Six Songs Toddzilla Thinks You Should Hear – Ep298

Six Songs Toddzilla Thinks You Should Hear – Ep298

Nashville music scene legend and dear friend of the show Todd Austin returns for Six Songs Toddzilla Thinks You Should Hear. If you are new to the show and unfamiliar with Toddzilla, be sure to familiarize yourself with his first two appearances on Decibel Geek. His first appearance, Roth-Era Van Halen Discussion, introduced the listeners to a master storyteller. Todd’s memories of growing up a Van Halen fan in the late 70’s and his hilarious…

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SONS OF TEXAS – Forged By Fortitude (Album Review)

SONS OF TEXAS – Forged By Fortitude (Album Review)

So, I was minding my own business and trying to be creative with Decibel Geek Facebook posts, when The Meister messaged me, asking whether I would be interested in reviewing a band, sending me a cryptic URL which brought up SOT – Forged album.  OK, I said, why not? I started playing the album and the first track “Buy In To Sell Out” grabbed me by the throat like some rabid Doberman – I thought…

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ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

ALICE COOPER – Paranormal (Album Review)

I may be in the minority, but I love when classic rock artists put out new music. I’m not saying I always like the finished product, but I like getting something new. The new Alice Cooper CD Paranormal is one I was really looking forward to, but as much as I hate to say it, it misses the mark. Paranormal had a lot going for it. Great guest stars like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Deep Purple’s Roger…

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CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! (Album Review)

CHEAP TRICK – We’re All Alright! (Album Review)

Not many bands make it to 18 albums. It takes a combination of longevity and releasing albums consistently. Bands that have made this pinnacle include the Rolling Stones, KISS, Black Sabbath and Scorpions. But, many of your favorite bands haven’t reached it (and probably won’t) like Aerosmith, AC/DC and ZZ Top. Well, you can now add Cheap Trick to the 18-timers club with their latest CD, We’re All Alright! If you’re going to name your…

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Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top Concert Review

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top Concert Review

In what seems now as if it was forever ago, an absolute eternity, my first ever article written for Decibel Geek was a personal story based on that week’s current podcast theme, Power Trio’s. I chose ZZ Top as my subject matter and added the personal element of a ZZ Top concert story from the past which you can read here: ZZ Top-That Little ‘Ol Band from Texas. Thoughts of the friend from that story…

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Giving Thanks – Ep215

Giving Thanks – Ep215

Giving Thanks Chris and Aaron return this week for Giving Thanks; an episode filled with good cheer, good songs, and some guest appearances by old friends. In this hour-plus special, the guys call some of their favorite past guests to thank them for being on the show and find out what they are up to now. Guests include Robert Fleischman, Chip Z’nuff, Hirsh Gardner, Jack Russell, Bill Hale, Mitch Lafon, Victor Ruiz and more! In…

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Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s-Perfectamundo (November 6, 2015)

Billy Gibbons and the BFG’s-Perfectamundo (November 6, 2015)

One-half of ZZ Top‘s bearded duo, Billy Gibbons has a new project on the way with Billy Gibbons and the BFG‘s and the album Perfectamundo. The album is available from Concord Records on November 6, 2015. The ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, blends Blues, Jazz, Latin and Rock sensibilities, as Gibbons explores songs with a new backing band, The BFG‘s. The album itself was inspired by Billy‘s early influence of…

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HellFest France and The Meister

HellFest France and The Meister

Another of Europe’s premier hard rock/heavy metal festivals, Hellfest, takes place in Clisson, France from June 19-21, 2015. One of the major European festivals, Hellfest has been in operation  since 2006 and, therefore, is celebrating its tenth festival this June. Boasting over 150 acts and 6 stages for the 2015 event that will mark The Meister‘s first experience at France’s Hellfest I’m super stoked to add this event to my bucket list. Clisson, France is located about…

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ZZ TOP: That Little ‘Ol Band From Texas

ZZ TOP: That Little ‘Ol Band From Texas

Put on your “Cheap Sunglasses” and do the “Tube Snake Boogie” as you “Party on the Patio” with ZZ Top’s newest offering.  The Rick Rubin-produced Texicali EP which became available on June 5th, 2012 is a return to the more classic bluesy sound of earlier ZZ records before the synthesisers and drum kits of the 80’s took over.  The four tracks on the EP are from the forthcoming, as yet untitled, CD due out before…

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