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Amazon Music Unlimited - I Caved

I've been an Amazon customer since college, so we're talking about 17 years here or so. When Prime was announced, I immediately signed up and I've been a member ever since. I resisted Amazon Music Unlimited for a long time just because I didn't want to spend more money with Amazon each month... but I finally caved. For $7.99 a month I've now got access to about every song ever recorded... it's just so much metal I couldn't ignore this service any longer.

I was already routinely using Amazon Prime Music for my gym routine. Music Unlimited just makes this better - literally anything you can think of is on there, except for the Def Leppard albums from their debut through Hysteria. You get a free 30 day trial before the billing kicks in.

Are you using a service like Music Unlimited to discover new bands?



Aerosmith Launch Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour

A couple days ago, Aerosmith launched their (possible) farewell tour overseas, performing in Israel for the first time in over 20 years.

This video shows the band's new stage intro and is also the opening number, "Let The Music Do The Talking." "Draw The Line" wasn't in the set for opening night and that is absolutely criminal. I expect it will make it back in the set eventually. I've about given up hope for ever personally hearing "Nobody's Fault" live, but hey, you never know.

"Season's Of Wither"


Tributes To Chris Cornell At Rock On The Range Last Night

Soundgarden was supposed to headline Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio last night. Obviously that didn't happen and instead of getting a regular headline replacement, Rock on the Range organizers put together a tribute to Chris Cornell. The tribute was lead by Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour and Christian Martucci of Stone Sour. Here's a couple videos:


It's Been A Long Week

I'm so glad it's Friday. It's been a long week. The news of Chris Cornell has left me shaken. I cannot believe he took his own life. You never know when people are hurting. Be kind and offer help when and where you can. I have nothing else to add, so here's a metal cat. Happy weekend.



Farewell Chris Cornell

I certainly didn't expect to be writing up this news today: Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, has died. He was just 52 years old. We don't know anything about his death other than it was sudden and unexpected. He literally played a show with Soundgarden in Detroit last night. The news of his death broke in the early morning hours today.

This is pretty shocking to me. I always loved Chris' voice. His creation of Temple of the Dog brought about one of my favorite songs of all time, "Hunger Strike." Of course Soundgarden had a slew of big hits. My husband and I are fans, even though the band is lumped in with grunge. I always considered them more metal than that.

I saw Soundgarden live twice. I'm sad I didn't get to see the Temple of the Dog reunion. Time waits for no woman (or man). Don't put things off until tomorrow.



If You Like To Play Games On Your Phone...

Zynga just released an Aerosmith themed game in the app store. It's a casino-style (slot) type game with Aerosmith members as the main characters and music. The game is free but Aerosmith probably made a fortune on licensing for this.

I'm not one to play games on my phone or computer, but I might download this just for the heck of it. I mean, I'm always down for anything related to Aerosmith.



No Teeth, All Teeth: The Relative Return Of Phil Rudd

Today's post is from our friend HIM.

Everyone likes a “phoenix” story. You know the plot: threaten to kill some people after you release a middling solo album that goes nowhere, and just after you recorded with an epic band that gave your career life, only to be replaced by Mr. Clean and left for dead while you sorted out your legal and substance abuse problems. It is a timeless tale.  

Phil Rudd did himself no favors. He basically fired himself from AC/DC. But drugs will do that to you. Now he seems to be back. A bit wounded from the mess he created. A bit hurt that Angus (really the CEO of the corporation that is AC/DC) won’t return his calls. But not “I am gonna kill that guy” hurt. Hurt in that “something to prove” sense.  

Sad thing is, he doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to proving he is back. He has interviews. Everyone loves a car crash, especially when the crash in question is feeling his Irish (sans alcohol). He has his solo band and their album Head Job. Everyone likes a bad pun and some basic rock n’ roll.  

Here’s the thing though: Phil Rudd in a bar playing basic rock n’ roll is pretty much the template that AC/DC created, then developed, then launched into mind-dizzying success. So this is Rudd back where it kinda began. Starting over again. Something to prove and nothing to prove at the same time.  

So when I see this:

Or this:

I am actually pretty proud of the fella. Sure he is missing all of his teeth (I only mention that because it is so obvious and odd to watch). But he is keeping the beat like he always did. I can almost squint and see him in those cop shades, smoking a cig, while proficiently keeping the beat before he lost the job the last time. And Allan Badger is a gutsy vocalist cut from the same cloth as Johnson and Scott. He is no singer. But he does what he does well, while swaying around and bring his considerable heft to bear on the proceedings. Thing is, Badger doesn’t really seem to care what you think. And that seems to be more AC/DC that AC/DC has been in a few years, with some (but not all) apologies to Axl Rose.  

Yes, I know. Rudd is not AC/DC’s original drummer. Geesh. He only joined in 1975. We all miss Clack, Burgess, and the host of others that were with them in those earlier two years. But it is hard to not root for him. There are too many of these stories that end poorly. And if wishing Rudd well means anything, then it might mean the guy has a fighting chance to make something of himself after making a mess of a pretty sweet life.  

Not rooting for Rudd is akin to applauding the death of rock n’ roll. So I hope we can all muster more than a golf clap when it comes to his future.