The Return of Pixie Esmonde – Ep290

The Return of Pixie Esmonde – Ep290

KISSMAS in July gets even cooler this week with The Return of Pixie Esmonde! Pixie, former wardrobe manager for KISS (1979-1980), quickly became one of our favorite guests. Her quick wit and fantastic stories had us in stitches and we knew we had to have her back on the show. If you missed her first appearance, be sure to go HERE and check it out. We promise, you won’t regret it. Return of Pixie In…

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Bleeding Metal with DAVID T CHASTAIN (Interview)

Bleeding Metal with DAVID T CHASTAIN (Interview)

Due for release in August is a re-recorded version of the excellent Chastain album We Bleed Metal which I originally reviewed for Decibel Geek in November 2015.  Therefore, I jumped at the chance to speak to one of my guitar heroes, David T Chastain. I began by asking David the most fundamental question, namely what had prompted this re-recording of what is a great album and whether there was something specifically that he wanted to address?…

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ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

ALL 4 1 – The World’s Best Hope (Album Review)

When I saw this album was available for review, I jumped at the chance.  Gary Pihl was familiar to me because he played guitar on some of my favorite 1980s Sammy Hagar songs.  Matt Starr is just quite simply “THE MAN!!!!”  Never mind that he has played with one of my all-time rock heroes (and favorite KISS member), Ace Frehley, but what he is currently doing with Mr. Big just shows that he has a heart…

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BITE THE BULLET – Can Be Anything (Album Review)

BITE THE BULLET – Can Be Anything (Album Review)

It’s my job is to listen to music and describe it to you (and tell you whether it’s worth a spin or not).  Sometimes this is easy.  Sometimes it’s hard.  Bite The Bullet’s new album, Can Be Anything, is hard.  It’s easy to like…hard to describe. I’m not entirely sure which planet Bite The Bullet is from, but everyone up there is chill, smokes a lot of weed, and believes The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine was robbed…

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MR. BIG – Defying Gravity (Album Review)

MR. BIG – Defying Gravity (Album Review)

Mr. Big is a band that I always thought should have been Mr. Bigger. These guys have all the makings of a super stellar mega band. Amazingly soulful, emotional melodies delivered through the great vocals of Eric Martin, ridiculous shredding lead guitars and bass lines courtesy of Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan, and solid drums and backing vocal harmonies from Pat Torpey. Like many other bands of this era, hit ballads like “To Be With…

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SUiCiDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols (Album Review)

SUiCiDE BOMBERS – Suicide Idols  (Album Review)

Sleaze, I love this word. As a noun, “She’s such a sleaze” it invokes all kinds of colorful images, but I prefer sleaze as an adjective. Sleaze rock is perhaps one of the most perfect monikers for a musical genre. It so accurately describes not only the look of most of the bands found within the category but also the music itself. For me, sleaze rock is low-slung guitars, riffs that somehow ooze…you guessed it,…

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Are You Ready For The KISS Goodbye? (KISSmas in July)

Are You Ready For The KISS Goodbye? (KISSmas in July)

It’s been said that a man’s hair turns gray at the moment he realizes the great moments of his life weren’t so great.  That may explain why you won’t see a gray hair on Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley.  Great moments that will always remain great.  Or maybe it’s hair die and wigs. I started listening to KISS as a seven-year-old and since have been my favorite band.  Around my 14th birthday, I realized KISS…

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HAREM SCAREM – United (Album Review)

HAREM SCAREM – United (Album Review)

Harem Scarem are a Canadian hard rock band from Toronto Ontario. Harem Scarem achieved popularity in Japan and their native Canada the early 1990s. The band was active from 1987 to 2008 and again from 2013 after reforming. Throughout their career, they released 14 studio albums, plus numerous live and compilation albums. I am sure you’re wondering where the name Harem Scarem came from. It’s really not that big a mystery – everyone always assumes…

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KISS – Animalize Live Uncensored (Video Review, KISSmas in July)

KISS – Animalize Live Uncensored (Video Review, KISSmas in July)

When I first thought of doing a review on this concert video I realized that the last time I watched this show was over 25+ years ago.  Immediately it hit me… What would I think of this video now that I’m an old man?  Spoiler alert: I love it just as much as I did when I was a kid.  Actually, I understand and appreciate the Paul commentary a lot more.  This show happens 15…

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VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

VA ROCKS – Pull No Punches (Album Review)

One thing that Sweden Rock Festival has always been able to do for me is to satisfy my hunger for the discovery of new music. As a result, sometimes that’s “new to my ears” music in the form of an old or obscure band that I’d just not crossed paths with in the past. Sometimes that’s in the form of a new band. In this case that I’m about to present, it’s a new band….

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