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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ESSENTIAL TRACKS – THIN LIZZY (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS – THIN LIZZY (Feature)

THIN LIZZY – The Legend Thin Lizzy.  Legendary band. Creative masters. Formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott was at helm of the group throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums, writing most of the material. The singles “Whiskey in the Jar” (a traditional Irish ballad), “Jailbreak“, and “The Boys Are Back in…

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STYX – The Genesee Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

STYX – The Genesee Theatre (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

STYX – The Band Styx are an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. The band established itself with a progressive rock sound in the 1970’s, and began to…

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ESSENTIAL TRACKS # 4 – AC/DC (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS # 4 – AC/DC (Feature)

AC/DC – The Legends For those who have been living in caves for forty years, AC/DC are an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm (RIP) and Angus Young.  They are back in the news with rumours about a new album being recorded, which may or may not feature riffs by Malcolm before he sadly passed away. AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975….

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New Noize KISS Edition – Ep350

New Noize KISS Edition – Ep350

With so much happening in the KISS world, we thought we’d return with a KISS Edition of New Noize! In this hour-plus talk, we get down to our thoughts on the nuts and bolts of the KISS world in 2019; and boy is it active! KISS kicked off the beginning of their End of the Road tour in Vancouver this week. Specifically, the stage is massive and is getting lots of attention. Additionally, the specter…

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Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Photo Gallery)

Fritz-Fest (Friday January 18th 2019 London Ontario – Eastside Bar & Grill) When I first heard of Fritz-Fest, I wanted to be part of it. My sister lives in London and I knew it would sell out quickly so I asked her to stop by the venue and pick up a couple tickets. Luckily we got two of the last three as in fact it did sell out immediately. Eventually we came across another ticket…

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ESSENTIAL TRACKS # 3 – W.A.S.P. (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS # 3 – W.A.S.P. (Feature)

From Los Angeles, California come the shock rocking, lipstick wearing, leather bound and gagged W.A.S.P. Formed in 1982, following a slew of interchangeable band members, this band soon set to ripping the glam metal scene a new one, when vocalist Blackie Lawless, raging alcoholic/guitarist Chris Holmes and drummer Steve Riley destroyed the sunset strip with their raunchy, shocking live shows which often featured Lawless tying naked models to a medieval torture rack while hurling raw…

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MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND – Solar Fire (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

I’m back again to blow the dust off yet another rare lost gem of the 1970’s. This time my time machine lands back in 1973 for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Solar Fire. Even though the official release is listed as 1973, it wasn’t until late 1974 that we came across this classic. Could this be the same band from way back in the 60’s that had a hit called “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” or…

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HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

HEAR N AID PROJECT REMEMBERED (Feature)

  The Hear ‘n Aid Project Remembered – why heavy metal’s answer to USA For Africa matters For many, life in the U.S. during the mid-1980s kicked ass.  There was relative peace in the wake of the Vietnam experience.  Ronald Reagan was making us feel good about ourselves. Eddie Murphy was making us laugh our asses off.  New at that time, MTV was bringing us music through our TVs (I recorded the Heavy Metal Half…

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MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

MONTROSE – Paper Money (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

Welcome to another edition of That ‘70’s Guy, where I’ll resurrect yet another classic hidden gem of the 1970’s. This time around, I will give my take on Montrose – Paper Money. When one thinks of the band Montrose, songs like “Rock Candy”, “Rock the Nation” and “Bad Motor Scooter” immediately come to mind. After all, they are the timeless classics that are still played on the radio to this day, not to mention nearly…

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