Posts Tagged ‘Brad Gillis’

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When I was a DJ at Bridgewater State University’s WBIM 91.5 FM, I had a lot of fun hosting Pedal To The Metal every Thursday or Friday night depending on how the cards landed. I played every imaginable 80’s metal track you can think of on my two year run there and I had a lot of fun doing it. 20 years ago, WBIM FM started hosting the Alumni Takeover where for one weekend, the DJ’s from the past years were able to come and relive old glory days even if it was just for one day. Three years ago, when I learned that I could be apart of it, I jumped at the chance to reconnect with some familiar faces and meet new faces that had sat in the very chair just as I had done when I attended school there. Sometimes, you don’t know how much you’ve missed it until you’re right behind the microphone like I was this past Friday night for the third ever return of Pedal To The Metal on Alumni Takeover Weekend. I want to take the time to thank John Coombs, he is the main who deals with all of our annoying requests and messages as he tries to strategically place everyone in a time slot. Oh by the way, he does an amazing job doing it as I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time slot. So, a big thank you to him is much deserved! I also want to take the time to thank the current DJ’s at WBIM for giving up their shows and allowing us to relive a little past glories. It is much appreciated!

 

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As far as the playlist was concerned for the show, I had three different playlists that I was going with for the show. The 1st one primarily featured almost the same exact lineup as the one that was actually played. The second playlist featured bands from every era of metal whether it be the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The third and final playlist that I created was similar to the first one, but the song selection was different. I wanted to pick nine solid songs for the show with one present that I would present to people with a just in case I still had more time track. Last year, I presented everyone with a Black Sabbath medley that featured I believe three different Sabbath singers doing the same track. This year, I decided to do another medley, but this time it would be Ozzy solo and it would feature five different guitarists doing the same track. It was quite the difficult task, but I got the job done and you will see below what the result was. I made one minor adjustment to the playlist twenty minutes to my show because a good friend of my mine in Doc Rock found a vinyl that I just couldn’t resist playing and I opened the show with it. One minor note, I had originally scrapped a Motley Crue track, but I reintroduced it when the Kiss track I chose suddenly stopped due to technical difficulties. So without further ado, check out the playlist below and once again thanks to everyone that tuned in and a big thank you to the WBIM Alumni Association for having me yet again.

 

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Playlist for 10/20/2017 edition of Pedal To The Metal Radio

1. Addiction by The Almighty (Vinyl Of The Week)

2. Unholy by Kiss

3. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue

4. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)

5. A Touch Of Evil by Judas Priest

6. The Lady Wore Black by Queensryche

7. Among The Living by Anthrax

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8. The Conjuring by Megadeth

9. Hello From The Gutter by Overkill

10. Suicide Solution (Guitarist Medley) by Ozzy Osbourne featuring Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis, Jake E Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Holmes

11. Rock And Roll by Motorhead

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night rangerFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to go back in time and check out an album from a band who I respect a lot. The band is San Francisco rock band Night Ranger who were made up of Jack Blades (Bass/Lead Vocals), Jeff Watson (Guitar/Keyboards), Brad Gillis (Guitars), Alan Fitzgerald (Keyboards), and Kelly Keagy (Drums/Lead Vocals). I have always described the band as the REO Speedwagon/Styx of the 1980’s with their arena rock ready sound. In October of 1983, the band would release their second album entitled Midnight Madness which features the band’s biggest hit Sister Christian (Peaked at #5 on Billboard Hot 100). The album itself was the bands highest selling album with over one million in sales and it peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Several of the songs on the album have also been immortalized through television and films with tracks appearing in films like Boogie Nights, Sixteen Candles, Friday The 13TH (2009 Remake), and even TV shows like American Dad as well as several video games.

