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Bad Moon Rising

Who remembers Bad Moon Rising? The band featured guitarist Doug Aldrich and his Lion bandmate vocalist Kal Swan. The band intersects with a lot of other Glam faves including Hericane Alice and Bangalore Choir.

Here's one of my faves "Blood on the Streets"

The song is from the 1993 album Blood and also the EP Blood on the Streets and both are (usually) very hard to find. There's an auction on eBay for Blood right now - the price is around $36.

So, who owns anything by Bad Moon Rising?

Reader Comments (19)

I've got Bad Moon Rising, Blood,Opium For The Masses and Full Moon Collection
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Basher
I have their stuff, ripped a long time ago, back when I had a ridiculously huge CD collection. I'm one of the few (I think) who believe their second and third albums were better than their first. And don't forget, Doug Aldrich continued to keep the pop/glam-metal fires burning in the otherwise hostile environment of the late 90's with Burning Rain. Although I suppose most consider his 00's gigs with Dio and Whitesnake to be his high points, both Bad Moon Rising and Burning Rain are worth a listen.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM.
Doug Aldrich is a hell of a well rounded guitarist.
If you can, find his glam roots, when he played in the L.A. glam band "Mansfield". There's a 2 song single that was released.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
>Doug Aldrich is a hell of a well rounded guitarist.<

Ace, you know what of you speak my friend .Guy can shred with the best of them, or play an acoustic version of a song that will mesmerize you. Definitely an under-rated guitarist in this guys book.

.(And yeah, I remember Bad Moon Rising!)
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
BMR is awesome, got all their stuff. My personal favorite is Opium... Been looking into getting the Burning Rain stuff, I think I have just about everything else Doug has done (well, other than Mansfield, but that's got to be pretty impossible to find) just haven't gotten around to BR yet for some reason.

Lion and Hericane Alice are cool too.
September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Now we're on track, boyz!

Thanks, Al, for highlighting these guys.

C'mon, Glam Kidz, nobody touches this site! Nobody!

Who else talks about Real Glam Metal the way Al does and has a following who knows what she's talkin' 'bout, usually, hahaha!!!

Anyway, I got all of Bad Moon Rising's stuff, too!

Aldrich is a killer, no doubt, and that cat, Kai Swan has a seriously f*cked up but weird-cool voice.

Matt, my bro, over at Tribunal/Divebomb Records recommended I get all of Bad Moon Rising's albums and that box set when we were comparing notes on our personal collections and I mentioned how much I love Lion.

Gotta say, personally, I like Bad Moon Rising fine, but I LOVE Lion. It's just crazier and more out there. Way more Glam and Angular. To me, Lion ROCKS twice as hard as Bad Moon Rising. People often say they prefer Lion's first album over their second, "Trouble In Angel City" but it's the latter that is their best one, IMHO.

p.s. And I agree, Hericane Alice are absolutely killer, as well and hate to say it, I like 'em better than Bad Moon Rising, too. But not as much as Lion. Call me crazy but you guys were doing that long ago anyway. Oh, Man, I want that Mansfield, too! Damn! It's always somethin' else I gotta chase down. My latest score is that G'n'R Japanese Live EP with their live cover of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie". You heard that track, boyz? Phew, that's just searing HOT!
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Wow - I have the Opium for the Masses CD ( the Jap pressing ), and I had no idea Doug was on it. Great guitarist, no question.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I love the song Belligerent Stance.

Metal Boy stated, *Aldrich is a killer, no doubt, and that cat, Kal Swan has a seriously f*cked up but weird-cool voice.*

I have Google d Kal Swan's name and nothing comes up. Is he still singing???I would like him to sing on a couple riff's when I get my home studio put together.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Roy, if your serious, I Googled him, too, and his name is Kal Norman Swan and he lives in Woodland Hills or thereabouts in the L.A. area. He's 48. He is an awesome singer, totally unique. I didn't mean to imply I didn't like his voice. It's just different. Anything he does is going to stand out, no doubt.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Kal Swan first sang for NWOBHM band Tytan. They only did one album (Rough Justice), but it's pretty cool if you dig early British metal. It's been reissued a couple times, so not too hard to find on CD.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Btw, anyone know how to get ahold of Lion's Power Love or Trouble In Angel City for a decent price? Have them on tape, but would love to get 'em on CD.
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
MetalBoy - I knew what you meant. Its just different and it works!!!!. I spoke to vocalist Joel Ellis {Heavy Bones/Cats In Boots} about him and he has not seen him out there. Someday when I get some extra cash the wife and I are going to visit LA again and stay with Joel and hang in the clubs.

