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Lita Ford Acoustic Concert Review, Austin, TX 9/4/12

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Lita Ford is still out there rockin’.  Later tonight she’s playing on the outskirts of Austin with Def Leppard and Poison.  No way in hell would you catch me at that show.  But today at 1PM, she played an acoustic set at Waterloo Records.  I first heard about this last week and was hoping I could catch it, but wasn’t quite sure.  We happen to eat lunch downtown and were about to ride by the record store.  I called a friend that I knew would be there and asked if he’d take me back to work afterwards.  “Yes!”  I told my boss to pull over and let me out.  “See you later!”

I get in and see some good friends (don’t any of us have day jobs? – hahahaha).  There were 2 acoustic guitars and 2 mics set up on the stage.  Lita comes out with a second guitarist and they go through 4 songs.  She talks a little between songs, does a little Q&A and tells some insight about the Runaways and Joan Jett.  When she introduced her guitarist, Mitch Perry, my mind started running as I knew that name.  The dude played in Talas, Asia, Schenker and some other stuff that we are all familiar with.

After her set, half of the crowd left and the other half of us stayed for the autograph session.  I think there were about 100 or so people there.  I was near the back of the line and purchased her new CD while waiting to have something to sign.  I really wish I had brought the book.  Lita’s signature would have been great in it, but a more obscure guy like Mitch Perry would have been great!  I love getting the obscure ones as much as the mainstream artists.  When it came my turn to shake hands and get my CD signed, I was talking to Mitch about the book and he asked me to send him a link to where he could pick one up.  I got to Lita and before she could say anything, I may have stammered a bit and said, “July 1988, The Boathouse, Norfolk, Virginia opening for Yngwie.  I was there.”  She replied with, “Holy fuck!”  Not much more needed to be said.   I was 18 at that show.  During one song, one of her boobs came out of the corset looking thing that she was wearing.  She was mid-solo and just looked down, smiled and shrugged it off and fixed it after the solo.  We were all cheering.  “Lita’s titty!”

She was really nice and snapped a picture with me.  Her voice sounded good and she still looks like “Lita.”  No Back In The Cave…that’s my jam.

I’m really glad I went.  No question.

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September 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Iron Maiden Concert Review, San Antonio, TX 8/15/12

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It was twenty-four years and 5 days ago that I had first seen my favorite band in the whole wide world.  That was on the Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour.  Last night in San Antonio, Iron Maiden was reliving much of that tour on their Maiden England – North American Tour 2012.  This was only my 5th time seeing them, which to me seems sparse seeing that they’re my favorite band and all.  After Seventh Son, they didn’t come through my part of Virginia and I didn’t travel for many shows throughout the 90s.  Plus Bayley was singing for them through much of that time and I didn’t care.  I did miss a chance to see them with friends at Madison Square Garden with DIO and Motorhead.  I’ll always regret not going to that one a bit.  So be it.
Last night was my third time seeing them since moving to Texas and Maiden has always made it a point to take good care of Texas on their tours.  Back on the Beast tour, they played EIGHT different cities here.  That’s crazy!  And quite awesome.

I bought 8 tickets on the pre-sale as I knew that I could always sell them to friends, which I did.  One of those tickets was for my friend, Don.  We’ve known each other since about 85, played in our first band together in the 80s, worked together after high school for a bit, acted as the best man in each others’ wedding etc.  We have some history obviously.  He moved to San Antonio 2 years ago with his company and it’s great that he’s close by again.  He actually paid for my ticket as a birthday gift.  What a droog!  He visited in 2008 to see Maiden with me on the Somewhere Back In Time Tour and we also hung out for a bit at the 1988 show.  Fitting that we’d see yet another Maiden show together.  Burney and Vanessa rode with me and it was the same four folks sitting together as in the recent Scorpions show.  Good times.

After doing some heavy metal parking lot, we decided to all go in, the 8 of us, and see what was going on inside.  Fortunately we missed every note of Coheed and Cambria.  The first leg of the tour got Alice Cooper and we get this band.  Ugh.  I got in the t-shirt line to hopefully snag a handful of the Texas only shirts that Maiden always does but they were already sold out.  DAMN!  Hopefully a friend in Dallas or Houston can hook me up.

