BADFLOWER – OK, I’m Sick (Album Review)

BADFLOWER – OK, I’m Sick (Album Review)

  I interviewed Badflower in the media tent at Northern Invasion in 2017. By that point, I had already fallen in love with their EP Temper and their debut single “Soap”.  NI would be the second time I saw them live and both times they killed it.  Meeting them face to face it hit me just how young these guys were.  Even by rock standards.  So when I saw them again a couple of weeks…

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RON KEEL BAND – Fight Like A Band (Album Review)

RON KEEL BAND – Fight Like A Band (Album Review)

I’ve followed the career of Ron Keel since I dropped some of my paper route money on the Cedar Mall Drug counter in exchange for my cassette copy of The Right To Rock. I was a horrible paper boy.  I may have been chronically late but I always packed my Walkman and The Right To Rock was an album that helped me ignore the angry customers shaking their fists as I rolled in with their…

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Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

Tesla Drummer Troy Luccketta: “Ronnie Montrose brought ‘Little Suzi’ to the band”

As part of their “Albums Unleashed” series, the Decibel Geek Podcast interviewed Troy Lucketta of Tesla to discuss the making of the bands 1987 debut record Mechanical Resonance.  During the interview, conducted by hosts Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro, Troy shares all sorts of interesting aneqdotes related to the writing and recording of the record including how it came to be that the band record a cover of the Ph.D song and Tesla staple“Little Suzi”…

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Tony Harnell – “I Hated The Name (TNT)”

Tony Harnell – “I Hated The Name (TNT)”

Former TNT vocalist Tony Harnell was a guest on the Cobras & Fire Podcast.  When asked about the name TNT being used by AC/DC cover bands he said: “When I joined the band in 84’. One of the things I really tried to convince them right off the bat, I tried to convince them to change the name.  That was one of the first things.  They got sick of it because I wouldn’t let it go. …

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25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

25 Albums Turning 25 That Don’t Suck

This is my fifth edition of “25 Albums” for Decibel Geek. And things were getting a little thin by 94. Grunge had basically morphed into top forty “alternative” music like Weezer and Belly causing Kurt Cobain to blow his brains out. Pearl Jam sued Ticketmaster and lost. Gotta love those service charges.  Green Day ushered in the pop-punk movement that would influence future greats like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco. Pink Floyd toured…

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TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

TOP ALBUMS of 2018 (Collective Staff Articles)

2018 was a blockbuster of heavy music madness! From the Black Metal shores to the Folk Metal forests to the Hard Rock heartlands, our favourite music has served up a massive sonic snowball for us all to enjoy.  We wanted to celebrate the year in Decibel Geek style. So we asked our fantastic writers to pick their top ten records. And why their 2018 picks have made the grade. Decibel Geek Staff Picks for TOP…

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BAKKO’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

BAKKO’s Top Ten of 2018 (Top Albums 2018)

On a personal level, 2018 was possibly the best year of my life. I made it to New York City for the first time.  My step-daughter, whose hand I used to hold as we crossed the street, got married.  The podcast I host called Cobras & Fire allowed me to talk to many of the idols of my youth like Bruce Kulick, K.K. Downing and Jake E Lee.  I got hammered on a bar patio…

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Jake E Lee: “It Was Never Fun To Party With Ozzy”

Jake E Lee: “It Was Never Fun To Party With Ozzy”

In a recent interview with the Cobras & Fire Podcast, former Ozzy and current Red Dragon Cartel guitarist Jake E. Lee, at the 15:50 mark when asked what Ozzy was like when he drank said: “It was never fun to party with Ozzy, umm cause Ozzy when he’s sober is a sweet funny guy. He’s like one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He’s just he’s just fun to be around when he’s sober….

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All Systems NO! Vinnie Vincent Postpones Memphis Show’s

All Systems NO!  Vinnie Vincent Postpones Memphis Show’s

Fool me once.  Shame on me.  Fool me twice… In what has to be the least surprising thing reported today, Vinnie Vincent’s upcoming shows at Graceland have been posponed.  Recently billed as a “Full Shred”, it was initially going to be an acoustic story tellers type of show.  But as the official Facebook post said, Vinnie had been talking about it (Full Shred) for a few weeks before making it official.  But it seems apologies are…

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GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

GRAND ROCKTEMBER VI – End of Summer – Festival Review

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” – George R.R. Martin For the past five years, thousands of aging metal heads have spent their last days of summer in Hinckley, MN for the annual Grand Rocktember Festival. With bands featured in the pages of Circus Magazine and Hit Parader between 1982-1990 filling the stage over two days.  For the sixth year the folks at Grand Casino decided to add a third day.  Who…

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