1983MidnightMadnessBackCD1. (You Can Still) Rock In America– This rock anthem comes out swinging right away with a roar from the guitars as they claim that rock isn’t dead. Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple is on the track for backing vocals. 5/5

2. Rumours in the Air– The track starts off with a very Deep Purple-esque keyboard/guitar combo throughout in a track about how rumors can be deadly. 4/5

3. Why Does Love Have to Change– When you see the title you think ballad, but it’s far from that as it rocks with it’s Styx like rock sound. 4/5

4. Sister Christian– The most famous Night Ranger track which was written by Kelly Keagy about how fast he noticed his sister was growing up. For a long time, I never understood what they said in the chorus. 5/5

5. Touch of Madness– The track starts with baby crib nursery music before the guitar stake over and absolutely rip in a track about a girl who can seem to make men go crazy. 4/5

night-ranger_4006. Passion Play– The track starts off with some ominous eerie sounds before Gillis and Co. come in with very B.O.C-esque sounds especially with the guitar solo on the track.

7. When You Close Your Eyes– This track sounds a lot like Journey in so many ways with the lighter and slower tempo during the chorus before they tear it up a little for the chorus. 4/5

8. Chippin’ Away- This track starts off right some monstrous power chords in a track about love and wanting someone so bad you hope they say yes. 4/5

9. Let Him Run– Love this track with the acoustic guitars about having to let someone go until they see the errors of their own ways.

My Final Thoughts– This band has some great musicians with some of them going on to form the Damn Yankees and Brad Gillis who once played in Ozzy. Definitely an amazing record from the band and probably their best one. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

For today’s Soundtrack Saturday song, we are going back to the very early nineties where 80’s metal was still kind of ruling on it’s last leg. To me, Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead is an classic film in it’s own right even though it became a cult classic after it’s initial release with a soundtrack that boasted a mix of different types of artists that helped make the film iconic. The film starred Christina Applegate as Swell, the big sister in the house that has to get a job during summer vacation in order for her family to survive. You see her mom went on some kind of safari and left them with a babysitter, but the only problem is that the babysitter ends up croaking leaving Swell with no choice. The sound track featured artists like Alias, Modern English, Beat Goes Bang, Army Of Lovers, and today’s featured artist in Brad Gillis. Brad Gillis is the legendary guitarist from Night Ranger who has played with some of the best in the business and he provided the track Stampede for the soundtrack. It was later released two years later on his solo album Gilrock Ranch. The song is literally Brad Gillis showing off what he can do with his axe throughout the whole track. Check it out below:

image001 This is the first time in the history of the 100 plus albums that I have reviewed for the album of the week posts that I have covered a tribute record. The thing is that this isn’t just any tribute record because it’s a tribute to a man that changed the face of heavy metal in the early 80’s before his untimely death. Bob Kulick who produced this album titled Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute which just may be one of the most definitive tribute albums out there since it features the likes of Rudy Sarzo, Tom Morrello, Serk Tankian, Vinny Appice, Bruce Kulick, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jon Donais, Frankie Banali, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Kelle Rhoads, Doug Aldrich, Bernie Torme, George Lynch, Gus G, and so many more. The album features these guys covering everything from the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums and even some early Quiet Riot material that Randy was apart of back in the day.

1. Crazy Train– The first track on the album is the most noun Ozzy and Randy Collaboration with Serj Tankian providing his unique vocal style to the track while Tom Morello is on guitars, Rudy Sarzo is on bass, and Vinny Appice is on drums. The rhythm section of the song is on point, but Tom Morello’s playing is a little off to me. I understand that he is bringing his own unique brand to the song, but it’s like he is trying to combine his signature sound with Randy’s signature sound and the guitar solo is awful. 3/5

2. Over The Mountain– The songs starts off heavy and in the right pace while Tim “Ripper” Owens gives the tyrack a power metal feel as far as vocals are concerned. The track features Jon Donais (Guitars), Rudy Sarzo (Bass), and Frankie Banali (Drums). 4/5

3. Mr. Crowley– If you’re going to cover an Ozzy track, then this is the way you do it. Alexi Laiho does an amazing jiob with the guitar parts while Chuck Billy takes the vocal parts and he makes it his own while also making it heavy as hell. Kelle Rhoads is on Keyboards while Rudy Sarzo plays bass and Brett Chassen is on drums. 5/5

