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2 days ago
Ken
Def Leppard and KISS are my two favorite bands, so that will be a fun show. Even if the setlists will be on the predictable side. If I'm being honest, I'm much more interested in seeing Leppard's Viva! Pyromania residency sometime next year. I'm lucky to live in Denver where bands like Stryper, Winger, Night Ranger, etc... all come through town on a somewhat regular basis. I would never be
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2 days ago
Ken
As big of a Boston fan as I am, they are pretty far down on my priority list of concerts this summer. I have a big list of shows I've already purchased tickets for and might run out of money! KISS/Def Leppard Winger Stryper Steel Panther Y&T Night Ranger Lionel Richie Katy Perry Maxwell Mike Tramp Ghost
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2 days ago
Ken
I'm going to see Y&T this Friday night in Denver, so I'll have to report back to you. Never seen them live before, believe it or not...
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2 days ago
Ken
Their latest release is a 5-song covers EP featuring the track "If You Have Ghosts" that I posted above. They also cover "Waiting For The Night" from Depeche Mode. One live track on there, too...
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3 days ago
Ken
Agreed. When I started digging into 2-3 songs, I immediately went online and bought all three of their CD's. I don't like every song, but I just love their sound and approach.
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3 days ago
Ken
Excellent, I think I'll buy a ticket and go to the show alone if I have to.
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3 days ago
Ken
Jim Florentine from That Metal Show turned me on to Ghost (or Ghost B.C.) a few months back. They are coming to Boulder, CO this Wednesday and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna catch the show. Just curious if there are any fans here and has anyone seen them live? Listen to the TONE on this guitar solo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkDx0cmOSHk
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7 days ago
Ken
Oh, THANK GOD somebody beat my score of 51. I was beginning to think I need music therapy or something. Some of the scores in the teens really surprised me - especially for people on this board.
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8 days ago
Ken
I was at 51 or so. But I'm more of a super fan than a snob. Went through a big black metal phase, just bought a shit ton of expensive stereo equipment, used to manage a record store, have spent more than $100 on a record, have every Def Leppard bootleg, single, b-side, etc... Good quiz.
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8 days ago
Ken
HITS is probably my least favorite KISS album. Love the three singles/videos - Hide Your Heart, Rise To It and Forever. But I really think the rest of the album is garbage filler. As I said below, the HITS tour was my favorite KISS tour of all-time. They played Red Rocks with Winger and Slaughter and I was second row center. Two fans got into a huge fight right in front of me during &quo
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8 days ago
Ken
My first KISS concert was on the Lick It Up tour and I picked up every non-makeup era album. Some of my all-time favorite KISS songs are on those 80's albums. LICK IT UP - Fits Like A Glove, A Million To One ANIMALIZE - Thrills In The Night, Burn Bitch Burn ASYLUM - Who Wants To Be Lonely, Love's A Deadly Weapon CRAZY NIGHTS - Turn On The Night, Reason To Live Sure, there's too much fil
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10 days ago
Ken
By 1999, our big local rock station was spinning a lot more alternative music but they still went out of their way to play "Promises" when it was released and asked listeners to call in with opinions. The classic Def Leppard fans liked it and would say, "it sounds like the old Lep, I love it." The young kids would say, "Are you effing kidding me?? Get that crap off
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10 days ago
Ken
I'm sure you could make an argument that Kurt Cobain didn't know how to handle success. Doesn't mean the band didn't want to sell records. If Nirvana would have continued as a band, they likely would have become less and less popular commercially and fizzled out after the likes of Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys started taking over the planet. Just because grunge artists didn't go out o
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10 days ago
Ken
Grunge bands wanted to be unknowns? Really? So why were they all signed to major labels with big producers making big budget videos and releasing singles/videos left and right? If they wanted to be anonymous "artists," they could have easily turned those major label recording contracts down and stayed in their basements. Don't pretend for a minute that the grunge bands did
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10 days ago
Ken
Yes, he's still that good.