MetalRoy!!! LOL!!!!
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Jack, we've been down this road before. Ya gotta bite the bullet on the CDs and, at least, you won't have to bite that hard on "Trouble In Angel City", as it's not too much on Ebay.

And whatever you do, don't throw away the tapes, because, contrary to popular belief right now, I think those are gonna be just as rare, if not rarer than CDs, because everyone's been ditchin' tapes for the last two and a half decades, let alone that the things don't hold up. So if yours are still playable, either replace 'em or transfer 'em over to CD, but hold onto 'em.

Also, believe it or not, some stuff that was issued on LP was also released on tape but never made it onto CD, so if you've got it on tape, it can be pretty rare.

Oh, and, Jack, thanks for reminding me about Tytan. I've missed my shot a couple of times on Ebay but now that you've reminded me again, I'll go after it again.

Roy, what can I say, it's a privilege to be corresponding with someone who really lived and breathed it back in the day. I meant to wish you good luck with your project and finding Kal for it. He really should keep going, for sure. Especially, now, more than ever with the resurgence of interest in his music along with so much Glam Metal these days.

It could always be more, though, right, so I really hope you guys can collaborate. Maybe he went back to Scotland. How about seeing if you can find him through one of the labels that reissued Tytan? They might know.

Hey, if you don't mind me asking, what band(s) were you in and are you in one now?

Also, Joe Ellis is one of my faves. I've got a that fantastic Cats'n'Boots album as well as the Japanese Only CD release, "Demonstration", which has a track or two not on the album. I love that someone on here in comments on a previous post flagged Bon Jovi's theft of one of his songs and it was verified by another person.

Anyway, Ellis is a real claas act and I wondered what he's up to now. I've been traveling to L.A. lately and I've even been thinking about doing a project out there, so, hopefully, I'll be getting out there soon again and go hit some of the shows if they are happening at that time.

I'm so disappointed I didn't see Kix at House of Blues in L.A. and that Wildside reunion at the Roxy Al told us about that occurred quite a while ago. Both of those would have been K-I-L-L-E-R. I hear there is actually a fair amount of stuff still going strong out there.

Hey, maybe you should move back out there, Roy!

p.s. I'm actually going to see Kix play on Kent Island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at The American Legion Hall there. How frickin' cool is that?! I'll be able to walk there from my friend's house! I think it's either next weekend or the following one. Rock On!
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hey MetalBoy,
I have too much to write to your question. Check out my Web Sites. They are is pretty much up to date as far as the info, lots of Photos, Many more to put up, however, not enough hours in the day.


Perris Records, Versallies Records, A.O.G. Media, IronMan Records, New Renaissance Records, Metal Doll Records

Through out his career, virtuoso guitarist
Roy Coston has been writing, performing, producing, and releasing material. Reviews/Interviews from Magazines, Fanzines, Radio Stations, from all over the world, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Slovenia, Italy, and Canada, as well as throughout the USA.

Ardent – 1984’s Four song demo, 1985’s WRCK Rock 107 Utica NY Compilation Record, 1986’s "Guilty as Charged", 1987’s Four song demo produced by John Gallagher of RAVEN, Ann Boleyn's {Hellion} New Renaissance Record Label , - 1988’s "Lady Killers Volume II Compilation

Raven, 1988’s “Nothing Exceeds Like Excess”, four backing vocals tracks

DC Strut – 1989’s S/T, Video "Shock City"

Four Large Men – 1992’s "F.L.M.", Perris Records – 1993’s "Volume 1", Iron Man Records – 1993’s "The Best of the Unsigned Volume 1", 1998’s Unreleased "Its a Small World", 1997’s Reworded Beastie Boys video “Fight For Your Right” promotional contest by World Championship Wrestling {WCW}, 1998’s TV commercial for Music Lovers Shoppe, Syracuse NY

LoveBone – 2004’s UMTV Video - "B.O.N.E.", 2005’s "BareBones Demo", A.O.G Media – 2005’s "Compilation Volume 5", Metal Doll Records – 2006’s "Volume 1", Perris Records – 2007’s "Hollywood Hairspray Volume 7", Versailles Records – 2007’s "Skater Rock Compilation 1, 2 & 3", Versailles Records, 2008’s "Lick It Up - A Millennium Tribute to Kiss" with the bonus disc "Strip Rock Volume 1 & 2", Soundtrack for Video 2008’s “Have Sword, Will Travel", Written and Directed by Swordmaster Bobby Lento, 2008's unreleased "Jakkin' the Box", A.O.G. MEDIA Presents: 2009's "DVD Compilation Volume 1"

Retrospect Records 2010’s, Ardent – “The Metal Anthology”, DC Strut – “S/T”, Four Large Men – “F.L.M.”, Four Large Men – “It’s a Small World”, LoveBone “BareBones Demo’s”.

