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warrantFor this week’s album of the week, we wanted to keep the train moving forward as we flash-backed to 1989 for this week’s album. One of my favorite artists to come out of the late 1980’s glam scene is LA rock band Warrant who was made up of the late Jani Lane (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar), Joey Allen (Guitar), Erik Turner (Guitar), Jerry Dixon (Bass), and Steven Sweet (Drums). After making a name for themselves on the Sunset Strip, the band would record and release their debut album on January 31, 1989 entitled Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich which was produced by Beau Hill (Ratt). The album was a huge success for the band as it peaked at number 10 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it even produced a top 5 hit both on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the album as well because Beau Hill claimed he told the band, “songs are really great, but I think we’re a little weak in the solo department and so I like to bring somebody in.” He claims that everyone in the band signed off so he brought in Mike Slamer (ex-Streets) to do all the guitar work and the solos which is his claim as well as Slamer’s and Slamer’s wife too.

750181. 32 Pennies– The band starts off with that rock swagger right from the get go in a song about needing money to impress a girl, but not having much to your name. 5/5

2. Down Boys– This is one of my favorite songs on the album just cause it’s a straightforward rock song about performing oral sex on a woman with those conveniently placed Keyboards during the chorus. 5/5

3. Big Talk– A cool rock track with that awesome bass line about a guy who gets into fights and tells people to basically back up their big talk or just shut up. 5/5

4. Sometime She Cries– This is one of the first ballads on the album that addresses the theme of loneliness. 5/5

5. So Damn Pretty (Should Be Against The Law)– A sleaze rock track that has that driving riff about what else, but sex!!! 4/5

750196. D.R.F.S.R.– Essentially the title track to the album about a business executive who brags about all the things he has because he makes money off of poor musicians. 5/5

7. In The Sticks– a track with a real bluesy feel to the sleaze rock that were chugging out in a track that seems to be about life changing after sex for the couple, but then I feel it’s about a guy who comes back from the city to try and hit on a poor country girl. You be the judge! 4/5

8. Heaven– The other Power ballad on the album that was originally a song written by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet’s previous band, but re-recorded for Warrant. This is one of the best ballads of the 80’s. 5/5

9. Ridin’ High– That sleaze blues rock comes to play in this track that features some unbelievable riffage in a track that is all about enjoying your life before you die. 4/5

10. Cold Sweat– The last track on the album with that signature sleaze blues sound about bringing a girl home and having your way with them. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely an amazing album from the band and an amazing way to make yourselves known on the scene. But as history would have it, we know what follows this one which was even bigger. I am going to give the record 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

There was a time in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when bands were releasing all covers albums hoping to repeat the success that Metallica had with Garage Inc. Of course, not everyone is going to have the success that they had, but sometimes it’s cool to listen to these albums. I have always wondered at times what bands were influenced by and these albums give us great insight into that. Jani Lane was definitely one of my favorite vocalists from the 80’s Glam Metal scene and you definitely knew that he was into 70’s glam and rock and roll. In 2001, the band with Jani Lane decided to release an all covers album of their own called Under The Influence. The album featured the band covering the likes of Michael Monroe, Nazareth, David Bowie, Badfinger, AC/DC (sung by Billy Morris), and our featured artist Aerosmith. The band covered one of my all time favorite 70’s Aerosmith songs in the classic Toys In The Attic which is off the album of the same name. The song packs the same punch as the original, but while Lane is no Steven Tyler, he still does a terrific job with the song making it his own which isn’t that the point of it all. Check out the track below and while you’re at it, like the official Facebook page for Moshpits & Movies here:

aaEveryone was looking forward to performances from A Day To Remember, Guns N Roses, and even Zakk Wylde’s, but nobody saw this coming at the 2014 Revolver Golden God Awards which was Slayer opening the show as the surprise performer. One of the things people expect at this particular awards show is to see who the surprise guest performer will be, but Slayer didn’t need it as the bulldozed their way through classics South Of Heaven, War Ensemble, and the premiere of a brand new track Implode. It was especially cool to see Marilyn Manson intro the band in. Right after Slayer was done with their set, it was time to meet this year’s hosts of the show since Chris Jericho wasn’t doing it this year. Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of VH1 Classics That Metal Show were the hosts and their intro was horrible. Then it was off to the first presenters of the show as Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park came out to present The Best Vocalist Award (see below for complete list of winners), then that was followed by Dave Navarro and Jill Janus of Huntress presenting the Best Live Band Award.

a dayFrankie Palmeri of Emmure came out next to present the next live band of the night which was A Day To Remember who brought something completely different than Slayer, but they pleased the crowd as the band performed hit songs such as Right Back At It Again, End Of Me, and their closer All I Want. They were the second band to perform and still no surprise guest on stage with which is unusual at this point in the show. Then there was some technical difficulties as we waited for the cameras to show us Tony Hawk and Carmen Electra who were presenting the best live band award which was won by Avenged Sevenfold. They weren’t at The Nokia Theater, but they were brought in via satellite from a gig in Minneapolis where they gave the award away to a fan from the crowd. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and a couple of members from Memphis May Fire came out next to present the best new band award.

