Everyone has that one buddy who’s broken up with a serious, long-time girlfriend and then just gone completely non-linear. You know, the guy who talks about how great his girlfriend is the entire time they’re dating, hints at even marrying her, and then she leaves him without warning for a Swedish hair model or something, and your buddy is completely inconsolable? Well, for about a week or two, of course, and then he starts nailing everything in sight. That’s basically [...]
The Queen Extravaganza rocked the House of Blues in Houston, TX, on June 20th…and Grez was there! Check out his recap of the show.
Twenty Years. That’s how long it’s been since the last time Joe Walsh offered up a collection of original tunes for his fans. Two decades since his last set of tunes set itself as a backdrop to the first go-round of the Iraq disarmament crisis, George H. W. Bush vomiting in public, and John Gotti receiving his racketeering life sentence…and competing with the likes of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden for chart position (and not faring so well in that fight). [...]
Joe Walsh of Eagles/Barnstorm/solo fame will be releasing his first album of original material in twenty years, titled Analog Man, in just a few days. The last time he presented new music to us, we were involved in Desert Storm the first time and George H. W. Bush was President (that would not be Dubya, for those of you who are timeline challenged). Yeah. It’s been a while. Rolling Stone was kind enough to sponsor official video for a live show that Joe [...]
On Tuesday, May 29th, Chickenfoot rocked the Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston, Texas. I was there. The short version of my take on the show is this: Holy. Crap. It’s almost 48 hours later, and I’m still dumbfounded by the show that I saw Tuesday night. Chickenfoot showed up fully prepared to defend the label of “supergroup.” Not that any of these guys really need to…they’ve all had superstar careers, and don’t require anyone else’s approval. Nonetheless, they appeared [...]
On April 27, Sammy Hagar united with the remaining members of Montrose and Joe Satriani to play a tribute concert for Ronnie Montrose. Here’s “Bad Motor Scooter” from the show.
Prog-rock supergroup, Asia, is slated to release a new album this May, entitled XXX in honor of their 30th anniversary of being a band. The original lineup is once again intact, featuring John Wetton, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and Geoff Downes. They’ve already released a single and corresponding video called “Face On The Bridge.” I’ve always found it interesting that Asia is referred to as a prog-rock band. Sure, the respective members all come from other prog-rock projects, but I’ve always [...]
Indie rockers Mount Carmel hail from Columbus, Ohio, and, like many things Midwestern, nearly fooled me into thinking they were one thing when they were really something else. Their handle sounded to me like they would be hipster pop or some other ironically-named alt-rock-nuvo-art-thing. But noooo – they are straight-up, four-chord seventies rock, those sneaks. As if I weren’t already thrown off enough, once they launched into their opening track, ”Swaggs”, and I heard those gritty vocals coming through a classic condenser mic, [...]
The Canadian super-power trio, Rush, are back with a new album in the works (Clockwork Angels) and a new single available. A single that is seven minutes long. You heard me right. Seven. And it’s a single. For real. It’s called Headlong Flight. And you know what? It deserves to be a single…this song, despite its epic length, is catchy and features the band in their best form, really hearkening back to their glory days. Alex Lifeson’s soloing on Headlong [...]
Oh, Flying Colors, you got me. How you did it shouldn’t be a mystery, and yet it was a surprise to me, as I was fixed in a wary crouch, prepared for flight at the first sign of blasé songwriting or preachy lyrics. But you approached patiently, slowly luring me in with all sorts of little sonic treats, and the next thing I knew I was tamed, housebroken, and gladly accepting aural scratches behind the ears. [“Who’s a good boy? [...]