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The Most Mileage From One Song?

Do you think Poison has gotten more mileage out of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" than any other band or song in history? The track was their biggest hit and they still milk it, which is fine. Money is money so good for them.

I was trying to think of comparable examples but it's hard. Bands like Def Leppard and Aerosmith had way more "big" hits than Poison, so you can't pin just one song on them exactly. The same is true of Motley Crue and of course Guns n' Roses. Poison was (is) in that special camp of Glam bands that were almost right toward the top of the pack... but maybe just one notch below. They were definitely bigger than Cinderella and nowhere near as huge as Bon Jovi.

So here we are, 30ish years later, pumping shirts with the lyrics to "Rose." The amazing thing is that most people on the street would probably immediately get the reference! That's success in my book and something few artists of today can expect 30 years from now.



Super Stroke Update

George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown and Robert Mason have formed a new supergroup called, of course, Super Stroke. Remember, Mason was once a member of Lynch Mob. I chatted with Robert Mason recently about Warrant but had to ask how the Super Stroke project was progressing. Here's a little tidbit:

"Super Stroke... who knows what that band will be called, that was a working title of a song. It’s whenever opportunities come at you, you have two choices. So I say no a lot, I’m flattered and really fortunate through hard work and making some of the right friends – that I get asked to do things other than Warrant. I do say no a lot. I also do sessions and writing and I fit whatever I can in… when George and I started talking – Jeff Pilson was the producer for [new Warrant album] Louder Harder Faster – so we all got along so well. I was in a band with George and Mick and Jeff is a close friend now, so it was a natural thing for the record company to say 'Hey do a record, it will have the essential DNA from Lynch Mob and Dokken and it’s kind of interesting to see where everyone is now.' It offers us all closure. We were set to do a third Lynch Mob record once upon a time that never really happened. We’re not finished with the Super Stroke record. We’re all fitting it in on spare time as a side project."

I never thought about closure through the lens of a musician before, but I get it. It's just like anything else in life. A band is an intimate relationship. You spend a lot of time with the same core group of people, working and laughing and fighting. You have goals and plans for the future. When all that abruptly ends... well, it would be jarring to say the least. The rest of my interview with Robert Mason will run soon in the Dayton City Paper and I'll post that here.


Tommy Lee Is Getting Married (Again)

Tommy Lee is engaged to "Internet star" Brittany Furlan. I have no idea who Furlan is, but I wish them well. I really just wanted to post this because of the ring photo below. Holy cow, it's huge. Guys, all those Motley Crue albums and T-shirts we bought over the years helped pay for this!


Another Tour Announcement: STYX, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla

STYX, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla are going on tour together this summer. This is a good package, but I'm not sure all the individual fan groups necessarily cross-over, so it's a good chance for folks to see a new band live. STYX is a great live band and the headliner here. Should be fun. You going? Tickets on sale next Friday at Live Nation. 

May 30 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
Jun. 01 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jun. 02 - Sacramento, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
Jun. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 05 - Denver, CO – Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Jun. 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
Jun. 09 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
Jun. 10 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Jun. 12 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
Jun. 13 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
Jun. 14 - Raleigh, NC - Costal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jun. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun. 27 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jun. 28 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
Jun. 29 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 30 - Hershey, PA - GIANT Center
Jul. 03 - Montreal, QUE. - Place Bell at Laval
Jul. 04 - Toronto, ONT. - Budweiser Stage
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 07 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jul. 08 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 10 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
Jul. 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul. 13 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
Jul. 15 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

Joe Bonamassa Nominated For Best Worldwide Solo Artist Award

Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa has been nominated for “Best Worldwide Solo Artist” at Planet Rock’s fifth annual The Rocks Awards. The awards celebrate the best rock artists, albums and singles across the UK and worldwide. To cast your vote for Joe click HERE.

Joe Bonamassa will be on tour in the UK in March playing seven shows, including the already sold-out concerts at the Carlisle Sands Centre (Mar 11) and the Sage Gateshead (Mar 14), tickets are still available for the shows at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Mar 9), Manchester Arena (Mar 10), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (Mar 13), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (Mar 17).  The tour follows his successful 2017 UK tour including two sold out concerts at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The March 2018 UK tour will feature Joe alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from Blues of Desperation, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites.


Terrible News For Judas Priest Fans

Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest has Parkinson's disease and will no longer tour with the band. I keep repeating this like a broken record: see all your musical heroes while you still can. Nothing much else to add here. It feels like another gut punch.


Tora Tora Rare Clip Released

We don't talk about Tora Tora much but we probably should. The band just released a previously unseen video via YouTube. It's a clip for a video they filed in July 1989 for the track "Guilty." The song is from the album Surprise Attack. This is great fun for a Sunday. What do you think?

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