BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

BUCKCHERRY – Warpaint (Album Review)

When Buckcherry launched on the scene in 1999, they were poised to be the next big down ‘n’ dirty hard rock band. From The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Aerosmith to Guns n’ Roses, Buckcherry had the same attitude and swagger. Somewhere along the way, it just didn’t happen though. They stood out, faded away, came back stronger, but just haven’t been able to sustain their success since ’15. Their newest album is Warpaint. Prior…

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SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE – Space Between (Album Review)

SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE – Space Between (Album Review)

Not too long ago, a new CD from Sammy Hagar didn’t seem likely. He had joked that to record an album with his band, The Circle, would be a tall order given that they would have to create music that stands up to the music they play in their concerts. In other words, songs on the level with Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Montrose, Chickenfoot and, of course, Sammy’s solo material. Couple that with Sammy also saying…

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TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

TESLA – Shock (Album Review)

Remember when Tesla put out their way-over-the-top CD back in the ’80s? Oh, you don’t? That’s probably because they never did. They may have come out during the hair metal era, but they never fell into that group. Yes, they’re an 80’s hard rock band, but they offer musicianship and substance that many bands from those days lacked. That’s why I find it odd that they put that album out now with Shock.   Phil…

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JEREMY BEDNARSKI’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

JEREMY BEDNARSKI’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

Every year in late fall, I find myself taking care of the leaves in my yard. Whilst not my favorite chore, I use the time to also catch up on the year’s best CD releases to come up with my top ten CDs for the year. 2018 is no different and it’s been a year of two distinct music tracks for me. First are CDs that I shouldn’t or didn’t expect to like, but was…

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BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

BUCKETS REBEL HEART – 20 Good Summers (Album Review)

I first heard of guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell with the release of Bad Company’s Company of Strangers in 1995. I’ve always felt like that was a highly underrated album. He also spent time in Humble Pie. So, being familiar with some of his work, I was excited to see he is putting out a new album, 20 Good Summers, with his new band, Buckets Rebel Heart. Buckets Rebel Heart is Colwell, former 720 and New…

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Lay It On Down (Album Review)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Lays In On Down In 1995, I heard about some 16-year blues guitar player who was making some news. I kept hearing about the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. I checked out Kenny Wayne Shepherd and he was the real deal. He blew me away. I’ve followed most of his career which has included pure blues, blues rock and edgier rock. His newest CD, Lay It On Down, continues his stellar guitar work….

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GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GUNS N’ ROSES – Live at Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH (Concert Review)

GNR – THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY 26 years ago, a 16-year-old Jeremy (that’s me!) and some buddies headed out to our first concert – Guns n’ Roses for their Use Your Illusions tour (with Skid Row opening!). Izzy was still in the band at that point (for a few more months anyway), but Steven Adler was gone. That concert was simply amazing. Even factoring the nostalgia of my first concert, I remember being…

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FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

FOO FIGHTERS – Concrete and Gold (Album Review)

Foo Fighters were supposed to be on a long break. That’s what they said as they released the Saint Cecilia EP to thank their fans. Well, it didn’t take too long before Dave Grohl got the itch to start working again. Seemingly out of nowhere, they released the single for “Run.” That was our first taste of Concrete and Gold. On the morning it came out, I made a pit stop on my way to…

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ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

I may be in the minority, but I love when classic rock artists put out new music. I’m not saying I always like the finished product, but I like getting something new. The new Alice Cooper CD Paranormal is one I was really looking forward to, but as much as I hate to say it, it misses the mark. Paranormal had a lot going for it. Great guest stars like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Deep Purple’s Roger…

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ICED EARTH – Incorruptible (Album Review)

ICED EARTH – Incorruptible (Album Review)

Iced Earth is back with its newest CD, Incorruptible.  Jon Schaffer is the driving force and lone original member of the band. Stu Block returns on vocals for his third album and lends some song writing support. Iced Earth’s songs are generally period or character driven and always sound like they’re heading into battle. Incorruptible brings more of the same. Iced Earth is also known for its epic concept albums.  Something Wicked This Way Comes,…

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