I grabbed a Coke and heard UFO’s Doctor Doctor come on and knew that the show was about to start.  I shot a quick text to the others to let them know that Maiden was about to hit the stage.  They quickly came and we were st our stations waiting for the show.

There were no surprises for the setlist as they’ve been playing the same list this whole tour.  They opened with Moonchild and went right into Can I play With Madness.  Now, I didn’t like Seventh Son when it came out and to this day I still think it’s a wimpy album, but it was a heck of a lot better than their 90s era.  It was good to catch the songs live again.  The Prisoner came next and it was the first time I had seen them play that since 1988.  It was also the first time I had ever seen them play Phantom of the Opera.  They did 2 Minutes which is one of my faves by them and just played a solid set in general.

Adrian and Dave are probably the greatest guitar duo in metal in my opinion.  They’ve still got the chops.  Steve was spot on and Nicko was mixing it up pretty well.  His style has changed a little over the years and I only wish we could actually see him behind his massive kit and not just hear him.  Jannick Gers is still a waste of space.  Fortunately he seemed a wee bit less animated last night and mostly stayed on his side of the stage.  And then there’s Bruce.  His live voice has seemingly grown stronger over the years and last night he was on his game for sure.  I am still impressed with how strong he is live.  He has also changed his singing style over the years.

They went through lots of stage prop and background changes and it was nice seeing some of the old Seventh Son stuff again.  There were a few moments where I felt like I was back at the Hampton Coliseum in 1988.  Hearing Wasted Years always gets me right in the heart.  Steve and Adrian’s backing vocals sounded really good, too.  It really makes me long for Another A.S.A.P. from Adrian as I love his voice.  That’s not going to happen though.

They were just great overall.  If I had to complain about anything (shocking, eh?), it would be The Trooper (always hated that song), Afraid To Shoot Strangers and Fear of The Dark.  I couldn’t stand that album and those 2 songs are my least favorites off of it.  Oh well.  Small price to pay to see my favorite band again, eh?

One observation that I will make is that many of the songs seemed to played slower than normal.  Getting old or just trying to control tempo?

When is the next tour already?  Let’s go!

Thank you and goodnight!

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August 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Concert Ticket

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I was recently asked what my first Iron Maiden show was and it was this one, the Seventh Son tour.  I actually had tickets to see them on the Somewhere in Time Tour and had to give them up because of my grades.  That was a reality in my life growing up.  Looking back, I understand why it happened, but as a kid, I was pretty pissed to miss my favorite band.

Killer Dwarfs opened up this show.  They were terrible.  All I cared about was Maiden and they delivered…they always do.

$14.50 for a ticket?  Back then that seemed like a lot.  For many of the shows I see these days, I’d love to pay that!

Setlist:

  1. Moonchild
  2. The Evil That Men Do
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Infinite Dreams
  5. The Trooper
  6. Can I Play With Madness
  7. Heaven Can Wait
  8. Wasted Years
  9. The Clairvoyant
  10. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  11. The Number of the Beast
  12. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  13. Iron Maiden
  14. Run to the Hills
  15. 22 Acacia Avenue
  16. 2 Minutes to Midnight
  17. Running Free

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May 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Lord – Second Coming (1988)

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This is one that I only picked up within the last year or so off of eBay.  When I saw that it had Bloodlust’s singer I had to The Second Coming cover (Click to see larger picture)check it out.  How did I not know about this one before?  WTF?  But here we are…Lord’s Second Coming CD rereleased (aka bootlegged) on HOT METAL RECORDS.  This label put out a bunch of obscure stuff like Hammeron, Satan’s Host, Killen, SA Slayer…but of course all as bootlegs and they sound like they were recorded straight from the vinyl.  But I kind of like that on some things.  Takes me back to the old days of listening to metal in my bedroom on my POS record player.

This is a good metal find though and oddly enough this is the first CD I ever loaded into my iTunes that it didn’t recognize.  I am a bit surprised.