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11 days ago
Ken
Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Van Halen were the exception to the rule. Those bands were HUGE and established enough to weather the storm of changing popular tastes. Even though Slang didn't sell well in the 90's, Def Lep could still draw respectable audiences live. In the case of Bon Jovi, they did a great job of reinventing themselves and actually became more popular in the 90's. Hit singles
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12 days ago
Ken
And yes, someone is a true idiot for not recognizing that popular TV does influence modern behavior. B&B did hurt the career of Winger badly--sold out shows were suddenly cancelled, the entire tour was shut down. What are you talking about? What band has ever cancelled a sold out show? How could I see them on the Pull tour on 8/24/93 if the entire tour was suddenly cancelled? Kip Win
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12 days ago
Ken
During the Euphoria tour, they did play quite a bit of the new tunes. The instrumental Disintegrate was played over the PA before the show started. In the shows I saw on that tour, they played Demolition Man, Promises, Goodbye and Paper Sun. As mentioned, they played Promises on the Viva! Hysteria residency but they've only ever played Promises from Euphoria since that tour.
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12 days ago
Ken
Vivian Campbell just told a good story while promoting Def Lep's Slang deluxe edition. He was getting airplay reports from management back in 1996 and heard about one Program Director that loved "Work It Out" (the first single) but wouldn't play it just because of the name Def Leppard. He said he couldn't risk saying the words "Def Leppard" on the air when everything els
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12 days ago
Ken
Pull is a brilliant album and I bought it the day it was released. But to the casual fan, it certainly wasn't Seventeen or Miles Away. So when a band like that does a 180, casual fans usually aren't going to rush out and buy it. Add in the massive lack of support from rock radio and MTV, plus the popularity of Nirvana, STP, AIC, etc... and there ya go.
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12 days ago
Ken
So you're suggesting that Winger fans stopped buying their records just because they saw them mocked on Beavis & Butthead? That doesn't make sense. Winger had two platinum "hair metal" records under their belt and then completely reinvented themselves with Pull. That record did not have a huge hit single (although Down Incognito, Blind Revolution Mad and Who's The One ALL rec
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12 days ago
Ken
Thanks for understanding the direction of my post. I could have been Hall & Oates or Peter Gabriel, that's not the point. The surviving members of Nirvana took advantage of the opportunity and did it right. Now as I wake up, I did see that KISS appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night and performed King Of The Night Time World, Deuce and Black Diamond. Excellent perfo
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13 days ago
Ken
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6049362/nirvana-friends-fill-it-up-at-brooklyns-saint-vitus-bar Not content with induction at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, the surviving members of Nirvana have called on some girl-power for a hits-filled post-Hall set. Brooklyn's 350-capacity Saint Vitus venue hosted a secret show soon after the grunge titans were inducted into the Rock Ha
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14 days ago
Ken
I'm not aware of Stryper ever using backing tapes. But one of their recent live DVD's does have a lot of post-production "cleaning up". In fact, Oz Fox is one hell of a singer and deserves a lot of credit for his stellar background vocals.
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14 days ago
Ken
Not a fantastic video. I know video budgets are non-existent these days, but they would have been much better served to drop the cheesy boyfriend-walked-out-on-me concept. She has an impressive range. It's a shame they couldn't fit in a quick guitar solo - Steve Clark would be pissed. The only other Love Bites cover I'm aware of is by Dalvin DeGrate of Jodeci and it's......... not very go
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14 days ago
Ken
I love Night Ranger to death, but those two tracks weren't doing much for me. I'll buy the CD - and I'm sure it's quality stuff - but I would love to hear some darker tracks in the vein of "Night Ranger" and "Rumours In The Air."
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14 days ago
Ken
Another great KISS feature, thanks for posting the link. Some major LOL moments in that piece... If you enjoy Chuck Klosterman's writing style - and obsessiveness about all things hard rock - check out his excellent book Fargo Rock City.
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15 days ago
Ken
It's weird how a brief five-second encounter can shape your opinion of someone - even if you've never really met. I used to work in concert promotions and we did the Styx / Peter Frampton / Nelson tour. Maybe 10 years ago. I coordinated having the local radio DJ to come on stage for 60 seconds and make up-and-coming show announcements. As the DJ was on stage (I was off stage), Peter Framp
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15 days ago
Ken
You're the first person I've ever heard say they don't get The Winery Dogs. What's not to like? They absolutely brought the house down when I saw them late last year. Waaaaay too much talent on one stage.
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15 days ago
Ken
Here's the link to the autographed Winger CD - offered by Tinman Merchandising. Hoping it's not sold out for you - otherwise they would have taken the link down already? http://tinmanmerchandising.com/product_info.php?cPath=508_509&products_id=2210&tplDir=Winger#.U0VAC53nbIU
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