FRANCK CARDUCCI – Interview (Feature)

FRANCK CARDUCCI – Interview (Feature)

I was delighted to have the chance to interview frontman Franck Carducci from the band of the same name. We met downstairs at the Glasgow Ivory Blacks in the catacombs of the building. (Check out a review of the gig there here) As an interviewee, he is not only charming and humble but has a manner along with a very lilting French accent that almost was hypnotic to listen to. He was quite extensive and…

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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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ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

ESSENTIAL TRACKS #5 – KISS (Feature)

End of the Road As Kiss embark on their End of the Road (honestly!) Tour it seems a pertinent time to delve into their catalog and check out some of the tracks that have passed us by but need our belated attention. Kiss, I think, more than most bands have a set of fans’ favorites almost cast in stone. From “Detroit Rock City” to “Love Gun” and “Black Diamond” to “Rock and Roll All Nite”…

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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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SWEDEN ROCK 2019 – NEMIS Stage Bands Announced (News)

SWEDEN ROCK 2019 – NEMIS Stage Bands Announced (News)

From a SWEDEN ROCK 2019 Press Release translated via Google Translate (with slight edits): Together with Studiefrämjandet Musik, the eight Nemis bands are presented today, which this summer will have the chance to show off for the Sweden Rock audience. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the eight new bands that this summer get the chance to show off at the country’s largest rock festival. For the 14th year in a row, the Studiefrämjandets…

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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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HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

HAMMERSMITH – Hammersmith (That 70’s Guy Retro Review)

When I first decided to do this series, my initial intention was to review obscure, unknown albums that were a fave of both mine and my group of friends. As I progressed, I started to add lesser known older albums from popular bands. Well this month’s hidden gem falls completely into the original concept. It is the fantastic 1975 debut album from Canada’s Hammersmith. Let’s just say if you have heard of this album, you…

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