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Saturday
Aug182018

Aerosmith Sounded Great On 'Fallon'

I'm old so I don't stay up for shows like the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but I did set my digital DVR! I'm super pumped the band did "Mama Kin" and "Big Ten Inch Record" for the national audience. Folks were probably sad they didn't get "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing." Now if the band will just play "Round and Round" during my stop at the Vegas residency, all will be great! Happy Saturday, ya'll. Be nice and enjoy the waning days of summer.



Aerosmith - Debut Album


Friday
Aug172018

Oz Fox Health Update

The other day I posted about Oz Fox of Stryper falling ill and missing the band's current tour. Now there's news he has two tumors in his head, but no biopsy details yet.


His wife is asking for prayer and donations to help pay for his care. The donations are on GoFundMe and you can read more below.


Thursday
Aug162018

Aerosmith Announces 'Deuces Are Wild' Las Vegas Residency

Aerosmith made the rumors official and will launch their Deuces Are Wild residency in Las Vegas starting in early April. There are dates through July and the shows will take place at the Park Theatre at Park MGM.

I'll be going to a show in April, pending I can get tickets. They go on sale next Friday and I'll be sitting on my computer, credit card in hand and ready to buy! Tickets range from $75 to $750. I won't be buying at that upper level... because that's insane.

I wish Aerosmith would have performed "Deuces Are Wild" during their Today Show appearance. Too obscure I guess.



Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation (Remastered)


Wednesday
Aug152018

Steve Perry Is Teasing... Something

Steve Perry of Journey fame went to all the major social media platforms Monday and posted the message below. His website says the same thing. Billboard reports this:

If Perry has music is in store, it would be his first new work since his 1994 album For the Love of Strange Medicine, and would come after his reunion with his former bandmates at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was also announced in July that Perry will appear on CBS This Morning on Oct. 7.


Steve Perry - Greatest Hits

 

Blabbermouth says Perry will release a new solo album called Traces on October 5. I guess we will know soon enough. 

 

Tuesday
Aug142018

Sing (And Write?) For Your Supper

 Today's post is from our friend HIM. 

I am going to side-step a portion of what this could possibly be about in favor of a wider view. What, you ask? Singers who sing songs they didn’t write (or, in some cases, barely had any input into at all).
 
The most recent hub-bub regarding this relates to Dee Snider and his new solo effort. He admitted it. Didn’t write a single line on the album. He felt that Jasta and Co. captured his spirit; thus, he became the storm, or the hurricane, or what have you. I respect him for that. He owned what he didn’t own, so to speak.
 
Online scolds went ballistic. Sell-out. Lazy. You get the picture. Now, to be fair, some of us on this site have already discussed the quality of the songs on For the Love of Metal. But that isn’t my point. My point is: is there anything necessarily wrong with a singer not writing what he or she sings?
 
Obviously, there are shades of gray here too. Some singers provide minimal input (“God bless you all!!) and we still, more or less, regard them as standard-bearers for metal. Others are called in at a moment of crisis (sometimes called, caught in a mosh) and don’t really get a chance to make their mark . . . if they ever did or even wanted to do so. Still others own the writing process and/or collaborate with the rest of the band on getting the lyrics right (which results, one would assume, in more firepower overall).
 
Snider added a bit of dig in subsequent interviews: he noted that some of the people you thought wrote the lyrics for their songs didn’t. That is a bit more expansive, as it applies to a group that boasts they did, when they didn’t. And we obviously know, as fans of the genre, that a host of established bands (again, not just the singers) hired outside writers to polish up their songs. You wanted the best, you . . . well, you hired someone who was known for their song- and lyric-craft.
 
My take? It relates back to what I initially swatted away. The quality of the song, overall, is what matters. And some people listen to lyrics. I certainly do. Others don’t pay as much attention. I also think that some people are better at interpreting other people’s words and music (just as some covers are better and some worse). Dio’s songs are his lyrics. Diamond Dave is what he sings.  That said, I don’t fault Stanley for finding that the best part of waking up, was lyrics in his cup (I couldn’t resist).
 
I think Snider deserves a pass on this latest tempest in a teacup. Others don’t, however. Your take?

 

Monday
Aug132018

Get Well Oz Fox

This caught my eye when I opened my inbox this morning. I hope Oz Fox is feeling better soon. Well wishes to everyone in Stryper and all their fans, too. 


Sunday, August 12, 2018 — News began circulating this morning that Stryper's Oz Fox suffered a medical emergency on stage in Las Vegas overnight. In order to provide accurate information and dispel any rumors, the band has issued an official statement:

Our dear friend and lead-guitarist Oz Fox fell ill Saturday night while performing in Las Vegas with a side project that he sometimes plays in when not touring with Stryper. Oz suffered a seizure causing a fall on stage. After performing an MRI, doctors discovered an area of concern near his brain which they are now running a biopsy on. The doctors have instructed him not to drive or fly for 90 days. No additional information is available at this time. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and we will communicate additional information as it becomes available. 

The logistics and options for current tour dates are being discussed with the respective promoters. U.S. tour dates will play as scheduled and in anticipation of a full recovery will include Oz Fox. The upcoming Australian tour will be performed as a trio (with the blessing of Oz), and will include Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, and Perry Richardson. For our fans in Japan, please await an announcement from the concert promoter there as to the plans for the Japan tour.

New information will first be communicated via Stryper.com and Stryper's official Facebook page

Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic '80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. Their latest album, God Damn Evil (Frontiers Music srl), was released in April. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

For more information, visit www.Stryper.com.

 

 

 

Sunday
Aug122018

Jetboy Teases New Music

I knew a Jetboy album announcement was coming. This post below isn't it, but you can tell the band is getting impatient. New music is coming via Frontiers. We just need to wait a little longer for it I guess.


Jetboy - Feel The Shake