b) Yes, a covers album is creation. What
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3 months ago
JMac
Nonsense. Coverdale is 100% correct. Maybe it comes across as arrogant, but like it or not, he has earned the right to create as he pleases. It's so much easier to take potshots from the sidelines as a consumer than it is to put yourself out there and create. For deeper reference into this issue, check out this great article... http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you
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3 months ago
JMac
I'm sure Frontiers must have their rationale, but when it comes to the melodic rock world...if I don't find out about things from this website, I usually don't find out about them at all.
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3 months ago
JMac
It can be very difficult to replicate the kind of sound from that YouTube song without sounding dated. I'd be very interested in bands that can achieve that. Some bands like Stage Dolls incorporate certain high tech effects into their sound, but it's not as keyboard heavy.
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3 months ago
JMac
MP3 Trim is simple and great. Free, too...unless your files are super massive, in which case you need to pay for an upgrade.
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3 months ago
JMac
Jimmy's request is a reasonable one. The issue is the tone. You could've just as easily said, "Andrew - Hey, I know you're busy mate, but any plans to review Europe's "Whatever" album? Was surprised to not see it on here yet. Thanks!" Instead, it comes across as, "You suck for not reviewing this, some leading rock website you are!"
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4 months ago
JMac
25. Ultron
It's an entertaining movie for sure, but I thought it was a step down from the first. The film is partially saved by some of Whedon's classic wit and a few clever jokes. Overall, though, it gives me a bit of Marvel fatigue. Everything feels very rushed....it’s a messy film. One action sequence after another, with very little character driven quiet time. So there’s no real tension or narra
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4 months ago
JMac
Hey... Yeah, they're all out. You can buy them on Amazon.com, which is where I got them. I think 'Drive for Life' was released to fund a charity organization of the same name. Something like that. Check them out! EDIT: if by CD, you meant physically...I think they were only released electronically.
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4 months ago
JMac
Ok, I bought the track. I dig it! Much better than the soundclip indicates. Classic high tech Stage Dolls sound. Very melodic and as Peter said, poppy. So far the released tracks that have no album yet are - 5 Minutes, Highway of Life, Drive for Life, Rock n Roll Train, and now One of These Days. That's about half an album's worth already.
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4 months ago
JMac
Co-written with Mark Spiro. http://www.amazon.de/One-These-Days-Stage-Dolls/dp/B00VXBIBZ6 Not sure how I feel about it.
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4 months ago
JMac
Looking forward to hearing this. E-mailed them several months ago to see if there was any news of a forthcoming album and never heard back. They have a weird strategy of dropping singles with no album behind it. I mean...5 Minutes of Fame came out 2 years ago, and Highway of Life sometime around then. I was really unimpressed by that track they did with Return, "Rock n Roll Train
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4 months ago
JMac
Oh, god....terrible idea. Every band that tries this disappoints (Journey, Van Halen, etc). It's unavoidable. The lead singer is the lead singer for a reason. Sure, Joe Elliott is no virtuoso vocalist, but he does carry the recognizable identity of the band in his voice. And the voice of the rest is not that great, either...with the possible exception of Vivian. Glad they're experimenti
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