maxThen the legendary Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein along with the sexy brand new lead singer of Arch Enemy Alissa White-Gluz to intro The Pretty Reckless who were the next band to perform that night. Taylor Momsen is beautiful and very sexual on stage as most of you may know, but she has an amazing band that backs her up as they had one heck of a performance. The band performed their tracks Fucked Up World, Heaven Knows, and Going To Hell. Zakk Wylde would eventually come out to do a special Piano performance of In This River to pay tribute to all that have fallen over the years, but who was working the special video screwed up saying that Jani Lane was the singer for Motorhead. Then more technical difficulties plagued the show as we waited for Suicide Silence to take the stage to perform for the first time with their brand new singer Eddie Hermida. The band would play the tracks You Only Live Once and No Pity For A Coward, but it was their last song that was amazing. The band brought out Max Cavalera of Soulfly/Sepultura fame and they performed Roots on stage together that had me saying thank God someone finally had a guest on stage.

joan jettAlice Cooper presented The Golden God Award to Joan Jett who mentioned The Runaways. After her speech, she wanted to perform, but they nixed it so that Alice could introduce the performance. She opened up her performance with a rocking version of Bad Reputation which was tearing up the house. The next track she performed was a track that she had written with Dave Grohl called Any Weather which captured the spirit of the Blackhearts. Then Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were on fire with the next song I Hate Myself For Loving You for which she was joined onstage by Taylor Momsen. What I didn’t understand is that after the performance was done they performed it again to which Billy Gibbons would join them on stage to be the cheerleader. It was one heck of a performance anyways, but I believe they may have been shooting a version for television.

gnrAndrew Dice Clay came out to present the video montage for Axl Rose while Nicolas Cage presented Axl Rose of  Guns N Rose with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Of course from that point on, we were wondering how long it was going to take for the band to actual perform. The crowd was definitely anxiously awaiting the band to hit the stage as we also knew that Duff McKagan would be performing with the band. The band eventually came out and started rocking right away with It’s So Easy. The band would blaze through one of my all time favorite tracks Welcome To The Jungle with a killer intro by DJ Ashba. One thing I will admit is that Axl’s vocals were a little off tonight when it came to his high notes. Then for the third track of the night they would dig into their latest album Chinese Democracy with the Better. The band would then perform This I Love from Chinese Democracy. Then the band kicked into the kickass Use Your Illusion II track You Could Be Mine. The band would continue with Sweet Child Of Mine and a Babe I’m Gonna Leave You/November Rain medley after Axl introduced the whole band to the crowd. My final thoughts on the show is that I thought it could have been executed a little bit better than it had been in the past. I certainly miss having Chris Jericho hosting the show, but after a while the boys from That Metal Show did fine.

Awards:

Best Vocalist- Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Live Band- Rob Zombie

Most Dedicated Fans- Avenged Sevenfold

Best New Talent- Twelve Foot Ninja

Paul Gray Best Bassist- Chris Kael

Best Drummer- Arin Ilejay

Comeback Of The Year- Deep Purple

Best Film & Video- This Is A Wasteland by Pierce The Veil

Song Of The Year- Lift Me Up by Five Finger Death Punch

Most Metal Athlete- Josh Barnett

Golden God Award- Joan Jett

Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist- Zacky Vengeance & Synyster Gates

Album Of The Year- 13 by Black Sabbath

Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award- Axl Rose of Guns N Roses

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File:Cherrypie.jpgIt’s the album that would change the lives of these California rockers as they were living off the success of their debut record Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich. Warrant which was made up of Jani Lane (Vocals), Joey Allen and Erik Turner (Guitars), Jerry Dixon (Bass), and Steven Sweet (Drums) were the hottest thing in the 80’s since Poison had made it big a couple of years back and they were about to write what can quite arguably be one of their greatest albums in Cherry Pie. It’s their best known album to date and it peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200. There is a lot of debate as to what the album was originally supposed to be called since Joey Allen claimed that it was going to be called Quality You Can Taste while Lane claims that it was supposed to be called Uncle Tom’s Cabin. One of the other startling rumors about the album was the debate over whether Allen and Turner actually played a note on the record. It was rumored that EX-Streets guitarist Mike Slamer had recorded all the guitar parts because the producers felt that the riffs were too weak. Beau Hill confirmed later on that Slamer and a host of others had indeed played on the album and that the band signed off on it. Jani Lane’s brother Erik Oswald, CC DeVille, Bruno Ravel, drummer Steve West from Danger Danger, and singer Fiona had contributed to the album.

