KISS: Ranking Every Song Part Two (Feature)

KISS: Ranking Every Song Part Two (Feature)

Welcome to part two of KISS: Ranking Every Song.  If you missed part one, check it out here.  Based on the comments from part one, no introduction paragraph is needed.  So here you go.  150-201.  Enjoy.   150        “Spit” – Revenge is a popular record among KISS fans.  Myself included.  But on a recent spin I felt less connected with it than I recall.  That said it may be too high praise to say this…

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KISS: Ranking Every Song Part One

KISS: Ranking Every Song Part One

My love for KISS over the last 40 plus years is fairly well documented. I have always taken pride in how important the music was to me from the very beginning.  The imagery and personas were definitely a drawing point too.  But more than the toys or dolls or posters etc, I wanted the records.  Money for stuff like that was pretty scarce in my home growing up.  So I often faced the choice.  Did…

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OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

OVERKILL – Wings Over Minneapolis (Concert Review)

While I have never been a source of shame for my parents, I have definitely lived a life filled with milestones that aren’t necessarily “that’s my boy” territory.  You can officially add breaking my Overkill cherry to the “things my Mom won’t reference as a source of boastful parental pride at church group” pile.  (Sorry ma.  I gotta be me.)  It seems almost impossible I hadn’t seen Overkill prior to this.  In the mid Nineties,…

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Michael Sweet-“We’re not going to have actors portraying us and cheesing it out”

Michael Sweet-“We’re not going to have actors portraying us and cheesing it out”

Speaking with Bakko on a recent appearance on the Cobras & Fire Podcast, Stryper lead singer Michael Sweet mentioned they were working on a documentary. “We’re working on a documentary.  A very unique special documentary.  It’s going to take us a couple of years at least to finish.  We started working on it already.  But I mean it’s the very first stages of it.  It’s a documentary.  It’s not a bio-pic.  We’re not going to…

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GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

GODSMACK – The Legend Is On The Rise (Concert Review)

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 20 years since I first saw Godsmack on an Ozzfest side stage.  That S/T debut record from the Boston natives may have been the last real shift hard rock experienced.  Almost twenty years later finds the band touring in support of their 7th studio album When Legends Rise. Bringing Danish rockers Volbeat along wasn’t a bad idea either.   I’m not sure if this was considered a co-headlining…

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Danko Jones: “There is no community in hard rock music”

Danko Jones: “There is no community in hard rock music”

Speaking with the Cobras & Fire Podcast, Danko Jones spoke about the difficulties of being in a straight up Hard Rock artist versus a Metal artist.  At the 51:28 mark he says: “Being in a metal band or a punk band even an indie rock band whatever that is. There’s an infrastructure behind that.  There’s a scene and a community that helps support it.  Or at least puts you in the right context.   And when you’re…

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Ozzy Postpones All 2019 Tour Date

Ozzy Postpones All 2019 Tour Date

Ozzy Ozbourne has postponed all of his 2019 tour dates.   According to a press release, During his recent bout with pneumonia Ozzy sustained an undisclosed injury, which required surgery, after falling at his home.  Osbourne’s fall re-aggravated injuries sustained from his near-fatal 2003 ATV accident. Ozzy remains under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovers. “I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates,” says Ozzy. “Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed…

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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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