4. Believer– This is actually kind of a cool cover of this track as Ripper takes the vocal reigns again while Doug Aldrich does an amazing job on guitar and Sarzo’s bass is on point. The track also features Vinny Appice on drums. 4/5

5. Back To The Coast– If you don’t know where this track is from, it’s from the 1977 album Quiet Riot that was co-written by Randy and his brother Kelle. Kelle takes the vocal reigns on this cover while Bruce Kulick plays guitar and he is rounded out by Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali. the song is really rocking and Kelle has that 70’s New York Dolls feel to his voice. 4/5

6. I Don’t Know– Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are back for this track while the guitar parts are played by George Lynch who lost out to Jake E Lee back in the day when it came to who was going to take Randy’s spot. The only part I was waiting to hear in this track was how George handled the solo and I didn’t enjoy it. 3/5

randy-rhoades-press-billboard-6507. S.A.T.O– Ripper, Sarzo, and Appice are joined on this song by Dweezil Zappa who handles lead guitar and Bob Kulick who plays rhythm guitar on the track. This a track that I actually enjoyed hearing Ripper sing. 4/5

8. Killer Girls– This classic from Quiet Riot II once again features Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen, but they are joined by Joel Hoekstra on guitars. The song is a rocking song and I kind of like Ripper’s vocals on the track because it mirrors Kevin DuBrow’s style well and Joel Hoekstra rips on this track. 4/5

9. Goodbye To Romance– This time around the trio of Ripper, Sarzo, and Chassen are joined by current Ozzy guitarist and Firewind guitarist Gus G on guitars. Out of everything, I didn’t enjoy Ripper’s vocals on this track just cause it’s too toned down on the tempo for him in my opinion. 3/5

10. Suicide Solution– This time around that same trio as in the last two songs are joined by Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis who was the direct temporary replacement for Randy back in the day to finish the tour. Now this is a kick ass version of the song and I was pleased with Ripper’s vocals on this track. 4/5

11. Flying High Again– This is the ultimate Randy Rhoads track with the same trio as before, but they are joined by Bernie Torme on lead guitar and Bob Kulick on rhythm. My only problem with the track is the guitar solo. 3/5

My Final Thoughts– While I enjoyed the tribute record, I did have some problems with the record  as well. One of my problems with the album is the fact that Tim “Ripper” Owens sings on almost every song on this album. I would have loved to have seen them get some others to sing on the record as well, but the vocals are only a minor part. I say that because after all we are here to celebrate the legacy of Randy Rhoads. The only guitarists I didn’t enjoy listening to were Tom Morello and George Lynch. Lynch didn’t do too bad, but Morello to me should have never been on this record. I am going to give this record 3.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

randyOn March 3RD, UDR Music is going to be releasing a brand new tribute record that will honor one of metal’s greatest guitarists in Randy Rhoads. The name of the disc is Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute and it features tons of today’s metal acts like Tim “Ripper” Owens, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Kelle Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jon Donais, Dweezil Zappa, Gus G, Tom Morello, Frankie Banali, Serj Tankian, and so many more paying tribute to the Guitar God. The track I have for you guys today from the album for the cover of the week is Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinny Appice, Rudy Sarzo, and Kelle Rhoads (on Keyboards) playing Mr. Crowley from the Blizzard Of Ozz record. I have to say that one of the things you are going to be pleased with is the playing on this track from the band. These guys play the track almost flawlessly including Alexi who had the hard task of doing a Randy Rhoads guitar solo and he did a terrific job. Chuck Billy sings the song in his way which is a relief because Billy does a great job and who wants to hear someone sound like Ozzy. There is only one Ozzy in the metal world. This track alone has me excited to hear the rest of the record and I would love to know what other songs they cover on the disc. Check out the track below and go to UDR-Music.com for more information.