cherry pieThe first single off the album and the title track came to the band with a bit of controversy (well sorta). The label I guess was not very happy with the record as it stood so they told Jani that he had to write a rock anthem. In 15 minutes after listening to We Will Rock You by Queen, Jani had come up with Cherry Pie. A little cool fact about Cherry Pie is that CC DeVille is the guitarist that does the solo for the song. The next track on the record, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, is perhaps the greatest song that Jani Lane had written in his career. The song starts off with a real southern drawl to it with steel guitars to it before it kicks into overdrive. I Saw Red is an amazing power ballad written that features pianos and was inspired by a real life incident. Jani had caught his girlfriend with another man which sent Jani into a nervous breakdown which ultimately delayed the release of their first record. Bed Of Roses starts off with some acoustic guitars before they kick into third gear in a track that is about giving that special woman nothing but the best. Sure Feels Good To Me is an absolute rocker from beginning to end whose theme is engulfed in sex. Love In Stereo is cock rock at it’s finest as the guitar riff is as sleazy as it wants to be as they explore more into themes of sex with this track.

warrantBlind Faith is another power ballad on the album that usually featured Jani playing the acoustic guitar live. The song is all about love and devotion, but more in the case that Jani can’t believe he found a woman that loves him so much. Song And Dance Man is the next track on the record that makes you think it’s going to be a ballad, but it kicks into heavy metal overdrive. The great thing is that the verses are with clean guitars and when the chorus kicks in it’s heavy distorted guitars. You’re The Only Hell Your Mama Ever Raised is a very bluesy track that reminds me of something Poison would have written for Flesh & Blood. Mr. Rainmaker is one of my favorite tracks on the record which tells those rainy days in your life when your depressed to go F*** itself because you found that person that makes everything matter. Train Train is a cover of a Blackfoot song which as themes of betrayal while Ode To Tipper Gore was  F*** You song to the PMRC and it’s leader Tipper Gore. The album is pretty amazing, but D.R.F.S.R is still the best album. I am giving this album four stars out of five.

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To help kick off the fact that I am going to be in LA this Saturday for a little vaca, I decided to review some of the famous LA bands. This week’s album of the week comes from a band that faced a situation where things were not working out with their original singer, so they moved on. That band is Warrant, who is famous for such songs as Cherry Pie, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Heaven while Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich still remains the bands best release. Rockaholic was released on May 11, 2011 via Frontiers Records and was produced by Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, etc.). It was the band’s first release with brand new lead singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob) and it was their first release since 2006’s Born Again which featured Black ‘N Blue singer Jamie St. James.  Bass Player Jerry Dixon commented on the album by saying, “I really think we captured a perfect mix of the past and present on the this record. Each song has its own vibe that’s going to take people on a kick-ass Warrant ride. There’s enough 80’s influence on songs like “Tears in the City” and “Sex Ain’t Love” to keep the die-hard Warrant fans rocking while introducing them to new material.”

aSex Ain’t Love kicks off the album with the typical over the top power chord hungry 80’s intro riff, but it kicks ass. The song is reminding women that just because you have sex doesn’t mean that it equals love. The beginning of Innocence Is Gone reminds me of something that Angus Young would begin a song with like Thunderstruck. It’s one of the strongest tracks on the album and it’s all about losing your innocence with a woman. Snake is a very bluesy/dirty rock song about people that are snakes and yes the chorus uses the old cliché of snake in the grass. Where we would songwriters be without them? Dusty’s Revenge sounds as if it’s trying to rival Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive with that old wild west type song about revenge. What type of 80’s rock album would it be without a ballad? Not a very good one, but Home is the ballad on the album about being home sick while on the road. What Love Can Do is a corny pop song and as you can tell it’s my least favorite track on the album. Show Must Go On makes you forget the tragedy before it as it’s a real rockin’ tune that just makes you want to quit your job and hope in your sports car and drive 100. The guitar solo in the song is the true highlight of the track. Cocaine Freight Train is the heaviest track on the album, it’s a true headbanging tune with fast guitars (well fast for Warrant, not Dimmu Borgir fast) and some fast drumming.

a2Found Forever isn’t a ballad, but it has a nice groove to it as it’s a song about love and never letting go of the one that you feel so connected to. Candy Man is a real raunchy rock and roll track which reminds me of the reason why I love the 80’s so much cause it’s got balls and it even features a voice box in it. Sunshine is another pure rock song that is here to teach the youngsters what rock and roll is all about. The song reminds me of an Alice In Chains track with the guitar playing. It’s just very reminiscent of Jerry Cantrell’s guitar playing. When I first Tears In The City, I thought it was Jani singing, but it’s another song that could be a ballad like I Saw Red or Sometimes She Cries. I love the last track on the album, The Last Straw, it’s a hard rock classic about the feeling you get when you’ve had enough of someone’s crap. I know that 80’s rock bands like these guys aren’t the popular groups, but it’s a shame cause the world could learn a lot about real rock and roll. This was definitely one of my favorite releases of 2011 and I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Mason before the album was released (www.youtube.com/pedaltothemetalradio). For a final grade, I am giving the record 3.8 stars out of five.