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Thursday
Apr192018

Tesla To Headline Monsters of Rock Cruise

Tesla will headline the next Monsters of Rock Cruise. Other bands on the ship include Kix, Saxon, Bullet Boys and a slew more. The cruise is set for February 24 - March 1, 2019. General on sale begins at 1 p.m. ET today! Click the post below for more info and to eventually get to the booking portal.


Wednesday
Apr182018

Songs From the Vault

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott will host a special on Sirius XM Thursday at 4 p.m. ET called "Songs from the Vault." The show will air on the Deep Tracks station (channel 27). There will be a new show each month. I will be listening from my desk at work!


Tuesday
Apr172018

Tuesday Two-Fer, V: White Lion

From our friend HIM.


Readers of this site know that several of us treat the fate of White Lion like a Dan Brown mystery: what the hell stopped them, besides themselves, from being as great as we predicted? Why aren’t they in the pantheon alongside other favorites of the 80s and 90s? What evil forces lurked behind the pillars, manipulating the masses to neglect such a talented band? I am going to blame it on Tom Hanks.
 
First Pick: “All You Need Is Rock 'n' Roll,” Pride (1987)



Picking one song off of a near-flawless album is difficult. And surely others would point to songs like “Wait.” But this ditty captures how adept the band was at constructing good time, sing-a-long, songs. Is it about politics? No. Is it a moody reflection on a life gone wrong? Nope. It is an ode—a joyous, rollicking love letter—to the awesomeness of rock. And what could be wrong with that? At this point, Tramp, Bratta, LoMenzo, and D’Angelo could do no wrong.
 
Second Pick: “Broken Heart,” Mane Attraction (1991)



A bright spark (one of several) during the last days of White Lion. Internal squabbles, changing musical tastes, and a lack of studio backing all contributed to the band’s implosion the very same year this song was released. But this song, like others from earlier albums, showed just how close White Lion was to being the heir’s to Def Leppard’s legacy of crafting perfectly memorable pop-metal songs that lingered long after you ejected the tape or the CD.
 
Honorable Mention: “Broken Heart,” Fight To Survive (1985). Interesting to hear a good song before it became a great one.

Monday
Apr162018

Vinnie Vincent Appears With Gene Simmons

Vinnie Vincent is continuing to live in the sun. Over the weekend, he appeared with Gene Simmons during a Vault event. This happened in Nashville, Tennessee. I have to say, I never expected this one but I'm glad it actually happened. We will see if the reformed friendship lasts. I hope it does.


Sunday
Apr152018

Here It Is: Bon Jovi Reunites At Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

The members of Bon Jovi reunited for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night. This means Richie Sambora and Alex John Such (!) were on stage with the rest of the band and together again, just the way it should be. Great clips of the show below. You can watch the entire ceremony on HBO on May 5.



Saturday
Apr142018

How Did I Miss This? 'Def Leppard Acoustic Medley 2012'

Thanks to Amazon Music I discovered a Def Leppard single I didn't know existed! It's called "Acoustic Medley 2012." I love it - this really made my day. I listened to this about 5 times while working yesterday. The band has a blip about it on their website:

Def Leppard's Acoustic Medley is a special medley of the acoustic rock songs from the band's 2012 Rock of Ages Tour. The seven-and-a-half minute download features a seamless blend of acoustic hits from the '90s and early 2000s.

Tracks include: "Where Does Love Go When It Dies," "Now," "When Love and Hate Collide," "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and "Two Steps Behind."

Acoustic Medley was released worldwide on 18 December 2012 by Bludgeon Riffola/Mailboat Records in the digital only format.


Friday
Apr132018

Loudwire Picks 10 'Power Ballads That Don't Suck'

Happy Friday - this has been a super long week for me.


This is an interesting list and mix of songs. I don't consider Alice In Chains "Down In A Hole" (#5) a power ballad. ButI do agree with the number one choice, which is "Dream On" by Aerosmith! I also would have never made a list where Pantera and Cinderella both appear. Intriguing. What do you think?