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Just Push Play

Seriously, just hit the play button on the video below. It involves a goth warrior, some lobster and a baby eating a giant turnip.

Just. Push. Play.



Backstage Bombshells

dsv.jpgLast night, the glam mistress went in search of some rock n’ roll fun to see a show featuring the legendary C.C. DeVille and a lot of great 80s cover bands.

As always, Eric the glam rock husband, and Heather, co-conspirator in bringing back glam were down for the adventure.

Oh, what an adventure it was.

I don’t know what it is with Cincinnati and rock shows, but they all seem to be disorganized. This morning, my husband suggested that I become a promoter to make sure bands get paid and get to play on time. I think he’s on to something here.

The show started around 9 and after getting lost along the Ohio River, the crew and I finally found Whiskey Dicks. Thank goodness for satellite navigation and Eric because there is no way either Heather or myself could have found the club. It’s in a very odd location and website directions are painfully unclear.

Late add to the bill, Danger Angel is an 80s cover band. They played some Warrant and Poison and a whole lot more. Sadly, I couldn’t locate a website for this band, so I just don’t have any more information to add about them except I thought they sounded pretty good. At the time of their set, there were very few people in the club save for me, other musicians and a handful of people wearing Poison shirts, obviously excited to meet C.C. DeVille.

Next up, local boys Drugstore Valentine. Dedicated readers may be familiar with the name since I’ve mentioned them in other posts (see ((Eat)) The Crow and Hell on High Heels). The last time I saw DSV was the Vains of Jenna/Wednesday 13 show several months back when I thought they were trying too hard to fit into someone else’s element.

Last night, Drugstore Valentine proved to be a true glam band, and I think this illustrates that the correct pairing of bands can produce great live music. This doesn’t mean that Drugstore’s set was without problems. The band was cheated out of stage time, and forced to cut songs. Bassist “Curly” popped a string, which ate up more of the bands time, but this also gave lead singer Kenny Ozz a chance to vamp - er, tap dance - on the fly. During the bass crisis, Kenny mentioned that DSV is recording an album, but didn’t make any promises to the release date. As of this report, DSV remains an unsigned band. The band opened with, naturally, “Welcome to the Show,” and also performed the originals “Lies” and “Backstage Bombshell.” Both songs are pretty good, and the DSV loyalists got a kick out of it. Kenny gave Bring Back Glam a little shout out before singing the Poison/C.C. DeVille song “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body (But Mine)” and closed with “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” During the set, Heather mentioned that the drummer is, quote, “amazing.” For stage presence, Kenny kept up with his glam roots, sporting a Tuff shirt (available on Metal Sludge!) and his famous fur coat.

gnrtribute.JPGGuns n’ Roses tribute band GnR played next, and they were good but the set was long. I think they played every song on Appetite for Destruction, including “Mr. Brownstone,” “Paradise City,” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” I really liked their version of “Nightrain” and the way Randy Trask emulated the stage moves of Axl Rose, right down to the kilt and crazy leg kicks. Trask can scream too, which went a long way to make the performance seem “real” and not hokey.

Hair band tribute Poser took the stage next and joining them mid-set, none other than Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille. He seemed jolly enough, even if he only played two songs: “Nothin’ But A Good Time” and “Tush” by ZZ Top. Heather and I got very close to C.C. while he played and he’s quite impressive to watch. After his short performance, C.C. mingled with the crowd, and posed for pictures. Yes, Heather and I each have a picture with the man himself! Plus, C.C. kissed Heather. She was very excited and I’m happy for her. Poison to her is like Motley Crue to me. While C.C. spoke with fans, Poser continued their set, playing “Metal Health” and a few other classics, but glaringly left Motley Crue out of their list. How an 80s tribute band leaves out Motley Crue, I’ll never know.