Second Coming starts out a bit odd in that there’s a ballad as the opening track.  You do hear a side of Guy Lord’s voice that you don’t hear so much on Bloodlust’s Guilty As Sin LP.  It picks up from here on the song Burnin’ but in more of a NWOBHM style.  His vocals are clean and the riffs and well crafted IMHO.  I’ve probably spun this 20 times since I picked it up last year.  Some of the stuff has a 70s hard rock feel ala Pentagram’s more upbeat early stuff.  There’s a variation of different hard rock/metal styles on here.  I’m not much of a fan of The Doors but they do a pretty cool cover of The End.

So if you liked the vocals on Bloodlust’s Guilty As Sin, I recommend that you download this.  It’s worth a few spins for some old  metal listening.

DOWNLOAD HERE.

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August 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Hittman – S/T (1988)

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Now here’s a closet classic!  I first heard the track Dead On Arrival on The Metal Shop in 1988 and I am pretty sure I hittmantaped the song, if not the whole show (wish I still had those tapes!).  I let Kelz hear it the next day or so and he hated it.  Doofus.  Of course today he’s all about it, or so he says.  He’s such a liar sometimes.  hahaha.  Kidding.  Ok, not so much.

Anyway, I promptly went to the Music Man and picked up the cassette.  I loved it!  Mainly the dude’s vocals.  He had a cool range.  Good riffs on the album and some smooth drumming.  Unfortunately the drums were severely under-produced much like the drums on Megadeth’s Peace Sells or Sanctuary’s Refuge Denied.  Very muddy.  I loved that tape.  This album was just good classy US metal with some Geoff Tate type vocals but music not as progressive at Queensryche.

Lyrically this album could be better but I can overlook it.  The one track I don’t dig is their version of Secret Agent Man (Secret Asian Man!).  I never liked the original so I didn’t want to hear a cover version of it either.  We jammed on this album a lot.  We always cracked jokes about the song “Backstreet Rebels”; usually make jokes about some chick…”Backstreet Nikki” or whoever.  Silly dumbasses we were, but the lyrics needed to be joked on.  All in all this was a fun album to play drums to.  The double bass work was straightforward enough that my feet could keep up with it.

In 1991 or 1992 I went to Cleveland to see my friend Bronwyn and hit a great string of record stores up there.  One of which had this CD import for $3!  This one store had a ton of metal for cheap on vinyl and CD.  The manager said “I don’t like metal and just want to see this stuff out of here.”  I easily dropped $200 in that place on some cheap metal.  Glad to be of service, sir!

So, I highly recommend this to you as some really good 80s US Metal.  Again, very out of print so I don’t mind uploading it.  I do not recommend their followup album, Vivas Machinas.  It was pretty bad.

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July 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Renee Reviews stuff.

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So way back in 1987 when my first real band first got together, this beautiful girl with big hair (no offense Renee) Renee Roland small_57049_2009-06-16 10-22-42.671and her gorgeous friend Carla used to come over to our house on the farm and hang out during band practice. Realize that my band practiced in my bedroom…9pc Pearl drum set, 2 guitars, bass and sometimes a singer, a bed, a desk and a dresser in a roughly 12×12 room. It was pretty cramped in there. It was always fun having them over there because they were a lot prettier than us sausage heads.

A few years later I started working for VDOT as a surveyor. I had met him a time or 2 back in the band days when we would either go to Renee’s house to pick her up or drop her off. It was never a pleasurable experience but we won’t discuss that any further. Renee’s dad was one of the survey chiefs and ultimately the big boss of the survey department during my tenure as one of the “grubs”. He was always a cool guy. He ultimately moved into a position in the design section and I moved to utilities shortly after. It was cool because I got to work with him more closely. I knew that Renee had moved to LA some years before and had lost touch with her, but her Dad gave me her number when I decided to make a trip to LA to do some business with a few record labels there (Century Media and Metal Blade). Renee graciously invited me to come over and I went there the evening after we landed in LA. We ultimately went to the Hard Rock to see Wayne Kramer (MC5) do a spoken word thing with some poet dude. It was a weird show but fun to meet Wayne and hang out. Before the show, we hung out at Renee’s for a bit and I got to speak to James Hong JamesHongon the phone for a minute as he was friends with Renee. One of the folks hanging out with us that night was John Skipp who wrote Fright Night! The dude was super cool. Anyway, that night and next morning were the only times I got to see Renee when I was there as my schedule was pretty tight with the record labels, but she made my trip that much better.

