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Wednesday
Aug082018

Random Facts Are Random

So Janet Gardner is best known for fronting Vixen. She's also a dental hygienist. I didn't know she still did this work but apparently she does from time to time. My hunch is to keep her license active. I mean, we all need something to fall back on right?


I had to get my teeth cleaned Monday and it was the worst dental experience of my life. I say that without hyperbole and please know I wore braces and have also had an oral surgery. The cleaning was that bad. Painful and blood all over me... and no, I don't have any mouth diseases or cavities or anything. In fact, I take meticulous care of my teeth. I hope Janet is more gentle than the person I had. I mean, I even found some dental polish in my ear canal later that day!



Tuesday
Aug072018

Foreigner Announces New Tour Dates

From my inbox, for the Foreigner fans:

 

August 6, 2018 - With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world. With an arsenal of hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Feels Like The First Time,”  FOREIGNER - Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. FOREIGNER has no less than ten multi-platinum albums and has been awarded platinum singles for digital sales of “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Juke Box Hero,” demonstrating its resonance in the era of downloads and streams.  YouTube views of FOREIGNER songs total almost five hundred million, and the band’s recordings are constantly featured in movies and TV shows all over the world.
 
Now for the first time ever, FOREIGNER presents Double Vision: Then and Now, four special celebration events featuring all current band members plus the original band members who helped to put the iconic group on the map more than forty years ago. Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills join Mick Jonesand FOREIGNER to rock through some of the best-selling songs from the band’s albums, and bring back the memories that make it feel like the first time for both long-time fans and new generations.
 


 

Double Vision: Then and Now Dates (visit www.foreigneronline.com for tickets):
 
November 9     Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles CA
November 10   Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage CA
November 30   Hard Rock, Atlantic City NJ
December 1     Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
 
FOREIGNER features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listings. Recently released album Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus immediately hit the #1 spot on the Billboard classical album chart for multiple weeks. The concert is being streamed and broadcast by PBS and internationally this summer. The album inspired sold-out tour dates. FOREIGNER’S recent European tour included sold-out shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, in Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Reykjavík and a return to The Kultur und Kongresszentrum in Lucerne where the band has now played four shows to sold-out audiences.  In addition to this, the band's appearance with the National Youth Orchestra of Australia already sold out the iconic Sydney Opera House, and will play to full houses all over Australia and New Zealand in October 2018.  
 


No End In Sight: The Very Best Of Foreigner


Founded in 1976, FOREIGNER‘s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.”  The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”  Those songs helped give FOREIGNER‘s  next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart.  At the zenith of 80’s sound, FOREIGNER‘s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.”  This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”
 
At FOREIGNER‘s core is the founder and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate FOREIGNER‘s influence, and guide the band to new horizons. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional “musician’s musician,” Jones has also written songs such as “Bad Love” with Eric Clapton and “Dreamer” with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150.  A Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter, Jones is the winner of the prestigious British Ivor Novello Songwriter Award for “The Flame Still Burns”, the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.
 
Jones reformed the band after a 2002 hiatus and selected lead singer Kelly Hansen to help write an inspired new chapter in the history of Foreigner. One of rock’s greatest showmen, Hansen is known for his innate ability to connect with the crowds.  As a front man and lead vocalist, Hansen is among the most respected, consummate professionals in rock and roll. With a 35-year career that spans almost every area of music, from the role of lead vocalist to producing and engineering, Kelly has the unique ability to advance and excel when faced with new challenges.
 
This summer, FOREIGNER rocks cross the US on its Live Nation twenty-nine city headline Juke Box Heroes Tour with WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING supporting.  This is one of the hottest tours of the summer and tickets are available at LiveNation.com.
 
August 2018 sees the launch of Juke Box Hero, the Musical in Canada.  Based on the book written by the prolific writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for The Commitments movie and the Tracey Ullman TV show, the show will feature many of FOREIGNER’s 16 iconic Top 30 hits.
 
Recently, FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were celebrated in Business Insider for hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time.  The Beatles were  #1, but FOREIGNER came in ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.
Monday
Aug062018

Steel Panther Does 'Crazy Train'

It's been three minutes since we've talked about Steel Panther, so let's fix that. We all know their schtick by now and most of us love it. But here's something new: the band doing an absolute bang on impersonation of Ozzy Osbourne and "Crazy Train." It's so good, it's scary. Enjoy this and happy Monday, my friends. Stay glam.


Sunday
Aug052018

Pretty Sure I've Seen My Future

Age is just a number and metal fans need a live hit every now and then. This story about Wacken Open Air is just awesome.


Christian just attended Wacken. I'll see if I can get him to review some of the fest for us... when he's back home and fully recovered of course.


Saturday
Aug042018

You Find Some Gems On Twitter

Here's a funny post from the Nights with Alice Cooper radio show account. This is good stuff. Happy Saturday!


A New Alice Cooper Album! A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris


Friday
Aug032018

Bret Michaels Passed A Kidney Stone

No, he really did. Then he took a picture of it, branded it with a logo and put it on his Facebook page. I'm glad he feels better - he didn't miss his show, even in pain. I will say this: the man keeps on pushing, even while sick. That's not necessarily a good thing, but he never rests.


Thursday
Aug022018

Guys, We've Reached Peak Cover Tune

We've hit full circle here. After posting about Weezer's big hit covering Toto... Toto has returned the favor and is now covering Weezer's "Hash Pipe." Either nothing matters... or it all matters. I haven't decided yet.

The Toto money quote from Rolling Stone:

“We figured since we were smoking hash since before they were born, that’s the one we should do,” guitarist Steve Lukather told the crowd. “This is our tribute to Weezer, god bless ’em.”

This sort of sets the mind ablaze. We can think of all sorts of odd band pairs that can cover each other. Think about it: Imagine Dragons covering L.A. Guns. MGMT covering Kix. Why not? There are no rules anymore about anything really. Might as well have fun.