Now by this time it’s late, and this is where things get interesting. Cock Fight was scheduled to end the night. This band is the side project of Bang Tango lead singer Joe Leste and also features guitarist Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), bassist Dave Weeks (Ron Keel Band) and drummer Ryche Green (Ron Keel Band/Bulletboys). While sitting around waiting for Cock Fight, management came to our table and told us to leave and that the show was over. Myself otherwise engaged at the moment, Heather immediately went to the management to question the fate of Cock Fight. No matter what management told Heather, I assure you it was a load of nonsense. Joe Leste himself told me the deal. Poser took off with their gear (Cock Fight was to share equipment) and their money, thus leaving Cock Fight high n’ dry, so to speak.

Obviously, Cock Fight wasn’t going to play for free (but Drugstore Valentine did), and Joe was quite upset. He told me that in his 21 years as a performer, he’d never experienced something as unprofessional or ludicrous as another band making off with his share of the cash. All he wanted to do was perform, after all, the band paid for their flights to get to the show, and it was the second stop in an eight city mini-tour.

After commiseration and a picture with Joe, that was my night.




Obviously, the entire show was mismanaged because the event had zero promotion, except for Myspace alerts from the performing bands, mostly from Drugstore Valentine. People were coming in the back door, and I was one of them. This wasn’t a big deal because I’d paid in advance and eventually got my wrist band, but just how many people stayed and watched for free? Why did management ignore customer complaints, considering people paid good money for the show? Every single Cincinnati show I’ve attended this year, something lame has happened to put a damper on the whole evening. Is the mismanagement an industry-wide problem, or is it just my bad luck?

The world may never know.

As a very exciting and important side note, I finally met Rob of the Hard Rock Hideout! Rob’s a great guy, and it was fun listening to bands and talking shop. Hopefully, we’ll get to chat at another show very soon.


Hit It, C.C.!



Concert review of C.C. DeVille, Drugstore Valentine, Poser, GnR and Cock Fight coming up later today.



Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

hillary.jpgThe presidential election is still months and months away, but the campaign is already heating up. Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton is polling supporters about the perfect campaign song. So far, I think Hillary has some really crappy choices. They are:



"City of Building Lights" - U2
"Suddenly I See" - KT Tunstall
"I'm A Believer" - Smash Mouth
"Get Ready" - The Temptations
"Ready to Run" - Dixie Chicks
"Rock This Country" - Shania Twain
"Beautiful Day" - U2
"Right Here, Right Now" - Jesus Jones
"I'll Take You There" - The Staple Singers

Of these, I think "Right Here, Right Now" is the best option. Naturally, I think a little glam would go a long way. Consider the fist pumping anthems and sing-a-long choruses which make glam metal great. I can already see Hillary winning the race, celebrating to a little Poison or Motley Crue.

Music is obviously important to President Bill Clinton, as evidenced by his numerous jams with rock bands. He also selected the best presidential campaign song in American history with Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow." You can find this and other songs on the very unique Presidential Campaign Songs: 1789 - 1996.

Back to the rocking horse, er, glam.

At, you can cast your vote for the choices I mentioned above. If you're like me, you'll submit your own selections. Here are my choices for Hillary's official campaign song:

Poison – "Nothing But a Good Time"
Poison – "Something to Believe In"
Motley Crue – "Home Sweet Home"
Def Leppard – "Let’s Get Rocked"
Bon Jovi – "Livin' on a Prayer"
Twisted Sister – "We’re Not Gonna Take It"
Aerosmith – "Back in the Saddle"
CrashDiet - "Breakin' the Chainz"
Vains of Jenna - "Noone’s Gonna Do It For You"

Obviously, some of these choices are tongue-in-cheek, but I think "We're Not Gonna Take It" was made for a political campaign (P.M.R.C. not withstanding).

Consider these lyrics:

"We've Got The Right To Choose And
there Ain't No Way We'll Lose It
this Is Our Life, This Is Our Song
we'll Fight The Powers That Be Just
don't Pick Our Destiny 'cause
you Don't Know Us, You Don't Belong."

Just imagine Hillary bathed in confetti, playing her battle song and fending off advances from the radical right. Oh, what a beautiful day.

