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Friday
May252018

Happy Holiday Weekend

In America, Memorial Day is Monday. That means a three-day weekend. I took a vacation day today, so that means four glorious days off in a row for me. I need this break, let me tell you!


While a few of the big summer tours recently kicked off, this weekend really sets the warm music season in motion! If you're going to any shows, have fun and be careful. I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing. My community pool opens tomorrow so maybe I will check that out too. Last summer, the millennials would take their Beats Pill speakers over to the pool and play about the worst music I'd ever heard. A cross between pop and... something. I don't listen to normal radio so I'd never heard any of the songs before, but they were terrible. Maybe I can get to the pool first and play some 80s hair metal for them!


For most of my readers, enjoy the long weekend. I leave you with this (watch the video):


Thursday
May242018

Lizzy Borden 'Long May They Haunt Us'

Lizzy Borden has a new video. The clip is for the track "Long May They Haunt Us" from the new album My Midnight Things.

The album is available June 15 via Metal Blade. This track isn't your typical Lizzy Borden... listen and let me know what you think.


Wednesday
May232018

Def Leppard Tour Setlist Revealed

Def Leppard kicked off their summer tour with Journey on Monday night in Hartford, Connecticut. The band plays again tonight in Albany. If you're going to that Albany show - or any other stop - here's the likely setlist you'll hear:

 


1. Rocket
2. Animal
3. Foolin’
4. When Love And Hate Collide
5. Let’s Get Rocked
6. Armageddon It
7. Rock On (David Essex cover)
8. Two Steps Behind
9. Man Enough
10. Love Bites
11. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
12. Switch 625
13. Hysteria
14. Pour Some Sugar On Me

Encore:
15. Rock Of Ages
16. Photograph



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Tuesday
May222018

Tuesday Two-Fer, VII: Ozzy Sabbath

Today's post is from HIM.

I take a firm line on this. Zep was blues made rocking. Sab were metal made complete. And, even as I say this, I add a huge qualification: I often like Sab for what they did that wasn’t metal as much as I do for what was metal. They were a fierce foursome that etched doom across the planet, while finding time for some tasty fills and jazzy diversions.
 
First Pick: “Symptom of the Universe,” Sabotage (1974):



This is the Rosetta Stone for metal. Full stop. You would have a hard time arguing with a bunch of hippies standing in front of a mirror . . . with their images looking right at them! What? Was your mind blown (by Iommi’s cropped do’ or Ward’s Ben Franklin stance?). As a sage on YouTube said regarding this song: “this is what cocaine sounds like when it snorts drums .” Yup. Sure thing. You can stick your “Whole Lotta Love” in a burlap sack and throw it in the river Styx. Sab wins with this song alone.
 
Second Pick: “Planet Caravan,” Paranoid (1970):



Black Sabbath - Greatest Hits 1970-1978

 

This is my qualification song. This isn’t the Sab everyone knows. Play this for a non-fan who ‘knows’ Sab and ask them who it is. Fun ensues. But this is a deep dive into the influences they showed throughout their early career. It is mellow, odd, and downright groovy. Need more cred? They made Pantera slow down and digest the majesty of this song when they tried to cover it.
 
Honorable Mention: “Never Say Die,” Never Say Die! (1978):



Train wrecks aren’t pretty. And Never Say Die! (don’t forget the exclamation mark) was just such a thing. But it was a lot better in spots than Technical Ecstasy (1976). Case in point: this song. It is buoyant. It rocks. Ozzy sounds excited. The whole song chugs along with so much pluck that you just can’t wait for the next . . .

Monday
May212018

Guns n' Roses Announces Asia Tour

The Guns n' Roses "reunion" just keeps going. The Not In This Lifetime Tour will make 7 stops in Asia, including stops in Jakarta, Indonesia Hong Kong and more. This is the fourth highest grossing tour of all time.


Now on sale: Appetite For Destruction [Super Deluxe Edition]


Sunday
May202018

Poison Tweets Photos From Tour

Poison and Cheap Trick are on the road together now. Poison has tweeted some shots from the road thus far.

I still haven't decided if I'm going to the Cincinnati stop or not - something I need to determine soon I guess. Gotta say, this does look fun, but let's be honest: Poison is always a blast live.

 

 

Saturday
May192018

Cheap Trick Debut 'The Summer Looks Good On You'

Just in time for their tour with Poison, Cheap Trick has dropped a new song. Called “The Summer Looks Good On You," it's an upbeat, fun track. This song is from an upcoming album, due later this year.


Cheap Trick - Authorized Greatest Hits