So. You already know Motley Crue is out on the road, doing their final tour. Part of that tour includes a massive contraption called The Crüecifly. Basically, it's a sky-high roller coaster that Tommy Lee uses for his drum solo. It's so big and so dangerous, many of the outdoor venues can't handle it and I've read it's an absolute spectacle to watch as the crew assembles it before each show. Anyway, Tommy just released a pro-shot video clip of the drum solo and it's pretty cool.
Some observations: I think it's very interesting the clip opens with "Hooligan's Holiday" from my beloved Motley Crue (or MC94) album and I think having the actual audio would have been better, but whatever. All I know is, it was an interesting choice to use a Motley track voiced by John Corabi in this promo clip. Check it out (but don't if you get dizzy or motion sick).
"Moving On" is my favorite track from Asking Alexandria's latest album From Death to Destiny. They just released the video this week and it's very reminiscent of all those 80s road warrior vids we love so much. Check it out and happy Friday!
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Thanks to the power of Twitter, the guys in Scarlett Gypsy tweeted me, alerting me of their existence. The band just released the album All Access and "Is This Love" is the first single. I gotta say, it's not the most produced song I've ever heard, but it sure is Glam. There's good reason: the band started back in 1991, but we all know what happened in the early 90s. A couple decades later, the band is finally getting their shot. Watch. You know what to do.
Catchy, catchy, catchy! Charm City Devils will release their new album Battles on September 23. The first single from that album is "Shots" which feels like a big rocker, but really the song is pretty angry and dark. The official lyric video is below. Hopefully I'll get to see Charm City Devils live again soon.
When we think about 80s glam bands, Romeo's Daughter doesn't get mentioned much. I think they are pretty underrated. Granted, they don't have a lot of albums, but their songs are catchy and production tight, thanks to the one and only Mutt Lange.
Interestingly, the band broke up for years... and then reformed not long ago, releasing a new album and touring. Plus, they will perform at HRH AOR in March. What do you think?
The other day I posted about rockers doing the #ALSicebucketchallenge. Since that post, Motley Crue took the challenge - live on stage - and donated $10,000 to ALS research. After the Crue got wet, Nikki Sixx challenged KISS, Def Leppard and Aerosmith. The other night, KISS and Def Leppard obliged, taking the challenge together at the end of their Indianapolis gig. It's honestly pretty cool to see all those guys on stage taking part and then donating cash to the cause. Maybe most amusing is who KISS decided to challenge next: Elton John, Rod Stewart... and Deepak Chopra. I honestly laughed out loud at that list. Not exactly a metal crew but a bunch of rich guys for sure! Now I'm waiting for Aerosmith to take part!