Co-writing credits include CD releases by Caroline Blue, 2004's S/T, 2005’s "Slave to the Hour Glass” and 2007’s “Not For the Innocent”. Roy played guitar for a demo project recorded in Cleveland, Ohio at Galahad Recording Studios by former Cats In Boots/Heavy Bones vocalist Joel Ellis.

Roy has attended several seminars, held guitar clinics, toured, shared the stage and performed along many artist including, Bret Michaels of Poison, Blue Oyster Cult, Saraya, Raven, Jeff Howell {Foghat}, Keri Kelli {Alice Cooper}, Brighton Rock, Orleans, Ice Water Mansion, New York Flyers, Poison Dollys, David De Feis of Virgin Steele, Van Halen Tribute 'Unchained', Guns n' Roses Tribute 'Get Your Guns', Benny Mardones, Foundations Forum Music Conference in Los Angeles CA, Empire Music Conference in Rochester NY, Oneida Music {Guitar Clinic}, Canton College {Guitar Clinic}, Beginning Guitar 101, Intermediate Guitar 102, B.O.C.E.S. Campus Verona NY.

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I hope this helps to understand where I am coming from. Thanks!!!
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
I'd say that qualifies you for an opinion, slightly, hahaha!!!

Quite a resume, Roy! That is awesome! What a musical life!

I have stuff by the following:

Poison, Saraya (awesome!), Blue Oyster Cult (saw 'em in '76!), Raven (but not the album you appeared on, so I will pick that up, for sure!), Brighton Rock, Big Bang Babies (Keri Kelli), Brighton Rock, Benny Mardones (What a phenomenal singer!).

And I've probably got at least a couple of the comps you mention, definitely "Hollywood Hairspray Volume 7" among them. Lately, I've been avidly pursuing purchasing as many of those, as I've found some real gems on them, including many one-shots that were only released on the comp and are often produced by big producers, such as Mike Clink and Michael Wagoner.

Also, DC Strut sounds cool. What's the story with that band? Also, I lost a bid on Ice Water Mansion on Ebay not too long ago. What do you think of them? Crazy name! I'm also curious about New York Flyers, as I've heard of them. What are some others worth checking out?

I got wrapped up in Advertising as a career, but I often wondered what it would be like in the music biz. I hear it's brutal but it looks like you have accomplished a lot and are continuing to do so.


p.s. So cool you got to work with Joel Ellis. Love that dude's stuff. I'll be sure to look further into your list and on your myspace. Thanks!
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'm no stranger to dropping some decent $$ for a hard to get CD I don't otherwise have, but if I already have an album in another format I'd rather not spend too much on the CD, esp. since things are being reissued all the time these days. Besides the fact that buying a reissue will (hopefully) benefit the band financially more than buying a second had CD will.

My tapes work great still, I have always been pretty meticulous about taking care of my tapes/CDs/records, so I can always listen to the tunes until I get my hands on the disc (also Youtube is usually good too for a lot of things)
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Jack! Exactly! You ought to save those tapes and transfer 'em over to CD. I'm doing it all the time with tapes of stuff I can't find in any other format. I transfer the tape over to CD and save the tape!
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
DC STRUT: Total Party/Glam!!!Still do not know how we survived. The Height of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, This is were Sryacuse and Utica NY was on the same level as the Sunset Strip. I found many bonus tracks to include of the CD.

Ardent: The first real band that caused a lot of noise. Huge Following, During audience participation,
Mary B. sang backing vocals with Guns N' Roses vocalist Axel Rose on "Knocking on Heavens Door" at The Lost Horizon Syracuse New York, October 31,1987 She can be heard on the "Live at The Lost Horizon" cd

Four Large Men: How I survived the 90's

LoveBone: Trying to get back to the 80's

Ice Water Mansion have been doing some reunion shows.
They were a GREAT BAND and had a huge following.
The 2nd guitar player Howie Simon is now in LA and plays in Alcatraz. ARDENT supported them back in the day.

The New York Flyers were a great COVER band back in the day. They traveled up and down the East Coast.
They had a huge draw.

I support my Family by working at PrintShop/Shipping/WareHouse. The 'BUSINESS' of music Sucks.
I just want to be a guitar player in a Rock and Roll Band!!!
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Great stuff, Roy! I'll check it out! Rock On!
September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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