What songs do you think would fit a presidential campaign? Readers I don't want your comments about Hillary, other candidates, Democrats or Republicans. Quite frankly, I don't care who you support. I want to know what glam music you think would be great to get a crowd goingm -- to rally the troops, so to speak.

Here's the video for "We're Not Gonna Take It," included on the Twister Sister release Stay Hungry.



Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)

First, let me extend happy birthday wishes to my mom. She's a big music fan, and bought me a lot of glam records when I was younger. She's especially fond of Poison's "Fallen Angel" from their most successful release Open Up and Say...Ahh!. For a news update, the band's upcoming release POISON'D! is already listed on Amazon for pre-sale. Click the link and add to your basket. It's been my experience that ordering pre-sale means you receive an album on the day of release, delivered to your door without fighting traffic.

Here's the video of "Fallen Angel"  for all you Poison fans:


hardcoresuperstar.jpgIn other glam news, my Swedish boys Hardcore Superstar have posted a new single on their MySpace page. The song is called "Bastards" and will be featured on their new album. The new CD is due sometime in the fall, and will be the band's first release since 1995. Hardcore Superstar is one of the headliners at the upcoming Sweden Rock Festival. This, glam fans, is one festival I would love to attend. Other bands set to perform include Aerosmith (!), Heaven and Hell, Quiet Riot, Skid Row, White Lion, Fastway, CrashDiet, and a crap load of other really awesome bands. Sadly, Vains of Jenna didn't make the cut, but they are still trying to make a go of it here in the states. If you can get to Sweden, the festival runs through June 6,7,8 and 9 in Solvesborg.





Keep In Touch with MamaKin

Aeromsith's "Mama Kin" is one of my all time favorite songs. The lyrics are haunting, and resonate with our modern, career driven lives:

"Said, you're bald as an egg when you're eighteen
Workin for your dad is just a drag
You still stuff your mouth with your dreams
You better check it out
cause someday soon you'll have to
Climb back on the wagon.

Keep in touch with mama kin
Tell her were you've gone and been
Livin out your fantasy
Sleepin late and smokin tea."

Legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has the phrase "Ma' Kin" tattooed on his arm. It was one of the first songs Tyler wrote, and it appears on the band's self titled debut release.

Several glam bands have covered the iconic tune, most notably Guns n' Roses. The cover is included on G N' R Lies.

Glam fans, the video below is a rare performance of Aerosmith and Guns n' Roses sharing the stage, singing "Mama Kin." Bask in the rare glory of two of America's greatest rock bands performing as one. 

Now, to the future and a great Swedish (naturally) glam band that goes by the name MamaKin. The modern band features vocalist Chris, bassist Rixie, guitarist Vinnie and drummer Eddie. For some sham of a reason, MamaKin remains unsigned, and that's a real shame. As a first cut, head to and download "Higher n Higher." The boys also have a pretty elaborate web-site, and there's a news section with updates on the new EP. The first demo includes: "Higher n Higher," "Show You Sumthin" and "Sunday Morning." You can purchase through the website above. Give them a listen, glam fans!



Reach for the Sky

reachforthesky.jpgSo far, the glam mistress is feeling anything but glam today. I was sick all night and this morning, I had to get a tetanus shot but I'll spare you the gory details of both painful situations. You may have noticed that this website was down for several hours and that made me mad too.

Since I was up sick all night, I didn't get much sleep and that means I can't think of many pithy topics to write about today.

If you check the Internet home of the Hairball John Radio Show (link to the right of this page), you probably noticed I recently posted an article about deserted island albums. Of my three choices, I selected Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil, Def Leppard's Hysteria and RATT's Reach for the Sky.

In my ever humble opinion, Reach for the Sky is a greatly underrated album, containing my all-time favorite RATT song "I Want a Woman."

I think I like "I Want a Woman" so much because I love the video. It begins with a female producer, cueing cameras before a RATT concert. Being a producer myself, I get this.

Here's the video for "I Want a Woman." Enjoy and I hope your day is better than mine!