We spoke a few times since 1997 but not at all in the last 5-6 years. Thanks to social networking we’re in touch again and I’m happy about it. She was/is always the coolest. Now she’s doing movie reviews for The Examiner website. Renee has a very creative mind and I highly recommend that you check out her stuff.

Click here for Renee’s movie reviews, old and new.

Appetite for Defecation – I do not like Guns ‘n’ Roses…really

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So there we were, my band and I, at Robert’s house in Portsmouth, VA toaxl_4 watch Headbanger’s Ball as we always did every weekend. This was summer or late spring of 1988(?). It was the usual gamut of hard rock and metal videos…then there it was.

The “World Premier” of Guns ‘n’ Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle video.

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All 4 of us sat quietly and watched it. I had assumed that they felt exactly the way that I did. I think I was the first one to speak at the end and said, “That sucked ass.” The rest of them completely disagreed. “Whaaaaat?!?! You’re crazy! That was the greatest thing I have ever heard!” etc…Then the words that burned my ears came next…”That’s the sound we need to go for.”

My soul died.

Granted, we weren’t the greatest band in town and we were playing some music that I didn’t care for, mainly the hair band stuff, but it didn’t matter because I was in a band with some of my closest friends. Our setlist included stuff from Cinderella, Def Leppard (from Hysteria), Whitesnake, Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dokken, Overkill, KISS, AC/DC, TSOL and I really don’t remember who else. We only had one original called Skeletons. I wanted to play more originals but we never got to it. There were always disagreements between our 2 guitarists. J. Rob was definitely into playing heavier music and Robert was more about the radio friendly stuff. Personally I wanted to play stuff like King Diamond, Fates Warning, Anthrax, Slayer etc…just soemthing much heavier than what we were doing.

But they all agreed about the GnR thing. Whereas I was sickened by what I heard and what I saw in that video, they were enthralled by it. Needless to say about a week or 2 later I was out of the band. “The band is breaking up” is what I was told. OK, no problem. But within a week or 2 after that I stopped over at the bassist’s house and heard music from the shed out back. I open the door and there’s J Rob, Robert and Don with another drummer. They all had a look of shock and guilt on their faces. I said, “Wow. OK. I get it.” I think it was J Rob that said, “Sorry man, you know how it goes.” I think I said something like, “Yeah man, I sure do. S’cool.” So I walked out, a little butt-hurt, ego deflated, sad and even felt a little betrayed.

Then they started playing as I walked across the yard to my truck and I think I heard the riff to either Sweet Child of Mine or Welcome To the Jungle…and a slight smile came across my face. I was a little relieved. In the end they did me a favor as I wasn’t cut out for wearing spandex and teasing up my already bad hair. There were no hard feelings and I’m still in touch with those guys, one of them is a very close friend of mine still…Don.

But to this day I still want to throw up when I hear GnR. It wasn’t so much the music that turned me off, it was that voice. That nasty terrible screech. I will admit that I saw them in 1991 (for free) with my friend Bronwyn. Skid Row opened up and they were GREAT. I have to say that GnR put on a good show and Axl is a good front man, but his voice is still one of the worst I have ever heard in rock.

I know people who knew them in their early days and most had the same opinion about them…”losers” and “one of the luckiest bands in LA”. Their words, not mine. But I can’t say I would disagree with their assertion. The mere sight of Axl Rose gets me a little aggro.

I’ve said since day 1 that they are my most hated rock band and I still feel that way after all these years. People call me a bandwagon GnR hater, but the truth is that I was the one driving that wagon since 1988.  To me the only good thing that came out of that band is Izzy Stradlin. I love his solo albums.

But whatever. Screw GnR. They suck. There. I said it. I feel much better.

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June 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm