Buckcherry recently recorded a cover of Aerosmith's "Mama Kin." The song is one of Aerosmith's best tracks and I have to say, Buckcherry did it much justice. I dig it. But I've always been a sucker for "Mama Kin." I can be having the worst day ever and the song can come on the radio and my mood will instantly improve. The true mark of a great song.
Still, the Buckcherry cover just isn't as epic as this little piece of rock history:
Surprise! SIXX:A.M. just released another track from the upcoming album Modern Vintage. The song is called "Stars" and I really like it a lot. In fact, I think it's miles ahead of "Gotta Get It Right" which is supposedly the first single from Modern Vintage. "Stars" is definitely radio friendly and not dark. Most SIXX: A.M. tracks are about as dark as you can get, but maybe the band is turning a corner here. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
The Motley Crue/Dodge partnership sure is paying off. Today another commercial, this time for the Dodge Charger featuring Motley's "Kickstart My Heart." The commercial not only uses the song - the voice-over mentions the band, too. The title of the ad is called "Just Kidding" and from a marketing standpoint, I think the ad copy is darn smart. Plus, Nikki Sixx is making fat stacks of cash. Good for him.
Haters be damned, I love Nickelback. The band has a new track out called "Edge Of A Revolution" and it's the first single from an upcoming - and not yet titled - album due in a few months. The track finds the band singing about the CIA and the NSA which is a little weird since the guys in Nickelback are Canadian, but whatever. I still dig it.
The #ALSIceBucketChallenge is viral now and rockers are getting in on the act. So far I've seen clips of Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, David Bryan, Bret Michaels and Eddie Vedder accepting the challenge. Who else have you seen accept the challenge? If you don't know what I'm talking about, Business Insider explains it well. And remember - the point of the Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness - and money - for worthy charities. If you want to dump a bucket of water over your head, great. But I hope you send $10 bucks to ALS research, too. (I hope the rich guys in the videos below sent more than ten bucks!)
Jesse Kinch does it again on ABC's reality singing competition Rising Star. He's been consistently the best performer on the show - and I mean just heads and shoulders better than the rest of the crop of contestants. He's a real rocker with a husky voice and he always plays guitar while he sings, too. Last night he flipped the script and did an interesting cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." I honestly can't wait for Jesse's debt album. I'm pretty confident he'll win the show - but if he doesn't, he'll still get a record deal.
Remember a few years ago when The Scorpions wanted to retire? That's 100% off now because the band has just announced plans to release a new album and to tour as well. The new material will apparently come out in 2015 -- just in time to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
It's a little mind-blowing to me that the Scorps have been around so long. That longevity is a testament to the quality of their music. Right now there's no real info about the upcoming songs or tour. When that information is released, I'll post it here. I'm thinking the band might as well go all the way around the world - which would be great for all of us!